In retrospect, it may have been a mistake to watch the original Archers film production of “Black Narcissus” before screening the limited series “Black Narcissus,” produced for FX and BBC One. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 take on Rumer Godden’s novel is a cinematic landmark of its era, leaning on saturated colors, dramatic music cues and performances so pointed they threatened to draw blood. It’s dated but deliberate, tense and taut with simmering lust. This 2020 update, from writer Amanda Coe and director Charlotte Bruus Christensen, is careful to state that its primary source material is Godden’s book rather than the Archers’ film, and as such, should have more room to play with and develop the story. In practice, though, not even having three hourlong episodes versus a movie less than two hours long quite gives the series much of a personality of its own. Too much of FX’s
Steve McQueen’s Widows was one of the best movies to come out in 2018: it was a smart, slick crime thriller that showed the acclaimed filmmaker could follow up a challenging drama like Shame and 12 Years a Slave with tremendous crowd-pleasers. Two years later, he’s back with his follow-up effort: Small Axe, which is five whole movies now streaming on Amazon Prime. We knew McQueen was good, and now it’s undeniable that he has the range.
While it presents as a TV series — and that’s how the BBC is airing it across the pond — it’s best to think of Small Axe as five full-on movies, with a new one premiering every Friday. (My suggestion: watch it right after The Mandalorian.) Each film / episode features an entirely new story with a different cast every time — and each feels rich enough to live in.
NBC is developing a series adaptation of the 2000 film “Finding Forrester,” Variety has confirmed.
The film version followed a high school basketball star (Rob Brown) with a secret passion for writing who develops a friendship with a reclusive author (Sean Connery) who published a hit novel years before but then disappeared from public life.
The NBC version explores the unique bond between two gifted black writers: a homeless 16-year-old orphan who leverages his basketball skills to hustle his way into an ultra-competitive elite boarding school, and a reclusive lesbian author whose career was ruined by a public scandal.
TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson are writing and executive producing the project. Tim Story is attached to direct and executive produce, with Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of The Story Co. also executive producing. Stephen Curry and Erick Peyton will executive produce via Unanimous Media. Sony Pictures Television will produce. Unanimous is currently
Voice actor David Hemblen, known to longtime Marvel fans as the voice of Magneto on X-Men: The Animated Series, has sadly passed away. While the cause of death isn’t clear, the actor’s obituary states that he died earlier this month on Nov. 16. He was 79 years old. The X-Men: The Animated Series Twitter account, maintained by writers Julia Lewald and Eric Lewald, have also addressed Hemblen’s passing with a post online.
“This horrible, heart-breaking year continues… Our #Magneto,” the post reads.
David Hemblen was born on Sept. 16, 1941, in London, England. He’d grow up in Toronto, Canada, taking an early interest in theatre and performing. While attending college, Hemblen took to the stage and began working consistently as an actor, starting in the 1960s. He’d go on to appear in several dozen stage
Theatre discovery platform Thespie today announced the Reunited Series, bringing together more than two dozen of the UK’s top musical theatre artists for a series of filmed concerts premiering throughout December. Developed by Aimie Atkinson, Thespie’s Creative Producer and the Olivier nominated star of Pretty Woman and SIX, each concert presents ensemble music performances (filmed in COVID-secure London venues), and ranges from musical theatre hits, to pop music, to favourite Christmas songs. The program of each concert has been developed by the artists involved and will also include intimate interview footage.
The concerts are designed to inspire global theatre audiences, by bringing the UK’s best musical theatre talent directly to their homes this holiday season. The artists collectively represent over two and a half centuries of experience on UK stages; their recent credits include The Prince of Egypt, Pretty Woman, SIX, & Juliet, Come From Away, Wicked, The Phantom
Topic, the U.S. streaming service from First Look Media, and Non-Stop Production, the Russian film studio behind Oscar nominated “Leviathan” and “Loveless,” will jointly produce “Frozen Land,” an eight-part limited series exploring the story of real-life Russian serial killer Dmitry Lebed, who terrorized a provincial Russian town from 2012 to 2017. It will be the first Russian series ever to be co-produced with a U.S. company, according to Non-Stop.
The show will be based on the Holod Media feature article “Road to Askiz,” written by Taisiia Bekbulatova (pictured left), and will be directed by Valeria Gai Germanika (pictured right), one of the most well-known and respected directors in Russia.
The drama centers on the injustices of the criminal justice system in Russia. For years, women of Abakan were forced to suffer in silence while the local police refused to investigate their claims of rape and brutal abuse. “Frozen Land” tells
The DC Comics universe is about to get even more diverse with a new Latinx character taking on the role of “Wonder Woman.” Get ready to see the new hero on the small screen, too.
DC Comics unveiled Yara Flor as the next iteration of Wonder Woman in a series of upcoming comic books scheduled to kick off in January 2021.
“The DC Universe has always been fertile ground for new and refreshing takes on our characters,” DC Executive Editor Marie Javins said in a statement.
The fictional Latina character was born of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazilian River God. When she discovers her super powers, she uses them to fight the evil forces seeking to destroy the world.
“Yara Flor will not be taking over the Wonder Woman role permanently. The character will be part of a two-month publishing event called DC Future State,
Streaming services pump out shows with 25-minute episode at such a rapid pace that it’s impossible to keep up. But, if you’re looking for something that takes things much more slowly, a great option just hit Amazon Prime. The first film from director Steve McQueen’s anthology series Small Axe premieres on the platform on November 20, with four more films coming out in the weeks that follow.
Whether you’re intrigued by the premise alone or you organically stumbled upon the series’ first film, Mangrove (out now), here’s everything you need to know about the film series, from plot primers to premiere dates, and the greater meaning behind it all.
What is Small Axe?
Small Axe is an anthology series of five films created by Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Widows). All of the films are “anchored in the West Indian
Dads comedy panel show hosted by Tim Vincent. With regulars Russell Kane and Mick Ferry, Tim discusses kids’ TV and films with actor Will Mellor and comedian Sean Hegarty.
Tim Vincent, the middle-aged father of twin boys, hosts this comedy panel show about parenting from the paternal perspective. Once again, Tim is joined by comedians and series regulars Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.
In the final episode of the series, The Likely Dads discuss the TV programmes and films that have left a mark on memories of fatherhood. Is there anything they remember watching with their children that they enjoyed? Is there anything that they really couldn’t stand? And was there anything they ever wanted their children to like that they simply refused to?
Dads’ memories are put to the test as they’re asked to name theme tunes from programmes their children might have watched and ones they
‘Palm Springs’, ‘Lovecraft Country’ Top Movie And Series Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards; Netflix Lands 35 Nods
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After creating the Critics Choice Awards for both movies and television achievements, plus spinoff shows for the best in documentaries and reality TV, the Critics Choice Association on Thursday announced nominees for its latest awards-show venture, the Critics Choice Super Awards. Designed to honor popular forms of entertainment for both movies and series, the virtual pre-recorded television presentation honoring superhero, science fiction/fantasy, horror, action and animation will air Sunday, January 10, 2021 on the CW as a two-hour special at 8 pm ET/PT.
Leading the pack for movies is Hulu and Neon’s Palm Springs, a time-loop comedy that scored five nominations including for stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K.Simmons, as well as Best Science Fiction/Fantasy movie. A host of films followed close behind with four nominations including Birds of Prey (Warner Bros), Freaky (Universal), Onward (Disney+), Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount), The Hunt