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UK Broadcaster C4 Scores Two Sharon Horgan Comedies As It Hands Genre $13M Budget Boost

British broadcaster Channel 4 is doubling down on comedy after handing the genre a £10M (Us$13.4M) budget boost and scoring a number of projects involving Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan.

Horgan will star and exec produce Happy Af (w/t), a comedy about trying to find happiness. Created by Aisling Bea, who is set to star in Amy Poehler’s forthcoming NBC comedy I Feel Bad, the series stars her as Aine, who is trying to pull her life back together after a nervous breakdown. Horgan, who produces through her Merman banner, also stars as her sister Shona.

Horgan is also producing Next Week’s News, a TV pilot from Deborah Frances-White, the creator of The Guilty Feminist podcast. The 45-minute show will be based in a studio, overseen by a female-led production team, with followers encouraged to speak out on a range of issues. Merman, which is run by
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Cannes: ‘Gotti’ Gala Added; Masterclasses Set With Travolta, Coogler, Oldman, Nolan

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Cannes: ‘Gotti’ Gala Added; Masterclasses Set With Travolta, Coogler, Oldman, Nolan
With less than a week to go before the Cannes Film Festival kicks off, final arrangements continue to be put in place. Along with the previously announced Christopher Nolan, masterclasses are to be delivered by Black Panther helmer Ryan Coogler; this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman; and John Travolta who will also attend a private world premiere Special Gala Screening of Teflon Don biopic Gotti. Cannes has confirmed the May 15 screening is not part of the Official Selection.

During the festival, the four Rendez-Vous with the artists will be held in the Salle Bunuel and will replace the Leçon de Cinéma. The directors and actors have been invited to share their work and passion, with a focus on American and English cinema.

Coogler, who first appeared in Cannes with 2013 breakout Fruitvale Station, is first up on May 10. That film took the Prix de l’Avenir in the Un Certain Regard section.
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How Anna Scher's maverick acting school created so many working-class stars

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is it about her approach that has brought so much success?

Jake Wood was nine when he first met Anna Scher, and he didn’t know what had hit him. “She was just this whirlwind of energy. I was like: ‘What the hell is that?’ I’d never met anybody with that drive. I was a bit intimidated, to be honest.” The actor, best known for playing Max Branning in EastEnders, told his mother he didn’t want to go to Scher’s theatre school. His mother persuaded him otherwise. “And it changed my life. I don’t know what I would be doing if it weren’t for Anna Scher.”

Scher is celebrating her 50th year teaching drama. In that time, she has created numerous stars,
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BAFTAs flashback: 20 years before Churchill, Gary Oldman won for writing the ‘autobiographical’ ‘Nil by Mouth’ [Watch]

BAFTAs flashback: 20 years before Churchill, Gary Oldman won for writing the ‘autobiographical’ ‘Nil by Mouth’ [Watch]
Gary Oldman is the overwhelming favorite to take home the Best Actor BAFTA Sunday for his portrayal of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It’d be his third BAFTA overall, but his first for acting; his first two wins came 20 years ago for writing and producing Best Original Screenplay and Best British Film winner “Nil by Mouth.”

Based on his childhood, “Nil by Mouth” was Oldman’s writing and directorial debut, following a dysfunctional working class family coping with addiction and violence. Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke received BAFTA nominations for their performances as the husband and wife Ray and Val, respectively. Oldman’s sister Laila Morse made her acting debut as Val’s mother Janet and won a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

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“This film is in spirit, if not directly autobiographical, and my family were the inspiration for it,
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The strange, sad story of Adam Deacon: 'I started thinking, will I ever act again?'

The east London-born actor starred in films such as Kidulthood and pipped Eddie Redmayne to a Bafta. He was poised for Hollywood until a skunk-induced psychosis led to a row with mentor Noel Clarke and a restraining order. Now appearing on stage in The Retreat, he talks about seizing his second chance

When Adam Deacon beat Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston to the Bafta for rising star in 2012 it caused an upset. While Deacon was a working-class school dropout who played street boys, the Eton-educated Redmayne and Hiddleston were already Hollywood sex symbols in the making. But the upset was nothing compared with what came next. As Redmayne and Hiddleston continued their ascent to superstardom, nothing more was heard of Deacon – until 2015, when he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, convicted of harassing his former mentor and director Noel Clarke, and charged with possessing an offensive weapon after reportedly
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Kathy Burke: ‘Lifelong member of the non-pretty working classes’

That’s how Kathy Burke describes herself. But the famously outspoken actor and director has proved she can’t be pigeonholed. Stefanie Marsh meets her

Midday at a café in Finsbury Park, north London: the Harvey Weinstein story has just broken and, less widely reported, the revelation that Margaret Thatcher knew about Cyril Smith’s child sex abuse during her tenure as prime minister, but had him knighted anyway. Kathy Burke, who came of age in the 1970s, is mulling over recent events; thoughtful seriousness cut through with bursts of laughter. What she has to say makes me think that when women complain that there aren’t any female role models, perhaps they’re looking in the wrong places: here she is.

“Growing up in the 70s,” she says, “if you were a girl or woman, a man could tell you what to do – if you were sitting on the bus: ‘Get up,
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Movie Review – Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, 2016.

Directed by Mandie Fletcher.

Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Kate Moss, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Kathy Burke, Celia Imrie, Graham Norton, Jeremy Paxman, Jon Hamm, Janette Tough and Robert Webb.

Synopsis:

Two self-indulgent ladies find themselves at the centre of a media storm as one of them, a PR spokesperson, is accused of the murder of a highly sought after model.

Its confession time: this humble reviewer seldom ever watched the original show. Now, before you extradite me for the heretic that I clearly am, I wish to add that the moments I did glimpse did in fact entertain me. So this review will be from a non-fans perspective. Therefore, the burning question is, could a casual film-goer watch and enjoy this film? Yes. But, I must stress, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie also does a great service to the fans of the original.

Once
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Michaela Coel: ‘People think I am fearless’

Michaela Coel, the screenwriter, actor and Bafta winner behind Chewing Gum, grew up in one of the country’s poorest boroughs. Here she reveals why TV provided not only an escape – but also the ‘glue’ to her life

Where I grew up, in Aldgate, east London, one of the poorest boroughs in the country, I saw lots that was real – the bankers with their briefcases, the man next door with five wives, the illegal immigrants in Flat 5. I’m from a world you rarely see on screen, and I want to show it off.

So many of my memories revolve around TV. After watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I went to my sister’s room crying hysterically. Eventually I got the words out: “Buffy’s dead!” It was the first real loss I experienced. And I didn’t have the words to describe it. To be able to do that to someone through your writing,
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Full List of "Absolutely Fabulous" Film Cameos

Ahead of the trailer dropping for the film this week, Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed the full list of celebrities set to make cameo appearances in the upcoming "Absolutely Fabulous" movie - a list that includes the likes of Kate Moss, Gwendoline Christie, Joan Collins, Barry Humphries, Jerry Hall and Jean Paul Gaultier.

In the film Edina and Patsy are blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party and become entangled in a media storm. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forevermore.

Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield lead the cast of the film, joined in major roles by Kathy Burke, Helen Lederer, Harriet Thorpe, Celia Imrie, Mo Gaffney, Chris Ryan and both Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.

The full list of celebs are: Abbey Clancy,
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Here are the cameos you can expect to see in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Absolutly Fabulous: The Movie hits cinemas in the UK this summer, and ahead of the release, Fox Searchlight, who are distributing the film, have revealed the cameos that we can expect to see in the hugely anticipated movie.

Joining Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield in their first cinematic adventure are returning cast members Kathy Burke as Magda, Helen Lederer as Catriona, Harriet Thorpe as Fleur, Celia Imrie as Claudia Bing, Mo Gaffney as Bo, Chris Ryan as Marshall as well as Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.

In true Ab Fab style, the cast will be joined by a host of stars from the acting, music and fashion worlds including: Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage, Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Christopher Biggins, Daisy Lowe,
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American Horror Story Hotel episode 11 review: Battle Royale

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American Horror Story's shared universe aspect comes into its own this week with the fun return of a Coven character...

This review contains spoilers.

1.11 Battle Royale

It took Ryan Murphy five seasons and a return to a familiar stomping ground to bring American Horror Story full circle. The recycling of Pepper last season was a nice touch, and the freak show or the asylum was a common destination for unfortunate microcephalics back in the dark days, so to have the character move from one to the other makes sense. However, there wasn't a lot of modern crossing-over, aside from using the same actors. That's changed with Hotel. Whether it's the La location or the modern setting, old familiar faces have been popping up (and usually dying horribly) within the confines of the Hotel Cortez.

Christine Estabrook's Marcie and Matt Ross's Dr. Charles Montgomery were surprise visitors,
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27 British films to look out for in 2016

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Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…

While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.

2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.

A Street Cat Named Bob (dir.
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Review: Pan

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You have to begin by asking yourself, do we really want an origin story for Peter Pan? J.M. Barrie certainly didn’t seem to think we needed it when he first wrote the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in December 1904. The book we’re more familiar with, Peter and Wendy, didn’t arrive until 1911.

However, we have been conditioned to expect to understand everything there is about a character and too often we’re given origin stories that dilute the action. So, one has to wonder why Warner Bros and director Joe Wright felt we needed Pan.

The overwrought, over-produced production got bumped from summer to fall only to flop big time and is out now on Combo Pack from Warner Home Entertainment.

The idea of the boy who never grew up, who had wild escapades in Neverland should be sufficient lure for audiences.
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Alan Davies: 'ITV and the BBC would be too terrified to make As Yet Untitled'

Alan Davies has suggested that his Dave show As Yet Untitled would never be made by the BBC and ITV - who would be too "terrified" to commission it.

The show sees a group of comedians sitting around and chatting about various tales, but the only preparation involved is that the guests bring a story with them.

"It's a dream job for me - I don't have to do any preparation," Davies joked. "I have the same approach I have for Qi - the less I do, the better it is!"

But he went on to say: "You would never get this to fly on the BBC or ITV. They would just be terrified: 'What are you going to say?' 'Don't know.'"

And Davies suggested that there are still some nerves about the show, explaining: "There's a surprising amount of talk about how many stories they should bring,
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Absolutely Fabulous movie starts shooting with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley

Absolutely Fabulous movie starts shooting with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has started shooting.

The comedy reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy, with Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield also starring.

Kathy Burke and Kelly Hoppen will be popping up, while Kate Moss is said to have a cameo.

"I am thrilled and excited to finally start filming," said Saunders. "We are all taking our medication and hoping for the best."

Fox Searchlight Pictures' president of production Claudia Lewis added: "We're so happy to join Jennifer, Joanna and the Absolutely Fabulous team on their latest and greatest adventures!"

The project is being shot on location in the UK and the south of France for seven weeks.

It will see Edina and Patsy blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party and becoming entangled in a media storm, relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.

They flee penniless to the French Riviera,
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Absolutely Fabulous movie starts shooting with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has started shooting.

The comedy reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy, with Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield also starring.

Kathy Burke and Kelly Hoppen will be popping up, while Kate Moss is said to have a cameo.

"I am thrilled and excited to finally start filming," said Saunders. "We are all taking our medication and hoping for the best."

Fox Searchlight Pictures' president of production Claudia Lewis added: "We're so happy to join Jennifer, Joanna and the Absolutely Fabulous team on their latest and greatest adventures!"

The project is being shot on location in the UK and the south of France for seven weeks.

It will see Edina and Patsy blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party and becoming entangled in a media storm, relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.

They flee penniless to the French Riviera,
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Pan review – in serious need of pixie dust

This big-budget prequel to the Peter Pan story adds little to the legacy of Jm Barrie’s classic

Like so many revisionist Peter Pan spin-offs, from Spielberg’s dismal Hook to Fernando Trueba’s unfairly maligned The Mad Monkey, Joe Wright’s multimillion-dollar prequel has already proved an unloved progeny, abandoned at the Us box office amid gloating “Pan gets panned” headlines. It’s actually not that bad, although crucially, it’s not that good either. With its piratical blend of Happy Feet-style reconfigured pop hits (Smells Like Teen Spirit, Blitzkrieg Bop), creaky funfair sets and weightlessly ropey wire-work, Pan is hardly timeless fare. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, who steals away children to Neverland, like the bastard son of Johnny Depp and Dick Emery – all teeth, hair and gurning theatricality. He’s fun, but no match for Kathy Burke’s Mother Barnabas, or Adeel Akhtar’s consistently scene-stealing Sam Smiegel.
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Movie Review – Pan (2015)

Pan, 2015.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, and Cara Delevingne.

Synopsis:

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Pan is another one of those big budget movies no one asked for yet we were given anyway, which is all well and good because the Hollywood machine will keep on churning out whatever executives think have the potential to make money. Hey, if those movies end up being good despite no one craving them, there’s really nothing wrong with it; moviegoers see something of quality while rich people get paid, meaning it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Sometimes however, Hollywood big-wigs could not be any
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Kathy Burke is back as Magda in the Absolutely Fabulous movie

Kathy Burke is back as Magda in the Absolutely Fabulous movie
It looks like Magda, Patsy Stone's Cockney-accented editor, will be making an appearance in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie.

Actress Kathy Burke tweeted a picture earlier today of the front of a confidential cast list with the word "*teasing*".

*teasing* pic.twitter.com/WqzOcjwnUi

Kathy Burke (@KathyBurke) October 12, 2015

This all but confirms the news that Burke will be reprising her character in the Absolutely Fabulous movie, with Jennifer Saunders previously saying that "all the main characters and virtually everyone that's ever been in the series" are involved.

Although the cast is largely unconfirmed, we at least know Burke will join returning stars Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina Monsoon and Patsy.

Kelly Hoppen also revealed to Digital Spy that she will have a role in the film, though it is not known who she will play.

Lumley announced in July that the Saunders-penned script for the film was done
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Kathy Burke is back as Magda in the Absolutely Fabulous movie

It looks like Magda, Patsy Stone's Cockney-accented editor, will be making an appearance in the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie.

Actress Kathy Burke tweeted a picture earlier today of the front of a confidential cast list with the word "*teasing*".

*teasing* pic.twitter.com/WqzOcjwnUi

Kathy Burke (@KathyBurke) October 12, 2015

This all but confirms the news that Burke will be reprising her character in the Absolutely Fabulous movie, with Jennifer Saunders previously saying that "all the main characters and virtually everyone that's ever been in the series" are involved.

Although the cast is largely unconfirmed, we at least know Burke will join returning stars Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina Monsoon and Patsy.

Kelly Hoppen also revealed to Digital Spy that she will have a role in the film, though it is not known who she will play.

Lumley announced in July that the Saunders-penned script for the film was done
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »
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