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Production Is Underway On Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’

Principal photography begins today on location in London, on the New Line Cinema drama The Good Liar, pairing Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen on the big screen for the first time. Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gods and Monsters will direct and produce from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr. Holmes), based on the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Searle.

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

The Good Liar also stars Russell Tovey (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jim Carter (TV’s “Downton Abbey”).

Condon produces alongside producer Greg Yolen. Serving as executive producers are Jack Morrissey,
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Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen drama 'The Good Liar' underway in London

Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen drama 'The Good Liar' underway in London
Bill Condon directs drama which will also shoot in Berlin.

Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema drama The Good Liar, starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gods And Monsters, is directing from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr. Holmes) based on the book by Nicholas Searle.

The film follows a career con artist (McKellen) who meets a wealthy widow online (Mirren). Also in the cast are Russell Tovey and Jim Carter.

Director Condon is also producing alongside Greg Yolen. Executive producers are Jack Morrissey, Nick O’Hagan, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Jason Cloth.
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Russell Tovey, Jim Carter Confirmed for Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’

New Line Cinema has confirmed that Russell Tovey and Jim Carter have joined the cast of Bill Condon’s “The Good Liar.” The drama, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month, stars Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.

Based on the debut novel by British author Nicholas Searle, “The Good Liar” tells the story of a con artist (McKellen) who can hardly believe his luck when he meets a rich widow (Mirren) online. As she opens her home and life to him he is surprised to find himself caring about her.

Condon will direct from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, who previously worked with the director on his 2015 film “Mr. Holmes,” also starring McKellen. Condon will also produce with Greg Yolen.

Tovey, whose breakthrough came in the celebrated original West End stage production of “The History Boys” alongside Dominic Cooper and James Corden, has recently starred in ABC’s
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Bill Condon to direct Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in The Good Liar

With Universal Pictures’ planned Dark Universe remake of Bride of Frankenstein on indefinite hold, Beauty and the Beast helmer Bill Condon has now signed on for a new project, with the filmmaker set to direct Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in The Good Liar.

Based on the novel by Nicholas Searle, The Good Liar “centers on career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can’t resist one last score when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As the woman opens up her home and life to him, the man is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into a treacherous tightrope walk as all is not what it seems.”

The Good Liar marks the fourth collaboration between Condon and McKellen after Gods and Monsters, Mr. Holmes and Beauty and the Beast. The film is also being scripted by Jeffrey Hatcher, who
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Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of The Good Liar

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X-Men’s Ian McKellen and Red’s Helen Mirren have been cast in Bill Condon’s adaptation of psychological thriller, The Good Liar.

The project, which is directed by Beauty and the Beast’s Condon from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr Holmes), has been adapted from Nicholas Searle’s debut novel. The story focuses on the career of con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring for her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Also in the news – Denis Villeneuve reveals his plans to make Dune into two films

McKellen and Condon have also previously worked together before on pictures such as Beauty and the Beast, Gods and Monsters and Mr Holmes.
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Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren To Star In ‘The Good Liar’

Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren To Star In ‘The Good Liar’
Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren have been cast in The Good Liar, a thriller set up at New Line Cinema to be adapted from Nicholas Searle's debut novel and directed by Bill Condon. The pic reunites McKellen and Condon from their collaborations on Gods and Monsters and Mr. Holmes. Jeffrey Hatcher wrote the script for Good Liar, about career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As…
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Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen to Star in ‘The Good Liar’

Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen to Star in ‘The Good Liar’
Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren have been cast as the leads in New Line’s drama “The Good Liar.”

The film will be directed by Bill Condon, who most recently helmed Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Condon will also produce with Greg Yolen.

Jack Morrissey and Bron Creative’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth are executive producing. “Mr. Holmes” writer Jeffrey Hatcher wrote the screenplay for “The Good Liar,” based on the novel by Nicholas Searle.

“The Good Liar” is a reunion for Condon and McKellen, who previously collaborated on “Gods and Monsters” and “Mr. Holmes.” Condon won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Gods and Monsters,” while McKellen was nominated for best actor.

McKellen will portray a career con artist who can hardly believe his luck when he meets a well-to-do widow, played by Mirren. As she opens her home and life to him, he is
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Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren Team Up For The Good Liar

Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren are teaming up for The Good Liar, a thriller from New Line directed by Bill Condon. Mr. Holmes writer Jeffrey Hatcher penned the script based on a novel by Nicholas Searle. New Line acquired the rights to Searle’s book in 2015 after a bidding war. Searle is actually the pen-name of an anonymous author who used to work as a civil servant in the UK.
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Kelly Carmichael to Head Production & Development for Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films

Jessica Chastain in “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

Consider us pleasantly unsurprised. Jessica Chastain’s production company, Freckle Films, has hired a female president of production and development: former Weinstein Company and Miramax production exec Kelly Carmichael. Deadline broke the news. “In her new role she will oversee the New York-based production and development company’s original slate with a focus on nurturing and supporting female talent across all aspects of production,” the source writes.

Carmichael is the co-founder of indie film and TV production company 375 Pictures. Currently overseeing production on Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer “The Current War” and Bryan Cranston-starrer “Untouchables,” her previous producing credits include “My Week with Marilyn” and “The Nanny Diaries.” Carmichael most recently served as head of production at Ivanhoe Pictures.

Chastain is a long-time advocate of women in film, both on-screen and behind the scenes. She recently penned an essay on Hollywood’s wage gap, and has been very outspoken about the industry’s sexist attitudes. She launched Freckle Films in February 2016 in order to develop female-driven material. The “Miss Sloane” actress has gone public with her goal to work with a female filmmaker every year. “They’re not given the same opportunities, so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director, I’m absolutely going to make a difference,” she said. The two-time Oscar nominee also serves on the advisory committee of We Do It Together, a nonprofit production company dedicated to financing and producing media content that empowers women.

Deadline writes that Freckle Film’s launch “came with a first-look overhead deal with Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven Pictures. Among the projects in the works from that partnership is ‘The Magician’s Lie’ by Greer Macallister, being adapted by ‘Mr. Holmes’ scribe Jeffrey Hatcher, about a renowned female illusionist who must clear her name when she’s accused of murder; and ‘Life And Other Near Death Experiences,’ based on the book by Camilla Pagan, being adapted by Laura Terruso (‘Hello My Name Is Doris’) with Patricia Riggen (‘The 33’) attached to direct. That one centers on a newly single woman, whose husband has come out of the closet, [when she] receives an aggressive cancer diagnosis and heads to the Caribbean in an attempt to rediscover herself.”

Other projects being developed at Freckle Films include an adaptation of Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank,” a portrait of the doomed love affair between translator Mamah Borthwick Cheney and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and a film inspired by the Black Mambas, an all-female anti-poaching unit in South Africa.

You can catch Chastain in Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” now in theaters. The drama is based on a true story and centers on zookeepers who saved hundreds of lives during the Holocaust.

Kelly Carmichael to Head Production & Development for Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2015

Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.

He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a
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Mr. Holmes Blu-ray Review

Put on the kettle and make yourself a cuppa tea. The story of the world’s greatest detective, Mr. Holmes, has arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.

Sir Ian McKellen joins Laura Linney in the mysterious and intriguing film from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Miramax.

Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” written for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess), and directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Best Adapted Screenplay, Gods and Monsters, 1998), Mr. Holmes finds a retired Sherlock returning to close the book on the one mystery he could never solve.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and released theatrically in July by Miramax and Roadside Attractions, the film is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh.

See the world’s most famous detective as you’ve never seen him before, portrayed by acting legend Ian McKellen,
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Mr. Holmes

This one's a keeper, a film that generates a meaningful emotional charge. Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon re-team for an intensely felt portrait of Sherlock Holmes in his sunset years, holding on to his intellectual capacities as he reappraises a tragic case from years before. Laura Linney is his housekeeper, who fears Holmes is a bad influence on her son -- but the relationship is mutually beneficial. Mr. Holmes Blu-ray + Digital HD Lionsgate/Miramax 2015 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date November 10, 2015 / 24.99 Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker , Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour, Charles Maddox, Takako Akashi, Zak Shukor, John Sessions, Nicholas Rowe, Frances Barber, Colin Starkey, Sarah Crowden. Cinematography Tobias A. Schleisser Film Editor Virginia Katz Original Music Carter Burwell Written by Jeffrey Hatcher from a novel by Mitch Cullin from characters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Iain Canning,
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Nick Offerman Leads World Premiere of A Confederacy Of Dunces, Beginning Tonight in Boston

Huntington Theatre Company, the 2013 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award and Boston magazine's Best Theatre of 2013 and 2014, presents the world premiere production of A Confederacy Of Dunces, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Kennedy Toole, directed by David Esbjornson Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and All My Sons and featuring Nick Offerman of NBC's 'Parks and Recreation.' Performances will run tonight, November 11, throughDecember 13, 2015 at the Huntington's mainstage, the Bu Theatre.
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‘Mr Holmes’ DVD Review

Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour, John Sessions | Written by Jeffrey Hatcher | Directed by Bill Condon

In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.

I had high hopes for Mr. Holmes. After all, not only does the film star Ian McKellan in the central role but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character is, typically, guaranteed to provide some intriguing crime-solving action. Not so here.

Instead Conan Doyle’s iconic detective
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Ian McKellen's Performance as 'Mr. Holmes' Delivers Sleeper Indie Hit

Ian McKellen's Performance as 'Mr. Holmes' Delivers Sleeper Indie Hit
Sir Ian McKellen just accepted the Mill Valley Film Festival's Life Achievement Award, among others coming his way these days. He's been getting kudos for his role as "Mr. Holmes," which Miramax/Roadside Attractions has turned into a sleeper specialty summer hit ($17.7-million). This could mark his third Oscar nomination after James Whale in "Gods and Monsters" and Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Reuniting with his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon, McKellen plays a geriatric Holmes who is trying to hang on to shards of his memory of a pivotal case. The movie cuts back and forth between his writing down that earlier mystery and his daily life in the bucolic English countryside with a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her engaging young son (Milo Parker). The movie is produced by Anne Carey, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher
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Anita Gillette, Julie Halston & More to Join Nick Offerman in A Confederacy Of Dunces in Boston

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of A Confederacy of Dunces, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Kennedy Toole, directed by David Esbjornson Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and All My Sons and featuring Nick Offerman of NBC's Parks and Recreation. Performances begin November 11, 2015 and will run through December 13, 2015 at the Bu Theatre Avenue of the Arts.
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Mr. Holmes movie review: the case of the missing myth

It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell
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'Mr. Holmes' (2015) Movie Review

Elegantly executed through sincere emotions, graceful maturity and tremendously striking performances, Mr. Holmes is a wonderful return-to-form for director Bill Condon. Following a series of disappointing efforts like the muddled The Fifth Estate and exasperating The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn movies, the filmmaker channels what made him such a haunting force, further humanizing Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary fictional figure and quaintly extenuating his character's story with tons of heart, wit and poise. Based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind", this iteration of Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) finds the notorious detective in 1947, 93-years-old and living under the exaggerated shadow created by his late partner Watson's pen. With a failing mind and continuously haunted by the one mystery he couldn't solve, the retired celebrity returns from Hiroshima, Japan to once again live under the care of his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son
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‘Mr. Holmes’ ages an iconic hero to give him new life

Mr. Holmes

Written for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher

Directed by Bill Condon

UK, 2015

Sherlock Holmes is a character so ingrained in our cultural imagination that it’s hard to think up any new spin on him. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented a character who became an archetype, even for procedural television, as the airwaves are still littered with brilliant assholes who owe their very existence to the original detective of 221B Baker Street.

Mr. Holmes, the latest depiction of Holmes, directed by Bill Condon and based on Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, manages to find new ground by emphasizing the character’s vulnerability and, thus, his humanity. Ian McKellen plays an aged Holmes past his mental prime, struggling against encroaching senility to remember the conclusion to his final mystery. The enigmatic case unfolds only as quickly as Holmes can remember it, which is to say,
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Mr. Holmes – The Review

Lets add another entry to the long, long list of feature films concerning the fictional character that’s been in more movies than any other (perhaps this new one will put him past Dracula, or at least in a tie with the Count). Just who is it? To evoke the old cliché, it’s elementary, film fans, for it’s none other than “the world’s greatest detective”, Sherlock Holmes. Most recently director Guy Ritchie cast Robert Downey, Jr. in two big screen blockbusters set at the start of the 20th century (while Sherlock jumped to the modern-day for TV shows on CBS and the BBC). This new film is also set in the 20th century, but our sleuth is not the bare-chested, bare-knuckle brawler from the Ritchie flicks. No, this is set in the middle of said century, with our hero well, well past normal retirement age. Sir Ian McKellen,
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