'The Square' is Ruben Östlund's latest masterpiece for Cannes Film Festival.
This weekend saw the announcement of Swedish art satire 'The Square' as this year's Palme d'Or prize winner at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. It came as quite the surprise for everyone, given that comedies such as this have rarely been winners of the top award.
Ruben Ostlund at the 2015 BIFA Awards
Directed and written by the genius that is the BAFTA nominated Ruben Östlund (who is following his 2014 masterpiece 'Force Majeure'), 'The Square' explores the boundaries of art and human nature following a manager of a modern art museum named named Christian (Claes Bang) who opens a new exhibiton with an installation that comprises of a square drawn on the floor whereby anyone who steps inside must recognise it as a 'sanctuary of trust and caring'.
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The series is based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling 1985 novel.
‘Mad Men’ actor Elisabeth Moss is set to star in a new drama for streaming service Hulu titled ‘The Handmaiden’s Tale’. Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, the series is set to begin production later this year, with the author herself serving as consulting producer.
Elisabeth Moss will star in Hulu’s 'The Handmaiden’s Tale'.
Deadline reports that the series will be the first collaboration from Hulu and studio MGM. Originally, Hulu purchased the script for the series from writer Ilene Chaiken, however she later became unavailable for the project after becoming showrunner on Fox’s 'Empire'.
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After a string of award-winning arthouse hits like Kill List and A Field in England, director Ben Wheatley and writer Amy Jump stumble with this adaptation of the 1970s J.G. Ballard novel. The satirical dystopian setting offers buckets of eye-popping visual style, plus outrageously twisted characters the A-list cast have a lot of fun sinking their teeth into. But while the themes are strong, the people on screen are so aggressively loathsome that it's not an easy movie to watch.
It's set in a brutal concrete tower within commuting distance of London, where new resident Robert (Tom Hiddleston) is learning his way around the building's modern, self-contained design. He especially enjoys flirting with his sexy upstairs neighbour Charlotte (Sienna Miller). But the building has a social structure that is creating some serious tension. Wealthy residents like the tower's architect Anthony (Jeremy Irons) live at the top, while economically struggling families like Helen and Richard (Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans) are closer to the ground, with middle-class families in between. So when the lower floors lose their supply of water and electricity, they revolt against the upper classes, waging all-out war in the hallways.
The political commentary is astute and perhaps even more timely today than it was in 1975, when the novel was written and when the film is set. And each of the characters is full of energy and anger. So it's frustrating that the choppy editing style seems to lose track of people and plot-threads as it shifts around to various angles on the action. This makes all of the violence and sex feel oddly random and excessive, as things get increasingly nasty and each of the people loses the audience's sympathy. Hiddleston has terrific presence, but the film kind of abandons him along the way. While Irons is hamming it up shamelessly, Evans is inexplicably brutal and both Moss and Miller are little more than victims.
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'If only we had enough money to move to a bigger house', an ongoing predicament in most households around the world. Just a little more space, just a little more comfort. Robert Laing is a young doctor who's currently embracing the single life.
Robert thinks that a beautiful closed off high-rise apartment is just the place for him to make a home. His flat is located on the twenty-fifth floor which is somewhere in the middle and as Robert settles in and is introduced to his new neighbours, he soon begins to realise that there's a hierarchy within the building -the higher the floor you're on, the more your life is worth.
The higher you go in the 40-odd floored building, the more palatial your surroundings become. Somehow the man behind the design of the building appears to hold more answers than he's willing to give. Lines are soon crossed and war breaks out between the self-imposed floor class system.
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That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall of iconic American newscaster Dan Rather in 2004. And while the film's script is rather talky (it's like Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom crossed with George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck), it's strongly made point is too important to ignore. And it features yet another storming, intelligent performance from Cate Blanchett.
She plays Mary Mapes, a producer at the classic CBS news programme 60 Minutes, who just a few months before the 2004 presidential election is working on a story about incumbent George W. Bush's shady National Guard service during the Vietnam War. She has an ace team of investigators (including Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss), plus the nation's top news anchor Rather (Robert Redford). But after the story airs, Mary is attacked with questions about the authenticity of a series of memos that trace irregularities in Bush's service record. Her boss (Bruce Greenwood) applies plenty of pressure as the controversy gains more traction than the story itself. And the media storm that follows catches everyone by surprise.
This account is based on Mapes' own memoir about these events, which gives the film a personal, as opposed to journalistic, tone. It hints heavily at both government and corporate efforts to discredit the story, putting Mapes and her entire team in an impossible situation. The film also makes it clear that those memos were indeed real, and that the controversy was actually just misdirection. What brings this to life is the revelatory acting from the ensemble cast, led beautifully by Blanchett, who gives Mary a passion for the truth that's fuelled by her inner demons. And the entire supporting cast adds layers of wit and insight, although Redford kind of relaxes on his easy charm as the engaged, engaging Rather.
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The casting process for 'True Detective' season 2 has been long and drawn out - but will it affect the quality of the new season?
Rachel McAdams, the American actress best known for The Notebook, Midnight in Paris and Sherlock Holmes, is being lined up to play the female lead in True Detective 2, reports suggest. The actress, 35, is understood to be in talks to play the no-nonsense Californian sheriff - the role that Elisabeth Moss was rumored to have landed.
Rachel McAdams appears to be the new frontrunner for the female lead in 'True Detective' season 2 [Getty/Neilson Barnard]
According to Variety, the Mad Men actress is still in contention for the part, though it may be that McAdams is edging ahead. As we already knew, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch are also still in discussions for roles, though with production scheduled to get underway this month - is it time to start assuming the casting process is not running smoothly?
Elisabeth Moss has refused to comment on speculation that she is joining 'True Detective' season 2.
Elisabeth Moss, the award-winning actress best known for playing copywriter Peggy Olson on AMC's 'Mad Men', remains coy on whether she is joining the cast of True Detective Season 2. Speculation is mounting that Moss will line-up with Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn in Nic Pizzolatto's new season, though the actress wouldn't commit during an interview this week.
Elisabeth Moss could be joining 'True Detective' season 2 [Getty/Jason Kempin]
Moss called True Detective a "fantastic show" and waxed lyrical about HBO's output in recent years, saying she has been "a fan of HBO since the get-go" and has "seen everything" on the network.
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The stars were out in force at New York screening of 'The One I Love' at the Crosby Street Theater on Tuesday (Aug 5).
The film sees Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. But what follows is an unexpected journey that forces them to look inside themselves and each other in a different way.
The offers are starting to flow in for Moss, 32, who, having just wrapped up filming the role of a lifetime in Mad Men’s Peggy Olson, has Hollywood at her feet. Already in production are the films ‘High Rise’ and ‘Meadowland’ and a role in the second season of the hugely anticipated True Detective, in which she may play one of the mooted “strong women.”
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So it's not the nominees list we wanted. Here's how to make the best out of this year's Emmy Awards.
Few moments are more important in television than Emmy season. Like, how will we know which new shows are good, if the Academy doesn’t tell us? Alternatively, if your favorite show got snubbed this year, you’ll probably still be watching with your best ironic sneer, being all: “This got nominated over Orphan Black?” Hypothetically, of course.
So, whether your shows got nominated or not, here is the definitive guide to watching the Emmys this year. Works for beginners, as well as advanced TV maniacs.
We could have done with a couple more nods for Orange, tbh.
Linday Lohan will be spending September-November in London when she stars in David Mamet's play Speed-The-Plow. This will not only be her West End debut but her first stage performance.
Lindsay Lohan is set to make her West End and stage debut in David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow. The production could not be more appropriate for the 27-year-old actress as it satirises Hollywood and the pressures and debauchery which occur behind the scenes. Lohan certainly knows how fickle the film industry can be and the pressures, when in the public eye, to succeed. The former Disney star went through something of a rocky patch starting in 2010 and has only appeared healthy again.
Lindsay Lohan will play Karen in Speed-The-Plow.
Lohan is set to play Karen, a secretary working for a Hollywood producer, who is courted and seduced by two producers causing to complications in their working relationship. When the play was first performed on Broadway in 1988, Madonna took the lead as Karen. Since its debut the role of Karen in Speed-The-Plow has been portrayed by Elisabeth Moss and Alicia Silverstone, as the BBC reports.
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'American Hustle' was the night's big winner, with three major wins, but there were surprises elsewhere as even Leonardo DiCaprio won an award!
The 2014 Golden Globes came and went on Sunday, 12 January night as the stars of Hollywood gathered for the first real awards showcase of the year. The event didn't let down, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivering the laughs throughout the event and with individual stars using their time in the spotlight to grand effect, resulting in a night to remember.
American Hustle was the night's big winner
The two top-contested awards, Best Motion Picture for Drama and for Musical or Comedy, were awarded to the early favourites and the two titles looking most likely to sweep up over the course of awards season: 12 Years A Slave and America Hustle.
Leah Remini's filed missing persons report for Michelle Miscavige is "unfounded", according to an LAPD source.
Leah Remini's filed missing persons report for Michelle Miscavige, the wife of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, has been closed by the LAPD. Remini left the church last month and filed a missing persons report shortly after.
Lea Remini at the 2012 Television Critics Association Summer press tour.
Michelle Miscavige has not been seen in public, according to The Hollywood Reporter, since 2007, however, LAPD has closed the case after contacting the elusive Michelle Miscavige. That said, a source (speaking to the New York Daily News) from the LAPD remained vague on how the police had clarified she wasn't missing: only saying "investigators have made some type of contact with her."
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This is the latest show you've just got to watch.
A recent swathe of high-production value TV has seen the medium talked about almost as much as it’s bigger brother: the movies. In the U.K, foreign drama is finally moving past the language barrier as audiences get used to subtitles, hence the popularity of shows like The Returned.
Elisabeth Moss in Top of The Lake
But with Top of The Lake – the New Zealand crime drama currently delighting the critics – TV fans can enjoy the luxury and mystery of a foreign drama without having to read it.
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The Emmy Nominations have been released with a strong showing amongst the latest trend of 'smart' dramas. Here are our predictions.
This year 'smart' dramas Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad dominate the Primetime Emmy Award nominations yet again and even for fans of the TV shows, it will be hard to predict which of their favourite series will carry off the most gongs. The Hollywood Reporter's Stacey Wilson highlights just how highly contested this year's 'best drama' category is: "If you win this year, it's going to be a real feather," she said to ABC News. The nominees list for each category is decidedly hefty but we've identified the ones that are toughest to call.
Bryan Cranston Voted Best Actor?
Having never won an 'outstanding drama' Emmy before, it looks like Breaking Bad could finally scoop the big gong this year having picked up five Primetime Emmy's before; 3 'best actors' for Bryan Cranston, 2 'best supporting actors' for Aaron Paul. With the first half of its final season currently airing, it looks like this could be the last chance for the show, as popular as ever, to scoop the night's biggest award. Downton Abbey, whilst having previously looked strong, has endured harsh reviews in its third season meaning it will be interesting to see whether this has had any impact on the voters.
Dark new New Zealand drama 'Top of the Lake' premieres but what does 'Mad Men' actress Elisabeth Moss think of her new detective role?
Top of the Lake has debuted on British TV this weekend, establishing Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss as a truly fine television actress in her role after secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson. The six-part series comes from Jane Campion who directed 1993 The Piano and who gives the new BBC2 bleak drama about child abuse a film-like feel. Moss plays the role of detective Robin Griffin who, although usually based in Sydney, Australia, returns home to the village of Laketop of New Zealand's south island to visit her mother who is suffering with cancer. Whilst home in the idyllic, mountain-framed town, Griffin is called upon to help investigate the case of Tui Mitcham (Jacqueline Joe); a 12 year-old girl who is found to be five months pregnant with her angry, Scottish, criminal kingpin father Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan) suspected.
Elisabeth Moss To Take On A New Detective Character In Dark TV Series Top of the Lake.
The first episode sets the scene of the eerie, lawless town perfectly, with Moss fitting in her unglamorous role as Kiwi detective, with the Los Angeles-born actress mastering the tricky New Zealand accent for her new character. The Guardian's Sarah Dempster evaluates the engaging new series as one that harbours many clichés yet is a "beautifully shot mystery, wrapped in an unpleasant thriller that's also a morality tale" The Telegraph's Serena Davies also gives the BBC2 drama a thumbs up for being "flawlessly beautiful" in its setting and praises lead actors Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss for cementing the awkward, backwood, small-town feel that makes it clear to the viewer why Griffin decided to seek friendlier climes in the Australian cities.
Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology following an alleged dispute with the Church's management.
King Of Queens actor Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology. Remini is reported to have disagreed with the church's management, the major factor in her decision to leave.
Leah Remini at a Disney event in California.
The Church is notoriously secretive and in commenting on Remini they have remained as elusive as ever. A spokesperson for the Church said in a statement: "the Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."
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Mad Men returned for its sixth season this week, though should show bosses be worried about the low audience figures?
Season six of Mad Men proved to be a hard sell for UK audiences this week, premiering to just 58,000 viewers on Sky Atlantic. Yep, that's just 58,000, in case you thought we meant 580,000, or 5.8 million. Just 58,000. The show, one of the most stylish and absorbing dramas in recent years, pulled in 98,000 fewer viewers than for its fifth season launch on the channel last year - but what does it all mean for Mad Men?
In fairness, the creators of the show shouldn't worry too much. Mad Men hasn't never fared particularly well in the UK, despite appealing to critics and a relatively small but dedicated fan-base. Bought by Sky last year, the show - starring Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss - has slumped in the ratings since it was last available on free-to-air TV. The launch of the fourth series on BBC4 in 2010 pulled in a sizeable audience of 355,000. Despite the small audience for Wednesday's return, it was still nearly triple Sky Atlantic's slot average over the last three months, up a massive 178%. Sky executives often play down the important of overnight ratings, arguing that the purpose of paying the big-bucks for shows like Mad Men is to pull in subscriber numbers.
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Despite the skill behind and in front of the camera, a badly constructed script flattens this film version of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1957 novel. It's beautifully shot and sharply played by the starry ensemble cast, but the repetitive structure leaves the film with no forward momentum. Instead of a voyage of discovery, it feels like a lot of random, pointless wandering.
Thinly autobiographical, the story centres on the young New York writer Sal (Riley). He's drawn to the charismatic Dean (Moriarty), a charming rogue who's married to 16-year-old Marylou (Stewart) but is having an affair with Camille (Dunst) while seducing every other woman he meets. And quite a few men as well, including Sal's friend Carlo (Sturridge). All of them are writers and artists, hanging out in clouds of hash smoke as they drive back and forth across America in search of something to write about.
Of course, Sal finds this in Dean as their friendship ebbs and flows over several years. Since this is essentially Sal's story, it's rather odd that the film abandons him from time to time to follow someone else, leaping jarringly into another situation, often marked by Dean's sudden reappearance after yet another bit of roaming. So while we understand how everyone is held in Dean's magnetic orbit, we can't quite see the point of it all. Sal may be obsessed with his thoughts of Dean, but he seems strangely willing to abandon him time and time again. There isn't nearly enough of the scene-stealing costars like Mortensen, Adams and Buscemi. And frankly, it should be a crime to waste Moss (of Mad Men fame) in such a fragmented role.
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Michelle Dockery joined the cast of Downton Abbey at last night’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Reception. According to the Daily Mail, the upmarket dinner, held in North Hollywood, was “overrun” with cast members from the British show but Dockery stood out from the crowd, looking stunning in a demure black and white floral dress and gold shoes. Her make up was subtle and simple and her hair was tied loosely back at her neck; she looked every part the British beauty; a fitting image for the lead actress in the revered British drama.
Dockery has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the forthcoming Emmys and is hotly tipped to be walking away with the gong on Sunday night (September 23, 2012). It won’t be an easy win for Michelle though. She may be becoming an increasingly popluar figure in the US but she still faces fierce competition from home-grown favourites Glenn Close (for her role in Damages), Kathy Bates (for Harry’s Law), Claire Danes (Homeland), Elisabeth Moss and Julianne Marguilies (The Good Wife). Some of Michelle’s cast members are also expected to do well, including Joanne Froggatt, who has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Froggatt was also looking stunning last night, though she opted for a much bolder look, teaming an orange shift dress with a pair of nude heels.
The Emmy Awards considered to be the ‘Oscars’ equivalent for television; they’re a big deal for the US TV industry and last night’s reception dinner was awash with stars of the small screen. The ceremony, which takes place on Sunday night, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
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Sal Paradise is an ambitious young writer trying to find his place in the world. After his father passes away, he decides to seek out new experiences desperate to stay away from the mundaneness of everyday life. In New York, he meets ex-convict Dean Moriarty - an embodiment of the Beat Generation who fascinates him and ends up drawing him into his dangerous world of women, drugs and societal deviance. They hit the road alongside Dean's new, teenage wife Marylou doing anything and everything to ensure that new experiences never end and seek out their own freedom. Along the way they find who they really are, who their friends are and the meaning of being free.
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A Buddy Story is the tale of a not very successful solo singer/songwriter's quest for self-discovery. Buddy meets Susan along his journey - his new next door neighbour who is suffering at the hands of her abusive boyfriend, Pete. She seeks an escape from the city and her boyfriend so she, Buddy and Buddy's pet turtle drive out into the open road making a variety of stops on the way; such as the birthday party of an old man turned one hundred, and the rowdy atmosphere of a biker bar! The conclusion of this heart-warming story brings realisation and important understanding of the journey to find happiness.
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Beth and Joseph Winter have been married for several years but lately, she feels that he is growing more distant from her and more absorbed in his work as a surgeon. Everything changes, though, when Beth spots a stray dog on the side of the freeway. After persuading her daughter to back up, Beth decides to adopt the dog and names him Freeway.
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