Lisa Shines On New York

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LISA DWAN is to star opposite Matthew Broderick in the New York Irish Repertory Theatre’s new production of Shining City, which opens in previews in May.

The play, which was written by Conor McPherson and explores loneliness in a big city, ran on Broadway in 2006 to much critical acclaim and received two Tony nominations. LISA will play Neasa, Ciarán O’Reilly is on board to direct and Billy Carter and James Russell also star.

In his review for The New York Times in 2006, chief theatre critic Ben Brantley called Shining City a “quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious new play.” This new production of the play marks not only its first New York revival, but Irish Rep’s return to its newly renovated Chelsea theatre.

Previews open on May 17; the play opens on June 9 and runs through July 3. Tickets and more information can be found at irishrep.org.

Ruth Bradley Wins IFTA!

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Huge congratulations go to HH client RUTH BRADLEY who has won the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actress In A Lead Role (Drama), for her fantastic performance in Touchpaper Television/RTÉ’s Rebellion.

The annual IFTA Awards are the highlight of Ireland’s film and drama calendar, celebrating the very best of Irish screen talent across film and television. RUTH‘s win was announced at the weekend during the 2016 ceremony at the The Mansion House in Dublin City Centre.

Rebellion aired back in January on RTÉ One and starred RUTH as Frances O’Flaherty, a teacher who gets involved with the Gaelic cultural revival during Ireland’s Easter Rising in 1916. The series is now available to stream its entirety on Netflix. Watch it here.

Congrats RUTH!

HOME FIRES Series 2 – Ruth Returns

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ITV’s wartime drama Home Fires returned to our television screens at the weekend for its second series, starring HH client RUTH GEMMELL in one of the leading roles.

The drama takes us back to the heart of a rural Cheshire community during the Second World War, where a group of inspirational women band together to keep their world – and the nation – from falling apart while the men are away fighting at the front.

RUTH returns to the role of Sarah Collingborne. The last time we saw her in the previous series, she had struck up a strong friendship with new pal RAF officer Nick Lucas while her husband Adam was away serving as an army chaplain. But in this new series, when Nick returns from Dunkirk, Sarah receives some devastating news about Adam, suddenly making her future seem more uncertain than ever.

Home Fires is showing on Sundays at 9pm on ITV. Tune in this weekend for the second episode and if you missed the series premiere, catch up now on ITV Player. Here’s the series trailer:

First Look at Mark Rylance as THE BFG!

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The second trailer for Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) was released yesterday and offers the first look at a massive, CGI MARK RYLANCE as the titular character. And, just like the book, the film looks magical, emotional, terrifying and heaps of fun!

Fresh from his Academy Award win for his spellbinding performance in Spielberg’s latest film Bridge Of Spies, MARK looks and sounds absolutely fantastic as the loveable, titular giant in this upcoming visual spectacular. The film also stars Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Rafe Spall and Jemaine Clement, with a script by the late Melissa Mathison.

We cannot WAIT for this to be released! The BFG will open in the US on 1 July and the UK on 22 July. Here’s the trailer:

Watch Sophia In First FLOWERS Trailer

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The first trailer has been released for Kudos/Channel 4’s upcoming dysfunctional family drama Flowers, starring Olivia Colman and HH client SOPHIA DI MARTINO. For now, the trailer is an exclusive on theguardian.com – you can watch it here.

Flowers is an innovative new 6-episode dark comedy-drama written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Will Sharpe. It centres on an eccentric and flawed family struggling to hold themselves together: Maurice, the author of illustrated children’s books The Grubbs, his music teacher wife Deborah (Colman) and their maladjusted 25-year-old twins Amy (played by SOPHIA) and Donald (Daniel Rigby). As Maurice fights inner demons and dark secrets, Deborah tries to keep the family together at all costs and becomes increasingly suspicious that Maurice is in a secret homosexual relationship with his Japanese illustrator Shun (played by show creator Will Sharpe).

Swinging from the profane to the profound, the Flowers family and their often self-inflicted crises are surrounded by odd neighbours who become the agents of further heartache and misfortune. Despite living on top of each other the family will do anything to not communicate, pushing them and their struggles with love and life to extreme and ridiculous places.

Flowers will run Monday to Friday on Channel 4 for one week, from 25 April.

Celyn To Star In Wim Wenders’ SUBMERGENCE

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HH client CELYN JONES has joined the cast of director Wim Wenders’ new feature film Submergence, adapted from the novel by J.M. Ledgard.

Also starring recent Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, the film is a romantic thriller that follows the interconnected stories of James (McAvoy), an Englishman held captive by jihadist fighters, and Danny (Vikander), a marine researcher studying the ocean floor near Greenland, as their thoughts are drawn back to the previous Christmas and the chance encounter that led to their romance. CELYN will star as Danny’s assistant, Thumbs; a published biomathematician studying the life of oceans.

The book on which the upcoming film is based was ranked second in New York magazine’s ‘The Ten Best Books of 2013′ and also named in the New York Times’ list of ‘100 Notable Books of 2013’. The film is scheduled for a 2017 release.

Bronagh’s New Album: GATHER YOUR GREATNESS

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Having been writing and recording with her band for the last two and a half years in-between a successful film and television career, our one-and-only soulful songbird BRONAGH GALLAGHER will release her third full-length studio album Gather Your Greatness on May 27th.

For the new collection of songs, BRONAGH has stuck to her winning formula of beautiful soul and rock ’n’ roll, collaborating with her long-time friend, co-producer & guitar player Conor Brady, along with pianist & composer Cian Boylan, who composed the string and brass sections. You can check out the new album’s gorgeously uplifting first single Crimes in the video below.

Gather Your Greatness is available to pre-order now and you’ll be able to download Crimes straight away when you order your copy through the following links: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

We can’t wait to get our copy. Pre-order yours now!

Six Seasons For Robert’s Rumplestiltskin

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Great news – ABC’s hit television drama Once Upon A Time, which stars ROBERT CARLYLE as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, has been renewed for a sixth season.

The fantasy show, in which the residents of fictional seaside town Storybrooke are actually characters from various fairytales, is an important property for the Disney/ABC family and has a highly devoted fan-base, dubbed “Oncers” on social media. The intense social-media engagement over the years has helped lead to Once Upon A Time becoming one of the studio’s most successful shows.

Season Five is currently airing in the US and the sixth season is due to premiere on ABC in September 2016.

Congrats ROBERT!

Doon’s TWO DOORS DOWN

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BBC Two’s comedy series Two Doors Down returns to Latimer Crescent this week for a new six-part series, starring our hilarious and brilliant DOON MACKICHAN as one of the series leads. Episode One premieres tomorrow night, Friday 1 April at 10pm on BBC Two.

Originally airing back in January 2014 as a one-off episode set in a chaotic Hogmanay party, the show now returns as a full series, revisiting Eric and Beth Baird, their family and their questionable neighbours. Exploring the best and worst of family life, Two Doors Down centres on the residents of Latimer Crescent, which include DOON‘s insufferable Cathy, an awful snob who considers the street they live on to be below her social status.

Check out the video below for a preview of tomorrow’s series premiere and get a glimpse of DOON in action as the hilariously pretentious Cathy! Be sure to tune in every Friday at 10pm and you can check out a bunch of series previews and clips on the show’s official BBC page here.

Sophie Goes UNDERCOVER

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Bold and gripping, Undercover is a new six-part thriller written by Peter Moffat for the BBC. It stars our brilliant SOPHIE OKONEDO in the lead role and premieres this Sunday 3rd April at 9pm on BBC One.

The drama follows Maya (played by SOPHIE), a spirited and passionate barrister who is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. But just as Maya’s life comes under intense public scrutiny, she discovers that Nick (Adrian Lester), her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. His web of lies threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard for – including and most importantly the case she’s based her entire career on.

Undercover tackles controversial and challenging issues that impact society on a global scale, with the narrative revealed over different time frames in both the US and UK – weaving a tale of corruption, betrayal and miscarriages of justice. Tune in for the opening episode on Sunday night and check out the trailer below:

2016 BAFTA Television Awards Nominees

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Very exciting news: The nominees have been announced for the 2016 BAFTA Television Awards and this year’s prestigious list is somewhat of an HH extravaganza, with nominations for twelve shows starring our wonderful clients!

First up, huge congratulations go to BEN WHISHAW, MARK RYLANCE and STEPHEN FRY, each of whom is nominated individually. Both BEN and MARK are nominated in the Leading Actor category; BEN receives his nomination for his role in the BBC’s London Spy and MARK is nominated for Wolf Hall, for which he also earned an Emmy nomination last year. Wolf Hall, which also starred NATASHA LITTLE, LUCY RUSSELL and EMMA HIDDLESTON, has also received a further three BAFTA nominations this year, including one for Drama Series.

STEPHEN FRY‘s nomination is for Entertainment Performance, for QI, which is also nominated in the Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme category.

Elsewhere, all of the nominated shows in this year’s Mini-series category star HH clients, including: Doctor Foster (BERTIE CARVEL and NAVIN CHOWDHRY), London Spy (BEN WHISHAW, SAMANTHA SPIRO and ZRINKA CVITESIC), The Enfield Haunting (MATTHEW MACFADYEN) and This Is England ’90 (JOSEPH GILGUN).

Doctor Foster also finds itself nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public) alongside both Poldark, which starred KYLE SOLLER, and Humans, which starred RUTH BRADLEY. In turn, Humans is also nominated in the Drama Series category, alongside Wolf Hall and also No Offence, starring HH Voice client JOANNA SCANLAN.

Holby City, which stars ALEX WALKINSHAW, is up for Soap and Continuing Drama; the GREGORY FITOUSSI-led Spiral is nominated for the International award; and Peep Show, starring PATERSON JOSEPH, is nominated in the Scripted Comedy category.

Hugest congratulations to all nominated clients and the shows in which they star! The winners will be announced at the official ceremony which takes place on Sunday 8 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Public tickets for the event will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

Good luck everyone!

LINE OF DUTY Returns TONIGHT!

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Jed Mercurio’s corrupt cop thriller Line of Duty is one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed British television dramas of the last ten years and it returns for its third series TONIGHT, starring our very own MARTIN COMPSTON and POLLY WALKER.

The show literally comes blasting back onto our screens this evening, all guns blazing, as the team from AC-12 are tasked with investigating a fatal shooting by an armed response unit, headed up by potentially corrupt police officer Sergeant Danny Waldron, played by Daniel Mays.

MARTIN returns again to his role as DS Steve Arnott, one of the three lead investigators from AC-12, alongside other returning characters DC Kate Fleming (played by Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar). POLLY appears for the first time this year as new character Gill Biggeloe, a civilian lawyer with a very sharp mind, tasked with keeping AC-12’s investigations legal and ethical.

Tune in TONIGHT at 9pm on BBC Two for what is set to be another thrilling series packed full of exciting action and plot twists. To get you ready, check out the 12-minute ‘Story So Far’ catch-up video on iPlayer, and watch the series trailer below:

The President Will See You Now!

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Listed as a ‘Best Pick‘ in The Guardian, the opening episode of the new BBC2 documentary series Inside Obama’s White House, voiced by our very own PATERSON JOSEPH, will air tonight at 9pm.

​Told across four episodes, this extraordinary series takes a comprehensive and exclusive behind the scenes ​look back at Barack Obama’s presidency. The series examines t​he many great changes that he has successfully achieved against staggering odds, as well as the failings incurred, such as his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay.

Filmed over three years by an Emmy and BAFTA award-winning producer who has previously filmed in both Clinton’s and Bush’s White Houses, Inside Obama’s White House features a never-before-seen​ interview with the USA President himself as well as those who work beside him.

Don’t miss this 4-part series, which will leave you wanting to watch your The West Wing Box set from start to finish all over again! (More info here)

The Legend of BARNEY THOMSON Continues

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Huge congratulations to leading actor and director ROBERT CARLYLE and co-stars EMMA THOMPSON and MARTIN COMPSTON as The Legend of Barney Thomson (directed by and starring ROBERT in the titular role) has just been awarded the Prix du Public Award for Best Film at the 13th Montecarlo Film Festival de la Comedie.

The film has gone from strength to strength this awards season, having already scooped two Scottish BAFTA Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Actress for EMMA THOMPSON‘s fabulous portrayal of Cemolina!

Congrats all!

HIGH-RISE – Opens March 18

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Acclaimed director Ben Wheatley’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of High-Rise will open in UK cinemas nationwide on Friday March 18, starring TOM HIDDLESTON in the lead role.

In this stylised, virtuoso drama based on the novel by J.G. Ballard, Dr. Robert Laing (played by TOM) moves into a seductive, luxury apartment building, an autonomous community where everyone knows their proper place. But a class rebellion soon develops and the residents unite in murderous gangs – with surrealist, hysterical and post-apocalyptic consequences! Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy and Keeley Hawes also star.

Not long to wait now! In the meantime, check out the trailer below:

The Amazing Mark Rylance: Oscars, Oliviers & More!

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Massive congratulations go to our wonderful client MARK RYLANCE who won the Academy Award on Sunday night for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, for his incredible performance as an arrested Soviet spy in Steven Spielberg’s multi award-nominated picture Bridge Of Spies.

We’re all brimming with pride for MARK, who is currently having an incredible few months, having just won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role two weeks previously. And his career continues to go from strength to strength as he found himself nominated this week for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actor, just hours after winning his first Oscar! This nomination is for his critically-acclaimed role as King Philippe V of Spain in Farinelli and the King, which played at the Duke of York’s Theatre last year. The Olivier Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and will be held at London’s Royal Opera House on 3 April. Check out the full list of nominations here.

Huge congrats again, MARK!

You can currently see Mr. Rylance starring in Nice Fish at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York (For full info, tickets and reviews, check out our previous article Glowing Reviews for Mark’s NICE FISH). Keeping fingers crossed for the Oliviers in April and in the meantime, let’s replay that glorious moment when MARK won his Oscar on Sunday night:

Released In UK Cinemas This Week

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Two great movies are released across UK cinemas this week.

The first is the hilarious and brilliant Hail, Caesar!, an American comedy written, produced and directed by the incomparable Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars our fabulous TILDA SWINTON alongside an amazing list of other big stars including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Channing Tatum.

The film is a fictional story that follows the real-life head of production at Capitol Pictures Eddie Mannix (Brolin), also known as a “fixer” working in the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s, trying to keep the stars in line and out of the press. He often has to fend off inquiries from Thora and Thessaly Thacker (both played by TILDA), twin sisters and rival gossip columnists. During a shoot of the studio’s major production Hail, Caesar!, an epic set in ancient Rome and starring major star Baird Whitlock (Clooney), Whitlock drinks from a goblet of wine that was drugged by an extra, passes out behind the soundstage and is abducted. A ransom note soon arrives, written by a group calling itself “The Future” demanding $100,000, leading Mannix on a wild journey as he tries to retrieve the star.

Hail, Caesar! is the second Coen brothers film that TILDA has starred in (the first being 2008’s Burn After Reading). Go see it on the big screen! Here’s the trailer:

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Also out this week is Austrian arthouse horror thriller Goodnight Mommy, starring HH client SUSANNE WUEST.

An atmospheric, nerve-straining chiller co-directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, Goodnight Mommy (German title Ich Seh, Ich Seh) tells the story of two 10-year-old identical twins whose mother (played by SUSANNE) returns home grotesquely swathed in bandages after plastic surgery. Confined to an isolated country house, the boys begin to transform their resentment towards their mother into a fatal illusion about her identity.

Goodnight Mommy world premiered to immediate acclaim at Venice Film Festival last year before playing Toronto’s ‘Vanguard’ category for its North American premiere. It gets its UK release this week and is showing in selected cinemas across the UK. Here’s the trailer:

BBC Three Goes Online With THIRTEEN

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The opening episode of BBC Three’s first online drama Thirteen, starring HH clients NATASHA LITTLE and ELEANOR WYLD, will be available on BBC Three Online this Sunday 28 February, repeated on BBC Two at 10pm on Sunday 6 March.

Written by rising star Marnie Dickens and directed by Vanessa Caswill and China Moo-Young, Thirteen is the story of the day Ivy Moxam escapes her kidnapper after being held captive for 13 years. Her family have stopped waiting by the phone, stopped flyering, one of them has even given up hope altogether. Suddenly here’s Ivy, flesh and blood, returned to them. But piecing back together the version of family life that existed before is no easy task…

Ivy is the only one who knows her kidnapper, who understands him, who can help DI Carne and DS Merchant snare him. Leads run cold and the kidnapper evades capture, the police begin to suspect Ivy is not telling them the whole truth. As she fights to retain her sanity, she begins to hear the whispers that surround her. The doubts beginning to form. The anomalies of her statement. The errors. The outright lies. What happened in that cellar? Where is her kidnapper? Can Ivy really be trusted?

A 5-part psychological drama series about who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself, Thirteen explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived and how to survive as a family under the greatest pressure. NATASHA stars as Christina Moxam and ELEANOR as Eloise Wye.

Tune in online on Sunday and you can check out the trailer below:

Glowing Reviews for Mark’s NICE FISH

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After previous productions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, wry and surreal play Nice Fish – starring the magnificent, BAFTA-winning MARK RYLANCE – is now running at the St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

Nice Fish is co-written by MARK and Minnesota prose-poet Louis Jenkins, directed by Claire van Kampen and stars MARK and Jim Lichtscheidl as two men out on the ice on a frozen Minnesota lake at the end of fishing season, angling for answers to life’s larger questions.

MINNESOTA MONTHLY called the original version of the play “inexplicable and utterly beautiful”, and this new production has received a wealth of glowing reviews already. THE NEW YORK TIMES calls it “expertly directed by Claire van Kampen [with] wonderful performances… gifted actors…Mark Rylance is the cultural deity that Beyoncé is to others”, citing the play as a “bewitching theatrical spell.” TIME OUT NEW YORK has described it as “a whimsical, ultimately resonant portrait of lost souls waiting to hook or be hooked.” The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER claims “Nice Fish is a great catch” and DEADLINE has given the show a fantastic review, praising not just the piece but MARK‘s performance and career in general. Read the full DEADLINE review here.

Nice Fish is showing now and will run until the newly-extended date of March 27. Get your tickets at the St. Ann’s Warehouse website here. You can watch an interview with MARK, Claire van Kampen and Louis Jenkins below, and don’t forget the Academy Awards this Sunday, where MARK is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his masterful performance in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies.

Exciting times for MARK!

THE NIGHT MANAGER – Sundays On BBC1

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Stop everything! The BBC’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated television adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager starts this Sunday 21st February at 9pm on BBC1, starring the wonderful HUGH LAURIE and TOM HIDDLESTON as the two leads.

The six-part drama tells the story of Jonathan Pine (Played by TOM), a former soldier who, working as the night manager in a luxury Cairo hotel, discovers evidence against the utterly ruthless but charming international arms dealer Richard Roper (played by HUGH). But Pine’s attempt to help British intelligence capture the criminal has disastrous consequences. Years later, Pine finds himself based in Switzerland, working at a hotel that he discovers is frequented by Roper. Determined to make amends for his previous failure, he reunites with his contact at British intelligence and they form a plan to infiltrate the dealer’s inner circle.

Filming for The Night Manager took place in numerous international locations including Morocco (with Marrakech standing in for Cairo), London, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt and Majorca. The show is shot beautifully and TOM and HUGH shine in their respective roles. It also boasts a very strong ensemble cast that includes Tom Hollander as Roper’s long-standing associate Corcoran and Olivia Colman as MI6 agent Burr.

This is going to be huge – tune in on Sunday and don’t miss it! Here’s the trailer:

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