"Easter is new beginnings, new life. Easter is about hope." - Bunnymund
I know it’s two days early, but Happy Easter everyone! I hope each and every one of you has a fun and festive holiday! :)
Witches Are Real…And They Are Here, In Salem. Salem, new TV show that looks bewitching premieres this Sunday, April 20th, 10p/9c on WGN America.
Fox International Productions has boarded Amapola, the feature helming debut of Argentinian opera and theater director and Oscar-winning art director Eugenio Zanetti. The script was also written by Zanetti, and stars Camilla Belle, Francois Arnaud, Geraldine Chaplin, Lito Cruz and Leonor Benedetto.
Filmed in El Tigre, Argentina, the film is described as a romantic reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set against the turbulent backdrops of the 1962 Argentinian military coup and the 1982 war for the Falkland Islands.
Check out the trailer below the cut.
Wintry Swansea turned to New York as Elijah Wood films latest scenes for Dylan Thomas movie.
Cinema has recently carved out a place for legendary and slightly eccentric writers in recent years, with Kill Your Darlings and On the Road, and the next wordsmith to get the cinematic treatment is Dylan Thomas for the film Set Fire to the Stars.
The film will explore the turbulent relationship between poet John Malcom Brinnin and his hero Dylan Thomas. It is a movie being shot to mark the 100th anniversary of Dylan’s birth in 1914.
Elijah Wood will play Canadian-born poet Brinnin, who was friends with Thomas as well as Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Brinnin wrote Dylan Thomas in America (1955), an account of how he brought the poet to the United States and accompanied him on book tours, which were often marred by Thomas’s drunkenness and erratic behaviour.
Set Fire to the Stars is the last line of Thomas’ poem Love in the Asylum about his feisty, free-spirited wife Caitlin, in which he describes her as “a girl as mad as birds.” Dylan Thomas will be played by Welch actor Celyn Jones, a veteran of TV shows like Above Suspicion, Leaving and Shameless. He also co-wrote the script with the film’s director, Andy Goddard.
Netflix original series Hemlock Grove will return to the streaming site with a second season Friday, July 11.
Season 2 continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman and Peter are now faced with new responsibilities and the realities that come with adulthood. Roman’s relationship with his mother (Famke Janssen) is all but dead as he struggles with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley (Madeline Martin). Peter moves in with Destiny (Tiio Horn) and is forced to get a job after his mother is sent away. Meanwhile, in search of a new life, newcomer Miranda Cates (Madeline Brewer), embarks on Hemlock Grove with an unknowingly profound effect on Peter and Roman. And Norman (Dougray Scott), still reeling from the loss of his family, must face the harsh truths that are uncovered about those he still loves.
“I cannot wait for fans to see what’s in store for season 2 – it is going to blow away all expectations,” said Roth in a statement announcing the premiere. “Netflix has been an incredible partner, and whenever we wanted to take the story in a dangerous direction, they encouraged us to go even further – into a scarier, darker and sexier place. We guarantee you won’t see anything like this anywhere else on television.”
Read Breakaway Daily’s review of the first season.
It is hard to believe I attended the world premiere of Copperhead last June (watch my coverage here) and now it is available on Blu-Ray & DVD! I received an advanced copy of the film last week and let me tell you the film transfers nicely to digital. Warner Home Video blu-ray discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinary vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features.
Billy Campbell, Augustus Prew, Angus Macfadyen, Francois Arnaud and Peter Fonda star in this Civil War drama adapted from Harold Frederic’s novel The Copperhead, and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals). Set in the fall of 1862, the story details the hardships endured by an upstate New York farmer branded a “Copperhead” by his government and his neighbors for believing that the war was futile, and advocating that the Northern states negotiate a peace treaty with the South. Read my full review of the film here.
Film #38 of 2014: Kokowääh (2011, Germany)
A German film by Til Schweiger worth your time, money and tears. Til Schweiger is the director, star, producer, and co-writer. He also puts his children in almost all his films and his daughter Emma is the most adorable thing you could ever imagine!
Decoding Annie Parker is loosely based on the life of breast cancer survivor Annie Parker (staring Samantha Morton in the title role) and the groundbreaking geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King. Played by Oscar nominee Helen Hunt, King ruffled feathers and changed scientific doctrine when she discovered the BRCA1 gene mutation, one of the most important genetic discoveries of this century which revolutionized understanding and treatment of certain types of breast cancer.
Morton and Hunt are joined by an amazing supporting cast: Aaron Paul (who traded in his Jesse Pinkman buzz cut for long flowing locks), Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Maggie Grace, Chris Mulkey and Corey Stoll.