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‘Stan and Ollie’: John C. Reilly is Unrecognizable in Laurel and Hardy Biopic

‘Stan and Ollie’: John C. Reilly is Unrecognizable in Laurel and Hardy Biopic
Gary Oldman may have earned a Golden Globe for his amazing transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” but Oldman will soon have a rival in John C. Reilly for his portrayal of Oliver Hardy. Reilly and Steve Coogan bear an uncanny resemblance to Laurel and Hardy on the set of “Stan and Ollie,” a forthcoming biopic about the world’s most famous comedy duo. In a new photo released on Twitter by consultants for the film, Reilly is rotund and adorable in suspenders and a 1950s-style short vintage tie.

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We had the pleasure of working as consultants on the forthcoming movie #StanAndOllie about #LaurelAndHardy‘s final UK tour set in 1953. It’s going to be a great film. Steve Coogan plays Stan and John C Reilly plays Ollie.

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BBC Orders Scottish Dramas, Plus New True-Life Drama on London Serial Killer

The BBC has ordered up a new true-life drama about a London serial killer from the team behind British ratings sensation “The Moorside,” along with two new Scottish dramas for flagship channel BBC One. Charlotte Moore, the broadcaster’s director of content, announced the new commissions Thursday at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival.

The Barking Murders” will be a new three-part factual drama from Jeff Pope (“Philomena”) and Neil McKay, the team behind “The Moorside,” which broke BBC viewing records for a new drama earlier this year. “The Moorside” (pictured), starring Sheridan Smith, dramatized the 2008 search for a missing British schoolgirl. “The Barking Murders” will tell the story of convicted serial killer Stephen Port from the point of view of the families of his four victims, focusing on the fight to uncover the truth about the deaths.

McKay said of the project: “Four young men with their entire future ahead of them lost their lives in a
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BBC Orders Pair Of Scottish Dramas & Jeff Pope’s ‘The Barking Murders’ – Edinburgh

BBC One has set three new dramas, including two that will be made out of Scotland. Psychological drama The Cry is adapted from the Helen FitzGerald novel about the disintegration of a marriage following a tragedy, and The Victim is a contemporary legal thriller told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused. The new projects were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Television Festival today. BBC One has also ordered a factual drama from Jeff Pope, an Oscar…
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ITV Making ‘Hatton Garden’ Heist Drama

The 2015 heist in London’s diamond district by a group of grizzled thieves is already the subject of multiple movie projects. Now ITV is giving the notorious caper the small-screen treatment by greenlighting drama series “Hatton Garden.”

The robbery is proving irresistible for film and TV producers, with Studiocanal’s “Night in Hatton Garden,” Ronnie Thompson’s “The Hatton Garden Job,” and Working Title also reportedly working up a project about the raid, in which a gang of retired petty criminals looted the contents of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.

ITV’s series will consist of four parts and comes from Jeff Pope, a writer who specializes in dramatizing real-life events.

Timothy Spall, Kenneth Cranham, and Brian F. O’Byrne will play the aging robbers. David Hayman, Alex Norton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Geoff Bell, and Nasser Memarzia will also star. Terry Winsor (“Essex Boys”) will co-write the series, and Paul Whittington (“Cilla”) will direct.

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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores
Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a
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The week in TV: Little Boy Blue; The Durrells; The Island with Bear Grylls; Girlboss

The Moorside writer Jeff Pope does a fine job on the story of Rhys Jones, The Durrells is much more likable than it should be, but Girlboss isn’t

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Girlboss (Netflix)

It is a tribute to Jeff Pope’s writing that, even as surgeons battled to save the life of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, I was still willing them to succeed. Even though everyone knows the real Rhys died in 2007 on the operating table, after being shot in a Liverpool car park, there was still, surely, a hope – can they get the blood in in time? Will that surgical clip hold – and, like a sporting action-replay, ever the insane suspicion that it might go differently this time.

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Little Boy Blue review – gut-wrenching grief, and an investigation that nearly didn’t get results

Jeff Pope’s dramatisation of the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones excelled at turning bad news into good drama

A football ground tribute to someone who has just died is always a moving thing, partly because of the scale of collective feeling. It was hard not to choke up at the minutes’ applause for Ugo Ehiogu, who died too young, at Villa Park and Wembley at the weekend.

The one in Little Boy Blue (ITV) is a reconstruction: 39,000 Everton fans gave up their half-time break at a recent match to applaud 11-year-old Rhys Jones, younger than too young, as actors playing his parents and brother stood by the side of the pitch.

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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Actor Steve Coogan on the Magical Year of ‘Philomena’ – Awards Season Flashback

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Actor Steve Coogan on the Magical Year of ‘Philomena’ – Awards Season Flashback
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Rules Don’t Apply.”]

If it wasn’t already clear that Steve Coogan is an extraordinarily multi-talented man, along came “Philomena.” Perhaps known best as a comic actor in films like “In The Loop,” “The Trip” and “24 Hour Party People,” Coogan took a turn for the dramatic with “Philomena,” both in front of and behind the camera. As producer, writer and star, Coogan helped deliver one of the year’s most heartwarming — and heartbreaking — dramas, detailing the true story of a woman (Judi Dench) who is joined by a journalist (Coogan) to try to find the son who was taken from her 50 years earlier.

A story that easily could have been turned into an overly sentimental tearjerker is handled with a confidence and restraint in both Coogan’s words and performance, resulting in a film that has been winning over audiences and awards groups left and right.

When the film — notably directed by Stephen Frears
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Helena Bonham Carter to Star in, Produce Miniseries ‘Saint Mazie’

Helena Bonham Carter is to star in miniseries “Saint Mazie,” which will be adapted by Clara Brennan from Jami Attenberg’s novel. The project is being developed and produced by Bonham Carter with Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures and Scott Lastaiti’s Palantir Group.

Bonham Carter will star as Mazie Gordon-Phillips, the real-life character who Joseph Mitchell first wrote about in the New Yorker in 1940, and who Attenberg brought to life in her book “Saint Mazie.” Mazie spent her days selling tickets at a movie theater which she eventually inherited, and in her spare time she walked the streets of New York, giving the homeless soap and sips of liquor from her flask.

Ward, whose credits include “Dancing on the Edge,” “Suffragette” and “The Crown,” said: “Mazie is a restless, independent woman who embodies the essence of 1930s New York. Our story unveils a woman in the middle of her life,
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Watch First Four Minutes of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Premiere

Watch First Four Minutes of AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Premiere
In Tuesday’s TV news roundup, AMC releases the first four minutes of the “Preacher” premiere online; Tig Notaro’s Amazon series adds a “Heroes Reborn” alum and more.


AMC has debuted the first four minutes of the “Preacher” premiere online ahead of the show’s May 22 bow.

The hotly-anticipated comic book adaptation will also get the aftershow treatment for its series premiere and Season 1 finale. Following in the footsteps of the cabler’s “Talking Dead” — “The Walking Dead’s” live aftershow — “Talking Preacher” will feature series cast, creators, producers and celebrity fans discussing the twisted new series. “Talking Preacher” will debut Sunday, May 29 at 10:30 p.m. following an encore airing of “Preacher’s” pilot episode at 9:00 p.m., with series star Dominic Cooper and executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin as guests. The second installment will air following the season finale on Sunday,
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Cannes: Sales Launch on Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly’s ‘Stan and Ollie’

Sierra/Affinity is launching international sales on Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly movie “Stan & Ollie” at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jon S. Baird is directing the story of the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy from Jeff Pope’s script. Entertainment One and BBC Films will co-finance the feature, which is produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.

The rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy was licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation. Executive producers on the film are Christine Langan and Nichola Martin for BBC Films, Gabrielle Tana, as well as Jeff Pope for Sonesta Films.

The film follows Laurel & Hardy setting out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953 with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them with attendances low. The charm of their performances shines through as the tour becomes a hit,
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Sierra/Affinity to start Cannes sales on 'Stan & Ollie'

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Exclusive: Nick Meyer has added the eOne and BBC Films biopic starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly to its powerhouse Cannes slate.

The company represents international sales rights to the previously announced project pursuant to its agreement with eOne, who will directly distribute in Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.

Jon S. Baird, whose credits include Filth, will direct from a screenplay by Jeff Pope. The story follows the lauded comedy double act Laurel & Hardy, their halcyon days behind them, as they embark on a challenging tour of Britain in 1953.

As the trip wears on, Hardy’s ailing health coupled with long-buried ghosts threatens to derail the tour, and forces the friends to discover how much they mean to each other.

eOne and BBC Films are co-financing Stan & Ollie and Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures produces in association with eOne Features and BBC Films.

Christine Langan and Nichola Martin serve as executive producers
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Sierra/Affinity Bringing ‘Stan & Ollie’ To Cannes

Sierra/Affinity Bringing ‘Stan & Ollie’ To Cannes
Sierra/Affinity is bringing Stan & Ollie to Cannes for sales. The project, which stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the beloved comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy who rose to fame in the 1930s, was written by screenwriter Jeff Pope. Coogan and Pope last worked together on Philomena which garnered four Oscar noms, including for Coogan and Pope for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film will be directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) with Entertainment One (eOne) and BBC…
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BAFTA to Honor Comedian, Actor, Writer Lenny Henry at TV Awards

BAFTA to Honor Comedian, Actor, Writer Lenny Henry at TV Awards
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is set to honor British comedian, actor and writer Lenny Henry. He will receive BAFTA’s Special Award in recognition of his “outstanding creative contribution to television” at the British Academy Television Awards on May 8.

Krishnendu Majumdar, chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “There is no one more deserving of the Special Award this year than Lenny Henry. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a performer and writer, appearing in dozens of shows from ‘Tiswas’ to the hugely popular ‘Lenny Henry Show,’ and most recently in the drama ‘The Syndicate,’ proving his appeal spans all generations and genres.”

Majumdar added: “Lenny’s recent groundbreaking BAFTA lecture has helped to reframe and reignite the discussion about diversity in British television, with the conversations he has sparked already leading to positive changes. This, coupled with his incredible contribution to the industry,
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A Speck in the Sea

Weinstein Books has acquired publishing rights for John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski's novel "A Speck in The Sea" which will be developed into a film at The Weinstein Company. Jeff Pope will adapt the script while Rachael Horovitz, Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein will produce.

Aldridge is a Montauk fisherman who fell of his boat into the ocean, forty miles off Montauk in the middle of the night without a life vest. His childhood best Sosinski helped launch a multi-state rescue operation - with the film set to cover that rescue in real time. [Source: Deadline]

The Kind Worth Killing

Agnieszka Holland ("In Darkness," "Angry Harvest") is attached to direct an adaptation of the Peter Swanson thriller novel "The Kind Worth Killing" for Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions. Christopher Kyle penned the adapted screenplay.

The story follows a man who tells a female fellow passenger about
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Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures

Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures
Faye Ward’s indie production outfit is currently producing Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan And Ollie.

Sony Pictures Television has invested in drama indie Fable Pictures – the fledgling indie run by The Crown [pictured] producer Faye Ward.

Fable Pictures was established earlier this year by former Ruby Film & Television exec Ward and Rastamouse producer Eugenio Perez.

Sony has taken a minority stake in the business, marking the Hollywood studio’s first UK drama move since it acquired Left Bank Pictures in 2012.

Last year Wayne Garvie, Sony’s chief creative officer, international production, told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast: “I feel we’re a bit underrepresented in scripted,” Garvie says. “I’d like us to do something else there.”

Fable is currently producing Stan And Ollie, the BBC Films project written by Jeff Pope and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Ward has also recently produced series including Left Bank’s forthcoming royal saga The Crown for Netflix and Ruby
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Sony Pictures Television Backs ‘Suffragette’ Producer Faye Ward’s Fable

London — Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in Fable Pictures, the U.K. film and television production company run by creative director Faye Ward, who produced “Suffragette” alongside Alison Owen, and managing director Eugenio Perez.

Fable will focus on high-end drama series that can travel internationally, with Spt distributing around the globe. Its current project is film “Stan and Ollie,” written by Jeff Pope, directed by Jon S. Baird, and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. It is due to shoot later this year.

Ward’s other credits include feature film “Jane Eyre” (Focus Features), TV series “Small Island” (BBC), Golden Globe nominated series “Dancing on the Edge” (BBC), “Toast” (BBC) and episodes of “The Crown” for Left Bank Pictures and Netflix.

Ward said: “Fable Pictures’ vision is to collaborate with strong writers and directors to tell stories that are ambitious, illuminating and entertaining across film and television.
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Hap And Leonard Season 1 Review

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Questions of purpose hang heavy over Hap and Leonard, SundanceTV’s sweaty and savory adaptation of the detective novels by Joe R. Lansdale. Set in the 1980s, the series revolves around two best friends haunted by the events of years prior. Hap (James Purefoy), who spent time in jail after fighting the draft during Vietnam, has a faint glimmer in his eyes, the last vestige of a once-passionate force of personality. Leonard (Michael K. Williams), who did serve, has the hang-dog look of a man haunted, both by his military excursions and the cultural hostility that he, a gay veteran, found in his homecoming.

Both of them idle away their time working in the rose fields until they’re fired, thanks to an influx of less costly Mexican laborers. It’s not as if these two regularly got up to much beforehand but,
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eOne to Co-Finance Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly’s Laurel & Hardy Biopic

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eOne to Co-Finance Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly’s Laurel & Hardy Biopic
eOne will co-finance the Laurel & Hardy movie “Stan & Ollie” along with BBC Films and Fable Pictures, the company announced Wednesday. The film stars Academy Award nominees Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary comedy duo in the latter portion of their long careers. Written by BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter Jeff Pope, the film will be directed by Jon S. Baird and produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures, in association with eOne Features and BBC Films. The rights to the work of Laurel and Hardy has been licensed by Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation. Also Read: Meryl Streep on Berlin
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eOne Boards Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly’s Laurel and Hardy Biopic ‘Stan & Ollie’

eOne Boards Steve Coogan-John C. Reilly’s Laurel and Hardy Biopic ‘Stan & Ollie’
Entertainment One (eOne) is set to co-finance the Laurel and Hardy dramatic comedy “Stan & Ollie,” starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

The “Spotlight” distrib will co-finance the project with BBC Films and will handle sales and distribute in its territories.

Pic is produced by Fable Pictures, the relatively new banner from Brit producer Faye Ward (“Suffragette”), and is penned by “Philomena’s” Jeff Pope, while “Filth” helmer Jon S. Baird is set to direct.

The story centers on much-loved comedy duo Laurel and Hardy and their legendary 1953 variety hall tour of Blighty. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendance was disappointingly low, but they always managed to make each other laugh and charm their auds. Eventually, the tour becomes a hit, but the duo can’t quite shake the spectre of Stan and Ollie’s long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, and their precious partnership begins to feel threatened.
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