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Who’s the Sexiest Shakespeare Ever?

12 July 2017 11:22 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Is Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love the hottest Bard? »

- E. Alex Jung

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‘Will’ Review: TNT Drama Emphasizes Shakespeare’s Hotness, But Fortunately Has Some Depth

10 July 2017 7:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Several months ago, a meme was born: The CW dramedy “Riverdale” was dubbed “Hot Archie Who Fucks” (or “Hawf,” for short) by several fans. It was a fun way of describing how the show brought an irreverent, sexually charged edge to a previously rather innocent Archie Comics icon.

Credit for the nickname is believed to go to film and TV critic Charles Bramesco.

Some personal news: I am now watching the pilot of Hot Archie Who Fucks

— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) February 23, 2017

Following on the heels of “Hawf,” the NatGeo series “Genius” soon became known as “Hot Einstein Who Fucks” – thanks to its own deliberately sexual take on the world renowned scientist and pop culture icon. (Both the younger and older versions of Einstein, played by Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush, respectively, got some on screen.)

RelatedShaquille O’Neal Quoting Shakespeare Is the Best Bad British Accent You’ll Hear All »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Will’ Review: TNT Drama Emphasizes Shakespeare’s Hotness, But Fortunately Has Some Depth

10 July 2017 7:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Several months ago, a meme was born: The CW dramedy “Riverdale” was dubbed “Hot Archie Who Fucks” (or “Hawf,” for short) by several fans. It was a fun way of describing how the show brought an irreverent, sexually charged edge to a previously rather innocent Archie Comics icon.

Credit for the nickname is believed to go to film and TV critic Charles Bramesco.

Some personal news: I am now watching the pilot of Hot Archie Who Fucks

— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) February 23, 2017

Following on the heels of “Hawf,” the NatGeo series “Genius” soon became known as “Hot Einstein Who Fucks” – thanks to its own deliberately sexual take on the world renowned scientist and pop culture icon. (Both the younger and older versions of Einstein, played by Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush, respectively, got some on screen.)

RelatedShaquille O’Neal Quoting Shakespeare Is the Best Bad British Accent You’ll Hear All »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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TV Review: ‘Will,’ TNT’s Punk Rock Take on William Shakespeare

9 July 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The oddest assumption “Will” makes is in assuming that William Shakespeare, the Og of the English language, needs the patina of punk rock to make him cool. I’m no expert on cool, but haven’t we all trod this ground many times before? The executive producer and writer of the pilot, Craig Pearce, wrote the screenplay for “Romeo + Juliet,” along with director Baz Luhrmann and, of course, the Bard himself. It’s been over 20 years since that film and “Shakespeare in Love”; about a decade since teen movies “She’s the Man” and “Deliver Us From Eva” applied the Shakespeare formula to high school. To belabor the point: Joss Whedon’s black-and-white, modern-day “Much Ado About Nothing” is just five years old, 2014’s “The Hollow Crown” on BBC cast well-known heartthrobs like Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead roles, and for pete’s sake, “The Lion King” is based on “Hamlet.”

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- Sonia Saraiya

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Inside Ben Affleck's Past Romances and Headline-Making Relationships

7 July 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ben Affleck‘s love life is once again heating up.

Three months after Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce, the actor has started dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus.

“They are spending time together in L.A. Lindsay is staying at Ben’s new house,” a source tells People of the duo, who stepped out together in Los Angeles Thursday night. “They had dinner at Giorgio Baldi last night. They arrived in a limo. They looked happy.”

But before settling down with Garner, Affleck was one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors – and his romances with A-list beauties made headlines. »

- Michael Miller and Jodi Guglielmi

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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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Gwyneth Paltrow Models the Only Little Black Bikini You'll Need for Summer 2017

20 June 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

No matter what Gwyneth Paltrow does she can’t seem to help making a major statement while doing it. Not only did her acting prowess win her an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, but she then went on to found a headline-making health and wellness website you may have heard of called Goop, which for better or worse has brought some pretty interesting, and questionable, holistic ideas into the mainstream, like bee-sting facials, vaginal steaming, yoni eggs, and, of course, conscious uncoupling (which if you somehow missed Paltrow’s attempt at completely rebranding the end of her relationship, that’s »

- Emily Kirkpatrick

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‘Loving Vincent’ Adds Major Territory Pre-Sales in Run-Up to Annecy World Premiere (Exclusive)

12 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France — Edward Noeltner’s L.A. and Paris-based based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has added more key territories to the already fulsomely-sold “Loving Vincent,” a portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, in the run-up to the high-profile animated feature’s world premiere on June 13 at Annecy.

In the most recent licensing pacts, Altitude Film Entertainment has acquired the U.K. and Madman Entertainment rights to Australia and New Zealand. Latest territories to be sold on “Loving Vincent” also include Bulgaria, to A-Plus Films, Romania, to Ultraviolet, Turkey to Medyavizion and South Africa to Aaa Entertainment.

At Cannes, worldwide sales agent Cmg closed the U.S. and English-speaking Canada with Good Deed Entertainment along with Germany and Austria to Weltkino Filmverleih.

Directed by Dorota Kobiela, one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch in 2017, and Hugh Welchman, starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd, Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Eleanor Tomlinson, »

- John Hopewell

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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’: How Stephen Daldry Romanticized a Royal Wedding

5 June 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like “The Godfather,” Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” kicked off with a wedding to set the grandeur and intimacy for the entire series. The marriage of Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) marked a new beginning for England in 1947 — it was like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of World War II.

In real life, the actual wedding was modest. But director Stephen Daldry and his team opted not to hold back. It would give the wrong impression. So the crafts team played a few tricks while delivering pageantry at its most personal.

Production Designing a ‘Jewel Within That Ashen World’

For Oscar-winning production designer Martin Childs (“Shakespeare in Love”), there were two difficult challenges: the austerity of the wedding and shooting in Ely Cathedral (where they also shot the coronation) in place of Westminster Abbey.

“In my very first meeting with Stephen, I did a digital drawing summary »

- Bill Desowitz

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Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’

2 June 2017 2:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Retro vibes underscore the remarkable production design work on “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Hairspray Live!,” which all share the same goal: to humanize their worlds with imagination and relatability.

In “The Crown,” Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) endures a rite of passage inside and outside the palace that offers personal and political challenges; In “Stranger Things,” ’80s suburbia contains a mirror-image dark side. In “Westworld,” the allure of a western adult theme park cracks open violence and hate. In “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” three orphan children persevere despite being passed around from one bizarre home to another. And in “Hairspray Live!,” idealistic Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) upends segregated Baltimore by winning a dance contest.

The Crown

Oscar-winning production designer Martin Childs (“Shakespeare in Love”) utilized showrunner Peter Morgan’s sense of dramatic movement and sharp dialogue to make the private world of Queen Elizabeth II more intimate. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Judi Dench is Queen Victoria in the Trailer for Victoria and Abdul

31 May 2017 5:40 PM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Victoria and Abdul is a very beautiful story about the unlikely friendship between the Queen of England and a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Over her very long and incredible career Dame Judi Dench has been nominated for seven Oscars and won just once for her supporting role in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love. I […]

Read Judi Dench is Queen Victoria in the Trailer for Victoria and Abdul on Filmonic.

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- Alex

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Oscar-Winning Judi Dench Is Queen Victoria Again In ‘Victoria And Abdul’ Trailer!

31 May 2017 7:26 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Acclaimed English actress Dame Judi Dench is back in the new trailer for “Victoria and Abdul”. An unlikely friendship between royalty and a servant is the focus of this biographical drama. Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”, “Skyfall”) plays the role of Queen Victoria opposite “Furious 7” actor Ali Fazal as her servant Abdul Karim. Related: Channing […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Star Wars: Joseph Fiennes on auditioning for Obi-Wan

24 May 2017 10:12 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

How a five-year old cost Joseph Fiennes his chance at playing Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel trilogy...

Off the back of his success in the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love, actor Joseph Fiennes was a man on many big movie casting director’s wishlists in the 1990s in particular. And in a new interview, he’s revealed that he came close to landing a key role in the Star Wars prequels. Obi-Wan Kenobi as it happens, the part that was played ultimately by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy.

Chatting to The Wrap, Fiennes has been talking in loose terms about his audition and why he didn’t get the role.

“I auditioned for a great director”, he recalled. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with”.

Fiennes was indeed at drama school with Ewan McGregor. »

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Mongrel picks up 'Adventures Of A Mathematician'

19 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jakub Gierszal already confirmed to play math genius Stanislaw Ulam.

Mongrel International has come on board to handle world sales on Thor Klein’s Adventures Of A Mathematician.

Lead producer Lena Vurma of Dragonfly Films confirmed Mongrel’s involvement in the project, which recently became the first project with a German director to receive support from the Tfi/Sloan Filmmaker Fund. (The production received an initial $75,000 toward production and pre-production.)

“We are very excited to be going on this adventure with our friends, the producers Lena Vurma and Mary Young Leckie. We loved the script immediately. It’s so smart and compassionate, filled with both great joy and stunning gravitas. We are convinced that Thorsten Klein will make an extraordinary movie with enormous contemporary relevance,” Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International, told Screen Daily.

The film is a Germany-Poland-Canada co-production. It tells the story of Polish mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, who will be »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates

16 May 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees on Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, and Edward Zwick at its commencement ceremony on June 5 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Herskovitz and Zwick are graduates of the AFI Class of 1975. The date of AFI’s commencement exercises marks the 50th anniversary of the American Film Institute’s formation in 1967. AFI noted Tuesday that 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Past recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Saul Bass, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Kasdan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler, and John Williams.

Burnett has received six Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards and the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Herskovitz won four Primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive Interview: Director John Madden on Miss Sloane

11 May 2017 2:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Freda Cooper chats with Miss Sloane director John Madden

Elizabeth Sloane lives and breathes politics.  Miss Sloane the film seems to attract them like a magnet.  It premiered in America just after the Presidential Election and arrives in the UK this week in the middle of our own General Election campaign.

The film’s director, John Madden, spoke exclusively to Freda Cooper about its reception in the States, why Jessica Chastain was his first and only choice for the title role and the growth in female-centric films.

The script for Miss Sloane came from a first-timer, Jonathan Perera, who’s an ex-attorney.  How did you come across it?

It was literally almost an unsolicited manuscript.  He wrote the script absolutely outside the context of the industry.  He had no connection with the industry, no representation, and he was prompted by an article that said the Weinstein Company was developing a film on the gun issue. »

- Freda Cooper

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Renewed for a Second Season

3 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered just one week ago, and already we can rest assured knowing that the fun/horror will continue after the first season concludes. Variety reports that Hulu has renewed the Elisabeth Moss-led drama for a second season, set to debut in 2018.

While Hulu didn’t disclose specific numbers, the streaming service did reveal that “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere on the platform, including both original and acquired series. The show is also a favorite among critics. “The Handmaid’s Tale” has received rave reviews and is already considered a serious contender come awards season. “Meadowland” helmer Reed Morano directed the first three episodes.

An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling dystopian novel of the same name, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. Despite being published in 1985, many have remarked on the story’s timeliness: Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that strips women of their reproductive and economic rights, treating them like property of the state. Plunging birthrates have led to a new caste called Handmaids, the few women who remain fertile and are forced to carry children. The show’s protagonist, Offred (Moss, “Mad Men”), is one of these women. The first season of the show sees Offred serving in a highly-ranked Commander’s household and dreaming of reuniting with the daughter who was taken from her.

“The response we’ve seen to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in just one week since its premiere has been absolutely incredible. It has been an honor to work with this talented team of cast and creators to develop a series that has struck such a chord with audiences across the country,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Svp and head of content. “As we continue to expand our strong slate of original programming, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is exactly the type of gripping and thought-provoking storytelling we want to bring to viewers. We can’t wait to explore the world of Gilead and continue Margaret’s vision with another season on Hulu.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale’s” cast includes Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”), Madeline Brewer (“Hemlock Grove”), and Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”).

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Renewed for a Second Season was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Miramax Hires Veteran Producer Bill Block as CEO

26 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Miramax has named entertainment industry veteran Bill Block as Chief Executive Officer, four months after Steven Schoch left the post.

Block’s best known for serving as the founder and CEO of production company-financier Qed. Prior to that, Block was the president of Artisan Entertainment and headed West Coast operations for ICM.

“Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman of Miramax and beIN Media Group. “Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in film and television and Bill’s strong leadership will surely lead Miramax successfully into the future, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”

Miramax was founded in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein and sold to the Walt Disney Company in 1993 — by which time, it »

- Dave McNary

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‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough

25 April 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In accomplishments, impact, and general appearance, there are few figures in history who need an introduction less than Albert Einstein, a man whose impact on global culture is well-documented and rarely disputed. “Genius,” National Geographic’s largest foray into scripted drama to date, wants to make the point that, even in his day, Einstein was already a celebrity.

Out on the streets of Berlin as a rally passes or in a lecture hall with eager observers lining the rafters, the Einstein of “Genius” becomes a figure that demands attention. His scientific insights made him a target for fascist suppressors and inquisitive thinkers alike, which makes the show’s continuous decision to boldly intone Einstein’s greatness, as if it were something to be proven, all the more curious. Context is vital to understanding the man’s true achievements, but the self-imposed, continuous weight of history somehow robs this series of »

- Steve Greene

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‘Genius’ Review: Einstein Gets A Superhero Origin Story, But A Human One Would Have Been Enough

25 April 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In accomplishments, impact, and general appearance, there are few figures in history who need an introduction less than Albert Einstein, a man whose impact on global culture is well-documented and rarely disputed. “Genius,” National Geographic’s largest foray into scripted drama to date, wants to make the point that, even in his day, Einstein was already a celebrity.

Out on the streets of Berlin as a rally passes or in a lecture hall with eager observers lining the rafters, the Einstein of “Genius” becomes a figure that demands attention. His scientific insights made him a target for fascist suppressors and inquisitive thinkers alike, which makes the show’s continuous decision to boldly intone Einstein’s greatness, as if it were something to be proven, all the more curious. Context is vital to understanding the man’s true achievements, but the self-imposed, continuous weight of history somehow robs this series of »

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