Back on Monday we unveiled a few stills from BBC’s 10-episode sci-fi series “Orphan Black,” which stars Tatiana Maslany in what seems sort of like an “Alias” meets “Dollhouse” meets Never Let Me Go sort of situation. Now we’ve got a look at a new TV Spot that explores more of the plot as well as quick featurette on the series.
“In “Orphan” Maslany plays a street-wise orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman whom she learns is her clone. Soon she and other clones realize an assassin is killing them off one by one.”
“Orphan Black” is co-created by writer Graeme Manson (Cube, “Flashpoint”) and director John Fawcett (Ginger Snaps, “Spartacus”). Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Elizabeth Saunders, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Ron Lea also star. The pilot airs March 30th.
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HBO’s “The Girl” premiered on Saturday, October 20th. I actually thought it was really good but, expecting a typical biopic lionization, I was caught off guard. This movie was harsh on Hitchcock. I felt bad for him and his obsessive nature on occasion, but felt much much worse for Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie) and the treatment she suffered at his hands (at least in the version of events depicted in the film).
“The Girl” depicts severe sexual harassment and shooting conditions that border on assault. Is it accurate? I have no idea. I’m much less of an expert on Hitchcock than I’d like to be. While the director once famously stated “I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle”, many actors have given rather warm accounts of working with him. Of course, Hedren is not one of them.
As stated in the the production notes, “Hedren cooperated with the film by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto consulted on the project.” In a statement Hughes said: “It’s been the most enormous privilege to talk at length to Tippi Hedren, the last ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the life of Britain’s most original and successful film director. At the time, in the early 1960s, the American star suffered in silence. But now, at the age of 81, her wisdom and insights have helped me to put her real life ordeal on to the screen.”
I was wondering how all of this would go over when I watched the film the other night. And, it turns out, “The Girl” has created a bit of controversy. Head inside for more. READ MORE
Tom Riley (A Few Days in September, I Want Candy and Happy Ever Afters) will play Leonardo Da Vinci in David Goyer’s upcoming series, “Da Vinci’s Demons“.
Per Variety, ““Da Vinci’s Demons,” written by David S. Goyer, is billed as “a historical fantasy,” and claims to recount the ‘untold’ story of the great renaissance genius during his turbulent youth in Florence.”
Says Goyer “Given that Da Vinci was the model for the ‘Renaissance Man,’ these were incredibly large shoes to fill. Leonardo had to be smart, witty and incredibly confident — without coming across as arrogant. He also had to be tormented, because, as a true visionary and polymath, he was ostracized for his ideas as much as he was celebrated. Tom came in and was able to effortlessly combine all of those elements. As soon as he finished his audition, we knew we’d found our man.”
Let’s hope this series lives up to its “Demon” promises. Could we have a new “Supernatural” on our hands? Or will this simply be a quick cash in on the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunture historical mashup craze? READ MORE
Sienna Miller (pictured below; G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Toby Jones (Red Lights, The Hunger Games, The Mist) are to play Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, respectively, in BBC Two drama, The Girl.
The film will chronicle the director’s obsessive relationship with his The Birds star. According to BBC Two, Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Miller and Hedren recently met to discuss the project and, says Hughes, “got on like a house on fire.” Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film – The Birds. But as he sculpted Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. His failure arguably destroyed both of their careers.
Shooting starts this week in South Africa. READ MORE