Movie Review: AMULET

AMULET movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Imelda Staunton, Anah Ruddin Writer: Romola Garai Director: Romola Garai Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: July 24, 2020 AMULET is a stylish, satisfying writing/directing feature debut from Romola Garai. Garai, a topnotch English actress (THE HOUR, SUFFRAGETTE) who does not appear here, demonstrates that she can get fine work from performers, and that she knows how to create an atmosphere that glides from dreamlike to nightmarish. We follow Tomaz (Alec Secareanu) in two timelines. In one, he is a young wartime guard at an Eastern European border crossing deep in the […]Read On »

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LES MISERABLES: Dominic West on the new PBS drama – Interview

David Oyelowo, Lily Collins, Dominic West in MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES | ©2019 BBC/Lookout Point

When most people think about Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel LES MISERABLES, originally published in 1862, they associate it with the hugely popular stage musical and its film adaptation. However, LES MISERABLES has been adapted as a straight drama on a number of occasions. The newest version of LES MISERABLES, a miniseries originally produced by and aired on the BBC, begins airing in the U.S. on PBS MASTERPIECE on Sunday, April 14. Dominic West stars as reformed criminal Jean Valjean, trying to live a good life as he is pursued over decades by obsessed law officer Javert (David Oyelowo), with revolution […]Read On »

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

Anna Chancellor in TRUST - Mini-series | ©2018 FX

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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Exclusive Interview: Dominic West on THE HOUR Season 2

Dominic West in THE HOUR - Season 2 | ©2012 BBCAmerica

In Season Two of THE HOUR, which just concluded its run on BBCAmerica Dominic West’s character Hector Madden has been through the wringer. In the first season, Hector was a debonair and dapper anchorman, even if he was also a married heartbreaker. This season, he’s in trouble with his boss and former lover Bel (Romola Garai), his wife (Oona Chaplin) – and the police. It’s tough for the character, but it’s good fun for West. The English actor takes some time to talk about Hector and some of his other roles, while simultaneously admiring the music hall-style show that’s been […]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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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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