Noah 2014 * March 28th.

Noah is based on a script co-written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and retells the classic biblical tale of how the titular ordinary man (Russell Crowe) was instructed by god to build an ark in preparation for an apocalyptic flood. The film features a talented supporting cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, and the film will be in theaters on March 28th.

 

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Release Dates

  • Brazil Mar 21, 2014
  • Egypt Mar 26, 2014
  • Philippines Mar 26, 2014
  • United Arab Emirates Mar 27, 2014
  • Argentina Mar 27, 2014
  • Australia Mar 27, 2014
  • Chile Mar 27, 2014
  • Serbia and Montenegro Mar 27, 2014
  • Czech Republic Mar 27, 2014
  • Denmark Mar 27, 2014
  • Greece Mar 27, 2014
  • Hong Kong Mar 27, 2014
  • Hungary Mar 27, 2014
  • Israel Mar 27, 2014
  • South Korea Mar 27, 2014
  • Lebanon Mar 27, 2014
  • New Zealand Mar 27, 2014
  • Peru Mar 27, 2014
  • Portugal Mar 27, 2014
  • Russia Mar 27, 2014
  • Singapore Mar 27, 2014
  • Slovakia Mar 27, 2014
  • Thailand Mar 27, 2014
  • Ukraine Mar 27, 2014
  • Canada Mar 28, 2014
  • Colombia Mar 28, 2014
  • Cyprus Mar 28, 2014
  • Finland Mar 28, 2014
  • Indonesia Mar 28, 2014
  • India Mar 28, 2014
  • Iceland Mar 28, 2014
  • Mexico Mar 28, 2014
  • Norway Mar 28, 2014
  • Panama Mar 28, 2014
  • Poland Mar 28, 2014
  • Romania Mar 28, 2014
  • Turkey Mar 28, 2014
  • Taiwan Mar 28, 2014
  • United States Mar 28, 2014
  • Vietnam Mar 28, 2014
  • South Africa Mar 28, 2014
  • Switzerland Apr 3, 2014 (German speaking region)
  • Germany Apr 3, 2014
  • Slovenia Apr 3, 2014
  • Austria Apr 4, 2014
  • Spain Apr 4, 2014
  • United Kingdom Apr 4, 2014
  • Ireland Apr 4, 2014
  • Sweden Apr 4, 2014
  • Belgium Apr 9, 2014
  • Switzerland Apr 9, 2014 (French speaking region)
  • France Apr 9, 2014
  • Italy Apr 10, 2014
  • Netherlands Apr 10, 2014
  • Switzerland Apr 17, 2014 (Italian speaking region)
  • Croatia Apr 17, 2014
  • Lithuania Apr 18, 2014
  • Latvia Apr 18, 2014
  • Venezuela May 9, 2014
  • Japan Jun 13, 2014

The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre.
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
Director: Terence Davies
Release Date: 03/23/12
Official Site: http://www.thedeepblueseamovie.com/

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The Monuments Men * Theaters Feb 7, 2014

Monuments Men 2014

 

Cowriter and director George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel’s book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world’s greatest works of art. As the Third Reich begins to topple, the German army receives explicit orders to destroy every work of art in their possession. Determined to prevent 1000 years of culture from going up in flames, American president Franklin D. Roosevelt assembles an unlikely task force comprised entirely of art experts to enter Germany, recover the works of art, and ensure they are returned to their rightful owners. With little knowledge of modern weapons or warfare tactics, the ragtag squadron successfully makes their way into enemy territory before realizing they’ve got their work cut out for them. Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin star.

 










The Lost Northbound Train – Part Twelve

Chapter Twelve – Pitching In

Horrified Margaret

“Jowan, what is it?” Margaret asked. Betty got to her feet too, her plain, motherly face full of concern.

“That was my mum,” Jowan stammered, “it seems that my dad has had a stroke. He’s in hospital and she’s terrified. I … I’ll have to go too, see what I can do to help.”

“I am sorry, Jowan,” John’s voice sounded, “I will accompany you to the hospital and assist you.”

“I am coming too,” Margaret said.

 

At Leicester UH, John and Margaret met with Mrs Thorn, Jowan’s mother, a rather stocky woman of a height that was that of Margaret. She had the same curly hair as Jowan which must have been dark in her youth but was now sprinkled with grey, and very dark eyes. When she saw her son coming into the waiting area, she burst out in tears. It seemed that her husband was getting worse, after having himself worked up about the pub he ran in the town’s centre, where he’d collapsed an hour before. The doctors were still examining him, and Mrs Thorn was waiting for them to be informed about her husband’s condition.

Margaret instantly concerned herself with the distressed woman. She remembered all too well her own, dear mother who had become so ill after they had moved to Milton.

“Come, Mrs Thorn, let me get you a cup of tea.”

The older woman looked at her with sudden relief as if she hadn’t thought about it herself.

“I’m sorry, dear. I’m afraid I didn’t catch your name.”

“This is Margaret,” Jowan said, “a friend of Marjorie’s from Manchester who’s staying with us for a few days. This is her partner, John.”

Hands were shaken, and they all settled in the waiting area with tea from the vending machines.

Jowan’s mother began telling them what had happened.

The pub Jowan’s father owned was his life’s achievement and pride. He had worked long hours all his life to get it like it was now, a busy, well-tended place where people could have a good meal for a reasonable price, a pint of ale after work, or even a cup of tea and a piece of pie while they did their shopping. The biggest problem was to find and keep a sufficient staff in an age when people did not like to work on weekends, or late at night. Mr Thorn was forever fighting battles to meet his own standards, and he pitched in himself when it was busy. As a result of the long hours and hard work, not to mention the stress of dealing with inadequate employees, he had worked himself to exhaustion time after time. His body, which had protested several times over the years, had now given up, but he couldn’t stop worrying about the pub, even during the transport to the hospital

Mrs Thorn began imploring Jowan to go down there and see what could be done to assure that everything went well during his father’s absence.

“Mum, why? Dad has a few employees to do the work while he’s ill, hasn’t he? I’m sure …”

“You don’t understand, Jowan! Your dad has been doing it practically on his own, lately! You know that French cook he took on has too much airs to get his hands messy. Cutting and washing vegetables is beneath him. And that waitress, Kylie is good for nothing if your dad’s not around. Please, darling, you must go there. Your dad will want to hear all about it.”

 

Twenty minutes later, Jowan parked his car in front of “The Green Huntsman”, Mr Thorn’s pub. Although it was eight pm, there were but a few patrons inside when he and John walked in. A girl in a skirt and top that scarcely bedecked her body was sitting on one of the patrons’ lap. To John, she looked like a prostitute, as she was showing her naked arms and legs and a considerable portion of  her bosom and bare stomach. John was immensely glad that Margaret had stayed at the hospital with Mrs Thorn, otherwise she would have witnessed this unspeakable behaviour.

“Hello, Kylie,” Jowan said as he strode towards the back where the kitchen was, “is Bert still here?”

The girl hastily jumped off the patron’s lap and trotted after Jowan.

“Yes, Jowan! He’s …”

“Sleeping on the job as usual,” Jowan mocked and threw open the door to the kitchen. John brushed past Kylie without a glance and followed Jowan inside.

The kitchen, which was large and well-equipped, looked like a battlefield. The dishes were piled up in the big sink, and there were dirty pots and pans all over the place, not to mention food residues, empty bottles and other signs of neglect everywhere.

 

Next to the kitchen was a small restroom where they found the chef lounging in a comfortable chair with a glass of brandy in his hand. He didn’t stir when Jowan and John strode in but stared defiantly at them.

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“Mr Duvalier, good evening!” Jowan said, trying to keep his voice level. “I see that the kitchen is not tidied up. Did the cleaning team not come in today?”

“No, they didn’t!” the chef said in a strong French accent. “How am I supposed to keep up now that Monsieur Thorn has met with illness?”

“Well, couldn’t you have a go with the cleaning-up, then?” Jowan retaliated, anger growing in his tone.

“I absolutely refuse to do that! I am a chef, not a cleaning woman!”

Jowan opened his mouth to shout at him, but John drew him out of the room and whispered,

“Look, do not be shocked by my bluntness, Jowan, but can I make a suggestion? You are needed at the hospital with your mother. I can perfectly sort this out and keep an eye on the business while your father is ill. Trust me, I know a disgruntled employee when I see one. I can handle him.”

“What? John, you don’t know what you’re talking about! This is a stinking mess of a job, you’ll never get that lazy bastard to dirty his hands by doing the dishes!”

“Well,” John chuckled, “a few days ago, I could have easily said that of myself, too! Since then, I have already “dirtied my hands” with the dishes twice and suffered no ill consequences from it. Just tell him I am the one in charge until your father comes back. Leave the rest to me.”

“Okay … if you insist but what do I tell Margaret? You’ll be tied up in here for the largest part of the day … and the night.”

“Bring her here. If I know my Margaret, her hands will soon be dirtied, too! Leave me some cash, please. I might need to go out and buy stuff.”

“Here,” Jowan said, “this is the key to Father’s safe. I’ll show you how it’s opened. You can take whatever you need from it. Thank you, John. I appreciate this.”

John reflecting

After Jowan explained the restaurant’s daily routine and the working of the safe to John, the young man left. He was anxious about what he would find at the hospital, and John’s help was most welcome.

John Thornton now found himself alone and in charge. As usual. He was up to it.

 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for Christmas 2014

BBC film new period drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for Christmas 2014 in St John’s Square

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A city square will become the star of the small screen as film crews prepare to move in for the making of a magical new BBC drama.

Flim crews will be preparing the set of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in St John’s Square, St John’s North and South Parade today. (Saturday)

And the drama, based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke, and boasting a seasoned cast of actors, will form the centre piece of the channel’s 2014 Christmas schedule.

It tells the story of a time at the beginning of the 19th Century, when England no longer believes in practical magic.

But Mr Norrell, of Hurtfew Abbey, stuns the city of York, when he brings the minster’s statues to life, and is then invited to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell stars Eddie Marsan, of Best of Men, Ray Donovan and Filth fame, Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel, known for roles in Restless, Hidden and Matilda, Paul Kaye, of Game of Thrones and Stella fame plus, Marc Warren from Hustle and Mad Dogs and Alice Englert, who starred in Ginger and Rosa and Beautiful Creatures.

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, said: “We have secured the most original, talented and dynamic cast and team to produce this brand new adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s award-winning novel.

“This cements our reputation for bold and ambitious drama and I can’t wait to see Bertie and Eddie bring these wonderful characters to life in a unique and exciting way.”