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The Ink Factory hires chief strategy officer

The Ink Factory hires chief strategy officer
The Night Manager producer names key hire.

UK-based production outfit The Ink Factory, the company John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager and the upcoming The Little Drummer Girl, has appointed Rod Henwood as its Chief Strategy Officer.

Henwood is the former CEO of Zodiak Media in the UK, Benelux and India, the independent production company of factual, drama and kids’ programming. He left the company in November 2016 following its €1bn merger with Banijay Group. He previously held roles at ITV, Channel 4 and Fox Kids.

Henwood has been working on a consultancy basis with The Ink Factory for the
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Tony Gilroy Talks ‘Beirut’; Unearthing A Script From 1991 & More [Interview]

Sometimes a good thing will never die. That’s rarely a screenplay, the graveyard of unproduced scripts is an overfilled garbage dump that’s currently not taking any more bodies, but somehow against the odds, the international political thriller “Beirut” has come to life nearly three decades after it was born. Directed by veteran Brad Anderson, “Beirut” began as screenplay in 1991 penned by writer/director Tony Gilroy and is made in the vein of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “A Most Wanted Man,” and “The Year of Living Dangerously” and John le Carré political potboilers.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Died 4 Years Ago Today: Revisit Our 2014 Cover Story on His Tragic End

Philip Seymour Hoffman Died 4 Years Ago Today: Revisit Our 2014 Cover Story on His Tragic End
He was an Oscar-winning star with scene-stealing roles in more than 50 films, but in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood he had called home for years, Philip Seymour Hoffman was simply one of the locals: the rumpled cyclist pedaling through the West Village; the dad walking his three children to school; the actor poring over scripts or having a drink at one of his favorite low-key bars. Still, as expert as he was at blending in, he did draw attention when he turned up at the Barrow Street Alehouse after returning from a 10-day detox for heroin addiction last spring. “I remember
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Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Netflix Series ‘Messiah’ Casts Mehdi Dehbi in Lead Role (Exclusive)

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Netflix Series ‘Messiah’ Casts Mehdi Dehbi in Lead Role (Exclusive)
Mehdi Dehbi has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming Netflix series “Messiah,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The series will chronicle the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Dehbi will star as Al Massih. His character is described as an enigma with mysterious origins. People are unsure if he is a divine messenger or a political rabble-rouser. When he disappears from an Israeli interrogation cell with no explanation, his legend begins to grow.

Dehbi’s recent credits include the film “London Has Fallen” and the FX drama “Tyrant.” He has also appeared in films like “A Most Wanted Man” and “Mary Queen of Scots.”

He is repped by Gersh and Chaotik.

Netflix ordered “Messiah” to series in November. It was created by writer Michael Petroni who brought the project to Netflix with Mark Burnett. Both
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Michael Shannon joins AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl adaptation

AMC has made another casting addition to its upcoming miniseries adaptation of John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl with the news that Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) has joined Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies) and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) in the series.

Shannon will portray Kurtz, an Isreali spymaster who recruits Pugh’s character into a complex game of stakes with his intelligence colleague, who is played by Skarsgard. Park Chan-wook is set to direct the six-episode series with production to begin early next year. AMC is producing the series with The Ink Factory.

Simon and Stephen Cornwell, co-CEOs and Founders of The Ink Factory and le Carré’s children, said “Michael is an actor of the highest calibre, and we are excited to welcome him to the stellar group of talent this project is amassing. Under the direction of a consummate auteur and opposite two equally
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Beirut review – Jon Hamm impresses in intelligent 80s-set spy thriller

The Mad Men veteran plays another fast-talking protagonist in a smart and complex tale that has echoes of John le Carré

In an unexpected twist, Sundance has become the launch pad for what 20 years ago was very mainstream fodder: the mid-budget, fairly smart international spy film. We saw it in 2014 with Philip Seymour Hoffman starring in the adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man, and we have it again this year with Beirut, which, when it is working well, is of Le Carré caliber. This isn’t a particularly chancy film, unless the decision to go old school is considered such. It is still, however, quite good.

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The BFI’s seven biggest production awards of 2017

The BFI awarded seven films £1m or more in 2017.

The BFI awarded seven movies £1m or more in 2017 with satirist Chris Morris’ anticipated follow up to controversial 2010 comedy Four Lions the recipient of this year’s biggest grant.

Since launching the BFI Film Fund seven years ago, the organisation’s biggest single production grant remains the £2m awarded to Aardman and Studiocanal’s animation Early Man in 2015. That film is due for release in 2018.

1. Untitled Chris Morris Project, See-Saw Productions Limited (£1.5m)

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Anna Kendrick

Satirist Morris’s anticipated first film since controversial 2010 comedy Four Lions has been kept largely under wraps after shooting last year in the Us and the Caribbean. Cast is understood to include Anna Kendrick, Kayvan Novak, James Adomian and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks. Film4 backed the project which is produced by See-Saw Films and Archer Gray Productions

2. Country Music, Fable Pictures Ltd (1.4m
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The BFI’s seven biggest production awards of 2017

The BFI awarded seven films £1m or more in 2017.

The BFI awarded seven movies £1m or more in 2017 with satirist Chris Morris’ anticipated follow up to controversial 2010 comedy Four Lions the recipient of this year’s biggest grant.

Since launching the BFI Film Fund seven years ago, the organisation’s biggest single production grant remains the £2m awarded to Aardman and Studiocanal’s animation Early Man in 2015. That film is due for release in 2018.

1. Untitled Chris Morris Project, See-Saw Productions Limited (£1.5m)

Source: Creative Commons

Anna Kendrick

Satirist Morris’s anticipated first film since controversial 2010 comedy Four Lions has been kept largely under wraps after shooting last year in the Us and the Caribbean. Cast is understood to include Anna Kendrick, Kayvan Novak, James Adomian and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks. Film4 backed the project which is produced by See-Saw Films and Archer Gray Productions

2. Country Music,
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Vicky Krieps on the Complex Romance of ‘Phantom Thread,’ Her Favorite Scene, and PTA’s Fluidity

Vicky Krieps has been acting for the last decade–one might have seen her brief supporting turns in Hanna and A Most Wanted Man–but her tremendous breakthrough performance comes with Phantom Thread. In the 1950s-set relationship drama set in the world of fashion, the Luxemburg-born actress plays Alma, a new muse of designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis).

While a new film from Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t need a selling point, there’s been no shortage of discussion about it featuring the final performance from his There Will Be Blood star. However, as the film cunningly shapeshifts, it becomes clear that Alma may have the upper hand in this union, yet saying much more will take away from the film’s many luscious pleasures.

Speaking with Krieps following the film’s New York City premiere, we discussed the shapeshifting nature of the main relationship, what she’s learned by
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Daniel Day-Lewis Doesn’t Give the Best Performance in ‘Phantom Thread’: Vicky Krieps on Her Breakthrough Role

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Daniel Day-Lewis Doesn’t Give the Best Performance in ‘Phantom Thread’: Vicky Krieps on Her Breakthrough Role
Daniel Day-Lewis is unsurprisingly great in “Phantom Thread,” the thrice-awarded thespian’s supposed swan song, but the movie doesn’t belong to him. That honor goes to the remarkable Vicky Krieps, who’s far from a newcomer but essentially unknown on this side of the Atlantic — outside of “A Most Wanted Man” and “Hanna,” most of the Luxembourgian thespian’s work has been in Germany. One suspects that’s about to change.

Day-Lewis plays a mid-century fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, which reunites him with his “There Will Be Blood” star a decade later. Brilliant and neurotic, the esteemed Reynolds Woodcock can’t stand deviations from his routine and, according to his old so-and-so of a sister (Lesley Manville), is disoriented for the rest of the day whenever breakfast doesn’t go exactly as planned — which makes it a minor disaster when Alma (Krieps), whom he meets in a seaside inn,
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Partner Mimi O’Donnell Opens Up About Late Actor's Drug Addiction

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Partner Mimi O’Donnell Opens Up About Late Actor's Drug Addiction
Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner of over 14 years remembers when she first noticed that something was "brewing" with the actor.

Mimi O’Donnell opens up in a moving essay for Vogue's January issue about first meeting Hoffman at a theater in New York City in 1999 and the beautiful love story that ensued, which included the two parenting three children, Cooper, 14, Tallulah, 11 and Willa, 9. "When I look back at how close we all were, I wonder whether Phil somehow knew that he was going to die young," she reflects. "He never said those words, but he lived his life as if time was precious."

After being sober for well over a decade, O'Donnell says Hoffman was faced with a lot of trials all at once, which led to him returning to drugs and ultimately dying from a heroin overdose in early February 2014 at the age of 46.

"His longtime therapist died of cancer, which was devastating
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First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says

First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says
The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “Phantom Thread” is under review embargo, of course, but Focus Features started screening the late arrival for various guild and Academy voters and press, who at the first screening Friday gave a hearty round of applause to the ‘50s London romance set in the high-couture fashion world.

Read More:Daniel Day-Lewis Struggled With Draping On the Set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread

PTA wrote the script for Daniel Day-Lewis, hoping it would pass muster with the finicky actor who agreed to star as fussy women’s designer Reynolds Woodcock, which could be the retiring actor’s last role. Anderson relied on Day-Lewis more than he did in “There Will Be Blood” (which won Ddl his second of three Oscars), because “I don’t speak English, I speak American,” Anderson said at the post-screening Q&A at the Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles.
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First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says

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First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says
The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “Phantom Thread” is under review embargo, of course, but Focus Features started screening the late arrival for various guild and Academy voters and press, who at the first screening Friday gave a hearty round of applause to the ‘50s London romance set in the high-couture fashion world.

Read More:Daniel Day-Lewis Struggled With Draping On the Set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread

PTA wrote the script for Daniel Day-Lewis, hoping it would pass muster with the finicky actor who agreed to star as fussy women’s designer Reynolds Woodcock, which could be the retiring actor’s last role. Anderson relied on Day-Lewis more than he did in “There Will Be Blood” (which won Ddl his second of three Oscars), because “I don’t speak English, I speak American,” Anderson said at the post-screening Q&A at the Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Alexander Skarsgård joins AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl adaptation

AMC has found its male lead for its upcoming miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, the adaptation of John leCarré ‘s spy novel of the same name from director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård will be joining Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) for the six-episode series.

Skarsgård will portray Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer, who ropes Pugh’s Charlie into a high-risk espionage plot. Unlike The Night Manager, AMC will keep the series set in the 1970s, the time period that the book is set in. The miniseries is being produced and financed by The Ink Factory, once again working with AMC after The Night Manager. Production on the miniseries will begin early next year

“To play an enigmatic man who hides his true feelings deep inside, I couldn’t think of a more fitting actor,” Chan-wook said of Skarsgård’s casting. “I believe Skarsgård’s growing depth as
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Park Chan-wook and Florence Pugh Teaming Up for John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

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Park Chan-wook and Florence Pugh Teaming Up for John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’
Park Chan-wook isn’t done adapting English novels. After bringing Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” to the silver screen in the form of last year’s masterful “The Handmaiden,” the Korean auteur is now set to direct a six-part adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Little Drummer Girl” starring Florence Pugh.

Read More:‘Lady Macbeth’ Review: Florence Pugh Is a Persecuted Woman Who Takes Control In Powerful Dark Drama

The news comes courtesy of the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who adds that the BBC TV project begins shooting next year. Pugh has won acclaim for her lead performance in William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth,” itself a literary adaptation; she’ll next appear opposite Liam Neeson in “The Commuter.” Le Carré’s novels have been adapted for the screen more than a dozen times, including the films “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Constant Gardener,” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

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‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie

‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie
The Oscar race isn’t over until the last movie screens, and this year one of the final contenders to be unveiled will be “Phantom Thread.” The drama marks the hugely anticipated reunion between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, who last worked together a decade ago on “There Will Be Blood.” The Upton Sinclair-inspired drama earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and gave Day-Lewis his second trophy for Best Actor (he’d make history and win a third for “Lincoln” five years later), so anyone would be foolish to underestimate just how big “Phantom Thread” will be this awards season.

Focus Features has been keeping a majority of the details surrounding the movie under lock and key, although the official trailer was finally released on October 23, teasing a gorgeously shot drama about the romantic obsessions of a self-destructive artist. “Phantom Thread” seems to operating
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International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation

International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation
In today’s International Newswire, MipJunior sees a growing flow of kids’ content coming onto the market, Chiwetel Ejiofor starts to shoot his directorial debut in Malawi, five feature debuts compete at the European Film Awards, a report finds scripted TV production in the U.S. declined last year, and Showmax is to make a Polish version of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Cannes’ Mipcom trade-fair, which closed on Thursday, was the first in several years when unscripted was as much part of the conversation as scripted. In fact, it was a tale of three markets. If Mipcom was “bright, brisk and bustley,” as ReedMidem’s TV division director Laurine Garaude described it at her customary last day of the market wrap, MipJunior was one of the busiest events in recent years, judged by news flow, and big company presence – Mattel tub-thumping its overhaul of the “Thomas the Tank Engine” IP, for instance.

Buyers, whose
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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)
Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun production in Malawi on his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which he will also star.

The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood.

The news was announced Thursday by by Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Potboiler ProductionsAndrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s...
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Daniel Day-Lewis' Final Film is Officially Titled Phantom Thread

Earlier this year Daniel Day-Lewis announced that he is retiring from acting. He made one final film with director Paul Thomas Anderson, who previously directed Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood. There hasn't been a lot of information on this new film collaboration but today we have learned that the title of the film is Phantom Thread and we also have a brief plot synopsis:

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Phantom Thread from Paul Thomas Anderson. The writer/director will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

I'm such a huge fan of both of these talents, and even though a film
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Gets An Official Title & Synopsis

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film has received an official title and new synopsis. They were released by Focus Features on the film’s official website. The name of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, will be Phantom Thread, the story set in the fashion industry in 1950’s London.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Phantom Thread from Paul Thomas Anderson. The writer/director will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

Lesley Manville (Maleficent), Camilla Rutherford (The Darjeeling Limited) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man) are also amongst the cast.

Phantom Thread will be produced
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