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14 items from 2009

Morning Brew: Tuesday, Dec. 22

22 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We've got a great brew today, folks.

Let's start with this, Skins fans:

You want it poster-sized, don't you? The issue, featuring an interview with Naomily actresses Kathryn Prescott and Lily Loveless is out now.

How did I not know about this? Apparently there is a "quick lesbian scene" between Keira Knightley and Hayley Atwell in their film, The Duchess. The movie is now available on DVD, and could be a great last minute gift for a friend who likes British women bedding one another.

Sundance is going to be so gay this year. The Runaways is officially in good company with the addition of The Kids Are Alright from High Art director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Benning as lovers. It's being described as a "drama with a sexy script." Please let that sexiness be between the aforementioned actresses. Don't let me down, Lisa!

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- Trish Bendix

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Exclusive Interview: Ian McKellen (The Prisoner)

11 November 2009 11:56 PM, PST | TVStar | See recent TVStar news »

Everything is fair game for a remake these days, even something as iconic as The Prisoner (TV). At least with their re-imagining, AMC is going all out, delivering a lush six-episode series starring Jim Caviezel as Six -- the prisoner role played by Patrick McGoohan in the classic old show he created -- and Ian McKellen as Two, the enigmatic leader of The Village, from which newcomer Six seeks to escape. AMC will air the six episodes over three nights starting on Nov. 15. McKellen -- during a recent exclusive interview with PopStar -- told us that this new version of The Prisoner is most definitely not your grandpa's Prisoner. "The old one was about the preoccupations of the time and the idea of socialism, and it was Orwellian in a way," McKellen said. "I don't think there were any black faces in it. If you're going to tell that story »

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AMC Announces Launch Date for Limited Series "The Prisoner"

29 September 2009 8:34 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Cabler AMC has announced that its six-hour limited series event The Prisoner, starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan, will launch on Sunday, November 15th at 8 pm Et/Pt. The cabler will air three two-hour installments over three consecutive nights, with subsequent installments airing on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th. In this remake of the classic British cult series, Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) plays Number Six, a man who finds himself the unwitting titular prisoner of The Village, a strange and surreal settlement overseen by the nefarious Number Two, played by Ian McKellan (Lord of the Rings). The Prisoner also stars Jamie Campbell-Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) as Number 11-12, Hayley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited) as Number 41-5, Lennie James (Jericho) as Number 147, and Ruth Wilson (Suburban Shootout) as Number 313. The Prisoner was written by Bill Gallagher (Conviction) and directed by Nick Hurran (Little Black Book »

- Jace

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AMC Sets The Prisoner's Premiere Date

29 September 2009 7:02 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

AMC will premiere its six-part mini-series The Prisoner on Sunday, November 15 from 8 - 10pm Et/Pt, featuring the series' first two episodes back-to-back. A reinterpretation of the 1960s cult classic, "The Prisoner" will air over three consecutive nights, with two episodes each evening, from 8-10pm Et/Pt.

Leading in to the highly-anticipated mini-series debut will be The Matrix Revolutions (2003), beginning at 5pm Et/Pt, part of an all-day airing of The Matrix Trilogy of films starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.

Fans can watch all 17 episodes of the original 1960s The Prisoner in full screen on Each episode of AMC's mini-series will also be available On Demand the day following the linear premiere with select cable operators.

The Prisoner tells the story of a man, Six (Caviezel), who wakes up to find himself inexplicably trapped in a mysterious and surreal place, The Village, with no memory of how he arrived. »

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3 Sign on to Become Pillars of the Earth

8 June 2009 7:27 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new mini-series has just landed a trio of new cast members. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane and Donald Sutherland have joined the cast of Pillars of the Earth.

The mini-series was adapted from the Ken Follett novel by John Pielmeier with Sergio Mimica-Gezzan to direct the eight-hour mini-series. The story is set in 12th Century England and deals with two intertwining love stories set against a backdrop of war and religious conflicts.

Sewell, McShane and Sutherland join the cast that already includes Matthew Macfayden, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Gordon Pinsent. The mini-series starts shooting on June 22 in Hungary and Austria, with a premiere set for the later half of 2010.


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Three sign on for 'Pillars of the Earth'

8 June 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A new TV maxi-series is trying to buck the trend and bring back appointment viewing for fictional sagas, a la "The Thorn Birds" or, more recently and modestly, "Angels in America" or "Broken Trail." Most of the big Euro stations have lined up to air "The Pillars of the Earth," but so far there are no broadcast takers in the U.S. or the U.K.

A Germany-Canada co-production spearheaded by Munich-based Tandem Communications and Montreal-based Muse Entertainment, the eight-hour saga, based on Ken Follett's best-seller, will be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who has helmed episodes of "Heroes" and "Saving Grace" and was Steven Spielberg's first assistant director on "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List."

"Pillars" starts lensing June 22 in Hungary and Austria. The premiere is set for the second half of 2010.

Ian McShane, who starred on HBO's "Deadwood," will play Waleran; Donald Sutherland takes the role as Bartholomew; and Rufus Sewell, »

- By Elizabeth Guider and Scott Roxborough

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Twilight Odds And Ends Monday 3/2/09

2 March 2009 9:54 AM, PST | | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Weve got a great set of odds and ends for you today Kristen doesnt want AnnaLynne in New Moon Taylor Lautner cant date until hes 28 Rob is nominated for an Empire award and morenbspKristen Stewart didnt want AnnaLynne McCord in New MoonAccording to TimesOfTheInternet Kristen Stewart was less than pleased when she heard AnnaLynne might be in the Twilight sequel New Moon. Stewart went crazy after she found out that 90210 hottie AnnaLynne McCord was being considered for a role as a sexy seductress in the movie. Kristen was jealous and annoyed by the attention heaped on AnnaLynne said a source. Read the full article here.Kristen Stewarts wig lookKristen Stewarts hair might look natural in Twilight but she is in fact wearing hairpieces. Kristen did this to save valuable time each day because she didnt have to keep doing her hair. To read the full article click here.Taylor Lautner »

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Brideshead Revisited DVD Review -- Starring Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell and Emma Thompson

27 January 2009 | | See recent news »

Brideshead Revisited is an English drama about religion, love, obsession, and all those other strong emotions that make for a good film. It was inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel of the same name (which was also the inspiration for the 1981 British miniseries). Directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane), the film follows Charles Ryder, played by Matthew Goode (Match Point). Ryder leaves London and his less-than-caring father to attend university in Oxford. On his first night he meets Sebastian Flyte, played by Ben Whishaw (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer). Sebastian is flamboyant and rich. He invites Charles to his estate, Brideshead, and Charles is quickly lured into the fantastic lifestyle of the Marchmain family, including Sebastian’s sister Julia (Hayley Atwell). However, he soon learns about the family’s problems, most stemming »

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The BAFTA Nominations for 2008 and The Madhouse Act of 1828

15 January 2009 8:43 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Trivia Time! It's been 180 years since an Act of the British Parliament allowed for the building of mental asylums. The first ever built was the 1st Middlesex County Asylum in West London which opened its doors in 1831. The British invented insane asylums! Who knew? And yet it all makes sense...

177 years later, ancestors of those first Middlesex patients voted on the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards (or BAFTA or "The Orange Film Awards" --make up your minds!) honoring the films of 2008. Gemma Arterton ("Strawberry Fields" in the latest Bond film) and Hayley Atwell (The Duchess) made the announcements which were... _ _ _ _ _ _.

(You saw where that was going I hope. Good.)

Years ago I paid no mind to these particular awards and, scanning over this year's nominees, I think I was probably of sound mind back then. Somewhere along the line, I lost my resistance to them -- I think »


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Thompson Raged About Sexy Bus Ad

13 January 2009 4:14 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Emma Thompson grew so sick and tired of slipping standards in using sex to sell in her native Britain she was prompted to pen an angry letter to London's former Mayor Ken Livingstone.

The Oscar winner started raging when she saw a scantily-clad female advertising a product on a bus.

The ad in question featured a topless model covering her nipples with two 10 pence coins.

Thompson tells America's More magazine, "I find it offensive and I don't care who knows it."

So she wrote to the Mayor: "I said, .Take those f**king images off! It.s a bus!'.

And Thompson is still fuming after learning Brideshead Revisited co-star Hayley Atwell was asked to slim down to play her daughter.

The actress states, "I went absolutely ballistic. She didn't need to lose weight, and it upset her deeply. It was an evil thing to do..

Thompson reveals she even threatened to quit over the incident, and the producers backed down.

She adds, "She (Atwell) looks so beautiful and womanly... That.s what God intended." »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: January 13, 2009

12 January 2009 11:29 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Paramount Centennial Collection

Breakfast At Tiffany's / Funny Face In the next couple days I will be doing one complete article for the first five releases from Paramount Home Entertainment for their Centennial Collection, which has certainly been pro Audrey Hepburn up to this point with four of the first five films released starring the '50s and '60s beauty (and boy was she beautiful). This week we have Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face and I can only comment on Tiffany's as I have not seen Funny Face yet, but it is playing in the background as I type. Personally I am not much of a fan of Tiffany's even though it is considered to be such a classic. This isn't to say I dislike it as much as I just can't quite figure it out. Is it a comedy? »

- Brad Brevet

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Brideshead Revisited

12 January 2009 10:18 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Brideshead Revisited Directed by: Julian Jarrold Cast: Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon Running Time: 2 hr 10 min Rating: PG-13 Plot: Middle class Charles Ryder (Goode) befriends Sebastian Marchmain (Whishaw), son of a titled family who owns the titular Brideshead. After visiting Brideshead, he becomes enamored with the family, particularly Julia (Atwell), Sebastian's beautiful sister. But Lady Marchmain (Thompson) believes her daughter isn't right for the unaristocratic, athiest Charles so they marry other people. But Charles is tied to the Marchmain family for life. Who's It For? The film's a period piece but more E. M. Forester than Jane Austen. It's fairly subtle and pretty deeply dependent on the English class system for it's storyline so it would help to know a little about that. The film rewards patience, I felt it was going »

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DVD Review: New Version of ???Brideshead Revisited??? Worth a Look

12 January 2009 2:17 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago ??? The BBC mini-series adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” is so beloved that the new version with Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, Emma Thompson, and Michael Gambon was doomed from the beginning. Miramax has done the filmmakers a disservice by releasing their work only on standard DVD, but fans of period pieces or classic literature should give Julian Jarrold’s film a chance.

The most successful thing about “Brideshead Revisited,” besides excellent supporting performances by Thompson and Gambon, is the design. For a budget reportedly under $20 million, there are some significant accomplishments in the film worth seeing and, while it looks good on DVD, Julian Jarrold’s film is the kind that’s made for the HD of Blu-Ray. It’s shameful that it won’t be seen on that format, at least not initially.

Brideshead Revisited is released by Miramax/Walt Disney on January 13th, 2009.

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- BrianTT

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TCA Day Two: Is there something queer about "The Prisoner"?

9 January 2009 5:48 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen (Getty Images: Frederick M. Brown)

Is there something rather queer about the AMC remake of the 1960's hit The Prisoner?

Find out after the jump!

Yesterday's panel at the Television Critics Association tour in Los Angeles certainly gave me reason to think so. And as you know, we're always looking for the queer in TV. No, I'm not referring to the presence of Sir Ian McKellen as Two who is insisting that Six, played by Jim Caviezel, stay in the remote creepy village that provides the setting for The Prisoner.

I'm referring to what the show's director Nick Hurran and producer Trevor Hopkins told me after the panel when I asked if the show was going to include any gay content (my standard question at every TCA panel). After exchanging glances, Hurran and Hopkins said readers would definitely want to watch the show. »

- michael

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