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Neverwhere is the brainchild of Neil Gaiman, who recently wrote a grand episode for the Doctor, that shows that excellent writing and acting can overcome an old school Doctor Who budget. Richard Mayhew (Gary Bakewell) finds an injured girl named Door (Laura Fraser) and decides to help her despite his fiancé.s protests. He takes her back to his apartment but she disappears. Richard is also menaced by the sinister Mr. Croup (Hywel Bennett) and Mr. Vandemar (Clive Russell), but what is more shocking is that Richard discovers that he.s been .forgotten. by everyone in his life. It has to do with his helping Door and his discover of a mystical, parallel forgotten society called London Below. Now »
- Jeff Swindoll
15 years later, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere has become a cult classic TV series to rival all comers. With a budget and production values that are hard to describe without using the word "laughable," the wild adventure and creative genius shine through to create a wonderful video experience that would otherwise be unwatchable. Even by the standards of the time, the obvious limitations here are mind-boggling.
For the uninitiated, the BBC production follows Richard Mayhew and the adventures that ensue when he happens upon a bleeding girl in the street. The girl, Door, turns out to be from the quasi-magical world of London Below, and Richard finds himself sucked into quite a fine mess that he didn't actually sign up for. Worse, he has no way out of it, because his normal life apparently disappears right from under him, being that his exposure to Door has somehow "London Belowed" him, and »
- Marc Eastman
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Plot: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.
The Buzz: The only drawback to having to choose a movie of the week becomes apparent on weeks such as this one, wherein I have absolutely zero interest in any of the new releases. First of all, I hated what I saw of the first Happy Feet, and the trailer for Happy Feet Two advertises a film which looks to be about as bearable as swallowing a glass full of shards of glass. And so, the »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Chicago – Though British author Neil Gaiman’s six-part, three-hour miniseries “Neverwhere” first aired in 1996, it feels like a relic from a much earlier period in television’s past. Before digital technology enabled small-screen dramas to appear visually indiscernible from major film productions, in-camera effects and handcrafted sets were the norm. It’s inspiring to observe just how much can be achieved on a shoestring budget.
In light of the film’s subsequent books and stage versions, including Lifeline Theatre’s successful 2010 adaptation, it’s clear that Gaiman’s witty adventure series has struck a chord with audiences around the world. Seen fifteen years after its initial release, the show holds up remarkably well. It utilizes the London Underground’s transit system as the jumping off point for its parallel fantasy world (known as “London Below”), with various creatures and lands inspired by actual locations. For example, the angel Islington (played »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Devil's Gate, 2003.
Directed by Stuart St. Paul.
A woman is called to travel back to the small north sea island that she ran away from five years ago. During her stay, she tries to find out what happened to her mother.
One of the least appealing settings for any film is in a small and isolated community. If the inhabitants aren't committing some kind bizarre ritual, they're usually making any token outsider feeling extremely unwanted. From burning policemen in The Wicker Man to raping and terrorising a couple in Straw Dogs, highly populated cities never felt safer in comparison to the middle of nowheresville. So when a woman has to travel from the mainland to a remote north sea island, the isolation is so thick you could batter an outsider to death with it.
Devil's Gate features young Rachael »
Morena Baccarin proves you can’t keep a sexy, evil, alien commander down as Deadline brings word that she’ll be joining the cast of Showtime’s Homeland, while fans of ABC’s V are still reeling from the cancellation of the good-but-too-slow sci-fi show.
Homeland revolves around CIA agent Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes) following up on her suspicions of Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) actually being a terrorist after Brody returns home after disappearing in Iraq for eight years. Baccarin will play Scott’s wife Jessica, a role that was originally held by Laura Fraser in the pilot episode. The series, which also stars Mady Patinkin as Carrie’s mentor, Saul Berenson, is expected to debut in the fall.
Jessica Brody is described as soft and strong, which seems like an odd combination, but the hardest part for Baccarin might be with remembering that she’s actually portraying an earthling this time around, »
- Marty Shaw
I guess this means there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that “V” is coming back for a third season? It would appear not, especially if the female lead is already moving on to a new show. In this case, former “Firefly” and “V” gal Morena Baccarin has moved away from the sci-fi genre that used to define her career, and will be entering the thriller/espionage arena with Showtime’s upcoming “Homeland”. Baccarin will play Jessica Brody, the wife of returnee Pow Damian Lewis on the show. She will be replacing Scottish actress Laura Fraser, who played the character in the pilot. I’m guessing when showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa realized Baccarin was suddenly available and looking for work, they took the opportunity to replace the little known Fraser with a slightly more known Baccarin. “Homeland” stars Claire Danes as Carrie Anderson, a CIA officer »
From 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the upcoming thriller centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Morena Baccarin co-stars as Jessica Brody, Scott's smart, strong wife. She replaces Laura Fraser who played the role in the pilot. »
Morena Baccarin has joined the cast of upcoming Showtime drama series Homeland. The project will star Claire Danes as Carrie Anderson, a CIA officer who suspects that an Iraq war veteran (Damian Lewis) is involved in an al-Qaida plot. Showtime has now confirmed that former V star Baccarin will play Jessica Brody, the wife of Lewis's Sgt. Nick Brody. She will replace Scottish actress Laura Fraser, who played the role in the original Homeland pilot. Baccarin played alien queen Anna on the recently-axed (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
It didn't take Morena Baccarin long to bounce back from the cancelation of ABC's "V" reboot. Showtime announced on Tuesday (May 31) that Baccarin has landed "a major role" on the new drama series "Homeland." Baccarin will play Jessica Brody, wife to Sgt. Nick Brody (Damian Lewis). The premiere cable network describes the character as "intrepid and complicated." The role was played by Laura Fraser in the "Homeland" pilot. Adapted by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa from the Israeli format, "Homeland" stars Lewis as a left-for-dead Pow recovered from Iraq after a lengthy absence. While Sgt. Brody returns to »
- Daniel Fienberg
The upcoming thriller, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Baccarin co-stars as Jessica Brody, Scott’s smart, strong wife. She replaces Laura Fraser who played the role in the pilot.
For more details on this story, visit TVLine’s sister site Deadline. »
- Nellie Andreeva
Exclusive: Just 2 weeks after ABC canceled cult favorite V, the show's standout Morena Baccarin has joined another drama series, Showtime's Homeland. The upcoming thriller, from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Baccarin will play Jessica Brody, Scott Brody's smart, strong wife. She replaces Laura Fraser who played the role in the pilot. The series, which also co-stars Mandy Patinkin, is slated to debut in the fall. Firefly and Stargate alumna Baccarin played The Visitors' diabolical queen Anna on V, which ran for 2 seasons, and recently did a guest stint on CBS' The Mentalist. She is with UTA and Seven Summits. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A Homeland TV Show Clip has been released. Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damian Lewis star in the 2011 Showtime TV show series. Homeland‘s plot synopsis: The show “centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.”
From the official press release:
Showtime is releasing this exclusive clip from the pilot episode of its new drama series pick-up Homeland, which the network announced last week. The series will start production this summer.
Homeland, a one-hour drama, is a psychological thriller starring Claire Danes as a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a U.S. soldier (Damian Lewis) who had been missing and presumed dead was a set-up and may be connected to an Al »
Polly (Laura Fraser) works with Professor Julian Greengrass (Richard E Grant) in a generic “science lab”, running tests on something to do with heart disease. When she is not there, she is holed up in her dark apartment where she starts to hear voices. Professor Greengrass is infatuated with her, her boyfriend Chapman (Adam Fenton) keeps wandering off and her sister Jimi (Antonia Bernath) won’t leave her alone. She is concerned that she is losing her hold on reality. We are concerned that we might not reach the end of the film still awake.
Although it may have felt like something of a coup for writer/director Richard Bracewell to have bagged Richard E Grant for his sophomore effort, the reality is that Grant’s best years and work are long behind him. The recognition factor of his name may have helped attract funding for the film’s production and distribution, »
- Dave Roper
Directed by Richard Bracewell.
Trapped in a dead-end job and with her relationship falling apart, a young woman finds herself questioning her grip on reality and turns to her boss for support, but he has a dark secret of his own.
Cuckoo is a thriller that tries to play on the fact that a professor gradually becomes more obsessed with his star pupil. Unfortunately for me I didn’t believe in that element of the story and if I’m honest I think the focus of the plot was shifted too much for the film to be enjoyable.
One of the main problems I personally had with the film was that the characters were very one dimensional. They each had problems and issues but I neither believed or cared about any of them. Richard E. Grant »
Richard E. Grant stars in Cuckoo (2010), a dull, one-note psychological thriller from Richard Bracewell, whose marginally superior debut The Gigolos (2006) was a similarly throwaway medley of over-obvious stylistic debt and self conscious construction.
Cuckoo concerns the supposed mental disintegration of Polly (Laura Fraser), a talented student under Grant’s leery Professor Greengrass. Landing an important job interview that will allow her to escape her constricting station in life, Polly begins to hear ghostly noises echoing through her cavernous flat as she prepares for a new life - those closest to her, however, have different plans.
Richard Bracewell’s film is a decidedly televisual affair, displaying the same po-faced shallowness that one would associate with a daytime soap. The actors stand, grimace, fumble to reach their markers with the naturalism of a cardboard cut out and then grimace some more. While this may seem a harsh evaluation of the performers, it »
- Daniel Green
To celebrate the DVD release of Verve Pictures' British thriller Cuckoo on February 28th, Flickering Myth have three copies of the film to give away to our lovely readers.
Described as a "thriller about sounds and lies", Cuckoo is directed by Richard Bracewell (The Gigolos) and stars Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I), Laura Fraser (A Knight's Tale), Tamsin Greig (Tamara Drewe), Antonia Bernath (St. Trinian's) and Adam Fenton, a.k.a. multi-platinum drum & bass producer 'Adam F'. Take a look at the synopsis...
In one of his darkest roles, Richard E. Grant plays an ageing professor obsessed with his star student, Polly (Fraser). Polly is trapped in a dead-end job working for intrusive Professor Julius Greengrass (Grant). Her relationship with boyfriend Chapman (Adam Fenton) is falling apart, and jealous sister Jimi (Antonia Bernath) rarely leaves her side. When Polly has the chance to escape, her nearest and dearest have other ideas. »
Howard Gordon has claimed that new series Homeland will be more grounded than his previous show 24. The Showtime pilot will star Damian Lewis as a Us soldier seemingly planning a terrorist attack and Claire Danes as the CIA officer determined to prove his guilt. Former 24 showrunner Gordon told TV Squad: "24 always had a kind of heightened reality. I think it had a nice emotional integrity, but always in a heightened kind of context. [Homeland] really does feel like it's happening in the real world, because it has that kind of slow, observational, very human storyline." He described the pilot, which also stars Mandy Patinkin, Laura Fraser and David Harewood, as a (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Claire Danes has claimed that new Showtime pilot Homeland will be a psychological thriller. It was confirmed in November that the actress will play Carrie Anderson, a CIA officer working to prove that a Us soldier (Damian Lewis) is planning a terrorist attack. "It's... a psychological thriller and it's very character-based," Danes told TVLine of the project, which also stars Mandy Patinkin, Laura Fraser and David Harewood. She explained that the potential (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
The cast for Us cable drama Homeland is getting increasingly full, and now two British talents have leapt aboard in the shape of Damian Lewis and Laura Fraser.While the show as of now only has a pilot order from the Showtime channel across the pond, it increasingly sounds like something we’d be interested in following. Crafted by 24 veterans Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa alongside Gideon Raff, Homeland follows Us Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (the role Lewis will take), who is taken prisoner in Iraq during the 2003 invasion.After nearly a decade spent in captivity, an attack on an enemy stronghold at last results in his release and return home. But all is not as it seems – at least according to troubled CIA officer Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes). She has reason to believe that Brody’s escape from prison was no coincidence and that he might be part of »
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