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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Royal Drama With Simon Cowell’s Syco

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Royal Drama With Simon Cowell’s Syco
Exclusive: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is developing a royal drama based on the Queen’s art collection with The X Factor producer Syco.

Fellowes, who has written the forthcoming movie based on the ITV period drama, is working on a series about The Royal Collection, which is the art collection of the British Royal Family and is the largest collection in the world.

It marks Syco’s first move into scripted drama in the UK, having had huge success with entertainment formats such as The X Factor and Got Talent.

Nigel Hall, Syco’s Global Head of TV, told Deadline that it had struck a development deal with Fellowes, who is also working on The Gilded Age for NBC. “We’re doing story behind portraits in the royal collection. This came out of conversations about every great film like The Duchess. The portraits hang in the royal collection and
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‘Colette’ is sure to look good to Oscar voters

‘Colette’ is sure to look good to Oscar voters
The London Film Festival continued on October 11 with Keira Knightley‘s new period drama “Colette” playing to three cinema screens packed full of press. This biopic of the acclaimed writer is set in turn of the century Paris and is directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). It co-stars the terrific Dominic West as Colette’s husband, Willy. Here’s the official synopsis: Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

The film was very well-received here, with many an appreciative laugh heard during the more relevant jokes and topics raised during the film. This period piece is quite relatable to a lot of people today, with the struggle of gender norms a hot button issue. The filmmakers play on that during several scenes. Colette
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Puke, pasties and poo: the secret, stinky world of cinema ushers

They sign up for pick’n’mix and free films, but have to deal with rutting teenagers, rotting food and cups of excrement. Who knew the movies were so gross?

Cinema’s real superheroes are not the vigilantes in Lycra who caper around on the big screens, but the underpaid employees stalking the aisles armed only with popcorn sweepers. Each season presents ushers with distinct challenges. At Christmas, parents use cinemas as a creche as they go present-shopping; come spring, they let their Easter-egg-stuffed offspring vomit in the cup holders; but the six-week summer holiday stretch is the most intense, when a combination of boredom and blockbusters turns everyone feral.

A decade ago, I was part of a teenage cohort working for minimum wage at a small cinema in Cornwall. I learned many valuable lessons, such as how to answer the question: “What do you mean: ‘It’s sold out?
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Win Journey’s End on Blu-ray

To mark the release of Journey’s End on 4th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Based on Rc Sherriff’s play and novel of the same name Journey’s End is set in March 1918 as C-Company, led by a war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before war. They are joined by Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a young new officer fresh out of training excited about his first real posting, and a chance to serve under Stanhope. Raleigh’s naivety serves as a stark contrast to the other men’s impending fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.
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Meghan Markle's Bio on the Royal Family's Official Website Barely Mentions Her Acting Career

One of the most striking things about Meghan Markle is that she is a bonafide career woman. Today, she may be the wife of Prince Harry and the newly appointed Duchess of Sussex, but the 36-year-old also has a rather impressive resume. For starters, she was the leading star in USA's popular show, Suits. But now that she's a royal, her acting career is all in her past — and the palace has made certain we all know that thanks to her new "official" biography, featured on the royal family's website. Sadly, Meghan's new bio page hardly mentions her 15-year acting career. In the webpage's main "About" section, the newlywed's biggest accomplishments focus on her charity work and feminist endeavors. You need to click onto the "Biography" section where we learn that Prince Harry's wife was once an actress and that she had a lifestyle website, The Tig. (Photo Credit: R
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What’s Coming to Netflix in April 2018

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A few classic television shows and family movies are headed to Netflix this April.

Right on schedule with the robot’s cameo in “Ready Player One,” the ’90s animated movie “The Iron Giant” will be added to the streaming service at the start of April. Other movies adults and children can add to their queues are “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Flintstones,” and “Despicable Me 3.”

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Jay-z,” the next installment in the comedian’s show, as well as the latest episodes of “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” will also be available on Netflix. McHale’s comedy series streams every Sunday. Slapstick enthusiasts can also view “Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity” event on April 6.

Football fans can watch “Friday Night Lights,” but don’t be fooled — it’s the movie that is being added to the platform,
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2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Phantom Thread’ has Best Costume Design all sewn up

2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Phantom Thread’ has Best Costume Design all sewn up
Go ahead and stitch engrave the Best Costume Design Oscar for “Phantom Thread” now. Paul Thomas Anderson’s sartorial drama is the 2/9-odd favorite to take home the award, according to our latest predictions. It’s out front against “Beauty and the Beast” (15/2 odds), “The Shape of Water” (25/1 odds), “Darkest Hour” (66/1 odds) and Victoria and Abdul (66/1 odds).

If “Phantom Thread” were to only convert one of its six nominations into a win, it makes complete sense it’d be this one. The movie is about a persnickety high-end fashion designer in 1950s London and it’s filled frame to frame with Reynolds Woodcock’s (Daniel Day-Lewis) breathtakingly posh, gorgeous gowns, created Oscar winner Mark Bridges (2011’s “The Artist”). The House of Woodcock could rival any real-life fashion empire.

See Daniel Day-Lewis is an Oscar good luck charm

But not everyone thinks it’s a done deal for “Phantom Thread.” Expert
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No guts no glory Oscar predictions: Go ahead & laugh at me for picking ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Valerian,’ and …

No guts no glory Oscar predictions: Go ahead & laugh at me for picking ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Valerian,’ and …
I tend to be a fairly conservative Oscar pundit. I don’t go out on many limbs or rely on gut instinct. I try to do the math as objectively as possible based on the most reliable awards season precursors, which is why my predictions accuracy is 100% every year — trust me, no need to fact-check that. But occasionally I will still follow a hunch or two — or five. The following are my top seven biggest hunches that, according to our racetrack odds, I’m completely wrong about.

Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Best Supporting Actor — The controversial film has been surging, most recently winning top honors at the SAG Awards. Harrelson didn’t make many appearances on the awards scene for this performance early on, but he got in where it counts: at SAG and the BAFTAs. Those awards are bestowed by the same kinds of industry professionals who voted on the Oscars,
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Kate Middleton Says She Is 'Absolutely Thrilled' About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement

Kate Middleton Says She Is 'Absolutely Thrilled' About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement
A day after her brother-in-law Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton was all smiles as she stepped out for the first time since the big engagement news.

“William and I are absolutely thrilled,” she told reporters early Tuesday at the Foundling Museum in London. “It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”

The royal mom was at the museum to learn more about the way it uses art and creativity as a means to support and engage children and vulnerable families.
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‘The Night Of’ Producer Bad Wolf Ties With ‘Philomena’ Producer Baby Cow For ITV Drama

Exclusive: HBO and Sky-backed producer Bad Wolf has teamed up with Steve Coogan's BBC Worldwide-backed production company Baby Cow to develop a historical drama series for UK broadcaster ITV. I have learned that the two companies are working on a high-end scripted adaptation of Amanda Foreman's book Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, which was previously the basis for Keira Knightley film The Duchess. It's rare that two high-profile UK producers would team for such a…
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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‘Journey’s End’ Trailer: Fear & Courage In The Trenches Of Wwi

When it comes to war movies, Wwi doesn’t tend to get the same attention as WWII. While “Wonder Woman” marched through the trenches this summer, films set solely about the bloody war end all war have been a bit fewer and far between, but “Journey’s End” certainly makes an impression.

Read More: Sam Claflin And Paul Bettany Go To War In Vital ‘Journey’s End’ [BFI London Film Fest Review]

Directed by Saul Dibb (“The Duchess,” “Suite Franchise“), starring Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany, and based on the famous play, the film follows a group of men as they dig in and face the true horror of war.

Continue reading ‘Journey’s End’ Trailer: Fear & Courage In The Trenches Of Wwi at The Playlist.
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Lff 2017: ‘Journey’s End’ Review: Dir. Saul Dibb (2017)

Journey’s End review: Saul Dibb directs an all-star British cast in this, the fifth screen adaptation of the famous Rc Sheriff play from the early twentieth century.

Journey’s End review by Paul Heath.

Journey’s End review

Bringing an updated version of the seminal 1928 play Journey’s End by Rc Sheriff to the screen, one which has had the likes of Laurence Olivier treading the boards in it over the years, and the four other adaptations that have appeared one the big and small screen in the decades since, is not an easy feat, but Saul Dibb’s 2017 version is totally worthy of it existence, and comes to the UK following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

The story is set 100 years ago during the first world war, the German and British sides at a stalemate, a position they’ve been in for well over a year.
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Lionsgate Releases Poster Artwork For ‘Journey’s End’ Ahead Of Lff Debut

Lionsgate has released some early artwork for the upcoming World War II drama Journey’s End ahead of its debut at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival. Thefilm features a stunning all-star cast, including Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany. Check out the first UK quad poster below.

Based on Rc Sherriff’s play and novel of the same name,Journey’s End is set in March 1918 as C-Company, led by a war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin) arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before war. They are joined by Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), a young new officer fresh out
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Meghan Markle Used the Same Makeup Artist as Princess Diana for Her Vanity Fair Cover Shoot

Meghan Markle Used the Same Makeup Artist as Princess Diana for Her Vanity Fair Cover Shoot
When Meghan Markle shot her October 2017 cover for Vanity Fair, she took a cue from a cue from her boyfriend Prince Harry‘s late mother Princess Diana.

Markle’s makeup (she wore Chanel products and Rimmel London nail enamel) was done by Mary Greenwell, the same artist who did Diana’s face for her now-iconic Vanity Fair shoot in 1997 with Mario Testino as well as her 1991 Vogue cover.

Greenwell shared the cover shot on Instagram, calling the experience was “such a lovely day.”

The neutral, low-key makeup look for the shoot was important to Markle, who has been frustrated in
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Kate, the Conductor! Watch the Royal Lead the Hamburg Philharmonic as the European Tour Comes to a Close

Kate, the Conductor! Watch the Royal Lead the Hamburg Philharmonic as the European Tour Comes to a Close
Maestro Kate!

Princess Kate had “a go” at conducting on Friday when she led the Hamburg Philharmonic for the opening of one of the greatest pieces in the classical canon. In a video posted by the Kensington Palace Twitter account, Princess Kate can be seen giving strong downbeats for the world-famous opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

“Watch The Duchess have a go at conducting the @Phil_Hamburg orchestra at @elbphilharmonie,” tweeted Kensington Palace on July 21.

Princess Kate — who studied art in college and played flute in her younger school days — joined Prince William in an event at the Elbphilharmonie,
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Lionsgate signs up for Sam Claflin war movie 'Journey's End'

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Exclusive: Lionsgate nabs UK rights to Saul Dibb feature.

Lionsgate UK has picked up rights to Sam Claflin war drama Journey’s End from Metro International.

The Hunger Games and Me Before You star Claflin plays the lead role in the adaptation of R.C. Sherriff’s 1928 classic stage play about trench warfare.

Co-starring are Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) Asa Butterfield (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Tom Sturridge (Far From the Madding Crowd). Saul Dibb (The Duchess) directs.

Natalie Brenner, Metro International head of sales, negotiated the deal with Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions, Lionsgate UK.

The film, currently in post-production, is adapted for the screen by Simon Reade (Private Peaceful).

In Journey’s End, 18-year-old new recruit Lieutenant Raleigh (Butterfield) has pulled strings to join his childhood friend and hero Captain Stanhope (Claflin) on the front line. However, Stanhope
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The Sense Of An Ending Arrives on Digital HD May 23rd and DVD and On Demand June 6th

Unravel the truth when the suspenseful drama, based on the acclaimed novel, The Sense of an Ending, arrives on Digital HD May 23 and DVD and On Demand June 6 from Lionsgate.

The Sense of an Ending maintains intrigue and emotional magnetism as its mystery unfolds.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Unravel the truth when the suspenseful drama, based on the acclaimed novel, The Sense of an Ending, arrives on Digital HD May 23 and DVD and On Demand June 6 from Lionsgate. Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent (Best Supporting Actor, Iris, 2001) shines in “an outstanding performance” (Vanity Fair) as a man who becomes haunted by his past when given a mysterious legacy. The all-star cast also includes Academy Award® nominee Charlotte Rampling (Best Actress, 45 Years, 2015), Golden Globe® (Best Actress, Television – Drama, “Downton Abbey”, 2013) and Emmy® nominee Michelle Dockery, as well as Emily Mortimer and Harriet Walter. Adapted for the screen by the award-winning playwright,
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Keira Knightley drama 'Colette' adds Dominic West ahead of shoot

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Keira Knightley drama 'Colette' adds Dominic West ahead of shoot
Exclusive: West to star opposite Knightley in biopic of iconic French writer.

The Wire And The Affair star Dominic West will appear opposite Keira Knightley in upcoming drama Colette, based on the life of the French author who wrote Gigi and Cheri.

In the film, the novelist and influential society figure overcomes an abusive marriage to emerge as a leading figure in her country and a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

West will play Colette’s first husband Henry Gauthier-Villars, a well-known author and publisher.

Fourteen years older than his wife and one of the most notorious libertines in Paris, he introduced Colette into avant-garde intellectual and artistic circles while engaging in sexual affairs and encouraging her own lesbian dalliances.

Wash Westmoreland will direct the biopic, based on a script he co-write with the late Richard Glatzer, who both co-wrote and co-directed Still Alice.

Shoot is due to get underway in coming weeks in UK and
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Israel's Docaviv festival announces 2017 line-up

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Israel's Docaviv festival announces 2017 line-up
Exclusive: Tel Aviv-based festival will open with world premiere of Before My Feet Touch the Ground.

Docaviv, Israel’s top documentary festival, has finalised the selection for its 19th edition (May 11-20).

The Tel Aviv-based event will kick off with the world premiere of Daphni Leef’s Israeli documentary Before My Feet Touch The Ground (pictured), about a film student who became the leader of a popular protest movement.

13 Israeli films have been selected to compete in the Docaviv Isreali film competition, 11 of which are world premieres.

They are competing for the best Israeli film award worth $19,000 (Nis 70,000), the largest prize for documentary filmmaking offered anywhere in Israel.

For the first time, a Fipresci jury will also award a best director award.

The competition will feature work by David Deri, Doron Galezer and Ruth Yuval (The Ancestral Sin), Daniel Sivan (The Patriot), and Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman (Muhi).

International competition

11 films have been selected for the
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