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‘It’s A Sin’ Creator Russell T Davies Says It’s Important To Cast Gay Actors As Gay Characters

‘It’s A Sin’ Creator Russell T Davies Says It’s Important To Cast Gay Actors As Gay Characters
Russell T Davies, the creator of Channel 4 and HBO Max’s upcoming AIDS crisis series It’s A Sin, has spoken out about the importance of casting gay actors as gay characters.

Starring Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, the series is already winning rave reviews and, during a publicity blitz ahead of its January 22 premiere in the UK, Davies made his feelings known about preserving authenticity on screen.

The A Very English Scandal writer told the Radio Times: “I’m not being woke about this… but I feel strongly that if I cast someone in a story, I am casting them to act as a lover, or an enemy, or someone on drugs or a criminal or a saint… they are not there to ‘act gay’ because ‘acting gay’ is a bunch of codes for a performance. It’s about authenticity, the taste of 2020.”

He added: “You wouldn’t
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The Best TV Crime Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The Best TV Crime Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
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[Editor’s Note: The below piece was originally published on May 12, 2017. It has been expanded from the 20 greatest animated series of all time to the 25 greatest as of November 18, 2020.]

As long as humans have been passing down stories, those tales have included our capacity to transgress against each other. It’s a tradition literally as old as the Bible.

And beyond documenting how people break the rules that govern our evolving notions of society, we’re constantly fascinated by those charged with righting those wrongs. Whether it follows the detectives who investigate those crimes, those within the judicial system who determine the proper level of punishment, or the friends and family members left in the wake of these actions, this process has become the cornerstone of many of cultural touchstones.

Read More: Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade

On the TV side, for the better part of two decades when the antihero has reigned supreme,
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Jessica Barden and Max Winkler on gritty drama Jungleland (and why they love Marco Bielsa)

Jessica Barden and Max Winkler on gritty drama Jungleland (and why they love Marco Bielsa)
Jungleland is a brilliant new drama about lost souls, always on the run. To mark the film’s release – this coming Monday, November 30th, we spoke to the director of the piece, Max Winkler, paired with the brilliantly charismatic Jessica Barden, who takes on one of the leads within this gritty production.

We speak about the two protagonists Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell, and we go down something of a tangent, speaking about the brilliance of Leeds United manager Marco Bielsa, and we ask Barden – as a Yorkshire lass born and bred – whether she can get a good brew on set in America.

Watch the full interview with Jessica and Max here:

Synopsis

When a devastating loss in the ring leaves Lion and his manager/brother Stan in debt to a local crime boss, they are forced to risk it all in a bare-knuckle boxing tournament as the pair fight for a better life.
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WB Reportedly Planning A Green Arrow And Black Canary Movie

WB Reportedly Planning A Green Arrow And Black Canary Movie
Oliver Queen may have headlined one of the most important and influential TV shows of the modern era, one that launched an entire shared universe to firmly establish The CW as the home of small screen superhero content, but the Green Arrow has never been given the opportunity to star in his own feature film.

The closest the expert archer ever came was when David S. Goyer was developing Escape From Super Max, a prison break thriller set in the DC Universe that would have seen Green Arrow forced to flee a high security prison populated by familiar villains after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

There’ve been plenty of rumors over the years that the character was being considered for the Dceu, of course, with Charlie Hunnam regularly linked with the role, and we’ve now heard from our sources – the same ones that told
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Charlie Hunnam Says He Would Never Return as Jax Teller

Charlie Hunnam Says He Would Never Return as Jax Teller
At one point in time, a lot of people didn’t know who Charlie Hunnam was, and before the role of Jax Teller, he’d already started out on a career, but hadn’t really become known the way he is now, or was during the course of Sons of Anarchy. As Jax, he became a household name for a lot of people since he was the son of the former president of the Redwood Original chapter of Samcro, and the eventual president after he’d dethroned his president at the time, Clay, who was played by Ron Perlman. The show featured quite a

Charlie Hunnam Says He Would Never Return as Jax Teller
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Jungleland review – flimsy boxing drama pulls its punches

Jungleland review – flimsy boxing drama pulls its punches
Jack O’Connell and Charlie Hunnam play brothers whose plans to escape poverty are threatened by a ruthless loan shark

Stanley (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion (Jack O’Connell) are brothers, barely getting by on the wrong side of town. Lion has some talent as a boxer and Stan is his big-talking, relentlessly optimistic manager – so the plan is to drag themselves out of poverty in the time-honoured fashion, using only their fists and aggression. Plans go awry when Stan, in debt to a local loan shark (Jonathan Majors), is charged with delivering some mysterious human cargo (Jessica Barden) to the other side of the country, en route to a big-money tournament in San Francisco.

Underground-fight movies tap directly into a macho fantasy of self-reliance, but the recent economic downturn has given these narratives a desperate new relevance. However, this depiction of hardscrabble American life seems derived not so much from direct experience or empathetic observation,
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Ott: Indian talent making strong impact, Bollywood or mainstream cinema never really did!

Ott: Indian talent making strong impact, Bollywood or mainstream cinema never really did!
Slowly but surely, India and Indian-ness are foraying the world of showbiz in the West, and much of it has to do with the country's growing presence in the Ott space. The success of Delhi Crime at the International Emmys is, as Shefali Shah rightly said, a cherry on the sundae, but Indian stories and Indian talent of the digital space have been making a strong impact the way Bollywood or our mainstream cinema never really did.

We draw up a list of notable Indian artistes and themes that are carving a space in the worldwide Ott space.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Her Hollywood debut and musical sojourns in the West had mixed responses, but her Ott foray in the international arena seems more assured. After "Isn't It Romantic", she will soon be seen in "We Can Be Heroes" and "The White Tiger". The actress has also sealed a two-year multimillion-dollar,
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HBO Max Reportedly Rebooting Green Arrow Without Stephen Amell

HBO Max Reportedly Rebooting Green Arrow Without Stephen Amell
No offense to the loyal army of fans who stuck with Arrow for 8 seasons and 170 episodes, but The CW’s superhero series isn’t going to go down in history as one of the most acclaimed TV shows ever made. However, it will be remembered as one of the most important small screen projects of the modern era, having launched an entire shared mythology that doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Plenty of TV series over the years have led to spinoffs, but not many have been the catalyst for the sort of expansive universe that came directly from Oliver Queen’s adventures. Arrow laid the foundations on which The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwoman built both their fanbase and success, with Superman & Lois set to join the party in the not too distant future.

Here's How Charlie Hunnam Could Look As The
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‘Shantaram’: Steven Lightfoot Named Showrunner Of New Apple Series

‘Shantaram’: Steven Lightfoot Named Showrunner Of New Apple Series
Steven Lightfoot, known for his work on NBC’s Hannibal and Netflix’s The Punisher, has signed on to Apple’s anticipated international saga Shantaram as showrunnner.

Lightfoot replaces Eric Warren Singer, who earlier exited the ambitious international production shot across two continents. As part of the pact, Lightfoot also has signed a multi-year, overall deal with Apple.

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Shantaram is a sweeping, Apple Original drama series based on Gregory David Roberts’ 2003 novel. The book has been published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide and sold over six million copies to date.

The series tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. The novel is a thrilling and profound exploration of love,
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Charlie Hunnam’s Apple Series ‘Shantaram’ Taps Steven Lightfoot as Showrunner

Charlie Hunnam’s Apple Series ‘Shantaram’ Taps Steven Lightfoot as Showrunner
Apple’s “Shantaram” series starring Charlie Hunnam has found its showrunner.

Steven Lightfoot has signed on to run the forthcoming show, Variety has confirmed. The “Hannibal” and “Punisher” alum has at the same time inked a multi-year overall deal with Apple.

Shantaram” is based on Gregory David Roberts’ 2003 novel of the same name and tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. The novel is described as a thrilling and profound exploration of love, forgiveness, and courage on the long road to redemption.

In addition to showrunning, Lightfoot will write and and executive produce the series. Steve Golin, Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens and Richard Sharkey are also on board as executive producers.
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‘Jungleland’ VOD Review

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‘Jungleland’ VOD Review
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, Jessica Barden | Written by Max Winkler, Theodore Bressman | Directed by Max Winkler

Being a big fan of movies like Rocky, Warrior, The Fighter and, well, any movie that centers around boxing but is way more about the heart of the characters involved, I am always quick to watch the next one that comes along. The good thing being you don’t have to wait long and every now and then a special one comes along.

Jungleland was an absolute no brainier for me for two simple reasons. The actors. Jack O’Connell is easily the most underrated British actor working today; this guy is yet to put in a bad performance, he’s not always in the best movies but usually the best thing in them. Charlie Hunnam, meanwhile, is a local North East of England lad that somehow broke into the acting game and
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Steven Lightfoot Joins Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ as Showrunner (Exclusive)

Steven Lightfoot Joins Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ as Showrunner (Exclusive)
Apple’s high-profile Shantaram series is back on track.

After production was paused in February amid a delay in scripts, Steven Lightfoot (The Punisher) has signed on to serve as showrunner. He replaces Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) at the helm of the international drama series. As part of the pact, Lightfoot has also inked a multiple-year overall deal with Apple.

Shantaram is a big swing for Apple and marks the tech giant’s first international play. The 10-episode series is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts. Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will play Lin, a man on ...
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John Boyega Enthusiastically Responds to James Bond Casting Suggestion: Let's Do This

John Boyega Enthusiastically Responds to James Bond Casting Suggestion: Let's Do This
Rise of Skywalker star John Boyega as James Bond? Black Panther star Letitia Wright certainly thinks so. While fans await the final outing for Daniel Craig's portrayal of James Bond, it is difficult not to let the mind wander and wonder who will be chosen to take over following No Time to Die, and Wright thinks that Boyega would nail it.

"I'd say Boyega because I know he would love it, you know? Daniel is the, he's the, 'Do the work and stay behind...You know he likes to stay low key. So, that's too much. He can still play Bond too. But, I know John Boyega would just, yeah."

John Boyega himself was present during the interview and is very much on board with taking on the role of the iconic secret agent. The actor even had an idea as to who could direct, declaring that he would
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John Boyega Enthusiastically Responds to James Bond Casting Suggestion: Let's Do This

John Boyega Enthusiastically Responds to James Bond Casting Suggestion: Let's Do This
Rise of Skywalker star John Boyega as James Bond? Black Panther star Letitia Wright certainly thinks so. While fans await the final outing for Daniel Craig's portrayal of James Bond, it is difficult not to let the mind wander and wonder who will be chosen to take over following No Time to Die, and Wright thinks that Boyega would nail it.

"I'd say Boyega because I know he would love it, you know? Daniel is the, he's the, 'Do the work and stay behind...You know he likes to stay low key. So, that's too much. He can still play Bond too. But, I know John Boyega would just, yeah."

John Boyega himself was present during the interview and is very much on board with taking on the role of the iconic secret agent. The actor even had an idea as to who could direct, declaring that he would
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Lorne Balfe’s Jungleland Original Motion Picture Score Available Now

Lorne Balfe’s Jungleland Original Motion Picture Score Available Now
The Original Motion Picture Score for Jungleland by Award winning composer Lorne Balfe is available now.

Lorne Balfe (Mission Impossible: Fallout (Interview), The Lego Batman Movie, Churchill, HBO’s His Dark Materials) is a Grammy Award winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated composer. Whether on an impossible mission, the heartbreak of the Queen, the perils of the cape crusade or the soul of a genius, Lorne Balfe creates a musical voice that reflects the characters and the stories that embody them. Originally from Inverness, Scotland, Balfe has created music in virtually all genres and for all visual media with projects ranging from major studio to independent films, tentpole video game franchises, beloved animated feature films, critically acclaimed television series, and documentary features.

Produced by Romulus Entertainment in association with Scott Free Productions and Big Red Films, and directed and co-written by Max Winkler (Flower), Jungleland is a love story between two
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‘Freaky,’ ‘Fatman’ & David Fincher: The Good, The Bad & The Masterful [The Playlist Podcast]

‘Freaky,’ ‘Fatman’ & David Fincher: The Good, The Bad & The Masterful [The Playlist Podcast]
Happy Friday the 13th! Do people celebrate Friday the 13th? Or is it just the date that Jason Voorhees ventures to Camp Crystal Lake to murder debaucherous youth? Either way, it’s a significant date in terms of this week’s new releases featured on the latest episode of The Playlist Podcast.

Listen: Director Max Winkler Talks ‘Jungleland,’ Working With Charlie Hunnam & Lazer Tag [The Playlist Podcast]

This week, Charles, Mike, and Brian discuss two new films, the bodyswap slasher, “Freaky,” which timed its release perfectly with this Friday the 13th.

Continue reading ‘Freaky,’ ‘Fatman’ & David Fincher: The Good, The Bad & The Masterful [The Playlist Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Dawson's Creek: 5 Most Likable Characters (& 5 Fans Can't Stand)

Dawson's Creek: 5 Most Likable Characters (& 5 Fans Can't Stand)
Dawson's Creek is responsible for launching the careers of many actors such as Joshua Jackson, James van der Beek, Katie Holmes, and Michelle Williams. Many actors auditioned for the role of the principal character Dawson, including Charlie Hunnam. Joshua Jackson auditioned for the role too but was cast as Pacey instead.

Related: Dawson’s Creek Characters Ranked From Most To Least Likely To Die In A Horror Movie

Thanks to the pool of talented actors, there was never a dull moment with the numerous characters in Dawson's Creek. And thanks to the quality of the script, the character development was commendable throughout the series. Here's who the fans really adored, and who they totally hated.
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“The Hardest Thing to Do is to Pick Up the Dolly Track When the Shot’s Not Right”: Max Winkler on Jungleland

“The Hardest Thing to Do is to Pick Up the Dolly Track When the Shot’s Not Right”: Max Winkler on Jungleland
A lot of filmmakers point to the New Hollywood movies of the 1970s as influences, but few directors have internalized and applied the lessons of the era as effectively as Max Winkler, whose new feature Jungleland recalls seminal studies of masculinity in crisis like John Huston’s Fat City and Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail. The movie follows bare-knuckle brawler Lion (Jack O’Connell) and his older brother Stanley (Charlie Hunnam), broke siblings looking for a way out of their desperate circumstances. They think they’ve found it when a local underworld figure offers to clear their debts if they chaperone a young […]

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“The Hardest Thing to Do is to Pick Up the Dolly Track When the Shot’s Not Right”: Max Winkler on Jungleland

“The Hardest Thing to Do is to Pick Up the Dolly Track When the Shot’s Not Right”: Max Winkler on Jungleland
A lot of filmmakers point to the New Hollywood movies of the 1970s as influences, but few directors have internalized and applied the lessons of the era as effectively as Max Winkler, whose new feature Jungleland recalls seminal studies of masculinity in crisis like John Huston’s Fat City and Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail. The movie follows bare-knuckle brawler Lion (Jack O’Connell) and his older brother Stanley (Charlie Hunnam), broke siblings looking for a way out of their desperate circumstances. They think they’ve found it when a local underworld figure offers to clear their debts if they chaperone a young […]

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Pacific Rim 2: Charlie Hunnam reveals why he passed on the sequel

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Pacific Rim 2: Charlie Hunnam reveals why he passed on the sequel
2013's Pacific Rim may look like a Transformers knockoff on the surface but given the touch put on it by director Guillermo del Toro, the film is much better than a series of mindless action scenes that go nowhere. Charlie Hunnam took on the leading role in the ensemble action film but when it came to the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Hunnam did not return for more anime-influenced…
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