“As a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, it is a privilege to bring one of the greatest writers in history to life,” says Karukoski. “Tolkien’s works teach us that even when we meet an obstacle the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. Not only is that the story of Tolkien’s life, but it speaks to the making of this film. I am incredibly grateful to our crew and cast, including Nicholas who prepared for months. I will treasure this experience always.
The Criterion Collection 890
1984 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95
Starring: Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Tim Roth, Pam Ferris, Jeff Robert, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman, Tilly Vosburgh, Eileen Davies, Peter Wight.
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Film Editor: Lesley Walker
Original Music: Andrew Dickson
Produced by Graham Benson
Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh is something of an acquired taste, but I have to say that I haven’t forgotten anything of his that I’ve seen. There are of course his ‘special’ period recreations of Topsy-Turvy and Mr. Turner,
Moray Watson, who has died aged 88, had a long career as an actor in the theatre and cinema, but may be best remembered as the retired brigadier in The Darling Buds of May (1991-93), the popular ITV series based on the He Bates novel and starring David Jason as Pop Larkin, Pam Ferris as Ma and Catherine Zeta-Jones as their daughter Mariette. Watson, who had two British army majors as brothers and had been an army officer himself, found this part to be familiar territory. He reflected at the time that he was really just like the brigadier in the programme, and was quite comfortable living in country seclusion, knowing no more than half a dozen people.
On stage Watson could hold an audience even when he was the only player.
For $6.99 a month, Americans get access to a plethora of past BBC and ITV-produced series — but the service will also be home to various fresh episodes of British soaps and dramas as little as 24 hours after their U.K. broadcast, including “EastEnders,” “Emmerdale,” “Holby City,” and “Casualty,” to start with. BritBox will feature the U.S. series premiere of dramas “New Blood,” from writer Anthony Horowitz, and “Tutankhamun” from writer Guy Burt, as well as the season premieres of drama favorites “Cold Feet” and “Silent Witness.”
Classic British comedies “Are You Being Served?,” “Fawlty Towers,” and the previously announced “Keeping Up Appearances” are exclusives to BritBox. “Blackadder” with Rowan Atkinson, the original version of “The Office” with Ricky Gervais, “Gavin & Stacey” with James Corden, and cult darling “Absolutely Fabulous” with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will
Alfonso Cuaron's Children Of Men is a film from a decade ago that very much stands the test of time...
“Last one to die, please turn out the light.”
The tenth anniversary of Children Of Men came at the end of a tumultuous year in politics. You don't have to look far on the web for thinkpieces about how the results of the Brexit referendum or the election of Donald Trump as Us President have brought us closer to the grim forecast of Alfonso Cuarón's superb dystopian thriller, but rewatching it now, the film feels a triumph of preparation rather than prescience.
Based on Pd James' novel, the film takes place in the year 2027, in the midst of a global epidemic of infertility. Britain has closed its doors to immigrants and refuses to acknowledge the status of 'fugees' as human beings. The day after the
Since launching in 2010, Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) industry event Producers Lab Toronto – run by European Film Promotion (Efp) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (Omdc) – has been bringing together producers from Europe, Canada and more recently Australia and New Zealand, with a goal of fostering transatlantic relationships and projects. Previous films that have been pitched at the lab include Alan Gilsenan’s Catherine Keener-starring drama Unless, which world premieres in Tiff’s Special Presentations this year, and Martin Koolhoven’s Guy Pearce-starring Western Brimestone, which also plays in Special Presentations.
This year, 24 producers attended the event, taking part in a series of meetings, talks and sessions on funding and how to approach international co-productions. “Sometimes producers find it difficult to think of new
The baby's on its way. The fifth season of the Call the Midwife TV series premieres on PBS, Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 8:00pm. Below, watch a preview of season five, which opens in 1961. Fans don't have to worry about Call the Midwife being cancelled too soon. The series has already been renewed for sixth season
The cast of Call the Midwife includes: Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Emerald Fennell, Charlotte Ritchie, Victoria Yeates, Ben Caplan, Stephen McGann, Cliff Parisi, Annabelle Apsion, and Kate Lamb. Vanessa Redgrave voices the matured version of Jennifer Worth. The thalidomide-triggered birth defect crisis is featured, this season.
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: September 29, 2013 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Steven Mackintosh, Indira Varma, Paul McGann, Saskia Reeves, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Kierston Wareing, Pam Ferris, David Dawson, Alan Williams, Sienna Guillory, David O'Hara, Rose Leslie, Laura Haddock, Darren Boyd, John Heffernan, and Patrick Malahide.
TV show description:
This British police drama, set in contemporary London, Features Detective Chief Inspector (Dci) John Luther (Idris Elba). First working for the Serious Crime Unit, and later the new Serious and Serial Crime Unit, Luther is intelligent, resourceful, and dedicated to the point of obsession.
Luther's dogged devotion has cost him personally and professionally. Possessed of tunnel vision, and a sometimes violent
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: September 30, 2012 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Stephen McGann, Cliff Parisi, Ben Caplan, Emerald Fennell, Victoria Yeates, Linda Bassett, Charlotte Ritchie, and Vanessa Redgrave (voice only).
TV show description:
Based on memoirs by Jennifer Worth, this period drama series takes place in the 50s and 60s and revolves around a group of nurse midwives in the Poplar district of London's poor East End.
Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) is a new midwife who, thinking she’s taking a midwife job at a small hospital, is shocked to learn she is actually working for the Nonnatus House convent. Having had a privileged childhood, she soon
Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn are to voice the lead characters of Ethel & Ernest, a new hand-drawn animated feature based on Raymond Briggs’ classic graphic novel and tribute to his parents.
Production is underway on the film, set for theatrical release in 2016, and the cast also includes Luke Treadaway as Raymond, Olivier award winner for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and star of Fortitude; Virginia McKenna (Born Free, A Town Like Alice), June Brown (EastEnders), Pam Ferris (Matilda), Simon Day and Roger Allam.
The film will also showcase the voice of 11-year-old Harry Collett as young Raymond, who provides the voice of Buzzbee in Disney Junior’s animated series The Hive.
Ethel & Ernest marks the feature debut of Roger Mainwood, who worked as an animator on Briggs’ classic short The Snowman and was lead animator on the 2012 sequel, [link
The last season ends with Jenny getting a new perspective on life when Chummy’s mother dies, and the result is that Jenny decides to leave Nonnatus House. There’s something both fantastic, and completely insane, about the move, especially considering that it’s supposed to be her story, and it’s her voice-over walking us through everything. It actually becomes a little unnerving to continue listening to Vanessa Redgrave talking about what’s going on as the fourth season plays out.
You have to expect big things to kick off the season, which is hard to put into perspective, because the show is nothing if not subdued in its overall progression.
For a show like Call the Midwife,
Wilson played the titular lead, while Davael starred as her best friend Lavender Brown, in the 1996 movie adapted from the Roald Dahl book and directed by Danny DeVito.
Davael shared the snap on her page and added the caption: "Lunch date with my sis from another miss."
Lunch date with my sis from another miss @MaraWritesStuff #WeStillHang #SoHappyToSeeHer #Bff #JustLikeTheOldDays pic.twitter.com/trrIyfSqBh
— Kiami Davael (@KiamiDavael) February 8, 2015
DeVito also starred as the despicable Mr Wormwood along with Rhea Pearlman as his equally ghastly wife Mrs Wormwood. Pam Ferris played the terrifying Miss Trunchbull while Embeth Davidtz played the loveable Miss Honey.
Wilson, now 27, quit acting at the turn of the millennium and said a couple of years ago: "Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same
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