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Dame Maggie Smith is beyond a national treasure, she’s an international star and here it looks like she’s picked up another top role and is heading towards a wonderful performance. With a script from legendary playwright Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith stars as Miss Shepherd in The Lady In The Van, a woman of uncertain origins who originally meant to park in Bennett’s driveway for 3 weeks but ended up staying for 15 years.
The best thing is that it’s a true story and shows their relationship between family, friends and…my introduction isn’t doing this fantastic trailer any justice at all…just watch for yourself below.
The Lady In The Van opens this November in the UK. »
- Dan Bullock
Sir Ian McKellen has shared a preview of his new film Mr Holmes.
Set in 1947, Mr Holmes follows the detective living out his twilight years in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her son, haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years before.
Early this week, we got to see the first clip from Mr. Holmes, which finds an aging Sherlock recounting his true story to a young boy. Now the official one-sheet has been released, which finds Ian McKellen standing in the shadow of this once-famous sleuth and his legacy. Meet the 'man behind the myth' as he prepares for his final case this summer.
Mr. Holmes is based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, and was adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher. The story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes returns from Japan, where, in search of a plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now in his remote seaside farmhouse Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees with only the company of his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son, Roger.
Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, »
Mr. Holmes will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in the next few days and Roadside Attractions is doing what it can to raise awareness for the film, which finds Ian McKellen playing an aging Sherlock Holmes in a story that provides a new twist on the world's most famous detective. After a clip from the film arrived a couple days ago, today we get the first teaser poster as the film will be hitting theaters some time later this year. Set in 1947, Mr. Holmes finds the famed detective returning from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, »
- Brad Brevet
An aging Sherlock shares his story with a young boy in the first clip from Mr. Holmes, which stars Ian McKellen as the iconic sleuth. Based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, this mystery thriller catches up with Holmes in his later years, irritated by the inflated tales of his past victories, yet ready to take on one last case.
Mr. Holmes takes place in England, in 1947. The famous detective is now 93 years old, and lives in his Sussex country house. When he goes to the cinema and sees a film about himself, he mostly shakes his head. For much of what he is purported to have done in the heroic stories has simply been made up. He never wore the legendary hat and, rather than the pipe, he always preferred a cigarette. Long since retired, he steers clear of people and dedicates himself chiefly to bee-keeping. »
Stars: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Lilla Crawford, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour | Written by James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall has had plenty of success in the world of musical motion picture. His 2002 film adaptation of Chicago won Academy Awards and boosted Marshall’s name into the Hollywood “it crowd” in the process. Following up Chicago with a lovely adaptation of the Arthur Golden novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, showed Marshall was an accomplished director who was capable of more than musicals. Those two films showed style, heart and confidence. Since then, Marshall has directed Nine, a less well-received musical in 2009, On Stranger Tides, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in 2011, a film that many thought was unnecessary and failed in comparison to its prior instalments, »
- Chris Cummings
The Restoration Man tries to turn a ruin into a home, there are 24 emotional Hours In A&E and Mark Lawson Talks To Frances De La Tour. Plus: salesmen switch jobs in Supercars Vs Used Cars, it’s back to Celebrity Big Brother and Weekend Warriors re-enact the siege of Marlborough
A new quizshow hosted by 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy presenter Baz Ashmawy. The contests are extremists in their own way: people whose hobbies have taken a probably unhealthy grip on their lives but made them experts in their trivial fields. They will contest a series of studio-based challenges in order to see which of them is both best and saddest. In this opener, a Doctor Who devotee, a boxing aficionado and a London Underground minutiae obsessive are pitted against one another. David Stubbs
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- David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Rachel Aroesti, Bim Adewunmi, Mark Jones, Ali Catterall and Lanre Bakare
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