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Directed by Afonso Poyart.
A clairvoyant physician is drawn out of retirement by the FBI in order to help investigate a serial killer who may have precognitive abilities of his own.
The script that would go on to become serial killer thriller Solace originated back in the early noughties as a sequel to David Fincher’s pitch-black 90s classic Se7en. Subsequently, the film spent a long time in development hell throughout the decade and the script by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) received several rewrites, most recently from Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan. Unfortunately, the end result suggests that you really can’t polish a cinematic turd.
- Tom Beasley
It’s ham and cheese to go from a luxuriantly mulleted Anthony Hopkins in this increasingly silly serial-killer thriller with a psychic twist. Cruising in default post-Lecter mode (I kept expecting him to tell Abbie Cornish’s FBI agent that she wears L’Air du Temps, but not today…), Hopkins plays retired clairvoyant physician Dr John Clancy, enlisted by Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to lay his magic hands on a string of theatrically orchestrated murders. “It’s too early for a hail Mary!” complains Cornish, setting the overripe tone for the endlessly rewritten screenplay (astonishingly, Peter Morgan “polished” this turd), which was once touted as a potential sequel to Se7en. Fittingly, 2 Coelhos director Afonso Poyart goes for sub-Fincher flash throughout, making the whole thing look like a slightly creepy commercial with pop-promo set »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Can you believe it's been seven years since Colin Morgan's boy wizard first strode onto our screens?
The series premiere of Merlin on September 20, 2008 set us off on a magical five-year journey - one with mythical monsters, wicked warlocks and excessive amounts of bromantic banter.
Millions tuned in each Saturday night for the show's blend of fun, fantasy and friendship - because Merlin and Arthur (Bradley James) were definitely just friends, Ok? - but what's happened to Camelot's finest since that epic final episode?
The aged Emrys might still be waiting for King Arthur to revive, but Merlin lead Colin Morgan hasn't lain dormant these past few years. He appeared opposite fellow Irish legend Gabriel Byrne in BBC One's moody detective drama Quirke in 2014, was seduced by Gillian Anderson as mercurial copper Tom Anderson in The Fall and played cyborg Leo in Channel 4's smash hit Humans. »
Partnering with a veteran FBI agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the doctor races against time to track down the killer before he strikes again.
Afonso Poyart filmed the thriller on location in Atlanta in the summer of 2013.
Solace bows on September 25 in UK cinemas. »
Once conceived as a sequel to David Fincher’s excellent 1995 thriller Seven, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell play a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the thrilling international trailer for Solace - or Prémonitions.
Operating on each side of the law, each of the two nominal leads boast psychic abilities, though while Hopkins’ former doctor John Clancy puts his supernatural powers to good use, it is Colin Farrell’s elusive criminal who taps into his powers for nefarious reasons. It’s a ying-yang dynamic that is by no means novel, but Hopkins and Farrell have long proven their acting clout, and we’re intrigued to see them go head-to-head for a cerebral battle of the brains in Solace.
- Michael Briers
Supernatural thrillers are often hit or miss for me, but the combination of cast and crew for a film called Solace has me more interested than I otherwise might be. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychic who works with FBI agents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish) to hunt down a serial killer, played by Colin Farrell. Newcomer Alfonso Poyart directs from a screenplay pieced together by a handful of names, including Sean Bailey, Peter Morgan (Rush), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Jonathan Hirschbein. Obviously there is a lot going on there, and the fact so many writers have contributed to the script could certainly be a sign of trouble, but the names do add to the intrigue a bit. A little Google searching adds even more intrigue, as the film's Wikipedia page notes Solace was originally written as a sequel to David Fincher's Se7en »
- Jordan Benesh
Presenter Ben Shephard swiftly brought the anecdote to a halt, apologising to viewers during the interview with the Oscar winning actor who recently won her first Tony award for her stage role as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience.
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Great news for the millions of Eleventh Doctor fans: it’s been confirmed that Matt Smith will play Prince Philip in a ten-part drama, The Crown! Matt will play the Duke of Edinburgh opposite Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and (in pleasantly-surprising casting) John Lithgow as Winston Churchill! The series is based on Peter Morgan’s...
- Philip Bates
Back in November last year, it was announced that Claire Foy was in talks to play Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s new series The Crown. She’s officially taking the throne, and will be joined on screen by Matt Smith and John Lithgow. Adapted and expanded from Peter Morgan’s play The Audience by the writer himself, it’ll follow a similar timeline to the stage version, tracking the Queen's interactions with the many Prime Ministers that have come and gone during her reign. Foy is on to play Her Maj during the early part of her reign from the 1950s onwards, but there’s still no word on whether she’ll be the Queen throughout the whole story (the way Helen Mirren managed it on stage) or if she’ll hand over to other actors as the years pass. It’s also likely that the first season of »
Your Majesty, the doctor will see you now.
The series is based on Peter Morgan's play "The Audience" and is set over several decades around two of the world's most famous addresses - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.
This explores the inside story of those two addresses and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped post-war Britain. Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II, Smith will play her husband Prince Philip, Lithgow will play Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix has already delved into the darkest corners of Washington D.C. in House of Cards, and now the streaming service is looking across the pond for another political drama. Today brings news that Dexter alum John Lithgow, Wolf Hall‘s Claire Foy and former Doctor Who lead Matt Smith have secured major roles in The Crown, a period piece that spans decades of British history.
Lithgow will portray Sir Winston Churchill, while Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II and Smith will take on the role of Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. The show looks inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, the two main seats of British power, to explore the personal interests, love affairs and political machinations that were at the heart of some of the latter 20th century’s most pivotal events.
- Isaac Feldberg
John Lithgow has been cast as Sir Winston Churchill in Netflix original series The Crown, and Claire Foy and Matt Smith have been confirmed as Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, respectively, in Peter Morgan’s decades-spanning story of Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s post-war Prime Ministers. The 10-episode first season is slated to premiere on Netflix in 2016. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world &ndash… »
The former Doctor Who actor will play Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, and join an all-star cast in the drama, which also features Wolf Hall's Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
The Crown, which is believed to be costing $100m and is inspired by the play The Audience, follows the story of Queen Elizabeth and her relationships with various prime ministers in the post-war era.
According to Netflix, the show "tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century".
Each season will focus »
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Essential Short Film Tips As part of the latest installment in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' documentary web series, "Academy Originals," the prestigious film organization got together with some of the most talented people working in the film industry and asked them to explain what it takes for someone who aspires to become a filmmaker to actually turn their dream into a reality. The video, which you can check out at the top of this page, not only features directors John Ridley and Lee Daniels, but also a wide range of top professionals from across the industry -- including, but not limited to actors Paul Dano, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo; composer Hans Zimmer; cinematographer Sean Bobbitt; and screenwriter Peter Morgan. Read More: Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 6 Essential Tips from Brett Morgen »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
"Dig deep inside yourself and face all of your inner demons, and make friends with them." Need some advice? Need some inspiration, or encouragement? The latest video from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is a questions session what advice various artists would have for other aspiring filmmakers. It's not just filmmakers providing advice, it's other actors, screenwriters, DPs, composers, such as - Hans Zimmer, John Ridley, Daniel Bruhl, Peter Morgan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Geoffrey Rush, David Oyelowo, Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker, Sean Bobbitt and many others. It's a healthy dose of artistic optimism to keep you ambitious. Plus a reminder to never give up, to keep fighting even if it seems impossible, and give it your all. From The Academy's YouTube: Filmmakers share their advice for aspiring filmmakers. In each episode of The Academy's "Questions", a different group of filmmakers answer a single question asked by the Academy - this time, »
- Alex Billington
After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears' 2006 "The Queen," Helen Mirren was reluctant to reprise the role but unable to turn down director Stephen Daldry and writer Peter Morgan when they wanted her to topline their Broadway play "The Audience." But it paid off, as Mirren and her costar Richard McCabe both took home acting honors for the play. Meanwhile, veteran Hollywood producer Scott Rudin took home Best Revival of a Play kudos for "Skylight," whose stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy walked away empty-handed. Rudin has also produced big Tony winners in the past, including "The Book of Mormon" and last year's revival of "Raisin in the Sun." Though Harvey Weinstein's "Finding Neverland" musical failed to nab any nominations, the movie mogul showed up anyway for Broadway's biggest party. Read More: Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her (Video) Women won. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Last night at the 69th Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall, British stars conquered Broadway, winning three of the four Best Play Performance categories, Best Revival of a Play and Best Play.
Nominees Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola with their dates (mums) for the Tony Awards. The Elephant Man stars will be flying back to London today to continue their run in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket through August 8. Photo: Alessandro Nivola
Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's mystery novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time won Best Play after newcomer Alex Sharp garnered Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. David Hare's Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard took home Best Revival of a Play. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
On this Sunday, June 7, 2015, the British invasion of film and theatre stars who crossed the Atlantic to Broadway will be honoured during the 69th Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, co-hosted by Scotland's own Alan Cumming. Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe for Peter Morgan's The Audience, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard for the revival of David Hare's Skylight, Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, and Nathaniel Parker for Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton's Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.
Even honorary Brits, Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson, who are nominated and currently starring in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London through August 8 are flying in for the ceremony.
Alessandro wrote on Thursday when I inquired about their plans for the Tony Awards. He responded: "Hi - yes »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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