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Diane Lane Joins Amazon’s The Romanoffs

Diane Lane has joined the slate of guest stars on the upcoming Amazon original series The Romanoffs. The show is created, written, directed and executive produced by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men). It is a one-hour contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Weiner is set to direct all episodes of the series. The show is set to debut on Prime Video next year. Lane joins the company of recently announced Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man), Christina Hendricks

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Diane Lane cast in The Romanoffs from Matthew Weiner

Diane Lane has been cast in one of Amazon’s latest projects, from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. Lane will star in The Romanoffs, a one-hour anthology series set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe they are descendants of the Russian royal family.

Weiner is set to direct all the episodes in the series as well as writing and producing. The Romanoffs will premiere on Amazon Prime sometime next year. Recently the show became entangled in the ever-growing Harvey Weinstein scandal as The Weinstein Company was also producing the series. Amazon decided to sever its ties with TWC and develop the series on their own rather than as a co-production between studios.

Other actors who will star in the series include Aaron Eckhart (Sully), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), John Slattery (Mad Men), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Amanda Peet (Togetherness
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The 1970s – The Best Era In Cinema History?

Tom Jolliffe on the 1970s and why it is the best era in cinema history…

There will always be a great deal of debate about the best era for cinema. For my two cents I’ll say with a great deal of assurance that the best period in cinema history was the 1970’s. There was most certainly a transition through that decade which saw the gritty cinema of the late 60’s onward, into the birth of the blockbuster as we know it today.

You could almost split the 70’s into two categories, although I will make some mention of sub-categories like the Blaxploitation period too. On one hand directors were beginning to really move as far from the traditional classic Hollywood production code as they could. Boundaries were being pushed and optimism was being replaced with deeply pessimistic work. It wasn’t all happy endings. Things were getting dark, reflecting
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The Great British Bake Off 2017, episode four – as it happened

Caramel week in the tent. But who met a sticky end?

9.19pm BST

Well there we go. The thoroughly well-deserved Star Bakersanship award goes to Kate, while, in a surprise to no one, Tom’s back on the sleeper to Edinburgh. Is he from Edinburgh? Who cares. He’s from somewhere, and he’s back there now. Thanks to all of you for the Btl bantz, armchair psychology and comments subsequently removed by a moderator.

I’m off to down some syrup to cut through all this caramel. Or maybe I’ll borrow some of Prue’s lemons; she looks like she’s always got a few on the go. Come say hello on twitter, facebook or Instagram. Or just wiretap my house, and log a transcript of all my calls. That’s the sort of world we voluntarily live in now, isn’t it.

9.16pm BST

I meant The Oa,
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Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner's Amazon Series

Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner's Amazon Series
Aaron Eckhart is headed to television.

The Dark Knight actor has been cast as a guest star in Matthew Weiner’s Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs, about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. He’ll join the previously announced cast, which includes Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man) and Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

Co-produced by Weinstein Television, The Romanoffs is an hourlong contemporary anthology set around the globe that is being written, directed and executive produced by Mad...
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Christina Hendricks and John Slattery to Star in Matthew Weiner's Romanoffs

Christina Hendricks and John Slattery to Star in Matthew Weiner's Romanoffs
Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner is getting (some) of the band back together: Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, who played lovers Joan Holloway Harris and Roger Sterling in Weiner’s acclaimed AMC drama, will be part of the cast of Amazon’s The Romanoffs, the streaming video service announced Friday.

In addition, Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Marthe Keller (Marathon Man) will round out the cast of the anthology series.

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Matthew Weiner Casts Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery in Amazon Series

Matthew Weiner appears to be assembling a Mad Men reunion of sorts. The creator of the hit AMC drama has cast alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery in his upcoming Amazon anthology series, The Romanoffs, along with Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert.

Created, written, directed and executive produced by Weiner, The Romanoffs will also star Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Amanda Peet (Togetherness) and Marthe Keller (Marathon Man). The Weinstein Television series is set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in March, the showrunner revealed details about The...
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Why Any Movie About Trump Should Make Us Love the Man, Not Hate Him

Why Any Movie About Trump Should Make Us Love the Man, Not Hate Him
In the mid-1970s, William Goldman took on what seemed like an insurmountable challenge: how to turn the richly detailed manuscript of All the President’s Men, which Robert Redford had just optioned from Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, into a movie.

The celebrated screenwriter had faced other such challenges: transforming the meandering story of two turn-of-the-century bandits into 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; figuring out how to terrify us with a Nazi fugitive on the loose in contemporary Manhattan, in 1974’s Marathon Man. (Will a dental visit ever be the same again?) In each case, he succeeded, winning an Oscar...
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Talking Shot! – an exclusive interview with the legendary Mick Rock

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

Legendary glam/punk photographer Mick Rock is a primary player in music/ rock history, having provided some of the most iconic rock imagery to grace the careers and album covers of artists like Bowie, Blondie, Lou Reed, Queen and Iggy Pop.

Rock captured key moments from classic concerts including that iconic shot of Bowie performing fellatio on Mick Ronson’s guitar during the Ziggy Stardust era. He also designed the album covers of Bowie’s Space Oddity, Lou Reed’s Transformer, Iggy and The Stooges’ Raw Power and directed many of Bowie’s music videos.

Rock’s unruly work Mo was also a lifestyle choice. Integrating hard partying and meditation into his photography/practice by saturating himself in the event he was covering instead of adopting the role of a passive observer, yet Rock provided some outstanding imagery as a result.

Some of his antics involving controversially
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Win a movie and TV series bundle with Scribe

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To mark the release of Scribe on 21st July, we’ve been given a bundle of French thrillers and TV series to give away. The bundle includes The Bureau Season 1, The Bureau Season 2, State Affairs, Braquo season 1, Jo Season one, Love Crime, and Witnesses season 1

From first time feature director Thomas Kruithof, Scribe stars François Cluzet (Untouchable, Tell No One, Little White Lies) as the middle aged and financially struggling man who is looking for work two years after suffering a burn-out. He gets hired by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone tapped conversations, which propels him into the heart of a large-scale political plot and gets him trapped in the French secret services underworld.

A paranoid thriller in the spirit of ’70s pics such as Marathon Man and The Conversation, Scribe was originally inspired by the 1983-1984 Lebanon hostage crisis, in which three French people were kidnapped
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Scribe Review

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

Writer/director Thomas Kruithof’s French, forceful debut feature recalls classic conspiracy thrillers such as The Parallax View, All The Presidents Men and Marathon Man, while standing matchless amongst its predecessors due to inherent timeless qualities; stark realism, bleak cinematography and an ability to efficiently subvert/meld several sub-genre styles and components. Mostly resembling Coppola’s The Conversation due to the nature of protagonist Duval (comfortably alone, introvert), similar to Gene Hackman’s Harry Caul, along with his comparable occupation and the central story of a Government surveyor/transcriber in over his head. Scribe also incorporates traits from 90s political thrillers with conspiratorial sub-plots about corrupt officials with ulterior motives. Meanwhile the subtle suggestion of grittier, higher octane latter Bond and Bourne films slightly informs its style, augmented by a lo/sci-fi edge and embellished by the score.

François Cluzet plays Duval, a recovering alcoholic, ex-office clerk,
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The Unbearable Rightness of Daniel Day-Lewis Retiring (Even if He Doesn’t Keep to It)

The Unbearable Rightness of Daniel Day-Lewis Retiring (Even if He Doesn’t Keep to It)
When Daniel Day-Lewis, the greatest screen actor of his generation, announced this week that he would be retiring from acting, I had the same initial thought that, I assume, most everyone else did. After a few befuddled seconds of “Why?” I prayed that his announcement wasn’t the euphemism for a health crisis. Once I decided that it probably wasn’t (this is, after all, the actor who took an open-ended sabbatical to build furniture), a conviction began to settle over me. While I had no clear idea why an artist as passionate and celebrated as Daniel Day-Lewis would want to cut his ties to acting (I was going to add “when he’s at the top of his game,” though when has Daniel Day-Lewis not been at the top of his game?), every bone in my body told me that he’d be back. At some point. In some eccentric Daniel Day-Lewis fashion. He
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Movie Poster of the Week: New York in the 1970s in Polish Posters

Above: Polish poster for Escape from New York (John Carpenter, USA, 1981). Designer: Wieslaw Walkuski.For three weeks in July, New York’s Film Forum is running a stellar series of more than 40 1970s New York-set films. As soon as I heard about the program I wanted to do a poster article on it, given that the 1970s was a heyday for American poster design. However, when I started to look at the posters I realized that many of them were so well known that rehashing their posters wasn’t that interesting. But in my search I started to notice how many of the films had Polish counterparts. It is interesting that so many of these American productions were released in Poland and it may have had a lot to do with the counter-cultural, anti-establishment bent of most of the films.While poster design in the U.S. had moved quite decisively from illustration to photography-based in the late 60s, Polish poster art was still mostly drawn and painted in the 1970s. There are a couple of exceptions here but the photos are collaged or posterized in a way that is quite different from the way they would be used in the U.S. Another interesting note is that very few of the posters make use of New York signifiers, with the obvious exception of the Statue of Liberty for Escape from New York, and a silhouetted skyline for Manhattan (notably the two films with the most New York-specific titles). Otherwise the posters seen here are typically idiosyncratic, eccentric, beautiful, alluring, occasionally baffling and, with the possible exception of Serpico, always strikingly unlike their American counterparts. This selection also feels like a tour of great Polish poster art in the 70s, with most of the major artists represented: Jakub Erol, Wiktor Gorka, Eryk Lipinski, Andrzej Klimowski, Jan Mlodozeniec, Andrzej Pagowski, Waldemar Swierzy, Wieslaw Walkuski and more. It seems as if every major designer got a crack at at least one of these challenging, thrilling films.Above: Polish poster for Manhattan (Woody Allen, USA, 1979). Designer: Andrzej Pagowski.Above: Polish poster for Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, USA, 1976). Designer: Wiktor Gorka.Above: Polish poster for All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, USA, 1979). Designer: Leszek Drzewinski.Above: Polish poster for Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack, USA, 1975). Designer: J. Czerniawski.Above: Polish poster for The Hospital (Arthur Hiller, USA, 1971). Designer: Marcin Mroszczak.Above: Polish poster for Diary of a Mad Housewife (Frank Perry, USA, 1970). Designer: Eryk Lipinski.Above: Polish poster for Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1976). Designer: Andrzej Klimowski.Above: Polish poster for Klute (Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1971). Designer: Jan Mlodozeniec.Above: Polish poster for Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, USA, 1977). Designer: Andrzej Pagowski.Above: Polish poster for The French Connection (William Friedkin, USA, 1971). Designer: Andrzej Krajewski.Above: Polish poster for Serpico (Sidney Lumet, USA, 1973). Designer: Jakub Erol.Above: Polish poster for The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, USA, 1971). Designer: Tomas Ruminski.Above: Polish poster for Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, USA, 1969). Designer: Waldemar Swierzy.Above: Polish poster for The Anderson Tapes (Sidney Lumet, USA, 1971). Designer: Jan Mlodozeniec.See New York in the 70s at Film Forum from July 5 to 27.Posters courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
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John Heyman, Distinguished Financier and Producer, Dies at 84

Film producer and financier John Heyman, who founded influential British agency International Artists and the World Group Companies, died Friday in New York, his family told Variety via statement. He was 84.

John Heyman passed away in his sleep today, Friday the 9th of June,” the statement read.

His son, David Heyman, is the producer of the Harry Potter films, among many others.

Heyman’s World Film Sales pioneered the foreign pre-sales of films on a territory by territory basis.

John Heyman produced films including “The Go-Between” (1971), family sci-fi film “D.A.R.Y.L.” (1985) and “The Jesus Film” (1979). He was also an uncredited executive producer on David Lean’s 1984 E.M. Forster adaptation “A Passage to India.”

Over the course of his career he arranged financing of more than $3 billion to co-finance films including “Awakenings” and “The Odessa File” (at Columbia), “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Fox), “Victor/Victoria” and
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Adam Driver Was A Bit Of A Grouch On The Set Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Kylo Ren is understandably a little miffed right now. Not only is he recovering from killing his dad, but he got beaten in a lightsaber duel by a complete beginner and the pride and joy of the First Order, Starkiller Base, was blown to smithereens. But, that doesn’t quite explain why Adam Driver sounds like he’s being a bit of a grouchy so and so on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hamill explained that Driver is “very moody and intense,” adding:

“I remember saying to Adam, ‘I don’t know how you work, or your technique. But, at some point, you were my nephew. I probably bounced you on my knee. I probably babysat for you. There’s that side, and now we’re both estranged from the Skywalker family. All I’m suggesting is, if you’d like,
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Humans Season 2 Episode 2 Review: War Is Looming

It's becoming clear that synth/human tensions are rising, as we move closer and closer to what seems inevitable: an all out war.

In Humans Season 2 Episode 2, all the principles begin to form hard and fast opinions about how synths and humans should relate going forward, and it does Not look like were gonna have a kumbaya moment any time soon.

Hester is really the star of this episode, because she progresses rapidly from a scared synth to an avenging angel.

She remembers all the horrific things the humans did to her while she was a factory worker, and she is bound and determined to make them pay for those transgressions.

Even though she has become self aware, she is still essentially a child in her emotional development, which is a big problem when you have the strength of 10 men!

Why do you hurt us?

Hester [to her human prisoner] Permalink: Why do you hurt us?
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The Manchurian Candidate and Jonathan Demme's filmmaking style

Ryan Lambie Feb 20, 2017

Thriller remake The Manchurian Candidate is a great showcase for director Jonathan Demme's use of the camera to evoke fear and empathy...

Iraq War veteran Ben Marco wakes up on a train with a jolt. For a second, he sees an apparition from the past sitting directly opposite him. Marco blinks, and the figure vanishes.

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Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate is full of small yet jarring sequences like this: moments which take place in a familiar setting, but with something strange or somehow out of place thrown in. Not long after Marco wakes up on the train, he strikes up a begrudging conversation with a young woman, Rose (Kimberly Elise), who says she's seen him around. Rose appears to have taken
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‘A Cure For Wellness’ Review: Gore Verbinski’s Gothic Nightmare Is A Gloriously Demented Dose Of Big-Budget Horror

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‘A Cure For Wellness’ Review: Gore Verbinski’s Gothic Nightmare Is A Gloriously Demented Dose Of Big-Budget Horror
A sick film for sick people, Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness” is the strangest movie that a major studio has released since 2014’s “Inherent Vice” (a Thomas Pynchon adaptation that only got the green light because everybody wants to be in the Paul Thomas Anderson business, even though that business hasn’t been profitable in a very long time). A thick, festering chunk of psychological horror that feels like a full-bodied Guillermo del Toro remake of “Shutter Island,” this woozy 146-minute nightmare does for workaholics what Val Lewton did for cat people, and it does so in ridiculous style. It isn’t particularly smart, but a Hollywood product this screwy doesn’t really have to be — even at its most half-baked, “A Cure for Wellness” is still a thrilling reminder of what can happen in the increasingly rare instance when a visionary filmmaker is given serious cash without
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A Cure For Wellness review

Dane DeHaan visits the health spa from hell in Gore Verbinski's horror-mystery, A Cure For Wellness. Any good? Um...

Something ominous stirs in Dane DeHaan’s cistern. His character, Lockhart, has been holed up in a remote Swiss health clinic for several days, and there’s clearly something weird about the place. The nurses seem cold and furtive; doctors insist that everyone has to drink gallon after gallon of water. One inmate, played by Celia Imrie, talks darkly of a peasant uprising that left the huge old castle a smoking husk a couple of centuries before.

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This is A Cure For Wellness, a kind of gothic mystery with generous streaks of Cronenbergian body horror. After several years of expensive tentpole movies for Disney - a flotilla of Pirates Of The Caribbeans, The Lone Ranger
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Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Love of Cinema Is a Driving Force in His Career

Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s Love of Cinema Is a Driving Force in His Career
Brett Ratner loves cinema. When speaking with the 47-year-old filmmaker, it’s abundantly clear that movies are unspooling through his veins, and if our discussions felt more like two movie buffs just enjoying great conversation, it’s because of his general enthusiasm for the medium.

“It was always my dream to direct movies,” he says, rarely pausing for a breath. “I always knew I’d do it. I had the drive and the desire. I was determined. But I never knew I’d be making movies of this size, stuff like the ‘Rush Hour’ films and ‘X-Men’ and ‘Red Dragon.’ When I was in film school, I knew I wanted to make entertaining movies. But I don’t think I could have prepared for how fast my rise would be. I was 26 when I got my first film.”

But it was before he’d set foot on a movie set
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