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Sanditon review – every period drama box is ticked

It’s clear where Andrew Davies takes over from Jane Austen in this adaptation of her unfinished novel

It is a truth recently acknowledged that Andrew Davies, grandfather of the sexed-up British period drama, used all the existing material from Jane Austen’s final novel in the first half hour of his adaptation of Sanditon (ITV). This – the one most of us haven’t read, and which has never before been adapted for the screen – is the fragment Austen abandoned unfinished in March 1817. She died four months later, leaving behind 11 chapters of a strange fiction about encroaching modernity in the industrial age and, more specifically, a seaside resort on the Sussex coast.

So for once we slip into the ease and comfort of a Sunday night period drama knowing precisely where the author’s words end and the adaptor’s imagination takes flight. Say 24 minutes in, as our lively and
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‘Yesterday’ Producer on New Comedy ‘Bagnold Summer’ and His Next Projects

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Matthew James Wilkinson, one of the original producers of box-office hit “Yesterday,” has his latest movie, “Days of the Bagnold Summer,” premiering at the Locarno Festival on Wednesday. He talks to Variety about those movies, as well as upcoming projects, including a heist musical, a feminist horror pic, and a new film – as yet unannounced – directed by BAFTA winner Paul Andrew Williams.

Wilkinson is riding high on the success of “Yesterday,” which he brought to screenwriter Richard Curtis, who in turn helped persuade Working Title and Universal Pictures to come on board, with Danny Boyle attaching as director to form a dream team.

Reflecting on what has driven the film’s popularity with audiences – it has grossed more than $125 million worldwide – Wilkinson says: “It is partly escapism. We are living through quite difficult and complicated times, so when you present something that is charming and takes you out of the everyday,
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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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ITV releases trailer for Jane Austen adaptation Sanditon

ITV has released a trailer for the eight-part period drama Sanditon. Based on Jane Austen’s final unfinished novel of the same name, the series stars Rose Williams (Curfew), Theo James (Downton Abbey), Anne Reid (Hold the Sunset) and Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise); watch it here…

Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker (Theo James). When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London,
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TVLine Items: Denise Richards on BH90210, Ballers Premiere and More

TVLine Items: Denise Richards on BH90210, Ballers Premiere and More
BH90210 is getting a visit from a real housewife of Beverly Hills: Rhobh star Denise Richards will appear in the upcoming Fox “reboot” as a heightened version of herself, TVLine has confirmed.

Tori Spelling broke the news of Richards’ casting with an Instagram photo and the caption, “Welcome to our @bh90210 family my friend @deniserichards.” Richards responded with, “Thank you for including me T… and having me [be] part of the BH90210 journey. Talk about everything comes back full circle. One of my very first jobs was #beverlyhills90210. Love all of you guys.”

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‘Sanditon’: Rose Williams & Theo James Star In First Trailer For Jane Austen Adaptation – TCA

PBS and ITV have unveiled the first trailer for period drama Sanditon. The series is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel Sanditon that stars Reign star Rose Williams and Downton Abbey and Divergent’s Theo James.

Williams and James star alongside Last Tango In Halifax’s Anne Reid and Love Actually’s Kris Marshall in the eight-part series. Produced by Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures, it was written by War and Peace and Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies.

Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood, played by Williams, and her spiky relationship with the charming Sidney Parker, played by James. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to a would-be coastal resort, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make.
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PBS: “We’re In British Drama For The Long Haul” Despite Growing Competition From Digital Rivals – TCA

PBS remains committed to co-producing and acquiring British drama despite increased competition from digital rivals including BritBox and Acorn TV.

The public broadcaster has long been the home of scripted series from the other side of the pond but has found itself competing with more rivals in recent years, including Svod platforms and cable networks, which are increasingly co-producing series with UK networks.

But Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, said that it would not back down in pursuit of the best shows from Britain. She highlighted the fact that PBS was free compared to other services.

“Drama is very important to our audience and stations. But remember, we’re free and we’re available to everyone. We feel that drama and our partnership with British drama is important. Yes, it has become more competitive and we’re working much further [ahead]… it is harder to close some of those
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Screen unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2019

Screen unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2019
The hottest up-and-coming actors, filmmakers, and heads of department in the UK and Ireland.Scroll down for the full list

In the midst of the international production boom, fuelled by the rise of the streaming platforms and the associated demand for emerging UK and Irish film and TV talent, Screen International is thrilled to announce the 2019 Stars of Tomorrow.

With the industry demand for fresh talent as strong as ever, Screen International is also permanently including heads of department this year to be celebrated alongside the featured actors, writers, directors and producers. All of the 2019 Stars of Tomorrow are ready
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Curfew: Season One Viewer Votes

Are you keeping up with the first season of the Curfew TV show on Spectrum? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Curfew is cancelled or renewed for season two. Spectrum Originals and other streaming platforms, however, collect their own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about the Curfew season one episodes. We invite you to rate them for us here.

A Spectrum dystopia action drama, Curfew stars Sean Bean, Billy Zane, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Lester, Adam Brody, Phoebe Fox, Malachi Kirby, Harriet Walter, Michael Biehn, Robert Glenister, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Rose Williams, Elijah Rowen, Andi Osho, Ike Bennett, Jason Thorpe, and Guz Khan. It unfolds in the near future, where a virus has devastated the UK. Chafing at the
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Curfew: Is the Spectrum TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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Is the race over? Has the Curfew TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Spectrum? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Curfew season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   

What's This TV Show About?

A Spectrum Originals dystopian action drama, Curfew first premiered on Sky One in UK and Ireland. The series stars Sean Bean, Billy Zane, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Lester, Adam Brody, Phoebe Fox, Malachi Kirby, Harriet Walter, Michael Biehn, Robert Glenister, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Rose Williams, Elijah Rowen, Andi Osho, Ike Bennett, Jason Thorpe, and Guz Khan. It unfolds in the near future, where a virus has devastated the UK. Chafing at the
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Curfew

Network: Spectrum.

Episodes: Ongoing (hour).

Seasons: Ongoing.

TV show dates: June 24, 209 — present.

Series status: Has not been cancelled.

Performers include: Sean Bean, Billy Zane, Miranda Richardson, Adrian Lester, Adam Brody, Phoebe Fox, Malachi Kirby, Harriet Walter, Michael Biehn, Robert Glenister, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Rose Williams, Elijah Rowen, Andi Osho, Ike Bennett, Jason Thorpe, and Guz Khan.

TV show description:

From Matthew Read, the Curfew TV show is a dystopian action drama which unfolds in the near future. A virus has devastated the United Kingdom, which is now under a nighttime curfew, in order to stop the spread of the disease. If a person is caught out between 7:00am and 7:00pm, he or she is put into quarantine by the
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‘Curfew’: Spectrum Originals Sets Premiere Date For Sean Bean Street-Racing Drama From Sky One

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Curfew gets its motor runnin’ this month. Spectrum Originals has set a June 24 premiere date for its street-racing drama from Sky One. Sean Bean leads an ensemble for the limited series that also includes Adam Brody, Billy Zane, Adrian Lester and Miranda Richardson

In a near-future London, a mysterious illness has spread throughout the country, leaving a population gripped in fear. As an increasingly desperate government imposes a strict nightly curfew, there is only one hope for freedom — from the virus and from tyranny: an illegal and potentially deadly street race that takes place once a year. Curfew follows the twists and turns of one such race and its unexpected participants, exploring the lengths ordinary people will go to race themselves free.

Robert Glenister, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Rose Williams, Elijah Rowen, Guz Khan, Harriet Walter and Michael Biehn co-star in the eight-episode series written by Matthew Read. He also executive produces
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Seth Green Makes A Promising Filmmaking Debut With “Changeland”

It’s always nice to see an actor showcase their writing and directing chops. Moreover, when the work they turn in the first time out is unlike anything they’ve done before, that’s all the more exciting. In the case of Seth Green, his broad comedy background would lead you to assume that his first outing behind the camera would be a raunchy laugh riot. While Changeland, out this week, is a comedy, it’s far lower key and resembles something closer to Garden State than Family Guy or Robot Chicken. Green definitely has some filmmaking chops, crafting a pleasant and lightly moving picture here. The movie is a comedy about dealing with pain and finding yourself. Brandon (Green) has invited his childhood best friend Dan (Breckin Meyer) on a trip to Thailand. It’s not meant for him, however. Brandon had prepaid for this vacation as an anniversary gift to his wife.
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Wonderful Trailer For Seth Green's New Film Changeland with Breckin Meyer, Macaulay Culkin, and Brenda Song

Seth Green is making his feature directorial debut with a film titled Changeland. He also brought several other actors you might remember from your childhood along for the ride.

The movie has a great cast that includes Breckin Meyer, Macaulay Culkin, Brenda Song, Clare Grant, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Rose Williams, and Randy Orton. This film actually looks like it’s going to be a great heartfelt movie that audiences will enjoy.

He’s a brief story description:

Instead of wallowing, Brandon (Green) decides to take his best friend, Dan (Meyer), on the trip to Thailand where their friendship is exposed as potentially strained due to Brandon’s marriage.

The pair soon meet a compassionate tour guides Pen (Song) and Dory (Grant), bond with honeymooners Emma (Williams) and Marc (Williams-Stirling) and have an adventure with Ian (Culkin), a boat operator looking for a good time, and local legend Martin (Randy Orton).

This
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Child Stars Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin, Breckin Meyer and Brenda Song Are All Grown Up in New Trailer for Changeland

Child Stars Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin, Breckin Meyer and Brenda Song Are All Grown Up in New Trailer for Changeland
Seth Green is making his feature directorial debut — and bringing together three former child stars.

In a People exclusive look at the trailer for his new film Changeland, Green, 45, stars as Brandon, who bought an exotic second honeymoon package to surprise his wife only to discover she’s having an affair.

Instead of wallowing, Brandon decides to take his best friend, Dan (Breckin Meyer), on the trip to Thailand where their friendship is exposed as potentially strained due to Brandon’s marriage.

“You never liked her,” Brandon tells Dan, who replies, “I don’t like how she treats you, how you let her treat you.
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Seth Green Directed a Buddy-Comedy Film Called Changeland with Breckin Meyer, Macaulay Culkin, and More

Seth Green has made his directorial debut with a new buddy-comedy movie called Changeland and Gravitas Ventures just acquired the North American rights.

Green stars in the movie with his longtime friend and collaborator Breckin Meyer. The movie is set in Thailand, and the story centers on Brandon (Green), “an unexceptional guy who prepaid for an exotic second honeymoon to save his failing marriage. On the eve of his anniversary, he discovers his wife’s long affair and runs away with his best friend Dan (Meyer) to avoid conflict and figure out what comes next. As they share breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experiences meant for a happy couple, their friendship is exposed as potentially strained as Brandon’s marriage. The characters they encounter will impact Brandon’s life forever.”

That sounds like it could be a fun film, especially with the cast that also includes Brenda Song, Clare Grant, Macaulay Culkin, Rose Williams,
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Seth Green’s ‘Changeland’, His Film Directing Debut, Getting June Release Via Gravitas Ventures

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Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Changeland, which is Seth Green’s feature film writing and directorial debut. He stars alongside Breckin Meyer in the buddy comedy-drama, which will now hit theaters day-and-date June 7.

Shot in Thailand, the movie centers on Brandon (Green), an unexceptional guy who prepaid for an exotic second honeymoon to save his failing marriage. On the eve of his anniversary, he discovers his wife’s long affair and runs away with his best friend Dan (Meyer) to avoid conflict and figure out what comes next. As they share breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experiences meant for a happy couple, their friendship is exposed as potentially strained as Brandon’s marriage. The characters they encounter will impact Brandon’s life forever.

Brenda Song, Clare Grant, Macaulay Culkin, Rose Williams, Kedar Williams-Stirling and wrestler Randy Orton co-star.

“I feel so lucky to have had a wealth of talented
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‘Reign’ Star Rose Williams & ‘Divergent’s Theo James To Front ITV & PBS’ Jane Austen Adaptation ‘Sanditon’

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‘Reign’ Star Rose Williams & ‘Divergent’s Theo James To Front ITV & PBS’ Jane Austen Adaptation ‘Sanditon’
Reign star Rose Williams and Downton Abbey and Divergent’s Theo James are to front ITV and PBS Masterpiece’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel Sanditon.

The pair will star alongside Last Tango In Halifax’s Anne Reid and Love Actually’s Kris Marshall in the eight-part series. Produced by Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures, it was written by War and Peace and Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies.

Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood, played by Williams, and her spiky relationship with the charming Sidney Parker, played by James. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to a would-be coastal resort, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make. The drama takes viewers from the West Indies to the
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Michael Jai White, Gina Gershon to star in 'Cagefighter'

Michael Jai White, Gina Gershon to star in 'Cagefighter'
Jesse Quinones directing sports action film.

Michael Jai White, Gina Gershon, Josh Herdman, Michelle Ryan and Jason Maza have boarded the cast of Cagefighter, an Mma/WWE sports drama from writer-director Jesse Quinones (Calloused Hands).

The film follows mixed martial arts champion Reiss (Herdman) who unexpectedly loses a heavily promoted match to Randy Stone, a WWE star who is making his crossover debut in the Mma fighting world. It will shoot in the UK and Us.

Director Quinones is producing through his company Woolfcub Productions with Lorianne Hall (Shoplifters Of The World) and Terry Bird for Norton Place Pictures.

Hall
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Rose Williams to star in UK supernatural thriller 'The Power'; Altitude boards sales (exclusive)

Project is from producers Matthew James Wilkinson and Rob Watson.

Emerging talent Rose Williams will lead the cast of UK supernatural thriller The Power, the debut feature of writer-director Corinna Faith (The Innocents).

Altitude Film Sales has boarded the title and will be introducing it to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

The Power screenplay was named on the 2018 Brit List. The story is set in 1970s London. When striking miners switch off power across Britain, rolling electrical blackouts plunge the country into darkness. Williams plays a young nurse on her first day of duty who is
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