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Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Todd Haynes team on Rocket Science Cannes sales title ‘May December’

Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Todd Haynes team on Rocket Science Cannes sales title ‘May December’
Haynes doc The Velvet Underground to premiere in Cannes Official Selection next month.

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore will star for Todd Haynes in May December, which Rocket Science will introduce to international buyers at the virtual Cannes market this month.

UTA Independent Film Group and CAA Media Finance represent US rights to the drama based on Samy Burch’s screenplay from a story by Burch and Alex Mechanik.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence next year. May December centres on the interaction between Hollywood star Elizabeth and Gracie, a woman Elizabeth will portray in a film and whose notorious
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Natalie Portman And Julianne Moore To Star In Todd Haynes’ ‘May December’ – Cannes Market

Natalie Portman And Julianne Moore To Star In Todd Haynes’ ‘May December’ – Cannes Market
Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore are set to star in Rocket Science’s May December for Carol director Todd Haynes. The screenplay was written by Samy Burch with the story by Burch and Alex Mechanik. Rocket Science is handling international sales beginning at the Virtual Cannes Market, where UTA Independent Film Group and CAA Media Finance are representing U.S rights.

Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell of Gloria Sanchez Productions and Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler of Killer Films will produce alongside Portman and Sophie Mas under their MountainA banner. Principal photography is scheduled to commence next year.

Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, Gracie Atherton-Yu and her husband Joe (23 years her junior) brace themselves for their twins to graduate from high school. When Hollywood actress Elizabeth Berry comes to spend time with the family to better understand Gracie, who
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Calling All TV-Lovers: Here's the Full List of BAFTA Television Awards Winners

Calling All TV-Lovers: Here's the Full List of BAFTA Television Awards Winners
The BAFTA Film Awards took place on April 11, and now the time has come for the BAFTA Television Awards to take centre stage. On April 27, the Virgin Media must-see moment award nominees were announced, which saw the likes of Gogglebox, Bridgerton, and Britain's Got Talent featured on the list.

On April 28, the full list of nominees were announced, with The Crown nominated for 10 awards, Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You nominated for eight awards, and Steve McQueen's Small Axe leading the charge with an impressive 15 nominations. On June 6, the full BAFTA Television Awards ceremony took place on BBC One, with I May Destroy You leading the charge after winning two awards.

Comedy Entertainment Programme:

Winner: The Big Narstie Show

Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

Rob & Romesh Vs

The Ranganation

Daytime

Winner: The Great House Giveaway

Jimmy McGovern's Moving

Richard Osman's House Of

The Chase

Drama
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BAFTA TV Awards: ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Small Axe,’ ‘Normal People’ ….

BAFTA TV Awards: ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Small Axe,’ ‘Normal People’ ….
I May Destroy You” won both Best Limited Series and Best Actress for creator Michaela Coel at Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards. She’d taken home the Best Writer prize at last month’s craft awards and also shared then in the directing prize with Sam Miller. This BBC/HBO co-production also won the editing award. Coel plays a newly famous novelist who works to rebuild her life after being sexually assaulted. She and her show are strong contender at the upcoming Emmy Awards.

The BBC/Amazon co-production “Small Axe,” which had claimed five craft awards added another to its haul with a win for supporting actor Malachi Kirby. This anthology series from Oscar winner Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) is also expected to do well when Emmy nominations are announced next month.

Paul Mescal won Best Actor for his breakthrough role in “Normal People,” a Channel 4/Hulu co-production that contended at the 2020 Emmys.
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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: ‘I May Destroy You’ Triumphs; Paul Mescal Wins Best Actor; ‘The Crown’ Snubbed

BAFTA TV Awards Winners: ‘I May Destroy You’ Triumphs; Paul Mescal Wins Best Actor; ‘The Crown’ Snubbed
The BAFTA TV Awards winners have been announced, and it was a big night for Michaela Coel, whose BBC and HBO series I May Destroy You scooped two of the biggest prizes of the evening.

During a pre-recorded ceremony at London’s iconic Television Centre, Coel walked away with best leading actress for her performance as sexual assault survivor Arabella, while I May Destroy You also scooped best mini-series, beating Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.

It follows I May Destroy You’s strong showing last month at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, which celebrates the work of those working behind the scenes. Coel scored a BAFTA mask for best drama writer and best director at the ceremony.

After winning leading actress on Sunday, Coel collected her award in-person and thanked intimacy coach Ita O’Brien. Coel said O’Brien’s presence meant she could make a series about “exploitation, loss of respect,
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‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Two Prizes in Evenly Spread BAFTA TV Awards Field

‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Two Prizes in Evenly Spread BAFTA TV Awards Field
Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You” won two BAFTAs in a year where there was no single dominant winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ (BAFTA) Television Awards on Sunday.

The BBC/HBO show won best mini-series and leading actress for Coel, who dedicated the award to the production’s director of intimacy Ita O’Brien.

“Thank you for your existence in our industry, for making the space safe for creating physical, emotional, and professional boundaries so that we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process,” Coel said.

Paul Mescal won leading actor for BBC/Hulu show “Normal People.”

In the coveted drama series category, Lennie James’ Sky Atlantic show “Save Me Too” won over fancied rivals “The Crown,” “Gangs of London” and “I Hate Suzie.”

At the BAFTA TV Craft Awards that were announced in May,
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Small Axe to I May Destroy You: who will win the 2021 TV Baftas – and who deserves to?

Small Axe to I May Destroy You: who will win the 2021 TV Baftas – and who deserves to?
Steve McQueen’s anthology series and Michaela Coel’s daring drama are the frontrunners – but the judges have tough decisions to make when it comes to reflecting the pandemic

The 2021 Bafta TV awards are unusual in reflecting a year in which there were many months with no production – the closest equivalent is the industrial strikes of the 70s and 80s, which took networks off air. But, as so much material was made before the pandemic, there are still tough decisions for this year’s judges.

Here are some points to bear in mind. Juries – viewing a longlist based on Bafta members’ votes – sit separately, with no reference to each other. This prevents ticket-splitting (“We’ll give A the acting prize because B got the directing one”). Also, jurors leave the room not knowing the final winner, which rules out leaks.

Gangs of London (Sky Atlantic)

I Hate Suzie (Sky Atlantic
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BAFTA TV Awards Talking Points: Snubs; Apple Enters Fray; Diversity Gains; Paul Ritter Recognition

BAFTA TV Awards Talking Points: Snubs; Apple Enters Fray; Diversity Gains; Paul Ritter Recognition
BAFTA pulled the curtain back on nominations for its TV and TV Craft Awards on Wednesday ahead of ceremonies that take place on June 6 and May 24 respectively. As always with award nominations, the list of those recognized had tongues wagging. Let’s walk through some of the biggest themes.

The snubs

There were some eyebrow-raising absentees among the nominations this year. Netflix’s The Crown scored a decent haul of 10 nominations, but none of them were for Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, and Emma Corrin, who played Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, and Princess Diana respectively. The snubs were all the more notable given that all three were Golden Globe-nominated, while Anderson and Corrin were victorious at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association prizes. Other surprises included the absence of David Tennant for his role as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV series Des, while critics also felt that series including ITV
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‘Small Axe,’ ‘The Crown’ Lead BAFTA TV and Craft Awards Nominations

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‘Small Axe,’ ‘The Crown’ Lead BAFTA TV and Craft Awards Nominations
Steve McQueen’s Amazon and BBCSmall Axe” anthology leads the nominations at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ (BAFTA) Television and Craft Awards with 15 nods.

Netflix’s “The Crown” has 10 nominations, while BBC and HBO’s “I May Destroy You” has eight. BBC and Hulu’s “Normal People” has seven nominations, and Netflix’s “Sex Education” has six.

The Television Awards ceremony takes place June 6 on BBC One, and the Craft Awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on May 24.

Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards: Nominations

Comedy Entertainment Programme

“Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe” Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, Ali Marlow – Broke & Bones, Endemol Shine Group/BBC Two

“Rob & Romesh Vs” Jack Shillaker, David Taylor, Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Bill RightonCpl Productions/Sky One

“The Big Narstie Show” Obi Kevin Akudike, Nathan Brown, Rina Dayalji, Ben Wicks, Toby BakerExpectation, Dice Productions Entertainment/Channel 4
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Berlin Buzz Titles: A Selection of Top Films at the European Film Market

Berlin Buzz Titles: A Selection of Top Films at the European Film Market
By any terms, Berlin’s 2021 European Film Market will deliver its smallest pre-sales market in years. Covid-19 has put back productions, created distribution bottlenecks, and provoked huge uncertainty about cinema theater re-openings.

But there will still be titles – in development, in production and complete – across a broad gamut to whet buyers’ appetites, even at times have them reaching for their wallets.

The following are a curated selection of buzz titles, ranging from big budget to accessible arthouse.

Top Sellers

“The Actor”

Director: Duke Johnson

Writers: Duke Johnson, Stephen Cooney

Cast: Ryan Gosling

Producers: Gosling, Ken Kao (Waypoint Entertainment), Johnson, Abigail Spencer (Innerlight Films), Paul Young (Make Good Banner)

New York actor Paul Cole is beaten and left for dead in 1950s Ohio. Stripped of his memory and stranded in a small town, he struggles to get back home, and piece together his life.

Sales: CAA Media Finance, Endeavor Content

Black Flies
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‘Rocks,’ ‘His House,’ ‘The Father’ Lead British Independent Film Awards

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‘Rocks,’ ‘His House,’ ‘The Father’ Lead British Independent Film Awards
Rocks,” “His House” and “The Father” were the leaders at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), which were announced Thursday.

Coming-of-age drama “Rocks” won best British independent film, with Kosar Ali winning the awards for both best supporting actress and most promising newcomer with her young co-star D’Angelou Osei Kissiedu winning best supporting actor. Lucy Pardee’s best casting award, which was among the craft award winners announced in January, takes the “Rocks” tally to five.

Remi Weekes won best director and Wunmi Mosaku won best actress for horror film “His House.” The film also won the best production design and effects awards.

Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of an ageing man in “The Father” won best actor, and the film also won best screenplay for writer-director Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, and best editing for Yorgos Lamprinos.

In a year when awards were spread evenly, “Saint Maud,” “Mogul Mowgli,” “Misbehaviour” and
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Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood on Filming Sex Scenes: "You Get a Bit of a Vulnerability Hangover"

Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood on Filming Sex Scenes:
Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood appeared on an episode of Josh Smith's Make It Reign podcast on Feb. 9, to chat about her experience on the show. In the process, she introduced listeners to a new phrase: the vulnerability hangover. Wood talked about the transition to fame, explaining, "I've always been anxious and a little bit on edge as a person. When all of a sudden you're catapulted into the public eye it can intensify those feelings. It's not a normal thing for your face to be recognized by lots and lots of people." The pair then discussed the feeling that comes with playing a character like Aimee Gibbs, exploring the effect of portraying sexual harassment on screen. "In so many ways it can feel so incredibly liberating, that you can put something so personal and something that you've maybe struggled with or felt shame about, put it out there and have such a positive response.
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‘Sex Education’ Star Asa Butterfield on Shooting During Pandemic, Secrets of Show’s Success, Social Media

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‘Sex Education’ Star Asa Butterfield on Shooting During Pandemic, Secrets of Show’s Success, Social Media
Speaking to Variety from his home in London, Asa Butterfield – on a short break from filming Season 3 of “Sex Education,” before returning to South Wales, where the Netflix comedy shoots – expresses his gratitude for being able to work during the pandemic.

Filming was meant to begin in spring, but – thanks to you-know-what – was pushed back to autumn. He wasn’t able to work on anything else last year, but feels blessed to be working at all.

“This last year was very quiet. Everything is pretty quiet for everyone. And then we’ve been on ‘Sex Ed’ since September, so we’ve been pretty busy, which has been nice. I’m so lucky to be working, and having something to focus my energies on. I’ve really appreciated that.”

He adds: “We’re coming to the end of the shoot, and I do have some things lined up for afterwards, this spring and summer.
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Lionsgate acquires UK rights to Oliver Hermanus’ ‘Living’ starring Bill Nighy

Lionsgate acquires  UK rights to Oliver Hermanus’ ‘Living’ starring Bill Nighy
Oliver Hermanus to direct drama, with production set to begin in spring 2021.

Lionsgate has swooped on UK distribution rights to Oliver Hermanus’ Living, starring Bill Nighy, which is produced by the UK’s Number 9 Films.

The feature is set to shoot on location in the UK next spring and is an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 Japanese drama Ikiru.

The most recent feature from South African filmmaker Hermanus was queer war drama Moffie. The screenplay is written by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose award-winning novels include The Remains Of The Day and Never Let Me Go.

London-based Rocket Science is handling international
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Kazuo Ishiguro Has Scripted a Remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru With Bill Nighy Set to Star

Kazuo Ishiguro Has Scripted a Remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru With Bill Nighy Set to Star
Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 classic Ikiru––which we recently highlighted in our feature exploring the best films about mortality––is getting an English-language adaptation. The original film, partially inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, follows Takashi Shimura’s character, who receives a terminal diagnosis of stomach cancer and attempts to come to terms with his impending death.

THR reports that acclaimed writer Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day and Never Let Me Go) has now scripted a new take on the story, which will be directed by Oliver Hermanus and set to star Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood. The English-language version will be titled Living, which takes from the original’s translation of To Live, and will move the story to 1952 in London. Check out the synopsis below.

Nighy will play William, a veteran civil servant who has become a small cog in the bureaucracy
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Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood to lead ‘Living’ for Number 9, Film4, Ingenious

Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood to lead ‘Living’ for Number 9, Film4, Ingenious
Kazuo Ishiguro is writing the screenplay with Oliver Hermanus to direct.

Bill Nighy and Sex Education breakout Aimee Lou Wood have signed to star in Living, an English-language adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 Japanese drama Ikiru, for the UK’s Number 9 Films, Film4, and Ingenious Media.

The film will shoot on location in the UK next spring; Kazuo Ishiguro is writing the screenplay, with Moffie filmmaker Oliver Hermanus to direct.

Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen will produce for Number 9, with Ko Kurosawa of Kurosawa Productions as executive producer.

UK-based sales agent Rocket Science will open sales on the project at
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Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood to Star in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Kurosawa Adaptation ‘Living’ For Number 9

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Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood to Star in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Kurosawa Adaptation ‘Living’ For Number 9
BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy will headline the cast of “Living,” alongside Aimee Lou Wood, known for her breakout role in Netflix’s “Sex Education.”

The screenplay by Nobel and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of The Day”) is an English-language adaptation of the 1952 classic “Ikiru,” written by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni.

The film will be directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Oliver Hermanus (“Moffie”).

Set in London circa 1952, the film will follow Nighy’s veteran civil servant, who has become a small cog in the bureaucracy of rebuilding post-wwii England. As endless paperwork piles up on his desk, he learns he has a fatal illness, and begins a quest to find some meaning to his monotonous life before it slips away. He becomes intrigued by a young co-worker, who inadvertently shows him how to harness his years of experience and dedication
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‘Living’: Bill Nighy & Aimee Lou Wood To Star In Kazuo Ishiguro Adaptation Of Kurosawa’s ‘Ikiru’ For ‘Carol’ Producer Number 9 & Rocket Science — AFM

‘Living’: Bill Nighy & Aimee Lou Wood To Star In Kazuo Ishiguro Adaptation Of Kurosawa’s ‘Ikiru’ For ‘Carol’ Producer Number 9 & Rocket Science — AFM
Bill Nighy (Love Actually ) and rising UK actress Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education) are set to star in feature Living for director Oliver Hermanus (Moffie).

The screenplay by Nobel and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day) is an English-language adaptation of the 1952 classic Ikiru, written by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni.

Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen’s Number 9 Films (Carol) will produce. The plan is to shoot on location in the UK next spring and Rocket Science is handling sales and will be selling ahead of and at next month’s virtual AFM.

The film has been developed with and will be funded by Film4 and Ingenious Media, in association with Kurosawa Productions, with executive producer Ko Kurosawa. Oscar-nominated Fiona Crombie (The Favourite) has come on board as production designer.

Set in 1952 London, the film will follow Williams, a veteran civil servant, who has
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Bill Nighy, ‘Sex Education’ Star Aimee Lou Wood Team for Kurosawa Adaptation ‘Living’

Bill Nighy, ‘Sex Education’ Star Aimee Lou Wood Team for Kurosawa Adaptation ‘Living’
BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy is set to take the lead in Living, an English-language adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 Japanese classic Ikiru from Nobel and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of The Day and Never Let Me Go.

Oliver Hermanus (Moffie, The Endless River) will direct the feature, heading to next month’s American Film Market (AFM) with Rocket Science. Alongside Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, best known for playing Aimee Gibbs in Netflix’s hit series Sex Education and soon to be seen alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy in the biopic Louis Wain for Amazon, will also star....
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Women's sex lives in lockdown prove online comedy hit

Women's sex lives in lockdown prove online comedy hit
Show backed by BBC Studios using real-life stories and starring Aimee Lou Wood and Miriam Margolyes being adapted for TV

A groundbreaking new comedy sketch show based on women’s sex lives during lockdown, starring Aimee Lou Wood and Miriam Margolyes, is designed to “claim the stage” for women, its co-creator, Joanna Scanlan, says.

Sex Lives, believed to be the first interactive comedy backed by the BBC’s commercial wing, BBC Studios, documents stories submitted anonymously by women and has proved a hit online.

The story so far... Keep. It. Coming. • • • #sexlives #britishcomedy #sexpositive #selfpleasure #lgbtqia #bodypositive #lockdown #sexualempowerment #selflove

Related: From neighbourly romances to Zoom sex: the boom in lockdown erotica
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