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Recap: 'Parade's End' Brings Dense Miniseries To A Quiet Close In Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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As my colleagues have written in their recaps of the first four episodes of "Parade's End," there is much to admire in the five-part miniseries. From the dense, multi-threaded and layered script from Tom Stoppard, to the sumptuous direction from Susanna White and a cluster of great performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Adelaide Clemens, Stephen Graham and Rupert Everett. And at the middle of it all, perhaps one of the most buttoned up leading men we've seen in quite some time on the small screen, Christopher Tietjens. It would almost be laughable at how much his life has taken a downward turn since we met him at the start of the first episode, if it weren't so tragic. As an era fades, so too does a particular way of English, gentlemanly life, and Tietjens will hold on to it until it nearly destroys him. But after seeing nearly every facet of his life crumble and corrupted, you yearn for Christopher -- as his wife Sylvia long has -- to finally submit to some kind of emotion. To break free and reclaim his life. And while he doesn't quite do that in the finale, his victory such as it is, is satisfying in the way the character deserves.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2013 9:58 AM
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When we left off with part two of "Parade's End," war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2013 2:45 PM
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As part of our steady quest to go cold turkey from the Oscar season over the next few days, we've been running down some of our possibilities for the films that will be elbowing each other for awards in 2014. Yesterday, we looked at Best Picture, and today, we turn to Best Actor, won this year by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Recap: Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall Shine In First 2 Parts Of Period Miniseries 'Parade's End'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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The specter of "Downton Abbey" has been present in the run up to the broadcast of BBC and HBO's new period drama "Parade's End." Both are lavish period tales set before, during and after World War I. But in fact, the comparisons are a little overblown. 'Downton' and "Parade's End" (an adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's cycle of novels, often labelled as among the finest literary achievements of the 20th century, written for the screen by the great Sir Tom Stoppard, and directed by Susanna White, who was also behind "Bleak House" and "Generation Kill") might share a loose genre, but on the strength of the first episode, they couldn't be more different. 'Downton' is a soap, for better or worse, while "Parade's End" is a fearsomely intelligent, deceptively funny epic that, if it can keep up this level of quality, will likely be one of the best things on television all year.

Captain Kirk & John Harrison Face Off In 2 New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 9, 2013 2:45 PM
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Fanboy curiosity has always been manic, but it's curdled into desperation of late. Adult geeks have looked at "Iron Man 3" children's toys to assay spoiler characteristics in upcoming Marvel films, but the intense inquisitive desire surrounding "Star Trek Into Darkness" and its main villain is true child's play in comparison. Perhaps it's because director J.J. Abrams is so secretive that it has become a challenge to nerds to figure everything out in advance, and so no one is buying that Benedict Cumberbatch's antagonist character (named John Harrison) is who the film says he is and assume he's Khan, as played by Ricardo Montalban in "Star Trek 2".

Captain Kirk Hangs On For Dear Life In 5 New Images Of 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 12:46 PM
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With all the buzz around "Star Wars: Episode 7" it kinda just seems like "Star Trek Into Darkness" is sort of this thing in the way that both J.J. Abrams and audiences just have to get over before we return to a galaxy far, fary away. But that said, "Star Trek" was a blast, and we're hoping that same popcorn fun will be found in the sequel, though in this batch of new photos, everyone is pretty damn serious.

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Brings It In 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Super Bowl Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2013 5:40 PM
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Let it begin! With kickoff on the Super Bowl now just an hour away, the advertising will be coming at a full throttle, and getting out of the gate on game day is "Star Trek Into Darkness." So what do we get?

Benedict Cumberbatch Circling Role Of Alan Turing In Black-Listed Biopic 'The Imitation Game'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2013 1:22 PM
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It seems like Benedict Cumberbatch is starting to get a taste for biopics of socially awkward computer geniuses who change the world. The "Sherlock" star is currently filming "The Fifth Estate," in which he's playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and now he's lining up another hot role, in the shape of tragic mathematician Alan Turing.

Julian Assange Says 'The Fifth Estate' Is "Mass Propaganda" And The Script "A Lie Built On a Lie"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 28, 2013 9:25 AM
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While “Lincoln” hovers in DreamWorks' awards season spotlight mainly for Daniel Day Lewis' towering performance, the studio is wisely also glancing ahead to its other doppelganger drama, WikiLeaks biopic “The Fifth Estate,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. They've certainly put in a vote of confidence with a locked winter 2013 release date, but one party remain less than thrilled simply on the entire prospect: the famed whistleblower himself.

Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks Movie Now Titled 'The Fifth Estate,' Will Hit Theaters On November 15th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 22, 2013 3:12 PM
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We're still over a month away from the 2013 Oscars, but consider the 2014 season open, courtesy of DreamWorks. The company (who are leading the field with "Lincoln" this year) have been prepping their WikiLeaks movie, directed by "Gods and Monsters" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" helmer Bill Condon, for some time, but it was slightly unclear when it would be hitting theaters. But with filming now underway, they've put their cards on the table, revealing a title, an awards-season release date, and an impressive supporting cast.

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