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Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2016
With the question of who's playing James Bond in James Bond 25 unresolved, we look back at the casting conundrums 007 has faced before.
Since 1962, fewer men have played James Bond than have walked on the moon. Despite the relatively long turnaround of the role, the subject of who might follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in the future has fuelled many column inches and tabloid splashes.
It feels as if speculation about the seventh 007 in Eon Productions' long-lived spy franchise has been at fever pitch since this time last year, when Craig was doing the promotional rounds for Spectre and commented that he would rather “slash [his] wrists” than play Bond again. It's only after a year of constant reports on the subject that his far more optimistic comments at last weekend's New Yorker Festival »
Per Sundance, the forthcoming miniseries tells the story of Laura Newell (Froggatt), a school teacher fresh out of a relationship who reenters the dating scene with Andrew Ellis (Gruffudd), a surgeon who just so happens to be the father to one of her students. Together »
Thanks to Empire, we’ve got a new image from Churchill, director Jonathan Teplitzky’s upcoming biopic of the British wartime leader, which explores the 48 hours leading up to D-Day and stars Brian Cox as the legendary British Prime Minister. As you’d expect, he looks like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders – perhaps Michael Bay should show send him some dailies from Transformers: The Last Knight to cheer him up…
May 23rd, 1944: as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day, the now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his »
- Gary Collinson
SundanceTV is headed back to the South. Today, the network announced production has begun on season two of Hap and Leonard. Based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. The cast also includes Christina Hendricks, Bill Sage, Jeff Pope, Neil Sandilands, and Jimmi Simpson.Read More… »
“Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden has been cast as the lead in Amazon’s new drama pilot based on the book “Strange New Things,” written by Michael Faber. Madden will play Peter, a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony, but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test, but life as we know it. The pilot is set to be written and executive produced by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) and produced by Andy Harries and Lila Rawlings, with Kevin MacDonald directing. The one-hour drama pilot is an Amazon Studios and Left Bank Productions co-production.
- Arya Roshanian
We’ve never seen this before, multiple female characters open about ambition, power, and money. But representation alone does not make for a gripping tale. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
To say that Wall Street shenanigans are well storied onscreen is both an understatement and a misdirection. Sure, there have been lots of movies (and documentaries) set in the world of high finance… and as with nearly ever other human endeavor that gets depicted in film, most of them are about men. Even in movies about Big Money based on real-life events in which women played significant roles, women’s contributions tend to get glossed over or eliminated entirely; see The Big Short. We may think we’ve got a good grip on how Wall Street operates based on the movies we’ve seen, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Equity is a film about Wall Street but not the usual kind. For one thing, it is about women working on Wall Street. The film is also not about the economic meltdown or other famous scandal, but instead is just about an investment banker, Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), who has risen to the top, playing the investment game with the big boys, in what is predominately a man’s business world. The title refers more to the kind of equity one means when you say “pay equity.”
This is a remarkable film for what it is not – the usual financial drama with men in the lead roles. Not only is the main character a woman but all the major characters are women. In this financial drama, all the really central roles filled by women, and men are in the supporting and romantic interest parts, the movie roles to which women are too often consigned. »
- Cate Marquis
Chicago – The key moment in “Equity” is early in the film. The main character was asked at a seminar why she got into high level finance. She paused for a second, and said “money.” The gals can be just as greedy as the guys, and their stakes in that greed can be just as exploitable.
But this isn’t about greed as much as the madness of financial pursuit. It is portrayed as an addictive high, hard to let go of no matter how much has been added to the bank account. And there are always rivals, and at that level they’ll stop at nothing to get advantage. This is a human story created by women, and not so much a cautionary tale but a lesson in the status quo. The pacing of this story is deliberate, to a fault, yet the humanity is true. There is no evolution in competition, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Martha Higareda (Royal Pains) is set as the female lead opposite Joel Kinnaman and Hap and Leonard’s James Purefoy will co-star in Altered Carbon, Netflix’s futuristic drama series conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis. Also cast in the series, from Skydance Television, are Dichen Lachman (The Last Ship) and Leonardo Nam (Westworld). Based on Richard Morgan's award-winning 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when… »
Equity Sony Pictures Classics/Broad Street Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Meera Menon Written by: Amy Fox, story by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Amy Fox Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/29/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 When a woman congratulates a business associate on the latter’s pregnancy, she may be stabbing her in the back (to avoid hurting the fetus, presumably). This is the case when Samantha (Alysia Reiner) wants nobody in her firm to know her condition, since people on the fast track could transfer quickly to the mommy track if the boss finds out—which is exactly [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
“Equity,” for the most part, may be a refreshing story about female investment bankers — and coders and investigators — who can behave just as ferociously as men in their respective careers. But whereas Meera Menon’s film portrays the pitfalls that often await women who work in a predominantly male business, it’s also overcharged with so much grrrl power that it could blackout an entire Wall Street block. “Diamonds,” says our heroine, Naomi (Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”), when her longtime boyfriend, hedge-funder Michael (James Purefoy), asks why they never got married. She then relates the anecdote about how they met, »
- Tricia Olszewski
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »
- Steve Greene
"Dudes only" — that might as well be the motto when it comes to big-screen finance dramas such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. In Equity, an explosive corporate thriller, a dynamite Anna Gunn fights back. As investment banker Naomi Bishop, the Breaking Bad Emmy winner comes out blazing, and it's not just the dickheads at the top she's gunning for. Even her hedge-funder boyfriend, Michael Connor (James Purefoy, oozing seductive sleaze), will exploit her for selfish reasons. She can't trust the women in her life either: Her protégé, »
Cut from the same cloth as Adam McKay’s Oscar-winning The Big Short, the rather excellent Margin Call and 99 Homes, Equity is set against the ruthless world of high-stakes banking, where Gunn’s head honcho Naomi Bishop navigates a world of double-crossing and corruption.
For a subgenre that has traditionally revolved around male characters thrust into a shady web of politics and deceit, at the very least, Equity looks set to offer up a breath of fresh air for financial dramas, and after nabbing multiple awards for her glowering turn as Walter White’s significant other, Anna Gunn certainly makes for a compelling and cutthroat Wall Street banker. Meera Menon directs the thriller, and here’s an overview of what »
- Michael Briers
SundanceTV has renewed “Hap and Leonard” — starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams as lifelong best friends mucked in swampy, offbeat misadventures — for a second season. “Hell on Wheels” veteran John Wirth will join as showrunner and executive producer, with Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt, Linda Moran and Nick Shumaker back as executive producers. Purefoy plays Hap Collins, an East Texas white boy fond of Southern ladies, and Williams plays hot-tempered gay, black Vietnam vet Leonard Pine. The show is inspired by the books by Joe R. Lansdale and developed by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. Also Read: Christina Hendricks Cast in SundanceTV's 'Hap. »
- Tim Molloy
SundanceTV has renewed comedic noir series “Hap and Leonard” for Season 2, the network announced Tuesday.
Starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams, the second season will consist of six episodes scheduled to debut in 2017. John Wirth (“Hell on Wheels,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) will join the project as showrunner and executive producer for Season 2.
The series is based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale and was developed by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. The second season will take inspiration from “Mucho Mojo,” the second installment of Lansdale’s the book series.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing ‘Hap and Leonard’ back for another season with these completely unique characters,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “James, Michael and the creative and production team did a superb job bringing Joe Lansdale’s characters to life in Season 1, and Sundance viewers responded accordingly. We »
- Laura Prudom
[caption id="attachment_51530" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hap and Leonard TV show renewed for a second season on SundanceTV (James Minchin/Sundance Film Holdings LLC).[/caption]
Star James Purefoy has announced his Hap and Leonard TV show has been renewed for a second season. The renewal does not come as a surprise. Last month, we reported it was expected. SundanceTV has not yet issued an official press release. Hap and Leonard season two is expected to consist of six episodes.
Purefoy stars as Hap Collins, in this comic "swamp noir" series. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women. Michael Kenneth Williams also stars as Leonard Pine, his best friend -- a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. The cast also includes Jimmi Simpson, Bill Sage, Pollyanna McIntosh, Neil Sandilands, and Jeff Pope.
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Aliens, meet Matthew Goode.
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Goode will play Red, a man who studies and enters “the Zone,” an area where aliens recently lived, to explore and sell valuable artifacts. Roadside Picnic was one of two pilots orders given by Wgn in March, along with an adaptation of DC Comics’ Scalped.
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On a brighter note @HapAndLeonard has been officially picked up for Season 2.. — James Purefoy (@JamesPurefoy) June 27, 2016 SundanceTV has apparently renewed its new original series, “Hap and Leonard,” for a second season. Based on the award-winning novel… Continue Reading → »
SundanceTV has renewed its swamp-set, six-episode drama TV series "Hap and Leonard" for a second season following its launch in March.
Jim Mickle and Nick Damici ("Cold in July") penned the series which Mickle directed while Nick Schumaker and Jeremy Platt are executive producing. An episode count, or expected premiere date for season two, has not yet been announced.
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- Garth Franklin
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