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"Rectify," the Sundance Channel's first original scripted series all its own, will premiere next year, marking a shift the network's been making into the kind of high-end scripted show territory for which its sister channel AMC is best known. Sundance's dramas have until this point been acquisitions or coproductions like Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," the British spy miniseries "Restless" and Jane Campion's crime saga "Top Of The Lake" (the latter two are upcoming), but with "Rectify" and the slate of scripted series the network announced as in development in the Hollywood Reporter today, it's clear that the channel wants to establish itself as a place for quality original dramas. Read More: Sundance Channel Sets a Premiere Date For Its British Spy Miniseries 'Restless' Sundance has five scripted shows in the development, dealing with topics ranging from surfing to sex reassignment. »
- Alison Willmore
British comedic actor Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol, Paul) has been cast in the lead role in director Peter Chelsom.s (Shall We Dance?, Funny Bones,) next movie – drama comedy Hector And The Search For Happiness, it was announced today by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, founders and co-partners of The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.) who are handling worldwide rights to the film.
Adapted for the screen by Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay from the bestselling novel of the same name by François Lelord, the film is a German/Canadian co-production produced by Egoli Tossell Film and Screen Siren Pictures currently in pre-production and set to shoot straight after Pegg.s The World.S End.
Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier! He.s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, »
- Michelle McCue
Mia Hansen-Løve proves that less is more in a beautifully observed tale of a student's romantic entanglements
The critic and columnist Alan Brien once told me about a friend consulting him about an autobiography he'd been asked to write. It was the mid-1950s when angry young men were all the rage, the friend was about 30 and clearly the publishers expected him to deliver something socially significant. "In 1939," he asked, referring to his sixth-form days, "whom should I have been reading and what should I have been thinking?" Somewhat mischievously Brien suggested he should have discovered Orwell, become disillusioned with Auden and Isherwood, had a sceptical approach to the Popular Front but a high regard for John Strachey, and so on. When I checked out the eventual book these were precisely the attitudes expressed, though whether these aspects of the author's intellectual development all came from Brien's tuition I can't be sure. »
- Philip French
3 items from 2012
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