At a time when there's so much incertainty in the US political climate, a film like 'The Post' arrives to remind us all of the importance of whistle-blowers. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it follows the important decisions that a group of journalists had to make when they received the Pentagon Papers.
When the New York Times released a information of from a 7,000 page document on the involvement of the US in the Vietnam War, which included evidence that the Pentagon had been lying to the media and the public, The Washington Post were determined not to let it be swept under the carpet.
Editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and the Post's first ever female publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) are hellbent on obtaining the documents known as the Pentagon Papers so they can ultimately expose the government for the liars that they are. However, things take a dangerous turn when they release their own series of articles just weeks after The New York Times is forced to cease its own coverage of the scandal.
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That kind of evidence is hard to argue...
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are reportedly expecting their first baby together after a few years of dating. Although the couple are yet to confirm the news themselves or via a representative, there have been several 'exclusive' reports from various publications - alongside some rather unambiguous photos. If the rumours are true, congratulations guys!
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys to have a baby?
In 2014, it was first confirmed that 'The Americans' co-stars had been dating since 2013, and while the expected baby is not the first for 39-year-old Russell herself, it will be their first as a couple.
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Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end it feels so concocted that it's difficult to believe. While there's plenty of potential in the premise, the film becomes distracted by irrelevant subplots that try to stir up some tension but never quite manage it. And for a movie about food, the cuisine is simply too abstract to be mouthwatering.
At the centre is Adam (Bradley Cooper), a bad boy chef whose partying ways ended his high-flying career in Paris. After a period of penance in New Orleans, he moves to London to start again, with the goal of finally getting his elusive third Michelin star. Since he has alienated his friends, he turns to Tony (Daniel Bruhl), a guy who always had a soft spot for him and happens to be running a posh restaurant, which Adam quickly takes over. He rustles up some old colleagues (Omar Sy and Riccardo Scamarcio) and hires hot-shot Helene (Sienna Miller) as his sous chef. But his demanding perfectionism is keeping things from running very smoothly.
This set-up is ripe for both black comedy and soul-searching drama, and yet writer Steven Knight throws in irrelevant sideroads including a mandated therapist (the wonderful Emma Thompson), a bitter rival (a jagged Matthew Rhys), a couple of randomly violent loan sharks and a precocious little girl. Even though the actors do what they can to make every scene intriguing, none of these story elements add anything to the overall film. Still, Cooper holds the movie together with sheer charisma, even if his sudden transition from absolute tyrant to cuddly sweetheart isn't terribly convincing. At least he adds some surprising textures to his scenes, and indulges in sparky banter with those around him. And while Miller is solid in her thankless role, even she can't breathe life into such a thinly developed romance.
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Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a job and more of a way of life for Adam Jones, who has wanted to become the greatest chef the world has ever seen since as long as he can remember. He was just 16-years-old when he left school to go to Paris and achieve his dream; becoming a Michelin star chef infamous across the Parisian culinary scene. But his rise to success came much too soon, and it wasn't long before his dream began to crumble around him, beaten by a life of drugs, violence, and volatile behaviour. With many of his opponents thinking him dead, he returns to London a new man to reignite his passion, earn a third Michelin star, and open the best restaurant in the world. All he needs is a talented team behind him, who is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
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'The Americans' won the top prize at Critics Choice Awards.
Spy drama The Americans was the surprise winner of the major prize at the 5th annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday, beating out rivals Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black and Empire to score best drama series.
Matthew Rhys stars in The Americans
Elsewhere, Silicon Valley was voted the best comedy series over rivals Mom, Broad City and Veep, while in the acting categories, Taraji P. Henson received the award for best actress for Empire and Bob Odenkirk took home the award for best actor in a drama series for Better Call Saul. Jeffry Tambor was named best actor in a comedy series for Amazon Prime's Transparent, while Amy Schumer took home the award for best actress in a comedy series for Inside Amy Schumer.
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Is the relationship between 'The Americans' co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys the reason for her marriage split last year?
You know what they say, ‘There’s no smoke without fire’. Well, there’s a lot of smoke around The Americans co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys at the moment. Of course, when a couple is locked in a steamy romance on screen, there are always rumors that they’re ‘having it off’ in real life, even when they deny it. Just take Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart when Twilight was being filmed, or Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt when rumors flew about around Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Oh, OK, maybe those aren’t the best examples...
Are Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys more than just co-stars?
Keri ‘amicably’ split from Shane Deary, her husband of seven years, some time in summer last year, which at the time didn’t seem like such a big deal. The pair hadn’t been photographed together for a while and a rep for Russell confirmed that they would continue to maintain a relationship in order to look after their two children, River, 6 and Willa, 2.
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That was one way to start the season with a bang.
The Americans returned to screens last night with a tense premiere episode that left viewers eagerly awaiting the twists of season 2. For anyone, who is yet to hop onto The Americans’ bandwagon, the show focuses on a pair of Soviet spies, masquerading as a suburban American family in the 80s, while secretly doing business for the Government. Last season struck exactly the right balance of intrigue, humor, political commentary and violence, not to mention it had Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’ excellent performances to place it as the frontrunner for the title of national TV obsession, now that Breaking Bad is gone and Mad Men is going.
Keri Russell plays Nadezhda, aka Elizabeth Jennings.
The season 2 premiere was clearly intended to stake that claim, using that age old TV approach – more of everything. There was more death, more tension and yes, a bit more humor in the first episode of season 2, but luckily, no one hammed it up (apart from the wig department that is.)
The Welsh actor takes on the heartthrob
Matthew Rhys has got a special quality about him; he’s not the best looking or the best at P.E, no: he’s nothing like a milk tray advert for handsomeness, and that’s why he’s landed the legendary role of Darcy in an upcoming sequel of Pride and Prejudice.
Ben Stephenson, head of BBC drama, can probably explain this better. He reckons Rhy landed the role because “he is likeable and yet has a dark edge. We did not want a Milk Tray advert type of handsomeness.” No? Okay then. Maybe we’ll just let Rhys himself speak for a while. “Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who’ve institutionalised him in the past,” he explained to Deadline. “And also, I don’t have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches,” he added, much to the dismay of… fans of that scene. “The discussion on casting was about who can bring these characters alive again without having costume drama clichés,” said Stephenson, now making a lot more sense. “With Matthew Goode as Wickham you get an ambivalence [that] is perfect for the role . . . Anna Maxwell Martin is now perfect as a period actress and for playing Lizzie as a slightly older woman.”
The sequel is set six years after the events of Pride and Prejudice, and will be broadcast just before Christmas, promising to be one of the most popular TV events of the festive season.
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The Americans - a new FX drama series starting Keri Russell - is receiving encouraging reviews across the board following its premiere on U.S. television. Set in the 1980s, the cold-war drama follows a group of Soviet KGB officers who have been trained to impersonate American citizens so that each one can become a sleeper agent. Their covers include unwitting spouses and families.
The Americans, also starring Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, premiered on Wednesday evening (January 30, 2013) to near unanimous acclaim from critics. Alan Sepinwall over at HitFix said, "Based on the admittedly small sample size of two episodes, The Americans feels like it could very comfortably slot in with the upper tier of FX dramas. That's about as good as it gets." Dorothy Rabinowitz at the Wall Street Journal was equally impressed by the show, writing, "The Americans unfolds a thoroughly seductive tale of sleeper KGB agents." The nature of the show leaves it an open target for Homeland comparisons, though critics aren't necessarily dismissing its potential to match the Emmy and Golden Globe winning drama. The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman said, "It's too early to really judge Americans against Homeland, but if the latter is getting away from what hooked you in the first place, then you might find what you're missing on Americans." Gil Pennington at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch likened the show to another all-conquering television drama, "The Americans isn't just a heart-pounding action drama; by presenting heroes who are also villains, it also confronts viewers with TV's deepest moral dilemma since "The Sopranos". High praise indeed.
Fans of the show have a 13-episode season to look forward to, though on the basis of early reviews, expect a second instalment to be given the green-light pretty soon.
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A Welsh lad, young Taliesin (John-Paul Macleod) suddenly takes an interest in religion when his doddering neighbor and local kook Billy (Ian Bannen, Waking Ned Devine) miraculously heals a stooped woman's back by laying his hands upon her. A skeptical Taliesin is likewise healed of his ugly warts, thanks to Billy's powers (and, therefore, God's powers) -- or did they just go away on their own?
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At a time when there's so much incertainty in the US political climate, a film...
Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end...
Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a...