EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a peek at a racy clip for The Look Of Love, the Michael Winterbottom-directed Sundance film that has its premiere tomorrow. I’m not convinced this one is going to get a PG-13.
Michael Winterbottom’s King Of Soho has found its queens in a trio of British actresses who’ve boarded the comedy drama about legendary porn publisher and club impresario Paul Raymond. Steve Coogan stars as Raymond, a modern King Midas who became one of Britan’s wealthiest men by building an empire of gentleman’s clubs, adult magazines and nude theaters. Known as the “King of Soho,” Raymond, natch, led a colorful personal life, too. Anna Friel (Limitless) will play his first wife, Tamsin Egerton (Chalet Girl) his glamour model girlfriend and Imogen Poots (Filth, Fright Night) will star as his beloved daughter. Coogan, a huge comedy star in the UK, is best known to US audiences for Winterbottom’s recent road movie The Trip as well as for roles in Tropic Thunder and the Night At The Museum movies. He also previously teamed with Winterbottom on 24 Hour Party People and Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story. King Of Soho was written by Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy, Control). Film4 developed and Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films is set to back a movie about cult British rock band Stone Roses, whose reunion concerts announced last week sold out within minutes. The band’s self-titled debut has been voted the best British album of all time. Spike Island, a drama about the band’s May 1990 outdoor concert — which has been compared to the Woodstock of the ecstacy pill-dropping generation — starts shooting in March 2012. Elliott Tittensor (Shameless) and Matthew McNulty (Misfits) will co-star. Mat Whitecross, director of the Ian Dury biopic Sex&drugs&rock&roll, is the director, and the producers are Fiona Neilson and Esher Douglas of Fiesta Productions. State financier BFI Film Fund is already on board, as is Revolver Entertainment, which has taken UK rights. Bankside Films is co-financing and selling the project internationally. The band has given permission to use their music for the movie. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: IFC’s Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Trishna, the Michael Winterbottom-directed drama that stars Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed. It has been a busy 24 hours for Jonathan Sehring and Arianna Bocco, who add this deal to yesterday’s IFC acquisitions of the Lynn Shelton-directed Toronto title Your Sister’s Sister and the gory Midnight Madness title The Incident, as well as the Abel Ferrara-directed Last Day on Earth. Read More »
Ealing Metro International and The King’s Speech financier Prescience will finance and sell worldwide rights on Bailout, a Michael Winterbottom-directed comedy that will star Jack Black. The film is based on the Jess Walter novel The Financial Lives of The … Read More »
The Slumdog Millionaire actress starts shooting an Indian version of the classic Thomas Hardy tragic novel on location in Rajasthan and Mumbai on February 28th. Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) will co-star as the son of a wealthy property developer who … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: IFC is wrapping up U.S. distribution on The Trip, the Michael Winterbottom road comedy that stars comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they tour eateries in Northern England. Winterbottom turned the humorous results into a 6-part BBC miniseries, … Read More »