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Dominic West and Ruth Wilson’s The Affair demands us to be the jury, weighing the lies of a pair of lovers as they tell the different sides to their story. But who are we supposed to trust – and how will we reach a final judgement?
At away days and staff meetings in recent years, BBC drama commissioners have been prone to ask: “What stories do we want to tell?”, directing attention towards compelling narratives. An equally interesting question, though, might be: “How do we want to tell this story?”
For example, in a brainstorm structured around the search for stories that demand to be told, The Affair (Wednesdays, 9pm, Sky Atlantic) would struggle: it has an off-the-peg premise – the sort of thing that John Updike and John Cheever were familiarising in prose fiction more than 50 years ago – of marital infidelity among the moneyed east coast classes. But it is »
- Mark Lawson
Jimmy Smits‘ new TV gig is totally groovy, man.
PhotosWet Hot American Summer First Look: The Camp Staff Reports for Duty
Smits will play Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services that the city fails to provide, including jobs and housing. »
Gleason will play Yvonne, an editor in-chief of a prestigious publishing label and Hudson Valley bohemian who’s invested in her job and the cultivation of promising new writer, and is connected to Noah (Dominic West).
“The Affair,” starring West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, tells the story of an extramarital relationship between Noah and Alison (Wilson) from each of their perspectives. The freshman series won best drama at the Golden Globes, along with best actress for Wilson.
Gleason is repped by Bill Veloric at Innovative.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Tonight, Noah and Alison give in to their feelings for each other - and learn a very important lesson when they visit a deserted island together.
Murder in Successville: BBC Three, 10pm
Di Sleet needs the help of TV and radio presenter Dermot O'Leary to figure out the latest murder in Successville.
Medical drama Grey's Anatomy concludes its latest run with eleventh season finale 'You're My Home'.
The doctors are brought together as they remember what is important in life when they work to tackle a crisis.
BBC's new comedy series begins »
Kirsty Wark meets the victims of the Cleveland, Ohio, kidnapping, Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are unable to resist each other in The Affair, and Dermot O’Leary stars in Murder in Successville. Plus Kayvan Novak is a cut above in SunTrap
In May 2013, three young women from Cleveland, Ohio, finally escaped captivity, having been detained in the house of bus driver Ariel Castro for over a decade. Kirsty Wark meets the victims, who detail the horrific nature of the imprisonment and repeated rape to which Castro (who killed himself in prison after serving one month of his 1,000-year sentence) subjected them. Wark hears how Amanda Berry kept a journal of her ordeal, and came to understand Castro’s psychology. Julia Raeside
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- Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Hannah J Davies and Mark Jones
★★★★☆ James Kent's magnificent feature debut Testament of Youth (2014), based on Vera Brittain's bestselling memoir about the First World War, is a real tearjerker that should move male and female audiences alike and appeal to fans of Joe Wright's Atonement (2007). Screenwriter Juliette Towhidi (Love, Rosie) focuses on Brittain's coming of age - from the rural idyll where she grew up, through the hallowed halls of Oxford, to the horrors of war - the loss she endured and the carnage she witnessed. All naturally led her down the path of pacifism. Vera (Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina), is desperate to study at Oxford but her father (Dominic West) disapproves of her academic ambition.
- CineVue UK
Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »
- Peter Knegt
2015 has undoubtedly been Alicia Vikander’s breakthrough year with fantastic lead parts in the thought provoking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and the harrowing World War I drama Testament Of Youth, which is now available digitally and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD from 25th May. However, this rise to the fore is by no means out of the blue for Vikander, who showed promise as a leading actress in A Royal Affair in 2012 and then went on to hold her own opposite the likes of Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate. In this feature we take a look at the very best of Alicia Vikander.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Anna Karenina is a bold, theatrical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The film was the third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, but »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Noah and Alison's local tour proves to be more dangerous than they had expected - and meanwhile, Alison's husband Cole (Joshua Jackson) takes a stand on behalf of the community.
Newzoids: ITV, 9pm
Following the general elections, the show impersonates the main political leaders, as well as the usual pop singers, sports personalities and TV stars.
Castle: Alibi, 9pm
Kate (Stana Katic) finds herself struggling to solve the toughest case of »
I haven't watched as much television as I watched this week in a long, long, long time. Out of nowhere I received the upcoming release of all five seasons of "The Wire" on Blu-ray (buy it here) and I've been told for years how great this show is. Hell, the cover of the Blu-ray release has a quote calling it "The best show in the history of television". That's quite a claim. So, I got to watching. In fact, I watched the entire first season and all of the second season in the span of three days. I guess the question is, "Is this the best show in the history of televisionc" Obviously I still have five more seasons to watch, but I will admit I enjoyed the first season quite a bit, but the second season is a bit of a step backward. For starters, the Ziggy character was a bit of a nightmare, »
- Brad Brevet
Lionsgate has snapped up new drama Genius at the Cannes Film Festival for distribution in the U.S. for around $4 million. Here’s a first look image…
The film, which tells the story of the relationship between book editor Max Perkins, who edited works by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Jude Law (Black Sea), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep), Guy Pearce (The Rover), Dominic West (The Affair) and Laura Linney (The Truman Show).
Directed by debutant Michael Grandage, no release date has yet been set for the film, but we could feasibly see it around awards season later this year.
- Scott J. Davis
You know how it is. You get married young, to your college love, have a bunch of kids, beautiful kids. And you live in a beautiful New York brownstone. Ok, so your wealthy father-in-law helped with the house and you’d rather not be so reliant on him (he’s an asshole, to be honest). But you’re just a teacher and – recently – a novelist, which is what you want to do. You’re still young and you look pretty good, you’re not yet invisible to women, which is nice – but that’s all it is, because you’re married to the love of your life. Hey, you even have sex, with each other, once in a while, if the kids allow it. Life’s good. »
- Sam Wollaston
Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Tony Award-winning theater director Michael Grandage is making his feature film debut with Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West and it was already considered an Oscar hopeful, but now that has become a little more legit as Lionsgate has picked it up for domestic distribution. The announcement comes out of Cannes. amz asin="042522337X" size="small"The screenplay was written by Tony Award-winner and three-time Academy Award-nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator) based on the book "Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg and centers on the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth). Wolfe, a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality and Perkins, one of the most respected literary editors of all time, formed a complex, transformative and irrepressible friendship that changed the lives of these brilliant but very different men forever. »
- Brad Brevet
Lionsgate has acquired the Us rights to hot Cannes market title, literary biopic "Genius," starring Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jude Law ("Spy"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Guy Pearce ("The Rover") and Dominic West ("The Affair"). The Affair). John Logan ("Penny Dreadful," "The Aviator") adapted the A.Scott Berg biography of editor-to-the-stars Maxwell Perkins. Tony-winning theater director Michael Grandage ("Red," "Frost/Nixon") makes his feature film debut. Producers are James Bierman, Grandage and Logan with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy and Arielle Tepper Madover serving as executive producers. The film was financed by Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures. The film "Genius" centers on the real-life relationship between Perkins (Colin Forth) and »
- Anne Thompson
So, I'm experiencing that thing where you see a major star playing one of your favorite authors ever in a movie. It's not necessarily bad, it's just...unexpected. At any rate, the first image from "Genius" has arrived, along with a deal that will see the movie released by Lionsgate. Read More: Jude Law Replaces Michael Fassbender In 'Genius' With Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West star in the movie that will tell the story of the relationship between acclaimed editor Max Perkins and celebrated author Thomas Wolfe ("Look Homeward, Angel," "You Can't Go Home Again"). Perkins helped Wolfe focus his beautifully wild writing to make him into a figure that for a brief, if somewhat forgotten moment, made him one of the best known voices in American letters. He was also someone who was larger than life, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A compassionate, distressing tale of a woman’s determination to find her own purpose, full of heartbreaking moments that pile up until they’re unbearable. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; fascinated by World War I
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I keep saying it: Women have war stories too. War is not the exclusive province of men, whatever Hollywood would have us think. And Vera Brittain’s experiences during World War I make up one of the great women’s war stories: her 1933 book about her life and the war’s impact on her family and on British society was a bestseller, and its success gave her a public platform as a pacifist during WWII and into the Cold War.
This adaptation of her Testament of Youth, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Smart, steamy and complex, this Golden Globe-winning new drama arrives in the UK tonight, having already won plaudits for its 10-part first season in the Us.
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson star as Noah and Allison, a couple whose affair has dramatic repercussions, in this must-see series. It launches with a double-bill, with episode two following the premiere at 10.15pm.
This week, John (Kay) has had a fancy hands-free phone kit fitted in his car - but Kayleigh (Gibson) only wants to discuss the previous night's events.
Murder in Successville: BBC Three, 10pm
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to the literary drama “Genius” for under $4 million, Variety has confirmed.
CAA is handling U.S. rights, with FilmNation selling the film in international territories.
- Ramin Setoodeh
On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival, Lionsgate has purchased U.S. rights to “Genius,” which stars Jude Law as acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as his editor Max Perkins, TheWrap has learned. Michael Grandage directed the film, which has awards aspirations and co-stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and “The Affair” star Dominic West. Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures co-financed “Genius,” which is based on “Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius,” a book by A. Scott Berg that was adapted by John Logan. The story follows the unique friendship shared by Wolfe and Perkins. Also Read: 'Kingsman: The. »
- Jeff Sneider
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