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The Vice of Virtue: Brougher’s Latest Achieves Varied Results
Those familiar with Hilary Brougher’s offbeat sensibilities, as showcased in her delightful 1997 debut The Sticky Fingers of Time, and the Tilda Swinton headlined drama Stephanie Daley (2006), will be happy to know that her long awaited third film has arrived, an adaptation of Jane Mendelsohn’s 2000 Young Adult novel, Innocence. A project first announced several years ago with a revolving list of high profile names announced as being attached (Julianne Moore, Chloe Sevigny, and Abigail Breslin, for instance), it seems Brougher’s had a bit of difficulty getting this project put together, which is evident in the final product, a film reminiscent of vintage stabs at Ya thrillers back in the 70s and 80s, such as several classic Disney titles. While it never quite succeeds as an effective thriller, Brougher manages to strike a moody ambience with this familiar material, »
- Nicholas Bell
Vikings Season 3 Promo. History‘s Vikings: Season 3 TV show trailer from the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con stars Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linus Roache, and George Blagden. Vikings‘ plot synopsis: “The History® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
When talking about the great cinematographers of India, one name that has to be at the top is Santosh Sivan. He has won over 13 National Awards, was recently honored with a Padma Shri and also is the first Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers. Not only does he focus the lens and set the frame in both Indian and English films, he also has sat in the director’s chair to create his own magic. His credits include Dil Se, Asoka, The Terrorist, Before the Rains, Thalapathi, Raavan, Iruvar, Roja, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, and more.
As part of the London Indian Film Festival on July 11th, Mr. Sivan will be giving a special master class. I was lucky enough to chat with Mr. Sivan about his career, and it was a fascinating conversation covering many different and interesting topics. Enjoy!
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- Stacey Yount
One of my favorite shows, History‘s Vikings, has announced new cast members for the new season, and it’s a group that should have you excited to see where things go.
For me, the most impressive note here is that Lothaire Bluteau will be joining the cast as Emperor Charles of France. One of the most woefully under-appreciated actors around, Bluteau may be best known at the moment for his work on The Tudors, but he was also the star of two of the best movies ever, Jesus of Montreal and Black Robe.
Also on board is Kevin Durand, another actor who doesn’t get the attention he deserves, who will hopefully be more solidly in the collective consciousness when Vikings rolls around again, because he is also in the upcoming The Strain.
Finally, relative unknown Morgane Polanski will play Emperor Charles’ daughter.
And so, despite ending last season with all eyes at home, »
- Marc Eastman
Now available on Blu-ray/DVD, Non-Stop is a thrill ride that follows U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), who receives a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. As things escalate, everyone is a suspect, including the air marshal, himself. From director Jaume Collet-Serra, the film also stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Linus Roache, Corey Stoll and Anson Mount. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Anson Mount talked about how he got involved with the film, how many changes the script went through before they shot it, the duality of the character, the challenges of shooting a fight scene in an airplane bathroom, and how much he enjoyed working with Liam Neeson. He also talked about Season 4 of his AMC drama series Hell on Wheels, where the story is taking them this season, »
- Christina Radish
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Anson Mount, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache | Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach | Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Liam Neeson is Bill Marks, federal air marshal on a flight to London. Not everything on this flight is as it seems however, as he begins to get text messages instructing him tot transfer a large sum of money into an account, or a person will die on the plane every 20 minutes. On top of that, the account is in his name so he is being framed for every murder which happens. When everyone on the plane is a suspect, and everyone on the plane suspects him, Non-Stop is an suspense thriller which will leave you guessing as to who is responsible.
According to Hollywood, every plane journey has to have a hijacker, bomb, kidnapping or an exotic animal outbreak and »
- Richard Axtell
While the Vikings raided and conquered many lands during the 8th and 9th centuries, Season 2 of History Channel’s Vikings showed how much struggle there was for power within the Northlanders themselves. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) staved off attacks by Jarl Borg (Thorbjorn Harr) and Rollo (Clive Standen), Borg by himself, and in the season finale, “The Lord’s Prayer” he survived the full-scale attack by King Horik (Donal Logue) and his people.
For much of the episode we knew Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) held the cards, not knowing if he would betray Ragnar or Horik. He is a wild card–an unpredictable force to swing the tide one way or another but the strength in this season has been spent fleshing out several characters and thankfully, Floki was high on that list. In Season 1, he was known simply as Ragnar’s shipbuilder, trusted friend and mischievous Pagan fundamentalist. He remained a »
- Ernie Estrella
History's Season 2 finale of “Vikings” was down slightly from the Season 1 conclusion. Thursday's episode earned 3.4 million total viewers and 1.4 million viewers in the key 18-49 demographic. That was down from 3.6 million total viewers and 1.7 million in the demo for the Season 1 finale. Also read: ‘Vikings’ Linus Roache Talks Upcoming Rivalry Between Ragnar and Ruthless King of Wessex (Video) “Vikings” has already been renewed for a third season. The show thrived on social media. Thursday's episode was the most-tweeted cable program. This year “Vikings” is History's most-tweeted series, up 98 percent from Season 1. »
- Tim Molloy
The season finale of "Vikings" is a rough, bloody endeavor that's not for the faint of heart. But then, if you're watching this show, you're not likely to fall into that category anyway. Even so, Ragnar's legion fans will have a hard time not squirming out of their seats or screaming at their television sets. It is, in a word, intense. We knew that the the season couldn't end on the fairly amicable resolution we saw last week between the Vikings and King Ecbert (played with admirable resever by Linus Roache). There will be more bloodletting, much of it with Ragnar in the crosshairs, as King Horik lets his ego and wounded pride dictate his behavior. Any discussion of "Vikings" necessitates a nod toward Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), who does more than simply cut and chop his way through other warriors. Yes, the icy blue eyes really pop against a bloody, »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The season finale of History's “Vikings” may feature the big showdown between King Horik and Ragnar Lothbrok, but the question at the top of everyone's minds is what will happen to young lovers Bjorn and Porunn. Also read: ‘Vikings’ Creator Michael Hirst on Shocking Death: It's Like the ‘Crucifixion of Christ’ Ragnar's son, Bjorn, played by “Hunger Games” star Alexander Ludwig, is deeply in love with slave girl Porunn (Gaia Weiss), despite his father's admonitions that such a girl is beneath him. But now she's been granted her freedom, so they can be together, right? Also read: ‘Vikings’ Linus Roache Talks Upcoming Rivalry Between Ragnar. »
- L.A. Ross
The Blacklist, Season 1, Episode 20: “The Kingmaker”
Written by J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter
Directed by Karen Gaviola
Airs Monday nights at 10 pm Est on NBC
Last week The Blacklist gave audiences a file folder with evidence to prove Red Reddington was really someone Liz Keen should hate. This week the evidence in that folder is revealed and it, like the episode, is completely underwhelming.
My problem with this show is that it sets wonderful ideas up but fails to pay them off in a timely manner. The show sets up in the pilot that Tom Keen is a bad guy and they don’t pay off that idea until episode 15 or 16 of the season. Another plot thread that has been neglected is the one involving Red’s secret that the government is so afraid of. What is the problem with letting the audience in on what Red’s bargaining chip is? »
- Chike Coleman
Recently, NBC released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Blacklist" episode 20 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "The Kingmaker," and it looks like things will get quite intriguing as Liz finds a secret Red has been hiding, the Kingmaker villain is causing major problems, and more. In the new, 20th episode press release: A politician in Prague will find himself being framed for murder, which is going to see the team attempting to take down the Kingmaker, who is a strategist that is going to be behind the emergence of some powerful politicians. In the meantime, Liz will unearth a secret that Red has been hiding. Actor Linus Roache is going to guest star as "The Kingmaker." Episode 20 is set to air on Monday night,April 28th at 9pm central time on NBC. »
Ja from Mnpp here with a new round of "Beauty Vs. Beast" for us to play... this week's inspiration? It's the 54th birthday of one of my favorite actors, Scotsman slash raving lunatic Robert Carlyle. Alright yes he's (probably) just acting the "raving lunatic" part... over and over again... so well... by all accounts he's a very nice gentleman. Think how sweet he seemed romancing Linus Roache in Priest! That was the first place I ever saw him - it was two years later where he'd cement the scary status he'd carry on to roles in Ravenous and 28 Weeks Later (which I actually prefer to the original) with the one and only terror that was Begbie in Danny Boyle's 1996 phenom Trainspotting.
Did I say "one and only"? Make that twice and doubly - now that Ewan and Danny have finally made up following DiCaprio-Gate (Boyle cast Leo over Ewan in The Beach, »
I severely doubt there was a more compelling hour of television this week than what transpired in History Channel’s Vikings episode 207, “The Blood Eagle” so let’s break down some of the biggest moments, what built up to them and how they’ll impact future episodes.
The Blood Eagle
I would be remiss to begin breaking down this episode from any point except the end. Jarl Borg’s (Thorbjørn Harr) execution was the most brutal, horrific yet riveting ordeal to play out on TV in a long time. The Blood Eagle sounded like a cool visual when mentioned at the end of the previous episode, then reality started to sink in when Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) walked Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) through it. But actually seeing it? That was a game changer. I didn’t think Athelstan’s (George Blagden) crucifixion could be topped, but I was wrong. Borg said it »
- Ernie Estrella
New alliances are formed on both sides of the North Sea in tonight's episode of History's “Vikings” — and in this exclusive scene, viewers finds out whether blood is thicker than the water that separates England from the marauding Northmen. See video: ‘Vikings’ Linus Roache Talks Upcoming Rivalry Between Ragnar and Ruthless King of Wessex King Ecbert (Linus Roach) makes an indecent proposal to his rival turned ally, King Aelle of Northumbria (Ivan Kaye), to seal their pact as they unite against the Viking invaders. Also read: ‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 3 “Vikings” airs at 10 Et. Check back Friday for The Wrap's »
- L.A. Ross
If they gave Emmys for Outstanding Acting In a Vintage Roman Bath... That would be a very strange and limited Emmy category. It would also be a category that Linus Roache would win with ease this year. Roache has been a new addition in the second season of History's "Vikings," playing King Ecbert, a real history figure brought into the "Vikings" world as this year's Big Bad to oppose Travis Fimmel's Ragnar. Or at least that's the way it looked at first, but soon King Ecbert and Ragnar were making tentative treaties and Ecbert was showing great interest in the Viking religion. So who can say how things stand between King Ecbert and Ragnar at this point? One thing we know with certainty, though, is that King Ecbert loves a good soak. He meets with political allies in the bath. He meets with religion advisors in the bath. And »
- Daniel Fienberg
Hey, "The Blacklist" peeps. Unfortunately, it's that time to tell you, again, that your favorite show is taking another pretty long break, so the new,official spoilers for the upcoming episode 19 of season 1 are going to be stalled for a bit. The show will be back in action with new episodes on Monday night, April 21st at 9pm central time, so go ahead and jot that down on your TV calendars. NBC didn't drop the new promo/spoiler clip for episode 19 last night, so we're still waiting for that. When they release it, we'll certainly get it up on the site for you guys, so be sure to stay tuned for that. In related news, we've got a new character spoiler scoop for you guys. The show is bringing on a new Kingmaker character before season 1 is over. He's described as being extremely dangerous and influential with political ties around the world. »
Ragnar and his "Vikings" gang will be back on History next year. History announced on Tuesday (March 25) that "Vikings" has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, beginning production this summer and airing next year. "'Vikings' has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, 'Vikings' has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television,” gloats History Evp and General Manager Dirk Hoogstra. "We are incredibly fortunate to have such an enormously talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst whose intricately woven storylines vividly brings the unknown, epic world of these Norsemen to life. Season three promises to immerse viewers even deeper into the exploits of these fearless warriors who are willing to risk it all for conquest and power. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Four episodes into the second season of “Vikings,” History has renewed the show for a 10-episode Season 3. The series, created and written by Michael Hirst, tops its Thursdays-at-10 timeslot on cable. Season 2 episodes are averaging 3.4 million total viewers, and 1.5 million viewers in the key 18-49 demographic. Also read: ‘Vikings’ Linus Roache Talks Upcoming Rivalry Between Ragnar and Ruthless King of Wessex (Video) Production on Season 3 will begin this summer, and the season will air in 2015. “‘Vikings’ has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” said network »
- Tim Molloy
Vikings, Season 2, Episode 3, “Treachery”
Written by Michael Hirst
Directed by Ciaran Donnelly
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on History
Permit me, if you will, to briefly discuss Travis Fimmel.
I’ve been perusing articles on Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as of late, in an overdue tribute to the great actor himself; and in one New Yorker piece, found the following quote: “the greatest movie actors don’t have to say or do anything, though a little trick of the light at the right moment doesn’t hurt.”
While to ascribe Fimmel A-lister status, at this point, feels pre-emptive, my belief he could be pencilled into this category still stands. Vikings, at times — for all its being flush with textured, moody detail and vividly drawn battle scenes — feels like a backdrop to Fimmel’s considerable gravitas. That subtly-shifting set of vocal inflections, coupled with (as always) the odd light in his eyes »
- Vivienne Mah
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