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Effie Gray – The Review

In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.

At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning
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Watch: New Trailer For Wwi Drama 'Testament Of Youth' Starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, And More

With a sprawling ensemble cast, a juicy Wwi setting, and based off an acclaimed memoir, "Testament Of Youth" has all the right things going for it. But sometimes these sorts of movies can almost be so perfectly calibrated that the life gets sucked out of them. However, that's not the case with this picture. In our review out of the BFI London Film Festival, we called it a "beautifully observed" picture that paints a mosaic "of grief, loss and even anger at the absolute waste of an insane, inhuman conflict, and all without showing a single bullet fired." And a new full-length trailer for "Testament Of Youth" is here. Directed by James Kent ("Margaret" and "The Thirteenth Tale"), and starring Alicia VikanderKit HaringtonTaron EgertonColin MorganDominic WestEmily WatsonJoanna ScanlanHayley AtwellJonathan Bailey, Alexandra...
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‘Birdman’ Soars, Swoops Through Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Broadway Fantasy: N.Y. Film Fest

‘Birdman’ Soars, Swoops Through Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Broadway Fantasy: N.Y. Film Fest
After a brief, sci-fi-style opening of a comet hurtling through the atmosphere, Birdman begins with a through-the-door view of Michael Keaton, seen from the back sitting cross-legged in a shabby Broadway dressing room, wearing nothing but white briefs and perched midair several feet above the furniture. He rotates to set his feet on the floor and with pointed finger sends a vase gliding across a table. The unbroken sequence tells us two things with economy and grace: That the camera will be our guide through Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s backstage tale, and that the story itself won’t be bound by realism. It will instead unfold with the unsettled and unsettling restlessness of a troubled soul in search of a resting place.

Our uneasy pilgrim is Riggan Thomson, an action-movie star whose sell-by date has long since passed. As fully embodied by Keaton, his once virile visage now seems dessicated
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Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco turns down Alfred Hitchcock - watch

Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco turns down Alfred Hitchcock - watch
Nicole Kidman's performance as actress-turned-royal Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco prompted plenty of attention.

In this clip from the film, Kidman's Grace turns down an approach from Alfred Hitchcock (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) to return to the silver screen to play the title role of Margaret 'Marnie' Edgar.

Kelly's rejection meant that Hitchcock briefly shelved the project to work on The Birds, where he gave Tippi Hedren her screen debut

When he returned to Marnie a year later, he opted to keep his leading blonde, who starred opposite "some Scottish fellow" that Cubby Broccoli was raving about.

Watch the trailer for Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie below:
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UK TV: Get a Sneak Peek of BBC Two's The Thirteenth Tale

The UK's BBC Two has a new TV movie airing on Monday, 30 December, titled The Thirteenth Tale; and we have a look at two clips from it right here. Hopefully it'll be heading Stateside via BBC America shortly!

The Thirteenth Tale, starring Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howard's End, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh) and Olivia Colman ("Broadchurch"), is a psychological drama adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons) from Diane Setterfield's bestselling novel.

It's directed by James Kent ("The White Queen") and co-stars Alexandra Roach, Robert Pugh, Steven Mackintosh, and Tom Goodman Hill.


Biographer Margaret Lea (Colman) is summoned to the Yorkshire home of dying novelist Vida Winter (Redgrave), who has handpicked Margaret to write her biography. Though initially hesitant, as Vida has a reputation for distorting facts in interviews, Margaret becomes fascinated by her previously untold story.

As the novelist recounts her dark and disturbing childhood,
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The Thirteenth Tale

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Two young British actresses star together as twin sisters in The Thirteenth Tale, a new 90-minute gothic suspense drama from Heyday Films coming to BBC Two this Christmas.

The Thirteenth Tale is a haunting psychological mystery set in the modern day, with poignant flashbacks starting in 1940. The disturbing story begins when a young female biographer, Margaret, played by Olivia Colman, sets out to interview a legendary writer whose health is fading. Vida Winter, played by Vanessa Redgrave, has, until now, refused to divulge the dark secrets of her life and past at Angelfield, her childhood home. An unlikely shared empathy is cultivated between the two women, and Vida’s story forces Margaret to finally confront her own ghosts.

Game of Thrones star, 17 year old Sophie Turner (represented by Independent Talent) plays young Vida. Sophie is currently in the Us filming on Barely Lethal. She said of her character in The Thirteenth Tale
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Review: “The White Queen”

Review: “The White Queen”
For those a little rusty on their British history — specifically the War of the Roses — “The White Queen” offers up another handsome costume drama, about on the level of “The Tudors,” defined by its decidedly feminine perspective. Told largely through Elizabeth Woodville, a commoner and comely widow who wedded then-king Edward IV, the limited series features more than its share of bodice-ripping and betrayal, while zeroing in on the pressure on women to produce male heirs. All told, it’s a handsome acquisition for Starz, even if its dizzying array of characters yields diminishing returns in later chapters.

It’s 1464, as the houses of Lancaster and York continue to jockey over the English throne. Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson) has lost her husband in battle when she encounters young King Edward (Max Irons), who, despite heading the opposing faction, is instantly smitten. Her mother (Janet McTeer, in full, lustrous Lady Macbeth mode
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Inside story of deals that built coalition set to be a TV drama

Wallander writer creates screenplay while the hunt is on for stars to play party leaders

Britain stood on a political cliff-edge three years ago as the three main parties negotiated to forge a government. Now a television drama will attempt to show the conflict and tensions inside Downing Street as the country waited to hear who would form a coalition.

The drama, adapted by Richard Cottan, writer of the BBC's praised Wallander, is to be based on the recent book by former New Labour minister Andrew Adonis. After a fraught bidding war between television production companies, the rights to turn 5 Days in May into a screenplay were secured last week by the people behind the BBC police drama Line of Duty and the post-second world war spy series The Bletchley Circle.

The coalition drama will centre on the frantic deals being cut by a small cast of characters – including Gordon Brown,
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Olivia Colman cast in BBC Two drama 'The Thirteenth Tale'

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman has been cast as the lead in BBC Two's The Thirteenth Tale.

The actress, who will play biographer Margaret Lea, is joined by Vanessa Redgrave in the one-off 90-minute drama.

Based on Diane Setterfield's novel, The Thirteenth Tale follows ageing novelist Vida Winter (Redgrave), who enlists Margaret (Colman) to tell the story of her life, including her mysterious childhood at Angelfield House.

The project, written by Christopher Hampton and directed by James Kent, is described as "a haunting psychological mystery".

"I was delighted to take on Ms Setterfield's ingenious mystery," said Hampton. "It's been a great pleasure re-engaging with the brave new world of 21st century television drama. I may have to come back for more."

Filming is scheduled to begin in June and The Thirteenth Tale will be shown on BBC Two later this year.

Watch Olivia Colman talk to Digital Spy about series two
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Margaret Thatcher's Depiction In Pop Culture

Margaret Thatcher's Depiction In Pop Culture
London -- Margaret Thatcher was not just a political titan, she was a cultural icon – skewered by comedians, transformed into a puppet and played to Oscar-winning perfection by Meryl Streep.

With her uncompromising politics, ironclad certainty, bouffant hairstyle and ever-present handbag, the late British leader was grist for comedians, playwrights, novelists and songwriters whether they loved her or – as was more often the case – hated her.

Satirical Target

Thatcher's free-market policies transformed and divided Britain, unleashing an outpouring of creative anger from her opponents. A generation of British comedians, from Ben Elton to Alexei Sayle, honed their talents lampooning Thatcher.

To the satirical puppeteers of popular 1980s TV series "Spitting Image," Thatcher was a cigar-smoking bully, a butcher with a bloody cleaver, a domineering leader ruling over her docile Cabinet. One famous sketch showed Thatcher and her ministers gathered for dinner. Thatcher ordered steak. "And what about the vegetables?" the waitress asked.
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R.I.P. Margaret Thatcher

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The UK’s longest serving Prime Minister over the last century has died of a stroke at age 87 according to multiple news reports this morning. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in 2011′s The Iron Lady. The British leader, who drove efforts to privatize the country’s economy during her tenure from 1979-1990, was also played by Andrea Riseborough in the 2008 TV film The Long Walk To Finchley and by Lindsay Duncan in the 2009 film Margaret. Thatcher was a controversial figure both during and after her years at 10 Downing Street. Supporters say that she helped to end the Cold War, slowed the country’s inflation, and revived the public’s spirit by projecting confidence and optimism. But critics note that Thatcher’s policies did little to combat unemployment, and that she contributed to racial tensions by characterizing immigrants as a threat.
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The White Queen Starts a War of Roses on Starz

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Starz has picked up a dense and confusing 10-episode drama series based on Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins War trilogy: The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter. The new series, which will be called The White Queen, is being executive produced by former HBO Films president Colin Callender, thanks to a two year deal with his company, Playground. Part of the deal will see him as executive producer on Magic City’s second season. Callender will be working once again with former HBO boss Chris Albrecht, now the CEO of Starz, and Carmi Zlotnik. Company Pictures will produce the series. If you want to know details about the plot of the series, well… you may want to get a notepad.

As reported by Deadline, The White Queen takes place in England in 1464, centered on the War of the Roses. The war breaks out between the House
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TV highlights 08/08/2012

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Vexed | A History Of Art In Three Colours | Savage U | The Living Weapon | Secrets Of The Pickpockets | Fatima Whitbread: Growing Up In Care


9pm, BBC2

Sparring duo Jack and Georgina investigate a student's murder and uncover a world of gender politics. Which, of course, gives Jack the chance to bumble around and offend anyone who'll listen with the use of words like "lesbetarian". Away from crime-fighting, they edge nearer to getting it on, except there are a couple of obstacles in their way: Jack keeps banging on about his man-like girlfriend and George briefly meets the man of her dreams. Fun. Hannah Verdier

A History Of Art In Three Colours

9pm, BBC4

In his final exploration of colour, James Fox tells the story of white, which in the history of art is not as pure as it seems – in fact, it may be the darkest colour of all.
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BBC2 Drama: White Heat

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Paula Milne’s epic six-part drama White Heat comes to BBC2 during the week of March 3-10. Similar in concept to Our Friends in the North, White Heat charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day as they contend with personal issues and major political events. The all-star cast includes award winning actress Juliet Stevenson (The Accused), Clare Foy (Upstairs Downstairs), Lee Ingleby (Luther), Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) and Lindsay Duncan (Margaret).

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The Iron Lady – review

A portrait of Margaret Thatcher from colossus to recluse is distinguished by Meryl Streep's superb central performance

In his mid-19th-century poem "A Psalm of Life", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: "Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime/ And departing leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time." This was the kind of thinking that underlay the inspirational movies produced by Warner Brothers in the 1930s for which Variety coined the term "biopic" – films about medical pioneers, democratic revolutionaries and other movers and shakers who changed the world, invariably men (MGM's Madame Curie was a rare exception).

But suddenly, in 1941, Orson Welles entered the scene with Citizen Kane, a picture that fractured chronological narrative and constantly changed points of view while presenting a lightly fictionalised, highly critical life of the press tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The biopic was never the same again, and
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The Iron Lady – review

Despite a note-perfect performance by Meryl Streep, the Margaret Thatcher biopic lacks much cutting edge

Poor Margaret Thatcher: her transformation into biopic drag queen is now complete. Daringly, screenwriter Abi Morgan and director Phyllida Lloyd have made a movie about Baroness Thatcher's flashback-riddled dementia while their subject is still alive. Britain's most important and controversial postwar prime minister has been recast – rather like Judi Dench's Iris Murdoch 10 years ago – into a bewildered old lady cherished in dramatic terms for her poignant vulnerability and decline, rather than for the mature achievements of her pomp. And, like the screen Iris, she is paired off with kindly Jim Broadbent.

Margaret is played with cunning and gusto by Meryl Streep, and it is a pious critical convention to praise performances like these on the grounds that they go beyond mere impersonation. I'm not entirely certain that Streep does go beyond mere impersonation,
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Meet the Other Iron Lady

Meet the Other Iron Lady
Getty Alexandra Roach attends the ‘The Iron Lady’ New York premiere after party at The Royalton Hotel on December 13, 2011 in New York City.

Just fresh from acting school, Welsh actress Alexandra Roach has already played one of the most charismatic and controversial characters in recent British politics. With Oscar-winner Meryl Streep playing the more mature version, Roach plays the young Margaret Thatcher between the ages of 16 to 33 in Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady.”

Ahead of the U.K. premiere next year,
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DVD Review - The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher

British politics seem to be, as a rule, controversial. As one of the most polarizing figures of the late 20th century, Margaret Thatcher is certainly no exception. As an American, I'm unsurprisingly (and unfortunately) ignorant of a lot of Britain's more recent history, so I can't really easily determine whether any of the content contained in The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher, out on DVD and Blu-ray from BBC Video October 18, is actually factual. I can, however, assure you that all three films included in the set are quite entertaining.

The three made-for-television films are entirely separate affairs. But while Thatcher is portrayed by different actresses in each of the three movies, they form an arc, beginning with her rise to power in the first film, and ending with her 'downfall' in the third. It feels like an epic saga, and in some ways, it is.

The first film included in the set,
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The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher

The old cliché, you either love or hate someone, there’s no in between, certainly can’t be applied to Margaret Thatcher. People loved her, people hated her, people feared her, but people also respected her. Polarizing, loathed, misunderstood, beloved, controversial, a natural leader, Margaret Thatcher was a force to be reckoned with long before becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher examines “The Iron Lady” in three separate BBC productions that chronicles three pivotal moments in the political life of Thatcher. From her days as a young political upstart in The Long Walk to Finchley starring Andrea Riseborough; at the height of her power during one of the most tumultuous times in Britain’s history, The Falklands Play starring Patricia Hodge; and her downfall when it was obvious to all but Thatcher that her political career was over in Margaret, starring Lindsay Duncan.
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The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher comes to DVD - Clips Added!

Gain insight into the life of controversial and inspiring woman who led the United Kingdom for more than ten years thanks to the BBC release The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher . now on DVD. Featuring three outstanding productions - The Long Walk to Finchley, The Falkland.s Play and Margaret - on two discs, this fascinating collection follows the political career of the former Prime Minister. Andrea Riseborough (Made in Dagenham, Happy Go Lucky), Patricia Hodge (The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, Miranda) and Lindsay Duncan (Doctor Who, Rome) respectively tackle the role of the Iron Lady in these films. The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher is described as a must-own DVD set for all history buffs
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