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The Obvious Child star will star opposite Captain America himself Chris Evans in the drama as well as Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) and newcomer McKenna Grace. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) is in the director’s chair for this one.
Gifted “tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece Mary off the grid in rural Florida. In an attempt to help her experience a “normal” upbringing, Frank enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody of the girl only to exploit her gifts for selfish reasons. A familial tug-of-war takes form as they attempt to decide what is best for this remarkable girl.”
No release date has been set for the film, but expect to see it »
- Scott J. Davis
Though long rumored, Marvel has finally confirmed Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of its third Netflix series "Luke Cage". Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician and cousin to Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes (Mahershala Ali).
Her life is thrown into turmoil by Harlem's super-strong newest hero Luke Cage and Cottonmouth's nefarious acts. The series premieres in 2016 on Netflix. [Source: Twitter]
Jenny Slate ("Married") will star opposite Chris Evans in the Marc Webb-directed drama "Gifted" at Fox Searchlight. Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and McKenna Grace also star and filming begins this Fall. »
- Garth Franklin
Scripted by Tom Flynn, “Gifted” tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece Mary off the grid in rural Florida. In an attempt to help her experience a “normal” upbringing, Frank enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody of the girl only to exploit her gifts for selfish reasons. A familial tug-of-war takes form as they attempt to decide what is best for this remarkable girl.
- Justin Kroll
We already know that Chris Evans will swap his shield and superpowers for something a little more ordinary in Mark Webb’s Gifted. Now Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and newcomer McKenna Grace will join him in the film.Gifted, written by Tom Flynn, is a drama about Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever, who is raising his niece Mary (Grace), in rural Florida. When he enrols her in school for the first time, she is labelled as gifted. All Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is her mother Evelyn (Slate), who wants to exploit her abilities. So being proactive for once, he sues to win custody of the girl. Webb is looking to have that one shooting in the coming months.Slate, who scored praise for her performance in Obvious Child, has been working steadily recently. She’s currently filming »
'Alice in Wonderland' 2010 with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What he offers, however, does not. What's there beyond cool visuals? What's there beyond the neo-gothic atmosphere he offers in Batman, or the brilliantly rendered chocolate factory playhouse in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? »
- Nathan Donarum
The Radio Times says the Netflix is "understood to have agreed terms with Brooker and his independent production company House of Tomorrow to make 'multiple episodes' of the dystopian drama."
The theme of the series isn't wild aliens though - it's dark and sometimes satirical speculative stories set in modern society and dealing with the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.
One episode posits the idea of a world where you can replay everything you do, see or hear; another has a woman falling in love with the avatar of her dead boyfriend; yet another has the British Pm contemplating having sex with a pig on live national television in order to save a kidnapped Royal princess.
Only seven episodes have been produced overall - three »
- Garth Franklin
The August bank holiday weekend in London is always cause for celebration for horror fans as the FrightFest horror and genre film festival rolls into the city’s Leicester Square for four days of blood-spattered cinematic mayhem. This year saw the arrival of horror icon and star of Re-Animator and You’re Next, Barbara Crampton, as the Guest of Honour who starred in no less than five of the entries this year including festival favourite We Are Still Here. As always with film festivals it was a real mixed bag, with very few scares but a lot of laughs (some intentional, other not so much) as the filmmakers, many of them horror fans themselves, had a lot of fun playing with the tropes and clichés of the genre while others tried to put fresh new spins on some well-worn material. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Liam Dunn
Directed by Philip Ridley
Written by Philip Ridley
The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor am I sure the movie knows what it wants to be. Although, most people easily label it a psychological horror film, The Reflecting Skin is not a film that is easily pigeonholed. It appears to be a film about the trauma of growing up and more importantly, growing up with a dysfunctional family that is haunted by their past. And it’s all told in a series of twisted events.
This independent feature was the directorial debut of Philip Ridley, a British painter-illustrator-novelist who had supplied the script to Peter Medek’s mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays. The Reflecting Skin was celebrated as one of the unique films of its year and received a good deal of favorable reviews. »
Seeing The Reflecting Skin for the first time, the 1990 film by Philip Ridley, starring Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan, one can't help but wonder how the hell the thing ever got made. I'd previously never even heard of the flick, surely a testament to my lack of knowledge about late century UK/Canadian co-productions. The film would have come out when I was in High School, but it's hard to see that in the year of Home Alone, Dances With Wolves and Total Recall this being the work I'd seek out. Yet with that context the films it most closely echoes are those from only a few years earlier - the sundrenched fields of Days of Heaven providing a more rural backdrop for the...
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Soda Pictures has acquired UK & Irish home video rights to Philip Ridley’s 1990 cult classic The Reflecting Skin, featuring Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles and Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan.
The UK/Canada co-production, which has never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray in the UK before, will be released by the Anglo-Canadian distributor in a special edition later this year.
This release will be the worldwide video premiere of a new, director-approved high-definition transfer. Exclusive bonus material is currently in production, including newly-filmed interviews with Ridley and Mortensen.
Further details, including release dates, will be announced in the lead-up to the restoration’s UK premiere at Film4 Frightfest in August, which was announced yesterday.
The Reflecting Skin played at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival and went on to win 11 international awards.
Set in the Idaho farmlands of the 1950s, the film »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Stewart Harcourt is adapting Jonathan Smith.'s recently published book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo," a two hour film to be directed by Charles Sturridge ("Where Angels Fear to Tread," "A Handful of Dust"), with Timothy Bricknell producing. Filming of ITV's "Churchill'.s Secret" begins this June in London and at Chartwell, the Churchill. family home in Kent. Set during the summer months of 1953, Winston Churchill., who has been elected Prime Minister for the second time., suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. The story is told from the point-of-view of his young nurse (Romola Garai) as Churchill battles to recover. His wife (Lindsay Duncan) hopes that the stroke will force him to retire, while his political friends and foes plot over who will succeed him. The adult Churchill children (Matthew Macfadyen as Randolph, Daisy Lewis as Mary, Rachael Stirling as Sarah and Tara »
- Anne Thompson
To the pantheon of PBS projects about the Churchills, add Churchill’s Secret, which will star Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill. Lindsay Duncan co-stars as Clementine Churchill in this ITV project, based on Jonathan Smith's recently published book, The Churchill Secret: Kbo. Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot) is adapting and it’s scheduled to air on PBS in 2016. Churchill’s Secret is told from the point of view of Churchill’s nurse Millie… »
Set during the summer months of 1953, Churchill is now British Prime Minister for the second time when he suffers a life-threatening stroke that is kept secret from the world. At the same time his adult children descend on his home and tensions begin to surface.
The story follows his battle to recover as seen through the eyes of a young nurse named Millie Appleyard. Acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan will co-star as his long-suffering wife Clementine who hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire.
Stewart Harcourt will adapt the work from Jonathan Smith's book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo." Charles Sturridge ("Da Vinci's Demons") will helm while Timothy Bricknell will produce. Filming will begin next month in London, and at Chartwell in Kent.
- Garth Franklin
Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s book set in 1953, when the former prime minister had a stroke
Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: Kbo, set during the summer of 1953 when the then-peacetime prime minister had a stroke, which was kept secret from the world.
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- John Plunkett
He will be joined in the film by Lindsay Duncan, who will portray Winston's wife Clemmie.
The story will be told from the point of view of the Prime Minister's young nurse Millie Appleyard, who cared for him after he suffered a life-threatening stroke.
Film and TV is guilty of instilling us with wanderlust, throwing up amazing locations from all over the world and leaving us wishing nothing more than to jump straight on a plane to distant climes.
Here are some stunning destinations from movies and shows (all ready to check out on Netflix now) that have us eyeing our suitcases with longing:
The Florida Keys - Bloodline
An amazing chain of tropical islands hanging from the tip of Florida, connected by a series of bridges running all the way to Key West and frequently offering amazing views of both sunrise and sunset.
It's the perfect temperate getaway, as long as you don't get entangled with the dysfunctional Rayburn family, that is.
New York City - Manhattan
The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.
Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.
"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, »
The most important thing one can do as a critic, whether it be of movies, books, music or any other art form, is to draw attention to something worthy and wonderful so that it won’t slip through the cracks of time and be forgotten. What critics do is not necessarily considered art; it’s often thought of in the same terms that Michael Keaton screamed at Lindsay Duncan’s theater critic in Birdman: “It's just a bunch of crappy opinions, backed up by even crappier comparisons... None of this cost you f***ing anything… You risk nothing!” It's true that the risk in writing about art is not as great as the risk one takes in creating it and pushing it out into the world to hopefully be found by an audience who appreciates it. However, if you can find and expose a piece of great art to people »
- Lee Jutton
Things went from an excited "Yes!" to one big "Oh no!" for newly engaged couple Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan. The Corrales, New Mexico, couple took a tram ride up to the top of Sandia Peak to celebrate their engagement and snap a few kissy pictures on Sunday, but then couldn't get back down, reports KOB4. Edelhoff and Duncan found that the tram had shut down due to winds during their photo session, leaving the lovebirds stuck on the mountaintop. Four hours passed before the weather calmed down and the duo was able to take their return trip to the bottom. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
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