As evidenced from the first rate drama Learning to Drive, director Isabel Coixet knows how to craft finely tuned and subtly evocative drams. One hopes she strikes a similar chord with The Bookshop, a 1959 tale about Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a widow who opens a bookshop in a conservative, English coastal town.
Florence, who is inspired by reading the works of Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita is prominently featured in the trailer), simply wants her fellow neighbors to enhance their passion for reading. Her path hits a giant road block when an influential woman (Learning to Drive’sPatricia Clarkson) objects to the bookshop, but with the support of a reclusive widower (Bill Nighy) maybe Florence will read happily ever after.
Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Bookshopopens nationwide August 24. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Mary Poppins was released in 1964, so the wait for a sequel has been a long time coming. The teaser trailer to Mary Poppins Returns, featuring Emily Bluntas the titular character, has debuted and while Poppins doesn’t make an appearance towards the end of the 95 second clip, it is still a must see video.
For one, we get to see Hamilton’sLin-Manuel Miranda navigate a kite and Mr. Banks (Ben Whishaw) softly exclaim “Mary Poppins, it is wonderful to see you.” Blunt immediately replies to the couple (Emily Mortimer plays Mrs. Banks) “Yes it is, isn’t it?” while looking at herself in the mirror.
It will be hard to match Julie Andrews’ iconic performance as Mary Poppins, but Blunt is more than capable of putting her own spin to the character. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Meryl Streep, Mary Poppins Returns is set for a Christmas release. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
After a freshman season that managed to avoid any sign of extreme highs or lows, AARON SORKIN’S much talked-about new series THE NEWSROOM comes to a close tonight on HBO. Set in a fictional TV cable news station and centered on an iconoclastic anchor hell-bent on changing the world through self-righteous rants, the series has been a combination of all the things we’ve come to love and hate about SORKIN’S writing. Using storylines taken from actual headlines and employing a terrific cast (JEFF DANIELS, EMILY MORTIMER, DEV PATEL, SAM WATERSTON, OLIVIA MUNN), THE NEWSROOM has been, if nothing else, interesting.
During the Television Critics Association press conference to promote the show, JEFF DANIELS and AARON SORKIN talked about some of the characters on the show. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Appearing yesterday at the Television Critics Association press conference to promote the HBO dramatic series THE NEWSROOM, creator AARON SORKIN took the opportunity to dispel rumors that he’d fired almost the entire writing staff in answer to critical reviews and lackluster ratings. He also wanted it known that the chatter about so-called surviving writer CORINNE KINGSBURY being kept on because she is SORKIN’S ex-girlfriend is equally false. Attacking the rumors before anyone in the audience even asked, SORKIN referred to the reports as “unsourced and untrue” before attempting to set the record straight. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Returning to television after collecting a screenwriting Oscar for THE SOCIAL NETWORK and another nomination for MONEYBALL, writer AARON SORKIN is polarizing critics with THE NEWSROOM, an insider’s look at what might go on behind-the-scenes at a liberal cable news show headlined by a reformed sellout now pledged to bringing the “truth” to the American public. Calling SORKIN “preachy” is a lot like calling DOLLY PARTON “busty”: it is what it is and it’s not going to change. SORKIN’S proselytizing in the first couple of episodes exists for the sake of exposition and lightens-up considerably by episode three but that hasn’t stopped some critics from taking him to task and predicting doom for the new series.
Our advice: stay the course and enjoy the ride. If you liked STUDIO 60 and THE WEST WING, you’ll get very comfortable with THE NEWSROOM.