Thursday, October 19, 2017

Depp, Dench and Kenneth Branagh: Behind the scenes of the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express

Telegraph
 Sally Williams
19 OCTOBER 2017 • 7:00AM

Agatha Christie ‘had always been allergic’ to cinema adaptations of her books, her husband Max Mallowan was quoted as saying. ‘She didn’t like her characters to be portrayed on book covers either,’ says James Prichard, her great-grandson.

Christie, who wrote 66 detective novels between 1920 and 1976, translated into around 45 languages, is the most widely read novelist in history, with sales of more than two billion copies worldwide.

There have been 23 film adaptations of her books in the UK alone, not to mention the multiple TV series. And now we have Murder on the Orient Express. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (who also plays Belgian detective Hercule Poirot), it features a parade of towering greats from stage and screen including Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi.
















The 2017 version, co-produced by Ridley Scott, with a screenplay by Michael Green (the writer of Blade Runner 2049 and Alien: Covenant)  sets up the classic whodunnit with 14 strangers boarding the long-distance  passenger train that connects Istanbul with Paris.

These include Caroline Hubbard, an American widow (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Russian Princess Dragomiroff (Judi Dench) and her maid, Hildegarde Schmidt (Olivia Colman).

A businessman named Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is murdered at night in the compartment next to Poirot. The train gets marooned in an avalanche (a snowdrift in the book) and the plot follows Poirot’s interrogation of each of the passengers in the hunt for the killer.












The appeal of the film is clear: stars are not being asked to play anything run-of-the-mill. They are showcased in sumptuous 1930s glamour, dressing for dinner (even on a train), and the cooks produce delicious  fancies such as walnut soufflés.

‘I liked the sense that I could let the audience escape into that world,’ says Branagh, ‘where the details of what the characters are touching, seeing, eating, drinking, wearing are a significant part of the pleasure.

‘We live in a world where everything is so transient and quick, it  seemed to me a period in which, from a piece of linen to a glass of water to an arrangement of flowers, there could be a way of evoking a parenthesis of calm in an incredibly rushed life.’

An ‘avid reader of crime fiction’, he last read the book years ago, but admits to being surprised when he reread it. ‘I’d forgotten how it worked out! ‘I liked the ensemble [nature] of it,’ he continues, ‘I like it being enclosed in snow, the claustrophobia. And it’s a tale that sums up the golden age of travel: a world in which you feel the miles under your feet.

Read more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/10/19/depp-dench-kenneth-branagh-behind-scenes-star-studded-murder/


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

'It’s like no time has passed at all': Caroline Quentin reflects on reuniting with old friend Martin Clunes for Doc Martin... 19-years after playing on-screen couple in Men Behaving Badly

Mail Online
Jason Chester
October 6, 2017


But while more than 19-years have passed since their much-watched show about the hapless interactions between four thirty-something friends came to an end, Caroline Quentin admits the near-two decade gap was not an issue after reuniting with Clunes on the set of medical drama Doc Martin.

The actress, 57, takes a fleeting role as Angela Sim on the Cornwall based show, which stars Clunes, 55, as the titular Dr. Martin Ellingham, a frequently irked vascular surgeon who trades London life for a remote Cornish village after developing haemophobia – a fear of blood.

‘When I work with Martin it’s like no time has passed at all,’ she explained during an appearance on Monday morning’s edition of Lorraine. 

‘There's something about mucking about in an adult environment that's great, and generally annoying everyone around us.’

We're about 40 minutes apart so we see each other all the time,' she explained. 

Off-screen, Caroline raises children Emily and William with second husband Sam Farmer - a former runner on BBC show Jonathan Creek, where they met - in rural Devon.

But she believes the modern world, all too often defined by rapidly evolving technology and contrasting ideologies, has increased her responsibilities as a mother.


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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender flash their rings as they arrive at Ibiza airport to jet off for their 'honeymoon'... after the exhausted pair 'partied till 6am during wedding'

By Jabeen Waheed For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 05:21 EDT, 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 06:47 EDT, 18 October 2017


They tied the knot in a gorgeous 'environmentally-friendly wedding' in Ibiza over the weekend.

And Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender certainly looked ready for some honeymoon downtime as they made a weary appearance at the airport on Tuesday.

Continuing to sport rings on their wedding fingers, the Oscar-winning actress, 29, and the Assassin's Creed actor, 40, looked slightly exhausted ahead of their flight - no doubt, a result of them 'partying until 6am' during their wedding bash.




Emerging from the vehicle, Michael stacked their numerous suitcases, including a large Louis Vuitton one, on the trolley before they proceeded into the airport.

The loved-up pair were joined by Alicia's parents, Maria and Svante Vikander.

Surrounded by their nearest and dearest, both Alicia and Vikander appeared to glow with happiness as they dined at a restaurant on the beach for what looked to be a post-wedding brunch over the weekend.

It was first revealed by The Sun in early September the pair were planning a destination wedding in Ibiza.

'Guests have been told to arrive in Ibiza on a certain date and they will then be collected and taken to the hotel,' a source told the publication at the time.

'He’s splashing out big time and it’s going to be the party of the year.'

The notoriously private couple rarely talk about their relationship,


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4992202/Alicia-Vikander-Michael-Fassbender-leave-honeymoon.html#ixzz4vs1YuBw3
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Mamma Mia 2: Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Cher, Plus everything we know so far...

Glamour



Mamma Mia 2 is currently filming in the UK and in Croatia, and we are pretty damn excited.

Ten years after the first film’s release, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth all confirmed that they'd be regrouping for the sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.


via GIPHY


Interestingly, Lily James will also be in the movie. The 28-year-old actress will be playing a younger version of Meryl Streep's character Donna Sheridan. Her love interest will be new actor, Josh Dylan. Rumour has it, Josh plays a younger version of Bill, a Swedish sailor who could possibly be the father of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried).


http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/mamma-mia-2-movie-news




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Keeley Hawes: Who Are ‘The Durrells In Corfu’? Everything You Need To Know Before Season 2

Decider
By Meghan O'Keefe  @megsokay
Oct 13, 2017 at 3:00pm




I’ve been looking forward to this Sunday for weeks because it’s the Sunday that The Durrells in Corfu Season 2 debuts on PBS. I love The Durrells in Corfu with all my heart and soul — even if my co-workers tease me that when I say its name aloud I sound like I’m gargling salt water. After I binge-watched the whole first season earlier this year, I started telling everyone I could that it’s like Masterpiece‘s version of a smart, heart-warming sitcom like Parks and Recreation.

That’s not as bold a statement as it sounds. Like Parks and Recreation, The Durrells in Corfu is about a central ensemble cast of misfitted people. In this case, though, they aren’t co-workers; They’re family. And as in Parks and Recreation, the action all takes place in a quirky town full of outrageous characters. The “town” in question is the Greek isle of Corfu. The basic gist of the show is this: Harried widow Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) decides to take her four struggling children to Corfu, where the weather’s beautiful and everything is cheap.

Season One saw the family overcoming poverty, language barriers, heartache, and a slapdash appendectomy with lots of wit (and even more wild animals). The first season is just six episodes long, each under an hour in length, and you can binge it on Prime Video ahead of the season season premiere on Sunday, October 15th. But if you don’t have time to catch up, here’s your quick guide to the Durrells themselves.

***WARNING: Spoilers for Season One of The Durrells in Corfu Ahead***


https://decider.com/2017/10/13/who-are-the-durrells-in-corfu-tktk/