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TV review: The Secret Life of Rubbish; Falcón; Great Continental Railway Journeys

29 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A load of rubbish gets turned into a timely warning about the perils of consumerism

Forget expensive recycling consultants, the people we really need to put in charge of the UK's waste management are Birmingham council circa 1950. There are a few health and safety issues to iron out first, of course – manholes in the floor that open on to raging furnaces, say – but they had the right idea when it came to sorting rubbish, salvaging anything of any worth, and running their electric dustcarts off the energy generated by those fiery, roaring "destructors".

That, at least, was the general thrust of The Secret Life of Rubbish (BBC4), as much a warning about the perils of consumerism as the story of how Britain forgot how to recycle and then belatedly realised it had better remember again (I assume. It concludes next week). Not that Birmingham's slow, sweet-faced electric dustbin vans could »

- Vicky Frost

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Interview: Rufus Sewell & Dominic Cooper Talk Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

21 October 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With the imminent release of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Thn found out from stars Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper more the making of the film, their roles and – if you’ve not seen it yet – there are definitely spoilers! Click here for our review of Blu-ray and DVD released on October 22nd, plus here we find both actors in top form:.

How was it for both of you to take command of your darker sides to give your roles, well, plenty of vampire bite? Is swagger essential?

Rufus Sewell: It’s a fine line. Like someone once said, “If you’re going to play the part, you better wear the eye patch.” You need to perform the function, you know.

Dominic Cooper: It helps certainly with this. I thought the screenplay was so well written, so you’re not just putting on an evil swagger or you’re… »

- David Agnew

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Rufus Sewell

15 June 2012 8:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rufus Sewell vowed to give up playing bad guys and cads, then found himself out of work for months. So now he's back – in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – as a 5,000-year-old bloodsucker

Three years ago, Rufus Sewell gave up bad guys for good. After an early career steaming up teatimes in Middlemarch and Cold Comfort Farm, he slipped, in his 30s, into a rut of rotters – cruel toffs on horseback in films such as A Knight's Tale, The Legend of Zorro and Tristan and Isolde. At 40, he renounced them for better men. Men with names like Tom Builder (from HBO's The Pillars of the Earth) and Dr Jacob Hood (police procedural Eleventh Hour), and Zen, the cool Italian detective from the Michael Dibdin books adapted for the BBC.

Next week Sewell, now 44, can be seen as "Adam, lead vampire" in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a 3D film from Timur Bekmambetov, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Two New TV Spots for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

4 June 2012 6:33 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

As its release draws nearer, Fox has unveiled two new TV spots from the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The revisionist history action film is based upon a Seth Grahame-Smith book, and is directed by Wanted’s Timur Bekmambetov. The two videos are embedded below, just for you, and are thanks to Shock Till You Drop.

The film stars Benjamin Walker as the not so honest vampire killer and future president, Alan Tudyk (Serenity), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Rufus Sewell (A Knight’S Tale, Zen). The Fox production comes out June 22nd.


- Andy Greene

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Ingrid Betancourt Biopic Finds Lead With Former Bond Girl Caterina Murino

11 January 2012 1:01 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Italian actress Caterina Murino, who charmed Daniel Craig as James Bond back in 2006 in Casino Royale, has just landed the role to play a former Colombian presidential candidate. According to THR, Murino will play Ingrid Betancourt in the English language film In Search of Ingrid.

The film is based on two books by Betancourt’s former husband Juan Carlos Lecompete, which details “what happened when Betancourt, a senator in Colombia and at the time a candidate for president, was taken hostage by terrorists and held in a South American jungle from 2002 to 2008 before being rescued by Colombian security forces.” Lecompete will be played by popular Mexican actor and photographer Valentino Lanus. Lanus will also be producing the project, along with Peter Rawley and Robert Katz.

Betty Kaplan is set to direct, as well as write the screenplay. Kaplan has done several adaptation work in the past — her films Of Love and Shadows, »

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