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Sliff 2017 Review – The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus screens as part of the 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 5 at 1 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. Click Here for ticket information. It also screens there on Sunday, November 12 at 9:15 Pm. Click Here for ticket information for that day.

From across the pond comes a pitch black comedy set amongst the veddy, veddy upper classes. Proving that Larry David doesn’t have a monopoly in the Us as an ill-tempered cranky curmudgeon, celebrated actor/ writer Stephen Fry gives us a most unlikely screen hero, middle-aged failed poet, reviled theatre critic, and “boozehound” Ted Wallace. He’s played with swaggering bravado by Roger Allam, an actor known for his deep baritone, who has amassed a long list of supporting roles (The Queen, The Book Thief) and now proves that he’s more than ready for a leading role. After being canned from
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First Look at Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ Sets the Stage for a Massacre

If there’s one sure bet for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, it’s the latest film by Mike Leigh. Most recently, the director stopped by the festival with Another Year and Mr. Turner, and now he’s finishing up his new film, Peterloo. The story follows the British government facing off against 60,000 during a protest in which 15 died with more having numerous injuries.

The first image has now been revealed, featuring Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear) addressing the crowd of reformers as they gather at St. Peter’s Field ahead of the massacre. “There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” Leigh said. “Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.”

See the photo below, courtesy of Amazon Studios, for the film also starring Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Philip Jackson,
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First Look: Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’

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A new film by Mike Leigh is pretty big deal — at least for us — especially considering “Peterloo” is his first effort since 2014’s “Mr. Turner.” However, there’s been somewhat of a shroud of secrecy on the movie, the most ambitious of the director’s career.

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Starring Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Philip Jackson, Karl Johnson, Tim McInnerny and David Moorst, the historical drama will tell the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, when many working people were injured and killed.

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Sunday's best TV: Strike – The Silkworm; Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes; Victoria

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A new adventure for Jk Rowling’s troubled Pi, the wannabe astronauts reach the halfway point and Queen Victoria offers assistance to the nation as the period drama continues

Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger continue to add flair to workmanlike crime drama writing as a new two-part story begins. An author has gone missing and, it sluggishly transpires, has left behind a spiky roman a clef that gives everyone he knows reason to wish him ill. Tim McInnerny is among a roster of suspects taking their turn to look vaguely guilty; the two stars fare better when the investigation recedes and their mercurial mentor/sidekick vibe develops. Jack Seale

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In The Dark episode 4 review

Louisa Mellor Aug 2, 2017

In The Dark: a crime thriller that never quite managed to thrill…

This review contains spoilers.

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Where’s Ted Hastings when you need him? A bent copper was at the heart of In The Dark’s second half, and AC-12 was nowhere in sight. If Line Of Duty’s crack-squad had been around, perhaps this thriller finale may have stood a chance of being thrilling. As it was, the twist waddled into view with all the grace of a nine-months-pregnant detective, and the denouement unravelled largely in explanatory dialogue after the event.

Adam the Affair, a character we’d hardly met and would probably struggle to pick out of a line-up if asked to, was the baddie. Poor dead Paul wasn’t corrupt - quite the opposite. Paul was onto Adam’s dodgy dealings with Kevin Sherwood,
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In The Dark episode 3 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 25, 2017

In The Dark moves back to the big city for chapter two of its middling crime drama…

This review contains spoilers.

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Goodbye Polesford and past trauma, hello Manchester and present day trauma. In The Dark has morphed into its second chapter, which doesn’t have much in common with its first. There’s not a mention of the historic child abuse case Di Helen Weeks reported at the end of the last episode, nor of that kidnapping murderer she cathartically stabbed in the heart. Weeks’ pregnancy aside, episode three could have aired a year apart from the previous instalment. Perhaps we’re best thinking of it as a sequel, series two in miniature.

Right now, the
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DVD Review – The Hippopotamus (2017)

The Hippopotamus, 2017

Directed by John Jencks.

Starring Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Tim McInnerny, Emily Berrington, Geraldine Somerville, and Matthew Modine.

Synopsis:

Ted Wallace, a washed up, alcoholic theatre critic, is recruited by his estranged god-daughter to establish if a miracle has occurred at the ancestral home of his oldest friend, leading him on a journey of misadventure…

There aren’t many actors who can take a role tailor-made for Stephen Fry’s prosaic, upper middle class cutting wit and make it their own, but Roger Allam makes the trick work with The Hippopotamus. Adapted from Fry’s 1994 book of the same name, Allam is Ted Wallace, an embittered, middle-aged theatre critic who lives alone inside a bottle most of the time, and makes a living tearing apart poorly made drama. We see such a tirade at the beginning before Ted goes too far, ends up with the sack, and gets
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Home Entertainment review: The Hippopotamus

Director: John Jencks

Starring: Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw, Tommy Knight, Tim McInnerny, Russell Tovey, Emily Berrington

Stephen Fry is a national treasure in our part of the world and to a certain extent across the globe. What’s less well-known is his output as a novelist, but director John Jencks hopes to redress that with an adaptation of the author’s 1994 comedy.

Roger Allam stars as Ted, a washed-up poet who’d rather spend his time wallowing in a bath off his face on whiskey than interacting with the world around him. He is the hippo of the title, roaming around with an ungainly wit. This behaviour threatens to ruin him once and for all after he gets verbal at the theatre in the process of writing a review for a pretentious show. Dumped by his employers, he is unexpectedly picked up by Jane (Emily Berrington), a terminally
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Watch two exclusive clips from The Hippopotamus

As the Home Entertainment release of The Hippopotamus fast approaches, we have a couple of exclusive clips to share from the movie to share with our readers.

The all-star British cast also includes; Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), Emily Berrington (The White Queen, The Inbetweeners 2), Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill, Game of Thrones), Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter, My Week with Marilyn) and Tommy Knight (Victoria). Stranger ThingsMatthew Modine rounds out the cast as Lord Logan.

Directed by John Jencks (The Fold), the film, based on Stephen Fry’s comedy novel, tells the story of disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) who is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Logan?s (Matthew Modine & Fiona Shaw) country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings.

Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, fifteen-year-old David Logan (Tommy Knight), whose parents believe he has healing hands.

Unaware that David is using some unorthodox methods,
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The Hippopotomus review

A novel by Stephen Fry gets the big-screen treatment with Brit comedy, The Hippopotamus. Ryan takes a look...

Are there such things as miracles? For the slightly wet-behind-the-ears Logan family, who seem positively embalmed in wealth and luxury, there certainly is. Cynical, down-on-his luck theatre critic and former playwright Ted Wallace (Roger Allam), on the other hand, has little time for such claptrap.

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The Hippopotamus, directed by John Jencks, is adapted from the 1994 novel by Stephen Fry, and the author’s dry, PG Wodehouse-esque wit is all over this off-the-wall, cheerfully foul-mouthed movie. If it has the air of an old-fashioned Merchant Ivory production - posh people, rolling hills, horses, that kind of thing - then it’s at least served up with a pleasing side order of acidic humour.

It all begins when Ted, who’s never
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Movie Review – The Hippopotamus (2017)

The Hippopotamus, 2017.

Directed by John Jencks.

Starring Tim McInnerny, Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Emily Berrington, Russell Tovey, and Lyne Renee.

Synopsis:

Out of luck, out of cash and recently sacked theatre critic Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) has a chance encounter with relative Jane Swann. Creatively bereft and in need of money Wallace agrees to investigate goings on at Swafford Manor, where past indiscretions, present day revelations and talk of miracles all come home to roost.

Adapted from a novel of the same name, The Hippopotamus takes murder mystery tropes, keeps the mystery, substitutes murder and gives us a gloriously odious washed up poet Poirot to reckon with. Roger Allam’s Ted Wallace is pompously appealing from the first frame, lacing his cyanide dipped voiceover with luxuriant expletives, intellectual entitlement and an abundant surplus of vulgar vocabulary.

His is an endless life of empty whiskey bottles, venal verbiage and intolerance for
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The Hippopotamus Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Based on Stephen Fry’s novel The Hippopotamus, and brought to the silver screen by director John Jencks, the flavour and indelible, idiosyncratic tone of the author is imbued in this faithful adaptation – except in some regards, perhaps too much so. The narration within this endeavour is so prominent, it feels like reading a book, as though we’ve accidentally turned the audio description on. Plus, and much like reading a book, you feel the need to pause for the night and continue on the following day, for there’s plenty here to digest.

Roger Allam plays Ted Wallace, a formerly respected poet, who now masquerades as a journalist, really only in it for the free drinks at events he’s hired to cover. Often seen stumbling around, glass of whisky in hand, offering his opinions for free to anyone who dares listen, he is sacked from
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Outlander's Caitriona Balfe Reveals a Scene We Didn't See (and Why)

Outlander's Caitriona Balfe Reveals a Scene We Didn't See (and Why)
Outlander‘s Father Bain probably doesn’t deserve a pass, but he certainly got one in Season 1, star Caitriona Balfe says.

The actress told fans gathered at Emerald City Comicon on Friday that an incident from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel was originally included in a Season 1 episode … until things went wrong.

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Those who’ve read the book will remember that the angry cleric encounters a pack of dogs; when the beasts bite him, Claire warns that the wounds will fester if not properly cleaned. And when he bullheadedly ignores her and that happens, the
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‘National Treasure’ Review: Hulu Drama About Rape Scandal Is More Than Just a Timely Cosby-esque Tale

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‘National Treasure’ Review: Hulu Drama About Rape Scandal Is More Than Just a Timely Cosby-esque Tale
You spend a lot of time looking at Robbie Coltrane’s face when you watch “National Treasure.”

The camera lingers on it often over the course of the four-hour miniseries, now available on Hulu, letting every conflicted emotion and moment of vulnerability play across his wide friendly features. It’s an intimacy that proves compelling at the beginning of the series, but by the end will leave you shaken. Because the more we learn about him, the less we trust.

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Originally airing on Channel 4 in the UK last year, “National Treasure” tracks the story of a fictional scandal that feels awfully real. Paul (Coltrane) is one half of a beloved British comedy team who now hosts his own show and enjoys the adulation that comes with decades in the public eye as an entertainer…
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‘National Treasure’ Review: Hulu Drama About Rape Scandal Is More Than Just a Timely Cosby-esque Tale

‘National Treasure’ Review: Hulu Drama About Rape Scandal Is More Than Just a Timely Cosby-esque Tale
You spend a lot of time looking at Robbie Coltrane’s face when you watch “National Treasure.”

The camera lingers on it often over the course of the four-hour miniseries, now available on Hulu, letting every conflicted emotion and moment of vulnerability play across his wide friendly features. It’s an intimacy that proves compelling at the beginning of the series, but by the end will leave you shaken. Because the more we learn about him, the less we trust.

Read More: ‘National Treasure’ Sneak Peek: Robbie Coltrane’s Innocence is Questioned by Julie Walters in New Hulu Series

Originally airing on Channel 4 in the UK last year, “National Treasure” tracks the story of a fictional scandal that feels awfully real. Paul (Coltrane) is one half of a beloved British comedy team who now hosts his own show and enjoys the adulation that comes with decades in the public eye as an entertainer…
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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 27, 2017

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 27, 2017
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, midseason premieres take over the broadcast networks with a slew of new series, plus E!’s second scripted show and Ryan Murphy’s latest FX project debut.

When We Rise,” ABC, Monday, 9 p.m.

Kudos to ABC for bringing this long-overdue story to broadcast television — the four-part, eight-hour series from “Milk” Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is about the gay rights movement. But, Variety‘s critic Sonia Soraiya has mixed feelings, writing, “The mere existence of ‘When We Rise’ is almost virtue enough. But in terms of tone and execution, the four-part event series from ABC is wildly uneven…” (Read Soraiya’s full review here.)

Taken
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TV Review: ‘National Treasure’ on Hulu, With Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters

TV Review: ‘National Treasure’ on Hulu, With Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters
To clear up any potential confusion at the outset, Hulu’s “National Treasure” has nothing to do with the adventure film franchise of the same name. The streaming service’s new offering is a concentrated jolt of meticulously crafted British drama, which, in four episodes, tells the story of a disgraced celebrity and the scandal that envelops his family.

Over the course of that handful of installments, which arrive on Hulu all at once, “National Treasure” manages to build more suspense and have greater impact than many dramas that chew up far more airtime. Thanks in part to a uniformly phenomenal cast, it makes intelligent and unsentimental observations about the costs of fame and the routine concessions made to celebrity.

Robbie Coltrane plays Paul Finchley, a beloved comedian and TV star accused of rape. Not long after he’s questioned by the police, a single accusation turns into multiple allegations, and
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Truffle Pictures scores key 'Hippopotamus' deals

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Truffle Pictures scores key 'Hippopotamus' deals
Exclusive: Film is an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel.

London-based sales agent Truffle Pictures has scored key territory deals on Stephen Fry book adaptation The Hippopotamus.

The comedy, which stars Roger Allam (The Lady In The Van), has been gone to Lightyear Entertainment, which has picked up all media rights for North America.

Further deals have been struck for Australia/New Zealand (Rialto Distribution), Scandinavia (Rialto Film Entertainment), Benelux (One 2 See Movies), Airlines (Terry Steiner International), Cis (Russian Report), Eastern Europe (HBO Europe). Truffle reported several more territories are in final negotiations.

Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw and Tim McInnery also star. The film follows a disgraced poet and journalist who after being fired from his job decides to spend a month at his friend’s country mansion. Upon arriving, he finds out that strange phenomena have been occurring at the mansion and he opts to investigate.

Distribution consultant Martin Myers will oversee the film’s UK release
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First poster and trailer for Stephen Fry adaptation The Hippopotamus

With The Hippopotamus set to receive its North American premiere this weekend at the Palm Springs Film Festival, the first poster and trailer have arrived online for director John Jencks’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen Fry’s 1994 best-selling comedy novel of the same name; take a look below…

A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend’s country estate, Swafford Hall.

A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts’ teenage son, Ted’s godson, David (Tommy Knight
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The first trailer arrives for Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus

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Author: Jon Lyus

We first reported on the production of John Jencks’ big screen adaptation of Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus back in 2015, when a single image was released. Since then we’ve heard almost nothing to sate our desire for big screen Fry. Until today that is, as we have finally got a first look at film’s trailer.

Blanche McIntyre and Tom Hodgson adapted Fry’s 1994 novel for Jencks to make his second feature film. A suitably sozzled-looking Roger Allam leads the the cast which include Matthew Modine, Tim McInnerny, Tommy Knight, Geraldine Somerville, Fiona Shaw and Emily Berrington.

We’ve got our look at the first trailer for The Hippopotamus from the Palm Springs Film Festival where the film has its North American premiere on the 14th of January, with another screening on the 15th. There are no details about a festival debut on this side of the pond,
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