14 items from 2013
Swedish actor tipped for international stardom takes lead role in BBC1 series The White Queen
BBC controller of drama commissioning. Ben Stephenson, is confident the 29 year-old's starring role in the series, which starts on Sunday, will be a stepping stone to a more high-profile international acting career. Since landing the BBC role Ferguson has been cast in another historical TV drama, Ridley Scott's The Vatican, and the movie Hercules: The Thracian Wars, alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Hurt.
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- Jason Deans
Here’s the first trailer for the writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth). Everyone knows lovers whose love is denied due to the feud between their two families, the Montagues and Capulets, so it’s tough to be excited by a new adaptation unless its told in an original or interesting fashion. Directed by Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei, the film’s supporting cast includes Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, and Homeland’s Damian Lewis along with Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Natascha McElhone. Romeo...
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- Nick Martin
A trailer is out for the new Romeo and Juliet movie. This adaptation is directed by Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent) and stars Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) as Romeo and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet.
My initial reaction while watching the trailer for this honest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was why bother?
- Alex Corey
The first trailer for the newest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is now online, and there’s plenty of ancient grudges, unclean civil hands, and death-marked love on display in this peek at the film.
While the other buzzy Shakespeare adaptation of 2013 — Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing — went the route of a fresh, modern interpretation, this Romeo and Juliet is going back to the play’s Elizabethan roots, with period costumes, a shoot in Verona and other Italy locations, and a young pair of actors playing the leads. The film’s Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), who shot »
- Emily Rome
Everyone knows the Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet, but this time it's "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes bringing the story to life. However, it doesn't seem like he's done much to make the material more engaging, as the first trailer for the adaptation starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth") looks to be pretty dry and boring. Maybe the presence of Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Damian Lewis will make it better, but as of now, it doesn't look like it can shake a stick at Baz Lurhmann's contemporary adaptation. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet from Digital Spy (via The Playlist): Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei directs this adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet, adapted by "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth »
- Ethan Anderton
The first trailer for director Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet has landed online. Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) as Romeo, with a rather impressive supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, and Homeland’s Damian Lewis. Carlei maintains the original setting of Shakespeare’s play and looks to be taking a rather classical approach to the storytelling. Following a rather awkward opening with "movie trailer guy" reciting Shakespeare, the clip sufficiently teases the romantic and intense aspects of Shakespeare’s source material. However, with a story that’s been told countless times, it’s tough to be excited by a new adaptation unless its told in an original or interesting fashion. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Natascha McElhone. »
- Adam Chitwood
Channel 4's new medieval romp is all about bums and historical misrepresentation
France, 1209, and the doughty fiefdom of Carcassonne is besieged by bastards. "They seek the secret of the Grail," gasps carbuncular nobleman Bertrand, as swarms of rhubarbing crusaders prepare to storm his ramparts. Daughter Alaïs (Jessica Brown Findlay) is confused. "The Holy Grail?" she whispers, slowly. "The cup that Christ drank from on the night of the Last Supper?" "Yes," replies Papa, Frenchly. "And we must defend it (thundering cellos; extreme close up of period-specific scowl) " … With Our Lives."
Inflate thy balloons and unsheathe thy mint Viscounts, for here is Labyrinth (Saturday, 9pm, Channel 4) to remind us of the unique joy of the shonkily realised international costume epic. A two-part German-South African co-production based on the bestselling Kate Mosse novel, it's a window-rattling potboiler bubbling with ancient religious conspiracies, comely medieval wenches, comely 21st-century academics, fogbanks of swirly past-times skulduggery, »
- Sarah Dempster
A composer known for his otherworldly scores for films such as Immortals and period scores for television programs such as The Borgias, The Tudors, and The Pillars of the Earth may seem like an odd choice for a film about a very real place (the White House) falling victim to a fictional (albeit extreme) situation. However with a title like Olympus Has Fallen, composer Trevor Morris‘ past pedigree seems to make him the perfect fit to tell a story that is in fact as grand, and moving, as his past work. A fan of action movies himself, Morris worked closely with Olympus‘ director Antoine Fuqua to not only bring the story of the White House being taken over to life, but do so by getting audiences’ adrenaline and emotions racing. Olympus Has Fallen brings back that “big blockbuster movie” feel through its intense and commanding sound design. The film does not hold back and brings viewers right »
- Allison Loring
NBC has picked up U.S. TV rights to the one-hour action-crime series Crossing Lines, from German producer Tandem Communications (The Pillars Of The Earth) and Ed Bernero’s Bernero Prods. The 10-episode series will air this summer. Created, developed and executive produced by former Criminal Minds showrunner Bernero and Tandem president Rola Bauer, Crossing Lines taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals. It stars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly and Richard Flood. “We’re making scripted projects a priority for our summer lineup, and this is a great fit,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. The series is a co-production with TF1 Production/TF1 Network and commissioned by Sony Pictures TV Networks. It also has been acquired by Germany’s Sat.1 and Italian public broadcaster Rai. Bernero, a former police officer-turned TV writer-producer, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC has picked up U.S. broadcast rights to Crossing Lines a one-hour action crime series from Criminal Minds producers Bernero Productions and Munich-based Tandem Communications (The Pillars of the Earth) which stars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland and Marc Lavoine. The procedural will join previously ordered drama Camp on NBC's summer schedule. Crossing Lines, which also stars Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly and Richard Flood, is a cross-boarder crime drama in which a special unit of criminal investigators working with the International Criminal Court hunt down global criminals and bring them to justice. “We’re making scripted
- Scott Roxborough
Ken Follett takes viewers back to The Pillars of the Earth's fictitious town of Kingsbridge, but 200 years later and with all new characters. Experience the romance, tragedy and victory in the $46 million, eight-hour epic miniseries World Without End, which débuts on Blu-ray and DVD on 18 February. To celebrate this eagerly-anticipated home entertainment release, we have Three Blu-ray copies of the series to give away to our readership, courtesy of our generous friends at Sony Pictures UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
Published almost twenty years after his acclaimed novel The Pillars of the Earth author Ken Follett took us back to Kingsbridge for a tale of bloody (and Black) death, pendular loyalties and a country on the brink of war.
World Without End was adapted for television and is the whole series is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Peter Firth, Ben Chaplin and Oliver Jackson-Cohen lead the eight part series set on the eve of the Hundred Years war.
To get you fully immersed in the show we have a number of items of interest on offer. First there is an interview with the man himself, Ken Follett, who gives an introduction to the complex world of Kingsbridge 157 years since we were there last.
- Jon Lyus
The Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford is attached to direct The Inquisition, a 10-part mini-series set in 15th century Spain and structured as an international co-production.
The lush mini-series about the 15th century Spanish Inquisition is the first project from film and TV producer Lewin Webb (Casino Jack) after he launched a new division at Tricon, a Canadian factual TV producer and distributor.
The Inquisition was created and written by Mark Schwartz (Voyage of the Heart), and developed by Webb in partnership with Media Packer’s Victor Rodriguez, a veteran Canadian distribution executive, and Spanish producing partner Secundino Velasco of Toac.
Beresford, who is also attached to direct the upcoming Sony Pictures TV film Bonnie & Clyde, is best known for his Oscar-winning film Driving Miss Daisy and the HBO TV Movie And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, which starred Antonio Banderas as the Mexican revolutionary.
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- Vesna Sunrider
The latest Ken Follett adaptation is a glorious pageant of murder and medical abuse
I wouldn't want to be ill in any way in the England of 1327. Especially if Brother Joseph was the medic on call. Brother Joseph basically has three remedies – blood-letting, a dung poultice fresh from the privy, and amputation by meat cleaver – which he prescribes for everything, often in combination. And when his methods fail, as they invariably do, he resorts to prayer. Which also fails, and the patient – bleeding, stumpy and stinking – dies in agony. How am I feeling, Brother Joseph? Yeah, tip-top as it happens, never better ... [backs away, exits stage left, at speed, preferably on horseback]
Not that life had a lot of value back then, or so it would seem from World Without End (Channel 4, Saturday), which takes up the reins from the last Ken Follett medieval saga adaptation, The Pillars of the Earth. Edward II has been defeated and imprisoned by his French wife Isabella, »
- Sam Wollaston
14 items from 2013
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