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“Wolf Hall” starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 21 January at 9pm.
You can now purchase “Wolf Hall” & “Bring up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel, with brand new covers!
“Wolf Hall” starts on BBC Two on Wednesday 21 January at 9pm.
You can now purchase “Wolf Hall” & “Bring up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel, with brand new covers!
Category: BBC Two; Drama
Two-time Olivier and three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell in a major adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for BBC Two and Masterpiece on PBS.
“Once you have exhausted the process of negotiation and compromise, once you have fixed on the destruction of an enemy, that destruction must be swift and it must be perfect. Before you even glance in his direction, you should have his name on a warrant, the ports blocked, his wife and friends bought, his heir under your protection, his money in your strong room and his dog running to your whistle. Before he wakes in the morning, you should have the axe in your hand.”
Bafta-winning director Peter Kosminsky (The Government Inspector, The Promise) directs the flagship drama that presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he manoeuvres the corridors of power at the Tudor court. The story follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker – from humble beginnings and an enigmatic past – who must serve king and country while navigating deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.
Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare At Goats, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) has adapted both novels for the screen.
Emmy-winner Damian Lewis is Henry VIII and Claire Foy (The Promise) plays the calculating and ambitious Anne Boleyn in the drama which is a Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures production.
Hilary Mantel says: “My expectations were high and have been exceeded: in the concision and coherence of the storytelling, in the originality of the interpretations, in the break from the romantic clichés of the genre, in the wit and style and heart.
“The spirit of the books has been extraordinarily well preserved. The storytelling is fast and fluid, the characters compelling, the tone fits that of the novels,
“Mark Rylance gives a mesmeric performance as Cromwell, its effect building through the series.” Read the rest of this entry »
Category: BBC Two
How did you approach the role of Anne Boleyn?
I did a lot of research but it is difficult with Anne because there is no hard evidence or first-hand account of what she was like. Obviously at her trial and her execution there are lots of people talking about her, but much of the time the information you get is that she wasn’t particularly attractive, no one understood why the king wanted anything to do with her – all those kinds of clichés, people saying she had six fingers and warts. It is quite difficult when you are approaching it to find that true material.
Hilary (Mantel)– in the books and Peter (Straughan) in the scripts – write Anne seen from Cromwell’s perspective, so he only sees things in her that he relates to, or the things that he finds interesting. So it was my job to figure out the other side of Anne that you don’t see; like when she is in a scene having a hissy fit, understanding why that might be as opposed to thinking she is this mad woman. I had to figure that out for myself, with the help of the research that I did and imagining how mad her life must have been.
I fell in love with the way Hilary writes and how you genuinely feel you are in the room with these people. So when my agent told me I had the audition I was so worried I would let them all down, let Anne Boleyn down as I had such a clear idea of what she was like in my head…to then have the words come out of my mouth, I struggled to get my head around that at first. Read the rest of this entry »
I think this might be the scene after Anne Boleyn’s coronation, when Cromwell visits pregnant Anne in her bedchamber. The fragment from “Wolf Hall“:
“The bedcurtains are drawn close. He pulls them back. Anne is lying in her shift. She looks flat as a ghost, except for the shocking mound of her six-month child. In her ceremonial robes, her condition had hardly showed, and only that sacred instant, as she lay belly-down to stone, had connected him to her body, which now lies stretched out like a sacrifice: her breasts puffy beneath the linen, her swollen feet bare.”
One of my favourite scenes in the book. The dynamics between Anne & Cromwell is amazing.
New BBC drama set locations ready for influx of tourists
By Ruth Doherty
The National Trust is preparing for an influx of visitors to properties chosen as location sets for the new TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
The properties in Somerset, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire were chosen as they provided the perfect backdrop for filming the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII.
The six-part BBC series, set to be broadcast next month, stars Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.
Six British National Trust venues were chosen for to film scenes for the show. Montacute House, in Somerset, was used as the set for Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII’s main London seat and the scene of Anne Boleyn’s arrest.
Lacock Abbey, also used in two Harry Potter films, will be seen as the exterior of Wolf Hall, the Seymour family seat. Read the rest of this entry »
Hilary Mantel has praised the “visual flair” of the BBC’s adaptation of her Booker Prize winning novel Wolf Hall, which uses latest camera technology to film by candlelight in Tudor halls and country homes.
The director of the six-part series, Peter Kosminsky, who is known for his minute attention to authentic detail, used an Arri Alexa camera to film all the night-time scenes by candlelight.
“With the advent of the Alexa camera it is actually possible to shoot by candlelight,” he said. “One of the extraordinary things was to be in some of these rooms where the characters had stood and to light the rooms as they had been built to be lit – not by floodlights and space lanterns in the ceiling but by candlelight.”
He recalled one scene with Mark Rylance, who stars as lawyer and statesman Thomas Cromwell, began with six candles burning and continued when only one was still alight. “The technology has allowed us to get a level of authenticity,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Pryce and Claire Foy appear in new stills from BBC2’s adaptation of the Hilary Mantel novel.
As we inch closer to December and the shops fill up with Christmas, your thoughts probably aren’t straying into 2015. But – just for a second – look ahead to the new year and a string of exciting new dramas, among them the BBC’s Wolf Hall. Read the rest of this entry »
British actress Claire Foy has been offered the plum role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s forthcoming $100 million series The Crown, written by Peter Morgan. If the deal closes, Foy would likely play the younger Queen in Morgan’s ambitious drama, which charts the monarch’s reign from the moment she heard of her father George VI’s death in 1952 through to present day.
Stephen Daldry (Trash, Billy Elliott) is directing the high-profile 20-part drama, which represents Netflix’s first original UK-based production. Read the rest of this entry »
Claire Foy, Amir El-Masry, Maziar Bahari, Jon Stewart and Dimitri Leonidas attended the red carpet arrivals of ‘Rosewater‘ during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 12, 2014 in London, England. Longtime boyfriend Stephen Campbell Moore was there as well to support Claire.
The festival ran from 08 to 19 October.
– Public Events > Events in 2014 > “Rosewater” – Red Carpet Arrivals – 58th BFI London Film Festival
EDIT: We’ve just added 21 new photos to our gallery thanks to our ever helpful and lovely friend Nicole.
Guess who’s playing Henry Percy, Anne Boleyn’s suitor? Harry Lloyd (BBC1’s Robin Hood, Game of Thrones)!
Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview for the London Evening Standard Magazine:
At 30 he is tall, dark and devilishly handsome, with floppy hair and a pointed courtier’s beard that he has grown to play Harry Percy, the hapless young suitor to Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Wolf Hall.
Fresh from filming, he is still high on the experience. “I have these two big scenes with Mark Rylance [playing Thomas Cromwell], which is an actor’s dream. But they cut me a Tudor fringe which I’m trying to grow out.”
The trailer for Claire Foy’s new project ‘Rosewater‘ was released. The movie premiered last Friday at the Telluride Film Festival and will also be screened during the Toronto International Film Festival next Monday. Claire Foy has a supporting role as the lead character Maziar Bahari’s wife Paola who is newly pregnant and staying in London while he goes on a trip to Iran. Here’s the plot:
The feature film Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host and executive producer Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal, leading an international cast. Rosewater is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShaneserving as executive producers.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.
In October 2009, with Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” continuing to keep the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.
Rosewater has a direct connection to Stewart, who since taking over as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 1999, has turned the nightly half-hour satirical look at newsmakers and news-coverers into not only a perennial Emmy-winning juggernaut, but also an important touchstone on the zeitgeist. Stewart and “The Daily Show” covered Bahari’s saga nightly and had the journalist appear on the show to talk about his ordeal once he was released from prison.
Check out the movie’s official facebook page.
– Rosewater (2014): Trailer
– Trailers & Clips: Rosewater
Check out our project page for Claire Foy’s new ITV documentary. She plays Helen Bentwich, a clever young woman who chafed against the restrictions placed on her sex – and seized the chance to work in the arms factories at Woolwich Arsenal, before becoming appalled by the conditions there and joining a trade union.
The four part documentary started airing on ITV earlier this month. Claire Foy was first featured in episode 3 which aired last Sunday. She will also be featured in episode 4.
The Telegraph had praise for Claire Foy:
Claire Foy gives a convincing, spirited performance as Helen Bentwich, who seized the chance to work in munitions factories.
– Trailers & Clips: The Great War: The People’s Story
ITV marks First World War centenary by telling the people’s story in partnership with Imperial War Museums
The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios].
As part of ITV’s partnership with IWM, a book accompanying the series will also be published as well as three e-books. In addition to its partnership with IWM, ITV is also announcing two other programmes to mark the First World War centenary.
With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.
These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.
Diane Lees, Director General of IWM, said: “IWM is pleased to have worked in partnership with ITV on the development of The People’s Story – The Great War. The Imperial War Museum was established while the First World War was still being fought, to ensure future generations would remember those who contributed during the conflict. This series, featuring a number of people whose diaries and letters are held in the museum’s archives, gives an insight into some of the experiences and innermost thoughts of individuals from the time. Now that the war is out of living memory, it is up to our generation to ensure that their stories are and continue to be told – the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.”
Richard Klein, ITV Director of Factual, said: “This programme gives the stage to the authentic voice of the British people as they endured over four years of the greatest violence in human history. The diaries, letters and memoirs of privates and officers, wives and mothers, working class and the well-to-do all brilliantly and emotionally document the journey from the patriotism and positivity at the start of war to the gradual understanding of the deadly and mind-shattering realities of modern warfare to the final days of simple endurance and exhaustion. This is a beautifully composed portrait of a country during a war that changed everything for everyone.”
Ollie Tait, Executive Producer of The Great War: The People’s Story for Shiver added: “Alongside the heartbreak and horror of war, Britain was changing at an amazing pace for everyone and there is something hugely powerful about reliving this through the people who never thought their voices would be heard. We really wanted ‘The People’s Story’ to be a world apart from the usual approach to the First World War and to make it about us, to bring to life the treasured letters that are tucked away in attics across the nation.”
That’s a wrap on Wolf Hall. Stay tuned.
According to This is the West Country, the scene “shows the journey of Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) from the Thames into Traitors Gate at the Tower of London being re-enacted along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal just off Bridgwater town centre.”
Thanks to Wolf Hall TV, we now know that “it’s a myth that Anne Boleyn entered the Tower through Traitors Gate. According to Charles Wriothesley’s chronicle, Anne entered through the Court Gate. Today it’s known as the Byward Tower.” Source: “In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn” by N. Grueninger & S. Morris.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Wells Cathedral) – July 15, 2014
Regarding Crossbones, tomorrow night, the Commodore will make his final stand. The series ends its run with its final two new episodes airing back-to-back. Catch the epic two-hour Crossbones finale at 8 ET/PT on NBC.
Here are a couple of stills from the finale below.
– Movies & Television > Crossbones (TV, 2014) > Production Stills
There’s an online petition going on to help save Crossbones. Sign it. Promote it. We don’t know what will come of it, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
Filming continued on the six part BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall at Chastleton House, a Jacobean country house, built between 1607 and 1612. Now in the hands of the National Trust, the house has remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years. Seen filming on July 29th were Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Bernard Hill and Anton Lesser.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Chastleton House) – July 29, 2014
Claire Foy was pictured in her full period costume on Friday as she filmed scenes for the anticipated new drama at Gloucester Cathedral.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Gloucester Cathedral) – July 25, 2014
Episode 7 of ‘Crossbones‘ will air later tonight as scheduled. NBC announced yesterday that they will be airing episodes 8 & 9 next Saturday, August 2 from 8pm – instead of on August 1 and 8 – thus effectively cancelling the series after bad ratings. The article talks about these episodes being the final two episodes. I’m a bit confused because I thought they filmed 10 episodes. Well, the series will come to DVD soon, on September 2, and I think those 386 minutes of runtime listed on Amazon.com would suggest that there will be 10 episodes on the DVD. Also Amazon lists deleted scenes as special features. Don’t forget to pre-order!
In other news, we are all caught up with screencaptures of Claire Foy as Kate Balfour in episodes 3 to 6. And there are 3 new stills, 2 from tonight’s episode. Enjoy!
– Crossbones: Episode 3: The Man Who Killed Blackbeard
– Crossbones: Episode 4: Antoinette
– Crossbones: Episode 5: The Return
– Crossbones: Episode 6: A Hole in the Head
– Crossbones: Production Stills
By David Bol
Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII in a BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall – due to be filmed in Sherborne this summer.
The Homeland and Band of Brothers star will play the lead role in the series, based on the first of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, with part of the feature being shot at Sherborne School.
The six-part mini-series, to be broadcast next year on BBC 2, also includes Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Pryce in the cast.
Pryce will play Cromwell’s early mentor and protector, Cardinal Wolsey, while Gatiss will play Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King. Read the rest of this entry »
by Sophie Miskiw
The BBC adaption of Hilary Mantel’s historical novel ‘Wolf Hall’ seems like it’s finally making some headway.
It may be nearly two years since BBC Two first announced that it would be adapting Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize historical novel Wolf Hall, but details about the series are only just beginning to emerge. The series was announced in August 2012 and at the time director Peter Kosminsky, who was chosen to bring the book to life, said, “It is an intensely political piece. It is about the politics of despotism, and how you function around an absolute ruler…When I saw Peter Straughan’s script, only a first draft, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was the best draft I had ever seen.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Baz Bamigboye
Charity Wakefield is brushing up on her court etiquette as she prepares to portray the other Boleyn sister in the television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels, about how Henry VIII’s urges caused bloodshed and upheaval in Tudor England.
The actress will play Mary Boleyn, described as a ‘vivacious blonde’, who was wooed and bedded by the king before he took up with her younger, ruthlessly ambitious sibling Anne, who will be played by Claire Foy in the six-part drama based on Mantel’s Man Booker-prize winning historical books Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, to be broadcast next year.
Charity joins a growing ensemble led by Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as the much-married monarch.
The Boleyn women were the key part of their father’s plan to secure political influence. Read the rest of this entry »
Promotion for ‘Crossbones’ is gearing up as its premiere date May 30 approaches. The official website has now content as does the official Facebook page. We got character portraits and stills from Episode 1. We added the ones featuring Claire Foy to the gallery, thank you Nicole. And today the trailer was released! It certainly looks exciting!
We also updated the sidebar and added a new page in the projects section as well as some pictures of Claire Foy at the party on February 8 when filming finished in Puerto Rico, courtesy of SeePalmas.com.
– Trailers & Clips: Crossbones
Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 3:45pm PST – by TJ Dietsch
NBC will unleash a whole nation of ruthless scalawags this summer, when Crossbones debuts at 10:00 PM on May 30. The pirate series not only stars John Malkovich, but also boasts a first episode directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hannibal).
Crossbones was first announced back in 2012 when NBC revealed they had signed off on an adaptation Colin Woodar’s book The Republic of Pirates. Luther creator Neil Cross developed the series and has signed on as an executive producer. In addition to Malkovich, the cast also includes Richard Coyle, Tracy Ifeachor, David Hoflin, Yasmine Al Massri, Chris Perfetti and Claire Foy.
Here’s the official logline:
It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder’s paradise, New Providence is a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, assassin Tom Lowe is sent to the buccaneers’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds, and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many rivals and one great weakness – a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.
The adult characters are almost all total lost causes. Joely Richardson’s minimal screen time is completely insignificant. She could and should have been written out of the film to give more time to Olga Kurylenko’s Headmistress Kirova. This is easily the most one-dimensional role in the film. Kirova’s actions have no motivation whatsoever beyond being the all-business principal of sorts and, even worse, her scenes are so poorly written it’s a wonder Kurylenko was able to perform them with such sincerity. Claire Foy had something going with Ms. Karp, especially with the eeriness that comes with not blinking throughout the entire film, but Daniel Waters really misses the mark in terms of using Ms. Karp’s storyline to build Lissa’s predicament.
“Vampire Academy” isn’t a particularly well-made book-to-film adaptation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun and there’s nothing wrong with going to the movies, letting loose and getting a little silly. Ultimately, the bad will likely outweigh the good and turn this potential franchise into a fleeting film fad, but for now, there’s no harm in giving it a go for the sake of a quick, upbeat laugh and thrill.
By Perri Nemiroff
Vampire Academy hits theaters on THIS Friday, February 7 (Canada & USA). So go watch it! 😀
The UK will have to wait until April 23. So, have fun on our behalf too!
And let us know what you think of our own Claire Foy as Sonya Karp in the comments. 😉
If I’m not mistaken, Sonya has four scenes in flashbacks and lots of mentions throughout the first book. No more spoilers. Ssshhh. 😛
– Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014) > Clip – Secrets
– Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014) > Clip – Last Stand
– Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014) > Trailer 3
– Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014) > Production Stills
– Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014) > Posters & Covers
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By Baz Bamigboye
Damian Lewis has stepped out of hit U.S. TV series Homeland and into complex negotiations to portray Henry VIII
Claire Foy has been asked to play the ruthlessly ambitious Anne Boleyn, while David Bradley has been in discussions about portraying Norfolk
Damian Lewis has stepped out of hit U.S. TV series Homeland and into complex negotiations to portray Henry VIII in the six-part BBC television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s mammoth bestselling novels about the Machiavellian machinations at his court.
If a deal can be reached, Lewis, who played Nicholas Brody in Homeland, will join Mark Rylance, already cast as Thomas Cromwell, the monarch’s scheming but family-loving counsellor.
‘To have Damian playing opposite Mark will be electric,’ an executive on the project told me.
Other leading actors have also been offered major parts in the drama.
Claire Foy has been asked to play the ruthlessly ambitious Anne Boleyn, while David Bradley has been in discussions about portraying Norfolk.
Mark Gatiss, who stars in and writes for Sherlock, has been approached about a major part. (Gatiss is currently in Josie Rourke’s excellent Coriolanus at the Donmar.)
Damian has met with Peter Kosminsky, who will direct the epic screen version of Mantel’s two Man Booker Prize-winning fictional novels: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
The actor is hoping he will be able to juggle dates on the film he’s shooting in Morocco — Queen Of The Desert, with Nicole Kidman — so he can portray the much-married king.
In Mantel’s telling, Henry goes from being an athletic, heroic figure to a middle-aged, balding hypochondriac who vacillates between romantic passion and murderous rages as he charges Cromwell to rid him of first wife Catherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne. Read the rest of this entry »