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Joanna Lumley Joins Cast Of ITV Black Comedy ‘Finding Alice’ From ‘Happy Valley’s Red Production Company

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Joanna Lumley Joins Cast Of ITV Black Comedy ‘Finding Alice’ From ‘Happy Valley’s Red Production Company
Joanna Lumley, the star of Absolutely Fabulous and Paddington 2, is among a number of British actors to join the cast of ITV’s black comedy Finding Alice.

Made by Happy Valley producer Red Production Company, the six-part season was co-created by Line Of Duty star Keeley Hawes, who has previously been announced in the lead role.

Lumley will play the mother of Hawes’ character Alice, whose husband suddenly dies after falling down the stairs of their new dream home. Alice’s father will be played by Nigel Havers.

Other cast include Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack), Kenneth Cranham (Hatton Garden), Isabella Pappas (Paranoid) and Sharon Rooney (The Capture).

Hawes created Finding Alice with Roger Goldby and Simon Nye, who have written the show. Red founder Nicola Shindler is the executive producer alongside Hawes, Goldby and Nye. Goldby is directing the first three episodes, while Juliet May also directs.
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Keeley Hawes Takes Title Role in Darkly Comic ITV Drama ‘Finding Alice’ (Exclusive)

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Keeley Hawes Takes Title Role in Darkly Comic ITV Drama ‘Finding Alice’ (Exclusive)
Keeley Hawes will take the title role in “Finding Alice,” a drama series for ITV about a woman who loses her husband in a freak accident only to find he has left her to unravel a trail of secrets, debt and criminality.

Hawes, who is hot off her star turn in Emmy-nominated “Bodyguard,” created the project, which will trace Alice’s darkly comic journey, with writer-director Roger Goldby and Simon Nye, one of the U.K.’s top TV scribes.

The six-parter picks up events after Alice’s partner of 20 years, Harry, falls down the stairs and dies soon after the couple move into the dream home he designed. Alice discovers that some men, including her late ex, hide stuff that they don’t want to deal with, and that Harry was worse than most.

ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, commissioned the series. Production will start early next year.
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Win The Time of Their Lives on DVD

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Author: Competitions

Join Golden Globe® winner Dame Joan Collins, Academy Award® nominee Pauline Collins and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero on a road trip like no other, by entering our competition to win one of three DVDs of Roger Goldby’s feel-good comedy The Time Of Their Lives, which releases on Blu-ray and DVD from 31 July 2017; pre-order now from Amazon.

Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral on the glamorous French hideaway of Ile-de-Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a dwindling marriage.

Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road in a race to get to Île-de- Ré, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another – and have the time of their lives.
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The Time of Their Lives review – depressingly cardboard pensioners' comedy

Joan Collins and Pauline Collins play silver-years friends on a jolly to a funeral in France, in a sentimental comedy that tests indulgence to the limits

There is a creeping and depressing awfulness to this sentimental silver-years comedy, whose silly and twee style of humour and cardboard characterisation jar with its strained moments of attempted poignancy. It stars Joan Collins as the former movie star Helen, now washed up in a retirement home, who bamboozles an unhappy grandmother (Pauline Collins) into travelling with her to France for her ex-lover’s funeral. There, they have adventures with a gallant Italian artist (Franco Nero). Pauline Collins plays a next-gen variation on her Shirley Valentine persona, just as she did in a comparably terrible Brit film called Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War, from 2002. Writer-director Roger Goldby has a great track record in television and, incidentally, executive-produced Rebecca Johnson’s tremendous urban drama Honeytrap.
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World Premiere Interviews: Joan Collins & Franco Nero on The Time of Their Lives

Author: Jon Lyus

Last night the red carpet was unfurled once more in the capital for the World Premiere of Roger Goldby’s The Time of Their Lives. The event was held at the Curzon Mayfair in London and was attended by Dame Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero, Sian Reeves, Andres Velencoso and Allene Quincy. The director Roger Goldby and producers Sir Tim Rice and Sarah Sulick were also on hand to talk through the production.

We spoke to Dame Joan and Franco Nero, who talked about his work on the classic 1981 movie Enter the Ninja which he admits he ended up directing much of. He also confirms he’ll appear in John Wick 3, which is great news as it’s another piece of confirmation that Keanu Reeves will be back as the eponymous hitman.

Photo by Colin Hart

Scott Davis and Colin Hart were our men on the
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The Time of Their Lives Review

Author: Stefan Pape

To label The Time of Their Lives as a flawed endeavour would be something of an understatement, and yet there’s a hesitancy to be overly critical, for this Roger Goldby endeavour represents a unique cinematic experience; as one that features elderly women in the leading roles, and allows actresses nuanced, layered characters to delve into – which should be celebrated, regardless of the fact we’re dealing with a melodrama that makes Dynasty feel like it had been directed by Ken Loach.

Talking of the aforementioned soap opera, Joan Collins takes on the leading role of Helen, a former movie star, now without any of the money she once owned, but with equal amount of style and grace. Struggling to come to terms with her has-been status, she is thrilled to encounter a fan, the timid Priscilla (Pauline Collins), who appears to have had all of her
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Joan Collins and Pauline Collins star in Trailer and Poster for The Time of Their Lives

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Author: Zehra Phelan

In 2015, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel stuck two fingers up at the film industry with the Paolo Sorrentino directed Youth. It proved to the whole industry just because you’ve reached a certain age doesn’t mean you’ve lost your talent or appeal to the movie going public. In fact over the last few years we have seen actors such as Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro all prove they are all digging their heels in and not going anywhere.

Now it’s time for the ladies to get in on the act with Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins – who we last saw make an appearance in last year’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (The Last Dragon Slayer, Albert Nobbs) and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero (Django, Django Unchained) all starring in the upcoming feel-good comedy, The Time of Their Lives
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Joan Collins in the trailer for The Time of Their Lives – video

Joan Collins stars in a British comedy about a former Hollywood sex siren who is stuck in a retirement home, but when her ex-lover dies she breaks out and heads for France to be at the funeral, along with the unhappily married Pauline Collins. Franco Nero, of 1966 cult western Django renown, is along for the ride as a wealthy Italian recluse. Directed by Roger Goldby, The Time of Their Lives is released in the UK on 10 March

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Afm: Independent boards Joan Collins comedy

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The Time Of Their Lives is written and directed by Roger Goldby.

Independent has boarded Bright Pictures and Daryl Prince ProductionsThe Time Of Their Lives ahead of the Afm.

The company will represent available territories on the comedy written and directed by Roger Goldby and starring Dame Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and Franco Nero.

It follows former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) who, determined to gate-crash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of repressed English housewife Priscilla (Pauline Collins). In a race to get to the funeral on time, they become involved in a romantic triangle with a reclusive Italian painter (Nero).

Produced by Sarah Sulick and Azim Bolkiah, the film is executive produced by Sir Tim Rice, who will also be writing a song for the film. Stephen Warbeck will be composing the music for the film.

Independent will be holding a screening to show first footage of the
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Joan Collins-Pauline Collins comedy underway in France

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Exclusive: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.

Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).

In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.

The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best
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Joan Collins-Pauline Collins comedy gets underway in France

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Exclusive: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.

Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).

In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.

The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best
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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex
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Fortissimo gets Joan Collins comedy

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Fortissimo gets Joan Collins comedy
Fortissimo to introduce the project at the Efm and handle world-wide sales on the film.

Fortissimo Films has acquired comedy The Time of Their Lives, from writer-director Roger Goldby.

The cast includes former Dynasty star Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and the original Django, Franco Nero.

The film is in pre-production with filming set to start summer 2014.

Produced by Sarah Sulick for Bright Pictures, the film also has The King’s Speech designer Eve Stewart on board, together with three-time Oscar-winner Sir Tim Rice who will executive produce and oversee the soundtrack.

Joan Collins plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France to gate-crash her ex-husband’s funeral. Pauline Collins plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins Collins on the trip. Along the way, the pair becomes romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.

The deal was negotiated between Fortissimo’s Nicole Mackey and Bright Pictures
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Fortissimo acquires Joan Collins comedy

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Fortissimo acquires Joan Collins comedy
Fortissimo to introduce the project at the Efm and handle world-wide sales on the film.

Fortissimo Films has acquired comedy The Time of Their Lives, from writer-director Roger Goldby.

The cast includes former Dynasty star Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and the original Django, Franco Nero.

The film is in pre-production with filming set to start summer 2014.

Produced by Sarah Sulick for Bright Pictures, the film also has The King’s Speech designer Eve Stewart on board, together with three-time Oscar-winner Sir Tim Rice who will executive produce and oversee the soundtrack.

Joan Collins plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France to gate-crash her ex-husband’s funeral. Pauline Collins plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins Collins on the trip. Along the way, the pair becomes romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.

The deal was negotiated between Fortissimo’s Nicole Mackey and Bright Pictures
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Collins & Collins: Joan and Pauline team up for buddy movie

The actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a film that's 'Thelma & Louise with a hint of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' according to Joan Collins

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From Lethal Weapon to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the buddy movie has long been dominated by men – but thanks to Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, all that is set to change.

The British actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a road movie in which Joan plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France for her ex-husband's funeral. Pauline plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins the trip, and the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.

"I was very excited by the script, which was sent to me about one month ago,
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Joan & Pauline Collins Team For "Time"

Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and Franco Nero are attached to star in Roger Goldby's UK road movie "The Time of Their Lives" at Bright Pictures.

Joan Collins plays Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. She escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.

Nero will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.

Eve Stewart ("Les Miserables," "The King’s Speech") will design the film, while Oscar winner Sir Tim Rice will executive produce and oversee the soundtrack.

Sarah Sulick produces and filming begins next summer

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Joan Collins, Pauline Collins to lead comedy road-movie

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Joan Collins, Pauline Collins to lead comedy road-movie
Exclusive: Franco Nero, lyricist Tim Rice, designer Eve Stewart also attached to Roger Goldby project.

Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and Franco Nero are attached to star in UK road movie The Time of Their Lives, from The Waiting Room writer-director Roger Goldby.

Former Dynasty star Collins is set to play Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.

Nero, whose prolific career includes the starring role in 1966 Western Django, will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.

Sarah Sulick produces for Bright Pictures, the company she set up with Roger Goldby to make his debut feature The Waiting Room, which premiered at Edinburgh and sold to Lionsgate in the UK, IFC Films in the
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Honeytrap begins London shoot

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Honeytrap begins London shoot
Anchor Bay on board to release urban drama, starring Skins actress Jessica Sula, in the UK.

Urban drama Honeytrap, directed by former Screen Star of Tomorrow Rebecca Johnson, has begun its four-week shoot in London.

It has been pre-sold to Anchor Bay for the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Set in Brixton and inspired by true events, the film is seen from a teenage girl’s point-of-view. It tells the story of 15-year-old Layla, who gets sucked into gang activity and sets up the boy who’s in love with her to be killed. Jessica Sula (Skins) stars as Layla alongside Lucien Leon Laviscount (Waterloo Road), Ntonga Mwanza (Leave to Remain) and Naomi Ryan (Doctor Who).

Johnson, is collaborating with fellow Screen Star of Tomorrow and director of photography Annemarie Lean-Vercoe.

“Girls like Layla rarely take centre stage and it’s time their story was told” said Johnson, who has been making short films on Stockwell Park Estate
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"Red Riding" Comes Home, Michael Caine Loads His Shotgun, and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Red Riding Trilogy" (2010)

Directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, and Anand Tucker

Released by IFC Films

Jarrold ("Brideshead Revisited"), Marsh ("Man on Wire") and Tucker ("Shopgirl") take on the epic true crime story of the Yorkshire Ripper, the serial killer that haunted England throughout the '70s and '80s in this three-part series of films: Jarrold's "1974," which stars future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield as a journalist investigating the crime, Marsh's "1980," which follows Paddy Considine's veteran cop who suspects corruption within his own department, and Tucker's "1983," which tracks David Morrissey's detective as he makes the connection between a current kidnapping and those of years ago. (Aaron Hillis' interview with James Marsh is here.)

"Beatdown" (2010)

Directed by Mike Gunther

Released by Lionsgate

Don't you hate it when your brother's murdered, leaving you to make up his debt to a local gangster by
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Coming to DVD: The Waiting Room

<table border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="0" align="left" width="35"> <tr><td> <img src="http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/artman2/uploads/1/waiting-room_thumb.jpg" alt="waiting-room.jpg" width="35" height="50" /> <div class="image_caption"></div> </td></tr> </table> <br /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">THE WAITING ROOM</span>, the feature debut of Academy Award-nominated writer/director <span style="font-weight: bold;">Roger Goldby </span><span style="font-style: italic;">(It.s Good To Talk)</span>, is a touching British romantic comedy-drama which explores the tangled love lives of a group of Londoners.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Two strangers, Anna (<span style="font-weight: bold;">Anne-Marie Duff</span>) and Stephen (<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ralf Little</span>), are brought together by chance as they sit in a deserted waiting room. For one isolated moment in time they make a connection, forgetting their individual lives and only seeing each other.<br /> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As Stephen and Anna.s lives move on they find themselves thinking more and more of the stranger they met in the waiting room . and what would happen should they meet again...</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Featuring a host of favourite famous British faces, this character driven ensemble piece presents a fresh, edgy and totally romantic view of contemporary life and love in London. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Released on<span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span>DVD on 6<sup>th</sup> October 2008,<span style="font-weight: bold;"> THE WAITING ROOM </span>.nails the trials of modern
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