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Emmys: Limited Series Lean Into Period Piece Worldbuilding

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Sweeping international shoots, comprehensive historical research,

meticulous costume and music selections, a complex dance between writers and producers — the sheer amount of thought, research and money that went into building the complex and intricate worlds for this year’s limited-series Emmy nominees was infinitely large in scope despite the shorter screen time.

Creating such rich landscapes for the characters was no small feat. From the 1960s to 2000s decades-jumping saga of Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose,” to the gritty streets of New York at the turn of the 19th century in TNT’s “The Alienist,” to Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius,” and Andrew Cunanan’s killing spree in the mid-1990s for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” these series’ showrunners all agree on one thing: research was fundamental when it came time to bringing these worlds to life.

“Versace” showrunner Tom Rob Smith read
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FX Orders ‘Shōgun’ Limited Series Based On James Clavell Novel – TCA

  • Deadline
FX is bringing back Shōgun to the small screen. In what the network describes as In its largest international scale production to date, it has given a 10-episode order to a limited series period drama based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel. The book previously spawned a miniseries on NBC, which aired over five nights in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada, earning multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and a Peabody award.

The FX series has had a blinking green light for more than seven months as the network worked on figuring out logistics for the ambitious project.

“The story of Shōgun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series
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Movie Review – Puzzle (2018)

Puzzle, 2018.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub.

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Austin Abrams, Bubba Weller, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Helen Coxe, Liv Hewson, and Lori Hammel.

Synopsis:

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

It’s plausible to assume that since Puzzle is based on Natalia Smirnoff’s Argentinian film Rompecabezas, it is a personal work and possibly somewhat autobiographical to director Marc Turtletaub (it’s also only the second film behind the camera for the well-known producer of many beloved classics). The indie drama stars Kelly Macdonald (who had a breakout debut role in Trainspotting decades ago but since then has never gotten to play a leading character) as Agnes, a middle-aged housewife that’s emotionally vulnerable and run down cleaning up
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Kelly Macdonald & Director Marc Turtletaub Discuss “Puzzle” And How Jigsaws Can Make A Great Film [Interview]

Kelly Macdonald was waiting tables at 19 when a friend showed her a flier that read, “The makers of ‘Shallow Grave‘ are looking for a girl between 16 and 21 to play a charismatic schoolgirl.” Despite her parents not taking the craft of acting seriously, Macdonald heeded Danny Boyle‘s “cattle call.” The role was that of the iconic Diane in the cult classic “Trainspotting.” Today, 22 years later, Macdonald has accumulated an incredible filmography.

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Fox Networks Group Teams With Canal+ On Modern Day Remake Of H.G Wells’ ‘War Of The Worlds’

Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa is taking on a reboot of War of the Worlds as its second original commission.

The international arm of the U.S. broadcaster has partnered with France’s Canal+ and Atlantis producer Urban Myth Films on the eight-part remake, which will be set in the present day and tell the story of an alien invasion.

The drama was created and written by MisfitsHoward Overman, who runs Studiocanal-backed Urban Myth Films with Johnny Caps and Julian Murphy. The series is already in pre-production and is scheduled to shoot in the autumn.

It comes as the BBC is already in production with its own take on H.G Wells’ classic sci-fi story. The Big Short’s Rafe Spall and Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson are to lead the cast of the Mammoth Screen-produced adaptation The War of the Worlds alongside Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle and Sherlock’s Rupert Graves,
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James Bond 25 Casting Call Reveals the Main Villain?

It looks like we may have our first solid details in regards to the villains of James Bond 25. The rumor that's been floating around is that 007 will be squaring off against a female villain this time around. But things are never so simple in a James Bond movie, are they? As such, a new casting call reveals that, while one of the villains in the movie is probably going to be a female, there are going to be a total of three baddies that the legendary spy is going to have to contend with.

This casting call was revealed by the fan site MI6 HQ. They were the first to showcase the casting call that revealed Dave Bautista's henchmen for Spectre, Mr. Hinx, so they have a proven track record. That said, since this isn't coming from an official studio source or someone related to the production, it shouldn't
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Kelly Macdonald Finally Gets Her Own Star Vehicle, Two Decades After Breaking Out in ‘Trainspotting’

Kelly Macdonald Finally Gets Her Own Star Vehicle, Two Decades After Breaking Out in ‘Trainspotting’
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Kelly Macdonald has an enviable list of co-stars she’s shared the screen with during her two-decade-long career. There was Ewan McGregor in her first film, “Trainspotting” (the Scottish actress was working as a barmaid when decided to hit up an open casting call for the part of Diane), then Bill Nighy in “The Girl in the Cafe,” Josh Brolin in “No Country for Old Men,” Sam Rockwell in “Choke,” Steve Buscemi in “Boardwalk Empire,” and those are just the men she’s worked alongside. On “Black Mirror,” she was memorably paired up with Faye Marsay in the episode “Hated in the Nation,” and in the Pixar adventure film “Brave,” Emma Thompson voiced her character’s mother, both a friend and a foe to Macdonald’s plucky young princess.

In just over twenty years, Macdonald has done plenty,
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Pierce Brosnan Wants Tom Hardy to Be the Next James Bond: ‘You Need an Actor Who Can Put a Bit of Wiggle Into It’

No one knows who the next James Bond will be, but everybody has an opinion. That includes Pierce Brosnan, who starred as 007 in “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “Die Another Day” from 1995–2002. He revealed his choice during an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine.“I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. I’d be happy to see him do it.”

“You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it — that’s what makes Bond,” Brosnan adds. Hardy is no stranger to the world of high-profile franchises, having starred in everything from “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” to the upcoming “Venom.”

Brosnan’s enthusiasm for a new 007 doesn’t mean he isn’t a fan of the current Bond, however: “Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond,” he says of his successor. “He’s very physical,
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Video Leaks That Reveals Mark Strong May Be in James Bond 25

Video Leaks That Reveals Mark Strong May Be in James Bond 25
With Daniel Craig finally confirmed to return as 007 in James Bond 25, there have been casting rumors swirling for other roles about to be cast, with the latest rumor claiming that Helena Bonham Carter is the studio's top choice to play the main villain in the highly-anticipated sequel. Today another rumor has surfaced, with a now-deleted Instagram video from a noted personal trainer that seems to indicate Mark Strong is currently in training for a role in James Bond 25. While the video has since been deleted, it featured a number of hashtags including #JamesBond, #Bond25 and #007, which hinted that Strong was training for an unspecified role in James Bond 25.

The video was posted on the Instagram account of Giocamo Farci, a personal trainer to the stars, which just showed parts of Mark Strong's latest workout session. The video was deleted shortly after it was posted, and while there is no indication
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Puzzle Review – Eiff 2018

In his debut feature as a director, producer Marc Turtletaub offers a slow-paced, charming and hugely engaging story about a downtrodden housewife who finds a new lease of life when she discovers that she has a talent for completing jigsaw puzzles with greater ease than most. Adapted from Natalia Smirnoff’s much-loved 2009 Argentinian movie of the same name, and from a script by Oren Moverman, Puzzle offers a rare starring role for British actress Kelly Macdonald who is as fantastic here as anyone who has seen her turn in the critically acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire, would have hoped.

Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) has never been anything but a docile suburban housewife from the moment she married mechanic Louie (David Denman). For years, the mother of two teenage boys spent every waking hour at the beck and call of her brood and their loving, yet ungrateful, father. The daughter of Catholic Hungarian immigrants,
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Puzzle review – Kelly Macdonald sees the big picture in jigsaw indie

A suburban New York mother hemmed in by chores finds unfashionably analogue freedom in jigsaw puzzles in this modest yet touching drama

Compare how vital Kelly Macdonald was to 1996’s Trainspotting with her cursory presence in 2017’s boysy sequel, and you’ll have some sense of how the British film industry has underestimated her. Macdonald has always been a supremely sympathetic performer, but her mousy air may have been seen as a big-screen limitation. She scuttled round in subservient roles, before escaping pantry duty via HBO’s Boardwalk Empire: a wife part, yes, but one that proved steelier than first imagined over that five-season run. TV arcs bend towards their own form of justice.

Puzzle, the offbeat Us indie opening this year’s Edinburgh film festival, finds Macdonald tending house yet again – though here it’s an acknowledgement of wasted potential, a corner from which her character Agnes needs to be sprung.
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Ewan McGregor cast as adult Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Stephen King’s novels are going through something of a revival of late. Today casting news updates one of the new King adaptations with Trainspotting’s Ewan McGregor being cast as the adult Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.

The plot of the follow-up centres around Torrance, who still traumatised by the events that took place in the Overlook Hotel. He has become just like his murderous father (played by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 original), with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his ‘shining’ powers.

Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group who make others like them suffer painful deaths in order to absorb their powers.

Also in
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The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Casts Ewan McGregor As Danny Torrance

Variety is reporting that Ewan McGregor, star of Trainspotting and FX’s Fargo, has agreed to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep. The casting has received Stephen King’s blessing, too, who first published the novel in 2013.

Keeping things within the King circle, we understand Doctor Sleep is being directed by Mike Flanagan, who previously dabbled in the author’s celebrated archives for Netflix hit Gerald’s Game.

For Doctor Sleep, though, it’s an entirely different story, as we check in on the troubled life of Danny Torrance (Redrum!) 40 years after his horrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel. The story also deep dives into his struggles with anger and alcoholism – the very same troubles which also afflicted his father, Jack, all those years ago.

This King project, along with Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, has been gestating in development for years at this point. But
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Reboots and Rebrands and Remakes, Oh My! What’s with the lack of originality these days?

Sade Green on reboots, rebrands and remakes…

There is a distinct lack of originality in the film industry at the moment. Perhaps that’s too harsh actually; there is a distinct lack of originality in Hollywood. The market is over run with sequels, spin-offs, reboots, rebrands, films-that-are-now-television-shows and the dreaded ‘late-sequel’. You know, that sequel that the studios have decided that we need over a decade after the first came out – it’s essentially pointless, but it makes them good money.

If we tried to devise a list of all of the pointless sequels, franchises, spin-offs and reboots, we could easily have a list of over a hundred films (way more actually), and of course, it is all a matter of opinion. Some may argue that the Rocky franchise, the Terminator franchise, The Fast and the Furious franchise, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Marvel franchise, the Jurassic Park/World franchise,
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Helena Bonham Carter and Angelina Jolie Rumored to Be Up For The Next James Bond Villain Role

It looks like Danny Boyle is looking to do something a little different for the James Bond franchise with Bond 25. According to Mirror, the next big bad Bond film villain will be a woman, and Helena Bonham Carter is rumored to be the actress they want in the role. 

If this is true, it wouldn't be the first time that Bonham Carter has played a villain. She was great as the sadistic witch Bellatrix ­Lestrange in the final four Harry Potter films. She's also taken on sinister roles in Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland

She would certainly make for an interesting Bond villain! She's played a lot of interesting and unique characters in her career. There are no details on who the villain could be, but I'm curious to see what exactly she would bring to a Bond villain! 

The report also says that Angelina Jolie is up for the role.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actor Kevin McKidd Buys Sherman Oaks Home (Exclusive)

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actor Kevin McKidd Buys Sherman Oaks Home (Exclusive)
According to a couple of well-connected snitches, including always spot-on Yolanda Yakketyyak, Scottish actor Kevin McKidd, whose proverbial showbiz break came in the 1996 cult favorite film “Trainspotting” and is nowadays widely known for his long-running role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” has splashed out a tetch more than $2.9 million for a family-sized residence on a pretty, tree-lined street in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The gray-shingled and board-and-batten-accented two-story home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms with 10-foot ceilings, ashy brown white-oak floorboards and a camera-equipped security system in a bit more than 4,800 square feet. A center-hall entry and stair gallery is classically flanked by a formal living room with marble fireplace and a formal dining room with gilt-trimmed coffered ceiling. A small office/library has built-in bookshelves and another marble fireplace.

The marble-countered eat-in kitchen is open to a family room with a third fireplace plus an integrated surround-sound system and French doors to the yard.
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James Bond 25 Officially Announced, Release Date Confirmed

With the picture’s star and director both firmly in place, temporarily calming years of will-they-won’t-they speculation and dream-team fantasizing, we now also have some official release dates for the next James Bond movie. The world famous spy’s 25th film will first be hitting UK cinemas on October 25th, 2019, followed two weeks later by a Us release on November 8th.

The first 007 flick since 2015’s Spectre, Bond 25 will see the return of Daniel Craig for his fifth outing in the role, though there was certainly a time when we didn’t think we’d see the day. Back in 2015, the actor infamously joked that he’d rather “slash [his] wrists” than play the character again. Craig changed his tune the following year, however, taking back his previous statements and saying at the The New Yorker Festival that he’s “got the best job in the world” and that
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‘Bond 25’: Danny Boyle Officially Directing; Filming Start Date Revealed

The particulars of James Bond 25 have been finalized, and everything’s now officially official. After years of rumors and guesswork, it was announced that Eon Productions—the owners of the Bond rights—has settled on Universal Pictures to handle international distribution of Bond 25, while the previously announced MGM Studios and Annapurna Pictures will handle domestic distribution. Moreover, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle has been confirmed to be directing the film from an original screenplay by John Hodge (Trainspotting). Filming will begin on December 8th and the untitled sequel will be released in the U.K. on …
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Danny Boyle to Direct 25th James Bond Movie

James Bond franchise producers confirmed that director Danny Boyle will helm the upcoming 25th film in the spy series, taking over for Sam Mendes who exited the franchise after directing 2012's acclaimed Skyfall and 2016's Spectre.

Daniel Craig is also onboard to reprise the role of 007 in Bond 25 (not the official title). The film is scheduled for release on October 25th, 2019. The Oscar-winning Boyle and Craig previously shot a short 007 film that was included as part of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Screenwriter John Hodge – a frequent collaborator of
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Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018

Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018
It’s official: MGM and Annapurna will team up to distribute Bond 25 in the U.S. on November 8, 2019. Universal Pictures has won the lucrative rights to handle the film’s international distribution. Sony previously handled Bond distribtion, but it’s rights to the franchise expired after “Spectre” and set off a bidding war among studios. The next 007 installment will open in the U.K. first on October 25, 2019.

In addition to the confirmed distributors, 007 studio Eon Productions has also confirmed Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, which will once again star Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy. Boyle has been a contender for several months now, with his hiring dependent on whether or not 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli liked the script Boyle hatched with his “Trainspotting” screenwriter John Hodge.
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