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TV Review: ‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’

It takes some chutzpah to title something “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” given all the books and movies devoted to her life. But Lifetime has taken the 2009 tome, and turned into an eponymous four-hour miniseries. What sets this latest rehash of the star’s existence apart, marginally, is a knockout performance by Kelli Garner and, to a lesser degree, Susan Sarandon’s turn as her mentally disturbed mother, the relationship through which everything else about the girl born Norma Jean is filtered. Mostly, it’s a dutiful but nothing-new account of the ultimate anti-feminist icon — a sex symbol heavily defined by romances with famous men.

The two-parter’s framing device relies on Marilyn, near what will tragically be the end of her life, pouring her heart and entire history out to a psychologist (Jack Noseworthy), who patiently listens as she flashes back through it all. That begins with being
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Canada’s Top Ten Festival announces the best of 2014

With the arrival of 2015, moviegoers will be given the opportunity to attend the 14th annual Canada’s Top Ten Festival at the Tiff Bell Lightbox where public screenings will be taking place to celebrate the accomplishments of contemporary Canadian cinema. A festival tour will be taking place with stops scheduled for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.

“The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival slate spotlights the work of both veteran and emerging filmmakers,” stated Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Tiff. “We are truly proud to connect Canadian talent with an enthusiastic and savvy audience, bringing the community together in celebration of the Canadian film industry’s achievements in 2014, which by any standards has been a watershed year.”

Feature Films:

Corbo, Mathieu Denis

Montréal, 1966. Jean Corbo, an idealistic 16-year-old of Québécois and Italian descent, befriends two far-left political activists and joins the Flq (Front de libération du Québec), an underground movement
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Tiff 2014 Review – Corbo (2014)

Corbo, 2014.

Directed by Mathieu Denis.

Starring Anthony Therrien, Antoine L’Écuyer, Karelle Tremblay, Tony Nardi, Jean-François Pronovost, Dino Tavarone, Marie Brassard, Francis Ducharme, and Simon Pigeon. Synopsis:

A teenage Quebecer in the 1960s evolves from pro-independence activist to radical terrorist.

The prologue talks about how French Quebecers were discriminated by the English minority resulting in the majority being marginalized in the business community. The title character is introduced to his prep school classmates who giggle at the idea of him being Italian; he later literally collides with a pair of teenagers being chased by the priest for distributing pamphlets.

All is not well in the Corbo household as the two sons are rebelling against their father who they view to be part of the repressive establishment. The older of the two sons believes in the power of vote while the younger one becomes disillusioned and comes to be persuaded by
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King: Cancelled, No Season Three [report]

Though Showcase hasn't announced it, word is that the Canadian TV series King has been cancelled.

Starring Amy Price-Francis, King revolves around Jessica "Jess" King, a tough police detective who's trying to make her third marriage work while taking on a new job as head of the Major Crimes Task Force. Her police unit takes over cases already in progress: the toughest cases that the ordinary police force has failed to solve. Other actors in the show include Gabriel Hogan, Alan van Sprang, Tony Nardi, Suzanne Coy, Zoe Doyle, Aaron Poole, Rossif Sutherland, and Karen Robinson.

King debuted on April 17, 2011. The eight episodes of season one performed well enough to secure a second year of 13 installments. Production resumed in September 2011 and season two kicked off on February 29, 2012.

The ratings dropped significantly in year two, falling
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King

Network: Showcase in Canada

Episodes: 21 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: April 17, 2011 -- May 25, 2012

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Amy Price-Francis, Gabriel Hogan, Alan Van Sprang, Zoe Doyle, Tony Nardi, Suzanne Coy, Rossif Sutherland, and Romina D'Ugo.

TV show description:

Sergeant Detective Jessica "Jess" King (Amy Price-Francis) made it through eight years in Homicide, as well as three motorcycle accidents and two failed marriages. As she tries to make her third marriage work, how will she handle her new job as head of the Major Crimes Task Force?

Jess is a powerhouse and a force of nature -- a cop who sees things that everyone else misses. She says what she thinks and never stops thinking -– about a crime scene, about evidence, about the motivations of the suspects.
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Crime Series 'King' Heading to France

M6, a French TV network, announced that it has acquired the broadcasting rights for the Canadian procedural series King. No premiere date has been announced yet.

The TV series is about Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis), a detective of the Toronto police. When the head (Alan Van Sprang) of the major crime task force has a break down on national TV, King is called in to replace him. Moreover, Jessica King also tries to cope with her third marriage with a police constable (Gabriel Hogan).

The series also stars Tony Nardi, Aaron Poole, Zoe Doyle and Suzanne Coy.

Besides M6, the series King has also been licensed to Séries+, a French-speaking cable network from Quebec.

Moreover, the show has been renewed for a second season by Showcase, the Canadian cable network that airs King.
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U2’s Larry Mullen Jr. Re-made Patrice Leconte’s Man on the Train

THR reveals that Larry Mullen Jr., the drummer of U2, is acting in, producing and composing a remake of Patrice Leconte‘s comic thriller or crime drama, whatsoever, Man On The Train (L’Homme du train).

In fact, film is currently in the late stages of post-production since Production Company has finished shooting in the same period last year and will be selling in Cannes next month.

Irish director/producer Mary McGuckian (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) directed the film and produced with Mullen Jr. and Martin Katz whilst Jon Goodman was an executive.

Original French drama, starring Jean Rochefort and Johnny Hallyday, won the audience awards at the Venice Film Festival for Best Film and Best Actor (Jean Rochefort) in 2002.

A retired teacher and an aged gangster come across in a small town pharmacy. As a special friendship develops between these diverse personalities, each starts to envy the
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U2 Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. Heading Up Man On The Train Remake

U2 Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. Heading Up Man On The Train Remake

The Hollywood Reporter is telling us that U2's Larry Mullen Jr. (the drummer), is getting ready to take a step into the world of film. He will produce, act in and compose a remake of Patrice Leconte‘s comic thriller Man On The Train. Mullen Jr. will co-star with Donald Sutherland, Graham Greene, Tony Nardi, Carlo Rota and Kate O’Toole and Mary McGuckian will direct. Mullen Jr. is usually the quiet one in the band, not usually commanding a lot of the spotlight. So it's nice to see him get a chance to shine. He's a fantastic drummer but seeing as this is his first film role, I'm not sure how he'll hold up in front of the camera. The project seems to have come out of nowhere so we don't know much about it but
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U2's Larry Mullen Jr. Acting, Producing & Composing Remake Of Patrice Leconte's 'Man on the Train'

U2's Larry Mullen Jr. Acting, Producing & Composing Remake Of Patrice Leconte's 'Man on the Train'
Take that Bono! It looks like the drummer of U2 is finally gonna get some of the spotlight shone on him instead of one the Mr-Save-The-Planet-i-Invested-In-Blackberry-Started-My-Own-Clothing-Line-And-Charitable-Organization-Which-Gives-Seems-Not-To-Do-Anything-Charitable frontman for the popular rock group. THR reveal that Larry Mullen Jr. is acting, producing and composing in a remake of Patrice Leconte's comic thriller "Man On The Train." Co-starring Donald Sutherland, Graham Greene, Tony Nardi, Carlo Rota and Kate O'Toole, the film follows "a retired small town school-teacher (Sutherland) prepping for open-heart surgery who crosses paths with a stranger (Mullen Jr.) planning to rob the local bank" and was directed by Mary McGuckian
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Detective Jessica "King" Always Gets Her Man

Sneak Peek the new poster supporting the upcoming Canadian produced TV series "King".

Actress Amy Price-Francis ("Californication") stars as 'Jessica King', a seasoned police officer turned lead investigator for Toronto’s 'Major Crimes Task Force' :

"...When 'Detective Sergeant Derek Spears' (Alan Van Sprang) has a televised meltdown, 'Jessica King' (Price-Francis) is called in to lead the 'Major Crimes Task Force' – a police division equipped to handle the city’s toughest cases. Surviving eight years in Homicide, two marriages and multiple stab wounds, King is primed for any challenge, except when it comes to passing up a good shoe sale..."

"'Jessica King' is disarmingly honest," said Greg Spottiswood, co-creator/co-executive producer. "Unapologetic about her femininity, she is also very smart and wickedly funny. There is nothing traditional about her. She is drawn to police work but questions whether that life is compatible with her
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Trailer of TV Series 'King'

The Canadian TV series King will premiere on Showcase, a Canadian cable network, on April 17 at 9 Pm. The trailer has finally been released online.

In this procedural drama, we follow Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis), a detective from the Toronto Police Department (Tpd). When Sgt. Derek Spears (Alan Van Sprang) has a televised meltdown, the Tpd's Major Crimes Task Force designates her as its new lead investigator. King accepts the challenge even though she survived 8 years in the Homicide section, two marriages and multiple stab wounds.

This eight-part series also stars Gabriel Hogan (The Kennedys), as Danny Sless, Jessica’s third husband and fellow police officer; Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn), as Police Chief Peter Graci; Suzanne Coy (Dan for Mayor), as Eleni Demaris, King's trusted subordinate; Zoe Doyle (The Border), as Det. Mk Gordon; and Aaron Poole (Zos: Zone of Separation) as Det. Jason Collier.
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Clark Johnson Directs "King" - April 17, 2011

Actress Amy Price-Francis ("Californication") stars in "King", the new Canadian dramatic TV series, following a seasoned police officer turned lead investigator for Toronto’s 'Major Crimes Task Force' :

"...When 'Detective Sergeant Derek Spears' (Alan Van Sprang) has a televised meltdown, 'Jessica King' (Price-Francis) is called in to lead the 'Major Crimes Task Force' – a police division equipped to handle the city’s toughest cases. Surviving eight years in Homicide, two marriages and multiple stab wounds, King is primed for any challenge, except when it comes to passing up a good shoe sale..."

"'Jessica King' is disarmingly honest," said Greg Spottiswood, co-creator/co-executive producer. "Unapologetic about her femininity, she is also very smart and wickedly funny. There is nothing traditional about her. She is drawn to police work but questions whether that life is compatible with her dream of a child and family."

"King" also stars
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'King' Premieres April 17 on Showcase

The dramatic series King will premiere on Showcase, a Canadian cable network, on April 17 at 9 Pm. The show was created by Bernard Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood.

In this procedural drama, we follow Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis), a detective from the Toronto Police Department (Tpd). When Sgt. Derek Spears (Alan Van Sprang) has a televised meltdown, the Tpd's Major Crimes Task Force designates her as its new lead investigator. King accepts the challenge even though she survived 8 years in the Homicide section, two marriages and multiple stab wounds.

This eight-part series also stars Gabriel Hogan (The Kennedys), as Danny Sless, Jessica’s third husband and fellow police officer; Tony Nardi (Cra$h & Burn), as Police Chief Peter Graci; Suzanne Coy (Dan for Mayor), as Eleni Demaris, King's trusted subordinate; Zoe Doyle (The Border), as Det. Mk Gordon; and Aaron Poole (Zos: Zone of Separation) as Det. Jason Collier.
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