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Digital Spy recommends the very best in television - these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from the return of Bake Off to a surprising upturn for True Detective.
True Detective has come in for plenty of flak in its second season, but is the whole thing just one massive slow burn? That's what overnight reviews from the Us seem to be suggesting.
After steadily improving in recent weeks, the moody HBO drama's latest outing 'Black Maps and Motel Rooms' seems to have won over critics - maybe it's time to tune back in?
It's the end of an era as BBC One's long-running Golden Oldie crime drama is finally being pensioned off - though not before one last 10-part series.
Series 12 begins with the first of a two-parter in »
Cable channel Cinemax has seen its stature grow over the past few years with a number of shows that have garnered acclaim among critical television fans. One such show has been Banshee. Co-created by television newcomers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, the show is executive produced by Alan Ball, and focuses on a small town in Pennsylvania where a recently released criminal posing as the sheriff tries to navigate his own past, the local criminal element, the Amish community, and the Native American community.
Many fans of the series were excited to learn that Cinemax had renewed the show for a fourth season earlier this year. The excitement, however, turned out to be bittersweet, as news has now emerged that the fourth season, which is currently in production, will be the show’s last. Reports suggest that the creators and writers of the series were aware of the impending cancellation when the fourth season began, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Cinemax’s “Banshee” will conclude its run with a fourth and final season, Variety has confirmed. The news was first reported by TVLine.
Producers have been working with execs at the cable network toward an end date for the action-drama, and mutually agreed on this solution, according to a source inside the production.
“It’s equal parts of feeling the story has been told, wanting to go out while the show is a major success for Cinemax, and lead actor Antony Starr’s growing demands and vocal desire to leave the show,” said the source.
The season premiere of “Banshee” in January drew 540,000 same-night viewers and its finale in March drew 692,000.
- Debra Birnbaum
Thomas Vinterberg was a Palme d'Or contender, and an Oscar nominee, for 2012's "The Hunt," which won Mads Mikkelsen Cannes' Best Actor prize. After "Far From the Madding Crowd," the Dogme 95 pioneer turned humanist filmmaker returns to his Danish-language roots with "The Commune." Shot in Denmark and Sweden last Fall, this 1970s-set period piece turns on Erik (Ulrich Thomsen, star of Vinterberg's shrieking "The Celebration") and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a young academic couple who move into a Danish commune with their daughter — all is sweet serenity until Erik's younger lover is invited to join them. From the looks of it, this film co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who wrote "The Hunt" and directed 2012's intense "A Hijacking") also brings Vinterberg back to the kind of complicated group dynamics that made "The Hunt" and "The Celebration" so compelling. According to THR, "The Commune" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World, »
- D. Zhea
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
Director: Susanne Bier.
Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: After the death of his baby, conflicted cop Andreas (Coster-Waldau), decides to swap the body with that of the neglected and mistreated baby of a perp he has previously arrested.
There are few duos in cinema as powerful and consistent as director Susanne Bier and writer Anders Thomas Jensen. Their films reak of shocking and socially important issues, while giving us strong stories that seem unrivalled by others in the medium. Brothers, After The Wedding, and In A Better World are just some of the classics that make the world a better place to live in. There’s no doubt that Susanne Bier is quite possibly the greatest female director to have ever lived, but such a title should come second to the fact she is actually »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The kitchen sink bubbles over with a soapy lather in this Danish yarn which benefits greatly from the shadowy lure of Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He lends no small amount of dignity to a cop who makes some very questionable decisions that threaten his career and his family life while director Susanne Bier, who has carved a niche in melodrama with films like Open Hearts, Brothers and In a Better World, makes up for some of her sins, here, with a typically cool aesthetic.
Interesting sociological questions aren't so much raised as rooted out from a massively contrived opening act when police detective Andreas (Coster-Waldau) responds to a domestic disturbance at the flat of a known drug addict and ex-con Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). This bona fide »
Banshee, Season 3: Episode 10 – “We All Pay Eventually”
Directed by Loni Peristere
Returns to Cinemax in 2016 for a fourth season
In all of the craziness that is “We All Pay Eventually,” Banshee displays its growth over three gripping years by giving two supporting characters the chance to verbalize the heart of the episode, season and series thus far:
“I am guys like that…I will always be that man…I am doing everything I can to change. And every once in a while, I manage to convince myself that I’m a better person.”
And when Bunker gets so angry, Brock shows him what that really is:
“That isn’t anger that you’re feeling. That’s the shame and guilt…That is what makes you better than them. If you didn’t feel that, that’s when I’d start to worry.”
- Sean Colletti
Title: A Second Chance Director: Susanne Bier Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maria Bonnevie, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lykke May Anderson Susanne Bier casts Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – of whom we became fond of in ‘Game of Thrones’ – to play a veteran police officer with a wife and new baby, who makes a fateful decision. The Academy Award-winning director, has the magic touch of a puppeteer in directing her actors to authenticity. But this time she has failed in the selection of the script, written by Anders Thomas Jensen. We know from the very beginning what is coming, since we are nurtured along the way by a symmetry of circumstances, with [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Recently, Showtime served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Banshee" episode 9 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Even God Doesn't Know What to Make Of You," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense and dramatic stuff take place when Proctor and Emily take a hit over Rebecca's scew-ups, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Lucas (Antony Starr) is going to recall the history of his friendship with Job (Hoon Lee), while pondering the future, if there indeed will be one. Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and Emily (Tanya Clarke) will pay the price for Rebecca's (Lili Simmons) recklessness. Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) and Gordon (Rus Blackwell) are going to pick up the pieces of their shattered relationship. Stowe (Langley Kirkwood) and Leo (Dennis Flanagan) will land a big fish. Bunker (Tom Pelphrey) will reconnect with his skinhead past. Deva (Ryann Shane) is »
I'm not particularly familiar with Danish director Susanne Bier's filmography. Scratch that, I'm actually not at all familiar with Bier's work. Her Oscar-winning film In a Better World is a movie I have heard plenty about but never seen, and the only other film of hers I've even heard of is Serena, Bier's Depression-era drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which will finally be released on demand tomorrow and in U.S. theaters on March 27 after spending eighteen long months in post-production. But never mind that, for Bier it's on to the next one, as the second trailer for her latest film A Second Chance has recently debuted online. The project, which stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones"), Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing), and Maria Bonnevie(I Am David), debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews, with The Playlist concluding the film contains more than »
- Jordan Benesh
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen
Directed by Susanne Bier
Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier’s latest film is an emotionally-charged thriller, centered on a successful police officer who has recently started a family. Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his wife Anna (Maria Bonnevie) are coming to terms with their new lives as parents, struggling to adapt to their baby’s challenging sleeping patterns and find time to spend alone together. However, they are devoted parents who are raising their baby in idyllic circumstances, with absolute financial security and a stunning lakeside home.
Andreas is reminded just how good they have it when he is called to a domestic incident involving a junkie, Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who he sent to prison on a previous assignment. Tristan’s partner, Sanne (May Andersen), tries to block Andreas from entering their bathroom, but, when he forces his way through, he »
- Rob Dickie
The Kingslayer turns babystealer in the new trailer for Susanne Bier's A Second Chance. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is front and centre in this new Danish melodrama as a policeman who finds himself slipping into an increasingly bleak predicament. There's something about this man and hand injuries that makes you think someone should confiscate his kitchen knives. Click below to take a closer look. brightcove.createExperiences();Coster-Waldau plays clean-cut cop Andreas who has a baby with his wife Anne (Maria Bonnevie) and lives a seemingly enviable existence. Then, on a routine call with his more ragged partner Simon (Ulrich Thomsen), he stumbles upon a heroin addict, his girlfriend and their neglected baby. Unable to call upon social services and on an impulse that will have huge repercussions, he takes the baby home.For Bier, the hope is a return to form after the long-delayed and lukewarmly-received Serena. She's already an Oscar winner, »
Over the weekend I watched all of this year's Oscar-nominated short films in the live action, animated and documentary categories. Well, actually, I watched almost all of them as there was one documentary short I had zero interest in watching beyond its opening credits. More on that in a second, but let's begin with the live action short films. And remember, these are predictions, not a ranking of my favorites, though I will be giving an opinionated take on each of the films. Live Action Cheryl Graf and Nissa Kashani in Parvaneh Of the three categories I'd say the live action lot had the largest selection of films I actually enjoyed. Of the bunch, only The Phone Call rubbed me the wrong way. It really doesn't accomplish much other than hammer home the melancholy as Sally Hawkins plays a crisis hotline worker who receives a call from a man (Jim Broadbent »
- Brad Brevet
Currently in its third season, the action series, which stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee, will shoot the new episodes in Pittsburgh. Returning cast members are yet to be announced.
Season four is set to premiere in 2016.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Cinemax has renewed “Banshee” for a fourth season. It will return next year with eight new episodes. Produced by “True Blood” co-creator Alan Ball, the drama series is currently airing its third season. Although Cinemax said it will confirm returning cast members and producers at a later date, Season 3 stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee. See video: ‘Banshee’ Season 3 Trailer Promises a War on Three Fronts (Video) “Banshee” follows Antony Starr as as a mysterious ex-convict who assumed the identity of Lucas Hood, a small Amish country town sheriff who’s murdered. Quickly, he discovers that this. »
- Jethro Nededog
Viewership for the second season of Banshee grew over the course of the series' 10 episodes. Will the ratings continue to go up in season three? Will this Cinemax action thriller series be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned to find out.
Banshee revolves around an ex-con (Antony Starr) who, while hiding out from a powerful crime lord (Ben Cross), ends up assuming the identity of the deceased incoming sheriff of the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania. Others in the cast are Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Ryann Shane, Lili Simmons, Anthony Ruivivar, Geno Segers, and Langley Kirkwood.
Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress: (more…) »
Banshee, Season 3: Episode 5 – “Tribal”
Written by Adam Targum
Directed by Oc Madsen
Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax
If it’s worth quoting, it’s worth quoting twice:
“I don’t know if anyone ever changes, really. But we can evolve, right? I mean, that’s what we’re trying to do, isn’t it? Just become better versions of ourselves?”
- Deputy Siobhan Kelly
When it comes to episodic television, no one expects any show to simply be the best. If such objectivity existed, there would be no point in watching anything but the single best series out there. Everything else would be a waste of time, because energy would be spent on an inferior product. But that’s not how these things work. Every viewer has different tastes than the next. Some don’t like Banshee. Some absolutely love it. Instead of expecting or hoping a show »
- Sean Colletti
Written by Eric Aronson
Directed by David Koepp
Seemingly late in the game of David Koepp’s Mortdecai, the eponymous character (played by Johnny Depp) asks his wife, “Are you quite finished with your barrage of insults?” It’s an apt question for the film itself, a cataclysmically unfunny, unbelievably tedious disaster of baffling misjudgments and multiple career lows that feels as long as Shoah, and only a little less harrowing. No such luck, though, as the film goes on for another 25 minutes. It then ends on people about to throw up. Also apt.
Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Depp, in a career low as both actor and one of the film’s producers) is an eccentric English art dealer and “part time rogue”, and the sort of whimsical, foppish figure who refers to America as “the Colonies”. (This film is apparently set in the present day.) He’s in »
- Josh Slater-Williams
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