Hollywood Loves Women Drivers: ‘The Lady in the Van,’ ‘The Lady in the car with Glasses and a Gun’

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Dame Maggie Smith and Freya Mavor have a lot in common this holiday season, especially when it comes to using vehicles.

We all know the sexist statement that “women drivers are terrible at driving.” Well, Smith and Mavor are upending that old wives tale and driving away with it. Okay enough with the car metaphors.

Smith is starring in this holiday season’s new film “The Lady in the Van,” while Mavor is bringing drama and action in her film “The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun.”

Smith’s “Lady in the Van” centers around a man who forms an unexpected bond with a homeless woman – played by Smith – who is living in her car/van that is parked in his driveway. It looks like it has a lot of heart, comedy, fun, and of course Smith.

Meanwhile, Mavor in “The Lady the Car”…and other items, is based on a 1970s film with the same name. In this French modern version, Mavor borrows a car – and unbeknownst to her – there is a dead body in the trunk. The dead body is where everything, along with Mavor’s character and her world starts to unravel.

Enjoy the ride.

11/20/2015 Is The Best For Women In Film & TV, Also We Lost The WW

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November 20, 2015, is shaping up to be the best for women. Can someone say “Girl Power,” better yet “Women Power.”

After a near five year hiatus from the music spotlight – a surgery and raising a child – the crossover artist Adele will be dropping her newest album titled “25.” Her single “Hello” has remained No. 1 on iTunes for one month since it debuted on Oct. 20. Adele’s single proves her sustainability, but the album itself might be bigger than ever.

In addition to the power house of Adele, the last film installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, “Mocking Jay Part 2” is expected to be a box office juggernaut. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Haroldson, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Lawrence’s Katniss and the resistance will try to get at President Snow – played by Donald Sutherland – one last time. Who will win? Read the three books on which the film trilogy is based on in order to find out, or just watch the saga end on the big screen.

Also on the big screen, there is a murder mystery, and an unrequited and forbidden love story. “Secrets in their Eyes” stars Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as all three try to catch a killer who has been released due to lack of evidence. The twist is that Roberts’ character is an FBI agent whose daughter was murdered by the aforementioned killer.

“Secrets in their Eyes” is based off the Oscar winning Foreign Language Film “Los secretos en los ojos.” It was hailed as exceptional, this American version might be as good.

The forbidden love story titled “Carol” stars Care Blanchette, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson. In the 1950s, Blanchette, as Carol, is stuck in a loveless marriage until she meets Mara’s Therese who stirs feelings of friendship, and even love. This film has sapphic/same-sex themes.

Meanwhile on the small screen, as in TV, the Marvel/Netflix companion TV series “Jessica Jones” lands with one full season. A few months ago “Daredevil” premiered on the streaming giant with mixed but satisfying reviews. Jones will be played by Krysten Ritter. Ritter starred in “Breaking Bad,” among others. One reviewer has called this “Jessica Jones” superhero as a new kind of hero.

On another streaming giant, “The Man in the High Castle” will also debut on Amazon Prime. The series looks gritty, bold, and it will challenge everyone’s mindset. “The Man in the High Castle,” which is based off a book of the same name, tells the story of “What If the world lost WWI and WWII to the Nazis?” And as a result, what kind of world would we all live in? It stars Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls among others.

Remember Nov. 20, 2015.

Daniel Craig Is Done As ‘James Bond,’ Here Are Some New Contenders

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“Bond, James Bond.” But who’s next? The first was Sean Connery, then James Lazenby, Connery again, then along came Roger Moore, followed by Timothy Dalton, then Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig has continued the legacy of the popular British spy film series.

Now with the worldwide success of the new “James Bond” film “Spectre” that stars Craig, the big question remains, who will replace him?

Craig has stated in an interview that he would rather “slit his wrists than do another [Bond] film.” He made his success in independent movies, but the British international espionage franchise has put him on the global picture map. Now that “Spectre” is done Bond fans and the studio can look to the future.

Here are some future suggestions for the international man. Firstly, Idris Elba’s name has been thrown around, campaigned for on social media, and even rejected by one of the film’s writers stating that Elba was “too street” to play the role.

Whatever the case, Elba is a contender as audiences have seen him to be extremely versatile: from playing the hard nose detective Luther in the hit British TV series of the same name, and he shocked American viewers with his role in “The Wire.” Elba has also made appearances in popular comic book-to-film adaptations such as “Thor” and “Thor: the Dark World,” among other films. Elba has my vote.

Secondly, another actor who is no stranger to playing deep characters like Elba is Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor has starred in “12 Years A Slave,” “American Gangster,” “Salt” opposite Angelina Jolie Pitt, and he has starred in two big blockbuster movie hits: “2012,” and this year’s “The Martian.” Ejiofor like Elba can go deep into his roles maybe even deeper.

And finally, these next two Bond contenders have some luck about them. In fairness, they both have Irish luck. Colin Farrell is Irish, and Dominic Purcell was raised by an Irish mother and Norwegian father.

Both Farrell and Purcell are no strangers to playing superheroes, like Farrell as Bullseye in 2003’s “Daredevil,” and Purcell currently as Heatwave in the hit TV series “The Flash.” In other words, they both know about action and the drama. While Farrell has shined in roles where the movies have either been successful or have failed, Purcell too has shined but his movies list is shorter than Farrell’s.

Purcell may have a long ways to go, but he – like Farrell – can bring a brand new dynamic to the Bond role.

Guess Who’s Hosting the 67th Annual Emmy’s? Two clues: a prisoner and a dancer

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The 67th Annual Emmy’s were announced this morning, and the hosts for the early morning announcements were the ever talented Uzo Aduba from Netflix’s drama and comedy series “Orange is the New Black,” and Cat Deely, the host of the dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Among the nominees that both Aduba and Deely had announced, the streaming giant has been nominated in some acting, directing and technical categories. Not to be outdone, Deely’s “So You Think You Can Dance” has also received accolades in many technical categories as well.

Much to the surprise of all the press and the early morning hosts, Aduba and Deely were both surprised to learn from an Emmy Television Academy official that they will be hosting the event in Sept. 20, 2015 on Fox at 8pm Eastern time.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ eligibility required for a role in ‘Terminator’

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HBO’s juggernaut hit “Game of Thrones” has just ended, and the show’s principal characters Lena Headey as Cersei Lancaster, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen have a lot more in common with terminating robots of the future than most.

“Game of Thrones” has been on the air since 2011, that is four years on the air, with six seasons under its belt already. Headey and Clarke have been working before then: Headey in Fox TV’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and Clarke in bit parts in TV movies and shows.

As Clarke will play the famous Sarah Connor, the mother of John Connor and subsequent birther of the revolution against the rise of Skynet in “Terminator Genisys,” Headey – back in 2008 to 2009 – also played another version of Sarah on the aforementioned “Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

For two seasons, Headey’s Sarah Connor – which took place two years after “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” – and her son saw themselves travelling from the past in the 1990s to the future, after 2001. In their distant future they have a female Terminator protecting a teenage John. Resistance followers traveling from the future to their timeline, more Terminators trying to kill them; and Brian Austin Green, from “Beverly Hills 90210,” behaving like a militant.

While the show only lasted for two seasons, it became part of the canon. Headey fully embodied Sarah: her angst, her lack of trust, and her one and only motive, fight the future.

It will be exciting to see what Clarke’s Sarah will be like in the upcoming “Terminator Genisys,” out July 1st, 2015.

Netflix really loves “The Maze Runner” Stars

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The US box office hit – book-to-film adaptation – “The Maze Runner,” and its stars have found love and support on the streaming giant Netflix. Aml Ameen, who played the leader of the group Alby, and Ki Hong Lee as Minho as the lead maze runner, are both starring in hits on the international online TV shows and movie giant.

It is unclear if Ameen and Lee did this intentionally, or if the pair have the same agent. In any case, they both gave compelling and award winning performances in their action packed movie, and they are continuing great performances once more.

Ameen is part of an ensemble cast in “Sense 8.” The 12 episode series centers on people, from all over the world, who are able to psychically connect to each other through thoughts, knowledge, actions, abilities, emotions and memories. It is created by The Wachowski’s, who brought “The Matrix” trilogy and “Cloud Atlas,” among others; and J. Michael Straczynski, he created the 1990s science fiction TV hit “Babylon 5.”

Ameen plays Capheus aka Van Damme, a bus driver and owner who shuttles people in and around Nairobi. Ameen deals with gangs, competition, and helping his mother who is suffering from AIDS. Ameen plays the role innocently, and also with imbued strength and willingness to not only survive, but to be a better man for himself and his mother.

“Sense 8” has yet to be officially confirmed that it will be greenlight for a second season.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has already gotten a second season in its 13 episode season. From the creators of “30 Rock,” Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, it stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, who along with three other women, are rescued from a doomsday cult. The four women were living in a bunker for 15 years along with their cult leader.

Kimmy decides to stay in New York City to start her life all over again. The show also stars Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, and Lee in a supporting role.

Lee as Dong at first plays Jimmy’s classmate in her GED class. Then they become “study buddies” because Kimmy needs help with math. Kimmy, in her innocence, does not see the racist connotations of her seeking help from Lee who happens to be Asian. The pair’s relationship grows.

In any case, Lee as Dong, who is Vietnamese and does not quite understand American culture much like Kimmy, is funny and endearing as Kimmy’s love interest. Lee is leading man material.

Ameen and Lee are making Netflix shows more worthwhile and entertaining to watch.

Spotlight on Netflix’s DVD and streaming TV shows and films

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Here is a spotlight on some DVDs and streaming TV shows and films on the digital giant that is #Netflix.

The ones available via DVD rental are #Predestination: it is one wild, twisted and timely wimey ride starring #EthanHawke. Hawke plays a time agent obsessed with finding a terrorist bomber, so he travels across time to stop him, from the 1960s, then to 1970, and then the 1980s. And then it gets even more crazy.

Also, the 1990s old west TV series juggernaut #DrQuinnMedicineWoman. When a relative dies, Dr. Quinn must travel to Colorado to help raise her adopted children. The show was so popular that it spawned its own mini TV movies.

And #TheMist, based on a #StephenKing novella, is scary, brilliant, and well acted. It starred #ThomasJane, #MarciaGayHarden, #AndreBraugher, #TobyJones, and two of #TheWalkingDead stars #LaurieHolden and #MelissaMcBride. A small town gathers to its supermarket to seek refuge from a mist that houses the creatures of nightmares.

Available to stream are the classic 1980s film #LostBoys starring #KeiferSutherland. A family of three moves to a small town wanting to start a new life. But instead they encounter people who have disappeared and a biker gang.

#BeforeIGoToSleep stars a power house cast with #NicoleKidman, #MarkStrong, and #ColinFirth. Kidman plays an amnesiac where everyday is like a new one. The situation gets more complicated when she thinks that her husband might not be her husband.

And #Ascension, the #SyFyChannel’s science fiction soap opera mini-series. What starts out as a murder mystery on a generational space ship that has been traveling from 1961 until 2014, becomes something much more dramatic, stunning, and it leaves you breathless. #BattleStarGallactica #TriciaHefler is starring in it.

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