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Handsome but hollow, “Peaky Blinders” is another one of those classy-looking British imports that networks and streaming services (in this case, Netflix) are using to help keep their shelves stocked. Yet while that worked extremely well with the recent “Happy Valley,” despite the meticulous period trappings this feels like a slightly wan wannabe – in part because there’s scant connection with any of the characters. Featuring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill in the marquee roles, it’s a respectable but chilly effort, fine for those who choose to invest the time but hardly a loss should one turn a blind eye.
In one sense, the program approximates the British answer to “Boardwalk Empire,” coming as it does on the heels of World War I. But if you have the first, frankly, there’s not much need for the second, and the tone is actually somewhat closer to “Gangs of New York, »
- Brian Lowry
Steven Knights period crime drama has split opinion over its stylised violence and dodgy accents. As Series 2 begins, two Guide writers argue the toss
Lanre Bakare Being a Peaky Blinders fan isnt easy. The haters and the backbiters have ready-made arguments they love to throw in your face. But you can beat them, and you only need a few well-rehearsed lines (rather than razor-laden flat caps) to do it. The first thing theyre going to say is: It wasnt the Brummie Boardwalk we were promised! Look them in the eye and respond: Oh, so you wanted it to plod through two seasons of stodgy plots bogged down by political machinations no one but a policy wonk could get excited about before really getting going in seasons 3 and 4? Then wait for the applause anyone within earshot will give you. Shaken, the Blinders-hater will spit out something like: The accents were terrible! »
- Lanre Bakare & Gwilym Mumford
Expanding its lineup of British programming, which already includes big-name series like Doctor Who and Sherlock, Netflix recently announced that it will air the first two seasons of BBC Two’s ambitious crime saga Peaky Blinders for stateside viewers. The show, which was acquired by The Weinstein Company last year, will premiere on Netflix on September 30th, and its second season (which will kick off on October 2nd) will be added to the streaming service in November.
Created by Locke writer-director Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in post-World War I Birmingham, England, where the streets are ruled by the Shelby family, which heads up a fearsome gang known as the Peaky Blinders (so named because of their habit of sewing razors into the peaks of their caps). Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Annabelle Wallis all starred in the first season of the series, and the second will see stars like Tom Hardy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Word reaches today that Netflix has acquired the North American rights to stream the quite awesome Peaky Blinders from the end of this month. Ahead of the season two premiere of the show, created by Steven Knight (Locke, Hummingbird), season one of the drama will play on the platform from next Tuesday, 30th September. Season two will hit in November.
1919. Birmingham, England. In a town overrun with gangs and guns, one opportunistic criminal will attempt to claim his slice of the pie… and only a ruthless police chief will stand in his way.
Starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg, Charlie Creed-Miles and Sam Neill, Peaky Blinders traces the enterprising criminals of Birmingham, a city well stocked with quarreling gangs, communist revolutionaries, and relentless authorities — not to mention the Ira.
- Paul Heath
Netflix has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to the British gangster series “Peaky Blinders” from The Weinstein Company and Endemol.
The entire six episode first season, which aired last year in the United Kingdom, will screen from next Tuesday. The upcoming second season will be made available in its entirety in November after its U.K. run is complete.
Created by "Eastern Promises" scribe and "Locke" writer/director Steven Knight, and set in the wake of the first World War in Birmingham, the story follows a family criminal ring. Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Annabelle Wallis star in the first season with Tom Hardy scoring a key role in the second season.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Created by Steven Knight (Locke), the BBC television series "Peaky Blinders" has generated some conversation lately as Tom Hardy is joining the cast of the post-World War I crime series for the second season, which is set to air across the pond this Fall and now, we learn, will be arriving stateside around the same time courtesy of Netflix. Netflix has acquired rights to "Peaky Blinders" under a pact with The Weinstein Co. and Endemol, which will see all six, season one episodes debuting at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Sept. 30, and season two will launch in November. Set in 1919, Birmingham, England, "Peaky Blinders" takes place in a town overrun with gangs and guns, and one opportunistic criminal will attempt to claim his slice of the pie... and only a ruthless police chief will stand in his way. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Jeffrey Postlethwaite and Sam Neill. »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve already has a teaser [watch it here], and now the BBC has released the first full trailer for the upcoming second series of Steven Knight’s (Locke) crime drama Peaky Blinders, and we have it for you below.
Series 2 of the show sees Cillian Murphy’s gang boss Tommy Shelby expanding his operations down South, bringing him into contact with some of London’s biggest gangs.
Peaky Blinders returns for its second series next month.
The post New trailer for Peaky Blinders series 2 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
The first season of British gangster series Peaky Blinders has flown under the radar of many viewers in the Us, despite starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill. Expect the show to experience a huge uptick in interest soon, however, as the second season will also feature Tom Hardy. The show was created by Steven Knight, […]
- Russ Fischer
Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill play the couple who take a yachting trip to forget the death of their child only to pick up deranged killer Billy Zane when he drifts by. Director Philip Noyce achieves terrifying levels of dread and tension in this three-handed horror-thriller with all the action taking place on board or below ship. Another version by Orson Welles - The Deep - never reached cinemas because of the death of its star, Laurence Harvey. »
Directed by noted theatre director Simon Stone, the film is a “contemporary portrait of family love, dysfunction, deception and denial, inspired by Stone’s award-winning re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Wild Duck’.” The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left years before.
It is produced by Fate Films, with producers Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue. Financing comes from Screen Australia and Screen Nsw.
Roadshow Films, which also backed the project from its development stages, will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. Mongrel Film handles international sales.
- Patrick Frater
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, and Billy Zane! The Story: An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to »
- Paul Shirey
• After singing his praises on Twitter, Jessica Chastain has been approached by director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) to play a part in his first English-language feature The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Chastain would play the “villain,” an editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. The satirical film follows an American movie star with a secret correspondence with an 11 year-old in London. [The Wrap]
• Morgan Freeman has reportedly been offered the role of Ildarin in the Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film that will be based more on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ than the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. »
- Jake Perlman
I Saw the Light
Elizabeth Olsen will team with Tom Hiddleston in the Marc Abraham-directed Hank Williams biopic "I Saw the Light" for RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance. Olsen will play Williams' wife Audrey Mae in the film which begins shooting next month in Louisiana.
Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with numerous hit songs. He also suffered from spina bifida and died at age 29 after struggling with alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Miranda Otto (Rake, Lord Of the Rings), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) are joining Geoffrey Rush and Ewen Leslie in Australian theater director Simon Stone’s debut feature, The Daughter, which goes into production in Sydney on Friday. Paul Schneider and rising star Odessa Young also star in the film. Billed as a “contemporary portrait of family love, dysfunction, deception and denial,” The Daughter is inspired by Stone’s award-winning stage re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. Set in the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Schneider) returns to his
- Pip Bulbeck
Roadshow Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue will produce.
Stone has written and directed plays for leading Australian companies such as the Belvoir, Melbourne, Sydney and Malthouse Theatre companies.
His acclaimed adaptation of The Wild Duck won the 2011 Helpmann Award for best play and the Sydney Theatre Award for best mainstage production and best direction.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Mongrel Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Australian stage director Simon Stone’s feature bow “The Daughter,” and will be repping the title during the Toronto film festival, the company announced today.
Mongrel Media will distribute in Canada, while Roadshow, which has backed “Daughter” since development, will release in Australia and New Zealand.
“We’re indebted to Jan and Nicole for entrusting us with what will be an extraordinary film,” said Mongrel Media president Hussain Amarshi. “It fits perfectly with Mongrel’s plan to bring prestigious entertainment to intelligent audiences in Canada and now throughout the world. »
- Jennie Punter
Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Are you ready for a "dark, romantic" incarnation of Satanic tyke Damien? Lifetime sure hopes so, because the cable network has ordered a six episode straight-to-series sequel to "The Omen," fittingly titled "Damien." "Damien" comes from "The Shield" and "The Walking Dead" veteran Glen Mazzara and Fox Television Studios. The project will premiere on Lifetime in 2015, with Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield also executive producing. “We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of 'The Omen’s' Damien Thorn back to the screen," blurbs Lifetime Evp Rob Sharenow. "Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original." Adds Fox TV Studios Svp Nancy Cotton, "'The Omen' is a jewel in the crown of the Fox features library; we’re gratified and eager to bring a new iteration of ‘Damien’ and »
- Daniel Fienberg
Back in February it was revealed that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) would be joining the cast of Peaky Blinders for its second series, and now we have the first images of a bearded Hardy in the BBC Two period gangster series…
Peaky Blinders is created by Steven Knight (Locke) and centres on the real life Peaky Blinders gang, who operated in Birmingham following the First World War. Hardy’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises co-star Cillian Murphy leads the cast as gang boss Tommy Shelby alongside Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Tudors) as Chief Inspector Chester Campbell. Check out the series 2 teaser here…
- Gary Collinson
The BBC show that seemed to slip by unnoticed last September – Peaky Blinders – is returning this autumn with a second season, and another major star in its cast. With the first season featuring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill in leading roles, those two dramatic heavyweights will now be joined by Tom Hardy – star of The Dark Knight Rises and, most recently, the tremendous Locke.
Peaky Blinder is a grand, sweeping tale of the historic gang of the same name that operated in Birmingham, England, at the turn of the century. Legend has it that their name came from their tendency to wear peaked caps with razors sewn into the front for use as a weapon – although that has been questioned in recent times. The show is set shortly after World War I, and centres around the gang’s highly dangerous boss, Tommy Shelby (Murphy), and Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Neill) of the Royal Irish Constabulary, »
- Sarah Myles
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