FARGO: Actor Ben Whishaw gives the scoop on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Ben Whishaw as Rabbi Milligan in FARGO - Season 4 | ©2020 FX/Matthias Clamer

FARGO begins its fourth season on FX Sunday, September 27; it will be available the next day on FX on Hulu. The series, developed by writer/director/show runner Noah Hawley from the Coen Brothers film, is a crime anthology set in the Midwest, with linked stories that go from era to era. The season was originally set to premiere in April, but COVID-19 interrupted production. Season 4 of FARGO is set in the ‘50s, when rival gangster groups swap the young sons of their leaders in a hostage bid that’s meant to foster harmony. This being FARGO, that seems unlikely. Ben […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD movie poster | ©2020 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG Stars: Dev Patel, Jairaj Varsani, Ranveer Jaiswal, Morfydd Clark, Rosalind Eleazar, Darren Boyd, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Bronagh Gallagher, Daisy May Cooper, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong, Anna Maxwell Martin, Aneurin Barnard, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Matthew Cottle, Aimee Kelly, Anthony Welsh, Paul Whitehouse Writers: Armando Ianucci & Simon Blackwell, based on the novel DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens Director: Armando Ianucci Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: August 28, 2020 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD is, as its title suggests, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1850 novel DAVID COPPERFIELD. For those wondering about the title, first […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LITTLE JOE

LITTLE JOE movie poster | ©2019 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Unrated Stars: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, Lindsay Duncan Writers: Jessica Hausner and Geraldine Bajard Director: Jessica Hausner Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: December 6, 2019 LITTLE JOE, from its logline, sounds like it’s going to be a science-bound riff on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. In the loosest sense, it is, in that it’s about a plant that wants to take over the world by influencing humans. LITTLE JOE winds up more closely resembling INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, with people beginning to act not quite like themselves. Under Jessica Hausner’s direction, LITTLE JOE is never […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

MARY POPPINS RETURNS | © 2019 Walt Disney

Rating: PG Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh Writer: David Magee, screen story by David Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca, based on the MARY POPPINS stories by P.L. Travers Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Co. Release Date: December 19, 2018 While MARY POPPINS creator P.L. Travers still probably wouldn’t be happy with the new MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the title character, as played by Emily Blunt, feels closer in spirit to Travers’s work than Julie Andrews’s interpretation in the 1964 film. This Mary Poppins is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PADDINGTON

PADDINGTON | © 2015 TWC-Dimension

Rating: PG Stars: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Michael Gambon (voice), Imelda Staunton (voice) Writer: Paul King, screen story by Hamish McColl and Paul King, based on the character created by Michael Bond Director: Paul King Distributor: TWC-Dimension Release Date: January 16, 2015 PADDINGTON, based on the beloved illustrated children’s book series by Michael Bond about a young and very civilized bear from deepest Peru who comes to live in London, is the kind of movie that could have been made at almost any time in film history. […]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 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: SKYFALL

SKYFALL movie poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures/MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan, based on the character created by Ian Fleming Director: Sam Mendes Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony/M-G-M Release Date: November 9, 2012 If pressed to define exactly what makes a James Bond movie a James Bond movie, as opposed to some other sort of spy thriller, not too many people would be able to give a specific response. SKYFALL, the newest installment in the chronicles of British secret agent 007, provides an answer. It may not be […]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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