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Afm: Hugo Weaving Stars in ‘Hearts and Bones’

  • Variety
Lord of the Rings” and “Matrix” star Hugo Weaving heads the cast of Australian feature film “Hearts and Bones.”

Hearts and Bones” is a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of friendship between a war correspondent and a Sudanese refugee. They are connected by a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. It explores issues of personal identity, the ties of family, friendship, masculinity and fatherhood, all set against Sydney’s diverse and expanding cultural divide.

Hearts and Bones” is written and directed by Ben Lawrence (“Ghosthunter”), co-written by Beatrix Christian (“Picnic at Hanging Rock”) and produced by Matt Reeder (“The Little Death,”) at Night Kitchen Productions.

Production has recently got under way in Sydney, Australia. Newcomer Andrew Luri stars as the Sudanese refugee.

“When work on this script began in 2002, the world had just witnessed 9/11 and Australia had embarked on a war in Afghanistan that continues to this day,” said Lawrence.
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Hugo Weaving to topline Ben Lawrence’s ‘Hearts and Bones’

A first look at Hugo Weaving in ‘Hearts and Bones’. (Photo: Paul Suesse)

Hugo Weaving will star opposite newcomer Andrew Luri in Hearts and Bones, writer-director Ben Lawrence’s feature debut that’s just begun shooting in Sydney.

Hearts and Bones follows a war photographer Dan (Weaving) who has returned home to Sydney from assignment. Haunted by years at war, he struggles to conceal his fear of imminent fatherhood and immerses himself in preparations for an upcoming exhibition of his work. This grabs the attention of Sebastian Aman (Luri), a Sudanese refugee whose village Dan had photographed 20 years earlier. As the bond between the two men develops, a startling revelation comes to light that sets both on an unexpected path.

Lawrence (Ghosthunter) – the son of Ray Lawrence – penned the script with Beatrix Christian (Picnic at Hanging Rock), while Matt Reeder of Night Kitchen Productions is the producer.

Weaving also stars in M4M,
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‘Dogs’ Docuseries Gets Netflix Premiere Date, First Trailer (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Dogs’ Docuseries Gets Netflix Premiere Date, First Trailer (Exclusive)
“Dogs,” a new docuseries from Glen Zipper and Amy Berg, is set to premiere globally on Netflix November 16.

Variety has also exclusively obtained the first trailer, which you can watch below.

The six-episode series tracks six individual stories “celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged friends” from countries including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the United States.

“Dogs don’t just make us feel loved, dogs make us feel safe,” says Zipper. “In the world we live in today, no matter how divided we are, we should take care to realize how much dogs mean to all of us, and how our bond with them can help bring us together.”

The first episode, directed by Heidi Ewing, follows an 11-year-old girl who suffers from traumatic seizures and her certified therapy dog, Rory.

Berg directs the second episode, in which a man named Ayham who fled
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Review: Paul Simon Revisits Some Obscure Tunes on ‘In the Blue Light’

Review: Paul Simon Revisits Some Obscure Tunes on ‘In the Blue Light’
Leave it to Paul Simon to look back not with anger but with fussiness. Timed to coincide with his farewell tour, In the Blue Light finds Simon rifling through his back catalog and remaking ten cuts from his post-Garfunkel albums. Given how notoriously meticulous he’s always been, you’d think Simon would have gotten these takes right the first time, but let’s not forget this is someone who released an album with not one but two songs called “Think Too Much.”

Simon is hardly the first musician to revisit his or her work,
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Hear Paul Simon’s New Take on ‘Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War’

Hear Paul Simon’s New Take on ‘Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War’
Paul Simon adds lush orchestral layers to “Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War” in a new version of the 1983 track. New York chamber ensemble yMusic offers textural elegance to the rerecorded take, which appears on the singer-songwriter’s upcoming 14th LP, In the Blue Light.

The song, which appeared in its original form on 1983’s Hearts and Bones, opens and closes with flurries of strings and woodwinds. Simon quietly croons over the subtle orchestrations and a descending electric guitar pattern – a more atmospheric approach than the first version,
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Paul Simon to Release New Album for Final Dates of Farewell Tour

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Paul Simon to Release New Album for Final Dates of Farewell Tour
To coincide with the final dates of his farewell tour, Paul Simon will release his 14th solo studio album — called “In the Blue Light” — on September 7, Legacy Recordings announced today. The album features new versions, or, as the announcement says, “fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist’s favorite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs” from across Simon’s solo career.

“This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around,” Simon said in a statement. “Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn’t make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.”

Musicians joining Simon for the re-interpretations include trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd, as well as the chamber ensemble sextet yMusic,
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‘Maigret’ Scribe Stewart Harcourt Signs With ICM Partners

Prolific UK television and feature film scribe Stewart Harcourt has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas. This is the first concentrated effort in the U.S. for ITV’s Maigret writer Harcourt. His other TV work includes Dracula for BBC1, Treasure Island (Sky1), Hearts and Bones starring Michael Fassbender and Damien Lewis, Love and Marriage (ITV1) and last year’s praised Churchill's Secret starring Michael Gambon on Masterpiece. Harcourt has developed…
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13 amazing things you probably didn't know about Star Wars' Carrie Fisher

13 amazing things you probably didn't know about Star Wars' Carrie Fisher
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Ok, on Tuesday, on your laptop - the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revealed a host of new titbits to intrigue and torment us. As well as, among the new and familiar faces, our first proper look at Carrie Fisher returning as Princess Leia.

And yet Fisher isn't all doughnut-hairdos and gold bikinis. After the original trilogy was released, she became as well known for her incredible life off-screen - not least for her turbulent love life and struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse - as her roles on-screen.

So as she turns 59 this week, what better time to look back at some of the stranger things you probably didn't know about her:

1. She was born into Hollywood royalty

Carrie wasn't just some unknown ingénue plucked from obscurity by George Lucas - she was born
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The Americans, Love & Marriage and the rise of hybrid TV genres | Mark Lawson

It used to be that viewers knew what to expect from a BBC drama, or an ITV comedy, or a Channel 4 import. But increasingly, the lines are blurring, and that's no bad thing

There's an expression frequently used by TV drama executives giving notes on proposals or shows in development: "The audience need to know where they are from early on." The comment most often refers to genre – is this a thriller, a romcom or a drama-doc? – but can also relate to the network for which the piece is aiming. "This feels more BBC2 than BBC1," a commissioner might say, with the precision of a wine-taster, or: "It isn't really ITV. Have you tried Channel 4?"

Recently, these exact distinctions have broken down, partly through the rise of hybrid genres, influenced by Us independent cinema and cable TV, in which a joke can lead to a death, or vice-versa.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

As 'Treasure Island's' Long John Silver, Eddie Izzard gets his bald pirate on

Over a glass of wine at a busy restaurant bar adjacent to a mall cinema on the west side of Los Angeles, British comic and actor Eddie Izzard shares his long-standing desire to be bald -- not permanently, mind you, but just for a role.

"I've been trying to shave my head in some role for eight years," he tells Zap2it. "I just thought it'd be an interesting take. ... To keep a comedic thing going and a dramatic thing, it's a tricky thing to do. If you can break a look, if you can make it so one is over there and one is, 'Oh, God, you look so different,' that really helps."

Izzard is at the cinema for a screening of the first half of his latest project, a new, four-hour version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic "Treasure Island," airing all in one night Saturday, May 5, on Syfy.
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Paul Simon Sings for Africa

Paul Simon Sings for Africa
Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com Paul Simon (right), and Mark Stewart perform at a fundraiser for the Turkana Basin Institute Wednesday at the Highline Stages in Manhattan.

A fast-joking bid caller in a tuxedo and a Stetson cowboy hat was talking up the stakes for a Yamaha guitar signed by Paul Simon, as an audience filled with philanthropists such as David Rockefeller Jr. sat amused.

After the guitar sold for $19,000, and exotic trips including a Kenya safari and an Antarctic voyage were auctioned,
See full article at Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal »

New TV Spot for Treasure Island Featuring Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland

This Saturday, Syfy will be airing both parts of the very popular British TV updated adaptation of Treasure Island, produced by Rhi, the same company that brought us Tin Man, Alice, and Neverland. It ain’t no Disney version, that’s for sure:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood

And Donald Sutherland Lead All Star Cast In Syfy’S

New Adaptation Of Treasure Island

Premieres Saturday, May 5 From 7-11Pm In

Special One Night Movie Event

New York – March 21, 2012 – In a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday, May 5 from 7-11Pm (Et/Pt) on Syfy.

Izzard (The Riches, Oceans 12) stars as Long John Silver,
See full article at ScifiMafia »

Syfy’s Treasure Island Features a Hobbit, a President and Grandpa Munster

With such a great cast, I must admit my expectations are exceptionally and excitedly high. Syfy will be premiering its four-hour Treasure Island on one night, May 5, so make sure you have your evening clear. Starring Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games), , and Eddie Izzard (Mockingbird Lane), I really can’t wait to see this.

Here’s the press release:

Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood And Donald Sutherland Lead All Star Cast In Syfy’S New Adaptation Of Treasure Island

Premieres Saturday, May 5 From 7-11Pm In Special One Night Movie Event

New York – March 21, 2012 – In a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday,
See full article at ScifiMafia »

Love Life: a TV romance to fall head over heels in love with?

Television love stories have given us some brilliant couples – so why aren't there more romantic dramas on screen?

We have fallen for Ross and Rachel; swooned over Adam and Rachel, and held our breath as Carrie and Big's relationship. And now ITV hopes viewers we will fall for another couple whose relationship is, well, complicated. But can writer Bill Gallagher's new drama Love Life, which tells the story of couple Joe (Rob James-Collier) and Lucy (Andrea Lowe) – in love, but wanting different things – prove that television romance is far from dead.

Compared with anything involving stethoscopes or blue lights and sirens, straightforward love stories are relatively rare on television. While romantic fiction does well in the book charts, and romantic films continue to be big draws for cinema (even if they star Jennifer Aniston) television tends to steer clear of wide-eyed lovey dovey stuff.

The most celebrated modern show
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Portrait of the artist: Sarah Parish, actor

'The Boddingtons ad led to a lot of roles as northern women. People didn't realise I was from Somerset'

What got you started?

Going to Yeovil College to do my A-levels, and discovering drama.

What was your big breakthrough?

An advert I did for Boddingtons Beer in 1994. It was set on an apparently very glamorous beach, with me in a bikini and a big hat; then the camera pulled back, and you saw it was actually Blackpool and my name was Vera and I had a thick Manchester accent. To me, it was just another embarrassing stunt. For another ad, I'd skied down a mountain with a yoghurt pot on my head. But it led to a lot of roles as northern women: people didn't seem to realise I was actually from Somerset.

What have you sacrificed for your art?

A lot of boyfriends have hit the dust. It wasn't
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Can Married Single Other restore ITV's reputation for relationship dramas?

It has much in common with Cold Feet, Sex and the City et al – and ITV will hope Single Married Other mirrors their success

ITV has recently become quite good at producing both must-see talent competitions and TV shows about Robson Green going for a bit of a swim. However, it's done so at the expense of something it used to be great at – the contemporary relationship drama.

As a way of attempting to even that up, tonight ITV premieres Married Single Other – the much-trailed new comedy drama starring Ralf Little and Lucy Davis among others. They're calling it the new Cold Feet, which would at first seem like a fair assumption, given that the show shares the same executive producer and director, and that the subject matter is exactly the same. But in reality it's a slightly unfair comparison – these types of shows are undoubtedly products of their time.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

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