11 items from 2013
Not all that long ago there was a pretty clear distinction between a theatre actor and a film actor. Once in a blue moon you’d see an A-lister getting back to their roots with a role at the National Theatre, but on the whole the closest you’d get to a well-known thesp on a West End stage was Jason Donovan in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.
Recently, though, things have been changing. London theatre-goers can see Luke Treadaway, Brian Cox, John Simm, Roger Allam, Zoe Wanamaker, Rupert Everett and Helen Mirren. And that’s just the ones that immediately sprang to mind.
With this in mind, we’ve decided to do something a little different at HeyUGuys: an occasional column looking at the cross over between the worlds of stage and celluloid. We’re calling it ‘Film Geeks at the Theatre.
Last week the Trafalgar Studios production of Macbeth, »
- Ben Mortimer
Endeavour: The Complete First Series.
Created by Russell Lewis.
Newly appointed as ‘bagman’ to boss and mentor Di Fred Thursday, Endeavour Morse must navigate a minefield of police politics to solve a quartet of baffling murder mysteries.
After the resounding success of the first Endeavour film broadcast on ITV1 back in January of 2012 to mark the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of Inspector Morse, and called after its subject’s scarcely-uttered first name, this new “prequel” series of four feature-length episodes was commissioned, following a young (and pre-inspector) Inspector Morse on some of his earliest cases.
Set in Morse’s usual stomping-ground of Oxford, but during the charmingly and evocatively portrayed 1960s, Morse (Shaun Evans) is but a young Detective Constable heading out on his very first cases with his senior partner, »
- Flickering Myth
The Angels’ Share
Directed by Ken Loach
Written by Paul Laverty
United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Italy, 2012
Every so often, you can almost physically feel the shift a film makes as it attempts to lift the rug from under your feet. Most times, though not all, such shifts being so cognitively visible are a burden, and that’s the case with The Angels’ Share, Ken Loach’s most recent film, the Jury Prize winner at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Loach and writer Paul Laverty, in the first hour, weave a pleasant, homespun tale of a young Glaswegian man trying to do right after years of being ensconced in bad behavior. And then, randomly, it takes a turn that only modestly pays off.
At its best, The Angels’ Share is nearly absent of ambitions, simply presenting a group of ne’er-do-wells in Glasgow struggling against their inherent nature to be scoundrels, »
- Josh Spiegel
Deep in the Borneo jungle, Bill Bailey gets up close to an orangutan. It's hard to know who's who
• Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero on iPlayer
I imagine there comes a time for comedians – probably during their mid to late 40s – when they begin to wonder if they're going to try to make people laugh for ever. Fashions change, standup gets harder; maybe you want to sit down, branch out, do something else. There's always the panel show option, of course. Some branch out further – Shakespeare, writing novels, archaeology, travel, sex therapy. Bill Bailey appears to be making a late bid to enter the race to become the next David Attenborough.
Look, here he is at the Natural History museum, with Attenborough himself. Maybe Bill, knowing he's a late starter and lags behind Chris Packham and even further behind Professor Brian Cox, is going to pull »
- Sam Wollaston
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Roger Allam is perfectly suited and booted to play Di Fred Thursday, boss and mentor to the young, not yet inspector, Morse in Endeavour, ITV's prequel to the classic detective series. It's as if he were never destined to play anything else. Big, jowly, with a well-styled trenchcoat, buffed size 12s and, very presumably, a vest: he inhabits his own skin wonderfully wisely. Lugubrious to the point of torpor, he catches the mood perfectly; if it's not raining it will be soon, and there'll be another damp beer along in a minute.
- Euan Ferguson
David Tennant and Emily Watson star as husband and wife in Paula Milne’s three-part serial about marriage, power and politics and today we wanted to share some brand new stills from this forthcoming BBC Drama.
A highly authored, gripping drama The Politician’s Husband follows the shifting balance of power in a political marriage and the ensuing consequences when a wife becomes more successful than her husband. Writer and creator Paula Milne (Small Island) had this to say:
“It is said that all power corrupts but the power balance within a marriage can be unspoken and subtle whereas the power games in politics are more overt and manipulatory. The drama explores the personal realm of a political marriage played against the ruthless hubris of Westminster politics – and what can happen when those two realms collide.”
Senior Cabinet Minister, Aiden Hoynes (Tennant), is happily married to Freya (Watson), a junior minister. »
- Dan Bullock
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #15...
V for Vendetta, 2005.
Directed by James McTeigue.
Alan Moore's chilling tale about a dystopian near-future England under fascist control comes to life courtesy of The Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski, who adapted the opus for the screen alongside first-time director James McTeigue and Agent Smith himself Hugo Weaving in 2005.
The film sees future Thor star Natalie Portman as Evey, a young woman who gets caught up in a revolution after being saved from a gang by V (Weaving), a mysterious Guy Fawkes-masked vigilante and freedom fighter looking to spark a revolution against the brutal totalitarian government. A solid box office hit upon release, »
- Flickering Myth
From the old reliable master Ken Loach, arrives the quaint little gem The Angels’ Share, a nearly seamless blend between drole humour, sometimes violent, edgy drama, the heist film and finally, the pastime of whisky tasting. More than any other facet, the latter adds a dynamic which is (fundamentally at least) completely at odds with most other themes explored in the film. Yet somehow it all works immensely well, adding a somewhat elitist, pompous kick to the adventure that I just loved.
It doesn’t hurt at all that I adore that particular spirit and hearing discussions about the subtleties and unique flavours of the drink made my tongue thirsty for a sip. In many ways those sequences do for whisky what Sideways did for wine admirers. The Angels’ Share, if you were wondering, is a colloquialism referring to the small percentage of whisky which evaporates during the casking process »
- Simon Brookfield
Chicago – HBO brings BBC2’s “Parade’s End,” based on the highly-acclaimed novels by Ford Madox Ford, stateside and the star-studded mini-series with a breathtakingly good script from the legendary Sir Tom Stoppard is a must-see for anyone interested in historical drama, quality acting, or the kind of stunning production values usually reserved for big-screen adaptations with Oscar aspirations. Propelled by a trio of Emmy-worthy performances from Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), and Adelaide Clemens (“Silent Hill: Revelation”) and a stunning supporting cast of classically trained actors (it’s like “The Avengers” for fans of British period pieces), “Parade’s End” is one of the most accomplished and impressive productions you’ll see on TV this year.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
It’s also slow. Just a warning. One has to be an admirer of Stoppard’s brilliant way with words and consider the symbolic themes of a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Parade's End is the leading nominee for the 2013 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
Elsewhere, The Hour receives three nominations for stars Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Anna Chancellor, while Twenty Twelve, Doctor Who and The Great British Bake Off also feature in a list which is heavily dominated by BBC output.
ITV's Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, the documentary which first revealed the extent of the TV presenter's sexual abuse and has prompted a number of reports, inquires and a major police investigation, is nominated for 'Best Single Documentary'.
[Left: Clare Balding / Right: Adam Hills]
For those looking to get Benedict Cumberbatch ahead of the pack you can watch him this February in the HBO-bbc miniseries Parade’s End and now the network has released a teaser trailer for the five-part Wwi-era miniseries.
Cumberbatch has plenty on his plate for this year or so and now he continues ‘amazing run’ with Parade’s End starring as Christopher Tietjens, a man caught in a love triangle with two women played by Rebecca Hall and Adalaide Clemens.
American audiences will get to experience the upper-class Edwardian-era Britain across three consecutive nights starting on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the video below beginning with Cumberbatch’s character announcing that he’s joining the army.
Click here to view the embedded video. »
- Nick Martin
11 items from 2013
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