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~ Tuesday, August 28 ~
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Motherhood comes first for actress Anne-Marie Duff

Looks like Anne-Marie could have starred in Filth with James:

Last week she won critical acclaim for her performance in the BBC drama The Accused with Olivia Colman, but for Anne-Marie Duff, motherhood is her most important role.

John Sessions says Duff turned down a role opposite her husband James McAvoy in the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth to look after their son.

“She’s not in the film because they were taking turns looking after the little one and it was Anne-Marie’s turn to be parent,” McAvoy’s co-star tells me. “He’s married a wonderful girl.”

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'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Sells Ahead of Toronto

The Beatles might be long gone, but Eleanor Rigby has been located in New York City.

A 40-day shoot for the Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy starrer “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” wraps this week in the Big Apple in time for sales agent Myriad Pictures to present footage to buyers for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. As it stands, the double-sided project has already racked up a number of sales ahead of that showcase.

Two films have been made: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers,” focusing on one married couple, the first film told from the husband’s perspective and the second from the wife’s. Written and directed by Ned Benson, the films star James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as the main couple.

Also read: James McAvoy Joins Jessica Chastain in Myriad Pictures’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ Films

Myriad has pre-sold the film to a number of different territories, including Wanda for Spain, Transmission for Australia, Swen in Latin America, Eagle in the Middle East, D Productions in Turkey, Aurora in the Ukraine, Five Stars in Israel, Koch in Italy and Lanterna in Portugal. Kim and Jim Productions will release the film in the U.S.

The cast includes Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Jess Wexler and Nina Arianda. Chastain produced the film alongside Cassandra Kulukundis. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico serves as an executive producer.

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~ Friday, August 24 ~
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Anne-Marie Duff talks about new period drama Parade’s End & James

ANNE-MARIE Duff has played her share of “greasy haired women in potato sacks” on the set of council-estate drama Shameless, but now she’s due to dazzle in posh frocks in the TV event of the year.

The 41-year-old actress, who has a two-year-old son with her screen god husband James McAvoy, has won nominations and awards galore for her roles as John Lennon’s mother in Nowhere Boy, Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen and Fiona Gallagher in Shameless.

And she’s likely to collect more as dreamy romantic Edith in a sumptuous new BBC costume drama that is set rival fellow period drama Downton Abbey.

Set during the First World War, Parade’s End is adapted by Tom Stoppard from novels by Ford Madox Ford. It’s Downton with a degree – and a cast to die for.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall top the bill but there are roles – some of them little more than cameos – for Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Rufus Sewell and many more.

Anne-Marie’s character Edith is unhappily married but “she falls in love with another man and her whole world changes.”

The man in question is played by Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham, with whom Anne-Marie gets to be “hilariously saucy” with, “and there’s a sex scene,” she giggles.

Which, curiously enough, is how she met her husband, on the set of Shameless. “We filmed our first sex scene on the second day of the shoot. So it was like, ‘Oh, hello, how do you do?’ But it didn’t work out too badly, did it?” she laughs.

Indeed not. The couple have been married since 2006 and are blissfully happy by all accounts (except their own, because they have a pact never to discuss each other in public).

“I’m very much a family person,” says Anne-Marie. “But before you have children you think, ‘Oh I get it,’ when you don’t really get it at all. You don’t understand the intensity of the feeling. On a practical level, too, it changes everything.

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~ Wednesday, August 22 ~
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James McAvoy Praised By Irvine Welsh

James McAvoy’s performance in Filth is better than Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver according to author Irvine Welsh.

Another of Welsh’s novels has been adapted for the big screen after the success of Trainspotting back in 1996.

McAvoy takes on the role of Bruce Robertson in the movie and Welsh was incredibly impressed by his performance.

Speaking to The Press Association the writer said: “He is absolutely amazing. It’s just one of the greatest acting performances I have ever seen.

"I think he’s better than Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. He is absolutely electric and is right into the character.

"It’s a fantastic emotional performance."

Filth is directed by Jon S. Baird, who also adapted Welsh’s novel. Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots an Jim Broadbent are also all one the cast list.

Filth will be released next year.

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~ Monday, August 6 ~
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James McAvoy Flips Over Taxi in New York City

James’ latest on set candids of filming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has made its way to being spotlight news on People:

No stunt doubles here!

James McAvoy fearlessly flipped over the hood of a taxi while filming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in New York City Friday.

In the scene, the Scottish actor, 33, has an explosive fight with on-screen wife, Jessica Chastain. After their argument, McAvoy is hit by a passing taxi.

Not one to shy away from a potentially dangerous stunt, McAvoy bounded into the air as he was struck by the vehicle, rolling over the hood and finally crashing onto the pavement.

But even with fake blood dripping down his face, McAvoy was all smiles as he joked with Chastain, 35, in between takes.

At the present time, there is no scheduled release date for the film.

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~ Saturday, August 4 ~
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"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" On Set Candids (August 3)

I have added the new on set candids of James filming a fight scene with Jessica Chastain yesterday. I just want to see the movie already! Looks like it will be awesome ;)


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August 3 2012: On Set

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More “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (July 30) Candids

I have added even more HQ on set candids of James on Monday. Thanks to DeAdele.


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July 30 2012: On Set

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~ Thursday, August 2 ~
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Bryan Singer Confirms Sequel title as ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Bryan Singer confirmed that the X-Men First Class sequel will be called Days Of Future Past and revealed some storyline below:

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~ Tuesday, July 31 ~
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More The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby On Set Candids

I have added over 20 more HQ candids of James filming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby yesterday with Jessica Chastain:


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July 30 2012: On Set

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Latest The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby On Set Candids

Thanks to DeAdele. I have now added the new candids of James and Jessica filming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby yesterday.


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July 30 2012: On Set

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