COUNTERPART: Actress Olivia Williams talks secrets in her new Showtime series – exclusive interview

Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk in COUNTERPART | © 2018 Showtime

The premise of Starz’s Sunday-night speculative-fiction drama COUNTERPART is that, 30 years ago, reality split and created a second universe that was at the time identical to our own. Only a privileged few know about this. They are headquartered in a complex that sits above the underground tunnel in Berlin that joins the two dimensions, which have since taken different paths. Olivia Williams plays two different versions of Emily Silk. This world’s Emily is in a coma after an accident. Her devoted husband, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), comes to see her every night at the hospital. Howard, a low-level functionary, […]Read On »

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MANHATTAN: Creator Sam Shaw on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

MANHATTAN - Season 2 | ©2015 WGN America

Sam Shaw created the series MANHATTAN, now in its second season on WGN, Tuesdays at 9 PM. Although the title may suggest the other name for New York City, the show instead deals with the Manhattan Project, when a group of scientists gathered in secret at Los Alamos, New Mexico, to work on what would become the atomic bomb in the 1930s and 1940s. Season 1 had historical figures like J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Daniel London) mingling with fictional scientists like Dr. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) and his botanist wife Dr. Liza Winter (Olivia Williams). At the end […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SEVENTH SON

SEVENTH SON | © 2015 Universal

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou Writers: Charles Leavitt and Steven Knight, screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the novel THE SPOOK’S APPRENTICE by Joseph Delaney Director: Sergei Bodrov Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 7, 2015 One can walk into SEVENTH SON knowing absolutely nothing about it and deduce within the first 10 minutes that A) it’s an adaptation of a young adult (YA) fantasy novel and B) that it was put together by people who don’t know how to tell one adaptation of a YA fantasy novel from another. The first […]Read On »

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Olivia Williams takes MANHATTAN – Exclusive Interview

Olivia Williams in MANHATTAN - Season 1 | ©2014 WGN

WGN America’s new series MANHATTAN, airing Sunday nights, is a dramatized look at the then-ultra-secret World War II-era Manhattan Project. The United States hid away a group of scientists and their families in Los Alamos, New Mexico, so that the atomic bomb could be developed without prying eyes. Olivia Williams plays Liza Winter, another scientist who finds herself professionally ignored while her husband Frank, portrayed by John Benjamin Hickey, toils with the other physicists on the practical applications of nuclear fusion. Williams, a native of London, England, is no stranger to historical stories or characters with big secrets. Regarding the […]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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Movie Review: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON movie poster | ©2012 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel, Eleanor Bron, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Wilson Writer: Richard Nelson Director: Roger Michell Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 7, 2012 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON is the name of a real place, the country home in upstate New York where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt lived with his mother when he wasn’t in Washington, D.C. It’s pure coincidence that there’s another famous Hyde in the public consciousness – as in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE – but this movie has a sense of that second Hyde’s schizophrenia. When HYDE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HANNA

HANNA movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Stars: Saiorse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Jessica Barden Writers: Seth Lochhead and David Farr, story by Seth Lochhead Director: Joe Wright Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: April 8, 2011 HANNA is one of those movies that poses some intriguing questions, answers them on the fly and then has nowhere to go, leaving the entire enterprise feeling like a prologue to some other unmade film. Saiorse Ronan is an extraordinary young actress who commands attention at all times she’s on screen, which is in nearly every scene here, so HANNA is worth watching. However, […]Read On »

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