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February 4, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the head of a penny. His performance in "Lincoln" has earned rousing endorsements from Civil War historians, but close watchers of the film have spotted one glaring anachronism in this otherwise honest Abe - earring holes . Day-Lewis, a meticulous actor known for disappearing into his roles, had the tattoos on...
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March 20, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Although a bit hyperbolic at times, Pearl Cleage's period drama, “Flyin' West,” now at the International City Theatre in Long Beach, is nonetheless a ripping good yarn that excites our sympathies throughout. The action transpires in the historical setting of Nicodemus, Kansas - an all-black enclave that was settled in the aftermath of the Civil War, as freed slaves fled the atrocities of the Jim Crow south. It's here that feisty, gun-toting Sophie (Cheri Lynne VandenHeuvel)
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October 6, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
The latest incarnation of "Thérèse Raquin," Emile Zola's 1867 novel of lust and murder, arrives not as a bodice ripper but a bodice unbuttoner. Aiming for the screw-tightening tension of noir, writer-director Charlie Stratton lands in a murky region of the gray scale with "In Secret," a film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title. With varying degrees of success, Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange struggle against the shaky mix of melodrama, black comedy, ghost story and a soupçon of Grand Guignol.
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February 20, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
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January 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
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!"
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July 19, 2012 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch
Hey, wait a sec, is this the Oscars or the Emmys? Several big-screen stars -- including Kevin Costner, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Emma Thompson, Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates -- earned Emmy nominations Thursday morning for their work on the small screen. They've all either won or been nominated for an Academy Award in years past. But on Thursday, they were at the center of the TV universe, a shift that underscores the medium's growing appeal to film stars who hunger for meaty roles that are harder to come by in youth-oriented Hollywood.
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December 3, 2008 | Susan King
Rachel Portman, who provided the bold, haunting score for the period drama "The Duchess," says every project has its own character -- "a world that it lives within. I probably approach every film fresh." Portman, the first woman to win an original score Oscar -- for her lilting work on 1996's "Emma" -- notes that with a period film such as "The Duchess," she avoided "using certain harmonies that would make it sound too contemporary." But she still wanted to go big with it.
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February 27, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“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)
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March 20, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Although a bit hyperbolic at times, Pearl Cleage's period drama, “Flyin' West,” now at the International City Theatre in Long Beach, is nonetheless a ripping good yarn that excites our sympathies throughout. The action transpires in the historical setting of Nicodemus, Kansas - an all-black enclave that was settled in the aftermath of the Civil War, as freed slaves fled the atrocities of the Jim Crow south. It's here that feisty, gun-toting Sophie (Cheri Lynne VandenHeuvel)
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October 17, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It has been said that any film opening with a shot of a train is bound to be good. To which one might add, any television show featuring horses had better be good. Creatures of grace and power, horses lend an instant sense of significance to any story. The syncopated urgency of galloping hooves promises excitement and adventure, and that promise should only be made if there is a chance of it being kept. There are a lot of horses in the CW's new period drama "Reign," and someone should take them all away.
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February 27, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“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)
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February 20, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the head of a penny. His performance in "Lincoln" has earned rousing endorsements from Civil War historians, but close watchers of the film have spotted one glaring anachronism in this otherwise honest Abe - earring holes . Day-Lewis, a meticulous actor known for disappearing into his roles, had the tattoos on...
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February 1, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Christina Ricci and her boyfriend James Heerdegen are engaged! The "Pan Am" actress and the dolly grip met on the set of that canceled ABC period drama, and apparently their engagement is almost old news. The actress had been sporting what looked liked an engagement ring since October, Us Weekly first reported , but only confirmed the news Friday. "Yeah," she told the mag at a makeup event in Los Angeles. "[We got engaged] a couple months back. " The 32-year-old has been affianced before, to "Sullivan & Son" actor Owen Benjamin, but they broke up in June 2009.
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January 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
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!"
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January 23, 2013 | By Martin Miller
April may be a little less cruel this year for "Mad Men" fans as the highly acclaimed period drama is set to return for its sixth season Sunday, April 7. Creator and executive producer Matt Weiner made the announcement to a handful of journalists Tuesday afternoon with the information embargoed until Wednesday morning. Fans looking for hints about where the AMC show's penultimate 13 episodes may be headed will be disappointed, however. Weiner, who said he was in the middle of writing this season's eighth episode, was characteristically tight-lipped about details.
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January 9, 2013 | By Susan King
The cinematographers of "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and "Skyfall" were nominated Wednesday morning for outstanding achievement in the feature film category for the 27th  American Society of Cinematographers Awards. All five cinematographers are previous ASC Awards nominees. Roger Deakins earned his 11th ASC nomination for the James Bond blockbuster, "Skyfall. " He previously won for the 1994 drama "The Shawshank Redemption" and 2001 thriller "The Man Who Wasn't There.
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