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With the help of "Frozen" characters coming onboard, the fourth season premiere of ABC's fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" hit a two year high with 9.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating - up 30% in last year's Live+Same Day results.
The results weren't so pleasant for ABC's other shows - "Resurrection" fell from a 3.8 for its mid-season premiere to a 2.2 for its second season bow. The fourth season of "Revenge" similarly plummeted with a 1.4 rating - down from 2.4 for last season's premiere. [Source: The Live Feed]
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Rafe Spall ("Life of Pi") and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones") are set to co-star in a 90-minute special of the anthology series "Black Mirror". It will be broadcast on Channel 4 in December.
Filming begins this week on three interweaved stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia". Hamm's character appears in all three stories. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Campbell has jumped onboard Fox's hip-hop drama »
- Garth Franklin
A computer in the Sterling Cooper & Partners office created some surreal situations on Mad Men this past season, but Jon Hamm’s not done with “techno-phobia.” Hamm will star alongside Game of Thrones’s Oona Chaplin and actor Rafe Spall in the upcoming Christmas special of the British anthology series Black Mirror, Channel 4 announced.
EW television critic Melissa Maerz called Black Mirror “the Twilight Zone of our time,” and according to Channel 4, the 90-minute special will concern “three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia.” Hamm’s character will be a figure within all three. “I am beyond thrilled to »
- Esther Zuckerman
You might not expect the scathingly satirical and often disturbing techno-fear series Black Mirror to be a likely candidate for a Christmas special. But that’s exactly what Charlie Brooker and the team are planning for this festive season, and they’ve roped in Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin to headline the cast.The new episode will be a 90-minute special featuring three interwoven stories that will all be linked by Hamm’s character, with a promise that the show will be weirder than ever. Sounds about right for Christmas…“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special – I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception,” says Hamm in Channel 4’s press release. “Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I'm honoured that Charlie and the »
With production on Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror Christmas Special set to get underway this week, Channel 4 has announced that Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) have all been cast in the feature-length episode.
“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special,” states Hamm. “I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception. Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.”
The special episode of the anthology series will feature three interweaving stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”, and is set to air this Christmas on Channel 4.
Source: Screen Daily
- Gary Collinson
Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.
Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
- Leo Barraclough
Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) are to co-star in a feature-length special of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, set for broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 in December.
The 90-minute seasonal special will interweave three stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”. It will start filming in the UK this week.
Hamm’s character appears in all three stories contained within the as yet unnamed episode.
“Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Mad Men star joins One Days Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin in a one-off 90-minute Christmas special, which promises to be the most mind-bending episode yet, showcasing three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, according to Channel 4.
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- Guardian TV
London — “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, “Game of Thrones” thesp Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall will co-star in the “Black Mirror” feature-length special due to air on U.K. free-to-air channel Channel 4 this Christmas.
The special, which has three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, will start filming in the U.K. this week. Hamm’s character appears in all three stories.
“Black Mirror” is an anthology series that taps into an unease with the modern world. Its stand-alone dramas are satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent. The series is produced by Barney Reisz, and executive produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones through their production shingle House of Tomorrow, which is owned by Endemol.
Endemol Worldwide Distribution holds global television distribution rights to the series, which it has sold to broadcasters in more than 80 countries, »
- Leo Barraclough
The episode will include three interwoven stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia" and Hamm's characters will appear in all three stories. Filming starts in the UK this week.
"I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special," said Hamm. "I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception.
"Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I'm honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked »
Trailed earlier this year by Channel 4 as a "dystopian future festive tale that interweaves three stories", the Black Mirror Christmas special has a few casting gifts waiting under the tree for us, in the form of Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Game Of Thrones' Oona Chaplin, and Prometheus and The World's End's Rafe Spall.
Jon Hamm's character is to be the guiding thread through all three stories in the ninety-minute special, "binding them together into a suitably unsettling whole", according to the official press bumf. Hamm describes himself as a massive fan of the anthology series, which tells bleak, satirical tales "with a techno-paranoia bent".
Co-creator Charlie Brooker describes the show as a "horrible pageant" and himself as "revoltingly happy" about Hamm, Chaplin and Spall's casting in this year's festive episode, »
Exclusive: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul
Morgan Matthews’ drama X+Y, about a socially awkward but highly intelligent teenager who finds new confidence when he is selected for the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, was acquired up from Bankside.
The Dark Horse, based on the true story of New Zealand’s troubled genius chess champion Genesis Potini, was picked up from Seville International.
Both films are set for early 2015 releases.
Also due out in 2015 will be Austrian horror Goodnight Mommy, acquired through Films Distribution.
The story surrounds a pair of twins who start to doubt their mother’s identity when she »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
One of the biggest sleeper hits of the Toronto International Film Festival this September was the British coming-of-age drama X + Y. In the film, Asa Butterfield plays Nathan Ellis, an autistic teen hoping to land a berth in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Co-starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and newcomer Jo Yang as Zhang Mei, a Chinese girl who befriends Nathan, the film received accolades and much enthusiasm from its opening night crowd.
Earlier this week, I had the chance to sat down with director Morgan Matthews and the two young stars of X + Y during Tiff to discuss their new film. They spoke about the young man who inspired Asa’s character, shooting in Taipei and, ahem, eating stinky tofu.
Check it out below and enjoy!
What drove you make a documentary about the Math Olympiad in the first place? How did that turn into a feature film?
- Jordan Adler
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Directed by Morgan Matthews.
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
An autistic boy is in a fatal car accident which results in the death of his father who was extremely attentive and good to him; he is discovered to have a talent for mathematics and is taught by a teacher who suffers from multiple sclerosis. A disconnect exists between the son and mother but not from a lacking of trying on her part as she is desperate to establish an emotional bond with her socially awkward child.
At the centre of the story is the International Mathematics Olympiad where the high school student attempts to be one of the six participants which will represent the UK. »
- Trevor Hogg
, “X+Y” zeroes in on a young math whiz who only gradually comprehends the basics of establishing relationships with other people. Deconstructionist critics and mainstream moviegoers alike may find it difficult not to reference “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “David and Lisa” while describing the movie to potential ticketbuyers. But even though such comparisons are hardly inapt, director Morgan Matthews’ debut fiction feature — inspired by his acclaimed 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” — proves potent on its own terms as a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes.
Much like its nonfiction predecessor, “X+Y” focuses on student competitors in the Intl. Mathematics Olympiad (Imo). In concert with scripter James Graham, Matthews has spun off a scenario about a character not unlike one of the more memorable subjects in “Beautiful Young Minds,” a neurodevelopmentally challenged math prodigy named Daniel Lightwing.
In the world according to “X+Y, »
- Joe Leydon
There are not many films made about kids like Nathan Ellis. Sure, the story of a young social outsider trying to break out of his shell is not a unique one (as I wrote about in my review for fellow Tiff selection Wet Bum), but Nathan is autistic and has a very deliberate way of doing things. For instance, he cannot order chicken balls from the local Chinese restaurant unless the number of balls he gets is a prime number. Besides his picky eating, Nathan gets distracted by noise and has a hard time working in a room with a ticking clock or other students tapping their fingers on a desk loudly. He fears handshakes, is unable to understand the social cues involved with that greeting gesture, and calms himself by saying the Fibonacci sequence out loud.
Few films focus on boys who can be coldly sincere, their personality almost hidden from view. »
- Jordan Adler
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Venice - NBC's "The Office" rang frequent laughs from Dwight Schrute's beet farm, with glimpses of backwards Cousin Mose and his feral antics proving particularly fertile ground for comedy ("And as of this morning, we are completely wireless here at Schrute Farms, but as soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we'll get all that power back on.") This kind of vaguely unsettling boys-on-the-farm vibe is played straight in "The Goob", a character piece that has atmosphere to spare, and whose minimal plot is helped along by the happily original setting; this might be the first film shot in Norfolk to premiere at Venice. Self-described as "a psychological Western" and set largely on farmland of sorts in the flat formerly marshy Fens in the East of England (think the reclaimed bits of the Everglades without the redeeming features of exotic wildlife or sunshine), The Goob is »
- Catherine Bray
In 2007, director Morgan Matthews delivered his TV documentary "Beautiful Young Minds," which centered on a group of students participating in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Among the nods it received was a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Single Documentary, and now Matthews hopes the feature version of that story will get even more attention. Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan have joined forces for "X+Y." With a script by playwright James Graham, it tells the story of a borderline autistic kid whose love of numbers gets him on the British Math Team, where a trip to Taipei for the International Mathematics Olympiad brings the possibility of romance, and opens him up to a whole new life. Gotta say, we never felt this inspired while doing long division. Here's the official synopsis: For most of us, equations are just a means to an end. But for teenage math »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first trailer for X+Y has premiered ahead of its upcoming world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morgan Matthews, the film stars Asa Buttefield (Ender's Game, Hugo) as Nathan, a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, particularly the unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Mei (Jo Yang). Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan co-star. The film heads into the festival without a distributor so it will definitely be looking to turn some heads and gain some attention. Give the trailer a watch below and let me know if it looks like one to keep an eye on. sb id="979749" height="267" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
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