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People Explains: The Mystery of Who Massacred 8, Including a Family, on Fishing Boat in Alaska

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It’s not a mystery how the Coulthurst family and a group of teenage deckhands were killed on their fishing boat, Investor, on Sept. 6, 1982, in the tiny southeast Alaskan fishing village of Craig.

What remains unknown, more than 35 years later, is who did it — and why.

“You never stop thinking about them,” says Dave Freeman, who grew up with Jerome Keown and Dave Moon, two of the massacre’s eight victims.

“The shock of losing everyone really tore up our town,” Freeman tells People. “They all had their whole lives in front of them, and they were just blown away.
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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Helen Mirren Wants To Play Donald Trump: ‘I’ve Almost Got The Hair!’

Helen Mirren has played an astounding array of characters onscreen, some of them portrayals of actual people, ranging from right-wing gossip maven Hedda Hopper in “Trumbo” to her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”. But if she had it her way, the former “Prime Suspect” star would love to play the 45th […]
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Helen Mirren to Receive the Chaplin Award

Mirren in “The Hundred-Foot Journey

Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Olivier, and Tony Award-winner Helen Mirren is set to add yet another trophy to her well-used mantle. The “Eye in the Sky” star will receive The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award, a press release has announced. The gala, set to be held April 30, 2018 at the Lincoln Center, will feature movie and interview clips with Mirren, whose career spans over 50 years.

According to the release, the event “will be attended by a host of notable presenters,” so it seems likely that some of Mirren’s co-stars and directors will be reflecting on her incredible body of work and her famous sense of humor.

Mirren’s career kicked off in 1967, when she began acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her many credits in film, TV, and the stage include “The Queen,” “Prime Suspect,” and “The Audience.”

“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.”

Previous Chaplin Award honorees include Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, and Meryl Streep.

Earlier this year Mirren gave the commencement address at Tulane University. The “Woman in Gold” actress has been outspoken about gender inequality in Hollywood, but as she revealed at the event, she initially shied away from identifying as a feminist. “ believed in the obvious: that women were as capable and as energetic and as inspiring as men, but to join a movement called feminism just seemed too didactic, too political for me,” she explained. But she eventually had a change of heart. “I have come to understand that feminism is not an abstract idea but it’s a necessity if we — and really by ‘we,’ I mean you guys — are to move us forward and not backward into ignorance and fearful jealousy,” she told the attendees. “So now, I am a declared feminist and I would encourage you to be the same.”

Mirren will next be seen in “The Leisure Seeker,” a road trip comedy that follows a couple’s journey in their Rv. The film hits theaters January 19, 2018.

Helen Mirren to Receive the Chaplin Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Lin Pictures Hires Tristar’s Lindsey Liberatore as Head of TV

Lin Pictures has hired former Tristar Television executive Lindsey Liberatore as senior vice president of television, the company announced Friday.

In her new role, Liberatore will oversee all development and television operations for Lin Pictures. Prior to joining Lin Pictures, Liberatore was vice president of Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar label, which she joined in 2015 as an executive working in development and current programming. While at Tristar, Liberatore oversaw the Hulu series “Shut Eye” and worked on multiple projects for Amazon, including “Good Girls Revolt,” “The Last Tycoon,” and “The Interestings” pilot.

“I am excited that Lindsey is bringing her strong creative instincts and her love of working with great storytellers to Lin Pictures,” said Dan Lin, founder and chief executive of Lin Pictures. “She embodies the collaborative spirit of our company and is the perfect executive to lead our television business.”

Prior to her role as a studio executive, Liberatore
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Quote of the Day: Helen Mirren on Beauty and What She’d Tell Her Younger Self

Helen Mirren: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”/YouTube

“Nastiest of All Nasty Women” Helen Mirren has been redefining and challenging Hollywood standards for decades. From her longstanding role as Dci Jane Tennison in “Prime Suspect” to her latest stint in last year’s “The Fate of the Furious,” the actress has consistently proven that she, like Hollywood’s other women, cannot — and should not — be put into a box. It comes as no surprise, then, that her definition of “beauty” is not either.

In a recent interview with Allure magazine, Mirren stresses that she finds the word “beauty” problematic. “Of course beauty is inside,” she said, “but it’s still a word. When it’s tied to pictures of people and amazing outfits on girls who can wear that stuff, it’s intimidating for the rest of us.”

This is not to say, though, that Mirren has not struggled with fitting into the societal mold, particularly during her younger years. “It’s hard to explain how difficult it is to overcome the culture,” said Mirren. “You become a voice in the wilderness. No one wants to listen.” Looking back, she’d advise her younger self to “say ‘Fuck off’ more and stop being so ‘bloody polite.’”

Arguably, this retrospection comes hand in hand with Mirren’s extensive industry experience and current age, of which Mirren has been very vocal. She has a keen understanding of how age operates as a barrier within Hollywood — and how gendered its restrictions actually are. At TheWrap’s Power Breakfast in 2015, Mirren pointed out how “fucking outrageous” ageist double standards actually are. “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric,” she said, “and his girlfriends got younger and younger.”

If anything, examples like these add fuel to Mirren’s fire. She is consistently applying the confidence that she did not afford her younger self to her current age group — both onscreen and off. Through films like “The Fate of the Furious,” she aims to show how older women are capable of more than “movies about Alzheimer’s and cancer.”

Mirren’s latest project, “The Leisure Seeker,” follows runaway seniors as they hit the road in an Rv. It is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.

Quote of the Day: Helen Mirren on Beauty and What She’d Tell Her Younger Self was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Carolyn McCall to Be ITV’s First Female CEO

Carolyn McCall: Cranfield School of Management/YouTube

Carolyn McCall is ITV’s new CEO effective January 8, 2018. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCall will soon leave her post as easyJet’s CEO and take over the UK TV corporation. With this new position, McCall will be ITV’s first female CEO and the first woman to serve on its board.

McCall beat out several other company heads for the role at ITV, including Rob Woodward, formerly of Scottish Television, and Paul Geddes of the insurance company Direct Line. ITV’s CEO of the last seven years, Adam Crozier, revealed his plans to step down in May.

“In a very impressive field of high caliber candidates, Carolyn stood out for her track record in media, experience of an international operation, clear strategic acumen, and strong record of delivering value to shareholders,” ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette explained. “I’m delighted we’ll be working together at ITV.”

In addition to easyJet, McCall previously served as CEO of The Guardian Media Group. Currently, she is also a non-exec director of designer Burberry, is a board member of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and is a Royal Academy trustee. Her resume also includes non-exec director positions Lloyds Bank, grocer Tesco, and fashion retailer New Look.

“I’m really pleased to be joining ITV,” McCall commented. “It is a fantastic company in a dynamic and stimulating sector. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the people at ITV and helping it make the most of the amazing opportunities that it has in the future.”

McCall will make 900,000 euro (about $1.2 million Usd) per year as head of ITV. Her salary and benefits — like the company’s pension, bonus, and long-term incentive plans — give her “broadly the same remuneration opportunity as to ITV’s previous CEO,” ITV said in a statement.

ITV is home to series like long-running soap “Coronation Street,” reality competition “The X Factor,” “Prime Suspect” prequel “Prime Suspect: Tennison,” and cultural phenoms like “Downton Abbey” and “Broadchurch.”

Carolyn McCall to Be ITV’s First Female CEO was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Syria: The Year’s Most Urgent News Story Makes These Two PBS Documentaries Essential Viewing

Syria: The Year’s Most Urgent News Story Makes These Two PBS Documentaries Essential Viewing
Of all the news to come out of this weekend’s G20 Summit in Hamburg, one that got lost amidst the incessant headline shuffle was the announcement of a ceasefire in Syria. Given the track record of those agreements within the region — and the involvement of Russia in those talks — it may not be a historic or lasting peace. But as warring sides look to find a solution to the violence in the region, it’s vital to keep in mind the human consequences to these diplomatic actions.

Monday night, on the PBS documentary series “Pov,” the network will show Feras Fayyad’s “Last Men in Aleppo,” a chronicle of work being done by The White Helmets in the Syrian city. As the opening text of the Sundance Jury Prize-winning film explains, these individuals are a volunteer relief organization, formed by individuals from disparate walks of life with the goal
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Syria: The Year’s Most Urgent News Story Makes These Two PBS Documentaries Essential Viewing

Syria: The Year’s Most Urgent News Story Makes These Two PBS Documentaries Essential Viewing
Of all the news to come out of this weekend’s G20 Summit in Hamburg, one that got lost amidst the incessant headline shuffle was the announcement of a ceasefire in Syria. Given the track record of those agreements within the region — and the involvement of Russia in those talks — it may not be a historic or lasting peace. But as warring sides look to find a solution to the violence in the region, it’s vital to keep in mind the human consequences to these diplomatic actions.

Monday night, on the PBS documentary series “Pov,” the network will show Feras Fayyad’s “Last Men in Aleppo,” a chronicle of work being done by The White Helmets in the Syrian city. As the opening text of the Sundance Jury Prize-winning film explains, these individuals are a volunteer relief organization, formed by individuals from disparate walks of life with the goal
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Prime Suspect: Tennison

Network: PBS. Episodes: Ongoing (two hours). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 24, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong, Ruth Sheen, Jessica Gunning, Andrew Brooke, Nick Sidi, Geraldine Somerville, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Nancy Carroll, Rosie Day, Lex Shrapnel, Jay Taylor, Jacob James Beswick, Joshua Hill, Daniel Ezra, Tommy McDonnell, and Jordan Long. TV show description: A prequel to the Helen Mirren police drama, and adapted from the Lynda La Plante novel Tennison, the Prime Suspect: Tennison TV show airs on ITV in UK as Prime Suspect: 1973. The series centers on Jane Tennison (Martini) in the early days of her
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New prequel series Prime Suspect: Tennison premieres on PBS Masterpiece

Prime Suspect: Tennison is a prequel series to the classic crime drama Prime Suspect, which famously starred Helen Mirren as the hard nosed detective making her way in a very male orientated workplace. This new series premieres on PBS Masterpiece and follows a 22-year-old Jane Tennison (Stefanie Martini) as she gets started in the career with the police that will eventually lead her to the very top. In this first episode she is faced with some of grim realities of police work in early 1970s England but still manages to catch the eye of her boss. Di Bradfield is impressed with her...read more
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‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force

‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force
Twenty-five years ago, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) debuted on Masterpiece’s “Prime Suspect,” a show which dug into the sexism that still exists on modern police forces. Now that Mirren has retired the character, Masterpiece has dipped back into that well by turning back the clock.

Based on the book “Tennison” by author Lynda La Plante, who had created the character, “Prime Suspect: Tennison” stars Stefanie Martini (“Doctor Thorne,” “Emerald City”) as Jane Tennison, who is at this point a Wpc — Woman Police Constable — in 1973. Jane is just starting out with the Metropolitan Police Force, and has to prove herself even more in a man’s world that mainly values her as a glorified secretary, who can tend to their busy tasks in between her other duties. She gets her chance with her first murder investigation into the killing of a young woman.

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‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force

‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’: Before Helen Mirren, Prequel Explores Sexism the Detective Faced in 1970s Police Force
Twenty-five years ago, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) debuted on Masterpiece’s “Prime Suspect,” a show which dug into the sexism that still exists on modern police forces. Now that Mirren has retired the character, Masterpiece has dipped back into that well by turning back the clock.

Based on the book “Tennison” by author Lynda La Plante, who had created the character, “Prime Suspect: Tennison” stars Stefanie Martini (“Doctor Thorne,” “Emerald City”) as Jane Tennison, who is at this point a Wpc — Woman Police Constable — in 1973. Jane is just starting out with the Metropolitan Police Force, and has to prove herself even more in a man’s world that mainly values her as a glorified secretary, who can tend to their busy tasks in between her other duties. She gets her chance with her first murder investigation into the killing of a young woman.

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'Prime Suspect: Tennison': TV Review

In an American television landscape that has so many standout cop series, from network fare like Homicide: Life on the Street and NYPD Blue to cable legends like The Shield and The Wire, it's easy to forget that the Brits brought to life one of the most iconic detectives, Jane Tennison, and series, Prime Suspect, in the history of the medium.

In the process, everybody realized Helen Mirren was a treasure, and her performance as the hard-bitten, self-destructive and peerless detective put Prime Suspect into the hall of fame.

It's easy to cast aspersions on the logic behind a prequel,...
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The Journey – Filmmaker Nick Hamm Discusses His New Film

“We are Ireland. We are inevitable.”

Each summer, while the multiplexes are filled with the big spectacles and epic blockbusters, the little gems that grip us with their humor, their tragedy and their humanity, manage to find their ways into the cinemas. This year it’s The Journey, the gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history.

In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region.

Driven by two virtuoso central performances, The Journey is a more-relevant-than-ever reminder of how simple humanity can overcome political division. Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens, Catherine McCormack and John Hurt co-star. (Review)

I recently spoke with the director of The Journey, award winning director Nick Hamm. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Hamm directed cult-classic The Hole (2001), starring Thora Birch and Keira Knightley, in her feature film debut. He also helmed Lionsgate’s thriller Godsend (2004), starring Robert DeNiro, Rebecca Romijn and Greg Kinnear.

Hamm later produced and directed the 80’s U2-centric comedy, Killing Bono (2011) for Paramount Pictures and Northern Ireland Screen, starring Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan and Pete Postelwaite.

During our discussion about his latest movie, the British director and I talked about the film’s mixture of tension and humor, the human story and the message of The Journey.

We Are Movie Geeks: The Journey is a good story that should be told – the type that audiences don’t see anymore. It opened in 2016 in Toronto and then Venice, and finally had its premiere at the Belfast Film Festival in May 2017. What was the crowd’s reaction and how was it received?

Nick Hamm: That was a really extraordinary event. I’ve seen it now with thousands of people watching the movie and if you’re going to see a movie like this, you really need to take it back to Northern Ireland to see what they make of it. In the end, that’s where the authenticity of the film is. It is important to us. The event was attended by nearly a thousand people and political leaders from both sides of the community came so we had politicians from Sinn Féin and politicians from the Democratic Unionist Party (Dup). It was a very emotional and momentous event because in many respects it reminded people of something that they had achieved and had risked losing.

We Are Movie Geeks: It is such an interesting script by writer Colin Bateman, one that is funny, sad, and dramatic. Tell me about lead actors Timothy Spall (Paisley) and Colm Meaney (McGuinness – who died recently in March) and the casting. Their characters became known as ”the Chuckle Brothers”. Both actors were very impressive to watch.

Nick Hamm: What underscores everything is the fact that Colin’s script is so good and when that happens, you attract really good actors. Both Tim and Colm were fantastic partners on the film. Tim had to transform himself – he’s playing a six foot five, Northern Irish politician when in reality he’s a five foot nine London actor. We did some prosthetics on his chin and a little aging on his hair, along with the false teeth. The hair and makeup was done by Polly McKay. Tim became the character of Paisley which was fascinating to watch and he’s one of those actors that totally transforms himself.

Colm is one of Ireland’s best actors. What was important was to find somebody who could give McGuinness sympathy. This is a man whose background is well documented. What do you do? You start by making him human, you give him a life and a backstory. When you put someone like Colm Meany in that role, Colm transforms himself for that. He understands the culture from where that character comes, he understands the basis of that character’s ideology and he understands how that character ticks. If you have that and you are a good actor – which he is, then you have a good combination. It was great to watch him.

We Are Movie Geeks: I was very pleased to see the late John Hurt in the film in what was one of his final roles.

Nick Hamm: We all knew that John was very sick while he was doing the film. When we offered him the movie, he wanted to work until the end and play the part. It was real tribute to have him involved as a part of the film.

We Are Movie Geeks: Irish writer Seamus Heaney, although not a political animal was an artist like yourself. He was affected by “The Troubles” when his cousin Colum was killed as a result of the war – Heaney moved from Northern Ireland to Southern Ireland after that. Has it affected you in any way and was this a partial reason why you made the film?

Nick Hamm: It hasn’t affected me personally but I knew people who were. Growing up I was in school in Northern Ireland and I knew people who had real problems. I could see it with my own eyes, the difficulties back then, and it was an intense situation. The vast portion of the people in Northern Ireland went on about their daily life unaffected by it. The real heroes were the people who got on with their daily lives in that situation.

The Journey for me shows how a unique political friendship was achieved at the personal cost of both men. Both men were vilified by their respective communities, but it was one of the most unique political friendships that I had ever witnessed. For two people who were so antagonistic towards each other, who ultimately came to respect each other, and became friends with each other, is why I made the movie and to tell their story.

We Are Movie Geeks: Despite technically being set in Scotland, and on a plane, The Journey was filmed in Northern Ireland. There’s no green screen and it was filmed on the road with your director of photography Greg Gardiner. What was the approach when you took it out of the plane and into the car?

Nick Hamm: This device protected the claustrophobia that the film so demanded while allowing a political version of a road movie to take place. We decided to not be frightened by the tyranny of the car but rather embrace it and enjoy the conceit. Greg and I had discussed and ultimately rejected the idea of green-screen or back-projection very early. We filmed on the road, creating a ‘mobile studio’; our own little cinematic microcosm

We Are Movie Geeks: There is one scene in particular, where McGuiness and Paisley let down their defenses somewhat, set inside a church and then out in the cemetery, that has real depth.

Nick Hamm: I think in the cemetery scene when Colm breaks down, everyone expects Paisley to be sympathetic and wrap his arms around him, but he rebuffs him and shows him no pity or sympathy. Every scene was like a boxing match with each character winning a round.

We Are Movie Geeks: I appreciated the sound editing and especially the score from Stephen Warbeck who first became known for the music for “Prime Suspect” and won an Academy Award for his score for Shakespeare in Love. It is a really nice score.

Nick Hamm: It was something quite new for him and he really had a go at it.

We Are Movie Geeks: Did you speak to the families and to some of the individuals involved? And what was their reaction?

Nick Hamm: I met McGuiness before he died. The whole film came together very quickly from the start.. From the script to the financing, it was out in about two and a half years. It’s been a very quick process and very rare for an independent film. I did sit with McGuiness before we started filming about his friendship with Paisley and it was fascinating to hear him speak how important the relationship was and how important it was that they maintained contact up to its logical conclusion. I did talk to Paisley’s family and to his son. We wanted to reassure them we were not riding roughshod over the history. But at the same time it was important to be creatively independent. We did not share the screenplay with them at any stage. In the end both families really loved the movie.

Plus Sinn Féin and the Dup (Democratic Unionist Party) really liked the film, which is almost unheard of, both parties liking the same thing never mind the same movie. The most important thing for us was that the story was balanced.

We Are Movie Geeks: Brexit is seemingly in the news all the time now. As a result, checkpoints could be set up again to control borders. The timing of the film and its release couldn’t be more relevant. Will it cause a major headache between Northern Ireland and Ireland? Will it hinder Ireland’s reunification?

Nick Hamm: The question needs to be asked and it’s a dreadful situation. The idea that there will be a border back in Ireland again, I don’t think anybody wants that. I know for a fact that the Dup doesn’t want that and it would be suicide for both the economy and the welfare of the people to start putting border checks back up. That border in Ireland runs through people’s fields and farms. It was never designed to be a hard border, which it was during “The Troubles”. It would be an unmitigated tragedy to go back to that.

We Are Movie Geeks: Speaking of Indie Films, what are your thoughts on how people see films? Many are leaving the cinemas in favor of watching a film at home or on the computers with the advent of Netflix and Hulu, etc.

Nick Hamm: I like that at the beginning of a movie’s life that it has a public screening. I think the ways a film is distributed these days is really fascinating. I don’t distinguish between how and where a movie is watched. It’s changing so quickly, in five years-time it’ll change all again. Even the act of going to a movie theater is going to change. As long as they keep putting out these huge blockbuster films, in the cinemas is the best way to watch them. However some films work better on a smaller screen. I think screen size some people can get very worked up about.

We Are Movie Geeks: What’s your next project?

Nick Hamm: We are going to do the DeLorean story, Driven. It’s through the eyes of the guy who gave him up to the FBI. We’re hoping to shoot in September in Puerto Rico. The script is from The Journey’s Colin Bateman. Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant are in the picture.

Synopsis:

Driven is the turbo-charged story about the FBI sting operation to entrap maverick car designer John DeLorean.

Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs. Olyphant plays his handler, determined to snare the world-famous but enigmatic DeLorean (Pace) — desperate for cash to finance his dream of designing the ultimate car of the future — in a drug deal that would become the most lurid celebrity scandal of the 1980s.

From IFC Films, see The Journey in theaters now.

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Prime Suspect 1973 will not return for second series

Rob Leane Jun 22, 2017

Prime Suspect 1973 will be remembered as a one-series wonder, as ITV opts not to renew it...

Prime Suspect 1973, essentially, has been cancelled. ITV has announced its decision not to press ahead with a second series, despite having nothing but nice things to say about the show, its performance and its ratings.

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The series, as you surely already know, is a prequel to the Helen Mirren-starring Prime Suspect, which ran on and off from 1991 to 2006. The prequel show is based on a novel entitled Tennison, which was penned by the original series' scribe Lynda La Plante.

Regarding the decision not to press ahead with Prime Suspect 1973 series 2, an ITV spokesperson said this to Digital Spy...

"We are grateful to
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TV Review: ‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ on PBS Masterpiece

TV Review: ‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ on PBS Masterpiece
If the idea of a “Prime Suspect” prequel filled you with dread, well, you were right to be nervous.

The generally leaden “Prime Suspect: Tennison” isn’t all that great by the standards of recent U.K. crime dramas such as “Broadchurch” and “Happy Valley.” It suffers even more when compared with the heyday of the original “Prime Suspect,” which began a generally excellent 15-year run in the early ’90s.

The original incarnation of “Prime Suspect,” which starred Helen Mirren as London cop Jane Tennison, often demonstrated a welcome flexibility. Each season of the show was as long as or
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Monte Carlo TV Festival: Helen Mirren on Feminism, Rise of Television

Oscar winner Helen Mirren built her career on British television before Prime Suspect made her into a household name — and earned her the first four of 10 Emmy nominations.

On Tuesday night, she is receiving a career honor, the Crystal Nymph award, for her small-screen work at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. It will join an ever-growing collection of accolades that includes Emmys, Golden Globes and, of course, her Oscar.

“They seem to be gathering here in London for some reason,” she says. “It will be a lovely addition.” Also on that shelf is a best actress prize from Monte...
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Sophia Bush Leaving 'Chicago P.D.' After Four Seasons

Sophia Bush Leaving 'Chicago P.D.' After Four Seasons
Looks like Detective Erin Lindsay took that job with the FBI after all.

Sophia Bush is leaving Chicago P.D. after four seasons, Et can confirm. The 34-year-old actress' departure follows co-creator/showrunner Matt Olmstead's exit in March.

Exclusive: 'Chicago P.D.' Finale Sneak Peek! Lindsay's Mom Becomes Prime Suspect No. 1 After a Shooting

Chicago P.D. hinted at Bush's departure in season four's cliffhanger finale, which saw her character, Lindsay, considering a job with the FBI in New York.

According to Deadline, there's possibility for the actress to return for a guest-starring arc to wrap up her character's story.

Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med have all been renewed by NBC, while Chicago Justice was canceled on Monday. 

Exclusive: Sophia Bush Is 'So Proud' of Political Protesters: 'I Have a Lot of Hope'

Bush, who has two films, Marshall and Acts of Violence, coming out this year, recently opened up about her personal life in
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‘Top of the Lake’ Season 2: 5 Things to Expect From ‘China Girl’

‘Top of the Lake’ Season 2: 5 Things to Expect From ‘China Girl’
Top of the Lake: China Girl” got the Cannes Film Festival treatment on Tuesday with a six-episode marathon screening that had a packed house of cinephiles enjoying some binge TV on the big screen.

The twisty thriller from co-directors Jane Campion and Ariel Kleiman boasts another knockout turn by Elisabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffin and stellar work from Nicole Kidman as a mother dealing with a volatile teenage daughter. There’s also plenty of surprises, gorgeous cinematography, a compelling Australian urban backdrop, and a mystery that keeps audiences guessing until the credits roll on the final episode. Fans of the 2013 original won’t be disappointed when the second season airs in the U.S. on Sundance this September.

Without spoiling the big reveals, here are five things to expect from “Top of the Lake’s” return.

1. Robin is in a very bad place

It’s been four years
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