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Climbing up the ranks with mostly writing and directing television gigs (this includes a handful of “Downton Abbey” episodes), Andy Goddard flew under the radar with the release of this debut film, a set in the 50’s biopic item featuring Elijah Wood called Set Fire to the Stars (read our review) which had a ’14 festival release and was shown in the U.S. this past summer. With Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Haley Bennett, Vincent Kartheiser and Eddie Marsan onboard, his sophomore film will undoubtedly gain a lot more traction. With all the award season hype surrounding Todd Haynes’ Carol, not all of Patricia Highsmith’s work as panned out into winners — for every The Talented Mr. Ripley there are several failed adaptation attempts. Backed by a pair of key indie titan producers, previously entitled The Blunderer and now anointed as A Kind of Murder, this wrapped up a good while »
- Eric Lavallee
All six episodes of “River” are now streaming on Netflix.
Upon first glance, BBC One and Netflix’s River feels a bit like a Mad Libs version of a prestige drama. Part character study and part crime story (with a dash of the supernatural), the series makes use of tropes and character archetypes that are well-tread territory in the hour-long landscape. A Difficult Genius hell-bent on avenging the death of a loved one? Check. A sardonic, eager-to-please (and diverse to boot) sidekick? Check. Add in a wise, compassionate boss able to see past our genius’ eccentricities, and you’ve got all the makings of a successful police procedural – as well as most cable heavyweights.
Despite River’s willingness to exploit the wheel rather than reinvent it, the series does manage to distinguish itself as more than just a carbon copy of shows we’ve already seen.
For starters, River is »
- Samantha White
Writer: Abi Morgan
Running Time: 349 min
You’d be forgiven for presuming Stellan Skarsgård had starred in his fair share of cop shows. With Scandinavian crime dramas all the rage in recent years and the Swedish star possessing an air of gravitas seemingly perfect for a Detective role, it’s an unquestionably fair assumption. Yet despite a career spanning more than five decades and notable roles in the likes of Good Will Hunting, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Avengers Assemble to name just a few, the Swedish star has managed to avoid that particular genre until now. That being said, River certainly isn’t your standard British crime drama.
- Mike McCarthy
Head in the Game: Landesman Continues to Plumb the Headlines
Films based on notable or landmark pieces of newsprint tend to face an uphill battle in various phases of assembly, especially when the screenplay relies on tried and true bits of cliché to supply missing links in characterization. Compared to his 2013 Kennedy assassination reenactment Parkland, director and screenwriter Concussion, headlined by none other than Will Smith (in another instance of questionable casting) as a Nigerian born pathologist in the center of a medical controversy involving the NFL in the early 2000s.
Landesman, basing his film an article in GQ by Jeanne Marie Laskas, does his best to convey the seemingly insurmountable challenges Dr. Bennet Omalu, a foreign born immigrant, faced in bringing his discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) to light, defying big business America and one its most beloved and brainless pastime, the aggressive, perniciously violent contact sport known as football. »
- Nicholas Bell
"I am the wrong person to have discovered this." Sony Pictures has debuted a fantastic new trailer for Peter Landesman's Concussion, the upcoming powerful drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the soft-spoken neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte, a football-related brain trauma. This story is controversial just based on the subject alone, and the way these trailers seem to indicate that the NFL didn't like what Dr. Omalu was discovering with his investigations. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Eddie Marsan and more. This looks good, but there's something a bit wonky with this trailer. Still looking forward to seeing Smith at the top of his game. Here's the second official trailer for Peter Landesman's Concussion, found direct on YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for Peter Landesman's Concussion here, to see more footage. Will Smith »
- Alex Billington
This review contains spoilers.
As a TV detective, you’re no-one in today’s world if you’re not a) haunted by your past, b) suffering from some form of psychological disorder, or c) Scandinavian. Enter Stellan Skarsgård’s John River, pulling an impressive triple whammy in Abi Morgan’s engrossing new BBC crime series.
While his peers are only figuratively haunted by dead partners and unsolved cases, Det. River literally sees dead people. They’re not quite ghosts—he doesn’t believe in ghosts—but rather Six Feet Under-style ‘manifests’ only visible to him. (Trauma-induced hallucinations is probably the technical term, but when was the last time you booked into a Lucky Voice booth with your trauma-induced hallucination and belted out a disco classic?)
River’s manifests are both pals and pests: former partner Det. »
The troubled detective is nothing new, but in her first police drama Abi Morgan has mixed procedural with a Plato-quoting Victorian poisoner. We go behind the scenes of her hallucinatory new TV show
Stellan Skarsgård is pacing down a corridor in a dank building in London’s Docklands. The rooms on either side of him are full of random clusters of unloved office chairs, the floor tiles are grim. Menace seems to hang in the air. As the cameras roll, the Swedish actor makes occasional stops, in order to speak to no one at all. Or at least no one who can be seen.
A second take: this time, he is talking to a person walking beside him. Next, he’s waiting for a lift, again conversing with thin air. And then suddenly the lift pings unexpectedly – and out wanders Eddie Marsan, straight into the shot. He stops in his »
- Ben Arnold
“Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan” ended their third seasons Sunday, largely heading in different directions. While the former started out slowly, it gained intensity as the season progressed, deftly weaving together its subplots in a manner that left half of its central duo humbled. By contrast, its Showtime companion (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) largely squandered big-name guest casting and a “Chinatown”-like story line, before getting drawn back into its title character’s twisted family in ways that felt more overwrought than usual, leaving not one, but two of them nursing bullet wounds.
“Masters of Sex” certainly recovered spectacularly from its rocky start, which, by leaping several years ahead, involved a deflating focus on the now-older children of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Not only that, but those episodes included a rather squirrelly disclaimer stating that the sex researchers’ kids were wholly fictional, »
- Brian Lowry
Ray Donovan wrapped its most creatively satisfying season to date Sunday with a three-years-in-the-making moment. In the episode’s closing minutes, Liev Schreiber’s titular fixer at long last opened up about the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father O’Connor (the fact that his sounding board was also a man of the cloth and the setting of his emotional breakthrough was a church heightened the sequence’s potency).
RelatedRay Donovan Renewed for Season 4 at Showtime
The epic catharsis marked a major turning point for the psychologically tortured character, one that, according to exec producer and new showrunner David Hollander, »
A Brilliant Young Mind tells the story of a mathematically gifted British teen on the autism spectrum as he prepares to compete in an international math Olympics.
Nathan (Asa Butterfield) is gifted at math but struggles with relationships, including with his caring but overwhelmed mother Julie (Sally Hawkins). Nathan has the more functional form of autism once known as Aspergers but he is also still struggling with the trauma of the accidental death of his father Michael (Martin McCann), who was killed in a car wreck while Nathan was in the car. His mother has done her best to raise him as a single parent but Nathan was never as close to her as his dad and it has been difficult for them both. A chance to enter the International Math Olympiad brings an unconventional math coach into Nathan’s life and introduces him to other mathematically gifted kids.
- Movie Geeks
Over the weekend, Walt Disney Pictures released a brief trailer preview for their highly-anticipated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, arriving in theaters April 15, 2016. The brief 15-second video didn't offer much in the way of new footage, but the studio did reveal that the first full trailer would debut yesterday, Monday, September 14, during Access Hollywood. Now, Disney has debuted our first full look at The Jungle Book online for all to enjoy.
The Jungle Book marks the feature film debut of young actor Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, the only character portrayed through live-action. The rest of this star-studded cast will only provide the voices for their animated characters, including Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie). The film was originally set to debut this October, before being pushed to its current April 15, 2016 release date. »
Fans who attended the D23 Convention in Anaheim, California last month got their first look at Disney's The Jungle Book, where the first footage was presented by director Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o. Earlier today, Walt Disney Studios released a brief preview of the full trailer through their Instagram page, revealing that the full trailer will debut Monday, September 14 on Access Hollywood. This brief teaser doesn't offer much footage, but gives us our first glimpse at Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi.
Aside from concept art and set photo revealed by director Jon Favreau last year, we haven't seen much from The Jungle Book. Last month, a poster debuted that teased a confrontation between Mowgli and the nefarious Bagheera, voiced by Ben Kingsley. Neel Sethi's Mowgli will be the only character portrayed through live-action, with the rest of the cast merely providing their voices for the rest of the characters. »
Series creator Ryan Murphy made the announcement but stayed quiet on character details beyond him playing a relative of an existing cast member. He will first appear in an episode in November. [Source: Twitter]
The story follows two polar opposite guys who are connected by their mutual desire for change. As their lives intersect, they question whether they're searching for a change in life or a change in themselves. [Source: Deadline]
Stand-up comedian Katt Williams will join Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw in the Larry Sher-directed comedy “Bastards" for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures. Filming »
- Garth Franklin
Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, and Ben Daniels have been added to the cast of “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss.” They join a cast that includes Lily James (“Cinderella”), above, Jai Courtney (“Suicide Squad”) and Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II.
The fictitious look at the former German leader’s last days finds the man who helped ignite World War I exiled in the Netherlands as a new global battle rages. Following Germany’s 1940 invasion of Holland, the Kaiser becomes embroiled in an elaborate work of espionage by the Dutch resistance.
In addition to the new cast members, Silver Reel has come on board to finance the picture. Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film put the picture together.
McTeer is an Oscar nominee for “Albert Nobbs” and “Tubleweeds.” She is represented by Curtis Brown Group and Mgmt Entertainment. Marsan has etched memorable supporting roles in “Sherlock Holmes” and on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan. »
- Brent Lang
David Leveaux directs the previously announced Lily James, Jai Courtney and Christopher Plummer, the star of Film House Germany / Egoli Tossell Film’s Remember that went down well in Venice and receives its North American premiere tonight [Sept 12].
Silver Reel has come on to finance the film, which has begun shooting in Belgium.
Umedia co-produces the Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises production and handles the Belgian financing, service production and effects.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Ben Daniels (Locke) have joined Lily James, Jai Courtney and Christopher Plummer in the David Leveaux directed The Kaiser’s Last Kiss from Film House Germany's Egoli Tossell Films. Written by Simon Burke and based on the novel by Alan Judd, the project is also an Ostar Enterprises production. Silver Reel is financing the film. Bill Haber, Phil Geier, Claudia Bluemhuber, Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel executive producing. Lotus… »
Jack Huston (Ben-Hur) and Jake Lacy (Carol) have joined the cast of Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half. Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Rachael Stirling and Henry Goodmanstar star in a screwball comedy battle of the sexes that follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to… »
We already knew that Sam Clafin was reuiniting with his Riot Club director Lone Scherfig for Their Finest Hour And A Half. In the year since that announcement the cast has grown exponentially, with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy - pictured below in the first official image from the film - at the top of the bill. Richard E. Grant, Helen McRory, Eddie Marsan, Rachel Stirling and Henry Goodman are all also signed up for the WWII-era comedy. And the most recent additions to the ensemble are Jack Huston and Jake Lacey.Based on the novel by Lissa Evans, the film tells the comical story of a disparate group of people brought together in Norfolk to make a British propaganda film. A forgotten actor from the silent movie age, an advertising copywriter from the Ministry of Information, a Madame Tussauds' costumier and a caterer-turned-military advisor are all pitched in to »
Recent additions to the film’s cast include Jack Huston (Ben-Hur) and Jake Lacey (Carol). The ensemble also includes Sam Claflin, Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Rachael Stirling and Henry Goodman.
Set in the early 1940s, the story centres on a young, female screenwriter working in London under threat of invasion during The Blitz.
The film was developed and financed by BBC Films, Wales Screen and Pinewood Films. Producers are Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn, An Education).
International sales are being handled by Hanway Film. The film is »
It started shooting just las tweek, but today we can bring you our first look at Lone Sherfig‘s Their Finest Hour and a Half, a brand new WWII movie starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. The film is described as a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz.
Here’s the first official image of Arterton and Nighy in the film.
Shooting began last week in London on Their Finest Hour And A Half, a romantic comedy with a difference set in the early 1940’s. Their Finest Hour And A Half combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with »
- Paul Heath
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