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Friday, December 4, 2015

Matthew Perry to Star in Playwriting Debut ‘The End of Longing’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — “Friends” star Matthew Perry will lead the cast in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, “The End of Longing,” at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from Feb. 2 to …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:38PM
Friday, November 27, 2015

Variety Teams With London’s Sanctum Soho Hotel to Offer Showbiz Venue by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Variety has teamed up with London’s Sanctum Soho Hotel to provide a venue for a series of exclusive events, including cast-hosted screenings of awards-nominated films, s…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:34PM

Kenneth Branagh’s Production of ‘Winter’s Tale’ Tops U.K. Movie Box Office by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — The live broadcast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s stage production of “The Winter’s Tale” topped the U.K. cinema box office on Thursday. William Shakespeare…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:34AM
Monday, November 23, 2015

Nicole Kidman, James McAvoy Among Winners at London Theater Awards by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Nicole Kidman took the award for best actress and James McAvoy was named best actor at the 61st London Evening Standard Theater Awards Sunday at a ceremony at London’s Old V…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:37AM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

At 75, Terry Gilliam Keeps Delivering Something Completely Different by Leo Barraclough

Terry Gilliam, despite turning 75 this month and recently publishing “Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir,” has no intention of seeing the curtain fall on his career. He fizzes with id…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:14PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ to Be Re-released as Sing-a-Long Version by Leo Barraclough

BERLIN — British distributor Park Circus and Sony Pictures are to release a sing-a-long version of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in the U.K. to mark the movie’s 4…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:46PM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

All3Media Acquires Sam Mendes’ Neal Street by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — All3Media has acquired Sam Mendes’ production company Neal Street, which produces “Penny Dreadful.” Neal Street was set up in 2003 by Mendes, who won an Osca…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:28AM
Friday, November 21, 2014

‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working on Mike Nichols’ Masterpiece by Leo Barraclough

Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:50PM
Monday, November 17, 2014

‘Monty Python’s’ Terry Jones Co-directs ‘Boom Bust Boom’ by Leo Barraclough

“Monty Python” star Terry Jones, whose credits as a director include “Life of Brian” and “The Holy Grail,” has co-written, co-directed and presents a documentary feature on econo…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:39AM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monty Python Launches Website with Artwork by Terry Gilliam by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Comedy troupe Monty Python has launched its new website, which features artwork by Terry Gilliam. The site contains news about Python-related activity, links to upcoming relea…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:06AM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Disney, Amazon Close to Ending DVD Feud: Report by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Walt Disney Co. and Amazon look close to resolving a feud that has blocked the pre-ordering of Disney DVDs for nearly two months, according to a report in the Wall Street Jour…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:59AM
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monty Python Show Banks $6.58 Million in Movie Theaters by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Picturehouse Entertainment’s broadcast on 3,000 movie theater screens in 52 countries of the “Monty Python Live (mostly)” show has nabbed a box-office gross of m…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:59AM
Monday, August 18, 2014

London’s Tricycle Theatre Backpedals in Dispute with U.K. Jewish Film Festival by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — London’s Tricycle Theatre, whose artistic director is Indhu Rubasingham, has back-pedaled in its dispute with the U.K. Jewish Film Festival over funding from Israel. The ven…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:12AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

‘Guys and Dolls’ Joins Venice Classics Line-up by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its Venice Classics line-up, which includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Guys and Dolls” (1955) and Francois Truffaut’s “Bai…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:20AM
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss Join Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Welsh actor Luke Evans (“The Hobbit”) and Elisabeth Moss have joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise,” which is being produced by Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Pic…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:07AM
Monday, June 16, 2014

Patrick Wolf to Score Chris Colfer Pic about Noel Coward by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — English singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf has attached to score B Good Picture Company’s film about the early life of Noel Coward, in which “Glee” star Chris Colfer pl…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:13AM
Friday, May 30, 2014

Sophie Okonedo Set to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Hollow Crown’: Report by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Sophie Okonedo, who was Oscar nommed for “Hotel Rwanda,” is set to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the next series of “The Hollow Crown,” the BBC’s Shakespear…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:31AM
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monty Python Stage Show to Play in Movie Theaters Worldwide by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Picturehouse Entertainment has nabbed the international distribution rights to broadcast Monty Python’s final live show at London’s O2 Arena on July 20 to movie theate…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Catherine Hardwicke to Helm Rachel Weisz Starrer ‘Miss You Already’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Catherine Hardwicke will helm comedy drama “Miss You Already,” which is to star Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette. Morwenna Banks has penned the script, which centers…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:09PM
Sunday, April 6, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Richard III in Neal Street’s Film for BBC by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Benedict Cumberbatch is to play Richard III in Neal Street Productions’ film for the BBC. “Richard III” is part of a series of Shakespeare’s History plays, whi…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:05AM
Monday, March 10, 2014

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Lead Olivier Noms by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” lead the Olivier Awards race with seven nom…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:00AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black Dead at 85 by Leo Barraclough

Shirley Temple, the child star phenomenon of the 1930s who went on to a career in international diplomacy, died Tuesday in California at age 85. A statement from her family provided to news …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:54AM
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe to Star in ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Daniel Radcliffe is to star in “Brooklyn Bridge,” which will be scripted and directed by Douglas McGrath (“Emma”). Goldcrest will finance and sell internationa…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:02AM
Monday, January 13, 2014

‘Life on Mars’ Creator, ‘Notting Hill’ Producer Start ‘Stop!’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — “Life on Mars” creator Tony Jordan (pictured) and “Notting Hill” producer Duncan Kenworthy are teaming up to produce “Stop! In the Name of Love,” a 10-part musical…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:22AM
Friday, December 20, 2013

London Theater Owners Carry Out Safety Checks on Historic Theaters by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Owners of all historic theaters in Central London carried out safety checks on their buildings Friday following the collapse of a ceiling that injured 76 people at the 112-yea…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:17PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Monty Python Adds Further Dates to London Run by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Comedy troupe Monty Python has added a further five shows to the run of its live show, “Monty Python Live (Mostly),” at London’s O2 Arena. The new dates a…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:44AM
Monday, November 25, 2013

Monty Python Extends Run of Stage Show by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Comedy troupe Monty Python said Monday it will extend the run of its stage show, which was unveiled last week. The show at London’s 20,000-seat O2 Arena will now run from Ju…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:15AM
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monty Python Reveals Live London Show by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Monty Python’s surviving members – Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones — revealed their new project at a press conference …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:21AM
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monty Python to Reunite for Stage Show by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — The five surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show, which will be the first time they have performed together as Monty Python in 15 years…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:55AM
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kevin Spacey’s Memo to TV Execs: Trust the Talent by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Kevin Spacey told a gathering of the U.K. TV industry’s top execs Thursday that they should embrace risk-taking and trust creative talent. Spacey, who was delivering the…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:57PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline to Star in ‘Old Lady’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon are set to topline in “My Old Lady,” a Paris-based dramatic comedy marking the feature film directorial …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:38AM