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Stephen Graham: ‘My worst job? I worked in Tgi Fridays at 19. I got fired’

The actor on being knocked over by a taxi, not putting the toilet seat down and falling seven storeys off a car park

Born in Lancashire, Stephen Graham, 44, attended Liverpool’s Everyman Youth Theatre. His films include Gangs Of New York, This Is England and the Pirates Of The Caribbean series. On television, he has appeared in Boardwalk Empire and Band Of Brothers. He is married with two children and lives in Leicestershire.

What is your earliest memory?

Pedalling a little police car with a helmet on, when I was about three, up and down my nana’s garden in Kirkby.

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Jack Huston Joins Alicia Vikander & Riley Keough In Netflix’s ‘The Earthquake Bird’

Exclusive: Netflix and writer-director Wash Westmoreland have set Jack Huston for their adaptation of the Susanna Jones novel The Earthquake Bird. The Boardwalk Empire alum co-stars alongside previously set Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough as an aspiring British musician who dreams of making it big in Tokyo. The Earthquake Bird is a Tokyo-set female-driven noir thriller that tells the story of young female expat who is suspected of murder after her friend goes missing…
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‘Ray Donovan’ Season 6 Casts Domenick Lombardozzi, Lola Glaudini (Exclusive)

‘Ray Donovan’ Season 6 Casts Domenick Lombardozzi, Lola Glaudini (Exclusive)
Ray Donovan” Season 6 has cast Domenick Lombardozzi and Lola Glaudini in season-long guest roles, Variety has learned exclusively.

Lombardozzi will play Sean “Mac” McGrath, a Staten Island cop who develops a strong friendship with Ray (Liev Schreiber). The actor is perhaps best known for his role on the critically-acclaimed HBO seres “The Wire.” He has also appeared in shows like “Rosewood,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breakout Kings,” and “Entourage.”

Glaudini plays Anita Novak, an attorney who is running for mayor of New York City with the backing of Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon). Ray aids her campaign by getting her out of a difficult situation.
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New Jersey Makes Its Move To Steal Production Away From New York

New Jersey Makes Its Move To Steal Production Away From New York
It is impossible to underestimate the roll tax rebates play in Hollywood decision-making. It’s the reason Wakanda was created in Atlanta, “The Americans” faked ’80s Washington in Brooklyn, and why there are suddenly a lot of television shows with a “Breaking Bad”-like vibe: Georgia, New York and New Mexico are three states that have a fully funded a tax incentive program that refunds 30% of production costs. Georgia also extends the rebate for above-the-line.

The latest hopeful is in New York’s backyard.

Yesterday, New Jersey took a big step toward becoming the newest production hub when the State Assembly passed a $85 million a year tax-credit incentive for New Jersey-based film, television and digital productions ($75 million a year earmarked specifically for movie and TV), which Governor Phil Murphy has given every indication he will sign and put into effect in July, 2018. The program will run through 2023.

Under the Governor Christie,
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Aaron Raff, Steven Weigle (‘The Looming Tower’ VFX) on achieving ‘visual fidelity’ with visual effects in 9/11 docudrama [Exclusive Video Interview]

Visual effects supervisor Aaron Raff‘s top priorities for “The Looming Tower” were “accuracy and visual fidelity.” Based on Lawrence Wright‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book, this Hulu limited series starring Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bill Camp recounts the events leading up to the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Authenticity was especially important given the show’s editing style, which would often “cut from one of our visual effects shots into archival footage or news footage from the actual events.” Additionally, “the nature of these events are sensitive, and the goal was not to sensationalize or make anything look extra fantastic past the point of historical accuracy.”

See Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) wonders, did we learn anything from 9/11, ‘or are we more divided than ever?’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Raff and visual effects producer Steven Weigle point to a particularly difficult sequence — the bombing of U.S. embassies in East
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Season 2 of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast TV Series to Premiere in the Us on July 20th on Cinemax

Robert Kirkman's TV series Outcast (based on his comic book series of the same name) left an indelible, demonic mark with its first season in 2016, and this July, the show will return for another round of demonic possessions when its second season premieres in the Us on Cinemax beginning Friday, July 20th:

Press Release: Plagued by demons since childhood, Kyle is on a journey to find answers – but what he uncovers could mean the end of life as we know it.

The suspense-horror series Outcast returns for its ten-episode second season Friday, July 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on Cinemax. Continuing to probe the mystery of what lies behind the town of Rome’s supernatural manifestations, and why they are drawn to Kyle, the show explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. Outcast is created and executive produced by Robert
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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard

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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard
When a European director makes his or her first movie in the United States, you can pretty much rely on two things: the camera’s awe at the wide-open spaces and big skies, and a downbeat story of how the Land of Opportunity so often lets its most helpless citizens fall between the cracks.

So on the American Miserabilism shelf at your local shuttered video store, you can put Andrew Haigh’s powerful and poignant “Lean on Pete” alongside such other classics of the genre as Werner Herzog’s “Stroszek” and Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.”

Lean on Pete” calls to mind other greats as well — one imagines a pitch meeting where it was described as “The 400 Blows” meets “Wendy and Lucy” — but writer-director Haigh, working from the novel by Willy Vlautin, has his own way of telling this kind of story. While the film’s semi-picaresque, road-trip nature might seem antithetical to the maker of such intimate dramas as “Weekend” and “45 Years,” Haigh brings his gifts as a filmmaker with him to the great outdoors, always capturing little moments of character and emotion even in an expanse of seemingly infinite American desert.

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Teenage Charlie (Charlie Plummer, “Boardwalk Empire”) has just moved to Portland, Oregon, with his ne’er-do-well dad Ray (Travis Fimmel). Mom is long-gone, and Charlie’s only other family is his loving aunt Margy (Alison Elliott, “20th Century Women”), who he hasn’t seen since childhood after she and Ray had a squabble about how he’s been raising Charlie. (When Charlie was 12, Ray left the boy alone for several days to spend time with a woman.)

Their new house is near a racetrack, and Charlie ingratiates himself with small-time horse owner Del (Steve Buscemi), working with him at the stable and traveling with him to seedy races on the state-fair circuit. Along the way, Charlie befriends Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), a jockey who rides Del’s horses from time to time. Bonnie tries to tell Charlie that the horses aren’t pets, and that he shouldn’t get attached, but it’s too late — he’s already bonded with an aging Quarter Horse named Lean on Pete, even though the racer is coming to the end of his career, likely to be “sent to Mexico” (where horses can be legally slaughtered) once his use to Del has run out.

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When the husband of Ray’s latest conquest beats Ray bad enough to send him to the hospital, Charlie has to elude Family Services while still earning money to keep up the household. But as Ray’s condition worsens, and Lean on Pete seems destined to be destroyed, Charlie steals Del’s truck in an attempt to save the horse and to look for Margy in Wyoming.

As you might imagine, Charlie’s journey gets more and more bleak as he faces starvation, thirst and eventual homelessness. But while “Lean on Pete” certainly has its dark moments, and its 119 minutes seem like it’s never going stop throwing obstacles in Charlie’s way, there’s ultimately a sense of hope here, much of it being communicated by Plummer, in an extraordinary performance. There’s so little calculation or actorliness in his work that I thought Haigh had found a 15-year-old non-actor; I was surprised to learn after the fact that Plummer is an experienced pro with an ascendant career. (He’s about to play kidnap victim John Paul Getty III in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming “All the Money in the World.”)

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The anguish and determination that Plummer can display with just a look or subtle motion is heartbreaking; this is the kind of naturalistic acting that can just kick you in the stomach. He’s part of a strong ensemble: Buscemi’s Del makes an honest mentor, but he doesn’t sugarcoat the character’s darker side. (And it’s fun to see the easy chemistry between Buscemi and Sevigny: she starred in his feature directorial debut “Trees Lounge” two decades ago.) Steve Zahn turns up as a mercurial homeless man who offers Charlie some help along the way, and Elliott (an indie stalwart since her breakout role in “The Spitfire Grill”) radiates a warmth that makes you realize why finding Margy is worth Charlie’s Herculean effort.

Haigh adjusts to a different kind of storytelling here: “Weekend” was fairly dialogue-heavy (as was, to an extent, his little-seen debut “Greek Pete”), and unlike “45 Days,” he can’t substitute dialogue with a meaningful glance from Charlotte Rampling. Still, he manages a lot of quiet here — with the exception of some exposition dumps that Charlie gives the horse in conversation — and his storytelling is no less powerful. Danish cinematographer Magnus Nordenhof Joenck (“A War”), also working in the States for the first time, collaborates with Haigh to place the characters into a very specific context, finding both beauty and horror in the American sprawl.

Your gut will be wrenched by “Lean on Pete,” but it’s also quite likely that your heart will be touched. It’s a powerful new entry for a director who is ever more deserving of attention, and it provides a spotlight for a talented young actor who would appear to be going places.

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Roseanne: Shameless Isn't the Only Place You've Seen Harris

Roseanne returned to ABC this Spring with record-breaking ratings and lots of old fans excited to see their favorite characters back. However, the original cast may not be the only familiar faces to pop up on your TV screen in the revival.

Harris Conner-Healy, the sassy daughter of Darlene Conner (played by Sara Gilbert) and David Healy (played by Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki), may also spark your memory. Emma Kenney, who currently stars as the oldest of the Conner-Healy kids, also stars in Showtime's hit series Shameless. Kenney currently plays the tough younger sister of the Gallagher family, Debbie, alongside Emmy Rossum.

The Shameless star even once had a small role as Aylesh Rohan in season two of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. She is currently slated to star as Briana in the forthcoming film Robert the Bruce. With the popularity of the Roseanne reboot, it's very likely that
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Great Uses of Songs in TV Shows: “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” by Margot Bingham in Boardwalk Empire

Sometimes songs that are more upbeat than anything are used in a way that makes them a final, ending note that’s kind of tragic but also somehow ironic. Margot Bingham’s song Dream A Little Dream of Me in Boardwalk Empire is used sparingly when it comes to the death of Chalky White. That seems like an odd name for someone whose skin tone is that dark but it’s the name he’s had and the name every fan has come to know him by. Chalky is also one of the characters that Boardwalks fans are likely going to miss quite a

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‘The Child in Time’: Kelly Macdonald on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Heartbreaking Performance That Left Her ‘Tearful’

Before tackling her challenging role in PBS’ “The Child in Time,” Kelly Macdonald was thrilled to be able to work through scenes with her co-star Benedict Cumberbatch. In the adaptation of “Atonement,” author Ian McEwan’s novel, the actors portray couple Julie and Stephen Lewis, who suffer a heartbreaking loss when their child goes missing.

“We were really privileged to be able to have rehearsal time beforehand which doesn’t always happen,” Macdonald said in an interview with IndieWire. “We talked through all the scenes… It’s always really helpful if for nothing else than to get to know your co-star a little bit when you have to play quite intimate scenes. That’s quite helpful. If it’s a stranger on Day One, it’s a bit more difficult.”

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“He’s just amazing.
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Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Mad Max: Fury Road") as iconic gangster 'Al Capone', from director Josh Trank's new feature, chronicling the life of the former Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

The cast of "Fonzo" (aka "Cicero") also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G.’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger in "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand,
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Emmys 2018: Will Michael Stuhlbarg be redeemed after Oscar snub with an Emmy bid for ‘The Looming Tower’?

Emmys 2018: Will Michael Stuhlbarg be redeemed after Oscar snub with an Emmy bid for ‘The Looming Tower’?
Will Michael Stuhlbarg earn his first career Emmy nomination for “The Looming Tower”? He co-stars in the Hulu limited series as Richard Clarke, the real life chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council in the years leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This role follows an awards season in which the actor achieved the rare feat of appearing in three Best Picture nominees: “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Post” and the eventual winner “The Shape of Water.” But Stuhlbarg himself wasn’t nominated. Emmy voters may want to make it up to him.

It’s perhaps surprising that Stuhlbarg hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar yet given his roles in numerous Oscar contending films including “A Serious Man” (2009), “Hugo” (2011), “Lincoln” (2012), “Blue Jasmine” (2013) and “Arrival” (2016), in addition to his three nominated films from 2017. But you might say the same thing about the Emmys. Stuhlbarg spent four
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Emmy spotlight: Justin Hartley (‘This Is Us’) deserves a nomination after watching the rest of the Pearson clan get recognition

Emmy spotlight: Justin Hartley (‘This Is Us’) deserves a nomination after watching the rest of the Pearson clan get recognition
Will Justin Hartley earn an Emmy nomination for his heartbreaking work on “This is Us”? He plays Kevin Pearson, who in season one wanted to be respected as a serious actor and not just the star of his shallow sitcom “The Manny.” But during the show’s second season his storyline dealt with his descent into alcohol and drug addiction and should finally earn him some individual awards recognition after the entire rest of his on-screen family have been singled out for their performances.

Hartley’s best showcase of the season was the November 14 episode “Number One.” After being injured on the set of his upcoming movie Kevin wallows in self-pity. This is intercut with flashbacks detailing how his football career ended when he was injured as a teenager. Back in the present he returns to his high school to receive an award, trying and failing to pretend that everything is okay,
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‘The Alienist’ deserves to win Emmys across the board, according to 53% of our readers

‘The Alienist’ deserves to win Emmys across the board, according to 53% of our readers
The 10-episode mystery series “The Alienist” concludes on March 26. Will it be remembered by the Emmys when the TV academy votes this summer? Our readers hope so. More than half of the respondents in our recent poll (53%) think the TNT limited series deserves to win across the board. Do you agree? Scroll down to the bottom of this post for our complete poll results.

The Alienist” is based on the 1994 novel by Caleb Carr and follows the title character, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a psychologist in late-19th century New York City pioneering the field of criminal profiling. Along with an NYPD secretary (Dakota Fanning) and a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans), he investigates a serial killer targeting poor street children. The series’s executive producers include Emmy winner Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective“), Oscar winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and Oscar nominees Hossein Amini (“The Wings of the Dove
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Preview Video for New Syfy Series Nightflyers, Based on George R.R. Martin’s Novella

George R.R. Martin's novella Nightflyers has been turned into a TV series for Syfy. Telling the story of eight scientists tasked with exploring the outer edge of our solar system, Nightflyers is teased in a preview video that shows a little bit of what to expect from the space horror series.

"Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other – and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) is set to star as Karl D’Branin alongside Sam Strike (“EastEnders”) as Thale, Maya Eshet (“Teen Wolf”) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (“Fargo”) as Rowan,
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Nic Novicki Uses Competition to Get Better Representation of People With Disabilities

Nic Novicki Uses Competition to Get Better Representation of People With Disabilities
Actor and comedian Nic Novicki (“Saturday Night Live,” “Boardwalk Empire”) is leading the charge for better Hollywood representation of people with disabilities via the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. Now in its fifth year, the competition will run April 13-15, and asks filmmakers to create a three- to five-minute project that involves people with disabilities. Films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

What inspired you to create the Disability Film Challenge?

One in five people has a disability, but we’re not seen in enough TV shows and films; we’re in less than 3% of film and TV.
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Kelly Macdonald to star in BBC One legal drama The Victim

Deadline is reporting that Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has joined the upcoming BBC One legal drama The Victim, which has been created by Rob Williams (The Man in the High Castle).

The series will see Macdonald as Anna Dean, “a Scottish mother whose nine-year old boy was murdered fifteen years ago by a 13 year old. Years later, having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity she is accused of revealing his new name online.”

“It’s incredibly exciting for me to see the story being brought to life by such a talented cast and crew,” said Williams. “I’m really grateful – and fortunate – to be working with people who care about the material as much as I do.”

Filming is now underway on the four-part series, with Niall MacCormick (Complicit) directing a cast that also includes John Hannah (Agents of S.H.I.E.
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‘Trainspotting’s Kelly Macdonald To Star In BBC One Legal Thriller ‘The Victim’

Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald is to star in BBC One legal drama The Victim, created by The Man In The High Castle writer Rob Williams. Macdonald will be joined in the British thriller by Four Weddings and a Funeral star John Hannah and rising actor James Harkness. Macdonald, who has also previously appeared in TV series including Black Mirror and Boardwalk Empire, will play Anna Dean, a Scottish mother whose nine-year old boy was murdered fifteen years ago by a 13…
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From The Author Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ – Your First Look At Netflix’s ‘Nightflyers’

Netflix has debuted the first-look trailer for Nightflyers, their upcoming new original from the George R.R. Martin (Game Of Thrones) novella of the same name.

Nightflyers is set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction. A crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover that the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the dark reaches of space.

Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) stars as Dr. Agatha Matheson alongside Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale, Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl and Brían F.
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Steve Buscemi Discusses ‘Death of Stalin,’ Playing God and Adam Sandler

Steve Buscemi Discusses ‘Death of Stalin,’ Playing God and Adam Sandler
A favorite of directors like the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi has proven his range over the years. Few actors could command the small screen as a leading man in Martin Scorsese’s “Boardwalk Empire” then get laughs popping up in an Adam Sandler film.

The actor is busier than ever; he’s currently on screens playing Nikita Khrushchev in “The Death of Stalin,” the so-bizarre-it-has-to-be-true comedy from Armando Iannucci (“Veep,” “In the Loop”) currently burning up the specialty box office. In April, he’ll be seen in Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete” and Sandler’s “The Week Of.” And he’s set to return to television in the TBS comedy “Miracle Workers,” in which he’ll play God.

I hope you take it as a compliment when I say you’re not the first person I would think of to play Nikita Khrushchev, yet you’re so good.
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