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David Harewood Addresses MPs at Soccer Aid For Unicef Parliamentary Event

This week, actor David Harewood met members of parliament at a Soccer Aid for Unicef event at the Houses of Parliament to support the Great Big Kickabout.

MPs attended the afternoon reception, which was hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Jon Bercow, in the State Rooms. David Harewood told MPs about his recent trip to Sierra Leone, where he saw first-hand how Unicef programmes are improving child health, early childhood development and education in vulnerable communities.

David Harewood said: "I recently travelled to Sierra Leone with Unicef saw with my own eyes some of the incredible work done to help children around the world.

“I visited a baby care unit where there were babies no bigger than my hand, fighting for breath and fighting for life. The lifesaving work doctors and staff were doing there reminded me of why I play for Soccer Aid for Unicef.
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Rita Ora To Perform Exclusive Half-Time Gig At Soccer Aid 2019

Critically Acclaimed singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress and TV star Rita Ora will perform an exclusive live half time set at Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 at Chelsea Fc’s Stamford Bridge Stadium in London on Sunday 16th June, broadcast exclusively on ITV and Stv.

The global superstar has also been named a Unicef UK Ambassador, it was announced today. Having supported Unicef UK since 2013, when she featured in the charity’s ‘No Place Like Home’ video to help raise awareness of the refugee crisis in Syria, Rita has supported numerous campaigns and performed at celebrated Unicef events including the Halloween Ball, Match for Children and the Unicef Summer Gala in Italy.

Rita also recently travelled to her native Kosovo earlier this year in support of the Soccer Aid for Unicef campaign to see how Unicef programmes are improving child health, childhood development and education in marginalised communities.

Rita made the surprise
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Soccer Aid To Include Female Players For The First Time

Soccer Aid for Unicef is breaking new ground in football by including top female ex-professionals alongside their male counterparts – for the first time – in the world’s biggest and most successful charity football match.

Working in partnership with the Football Association, match organisers have agreed that two top tier female players will feature on each team for the full 90 minutes alongside a mix of male ex-football legends and celebrities.

The game at Chelsea Fc’s Stamford Bridge will be monitored by Brunel University researchers who are conducting an ongoing study for the Fa into mixed adult participation in recreational football.

Ex-England internationals Rachel Yankey OBE and Katie Chapman will be the first female players to feature for the Soccer Aid for Unicef England team co-managed by Sam Allardyce and Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid.

Yankey is one of England’s most-capped players of all time with 129 caps to her name.
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Colm Meaney, Paapa Essiedu & David Bradley Join Sky & Cinemax Crime Thriller ‘Gangs Of London’

Colm Meaney, Paapa Essiedu & David Bradley Join Sky & Cinemax Crime Thriller ‘Gangs Of London’
Hell on Wheels star Colm Meaney, Press’ Paapa Essiedu and Harry Potter’s David Bradley are the latest names to be added to Sky and Cinemax drama Gangs of London.

The trio will join Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole and Humans’ Sope Dirisu in the crime thriller, which was created by Gareth Evans.

Rounding out the cast are Adrian Bower (The Last Kingdom), Ray Panthaki (Colette), Orli Shuka (War Machine), Darren Evans (Requiem), Garmon Rhys (Hidden), Serena Kennedy (Remember Me), Aksel Üstün (Les Revenants), Kwong Loke (The Feed) and Constantine Gregory (Wonder Woman 1984).

They join the previously announced Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Valene Kane (Rogue One), Narges Rashidi (The Girlfriend Experience), Jing Lusi (Crazy Rich Asians), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots), Brian Vernel (Dunkirk), Orli Shuka (War Machine), Richard Harrington (Poldark), Jude Akuwidike (Beasts of No Nation
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Colm Meaney, Paapa Essiedu, David Bradley Join Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’

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Colm Meaney, Paapa Essiedu, David Bradley Join Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’
London’s gangs just got a host of new members. Colm Meaney, Paapa Essiedu and David Bradley are among the new names joining upcoming Sky and Cinemax drama “Gangs of London.”

Pulse Films is producing the drama in association with Sister Pictures. “The Raid” helmer Gareth Evans wrote the series and is directing. Shooting is underway in the English capital.

Meaney (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Bafta Breakthrough Brit Essiedu (“The Miniaturist”), and Bradley (“After Life”) join the previously announced Joe Cole and Sope Dirisu in the show.

The series will follow the criminal power struggles on London’s streets. When the head of one criminal organisation is assassinated, a power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of different gangs.

A host of other new cast were announced, Tuesday, including Adrian Bower (“The Last Kingdom”), Valene Kane (“The Fall”), Ray Panthaki (“Colette”), Orli Shuka (“War Machine”), Darren
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‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Finn Cole, Asa Butterfield, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Michael Sheen, Margot Robbie, Hermione Corfield, Jo Hartley, Jamie Blackley, Isabella Laughland, Tom Rhys Harries, Kit Connor, Hanako Footman, Jane Stanness | Written by Crispian Mills, Henry Fitzherbert | Directed by Crispian Mills

Slaughterhouse Rulez, directed by Crispian Mills, is the first produced joint venture between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s production company Stolen Picture. The two also star in this campy comedy flick that is mash-up of Edgar Wright’s beloved British comedy Shaun of the Dead and Neil Marshall’s cult-classic underground monster movie Dog Soldiers, released in 2004 and 2002 respectively. However, Slaughterhouse Rulez feels more of a hollow homage of sorts – a thinly veiled layer of both horror and comedy that is sadly entirely derivative of any and all of Edgar Wright’s filmography, albeit with a decent screenplay and character craft.

The performances are undoubtedly the key highlight of this production.
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Mel Gibson, Tye Sheridan in final talks to star in Efm-bound 'Black Flies'

Prodution scheduled for second quarter. CAA, Endeavor Content represent Us rights.

Imr International will kick off sales sat the Efm next week on Black Flies with Mel Gibson and Tye Sherdian in final negotiations to star.

Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who directed Joe Cole in Thai prison drama A Prayer Before Dawn, will direct from the Black List screenplay by Ryan King, based on the novel by Shannon Burke. Mad River Pictures is financing and producing alongside Christopher Kopp, Lucan Toh and Babak Anvari, and Anthony Katagas.

Sheridan will also serve as producer on the film, scheduled to begin production in the second quarter.
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‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ Review

Stars: Neil Maskell, Sura Dohnke, Marvin Maskell, Nicole Nettleingham, Doon Mackichan, Bill Paterson, Hayley Squires, Mark Monero, Richard Glover, Sudha Bhuchar, Vincent Ebrahim, Sinead Matthews, Sarah Baxendale, Charles Dance, Joe Cole, Peter Ferdinando | Written and Directed by Ben Wheatley

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead follows in the stead of Ben Wheatley’s previous directing efforts, in particular his 2013 black and white acid trip exploit A Field in England, in the case of releasing his picture simultaneously on both demand and a limited cinematic release. However this may alos just be his unsung masterpiece in a filmography that continues to evoke a grand sense of evolution with each entry and distinctive palette, which reinforces Wheatley’s stunning artistic ability with every and any angle.

Wheatley’s latest is a somewhat ironic variation of his first cinematic feature in Down Terrace and his breakout action hit of 2016, Free Fire - with the
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Rupert Everett on directing himself as Oscar Wilde in ‘The Happy Prince’: ‘I enjoyed working with me’

Rupert Everett on directing himself as Oscar Wilde in ‘The Happy Prince’: ‘I enjoyed working with me’
Broad-shouldered, square-jawed and standing six foot three, you wouldn’t think Rupert Everett would be so imposing considering the boyish playfulness he exhibits as Oscar Wilde in “The Happy Prince,” which also marks the actor’s directorial debut. It’s a wonder Everett has never portrayed Wilde before given the number of qualities the two men share: cutting wit, a self-awareness, an outspoken nature that can be both dark and humorous at the same time.

Everett was nominated for Best Actor at the recent Bifas, losing out to Joe Cole for “A Prayer Before Dawn.” However, he is still in the running for several categories at this season’s Baftas: Best Actor (we Brits love to reward our own), Best British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer/Director/Producer.

It’s a debut, by the way, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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Ben Wheatley’s 'Happy New Year, Colin Burstead' finds Canadian home

Film premiered at 2018 BFI London Film Festival.

Northwest Pictures (Pnp) has acquired all Canadian rights from Goalpost Film to Ben Wheatley’s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead.

Neil Maskell from Wheatley’s Kill List stars alongside Charles Dance, Sam Riley, Joe Cole and Hayley Squires in the story about a New Year family celebration at a country manor that turns sour when an estranged brother turns up.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead premiered at the recent 2018 BFI London Film Festival and Vancouver-based Pnp plans a nationwide theatrical release in 2019.

Wheatley’s business partner Andy Starke produced for Rook Films and said,
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‘The Fall’ Star Valene Kane Joins Gareth Evans Crime Series ‘Gangs Of London’

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‘The Fall’ Star Valene Kane Joins Gareth Evans Crime Series ‘Gangs Of London’
Exclusive: The Fall actress Valene Kane, co-star of upcoming Sundance movie Sonja: The White Swan, has joined the cast of UK crime-thriller series Gangs Of London, created by The Raid director Gareth Evans and his regular DoP Matt Flannery.

Valene’s character Jacqueline Robinson belongs to one of the series’ key families. She is daughter to Game Of Thrones star Michelle Fairley’s character and sister to the character played by Joe Cole (A Prayer Before Dawn).

The Nun filmmaker Corin Hardy is directing three episodes of the Cinemax and Sky Atlantic gangland thriller which is produced by Pulse Films. Set in contemporary London as it is being torn apart by power struggles involving several international gangs, the ten-part series begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organizations. Cast also includes Sope Dirisu (Humans).

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Gareth Evans’ Gangs of London sets its cast

Last year it was announced that The Raid and Apostle director Gareth Evans is working on a TV series entitled Gangs of London, and now Deadline is reporting that the project has found its two leads in Joe Cole (A Prayer Before Dawn) and Sope Dirisu (Humans).

Created by Evans and his regular cinematographer Matt Flannery, Gangs of London “is set in contemporary London as it is being torn apart by power struggles involving several international gangs [and] begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organizations.”

In addition to Cole and Dirisu, the series is also set to feature Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Narges Rashidi (The Girlfriend Experience), Jing Lusi (Crazy Rich Asians), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots), Brian Vernel (Dunkirk), Orli Shuka (War Machine
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Amma Asante, Deniz Gamze Erguven join directors of 'The Handmaid's Tale' season three (exclusive)

Amma Asante, Deniz Gamze Erguven join directors of 'The Handmaid's Tale' season three (exclusive)
They join series regulars including Mike Barker and Daina Reid.

Leading international independent film directors Amma Asante and Deniz Gamze Erguven have joined the line-up of directors for the third season of Hulu and MGM Television’s award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale.

The UK’s Bafta-winning Asante is best known for Belle, A United Kingdom and Where Hands Touch, all portraying interesting female protagonists, while Turkey-born, France-based filmmaker Erguven wowed the Cannes Film Festival with her debut feature Mustang, a story of female emancipation, in 2015.

They join veteran UK film and TV director Mike Barker who has directed several episodes in the first two seasons,
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Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’

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Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’
Fresh from winning best actor for his performance in “A Prayer Before Dawn” at the BIFAs, Joe Cole has joined Pulse Films’ upcoming drama “Gangs of London.” Sope Dirisu (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) has also signed up to the series, which will be on Sky in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S.

Production is underway on the show, which hails from writer-director Gareth Evans (“The Raid”) and is being produced by Pulse Films in association with Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. The thriller follows the power struggle that ensues when a criminal kingpin is assassinated, creating a power vacuum, and international gangs battle for control of London’s underworld.

Evans created the show with Matt Flannery and will direct most of the 10 episodes, which will feature his hallmark complex, choreographed, fight scenes. Corin Hardy, fresh off the success of “The Nun,” will also direct several installments
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Joe Cole & ‘Humans’ Sope Dirisu Star In Pulse Films’ Drama ‘Gangs Of London’ For Sky & Cinemax

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Joe Cole & ‘Humans’ Sope Dirisu Star In Pulse Films’ Drama ‘Gangs Of London’ For Sky & Cinemax
Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole and Humans’ Sope Dirisu are to star in Sky and Cinemax drama Gangs of London.

The pair will lead the line in the Pulse Films-produced drama, which was first revealed by Deadline in November 2017, and was created by Gareth Evans.

The drama, which will launch in 2019, is set in contemporary London as it is being torn apart by power struggles involving several international gangs. The series begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organizations.

It comes from an original idea by The Raid director Evans and Matt Flannery, who has worked alongside Evans as cinematographer on a number of his films.

Cole and Dirisu will be joined by actors including Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Narges Rashidi
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Joe Cole, Sope Dirisu to lead Gareth Evans series 'Gangs Of London' for Pulse Films

Joe Cole, Sope Dirisu to lead Gareth Evans series 'Gangs Of London' for Pulse Films
Principal photography underway in London.

Joe Cole and Sope Dirisu are leading the cast of Gareth Evans’ thriller series Gangs Of London for Pulse Films and Sky, with shooting now underway in London.

Cole, who this weekend won the Bifa for Best Actor for A Prayer Before Dawn, and Humans star Dirisu will be joined by Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Mark Lewis Jones, Narges Rashidi, Jing Lusi and Pippa Bennet-Warner.

Brian Vernel, Orli Shuka, Richard Harrington, Jude Akuwidike and Emmett J Scanlan are also on the cast, with more names to be announced.

Set in the UK’s capital, the
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Joe Cole, Sope Dirisu to lead Gareth Evans series 'Gangs Of London'

Joe Cole, Sope Dirisu to lead Gareth Evans series 'Gangs Of London'
Principal photography underway in London.

Joe Cole and Sope Dirisu are leading the cast of Gareth Evans’ thriller series Gangs Of London for Pulse Films and Sky, with shooting now underway in London.

Cole, who this weekend won the Bifa for Best Actor for A Prayer Before Dawn, and Humans star Dirisu will be joined by Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Mark Lewis Jones, Narges Rashidi, Jing Lusi and Pippa Bennet-Warner.

Brian Vernel, Orli Shuka, Richard Harrington, Jude Akuwidike and Emmett J Scanlan are also on the cast, with more names to be announced.

Set in the UK’s capital, the
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'Gangs of London' Cinemax Series Sets Cast

'Gangs of London' Cinemax Series Sets Cast
Joe Cole, star of Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror episode "Hang the DJ" and A Prayer Before Dawn (for which he recently won best actor at the British Independent Film Awards), is set to lead the cast of gangland thriller Gangs of London alongside Sope Dirisu (Humans, The Huntsman: Winter's War). 

Coming from writer-director Gareth Evans (The Raid, Apostle), the miniseries is being produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister Pictures for Sky and HBO's Cinemax, and is now shooting in London. 

Joining Cole and Dirisu are Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising, Kiri), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, The White Princess), Mark ...
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The Favourite conquers British independent film awards with record 10 wins

Restoration romp wins 10 awards including best British independent, with best actress for Olivia Colman; while Joe Cole takes best actor for A Prayer Before Dawn

The Yorgos Lanthimos-directed black comedy The Favourite has come out on top at the British independent film awards (Bifas), winning a record 10 gongs, including best British independent film and best actress for Olivia Colman.

Related: The Favourite review – Olivia Colman is priceless in punk Restoration romp
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The Favourite wins at BIFAs by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-12-03 08:29:43

The Favourite Photo: Courtesy of New York Film Festival The Favourite lived up to its name at the British Independent Film Awards last night - winning a record 10 awards, including Best British Independent Film.

Yorgos Lanthimos was also named Best Director for his, which sees two of Queen Anne's acolytes jockey for position. It also won Best Screenplay for writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, while Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz picked up the Best Actress and Supporting Actress gongs for their roles in the film.

The Best Actor award went to Joe Cole for A Prayer Before Dawn, with Alessandro Nivola picking up the Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in [film]Disobedience/film

Orlando von Einsiedel won the Best Documentary prize for his personal film Evelyn, which sees the filmmaker go on a walking holiday with his family and consider the suicide of his brother a decade on from the tragedy.
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