Kristen Connolly - A host of stars turned out for the Disney ABC Television Critics Aassociation Winter Press Tour which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015
Slick and haunting, this film delves into the things that hold a marriage together in a way only Stephen King would even begin to attempt. It's an involving, clever idea, never quite as deep as it seems to be, but elevated by sharply honest performances by the terrific Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia, with an additional bit of spice from Stephen Lang, playing far against type. Although in the end, it's hard to escape the fact that this is actually just a simplistic, nasty little thriller.
It centres on Darcy and Don (Allen and LaPaglia), a blissfully happy middle-aged couple with grown children (Kristen Connolly and Theo Stockman) who are on the verge of starting families of their own. Then Darcy makes a discovery in the garage that links Don to a series of serial murders terrorising New England. When Don realises that she knows, he says he'll stop the killing if she lets their life go back to normal. But how can it, when she's having terrified fever dreams every night? She can just about hold it together for their kids, but she keeps seeing opportunities to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, a shady figure (Lang) seems to be following them.
Yes, King's screenplay is less interested in carrying on with a probing, blackly witty exploration of the stresses of long-term relationships than in making viewers squirm in their seats. And the film certainly does this thanks to another remarkably offhanded performance from Allen. While she sometimes seems a bit panicky and arch, there's real edge to her screen presence. And LaPaglia is superb as the likeable killer who should probably be stopped but is nice to have around the house. Intriguingly, the film doesn't end when we think it will, as the characters have a bit further to go on this grisly little journey.
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The Academy-Award winning actor will play the great magician in two-part miniseries
David Copperfield baffles audiences with his illusions and David Blaine impresses with endurance acts and close-up magical mysteries but it was Harry Houdini that first brought misapprehension and escape into the magic mainstream. And it is Adrien Brody that will bring this exceptional stunt performer and his incredible life to TV screens in Houdini, a show charting his escapades from poverty as Eastern European Ehrich Weiss to worldwide fame as The Great Harry Houdini.
Adrien Brody plays The Great Harry Houdini in the miniseries, Houdini
The four-hour miniseries will air in two-parts for Brits on Channel 4 starting on Sunday 7 September at 9pm and for Americans on the History Channel on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 September.
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On July 4th 2009, an unspeakable disaster took place in the small town of Claridge, Maryland which sits on the eastern shore in Chesapeake Bay. During the annual July 4th celebrations, masses of people enjoying the water became victims of a deadly parasite that infected their host and began eating their organs. It could have been prevented when two researchers testing the water discovered dangerous levels of toxicity and reported it to the mayor, but, fearing a bad reputation and a fall in tourism, he chose to ignore it and let his happy town enjoy the festivities amongst the mutated creatures in the water. 911 calls flooded in and hospitals became overcrowded over the amount of people concerned about infection. The extent of the contagion caused victims to lose control over their minds and their bodies as the parasites rapidly began to mutate. Until now, all footage of the events have been kept under wraps by the government.
This horrific sci-fi thriller is truly a strong contender against the ghost stories of popular cinema culture, but then, what would you expect from the producers of 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Insidious' who started the craze in the first place? Directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson ('Sleepers', 'Toys', 'Rain Man') and written by Michael Wallach in his screenplay debut, 'The Bay' is one of those films that will truly put you off seaside trips over the coming months. It is set for release on November 2nd 2012.
Director: Barry Levinson
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