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.

New ‘Ivanhoe’ Adaptation

Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird Reteam To Adapt Walter Scott’s ‘Ivanhoe’


EXCLUSIVE
– Iconoclastic Scottish writer Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and director Jon S. Baird(Filth) are re-teaming for a bold new adaptation of the classic Walter Scott adventure tale Ivanhoe.  Jens Meurer is producing through his Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film banner. Meurer previously worked with Welsh and Baird on Filth, which is how this latest collaboration first sparked.

Basil Iwanyk and his company Thunder Road Pictures are also on-board as producers, along with Stuart Pollok , and Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer.

Very much the standard bearer for the knight in shining armour genre, Ivanhoe follows the story of a worthy and noble knight who returns to England after the third Crusades. He fights to restore the good King Richard, believed to be held captive in an Austrian prison, and depose Richard’s wicked brother John.

Scott’s iconic romantic novel, first published in 1820, has been adapted numerous times for the big and small screen, memorably in 1952 with a cast that included Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders and Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe.  The book is also notable for having first introduced audiences to the character of Robin Hood, known here as Locksley, and his band of merry men.

Via Deadline.com

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Black Sails

Rupert Penry-Jones. Hmm, I might need start watching.