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Richard Gere Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ Sold to Multiple Territories

  • Variety
BBC Studios, the British public broadcaster’s commercial arm, has announced a raft of territory sales for Richard Gere starrer “MotherFatherSon,” a drama series written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-nominated for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The show will screen Tuesday at Series Mania, France, in the International Panorama section.

Buyers for the eight-part thriller include HBO for Central and Eastern Europe, Tvnz in New Zealand, RTP2 in Portugal, Ruv in Iceland, Catchplay in Taiwan, Zee Café in India and Amedia in Russia. The show will be shown on BBC First in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Gere stars in his first television role for 30 years alongside Helen McCrory and Billy Howle. The cast also includes Sarah Lancashire, Paul Ready, Danny Sapiani (“Black Panther”), Joseph Mawle (“Game of Thrones”) and Sinéad Cusack (“Call the Midwife”). The director is James Kent, who will attend the Series Mania screening.
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Watch: Richard Gere Warns of ‘Disloyalty’ in His Return to TV in BBC’s ‘MotherFatherSon’

  • Variety
Watch: Richard Gere Warns of ‘Disloyalty’ in His Return to TV in BBC’s ‘MotherFatherSon’
“We are all capable of disloyalty,” Richard Gere warns in his first role for the small screen in decades, in BBC drama “MotherFatherSon.” Gere plays media overlord Max, who can be seen as a kingmaker and family man in the show’s first trailer.

Max is a newspaper and media baron who can influence elections and shape politics. He has succession plans in place, in the form of his son, Caden (Billy Howle), but events take an unexpected turn as a family crisis hits, with far-reaching implications.

“Are you here to pick a prime minister or deal with your son?” an adviser asks in another sequence. The trailer also shows a glimpse of Howle and Helen McCrory, who plays Max’s ex-wife.

It is a family drama but is set “in the context of really exploring our world in terms of politics and media and power in general,” Gere said
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Richard Gere to Launch BBC Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ in Cannes at Mipcom

  • Variety
Richard Gere to Launch BBC Series ‘MotherFatherSon’ in Cannes at Mipcom
Richard Gere is headed to Cannes to launch “MotherFatherSon,” his upcoming series for the BBC. Gere will be in town for Mipcom, the international TV business’ annual October get-together, where BBC Studios will be selling his new show.

There are no deals yet for the series outside the U.K., but with Gere in his first TV role for almost 30 years there is sure to be interest from U.S. and international buyers. The first footage will be available at the market.

Gere plays Max, a media baron who has to deal with a family crisis that has wide-reaching consequences. Billy Howle (“On Chesil Beach”) plays Caden, his son heir apparent, and Helen McCrory (“Peaky Blinders”) is Kathryn, his estranged wife.

The show is penned by Tom Rob Smith, writer of FX’s Emmy-winning “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Smith and Howle will also make the trip
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Richard Gere Set To Promote BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’ At Mipcom

  • Deadline
Richard Gere Set To Promote BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’ At Mipcom
Richard Gere is set to hit the Croisette in Cannes to promote BBC drama MotherFatherSon at Mipcom.

The Pretty Woman star will be at the week-long international TV market alongside On Chesil Beach’s Billy Howle and showrunner Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) to promote the BBC Two drama, which is produced by BBC Studios.

The company’s international sales team will be giving global buyers an exclusive first-look at the project, which has been filming in London ahead of a 2019 TX.

Gere plays Max, the charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory is Kathryn, a British heiress estranged from Max following the breakdown of their marriage some years before. Their 30 year-old son Caden (Howle), runs Max’s UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the
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Richard Gere & Helen McCrory In ‘MotherFatherSon’ First-Look Photos

  • Deadline
BBC Two has dropped the first images for MotherFatherSon, the upcoming eight-part series that marks Richard Gere’s first major TV drama role. Created by Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), MotherFatherSon also stars Peaky Blinders‘ Helen McCrory and On Chesil Beach‘s Billy Howle who are also in the new snaps (check them out below).

Gere plays Max, the charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. McCrory is Kathryn, a British heiress estranged from Max following the breakdown of their marriage some years before. Their 30 year-old son Caden (Howle), runs Max’s UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world.

But when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its empire and a country on the brink of change.
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‘The Wife’ Packs a Whallop!

‘The Wife’ Packs a Whallop!
When she hits, it hurts! The film also hits all the right notes.

The male arrogance and total self-centeredness, the disease of success as it affects men who know it is undeserved but cannot admit the truth even to themselves. The lies and deceptions all to aggrandize their inner sense, no, their knowledge of their male inferiority; it is all here in this film.

The woman creates and men are only her babies. She raises them to be kings, and they forget that it is the women who are the king makers.

When Jonathan Pryce, perhaps a little too elegant to play a tough New York street savvy Jew, has the arrogance to ask his wife Why did you marry me, you know this man has never loved but only lived for himself.

Glenn Close is at the height of her acting. Superb as the Smith educated Waspy, self-contained and restrained wife.
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Marcella: Anna Friel TV Show Renewed for Season Two

Marcella is back on the case. Today, ITV announced they've ordered a second season of the crime TV series.The drama stars Anna Friel as Marcella Backland, a former London detective who returns to the field after her husband leaves. The cast also includes Nicholas Pinnock and Sinead Cusack. The series airs on Netflix in the U.S.Read More…
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Jeremy Irons -- Gimme Some Volcanic Mud ... In The Face!! (Photo)

  • TMZ
Since you're not Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, you probably get mud mask treatments at a boring spa -- but he has a dude in a Speedo apply his ... while sitting in Italian volcanic ash. Baller!  Irons and his wife, Sinead Cusack, caught a boat ride to Ischia -- a volcanic island off Naples, known for its natural hot springs. While the couple soaked, Irons got the mud literally painted on his face. Totally affordable ... if
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Netflix Takes World Rights To ‘Marcella’ Crime Drama Starring Anna Friel – Miptv

Netflix has acquired exclusive worldwide streaming rights to crime series Marcella from Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of the original Swedish/Danish co-production The Bridge (Bron). The eight-part drama, sold by Cineflix Rights, premieres tonight on ITV in the UK and will be available globally, outside the UK and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1. Anna Friel (Limitless), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), Sinéad Cusack (Jekyll & Hyde) and Harry…
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The Almeida announces huge casting for ‘The Iliad’

We’ve just heard some exciting casting news about tomorrow’s durational reading of The Iliad at The Almeida Theatre. A company of more than 60 artists will bring The Iliad to life in a durational reading on Friday 14 August. The reading will begin at the British Museum and culminate on the Almeida stage. The marathon reading is the latest event in the theatre’s Almeida Greeks Festival.

Homer’s The Iliad is the source myth of Greek drama and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war in literature. Directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold and Associate Director Robert Icke, the marathon event’s 60 strong cast will include Nikki Amuka-Bird, Adjoa Andoh, Pippa Benett-Warner, Katie Brayben, Lorna Brown, Simon Callow, Bertie Carvel, Oliver Chris, Simon Coates, Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack, Joe Dixon, Monica Dolan, Amanda Drew, Noma Dumezweni, Tim Dutton, Lisa Dwan, Caroline Faber, Will Featherstone, Stephen Fewell, Susannah Fielding,
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‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sinéad Cusack, Edmund Kingsley, Ciara Flynn, Christopher Fulford | Written by Joe Gangemi | Directed by Brad Anderson

If you were told about a film based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story with stars including Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Brendan Gleeson I’d be surprised if your interest wasn’t peeked. Stoneheart Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) is just that… based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Poe it tells the tale of an Asylum where not all is as it seems.

When Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) a medical school graduate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum he finds himself transfixed by Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale) a patient supposedly suffering from “Hysteria.” Working under Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley) he finds himself impressed with the doctor’s unconventional methods of treatment.
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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries.
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Queen and Country | Review

Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements

Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first feature since 2006. It is a follow-up to one of the director’s most cherished titles, Hope and Glory (1987), which documents war-torn England through the eyes of a child as his family survives the blitz. Though it’s been nearly thirty years, Boorman sets this follow-up chapter only nine years in the future, leaving behind the horrors of WWII for the Cold War ethics of the Korean conflict. Much like he managed with the film’s predecessor, Boorman achieves success by making the film a personal, insular story about a small group of characters’ experiences. The powerful emotional possibilities of the child’s perspective is left behind, now a young man discovering who he wants to be and what values he wishes to cherish. This makes for a more reserved,
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Stonehearst Asylum | Review

Crazy in Love: Anderson’s Gothic Sprinkled Romance Deserves to be Tarred and Feathered

Fresh off the surprise box office success of 2013’s Halle Berry headlined The Call, director Brad Anderson returns to the creepy confines of the mental ward with Stonehearst Asylum, reminiscent of his well received 2001 film, Session 9. Assembling another terrific cast for this period piece, those familiar with a fine tradition of Gothic cinema will immediately begin to pick up on the threads of Edgar Allan Poe that inspired the macabre switcheroo generating the dramatic conflict. But even before we get to that point, Anderson’s latest arrives Doa, a cold, tepid turkey that isn’t ever sure of the mood it wishes to generate. Scenes fluctuate rapidly, and we’re left to decide whether this is supposed to be a prim and proper brooding romance of stiff corsets and constricted consecrations, a downright queasy
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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – Queen & Country (2014)

Queen & Country, 2014.

Written and Directed by John Boorman.

Starring Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Vanessa Kirby and Tamsin Egerton.

Synopsis:

An Englishman who grew up in London during World War II joins the military to fight in the Korean War.

In 1987, Hope and Glory was released to a crescendo of positive praise, both commercially and critically. After many awards and nominations at the time, the film is now considered a British classic and now almost three decades later, writer/director John Boorman has returned behind the camera for Queen & Country, a semi-sequel that again is semi auto-biographical of the directors experiences when he was a young man.

Queen focuses on young Englishman Bill Rowan (Turner), a London-born man who grew up during World War II and decides to join the military soon after. Along with his best friend Percy (Landry Jones), they join
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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

  • ScreenDaily
Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

Full line-up

Cinema D’Oggi

World premiere

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First 'Stonehearst Asylum' Trailer with Beckinsale, Kingsley & Caine

"All games must end." I suppose that's true. A trailer has debuted for an Edgar Allan Poe-inspired film called Stonehearst Asylum, originally known as Eliza Graves, referring to a character played by Kate Beckinsale. The film is being readied for release this October and to show you what it's all about they've debuted this trailer, which delves deep into a psychological mystery set at the creepy Stonehearst Asylum. The cast includes Michael Caine, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng and Sinéad Cusack. Despite some solid names, this looks a bit too much like Shutter Island, even though I like the Poe connection. I can't really tell if it will be any good. Check it out yourself. Here's the first official trailer for Brad Anderson's Stonehearst Asylum, originally from Yahoo: Beckinsale, Sturgess, Gleeson, Kingsley and Caine all star in this thriller loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story,
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Get Locked Up with the Stonehearst Asylum Trailer and Artwork

Just yesterday we learned that Brad Anderson's new project has been renamed Stonehearst Asylum, and now we already have a look at its updated artwork and trailer. Check it out, and look for more soon!

The film is loosely based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s early works, an 1845 short story titled "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." It's written by Joe Gangemi and directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Call, "Almost Human").

Millennium Films is releasing Stonehearst Asylum in theaters and via VOD on October 24th.

The cast includes Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, and Sinéad Cusack. Producers are Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, and Mark Amin with David Higgins, Christa Campbell, Cami Winikoff, Mark Gill, and Lati Grobman executive producing.

Synopsis:

A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon
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Eliza Graves Takes Up Residence in Stoneheart Asylum

Time to play the name game, kids, though it will not be nearly as entertaining as it was during "American Horror Story: Asylum." Eliza Graves has gotten itself a new title, Stoneheart Asylum. Look for it via Millennium Films on October 24th.

The film is loosely based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s early works, an 1845 short story titled "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." It's written by Joe Gangemi and directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Call, "Almost Human").

The cast includes Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, and Sinéad Cusack. Producers are Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, and Mark Amin with David Higgins, Christa Campbell, Cami Winikoff, Mark Gill, and Lati Grobman executive producing.

Synopsis:

A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues
See full article at Dread Central »

Looking back at Peter Sellers in Hoffman

Aliya looks back at the film Peter Sellers wanted destroyed and finds it very, very dark indeed...

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Peter Sellers is one of those figures of British comedy whom everyone feels, in retrospect, was only laughing on the outside. If you want to know about his less than happy life then it's worth watching Geoffrey Rush give a brilliant performance in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). Rush does a really good job of putting across his deep-seated sense of emptiness. Sellers once said of himself, “I could never be myself… You see, there is no me. I do not exist… There used to be a me, but I had it surgically removed.” This might sound like a deep statement of angst; it seems entirely fitting to me that he said it to Kermit during his 1978 appearance on The Muppet Show. Ten seconds later you can watch him recite
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