TRUST: Anna Chancellor on new FX drama series – Exclusive Interview

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FX Networks’s Sunday-night drama series TRUST, concluding tonight, is a dramatization of real-life events in 1973. John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), grandson of the extraordinarily wealthy J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland), tries to con some money out of the family. The plan goes south and the young man is kidnapped in Italy. His grandfather won’t pay the ransom. In addition to his odd view of family obligations, the senior Getty keeps not one, not two, but a whole group of mistresses on hand in his mansion. Anna Chancellor plays one of these women, Penelope Kittson. The English actress had […]Read On »

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Interview: Felicity Jones is THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

Felicity Jones in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classics

Although THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is the title of the new feature film directed by Ralph Fiennes and scripted by Abi Morgan from Claire Tomalin’s book, that’s now how we see its female protagonist Nelly Ternan, played by Felicity Jones. “I am the visible woman,” declares Jones with a laugh. The film has Jones playing Ternan from the age of eighteen, when she meets Charles Dickens, played by director Fiennes, through her thirties. The bulk of the movie is about how the eventually intimate relationship unfolds between young Nelly and the much older, famous and married author in 1800sEngland. Jones, originally […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Michelle Fairley, Joanna Scanlan, Tom Burke, Perdita Weeks, Amanda Hale Writer: Abi Morgan, based on the book by Claire Tomalin Director: Ralph Fiennes Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: December 25, 2013 Victorian-era writer Charles Dickens was such a champion of fairness and kindness in his work that it’s easy to suppose he routinely exhibited these traits in his real life. The truth, according to many biographers, was much more complicated. In THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, based on Claire Tomalin’s nonfiction book of the same name about Dickens and […]Read On »

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Interview: Ralph Fiennes finds THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

Ralph Fiennes in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN | ©2013 BBC Films

Based on the nonfiction book by Claire Tomalin and scripted by Abi Morgan, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN chronicles the Victorian-era romance between famous, married, forty-five-year-old author Charles Dickens, played by Ralph Fiennes, and eighteen-year-old actress Nelly Ternan, played by Felicity Jones THE INVISIBLE WOMAN marks Fiennes’ second stint directing himself in a feature film. He previously directed and starred in 2011’s CORIOLANUS, adapted from Shakespeare’s play. The actor, originally from Suffolk, England, earned Academy Award nominations for his work in SCHINDLER’S LIST and in THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Fiennes’ huge screen resume also includes playing Lord Voldemort in the HARRY POTTER films […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOUR star Romola Garai talks Season 2 of the BBC America series

Romola Garai in THE HOUR - Series 2 | ©2012 BBC America

In THE HOUR, now in its second season on BBC America, Wednesdays at 9 PM, it’s the late 1950s. Romola Garai’s character Bel Rowley, who lost her job as producer of the news show “The Hour” at the end of Season One, has been reinstated. Her former lover and current problem associate Hector Madden (Dominic West) has been her anchorman but seems to be moving to another network, while erstwhile best friend and key investigator Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) has returned with new wife in tow to take a news anchor job. They’re all neck-deep in a new mystery. Garai, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOUR creator Abi Morgan talks Season 2

Ben Whishaw in THE HOUR - Season 2 | ©2012 BBC America/Kudos/Joe Martin

THE HOUR is back for a second season on BBCA America. It’s now 1957 and we’re back in the offices and studios of the British news program “The Hour,” where producer Bel (Romola Garai), anchorman Hector (Dominic West) and journalist Freddie (Ben Whishaw) have all reconvened ten months after the harrowing events of the first season. Writer/producer Abi Morgan created THE HOUR, and also wrote the screenplay for last year’s feature film THE IRON LADY, which earned Meryl Streep another Best Actress Oscar for playing Margaret Thatcher. Morgan is present at the party BBC America is throwing for the Television […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE IRON LADY

THE IRON LADY movie poster | ©2011 The Weinstein Company

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Harry Lloyd, Alexandra Roach, Iain Glen, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant Writer: Abi Morgan Director: Phyllida Lloyd Distributor: The Weinstein Company Release Date: December 30, 2011 There are a number of reasons to see THE IRON LADY. Foremost, as one might expect, is Meryl Streep’s phenomenal performance as Margaret Thatcher, both at the peak of her power and in her later dementia. Streep doesn’t do an impersonation of the well-known public figure. Instead, she makes internal sense of every action shown here, whether she is cajoling the shade of her husband […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE HOUR – Series 1 – “Episode 1”

Dominic West in THE HOUR - Season 1 | ©2011 Kudos Film & Television Ltd

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor Writer: Abi Morgan Director: Coky Giedroyc Network: BBC America, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Airdate (U.S.): August 17, 2011 Before the days of TV cable, American audiences got fare made by the BBC on PBS on MASTERPIECE THEATRE and MYSTERY! The shows that turned up on both of these programs were often wonderful, full of memorable characters and fascinating stories and gorgeous period detail. THE HOUR, a six-part series that debuted on BBC America (it just concluded its run in the U.K. on BBC) would fit beautifully on either showcase. Set in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Abi Morgan counts down THE HOUR for BBC America

Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in THE HOUR - Season 1 | ©2011 Kudos Film & Television Ltd

In 1956 England, the BBC is trying out a different style of TV news program. News producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) doesn’t want to toe the government line about the rapidly heating-up Suez Canal crisis. Bel’s relationship with married anchorman Hector Madden (Dominic West) is likewise catching fire. Meanwhile, Bel’s chief researcher/best friend/genius Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) pines for her while investigating a pair of murders that seem linked to a sinister conspiracy. Welcome to THE HOUR, the six-part period political thriller/murder mystery/newsroom drama premiering tonight on BBC America (it just aired in the U.K. on BBC2). Series creator/executive producer […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: Why THE HOUR is more political thriller than MAD MEN

THE HOUR - Series 1 | ©2011 BBC America

BBC America will be debuting THE HOUR, its new co-production with BBC 2 on August 17th and critics got a first taste of the impressive looking  new series at the Summer’s 2011 TCA session. Set in the mid 1950s, the series created by Abi Morgan is an espionage thriller set in the news room of the BBC as it follows the triangle of a young journalist (Ben Whishaw), an ambitious young producer (Romola Garai) and the new lead anchor of the show (Dominic West). While similarities between THE HOUR and MAD MEN are inevitable, executive producer Derek Wax says those […]Read On »

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