Age of Innocence * 1993

Society scion Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to May Welland (Winona Ryder), but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May’s unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.

( Written by Marg Baskin IMDB)


Based on an Edith Wharton novel

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Won 1994 Oscar for Costume Design

Wolf Hall *2015

Wolf Hall TV cast to include Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance

Henry VIII and his courtiers to be played by some of Britain’s starriest actors in adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel

Joanne Whalley, cast asCatherine of Aragon, Jonathan Pryce, who wikk play Cardinal Wolsey and Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall's Henry VIII

Joanne Whalley, cast asCatherine of Aragon, Jonathan Pryce, who wikk play Cardinal Wolsey and Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall’s Henry VIII


Mark Gatiss, Mark Rylance and Jonathan Pryce are among the starry cast who will don period costume for the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels.

Filming has already begun on the six-part drama based on Mantel’s award winning Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, about the relationships at the heart of Henry VIII’s court.

According to the Daily Mail, Homeland star Damian Lewis will play the King, with Rylance taking the role of his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. Saskia Reeves has been cast as Cromwell’s sister-in-law Johane.

Charity Wakefield, who has appeared in the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility, has been cast as Mary Boleyn, the royal mistress and sister to Henry VIII’s second wife Anne, who will be played by Claire Foy. Joanne Whalley will play Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The final female cast member to be named is Florence Bell, who will play courtmember Helen Barre.

The powerful, but ill-fated, Cardinal Wolsey will be played by Jonathan Pryce. Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss will be appearing infront of the camera as another civil servant, Stephen Gardiner and Anton Lesser, most recently seen in Game of Thrones, will play Thomas More. Lesser’s co-star, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, will play Cromwell’s ward Rafe.


Wolf Hall is a British television series that will first broadcast on BBC Two in 2015. It is a six-part adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel’s novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.


Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell[1]
Damian Lewis as Henry VIII of England[2]
Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn
David Bradley as Norfolk
Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner
Charity Wakefield as Mary Boleyn
Joanne Whalley as Catherine of Aragon
Jonathan Pryce as Thomas Wolsey
Anton Lesser as Thomas More
Joss Porter as Richard Cromwell
Thomas Sangster as Rafe
Ed Speleers as Edward Seymour
Florence Bell as Helen Barre
Saskia Reeves as Johane[3]


On 23 August 2012, BBC Two announced several new commissions, one of which was Wolf Hall.[4] According to The Guardian seven million pounds will be spent on the adaptation.[5] BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said it was “very fortunate to have the rights” to the two novels and called Wolf Hall “a great contemporary novel”.[6][7]

Peter Kosminsky, the director of the series, said:

This is a first for me. But it is an intensely political piece. It is about the politics of despotism, and how you function around an absolute ruler. I have a sense that Hilary Mantel wanted that immediacy. … 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. He had managed to distil 1,000 pages of the novels into six hours, using prose so sensitively. He’s a theatre writer by trade.[5]

The drama series will feature 102 characters and it was revealed that Kosminsky began casting the other parts in October 2013. Most of the filming took place in the United Kingdom, in April 2014.[5] It was originally set to film in Bruges. The series will consist of six episodes and is expected to be broadcast in 2015.[5] PBS will also broadcast the series, made in association with Masterpiece Entertainment and Playground Entertainment.[8]

Straughan and Kosminsky working on the same series suggests a harder take on British history is what the BBC wants, rather than series like The Tudors or The White Queen.[5] Mantel called the scripts written by Straughan a “miracle of elegant compression and I believe with such a strong team the original material can only be enhanced.”[5]


Washington Square

Washington Square

Based on the novel by Henry James


In 1840’s New York Catherine lives with her father, Dr. Sloper. Her mother died some years before, and Dr. Sloper still idolizers her, and never misses an opportunity to compare her daughter to her — a comparison the daughter can never win. When Morris Townsend, a handsome but pennyless young man, comes along, and woos and wins his daughter’s heart, Dr. Sloper is sure that he is after her considerable inheritance, and opposes their marriage. Dr. Sloper takes his daughter to Europe in hopes she will forget Morris, but she does not. After Catherine returns to New York, the young lovers plan to elope. Dr. Sloper threatens to disinherit his daughter. Will this dissuade Morris?

This 1997 film starred:

* Jennifer Jason Leigh ….. Catherine Sloper
* Albert Finney ….. Dr. Austin Sloper
* Ben Chaplin ….. Morris Townsend
* Maggie Smith ….. Aunt Lavinia
* Judith Ivey ….. Aunt Elizabeth Almond
* Jennifer Garner ….. Marian Almond

Credit to Enchanted Serenity

Cinemax sets premiere date for The Knick


The Knick is set in downtown New York in 1900 and centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The cast includes Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Eve Hewson, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Grainger Hines and Leon Addison Brown.


The period drama initially received a green-light at Cinemax back in July 2013 and had been expected to launch this Fall, but was moved up when the network’s original series that normally airs in the summer – the co-production Strike Back – was delayed due to a injury co-lead Sullivan Stapleton suffered in Thailand. The Knick was created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler & directed by Steven Soderbergh. The trio also executive produce alongside Clive Owen, Michael Sugar and Gregory Jacobs.