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    British star Benedict Cumberbatch is set to headline streamer Netflix’s upcoming limited series The 39 Steps. The series will reunite Cumberbatch with Berger, who directed the Doctor Strange actor in Showtime’s 2018 mini-series Patrick Melrose, reported Variety. The six-episode show is based on the 1915 John Buchan novel that has previously been adapted several times. The Mauritanian: Shailene Woodley Reveals the Reason Why She Signed Benedict Cumberbatch’s Legal Drama. Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had a film on the book in 1935, starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. The spy thriller takes place just before the outset of World War I and follows Richard Hannay, a man who comes into possession of a key to a global conspiracy and goes on the run. The Mauritanian: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim-Starrer Is All Set To Release in India on April 2! “The Revenant” scribe Mark L Smith will pen the screenplay for the series, which will be produced by Anonymous Content, Chapter One Pictures and SunnyMarch. Cumberbatch will executive produce the limited series with his producing partner Adam Ackland, alongside...
    Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has shared the reason she said yes to the film The Mauritanian. The upcoming legal drama, , based on true events, delves into the life of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, an innocent man captured by the US government. Imprisoned for years without trial at Guantanamo Bay, he finds unlikely allies in a defence attorney and her trusted associate. The Mauritanian: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim-Starrer Is All Set To Release in India on April 2! On what made her accept the role, Woodley said: “To have the opportunity to be part of this story that is so real and so true for a few individuals, specifically Mohamedou, and to get it out into the consciousness of so many Americans and people around the world, I felt like it was part of my responsibility as an actor.” The film features Oscar winner Jodie Foster as defence attorney Nancy Hollander, while BAFTA nominee Woodley plays Teri Duncan, the associate. War Magician: Benedict Cumberbatch To Star in Colin Trevorrow’s Film Based on World War II. Recalling her interaction...
    Benedict Cumberbatch says he plans to call on Joe Biden to close Guantanamo Bay after studying the prison for his latest movie "The Mauritanian."  The actor produced the drama and portrays Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch. "The Mauritanian" is based on the memoir by real-life Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was suspected of organizing the 9/11 attacks and spent 14 years at the detention center without charge until he was ultimately released in 2016. Speaking to The Independent, Cumberbatch explained America’s controversial relationship with Guantanamo Bay in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, ultimately arguing that he feels it’s beyond time to close down the facility.  'COURIER' STAR BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH TALKS HIS DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS FOR THE FILM "It was a global act of terror on an ideal – an ideal [that] lives geopolitically in many parts of the world. And of course, it’s more acute – most acute in New York, in the intelligence services, who feared that there was going to be another attack," he said of the political climate in 2001. "That the water was poisoned,...
    US Coronavirus: These are the two key things that can help curb another Covid-19 surge, Fauci says Buttigieg: Now’s our chance for infrastructure plan © Roy Rochlin/Getty Images The Academy Award-nominated actor also says he feared he was COVID-19 "patient zero" in a new interview. Benedict Cumberbatch plans to ask Joe Biden to shut down Guantanamo Bay after learning the prison facility's secrets while working on the 2021 film The Mauritanian. "Hoping? I'm going to plead with the guy," the Academy Award-nominated actor said in an interview with The Independent about his intention to speak to Biden. Guantanamo Bay is a U.S. military prison off the coast of Cuba established nearly two decades ago after the 9/11 attacks to detain and torture terrorist suspects without trial. A report from the N.Y. Times released in 2019 estimates running the controversial facility costs $13 million per prisoner which currently stands at 40. © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Roy Rochlin/Getty Images "It is a huge spend. It's the most expensive prison on earth. And what are the results? Where are the...
    U.S. Travel Restrictions Relaxed; N.Y. Arts Reopen: Virus Update What its like to attend Space Club with astronauts and planetary explorers © Getty Images Not even halfway through the year, Tahar Rahim is one of Hollywood’s biggest breakout stars of 2021. After first appearing in streaming shows like The Looming Tower and The Eddy, the 39-year-old French Algerian actor first has emerged as a leading man with The Mauritanian opposite Jodie Foster and the true-crime drama, The Serpent. In the latter, which is now streaming on Netflix, Rahim portrays the 1970s “Bikini Killer” and fraudster, Charles Sobhraj, who was responsible for murdering over a dozen of Western tourists along the Hippie Trail of Southeast Asia. As depicted on the show, he eventually gets into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a junior Dutch diplomat  (Billy Howle), who sets off a chain of events that eventually leads to the capture of Interpol’s most wanted man at the time.   “I’ve always wanted to explore evil,” Rahim says of wanting to find a character that was the most distant...
    Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald says he could see that his upcoming film The Mauritanian would shape up as a real thriller. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim, and is slated to release in India on April 2. “I knew from the beginning that it was this combination of politics and an outrageous crime against humanity that got my blood boiling but also, I could see that it could be a real thriller, and it could entertain people,” Macdonald said. Benedict Cumberbatch Opens Up on Possibility of ‘Sherlock’ Season 5. The film is based on the bestselling memoir “Guantanamo Diary”. It received six BAFTA nominations, winning Jodie Foster the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes. War Magician: Benedict Cumberbatch To Star in Colin Trevorrow’s Film Based on World War II. “There needs to be a lot of sugar in with the medicine and I saw the opportunity in this film to make something that is a thriller and which hopefully has that edge-of-the-seat quality but also a film in which it is...
    The British Academy on Tuesday (March 9) announced the nominees of the forthcoming BAFTA awards.  Adarsh Gourav who essayed the role of Balram In The White Tiger bagged a nomination under the Leading Actor category while the film itself was also nominated under the Adapted Screenplay category. Gourav’s Balram is the movie’s protagonist, who works as a driver for Ashok, a wealthy businessman, played by Rajkummar Rao and this feat sure is a great achievement for the actor. BAFTA 2021: Adarsh Gourav Gets Nominated for The White Tiger. Gourav will compete against Riz Ahmed for Sound Of Metal and late Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Mads Mikkelsen for Another Round. Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and French actor Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) are also nominated in the leading actor category. The BAFTA awards ceremony will be held on April 11. BAFTA Awards 2020: Brad Pitt Pokes Fun at Brexit and Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s MegXit in His Award Acceptance Speech. Here is the full list of BAFTA 2021: Best film The Father The Mauritanian Nomadland Promising Young...
    Trailer dubbed in Vrtigo Films Spain ‘Mauritian‘, A film based on real events directed by British director Kevin McDonald,’ The Last King of Scotland ‘,’ The Legion of the Eagle ‘,’ My Life Now ‘,’ Black Sea: Dark Sea ‘or “Marley” and “Whitney” Documentaries . The film stars Tahar Rahim, Jodi Foster, Shaileen Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Levy.ReportMohamed Old Slahi (Rahim), a Mauritanian by birth, was detained in Guantanamo for fourteen years of his life without charge or trial. According to the novel, he was subjected to fourteen years “Guantanamo’s Journal”, Published in our country by Captain Swing, for all kinds of abusive treatment, torture and humiliation by American authorities. Slahi, who has lost all hope, finds associates in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and partner Terry Duncan (Woodley). Together, they face numerous obstacles in the intense search for justice. MP Travan, Rory Hines and Sohrab Noshirwani signed the script with 30 West, Topic Studios, BBC Films, Sunnymarch, Shadow Sports Features, Convergent Media and Wonder Street. ITunes, Google Play, Amazon, Raguden TV, Orange TV, Filmin and Vodafone....
    14 Genius Hulu Hacks That Will Change the Way You Stream Breakdowns of mens college basketball conference tournaments Contrary to speculation, Jodie Foster didn't play matchmaker for Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers. © Provided by People Gregg DeGuire/WireImage; Steve Granitz/WireImage; Jacopo Raule/Getty From L to R: Jodie Foster, Aaron Rodgers, Shailene Woodley On Sunday night, Foster accepted the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture — drama, at the 2021 Golden Globes for her turn in The Mauritanian. During her acceptance speech, she made sure to praise her costars in the film, which includes Woodley, and later thanked Woodley's fiancé, Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers. (Her shout-out to the star athlete, 37, comes after he thanked Foster, 58, for her support in February while accepting the NFL MVP award.) © Gregg DeGuire/WireImage; Steve Granitz/WireImage; Jacopo Raule/Getty From L to R: Jodie Foster, Aaron Rodgers, Shailene Woodley Speaking to press after receiving her Golden Globe, Foster shut-down rumors that she had set up Woodley, 29, and Rodgers — who confirmed their engagement earlier this year. "She's the best," Foster...
    Jodie Foster is back. And he does it with a drama like The Mauritanian. The Guantanamo prison has been controversial for more than two decades. It is a dangerous anomaly in the American legal system. Also, a symbol of what happens in the shadow of a culture of morality. In cases like Mohamedou Ould Salahi, prisoner in the camp for fourteen years, there were no actual charges against him, there was no evidence either. Even so, he was detained, tortured and forced to confess crimes he did not commit. Salahi was not only a victim of violence, he was also a victim of the US as a country. Experience shows the fissures of the American judicial system, and the cultural hypocrisy that surrounds the conception of the legal in the West. Or at least that’s how it raises The Mauritanian, by Kevin Macdonald, the adaptation of the book of the same name written by Salahi in 2015. The novel tells of the terrifying experience of being convicted in an inexplicable situation, but also the ideological burden that such an event...
    It’s often the case that movies based on true stories offer a glimpse of the real-life characters at the end. In “The Mauritanian,” the story of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s 14 years behind bars, that real-life footage is the most engaging part of the film. That’s not entirely the fault of the filmmakers, who do an earnest and thoughtful if less than totally absorbing job of telling Slahi’s story based on the best-selling memoir he wrote in prison, “Guantanamo Diary.” It’s just that nothing can beat this intimate view of the real man, smiling and singing joyfully to Bob Dylan, no less. One wonders how he even managed to stay sane, let alone joyful, after 14 years at Guantanamo without being formally charged or tried. And in conditions that included a brutal stretch of torture: severe cold, sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, a mock drowning, waterboarding, and threats to imprison his own mother at Guantanamo. Luckily, “The Mauritanian,” directed by Kevin Macdonald, gets one thing very right: Tahar Rahim’s masterful central performance. The French actor achieves something his...
    (CNN)The sobering history of detentions at Guantanamo Bay has already been well documented, yielding a so-so movie last year in "The Report." "The Mauritanian" thus feels like an earnest but uninspired movie that only marginally advances the ball, assembling a stellar cast in the service of one detainee's terrible ordeal, while its marquee stars largely take a back seat to Tahar Rahim in the central role.Rahim plays Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian whose contacts with Al-Qaeda resulted in his arrest in 2002, with the US government fingering him as a major recruiter for the terrorist group. That led to incarceration in Gitmo and subjection to what euphemistically came to be called "harsh interrogation techniques," otherwise known as torture.Even a suspected terrorist is entitled to a defense, albeit under unusually intrusive conditions. Enter attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster), who takes up Slahi's cause, prosecuted by straight arrow Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch, adopting a good ol' Southern accent), who had lost a close friend in the Sept. 11 attacks.Directed by Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland"), from a script...
    Kevin Macdonald was going to turn down directing “The Mauritanian.” He’d read Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s best-selling memoir about his experience being kept behind bars in Cuba for 14 years without charges, but couldn’t see anything aside from a fascinating historical document in his “Guantánamo Diary.” The director of the Oscar-winning Munich Olympics documentary “One Day in September” and the Idi Amin film “The Last King of Scotland” didn’t think it was a movie. But Benedict Cumberbatch and his producing partner, who had brought the project to Macdonald, had one request: Talk to Slahi before you say no. “I was intimidated to talk to him,” Macdonald said. “Here’s a guy who’s been accused of being involved in 9/11, who has received a phone call from Osama bin Laden’s satellite phone. And more than anything else, here’s a guy who has suffered so much. I thought he was going to be a destroyed human being — angry and resentful.” Instead, on the other end of the line, he found an intelligent and witty person who could quote “The Big Lebowski”...
    I finished The Undoing and while it was disappointingly messy with a plot that didn’t quite come together, I think we can all agree that 1) Nicole Kidman’s coats were amazing and 2) Hugh Grant should absolutely play more villains. I’m also kind of on a kick of catching up on shows I missed because I didn’t have premium cable, and just started season one of Homeland (I know, I know). Still deciding what I think but as I’m sure has been observed by many others, Carrie is very intense! New trailers this week include Liam Neeson in The Marksman and Ralph Fiennes in The Dig (big “the” theme this week), and I managed to find five non-holiday flicks for you (you’re welcome). The Marksman At some point, will Liam Neeson get a break from heroically rescuing innocent victims from bloodthirsty bad guys? Maybe, but not in The Marksman. He plays Jim Hanson, a down-on-his-luck retired Marine living near the US-Mexico border. He inadvertently gets caught up with a drug cartel hunting a young boy trying to...
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