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Soundtrack Mix #30: A History of Hammer Horror

Soundtrack Mix #30: A History of Hammer Horror
Hammer Horror: the name rings so ubiquitously in the realms of cinema, and especially around Halloween. Hearing the name, you’re likely to picture one of a number of the British studio’s releases between the 1950s and early 1970s which boasted decadent set design and an intensity of fear and playfulness. A studio of progressive storytelling compared to other offerings of the time, in Hammer’s horror subdivision could be found Technicolor horror (and its subgenres), often sexually and socially provocative, taking classical source material and turning it on its head. Seen as vulgar to the critics, audiences loved the low-budget thrills of Hammer Horror as a refreshing alternative to Hollywood, with two actors in particular becoming distinct heroes of the cycle, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.But what are the sounds behind the horror? The wonder of movie soundtracks can be put on best display in the horror genre,
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“The Ipcress File” on AMC+

“The Ipcress File” on AMC+
Take a look at new images of actress Lucy Boynton, the star of TV series “The Ipcress File", directed by James Watkins, set in 1963, adapting the novel by Len Deighton, now streaming on AMC+:

"...spy chief 'Major Dalby' gives small-time grifter 'Corporal Harry Palmer' a way out of 'Colchester Military Prison' by offering him a job as an intelligence officer in his small but influential Whitehall security unit.

"The unit's investigation into a missing British nuclear scientist expands into a case of international espionage which is documented in the contents of the 'Ipcress File'.

"'Wooc'(‘War Office Operational Communications') is a civilian department of the UK's intelligence community...

"...reporting directly to the 'Cabinet' and enjoys the fact that both 'MI5' and 'MI6' are envious of it..."

Click the images to enlarge...
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Lucy Boynton: “The Ipcress File”

Lucy Boynton: “The Ipcress File”
"The Ipcress File", directed by James Watkins, is the new ITV/AMC+ Brit-produced spy thriller TV series set in 1963, adapting the novel by Len Deighton, starring Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander, now streaming on AMC+:

"...spy chief 'Major Dalby' gives small-time grifter 'Corporal Harry Palmer' a way out of 'Colchester Military Prison' by offering him a job as an intelligence officer in his small but influential Whitehall security unit.

"The unit's investigation into a missing British nuclear scientist expands into a case of international espionage which is documented in the contents of the 'Ipcress File'.

"'Wooc'(‘War Office Operational Communications') is a civilian department of the UK's intelligence community...

"...reporting directly to the 'Cabinet' and enjoys the fact that both 'MI5' and 'MI6' are envious of it..."

Click the images to enlarge...
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The Hideaway Entertainment & Fictionz Partner On ‘Blue Is For Nightmares’ Podcast, Will Also Develop YA Book Series For TV

The Hideaway Entertainment & Fictionz Partner On ‘Blue Is For Nightmares’ Podcast, Will Also Develop YA Book Series For TV
Exclusive: The Hideaway Entertainment and Fictionz have partnered to launch the podcast series Blue Is for Nightmares, based on Laurie Faria Stolarz’s bestselling YA witchcraft book series, and will also develop the books for TV.

Each of of the books in Stolarz’s series—White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, Red is for Remembrance and Black is for Beginnings—follow the adventures of Stacey Brown, a young witch with psychic powers. In the Blue is for Nightmares podcast, Stacey (Meghan Rienks) has terrifying nightmares that come true, and uses the magic handed down from previous generations to investigate murders and other crimes and disappearances, all while dealing with the drama of being a teen at a prestigious boarding school. (Listen to the trailer here.) Stephanie Wu (Two Year Man) adapted the scripts, with Andres Rosende (Jane Anonymous) directing. The podcast’s first episode will premiere June 30th
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The Hideaway Entertainment Bolsters Executive Team; Kristy Grisham Promoted To SVP, Development And Production

The Hideaway Entertainment Bolsters Executive Team; Kristy Grisham Promoted To SVP, Development And Production
Exclusive: The Hideaway Entertainment has promoted Kristy Grisham to SVP of Development and Production, upping Ryan Cassells to Director of Development and Production, and tapping Jennifer Cox as Creative Executive. The company’s expansion reflects a recent initiative to ramp up their slate by buying and optioning books, screenplays, life rights and other IP in all stages of development.

In her role, Grisham will be responsible for overseeing development and production on The Hideaway’s current slate of film and television projects, including its adaptation of Dan Schilling’s book Combat Control with Thruline Entertainment Partner Ron West (The Great) and screenwriter Michael Russell Gunn (Billions). Grisham was integral in bringing the book proposal to the company and packaging the movie, which is being directed by Sam Hargrave (Extraction), with The Hideaway and MGM co-financing.

Grisham is also overseeing Otherwise Illegal Activity from The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter
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Lucy Boynton: "The Ipcress File"

Lucy Boynton:
Actress Lucy Boynton co-stars in the new ITV, Brit-produced spy thriller TV series "The Ipcress File", directed by James Watkins, set in 1963, adapting the novel by Len Deighton, also starring Joe Cole and Tom Hollander, streaming in 2022 on AMC+:

"...spy chief 'Major Dalby' gives small-time grifter 'Corporal Harry Palmer' a way out of 'Colchester Military Prison' by offering him a job as an intelligence officer in his small but influential Whitehall security unit.

"The unit's investigation into a missing British nuclear scientist expands into a case of international espionage which is documented in the contents of the 'Ipcress File'.

"'Wooc'(‘War Office Operational Communications') is a civilian department of the UK's intelligence community...

"...reporting directly to the 'Cabinet' and enjoys the fact that both 'MI5' and 'MI6' are envious of it..."

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

Lucy Boynton: “The Ipcress File”

Lucy Boynton: “The Ipcress File”
"The Ipcress File", directed by James Watkins, is the new ITV/AMC+ Brit-produced spy thriller TV series set in 1963, adapting the novel by Len Deighton, starring Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander:

"...spy chief 'Major Dalby' gives small-time grifter 'Corporal Harry Palmer' a way out of 'Colchester Military Prison' by offering him a job as an intelligence officer in his small but influential Whitehall security unit.

"The unit's investigation into a missing British nuclear scientist expands into a case of international espionage which is documented in the contents of the 'Ipcress File'.

"'Wooc'(‘War Office Operational Communications') is a civilian department of the UK's intelligence community...

"...reporting directly to the 'Cabinet' and enjoys the fact that both 'MI5' and 'MI6' are envious of it..."

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

"The Ipcress File" TV Series

"The Ipcress File", directed by James Watkins, is the new ITV, Brit-produced spy thriller TV series set in 1963, adapting the 1962 novel by Len Deighton, starring Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander, coming to AMC+:

"...spy chief 'Major Dalby' gives small-time grifter 'Corporal Harry Palmer' a way out of 'Colchester Military Prison' by offering him a job as an intelligence officer in his small but influential Whitehall security unit.

"The unit's investigation into a missing British nuclear scientist expands into a case of international espionage which is documented in the contents of the 'Ipcress File'.

"'Wooc'(‘War Office Operational Communications') is a civilian department of the UK's intelligence community...

"...reporting directly to the 'Cabinet' and enjoys the fact that both 'MI5' and 'MI6' are envious of it..."

Click the images to enlarge...
See full article at SneakPeek »

The Hideaway Entertainment To Produce Thriller ‘Escape’ From ‘Rings Of Power’ Creators J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay; James Watkins To Direct

The Hideaway Entertainment To Produce Thriller ‘Escape’ From ‘Rings Of Power’ Creators J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay; James Watkins To Direct
Exclusive: J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the creator-EPs behind Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, have set up their 2017 Black List screenplay Escape with The Hideaway Entertainment (Cherry), tapping James Watkins to direct.

The action-adventure pic is inspired by the true story of convicts Robert Greenhill and Alexander Pearce, and their sensational journey of survival after escaping from prison, which scandalized the Victorian-era world. While the story has previously inspired songs, works of fiction and non-fiction, news articles, tall tales, art, illustrations and other printed materials, it has never before been adapted as a large-scale feature film.

When the wrongly-accused Greenhill is shipped to the harshest Tasmanian penal colony in the 1820s, he quickly realizes his only chance of survival is to partner with the notorious murderer Pearce and five other hardened criminals in order to escape.
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Music Financier Invests In ITV’s ‘The Ipcress File’; ‘Masked Singer UK’ Indie Bandicoot In Triple Hire – Global Briefs

Music Financier Invests In ITV’s ‘The Ipcress File’; ‘Masked Singer UK’ Indie Bandicoot In Triple Hire – Global Briefs
Music Financier Invests In ITV’s ‘The Ipcress File

Exclusive: Music financier Cutting Edge Media Music has invested in ITV’s adaptation of Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File and will take full music rights to the upcoming series. Altitude Television’s big-budget six-parter has already pre-sold to AMC+ and producer Andy Mayson said “Cutting Edge’s involvement and expertise has ensured the authentic sounds of the 60s feature.” The highly-anticipated series comes from Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Hodge and Emmy-winning director James Watkins, and stars Joe Cole, Tom Hollander and Lucy Boynton. Cole stars as Harry Palmer, a Cold War army sergeant who turns to spying in order to avoid prison, cutting his teeth on The Ipcress File. The book was adapted in 1965 into a hit film starring Michael Caine as Palmer.

‘Masked Singer UK’ Indie Bandicoot In Triple Hire

Masked Singer UK producer Bandicoot has made a triple hire
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ViacomCBS Announces Five Participants For 2021-2022 Directors Initiative (TV News Roundup)

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ViacomCBS Announces Five Participants For 2021-2022 Directors Initiative (TV News Roundup)
ViacomCBS announced the five participants for its 2021-2022 Directors Initiative: Julie Herlocker, Bao Tran, Joy T. Lane, Pat Santana and Steven J. Kung.

The initiative provides a platform for experienced directors to gain access to showrunners, executives, managers and agents as well as the opportunity to shadow CBS Television Network and CBS Studio shows throughout the year. The program helps directors develop relationships with industry professionals, networks that are essential to finding work in the field. In its 18th year, the program will guarantee all participants of the initiative an episode of television to direct on the CBS Television Network.

“The ViacomCBS Directors Initiative gives television directors the access, exposure and opportunity to be successful in this industry,” said Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, executive vice president of entertainment diversity and inclusion and global inclusion at ViacomCBS. “Last year’s participant, Morenike Joela Evans, has recently helmed the ‘iCarly’ reboot for Paramount Plus
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AMC+ Acquires ITV Drama ‘The Ipcress File’ Starring ‘Gangs Of London’s’ Joe Cole

AMC+ Acquires ITV Drama ‘The Ipcress File’ Starring ‘Gangs Of London’s’ Joe Cole
AMC+ has picked up ITV’s soon-to-air big-budget adaptation of Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File from distributor ITV Studios.

AMC+ viewers will recognise lead Joe Cole, who plays iconic British spy Harry Palmer and also starred in Sky Atlantic’s Gangs Of London, which the streamer shows in the U.S.

The highly-anticipated six-parter from Altitude Television and Turbine will air early next year in the UK and also feature Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton and BAFTA-winner Tom Hollander.

The show is set in the Cold War era, as British army sergeant Palmer is stationed in Berlin before being sentenced to eight years in a military jail in England. To avoid prison, he becomes a spy, cutting his teeth on The Ipcress File.

The Deighton novels achieved worldwide fame when they were turned into a 1965 film starring Michael Caine.

The adaptation is penned by BAFTA-winning Trainspotting writer John Hodge,
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The Ipcress File First Look Introduces Joe Cole as Iconic British Spy Harry Palmer

The Ipcress File First Look Introduces Joe Cole as Iconic British Spy Harry Palmer
We now have our first look at Gangs of London star Joe Cole as iconic British spy Harry Palmer in ITV's upcoming remake of the 1965 Michael Caine classic, The Ipcress File. Sporting the same thick-rimmed spectacles and splendid tailoring as the original, the upcoming update of The Ipcress File is being adapted for the small screen in this new six-part series, which will follow Palmer, an entrepreneurial army sergeant in post-war Berlin, who gets drawn into a life of espionage when the law catches up with his life of crime. He's given the chance to turn his life around by the secret service, with the Ipcress File his first job.

Filming commences on high octane series spy thriller, The Ipcress File. Written by Bafta winner John Hodge, directed by Emmy winner James Watkins. Starring Joe Cole, as iconic spy Harry Palmer, and Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander. Details... https://t.
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‘Love Island’ Set for Summer Return as ITV Announces New Shows, Royal Programming

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‘Love Island’ Set for Summer Return as ITV Announces New Shows, Royal Programming
After the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of popular dating reality show “Love Island” last summer, the show is confirmed to return to U.K. broadcaster ITV for this summer season. The last season of “Love Island” that aired was a winter version filmed in South Africa.

ITV also revealed several scripted series that are in production. “The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe,” a four-part crime drama from “Unforgotten” writer Chris Lang, about how John Darwin faked his own death to claim his life insurance, is being produced by All3Media’s Story Films.

The Ipcress File,” a six-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s renowned book starring Joe Cole as iconic spy Harry Palmer, Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander is adapted for ITV by Oscar-nominated writer John Hodge and directed by Emmy award-winner James Watkins.

In “Stephen,” the three-part sequel to the single film “The Murder of Stephen Lawrence,” the cast includes Sharlene Whyte,
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ITV Turns ‘The Ipcress File’ Into TV Series Penned By ‘Trainspotting’s John Hodge; Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander Star

ITV Turns ‘The Ipcress File’ Into TV Series Penned By ‘Trainspotting’s John Hodge; Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander Star
Exclusive: Here’s a hot one: ITV is turning Len Deighton’s spy novel The Ipcress File, which inspired the 1965 Michael Caine film of the same name, into a television series — and the UK broadcaster has assembled a stellar on- and off-screen team to make the drama a reality.

The adaptation will be penned by BAFTA-winning Trainspotting writer John Hodge, while the cast will be led by Gangs Of London and Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole, alongside Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton, and The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander. The Crown and Rush producer Andrew Eaton will serve as an executive producer, while the six-part Berlin-set series will be helmed by McMafia and Black Mirror director James Watkins.

The Ipcress File is the first major project housed at Will Clarke and Andy Mayson’s Altitude Television, a production arm of the British film and TV company Altitude Media Group,
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An Underrated Idris Elba Movie Is Dominating Netflix Today

An Underrated Idris Elba Movie Is Dominating Netflix Today
Netflix has become the home for underrated and overlooked titles this year, covering everything from horror oddities to star vehicles. While some random movies do show up on the service’s top 10 lists, many of these end up being worth a rewatch, or seen for the first time if missed upon their initial release. The latest example of this trend is the 2016 Idris Elba film Bastille Day, which is currently top of the Netflix US most-watched movies chart, and is even beating out the likes of The Devil All the Time.

Also known as The Take, Bastille Day stars Elba as CIA agent Sean Briar, who gets drawn into a Paris-set plot involving an explosive bomb and Richard Madden’s American pickpocket. It’s nothing groundbreaking as far as action flicks go, but it gets the job done. English director James Watkins was behind the camera, having built a solid
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui's 'McMafia' wins big at 2019 International Emmy Awards

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is elated that his "McMafia" has been named as the Best Drama Series at the 2019 International Emmy Awards, and says getting the honour is a "pure delight".

The actor, whose "Sacred Games" was also in the race to get the trophy in the category, was on cloud nine, and took to social media to express his views.

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"It's a pure delight to be receiving the beautiful winner trophy at the International Emmy Awards 2019 Gala in New York with one of my fav director James Watkins for our work 'McMafia'," he tweeted.

The BBC show is inspired by the 2009 non-fiction book of the same name by Misha Glenny and explores the world of organised crime.

It is about Alex Godman (essayed by James Norton), an educated hedge-fund manager who unwillingly gets sucked into the
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Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s ‘The Keeper’ scores at Dinard Film Festival

Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s ‘The Keeper’ scores at Dinard Film Festival
The post-war romance picked up two awards.

Marcus H. Rosenmuller’s The Keeper, about acclaimed German prisoner of war-turned-footballer Bert Trautmann and his romance with an English woman, won the Golden Hitchcock for best film at the Dinard Film Festival on Saturday, September 28.

The film also picked up the audience award at the festival, which showcases UK films to French audiences.

The Keeper is produced by Chris Curling for Zephyr Films, Steve Milne for British Film Company (both UK operations), and Robert Marciniak for Germany’s Lieblingsfilm.

It tells the story of Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war in
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The Bollywood hero is a clich?: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui feels the Bollywood hero is the most clich?d creation one can think of, adding that he likes to keep a distance from that image.

"I have played a variety of roles, be it gangster, a writer or a policeman. Even if I get an opportunity to play the lead hero in a movie, I will do it only on the basis of my style," Nawazuddin told Ians.

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"The Bollywood hero is one of the most clich?d roles (that) you will find. People have this conception on how they see him, the kind of clothes he wears etc. This is a zone I ideally don't want to be a part of because then you go into an absolute comfort zone," he added.

According to Nawazuddin, anybody can play the hero but the difficult part is to
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