BBC One’s Adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Series Sets Air Dates
BBC One has announced that the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s popular Cormoran Strike book series will begin on Sunday 27th August at 9 pm, with the second episode airing on Monday 28th August. Strike will feature seven episodes with the first book in the series, A Cuckoo’s Calling, has been adapted into three one-hour episodes, and the second book, The Silkworm, has been adapted into two episodes. The series stars Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Strike’s partner Robin. The series is adapted for the screen by Ben Richards and Tom Edge.
I was completely engrossed when reading Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series. It had everything a crime thriller should have. Because of the genre, I can imagine the Strike novels will adapt well to screen, unlike Rowling’s other novel The Casual Vacancy (also adapted by the BBC), which, in my opinion, fell flat. It seems that the early reviews of the show seem overwhelmingly positive, and I will for sure be watching come the 27th.
Ava DuVernay to Receive Britannia Award for Directing
Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay is set to receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at this year’s AMD British Academy Britannia Awards. According to BAFTA, recipients of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award are “highly respected, distinctive and innovative directors, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represent the zenith of the directing profession.” DuVernay is best known for her films Selma and 13th. The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on 27 October.
I love the Britannia Awards because it’s BAFTA in America. I am the Britannia’s! Anyways, Ava DuVernay’s work is inspiring. Not only is it culturally relevant, it’s also poetic and beautiful. She is well-deserving of the John Schlesinger award.
The Crown (Series 2)
Ten years into her reign, Queen Elizabeth faces a new set of challenges when trying rule her country. The second series of Netflix’s acclaimed series will look pivotal moments in the early years of the Queen’s reign including John F. Kennedy’s state visit, Prince Margaret’s new love affair with Lord Snowdon, Prince Philip’s international tour, and Britain’s inability to maintain a Prime Minister. The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, and Matthew Goode as Lord Snowdon. The show was created for Netflix by Peter Morgan. The second series will be available to stream on 8 December.
I, like the rest of world (or maybe just America), am obsessed with this series. The Crown, in my opinion, was one, if not the, best series of 2016. I mean, I actually cried multiple times watching it- and that never happens (I’m stone cold when watching TV and movies). I am so excited to see if series 2 lives up to the first. And so far, the new series looks like it will hold its own.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Terror strikes a young couple when their tranquil existence is disrupted by uninvited guests.Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and set to open in cinemas on 15 September.
There is quite a lot of hubba baloo surrounding this movie. From the excessive secrecy surrounding the project to Jennifer Lawrence saying she broke her entire body filming it and a trailer that teased the actual trailer ( a bit excessive, I think), this movie has gained quite a lot of attention in the media lately. I am not going to say that isn’t well deserved (it might be good, I don’t know, haven’t seen it), but at this point I am already sick of hearing about this movie (and I’m sure it will be pushed for award season so look out, she’s coming for us!) I will say that Darren Aronofsky is a visionary and his previous work, especially Black Swan, does make me excited to see what Mother! has to offer.