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David Yates interview: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Louisa Mellor Nov 18, 2016

Director David Yates on Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, what took the most takes, and the late, great Alan Rickman...

Five years after the Potter circus closed its doors with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2, the old gang is back with a new film about magical creature conservationist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

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The first of five planned pictures set against the the backdrop of dark wizard Gellart Grindelwald’s rise to power, a sequel to Fantastic Beasts has already been written by Jk Rowling. It’s reported to take place in Paris and will feature a young Albus Dumbledore alongside Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald.
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Michele Buck to Reign at ‘White Queen’ Producer Company Pictures

London — Michele Buck has been appointed as CEO of All3Media’s Company Pictures, whose credits include the U.K. version of “Shameless” and Starz’s “The White Queen.” All3Media is owned jointly by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

Buck recently stepped down as joint managing director of production company Mammoth Screen, which she co-founded with Damien Timmer in 2007. Mammoth’s dramas included “Parade’s End,” “Endeavour” and the recent BBC revival of “Poldark.” Prior to this, Buck held the role of controller of drama at United Productions and ITV, where she was responsible for drama “Sex Traffic,” Emmy winning “Hornblower” and “Lewis.” Buck will assume her new role on July 1.

Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media, said: “Michele’s expertise, experience and passion for drama and her relationships and reputation in the U.K., U.S. and around the world are a hugely exciting addition to Company Pictures as she leads
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Paddington producer David Heyman: 'BBFC controversy was unfair'

Paddington producer David Heyman: 'BBFC controversy was unfair'
Paddington producer David Heyman has spoken about the "unfair" controversy surrounding the film's BBFC rating.

It emerged last week that the BBFC had awarded a PG rating to Paddington partially on the basis of "mild sex references", which prompted a dismayed response from original creator Michael Bond.

"When I first heard, it was with a little bit of disbelief," Heyman told Digital Spy. "There's nothing in the film that is more inappropriate, or has more innuendo, than panto.

"They're doing their job, and I understand, but I think this time they were a little unfair. It's good old fun, and it's playful."

The scene in question shows Hugh Bonneville's character dressing up as a woman, and flirting with a security guard.

The BBFC has since backtracked on its description, now labelling the film as containing innuendo rather than sex references.

Speaking about the choice of The Mighty Boosh's
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AMC to Replace Xbox Entertainment Studios on ‘Humans’ Series

AMC Networks is finalizing a deal to come on board Xbox Entertainment Studios’ sci-fi series “Humans,” a co-production with U.K. broadcaster Channel Four and Shine Group-owned Kudos.

While AMC declined to officially comment on its support of the series, the cabler already has shared its involvement with potential castmembers, given that the series is being prepped for an October start date, Variety has confirmed. The eight-episode series must go into production soon, considering it is contractually set to premiere in 2015, most likely during the summer.

Having a network like AMC on board now makes it a little easier to lock down a cast, and ensure potential actors — said to include a mix of notable British and American names — that the series will indeed be see the light of day.

“Humans” is based on the Swedish series “Real Humans” and revolves around humans living with robot servants, and the impact
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Xbox to add original programming, announces 12 new projects

  • Hitfix
You knew it was only a matter of time. After Netflix scored with original programming like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Arrested Development," Amazon quickly jumped into the game -- and now Xbox is, too. Pretty soon, look forward to new shows from your microwave and blender. Xbox will launch Xbox: Originals this June with 12 projects. They will be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, and, of course, the shows will offer "interactive capabilities." To prove they're not kidding around, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, who are attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise. Because hey, you can never get enough "Halo." Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search for discarded Atari games in
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Tessa Ross to leave Film4

  • ScreenDaily
Long-time Film4 head Tessa Ross is stepping down from her role later this year to become chief executive of the National Theatre.

Ross will remain in the post until September 2014, and will stay on as chair of the Growth Fund Advisory Council.

She has been on the board of the prestigious Theatre for the past three years.

Her 13-year tenure at the broadcaster began in 2000. She became Head of Film4 in 2003, followed by her current position of Controller of Film and Drama in 2008.

Her exit follows deputy head of film Katherine Butler’s departure from Film4 in January.

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham will look to fill Ross’ role in the next months.

Abraham said: “Tessa has made as big a contribution to Channel 4 as anyone in its history. I would like to personally thank her for her extraordinary commitment, talent and leadership over 13 remarkable years. I am looking forward to working with her over
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Emmys 2013: Abi Morgan wins for The Hour – shame it's been axed

The 1950s-set newsroom drama was a hit with the judges and its loyal fans. Which makes the BBC's decision to drop it all the more bizarre

The look of shock on Abi Morgan's face when her name was read out as the winner of the Emmy for writing in a mini-series looked more genuine than most. Although she had been nominated for the second year running for the 1950s newsroom drama The Hour, her hopes could not have been high. After all, the BBC had unceremoniously cancelled the show earlier this year.

The woman responsible for The Iron Lady and Sex Traffic was obviously too surprised to think of score-settling, limiting her acceptance speech to the usual thanks to all involved. With the self-deprecation that seems to play so well for Brits in the Us, she said she would use the statuette to prove to doubting Us customs officials
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‘Harry Potter’s David Yates To Direct ‘Scarface’ Reboot

It appears a director has been found for Universal Pictures’ latest remake of 1932 gangster classic, Scarface. The original Howard Hawkes film starred Paul Muni and was based on Chicago bootlegging mob boss Al Capone. It was later adapted by Oliver Stone into the iconic 1982 effort starring Al Pacino, directed by Brian DePalma and inspired by the rise of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Universal are said to be in final talks with British director David Yates to helm their latest attempt, which has undergone numerous script rewrites – the latest by End Of Watch’s David Ayer and rumoured to have the story transported to Mexico, with a focus on the notorious drug cartels. It will not be a remake of either film but a contemporary rise of a low-level hoodlum in pursuit of the American Dream and in keeping with the main plot of both previous classics.

Yates directed the final
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Simon Russell Beale & John Simm To Star In Harold Pinter’s ‘The Hothouse’

Jamie Lloyd Productions today announced that The Hothouse, Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy will return to London’s West End in a new production this May. The Hothouse is next up in a thrilling season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the National Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer, Royal Court’s The Pride) and Howard Panter. It comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, tickets for which have sold out. The Hothouse, with design by award-winning Soutra Gilmour, runs from 4 May to 3 August.

Simon Russell Beale (Privates on Parade, National Theatre’s Timon of Athens and Collaborators) is playing Roote and John Simm (Elling, Sheffield Theatres’ Hamlet and Betrayal) as Gibbs. Further casting will be announced shortly. Jamie Lloyd said: “It is a dream come true to be working
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Tessa Ross To Receive BAFTA For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema

One of the most prestigious awards to receive at the Ee British Academy Film Awards is the Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema and this year, they’ve announced their winner will be Tessa Ross. For those who don’t know, she’s a champion of the British film industry.

Tessa has nurtured filmmakers in their first feature films such as Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot, Chris MorrisFour Lions, Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, amongst many others. She also has developed longstanding working relationships with established British filmmakers such as Danny Boyle, Shane Meadows, Mike Leigh, Michael Winterbottom, Roger Michell and Kevin Macdonald. Together they have worked on some of the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning films of the last decade including Slumdog Millionaire, The Last King of Scotland,
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New Who Review : Asylum of the Daleks

  • Comicmix
A new season, a return of an old enemy, a dramatic change to a relationship, and a very surprising casting choice made the premiere episode of Doctor Who quite the rollicking ride. Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times, mind the spoilers, hang tight to your jewelry (especially bracelets), mind the spoilers and here we go…

Asylum Of The Daleks

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Nick Hurran

The Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams are all captured by Dalek sleeper agents and taken to their main fleet, home of their Parliament. Rather than Exterminate him, they beg for his help. Their Asylum, a combination hospital and prison for Daleks so damaged or insane they can no longer be controlled, is in danger of being breached after a lost spaceship crashes on it. The Doctor. Amy and Rory are sent down to the surface to shut down the planetary force field defense,
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John Simm interview: 'I don't really do awards'

The Mad Dogs actor on Sky's television drama, taking on challenging roles as an antihero, and the joys of being a dad

On a break from filming beneath the baking Balearic sunshine, John Simm sits on a white plastic patio chair and ponders "second album anxiety". Along with Philip Glenister, Max Beesley and Marc Warren, Simm is back in Majorca making the second series of Mad Dogs for Sky1.

The first – a darkly comic thriller about a lads' holiday blighted by dead bodies, drug barons and a gun-toting dwarf in a Tony Blair mask – was one of the channel's highest-rated and most acclaimed home-grown dramas. It earned a Bafta nomination in 2011 for best serial – but was, perhaps predictably, beaten to the prize by Channel 4's jury-pleasing Any Human Heart.

"Success, however you judge what that even means, brings with it certain pressures," says Simm, "but we were chuffed by
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Thatcher family turned down Iron Lady screening invite

Director Phyllida Lloyd has revealed that Margaret Thatcher's family turned down an invitation to an early viewing of the biopic

Margaret Thatcher's family refused an invitation to see The Iron Lady, the biopic of the former prime minister, from the film's director, Phyllida Lloyd.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 programme World at One, Lloyd revealed that the film-makers had invited the Thatcher family to an early viewing of the finished film, but had been turned down.

"They were the first people we invited to see the finished film," said Lloyd. "They didn't take up our offer … so we are not actually sure whether they have seen it or not."

Lloyd defended The Iron Lady's controversial portrayal of Thatcher by asserting that much of the film was "pure imagination". The Thatcher family's lack of involvement in the film was underscored by the fact that the script, by Sex Traffic writer Abi Morgan,
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David Yates Hears A "Voice In My Head"

He's been linked to "Cicero," "Fables", "Maleficient", "The Stand" and most recently a possible "Doctor Who" movie. Now it seems David Yates, the director behind the last four "Harry Potter" films, has finally decided on his next project says The Press Association.

Yates is set to helm an adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir "Your Voice In My Head" which explores the personal crisis she faced when a romance fell apart and her psychiatrist died. The story is set in New York, London and Istanbul and Forrest has adapted the screenplay herself.

"It's a small film, hard-hitting and with elements of magic realism. Compared to Potter it would cost tuppence ha'penny, and for that reason it would be incredibly liberating to make" he tells Variety.

Before taking on the Potter films Yates carved out a name for himself with award-winning British television movies like "The Girl in the Cafe" and
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David Yates Hears A "Voice In My Head"

He's been linked to "Cicero," "Fables", "Maleficient", "The Stand" and most recently a possible "Doctor Who" movie. Now it seems David Yates, the director behind the last four "Harry Potter" films, has finally decided on his next project says The Press Association.

Yates is set to helm an adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir "Your Voice In My Head" which explores the personal crisis she faced when a romance fell apart and her psychiatrist died. The story is set in New York, London and Istanbul and Forrest has adapted the screenplay herself.

"It's a small film, hard-hitting and with elements of magic realism. Compared to Potter it would cost tuppence ha'penny, and for that reason it would be incredibly liberating to make" he tells Variety.

Before taking on the Potter films Yates carved out a name for himself with award-winning British television movies like "The Girl in the Cafe" and
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Watch: Second Official Trailer for 'The Iron Lady' Starring Meryl Streep

"No matter how hard I've tried, I know I will never be truly one of them." The Weinstein Co. has debuted the second official Us trailer for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, the film starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Unlike the last British trailer, this one is all serious, all drama, and damn does it look excellent. I think it really hit me with the scene where all the UK flags can be seen on display, this looks riveting. Jim Broadbent co-stars as her husband Denis Thatcher, and the cast includes Anthony Head, Roger Allam and Nick Dunning. I really think this looks like it could be fantastic, give it a chance, check it out below. Watch the second official trailer for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, via Apple: You can also download The Iron Lady official trailer in High Def over on Apple Written by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic,
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Win Tickets to the UK Premiere of The Iron Lady

  • HeyUGuys
To celebrate the release of The Iron Lady, in cinemas January 6th, we have teamed up with Pathé to offer you the chance to win tickets to the Premiere in London on Wednesday 4th January.

The Iron Lady tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

The film stars Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher. Their young selves are played by Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd. The rest of the cast of family and friends, politicians and advisers, is made up of the very best of British acting talent, including: Olivia Colman, Anthony Head, Richard E Grant, Iain Glen, Susan Brown,
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Watch: Interesting Full UK Trailer for 'The Iron Lady' with Meryl Streep

"One's life must matter." A brand new full-length UK trailer for The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has hit the web on The Daily Mail (via The Playlist), and it's definitely something to see. It starts very serious, then takes a rather amusing break with some "Our House" by Madness tossed in, and ends on a very powerful note, but it definitely looks intriguing, and of course Streep seems tremendous as Thatcher. I'm not particularly fond of this trailer, but it does make me very interested in seeing it. Jim Broadbent also stars as her husband Denis Thatcher. Take a look below! Watch the full UK trailer for Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, originally via The Daily Mail: Written by award-winning writer Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic, Brick Lane), directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia), The Iron Lady tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher,
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Tricks of the Trade: "Iron Lady" and "Shame" Scribe Abi Morgan Muses on Screenwriting

Tricks of the Trade:
In the midst of the 55th BFI London Film Festival, writer Abi Morgan sat down with a group of festival goers to deliver a master class, offering insight into her craft. Who is Morgan, you might ask? Across theater, television and film, she is quite prolific in the UK, from plays like Laurence Olivier Theater Award nominated "Tender," to television series like 2004's "Sex Traffic" and continuing "The Hour" (which ...
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Abi Morgan: 'I don't look back. I am totally now'

Thanks to The Hour, playwright Abi Morgan has enjoyed an incredibly prolific year. Next up, a Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep, a Steve McQueen film about sex and a play about God

Abi Morgan shows up late, full of apologies, to a cafe on the corner of Exmouth Market in London's Clerkenwell. I tell her it would have been understandable if she had failed to turn up at all. For she is Mrs British Screenwriter and it is daunting even to try and imagine her workload. This has been, as she says, an "extraordinary" year in which "it is all happening at once".

She has a hasty look as she bustles in, wrapped in a black shawl – part Mediterranean peasant, part human dynamo. The minute she sits down, we both start talking at once, as you do with people who, for some reason you cannot as yet explain, you instantly like.
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