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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society movie review: the stories too painful to tell

MaryAnn’s quick take… A wonderfully old-fashioned tearjerker, with a thoroughly delightful cast, where cosy quaint Englishness is leavened by a harsh reality of World War II that pop culture has ignored. I’m “biast” (pro): love the era, and I’m desperate for women’s war stories

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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London, 1946. The war is finally over. Juliet Ashton has made a fortune as a writer of lighthearted comic essays that have kept spirits up during the years of conflict, but now she longs to turn to something more serious for her next project. A letter from Dawsey Adams, a pig farmer on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, piques her interest when, in the course of requesting her help in finding an old book,
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Interview: David Gordon Green for ‘Stronger’

Stronger is receiving its UK cinema release this week. This powerful but surprisingly humorous film tells the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and rebuilt his life. He also struggled with a new identity as a national hero after helping police track down one of the perpetrators.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bauman and the director is David Gordon Green. His diverse CV includes Pineapple Express and Our Brand Is Crisis. He’s soon to add horror to the list with a much-anticipated sequel to Halloween.

We chatted to David about the making of this impressive drama and the challenges inherent in realizing someone’s real-life trauma onscreen…

Thn: What brought you to the project initially?

David Gordon Green: The humour and the depth of the story. I found it complicated, with layers – it wasn’t what I thought when I heard about the Boston Marathon bombings.
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92 Days til Oscar. Some Living Trivia For Ya!

Did you know the earliest Oscar year which boasts 20 acting nominees who are still with us is 1992? It's the 25th anniversary of that year and that's the furthest back in time you can go from which all the acting nominees are still walking this earth. With the very noticeable exception of long retired Gene Hackman (no one has been able to convince him to come back to the movies -- and directors have tried!) most of them are still working, too. The lesson is simple: cherish your favorite actors while they're with us because no one lasts forever... except through their art!

The nominees that year were:

Leading

Actress Leading

Actor Supporting

Actress Supporting

Actor Deneuve

Indochine Downey Jr

Chaplin Davis

Husbands & Wives Davidson

Crying Game McDonnell

Passion Fish Eastwood

Unforgiven Plowright

Enchanted April Hackman

Unforgiven ★ Pfeiffer

Love Field Rea

Crying Game Redgrave

Howards End Nicholson

A Few Good Men
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Game of Thrones: Of Course You Know Who Plays Archmaester Marwyn!

Game of Thrones added a new face to its already very large cast of characters with Sunday's season seven premiere. At the Citadel, Samwell Tarly is training to be a maester, learning at the hand of Archmaester Marwyn, played by award-winning star of stage and screen Jim Broadbent. Broadbent got his start over 40 years ago, but his first big role came in the 1985 sci-fi classic Brazil, where he played plastic surgeon to Katherine Helmond's vain Mrs. Ida Lowry in the fictional dystopian urban setting. The 68-year-old actor would go on to appear in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, including Enchanted April, The Crying Game, and Bullets Over Broadway, before his critically acclaimed turn as W.S. Gilbert (of the famed musical theater pair Gilbert and Sullivan) in Topsy-Turvy, a role that earned Broadbent a BAFTA nomination. On the heels of Topsy-Turvy, Broadbent had a big year in
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Respected UK producer Simon Relph dies aged 76

Respected UK producer Simon Relph dies aged 76
UK film industry veteran was the founding CEO of British Screen and chairman of BAFTA; his credits included Comrades [pictured].

Respected UK producer and film industry figure Simon Relph has died at age 76.

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), of which Relph was a former chairman, announced it was saddened to hear of his death.

We are deeply saddened to learn that filmmaker and former Chair of BAFTA Simon Relph has passed away pic.twitter.com/jNkg2XuUku

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) October 31, 2016

Relph was born into cinema. He was the son of the prolific art designer, producer and writer Michael Relph, best known for his long-time collaboration with UK director Basil Dearden, and grandson of the celebrated English actor George Relph, a star of the stage and big screen.

At the time of his birth in 1940, his father was an art director at Ealing Studios, an activity which would eventually expand into producing and some 30 credits including
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Costume Stories, This Week: Bhanu Athaiya and Gotham

Two weeks of costume stories.

Sheena Napier

Dtsft cover this prolific costume designer’s chat at the V&A. And if you’ve not heard of Ms Napier we’ll just say: Backbeat, Poirot, Enchanted April.

Sandy Powell

Nice rundown of Ms. Powell’s Young Victoria event at the Getty Center. Lauren Fonville guest posts for Frocktalk.

Wendy Benstead

The costumer for stage and screen talks to Guise about her career so far, from sewing on her old Bernina to dressing Paloma Faith. We’ve met Wendy and she’s lovely.

Debbie Reynolds Auction

The Finale. Still time to sell your car, house, spouse.

14 Worst Movie Trainers

Actually like most of these.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Costume notes from the frankly obsessed mind of Hello Tailor.

Mean Girls

Mary Jane Fort on what a Plastics reunion might look like today.

Ghandi

Oscar winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya turns 85. And
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El Rey Network Scores Alfred Molina for Kurtzman/Orci Original Action Series, 'Matador' Premiering in July on Robert Rodriguez's New Cable Network

Genre filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network announced today that Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 2) has been cast as Andres Galan in the network's upcoming scripted original set to premiere July 2014. Previously announced cast members include Gabriel Luna, Nicky Whelan and Neil Hopkins.

Created by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced in association with K/O Paper Products, the coveted writing/producing team behind Sleepy Hollow, Fringe , Star Trek and the Transformer franchise, Matador will feature Molina as Andrew Galan, a man who built his fortune in the telecom industry, but his true passion is soccer. As owner of the ascendant La Riot franchise, he is celebrated in both the sports and business worlds. But there is another world that he operates in -- as a member of an elite group of powerful global players, ruthless individuals who can effect world events on a scale that one would never imagine. What Galan doesn't know is that there is a mole in his midst. One of his new players, Tony Bravo, is actually an undercover operative, sent in to expose him and his cohorts. As Tony and Galan grow closer, the fate of their relationship may very well determine the fate of the world.

Irreverent and action-packed, Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don't realize is that it's all a cover--in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. “Matador” has the kind of fame and notoriety that affords him access to powerful circles of corruption and villainy. But, in balancing the dueling roles in which he's been cast, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity...and it is this mission which will prove to be his most dangerous.

Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network's chairman and founder, is set to direct the first episode which will be penned by showrunners, co-creators and executive producers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin

An accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and distinguished gallery of performances have led to a lengthy and triumphant career in film, television and the stage, Alfred Molina is best known for his roles in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and Steven Soderberg’s Frida. Molina made his American film debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark and later appeared in Letter to Brezhnev, but his movie breakthrough came two years later when he portrayed Kenneth Halliwell, the tragic lover of playwright Joe Orton, in Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears. His other feature film credits include The Da Vinci Code, Boogie Nights, Magnolia , Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time , The Pink Panther 2, Enchanted April, Not Without My Daughter , The Perez Family, Anna Karenina and Chocolat , among others. On television, he most recently starred on NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles and David E. Kelley’s TNT drama series Monday Mornings. Molina’s stage work includes two major Royal National Theatre productions, Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana and David Mamet's Speed the Plow, as well as his Broadway debut in Yasmina Reza's Art, for which he received a Tony Award® nomination. Molina also performed in the highly celebrated UK-based Donmar Warehouse production of Red which opened on Broadway in April 2010 and for which Mr. Molina received rave reviews and a Tony Award® nomination. Most recently, Molina completed the feature film Love Is Strange opposite John Lithgow for director Ira Sachs. The film premiered at Sundance this year, and will be released later in the year by Sony Classics. He also shot the feature films, Swelter for director/writer Keith Parmer, We'll Never Have Paris for director/writer Simon Helberg with co-stars Zachary Quinto and Maggie Grace, Return to Zero with co-star Minnie Driver and The Normal Heart for HBO in which he co-stars opposite Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.

Matador executive producers are Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, also showrunners, alongside executive producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Andrew Orci. Also joining as executive producers are Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products; Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.

Entertainment One Television (eOne) exclusively represents worldwide distribution rights (with the exception of U.S. broadcast network rights) for El Rey Network's "Matador" and other original scripted series created for the U.S based cable network, to be announced.

About El Rey Network:

El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

About FactoryMade Ventures:

Founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, FactoryMade develops, produces and oversees media and entertainment franchises in partnership with leading Hollywood talent and global brands and investors. The company founded El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Univision Communications, Inc. It also forged a joint venture with leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre Aaa and four-time Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation’s One Three Media. It executive produces a slate of scripted and non-scripted television shows including From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the remake of the cult classic by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and Matador, an original production with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Previously, the team spearheaded the creation of Hasbro’s film business and television business with Transformers, G.I. Joe, Hasbro Studios and the Hub Network with Discovery Communications, and created retail’s first digital gaming and commerce platform Hsn Arcade.

About Entertainment One:

Entertainment One Ltd. (Lse: Eto) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne’s original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key Us networks and international pay TV channels.
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what’s on Netflix UK, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Feb 03)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

because you missed it

Welcome to the Punch: stylish Brit crime drama with a killer cast; stars James McAvoy and Mark Strong are even more engaging than usual [at Netflix]

new to stream

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: Terry Gilliam’s weird and funny tall tale about the legendary teller of tall tales [at Netflix] Ruthless People: the modern classic black comedy of kidnapping and revenge, with outrageous performances by Danny DeVito and Bette Midler [at Netflix]

streaming now, before dvd

Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen’s latest is a striking portrait of a woman on the edge; Cate Blanchett is amazing [at blinkbox] Prince Avalanche: quirky arthouse buddy dramedy with fantastic performances by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch [at blinkbox] Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: oddly dreamy romance among criminals; like if Terrence Malick made Bonnie and Clyde [at blinkbox] The Fifth Estate
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Poll: Predict the Five 2014 Best Actress Oscar Nominees

One of the more fascinating pre-Oscar nominations races as far as I'm concerned is the race for Best Actress. It's more-or-less a foregone conclusion Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) is going to win, but the nominees aren't as cut and dry... at least not the final nomination. Last night Blanchett walked home with a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) alongside Amy Adams who won Best Actress (Musical/Comedy) for her work in American Hustle, beating Meryl Streep (August: Osage County). That is unless you considered Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) or Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said) serious competition. So now we come to predicting who will end up celebrating an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category come Thursday morning and as far as I can tell, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Sandra Bullock (Gravity) are going to make the
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Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus be third actress to win both film and TV Golden Globes in same year?

Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus be third actress to win both film and TV Golden Globes in same year?
When Helen Mirren swept all the precursor prizes on her way to winning an Oscar for "The Queen" in 2006, she also added a second Globe to her mantle for her performance in the telefilm "Elizabeth." However, she was not the first woman to pull off this double act. Another Dame, Joan Plowright, took home the supporting awards for both film ("Enchanted April") and television ("Stalin") back in 1992.  This year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is poised to repeat this feat. While she holds the record for most Emmy nominations by a funny woman (14) and is the only series regular to win Emmys for three different laffers, she has won just one of her four Golden Globes bids: the catch-all supporting category in 1994 for "Seinfeld."  After taking home two Emmys in a row for her starring role on the laffer "Veep", Louis-Dreyfus leads the TV Comedy Actress category at the Golden Globes. With six Editors,
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New York Auditions at a Glance – March 14-25

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below.   Thu. March 14 'Enchanted April' 'Honeymoon in Vegas', NJ, Dancers Infinity Theatre Co. 2013 Season, MD Peterborough Players 2013 Summer Season, Nh Private Fitness Co., Dancers 'The Curious Savage' Fri. March 15 'A Picture of Autumn' 'Buried Child' 'Enchanted April' 'Kid Power', Tour Peterborough Players 2013 Summer Season, Nh 'The Awesome 80s Prom' 'Wicked', National Tour Sat. March 16 Brooklyn College, 'The Letter' 'Merry Wives of Windsor' NJ, East Lynne Theater Company 2013 Season Satin Sounds Music, Hall of Fame Vocal Group Theater Barn Summer 2013 Sun. March 17 Ct, Summer Theatre of New Canaan NJ, 'Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood' Theater Barn Summer 2013 Mon.
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Photo Coverage: Molly Ringwald Previews 54 Below Show!

On Broadway, audiences have embraced her as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, as well as in Enchanted April and Modern Orthodox. Off-Broadway, she received rave notices for her work in Jonathan Larson's tick, tick... Boom and Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, and she toured the country as Charity Hope Valentine in the Broadway National Tour of Sweet Charity. Now, join Broadway leading lady and icon of the 1980s Molly Ringwald for a musical tour de force, accompanied by The Peter Smith Trio. Television audiences remember Molly from Diff'rent Strokes and the subsequent spin-off, The Facts of Life. Turning toward motion pictures, she found her breakout role in Sixteen Candles. Some of Ringwald's most famous films include The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Currently, Ringwald stars in the ABC Family network series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Cover charge 25-40. 25 food amp beverage minimum.
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California Auditions at a Glance: Jan. 17-Feb. 7

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Thurs. Jan. 17 • 'The Mission Play' Fri. Jan. 18 • 'A Few Good Men' • 'Legally Blonde' • 'Master Class' • 'Much Ado About Nothing' Sat. Jan. 19 • 'A Few Good Men' • 'Chapter Two' • 'Enchanted April' Festival Theatre Ensemble Summer Season 2013 • 'Grease' • 'La Voz Kids' • 'Legally Blonde' • 'Much Ado About Nothing' • 'Sick and Tired' • 'Three Penny Opera', Dancers & Singers • USC, 'Cold Forest' Sun. Jan. 20 • 'Capernaum P. D.' • 'Enchanted April' Festival Theatre Ensemble Summer Season 2013 • La Jolla Playhouse 2013-14 Season • 'La Voz Kids' • 'Sick and Tired' • 'Three Penny Opera',
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Photo Flash: First Look at Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll in Misery at Bucks County Playhouse

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions present the world premiere of Misery at Bucks County Playhouse. Tony Award nominee JohAnna Day Proof, August Osage County stars as writer Paul Sheldons number-one fan, Annie Wilkes alongside Daniel Gerroll Enchanted April, High Society as Paul Sheldon and James Demarse The Orphans Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate as Buster. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below.
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Johanna Day & Daniel Gerroll to Lead Premiere of Misery at Bucks County Playhouse

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Productions announced today complete casting for the world premiere of Misery at Bucks County Playhouse 70 South Main Street, New Hope Pa. Tony Award nominee Johanna Day Proof, August Osage County will star as writer Paul Sheldons number-one fan, Annie Wilkes alongside Daniel Gerroll Enchanted April, High Society as Paul Sheldon and James DeMarse The Orphans Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate as Buster.
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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Review: A Sweet and Funny Fantasy for Retirees

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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Review: A Sweet and Funny Fantasy for Retirees
From “A Room with a View” to “Enchanted April,” it’s been a movie truism that British people have to leave Britain if they want to unshackle themselves from their soul-crushing Britishness. And so we have “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” in which a handful of pensioners set off to retire in India, where they learn life lessons, fall in love, and get a second chance at being useful. It’s basically a feel-good fantasy for the Rascal set, but “Marigold” proves itself rather hard to resist, from the colorful, sun-soaked delights of
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Brett Ratner Among Tribeca Film Festival Jurors

Brett Ratner Among Tribeca Film Festival Jurors
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off for the eleventh time starting Wednesday when "The Five-Year Engagement" premieres, and festival organizers have just announced the star-studded jury for this year's edition.

Thirty-nine celebrities -- of various levels of fame and awards kudos -- make up the six juries, with producer Irwin Winkler ("Goodfellas") serving a jury president.

Among those selected by Tribeca this year: Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore and Olivia Wilde. Also on the list: Brett Ratner. The controversial big-budget director will serve on the Documentary and Student Short Film Competition jury along with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley, among others.

“We are honored to have this accomplished group dedicate the time and care it takes to view and discuss the films in competition this year,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement.

For
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Tribeca Film Festival And Tribeca Film Institute Announce Juries

It’s a star-studded list that includes some interesting, and surprising, names, which is just what you’d expect from the Tribeca Film Festival. The juries have been announced, and you could hardly got a more varied mix.

Juries Announced For 2012 Tribeca Film Festival And Tribeca Film Institute Programs

Academy Award-Winning Producer/Director Irwin Winkler To Serve as Jury President

Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Whoopi Goldberg, Susannah Grant, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore, Mike Newell, Brett Ratner, Susan Sarandon, Olivia Wilde, and Shailene Woodley are among the Jurors

The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by founding partner American Express, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 39 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers, writers and producers, acclaimed actors, respected critics and global business leaders. Irwin Winkler has been named President of the Jury. The Jury will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films,
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Mike Newell's Great Expectations Shoots October 10 with Bonham Carter, Fiennes, Irvine, Grainger

Mike Newell's Great Expectations Shoots October 10 with Bonham Carter, Fiennes, Irvine, Grainger
Brit director Mike Newell, whose big-budget studio entries Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Prince of Persia are a far cry from earlier works such as Four Weddings and Funeral and Enchanted April, will begin shooting David Nicholls' adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations in the UK on October 10. Newell has lured a bevy of top Brit talent: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Contrane, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins and The Borgias ingenue Holliday Grainger. Nicholls' recent adaptation of his own novel, One Day (directed by Lone Scherfig, with Anna Hathaway and Jim Sturgess), wasn't the career boost he may have hoped. Dickens should be more felicitous. Historically, Dickens' sprawling narratives have worked on film; Great Expectations has been adapted some 17 ...
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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and
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