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‘Their Finest’ Closing Santa Barbera Fest, Set for March Release

DEADLINE – The Santa Barbara Film Festival and EuropaCorp said today that the 32nd annual festival will close with the Lone Scherfig’s comedy drama Their Finest at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, February 11 in advance of the film’s March 24 stateside release. The Santa Barbara Film Festival runs February 1-11.

Their Finest is written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel by Lissa Evans, and stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant. Pic follows a female scriptwriter (Arterton) hired by the British ministry to change the female dialogue in the country’s propaganda films during World War II. Her work is soon recognized by a charming lead scriptwriter (Claflin) who teams with her to make an epic feature about the Battle of Dunkirk starring a has-been movie star Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy).

SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement, “Lone’s deeply touching film is authentic, funny and depicts the power that cinema has to bring people together and share their stories. It was the perfect choice to close this year’s festival.”

Their Finest
is produced by Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer and Elizabeth Karlsen. Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Robert Norris, Ivan Dunleavy, Peter Watson, Zygi Kamasa and Thorsten Schumacher serve as EPs. Pic is produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films.

Their Finest premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also played the London Film Festival. EuropaCorp bought it out of TIFF with a seven-figure P&A commitment.

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“My Cousin Rachel” in Theaters May 5, 2017

VARIETY Fox Searchlight has set a May 5 limited release date for its mystery-drama “My Cousin Rachel,” starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.

Roger Michell directed from his own script, adapted from the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier that’s mostly set on an estate in Cornwall. Kevin Loader is the producer.

Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, and Pierfrancesco Favino also star in the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

My Cousin Rachel” was previously adapted into a 1952 film by Nunnally Johnson and directed by Henry Koster. Olivia de Havilland starred with Richard Burton, who earned his first of his seven Academy Award acting nominations for his role as Philip Ashley.

Filming took place last spring in England and Italy. Fox Searchlight announced the news Friday on Twitter.

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Sam Claflin to Receive Spotlight Award at 2016 Savannah Film Festival

PRNEWSIWRE – The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce honorees, guests and the complete film line-up for the 2016 Savannah Film Festival. Mahershala Ali will receive the Discovery Award, Sam Claflin and Molly Shannon will receive Spotlight Awards, and Miles Teller will receive the Vanguard Award. Held in downtown Savannah, the Festival runs from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 29.

Sam Claflin will receive the Spotlight Award on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Claflin will participate in a Q&A following the screening of “Me Before You” with director Thea Sharrock and producer Alison Owen. Claflin’s credits include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Friday,” “The Riot Club,” “Love, Rosie,” “The Quiet Ones,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Huntsman: Winter War,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Mary & Martha,” “White Heat,” “United,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Any Human Heart,” and “The Lost Future.” He has just finished filming “My Cousin Rachel”‘ alongside Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger and in 2017 will star in Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest” alongside Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” After Party
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60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” After Party

One last event Sam has attended today at the 60th LFI London Film Festival was the after party for Their Finest. HQ photos have been added to the gallery. Be sure to check them out! The pics are adorable!

60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” Mayor’s Centrepiece Gala
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60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” Mayor’s Centrepiece Gala

Sam attended the Mayor’s Centrepiece Gala screening of “Their Finest” tonight during the 60th BFI London Film Festival! He looked so handsome! He was seen with his co-stars, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, director, Lone Scherfig, and more. Sam’s beautiful wife, Laura Haddock was also in attendance. Over 200+ high quality photos have been added to the gallery!

60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” Photocall & Press Conference
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60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” Photocall & Press Conference

Earlier today, Sam attended the photocall and press conference for Their Finest during the 60th BFI London Film Festival. You can find a bunch of HQ photos in the gallery! Keep checking back for more photos!

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Sam Attends Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 – Emporio Armani

Today, Sam attended the Emporio Armani show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017. He looked super great as always. I’ve added a few photos to the gallery, hopefully we’ll have more soon!

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(Video) “Their Finest” Cast Interview with Deadline

DEADLINE – Danish director Lone Scherfig continues her path to British citizenship with Their Finest, which took its world premiere bow at the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend. It’s her fourth British film in a row, after An Education, One Day and The Riot Club, and follows a group of characters in wartime London as they mount an heroic film production for the British government’s propaganda machine. When Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is seconded to pen a screenplay, she is immersed in an hilarious and warm theatrical world that includes characters like prima donna ham actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy, on masterful form) and her handsome co-writer Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin).

Based on Lissa Evans’ novel and scripted by Gaby Chiappe, Scherfig’s film paints a rich and nuanced picture of life for those in London who weren’t off fighting, but who still made enormous contributions to the war effort as they dealt with nightly bombings during The Blitz. And it has something meaningful to say about the work of women, especially, in keeping the country running.

Its moviemaking backdrop was what attracted Scherfig, she told me, as she and her cast descended on the Deadline Toronto studio. “It’s a little window in film history where films have never been more important,” she noted.

Arterton shines in the lead, bringing truth and depth of emotion to the film as its parody of the world of 1940s film production keeps the tone light. “There’s broad strokes in this film,” she said, “but everything’s done with such detail that it makes it not-brash. That’s down to Lone’s attention to detail. Little tiny things that you might not even catch, really, but she sees and thinks about.”

Nighy gets the plummiest of plum parts as the monstrously egotistical Hilliard, and he was on typically riotous form at the Deadline studio. “They were looking for someone to play a chronically self-absorbed, pompous actor in his declining years, and they thought of me,” he quipped. “Which is tricky to process on occasion, but I suppose I should be just grateful for the work.”

The great skill of the film, though, is that even Hilliard’s arch character gets to demonstrate a softer side. Says Scherfig: “Ambrose Hilliard changes over the course of the film, as much as someone as vain and ignorant of what goes on around him can change.”