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Exclusive: Here’s the first look at Eddie Murphy starrer Cook along with actress Britt Robertson, which has begun principal photography in Los Angeles. Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon are producing for Cinelou Films, the banner behind Jennifer Aniston indie Cake, and two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Beresford is directing. Susan McMartin (Mom) penned the script based on her own experiences with the cook that came to live with her and her mother when McMartin was a child. Initially, the arrangement was intended to last six months—the life expectancy of McMartin’s ill mother—but it instead developed into a lasting and influential friendship of 15 years.
Murphy plays the title role, Mr. Church, who begins cooking meals for 11-year-old Charlotte (called Charlie) and her mother, Marie (Natascha McElhone) in the early 1970s. As the older Charlie (Britt Robertson) continues to navigate through life without Marie, she comes to rely on the quiet and service-oriented Mr. »
- Denise Petski
The soccer drama Believe is now available on VOD, and to celebrate we have an exclusive look at the film with a new clip featuring stars Brian Cox, Philip Jackson and a cast of young, up and coming football hooligans.
Set in the 1980s, some 10 years after his retirement as one of Manchester United's most famed coaches, Sir Matt Busby (Brian Cox) is restless in the twilight of his life. Georgie is an 11-year-old working class kid whose widowed mother (Natascha McElhone) is doing her best to keep him out of trouble. Georgie tries to steal Sir Matt's wallet only to be tracked down, which we see here in this scene.
This fun and fictional tale puts the real-life legendary soccer coach (of England's Manchester United team) coming out of retirement when he discovers that far from being just another young thief, Georgie is an extraordinarily gifted soccer player and »
The novel, which has sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries, charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family in Wolverhampton.
Moran and John Niven are adapting the book. The project is backed by Film4.
Hayward commented: “Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the planet and her creation, Johanna Morrigan stands alongside Elizabeth Bennet and Bridget Jones as one of the great female literary icons.
The pic acts as a mission statement for the company, said Owen.
“We want to make commercial movies and television with strong female characters,” she said.
- Leo Barraclough
Monumental Pictures, the film and TV production shingle hung by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward in September, has acquired screen rights to How To Build A Girl, the bestseller written by Caitlin Moran. The fourth book by broadcaster, TV critic and Times columnist Moran was published in the UK by Ebury Press in July and by Harper Collins in the U.S. in September. It has sold over half a million copies and charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: a fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer who moves to London and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family. The producers call the Morrigan character “one of the great female literary icons” on a par with Elizabeth Bennett and Bridget Jones.
- Nancy Tartaglione
The deal marks the first acquisition for Monumental.
Famed columnist Moran tells a somewhat autobiographical story in the tale of Wolverhampton-born teenager Johanna Morrigan, who moves to London and reinvents herself as an adventurous, sexually adventurous music critic.
Moran and John Niven are adapting the book.
“We want to make commercial movies and television with strong female characters. We can’t wait to bring Johanna to the big screen.”
The film’s »
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Yelchin will play Kyle Buffone, a rising baseball minor-league player who gets detoured on the way to major-league stardom by pitching for the Peones, a baseball team in Italy. [Source: THR]
Mira Sorvino has joined the cast of Gee Malik Linton's thriller "Daughter of God" alongside Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Christopher McDonald, Big Daddy Kane, Michael Rispoli and Laura Gomez. Filming is now underway in New York.
The story revolves around the aftermath of a Latina woman witnessesing a miracle and a police detective (Reeves) searching for the truth behind his partner's death. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
TVLine has learned exclusively that Merle Dandridge (Sons of Anarchy, Star-Crossed) is joining the Peacock’s summertime medical drama in the recurring role of Gwen, a lead paramedic working at San Antonio Memorial Hospital and the best friend of Flint’s Dr. Jordan Alexander.
Dandridge, who is set to appear in a minimum of six episodes, joins fellow Season 2 newbie Adam Rodriguez (CSI:Miami), who will recur as a trauma surgeon.
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ABC is bringing Little Women back to the small screen. The network is teaming with Natascha McElhone to develop a modern take on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. ABC has handed out a script commitment to the project. From ABC Signature, ABC Studios' boutique division, the new take follows the lives of four sisters — coming of age against the backdrop of a military scandal as their family loses its fortune and position — who find themselves at odds with the conservative and traditional society in which they live. Read more TV's Remake Craze: Who Gets
- Lesley Goldberg
Feardotcom (2002) Director: William Malone Stars: Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea An evil website slowly drives its users insane until they die. And this was 10 years before Buzzfeed. Here's the best example of how stupid and terrible Feardotcom is. The original title was supposed to be the much more sensible Fear.Com. However, the studio greenlit the film without checking to see if that domain name was available and when the actual owner of »
- Jason Adams
While something of a force in Hollywood, having starred in films such as The Truman Show, Ronin and Solaris – it’s nice to see Natascha McElhone back on home soil, as she stars in the Sir Matt Busby biopic, Believe.
McElhone admits that her football supporting son was the inspiration getting involved in this piece, though she discusses the universal themes explored and why this picture can appeal to absolutely anybody.
Believe is released on July 25th.
- Stefan Pape
Sky Movies will premiere Believe on the same day it goes into UK cinemas in a first for the subscription service.
Sky Movies and exhibitor Picturehouse have partnered with the film’s distributor, Trinity Films, on the deal which will see the film screened at 7pm on July 25, the day of its limited theatrical release, and available on demand on the same day.
The service has previously offered a number of titles to rent via Sky Store prior to theatrical release, including Bachelorette and Veronica Mars.
“We’re delighted to have such a great film to kick off (no pun intended) this experiement in breaking the traditional windows,” commented Ian Lewis, director, Sky Movies »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Take one last ride down the storied California coast when the sultry Showtime original comedy series Californication: The Final Season arrives on DVD August 5 from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. David Duchovny, in his Golden Globe Award-winning performance, returns as fan-favorite lothario novelist Hank Moody in the final 12 episodes of the seventh season, arriving five weeks after the critically-acclaimed show's broadcast finale on June 29.
When the fast-living Hank left the literary haunts of New York for the pleasure-seeking splendors of La, he thought he'd have fame, fortune and the love of a good woman. Now his personal life is in shambles, his career is on the brink of self-destruction and he still just can't stop yielding to every temptation. The final season of Californication finds the incomparable Hank in the writer's room, as his never-released film Santa Monica Cop now becomes a television series of the same name. »
Episodes: 84 (half-hour)
TV show dates: August 13, 2007 -- June 29, 2014
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
Writer Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was living the life of novels. His happily-ever-after included having authored a successful book, and spending the rest of his life with his lovely girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone), and their daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin). But stories don't always go as expected and Hank is struggling with the changes in his life.
Ex-girlfriend Karen is now marrying the rich and stable Bill (Damian Young). After Hank's novel was turned into a terrible film, the words that used to come »
After seven seasons of charting the booze-soaked escapades of writer-cum-lothario Hank Moody (David Duchovny in a role he was born to play), Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series “Californication” comes to its fruitful end, awash in the sunny promises of happily-ever-after and the power of the epistolary proclamation of love.
Hank and Karen are back together. Again. At least for now.
Surrounded by passengers on a plane bound for New York, as it readies for take-off, Hank declares his undying love for the beautiful and neurotic Karen (Natascha McElhone), his heart, his soul mate, the woman with whom he’s been enmeshed in an oft-maddening dance of ‘Will they? /Won’t they?’ since episode one.
“Our time in the sun has been a thing of absolute fucking beauty, »
- Malina Saval
The Sea, 2013.
Directed by Stephen Brown.
The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.
Ciaran Hinds is a dangerous actor. The 61-year-old Belfast native will quietly disappear into all the bit-parts that come his way, because he’s generous support, and because he never showboats or upstages his fellow performers. But give Hinds a lead and he’ll take charge of the film, no matter how insubstantial the material. That’s why he’s one of Ireland’s best living actors: with Hinds in the lead, a poor film’s flaws can be hidden, or even partially forgiven. And so it goes with The Sea – to an extent – a confused coming-of-age drama/tiresome »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Stephen Brown
Running time: 86 minutes
Special Features: Stills gallery and trailer
Ciarán Hinds stars in this gorgeous Irish film about a man who returns to the home of his summers as a child in an attempt to deal with the loss of his wife. As he walks the same steps he did as a boy, memories of one summer come flooding back and cause him to re-live a tragedy from his youth. As he goes in search of answers – and of peace – so does the viewer. So what was this childhood tragedy and why has he returned there?
Mysteries like The Sea only work when they give the audience a small taste of what is to come, enough to keep you guessing but still keep you interested. There has to be some enjoyment »
- Amanda Keats
When Pamela Adlon's oldest daughter was going into middle school, the actress suffered a mini-meltdown. Another mom had said that she allowed her children – a seventh grader and a nine-year-old – to watch Californication, the sexually explicit Showtime comedy series about debauched yet well-meaning novelist, Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny) and his equally depraved friends, one of whom is the professional pubic-hair waxer Marcy Runkle, played by Adlon. "I was thinking, 'How is she explaining "stunt cock" to her kid – or is she not?'" Adlon says in her »
Ciarán Hands is a little too insistent in his grief in this glum bereavement drama
John Banville adapts his own 2005 Man Booker-winning novel as a glum bereavement drama of the rain-on-windowpanes variety. Ciarán Hinds plays a widowed art critic who returns to the scene of a sun-kissed but ultimately painful summer of his childhood a lost world inhabited by louche bohemian adults (Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, both ripe as all hell) who seem to be trapped for eternity in a Jack Vettriano painting. Hinds plays the bibulous grief a little too insistently with jowls a-quiver, but Sinéad Cusack, pithy as the dead wife, and a silky Charlotte Rampling bring some tone. Otherwise, a lugubriously literary affair.
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- Jonathan Romney
Following on from John Jencks’ absorbing drama The Fold, comes another low-budget British production studying grief in a quite fascinating manner, as debutant Stephen Brown’s The Sea provides an insight into one man’s suffering with the loss of his wife, and how he revisits an old tragedy to help himself get over a new one. The death itself, however, is merely a catalyst for him to explore a range of other emotions, and to trigger a series of old memories.
The man in question is Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds), who decides to head back to the beachside resort where he spent his summers as a child, staying with Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling), in the very same house he used to play in. His reason for returning is the death of his wife Anna (Sinéad Cusack), though while searching for serenity and peace of mind, his trip brings up a host of painful memories, »
- Stefan Pape
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