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Leland Orser has joined the cast of Epix’s first original drama series Berlin Station. The 10-episode contemporary spy series from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, follows Daniel Meyer (Richard Armitage), a newly anointed case officer who has arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower. Guided by jaded veteran Case Officer Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans) — a darkly charming, tenacious agent who… »
This is the Pure Movies review of She's Funny That Way, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans and Will Forte. Reviewed by Dr. Garth Twa. Let’s not dwell on the bad stuff. It’s a good thing to share a planet with Peter Bogdanovich. He’s made it slightly better. He was an integral part of that bubble of filmmaking— late ‘60s, early ‘70s—when American films became an art form, comparable to great American novels, comparable to the redefinition of drama by the post-war playwrights. (Sort of like what cable television is doing now.) In the late 1960s the old, classic studios were moribund: anti-trust violations had decimated the monopolistic structure of Hollywood and television had hacked the audience in half almost overnight. Also, the studios were pretty much finished after the disintegration of the Star System, where studios outright »
- Dr. Garth Twa
All men, when they reach a certain age, have a desire to become a hermit - to one degree or another. Maybe it is due to genetic wiring, maybe social conventions. Most ignore it, either lacking the means, or the will to follow through. Len is not one of those men. Rhys Ifans' weathered, hang-dog looks and a reluctantly sensitive underbelly on a crusty exterior serve as a great starting point for a character (and a film) which aims to slowly unpack that feeling to recharge away from the hell of other people, and the lie that that feeling is.A Lou Reed type of rocker, albeit a Brit, of the late 1960s who turned into a successful music producer, Len has dropped out of the public...
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Read More: Juno Temple on Coaching a Nervous Daniel Radcliffe Through a Sex Scene For 'Horns' Rock n' roll certainly has its charms -- the booze, the drugs, the women, the leather pants -- but once the shine wears off, so does the satisfaction. That's exactly what's happened to Len (Rhys Ifans), a famous rocker turned record producer who has turned his leather pants-clad back on the world that made him, choosing to retreat to his fancy home in upstate in New York and quite literally unplug. That doesn't last too long. In Tim Godsall's "Len and Company," Len's already deep into his new isolation by the time its upended by some pretty ticked off members of his extended family. For all his claims that he wants to disengage with the world -- this is a guy who lets his car battery die so he can't drive anywhere, »
- Kate Erbland
The personal and professional crossroads of a father and son, and producer and artist, intersect in “Len And Company,” which aims to explore those moments in life when we don’t know what to do next from a couple of different generational viewpoints. And yet, for all the rock ‘n roll swagger the picture brings in its central character, the dramedy plays a fairly traditional cinematic standard, doesn’t bring much original flavor, and let’s it go on far too long in one register. The story orbits around Len Black (Rhys Ifans), a legendary, hard living musician and producer who, to borrow a description of Keith Richards from “Wayne’s World 2,” likely cannot be killed by conventional weapons. His face is etched with years of self-centered drug and alcohol-fueled mythmaking, but it has lost him his wife Isabelle (Kathryn Hahn), and made him something of a stranger to his »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Armitage will play the starring role of Daniel Meyer, the cerebral, newly-anointed CIA case officer who goes from being an analyst at Langley to an undercover agent in Berlin tasked with finding an informant. Forbes, meanwhile, will portray Valerie Edwards, the no-nonsense administrator who serves as a Berlin Station Section Head. »
Richard Armitage ("Hannibal," "The Hobbit") and Michelle Forbes ("The Killing," "True Blood") have joined the cast of the ten-part spy drama "Berlin Station" at Epix. Richard Jenkins and Rhys Ifans also star.
Armitage plays a cerebral CIA analyst who has become a case officer who has just arrived at the agency's foreign station in Berlin. He's on a secret mission to find who leaked information to a now-famous whistleblower.
As he learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent, he uncovers the threads of a conspiracy. Forbes plays a no-nonsense administrator who serves as a Berlin Station Section Head.
Richard Jenkins plays Steven Frost, a veteran of the Cold War and Berlin station chief, while Ifans plays a darkly charming case offer who mentors the analyst.
Michael Roskam will direct the first two episodes. Spy novelist Olen Steinhauer penned the premiere and will write and executive produce »
- Garth Franklin
Say what you will about The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but one thing you can’t fault them for is their pre-planning. From the very first scene of Andrew Garfield’s first film in the Spidey suit, seeds were sown for a long form multi-film arc. What’s the story with Peter’s parents? What are Oscorp really up to? Who’s that guy wearing a trilby?
You could argue that director Marc Webb and Sony played it a little too coy with all their long-running mysteries. It looks a lot like a hubris now, that they would have the confidence to withhold any big revelations for two whole films, »
Doctor Who has secured five nominations for this year's BAFTA Cymru Awards.
Capaldi is up against Richard Harrington (Y Gwyll/Hinterland) and Rhys Ifans (Dan y Wenallt) for Actor, while Coleman faces competition from Mali Harries (Y Gwyll/Hinterland) and Rhian Morgan (Gwaith/Cartref) for Actress.
The show's title sequence could also win an award following its redesign for the eighth series.
Elsewhere, Set Fire to the Stars leads the pack with seven nominations, while Da Vinci's Demons follows with six nods.
The recipient of this year's Sian Phillips and Outstanding Contribution to Television »
Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The Martian. Jake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.
There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »
- Sasha James
After a feature film hiatus of more than a decade, Peter Bogdanovich came back in a big way, and the stars came up out to support the director at the Los Angeles premiere of “She's Funny That Way” Wednesday at the Harmony Gold in West Hollywood.
Bogdanovich attended along with film stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn and Jennifer Aniston, who made her first public appearance since her secret wedding ceremony on Aug. 5. Sporting a yellow gold wedding band with channel-set pave diamonds, Aniston said new husband Justin Theroux was shooting “The Leftovers” and unable to attend.
Quentin Tarantino walked the red carpet and shared how excited he was to make a cameo appearance as himself in the film.
“I just wanted to be able to say that when I go to my grave, ‘I was in a Peter Bogdanovich.'”
Lionsgate Premiere’s screwball comedy centers around »
- Mannie Holmes
Funny Ha-ha: Bogdanovich’s Pleasant Return to the Screwball Comedy
The buzz has been rather hushed concerning She’s Funny That Way, the return of 70s auteur man following a thirteen year feature hiatus (his last was the 2001 film The Cat’s Meow). An ode to the classic screwball comedies of yore, where filmmakers like Lubitsch, Hawks, and several others birthed the prized frameworks, Peter Bogdanovich doesn’t manage to successfully contemporize these antics into the frothy delight of famous predecessors. If you can forgive it these blatant and inescapable anachronistic variations however, it’s an often funny, charming, and ultimately entertaining film.
A filmmaker consistently obsessed with a particular Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday, his latest is no exception, a long gestating project once imagined as a vehicle for John Ritter. Pleasantly entertaining, it’s not so much that Bogdanovich has lost his touch—in many regards the »
- Nicholas Bell
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
'Tis the season for a ton of TV shows to come out on DVD, including "NCIS: The Twelfth Season," "NCIS: Los Angeles - The Sixth Season," and "NCIS: New Orleans - The First Season" on August 18. Have yourself a merry little "NCIS" marathon! And in case you want more details on Season 12, that Blu-ray comes with deleted scenes, audio commentary on select episodes, cast and crew interviews, and over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
The 2014-2015 season of "Grey's" -- which didn't have the happiest of endings, but oh well -- is also coming out this week. If you watch Season 11 from start to finish, knowing how it ends, maybe it'll add more pathos. Or maybe it'll just make you angrier. »
- Gina Carbone
While the D23 Expo has several panels and events throughout the weekend, the one event most fans were looking forward to was the Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios panel. The studio's highly-anticipated Alice Through the Looking Glass was a part of this massive two-hour panel, along with The Finest Hours, Pete's Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Marvel's Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and LucasFilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today we have a video featuring highlights from the panel presentation itself, along with a video interview with star Mia Wasikowska, who reprises her title role from 2010's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland.
From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.
“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”
- Michelle McCue
Disney is giving us our first glimpse at Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in "Alice Through The Looking Glass" via two appropriately whimsical teaser posters. "Alice Through The Looking" Glass revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland – and back in Time. Wasikowska told about the sequel in a recent interview : We had a lot more sets on this one so that was really fun to have more interactive sets. The first ‘Alice' was 90% green screen so it was quite fun to be part of a world. Directed by James Bobin from a script by Linda Woolverton, the May 27, 2016 release also stars Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, »
During the D23 Expo, Disney unveiled the first two posters for its upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, called "Alice Through the Looking Glass," giving us a look at Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. Check everything out below. The new movie is directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) from a script by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent). The story "revisits Lewis Carroll's belowed stories with an all-new tale that travels back to Underland and back in Time. New cast members include Sacha Baron Cohen as Time and Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter's father Zanik Hightopp. The film is set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. Posters: (click to enlarge) »
It's time for a little madness, as Disney releases two new posters for the Alice in Wonderland sequel.
The Alice Through The Looking Glass teaser posters offer fans a first look at Alice and The Mad Hatter.
Both depict a river of clocks, although while Alice is facing the viewer, the Mad Hatter has his back to us.
Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until the film hits movie theatres on May 26, 2016 to find out more. »
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