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West End Review: ‘Imperium’

  • Variety
“Imperium” builds Rome in a day. Robert Harris’ trilogy of novels charts the city’s slide from a great civilization to a grim imperial power, as democracy buckles and dictatorship digs in. Onstage, in “Wolf Hall” adaptor Mike Poulton’s adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company, now newly arrived in London’s West End, it plays like a grand history cycle: the errors of one era give rise to those of the next. It might be set in antiquity, but contemporary resonance is close at hand.

Ostensibly a biography of Marcus Tulius Cicero — lawyer, orator and senator — as told by his slave-cum-secretary Tiro (Joseph Kloska), “Imperium” is most illuminating on the machinations of political power. While Richard McCabe’s calculating, quick-witted Cicero charms his way to a unanimous electoral victory as Rome’s new consul, a crowd of his rivals are on political maneuvers.

Poulton uses the language of the present to survey the past,
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Fact-Checking the Crown: 5 Things That Are True (and 3 That Aren’t!)

  • PEOPLE.com
Fact-Checking the Crown: 5 Things That Are True (and 3 That Aren’t!)
Netflix’s sleek period drama The Crown has captivated audiences with its peek into the private life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), but many fans may be wondering how much of the glamorous series is based on real life. While some elements — like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s frosty relationship with the royal family and Princess Margaret’s romance with the dashing Pete Townsend — are true, several key elements of the series are either totally made up or exaggerated for dramatic effect. (And let’s be honest, even the life of a royal sometimes needs TV magic to make it more watchable.
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Movie Review - Blooded (2011)

Blooded, 2011.

Directed by Edward Boase.

Starring Nick Ashton, Oliver Boot, Tracy Ifeachor, Joseph Kloska, Jay Taylor and Cicely Tennant.

Synopsis:

In October 2005, five young people were kidnapped in the Highlands of Scotland. Stripped and abandoned in the the wilderness, they were forced into a deadly game where the hunters became the hunted...

You are a mega-bucks banker, a liberated twenty-something, a first class slut. You’re a whistling milkman, a tearaway toddler, a grieving widow. You’re a freedom fighter utterly consumed by ideological struggle. You’re a madman, a gunman, a best man. You’re an axe wielding gamekeeper in deep, sensuous love with your ladylike employer. You’re a sophisticated stalker, leering like an aristocratic butcher at young girls you view as goddesses; cheap meaty chunks of divine beauty. You’re a prisoner that’s only ever known the reality of four bare walls. You are human.

You’re barely clothed,
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The hunters become the hunted in "Blooded"

Blooded Based on some of the most chilling real life events to have ever happened, Revolver Entertainment presents a terrifying new addition to the horror / thriller genre starring Nick Ashdon, Oliver Boot, Tracy Ifeachor and Joseph Kloska and directed by Edward Boase of Blooded

In October 2005, five young people were kidnapped in the Highlands of Scotland. Stripped and abandoned in the the wilderness, they were forced into a deadly game where the hunters became the hunted. Their ordeal was filmed by an extreme animal rights group as a warning to others: if you hunt...you're fair game. 

Blooded Combining dramatic reconstruction and compelling interviews with the survivors, Blooded finally tells the full story behind one of the most extreme internet virals of modern times. 

Blooded will play in UK theaters starting on April 1 and be available on DVD April 4.

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