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Bella Heathcote And Emma Watson In Running For 'Secret Service' Female Lead, Unknown Taron Egerton Set For Lead

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 25, 2013 6:45 PM
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Well, it looks like "The Secret Service," the next Matthew Vaughn-directed adaptation of a Mark Millar comic book, is almost fully staffed with secret agents. According to a Variety report, newcomer Taron Egerton has landed the lead role of a young street tough who is turned into a super spy, in a story Millar has described as "My Fair Lady" meets James Bond. Meanwhile, the hunt for a female lead is still on, with Bella Heathcote and Emma Watson looking like frontrunners.

Josh Schwartz & Jamie Moss Lose Out On Screenwriting Credits For 'X-Men: First Class'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 27, 2011 7:25 AM
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Sheldon Turner Of 'Up In The Air' Gets A "Story-By" Credit For His 'Magneto' Script Elements That Were UsedHow many screenwriters does it take to write an "X-Men" film? Or alternate lede: Screenplay credits are a tricky matter. Just ask "Up In The Air" screenwriter Sheldon Turner. He wrote the original draft of the Jason Reitman film, but things turned semi-ugly during the 2009 Oscar campaign when Reitman essentially said -- perhaps in not so many words, but close -- that he had never read Turner's draft and had adapted the screenplay on his own from Walter Kirn's novel. Still, Turner received his screen credit. And the duo awkwardly took the stage when they won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay as the controversy was just beginning to brew and as as their dispute grew and made headlines for Oscar bloggers, they were rewarded during the awards show with nothing; Geoffrey Fletcher's "Precious" screenplay won the adapted screenplay prize, as Academy voters backlashed against the dispute, despite the fact that the "Up In The Air" screenplay was long assumed to be the frontrunner for that bauble. Oh well.

Film 4 and Origin Pictures Set Jane Goldman and Polly Stenham For New Projects

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2011 1:52 AM
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With the immense critical and commercial success of "The King's Speech" demonstrating what a stupid idea it was to scrap the UK Film Council, who funded the Tom Hooper film, the British film industry is still caught in a kind of a limbo. Projects are certainly moving forward, and recent news like the deal between Fox Searchlight and Ingenious to fund British movies bodes well, but there's still an enormous amount of uncertainty in the business at present, ahead of the Film Council's dissolution a few months from now.

Jane Goldman Not Working On 'Kick-Ass 2' Script; Says Matthew Vaughn's Next Film Is Something Else

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 23, 2011 11:09 AM
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Sorry Mark MillarThis weekend a Daily Mail report casually mentioned that screenwriter Jane Goldman ("Kick Ass," "Stardust," "X-Men: First Class") was busy at work penning the "Kick Ass 2" screenplay (from her bed, no less) and the story picked up traction in fanboy circles. Sorry, apostles, but Goldman herself quickly stated on Twitter that this report was false.

Latest Round Of UK Film Council Funding Reveals New Hammer & Tongs Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 24, 2010 2:12 AM
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Plus Jane Goldman Adapting Peter Ackroyd Novel 'Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem' & More As we discussed earlier in the year, the British film industry has historically been heavily reliant on government subsidy, via the UK Film Council, an institution short-sightedly scrapped by the new government. It's promised that the funding will remain in place, albeit distributed through different means (the new plans will be announced on Monday), but, with the Council unlikely to be formally disbanded until 2012, there are a few more rounds of funding to come, and the latest was made public this morning, via Screen Daily.

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