10 items from 2017
Glitter gang, unite! Strictly is back and there’s a whole new batch of ballroom stars waiting to be paired with their partners. You joined us for every sparkling second
So that was the first instalment. There might not have been any big stars, but there was charm, glitter and great moves by the bucketful. Thanks very much for joining me. Here’s a final thought from sojomo.
I had forgotten how long it goes on.
Legs crossed time.
Must remember for the coming weeks: really shouldn't have so much to drink.
So judging by the group dance to Kenny Loggins’s Footloose, Chizzy is a useful mover, Debbie McGee can dance, Charlotte Hawkins has all the animation of a fossil and the hip-thrusting Rev is this year’s Ed Balls.
- Alex Needham
Per our sister site Deadline, the actress will recur during Season 2 of the ABC drama as Eva Booker, a widow of 20 years and a former secretary to a Department of Defense contracting officer. Eva is fiercely devoted to her daughter (Natascha McElhone) and grandchildren, in addition to being an unabashed fan of her son-in-law, President Tom Kirkman (Sutherland).
Designated Survivor Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c on ABC.
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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Camp and Lucifer star Liam Hall has signed on to play Joe Wilson, the son of Manu Bennet’s Slade Wilson, for a two-part episode in the sixth season of The CW’s DC show Arrow.
According to the site, Joe Wilson “followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the secret Australian military agency, A.S.I.S. After years of brutal combat, Joe now finds himself in a remote Kasnian prison under the alias, Kane Wolfman, fighting for his life.” In the comic books, Joe goes by the alias of Jericho, and has been a member of the Teen Titans.
Arrow season 6 is set to premiere on October 12th on The CW. »
- Gary Collinson
Margaery Tyrell is making her way to Amazon. Deadline reports that the streaming service has picked up “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” a six-episode Australian period drama toplined by “Game of Thrones” alumna Natalie Dormer. The re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel is being overseen “The Whistleblower” helmer Larysa Kondracki, who also directed the pilot and two other episodes of the mystery. Beatrix Christian (“Jindabyne”) is credited as script producer and establishing writer, and Alice Addison (“The Hunter”) penned the series.
Scheduled for a 2018 premiere on Amazon Prime Video Us, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” sees Dormer playing English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard, “a woman whose dead husband instructs her daily life and whose peculiarities are surely hiding dark skeletons,” Deadline summarizes. The series “chronicles the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. The complex, interwoven narrative follows the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township.”
“Picnic at Hanging Rock” hails from distributor FremantleMedia International.
“The stylish re-imagining of the provocative ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ story will no doubt capture contemporary audiences across the U.S.,” said Caroline Kusser, Svp, Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America. “With fantastic scripts, outstanding cast, and bold editorial direction from Larysa Kondracki, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is set to be a must-see series in 2018. We are thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring this powerful drama to U.S. screens.”
The show’s world premiere will be on Foxtel in Australia sometime in 2018.
Kondracki has helmed episodes of many high-profile series including “Power,” “Legion,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “The Americans,” and “The Walking Dead.” When we asked what advice she’d give other female directors, Kondracki responded, “Don’t think too hard about it. You aren’t a ‘female director.’ You’re a director. Just do it.”
Best known for her role on “Game of Thrones,” Dormer’s other credits include “The Tudors,” “Elementary,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise. “It was refreshing to play a character who wasn’t defined by a love entanglement or a marital ambition. She is there because she the best at her job,” she said of her character in the latter, Cressida.
Amazon Acquires Natalie Dormer Series “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Larysa Kondracki to Direct was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Janelle Monae knows how to vacation!
After an amazing year staring in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and the Oscar-nominated film, Hidden Figures, Booking.com offered actress Janelle Monae a chance to relax at a luxury villa with friends in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the Villa Sirena on Friday. The private retreat is a whopping $20,000 per week -- which also comes with a butler and chef!
Earlier in March, dog lover Lisa Vanderpump posed with figure skating commentators, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir for the first annual Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Catch the dog show on April 16 on USA Network!
Date night! Olivia Culpo and boyfriend Danny Amendola made it a double date with Jesse Metcalfe and his fiancée, Cara Santana, on March 30 at the W Las Vegas grand opening, where Santana's app The Glam App teamed up with the hotel to be their on-demand beauty partner »
Don’t worry, victims of a fictional Brooklyn catastrophic event: Rachel Griffiths is on the case.
The potential series, which unfolds in real time, takes place at an understaffed hospital that becomes the New York City borough’s last viable trauma center after a holiday weekend hurricane devastates the city. With few doctors on call, the »
Deadline is reporting that Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has signed on for a TV adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, which is slated to go into production this month ahead of an Australian premiere later in the year. As with the novel, the six-part series will explore the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and a teacher from Appleyard College on Valentine’s Day in 1990.
Dormer joins a cast that includes Lola Bessis (Cassandra) as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance; Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black) as Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies; Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries) as Miss Greta McCraw, mistress of Geography and Mathematics and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began) as Mrs Valange, mistress of Art and Literature.
- Gary Collinson
Brotchie joins after the Australian Directors' Guild criticised FremantleMedia over the import of Kondracki, a Canadian, to shoot the series.
In late December, following a protest staged by the Adg and Wift Nsw outside FremantleMedia.s Sydney office, the production company announced it would bring on an Aussie female director to shoot one episode.
Joining Dormer as the teachers of Appleyard College are.Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim),.Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers).
- Jackie Keast
Still not sure this is gonna, er, work, b**ch.
The trailer for Britney Ever After that Lifetime dropped on Monday makes it clear that the biopic will follow the pop superstar from the top of the charts to the depths of despair — and back. But what’s likeliest to stick with you after viewing the promo is its glimpse of the TV movie’s reenactment of the singer’s infamous 2007 head-shaving incident.
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Even if you didn’t feel for her then, you kinda »
2016 was chock-full of big blockbuster releases, many of which either failed to make a sizable profit or were incredibly divisive among audiences. But out of the ashes rose a beautiful flower: the indie film. Yes, independent movies had a wonderful year, some even breaking per-theater records and making their way onto my favorites of 2016 list, which also includes a Denis Villeneuve film, a comic book series, collectibles, an excellent comprehensive horror documentary, and more.
Arrival: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is a beautiful take on language and how communication (or the lack of proper communication) can either doom or ensure our survival as human beings on this planet. The way Villeneuve tells a story is the perfect fit for a film like Arrival because its focus is small but the ideas are big, much like his previous works, Enemy, Sicario, and Prisoners.
My hope is that the takeaway from Arrival »
- Tamika Jones
10 items from 2017
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