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Interview: River star Stellan Skarsgård

27 November 2015 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paul Risker chats with River star Stellan Skarsgård

River is series that is difficult to boil down into a simple description, on one level it is a detective, crime and mystery story that looks to feed the audience’s enduring appetite for this variety of drama. And yet beneath its surface River will be seen by some to feature a supernatural edge that could to the more observant eye be put in the context of less the supernatural and instead a deeper and more penetrating psychological dimension that fuels the angst and instability that seems to be a pre-requisite for the contemporary onscreen detective. And stepping into the shoes of this angst-ridden and haunted detective is veteran Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, who through his presence merges or rather bridges the British crime heritage with the Nordic crime heritage.

As an audience the mystery is the momentary spark of interest in »

- Amie Cranswick

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BBC Two orders new comedy Mum from creator of Him & Her

21 April 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Him & Her creator Stefan Golaszewski has devised a new comedy series for BBC Two.

Mum will star Lesley Manville as a mother in her late 50s, rebuilding her life after the death of her husband.

The creative team behind BBC Three's Him & Her - Golaszewski, director Richard Laxton, producer Lyndsay Robinson and exec producer Kenton Allen - will reunite on the project.

BBC Two has also confirmed a full series of Two Doors Down, based on the one-off that aired in 2013 about a Scottish family, their friends and neighbours.

The third and final comedy announced by the broadcaster is Stag - a darkly comic three-parter from Jim Field Smith, producer/director of The Wrong Mans.

Peep Show actor Jim Howick will lead the cast as a meek schoolteacher who struggles to survive the stag weekend from hell.

BBC Two has also announced that it will begin airing new episodes of »

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BAFTA champions John Maclean in Brits event

13 April 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Slow West director will take part in the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Brits To Watch: The Screenings series.

The showcase of events, hosted by BAFTA in New York and Los Angeles, introduce rising British talents to the Us film industry and is produced in partnership with British Council with the support of IMDb and the Academy Circle.

Maclean will attend a dinner in New York on April 21 for the Tribeca Film Festival screening of Slow West, which stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn and won the world cinema dramatic grand jury prize at Sundance.

The director, who shared the BAFTA short film prize in 2012 for Pitch Black Heist that starred Fassbender, will fly to Los Angeles for an April 23 screening  

A24 will release Slow West in the Us later this year.

The Brits To Watch series launched in 2013 and has featured Clio Barnard, Richard Laxton, Amma Asante, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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BAFTA champions John McLean in Brits event

13 April 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Slow West director will take part in the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Brits To Watch: The Screenings series.

The showcase of events, hosted by BAFTA in New York and Los Angeles, introduce rising British talents to the Us film industry and is produced in partnership with British Council with the support of IMDb and the Academy Circle.

McLean will attend a dinner in New York on April 21 for the Tribeca Film Festival screening of Slow West, which stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn and won the world cinema dramatic grand jury prize at Sundance.

The director, who shared the BAFTA short film prize in 2012 for Pitch Black Heist that starred Fassbender, will fly to Los Angeles for an April 23 screening  

A24 will release Slow West in the Us later this year.

The Brits To Watch series launched in 2013 and has featured Clio Barnard, Richard Laxton, Amma Asante, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Talking To Dakota Fanning At The Effie Gray NYC Premiere

5 April 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Countless films are set during the Victorian Era, and with good reason. The style of dress and grand decor are ripe for cinematic use while its rigid structure typically offers a poignant exploration of oppression.

Set in 1847, Effie Gray tells the true story of the title character’s (Dakota Fanning) doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). The film’s muted tones and foggy backdrop convey the young woman’s inner turmoil while the binding costumes illustrate her limited options. Directed by Richard Laxton, the drama was penned by Emma Thompson, who also stars as journalism pioneer Elizabeth Eastlake.

During the film’s New York premiere at the Paris Theater, we had the chance to ask Fanning about working with a script written by an actor and understanding the social pressures of the time. Check out what she had to say in the video above, and enjoy! »

- Justine Browning

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Effie Gray – The Review

2 April 2015 8:19 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious  Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.

At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning »

- Jim Batts

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Interview: Wamg Talks To Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

2 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.

The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.

Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray Ruskin. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Sir Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane.

The film is produced by Andreas Roald (Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time) and Donald Rosenfeld (Malick’s Tree Of Life and Voyage Of Time).

Producer Donald Rosenfeld spent 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Effie Gray’ Review: Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson Star in a Sumptuous Brocaded Gothic

2 April 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Pubic hair ended the marriage between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray, according to popular lore. Their union was never consummated, so the story goes, because the influential intellectual was too repulsed by the sight of his wife’s loins, which were rather dissimilar in appearance from what Ruskin was used to seeing on women in paintings and sculptures. Director Richard Laxton (“Burton and Taylor”) and screenwriter Emma Thompson retell the saga of Effie Gray’s suffering under and eventual escape from her eccentric husband, this time as a more conventional story of female subjugation. »

- Inkoo Kang

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Effie Gray | Review

2 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Portrait of a Lady: Laxton’s Mannered Version of Victoria Era Repression

There’s well-meaningness to Effie Gray that makes it worthy of discussion, at least for how it attempts to frankly portray the sexual oppression of women in Victorian era England, an aspect often subtly rendered or left altogether untouched. As directed by Richard Laxton, best known for his made-for-television films of varying quality (An Englishman in New York; Burton & Taylor), there’s a sense that the somewhat ambitious emotions existing beneath all those stuffy costumes have been a tad oversimplified. Considering the screenplay was penned by Emma Thompson, who appears in a warmly attenuated supporting role, perhaps expectations are poised a bit high for a tale that’s both representative and also conveniently uncommon (this seems the only possible way for this film to reach a believable yet upbeat solution), as it relates a famous art world scandal »

- Nicholas Bell

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Effie Gray Movie Review

29 March 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Effie Gray Adopt Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Richard Laxton Screenwriter:  Emma Thompson Cast:  Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Screened at:  Dolby88, NYC, 2/12/15 We’ve come a way from the culture of Victorian England.  If you’re not a fan of history and you think that Victorian England is a branch of Victoria’s Secret, you’d be wise to see two films: one involving a chap named Gray, another about a fellow named Grey.  When you compare the morals and mores embraced by the two movies, you’d think you’ve gone from Venus to Mars: that’s how different both  [ Read More ]

The post Effie Gray Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Exclusive: Dakota Fanning Must Endure In Clip From Drama 'Effie Gray'

27 March 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Finding love these days is just an app away, but the stricter social mores of the mid-1800s had a much more rigid context for passion, and it's against this backdrop that "Effie Gray" unfolds. Today we have an exclusive clip from the period drama. Directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton And Taylor," "An Englishman In New York"), the movie tells the story of the scandalous affair between Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), one that develops when the young woman finds herself locked in a sexless marriage with an art critic (Greg Wise). And in this clip, the emotional toll that comes to bear on John is too much, while Effie has accepted what she must endure. Emma Thompson (who also wrote the script), David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters co-star in the movie which opens on April 3rd. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Effie Gray In St. Louis

26 March 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In her original screenplay Effie Gray, Emma Thompson takes a bold look at the real life story of the Effie Gray-John Ruskin marriage, while courageously exposing what was truly hiding behind the veil of their public life. Set in a time when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, Effie Gray is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Effie Gray explores the roots of sexual intolerance, which continue to have a stronghold today, while shedding light on the marital politics of the Victorian Era.

Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarico, and Derek Jacobi.

Effie Gray opens in St. Louis at AMC Creve Coeur 12, Friday, April 3rd. »

- Movie Geeks

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Daily | Film Comment, Sight & Sound

9 March 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new Film Comment features pieces on Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Virgil Vernier's Mercuriales, Riley Stearns's Faults, Guillaume Nicloux's The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, Kornél Mundruczó's White God, Robert Kenner's Merchants of Doubt, Noah Baumbach's While We’re Young, Rupert Goold's True Story, Richard Laxton's Effie Gray, Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Kristian Levring's The Salvation and more. Also in today's news: Sight & Sound on women film critics, Adrian Martin on Ernst Lubitsch, David Bordwell on Strange Interlude (1932), the Paris Review on John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and lots more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Film Comment, Sight & Sound

9 March 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new Film Comment features pieces on Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Virgil Vernier's Mercuriales, Riley Stearns's Faults, Guillaume Nicloux's The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, Kornél Mundruczó's White God, Robert Kenner's Merchants of Doubt, Noah Baumbach's While We’re Young, Rupert Goold's True Story, Richard Laxton's Effie Gray, Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Kristian Levring's The Salvation and more. Also in today's news: Sight & Sound on women film critics, Adrian Martin on Ernst Lubitsch, David Bordwell on Strange Interlude (1932), the Paris Review on John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and lots more. » - David Hudson »

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Fortitude, Eps. 1.05-07 transition from intrigue and mystery to horror

5 March 2015 8:54 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fortitude, Season 1, Episodes 5, 6, and 7

Written by Stephen Brady (1.05), Simon Donald (1.06, 1.07)

Directed by Richard Laxton (1.05, 1.06), Hettie Macdonald (1.07)

Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Et) on Pivot

Holy crap, what the hell just happened?!? After weeks toying with the audience, teasing then backing away from genre elements and using the visual language of horror, sci-fi, and creature features, Fortitude commits in a big way with the viscerally disturbing climax of “Episode Seven”. Shirley’s attack of her mother is telegraphed somewhat, but that does nothing to prepare audiences for the intensity and transfixing horror of her actions, or her lack of remorse afterwards. It would seem Shirley doesn’t live there any more, hollowed out to make room for whatever spewed what looks to this critic like a clutch of eggs into Shirley’s mother’s (still living, let us not forget) body. From the atmospheric, tense scoring by Ben Frost to the detached, »

- Kate Kulzick

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DVD Review: 'Effie Gray'

23 February 2015 12:00 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Euphemia 'Effie' Gray was just twelve years old when esteemed Victorian art critic and writer John Ruskin wrote a novel for her called The King of the Golden River. It was a fable and the fairy tale looked like having a happy ending when some seven years later, Ruskin and Effie married, but things were not to turn out well. Due to an intense aversion to his young wife's body – an infamous case of Victorian repression – the marriage was never consummated and began to slowly decay until Effie made the courageous step of seeking an annulment. Richard Laxton's Effie Gray (2014) is a straightforward and somewhat televisual retelling of the oft-told story from a script by co-star Emma Thompson.

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- CineVue UK

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Fortitude Episode 1.4 Review [Contains Spoilers]

19 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Richard Laxton

Writer: Stephen Brady

Starring: Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Luke Treadaway, Jessica Raine, Nicholas Pinnock

**Contains Spoilers** 

Review: So, after Sheriff Dan lost his mind and attacked Frank in Elena’s shower, we dive headfirst into the aftermath of that attack and further unravelling of this collection of suspicious souls with an enormous episode.

We begin heading back to Ronnie, who is camping near the Prometheus (My Icelandic guess) waterfall with his daughter, trying to keep clear of passing Polar Bears but also literally and figuratively running away from his own mind now because I doubt they’re even after him now. After sawing off the tusk and dragging it off with them for an adventure, he leaves the door of his hidden treasure open for nosy Shirley (Jessica Gunning) to discover but I don’t think she knows what it is and why should she? »

- Dan Bullock

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Effie Gray DVD Review

19 February 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Richard Laxton

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Julie Walters

Running time: 108 minutes

Certificate: 12

Drama, longing and isolation are the summation of affairs in Richard Laxton’s moody look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray.

The film is based on a true story, a marriage and its consequences that shocked Victorian society. For a woman to consider herself unhappy enough to leave her husband, and not just leave but fight to have their marriage annulled on legal terms, was simply unheard of in that era and yet the film doesn’t seem to be interested in pursuing this angle. Rather than delve into the social and personal reverberations of such a decision, Laxton instead plants his film largely in the growing distance between this husband and wife pairing. Unfortunately, the telling is nothing we haven’t »

- Victoria Bull

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Fortitude, Ep. 1.04: “Episode Four” offers more questions, few answers

15 February 2015 9:43 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fortitude, Season One, “Episode Four”

Written by Stephen Brady

Directed by Richard Laxton

Airs Thursdays at 10 pm (Et) on Pivot

Not as immediately visually arresting or mystifying as its preceding episodes, the newest chapter of Fortitude is the first to feel like a typical murder mystery. There are a few nice transitions—a shot of the polio-stricken young boy sitting in an incubator cuts to a shot of a derelict statue, a restaurant mascot perhaps, lying supine in the snow—and the pulsating, unstable music is still as cutting as the sharpest winter wind, but gone are the flashier touches, the super-tight compositions. The show continues to move centrifugal from the mysticism of the first episode, which, while inevitable, nonetheless comes as a sort of disappointment, given the profound beauty of that first hour. As the plot expands, the mystery becomes less sublime and more in the vein of a typical prestige television show. »

- Greg Cwik

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Fortitude Episode 1.3 Review [Contains Spoilers]

12 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Richard Laxton

Writer: Stephen Brady

Starring: Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Luke Treadaway, Jessica Raine, Nicholas Pinnock

**Contains Spoilers** 

Review: Episode 3 opens with Morton heading back to the murder scene but wait, much like when Vincent visited, there’s someone else in the house but this time, thankfully, no death. (Yet?) There he discovers some information about what the Professor was looking at but we still have no clue what it is beyond something related to scanning into the depths of the glacier.

The tension starts early this time out with Sheriff Dan because he learns that it’s Frank (his partner) who’s been sleeping with Elena, the seemingly object of his obsessive desires. Henry (Gambon) continues to break down, drinking too much, flipping between his own made-up characters in his head as he’s still not dealing well with shooting a man »

- Dan Bullock

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