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Love of My Life – cringeworthy comedy-drama

19 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even Anna Chancellor can’t rescue this dire dramedy about a woman with five days to live

Exactly zero of the jokes land in Joan Carr-Wiggin’s comedy-drama about a woman who finds out she has five days to live. Grace (Anna Chancellor) vows to finally read Middlemarch (out loud, no less) and enjoy her last few days with her teenage daughters and sweet, bumbling husband (The Vicar of Dibley’s James Fleet). Chaos ensues when her Pulitzer-prize winning ex-husband (John Hannah, doing his best Peter Capaldi impression) shows up to “win Grace back”. Yes, the exposition is that blunt.

Unfortunately, even Chancellor, so brilliant and sharp as Lix Storm in BBC2’s newsroom drama The Hour, can’t save this undignified affair, gritting her teeth through writer-director Carr-Wiggin’s cringeworthy script.

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- Simran Hans

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Dominic West joins Tomb Raider reboot as Lara’s father

27 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that The Wire actor Dominic West has joined the cast of 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot in the important role of Lara Croft’s father, Richard.

The reboot’s plot centers around Lara, played by Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, as she searches for answers to her father’s unfinished archaeological research in order to clear his name; her adventure quickly turns into a fight for survival when she comes across a savage island cult.

In 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Richard was played by Jon Voight, real-life father of lead actress Angelina Jolie.

Richard has a fairly large presence in most of the video games on which the film is based, primarily 2013’s Tomb Raider and 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider. While portrayed as being a slightly neglectful man looking to unlock many of the world’s hidden secrets, he’s also incredibly passionate »

- Justin Cook

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SundanceTV Teams With BBC One On Abi Morgan’s ‘The Split’

13 January 2017 10:20 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

SundanceTV is partnering with BBC One on The Split drama series, the network announced today at TCA. From Emmy-winning  writer Abi Morgan (The Hour), The Split examines the fast-paced world of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters – Hannah, Nina and the youngest, Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, while Rose is still searching for her place in life. The lives of the sisters and their… »

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SundanceTV Partners With BBC One for Abi Morgan’s ‘The Split’

13 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SundanceTV is partnering with BBC One for new drama “The Split,” the network announced today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“The Split” comes from Emmy-winning writer Abi Morgan (“The Hour”). The drama examines the fast-paced world of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters — rivals Hannah and Nina, and youngest sibling Rose — whose lives are upended by the return of their father Oscar after a 30-year absence.

“The remarkable creative team of Abi Morgan, Jane Featherstone, and Jessica Hobbs have tapped into an incredibly original, witty, poignant and compelling look at the world of divorce — in this case, through the lens of a family,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC and SundanceTV’s head of original programming.

The six-episode series, set in London, will go into production in the U.K. In addition to Abi Morgan, who is lead writer on the series, Jane Eden (“The Dumping Ground”) and Louise Ironside (“River City”) are »

- Oriana Schwindt

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