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‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class

‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class
Class, privilege, wealth, abuse, recovery, drugs, drugs and more drugs. Showtime’s foray into scripted Saturday night series with the debut of “Patrick Melrose” has it all, including Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character.

Not that it was an easy road getting there.

The five-part miniseries is based on the semi-autobiographical novels from Edward St. Aubyn, and finally comes to television after spending half a decade in development. Not only was the task of translating St. Aubyn’s notoriously beautiful prose to the small screen a massive undertaking, but finding the right vehicle in which to tell the best-selling saga
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‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch

‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch
Max Irons will soon follow in the formidable onscreen footsteps of Robert Redford. The forthcoming Audience Network series “Condor” casts the second-generation English actor (dad is Jeremy Irons) as avian-nicknamed CIA analyst Joe Turner, the role Redford originated in Sydney Pollack’s 1975 film, the Oscar-nominated “Three Days of the Condor.” Entertainment Weekly debuted the first trailer today, along with production photos.

The TV version adapted material from both the feature and its inspiration, James Grady’s novel “Six Days of the Condor.” Unlike its predecessors, this 10-episode telling is set in Washington, D.C. instead of New York City. Available to DirectTV subscribers, Audience Network is perhaps best known for another show based on a book, “Mr. Mercedes,” overseen by showrunner David E. Kelley.

In the trailer’s opening beats, praying Muslims are unaware that the world is at risk for a weaponized plague outbreak. Its engineer, Nathan Fowler (Brendan Fraser
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Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince debuts its first trailer

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Following on from its UK premiere at BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival, Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince – which focuses on the final years of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts that haunted him – has debuted its trailer.

Written, directed by and also starring Everett, British actors including Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour) make up the cast.

Also in trailers – Elle Fanning is the woman behind Frankenstein in trailer for Mary Shelley

The film opens in the UK June 15th. Here’s the first trailer.

The Happy Prince Official Synopsis

The film opens in Paris, where Wilde, by now in his forties, penniless and in poor health, is still reeling after being imprisoned in England for his love affair with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Morgan). Out of prison but a pariah, Wilde swings between grief and a determination to wrest whatever pleasure and beauty he
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Trailer & Poster Arrive For Rupert Everett’s ‘The Happy Prince’

Lionsgate UK has released the new trailer and poster for Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde film The Happy Prince. The film arrives in cinemas this June after premiering at various film festivals to huge acclaim during the early part of the year. As well as the new trailer, we also have the new UK quad poster for the feature.

The film had its UK premiere on 28 March as part of the BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival, following world and European premieres at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. The final years of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts that haunted him, are vividly evoked in Everett’s directorial debut.

The film features a stellar supporting cast of British actors including Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour).

Related: The Happy Prince review [Berlinale]

Building from his own 2012 lauded stage portrayal of Wilde in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss,
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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes to Pen Soccer Series for Netflix

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes to Pen Soccer Series for Netflix
Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning screenwriter of “Gosford Park” and creator of “Downton Abbey,” will write a six-part series about the invention of football (soccer) to Netflix. Produced by 42, “The English Game” will examine the origins of the game and how it reached across the class divide to become the world’s most popular sport. Netflix announced the news at its See What’s Next event in Rome Wednesday morning, along with a host of new projects and casting updates to recurring series.

Fitting with the hit show’s penchant for 80’s nostalgia, “The Princess Bride” star Carey Elwes will join the cast of “Stranger Things” for season 3. Netflix also announced that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” star Jake Busey will play a role.

Idris Elba will produce and star in an 8-part comedy series called “Turn Up Charlie.”

Following the success of “Wild Wild Country,” the
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Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’

Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’
2018 is promising to be quite a year for Emily Blunt. The British actress has received some of the best reviews of her career for the film “A Quiet Place,” which is directed by and co-stars her real-life husband John Krasinski (“The Office”). As a pregnant wife who helps to lead her family to safety by trying to outwit alien creatures by not making a sound, Blunt offers a nearly silent performance with acting registering mostly with her face, a bold move that could result in awards attention later in the year.

See ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]

And to top that off in December, Blunt will also play the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” paired up with Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as her third go-round with on-screen nemesis Meryl Streep, with whom Blunt co-starred in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Into the Woods.
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Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass

Michelle Dockery Discusses ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Good Behavior,’ ‘Godless’ at Cannes Masterclass
British actress Michelle Dockery, who receives the Variety Icon Award at TV drama festival Canneseries in Cannes, Southern France on Saturday, spoke at a masterclass earlier in the day about her career and roles in TV series like “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” and “Godless.”

Dockery said that even when she was a child she was a performer – impersonating politicians and other famous people for her parents’ amusement. Her training at Guildhall drama school gave her a classical training best suited to a career on the stage. It also ingrained in her the idea that she should see herself as part of an ensemble,
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Win a signed print from Images

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To mark the release of Images, out now, we’ve been given 2 signed prints to give away.

One of Robert Altman’s (The Long Goodbye, Gosford Park, McCabe & Mrs. Miller) greatest masterpieces, Images is a tour de force of psychological horror. Dealing with hallucinations and apparitions, the film deftly blends reality with nightmare as Susannah York’s children’s author is terrorised by visions of mayhem and murder. Once thought lost after it was rumoured that the original negatives were burned by Columbia Pictures, Images is here given the release it deserves, with a brand new 4K restoration from the original – distinctly not burned – negative making the most of that stunning cinematography. The Blu-ray is also packed with special features to keep even the most ardent cinephile happy. A commentary and interview recorded prior to Altman’s death in 2006 are joined by brand new features such as an interview
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Win A Limited Edition ‘Images’ Print Signed By Twins Of Evil

One of Robert Altman’s (The Long Goodbye, Gosford Park, McCabe & Mrs. Miller) greatest masterpieces, Images is a tour de force of psychological horror. To celebrate the release, we have a limited edition print to give away signed by artists Twins of Evil.

Dealing with hallucinations and apparitions, the film deftly blends reality with nightmare as Susannah York’s children’s author is terrorised by visions of mayhem and murder.

Once thought lost after it was rumoured that the original negatives were burned by Columbia Pictures, Images is here given the release it deserves, with a brand new 4K restoration from the original – distinctly not burned – negative making the most of that stunning cinematography.

The Blu-ray is also packed with special features to keep even the most ardent cinephile happy. A commentary and interview recorded prior to Altman’s death in 2006 are joined by brand new features such as
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‘Gosford Park’ Star Stephen Fry Reveals His Battle With Cancer

Gosford Park and Wilde star Stephen Fry has revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but said that he is recovering well. Fry, who stepped down from hosting duties ahead of this year's BAFTA Film Awards, said that it was an "aggressive little bugger" but added that "it all seemed to go pretty well." In a 13-minute YouTube video posted to his own website, he called it "mischievous" but praised his family and his "darling husband" Eliott Spencer after a…
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Stephen Fry Reveals Battle With Cancer in Online Video

Stephen Fry Reveals Battle With Cancer in Online Video
Stephen Fry has told fans about his battle with prostate cancer in a video posted to his website Friday. The video from the actor, comedian, and repeat BAFTA Awards presenter opens with the title “A Message From Stephen Fry” before the star recounts how he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and subsequently had surgery. He assured fans and supporters that “as far as we know, it’s all been got.”

Fry said he went to see his doctor for a routine flu shot late last year and, as part of a wider checkup, discovered he had prostate cancer. He went on to describe the treatment he has received and the subsequent surgery he underwent to remove his prostate. “It all seemed to go pretty well,” he said of the procedure.

He described the cancer as an “aggressive little bugger,” but said he is recovering. “You think you’re going to recover well but it takes longer than it
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Competition: Win a copy of ‘Images’ on Blu-ray!

One of Robert Altman’s (The Long Goodbye, Gosford Park, McCabe & Mrs. Miller) greatest masterpieces, Images is a tour de force of psychological horror. Dealing with hallucinations and apparitions, the film deftly blends reality with nightmare as Susannah York’s children’s author is terrorised by visions of mayhem and murder. On its release, Images reaped accolades although it has now become one of Altman’s lesser known works, so this Arrow Academy release marks the perfect time to rediscover it.

Once thought lost after it was rumoured that the original negatives were burned by Columbia Pictures, Images is here given the release it deserves, with a brand new 4K restoration from the original – distinctly not burned – negative making the most of that stunning cinematography. The Blu-ray is also packed with special features to keep even the most ardent cinephile happy. A commentary and interview recorded prior to Altman
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WW2 thriller 'The Last Witness' starring Alex Pettyfer sells to Us, UK (exclusive)

WW2 thriller 'The Last Witness' starring Alex Pettyfer sells to Us, UK (exclusive)
Talulah Riley and Michael Gambon co-star.

UK sales outfit Gfm has closed two key deals on its Second World War political thriller The Last Witness, with eOne picking up Us rights and Signature Films taking the film for the UK.

Piotr Szkopiak’s film stars Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Talulah Riley (Westworld) and Michael Gambon (Gosford Park), The Last Witness follows a journalist who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police. Carol Harding produced.

The deal was struck by Gfm’s Fred Hedman Dylan Wilcox for eOne and Elizabeth Williams for Signature, which has also picked up UK rights from Gfm to the animated feature Here Comes The Grump, voiced by Ian McShane, Lily Collins and Toby Kebbell. Producers are Anima Studios, Mexico and Prime Focus.
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Giveaway – Win a copy of Images on Blu-ray!

One of Robert Altman’s (The Long Goodbye, Gosford Park, McCabe & Mrs. Miller) greatest masterpieces, Images is a tour de force of psychological horror. Dealing with hallucinations and apparitions, the film deftly blends reality with nightmare as Susannah York’s children’s author is terrorised by visions of mayhem and murder. On its release, Images reaped accolades although it has now become one of Altman’s lesser known works, so this Arrow Academy release marks the perfect time to rediscover it.

Once thought lost after it was rumoured that the original negatives were burned by Columbia Pictures, Images is here given the release it deserves, with a brand new 4K restoration from the original – distinctly not burned – negative making the most of that stunning cinematography. The Blu-ray is also packed with special features to keep even the most ardent cinephile happy. A commentary and interview recorded prior to Altman
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NBC Orders Drama ‘Gilded Age’ From ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator to Series

The long-gestating NBC drama “The Gilded Age” is moving forward with a series order, the network announced Wednesday.

Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes will write and executive produce the series, with “Downton Abbey” executive producer Gareth Neame also executive producing. The series has received a 10-episode order and is scheduled to debut in 2019. The series will be produced by Universal Television. The series was first put in development at NBC back in 2012.

The Gilded Age in 1880s New York City was a period of immense social upheaval, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of palaces that spanned the length of Fifth Avenue. In the series, Marian Brook is the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who will embark on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish and available son Larry, and his ambitious wife Bertha, whose “new money” is a barrier to acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt
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Sundance Film Festival: ‘Puzzle’

Sundance Film Festival: ‘Puzzle’
“Puzzle” is the missing piece in American blockbuster filmmaking. It’s about what Peter Parker’s Aunt May does with her days while Spider-Man is off saving the neighborhood, or how Clark Kent’s adoptive mother Martha feels about her life back in Smallville. So often, great actresses are relegated to playing the wives and girlfriends of heroic male protagonists, appearing only to bite their nails or fret by the phone amidst all the excitement. “Puzzle” focuses on the part of the story those films ignore, privileging the interior life of just such a woman via the unexpected mid-life discovery that she’s a jigsaw puzzle prodigy, and the independent streak that realization inspires.

It’s a small, subtle movie — like a Vermeer, painted on the head of a pin — conceived by a woman (Argentine director Natalia Smirnoff’s quiet, detail-oriented debut was a break-out at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival) and then handed over to a male
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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Kristin Scott Thomas Talks Playing Clementine Churchill, Ageism, and Hollywood After Weinstein

Scott Thomas in “Darkest Hour

Kristin Scott Thomas’s career spans over three decades. She received a BAFTA for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and an Oscar nod for “The English Patient,” and has appeared in projects like “Gosford Park,” “I’ve Loved You So Long,” and “Nowhere Boy.”

The acclaimed actress’ latest role is Clementine Churchill, wife of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in “Darkest Hour.” Although hers is a supporting turn, director Joe Wright carefully — and rightfully — constructed scenes for Scott Thomas to demonstrate Clementine’s integrity and essentialness to Churchill’s reign.

We had a chance to sit down with Scott Thomas during press interviews for “Darkest Hour” and discussed her work, her thoughts on ageism, and her views on the recent sexual assault allegations sweeping through Hollywood.

Darkest Hour” hits theaters today, December 1. Scott Thomas can also be seen in Sally Potter’s “The Party,” which
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