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Global Deals Roll In for Agatha Christie Miniseries ‘Ordeal by Innocence’

A number of international broadcasters have snapped up “Ordeal by Innocence,” the BBC-commissioned Agatha Christie adaptation that was partially re-shot after actor Ed Westwick was accused of sexual assault.

The three-part series just wrapped up over the weekend on the BBC’s flagship BBC One channel. Endeavor Content has closed several international deals for the show, including with Canal+ for France and Australian pubcaster ABC. TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, and MTV3 in Finland have also acquired the series.

Elsewhere, BBC Studios has picked up the show for its premium drama channel First in the Middle East and Africa.
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Legendary/Universal’s ‘Detective Pikachu’ Adds Omar Chaparro; Jeremy Sumpter, Tom Berenger Cast In ‘Sargasso’

Legendary/Universal’s ‘Detective Pikachu’ Adds Omar Chaparro; Jeremy Sumpter, Tom Berenger Cast In ‘Sargasso’
Actor Omar Chaparro has joined Ryan Reynolds, Ken Watanabe, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Chris Geere, Rita Ora and Suki Waterhouse in Detective Pikachu, the first live-action film based on the Pokémon franchise from Legendary and Universal Pictures. Rob Letterman is at the helm from a script he co-wrote with Nicole Perlman with polishes by Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy. It will focus on Detective Pikachu as a new character and storyline in the Pokémon
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Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” Acquired by Greenwich Entertainment, Emily Mortimer Stars

The Bookshop

The Bookshop” is making its way to the United States. Isabel Coixet’s award-winning drama has been acquired by Greenwich Entertainment, Deadline confirms. The Emily Mortimer-starrer screened at the Berlinale in February.

An adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel, “The Bookshop” is set in 1950s England. A widow living in a seaside village (Mortimer) “pursues her lifelong dream of opening a bookshop. As she introduces the townsfolk to the world’s best literature and stirs a cultural awakening, her efforts are ruthlessly opposed by a powerful local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson), causing a reclusive resident (Bill Nighy) to join the fight to keep the bookshop open.”

The film hits U.S. theaters August 24.

The Bookshop” took home trophies for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at Spain’s prestigious Goya Awards.

“We’ve always admired Isabel’s work and her great leads so it’s
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Greenwich Entertainment acquires Isabel Coixet’s 'The Bookshop'

Drama won three Goyas, played in Berlinale.

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Isabel Coixet’s Goya best film winner and Berlinale special gala selection The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson.

Coixet adapted Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel about a widow in 1950s England who locks horns with a local grand dame when she opens a bookshop.

The Bookshop won three Goya Awards for best film, director, and adapted screenplay.

Greenwich Entertainment will release the film theatrically in the Us on August 24. It opened in Spain recently and grossed $3.5m locally.

Jaume Banacolocha, Joan Bas, Adolfo Blanco
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‘The Bookshop,’ Starring Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy Acquired By Greenwich Entertainment

The Bookshop, which played in Berlin and was the winner of three Goya awards in Spain, was just acquired for U.S. distribution by Greenwich Entertainment. Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive) and based on a Man Booker Prize short-listed novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, the film stars Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Patricia Clarkson (House of Cards). Greenwich Entertainment will…
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Greenwich Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights to Isabel Coixet’s ‘The Bookshop’ (Exclusive)

Greenwich Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights to Isabel Coixet’s ‘The Bookshop’ (Exclusive)
New York-based Greenwich Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to “The Bookshop,” directed by Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me,” “Elegy”), one of Spain’s most international auteurs. ”The Bookshop” is sold by Thierry Wase-Bailey’s U.K.-based Celsius Entertainment.

Greenwich Entertainment was founded last year by veteran arthouse distributor Ed Arentz, formerly managing director of Music Box Films.

“It’s a wonderful film with a significant potential in the U.S.,” Arentz said enthusiastically. He added: “The film is the film and now it’s up to us to release it properly, to find a good slot and encourage the exhibitors to support it. If all goes well, the release could do very well.”

Coixet’s twelfth feature, “The Bookshop” is produced by Spain’s A Contracorriente Films and Diagonal TV, the U.K.’s Zephyr Films and Germany’s One Two Films. It stars Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.
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'Isle Of Dogs' scoops top prize at Fido Awards

'Isle Of Dogs' scoops top prize at Fido Awards
The prize was presented at an exhibition of the film’s craft in London.

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle Of Dogs has been awarded the first ever Fi-Dogmanitarian award at the Fido Awards (For Incredible Dogs On Screen).

The film, which depicts a group of dogs fighting extermination on an island of trash in Japan, was recognised for its ‘celebration of the human bond with canines in the Year of the Dog’.

The award is modelled on the Palm DogManitarian Award at sister ceremony the Palm Dog awards, which take place during Cannes Film Festival.

Andy Gent, head of
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Sunday’s best TV: Ordeal By Innocence; The Generation Game

  • The Guardian - TV News
A delayed Christmas Agatha Christie surfaces at Easter and a classic old-school gameshow gets a Mel and Sue reboot

Ordeal By Innocence

9pm, BBC One

You can’t go wrong with an Agatha Christie on Easter Sunday, can you? Unless of course you’re Ed Westwick, who was expunged from this three-part series (originally slated for Christmas) in the wake of sexual assault allegations. His replacement, Christian Cooke, does a fine job as the adopted son of Rachel Argyll, a wealthy philanthropist who has been murdered at the family estate. However, it’s Bill Nighy as the keen-to-remarry widower and Luke Treadaway as the alibi-providing Dr Arthur Calgary who draw most attention. Ellen E Jones

The Big Painting Challenge

6pm, BBC One

Mariella Frostrup and the Rev Richard Coles return for a soothing new series that sees 10 amateur painters arrive in Glasgow for a six-week artistic boot camp. The first
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Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig’s New York Restaurant Movie

Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig’s New York Restaurant Movie
Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones and Jay Baruchel have joined Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim and Zoe Kazan in director Lone Scherfig’s untitled New York restaurant project.

Principal photography started in Toronto on March 23. The film will also shoot in Copenhagen and New York City.

The film, unofficially titled “Secrets From the Russian Tea Room,” takes place in the heart of New York City at an opulent Russian restaurant, owned by Nighy’s character. Jones portrays a young man in desperate need of a job, while Baruchel will play a lawyer with high ethics but low self-esteem.

HanWay Films has acquired worldwide sales and distribution rights backed by Ingenious Media and Apollo Media. Entertainment One will distribute the film in Canada and Sf Studios in Scandinavia.

Nighy collaborated with Scherfig in “Their Finest” and Jones starred in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Kazan is playing a mother looking to avoid her abusive cop husband,
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Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel join Lone Scherfig feature as shooting starts

Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel join Lone Scherfig feature as shooting starts
New additions line up alongside Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim and Zoe Kazan.

Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out) and Jay Baruchel (Goon) have joined the cast of Lone Scherfig’s untitled new feature, as shooting commences.

Principal photography began in Toronto on March 23, with filming also lined up for Copenhagen and New York City.

As announced exclusively by Screen last month, Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) lead the cast.

The film is a modern-day fairytale set in a Russian restaurant in New York City, as a collection of characters
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Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto

Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones & Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig Drama, Shoot Underway In Toronto
Exclusive: Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) and Jay Baruchel (Goon) are joining the cast of Lone Scherfig’s latest movie, I can reveal. The movie is now underway in Toronto and will soon head to Copenhagen and New York. As previously announced, Andrea Riseborough (Death Of Stalin), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) also star in the ensemble piece from the One Day and Their Finest filmmaker, who…
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Bill Nighy, Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig's Untitled New York Project

Bill Nighy, Jay Baruchel Join Lone Scherfig's Untitled New York Project
Bill Nighy, Jay Baruchel and Caleb Landry Jones have boarded Danish director Lone Scherfig’s untitled New York project, previously called the Secrets From the Russian Tea Room movie.

The trio joins an ensemble cast that includes Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim and Zoe Kazan. Scherfig's modern-day fairy tale, now shooting in Toronto, takes place around a Russian restaurant in the heart of New York City where the lives of four charismatic and vulnerable characters intersect as they show compassion, kindness and love to one another, with surprising outcomes.

Nighy is set to play a restaurant owner and grandson of Russian immigrants; Baruchel...
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'Ordeal by Innocence' Producers Say They Received "No Pressure" From BBC When Replacing Ed Westwick

BBC miniseries Ordeal by Innocence hit the headlines last year when, just weeks after the Harvey Weinstein exposés were published, one of its leads, actor Ed Westwick, was accused of sexual assault. Despite the production — which also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor and Matthew Goode — already have been completed, the BBC decided to cancel its Christmas airdate of the Agatha Christie adaptation.

Best known for his role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, Westwick was accused separately by three women of sexual assault. He refuted these claims, but in the past 24 hours the actor has...
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French Actor Jean Reno Joins Cast of ‘Waiting for Anya’

French Actor Jean Reno Joins Cast of ‘Waiting for Anya’
French actor Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code”) has joined the cast of Ben Cookson’s WWII drama “Waiting for Anya” which has just started shooting in France.

Reno will star opposite Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”), Anjelica Huston (“The Witches”), Thomas Kretschmann (“The Pianist”), Elsa Zylbertsein (“I’ve Loved You So Long”) and Tomas Lemarquis (“X-Men: Apocalypse”). Also rounding up the cast are Frederick Schmidt (“Mission: Impossible- Fallout”), Josephine De La Baum (“Madame”) and Sadie Frost (“Absolutely Fabulous, the Movie).

Written by Toby Torlesse and based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name, “Waiting for Anya” is set against the backdrop of World War II in Southern France. The film follows a young shepherd boy (Schnapp) and his beloved grandfather (Reno) who help save the lives of Jewish children as they crossed the Spanish border.

Waiting for Anya” is the second feature film produced by Goldfinch Studios, following
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Filmart: Goldfinch Neon slate includes Sergei Bodrov martial arts film

Project will be structured as a UK-China co-production.

Goldfinch Neon, the Hong Kong outpost of the UK’s Goldfinch Studios, has unveiled its debut production slate, including martial arts fantasy The Three Swords Of Master Chan, to be directed by Sergei Bodrov.

Currently in development, the project will be set in 17th Century China and East Asia. The producers plan to bring on board an international cast and structure the project as a UK-China co-production. Russian filmmaker Bodrov’s credits include Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan and Seventh Son.

Crako, which is currently raising finance, combines a heist premise with zombies and parkour,
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FilMart: Sergei Bodrov Project Heads Debut Slate for Goldfinch Neon

FilMart: Sergei Bodrov Project Heads Debut Slate for Goldfinch Neon
A new film by Russia’s Sergei Bodrov (“Mongol,” “Seventh Son”) is the highlight of the debut slate of recently launched Goldfinch Neon. The company is a Hong Kong-based offshoot of the U.K.’s Goldfinch Studios mini-conglomerate.

The company’s first FilMart sees the launch of four movies. Executives in attendance include local heads Mike Leeder (aka Big Mike) and Goldfinch Studios’ Head of Sales and Distribution, Andy Green. Visiting from the U.K. are Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell and marketing head Phil McKenzie.

The Bodrov project is a period martial arts fantasy, “The Three Swords of Master Chan.” Currently in development, Goldfinch Neo aims to attach a high profile cast and structure the picture as a U.K.-China co-production.

The company is also touting a Hong Kong-set film adaptation of stage musical “Stomp.” Luke Cresswell, co-creator of the original show, is attached to direct.

Leeder, who has
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Guadalajara’s Homage to Catalonia: 10 Takes

Barcelona — In the sixteenth century, Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, was barred by Spain’s central government from trading with the New World. Five centuries later, a veritable armada of film industry talent – producers, directors, fest-heads, executives and at least one critic – are hitting Mexican shores for a tribute from the Guadalajara Film Festival. Variety drills down on the tribute to Catalonia, Guadalajara’s 2018 guest of honor, whose presence helps define this year’s fest edition.

1.Catalonia: No Minnow

Why Catalonia? Guadalajara’s honorary guest tributes are, after all, normally given to countries: Italy, for instance. But Catalonia has often driven Spain’s film industry. Even under dictator Francisco Franco, it took succulent rewards in the 1950s to persuade many of the major film companies in Barcelona to relocate to Madrid. From the late ‘90s, it has been Catalonia not Madrid which has sown most of the seeds of one
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Emily Mortimer stars in first trailer for The Bookshop

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Vertigo Releasing have released the first trailer for The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy.

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name; ‘The Bookshop’ is set in 1959, Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov’s scandalizing “Lolita” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries.

Directed and co-written by Isabel Coixet, the film stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson and Honor Kneafsey.

The Bookshop Official Synopsis

Set
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BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners

BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners
Since the the BAFTAs moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000, it has become a fairly reliable barometer of who will win in the four acting races at the Academy Awards. However, there have been six occasions when it has gone with home-grown talent over the eventual Oscar winners. And there have been eight other times when British nominees have won without facing the eventual Academy Awards champs.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ dominates with 12 nominations, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards’ at 9

Best Actor

2000: Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot” over Russell Crowe for “Gladiator”; Bell was snubbed by Oscars.

2002: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Gangs of New York” over Adrien Brody for “The Pianist.”

2009: Colin Firth for A Single Man” over Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart.”

In 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor won the BAFTA for “12 Years a Slave,” 2013; Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
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Berlinale: ‘The Bookshop’ Review: Dir. Isabelle Coixet (2018)

The Bookshop review: Isabel Coixet adapts Penelope Fitzgerald’s famous novel for the big-screen.

The Bookshop review by Paul Heath.

The Bookshop review

Following their on-screen pairing in last year’ Berlinale delight The Party, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarke reunite for this 1950s-set drama from Spanish director Isabel Coixet.

Adapted from Penelope Fitzgerald’s book of the same name, The Bookshop centres on Mortimer’s lead character Florence Green, a lonely widow who opens a small bookshop in the sleepy English seaside town of Hardborough, England, despite overwhelming local opposition from the surrounding, stale community, in particular the strong-willed Mrs. Gamart (Clarkson).

Introducing the town to some of the best literature of the time, including Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenhei 451’ and Nabokov’ scandalous ‘Lolita’, among others, the bookshop slowly but surely starts to turn a profit, much to the annoyance of her fellow shopkeepers.

While continuously battling her neighbours, and indeed
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