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Movie Review – Una (2017)

Una, 2017.

Directed by Benedict Andrews.

Starring Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Ruby Stokes, Riz Ahmed, Tobias Menzies, Natasha Little, and Tara Fitzgerald.

Synopsis:

A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbor, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

The premise of Una is enough on its own to safely say that it’s going to be an uncomfortable, challenging, and possibly upsetting watch (especially considering the current climate of society where every day a few more celebrities or noteworthy public personas are being outed as sex offenders), but it’s worth rolling through every mixed feeling thanks to the electric chemistry on display from the always fearless Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and the severely underrated Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bloodline). Together, they are able to provide layers to the troubling past and present of their characters that,
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'Una' Review: Adaptation of Controversial Broadway Play Dulls Its Sting

'Una' Review: Adaptation of Controversial Broadway Play Dulls Its Sting
Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) runs a British manufacturing plant; he's also a pedophile who seduced a neighbor, named Una, when he was 40 and she was only 13. When the now-adult young woman (an emotionally raw Rooney Mara) pays the older man a surprise visit at his workplace, there are 15 years of silence and recrimination between them. Behind the glass walls of Ray's office, the two stalk each other like caged animals. "I'm not like one of those people," he says, mentioning that he did four years in jail for his criminal behavior,
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Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke to Star in Vanity Fair Adaptation for Amazon

Bates Motel's Olivia Cooke to Star in Vanity Fair Adaptation for Amazon
Bates Motel ingenue Olivia Cooke is set to play Becky Sharp in the latest adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

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Published in 1848, the classic novel follows the lives of Becky, Emmy Sedley and their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars. The new, seven-part Amazon Studios/ITV co-production, per Deadline, promises to chronicle Becky’s “attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” unspooling her “story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing.” Filming is expected to start in September.
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Una’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Una’
“How did they ever make a film of ‘Lolita’?” reads the tagline beside that famous red lollipop. The answer: They didn’t. Back in 1962, the subject of pedophilia was far too controversial for Hollywood, as industry censors insisted that no one depict “any inference of sex perversion,” nor the “deliberate seduction of girls” on-screen, leaving Stanley Kubrick and his team to dance around a love that dared not speak its name. More than half a century later, David Harrower’s 2005 play “Blackbird” pulls no punches in engaging with the same subject, while the film adaptation — called “Una,” after its lead character, a young woman determined to rekindle things with the pervy next-door neighbor who seduced her 15 years earlier — pushes the envelope even farther.

Needless to say, “Una” is not an easy film to watch, in part because it deals with not just the act of pedophilia (never depicted outright) but also its consequences,
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Thirteen: Writer Says No Season Two for BBC America Series

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Don't expect season two of BBC America's Thirteen  TV show. The drama thriller, which premiered in the Us on June 23rd will come to a close after its first season and TV series finale episode, airing in July. In UK, the finale aired back in March. At that time, creator Marnie Dickens told Radio Times that Thirteen was conceived as a mini-series which tells a complete story. So while Thirteen has not been cancelled in the traditional sense, it will not be renewed for a second season.

This five-party mystery thriller follows Ivy Moxham (Jodie Comer) on the day she escapes the cellar where she has been held prisoner for the last 13 years -- half her life. The Thirteen TV series cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Richard Rankin, Valene Kane, Natasha Little, Stuart Graham, Katherine Rose Morley, Joe Layton,
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Thirteen: Watch a BBC America Sneak Peek of the June 23rd Series Premiere

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Buckle up and watch a sneak peek of the Thirteen TV show. The limited drama series from Marnie Dickens, starring Doctor Foster's Jodie Comer, premieres Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt on BBC America. Ivy Moxam (Comer) has been missing for 13 years when she escapes from a basement-prison. If you're not sure what to do with your Thursday evenings, now that Orphan Black is on summer hiatus, Thirteen may be just the ticket.

The Thirteen TV series cast also includes: Aneurin Barnard, Richard Rankin, Valene Kane, Natasha Little, Stuart Graham, Katherine Rose Morley, Joe Layton, Eleanor Wyld, Chipo Chung, Nicholas Farrell, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, and Ariyon Bakare. Call the Midwife‘s China Moo-Young and My Mad Fat Diary‘s Vanessa Caswill direct. Luther‘s Elizabeth Kilgarriff executive produces.Read More…
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Thirteen: BBC America Teases Series Premiere (Vid & Pics)

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Look forward. No more talking. Check out these photos, episode descriptions, and watch two previews of the new Thirteen TV show, premiering on BBC America, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. BBC America describes Thirteen as an "emotional rollercoaster." The thriller-drama explores, "...how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived, while questioning who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself."

Created by Marnie Dickens, Thirteen stars Doctor Foster's Jodie Comer. The Thirteen TV series cast also includes: Aneurin Barnard, Richard Rankin, Valene Kane, Natasha Little, Stuart Graham, Katherine Rose Morley, Joe Layton, Eleanor Wyld, Chipo Chung, Nicholas Farrell, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, and Ariyon Bakare. Call the Midwife's China Moo-Young and My Mad Fat Diary's Vanessa Caswill direct. Luther's Elizabeth Kilgarriff executive produces.

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‘Night Manager’ Season Finale Clip: Watch Tom Hiddleston Confront a Spy (Exclusive Video)

‘Night Manager’ Season Finale Clip: Watch Tom Hiddleston Confront a Spy (Exclusive Video)
On “The Night Manager,” there’s a spy in the house of Roper — and it’s not Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) this time. In an exclusive clip from the season finale, Pine confronts Caroline (Natasha Little) because he suspects that she has been spying on Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) for Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). The series follows former British soldier Pine as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Roper, Pine must himself become a criminal.
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Thirteen: BBC America Thriller Series Debuts in June

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BBC America has announced its new Thirteen TV series premieres Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. The five-part series kicks off the week after Orphan Black's fourth season finale. Thirteen is written by creator Marnie Dickens and directed by China Moo-Young and Vanessa Casill, with Elizabeth Kilgarriff executive producing.

The cast of Thirteen includes: Jodie Comer, Natasha Little, Stuart Graham, Katherine Rose Morley, Richard Rankin, Valene Kane, Aneurin Barnard, Joe Layton, Eleanor Wyld, and Nicholas Farrell. Thirteen follows Ivy Moxam (Comer), on the day she escapes from the cellar where she has been held captive for 13 years.

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TV Review: Thirteen

Thirteen

Starring Jodie Comer, Natasha Little, Richard Rankin, Tim Hobson, Valene Kane, Peter MacDonald and Stuart Graham.

Synopsis:

After thirteen years held captive by her kidnapper, Ivy Moxam escapes. Piecing back together the version of family life that existed before is no easy task.

A lot was riding on BBC Three’s new five-part drama Thirteen when it was announced earlier this year. In a turbulent time for the channel, where a move from terrestrial television to an all-online streaming platform alongside a disastrously received re-brand project, a compelling new drama aimed at BBC Three’s monopolised young adult audience had a lot of hopes pinned on it to regenerate the network and usher it into the digital age far more gracefully than it had done thus far.

The teasers and previews for Thirteen looked promising. Reminiscent of sinister real-life cases of child abduction, the tone of the drama inspires
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My Mad Fat Diary's Jodie Comer will star in BBC Three's new original drama

My Mad Fat Diary actress Jodie Comer has signed up to star in a brand new BBC Three series.

Thirteen sees Comer playing 26-year-old Ivy Moxam, who escapes from the cellar that's been her prison for the last 13 years and returns home to her family.

The psychological drama is written by Marnie Dickens and directed by Vanessa Caswill and China Moo-Young.

"I am beyond excited to be working with the BBC as part of the cast of Thirteen," Comer said. "Marnie Dickens's writing is truly remarkable, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring Ivy to life.

"Imagine the most unimaginable happening. Life turning completely on its head, with the actions of one person affecting so many lives.

"We as humans, even though we doubt ourselves, have this amazing strength within us to cope in the most terrifying situations, and Marnie explores that so beautifully.

"With Vanessa Caswill
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BBC3’s ‘Thirteen’ Cast Set; ‘Orphan Black’ Producer Has New Backer – Global Briefs

BBC Three's five-part drama, Thirteen, has set Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) as the lead in the series that starts shooting this week in Bristol. She’ll play Ivy Moxam, a 26-year-old woman who escapes from the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years. Returning home to her family and to her life, this is only the beginning of the story. Also starring are Aneurin Barnard (War And Peace), Richard Rankin (From Darkness), Valene Kane (The Fall), Natasha Little (Wol…
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BBC3’s ‘Thirteen’ Cast Set; ‘Orphan Black’ Producer Has New Backer – Global Briefs

BBC Three's five-part drama, Thirteen, has set Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) as the lead in the series that starts shooting this week in Bristol. She’ll play Ivy Moxam, a 26-year-old woman who escapes from the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years. Returning home to her family and to her life, this is only the beginning of the story. Also starring are Aneurin Barnard (War And Peace), Richard Rankin (From Darkness), Valene Kane (The Fall), Natasha Little (Wol…
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David Harewood, Tobias Menzies Join AMC-bbc Drama ‘Night Manager’

David Harewood, Tobias Menzies Join AMC-bbc Drama ‘Night Manager’
Cannes — British actors David Harewood, Tobias Menzies, Neil Morrissey and Katherine Kelly have joined the cast of AMC and the BBC’s television adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel “The Night Manager,” which started filming last month.

They join previously announced thesps Hugh Laurie (“House”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch”), Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), and director Susanne Bier (“In a Better World”).

Harewood is best known for his role in “Homeland,” while Morrissey was recently featured in “Line of Duty.” Kelly starred in two seasons of British drama “Mr. Selfridge,” and Menzies has made a name for himself in “Outlander,” “The Honorable Woman” and “Game of Thrones.”

Other names to appear in the espionage drama include Adeel Akhtar (“Utopia”), Natasha Little (“Wolf Hall”), Jonathan Aris (“Sherlock”) and Hannah Steele (“Wolf Hall”).

A contemporary interpretation of Le Carre’s 1993 novel,
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PBS Miniseries ‘Breathless’ Looks at Treatment of Women in the ’60s

PBS Miniseries ‘Breathless’ Looks at Treatment of Women in the ’60s
Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7

Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman

About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon who performs abortions in secret at a time when birth-control pills were available to only married women — if their husbands gave consent. Creator Paul Unwin, a British drama vet, was inspired to use a medical setting to look at the shoddy treatment of women in Britain during this period.

Quote: “I became fascinated by those American dramas that are like novels,” Unwin says, “where every episode, you get enough of the story, but you don’t get the whole thing. ‘Breathless’ (also) was born out of an interest in trying to write stories about women.”
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TV Review: ‘Breathless’

TV Review: ‘Breathless’
Doctors and nurses have been engaged in soapy doings since broadcasting’s infancy, but seldom in a package quite as tantalizing as “Breathless.” Set in the early ‘60s, this three-part “Masterpiece” production obviously shares certain qualities with “Mad Men,” but quickly establishes its own spin on the era replete with a web of interlocking relationships. Built around a dashing gynecologist who performs illegal abortions, the project feels timely and provocative, but can just as easily be savored strictly for its “Peyton Place”-like attributes. For those needing a fix of sumptuous British period drama until “Downton Abbey” docks, “Breathless” is a breath of fresh air.

The producers won half the battle by casting Jack Davenport (closer to “Swingtown,” happily, than his “Smash” ordeal) as Dr. Otto Powell, who appears to saunter through life with nary a care despite breaking the law to assist women with terminating unwanted pregnancies. Assured and self-confident,
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Damian Lewis to play Henry VIII in BBC Two's Wolf Hall

Damian Lewis has signed up to play Henry VIII in BBC Two's upcoming drama Wolf Hall.

Mark Rylance will also star as Thomas Cromwell in an adaptation combining Hilary Mantel's novel of the same name and sequel Bring Up the Bodies, to be broadcast in 2015.

Peter Kosminsky (The Government Inspector) will direct the drama, which follows the rise of Cromwell from being a blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's closest advisor.

Claire Foy (The Promise) will star as Anne Boleyn in the six-part series, written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Jonathan Pryce will appear as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, while Joanne Whalley will play Henry's first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Mark Gatiss will star as Secretary Stephen Gardiner, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Cromwell's ward Rafe Sadler.

The cast is completed by Anton Lesser (Endeavour) as Thomas More, Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Ambassador of Spain Chapuys,
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Official: Damian Lewis To Play Henry VIII In BBC/Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall’; More Cast

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Masterpiece has just confirmed that erstwhile Homeland star Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in upcoming miniseries Wolf Hall. The adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning historical fiction novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies is a Company Pictures and Playground co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece. Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander) is directing the six-part drama from a script by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The story charts Cromwell’s meteoric rise from lowly blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Deadline reported in January that Lewis was in talks to play the Tudor King. The confirmed roster of actors now includes Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn; Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey; Joanne Whalley as Katherine of Aragon; Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King; Anton Lesser as Thomas More; Mathieu Amalric as
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Movie Review: Mr. Nobody

Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi

Director: Jaco Van Dormael

Writers: Jaco Van Dormael

Cast: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo, Juno Temple, Daniel Mays, Allan Corduner

MPAA Rating: R

Length: 155 minutes

Format: In theaters November 1, 2013; available on iTunes and Video On Demand Sept. 26, 2013

Synopsis:

A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived.

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Some of my favorite movies are “experience” movies. They aren’t just viewed or even just enjoyed, they are experienced. Not surprisingly, they’re primarily sci-fi/fantasy movies; the genre is well-suited to being experiential because it is allowed to be vast and epic without being ironic.
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'Mr. Nobody' review: Jared Leto is 118-years-old in long, existential sci-fi romance

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Some movies are simply too strange to put into theaters. That seemed to be the fate of "Mr. Nobody," a trippy, existential sci-fi romance that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival -- in 2009.

But with Jared Leto's turn in "The Dallas Buyers Club" earning Oscar buzz, and Sarah Polley and Juno Temple seeing their profiles rise, this Euro-Canadian production finds itself on North American screens, as ethereal, quirky and inscrutable as ever.

Framed within the flashbacks of "the last mortal on Earth," 118-year-old man Nemo Nobody (Leto) interviewed by both his future (2092) shrink (Allan Corduner) and a journalist (Daniel Mays), it's about love and life and entropy and decay and the fateful choices you make and what you might could if you could choose again. 

"If you never make a choice, anything is possible," Nemo Nobody says. And he's right.If he doesn't choose to pursue the wounded Elise
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