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16 items from 2016


The Weinstein Co. And BBC Re-Team On Event TV Adaptation Of ‘Les Miserables’

21 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Having jointly conquered one literary classic with Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the Weinstein Co. and BBC are re-teaming for an event TV adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. The six-point mini will be written by award-winning scribe Andrew Davies, who also adapted Tolstoy’s epic tale for TWC and the BBC. Davies will be working from Hugo’s novel, rather than the musical, to delve deep into the many layers of Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse… »

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Street Fighter V: unused character designs emerge

1 July 2016 1:40 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 1, 2016

Capcom shares some of the new fighters that didn't make the final cut in Street Fighter V. Take a look within...

Street Fighter V mixed classic characters with new contenders, but what about the world warriors that didn't make the final cut? In a new post on its website, Capcom's unveiled some early sketches and designs for the fighters that didn't quite make the finished game.

Inevitably, some are so bizarre that there's no way they'd have passed muster with fans. We can only wonder what the web would have made of Clumsy Cutie - a female fighter whose clothes tend to fall off - or a chap simply named "Fighting President" who has aerodynamic hair and wears a very bagggy white suit. 

The one we really like is Fighting Literary Master, a hunched, lugubrious looking man with a huge beard. We've no idea what his moves would have been like, »

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11 New Movies to Watch at Home This Week

10 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Deadpool, Michael Moore, and a few indies worth adding to your collection.Pick of the Week

Wildlike

What is it? Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a teen in crisis. Her father has died, and her mother’s addictions have forced her into rehab, so with no other resources she’s sent to stay with an uncle in Alaska for the summer. He shows her kindness, showers her with gifts, and sneaks into her bed at night to do unspeakable things. It may not be the first time, and she knows it won’t be the last, so when the opportunity arises she runs away. Her luck changes when she crosses paths with a hiker named Rene (Bruce Greenwood) in Denali. He wants nothing to do with her at first, but when the two of them end up on the same deserted trail in the park he quietly allows her to join his party of one. What »

- Rob Hunter

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‘Kapoor & Sons’ is a precious & powerful family saga

20 March 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

When the family secret that unravels towards the end of Kapoor & Sons makes it seem that things will fall apart and the centre will not hold, director Shakun Batra manages to make the loose ends come together in a messy kind of way that is so integral to the way families are. Never one. Ever always fun. All tangled in inter-personal relations, governed by emotions that they seldom understand. So who are we to judge them?

It was Leo Tolstoy who said it. “All happy families are alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The family in Kapoor & Sons, played with magnificent eloquence by actors who know their job, is happy on the surface. But scratch the polished exterior, and you get frightening fissures.

It is up to the outsider who peers into the family scene to make some sense of what lies beneath.

And this Kapoor family – my God! »

- Subhash K Jha

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War and Peace star Jack Lowden confirmed to play Morrissey in biopic

18 March 2016 6:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Steven, which will focus on singer’s early life of dead-end jobs before his success with the Smiths, is set to begin shooting in April

War and Peace star Jack Lowden will take the lead role in Steven, a biopic about the early life of the Smiths singer and solo artist Morrissey, producers have confirmed.

Lowden, who played soldier Nikolai Rostov in the BBC’s hit adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, will perform songs including Smiths single This Charming Man in the biopic, according to reports.

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- Ben Child

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TV War and Peace puts Tolstoy's book on bestseller list for first time

16 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Epic novel, whose length has long discouraged readers, has made it on to the Bookseller’s top 50 after the BBC’s acclaimed new adaptation

Britain is racing to address the fact that only 4% of Britons have read War and Peace, with Leo Tolstoy’s doorstopping epic entering the UK’s book charts for the first time.

The BBC’s racy adaptation of Tolstoy’s tale of Russia’s invasion by Napoleon has sent the novel into the Bookseller’s top 50 for the first time since Nielsen BookScan’s records began in 1998, the magazine reports. The BBC edition of the novel sold 3,581 copies last week, putting it in 50th place in the charts, according to the Bookseller, with total sales for the BBC edition now more than 13,000 since its December release. Five other editions of War and Peace have also sold strongly, with combined sales of 2,438 copies last week.

Related: War and Peace … and then what? »

- Alison Flood

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Pan Helmer Joe Wright Will Direct Bryce Dallas Howard And Alice Eve In Episode Of Black Mirror Season 3

11 February 2016 1:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Joe Wright is swapping the glitz and glam of the blockbuster space – Pan did bomb last summer, mind you – to helm an episode of Charlie Brooker’s button-pressing anthology series Black Mirror.

Word comes by way of Deadline, reporting that Wright will helm one episode of the show’s much-anticipated third season, and it’ll star Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness). No specifics were disclosed at this time, and we imagine story details will remain firmly locked away until the season’s premiere later in the year.

Before dipping his toe into big-budget filmmaking with Pan, Wright carved out a name for himself in British cinema after directing period dramas Pride and Prejudice and Atonement back-to-back. Since then, he’s dabbled with action filmmaking for the Saoirse Ronan-fronted thriller Hanna before adapting the seemingly unadaptable in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in »

- Michael Briers

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What Paul Dano and the Cast of 'War & Peace' Discovered About Harvey Weinstein's Favorite Page-Turner

19 January 2016 8:59 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"War and Peace" is considered one of the densest works of literature ever written, filled with not just a huge number of characters and massive plotting, but much of the personal philosophy of author Leo Tolstoy. It also happens to be mega-producer Harvey Weinstein's favorite book, which is why he's helped to bring the novel to the screen in a four-part A&E/Lifetime/History miniseries event starring everyone from veteran actors like Gillian Anderson, Stephen Rea and Jim Broadbent to young but well-known faces like Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton. Read More: Why Legendary Writer Andrew Davies Does Adaptations: 'F*ck All Happens to You' Directed by Tom Harper ("Misfits," "Peaky Blinders") and written by the legendary screenwriter Andrew Davies (nearly every great British novel adaptation of the last 25 years), "War and Peace" tracks the epic story while focusing largely on the awkward but well-meaning Pierre »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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What Paul Dano and the Cast of 'War & Peace' Discovered About Harvey Weinstein's Favorite Page-Turner

19 January 2016 8:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"War and Peace" is considered one of the densest works of literature ever written, filled with not just a huge number of characters and massive plotting, but much of the personal philosophy of author Leo Tolstoy. It also happens to be mega-producer Harvey Weinstein's favorite book, which is why he's helped to bring the novel to the screen in a four-part A&E/Lifetime/History miniseries event starring everyone from veteran actors like Gillian Anderson, Stephen Rea and Jim Broadbent to young but well-known faces like Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton. Read More: Why Legendary Writer Andrew Davies Does Adaptations: 'F*ck All Happens to You' Directed by Tom Harper ("Misfits," "Peaky Blinders") and written by the legendary screenwriter Andrew Davies (nearly every great British novel adaptation of the last 25 years), "War and Peace" tracks the epic story while focusing largely on the awkward but well-meaning Pierre »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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'War and Peace': TV Review

18 January 2016 11:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Once such a conspicuous totem of idealized literacy that poor Charlie Brown was forced to read it over winter vacation, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace remains a core element of the literary canon, but it's likely that fewer people than ever are pretending to have read the book. Perhaps that will change with the new miniseries adaptation of War and Peace, airing in four two-hour episodes on A&E, Lifetime and History, starting Monday (Jan. 18) night. Written in its totality by Andrew Davies (the beloved Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice) and directed by Tom Harper, this new War and

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- Daniel Fienberg

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BBC drama Call the Midwife returns with 8 million viewers

18 January 2016 2:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

War and Peace helps BBC1 to dominate Sunday night ratings as 5.1 million tune into adaptation of Leo Tolstoy epic

The return of Call the Midwife almost 8 million viewers making it the most watched show on Sunday night – but viewing was down about 300,000 on last year’s opener.

The fifth series of the BBC1 drama set in London’s East End in the 1950s drew an average of 7.97 million viewers and a 32% share of all TV viewing between 8pm and 9pm.

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- Mark Sweney

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Epic adaptation of “War and Peace” simulcast across A&E, History and Lifetime

14 January 2016 11:40 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace always seemed like one of those books that people like to claim to have read but may not have actually done so, mainly given its formidable size, clocking in at well over 1,000 pages. If you fall into this category, you’re in luck, as a BBC adaptation of the novel — airing in the United States across the A&E, History and Lifetime networks — condenses the story into its main elements and delivers a strong costume drama the likes of which used to be featured regularly on A&E and History. (Whether or not … Continue reading →

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- Jeff Pfeiffer

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How Harvey Weinstein, Nancy Dubuc Snuck Paul Dano and Gillian Anderson Onto Mini-Series ‘War & Peace’

11 January 2016 11:25 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

English and literature students rejoice. Soon, you’ll have a new way to skirt Leo Tolstoy’s 1,200 page “War and Peace,” the epic 1869 novel once ranked by Newsweek as the number one book of all time, and ranked by many as an impossibly tough one to both read and bring to the screen. Nancy Dubuc, Rob Sharenow, and Harvey Weinstein gave a few Hollywood insiders a sneak peek of “War & Peace,” four-week, eight-hour limited series version starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson and “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James at a screening at the London in West Hollywood on Monday night. Besides Dano and Anderson, »

- Mikey Glazer

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‘War And Peace’ Is Harvey Weinstein’s Fave Novel And You’re Finally Going To Read It – TCA

6 January 2016 4:01 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

War And Peace is Harvey Weinstein’s favorite novel he said, calling it his “great triumph” to have read the dense 19th century novel at age 12 after being given a copy by his librarian next-door neighbor when he had to stay home for a period after having his right eye “blasted” in an accident. The adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic War And Peace will premiere simultaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History in the U.S. on January 18. Kicking off the TCA session on the… »

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Weinstein Co’s ‘War And Peace’ Debuts To 6.3M Viewers On BBC One

4 January 2016 2:08 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace will premiere simutaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History in the U.S. on January 18. But UK viewers got their first look at the six-part epic on Sunday night with 6.3M tuning in for a 25 share at 9Pm local time. Reception for the fresh, lush period drama has been positive, with mentions of the series as an antidote for folks still bemoaning the demise of Downton Abbey. Check out a trailer below. Downton‘s Lily James… »

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War and Peace: what the newspaper TV critics think

4 January 2016 1:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1’s new series is, variously, ‘a masterpiece’, a drama that ‘would impress Napoleon himself’ and ‘too English’ with actors ‘swallowing their lines’

What did the newspaper critics think of the first episode of BBC1’s War and Peace? Some editors thought it important enough to warrant running reviews prominently on news pages.

The reaction was largely positive, with much praise for the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel by Andrew Davies.

Related: War and Peace review – this silly Russian saga is a bit too English

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- Roy Greenslade

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