David’s QUEEN OF KATWE

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Check out the brilliant new trailer below for DAVID OYELOWO‘s latest film, Queen Of Katwe.

Directed by Mira Nair and produced by Disney, Queen Of Katwe is the colourful true story of a young girl Phiona (played by Madina Nalwanga) selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda. Her world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

DAVID stars as Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary who hopes to empower the local youth by teaching them chess. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for the game and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother (played by Lupita Nyong’o), Katende begins to mentor her.

Queen of Katwe will open in US cinemas on September 23, 2016. We’ll let you know the UK release date as soon as we have it.

Ben’s THE EXORCIST Ordered For Series

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FOX has announced its latest series orders this week for the 2016-17 television season and big congratulations go to HH client BEN DANIELS, whose pilot The Exorcist is one of six new shows picked up by the network.

The Exorcist will offer a modern reinvention of the classic horror franchise inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made. Returning now in series format, the show is written by Jeremy Slater, directed by Rupert Wyatt and will be a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. Alfonso Herrera stars as Father Tomas Ortega – the warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church; BEN stars as Father Marcus Lang – an intense ‘holy warrior’ carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public.

Geena Davis, Kurt Egyiawan, Brianne Howey and Hannah Kasula will also star in the show. Congrats BEN!

PREACHER – Premieres May 22 On AMC

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**UPDATE – as of MAY 22, 2016**
Preacher is now available to watch in the UK exclusively on Amazon Prime.
Episode 1: ‘Pilot’ is available now for viewing. The rest of the series will stream weekly, with new episodes being made available every Monday from June 6 onwards.

Watch it here.

AMC’s television adaptation of Preacher – one of 2016’s most anticipated and blogged-about new television series – will premiere on Sunday May 22, starring HH clients JOSEPH GILGUN and LUCY GRIFFITHS.

Based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint), and due to its mix of dark humour, profanity, blasphemy, gore and general weirdness, Preacher was long thought unadaptable to film, with industry folk struggling to make a movie version for many years. Now it’s finally been made for television, and international media and fan screenings have resulted in rave reviews across the board.

Developed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin for AMC, Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a small town preacher (played by Dominic Cooper) who finds himself in possession of a very unusual power after he merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven. He sets out on a quest to literally find and confront God, and along the way joins up with a former flame, Tulip (played by Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire, Cassidy. Played by JOSEPH, Cassidy is Custer’s best friend, an Irish vagabond and a glutton for every possible vice. LUCY plays Emily Woodrow, a young widow and single mother of three, juggling several jobs and upholding her church duties for Preacher Jesse Custer, but simmering beneath the surface are a whole lot of dark and debased desires.

Preacher premieres in the US on SundayMay 22 at 10pm ET/PT on AMC, and then settles into its regular timeslot with its second episode on Sunday, June 5 at 9pm. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s set to air in the UK. In the meantime, visit AMC’s official Preacher website for more videos and info, and you can check out the original trailer below:

THE HOLLOW CROWN: THE WARS OF THE ROSES

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Following an outstanding international critical and audience reaction to the BAFTA award-winning The Hollow Crown series in 2012, Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films/NBC Universal have shot the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare’s History plays for the screen in three further adaptations, premiering on the BBC in May.

Subtitled The Wars Of The Roses, the second series of The Hollow Crown includes the plays Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III and is somewhat of a Hamilton Hodell spectacular, starring no fewer than seven of our clients: SOPHIE OKONEDO (Queen Margaret), BEN DANIELS (Duke of Buckingham), ISAAC ANDREWS (Prince Richard), STUART McQUARRIE (Vernon), LAURA MORGAN (Joan of Arc), LUKE TREADAWAY (Richmond) and KYLE SOLLER (Clifford). The series was also cast by HH client SAM JONES.

The trilogy of films forms part of the BBC’s 2016 Shakespeare season, marking 400 years since the bard’s birth. Filmed in windswept castles and muddy open fields, these 15th-century struggles for England’s throne are full of blood, poison, crowns, cathedrals and cries for battle. The series also stars Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, Andrew Scott, Sally Hawkins, Michael Gambon and Benedict Cumberbatch as one of literature’s greatest villains, Richard III.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses begins on Saturday 7th May on BBC Two. Make sure not to miss what is set to be one of 2016’s most captivating and talked about television shows. Here’s the trailer:

Puppies & Prisons: 2 Fab Documentaries

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Tune in this week for two excellent documentaries voiced by Hamilton Hodell Voice clients.

The first is The Secret Life Of Puppies, which begins TONIGHT at 9pm on Channel 5 and is narrated by ASHLEY JENSEN.

This two-part documentary follows man’s best friends’ first year of life, witnessing the world through their eyes as they learn to understand everything around them. The first episode focuses on the first eight weeks – from birth to the moment they join their human families – witnessing the birth of a litter of English pointers and comparing the development of the firstborn and the runt. Meanwhile, bulldog baby Big Ron undergoes an incredible growth spurt, Basil the basset hound experiences sensory overload, and labradors Honey and Bronte discover the joys of play.

Tune in tonight for the cuteness!

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The second documentary is the emotional and insightful Her Majesty’s Prison: Norwich, narrated by PAUL McGANN.

The doors to Her Majesty’s Prison Norwich in Norfolk are flung open in this revealing documentary that shines a light on the men behind bars and the families they leave behind on the outside (for a more detailed description, read the info in the image above). The show will air next week on Wednesday 4th May at 9pm on ITV1.

THE RACK PACK On BBC Two

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BBC comedy drama The Rack Pack, which went up as an online exclusive to BBC iPlayer back in January, will get its television premiere this weekend at 9:30pmSaturday 30th April on BBC Two.

The film stars LUKE TREADAWAY alongside Will Merrick, Kevin Bishop and Nichola Burleyand and is an affectionate look at a transformational period in the history of British snooker. Transporting us back to the sport’s glory days of the 1980s, The Rack Pack charts the rivalry of its two giants – Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins (LUKE) and Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis – which divided the critics and delighted the fans.

In this television adaptation, Higgins, the bad boy of the sport, lives on the edge and plays to the crowd, desperate for approval and love. Davis has an aura of invincibility, methodically and clinically playing his way to the top, helped by legendary manager Barry Hearn. Higgins’ chaotic life away from the table sees him battling not just his sporting rivals, but his inner demons and loving wife.

Tune in on Saturday. Here’s the trailer:

Amazing Reviews for SHOW BOAT!

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After a hugely successful run at the Sheffield Crucible theatre last December, classic musical revival Show Boat has now transferred to London’s West End, where it’s been receiving some fantastic and gushing reviews in the press this week, including 5 stars in The Times, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Stage.

Directed by HH client and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres DANIEL EVANS and starring HH clients LUCY BRIERS and EMMANUEL KOJO in leading roles, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s pioneering 1927 musical – which set the original template for the ‘musical’ as we know it today – tells the story of the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi Rivershow boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927. The show incorporates themes of racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love and contains classic songs such as Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

The spectacular production, slick direction and top-notch performances have all been receiving rave reviews:

The Telegraph’s 5-star review describes DANIEL‘s revival as “superb”, a “big ambitious treat…an evening that radiates not only immense talent across the board but also supreme confidence in its material” and calls EMMANUEL‘s performance of Ol’ Man River “exquisite”.

The Stage’s 5-star review calls the show “rapturous” with “magnificent staging [that] makes it feel both revolutionary and timeless”; “the joy and surprise of Daniel Evans’ mighty new production…maintains the epic sweep of the show, while also bringing its tender, poignant love stories into heartbreaking focus…with stunning vocal performances led by Emmanuel Kojo”.

The Evening Standard calls the show a “brilliant boat of musical delights” and “a knockout”, stating “Daniel Evans has constructed…a classy production…in [a] triumphant transfer…Every number is a delight and the spirited ensemble brings each one to rousing life.”

The LononTheatre.co.uk review also gives Show Boat 5 stars, calling it “a miracle of a production…rendered with immense power and vocal heft by a cast that features such stunning singers”. And with regards to the direction, “it’s stunning to look at; and Evans’s production populates it with life and movement”.

As well as heaping praise on DANIEL‘s direction, the review for TheArtsDesk.com gives a shout out to LUCY and her portrayal of Parthy, “a steadfast sourpuss whom Lucy Briers invests with the necessarily dour devotion.”

Show Boat is playing now at the New London Theatre until January 7, 2017 – book your tickets here before it’s too late! And be sure to check out the videos below; exclusive rehearsal footage of EMMANUEL performing Ol’ Man River followed by a trailer for the show:

Mark Rylance Makes TIME’s ‘100’!

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Thrillingly (and deservedly), our wonderful MARK RYLANCE has been included in TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’, 2016!

His inclusion in this year’s list is accompanied by a fitting tribute by auteur Steven Spielberg, having directed MARK in his Oscar-winning role in 2015’s Bridge Of Spies and in the upcoming The BFG. Spielberg refers to MARK as “muse and inspiration [to] legions of young thespians”, claiming that “his soul is pure”. Such lovely accolades!

Read the full TIME article here.

Congrats MARK!

GAME OF THRONES 6: Tom Wlaschiha Returns!

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**Warning: CONTAINS SPOILERS (from last year’s Series 5)**

Ever since the the fifth series’ typically brutal and shocking ending last year, the world has been waiting, poised in anticipation, for the return of Game Of Thrones. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling series of books and arguably the most beloved and talked about television show on the planet right now, GOT finally returns this week on Sunday night for its hotly anticipated sixth series.

And returning again this year will be TOM WLASCHIHA as the mysterious, shapeshifting assassin Jaqen H’ghar, one of the Faceless Men of Braavos residing in the House of Black and White. Those of you who are fans of the show know that his storyline is intrinsically linked to that of young Arya Stark, who he has been carefully mentoring in the mysterious art of shapeshifting. Their storyline ended last year in a traditional Game Of Thrones shock twist as Jaqen punished Arya by taking her eyesight from her. But all is never what it seems with this show, and we can see from the trailer below that TOM/Jaqen will continue to train Arya and develop her skills as a (blind?) shapeshifter during the new series.

HH client SAMANTHA SPIRO will also make her first appearance in the show this year. We’re not going to tell you who she’s playing (it’ll be a fun surprise) but be sure to tune in to see her Game Of Thrones debut.

Series 6 begins in the US this Sunday 24th April, screening simultaneously in the UK at 2am on Monday 25th, on Sky Atlantic. The show will then air in the UK in its regular Monday slot at 9pm on Sky Atlantic, for ten weeks.

Check out the trailer below and tune in this week for the premiere. SO. EXCITING!

First DOCTOR STRANGE Trailer Unleashed

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It’s here! The very first teaser trailer for Marvel’s eagerly awaited Doctor Strange has arrived and we get our first look at an awesomely cool, androgynous TILDA SWINTON as the iconic ‘The Ancient One’, complete with no hair!

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange will focus primarily on the titular character’s origin story. In 1963, after being crippled in an accident, talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, the next Sorcerer Supreme – played by Benedict Cumberbatch – goes on a quest to find a way to repair his mangled hands, eventually meeting TILDA‘s The Ancient One and her student Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and soon goes on a journey to master the mystic arts.

With its focus on magic and extra-dimensional beings, the film is poised to set a new tone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange hits cinemas on October 28 (UK) and November 4 (US). Check out the trailer below. Time to get excited!

Lisa Shines On New York

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LISA DWAN is to star opposite Matthew Broderick in the New York Irish Repertory Theatre’s new production of Shining City, which opens in previews in May.

The play, which was written by Conor McPherson and explores loneliness in a big city, ran on Broadway in 2006 to much critical acclaim and received two Tony nominations. LISA will play Neasa, Ciarán O’Reilly is on board to direct and Billy Carter and James Russell also star.

In his review for The New York Times in 2006, chief theatre critic Ben Brantley called Shining City a “quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious new play.” This new production of the play marks not only its first New York revival, but Irish Rep’s return to its newly renovated Chelsea theatre.

Previews open on May 17; the play opens on June 9 and runs through July 3. Tickets and more information can be found at irishrep.org.

Ruth Bradley Wins IFTA!

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Huge congratulations go to HH client RUTH BRADLEY who has won the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actress In A Lead Role (Drama), for her fantastic performance in Touchpaper Television/RTÉ’s Rebellion.

The annual IFTA Awards are the highlight of Ireland’s film and drama calendar, celebrating the very best of Irish screen talent across film and television. RUTH‘s win was announced at the weekend during the 2016 ceremony at the The Mansion House in Dublin City Centre.

Rebellion aired back in January on RTÉ One and starred RUTH as Frances O’Flaherty, a teacher who gets involved with the Gaelic cultural revival during Ireland’s Easter Rising in 1916. The series is now available to stream its entirety on Netflix. Watch it here.

Congrats RUTH!

HOME FIRES Series 2 – Ruth Returns

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ITV’s wartime drama Home Fires returned to our television screens at the weekend for its second series, starring HH client RUTH GEMMELL in one of the leading roles.

The drama takes us back to the heart of a rural Cheshire community during the Second World War, where a group of inspirational women band together to keep their world – and the nation – from falling apart while the men are away fighting at the front.

RUTH returns to the role of Sarah Collingborne. The last time we saw her in the previous series, she had struck up a strong friendship with new pal RAF officer Nick Lucas while her husband Adam was away serving as an army chaplain. But in this new series, when Nick returns from Dunkirk, Sarah receives some devastating news about Adam, suddenly making her future seem more uncertain than ever.

Home Fires is showing on Sundays at 9pm on ITV. Tune in this weekend for the second episode and if you missed the series premiere, catch up now on ITV Player. Here’s the series trailer:

First Look at Mark Rylance as THE BFG!

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The second trailer for Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) was released yesterday and offers the first look at a massive, CGI MARK RYLANCE as the titular character. And, just like the book, the film looks magical, emotional, terrifying and heaps of fun!

Fresh from his Academy Award win for his spellbinding performance in Spielberg’s latest film Bridge Of Spies, MARK looks and sounds absolutely fantastic as the loveable, titular giant in this upcoming visual spectacular. The film also stars Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Rafe Spall and Jemaine Clement, with a script by the late Melissa Mathison.

We cannot WAIT for this to be released! The BFG will open in the US on 1 July and the UK on 22 July. Here’s the trailer:

Watch Sophia In First FLOWERS Trailer

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The first trailer has been released for Kudos/Channel 4’s upcoming dysfunctional family drama Flowers, starring Olivia Colman and HH client SOPHIA DI MARTINO. For now, the trailer is an exclusive on theguardian.com – you can watch it here.

Flowers is an innovative new 6-episode dark comedy-drama written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Will Sharpe. It centres on an eccentric and flawed family struggling to hold themselves together: Maurice, the author of illustrated children’s books The Grubbs, his music teacher wife Deborah (Colman) and their maladjusted 25-year-old twins Amy (played by SOPHIA) and Donald (Daniel Rigby). As Maurice fights inner demons and dark secrets, Deborah tries to keep the family together at all costs and becomes increasingly suspicious that Maurice is in a secret homosexual relationship with his Japanese illustrator Shun (played by show creator Will Sharpe).

Swinging from the profane to the profound, the Flowers family and their often self-inflicted crises are surrounded by odd neighbours who become the agents of further heartache and misfortune. Despite living on top of each other the family will do anything to not communicate, pushing them and their struggles with love and life to extreme and ridiculous places.

Flowers will run Monday to Friday on Channel 4 for one week, from 25 April.

Celyn To Star In Wim Wenders’ SUBMERGENCE

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HH client CELYN JONES has joined the cast of director Wim Wenders’ new feature film Submergence, adapted from the novel by J.M. Ledgard.

Also starring recent Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, the film is a romantic thriller that follows the interconnected stories of James (McAvoy), an Englishman held captive by jihadist fighters, and Danny (Vikander), a marine researcher studying the ocean floor near Greenland, as their thoughts are drawn back to the previous Christmas and the chance encounter that led to their romance. CELYN will star as Danny’s assistant, Thumbs; a published biomathematician studying the life of oceans.

The book on which the upcoming film is based was ranked second in New York magazine’s ‘The Ten Best Books of 2013′ and also named in the New York Times’ list of ‘100 Notable Books of 2013’. The film is scheduled for a 2017 release.

Bronagh’s New Album: GATHER YOUR GREATNESS

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Having been writing and recording with her band for the last two and a half years in-between a successful film and television career, our one-and-only soulful songbird BRONAGH GALLAGHER will release her third full-length studio album Gather Your Greatness on May 27th.

For the new collection of songs, BRONAGH has stuck to her winning formula of beautiful soul and rock ’n’ roll, collaborating with her long-time friend, co-producer & guitar player Conor Brady, along with pianist & composer Cian Boylan, who composed the string and brass sections. You can check out the new album’s gorgeously uplifting first single Crimes in the video below.

Gather Your Greatness is available to pre-order now and you’ll be able to download Crimes straight away when you order your copy through the following links: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

We can’t wait to get our copy. Pre-order yours now!

Six Seasons For Robert’s Rumplestiltskin

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Great news – ABC’s hit television drama Once Upon A Time, which stars ROBERT CARLYLE as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, has been renewed for a sixth season.

The fantasy show, in which the residents of fictional seaside town Storybrooke are actually characters from various fairytales, is an important property for the Disney/ABC family and has a highly devoted fan-base, dubbed “Oncers” on social media. The intense social-media engagement over the years has helped lead to Once Upon A Time becoming one of the studio’s most successful shows.

Season Five is currently airing in the US and the sixth season is due to premiere on ABC in September 2016.

Congrats ROBERT!

Doon’s TWO DOORS DOWN

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BBC Two’s comedy series Two Doors Down returns to Latimer Crescent this week for a new six-part series, starring our hilarious and brilliant DOON MACKICHAN as one of the series leads. Episode One premieres tomorrow night, Friday 1 April at 10pm on BBC Two.

Originally airing back in January 2014 as a one-off episode set in a chaotic Hogmanay party, the show now returns as a full series, revisiting Eric and Beth Baird, their family and their questionable neighbours. Exploring the best and worst of family life, Two Doors Down centres on the residents of Latimer Crescent, which include DOON‘s insufferable Cathy, an awful snob who considers the street they live on to be below her social status.

Check out the video below for a preview of tomorrow’s series premiere and get a glimpse of DOON in action as the hilariously pretentious Cathy! Be sure to tune in every Friday at 10pm and you can check out a bunch of series previews and clips on the show’s official BBC page here.

Sophie Goes UNDERCOVER

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Bold and gripping, Undercover is a new six-part thriller written by Peter Moffat for the BBC. It stars our brilliant SOPHIE OKONEDO in the lead role and premieres this Sunday 3rd April at 9pm on BBC One.

The drama follows Maya (played by SOPHIE), a spirited and passionate barrister who is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. But just as Maya’s life comes under intense public scrutiny, she discovers that Nick (Adrian Lester), her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. His web of lies threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard for – including and most importantly the case she’s based her entire career on.

Undercover tackles controversial and challenging issues that impact society on a global scale, with the narrative revealed over different time frames in both the US and UK – weaving a tale of corruption, betrayal and miscarriages of justice. Tune in for the opening episode on Sunday night and check out the trailer below:

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