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Jon S. Baird (‘Stan and Ollie’): Directing this Laurel and Hardy film ‘was a childhood dream come true’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jon S. Baird (‘Stan and Ollie’): Directing this Laurel and Hardy film ‘was a childhood dream come true’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I was a huge Laurel and Hardy fan since I was eight years old,” reveals director Jon S. Baird about why he was the perfect choice to helm the new film “Stan and Ollie” for Sony Pictures Classics. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “I’ve got a picture of me dressed as Stan Laurel for the school fancy dress party. So there’s proof there that I did love them. It’s been a long love affair for me and these two guys. When I read Jeff (Pope)’s script, I jumped at the chance because it was a childhood dream come true.”

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The movie is mostly set in Great Britain after the major film successes of the iconic comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy. The film opens with them in Hollywood just before Laurel (portrayed by
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‘Stan and Ollie’ Director Faced Challenge of Introducing Laurel & Hardy to Modern Audiences

  • Variety
‘Stan and Ollie’ Director Faced Challenge of Introducing Laurel & Hardy to Modern Audiences
Stan & Ollie” marks the third feature for Jon S. Baird, after the 2008 racial drama “Cass” and the 2013 “Filth,” with James McAvoy as a bipolar junkie cop. There’s nothing in those earlier films similar to “Stan & Ollie,” which opens Dec. 28 in the U.S., but he proved the perfect match for the funny, sweet film about friendship.

The Scotland-born Baird admits, “On paper, I was not the logical choice for this. But I had been a huge fan since I was a kid; I used to dress up as Stan Laurel for the school dress party. And I loved the script by Jeff Pope.

“Jeff and I thought it was important to show them at height of career, but then to concentrate on the ’50s, the time of their biggest challenges.”

The film starts with a brief prologue in 1937, when comedy team Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy were at their height,
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‘Stan & Ollie’ Director Faced Challenge of Introducing Comedy Duo to Modern Audiences

  • Variety
‘Stan & Ollie’ Director Faced Challenge of Introducing Comedy Duo to Modern Audiences
Stan & Ollie” marks the third feature for Jon S. Baird, after the 2008 racial drama “Cass” and the 2013 “Filth,” with James McAvoy as a bipolar junkie cop. There’s nothing in those earlier films similar to “Stan & Ollie,” which opens Dec. 28 in the U.S., but he proved the perfect match for the funny, sweet film about friendship.

The Scotland-born Baird admits, “On paper, I was not the logical choice for this. But I had been a huge fan since I was a kid; I used to dress up as Stan Laurel for the school dress party. And I loved the script by Jeff Pope.

“Jeff and I thought it was important to show them at height of career, but then to concentrate on the ’50s, the time of their biggest challenges.”

The film starts with a brief prologue in 1937, when comedy team Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy were at their height,
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Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly to lead Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie

  • JoBlo
Deadline has learned that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are set to play (respectively) Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a biopic about the iconic comic duo titled Stan & Ollie. Have I got your attention yet? If not, you should know that Jon Baird (Filth, Cass) will direct the film, and that the script for the planned movie comes from Philomena scribe Jeff Pope. Stan & Ollie will... Read More...
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Doctor Who 9.4 Blog: Before The Flood [Contains Spoilers]

Writer: Toby Whithouse

Director: Daniel O’Hara

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Paul Kaye, Sophie Stone

Synopsis: With the Doctor seemingly doomed to his fate to become a ghost, the crew faces a race against time to figure out how to change the future – all while a fearsome alien warlord puts his plan into motion…

Verdict:

Last week saw an unfortunate return to form for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, insofar as series 8’s lacklustre writing and phoned-in scripts rearing their ugly head. Thankfully, like the opening two-parter, Before the Flood bucks that trend – at least a little – by using its core time travel mechanic to serve up a prequel and sequel side-by-side.

Writer Toby Whithouse uses this concept wisely for the most part, though thanks to last week’s cliffhanger, Before the Flood still hinges largely on the tired trope of the Doctor’s impending demise. The show’s
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Doctor Who review: 'Before the Flood' is scary and smart

If you were busy watching England's rugby defeat last Saturday night, you missed a thrilling episode of Doctor Who, packed with moments every bit as blood-curdling as the sporting horror show. 'Under the Lake' might've suffered from a sketchily written supporting cast, but it scored with an abundance of atmosphere, great twists and some nifty sci-fi concepts.

This week, writer Toby Whithouse makes shrewd use of the two-parter format, positioning this follow-up episode as a prequel-of-sorts. But while the setting is (mostly) different, 'Before the Flood' is much of a muchness with its predecessor. It replicates many of its strengths, but also a few of its flaws.

Roughly half of the episode is set in the 1980s - a few hundred years before 'Under the Lake'. It's here that the Doctor rediscovers the spaceship left lurking in The Drum last week, and meets its oddball occupant, Prentis (Paul Kaye).

A funeral director From Space,
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Under The Lake

Toby Whithouse's Under The lake is packed with references, from a 7th Doctor story through to Star Trek. Here's what we spotted...

This article contains lots and lots of spoilers for Under The Lake.

Under The Lake may not be the Dalek-filled continuity fest of the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t set our geek senses tingling. Here’s everything we were able to spot, from the obvious references to the slightly tenuous connections, from this week’s episode...

Ghosts From The Past

Under The Lake is a perfect example of what’s commonly referred to as a ‘base under siege’ story. These were a staple of the classic series, particularly during the Patrick Troughton era, not least because they meant the ever-stretched production team could save on the set budget. The first proper base-under-siege tale was William Hartnell’s final story, The Tenth Planet,
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Watch: James McAvoy Explains Why This Vulgar Scene from 'Filth' Is His Proudest Moment on Film

Mainstream moviegoers are probably used to seeing James McAvoy as the noble, humanity-saving Professor Xavier in two X-Men movies now. Days of Future Past does give him a bit of an edge thanks to an addiction to painkillers, but it's still basically the same safe, family-friendly type of role you'd expect in a superhero movie. McAvoy has another movie out right now, though, and it's far, far, far, far, far, far less family friendly. It's called Filth, so the title alone should give you an indication of the tone, and in it he plays a dirty, drug-fueled detective who is spiraling out of control while trying to solve a murder mystery so he can land a promotion at work and get back his wife. This is a dark, dark comedy from director Jon S. Baird (Cass) adapted from a...

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Movie Review – Filth (2013)

Filth, 2013.

Directed by Jon S. Baird.

Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Brian McCardie, Emun Elliott, Gary Lewis, John Sessions, Shauna Macdonald, and Jim Broadbent.

Synopsis:

An egotistical and conniving Scottish police officer who sees the world through a drug-induced haze attempts to secure a promotion by undermining his fellow contenders.

Determined to win back his estrange wife and daughter, Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) exploits the weaknesses of his colleagues in an effort to obtain a coveted promotion of Detective Inspector within the Scottish police force; prospects are looking great, especially, when the boss hands Robertson the responsibility of solving the murder of a Japanese student while he concentrates on learning how to write a screenplay. When Robertson fails to save the life of man, the incident awakens his own guilt over his culpability in the death of his younger brother. Hallucinations encroach on reality, thereby, revealing
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James McAvoy's Raunchy Crime Comedy 'Filth' Red Band Us Trailer

Last year we got quite the raunchy tease for the crime comedy Filth starring James McAvoy since it was already released in the United Kingdom. Now the film is coming to the United States this spring, and a red band domestic trailer shows plenty more of McAvoy being dirty and despicable as a bipolar, corrupt, junkie cop. It's certainly much different than what we've seen McAvoy do before, and far removed from his turn as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past this summer. But is all the vulgarity a gimmick, or is there actually a solid flick here? You'll have to find out for yourself when the film gets released. Watch the trailer! Here's the Us red band trailer for Jon S. Baird's Filth, originally from IGN: Filth is a crime comedy written & directed by up-and-comer Jon S. Baird (Green Street Hooligans, Cass) based on the novel
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New Poster Released for Trainspotting Author Irvine Welsh's Filth Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell & Jim Broadabent

Directed by Jon S. Baird (Cass) and based on the book by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, Filth began its international release rollout on September 27th, 2013, and will go wide on November 21st. Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in Filth...
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Shooting Begins On Brit Gangland Thriller ‘Top Dog’

The UK capital of London may play perfectly to the glitz and glamour of the West End theatre shows but it’s also a great place to showcase the seedier side of the gritty crime thrillers such as The Long Good Friday and The Firm. Following in their ruthless gangland and hooligan footsteps will be Richwater FilmsTop Dog, which is adapted by Dougie Brimson from his own novel.

Green Street’s Leo Gregory leads the film alongside familiar British faces as Ricci Hartnett (Rise Of The Footsoldier) and Vincent Regan (St. George’S Day). The press release below confirms shooting is now underway and the full confirmed cast. Former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp, and star of Peter Medak’s brilliant and brutal biopic The Krays, directs!

Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnet & Vincent Regan To Star In Richwater FilmsTop Dog

Principal photography commenced on 04/11/2013

London, 4th November 2013 – Richwater Films
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Top Dog begins London shoot

  • ScreenDaily
Top Dog begins London shoot
Shooting has begun on London crime drama, with a cast including Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnet and Vincent Regan.

Principal photography has commenced on Top Dog, produced by Richwater Films, on location across London.

Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays), it is produced by Jonathan Sothcott (Vendetta, Assassin) andwritten by Dougie Brimson, based on his original novel.

The cast includes Leo Gregory (Green Street, Cass), Ricci Harnett (28 Days Later, Rise Of The Foot Soldier), Vincent Regan (Bonded By Blood, Clash Of The Titans), Danielle Brent (Ill Manors), Lorraine Stanley (London To Brighton) and George Russo.

The film centres on hooligan gang leader Billy Evans (Gregory) who gets in over his head when he joins a dangerous criminal gang.

Universal Pictures UK, part of Universal Pictures International Entertainment - the home entertainment division of NBC Universal – has picked up the rights.
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New Poster for Filth Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell & Jim Broadabent

Directed by Jon S. Baird (Cass) and based on the book by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, Filth is scheduled for release in Scotland on September 27th, 2013, followed by the rest of the UK on October 4th. Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in Filth...
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‘Filth’ Gets Serious With Latest Clip Featuring McAvoy & Poots

Earlier today we brought you the hilarious second clip from the adaptation of author Irvine Welsh’s controversial novel Filth. Cass writer/director Jon S. Baird is at the helm of the pitch black comedy featuring the excellent James McAvoy as the self destructive detective Bruce Robertson. The bigoted, junkie cop determined to continue on a downward spiral while attempting to win back his wife and kids over the course of the Christmas period.

Another clip has surfaced, this time a lot more serious in tone as McAvoy’s top cop crosses paths with his wife, played by Imogen Poots.

Filth co-stars Shirley Henderson, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston, Joanne Froggett, Pollyanna McIntosh and is released in Scottish cinemas from 27th September and the remainder of the UK 4th October. No details as yet on a Us date. You can find details on how to enter our
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Another Funny & Foul-Mouthed Clip From ‘Filth’ Starring James McAvoy

We can look forward to another twisted take on a tortured soul as Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has his controversial novel Filth brought to the big-screen by Cass writer/director Jon S. Baird. The ever-excellent James McAvoy stars as the self destructive detective Bruce Robertson. A top law-enforcement officer on a demented, downward spiral and who believes the the best way to win back his wife and family is to manipulate, snort and shag his way through the nearing festive season.

We’ve another dark and hilarious clip from the film co-starring Shirley Henderson, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston, Joanne Froggett and Pollyanna McIntosh.

Filth is expected in Scottish cinemas from 27th September and the remainder of the UK 4th October. No details as yet on a Us date.

Source: Lionsgate

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New Alternate Quad Posters for Filth with James McAvoy and Jamie Bell

  • HeyUGuys
Marking the latest adaptation of Irving Welsh’s work, Filth promises to serve up a performance from James McAvoy unlike any he’s given before.

The Jon S. Baird movie is heading into cinemas in just over a month. And after catching the latest trailer a few weeks back, two new alternate quad posters have landed online, showing off a slightly different look at McAvoy seen in the original, which features him riding a pig.

A bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive period, until he finally meets his match… himself.

Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the
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New Trailer for Filth with James McAvoy and Jamie Bell

If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that Filth is going to earn every bit of its 18 rating, and then some. And you can bet it’s going to do so brilliantly.

James McAvoy and Jamie Bell lead a stellar cast. And after seeing the first three highly red-band trailers surface in as many months, we’ve got another great new trailer to share.

A bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive period, until he finally meets his match… himself.

Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal.
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A filthy new trailer for Filth

Following on from the release of a new UK quad poster on Monday, Lionsgate has now released the second trailer for Filth, the upcoming adaptation of Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel of the same name, which stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)...

"Scheming Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him,
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Filth New Red-Band Trailer

Another Irvine Welsh adaptation has dropped yet another red band trailer and it’s even stranger than the last one. Penned and directed by Jon S. Baird (Cass), Filth starring James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Joanne Froggatt, Emun Elliott, Jim Broadbent, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie and Eddie Marsan. McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, a Scottish police officer who spends more time in pursuing his own various vices than upholding the law. He spends his time popping pills, takes womanizing to a whole new level, and is generally just insane, yet controlled. Filth opens overseas on September 27th, 2013, but there’s still no U.S. distributor or...

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