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Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.
Here are the latest additions to Netflix, as well as news and events worth keeping an eye on over the coming week:
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's acclaimed terrorist drama arrives on Netflix on February 8. Jessica Chastain stars as a CIA analyst at the centre of one of history's greatest manhunts - the search for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The gritty and unflinching thriller received a huge amount of awards attention, with Chastain taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. The film explores the realities of war and secret intelligence, and that eternal question of whether the ends justify the means. »
While talking to Game Informer (via Gamespot) this week, The Last of Us game director Neil Druckmann has been talking about the progress of the film, and that the second draft of the script (which he has written himself) has been finished.
While talking to the site, Druckmann said that the script, while being faithful to the game, will have a few changes before it makes its way to the silver screen.
“(It’s) pretty faithful to the game. There are some big changes, but the tone and what the story’s trying to say is pretty faithful to the game.”
Furthermore, Druckmann stated that “a bunch of actors” took part in a table read recently, but we await official confirmation as to who will star. Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams has been heavily linked to play Ellie in the film, but as yet hasn’t been confirmed.
Druckmann is »
- Scott J. Davis
By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
It was inevitable, with so many inspired-by-a-true-story films in the Oscar race, that there would be grumbling about the inaccuracies of various awards-contending movies. This year, however, all those complaints seemed to emerge at once, mostly during the past week. And the gripes are especially bitter, seemingly aimed not just at questioning the movies' factuality but also at sabotaging their chances of winning awards. It's this sort of mudslinging that has many observers wondering if those who complain are actually doing the bidding of campaigners for competing films and performers.
The loudest trash talk last week came from gold-medal-winning Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, who is played by Channing Tatum in the awards-contender "Foxcatcher." Noticing that reviewers of the recently-released films have found a subtext of homosexuality in the movie (though it's all in the way that creepy coach John du Pont, played by Steve Carell, behaves toward Schultz, and not »
- Gary Susman
4 items from 2015
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