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Danny Dyer Joins Soap-Opera. It's Neither Of The Ones You're Thinking Of.


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Danny Dyer, the actor once branded one of the most promising young actors in Britain after his excellent turn in Human Traffic, has joined the cast of Hollyoaks, Later. The new series of the raunchier version of Hollyoaks will star stalwart Nick Pickard battling cancer and Dyer playing a ruthless ex-pat known only as 'The White Man.'

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Dyer - who has bizarrely been typecast as a hard man - will cause serious problems from  the Hollyoaks cast with "with high-stakes poker, Russian roulette and kidnapping all on the cards," according to MTV. Jane Steventon, producer of Hollyoaks Later, said: "I'm thrilled that we have brought together such an amazing cast for this year's Later and with the addition of Danny Dyer, the adventures can really kick off." The new series will see Nick organizing a get-together with old pals Kurt Benson, Finn and brother Dom in a bid to face his demons, however, a dodgy deal from village hard man Trevor Royle sees the gang fall foul of Dyer's shadowy character. The new series of the Hollyoaks Later will air on E4 in the autumn.

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Kara Tointon Leaves The Harold Pinter Theatre, Having Performed In A Production Of 'Absent Friends'

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter Saturday 14th April 2012 Kara Tointon leaves the Harold Pinter Theatre, having performed in a production of 'Absent Friends'

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter

Kara Tointon Leaves The Harold Pinter Theatre, Having Performed In A Production Of 'Absent Friends'

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter Wednesday 11th April 2012 Kara Tointon leaves the Harold Pinter Theatre, having performed in a production of 'Absent Friends'

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter

Kara Tointon Carrying An Oversized Handbag And Wearing Tight Jeans Leaves The Harold Pinter Theatre, Having Performed In A Production Of Absent Friends.

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter Thursday 15th March 2012 Kara Tointon carrying an oversized handbag and wearing tight jeans leaves the Harold Pinter theatre, having performed in a production of Absent Friends.

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter

Kara Tointon Leaving The Harold Pinter Theatre, Having Performed In A Production Of Absent Friends

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter Wednesday 14th March 2012 Kara Tointon leaving the Harold Pinter theatre, having performed in a production of Absent Friends

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter

Kara Tointon Leaving The Harold Pinter Theatre, Having Performed In A Production Of Absent Friends.

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter Tuesday 13th March 2012 Kara Tointon leaving the Harold Pinter theatre, having performed in a production of Absent Friends.

Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter
Kara Tointon and Harold Pinter

Sleuth (2007) Review


Grim
Postmodern, sadomasochist, Darth Vader furniture and artwork adorn the house and main setting of Kenneth Branagh's update of Sleuth like the aftermath of a smart bomb. Yet, author Andrew Wyke (Michael Caine) walks around it as if all its missing is the crocheted picture of "Home Sweet Home" over the fireplace. His wife's wardrobe and his self-immortalizing library of books are revealed like secret passages that hide mangled corpses and the man seems to drink expensive, straight vodka exclusively. By all means, Wyke could buy and sell a good portion of the English back country that he inhabits; the man takes an elevator to his bedroom for Chrissakes.

When an honest-to-goodness scallywag named Milo Tindle (Jude Law), an Italian hairdresser with designs on acting, comes to Wyke's estate announcing his plans to marry Wyke's estranged wife, the author seems pleased to have an opponent than enraged by the open deceit. And that in a nutshell is how this cat-and-mouse whirligig operates: two men more excited about the idea of a nemesis than their money or their beautiful mistress respectively.

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The Comfort Of Strangers Review


Good
There's something about Venice that invites freaky behavior I suppose. Maybe it's the proximity to the water. Like New Orleans. Barbet Schroeder's The Comfort of Strangers makes excellent use of Venice's unique atmosphere and throws a little Walken into the mix. The story follows a young couple on holiday there. They get lost, encounter a wealthy man about town (Walken), and end up palling around with him a bit. He's alternately nice (letting them stay in his house) and cruel (punching poor Rupert Everett in the stomach), and ultimately things turn tragic. I won't pretend that the film makes a lick of sense, but it sure is fun to watch.

The Tailor Of Panama Review


OK
Somebody told Pierce Brosnan to change his image.

In The Tailor of Panama -- based on John Le Carré's novel and directed by John Boorman (Beyond Rangoon, Zardoz) -- Brosnan trades in the sophistication of James Bond for the identity of crude, disgraced spy Andy Osnard, an MI-6 operative that has to be shipped off to Panama on account of his loathsome behavior. Once he arrives in Panama City, the bad behavior doesn't stop: Osnard immediately sets upon the task of uncovering "what's going on" with the Panama Canal. Rumors swirl that it will be sold to another country now that Panama has it back from the U.S. Or perhaps there will be a coup from a populist underground?

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The Last Tycoon Review


OK
The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished final novel, packs a pile of talent into its two hours but comes up a bit short in the end.

A shockingly lithe Robert De Niro stars as Monroe Stahr, a 1930s studio executive based on Irving Thalberg (a prolific producer who died at the age of 37, presumably from overwork). Stahr has lost loves in the past and a crushing chip on his shoulder in the present. He's a workhorse, but he wants something more out of life.

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Wit Review


Weak
Well, it's easy to see why this was a straight-to-cable production and not a theatrical one. The entire running time of the movie is concerned with one character's battle with severe ovarian cancer and the experimental treatment she is given. In fact, Emma Thompson is hairless after about 20 minutes. When she's not endlessly bemoaning the irony of the treatment -- the drugs are killing her, not the cancer -- she's reciting poetry (the character is an English professor). Morbidly depressing and hopeless, which is pretty much Mike Nichols has been obsessed with lately, the movie is staggeringly real but hardly what anyone would call "entertainment." Harrowing.

Mansfield Park Review


Good
What is it about Jane Austen? This box-office stalwart has inspired five major film adaptations in the '90s (six counting the excellent BBC/A&E production of Pride and Prejudice in 1995).

I think I know what Austen's secret is: Her books are recent, but not modern. Her central characters have good manners and triumph over bad marriages or economic straits, instead of succumbing to their own vices or whining too much about their problems.

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Betrayal Review


Excellent
Very curious character study... told in reverse. That's right, we see the end of the affair, then roll back time to the beginning. Irons and Kingsley are (as usual) excellent, but the way the tale is spun is what makes Betrayal so powerfully unique. Based on Harold Pinter's play.

The Handmaid's Tale Review


Good
Margaret Atwood's highly regarded novel came to the screen in 1990 in an uneven yet still gripping production (newly released on DVD). Natasha Richardson makes perhaps the biggest impact in her career as Offred, the "handmaid" at the center of a dystopic future where ultra-right wing factions are in control of the government, martial law rules, and biological agents have rendered 99% of women sterile. Those women who are still fertile and have been convicted of some crime, however ridiculous, become handmaids, stripped from their lives and sentenced to service the remaining rich and powerful, whose wives can't conceive children.

Offred finds herself at the mercy of a good-natured but subtly manipulative commander (Robert Duvall) and his faded-star wife Serena Joy (Faye Dunaway). And soon enough she slips her way into an underground aiming to overthrow the fascist regime.

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The French Lieutenant's Woman Review


OK
If you can remember anything about this 1981 movie, it's probably the image of Meryl Streep standing at the end of a pier, threatened to be blown into the sea by a horrendous storm.

Now released on DVD, the complicated tale of The French Lieutenant's Woman tells us of a 19th century English woman named Sarah (Streep), a woman who finds herself at the bottom of the social strata because she has had an affair (and been tossed aside) by a French military officer. When an engaged biologist named Charles (Jeremy Irons) encounters her on that pier, he becomes immediately entranced, and soon they are engaged in an affair.

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