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ITV Studios Boss Makes Push for More Drama, International Growth

  • Variety
When ITV CEO Carolyn McCall unveiled her strategy refresh late last year, content was one of three key pillars. That put ITV Studios firmly in the spotlight, and its boss, Julian Bellamy, is the exec tasked with delivering growth across the production business.

International expansion is in the cards, but on the home front, ITV Studios is coming off a banner year. As Bellamy speaks to Variety at ITV’s new digs in London’s Holborn district, where the company moved after vacating its previous home on the banks of the Thames, ratings figures have just landed.

Five shows made by production companies that are part of the ITV Studios stable – “Bodyguard,” “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” “Vera,” “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” and long-running soap “Coronation Street” – were among the top 10 most-watched shows in the U.K. in 2018.

The list doesn’t include sun-and-fun reality program “Love Island,
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Rob Lowe Heads to Britain for ITV Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill’

  • The Wrap
Rob Lowe Heads to Britain for ITV Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill’
Rob Lowe is going across the pond for his latest starring role.

The former “West Wing” star will play a high-flying U.S. cop who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the ITV crime drama “Wild Bill,” TheWrap has learned.

The six-episode series is produced by 42 and Anonymous Content and ITV Studios label, Shiver. It marks the first time the three have collaborated to produce a drama series for ITV, according to a statement from the U.K. network.

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Along with playing the titular role of Bill Hixon, Lowe will also act as an executive producer on “Wild Bill” alongside Eleanor Moran on behalf of 42, and Tim Carter, managing director of ITV Studios label Shiver. Writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble, creator David Griffiths, Kyle Killen, Scott Pennington and Keith Redmon from
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Rob Lowe to star as Lincolnshire police chief in ITV drama

Star of St Elmo’s Fire to play Us cop who moves to UK in crime show Wild Bill

After a career spanning four decades in film, television and theatre, including acclaimed performances in The West Wing and St Elmo’s Fire, Rob Lowe is taking on his most ambitious role to date: a Lincolnshire police chief constable.

Lowe, 54, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, will star in a new ITV crime drama titled Wild Bill. Lowe’s character, Bill Hixon, is a high-flying Us cop who moves to Boston, Lincolnshire with his 14-year-old daughter, Kelsey, in the hope of fleeing a “painful recent past”, according to the show’s producers.
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Rob Lowe to Star in Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill,’ ITV Orders Miniseries

  • Variety
Rob Lowe to Star in Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill,’ ITV Orders Miniseries
Rob Lowe is to star in and exec produce six-part crime drama “Wild Bill” for British broadcaster ITV. The miniseries is produced by 42, Shiver and Anonymous Content.

Lowe will play high-flying U.S. cop Bill Hixon, who is appointed chief of police in East Lincolnshire, a rural part of Eastern England.

When Hixon arrives in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he’s hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it’s Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?

The drama is the first time 42 Anonymous Content and ITV Studios label Shiver have collaborated to produce a drama series for ITV.

Wild Bill” is created by David Griffiths, Kyle Killen, and Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble, and will be written by lead writers and showrunners Keeble and Appleton.
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Rob Lowe To Star In ITV Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill’ From Anonymous Content, 42 & Shiver

  • Deadline
Rob Lowe To Star In ITV Crime Drama ‘Wild Bill’ From Anonymous Content, 42 & Shiver
Rob Lowe is to star in British crime drama Wild Bill for ITV produced by Traitors and Watership Down producer 42, Maniac producer Anonymous Content and Shiver.

Lowe will play high-flying Us cop, Bill Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the six-part series.

Wild Bill is created by David Griffiths (The Hunted), Kyle Killen (Halo) and Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble and will be written by Keeble and Appleton, who will showrun the series.

Commissioned by Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama, the show will follow Lowe’s Hixon as he lands in Lincolnshire with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey, hoping to flee their recent painful past.

With a first class degree in Criminology, a Masters in Psychopathology and a Doctorate in Statistical Mapping, Hixon is impressively qualified to tackle the county’s crime figures with his graphs, charts, algorithms and a tapestry of digits.
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Rob Lowe to Star in ITV Crime Drama 'Wild Bill'

Rob Lowe to Star in ITV Crime Drama 'Wild Bill'
Rob Lowe is set to play a high-flying U.S. cop relocated to a small British port town in Wild Bill, a new six-part crime drama for ITV.

Announced Friday by ITV's head of drama Polly Hill, the six-part series — the first collaboration for 42 (Ironbark, Watership Down), Anonymous Content (Mr. Robot, Maniac) and ITV Studios label Shiver — will also be exec produced by the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor.

Wild Bill will see Lowe play Bill Hixon, a U.S. police chief who lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey in tow hoping they can ...
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Review: "The Long Riders" (1980); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By John M. Whalen

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Walter Hill’s “The Long Riders,” (1980) is an account of the last days of the legendary James-Younger outlaw gang. The film starts with a botched bank job, in which one of the gang, Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid), gets nervous and shoots an unarmed customer. There’s more shooting and they manage to get away but everyone agrees Ed’s got to go. It’s the first indication of trouble—the first sign that the gang’s best days may be behind them. The rest of the film follows the trajectory of their decline, as they attract the attention of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and make a disastrous attempt to rob a bank in Northfield, Minn.

The Long Riders” is praiseworthy for trying to be something other than just another shoot-em-up western. But it’s a movie with a gimmick
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Queen Biopic Replaces Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle Director

Queen Biopic Replaces Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle Director
It only took 20th Century Fox three days to find a new Bohemian Rhapsody director, bringing aboard Dexter Fletcher to take the reins from the fired Bryan Singer. What remains to be seen is if Dexter Fletcher will get any credit for his work at all, with sources stating that there are only two more weeks left of production, unless the new director decides to reshoot some scenes. The director will also oversee the post-production process, keeping the studio on track to release the film in December 2018.

Sources claim that 20th Century Fox had started quietly searching for directors even before production was shut down following Bryan Singer going Awol, failing to return to the set for three days after the Thanksgiving break. The studio, however, denies this claim, and rumors that anyone other than Dexter Fletcher had been offered this directorial gig before Bryan Singer was officially fired. Sources
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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer At The Helm Of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Wild Bill and Eddie The Eagle director Dexter Fletcher has replaced Bryan Singer at the helm of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Production on the film will resume in the U.K. next, so reports The Wrap. Fletcher was originally attached to the project during its early days, but according to the same source, left the production following creative differences.

Singer was fired from the high-profile project on Monday this week over reported absences and alleged conflicts with actor Rami Malek, who portrays Freddie Mercury in the film.

Singer denied any misdoings and responded with the following statement shortly after leaving the project.

“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first,
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds Bryan Singer's Replacement in 'Eddie the Eagle' Director Dexter Fletcher

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Finds Bryan Singer's Replacement in 'Eddie the Eagle' Director Dexter Fletcher
Bohemian Rhapsody has found itself a new director.

Following director Bryan Singer's termination from the hotly anticipated biopic about the iconic rock group Queen, Fox has turned to filmmaker and actor Dexter Fletcher to finish directing the film, Et can confirm.

Production on the project – which stars Rami Malek as legendary rocker Freddie Mercury – is expected to resume next week, in London.

Fletcher -- who is best known for his impressive body of work as a character actor in films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass, and Stardust – made his directorial debut in 2011 with the British crime drama Wild Bill, which earned him a BAFTA nomination.

Most recently, Fletcher helmed Eddie the Eagle, a biopic about Olympic skier Eddie Edwards starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.

Fletcher is boarding Bohemian Rhapsody just days after Singer was fired from the production. Fox did not state the reasons for his termination apart from citing his "unexpected
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Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Bryan Singer Fired From Directing Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody
Update: A new director has been named for the upcoming Queen biopic titled Bohemian Rhapsody. According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has replaced Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle and Wild Bill director Dexter Fletcher. There are about two weeks left on the film, unless Dexter decides to reshoot scenes. The studio hopes to keep the film on track for a December 2018 release date. ————— Bryan Singer's schedule has suddenly become a lot freer. E! News can confirm the famous director is no longer working on 20th Century Fox's upcoming Queen biopic. "Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody," the studio said in...
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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

  • The Wrap
Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Dexter Fletcher has been hired to replace Bryan Singer as the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” 20th Century Fox announced on Wednesday. Fletcher’s credits include “Eddie the Eagle” and ‘Wild Bill.” Production on the Freddie Mercury biopic will resume next week in the U.K. Fletcher was originally attached to direct the film, with Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) in the role of legendary rocker Mercury. The director left the project in March 2014 over creative differences, and eventually Singer came on board with star Rami Malek.

News of Singer’s firing from the mostly-finished film...
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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Fox has replaced Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody with Dexter Fletcher, the director of the films Eddie the Eagle and Wild Bill. Fletcher will resume production next week. There are about two weeks left on the film, unless Fletcher decides to reshoot scenes. The filmmaker will then oversee postproduction as Fox hopes to keep the film on track for December 2018. It will be a good warm-up for Fletcher, who’s also attached to direct the biopic on Elton John. Singer was…
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Exclusive: On the set of Jason Flemyng’s ‘Eat Locals’

As far as vampire films go, audiences of the 21st century have a built-in expectation for the fanged creatures. We’ve now been subjected to Twilight, a multitude of meaningless Underworld sequels, and everything in between. What we didn’t expect when visiting the set of Jason Flemyng’s Eat Locals, was to be sitting in a cold Hertfordshire farm staring at severed body parts in jars.

This strange and unusual experience was a good way to set the tone for the film. Flemyng, full of positivity and enthusiasm, was, of course, making his directorial debut in the film. It was quickly apparent that he was keen to make a good impression for his upcoming horror feature, and he managed it effortlessly. The cockney gentleman’s friendly nature easily overshadowed his frantic and busy schedule that day.

Flemyng is one of the most recognizable faces in the British film industry.
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Jeff Bridges interview: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Iron Man, Starman, westerns

Duncan Bowles Sep 20, 2017

Jeff Bridges chats to us about movies, Kingsman, westerns, Iron Man and more...

When preparing for an interview it can often be a double edged sword if you choose to look at other peoples’ work. Sometimes you read an interview and the answers can look frighteningly short, so panic might set in that perhaps that person isn’t very chatty, or doesn’t like doing them (though often publications just choose to use highlights), but I have to say that with Jeff Bridges, I’m glad I’d read Celia Walden’s talk with him for the Telegraph first.

I wouldn’t usually reference what I’d read in an introduction, but once you know you’re going to be sat in a room with Jeff Bridges, alone, for fifteen minutes, you need as much preparation as possible – he is, after all, a cinematic legend who needs no introduction.
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‘Eat Locals’ Review

  • Nerdly
Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Charlie Cox, Billy Cook, Freema Agyeman, Robert Portal, Mackenzie Crook, Eve Myles, Vincent Regan, Tony Curran, Dexter Fletcher, Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie | Written by Danny King | Directed by Jason Flemyng

The directorial debut of actor Jason Flemyng, this low budget British horror-comedy has a solid cast and a moderately intriguing premise, but it can’t quite decide whether it wants to go for scares or laughs and ends up falling awkwardly between the two.

Written by Danny King (Wild Bill), Eat Locals (originally Eat Local, with an ‘s’ being added in the marketing stage) centres on a coven of centuries-old vampires – including Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, Doctor Who’s Freema Agyeman and One Foot in the Grave‘s Annette Crosbie – convening for their semi-centennial meeting at a remote country farmhouse. Also present is naïve orphan Sebastian (Billy Cook), who thinks he’s on a promise with vampish Vanessa (Eve Myles,
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Mike Myers, Simon Pegg and more join Margot Robbie in Terminal

Back in February it was announced that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) will be starring in the noir thriller Terminal, and now Variety is reporting that Mike Myers (Austin Powers), Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond), Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) and Max Irons (The Riot Club) have all joined the cast.

Terminal is being directed by Vaughn Stein and follows two hit men (Fletcher and Irons) who embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair come across a dynamic woman, played by Robbie, who may be more involved in the crime than they had originally suspected.”

Production on Terminal is getting underway in Hungary and the film is expected later this year.
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Film Review: Eddie the Eagle

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆ Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Eddie the Eagle, British actor Dexter Fletcher's third directorial outing after Wild Bill and Sunshine on Leith, is a speedy, light-hearted biopic of the remarkable young lad from Cheltenham who took the ski jumping world by storm at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. A film which is both reassuring and a little disappointing in its compliance with standard triumph over adversity sports pictures, its formula is a tried and tested one which nevertheless hits all the right highs and lows to provide a familiar roller-coaster of a feel-good movie.
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Eddie The Eagle Review

  • TheMovieBit
The 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary was one for the underdogs, and inspirational sports movies, with the Jamaican national Bobsled and underdog ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, finishing last in all his events but winning over the audience with his charm and enthusiasm, both stepping up to the plate. The first subject, of course, inspired Cool Runnings, and now Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith) is bringing Eddie the Eagle to the big screen, with Taron Egerton donning the glasses of ‘heroic failure’ Edwards in a story that delivers a charming, joyous and delightful tale of determination and belief in one self. Eddie the Eagle is a rare beast in this day and age, an old school style sports movie that is more concerned with putting a smile on your face than delivering the facts. Much of what is presented onscreen is the product of John Macaulay’s script,
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Come and see Eddie The Eagle early and for free!

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We’ve got a special London-based reader screening this Sunday – and here’s how you can get seats!

Eddie The Eagle, then. It’s the new film from Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine On Leith, Wild Bill). It’s based on the story of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. And the movie is great. It’s in UK cinemas from Easter Monday March 28, with a PG certificate. Remember those?

What’s more, we’re putting on a very special preview screening of the movie this Sunday in London. It’s free of charge, too. And, and, and! It’ll be followed by a Q&A with Dexter Fletcher himself – where you get the chance to ask the questions!

Here’s the synopsis for the film. Which is very, very funny. The film, not the synopsis.

As Eddie the Eagle prepares to soar into cinemas we are giving you the chance
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