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The Special Relationship – Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2010

The Special Relationship is an American/British political film directed by Richard Loncraine from a screenplay by Peter Morgan. It stars Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Dennis Quaid and Bill Clinton.

It’s the third film in Morgan’s informal Blair trilogy, which dramatizes the political career of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair (1997-2007), following The Deal (2003) and The Queen (2006), both directed by Stephen Frears.

The first drafts of The Special Relationship dealt with Blair’s working relationships with Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and George W. Bush (2001-2009). But Morgan excised the Bush scenes from subsequent drafts because he found the Blair/Clinton dynamic more interesting. He intended to make his directorial debut with the film but backed out a month before filming began and was replaced by Loncraine. The film is produced by Rainmark Films and backed by HBO Films and BBC Films.

The film also stars Hope Davis as Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair. Principal photography on locations in and around London, England ran from July 20 to September 4, 2009. The film will be broadcast on HBO in the United States on May 29, 2010. Optimum Releasing will distribute it in cinemas in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2010.
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Gemma Arterton in denim hot pants as Tamara Drewe

Posted by LiveFor on April 24, 2010

Tamara Drewe is a weekly comic strip serial by Posy Simmonds published in The Guardian’s Review section. The strip is based upon a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy’s nineteenth century novel Far from the Madding Crowd.

It has been turned into a film featuring the lovely Gemma Arterton as Tamara and above is our first look at her.

It is directed by directed by Stephen Frears and also stars Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp, and Tamsin Greig.

Tamara Drewe: Graphic Novel – Amazon.co.uk

Source: Teaser Trailer

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Sin Nombre director to do Jane Eyre

Posted by LiveFor on October 21, 2009

caryThis is a bit of a surprise. Cary Fukunaga (Sin nombre) is in advanced negotiations to direct a feature adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre for Ruby Films according to Variety.

Moira Buffini has written the script. Buffini is fast becoming one of the U.K.’s hottest scribes thanks to her adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel “Tamara Drewe” for director Stephen Frears and her own upcoming vampire project “Byzantium,” based on her stage play, “A Vampire Story.”

This new version will play up the gothic elements of the classic 19th century story about a governess who falls in love with her surly employer who has a dark secret.

The book is one of the most iconic in English literature and has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations. The BBC turned the book into a miniseries that won three Emmys in 2007, while the most recent feature, made in 1996, was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist).

Ellen Page was previously attached to star as Jane but left the project some time ago.

The helmer has been much in demand following his best director prize at this year’s Sundance for feature debut “Sin nombre,” a gritty gang drama set in Latin America.

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Chéri – International Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2009

Set in 1920s Paris, Cheri tells the story of the end of a six-year affair between an aging retired courtesan, Léa, and a pampered young man, Chéri. Turning stereotypes upside-down, it is Chéri who wears silk pajamas and Léa’s pearls, and who is the object of gaze.

Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Colette (Book)
Studio: Miramax Films
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend

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