October 17, 2013 |
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.
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)
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.
February 4, 2013 |
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...
February 1, 2013 |
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.
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!"