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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Wolf Hall, Grimm

28 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Wolf Hall - BBC Two, 9pm

BBC Two's classy historical drama starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII continues tonight.

In the second episode of six, the King begins to consider Cromwell a valuable advisor, while Anne Boleyn (Clare Foy) wants to know if she too has an ally in the lawyer.

Celebrity Big Brother - Channel 5, 9pm

The latest goings-on from inside the famous house, with Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side following at 11pm.

How are the housemates coping with Patsy's absence - and with Perez's presence? Tune in tonight for all the highlights from the past 24 hours.

Grimm - Watch, 9pm

The popular supernatural series returns for a new run of episodes tonight - picking up with a now-powerless Nick (David Giuntol).

Having lost his Grimm abilities, Nick is forced to rely on Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) for help, while »

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David Starkey: 'Wolf Hall is a deliberate perversion of history'

26 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Professor David Starkey has branded Wolf Hall a "deliberate perversion" of history.

The BBC Two programme combines Hilary Mantel's novel of the same name and sequel Bringing Up the Bodies.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Starkey said that he had not read the books nor seen the drama because he is "someone who actually knows what happens" and is a "massive believer in fact".

"Wolf Hall is a wonderful, magnificent fiction," he noted. "There is a difference between fact and fiction. The supposition has got to be controlled.

"If you're a novelist, you can imagine whatever you want. I gather Hilary Mantel has imagined this wonderful tender experience of Thomas Cromwell losing wife and children and you have a great deal of emoting.

"This is total fiction. There is not a scrap of evidence for it at all. So the thing that's used to create Cromwell as a sympathetic character is totally fiction. »

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National Television Awards 2015 attracts 6.3m, up from last year

22 January 2015 2:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The 2015 National Television Awards achieved its best ratings in four years, overnight data reveals.

The Dermot O'Leary-hosted event attracted an average audience of 6.30 million (28.1%) from 7.30pm (318,000/1.5% on +1).

This is up by around 400k viewers from last year, and is its best score since 2011's 6.5m viewership.

On BBC One, Pets - Wild at Heart gathered 3.49m (15.7%) at 8pm, followed by Crimewatch with 2.42m (10.2%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Winterwatch appealed to 2.09m (9.4%) at 8pm, while new comedy Up the Women was seen by 1.22m (6.8%) at 10pm.

New Damian Lewis drama Wolf Hall was BBC Two's biggest drama launch since 2005, bringing in 3.89m (16.5%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Restoration Man interested 1.36m (6.1%) at 8pm (198k/0.8%), while 24 Hours in A&E brought in 1.34m (5.6%) at 9pm (370k/0.8%). Bodyshockers fascinated 1.12m (6.9%) at 10pm (156k/2.2%).

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother continued with 1.82m (7.6%) at 9pm (467k/2.8%), followed by Suspects with 511k (3.1%) at »

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Wolf Hall becomes BBC2's biggest drama series for a decade

22 January 2015 2:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

First episode of adaption of Hillary Mantel novels, starring Damian Lewis and Mark Ryalance, scores nearly 4 million viewers and garners critical acclaim

BBC2’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels, starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, was watched by nearly 4 million viewers, becoming the channel’s biggest new drama series since Rome a decade ago.

The first of the six-part series, which was applauded by critics, attracted 3.9 million viewers, a 16.5% share, from 9pm on Wednesday.

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- John Plunkett

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Wolf Hall review – 'event television: sumptuous, intelligent and serious'

22 January 2015 12:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Hilary Mantel adaptation is sumptuous, intelligent, event television. Now we’re going to have to read the novels

Wolf Hall recap: episode one – a clash of artistries to relish

Small confession: I haven’t read it. Them, haven’t read them, because the BBC’s feverishly anticipated six-part series is adapted from the first two-thirds of Hilary Mantel’s incomplete trilogy of historical novels. They’re there weighing down the bookshelf, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, unread, two big slabs of guilt (or executioners blocks, they’d serve that purpose well). But I’ve been scared, by their massiveness, the weight of history. Perhaps you have too?

Now that Peter Straughan has condensed them for television, maybe we’re off the hook. This is TV tailor-made for a traditional Guardian reader (drama, history, fiction, Mantel, double Booker, BBC, costumes, proper cast, proper everything). With Damian LewisHomeland »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - National Television Awards, Wolf Hall

21 January 2015 5:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The National Television Awards Live: ITV, 7.30pm

Dermot O'Leary hosts the awards live from The O2. Which of Britain's best loved shows and TV stars will be victorious?

TV juggernauts The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing go head to head, while Downton Abbey is once again up for Best Drama.

Wolf Hall: BBC Two, 9pm

Starring Damian Lewis as Henry VII, the much anticipated Wolf Hall is a lavish BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's well known novels.

This new historical drama chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor Courts.

Suspects: Channel Five, 10pm

Series three draws to a close in a dramatic finale.

After a teenage girl is found naked on a waste ground with serious head wounds, the team must find out what happened to her. But is the case connected to the disappearance of 16-year-old Mandy Granger? »

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Damian Lewis Says Henry VIII As Big A Brand As Coca Cola, While Plugging PBS’s ‘Wolf Hall’ – TCA

19 January 2015 1:47 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"Henry [VIII] as a brand, is right up there with Coca Cola," Damian Lewis said, of the oft-portrayed Tudor king he plays in PBS’s six-part miniseries Wolf Hall.  "My vanity will always relish a challenge," Lewis said, of trying to turn in a fresh performance of the historical figure. "In fact, that probably encourages me." Not so fresh, maybe, were his answers to question about his character, on stage this morning at Winter TV Press Tour 2015; his “syphilitic… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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TCA: Damian Lewis says Henry VIII more than “syphilitic, philandering Elvis”

19 January 2015 11:37 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

During PBS’ Masterpiece: “Wolf Hall” (Sundays beginning April 5) panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour actors Claire Foy, Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, and executive producer Colin Callender, director Peter Kosminsky, and series executive producer Rebecca Eaton, discussed the six-hour miniseries which is a dramatic look at the adversarial relationship between Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell for the favor of King Henry VIII. It’s a story often told, perhaps Showtime’s The Tudors being the most famous onscreen adaptation of late. But this is PBS, so the sex, torture and violence won’t be quite as prominently displayed in … Continue reading →

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- Ryan Berenz

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PBS' 'Wolf Hall' Starring Damian Lewis Could Be TV's Next Great Antihero Story

19 January 2015 11:05 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Will Henry VIII be Emmy winner Damian Lewis' first, great post-Nick Brody role? Directed by Peter Kosminsky and written by Peter Straughan (one half of the Oscar-nominated "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" duo), this six-part BBC drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel's hit novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" will broadcast stateside on PBS April 5. Lewis plays the eighth Henry opposite top-shelf Shakespeare thespian Mark Rylance, playing the King's ruthless counselor Thomas Cromwell. Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, Charity Wakefield, Joanne Whalley and Jonathan Pryce, who was recently seen as a narcissistic asshole professor in Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip," head up the sprawling cast. The series' producers and star recently held court at the TV Critics Association's winter press junket, revealing that the series will turn on the dark heart of Cromwell with all the trappings of TV's greatest antiheroes: think Walter White, Don Draper, Rust »

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Damian Lewis: Playing King Henry VIII Is His Perfect Post-‘Homeland’ Role

19 January 2015 10:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“If ever there was a masterpiece on ‘Masterpiece,’ this is it,” Rebecca Eaton, exec producer of PBS’ “Masterpiece,” said at Monday’s Television Critics Assn. panel for “Wolf Hall.” The six-part miniseries, based on Hilary Mantel’s book and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies,” stars “Homeland’s” Damian LewisMark Rylance and Claire Foy.

Lewis, whose character, Nicholas Brody, was killed off in Showtime’s hit, for which he won an Emmy, said King Henry VIII is a part he’s excited to tackle.

“My vanity will always relish a challenge,” Lewis said. “In fact, that probably encourages me.”

Assuring the room of reporters he’s not afraid to take on such a weighty role, Lewis said, “There’s a real opportunity to look differently at a period of history that is loved and well known.” He’s also excited to bring new light to the “syphilitic, philandering Elvis people think [King Henry VIII] is. »

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Damian Lewis’ Henry VIII in ‘Wolf Hall’ Has Killer Calves

19 January 2015 9:22 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Henry VIII, infamous king of England in the 16th century, is often remembered for his gluttonous form, the string of wives he beheaded and his disharmony with the pope. But Damian Lewis, star of the BBC’s new miniseries “Wolf Hall” — a six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels that will premiere in the U.K. on January 21 and on PBS’ “Masterpiece” on April 5 — plans to introduce viewers to a different sort of monarch.

“He was generally regarded as the preeminent sportsman of his era,” said Lewis on Sunday afternoon, at a quaint tea held to honor the series at the Los Angeles home of British Consul-General Chris O’Connor. “He was one of the best hunters, horsemen, jousters, archers. And he was an incredibly trim, fit man — very proud of a fine pair of calves that he had. He used to boast that his calves were better than »

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Movie News: Tom Cruise and Doug Liman Team for '80s Drug Tale; First Look at Nicole Kidman and James Franco in 'Queen of the Desert'

15 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Mena: Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, who teamed up for last year's sci-fi action thriller Edge of Tomorrow, are in talks to reunite for the real-life drama Mena. Cruise would play Barry Seal, a pilot, gun runner and drug trafficker "for the CIA and the Medellin cartel." Seal was based in Mena, Arkansas in the 1980s, hence the title. [Deadline]   Queen of the Desert: Heading for its world premiere at the Berlin film festival next month, Queen of the Desert has debuted its first official photo. Nicole Kidman and James Franco star in the true-life tale of Gertrude Bell, a multitalented woman who played a key role in the Middle East for the British Empire early in the 20th century. Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis also star; Werner Herzog directed...

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Berlinale First Look: Nicole Kidman and James Franco Star in Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

15 January 2015 11:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Along with seven other films from Jafar Panahi, Benoit Jacquot, Bill Condon and more, Germany's biggest film festival added Werner Herzog's latest to its competition slate this morning. Herzog will attend the Berlin premiere of "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring Nicolas Cage. Now celebrating its 65th. »

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Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert,’ Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life,’ and More Will Premiere at Berlin 2015

15 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With our most-anticipated film of the year leading the line-up, this year’s Berlin Film Festival has announced more titles to join the slate. Notably Werner Herzog’s first narrative feature in half-a-decade, Queen of the Desert, will be premiering there. The story of legendary cartographer Gertrude Bell features Nicole KidmanRobert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis. Also in the line-up is an unexpected feature […] »

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First Look: Nicole Kidman & James Franco In Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert'

14 January 2015 1:04 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier today, Werner Herzog fans got a dose of good news when it was revealed that his latest, "Queen Of The Desert," will make its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival. And now, we've got the first image from the film. Starring Nicole KidmanJames FrancoRobert PattinsonDamian Lewis, and many more, the biopic tells the tale of Gertrude Bell, the traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century who played a crucial role in the development of the Middle East. And Herzog has been making some big teases about the picture. "Now, Nicole Kidman,” Herzog said last summer. “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.” We'll soon find out. No distribution yet for the movie, but if the film is even half as good as our expectations, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Photos: Kidman, Franco In "Queen of the Desert"

14 January 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Earlier today came word that Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" will have its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month and has been selected to be a part of the festival's In Competition line-up.

Fansite Queenofthedesertfilm.com has now posted up the first still and two behind-the-scenes photos from the biopic about British traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer Gertrude Bell. Nicole Kidman plays Bell alongside James Franco as Henry Cadogan, Damian Lewis as Charles Doughty-Wylie, and Robert Pattinson as T. E. Lawrence.

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Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

14 January 2015 10:53 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »

- Brad Brevet

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Berlin Adds Competition Titles From Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon

14 January 2015 3:04 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With only a few weeks to go until the Berlin Film Festival unspools, much of the competition lineup still remains a mystery. However, today has added some clarity with several titles unveiled. Among them, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s latest effort. The director, who is under house arrest and a 20-year filmmaking ban, nevertheless manages to get a movie out every couple of years. His last, Closed Curtain, stirred up controversy in Iran when it won the screenwriting prize in Berlin in 2013. This latest film, Taxi, stars the director, although other details were not immediately available.

Also in the mix is the world premiere, out of competition, of Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada and Hattie Morahan. McKellen plays the titular detective as he nears the end of his days and revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement.

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Berlin 2015: Herzog's Queen of the Desert joins competition

14 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has added a further eight titles to its Competition programme, ahead of the complete line-up next week.

The films, which originate from across Europe, Asia, the Us and the Middle East, include the world premiere of Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog’s biopic based on the life of British explorer Gertrude Bell.

Nicole Kidman plays the 19th century explorer, known as the female Lawrence of Arabia, and her co-stars include James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson (as Te Lawrence).

Berlinale 2015: new Competition films

Body

Poland

By Malgorzata Szumowska (Stranger, Elles, In the Name of)

With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)

Vietnam / France / Germany »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin 2015: Herzog, Condon, Panahi in competition

14 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sebastian Schipper, Werner Herzog, Benoit Jacquot and Further Titles Added to the Selection

Another eight films have been selected for the Competition Programme of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

The productions are from the following countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong/China, Iran, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, the USA, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Body

Poland

By Malgorzata Szumowska (Stranger, Elles, In the Name of)

With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)

Vietnam / France / Germany / Netherlands

By Di Phan Dang (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid)

With Do Thi Hai Yen, Le Cong Hoang, Truong The Vinh

World premiere

Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid)

France / Belgium

By Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen; Three Hearts)

With Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Vincent Lacoste

World premiere

Mr. Holmes

United Kingdom

By Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate)

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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