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Newcomer Nicholas Ralph Cast as Lead in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Remake

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Newcomer Nicholas Ralph Cast as Lead in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Remake
Nicolas Ralph will make his television debut playing the lead in the remake of the popular British series “All Creatures Great and Small.” Ralph will play James Herriot, a handsome and compassionate veterinarian who brings his practice to the country. Christopher Timothy portrayed Herriot in the original series, which ran for seven seasons and 90 episodes from 1977 to 1990 on BBC1 and PBS.

This latest adaptation of best-selling author James Herriot’s cherished collection of stories is written by Ben Vanstone (The Last Kingdom) and directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey”).

Samuel West joins as Siegfried Farnon, the wonderfully eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House who reluctantly hires the recently qualifiedHerriot into his rural practice. Mrs. Hall, the resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House will be played by Anna Madeley. Siegfried’s errant and charismatic younger brother, Tristan, will be played by Callum Woodhouse (“The Durrells in Corfu”). Rachel Shenton
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Shochiku Backs U.K.’s Number 9 Films With First-Look Deal

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Number 9 Films has signed a first-look distribution deal for its films in Japan with Japanese studio Shochiku, the British independent announced Wednesday. As part of the multi-year deal, which will focus on Number 9’s slate of theatrical films, Shochiku will contribute to the production company’s overhead as well as development funding.

The first title to release through Shochiku has yet to be announced. Number 9’s development slate currently includes futuristic drama “The Assessor,” written by Nell Garfath-Cox and David Thomas, and “Mothering Sunday,” an adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel written by Alice Birch. Both projects are expected to go into production early next year and are being backed by the U.K.’s Film4.

Co-founded by Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen (pictured) in 2002, Number 9 Films has produced a roster of acclaimed titles, specialising in female-led stories. Recent projects have included Todd Haynes’ multi-Oscar nominated “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett
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‘Carol’ producer Number 9 Films signs first-look deal with Japan’s Shochiku (exclusive)

The Japanese company is looking for female-led prestige dramas.

Number 9 Films, the London-based producer behind Carol and Colette, has struck a first-look deal with Japanese studio Shochiku, which will have first option for distribution rights in Japan on its future titles.

The unusual pact follows Shochiku’s identification that prestige English-language, female-led titles perform well theatrically in Japan. Shochiku has had recent hits with Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins, and Bjorn Runge’s The Wife, with Glenn Close, both of which grossed around $1m in the territory.

It is the first deal of its kind for Shochiku outside Japan.
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Variety Announces 10 Brits to Watch for 2019

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Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Brits to Watch, an honor the publication has bestowed since 2013.

For the third year, Variety is partnering with the Newport Beach Film Festival to recognize those selected at the fifth annual Newport Beach U.K. Honours evening, to be held at the Langham Hotel in London on Feb. 7. Talent selected include writers, actors, and singers appearing working in all mediums.

“The health and vitality of the U.K. filmmaking scene can be measured in many ways, from the unprecedented boom in physical production in London and across the British Isles, to the abundance of U.K. talent at the center of awards season,” said Steven Gaydos, VP and executive editor of Variety. “In movies such as ‘The Favourite,’ ‘A Private War,’ ‘The Children Act’ and in the many individual performances by brilliant British screen talents such as Richard E. Grant, Olivia Colman,
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Jared Mobarak’s Top 10 Films of 2018

It’s a rare year when your top twenty-five films find the room to allow their usual Oscar-bait dramas to co-exist with foreign favorites, heartfelt documentaries, surreal comedies, and superhero fantasy adventures. Rarer still is a period of time such as 2018 wherein it happens two or three times over. And it’s not just about familiar faces leading the way either as the extensive list of first-time filmmakers who saw their works distributed in theaters nationwide the past twelve months goes a long way towards ensuring cinema has a bright future ahead.

Add the full-blown infiltration of streaming giants with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu all possessing true contenders (along with the first signs of positive compromise as far as collaboration with big screen purveyors in advance of day-and-date releases goes) and the industry is literally adjusting its blueprint for success in real-time. There’s excitement in that as both a
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Saoirse Ronan joins Wes Anderson’s new film The French Dispatch

Mary, Queen of Scots star Saoirse Ronan is set to reunite with The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson as part of the star-studded cast of the filmmaker’s new project The French Dispatch.

Ronan joins an ensemble that includes Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton along with Benicio del Toro (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Lea Seydoux (Spectre) and Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name).

The French Dispatch is described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris and centers on three storylines.”

Ronan has had a busy 2018, appearing in On Chesil Beach, The Seagull and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as reuniting with her Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig on Little Women, which is set for release on Christmas Day 2019.

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Saoirse Ronan Joins ‘The French Dispatch,’ Reuniting With Wes Anderson and Timothée Chalamet

Saoirse Ronan Joins ‘The French Dispatch,’ Reuniting With Wes Anderson and Timothée Chalamet
Saoirse Ronan is set to reunite with Wes Anderson for the first time since “The Grand Budapest Hotel” by joining the star-studded cast of the writer-director’s upcoming feature, “The French Dispatch.” The “Lady Bird” Oscar nominee let her involvement in “The French Dispatch” slip during a recent interview promoting her Christmas release, “Mary Queen of Scots.”

The French Dispatch” is described as a “love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris.” While original rumors pegged the film as a musical, that turns out not to be the case. Anderson’s script includes three different storylines. Ronan is the latest addition in a cast that includes Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, plus Anderson newcomers Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, and Timothée Chalamet.

Ronan’s reunion with Chalamet should earn even more anticipation from indie movie fans. The two first
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Movie Review – Mary, Queen of Scots (2018)

Mary, Queen of Scots, 2018.

Directed by Josie Rourke.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Guy Pearce, Ian Hart, James McArdle, Gemma Chan, Ismael Cruz Córdova, and David Tennant.

Synopsis:

Returning to the UK after the death of her husband, Mary Queen of Scots has a claim to the English throne, which puts her on a collision course with Queen Elizabeth I.

In the politics of 16th century Britain, words and semantics had power. These were not the days of “Brexit means Brexit” and “Make America Great Again”, but days when the wrong word could lead to your head being removed from your shoulders. It’s into this melting pot of tension that veteran theatre director Josie Rourke throws the audience for her debut feature film. Mary, Queen of Scots is an elegantly written and thrillingly acted tale of two female figureheads battling across borders and with babbling men surrounding them.
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Stephen Woolley, Liz Karlsen to receive Bafta for outstanding contribution to cinema

The producers of Carol and Colette will receive the honour at the 2019 Bafta film awards.

Producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, co-founders of Number 9 Films, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the 2019 Bafta film awards (February 10).

The husband-and-wife producing duo founded independent powerhouse Number 9 in 2002. Known as makers of taste-driven, quality UK cinema, Karlsen and Woolley’s films include Todd Haynes’ Carol, which was nominated for six Oscars in 2016, On Chesil Beach, Their Finest, Made In Dagenham and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (as co-producers).

Upcoming Number 9 projects include So Much Love starring Gemma Arterton as Dusty Springfield,
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Posterized: Mary, Queen of Scots

For today's Posterized a little something different - rather than a star or director, a character. Here are all of the films that have told the story or a story involving Mary, Queen of Scots. The latest iteration, Mary Queen of Scots (which we just reviewed) starring Saoirse Ronan opened in movie theaters today. Saoirse's other two movies this year (On Chesil Beach and The Seagull) didn't really register with moviegoers so we're hoping for the best with the third given the Brooklyn/Lady Bird goodwill she's accumulated. But on to the royal question at hand...

How many Mary of Scots movies have you seen? Posters for all eight movies featuring the would be queen are after the jump.
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Film Review: Coen Brothers Western Anthology Makes for an Uneven Binge

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It’s only fitting that the Coen Brothers new project is backed by Netflix since it’s a Western-themed anthology film that plays like the forced-binge experience of an anthology TV series.

While the Coens claim in the press notes for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” that they were inspired by “those films made in Italy in the ’60s which set side-by-side the work of different directors on a common theme,” they were apparently so inspired that they made an anthology movie as wildly uneven as the ones they’re aping.

None of the Coens’ tales of the Old West is an outright dud, but the movie never matches the eponymous opening sequence, starring Tim Blake Nelson as a white-hatted singing cowboy with a tune in his heart, a kind word for everyone he meets, and an exceedingly itchy trigger finger. It’s like the collaboration Gene Autry and Sam Peckinpah never made,
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Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon,’ Says World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’

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Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon,’ Says World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’
Richard Gere hit Cannes on Monday with his upcoming BBC series “MotherFatherSon,” and the star told reporters that TV is now where the best work is being done.

MotherFatherSon” marks the first time Gere has taken a role in a major series after a career in film. “The world has so turned upside down in terms of movies right now. The most interesting stuff being done for an actor is [on] television,” he said. “I don’t have to work; I do what I want to. This is something I thought is going to be five or six months of my life, but is going to be worth it.”

Gere also said that drama can shine a light on real-world events, particularly at this moment in time. “The reality-show president we have highlights the real stuff even more,” he said. “We have now become accustomed to seeing something that is false
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Rachel Brosnahan joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Ironbark

Deadline is reporting that Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) has signed on to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the Cold War drama Ironbark.

The film is being directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) from a script by Tom O’Connor (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) and tells the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), a British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War and provided intelligence that helped resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Brosnahan will play Emily Donovan, the brilliant, determined CIA agent who runs Wynne and his Russian source Oleg Penkovsky’s espionage operation.

The actress will reprise the role of Midge Maisel for the second season of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, while the streaming service has already renewed the Emmy-winning comedy for a third season.

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Rachel Brosnahan joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Cold War drama 'Ironbark'

Rachel Brosnahan joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Cold War drama 'Ironbark'
Dominic Cooke directing film for 42, SunnyMarch.

Rachel Brosnahan, fresh off winning a Primetime Emmy for Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has boarded Ironbark to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

The project is being directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach). Producers are Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken for 42 with Adam Ackland from SunnyMarch and FilmNation. Cumberbatch and Cooke are exec producers.

FilmNation is handling international sales. UTA Independent Film Group will handle the Us sale.

Ironbark is based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), a British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War.
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Richard Gere to Launch BBC Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ in Cannes at Mipcom

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Richard Gere to Launch BBC Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ in Cannes at Mipcom
Richard Gere is headed to Cannes to launch “MotherFatherSon,” his upcoming series for the BBC. Gere will be in town for Mipcom, the international TV business’ annual October get-together, where BBC Studios will be selling his new show.

There are no deals yet for the series outside the U.K., but with Gere in his first TV role for almost 30 years there is sure to be interest from U.S. and international buyers. The first footage will be available at the market.

Gere plays Max, a media baron who has to deal with a family crisis that has wide-reaching consequences. Billy Howle (“On Chesil Beach”) plays Caden, his son heir apparent, and Helen McCrory (“Peaky Blinders”) is Kathryn, his estranged wife.

The show is penned by Tom Rob Smith, writer of FX’s Emmy-winning “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Smith and Howle will also make the trip
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Win On Chesil Beach Blu-ray and poster

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To mark the release of On Chesil Beach on 17th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray, along with a bespoke Becky Bettesworth poster for each winner.

Summer, 1962: England is still a year away from the social and sexual revolution that characterised the Swinging Sixties; a revolution that determined the future of modern Britain. Florence and Edward (Billy Howle; The Sense of an Ending) are newlyweds honeymooning on the dramatic coastline of Chesil Beach, Dorset. However, their idyllic romance is tempered by an old fashioned hotel, societal pressures and underlying tensions between the young couple. As they face a long anticipated wedding night, repressed fears boil over and cast an unexpected shadow over an evening that will define the lovers’ marriage.

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Outlaw King Tiff Press Conference – Chris Pine on sex scenes, full frontal nudity & parallels with Trump

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Netflix’s historical saga Outlaw King premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, telling the story of the David and Goliath battle between the Scottish and English armies. In this press conference highlights video Chris Pine talks about his controversial sex scene, full frontal nudity and what parallels can be made with the Trump presidency.

The film stars Star Trek’s Captain Kirk Chris Pine as Robert The Bruce, Florence Pugh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Game of Thrones’ Stephen Dillance, Tony curran, James Cosmo, Callan Mulvey and On Chesil Beach’s Billy Howle.

Outlaw King was released on Netflix on the 9th of September, 2018. Nsfw warning – There is swearing in this video.

Outlaw King Tiff Press Conference Highlights

Plot:

A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
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‘The Children Act’ Review: All Rise for Emma Thompson

‘The Children Act’ Review: All Rise for Emma Thompson
Ian McEwan writes great novels that most often turn into problematic movies, some wonderful (Atonement), others Wtf happened (On Chesil Beach). The Children Act falls somewhere in the middle, bolstered by a supremely confident and indelibly moving performance from Emma Thompson as a family court judge trying to practice what the law preaches. Thompson plays Fiona Maye, who has dedicated her life to the principles set forth in the 1989 British law known as the Children Act, which protects and prizes the welfare of minors. So devoted is Fiona to the
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Why Buyers Will Be More Cautious Than Ever at Toronto Film Festival

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Why Buyers Will Be More Cautious Than Ever at Toronto Film Festival
The Orchard thought it had landed one of the glossiest packages at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, “I Love You, Daddy.” The boundary-pushing story of a TV writer who grows alarmed after an older director becomes obsessed with his teenage daughter, the movie had all the makings of an art-house breakout. But the passion project directed by and starring Louis C.K., which sold for a hefty $5 million, would never open in theaters.

Less than a month later, “I Love You, Daddy” was deemed un-releasable after an investigation published in The New York Times revealed that C.K. had forced several women to watch him masturbate. The fiasco taught The Orchard a valuable lesson, one that has taken on added resonance as one high-profile figure after another has become embroiled in sexual harassment or abuse scandals.

“You have to do your homework,” says Paul Davidson, the indie studio’s
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First Look at Richard Gere in BBC’s ‘MotherFatherSon’

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The BBC has released a first-look image of Richard Gere in upcoming drama “MotherFatherSon,” the Hollywood star’s first TV role in almost three decades. The eight-part series, which is currently shooting in London, will air on BBC Two in 2019.

Gere stars as a charismatic self-made U.S. businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Billy Howle, who recently starred alongside Saoirse Ronan in “On Chesil Beach” and “The Seagull,” stars as the media magnate’s son, who runs his father’s British newspaper and is primed to follow in his footsteps as one of the world’s most powerful men. When the son’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the consequences threaten the future of the family, its media empire, and a country on the brink of change.

Helen McCrory co-stars as Gere’s British heiress ex-wife and Howle’s mother. The cast also includes Sarah Lancashire,
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