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‘Close To The Enemy’ Trailer and BBC Media Site - North American Distribution Info

October 14th, 2016

The BBC Press Office has confirmed that Close To The Enemy will debut in November on BBC2, but did not release the actual air date. A ‘Media Centre’ site was opened which contains interviews with director Stephen Poliakoff and the main cast, along with other information regarding the program and the period of British history in which it is set. Here are some excerpts from the interviews:

  • Q&A with Stephen Poliakoff: Tell us about the hero of the story, Captain Callum Ferguson played by Jim Sturgess.

    He is at the centre of it all. I wanted to show someone who is very bright and yet full of fragility. We see him having nightmares from his time fighting in Normandy. That was such a factor back then. So many people had seen things they never thought they would see. There was also a general sense of fury about being so unprepared for the war, that Dunkirk and other disasters took place.

    Callum says we must never be caught out again like we were in the war. He is well aware of the huge missed opportunities which ended in devastated cities. He is fuelled by that.

  • Jim Sturgess is Callum Ferguson: Why is the setting of this drama so effective?

    It reflects a key moment in our history. It is the aftermath of the most horrific war our country has known – which is a very good starting point for drama. There are so many stories that haven’t come out about that period. Stephen has done a great job because it’s not a classic war movie. It’s a new way into it. We have all seen a lot of war films, but this is a very delicately woven story about what people are feeling after the war.

  • August Diehl is Dieter Koehler: How have you found it acting with this terrific cast?

    Jim I knew from long ago. I did his first movie with him about 12 or 13 years ago. It was a film called Mouth to Mouth with Ellen Page and a Canadian director, Allison Murray. He had a small part and I did too, so we hung out together. So when I turned up here and saw Jim, it was like, ‘hey!’.

  • Alfie Allen is Ringwood: You have a lot of scenes with Jim Sturgess, don’t you?

    Yes, and it’s been a very nice opportunity to work with him. He is very down to earth, and we really got on. It’s nice to hang on set, and to act with him. He’s such a pro. He is on his feet non-stop during the shoot. It’s great to see someone who can carry that torch of positivity throughout the production.

  • Freddie Highmore is Victor Ferguson: What has it been like for you working with Jim Sturgess?

    Jim’s great, we get along extremely well. We’re kind of like brothers. I don’t really like the word ’banter’, but the banter between the two of them reflects our relationship off set. And Jim is amazing in this, especially because he is in almost every single scene. It’s incredible how extremely dedicated and focused he is in order to pull it off.

  • Earlier in October it was announced that Acorn TV will distribute the program in North America, airing it simultaneously with the BBC. From the RLJ Entertainment press release:

    Following several recent Acorn TV Originals co-production announcements, Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE), has partnered with All3 Media International and the BBC as the North American co-producer of the thrilling new period drama CLOSE TO THE ENEMY.

    President of Acorn Brands at RLJ Entertainment Mark Stevens noted, “After the hugely successful August premiere of Agatha Raisin, our first Acorn TV Original Series, we’re thrilled to offer our subscribers the next Acorn TV Original with the thrilling drama series Close to the Enemy. Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff penned the gripping script and directed an incredible cast with a cinematic production set in war-torn Britain.”

    Empire Live - How Much Is A Pint Of Milk?

    September 26th, 2016

    Jim made an appearance during Empire Magazine’s Empire Live weekend event. This was a treat for Jim fans, as the questions are all about him instead of a project, so we get lots of new stories in this interview.

    For over twenty years, ‘Pint Of Milk’ has been a staple of Empire magazine, and a reader’s favourite. Every month, we pitch the same pool of questions to a film star, from the relevant (”which movie have you seen the most?”) to the relatively inane (”do you have a nickname?”) to the borderline offensive (”on a scale of one-to-ten, how hairy is your arse?”) to the ultimate leveller (”how much is a pint of milk?”). At Empire Live, we’re taking this classic feature out into the real world and posing our tried-and-tested question set in front of a live audience.

    (Click images to enlarge)

    The event was broadcast live on Facebook. There are a bit of technical difficulties at the start with sound, but it settles down quickly. Be sure to check it out!

    JON Magazine Photoshoot and Interview

    September 10th, 2016

    London-based fashion magazine JÓN features a new photoshoot and interview. Issue 14 with Jim Sturgess on the cover can be ordered online at jonmag.com. Their site also includes a list of stores that stock the magazine.

    The photographs are great, so I can’t wait to receive my copy and let you know about the interview. There are more photos in the gallery.

    ‘Feed the Beast’ Canceled at AMC

    September 4th, 2016

    News broke Friday evening, heading into a holiday weekend here in the United States, that Feed The Beast had not been renewed for a second season. It certainly is a disappointment for Jim fans, as we were enjoying a weekly dose of Jim, rather than waiting literally years between projects. Hopefully, he will find another series sometime, allowing us to see him more often. It was great fun while it lasted. In the meantime, here is the statement from AMC via The Hollywood Reporter:

    We have great respect and admiration for the entire team associated with Feed the Beast, starting with [showrunner] Clyde Phillips, [stars] David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess and our studio partner, Lionsgate. We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with them and appreciative of their talents, dedication and care. Unfortunately, the show simply didn’t achieve the results needed to move forward with a second season.

    Dion Patras - long may he cause trouble

    Remember that Feed The Beast will be available for purchase on October 11th.

    ‘Feed The Beast’ Blu-ray and DVD Release

    August 5th, 2016

    Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release Feed the Beast: Season One on Blu-ray and DVD. The release will be available for purchase on October 11.

    Details available at Blu-ray.com:

    Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    Resolution: 1080p
    Aspect ratio: 1.78:1


    English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1


    English, Spanish

    Region A

    Special Features:
    •”Fate, Friendship and Food: Crafting Season 1″ Featurette
    •”The Food Behind The Fancy” Featurette
    •”Building The Beast” Featurette
    •Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew on Select Episodes

    ‘The Hope You Promised Love’

    August 2nd, 2016

    On August 1st, Director’s Notes premiered the film short written and directed by Jack Weatherley. Jim appears along side Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac, Tale of Tales), and the film features music from Toydrum/Gavin Clark.

    The Hope You Promised Love from Neon on Vimeo.

    More from Jack Weatherley’s Director’s Notes interview:

    The film came about from the thought of a single image… A teardrop in reverse… I tend to obsess over things and started considering what this would look like but also what it would mean. Why we cry… All the things a tear can represent… How so much goes ‘into’ a tear. When you think about it, it really is a strange physical manifestation of emotion. From there an abstraction of a scene evolved. A couple in an embrace of sorts, potentially a final embrace, with no words spoken between them in a powerful, visceral moment.

    After so much love and care had gone into the development and prep, casting was next and, as always, crucial. We were lucky enough to already have Jim Sturgess onboard, which was fantastic and a real coup for the film. I’ve long admired Jim’s work and was delighted when he agreed to be involved. We then had another major boost when Jina Jay (Casting Director) came onto the project, which was fantastic. Jina helped secure Stacy Martin, who totally blew me away in Nymphomaniac, and I knew immediately that Jim and Stacy would be amazing together.

    Due to location and Jim and Stacy’s availability, we had to shoot in a single day….We shot all of the elements of the film not involving Jim and Stacy first and then went about rehearsing the intricate camera movement of their moment with stand-ins. For some reason, we just couldn’t get it right, technically it was a massive challenge for my DOP and great friend Paul O’Callaghan to perform a really considered ballet of sorts around the actors with some pretty major focus pulling (from the heroic Ross Onions!!) chucked in for good measure. We carried on making corrections until it was nearly right but were rapidly running out of time and we had to get Jim and Stacy in and start shooting. The moment they stepped onto set something extraordinary happened… When they took their positions it was as though some kind of electricity surged in the room and everything was beautiful. The power between them was incredible and it actually felt a real privilege to witness it, let alone shoot it. Over the last year or so I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by Peter Strickland and we’ve spoken at length about how some imagery just has an indefinable, impossible to articulate charge to it. The image of Jim and Stacy has that charge and it’s a real testament to their ability as actors to convey so much feeling in a glance, a moment and with no dialogue.

    The full credits as listed:

    The Hope You Promised Love

    This film is dedicated to Gavin Clark.
    Starring Jim Sturgess and Stacy Martin.
    Written and directed by Jack Weatherley
    VFX, Production, Post-Production and Co-Direction: Neon
    Director of Photography: Paul O’Callaghan
    Music: Toydrum ft. Gavin Clark - I’ve Got a Future
    Sound Design: Box of Toys Audio
    Casting Director: Jina Jay
    Gaffer: Dave Hutton
    Electrician: Simon Hutton
    Focus Puller: Ross Onions
    Art Director: Carolyn Wilson
    Art dept assistant: Olly Gant
    Wardrobe: Sophie O’Neil
    Jim Sturgess’ costume provided by Gibson and Peckham Rye
    Stacy Martin’s costume provided by Antonio Berardi
    Hair and Make-Up: Robb Crafer

    Jim Sturgess & David Schwimmer on ‘The Chew’

    June 14th, 2016

    Jim and David Schwimmer appeared on ABC television’s The Chew, accompanying the hosts in preparing skirt steak with chipotle mexican corn. I believe it was filmed on June 7th, and aired in the United States on June 13th. Of course they promoted Feed The Beast, but also gave some background on their previous service industry jobs. The segment with Jim and David lasts about nine minutes, but the entire episode is currently available on youtube. Jim and David appear around the twenty minute mark.

    More photos available in the gallery

    ‘Feed The Beast’ Articles and Photos

    June 12th, 2016

    Now that we are past the second episode of Feed The Beast - I still have more articles you might want to review:

  • Yahoo TV News

    TV newbie Sturgess (One Day, Across the Universe) couldn’t resist sneaking off with young co-star Jacob to crash the set of Sesame Street, which shoots in the same studio. “We met Elmo, we met Cookie Monster, the Count. We got a photograph of us in Big Bird’s nest. And then finally, ADs from our show tracked us down,” he says, laughing. “They were not happy.”

  • CBS News

    “He is a hustler. He has hustled his way through life and has kind of survived, I think a big part of the hustle is his ability to cook,” says Sturgess of his character. “He gets out of a bad situation by dazzling people with food. But you know he is a man who has been through a lot of trauma.”

  • AMC

    Q: Tommy’s son, TJ (Elijah Jacob), doesn’t speak because of his mother’s death, but he seems to have an unspoken bond with Dion in Episode 2. What’s that dynamic like?

    A: He [Elijah] became my buddy. He’s a really sweet, really grounded, really beautiful young man. It was amazing to watch him grow and get better and better at what he’s doing. Dion gets to be the irresponsible fun uncle; he doesn’t have to deal with the real sh*t. He can sort of mess around with him — and Dion loves him. We very much had that relationship on- and off-screen. We hung out a lot. I took him to see The Lion King, which was his first Broadway show. I knew he was having a life-changing experience – you’re 10 years old, you’re living in New York, you’re doing this show for four months and four months for a 10-year-old is a long time. I wanted to make sure that it was fun for him because we’re all working hard.

  • TV Insider

    “It was so f—ing painful,” Sturgess declares, eyes widening. The accident occurred at Manhattan’s Miette Culinary Studio, where he learned to fry, julienne and season like a pro before shooting the pilot this year. (He also studied at the Brooklyn Kitchen.) The actor is still a bit shell-shocked. “They were teaching me how to chop like a chef,” he explains. “You’re supposed to curl your fingers under. I didn’t do it right and sliced the end of one, taking the nail too. Afterward, I felt almost disabled from what looked like a tiny injury. I couldn’t put my hand in my pocket. But I’m glad I learned early on how easy it is to cut yourself. Otherwise, I might’ve done it on camera and taken my whole hand off.”

  • ‘Feed The Beast’ Article and Interview Excerpts

    June 5th, 2016

    There have been a few nice interviews and articles to promote Feed The Beast. I’ve compiled some of them for you, and included an excerpt from each. Be sure to give them all them all a click. Enjoy!

  • Food and Wine (a really fun interview here)

    You’ve filmed all over the world. What’s the most bizarre food experience you’ve had?

    I ate alligator in New Orleans, which I never thought I’d put in my mouth. That was interesting. If you didn’t know what it was you’d be fine with it. It’s quite tough but it’s quite chicken-y. Everything always tastes like chicken, doesn’t it?

  • Yahoo News

    Dion is no less adept in his own specialty than Tommy, which makes Sturgess laugh when asked about his real-life experience slinging hash.

    “I had never really cooked at all until shortly before the series came along,” he confides. He has since gotten schooled.

    “But I don’t need to know recipes. THAT doesn’t read on camera,” he notes. “I have to know how does a chef move, how does he look comfortable with his pans, how does he hold his knife realistically.” Meanwhile, Sturgess has incorporated Dion’s manic drugginess into his drive as a chef.

    “He’s got a lot of pain he’s trying to escape, and the kitchen is a perfect place,” explains Sturgess. “A chef I spoke to says that, in the kitchen, everything else just disappears. You’re in that moment, and life outside, it just doesn’t exist. So it’s perfect for a man who has a troubled past and a difficult future ahead of him.”

  • Your TV

    ‘I love Dion. I think he’s a great character,” Sturgess says. “He’s really fun to play and I like who he is and I love the world of cooking and I’m enjoying learning to cook and spending time in kitchens with chefs. I’m learning a bunch of things and that’s really exciting.

    “Growing up in the U.K., we fantasized about New York mobs and gangs and we all watched ‘Goodfellas,’ ” he continues. “New York is a really special place for me and I was always completely kind of seduced by the romance of all the music that came out of New York and all the hip-hop music and all the movies I would watch and books that I would read. So for me … it sort of blended so many of the things that I love in one show and so there was no way I could say no, really.

  • Rolling Stone

    Jim Sturgess is crazy-charismatic… or perhaps just “crazy”

    The British actor is hardly a household name here in the U.S., although fans of his movies Across the Universe and Cloud Atlas have been keeping an eye on him for a while. His performance as Dion Patras is likely to be divisive, given that the character is an archetypical destructive genius….Sturgess plays this driven idiot with a wiry energy, coming across a little like the American character actor Jeremy Davies, only cranked up to 11. Nearly every time he’s on the screen, Dion is spending money he doesn’t have, making promises he can’t keep, and snorting the drugs he’s supposed to be stashing for the mafia. It’s hard to take your eyes off of him — and even harder to like him.

  • Channel Guide Magazine

    Sturgess is quick to point out that while the series is filled with meals that’ll make you swoon, Feed the Beast is about far more than food. “The story, really, is about a dysfunctional family that exists within this restaurant,” says Sturgess of the troupe of ex-cons, immigrants, gangsters and other outsiders who call their restaurant, Thirio — Greek for “beast”— home. It’s a satisfying meal with plenty of dramatic bite, whether you’re a foodie, or a fast-foodie.”

  • DirecTV

    What was the last memorable meal you had?

    That’s easy. That was on my birthday, which was only a few days ago. The guys from the cast took me to a restaurant called Emporio, and I had a beautiful pasta dish. I rarely eat pasta, so it’s a special treat. It was one of the best I’ve had. It was truly an amazing meal.

  • Zagat

    Are there any foods you dislike or won’t eat?

    Capers and anchovies. Also, this is going to sound bad for someone playing a Greek chef, but I used to really hate olives. I just started liking them more.

  • ‘Feed The Beast’ AMC Releases Behind The Scenes Videos

    June 3rd, 2016

    With the Feed The Beast premiere coming in days, AMC is releasing lots of goodies to get us pumped up. Check out the videos below for all sorts of clips from the show and interviews with Jim. There are also several text interviews out there and I’ll compile a post of those later. Be sure to follow JSO on twitter, as I share everything as I find it, but may not blog about it for several days.

    More videos available here: Youtube Feed The Beast Playlist

    More Beastie photos available here





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