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Foxes at the box office – who would star in Leicester City: the Movie?

Tom Hanks tinkering with teamsheets as Ranieri, Idris Elba barking orders as captain Morgan, and Tom Hiddleston smashing in the goals … a surefire lineup to get them queuing at the turnstiles

Film producers like nothing more than a chest-burstingly uplifting, against-the-odds, underdog-come-good, overcoming-adversity story, and Leicester City’s tilt at the Premier League title is about as chestburstingly uplifting as they come. So just as football journalists have been sharpening their pens and documentary-makers loading up their editing suites over the past few weeks as the Foxes have been closing in on the championship, film production executives will have begun the unseemly jostle to get Leicester City: The Movie in the works.

But how to go about it? The first issue is where to pitch it. Notoriously, most films about football – about British football, at least – have been pretty bad: hamstrung between the need to appeal to the widest possible only-vaguely-interested audience (ie,
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Foxes at the box office – who would star in Leicester City: the Movie?

Tom Hanks tinkering with teamsheets as Ranieri, Idris Elba barking orders as captain Morgan, and Tom Hiddleston smashing in the goals … a surefire lineup to get them queuing at the turnstiles

Film producers like nothing more than a chest-burstingly uplifting, against-the-odds, underdog-come-good, overcoming-adversity story, and Leicester City’s tilt at the Premier League title is about as chestburstingly uplifting as they come. So just as football journalists have been sharpening their pens and documentary-makers loading up their editing suites over the past few weeks as the Foxes have been closing in on the championship, film production executives will have begun the unseemly jostle to get Leicester City: The Movie in the works.

But how to go about it? The first issue is where to pitch it. Notoriously, most films about football – about British football, at least – have been pretty bad: hamstrung between the need to appeal to the widest possible only-vaguely-interested audience (ie,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Ricky Tomlinson: ‘I’m a whingeing scouser, and I will whinge until they’re made to pay’

In 1973, Ricky Tomlinson spent Christmas in prison after picketing a strike. More than 40 years later, one of our best-loved actors says that the fight to clear the names of the Shrewsbury 24 faces a final hurdle: government secrecy

It is more than 40 years since Ricky Tomlinson spent Christmas in prison. In December 1973 the actor was a young painter and decorator, married with two small sons, when he was sentenced to two years for his part in picketing a national construction workers’ strike. After more than a year behind bars, much of it in solitary confinement, he walked free – only to find he’d been blacklisted by the building industry and was unemployable.

Whether prison worked for Tomlinson is an interesting question. Unable to get work as a builder, he had a go at standup in the local pubs and clubs instead, landed a bit part in Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff,
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International Debut for Sid Mallya?

Speculations have been on about Sid Mallya’s Hollywood ventures but now it seems like there is some solid development on his acting debut.

Looks like Sid Mallya is all set to finally make his silver screen debut, having landed himself his debut film – an international production that shows off Sid’s true blue Brit side. Directed by Calcutta based Q, produced by Steve Barron (who’s other comedies include Dan Akroyd’s Coneheads and Mike Bassett: England Manager), the film story is centered on the quizzers scene in the early 80s in India. It is a smart and witty teen comedy. Director Q has created quite a stir in the indie film circuit with festival hits like Tasher Desh and Gandu.

“Being an independent content focused film, it’s not too massive a production and has both a British and an Indian team working on it since a large
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Sunday Quiz: Do You Know Your Football Movies?

The World Cup is in full swing (or over already for England fans…), so what better time than to put your knowledge of cinema and the beautiful game to the test in our the latest Sunday Quiz here at Flickering Myth as we ask, ‘Do You Know Your Football Movies’? Can you manage to get all ten?

Question 1 The Great Escape Escape to Victory A Shot at Glory

Question 2 Mike Bassett: England Manager Fever Pitch The Damned United

Question 3 Shaolin Soccer The Cup Bend It Like Beckham

Question 4 Bend It Like Beckham Gracie Gregory's Girls

Question 5 Soccer Dog: The Movie Soccer Dog: European Cup Air Bud: World Pup

Question 6 Goal! The Dream Begins Goal II: Living the Dream Goal III: Taking on the World

Question 7 The Damned United Mike Bassett: England Manager When Saturday Comes

Question 8 A Shot at Glory When Saturday Comes Goal! The Dream Begins

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Footballers' Wives, Dream Team: 5 times TV attempted a football show

Football on TV - it's a hard nut to crack.

Sure, there's blanket coverage of the sport itself - plus highlights shows - but when it comes to dramatising the beautiful game, things are a little more thin on the ground.

With this season drawing to a close and the 2014 World Cup getting underway in a little over a month, here's a look back at five times that telly took aim at footy - the results, as you'll see, are variable!

The Hurricanes (1993-1997)

This animated effort from '90s cartoon legends Dic Entertainment charted the misadventures of a fictional soccer team and their coach Jock Stone - a character based on Celtic Fc's 1951–57 manager Jock Stein.

The Hurricanes was top notch entertainment for kids - with a rocking theme tune - and there was a respectably high level of actual football content, even if our heroes always pitted their
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Mike Bassett: England Manager sequel to shoot this year

Mike Bassett: England Manager sequel to shoot this year
A sequel to 2001's Mike Bassett: England Manager will begin shooting later this year.

Titled Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, the comedy will see Ricky Tomlinson reprise his role as the fictional football coach as he's brought back into the national team setup to assist German coach Jorgen Mannstein.

Steve Barron, who directed the first film, will return to oversee the sequel alongside screenwriters Rob Sprackling and John R Smith.

"Bassett was the last England manager to take the national team to Brazil. We reached the semis then, who knows what we could achieve this time?" Barron said.

Footballer and actor Andy Ansah, who starred in Dream Team and coined Soccer Am's "unbelievable tekkers" segment, is so far the only other cast member confirmed to return from the previous film.

"As the years have gone by, Bassett seems to have dug deeper into football folklore," Barron added of the hapless fictional coach.
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Films To Watch Before You Die #20 - Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Mike Bassett: England Manager, 2001.

Directed by Steve Barron.

Starring Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh, Philip Jackson, Phill Jupitus and Dean Lennox Kelly.

This satirical comedy follows the rise of Norwich City manager Mike Bassett as he is offered and accepts the job of England Football Manager. Bassett’s rag tag team of wasters qualify for the World Cup and he leads his team into battle against the best in the world despite the British press continually getting on his back. The story is told in a fly on the wall documentary style through the eyes of noted journalist Martin Bashir, who follows Bassett and his team commenting on their highs and lows.

After successfully winning the Mr Clutch Cup with second tier Norwich Bassett is offered the England job, but it’s
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Looking back at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

They're mean, green and on the screen. Matt takes a look back at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a film that became a 90s phenomenon…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was probably the most important thing in the world to me in the early 90s. More important than school, more important than football, more important than even Ghostbusters.

Pizza became my favourite food, I took karate lessons and I collected everything my pocket money would allow. Birthday and Christmas lists were predictably Turtle-centric and my bedroom was a shrine to the green machine.

I remember the first time I saw the film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, very clearly. I was getting ready for school when my dad got home from the night shift. He called me into the living room and sat me down in front of the television. The film started to play, with me none the wiser as to what I was watching.
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Tomlinson Donates $1.5 Million To Children's Hospital

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Tomlinson Donates $1.5 Million To Children's Hospital
British actor Ricky Tomlinson has donated a massive $1.5 million (£1 million) to a leading children's hospital in England.

The Mike Bassett: England Manager star pledged the cash to his native Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where bosses will use it to help pay for a 15-apartment extension to house the families of sick kids.

He says, "I have been very lucky in my life and it is such a worthwhile charity. The charities I support are all for kids, they are our future. When it comes to money you can only spend so much, I'm not into cars or racehorses or anything like that.

"The house provides a vital lifeline to parents and families who come to hospital with their critically ill children. These apartments will be able to give them much needed support during an incredibly difficult time."

It isn't the first time Tomlinson has given up his hard-earned cash to charity - in 2008, he donated $300,000 (£200,000) to the Human Milk Bank Appeal at a Chester, England hospital to help provide breast milk for premature and sick babies.

Eddie Izzard As Long John Silver In Sky's Treasure Island

It's been confirmed Eddie Izzard is set to make a rare dramatic appearance for Sky 1/HD. The Emmy Award-winning comedian will star as Long John Silver in an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary classic Treasure Island. Written by Stewart Harcourt (Hearts & Bones, Poirot, Marple) and directed by Steve Barron (Merlin, Arabian Nights, Mike Bassett: England Manager) this new adaptation promises to take a fresh and bold approach to the classic tale of treasure hunting and skulduggery.
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Comical Feature Trailer For Gnomeo and Juliet

The first official trailer for Touchstone PicturesGnomeo and Juliet is now online, and if you’re looking for a cheap giggle it might be just the ticket! Featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Stephen Merchant and Matt Lucas, the film is an animated retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet and, well, you get the rest.

The film is directed by “Shrek 2” helmer Kelly Asbury and written by “Mike Bassett: England Manager” scribes John R. Smith and Rob Sprackling, the film is due in theatres next year. It’s not exactly pushing boundaries and some of the English accents sound a little flat even for me, but if your looking for light entertainment then you’ve come to the right place! Check it out below:

The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes?
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World Cup sensation Paul the octopus becomes celluloid cephalopod

Deep-sea psychic who shot to fame for his uncanny football predictions is subject of film The Murder of Paul the Octopus

World Cup heroes make easy subjects for stirring cinema, be they real-life (The Game of their Lives, Zidane, The Miracle of Bern) or, usually more lucratively, fictional (Goal!, Sixty Six, Mike Bassett: England Manager). And now it seems the big star of this year's contest is to follow suit, for production has already wrapped on The Murder of Paul the Octopus, a fictional take on the eight-limbed beastie whose knack for predicting the match outcomes won him worldwide fame.

The film, a co-production between China Film Group Corporation and Beijing Filmblog Media Company, was shot over the past few weeks in South Africa using a body double, owing to the indisposition of the real Paul, who has gone into retirement. Release is scheduled for August. According to Sky News,
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Allen 'sang on Atomic Kitten song at 14'

Lily Allen reportedly provided vocals for an Atomic Kitten song when she was 14-years-old. The 'Not Fair' singer lent her voice to the theme tune for 2001 film Mike Bassett: England Manager, The Sun reports. It is believed that the vocals from the girl group were not strong enough for 'On Me 'Ead', with songwriter Keith Allen - Lily's father - opting to add his daughter to the recording. A source said: "When the Mike Bassett soundtrack was put together, the deadlines were really tight. "The (more)
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