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Written by Andrew Davies and directed by Aisling Walsh, A Poet in New York explores the final days of adored poet Dylan Thomas (played brilliantly by Tom Hollander). As the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language, he became a much-loved celebrity in the Us. But his failing marriage and wild lifestyle led to his untimely death in 1953, at the age of 39. During this exclusive interview with Collider, acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies talked about the experience of writing a project about Dylan Thomas, why Dylan Thomas was a boyhood hero of his, what led him down the path of becoming a writer, and the casting process. He also talked about why he decided to take on War and Peace, as a six-part series, collaborating with Guillermo del Toro on the script for Beauty, and that even though he was never asked to write a script »
- Christina Radish
Written by Andrew Davies and directed by Aisling Walsh, A Poet in New York explores the final days of adored poet Dylan Thomas (played brilliantly by Tom Hollander). As the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language, he became a much-loved celebrity in the Us. But his failing marriage and wild lifestyle led to his untimely death in 1953, at the age of 39. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Hollander talked about why he ultimately signed on to play Dylan Thomas, the grueling shooting schedule, the experience of playing someone so self-destructive, why he’s so proud of his performance, and that he hopes viewers can find this story relatable. He also talked about what he looks for in a project and role, and his wild experience with motion capture and voice work on Jungle Book: Origins, directed by Andy Serkis. Check out »
- Christina Radish
Watching a guy drink himself to death is never particularly fun and, in the case of a tortured artist, borders on cliche. Yet that was the fate of Dylan Thomas, the brilliant poet whose final days (and some of his earlier life) are documented by “A Poet in New York,” screenwriter Andrew Davies’ look into the demons that haunted Thomas until he succumbed at age 39. Tied to the centenary of the wordsmith’s birth, this BBC America presentation proves most notable for Tom Hollander’s brilliant performance, a showy, outsized role in an otherwise very small-scale film.
Thomas arrives in New York in 1953, wildly celebrated yet cash-strapped, banking on public appearances and a planned collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky to bail him out. “I love this fabulous, filthy city,” he tells the two admirers squiring him about, John (Ewen Bremner) and Liz (Phoebe Fox).
Still, that quickly segues to the »
- Brian Lowry
"Yes, I'm doing War and Peace," she told Radio Times.
The series will air on BBC One in 2015.
Paul Dano has also been rumoured to star as Pierre Bezukhov, the love interest of James's Natasha.
War and Peace is set in 1805 during Alexander I's reign, following five aristocratic families and Napoleon's invasion in 1812.
Speaking to Digital Spy and others at the Downton Abbey launch, she said of McShera: "I »
Kelly Frye has signed on to play DC Comics character Plastique in the upcoming "The Flash" TV series on The CW. In the series she'll play a more heroic incarnation of the character, at least initially. Plastique (aka Sgt. Bette Sans Souci) was a bomb disposal expert in Iraq.
Following the accident that gave Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) his super speed powers, Bette finds herself with the ability to turn everything she touches into a bomb. She seeks Barry's help as nefarious U.S. government forces chase her down. [Source: E! Online]
War And Peace
James would play heroine Natasha Rostova, lover to Pierre Bezukhov (Paul Dano) an illegitimate son who rises in society. Andrew Davies ("Little Dorrit," "Pride and Prejudice") is writing the series. [Source: Yahoo ]
- Garth Franklin
In one of its most ambitious undertakings to date, the BBC is teaming with The Weinstein Company and Look Out Point to bring viewers a sprawling, six-part miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tome War and Peace. Now, the pieces are falling into place for the series, with word that Lily James and Paul Dano are circling lead roles in the project.
Offers have been sent out to James, a rising star known best for her role as Lady Rose MacClare on the PBS period drama Downton Abbey, and Dano, who has been quietly building a reputation as a skilled character actor with parts in Little Miss Sunshine, Prisoners and 12 Years a Slave, among others. Though neither actor has been confirmed yet, James would take on the lead role of Natasha Rostova, who falls in love with Pierre Bezukhov, an awkward and illegitimate son of a wealthy Russian nobleman »
- Isaac Feldberg
She falls in love with Pierre Bezukhov, who Prisoners star Dano is in talks to play - an illegitimate son who rises in society.
Davies previously said of the project: "[It is] not just a great novel, it's a wonderful read and it'll make a wonderful serial.
"A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life. The characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with, and Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzy Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature. »
Though it has been adapted several times before, Leo Tolstoy’s huge tale of drama between aristocratic Russian families is once more the target of a TV project, this time a collaboration between the BBC and The Weinstein Company. Paul Dano and Lily James are mulling offers to star in the miniseries.Developed by the company behind Ripper Street and scripted by veteran novel adapter Andrew Davies, it will retell the sprawling story that's set in 1805 Russia and weaves between five rich families around the reign of Alexander I. James is being targeted to play Natasha Rostova, who falls for the wrong man – namely Dano’s Pierre Bezukhov, an awkward illegitimate son who spots a chance to climb society’s ranks but struggles with his hot temper. The actors would be playing roles originally tackled by Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda in the 1956 film version, so no pressure there, then. »
Tom Hollander plays the self-destructive Welshman in the telepic “A Poet in New York,” which chroncles Thomas’ last days in New York before his death in 1953 at age 39.
Hollander impresses in the role. It was clear from his appearance at TCA — via satellite because his flight out of France was unexpectedly grounded for weather conditions — that he steeped himself in Thomas lore. That process included weight gain of almost “two stone” in order to depict Thomas in his appropriately bloated, alcoholic state.
“I listened to as much of his poetry on my phone as I could,” Hollander said, noting that he sought out all the recordings of Thomas he could find. “And I thought about all the alcoholics I’ve known. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Davies told Digital Spy that the ITV drama "was always conceived" with four series in mind.
"It was always conceived of as four series - that is, if people liked it enough," he explained. "People seem to love it, so I think we can do the four series."
Davies hinted the show's upcoming third run will see Jeremy Piven's Harry Selfridge grow "darker and wilder", following the death of his wife.
"He was just such a good boy all through the second series - I'd like him to cut loose in the third," the writer said.
"[In real life] he became increasingly wild and reckless and finished up penniless - so it's got a tragic arc at the end. I guess we're going to stick to that. »
House of Cards will air on UKTV's Drama from Saturday (July 12) - but the star of this four-part serial is not Kevin Spacey's ruthless Us official Frank Underwood, but rather Tory chief whip Francis Urquhart, played with charming malevolence by Ian Richardson.
Adapted by Andrew Davies - writer of Mr Selfridge, Pride and Prejudice and many more - from Michael Dobbs's original novel, the UK iteration of House of Cards was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Scoring BAFTA and Emmy wins in the early '90s, it went on to inspire the acclaimed Netflix series.
"I feel flattered that Netflix chose to reconstruct it," says Davies. "And I'm delighted that ours has been rediscovered, and that it's going to be shown again on Drama."
Francis vs. Frank
But how does the original House of Cards compare to its modern counterpart? Though in many ways a »
BBC America has acquired A Poet in New York, a film about Dylan Thomas’ final days. The drama is written by Andrew Davies, BBC’s venerable screenwriter most acclaimed for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice as well as more recent well-received series like House of Cards and Little Dorrit. It features several beloved BBC actors, with Tom Hollander (Rev., Pride and Prejudice) as Dylan Thomas and Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as his wife. Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Page Eight), and Phoebe Fox (Switch, New Tricks) co-star.
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“One of the most renowned poets in the world, Dylan Thomas is the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language. Known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle as well as his brilliance, his »
- Claire Hellar
Hollander plays Dylan Thomas, the famous poet known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle.
Written by screenwriter Andrew Davies (“House of Cards”), the drama explores how Thomas’ experiences made his life virtually untenable and examines how his destructive personality played into his own demise.
The film will premiere in the U.S. this fall on BBC America.
- Nikara Johns
The studio is currently seeking a new director, although Guillermo del Toro will still be involved as a producer, alongside Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. The filmmaker also co-wrote the script alongside Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, The Three Musketeers).
The filmmaker signed on to direct back in February 2012, although he was initially only set to produce before taking on the directorial duties. While no reason was given for his departure from the director's chair, the filmmaker does have a massive number of projects on his slate. He is currently in post-production on his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, and he is also attached to Haunted Mansion 3D, Frankenstein and Dark Universe, although it isn't known which project will come next.
The earliest »
Judging by the reviews to date, this week's true crime drama Devil's Knot - which stars Firth as a private investigator looking into the case of the West Memphis Three - falls into the latter category. Which, given that Firth's co-stars include Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan, is a pretty substantial disappointment.
But why linger on the negative? Instead, we've taken a look back on five of Firth's finest hours across the big and small screens.
Four years after his breakthrough role in Another Country (which just barely missed out on a spot in this list), Firth earned the first of many BAFTA nominations in Richard Eyre's Falklands War drama. He gives a raw and unflinching central performance »
The paymasters want tears, snot and estuary vowels and actors are willing to please, often to our own detriment
It's enough to make a grown man scream. As if the recent public furore over the poor quality sound in the BBC drama Jamaica Inn wasn't bad enough, now frazzled couch potatoes have been slamming the sides of their TV sets with renewed frenzy in an effort to find out why they can't hear Auntie's latest offering, the crime drama Quirke.
This flagship series has been bedevilled by exactly the sort of issues that plagued its benighted predecessor that of actor inaudibility. And it's no longer just the average punter who is complaining, for this time the outcry has been joined by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies, whose frustration carries rather more weight because he wrote the bloody thing. "I could work out what was being said," he admitted sheepishly, but not so his poor wife, »
- Michael Simkins
BBC crime drama is the latest to face criticism over inaudible dialogue, after more than 2,000 complaints about Jamaica Inn
The writer of Quirke, the latest BBC drama to face complaints over inaudible, mumbled dialogue, has admitted watching it with the aid of subtitles.
Andrew Davies, one of the UK's best known screenwriters with credits including Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards and Bridget Jones Diary, said his wife had asked for subtitles to be turned on when they sat down to watch the BBC1 show, which airs on Sunday nights.
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- Jason Deans
Director: John Alexander
Screenplay: Andrew Davies
The BBC have taken some gambles on high profile detective dramas over the past few years. There was Zen with Rufus Sewell set in sumptuous Italy and Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander in a Sweden of buttery fields and bleak coastlines. The former died on its perfectly-formed backside and the latter took off but its star has a busy schedule. An initially unpromising setting of gloomy 1950s Dublin is the latest stalking ground for Quirke with Gabriel Byrne, and on this evidence there are the makings of a compelling saga with a few chunks of mystery thrown in for good measure.
Based on the books by Benjamin Black, Dr. Quirke is a pathologist, so ideally placed to be in the thick of a case, or at least follow in its aftermath and reawaken it as in tonight’s offering, »
- Steve Palace
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writer: Andrew Davies
They say never meet your heroes. In the case of poet Dylan Thomas this appears to have been resolutely the case, if a new BBC biopic is to be believed.
Portrayed by Tom Hollander as a bloated and hopeless case, with the echo of a glint in his eye, A Poet In New York examines Thomas’s final days staggering around the bars and women of New York, leading up to his undignified exit in 1953. It takes a few minutes to adjust to Hollander as a debauched figure, especially if your main exposure to him has been via priest sitcom Rev, but his skilled performance soon draws you in. Hollander has a short stature but a way of exerting a sudden, deep and powerful hold on camera, a quality that has served him well in »
- Steve Palace
Andrew Davies, the man who had Darcy rise up from the waters of Pemberley, once said: 'You have to get sex into the spine of the story'
It's been 21 years since the BBC last did Lady Chatterley's Lover, so isn't it time for a new one? No doubt it will be very good, with the lovemaking scenes a bit more explicit than before, and perhaps poor old Sir Clifford getting a bit more sympathy. But should we be going back to the well quite as often as we do? True, Lady Chatterley, which has been remade only four or five times, is well behind Pride and Prejudice, which the BBC first did on radio in 1924, and which has had as many as 20 retellings, depending how many foreign versions and loose interpretations you count. Andrew Davies, dean of classic adaptations, and the man who had Darcy rise up from the waters of Pemberley, »
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