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Focus Features has acquired the North American rights to “Suffragette”, the new film starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, the film is set for a Fall 2015 domestic release.

The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.

“Suffragette” is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs the cast.

“Suffragette” is a moving drama that empowering all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected.

Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “Suffragette is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices. Sarah, Abi, Alison and Faye are women who represent an amazing convergence of filmmaking talent. We’re proud to partner with Pathé to bring this powerful drama to audiences worldwide.”

The deal was negotiated by Focus Features’ Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, and Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, with Cameron McCracken, Managing Director, Pathé Productions, and Muriel Sauzay, Head of Sales, Pathé International.

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The cast and crew of “Suffragette” have posed for a photograph to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday (March 8).

Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter were joined by director Sarah Gavron, producers Faye Ward and Alison Owen and screenwriter Abi Morgan.

Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, also joined the cast and crew for the special occasion.

Streep plays political activist Emmeline opposite Mulligan’s Maud – a fellow activist in the feminist movement – in the project from Pathé, Film4 and the BFI Film Fund.

Speaking about the importance of International Women’s Day, Streep said: “Every daughter should know this history, every son write it on his own heart.”

Meanwhile, Gavron said: “International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women throughout the world and I am overjoyed that my film can be part of that celebration.

“The story of the ordinary British women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote is an inspiration to all of us in our ongoing fight for equality.”

“Suffragette” will be released in the UK on September 11.

After Bill Nighy saw David Hare’s play “Skylight” in 1995, he telephoned the playwright to tell him he had never had a better night in the theater. “I was exhilarated,” Mr. Nighy recalled. “It was everything I loved and admired, and I picked up the phone and said, ‘David! I’ve just seen “Skylark.’ ”

Mr. Nighy, tall, elegant and handsomely grizzled, gave the kind of patent-worthy self-deprecatory grimace that will be familiar to fans of his films “Love Actually” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “So that went well,” he said.

Mr. Hare evidently didn’t hold the slip of the tongue against him. Twenty years later, Mr. Nighy, 65, is playing Tom Sergeant, the lead male role in “Skylight,” for the third time in 18 years, in a production directed by Stephen Daldry that will begin a 13-week Broadway run at the John Golden Theater on March 13.

There, as in London last summer, when the play sold out for its entire run and attracted a record number of viewers to a live broadcast, he will act opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Kyra Hollis, the young woman with whom Tom had a six-year affair that ended three years before the play begins.

Ms. Mulligan, 29, drew acclaim for her portrayal of Nina in Ian Rickson’s 2007 production of “The Seagull,” which reached Broadway the next year. Ms. Mulligan, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, “may well turn out to be one of the great actresses of the 21st century.”

She has certainly turned out to be one of the busiest, largely working in film since earning a 2010 Oscar nomination for playing a teenager who has an affair with an older man in “An Education,” and starring as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby,” among other roles.

Ms. Mulligan laughed heartily at Mr. Nighy’s “Skylark” story. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said delightedly.

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A second trailer for “Far From the Madding Crowd” has been released today, featuring an whole host of new scenes and giving a more in-depth look at the plot. Watch it in full below:

The first teaser trailer for Far From the Madding Crowd has arrived online, and you can watch it in full below.

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. In UK cinemas 2015.

There had been a buzz in the air, but it has finally been confirmed that Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan will be travelling across the pond to star in the Broadway transfer of David Hare’s Skylight.

The show, staged by Stephen Daldry, tells the story of a teacher named Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful restauranteur who’s wife has recently passed away. As the night progresses, the pair try and rekindle their romance, but are both met with opposing ideologies and desires. The show also stars Matthew Beard.

Skylight finished its West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre in August, and as of March 16, 2015 will be showing at John Golden Theatre for a limited 13 week run. The show was met with critical acclaim (THN even gave it five stars!) and according to producer Scott Rudin, recouped its show budget after just five weeks. There is no doubt that this show will get Tonys a-buzzing next year!

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Breaking Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office records for the highest grossing show, Stephen Daldry’s production of David Hare’s Skylight has “recouped within five weeks of its opening”.

Skylight, which opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 18th June 2014, stars Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant, Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant. Hare’s Olivier award-winning play, which runs until 23rd August 2014 in a strictly limited season, has designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.

This Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 7pm, there will be a National Theatre Live performance of Skylight. NT Live is the National Theatre’s innovative project to broadcast the best of British Theatre live from the stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

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Sorry these are so late, I’ve had them sat on my computer for weeks and only just realised that I’d not uploaded them to the gallery. I’ve just added 13 lovely HQ images of Carey from the press night for Skylight, which took place on June 18. Enjoy!

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