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Director Simon Curtis discusses 'crucial' casting of 'My Week with Marilyn' (Video)

21 November 2011 4:10 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"My Week with Marilyn" marks the first film for helmer Simon Curtis who has a lengthy list of TV credits. He directed Judi Dench in the Emmy-winning miniseries "Cranford" in 2007 and gave Daniel Radcliffe his start in the 1999 telefilm "David Copperfield." Now he's brought classic film stars Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier back to life in a behind-the-scenes tale of their paring in "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957). Generating tremendous buzz is Best Actress contender Michelle Williams in the title role. Curtis's other stars include Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Dominic Cooper, Julia Ormond, and he reteams with a delightful, scene-stealing Dench. "Casting was not so much difficult as crucial," he tells Gold Derby. "We could make or break the film on that casting." He particularly praises Williams, who charms her way through a handful of musical numbers in the film. &quot »

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Interview: Director Simon Curtis Realizes ‘My Week With Marilyn’

21 November 2011 2:47 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Marilyn Monroe will never go away. The iconic actress of a long-gone era is the subject of a new film, “My Week with Marilyn,” directed by Simon Curtis. Ms. Monroe is portrayed during a in collaboration with Sir Lawrence Olivier, and their characters are played with sublime grace by Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh.

Director Simon Curtis was tapped to bring these actors – plus Julia Ormond, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench – to occupy another time and place with the image of Marilyn Monroe. Curtis was able to fully interpret the Adrian Hodges screenplay adaptation, in addition to balancing the public image and private dread of the Monroe essence. Admirers of both Monroe and Olivier will be transported.

She Wants to Loved By You: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

British born Simon Curtis has risen through the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New Images From My Week With Marilyn

10 October 2011 7:53 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I truly hope Michelle Williams doesn’t mind me saying so, but if I wasn’t already smitten for her in the role of Marylin Monroe, I certainly am now after seeing image above. It’s not a sexual thing, well… not entirely. One of the many things I’ve always found fascinating about Marylin is how truly destined for the camera she was. I would even venture so far to say the still camera captured her charming essence of playfully naughty innocence even more perfectly than motion pictures. Each time I see something else surface from this film, I’m that much more intrigued… I just hope it lives up to my own hype.

My Week With Marilyn had it’s world premiere last night at the Centerpiece Gala of the New York Film Festival.

Simon Curtis has produced and directed numerous British television projects such as Cranford, Hunter »

- Travis Keune

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Trailer: ‘My Week With Marilyn’ Starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh & Eddie Redmayne

5 October 2011 5:22 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you think about, aside from "The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep and Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," the only other film from the 2011 Oscar season we haven't seen much so far from (i.e. a trailer) is "My Week with Marilyn" starring Michelle Williams. And come Sunday, press at the New York Film Festival (including us) will finally get a chance to feast their eyes on the film. And with that screening on the near horizon, the trailer for the film has just arrived. Directed by Simon Curtis (known for TV work "Cranford," the TV movie "David Copperfield"), the drama… »

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TV highlights 21/09/2011

20 September 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Storyville: The Law Of The Dragon | Who Do You Think You Are? | Midsomer Murders | The Fades | How To Build A Dinosaur; Extinct: A Horizon Guide To Dinosaurs | Fresh Meat

Storyville: The Law Of The Dragon

8.30pm, BBC4

This documentary series follows Judge Chen Shengxiao as he travels to the furthest reaches of China with his court. Tonight's instalment concerns the proceedings of the case of Zhu and Yang versus Tong Ziying High School, after the only son of a couple from Xiao Guan commits suicide following what his family view as unwarranted expulsion from his educational institution. It is up to the judge to decide if the school played a leading part in the tragic death of an ex-pupil. Candace Carty-Williams

Who Do You Think You Are?

9pm, BBC1

Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame lives as rock stars should, the proud owner of a former monastery set in vast gardens in Oxfordshire. »

- Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Phelim O'Neill, Julia Raeside

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Peep Show creators go back to college for Fresh Meat

16 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jack Whitehall, Greg McHugh and The Inbetweeners' Joe Thomas are among the stars of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's new C4 university-set comedy

It is a thick, grey summer afternoon on an anonymous industrial estate just outside the centre of Manchester, and inside a vast, beige bunker, Jack Whitehall is wedged into a tiny room with several other young men, his mouth crammed full of drugs. Spitting out a succession of white bags, he turns to the man next to him and demands, like a posh Terminator, "Give me your shoes!"

I've arrived on the set of Fresh Meat, a new comedy-drama about student life from the writers of Peep Show and Four Lions, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. After missing out on a place in university halls, five ill-fitting freshers and one weird third year are forced to share a fetid terrace house. In episode one we »

- Julia Raeside

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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

14 September 2011 8:28 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided »

- Marc Eastman

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First poster for the Michelle Williams Monroe movie My Week With Marilyn

25 August 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I must admit that I don’t know too much about My Week With Marilyn and I believe that we haven’t even seen a trailer for the film as yet. Michelle Williams stars as the tragic Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe in the film, which chronicles a week in the life of the star.

The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench as Sybil Thorndike, Dominic Cooper as Milton Greene, Emma Watson, and Ormond.

The story revolves around the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the British production of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl.’

Simon Curtis (TV’s Cranford) directs the movie, which is out on November 18th in the UK.

Check out the poster below.

Source: Moviefone


- Paul Heath

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Official Poster for My Week with Marilyn

25 August 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Weinstein Company have unveiled the first official poster for My Week with Marilyn.

Directed by Simon Curtis (Cranford), My Week with Marilyn stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Ormond, Toby JonesDerek Jacobi and Dougray Scott.

Colin Clark (Redmayne), an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier (Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Williams) during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

My Week with Marilyn is scheduled for release in the U.K. on November 18.

Check out the poster below:

Source: Moviefone »

- Jamie Neish

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Oscar Update: Start Your Engines, Release Dates are Set and the Flag has been Waved

7 July 2011 10:03 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: AMPAS // RopeofSilicon.com It's about time to start taking a closer look at this year's Oscar race. Release dates are being set and I just booked my trip to the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) where last year I saw not only 2010 Best Picture nominees Black Swan and 127 Hours, but last year's Best Foreign Language winner In a Better World and Best Picture winner The King's Speech. Here's to hoping this year's Tiff brings just as many great films.

As for this update I've been doing a little cleaning in my "For Your Consideration" section, adding a few films here and there and removing a few others. Some of the titles I removed include Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, which will now be released on January 20 and I haven't seen signs there will be an Oscar run in December. I also removed Tom Hanks' latest film Larry Crowne as »

- Brad Brevet

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BBC announces new 1950s midwife drama

17 June 2011 5:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Six-part series Call The Midwife, based on memoirs of Jennifer Worth, to air in early 2012

The BBC has lined up a cast including Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart and Pam Ferris to star in Call The Midwife, a new Sunday night drama based on the million-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

The BBC1 drama – penned by Cranford and Upstairs, Downstairs writer Heidi Thomas – will delve into tales of life and midwifery in London's East End in the 1950s.

The BBC has cast the 26-year-old stage actress Jessica Raine in the lead role of Jenny in the new six-part series. Sitcom star Hart will take her first dramatic role as her best friend and fellow midwife Chummy.

The drama is based on a trilogy of best-selling memoirs by Worth, who worked with the show's makers up until her death earlier this month aged 75, which have become a word-of-mouth hit, selling close to 1m copies. »

- Mark Sweney

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Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter join BBC's 'Call The Midwife'

17 June 2011 2:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jenny Agutter and Miranda Hart have both joined BBC One's new series Call The Midwife. The six-part drama, which was announced in January, is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and focuses on midwives working in 1950s London. Worth was working on the project with screenwriter Heidi Thomas, who previously penned Upstairs Downstairs and Cranford, but passed away earlier this month. Newcomer Jessica Raine has now landed the lead role of Jenny, who goes to live with a group of nuns and nurses. Raine has previously appeared in two episodes of Garrow's Law and the movie Robin Hood. Agutter and Hart will both play members of Jenny's (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Poirot And Miss Marple Mysteries Return To American TV

11 June 2011 10:22 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »


Cinema Retro has received the following press release from PBS:

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple

Based on the works of Agatha Christie

On Masterpiece Mystery!

Sundays June 19 - July 10, 2011 at 9pm on PBS

David Suchet returns as the stylish and quirky Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, the iconic character made famous by Agatha Christie. In three brand new mysteries, Poirot finds himself investigating crimes, murders, and international cover-ups with the help of the police and some old friends.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 9pm Et — "Three Act Tragedy"

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 9pm Et — "The Clocks"

Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 9pm Et — "Hallowe'en Party"

A new episode of the beloved "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple" series airs on Sunday, July 10, with Julia McKenzie (Cranford) in the role of the spinster sleuth. In "The Pale Horse," Miss Marple investigates the murder of a friend and stumbles upon some spooky findings. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Psychoville: in a different league

7 June 2011 4:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Killing most of their characters off in the final episode was ruthless but ensured this dark comedy kept you hooked

As one of those viewers who drifted away from The League of Gentlemen, I barely noticed when Psychoville arrived. But I gave it a go and was quickly hooked. Fresher and more purposeful than Log, it had all the same references, humour and moods but they were tied together with a compelling, if ridiculous plot. Series two also blindsided me a little – I'd not even heard they were making it, and didn't know this was the last outing, and that they intended to kill most of the characters.

When Dawn French was stabbed in the neck in episode one it seemed a necessary way of pruning the busier, more expensive cast members. But when blind millionaire toy trader Oscar Lomax was found hanging from his neck dead at the end of episode three, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Ch 4′s Fresh Meat From Peep Show Duo Begins Filming

31 May 2011 6:28 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Channel 4 have announced that filming has begun in Manchester on their eight part young-adult comedy series Fresh Meat, the latest show from Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the writers of Peep Show.

The 45 minute long episodes will follow six first-year University students who;

Away from home for the first time, on the brink of adult life, they are about to discover who they really are. From the moment they ship up as freshers at their shared house, their lives are destined to collide, overlap and run the whole gamut of appalling behaviour and terrible errors of judgment.

From the sounds of things it’s kind of Skins/Inbetweeners for an older crowd but from Bain and Armstrong we can expect something far more darkly sinister, I imagine. The movie is due to air later this year.

Full cast after the jump…

British comedian Jack Whitehall gets top billing as »

- Matt Holmes

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Upstairs Downstairs DVD Review And Giveaway

23 May 2011 8:34 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

It's hard to imagine, given the world of television we live in today, that Upstairs, Downstairs only ran for 4 years. The early-'70s show about about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their servants is an institution of television and British culture, and despite its short-ish run, has been viewed countless times.

The popularity of the show is simply epic in proportions, and shows itself in ways too numerous to mention, including the somewhat curious ability to buy the cook's wares at Mrs. Bridges.

The dual display of life, and inevitable clashes between them, through the early part of the 1900's made for an intriguing and gripping showcase, and the fact that neither group of people were merely a secondary focus meant that the drama had a richer, more realistic flavor.

The show's new run takes place six years after the original show ended (1936), and Rose (Jean Marsh) returns to the »

- Marc Eastman

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Hugh Grant Takes The Lead In The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

17 May 2011 1:19 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board

Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to »

- Michelle McCue

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TV Review: Upstairs, Downstairs Redux

21 April 2011 4:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If you are an Anglophile who grew up as I did with the Bellamys, Mr. Hudson, Rose Buck and Upstairs, Downstairs, you'll feel right at home with a new set of socially ambitious young aristocrats setting up their new home in 1936 at 165 Eaton Place. As befits a show targeted at older females, the heroines of this new series are two mature women who actually know how to run such a grand household: Eileen Atkins as the young diplomat's mother and Jean Marsh as Rose, returning, inevitably, as housekeeper. Another reason why the show centers on these two is that Atkins and Marsh were the original co-creators of the series and have helped writer Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary) to bring it back to »

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PBS Emmy contenders pit 'Upstairs, Downstairs' against 'Downton Abbey'

20 April 2011 5:19 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After a 34-year absence, the British import "Upstairs, Downstairs" is posed to make an Emmy Awards comeback this year as a new series aired on PBS as part of "Masterpiece." From 1974 to 1977, the original version claimed 7 wins out of 16 nominations including three as Best Drama Series (1974, 1975, 1977) and one as Best Limited Series in 1976. Jean Marsh, who co-created the series with Eileen Atkins, starred as Rose the dutiful maid and won her 1975 Best Drama Actress bid. She returns to the role for this continuation which also casts Emmy champ Atkins ("Cranford") as the matriarch of the new "upstairs" family. One of the main Emmy rivals for "Upstairs, Downstairs" could be "Downton Abbey," another saga about the lives of the English aristocracy and their servants. Created by Oscar-winning scripter Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), this miniseries is set in Edwardian England and boasts an impressive cast inclu »

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Coming Home Again: An Advance Review of Upstairs Downstairs on PBS' Masterpiece

8 April 2011 9:47 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

"Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." - Christian Morganstern My, how time flies: It's been more than three decades since Rose Buck (Jean Marsh) walked out of the front door of 165 Eaton Place and into the future. For those of us who grew up on Upstairs, Downstairs (created by Marsh and Dame Eileen Atkins) watching the repeats on PBS or on DVD later, the show--which depicted the lives of the wealthy Bellamy clan and their servants below stairs--defined the period drama, transforming the stuffy recreations of aristos into a soap opera teeming with the hopes and dreams (and failures and foibles) of both the masters and the servants of a great London house. While there have been countless adaptations of period-set literature over the years (Austen and Dickens remain always in style), recently viewers have seen a resurgence in open-ended, serialized period dramas. Lark Rise to Candleford »

- Jace

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