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See-Saw Films Hires Film4’s Nicky Earnshaw As Head Of Production UK

  • Deadline
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films has appointed Nicky Earnshaw as Head of Production for the UK film and TV divisions. The exec is moving to the Lion and King’s Speech producer from Film4 where she has been acting Head of Production. At See-Saw, she is replacing Amy Jackson who is moving into independent producing and will continue to collaborate with the company on various projects.

Earnshaw, who at Film4 oversaw physical production on such titles as Disobedience, Beast and I Am Not A Witch, will be responsible for the production and day-to-day operations of See-Saw’s expanding film and TV slate developed and produced out of the UK office. In addition, she will oversee productions greenlit through the recently announced first look deal with New Regency, as part of See-Saw’s increasing presence in the U.S.

She will report to Co-Managing Directors Canning and
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Nicky Earnshaw to Head U.K. Production for See-Saw Films

  • Variety
See-Saw Films has hired veteran executive Nicky Earnshaw as head of production for its U.K. film and television divisions, effective July 9.

Earnshaw will be responsible for the production and day-to-day operations of See-Saw’s film and TV slate developed and produced out of the U.K. office. In addition, she will oversee productions greenlit through the recently announced first-look deal with New Regency, as part of See-Saw’s increasing presence in the U.S.

Managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said: “Nicky is undeniably one of the most experienced and respected production executives in the business, with extensive industry knowledge particularly in the U.K. and excellent relationships with globally renowned filmmakers and talent. We are excited to have her join our team and have no doubt she will be an extraordinary asset to our growing film and television business.”

Earnshaw takes over the role from Amy Jackson,
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16 Good Movie Pick-Me-Ups on Netflix Right Now

Why so glum, chum? Movies are fun and they need watching.

In the immortal words of Shane Black via Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight, “Life is pain. Get used to it.” These days life has been really painful though, and it’s not so easy to get used to it. Thankfully movies are always here to pick us up when we need it, or bring us down if we’re looking to wallow. This month we’ve made a list of movies that will leave you smiling and feeling good about humanity after you watch them — at least for a little while. Click on their titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

It’s possible that Big Trouble in Little China might be the stupidest movie ever made. It’s about a fast-talking, rock-stupid, man-child truck driver battling Asian mystics over the fate of his
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Glamour and Girlgaze Partner for #NewView Short Film Competition

#NewView judge Rashida Jones in “Cuban Fury”: Entertainment One Films

Glamour magazine is teaming up with digital media company Girlgaze to support young female filmmakers. A press release announced that the two companies are launching #NewView, a film competition for new directors looking for work experience and the chance to get their foot in the door of the film industry.

#NewView’s goal is to shine a spotlight on how women see the world. “We want your point of view,” the release explains. In order to compete, filmmakers will submit a three to five-minute original short film “that showcases their perspective — on an issue, on their own life, or on our culture.”

The five winners will receive $3,000 each and their films will screen on Glamour.com and Girlgaze.tv: “Winners will also receive a production budget to direct a short video for Glamour or one of the following major brands: Birchbox, LuMee, The Outnet, and South Coast Plaza.”

A panel of judges led by Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and Girlgaze CEO/founder Amanda de Cadenet will choose the winning films. Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox CEO/cofounder, will act as the competition’s entrepreneurial advisor. The #NewView panel’s other judges are:

Actors/entertainers Rashida Jones, Geena Davis, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lilly Singh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amandla Stenberg, and ZendayaFilmmakers Gia Coppola, Ellen Kuras, Victoria Mahoney, Crystal Moselle, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Kimberly Peirce, Dee Rees, Regina K. Scully, and Sam Taylor-JohnsonTV execs and writers Shonda Rhimes and Jill SolowayNetflix vp of content acquisition Bela BajariaHBO prez of documentary films and family programming Sheila NevinsCondé Nast Entertainment prez Dawn Ostroff

Referencing the consistently dismal numbers of women behind the camera, de Cadenet commented: “Girlgaze continues our mission to close the gender gap by creating visibility and tangible job opportunities for girls behind the lens. We are excited to collaborate with Glamour to launch the #NewView film initiative and champion the extraordinary storytellers in our community.”

The #NewView competition is part of Glamour’s overall #PoweredByWomen project, “which aims to meaningfully increase the brand’s collaboration with female creative talent in 2017 and beyond.” #PoweredByWomen was officially introduced via the magazine’s February 2017 issue — the first ever edition to be produced entirely by women.

Film submissions will be accepted until 11:59 Pm Et on June 30. Check out the #NewView website for more information.

Glamour and Girlgaze Partner for #NewView Short Film Competition was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie review: infodump, the movie

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Relentlessly dull. A tour of a strange world and “characters” little more than their “peculiar” abilities isn’t enough to whip up fantastical excitement. I’m “biast” (pro): I was a peculiar child, and I remain a peculiar adult; love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): mostly disappointed by Tim Burton lately

I have not read the source material

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

So it’s Harry Potter Lite. Very lite. No, wait: It’s X-Men Babies. In the land of Groundhog Day, or maybe in a Doctor Who-ish timey-wimey chronic hysteresis. Where they’re haunted by Slenderman. Later, there is a Bill & Ted reference. Remember the days when Tim Burton made movies that took your breath away with their originality? Where has that Tim Burton gone?

Okay, so lots of things are derivative. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker.
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Film4 hires Pinewood Pictures executive

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Pinewood’s former head of production appointed production finance executive.

Film4 has hired former Pinewood Pictures head of production Nicky Earnshaw as production finance executive.

Earnshaw, head of production at Pinewood for three and a half years, joined the broadcaster last week.

In her new role she will supervise physical production on a number of projects, reporting to Film4’s head of production Tracey Josephs.

Three Film4 backed projects commence production in the Us in the next month: Andrew Haigh’s Lean On Pete, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

At Pinewood Pictures, Earnshaw oversaw production on films including Lone Scherfig’s forthcoming Their Finest, Spooks: The Greater Good and Belle.

Prior to joining Pinewood, she freelanced for 13 years in various production roles including production manager and line producer, on films including Cuban Fury, Berberian Sound Studio and Johnny English Reborn.
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Chris O'Dowd Joins Bad Robot's God Particle

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot has been developing a small-budget thriller called God Particle over the past few years, and casting has been ramping up in recent months. David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Daniel Bruhl are already on board to star, and now THR brings word that Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd has also joined the cast. John Krasinski was in talks at one point, but O'Dowd has taken over that role.

Here's what we know about the plot so far: it follows a crew of astronauts aboard an American space station who find that the Earth has vanished after an accident involving a particle accelerator. But they find traces of another space station nearby, and that's when things really get weird. Fanboy rumors peg this as the next movie in the "Cloververse," joining Cloverfield and this year's 10 Cloverfield Lane, but that's still just speculation at this point.

In any case,
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Courteney Cox comedy Charity Case gets a pilot order

Yesterday we brought you the news that Matt LeBlanc is set to star in a new sitcom pilot entitled I’m Not Your Friend at CBS, and now his former Friends co-star Courteney Cox has landed a comedy pilot of her own, with CBS placing an order for the single-camera comedy Charity Case.

Written by Robert Padnick, writer-producer of The Office, Charity Case will see Cox as Hailey, a woman who inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity and quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined.

The pilot will be directed by James Griffiths (Episodes, Cuban Fury), who will also produce alongside Cox and Padnick.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

The Program movie review: on your bike and follow the money (#LFF2015)

Pretty much strictly for fans of Ben Foster and Chris O’Dowd, who are both superb here. Probably not for fans of Lance Armstrong (if he still has any left). 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)

If you’ve seen the far superior documentary on the same subject, The Armstrong Lie, you can probably safely skip The Program, unless you’re a huge fan of either Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) — who here nails cyclist Lance Armstrong’s now notoriously well-known sociopathic narcissism — or Chris O’Dowd (Cuban Fury), as David Walsh, the sports journalist for the Times of London who doggedly investigated the athlete, whom he (correctly, as it turned out) suspected of doping, over the course of Armstrong’s unprecedented seven-year winning streak at the Tour de France,
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Man Up and the British rom-com after Richard Curtis

Get someone kinda famous off the telly and a Hollywood A-lister, mix them together and hope for the best, but now it’s with added grit

This week’s home-video release of British romcom Man Up begins with two trailers: one for last year’s widely derided Nick Frost salsa showcase Cuban Fury and another for 2013’s similarly panned I Give It A Year. Like Man Up, both films see plucky British everymen romancing Hollywood A-listers in the service of a new kind of homegrown romantic comedy – one that rejects the foppish fantasy of yesteryear Richard Curtis offerings in favour of a coarser brand of Britishness, brimming with observational comedy and semi-famous telly actors.

This shift makes a certain amount of sense (lord knows there’s no place in 2015 for a leading man whose main source of strife is the lack of storage space in his open-plan Chelsea loft), but
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Ian McShane Joining ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Six

Ian McShane Joining ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Six
Having starred in the western series Deadwood, Ian McShane is no stranger to stirring up trouble on HBO. And now he’ll return to the cable network, this time for their insanely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones. The actor who taught Nick Frost how to dance in Cuban Fury, fought Andy Samberg in Hot Rod […]

The post Ian McShane Joining ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Six appeared first on /Film.
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London Road movie review: the real world’s a stage

No one has done a musical like this before, keeping an uneasy beat to craft a dark replica of scared community spirit in the wake of a shocking crime. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

When I hear that something deadly serious has been turned into a stage musical, the first thing that springs to mind is Elephant! the all-singing, all-dancing Broadway show based on the life of “Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick, within the comedy film The Tall Guy. Or, of course, Springtime for Hitler.

So when I heard that London Road, a film adaptation of a National Theatre musical production, is about a 2006 serial-murder case, my first reaction was: Hell no. The potential for getting this wrong is enormous: the probability of tonal imbalance between hammy dramatics and horrible crime is almost 100 percent.

But
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Chris O'Dowd Asks Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Chris O'Dowd Asks Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Chris O’Dowd had a busy 2014 on the big screen what with living on a small Irish island (Calvary), playing a schmuck in corporate England (Cuban Fury) and teaching in a New York school (St. Vincent). Part of this year now looks to be taken up working with Julianne Moore in Can You Ever Forgive Me?Director Nicole Holofcener has adapted the script from Lee Israel’s 2008 memoir. The story finds Israel (Moore) as a respected biographer who runs into financial difficulties. So she starts fabricating the letters of famous dead writers and celebrities in order to drum up the money to keep a roof over her head. But when her work begins to raise suspicion, she goes one step further and starts stealing actual letters from library archives, selling them through a fence she meets at a bar (O’Dowd, we assume is playing the ex-con criminal, not the bar). All the while,
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Unfinished Business UK Blu-ray details

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially unveiled the Blu-ray release for Unfinished Business, directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man) the comedy stars Vince Vaughn (The Internship), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Tom Wilkinson (Belle), Sienna Miller (American Sniper) and Nick Frost (Cuban Fury).

Pre-order Unfinished Business On Amazon UK Here

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Special Features include:

–Deleted and Alternate Scenes (Blu-ray and Digital HD): Caution: Not safe for work! Keep the party going with 30 minutes of outrageous additional footage you couldn’t see in theaters

–Show Me Your Business: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco,
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"Huntsman" Gets Three New Dwarves

Rob Brydon ("The Trip"), Alexandra Roach ("Cuban Fury") and Sheridan Smith ("Jonathan Creek") have all signed on to play three new dwarfs in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's "The Huntsman," the upcoming prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" which is in development at Universal Pictures.

Nick Frost has already signed on to reprise his dwarf role from the original, at the time it was indicated that the film would only feature two dwarfs. Seems that stance has been reconsidered, though Frost is the only actor who played a dwarf in the first film who is coming back for the sequel.

Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the other dwarfs in 'Snow White' and aren't expected back - though Jones and Marsan were said to have been contacted about the job.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will reprise their roles as The Huntsman
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'The Huntsman' Casts 2 Female Dwarfs

'The Huntsman' Casts 2 Female Dwarfs
Less than a month after actor Nick Frost signed on to reprise his Snow White and the Huntsman dwarf role Nion in Universal Pictures' sequel The Huntsman, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have signed on to play three new dwarfs. We reported in January that the sequel will only feature two dwarfs, but it seems Universal has reconsidered that stance. No details were given regarding these new characters, but this is the first time female dwarfs are being introduced into the fairy tale storyline.

In Snow White and the Huntsman, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the seven dwarfs. Our report from January revealed that Toby Jones could not come to terms with the studio to reprise his role, while Eddie Marsan had scheduling complications with the Showtime series Ray Donovan. It isn't known why the others
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'Huntsman' Prequel Finds Its Dwarves, Plus Plot Rumors

Universal's sequel to Snow White and the Hunstman will simply be titled The Huntsman as it sets out to tell a prequel story centered on the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Ravenna's (Charlize Theron) lives before the arrival of Kristen Stewart's Snow White. We already knew Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain had joined the cast and Nick Frost was expected to return as Nion, one of the dwarves featured in the first film. Now we learn of three new names joining the cast those being Rob Brydon (Trip to Italy), Alexandra Roach (Cuban Fury) and Sheridan Smith (Hysteria) all as dwarves alongside Frost. Rumors as far as the plot are concerned suggest Chastain will be playing a character similar to the Hunstman, her specialty being with a bow, and they've teamed in an effort to obtain a "magical MacGuffin" before Emily Blunt's evil, frosty Queen can get her hands on it.
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BBC One's The Voice UK rises to 7.2m as Battle Rounds begin

The Voice UK rose to more than 7.2 million viewers as the Battle Rounds began last night (February 28).

BBC One's singing contest averaged 7.23m (33.1%) from 7.15pm, according to overnight figures. Casualty then appealed to 4.8m (23.9%).

BBC Two's How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson was watched by 816k (3.7%) from 7.45pm. A Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.51m (6.8%), before Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South continued with 1.16m (5.9%).

On ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway managed 6.03m (28.5%) from 7pm.

Afterwards, Take Me Out and The Jonathan Ross Show attracted 3.36m (15.4%) and 2.17m (11.8%) respectively.

Channel 4's Homes by the Sea aired to 523k (2.5%) in the 7pm hour, with The World's Weirdest Weather garnering 812k (3.7%) afterwards. Nick Frost film Cuban Fury averaged 1.15m (6.1%) from 9pm.

On Channel 5, the latest episode of CSI was watched by 731k (3.5%) in the 9pm hour.

ITV3's Foyle's War won the multichannels, drawing 882k (4.1%) from 8pm.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Rebel Wilson To Star In Absolutely Fabulous Movie

Vince Bucci/AP

During tomorrow night’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jennifer Saunders will give up some more details on her long-planned Absolutely Fabulous movie. As some press – or maybe, just press-release authors – were at the recording last night, we have The Evening Standard’s account to scrape for details ahead of the broadcast.

The big point, I think, is that Rebel Wilson has a role in the film. There’s a long tradition of putting American stars in British pictures to try and help their export chances – cf. Rhodes of Africa, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Cuban Fury – but I’d have thought Ab Fab would have been able to stand on its own two feet. Maybe not.

Saunders reiterated that some of the film would be set on the French Riviera, which again chimes with a long tradition. Sitcoms-turned-movies forever seem to be relocating the action overseas,
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'The Huntsman' Sequel Is Axing Some Dwarves

The sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" already won't feature Kristen Stewart's Snow White. Now, Deadline reports, most of her seven dwarves are getting axed, too. Only two dwarves will be in the "The Huntsman," though it's unclear exactly which two.

It is known that Nick Frost ("Cuban Fury"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") will definitely not be in the movie. Marsan has a scheduling conflict with his work on Showtime's "Ray Donovan." And Bob Hoskins died last year, so he won't be part of the project either.

"The Huntsman" is a prequel that will show the titular character (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) crossing paths before the events of the first movie. Emily Blunt is on board to play a villain, reportedly a Snow Queen who is Ravenna's sister.

"The Huntsman" is set to
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