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"Frankenstein" - Elle Fanning Is "Mary Shelley"

The goth, romantic feature "Mary Shelley" is directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, focusing on the young writer who fell in love with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, inspiring her to write the novel "Frankenstein", starring Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley and Ben Hardy, opening July 6, 2018:

"...'Mary' (Fanning) is a wayward teen spending more time reading scary literature than helping out with chores back at home. She clashes with stepmother 'Mary Jane' (Froggatt) but shares a warm relationship with stepsister 'Claire' (Powley) and father 'William Godwin' (Stephen Dillane), a renowned political philosopher and novelist.

"She also shares a strident streak with her late mother, the forward-thinking feminist 'Mary Wollstonecraft'. When Mary encounters handsome and rebellious poet 'Percy Shelley' (Douglas Booth), her life takes a dramatic turn that takes her across Europe...

"...encountering love, betrayal, tragedy and ultimately inspiration to write the classic horror novel "Frankenstein" aka "The
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Video: iTom – Ep 4 – Darkest Hour UK Premiere

I had the chance to attend the UK premiere of Churchill biopic Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman. Check out the video above for footage from the red carpet event including some interesting insights into the film by one of the film’s stars Kristin Scott Thomas and screenwriter Anthony McCarten.

You can also read my thoughts on the film below.

London, 1940. Nazi Germany is decimating Europe. Britain’s ruling Conservative Party leader, Neville Chamberlain is ousted from power by a parliamentary vote of no confidence. The party’s chosen successor: a middle-aged, overweight, boozer, with a questionable military record – Winston Churchill. The country’s darkest hour, indeed.

In the opening minutes of Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) being unceremoniously ousted from the prime-ministership because of his lack of nerve in the war effort. It is abundantly clear from the elaborate camera setup, which glides seamlessly from a birds-eye view to a
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Darkest Hour movie review: a surrender to open-and-shut history

MaryAnn’s quick take… A feature-length Oscar clip, two hours of Gary Oldman stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. There’s too little drama and too much inevitability in what amounts to a reanimated Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Like a feature-length Oscar clip, Darkest Hour is two hours of Gary Oldman (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Child 44) stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. Cigars are chomped, put-upon secretaries are shouted at with studied histrionics, and less iconic politicians are smote verbally. It’s all fine as impersonations go, I guess, but there’s not much drama in what amounts to a Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene that’s somehow been magically animated.

We should feel the
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‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London

‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London
The challenge of sonically recreating the world of London in 1940 for Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” not only involved historical accuracy but subjective license. After all, the psychological warfare utilized by Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill to mobilize a reluctant Parliament against Hitler was crafted as a thrilling procedural.

“The first thing was to set the scene in 1940 sonically,” said sound editor Craig Berkey (nominated for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men”). “The reality ranged from such obvious things as what a car or a phone sounded like, or the fact that church bells were not allowed to ring back then, only Big Ben. Or what the sounds of paper waving or foot stomping was like in Parliament.”

“The other part was to reflect what’s going on with Gary and his performance throughout the film,” added Berkey. “This part of the soundscape had to do with atmospherics,
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Watch Exclusive 'Darkest Hour' Video: Transformation

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The first time we see Winston Churchill on screen in the stirring historical drama Darkest Hour, it takes several moments to kick in: that's Gary Oldman! Even knowing in advance that the acclaimed actor is portraying the famed political figure, it's a startling transformation. It's not just the outstanding hair and makeup design, either, as explained by director Joe Wright and fellow actors Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ronald Pickup and Stephen Dillane in...

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Why Gary Oldman Binge-Watched ‘The Crown’ After Playing Winston Churchill (Video)

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Why Gary Oldman Binge-Watched ‘The Crown’ After Playing Winston Churchill (Video)
If you think you’re obsessed with English history, just talk to Gary Oldman. After spending three months portraying Winston Churchill for his film “Darkest Hour,” Oldman told TheWrap’s Steve Pond that he dove back in for more of the wartime prime minister by binge-watching Netflix drama, “The Crown.” But it turns out “Darkest Hour” and “The Crown” have more in common than just their time periods (the former is set in 1940, the latter begins in 1947). As Oldman was reliving post-war Britain, he spotted his “Darkest Hour” co-star Stephen Dillane (Lord Halifax). “I went, ‘That’s Stephen Dillane! In a scene!
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The week in TV: The Tunnel: Vengeance; Bancroft; Blue Planet II; Detectorists

Cross-Channel crime fighters Clémence Poésy and Stephen Dillane are to die for, while psycho cop Sarah Parish gets away with murder

The Tunnel: Vengeance (Sky Atlantic)

Bancroft (ITV) | ITV Hub

Blue Planet II (BBC One) | iPlayer

Detectorists (BBC Four) | iPlayer

Two thrillers of wildly varying style, quality and plot credibility battled for our attention. The Tunnel: Vengeance dealt with plagues of rats in the Chunnel, a sexy Sarajevo survivor wielding a bayonetted rifle, gruesome commedia dell’arte cellar daubings in the blood-stink of nightmares, scopolamine, buttock brandings, stolen children and a grim reworking of the Pied Piper tale; Hamelin as reimagined for the 21st century by Hieronymus Bosch. Bancroft was a police procedural about a little suburban murder, reopened as a cold case. Guess which was the turkey?

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The Tunnel: Vengeance review – intriguing sleepover kid-swap

The final series of the rebooted Scandi noir has Syrian child refugees appearing on the Kent coast – and English kids going missing in return

A fishing boat drifts somewhere between England and France. There are children hiding on deck. Stowaways? Refugees, perhaps? The boat is set on fire, by someone wearing a gas mask; it’s not clear if the kids are still on board.

One man is found when the charred vessel is towed into Ramsgate, he’s in the hold, alive, bound and gagged. But when the gag is removed by Dci Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane), he’s still not saying much, because his tongue’s been cut off. Ew.

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Win A Darkest Hour Prizepack – Stars Gary Oldman

We Are Movie Geeks is giving away Darkest Hour prizepacks to celebrate the release of the film. Darkest Hour is now playing in select cities and expands nationwide on December 22

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a set of 4 coasters 1 paperback book (Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten)

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1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Two Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

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Watch the official trailer:

Directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten, Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms.
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: A Masterclass In Acting — And History

It's easy to begin any discussion about Joe Wright's new movie, Darkest Hour, by discussing its star, Gary Oldman. The only problem is Gary Oldman is nowhere to be seen in this film. The wonderful actor completely dissolves into the role of Winston Churchill, and in so doing turns in one of the very best performances of the year and one of his best in his long and storied career.

Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill's rise to power as Prime Minister of Great Britain in the infancy of World War II and his handling of the war efforts to protect the island nation from its enemies. Hitler's forces, arguably the greatest army this world has ever seen, are taking huge chunks of Europe with ease, and Neville Chamberlain's (Ronald Pickup) previous policy of appeasement has failed to rein in the leader of the Nazis. This
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Darkest Hour – Review

Gary Oldman (center) stars as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Jack English / Focus Features ©

Gary Oldman gives an amazing performance as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright Darkest Hour, a riveting drama about Churchill and the earliest darkest days of World War II, as Britain faced the crisis of Dunkirk and invasion by Hitler loomed. The film is an admirable work, a mix of historical drama and biopic, but it is Oldman’s remarkable Oscar-worthy performance that is generating the most attention.

Darkest Hour offers more than Gary Oldman’s sterling, stirring performance. It is also a wonderful companion to a couple of other WWII films released this year, Dunkirk and the less-seen Their Finest Hour, both set around he same time in Britain. Combined with director Joe Wright’s earlier film Atonement, which contains a riveting depiction of a
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The best TV this week: Brexit, refugees and terrorism – The Tunnel returns

Sky Atlantic’s cross-channel crime drama is back with a vengeance, while Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek spoof, The Orville, launches on Fox

For one last time – and now with added Brexit – ill-matched, cross-Channel detective couple Karl (Stephen Dillane) and Elise (Clémence Poésy) return. This time, they’re investigating a burning fishing boat. Has it been set on fire by rabid leave voters after straying too close to the White Cliffs of Dover? Time will tell

14 December, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

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‘Game of Thrones’: Stannis Baratheon Actor Stephen Dillane Was ‘Disheartened’ by His Performance, Which Is Very Stannis of Him

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‘Game of Thrones’: Stannis Baratheon Actor Stephen Dillane Was ‘Disheartened’ by His Performance, Which Is Very Stannis of Him
Stannis Baratheon was one of the hardest “Game of Thrones” characters to make sense of. Declared the One True King of Westeros by some, he was dismissed as an uncharismatic also-ran by others. Stephen Dillane, who actually played Stannis the Mannis, apparently leans toward the former. The actor reveals in a new Times interview that he “didn’t know what I was doing until we’d finished filming” and that he was “disheartened” by the whole experience.

Read More:Sophie Turner Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Won’t Premiere Until 2019

Fittingly, his fictional right-hand man helped him out for real. Dillane notes that Liam Cunningham, Aka Ser Davos Seaworth, is “so passionate about the show. He invests in it in a way I think is quite moving, but it wasn’t my experience. I was entirely dependent on Liam to tell me what the scenes were about — I didn’t
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Movie Review – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Jordan Waller, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Synopsis:

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Before even beginning to praise the authentic and physically transformative Academy Award-worthy performance from legendary actor Gary Oldman portraying arguably the greatest politician in history, Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill, it should be made clear that the excellence doesn’t start and stop with the chameleon-like appearance or the numerous rousing speeches of defiance. Director Joe Wright (no stranger to period pieces and biopics having helmed features such as Atonement and Anna Karenina) understands that even the most lifelike depiction possible of the curmudgeonly yet bracingly
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Gary Oldman will run away with Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour”

There are times when the prognostication world anoints a presumed Oscar winner, only to have the film or the performance fall flat when actually seen. Then, there are other times when the movie or performer meets expectations and the victor should begin writing up their speech for the Academy Awards. More often than not, the former winds up being true. Gary Oldman is a case of the latter, as his turn in Darkest Hour is 100% going to win him the Oscar for Best Actor. It’s just a done deal, Academy wise. Beginning its theatrical run today, it’s also a quality biopic that’s more than simply shameless awards bait. The film is a look at British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman), how he came to power during the early days of World War II, and his agonizing decision over whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on. The
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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic

Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic
Four years ago, Oscar-nominated “The Theory of Everything” screenwriter Anthony McCarten sat down for a pint with an old chum in a country pub. What next? his friend asked. McCarten threw out a few ideas — no response. What else do you have?

Well, there was one that was really intimidating, McCarten said, about Winston Churchill. His friend replied, “Do that one. We need a portrait of leadership.”

That was before Brexit, before Trump, so it seems incredibly prescient. But really, when have we not needed leadership? “We’re living in extraordinary times, all the time,” McCarten said. “The issues that assail us are perennial. They haven’t changed since the Greeks picked up a pen.”

A hit at the fall festivals (Metascore: 72), “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features, November 22) is poised to deliver Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar as Winston Churchill. But as a World War II talky companion piece to silent action epic “Dunkirk,
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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic

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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic
Four years ago, Oscar-nominated “The Theory of Everything” screenwriter Anthony McCarten sat down for a pint with an old chum in a country pub. What next? his friend asked. McCarten threw out a few ideas — no response. What else do you have?

Well, there was one that was really intimidating, McCarten said, about Winston Churchill. His friend replied, “Do that one. We need a portrait of leadership.”

That was before Brexit, before Trump, so it seems incredibly prescient. But really, when have we not needed leadership? “We’re living in extraordinary times, all the time,” McCarten said. “The issues that assail us are perennial. They haven’t changed since the Greeks picked up a pen.”

A hit at the fall festivals (Metascore: 72), “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features, November 22) is poised to deliver Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar as Winston Churchill. But as a World War II talky companion piece to silent action epic “Dunkirk,
See full article at Indiewire »

Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Gary Oldman will be honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Oldman will be presented with the award on Feb. 2, 2018 for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” in which Oldman plays Winston Churchill. Leonard Maltin will return to moderate the evening for the 27th time.

Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant performances,” said Maltin. “With ‘Darkest Hour,’ he has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, and a true master of his craft.”

Darkest Hour” takes place during the early days of World War II, as the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film also
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Darkest Hour Movie Review

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Darkest Hour Movie Review
Darkest Hour Focus Features Director: Joe Wright Written by: Anthony McCarten Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lilly James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane Screened at: NYC Opens: November 22, 2017 Consider this: “Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to […]

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Four New Character Posters Arrive For Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’

Working Title Films have released four new UK posters for their upcoming Winston Churchill movie Darkest Hour, which is set to arrive in cinemas in January 2018. Gary Oldman leads the cast of the film, which also features the work of Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn. The four new promos are character posters for the movie, featuring the likes of Oldman, Scott Thomas, James and co-star Stephen Dillane. You can check out the new Darkest Hour posters below.

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals,
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