February 20, 2013 |
Filmmaker Salvador Litvak knew he had a good story about the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his longtime bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon. What Litvak didn't know was how to bring the story, which he wrote with his wife, Nina, to the big screen. As an independent filmmaker, he had to produce a period drama with a budget of less than $1 million, a trickle compared to the $65 million it took to make the Oscar-nominated "Lincoln," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
January 28, 2013 |
If it came as something of a surprise to audiences that PBS period drama "Downton Abbey" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble in a drama series, it was positively a shock to the cast of the British period piece. Only Michelle Dockery and a handful of the show's other stars were in attendance at the Shrine Exposition Center on Sunday night to accept SAG's prize, and they seemed startled to be onstage. Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs. Hughes on the series, registered her disbelief with a polite "Shut the French windows!"
October 6, 2012 |
The frippery of period drama does not seem the natural province of English filmmaker Andrea Arnold. Her previous feature films, "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," as well as her Oscar-winning short film "Wasp," are all urban-set and ultra-contemporary, dealing with the problems of the here and now. Yet her historical adaptation of Emily Brontë's novel "Wuthering Heights," opening in Los Angeles on Friday, feels both exactly of a piece with Arnold's earlier...
October 28, 2012 |
BEIJING - Just after Memorial Day 1966 on the TV drama "Mad Men," suave Manhattan ad man Don Draper is serenaded at his 40th birthday party by his 26-year-old sex kitten of a second wife, Megan. She prances suggestively around their luxe high-rise apartment in a black chiffon mini-dress, delivering a sensual rendition of the French song "Zou Bisou Bisou" while his office colleagues gape, puff on Lucky Strikes and sip cocktails. That very same month in China, in real life, things were headed in a much less bourgeois direction.
February 27, 2013 |
“Downton Abbey” fans can expects some big changes when the series returns for a fourth season. And no, we're not just talking about Lady Mary's new life as a single mother or wild child Rose's impending move to the Crawley family abode. If a report from the British tabloid the Sun is to be believed, “Downton Abbey” will be adding its first black character next season. According to the paper, producers of the hugely popular period drama have put out casting calls for men ages 25 to 30 to play “Jack Ross,” described as “a musician (singer)
January 8, 2010 |
If you need proof that Americans are different from Brits, you need look no further than "Cranford."(TV_series) The star-studded series -- Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce -- based on the slim 19th century novels of Elizabeth Gaskell, followed the adventures of a tiny market town in Cheshire. Full of as many frilly bonnets and quaint platitudes as fine performances, "Cranford" aired in 2007 in the U.K., where it not only was lauded by critics, it was a smash hit, averaging close to 8 million viewers for each of its five parts.