If you remember the Sixties, the old joke goes, then you weren't there. Writer Paula Milne was there and she has harnessed her powers of recollection for an epic new BBC2 drama that not only spans the Sixties, but the Seventies and Eighties as well. White Heat follows a group of students thrown together in a London flat-share in 1965, and it's already been dubbed "Our Friends in the South" – a comparison with Peter Flannery's 1996 series Our Friends in the North that Milne (The Politician's Wife, Small Island) believes is not quite on the mark.
[...]"I didn't want it to be just a group of London students... I wanted to have this mix, but at the same time why would they be together?" asks Milne. Her solution was to turn this particular house-share into a deliberate social experiment engineered by student landlord Jack (Sam Claflin). A radicalised MP's son whose father bought the house, Jack gets to make up the house rules, including a ban on monogamy, that reflect the free love (or "contingent relationships" – Jack is keen on his Sartre and De Beauvoir) spirit of the time. "I went to art college and there was quite a lot of that," says Milne, "particularly the rule about not sleeping with anyone for more than three consecutive nights. There was a sense of 'let's run this differently'."
The six hour-long episodes are set respectively in 1965, 1967, 1972, 1979, 1982 and 1990, taking in anti-Vietnam War protests, IRA bombs, industrial unrest, the Falklands War, Aids and Thatcher. The mix of the personal and the political is framed by a flash-forward to the present day, in which their old house is being revisited by the former friends after one of their number dies and makes them the executors of his or her will.
The survivors haven't seen each other in 20 years ("something cataclysmic happens in 1990," says Milne), and the identity of the dead character is withheld until the final episode, although from the opening episode it clearly isn't the feminist Charlotte (played in the present day by Juliet Stevenson) or former art student Lilly (Lindsay Duncan), who are the first to arrive. The younger versions of Charlotte and Lilly are played by Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise) and MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga); they're joined by Claflin
, Lee Ingleby (Being Human), David Gyasi, Reece Ritchie and Jessica Gunning."Getting the right cast was crucial," says Milne. "They must age from 18 to their early 40s and they have to have the maturity to actually get into the mind-set of somebody in their thirties facing childlessness, or whatever. We cover seven time frames... and they all say they are lucky to play such parts. Me, I think we are lucky to have them."
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Marvel Studios has a new poster for The Avengers
out this morning, joining the seven-member superhero team in a bit of comic book chaos on the streets of New York.
Along with the full image, EW has exclusive interviews about what the Joss Whedon written-and-directed film does with this crew of iconic characters. Tomorrow, a new trailer for the film — out May 4 — will debut online.CHRIS HEMSWORTH AS THOR
The point of last spring’s movie about this god-like being from the celestial realm of Asgard was that an arrogant but powerful man had to learn humility to become a true hero.
Thor doesn’t need to be told twice, says Chris Hemsworth. In The Avengers
, he returns as someone with a greater sense of responsibility for the world – or worlds – he inhabits.
“There’s a maturity to the character because of the journey he went on, certainly. He was a petulant sort of kid at the beginning of Thor, and by the end of it hopefully you walk away thinking that he is matured and there was a grounded quality to him that wasn’t there before,” Hemsworth says.
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What can you share about Snow White and the Huntsman?
Filming it made me feel like a teenager, like I was 12. The movie itself is a very ambitious project, and to me playing Ravenna was a lot of fun.What was it like filming with the young Kristen Stewart, who plays Snow White?
From the moment we met there was this amazing chemistry between us. We had a great time filming that movie. I really hope people enjoy it. Kristen is only 21… I remember when I was that age. Her performance is fantastic. In fact, she’s quite the fighter.
On Saturday March 17th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California
Time: 3:15-4:15 Universal Pictures: Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman
— Universal Pictures will present footage and special guests from two of its upcoming epic action-adventures: Battleship (May 18) and Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1). Battleship director/producer Peter Berg will be joined by two of the star's from the film, Alexander Skarsgård and Brooklyn Decker, to discuss the project. Snow White and the Huntsman's director, Rupert Sanders, will answer questions about the new movie starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. Ballroom, Third Level
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Forget a wardrobe trailer. Snow White and the Huntsman has FIVE huge warehouses just for clothes, tailoring, and fittings. There's even a room just for making the clothes look dirty or torn as the scenes progress! Oscar Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood fills us in on all the movie’s fashion secrets."Kristen’s Snow White is a totally different kind of character. She's much less princess-y and more of a bad-ass girl. Her costume is leather with clamps and different stitching on it, so it’s quite different."
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You're kind of an "it" girl at the moment. Are you glad you didn't get the role of Bella in Twilight?
No. I think that everything happens for a reason. Everything happened the way that it did, especially because I really like Kristen Stewart in the Twilight
movies. I can’t really imagine anybody else doing it; I think she’s a great Bella. I’ve never really been disappointed about not getting anything. I mean, I was just with every actor in New York or LA auditioning for whatever’s out there. But I felt that whatever is meant to be, will happen. I actually had no idea what they were. When the movies came out, I went "Wow!" Source
The movie ‘Will’ whichpremiered at the cinema last October has now been released on DVD.
The film follows the story of a young Liverpool fan Will Brennan (Perry Eggleton) who is reunited with his father and the promise of a Champions League final ticket to Istanbul. Left devastated by his fathers sudden death, and with only these tickets to remember him by, he sets off on an adventure to get himself across to Turkey.Bob Hoskins
and Alice Krige play prominent roles but it is the young actor Perry who steals the show.
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An animated adaptation of the environmentally themed Dr. Seuss book
Estimated budget: $70 millionAmerican Reunion
The cast of the 1999 gross-out comedy "American Pie" meets at its 10th high school reunion.
Estimated budget: $50 millionBattleship
The board game turns into a hybrid naval warfare/alien invasion film starring Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson.
Estimated budget: $211 millionSnow White and the Huntsman
A dark, modern spin on the fairy tale starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.
Estimated budget: $170 millionView more here:LA Times
Kristen Stewart gave fans a flash of her fabulous left leg in her embellished J. Mendel dress at the London premiere of Breaking Dawn: Part 1.
See more here:Glamour UK
We thought we were getting our fill of Dracula with two new movies in the works, but we were wrong
. Because actually, there are four
potential movies trying to make their way to the big screen that are based on Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire.
Just to recap: Warner Bros is talking to Russell Crowe
about doing Harker
for director Jaume Collet-Serra
, while Universal resurrected once-dead Alex Proyas-Sam Worthington origin tale Dracula: Year Zero
for new director Gary Shore
. Now Deadline is reporting that the two will have even more stiff competition, one from horror master Guillermo del Toro
and another from two parties already well versed in same-subject battles.
Deadline says Del Toro is readying an adaptation of his own contemporary novel trilogy, which began with The Strain
and concluded in last October’s The Night Eternal
. Del Toro will jump on the trilogy after completing big budget alien action flickPacific Rim
.Meanwhile, the writer of Snow White tale Mirror Mirror and the producers behind Snow White and the Huntsman have apparently put aside their differences, and will team up on another period origin tale of Dracula for Sony Pictures.
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via Bleeding Cool