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Tom Hughes isn't upset about The Game cancellation: 'It worked as a standalone series'

We were disappointed when BBC Two axed spy thriller The Game after just one series, but its lead star Tom Hughes has revealed that he wasn't upset about the decision.

The Cemetery Junction actor told Digital Spy: "The Game works as a standalone series. The story was nicely tied up, and it reached a natural conclusion.

"You can always write more stories, and had there been a second series it would have been something I'd love to have done, but as far as I was concerned I was proud of it. I don't feel like it was diminished by not coming back, quite the opposite.

"I loved the job, and I learnt a hell of a lot from it. When I read it, it was always a standalone series for me, and if it came back it would have been a different show in many ways."

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Legend movie review: badfellas

Tom Hardy is fab, but this is GoodFellas-lite, depicting violent sociopaths as glamorous, even amusing, and lacking all understanding of what made them tick. I’m “biast” (pro): love Tom Hardy

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Tom Hardy is Ronnie Kray. And Tom Hardy is Reggie Kray. And Tom Hardy (London Road, Mad Max: Fury Road) is the best — and pretty much the only — reason to check out this rather shockingly laudatory crime thriller based on the life and, er work of two of the most notorious gangsters London has ever borne witness to. As both of the identical Kray twins, Hardy is a wonder, carrying his body, comporting his face, and subtly shifting his voice in ways that never leave the viewer in any doubt as to which brother he is
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Luke Treadaway to star in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

Luke Treadaway to star in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'
Treadaway to appear alongside Ruta Gedmintas in the adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling novel.

Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash Of The Titans) is to star alongside Ruta Gedmintas (Prowl, Help Point) in A Street Cat Named Bob, an adaptation of the James Bowen novel of the same name.

The true story centres on how Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

The production is set to begin a seven-week shoot in the UK from late October.

Director is Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) and the script was written by Tim John (Dr. Jekyll And Ms. Hyde).

Producer is Adam Rolston for his new venture Shooting Script Films in what will be the company’s debut release.

Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (The King’s Speech, Song For Marion, The Guard) are executive producers and financiers on the project.

The Exchange
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'Moon Dogs' begins Scotland shoot

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Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.

Principal photography has begun on Moon Dogs, a UK-Irish co-production that will film throughout Scotland over the summer.

Up Helly Aa Films and Ripple World Pictures produce the coming-of-age feature, which follows two teenage stepbrothers - Michael (Jack Parry Jones) and Thor (Christy O’Donnell) - on a road trip from Shetland to Glasgow, and the enigmatic Caitlin (Tara Lee) who comes between them.

Directed by Philip John (Being Human, Downton Abbey), the film was written by Scottish writing duo Raymond Friel and Derek Boyle (The Calcium Kid).

The soundtrack will be composed by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Moon Dogs marks the first feature for theatrical release from Scottish-based Welsh producer Kathy Speirs, and is a co-production with Irish production company Ripple World Pictures.

Ken Marshall (Song for Marion, Filth), is executive producer with co-producers Suzanne Reid (What We Did On Our Holiday), [link
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Swallows and Amazons casting news

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Filming is finally underway on the new Harbour Pictures/BBC Films adaptation of Arthur Ransome's classic novel Swallows and Amazons, after a long period in development.

(Pictured left are the The Walker children from the 1960s BBC adaptation – Simon West, Stephen Grendon, Suzanna Hamilton and Sophie Neville.)

The team at Shaheen Baig Casting have discovered six young newcomers to take on the roles of the Walker and Blackett children in the Lake District set adventure.

Dane Hughes will play John Walker, Orla Hill (a pupil at Anna Fiorentini Drama School who appeared in Song for Marion) will play Susan Walker, and Bobby McColloch as Roger Walker, with Lily and Alfie Allen's half-sister 8 year old Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, the daughter of actors Keith Allen and Tamzin Malleson playing the the youngest, Tatty Walker.

The two Blackett sisters are to be played by Seren Hawkes as Nancy, and Hannah Jayne Thorp as Peggy.
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Q&A: Gemma Arterton, actor

‘Who would play me? Emma Stone, if she could pull off a Kent accent’

Born in Kent, Arterton, 29, graduated from Rada. Her movies include St Trinian’s, Quantum Of Solace, Tamara Drewe and Song For Marion. On TV, she played the title role in Tess Of The d’Urbervilles, and her stage work includes The Duchess Of Malfi and, currently, Made In Dagenham. Her new film, The Voices, opens on 20 March. She is divorced and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

In Corsica, climbing mountains and finding waterfalls.

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Terence Stamp: ‘I was in my prime, but when the 60s ended, I ended with it’

He was the star of some of the decade’s most memorable films – and dated some of its most beautiful women. With the reissue of 1967’s Far From the Madding Crowd, the actor talks about his friendship with Michael Caine and his topsy-turvy career

Terence Stamp sticks his head round the door and opens his mouth. How will this legend of British acting introduce himself? What pearl of wisdom will he divulge? Stamp, self-confessed “decadent” and former holder of the title of world’s best-looking man (1963-1969) speaks: “Gotta take a slash, man. Where’s the gents?” Having been pointed in the right direction, Stamp returns, visibly relieved.

It’s funny how things work out. Now 76, Stamp had a fantastic 1960s, during which he starred in a handful of imperishable classics (Billy Budd, Ken Loach’s Poor Cow, Pasolini’s Theorem) and consorted with some of the era’s most beautiful women (Julie Christie,
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Terence Stamp: ‘I was in my prime, but when the 60s ended, I ended with it’

He was the star of some of the decade’s most memorable films – and dated some of its most beautiful women. With the reissue of 1967’s Far From the Madding Crowd, the actor talks about his friendship with Michael Caine and his topsy-turvy career

Terence Stamp sticks his head round the door and opens his mouth. How will this legend of British acting introduce himself? What pearl of wisdom will he divulge? Stamp, self-confessed “decadent” and former holder of the title of world’s best-looking man (1963-1969) speaks: “Gotta take a slash, man. Where’s the gents?” Having been pointed in the right direction, Stamp returns, visibly relieved.

It’s funny how things work out. Now 76, Stamp had a fantastic 1960s, during which he starred in a handful of imperishable classics (Billy Budd, Ken Loach’s Poor Cow, Pasolini’s Theorem) and consorted with some of the era’s most beautiful women (Julie Christie,
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Norfolk producer readies new projects

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Exclusive: Crybaby Pictures plans project with The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures.

Rachel Dargavel’s Crybaby Pictures, a newly launched UK production outfit, arrives at International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) (Jan 21-Feb 1) with its first feature Norfolk in the Tiger Competition.

Martin Radich’s tense father-son story is part of Creative England’s iFeatures programme, and is produced by Dargavel alongside Finlay Pretsell of Sdi Productions. [Click here for Martin Radich interview]

Dargavel now has an active slate of projects in development for Crybaby, which is based in both London and Nottingham.

The projects include:

Only You,with The Bureau, which will mark the anticipated feature debut of writer-director Harry Wootliff. The film is now casting and finalising its finance.

The love story is about a couple who have a whirlwind romance, but cracks start to show in the relationship when they try to have a baby and can’t conceive. Dargavel says references for that film include Blue Valentine or Blue is the Warmest Colour.

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Rachel Weisz And Director Catherine Hardwicke Join Miss You Already

Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette are two fine actors who should have made a deeper impression in Hollywood by now. Both bring their A-game to each film they are in, but they do not always pick the right projects. Occasionally though, we see a masterful performance (Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea, Collette on Showtime’s The United States of Tara) that reminds us of their talents. Now, both actresses are attached to Miss You Already, a drama following two best friends going through an emotional crisis.

Collette has been linked to this project since 2012, when Jennifer Aniston was signed on. Weisz, however, is only now coming on board to take Aniston’s role, as one of the forty-something friends who gets diagnosed with breast cancer, while Collette is a woman who becomes pregnant for the first time and starts a family. Both are lifelong friends torn apart by the changing world around them.
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Rachel Weisz Joins 'Miss You Already' With Toni Collette, Catherine Hardwicke Takes Over Director's Chair

Some movies kick around in development, trying to get made. "Miss You Already" is one of those movies. It first surfaced back in 2012,  when Jennifer Aniston signed up to star with Paul Andrew Williams ("London To Brighton," "Unfinished Song") directing his Brit List script he co-wrote with Morwenna BanksToni Collette joined not too long after, but then everything stalled out. Now, two years later, the project is back on with some big changes. Collette is still on board, but Aniston is out, and Rachel Weisz is in, while Catherine Hardwicke has replaced Williams in the director's chair. And suddenly, we're much more interested in this one. Said to be in the vein of "Beaches," the story follows two best friends whose relationship ruptures when one becomes pregnant and the other becomes ill. The script was originally London-based, but has apparently been broadened to include other U.K. cities.  Like
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The Olivier Awards 2014 Hosts Announced As Gemma Arterton And Stephen Mangan

The Olivier Awards 2014 is fast approaching, with the ceremony scheduled for Sunday 13th April and new hosts for the ceremony have now been announced. The event, which is to be held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, will see Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Song For Marion) and Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Rush) take on the roles of hosts, with the voiceover provided by the incomparable Olivier Award winning Julie Walters.

Arterton, known for her many film roles, will soon be seen in the new musical Made in Dagenham while Mangan is appearing in the Olivier Award nominated comedy Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense.

It has also been announced that this year’s set has been designed by Es Devlin, the award-winning stage designer who designed the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony and provided the set design for the new musical I Can’t Sing!. Devlin is also nominated
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what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 10)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to streaming

Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

I caught up with…

Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion
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films to stream: Us week of Jan 28

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

All Is Lost: gripping tale of adventure and survival on the high seas, with an excellent and unexpected performance from Robert Redford [at Amazon Instant Video] Blue Is the Warmest Color: there’s nothing particularly surprising in this French romantic melodrama… not even the tediously obvious 15-minute all-nude lesbian fuckfest [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

The Fifth Estate: might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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Gatsby earns Muahs nod

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Gatsby earns Muahs nod
The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (Muahs) announced on January 14 its nominations for the 2014 awards show on February 15.

Voting will begin online on January 21 and closes on February 11.

Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films)

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

Unfinished SongLucy Cain

One ChanceChristine Blundell, Donald Mc Innes

Lee DanielsThe ButlerCandace Neal, Robert Stevenson

Best Contemporary Make-Up

PrisonersDonald Mowat, Pamela Westmore

August: Osage CountyCarla White, Bjoern Rehbein

One ChanceChristine Blundell, Donald McInnes

Best Period And/Or Character Hair Styling

American HustleKatherine Gordon, Michelle Johnson

The Lone RangerGloria Pasqua Casny, Jules Holdren

JobsNina Paskowitz, Michael Moore

Best Period And/Or Character Make-Up

Dallas Buyers ClubEvelyne Noraz, Rachel Geary

The Lone RangerJoel Harlow, Mike Smithson, 3rd Petition Robin Beauschesne

The Great GatsbyMaurizio Silvi, Lesley Vanderwalt

Best Special Make-Up Effects

Bad GrandpaStephen Prouty

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Mike Elizalde, Lufeng Qu

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Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Unveils Awards Nominations

Los Angeles, Jan. 14, 2014 – Today the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s President Susan Cabral-Ebert announced nominations for the 2014 Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards in 14Categories. Winners will be announced at the 2014 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (Iatse Local 706) Awards honoring make-up artists and hair stylists outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater and will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Paramount Studios. M.A.C. Cosmetics is the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor. Here’s the full list of nominations: Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films) Best Contemporary Hair Styling Unfinished Song Aurora Bergere One Chance Christine Blundell Donald Mc Innes Lee DanielsThe Butler Candace Neal Robert Stevenson Best Contemporary Make-up Prisoners Donald Mowat Pamela Westmore August: Osage County Carla White Bjoern Rehbein One Chance Christine Blundell Donald Mc Innes Best Period And/Or Character Hair Styling American Hustle Katherine Gordon Michelle Johnson
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What should be on the Oscar shortlist for best song?

The longlist for the Best Song category in the Oscars has been announced – so what should make the cut?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the longlist of songs for its Best Original Song Oscar in 2014, ahead of the nominations for the shortlist on January 14.

The list features 75 songs written for movies over the last year, with artists including Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, U2, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and M83 all making the grade. Pharrell is included for his hit Happy, currently in the top 5 of the UK charts, which appears in Despicable Me 2, and other animated films make up a large proportion of those selected: Epic, Turbo, The Croods, Planes, Escape From Planet Earth and Monsters University all also get a mention.

The Great Gatsby, with its bold and incongruous soundtrack of modern musicians, gets five mentions for songs by Jay Z,
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Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness Among Scores In Contention For Oscar

One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 will be vying for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

Nomination voting in all Oscar categories begins Friday, December 27 and ends Wednesday, January 8.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,
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