13 items from 2015
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
If you haven't yet seen Ex Machina get out there and do so as it expands even further this weekend. Along with an overall great film you'll also get to see a great performance from Alicia Vikander whose name first came to most people's attention with A Royal Affair a couple years later, but after Ex Machina and this summer's Testament of Youth her stock is likely to continue to rise and, who knows, maybe an Oscar nomination in the near future. Today we have a new trailer for the latter film I mentioned there, Testament of Youth, a World War I feature adapted from the memoir by Vera Brittain played here by one Alicia Vikander opposite Kit Harrington ("Game of Thrones"). Here's the plot: Vera, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown, to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she »
- Brad Brevet
Now that the film has already seen a release in the UK, it's time for Us audiences to get familiar with director James Kent’s new film Testament of Youth. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir of the same name and stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain. Vikander is joined by Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington who plays her fiancé, Roland Leighton. I'm not familiar with the source material but this seems like a handsomely photographed period piece that's, as far as I can tell, competently executed on just about every level besides that as well. Check out the Us version of Testament of Youth Trailer below. The film also stars Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Joanna Scanlan, Alexandra Roach, Jonathan Bailey, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nicholas Farrell, Dominic West and Miranda Richardson. Trailer courtesy of Yahoo: Here’s the »
- Evan Dickson
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
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… »
Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds and Anna Chancellor will also have roles in the series, alongside James Cosmo, Saskia Reeves, Sara Vickers, Jack Greenlees, Jamie Michie, Mark Cox, Kate Donnelly and Andrew Rothney.
The third series will centre around the disappearance of a young man on a ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick.
"I came to Scotland a lot in the '70s and '80s in various theatre productions - and, »
Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.
Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands
The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.
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Exclusive: Drama heads to shoot, The Yellow Affair to sell at Efm.
The Yellow Affair will present the English-language drama, directed by Janos Edelenyi, at Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) (Feb 5-13).
Cox will play an ageing star of stage and screen who forms an unlikely relationship with his immigrant carer.
Cox said of the film: “One of the central strengths of the movie is the comic creation of character »
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The TV series "Spooks," also known as "Mi-5," has often been labelled the British equivalent of "24". It was a spy thriller series that ran for ten years and boasted talents that have since made names for themselves in other projects including David Oyelowo, Richard Armitage, Matthew Macfadyen, Iain Glen, Lara Pulver, Sophia Miles, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keely Hawes, Rupert Penry-Jones, Anna Chancellor and many more.
It was also distinctive because long before "Game of Thrones" and the like, it was not afraid to randomly kill off its core cast members - including its male leading man with the show going through at least four of those across its 86 episode run. Fitting then that 'Thrones' star Kit Harington is the new leading man in the show's jump to the big screen in the new film "Spooks: The Greater Good".
Today, the first trailer and posters for the film have been released, a »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American, Latin American and Asian rights to Protagonist Pictures’ World War I drama “Testament of Youth,” starring “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington, the company announced on Friday.
The film, based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of the same name, follows the open-minded author’s journey to overcome prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford University, only to join her peers’ fight for their country by volunteering to be a nurse helping the wounded in France.
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- Greg Gilman
Vera Brittain’s memoir The Testament of Youth is as close to time travel as many of us will ever get. Her intoxicating writing style sucks you into an era full of promise, of tradition and – sadly, of course – immense loss. The book is incredibly dense and takes the reader through her younger years at school, her mission to get into Oxford, the outbreak of war and beyond as Vera gets involved in the aftermath (I use first names simply because, having read the book, I feel like more than a passing acquaintance!).
Though it is a slightly older woman who is writing the book itself, we see great insight into her younger self through the many diary entries, poems and letters that are quoted throughout the text which highlight her changing attitudes as the war continues and her life changes so dramatically.
There are so many elements to The »
- Amanda Keats
A seemingly impossible task lay ahead of The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton, judging by the number of people I’d seen expressing their terror at the thought of his new adaptation of Ef Benson’s comic novels about Mapp and Lucia (BBC1), two 1930s society mavens engaged in all-out war for dominance of a picturesque Sussex town.
They couldn’t possibly like it if it wasn’t Channel 4’s 1980s version starring Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales, they declared. Although McEwan and Scales were brilliant, that’s no reason to place the books under glass, never to be touched again. It’s a self-sabotaging approach to believe only one actor can play a particular part. Can’t both Jeremy Brett »
- Julia Raeside
13 items from 2015
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