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Locke Review


OK

A riveting performance from Tom Hardy makes this pseudo-thriller utterly riveting, turning even the most contrived plot elements into punchy drama. Like Robert Redford in All Is Lost or Sandra Bullock in Gravity, this one-person show also works as an intriguing cinematic experiment: telling an entire story centred only on a man driving a car for 90 minutes.

Hardy plays construction foreman Ivan Locke, who's set to oversee the biggest concrete pour in Europe. But at the crucial moment, he abandons his post and hits the road for a late-night drive from Birmingham to London. He turns his work responsibility over to his extremely nervous assistant (voiced by Andrew Scott), but has a tough time calming down the corporate bosses. He also phones his sons (Tom Holland and Bill Milner) to tell them he won't make it home to watch the big game, but he struggles to explain to his angry wife (Ruth Wilson) the reason he's driving to London to meet a middle-aged woman (Olivia Colman), who is also sounding rather stressed down the line.

As Hardy's character tries to salvage his marriage, family and career, his moral conundrum becomes increasingly intense, and Hardy plays him as a man whose internal turmoil is raging behind his confident voice. It's a remarkably effective performance, gripping and involving, asking big questions even if the script never quite gets around to grappling with the issues at hand. It's also playing rather heavily on the irony that doing the right thing is likely to cost Ivan pretty much everything, leaving him alone and despised like his father.

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Locke - Teaser Trailer


Ivan Locke could well be the model of a perfect life with his beautiful family, comfortable life and a job that is only continuing to offer more and more. However, everyone's got a past and this man's is coming back to haunt him as an incident regarding his younger self threatens the stability of his idyllic existence. He is forced to leave an important job in the construction profession that would've been of significant value to his career in order to drive to London and settle a matter that has been hanging in the air since he was in his twenties. It's a 90 minute journey that seems to take forever as he attempts to resolve a variety of issues that have arisen both at work and at home over the phone. He also finds himself talking to his dead father as he battles to save his family, his job and his sanity.

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Calling All Timelords! Doctor Who Audition Script Released By Steven Moffat


Matt Smith Ben Whishaw Rory Kinnear Ben Daniels Dominic Cooper Chiwetel Ejiofor Julian Rhind-Tutt David Harewood

Ever fancied yourself behind the controls to the TARDIS? This could be your chance: the audition script used by the BBC on the hunt for a new timelord has been published in Doctor Who magazine, giving us a glimpse of life after Matt Smith.

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The BBC Are On The Hunt For A Matt Smith Successor.

It could be safe to say that producers aren't on the lookout for a female Doctor Who. Although no indication is given whether the regenerated doctor's gender is the same or not, Jenna Lee Coleman's Clara's lines aren't half as surprised as they would have been had producers planned for the Doc to reappear with boobs and the Doctor doesn't react to a more feminine sounding voice. Sorry Olivia Colman and Helen Mirren; it's probably not going to be you.

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Ben Daniels Is New Favourite For 'Doctor Who' Job: Could He Be The One?


Ben Daniels Doctor Who Daniel Kaluuya Ben Whishaw Sue Perkins Olivia Colman Jenna-louise Coleman Domhnall Gleeson Chiwetel Ejiofor Matt Smith David Tennant Rory Kinnear Dominic Cooper

Ben Daniels is the latest name to become the favourite to inherit the role of Doctor Who in the long-running BBC series. Very soon there'll be very few British male actors who haven't been rumoured to be taking over the controls to the TARDIS as the Merlin actor now has the most favourable odds at 6/1. With previous odds of 16/1, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt, American Gangster) now closely follows Daniels at 7/1.

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Could Ben Daniels Take Over From Matt Smith As The New Doctor?

However, chances are the new Who may not be a male actor at all; there have been calls for the new Doctor to be female, which would mark a first for the series which has run since 1963.

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Rory Kinnear as Doctor Who? Actor Admits, "I Don't Really Know What It Is"


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Rory Kinnear is unlikely to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who, claiming he isn't exactly sure what the long-running sci-fi show is. Early this month, several bookmakers stopped taking punts on the Skyfall actor to become the new Time Lord, though Kinnear's team maintained radio silence.

Rory KinnearRory Kinnear Says He Knows Nothing of Any Talks To Join Doctor Who

Now - apparently bemused by the speculation - the theatrical actor tells The Independent that he's never watched an episode of the BBC show and does not believe he'll be offered the job. "I don't where it came from and how these things evolve", he explained, "I haven't been and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who. If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it's a programme I've never watched, so I don't even really know what it is."

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Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Ben Daniels and Jennifer Tilly - Ben Daniels and Jennifer Tilly Thursday 15th March 2012 Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Ben Daniels Thursday 15th March 2012 Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Jennifer Tilly, Ben Daniels and Patricia Kalember - Spencer Kayden, John Tillinger, Jennifer Tilly, Ben Daniels, Patricia Kalember, Adam James and David Aaron Damane Thursday 15th March 2012 Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Ben Daniels - Ben Daniels, Adam James and David Aaron Damane Thursday 15th March 2012 Photocall for the Broadway play 'Don't Dress For Dinner' held at the American Airlines Theatre

Jack The Giant Slayer Trailer


Jack is a young farmhand working for the King. One day, he comes across small bean-like objects, which are described as 'holy relics' from a faraway land. The relics, however, are full of dark magic and could change the world if placed in the wrong hands. Jack is entrusted with them, on the condition that he doesn't lose them or get them wet. Jack is puzzled but accepts the relics anyway.

That night, a terrible storm rages. Jack has left the bean shaped objects on a surface in his hut, where rain falls on them through a hole in the ceiling. At first, nothing happens; then Jack looks on in horror as a beanstalk grows from the ground under his hut. The beanstalk connects the human world to a world where giants roam.

Jack lands himself in trouble when a giant kidnaps the beautiful Princess Isabelle. The King sends some of his best men up the beanstalk with Jack to rescue Isabelle. Their rescue attempts are nearly in vain, though, when the giants wage war on the humans. It is up to Jack to save Isabelle and his kingdom.

Jack The Giant Killer is directed and produced by Bryan Singer, who is well known for directing the films The Usual Suspects; Superman Returns and the X-Men films. The film is based on the British fairy tale; the screenplay for the film was written by Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney.

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Ewen Bremner, John Kassir, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ralph Brown, Ben Daniels, Daniel Lapaine and David Frost

Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: 15TH June 2012
Certificate: TBC
Running Time: TBC

Opening night of 'The Marriage of Bette and Boo' at the Laura Pels Theatre

Ben Daniels Thursday 10th July 2008 Opening night of 'The Marriage of Bette and Boo' at the Laura Pels Theatre New York City, USA

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Doom Review


Unbearable
However low your expectations are for the movie take on the videogame Doom, lower them more. It's pretty obvious that this adaptation was never going to be a film of any serious artistic or social value, but those of us who are either fans of the game itself, video games in general, or even of its star, The Rock, were at least hoping for a good time. Instead, the big-screen Doom is low on both monsters and action, heavy on a dull, inaccurate, and a somewhat preachy story.

The game storyline for Doom is a classic one-man army tale: a lone, tough, nameless Marine is sent to Mars in order to restore peace after scientists working for mega-corporation UAC stationed there open a portal to Hell, and the demons are coming through in droves. While most gamers were mainly concerned with the then-groundbreaking first-person-shooter (FPS) gameplay (it was 1993, after all), the story was just creepy and supernatural enough to make shooting these imps and zombies a brainless blast.

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Passion in the Desert Review


Good
Get this: French soldier, circa Napoleonic era, gets lost in the Egyptian desert, befriends (or falls in love with) a leopard, and goes primal. Less bizarre and less interesting than it sounds, Passion in the Desert (aka Simoom: A Passion in the Desert) is nonetheless a fairly compelling film thanks to Ben Daniels wild-eyed performance. Based on a novella by Balzac, which pretty much explains the whole thing.

Madeline Review


Grim
Fairly misguided and droll retelling of the original Madeline children's story. Not a lot in the way of positive role models or values... just some nutty, go-nowhere hijinks, much like Disney's live-action fare.
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