10 items from 2015
★★☆☆☆ Though its genesis is based in large part on the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Ve Day, the arrival of A Royal Night Out (2015) has been granted an even higher level of prescience now that Princess Charlotte has been introduced to the royal fold. Directed by Julian Jarrold, whose previous forays into period storytelling include Becoming Jane (2007) and the stodgy Evelyn Waugh adaptation Brideshead Revisited (2008), his latest is an innocuous and overly frothy trifle that heavily coasts on a universal adoration for the monarchy, and little else. Acting as something of an unofficial bookend to 2010's The King's Speech, A Royal Night Out is set on the momentous night of 8 May, 1945.
- CineVue UK
A bit of House of Windsor fan fiction: cute but slight, though the re-creation of London’s citywide Ve Day celebrations is kind of amazing. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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It is true that on the night of Victory in Europe in 1945, 19-year-old Princess Elizabeth (now the reigning monarch) and her 14-year-old sister, Margaret, did go out into public anonymously to join the citywide celebrations in the streets of London. What they actually did once free of palace constraints isn’t known, and so A Royal Night Out is basically House of Windsor fan fiction, though we can presume that the cajoling that Elizabeth (the always wonderful Sarah Gadon: Dracula Untold) and Margaret (a sweetly cheeky Bel Powley) had to do to convince Mom and Dad — aka Queen Elizabeth (Emily Watson: Testament of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
Her Majesty the Queen may very well be amused by A Royal Night Out, only because it deviates so far from what might plausibly have happened on Ve night, 1945, when she and Princess Margaret celebrated the end of the war in Europe among the commoners on the streets of London. Director Julian Jarrold makes no bones about the fact-less, fancy-freeness of it all, turning a royal anecdote into a screwball comedy of sorts, but where's the punchline?
Up-and-coming Canadian actress Sarah Gadon is a dead ringer for the future monarch "Lilibet" and she imbues her with the requisite youthful whimsy as she yearns to be among the people on this most special night - before the burden of having to rule over them. But Jarrold (Kinky Boots, »
“Why have a ballroom with no balls?” trilled Princess Anna in Disney’s 2013 smash “Frozen,” voicing the social (and perhaps sexual) yearnings of any number of repressed, restless princesses in the fairy-tale universe — as well as, if the delightful “A Royal Night Out” is to be believed, the young Queen Elizabeth II herself. Imagining the alternately raucous and romantic exploits of the future English monarch and her sister Margaret as they are let loose upon London for one wild night of Victory in Europe celebrations, Julian Jarrold’s brightly performed exercise in speculative history scores as a frothier, more feminine bookend to “The King’s Speech” — though it’s no less engaging or accomplished. With public interest in British princessdom at a convenient high due to a certain new arrival, this glossy Lionsgate release (less coincidentally timed to capitalize on Ve Day’s 70th anniversary) should ride a dual wave of topicality to royal B. »
- Guy Lodge
Like Full House and Coach before it, Truman Capote‘s In Cold Blood is also getting resurrected for the small screen. The Weinstein Co. has just picked up the rights to the true-crime masterpiece, with the intention of adapting it into an event miniseries. Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski will produce, while Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane) will […]
- Angie Han
The original work centers on the 1959 murders of the Clutters, a Kansas farming family and the effect their deaths had on the community and the men who were convicted of the crime.
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- Garth Franklin
The Weinstein Company has secured rights to Truman Capote’s American masterpiece “In Cold Blood,” and plans to bring the crime story to television as a miniseries event. Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) will produce, with “Becoming Jane” screenwriter Kevin Hood on board to adapt Capote’s book. “In Cold Blood” was published in 1966, a blockbuster true-crime account that first ran as a four-part serial in The New Yorker. It centers on the murders of Kansas farming family the Clutters that subsequently rocked their community and ultimately the nation. “Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ has been riveting. »
- Matt Donnelly
In Cold Blood first appeared as a four-part serial in The New Yorker before Random House published it. Capote’s (pictured) book went on to becomes the second highest selling true-crime book.
The story follows the 1959 murders of a Kansas farming family and the impact on both the surrounding community and the men who were eventually convicted.
Twv svp of scripted TV Marc Velez, vice-president of scripted TV Megan Spanjian and creative executive Lauren O’Connor will oversee the project for TWC.
The company’s evp of business and legal affairs Sarah Sobel brokered the deal with Apa. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A movie that for a long time seemed stuck in development with folks like Dakota Fanning, Juno Temple, Olivia Williams, Paddy Considine, and Jeremy Irvine attached at various points, "A Royal Night Out" eventually rolled in front of cameras with a no less promising ensemble of actors. And the result looks like a pretty frothy little period piece that's a bit of spirited fun. Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots," "Becoming Jane," "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974") directs Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, and Jack Reynor in this comedy that takes place just at the close of World War II, and follows the teenage Princess Margaret and the future queen of England, Elizabeth II as they are granted one night from Buckingham Palace to join a celebrating London. And of course, comedic misadventure follows as they step out of the royal world they've always known »
- Kevin Jagernauth
10 items from 2015
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