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Prime Suspect: Tennison

26 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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

25 June 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

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

25 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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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- Hanh Nguyen

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

25 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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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- Hanh Nguyen

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'Prime Suspect: Tennison': TV Review

23 June 2017 12:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

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.

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The Journey – Filmmaker Nick Hamm Discusses His New Film

23 June 2017 6:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“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

22 June 2017 12:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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...

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TV Review: ‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ on PBS Masterpiece

21 June 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 »

- Maureen Ryan

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Monte Carlo TV Festival: Helen Mirren on Feminism, Rise of Television

20 June 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

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 »

- Rhonda Richford

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Sophia Bush Leaving 'Chicago P.D.' After Four Seasons

25 May 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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’

23 May 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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- Brent Lang

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‘Home Again’ Teaser Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Is A Lovable Milf In Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Directorial Debut — Watch

12 May 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What do you get when you cross “Father of the Bride” with “It’s Complicated”? Her name is Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of writer/director Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated”) and screenwriter Charles Shyer (“Father of the Bride”). Following in those illustrious footsteps, Meyers-Shyer will make her feature debut with “Home Again,” which released a spiffy first teaser trailer today.

Read More: Reese Witherspoon Made ‘Big Little Lies’ Because She Had Enough of Hollywood Reducing Women to ‘Wives and Girlfriends

Home Again” stars Reese Witherspoon (fresh off her popular HBO series “Big Little Lies”) as Alice, a recently separated mother of two who invites three aspiring filmmakers to crash in her guest house during a night out on the town for her 40th birthday. The unconventional arrangement becomes complicated by romantic entanglements, and even more so when her ex-husband (Michael Sheen) shows up with suitcase in hand.

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- Jude Dry

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Helen Mirren to Be Honored at Monte Carlo TV Fest

11 May 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Helen Mirren is set to receive yet another well-deserved award. The Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winner will take home the Monte Carlo Television Festival’s Crystal Nymph at a ceremony to be held June 20. The career honor will be presented to the “Woman in Gold” star by Monaco’s reigning royal, Prince Albert II, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

While Mirren is best known as a film actress, her breakout role was playing Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the procedural drama “Prime Suspect” on the small screen. The British series first debuted in 1991, but Mirren reprised the role as recently as 2006. A “Prime Suspect” reboot is in the works starring Stefanie Martini (“Doctor Thorne”) as a young Tennison. Mirren received five Emmy nods for the project and took home the honor in 1996. Her other award-winning TV credits include HBO’s “Elizabeth I” and “Phil Spector.”

“Since its inception, the Monte Carlo Television Festival has been a strong advocate and supporter of the international television business across both drama and documentary programming,” Mirren said in a statement.

The Queen” star has repeatedly spoken out against sexism and ageism in the entertainment industry. When Mirren was asked about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s admission that, at 37, she was “too old” to play a 55-year-old man’s love interest, she responded bluntly: “It’s fucking outrageous. Fucking outrageous. It’s ridiculous, honestly. It’s so annoying.” She suggested that the double standards for aging male and female actors are nothing new, saying, “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”

Trumbo,” “Eye in the Sky,” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey” are among Mirren’s recent film credits.

The Monte Carlo TV Fest will run June 16–20 in Monaco.

Helen Mirren to Be Honored at Monte Carlo TV Fest 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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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Honor at Monte Carlo TV Fest

9 May 2017 4:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Helen Mirren will add the Crystal Nymph to her pending Egot shelf when she takes home the career honor from the Monte Carlo Television festival next month.

Monaco’s reigning royal, Prince Albert II, will present the British dame with the award during a June 20 ceremony.

The career honor will recognize Mirren’s body of work from her star-making Prime Suspect role through her multiple award-winning turn in Elizabeth I and her SAG award-winning role on HBO’s Phil Spector miniseries, opposite Al Pacino.

“Since its inception, the Monte Carlo Television Festival has been a strong advocate and »

- Rhonda Richford

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Monte Carlo TV Fest to Open With Sony’s ‘Absentia’; Helen Mirren to Be Honored

9 May 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – The 57th Monte Carlo Television Festival will open with the world premiere of Sony’s new TV series “Absentia,” and will also present Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren with a lifetime achievement award.

Directed by Oded Ruskin, who is known for the hit Israeli series “False Flag,” “Absentia” stars Stana Katic (“Castle”) (pictured) as an FBI agent who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. The 10-episode thriller skein, set to debut this fall, is a Sony Pictures Television Networks’ original produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions and shot in Europe.  Key cast and crew are expected to make the trek to Monte Carlo for the June 16-20 festival, which will be officially opened by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The festival, a showcase for high-end international television and for new TV trends, has assembled a wide-ranging lineup this year, the bulk of which sees European and U.S »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Helen Mirren To Receive Monte-Carlo’s Crystal Nymph; Edinburgh Film Fest Sets Opener – Global Briefs

9 May 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Helen Mirren will receive the Crystal Nymph at the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival next month. The honor goes to a major international television actor or actress in recognition of their body of work. Mirren’s TV work includes early series on the BBC as well as Prime Suspect throughout the 90s and beyond, winning an Emmy for the final season. Her most recent TV role was in David Mamet's Phil Spector for HBO Films, snagging a… »

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Helen Mirren To Receive Monte-Carlo’s Crystal Nymph; Edinburgh Film Fest Sets Opener – Global Briefs

9 May 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Helen Mirren will receive the Crystal Nymph at the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival next month. The honor goes to a major international television actor or actress in recognition of their body of work. Mirren’s TV work includes early series on the BBC as well as Prime Suspect throughout the 90s and beyond, winning an Emmy for the final season. Her most recent TV role was in David Mamet's Phil Spector for HBO Films, snagging a… »

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Friends, Romans, Cinemagoers

28 April 2017 8:19 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Chances are you will recognise the above title as an infamous line from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – but don’t panic, it’s not time to dust off your old school textbooks. Just that yours truly decided to pop along to his local cinema the other night for a screening with a difference. Broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the Reel Cinema in Grantham, no less, was their 2017 production of the historic play. I may never pay to go and watch a movie again.

Okay, so that’s more than a slight exaggeration, but amongst Beauty and the Beast, Their Finest and The Fate of the Furious, it just leapt out at me. As I had watched a version of Julius Caesar many moons ago on a school trip, I had an inkling of what to expect from the play itself. However, it was »

- Dan Green

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Robert Duvall Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

13 April 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Duvall has rounded out the cast of Steve McQueen’s thriller “Widows,” starring Viola Davis.

Duvall joins an impressive ensemble cast, including Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Andre Holland, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, and Daniel Kaluuya.

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Colin Farrell Eyes Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ With Viola Davis (Exclusive)

McQueen is co-writing the script with Gillian Flynn, and producing the project with See-Saw FilmsIain Canning and Emile Sherman. New Regency, 20th Century Fox, and Film4 are co-financing the movie, which Fox will distribute.

The film is based on the British miniseries of the same name, which was penned by BAFTA award-winning writer Lynda La Plante (“Prime Suspect”). The pic opens with four armed thieves being killed during a robbery. Their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job.

Duvall will play Farrell’s father who may help the widows complete the gig. Production is expected to start this summer, »

- Dave McNary

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MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution

6 April 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.

Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.

Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre, »

- John Hopewell

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