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Interviews: Gregor Fisher & Eddie Izzard For ‘Whisky Galore’ – On Digital, DVD & Blu-ray Now

To celebrate today’s release of Whisky Galore!, the heart-warming comedy based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, we have some interviews with Eddie Izzard (Victoria & Abdul, TV’s Hannibal) and Gregor Fisher (TV’s Rab C. Nesbitt) who talk about their roles in the movie.

Directed by Gillies Mackinnon (Hideous Kinky) from a script by award-winning writer Peter McDougall, Whisky Galore! also stars Naomi Battrick (TV’s Waterloo Road and Ripper Street), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Ellie Kendrick (An Education, Game of Thrones), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting, Wonder Woman) and Kevin Guthrie (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) and follows the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides who are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until their supply of whisky runs out!

Then gloom descends on the disconsolate natives. In the midst of this catastrophe, Sergeant
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Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’

Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’
Eddie Izzard will star in “The Call Back,” and filming will start on the Australian movie later this month in and around Adelaide. Izzard (“Victoria & Abdul”) will play Henry, a British actor who has a relationship with an Australian restauranteur.

French actress Vanessa Guide (“The New Adventures of Aladdin”), and Australian actors Emily Taheny (“Get Krack!n”), Luke McKenzie (“Wentworth”) will also star.

The film is Marion Pilowsky’s (“Sleuth”) feature debut and follows a struggling restaraunteur (Taheny), mired in debt, and who has had a short-lived relationship with Henry. She subsequently settles with a new partner (McKenzie), but her world is turned upside down when Henry comes back into her life, along with his new French girlfriend (Guide).

Fox International Productions, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation (Safc) are the investors in the film and it will be distributed in Australia via 20th Century Fox Film Australia. London-based [link=co
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Eddie Izzard to Star in Australian Comedy 'The Call Back'

British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has signed on to star in The Call Back, the feature debut of producer turned writer/director Marion Pilowsky.

Fresh from his turn as Bertie, Prince of Wales  in Stephen Frears Victoria & Abdul, Izzard will play British actor Henry, who is romantically entangled with struggling restaurateur Ronnie, who will be played by Australian Emily Taheny. Also joining the cast of The Call Back are French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin), Luke McKenzie (Wentworth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Tina Bursill (Wish You Were Here), Susie Youssef (How Not To Behave) and Tiriel Mora (Happy Feet).

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Whisky Galore! Starring Eddie Izzard Available on Blu-ray December 12th from Arrow Films

Whisky Galore! (2016) will be available on Blu-ray December 12th from Arrow Films

Based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie and with a star-studded cast lead by Eddie Izzard (Victoria & Abdul, TV’s Hannibal) and Gregor Fisher (TV’s Rab C. Nesbitt) heart-warming comedy, Whisky Galore!, is out now on Digital and VoD and on Blu-ray & DVD on November 7th.

Directed by Gillies Mackinnon (Hideous Kinky) from a script by award-winning writer Peter McDougall, Whisky Galore! also stars Naomi Battrick (TV’s Waterloo Road and Ripper Street), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Ellie Kendrick (An Education, Game of Thrones), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting, Wonder Woman) and Kevin Guthrie (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) and follows the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides who are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until their supply of whisky runs out! Then
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Here’s The One Death Scene Hannibal Wasn’t Allowed To Do

Of all the unjustly terminated TV shows out there, Hannibal is the one that hurt the most. I was initially pretty skeptical of bringing the titular character to the small screen, but Bryan Fuller’s demented imagination and gorgeous visual stylings quickly made it one of the most fascinatingly unique and bizarre series on the air. It lasted for three glorious seasons, each barmier than the last, before being cruelly cancelled due to low ratings.

Lately, however, it’s been sounding like there’s a chance it could return. A few months back, Fuller even hinted at a potential set-up for a fourth season, which would seemingly be the lovechild of “Inception meets Angel Heart.” As exciting as that is, nothing’s been decided on just yet unfortunately and for now, the song remains the same.

Hannibal is still on ice for the time being, given that Fuller, who was
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“Judi Dench and Ali Faizal’s Superb Perfomances make Victoria & Abdul” – Subhash K Jha

Victoria & Abdul

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal,

Directed by Stephen Frears

There has been a lot of flak aimed at this enchanting film for its subversive look at colonial relationships.

For all those who refuse to take history’s lessons lightly, here is some unsolicited advice: get a laugh.

And I do mean, laugh. For, in spite of one very moving tearful moment, sunshine and smiles are the dominant forces in Stephen Frears’ look at the very strange yet extremely noble and dignified bonding between Queen Victoria and her young clerical Indian friend Kari,. who is sent to assuage her royal ego but is soon her closest confidante and only friend in a royal household teeming with opportunists and gold diggers.

This is not to say that Victoria & Abdul trivializes history or, as suggested by some revisionist reviewers, that it turns the relation between the conqueror and the conquered into a soppy soap opera.
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‘Hannibal’: Bryan Fuller Explains the One Murder Too Bloody and Disgusting For Broadcast Television

‘Hannibal’: Bryan Fuller Explains the One Murder Too Bloody and Disgusting For Broadcast Television
Hannibal” was beloved by fans for pushing the boundaries of broadcast television during its three season run on NBC. The show contained so much graphic violence and gore that at times the series felt way more brutal than anything on “Game of Thrones” or premium cable. Murder victims would have their skin sliced off; a totem poll would be erected out of dismembered body parts; necks and faces would be sliced open and stomachs would be stabbed. “Hannibal” is probably the most graphic show to ever air on broadcast TV, which makes it a bit of a shock to hear there was actually one gruesome death showrunner Bryan Fuller was not allowed to do.

Read More:‘Hannibal’ Season 4: Bryan Fuller Says Christopher Nolan Holds the Key to the Series’ Future

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fuller revealed a Season 1 murder so bloody and disgusting that NBC’s vice
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‘Hannibal’: Bryan Fuller Explains the One Murder Too Bloody and Disgusting For Broadcast Television

‘Hannibal’: Bryan Fuller Explains the One Murder Too Bloody and Disgusting For Broadcast Television
Hannibal” was beloved by fans for pushing the boundaries of broadcast television during its three season run on NBC. The show contained so much graphic violence and gore that at times the series felt way more brutal than anything on “Game of Thrones” or premium cable. Murder victims would have their skin sliced off; a totem poll would be erected out of dismembered body parts; necks and faces would be sliced open and stomachs would be stabbed. “Hannibal” is probably the most graphic show to ever air on broadcast TV, which makes it a bit of a shock to hear there was actually one gruesome death showrunner Bryan Fuller was not allowed to do.

Read More:‘Hannibal’ Season 4: Bryan Fuller Says Christopher Nolan Holds the Key to the Series’ Future

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fuller revealed a Season 1 murder so bloody and disgusting that NBC’s vice
See full article at Indiewire »

Game Of Thrones season 7 recap

Louisa Mellor Dec 11, 2017

With Game Of Thrones season 7 out now on DVD and Blu-ray, here's a run-through of all the major action and story. Spoilers...

Warning: (as you might expect) contains season 7 spoilers.

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Game Of Thrones season seven, we hardly knew you. You arrived, secretly fitted all your characters with invisible jet packs so they could zip around whole continents as if they were just popping to the shops, and then in the flap of a dragon’s wing, you were gone. Three episodes shorter than the previous runs, the seventh season solved the show’s annual ‘how to top last year’s massive episode nine’ problem by simply not having one. Genius.

Figuratively though, there was an episode nine in season seven. It was episode four The Spoils Of War. And episode six Beyond The Wall. And a little bit
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How Political Correctness Could Impact the 2018 Oscar Race, from ‘Victoria & Abdul’ to ‘Downsizing’

How Political Correctness Could Impact the 2018 Oscar Race, from ‘Victoria & Abdul’ to ‘Downsizing’
Whisper campaigns have always been an effective strategy among rival Oscar strategists, hinting at the issues that can quietly dog a movie throughout its campaign. (Remember? “They got history wrong in ‘Lincoln.’ Or: “‘Zero Dark Thirty’ justifies torture.”) Only now that we have the meme, the marketers don’t have to whisper — or even say anything at all. Social media has created a nation of casual activists who are swift to recognize the off notes, and denounce them in the Twittersphere. Of course, an irate public doesn’t necessarily matter; it’s the voters who count. And while the Academy is working to make its membership younger and more diverse — a population with greater sensitivity toward cultural issues than some of their elder peers — they’re an influence, not the majority. Here’s a look at the issues that are dogging some of the season’s Oscar titles, and how we might see them resolve.
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How Political Correctness Could Impact the 2018 Oscar Race, from ‘Victoria & Abdul’ to ‘Downsizing’

How Political Correctness Could Impact the 2018 Oscar Race, from ‘Victoria & Abdul’ to ‘Downsizing’
Whisper campaigns have always been an effective strategy among rival Oscar strategists, hinting at the issues that can quietly dog a movie throughout its campaign. (Remember? “They got history wrong in ‘Lincoln.’ Or: “‘Zero Dark Thirty’ justifies torture.”) Only now that we have the meme, the marketers don’t have to whisper — or even say anything at all. Social media has created a nation of casual activists who are swift to recognize the off notes, and denounce them in the Twittersphere. Of course, an irate public doesn’t necessarily matter; it’s the voters who count. And while the Academy is working to make its membership younger and more diverse — a population with greater sensitivity toward cultural issues than some of their elder peers — they’re an influence, not the majority. Here’s a look at the issues that are dogging some of the season’s Oscar titles, and how we might see them resolve.
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Film Review: History by Rote in Formulaic ‘Victoria and Abdul’

Chicago – There have been 155 TV/Movie depictions of Queen Victoria, who ruled England from 1837 to 1901. The “Victorian Era” continues to fascinate filmmakers, and who is perfect to portray Queen V. towards the end of her life? Get me Dame Judi Dench on the Skype!

Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is a story of a little known chapter of her later life… her unlikely relationship with a footman from India, Abdul Karim. In the film, it is hinted that the history of this friendship was destroyed for image purposes, but enough of the events were recorded to adapt into a film (from a book by Shrabani Basu). Veteran director Stephen Frears (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) applies his usual workmanlike approach to narrative, but nothing comes to life in the situation. No offense to the great Judi D., but the formula presented in the film almost seemed like a satire, with the elder actress of course
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Victoria And Abdul – Review

Judi Dench (left) stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal (right) stars as Abdul Karim in

director Stephen FrearsVictoria And Abdul, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Peter Mountain / Focus Features ©

Director Stephen Frears’ funny, charming Victoria And Abdul was inspired by a real event late in the life of Queen Victoria, when the aging British monarch had her mood brighten by the arrival of a visitor from India, much to the dismay of her advisers and her son, the crown prince. Judi Dench gives a brave and bitingly funny performance as the elderly Queen Victoria, which feels a bit like a kind of sequel to her role as the same queen earlier in life in 1997’s Mrs. Brown. Frears’ handsome historical comedy/drama has a script written by Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, and is based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.
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Review: Rock Dog (2016)

In the Himalayan village of Snow Mountain, Khampa (J.K. Simmons) is a Tibetan Mastiff. A descendant warrior dog whose role in the village is to protect the local sheep population from the wolves. As a tradition which has been handed down from father to son, Khampa naturally wants his son to follow in his footsteps. But his son Bodi (Luke Wilson) has other ideas about his future. After discovering a radio which is dropped by a passing aeroplane, Bodi hears rock music for the first time, in particular a rock star cat Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard). Inspired by the music and the inspirational words of Angus, Bodi realises his calling, he wants to pursue his own dream of becoming a Rock Star.

Rock Dog is based on Zheng Jun’s graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog and follows a familiar philosophy of following your dream. It may not be the most original idea,
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.Victoria and Abdul. Interview: Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard is barely recognizable in his role as Bertie, Prince of Wales aka King Edward VII in Stephen Frears. .Victoria and Abdul.. The actor put on twelve stones (168 pounds) for the role, yet you can feel every bit of empathy and hatred coming out of his pores. A fine performance coupled with a really genuine human being! Check out my interview with Eddie Izzard for .Victoria and Abdul..
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Eddie Izzard (‘Victoria and Abdul’) on history, politics and how love will literally save the world [Exclusive Video]

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Eddie Izzard (‘Victoria and Abdul’) on history, politics and how love will literally save the world [Exclusive Video]
“It’s a loving relationship, and everyone was trying to stop it. We’ve got to let love work because that’s the only thing that’s going to keep the planet together,” says Eddie Izzard in our exclusive video chat to discuss his new film “Victoria and Abdul” (watch the exclusive video above). The film tells the story […]
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'Victoria and Abdul' Review: Judi Dench Is 'a Pleasure' in Shallow Royal Film

'Victoria and Abdul' Review: Judi Dench Is 'a Pleasure' in Shallow Royal Film
Since Dame Judi Dench is acting royalty she has no trouble playing the hell out of Queen Victoria in her last years on the throne of England. Even better, she lets her ingrained mischief remove any hints of sanctimony from the old girl. Sadly, Victoria & Abdul, directed by the usually scrappy Stephen Frears from a dutiful script by Lee Hall, only sets one place at the table. Abdul Karim (Bollywood star Ali Fazal), the lowly Indian Muslim clerk who's sent from Agra to England to present the Queen with a ceremonial coin,
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Review: Victoria & Abdul (2017)

With the whole world still seemingly in the grip of clown-mania, it’s doubly difficult for a movie to make a real impact at the moment. With Victoria & Albert however, we may have something that is powerful enough to step out of the shadows that It has created in cinematic circles this month.

The sequel to 1997’s Mrs. Brown, and based on the book of the same name as well as real-life events, Judie Dench reprises her role as Queen Victoria, now in her dotage at the age of 81. This second story echoes the sentiments of its predecessor, in that a servant finds favour with the ruler of the largest empire that the world has ever seen. Although Ali Fazal‘s Abdul Karim is a completely different character to the irreverent Scotsman portrayed by Billy Connolly in Mrs. Brown, the similarities are striking.

Karim and his fellow servant Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar
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‘Victoria and Abdul’ Star Eddie Izzard on Secret History of ‘Love Across a Great Divide’ (Video)

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‘Victoria and Abdul’ Star Eddie Izzard on Secret History of ‘Love Across a Great Divide’ (Video)
According to star Eddie Izzard, this is the perfect moment for his new film with Judi Dench, “Victoria and Abdul,” which tells the little-known story of Queen Victoria (Dench) and her unlikely relationship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). “In this time of hatreds all around the world — Trump hate, Brex hate, this negative stick-your-head-in-the-sand, build a wall — this is love that’s conquered right across this massive divide,” star Eddie Izzard tells TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly in a video interview at the Toronto film Festival. Also Read: 'Victoria & Abdul' Review: Judi Dench's Queen Victoria Keeps.
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