The classic Ealing comedies British cinema's heyday, like Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Lavender Hill Mob could soon be remade for a modern audience, by the French. 60 years after Sir Alec Guinness became a huge star with those films, StudioCanal, France's biggest distributor company, is wanting to revive them as universal stories. This comes hard on the news that a new Carry On comedy is going into UK production aimed at a newer, younger audience.
Woody Allen's next film, set in London, is to star Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell it was announced today. Woody Allen's last two films, Match Point, starring Sarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Scoop.
The story of the Dobsons family from the English midlands who gave up the rat race and bought a Scottish Castle to make into a dream home is to be turned into a Hollywood movie. American film giant Buena Vista is to finance a film showing their ill-fated attempt at communal living in a dilapidated stately home in the Highlands.
Award winning film production, sales and distribution company Swipe Films, known for Grand Theft Parsons starring Johnny Knoxville and Christina Applegate, is offering undergraduate and post graduate students the first Swipe Films Script Writing Scholarship.
British director Gurinder Chadha announced yesterday she will direct John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in a big-screen version of the '80s TV show, Dallas.
Woody Allen has switched locations, abandoning earlier plans to shoot his next film in Paris. He's decided instead to film in Britain, for the third time.
Five short films produced by young Uzbek directors and films by British directors will be screened this month in Uzbekistan as part of the British Council's new project FILM ON. The project aims to build long-term cultural relations with Uzbekistan and support the creative initiatives there.
In the first deal of its kind, Focus Features and publisher Random House have come to a co-ownership agreement regarding the apparent goldmine of books-into-movies. Author Deen Koontz is the latest to benefit from the deal, two other books have already been tagged to become films. Announced Monday, Focus plans to turn a third as-of-yet unpublished novel, The Husband, into a movie as well.
It may not have all the iconic landmarks of, say, New York, London or Paris, but Birmingham is now set to become a real scene stealer in the world of film and television, with some unique locations on offer and a brand new film charter to back them up.
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