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'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
Safe House: ITV, 9pm
New drama starring Christopher Eccleston as a former police officer haunted by a series of events that led to the deaths of witnesses under his protection.
When Robert (Eccleston) moves to the Lake District with his wife to open a guest house, he is given an opportunity to redeem himself by safeguarding a family under threat.
The Goldbergs: E4, 7:30pm
Barry (Gentile) wants to »
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers First-time feature director Zachary Sluser hit the jackpot with his new film "The Driftless Area," with a cast of star talent like Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes. The film is about a bartender named Pierre (Yelchin) who returns to his small hometown following his parents’ death. Back home, he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Stella (Deschanel), and is eventually thrown into a strange cat-and-mouse game with a criminal (Hawkes). The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Driftless Area" is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe. Now what's it Really about? Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
HBO has released three behind-the-scenes featurettes for the season 5 opener of Game of Thrones, with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss taking us ‘Inside the Episode’, A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin discussing Maggy’s prophecy and its implications for Cersei, and Kit Harington and Ciaran Hinds discussing Mance Rayder…
- Gary Collinson
Season five opens on a flashback, the first one ever in Game of Thrones. These opening prologues have prized place in George R. R. Martin’s books, either introducing new characters or telling self-contained stories that become significant later on. They help ease you back into his gory, kinky world.
The flashback is Cersei’s (Lena Headey), who will become an even more central character in season five (the fourth book, on which her storyline in this series is based, is the first one with chapters written from her perspective). It shows a witch telling a young Cersei her future, that “another queen, younger and more beautiful” would replace her. Which explains all the Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) hate.
In the present day, »
- Oli Davis
Things got very dark at The Wall in Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" Season 5 premiere.
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Mance Rayder, the King Beyond The Wall, met his end after he refused to bend the knee to hardliner King Stannis Baratheon. But, actor Ciarán Hinds, who spent several seasons bringing to life the complex ...
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Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1: “The Wars to Come”
Directed by Michael Slovis
Written by David Benioff and Db Weiss
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
After four extraordinary seasons, we’ve come to expect great things from HBO’s flagship series – shocking betrayals, strategic realignments, reversals of fortune, impressive world-building, damsels in distress, femme fatales, epic battles, well choreographed action, blood, death, sex, black magic, dragons and lots of nudity in between the dirty politics. “The Wars to Come” (a line heard several times throughout the episode) was a solid, modest season opener, but as with every season premiere, there seems to be something lacking. The cast of Game of Thrones is comprised of some of the most talented actors on the small screen, and over the years we’ve been blessed with the likes of Charles Dance, Peter Dinklage, Diana Rigg and Sean Bean, to name »
“The future is shit, just like the past.”
Tyrion Lannister punctuates his brief thesis on the value of life by bending over to vomit. In an episode that begins with a young Cersei slogging through what looks like a mixture of mud and offal and ends with a man being burned alive after leading his people out of the frozen north, it’s a point that bears thinking on. The future isn’t better just because it’s new, and the past isn’t rosy just because it’s over. (Though no matter which set of sins he’s mired in remembering, Peter Dinklage can still crack a great one-liner).
Dwelling on the inherent crappiness of life isn’t exactly a guaranteed home run in terms of dramatic pacing, but “The Wars to Come” handles it without devolving into maudlin tears or too much domino-setting. That isn’t to say the episode crackles, »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
The weather may be warming up, but in Westeros, winter is definitely upon us as the fantasy drama phenomenon returns for its fifth season.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) becomes an intermediary between King of the Wildlings Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and claimant-to-the-throne Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). Meanwhile Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) adjusts to his new surroundings and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) grapples with power.
Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm
The hit E4 reality show is back for series 9.
Virtually Famous: E4, 10pm
See you later, Mance Rayder. The wildling king and former Night's Watchman said buh bye in tonight's episode when he was burned at the stake for his crimes by Stannis Baratheon and the Night's Watch. While we fortunately didn't have to watch anyone actually burn alive since the ever-noble Jon Snow put him out of his misery with an arrow, we did have to watch him die with the knowledge that he could have avoided death all together. Earlier in the episode, Stannis had sent Jon to present Mance (Ciaran Hinds) with a deal: bow down to Stannis and have the wildlings join his army and live, or be burned. Mance was just a little too proud to agree to such terms, so his »
If you haven't seen Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones, stop reading now, or consider yourself spoiled. Ciarán Hinds may not have had as much screen time as some other characters on Game of Thrones, but his Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, has left a mark. He managed to unite the disparate free folk tribes and clans and got them to the Wall, where he hoped to lead them to safety. But as he told Jon Snow when they first met, "We don't kneel for anyone beyond the Wall" — the free folk reject the monarchy, even if it means death. And so it appears that death finally came for Mance Rayder, as Melisandre set him ablaze, and Jon Snow sent an arrow into his heart as an act of mercy. Hinds called us from Glasgow to chat about getting fired, so to speak.When you got the script, were you shocked? »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Spoilershbo’s “Game of Thrones” returned for a fifth season Sunday night, and promptly prepared Tywin Lannister for burial and dispatched alpha Wildling leader Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) at The Wall … thanks to Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his lover/adviser Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the red witch. They condemn an uncooperative Mance to burn alive for a salivating crowd. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ended Mance’s suffering by a precise arrow and angers Baratheon, who wants Roose Bolton’s (Michael McElhatton) head on a stick. Game of Thrones’ season premieres, this episode — titled “The Wars to Come” — is a largely […] »
- April Neale
“Game of Thrones” took a major detour from George R. R. Martin’s books in the season five premiere, killing Wildling leader Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), despite the fact that he’s still alive (in disguise) in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. Elsewhere in the busy hour, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) safely arrived in Essos with Varys (Conleth Hill), and is now on his way to meet Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), who is still dealing with political complications in Meereen, with a murderous force known as the Sons of the Harpy brutally attacking her Unsullied warriors.
- Laura Prudom
Season premieres of "Game of Thrones" have the unenviable task of catching the audience up on all of the multitudinous characters and sprawling storylines. The best starts have had scripts with a uniting theme or literary device that could tie everything together. The first episode of season two, "The North Remembers", is a standout, using the red comet to act as a point of reference for all of the characters even as they spread out further and further geographically. Season five opens with "The Wars to Come" and with it comes a great theme. Early on, Cersei (Lena Headey) remarks that actions have consequences, usually unintended. This is a theme that comes up again and again as we check in with each main character. This is the perfect theme to explore after the dramatic shift in power and plot at the end of season four. Lannister: Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau »
- Michael Hindle
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "The Wars to Come."] The game is afoot. Game of Thrones' season premiere put events in motion that has big implications for the rest of the year — and likely the rest of the series. Here are biggest moves from Sunday's episode: Jon Snow disrespects Stannis. Jon (Kit Harington) gives Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) a merciful death by shooting him with an arrow rather than letting him burn. It's an incredibly risky move, because it's a public act of defiance against King Stannis (Stephen Dillane), who does not take
- Aaron Couch
Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.
Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Following on from last night’s promos [check them out here], HBO has released a new batch of stills from the fifth season of its acclaimed fantasy series Game of Thrones, which includes shots of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Take a look…
“The House of Black and White”: Arya arrives in Braavos. Pod and Brienne run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis tempts Jon. An adviser tempts Dany.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 12th. Follow all of our coverage here.
- Gary Collinson
Actor who plays Mance Ryder in the fantasy epic to appear in third series of crime drama
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- Press Association
Based on the crime novels by Ann Cleeves, BBC One drama Shetland is adding a trio of new stars to its roster. Game Of Thrones‘ Ciaran Hinds, The Good Wife‘s exiting Archie Panjabi and The Hour‘s Anna Chancellor are all boarding for the third season which is currently shooting in Scotland. Made by ITV Studios for BBC Scotland, Shetland first aired as a two-part drama in 2013 and was expanded to six episodes for its second season which ran last year. Returning star Douglas… »
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