Singer Leona Lewis has announced her first film role in movie Holiday.
The British musical will shoot on location in the UK and Italy and also stars comedienne Katy Brand.
Along with Madonna's Holiday, the movie will feature songs including Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham and Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
The film, described by producers as a "classic feel good love story", will be directed by Max & Dania, the team behind the StreetDance franchise.
It is not yet been confirmed what character Leona will be playing.
The U.K. public organization will also support two new short film funds and an animation program, in partnership with London-based Aardman Animations.
LONDON – The British Film Institute has put aside $4.8 million (£3 million) to discover and nurture new U.K. filmmakers via its nationwide program, BFI NET.WORK.
The first phase of the BFI NET.WORK, launched at the Encounters Short Film and Animation festival in Bristol, is a plan to support writers, directors and producers from the nations and regions of the U.K.
It is a central plank in to the BFI’s five-year strategy plan and aims "to discover and support the next generation of U.K. filmmaking talent, no matter where they live [in Britain]."
JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut in a new Harry Potter-themed film series, Warner Bros has announced.
The first film of the series will be titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Warner Bros said the film series was part of an "expanded creative partnership" with the best-selling author.
The eight Harry Potter films are the largest-grossing film franchise in history.
I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”JK Rowling
Toronto is in the throes of a British invasion as many of the UK’s actors and filmmakers descend on the city for 11 days of movies, parties and music.
With dozens of Oscar hopefuls clamouring for the attention of voters, media and audiences, the Toronto Film Festival, serves as a critical early stop for movies that will embark on major awards campaigns in the next few months. In previous years Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and Argo had their premieres in Toronto before going on to win Best Picture Oscars.