Explore the life of one of the world's greatest visionary artists, Vincent Van Gogh, in a stunning biopic spanning his early life through to the last months before his suicide by gunshot wound in 1890 at the age of just 37. We see his world from the perspective of those who knew him the best, including his brother Theo and the postmaster Roulin. Of course, many people mocked him for his eccentricities, for he suffered badly with poor mental health for most of his life; one incident relating to which saw him cut off his own ear and subsequently become hospitalised. Ironically, he never sold any of his paintings, but his talent has lived through more than a century and his works are some of the most priceless pieces in the world.
Shot in the incredible, technicolour style of the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist himself, including animated versions of some of his most famous pictures, 'Loving Vincent' is the world's first painted biographical feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela ('The Flying Machine') and the Academy Award winning Hugh Welchman ('Peter & the Wolf') in his directorial debut, the making of the film was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign to enable the training of oil painters in their pursuit of becoming painting-animators, eventually spanning 65,000 frames with a team of 115 painters. A further writing credit was also attributed to Jacek Dehnel.
'Loving Vincent' has already won several prizes including the Audience Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, two Golden Trailer Awards for Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer and Best Foreign Graphics and a Golden Goblet at the Shanghai International Film Festival for Best Animation Film. It was also nominated for the People's Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at Melbourne International Film Festival.
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The scene features in Winston Graham’s original novels, but will not appear in the BBC adaptation.
‘Poldark’ actress Heida Reed has said she was instrumental in the decision to not feature a controversial rape scene in the BBC drama’s second series. Reed, who was to play the rape victim Elizabeth, says she wanted the scene, which appears in Winston Graham’s original text, removed from the BBC adaptation.
Heida Reed plays Elizabeth in ‘Poldark’
Instead series two will feature a ‘consensual seduction’ of Elizabeth by Aidan Turner’s character, Ross Poldark. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Reed explained: “Actually, it did change, as we had conversations. It was a collaborative decision."
Gabriella Wilde will played a new love interest for Poldark in the second season of the BBC series.
Gabriella Wilde has joined the cast of Poldark. The 26-year-old will play a “beautiful and manipulative heiress” in the second season of the BBC period drama. Wilde is known for her roles in such films as Carrie and Endless Love. She is also a society darling and a close friend of model and actress Cressida Bonas.
Gabriella Wilde at the Serpentine Gallery summer party in July 2015.
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The re-make of the 1975 original series has been tremendously successful for the BBC - so it's no surprise that it was recently renewed for a second series.
The hit drama re-make ‘Poldark’ attracted just over a quarter of the entire TV audience for its series finale on Sunday night. 5.9 million viewers tuned in to BBC One see the first season come to a close, in what’s been a tremendous success for the corporation.
The last instalment in the eight-part period drama attracted over half a million more viewers for the live broadcast than the penultimate did last Sunday. It therefore attracted 25.4% of the entire audience for the prime 9pm-10pm slot.
Aidan Turner, star of 'Poldark'
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Viewers of the BBC drama had been used to seeing Turner’s tanned torso on Sunday evenings.
BBC drama ‘Poldark’ has quickly become essential Sunday evening viewing, thanks in no small part to star Aidan Turner and his character's trademark shirtless scythe-wielding. But viewers were left a little disappointed during the series’ penultimate episode on Sunday evening, when in a shocking turn of events Poldark kept his shirt on.
A fully clothed Aidan Turner
Some viewers even took to Twitter, to complain about being deprived of seeing Turner’s tanned torso on their television screens. ‘No half naked scything tonight? (Sighs) #poldark2015,’ one viewer succinctly put it. While another, referencing the Beeb’s pre-episode warning regarding ‘upsetting scenes’, wrote, ‘Despite the @BBCOne warning before #Poldark my wife is traumatised by some of the scenes in which Aidan Turner kept his shirt on..”
A bit of a no-brainer, this one. Aidan Turner's turn in 'Poldark' has made it one of the most-watched programmes in Britain in 2015 so far.
Following the overwhelming success of its first series, the BBC has confirmed that ratings-topper ‘Poldark’ will be returning for a second season. The period drama remake has been given the green light for another eight episodes, with the photogenic Aidan Turner to reprise his star role.
31 year old Turner’s brooding portrayal of Ross Poldark, who often appears riding horseback with no shirt on in the series, has been one of the reasons that it has become such a ratings success for BBC One. It has meant that the channel has enjoyed its highest ratings share for the first quarter of a calendar year for a decade.
Aidan Turner will return as Ross Poldark in a second series
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The 'sword and shield' television hype continues to grow as The White Queen celebrates its release on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 19th August 2013.
The melodramatic television Drama based on the compelling, brutal and turbulent best-selling history novel The Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory portrays the perceptions of three passionate and equally ruthless women: Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville in their quest for power.
Set in the middle of the 15th Century, England is divided by war as The House of York and the House of Lancaster fiercely fight it out their dispute to who is the rightful king. After much dispute The House of York's young and handsome Edward is mischievously made King by Lord Warwick. All is well until Edward falls in love with Lancastrian Commoner Elizabeth Woodville, ruining Warwick's plan to control the throne. From here on it Elizabeth is put in a violent struggle where she must fight for her life and the crown to the throne. The story unravels and exposes a possible view one of the most interesting stories in British History.
We may sigh heavily at the thought of yet another fairy tale blockbuster, but the filmmakers and cast here demand a bit more attention. And sure enough, it's refreshingly smarter and funnier than we expect. There are still the problems of unnecessary 3D and far too many digital characters, but the restless pace and the witty performances make it a lot of fun to watch.
It's Jack and the Beanstalk with added action mayhem, as orphaned farmboy Jack (Hoult) sells his horse for a bag of supposedly magic beans. When one inadvertently gets wet, a massive beanstalk manages to propel Princess Isabelle (Tomlinson) into the realm of the giants, reawakening a legend that had died off centuries ago. So the King (McShane) enlists Jack to join a rescue team of guards (including McGregor, Marsan and Bremner) and Isabelle's intended, the shifty Roderick (Tucci). Up above the clouds, they encounter two-headed giant Fallon (Nighy) and his nasty horde. But rescuing Isabelle is only the first problem they face.
The freewheeling plot zips along without pausing for breath, encompassing massive set pieces and more gritty battles as well as small moments of drama and romance. Meanwhile, Jack and Isabelle cast lusty glances at each other, even when they're in physical peril. Director Singer brings out the energy of the characters to keep us involved, playing on the vertiginous angles of the settings while playfully deploying fairy tale imagery in the sets, costumes and landscapes. it's understandably why he decided to digitally create the giants rather than have actors play them, but this leaves a hole where the monsters should be. Aside from Nighy's more obviously performance-captured face, all of them look like dead-eyed cartoons, which essentially turns the film into a medieval Transformers movie.
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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
Running Time: TBC
Date of birth
19th May, 1992
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