THE BOAT THAT ROCKEDDirector: Richard Curtis Producers: Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton The scoop: Curtis returns with his sophomore directorial effort about the band of pirate DJs who helped bring rock ‘n’ roll to Blighty’s youth in the 1960s by transmitting from a makeshift radio station in the middle of the North Sea. Distributor: Universal Pictures Intl. (worldwide) CREATION Director: Jon Amiel Producers: Jeremy Thomas, Alexandra Stone, Nick O’Hagan Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam The scoop: Husband-and-wife team Bettany and Connelly play Charles and Emma Darwin in the pic, a part-ghost story, part-psychological thriller and part-love story, which recounts Darwin’s journey writing his seminal evolution tome “On the Origin of Species” and its impact on his relationship with his deeply religious wife. Sales: HanWay Films THE DAMNED UNITED Director: Tom Hooper Producers: Andy Harries, Grainne Marmion Stars: Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney The scoop: Sheen and scribe Peter Morgan re-team once again for this adaptation of Brit author David Peace’s acclaimed account of legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough’s turbulent 44-day reign as manager of Leeds United in 1974. Sales: Sony Pictures Entertainment ENDGAME Director: Pete Travis Producer: Hal Vogel Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mark Strong, William Hurt The scoop: Helmer Travis depicts the people and events that led to the downfall of apartheid in South Africa. Pic unspools at Sundance. Sales: Target Entertainment FISH TANK Director: Andrea Arnold Producers: Kees Kasander, Nick Laws Stars: Michael Fassbender, Harry Treadaway, Jason Maza The scoop: Helmer Arnold follows up her critically acclaimed debut feature “Red Road” with this twisting drama about a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend. Distrib Artificial Eye has already acquired U.K. rights, and Cineart has picked up theatrical rights for the Netherlands. Sales: Content Film Intl. IN THE LOOP Director: Armando Iannucci Producers: Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy Stars: James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, Tom Hollander The scoop: Brit satirist Iannucci makes his directorial debut with this political laffer about a U.S. Army general and British government minister who try to stop an ill-advised war from breaking out. Sales: Protagonist Pictures LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS Director: Phil Claydon Producers: Steve Clark-Hall, Angad Paul, Robert Walak Stars: James Corden, Mathew Horne The scoop: Up-and-coming Brit funnymen Corden and Horne, the stars of cult fave Brit TV skein “Gavin and Stacey,” are reteaming for their feature debut, a comic horror pic about a village where all the women have been enslaved by a vampire curse. Sales: AV Pictures
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