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Emma Thompson joining the cast of Upstart Crow

Louisa Mellor Jan 27, 2017

The glorious Emma Thompson will appear in series two of Ben Elton's Shakespeare sitcom, Upstart Crow...

Ben Elton's BBC Two Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell has scored an enviable guest star for its 2017 Christmas special. Emma Thompson will join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Richardson when she plays Queen Elizabeth I in the festive episode.

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The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding will also appear in the second series alongside regulars Mitchell, Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Gemma Whelan and Helen Monks, playing English composer Thomas Morley.

Here's the official synopsis for the currently filming second series, which continues to follow William Shakespeare's journey to establishment acceptance in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is due to air later this year.
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Steve Toussaint has joined the cast of ITV's Lewis as new Chief Superintendent

Steve Toussaint will fight crime alongside Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox in the new series of Lewis.

The Line of Duty actor will star in the new series as Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody, who will clash with Robbie Lewis (Whately) over their differing approaches to detective work.

Angela Griffin (Waterloo Road) will return to the series as Detective Sergeant Lizzie Maddox, while Clare Holman will also appear as forensic pathologist Laura Hobson.

Other new additions to the cast include Steve Pemberton (Happy Valley) and The Hour's Helen Schlesinger, who will play Ian and Vivienne Tedman in 'One For Sorrow', the first episode of the new series.

The couple have connections to the death of a psychology student and artist named Talika Desai and will face questions from Lewis and his colleagues.

Ralf Little (Our Zoo), Tim Pigott-Smith (Houdini) and Naomi Scott (Terra Nova) will also star in the episode.
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The After Dark Film Festival Adds Todor Chapkanov's Asylum to Its Lineup: First Trailer

The After Dark Film Festival will host eight new indie horror features this year. After Dark has already announced that Paul Soter's Dark Circles and the Irish themed Red Clover will participate. Also taking part is Todor Chapkanov's Asylum. This looks like a bloody title involving the supernatural, spirituality and a whole institution run amok. The story is simple. When a troupe of soldiers are sent in a la Aliens, they find the fight of their lives. The first trailer for Asylum is available. In the clip, a small army group must face hundreds of escaped patients. Even the staff seems infected with a powerful and seductive force. Have a look at the clip inside, with the launch of After Dark 2 coming soon. Director: Todor Chapkanov. Cast: Jason Wong, Stephen Rea, Bruce Payne, Caroline Ford, Hristo Shopov, Steve Toussaint, Valentin Ganev, and Joe Montana. The first trailer for
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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ Bores to Tears

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Chicago – Jerry Bruckheimer has reached a point in his career where he feels capable of making a film out of anything. And not just a film, but a multimillion dollar franchise offering the mega-producer’s typically uninspired blend of sound and fury. He’s already worked wonders with an old theme park ride and an outdated action figure, so why not base his next popcorn epic on a forgotten video game from 1989?

But unlike the initial installments for “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Transformers,” which were diverting and enjoyable in proudly dumb sort of way, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is deadly dull right off the bat. The plot is aggravatingly abridged and ridiculously convoluted for its first half, and then oversimplified and obvious in its second. Though “Persia” is allegedly directed by Mike Newell, the prolific filmmaker who injected life into projects as diverse as “Four Weddings and a Funeral
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Sweeps DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time sweeps DVD chartsPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time debuted atop all three home video charts last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in a week where nine of the top 10 in DVD sales were new releases.

The Jake Gyllenhaal movie won by a large margin, selling twice as many units as the second-place finisher, Letters to Juliet, which also took second place on the DVD rental and Blu-ray sales charts. Rounding out the top 5 on the DVD sales charts were The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season in third place, the straight-to-dvd animated release Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale taking fourth place and Glee: The Complete First Season rounding out the top 5.

Killers, which dropped all the way to 10th place in DVD sales after taking the top spot last week, took third place in DVD rentals behind Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Interview with Mike Newell and Jordan Mechner

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The directing-writing duo behind this upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release take us behind the scenes of their video game adaptation

On September 14th, Walt Disney Pictures epic adventure Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will finally arrive on DVD and Blu-ray. To celebrate this upcoming release, we recently caught up with the film's director Mike Newell, as well as the creator of the original video game upon which the story is based and screenplay contributor Jordan Mechner, to find out more about the making of this thrilling new addition to the Disney legacy. Here is our conversation:

Why did you film in Morocco at a time of the year that everyone advised against going there?

Mike Newell: I'm afraid that is simply how the movies work. If you are going to do a film about the South Pole, the chances are that you will film it in Hawaii! Whatever is most difficult,
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Sir Ben Kingsley Talks Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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The Oscar-winning actor portrays the evil Nizam in this video game adaptation headed to DVD and Blu-ray September 14th

Walt Disney Pictures' summer epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, September 14th. To help celebrate the home video release of this hit action adventure movie, we caught up with the evil Nizam himself, Ben Kingsley, to chat about his time spent on set and his love of Disney movies. Here is our conversation:

Starring in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time is almost your first time with Disney - you did previously do Tuck Everlasting. So now that you are part of the Disney family, did you grow up as a child watching Disney movies?

Ben Kingsley: I had to be physically carried out of the room by my parents because I was upsetting all the other children during
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Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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The actor plays Dastan in Disney's epic adaptation of the video game, on DVD and Blu-ray September 14th

Walt Disney Pictures' Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which wowed audiences across the globe this summer, makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut Tuesday, September 14th. To help usher in this exiting new release, we caught up with Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the dashing and heroic Dastan in this video game adaptation, to chat about his character and his preparations for the intense Moroccan shoot. Here is our conversation:

You and Gemma Arterton have great chemistry on screen in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. That must have helped in the scenes where your characters banter together?

Jake Gyllenhaal: Oh definitely! Those scenes I think were the best written and the most fun to play. They came so naturally and we shot them so fast. It was
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Exclusive: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Behind-The-Scenes Clip

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We have an exclusive special feature clip from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray September 14. Click below to watch this video, which shows parkour inventor David Belle training Jake Gyllenhaal for the inventive stunts seen in the action movie:

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Exclusive Special Feature Clip

In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. It's a race against time when a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to safeguard a magical dagger that gives its possessor the power to reverse time and rule the world. Filled with death-defying escapes and unexpected twists at every turn, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a fun-filled adventure that
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 14th

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will come to DVD and Blu-ray September 14th You can bring home the latest action-adventure film from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer on both DVD and Blu-ray this September. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray on September 14. The single-disc DVD will be priced at $29.99 Srp while they single-disc Blu-ray will be priced at $39.99 Srp and the three-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, which includes a DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Copy, will be priced at $44.99 Srp. You can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell

In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. It's a race against
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Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time

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Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Video Game Adaptation

Director: Mike Newell

Writer: Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard (screenplay); Jordan Mechner (video game series)

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Steve Toussaint, Toby Kebbell and Richard Coyle

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action

Summary: Based on the video game, which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world.

Run Time: 116 minutes

View the Trailer Here

If you were holding your breath for this film because it is an adaptation of a video game, you can breathe a sigh of relief. I am happy to say that Prince of Persia beats the odds and the horrible track record that video game-to-film adaptations have. Here’s why:

It’s a really fun ride! Much like Pirates of the
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Box Office Beat Down: Shrek Forever After Reigns Supreme Two Weeks in a Row!

Weekend Box Office

1Shrek Forever After$43.3 million2Sex and the City 2$32.1 million3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$30.1 million4Iron Man 2$16 million5Robin Hood$10.3 million6Letters to Juliet$5.9 million7Just Wright$2.2 million8Date Night$1.7 million9MacGruber$1.4 million10How to Train Your Dragon$1 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

There were some huge surprises at the box office this Memorial Day weekend as two highly anticipated summer films, Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, failed to take the top spot away from last week's reigning champ, Shrek Forever After.

The forth installment of DreamWorks Animation's phenomenally successful Shrek series, was predicted to drop to third place this weekend but instead out earned both high profile new films with an additional $43.3 million. The film, stars the returning voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy. While the film may have dropped around 38% from the previous week,
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Win Prizes from "Sex and the City 2" and "Prince of Persia!" Good Luck!

Thanks to our friends at Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Pictures, you can enter to win prizes from the biggest movies this Memorial Day weekend.

For "Sex and the City 2," winner will get:

*** 4 Satc Martini glasses

*** 4 Satc shirts

*** Satc compact mirrors

*** Satc nail files

For "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," winner will get:

*** a cool "Prince of Persia" T-shirt

Here's How To Enter:

Simple, just email me at manny@mannythemovieguy.com or by clicking here and "Tell Me Why You Deserve The Movie Loot!" The best entry will be chosen on Thursday, June 3rd.

Good Luck And Have A Great Memorial Day Weekend!

Here's More Info On The Films:

"Sex And The City 2" -- Click Here For My Movie Review

In Theaters: May 27th, 2010

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sequel and Adaptation

MPAA: R for some strong sexual content and language.

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take
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‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ is Perfect Background Noise For Making Out

Chicago – Historically, video game adaptations are recipes for disaster when translated into film. While “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton has a blockbuster opportunity to buck the decades-old trend, we’re just subjected to more of the same soul-deadening time drain.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will go down in history akin to other video-game-to-film failures including “Resident Evil: Extinction,” “Max Payne,” “Postal,” “BloodRayne,” “Doom,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” “House of the Dead,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon”. The film only succeeds in its mindless entertainment and can be considered excellent background noise while you’re making out with someone at home.

The special effects are cheesy, the costuming feels forced, you can practically see the actual sets in various scenes and ultimately the film’s 116 minutes are about 110 minutes too long. Sure, the
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Your Summer Movie Sucks: Does Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Suck Back The Clock?

Even websites flying all the way to England on the studio's dime to talk with the cast and crew, can't find anything good to say about Disney's Prince of Persia Good afternoon! Billy Appleton here, and we've reached the fourth weekend of summer! That means we're almost a month through, and nothing has really struck out on it's own as being original or even decent. So far, we've figured out that, while Iron Man 2 didn't quite suck, it still didn't live up to expectations. Which sucks. And Robin Hood kind of sucked. Which, if we're to believe the masses, was expected. Shrek Forever After, which couldn't even figure out what it wanted to be called just moments before its release, was worse than Shrek the Third. And that's saying a lot. Now, we're faced with the prospects of seeing a greased-up Jake Gyllenhaal shimmy through time with the sexy
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"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Jake Gyllenhaal Get?

Here's more info about the film from Yahoo:

Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time - a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation

Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.

Release Date: May 28th, 2010 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.

Distributors:

Walt Disney Studios Distribution

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Steve Toussaint

Directed by: Mike Newell

Produced by: John August, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman
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Slideshow: 22-Image Gallery From ‘Prince of Persia’ With Jake Gyllenhaal

Chicago – This 22-image slideshow features a selection of the official press images for Walt Disney Pictures’ “Prince of Persia” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfred Molina. It will open on May 28th, 2010.

Official Synopsis:

Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present “Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time,” an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Directed by Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) with a cast that includes Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, and a

screenplay by Boaz Yakin and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard from a screen story by Jordan Mechner,
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Cast and Crew Video Interviews

From Walt Disney Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the team that brought you Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, comes the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the classic video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Opening in theaters of May 28th, the film is an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan, an orphan who is adopted by the king and raised as one of his own. When a close confidant betrays the King, Dastan must go on a quest to bring the King's betrayers to justice and protect "The Dagger Of Time," a magical weapon that has the power to reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. We recently had a chance to speak with the films stars Jake Gyllenhaal,
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Exclusive: Gemma Arterton Is in Love with the Prince of Persia

Gemma Arterton discusses her role in producer Jerry Bruckheimer's latest Disney adventure film

It didn't take twenty-four year old British actress Gemma Arterton very long to establish her self as a successful movie star and Hollywood's new "It" girl. She began her career as a Bond girl playing MI6 agent Strawberry Fields opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in Quantum of Solace, then returned to the screen earlier this year in Clash of the Titans, the popular remake of the classic '80s mythology film starring Sam Worthington. Now Arterton is back once again with another huge adventure film as she takes on the role of Princess Tamina opposite Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in Jerry Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which is based on the beloved video game and opens in theaters of May 28th.

In the film, Arterton's Tamina must join forces with
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