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Evan Peters Wanted a Special Effects Credit on ‘American Animals’ (Exclusive Video)

Evan Peters Wanted a Special Effects Credit on ‘American Animals’ (Exclusive Video)
Starring in “American Animals,” the upcoming crime drama, wasn’t enough for Evan Peters — he wishes he had a credit for makeup special effects, too.

Speaking to TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at Sundance Film Festival — where the film premiered in January and acquired by The Orchard and MoviePass — the “X-Men” and “American Horror Story” star told us of his “love” for special effects and prosthetics.

Director Bart Layton said Peters was a natural at the non-acting assignment and that everyone was impressed with his work, “including the makeup artists, who are suddenly thinking, ‘Well, I’m kind of out of a job.'”

Also Read: Evan Peters Watches Himself Strangle 'Ahs' Co-Star to Death: 'Annnd Crack' (Exclusive Video)

American Animals” follows the fact-based story of a group of young men in their early 20s who, in 2004, mistook their lives for a movie and attempted an art-theft from the special collections library of their own university.
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Sundance: 'American Animals', 'Blindspotting' sell to North America

Sundance: 'American Animals', 'Blindspotting' sell to North America
The Orchard teams up with new player MoviePass Ventures on Bart Layton debut; Lionsgate take Blindspotting.

The Orchard and new distributor MoviePass Ventures have teamed up on North American rights to Bart Layton’s acclaimed heist film American Animals, while Lionsgate has acquired highly regarded Blindspotting.

The Orchard and new distributor MoviePass Ventures struck the American Animals deal with UTA Independent Film Group, Film4 and AI Film on the same day it emerged that Stx had acquired UK rights from Sierra/Affinity.

Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, and Udo Kier star in the in U.S. Dramatic Competition entry about a group of youngsters who in 2004 attempted an audacious art-theft.

Film4 co-financed and developed the Raw production with AI Film. Katherine Butler, Derrin Schlesinger, Dimitri Doganis, and Mary Jane Skalski produced, and executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik, David Kosse, Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek, and Tory Metzger.

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Sundance: MoviePass, The Orchard Buy ‘American Animals’

MoviePass Ventures and The Orchard are partnering to buy North American distribution rights to “American Animals,” an art heist drama that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The deal was for $3 million and involved a significant P&A commitment, according to a knowledgeable source.

It’s a unique pact, combining the resources of a subscription ticketing service that’s been likened to the Netflix of the exhibition space with the indie studio behind “Cartel Land” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” At the start of the festival, MoviePass announced that it was looking to buy films and was hoping to partner with a more traditional distribution company. It had talked to studios about partnering on a deal to purchase “Blindspotting,” but that film ultimately sold to Lionsgate. MoviePass’ subscriber rolls currently exceed 1.5 million people, so theoretically it has access to data on consumer habits that could help the companies pitch the film to consumers.

American Animals” hit the
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'American Animals' picked up by Stx International for UK

Heist thriller gets UK deal.

Sundance hit American Animals has been picked up for UK distribution by Stx International, sources have confirmed to Screen.

Bart Layton’s heist thriller premiered to raves in Park City this week. Screen’s review called it a film ”which genuinely breaks new ground”.

Sierra/Affinity handles sales on the project, which is co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.

Producers are Katherine Butler and Dimitri Doganis for UK outfit Raw with Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski.

The film charts the story of four young Us men who undertake a foolhardy heist. Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier star.

Executive producers on the project are current Stx International boss and former Film4 head David Kosse with Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek, AI Film’s Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik, and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

UTA Independent Film Group is handling
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Blake Jenner, Four Others Join Evan Peters in Indie Heist Film ‘American Animals’

Blake Jenner, Four Others Join Evan Peters in Indie Heist Film ‘American Animals’
Rising star Blake Jenner has joined the cast of Bart Layton’s “American Animals.” The actor was one of five new cast additions announced Thursday. Young actors Barry Keoghan and Jared Abrahamson will also join the heist film, alongside veteran character actors Ann Dowd and Udo Kier.

American Animals” is Layton’s first film since his BAFTA-winning documentary “The Imposter” and marks his first foray into narrative feature film. It is based on the true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. Evan Peters also stars.

Layton also wrote the film which is a Raw production, co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film. It is produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.

The film is expected to begin principal photography later this year in the U.
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Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan joins 'American Animals'

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Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier have joined the heist film alongside previously announced Evan Peters.

Film4 and AI Film are co-financing and developed American Animals, a Raw production based on a true story about four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in Us history.

Sierra/Affinity has added the project to its bumper Berlin slate and principal photography is scheduled to begin in the Us this year.

Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski will serve as producers.

The executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik for AI Film, David Kosse, Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek, and Tory Metzger for Lava Bear Films.

Keoghan will be seen this summer in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.
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AFM: Evan Peters to Star in Heist Movie ‘American Animals’

AFM: Evan Peters to Star in Heist Movie ‘American Animals’
X-Men” and “American Horror Story” star Evan Peters has boarded the heist movie “American Animals” with Bart Layton directing from his own script.

Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the U.S. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales of the project starting at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. sale of the film.

“American Animals” will be a Raw production, co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film. Producers are Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, and Mary Jane Skalski. Executive producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

The film will focus on the “unbelievable but mostly true story” of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted
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Evan Peters to Star in Indie Heist Movie ‘American Animals’

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Evan Peters to Star in Indie Heist Movie ‘American Animals’
American Horror Story” star Evan Peters will topline the indie heist movie “American Animals from writer-director Bart Layton (“The Imposter”), TheWrap has learned. Based on a true story, the movie follows four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the U.S. Also Read: 'American Horror Story': Fans Rejoice Over Evan Peters' Return The film will be co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film. Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski are producing.
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Sierra, Film4, AI Film team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters

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Sierra, Film4, AI Film team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters
Exclusive: X-Men and American Horror Story star to lead Bart Layton’s heist movie; Lava Bear among executives on Raw production.

X-Men and American Horror Story star Evan Peters will lead cast in Bart Layton’s (The Imposter) heist movie American Animals.

Sierra/Affinity has boarded sales on the true story, which is co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.

The Raw production, produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski, charts the story of four young Us men who undertake a foolhardy heist.

Executive producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the Us. Sierra/Affinity will launch the project at this year’s American Film Market.UTA Independent Film Group is handling the Us
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Sierra, Film4, AI Fim team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters

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Sierra, Film4, AI Fim team on 'American Animals' with Evan Peters
Exclusive: X-Men and American Horror Story star to lead Bart Layton’s heist movie; Lava Bear among executives on Raw production.

X-Men and American Horror Story star Evan Peters will lead cast in Bart Layton’s (The Imposter) heist movie American Animals.

Sierra/Affinityhas boarded sales on hte true story, which is co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.

The Raw production, produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski, charts the story of four young UK men who undertake a foolhardy heist.

Executive producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the Us. Sierra/Affinity will launch the project at this year’s American Film Market.UTA Independent Film Group is handling the Us sale
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SundanceTV Boards Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon’

SundanceTV has boarded the Danny Boyle-directed Babylon. The network said today it is co-producing with UK’s Channel 4 six new TV format episodes which will air on Sundance in 2015. FX had been exploring joining the comedy-drama series, which is set inside a modern London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) executive produces with Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things) and Derrin Schlesinger (Southcliffe, Four Lions) producing. Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound Of My Voice) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, Millions) star. Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Old Guys, Fresh Meat), penned the script. The feature-length pilot aired on Channel 4 in the UK earlier this year with the series set to air on the UK broadcaster this fall. Related: Hot TV Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon
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SundanceTV Co-Producing ‘Babylon’ from Danny Boyle

SundanceTV Co-Producing ‘Babylon’ from Danny Boyle
SundanceTV is teaming up with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 for “Babylon,” a new scripted drama described as a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force. Six episodes are being co-produced to air in 2015, along with an already-completed feature length pilot.

Oscar winner Danny Boyle executive produces the series and directed the pilot. The show is written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong and produced by Robert Jones and Derrin Schlesinger.

Babylon,” which stars Brit Marling and James Nesbitt, follows Liz Garvey (Marling), a new-media savvy American who’s parachuted in to revolutionize the public relations department of London’s largest police force, but soon finds her certainties shattered and herself undermined in the murky realpolitik of contemporary policing.

“Startlingly frank and at times hilarious, ‘Babylon’ is a highly entertaining satirical drama that entirely fits with SundanceTV’s mission to deliver unique and surprising content,” said Sarah Barnett,
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Babylon begins shooting six-part series for Channel 4

Shooting has begun on a six-part series of Babylon for Channel 4 in and around London.

The pilot for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's show aired in February, and the series will return this autumn.

Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Adam Deacon, Jill Halfpenny, Jonny Sweet and Nicola Walker return as staff in a modern metropolitan police force, having to deal with both criminals and the press.

Jon S Baird (Filth) directs the first three episodes of the series and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) heads episodes 4-6.

Jon Brown (Misfits, Fresh Meat) will co-write two episodes of the show. Each episode is 60 minutes long.

Babylon is created and exec produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things), Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and produced by Jones and Derrin Schlesinger (This Is England '86, Four Lions, Southcliffe).

Boyle directed the pilot episode of the show.
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Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

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Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.

Jon S. Baird and Sally El Hosaini [pictured] will direct the upcoming series of Babylon, currently shooting in and around London.

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s six-part series follows the metropolitan police’s director of communications (Brit Marling) as she attempts to drag the force into the new media age.

James Nesbitt, Adam Deacon and Jill Halfpenny are among the cast reprising their roles from the pilot episode which aired in February.

Baird, director of the award-winning Filth, directs the first three episodes, while El Hosaini, winner of Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival for My Brother the Devil, will direct the final three episodes.

BAFTA winner Jon Brown joins the writing team for two episodes of the series.

Babylon is created and executive produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones, Armstrong and Bain, and is produced
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Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014: BAFTA Nominations Announced

Thn have just received the nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards 2014, sponsored by Arqiva. The incredible nominees can be found below, along with some handy links, and a rather exciting time for many – I’m sure you’ll agree!

That’s not all either because like last year, you – the most important part of it all – can Vote for your favourite shortlisted show with the Radio Times Audience Award, which this time includes Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake Off.

You can cast your vote by Clicking Here!

And now, for all those nominees!

Leading Actor

Jamie Dornan The FallBBC Two

Sean Harris SouthcliffeChannel 4

Luke Newberry In The Flesh – BBC Three

Dominic West Burton and TaylorBBC Four

Leading Actress

Helena Bonham Carter Burton and Taylor – BBC Four

Olivia Colman Broadchurch – ITV

Kerrie Hayes
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Danny Boyle's Babylon underway

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Channel 4 pilot written by Peep Show team underway; cast includes Brit Marling, Jimmy Nesbitt, Adam Deacon.

Filming has begun on the Danny Boyle-directed feature-length pilot episode of anticipated Channel 4 series Babylon, written by Peep Show duo Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.

Details of the production have been kept under wraps until this weekend when cast and plot details have been revealed.

The eclectic cast is led by Us actress Brit Marling with co-stars James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jonny Sweet, Andrew Brooke and Bertie Carvel.

The six-part London-set documentary-style series, due to shoot next year, will focus on police from all levels of the force.

In need of a public image revamp chief constable Richard Miller (Jimmy Nesbitt) has found just the woman to do it: Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) – an American visionary from the world of new media, parachuted in to revolutionise a PR department struggling to keep
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Brit Marling, James Nesbitt To Star In Danny Boyle-Directed Channel 4 Pilot ‘Babylon’

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Danny Boyle is keeping busy in TV these days. In the U.S., he’s teamed with FX and his Slumdog Millionaire writer and producer Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson for 10-part WWII miniseries Telemark. Closer to home, he’s readying a pilot for Channel 4‘s straight-to-series police comedy/drama Babylon. BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are scripting the pilot which Boyle will direct. Brit Marling (Another Earth, Arbitrage) has now been cast in the lead as Liz Garvey, a new-media savvy American who’s parachuted in to revolutionize the PR department of London’s police force. James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) plays Chief Constable Richard Miller. Also in the ensemble cast are Paterson Joseph (Peep Show), Jill Halfpenny (EastEnders), Adam Deacon (Kidulthood), Daniel Kaluuya, Jonny Sweet, Andrew Brooke and Bertie Carvel. Described as “razor-sharp and visually audacious,” Babylon takes a wry look at the people and politics
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Sean Durkin, Jane Campion, Rowe & Franco: Top 15 Most Anticipated Miniseries or Made for Television Films of 2013

Here at Ioncinema.com, our interests with film extends into the world of the occasional television mini-series or made for TV project, a place were we see a lot of notable directors going for artistic freedoms they often cannot find elsewhere (we recently think back to: Todd HaynesMildred Pierce, Ross Katz’s Taking Chance, Tom Hooper’s John Adams, Jay Roach’s Recount and if you want to include it but we don’t, Olivier Assayas’ Carlos). Looking forward into 2013, we’ve noticed a large amount of notable projects, from the long gestating mini-series debut of Stephen King’s Under the Dome, which seems to have snagged Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev (of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fame), and another notable foreign language talent, Pierre Scholler (whose 2011 film The Minister featured a praiseworthy Olivier Gourmet) who is heading to French television for Les Anonymes, with
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Stellar cast announced for Channel 4's Southcliffe

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Skins stars Joe Dempsie and Kaya Scodelario are among a strong cast that's been announced for new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.

Joe (represented by Troika) played Chris in the original cast of Skins and currently plays Gendry in HBO's Game of Thrones. He was recently seen in BBC Two's drama Murder.

Since Skins, Kaya (represented by Curtis Brown) has starred in feature films including Wuthering Heights, and alongside Dakota Fanning in Now is Good. She will next be seen in Us indie thriller Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes.

Nichola Burley, who starred alongside Kaya in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is also in the cast.

The four-parter, to be shown next year, explores the fallout from a series of shootings that take place in a single day in a fictional English market town. It explores tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption seen through the eyes of a journalist returning to
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Sean Durkin To Direct, Tony Grisoni To Script Channel 4 Mini ‘Southcliffe’

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In an interesting pairing, Martha Marcy May Marlene helmer Sean Durkin will make his British TV debut with Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, based on a script by Tony Grisoni, who wrote the Red Riding trilogy for the net in 2009. Warp Films is producing the four-part Southcliffe to be aired in 2013. Following a raft of shootings in a fictional English market town, the story is told through the eyes of a journalist and the tragedies’ victims. Grisoni calls it an “anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness.” His similarly-themed neo-noir Red Riding crime trilogy achieved cult status in 2009. It was released theatrically by IFC in the U.S. Durkin, who won the Best Director prize in Sundance with Martha Marcy, is also directing the feature indie, Joplin, next year. The $20M pic looks at the last 6 months in the singer’s career and
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