'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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AMC has capitalized on its collaborations with BBC America, buying just under half of the business.
AMC Networks Inc continue to forge ahead in television drama, and a $200 million purchase of BBC America will bolster both networks. AMC, the home of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, has acquired a 49.9 per cent stake to run BBC America, including affiliate and advertising sales.
BBC America and AMC collaborated on the drama 'Top of the Lake', with Elisabeth Moss
The high profile deal will bring the likes of Doctor Who and Top Gear under the AMC banner, which already has a roster including The Walking Dead and Mad Men. The network, which also owns the Sundance and IFC channels, will include BBC America when it negotiates for fees.
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Lindsay Lohan reportedly stumbled through the first previews of 'Speed-the-Plow' on Wednesday (24th September).
When Lindsay Lohan was cast in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow back in June, she claimed to be "nervous but excited" about her theatre debut. Unfortunately, in the first previews of the show in London's West End on Wednesday (24th September), nerves reportedly got the better of the Mean Girls actress.
Lindsay Lohan at the 2014 GQ Awards.
Rachel McAdams is reportedly in talks with the makers of 'True Detective' for the lead female role in the second season of the Emmy Award winning show.
Rachel McAdams is rumoured to be in talks with the makers of the second series of True Detective. The 35-year-old Canadian actor is not the only star reportedly being considered and other names in the mix include Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Michelle Forbes (The Killing).
Rachel McAdams photographed at the New York premiere of A Most Wanted Man.
Continue reading: Rachel McAdams In 'True Detective 2' Talks & Other Cast Rumours
Not perfect, but certainly a worthy entry to Elisabeth Moss' post-Mad Men career
Starring Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, The One I Love follows Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) attempt to salvage their flagging marriage by taking a vacation to a beautiful house for a weekend getaway. However, an unexpected journey forces them to look at their relationship, and themselves, in a totally different way.
Moss [L] and Duplass [R] are superb in 'The One I Love'
In a celebration of the leading twos’ acting, the critics have praised ‘The One I Love’, but were quick to point out some of the notable plot points that lead to a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes instead of something in the 90s.
Continue reading: Reviews: 'The One I Love' - Moss And Duplass Shine
Ethan and Sophie are going through some deep struggles in their relationship and decide that it's time to see a marriage counsellor to see if there's any way of getting their home life back on track. Fortunately for them, the expert has some ideas on how to reignite their ever diminishing flame and advise them to visit a glorious poolside retreat in the mountainous countryside. He claims that all couples who visit the getaway return from their vacation with a rejuvenated romance, and while Ethan and Sophie are a little sceptical at first, they soon begin to see that he's right. However, they start to become convinced that it's the only way to keep their marriage together and they soon want to go back there. Of course, one can have too much of a good thing as this pair are about to find out.
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The seventh and final season of 'Mad Men' premiered last night (2nd April) in Los Angeles and was attended by the whole cast - past and present.
The season 7 premiere of Mad Men was attended by the whole cast as they celebrated the final series of the long running drama.
Jon Hamm at the season 7 premiere of Mad Men.
The period drama which focusses on a New York advertising agency and executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has aired since 2007 but the network behind the hit show, AMC, announced last year the seventh series would be the last.
Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss seems to lead quite the colorful life.
She’s best known as Peggy Olson on ‘Mad Men’ but actress Elisabeth Moss’s life sometimes reads like a Hollywood script itself. Marriage, divorce and scientology have all given Elisabeth attention away from her on screen roles. Now as ‘Mad Men’ prepares to return for its final season, we take a look at the colourful life of this small screen star.
Elisabeth Moss at the 2014 Golden Globes, where she won the award for best actress in a miniseries
Born in Los Angeles, Elisabeth’s family were more into musical than drama orientated, but this didn't stop the young star getting into acting at the tender age of 8. Indeed Elisabeth’s first pay check came when she appeared briefly in the NBC miniseries 'Lucky/Chances'. Small parts followed throughout her early years until in 1999, the then 17 year old Elisabeth was cast in political drama ‘The West Wing’, as Zoey Bartlet, the youngest presidential daughter. During this time she also accepted movie roles including a part in indie flick ‘Virgins’ which earned her an Independent Spirt award nomination.
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Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
Elisabeth drops a bomb during her Golden Globes acceptance speech.
Elisabeth Moss has won a Golden Globe award for her lead performance in Jane Campion's Top of the Lake. The Mad Men actress picked up the coveted prize for the Best Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for her role in the dark, New Zealand-set drama.
Elisabeth Moss Lifts Her Well-Deserved Golden Globes Trophy.
Moss, 30, exuded a sophisticated gothic glamour as she headed up to collect her award but her face was radiant with joy. It appears that she hadn't expected to win the award, in a fiercely fought category that included Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren, Jessica Lange and Rebecca Ferguson. The surprise was evident on Elisabeth's face as she stood at the podium, scanning the room.
Continue reading: Elisabeth Moss: "Oh S**t" I've Won A Golden Globe Award! [Video]
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.
Continue reading: 'Top Of The Lake' Is On Everyone's Lips... But Why?
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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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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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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