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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer

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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer
In today’s film news roundup, “Three Identical Strangers” is moving ahead, Skeet Ulrich has been cast with Tom Hanks, the “Minions” sequel has been titled and “Vegas Dave” is getting a movie.

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Bohemian Rhapsody” screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write and produce the feature adaptation of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers.”

Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced the project last year, based on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. McCarten was nominated for an Academy Award for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything” and producing “Darkest Hour.”

Raw’s original documentary feature “Three Identical Strangers” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling. It grossed over $12 million at the Us box office and won the DGA Award for Documentary.

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Why Daisy May Cooper in a bin bag was the best-dressed person at the Baftas | Suzanne Moore

The star of This Country wore a genuinely rubbish homemade frock to the TV awards ceremony on Sunday – and stole the show

‘Of course, women are quite fashionable at the moment,” Steve Coogan quipped at the Baftas. It is true: there was a huge array of female talent on display – “display” being the right word, for the red carpets of awards ceremonies are now catwalks of women stitched into dresses.

Have there ever been so many ceremonies for already successful people giving other already successful people prizes? It is all rather mystifying – as is the fact that, when you bring together a room full of writers, directors and performers, the gongs are presented by people reading the lamest of jokes very badly from a teleprompter.
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Film4 Development Slate Includes Steve McQueen, Lenny Abrahamson & Jonathan Glazer Projects — Cannes

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Film4 Development Slate Includes Steve McQueen, Lenny Abrahamson & Jonathan Glazer Projects — Cannes
UK funding stalwart Film4 held its annual pre-Cannes bash last night in London where it teased footage of projects in production and whetted industry appetite for films in development.

Film4 is a perennial presence during the awards season and at major festivals. The Favourite and Cold War scored 13 nominations with the Academy this year. At Cannes next week, the Daniel Battsek-led funder will be represented by Asif Kapadia’s anticipated soccer doc Diego Maradona as well as a host of projects in the market such as Olivia Colman starrer The Father.

Last night industry saw impressive sneak peaks of upcoming projects including Justin Kurzel’s The True History Of The Kelly Gang, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Sarah Gavron’s Untitled Girls project and first-time filmmaker Rose Glass’s Saint Maud.

Steve Coogan’s thinly veiled Philip Green satire Greed drew laughter and there were
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10 Funko Pops For Comedy Movie Fans

Everybody loves to laugh, which is why everybody loves a good comedy movie. They’re not all good, of course – as they say, dying is easy; comedy is tough – but that’s what makes the ones that are good such a delight. Comedy is also a great genre for building characters, as some comics even become closely identified with their comedy characters. Steve Coogan is closely identified with Alan Partridge, Will Ferrell is closely identified with Ron Burgundy etc. A bunch of those hilarious characters have been made into Funko Pop figurines. So, here are 10 Funko Pops For Comedy Movie Fans.
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Oscars Finally make it up to Best Makeup and Hairstyling contenders by expanding race to 5 nominees

The Oscars board of governors met to discuss their rules in April, and while the headline news was that the academy would continue to allow streaming movies to compete if they follow the rules already in place, it should also be highlighted that the Best Makeup and Hairstyling race has finally been expanded to five nominees just like all the other Oscar categories. It’s about time.

The Oscars established the competitive category for Best Makeup at their 54th annual awards honoring the best films of 1981. Then in 2012 the academy renamed the category Best Makeup and Hairstyling, but even though that new moniker acknowledged the broader artistic achievements covered by the award, they still didn’t invite more than three films to join the party, even though other categories had been expanded before it.

SEEThe Academy will allow Netflix to go for the gold — and Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman
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Film Review: Mel Gibson in ‘The Professor and the Madman’

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Back in 1998 when Simon Winchester’s book “The Professor and the Madman” was published, a film version was already imagined by quite a few reviewers, spurred on not only by the subject’s eminently dramatic trajectory but also by Mel Gibson’s much publicized interest. It seemed implausible: Gibson wasn’t the obvious choice for a Victorian-era biopic about James Murray, the man commissioned to bring the Oxford English Dictionary (Oed) to life, but his involvement made it more likely that a dictionary compiler’s story could be packaged as something marketable to a general public. The star decided not to direct, novice filmmaker Farhad Safinia was brought in, and shooting wrapped in 2016. That’s when grumblings began to be heard publicly.

Officially, Safinia and Gibson wanted to add a few weeks of shooting at Oxford University to boost the authenticity. Voltage Picture’s CEO Nicolas Chartier balked, complaining they
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'Give me another series, you swine!' This Time was the very best of Alan Partridge

From slapstick to quiet horror, Alan’s return to the BBC secured his status as the vital, despicable saviour of us all

The most remarkable thing about Alan Partridge is that he wasn’t hard to invent. While making On the Hour, as the story goes, Armando Iannucci asked Steve Coogan to do a voice for a sports reporter. Coogan came out with the now familiar tampon-up-the-nose timbre and someone spontaneously said “he’s an Alan”, immediately followed by someone else concluding “he’s a Partridge”. From that moment on, Iannucci says, “we knew what his background was, how he felt about being a sports reporter, how he wanted to move on and be taken more seriously”. This is not what usually happens; to create a character that’s believable, consistent, original, funny, sympathetic and interesting is immensely difficult. Just ask Dan Brown. It takes hours of tortuous work, but Alan didn’t.
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TV tonight: Alan Partridge goes out with a bang

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It’s wall-to-wall disasters for Steve Coogan’s wince-making presenter in the final episode of the new series. Plus: a look at the much-derided world of Morris dancing

After a slow start, this latest iteration of Coogan’s cringe-worthy character has hit its stride in recent weeks, with the introduction of Alan’s Irish doppelganger and a perfectly pitched #MeToo episode. Now comes a victory lap of a final episode where, in true Partridge tradition, everything goes even more wrong than usual, and Alan and Sidekick Simon are forced to present the show themselves. Plus, Alan re-enacts his traumatic recent encounter with the boys in blue. Gwilym Mumford
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New trailer for The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn

Ahead of its release this May, a new trailer has arrived online for The Professor and the Madman, director Farhad Safinia’s upcoming adaptation of Simon Winchester’s book The Surgeon of Crowthorne. The biographical drama stars Mel Gibson as the titular Professor, James Murray who in 1857 began to compile the Oxford English dictionary with the help of asylum inmate William Minor (Sean Penn); watch it here…

Based on the best-selling novel, The Professor And The Madman tells the true tale of madness, genius, and obsession that led two remarkable men to leave their imprint on history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Professor and the Madman is set for release on May 10th and features a cast that also includes Natalie Dormer (Game of thrones), Ioan Gruffudd (Forever), Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie), Laurence Fox (Lewis) and Jennifer Ehle
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Check Out the Stan & Ollie “Fat Suit & Prothetics” Clip – Now Available on Blu-ray

In my review of Stan & Ollie, I wrote: “Stan And Ollie is a warm and clever look at the Hollywood that made Hollywood. I learned quite a bit about this seminal comedy pair, and I came away from it moved and happy. Stan And Ollie is a great movie, one of the 2018’s best. “ (read the entire review Here)

Stan & Ollie is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Classics. The film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as well as Nina Arianda and Shirley Henderson as their respective wives.

Check out this exclusive clip on the amazing prosthetics and fat suit used in the film

Laurel & Hardy, one of the world s greatest comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them,
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Sean Penn is sent to Broadmoor in new trailer for ‘The Professor and the Madman’

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The new trailer for biographical drama ‘The Professor and the Madman’ has finally come to light featuring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.

Directed by Farad Safinia, Gibson plays Professor James Murray, who in 1857 set about compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Penn plays Dr. W.C. Minor, who submitted more than 10,000 entries but also was an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Natalie Dormer, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Irvine, Ioan Gruffudd and Jennifer Ehle also star.

Also in trailers – Ian McShane returns in trailer for ‘Deadwood’ movie

The film is released in select cinemas & On-Demand, May 10th

The Professor and the Madman Synopsis

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr William Minor.

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Another 'The Professor and the Madman' Trailer with Gibson & Penn

"The language is developing faster than our progress." Vertical Entertainment has debuted another new official trailer for Farhad Safinia's film The Professor and the Madman, which will actually be getting a release in theaters this May. In the film, Mel Gibson stars as James Murray, a professor at Oxford who is hired to work on compiling the very first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. During the course of his fastidious work, he receives over 10,000 entries from a patient and convincted murderer at the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, a man known as Dr. William Chester Minor, played by Sean Penn. The cast also includes Steve Coogan, Eddie Marsan, Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Ehle, Ioan Gruffudd, Jeremy Irvine, Aidan McArdle, Brendan Patricks, and Adam Fergus. Not that sure this will be worth seeing. Here's the second official trailer for Farhad Safinia's The Professor and the Madman, from YouTube: You can
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Lena Headey, Steve Coogan, Claudia Winkleman Among Estimated One Million Anti-Brexit Marchers In London

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Lena Headey, Steve Coogan, Claudia Winkleman Among Estimated One Million Anti-Brexit Marchers In London
Game Of Thrones star Lena Headey and Stan & Ollie actor Steve Coogan were among those to join an estimated one million anti-Brexit marchers in London on Saturday.

Marching celebrities also included TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, actress Meera Syal, singer Billy Bragg and chef Delia Smith. Actor Patrick Stewart was among those to sponsor coaches bussing marchers to London while James Corden tweeted images from the march and voiced his support.

The Put it to the People event, which has called for a second referendum on Brexit, saw marchers walk through central London. It ended with speeches from politicians including Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and prominent Conservative Party politician Michael Heseltine.

Headey, 45, posted an image from the protest to Instagram with the caption: “Let’s have a think shall we.”

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‘The Professor and the Madman’ Trailer: Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Craft the Oxford English Dictionary

In a bit of against-type casting, The Professor and The Madman stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, but Gibson is, in fact, not playing the latter character. Rather, in the story of crafting the Oxford English Dictionary, he plays Professor James Murray, who took up the challenge only to discover that one man (Penn), convicted for murder and at an asylum for the criminally insane, submitted over 10,000 words.

Although production on the film began back in 2016, it was caught up in legal troubles, and now with Apocalypto co-screenwriter Farhad Safinia, who helmed the film, taking his name off the project (now credited to the fictitious P.B. Shemran), it’s finally seeing the light of day. The film will be arriving in other countries this spring, though Vertical Entertainment has not yet announced a U.S. release date. The first international trailer has now arrived for the adaptation of Simon Winchester’s novel.
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Bo Report: ‘Captain Marvel’ to the rescue, a triumph for female creatives

Brie Larson in ‘Captain Marvel’ (Photo credit: Disney).

After a terrible start to the year with grosses down 12 per cent on the same period last year, Australian exhibitors had something to cheer about last weekend thanks to Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel.

Starring Brie Larson as the first female Marvel character to front her own movie, the sci-fi fantasy co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck notched the biggest debut of 2019 and an all-time record for March.

The estimated Us launch of $US153 million ranks as the third biggest in March behind Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Warner Bros’ Batman v. Superman. The global total of $US455 million was the sixth highest ever and the second best for a superhero film behind Avengers : Infinity War.

It is a triumph for many women behind the camera including co-director and writer Boden, co-screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, story credits for Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman,
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Bo Report: Post-Oscars bump for ‘Green Book’ as ‘Greta’ tanks

Green Book.’

Three Academy Awards including best film and for supporting actor Mahershala Ali gave Green Book a sizable bounce in Australian cinemas last weekend while the best actor Oscar for Rami Malek has helped prolong Bohemian Rhapsody’s marathon run.

In other respects it was another bleak trading session as family adventure A Dog’s Way Home had a mediocre opening, well ahead of the other wide new releases, English heist caper King of Thieves and gory thriller Greta.

Flying the Nest, an animated family film which follows a young bird who sets off on a journey through a harsh and unrelenting winter in order to reunite with his true love, had minimal impact as an alternate content release.

Cinemas are marking time until the arrival this Thursday of Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel. The top 20 titles collectively generated $9.7 million, 6 per cent down on the previous weekend according to Numero.
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Second Opinion – The Wedding Guest (2019)

The Wedding Guest, 2019.

Written and Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Starring Dev Patel, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Harish Khanna, Nish Nathwani, and Meherbaan Singh

Synopsis:

Jay is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding—armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be. Jay and his hostage end up on the run across the border and through the railway stations, back alleys, and black markets of New Delhi.

The Wedding Guest feels like it’s about to break into a cheesy action movie from the 90s at any moment, instead, choosing to stick with poorly attempting to flesh out its characters. Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, the script can’t get a grasp on what motivates any of these characters, why the leads that have no chemistry together are becoming more and more romantically interested with one another,
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The Wedding Guest Review: Kidnapping Thriller Stumbles After Strong Start

The Wedding Guest Review: Kidnapping Thriller Stumbles After Strong Start
Director Michael Winterbottom has had a brilliant career exploring wanderlust. His travel comedies with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, The Trip, The Trip to Italy, and The Trip to Spain, were whimsical and humorous adventures. His latest film, The Wedding Guest, continues the globetrotting, but is much darker thematically. Pakistan and India are the focus of his Bonnie and Clyde-esque thriller. The lean characters, swift pacing, and vibrant settings are entertaining. The Wedding Guest goes south, literally and figuratively, when the mystery elements wane in the third act.

The film opens in England with a deadly serious traveler (Dev Patel) at the airport. He flies to Pakistan where he rents a car and drives to a remote village. Along the way he buys guns, duct tape, and plastic restraining ties. He doesn't speak Punjabi, requiring the locals to translate. The mystery man arrives at the wedding of a prominent family's
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Fox Searchlight Lines Up ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ Reboot, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ Film & White House Astrologer Pic

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Fox Searchlight Lines Up ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ Reboot, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ Film & White House Astrologer Pic
The Favourite backer Fox Searchlight is lining up a reboot of Julia Roberts’ 1991 hit Sleeping With The Enemy and a feature version of smash James Corden stage play One Man, Two Guvnors as part of a new producing deal with The Iron Lady and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie producer Damian Jones.

Prolific UK producer Jones is in development on a strong new slate of movies with Searchlight and they have set emerging US filmmaker Nia DaCosta as writer-director of the Sleeping With The Enemy “reimagining.” DaCosta’s 2018 feature debut Little Woods starred Lily James and Tessa Thompson as sisters driven to work outside the law to better their lives.

Based on Nancy Price’s 1987 novel of the same name, thriller Sleeping With The Enemy saw Roberts – then at the height of fame just after Pretty Woman – play a woman trying to escape her abusive husband. The film was a
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This Time With Alan Partridge review – an excruciating white-knuckle ride

The monkey tennis-pitcher is back – and now he’s taking on do-badder hacktivists. After half an hour in his appalling company, you’ll be limp from laughter, loathing, panic and despair

Impossible though it is to do justice to Alan Partridge with only the written word at our disposal, we must try. Because after his years in the wilderness, Linton Travel Tavern and North Norfolk digital radio, the monkey tennis-pitcher is back. Almost. Well. To be clear. The exquisitely excruciating creation of Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci ‘Alan Partridge’ is definitely back, in This Time With Alan Partridge.

It’s the character’s first proper run-out since his 2013 feature film Alpha Papa, and is co-written and directed by twin brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons, who have become – since 2010’s Mid Morning Matters – not just keepers of the flame but fuel and bellows for it too. They have accomplished the feat
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