Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New supernatural horror The Fades

Screenterrier reported on the shooting of the pilot for BBC 3 supernatural drama The Fades back in June last year. The series is written by 2011 RTS Award-winning writer, Jack Thorne, whose previous credits include This Is England '86, Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, and Cast Offs.

Filming on the series started last week with 24 year old Iain De Caestecker (best known for playing Adam Barlow in Coronation Street, and most recently seen in Lip Service) taking on the lead role of Paul (played by Olly Alexander in the pilot), a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist or best friend, Mac, can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul is starting to see the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. Iain is represented by Hamilton Hodell.

Screenterrier favourite and multi-award winning actor Daniel Kaluuya joins the cast playing Paul's best friend Mac.

Skins fan favourite Lily Loveless is Anna, Paul's twin sister, fierce and uncompromising, she finds being related to someone like Paul rather annoying.

And another Skins star, Joe Dempsie (soon to be seen in HBO's Game of Thrones) plays John.

The Fades are everywhere but they can't be seen, smelt, heard or touched by living beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm.
But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a day in one piece, let alone saving the world.

Writer Jack Thorne says: "The Fades was born from a trip into executive producer, Sue Hogg's office – she asked me what drama of the last ten years I wished I'd written – I said the American cable show Freaks & Geeks – I was wearing a Ghostbusters t-shirt, she said 'what about Freaks & Geeks meets Ghostbusters'. And I smiled and nodded enthusiastically. But the further we've gone along, and it's been five years since that meeting, the more seriously we've taken the fantasy and the mythology and so the comedy is subtler and a newer, fresher, hopefully more exciting show has emerged. I feel so lucky to be part of the team that's bringing it to the screen – everyone from our location manager to our FX supervisor are so committed and we have such an amazing cast – I'm quite literally in dreamland right now."


Kate Harwood, BBC Controller Drama Series & Serials, adds: "The minute I read Jack Thorne's script I realised we were in exciting new territory. This is a vision of great imagination and I am thrilled that we have such a talented cast and that we have director Farren Blackburn and a brilliant team who can bring this vision to life... or half life!"

The Fades (previously titled Touch) is a co-production with BBC America and will transmit later this year.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Eight Minutes Idle

Shooting has begun in Bristol on Eight Minutes Idle, the second film to be made under iFeatures, South West Screen's groundbreaking micro-budget filmmaking scheme. The first film being In The Dark Half (previously known as The Dark Half) starring Jessica Barden which completed shooting at the end of last year and is now in post-production.

Eight Minutes Idle is a warped urban comedy about life in a Bristol call-centre, directed by BBC New Filmmaker finalist and multi award-winning shorts director Mark Simon Hewis, based upon Matt Thorne's award-winning novel.

An exciting cast of rising British talent is also lined up for Eight Minutes Idle.

25 year old Tom Hughes (represented by Gordon & French) stars as Dan Thomas, a man who has always taken the path of least resistance - in his work life, home life and love life. But when Dan finds himself kicked out of the family home, he's faced with no option but to secretly move into the call centre where he works.

Tom, originally from Chester, recently starred as Nick Slade in BBC One's legal drama Silk. He left RADA drama school early to take up a TV role in the 2009 series Trinity on ITV2. He also played Chaz Jenkel in the BAFTA-nominated biopic of punk rocker Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

As a youngster, Hughes was a member of Chester’s Jigsaw Music Theatre Company, which he has nothing but praise for.
“Jigsaw was fantastic. I knew from the age of six that I wanted to be an actor but when I got to secondary school (Upton High), I found I was often too young to get the big parts. Jigsaw re-ignited my passion for acting. Matt Baker (the company’s artistic director) just breathes confidence into you. He deserves every amount of praise he gets.”
When Hughes left Jigsaw at 16 he had to travel to Liverpool to join the Everyman Youth Theatre as, by then, Chester Gateway Theatre, and its youth company, had folded.


And one of Screenterrier's favourite rising stars, Ophelia Lovibond plays Dan's unique and determined office colleague Teri, the one person who is possibly worse off than him. As his work/life balance spirals dangerously out of control, Dan is forced to break out of old habits and dare to do something he has never done before - to really care about someone other than himself.

Rounding off the young ensemble are Montserrat Lombard, Jack Ashton and Misfits star Antonia Thomas.

Eight Minutes Idle commenced principal photography on 21 March at a dedicated production set built at The Bottle Yard production space, and other locations across Bristol. Shooting will continue for four weeks.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The two rival Snow Whites - UPDATED!!!!

Two rival Snow White films are due to go in to production this year, with two contrasting Snow Whites.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been confirmed to play Snow White in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, with Charlize Theron expected to play the evil queen.

Snow White and the Hunstman is scheduled to shoot in London, Scotland and Germany in August 2011, and in this version the huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to kill her, chooses instead to let her go and the pair make their escape together.  Its planned release date is December 2012.


And now Saoirse Ronan is believed to be in talks to star in Tarsem Singh's upcoming adult adaptation The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.

According to Deadline, the young Irish actress is said to be 'in discussions" for a leading role in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. If cast, Ronan will join Armie Hammer, best known for playing the Winklevoss twins in last year's The Social Network, as well as Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen.

The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (aka Snow White 3D) is scheduled to shoot in Montreal, Canada in June 2011, and tells the story of Snow White banding together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarfs to reclaim what is rightly hers, after her evil stepmother kills her father and destroys the kingdom. It is scheduled for release in June 2012.



UPDATE:
22 year old Lily Collins, daughter of rock musician Phil Collins, is to be Snow White in Tarsem Singh's film. Commenting on Collins's recruitment to the project, Singh said: "I saw her eyebrows, and I said, 'You're it'. When I first saw her, I think she was trying for the part, but when I saw her I just said, 'She doesn't even have to try at all'."

Saoirse Ronan is now reported to be in talks for a role in Atonement and Hanna director Joe Wright's next film, Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

First look at The Runaway

Screenterrier reported back in March 2010 on the casting of Skins star Jack O'Connell and newcomer Joanna Vanderham in Sky1's adaptation of Martina Cole's best-seller The Runaway.

The 6-part series also stars Alan Cumming as flamboyant transvestite Desrae, Ken Stott (Messiah), and Keith Allen (Robin Hood).

Now, a year later, the drama hits our screens on Thursday 31st March at 9pm on Sky1.

East London kids Cathy Connor (Vanderham) and Eamonn Docherty (O'Connell) dream of a brighter future. But their hopes are shattered when Cathy is sent into care and then compelled to run away and forced to survive on the streets of Soho. Befriended by colourful transvestite Desrae (Cumming), Cathy grows up in the heart of London's underworld, while Eamonn is drawn into a life of crime and ultimately flees to New York. As London's red light district sinks into the sleaze of the 70s, and the IRA, police corruption and industrial strikes dominate the nation's mood, Cathy and Eamonn are drawn back together, only to discover that their past is not far behind. Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Kierston Wareing (The Take), Max Irons (Dorian Gray) and Mark Womack (Liverpool 1) also star in the six-part drama.

Jack O'Connell, 20, from Derby, is a graduate from the ITV Junior Workshop in Nottingham that also produced Samantha Morton, Misfits actress Lauren Socha, and Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne.  Scouts spotted his potential at an early age and at the age of 15 he made his TV debut with parts in Doctors and The Bill, where he played the troubled youth who raped Sgt June Ackland.

Since then he has been best known for playing James Cook in the 2nd generation of E4 teen drama Skins.  Most recently, he starred in BBC2 two-parter Dive as the boyfriend of a teenage diving Olympics hopeful who has to make life-changing decisions after she falls pregnant.
The Runaway sees Jack take his first lead role in a major series as Eamonn.

Newcomer Joanna Vanderham, 19, (now represented by Ken McReddie Associates), from a small village near Perth in Scotland, was plucked from college to play her first role in The Runaway.  Joanna, then in her second year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, was spotted by casting director Emma Style and asked to audition alongside Jack.

She was given time off college to film The Runaway but returned to finish her course and expects to graduate in June, when she plans to move to London to further her career.

And here's a sneak peek at the two youngsters playing the younger versions of Cathy and Eamonn.

D&B Management agency books now open

D&B Management is based in South East London and has been running for over 10 years. Representing a wide selection of bright, talented children and young adults from all ethnic backgrounds from all over the UK, they have become one of the leading children/young adults’ agencies in London and continue to place their clients in featured TV, film and theatre productions.  
Agent Bonnie Sullivan, has a strong view that children should attend ‘normal’ schools and works in close harmony with education authorities to ensure that their client’s education is never jeopardised by work commitments.

Many of their clients have had the most amazing opportunities from filming out in Sydney for 6 months to play the part of ‘Eddie Carlson’ in the critically acclaimed ‘Me and My Monsters’ to appearing in the Original Casts of Top West End Musicals. Their clients have also made their way on to the silver screen with parts in the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies and ‘Horrid Henry’ the exciting new 3D British Feature Film. Some have been fortunate enough to secure regular roles on the nation’s favourite television programmes including the UK’s favourite Soap Opera, Eastenders.
Jacqueline Jossa, currently appearing as Lauren Branning, says,
“It feels crazy having Max Branning or Stacey Slater shouting at me in Albert Square, but it just makes me realise how lucky I am to be working on such an iconic show.”
D&B are now looking for new children and young adults to add to their books. No experience is needed, just a burning desire to perform and work in one of the most exciting industries in the World. For further information, please visit their website at www.dandbperformingarts.co.uk

Leonardo comes to CBBC

Look out for new CBBC drama Leonardo, an exciting action-packed new 13-episode series full of mystery, adventure and an unfolding love story, which steps back in time 500 years.

Leonardo follows the teenage Leonardo da Vinci and his friends: the street-smart and razor-sharp Machiavelli; Lisa, the subject of the world's most famous painting; and Lorenzo de' Medici, son of the foremost banking dynasty in Italy. Together, these fabulous four define the modern world.

Leonardo is played by 22 year old Jonathan Bailey (represented  by Debi Allen Associates), who also starred in BBC Switch comedy Off the Hook. Machiavelli is played by Akemnji Ndifornyen (represented by Piers Nimmo), Lisa by Flora Spencer-Longhurst (represented by United Agents), Lorenzo by Colin Ryan (represented by Jessica Carney Associates) a graduate of Arts Ed.  

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of 15th-century Florence, Leonardo is far from a typical period drama. It's fast-paced with modern music and language, and a fashion sense that is more high street than high culture.
At the heart of the show is the young Leonardo da Vinci. Working as an apprentice, he's not just a free-thinking genius; he's also an unstoppable creative force who's always 10 steps ahead.

Filmed in South Africa, where an incredible set of Renaissance Florence was built, here's an exclusive behind-the-scenes peak at some of the sumptious set, with Lorenzo (Colin Ryan) tucking in!!

The 13-part series is produced by Kindle Entertainment and the first two episodes air as a double-bill on Monday 11th April at 5:15pm on the CBBC channel.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

First look at Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons

It's been a long wait, but Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons is finally shooting in Wales.

The independent horror feature film stars Jaime Winstone as a grungy wannabe detective who attempts to uncover the human flesh-eating truth about the close-knit Gammon family.

The film is directed and co-written by Ryan Andrews who told Shock Till You Drop

"After meeting Jaime I knew she could become the main focus [for] something really special and unique in British horror fantasy terms. Elfie is a finely tuned representation of my own childhood memories growing up in rural Wales. I often used to imagine myself as a vampire hunter let loose on a community of surreal country folk. Riyad and I have taken those already magnified experiences and transformed them further into a combination of British twee and American grunge – a weird mash-up of two worlds with a heightened reality comic-strip feel informed by everything between author Roald Dahl and The Lost Boys to Brit photographer Tim Walker and The Shining."

Starring alongside Jaime Winstone is Aneurin Barnard as Elfie's best friend, Kimberley Nixon as her romantic nemesis, and her father Ray Winstone as Butcher Bryn.

The Gammon family consists of husband and wife Rupert Evans and Kate Magowan with their teenage kids played by rising stars Gwyneth Keyworth and Will Payne.

"I still can't believe we're actually filming," says Jaime Winstone, watching Evans go through his mouthwateringly murderous paces off-camera. "We've been discussing these scenes for over four years now and we're finally acting them out. I keep looking at Ryan and laughing as we both pinch ourselves it's actually happening. This is exactly the sort of film I want to be in and because no one else was writing it, we did it ourselves. We never gave up, ever, even when we dallied with filming it in 3D last year. I would loved to have seen something like Elfie Hopkins when I was growing up; independent, inspiring, scary and providing the best fantasy option to believe in yourself. It's way too premature but who knows what might come next, Elfie Hopkins and the Sorcerer's Stone perhaps!"

Narnia 4 to be The Magician's Nephew


Walden Media has confirmed in an interview with The Christian Post that the fourth Narnia film will be "The Magician's Nephew," not "The Silver Chair" as originally speculated by many fans.

"We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the C.S. Lewis estate now about the Magician's Nephew being our next film," said Michael Flaherty, co-founder and president of Walden Media.

The Magician's Nephew is the sixth book in the seven-title children's book series by C.S. Lewis. The story, a prequel to the popular The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book, is about the creation of the magical land of Narnia and how evil entered into the newly formed land. The tale also follows Professor Kirke from the "Wardrobe" as a young boy (Digory) and his introduction to Narnia with his friend Polly, through a magical ring given to him by his evil Uncle Andrew, a magician.

Flaherty called The Magician's Nephew his favorite book after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
"I love the Magician's Nephew because it's a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from," he said.

The Silver Chair would have seen the return of Eustace, played by Will Poulter in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader but the Magician's Nephew prequel is set before the Pevensie children's time and will require a new young cast to play Digory and Polly.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Attack The Block poster



You've heard about casting,  seen the cast, watched the trailer, now here's the first official poster for Joe Cornish's directorial feature Attack The Block, courtesy of /Film!

Attack The Block's UK Release date is Friday 13th May 2011!!!!

New Pirates of the Caribbean trailer!

The new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer is here!

Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and new British star Sam Claflin!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Hunger Games casting moves on

With Jennifer Lawrence now confirmed to play Katniss in the up-coming feature adaptation of Suzanne Collins' acclaimed teen novel series The Hunger Games, casting is underway for the role of her little sister Prim.

20-year-old Jennifer was Oscar nominated for her role in "Winter's Bone", where she played a hard-bitten 17 year old girl searching for her father and defending her family. She will next be seen in the X-Men: First Class playing Raven Darkholme/Mystique.

"Jennifer's just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave," Collins said of the casting in an official statement. "I never thought we’d find somebody this perfect for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it."

"I’m so excited work with Jen and see her bring this character to life," added director Gary Ross. "Katniss requires a young actress with strength, depth, complexity, tenderness, and power. There are very few people alive who can bring that to a role. Jen brings it in spades. She’s going to be an amazing Katniss."

The directors are now on the look-out for Prim with the following brief :

Young Girl, 10 years old (or 12 to play 10 NOT YOUNGER), Caucasian, a very brave, tough and athletic little girl. She's strong - we are looking for a girl who actually IS athletic - gymnast preferred. Must be willing to cut her hair short. Blue eyes ESSENTIAL. American accent required.

And the film's synopsis:

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16 years old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

The Hunger Games will be directed by Gary Ross and is scheduled to start shooting at the end of May in Georgia and Wilmington, North Carolina.

First look at Suicide Kids

Back in September, Screenterrier published the casting call for Suicide Kids, looking for London-based young actors, and the subsequent casting news including N-Dubz star TULISA CONTOSTAVLOS as Amber.


Here's the first look at the two leads, Misfits' Robert Sheehan who stars as Archie, 










and Jennie Jacques as Jasmine.

When a young girl [Amber] takes her own life, her friend Archie Eden and seven other London teenagers decide to follow her lead and create a suicide pact, but as the group begins to die one by one, Archie realises they have become the target of a masked killer. The suicide kids decide that life is too valuable to throw away, unfortunately the decision is no longer theirs... They're dying one by one, but who is the killer? Everyone is a suspect.

Produced by Jason Maza, and written and directed by Arjun Rose, Suicide Kids is scheduled for release on June 10th 2011.

The Tribe to be a film?

Cult New Zealand TV Series The Tribe is being developed as a film by creator Raymond Thompson, with Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop taking on the project's special effects if the film is greenlit.

With the TV series already having a fanatical following in the UK, the film will introduce The Tribe to US audiences under the name "Tribes". It is set in a post-apocalyptic works in which children and teenagers must fend for themselves and build their own society after a virus has wiped out all the adults.

"I always wanted to do a move version and work with a bigger canvas" to explore the world set up in the TV show, Thompson told Variety. Cloud 9 produced nearly 300 half-hour episodes of "The Tribe" from 1999 to 2003. Channel 5 continued the show for a season in 2005 with a spinoff "The New Tomorrow" which featured a younger set of characters.

Friday, March 11, 2011

First look at Jeremy Irvine in War Horse

First look at at Albert and Joey in War Horse, "an epic adventure for audiences of all ages, and an unforgettable odyssey of friendship, discovery and courage."

20 year old Jeremy Irvine has recently wrapped on filming the lead role of 'Albert' in the feature film adaptation of Michael Morpugo's children's novel and successful National Theatre play, War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg.

Originally from Gamlingay in Bedfordshire, Jeremy did a one year foundation course at LAMDA before landing the role of Luke in Disney's Life Bites. The young actor had then been performing in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane at Hampstead Theatre when he was sent on a series of auditions for a role in the DreamWorks film.

I’m not a huge animal person,’ Jeremy confessed, ‘and I didn’t grow up around horses. In fact, I’d never ridden a horse.
‘During the audition process I tried to brush up on that,’ he said, and to that end he started helping out at a local stables.
He kept being called back to audition until one evening, he got a telephone call from his agent.
‘Steven Spielberg would like to have a cup of tea with you tomorrow morning at nine o’clock, can you do that?’ the agent said.
‘Ah, yes, I think I can,’ Jeremy replied. He met Spielberg, and the part was his.

He then underwent a two-month intensive horse training course alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Patrick Kennedy who play fellow officers. Peter Mullan and Emily Watson play his parents. There were 11 horses, used to play Joey at various stages of his life.

Newcomer Celine Buckens from London plays Emelie, a French girl who takes Joey in.

“War Horse” opens in UK cinemas on January 13th 2012.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CBBC Casting Call - UPDATED!!

THIS IS A BRAND NEW SERIES FOR CBBC CALLED THE 4 O'CLOCK CLUB

IT IS FILMING IN MANCHESTER AND CASTING DIRECTOR KERRIE MAILEY IS LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING:

Role: JOSH (Male)
Description: LEAD CHARACTER

The show is all about Josh and his Brother.

Mixed Race / Black and aged 12 - young looking 15

We have cast his Brother so Josh needs to have a London / Neutral accent.

Josh is a good kid, without being a do-gooder – his cheek, and his scheming, and his boundless energy, stop him from ever becoming too much of a saint. He’s the kind of funny, creative and imaginative kid that teachers warm to – so long as it’s not their lesson he’s disrupting. His wants and desires are much the same of any kid his age – it’s just that the ways in which he goes about fulfilling those desires are grander, and more wild, than anybody else can conceive.

THIS CHARACTER WILL BE REQUIRED TO RAP BUT PLEASE DO SUGGEST ALL ACTORS AS WE CAN WORK ON THE RAP SIDE OF THINGS!!

Role: ASH (Male)
Description: ASH IS JOSH'S BEST FRIEND
THIS ROLE IS A REGULAR

Any ethnicity and aged 12 - young looking 15

Ash is an eternal optimist. He has a wide-eyed (some would say slack-jawed) innocence about the world. He takes everything at face value. If someone says it, it must be true: what would be the point in lying? As one of life’s simpler souls, he can display an occasional wisdom, by being able to cut through complicated situations, or logic, and distil them to their simplest terms.

THIS CHARACTER CAN BE FROM ANYWHERE AT THE MOMENT AND I WILL BE HOLDING CASTINGS IN LONDON & UP NORTH.

IF THERE ARE ALSO ANY YOUNGSTERS LIVING ELSEWHERE BUT WITH A BASE IN MANCHESTER PLEASE WRITE THIS ON THE SUGGESTIONS.

Role: RYAN (Male)
Description: RYAN IS JOSH'S FRIEND
HE IS A REGULAR.

Any ethnicity and aged 12 - young looking 15

Ryan tries not to put a foot wrong, but as a consequence of being friends with Josh, he can’t help getting swept up in the maelstrom. Ryan also doubts himself – he’s a dreamer, he wants to impress people (particularly mum and dad) but is let down by his own lack of self-belief. Whatever he does, he fears, won’t be good enough.

THIS CHARACTER CAN BE FROM ANYWHERE AT THE MOMENT AND I WILL BE HOLDING CASTINGS IN LONDON & UP NORTH.

IF THERE ARE ANY YOUNGSTERS LIVING HERE BUT WITH A BASE IN MANCHESTER PLEASE WRITE THIS ON THE SUGGESTIONS.

Role: MOLLY (female)
Description: MOLLY IS A REGULAR.

Any ethnicity and aged 13 - young looking 15.

She looks more teen than young girl.

Molly is the school’s biggest troublemaker – it says so on her school record. She has a less-than-healthy disregard for rules and authority, and on the days she does turn up to school, she doesn’t even bother going into lessons. As a result, Molly is forever in detention. Whereas Josh picks and chooses the rules he follows – Molly chooses to follow none of them, as a matter of course.

THIS CHARACTER CAN BE FROM ANYWHERE AT THE MOMENT AND I WILL BE HOLDING CASTINGS IN LONDON & UP NORTH.

IF THERE ARE ANY YOUNGSTERS LIVING HERE BUT WITH A BASE IN MANCHESTER PLEASE WRITE THIS ON THE SUGGESTIONS.

PLEASE EMAIL THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED if you would like to apply for a casting.


PLEASE ONLY EMAIL IF YOU ARE RIGHT FOR THE ABOVE AS THESE ARE THE ONLY ROLES BEING CAST AT THE MOMENT.

Please do include a CV & PICTURE.

Open casting call in Manchester




ARE YOU FROM, AND BASED IN MANCHESTER?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR MALE ACTORS FOR BRILLIANT ROLES IN A NEW FILM
AGED 16-22
 (MUST BE OVER 16 BY END OF JUNE 2011)

CASTING DIRECTOR OF ‘MISFITS’ JULIE HARKIN CDG
IS CASTING ‘SPIKE ISLAND’  
for Fiesta Productions/ UK Film Council / Revolver

A Manchester based story of five local boys desperately trying to make it to the infamous Stone Roses gig at Spike Island.

DIRECTED BY TOM GREEN
(MISFITS)

SYNOPSIS:
Manchester.
1990.
The height of the Stone Roses fame.
The five 16 year old friends are the embodiment of the 'Madchester' spirit. They've formed a band and are pretty damn good, now all they need to do is get to the Roses gig at Spike Island and get their demo into the right hands....

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CHANCE TO BE INVOLVED
IN THE PROJECT PLEASE ATTEND OUR OPEN AUDITION on SATURDAY 12th MARCH.

COME ALONG ANY TIME BETWEEN 10AM AND 5.00PM TO:

SALE MASONIC LODGE,
TATTON ROAD, SALE, M33 7EE
(5 minutes walk from Sale Metro Link)

You will be asked to read a short scene that you will receive on the day.
Please also bring a recent photograph.

Keira Knightley as Tinkerbell

According to Deadline, Keira Knightley has signed on to voice Tinkerbell in Sky's two-part TV mini-series Neverland which wrapped shooting in Ireland earlier this year.

15 year old Charlie Rowe stars as Peter Pan, with Rhys Ifans as Captain Hook, and Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, and Charles Dance amongst the adult cast.

Keira will record her role this spring. Neverland, which was written and directed by Nick Willing, will air in two parts on Sky Movies Premiere HD in association with Syfy in summer 2011.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Becoming Human gets BBC3 finale

Becoming Human, the online extension drama of Being Human will be shown as a unique 50-minute special of the eight-part online series on Sunday 20 March at 9pm on BBC3. Transmitted after the Being Human finale, it will simultaneously reveal the final part of the mystery to online fans and BBC Three viewers.

Becoming Human is BBC Three's most successful multiplatform commission with over 1.5 million views on the BBC Red Button and online to date. It stars Craig Roberts as Adam, Leila Mimmack as Christa and Josh Brown as Matt.

Sarah Clay, BBC Multiplatform Drama Commissioner, says: "The reaction from the fans has been brilliant. We commissioned it as a treat for the online fans and they've totally got into the spirit of it – analysing daily clues, coming up with theories... One of the biggest pieces of feedback we've had is that they can't get enough of it and want longer episodes. So we hope they'll be excited to hear that the whole of Becoming Human will be shown as one long episode on BBC Three. With the added twist that the final part of the puzzle showing how Matt died will be revealed on TV and online at the same time."

Following events that unfolded in episode two of Being Human, the character of Adam (Craig Roberts), a Vampire, went to a fictional college where he is trying to get himself back on the straight and narrow and it's here he met the beautiful, cool Christa (Leila Mimmack) – who just happens to be a werewolf. They strike up a friendship with Matt (Josh Brown; Grange Hill), and the three of them became embroiled in a mystery that leads to more than they bargained for... 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Young Dracula returns for Series 3

Popular CBBC kids drama Young Dracula which ran for two series between 2006 and 2008 is returning for a 3rd series.

The original series starred Welsh actors Gerran Howell as Vladimir Dracula, and Craig Roberts (the newly acclaimed star of new feature film Submarine) as his friend Robin. Gerran recently appeared on CBBC as Ernesto in The Sparticle Mystery. Craig won't be returning to play Robin.

 21 year old Clare Thomas (represented by McLean-Williams) who played Ingrid will be returning for the new series.

The third series is due to begin shooting this May.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Emma Watson taking time out

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has admitted that she will have to take time out from studying literature at Brown University in the States to concentrate on her acting and other professional commitments.

Emma still has work to complete on promoting the final Harry Potter installment due out this summer, and recently signed up to the  Hollywood adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. She has also been announced as the new face for LancĂ´me.

Emma said on her own website: "I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything but recently I've had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Christopher And His Kind

Current Dr Who Matt Smith stars in a one-off drama which chronicles the formative years of English-American writer Christopher Isherwood, whose works include Goodbye to Berlin, which comes to BBC Two at the end of March.
Matt Smith stars as Christopher Isherwood with Lindsay Duncan playing his mother, Kathleen.

Christopher Isherwood escapes repressive English society and his suffocating relationship with his mother, Kathleen, for the decadent – and politically unstable – world of Thirties Berlin.
The hedonistic Berlin cabaret scene is in full swing when a young and wide-eyed Christopher Isherwood arrives in the city, unable to speak a word of German. To Isherwood's reserved English sensibility, the city's thriving gay subculture is thrilling and intoxicating. But Christopher soon finds himself heartbroken after the failure of a hopeless love affair and so sets out on a process of self-discovery...


21 year old Imogen Poots plays Jean Ross, an aspiring actress and singer who provided Christopher with the inspiration for the Sally Bowles character of Cabaret fame


Fast-rising star 18 year old Douglas Booth filmed his role as Heinz, a street cleaner who Christopher meets and falls in love with during his time in Berlin, before travelling to Hollywood to film his role as Miley Cyrus's love interest in LOL.


Also look out for 18 year old Perry Millward (now represented by Curtis Brown) playing Christopher Isherwood's younger brother Richard.  As a child actor, Perry appeared in the inside look at Sylvia Young's Theatre School "When Will I Be Famous?" and many West End theatre productions. He will also be seen in the new ITV1 drama Monroe, playing Nick Monroe (James Nesbitt's son).


Christopher And His Kind was filmed on location in Belfast.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Attack The Block trailer

Screenterrier has been following the progress of writer Joe Cornish's directorial debut comedy sci-fi film Attack the Block since casting began back in November 2009. Check out the young cast, including John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Simon Howard, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Luke Treadaway, and Jumayn Hunter here, and Gina Antwi and Natasha Jonas here.

It's now finished and here's the trailer!

From the producers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD comes ATTACK THE BLOCK, a fast funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London tower block into a fortress under siege, and weapon wielding teenage thugs into heroes. It's inner city versus outer space
Not to be missed!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More Jack The Giant Killer casting news

Deadline is reporting that young British actress, 19 year Eleanor Tomlinson has landed the female lead role opposite the recently announced Nicholas Hoult in Bryan Singer's Jack The Giant Killer.

She will play Isabella, the princess who runs away from the kingdom and is kidnapped by the giants. Before that happens, she runs into Jack, the son of a farmer and makes a strong enough impression that he leads a mission into the land of the giants to get her back.

Singer did an extensive search before deciding on Tomlinson, with model Gemma Ward and British actress Juno Temple all rumoured to be in the frame. 

Eleanor (represented by Conway Van Gelder), from Beverley, started acted as a child and her first film role was playing the young version of Jessica Biel's character Duchess Sophie Von Teschen in Neil Burger's film The Illusionist, which also starred Edward Norton.

Her biggest role to date was in teen comedy Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, shot by Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, and she most recently played the spiteful Fiona Chataway in Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice In Wonderland, who appeared at the beginning of the film before Alice falls down the rabbit hole.
In 2009 she had some bad luck when a movie she was due to shoot with Pierce Brosnan, Heaven And Earth, was cancelled due to lack of funds just before shooting started.

Jack The Giant Killer is due to start shooting in London this month and will also star Ewan McGregor as a soldier who guards the king, and Stanley Tucci as the villain.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Deathly Hallows II premiere date set

Warners Bros have set the date for the international premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in London and for the first time, a film premiere will be staged at Trafalgar Square.

On July 7th 2011, the cast will walk the red carpet, talk to journalists and chat to fans and competition winners in Trafalgar Square before making their way to cinemas in Leicester Square to watch the film.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: 'For the last decade we've been gripped by the on-screen battle between Harry Potter and his arch enemy Lord Voldemort and this is one of the most eagerly awaited films in history. As befits a great British triumph, I can think of no better venue than the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square in which to stage the most spectacular of send offs for this dramatic finale.'

The last instalment of the Harry Potter franchise was split into two parts. The first one was released last year and the second half will hit cinemas on July 15.

How I Live Now

A film adaptation of Meg Rosoff's best-selling young adult novel, How I Live Now is now in pre-production.

The novel, about a free-spirited young American girl's stay in a spooky English house, took place in a near-future Britain on the verge of a mysterious foreign invasion
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Kevin McDonald, who helmed the BAFTA and Oscar-winning Last King of Scotland, is to direct while the writer of that same film, Jeremy Brock, has already penned the screenplay with help from Toni Grisoni who adapted the zany Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Here's the book's synopsis:

It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and perfect love between Two Children Against the World at an Extreme Time in History. But let's face it, that would be crap.
15 year old Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. And two dogs and a goat. She's never met anyone quite like them before - and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble. It seems like the perfect summer. But their lives are about to explode.
Falling in love is just the start of it. War breaks out - a war none of them understands, or really cares about, until it lands on their doorstep. The family is separated. The perfect summer is blown apart. Daisy's life is changed forever - and the world is too.

Casting is currently underway with the film expected to shoot in the summer of 2011, with a release date sometime in 2012.

UPDATE:  Casting still on-going, film now not expected to shoot until Spring 2012.