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Review: The Alienist Is a Sure-Footed, Richly Sinister Drama

Adapted from Caleb Carr’s 1994 best seller, The Alienistplops us down in 1896 Manhattan, a town as gloomy, foul and filthy as the Victorian London of Penny Dreadful. Here, though, the monsters aren’t supernatural. Which makes them potentially scarier.

A boy prostitute has been murdered. This, and the fact that he was dressed as a girl, would be of no interest to anyone outside the city’s grimy underworld, except for the killer’s unusually brutal desecration of the corpse. The case is taken up by Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, who played Zemo in Captain America: Civil War). He
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New trailer for The Alienist released as Netflix announce launch date

Author: Zehra Phelan

Netflix has today announced that the Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl series The Alienist will be available on the service from April 19th everywhere excluding the Us and France, with all ten episodes available at once.

Luke Evans plays newspaper illustrator John Moore and Dakota Fanning plays Sara Howard, an ambitious secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. The series also stars Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Smith (Miss Sloane) and Matthew Shear (Mistress America) as Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery; Matt Lintz (Pixels) as Stevie, a tough, young boy employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy; Robert Ray Wisdom (The Wire) as Cyrus, Kreizler’s valet, a man with a dark past who has been reformed by Kreizler; and Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) as Mary,
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First Look at New Netflix Series ‘The Alienist’

Today, Netflix, the world’s leading Internet entertainment service, announced that the highly anticipated series The Alienist, starring Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans, will launch on April 19th exclusively on Netflix everywhere excluding the U.S. and France. All ten episodes will be available at once for members around the world.

An unflinching psychological thriller set amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” The Alienist follows Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds, Rush, Captain America: Civil War), a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel by Caleb Carr, with standout performances from Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train) and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral), The Alienist is a gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery like none other: the story of the
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Daniel Brühl on the Darkness of ‘The Alienist,’ and Navigating the Secrecy of ‘Cloverfield 3’

Set during New York City’s Gilded Age, the TNT psychological thriller series The Alienist follows Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive man in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies who, along with the help of newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), an ambitious secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective, decides to hunt down a ritualistic killer gruesomely murdering young boys. Inspired by the novel by Caleb Carr, it is a fascinating story of the emergence of the world’s most powerful city, with enough …
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Luke Evans: Everything You Need to Know About the Hunky Star of The Alienist

Luke Evans: Everything You Need to Know About the Hunky Star of The Alienist
Last year, Luke Evans stole the show as Beauty and the Beast‘s buff baddie, villain Gaston — and now, he’s smoking up the small screen.

The Welsh-born actor stars in TNT’s lush new period drama, The Alienist, a 10-episode miniseries premiering Monday. Based on Caleb Carr’s best-selling 1994 novel and set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York, the series chronicles Evans and his costars Daniel Brühl and Dakota Fanning as their characters join forces to form a sort of extrajudicial Justice League, attempting to solve a string of gruesome child murders by employing criminal psychology.

Here’s everything you need to know about Evans,
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Why Dakota Fanning Loves Her Feminist Role on The Alienist

Why Dakota Fanning Loves Her Feminist Role on The Alienist
Dakota Fanning is coming to television.

The 23-year-old actress stars as Sara Howard in TNT’s The Alienist, a dark thriller set in 1896 New York City. Howard works at the police station and helps investigate the case of a serial killer targeting young boys alongside Daniel Bruhl’s Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and Luke Evans’s John Moore, a cartoonist.

Even though it’s a dark story, Fanning was excited to join the show thanks to her feminist character.

“I think what drew me to it is the character that I play, she’s the first female to work for the
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‘The Alienist’ Review: TNT’s Semi-True Detective Story Ain’t for the Squeamish — Or Many Others

‘The Alienist’ Review: TNT’s Semi-True Detective Story Ain’t for the Squeamish — Or Many Others
Just when you thought peak TV had an option for every flight of fancy — from ’90s nostalgists to J.K. Simmons super-fans to the one sage shopper with a “Save the Transgender Fish, Save the World” t-shirt — enter “The Alienist,” an adaptation of Caleb Carr’s historical-fiction novel from 1994, that plays on TV like a “Sherlock Holmes” / “True Detective” crossover episode. Did the world need a gritty reboot of 221 B. Baker St. where Holmes is a doctor studying mental illness in wayward youths and Watson is a drunken, philandering illustrator who gets his kicks from kinky sex? No, but “need” isn’t a word that often accompanies modern TV programming. People wanted it (apparently), and after the first two episodes, viewers might still want more.

But they should think twice before continuing. “The Alienist” has its simple appeals, most notably in its sterling production design and salacious nighttime excursions, but they
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Cinemaholics #48: Phantom Thread Review

Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film, Phantom Thread is finally hitting more theaters, so the Cinemaholics have invited special guest Kimber Myers to help review it. Daniel Day-Lewis stars in what will apparently be his final film role ever (but hopefully not), along with Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps, but does the pic deserve all of the Oscar hype it’s bound to get? The Cinemaholics discuss.

Also in this episode, the gang chat about Sundance, the impending Oscar nominations, and as always, they take some time to do a few Mini Reviews. Kimber starts us off with a rundown of Forever My Girl starring Jessica Rothe and Alex Roe, Jon tries his best to sum up his thoughts on 12 Strong starring Chris Helmsworth and Michael Shannon and Will digs into the new heist movie Den of Thieves starring Gerard Butler.

Also, Kimber gives a sneak peak of the new
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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More

Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More
Another year, another fun-filled 10 days are happening at the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah — and People is there to capture all the behind-the-scenes action.

Celebrities like Dakota Fanning, Jane Fonda, Nicholas Cage and more are braving the frigid weather and flocking to the small town this weekend to interact with their biggest fans and hit up some of the festival’s hottest parties.

Thursday, Jan. 18

2:35 p.m.: Blythe Danner arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is greeted by a swarm of photographers and fans asking for autographs. “Why do I deserve all this attention?
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Omaze Announces Contest For Candlelit Dinner With Luke Evans

Omaze contests featuring activities with a celebrity are a dime a dozen, but occasionally, one catches my eye that I think would be just so hilariously awkward I have to share it. How would You like to have a candlelit dinner with Luke Evans? I'm not sure I would, I've only had about one in my lifetime and Luke Evans never particularly struck me as a dude I'd gel with, which got me wondering just how many people show up to these things and then realize they're in an incredibly awkward situation? Anyway, check out the video below, and wonder how those candles sit in that candlestick so firmly without ever tipping slightly.
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Watch Luke Evans Serenade the Fanning Sisters with Impromptu a Capella Set at Sundance

Watch Luke Evans Serenade the Fanning Sisters with Impromptu a Capella Set at Sundance
Luke Evans showed off his impressive pipes with a surprise a capella performance at the Sundance Film Festival.

Following an exclusive screening of his new TNT show The Alienist sponsored by the network and Vulture, the actor and his costars, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Brühl, sat down for a special Q&A session.

Goaded by the curator and the audience, which included Fanning’s sister Elle, 19, a visibly embarrassed Evans, 38, begrudgingly serenaded the room with an a capella rendition of George Gershwin’s “Summertime.”

Evans, who proved his vocal abilities in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Gaston, sounded pitch perfect.
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​French cinema drew 80.5m international spectators in 2017

Lack of EuropaCorp hit sees number dip below 100m.

The international box office for French films recovered some of its élan in 2017 after a difficult 2016, although the absence of a big hit from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp meant admissions remained well below the 100m of recent years.

According to preliminary annual figures released by export body UniFrance on Friday evening (January 19) as part of its Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris programme, French films drew 80.5m spectators internationally in 2017 for a total box office of €468m ($572m).

The international box office also generated more admissions for French cinema than France, where local pictures sold 78.2m tickets in 2017. Unifrance said the 2017 international box office figure represented a 98% rise on 2016 figures, when French films drew 34m spectators worldwide.

Breaking the box office figure down, majority French productions accounted for 60.7m, or 76%, of these admissions. French-language productions generated 38m entries, accounting for 47% of the international box office.

UniFrance noted that French-language
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Fast & Furious: Helen Mirren fancies another go

Simon Brew Jan 19, 2018

Helen Mirren wants to return to the Fast & Furious series. And she wants to drive...

She took on a small role in last summer’s Fast & Furious 8, after suggesting beforehand that she wanted a part in the franchise. And now, Helen Mirren is after another go, this time stepping behind the driver’s wheel!

Chatting to Yahoo! whilst promoting her new project, The Leisure Seeker, Mirren confirmed that she’d return for Fast & Furious 9 if the call came through. “I hope so”, she said of a possible return. “I’m sort of quietly manoeuvring, but I love it, it would be brilliant. I love that character”.

The character in question was the mother of the Shaw brothers, played by Luke Evans and The Statham. However, if Mirren does indeed get her wish, she wants to get behind the wheel this time. “Definitely”, she said.
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Fast And Furious 9 To Signal The Return Of Mama Shaw? Helen Mirren Certainly Hopes So

Prior to April 2017, Helen Mirren and the Fast and Furious franchise are two things we’d never imagine would belong in the same sentence. And yet, here we are.

As Magdalene Shaw, she was the kick-ass mother of the roguish Deckard (Jason Statham) and Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), and even helped Vin Diesel retrieve his long-lost son in Fate of the Furious – Mama Shaw’s heroics know no bounds, it seems.

But now that F. Gary Gray’s petrolhead sequel has cruised all the way to $1.16 billion worldwide, Universal is beginning to compose another two entries in its lucrative franchise, beginning with the so-far untitled Fast and Furious 9. Aside from a tentative 2020 release date and rumors of Justin Lin returning at the helm, the Powers That Be have been keeping everything under wraps. Leave it to Helen Mirren, then, to break the silence and toss her hat into the ring.
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‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama

It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has…
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Valerian Failure Results in Big Job Losses at EuropaCorp

Valerian Failure Results in Big Job Losses at EuropaCorp
After the box office failure that was Valerian last summer, which was the most expensive movie in French history, Luc Besson's French production company EuropaCorp is looking to slash its staff by 28%. The company has entered into negotiations with its employees to begin a consultation procedure that could result in 22 employees being laid off, bringing the company's entire staff down to 57 employees. The company issued a brief statement that revealed these actions, "correspond to the needs of the company in France to carry out its strategy of refocusing on its core activities."

EuropaCorp posted a whopping $83 million net loss in September, and a $136 million loss for the fiscal year. This covered the period where not only Valerian, their mind-bending adaptation of the iconic French graphic novels, was released, but also EuropaCorp's underperforming The Circle and Their Finest was released. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets only earned
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Luc Besson's EuropaCorp plans job cuts in France

22 jobs could be axed from operations in France.

Source: Europacorp


Luc Besson’s beleaguered film production and distribution company EuropaCorp announced on Monday that it could axe 22 posts from its operations in France.

“EuropaCorp began a consultation process with staff representatives on 11th January to put in place a new structure in France,” the company said in a statement.

“If the plan were adopted, the workforce in France would number 57 personnel once it has been carried out,” it added.

The company said that such a workforce would correspond to its operational needs as it puts in place a strategy – announced end-November - to re-focus on its core activities of film production, TV series and international sales.

Under that strategy, EuropaCorp plans to produce two to three English-language features and up to two French-language films annually.

The strategy also envisaged continued involvement in English-language TV series even though the company had sealed a deal for the sale of
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The Last Word on ‘The Girl on the Train’

Wow, look at that, Tate Taylor got off the s***list! I’ll be damned; didn’t see that one coming. I mean, this wasn’t great, and despite Taylor’s vast improvement over his previous films, there’s still quite a few directorial and editing decision that annoy and drive me crazy, but, yeah, I enjoyed ‘The Girl on the Train‘. Quite a lot actually, which surprised me a bit, ‘cause from what I gathered, the film was not particularly well-received overall. Even the ones who seem to be praising it, seems to be looking at the piece more as good entertainment as opposed to a good movie. Some credit the fact that the original book wasn’t particularly strong to begin with; I wouldn’t know, I haven’t read it, although I suspect it’s a good adaptation. And sure, it’s probably not great material, but
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The Alienist Promo: Unlocking a Diseased Mind

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The Progressive Age may have started in the late 19th century, but such enlightened ideas weren't benefiting those in New York City's dark underbelly.

These squalid spaces are from where many of the alienist's patients come.

What is an alienist? Think of one as the ancestor of Criminal Minds and CSI.

An alienist is one who studies mental pathologies and deviant behavior. One would also provide expert testimony in court to determine whether a person goes to prison or a mental hospital or is released.

Why an alienist? According to Caleb Carr in his 1994 best-selling novel of the same name, upon which this series is based:

"Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be 'alienated,' not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures. Those experts who studied mental pathologies were known as 'alienists.'"

The alienist, in this case,
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