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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’: London Film Festival opener looks like sure thing at BAFTAs

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’: London Film Festival opener looks like sure thing at BAFTAs
While Armando Iannucci‘s “Veep” failed to turn any of its nominations in to wins at this year’s Emmys, the writer/director is all but certain to get some love from the BAFTAs and Oscars for his new film “The Personal History of David Copperfield.” Iannucci’s lovingly crafted adaptation of his favorite of Charles Dickens‘ novels opened the BFI London Film Festival and was very well-received.

The cast is refreshingly diverse for a period piece. This color blind casting makes the film feel very modern. Today’s audiences will recognise and relate to these Victorian era characters. In the titular role, Dev Patel stands out even among a collection of more colorful characters. Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Daisy May Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong, Paul Whitehouse and the (ex) Doctor himself Peter Capaldi all have standout moments in the film with Christie being my personal favorite
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Review: Dir. Armando Iannucci (2019) [Lff]

There’s an unspoken risk when once again journeying into the works of Dickens and Shakespeare. It can often be the case that adaptations rely too much on the source material. Although these are classics, we’re far too familiar with the work for a simple adaptation to be of interest. There are simply dozens of adaptations of each novel/play, with so many lacking a distinctive voice. On the other hand, it can feel almost treacherous to change too much of source sacred texts. I was personally fine with an animated anthropomorphic cat musical, but others will want a taste of something a bit more humane. That’s why it’s important to have a voice as distinctive as Dickens at the helm, even if at first glance it seems like an odd fit. Armando Iannucci’s biting satire from In the Loop and The Death of Stalin may
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Delightfully Funny Trailer For The Personal History Of David Copperfield with Dev Patel

Lionsgate has shared the first trailer for their fantastic-looking new film The Personal History of David Copperfield. Dev Patel takes on the role of Copperfield in the story and follows him as he encounters all kinds of wonderfully different kinds of people throughout his life.

The film was directed by Armando Iannucci (In the Loop and The Death of Stalin) and as you’ll see he delivers some great witty comedy to the film as he wonderfully brings Charles Dickens’ classic character to life in this film. I especially enjoy how the filmmaker seems to handle the characters. It just looks like an incredibly enjoyable and charming movie.

Here’s the synopsis:

An avid Dickens fan, Armando Iannucci adapts here, alongside frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, employing his comedic mastery and vivid characterizations to bring to life one of Dickens’ most cherished characters in The Personal History Of David Copperfield. From birth to infancy,
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Trailer: Armando Iannucci Brings Modern Energy to a Dickensian Classic

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Trailer: Armando Iannucci Brings Modern Energy to a Dickensian Classic
Armando Iannucci, the mind behind darkly funny, highly verbose comedies like In the Loop and The Death of Stalin, may not seem like the person to take on Charles Dickens. But that’s exactly what he does, and does extremely well, with the hilarious, star-studded The Personal History of David Copperfield. Iannucci stays true to Dickens’ text while […]

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Dev Patel in UK Trailer for 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'

"I can easily recall people of strong character. They weave their memory into my life's journey." Lionsgate UK has unveiled the first official trailer for the indie film The Personal History of David Copperfield, the latest feature made by acclaimed UK satirist Armando Iannucci. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and also plays as the Opening Film at the London Film Festival this week. An avid Dickens fan, Iannucci adapts his story along with frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, employing his comedic mastery and vivid characterizations to bring to life one of Dickens' most cherished characters in The Personal History of David Copperfield. Set in Victorian England, the film follows Dev Patel playing Copperfield as he encounters all kinds of characters throughout his life. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, and Paul Whitehouse. This has Iannucci's trademark satire & humor, and it honestly looks funnier than expected.
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Trailer: Armando Iannucci’s Reimagining Of Classic Dickens Novel

One of the greatest writers in history, Charles Dickens will now have another one of his books turned into a film in the form of “The Personal History of David Copperfield.” The director, Armando Iannucci, best known for his film “The Death Of Stalin” as well as directing the British TV series “I’m Alan Partridge,” is now bringing the vision of Dickens to life with what was probably one of his best books, “David Copperfield.”

Read More: ‘Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Will Open 2019 London Film Festival

Iannucci spoke to Deadline about why he wanted to do a film based on a Dickens novel, particularly David Copperfield.

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Why Tom Hanks Sent 'Veep' Creator Armando Iannucci a Personal Letter

Why Tom Hanks Sent 'Veep' Creator Armando Iannucci a Personal Letter
The Death of Stalin, but now Armando Iannucci — also known as the driving creative force behind the equally vicious political satires Veep, The Thick of It and In the Loop — has served up his most un-Iannucci project to date.

The Personal History of David Copperfield, based on Charles Dickens' semiautobiographical tale of a life from childhood to maturity in Victorian England, received an enthusiastic response in Toronto, where it had its world premiere. THR's John DeFore said it "pleases without pandering," and singled out the lead ...

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‘Wild Rose’ leads Bafta Scotland nominations

‘Wild Rose’ leads Bafta Scotland nominations
Musical drama secures hat-track of nominations including a best actress nod for Jessie Buckley.

Musical drama Wild Rose, featuring a breakout performance from Jessie Buckley, leads the pack at this year’s Bafta Scotland awards with three nominations.

Tom Harper’s film about a troubled young mother from Glasgow who dreams of being a country singer picked up a best actress nod for Screen Star of Tomorrow Buckley, best writer for Nicole Taylor and a nomination for best feature film.

The film took £2.89m at the UK box office when it was released in April, following a strong reaction at its Toronto world premiere.
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‘Atar Gull’ Graphic Novel Review

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Written by Fabien Nury | Art by Brüno | Published by Statix Press/Titan Comics | Format: Hardcover, 88pp

Fabien Nury, the acclaimed artist who brought us the phenomenal The Death of Stalin a couple of years ago, collaborates once again with Brüno, with Atar Gull, or the Tale of a Modern Slave. This is based on the 1831 novel by Eugène Sue and is set during the times of slavery. The story, split into four parts, takes us from an introduction to Atar Gull as a young man, and through a prologue, two acts and an epilogue, we witness his life and the enslavement, violence and cruelty surrounding it.

This is, indeed, a very tragic tale, both unsettling and not particularly “enjoyable” in the traditional sense of that word. It takes the theme of slavery and with that aforementioned tragedy, revenge and an attempt to show the humanity in the situation, and not
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Paramount Action Pic ‘Infinite’ Adds Jason Mantzoukas & Rupert Friend

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Paramount Action Pic ‘Infinite’ Adds Jason Mantzoukas & Rupert Friend
Updated Exclusive: Comedy writer and actor Jason Mantzoukas and Homeland‘s Rupert Friend have joined the cast of Paramount’s action thriller Infinite opposite Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien. Both of their roles are being kept under wraps.

The Antoine Fuqua directed film is an adaptation of the novel The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. Pic follows a man who discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. Ian Shoor adapted the script. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, John Zaozirny, Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Mark Huffam are producing Infinite with Fuqua and Raphael Crohn executive producing.

Most recently, Mantzoukas was seen in the action film John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum and the comedy The Long Dumb Road, which premiered at The Sundance International Film Festival last year. His previous feature credits include The House, The Dictator, How To Be Single, Sleeping With Other People and Neighbors, among others.
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Spotify’s Gimlet Podcasting Arm Sets Fall Fiction Slate, Led By ‘Motherhacker’

  • Deadline
The fall slate of new and returning fiction podcasts has been released by Gimlet, led by cyber-thriller Motherhacker, in which a single mother (Carrie Coon) journeys through the dark web.

Starting in October, Gimlet will be releasing one fiction series a month through the end of the year, including its first scripted renewals since Homecoming season 2. Streamer Spotify bought Gimlet Media and fellow podcasting company Anchor earlier this year for a reported $340 million. The newly announced slate reflects a ramping up of the production pace.

Besides Motherhacker, Gimlet will also unveil The Horror of Dolores Roach for a second season, wherein listeners can hear the latest from Roach (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and her life underground. Also back is The Two Princes, with an update on Prince Rupert and Prince Amir’s love story and the adventures they find along the way.

Gimlet’s executive producer for scripted fiction is Mimi O’Donnell.
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Film4 Uses Toronto as Springboard to Launch Standout Titles

  • Variety
The U.K.’s Film4 backs 10 to 12 features a year, meaning that its eight-strong lineup of world premieres at Toronto Intl. Film Festival see the curtain raised on a hefty chunk of its slate.

That’s fine by Film4 boss Daniel Battsek. “Toronto was elevated for me during my American experience; it was only once I was living there and working at Miramax that for me it became this legendary launching pad,” he says.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” had its world premiere at Toronto and that picture marked a change of tack by Film4, the film arm of British pubcaster Channel 4, whereby it took a larger stake in a select number of bigger-budget movies. These sit along more modestly-budgeted fare and films from first-timers, which Film4 is also mandated to support.

“What we are trying to do all the time is support diverse filmmakers, women filmmakers, and to encourage debut filmmakers,
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The Personal History of David Copperfield Review – Tiff 2019

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Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, who co-wrote and created The Thick of It before taking their now-famous brand of sweary political satire across the pond to further acclaim with Veep, certainly made a brave choice when they chose Charles Dickens’ autobiographical novel as the source of their next project. A New Yorker article on the politics of Brexit, say, might work as a Death of Stalin-type disaster-fest; or we could expect a Succession-type dramady centred on just about any feature of our politics at the moment.

Brave, then, that was, and this is. A buoyant tone and a frequently genteel sensibility – with some genuine directorial flair thrown in from a previously uninventive technical filmmaker – make The Personal History of David Copperfield a big step sideways in the careers of those who made it. The same applies to the members of a remarkable ensemble, which includes Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Review: A Delightful Dickens Adaptation From Armando Iannucci [Tiff 2019]

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Review: A Delightful Dickens Adaptation From Armando Iannucci [Tiff 2019]
Armando Iannucci is responsible for the acidic, acerbic dark humor that prevails in In the Loop, The Death of Stalin, and Veep. But anyone expecting more of that nasty, cutting comedic bite from Iannucci’s latest work is in for a pleasant surprise. Working with co-writer Simon Blackwell, Iannucci has taken the autobiographical Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield and spun forth […]

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Film Review: Armando Iannucci Meets Charles Dickens

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Film Review: Armando Iannucci Meets Charles Dickens
You might think that Charles Dickens would be resistant to the Armando Iannucci treatment, which so far has resulted in a string of vicious political satires that raised the insult to the level of art: the British TV show “The Thick of It” and subsequent movie “In the Loop”; its American cousin “Veep,” which he created and ran for four seasons; and most recently “The Death of Stalin,” with the vicious and inept Russian politicians of the 1950s seemingly every bit as Iannuccian as Selina Meyer or the blowhards from “In the Loop.”

But Dickens’ “David Copperfield,” the novel on which Iannucci’s “The Personal History if David Copperfield” is based? How can that work in the hands of the delightfully profane Scottish writer-director?

Judging by “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, you’d pretty much be
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Jack O’Connell to star as Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in musical biopic for Agc Studios (exclusive)

Control, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh to make feature directorial debut.

UK actor Jack O’Connell is in advanced talks to star as Happy Mondays lead singer Shaun Ryder in the musical biopic Twisting My Melon, which Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios is introducing to buyers at Tiff.

Agc will fully finance and co-produce the project, based on Ryder’s autobiography of the same name that charts his life and role in ushering in the “Madchester” sound in the late 1980s and early 1990s that embraced hedonism and rave culture. O’Connell will perform Happy Mondays songs in the film.
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Toronto: Agc Boards Biopic of Happy Mondays Frontman Shaun Ryder

Independent studio Agc Studios will fully finance and co-produce Twisting My Melon, the musical biopic of U.K. band Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, chairman and CEO Stuart Ford unveiled on Friday.

Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Money Monster), and Jason Isaacs (Hotel Mumbai, The Death of Stalin) are in advanced negotiations to star as Ryder and his father, Derek Ryder, the company said. Also in discussions to join the cast are Holliday Grainger (Patrick Melrose, Cinderella) as Ryder's girlfriend and Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) as his mother.

Based on Ryder's autobiography of the same name, the project was developed ...
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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Review: Armando Iannucci’s Quirky Dickens Take Is His First Mixed Bag

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Review: Armando Iannucci’s Quirky Dickens Take Is His First Mixed Bag
Armando Iannucci has been the reigning king of filmed satire for years, but with “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” he trades zingy political satire for a messy assemblage of whimsical conceits. On its own terms, Iannucci’s warm-hearted adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic has good intentions to spare, from an inspired color-blind cast led by Dev Patel in top form, to a cascade of playful scene transitions that mimic the kaleidoscopic overview of the Victorian narrator’s bumpy life. But even then, the intermittent charm suffers from the choppiness of Iannucci’s approach, which veers from nuttiness to earnest restraint, as if the filmmaker were at war with his better instincts.

At the same time, he has clearly pushed his talents to a new arena. With everything from “Veep” to “The Death of Stalin,” the writer-director has transforming dense bureaucratic processes into snappy and sardonic showdowns. With “David Copperfield,
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Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Gets Fox Searchlight Distribution for 2020

Fox Searchlight Pictures on Thursday announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” — a display of early enthusiasm and faith in the satirist’s latest film two weeks before its word premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Fox Searchlight is planning a 2020 theatrical release for the Scottish director’s film based on the Charles Dickens novel, which stars Dev Patel in its titular role

“Armando Iannucci is a wonderfully original filmmaker and expert storyteller; he brings his irreverent and imaginative take to this iconic and beloved story,” said Fox Searchlight chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said in a statement. “As for Dev, he has consistently impressed since his unforgettable breakout roles in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’

The satirist’s last two films, “The Death of Stalin” and “In the Loop” were distributed
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Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Acquired By Fox Searchlight Ahead of Tiff

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired the North American rights to “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” the next film from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, the studio announced on Thursday.

The project is a reimagined take on Charles Dickens’ novel starring Dev Patel as the title character. Fox Searchlight is planning a 2020 theatrical release for the film after it makes its premiere on Sept. 5 at the Toronto International Film Festival and later at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 2.

“The Personal History of David Copperfield” is the story of a man whose rogue spirit carries him through a colorful life of poverty and opulence. The film follows David, a burgeoning young writer, from orphaned infancy to adulthood as he befriends a collection of eccentric characters on a journey of love, acceptance and self-discovery in Victorian England. While the film is set in Victorian England, the story has been modernized and
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