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Liff 2018: Venus Q&A

The closing movie of the London Indian Film Festival (Liff) was Venus, the life-affirming story of a transitioning woman, named Sid, who suddenly discovers that she’s the father of a 14-year-old son from a previous relationship. We were fortunate enough to have Eisha Marjara (the director), Joe Balass (the producer), Jamie Mayers, and Gordon Warnecke in attendance after the screening to share insights into how the film was put together.

“I was obsessed with the idea of a transgender character finding a son,” explained Marjara. This was inspired by an earlier short film that the director made in 2012 called House for Sale. However, creating the final story for Venus was a long one. “In earlier drafts I showed more about the office and work, showing the challenges that she goes through there,” said Marjara, “I also showed more about Ralph and his friends, how he gets bullied.”

In the end,
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Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Stephen Frears talk about the new BBC drama A Very English Scandal

Regarded by those who can still remember it as one of the most baffling, shocking and, at times, utterly ridiculous incidents of the 1970s, the Jeremy Thorpe affair became one of the most talked about political scandals of the decade. Despite thousands of column inches, countless books and even a BBC Panorama special on the subject, people are fascinated to this day by the story of how one of the most promising politicians in the country found himself in the docks accused of attempting to have a former gay lover murdered to stop him from going public about the relationship.

Almost 40 years after the scandal first broke, a new 3 part mini series starring Hugh Grant as former Liberal Democrat Leader and North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe, and Ben Whishaw as his former gay lover Norman Scott, is about to hit the small screen. The series which is based on John Preston
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‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Team to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’

‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Team to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’
Super Deluxe is developing “Silver Foxes,” a new gay comedy series from “The Golden Girls” collaborators Stan Zimmerman and James Berg, Variety reported. The duo has previously written and/or produced for “Roseanne” and “Gilmore Girls,” in addition to creating the Lifetime series “Rita Rocks” in 2008. George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Cheri Oteri, and Bruce Vilanch all participated in early readings of the script.

The series is inspired by the 2011 documentary “Gen Silent,” which exposed the discrimination Lgbtq seniors experience in nursing homes. The half-hour, single camera series follows two older gay men and a younger twink who rescue a friend from a closeted life at a homophobic assisted living facility. They bring him back to their mid-century Palm Springs home for a life of friends and fabulousness.

“Every one of us is getting older,” said Zimmerman. “Especially with gays and lesbians and transgender [people], we create our own families—and that
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Super Deluxe to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’ From ‘Golden Girls’ Team (Exclusive)

Super Deluxe to Develop Gay Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Silver Foxes’ From ‘Golden Girls’ Team (Exclusive)
Super Deluxe is teaming with writers and producers Stan Zimmerman and James Berg to develop the comedy series “Silver Foxes,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The half-hour, single-camera series is about two older gay men and one twink (their buddy’s young lover) that rescue a friend who’s been forced-back-in-the-closet at his homophobic assisted living facility. After they bring him back to their mid-century Palm Springs house, the foursome creates a fabulous family of friends. Super Deluxe, which is owned by Turner Broadcasting, will develop the series for a cable network or streaming platform.

Zimmerman and Berg created the series,
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Kumail Nanjiani to star alongside Dave Bautista in Uber comedy Stuber

Back in December it was announced that Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) will be starring in the action comedy Stuber, and now comes word from Variety that he will be joined in the cast by The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani.

The film will see Nanjiani as Stu, a mild-mannered Uber driver, who picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) on the trail of a brutal killer. Thrust into the harrowing ordeal, the driver has to keep his wits, his life, and his five-star rating.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Nanjiani will star opposite Mark Ruffalo in Pablo Larrain’s The True American, while he also reprises his role as Dinesh in the new season of Silicon Valley, and is also developing a remake of My Beautiful Laundrette, as well as the TV series Little America.

Bautista meanwhile will be back on the big screen next month, returning
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The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani joins Dave Bautista in Fox Uber Comedy, Stuber

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Kumail Nanjiani has jumped on board Fox’s new comedy feature, Stuber alongside Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista.

Stuber tells the story of an Uber driver who picks up a grizzled cop, played by Bautista, who is hot on the trail of a brutal killer. The driver is then thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, his life, and his five-star rating. Nanjiani will play the role of the ” mild mannered” Uber driver, Stu.

Also in the news – Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck to star in Netflix’s Triple Frontier

It’s All Gone Pete Tong and Goon director, Michael Dowse takes the helm on a script from Tripper Clancy (Hot Dog). Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are producing the film. Jake Wagner and Nick Thomas are executive producing. Jeremy Kramer is overseeing for Fox.

Nanjiani – who was recently nominated for an
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Mark Ruffalo and Kumail Nanjiani to star in The True American

The Tracking Board is reporting that Mark Ruffalo (Thor: Ragnarok) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) are in talks to star in director Pablo Larrain’s (Jackie) next film The True American.

Based on Anand Giriharadas’ non-fiction book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, the film takes place in Texas in the days following 9/11 and follows “Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants. Employed at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America, Bhuiyan worked to have his attacker, self-proclaimed ‘Arab slayer’ Mark Stroman, spared from execution.”

Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) was previously attached to direct the film with Tom Hardy (Dunkirk) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) set to star. Bigelow remains attached to produce alongside Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman of Annapurna Pictures,
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Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial

Gus Van Sant on 'Don’t Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' and why a theatrical release is still crucial
Heading to Berlin with his Amazon-financed Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, Gus Van Sant tells Screen why he still prefers to see films in a theatre.

Gus Van Sant could easily be the most anonymous person in the room when Screen International meets the filmmaker at Sundance Film Festival. Far from ostentatious, and with his dog at his feet, it is the expression that gives him away — like a 1960s surfer dad caught in the headlights of today.

Decked out in a plaid shirt and jeans in a converted media lounge in Park City, Van Sant gives nothing away about how he feels Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot went down at its Sundance world premiere several days earlier. In fact, there was generous applause at the Eccles Theatre and U.S. critics have been mainly supportive.

Now Van Sant’s latest feature heads to Berlin, where FilmNation handles international sales and a broader audience will sample his tribute to late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, which glides between acerbic character study and observational comedy. Van Sant had known Callahan’s drawings and began hanging out with his fellow Portlander when Robin Williams optioned Callahan’s book circa 1997, and they began to map out an adaptation. “He didn’t live very far — it was only 10 blocks,” Van Sant mumbles, breaking into a fleeting smile when someone brings his Australian Shepherd puppy. “We went on trips. He liked to go in a cab that could take his wheelchair and go to a restaurant on the beach.”
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Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win

Oscars 2018: Kumail Nanjiani (‘The Big Sick’) would make history as the first Asian writer to win
Kumail Nanjiani was best known as a stand-up comedian and one of the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” But he took that classic advice to “write what you know” literally and penned “The Big Sick” with his wife Emily V. Gordon about how they met and fell in love, and how in the midst of that she fell gravely ill. Now the couple is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and if “The Big Sick” wins not only would it be a fairy-tale ending for the pair, but Nanjiani would make history as the first person of Asian descent to win for writing.

Hanif Kureishi, who like Nanjiani is of Pakistani descent, made history as the first Asian writer nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1986). Then Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan revolutionized storytelling with his original screenplay for “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and reaped a nomination 13 years later.
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Kumail Nanjiani set for TV adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette, teases potential sequel to The Big Sick

Fresh from the hit romantic comedy The Big Sick, Variety is reporting that Kumail Nanjiani is set to co-write and star in a small screen adaptation of Stephen Frears’ 1985 film My Beautiful Laundrette.

The project will reunite Nanjiani with Alec Berg, executive producer on Silicon Valley, who will executive produce alongside Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Hanif Kureishi, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the original movie.

My Beautiful Laundrette followed a young Pakistani man in London who rekindles a romantic relationship with his childhood friend, a former right-wing gang leader, and sets out to turn his uncle’s run-down laundrette into a profitable business.

Meanwhile, Nanjiani has also hinted to Variety that early discussions are underway about the prospect of a sequel to The Big Sick, the semi-autobiographical tale he penned wit his wife Emily V. Gordon:

“Yesterday, some of the people involved, I won’t say who, were saying, ‘You
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Kumail Nanjiani to Write and Star in ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Series

Kumail Nanjiani to Write and Star in ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Series
Hot on the heels of his tour de force with “The Big Sick,” Kumail Nanjiani has attached himself as an actor and writer for an upcoming TV adaptation of “My Beautiful Laundrette” being developed at Turner-owned Super Deluxe.

Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”) and Hanif Kureishi (writer of the original “Laundrette”) will executive produce with Stephen Gaghan ( “Traffic”). The serialization of “Laundrette” will be based on the Oscar-nominated 1985 indie film starring Daniel Day-Lewis. The film revolved around a young British man of Pakistani heritage and his white boyfriend, a former gang leader, who take on running a London laundromat owned by the British-Pakistani man’s uncle. The film was lauded for its portrayal of the gay and immigrant communities. No network or streaming service has yet sealed a deal for the project.

Nanjiani, who will co-write and and star in the series in a yet unnamed role, is best known for his role as Dinesh Chugtai on Silicon
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‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Series in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani as Star and Co-Writer

‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Series in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani as Star and Co-Writer
Lots of eyes are on Kumail Nanjiani now after the success of his autobiographical comedy, The Big Sick. While the comedian is still plugging away on the HBO comedy that provided his breakout role, Silicon Valley, Nanjiani is starting to flex his acting and writing chops outside of his comfort zone. Nanjiani will star in the TV remake of My Beautiful […]

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‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Show in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani to Star and Co-Write

‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ TV Show in the Works With Kumail Nanjiani to Star and Co-Write
A television adaptation of the celebrated indie film “My Beautiful Laundrette” is in the works, with “The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani attached to co-wrote and star, according to Variety. “Traffic” scribe Stephen Gaghan is executive producing with Super Deluxe, a production company best known for making bizarre viral video content. No distribution deal has been set for the series. With themes touching on immigration and Lgbt issues, the adaptation couldn’t be more timely.

Read More:Viral Videos at Sundance: Why Super Deluxe Belongs At Film Festivals (And Watch Their Short, ‘Deer Squad’)

Directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, “My Beautiful Laundrette” charts a British Pakistini man (Gordon Warnecke) who opens a laundromat in London with his white punk boyfriend, originally played by Daniel Day-Lewis. The film was hailed for its complex and comical take on tensions between London’s Pakistani and English communities. The British Film Institute
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Turner’s Super Deluxe Enters New Territory By Selling Drama Series To Netflix

The two-year-old Super Deluxe channel, operated by Turner, is known for featuring funnypeople like Joanne the Scammer and Vic Berger, but its upcoming slate will include several ventures into more serious territory. It will produce a supernatural drama called Chambers, which has been picked up by Netflix.

Chambers will follow the recipient of a heart transplant, who will uncover a gripping tale as she investigates the life of the donor who saved her life. Netflix has given the series a direct-to-series order that consists of ten episodes. An official release date has not yet been announced.

Beyond Chambers, Super Deluxe is working on at least one more serious project. Two of driving forces of HBO's Silicon Valley -- executive producer Alec Berg and actor Kumail Nanjiani -- will team up once again for a series based off My Beautiful Laundrette, the 1985 indie film about a young Pakistani and his British boyfriend.
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Netflix Series Sale Marks Long-Form Expansion for Turner’s Super Deluxe

A Turner-owned content studio known for minting Internet-friendly videos is making significant headway in TV.

Super Deluxe, an irreverent digital brand that started more than two years ago, has landed its biggest series commitment, with Netflix ordering 10 episodes of supernatural drama “Chambers.” Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”) is attached to executive produce.

“Chambers” unravels the mystery of a young heart attack survivor in Arizona whose life gets more complicated as she learns the truth about the donor whose heart she received. The series was written by Leah Rachel, and Akela Cooper (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”) is attached as showrunner.

Gaghan will also executive produce with Super Deluxe a series adaptation of the 1985 indie sensation “My Beautiful Laundrette,” with Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) attached to star and co-write. No deal has been finalized with a buyer for the series.

Also executive producing is Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”) and Hanif Kureishi (the original “Laundrette”). The serialization of “Laundrette” will be based
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My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…

My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…
My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia, ‘The Line’You know how, when you finally see a movie you really love, all things seem possible? How a great movie transports you to a new reality? Without that experience, normal life seems drab and dreary unless you use other means of transcendance, like hope, art, music, dancing, religion or drugs.

Have I yet raved about any of the 25 foreign language submissions?

Yes, but it was a long time ago when it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, that I was so enamoured Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s Of Body and Soul (as I was with her previous film, the 1989 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or winner, My Twentieth Century, which was seen by about a .02% of the population). But that was way back in February.

I would put my body
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The London Underground Scene of ‘Darkest Hour’: So False, So Winning, So Slam-Dunk Oscar

The London Underground Scene of ‘Darkest Hour’: So False, So Winning, So Slam-Dunk Oscar
Biographical film dramas used to cover a lot of ground without, as a rule, showing a lot of artistry. That all changed around the time of “Capote” (2005), a movie that employed the then-audacious strategy of focusing on a single extended chapter of Truman Capote’s life — the reporting and writing of “In Cold Blood” — and using that episode as a lens through which to take in his soul. A film like “Lincoln” (2012) went further. The entire sprawling epic was devoted to one long backroom-deal-making, arm-twisting Congressional battle, so that it felt like we were seeing Abe Lincoln operate in real time.

In biopics, less has become more. But Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” the acclaimed new drama that celebrates the iron resolve and visionary bluster of Winston Churchill, proves to be a bit of a bait and switch. The entire movie takes place over a notably short period: a singe month starting in May 1940, the first days of
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“Judi Dench and Ali Faizal’s Superb Perfomances make Victoria & Abdul” – Subhash K Jha

Victoria & Abdul

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal,

Directed by Stephen Frears

There has been a lot of flak aimed at this enchanting film for its subversive look at colonial relationships.

For all those who refuse to take history’s lessons lightly, here is some unsolicited advice: get a laugh.

And I do mean, laugh. For, in spite of one very moving tearful moment, sunshine and smiles are the dominant forces in Stephen Frears’ look at the very strange yet extremely noble and dignified bonding between Queen Victoria and her young clerical Indian friend Kari,. who is sent to assuage her royal ego but is soon her closest confidante and only friend in a royal household teeming with opportunists and gold diggers.

This is not to say that Victoria & Abdul trivializes history or, as suggested by some revisionist reviewers, that it turns the relation between the conqueror and the conquered into a soppy soap opera.
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‘Prick Up Your Ears’ at 30: Alfred Molina Reflects on Film

‘Prick Up Your Ears’ at 30: Alfred Molina Reflects on Film
Thirty years after Stephen Frears’ “Prick Up Your Ears” first landed in theaters, the drama about Joe Orton’s meteoric rise to the top of the London theater scene and violent death, still feels fresh, vibrant, and transgressively sexy.

Orton scandalized playgoers with “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” darkly comic dissections of the English class system that helped usher in a new era of permissiveness in popular culture. But his reign was short-lived. In 1967, the 34-year old Orton was bludgeoned to death by his lover and mentor, Kenneth Halliwell. Halliwell then committed suicide after washing down 22 Nembutal tablets with grapefruit juice.

Prick Up Your Ears” dramatizes the disintegration of their relationship. It also boasts star-making performances from Gary Oldman as Orton and Alfred Molina as Halliwell. In honor of the thirtieth anniversary, the film will screen at New York’s Metrograph Theatre from Sept. 1 through 7. Molina spoke to Variety about the movie’s legacy and Orton and
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