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Television This Winter: 20 Shows to Keep on Your Radar Screen

via The New York Times

Aldis Hodge, left, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in the period drama “Underground” on WGN America.

‘UNDERGROUND’ (WGN America, March 9) After “12 Years a Slave,” television gets its own realistic period drama about slavery. Aldis Hodge (“Leverage”) stars as a blacksmith who organizes a group of slaves for an escape attempt along the Underground Railroad. Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood”) plays another escapee and Christopher Meloni appears as the obligatory sympathetic white man. The soap-opera elements and rock and hip-hop soundtrack could help make it a hit.

War & Peace; great, but has anyone read it? Not the cast of the new BBC production

 

War & Peace, which took more than two years to make and included filming in three countries, brings together a crop of the finest young acting talent to play characters whose lives are turned upside down by impact of Napoleonic expansionism on Tsarist Russia Photo: BBC

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/12078324/War-and-Peace-great-but-has-anyone-read-it-Not-the-cast-of-the-new-BBC-production.html  | via @Telegraph

Sunset Song Film Set for Scottish Release (via BBC)

A film adaptation of one of Scotland’s best-loved novels – Sunset Song – will be released in the UK in December.

Peter Mullan and former model Agyness Deyn star in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s tale, which was shot on location in Aberdeenshire, New Zealand and Luxembourg.

Published in 1932, Sunset Song follows a farming family struggling to make a living in north east Scotland leading up to World War One.

The release will be on 4 December.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-34128780

Kate Winslet on A Little Chaos

I think we have different ideas of what outrageous is, but this was a fun interview with Kate Winslet, whom I love.

‘I always do sex scenes properly’ Kate Winslett’s most outrageous interview

KATE WINSLETT lets loose as she talks about using mud to disguise her ever-increasing boobs in her latest film A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman.

J.L. JARVIS