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Video: iTom – Ep 4 – Darkest Hour UK Premiere

I had the chance to attend the UK premiere of Churchill biopic Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman. Check out the video above for footage from the red carpet event including some interesting insights into the film by one of the film’s stars Kristin Scott Thomas and screenwriter Anthony McCarten.

You can also read my thoughts on the film below.

London, 1940. Nazi Germany is decimating Europe. Britain’s ruling Conservative Party leader, Neville Chamberlain is ousted from power by a parliamentary vote of no confidence. The party’s chosen successor: a middle-aged, overweight, boozer, with a questionable military record – Winston Churchill. The country’s darkest hour, indeed.

In the opening minutes of Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) being unceremoniously ousted from the prime-ministership because of his lack of nerve in the war effort. It is abundantly clear from the elaborate camera setup, which glides seamlessly from a birds-eye view to a
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Darkest Hour movie review: a surrender to open-and-shut history

MaryAnn’s quick take… A feature-length Oscar clip, two hours of Gary Oldman stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. There’s too little drama and too much inevitability in what amounts to a reanimated Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Like a feature-length Oscar clip, Darkest Hour is two hours of Gary Oldman (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Child 44) stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. Cigars are chomped, put-upon secretaries are shouted at with studied histrionics, and less iconic politicians are smote verbally. It’s all fine as impersonations go, I guess, but there’s not much drama in what amounts to a Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene that’s somehow been magically animated.

We should feel the
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‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London

‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London
The challenge of sonically recreating the world of London in 1940 for Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” not only involved historical accuracy but subjective license. After all, the psychological warfare utilized by Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill to mobilize a reluctant Parliament against Hitler was crafted as a thrilling procedural.

“The first thing was to set the scene in 1940 sonically,” said sound editor Craig Berkey (nominated for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men”). “The reality ranged from such obvious things as what a car or a phone sounded like, or the fact that church bells were not allowed to ring back then, only Big Ben. Or what the sounds of paper waving or foot stomping was like in Parliament.”

“The other part was to reflect what’s going on with Gary and his performance throughout the film,” added Berkey. “This part of the soundscape had to do with atmospherics,
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Watch Exclusive 'Darkest Hour' Video: Transformation

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The first time we see Winston Churchill on screen in the stirring historical drama Darkest Hour, it takes several moments to kick in: that's Gary Oldman! Even knowing in advance that the acclaimed actor is portraying the famed political figure, it's a startling transformation. It's not just the outstanding hair and makeup design, either, as explained by director Joe Wright and fellow actors Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ronald Pickup and Stephen Dillane in...

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Win A Darkest Hour Prizepack – Stars Gary Oldman

We Are Movie Geeks is giving away Darkest Hour prizepacks to celebrate the release of the film. Darkest Hour is now playing in select cities and expands nationwide on December 22

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a set of 4 coasters 1 paperback book (Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten)

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Directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten, Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms.
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: A Masterclass In Acting — And History

It's easy to begin any discussion about Joe Wright's new movie, Darkest Hour, by discussing its star, Gary Oldman. The only problem is Gary Oldman is nowhere to be seen in this film. The wonderful actor completely dissolves into the role of Winston Churchill, and in so doing turns in one of the very best performances of the year and one of his best in his long and storied career.

Darkest Hour tells the story of Winston Churchill's rise to power as Prime Minister of Great Britain in the infancy of World War II and his handling of the war efforts to protect the island nation from its enemies. Hitler's forces, arguably the greatest army this world has ever seen, are taking huge chunks of Europe with ease, and Neville Chamberlain's (Ronald Pickup) previous policy of appeasement has failed to rein in the leader of the Nazis. This
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Darkest Hour – Review

Gary Oldman (center) stars as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Jack English / Focus Features ©

Gary Oldman gives an amazing performance as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright Darkest Hour, a riveting drama about Churchill and the earliest darkest days of World War II, as Britain faced the crisis of Dunkirk and invasion by Hitler loomed. The film is an admirable work, a mix of historical drama and biopic, but it is Oldman’s remarkable Oscar-worthy performance that is generating the most attention.

Darkest Hour offers more than Gary Oldman’s sterling, stirring performance. It is also a wonderful companion to a couple of other WWII films released this year, Dunkirk and the less-seen Their Finest Hour, both set around he same time in Britain. Combined with director Joe Wright’s earlier film Atonement, which contains a riveting depiction of a
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Interview, Audio: Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Chicago – Gary Oldman has been generating memorable film portrayals since he broke through in the 1980s. From Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”) to Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) to Jim Gordon (Dark Knight Series), Oldman is a consummate actor. That is expressed in his latest role, as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”

The title refers to one of the most challenging moments of Churchill’s career. Newly minted as Britain’s prime minister in 1940, he faces the onslaught of Adolf Hitler’s attack on his homeland, including the surrounding of the British troops at Dunkirk. Gary Oldman embodies the pugnacious bulldog that characterized Churchill at the height of his power, including the soaring rhetoric that strengthened the morale of the British people.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour

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Oldman was born in London, studied acting with the Young People’s Theatre and made his professional
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Movie Review – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Jordan Waller, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Synopsis:

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Before even beginning to praise the authentic and physically transformative Academy Award-worthy performance from legendary actor Gary Oldman portraying arguably the greatest politician in history, Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill, it should be made clear that the excellence doesn’t start and stop with the chameleon-like appearance or the numerous rousing speeches of defiance. Director Joe Wright (no stranger to period pieces and biopics having helmed features such as Atonement and Anna Karenina) understands that even the most lifelike depiction possible of the curmudgeonly yet bracingly
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Gary Oldman will run away with Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour”

There are times when the prognostication world anoints a presumed Oscar winner, only to have the film or the performance fall flat when actually seen. Then, there are other times when the movie or performer meets expectations and the victor should begin writing up their speech for the Academy Awards. More often than not, the former winds up being true. Gary Oldman is a case of the latter, as his turn in Darkest Hour is 100% going to win him the Oscar for Best Actor. It’s just a done deal, Academy wise. Beginning its theatrical run today, it’s also a quality biopic that’s more than simply shameless awards bait. The film is a look at British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman), how he came to power during the early days of World War II, and his agonizing decision over whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on. The
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Darkest Hour Movie Review

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Darkest Hour Movie Review
Darkest Hour Focus Features Director: Joe Wright Written by: Anthony McCarten Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lilly James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane Screened at: NYC Opens: November 22, 2017 Consider this: “Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to […]

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Darkest Hour gets a series of character posters

With just a month to go until it arrives in Us cinemas, five character posters have been released for the upcoming biographical drama Darkest Hour featuring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, Lily James as Elizabeth Layton, and Stephen Dillane as Viscount Halifax; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Darkest Hour here

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the
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Maisie Williams Launches Daisy Chain Productions

Williams in “Game of Thrones”: HBO

Arya Stark would definitely approve. “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams has launched production company Daisy Chain Productions with actor Bill Milner and producer Dom Santry, ScreenDaily reports. The company’s goal is to produce “UK projects with a focus on youth and talent development.”

Daisy Chain’s first project is Mark Lobatto’s short film “Stealing Silver,” set to make its debut later this month at the Savannah International Film Festival. Williams stars as a struggling young woman who discovers something unexpected about her neighbor (Ronald Pickup, “The Crown”).

Before beginning Daisy Chain, Williams, Milner, and Santry previously collaborated on the Netflix sci-fi film “iBoy.” Williams and Milner starred and Santry served as a camera operator.

“I hope to give other creatives the opportunities that I was lucky enough to receive at the beginning of my career,” Williams said of the new company. “I have previously had the joy of working with female directors on a number of occasions. The industry is moving and I couldn’t be more excited for my future within it.”

“We are really looking forward to supporting and championing up-and-coming, exciting talent both here in the UK and also across the globe,” commented Milner. “The chance to give creatives of all backgrounds an opportunity to have their talents seen and their stories heard is very special and to do that whilst creating great art makes it all the more sweeter.”

Starting her own production company and having a say in the types of projects that get developed are smart moves for Williams, who has been vocal about her frustrations about the lack of substantial female roles. “There are a lot of roles that come in that are ‘the girlfriend’ or ‘the hot piece’ in a movie or TV series,” she has said. “It will say ‘Derek: intelligent, good with kids, funny, really good at this’ and then it will say ‘Sandra: hot in a sort of cute way’ — and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so going into an audition you are channeling ‘hot,’ which isn’t like a person, that’s not who a person is.”

Williams has played the badass Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones” since the show’s 2011 debut. The seventh season of the fantasy-adventure HBO series concluded in August. Its eighth and final season is expected to air sometime in 2018. Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and “Doctor Who” are among Williams’ other credits. Next, you can catch her alongside Elle Fanning in Haifaa al-Mansour’s “Mary Shelley,” a biopic about the titular “Frankenstein” writer, and as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane in next year’s “X-Men: The New Mutants.”

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'Darkest Hour' Trailers

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Trailers are now below for Joe Wright Chruchhill biopic staring Gary Oldman 'Darkest Hour,' also starring Lristen Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

It opens 22 November for the Us, January 12, 2018 for Ireland and the UK.
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World War II drama Darkest Hour gets two new trailers

Following yesterday’s poster [take a look here], two new trailers have now arrived online for director Joe Wright’s upcoming biographical drama Darkest Hour which stars Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; watch them below…

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which
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Gary Oldman Commands as Churchill in Second 'Darkest Hour' Trailer

"You have the full weight of the world on your shoulders." Focus Features has debuted the second trailer for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, the second film this year about Winston Churchill (the other one is called Churchill starring Brian Cox). This film already played at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to some rave reviews, especially for the lead performance by Gary Oldman under heavy prosthetic as Winston Churchill. The focus in this film is on Churchill's first few days as Prime Minister, deciding whether or not to agree to a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or fight back and rally the troops waiting in Dunkirk. The cast includes Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Ronald Pickup, Nicholas Jones, Hannah Steele, and Jeremy Child. This is a slick trailer that ratchets up the intensity and shows how powerful Oldman is as Churchill.
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Watch The Brand New Trailer For ‘Darkest Hour’

Universal Pictures has unleashed the brand new trailer for the upcoming true story Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. The new trailer comes following the debut of the three new one-sheet posters that appeared online just yesterday.

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (BAFTA-Award® winner Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a sceptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn

are also
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Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill! Check Out the New Trailer for Darkest Hours

Focus Features will release Darkest Hour in select cities on November 22, 2017

This new trailer looks amazing:

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.

Darkest Hour is directed by Joe Wright and stars Gary Oldman,
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