4 items from 2013
Earlier today First Showing suggested that Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) was under consideration to take over the reigns from outgoing Skyfall director Sam Mendes for the next instalment in the blockbuster James Bond movie franchise, and now Variety has confirmed the report, as well as revealing four more directors said to be on Eon and Sony's radar for Bond 24.
According to Variety, Refn - whose latest film Only God Forgives premiered at Cannes this month [read our review here] - is joined on the shortlist of potential directors for Bond 24 by Oscar-winners Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) and Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables), in addition to David Yates (State of Play, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3). Previous candidates are said to include Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Trance) and Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises »
- Flickering Myth
Jamie Lloyd Productions today announced that The Hothouse, Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy will return to London’s West End in a new production this May. The Hothouse is next up in a thrilling season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the National Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer, Royal Court’s The Pride) and Howard Panter. It comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, tickets for which have sold out. The Hothouse, with design by award-winning Soutra Gilmour, runs from 4 May to 3 August.
Simon Russell Beale (Privates on Parade, National Theatre’s Timon of Athens and Collaborators) is playing Roote and John Simm (Elling, Sheffield Theatres’ Hamlet and Betrayal) as Gibbs. Further casting will be announced shortly. Jamie Lloyd said: “It is a dream come true to be working »
- Dan Bullock
Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start »
- Scott Patterson
New York — "Brother against brother," says The Governor fiercely. "Winner goes free. Fight to the death."
Is this any way to run a town?
AMC's zombie drama "The Walking Dead" ended the first half of this season with a wrenching faceoff: roughneck brothers Merle and Daryl were pitted in a bloody test of loyalty to The Governor as he rallied his flock – the residents of Woodbury, Ga. – to goad them on.
That was last December.
Things haven't settled down as the hit horror serial returns for another eight episodes Sunday at 9 p.m. Est. The death match continues. The Governor, played by David Morrissey, is increasingly oppressive, even deranged.
"With Woodbury, he has built a sanctuary, a place of safety where humanity can start again," says Morrissey. "But the negative side of power is like a wobbly tooth for him. He just can't stop sticking his tongue in there. There's something gloriously painful about it, »
4 items from 2013
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