Global Showbiz Briefs: Arrow Takes UK On ‘God’s Pocket’; Channel 4 Warms To ‘Fargo’; Noah Taylor, Charlotte Riley Join ‘Peaky Blinders’; Amy Poehler At Mip; More

gods pocketArrow Films has acquired UK rights to God’s Pocket starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sold by Electric Entertainment, the film is the feature directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery. Electric acquired it at Sundance. IFC has U.S. distribution and Arrow will release later this year in Britain. Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Caleb Landry Jones also star in the film written by Slattery and Alex Metcalf. Based on the Pete Dexter novel, the movie follows a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Arrow’s recent titles include Love Is All You Need, The Hunt and A Hijacking. Read More »

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Tom Hardy Joins Season Two Of BBC Crime Saga ‘Peaky Blinders’

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 8:04am PST

tom hardyTom Hardy is headed to the BBC. The actor has signed on for Season 2 of gangster drama Peaky Blinders. The period series is set in Birmingham, England where the Shelby family lead the … Read More »

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Caryn Mandabach Productions Appoints Michael Besman To Head L.A. Office

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 3:15am PST

caryn mandabachProducer Michael Besman is coming aboard Caryn Mandabach Productions, the company behind Nurse Jackie, to run its West Coast shop. The film exec segues into television with the move and has a mandate to develop and produce premimum content for … Read More »

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BBC Crime Saga ‘Peaky Blinders’ Acquired By Weinstein Company

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 9:24am PST
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The Weinstein Company has acquired US TV and VOD from the Endemol British drama series Peaky Blinders. The deal covers the first three seasons with an option for others. The Steven Knight-created drama stars Cillian Murphy and Sam … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Matthew Lewis Joins ‘Bluestone 42′ Cast; ‘Next Top Model’ Done On Sky Living; More

Matthew Lewis Joins ‘Bluestone 42′; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed
Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies, has joined the cast of Bluestone 42, the BBC Three comedy/drama about a fictional bomb-disposal detachment in Afghanistan. Lewis will play an ammunition technician from Leeds with a penchant for danger. The second season of Bluestone 42 starts filming later this month and returns to BBC Three with a Christmas special, followed by a six-part series in early 2014. In other BBC News, BBC One has ordered a second season of Atlantis, the fantasy adventure series that has been the biggest new Saturday night drama series launch across all channels since 2006. The 13-part series is co-produced by BBC America and is set in the mythical city of Atlantis where it re-imagines Greek myths and legends for a new generation. It was created by Merlin writer Howard Overman. Also, BBC Two has recommissioned Cillian Murphy starrer Peaky Blinders. The period gangster drama hails from Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. It has had an average 2.4M viewers across Season 1 and will return in 2014 with six new episodes. Peaky Blinders is created by Steven Knight and also stars Sam Neill and Helen McCrory.

‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’ Off The Sky Living Runway
The CW last week officially said it had ordered a 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. But the British version of the competition series will not be returning to Sky Living in the UK. Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model concluded its ninth cycle earlier this year. Sky said today: “After nearly a decade on air, BINTM won’t be returning to Sky Living next year. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the talent who have been involved in the series, with particular thanks to Thumbs Up Productions, exec producer and host Elle Macpherson and this final season’s judges Dannii Minogue and Tyson Beckford.” Sky Living is not without a model competition show, however. It’s airing the British version of The Face, co-produced by Princess Productions and Shine TV. Read More »

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Annabelle Wallis Joins Cillian Murphy In BBC Two Drama ‘Peaky Blinders’

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 2:16pm PDT

Annabelle WallisEXCLUSIVE: British actress Annabelle Wallis is headed home to UK television to star opposite Cillian Murphy in the six-part BBC Two drama series Peaky Blinders. Created by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight, an Oscar-nominee … Read More »

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Cillian Murphy To Lead BBC Two Gangster Family Saga ‘Peaky Blinders’

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 11:20pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Cillian Murphy has been set to star as Tommy, the most ruthless brother in a family of gangsters in the six-part BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders. Created by Steven Knight, who wrote David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and was … Read More »

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