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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked
It’s the shock of seeing Norman Bates, knife in hand, clad in his mother’s clothes, grinning maniacally in the swinging lamplight. It’s the realization that Kevin Spacey spun us a bunch of lies, and was actually Keyser Söze the whole time. It’s finally connecting “I see dead people” with Bruce Willis being shot at the beginning of “The Sixth Sense.” When movies pull the rug from under us, it’s one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.

As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.

Beware of spoilers! Here are the best plot twists of the 21st
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Julian Fellowes webchat – your questions answered on The Wind in the Willows, Downton Abbey, winning an Oscar – and Nando's

The Downton Abbey creator answered your questions on his new TV show The Gilded Age, Gosford Park – and whether he has a butler

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Thank you for the questions - I'm flattered that you're interested. It's a nice feeling - not just that people are enjoying the show but also that they want to know more about the people who made it.

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DonRodrigo asks:

Do you put milk first in your tea or last? And do you take sugar?

Last. And I never take sugar in tea.

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Peely1 asks:

Have you ever been to Nando’s?

Yes! There's an excellent one in Dorchester, right next to the cinema.

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DonRodrigo asks:

How tall are you?

5ft 10in

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Pagey asks:

Are you planning to write anything in a contemporary setting, outside of your direct experience? I believe there is too much reverence for
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Dough review – cosy Britflick bakery caper proves a little weedy

Jonathan Pryce as a kosher baker and Jerome Holder as a dope dealer are among the ingredients in this under-risen north London comedy drama

This is Britflick variant #7: The Cosy Small Business Caper (with Optional Comedy Drug Element). Jonathan Pryce is the cranky north Londoner whose kosher bakery is threatened by ruthless Phil Davis’s convenience store empire. Jerome Holder is the young Muslim who helps profits rise after covertly bringing his weed-slinging operation in house.

Reassuringly predictable for the most part – yes, cultural differences will be overcome and yes, Pryce loosens up after breaking bread baked with Holder’s “special ingredient” – it succumbs to tonal wobbles and credibility issues late on. Still, welcome faces (Ian Hart, Andrew Ellis, Pauline Collins as flirty divorcee Mrs Silverman) give individual scenes spark, and the leads form an amiable double-act. But given his past work with Richard Eyre and Christopher Hampton, it
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Simon Bird: ‘16 weeks in the West End… I feel absolutely terrified’

Having struck sitcom gold twice playing callow youths, the Inbetweeners star is preparing for a thirtysomething crisis on stage – and he’s recently become a dad

‘If only the brown corduroy suit was mine,” sighs Simon Bird, as wistfully as one can get over caramel corduroy. “I wish. I’m stuck in tweed and a tank top. In fact, I’ve never been in anything and not worn a tank top. It’s become my signature garment. Tank tops must be in my contract. I should get that looked at.”

It’s lunchtime in the rehearsal room for the new all-star production of Christopher Hampton’s 1970 comedy The Philanthropist, and between bites of chicken-and-avocado sandwich (with a bag of popcorn for pud), Bird is rifling through the clothes rail. “I’m growing out my mutton chops too,” he says, absentmindedly stroking a nascent sideburn. “I’m going fully method. Might book myself a perm.
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‘Amy’ and ‘Senna’ Director Asif Kapadia Captures War in Trailer for ‘Ali & Nino’

Best known for his acclaimed, hit documentaries Amy and Senna (at least here in the United States), director Asif Kapadia actually began his career with narrative dramas. He returned to his roots this year at Sundance with Ali & Nino, a sweeping period epic set in around World War I. Picked up by IFC Films for a release this week, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “There is nary a film genre more tried and true than the war-time romance. From Casablanca to Doctor Zhivago to The English Patient, the structure allows for a micro conflict injected into a macro scenario. From a script by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons, Atonement), adapted from the novel under the pseudonym Kurban Said, and directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy), Ali and Nino strives for the status of epic but falls considerably short.”

Starring María Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Bakri,
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‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ Broadway Review: Liev Schreiber, Janet McTeer Bring Old Blighty to France

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‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ Broadway Review: Liev Schreiber, Janet McTeer Bring Old Blighty to France
In Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” the eighteenth-century aristocrats are supposed to be speaking French but for our benefit communicate with each other in English. So why are the many American actors in the new Broadway revival, which opened Sunday at the Booth Theatre, talking with an English accent? Or if not English, a mid-Atlantic accent that’s pushed so far to the east that they’ll wash ashore in Cornwall any day now? In Liev Schreiber’s eccentric performance, this audio disconnect provides one of the few pleasures in what is otherwise a lethargic production, one that originated at London’s Donmar Warehouse.
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Breaking News: Glenn Close Will Return to Broadway in Sunset Boulevard in Spring 2017!

Producers Paul Blake and Mike Bosner announced today the Broadway return of three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close in her most iconic role, Norma Desmond, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning Best Musical,Sunset Boulevard. Based on Billy Wilder's classic Academy Award-winning film, Sunset Boulevard features a celebrated book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. Direct from a bravura sold-out engagement earlier this year at the English National Opera Eno, which marked Ms. Close's West End debut, this production of Sunset Boulevard will feature a 40-piece orchestra on the stage of The Palace Theatre 1564 7th Avenue. Directed by Lonny Price, performances will begin on Thursday, February 2, 2017, with an official opening night set for Thursday, February 9, 2017. Sunset Boulevard will play a limited 16-week engagement. Tickets go on sale today, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 11 am.
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Up on the Marquee: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

TheDonmar Warehouse production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke,begins performances on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre 222 W 45th St. This is a 15-week only engagement through Sunday, January 22, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the marquee below
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Odessa's Grand Prix goes to UK's 'Burn Burn Burn'

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Odessa's Grand Prix goes to UK's 'Burn Burn Burn'
Directors Chanya Button, Adrian Sitaru, Xavier Seron scoop prizes; festival reveals works in progress winners.

UK filmmaker Chanya Button’s debut feature as director and producer, Burn Burn Burn, was voted by the audience at the Odessa International Film Festival (Oiff) as the winner of this year’s Grand Prix.

Producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper accepted the Golden Duke statuette on behalf of the production team from Oiff’s festival president Victoria Tigipko during the gala closing ceremony in the Black Sea city’s historic National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

Button’s melancholic comedy had premiered at last year’s London Film Festival and is being handled internationally by Urban Distribution International.

International Competition

Meanwhile, the International Competition jury - headed by the UK writer Christopher Hampton and also including Oiff 2015 winner Eva Neymann, Us writer-director-actor Alex Ross Perry, producer Rebecca O’Brien and producer-director Uberto Pasolini - gave the Golden Duke statuette for Best Film to
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Birgitte Hjort Sorensen Will Join Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber in Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway

Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen Pitch Perfect 2, 'Vinyl' will make her Broadway debut as 'Madame de Tourvel' alongside Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber in the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Ms. Sorensen previously appeared on the Donmar stage in Ms. Rourke's 2014 production of Coriolanus opposite Tom Hiddleston.
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The Secret Agent review – worryingly one-dimensional

So much is lost from Conrad’s strange, complex and deeply ironic novel. This adaptation reduces it to a psychological thriller – and proves the curse of TV

It is a brave screenwriter who takes on Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (BBC1, Sunday), which film critic Roger Ebert called “perhaps the least filmable novel he ever wrote”. Ebert made that remark in a review – a fairly devastating one accompanied by the dreaded one star – of the 1996 film version, directed by Christopher Hampton and with an all-star cast including Bob Hoskins as the eponymous agent Verloc, Patricia Arquette as his comely wife Winnie, and Christian Bale as her half-witted brother Stevie.

Ebert’s grouse was that the novel (written in 1907) is a “character study”, but “the movie deals more with externals and, since there are few of any interest, it drags and finally sighs and expires”. The solution, if that’s the word,
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Tickets to Donmar's Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway on Sale This Sunday

Tickets go on sale this Sunday, June 12 at 10 Am to the general public for Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber in the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com and by calling 212-239-6200 and in person at the Booth Theatre box office. Group bookings are currently available through Telecharge.com Group Sales at 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780.
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Frank Langella-Led The Father get One Week Extension at Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of The Father, the new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, with a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes Doubt, Outside Mullingar, City of Conversation will extend by one week at Mtc's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street. The limited engagement, which opened on April 14 to critical raves, has been extended through Sunday, June 19.
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IFC Films acquires Asif Kapadia's 'Ali & Nino' for North America

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Period romance debuted at Sundance.

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The deal was secured through worldwide sales agent Im Global, which is selling international rights at the Cannes Marche next week, and CAA.

The love story is an adaptation of Kurban Said’s 1937 bestseller and stars Adam Bakri (Omar) and Maria Valverde (Exodus: Gods and Kings) as a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Christian Georgian girl in Baku from 1918 to 1920. The cast includes Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Wonder Woman).

Kapadia, who won the documentary Oscar earlier this year with Amy Winehouse biopic Amy, directed from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons).

Producer is Kris Thykier (Trash, Woman in Gold) and executive producer is Leyla Aliyeva.
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IFC Films Acquires Asif Kapadia’s ‘Ali & Nino’ For North America

IFC Films has fallen hard for Oscar winner Asif Kapadia’s epic love story, Ali & Nino, with the company taking North American rights. This follows the film’s January premiere at Sundance. Im Global and CAA handled the sale. The adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kurban Said was scripted by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. Maria Valverde, Adam Bakri, Mandy Patinkin and Connie Nielsen star in the Azerbaijan-set story about two star-crossed lovers in the melting pot of…
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IFC Films Takes North American Rights to Asif Kapadia’s ‘Ali & Nino’

IFC Films Takes North American Rights to Asif Kapadia’s ‘Ali & Nino’
London — IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Oscar-winner Asif Kapadia’s “Ali & Nino” from worldwide sales agent Im Global and CAA, following the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Kapadia won an Academy Award this year for his documentary feature “Amy.”

“Ali & Nino,” a feature-film adaptation of the novel by Kurban Said, stars Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”), Adam Bakri (“Omar”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator,” “Wonder Woman”). The screenplay is by Christopher Hampton, who won an Oscar with “Dangerous Liaisons,” and the film is produced by Kris Thykier (“Trash,” “Woman in Gold”) and executive produced by Leyla Aliyeva.

The film centers on Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani, who live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20th century, is a melting pot of different cultures. Ali is a Muslim, with his warrior
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'The Witch' producers strike for 'Netherland' TV series

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Exclusive: Rooks Nest are developing a TV version of acclaimed novel with cricketer Ed Joyce on board as consultant.

The Witch and Obvious Child producers Rooks Nest Entertainment are developing a TV adaptation of Joseph O’Neill’s acclaimed 2008 novel Netherland.

Rooks Nest producers Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers are producing with first-time writer-producer Francesca Harris, who optioned screen rights to the novel from O’Neill’s La agent.

The project was previously in development as a feature with director Sam Mendes, writer Christopher Hampton and Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo Films but Harris and Rooks Nest are changing course on the adaptation which is now being envisaged as a returning series of 13 x 50 min.

Rooks Nest, which expects to bring on another key creative to work alongside Harris on the series, will be heading to Cannes next week for discussions with key financiers.

“There is an incredibly rich character world in the book which will be
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Liev Schreiber, Janet McTeer to Return to Broadway in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’

Liev Schreiber, Janet McTeer to Return to Broadway in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’
Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber will return to Broadway this fall in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a production first mounted to great acclaim earlier this season at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke will direct the production, which begins performances on October 8, 2016 before an official opening on October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre. The revival will play through January 22, 2017. Christopher Hampton wrote the adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France. Also Read: 'Father Comes Home From the Wars' La Theater Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Entertaining New...
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Photo Coverage: Mtc's The Father Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway!

The Father, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage, opened just last night, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre 261 West 47th Street. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the after party below
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Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of Mtc's The Father

The Father, a new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage, opened just last night, April 14, 2016 on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre 261 West 47th Street. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below
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