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In Starz’s ‘Da Vinci’s Demons,’ a young Leonardo discovers some heat

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“I’m ambidextrous,” announces a taut, young and sexy Leonardo (Tom Riley), who also seems to have invented the stubble trimmer and Supercuts along the way to designing the paraglider and the helicopter. And judging from the way high-class Medici mistress Lucrezia Donadi (Laura Haddock) vigorously (and toplessly) passes the time with Leonardo — time he’s supposed to spend painting her portrait — well, so much for his place in gay history. 

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Created by writer-director David S. Goyer, who wrote the stories for the Dark Knight movies with Christopher Nolan, it stars British actor Tom Riley as the 25-year-old Leonardo, burningly brilliant bastard son of a state councillor, whose smart-alecky manner (and heretical thinking) constantly gets him into trouble. By the end of episode one, he’s caught between the rock of the Vatican, the hard place of the powerful Medici family, and (this being premium cable) the soft, naked flesh of one Lucrezia Donati, played by Laura Haddock, who may look as if she’s been cast for her resemblance to Angelina Jolie but proves an actress of no small resourcefulness.

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To be the hero of a 21st-century pay-cable historical drama, Leonardo must also fight like a mixed-martial-arts star, bed the boss’s mistress (the boss being Lorenzo de’ Medici) and solve crimes like a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Gil Grissom from “CSI.” 
And even that’s not enough in this glossy, silly, intermittently entertaining new series beginning on Friday night on Starz. Twenty or so years before Columbus’s maiden voyage, the young Leonardo is working out the theory of continental drift. Examining a secret map that will look familiar to those born after the 15th century, a friend points out that the land depicted doesn’t exist.  
“Demons” has the nudity and gore that are obligatory in this category, though it’s more circumspect than soft-core romps like “Spartacus” or “The Tudors.”
There’s also the anachronistic tendency, common to such shows, to make the hero a paragon of tolerance and enlightenment — he’s just like us! — meaning that Leonardo, in the premiere, reacts angrily to the execution of a Jewish scholar and the harassment of a Turkish mystic. Perhaps that’s meant to balance the tendency to decorate scenes with gratuitous topless women, or the frequent associations of homosexuality with moral corruption and violence. 
Actually, the show could be congratulated for according something approaching equal opportunity to male and female nudity. One of Mr. Goyer’s best jokes comes early, as a scene opens with a fully naked man noisily urinating and then dismissing an equally naked boy from his bed. This unsavory Milanese nobleman is played by Hugh Bonneville, better known to Americans as the Earl of Grantham. There may not be much crossover between the audiences for “Da Vinci’s Demons” and “Downton Abbey,” but for those who know, it’s a great gag.

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For a show about the man who painted the Mona Lisa, Da Vinci’s Demons sure has a lot of nudity and murder. This isn’t a complaint. If you’re home on Friday night, watching a show with tons of male (frontal) nudity definitely makes up for it. Having said that, the nudity is in fitting with the storyline, and isn’t gratuitous. As for the death, see Political Intrigue above. When powerful people clamor for more power, there’s bound to be blood. What’s great about this show is you often don’t see the murder and betrayal coming.

27-years old Laura Haddock was a precocious tween with big dreams of becoming a celebrity actress. The next Helen Mirren and Angelina Jolie combined. Her proud parents were happy when she enrolled in art college quickly after high-school. But Laura - from rather affluent background - was a slacker and chose to coast along on her looks. She did graduate but soon was 'working' on and off as a pro-am model well into her twenties with allowances from daddy and mummy paying for her indulgences before acting bug truly bite her hard on the pretty butt. Auditions were a bit of a drag for Laura expecting everything to be handed to her on a silver platter and sex scenes/nudity were never an option.

Laura was prudish about flaunting her goods on screen but her fabulously sculptured face and body worked against her in auditions where she is pushed to accept the pretty-little-thang characters instead of the one she was really test-reading for. Honest was her first major role. The latecomer to the biz was 23. At first Laura was casual about her career and was more famous for dating Jewish celebs in shape of Robert Kazinsky and Richard Fleeshman. She did achieve minor recognition for her performance in Upstairs Downstairs.

The usual alarm bells of time running out rang hard and long for Laura after officially entering into her late twenties. Laura always harbored ambition to work in Hollywood but being a fierce homebody meant she wasn't really serious about it. Her life mate Sam Claflin wants her to move out to L.A to be with him so both can use the movie capital as a work base. While Sam quickly found a spot in a lucrative franchise, Laura was put off by constant requirement for nudity and the pressure put on foreigners like her to take on parts rejected by American actors. She knew once she waived the nudity clause, screen tests would be purely ceremonial and she will be shoo-in for roles requiring frontal nudity. For much of late 2011 and into 2012, it was an odds and ends period for Haddock. She was struggling to make headway acting-wise but it was all rosy on personal side. Sam is love of her life. Laura pursued him from the moment she laid eyes on him during an audition and after days and weeks of Facebooking and Skyping convinced Sam she was his love of his life too! Yes. Laura wears the pants in the relationship. It also meant Laura needs to be financially independent and more importantly secured when she finally hitched herself to the marriage wagon. The couple plans to make L.A their home permanently and for Laura she wants to bring home the bacon alongside Sam. Subservient housewife she is not! 

It's safe to say by early of 2012, nudity is something Laura came to accept will be part of her acting legacy how hard it may be to resist. It was in L.A she saw the casting notice for a STARZ lucratively budgeted new costume drama. Only three major female roles and all requires nudity and sexual situations. A name on the notification caught her name. Priscilla John. Laura worked with John in Captain America: The First Avenger in a small role. John told her to come over and after Skype auditions in UK, she returned to L.A for another round of auditions. Laura actually wanted to portray Clarice Orsini but as she come to expect over the years was persuaded into taking the part of Lucrezia Donati who in many ways was far more substantial figure and essential to the overall plot. David Goyer also felt the Angeline Jolie look-a-like had the X-factor in effortless sensuality lacking so far in other actresses auditioning for the same character. Goyer's instincts were proven right when Laura and Tom Riley (both were first to be cast) did their chemistry read. It was off the charts. Laura was still hesitant. Besides Vanessa character, it was her role that requires extensive topless nudity. Goyer promised Laura it would be tastefully shot and she have full control on monitor view on-set, pre-editing conditions, the lengthiness (view and close-up) of her nudity, etc. Laura trusted both Goyer and Tom as the duo is more geeky on action scenes rather than trying to exploit the girls in the show.
More than anything else, it was generous cash incentives that swayed her. Laura was and still astounded at the amount she was being paid for working in 10-episodes per season (2 will be rolled over to S2) and to show her tits and butt. Easily much more than she ever earned back in home productions.
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So where do you see yourself in the future?
I’d love to go to Hollywood, and try my luck there.

Why? Do you feel in the UK you’re losing your sense of… porpoise? He he.
And that was it: with a single, wholly unoriginal fish pun, we’ve blown it. And blown it with one of the most beautiful actresses we’ve met in a while, too – a 5’8” cut-glass English Cameron Diaz, who just happens to have a slightly silly name. There’s a pregnant pause, as 22-year-old blue eyes glare at us critically. “Well,” she finally murmurs. “Now this is a little… awk-cod, isn’t it?”Fortunately, it turns out Laura Haddock is as forgiving as she is crap at aquatic wordplay. Better still, she’s also strikingly pretty in the flesh, great fun and a little bit posh. And disconcertingly rude, too. By the end of the interview she will have growled “I love the pussy!” into FHM’s dictaphone, recorded a breathy, erotic message to our work experience kid and persuaded her own mum to send some bikini pictures to the FHM office. Oh, and she can also drink like a… well, thirsty person: six hours into our 45-minute chat, she’s ordering a fourth bottle of wine, cancelling her taxi and inviting over her friend Minger. “Don’t worry – I can only call her that because she’s so hot,” she explains. All of which unpretentiousness bodes well for her career, of course. Already, ITV1 viewers will have gawped happily at her playing wannabe model Kacie in criminal caper comedy Honest, and as Lady Arabella in royal soap The Palace. And this month she plays Bethan in The Colour Of Magic, Sky One’s big budget adaptation of the Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. Sprinkle on a few vague Hollywood rumblings in the pipeline, and suddenly phrases like “the new Keira Knightley” are flitting about her, like sycophantic wasps. And all of which in turn, of course, begs our very first question: with colossal fame beckoning, why did she never change her marine surname? “I’ll say this until I’m blue in the face,” she yells. “It’s memorable! If I go to a casting and introduce myself as Laura Haddock, they’re bound to remember me for my name, if not anything else.”

Even so, you must have been ribbed about it…
Fish face, trout pout… no wait, that’s Lesley Ash. But yes, I’ve had it all. It’s my dad’s name though – I’m not going to be ashamed of it.

You have a sex scene in Honest – are you worried your parents will be ashamed of that?
No, I have a plan. On the evening of that episode, I’m going to take my mum and dad out for dinner instead. Or fake a heart attack. Or an escaped tiger. Anything to stop them seeing it. ?I was terrified before we filmed it, due to the crew being there, rather than being in my undies. But it’s actually quite comical. I’m not naked in it, just… underwear-naked.

None of that nonsense in The Colour of Magic, we take it?
No – that couldn’t have been more fun. I mean, as well as David Jason, Sean Astin is playing Twoflower. I kept looking at him and shouting “Goonies! Goonies!” Or something from Lord Of The Rings: “Poh-tay-toes!” I think I was kind of annoying. But then, in one episode, he has a line where has to say the word ‘potatoes’ in an American accent. And he physically couldn’t do it. “I can no longer say that word in my own accent,” he kept saying. 

Did David Jason do the ‘falling through the bar’ gag when the conversation died?
No. Never.

Shame. Still: with two new primetime shows, you’ll be recognisable. Are you careful not to get drunk when you go out?
I’m drunk now. Not really! But this industry is weird - you feel like unless you’re being photographed, nobody cares about you. And any publicity seems to be good publicity. Falling out of a taxi without knickers on is bad publicity – but it still means you’re in a magazine.

So you’re not planning the ‘Lindsay Lohan’ route to fame?
No! I want so much more for myself – I don’t want to mess it up by falling out of a nightclub. You never see Dame Judi Dench doing that. Anyway, my nan always told me to wear two pairs of knickers. So whatever happens I’ll have that second pair on and you won’t see anything.

Your character Kacie in Honest is also fame-hungry. What’s your inspiration?
There’s a scene where I get into trouble with the police for throwing a stapler at a guy’s nuts – so Naomi Campbell was perfect to base that on. But I was also looking at lots of ‘It’ girls and how much they want fame. They have real naked ambition – it’s ruthless. If they want to marry a footballer, they’ll marry a footballer.

Nice. But acting-wise, you must have done The Bill
No! I was actually rejected by The Bill. Worse than that – I’ve been rejected five times.

Whoa! Everyone gets on The Bill. Are you, like, really bad at auditions?
I must be. And the fifth time it was for an actual regular role – a new policewoman I think. And every time I’d come out, call my agent and go, “It’s in the bag, baby!” And then they’d say no, over and over again. I’ve been for roles like ‘Girl Shoplifter’. Or this girl who’d been in a car crash, but had a mystery medical condition…

Are you sure this wasn’t Casualty?
No. I was never even put up for Casualty. That’s how bad it was.

Jesus! That’s, like, the Lidl of soaps. They’ll take anybody as a victim.
I know! It doesn’t bode well, does it? But it was definitely in The Bill. I remember now: the girl was diagnosed with Addison’s disease.

What – she’s infected with a taxi firm?
That’s Addison Lee, you dick! Addison’s disease where the victims starts having convulsions, and all your internal organs start failing. And you go yellow. But I wasn’t the right colour.

Racist. Maybe you’re too Scandinavian-looking to be a fictional delinquent.
Possibly so. Perhaps I should go for the Swedish version. Da Billshk, or something. But look: I don’t care. I got to be in My Family instead. And that’s in front of a live audience, with Robert Lindsay. That’s a lot better than the fucking Bill.

There’s a fair few ‘English Rose’ actresses about these days. Who’d win a fight between you, Lucy Brown and Billie Piper? Keira Knightley’s reffing.
Me and Lucy could take Billie. Although Billie would give me a right biting. But I’d like to think that I’d win it. Because I fight dirtier. If there’s an Oscar up for grabs, I will take them down. Ha ha! I’m kidding. Is this like an FHM Bloke Test question? Can I do a self-portrait?

If you want to. Draw your favourite body parts…
I like my lips the best. I quite like my boobs, not too big, not too small. My least favourite part, though, is my arms – because most actresses, particularly American ones, have really toned arms. I don’t like my bingo wings. But don’t worry: they’ll be amazing and toned by the time your 100 Sexiest poll starts.

We hope. Because you look like Pete Burns in your sketch.
Hoi!

Hey – don’t get tench! Wasn’t us that b-roached the subject. We’ll skate over it…
You’re an idiot.




A certain steeliness

Will Gore talks to Lara Pulver about autographing whips and her forthcoming role as the wife of a Renaissance ruler

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Not many actors have made a name for themselves with quite the same force as Lara Pulver. In January last year more than eight million people tuned in to BBC1 and watched her star as Irene Adler in ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’, the opening episode in the second series of Sherlock.

I’m not saying that Pulver’s appearance in one of the early scenes wearing nothing more than a pair of high heels (albeit with some clever camera angles preserving her modesty) was the only reason for the vast amount of attention the episode received. It’s surely no coincidence, however, that her name was almost immediately trending on Twitter and that this particular Sherlock adventure quickly became one of iPlayer’s most watched programmes.

When we meet on a Monday morning in a Soho restaurant, Pulver, 32, laughs in horror at the idea of ‘that scene’ now being an undeletable viral hit. She’s also giggling as she recounts her experience of meeting devoted Sherlock fans at the recent Comic-Con convention in America.

Irene Adler’s persona in the Beeb’s updated take on Holmes is that of a whip-cracking dominatrix, and this seems to have struck a chord with some of those on — to put it kindly — the more cultish fringes of the Sherlock fan base. About 20 Irene impersonators turned up to Comic-Con, all with clothes on, thankfully, and asked Pulver to autograph an array of paddles and whips. Despite being rather shocked, she obliged.
‘My fear was that people were so in love with Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Martin [Freeman]’s relationship as Holmes and Watson, with Sherlock possibly being gay or asexual, that I was asking to be chastised as a female love interest. Yet I can’t get over how supportive people have been to me,’ she says.

If Pulver is tired of talking about Sherlock and ‘that scene’ then she doesn’t show it. She gently makes the point that Cumberbatch revealed far more of himself in the same episode without causing nearly as much fuss as her own disrobing did. This double standard is nothing more than a minor niggle for her, though.

Pulver is warm, friendly company and her enthusiasm for Sherlock seems almost limitless. She describes the production team and cast as being like a happy family and she would love the opportunity to return to the programme at some point in the future. Her affection for the show is understandable as she believes appearing in it has been a ‘game changer’ for her career.

Before Sherlock, Pulver built up a solid CV with an Olivier nomination for her stage work and roles in Robin Hood and Spooks. Yet it wasn’t until she cracked the whip on Baker Street that television and film industry executives started taking notice of her. In LA, where she currently lives with her boyfriend and fellow British actor Raza Jaffrey, she found that there were plenty of well-connected people who were ‘desperate to meet Irene Adler’.

One of the immediate consequences of this attention is Pulver’s casting in Da Vinci’s Demons, the latest big-budget American TV series vying for our attention. No preview DVDs were available ahead of its British airing but from the snippets I’ve seen, and from Pulver’s own description, it appears to be more over the top than a first world war battalion.

‘The show is about Da Vinci’s lost years and in the same way we had a style for Sherlock with the text on screen, we have got Da Vinci’s visions, which are an extraordinary visual feast. It reminds me of the bit in Mary Poppins when they jump into the picture,’ explains Pulver, who plays Clarice Orsini, wife of Lorenzo Medici, the ruler of Florence during the Renaissance period.

‘We find out what we don’t really know about Da Vinci. We all know him as the artist, but I didn’t know about Da Vinci the inventor, the war hero and that free-thinking man who was ahead of his time.’
I also didn’t know about Da Vinci the young hunk, who ran around Florence with his shirt open, but I’m presuming this bit falls into the 20 per cent of dramatic licence that Pulver says the show’s creator David Goyer, one of the writers behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, has employed.

As a youngster, as well as attending the National Youth Music Theatre, Pulver put herself through ballet training to transform herself into ‘a triple threat’, as she calls it, capable of acting, singing and dancing. Only a short time into her career as a stage actor she changed agents to one who could help her break into television and achieve her ambition of ‘becoming the next Dame Judi frigging Dench’.

Pulver may still have a way to go before reaching those lofty heights, but she’s making stellar progress. A second season of Da Vinci’s Demons has already been confirmed and later in the year Sky will screen Fleming, a short series about the life of Ian Fleming, in which Pulver plays the James Bond creator’s wife Anne. She is also hopeful that 2013 will be the year that she breaks into film.

For all her warmth, there is clearly a steeliness to Pulver that I assume must be a job requirement in such a cut-throat industry. She’s had to withstand some unwanted tabloid interest, with spurious reports about her and Cumberbatch dating last year, and is fully aware of the pressures she’ll face to keep her career on an upward trajectory as she gets older.

‘There’s talk of the lack of roles for older women. It’s so tough and it’s soul-destroying what some female actors do to their faces to try and keep producers happy,’ she says. ‘I’m always looking at longevity for my career but you can only really live in the present. I’m fortunate in that at the moment I’m young, a decent-looking girl and I’m riding a wave.’

* No wonder Laura kept them covered for so long. Prominent nips are priceless. A rarity among mainstream celebs. Feel sorry for Tom. He must been itching to suck on the protruding puffies during the 3-months he was filming with Laura. Christ! We have to wait until episode 3 to get clear view?



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Just seen the uncensored Laura Haddock scenes - great nudity for the first episode. Hope we get a view of her nipples without the paint in the series. I doubt we'll get a full frontal, but you never know. 

I was wondering if you had any more detail on Eleanor Tomlinson in the White Queen. She's gorgeous and could become quite a star 

Laura was nervous. It was her first nude scene and being exposed for so long - first time jitters - led to compromise with body paint. It was same with Jessica Marais in the pilot (fleeting view of tits and butt nudity) before we got to the goodies in subsequent episodes. Same with Ms. Haddock. She will grow into it.

There are two versions of The White Queen. One for domestic market/conservative region and the 'explicit' edition for US. Rebecca Ferguson the only confirmed nudity. I been told the writers are sticking close to the novel (haven’t read it yet and probably won’t). Anything related to sexual content even vaguely described in the book is ramped up on the screen. There is plenty of non-sexual nudity according to reliable source. 26-years old Faye Marsay (Anne Neville) and Amanda Hale (Margaret Beaufort) are the other key roles with very probable topless nudity. The strange thing about casting 20-years old Eleanor Tomlinson is that she's portraying Isabel Neville – elder sister of Anne! Eleanor is optioned only for one season at the moment. Most likely a supporting role. Nudity would be a major surprise. I tried to pressure my source to at least provide other potential nude scenes but e-mail from this person only arrives courtesy of his/her mood and not by request unfortunately. I know for certain she and other main female characters are being paid astronomically to appear on TWQ beyond anything BBC can afford.


Da Vinci is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions but STARZ are providing financial muscle. The White Queen is produced by four different entities with again STARZ the chief money tree. One of STARZ rule for acquisition: sex, more sex, nudity with galore of boobies. Gore and violence isn’t an issue. Nearly all actresses are more than ready and prepared to wield a weapon and simulate extreme violent acts on-cam but when you mention ‘frontal nudity’…the girls disappear so quickly you think they’re the next David Copperfield! Same with male talents and their reluctance to show their junk.

Finding actors who can actually act and show boobs is becoming pretty hard to do on both sides of Atlantic (British Isles). There need to be some sort of a cosmic convergence to stumble into the suitable performer. In case of Laura Haddock, she was looking for a high-profile show to launch her US-career and Da Vinci’s Demons came along at the right time once the main barrier (nudity) is removed from the equation. Another STARZ offering Black Sails confronted the same issues; sadly lady luck didn’t smile on them and at the end has to contend with newcomers and unknowns willing to perform full-frontal nudity. Amazingly nearly all female roles with speaking parts in Black Sails require nudity of some kind! 

After Elton
Laura Haddock admitted to seeing the complexity of her character when she first auditioned for the role. “She wasn’t just a beautiful woman, it wasn’t just her aesthetics, she was extremely intelligent, extremely in touch with her emotions [and] passionate,” Haddock said. “I realised that [Lucrezia] was having to be someone else with all the different people that she was meeting so I really wanted to find all those different layers with her making sure than I wasn’t taking just one note, so just evil, just good, just sexy, whatever it was. I wanted to make sure that with all these different people she was exercising a different side to her personality.”

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From a filmic sculpture by Alberto Cabrera Bernal to a James Benning homage and many more, there's a lot to discover—and now is as good a time as any to explore the world of contemporary avant-garde cinema.
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M. Night Shyamalan Loves 'The Last Picture Show,' Says His Film Taste Is More Antonioni and Kubrick Than You Might Expect

M. Night Shyamalan has had one of the more -- interesting? controversial? -- trajectories of any filmmaker in recent memory. While no one remembers his first two movies ("Wide Awake," "Praying With Anger"), it was 1999's "The Sixth Sense" that made him a sensation, with many calling him the next Alfred Hitchcock or Steven Spielberg. While that hasn't held up, Shyamalan continued to mine the supernatural twist genre to increasingly diminishing returns, wearing out his audience's taste for third act reveals by the time "The Happening" and its sinister trees arrived. Lately, he's dove into full blown tentpole land with the nearly unwatchable "The Last Airbender" and this summer's "After Earth," but is Shyamalan secretly an arthouse filmmaker lost in the blockbuster world?

The filmmaker recently sat down to chat with DGA Quarterly and the entire conversation took place as Shyamalan watched "The Last Picture Show," a movie he unabashedly loves. "I think Peter Bogdanovich’s mastery of tone in this film is the holy grail of filmmaking,” he enthused, watching the Criterion Blu-ray. “I’m voraciously after that as both an audience member and a filmmaker.”
Moreover, the director openly admits to lifting shots -- consciously or not -- in his other movies, naming the kissing scene between Sonny and Charlene as one of them he borrowed for "Signs." “You know, it’s funny, I see a bunch of stuff from 'Signs' in here that I must have ripped off. I also did a thing with a dolly shot where it seems like it stops and the shot is done, then it’s not. I loved that. I’m such a thief!”

It's a coming-of-tale that features neither CGI, twists nor even color film stock is one of the early, great 1970s American films, that is as much about capturing a mood than anything to do with telling a point A to point B story. And curiously, it's this kind of thing that Shyamalan claims to truly admire, citing two particularly important filmmakers. “I want to make tonal movies [like this], where plot is almost obscene,” he shared. “In fact, I think I get in trouble because my movies are presented as plot driven vehicles, so I’m perceived more for that characteristic when in reality my tastes are more here, more like [Stanley] Kubrick and [Michaelangelo Antonioni’s] 'Blow-Up.' ”

“What’s fascinating about the film is that you can’t tell where you are in it,” Shyamalan reflects about 'Last Picture Show.' “If somebody came in now, they couldn’t tell. It’s unusual. The plots come and go irrelevantly as side affairs, and little storylines pop up; Jacy manipulating Sonny to get married, or going to the pool party. It feels like plot, so you’re thinking, ‘Oh, our two main characters are finally getting together,’ but then it doesn’t lead anywhere. It’s all textural.”

And in the end, the filmmaker is truly taken with how much Bogdanovich accomplishes with seemingly so little. “It isn’t indulgent. It’s just naked in the very best way. Any more words would’ve spoiled it,” he explains. “I love just sitting in a moment, but I know that hurts plot. You lose momentum. So to see a movie that relies solely on tone, and relegates plot to its rightful place in the second position, is thrilling.”Of course, the obvious thing to say at this point is, "Hey M., why don't you actually go make one of those movies?" But in today's climate, you can't feed yourself or your family on ennui and existentialism, but man, we'd kinda like to see Shyamalan give that a whirl. As much as his works have take a sharp nosedive, at his best, he really does know how to shoot a picture and evoke an atmosphere and we'd be curious to see him get arthouse on us. Until then, we have Will and Jaden Smith saving the Earth with explosions.

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Which Reality Star Posed Topless With Porn Star James Deen? (PHOTOS)

It’s Stassi Schroeder!

Before she was fighting with Jax or starting drama on Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, Stassi Schroeder earned a living as a model. While many of her gigs have required limited amounts of clothing, she took it one step further when she posed topless with porn star James Deen!Let’s just hope the photoshoot is all she did with James. After all, he is working his way through the reality TV universe!


Stassi Schroeder in Vanderpump RulesIf you’re a die-hard reality TV fan, you may have been thinking that Vanderpump Rules’ sasspot Stassi Schroeder looks familiar. And you’re right!  She’s only 23 years old, but Stassi already has quite a reality show past.

So where have you seen this drama queen before? While she was still in high school, a young, dark-haired Stassi was on Season 8 of The Amazing Race! She and her family were a part of the competitive reality show’s Family Edition. The episodes were titled with quotes from participants, and the season’s third episode immortalized a Stassi gem. It was called "I Don't Kiss I Make Out." The Schroeders placed seventh.

Then in 2008, she was a contestant on a little show called, fittingly, Queen Bees. According to a trailer the show, which we are pretty devastated to have missed, it’s about, “Seven mean girls facing the ultimate challenge: being nice.” And who are these mean girls? “They’re shallow, they’re self-centered, they’re nasty — they’re Queen Bees!” AH-mazing.

The winner of this reality show walked away with a $25,000 prize by being the girl who most changed her nasty ways. Stassi did not win.

But no matter! The real winners here are Vanderpump Rules fans, because love her or hate her, Stassi is always going to bring the drama.

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Adult World, directed by Scott Coffey, written by Andy Cochran. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. 
Amy (Emma Roberts) is naïve, awkward and anxious to get her poetry career off of the ground. She begrudgingly accepts a job at the local sex shop, Adult World, while pursuing a surefire kick-start for her success: a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings (the hilarious John Cusack). As Amy’s world melds with that of Adult World, she slowly learns that inspiration can be found in the most improbable places.
The film brings together a pretty intriguing cast with Emma Roberts, John Cusack, Evan Peters ("American Horror Story"), Shannon Woodward ("Raising Hope"), Cloris Leachman and John Cullum, in a satirical coming-of-age comedy, centered on the life of Amy Anderson (Roberts) who has just graduated with a degree in poetry. Convinced she is the next star in the literary world, she moves back with her parents to write poetry and find her place in the world. Very soon -- saddled with  a stack of rejection letters, unpaid student loans, and no money -- she decides to find a job in the real world. The only place that will hire her is an adult bookstore called Adult World. It's there that Amy meets Manny (Peters)  the store manager, and his transvestite friend Rubia (Armando Riesco). Meanwhile Amy goes to a poetry reading by her hero, Rat Billings (John Cusack), “one of the greatest punk poets of the early 90s" and after stalking him, he agrees to mentor her and help get her work published.

Review based on the unrevised script by
Adult World is quirky, quite sardonic (mocks the oft pretentious world of poetry and poets) and dark comedy with laugh out moments told from Emma Roberts' character Amy POV complete with voice-over?
I was admittedly surprised by the decent script despite sprinkles of usual corny characters you come to expect in coming-of-age stories. It grows on you. A reminder: it was probably revised by director Scott Coffey making it 'palatable' for Emma and Co. Either it'll be sugarcoated to PG-13 or if the filmmakers remained faithful to the script - R-rating it is.
If everything comes together from the script adaptation to director performing his duties well to actors taking seriously the material - could be a sleeper hit of the year. Emma will be feted for her performance; finally achieving the sort of acknowledgement she craves from the critics and peers.
We also have a good chance of seeing the mousy Shannon Woodward in a rare showy role as Candace. 28-years old Shannon of Arizona has been a constant presence on US-television for a while now in small guest roles and a regular on Raising Hope. Her most memorable acting performance is arguably in lackluster Girlfriend (2010) - utterly believable as emotionally confused single mom to a young kid. Ms. Woodward is a nudity dodger. No two ways about it. That's why her acting credits are a mishmash of small meaningless roles and leads in forgettable flicks. Shannon and Coffey are buddies so it wasn't that strange she accepted a very minor part playing a cliched spoiled foul-mouthed pothead who sleeps with practically everyone in the college including the janitor! It would be great if they filmed that scene as the guy pounds Candace in missionary(?) while roommate Amy is nearby on her bed writing daily musings on the laptop. Candace also skinny dips with another fuck buddy.
Shannon tweets often revolves folks confusing her for a tweeny because of her small frame.
https://twitter.com/shannonwoodward/status/261993720566644736
https://twitter.com/shannonwoodward/status/261653378399080448
https://twitter.com/shannonwoodward/status/261185899184934912
https://twitter.com/shannonwoodward/status/257956622490554368
https://twitter.com/shannonwoodward/status/237620645863768065

Emma Roberts 'nude' segment - if they actually filmed it and I seriously doubt it - is when Cusack's Rat Billings unbuttons Emma's shirt to reveal her 'perky tits'. It's a very May-December creepy seduction scene done in humorous American Pie-style.
ADULT WORLD
And sadly it seems like they going the PG-13 route.....
http://www.filmofilia.com/adult-world-clip-emma-roberts-john-cusack-145960/

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Spanish band Mei Ming under fire for explicit sex scene in music video
New York: Spanish band Mei Ming is under fire for including an explicit sex scene in the music video of their song ` Take Me As I Am.`

The music video shows two musicians stripping down, painting their bodies with the name of the group and then having intercourse, the New York Daily News reported.

Juan Ramos , who has directed the collaborative project featuring various musicians, told Publico that the footage is intended to highlight the difficulties, which is being faced by artists during the recession.

Ramos said that the sex scene was a symbol and criticism of what an artist nowadays needs to do to become known.

He said that the artists only decided to perform actual sex on the condition that the reason, why they were doing so, was "visible and explicit."

But his claims have been questioned by viewers, who believe that it is just a cheap publicity gimmick.

Mei Ming`s website states that the collaborative group was formed in 2008, and performs mainly at venues in Valencia. 




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When Should an Actor Go Nude for a Role?

By Michael Kostroff
When Should an Actor Go Nude for a Role?Dear Michael:
A while back, audition notices for an “experimental film” went up on one of the casting sites. It paid $100 a day, shot bimonthly using personal computer webcams, was nonunion, and required some nudity. They also added that because of the structure of the film, the actors would be within the confines of their homes. My question is: At what level must an actor go nude, and what are some red flags (if there are any)? 
—Bodily Business

Dear Bodily Business:

Your question includes the word “must.” When it comes to nudity, there is no “must.” Some believe it’s part of an actor’s job description to be willing to shed his or her clothes for any production that requests it. I strongly disagree. There are successful, respected actors who’ve worked nude, and even more who haven’t. It’s an individual choice. You could decide to never do nudity, to limit it to productions or roles of a certain level, or you may decide you’re completely comfortable performing naked, without stipulations. Regardless, it will serve you well to decide early on what your policy is on this very sensitive issue, as it will affect the kind of career you have. The most important thing is to know that you have an absolute right to say yes or no, and you should never compromise on that policy.

And regardless of your policy, you have to be savvy—particularly if you’re young and attractive—and approach any so-called “opportunity” that involves nudity with a heaping dose of skepticism. You have to be fully aware that people are going to want to see you naked, and some of those people will use unscrupulous methods to achieve that goal. You cannot afford to be naive about that.

Are there red flags, you ask? Absolutely. The ad you’ve described, for example, contains huge red flags—stadium-size banners, alongside blinking lights and sirens. I think you know that. It’s most likely a thinly disguised recruitment for a porn site. Even if it isn’t quite that bad, it’s clearly not a project that’s going to do anything good for your career.

But some of the approaches designed to dupe young hopefuls into appearing nude are much more subtle than the one you described, so you have to have parameters. I’d suggest never doing nudity at an audition or video or photographing yourself nude for one (you can’t control where the recordings or photos will end up). Unless you really don’t care, I wouldn’t recommend doing nudity for student, amateur, or “experimental” productions. Wait for the professional, high-level production that merits it.

Look for signs of legitimacy, like a professional contract, an accomplished director, writer, and/or producer, a name actor...things like that. Don’t ever let anyone pressure you into doing nudity, regardless of what kind of clout he or she claims to have. Trust your gut. If it feels shifty, it is.

And that’s the naked truth.

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FIRST LOOK: Eva Green 'Wants to Go to War' in '300: Rise of an Empire'
After years of discussion and stop-and-go production, 300: Rise of an Empire is finally a reality. The sequel to 2007's 300 tells a parallel story which centers in on another battle that was going on while the events in the original film took place. Don't expect to see Gerard Butler back as King Leonides, as only Rodrigo Santoro and Lena Headey return for 300: Rise of an Empire. The franchise does add a big name, though, with Eva Green, who audiences probably know best as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, playing a lead role.

In its summer movie preview issue, Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first shot that we've see of Green in 300: Rise of an Empire, assuring fans of the original that the sequel is going to keep the same distinctive look. So what can we expect from Green's character?
"But it's Eva Green as Artemisia, the only female commander in Xerxes' navy, who takes center stage this time. "She's kind of a Lady Macbeth/Cleopatra character," says Green. "She's obsessed by vengeance and wants to go to war with the Greeks." Midbattle, she meets Athenian general Themistokles (Strike Back star Sullivan Stapleton). "He's my archenemy, but there's a very strong attraction," says Green. "If they'd been in another kind of situation, it might have been a romantic story."
Looking at the shot of Green in 300: Rise of an Empire, I find it kind of funny that the movie that reveled in dressing its male actors is as little clothing as possible gets a sequel that almost completely covers up its female lead. Check out the photo of Green in 300: Rise of an Empire after the jump to get a better look.



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Mia Wasikowska for W Korea - 2013 March Issue



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Spoiler Chat: Scoop on True Blood

Eliza: We're less than two months away from the new season of True Blood, so how about some scoop to celebrate?

Well, can the possibility of death really be cause for celebration? Oh, all right. Take it away, Joe Manganiello: "We're in the middle of episode six, moving right along. Right now, we still have the big cast with the big table-reads, but pretty soon everybody's going to start getting knocked off!" Yikes! As for the latest showrunner swap, Manganiello says, "I think with Brian Buckner replacing Alan Ball there's maybe some hair being let down, maybe some 'let's get wild, let's get crazy!'"

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Game of Thrones: Margaery Tyrell's Match.com Profile Video

Game of Throne's Margaery Tyrell is looking for a new man now that Renley is dead and before she commits to the awful King Joffrey 
by talented and racked Meghan Falcone 


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Hollywood North: B.C. actress takes a bite out of Hannibal 

Kacey Rohl feels lucky her career is taking off

Hollywood North: B.C. actress takes a bite out of Hannibal
Kacey Rohl has a recurring role in the television series Hannibal, which airs on NBC and City TV.
A Vancouver actress has a tasty role in NBC and City TV’s Hannibal — the new series about the early adventures of ghoulish Silence of the Lambs gourmet Hannibal Lecter.

Kacey Rohl, who is in Chicago shooting a pilot for Doubt, an ABC/Sony drama, told The Sun there isn’t too much she can reveal about her role in Hannibal except that it’s “super fun.” Says Rohl: “Hannibal follows Will Graham, a special investigator for the FBI, and Hannibal Lecter as they follow various serial killers and solve their crimes together. I play the daughter of one of these killers in a recurring role.”
Kacey Rohl sexy in The Client List (TV Movie)
Kacey Rohl sexy in The Client List (TV Movie)
The show, which premiered April 4, was created by Bryan Fuller, the wonderfully warped mind behind Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me.

“Hannibal came about from a connection with (director) David Slade. I had shot a pilot with him that didn’t go last year and when this role came up in Hannibal he suggested me for it. It was crazy. I found out that I got the role when I was in a theatre course in London (at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). My agent texted me and I started jumping up and breathing so heavily I thought I was going to pass out in this little neighbourhood pub. I ran outside and called my mom and was screaming and people were laughing at me and running away from me. I’m pretty sure that I’m still paying off that cellphone bill. Worth it.”

The new role she’s shooting in Chicago might pay down that phone bill.

Doubt is a pilot for ABC that centres around a low-rent lawyer negotiating his various trials and tribulations. “I play Monica Boucher, a paralegal. She’s smart as a whip and a real go-getter. I feel very fortunate to be trusted with such a fabulous role. The show is from David Shore, creator of House and directed by Thomas Schlamme of West Wing fame. Seriously, I’m dying. Those shows were my jam. I really hope it gets picked up. I think it’s a great show, the script is sensational and The West Wing helped shape the lady I am today. You go C.J. Cregg!”
Kacey Rohl sexy in The Client List (TV Movie)
Rohl, 21, says she didn’t think she had a shot at Doubt. She asked her agent to lie and say she was “a young-looking 25” because she was worried the producers would think she wasn’t old enough for the part.

“It was the one I didn’t think I had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting. I still think I either killed someone or paid someone off to get me here. Again, totally worth it. The role is amazing. My fellow castmates are not only freakishly talented actors, but also super great people.”

The cast includes Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias, Felicity) and Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy).

Rohl started acting early. Her mother, Vancouver (via Alberta) playwright-performer-filmmaker and former standup comic Jan Derbyshire, recalls her daughter quoting from Hamlet at age three. Rohl’s dad Mike Rohl is one of Vancouver’s most in-demand TV directors.

Kacey Rohl says what she loves about acting is “getting paid for having emotional reactions that would otherwise land me in jail or the nuthouse.”
Kacey Rohl sexy in The Client List (TV Movie)
“My life lets me have internal surprises — things can happen inside my head or my heart that take me by surprise. I love how much jet-setting I’ve been up to because of my job. I feel lucky that my life is filled with such wild and amazing things that I’m so grateful for all of the time.”

Asked if there was a particular thing her parents did or she saw that sparked her interest in becoming an actor, Rohl says, “I can’t remember a specific moment, but I suppose quoting Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy at age three should have been a clue.”

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IMDb Wins Lawsuit Over Actress Age Revelation

Huong Hoang sued IMDb after her age was revealed, which she says cost her jobs in an entertainment industry where perception matters.

Huong Junie Hoang Headshot - P 2012On Thursday, a jury in Seattle handed a loss to Huong Hoang, the actress suing IMDb for revealing her age.
The verdict in favor of IMDb came after a trial earlier this week that lasted just over two days. In bringing the lawsuit, Hoang was determined to make a point about how IMDb's publication of her birthdate had caused her harm. As Hoang said in the complaint that she filed in federal court in October, 2011, "In the entertainment industry, youth is king."
That might be true, but a jury has determined today that IMDb hasn't breached any legal obligations to the 42-year-old actress.
Originally, Hoang anonymously brought a $1 million claim and asserted all sorts of violations on IMDb's part including fraud, privacy, and disregard of a consumer protection law.
Later, after a judge forced her to reveal herself, the claims were pared to just focus on whether IMDb had breached a user agreement with the actress, who is professionally known as Junie Hoang and who has had roles in Fifth Ward, A Gang Land Love Story and Ungirlfriendable.
During the midst of litigation, Hoang's lead attorney died and her new lawyers attempted to expand the case to showcase other actors who had allegedly been hurt by IMDb's policy of putting dates of birth on profile pages. She was supported by the Screen Actors Guild, and many other actors rallied to her cause. Hoang also made an issue of how IMDb had allegedly used credit information when she signed up to IMDb's Pro account and how IMDb's employees used a third party verification website to gain information to use in her profile.
IMDb, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, called Hoang "selfish," saying that she shouldn't be allowed to exploit the courts to perpetuate misinformation about her age. At trial, Hoang was forced to answer many tough questions about her own attempts to deceive IMDb into changing or removing her age. The case gathered attention at the highest ranks at Amazon.com. One of the spectators attending the Seattle trial was Amazon's general counsel.
Both sides had competing visions about what the trial represented.
For Hoang, it was about "perception, your age, how you look," according to comments she made on the witness stand. Her lawyer, Derek Newman, presented the case on why detrimental information on an IMDb profile can result in the loss of acting jobs.
For IMDb, it was about a "search for truth," according to its lawyer, Harry Schneider. The website believed that it had the right to present accurate information.
No telling what exactly was discussed during the jury's deliberations, but IMDb's arguments ended up prevailing.

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The Big Knife’s Rachel Brosnahan on Bobby Cannavale, House of Cards and Singing Lessons with Bernadette Peters

By Marc Snetiker
The Big Knife’s Rachel Brosnahan on Bobby Cannavale, House of Cards and Singing Lessons with Bernadette Peters
Age and Hometown: 22; Highland Park, Illinois

Current Role: Stirring up trouble for Bobby Cannavale as Dixie Evans, a struggling Hollywood starlet who knows too much in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife.
Broadway Baby: Rachel Brosnahan’s red-hot career took a theatrical turn when she was tapped to make her Broadway debut in the first-ever revival of The Big Knife. “I’m the youngest member of the cast by quite a lot, so it’s been a lot of listening and observing,” she says. “I’m the newbie!” As dizzy starlet Dixie Evans, Brosnahan doesn’t have to reach too far to channel the role of a rising actress. “I’m just out of drama school, and it’s hard to get people to take you seriously,” she admits. But scene partner Bobby Cannavale helped ease her path: “Bobby is Bobby. He’s a god. The idea of [working with him] was intimidating, but he’s a big kid at heart, and so kind.” It’s also a thrill for Brosnahan to time warp back to Hollywood’s golden age. “The first time I saw my costume, I was like, ‘Damn! She’s the lowest of the low, and she looks like that?” she laughs. “Old Hollywood. There’s nothing like it.”

Learning with Bern: The eldest of three kids, Brosnahan targeted a career in the arts early on. “Drama was all I ever wanted to do,” she says. “There was no plan B!” After graduating from NYU’s Tisch Drama School, she moved to Los Angeles for pilot season and booked the hit young adult film Beautiful Creatures (in which she played a Civil War-era witch). Her only previous screen credit had come at 18 as Bernadette Peters' daughter in the indie film drama Coming Up Roses. “I have memories of us freezing, lying on the ground in these puffy, red warming coats,” recalls Brosnahan, who was still in school and doing midterms on set. Peters encouraged the young actress to try musicals—despite Brosnahan’s self-professed lack of singing ability. “We had a small duet in the movie, and she was teaching me to sing, and I was like, 'What is my life!?'”
Playing House: Lately, Brosnahan has been earning recognition for her breakout gig on the Netflix drama House of Cards. “I was so shocked to have gotten that part,” she confesses of her role as manipulative call girl Rachel Posner, which was expanded from two episodes to a full season shortly after she was cast. “They just kept writing for me, and I can’t even express how grateful I am.” Still, Brosnahan had concerns that she was different from what the producers may have expected. “I was supposed to make my first appearance in lingerie, but I got on set and they were like, ‘Oh my God, how old are you?’ I thought, ‘I’m gonna get fired!’” Brosnahan won’t reveal whether she’ll be back for season two, but she promises that regardless, you’ll definitely see her on stage again. “I’ve got the bug now,” she says. “I need to do more on stage. I’ve got to get my fix!”

* Her part requires topless nudity but as we all know now, House Of Cards show-runner is a pussy and Rachel was disappointed she couldn't show her nice mams to her future fans. She is truly a child of theatre - nudity is something she embraced wholeheartedly and yearns to do as quickly as possible. Her tweets are certainly interesting.

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Netflix’s Series ‘Hemlock Grove’: Masterpiece Or Disasterpiece?

hemlockgrove2Hemlock Grove,” the newest Netflix original series, set to be released on April 19, may not be as great as the trailers made it look, according to early reviews.

The official synopsis of “Hemlock Grove” reads that the series, “Revolves around the eccentric residents of a dilapidated former Pennsylvania steel town and the murder of 17-year-old Brooke Bluebell. Through the investigation, the town’s seamier side is exposed, revealing that nothing is what it seems.” The trailer and promotional materials did reveal that werewolves would be involved in one way or another, but otherwise not a whole lot is known (to those of us who did not read the novel, at least).

Netflix has been going strong with their recent entry into the foray of original programming. Their first series, “House Of Cards,” was a huge success. The remake of a British series was received well by critics and audiences alike. It starred Kevin Spacey (“The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns”), with David Fincher (“The Social Network,” “Fight Club”) directing the first two episodes. Other episodes were directed by such luminaries as Joel Schumacher (“A Time To Kill,” “Batman Forever”). They also have “Arrested Development” season 4 starting in May, to the joyous cry of television fans everywhere (To see “Arrested Development” on our earlier list of TV shows cancelled too soon, click here).

“Hemlock Grove” is the show coming out between the two, and Netflix is hoping it can continue the hot streak that was started with “House Of Cards.” “Hemlock Grove” is in a completely different genre than the others, namely the horror realm, which isn’t usual for television (“American Horror Story” notwithstanding). The new series is based on the novel “Hemlock Grove” by Brian McGreevy. It was developed by Gaumont International Television, who are also responsible for NBC’s “Hannibal.” McGreevy also was an executive producer on the show, writing five episodes of the series himself. All 13 episodes will be released simultaneously on Netflix on April 19.

hemlockgrove3The Hollywood Reporter was able to watch the first two episodes early for review purposes, and the results were less than stellar, to say the least. Critic Tim Goodman said, “Welcome to the content business — here comes the company’s (Netflix’s) first truly bad series.”

Goodman stated that “Hemlock Grove” was full of cliches, unintentionally campy moments, and even said that the two episodes he saw were so boring that he couldn’t bring himself to watch a third one.
He summarized his review saying that “Hemlock Grove”, “… isn’t scary. It isn’t creepy. It barely makes sense, much less sense you want to decode.”

Horror auteur Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Cabin Fever”) serves as Executive Producer and director of the first episode, which adds a certain pedigree to the project. Given that a full series can take time to fully develop, I’m hoping, as both a fan of horror and Roth, that “Hemlock Grove” gets better as it goes along. Or that I just disagree with Goodman’s appraisal in general, as happens on occasion.

NETFLIX’s Hemlock Grove Early Review: Not Good!

The first red flag for me with the upcoming show on NETFLIX called ‘Hemlock Grove’ is the fact that Eli Roth’s name has been coined along side it every time.

The problem I have with Hemlock Grove is no different then all the horrible movies that were released under ‘Quentin Tarantino presents’. How much involvement does Eli Roth really have with the writing and direction of the series?

If a talented filmmaker produces or puts their name on a project that does not make it good. It would seem based off one early review that this is true with Netflix’ Hemlock Grove which Eli Roth did direct the pilot of. Those expecting something along the lines of HOSTEL will be sorely disappointed it seems ( Unclear to me how many other episodes he worked on )

Hemlock Grove is a murder mystery that has a True Blood twist to it that will air in its entirety on NETFLIX. In Hemlock Grove a young girl is brutally murdered and found near the former Godfrey steel mill. As rumors mount, two of the suspects in her killing–Peter Rumancek, a 17-year-old Gypsy trailer trash kid rumored to be a werewolf, and Roman, the heir to the Godfrey estate–decide to find the killer themselves.

Interesting side note the Hemlock Grove series reportedly cost more to make than The Walking Dead per episode which is pretty staggering. Hemlock Grove was $4million per episode where as The Walking Dead was $2.3million according to an early post by Sam on our site.

Tim Goodman who writes for the trade paper The Hollywood Reporter has harsh things to say in his review of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove series saying that it wouldn’t even be enjoyable if you were smoking a bong. Here is the closing points of his review he says;
Hemlock isn’t scary. It isn’t creepy. It barely makes sense, much less sense you want to decode.
It’s apparently a very poorly written, badly acted, unintentionally campy affair that is downright ridiculous according to Tim.

I have never been one to listen to trade reviews of films or TV shows since what us die-hard genre fans like and what real critics enjoy is rarely the same but Tim Goodman has picked up on some key things that are beyond taste.

The story is crap, the acting is crap, it is unintentionally campy and as I noted he says even if you smoked a bong full of weed you would not like it. The fact I love horror and perhaps he has different tastes wont make the acting better, the story good or the weed less required.

I for one was not overly impressed with the trailer for the NETFLIX Hemlock Grove series but I like the idea of Netflix making their own shows and I think focusing on content that other studios do not will be a win for them. Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards was a great example of that and if Hemlock Grove can come close to that Netflix will have a win.

What are your thoughts on Hemlock Grove are you excited for it to debut on Netflix on April 19th? I assume you will all watch it despite this early negative review? Hopefully Netflix reads this post and gives some of us ‘influential’ horror bloggers an early shot at the show so we can really see if it’s the crap we hear it is.


* Harsh review from dependable THR though there is a positive feedback (or is it?) from People which gave the show three out of four stars: "Imagine "True Blood" directed by Sofia Coppola". 

There are couple of individuals with plenty of blame attached to them. First Eli Roth went all woman and tried to multitask by helming and supervising The Green Inferno, Hemlock Grove and host of other films on the pipeline. Big mistake. He was in Toronto for first month of shoot, the intended show runner before jetting off to work on TGI and pre-production work on couple of flicks. He thought the series co-creator and chief writer Brian McGreevy would raise to occasion as the 'acting' show runner. Macro management is all fine and dandy if you leave the project in experienced and capable hands but McGreevy was far too green behind the ears to handle a show this magnitude.

This is where Netflix will come down hard on one of their own. The person who read the pilot script, green lighted the project on the strength and presence of Mr. Eli Roth. He or she should have hired a seasoned executive producer to help McGreevy on the set, inject pace and energy to the shoot and assist the director. But the person truly f**cked up when he failed to bring in a top notch screen writer to ran through the initial HG script and make changes to stilted and misguided Lynchesque-like dialogues. Hardcore horror fans will lap it up but the present generation is weaned on exposition television. They want quick explanation to the initial plot set up. Leaving it vague and mysterious is so yesterday. The Wire - arguably the king of all television series in this millennium - is the best example I can provide. The initial episodes will make you wonder what the hell  is going on with elaborate plot lines and multiple characters but soon gasping in amazement as they converge together to form a solid and memorable season ending episodes. Twin Peaks which HG aspires to be belongs to a different age and time. Performances usually supersedes the plot that threads on pretentiousness. 

In case of HG, it all comes back to Eli. He would have backed off just by reading the scripts at the onset but being the nice guy he was wanted to help McGreevy realized his dream, put his name on the show as some sort of a guarantor for Netflix to approve and thought the gore factor and visual effects would overcome any weaknesses in the story. But he should been there on location full-time to make sure of it.

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Hailee Steinfeld's Romeo and Juliet - Official Trailer (2013)

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes penned the script for this newest adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo And Juliet which stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the doomed teenage lovers. Cast also includes Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis and Lesley Manville. Carlo Carlei directed. Check out the trailer:



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