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History as soft porn with Elizabeth and Edward, the phwoars of the roses
Beautiful, demure, blond Elizabeth stands under a magnificent great English oak tree waiting for a man. He arrives, on a proud grey war horse, and removes his helmet. Heeeeelloooo ladies. He's the king, Edward the phwoarth. Well, he says he's the king; others say someone else – Henry – is the king. It's complicated: the wars of the roses are going on, and this is The White Queen (BBC1, Sunday), adapted from the novels of Philippa Gregory.
There's instant chemistry between Edward and Elizabeth; surely it won't be long before there's biology too. Well look at them – she's heaving and pouting and blushing, while doing her damnedest to maintain her demurity. He's tearing off her clothes with his eyes; this young man has a reputation (take-'em-to-beddy-Eddie they call him in court – behind his back, obviously, otherwise it's off-with-your-heady »
- Sam Wollaston
One of the more charming Sundance comedies from the 2013 festival marked the feature directorial debut of actress Lake Bell (No Strings Attached, It's Complicated). In a World... sees Bell taking the lead as a vocal coach, struggling to prove her talents as a movie trailer voiceover performer to an industry dominated by males, including her discouraging father (Fred Melamed) and cocky rising star Gustav (Ken Marino). The film is a fine debut for Bell as a writer, director and leading woman with a script that is witty, despite having a familiar story arc, mostly because of the unique premise. Now you can watch the first trailer below! Here's the first trailer for Lake Bell's In a World..., originally from Yahoo: In a World... is written, directed and produced by actress Lake Bell, marking her feature directorial debut. An underachieving vocal coach (Bell) is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney has announced that Jon Hamm's new film, Million Dollar Arm, has started shooting. The movie is being directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night), and also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, and Alan Arkin. Here's what the film is about:
Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows Jb Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if Jb doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, Jb comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, Jb stages a televised, nationwide »
- Joey Paur
Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures' Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) wrote the screenplay. The film also stars Bill Paxton (Haywire, Hatfields & McCoys), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas, It's Complicated), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Margin Call), Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Pitobash (3 Idiots, Shanghai) and Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is scoring the film. Million Dollar Arm will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.
Nicolas Winding Refn is the latest in a long line of directors to find inspiration among plastic dolls
Only God Forgives 2013
For years, Kristin Scott Thomas has been trashing her brittle English upper-classness in French films, but anglophone audiences who still think of her as posh Fiona from Four Weddings and a Funeral might get a shock when they see her in Nicolas Winding Refn's ultra-violent revenge parable. Sample dialogue: "And how many cocks can you 'entertain' with that cute little cum-dumpster of yours?"
Her Crystal is an abrasive, chain-smoking, bottle-blonde Messalina tottering around in fuck-me shoes and too much eye makeup, wielding Virginia Slims as though they were deadly weapons. She's the Barbie from hell, as if Paris Hilton had suddenly lived 20 more years and had a personality transplant from Lucy Liu in Kill Bill: Volume 1. Just as the hotel chain heiress apparently modelled her own makeover on Mattel's fashion doll, »
- Anne Billson
Let's not linger too long on The Big Wedding. It stinks of white privilege and unfolds inside a whites-only gated community of the mind, in which foreigners (specifically Hispanic women) are perfidious sex objects, and non-whites are only ever seen at the business end of a lawnmower or a tray of hors d'oeuvres. All the major characters are mysteriously rich, with their lakeside retreats and weddings that are – no false advertising here, at least – sumptuously big. It's a continuation of the worlds we saw in such equally lily-white and clueless comedies as It's Complicated, As Good As It Gets, Hanging Up and The Family Stone.
The Big Wedding has been on the shelf for several years and it's not hard to see why: it »
- John Patterson
Lionsgate announced today that the indie thriller Black Rock is on its way to DVD and Blu-ray, and we've got all the details you need to decide if this is one girl's night out you want to crash! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
A girls-only weekend getaway to a remote island from their childhood turns into a fight for survival in the heart-racing thriller Black Rock, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital Download July 30 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Directed by and starring Katie Aselton (TV's "The League," The Puffy Chair), the indie thriller also stars Lake Bell (No Strings Attached, It's Complicated, What Happens in Vegas) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns, Straw Dogs, Blue Crush).
Three childhood friends, Sarah (Bosworth), Abby (Aselton) and Lou (Bell), get together for a private camp-out at an iconic setting from their childhood, an empty »
- Uncle Creepy
ABC's "Scandal" finale closed the climactic second season with the show's biggest bombshell yet: the mysterious Rowan (Joe Morton), the B613 boss who has been threatening Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and giving Jake (Scott Foley) his orders, is also Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) father. Move over, Darth Vader.
"When we read it, we were just really blown away," Washington told The Huffington Post on the red carpet for the Television Academy's "Scandal" live table read on May 16. "What's funny is that the writers do that to us every week and then we pay it forward [to the audience]."
"I knew all along," Morton smugly revealed to a packed house during the cast Q&A that followed the table read.
- The Huffington Post
"Dark City" featured everyone floundering in the dark in more ways than one, as Megan and Tommy continued their complicated dance.
Speaking of which, was anyone else tired of hearing them both say, "It's complicated" or was it just me? This took place every time someone got to the point of explaining exactly why they were interrupted, leaving the audience frustrated by the lack of information.
We know that Tommy cheated on Megan, but it's about time we learned more details about what was obviously a passionate but disastrous affair decades earlier.
As much as I like Charlie, I was thrilled that he and Megan's late evening out was disrupted, even if it was by a plane crash.
I'd like to see Charlie stick around, just not as Megan's love interest. Perhaps he could help pull Kate back from her descent into political success and personal catastrophe. Adam was right. »
- email@example.com (Christine Orlando)
Sundance London was something of a homecoming for actress/writer/director/producer Lake Bell. Though born in New York, Bell began her career studying acting at London's Rose Bruford College, a stone's throw away from the O2 complex where the festival was taking place. And what better place could there be for the international premiere of the feature directorial debut from the star, who's consistently impressed both in TV roles like "How To Make It In America" and "Children's Hospital," and on the big screen in the likes of "It's Complicated" and "Pride & Glory." "In A World..." stars Bell as Carol, the daughter of a veteran voiceover star (Fred Melamed), who's looking to break into the industry as competition builds over who'll get to lend their pipes to the trailer for a new mega-franchise. As her star grows, she becomes torn between a rival voiceover star (Ken Marino) and a »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Following recent turns in “Lockout” and “Prometheus,” the actor Guy Pearce continues his tour of science-fiction cinema with a major role in this summer's “Iron Man 3,” the much anticipated sequel to not just “Iron Man 2” but also “The Avengers.” The high-tech and introspective film from Shane Black and Marvel Studios casts Pearce as Aldrich Killian, an endlessly ambitious and wealthy man whose numerous, insurmountable disadvantages -- both physical and, well, socially -- cause him to run afoul of seemingly everyone he meets. Most notable among them is Tony Stark, whose brutal snubbing at the start of the film forms a crucial link in a devastating chain called Extremis. Killian's complex journey was the subject of our candid interview with Pearce, who also addressed what he described as a sometimes hazardous relationship an actor can have with an adaptation's source material, like “Iron Man” comic books. Pearce also discussed »
- Andy Khouri
Dynamic trio Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax return, but with the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) missing, do they have what it takes to unravel the sinister machinations of perfidious hag Mrs Gillyflower (guest star Diana Rigg)?
Doctor Who continues on BBC One on Saturday (May 4) at 6.30pm - check out our ten teasers for 'The Crimson Horror' below. Mild spoilers!
> Doctor Who: New episode 'The Crimson Horror' - in pictures
1. Peter Davison fans will be happy - look out for a reference to the Fifth Doctor's era.
2. "Swoon! Have a funny turn! Fit of the vapours!"
3. Expect the first 'Doctor snogging' moment since 'The Snowmen'.
4. "Horse - »
If you're a romantic-comedy lover with a soft spot for wedding movies, then trust me - you've already seen The Big Wedding. The premise itself probably sounds familiar: when a family comes together for a wedding, hijinks ensue, people don't get along, and secrets are revealed. Even most of the cast members have played similar roles before. Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro play the groom's parents, Katherine Heigl is the bitter sister, and Amanda Seyfried plays the bride. And the unoriginality doesn't stop there! If you're tempted to watch The Big Wedding, then let me advise you that you can get the same fix by watching the movies below. Their accomplishment: they each tackled elements of The Big Wedding first - but better. It's Complicated: In Nancy Meyers's comedy It's Complicated, the romance between the divorced couple played by Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin feels organic and realistic. »
- Shannon Vestal
The Breaking Bad producer has discussed his anger over the lack of a sequel to the fan favourite 1999 comedy.
"It's complicated," he told Flavorwire. "I can't get into it because it only gets me angry, because I'm so proud of that movie.
"For a while there, and someday we may actually get there, we actually talked about doing a television show which would be sort of fun because it would be a TV show looking at a movie that's looking at a TV show, something like that.
"So I wish I could answer you and I wish we did have a sequel or certainly a half hour comedy based on it. So we'll see, it's not over."
The actor reveals the secrets of that notorious vomit scene, why he's fascinated by Pete Campbell – and his love of surfing
The sun is shining on a spring afternoon in Venice Beach. Salty Pacific air sharpens the breeze. Roger Sterling, senior partner of Madison Avenue's top advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, rolls up to the cafe on his push bike, silver hair gleaming, posture ramrod straight. For once, he is not wearing a three-piece suit.
That is because he is not actually account executive Roger Sterling, rascally quipster and LSD enthusiast. He is John Slattery, the actor who has made dapper, unflappable Roger the most beloved character of Mad Men's five seasons, with his droll zingers and talent for saying the perfectly wrong things at the perfectly right times. Even in his civvies (windbreaker, plaid shirt, Ray-Bans), Slattery passes as preppy, weekend Roger. Nantucket Roger. It's that distinctive silver hair, »
- Katie Puckrik
Pop the champagne and say congrats: It's Alec Baldwin's 55th birthday today (March 3)!
The native New Yorker and most successful Baldwin brother has been in the public eye for three centuries now, and has appeared in numerous movies ("The Hunt for Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "It's Complicated"), TV shows ("Knots Landing," "30 Rock"), and on Broadway ("A Street Car Named Desire," "Orphans"). He's been nominated for and has won many awards.
Baldwin was married to Kim Basinger for seven years and the two have a daughter together, 17-year-old Ireland. The actor is currently married to Hilaria Thomas-Baldwin, 28, and the two are expecting their first child together -- a baby girl.
- Liat Kornowski
Return of fantasy drama more than 700,000 viewers – more than second season, but fewer than show's UK debut
Game of Thrones returned for its third series on Sky Atlantic with more than 700,000 viewers on Monday night, up on its second series launch last year but not quite hitting the highs of its 2011 debut.
The big budget fantasy drama starring Charles Dance attracted 710,000 viewers between 9pm and 10.15pm.
Although its 2.7% share of the audience was small compared with most of the mainstream channels, it was a huge rating for Sky Atlantic – 1,700% up on its slot average over the past three months.
Last night's third series launch was up on the 522,000 viewers who watched the start of series two in April last year, but down on the 743,000 who saw the first series debut in April 2011.
Jonathan Creek returned for the first time in three years with 7 million viewers, »
- John Plunkett
Saoirse Ronan plays not one but two characters in the latest movie adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel, The Host: She's both the human Melanie Stryder and the alien Wanderer (nicknamed Wanda) who has taken up residence in Melanie's body. (You can always tell when the aliens, who resemble silverfish, have taken over a host because the human's eyes start to glow in an eerie way.) Intergalactic body-snatching is not without its difficulties, especially in this case, because Melanie refuses to vacate the premises and gets mightily peeved when Wanda starts up a romance with a guy other than the one she already likes. (It's complicated, and requires lots of making out — just to confirm identity, of course.) Ronan chatted with Vulture about how the kissing scenes went down, how she pranked her co-star, and acting in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut.What do you call the geometry of »
- Jennifer Vineyard
In the new movie "Upside Down," Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst are would-be lovers kept apart by -- wait for it -- different gravitational fields. Their unique dilemma ups the stakes on the ordinary obstacles, like mere feuding families, which Romeo and Juliet had to contend with. For a lot of cinematic duos, being with the one you love is damn near impossible, especially if one (or both) of you aren't even human. "It's complicated" doesn't begin to cover some of the issues these movie lovers have faced when even time and space conspire to keep them apart. Some of them managed to make it work, while others faced a huge sacrifice or had to give up on love all together. Below, we've rounded up 10 star-crossed lovers from sci-fi movies, who tried to make a go of it against all obstacles. Related: Jim Sturgess on Kissing Upside Down and Acting »
- Sharon Knolle
Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Nancy Meyers to direct an untitled comedy to be produced by Matthew Tolmach and Nancy Meyers, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Meyers rewrote a screenplay that was originally written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
In the new film, the life of an American young woman gets turned upside down when she begins dating a very unlikely young man. The complexities that follow are bigger than both of them. The comedy is set entirely in the UK, the film will have an all British cast with the exception of the female lead.
Sony's Doug Belgrad released the following statement about the project.
"We are thrilled with the way this »
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