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BBC making Laurel and Hardy biopic


The BBC has ordered a biopic of Laurel and Hardy produced by the BBC’s comedy arm and Harvey Weinstein’s US indie. The broadcaster has commissioned Stan and Ollie from BBC’s in-house comedy division, in association with The Weinstein Company and Lookout Point. Stan and Ollie is a 90-minute one-off biopic that will be written by Mrs Biggs screenwriter Jeff Pope. It will tell the story of the duo’s 1953 UK tour, which followed a split from their mentor, studio politics and a run of poorly received films. After the tour and following an acrimonious divorce and alimony battles, Hardy became ill, suffered a heart attack and eventually died, while Laurel never performed again. Stan and Ollie was ordered by Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning and former BBC1 controller Danny Cohen. It will be produced by BBC’s Saurabh Kakkar, Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan and Harvey Weinstein. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. “Stan and Ollie is Jeff’s love letter to two pioneers and enduring giants of screen comedy. It beautifully captures the deep emotional bond forged over a lifelong partnership as they reflect on their rollercoaster careers through the prism of this final UK farewell tour. An epic story about the world’s most famous comedy double-act to date told with great insight and heart,” said Allen.


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Andreas Baum has been in touch with the following information about his new Hal Roach documentary.

Andreas writes...

Our documentary (90 minutes length) about the life and work of Hal Roach, his stars and competitors is finished and will have its premiere at TV ARTE in Germany and France on the 29th of May 2014 (a public holiday in Germany) at 3.50pm and will be broadcasted again at tv Arte at the 15th of June 2014 at 10.30pm and afterwards on the German TV stations ZDF and ZDF Info. On the 29th of May ARTE will show "Blockheads" and some "Our Gang" comedies before the documentary is broadcast.

It will take us some time for the English language version of the documentary: Probably in the middle of 2014 we will bring out a Double-DVD-Box with the Director´s Cut of the documentary in a length of round about 110 - 120 minutes( 20 - 30 minutes longer than the tv cut) and a second DVD with probably 60 - 70 minutes of Bonus Material (a lot of it never seen before footage etc.) and some rare postcards. The documentary will be in English, German and French language and regionfree.

The documentary tells the amazing story of the live and career of the legendary comedy producer Hal Roach and of his studios, his stars like Harold Lloyd, the "Our Gang" kids, Laurel & Hardy, Snub Pollard, Charley Chase, James Finlayson, Thelma Todd etc. and of his competitors like Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

The documentary features a lot of really funny clips from the movies of the comedy stars and a lot of interesting interviews with Hal Roach and Harold Lloyd, family members like Hal Roachs daughters Jeanne and Maria, Hal Roachs grandson Addison Randall, the granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, Suzanne Lloyd, Stan Laurels daughter Lois Laurel Hawes as well as with experts like Annette D´Agostino Lloyd, Richard W. Bann, Randy Skredvedt, Dr. Noprbert Aping, Stefan Drößler, Bart Williams, Stan Taffel, Lou Sabini, Richard Correll, Tyler St. Mark, Marvin Paige or actors and comedians like Walter Matthau, Jean Darling, Sheila James Kuehl, Bill Minderhout, Chuck McCann, Barbara Luna, Olaf Schubert or the German comedy duo “Mundstuhl".

Here is the first official trailer for the DVD (in the German language)




Full information here http://www.laurel-and-hardy.co.uk/blog/?p=231


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