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Film werewolf and vampire Michael Sheen could be Emmy-bound for his scary lawyer on ‘The Good Fight’

Film werewolf and vampire Michael Sheen could be Emmy-bound for his scary lawyer on ‘The Good Fight’
Michael Sheen is one of those under-sung actors who rarely disappoints. The curly-haired Welshman who brought TV interviewer David Frost to life opposite Frank Langella‘s Tricky Dick in 2008’s “Frost/Nixon” and played Prime Minister Tony Blair — his second of three times — in 2006’s “The Queen” alongside Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II. But despite solid notices, he was mostly overlooked for his performances when it came to awards. He did land an Emmy nomination for his repeat portrayal of Blair in the 2010 TV movie, “The Special Relationship.” And 2003’s “The Deal,” which featured his first depiction of the British Pm, at least won a BAFTA TV award for Best Single Drama.

Anyone who saw him as volatile English football coach Brian Clough in 2009’s “The Damned United” couldn’t help but think he was cheated out of an Oscar nomination. But he also scored high-profile roles in such horror-tinged big-screen
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Stephen Graham’s Greatest Performances

One of the most diverse British actors currently working, Stephen Graham, has won praise for his performances in British indie films, HBO dramas and Hollywood blockbusters. An expert in finding and portraying the complex emotional sides of men you would otherwise dismiss as criminals, Graham is regularly called upon to give what could be one-note characters more depth.

He will next be seen in Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie, which comes to cinemas August 31, where he has drawn on his Jamaican heritage to play East London gangster Rico. To celebrate, we take a look at Stephen Graham’s greatest performances.

Combo – This is England (2006)

This Is England follows Shaun, a young boy, whose father died fighting in the Falklands War. After standing up to a group of teasing skinheads, Shaun befriends them and soon fits into the gang well, becoming almost like a family. However, trouble arises when Combo (Stephen Graham), a violent racist,
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The Filmmakers Podcast #59: Interview with actor Timothy Spall – Pt.2

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Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Five Essential Football Movies

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup about to kick off this week, Gary Collinson selects his Five Essential Football Movies…

It’s fair to say that films centred on football haven’t exactly set the world alight, especially when you consider its place as the world’s most popular sport. In fact, out of the trickle of movies centred on the beautiful game the chance that it’s going to be mediocre at best is almost as assured as England exiting a major tournament on penalties. However, just like in ’66, there’s always the chance they can go one better and actually turn out pretty well…

5. When Saturday Comes

When Saturday Comes is the Rocky of football movies (albeit nowhere near as good), with Sean Bean starring as hard-drinking football nut Jimmy Muir, who gets by playing for his local pub team while grafting in a brewery. Scouted by well-known non-league Hallam Fc,
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Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots star in trailer for I Kill Giants

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Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots star in the newly recently trailer from Kaleidoscope, I Kill Giants.

Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Image ComicsJoe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura the film is directed by Academy Award-winning Anders Walter and produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

Also in trailers – J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world makes a return in the First trailer for Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald

The stars Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek), Imogen Poots (Green Room, Sweet Virginia, 28 Days Later), Madison Wolfe (Joy, The Conjuring 2, Trumbo)

Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Doctor Who), Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice, Zero Dark Thirty) and Sydney Wade (Wolfblood, The Damned United).

I Kill Giants is in Cinemas 6th April and Digital 4th May

I Kill Giants Official Synopsis

I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson
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UK trailer & poster for fantasy ‘I Kill Giants’

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I Kill Giants, produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and directed by Academy Award-winning director Anders Walter, is based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Image ComicsJoe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura. The film tells the story of Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe), a teenage girl who escapes the realities of a troubled school and family life by retreating into a magical realm fighting evil ‘giants’ – colossal monsters who attack her quiet coastal town.

With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school counsellor (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, coming to terms with her difficult home life and battling the mythic giants that threaten her world.

I Kill Giants stars Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek), Imogen Poots (Green Room, Sweet Virginia, 28 Days Later), Madison Wolfe (Joy,
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New UK Trailer & Poster Lands For ‘I Kill Giants’

Kaleidoscope has released a brand new UK trailer and poster for their upcoming I Kill Giants, which comes to screens from the producers of Harry Potter The film boasts an impressive cast, including Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek), Imogen Poots (Green Room, Sweet Virginia, 28 Days Later), Madison Wolfe (Joy, The Conjuring 2, Trumbo), Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Doctor Who), Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice, Zero Dark Thirty) and Sydney Wade (Wolfblood, The Damned United).

I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe), a teenage girl who escapes the realities of a troubled school and family life by retreating into a magical realm fighting evil ‘giants’ – colossal monsters who attack her quiet coastal town.

With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school counsellor (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school,
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The Journey: McGuinness v Paisley and other odd movie couples

The Northern Irish politicians make an intriguing cinematic pairing, but there are even more fiery duos that film could fictionalise

Nick Hamm’s new film The Journey tells of the decades-long enmity, followed by the highly surprising friendship, between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as they laboured towards the Anglo-Irish agreement. It slots neatly into a favourite mini-genre of mine, mostly cornered by screenwriter Peter Morgan, who has made half a career of creating dramatic face-offs between real-life figures with diametrically opposed worldviews: Lord Longford and Myra Hindley (Longford); Brian Clough and Don Revie (The Damned United) and James Hunt and Niki Lauda (Rush). Other film-makers have taken up the format, too, in My Week With Marilyn, The King’s Speech and now The Journey.

Related: How Paisley and McGuinness's journey to peace ended at Venice film festival

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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations

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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations
Pilot for upcoming Amazon sci-fi costs $15m.

Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries has lifted the lid on what it is like working with Netflix, the famously secretive online giant which fully-financed the company’s £100m series about the royal family, The Crown.

During a Screen Film Summit session about high-end TV, Harries described the Svod service as “the most supportive and hands-off – while also being available – partner I have ever worked with.”

However, even after Netflix committed to the show during its first meeting with Harries, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry, it will not disclose to the producer how the series has performed on the service.

“We absolutely don’t know how it’s doing,” he admitted. “We have no indication on how it has done. I’m not sure they will ever tell us. I’ve asked them. We’ll have to wait to see its next trading results to maybe get a sense
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Best Royal Movies

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation by Cecil Beaton

This week marks the 90th birthday of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official birthday on the second Saturday in June. (Trooping of the Colours)

She is the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regent in world history.

Looking to celebrate her Majesty’s birthday? First, everyone rise for the national anthem of the United Kingdom.

God save our gracious Queen!

Long live our noble Queen!

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the Queen!

For more on the Queen’s schedule, visit the official site: www.
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The Danish Girl movie review: sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

Safe, conventional, and not particularly sympathetic to women, cis or trans. Mistakes the external signifiers of femininity with actually being a woman. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Lili Elbe was a transgender pioneer. She lived openly as a woman, even though she was born in a man’s body, in 1920s Europe at a time when such a thing was seen as perverted or actually clinically insane; she wrote the memoir Man Into Woman about her transition; and she was one of the first people to receive sex-reassignment surgery, which was then highly experimental; complications from it killed her in 1931. She’s an important person to be telling stories about, especially today, as we are starting to be more aware of the trials transgender people face, both publicly and personally,
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Film Review: The Danish Girl

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★★★☆☆ Tom Hooper has made several films about men playing roles. 2009's The Damned United concerned the managerial exploits of Brian Clough (Martin Sheen), a legend of football who alpha-ed his way to the top of a fiercely competitive business. The King's Speech (2010) was, at its core, a film about a man learning to play a role he felt unfit for: unlike Brian Clough, George VI was skeptical about power and status. The film portrays him as a begrudging king, uncomfortable with a crown that will make him into the sovereign.
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I Believe in Miracles review – undemanding look at Brian Clough's resurgence

Jonny Owen’s entertaining documentary deals with the manager’s success at Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s

Related: Film review: The Damned United

The reputation of Brian Clough (pictured) in pop culture history famously got a revisionist jolt in 2006 from David Peace’s novel The Damned United, lending an unsuspected dark mythic importance to his brief, bizarrely dysfunctional tenure as Leeds United Fc manager in 1974. The cheeky loudmouth now looked troubled, irrational, even faintly sinister. It was adapted for the cinema in 2009 – in gentler and more conventional terms – starring Michael Sheen. Now Jonny Owen has made an undemanding documentary dealing with the happier era after that, about Clough’s resurgence, managing Nottingham Forest in the late 1970s: the Napoleon of football, leading a little-fancied side to glory in the old first division and the European cup. This affectionate film sets aside all the fashionably “dark” reading of Clough in
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New I Believe In Miracles Trailer

New I Believe In Miracles Trailer
"Imagine Rotherham suddenly winning the Premier League, Fa Cup and UEFA Cup and you're close to Nottingham Forest's unbelievable in the late '70s." So opens Empire's four-star review of new football doc I Believe In Miracles, a disco-era fairy tale about one team's journey to football's promised land. After The Damned United, this the happier end of the Brian Clough story as he leads his team from seeming no-hopers to triumph and more silverware than Smaug’s pawnbroker. Named after the Jackson Sisters' disco classic of 1976, the story picks up not long after Clough was left out on his ear after 44 tumultuous days at Leeds United. Jobs at Derby County, while a more auspicious career move, and Brighton came to an end and the maverick manager was left with another fresh start. Clough’s starts didn’t tend to stay fresh for long, although the stars were aligned for
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The Danish Girl Review [Tiff 2015]

Period drama awards fare, especially period drama awards fare from British director Tom Hooper, can be counted on for certain surface pleasures. The production design will be lavish and tactile. The costuming will be spectacular, but not try overly hard to present itself as such. And the cast will emote such that hearts of stone are softened, or outright eroded in a downpour of waterworks. As the latest addition to the Hooper oeuvre, The Danish Girl makes for another very nice looking historical bauble.

Unfortunately for The Danish Girl, it arrives with the weight, or perhaps responsibility of being one of the most notable films about transgender living in a year very much defined by discussion of gender fluidity. Adapted from David Ebershoff’s award-winning novel of the same name, The Danish Girl is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, the first known transgender woman to receive sex reassignment surgery.
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Showcase to distribute Brian Clough documentary

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Showcase to distribute Brian Clough documentary
Film about legendary football manager to premiere at UK football ground before going nationwide.

A new film about football manager Brian Clough’s glory years at Nottingham Forest is to be distributed across the UK by Showcase Cinemas, following its world premiere at the club’s City Ground next month.

I Believe In Miracles tells the story of the five-year period in the 1970s when Clough took Nottingham Forest from a run-down second division club to two European Cups, producing one of the best domestic football teams in the history of the game.

It includes interviews with all of the 1979 European Cup winners involved the families of Clough and his managerial partner Peter Taylor.

I Believe In Miracles was written and directed by Jonny Owen, who also produced alongside Baby Cow Productions (Philomena) and Spool Films/Post.

The documentary will receive its world premiere at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground on Oct 11 before previews in UK cinemas
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Win Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Mosters: Dark Continent on 31st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Directed by Tom Green (Misfits), Executive Produced by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and starring Johnny Harris (Atonement, Snow White and the Huntsman, War Horse), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones, The Damned United) and

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Timothy Spall in talks to play former Dup leader Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey

Timothy Spall in talks to play former Dup leader Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey
Timothy Spall is being lined up to play the former Democratic Unionist Party (Dup) leader Sir Ian Paisley.

The actor could star as the late Northern Ireland first minister in The Journey, about Paisley's unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Deadline reports.

Liam Neeson and Sir Kenneth Branagh were previously linked with the role.

Novelist Colin Bateman is writing the screenplay for the project, which is expected to begin production this September.

Nick Hamm is directing, and will also produce alongside Mark Huffam and Piers Tempest.

Paisley passed away in September last year at the age of 88.

Spall is known for starring in Mr Turner, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the Harry Potter series.
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The Callow Way – Why Football And Film Don’t Mix

This week, Neil Calloway looks at why soccer movies tend to bomb at the box office…

The timing could not have been better; name recognition could not have been higher, it was the perfect time to release a film about an organisation that dominated the headlines for the past few weeks. It doesn’t always work out like that, though, and United Passions, the film telling the story of FIFA, made a miserly $918 dollars during its opening weekend. That’s not a typo. That’s nine hundred and eighteen dollars. Turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity.

In fairness, the film was only released on ten screens, but a screen average of just over $90 does not bode well for a film that cost somewhere between $25 and $32 million dollars, with FIFA itself putting up around $17 million of the budget. On a limited release elsewhere in the world (as well as FIFA,
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Michael Sheen: 'I became obsessed with being Kenneth Williams'

Michael Sheen has delved into the effort he goes to when portraying real-life people in biopics.

Speaking at a BAFTA Cymru event in London last night (March 11), the actor revealed that he struggles to let go of those he plays, such as in BBC Four's Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!.

"I think to immerse yourself in anyone's life, it becomes fascinating as soon as you start to really get into everything," he explained.

"With Kenneth Williams, because he'd written diaries, that became like the rabbit hole that I went down and so anything he wrote in his diaries - or [if] he said, 'I watched this film' or, 'I read this book' or, 'I listened to this music' - I could do and I did."

The actor - who has also played Tony Blair in The Deal, The Queen and The Special Relationship, David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and Brian Clough
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