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Emmys: Artisans Up Their Game for High-Def Scrutiny

Emmys: Artisans Up Their Game for High-Def Scrutiny
Edward Berger had been so careful. The Emmy-nominated director of all five episodes of Showtime limited series “Patrick Melrose” had taken a chance by casting a brown-eyed boy as the younger Melrose, who is played as an adult by blue-eyed Benedict Cumberbatch.

“We had a boy with blue eyes, but [Sebastian Maltz] felt like a stronger choice,” says Berger. So in post, Berger and his team tweaked his eye color to keep things consistent, and that should have been that. In the old days, nobody would have been the wiser.

That wasn’t enough, however. “Two people picked up on the change, and were very triumphant that they’d found an eye color mistake,” sighs Berger. “There are millions of people watching and some will stop at every frame to make sure they find something that doesn’t work so they can post about it online.”

They say the devil is in the details,
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Emmy spotlight: Hugo Weaving menaces as abusive father of Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Patrick Melrose’

Emmy spotlight: Hugo Weaving menaces as abusive father of Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Patrick Melrose’
The first episode of “Patrick Melrose” was a tour de force for Benedict Cumberbatch, but the second episode belonged to Hugo Weaving. Titled “Never Mind,” the episode is sure to be Weaving’s Emmy submission for academy judging if he is nominated for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor. David Melrose, father to Cumberbatch’s Patrick, is a scenery-chewing role for the accomplished actor, who has never been nominated for an Emmy or Oscar in three decades on screen, including such iconic roles as Agent Smith in “The Matrix,” V in “V for Vendetta” and Elrond in both “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Weaving has however reached national-treasure status in his homeland, winning four Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards this decade.

SEEwhat Benedict Cumberbatch revealed on the red carpet.

David’s death is the inciting incident of the five-hour Showtime miniseries adapted from semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn,
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The week in TV: Patrick Melrose; Million Pound Menu; Myanmar Killing Fields and more

Benedict Cumberbatch fills the screen as a drug-dazed antihero, and a powerful Dispatches reports on the plight of the Rohingya

Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic) | Sky Atlantic

Million Pound Menu (BBC Two) | iPlayer

Myanmar Killing Fields (Channel 4) | iPlayer

The Windsors: Royal Wedding Special (Channel 4) | All 4

Meet the Markles (Channel 4) | All 4

Adaptations of cherished books sometimes feel a bit rude – akin to someone marching into the Louvre and daubing a moustache on the Mona Lisa. However, the opening episode of Patrick Melrose, the five-part series based on Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous lead, was as magnificently deranged as it needed to be. With the order of the first two books flipped, Melrose’s childhood abuse at the hands of his drily monstrous father (Hugo Weaving), and neglect by his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh), were seen in brief, melancholic flashbacks. Instead of bonding with the sad,
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Emmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more
In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Showtime. For this season, the premium network has newcomers “The Chi” (Jason Mitchell) and “Smilf” (Frankie Shaw), returning Emmy contenders “Homeland” (Claire Danes) and “Shameless” (William H. Macy) and limited series “Patrick Melrose” (Benedict Cumberbatch) and “Twin Peaks” (Kyle MacLachlan) as part of their 2018 campaign.

Below, the list of Showtime lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

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“Billions”

Drama Series

Drama Actor – Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis

Drama Supporting Actress – Malin Akerman, Condola Rashad, Maggie Siff
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TV Review: ‘Patrick Melrose,’ with Benedict Cumberbatch

TV Review: ‘Patrick Melrose,’ with Benedict Cumberbatch
Even as a heroin addict, Benedict Cumberbatch is riveting.

Through much of the pilot, the title character remains what he was bred to be: an English gentleman. He just happens to be an English gentleman with an extraordinarily nasty smack habit.

Cumberbatch is his usual convincing self as the druggy Patrick Melrose, meaning he’s often slimy, contorted in agony, and at points, looks as if he smells rather gamy. Yet when he’s onscreen in Showtime’s limited series, you can’t turn away for a second.

He commands every scene, an impressive job considering he spends a fair amount of time alone on screen. And while he handles dialogue with grace and style, some of his most impressive scenes are played wordlessly; in one, he uses that long body to druggily traverse a swanky hotel mezzanine as the floor rises up to greet him.

Translating Edward St. Aubyn
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