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When Sharyl (Melissa George) and Joel (David Harbour) unexpectedly appear at the door of Grace (Julia Stiles) and Carlo's (Taye Diggs) New York City apartment, we immediately flashback a couple of years to the moments before their friendship officially died. It is a while before writer-director Dan Mirvish allows us to return to Grace and Carlo's apartment, as we spend a majority of the first half of Between Us observing Grace and Carlo's first visit to Sharyl and Joel's opulent Midwestern mansion. It is slowly revealed that Joel and Carlo became best friends while they were photography majors at graduate school. After graduation, they chose to utilize their education in much different ways. Carlo opted to take the [struggling] artistic path of a fine arts photographer in New York City, while Joel chose to sell out as a financially successful commercial artist in the Midwest. Jealousy and resentment has always festered between Carlo and Joel, »
- Don Simpson
The self-described "number one channel for drama on YouTube" is making a move that will give it a similar presence on a different platform. Wigs, the female-oriented YouTube Original Channel from Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, has debuted Blue, its most popular series, on Hulu. Blue stars Julia Stiles as a single mom who moonlights as a prostitute, and it became the first Wigs series to receive a second season when it released the first of ten new episodes last March. Most of Wigs' top videos come from Blue, a product of Stiles' high-caliber acting and lots of pre-roll ad spots. Instead of simply copy-pasting the series to Hulu, Wigs is rearranging it in five TV-length episodes, which have all been posted to the premium distribution site. The move is a calculated one. Wigs is now partnered with Fox, and the Hulu move represents the major network's intention to explore online distribution platforms beyond YouTube. »
- Sam Gutelle
Wigs -- the top channel for scripted drama on YouTube -- in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting is bringing some of its most popular online series to Hulu in TV-length episodes, beginning with the popular Julia Stiles-starring "Blue," Wigs announced Tuesday. The first two seasons of "Blue" launched on the streaming service Monday. Earlier this year, Fox entered into a multi-year programming, marketing and distribution partnership with Wigs, after Fox decided to extend the reach to Hulu as part of its multi-platform strategy. "Blue," in which Stiles plays a single mother trying to protect »
- Tony Maglio
Fox announced today that the most popular drama on the Wigs slate, the Julia Stiles-starring Blue, is available on Hulu and its subscription service Hulu Plus beginning today in TV-length episodes. In the near future fellow Wigs series Lauren, starring Troian Bellisario and Jennifer Beals, and Jan, starring Caitlin Gerard, Stephen Moyer and Virgina Madsen, will become available. The expansion of the scripted drama series is part of Fox’s multi-year programming, marketing and distribution partnership with Wigs inked in February, with an eye toward building digital content that can be programmed on Fox and/or other channels. Blue, written and directed by Wigs co-founder Rodrigo Garcia, recently passed 20 million views on YouTube. It stars Stiles as a single mom trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Mark Consuelos, Sarah Paulson and Holly Robinson Peet co-star. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Review Aliya Whiteley 19 Jun 2013 - 06:47
Aliya finds this John Wayne adaptation of Shakespeare to be interesting, if uncomfortably old-fashioned, watching...
If you’re going to watch a movie version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew you have a quite a few options: from Dw Griffith’s 1908 silent version to the 2010 Bollywood film Isi Life Mein. You could try Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor hamming it up in Franco Zefferelli’s 1967 film, or enjoy the music of Cole Porter and the choreography of Hermes Pan in 1953's Kiss Me, Kate. Or there's 10 Things I Hate About You, which surprisingly feels like one of the more faithful renditions, with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles spitting venom at each other in a very enjoyable way.
And then there's McLintock!, a comedy western from 1963 with the stamp of John Wayne all over it, determined to tell an old story in an old-fashioned way. »
Recapping... Taye Diggs stars alongside Julia Stiles, Melissa George and David Harbour, in a film adaptation of a 2004 Off-Broadway play titled Between Us, written by Joe Hortua. It's an ensemble dramedy that tells the story of two men who have been friends since graduate school and who begin to drift apart as they find wives, have children and grow up, exploring the bittersweet friendship between two couples who meet as old friends and discover their lives are tarnished by money, sex, success and children. The film, as did the play, takes place over the course of 2 nights. Dan Mirvish (also founder of the Slamdance Film Festival) »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last night's ninth Annual Spring Benefit for the Ghetto Film School featured plenty of celebrities, a few surprises, and six very happy high school students. Presenters Lee Daniels, Julia Stiles, and sportscaster Gus Johnson were all on hand to honor the six college-bound high school students who earned $2,500 in college scholarships to continue their film education. Held at The Standard Hotel's Biergarten in the Meat Packing District of Manhattan, the benefit featured at least three unannounced celebrity guests including the Roots frontman Questlove, who helped DJ the after-dinner party, "Nashville" star Connie Britton, and director Wes Anderson, who sent in a surprise video introduction for fellow benefit honoree Peter Becker, the president of The Criterion Collection. Becker was named a Gfs Champion in honor of his organization’s support of the Gfs. Gfs Filmmakers Council member Lee Daniels was given the same designation three years prior. The director of "Precious" and. »
- Ben Travers
On Friday, Joss Whedon‘s take on Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters. The film is being lauded as one of the funniest screen versions of William Shakespeare‘s work. Whedon’s rendition will join a long list of film adaptations of Shakespeare, whose material has served as the source material for everything from 10 Things I hate About You to West Side Story. In celebration of Shakespeare’s return to the big screen, we’ve rounded up the 15 best adaptations in modern film history.
15. Hamlet (2000)
Bill Murray, Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles star in this modern-day version of Shakespeare’s play (the first of multiple Hamlet entries). It’s rewarded for its efforts to turn the story into a tech thriller.
- Stacy Lambe
There is something inherently ominous with the aesthetic of all those camera-feeds in security conscious Londontown. Furious 6's London setting failed to properly make use of them, but they seem to be at the heart of the matter for Jon Crowley's (Boy A, Intermission) mature information-technology thriller Closed Circuit. Eric Bana and Ciarán Hinds are aiming to catch urban terrorists (instead of planting the bombs as they did together in Spielberg's Munich) with the help of Rebecca Hall, Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent. Looking to be a smidgen of 24, a hint of Bourne, and a dollop of Page 8, Closed Circuit seems to have a lot on offer with its trailer, hopefully the film with follow through in an appropriate adult fashion.Two ex-lovers find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk...
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It’s pretty much impossible to avoid the end of the world this summer, and with the trend of blockbuster apocalypse movies showing no signs of abating any time soon, it’s good to have something a little more offbeat to throw into the mix. “It’s a Disaster,” the sophomore effort from up and coming director Todd Berger is exactly that, and to celebrate the DVD release we’ve got three copies on DVD and three copies on Blu-ray to give away to some lucky readers. It got a rapturous response from the packed houses it played to in Los Angeles and when we caught the film at the La Film Festival, we called it “a clever take on the apocalypse film...that takes a humorous look at the problems, both epic and trivial, that threaten to ruin lives” (our review here). With an ensemble cast featuring Julia Stiles, »
- Kieran McMahon
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. It’s a Disaster Four couples get together for their monthly brunch, but today’s gathering includes a few surprises. Tracy (Julia Stiles) has brought along a new boyfriend (David Cross), one of the couples is heading towards a separation, and a mysterious incident in the city has left them trapped in the house with little in the way of reliable information. A lack of certainty, loyalty and sanity quickly overcomes the group leading to even more trouble. Writer/director Todd Berger‘s ensemble comedy is easily the funniest disaster film in ages. Most of the cast are (fairly) fresh faces, but in addition to the two names above America Ferrera gets to show a decidedly different side of herself. It’s a simple film, essentially set in a single location, but »
- Rob Hunter
Arriving in theatres later this year, Closed Circuit is shaping up to be a promising international thriller, boasting terrific talents on both sides of the camera.
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall top a stellar ensemble cast. And with just a few months to go before Focus Features release it in the Us, the first trailer and poster have debuted over on Apple, giving us an excellent first look at the thriller.
From the producers of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy comes the new international thriller Closed Circuit.
Following a mysterious explosion in a busy London market, the police swoop in, a suspect is detained, and the country prepares for one of the most high-profile trials in British history. Two exceptional lawyers with a romantic past step into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, and when evidence points to a possible British Secret Service cover up, it’s not just their »
- Kenji Lloyd
If recent spy thrillers (and, ahem, Fast Six) have taught us anything, it’s that nefarious people in positions of power are always able to access government-run closed circuit videos for their own means. But what if it’s the actual government that’s collecting tape like a geeky collector at a neighborhood flea market? That’s the question (sort of, not really at all) at the heart of John Crowley‘s Closed Circuit. The film sounds like a relatively straightforward thriller (albeit one with a stellar cast that includes Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Julia Stiles, and Jim Broadbent) with some added sex appeal. Oh, and also this closed circuit thing. Bana and Hall star as lawyers (and ex-lovers) who get tasked with defending a man accused of a terrorist act that left many dead (he allegedly rigged a bus with explosives and set it off in a crowded area). It seems like a relatively thankless gig »
- Kate Erbland
Focus Features has premiered the new trailer for "Closed Circuit," a crime thriller from director John Crowley ("Boy A") with a script penned by Steve Knight ("Eastern Promises"). The drama stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as lawyers and ex-lovers tasked with defending a man accused of setting off a bomb in London in a treacherous terrorist case. Rounding out the action is Julia Stiles, who plays a hard-hitting New York Times journalist who is more knowledgeable about the case than she lets on at first. The film rounds out the crop of summer thrillers and action movies with an August 28 release, and will hopefully inject some smart drama into the otherwise notoriously lifeless summer movie season. Watch trailer below: »
- Madeline Raynor
While we all hear the title Closed Circuit and hope it means that we’re finally getting a Short Circuit threequel, alas we’re not. Nope, Johnny 5 won’t be taking on terrorists in this upcoming thriller from director John Crawley. Luckily, Eric Bana is on the case and you can check out his mixed accent and broodiness in the latest trailer, below.
Bana plays a high profile lawyer who together with his ex-girlfriend, played by Rebecca Hall, finds himself on the defense team for a terrorism suspect. With a starry cast in tow the trailer points towards the flick being an intelligent alternative to the usual popcorn fare offered up during the summer season. Joining Bana and Hall are Ciaran Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Anne-Marie Duff, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed, Kenneth Cranham and Denis Moschitto.
The preview is a smidgen spoilery. Littered with shady encounters on park benches Closed Circuit »
- Gem Seddon
Steve Knight is a man who enjoys taking concerns such as immigration, cultural differences and whether Robert Powell and Jasper Carrott can be an efficient law-keeping team and turning them into effective dramas and thrillers (okay, not the Powell and Carrott bit, but he did co-create silly sitcom The Detectives). His latest script is Closed Circuit, which John Crowley has now brought to the screen. Check out the trailer over at Apple’s site.Circuit finds lawyers Martin (Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall) thrown together when they’re assigned to be the defence team for an accused terrorist following a bombing in a London market.As if the high-profile case weren’t enough, the pair also used to be a couple, which creates an extra layer of tension. But they soon learn that their history isn’t what should worry them: it’s their uncertain futures, because a lot »
Focus Features just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Closed Circuit" thriller, starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles, and Jim Broadbent. Check it out below. Plot: Following a mysterious explosion in a busy London market, the police swoop in, a suspect is detained, and the country prepares for one of the most high-profile trials in British history. Two exceptional lawyers (Bana, Hall) with a romantic past step into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, and when evidence points to a possible British Secret Service cover up, it's not just their reputations but their lives that are at stake. The new movie is directed by John Crowley and is set to hit theaters on August 28th. Trailer: »
For fans waiting on the return of Homeland or The Americans, the new trailer for the film Closed Circuit is sure to prove intriguing. The movie, directed by John Crowley (Intermission), stars Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as attorneys and ex-loves who must defend a man accused of a bombing. But, as tends to happen, they soon discover nothing is as it seems and their client may be a terrorist. Or maybe he’s working for the U.K. government to help catch other terrorists? Fans will be able to get the full story when the movie, which also stars Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent, »
- Erin Strecker
Closed Circut is the new film by Boy A director John Crowley, and it looks fantastic! The movie boasts an impressive cast that includes Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles.
This international terrorist thriller follows "two ex-lovers, Martin (Bana) and Claudia (Hall), who find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial." I really like Crowley's detailed and meticulous filmmaking style. The guy knows how to make great international thrillers and build suspense.
The movie comes out on August 28th.
Source: Apple (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/closedcircuit/) »
- Joey Paur
Coming from Focus Features and Working Title is the terrifically cast conspiracy thriller, Closed Circuit, which is led by the underrated Eric Bana and Brit stunner Rebecca Hall, currently seen in Iron Man 3. I’ve been a huge fan of Bana’s since comic-crime caper Chopper. I even have a soft spot for his portrayal as Bruce Banner in Ang Lee’s much-maligned Hulk. This London-set effort looks tense affair with a superb supporting cast including Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds and Julia Stiles. The first trailer and poster have just arrived and appear below the official synopsis.
Two ex-lovers, Martin (Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall), find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.” That may be the simple plot description, but judging by the trailer, the film looks far more complicated. »
- Craig Hunter
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