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First Look: Kit Harington in BBC Historical Drama ‘Gunpowder’

First Look: Kit Harington in BBC Historical Drama ‘Gunpowder’
The BBC has unveiled the first look at “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington in upcoming drama “Gunpowder,” a historical thriller also starring Liv Tyler. The broadcaster revealed the images and a special teaser Monday.

The three-part drama will air on BBC One in a primetime Saturday night slot this fall. The fast-paced period thriller relates the famous story of the “Gunpowder Plot,” a 17th-century conspiracy to blow up the British House of Lords in an attempt to assassinate King James I. The event is commemorated every Nov. 5 in Britain as Guy Fawkes Day, named after one of the conspirators.

Harington stars as Robert Catesby, a Warwickshire gentleman who masterminded the plan. Tyler plays Catesby’s cousin Anne Vaux, who gets caught up in the plot. “Downton Abbey” actor Tom Cullen plays Guy Fawkes. The cast also includes Peter Mullan, Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, Robert Emms, Derek Riddell and Mark Gatiss.

The
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Ray Donovan: a show that's well, well worth watching

Robb Sheppard Sep 5, 2017

The fix is in. Here's why Hollywood crime drama Ray Donovan deserves a place among the hallowed TV greats...

Breaking Bad. The Sopranos. The Wire.

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Three of the most popular and critically acclaimed serialised dramas. The Mount Rushmore of TV. Look up any list and you’ll see them there, digging their elbows in and jostling for position inside the top ten.

But if we’re going with the Mount Rushmore metaphor, there’s a blank space on the mountain and an argument for Ray Donovan to have his face carved into the rock, nestled between McNulty, Tony and Heisenberg.

Donovan’s the answer to Hollywood’s biggest problems: Heavyweight boxing champ has a dead girl in his bath tub? Call Ray. Pop megastar bribed with a sex tape leak?
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A Look at Al Capone in the Movies

Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.

The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released
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David Wenham on why he changed his mind about TV's 'Wake in Fright'

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David Wenham on set of his directorial feature debut, 'Ellipsis'..

In the second part of his interview with If, David Wenham chats about his recent roles in 'Wake in Fright', 'In Like Flynn' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'...

When David Wenham was offered the role of the police sergeant Jock Crawford in the miniseries Wake in Fright he initially recoiled at the idea.

As a passionate admirer of Canadian director Ted Kotcheff.s seminal 1971 movie based on the Kenneth Cook novel he thought the idea of a remake was ridiculous.

Wenham had watched the restored movie twice, at the Sydney Film Festival and at the Chauvel cinema, rating it as a visceral experience and an incredible piece of filmmaking.

However he changed his mind after reading Stephen M. Irwin.s script for the Network Ten two-parter directed by Kriv Stenders.
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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’

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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.

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Coming To America Sequel confirmed with original writers onboard

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Only recently Eddie Murphy took to twitter to tease 80’s film fans over a return to set for a Coming to America sequel, subsequently, that tweet and his whole account were deleted after he claimed his account had been hacked.

Fast forward to only a month later, it has now been confirmed that writers of the original, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, have taken on a contract to pen a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy in which saw Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem of the fictional African nation of Zamunda in a role in which he wanted to know what it was like to be a normal man, one who didn’t need servants to wipe his backside and sow his royal oats before engaging in an arranged marriage with a complete stranger.

Details of the plot are being kept secret, well under lock and key for
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Coming To America Sequel Picks Up Steam With Original Writers

Labyrinth isn’t the only cult classic from yesteryear that’s poised to receive a new lease of life – according to The Hollywood Reporter, that long-rumored Coming to America sequel has officially sprung into life, and who better to script the screenplay than the original writers?

That’s right, after introducing Eddie Murphy’s wonderfully pompous Prince Akeem to the world in ’88, Paramount has welcomed back Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to pen a treatment for the follow-up. THR goes on to note that the sequel is currently lingering in the very early stages of development, though we understand Kevin Misher (Carrie, Public Enemies) has signed on to produce.

The big question now is, of course, whether Murphy will reprise as Prince Akeem, who uprooted from a wealthy African nation for Brooklyn, New York in order to escape the clutches of an arranged marriage. It was the ultimate pitch for a fish-out-of-water comedy,
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Paramount developing Coming to America 2 with original screenwriters

Nearly thirty years after the release of the original film, Paramount Pictures is finally moving forward on a sequel to the hit Eddie Murphy-led comedy, Coming to America. The 1988 film saw Murphy playing an African prince who decides he wants no part in an arranged marriage and travels to Queens in search of a smart, independent-minded and loving wife.

The Tracking Board first reported the long-rumoured news and confirmed that writers of the original film, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, are on board to pen the sequel. Kevin Misher (Public Enemies, Carrie) is set to produce the film, which is still in the very early stages of development.

Murphy’s involvement with the sequel is unknown at the time, although one would assume that the film would have a hard time getting off the ground without his return as Prince Akeem. Of course, the creative team behind the movie
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Paramount Hires Original 'Coming to America' Writers to Pen Sequel

Paramount Hires Original 'Coming to America' Writers to Pen Sequel
A Coming to America sequel has been a long-rumored project, but Paramount is finally taking steps toward production.

The studio has hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who penned the 1988 original, to write the potential sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The project is still early on in the development process, but Kevin Misher (Carrie, Public Enemies) is attached to produce. There is no word yet on whether Eddie Murphy will reprise his iconic role.

In the John Landis-directed original, Murphy played Prince Akeem, who traveled from his wealthy African country to Queens, New York, to escape an arranged marriage and...
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Sublime Obsessions Rule The Characters In Michael Mann Films [Video Essay]

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We’re in something of a drought when it comes to quality crime cinema, so it seems even longer than 2009 since Michael Mann’s last proper effort, “Public Enemies” (yes, we’re going to act as though “Blackhat” never happened). So something like “Michael Mann: People, Places, Crimes” from Michael Couvaras is a handy reminder for what we’re missing from the guy.

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‘Miss Bala’: Catherine Hardwicke Set to Helm English-Language Remake of Beauty Pageant-Set Thriller

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‘Miss Bala’: Catherine Hardwicke Set to Helm English-Language Remake of Beauty Pageant-Set Thriller
“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is set to helm the Sony remake of “Miss Bala,” as reported by Deadline. According to the site, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is the front-runner to topline the film about a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses various drug-related crimes and is dragged into the gang’s dangerous business.

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The original drama premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. and was Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards. It was directed by Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo, who also co-wrote it alongside Mauricio Katz. “Spectre” actress Stephanie Sigman starred as the lead role.

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The script for the English-language remake is
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Drake to Star in London-Based Crime Series ‘Top Boy’ — Report

Drake to Star in London-Based Crime Series ‘Top Boy’ — Report
Drake is set to star in the London-based series “Top Boy.” As reported by Daily Mirror, producers of the crime drama/thriller are developing a major role for the Canadian rapper, who acquired the rights to the show after it was dropped by UK’s Channel 4.

“We met up to start talking about the show and we are working out a role for him,” Ashley Walters, who plays Dushane in the series, told the Daily Mirror. “He loves acting, of course he wanted a part. He’s going to be really hands on and is getting stuck into it.” Back in October 2015, it was Walters who revealed that Drake was interested in acquiring the rights to “Top Boy” after Channel 4 decided to kill the series.

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Created by Ronan Bennett (“Public Enemies”), “Top Boy
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Drake to Star in London-Based Crime Series ‘Top Boy’ — Report

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Drake to Star in London-Based Crime Series ‘Top Boy’ — Report
Drake is set to star in the London-based series “Top Boy.” As reported by Daily Mirror, producers of the crime drama/thriller are developing a major role for the Canadian rapper, who acquired the rights to the show after it was dropped by UK’s Channel 4.

“We met up to start talking about the show and we are working out a role for him,” Ashley Walters, who plays Dushane in the series, told the Daily Mirror. “He loves acting, of course he wanted a part. He’s going to be really hands on and is getting stuck into it.” Back in October 2015, it was Walters who revealed that Drake was interested in acquiring the rights to “Top Boy” after Channel 4 decided to kill the series.

Read More: ‘Jackie’ Live Score: Experience Mica Levi’s Powerhouse Score With A 35-Piece Orchestra — Exclusive

Created by Ronan Bennett (“Public Enemies”), “Top Boy
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Hugh Jackman, Noomi Rapace for Michael Mann's Ferrari biopic

David Crow Mar 9, 2017

Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace are in talks to star in Michael Mann's Ferrari biopic. So start your engines.

Hugh Jackman may have finally said goodbye to the role that made him a movie star in Logan this past weekend, but he looks ready to celebrate by taking on a part that requires a whole lot more time in the kitchen than the gym with Ferrari, a new biopic from Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral). Deadline broke the news that Jackman and Noomi Rapace of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus fame are in talks to take on the roles of Enzo and Linda Ferrari.

The film, which details a relationship that was apparently as high octane as Enzo’s famed sports cars, has been a project Mann has been developing for decades, originally starting work on it with the late great Sydney Pollack.
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Cinema’s Greatest Manhunt Movies

Manhunt movies have taken a shift over the years. Gone are the days of prohibition gangster heroism, liberating the common folk from the great depression with free flowing liquor. Times have changed and as Patriots Day shows us, heroes come in many forms and are often right under our noses.

Patriots Day exposes the stories of the everyday heroes involved in the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers following the devastating Boston Marathon attack in 2013. To celebrate the release of Peter Berg’s latest ‘based on true events’ film we’ve pulled together a list of the best manhunt movies currently at large.

Zero Dark Thirty

The exhausting hunt for Osama bin Laden was something the world was certainly aware of, but the cloak and dagger operation kept things under wraps until the evening of 1st May 2011 when in a seemingly sudden move, at least to the general population, bin Laden
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Great Job, Internet!: A closer look at The Dark Knight’s debt to Michael Mann

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Michael Mann’s one of those filmmakers whose greatest films inspire fierce debate. An argument can and has been made that nearly all of his movies (except for The Keep, maybe) is his masterpiece, whether its prestige period pieces like Last Of The Mohicans and Public Enemies or the gnarly digital pulp of Blackhat and Collateral. Nearly everyone agrees, though, that Heat is up there, an operatic meditation on cops and robbers that still manages to function as an all-time great action flick.

Chief among that movie’s fans is director Christopher Nolan, who cited it repeatedly as an inspiration for his own (arguable) masterwork, The Dark Knight. A new video essay explores just how much Nolan was able to match the tonal, topical, and even kinetic feel of that movie. (Collateral and The Insider are also featured, though to a much lesser extent.)

The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes
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‘Wheeler’ Exclusive Clip: Stephen Dorff Takes on Nashville Disguised as an Aspiring Musician

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‘Wheeler’ Exclusive Clip: Stephen Dorff Takes on Nashville Disguised as an Aspiring Musician
The new docudrama “Wheeler” follows an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas who travels to Nashville with dreams of becoming an outlaw country music star. Here’s the catch: Wheeler isn’t a real person, but rather actor Stephen Dorff under heavy prosthetic make up who successfully infiltrated the Music City to embark on the authentic singer-songwriter journey. In the film, the Wheeler character converses with real people in real locations and performs every musical number live, eventually interacting with real musicians like Travis Meadows, Audrey Spillman and the legendary Kris Kristofferson, Wheeler’s hero. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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Dorff is best known for playing vampire overlord Deacon Frost opposite Wesley Snipes in the first “Blade” film, as well as the existentially lost actor Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film “Somewhere.” He also
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Thierry Fremaux, Marion Cotillard to Be Honored at Lumieres Awards

Thierry Fremaux, Marion Cotillard to Be Honored at Lumieres Awards
Paris – Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard will be honored at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes.

The academy of the Lumieres Awards, which is composed of Paris-based members of the foreign press, will pay tribute and hand out honorary awards to Cotillard and Fremaux during the 22nd edition of the ceremony Jan. 30.

Since winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Cesar and a Bafta for her role as Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose,” Cotillard has worked with some of the world’s most talented and acclaimed directors, from Michael Mann (“Public Enemies”) to Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “Dark Night Rises”), Steven Soderbergh (“Contagion”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Robert Zemeckis (“Allied”). Cotillard also starred in the Dardenne brothers’s “Two Days, One Night” and Xavier Dolan’s
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‘A Patch of Fog’ Exclusive Clip: A Security Guard Blackmails a Famous TV Host Into Friendship

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‘A Patch of Fog’ Exclusive Clip: A Security Guard Blackmails a Famous TV Host Into Friendship
What happens when our closest guarded secrets are exposed by someone with an ulterior agenda? That question is at the heart of the new thriller “A Patch of Fog,” about a sinister security guard (Stephen Graham) who blackmails a famous TV host (Conleth Hill) into friendship after he catches him shoplifting and threatens to expose it to the world. It co-stars Lara Pulver (“Edge of Tomorrow”), Arsher Ali (“Remainder”), Stuart Graham (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Ian McElhinney (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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The film is directed by Michael Lennox, who’s best known for his short films. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 2014 short “Boogaloo and Graham,” about two boys who raise baby chicks amidst major changes in their family.
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When Did Channing Tatum Start To Rock?

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 At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.

CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay
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