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‘Saint Maud’, ‘David Copperfield’ among UK Casting Directors’ Guild nominations

TV nominations include ‘Normal People’ and ‘Ted Lasso’.Rose Glass’s psychological horror Saint Maud and Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield are among the nominations for the UK Casting Directors’ Guild awards.The third edition of the CDG Casting Awards will take place online on February 21 and encompass film, TV, theatre and commercials.In the […]

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David Earl Begins Filming Film4 and BFI Comedy ‘Brian & Charles’ (Exclusive)

Filming has begun in North Wales locations on Film4 and British Film Institute-backed feature film “Brian & Charles,” cowritten by and starring David Earl (“After Life”).The project began life as an acclaimed 2017 short of the same name directed by Jim Archer (“The Young Offenders”). Archer makes his feature directorial debut with “Brian & Charles.” […]

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Armando Iannucci, Francis Annan to receive Black Nights’ first Dda Spotlight Awards

New award to recognise diversity and inclusion in cinema.Filmmakers Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan are to be the first recipients of the Dda Spotlight Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.The new honour has been established to recognise diversity in inclusion in cinema. UK writer-director Iannucci will be honoured for his latest […]

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‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Tops Multiple VOD Charts as Chadwick Boseman Films Soar

The Premium VOD debut of United Artists’ “Bill & Ted Face the Music” topped charts from the moment it debuted August 28. As a mid-budget title that’s thriving at $19.99, it could be as important as “Tenet” in determining the shape of movie distribution. “Bill & Ted” didn’t see much theatrical play, but given its […]

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Lionsgate’s ‘Saw’ Reboot, Janelle Monae’s ‘Antebellum,’ Pulled From Theatrical Release

Lionsgate has joined the parade of releases pulled from theatrical release due to the coronavirus pandemic, pulling the Chris Rock-Samuel L. Jackson “Saw” reboot, Janelle Monae’s “Antebellum” and Sarah Paulson’s “Run.”Lionsgate made the moves on Tuesday, in the wake of Disney-Marvel pulling its Scarlett Johansson superhero adventure “Black Widow,” from its May 1 slot, The […]

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‘Black Widow’ Release Pulled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Disney’s “Black Widow” is the latest tentpole to shift its release date because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Marvel superhero adventure, starring Scarlett Johansson, was slated to hit theaters May 1. The studio also pulled “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” from its Searchlight banner, and “The Woman in the Window,” a 20th Century title, which […]

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Starz, Lionsgate Agree Film Streaming Output Deal for U.K.

Starz’s international streaming platform Starzplay has struck an output deal with parent company Lionsgate for split first pay streaming rights in the U.K. to Lionsgate’s recently released and upcoming feature films.Under the deal, Starzplay’s U.K. subscribers will be able to access Lionsgate first-run movies including “Knives Out,” “Bombshell,” “Angel Has Fallen” and “Rambo: Last Blood” […]

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Top Fox buyer Ray Strache departs studio after two decades (exclusive)

Veteran of more than 22 years played key role in acquiring close to 50 Searchlight titles.Ray Strache, who most recently served as executive vice-president global acquisitions and co-productions at Fox and Fox Searchlight and enjoyed a broad remit with an emphasis on international projects, has left the studio.Strache, a Fox veteran of more than 22 […]

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Review: Armando Iannucci’s Quirky Dickens Take Is His First Mixed Bag

Armando Iannucci has been the reigning king of filmed satire for years, but with “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” he trades zingy political satire for a messy assemblage of whimsical conceits. On its own terms, Iannucci’s warm-hearted adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic has good intentions to spare, from an inspired color-blind cast led […]

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Fox Searchlight Buys ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

Fox Searchlight has acquired North American rights to “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name.The deal comes in advance of the film’s Toronto International Film Festival bow on Sept. 5, as well as its BFI London Film Festival premiere on Oct. 2. The studio plans […]

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