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Ray Donovan: Season Three Ratings

14 July 2015 5:51 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last year, Ray Donovan's ratings were up and it was the only Showtime scripted series to grow season-to-season. Will the series' numbers continue to climb or will they drop? Cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.

Ray Donovan revolves around Los Angeles' best professional fixer (Liev Schreiber), the man who's called in to make the biggest problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls go away. The rest of the cast includes Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, Elliott Gould, Katie Holmes, and Ian McShane.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV Review: ‘Ray Donovan,’ Season 3

8 July 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The noise-making guest stars essentially cancel each other out in the new season of “Ray Donovan,” with Ian McShane adding viperine class as a wealthy mogul out to commandeer the title character’s services, and Katie Holmes at best proving an irritant as said mogul’s daughter. The departure of showrunner Ann Biderman hasn’t yielded significant changes, as the story continues to dig its way out of the dark corners into which it traveled in its sophomore year. Yet while this Showtime series still has its strengths and charms, the Hollywood fixer looks like he could use a bit of a fix.

One of the hurdles facing the new season stems from the manner in which last year’s events fractured several key relationships. Not only did Liev Schreiber’s Ray acknowledge his own sexual abuse at the hands of a priest (which had taken a more overt toll »

- Brian Lowry

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‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ Review

1 July 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

If shows like Doctor Who prove anything, it is that BBC are good at fantasy.  So it’s somewhat of a surprise that they haven’t tapped into the popularity of Harry Potter or at least done it sooner… but finally things have changed with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past.  When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting to be more restrained where Strange wanting it to be free and natural.  With magic growing stronger and more dangerous, the two magicians are pitted in a dangerous battle which may result in the Raven King, reputed to have once been the strongest magician that ever lived. »

- Paul Metcalf

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'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell': The Summer's Best New Show

30 June 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

From its vertiginous position above his head, the camera dives past hermetic, white-wigged magician Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan), through the water held by a silver bowl, and into the nave of an ornate church. In the cold, greenish light, the diminutive sorcerer animates the structure's stone friezes for a society of skeptics—the first magic of its sort performed in England in three centuries, and the opening salvo in BBC America's disarming adaptation of Susanna Clarke's 2004 novel. By turns ghoulish, fanciful, and surprisingly funny, "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" conjures up a fleet-footed interpretation of magical realism, poised on the border between prophecies and politics. It's the best new show of the summer. Set in England at the time of the Napoleonic Wars—the transporting premiere, "The Friends of English Magic," opens in 1806—"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" succeeds in layering the far-fetched with the lifelike, as if Hilary Mantel. »

- Matt Brennan

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'Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell': The Summer's Best New Show

30 June 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From its vertiginous position above his head, the camera dives past hermetic, white-wigged magician Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan), through the water held by a silver bowl, and into the nave of an ornate church. In the cold, greenish light, the diminutive sorcerer animates the structure's stone friezes for a society of skeptics—the first magic of its sort performed in England in three centuries, and the opening salvo in BBC America's disarming adaptation of Susanna Clarke's 2004 novel. By turns ghoulish, fanciful, and surprisingly funny, "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" conjures up a fleet-footed interpretation of magical realism, poised on the border between prophecies and politics. It's the best new show of the summer. Set in England at the time of the Napoleonic Wars—the transporting premiere, "The Friends of English Magic," opens in 1806—"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" succeeds in layering the far-fetched with the lifelike, as if Hilary Mantel. »

- Matt Brennan

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Were you won over by its magic?

28 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One sought to restore magic to Sunday nights with its 7-part adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke's acclaimed novel of the fantastic.

But did the series - adapted by Doctor Who writer Peter Harness - put a spell on you, or were you immune to its charms?

Digital Spy wants your thoughts - was this a stirring or a staid adaptation of the book? What did it do right - and what did it do wrong?

Are you keen for the BBC to explore Clarke's world again? Harness told DS that he would "love to" be involved in a follow-up - but would you watch?

Clarke has spoken of plans for a quasi-sequel, following the characters of Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) and Vinculus (Paul Kaye). Would you watch a spinoff - or would you lose interest without Strange (Bertie Carvel) and Norrell (Eddie Marsan)?

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell episode 7 review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

27 June 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Strange & Norrell closes with a terrific finale. Are we likely to see anything as imaginative and accomplished as it again soon? Unlikely…

This review contains spoilers.

1.7 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

By the Raven King’s silky tresses, that was a class act.

Start to finish, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell did an improbable number of things right. The story and dialogue darted along, the direction never failed to impress or the special effects to convince, and the cast… well, that cast. Can we put the whole team under an enchantment binding them together forever? Until they reunite to expertly spin us another tale, Sunday nights on BBC One should be left empty as a mark of respect, like the favourite restaurant table of a beloved departed guest.

Last week’s belter of a penultimate episode had left things on an ominous note. We’d been led to expect a magical duel in the finale, »

- louisamellor

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Bertie Carvell and Charlotte Riley Talk Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell

20 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Returning tonight on BBC America is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the event series based on Susanna Clarke’s beloved historical fantasy novel of the same name. Faithfully adapted for the screen by director Toby Haynes (Doctor Who) and screenwriter Peter Harness (Wallander), Strange and Norrell takes place in Napoleonic England when practical magic is all but dead to the world. In its place remains a society of priggish old men who pontificate and philosophize on theoretical magic, unable to cast a single spell, until two very different magicians – the peculiar Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and the whimsical Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvell) – revive English magic and join forces in the war against France. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with series stars Bertie Carvell and Charlotte Riley. We talked about their different approaches to the source material, why Carvell always wanted to play Jonathan Strange, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

19 June 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »

- Andre Soares

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Ray Donovan: Season 3 TV Show Trailer 2: Liev Schreiber is Not for Sale [Showtime]

18 June 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Ray Donovan Season 3 Promo 2. Showtime‘s Ray Donovan: Season 3 TV show trailer 2 star Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, and Katherine Moennig. Ray Donovan: Season 3’s plot synopsis: “Season three finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.”

This season looks like it will be good. I’ve seen the first episode (review coming soon) and can personally attest to the fact that the first episode is entertaining.

We previously published these Ray Donovan: Season 3 articles:

Ray Donovan: Season 3 Teaser Trailer & Poster: ‘California Dreamin’ [Showtime]

Ray Donovan: Season 3 also stars Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Ian McShane, »

- Rollo Tomasi

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'Ray Donovan' Season 3 Trailer Is One Big Brawl

18 June 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Those Donovans, they aren't the establishment types.

The trailer for season 3 of "Ray Donovan" demonstrates that to be true for both the titular Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber) and his ex-con dad (Jon Voight), as they both go about their different ways of breaking the rules.

The trailer introduces the new characters played by Ian McShane and Katie Holmes for the major storyline of the season. McShane is Malcolm Finney, a billionaire movie producer who hires Ray to keep an eye on his kids while he retires and settles his affairs. Holmes is Malcolm's daughter, and a tough, cutthroat businesswoman who makes Ray her own deal - one he's mightily tempted by.

The other major storyline of the season features Ray's brother, Terry (Eddie Marsan), in prison. Both Ray and his dad want to get Terry out; the question is, whose tactics will serve Terry better?

Season 3 of "Ray Donovan" premieres »

- Kelly Woo

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K5 gets 'Orthodox'; Kaleidoscope takes UK

18 June 2015 1:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Crime drama stars Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.

K5 International has secured world sales rights to David Leon’s debut feature film crime drama, Orthodox

The company has already struck a deal with British distributor Kaleidoscope to take the film for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland.  

Orthodox stars Stephen Graham (This is England, Boardwalk Empire) as well as Michael Smiley (Black Sea, Kill List).

The film was financed by Ingenious Media.

The story centres on Benjamin (Graham), an outsider in the Jewish community who takes up boxing as a means of self-defence.  Alienated by his own choices, he finds comfort under the wing of shady fixer, Shannon (Smiley) and an involvement in unlicensed boxing pushes him further to the edges of his community. 

He makes an immoral decision in order to provide for his family and as a result goes to prison. Once released he is determined to right the wrongs, but still a »

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

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Ray Donovan Season 3 Trailer Features New Clients Ian McShane and Katie Holmes

17 June 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Showtime has just released the full trailer for Ray Donovan Season 3, in which the titular Hollywood fixer, played by a reliably pickled Liev Schreiber, takes on a new client in the personage of Ian McShane's Malcolm Finney. The trailer focuses mainly on how Ray's relationship with Finney, including his daughter, Paige (Katie Holmes), leads to him to (yet again) reconsider his choice of profession. That doubt, per usual, becomes twice as potent when he gets involved with his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), who continues his own side of the dirty business at hand. The series seems to be building to another blowout between Ray and Mickey, as Malcolm Finney's line about happy families feels like a direct parallel with what the Donovan family has been weathering for the last two seasons. [caption id="attachment_362605" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] More interesting is the trailer's insinuation that the incarceration of Terry, Ray's brother, played »

- Chris Cabin

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New on Netflix: The best films & shows this week - Red Dwarf, Happy-Go-Lucky

15 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.

Here are the latest additions to Netflix:

Red Dwarf (Seasons 1-8)

Dave Lister wakes up aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf after three million years in stasis. With his fellow crewmen long dead, Lister is joined by hyper-evolved feline Cat, socially inept android Kryten, and a hologram of his long-time nemesis Arnold Rimmer on the quest to get back to Earth or - at the very least - to find a decent chicken vindaloo.

Watch the first eight seasons of the British comedy classic on Netflix from June 15.

Happy-Go-Lucky

Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan star in the acclaimed UK comedy from director Mike Leigh (creator of Abigail's Party).

School teacher Poppy »

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell episode 5 review: Arabella

14 June 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bertie Carvel shines, along with the rest of the cast, in this week’s captivating, madness-themed Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell…

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 Arabella

Forget Barb meters drily totting up television ratings, the true measure of a TV episode should be judged by the volume of a viewer’s involuntary wail when the end credits appear. By that system, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell registers off the scale. When the screen turned black at the close of tonight’s instalment, my neighbour knocked on the party wall to check I hadn’t done myself an injury.

As an adult, watching this series is the closest I’ve come to the childhood experience of being read a new and spell-binding bedtime book. In the joy of the anticipation, in the telling, and in the frustration of realising a chapter’s end has snuck up on you mid-tale; that’s just how it feels. »

- louisamellor

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Humans, Big Brother

14 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: BBC One, 9pm

The period drama starring Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel continues as Strange returns home a hero after helping to win the Battle of Waterloo.

Tragedy strokes Strange and he flees the country following a confrontation with Norrell, in the hopes of finding out the truth about the fairy world.

Home Fires: ITV, 9pm

ITV's WWII drama comes to a close as Britain faces its toughest time of the conflict and members of the Wi have their own issues to deal with.

Alison attempts to get out of her predicament as Frances tries to help Pat, Miriam informs Bryan of some important news, and Richard and Laura try desperately to keep their affair secret.

Humans: Channel 4, 9pm

Channel 4's ambitious new sci-fi drama starring William Hurt, Colin Morgan and Katherine Parkinson begins tonight.

The series follows several stories including »

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Review: Magician Wars Begin on BBC America

12 June 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the Napoleonic wars play second fiddle to the "magician wars" of the same era. In the BBC series’ alternate universe (based on Susanna Clarke’s best-selling novel), two dueling magicians begin to discover their powers — and their differences — as part of the fulfillment of a prophesy that has brought magic back to England after 300 years. The series is a swirling, fast-paced production. All of its seven episodes were written by Peter Harness (Wallander) and directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who), which lends a great visual continuity to the series (including its gothic overtones and use of natural light, which grounds its magical elements in reality). The same is not exactly true of the plot, which propels viewers into a number of disparate stories that — as opposed to its visual style —aren’t anchored with as much dramatic weight. [caption id="attachment_469823" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via BBC America[/caption] Jonathan Strange & Mr. »

- Allison Keene

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Review

11 June 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two episodes were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.

Trading Triwizard tournaments for tricorn hats and powerful wands for powdered wigs, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell makes its American broadcast debut this Saturday. The road from print to BBC One miniseries (with a one month delay in arriving on BBC America) has been long for Strange & Norrell and its decidedly proper spin on the fantasy genre. With a zoological expedition back into the world of Harry Potter due next year, and Lev Grossman’s arch The Magicians getting its own series shortly, we’ll soon be at no loss for witchcraft and wizardry stories that skew strongly traditional or deconstructionist. All the better for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell that the adaptation arrive now, then, when its measured and peculiar brand of wonderment isn’t at constant risk of being upstaged.

A decade of stop-start work on a film adaptation may »

- Sam Woolf

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: June 8-14

8 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on Netflix

"Orange Is the New Black"

It's here! Season 3 of Netflix's crazy addictive prison dramedy is available Friday, June 12. Hopefully you've got tiii-iii-iiime to stream all 13 episodes in one long binge.

"Nightcrawler"

Jake Gyllenhaal gets creepy as a freelance crime journalist in L.A. in this highly acclaimed thriller. Catch it on Netflix starting June 10.

"Grace of Monaco"

This one ... was not so critically acclaimed, but sometimes the critics get it wrong, or the bashing just lowers expectations enough that the film is a pleasant surprise. No promises, but check out Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III, when "Grace of Monaco" hits Netflix on June 8.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Serena"

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make a great on-screen team ("Silver Linings Playbook, »

- Gina Carbone

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell episode 4 review: All The Mirrors Of The World

5 June 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell continues to be a rare treat of a TV drama; great characters, great performances, great storytelling...

This review contains spoilers.

1.4 All The Mirrors Of The World

That ampersand in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’s title gives the wrong impression altogether. It advertises union where there is only discord. At least there is now, after the battle lines were drawn in this week’s conflict-driven episode.

The “period of collaboration” is over, Strange told Norrell in that wonderfully acted fireside scene. It was diplomatically put. Norrell clearly wanted no such thing as a collaborator in magic, or even a student, but instead an unquestioning acolyte, someone to leave his reign untroubled, sign off Lascelles’ propagandist book, and not to ask inconvenient questions about faeries.

Strange (who returned as puffed up with his Peninsula experience as a gap year student brimming with their life-changing experiences in the noodle huts of Hanoi. »

- louisamellor

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