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Review: ‘The Bookshop’ Brings Complexity to a Story of Nostalgia

Looks are deceiving with Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, an adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel from 1978. What appears to be a run-of-the-mill drama that will surely fall into the usual clichés of perseverance and eventual victory about a woman standing up to a small town of bullies that sees her as an outsider is actually much more complex. Rather than be about an ever-increasing contingent of allies coming out of the woodwork to rally around her as she sticks it to the haughty aristocrats up on the hill, this story focuses upon the unfortunate reality that money and power will almost always prevail. Instead of fantasizing about an old-fashioned conservative community’s wholesale ideological change, Fitzgerald and Coixet reveal how success happens one person at a time.

It’s the type of message that simultaneously inspires and frustrates in today’s climate of bullish partisans refusing to
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Official Us Trailer for Drama 'The Bookshop' Starring Emily Mortimer

"You make me believe once more in things I thought forgotten..." Greenwich Entertainment has released an official Us trailer for this lovely book-lovers film The Bookshop, the latest feature from Catalan filmmaker Isabel Coixet. This had a major premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, but it was rather poorly received, and hasn't been highly regarded by many critics unfortunately. The Bookshop stars Emily Mortimer as an independent woman living in England in 1959 who fights to keep a bookshop open and running in a small town that doesn't really seem to need one. The full supporting cast includes Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance, and Reg Wilson. It's described as "an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community." This will probably connect most with die-hard book lovers. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for
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Movie Review – The Bookshop (2017)

The Bookshop, 2017.

Directed by Isabel Coixet.

Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey, and James Lance.

Synopsis:

Florence Green decides to open a bookshop in the small coastal town of Hardborough. But she finds herself up against powerful opposition in wealthy Mrs Gamert, who has her own ideas on how the shop should be used. And will stop at nothing to get her own way.

Hands up who’s had that feeling of being an outsider, not fitting in with the group or crowd who seem to make things happen. At the very least, it’s awkward, but it’s often more unpleasant and painful than that. It’s exactly what happens to the widowed Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) in the small English seaside town of Hardborough in 1959, when she decides to set up her own business, a bookshop. And swiftly finds herself confronted by small town attitudes,
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Review: Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2017)

Right, let’s get this out the way first: I’m not much of an Agatha Christie fan. Never have been, never will be. The slight disappointment of last year’s much-hyped Murder on the Orient Express seemed to prove that I’ve been justified about at least one thing in my life.

It’s fair to say then, that I wasn’t expecting a great deal when I sat down for Crooked House. Which is perhaps just as well because, valiant attempt though it is, this is a film that probably only diehards would truly appreciate.

That’s not to say this crime drama is without its good points; far from it. Let’s start with the cast, because it really is sent from the gods. Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Gillian Anderson? All that’s needed is Robert DeNiro to make the unlikeliest of appearances and we’d have
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Movie Review – Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2017)

Crooked House, 2017.

Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

Starring Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Honor Kneafsey, Christian McKay, and Amanda Abbington.

Synopsis:

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

We all know Agatha Christie.

Her work is, of course, iconic. Christie’s books have sold over 2 billion copies in 44 languages; film adaptations stretch back as early as 1928. It’s difficult to argue she’s anything short of one of the defining authors of detective fiction.

What’s notable about Crooked House amongst Christie’s oeuvre, however, is that the story has never been adapted for the screen – until now.

This means that all the hallmarks and idiosyncrasies that define Christie’s work, the ones that we’ve become so familiar with, here feel slightly different.
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Emily Mortimer stars in first trailer for The Bookshop

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Vertigo Releasing have released the first trailer for The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy.

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name; ‘The Bookshop’ is set in 1959, Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov’s scandalizing “Lolita” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries.

Directed and co-written by Isabel Coixet, the film stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson and Honor Kneafsey.

The Bookshop Official Synopsis

Set
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A Christmas Prince Is Basically a Compilation of Your Favorite Princess Movies

A Christmas Prince Is Basically a Compilation of Your Favorite Princess Movies
Everyone can't stop talking about A Christmas Prince. The Netflix movie, starring Rose McIver and Ben Lamb, is getting a lot of attention right now. The film follows journalist Amber Moore (McIver) who arrives in Aldovia to report on a press conference about Prince Richard (Lamb). However after a series of events, Amber ends up pretending to be the tutor for the prince's sister Emily (Honor Kneafsey) to get the inside scoop on the royal family. But as we're looking closer at this movie, we're finding a lot of similarities between A Christmas Prince and some of your other favorite princess movies. Let us show you some of the major references. 1. The Princess Diaries: When Amber has...
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Film Review: Crooked House (2017): A Twisted Tale With Numerous Elements to Enjoy

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Crooked House Review Crooked House (2017) Film Review, a movie directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and starring Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Terrence Stamp, Christina Hendricks, Stefani Martini, Max irons and Honor Kneafsey. Crooked House is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name and said to be one of her favorites. Set in 1950’s England [...]

Continue reading: Film Review: Crooked House (2017): A Twisted Tale With Numerous Elements to Enjoy
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Trailer for Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House

Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming mystery drama Crooked House. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the film is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 detective novel and stars Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Amanda Abbington, Christian McKay, and Honor Kneafsey; watch it below after the official synopsis…

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith
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Sherlock: 38 nerdy spots in The Final Problem

Louisa Mellor Jan 17, 2017

We’ve scoured Sherlock’s The Final Problem for tiny details and references to other stories, and here’s what we found…

Warning: contains spoilers.

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With the help of the pause button and a pot of strong coffee, we’ve picked through Sherlock’s series four finale The Final Problem to seek out the nerdy references and painstakingly added background details. (You can find the same for the previous episodes here and here.)

Here goes…

1. Starting with the obvious, The Final Problem is of course the title of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story in which Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty appear to tumble to their deaths in the Reichenbach Falls. Andrew Scott’s Moriarty references the title several times in series two finale The Reichenbach Fall.
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Crooked House

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12 year old Honor Kneafsey stars in the leading role of Josephine in a new feature film adaptation of Agatha Christie crime novel Crooked House, which has just started filming in London.

Honor (represented by A&J Management) has just filmed on Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop and is known to TV audiences for her roles in Our Zoo and Benidorm.

She will star alongside Max Irons, as private detective Charles Hayward who is invited to solve the gruesome murder of wealthy and ruthless tycoon Aristide Leonides, poisoned in his own bed. Nobody is above suspicion, including Sophia (played by Stefanie Martini, who has just filmed the role of Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect prequel Tennison) Hayward's client and former lover.

The cast also includes Terence Stamp as a chief inspector and Christina Hendricks, Glenn Close, and Gillian Anderson as members of the dead man’s household.

Gilles Paquet-Brenner will direct
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Agatha Christie thriller 'Crooked House' underway

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Agatha Christie thriller 'Crooked House' underway
Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson and Terence Stamp star in Julian Fellowes adaptation.

Principal photography has commenced in the UK on Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House from director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) and Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes.

The film will be produced by Joe Abrams at Brilliant Films, James Spring at Fred Films, and Sally Wood.

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, private detective Charles Hayward is invited to solve a gruesome crime where nobody is above suspicion, including Sophia, his client and former lover.

The feature will star Max Irons (Woman in Gold) as Charles Hayward, Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne) as Sophia de Haviland, Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) as Lady Edith, Honor Kneafsey (Miss You Already) as Josephine, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Brenda, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Magda and Terence Stamp (Big Eyes) as Chief Inspector Taverner.

The film is fully financed by Hindsight/Prescience. Metro
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Julian Fellowes’ Agatha Christie thriller 'Crooked House' underway

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Julian Fellowes’ Agatha Christie thriller 'Crooked House' underway
Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson and Terence Stamp star.

Principal photography has commenced in the UK on Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House from director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) and Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes.

The film will be produced by Joe Abrams at Brilliant Films, James Spring at Fred Films, and Sally Wood.

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, private detective Charles Hayward is invited to solve a gruesome crime where nobody is above suspicion, including Sophia, his client and former lover.

The feature will star Max Irons (Woman in Gold) as Charles Hayward, Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne) as Sophia de Haviland, Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) as Lady Edith, Honor Kneafsey (Miss You Already) as Josephine, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Brenda, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Magda and Terence Stamp (Big Eyes) as Chief Inspector Taverner.

The film is fully financed by Hindsight/Prescience. Metro International
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Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson Join Max Irons & Glenn Close For Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson Join Max Irons & Glenn Close For Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’
Exclusive: Agatha Christie is finally headed back to the big screen. Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Stefanie Martini, Terence Stamp and Honor Kneafsey are joining Max Irons and Glenn Close to star in an upcoming adaptation of Christie's whodunit Crooked House, which has started shooting in and around London. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) will direct the ensemble cast from a script written by Downton Abbey and Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes, Tim Rose
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The Bookshop casting news

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Filming has started in Belfast on The Bookshop, an adaptation of the Penelope Fitzgerald novel by writer/director Isabel Coixet, about a woman, Florence Green, played by Emily Mortimer,  who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition in a small town in 1959 England, to open a bookshop. A decision which becomes a political minefield.

Honor Kneafsey stars as Christine, Florence's 10 year old bookshop assistant. Honor (represented by A&J Management), starred in the BBC drama Our Zoo, and went on the join the cast of Benidorm.

A casting call was posted on Screenterrier to find the other young star of the film, a red-headed boy. 10 year old newcomer Harvey Bennett (represented by Purple Giraffe Casting) landed the part, in his first screen role.

The film stars Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, with Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy. Charlotte Vega plays Kattie with James Lance as Milo North.

The Bookshop is
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Butterfly Kisses

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17 year old Theo Stevenson (represented by Independent Talent) leads the cast of Butterfly Kisses which has just started shooting in London. Theo rose to fame in the title role of Horrid Henry - The Movie and was more recently seen in the acclaimed Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans.

He is joined by Byron Lyons (represented by Iag) from London in his first screen role, and fellow newcomer 16 year old Liam Whiting from Buckinghamshire (represented by Jpa Associates).

Developed as part of Film London's Microwave feature development programme, the film tells the story of three teenage friends growing up on a housing estate in London. The shoot will take place in the Clapham Common area in London.

Following a day in the life of Jake and his two best friends, we enter a teenage world revolving around sex and porn. Each friend has their own demons, but Jake has a dark secret.
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Julie Graham joins Benidorm as head of new Dawson family

Julie Graham has joined the cast of ITV's Benidorm as the head of a new family.

The Doc Martin actress will play Sheron, who along with husband Eddie (Phoenix Nights' Steve Edge) leads the Dawsons clan.

Former Emmerdale actor Bobby Knutt will also star as Grandad, while Josh Bolt and Honor Kneafsey will star as children Rob and Jodie.

The family will arrive at the Solana Resort in the forthcoming eighth series of the show.

The comedy will film seven new episodes in Spain for the new run later this year.

Dame Joan Collins reprised her role as Solana Group boss Crystal Hennessy-Vass in the seventh series.

Benidorm will return in 2016.
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Abducted gets UK, international deals

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Abducted gets UK, international deals
Exclusive: UK thriller gets international sales and UK distribution deals.

International sales outfit Arsenal Pictures has picked up UK trafficking thriller Abducted.

Director-producer Mark Harris, an executive producer on Anuvahood and Outside Bet, stars in Abducted alongside Honor Kneafsey and Anna Nightingale. The script comes from Davie Fairbanks and Marc Small.

The production recently struck a deal for the film with UK home entertainment group 4Digital Media. Coffee and Cigarettes negotiated the international and UK deals on behalf of Harris.

The film follows a man’s quest to find his young daughter who has been abducted by an underground crime ring.

Harris’ Roar Entertainment is now gearing up for heist thriller Bullet which is set to shoot in London and Europe in early 2014.
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Abducted gets UK, international deals

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Abducted gets UK, international deals
Exclusive: UK thriller gets international sales and UK distribution deals.

International sales outfit Arsenal Pictures has picked up UK trafficking thriller Abducted.

Director-producer Mark Harris, an executive producer on Anuvahood and Outside Bet, stars in Abducted alongside Honor Kneafsey and Anna Nightingale. The script comes from Davie Fairbanks and Marc Small.

The production recently struck a deal for the film with UK home entertainment group 4Digital Media. Coffee and Cigarettes negotiated the international and UK deals on behalf of Harris.

The film follows a man’s quest to find his young daughter who has been abducted by an underground crime ring.

Harris’ Roar Entertainment is now gearing up for heist thriller Bullet which is set to shoot in London and Europe in early 2014.
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Interview With Mark Harris: Star Of Brit Film ‘The Broken’

A few days ago I was able to get a sneak peak at The Broken, a new British film starring Mark Harris (Whose credits include Outside Bet, and Offender). The film is so new in fact that in order to get a glimpse at what is coming I had to visit the edit suite where they were still piecing together the cut.

Check out the interview below where Mark talks about his character, the challenges of making the film and some of the challenges of life and the acting business.

The film sees Mark play Matt Hollis, a father and husband who is struggling to keep his family together having spent some time in prison and faced other challenges in life. A family holiday to the United States seemed the perfect thing to get back on the right track, but shortly after arriving in the Us of A everything turns

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