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Ealing Mob Colourful Remakes Monsieur - Ne Pas Problem


Passport To Pimlico 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.


Duncraig Castle Dobsons go to Hollywood


Duncraig Castle, near Plockton, in the Scottish Highlands as a WW2 hospitalThe 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.


Focus Features Deals with Random House


Co-partnering from print to screenIn 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 Announced Monday, Focus plans to turn a third as-of-yet unpublished novel, The Husband, into a movie as well.