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Happy Oklahoma Day! For serious that's what it is today so any of you reading from the Sooner state enjoy yourselves just a little bit more for the rest of us today
I'm just a girl who cain't say no,
I'm in a turrible fix I always say "come on, let's go"
Just when I outta say nix!
It's also Earth Day today and we'll celebrate when we look at Pocahontas for "Best Shot" tonight. Have you rescreened in yet to choose your shot. You've only got 6 more hours to get your link in. We'll post at 10 tonight
And now, the linkage...
Allure's Nude Issue" has 4 actresses talking about their bodies while naked (Nia Long, »
- NATHANIEL R
Pride, a British culture-clash comedy set during the 1984 miners' strike, looks set to follow in Billy Elliot's footsteps when it premieres in the directors' fortnight section of next month's Cannes film festival. Stephen Daldry's acclaimed drama used the festival sidebar as a springboard to success back in 2000.
Set during the summer of 1984, Pride tells the story of the Gay Pride activists who set about raising money to support the families of striking British miners. The film stars Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West and is directed by the Tony award-winning Matthew Warchus. Scripted by Stephen Beresford, Pride is a co-production between Calamity Films and Pathe, with funding from BBC Films and the BFI.
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- Xan Brooks
Bruno Dumont finds a special place on the croisette to premiere his latest work (his television mini-series Li’l Quinquin) and Frederick Wiseman makes another appearance in the section with London Museum bliss in National Gallery as the 2014 edition of the Directors’ Fortnight is low of first time works (only three) and filled with renowned auteurs. Rumored as a possible Main Comp entry, it is the hotly anticipated Bande De Files from Céline Sciamma that will open the section which will be book-ended by what could be a feel-good The Full Monty type in Matthew Warchus’ Pride. Starring Bill Nighy, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, this 1984 Margaret Thatcher set drama sees gay and lesbian activists support the families of National Union of Mineworkers and thus form to a surprising partnership. Also on the English side, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh will have some company in John Boorman, Queen and Country »
- Eric Lavallee
The Cannes parallel section’s artistic director Edouard Waintrop unveiled the non-competitive line-up at a press conference at the Forum des Images in Paris today.
Sciamma was last in Cannes with adolescent locker room drama Water Lilies, which premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2007, but is best known internationally for her 2011 Tomboy, which sold to some 35 territories.
UK’s Pride is Closing Film
Matthew Warchus’ Pride, starring an ensemble cast featuring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine and Andrew Scott, will close the selection. The UK comedy revolves around an unexpected alliance in 1984 between a bunch of striking Welsh miners and gay and lesbian activists.
Other UK selections »
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” two well-received American dramas that world premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, are among the 19 features set to screen in the 46th annual Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.
Selected by delegate general Edouard Waintrop in his third year at the helm, the Fortnight, a long-running parallel program to the official selection, will also fly the U.S. flag with the world premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “National Gallery,” a portrait of the London museum’s day-to-day operations, and a special screening of Tobe Hooper’s original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” in a newly restored version.
As the winner of both the grand jury prize and the audience award in Sundance’s U.S. dramatic competition (where it was snapped up by Sony Classics), “Whiplash” had been widely expected to receive the Un Certain Regard berth typically reserved »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
When the Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection was unveiled last week, many were surprised not to see one carry-over from the Sundance fest in the Un Certain Regard section -- in recent years, it's been something of a tradition for a Park City sensation (often the Grand Jury Prize winner) to compete again there, with the likes of "Precious" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" getting a second surge of festival buzz on the Croisette. This year, Thierry Fremaux's team clearly thought nothing from Sundance 2014 was suitable, but the Directors' Fortnight sidebar has made up for it, including both Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" and Jim Mickle's "Cold in July" in a name-heavy lineup. Starring Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer, "Whiplash" won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the Us Dramatic section at Sundance, while Mickle's uproarious retro genre mash-up -- starring Michael C. Hall »
- Guy Lodge
Stars: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy, Alex Hyde-White, Stephanie Lawrence, Terence Harvey, Nathan Lewis, Peter Clapham, Molly Shannon, Emma Rawson, Mark Ryan, Terence Beesley | Written by Duke Sandefur | Directed by Dwight H. Little
Christine Day (Schoelen) is a young Broadway singer in New York City. She is auditioning for a show and comes across a piece of music written by an unknown music composer named Erik Destler (Englund) nearly 100 years before. Erik had made a pact with the devil so the world would love his music, but the devil had one condition: that Erik’s face would be horribly disfigured forever. Once Christine sings his music, she is taken from present day New York to 1881 London were she is the star of the London Opera House. There she is coached by a mysterious caped figure who will do anything to make her the star of the opera even if it means murdering people, »
- Phil Wheat
guest review by Darwyn Carson With a solid reputation for superior dramas, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has undoubtedly been a hard act to follow. Now its close cousin, Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar tonight with the tightly woven political thriller, Page Eight. Writer-director David Hare (the playwright perhaps best known in the States for his screenplays The Hours and The Reader) has culled together a terrific cast of players led by Bill Nighy that includes Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, and Rachel Weisz. A traditional spy drama, taut with suspense, Page Eight almost feels sophisticated in its darkness, with undercurrents of danger lurking in the shadows and veiled threats being made from unexpected quarters, wholly reminiscent of— —Noir when it was king. Long-time military intelligence analyst Johnny Worricker (Nighy) is a passionate man, about his art collection, jazz records and the many women he has wooed—some of whom he’s. »
- Darwyn Carson
guest review by Darwyn Carson With a solid reputation for superior dramas, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has undoubtedly been a hard act to follow. Now its close cousin, Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar tonight with the tightly woven political thriller, Page Eight. Writer-director David Hare (the playwright perhaps best known in the States for his screenplays The Hours and The Reader) has culled together a terrific cast of players led by Bill Nighy that includes Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, and Rachel Weisz. A traditional spy drama, taut with suspense, Page Eight almost feels sophisticated in its darkness, with undercurrents of danger lurking in...
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- Darwyn Carson
The latest in Vimeo's ever-growing stock of intriguing supercuts is this, from user Roger Serrabassa, which takes a giddy, ten-minute race through some of the most influential and groundbreaking special effects-led movies ever made. Have fun trying to identify everything among the myriad explosions, animal appearances and occasional questionable choices—is “Oz the Great and Powerful” really a defining VFX movie?The supercut is also heavy on recent releases, which makes sense given how quickly our standards for VFX change—but for an interesting contrast check out the supercut of Oscar-winning special effects we ran a little while ago, which gives some sense of the history of the craft, but lacks the Bill Nighy tentacle-face goodness to be found in this one. You can't have it all. And one other stop you might want to make is on our feature of 7 Pre-Bullet Time VFX Effects That Blew Our Minds. Watch below. »
- Ben Brock
The 42-year-old actress, who was recently rumoured to be involved in a possible Beetlejuice sequel, looked elegant in a flowing cream dress and simple black blazer as she attended the event hosted by Vogue at the Cinema Society.
The star posed with and embraced Nighy and the show's writer Sir David Hare on the red carpet.
Ryder plays Melanie Fall, a businesswoman with a secret, in the BBC original drama from Oscar-nominated writer Hare.
Meanwhile, Nighy reprises his role of ex-MI5 operative Johnny Worricker in the follow-up to 2011 thriller Page Eight.
Pierce Brosnan heads the cast as King Louis Xiv, who is determined to protect the future of France by reigning for all eternity. His search for immortality leads him to capture and steal the life force from a mermaid, but soon his 18-year-old illegitimate daughter discovers the mystical creature and strikes up a friendship with her.
Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing portrays the mermaid, a Gollum-type digital creation. Kaya Scodelario (TV.s Skins) plays the daughter, Marie-Josephe. Hurt is Pere La Chaise, spiritual adviser to the king. The producers said Nighy dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. »
- Don Groves
Turks & Caicos (BBC2) | iPlayer
The Widower (ITV) | ITV Player
W1A (BBC 2) | iPlayer
Line of Duty (BBC2) | iPlayer
What a splendid yet depressing week for British drama. I say that only because I can't quite remember another week when there was simply so much damned fine stuff available, and suspect that this week in March 2014 will go down as, in the disconcertingly American shorthand of our times, a game-changer. Anyone now attempting to write a drama script for TV will henceforth have, surely, to up said game, and any mediocre writer will grow depressed. So: no more thinly dimensioned alcoholic cribbage-loving cops, tetchy fat posh tweedy pathologists, heart-of-gold whores, skinny damaged a) matriarchs, or b) lady psychiatrists, or, please God, sleuthing gardeners, »
- Euan Ferguson
BBC One's Beyond Breaking Point achieved an audience share of 17.3% at 9pm on a quiet Thursday night.
The One Show was the most-watched programme outside of news and soaps with 4.44m (21.8%) at 7pm. Later, Holiday Hit Squad brought in 3.10m (14.6%), and Question Time was seen by 2.35m (21.8%) at 10.35pm.
On ITV, Ade Edmondson's new series Ade at Sea interested 2.63m (12.4%) at 8.30pm, followed by documentary Dangerous Dogs with 1.97m (9.3%) at 9pm (269,000/1.7% on +1).
Channel 4's Hoarder Next Door fascinated 1.47m (6.9%) at 8pm (166k/0.8%). Inside Rolls-Royce gathered 2.13m (10.1%) at 9pm (361k/2.3%) and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown amused 982k (6.1%) at 10pm (221k »
We last saw Johnny Worricker three years ago in Page Eight, standing in front of an airport departure board. Last night he turned up in Turks & Caicos (BBC2) for the second part of David Hare's post-9-11 political trilogy. The tax haven off Miami isn't the worst place in the world for a former MI5 agent (Bill Nighy) to eat lobster on the beach, but it's an even better one to go to when waiting for trouble. Trouble, in the shape of CIA agent Christopher Pelissier (Christopher Walken), soon showed up and Worricker was quickly drawn into the complex, grubby world of corrupt financiers and politicians that satisfyingly led back to the compromised British prime minister, Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes), from Page Eight.
As you would expect from Hare, »
- John Crace
Arrow: Sky1, 8pm
The team gain a new member when Sara joins, but Felicity is less than pleased as she feels left out. Sara's time does not get off to a good start, however, as she loses her temper with both Oliver and Lance.
In an effort to prove her worth, Felicity decides to take on criminal mastermind and accomplished thief William Tockman, or 'The Clock King', who is holding Sterling City to ransom. She embarks on a lone mission, putting her life in danger.
Davina: Beyond Breaking Point: BBC One, 9pm
The episode charts her progress from Edinburgh to London, where she encounters 50mph winds and sleet as she runs, cycles and swims 500 miles.
The adverse weather conditions continue as Davina also tackles a snowy trek over Scafell Peak, and an open-water swim across Lake Windermere, »
Nighy reprises his role of ex-MI5 operative Johnny Worricker in the follow-up to 2011 thriller Page Eight.
Turks & Caicos is the second in Hare's Worricker trilogy, with third film Salting the Battlefield set to air on Thursday, March 27 at 9pm.
Watch a trailer for BBC Two's Turks & Caicos below: »
Rugby League: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors | Ade At Sea | Davina: Beyond Breaking Point | Turks & Caicos | Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image? | The Good Wife | Rake | Some Football Managers With Jokes
Rugby League: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors
7.30pm, Sky Sports 1
This is a rerun of last year's grand final, but so far this season neither side has shown the form that got them there. Wigan are missing Nrl convert Sam Tomkins and seem to be suffering a hangover from their defeat in the World Club Challenge. Warrington, meanwhile, have been made to look vulnerable in defeats against St Helens and Leeds, with their defence being breached far too easily. It's early days, but a win would be very welcome for both teams. Lanre Bakare
Ade At Sea
Episode one of six in a neat look at Britain's maritime past, fronted by comedian turned seasoned documentary type Ade Edmondson. »
- Lanre Bakare, Hannah J Davies, Rachel Aroesti, Julia Raeside, Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi, Mark Jones
The sequel to Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be released in March 2015, it has been announced.
Set in India, the movie had a veteran British cast including Dame Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
The independent film was both a critical and box office hit last year, earning $135 million worldwide.
Fox Searchlight announced that Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 will debut on March 6, 2015.
Filming on the sequel began in January, with Richard Gere joining the cast.
Gere's character will reportedly have a romantic plotline with Lilette Dubey's Mrs Kapoor. »
Fox Searchlight has dated “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” for a March 6 platform release in the U.S.
The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a surprise hit and grossed $135 million worldwide in 2012. The new project is the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight.
John Madden has returned to direct the sequel from a script by Ol Parker. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin are producing and Participant’s Jeff Skoll is executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
- Dave McNary
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