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U.K. Greenlit: 2 BBC Series on the Way, Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ is Casting for a July Shoot

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “The Split”BBC primetime divorce drama “The Split” is set to return for a second series. Written by Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”), the first series starred Nicola Walker as a divorce lawyer caught between the arrival of her estranged father, played by Anthony Head, and the breakdown of relations with her husband, played by Stephen Mangan. Abi Morgan will return to write the second series, which will shoot in late 2018 and early 2019. Casting directors Victor Jenkins and Beverley Keogh are expected to return. “Years and Years” Following the success of “A Very English Scandal,” writer Russell T. Davies is to return with dystopian drama “Years and Years” for the BBC. Set in Manchester,
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Movie Business Weighs Ways to Reach Out to Women in Europe

Movie Business Weighs Ways to Reach Out to Women in Europe
Three of last year’s biggest global hits — “Wonder Woman,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Beauty and the Beast” — demonstrated the biz potential of tentpole movies with strong female leads. CineEurope, the upcoming gathering of the European movie theater sector, will debate ways to keep engaging the female audience at the box office this summer and beyond.

Women want female characters in films who are more than just “eye candy,” says Laura Houlgatte, CEO of Unic, a body that represents exhibition companies in Europe. The success of films like “Wonder Woman” sent a signal to the biz that films with strong female protagonists “can increase your returns,” she says, and that such movies are not just for women, but men, too.

Eric Meyniel concurs. “When you hook the female audience, you also hook the male audience, too, because they come with their [male] friends, husbands or boyfriends,” says Meyniel, international content director at exhibitor Kinepolis,
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Abi Morgan: 'Everyone knew that Harvey Weinstein was a bully'

Screenwriter of Suffragette laments never challenging ‘corrupting and seductive’ world of the former film producer

Screenwriter Abi Morgan has said that Harvey Weinstein was a deceptive man to work with because he showed great interest in “female feminist work” during a meeting with her. Morgan, whose 2011 film The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, was produced by Weinstein, also said that part of his apparent deception was down to his notoriety for throwing celebrity parties.

Weinstein was dismissed from his film studio The Weinstein Company following numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him from stars including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, and many others have also made allegations, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.
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The Split review – Abi Morgan’s shiny lawyers show life in all its wondrous mess

Nicola Walker stars in this gorgeously slick, witty and thoroughly grown-up tale of high-end divorce lawyers by the Bafta-winning writer

I am never bothering to watch a drama that doesn’t show people having a laugh ever again. That was my greatest takeaway from the new drama by Abi Morgan, who won Baftas for Sex Traffic and The Iron Lady, and an Emmy for The Hour, and is not quite as flippant as it sounds.

The meat of the thing lay in the story of two generations of lawyers working the high-end divorce circuit in their respective firms. In the first of six episodes, Hannah has just left Defoes, which her parents founded. Her mother, Ruth (Deborah Findlay), refused to step down as promised and let Hannah, the ever-responsible oldest of her three daughters, take over, so Hannah departed and started at another, equally shiny top-flight family law firm. More
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Abi Morgan Planning a Cleopatra TV series with All-Female Writing Team

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Two-time Emmy winner Abi Morgan is taking on another iconic historical figure. The scribe behind Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” is in early development on a series about Cleopatra, Digital Spy reports.

Titled “Cleopatra,” the 10-part drama will focus on the famed Egyptian Queen as well as her sisters. The story kicks off when Cleopatra is 16.

Morgan spoke about the series at a recent event and revealed that she’s planning to work with an all-female writing team. “I love writing with men, but I also think, in this moment, one of the things I can do is send the elevator down and get more women writing,” the “Suffragette” screenwriter explained.

Cleopatra” is “being pitched for a U.S. streaming service,” but we don’t know which.

The project sees Morgan joining forces with Tessa Ross (“Ex Machina”) and Juliette Howell’s (“London Spy
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Meryl Streep (‘Sophie’s Choice’) is clear choice for top Best Actress Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Meryl Streep (‘Sophie’s Choice’) is clear choice for top Best Actress Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]
Meryl Streep‘s heart-wrenching performance in “Sophie’s Choice” is your easy choice for the top Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s. The legendary actress handily won Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your favorite Best Actress winner of the decade, trouncing most of her competition.

Streep won with an astonishing 51% of the vote — very impressive in a field of 10 powerhouse winners. The only other actress to rack up a double-digit percentage is Cher in “Moonstruck” with 15%. Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”) and Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) tied for third at 7% apiece, while Jodie Foster (“The Accused”) and Katharine Hepburn (“On Golden Pond”) were next at 6% each. Further down, Jessica Tandy (“Driving Miss Daisy”) earned 3% and Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) and Geraldine Page (“The Trip to Bountiful”) tied at 2%. Sally Field (“Places in the Heart”) came in last place with
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vicky Jones Comedy ‘Run’ Gets Pilot Order at HBO

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vicky Jones Comedy ‘Run’ Gets Pilot Order at HBO
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones have scored a pilot order at HBO for the comedy series “Run,” Variety has confirmed.

The project is described as a romantic-comedic-thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years ago that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message – “Run” – and impulsively disappear together.

Jones wrote the script and will serve as executive producer via DryWrite. Waller-Bridge will also executive produce in addition to playing the recurring role of Flick. Emily Leo will executive produce for Wigwam Films. eOne will produce for HBO. This marks the first
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge spy series 'Killing Eve' scores international deals

Phoebe Waller-Bridge spy series 'Killing Eve' scores international deals
Series sells to Scandinavia and Spain among other territories.

Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s UK spy series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, has racked up further international territory deals for Endeavour Content.

The series has now sold to HBO Europe for Scandinavia, Cee, Spain, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa; Hot for Israel; and Tvnz for New Zealand. It premieres on BBC America in the Us this week and will screen on BBC One and BBC Three in the UK later this year.

Produced by the UK’s Sid Gentle Films, Killing Eve follows a M15 security officer whose deskbound job
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Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) voted most overdue for an Oscar in 2019 after 6 losses [Poll Results]

Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) voted most overdue for an Oscar in 2019 after 6 losses [Poll Results]
Glenn Close is your choice for the most overdue for an Oscar and it isn’t even … close. Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for the person who needs an Oscar the most among frequent nominees was a runaway for six-time nominee Close, even though she technically hasn’t racked up the most nominations. Will her upcoming role in “The Wife” put an end to her Oscar losing streak?

SEEReflecting on Meryl Streep’s record 21 Oscar nominations and celebrating her 3 wins (to date)

Close won our poll with 35% of the vote, while a pair of five-time nominees, Amy Adams and writer-director Christopher Nolan, rallied with 19% and 15%, respectively. Next was Annette Bening (four noms) at 9% and writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (eight noms) at 8%.

Further down we had 6% for Michelle Williams (four noms), 5% for composer Thomas Newman (14 noms) and 2% for sound mixer Greg P. Russell (16 noms). Tying for last on
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‘Succession,’ ‘American Woman,’ ‘Autonomies,’ ‘Rain’ Set for Series Mania in Lille

After moving to the northeastern French city of Lille from its longtime base in Paris, Series Mania will open its newest edition April 27 with HBO’s media empire drama “Succession,” written and created by Jesse Armstrong. The festival will close May 5 with the French premiere of Sky’s “Babylon Berlin,” a Beta Film co-produced series that pushed the bounds of scale and production values for high-end foreign-language European series.

Series Mania’s upcoming ninth edition is its first in Lille after eight years in the French capital. The event, a French government-backed drive to create a TV fest with the
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Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [Poll]
The 1980s saw several legendary dames winning Best Actress at the Oscars, including academy favorites like Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. The entire decade was a good one for women dominating their films, like Sissy Spacek, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Geraldine Page, Cher and Jodie Foster. The ’80s also set records that still stand today, with Marlee Matlin being the youngest Best Actress winner at age 21 and Jessica Tandy being the oldest winner at 80.

So which Best Actress winner from the ’80s is your favorite? Look back on each of their performances and vote in our poll below.

Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) — The ’80s began with Spacek earning her Oscar for playing country music star Loretta Lynn in the biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek earned a previous nomination for “Carrie” (1976) and four subsequent nominations, for: “Missing” (1982), “The River” (1984), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986) and “In the Bedroom” (2001).

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Abi Morgan to Adapt Psychological Thriller “Tangerine”

Morgan: Sky News/YouTube

Abi Morgan is set to tell another female-led story. Deadline reports that the Emmy winner is following up women’s rights drama “Suffragette” with an adaptation of “Tangerine,” an upcoming thriller from Christine Mangan. Imperative Entertainment snagged the rights to the author’s debut novel in 2016.

Set to hit shelves March 27, “Tangerine” is set in 1950s Morocco. The story follows “two female characters, once inseparable roommates, who after an unexpected encounter in Tangier attempt to rekindle their friendship only to find their dark, tangled backstory reemerges, and quickly devolves from obsession to madness.”

George Clooney is among the pic’s producers.

Morgan won an Emmy for penning BBC America miniseries “The Hour,” a Cold War-era espionage thriller. Her feature credits include Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” sex addiction drama “Shame,” and Charles Dickens romance “The Invisible Woman.” She created and wrote the upcoming BBC One/SundanceTV series “The Split,
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Abi Morgan Set To Adapt ‘Tangerine’ Thriller For Imperative

Abi Morgan Set To Adapt ‘Tangerine’ Thriller For Imperative
Abi Morgan, the playwright and screenwriter whose big-screen credits include The Iron Lady, Shame and most recently Suffragette, has been set to adapt Tangerine, the upcoming Christine Mangan psychological thriller novel that Imperative Entertainment scored rights to in November 2016. Mangan’s debut novel, from HarperCollins’ Ecco, is a suspenseful, atmospheric drama set against the simmering political climate of 1950s Morocco. The story follows two female characters…
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'The Iron Lady' Scribe Abi Morgan to Adapt Thriller 'Tangerine'

'The Iron Lady' Scribe Abi Morgan to Adapt Thriller 'Tangerine'
Abi Morgan, the writer behind The Iron Lady and Suffragette, will write the psychological thriller Tangerine.

The feature — based on an upcoming novel from Christine Mangan, set to be published by HarperCollins imprint Ecco — will be set in 1950s Morocco and follows once inseparable roommates who, after an unexpected encounter in Tangier, attempt to rekindle their friendship only to find their dark, tangled backstory reemerges.

Imperative Entertainment (All the Money in the World, The Square) is developing the feature with Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas producing. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will also produce via their Smokehouse Pictures banner.

Jillian Apfelbaum will co-produce for...
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Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]

Which actress from ‘The Help’ will win an Oscar next? [Poll]
The Help” is an Oscar machine. While the 2011 drama didn’t win Best Picture, no film has produced more Oscar winners — and all women at that — in the same amount of time since. With Allison Janney’s victory Sunday night for “I, Tonya,” she is the fourth actress from “The Help” to win an Oscar since the film’s release, following Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. Who will be next?

The first thing the other ladies of “The Help” need to know is that you need to be nominated against Spencer or in the same year as her if you want to win. As we’ve noted before, all three of Spencer’s nominations so far have been against her pals from the Tate Taylor film. She won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help,” defeating co-star Jessica Chastain, while Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). Five years later,
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Reflecting on Meryl Streep’s record 21 Oscar nominations and celebrating her 3 wins (to date)

Reflecting on Meryl Streep’s record 21 Oscar nominations and celebrating her 3 wins (to date)
Over the past month, the Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars has looked back at Meryl Streep’s 21 Oscar nominations, including her 2018 bid for “The Post.” We have considered the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

For a film buff and awards season aficionado, there is perhaps no more exhilarating a journey than going back to revisit all 21 Streep performances that brought her to the Oscars, plus her competition over the years – a grand total of 105 performances, most richly deserving of their recognition.

While Streep has three Academy Awards — for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011) — a case could surely be made that she has deserved even more. She is at her career-best in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995) and, if not for the juggernaut that was Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment
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Meryl Streep (‘The Post’) loses at Oscars for 18th time, crushing her own record

Meryl Streep (‘The Post’) loses at Oscars for 18th time, crushing her own record
Over the past four decades Meryl Streep has amassed 21 Oscar nominations, more than any performer in Academy Awards history. She won three of those races, making her a member of the exclusive three-timers club of which there are only two other living members: Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. However, there’s a unique downside to Queen Meryl’s Oscar reign. After losing Best Actress for “The Post” Sunday night to Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Streep now has 18 Oscar failures on her hands, extending her record as the biggest acting loser of all time.

SEE2018 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 90th Academy Awards [Updating Live]

Streep’s losses straddle 39 years, including 15 as Best Actress and 3 as Best Supporting Actress. Her first loss for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) happened four decades ago, setting the stage for a remarkable Oscar trajectory full of a few ups and many, many downs.
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Is ‘Darkest Hour’ invincible for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars?

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Is ‘Darkest Hour’ invincible for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars?
Gary Oldman was considered a likely Oscar front-runner for “Darkest Hour” almost as soon as the first production still was released of him disappearing into the role of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. And the prosthetic makeup that helped him disappear became an Oscar front-runner just as quickly. With Oscar night approaching that hasn’t changed, especially with the film’s victories at the Critics’ Choice Awards, BAFTAs and Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick are the makeup and hair artists nominated for their work on the docudrama, and they’re the overwhelming favorites to win Best Makeup and Hairstyling with 1/10 odds.

Those odds are based on the combined predictions of thousands of users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes 26 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, 25 of whom are predicting a “Darkest Hour
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Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep admits ‘I’ll never be up here again! after winning 3rd Oscar [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep admits ‘I’ll never be up here again! after winning 3rd Oscar [Watch]
After her two early Oscar wins for “Kramer vs Kramer” (1979) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), Meryl Streep went through the next three decades earning a record-shattering 17 Academy Awards nominations by 2011. There was never any doubt that Streep would join the elite group of actors who’ve won three or more Academy Awards, but for which performance would it be?

See Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep exclaims ‘Holy mackerel’ winning her 1st Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ [Watch]

That answer came with her third Oscar win as it finally arrived 29 years after her second for her transformative performance as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in director Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady.” Watch the video above as she receives the award from Colin Firth and admits to the audience, “I’ll never be up here again!”

Though the film itself was not a huge critical or commercial hit, Streep received unanimous praise for her performance.
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True story: Gary Oldman’s and Allison Janney’s wins would resume Oscar’s love affair with real-life portrayals

True story: Gary Oldman’s and Allison Janney’s wins would resume Oscar’s love affair with real-life portrayals
Last year marked the first time in 19 years that the four acting Oscar winners — Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) and Viola Davis (“Fences”) — played fake people. But the reprieve will be short-lived since Best Actor frontrunner Gary Oldman, as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and Best Supporting Actress favorite Allison Janney, as Tonya Harding’s mother Lavona in “I, Tonya,” have pretty much ensured the academy will start a new streak of Oscar-winning real-life portrayals.

Oscar’s obsession with famous people playing famous people is a relatively new phenomenon though. While actors have taken home the gold for playing real people since Oscar’s beginning — George Arliss winning Best Actor for playing British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli” (1929/30) was the first — up until 2000, there were many long stretches of faux characters triumphing. In the ‘70s, there were no Best Supporting
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