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Lff 2014: The Silent Storm Review

17 October 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

(l-r) Damian Lewis, Ross Anderson, Andrea Riseborough, writer/director Corinna McFarlane and producer Nicky Bentham

Director: Corinna McFarlane

Starring: Damian Lewis, Ross Anderson, Andrea Riseborough

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis: An enigmatic outsider living on a remote Scottish island finds herself caught between her minister husband and the delinquent who is sent to live with them.

When a young man is dropped on the doorstep of a minister and his wife, he doesn’t realise immediately that the island is on the point of becoming deserted. As the island clears, it is just these three inhabitants who remain and, with nothing but each other and the beautiful landscape which surrounds them for company, this modern day fable starts to unravel in an enchanting manner as the film progresses.

The Silent Storm is the kind of beautiful, intoxicating film that gets under your skin and makes you glad to be on the planet, »

- Amanda Keats

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Silent Storm team reuniting for California thriller

14 October 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Writer-director Corinna McFarlane and producer Nicky Bentham talk about working with Eon’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson on The Silent Storm and their upcoming psychological thriller.

UK writer-director Corinna McFarlane, producer Nicky Bentham of Neon Films and executive producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson of Eon Productions are reuniting after their work on drama The Silent Storm to develop a new psychological thriller set in the California desert.

That project, set in the present day, is now at second draft script stage and Bentham says of Broccoli and Wilson, “it’s great to be working with them again.”

The Silent Storm, McFarlane’s fictional feature debut, premieres tonight at the BFI London Film Festival (WestEnd handles sales). Set on a remote Scottish island in the 1950s, it follows a 30-year-old woman (Andrea Riseborough) who is caught between her overbearing minister husband (Damian Lewis) and a charismatic 17-year old criminal (Ross Anderson) who is delivered »

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Did Arrow Rush 'Olicity'? How Old Is Scandal's Liv? Is NCIS' Tony Packing? Best Mini-Brody Ever? And More TV Qs

10 October 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Homeland, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and Scandal!

1 | Are we sure this isn’t some actual offspring of Damian Lewis’ appearing on Homeland?

2 | Why doesn’t America’s Next Top Model contestant Denzel have to wear his ugly beard weave all the time? Doesn’t he deserve to have it put back as punishment for his comments about Will? And which CW show will he get a walk-on role on?

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Exclusive: 'Silent Storm' Star Damian Lewis Brings Intensity to London Film Fest (Video)

8 October 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There are 18 world premieres at this year's BFI London Film Festival, which is running for the next 12 days. They include "Testament Of Youth," a David Heyman-produced adaptation of Vera Brittain's World War II memoir starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington; "The Falling," set in an English girls school in 1969 rife with seething hormones and turbulent emotions -- the second narrative feature from British writer-director Carol Morley, whose quasi-documentary "Dreams Of A Life" was one of the most striking British films of 2012; and "Hockney," Randall Wright's documentary portrait of the English artist. Joining Morley as a distinctive new British female filmmaking voice is Corinna McFarlane, whose full-blooded romantic drama "The Silent Storm" will also premiere at the BFI Lff. Executive produced by Bond-maker Barbara Broccoli and starring Damian Lewis as a wrathful minister on a remote, pre-World War II Scottish island, Andrea »

- Matt Mueller

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'Homeland' showrunner explains that shocking premiere scene

5 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Homeland hit the reset button Sunday night with a gripping season 4 premiere that was squarely focused on Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in her new role as CIA's station chief in Kabul. Though Brody is gone, the memory of Carrie's departed lover haunted the action as she struggled to cope with a drone bombing that went terribly wrong and deal with her rather severe detachment to her baby, now being raised by her sister back in the States. Below, showruner Alex Gansa takes our burning questions about the premiere, including that shocking bathtub scene. EW: Carrie was riveting yet scary in these first two hours. »

- James Hibberd

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Homeland Season Premiere Review: “The Drone Queen” and “Trylon and Perisphere” (Season 4, Episodes 1 and 2)

5 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I had given up on Homeland halfway through its third season last year. Showtime’s intriguing CIA thriller had faded into being a shadow of what it was been in its first year-and-a-half, missing the magnetic chemistry between its lead stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis and the tense, gripping spy stories that accompanied them. In preparation of this rebooted fourth season – one that comes without its haphazard title sequence or almost any mention of prior plot events – I rented the third season DVD and caught up on any holes that could exist in my coverage. To my surprise, as soon as Carrie and Brody ended up working together again in the last episodes of season three, the rest of the wheels – from plotting to pacing – started turning smoothly again.

However, with one of the key players of the series dead and gone, could a fourth season still work? Could »

- Jordan Adler

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Season premiere review: 'Homeland' - 'The Drone Queen/Trylon and Perisphere'

5 October 2014 7:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Homeland" is back for a fourth season, and while I don't plan to cover the show regularly anymore, I have some thoughts on the two-hour premiere, coming up just as soon as I wage a 1-year war 14 times... "You know what? Fuck you! No, really, Carrie. Fuck you! What the hell is wrong with you?" -Quinn Once upon a time, Showtime was going to air only a single "Homeland" episode tonight, paired with the debut of Dominic West and company in "The Affair." At a certain point — possibly because "The Affair" appears to be behind schedule (critics still haven't seen more than the first episode) — the plan changed to the double feature we got instead. But in terms of shaping the real-world narrative about the state of "Homeland" post-Brody, I think the show would have been much better off with the original scheduling. On its own, "The Drone Queen" does »

- Alan Sepinwall

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You’re Nuts If You Skip the New Season of Homeland

5 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Homeland fans are eyeing the show’s upcoming fourth season with trepidation. After last year’s slog through unnecessary plot arcs, the show fell out of favor with viewers. But then the finale slammed us with an intriguing twist, making us wonder where writers would take things next. The new season begins tonight, answering the question that’s been on viewers’ minds: Will Homeland return as the series we once loved? (Before reading ahead, know that this piece contains spoilers.)

First, let’s look back at the end of last season. Fans were shocked when would-be terrorist Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) was publicly executed in Iran after a CIA mission. His lover, agency operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), watched him die while pregnant with his child.

Viewers didn’t see the plot twist coming, but the dramatic end to the lead characters’ tumultuous relationship was praised. There was no »

- Rahsheeda Ali

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Homeland Season 4: A 'Clean Start' for Carrie, Though Brody's Not Forgotten

5 October 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Showtime’s Homeland concluded a trilogy of sorts with its Season 3 finale, as Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) — a disgraced Marine sergeant who loomed large as both a sometime threat to his own country and as a pivotal figure in CIA officer Carrie Mathison’s life — was written off the canvas in a quite definitive manner.

Related Homeland Season 4 Scoop on Carrie and Quinn

With Brody removed from the equation, Carrie (Claire Danes) stationed in Islamabad Kabul and her onetime boss Saul Berenson toiling for a private military contract as Season 4 opens this Sunday at 9/8c (with two new »

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‘Homeland’ Premiere Review: Finally, the Show This Should've Been All Along

5 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Let's face it, after receiving well-deserved critical and viewer acclaim for its first stellar season, Showtime's “Homeland” proceeded to slowly go off the rails in its subsequent two years on the air. The problem could be summed up in two words: Damian Lewis. Don't get me wrong, the Emmy-winning actor was brilliant as the tortured Nicholas Brody, and it wasn't even necessarily his fault he became the problem. Brody was supposed to die, and for Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) story, he needed to die. But he was an acclaimed award winner, so he didn't die. And then he continued to not. »

- Jason Hughes

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Homeland exec Alex Gansa on show criticism: 'It hurt'

5 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Homeland's executive producer Alex Gansa has admitted that he was "hurt" by criticism of the show.

Speaking ahead of the fourth season premiere, Gansa said that he finds it difficult to look at the series "objectively".

"We love our show and we bleed for our show," he said. "So when there's any criticism that comes back our way, we take it seriously, and we take it personally."

Gansa went on to say that he is proud of Homeland's last season, commenting: "I can only say I don't know how you can look at the last six or seven episodes that we did last season and not say that Homeland is one of the best shows on television. I am so proud of those episodes.

"And in my view, especially the last two were among the best episodes we've ever done. Of course, I'm biased. I can't say any more. »

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Homeland execs: 'Carrie has a period of grieving to do'

4 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The executive producers of Homeland have opened up about Carrie's state of mind in the new season.

Carrie (Claire Danes) - who is seen in a trailer for the show holding the child she had with the late Brody (Damian Lewis) - is in an overseas posting in this season.

"Carrie is very stable in terms of her illness, but I think she's got a period of grieving to do and coming to terms with what happened at the end of last season," executive producer Alex Gansa said.

"That's identified by the child that she had. So the baby exists as a marker for her emotionally. But the place that she's in now is a place where you cannot have dependents, so she was forced to leave the child at home."

The producers also defended the fact that Carrie is still employed despite her previous misdemeanours and issues.

"Emotionally she »

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In a Sober and Patient Fourth Season, Homeland Turns Its Gaze Inward

3 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When a show goes awry, how many seasons do you give it to correct its course? It depends on the show, of course, but in the case of Homeland, my answer is two. Season one was close to great (even though, as I've said many times on this site, it probably should've been a miniseries). Season two was a train wreck, and season three slightly less so. At least they finally killed off Brody (Damian Lewis), the Marine turned terrorist turned double-agent turned triple-agent whose tryst with CIA analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) sparked a furtive affair in season one, transforming what might otherwise have been a military-political process series into a doomed love story. Sure, the love story had its moments (season two's "Q&A" was a series high point), but it also condemned Homeland to a dramaturgical in-between state. It was too preposterous to be taken seriously as »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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7 Changes to Expect in Homeland's Rebooted Fourth Season

3 October 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Bye bye, Brody.

Once the creative team behind Homeland (finally) decided to kill off Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in the Season 3 finale, they realized they could pretty much take the hit Showtime drama anywhere they wanted.

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"There's no question that we closed a big chapter of the show last season when we dispatched with Nicholas Brody, and there's no question that at the beginning of this year, we really sat down and realized that it was tabula rasa," co-creator and executive producer Alex Gansa tells

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- Adam Bryant

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Weekend TV: Homeland, Survivor's Remorse, Mulaney

3 October 2014 6:57 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

If last season (and the last parts of the season before) left you wanting to run away from Showtime's Homeland, the good news is that it's safe to come back. The show may never again achieve the intensely suspenseful and emotional heights of year one, with its psychosexual tango between Carrie and the enigmatic war hero/possible terrorist tool Brody, and I'm still not convinced that basket-case analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) should be posted anywhere hotter than Antarctica. But this Emmy-winning international spy thriller suddenly feels much more topical and urgent again in its fourth season, where the only remaining remnant of the Brody storyline is the infant daughter — a ginger baby, naturally (hauntingly Damian Lewis in aspect) — whom Carrie bore after witnessing the father's cruel fate.

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- Matt Roush

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Jamie Dornan Plays Golf With Bill Murray and Damian Lewis in Scotland: See the Pics!

2 October 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Once upon a time, Jamie Dornan, Damian Lewis and Bill Murray played golf. No really! Earlier today, the three actors all participated in the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. The star-studded putting match made for some pretty enjoyable photo ops. (Could you think of a more random but cool group of guys?) The 32-year-old Fifty Shades of Grey star looked handsome in navy blue pants and a matching sweater with a baseball cap and white sneakers. The scruffy star showed off his impressive swing as Murray and Lewis watched on. As for Murray, the kooky 64-year-old paired his dark plaid pants with a blue top under a black vest. Murray completed his golfing getup with gloves, a blue hat »

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‘Gracepoint’s’ David Tennant on Remakes, Accents and Spoilers

2 October 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

American remakes of foreign shows aren’t exactly a new trend. But having the star of the original series come back as a variation of his or her character for the adaptation? That doesn’t happen every day. David Tennant is experiencing the phenomenon now. He stars in “Gracepoint,” which premieres at 9 p.m. Oct. 2 on Fox and is a yankee take on “Broadchurch,” the criminal mystery drama he appears in on the U.K.’s ITV. We asked him about juggling both characters, managing an American accent and handling spoilers.

Are there any major surprises or differences that people who watched “Broadchurch” need to keep an eye out for while watching “Gracepoint”?

There’s a lot that people will recognize if they see “Broadchurch” and I don’t think we’re making any apology for that. I think they’re not the principal audience we set out to make the show for. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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TV Review: ‘Homeland,’ Season 4

1 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Meet the new, improved “Homeland.” After two disappointing seasons, the Showtime series’ dramatic culmination of its original story has shifted the focus squarely onto Claire Danes’ complex CIA operative, and simultaneously allowed the producers to shed more irritating elements (see Brody, Dana). What emerges, then, in a two-episode premiere and subsequent hour is a show that lacks the initial kick the program delivered, but plays like a smart, spare thriller — “24,” without the James Bond-style super-heroics. “Homeland” might never be a truly great series again, but if it stays on this path it will be an eminently watchable one.

Admittedly, the show has a lot of recovering to do as it pivots to face a new threat. Not only is it without the character of Nicholas Brody (as played by Damian Lewis), but the death of actor James Rebhorn has deprived the producers of his talents as the father of Danes’ Carrie Mathison. »

- Brian Lowry

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Homeland season 4 gets UK air date on Channel 4

1 October 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 has confirmed the air date for Homeland's season four premiere.

The Showtime drama will return in the UK on Sunday, October 12, a week behind its debut in the Us.

The air date confirmation was revealed in a brand new trailer released by Channel 4.

Homeland's fourth season will follow Carrie (Claire Danes) as she works as a case officer in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mad Men actor Mark Moses and Nimrat Kaur will feature in heavily recurring roles, while Art Malik is expected to appear in at least one episode.

The show's co-creator Alex Gansa recently said that it is "exciting and terrifying" relaunching the series without Damian Lewis's Brody. »

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'Homeland' Season 4: TV Review

27 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One imagines that soon after dispatching Damian Lewis’ grim, grody Brody last season, the producers of Homeland looked at each other and said, “Now whatta we do? Carrie’s preggers. Saul’s at the wailing wall he calls his marriage. And according to Twitter, if we bring back Dana for any more sullen temper-tantrum scenes, our offices are going to be degraded and destroyed quicker than an al Qaeda compound." And so the show sacrificed the magnificent Morena Baccarin (who played Brody’s wife, Jessica) at the altar of expediency and diverted its attention back toward the source of the show’s

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- Ken Tucker

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