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Lily Newmark, Jaime Winston to Star in Gritty British Romance ‘Reprobate’ (Exclusive)

Lily Newmark, Jaime Winston to Star in Gritty British Romance ‘Reprobate’ (Exclusive)
Production has gotten underway on “Reprobate,” a London-set movie about a romance between a boy from a tough public-housing project and a rebellious private school girl from a wealthier part of town.

Lily Newmark, who scored a Bifa nom for “Pin Cushion,” plays the girl, Leah, and newcomer Ola Orebiyi the boy, Benji. Over the course of the film, Leah attempts to lead Benji into a thrill-seeking life of crime, with dire consequences.

Darragh Carey and Bertrand Desrochers will direct their first feature. A host of London Film School alums are involved in the picture, including its writers, Rupert Baynham and Chi Ma, and the school supported the project, the first time it has incubated a movie in this way. It is the writers’ first feature, and the cast and team that put “Reprobate” together is a mix of emerging talent and first-timers alongside some more seasoned names.

The cast also features Michael Maloney (“Babel”), Jaime Winstone (“Love
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Giveaway – Win Paranoid on DVD

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of the gripping ITV drama Paranoid, we have a DVD copy to giveaway.

Paranoid is the engrossing brainchild of Tom Sherry, the producer of Scott & Bailey, Prey and Ordinary Lies, that will leave you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath…

The sleepy town of Woodmere is devastated when a doctor is murdered in a children’s playground in broad daylight. Three detectives embark on what they initially believe to be a straightforward murder investigation, but when the main suspect is found dead in an apparent suicide, the police are drawn deeper. As the ever-darkening mystery leads the detectives on a dangerous and beguiling journey across Europe, personal demons are brought to the fore and the foe becomes increasingly formidable.

From Red Productions, one of the UK’s leading production companies, this exceptional TV mini-series stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, The Full Monty,
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Days of Our Lives Renewal Ahead? NBC 'Optimistic' About Soaping Back Up

Days of Our Lives Renewal Ahead? NBC 'Optimistic' About Soaping Back Up
It’s looking good that the sands in Days of Our Lives‘ iconic hourglass will continue to flow.

NBC is hopeful that it will successfully renew its contract with surviving soap, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last November.

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“We’re happy with where Days was this year,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt tells TVLine. “We have a negotiating period that starts in February. Stay tuned.”

Although the show’s current deal doesn’t expire until September, Days famously tapes many months in advance — as such, it will actually fulfill production of episodes under the current deal as early as March.
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Will Supergirl or DC's Legends Get a 'Visit' From Legion of Super-Heroes?

Will Supergirl or DC's Legends Get a 'Visit' From Legion of Super-Heroes?
One of TV’s DC Comics-based series is due to slip in a nod to the venerable Legion of Super-Heroes — but which of them will it be? Supergirl? Legends of Tomorrow? One of the three others?

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Appearing over the weekend at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, DC Entertainment Cco Geoff Johns shared with reporters after The CW’s Legends panel, “You’ll see a hint of the Legion on one of our shows.”

“Keep watching,” he said, careful not to identify the DC series.
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Film Review: ‘Luna’

Film Review: ‘Luna’
English multimedia artist Dave McKean’s third feature — it would’ve been his second, had not funding woes greatly delayed post-production on a film that completed principal photography in 2007 — is a more personal project than his first, the Neil Gaiman-based “Mirrormask.” (Not to mention 2012’s relatively little-seen “The Gospel of Us,” a performance record of a modern passion play starring Michael Sheen.) Yet like that 2005 debut, “Luna” deploys fantasy elements in service of an emotionally grounded story that transcends standard genre categories. This delicate, poetic drama of two couples working through issues of grief and longing over a long country weekend is a minor commercial prospect, but should find some admirers beyond the fest circuit in home formats.

After a mysterious opening animated sequence in which a paper airplane/bird is sent by a woman to a distant tower, we meet our real-world protagonists. Nearly losing their way on serpentine rural roads,
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‘Luna’ Review

Stars: Ben Daniels, Dervla Kirwan, Stephanie Leonidas, Michael Maloney, Maurice Roëves, Katia Winter | Written and Directed by Dave McKean

After losing their baby, Grant (Ben Daniels) and Christine (Dervla Kirwan) visit a old friend from art school and his wife in their isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed among the four characters, Grant and Christine come to terms with their loss and the life of the dead child, Jacob, is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams.

Luna is a film which is hard to describe. Every section of the film is artistically presented through animation, beautiful shots or just little details which bring out the magic in an ever so subtle way, such as glitter in the moonlight. Dealing which such a heavy topic as the loss of a child, Luna is littered with some extremely emotional moments, so don’t expect
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Tiff 14: ‘Luna’ is a dark and surreal exploration of grief

Luna

Written and Directed by Dave McKean

UK, 2014

While Mirrormask has become something of a cult film, Dave McKean is still better known for his work in illustration than his directorial efforts in film. McKean’s groundbreaking style consistently raised the bar in comic art; his contribution to the 1989 release of “Arkham Asylum”, written by Grant Morrison, helped change our understanding of the comic art. McKean’s style seemed uniquely suited to the mind space of an asylum, his layered mixed media style reflective of thoughts and emotions in conflict. Perhaps his best known work is his contributions to the cover art for Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series, once again cementing the phantasmagoric quality of McKean’s work. His contribution to Gaiman highlighted the obscured landscape of nightmares which he frightfully recreated through superimposition, collage and drawing.

It should be no surprise that McKean’s transition into filmmaking would
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Toronto: Media Luna Acquires ‘Luna’ (Exclusive)

Toronto: Media Luna Acquires ‘Luna’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — In the run-up to the Toronto Festival, where the fantasy drama plays in the Vanguard section, Media Luna has acquired worldsales rights to “Luna,” the latest film by U.K. artist-director Dave McKean (“MirrorMask”).

A celebrated illustrator of graphic novels (“The Sandman”), CD covers (for Machine Head, Fear Factory, Alice Cooper) children’s picture books (“Crazy Hair”) and concept artist on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” McKean’s first feature, Sundance 2005 premiere children’s fantasy “MirrorMask” combined live action and animation. He returns to the mix, this time targeting adults, in “Luna.”

Written by McKean, “Luna” centers on a couple who, after losing their baby, visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed and the life of their dead child is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams that
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Utopia series 2 episode 2 review

The second new episode of Utopia reunites the old gang and hits the ground running…

Review

This review contains spoilers.

Hear that? Underneath all the eerie buzzing beeps and whispering drones? That’s the sound of a TV show running at full pelt and knowing exactly where it’s heading. “They’re starting again” said back-from-the-grave Lee this week. That they are, praise be.

Episode two was this series’ real opener after that superb trip back to the seventies carefully and stylishly shaded in the outlines of Milner, Arby and Jessica. The purpose of that fifty-minute flashback was nowhere more clear than in this episode’s final scene. Imagine Milner asking a possum-playing Jessica “What have I done to you?” without understanding her history with Philip Carvel. Or for that matter, consider watching Milner’s meeting with Arby in which he assured her that his father was “not incredible, not
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'Game of Thrones' star Rose Leslie joins 'Utopia' series 2

Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie has joined the cast of Channel 4's Utopia for series two.

Leslie, Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) and Tom Burke (The Hour) are among the new cast additions joining the conspiracy thriller in its second run.

Trystan Gravelle (Mr Selfridge) and Michael Maloney (The White Queen) will also join returning cast members Fiona O'Shaughnessy (Jessica Hyde), Alexandra Roach (Becky), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Ian), Adeel Akhtar (Wilson Wilson), Oliver Woollford (Grant), Paul Higgins (Dugdale), Neil Maskell (Arby) and Geraldine James (Milner).

Principal photography has now begun on the new six-part series, again written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden (The Crimson Petal and the White).

Channel 4 first announced in March that Utopia would return for a second series, with the new episodes expected to air in 2014.

A Us remake of the show was also reported to be in development at HBO, with David Fincher
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'Homeland', 'Downton' stars join new BBC One drama 'By Any Means'

Homeland's David Harewood and Downton Abbey's Amy Nuttall will appear in new BBC One drama By Any Means.

The series stars Luther's Warren Brown as Jack Quinn, leader of an elite team of mavericks who bring criminals to justice - by any means.

Harewood and Nuttall join fellow guest stars Honor Blackman (Goldfinger) and Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

"I'm so excited to be part of this gripping new drama," said Nuttall. "Being on set with the fantastic cast and crew was really fun.

"My character is a hard-hitting journalist - very different from some of the other characters I've played - which was lots of fun!"

Keith Allen (Robin Hood), Neil Maskell (Utopia), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones) and Michael Maloney (The White Queen) will also appear in the show, from writer Tony Jordan (Life On Mars, Hustle).

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'Hangover Part III', 'Elysium': This Week's Hottest Movie Trailers

'Hangover Part III', 'Elysium': This Week's Hottest Movie Trailers
A series of exciting trailers have been released this week, with the heavily anticipated sequel Hangover Part III given a new promo and a first look at sci-fi blockbuster Elysium emerging. Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth showed off its Nsfw teaser, alongside the fast-paced Rush trailer and Dan Stevens post-Downton in Summer in February.

Digital Spy recaps the week's hottest new trailers below...

'The Hangover Part III' trailer: The Wolfpack returns

The last instalment in Todd Phillip's popular trilogy sees Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis taking a road trip after the death of Alan's father (Jeffrey Tambor). But new cast member John Goodman interrupts their journey to give the gang a task, hunting down Ken Jeong's Leslie Chow. If the film's trailer is anything to go by, the finale promises to give fans one hilarious last ride, with the chase taking them back to Las Vegas,
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'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens in 'Summer in February' trailer

'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens in 'Summer in February' trailer
Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper feature in a new trailer for Summer in February.

Directed by Christopher Menaul, the Edwardian drama stars Stevens and Cooper as a land agent and bohemian artist competing for the affections of Emily Browning's Florence.

Set in Cornwall, the film is based on a true story and was scripted by Jonathan Smith.

Hattie Morahan, Mia Austen, Shaun Dingwall and Michael Maloney are among the supporting cast, while Stevens also served as a co-producer.

Stevens, who departed Downton Abbey at the end of its third season in order to pursue other projects, will reportedly star in a new adaptation of Swallows and Amazons.

He will also appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in upcoming Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, playing The Guardian's deputy editor Ian Katz.

Summer in February is released in the UK on June 14.
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'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens in 'Summer in February' trailer

Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper feature in a new trailer for Summer in February.

Directed by Christopher Menaul, the Edwardian drama stars Stevens and Cooper as a land agent and bohemian artist competing for the affections of Emily Browning's Florence.

Set in Cornwall, the film is based on a true story and was scripted by Jonathan Smith.

Hattie Morahan, Mia Austen, Shaun Dingwall and Michael Maloney are among the supporting cast, while Stevens also served as a co-producer.

Stevens, who departed Downton Abbey at the end of its third season in order to pursue other projects, will reportedly star in a new adaptation of Swallows and Amazons.

He will also appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in upcoming Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, playing The Guardian's deputy editor Ian Katz.

Summer in February is released in the UK on June 14.
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The White Queen Starts a War of Roses on Starz

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Starz has picked up a dense and confusing 10-episode drama series based on Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins War trilogy: The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter. The new series, which will be called The White Queen, is being executive produced by former HBO Films president Colin Callender, thanks to a two year deal with his company, Playground. Part of the deal will see him as executive producer on Magic City’s second season. Callender will be working once again with former HBO boss Chris Albrecht, now the CEO of Starz, and Carmi Zlotnik. Company Pictures will produce the series. If you want to know details about the plot of the series, well… you may want to get a notepad.

As reported by Deadline, The White Queen takes place in England in 1464, centered on the War of the Roses. The war breaks out between the House
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Exclusive: Homeland Promotes Two Series Regulars for Season 2

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Exclusive: Homeland Promotes Two Series Regulars for Season 2
Showtime’s Homeland is fortifying its ranks for Season 2, promoting two recurring players to series regular status.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Navid Negahban, who plays world-renowned terrorist Abu Nazir, will be a series regular for the acclaimed drama’s sophomore run.

Additionally, a series spokesperson confirms that David Marciano has been upped to full-time cast member, meaning Carrie, aprés-shock treatment, may get some help in reassembling any “lost” memories from her right-hand snoop, Virgil.

In assaying the Showtime drama’s sucecss, Negahban told TVLine at the premiere of the indie short Blood Moon,
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Hamlet (1996) Blu-ray Review

"To be or not to be."

Of all the plays that William Shakespeare has written, none are as iconic as Hamlet. The tale of the troubled Prince of Elsinore has stood the test of time, resonating through four centuries worth of various stage and screen interpretations and endless analysis from scholars (among countless others) worldwide. While the world of live theater may have provided opportunities to present The Bard.s work in its entirety, its cinematic cousin has been little more than kin and less than kind.

Even in the most accomplished of motion picture adaptations, namely Laurence Olivier.s 1948 Best Picture winner, much of the play was condensed or even removed altogether. When it comes to a movie adaptation, truncation does make sense. After all, a full-length film version of Hamlet would undoubtedly run three and a half hours or longer which is the modern-day financial kiss of death
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8 Q&A videos with Emily Blunt for 'The Young Victoria'

We invite you to see eight videos from the Q&A session with Emily Blunt who stars in Apparition's "The Young Victoria," the Jean-Marc Vallée-directed film produced byh Martin Scorsese and Graham King. Also starring in the critically-acclaimed drama are Miranda Richardson, Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Rupert Friend, Jim Broadbent, Thoms Kretschmann, Jeanette Hain, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Rachael Stirling, Julian Glover, Princess Beatrix, Morven Christie, Jo Hartley, Michael Maloney and Genevieve O'Reilly. In The Young Victoria, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) delivers an incredibly compelling performance as Queen Victoria in the turbulent first years of her reign. Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) portrays Prince Albert, the suitor who wins her heart and becomes her partner in one of history’s greatest romances. This love story, set amongst all the intrigue...
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DVD Playhouse: January 2010

DVD Playhouse—January 2010

By

Allen Gardner

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Absorbing character study follows the leader (Jeremy Renner) of a bomb squad unit in Iraq and his growing addiction to the adrenaline-fueled life and death edge that he and his men must walk on a daily basis. Director Kathryn Bigelow, an unheralded great filmmaker for nearly two decades, has finally hit paydirt with this gut-wrenching examination of war as drug, as opposed to hell. That said, The Hurt Locker is 2/3 of a great movie that takes a wild left turn in a subplot involving Renner’s character and that of a local boy to whom he takes a shine, and never quite recovers its momentum. In spite of that hiccup, it remains one of the best films of 2009 and, thus far, the finest cinematic exploration of America’s war in the Middle East. Also available on Blu-ray disc, in
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'The Young Victoria' - Trailer, 3 clips and images from the Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Paul Bettany starrer.

We have plenty new images as well as the trailer and three clips in from the Apparition-distributed drama "The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt, Miranda Richardson, Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Rupert Friend, Jim Broadbent, Thoms Kretschmann, Jeanette Hain, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Rachael Stirling, Julian Glover, Princess Beatrix, Morven Christie, Jo Hartley, Michael Maloney and Genevieve O'Reilly. Jean-Marc Vallée directs from the writing by Julian Fellowes, Martin Scorsese produces with Graham King. In select U.S. theatres from December 18, 2009. See all of the images, trailers, clips and movie details in "The Young Victoria" group on MovieJungle.com!
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