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A couple more reports from London and Chicago festivals heading your way. Here's David on three new films starring either Alicia Vikander or Mads Mikkelsen, who formerly sizzled together in Denmark's recent Oscar nominee "A Royal Affair" - Editor
That Testament of Youth was made the Centrepiece Gala at the festival seems, sight unseen, predictable: supported by the Mayor of London, the Gala slot is one of the few that really demonstrates the festival's support of homegrown cinema, and the story told here is as British as you can get. 2014 marks the centenary of World War I, and with it comes this adaptation of Vera Brittain's iconic memoir. James Kent's film keeps his focus to the period of the war itself, beginning at its end; Vera (Alicia Vikander) looks oddly distraught amidst the celebrating crowds packing London's streets. Testament of Youth is a compassionate reminder of »
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announces that the movie, television and merchandise rights for John Carter have reverted back to the company. Walt Disney Pictures held the rights and produced the movie John Carter in 2012. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. will be seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure.
"John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter of Mars become another major »
Disney has lost the film rights to John Carter of Mars.
The property has reverted to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc, which is already planning to find a new studio to bring the classic pulp property to the screen, reports Film Divider.
"We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote," said company president James Sullos. "This adventure never stops."
Disney shelved plans for sequels to its 2012 film John Carter after a disappointing performance at the box office.
Warner Bros is currently developing a film based on another classic Burroughs property, Tarzan. »
The Affair, Season 1, Episode 2: “2″
Written by Sarah Treem
Directed by Jeffrey Reiner
Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime
The series premiere of The Affair made one thing clear; through a combination of selective storytelling and selective memory, Noah and Alison could recount the same events and paint them vastly differently, indicating that neither one was being fully truthful. This week’s episode delves further into the story of the two individuals, painting a fuller picture of their relationships with other people in their lives, and giving an idea of why the two engaged in adultery, and how each of them feels about the events that followed, in an episode that keeps up the show’s excellent quality.
Noah’s perspective on events this week let some truths slip, despite his best efforts. Listening to the accounts of both Noah and Alison, one thing is »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Affair has been labeled the Rashomon of marriage dramas, thanks to its he said/she said structure—but it's also a pretty compelling mystery. The two main characters, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson), are telling the story of their affair to a detective who appears to be investigating a murder. So far, all we know is this: Someone died. And that someone is a man, probably a local, though he was run down on a road that's primarily used by tourists. And he died the night of a party. And Alison misses him now that he's gone. »
- Melissa Maerz
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Even if you snagged "La dolce vita" on Blu-ray when it was available via Kino Lorber, you'll still want to upgrade to this fancy Criterion edition. This new release received the 4K digital restoration treatment, and the extras include an interview with writer/director (and Ad for "La dolce vita") Lina Wertmüller, an audio interview with star Marcello Mastroianni, and more.
This is a kooky zombie love story about a guy named Zach (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) returns from the dead. In addition to the whole interpersonal love mishegoss of dating someone who's a rotting zombie, there's also a whole zombie apocalypse to deal with - can their relationship survive? Can they survive? »
- Jenni Miller
Law, 41, was costumed for the day on set in a brown overcoat over a tan button down and patterned tie, and appeared to be sporting a dark brown wig. Law was channeling his writerly character, American author Thomas Clayton Wolfe. Firth has been tapped to play Wolfe's literary agent and major protagonist of Genius, Max Perkins. Kidman, meanwhile, will be playing American costume designer Aline Bernstein.
On Sunday, the actors were filming in Manchester's Northern Quarter, which had been turned into 1900s New York for the purposes of the film shoot. The area, which boasts old mill buildings and cobblestone streets, was adorned with old-fashioned shop fronts to complete the throwback look, reported the Daily Mirror.
Among the other writers that Perkin's »
It may have failed to capture the attention of audiences when it first premiered in 2002, but The Wire eventually became one of HBO’s most successful shows and is now considered the greatest TV drama of all time.
Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the series captures the erosion of the city and the futility of the War on Drugs. Season one established the base storyline in which a hard-drinking detective (Dominic West) attempts to take down the heads of a major drug ring, only to learn that the operation extends far beyond the city’s streets.
The subsequent four seasons each explored a different facet of the drug world – the port system, the city government, education and journalism. Together, they create a fascinating show that weaved together a complex and carefully constructed story that provided an incredibly realistic look at urban life and the drug problems that continue to plague our society. »
- Matt Joseph
"There's two sides to every story" is the mantra for Showtime’s latest play for prestige drama, The Affair. The dual narrative explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital relationship, splitting the episode into two perspectives — one male, one female. The titular affair arises when public school teacher and aspiring novelist Noah (The Wire’s Dominic West) vacations in the resort town of Montauk with his family. Though he seems happy with his wife of 17 years Helen (Maura Tierney) and their four kids, he's enticed by Alison, a waitress he meets at a Hamptons diner. Noah doesn't know it at
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
On Thursday night, the New York branch of the Paley Center for Media hosted an unprecedented reunion in honor of HBO’s “The Wire,” routinely lauded as one of the greatest shows in TV history. Returning castmates included John Doman, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Michael Kenneth Williams and Seth Gilliam, alongside co-creator and showrunner David Simon.
For nearly two hours the roster recounted tales from the set, as well as reflections on Simon’s creative process — giving each season a new foundation within the complex political and economic structure of Baltimore — and the show’s overall impact in retrospect.
One of the many interesting nuggets of trivia dispensed over the evening was this: “The Wire” was never renewed for a season ahead of time.
“Every season,” said Gilliam — who played Sgt. Ellis Carver — “it was like, ‘Are we coming back? Are we not coming back?’ I think David had a »
- Steve Macfarlane
The cast of The Wire had a whole lot of fun during Thursday's reunion panel at New York's Paley Center for Media. Show co-creator David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, cast members Michael Kenneth Williams, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, and Jamie Hector took the stage, while surprise guests and cast members Tristan Wilds, J.D. Williams, Bob Wisdom, and Michelle Paress took seats in the audience. The show's Brits, Dominic West and Idris Elba, were both unable to make the panel, but popped their heads in (quite literally) with video messages. HitFix »
- Teresa Jue
New York – The theater at the Paley Center was full tonight, and with good reason – the cast of "The Wire," along producers David Simon and Nina Noble, were present for a discussion and Q&A. HitFix's own Alan Sepinwall acted as moderator and the evening proved incredibly interesting. Anyone who has watched it, knows that "The Wire," which aired for five seasons on HBO, was a special show, and one that has only grown in stature and myth since it went off the air. Sepinwall probably described it best in his book, "The Revolution was Televised." He wrote that people will approach him and say, "I am ready to watch 'The Wire.' And they phrase it like that—like it's a religious obligation they are about to undertake, rather than viewing a modestly rated HBO drama." One look at tonight's audience, even as viewed via the livestream, illustrated just »
- Josh Lasser
The East Coast branch of the Paley Center is in the midst of PaleyFest New York, which started last weekend and will run through Sunday. Like its La counterpart, the focus is mainly on current shows (and mainly ones that film in New York, or at least in parts east), but like its La counterpart so often features, there's a special reunion, and I get to moderate it: "The Wire." We'll have co-creator David Simon, producer Nina Noble, and at least eight castmembers: Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Michael Kenneth Williams, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and Jamie Hector. Dominic West is otherwise occupied on a film shoot, but he recorded a video message that will be played at the start. The theater at the Paley Center isn't very big — I'm hearing the front row may have to accommodate some additional surprise alums— and tickets to the event sold out quickly, »
- Alan Sepinwall
With adults, you have to put in a lot of effort to make them creepy – layering on makeup and blood and involving them in increasingly horrific acts to impact increasingly apathetic audiences. With children, however, you often need little more than a cherubic face juxtaposed with an evil act to make an impact. Mixing evil into childhood innocence is often the perfect horror concoction for movies, whether it’s a horror movie teasing at the fear of the unknown or a drama exploring the world of a truly terrible child. Of course, sometimes it’s nothing more than the result of really bad parenting. In the premiere of The Affair, Dominic West’s son fakes a suicide to get a rise out of his dad. But when West’s Noah quickly gets over his anger and shrugs off the stunt, it’s perfectly obvious why his kid is acting out – dad is an ineffectual parent. But »
- Monika Bartyzel
Jon Snow takes some time away from The Wall for Testament of Youth, which sees Kit Harrington and Alicia Vikander as two young lovers whose pese lives are shatter and forever changed by the First World War. Based on the memoir of Vera Brittain, director James Kent (who made his name on television with the likes of The White Queen and Inside Men) has certainly captured the power of Brittain's writing, and has brought together an impressive supporting cast, including Dominic West and Emily Watson, backing up our young leads. Check to trailer out below. Released: 16th January 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“Inspirational stories for the damned” is the label given by one blinded soldier to survival tales like his in “Testament of Youth” — it’s also an apt description of this rousing, robust adaptation of Vera Brittain’s landmark First World War memoir. Deftly balancing restrained sentimentalism with tough-minded human tragedy, this impressive, unashamedly classical feature debut by TV helmer James Kent has the populist heft one expects from producer David Heyman, while preserving the solemn intimacy of Brittain’s account of lives and loves severed by the conflict. Sumptuously appointed and attractively cast — with Swedish up-and-comer Alicia Vikander a luminous Brittain — “Youth” may be lower in profile and star wattage than a comparably skilled wartime weeper like “Atonement,” but should be appreciated by much the same audience.
Previously adapted by the BBC as a television serial in 1979, Brittain’s 1933 tome has taken several years to reach the big screen under Heyman’s guidance. »
- Guy Lodge
The affair on The Affair had barely gotten started by the end of last night's premiere, but the show's stylistic conceit — each episode is told first from the Pov of Noah (Dominic West), then Alison (Ruth Wilson) — was already in full swing. How differently did the pair of extramarital lovers recall their first interactions? In the words of co-creator Sarah Treem, "We remember ourselves as witnesses in our own lives, and ... other people as actors." The proof, in GIFs, below.Noah and Allison meet for the first time when she serves his family at a roadside diner in Montauk, but their meet-cute is interrupted when his youngest daughter starts choking on a marble. In Noah’s memory, he’s the unabashed hero of the story, singlehandedly saving his daughter’s life. The second time around, both Noah and his wife are paralyzed with fear and it’s only Alison’s »
- Nate Jones,Lindsey Weber
Showtime's newest drama premiered last night, and if you're a TV fan who hasn't seen it yet, you're going to want to fix that immediately. Not only does it boast an odd yet excellent assortment of incredible actors from incredible shows – Dominic West from The Wire, Maura Tierney from ER, Ruth Wilson from Luther, and Joshua Jackson from Fringe (or let's be real – Dawson's Creek) – but it's also the best new drama of the season. There. We said it. It's also not at all what you think! Not just a show about an affair, but memory, and how vastly people's recollections can differ...Making for a truly unique premise for the show in which everyone is »
In the first half of the pilot Showtime's The Affair, Alison (Ruth Wilson), one-half of the couple set to engage in the act that gives the show its title, tells Noah (Dominic West) that her favorite book is Peter Pan. He quotes it back to her, and they flirtatiously talk about how though it's meant to be a children's book it's actually "terrifying." In the second half, told from Alison's perspective, Alison reads the book at the grave of her child. If co-creator Sarah Treem had it her way, characters would constantly be quoting Peter Pan. Treem hones in on »
- Esther Zuckerman
The seeds for Showtime’s The Affair were planted on Sunday night — will you be sticking around to see how this “He Said, She Said” drama plays out?
Co-created by In Treatment‘s Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, The Affair stars Dominic West (The Wire) as Noah Solloway, a New York City school teacher and aspiring novelist who is spending the summer at his in-laws’ estate out on Long Island. As he, wife Helen (ER‘s Maura Tierney) and their brood of kids arrive for this getaway, they make the acquaintance of a local waitress, Alison (Luther‘s Ruth Wilson »
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