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Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson to lead all-star cast of BBC Two’s King Lear

BBC Two and production company Playground have announced that Anthony Hopkins (The Dresser, Nixon, Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (The Children Act, The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility) are set to lead the cast of a star-studded adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear from BAFTA-winning director Richard Eyre (The Dresser, Notes on a Scandal).

Set in the fictional present, King Lear sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson stars as his oldest daughter Goneril, with Emily Watson (Theory of Everything, Genius) as his middle daughter Regan and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth, Marcella) as Cordelia, the youngest of Lear’s children.

Jim Broadbent (Iris, Game of Thrones) takes the role of the Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott (Sherlock, The Hollow Crown) as his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan (Hanna, Chewing Gum) as his illegitimate son Edmund.
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Sky1 announces launch date for Jed Mercurio's Critical

Sky1 has confirmed the launch date for new series Critical.

The medical drama will premiere on the channel on Tuesday, February 24.

The 13-part series is told in real-time like 24 and focuses on a hospital's trauma unit.

The series is written by Line of Duty's Jed Mercurio and reunites him with actor Lennie James, who stars as trauma consultant Glen Boyle.

The show also stars Catherine Walker (Strike Back), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) and Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat).

The Critical cast is completed by Neve McIntosh, Prasanna Puwanarajah, John MacMillan, Ellen Thomas, Mali Harries, Paul Bazely, Danny Kirrane, Peter Sullivan, Emma Fryer, Orion Lee and Juliet Oldfield.

Critical is Mercurio's first medical drama since his work on Bodies in 2006. He also wrote Cardiac Arrest for the BBC between 1994 and 1996.
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Lennie James leads cast of new Sky1 medical drama Critical

Lennie James has signed up to star in Sky1's new medical drama Critical.

The Line of Duty star has been cast as trauma consultant Glen Boyle in the ensemble drama, which takes place in real-time over each one-hour episode.

Strike Back actress Catherine Walker will play trauma registrar Fiona Lomas, while Outnumbered's Claire Skinner will appear as trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport.

Fresh Meat star Kimberley Nixon has signed up to play junior doctor 'Harry' Bennett-Edwardes.

Created by Line of Duty's Jed Mercurio, the 13-part series, set in a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre, will focus on a different story during each episode.

The drama will follow the team of medical professionals as they make knife-edge decisions that could mean the difference between whether a patient lives or dies.

Mercurio said: "Sky has given the Critical team a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the most realistic and thrilling medical drama.
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Children’s Children at the Almeida Theatre Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Matthew Dunster’s Children’s Children at the Almeida Theatre is a riveting piece of theatre and a must-see show this summer. The opening scene is set in a posh living room with plush purple sofas and a big sign in the background with the letters Wow. That set piece for me is no accident. It’s as if the scenery itself wants to state loud and clear that this play will have the “wow factor “. And it does.

The story is about long time drama school buddies Gordon (Trevor Fox ) a no-name actor and a super successful telly presenter, Michael( Darrell D’Silva). Gordon is up to his neck in debt and has come to ask for some help from his old friend. Meanwhile Effie (Emily Berrington) his superficial fashionista daughter is unfazed by her father’s problems and is more obsessed with her aspiring
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Box Office Beatdown: Hop Stays on Top with $21.6 Million

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Box Office Beatdown: Hop Stays on Top with $21.6 Million
Weekend Box Office

Hop $21.6 millionArthur $12.6 millionHanna $12.3 millionSoul Surfer $10.6 millionInsidious $10 millionYour Highness $9.6 millionSource Code $9 millionLimitless $5.5 millionDiary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules $4.5 millionThe Lincoln Lawyer $4.5 million

As expected, Hop continued to dominate the box office over the weekend with an estimated $21.6 million take. It should continue to do well over the next few weeks as the holiday approaches.

Meanwhile, Arthur, Russell Brand's other effort, opened to a disappointing $12.6 million - well under the projected $18 million from the studio. This may lead to the end of Hollywood's love affair with Brand as he just doesn't seem to be leading man material as he can't open a movie. His Get Me to the Greek opened to $17.5 million and it was rated R - Arthur's PG-13 should have helped the film reach a broader audience but for once taste prevailed and moviegoers decided to pass. Studios will probably think twice before
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Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Talks Hanna

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Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Talks Hanna
Opening in theaters on April 8th is the new thriller from Atonement director Joe Wright called Hanna. The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Saoirse Ronan as a young girl trained in the wilderness by her ex-cia father to become a ruthless assassin. We recently had a chance to speak with Cate Blanchett, who plays the cold hearted intelligence operative who is out to get Hanna. To watch our exclusive interview, click on the clip below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Interview!

Hanna comes to theaters April 8th, 2011 and stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps, Cate Blanchett, Paris Arrowsmith, John MacMillan, Tim Beckmann, Christian Malcolm. The film is directed by Joe Wright.
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Exclusive Interview With Richard Raymond – Producer Of Heartless

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Down in the Hug-bunker, we’ve been getting quite excited about forthcoming Brit-flick, Heartless. Directed by Philip Ridley, and starring Jim Sturgess, and the lovely Clémence Poésy, the film is set to be one of the first British features to benefit from near-simultaneous multi-platform release, coming out at cinemas on Friday 21st May, and being available to buy the following Monday (24th).

We recently spoke with the film’s producer, Richard Raymond, who provided some insight into just how hard it was to get the film off the ground, and just why he and Ridley decided to cast Sturgess.

Transcription by Ted Leighton.

HeyUGuys: If you could begin by talking about Heartless and how the project came about, and your involvement with it.

Richard Raymond: I’d known Philip Ridley for about ten years. What happened was, when I was about twenty two, I read a short story that
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