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How Yorgos Lanthimos Got Nicole Kidman to Go to Disturbing Places With ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’

After Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos landed an Oscar nomination for “Dogtooth,” his twisted dystopian vision of a family trapped in deranged rituals, his agent took him around town. It was the usual routine: Promising young talent offered numerous pre-conceived projects, with no guarantee that he’d have any control over the final result. “I didn’t really know the landscape,” said Lanthimos in an interview. “I just realized it’s not what I’m interested in. I’d never be able to survive such a situation.”

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That early decision paid off. After “Dogtooth,” Lanthimos churned out a series of movies that have continued to cement his status as one of the most original, visionary filmmakers working today. His movies present bleak, self-contained universes of despair, and they’re never predictable.
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Rachel Weisz Says Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favourite’ Is Like a Funnier, Sex-Driven ‘All About Eve’

Rachel Weisz is no stranger to filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ unique charms and tastes, starring in his English-language debut “The Lobster” alongside a transformed Colin Farrell to deliver one of the decade’s most unexpected, weird, funny, and just plain lovely romances. Weisz is re-teaming with Lanthimos on his next offering, “The Favourite,” a historical feature that, on paper, sounds decidedly unlike the Greek filmmaker’s previous efforts, often referred to as part of the so-called Greek Weird Wave.

Officially described as a “bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy, and betrayal,” Lanthimos’ latest film is set in 18th century England during the court of Queen Anne (played by Colman). Weisz plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and confidante, advisor, best friend, and secret lover to the Queen. Their long-standing relationship is threatened when Sarah’s younger cousin Abigail (played by Emma Stone) comes to court, leading to a battle
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Yorgos Lanthimos Wraps Period Piece ‘The Favourite,’ Official Synopsis Hints At Royal-Centric Lesbian Love Triangle

Yorgos Lanthimos Wraps Period Piece ‘The Favourite,’ Official Synopsis Hints At Royal-Centric Lesbian Love Triangle
Yorgos Lanthimos has completed shooting his juicy period drama “The Favourite,” starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award winner Emma Stone, and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman (“The Lobster”). New plot details for the period drama reveal that Weisz and Stone’s characters vie for power and influence in Queen Anne’s court by any means necessary — including seduction.

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Described as a “bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy, and betrayal,” the film is set in 18th century England during the court of Queen Anne (Colman). Weisz plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and confidante, advisor, and secret lover to the Queen. The power shifts when the Duchess’s younger cousin (Stone) arrives to court, and the two women battle for influence and the Queen’s affections.

The tawdry period
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The week in TV: Churchill’s Secret; Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life; Murder: The Third Voice; House of Cards – review

Churchill’s children were sidelined in a slight but well-acted drama. But House of Cards returned and worked like a dream

Churchill’s Secret (ITV) | ITV Hub

Murder: The Third Voice (BBC2) | iPlayer

Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life (BBC2) | iPlayer

House of Cards (Netflix)

“There is no hiding from the world who my father is,” blinked Sarah Churchill in ITV’s feature-length drama Churchill’s Secret. Sarah was in a privileged warm garden and being played by the subtle Rachael Stirling, and it was a great and a troubling line, if threatening for tin-eared grammatical pedants.

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Rachel Weisz Considers Helping Shape A Nation In The Favourite

Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz is in talks to work with her The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos once again, on a film about three women who rose to power in the 17th century, and left a legacy that is still felt today. The Favourite is an historical drama, written by newcomer Deborah Davis, and Tony McNamara (The Secret Life Of Us), which focuses on the complicated relationships between British monarch Queen Anne, and two of her closest advisors – Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham. While Weisz is said to be circling the role of Churchill, Emma Stone will play Masham, while the role of Queen Anne will be filled by the multiple award-winning Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur).

Queen Anne succeeded William III as monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, becoming the first monarch of Great Britain and Ireland, after the Acts of Union were passed in 1707, uniting England and Scotland as one nation.
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Alexis Wright Sentenced to 10 Months for Prostitution and Conspiracy

A Zumba fitness instructor at the center of a prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and more than 100 clients told a judge who sentenced her Friday to 10 months in jail that she's happy to have escaped her former life. Sniffling and fighting back tears, Alexis Wright said she felt relief when police raided her business on Feb. 12, 2012, because she wanted out. "In my eyes I'm free. I'm free from this," she told the judge. "I have an incredible amount of strength that I knew was in me somewhere. Now that I have the strength I want to encourage others to come forward.
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'Glee': Matthew Morrison Goes Full Fred Astaire in New Clip (Video)

'Glee': Matthew Morrison Goes Full Fred Astaire in New Clip (Video)
Glee's Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays are taking a page from MGM's 1951 Fred Astaire musical Royal Wedding. After she left him at the altar, Will (Morrison) will attempt to woo Emma (Mays) again when the Fox musical returns March 7. Photos: 'Glee' Season 4 in Pictures During the tribute to music from the movies episode, fittingly tilted "Girls (and Boys) on Film," the duo will re-enact a scene from the classic that co-starred Sarah Churchill when they cover "You're All the World to Me." Check out the clip, below, and hit the comments with your

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Angharad Rees obituary

Actor best known for her role as Demelza in the 1970s hit BBC TV drama Poldark

The actor Angharad Rees, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 63, soared to fame in Poldark (1975-77), the BBC's dramatisation of Winston Graham's novels set in 18th-century Cornwall. Rees played the fiery servant Demelza, whose beautiful smile, wide-open eyes, flowing red locks and headstrong nature won over the brooding hero.

Robin Ellis starred as Ross Poldark, the British army officer returning home from the American war of independence to find his father dead, the family estate run down and their tin mines about to be sold. He seeks to reignite the flames with his fiancee, the aristocratic Elizabeth (Jill Townsend), but discovers she is set to marry his cousin. Poldark finds a soulmate in the miner's daughter Demelza after stopping a stallholder at Redruth fair from thrashing her for stealing. He offers her
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Evelyn Dall obituary

American-born singer and actor who spent the war years in Britain

For those people for whom the words Itma, "Big-Hearted Arthur" and Ambrose conjure up fond memories, and the blitz less fond ones, the name of the American-born singer and actor Evelyn Dall, who has died aged 92, might ring a few syncopated bells. Dall spent the war years in Britain, during which time she co-starred with Tommy "It's That Man Again" Handley and Arthur Askey in a few musical-comedy films, and was a featured soloist with Bert Ambrose's dance band, performing at the Holborn Empire and the Mayfair hotel.

Billed as "The Blonde Bombshell", having filched the sobriquet from Jean Harlow, who had died some years before, the petite Dall, who was cute rather than sexy, gave chirpy support to the two cheeky comedians who traded on their radio fame for their lingering appeal. Dall ("doll" when pronounced by
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