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Chicago – Although “Philomena” sounds like a faraway land, it actually is a name of a real Irish lady, who lost her son through a Catholic adoption service that was designed to hide her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Judi Dench portrays the title character as an older woman, with Steve Coogan as the reporter trying to help locate the son for her.
This is basically a two character story, with the old lady and the reporter discovering something about themselves through the process. They travel together, they make discoveries together and ultimately come to conclusions about the circumstance together. The is partially a film about the Catholic Church – and their unique ability to sweep harsh sins under the rug – and it is also a testament to that church, whose power with their followers include a deep and abiding forgiveness. Comic actor Steve Coogan also co-wrote the screenplay, and matches Dame Judi in performance, »
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Chicago – “Philomena” is not a state of being or location. It is the name of a woman whose child was taken away, through Catholic adoption services in Ireland during the mid 20th Century. Judi Dench portrays that woman in a modern context, and her costar is notable British comedian – and co-screenwriter of the story – Steve Coogan.
Steve Coogan was born to a working class family in Middleton, Greater Manchester, and his early studies in performance was at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theater. He began his career as a comic and impressionist, and broke through on the popular 1990s British TV series, “Spitting Image.” Later that decade, he developed his most famous persona, that of politically incorrect talk show host Alan Partridge (a feature length film of the character – “Alan Partridge, Alpha Papa” – was released in Britain this year). While doing several successful TV stints as Partridge, he also moved »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Weinstien Company has released two clips from Philomena, ahead of its limited release on November 22 and nationwide expansion November 27. Steve Coogan stars as BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who helps a woman (Judi Dench) find out what happened to her long-lost son, who was given away for adoption in America when she was very young. Take a look at these scenes from director Stephen Frears' true story adaptation, where Philomena reveals she doesn't want to use her real name, and another where she openly discusses her son's homosexual lifestyle.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she »
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“Philomena,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Nov. 27, 2013, also stars Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Charles Edwards and Sean Mahon from director Stephen Frears and writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.
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James Bond spoof helps to rescue ‘Philomena’ from the evil claws of the Motion Picture Association of America (Judi Dench as M in Funny or Die James Bond video) James Bond, savior of the Free World, was just recently back, fighting the forces of undemocratic darkness. No, not in a new movie featuring communists and/or terrorists, but in a Funny or Die video, with Steve Coogan as a shoot-first-ask-questions-later James Bond (Adam Sandler better watch out) and Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M. See video below: Here’s the story: The publicity-savvy The Weinstein Company and the prudish censorship board of the Motion Picture Association of America were at it again, doing the best they can to ensure that: TWC movies get lots of free buzz (particularly important as awards season is here). In recent years, think Bully, Blue Valentine, The King’s Speech. The MPAA ratings look as arbitrary, »
- Andre Soares
Directed by Stephen Frears.
A beleaguered journalist agrees to tell the story of Philomena Lee, an elderly woman who was separated from her son many years ago. Their journey takes them to America and back and both of them struggle with the discoveries they make along the way.
Philomena is based on a true story and as such it has an extra layer of emotional resonance. The story sounds simple enough; it’s about a mother searching for her lost child, but it deals with deeper themes of faith and morality with an ending that will leave you pondering your own conduct.
- Gary Collinson
For as much as I have to understand about the world of American Horror Story: Coven, I’m hoping that more background on the Supremes gets integrated at some point. Do they work like Highlanders, or is it possible for there to be more than one Supreme per generation? Have Supremes latched onto their power before and refused to give up their reign? And do they all have to be arrogant and hostile to keep their powers?
I’m not complaining about Fiona’s role as the Supreme, because she’s an intelligent, cunning predator who I can’t wait to watch for the rest of the season. But I was left with quite a few questions once the requisite Ahs surprise murder was thrown out and took me completely off guard. I always thought that everyone was hinting at the fact that Zoe was the next Supreme, but all along it was Madison, »
- Christian Law
American Horror Story, Season 3, Episode 3: “Replacements”
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Written by James Wong
Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 Pm on FX
The best decision show-runners Ryan Muprhy and Brad Falchuk ever made, was to write each season of American Horror Story as a self-contained miniseries. In following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end, American Horror Story continues to reinvent itself each and every year. Unlike AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead, which is still chasing its own tail, Coven’s revival of classic horror tropes mixed with campy erotic-horror excess seems fresh, even when familiar.
Apart from the dark forces of nature, stylish camerawork, and good sense of humour, Coven is even more impressive when you consider how successful the writers and cast are, in getting us to care for, and/or like these characters. “The Replacements »
American Horror Story was back last night with another plot-heavy and sort of scattered episode loaded with ugly sex, backstabbing (well, neckstabbing, technically) and general bitchery.
Let’s dig in!
Fiona (Jessica Lange) tosses and turns in her Supreme Suite, eventually reaching for pills and water – sorry, did I say water? I meant bourbon. She washes the meds down with a swig (they sound like M&Ms rattling against her teeth) and has a flashback to another time long ago when she raided that same liquor cabinet as a student of Professor Xavier’s School for Witches Who Can’t Spell Good. Her mentor, a kindly witch played by Broadway legend Christine Ebersole, chides Fionette gently for not joining her sisters at a feminist rally (Fiona clearly isn’t interested anyone but herself) and says that when she was young she knew she was the new Supreme when she had “mastery of the Seven Wonders. »
- Brian Juergens
Each week, American Horror Story manages to add a new layer of craziness atop its already perverted foundation. But since this is a show that gave Anne Frank a frontal lobotomy last season, the antes need to be upped with regularity. If you’re watching this at home and not yelling, “What The Fuuuuck!” at your television, I don’t know what to tell you. This week’s episode was particularly insane, too. Let us reflect on its five most Wtf moments. [Obvious warning: major spoilers ahead.]5. Trophy Kill What happened? We learned that Kyle's mother had been molesting him before the tragic bus accident, so when he was brought back from the dead as Zombie Kyle, he murdered her with a trophy. Omg What?!? Yeah, and his mother was Mare Winningham with a labret piercing. Was it scary? Totally! Labret piercings are awful. 4. Minotaur Of Love What happened? Queenie might have had sex with »
- Lindsey Weber
Genre: Horror | Drama
Air Date/Time: October 23, 2013, 10/9c
Written by: James Wong
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way. American Coven features an extraordinary cast including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, »
- Erin Willard
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Ausiello: Though Alex let his estranged dad leave last week — without even letting the guy know who he was — Pop will be back. When he is, “you will get details” about the origin of their family feud, boss lady Shonda Rhimes tells me. And “since Jo never had a family and she’s always longed for one,” Rhimes adds, she won’t »
- Michael Ausiello
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced additional Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings – comprised of a world premiere, award season contenders and highly anticipated independent and international films of the fall – for AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi.
There will be a red carpet Gala each night of the festival.
The additional Centerpiece Galas are August: Osage County (Dir John Wells) on Friday, November 8; The Last Emperor 3D (Dir Bernardo Bertolucci) on Sunday, November 10; and the World Premiere of Lone Survivor (Dir Peter Berg) on Tuesday, November 12.
All Galas will be presented in the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre.
AFI Fest’s Special Screenings are Her (Dir Spike Jonze); The Invisible Woman (Dir Ralph Fiennes); Jodorowsky’S Dune (Dir Frank Pavich); Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Dir Justin Chadwick); The Past (Le PASSÉ) (Dir Asghar Farhadi); Philomena (Dir Stephen Frears); and The Unknown Known: The Life And Times »
- Melissa Thompson
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Seen The Latest Episode Of American Horror Story: Coven!!!!]
The second episode of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven was chock-full of plot developments, including the resurrection of seemingly dead Misty (Lily Rabe) and Kyle (Evan Peters) and the reveal that modern-day Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) has kept alive her minotaur lover! EW talked to Murphy about all the twists and turns as well as a preview of next week’s Ahs: Coven.
Entertainment Weekly: I love that Misty is a big Stevie Nicks groupie.
You actually asked »
- Tim Stack
When "American Horror Story" starts a new season, there truly is a lot that's new.
Save for the production team -- including executive producer Ryan Murphy ("Glee") -- and returning cast members including Emmy and Oscar winner Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga and Lily Rabe, each season of the intense FX drama is quite fresh, with a new premise and set of characters. The first season, later given the subtitle "Murder House," was followed by last year's "American Horror Story: Asylum."
The show gets another huge reboot as "American Horror Story: Coven" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9, with such notables as fellow Emmy and Oscar owner Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Tony winner Patti LuPone ("Evita," "Gypsy") joining the cast for the franchise's third round.
Set and being filmed in New Orleans, the saga shifts between relatively modern times and the Salem Witch Trial-era past in focusing on a school for novice sorceresses, »
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts.
After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
- Michelle McCue
Check out the second poster for the award-winning drama Philomena, starring Steve Coogen and Judy Dench. The Weinstein Company distributes the film directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Mrs. Henderson Presents), finding U.S. release on November 27th, 2013. Mare Winningham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Simone Lahbib and Charles Edwards co-star in the film also known as The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. The true-life story tells of Lee, a woman who was forced to give up her son by the Catholic church, and sold him for adoption. »
Philomena has released a Us trailer.
Coogan portrays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who is convinced to go against character and take on a human interest story.
He meets Philomena Lee (Dench), an Irish woman who was forcibly parted from her illegitimate son years before. He agrees to join her on a trip to the Us to find her child.
Philomena will open in UK cinemas on November 1 and arrive in the Us on December 25. »
The Weinstein Company has released the Us theatrical trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) upcoming comedic drama Philomena. Based on a true story, the film centers on Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption. Steve Coogan plays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who aided Lee in the search for her son. I caught the film at Tiff and it’s much less “gooey” than this trailer would suggest, but the trailer does do a nice job of showcasing Dench’s wonderful performance as the titular Philomena, even if it does verge on giving away too much of the story. Dench and Coogan make a truly great comedic duo, and the film is surprisingly thoughtful despite its Lifetime Movie-esque premise. Honestly, it’s one of the more pleasantly surprising films I’ve seen this year and will like »
- Adam Chitwood
We have added a set new stills from director Stephen Frears ("The Queen") upcoming drama, "Philomena," about a mothers search for a son she was forced to abandon decades ago. The film stars Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Mare Winningham and Anna Maxwell Martin. "Philomena" is released across the Us from January 10th, 2014 and the UK from November 1st. Above: Judi Dench (Philomena Lee) and Steve Coogan (Martin Sixsmith) in the movie, "Philomena." Judi Dench (Philomena Lee) and Steve Coogan (Martin Sixsmith) in the movie, "Philomena." Judi Dench (Philomena Lee) and Steve Coogan (Martin Sixsmith) in the movie, "Philomena." »
- Anthony Pearson
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