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‘Sanditon’ Review: Masterpiece’s Jane Austen Adaptation on PBS Is Perfect Escapist Fare

‘Sanditon’ Review: Masterpiece’s Jane Austen Adaptation on PBS Is Perfect Escapist Fare
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Sanditon,” including the ending.]

It was winter when Jane Austen realized she was dying. In January 1817, she started her final novel, a comedic tale set in a fledgling seaside resort whose owners have ambitions to attract moneyed clientele from London and beyond. In March, she stopped writing, carefully noting the date: March 18, 1817.

In July — four months to the day after she wrote those last words — she died. Scholars still don’t know the cause, with speculation ranging from Addison’s disease to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Austen was 41.

It’s easy to psychoanalyze that unfinished novel, “Sanditon.” Austen was ill, she wanted to escape to the shore — so she did in her writing. Her heroine, Charlotte Heywood, dreams of a more cosmopolitan place than her genteel-but-shabby country home packed with siblings, and an act of quick-thinking bravery earns her an invite to the seaside Sanditon to stay with the Parker family.
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Intriguing Trailer for Series Adaptation of Unfinished Jane Austen Novel Sanditon from PBS Masterpiece

We have an interesting trailer for you to check out for the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series Sandition, based on the last, unfinished novel of Jane Austen. It is said that Austen was chronically ill and wanted to write about something happy, so she started this novel set in a seaside town. The series stars Rose Williams, Theo James (the Divergent series), Crystal Clarke (Star Wars: The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi), Kris Marshall and Anne Reid. Here’s the official synopsis:

Sanditon tells the story of Tom Parker (Marshall), who is obsessed with turning the sleepy seaside village of Sanditon into a fashionable health resort. He enlists the backing of local bigwig Lady Denham (Reid). Through a mishap, Tom makes the acquaintance of the Heywoods and invites their eldest daughter, Charlotte (Williams), for an extended stay at Sanditon. Meanwhile, Lady Denham, a widow, is playing matchmaker for her destitute nephew,
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‘Ordeal by Innocence’ Review: Amazon’s Agatha Christie Adaptation Is a Superficial Showcase for a Monstrous Family

‘Ordeal by Innocence’ Review: Amazon’s Agatha Christie Adaptation Is a Superficial Showcase for a Monstrous Family
In the grand tradition of Agatha Christie stories, “Ordeal by Innocence” has, at its heart, an unsolved murder. In this case, the victim is Rachel Argyll (Anna Chancellor), wife and adoptive mother of four, found beaten to death in her own study. It’s a homicide that tears at the seams of an already threadbare family, only held together by a faint sense of familial obligation and a shared animosity toward the now-deceased matriarch.

But this version of “Ordeal of Innocence” goes beyond the standard murder mystery fare to become a ghost story as well, a monster movie told in three parts, with humans barely cloaking the darker parts of their nature. Though Rachel’s death is the opening scene of the series, released this week on Amazon after airing earlier this spring on the BBC, she’s an instrumental part of the story as it weaves through the Argyll children’s younger days.
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Film Review: Annihilation (2018): A Visually Arresting, Science-less Scifi Movie, & Variant of Ghostbusters

Annihilation Review

Annihilation (2018) Film Review, a movie directed Alex Garland, stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, Benedict Wong, Cosmo Jarvis, Honey Holmes, David Gyasi, Bern Collaço, Kumud Pant, Ed Manner, Crystal Clarke, and John Schwab.

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Ordeal by Innocence: Ed Westwick Role Being Recast and Reshot for BBC Series

Ed Westwick is being replaced. Deadline reports the Gossip Girl's role will be recast and reshot for the upcoming BBC TV series Ordeal by Innocence.Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, the mystery drama follows the Argyle family, who discover the person they though murdered the family matriarch didn't and someone else in the family did. The cast also includes Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson, Anthony Boyle, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Ella Purnell, and Alice Eve.Read More…
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Hot Toys unveils new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cosbaby Bobble-Heads

Hot Toys has revealed its third series of Cosbaby Bobble-Heads for Star Wars: The Force Awakens which includes three collectible sets – Han Solo & Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker & Rey, and Rey & Bb-8 along with three large sized Cosbabies of Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer; check them out here….

See Also: Hot Toys’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cosbaby Bobble-Heads revealed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones
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Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode to lead Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal By Innocence

Deadline is reporting that Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode have signed on to lead the cast of Ordeal By Innocence, a three-part adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, which is the first of seven dramas as part of a deal between BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions.

The 1958 book, said to be one of Christie’s personal favourites, “begins with the murder of wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll at her family estate, Sunny Point. Despite vehemently protesting his innocence, her adopted son Jack is arrested for the crime. Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary appears claiming to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid: If Jack was not the killer,
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How Mark Hamill wanted to change Han Solo’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens death

One of Episode VII’s most important scenes comes towards the end of the picture when Kylo Ren murders his father Han Solo on Starkiller Base with Rey and Finn watching from afar. It was a tragic moment to be sure, and a pretty grim way to say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s much beloved and iconic character.

Well it turns out that Mark Hamill, whose own legendary character, Luke, was revealed in the film’s final moments, thought he had a better idea for Han’s death. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hamill explains in detail what he wanted to occur, with Luke and Leia to be present at the scene of the crime.

“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me,” Hamill explains. “So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me.
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Mark Hamill would have had Luke and Leia present during Han’s death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

During Star Wars Celebration on Friday, Mark Hamill had some very interesting comments regarding the amount of screen time for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, mentioning that he would have introduced the classic character much earlier as well as offering up a suggestion that would have upped the emotional ante of one of the blockbuster’s most emotional moments.

Speaking to Fandango on the red carpet of Star Wars Celebration, Hamill said that by introducing Luke earlier the character and Princess Leia could have been a part of Han Solo’s death sequence, stating that “We’re too late to save him, but (are) witnesses” and that it would “carry so much emotional resonance into the next film” if he and Leia were there alongside “two characters that have known him, what, 20 minutes?”

See Also: Mark Hamill on the end of the Jedi and whether Luke
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Mark Hamill voices Han Solo in Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The folks at Bad Lip Reading have secured a very special guest for their latest video, as Mark Hamill channels his best Harrison Ford to lend his voice to Han Solo in the Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; check it out here…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day
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J.J. Abrams on cutting Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker from Rey’s Force vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was rumoured that the film would include a flashback sequence of the Bespin duel from The Empire Strikes Back, something that seemed to be supported by the release of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figures as part of The Force Awakens’ toy line.

Well, it turns out that was almost the case, with The Star Wars Show posting a snippet of J.J. Abrams’ director’s commentary from the upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of the movie, where the filmmaker reveals that the big showdown between father and son was intended to feature as part of Rey’s Force vision – or ‘Forceback’.

“Touching the lightsaber triggers what we call the ‘Forceback.’ There were many iterations of this. In one, from the Cloud City Corridor, she looked down and saw Vader fighting Luke, which we ended up cutting. We
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J.J. Abrams on the fateful showdown between Kylo Ren and Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on 3D Blu-ray next month, bringing with it a commentary from director J.J. Abrams. USA Today has managed to get an exclusive clip from the commentary featuring the climactic showdown between Han Solo and Kylo Ren, during which Abrams shares his opinion on Ben Solo’s state of mind prior to striking down his father.

“People have asked me if I think Kylo Ren was just playing with him the whole time, if he meant to kill him from the beginning,” states Abrams. “And the truth is, I think Kylo Ren in this moment is actually being convinced to walk away from this. Snoke is, as Han says, using him, and I think that somewhere Ben knows this. But I think that he can’t accept it. Deep down he has gone too far.”

Watch the clip here…

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Rey, Chewbacca and Unkar Plutt featured in deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Entertainment Weekly has given us a peek at one of the never-before-seen deleted scenes from the upcoming 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Rey, Unkar Plutt and Chewbacca. Looks like Unkar Plutt never got the memo that it isn’t wise to upset a wookie…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors
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BBC's next Agatha Christie adaptation will star Bill Nighy

Rob Leane Kayti Burt Jul 6, 2017

Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Alice Eve will appear in the BBC's next Agatha Christie adaptation, Ordeal Of Innocence...

Over the last couple of festive seasons, the BBC has brought us adaptations of two Agatha Christie novels - And Then There Were None and The Witness For The Prosecution - to great critical and ratings success.

See related Curb Your Enthusiasm: season 9 confirmed by HBO

CultBox revealed a while back that this tradition will continue in the years ahead, with the BBC planning to adapt six more Christie stories into TV dramas. The era of #peakTV certainly has its upsides.

Sarah Phelps — the screenwriter behind the last two — has adapted Ordeal By Innocence to be the 2017 Christie Christmas event. And today, the cast has been announced, with CultBox reporting the story.

Ordeal By Innocence will star Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener, Matthew Goode, Eleanor Tomlinson,
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Promo images for Hot Toys’ Luke Skywalker collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hot Toys has already unveiled several of its Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collectible figures including Darth Vader, Tie Fighter Pilot, Jedha Patrol Stormtrooper and Shoretrooper, and now they have another Force Friday treat with a batch of promotional images for the upcoming 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker collectible figure, which based on the likeness of Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, specially tailored costume, a mechanical right hand, and a Star Wars-themed figure stand. When you pre-order now, you can also receive a specially designed diorama figure base as a pre-order bonus accessory! Who wouldn’t want this legendary Jedi in their Star Wars figure collection?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams
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VFX reel showcases Ilm’s digital effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Despite all of the talk of a return to the practical effects focus of the Original Trilogy in the build up to the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic still had their work cut out on the film when it came to digital effects.

Although you’d never guess from watching it, there’s actually more CGI in The Force Awakens than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ilm has now released a fascinating ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX reel showcasing their rather fantastic work on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is definitely worth five minutes of your time; check it out here…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and
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Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Finn (First Order Stormtrooper Version) collectible figure

Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its 1/6th scale Finn (First Order Stormtrooper version) collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; take a look here…

Originally trained since birth to serve the First Order as a Stormtrooper, Fn-2187 was deeply affected by the death of his squad mate and the innocent villagers during the attack of Tuanul on the desert planet Jakku. The skirmish has awakened his conscience and drove him down a different path, one that proved both heroic and dangerous and picking up a new name – Finn.

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of John Boyega in the film featuring a newly painted head sculpt, a sleek First Order Stormtrooper armor with weather effects and helmet with the iconic blood mark, blaster rifle and blaster pistol, and a hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Rey (Resistance Outfit) collectible figure

Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its latest 1/6th scale Star Wars: The Force Awakens figure, featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey in her Resistance Outfit from the final scene of the movie; check them out here…

See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the highly detailed head sculpt, meticulously tailored outfit as seen in the final scenes of the film, Rey’s signature staff, a blaster pistol, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hilt, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver
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Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Chewbacca collectible figure

Yesterday we brought you a batch of promotional images for Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Han Solo figure, and now we’ve got a look at the collectible figure for Han’s buddy and Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca as he appears in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; check out the images here…

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It features a new face sculpt with articulated jaw, newly developed multiple layers of fabric hair with various shades of brown throughout whole body capturing Chewbacca’s unique appearance, all-new bowcaster and bandolier bag, and a specially designed figure stand.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition
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Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Han Solo collectible figure

Hot Toys is kicking off its latest wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens collectible figures by releasing a batch of promotional images for its 1/6th scale Han Solo, based on the likeness of Harrison Ford in Episode VII; take a look below…

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the movie. It features a newly developed head sculpt and hands, finely tailored outfit and winter gear, all-new blaster pistol, and a specially designed figure stand.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block
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