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‘Feed The Beast’ Promo Video - Rogue Magazine Cover

May 4th, 2016

Thanks to Vanity Fair, we have a Feed The Beast promo video introducing the main characters. Click the screencap to go to the video.

The clip, in which the characters really are lighting a pile of cash on fire (in front of a mobster called “The Tooth Fairy,” no less), was made solely as promotion, and thus doesn’t come from the show itself. But Phillips (Showrunner Clyde Phillips) explained that it introduces us to all of our major players and what we can expect from them: Tommy will presumably be struggling as a sommelier who is also an alcoholic, especially seeing as he’s also a single father to a son who witnessed his own mother’s death. Then there’s Dion, who is dealing with all the drama that being in deep with the mob entails. (He and Tommy used to work for a restaurant owned by the mob, until he burned it down—an act for which he’s just finished serving time in prison when the show starts.)

“Compliments of the house”

Rogue Magazine Issue 3 has a covershoot by Joshua Liebman, with feature written by Brooke Nasser. Excerpts below:

“I was very aware that I didn’t want to get typecast or kind of thrown into one position. And I haven’t. I feel really blessed that I’ve been able to move around and play lots of different types of characters in film.”

His prospects as a youngster in England weren’t particularly academic or auspicious. His parents, however, were uniquely supportive of him. “When I was really into skateboarding, my dad helped me build a ramp in the backyard so I had a little mini half-pipe. When I was playing music and I was in a band, my dad would help me make posters for the shows,” he recalls.

When his interests shifted toward acting, their support didn’t waver. “I think for me they were just kind of relieved that I was into something, you know what I mean” It was more like, ‘Oh good, he likes something. He’s passionate about something rather than just being a complete dropout.’”

You can preorder either print or digital copies through Rogue

Lastly, Feed The Beast also has a cool Instagram account now!

‘Feed The Beast’ New Commercial, Stills, Opening Credits & Photoshoot Previews

April 28th, 2016

This will be a long post due to lots of new promotional items and news that have been released recently for Feed The Beast. Be sure that you follow JSO on Twitter as I am able to update news there fairly quickly. Blog posts are made whenever my work/school schedule allows. Things are really kicking into gear to promote the show…here we go!!

AMC have released both key art for the series, and a new commercial that includes lots of Jim!

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Thanks to Vulture we have stills, a cast promotional photo, and the opening credits! Click the images to enlarge:

(L-R: John Doman as Aidan Moran, Christine Adams as Rie Moran, Elijah Jacob as TJ Moran, David Schwimmer as Tommy Moran, Jim Sturgess as Dion Patras, Lorenza Izzo as Pilar Herrera, Michael Gladis as Patrick Woichik.)

Even more stills were made available at Entertainment Weekly, but only one of them featured Jim:

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New photoshoots are headed our way, as the professionals involved have given us a glimpse through their Instagram accounts - thanks to Lynda Churilla and Joshua Liebman

New ‘Feed The Beast’ Ad / ‘Across The Universe’ RSD2016 Vinyl

April 17th, 2016

Thanks to Huffington Post, we have new advertising footage from Feed The Beast. There are also some interesting comments from David Schwimmer in the article.

Remember that Feed The Beast will have it’s world premiere next Saturday, April 23, at the Series Mania in Paris.

Click on the image below for the Huffington Post article with video:

Close To The Enemy premieres at Series Mania on Tuesday, April 19th. This will be a busy week for us Jim fans!

Yesterday was Record Store Day which featured a special release of the Across The Universe soundtrack. Limited to 4,000 copies, the discs are translucent red and blue vinyl.

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AMC Unveils Teaser & Premiere Date For ‘FEED THE BEAST’

April 1st, 2016

Series Premiere of FEED THE BEAST - 10 PM Tuesday, May 31

AMC announced the premiere date with this teaser trailer - click image to view!

Two stills were also released earlier this week
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From Deadline:
Here is our first look at Feed the Beast, AMC’s upcoming drama series starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess as best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. Not much is revealed in the multi-second teaser, but the cable net did say today that the 10-episode series will premiere at 10 PM Tuesday, May 31.

The show follows Tommy Moran (Schwimmer) and Dion Patras (Sturgess) struggle to ‘Feed the Beast’ - launch their eatery, push each other, welcome love into their lives and overcome their demons. They also betray, backstab, manipulate and coerce each other into the most dangerous situations imaginable. It’s “the kind of provocative, premium quality series that has become a Lionsgate trademark,” Kevin Beggs, whose Lionsgate Television division also produced AMC’s signature drama series Mad Men, said earlier this year about Feed The Beast

The show is executive produced by Phillips, Bankerot’s Henrik Ruben Genz and Malene Blenkov as well as Piv Bernth.

Yahoo TV Presents First Look at ‘FEED THE BEAST’

March 19th, 2016

The first images from the upcoming AMC drama FEED THE BEAST have been released through Yahoo TV.
Showrunner Clyde Phillips describes the scene for each still, and also gives some information on how he came to cast Jim and David Schwimmer. Click on over to Yahoo and check out the entire article!

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On casting Jim Sturgess:

Sturgess’s casting happened in basically one afternoon. “We didn’t think we’d be able to get him, and then he had read my script, and I Skyped with him, and he was just leaving that day to go on holiday somewhere on the continent with his girlfriend,” Phillips says. “He told me how much he loved it, and we talked about [the role], and I said, ‘If you want it, it’s yours.’ It was a fairly quick negotiation, and his holiday ended up being in New York City in cooking school instead of going to wherever he was going in Europe.”

Filming the cooking scenes:

“When you see an actor playing the piano, and he’s always shot from behind the piano, and then you cut to his hands, and then you cut back to his face — we don’t want to do that,” Phillips says. “Our guys have been in cooking school, knife cutlery school, wine sommelier school. They’re always taking lessons in something. And we use certain special lenses when we want to shoot the food and present it. Everything’s authentic.”

‘Close To The Enemy’ Still - ‘Feed The Beast’ Now Filming

February 13th, 2016

The first image from the BB2 Drama CLOSE TO THE ENEMY was shared by Vogue Magazine for television highlights of 2016. Looks like the release is still being slated for this autumn.

Callum Ferguson (JIM STURGESS) Episode: 1 (No. 1)
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Set in a bomb-damaged London hotel after the Second World War, this is Stephen Poliakoff’s first TV show since 2013’s Dancing on the Edge. The action follows an army captain, played by Jim Sturgess, who is tasked with recruiting a captured German scientist (August Diehl of Inglorious Basterds) to help equip the British forces with the most advanced technology. The cast includes Phoebe Fox, Freddie Highmore, Alfie Allen and Charlotte Riley. BBC Two, autumn 2016.

Meanwhile, FEED THE BEAST started filming on February 1st, as scheduled. Below are further details from showrunner Clyde Phillips from the AMC Networks portion of ‘This is Cable 2016 Television Critics Association Winter Tour’ on January 8, 2016. Source: Deadline

“It’s a show about damaged people, which is what I tend to write about,” Clyde Phillips said today of his new AMC series Feed The Beast, about the “underbelly of trying to open a restaurant in the last frontier of New York City, which is the Bronx.”

Feed The Beast focuses on an alcoholic sommelier, whose son witnessed the hit-and-run death of his mother and has been mute since. There’s also the sommelier’s BFF rock-star chef who turned down his last restaurant, which left him owing the mob half a million dollars, as Phillips described today, sitting alone onstage at TCA. The friends attempt to open a Greek restaurant. It’s based on a Danish series Bankerot, created by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by DR Broadcasting.

“The Danish show pretty funny, though it plays itself as drama,” he said, with a great sense of style and great food porn.

Every episode starts with flame. In the first episode, the flame connects to cooking being done in prison for the guards by the hot-shot chef, who gets out early — only to be visited by mobsters to whom he owes a lot of money. They warn him if he leaves the country, they will kill his friends and family. “It’s a tragic farce … every time you open a door, something happens,” Phillips said.

Although Phillips was on stage alone – no cast yet – and TV critics saw no whiff of footage, Phillips insisted the 10-episode Season 1 order would make its May premiere date, hinting they are this close to casting a TV star for one role and have an offer out to a “movie star to be the other guy.” Phillips put the stories together about nine months ago and started a writing room on Labor Day weekend. “We’re writing our seventh episode, and casting on the series’ other roles will happen at AMC on Monday, with shooting scheduled to start February 1.

Showrunner Clyde Phillips announcing the show - Neighborhood posting for first day of filming
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AMC Drama ‘Feed the Beast’ - Jim Sturgess and David Schwimmer Set To Star

January 23rd, 2016

AMC has officially announced that David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess
will star in their new series, FEED THE BEAST

This wonderful news was announced on Friday, January 22nd. More from the press release:

A co-production between AMC Studios and Lionsgate, based on the Danish series “Bankerot,” the series will be adapted by writer/showrunner Clyde Phillips (“Dexter,” “Nurse Jackie”), who also serves as executive producer. “Feed the Beast” is a drama about two best friends, Tommy Moran (Schwimmer), and Dion Patras (Sturgess) who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. Production will begin in New York City in February 2016 and the 10 one-hour episodes are set to premiere in May 2016.

“Feed the Beast” tells the story of Tommy (Schwimmer) and Dion (Sturgess) who are like brothers. With all the love – and all the complications – that comes with it. Dion can’t stay out of trouble. Tommy can’t move past it. For two friends on the brink of losing everything, a dusty pipe dream of opening up an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx is all they have left to turn their lives around. They push each other to follow through on their dreams, welcome love into their lives, and overcome their demons. They also betray, backstab, manipulate and coerce each other into the most dangerous situations imaginable. For Tommy, a successful haute Hellenic restaurant is his means to give his son a life he never had. For Dion, this venture is a perfect opportunity to secretly repay his debt to the Mob. Together, they take on the insanity of the New York restaurant world, and navigate its underbelly of petty criminals, corrupt officials and violent mobsters. With the vig running, there’s more than food, wine and fresh starts on the line. One wrong move and people get chopped.

“Under Clyde’s creative leadership, “Feed the Beast” is a layered character piece and a highly entertaining story,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. ‘To have David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess along with the rest of our wonderful cast bringing this story to life is incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait to get started in a few weeks.”

“‘Feed The Beast’ is the kind of provocative, premium quality series that has become a Lionsgate trademark,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. ‘We’re delighted to expand our relationship with the iconic Clyde Phillips, excited to work with this bold ensemble cast led by the incomparable David Schwimmer and including the incredibly talented Jim Sturgess, and thrilled to bring this fast-paced drama about food, friends and family to life with our longtime partners at AMC.”

“David and Jim are each incredibly talented actors whose careers span theater, film and television. But more importantly, they both possess an inherent honesty and vulnerability in their craft which are essential in the flawed characters of Tommy and Dion,” said Clyde Phillips, executive producer and showrunner. “Their grasp of the story, and their respective characters’ journeys, is something I’m very eager to dive into with them.”

You can read the entire press release at ramascreen.com, and see a trailer for the original Danish show (without subtitles).


December 8th, 2015

The 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards took place on Sunday, 6 December in London. They celebrate achievement in independently funded British film and cinema. Jim was on hand along with actress Meera Syal, to present the award for best screenplay. There are several images in the gallery, and two interviews from the red carpet.

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And what is the deal with that champagne glass fountain? Event Magazine has more information….

Moët & Chandon created a 2.85-metre high champagne fountain for the Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) at Old Billingsgate in London last night (6 December).

Guests including Julie Walters, Elliot Grove and Jim Sturgess poured Moët into the installation, which was comprised of gold champagne bottles and countless glasses, and constructed in the shape of a pyramid.

Each of the winners on the night received a personalised, branded champagne bottle, and approximately 500 bottles of champagne were consumed throughout the evening.

The Upcoming interviewed Jim on the red carpet. He comments on the nominated films that he has seen, that filming of the BBC drama Close To The Enemy has recently finished, and even Cloud Atlas. Click the image below to launch video.

This interview from Premiere Scene focuses more on independent film. Click the image to launch video.

Official Instagram Launch / Johnathan Conlon Photoshoot

December 3rd, 2015

Jim fans everywhere were delighted on November 9th, when Jim debuted his official Instagram account

Since then he has been sharing lovely posts, including a photoshoot by Johnathan Conlon. These photos are especially cool since Jim has noted they were taken at his home, and some are even from his home studio. Could there be some music to follow soon? We can only hope!

The only photos from Jim’s Instagram account that will be added to the JSO gallery will be photoshoots or photos dealing with an official production (stills or behind the scenes), so be sure to follow him so you don’t miss anything!

My favorites from the Johnathan Conlon photoshoot - more photos in our gallery

The Toronto Odyssey of ‘LONDON FIELDS’

September 20th, 2015

Everyone here at JSO was excited at the announcement that Jim Sturgess would play Keith Talent in the screen adaptation of London Fields. We had never seen Jim portray a character anything like this, and we were looking forward to the change. Filming took place September through October of 2013. The cast also included Theo James and Amber Heard, who both have strong online fan communities. After a while, everyone began to wonder what was going on with this film. Other than some production design images and one newspaper article, nothing was made available to the public. Film festivals came and went. Finally, earlier this year, someone involved with the film mentioned it had been submitted to Cannes. When the film wasn’t scheduled, panic set in. Thankfully, the film was included in the last titles scheduled for the Toronto International Film Festival. Unfortunately, the director and cast members were not included on the festival ‘guest list’ - meaning they were not expected to be there for a red carpet gala at the premiere. Everyone sensed that something was wrong. On September 15th, we found out exactly how wrong things were…..

  • August 18 - The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announces London Fields as a Special Presentation, which would also be the world premiere
  • August 25 - TIFF releases the screening schedule for the festival and the anticipated guest list. London Fields is scheduled for industry and press only on September 15th, with the world premiere taking place on September 18th at 6:30. Additional screenings are scheduled for the weekend. The guest list does not mention any of the cast with the exception of Amber Heard, who had another film playing at the festival.
  • September 12 - A private screening takes place.
  • September 13 - TIFF confirms there will be no red carpet or special events for the premiere via twitter.
  • September 14 - The Hollywood Reporterreveals that Amazon is interested in purchasing the film for digital distribution.
  • September 15 - Industry and Press screening takes place in the morning - the reaction is not positive.
  • Jim Sturgess doesn’t hold back as sleazy taxi driver and darts player Keith Talent. He gives a barnstorming performance that leaves over-the-top as an inadequate description. His greasy hair, swaggering manner, tattoed torso and permanently gurning, grimacing face make for a totally repellent figure. Sturgess plays it to the hilt from a triumphal Gene Kelly dance in the rain to a wardrobe of capes and leopard prints that lend him the appearance of Elvis Presley, if the King had dressed in the dark. It is an admirable force of nature display of acting technique but it is still an exhausting business spending time in this character’s company. - Screendaily

    The New York Times reports on the ‘creative rift’ between the director Mathew Cullen who filed suit for $1 million against the producers Christopher Hanley and Jordan Gertner. The article begins by wondering if anyone would even turn up for a premiere….

    Whether any of the film’s biggest stars — Mr. Depp, Ms. Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess — will appear to support it on Friday is an open question, as festival organizers nervously wait to find out.

    None have publicly declared a boycott. But all four have written letters to their producers, objecting to a provocative cut of the movie — its narrative is now laced with violent imagery in what might be dreams, or flashes both back and forward — that was overseen not by its credited director, Mathew Cullen, but by one of those producers, Chris Hanley.

    For months Mr. Cullen and his supporters have been contending that Mr. Hanley turned “London Fields” into a sometimes unrecognizable, avant-garde experiment that violates the spirit of the project.

    Late Tuesday, Mr. Cullen sued Mr. Hanley in Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to the complaint, Mr. Hanley and his associates “secretly prepared their own version of the film,” which includes elements never discussed, including “incendiary imagery evoking 9/11 jumpers edited against pornography.” Among other remedies, the suit requests that a judge intervene to determine the degree to which Mr. Cullen’s name can be used in connection with the film, if at all.

    Mr. Hanley said he did not know whether the actors would appear, but noted that Mr. Thornton and Ms. Heard had contractual commitments to support the film.

      Mr. Cullen edited one version of the film, while Mr. Hanley edited another, with actors on call to provide dialogue in postproduction for both.

    Mr. Cullen, he said, had failed to deliver his version of the film on deadline, and continues to work on a version the “producers have not seen.” A person briefed on Mr. Cullen’s stance said the director had never been paid, and for a time paused to seek other work. Mr. Hanley said Mr. Cullen had “been fully compensated according to the terms of his agreement.”

    In its present form, the narrative is intercut with images of a predatory drone, nuclear blasts, a person tumbling from a World Trade Center tower, and what appears to be a gathering in Mecca. Some of those moments were said to have outraged Mr. Cullen, according to people briefed on his response, and he explored taking his name off the film. But he found that he had missed his opportunity to do so under complicated rules enforced by the Directors Guild of America.

    Jovan Ajder, a sound mixer who worked on “London Fields,” speaking by telephone from London, said Mr. Hanley’s version of the movie was “radically different” from the more straightforward tale created by Mr. Cullen.

    “It was certainly more puzzling and confusing,” Mr. Ajder said. Even more puzzling, he said, was a production process in which Mr. Cullen edited one version of the film, while Mr. Hanley edited another, with actors on call to provide dialogue in postproduction for both.

    By May of this year, the actors were largely united in an unusual appeal for the restoration of Mr. Cullen’s cut (though Ms. Heard urged a merger of the versions, Mr. Hanley said). Mr. Depp, who had accepted a small role as a gesture toward his wife, was by then voicing wariness about any attempt to use him in an effort to market the movie, people briefed on the situation said.

    The infighting disrupted a postproduction process that was supposed to be completed in time for last year’s Toronto festival, then for the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

    Mr. Ajder was left to puzzle over a creative collision more severe than he had seen on any of the dozens of films on his résumé. “It was entirely rare, unique,” he said.

    Deadline provided further details from Mathew Cullen’s claim, and provided a link to the complete document. Highlights include:

    None of the revisionary elements that Defendants have interjected into the film appear anywhere in the script. Nor do they have any place in the film, at least not the one that Plaintiffs were asked to direct….No cast or crew member signed up for this, nor did Plaintiffs. But Defendants insist upon doing this, and more, in the names of Plaintiffs and others, notwithstanding their objections to the theft of their identities and the false, distorted and perverted associations that Defendants are imposing upon them.

    As principal photography progressed, it became increasingly apparent that Defendants were unable or unwilling to fund the production of the film as they had represented to Cullen. This caused significant disruption and interference with the filming. Among other things, actors and crew were not paid, leading some to quit or walk off the set.

      No cast or crew member signed up for this…

    To make matters worse, [Producers] Hanley and Gertner permitted the screenwriter, Roberta Hanley, to substantially interfere with production of the film. Although Gertner repeatedly promised to fix the problem, neither he nor Hanley did anything to stop the interference with the production. Eventually, Cullen attempted to ban Ms. Hanley from the set in an effort to stop her interference with the production, but she managed to keep reappearing and disrupting the production.

    In creating their own version of the film, Defendants have interjected scenes and footage that are highly offensive and neither appear in the script nor are part of the film that Cullen was asked to direct. Cullen has objected to any use of Defendant’s version of the film, as have several cast members and others. Despite these objections, Defendants are currently marketing and promoting their version of the film over the Internet and elsewhere, including at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, as a film directed by Mathew Cullen. None of the incendiary images or offensive material that Defendants have interjected in the flim are properly attributable to the directorial services of Cullen, nor does he wish to be identified or associated with any such material.

  • September 16 - The Hollywood Reporter announces that Lionsgate/Grindstone have acquired London Fields for US distribution and plan a day and date VOD and theatrical release through Lionsgate Premiere. The sale price was rumored to be in the low seven figures.
  • September 17 - TIFF cancels remaining screenings

    We have recently learned of a legal matter that has arisen between the director and the producers of the film ‘London Fields’. We have worked to make our festival a public showcase for creative expression through the moving image, however with uncertainty surrounding the creative vision of the version of the film scheduled to be screened on Sept. 18, we feel it is only appropriate that we remove this film from the festival lineup. We are hopeful that this matter will be resolved positively and that audiences will have the opportunity to see the film.

    Chris & Roberta Hanley Vs. Director Mathew Cullen

    The producers respond attempting the spin the canceled screenings as being due to ‘provocative’ content. More from The Hollywood Reporter:

    Hours after the festival announced it was pulling the film, the producers fired back. “We have always loved launching our films here, but feel that in this particular case there has been an ill-considered decision made against our rights. It’s the first time we have ever heard of a festival removing a movie from the festival due to it’s imagery being deemed too provocative,” they said in a statement.

    Hanley and Gertner also labeled Cullen’s lawsuit a “publicity stunt.” Continuing, they said the legal action “violates the arbitration provisions of his own guild, the DGA. Sadly, Mathew can’t deal with the fact that he does not control the final cut of the movie. He was given two deadlines to deliver a ‘director’s cut’ and missed both deadlines. His guild has rules for withdrawing his name from the picture and he missed those deadlines. The production company will vigorously oppose the lawsuit.”

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