4 items from 2017
To celebrate the release of acclaimed dystopia drama The White King starring Game of Thrones‘ Jonathan Pryce, we have an amazing Adventure DVD bundle up for grabs featuring Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Cell, The Colony and Robot Overlords.
Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel by György Dragomán, The White King, set in a fictitious dictatorship, can be described as 1984 meets Empire of the Sun with its startling and “all-too-timely” exploration of what the world would, and could, look like. It also portrays life under an oppressive regime and how this impacts each and every person in different ways.
Djata is a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family. »
- Gary Collinson
The final part of Wes Anderson’s “Owen Wilson trilogy” (the last Wilson co-wrote) is a typically oddball family opera. From the opening scene we see the Anderson tropes: A muzaked cover of a classic rock tune (Hey Jude); an erudite narrator (Alec Baldwin) presenting a cast of quirky characters; meticulously stage-crafted framing; precision pans and zooms; and photography swathed in bold primary colours.
The Tenenbaum children were once destined for social excellence. Chas was a precocious business genius; Richie was a champion tennis player; and adopted daughter Margot was a promising playwright. Jump past their 20s, however, and we find that Chas (Ben Stiller) is a widower who’s so obsessed with his children’s safety that he’s forgotten how to live; Richie (Luke Wilson) threw away »
- Rupert Harvey
Starz has cast three actors in their upcoming original series Counterpart: V for Vendetta‘s Stephen Rea, The West Wing‘s Richard Schiff and The Tudors‘ Sarah Bolger. They will appear in recurring roles in the series led by J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his ‘counterpart’ on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what ifs and lost love. Starz ordered two 10 episode seasons in 2015 and the show just began production last month.
Rea has been cast as Alexander Pope, a “charming old-world Englishman and an old friend of Prime, he’s an éminence grise who pulls strings from behind the scenes and knows where all the bodies are buried — sometimes quite literally »
- Ricky Church
British actor Guy Burnet (Ray Donovan, The Affair) has landed a recurring role on Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller opposite Ulrich Thomsen, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Sara Serraiocco. Described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist, Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel… »
4 items from 2017
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