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7 items from 2017


Exclusive: Jai Courtney and Lily James Face Nazis and Forbidden Love in Explosive 'The Exception' Clip

16 May 2017 3:10 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Forbidden love during World War II is a well-worn yarn in Hollywood, but The Exception factors in a new obstacle: The last king of the German Empire, banished to live in exile post-wwi.

The historical drama centers on a Jewish handmaid (Cinderella and Downton Abbey actress Lily James) and an SS officer (Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney) who fall for each other while working in the home of Kaiser Wilhelm II (Oscar winner Christopher Plummer). In this clip, debuting on Et, the lovers must confront their secrets and the Gestapo after disaster strikes, culminating in a deadly standoff.

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Based on the novel The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd, The Exception is said to be equal parts "espionage and romance." First-time feature director David Leveaux, Tony-nominated for his theater work directing the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, helmed »

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Christopher Plummer Doles Out Relationship Advice in 'The Exception' (Exclusive Clip)

11 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Unsolicited relationship advice is rarely welcome. One of the primary exceptions being when it comes from the mouth Christopher Plummer

In a clip from A24's WWII espionage thriller The Exception, Plummer, playing German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II, offers some hard-won wisdom to his house maid (Lily James) on her relationship with German solider Stefan (Jai Courtney).   

The Kaiser offers a story of his own about young unrequited love, which ended with the girl of his dreams marrying a Romanov, ominously adding, "Be careful what you wish for."

The feature, from director David Leveaux, follows Stefan while he attempts to gather intel on the »

- Mia Galuppo

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A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased two upcoming A24 releases, both of which seem oddly retro: World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. They also dropped the trailer for Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe” and suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, »

- Anne Thompson

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A24 After ‘Moonlight:’ Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased three upcoming A24 releases, all of which seem oddly retro. There’s Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe,” World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. Suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, which tend to follow an established playbook. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Exception’ Exclusive Clip: Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney Debate the Horrors of War — Watch

27 April 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ahead of its theatrical release in June, A24’s “The Exception” premieres on DirecTV today. Christopher Plummer, Jai Courtney and Lily James star in the film, a World War II thriller directed by David Leveaux. Watch a clip shared exclusively with IndieWire below.

Read More: ‘The Exception’ Trailer: Jai Courtney Is a German Soldier Conflicted By Love in World War II Thriller — Watch

Here’s the synopsis: “A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, ‘The Exception’ follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, »

- Michael Nordine

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Trailer and poster for WWII romantic thriller The Exception starring Lily James and Jai Courtney

25 April 2017 7:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its Us premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming WWII romantic thriller The Exception. Directed by David Leveaux, the film stars Lily James, Jai Courtney, Janet McTeer, Christopher Plummer, and Eddie Marsan; take a look below…

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘The Exception’ Trailer: Jai Courtney Is a German Soldier Conflicted By Love in World War II Thriller — Watch

24 April 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“War changes everything,” Lily James whispers in the opening moments of David Leveaux’s feature film debut, “The Exception,” a sentiment that seems to carry right through the World War II-set thriller.

Based on Alan Judd’s 2003 novel “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” the film follows Jai Courtney as Wehrmacht officer Stefan Brandt, tasked with guarding Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer), the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, who fled Germany and abdicated the throne decades before war broke out.

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Despite his perilous place in the changing German government, the exiled Kaiser was important to the Nazis, and when word gets out that his home may be infiltrated by a British spy, the Nazis make it a priority to protect him. While guarding the ousted leader, Stefan falls for James’ Mieke, »

- Kate Erbland

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