Exclusive Interview: THOR star Tom Hiddleston on THE HOLLOW CROWN

Tom HIddleston in GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE HOLLOW CROWN - HENRY IV: PART 1 I I©2013 PBS/BBC

THE HOLLOW CROWN, currently airing Fridays at 9 PM on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES series, is a collection of four of William Shakespeare’s history plays made into films, with many sequences shot on location. RICHARD II aired last week. The remaining three, HENRY IV PART I, HENRY IV PART II and HENRY V, all star Tom Hiddleston, who begins as the hedonistic Prince Hal and goes through a great deal of personal and royal change to emerge as the regal Henry V. Jeremy Irons stars in the two HENRY IV plays as the title character. London-born, Oxfordshire-raised Hiddleston has an award-winning …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOLLOW CROWN reworks Shakespeare for four new PBS films

Rory Kinnear in GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE HOLLOW CROWN - RICHARD II | ©2013 PBS/BBC

THE HOLLOW CROWN, on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES beginning Friday September 20 at 9 PM and continuing for three Fridays thereafter, consists of four new films of William Shakespeare’s histories HENRY II, starring Ben Whishaw in the title role, and HENRY IV PART I, HENRY IV PART II and HENRY V, starring Jeremy Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal/Henry V, with Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff. Other notable cast members include David Bradley (Walder Frey on GAME OF THRONES), Lindsay Duncan, David Morrissey (the Governor on THE WALKING DEAD), James Purefoy (of THE FOLLOWING), Patrick Stewart, David …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BORGIAS’ Joanne Whalley talks Season 3

A scene from THE BORGIAS Season 3 | (c) 2013 Showtime

Showtime’s THE BORGIAS, created by Neil Jordan, concerns the famous (or infamous) Italian clan whose patriarch Rodrigo, played in the series by Jeremy Irons, became Pope Alexander VI in the late 1400s and remained on the papal throne until his death in 1503. Rodrigo had mistresses and children (including homicidal Cesare and his adored sister Lucrezia), who he aimed to place in positions of power. The mother of these children was Vanozza Cattaneo, played in THE BORGIAS by Joanne Whalley. Whalley, a native of Manchester, England who was the female lead in WILLOW and more recently appeared in the films …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES World Premiere

Alden Ehrenreich at the World Premiere of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures, Alcon Entertainment recently presented the World Premiere of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, a 3 Arts Entertainment/Belle Pictures Production at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Streets were closed from Highland to Orange on the boulevard and fans lined the street to get an autograph and a picture with the stars of the film. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is a supernatural love story from the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Gallner, …Read On »

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Movie Review: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES | (c) 2013 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson Writer: Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Director: Richard LaGravenese Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 14, 2013 Like its heroine Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), BEAUTIFUL CREATURES fights hard to retain control of its soul. On the one hand, screenwriter/director Richard LaGravanese’s adaptation of the novel (the first in a series) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl has wit, charm and a pair of appealing young leads with Englert and Alden Ehrenreich as her mortal boyfriend Ethan. On the …Read On »

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TV News: Shakespeare vs DOWNTON ABBEY on PBS

Jeremy Irons in SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED | ©2013 PBS

While promoting SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED, actor Jeremy Irons made some quite hilarious comments about the popular British series DOWNTON ABBEY. Irons is not completely bashing DOWNTON, but he does wish the American audience would broaden their viewing depth and check out the SHAKESPEARE series to see some of the best acting that Britain has to offer. “THE HOLLOW CROWN series is where you see some of the best British actors playing Shakespeare, is what it can do to open up to this huge American audience this gold dust.  Show them that, actually, television doesn’t end with DOWNTON ABBEY,” Irons laughs.  “If …Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from THE WORDS Los Angeles Premiere

Bradley Cooper at the premiere of THE WORDS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

On September 4th CBS Films held the Los Angeles Premiere of THE WORDS at the ArcLight Hollywood. It was a small premiere with the fans at the end of the carpet that waited patiently to get an autograph and a picture with the stars. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes J.K. Simmons, Composer Marcelo Zarvos, Writers and Directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, Producers Tatiana Kelly and Jim Young. Joining them were guests, which included: Charlotte Ross, Ahmet Zappa, Shana Muldoon, James Babson, Ian …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WORDS

THE WORDS movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons, Lee Sternthal Writers: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Directors: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: September 7, 2012 No one can fault THE WORDS for ambition, either as a film itself or in its eagerness to examine exactly what ambition means. It therefore gets points up front for being a film that wants to look at why people do what they do, even when their actions wind up putting them at odds with the results they ultimately …Read On »

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Interview: THE BORGIAS executive producer James Flynn talks Season 2

Holliday Grainger, Francois Arnaud, Jeremy Irons and David Oakes in THE BORGIAS - Season 2 | ©2012 Showtime

THE BORGIAS, Showtime’s epic series about the notorious family that flourished in Rome the late fifteenth and early sixteen century, ends its second season Sunday. Not to fear – Showtime has ordered a third season to air in 2013. Created by executive producer Neil Jordan, THE BORGIAS tells the story of what happened during papal reign of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), who was Pope Alexander VI from 1492 through 1503. Season Two of THE BORGIAS began with a bang, or more precisely a burning, as one character was immolated inside an enormous representation of a bull in the episode …Read On »

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Movie Review: MARGIN CALL

MARGIN CALL movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci Writer: J.C. Chandor Director: J.C. Chandor Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: October 21, 2011 MARGIN CALL has a foundation in solid drama. After all, the collapse of Wall Street in 2008 had an immediate and horrible effect on many people, with aftershocks that are still being felt today. The film, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, also has a superlative cast, with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci, just to name a few of the key actors, …Read On »

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