Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wolfblood returns to CBBC for series 2

Fantasy action drama Wolfblood returns to CBBC on September 9th for a fast-paced second series, following the lives of teenagers Maddy and Rhydian and their secret lives as wolfbloods.

Wolfbloods like Maddy and Rhydian have razor sharp senses with an amazing sense of smell and are incredibly fast and super strong. They also change into wolves every full moon…

The 13x30-minute series follows the two seemingly ordinary teenagers who are secretly part of the mysterious wolfblood race who have lived amongst us for centuries, disguising their abilities and blending in. Fans have an extra treat this time too as, in addition to the 13 episodes on CBBC, there will also be an exclusive ‘secret’ 14th episode which will be shown on the CBBC Red Button and on the CBBC website, plus a brand new Wolfblood game which will also be on the CBBC website.

The intense trials and tribulations of school, friendships, heartbreak and mystery continue in this second series, as Rhydian unexpectedly returns to Stoneybridge putting Maddy and her family in danger.

Spencer Campbell, Wolfblood’s executive producer, said: “We had a great reaction to the first series and are looking forward to introducing some exciting new characters this time round. Series two is packed full of surprises. Maddy and Rhydian are still learning about who they are, whilst trying to avoid discovery, and I think they have grown up a lot. It may be complicated being a teenager, but it's even more difficult when you’re a wolfblood teenager!”

Wolfblood stars Bobby Lockwood (Rhydian), Aimee Kelly (Maddy), Louisa Connolly-Burnham (Shannon) and Kedar Williams-Stirling (Tom) and was filmed entirely on location in Northumberland.

Wolfblood was created by Debbie Moon and is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE.

Q&A with Bobby Lockwood (Rhydian)

What’s it like being back filming series 2?
Great! I really missed all the guys and this series is amazing.

Were you surprised by the success of series one?
A bit. I think we were all aware of the potential of the show but it’s great to see that people seemed to love it.

For anyone who hasn’t seen Wolfblood, can you give a bit of background to bring them up to speed?
It is set in Stonybridge, a little village that has a Wolfblood family (humans who can transform into wolves). The show is about how the Wolfbloods try to live normal lives and keep their secret.

What can viewers expect from the second series?
A lot more drama - and a lot more wolves!

Has Rhydian changed much in this series?
A lot has happened to him and I think he has grown up. The wild wasn’t exactly good to him but it taught him a lot.

Are you still enjoying playing Rhydian? Is it a challenge?
I love playing him. He is quite a complex character especially for a kid’s show, so can be quite tough at times but is always great fun.

What’s his relationship with Maddy like in this series?
They are still very close but you’ll have to tune in to see how they get on in this series!

Are there any new characters you can tell us about?
You’ll be introduced to some of the wild pack. They’re a crazy bunch!

What’s it like playing a Wolfblood? How do you get in the right frame of mind?
There are quite a lot of growls and frowns before action to get you thinking…

What’s the best thing about being in Wolfblood?
Definitely the cast and crew. It’s a really close group of hard working people who all want to make a great show.

If you were a Wolfblood in real life, what would be the first thing you would do?
Probably scare my older brother!

Q&A with Aimee Kelly (Maddy)

What can we expect from the new series of Wolfblood?
Lots of new storylines and new, exciting characters…

Did you think the first series would be as popular as it was?
We didn’t know it was going to be as big as it was - I guess we just tried our best. We’re really pleased that people liked it.

For those who haven’t seen the show, can you tell us a bit about your character Maddy?
She’s adventurous, brave and the leader, but she is also always pulled back by the need to do the right thing.

Has she changed much since the start of the first series?
Yes, a lot! The situations she’s been put in have made her grow up. She has matured a lot in this series.

Where do you film the series?
In and around a place called Rowlands Gill near Newcastle upon Tyne.

What’s a typical day like on set?
Fast-paced, fun, and a good atmosphere. Oh, and sometimes cold!

How do you get on with Bobby, who plays Rhydian?
We’re best friends. He always says he was hired to keep me in line!

Is it difficult to act when special effects are added in post production? Do you need a good imagination to picture the wolves in the shot?
It was odd at first but you learn to see the tennis ball - they use a tennis ball for us to focus on, representing where the wolf would be – as a character.

Can you share any secret snippets from series two to tempt us into watching?
I think the main thing is that Maddy and Rydian have a lot of obstacles to face… a LOT!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Henry Lloyd-Hughes to star in Madame Bovary

Henry Lloyd-Hughes is set to star alongside Mia Wasikowska in a new  film adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel Madame Bovary.

28 year old Henry (represented in the UK by Curtis Brown) will play Charles Bovary, the provincial doctor husband of Emma (Mia Wasikowska) who endeavors to love her despite her revolt against the ordinariness of her life.

He's best known to TV audiences as Mark Donovan from The Inbetweeners, and played Kenneth Hume opposite Ruth Negga in the Shirley Bassey biopic, but after starring in British indies Weekender and period time-travel drama Dimensions,  this is his first major leading international film role.

This new adaptation of the classic novel by Rose Barreneche is described as a period piece that will remain faithful to Gustave Flaubert’s original story, but will be "a fresh retelling, emphasizing the more youthful and contemporary themes."

Madame Bovary will also star Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. It will be directed by Sophie Barthes, and is set to start shooting this autumn in Europe.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First look at All at Sea

Here's a first look at the young cast of All At Sea, a brand-new children’s drama due to air on CBBC this autumn, currently filming on location in Scarborough and in studios in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

12 year old Ryan Wilkinson plays Charlie, with Olivia Cosgrove and Sam Hattersley as his best friends Alison and Ben. Milly Zero plays Charlie’s older sister Hannah, and Adam Greaves-Neal is his little brother Louie.

The colourful 13x30 minute series (previously known as Family By Sea and Charlie and the Alien) is centred around an imaginative 10-year-old boy named Charlie, whose family have recently moved from London to run a bed and breakfast by the sea in Scarborough.

Escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life, Charlie - who lives in the B&B with his mum and dad, 14-year-old sister Hannah and little brother Louie who is seven - loves his new-found freedom and exploring the town that has become their new seaside home.

Alongside his best friends Ben and Alison, Charlie roams the beaches, arcades and fish and chip shops of Scarborough, coming up with a variety of mischievous schemes and plans along the way. He also occasionally encounters his mum and dad’s B&B guests who are often friendly to Charlie... but sometimes regret that later!

Connal Orton, All At Sea’s executive producer, says: “All at Sea is a funny, fast-paced comedy set on the beautiful Scarborough coastline and we’re loving being on location there. It’s a really colourful series and we hope that CBBC viewers will enjoy seeing what scrapes Charlie and his friends get into.”

All At Sea also stars Nicola Stephenson as Charlie's mum Helen, and Steve Edge as his dad Kevin.

The series will start on CBBC this autumn.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunshine on Leith trailer

Check out the trailer to director Dexter Fletcher's new feature Sunshine on Leith starring George Mackay, Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas and Freya Mavor.

It's a film adaptation of Stephen Greenhorn's hit stage musical featuring the music of The Proclaimers, the tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships.

 It's out in cinemas 4th October 2013.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Skins star lands lead role in Honeytrap

Skins star Jessica Sula has been cast in the lead role of Layla in Honeytrap, the debut feature film from Rebecca Johnson (writer/director of award-winning short film Top Girl and Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ 2009) – a co-production by Bright Pictures and Fierce Productions.

19 year old Jessica (represented by Waring and McKenna) is best known for her role as Grace Blood in the multiple-award winning E4 series Skins, beating 8,000 other actors to win the role, and recently appeared in ITV's Love and Marriage. Honeytrap is her debut film role.

Producer Sarah Sulick said: “Our casting director did an exhaustive search and we saw many talented actresses, but Jessica really stood out. The fact that she is of Trinidadian descent – like our main character – adds another layer of authenticity to a story that is very much rooted in a specific place and time: contemporary South London.

Writer and director Rebecca Johnson said: “The urban genre has not been explored from the female perspective before and it’s time this side of the story was told. Jessica is a rare talent who will bring Layla to searing life. I’m very excited to have found her.”

Honeytrap tells the story of fifteen-year-old Layla, who sets up the boy who’s in love with her to be killed. The story is based on true events, inspired by several cases that have taken place in South London in recent years.

When eighteen-year-old rapper Troy picks Layla out of the crowd, she is swept into a romance that brings popularity, status and sexual awakening - until Troy discards her and she loses everything. Determined to win him back, Layla vows to rebuild herself in Troy’s image, becoming a heartless, hardened player. But, despite her boasts that she is just using him, she also finds her first true friend in sixteen-year-old Shaun. As the forces she has set in motion start to collide, Layla must choose: between the two boys, between desire and friendship, between power and connection to another human being.

As part of the production, and in line with Rebecca’s work under Fierce Productions, 15-20 young people from Brixton will join the production team and shadow the crew. The Training and Mentoring scheme has been funded by The Walcot Foundation and the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.

Principal photography on Honeytrap will begin on location in Brixton, London on Monday 2nd September for four weeks.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How I Live Now trailer

Kevin Macdonald’s big screen adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s multi award winning novel How I Live Now is in cinemas in the UK from October 4th. Starring Saoirse Ronan, George Mackay, Tom Holland and 11 year old Harley Bird as Piper.

Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), a teenage New Yorker, is sent to England one summer to stay with cousins she has never met before. Immersed in a dreamy pastoral idyll she soon falls madly in love with her cousin Eddie (George Mackay). Their summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a 21st century World War when, along with Eddie's younger siblings Isaac (Tom Holland) and Piper (Harley Bird), they are forced to fend for themselves. Eventually separated, Daisy is forced on a terrifying journey to be reunited with the boy she loves. Eddie is never far from Daisy’s mind but as her journey to find him gets more desperate, the idea of what she may or may not find begins to consume and haunt her.

Check out the amazing new trailer below:

Monday, August 5, 2013

First look at The Book Thief

An international open casting call was held last year to find the young girl to star in 20th Century Fox's The Book Thief, the Michael Petroni-scripted adaptation of the best-selling Marcus Zusak novel.

It was announced back in February that 12 year old French-Canadian youngster Sophie Nélisse landed the role and with filming now complete, the film is scheduled for release in November.

Director Brian Percival described the casting search to USA Today. He  knew it was crucial to find the right actress to play Liesel Meminger, but after seeing "thousands" of actresses from around the globe, Percival was stuck as he prepared for the film.

"Some were good in different ways but nobody was actually Liesel," he says. "And it was key that we found someone who didn't have to act it so much as just be Liesel."

When he received the audition tape of 12-year-old French Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse, Percival knew he had found the perfect person to play the vibrant girl mired in Nazi Germany.

"It was quite uncanny, this kid. I was taken right away," says Percival. "It was this mixture of naive innocence but at the same time she's actually quite ballsy. You feel that you can get kneed in the groin at any point."

Sophie stars alongside Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, who play the two play German foster parents who care for Liesel before hiding a young Jewish man (Ben Schnetzer) in their working-class home. Liesel discovers the joy of reading to such an extent that she resorts to stealing ever-scarce books.

"It's a big ask to have someone that age carry such a key role. If Sophie didn't get it right, everyone else would have struggled around her, fortunately, she just nailed it." said Percival.

Even though she starred in 2011's Monsieur Lazhar, Oscar-nominated for best foreign film, Nélisse described accepting the Book Thief role as daunting.

"There were so many big actors (already cast) I thought they'd say, 'Oh, she's not very good.' " said Nélisse, who turned 13 during filming. "But after the first week they found that I was not that bad!"

12 year old German actor Nico Liersch plays Rudi Steiner,  Liesel's best friend described as having a heart of gold and a lust for life.

Ben Schnetzer, and American actor trained at Guildhall drama school in London, stars as the refugee Max who Liesl befriends.

The Book Thief is due for release this November.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Agency books open for 16 - 21 year olds

The Inbetweeners Movie 2 confirmed

The creative team behind 2011’s smash hit The Inbetweeners Movie today confirmed that a second movie is in production and will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland early August 2014.

The follow-up to the UK’s most successful comedy film of all time will be shot later this year, reuniting the hapless Will (Simon Bird), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas) for a new big-screen adventure.

Creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley commented, "We couldn't be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie with Simon, Joe, James and Blake. Frankly it's pathetic how much we've all missed each other. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie."

Rumours have previously circulated that the sequel would be based around a wedding. The first film smashed UK box office records on its opening weekend in 2011 and went on to become one of the biggest-selling comedy DVDs of all time.

Film4 and Channel 4 will co-finance and produce the new film through Bwark Productions.