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MGM Int’l TV Nabs Rights to Claro Video Hit ‘Herederos Por Accidente’ (Exclusive)

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MGM Int’l TV Nabs Rights to Claro Video Hit ‘Herederos Por Accidente’ (Exclusive)
MGM International TV has snapped up worldwide distribution rights (excluding Svod in Latin America) to culture clash comedic series “Herederos Por Accidente,” a big hit on the Mexican streaming service Claro Video, a subsidiary of billionaire Carlos Slim’s telco, America Movil.

As part of the deal, the studio also secured worldwide format rights and is developing an adaptation of the series for the U.S. market.

“We’re incredibly proud to announce our first partnership with Claro Video, Mexico’s family entertainment powerhouse,” said MGM International TV’s Svp of International Development, Diego Piasek. “‘Herederos’ has all the right ingredients to travel the world as both tape and format, and we’re excited for all of the possibilities to come,” he added.

Created by writer and executive producer Frank Ariza,, “Herederos Por Accidente” (“Heirs by Accident”) revolves around two families, one Mexican, the other Spanish, who are forced to
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Curzon, BFI Player, Mubi reveal latest viewing data during UK lockdown

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Curzon, BFI Player, Mubi reveal latest viewing data during UK lockdown
More than 5,000 people watched Curzon’s first in a new series of live-streamed Q&As.

Curzon has revealed that Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is now it’s most successful title to date on its streaming platform as UK audiences flock online in the wake of cinema closures.

Celine Sciamma’s romantic drama had been performing strongly in theatres for Curzon, grossing £557,000 at the UK box office, before theatres closed their doors amid the coronavirus crisis.

It has now become the most purchased title on Curzon Home Cinema (Chc), which overall recorded a 27% increase on premium VOD week-on-week from
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Curzon, BFI Player, Mubi reveal viewing data after UK and European cinemas shut down

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Curzon, BFI Player, Mubi reveal viewing data after UK and European cinemas shut down
The Truth’ was the most-viewed title on Curzon Home Cinema from March 20-22.

Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s English and French-language drama The Truth was the most-streamed title on Curzon Home Cinema (Chc) last weekend (March 20-22) according to a top 10 of the most-viewed titles revealed by by the UK platform.

The Truth was set for theatrical release on March 20 via Curzon’s distribution arm but pivoted to an early digital release in the wake of cinema closures. Its release beat the previous best three-day figure on the platform by 66%. No further details of the numbers involved were given.

Celine Sciamma’s
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New trailer for anthology film ‘The Uncertain Kingdom’

New trailer for anthology film ‘The Uncertain Kingdom’
Climate change, migration, disability, homelessness and sexuality are just some of the subjects explored in The Uncertain Kingdom, a trailer for which we have just received from Verve Pictures who will release the film in April. The ground-breaking anthology of twenty short films from twenty directors offers a unique portrait of the nation today.

Bringing together artists working across film, TV, theatre, animation, dance and radio, The Uncertain Kingdom directors include Iwc Schaffhausen Award winner Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), Bifa winner Carol Salter (Almost Heaven), BAFTA and International Emmy winner Guy Jenkin Iggy Ldn (Black Boys Don’t Cry). Actors David Proud (Marcella), BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki and Antonia Campbell-Hughes have also directed films for the project.

The ensemble cast features Alice Lowe, BAFTA nominated Mark Addy, Steve Evets, Hugh Dennis, Andy Hamilton (What We Did on Our Holiday), Ruth Madeley (Years & Years) and Laurie Davidson (The Good Liar
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‘Military Wives’ Actor Jason Flemyng Boards Stephen Graham’s ‘Boiling Point’ (Exclusive)

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‘Military Wives’ Actor Jason Flemyng Boards Stephen Graham’s ‘Boiling Point’ (Exclusive)
Actor Stephen Graham’s first project under his newly launched production banner, “Boiling Point,” has rounded out its cast with “Military Wives” actor Jason Flemyng and a host of others.

The actor, whose credits include film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and Sky Atlantic series “Save Me,” will be joined by Taz Skylar, Ray Panthaki and Malachi Kirby.

They joined previously announced cast members, including Graham and Vinette Robinson.

As revealed by Variety, “Boiling Point” will see Graham playing a head chef navigating the relentless pressure of his kitchen. Production began on the film this week.

The “Irishman” actor formed Matriarch with his partner, actor Hannah Walters, with a remit of providing a platform to underrepresented voices and stories out of the U.K.

Boiling Point” is a feature-length version of the eponymous short film starring Graham, which was nominated for Best British Short at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards.
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Raindog Films secures backing for move into TV from BFI-backed UK Creative Content Fund

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Raindog Films secures backing for move into TV from BFI-backed UK Creative Content Fund
The company is run by Ged Doherty and Colin Firth.

Colin Firth’s Raindog Films is moving into high-end TV drama and documentaries after securing investment from the UK Creative Content Eis Fund, launched last year in association with the BFI.

Firth co-founded Raindog with former Sony Music CEO Ged Doherty in 2012 and has produced projects including Gavin Hood’s Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, which earned Ruth Negga an Oscar nomination, and Eye in the Sky, directed by Hood and starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul.

The undisclosed investment will see the indie move into TV drama,
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Colin Firth’s Raindog Films Wins Backing to Expand into TV Drama and Music Content

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Colin Firth’s Raindog Films Wins Backing to Expand into TV Drama and Music Content
Raindog Films, the U.K. production company co-founded by actor Colin Firth and music industry veteran Ged Doherty, is to expand into TV drama, music content and documentaries after winning investment from the U.K. Creative Content Eis Fund.

The U.K. Creative Content Eis Fund is run by private equity house Calculus Capital, with film and TV finance specialists Stargrove Pictures. It was launched last year in association with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Writer-producer and researcher Trish D. Chetty is joining Raindog to help identify new writing, directing and production talent.

As part of the deal, Stargrove Pictures CEO Stephen Fuss will join the board of Raindog Films.

Stephen Fuss, CEO of Stargrove Pictures, said: “What’s exciting about this deal for us is the expansion into TV and the plans to leverage Ged’s music industry experience and Trish’s ability to seek out and tell strong factual stories.
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Colin Firth’s Raindog Films Eyes TV Move With New Hire; Receives Backing From UK’s Creative Content Eis Fund

Colin Firth’s Raindog Films Eyes TV Move With New Hire; Receives Backing From UK’s Creative Content Eis Fund
Raindog Films, the UK-based production company co-founded by Colin Firth and music industry veteran Ged Doherty, is moving into TV, hiring writer and producer Trish D Chetty.

“I have always admired the films that Raindog make, each one of their films is bold and ambitious and the diversity of their work speaks for itself. I am excited to be joining Colin and Ged at this key stage of the company’s development,” said Trish D Chetty, who will oversee the expansion into high-end series, music content and documentaries.

The company has received backing from the UK Creative Content Eis Fund, which launched last summer to raise capital to back UK indie companies. Eis, or ‘Enterprise Investment Scheme’, is a government-backed program that allows emerging companies to raise capital from investors whose financial commitment is offset by tax relief. The scheme was created to encourage the economy of startup ventures but
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Keira Knightley Says She Fell Asleep While Filming Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Keira Knightley Says She Fell Asleep While Filming Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Do you remember Keira Knightley being in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace? That’s right, the young actress played Queen Amidala’s (Natalie Portman) handmaiden as well as her decoy, Sabe. While it wasn’t technically her first role in a movie, it was certainly her biggest at the time.

When asked by Total Film magazine about her experience on the blockbuster, Knightley remembers being very uncomfortable, explaining that:

“I mean, I was 12. I literally don’t remember,” she shared. “I remember the headdress being so heavy, it gave me a headache. I really remember the headache from one of the headdresses. And I remember being in the background for such a long time that I’d actually fallen asleep. I was just sitting in a chair, and I was in the background, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I really remember that. But apart from that,
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Keira Knightley, Annabelle Wallis, Matthew Goode and Roman Griffin Davis set for Silent Night

Deadline is reporting that Official Secrets and The Imitation Game co-stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode are set to star alongside Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit) in the Christmas-themed feature Silent Night. Written and directed by Camille Griffin, the mother of Roman Griffin Davis, Silent Night is described as a […]

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Film News Roundup: Oscar Isaac Joins Superhero Movie ‘The Great Machine’

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Film News Roundup: Oscar Isaac Joins Superhero Movie ‘The Great Machine’
In today’s film news roundup, Oscar Isaac boards “The Great Machine,” Keira Knightley joins “Silent Night” and “The Dog Doc” finds a home. Castings

Legendary has closed a deal for Oscar Isaac to star in and produce superhero saga “The Great Machine.”

The project is based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series “Ex Machina” with artist Tony Harris. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel are set to adapt the story. Isaac will produce alongside his longtime manager Jason Spire. Vaughan will also produce.

Ex Machina” charts the exploits of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who after a mysterious accident gains powers making him the world’s first and only superhero. In the wake of his actions during 9/11 he is elected mayor of New York City, turning his back on life as a masked vigilante. But his political career is threatened when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt.
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Matthew Goode And Annabelle Wallis Join Keira Knightley And Roman Griffin Davis In Christmas Pic ‘Silent Night’

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Matthew Goode And Annabelle Wallis Join Keira Knightley And Roman Griffin Davis In Christmas Pic ‘Silent Night’
Exclusive: Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) and Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) are joining Keira Knightley and JoJo Rabbit star Roman Griffin Davis in the Christmas-themed movie Silent Night. Production gets underway February 17.

Elements of the project were first revealed earlier today. This is the whole story.

Marv Films’ Matthew Vaughn (Rocketman) will finance and produce the project alongside Trudie Styler (American Honey) and Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right) of Maven Pictures.

Camille Griffin will make her directorial feature film debut from her own original screenplay. Griffin, the mother of Golden Globe-nominated JoJo Rabbit breakout Griffin Davis, has written and directed five shorts before this. She started her career working in the camera department alongside cinematographers including Darius Khondji and Ben Davis.

While Silent Night’s plot details are being kept largely under wraps, the festive comedy will focus on an extended family having a Christmas dinner in a country setting.
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The 9 Most Underrated Movies of 2019

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The 9 Most Underrated Movies of 2019
Even with stiff competition from Disney — a studio that ruled multiplexes in 2019 with “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story 4,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and more — a healthy number of small and medium-budgeted movies released this year still managed to find the audiences they were supposed to.

Hustlers” and “Knives Out” both grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office, a rare occurrence for movies not based on existing IP. “Parasite,” a parable about wealth among two South Korean families from director Bong Joon Ho, earned more than $20 million as the highest-performing foreign-language film of the year. “Harriet,” the biopic about the conductor of the Underground Railroad, made $43 million. “Queen & Slim,” about a black couple’s fatal encounter with a racist cop, was another winner, with more than $40 million in ticket sales. And after sold-out showings last week, “Little Women” and “Uncut Gems” are off to a strong start.
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Oscars: Academy Announces 344 Films Eligible for 2019 Best Picture

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 344 feature films are eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards.

To be eligible for the consideration, the films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Academy rules also state that a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The ceremony takes place on Sunday, Feb. 9, airing live from Hollywood on ABC.

Abominable

Ad Astra

Adam

The Addams Family

The Aeronauts

After the Wedding

The Aftermath

Aga

Aladdin

Alita: Battle Angel

Always Be My Maybe

The Amazing Johnathan

American Factory

American Woman

Angel Has Fallen

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Anna

Annabelle Comes Home
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No whistleblower film screening here please: we’re Gchq

Producers of Official Secrets proposed a special screening near Cheltenham spy centre, only to be told it wouldn’t go down well

The producers of Official Secrets, the film that tells the story of Gchq whistleblower Katharine Gun, had to be dissuaded by Whitehall insiders from holding a special screening in Cheltenham, where the spy agency is based, the Observer has learned. Security agency sources say the film’s producer, Ged Doherty, asked them if they thought staff at the vast eavesdropping centre would welcome the chance to see the film starring Keira Knightley near where they work.

But the producer was advised this would not be a good idea. “Katharine Gun is not a popular figure at Gchq; people still think her decision was a breach of national security. I think the producers were being a bit naive.”
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Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn board ‘Operation Mincemeat’

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Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn board ‘Operation Mincemeat’
New cast joining Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald also includes Tom Wilkinson.

Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn and Tom Wilkinson are joining Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald in John Madden’s Second World War drama Operation Mincemeat.

The film, produced by See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group with Archery Pictures, has also newly cast Hattie Morahan (Official Secrets), Simon Russell Beale (Mary Queen Of Scots), Paul Ritter (Chernobyl) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).

Macfadyen has most recently garnered attention for his role in HBO’s Succession while both Wilton and Wilkinson appeared in Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
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‘Operation Mincemeat’: Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn & Tom Wilkinson Join WWII Drama

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‘Operation Mincemeat’: Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn & Tom Wilkinson Join WWII Drama
Matthew Macfadyen (Succession), Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), Johnny Flynn (Beast) and Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) are joining Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald in John Madden’s WWII drama Operation Mincemeat, which reunites Firth with The King’s Speech producer See-Saw Films.

Also joining the cast are Hattie Morahan (Official Secrets), Simon Russell Beale (Mary Queen Of Scots), Paul Ritter (Chernobyl) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock). Filming is set to start later this month in London and Spain.

Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex) has adapted the screenplay based on the best-selling Ben McIntyre book of the same name.

Set in 1943, the film follows two brilliant intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Macfadyen) who conceived a plan that was dubbed Operation Mincemeat. They would trick the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece rather than Sicily. Their plan was to get a corpse,
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Bo Report: Hot start for ‘Frozen 2’ while ‘Knives Out’ is sharp

‘Knives Out.’

Disney’s Frozen 2 dominated the cinema business last weekend without matching its stellar Us results while Studiocanal’s crime caper Knives Out proved to be effective counter-programming.

Meanwhile Rialto launched Adrian Noble’s Mrs Lowry & Son on 43 screens, ringing up $48,000 and a decent $184,000 including revenues from festivals. The English comedy stars Timothy Spall as the artist L.S. Lowry and Vanessa Redgrave as his overbearing mother.

Selina Miles’ feature documentary Martha: A Picture Story, an alternate content release which profiles intrepid American photojournalist Martha Cooper, clocked $15,000 from limited sessions plus $29,000 from festivals for Umbrella Entertainment.

The winner of the Sydney Film Festival Documentary Audience Award, the film follows Cooper as she roams around Berlin, New York and Baltimore and her adventures come to life with archival footage and tales from subjects and peers.

The Aacta Awards to be announced on Wednesday are unlikely to give any box office momentum to the victors,
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Contest: Win ‘Official Secrets’ Starring Keira Knightley on DVD (3 Winners)

Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, and Ralph Fiennes star in Official Secrets, the true story of a spy who went against her government's orders in order to stop a war.

Official Secrets is now available to Digital and DVD, and we have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers each a copy of the newly released DVD and Digital combo pack in this contest.

For a chance to win one please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

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‘Frozen II’ breaks records at UK box office as ‘Blue Story’ excels with £1.3m

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Vue and Showcase removed ‘Blue Story’ from their UK venues this weekend.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Nov 22-24)Total gross to date Week 1 Frozen II (Disney) £15.1m £15.1m 1 2 Last Christmas (Universal) £2.2m £6.7m 2 3 Blue Story (Paramount) £1.3m £1.3m 1 4 Le Mans ’66 (Disney) £1.2m £4.2m 2 5 21 Bridges (Stx) £655,000 £655,000 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.29

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Disney’s animated sequel Frozen II grossed a huge £15.1m for top spot, breaking the company’s own record for biggest opening for an animated film, set by Toy Story 4 with £13.3m earlier this year.

Frozen II scored a £22,504 location average from 671 sites, also surpassing the
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