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Anthony Harvey, Director Of "The Lion In Winter", Dead At 87

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Cinema Retro's Todd Garbarini and Lee Pfeiffer with Anthony Harvey at a screening of The Lion in Winter at the Loew's Jersey City, 2009.

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Anthony Harvey, the actor who became an editor only to finally become an esteemed director, has died at age 87 at his home in Long Island. Harvey was born in London and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with the hope of becoming an actor. However, he turned to film editing instead. On a whim he contacted Stanley Kubrick and convinced the director to hire him as editor on the 1962 production of "Lolita".  Kubrick was so impressed that he hired Harvey again to edit his next film "Dr. Strangelove". Harvey's innovative method of fast cutting won plaudits from the industry. At one point, however, disaster nearly struck when footage of a complicated sequence he had edited went missing, leading him to have to recreate
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‘The Night Manager’ Producer Gets $180 million Cash Boost

‘The Night Manager’ Producer Gets $180 million Cash Boost
The Ink Factory, producer of “The Night Manager,” has secured $180 million in new funding that it will sink into developing new film and TV projects and picking up rights.

The company, which is working on a TV adaptation of “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,” has completed a new financing round. As well as new film and TV investment, the London- and L.A.-based production company said it will be putting resources into ramping up its digital content offering.

One of the new backers of the company is Hong Kong and London-based media investment firm 127 Wall Productions, which will contribute to The Ink Factory’s upcoming film and TV projects. Natixis Coficiné has arranged the debt component of the deal and will provide additional cash flow.

Hotel Artemis” will be the first project financed by The Ink Factory through its partnerships with 127 Wall and Coficiné under the new arrangements. Starring [link=nm
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Book Review – A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Ricky Church reviews A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre…

John le Carre has had a long career as one of the best spy thriller writers with stories like The Night Manager and The Constant Gardener, but he’s most famous for the creation of George Smiley from stories such as Call for the Dead and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy. Now he returns to one of his most famous works with A Legacy of Spies, a semi-sequel to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The story picks up years later and follows Smiley’s loyal colleague Peter Guillam, now an elderly man, as he’s put to blame for the past wrongs of the Circus, namely the deaths of agent Alec Leamas and civilian Liz Gold from Cold.

le Carre’s re-entry into the world of the Circus is pretty seamless. It’s been 25 years since his last Smiley novel,
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The Little Drummer Girl: Alexander Skarsgard joins the cast

Tony Sokol Kirsten Howard Nov 21, 2017

True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard will sink his teeth into the adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl...

Alexander Skarsgard, who made sure the entertainment was bloody good at the Fangtasia vampire bar on HBO's True Blood, will scope out new dramatic talent for something a little different in his next role as Becker, who Deadline reports will be "an intriguing stranger with whom [Florence] Pugh’s brilliant young actress Charlie strikes up an acquaintance while on holiday in Greece" in AMC's new The Little Drummer Girl adaptation.

"But it rapidly becomes apparent that Becker’s intentions are far from romantic," the entertainment news outlet went on to reveal. "He’s an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she takes on the role of a lifetime in the ‘theatre of the real.
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Park Chan-wook to direct John le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl

Following on from the success of The Night Manager, AMC, the BBC and Ink Factory are teaming for another John Le Carre miniseries, with Oldboy director Park Chan-wook set to direct a six-episode adaptation of le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl.

According to The Daily Mail, Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) has signed on for the lead role of Charlie, a young actress who is recruited by an Israeli spy and is tasked with helping to track down a shadowy Palestinian terrorist mastermind.

Unlike The Night Manager, The Little Drummer Girl is said to be retaining its period setting of the 1970s and 80s – as is The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, another le Carre adaptation that was announced that AMC, the BBC and Ink Factory earlier this year.

The Little Drummer Girl was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984 by director George Roy Hill, with Diane Keaton
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New to Streaming: ‘Columbus,’ ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ ‘Wind River,’ Alex Ross Perry, and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Films of Alex Ross Perry

As we await distribution for Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, FilmStruck is presenting a selection of his first three features, Implox, The Color Wheel, and Listen Up Philip. Also streaming is a master class with Perry’s frequent editor (and excellent director in his own right) Robert Greene.

Where to Stream: FilmStruck
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Fall 2017’s Most Buzzworthy Books

Fall 2017’s Most Buzzworthy Books
For those done with their beach reads, it’s time to turn to these new books that will be engaging companions as the leaves change color and the temperature cools. Like film, theater and TV, the new book season comes packed with debuts from the likes of You’ve Got Mail star Tom Hanks and Matt Weiner; the return of authors John Green and John le Carre; and a biting postmortem from Hillary Clinton.

2017 Fall Preview: Film, TV, Theater and More!

All the Dirty Parts

by Daniel Handler

Now available

The author of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events ditches the pen name for a coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy discovering his sexuality. Handler delivers on the title with a blunt, honest -- and very explicit -- take on a topic that’s somehow fallen out of modern storytelling.

A Legacy of Spies

by John le Carre

Now available

The undisputed master of spy
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Visiting the set of American Assassin

Ryan Lambie Aug 29, 2017

We ventured out to the fringes of London to check on the progress of the action thriller, American Assassin. Here's how we got on...

It comes to something when you’re so lily-livered that gunshot makes you jump even after you’re told that it’s coming. It’s early October 2016, and I’m sitting in a darkened warehouse in London where filming on American Assassin is taking place. Actor Dylan O'Brien is on set, holding a machine gun in a darkened tunnel. Illuminated by diffuse light from above, he looks lean and bestubbled, his firearm pointed straight towards the camera.

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A crewmember has dutifully handed out ear plugs with the warning that the gunfire
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Cranston and Dockery to Take the West End + More U.K. Arts News

Hello! Welcome back to our roundup of news from stage and screen. Some things might have slipped under your radar in the last week but don’t fear, Backstage is your eye in the skies, picking out the most important happenings in the industry. Minister for MagicRobert Hardy, star of the BBC’s “All Creatures Great and Small” and Cold War thriller “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” has died aged 91. Known to younger audiences from his role as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic in the Harry Potter films, he began his career at the RSC playing numerous roles throughout the 40s and 50s, and went on to become a household name in the early 70s as Siegfried Farnon in the TV adaptation of Alf Wight’s stories of a rural vet. He won a BAFTA for playing Winston Churchill in “Churchill: The Wilderness Years” and
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Hopscotch

A generic spy story becomes an inspired light comedy with the application of great talent led by the star-power of Walter Matthau. Matthau’s CIA spook hooks up with old flame Glenda Jackson to retaliate against his insufferable CIA boss (Ned Beatty) with a humiliating tell-all book about the agency’s dirty tricks history. Matthau’s sloppy, slouchy master agent is a comic delight; Ronald Neame’s stylishly assured direction makes a deadly spy chase into a wholly pleasant romp.

Hopscotch

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The Criterion Collection 163

1980 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, David Matthau, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Lucy Saroyan, Severn Darden, George Pravda.

Cinematography: Arthur Ibbetson, Brian W. Roy

Production Designer: William J. Creber

Film Editor: Carl Kress

Original Music: Ian Fraser

Written by Bryan Forbes from a novel by Brian Garfield

Produced
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'Harry Potter' actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91

'Harry Potter' actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91
He also starred in All Creatures Great And Small and Sense And Sensibility.

Actor Robert Hardy, best known for his roles in All Creatures Great And Small and Harry Potter, has died aged 91.

His family said Hardy had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years”, according to the BBC.

Hardy played senior vet Siegfried Farnon in hit BBC series All Creatures Great And Small from 1978-1990.

He also found a new generation of fans when he was cast as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter franchise.

Hardy had roles in Little Dorrit (2008), Middlemarch (1994), Sense And Sensibility (1995) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965).

He played Winston Churchill several times, most famously in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), for which he won a Bafta, but also in Bomber Harris (1989) and War And Remembrance (1988) and an episode of Agatha Christie’s Marple (2006).
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Review: In Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron Breaks the Glass Ceiling By Punching Through the Berlin Wall

I love a good espionage thriller, and what better setting than the fifty year Cold War between the Western democracies and their deadly enemies in the Communist East? This underground conflict has bred some of the most magnificent films of the last fifty years, not only through individual flashes of brilliance like The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, but most famously the longest running continuous film series out there, the adaptations of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. It's no wonder that filmmakers continue to go back to that well, as it's an easy place to imagine a world of spies and assassins that very few people actually saw. There is a magnificent amount of artistic license afforded Cold War films becauase there is...

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'The Night Manager' firm hires former Film4 exec Anna Higgs

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The Ink Factory makes three hires.

The Night Manager outfit The Ink Factory has made three hires, including former Film4 executive Anna Higgs.

Higgs, most recently creative director at digital channel Nowness will join as head of story worlds and marketing.

She will work alongside Emma Broughton, head of development. According to the company, Higgs will lead on strategy for building film and TV projects into immersive narratives across different platforms.

Based in London, she will also be tasked with growing the company’s in-house digital team and overseeing audience development and marketing functions.

Meanwhile, Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb both join Broughton’s team as script executives.

Gottlieb previously script-edited Hooten And The Lady for Red Planet Pictures, and was a story producer at Nutopia, script consultant for Euston Films, head of development at MakeFilm, and acquisitions assistant at Fine Line Features.

Johnston began work as a script editor on The Bill before joining Kudos where she
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‘Night Manager’ Producer Ink Factory Hires Former Film4 Exec for Digital Push

‘Night Manager’ Producer Ink Factory Hires Former Film4 Exec for Digital Push
The Ink Factory, producer of “The Night Manager,” is beefing up its London office with several new hires, including Anna Higgs, who will work on digital initiatives. She joins from online channel Nowness, having previously been at Film4.

The development team has also been boosted with Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb joining as script executives, reporting to head of development Emma Broughton.

Higgs will take the title of head of story worlds and marketing at film and TV producer the Ink Factory, working up digital content for its big and small screen properties and new digital projects outside of these spaces.

She was a commissioning editor and head of digital at Film 4, and the Ink Factory said with her on board it is “looking beyond traditional narrative formats.” Most recently, Higgs was at Nowness, an online culture and lifestyle channel.

“I am looking forward to helping shape an innovative media company that won’t just be fit
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‘Night Manager’ Producer Ink Factory Hires Former Film4 Exec for Digital Push

‘Night Manager’ Producer Ink Factory Hires Former Film4 Exec for Digital Push
The Ink Factory, producer of “The Night Manager,” is beefing up its London office with several new hires, including Anna Higgs, who will work on digital initiatives. She joins from online channel Nowness, having previously been at Film4.

The development team has also been boosted with Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb joining as script executives, reporting to head of development Emma Broughton.

Higgs will take the title of head of story worlds and marketing at film and TV producer the Ink Factory, working up digital content for its big and small screen properties and new digital projects outside of these spaces.

She was a commissioning editor and head of digital at Film 4, and the Ink Factory said with her on board it is “looking beyond traditional narrative formats.” Most recently, Higgs was at Nowness, an online culture and lifestyle channel.

“I am looking forward to helping shape an innovative media
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Unlocked review

Noomi Rapace stars in Unlocked, a new spy thriller from director Michael Apted. A new franchise in the offing? Ryan takes a look...

Are filmmakers having trouble titling their spy thrillers? Think about the names of classic examples of the genre: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The Ipcress File. Three Days Of The Condor. The Day Of The Jackal. Cool. Evocative. Enticing.

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Now consider the following: Salt. Spectre. The Double. Unlocked. Don’t exactly get the pulse racing, do they?

Still, there’s plenty of tension and paranoia to go around in Unlocked, even if its name slips from the mind as soon as you’ve looked at the poster. Noomi Rapace stars as Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who’s reluctant to return to the fold after
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AMC Networks Will Give Upfront Spotlight to All Cable Outlets in a First

When people hear about AMC Networks, chances are they first think about the company’s flagship cable outlet and shows like “The Walking Dead” or “Better Call Saul” As the company makes the rounds in advance of TV’s annual upfront sales discussion, however, it’s hoping to broaden Madison Avenue’s perception.

On Thursday, the company will mount a first: an “upfront” presentation that calls out all five of its cable networks, which also include We TV, Sundance, IFC, and BBC America. The last, in which AMC invested $200 million to win a 49.9% stake in 2014, has not gotten a public spotlight like this since the transaction was completed, executives said,.

“Our message is all about content that matters,” said Scott Collins, president of advertising sales for AMC Networks, in an interview. The company intends to press the point that its networks show engaging TV programs ranging from “Top of the Lake” and “Hap & Leonard” on SundanceTV to
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‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Softened Gratuitous Violence After Negative Audience Reaction

‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Softened Gratuitous Violence After Negative Audience Reaction
The Walking Dead” producers toned down the violence in the smash hit zombie show after resounding backlash from fans to a gruesome scene in the season 7 premiere, Variety reports.

While fans are used to seeing favorite characters perish violently, the killing of two beloved characters with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire struck many as going too far. Producer Gale Anne Hurd admitted the strong response caused producers to alter production for the episodes that were still in production at the time of the October 23 premiere.

Read More: AMC Follows Up ‘The Night Manager’ By Adapting John le Carre’s ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

“We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd said during a panel session at the Natpe conference, moderated by IndieWire’s Michael Schneider. “We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Softened Gratuitous Violence After Negative Audience Reaction

‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Softened Gratuitous Violence After Negative Audience Reaction
The Walking Dead” producers toned down the violence in the smash hit zombie show after resounding backlash from fans to a gruesome scene in the season 7 premiere, Variety reports.

While fans are used to seeing favorite characters perish violently, the killing of two beloved characters with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire struck many as going too far. Producer Gale Anne Hurd admitted the strong response caused producers to alter production for the episodes that were still in production at the time of the October 23 premiere.

Read More: AMC Follows Up ‘The Night Manager’ By Adapting John le Carre’s ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

“We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence,” Hurd said during a panel session at the Natpe conference, moderated by IndieWire’s Michael Schneider. “We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.
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Who?

Who?

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1974 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Elliott Gould, Joseph Bova, Trevor Howard, Edward Grover, John Lehne, James Noble, Lyndon Brook, Michael Lombard, Kay(m) Tornborg, Joy Garrett, John Stewart.

Cinematography: Petrus R. Schoömp

Film Editor: Norman Wanstall

Original Music: John Cameron

Written by John Gould from the novel by Algis Budrys

Produced by Barry Levinson

Directed by Jack Gold

Today’s filmgoers say they want more cerebral science fiction films, and some moviemakers make an effort to comply. This year’s Arrival is quite ambitious, and last year’s Ex Machina is as good as any sci-fi movie since 2001.

But back in the 1950s producers quickly discovered that the audience wanted little more than monsters and mounting disaster in their sci-fi. Although some wonderful work snuck through, killer robots and alien invaders became the norm. From the 1970s forward, even with Stanley Kubrick aboard,
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