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His Dark Materials TV series gets a new trailer from Comic-Con

On the first day of the San Diego Comic-Con, HBO and BBC released a new trailer for the upcoming fantasy series His Dark Materials. Watch it below…

Based on the book series by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials follows a young girl who travels alternate worlds in search of missing children.

The series stars Dafne Keen (Logan) as the lead character Lyra, James McAvoy (It: Chapter Two) as her uncle Lord Asriel, Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Mrs. Coulter, Clarke Peters (The Wire) as The Master and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) as Lee Scoresby. Also appearing in the series is Ian Gelder (Queers) as Librarian Scholar Charles, Will Keen (Wolf Hall) as Father MacPhail, Ariyon Bakare (Life) as Lord Boreal, and Georgina Campbell (Krypton) as Adele Starminster.

Other cast members include Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette) as Ma Costa, James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) as Farder Coram, Lucien Msamati (Richard II) as John Faa,
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‘His Dark Materials’ Trailer Hits; Ep On How HBO/BBC Series Isn’t An Attack On The Church – Comic-Con

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HBO introduced Hall H attendees today to its upcoming fall fantasy series His Dark Materials from the famed Philip Pullman series, kicking off the evening session with a fresh trailer.

The first season of His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living—and the dead— in their hands.

Pullman’s trilogy has been adapted into a radio series and a two-part play at the National Theatre, but Jane Tranter, the series Ep, was savoring to adapt
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Cannes: Bleecker Street Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Dream Horse’ With Toni Collette, Damian Lewis

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Cannes: Bleecker Street Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Dream Horse’ With Toni Collette, Damian Lewis
Bleecker Street has acquired “Dream Horse,” a drama starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, Variety has confirmed.

The deal is for U.S. rights and the film tells the true story of Jan Vokes, a Welsh cleaner and bartender, who decides to breed and rear a race horse. She persuades her neighbors and friends to contribute financially to the scheme. The group’s unlikely investment plan pays off as the horse rises through the ranks and puts them in a race for the national championship.

Bleecker’s films include the Oscar-nominated “Trumbo” and “Captain Fantastic,” as well as Steven Soderbergh’s “Lucky Logan.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Other cast members include Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”), Joanna Page (“Gavin & Stacey”), Nicholas Farrell (“The Iron Lady”), Sian Philips and Karl Johnson (“Peterloo”).

Euros Lyn (“Happy Valley”) will direct from a screenplay written by Neil McKay (“Appropriate Adult
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Bleecker Street & Topic Studios Board U.S. Rights To Toni Collette-Damian Lewis Starrer ‘Dream Horse’ — Cannes

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Exclusive: And they’re off at the 2019 Cannes Film Market where Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly boarded U.S rights to Toni Collette and Damian Lewis starrer Dream Horse, produced by American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw.

Currently in production in Wales, this is the true story of Jan Vokes (Hereditary star Collette), a cleaner and bartender, who decides on a whim to breed and rear a race horse in her village. She eventually persuades her neighbors to invest in her crazy scheme, and together they name the new foal ‘Dream Alliance’. With little experience but a lot a heart, the collective of townspeople follow ‘Dream’ as he rises through the ranks against all the odds, ultimately pitting all of them against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship. Billions star Lewis plays Howard Davies, the local accountant Volkes persuades to join
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Cannes: Bleecker Street, Topic Unite for Toni Collette, Damian Lewis' 'Dream Horse'

Cannes: Bleecker Street, Topic Unite for Toni Collette, Damian Lewis' 'Dream Horse'
Dream Horse, the upcoming drama starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, has found a stable in the U.S.

Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly acquired U.S. rights to the film, directed by Euros Lyn and currently shooting in Wales.

Joining the two leads are new castmembers, including Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Nicholas Farrell (The Iron Lady), Sian Philips (Dune) and Karl Johnson (Peterloo).

Based on the hit 2015 documentary Dark Horse, the film is a Raw production, with Film4, Ingenious and Ffilm Cymru Wales financing. Warner Bros. will distribute in the U.K....
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'Killing Eve' leads Bafta TV nominations

The BBC/BBC America show earned 14 nods, including for its leads Jodie Comer and Sandrah Oh, and best drama.

Killing Eve leads the nominations for this year’s Bafta Television and Bafta Craft awards.

The BBC/BBC America show earned 14 nods, including for its leads Jodie Comer and Sandrah Oh in the best actress category, and best drama.

Just behind was A Very English Scandal starring Hugh grant and Ben Whishaw, with 12 nominations including best mini-series.

Patrick Melrose scooped six nominations, with Bodyguard and The Little Drummer Girl earning five.

Netflix’s Bandersnatch episode of Black Mirror picked up three nominations including best single drama.
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Focus Features buys 'The Souvenir' for rest of the world (exclusive)

Focus Features buys 'The Souvenir' for rest of the world (exclusive)
Distributor takes global rights excluding North America, UK, Taiwan to parts one and two of project.

Focus Features has swooped for the rest of the world on Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, the first part of which was an award winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Focus has taken global rights excluding North America (A24), UK (Curzon) and Taiwan (Spotlight) from sales agent Protagonist Pictures to both parts one and two of the project. The deal has been in the works since Sundance.

The second film is scheduled to shoot later this year. Element Pictures has come on
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Toni Collette and Damien Lewis join cast of Dream Horse

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‘Hereditary’s’ Toni Collette and ‘Homelands’ Damien Lewis have joined the cast on true-life drama ‘Dream Horse’.

The film is based on the true story of one woman’s extraordinary dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her forgotten Welsh village – and of how she brings her entire community with her.

Collette will take the role of Jan Vokes, a middle-aged barmaid at a working men’s club who bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. Lewis will play Howard Davies, the local accountant she persuades to join her in running the racing syndicate.

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On the racetrack, the horse proves himself to be more than a match for multi-million-pound racehorses he comes up against – a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game.
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Toni Collette, Damian Lewis to Star in Welsh Racehorse Drama ‘Dream Horse’

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Toni Collette, Damian Lewis to Star in Welsh Racehorse Drama ‘Dream Horse’
Toni Collette (“Hereditary”) is set to star as Jan, a woman who starts a racing syndicate in her small Welsh village and attempts to raise a champion racehorse, in “Dream Horse.” Damian Lewis (“Billions”) has also been cast in the film and will play the local accountant who joins the impromptu syndicate.

Euros Lyn (“Black Mirror”) will direct. Neil McKay has adapted the story, which is based on real events, for the big screen.

The real-life drama was previously the subject of Louise Osmond’s documentary “Dark Horse,” which, like “Dream Horse,” was backed by Film4. “Three Identical Strangers” producer Raw is making the film. Warner Bros. has pre-bought the U.K. distribution rights. Cornerstone Films will handle sales elsewhere.

Ingenious Media and Ffilm Cymru Wales are also backing the movie.

“I grew up in the Welsh valleys where everyone knows this story – it’s a local legend,” Lyn said.
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Toni Collette & Damian Lewis To Star In ‘Dream Horse’ For Raw, Film4; Warner Bros UK, Cornerstone Also In The Saddle

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Toni Collette & Damian Lewis To Star In ‘Dream Horse’ For Raw, Film4; Warner Bros UK, Cornerstone Also In The Saddle
Exclusive: Hereditary star Toni Collette and Billions star Damian Lewis are to lead cast in UK race horse feature Dream Horse for American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw.

Euros Lyn, director on Sherlock, Happy Valley and Black Mirror, is helming the true story about a woman’s dream to breed and raise a champion racehorse on the allotment of her modest Welsh village. Little Miss Sunshine star Collette will take the lead role of Jan Vokes, a middle-aged barmaid at a working men’s club who recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies (Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against, transforming the lives of those around him.

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BBC Unveils First-Look At Big-Budget Adaptation Of Philip Pullman’s Fantasy Epic ‘His Dark Materials’

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The BBC has unveiled the first look at its forthcoming big-budget adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy epic His Dark Materials.

The British public broadcaster, which has joined with HBO on the Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema-produced series, has released a trailer featuring stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda that you can watch above.

“We wanted fans to have a tiny glimpse of His Dark Materials,” said exec producer Jane Tranter. “As with Lyra, there are many more worlds to discover as we start upon this epic journey.”

His Dark Materials, which is one of the biggest in scope and most expensive British dramas to date, is ritten by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Hooper, and is based on Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction.

The cast of the drama,
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HBO Boards ‘His Dark Materials’ BBC Series Based On Philip Pullman’s Books

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Exclusive: HBO has come on board as co-producer and distributor of the BBC fantasy drama series His Dark Materials. HBO has partnered with BBC, Bad Wolf, in which HBO owns a small stake, and New Line Cinema to co-produce the adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels, which has an order for two eight-episode seasons from the BBC, as revealed by Deadline yesterday. Additionally, HBO has acquired the worldwide rights to the series outside of the UK.

His Dark Materials, which stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda, is believed to be one of the biggest in scope and most expensive British dramas to date. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Hooper, it is based on Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction.

The cast of the drama, which started filming
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Audience Award At Series Mania Festival

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Audience Award At Series Mania Festival
The winners from Series Mania Lille/Hauts-de-France were presented tonight during the closing ceremony at Nouveau Siegle in Lille, France. The international competition ran from April 27 through this evening, honoring the cream of contemporary drama series.

Leading the way was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which won the Audience Award as the crowd favorite among new titles screening their first series, with votes collected after each screening. The series was created and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (USA), with production by Picrow and Amazon Studios. Its France broadcaster is Amazon Prime Video

The international jury, presided by Chris Brancato and composed of Maria Feldman, Maria Schrader, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Lemaitre, gave four awards among the 10 series presented in world premiere.

The Grand Prize went to On The Spectrum, created by Dana Idisis and Yuval Shafferman (Israel), with direction by Yuval Shafferman and production from Sumayoko Mtd. The jury called it “a superb,
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‘On the Spectrum’ Tops 2018 Series Mania

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Winners were announced on Saturday night for the 9th edition of France’s Series Mania, the first held in the Northern France city of Lille, and Israel’s “On the Spectrum” took home the top Grand Jury Prize, making it the second Israeli series in as many years to claim the award.

Also announced at the Series Mania Forum, the festival’s industry event, France’s Federation Entertainment is teaming with Donna Wiffen and Paul Marquess to create Long Story TV, a European drama series production company. The new outfit will look to create commercial content that is cost-effective, popular, and maintains a British sensibility. It’s one more example of Pascal Breton’s Federation pushing further into English-language programming.

Everything about this year’s edition spoke to the growth of the festival, the most immediate difference being the shear geographic scale. Whereas previous editions were held at the Forum
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TV Review: ‘National Treasure: Kiri’ on Hulu

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TV Review: ‘National Treasure: Kiri’ on Hulu
It’s strange to call an essentially tragic limited series magical, but the word applies to “National Treasure: Kiri.”

The four-part series fits squarely into the top tier of U.K. crime dramas, which means few characters start out with any contentment, and things deteriorate from there. But Jack Thorne’s writing for both seasons of “National Treasure” never slides into the lazy habits of misery porn. “Kiri,” like its predecessor, is both brisk and illuminating, providing compassionate and honest character studies.

Each character in the latest incarnation of “National Treasure,” as was the case with the stellar first version, feels alive and specific and believably capable of a great many things. Wondering what each person might do next gives the drama a thrumming undercurrent of suspense, but Euros Lyn’s direction allows “Kiri” to breathe at the right moments, too. It’s well-paced and contemplative, a tough combination to pull off,
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Kiri episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Jan 10, 2018

Sarah Lancashire is terrific in new four-part social work drama Kiri, written by Jack Thorne

This review contains spoilers.

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Doubt was the engine of writer Jack Thorne’s previous Channel 4 drama National Treasure, in which Robbie Coltrane played a popular entertainer on trial for multiple sexual assaults. Was Coltrane’s character guilty or not? Whose memory of events was reliable? Who was lying and who was telling the truth?

Kiri, Thorne’s latest, directed by Euros Lyn, is driven by blame. When a child in care is murdered, where should the blame land? With her killer, certainly, but also with those charged with keeping her safe—foster parents, grandparents, social worker?

Sarah Lancashire plays the latter, Miriam Grayson, with the instant, garrulous appeal of her role as Sgt Catherine Cawood in BBC police drama Happy Valley. We meet her mid-monologue, cheerily
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Ffilm Cymru Wales greenlights three films for Cinematic scheme

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Ffilm Cymru Wales greenlights three films for Cinematic scheme
Exclusive: Three Welsh films head to production in scheme backed by BFI, S4C.

Three Welsh features have been selected for production through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, supported by the BFI and broadcaster S4C.

Nuclear is a supernatural thriller and directorial feature debut from writer-director Catherine Linstrum.

Set in a small village under the shadow of a nuclear power station, the film follows a toxic family with a combustible past which must face the ghosts that threaten their future.

Linstrum, whose writing credits include Dreaming of Joseph Lees and California Dreamin’, has co-written the script with David John Newman, while Stella Nwimo will produce. The three had previously collaborated on the short film Things That Fall from the Sky, starring Ophelia Lovibond and Steve Waddington, through BFI Network Wales’ Beacons scheme.

Cadi (previously Gwrach) is a contemporary Welsh-language horror, set in the beautiful but brutal landscape of Snowdonia. The movie will
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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked
TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.

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True story: We began this list with a wider range of genres in mind, but the number of shows we wanted to recognize grew so large that we decided to split it into drama and comedy series (we’ll get to comedies down the line). This is also the ritual place where we acknowledge that “The Sopranos,” if it had premiered just a little bit later, would have
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Vault Film Festival kicks off this weekend

The exciting Vault Film Festival 2017 kicks off this weekend in London, UK. The eclectic programme of international features and shorts is curated by Niger Asije and highlights of the festival include Seat 25 by Nicholas Agnew, Dead Certain by Hendrik Faller, Red by Branko Tomovic, The Library Suicides by Euros Lyn, Bad Caller by Al Carretta, Kidnap Capital by Felipe Rodriguez, Vanitasby Oscar Spierenburg and many more exciting new films. Back for it’s second year, the Vault Film Festival explodes across twenty different screenings between January 28th and March 5th 2017 in London. The complete line-up of features and shorts for the 2017 edition can be found on their freshly launched website: http://www.vaultfestival.com/film-festival ...

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Sherlock: 34 nerdy spots in The Lying Detective

Louisa Mellor Jan 10, 2017

We've scoured The Lying Detective for details and noticed a few interesting titbits. Spoilers ahead...

Once again, we’ve clued for looks in the latest Sherlock episode The Lying Detective and noticed some fun details and references to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Here goes…

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1. The episode’s very first shot of a smoking gun – which we assume is that of Vivian Norbury in The Six Thatchers as remembered by John Watson – is actually the gun shot at John Watson by Eurus Holmes in the episode’s final shot. (The same shot also features in the series four opening credits and is briefly edited in to the scene of Sherlock and ‘Faith’ sitting by the Thames after he’s thrown her gun into the water.)

2. A vase of white roses,
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