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Graham Greene’s last novel to get film adaptation by William Boyd

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Graham Greene’s last novel to get film adaptation by William Boyd
Chaplin writer to adapt novel for Wild Tales and Mad To Be Normal producers.

Bad Penny Productions has picked up rights to Graham Greene’s last published novel The Captain And The Enemy, which is being adapted for the big screen by screenwriter and novelist William Boyd (Chaplin).

The novel tells the story of a young boy named Victor Baxter taken away from his boarding school by a stranger to live in London. The mysterious stranger is simply known as “the Captain”.

In London Victor companions a sweet but withdrawn woman named Liza, serving as her conduit to the outside world. When Victor reaches manhood, he finally learns the secrets of the Captain.

The thriller includes smuggling, jewel theft and international espionage and culminates in a dramatic showdown in Panama.

In addition to Bad Penny’s Phin Glynn (Mad To Be Normal), other producers are Victor Glynn (That Good Night) and Axel Kuschevatzky (Wild Tales).

The film will
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Zadie Smith’s Nw: another example of TV's love affair with London

From Any Human Heart to Capital to Smith’s new adaptation … why are novels set in London more likely to make it to the screen?

Zadie Smith’s novel Nw has four narrative centres, two women and two men. In BBC2’s 90-minute adaptation tonight, however, the latter are reduced to fleetingly glimpsed plot devices in the story of Leah (Phoebe Fox) and Natalie (Nikki Amuka-Bird, below left, with Smith), childhood friends who fall out as each jeopardises her marriage and wellbeing in a city zone where privilege and poverty collide.

Related: Nw by Zadie Smith – review

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‘The Cazalet Chronicles’ Set for TV Adaptation by ‘The Durrells’ Producer Sid Gentle (Exclusive)

Sid Gentle Films, the production company behind PBS/Masterpiece’s upcoming series “The Durrells in Corfu,” has acquired the rights to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s best-selling series of books “The Cazalet Chronicles.” Sid Gentle Films was founded by award-winning drama producer Sally Woodward Gentle, formerly creative director of “Downton Abbey” production house Carnival Films.

The series of five “Cazalet Chronicles” novels are set between the 1930s and the 50s and chronicle the lives of three generations of the Cazalet family. Sid Gentle Films has acquired the rights to all five books — from “The Light Years” through to the final novel, “All Change,” with the intention of telling the family saga over five seasons.

The deal, negotiated by Woodward Gentle and Howard’s agent Ann Evans at Jonathan Clowes, comes as the novelist’s biography, “Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence” by Artemis Cooper, was published recently by John Murray. Howard
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‘Rev’ Star, Co-Creator Tom Hollander, Hannah Pescod Launch Bandstand

‘Rev’ Star, Co-Creator Tom Hollander, Hannah Pescod Launch Bandstand
Writer-actor Tom Hollander, who is best known for BAFTA-winning comedy series “Rev.,” but has also appeared in two “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” and producer Hannah Pescod, who won a BAFTA for “That Summer Day,” have launched production company Bandstand Prods.

Pescod and Hollander first worked together on BBC show “Rev.,” which won a BAFTA for best situation comedy, and earned three BAFTA nominations for Hollander. The series was co-created by Hollander, who was also an executive producer, with writer James Wood. Pescod joined the “Rev.” team in the early stages of development, producing the first two seasons before becoming executive producer on the third and final season.

Former Shine Group chief Alex Mahon joins Bandstand as non-executive chair, and the company has entered into an exclusive first-look deal with leading distributor All3media International.

In a joint statement, Hollander and Pescod said: “We are excited to continue our creative collaboration,
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Supergirl's Melissa Benoist is teaming up with Outlander's Sam Heughan for love story Oxford

Supergirl's Melissa Benoist is teaming up with Outlander's Sam Heughan for love story Oxford
Melissa Benoist and Sam Heughan are teaming up for love story Oxford.

The Supergirl actress and Outlander lead will star in the romance set at Oxford University, reports Deadline.

Benoist will play a student who arrives at Oxford and falls in love with her arrogant teaching assistant (Heughan).

When she discovers he is privately fighting terminal cancer, the pair decide to make the most of his days and travel the world together.

Allison Burnett wrote Oxford's script, while Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing.

Benoist has appeared in projects such as Glee, Whiplash and The Longest Ride. Supergirl will premiere in October on CBS.

As well as Outlander, Heughan has popped up in Doctors, A Princess for Christmas and Any Human Heart.
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‘Men Behaving Badly’ Creator Simon Nye Pens ‘The Durrells’ for ITV

London — “Men Behaving Badly” creator Simon Nye has penned drama series “The Durrells,” which has been commissioned by U.K. broadcaster ITV. The series is based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of Corfu memoirs, including “My Family and Other Animals.”

Set in 1935, it focuses on Englishwoman Louisa Durrell, whose life is in meltdown. Her husband died years ago and his money has all but run out. Her four unruly children, Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, are going off the rails. She tells them she is taking them to Corfu. There is fighting and outright refusal, especially when they find out there is no electricity. But Corfu is cheap, and an untamed paradise.

“The Durrells” will be produced by Sid Gentle Films and executive produced by the company’s founder, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Sally Woodward Gentle (“Whitechapel,” “Any Human Heart,” “Enid”). Sid’s managing director Lee Morris will also executive produce together with Nye.
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes.
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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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Hayley Atwell's "Hunger"

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Sneak Peek new images of Brit actress Hayley Atwell ("Agent Carter") in a recent issue of "Hunger" magazine:

Atwell's first feature film role was in the 2007 feature "Cassandra's Dream", followed by the 2008 film "The Duchess" and "Brideshead Revisited".

She appeared in the AMC 2009 miniseries "The Prisoner" and in 2010, she starred in the UK Channel 4 adaptation of author William Boyd's novel "Any Human Heart".

Atwell played 'Agent Peggy Carter' in Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The First Avenger", then voiced the character in the 2011 movie tie-in video game "Captain America: Super Soldier". She reprised the role in the 2013 short film "Agent Carter", the 2014 film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Atwell will continue in the 'Marvel Cinematic Unverse' as 'Peggy Carter' in ABC's "Agent Carter" and will reprise the character again in the 2015 release "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

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Gaumont TV France Set To Produce William Boyd’s ‘Spy City’ With Pascal Chaumeil Set To Direct

Paris– Gaumont TV France, the television division of the Paris-based major, is set to produced “Spy City,” a 10 one-hour English-language series that will be showrun by William Boyd (“Any Human Heart”) and directed by Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker”).

Created and written by Boyd, the series takes pace in the early 1960’s, in Berlin. It sheds light on the personal lives of spies and focuses on a group of men and women of different nationalities and backgrounds who are in the “hornet’s nest” of divided Berlin.

“Spy City” will be co-produced by Odeon in Germany. Mischa Hofmann, Odeon CEO, and Britta Meyermann, head of international co-productions, negotiated the deal.

Boyd’s most recent works include his novel “Ordinary Thunderstorms,” the latest James Bond book “Solo,” and the espionage novel “Waiting for Sunrise.” Boyd wrote the screenplay for Richard Attenborough’s “Chaplin,” which earned two Emmy Awards nominations.

In the run-up to Mipcom,
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Kris Thykier, Liza Marshall launch Archery Pictures

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Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.

Former Scott Free London head Liza Marshall has joined forces with Kris Thykier in new film and TV production company, Archery Pictures.

Marshall who recently stepped down from her role as head of Scott Free London will become joint managing director of the new company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new outfit.

Key executives at Archery Pictures will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, Mairi Bett, head of physical production, and development executive Kitty Kaletsky.

Marshall established Scott Free London four and half years ago and went on to produce films including Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Welcome to the Punch starring James McAvoy and the upcoming Get Santa starring Jim Broadbent.

Marshall’s television projects include BBC2’s Britain in a Day, Labyrinth and the
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Marshall, Thykier Set Up Film and TV Production House Archery Pictures

London — Liza Marshall, former chief at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, has joined forces with Kris Thykier to set up film and television production company Archery Pictures.

Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.

Key executives at Archery will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, and Mairi Bett, head of physical production.

Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Thykier produced Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” alongside Working Title, which will close the Rio Film Festival on Oct. 7. Further films Thykier has produced include David Frankel’s “One Chance,
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Sheridan Smith to star in new ITV drama Black Work

Sheridan Smith will star in new ITV drama Black Work.

The Cilla actress will play Jo Gillespie in the "riveting thriller" from writer Matt Charman.

The three-part story follows Smith's character as she sets out to discover who murdered her husband Ryan, an undercover policeman who was shot dead in mysterious circumstances.

Jo, who also works as a police officer, must face the difficult truth about her marriage as she continues with her investigation. She is wracked with guilt following her attachment to one of Ryan's colleagues.

The drama will also explore Jo's strained relationships with her daughter and stepson in the wake of Ryan's death.

Charman said: "Sheridan Smith is a dream to write for because as an actress there's really nothing she can't do.

"And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit - it makes her character Jo Gillespie doubt herself, her family, her friends,
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Danielle Dajani, Tara Cook Join ‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films

Danielle Dajani, Tara Cook Join ‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films
London — Carnival Films, the London-based production company behind “Downton Abbey,” has appointed Danielle Dajani as its head of production, and Tara Cook as development producer, working alongside Phil Temple, who has been promoted and also serves as development producer.

Dajani joins Carnival, which is part of NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, from Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, where she was exec VP. Before Raleigh, Dajani was VP of international physical production and production finance at Walt Disney Pictures in L.A., head of production at Aramid Capital in London, and general manager of Village Roadshow Production Management in Sydney.

Dajani takes over from Kimberley Hikaka, who departs after nearly seven years at Carnival.

In the role, Dajani will be responsible for overseeing all of the company’s productions across its U.K. and international businesses.

As development producers, Cook and Temple will be responsible for the origination, development and sale of Carnival’s upcoming U.
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Former ‘Downton Abbey’ Exec Sally Woodward Gentle Sets Up Indie Company

London — Producer Sally Woodward Gentle, who was previously creative director at “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films, has set up a new independent production company, Sid Gentle Films, which is in development on a number of drama projects.

The company has been set up to produce high-end scripted drama productions, long-running returning series, one-off features and mini-series for U.K. and international broadcasters, as well as developing a selection of independent feature film projects.

Woodward Gentle, who is the founder and CEO of the new production company, is joined by Henrietta Colvin as head of development. Lee Morris joins early next year as managing director.

Projects in development are an adaptation for BBC One by one of Britain’s most successful screenwriting partnerships, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The duo has previously penned five James Bond films from “The World Is Not Enough” to “Skyfall.”

The company is also working with
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Carnival’s Sally Woodward Gentle Launches Yucaipa-Backed UK Production Company

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Sally Woodward Gentle was most recently creative director at Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films. Now striking out on her own, the exec has launched production company Sid Gentle Films with financial backing from Ron Burkle‘s global investment firm The Yucaipa Companies. Sid Gentle is eyeing scripted drama, TV movies and miniseries as well as indie features. The company is already in development on a Neal Purvis/Robert Wade-penned project for the BBC, and a supernatural thriller from Ben Court and Caroline Ip, also for the BBC. Former Carnival exec Henrietta Colvin is also joining Sid Gentle Films as head of development. Lee Morris, who’s currently producing Da Vinci’s Demons, will come aboard as managing director in the New Year. Woodward Gentle’s producing credits include Channel 4′s BAFTA award-winning Any Human Heart, ITV drama series Whitechapel and Helena Bonham Carter drama Enid. She is also
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5 Things You Don't Know About Sam Claflin

5 Things You Don't Know About Sam Claflin
He was tapped to play Finnick Odair in the much-anticipated Hunger Games: Catching Fire and also appeared as the prince alongside Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in last year's Snow White and the Huntsman. Here are five things you probably don't know about Sam Claflin.

1. Born Samuel George Claflin on June 27, 1986, in Ipswich, England -- his father is a financial officer and his mother a classroom assistant.

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2. Made his screen debut in the 2010 television miniseries The Pillars of the Earth.

3. While growing up he developed into a good soccer player, but his career was halted when he broke his ankle as a teenager and he decided not to move forward.

Related: Sam Claflin: I Hope Finnick Fans Like Me

4. Has green eyes, but wore blue contacts while portraying Logan Mountstuart in the British television series Any Human Heart.

5. Loves shopping and fashion and has said that one of the things
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William Boyd's Bond: it's not just casual sex. What 007 wants is a relationship

Solo, by William Boyd, is latest novel to follow in Ian Fleming's footsteps, which charts spy 'recklessly motivated by revenge'

We may have got James Bond slightly wrong. Yes, he is a prodigious drinker, heavy smoker and consummate killer, but when it comes to his womanising, the author of his new incarnation believes that the spy was more honourable than some think. "It seems to me he wants a relationship," said William Boyd. "It is not just casual sex."

Boyd was speaking at the launch of his new Bond book, Solo, at which he was asked who his favourite Bond girl was. "I'm not too keen on the expression 'Bond girl' because I think Bond has relationships with women," he said. Having said that, he named the character Honeychile Rider – "nothing to do with Ursula Andress playing her in the movie … I think she is a very interesting Bond woman".

Boyd should know,
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Boyd on Bond

Join William Boyd for a discussion of his new James Bond novel Solo at the Royal Institution on Monday 28 October

Date: Monday 28 October

Time: 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Venue: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4Bs*

Tickets: £12

In a break from our usual format, William Boyd will join us for a special James Bond Book Club. He will talk to John Mullan about the genius of Ian Fleming and the enduring appeal of his iconic spy. He'll also introduce his new novel, Solo, the latest addition to the Bond series, set in 1969. Details of the plot are being kept tightly under wraps, but we are promised the essential Bond elements – cocktails, fast cars, sharp suits - in a tale spanning three continents as the veteran spy (he's 45) embarks on an unauthorized mission during a trip to America.

William Boyd is the author of eleven novels,
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"Batman Vs Superman" Updates

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Speculation continues as to who will take on the role of 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's developing 2015 feature "Batman Vs Superman", playing against "Man Of Steel" actor Henry Cavill.

Some industry trades have suggested that Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Watchmen") will play an older bagged-out 'Caped Crusader', even though Morgan's headlining series "Magic City" was recently cancelled after a 2-season run.

Another actor in consideration to play the 'Caped Crusader' is 6' 3" Sam Heughan.

Heughan played 'Bruce Wayne/Batman' in Warners' "Batman Live: Arena Tour" and recently snagged the coveted role of long-haired Scottish warrior 'Jamie Fraser' in the upcoming Starz TV series "Outlander", adapting the New York Times best-selling book series.

Heughan is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and a 2003 nominee for the 'Laurence Olivier Award' for 'Most Promising Performance'.

In 2012, he originated the role of 'Batman' in the DC/Warner Brothers and Waterlane production of "Batman Live,
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