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How Felicity Jones Transformed Herself Into Ruth Bader Ginsburg for ‘On the Basis of Sex’

How Felicity Jones Transformed Herself Into Ruth Bader Ginsburg for ‘On the Basis of Sex’
Felicity Jones refused to break character while portraying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex.”

“I was a crazy person,” Jones said. In order to perfect Ginsburg’s distinctive Brooklyn-inflected accent, Jones, the English star behind “Theory of Everything” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” only spoke in the jurist’s voice while on the set.

“I was full Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Jones said while presenting footage of the film at Focus Features CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“On the Basis of Sex” deals with on of Ginsburg’s earliest cases, Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld. It used the example of a widower denied his wife’s survivor benefits under Social Security to illustrate gender disparities under the law. The film went into the production in the midst of a sexual harassment crisis in Hollywood, as industry figures such as Harvey Weinstein,
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Production Is Underway On Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’

Principal photography begins today on location in London, on the New Line Cinema drama The Good Liar, pairing Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen on the big screen for the first time. Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Gods and Monsters will direct and produce from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Mr. Holmes), based on the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Searle.

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

The Good Liar also stars Russell Tovey (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jim Carter (TV’s “Downton Abbey”).

Condon produces alongside producer Greg Yolen. Serving as executive producers are Jack Morrissey,
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‘Charité’ Review: Netflix’s Historical Hospital Drama Won’t Fix ‘The Knick’-Sized Hole in Your Heart

‘Charité’ Review: Netflix’s Historical Hospital Drama Won’t Fix ‘The Knick’-Sized Hole in Your Heart
One of the most fascinating elements of “Charité,” the new six-part German miniseries now available on Netflix, is the operation theater. As a medical drama set in the late 19th century, this combination lecture hall and surgical venue is as compelling a concept as it is unsanitary. To see a procedure like a tracheotomy or an appendectomy, both in their nascent development stages, presented in such a matter-of-fact way is jarring by design. To see progress and hubris in tandem is one of the main reasons why medical dramas (especially ones set in a distant time) continue to be a regular TV staple.

Whenever “Charité” returns to the exhibition-style setting of that instructional surgery hall, it’s hard not to think of the similar scenes in “The Knick,” a show that by virtue of its styling and being set a decade later took a more modern approach to this subgenre.
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Saoirse Ronan-Margot Robbie’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Pushed Back to December

Saoirse Ronan-Margot Robbie’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Pushed Back to December
Focus Features has moved its awards-season contender “Mary, Queen of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, back five weeks from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

Ronan is starring in the title role opposite Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke is making her feature directorial debut on the movie, directing from a script by Beau Willimon. The project is based on John Guy’s biography “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.”

Producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward. The trio all received best picture Academy Award nominations for “Les Misérables.” Other cast members include Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”).

The story is set during the 16th century when Mary Stuart became Queen of France at 16, was widowed two years later, and returned to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne.
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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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Netflix to Produce Soccer Origins Drama by Julian Fellowes, Other European Original Series

Netflix has announced a new set of original shows from Europe, including a high-profile soccer origins drama written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes (pictured) and several series focusing on young people.

The shows were announced at a See What’s Next Netflix event in Rome. The projects include:

– from the U.K.: Netflix and London and Los Angeles-based production company 42 will make “The English Game,” a six-part drama “about the invention of modern [soccer] and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport,” said Netflix
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Will Starz’s ‘Howards End’ limited series repeat awards success of the 1992 movie that won 3 Oscars?

Starz’s new limited series adaptation of “Howards End” is positioning itself to do very well at the 2018 Emmys, much like the 1992 film of the same name. The movie “Howards End” won three Oscars and was also nominated for Best Picture. The limited series has rave reviews and could easily rack up multiple nominations at this year’s Emmys.

Based on the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, the limited series tells the story of Margaret of the bourgeoisie Schlegel family, who is bequeathed the titular country home by Ruth, an aging member of the wealthy Wilcox family, which causes an uproar between the families. Hayley Atwell is cast as Thompson’s Oscar-winning role of Margaret, while Julia Ormond plays Ruth, for which Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar.

See‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?

Ormond
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New Clip & Poster For The Upcoming ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Studiocanal has released a new clip and poster for next weeks big release, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Directed by Mike Newell and based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel.

Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

Directed by Mike Newell, the film also stars Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay and Katherine Parkinson with Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society opens on April 20th.

Check out the new clip below.

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Greg Berlanti to Receive 2018 International Emmy Founders Award

Greg Berlanti to Receive 2018 International Emmy Founders Award
With 11 shows on the air across multiple networks at the same time — a record — uberproducer Greg Berlanti is adding another title: He’s been tapped as the recipient of this year’s International Emmy Founders Award.

“Greg Berlanti is a renaissance producer whose shows and characters have the unique power to strike a chord with global audiences across all genres and demographics,” said Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner.

Best known for his current slate of superhero shows on the CW including “The Flash” and “Arrow,” Berlanti also serves as executive producer on “Riverdale” and NBC’s “Blindspot,” along with several pilots currently in development.
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Russell Tovey, Jim Carter Confirmed for Bill Condon’s ‘The Good Liar’

New Line Cinema has confirmed that Russell Tovey and Jim Carter have joined the cast of Bill Condon’s “The Good Liar.” The drama, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month, stars Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.

Based on the debut novel by British author Nicholas Searle, “The Good Liar” tells the story of a con artist (McKellen) who can hardly believe his luck when he meets a rich widow (Mirren) online. As she opens her home and life to him he is surprised to find himself caring about her.

Condon will direct from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, who previously worked with the director on his 2015 film “Mr. Holmes,” also starring McKellen. Condon will also produce with Greg Yolen.

Tovey, whose breakthrough came in the celebrated original West End stage production of “The History Boys” alongside Dominic Cooper and James Corden, has recently starred in ABC’s
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‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?

‘Howards End’ reviews: Will it go from Oscars to Emmys thanks to ‘delightful,’ ‘sumptuous’ limited series on Starz?
E.M. Forster‘s classic 1910 novel “Howards End” was most famously adapted into a 1992 Merchant Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. It earned nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (James Ivory), and it won three including Best Actress for Thompson. That’s a tough act to follow, but now, 26 years after that film, Forster’s novel has now been adapted into a four-part limited series on Starz that is garnering its own rave reviews. It’s rated 89% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has scored 89 on MetaCritic, indicating near-universal acclaim. So now it has the potential to be as big a hit at the Emmys as the film was at the Oscars.

The series stars Hayley Atwell in the role that won Thompson the Oscar. She plays Margaret Schlegel, who seeks love and purpose in turn-of-the-century England. It’s directed by Hettie Macdonald, a BAFTA TV Award
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The State of Lionsgate TV

Lionsgate Television has been riding the peak TV wave for the past few years with a growing slate of shows produced for myriad outlets.

Now that the Starz pay-tv group has been acquired by Lionsgate, the TV division’s roster is expanding still more with the goal of using Starz as the launch pad for programs that can be sold to buyers around the world.

Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs recently spoke with Variety about the new opportunities through Starz and the expansion of the studio’s activity in international markets.

At Miptv your distribution team will be shopping two new Starz series,
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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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Michelle Dockery Talks Trio of TV Shows That Led to Icon Award

Michelle Dockery Talks Trio of TV Shows That Led to Icon Award
Michelle Dockery thinks “an icon is a funny thing to be called.” Yet, that is exactly what she is, receiving the first-ever award from Variety to be presented at international TV celebration Canneseries at a Miptv gala April 7.

But even in the early prime of what promises to be a long and fruitful career, the British actress has recently delivered a enviable string of indelible television performances — as “Downton Abbey’s” mercurial Lady Mary, “Good Behavior’s” reforming bad girl Letty Raines and “Godless’” hardened frontierswoman Alice Fletcher. She is now appearing in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” at London’s National Theatre.
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‘Howards End’ Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s Gorgeous Starz Adaptation Is Filled With Bold Performances and Plenty of Fun

‘Howards End’ Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s Gorgeous Starz Adaptation Is Filled With Bold Performances and Plenty of Fun
For fans of costume dramas, “Howards End” is like a quick hit of “Downton Abbey” cut with the cinematic beauty of any Keira Knightley flick. For everyone else, it’s even better.

The first thing you’ll notice about Kenneth Lonergan’s superb adaptation is its speed — which is an odd and exciting quality for a four-hour British period drama that begins with, ends on, and is titled after an old house. The focus may be a stationary locale, but the pace is aptly quick. Before you can you stop to think “Why do we need another adaptation of ‘Howards End’?”, 15 minutes have flown by and you’re already enraptured by the Wilcox and Schlegel families.

Credit goes to all the elements that make similar genre fare stand out — the costumes, performances, telling glances, and detailed sets — but what makes this Starz limited series feel all its own is a conscious dismissal of certain civilities.
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Canneseries Jury President Harlan Coben Previews The TV Festival’s Inaugural Year and International Slate

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Television is staking more ground in Cannes, and Harlan Coben thinks it’s about time. The author and creator behind Netflix’s upcoming “Safe” returns to the Croisette this weekend to head up the jury at Canneseries, a new TV festival competition taking place along side the annual MipTV market.

“Now that we’re in the golden age of television, I think it’s long overdue,” Coben told IndieWire. “I think everyone now is chomping at the bit for it. I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to walking around the convention hall, and looking at all the variety of TV that’s around, and the new perspectives. South Korea, Mexico, Israel — I really look forward to seeing what they’re doing with storytelling, because it’s just going to be different.”

Coben, as president of the jury, will be joined on the panel by actress Paula Beer (Germany
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‘Legion’ season 2 reviews: The ‘gloriously bonkers’ X-Men series gives ‘Twin Peaks’ a ‘run for its money’

‘Legion’ season 2 reviews: The ‘gloriously bonkers’ X-Men series gives ‘Twin Peaks’ a ‘run for its money’
Legion” returns for its second season on FX on Tuesday night, April 3, following an eight-episode first season that was a stark departure from the norms of more straightforward superhero TV shows like “The Flash,” “Agents of Shield” and “Jessica Jones.” The series follows David Haller (“Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens) on a mind-bending journey where he discovers that what he thought was mental illness was really a combination of advanced psychic powers and a villain called the Shadow King who had invaded his mind — haven’t we all been there?

The new season is every bit as strange, according to critics, but is it all style over substance? Reviewers have been debating that, as much with themselves as with each other, but the new season has won most of their approval with a MetaCritic score of 84 and a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of 100%, both based on seven reviews. The second
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Michelle Dockery to Be Honored With Variety Icon Award for Canneseries

Michelle Dockery to Be Honored With Variety Icon Award for Canneseries
Michelle Dockery will receive the inaugural Variety Icon Award for Canneseries, the festival announced on Tuesday.

The award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in acting that has been praised by both fans and critics, will be presented to Dockery on April 7 at the competition opening ceremony for Canneseries. The actress is known for her work as Lady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” for which she was nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe. In the last year, she has also taken on roles as gun-toting widow Alice Fletcher on “Godless” and sultry con artist Letty Raines on “Good Behavior.”

In film,
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New TV Spot & Poster Arrive For ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Ahead of its release on April 20th, Studiocanal has released a new-look 60 second TV spot for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The film is directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel of the same name.

Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

The film also stars Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some, Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein, Downton Abbey) and Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd, The Boat That Rocked) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago) and Penelope Wilton (The Bfg, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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Netflix Picks Up Lily James’ Guernsey Literary Adaptation

Netflix has acquired distribution rights to U.K. historical drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Based on the book by the same name, the film has been a long time in the making, with a 2012 version originally promising Kate Winslet in the lead role and Kenneth Branagh directing. Now it’s Downton Abbey star Lily James playing journalist Juliet Ashton, and Mike Newell at the helm.
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