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Trailblazing former Screen International publisher Peter King dies aged 90

The Bentley-driving, cigar-smoking proprietor is credited with transforming film trade journalism.

Tributes have poured in for Peter King, the groundbreaking former publisher of Screen International from 1975 to 1989, who died last week at the age of 90.

The Bentley-driving, cigar-smoking proprietor is credited with transforming film trade journalism, overseeing the publication of the first ever film trade dailies at the Cannes film festival in the late 1970s.

Journalists who worked with him spoke of his elegance, his business acumen and his love of good living.

“King was an immaculate man in every way,” said Tina McFarling, BFI media advisor, corporate, partnerships and industry,
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Poem-play 'Pink Mist' set for big screen adaptation

Catalyst Global Media to produce Owen Sheers’ critically applauded verse drama and stage play.

London-based film and TV production company Catalyst Global Media has boarded Owen Sheers’ verse-drama Pink Mist.

The text, which was named Wales Book of the Year in 2014, was also adapted for the stage and performed at The Bristol Old Vic and the Bush Theatre in London, subseuqently being named one of the Top 10 plays of 2015 by The Guardian and Observer.

The story focuses on three young soldiers who leave Bristol to fight in Afghanistan and return home to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend) suffering the trauma and psychological after-effects of their experiences on the battlefield.

Catalyst Global Media was launched in 2015 by former Matador Pictures producer Charlotte Walls.

Walls commented on the Pink Mist news: “Great films always start with great material, and we know we have this with Pink Mist. Telling the powerful
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The Musketeers series 3 episode 1 spoiler-free review

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The Musketeers returns for its third and final series on Saturday the 28th of May with a confident, entertaining opener...

If you're reading this than maybe you, like me, felt a Musketeer-shaped hole in the Beeb’s New Year line-up. Fortunately, there was no need to fear cancellation as it was always going to be a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’ as filming of the forthcoming season had been no secret. The question was, despite the wait, was this season going to be better than the last (which was pretty decent by anyone’s standards) and how were the showrunners going to keep things fresh?

Based on episode one of the new run, I can say with some confidence that the show seems to have grown in all the right ways.

It opens big and picks up from where the last season finished (albeit four years later
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The Musketeers: series 3 to be its last

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The BBC won't make any more series of The Musketeers after the third and final ten-episode run, it's been confirmed...

Following creator and showrunner Adrian Hodges' candidly worded departure ("I was totally knackered") from The Musketeers after series two, it's been confirmed that Porthos, Aramis, Athos and D'Artagnan will be hanging up their swords following the third run.

Ten new episodes of the BBC One action and adventure series, due to return to screens shortly, will bring the story to a conclusion. Executive Producer Jessica Pope promises that series three "will delight its fans and pay off everything they have come to love about the show." No chance of a shock-cancellation cliff-hanger there then, at least.

Digital Spy has some goodbye messages from castmembers Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, Tom Burke and Santiago Cabrera, all of whom express their thanks to fans and appreciation at having been part of the show.
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Win Peter & Wendy On DVD

From BAFTA-nominated writer Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn) comes an exciting and modern interpretation of Peter Pan; one of the best-loved children’s novels of all time. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada) as both Captain Hook and Mr Darling, Laura Fraser (Lip Service, Breaking Bad) as Julie and Mrs Darling, and the mesmerising Paloma Faith (Youth) as Tinkerbell, Peter & Wendy mixes fantasy with reality in a narrative based around Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The day before her scheduled heart surgery twelve-year-old Lucy Rose (Hazel Doupe) reads aloud to similarly sick children the original novel of Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie. That night she retires to bed with the images and words of what she has just read still in her head. As she falls asleep her dreams turn in to reality as the classic tale is intertwined with her modern day struggles.
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First look at Peter and Wendy

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Back in January Screenterrier posted a casting call for the new ITV drama based on the story of Peter Pan. In May the news of the two young actors who landed the title roles was announced.

Peter and Wendy is currently scheduled to air on Saturday 26th December on ITV and here's a first look at the two young stars.

13 year old Hazel Doupe from Ireland, plays the joint roles of twelve year old Lucy Rose, a patient at modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Wendy Darling, in her re-imagining of Peter Pan story. Hazel (represented by Macfarlane Chard), who attends Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, played Sarah in the Rte docu/drama Titanic, Blood and Steel, and starred in Irish thriller Jack Taylor:Shot Down.

Zac Sutcliffe (who attends Yorkshire School of Acting) from Bradford, stars as Peter. Zac's previous filmed Grimsby, a new film from Sacha Baron Cohen.
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First look at The Go-Between

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First look at Jack Hollington as Leo in The Go-Between, a beautiful and haunting evocation of lost innocence and forbidden love, told over the long hot summer of 1900 which comes to BBC One on Sunday 20th September at 9:00pm

Spending his summer holiday with the Maudsley family, 13 year-old Leo soon finds himself captivated by the enchanting Marian Maudsley. As the heat of the summer intensifies, Leo becomes more and more embroiled in the forbidden romance between Marian and farmer Ted Burgess, until he sets in motion a chain of events that has devastating consequences on his young life.

Jack (represented by Arg), from Liverpool, appeared in the Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2013, and has a number of stage roles under his belt including playing Nathan in The Full Monty in the West End. Last year he filmed his first feature film role in The Devil's Harvest. He'll also
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Ex-Creative England head of film Chris Moll joins Catalyst

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Ex-Creative England head of film Chris Moll joins Catalyst
Industry veteran to take executive producer and producer duties at new firm.

Chris Moll, who stepped down as head of film at Creative England in April, has resurfaced at burgeoning film and TV production company Catalyst Global Media.

Moll has been hired to takes on both executive producer and producer duties at the London-based firm, which launched in May.

Reporting to Catalyst co-founder and CEO Charlotte Walls, Moll will be charged with sourcing high-quality, commercially viable projects for Catalyst’s development and production slate.

He will also be responsible for expanding the company’s national and international partnerships with key talent, producers, agents, publishers and financiers, and identifying new opportunities for collaboration across film, television, digital and music.

Walls said: “Chris brings tremendous strength as an award-winning film producer and seasoned entertainment executive with passion and vision for current projects and the future of Catalyst.”

Moll said he would help build “a slate focused on both creative
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Warp Films' Alex Marshall named Archery Pictures COO

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Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.

Archery Pictures, the TV and film outfit launched by Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier in October last year, has hired Alex Marshall as chief operating officer.

Marshall has been COO of Warp Films since 2008 and has eecutive produced many of their productions including Four Lions and TV spin-offs from This Is England.

Most recently he has been a producer on The Last Panthers, a six-part series for Sky Atlantic and Canal+, written by Jack Thorne.

Marshall has more than 15 years experience in film and television, specialising in multi-party project finance.

In a joint statement, Thykier and Marshall said “Alex is arriving at a key moment for us as we develop projects with some of the UK’s best talent - including Bill Nicholson, Peter Kosminsky, Neil Jordan, Adrian Hodges and Howard Overman. Alex’s deal making experience will be vital in pushing these projects forward.”

Marshall said: “I
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Peter & Wendy: Stanley Tucci cast as Captain Hook in Peter Pan TV drama

Stanley Tucci and pop-star Paloma Faith will star in ITV’s interpretation of the Peter Pan story, Peter & Wendy…

If you haven’t heard about the project before, Peter & Wendy is an upcoming ITV television movie based on Peter Pan. We’re told that it “reinterprets this timeless story for the modern age while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original,” connecting the adventures to the modern day children’s hospital Great Ormond Street.

The show – adapted for the screen from J.M. Barrie’s original by The Musketeers writer Adrian Hodges – is now confirmed to star Stanley Tucci as Captain Hook, singer Paloma Faith as Tinker Bell and Laura Fraser as Mrs Darling.

Mr Tucci is of course known for this work in The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal, Transformers: Age Of Extinction and many many more. Paloma Faith appeared in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus,
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Maimie McCoy will be absent from some of The Musketeers series 3

Big news for fans of The Musketeers - Maimie McCoy will not appear in the opening episodes of series three.

McCoy is pregnant and so is currently unable to reprise her role of Milady on the BBC drama.

However, a BBC spokesperson has confirmed to Digital Spy that the actress is in talks to return to the show at a later date.

"We are delighted for Maimie and wish her well through her pregnancy," they said. "We very much hope she may come back as Milady in the latter half of series 3 and are in discussions with her to that effect."

It is currently unclear how many episodes McCoy will miss as a result of her pregnancy.

Rupert Everett and Matthew McNulty will join The Musketeers for its third series, playing a pair of new villains.

The pair will appear alongside returning cast members Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Howard Charles,
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Peter & Wendy casting news

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Screenterrier posted details of open casting calls to find Peter, Wendy and Tiger Lily for a new ITV drama based on the classic children's novel Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, now called Peter & Wendy, and the cast has now been announced.

13 year old Hazel Doupe from Ireland, will star in the joint roles of twelve year old Lucy Rose, a patient at modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Wendy Darling, in her re-imagining of Peter Pan story.

Hazel (represented by Macfarlane Chard), who attends Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, played Sarah in the Rte docu/drama Titanic, Blood and Steel, and starred in Irish thriller Jack Taylor:Shot Down,

Newcomer Zac Sutcliffe (who attends Yorkshire School of Acting) from Bradford, stars as Peter. Zac has just finished filming on Grimsby, a new film from Sacha Baron Cohen.

Natifa Mai (represented by Identity Agency) has been cast in
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Paloma Faith will play Tinkerbell alongside Stanley Tucci in ITV's Peter & Wendy

In this week's most unexpected piece of casting news, Paloma Faith has signed up to play Tinkerbell in ITV's new drama Peter & Wendy.

The singer-songwriter will be joined in the modern day re-imagining of Jm Barrie's Peter Pan by Stanley Tucci, who will play Captain Hook.

Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) will play Mrs Darling, while newcomers Zac Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe will play the lead roles.

ITV's two-hour drama will open in Great Ormond Street Hospital in the present day, with 12-year-old Lucy Rose (Doupe) awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition.

When her mother reads her and the other children the tale of Peter Pan, she falls asleep with thoughts of Neverland racing through her mind. She dreams her own version of the story into existence.

The drama will cut back and forth between Lucy Rose's version of Neverland and the struggles she is facing in hospital each day.
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Rupert Everett and Matthew McNulty will cause trouble for The Musketeers

Fans of The Musketeers - meet your new villain.

Rupert Everett is set to follow in the footsteps of Peter Capaldi and Marc Warren by playing an antagonist in the BBC drama's third series.

Everett has been cast as Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron - illegitimate brother to Louis Xiii (Ryan Gage) and the corrupt Governor of Paris.

Jamaica Inn actor Matthew McNulty will also join the show as Lucien Grimaud, a money lender and vicious criminal who goes up against the Musketeers.

The pair will join returning cast members Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Santiago Cabrera, Hugo Speer, Ryan Gage, Alexandra Dowling and Tamla Kari.

The Musketeers creator Adrian Hodges will not return as showrunner for the third series, with Simon Ashford and Simon Allen serving as lead writers and Matthew Bird (Fortitude, Death in Paradise) joining as producer.

New episodes have been shooting in Prague since April.
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What next for Saturday night UK family drama?

From Primeval to Merlin and Atlantis, Doctor Who's return spawned a host of Saturday teatime dramas that have since disappeared. What next?

It’s Saturday night. BBC 1 is showing Doctor Who. It does this a lot, generally speaking, and has done on and off (sometimes very off) for over fifty years. When the show returned in 2005 it brought with it the realisation that there was a huge family audience un-catered for on Saturday nights, and unfortunately Doctor Who was only on air for a quarter of the year, so it couldn’t do it all by itself.

ITV quickly realised it needed to attract that audience too, and while it had gameshows that dominated the schedules it didn’t have anything like Buck Rogers In The 25th Century or The A Team to put up against the BBC this time. And time was of the essence: new shows had
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The Musketeers: showrunner quits before series 3

The BBC’s The Musketeers will have to cope without its showrunner Adrian Hodges for its already-confirmed third series…

Here’s an interesting one – Adrian Hodges, creator and showrunner for the BBC’s The Musketeers, won't be signing on for the third series.

A third run for the family-friendly historical action drama has already been confirmed by the BBC (we can expect it early next year, if previous broadcast dates are anything to go by), but Hodges has ruled himself out for a return.

Our friends at Geek Syndicate got the scoop on the matter, with a quote from the man himself explaining his reason for leaving his own show:

“I just felt that after the last season I was totally knackered. I love the show but it had been a very intensive two…well four years really and what I didn’t want to go was go straight into developing a new season.
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The Musketeers: Adrian Hodges exits as showrunner ahead of series 3

The Musketeers creator Adrian Hodges has stepped down as showrunner ahead of the upcoming third series.

Hodges adapted Alexandre Dumas's novel for BBC One, but revealed to Geek Syndicate that he will not be back for the next run.

"I just felt that after the last season I was totally knackered," he said. "I love the show but it had been a very intensive two... well, four years really - and what I didn't want to do was go straight into developing a new season. I just didn't quite have the energy to do that."

BBC One was able to recommission The Musketeers thanks to financial backing from BBC Worldwide and BBC America, who also contributed to the first two series.

"The Musketeers has delighted audiences at home and around the world and we're thrilled that we've been able to financially support bringing a third series to the BBC,
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Interview: Director Simon Curtis Fashions the ‘Woman in Gold’

Chicago – The painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” was created by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, and was considered Austria’s greatest artwork. The remarkable journey of the painting, stolen from its original Jewish family by the Nazis during World War II, is the basis for the new film, “Woman in Gold,” directed by Simon Curtis.

Woman in Gold” is based on the true story of Maria Altmann (portrayed in the film by Helen Mirren), a Viennese immigrant in the United States who fought the Austrian government for rightful claim to her family’s paintings in the 1990s, including the famous gold leaf portrait of her Aunt Adele. Altmann brings in an American lawyer named Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to act as her lawyer, and their years of litigation to make this art restitution was one of the most high profile of these cases. The film includes flashbacks of the family in Vienna during those war years,
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The Musketeers series 2 episode 10 review: Trial And Punishment

The Musketeers tops off a strong second series with a fitting finale in which Marc Warren really made the villain's role his own...

This review contains spoilers.

2.10 Trial And Punishment

So this is it, the end of series 2. It’s been a fair old journey with some excellent highs and fortunately not many lows (not to mention far too many interruptions – damn you sport and charity!). The series finale often seems to linger, perhaps unfairly, as the one remembered by most and considered a yard stick for the run as a whole. In that respect, Trial And Punishment (written by Simon Allen and directed by Nicholas Renton), is a fitting end to what has been a really strong season.

Perhaps the most vivid image from last week's preview was of a haunted Constance being led to the executioner. It was with some surprise then, that this opened the episode, as
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The Musketeers series 2 episode 8 review: The Prodigal Father

Liam Cunningham guest stars in the latest episode of The Musketeers, which delves further into Porthos' past...

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 The Prodigal Father

Director Edward Bennett returns from last week’s middling A Marriage Of Inconvenience for The Prodigal Father. Written by Adrian Hodges, The Prodigal Father was centred on Porthos and as such my hopes were high, but the largely turgid central plot was overshadowed by an exciting and dramatic last five minutes which served to highlight the rather ordinary nature of the first 55 minutes

Yes, as was heralded by Treville’s sick bed confession from last week, we finally learn of Porthos' heritage. It’s a narrative that I’ve found largely underwhelming considering the machinations going on elsewhere in the Musketeers world. However, with Porthos being one of the stand-out characters in the first season and somewhat lacklustre this season, any opportunity for him to take
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