Are you ready for a Philomena reunion? Good, because English actor, writer, and comedian Steve Coogan (Philomena) is reuniting with his old Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope to tackle the screenplay for The Lost King, a new drama/comedy from Philomena director Stephen Frears. Will Dame Judi Dench, who actually played the titular Philomena, eventually get involved and make this reunion even more robust? One can only hope.
As for The Lost King, the film is based on the true story of the unlikely discovery of King Richard III’s remains, which were discovered by an amateur sleuth who, after years of research, realized that he was buried under a modern day parking lot. Read More »
You know what’s more fun than watching a quiz show? Watching a series about a scandal where a couple tried to cheat on one of the most popular television quiz shows of all-time. AMC has a story just like that coming your way next month.
Quiz is a new three-part miniseries that tells the story of how Major Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen) used his wife Diana (Sian Clifford of Fleabag) and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson of Hamilton), to cheat his way to the top prize on the United Kingdom version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? during its heyday in 2001. The first Quiz teaser has just been released, giving us a better look at the series. Read More »
Has there been an actress who’s played more members of English royalty or upper class society than Dame Judi Dench? She has to be the first call casting directors make if they’re looking for someone to play a role like that, and over the course of her long career, she’ve proven adept at allowing bits of humanity to shine through the authoritative figures she often plays.
Now she’s suiting up as England’s Queen Victoria for a new film called Victoria & Abdul, in which she forms an unconventional alliance with an Indian servant played by Ali Fazal. Check out the trailer and poster, and learn why this is strangely familiar territory for Dench below.
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Director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) has not one but two biopics out in theaters this year. The Program was recently released, but the Lance Armstrong biopic was a disappointment, despite a dedicated performance from Ben Foster. It’s probably Frears’ next film, Florence Foster Jenkins, that more people will be talking about later this year. The director’s upcoming picture stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Rebecca Ferguson.
Watch the Florence Foster Jenkins trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
A few weeks ago it was announced The Program will premiere on DirecTV this month. The Lance Armstrong biopic was shot almost two and a half years ago, but The Program has taken its time getting to the big screen, for unknown reasons. The former potential awards contender is directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) and, in the starring role as the disgraced cyclist, is Ben Foster.
Below, watch The Program trailer.
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The Program began principal photography almost two and a half years ago, and that’s when we get our first look at actor Ben Foster in the role of Lance Armstrong. It’s an impressive transformation, but one we haven’t gotten to see on the big screen yet. After opening overseas and playing at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Stephen Frears‘ drama will premiere on DirecTV this month.
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Ben Foster made an interesting revelation while promoting The Program. In the film, he plays former cycling champ Lance Armstrong, whose titles were stripped after confirmation that he used performance-enhancing drugs. To play the role, Foster went so method that he actually used performance-enhancing drugs to prep for the role.
Read what Foster had to say about that approach to the Lance Armstrong movie and what it did for him, and check out new trailer for The Program, after the break. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
In the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, multiple parties were racing to adapt the story for the big screen. As of now, the winner is Stephen Frears with The Program. The first international trailer has hit today, nearly two years after we got our first look.
Ben Foster leads as the disgraced cyclist, and Chris O’Dowd is the journalist who begins to suspect Armstrong of cheating. Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, and Dustin Hoffman also star. Watch the Lance Armstrong biopic trailer after the jump.
UPDATE: Studiocanal UK has just uploaded an English-language version of The Program trailer, with new footage. See it after the jump. Read More »
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The 2009 film Great Directors from doc filmmaker Angela Ismailos is a great introduction to the work, creative philosophies and personalities of ten directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film presents conversations and clips from the work of those filmmakers, and is just the sort of thing to turn new audiences on to films from each of those filmmakers, or, if you’re already a fan of that crew, to bolster your knowledge of each. Watch the full Great Directors documentary below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
With seemingly half of Hollywood racing to bring a Lance Armstrong biopic to the big screen, the first one to reach the starting line is Stephen Frears. His untitled picture began shooting a few days ago, with Ben Foster in the lead role of the disgraced cyclist. A first-look image has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.
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