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All3Media’s Witchery Pictures Adapting New Order Co-Founder Peter Hook’s Book ‘The Hacienda’ For TV

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Exclusive: Witchery Pictures, a drama label owned by All3Media, is developing a returning series about The Hacienda, an iconic British night club founded by New Order.

Deadline has learned that the company has acquired the rights to The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, which was written by New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook in 2009.

It is being adapted into a six-part series by Ed Whitmore, who most recently wrote Manhunt, which became ITV’s highest-rated new drama since the launch of Broadchurch in 2013 when it was watched by 9M viewers. Whitmore has also written for shows including Sky’s Strike Back and the BBC’s Silent Witness.

Hook’s book recounts The Hacienda’s rise and fall in chronological order, with a chapter dedicated to each year of the club’s existence. It was set up in 1982 in Manchester, was bankrolled by New Order, and became
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Tiff Review: ‘Greed’ is an Unsubtle Movie for Unsubtle Times

Starring Steve Coogan as a billionaire who is literally named “Rich,” Greed cannot be accused of being a subtle movie—but then, these are not subtle times. Reusing a comically raspy, manly baritone from The Trip, and kitted out with a set of absolutely blinding false chompers, Coogan is Sir Richard “Greedy” McCreadie—“King of the High Street,” per an opening exposition-via-YouTube, a flashy fast-fashion magnate obviously modeled on Sir Philip Green, the Topshop chairman notorious for asset stripping and general fat-cat arrogance. In Greed, McCreadie’s teetering empire is signified through flashbacks to Parliamentary testimony covering his shady dealings and reliance on sweatshop labor, intercut throughout the looming hubristic disaster of his 60th birthday weekend. You might groan at the symbolism of a modern-day robber baron throwing a multimillion-dollar toga party, was the concept not in fact directly lifted from Green’s 50th.

Here, the island is Mykonos,
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Steve Coogan to receive Bafta La comedy award

Steve Coogan to receive Bafta La comedy award
Entertainer currently shooting The Trip To Greece with Rob Brydon.

Steve Coogan, who stars as a fashion mogul in Michael Winterbottom’s Toronto-bound satire Greed, will receive the Bafta La Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 25

Coogan, one of the most distinguished and versatile comedians, actors, mimics and writers to emerge from the UK in the last three decades, rose to fame with his spoof talk show host Alan Partridge.

He cut his teeth as an impersonator and comic on the 1980s satirical TV series Spitting Image.
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UK box office preview: how loud can ‘The Lion King’ roar?

UK box office preview: how loud can ‘The Lion King’ roar?
Other openers include cricket doc ‘The Edge’ and ‘Tell It To The Bees’.

CGI animation The Lion King is the latest Disney remake to hit UK cinemas, and will look to challenge the highest openings of the year on its first weekend.

Its target will be the £31.4m three-day gross of Avengers: Endgame in April this year – by some distance the record opening weekend for a film in the UK.

The presence of several other blockbuster titles still in cinemas – Toy Story 4 and Aladdin from Disney, plus Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home – make this a lofty goal.

However
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Michael Winterbottom webchat – put your questions to the celebrated British film-maker

The director of BBC’s The Trip and 24 Hour Party People joins us on Thursday lunchtime for a live question and answer session

Michael Winterbottom has been making films for nearly 25 years, and in that time has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most dazzlingly varied film-makers. Winterbottom’s work has encompassed the hypernaturalist migrant travelogue In This World and the bleak Thomas Hardy adaptation Jude; the committed hostage drama A Mighty Heart and the sadistic noir thriller The Killer Inside Me. Along the way he has developed an outstanding creative relationship with Steve Coogan: together they made the Factory Records comedy 24 Hour Party People, the metatextual Tristram Shandy adaptation A Cock and Bull Story, the breezy Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love, and three series (to date) of restaurant-tour comedy The Trip.
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Michael Winterbottom webchat – put your questions to the celebrated British film-maker

The director of BBC’s The Trip and 24 Hour Party People joins us on Thursday lunchtime for a live question and answer session

Michael Winterbottom has been making films for nearly 25 years, and in that time has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most dazzlingly varied film-makers. Winterbottom’s work has encompassed the hypernaturalist migrant travelogue In This World and the bleak Thomas Hardy adaptation Jude; the committed hostage drama A Mighty Heart and the sadistic noir thriller The Killer Inside Me. Along the way he has developed an outstanding creative relationship with Steve Coogan: together they made the Factory Records comedy 24 Hour Party People, the metatextual Tristram Shandy adaptation A Cock and Bull Story, the breezy Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love, and three series (to date) of restaurant-tour comedy The Trip.
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The Creation Records Movie Was in Trouble. Danny Boyle Stepped In

In the early 2000s, the Manchester music scene — and its most scene-connected label, Factory Records — became the basis of one of pop’s most unexpectedly beguiling feature films, 24 Hour Party People. This summer, Creation Stories, a quasi-companion piece to that movie, plans to start shooting in London.

The film focuses on the life and musical discoveries of Alan McGee, the Scottish head of Creation Records — the U.K. indie label that, throughout the Eighties and Nineties, rolled out Oasis, the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub
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Sex Pistols Movie Is in the Works, Will Focus on Manager Malcolm McLaren

Sex Pistols are the latest classic band to get the biopic treatment. The success of Bohemian Rhapsody has propelled Hollywood to look elsewhere throughout music history in order to mimic that very same success. While there is only one Queen and one Freddie Mercury, music history is littered with fascinating tales and figures that could make for great storytelling on the big screen. Now, Starlight Films is looking to the iconic punk rockers for inspiration.

According to a new report, Starlight Films has been working quietly on a Sex Pistols biopic for roughly 18 months. However, this won't be a traditional biopic, as it's set to focus mainly on the band's manager, Malcolm McLaren and punk rock fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. The pair owned and operated a shop in London called Sex. The shop went on to influence fashion associated with U.K. punk rock movement in the 70s, including the Sex Pistols.
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel HBO Pilot Adds Five Series Regulars To Cast

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HBO is rounding out its ensemble cast for its Game Of Thrones prequel pilot. Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us), John Simm (Strangers), Richard McCabe (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), John Heffernan (Dracula) and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden) are set as series regulars in the drama pilot from writer Jane Goldman and author/Got co-executive producer George R.R. Martin.

Created by Goldman and Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin, the untitled prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. It chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.
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Music Executives on Screen: 10 Memorable Movie Portrayals

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In the Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame portrays A&R exec Tom Zutaut, the man who signed Motley Crue to Elektra and Guns N’ Roses to Geffen, while veteran character actor David Costabile is manager Doc McGhee. They follow in a long and illustrious line of label executives portrayed on screen, ranging from critical and box-office hits like “Ray” and “La Bamba” to lesser-seen music pics like “Cbgb” and “The Runaways.” Here’s our list of 10 of the most memorable:

1. Steven Coogan as Tony Wilson (“24 Hour Party People”). Coogan’s brilliant portrayal of the Manchester icon and Factory Records founder in Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 film also includes great turns from Paddy Considine as Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division and New Order who passed away in 1999, and “Lord of the Rings” star Andy Serkis as Martin Hannett, the noted producer and Factory partner
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‘The Dirt’ Review: Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Memoir Pic Flaccid & Bleached Clean

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‘The Dirt’ Review: Netflix’s Mötley Crüe Memoir Pic Flaccid & Bleached Clean
Spoiler Alert: This review contains details of the movie version of The Dirt

Having taken decades to make it to the screen, you kind of knew any adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s 2001 memoir The Dirt was going to be problematic, to put it politely.

Infamy has a tiring tendency to downgrade over time to just being lame, which truly is the greatest praise one can heap on this Jeff Tremaine directed pic that debuted today on Netflix. Perhaps due from the limited requirements of his past gigs helming the often hilarious but plotless Jackass movies, Tremaine delivers set-ups in The Dirt, but no actual story besides an elongated Behind The Music.

The fact is Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, ankylosing spondylitis suffering Mick Mars and Vince Neil deserved better. On board as producers, the battle-scarred bass player, drummer, guitarist and singer have earned a movie that confessionally puts it all out there,
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Review: ‘The Wedding Guest’ is a Meandering, Frustrating Thriller

Like the protagonist of his latest film, The Wedding Guest, Michael Winterbottom is a wanderer–cinematically, that is. There are few filmmakers in modern cinema who hop between genres quite like the British helmer. Consider just a few entries from his gobsmackingly lengthy filmography: a Thomas Hardy adaptation (Jude); a war film set in 1990s Sarajevo (Welcome to Sarajevo); a second Hardy adaptation shot in snowy Canada (The Claim); a future-set love story (Code 46); a sexually-explicit anthology centered around songs from the likes of Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand (9 Songs); a documentary based on the work of Naomi Klein and another featuring Russell Brand (The Shock Doctrine and The Emperor’s New Clothes); and a tremendously violent and unsettling Jim Thompson adaptation (The Killer Inside Me).

That list does not even include his greatest works–24 Hour Party People, A Mighty Heart, The Trip, and its follow-ups. The Wedding Guest is,
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First look at Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's 'Greed'; production wraps

Sony Pictures International Productions and Film4 team on the feature.

Sony Pictures International Productions (Spip) and Film4 have wrapped production on Greed, a satire from Michael Winterbottom starring Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher and David Mitchell.

First images of Coogan in the film have been released. Set in the celebrity-heavy world of luxury fashion, the film follows the build-up to the 60th birthday party of a retail billionaire on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Newly announced cast members include Sophie Cookson, Shirley Henderson, Asa Butterfield, Sarah Solemani, Shanina Shaik, Dinita Gohil, Asim Chaudhry, Pearl Mackie, Jonny Sweet, Ollie Locke and Stephen Fry.
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Trailer for Sometimes Always Never starring Bill Nighy and Sam Riley

Ahead of its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, a trailer, poster and images have arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama Sometimes Always Never which is directed by Carl Hunter and stars Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny, and Alice Lowe.

Sharp of suit and vocabulary, Bill Nighy plays deadpan Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor Alan, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. Years later, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) continue the search while trying to repair their own strained relationship. Sometimes Always Never (which describes the way to button up a gentleman’s suit jacket) comes from a witty and astute script by acclaimed screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (24 Hour Party People), debut feature director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the
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‘The Wedding Guest’: Dev Patel Stars In Michael Winterbottom’s Patchy Drama [Tiff Review]

Director Michael Winterbottom (“24 Hour Party People,” “A Mighty Heart“) has had a career filled with ups and downs. His knack for jumping into different genres and has always been commendable, but it makes for a rather patchy filmography. Nevertheless, the 56-year-old filmmaker never cashes it in, always pushing himself with something new and, at times, interesting. Even when he fails, he does so admirably.

Continue reading ‘The Wedding Guest’: Dev Patel Stars In Michael Winterbottom’s Patchy Drama [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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Robby Muller, ‘Paris, Texas’ Cinematographer, Dies at 78

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Robby Muller, ‘Paris, Texas’ Cinematographer, Dies at 78
Robby Muller, the Dutch cinematographer who worked with director Jim Jarmusch, Lars Von Trier, and Wim Wenders on films like “Repo Man,” “Paris, Texas,” and “Breaking The Waves” has died at the age of 78.

The news was first confirmed by Dutch publication Het Parool.

Muller, who had been suffering from vascular dementia, hadn’t shot a movie since Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 “24 Hour Party People,” which chronicled the rise and fall of Factory Records and the Manchester music scene of the late-1970s and 1980s.

Also Read: 'Paterson' Review: Jim Jarmusch, Adam Driver Deliver Ode to Small Pleasures

“Next to camera, light was his most important instrument,” his family said in a statement. “He loved natural light and could wait endlessly for the right light conditions.”

Additionally, Muller shot “Down by Law,” “Dead Man,” “Mystery Train,” and “Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai” for Jarmusch. “Without him I don’t
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Robby Müller Dies: Cinematographer Of Classics From Wenders, Jarmusch, Von Trier Was 78

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Robby Müller Dies: Cinematographer Of Classics From Wenders, Jarmusch, Von Trier Was 78
Dutch cinematographer Robby Muller, whose credits spanned such films as Repo Man; Paris, Texas; Breaking The Waves; and To Live And Die In La, has passed away. His family told local media in Amsterdam that he died on Tuesday after a long illness. He was 78.

Müller was known as the “Master of Light” and drew comparisons to another famous Dutchman, “Girl With A Pearl Earring” painter Johannes Vermeer. Trained at the Netherlands Film Academy, Müller began his feature career with Wim Wenders’ German title Summer In The City in 1970. That kicked off a long collaboration with Wenders which went on to include The Scarlet Letter, Alice In The Cities, Kings Of The Road, The American Friend, Until The End Of The World and Paris, Texas.

Müller was also a frequent Dp for Jim Jarmusch with whom he made Down By Law, Mystery Train, Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai
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Robby Muller, Renowned Cinematographer for Wenders, Von Trier, Jarmusch, Dies at 78

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Robby Muller, Renowned Cinematographer for Wenders, Von Trier, Jarmusch, Dies at 78
Robby Muller, the Dutch director of photography of such striking ’80s and ’90s films as “Dancer in the Dark,” “Down by Law,” “Repo Man” and “Paris, Texas,” died July 4 in Amsterdam. He was 78 and according to Dutch publication Het Parool had been suffering from vascular dementia for several years.

Muller was known for his collaboration with filmmakers including Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier, Alex Cox and Barbet Schroeder, who created some of the most notable auteur films of the 1980s and 1990s.

As a European, he brought a memorable approach to portraying Los Angeles on film in William Friedkin’s “To Live and Die in L.A.,” Schroeder’s “Barfly” and Cox’s “Repo Man.”

The last feature-length film he shot was Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 “24 Hour Party People,” which vividly captured the Manchester music scene of the 1980s. That same year, he collaborated with director Steve McQueen on an art installation,
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‘Leto’ Review: Putin’s Least Favorite Filmmaker Delivers a Spirited Requiem for the Leningrad Rock Scene — Cannes 2018

‘Leto’ Review: Putin’s Least Favorite Filmmaker Delivers a Spirited Requiem for the Leningrad Rock Scene — Cannes 2018
On a long enough timeline, every rock scene of the 20th century will get the requiem it deserves. Manchester got “24 Hour Party People,” the American Midwest got “Almost Famous,” and now the Leningrad underground gets Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Leto,” which is as much an impressionist portrait of the Soviet Union on the brink of Perestroika as it is an elegiac tribute to the singing revolutionaries who helped pave the way. The film is all too happy to fudge some of the details and get a bit cute with the classics (often taking a sledgehammer directly to the fourth wall), but its freewheeling spirit results in an ecstatic look back at a brief window of time between oppressions. It’s a shambling, transportive, and semi-tragic story about a fleeting past where anything seemed possible.

Serebrennikov — whose 2016 breakthrough “The Student” was also obliquely critical of Russia’s current regime — doesn’t
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Revolution Films Co-Founder Andrew Eaton Sets Up TV Packaging Firm With Justin Thomson & Rainmark Films

Here’s an interesting new company in the TV packaging space… Revolution Films founder Andrew Eaton, who produced Netflix’s The Crown, has partnered with The Fall exec producer Justin Thomson and Tracey Scoffield and David Tanner from Rainmark Films to launch DoveTale Media.

The company was established at the start of the year to help package high-profile TV projects and provide executive producer services to third party producers and broadcasters.

It has already scored its first project – a miniseries called Faceless from Spiral writer Virginie Brac and Oliver Butcher, the writer behind Chadwick Boseman’s Message From The King. Thomson has joined forces with Léonis’ Jean-Benoît Gillig and Gub Neal, his former colleague at Endemol Shine-owned Artists Studio, to develop it as an eight-part thriller, a French-British co-pro that will be set in the corridors of power on both sides of the Channel, involving murder, betrayal, blackmail, high
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