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Winter Arts Calendar

25 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our critics pick the season's highlights. From Elisabeth Moss on stage to Adele's new album, these are the dates for your cultural diary

January

5 Film 127 Hours

Danny Boyle's 10th film tells the story of Aron Ralston, played by James Franco who severed his own arm with a penknife to escape after becoming trapped while hiking in Utah.

7 Film The King's Speech

Colin Firth is introverted monarch George VI, battling a debilitating stutter with the aid of an extroverted therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The ensuing friendship is touching – and, when the second world war breaks out, of national importance.

9 Classical Hollywood Rhapsody

The Bbcso and Chorus celebrate Hollywood's golden age. Composers include Korngold, Waxman, Rózsa; films range from The Wizard of Oz to Gone with the Wind. Barbican, London. 9 Jan only.

11 Theatre Twelfth Night

To mark his 80th birthday, Peter Hall returns to the National theatre, which he ran until 1988. He directs his daughter Rebecca, »

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Shooting kicks off on UK film Best Laid Plans

1 December 2010 11:57 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

<p>We have just received the following press release confirming the start of principal photography on the <strong>David Blair </strong>directed film <strong>Best Laid Plans</strong>. The film stars the superb<strong> Stephen Graham</strong> and <strong>Lost</strong> star <strong>Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8944" title="stephen-graham" src="http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/wp-content/uploads/stephen-graham.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="300" /></p> <p>Check out the full release statement below.</p> <blockquote><p>Shooting has commenced in Nottingham on Best Laid Plans (working title), directed by BAFTA and Emmy award-winning David Blair (The Street). Best Laid Plans explores the bonds of love and loyalty between two unlikely friends fighting for survival – and examines how extreme violence tests those bonds to the limit.</p> <p>Best Laid Plans is directed by David Blair, winner of three BAFTAs and two EMMYs for his work on the television series The Street and Takin&#8217; Over the Asylum. It is written by new British talent, Chris Green. The film stars acclaimed actor Stephen Graham (This Is England) who has just completed filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides »

- Paul Heath

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Misfits series two: what E4's asbo X-Men did next

5 November 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Misfits – E4's excellent superhero series – returns this week for a second series. So what lies in store?

It's a baking afternoon in June, blue skies, no traffic. The Guardian has come to a deserted university campus on the outskirts of south London to watch the second series of Misfits being filmed. But apart from the odd orange jumpsuit hanging up, there's not much to indicate that the building has found a new life doubling as the community centre where the asbo superheroes spend their days swearing, smoking and accidentally killing probation officers, until Robert Sheehan's unmistakable Irish accent breaks the summer silence at full volume: "Monkey Slut Is Blown! Monkey Slut Is Blown!"

The actor's back on set for the second series, shooting what turns out to be the centrepiece of this Thursday's opening episode. As Nathan, the gobby kid who'll never use one word when seven will do, »

- Richard Vine

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10 great upcoming British actors

21 September 2010 9:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The UK may be struggling to keep up with the rest of the world in the arena of football, but we’re at least producing some top quality actors. Here’s Matthew’s pick of upcoming talent…

In a review I read for the BBC film, Dive, it stated, "It is lucky that, at a time when we are failing miserably to produce young footballers, we are producing such wonderful young actors." I'm not exactly sure why one would make up for the other, but I agree with the assertion. We have some great young actors and our young footballers are rubbish. For me, that's the best way round, though.

Here's a list of ten young British actors whom I expect to be making big moves in the world of entertainment in the near future, if they aren't already. The list is based on some completely subjective criteria such as talent, »

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Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, The | Review - aGLIFF 2010 (Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival)

6 September 2010 11:26 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: James Kent Writer: Jane English Starring: Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley, Gemma Jones, Michael Culkin, Ted Holden, Christine Bottomley, Dean Lennox Kelly, Tina O'Brien, Susan Lynch, Alan David Anne Lister (Maxine Peake) is an unmarried 19th century Yorkshire woman living at Shibden Hall with her aunt (Gemma Jones) and uncle (Alan David). Lister desires one thing from life: to have someone to love and to share her life with. The person she has in mind for that part is Mariana Belcombe (Anna Madeley), with whom she has developed a clandestine romantic relationship (they have “connected"); that is until 19th century English culture gets the better of Belcombe and she marries a rich aged widower, Charles Lawton (Michael Culkin). Depressed and permanently clad in black (thus freeing herself from “the tyranny of fashion"), Lister studiously immerses herself in her library. A year passes and Lister begins to consider finding herself someone »

- Don Simpson

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Isle of MTV | No Hats No Trainers | American Grindhouse | The Middle | Secret Britain | U Be Dead and more | The weekend's TV highlights

3 September 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Isle of MTV | No Hats No Trainers | American Grindhouse | The Middle | Secret Britain | U Be Dead and more

Saturday 4 September

Isle Of MTV; Camp Bestival

12midday, MTV; 9pm, Sky Arts 1

Two different approaches at annual music festivals. First off, MTV take over a chunk of Malta for their big, spectacular concert. The bands picked are ones that know plenty about showmanship: Scissor Sisters, Kelis and Kid Rock. In these cash-strapped days such wilful, wasteful consumerism is a wonder to behold and it's great to see MTV actually putting some M on their TV for a change. The other side of the coin is the carbon-neutral Camp Bestival in Dorset. Audiences there, in fancy dress, witnessed an eclectic selection including Madness, Friendly Fires, the Human League and George Clinton.

No Hats No Trainers

12.25pm, BBC2

The lively No Hats No Trainers is back for a second series, and it's well worth »

- Phelim O'Neill, Rebecca Nicholson, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Will Dean, Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, John Robinson

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The Red Riding Trilogy Blu-ray Review

3 September 2010 10:54 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Red Riding Trilogy Directed by: Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker Written by: Tony Grisoni (screenplay), David Peace (novels) Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Mark Addy, Rebecca Hall, Peter Mullan, Maxine Peake If you're in the market for a gripping crime drama, it doesn't get much better than The Red Riding Trilogy, an epic series of three feature-length made-for-tv movies that aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. back in March of 2009. Although the "made-for-tv" label is typically given a bad rap here in North America, the Brits definitely seem to put a lot more care into their small screen efforts, and the talent on display here is pretty staggering. It also helps that one of the production companies behind it is Revolution Films, the same people who produced almost all of Michael Winterbottom's films including 24 Hour Party People and The Killer Inside Me. »

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Blu-Ray Review: Riveting, Memorable ‘Red Riding Trilogy’

17 August 2010 11:41 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Thriller fans should seek out the fascinating “Red Riding Trilogy,” a series of films with largely different casts set in different time periods that attempts to pull back the facade of peace to reveal the dark face of evil underneath. The films are not perfect but they work together to create a memorable portrait of corruption that has infected an entire country and taken more than a few victims in its grip.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

“Red Riding 1974” stars the new Spider-man, Andrew Garfield, as Eddie Dunford, a young journalist caught up in the mystery of missing little girls in his job at the Yorkshire Post. When one of the girls is found raped, murdered, and with swan wings sewn on her back, Eddie finds himself drawn even deeper into a disturbing nightmare. With one of the best supporting performances of the year to date from the great Rebecca Hall, Julian Jarrold »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Will the BBC's Silk portray the reality of female lawyers?

9 August 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Let's hope the new series avoids the picture of unfulfilled women at law popularised in Hollywood films such as Jagged Edge

In a recent press release, the BBC promised that its new legal drama series Silk would present a true-to-life portrait of a female barrister applying for QC or "silk".

On the big screen female lawyers have not fared all that well in representing their real-life counterparts, despite similar promises from Hollywood. This was especially true in the 1980s and 1990s, when female stars were cast almost obsessively as lawyers: Glenn Close in Jagged Edge (1985), Cher in Suspect (1987), Jessica Lange in Music Box (1989), Barbara Hershey in Defenseless (1991) , Susan Sarandon in The Client (1994), and Julia Roberts as a law student in The Pelican Brief (1993), an assistant Us attorney in Conspiracy Theory (1997), and a legal assistant in Erin Brokovich (2000) – to name just a few.

These Hollywood lawyers are women in or just »

- Cynthia Lucia

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Will the BBC's Silk portray the reality of female lawyers?

9 August 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Let's hope the new series avoids the picture of unfulfilled women at law popularised in Hollywood films such as Jagged Edge

In a recent press release, the BBC promised that its new legal drama series Silk would present a true-to-life portrait of a female barrister applying for QC or "silk".

On the big screen female lawyers have not fared all that well in representing their real-life counterparts, despite similar promises from Hollywood. This was especially true in the 1980s and 1990s, when female stars were cast almost obsessively as lawyers: Glenn Close in Jagged Edge (1985), Cher in Suspect (1987), Jessica Lange in Music Box (1989), Barbara Hershey in Defenseless (1991) , Susan Sarandon in The Client (1994), and Julia Roberts as a law student in The Pelican Brief (1993), an assistant Us attorney in Conspiracy Theory (1997), and a legal assistant in Erin Brokovich (2000) – to name just a few.

These Hollywood lawyers are women in or just »

- Cynthia Lucia

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Maxine Peake to star in BBC1 legal drama Silk

13 July 2010 2:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Six-part series by Criminal Justice writer Peter Moffat will also feature Rupert Penry-Jones

BBC1 is to screen a new drama about barristers, Silk, starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones.

The legal drama written by Peter Moffat, whose credits include Criminal Justice and North Square, and is based on his own experience as a former barrister.

Peake and Penry-Jones play junior barristers attempting to "take silk" – become QCs, and be allowed to wear the coloured robes, made of silk, that go with the position.

The cast also features Natalie Dormer, Tom Hughes and Neil Stuke.

"Silk is based on my experience at the bar. I want to tell it as it really is," said Moffat. "The extreme pressure, the hard choices, the ethical dilemmas, the overlap between the personal and the professional, principles fought for and principles sacrificed, the machiavellian politics, the sex, the drinking, the whole story – life at the »

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Penry Jones, Peake join BBC legal drama

12 July 2010 4:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rupert Penry Jones and Maxine Peake have signed up to appear in a new BBC legal drama. Silk has been written by former barrister Peter Moffat, who previously penned Criminal Justice. Peake will play defence barrister Martha Costello whose passionate belief in 'innocent until proven guilty' and faith in the criminal justice system will be challenged over the series. Meanwhile, Penry Jones will star as Clive Reader, who was called to the Bar at the same time as Martha. Both of the barristers are applying for 'silk', which means that they (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Alicia Silverstone, The Evening Dress & 19th-Century Lesbian Romance: Outfest 2010 (July 11)

10 July 2010 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Maxine Peake in James Kent‘s The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (top); Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (upper middle); Lio in Myriam Aziza‘s The Evening Dress (lower middle); Jane Lynch, A Gaythering Storm (bottom) James Kent‘s The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Amy Heckerling‘s 1995 sleeper hit Clueless, Myriam Aziza‘s La robe du soir / The Evening Dress, and the comedy shorts compilation "From Uranus to Titicaca" are some of the offerings at Outfest 2010, the 28th edition of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The festival is headquartered at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood. The made-for-British-tv The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister tells the story of a woman who defies 19th-century English conventions to have scandalous affairs with two other women. Maxine Peake stars as Anne Lister. Also in the cast: Anna Madeley, Susan Lynch, Gemma Jones, and Michael Culkin. In Clueless, a reworking »

- Andre Soares

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Six to watch: female-led sitcoms

18 June 2010 4:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Accidentally on Purpose kicks off on E4, we celebrate the wittiest women in TV from Roseanne to Ab Fab

Last night E4 aired the first two episodes of new sitcom Accidentally On Purpose, which stars Jenna Elfman as film critic Billie and Ashley Jensen, playing to type, as ditsy best friend Olivia. Billie, past it at 37, gets pregnant by her casual and much younger "boy toy", which leads to much soul-searching, a terrible laugh track and a handful of decent quips along the way. The show was cancelled after its first series in the States, so it's not worth getting attached to, but it's not as bad as the rather predictable set-up makes it sound, either. Elfman is genuinely funny, and though Jensen hams up the dizziness, Accidentally is at least not based on its lead being an airhead, which is the case with some female-led sitcoms.

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- Rebecca Nicholson

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Frameline 2010: The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister

16 June 2010 3:16 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Frameline, San Francisco’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival now in its 34th year, will kick off on Thursday, June 17, with a screening of James Kent’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, about "what might have happened if Elizabeth Bennet had ignored Mr. Darcy and pursued the local ladies?" Actually, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister is not a revamping of a Jane Austen novel. Instead, Jane English’s screenplay follows a young woman attempting to live an authentic "lesbian life" in Regency England. Maxine Peake plays Anne Lister. Others in the film’s cast are: Anna Madeley, Susan Lynch, Gemma Jones, and Michael Culkin. Attendees at Frameline’s gala opening ceremony will quite possibly be met by picketers protesting the Israeli consulate’s participation as one of the festival’s sponsors. Frameline 2010 comes to a close on June 27 with a screening of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, »

- Andre Soares

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Interview with Maxine Peake

15 June 2010 10:22 PM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

If you're lucky, you've already seen The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. And if you haven't, don't fret. The drama, which aired on the BBC, is making the Lgbt film festival rounds — it opens San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival on June 17 and plays Los Angeles' Outfest in July, among others.

The film stars Maxine Peake as Lister — a landowner, traveler and industrialist who lived in the early 1800s and who also happened to be a lesbian who wasn't shy about her sexual orientation. Lister's journals — numbering more than 25 volumes and 4 million words — have become some of the best lesbian nonfiction in existence. AfterEllen.com caught up with Peake to discuss why she pursued the role, doing justice to the role for the Lgbt community and how Lister has changed her. 

AfterEllen.com: You initially heard of the part from a friend and chased it until you landed it — all without having read the script. »

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Tina O'Brien: 'Lesbian kiss felt normal'

7 June 2010 10:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tina O'Brien has revealed that her on-screen lesbian kiss in a recent BBC period drama felt normal. The 26-year-old actress, best known for playing Sarah Platt on Coronation Street, also spoke of her forthcoming TV projects. "It was fine. Maxine Peake (O'Brien's co-star) is an amazing actress, and to be honest, it was absolutely no different from kissing a guy. It didn't even feel weird," (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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The Big Personality Test: A Child of Our Time Special; Genius of Britain; The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister; Britain's Got Talent; BBC News | Television review

5 June 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Britain had plenty of talent and genius but it was mainly to be found on BBC2 and Channel 4

Poor old BBC1, trying so hard, burdened by so much money. The week began badly for them, as so many seem to, with Robert Winston and Sophie Raworth trying to present something about personality. How the corporation loves these Big Tests which purport to offer you some big conclusion about the Way We Are, but in the end hint only at small things, very few of them pleasant, about the smugness of the producer's lazy knowing smile in the pub the night he got it commissioned.

In The Big Personality Test we were meant to be finding out, I think, how personalities shape our lives; inherent personality rather than, say, geography or upbringing. I say "I think" because it was impossible to really find out; impossible, almost, to think. There were »

- Euan Ferguson

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TV ratings - 31 May: Coronation Street's HD debut draws more than 500,000 viewers

2 June 2010 2:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Start of 'Siege Week' scores success as double helping of Britain's Got Talent attracts ITV1 HD's biggest audience yet

Coronation Street's first night of high-definition broadcasting proved an instant hit with viewers, with the 9pm edition attracting more than 500,000 viewers to the ITV1 HD channel on Monday 31 May.

The ITV1 soap's first ever 9pm outing attracted 9.655 million viewers and a 38.2% share on the main network, with a further 509,000 (2.1%) on digital channel ITV1 HD.

This topped the previous ratings high for ITV1 HD, 459,000 (2%) for live coverage of last Monday's England friendly against Mexico.

Last night's double helping of Britain's Got Talent either side of Coronation Street brought two higher audiences to ITV1 HD, with 559,000 viewers (2.2%) for the 7.30pm outing and 574,000 (2.3%) for the 9.30pm results show.

On ITV1, the first Britain's Got Talent semi-final drew 10.153 million viewers (40.9%) from 7.30pm and 9.746 million (38%) for the 9.30pm edition.

All three shows more than doubled »

- Jason Deans

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The Secret Diary of Miss Anne Lister | TV Review

31 May 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Maxine Peake was in her element in a tale of romance, secrets and – most of all – misery

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (BBC2), then. Leather-bound. Furtive. Their yellowing pages rich in soft-focus historical context and authentically repressed 19th-century bosomage.

Written by Jane English, the 90-minute drama concerned Anne Lister, the real-life Yorkshire landowner, industrialist and enthusiastic lesbian whose numerous diaries were written in a coded combination of Greek and algebra in order to conceal her romantic relationships. Most prominent of these was her lifelong love for Mariana, aka "-Zp4z-z". It was not a happy affair.

As Lister, Maxine Peake was the light bulb around which the drama's gloom-winged moth fluttered. Peake's presence in a production is not generally conducive to Lolz. Melancholy and a vague sense of anxiousness, yes: belly laughs over Doritos, no. So guileless, pale and eager-to-please is the actor's heart-shaped face you instinctively wince at the tsunami of disappointment, »

- Sarah Dempster

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