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Julian Fellowes webchat – your questions answered on The Wind in the Willows, Downton Abbey, winning an Oscar – and Nando's

The Downton Abbey creator answered your questions on his new TV show The Gilded Age, Gosford Park – and whether he has a butler

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Thank you for the questions - I'm flattered that you're interested. It's a nice feeling - not just that people are enjoying the show but also that they want to know more about the people who made it.

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DonRodrigo asks:

Do you put milk first in your tea or last? And do you take sugar?

Last. And I never take sugar in tea.

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Peely1 asks:

Have you ever been to Nando’s?

Yes! There's an excellent one in Dorchester, right next to the cinema.

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DonRodrigo asks:

How tall are you?

5ft 10in

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Pagey asks:

Are you planning to write anything in a contemporary setting, outside of your direct experience? I believe there is too much reverence for
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Veteran CBS, CNN Correspondent Bruce Morton Dies At 83

Bruce Morton, a longtime political correspondent for CBS News and CNN who also covered the Vietnam War and the space program, died Friday at his home in Washington, D.C., after a battle with cancer, according to information provided by CBS News. He was 83.

Morton spent the majority of a six-decade career on television and radio for CBS News, where he made a record 146 appearances on television in 1988 alone – the most for any television news personality that year. He left CBS in 1993 after 29 years to join CNN. He he retired from that organization in 2006.

As a member of the CBS News Washington Bureau in the 1970s, he covered some of the biggest political news stories of his era, winning an Emmy with his team for the CBS News Special Report “Watergate: The White House Transcripts” in 1977. He won a total of six Emmys for his CBS News work, one of
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New this Week: ‘The Warrior’s Way’ and ‘Knight and Day (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Warrior’s Way – Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush

Movie of the Week

The Warrior’s Way

The Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush

The Plot: A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.

The Buzz: With no other major releases this week, The Warrior’s Way wins the “Movie of the Week” accolade by default. That’s not to say I’m not interested in seeing Kate Bosworth again — she’s been absent from the motion picture scene since 2008′s 21 and before that 2006′s Superman Returns, and I’ve always enjoyed her work. I’m unfamiliar with the film’s lead, Dong-gun Jang, but he seems charismatic enough in the film’s trailer. The film also boasts the presence of Geoffrey Rush, which suggests a higher caliber film than one would otherwise assume.
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[Movie Review] Valhalla Rising

“In the land of blind men, the one-eyed man is king,” goes the old proverb. That seems to be the case in this story of a bestial Viking slave whose survival skills see him through the numerous obstacles of a menacing, primitive world. Directed by Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn, who made a name for himself with his Pusher series, this is an odd bit of cinema which is hard to classify into a genre.

Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking this is an action-filled hack-and-slash film about Vikings constantly at war. It’s not. This is a rather contemplative film, filled with hallucinatory images and long stretches of Ingmar Bergman-like scenes consisting of silent musings on mortality and religious faith. There are fight scenes, to be sure, and they are quite brutal. But these fights are few and far between. This isn’t Beowulf.

To say
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Valhalla Rising (2009)

  • Planet Fury
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

Written by: Roy Jacobsen, Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson, Gordon Brown, Andrew Flanagan, Gary Lewis, Gary McCormack, Alexander Morton, Jamie Sives

The world of Vikings isn't necessarily new to film, but it is one that is often misrepresented. Say "Viking" and the listener will immediately conjure up images of giant men in armor and bull-horned helmets. The image won't go much further than that as the old Nordic raiders aren't typically given any depth or real character beyond smashing things with clubs and axes. This is what makes a film such as Valhalla Rising such an unexpected joy; a profoundly artistic story of the travels of a somber mute warrior named One-Eye, caught at the brink of the Christian crusades.

As the story opens, One-Eye is a slave. His uses are limited due to his complete savagery and uncanny knack for killing,
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Indie Film Focus: 'Valhalla Rising' gets to theaters soon. Mads Mikkelson starrer intriguing.

The talented Mads Mikkelson stars in IFC Films' "Valhalla Rising," an action adventure helmed by the very capable Nicholas Winding Refn. It's a very limited release and opens at the IFC Center on July 16th, but worthy of exploration, I'm sure. Refn, who impressed with his work on "Bronson," directs as well as writing alongside Roy Jacobson. Also in the cast are Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Andrew Flanagan and Maarten Stevenson. For years, the fearsome figure known only as One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen) has defeated everyone he's encountered, but he's treated more like an animal than a warrior. The only person he has any relationship with is the young boy who brings him food and water daily. Constantly caged and shackled, One Eye has drawn the attention of a new force now sweeping the countryside and displacing the society's leaders: Christians.
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The Official Trailer for Valhalla Rising

Apple has just debuted the brand new trailer for the upcoming film Valhalla Rising, which will arrive in theaters on July 16. Click below to catch this new video glimpse at Nicolas Winding Refn's new drama.

Valhalla Rising Trailer

Valhalla Rising comes to theaters July 16th, 2010 and stars Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Andrew Flanagan, Douglas Russell. The film is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
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Competition: Valhalla Rising – DVD Competition

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This is a competition for Valhalla Rising directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Andrew Flanagan and Douglas Russell. From the producers of The Football Factory and the director of the critically acclaimed Pusher trilogy and controversial biopic Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn's film depicts the unflinching violence and uncompromising brutality of the Viking Age period. Countering this harshness are the intense and thought provoking themes that raise the bar to what the director calls "science fiction for the mind". Valhalla Rising is visually stunning and contains an atmosphere that echoes Wrath of God and Apocalypse Now.
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Valhalla Rising DVD Review

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“We have many Gods – they’ve only got the one”

Intent on conquering the Islamic world, a group of Christian Vikings set off for the Holy land only to discover they arrive in America. Thankfully one such God is sat on the boat with them in the form of Mads Mikkelsen’s mute warrior One-Eye.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s third film after the equally brutal Bronson and Pusher, Valhalla Rising depicts a land where loyalties count for little and death is violent, gory and unquestionably bleak. Detailing one man’s journey from hell to some kind of deity figure, it’s a brave and interesting approach that rewards repeated viewings.

When One-Eye is sold as a slave to the wealthy Barde (Alexander Morton) who he then disembowels brutally he sets off with a companion, a young boy called Are who acts as his interpreter and guide and joins a bunch
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New Valhalla Rising Sneak Peek!

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Take a look at this new Nicols Winding Refn film before it hits theaters Vertigo Films has provided us with a brand new sneak peek video for its upcoming film Valhalla Rising, which currently doesn't have a set release date as of yet, and is tentatively set for an April 2010 release. Click below to go behind-the-scenes of this new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn.

to check out the restricted sneak peek.

Valhalla Rising stars Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Andrew Flanagan, Douglas Russell, Gary McCormack and is currently seeking a spring 2010 release date. We'll keep you posted when we get a concrete release date for the film.
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Ten

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St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

Opens: 2010

Cast: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, David Tennant, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley

Director: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson

Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.

Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.

Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by
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First Look at Mads Mikkelsen in Refn's 'Valhalla Rising'

Mads Mikkelsen as Harald in Valhalla Rising

Photo: Nimbus Film Productions Nicolas Winding Refn made a name for himself with the Pusher trilogy and looks to be doing himself one better on the festival circuit with Bronson, the true life story of British prisoner Charles Bronson (not the actor), which was picked up by Magnet Releasing and will hit the States on October 9. The film has received a lot of attention and a recently released trailer which can be seen at Hulu. However, next up for Refn is Valhalla Rising and it will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival this September and we have your first look at star Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as Harald as well as a second still from the film which can be seen in our gallery right here. In Valhalla Rising Mikkelsen plays the mute slave Harald who escapes his Scottish masters with the help of 10-year-old Are,
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London to Brighton

London to Brighton
Outsider Pictures

NEW YORK -- A gritty British gangster film that leaves a bitter aftertaste, Paul Andrew Williams' London to Brighton is as technically assured as it is ultimately superfluous. This tale of a hardened but goodhearted prostitute and the young girl she reluctantly recruits has an all-too- familiar feel coming at the tail end of the wave of so many similarly themed efforts.

The film begins in audacious fashion as beat-up hooker Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) and the hysterical 12-year-old Joanne (Georgia Groome) desperately burst into a public restroom, with a title informing us that it is London, 3:07 a.m.

The time-shifting chronology that follows details how the two got into their predicament, with Kelly being pressured by her pimp, Derek (Johnny Harris), to procure a young girl for his boss, the short-tempered gangster Stuart (Sam Spruell). It turns out that Stuart wants the girl not for himself but for his father (Alexander Morton), who has a taste for underage girls.

Things don't turn out well during the encounter, with the father winding up dead and the two women being pursued by their desperate pimp. It all culminates with the usual onslaught of violence and betrayals.

Shot in an ultra-realistic style using plenty of jerky hand-held camerawork, the melodramatic film lacks the emotional resonance necessary to compensate for its relentless graphic brutality. Its saving grace are the performances by the two female leads, who bring complex shadings to their roles, and the charismatic underplaying of Spruell, who makes his repugnant gangster character far more fascinating than he has a right to be.

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