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Effie Gray Movie Review

29 March 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Effie Gray Adopt Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Richard Laxton Screenwriter:  Emma Thompson Cast:  Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Screened at:  Dolby88, NYC, 2/12/15 We’ve come a way from the culture of Victorian England.  If you’re not a fan of history and you think that Victorian England is a branch of Victoria’s Secret, you’d be wise to see two films: one involving a chap named Gray, another about a fellow named Grey.  When you compare the morals and mores embraced by the two movies, you’d think you’ve gone from Venus to Mars: that’s how different both  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Exclusive: Dakota Fanning Must Endure In Clip From Drama 'Effie Gray'

27 March 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Finding love these days is just an app away, but the stricter social mores of the mid-1800s had a much more rigid context for passion, and it's against this backdrop that "Effie Gray" unfolds. Today we have an exclusive clip from the period drama. Directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton And Taylor," "An Englishman In New York"), the movie tells the story of the scandalous affair between Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), one that develops when the young woman finds herself locked in a sexless marriage with an art critic (Greg Wise). And in this clip, the emotional toll that comes to bear on John is too much, while Effie has accepted what she must endure. Emma Thompson (who also wrote the script), David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters co-star in the movie which opens on April 3rd. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Effie Gray In St. Louis

26 March 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In her original screenplay Effie Gray, Emma Thompson takes a bold look at the real life story of the Effie Gray-John Ruskin marriage, while courageously exposing what was truly hiding behind the veil of their public life. Set in a time when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, Effie Gray is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Effie Gray explores the roots of sexual intolerance, which continue to have a stronghold today, while shedding light on the marital politics of the Victorian Era.

Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarico, and Derek Jacobi.

Effie Gray opens in St. Louis at AMC Creve Coeur 12, Friday, April 3rd. »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Paddington’ Review

22 March 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Matt Lucas | Written and Directed by Paul King

When characters from children’s television shows are translated onto the silver screen sometimes the results aren’t exactly positive.  Paddington is one of the movies where I would admit I was cynical and didn’t expect much, especially because of the age of the actual show.  Then a little magical viral madness took over and the spectacle of the “Scary Paddington” took over and it was perfect to get the bear noticed, showing how awesome the internet can be.  The fact is even without the crazy internet people, Paddington turned into something surprising and very charming.

When Paddington arrives in London looking for a home the Brown family agree to help him, letting him stay with them until »

- Paul Metcalf

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Paddington Blu-ray Review

20 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Paul King

Starring: Sally HawkinsHugh BonnevilleJulie WaltersMadeleine HarrisSamuel Joslin, with Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw.

Run Time: 91 minutes

Extras: Meet the Characters, When a Bear Comes to Stay, From Page to Screen, Gallery

When I first heard the rumours of the Paddington adaptation for the big screen, I wasn’t in opposition to the idea but wasn’t convinced they’d do Michael Bond’s wonderful books and Peggy Fortnum’s illustrations justice. Paddington Bear is an adored element of British upbringing and sometimes films can lose that purity and appeal when they’re out there for the whole world to see. Thankfully, with Harry Potter producer David Heyman behind the work alongside director Paul King, they’ve creatively concocted a quite fantastic family film that brings all the spirit alive.

For those who don’t know the story, it all centres on a rare, »

- Dan Bullock

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Michael Palin: 12 things you might not know about the Monty Python star

19 March 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael Palin Cbe has achieved that rare feat of being not only a man of multiple trades - actor, comedian, writer, presenter and political campaigner - but a master of them all.

Best known for being one sixth of iconic comedy group Monty Python, Palin has carved a hugely successful and varied career in showbusiness.

His achievements range from winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 1989 for his role in A Fish Called Wanda, to travelling across the world in 80 days, to reuniting with his fellow Pythons for a hugely anticipated series of live Monty Python shows last year.

In the name of getting to know one of Britain's most famous men a little better, we headed to BAFTA HQ on Tuesday night (March 17) for the latest in BAFTA's live strand A Life in Television. Host David Walliams certainly extracted a host of fascinating facts about Palin's life (and »

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Universal’s Home Entertainment Group Takes Intl. Rights to ‘Effie Gray’

19 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has picked up all international rights, except the United Kingdom, to “Effie Gray,” Emma Thompson’s film starring Dakota Fanning.

The acquisition comes just as “Effie Gray,” from production company Sovereign Films and producers Andreas Roald and Donald Rosenfeld, heads toward a U.S. theatrical release from Adopt Films next month. Uphe Content Group will also handle the U.S. domestic ancillary rights to the film.

Co-starring Thompson and a cast that includes Tom Sturridge, Derek Jacobi and Julie Walters, “Effie Gray” is based on the true story of Effie (Fanning) and her marriage to Victorian art critic John Ruskin (played by Greg Wise). Thompson both writes and directs.

Effie Gray” hits U.S. screens April 3.


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Jackson-Cohen, Arango, Posner Set For ‘The Healer’ (Exclusive)

16 March 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,”  “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).

Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (, where Arango is a board member.

Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »

- John Hopewell

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Flashback! Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston's Red Carpet Coverage Of The BAFTA Awards

15 March 2015 8:38 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro's London photographer Mark Mawston shows why he's invited to cover the "A" list events. Here, Mark shares some exceptional shots he took on the red carpet at last month's BAFTA awards.

More photos to be posted shortly!

(All photos copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved. Visit Mark's web site at

Julie Walters

Director Mike Leigh


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A rum do in the Raj of Indian Summers

15 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The lush settings of TV’s Indian Summers turn my mind to cocktails on the verandah and one big question: who did cook the roast beef?

It’s smart of Patak’s, purveyor of slightly superior chutneys and poppadoms, to have bought advertising time in the ad breaks (the far too frequent ad breaks, alas) during Channel 4’s swank new series of the Raj, Indian Summers. I can’t be the only person who watches it and thinks: mmm, curry. But then, my interest in what its characters eat and drink has already turned into a kind of obsession. Does the series have a food adviser? (Lisa Heathcote, who mocks up the fish mousses eaten by the Dowager Countess et al in Downton Abbey, is thought so vital to the series’ unnerving global success, she was recently the subject of a profile in the New York Times.) I’ve no idea. »

- Rachel Cooke

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Raised By Wolves interview: class, comedy & sex

13 March 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Caz and Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical sitcom, Raised By Wolves, feat. Helen Monks and Alexa Davies, starts tonight on Channel 4

After some deliberation, Alexa Davies carefully picks a favourite line from her character in new Channel 4 sitcom Raised By Wolves:

“I fear some intellect does not look good in shorts”.

And her co-star?

“I like ‘wank away the pain’” nods Helen Monks, beaming.

There’s your capsule image of Aretha and Germaine Garry, teen sisters played by Davies and Monks in the Midlands-set comedy - two diametrically opposed peas in a crowded, chaotic and very funny pod.

Caitlin Moran, who co-wrote the autobiographically inspired sitcom with sister Caz (their teenage years providing the respective templates for horny, fanciful Germaine and bookish cynic Aretha), has described the pair as life-long rivals in the mould of Batman v the Joker, Sherlock v Moriarty, Badger v…

“Bodger?” offers Monks. Close enough. »

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Paddington Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

11 March 2015 5:04 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the Paddington movie Blu-ray and DVD release date is set for Tuesday, April 28. The Digital HD release date will naturally arrive earlier on Friday, April 17.

Paddington stars Hugh BonnevilleSally HawkinsNicole KidmanJim BroadbentJulie Walters, and the voice of Ben Whishaw as the famed talking bear in the over-sized red hat. The film earned nearly $19 million in its opening weekend in North America. Where Paddington has excelled is overseas to the tune of a global box office haul of $241.3 million and counting.

The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack edition of Paddington will include the exclusive bonus feature, 'The Making of "Shine" with Gwen Stefani & Pharrell.' Additional Paddington extras are as follows:

Meet the Characters

When a Bear Comes to Stay

From Page to Screen

“Shine” Lyric Music Video written by Gwen Stefani & Pharrel

Pre-order Paddington on Blu-ray, DVD and »

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Stephen Beresford interview: looking back at Pride

6 March 2015 8:41 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The BAFTA award-winning writer of Pride looks back at the release of the film, its impact, and Pride: The Musical.

Regular readers of this site will know how strongly we feel about the excellent movie Pride, which we ranked as one of our firm favourites of 2014. We spoke to writer Stephen Beresford ahead of its release, and since then, he's picked up a BAFTA for his work on the movie.

We caught up with him for a chat looking back at the last six months, as Pride arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK...

I wanted to catch up with you to get the 'during' and 'after' story for Pride, as we spoke originally just before it's release.

You have that lovely line in the film - "to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well that's the best feeling in the world". This film »

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Round Up: 'Brooklyn' and 'Danish Girl' set dates and Spielberg's latest gets a title

4 March 2015 1:26 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Awards season has transformed into pretty much a 12 month a year event (outside of maybe a few weeks in June) which means there is news to report about some of the more anticipated prestige players of 2015. Fox Searchlight announced today that John Crowley's acclaimed romantic drama "Brooklyn" will hit theaters in platform release on Nov. 6.  The tearjerker was one of the big surprises at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it screened out of competition (read my review here).  Stars Saoirse Ronan, Michael Zegen, Domhnall Gleeson and Julie Walters are all potential acting category contenders and Nick Hornby delivers another wonderful screenplay adaptation after last year's "Wild."  Screenings at Telluride or Toronto seem likely, but a slot at the New York Film Festival just makes too much sense, doesn't it? Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" also found a release date today as Focus Features announced it will open in New »

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Oscar Contenders 'Brooklyn' and 'Danish Girl' Dated

4 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A pair of possible Oscar contenders received release dates today with Fox Searchlight setting a November 6 release date for their Sundance acquisition Brooklyn from director John Crowley and starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel and set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Then there's Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl starring , telling the story »

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Saoirse Ronan’s ‘Brooklyn’ Set for Nov. 6 Release

4 March 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has set an awards season release for “Brooklyn,” slotting the Saoirse Ronan drama for a Nov. 6 launch.

Brooklyn,” the story of an immigrant’s journey to New York, was bought during Sundance for $9 million following its Jan. 25 premiere at the festival.

Ronan plays a native of Ireland who leaves for Brooklyn in 1952. The movie was directed by John Crowley and adapted by Nick Hornby from the novel written by Colm Toibin.

Producers are Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters also star.


- Dave McNary

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‘Paddington’ Becomes Studiocanal’s Biggest B.O. Hit

3 March 2015 7:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A TWC-Dimension release in the U.S., “Paddington,” the biggest-ever movie bet of Euro film-tv group Studiocanal, has also become Studiocanal’s biggest theatrical earner.

Storming to $241 million through Sunday, the CGI live-action comedy, which is budgeted at $55 million, passed the $236 million for “Non Stop,” making it Studiocanal’s high-grossing movie title in its corporate history.

Of major territories, China, where “Paddington” bows Thursday on 4,000-plus screens, and Japan, which will give it a Jan. 2016 opening, are still in play. It will now most certainly cross $250 million in global box office, “the level of a significant success for a family movie,” Studiocanal chairman-ceo Olivier Courson told Variety at Berlin.

The question is whether it could get to $280 million or more. With Prince William honoring “Paddington” with a royal premiere in China, prospects are intriguing.

Directed by Paul King and starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw, »

- John Hopewell

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Indian Summers returning for a second series in 2016

28 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Indian Summers will return for a second series in 2016, Channel 4 has confirmed.

The ten-part second series will be set in 1935, three years after the events of the current series.

Series creator Paul Ruman said that he was pleased with the response to the show, and was thrilled to be able to reunite the cast.

"Our story moves forward three years, to a Viceroy's last summer, a political gamble to stifle Independence and a great reckoning for Ralph, Alice and Aafrin," he continued.

"I am so grateful to Channel 4 for trusting us to continue our journey through the last years of the British Raj. I feel like the luckiest writer in the world."

The period drama is set in the backdrop of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India. It follows the decline of the British Empire and the beginnings of modern India, told from both sides.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes, »

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Lack of working class actors is changing what gets made, says Jimmy McGovern

23 February 2015 10:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Screenwriter famous for gritty dramas says he struggles to find working-class actors to play parts in his series because only posh people can afford the training

The screenwriter Jimmy McGovern has added his voice to the class debate within the entertainment industry, saying that he struggles to find actors who can play working-class roles.

“I’m constantly looking round for actors who can convincingly portray working-class men,” said McGovern. “They’re getting fewer and fewer because it’s only the posh ones who can afford to go into acting.”

Related: Julie Walters: ‘People like me wouldn't get a chance today'

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- Kevin Rawlinson

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Indian Summers recap: season one, episode two – a cross-legged assassin

22 February 2015 1:57 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There’s a lot of immobility going around in the second episode of the subcontinental 1930s drama; but could they be a little less serious about it?

Have you been watching Indian Summers? I’ve been asking this a lot this week. “That’s the one with Judi Dench, and adverts every four minutes, right?” is invariably the reply. Well, yes and no (or rather no and yes).

To avoid confusion, let’s call Julie Walters by her character’s name, which is Cynthia Coffin. Cynthia Coffin. She sounds like a Batman villain’s floozy. Having spent last week cleaning and gaily drinking, she was far less animated this week – we’ve all been there. She spent the entirety of last night sitting on her veranda, spying on people through field glasses. Admittedly, she still found time to have medical records stolen and to forge incriminating political documents. They’re so cute at that age. »

- Rhik Samadder

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