Thursday, March 29, 2012
Created by multi-award winning writer Andrew Davies, Mr Selfridge tells the story of ‘Mile a Minute Harry’, a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, he created a theatre of retail where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining - or sometimes just eccentric - was showcased.
Jeremy Piven is joined in the cast by award-winning ex-Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly as the confident and alluring socialite Lady Mae, whose connections prove vital for Harry as he builds his empire.
Also starring is Frances O'Connor who will play Harry’s wife Rose, acclaimed French actor Gregory Fitoussi from TV thriller Spiral as Henri Leclair, Harry’s flamboyant creative director.
Young rising star Aisling Loftus (The Borrowers, Dive) will play shop assistant Agnes, Trystan Gravelle ladies’ man Victor, the Assistant Manager at Selfridges in-store restaurant, and Zoe Tapper (Desperate Romantics) plays a celebrated stage entertainer, Ellen Love, who becomes the new ‘face’ of Selfridges.
The drama is set in London in 1909, at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street.
Based upon the book Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by author Lindy Woodhead which is the account of the real life story of Harry Gordon Selfridge and his store, the ten x 60 minute episodes series will go into production in April in London for transmission on ITV1 during 2013.
Four young women – Stella, Jude, Grace and Hannah – share a flat in Camden, having moved to the big city in an attempt to leave suburban life and their old fashioned mothers behind. The series will chart their efforts to juggle relationships, careers and friendship while concealing their identity as witches. What's more, they will have to battle against their dark rivals, the Witches of Kensington - Alexa, India, Romola and Remy - as they set their sights on making life hell for the Witches of Camden.
23 year old ex_Eastender Lacey Turner (represented by Conway Van Gelder) stars as Stella, who is always immaculately dressed and has a horrible boss.
26 year old Nina Toussaint-White (also Conway Van Gelder), who played Syd in Eastenders, stars as Jude, who spends her time working in a fashion shop and always has one eye on the lookout for some hunky men.
24 year old Hannah Tointon (represented by Independent Talent) from The Inbetweeners, plays Hannah, the most spontaneous of the group who has just returned from a travelling expedition to India.
RADA-trained Phoebe Fox (represented by Curtis Brown) who was picked as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 for her theatre performances, plays Grace, who possesses a strong moral sense and tries to enforce her traditional attitude to witchcraft onto the trio.
Laura Mackie from ITV’s Drama Commissioning team commented: "Switch is a contemporary series about friendship with a spell-binding twist. Chloe and Tim have created four fun-loving, free-spirited characters and we’re delighted with the direction the series takes."
Executive producer Rob Pursey (Being Human) added: "We’re delighted to be working with ITV2 and with Tim and Chloe to create this really exciting new series. Switch is an upbeat, funny drama about four young witches trying to make their way in the big city.They want to live a modern life, not one based on their mothers’ old-fashioned rituals.But modern life presents serious problems, and our girls can’t help casting the occasional spell to try to sort things out..."
Filming on Switch will begin next month for 11 weeks in London, Cardiff and Bristol.
Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history - Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed.
The story weaves together the lives of characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. John will play Ugwu, a houseboy employed by a university professor (Ejiofor) full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna ( Newton) is the professor's beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard (Dominic Cooper) is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna's twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and they must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
20 year old Boyega, who is represented in the UK by Identity Agency, signed with US agency CAA shortly after making his screen debut as teenage hero Moses in Joe Cornish's alien invasion hit film Attack the Block. He recently played the lead role in Spike Lee's HBO pilot Da Brick, which sadly wasn't picked up for a series, and he has just been seen in the BBC3 docu-drama My Murder.
According to Variety, Boyega is also in negotiations to star in the indie sci-fi pic Creeping Zero which will shoot this autumn.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Carrie White is a high school student who is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother, and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school, and gets her revenge on the bullies.
first film directed by Brian DePalma, for which she got an Oscar nomination in 1977.
The new film is to be directed by Kim Pierce and is set to shoot later this year.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The teams who are chosen from the auditions will travel away for a week to a secret location to film the next Camp Orange series.
The show features pairs of friends going head to head in a variety of gunge-based challenges, recorded in a secret location in the UK. The series is hosted by former Toonattik presenters Anna Williamson and Jamie Rickers, accompanied by former Olympian Denise Lewis.
After five weeks of competing in "the slimiest, grubbiest and smelliest series of challenges", one team will be crowned "Champ Orange" in a public vote.
Last year's winners received a luxury trip on the Norwegian Epic Nickelodeon Cruise around the Mediterranean alongside a lineup of Nickelodeon stars.
"Inviting British kids to be involved in a Nickelodeon series is always fantastic but Camp Orange is such a celebration of friendship, achievement and enjoying the outdoors, that it feels extra special to be giving our audience the chance to be a part of it," said Nickelodeon UK managing director Tina McCann.
"Along with being physically and mentally tested, the teams that are selected for Camp Orange are set to have a lot of fun with the new challenges and fantastic prizes that are part of the second season."
For lots more information about how to audition and apply to be in the next season of Camp Orange, and to view lots of audition tips (including a streaming video presented by Nickelodeon UK presenters Anna Williamson and Jamie Rickers), the rules, frequently asked questions, the Camp Orange 2012 audition guidelines, and to download the parent / guardian consent letter, please visit Nickelodeon UK's official "Camp Orange 2012" website, www.nick.co.uk/shows/camporange
Nickelodeon UK and Ireland must receive all entries for "Camp Orange 2012" by Saturday 14th April 2012, so please make sure you post your entry to Nick UK in plenty of time.
Camp Orange 2012 will broadcast in August 2012
Set in the Cornish daffodil harvest, The Fold stars Catherine McCormack as Anglican priest Rebecca Ashton who begins a new life in Cornwall following her daughterʼs death in a tragic accident.
Rebecca forms a friendship with Bulgarian teenager Radka Dimitrova and her mothering attitude creates a strong bond between them but when things go too far, she ends up putting her family in grave danger.
Top Talent Agency), former rhythmic gymnast champion of Bulgaria, plays opposite McCormack in her first ever screen role, as migrant worker Radka. Radka is working on the Cornish daffodil harvest, which each year sees around 5000 people come to the UK from Europe to pick flowers, when Rebecca steps in as her English teacher at local youth centre St Piranʼs.
Rebeccaʼs husband Edward is played by Owen Teale. Berlin Shooting Star Jakub Gierszal completes this international line up as Eloiseʼs boyfriend Lukas.
Award-winning young director John Jencks directs, his debut feature. The script is written by Poppy Cogan, winner of the William Morris short script award.
Principle photography for The Fold began on 26th March 2012 and wraps on 4th
May 2012. The shoot is based in Bristol and Cornwall.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Isabelle will play the younger version of Amanda Seyfried's adult Cosette, and sing the iconic Castle on a Cloud.
Working alongside Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Hugh Jackman & Ann Hathaway is a stella start to her young acting career.
Maisie (represented by Louise Johnston Management) has received much acclaim for her screen debut portrayal of Arya in Game of Thrones, which is back for a second series in April.
The Secret of Crickley Hall tells the story of family who move to Crickley Hall to start a new life after their son goes missing. But they quickly discover the building is haunted and events there begin to terrorise them. Maisie plays Loren, their elder daughter.
Written and directed by Joe Ahearne, this three-part drama is a modern day ghost story especially for Halloween. Told in a dual timeframe, it is full of scares yet underpinned by the heart-breaking story of a family needing to heal and ghosts who need to be laid to rest.
A year after their little boy goes missing, Eve (Suranne Jones) and Gabe (Tom Ellis) Caleigh take their family to Crickley Hall to try and escape the past. It seems like the perfect destination, until cellar doors open of their own accord, unseen children cry through the night and water seeps through impervious rock. At the centre of it all, a frenzied spectre wields a cane.
Just as the Caleighs are ready to move out, Eve hears her missing son. Time shifts between present day and 1943 as the Caleighs desperately try to find out what connects Crickley Hall to their lost boy. Will they find him before the evil that stalks Crickley Hall finds their other children?
The young cast also includes 17 year old Bill Milner, who recently wrapped on the film Broken, 18 year old newcomer Olivia Cooke from Manchester (represented by PHA) who will been seen in the upcoming BBC1 5-part drama The Fuse directed by Misfits director Tom Green, and The Fades' Iain De Caestecker. Little Pixie Davies, the extremely cute little girl from the Oreo ads, plays Loren's younger sister five year old Cally.
The Secret of Crickley Hall also stars Tom Ellis (Miranda, The Fades), Douglas Henshall (Primeval, South Riding), David Warner (Wallander), Sarah Smart (Five Days, Wallander) and Donald Sumpter (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Game Of Thrones).
The 3-part drama is currently filming around Manchester and Liverpool and is due to transmit Halloween 2012.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Dumping Ground will start filming in Newcastle in June.
Lively storytelling, thought-provoking drama and comic side-plots remain at the core of The Dumping Ground, while its characters will be faced with challenging issues and personal difficulties to overcome.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, CBBC, says: "We're delighted to be able to continue to tell stories from this world, which means so much to our viewers. There’s a really talented team ready to create this brand new series, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of all their hard work.”
You can say Goodbye to Tracy Beaker in the final episode of Tracy Beaker Returns on CBBC 23 March 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm.
25 year old Jenna-Louise (represented by Troika), is originally from Blackpool. Whilst auditioning for drama schools, she landed the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005 and went on to play "hard girl" Lindsay James in Waterloo Road. She will soon appear as Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes's new ITV1 drama Titanic.
She will take over from Karen Gillan, who has played Amy Pond in the show for the past two series, in what showrunner Steven Moffat described as "a very, very different way for the Doctor to meet his new friend".
The writer refused to even reveal the name of Coleman's character in the show. "Who she's playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters," Moffat said. "Even by the Doctor's standards, this isn't your usual boy meets girl."
Jenna-Louise who is due to start work on the show next weekend, has had to keep the news of her new role secret. "A few members of my family knew but it's a huge relief today to be able to phone up my flatmate and tell them," she said.
"I've had a few conversations with Matt who's been amazing. He texted me this morning wishing me good luck and 'We'll have the best time ever,' I think were his words. So he's been very supportive and very excited."
She will make her first appearance in the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas special.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Newcomer Simona Zivkovska plays Samantha with Malachi Kirby as her ex-boyfriend Danny McLean.
Written by Levi David Addai (Oxford St, Micah), directed by Bruce Goodison, and produced by BBC Current Affairs, it is a raw portrait of young people’s hopes and fears as they struggle to grow up on Britain’s streets.
The film sees the lives of the three young people collide with terrible consequences. It charts how Samantha's lies lead Shakilus into the lethal world of her gang-leader boyfriend, Danny. This story is given added power and poignancy by the real-life testimony of Shakilus' mother, Nicola.
The programme is part of CRIMINAL BRITAIN - a stimulating and hard-hitting season of programmes where BBC Three looks at how crime affects the lives of young people today and brings to life the human stories behind the startling stats, from the perspectives of both the perpetrators and the victims.
My Murder will be shown on Monday 26th March on BBC Three at 9.00-10.00pm.
The film is not a straight adaptation of the TV series and will not include the show’s cast, but it will feature some of the same themes and the same “techniques” as used in the semi-improvised Outnumbered by its young stars Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez.
The comedy, with a working title of What We Did On Our Holiday will follow a family going through a tough time who undertake a road trip to Scotland for the grandfather’s 75th birthday but encounter chaos along the way. It will retain the same family structure as the series with two harassed parents trying to manage their three astute children.
Jenkin told Screen: “We’re taking the techniques from Outnumbered to make a distinctive but broadly appealing British comedy that reflects much of contemporary family life, and it should be unlike anything that’s been seen before. Andy and I are excited to be working with Origin and the BBC on this”.
Origin Pictures producer David Thompson said: “It’s brilliant to be working with the supremely talented duo of Guy and Andy who created BBC’s smash hit comedy Outnumbered, and using the same principles here to produce something really fresh, emotional and funny for the big screen. It’s encouraging there has been such success for British comedies over the last few years, ranging from In The Loop to The Inbetweeners, and we’re confident this film will reach a really wide audience.”
Daniel (represented by CK Casting) from Hornchurch, Essex, played Nipper in the opening run of Oliver! in 2009, and went on to play Gavroche in the long-running West End production of Les Miserables last year.
The film starts shooting this month and the vocals for the film will be sung live rather than dubbed.
The principle cast includes Russell Crowe as Javert; Anne Hathaway as Fantine; Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier; Amanda Seyfried as Cosette; Eddie Redmayne as Marius; Samantha Barks as Eponine; Aaron Tveit as Enjolras; and George Blagden as student Grantaire.
The cast also includes a host of musical performers in additional roles including original stage Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, in the pivotal role of the Bishop of Digne, and Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine in London and on Broadway, Gina Beck (a Cosette in London, Christine in Phantom), Bertie Carvel (Trunchbull in London's Matilda), Killian Donnelly (Raoul in London's Phantom of the Opera), Daniel Evans (U.K. and Broadway's Sunday in the Park With George, artistic director of The Sheffiled Crucible), Fra Fee (London's Les Miz), Hadley Fraser (Javert in London, Raoul in the Phantom anniversary concert at Albert Hall), Katie Hall (Cosette in the O2 Les Miz concert), Linzi Hateley (the original Carrie and a former Eponine), Michael Jibson (an Olivier nominee for the musical Our House), Chris Key (London's Les Miz), Alexia Khadine (Eponine in London's Les Miz), Adrian Scarborough (London's Betty Blue Eyes), Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins and Les Miz in London), Katy Secombe (Madame T in London's Les Miz), Jos Slovick (West End Spring Awakening), Hannah Waddingham (London's The Wizard of Oz), Gemma Wardle (a former Eponine in London), among others.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Moretz is in final negotiations to play Wilson's daughter Jennifer, who is co-producing the film, along with her half-brother Carl. Grint will play Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at William Morris, who befriended Wilson during the last few years of the musician's life.
The film which will centre on the last six years of Wilson's life before his death in 1983, is set to begin production in mid June, and also stars Vera Fermiga as Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, and Aaron Eckhart as Wilson.
Having recently starred seen in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed 3D fantasy epic Hugo, Chloe will next be seen in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Dark Shadows set for release this coming May.
The Drummer will mark Grint’s first major deal since Harry Potter ended last year. He has previously stuck to small British indie films so far, including Cherrybomb and Wild Target.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
She will star alongside Angelina Jolie who will play the title role of Maleficent, the self-proclaimed ‘Mistress of All Evil’ in ‘Sleeping Beauty’, who cursed the princess as a baby to prick her finger and die before she reached her sixteenth birthday. The film is a prequel of sorts to the original fairy tale, detailing the origins of the evil sorceress and the complex relationship between Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty.
13-year-old Fanning will shortly be seen in Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought a Zoo, following her roles in J.J. Abrams‘ Super 8 and Sofia Coppola‘s 2010 movie, Somewhere. She is currently in London filming Sally Potter's new film Bomb.
Maleficent is due to start shooting in the UK in June until September, and is being described as a “passion project” for Jolie, who has been attached to the project since last summer.
The film will be directed by Robert Stromberg, from a script by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote Beauty and the Beast (the first animated movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar) and Alice in Wonderland, and co-wrote The Lion King.
The cast includes two Skins alumni, 23 year old Mike Bailey from Bristol who played Sid in series 1 and 2.
And 19 year old Sean Teale (represented by Waring and McKenna) who stars as Nick in the latest incarnation of Skins characters currently showing on E4.
The young cast also includes 22 year old Rosamund Hanson (represented by Curtis Brown), star of This is England, and 20 year old Jamie Blackley (represented by United Agents), who has just been cast in 300: Battle of Artemisia.
The film will shoot for three weeks in Birmingham.
Skillset’s Film Skills Fund is supporting a production training scheme for eight disabled filmmakers who will receive bespoke training and mentoring in their chosen field (Camera, Sound, Costume, Make-up or Art Department) during the film’s production.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The final series is to be broadcast in early 2013, with Channel 4 promising "a celebration of this truly iconic series".
Skins, created by father-and-son writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain and made by independent producer Company, was groundbreaking in its use of a team of young writers and a cast of actors often getting their first major TV break. The cast was also regularly changed from series to series.
The 6th series is currently showing on E4 on Monday nights.
Rumours are that a number of former cast members are being lined up to star in what is likely to be either five episodes or a trio of two-hour specials.
"Skins is a brilliant show which has defined a generation and will go down as a truly iconic, game-changing piece of television but after seven series it is time for E4 to make way for the next generation of the bold, the new and the innovative," a Channel 4 spokeswoman said.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Aimee Kelly leads the cast as Maddy Smith, who seems like an ordinary girl – but things are not what they seem. The truth is Maddy hides a secret even her closest friends don’t know about. Look into her eyes, but don’t get too close… because Maddy is a wolfblood.
Aimee (represented by United Agents) is from Newcastle and trained at Tring Park. She made her film debut in Sket, which has just been released on DVD.
18 year old Bobby Lockwood (represented by Sandra Singer Associates) from Essex, who plays Mick Campbell in Nickelodeon's House of Anubis, stars as the new boy Rhydian who turns up at Maddy's school and as a fellow wolfblood teenager makes her world a lot more complicated.
Maddy's two best friends at school are played by 17 year old Kedar Williams-Stirling. (currently training at Italia Conti). Kedar made his film debut in Shank.
And Shannon played by newcomer Louisa Connolly-Burnham (represented by Jackie Palmer) from Buckinghamshire, also a Tring Park graduate.
Created by writer Debbie Moon, the series is directed by Will Sinclair and currently filming on location in the North East of England.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Casting has been ongoing for the three lead parts of Eve, James and Cassie but they are now opening up the casting process inviting you to tape and send in your audition.
They are looking for young talented people for many parts, so would like to offer the opportunity for up and coming actors, singers and dancers to apply.
You might be the someone, somewhere, who they have not found yet for one of the leading roles, or you could be right for one of the other parts – all you have to do is apply.
Eve is aged 19-24. Eve has a British background, i.e., she speaks with an English/Scottish accent. She could, however, look as if she came from anywhere. The person who plays Eve ought to have a strong singing voice. An ability to move well would be an advantage, as there are scenes which might show off her dancing prowess.
James is a Scottish man aged about 26-32, but he has many boyish characteristics. Bookish and slim, James is a keen guitarist. He accompanies Eve’s singing with skill and understanding.
Cass is 16 going on 17, is into dressing up (especially berets), playing scrabble by herself in cafes (right hand against left) home baking, and feminist literature. She is like Eve and James's little sister. She recently moved to Glasgow from America or the far south of England (you decide), her dad being one of these rich and busy dads that move everywhere.
Visit God Help The Girl for all the information you need on the characters, the scripts, taping instructions and how to apply.
The closing date for tapes is 15th March at 2300 GMT.
The film is based on Jenny Downham's debut novel "Before I Die". The screenplay was written by Ol Parker who also directs, and Paddy Considine and Olivia Williams co-star alongside the youngsters who also include Kaya Scodelario as Zoey, and Joe Cole, Franz Drameh and Tom Kane. The film also introduces newcomer ten year old Edgar Canham as Cal, Tessa's younger brother.
The film will be released in the UK on May 25th.
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