Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wuthering Heights casting news




18 year old Kaya Scodelario, star of Skins, (represented by Curtis Brown),  has been cast in the lead role of Cathy in Andrea Arnold's up-coming film version of Wuthering Heights. The casting team are still looking for a Heathcliff to play opposite Kaya, and also younger (age 10 - 13 years) versions of the two leads.
Director Andrea Arnold is reported to be very keen to
find a real gypsy of Romany decent to play the lead role of HEATHCLIFF, ideally someone aged 16-19yrs who would be able to play Heathcliff from the age of 14 to 21yrs with dark romany looks.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cherrybomb

Finally a UK release date for Cherrybomb. The highly-anticipated film starring Harry Potter's Rupert Grint, Misfits start Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon filmed in 2008 in Northern Ireland and hits UK cinemas on April 23rd.












Watch the trailer:

The Tribes of Palos Verdes

Irish teenage actress extraordinaire, currently filming the eponymous lead role of Hanna in Finland and Germany, is set to star in another major feature film.

Saoirse Ronan is set to star in up-coming adaptation of Joy Nicholson's debut novel, The Tribes of Palos Verdes.

The book is a dark coming-of-age story about twins growing up in the exclusive Southern Californian community of Palos Verdes.


14 year old Medina Mason is a defiant, awkward newcomer to the affluent beach community of Palos Verdes, California. As her parents' marriage disintegrates and her beloved brother falls prey to the temptations of drugs and the lunacy of their mother, Medina surfs to survive, finding a bitter solace in the rough comfort of the waves. This is the moving story of growing up "different," of the love between siblings, and of one girl's power to save herself.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Runaway Skins star

Jack O'Connell, star of Skins Series 3 and 4, is off to South Africa in April to film an adaptation of Martina Cole's best-seller The Runaway.

It's the story of two children who are thrown together in the East End of London, before life takes them in different directions. Cathy is the child of a prostitute, who is eventually forced to run away to Soho after being put into care, while Eamonn Docherty flees to America and becomes a hard edged villain. Life takes them in very different directions before their paths cross again.


Starring opposite Jack, is newcomer Joanna Van der Ham, originally from Dundee but who is now currently in her second year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She was spotted by a casting director during an acting workshop.

19 year old Jack, from Alvaston, Derby, who attended the Television Workshop in Nottingham, will also soon be seen on TV in a two-part drama Dive which is due to be shown on BBC2 this spring.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Outnumbered 3rd series


Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning comedy series from Hat Trick Productions returns to BBC One in April with a new six-part series.

In the new series, the family negotiates hangovers, chess, sex education, colonoscopies, therapy, re-enactments of World War II and the sun-screening properties of kangaroo saliva.

Outnumbered stars child actors Tyger Drew-HoneyDaniel Roche and Ramona Marquez.

The new series starts on Thursday 15th April 9:00-9:30 pm on BBC1.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Skins Series 5 and 6 auditions update

Further details now available on the Skins Series 5 and 6 open auditions:

How old do I have to be?

To audition, you must have been born between 1st July 1992 and 1st July 1994 (if you were born on those days, that's fine too).

You will need to be able to prove your age with a passport/driving license or birth certificate with some form of photo ID. You will also need permission from your parent or guardian if you wish to attend.

Where do I have to be and when?

You can come to audition in either Bristol OR London.

BRISTOL:

When?
For those born between 1st July 1992 and 1st July 1994:
Monday 12th April 2010 – Please arrive between 8am and 3pm.

Where?
Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR – You will need to go to Gate "A"
(Please DO NOT contact the school about the auditions – everything you need to know is on this web page)

For those who audition in Bristol, please make sure you keep Tuesday 13th April 2010 free in case we want to see you again. You will be told on the day if we do.

LONDON:

When?
For those born between 1st July 1992 and 1st July 1993: Thursday 15th April 2010 – Please arrive between 8am and 3pm.

For those born between 2nd July 1993 and 1st July 1994:
Friday 16th April 2010– Please arrive between 8am and 3pm

Where?
William Ellis School, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RN
(Please DO NOT contact the school about the auditions – everything you need to know is on this web page)

For those who audition in London, please make sure you keep Monday 26th April 2010 free in case we want to see you again. You will be told on the day if we do.

What else do I need to do?

You will need to download the form at the bottom of this page, print it out, fill it in and bring it with you. You will not be able to audition without it.

Don’t worry, it does not matter how much acting experience you have – we’d like to see you all.

You will need to get the permission of your parent or guardian to attend.

Please do not arrive before 8am.

Please do not arrive after 3pm.

You will need to bring along a bite to eat and some water because you could be waiting a while to be seen – there are lots of you!

Is there anything else I need to know?

We will do our very, very best to see all of you on the day – please bear with us in the unlikely event there are too many of you to audition on the day. If this happens, we will do our utmost to arrange to see you at some other time.

You do not need to prepare anything in advance. Just turn up. Your will audition in groups (we will select these groups) and you will be asked to act out a short scenario we will give you on the day.

We’re really sorry, but you cannot audition if you are born outside of the stated age ranges. This is because you would need to be 16 or over and under 18 on the day we start filming series 5.

Although we have started looking around for the next cast, we will NEVER approach you on the street. Ever. It’s not how we work.

By signing the form, you agree to be filmed at the auditions venue for possible inclusion in “behind the scenes” footage (have a look at the legal stuff below).

Legal Stuff (T&C's)

By attending this casting session you hereby consent to being filmed and to such filmed material, including your likeness and voice, being used in all media now known or hereafter invented worldwide in perpetuity, including in particular "behind the scenes" footage to accompany Skins Series 5 and/or 6.

Get the form

DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE AND COMPLETE IT BEFORE YOU ATTEND

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons

Scheduled to begin shooting in Wales this April is Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons billed as the first British 3D horror film. The film is about Elfie, a self styled detective in a rural village, whose investigations into her neighbours prove a source of annoyance, until the arrival of the suspicious Gammons family.




24 year old Jaime Winstone (represented by CAM) takes the title role of the teenage detective Elfie.

Aneurin Barnard (represented by Ken McReddie), fresh from winning an Olivier for his performance in the teen musical Spring Awakening, will play Dylan.


Newcomer Will Payne (represented by Waring and McKenna) is attached to play Elliot Gammons.


24 year old Kimberley Nixon (also Ken McReddie),who stars alongside Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan in the yet to be released Cherrybomb, will take the role of Pippa in the film.

Director Ryan Andrews describes the film as a “quirky horror and an eclectic mix of comic book characters, British pop culture and fantasy setting in an unusual and twisted world”.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Attack The Block casting news

Screenterrier reported back in November on Joe Cornish's directorial debut comedy sci-fi film Attack the Block. Filming is now underway on the fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters.

The film stars Jodie Whittaker (‘St. Trinians’, ‘Venus’) as trainee nurse Sam who is walking alone through the dark streets of South London when a gang of youths surround her and rob her, but she is saved when something falls from the sky.  A meteor impacts with a nearby parked car and Sam flees, just before the gang is attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage.  The gang chases the creature and kills it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.  But the adventure is not over.  The alien attacks have only just begun…


Leading the cast are John Boyega (represented by IAG) (pictured left) as Moses,
















Leeon Jones (represented by Natasha Stevenson Management) (right) as Jerome.











Also cast, as Dennis,  is 17 year old Franz Drameh (represented by Hamilton Hodell) from Hackney who starred as Granville in TV comedy Parents of the Band.











And newcomers 16 year Londoner Alex Esmail as 'Pest', and Simon Howard as 'Biggz'.

The supporting cast includes Nick Frost (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’) and Luke Treadaway (represented by Hamilton Hodell).

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Trailer #2

The Greatest

Two of Britain's top rising stars appear together in The Greatest. Pictured are BAFTA-winner Carey Mulligan as Rose and Aaron Johnson as Bennett.


The Greatest tells the story of Allen and Grace Brewer, a grief-stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the death of their older son, Bennett, in a car crash. When a young woman, Rose, shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child, the Brewer’s are forced to take her in. At first, Rose’s presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.






Watch the trailer:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Jane Eyre starts filming

Production begins next week in the UK on Focus Features and BBC Films' romantic drama Jane Eyre, based on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, produced by Ruby Films and directed by Cary Fukunaga, whose debut feature was Focus' award-winning Sin Nombre.

Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank) will star in the lead roles of the romantic drama.

The supporting cast includes Jamie Bell (who became a child star at the age of 14 when he appeared as the title character in Billy Elliot), Holliday Grainger (of the just released Scouting Book for Boys and the upcoming Bel Ami), Tamzin Merchant (Pride & Prejudice, and upcoming Game of Thrones), and Imogen Poots (who also appears in films Cracks and Chatroom).
James Schamus, Focus CEO, said: "Cary is the ideal choice to realize this unforgettable story in its traditional setting, yet with contemporary vitality and spirit. With two of today's most promising new stars in Mia and Michael, plus an outstanding supporting cast, this will be a Jane Eyre for the ages."
Christine Langan added: "We're delighted to bring together two such fresh and impressive talents as director Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter Moira Buffini. Added to the gorgeous cast Cary has assembled, this is exactly the treatment Charlotte Bronte's evergreen classic Jane Eyre deserves."

In the story, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska), flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Fassbender). The isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester's coldness – have sorely tested the young woman's resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Summer in Transylvania

Screenterrier reported back in January on the casting of Eros Vlahos as the lead girl's younger brother in the Freaky Farleys. The Nickelodeon comedy series has now been renamed Summer in Transylvania and is currently filming in Hendon, London.

19 year old Sophie Stuckey (represented by Susan Angel and Kevin Francis Ltd) takes the lead role of Summer Farley. The series revolves around her struggles to make the best of her home, school and social life when her family relocates to Transylvania for her dad's job.  Life in their new home is complicated when the local community, which of course, is comprised of zombies, werewolves, vampires and mummies, looks upon Summer's "normal" family as weird.  At least Summer has two new friends to help her along:

Her best friend Heidi, a zombie girl, is played by 20 year old Amy Wren (previously A&J Management, now Waring and McKenna). Amy also played the lead role of Chloe in Disney's Life Bites series.



















Bobby,a wereboy, is played by newcomer 16 year old Kane Ricca from St Albans, who was recently seen on Sky's Got To Dance. Multi-talented Kane, who attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, described the show as "kind of like Twilight but for kids and I play the main werewolf. It's exhausting stuff because I'm filming every weekday until April but I'm looking forward to seeing it on TV."

16 year old Eugene Simon (represented by United Agents) who played the lead in the BBC's My Family and Other Animals, plays Max.

Created by Andy Watts (My Parents Are Aliens), Nickelodeon UK plans to premiere this series in the autumn of 2010.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Who would play Dorothy?

Following the success of Tim Burton's 3D Alice In Wonderland, three major Hollywood studios are looking at remakes of The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland.

Many of the mooted remakes of the children's classic, which was based on a novel by L. Frank Baum, have been classified as "in development" for several years, but the staggering success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has convinced studio bosses to move them off the back burner.

Warner Brothers announced this week it intends to green-light one of two rival Wizard of Oz projects currently being produced under its banner.


The first is a straightforward, non-musical adaptation, which remains faithful to the original novel. It is being developed by Temple Hill Entertainment, the production firm behind Twilight, and written by Darren Lemke, the screenwriter of Shrek Forever, with the aim of it turning it into a long-running franchise, with sequels based on the author's 21 other books about Oz.

The alternative being considered by Warner Brothers, which is searching for a lucrative series of films to replace its soon-to-finish Harry Potter franchise, is a darker, more modern follow-up to the original tale written by Josh Olson, who previously adapted David Cronenberg's A History of Violence.
According to a synopsis, that film, which is called Oz, will tell the tale of Dorothy's modern-day granddaughter, who returns to the Emerald City in order to fight the descendants of the baddies that her ancestor faced. It is aimed squarely at the teenage market. 

Two other major studios are also pushing on with rival Wizard of Oz projects. Joe Roth, one of the producers of Alice, met with Disney last week to discuss a 3D prequel to the original film called Brick, which reveals how the Wizard, who like Dorothy comes from Kansas, originally arrived in Oz. 

Meanwhile Universal is developing a film version of the hit musical Wicked, a spin-off of Baum's tale which is told from the perspective of the witches, and has been one of the most lucrative new shows on both Broadway and in the West End of the past decade.

In the eyes of the public, the biggest question about any Wizard of Oz remake is who would play Dorothy?
The most obvious US teenage names are Miley Cyrus, who boasts close ties to Disney and a strong following in the "tween" market, Dakota Fanning, and the Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin. They are already stars in their own right, though. And the recent trend for film-makers is to plump for a complete unknown. 

Who would you like to see play Dorothy?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Invention of Hugo Cabret casting news

Auditions for the two children to star in Martin Scorsese's up-coming foray into the world of family entertainment have been taking place in the UK, US and Australia over the past couple of months. The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be based on Brian Selznick’s gorgeous kids’ adventure about a 12-year-old orphan living in the walls of a Parisian train station in the 1930s and trying to keep his father’s inventive legacy and memory alive.

Recent casting rumours have suggested Asa Butterfield (star of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and the about to be released Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang) will take the lead role of Hugo Cabret.

With experienced 13 year old American actress Chloe Moretz (about to hit our screens in Kick-Ass alongside Aaron Johnson) cast as his eccentric friend Isabelle. Chloe has confirmed she'll have an English accent for the film.

Filming is scheduled to take place in Paris and the UK from June.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Skins series 5 and 6 open auditions!

It has been confirmed that Skins will returning for two more series to be filmed back-to-back with a new set of characters and cast.

Open auditions are to be held to find the 3rd generation of Skins characters.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

The new Nanny McPhee children

Asa Butterfield, Eros Vlahos, Lillian Woods, Oscar Steer, Rosie Taylor-Ritson

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is in UK cinemas from 26th March.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Gemma Factor

Essential viewing for all fame-hungry wannabes - BBC3's new comedy drama The Gemma Factor starts tonight, Tuesday 9th March at 10.30pm.

Set in West Yorkshire, it tells the tale of Gemma Collinge who wants to be famous and hounded by the world's press by the time she turns 21.

Gemma is played by newcomer Anna Gilthorpe (represented by Scott Marshall Partners), originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Anna recently graduated from The Royal Academy of Music after studying musical theatre. She is also a veteran of the NYMT.

Living in a tiny backwater, Gemma dreams of escaping to the Big Smoke for the bright lights and all its trappings – soon.
Supporting her in her dream are her high-camp friend Jeff and her more grounded workmate, Nell. But Gemma lives with her no-nonsense Nan, who has absolutely no understanding of her all-consuming aspiration.
Gemma is sweet, desperately na├»ve and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal.  An agent who has a criminal record for allegedly selling a panto dancer into the white slave trade is no barrier, nor are a string of gigs barely touching the periphery of the entertainment business. Gemma remains undeterred, relentlessly optimistic and wholly endearing.
A breath of fresh optimism through the eyes of a determined starlet...

Open casting call for new CBBC drama Sadie Jones


OPEN CALL FOR CBBC SADIE JONES

CBBC ARE LOOKING FOR HUGE NEW TALENT FOR A NEW SITCOM

WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING:

SADIE JONES


AGED 11 - 14

THE SHOW IS ABOUT THIS CHARACTER SO SHE NEEDS TO HAVE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL!! BAGS OF CONFIDENCE & CHARM!

Sadie isn't your average pink obsessed, bubble brained girly girl. And neither does she want to be. But with her teens fast approaching she's made a conscious decision to express her feminine side, even if she often ends up being, well, a bit rubbish at it. Bright as a button, quick-witted and fiery tempered, Girls will want to be her (or be friends with her), whilst the guys will find her funny and smart.

Sadie is a rebel with a cause. Determined to express her individuality against the odds, she's unafraid to take the initiative and go for what she wants.


DEDE


Aged 11 - 14

DeDe is the real tomboy of the bunch. That's not to say DeDe's your run of the mill, stereotypical footie playing tomboy. DeDe's passion is science (she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up) and so the whole dolls and dresses thing passed her by – she wanted a Biochemistry Set instead of a Barbie. Hardly a surprise then that the two “boyish” girls became best buds. But whilst Sadie has embraced becoming a Lady, DeDe is doing everything she can to avoid it.

But that's the charm of this character. She gets 99% of all pop cultural references wrong, she consistently dresses like Dora the Explorer at a knitting convention and she knows exactly when Sadie and Kit are doing something wrong. Yet she loves them and their company and she's desperately trying to allow herself and her mates to learn from their mistakes. In an age of ultra savvy, switched-on kids, achingly virtuous DeDe is a breath of fresh air

KIT


Aged 12 - 14

Comic Hook: Flamboyant Drama Queen

Every show needs a 'Showman' and Kit certainly doesn't disappoint! From jazz hands to tap shoes, a dazzling smile to a dashing BEBO profile – Kit's got the lot. Sort of. And what he lacks, he makes up for in sheer, unbridled self belief. He’s desperate to 'make it', whatever 'making it' means. Kit's made a bee line for the creative arts as he is convinced this is the only environment in which he can be himself. Though his acting/dancing/singing/writing/interpretative mime leave A LOT to be desired!

Like Will & Grace's Jack McFarland, High School Musical's Ryan Evans or Ugly Betty's Justin Suarez before him, Kit Karter is flamboyant, fabulous and hilarious. But unlike his predecessors he's no fluffy push over. In fact it's pretty safe to assume that under that glittering exterior lies a heart of gold and a gritty strength of character, unafraid to fight for who and what he loves. No wonder he's Sadie's rock.

DANNY


Aged 9 - 11

Comic Hook: The Hyperactive Dynamo – think second, act first!

Danny is as energetic (and cute) as one of those Pink Duracell bunnies, he's a force of nature. Full of rubbish nicknames for people, bad 'robot' moves and complicated takes on 'high fiving' Danny can't sit still for more than five minutes.

A proper little boy Danny is a wreckless, hyperactive dynamo whom we will adore.


JAKE


Aged 9 - 11

In this relationship it's Danny who is in the driving seat and Jake is more than happy to go along for the ride. A natural follower not a leader, Jake has had his fingers burned several times by agreeing to go along with one of Danny's ideas. But he's the Yin to Danny's Yang and if he won't go along with it, who will? Thus the pair have a catalogue of misadventures, during which Jake usually got the short end of the stick...

Jake is more of a thinker than a talker... so when he does speak, it's to impart some pretty profound thoughts!


CASTING WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY SO PLEASE EMAIL THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED  for more information.

PLEASE ONLY SUGGEST YOUNGSTERS THAT FIT THE ABOVE ROLES, WE ARE LOOKING FOR TOP TALENT!!!

Shooting July 26th for 13 weeks.

THE OPEN AUDITION IS BEING HELD ON SATURDAY 20TH MARCH.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

First pic Never Let Me Go

The new issue of Empire has the first official image from the highly-anticipated new feature film adaption of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Never Let Me Go showing stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

While Keira Knightley is the name brand star here, it's Carey Mulligan who is the star of the picture. "Obviously having Keira on board helped raise finances a little," Romanek told the magazine, "But we had to have Carey in the lead role." And this was even before she broke out during Sundance 2009 with "An Education." Regardless, when he and the producers saw the picture in Utah, they knew they had made the right choice. "We saw [An Education] early at Sundance and after seeing Carey on screen, we knew she was a serious move star in the making."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Last Airbender

 
  

Dev Patel stars as Zuko in Paramount Pictures' The Last Airbender (2010). Dev (represented by Curtis Brown) started his acting career as Anwar in the first two series of Skins and then shot to fame in the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two more series of The Sarah Jane Adventures

CBBC has commissioned two new series (24 x 30-minutes) of hugely successful Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. The series made its debut on CBBC in 2007, with viewing figures continuing to grow year on year.
The fourth series, set to air this autumn, will again star Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane. Young actors Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony and Anjli Mohindra return as popular regulars Luke, Clyde and Rani.
The new adventures will feature the usual mixture of thrills, scares and fun with enemies old and new, including the terrors of the Nightmare Man, the sinister Shansheeth, the series' first visit to an alien world, and even a dangerous journey back into history.
The series will go into production in Cardiff later this month with series three producer Nikki Wilson stepping up alongside Russell T Davies as executive producer and new producer Brian Minchin joining the team.
Damian Kavanagh says: "We are thrilled to be making many more episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
"It is been a huge ratings and critical success on CBBC and we hope our viewers are going to be hooked on Sarah Jane's action-packed adventures for some time to come."
BBC Wales Head of English Language Programmes, Clare Hudson, says: "The idea for The Sarah Jane Adventures sprang from the success of Doctor Who and it has since rocketed in popularity in its own right, thanks to the vision, talent and hard work of the show's brilliant cast and crew."
The fifth series will go into production in 2011 for transmission later that year.

Grandpa in my Pocket

Grandpa in my Pocket, which has just launched its second series on children’s channel CBeebies.
The show, which features the escapades of a shrinking grandfather, has been a hit both in the UK and in more than 100 countries worldwide. The programme is produced and filmed in Cardiff.

Producer Mellie Buse describes the casting for the actor to play the lead role of Grandpa's imaginative seven year old grandson (played by Jay Ruckley).

“We had James Bollam on board for a long time before it was even commissioned,” explains Mellie.
“But it was vitally important for the whole project that we got the right boy. We had about 400 boys to see and we couldn’t cast the rest of the family until we got the right boy.
“We were willing to bring the right boy to Wales no matter where in the country they came from. We would have brought the whole family. We saw a lot of boys but still hadn’t found the right one. Then it got to about the 392nd boy. It was the last afternoon of auditions and the last hour and we thought we were going to have to start the whole process over again when Jay Buckley walked in.

“He had a twinkle in his eye, he opened his mouth and his voice was perfect and he was really good at doing the voice over, which is actually quite difficult to master.
“We knew we had him and then we found out he was from Barry, how perfect was that?
“And of course we also had Shaheen Jafargholi on the first series before he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
“He played Troy, the bad boy next door. Shaheen told us he could sing and offered to do Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We had him in the studio and he opened his voice and we were just blown away. It was amazing to think that a year later he was singing at Michael Jackson’s funeral.

“There is such a wealth of talent in Cardiff and Wales, so we are really lucky to be here.”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Incarceron

Hugh Jackman's film company Seed has clinched the rights to a film tipped to be the next Harry Potter.

Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights for British author Catherine Fisher's young-adult novel "Incarceron." John Palermo will produce via Seed Productions, Palermo and Hugh Jackman's Fox-based company. The studio is going out to directors and writers right away to get the project going.

Fisher, who was born in Newport, Wales, has penned several mythic fantasy novels. Incarceron tells the story of a young boy who lives in a prison that is its own society.

The following is how publisher the Penguin Group describes the book:

A thrilling, high-concept fantasy for fans of Garth Nix and Nancy Farmer.

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.


The fantasy book, which was released three weeks ago in the US and in the UK in 2007, has already secured a place on the New York Times children's bestsellers list. Fisher's follow-up, titled Sapphique, is due out in the US next January.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Some Dogs Bite

Thomas Sangster's latest film AWOL has a new name Some Dogs Bite. Watch out for its release later this year. Read more about the film which wrapped in November last year here.

Daniel Radcliffe preparing to say goodbye to Harry Potter

These days, everybody is looking forward to seeing the back-to-back films that will finish off Hollywood's beloved boy-wizard franchise with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Everybody, that is, except the series star.

"It will be very sad when it comes to a finishing," Daniel Radcliffe said of his rapidly diminishing days working on the final "Potter" film. "But it's something you have to accept."

All the fans can take solace in knowing they won't have to say goodbye to Harry and his friends for quite some time. The first "Deathly Hallows" film won't hit movie screens until this November, the second part arrives in July of 2011, and if that isn't enough, you can always get your fix at the soon-to-open theme park.

Radcliffe, who began the series at age 11 and is now 20 years old, has already begun the goodbyes.
"Yeah, we've had a few people finish off their stories in the film, and they've been going home," Radcliffe said of actors like Helena Bonham Carter, who told us recently that she wrapped a few months ago. "It is odd [seeing them leave].
"I did have a moment the other day, in the makeup room that I have been in for 10 years now," he revealed. "I did walk in and go, 'Wow, this is [hitting me]. One day — in about four or five months from now — I'm gonna walk in here for the last time.' Especially since, after we're done shooting, they're redoing the entire studio, tearing down and starting again."

So get ready to shed a few tears, Potter fans, as Harry's world will begin to come down sooner than you might expect. But Radcliffe was also quick to point out that the series has done a lot of wonderful things, including bringing an increased film presence to the actor's native land.

"It's going to be amazing," he said of the renovation of the stages that have housed "Potter" for a decade. "A big investment is going into Leavesden [Studios], and England will finally have a third film studio. They've always had Shepperton and Pinewood, but to have Leavesden? That will do wonders for the film industry in England, which is always a struggle to keep going."

With Warner Bros. recently announcing plans to purchase the studios and establish a permanent U.K. base, Radcliffe told us that it's just another reason the "Harry Potter" films have been such a joy to work on.
"What's been amazing about Potter is that Potter has been the major film in England for the last 10 years," explained the star, who also recently used his star power for good while filming a public-service announcement in support of the Trevor Project. "[Our films] have given a lot of people jobs, myself included."

And as for his upcoming second decade in Hollywood, Radcliffe said he won't spend it looking backward. "It's also very exciting [to be finishing the series]," he said. "And I'll hopefully have something to go onto shortly afterwards."

Monday, March 1, 2010

RTS Programme Award nominations

CBBC dramas MI High and The Sarah Jane Adventures go head to head in the nominations for best Children's Drama in the 2009 Royal Television Society Programme awards. Also nominated is Roy.

E4's acclaimed Misfits deservedly picks up two nominations - for best Drama Series and Howard Overman for Drama Writer.

The Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2009 will take place on March 16 at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

UPDATE 16th March 2010:
SJA misses out again, Children's Drama award won by Roy.
MISFITS misses out this year  - but will no doubt be back next year!

Tracy Beaker to Return again

CBBC has commissioned a second season of its series Tracy Beaker Returns, starring Dani Harmer as a teen living in foster care, which will be produced in Newcastle for air in 2011.


Additionally, Dani will team with CBBC's Newsround for a special, The Real Tracy Beaker, also for 2011.  her across the country as she investigates what life is like for real kids living in foster homes.  Tracy Beaker Returns launched on CBBC in January 2010, the series is also available for download on BBC iPlayer.