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LOVE, ANTOSHA Brings Heavy Emotion for the Young Actor

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres from director/producer Garrett Price and Lurker Productions is a documentary on the life of Anton Yelchin with LOVE, ANTOSHA.

Best known for his role as the young Chekov in the STAR TREK films, Anton Yelchin wasn’t a new comer to films. Not at all, in fact his career began at a young age beginning in 2000 with a role in the television series ER. I remember that episode clearly and Yelchin plays young boy Robbie who loses his parents.

From the moment Yelchin is on screen, there is something amazing in his eyes that says ‘get ready to break out the kleenex everyone’ which I did. But this wouldn’t be the only time this actor would move me.

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In 2001 in the film HEARTS IN ATLANTIS, he once again tests every emotion possible. Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2004 would show us another side of Yelchin with scenes that were pure brilliance.

HOUSE OF D that same year from writer/director David Duchovny cements Yelchin as an actor beyond words. Next came ALPHA DOG and CHARLIE BARTLETT along side Robin Williams followed by THE BEAVER with Jodie Foster.

In between Hollywood roles, Yelchin made it clear he wanted to make the un-Hollywood type films. Those around him saw that he needed to stretch and explore different characters in different ways.

When STAR TREK came, viewers thought that this was a newcomer to Hollywood. They embraced the young Chekov and now I can even imagine anyone doing the role. Yelchin met Walter Koenig, Chekov from the original 60s STAR TREK and it is easy to see from this documentary that he wanted to please Koenig.

But there was so much more to this talented and sensitive actor. The only son of immigrant Russian parents, Yelchin showed at a very early age that he was fascinated with films and music. He grew with each and every opportunity and influenced by each person he met.

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That is what makes this documentary so absolutely fantastic. It starts with his family talking about where they came from and how they raised their son. Then his close friends talk about the time they spent together and how they always did things nutty (as guys tend to do).

The most surprising part of this documentary is the amount of people that actually knew Yelchin and by this I mean Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Martin Landau for starters. There are funny stories told by Chris Pine and Simon Pegg about Yelchin’s need to photograph the unusualness he would find just walking down the street.

The most moving part of this documentary are the notes that Antosha left for his family to constantly remind them of his love. The raw notes he would write to himself are read by Nicholas Cage who happened to be Yelchin’s favorite actor.

What a rare few knew was that Yelchin suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and, as with everything this young man did, he did not use CF as an excuse to not push himself. Instead he did what was necessary and jumped into his life fray with every bit of heart and soul he had.

June 19, 2016, the world would lose Yelchin in what would seem the most senseless way. A preventable accident would take him away from the world that so embraced his talent.

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In the sadness of this we have to remember one thing, this young actor left behind 69 films and that is stunning. I have seen many of his films but after seeing this documentary, I want to see each and every film he made!

The film brings J.J. Abrams, Sofia Boutella, John Cho, Ian Cripps, Marlon Clark, Willem Dafoe, Joe Dante, Paul David, Ryan Dean, Drake Doremus, Ben Foster, Jodie Foster, Cxraif Gillespie, Dave Glowacki, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Jones, Avy Kaufman, Frank Langella, Mary Lester, Mark Palansky, Jon Poll, Zachary Quinto, Parush Rao, Zoe Saldana, Luke Shaft, Sophie Simpson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jon Voight, and Richard Wicklund out to talk about their feelings and some of it will bring a tear and a lot will bring laughs.

Having amazing access to his journals, writings, home movies, photographs, artwork and music – there doesn’t seem to be a stone left unturned to share with the viewer. That is what makes this documentary so very special – its honesty to both the light and dark of his life.

We should all have such amazing friends that would want the world to know who we are, how we are and everything in between in such a way as Price has put together in LOVE, ANTOSHA.

In the end – he was so much more and now we know just how much more!

 

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ALL THE WAY with LBJ and a Talk with Director Jay Roach

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from director Jay Roach and HBO Home Entertainment is a look inside a history time has forgotten with ALL THE WAY.

It is a day locked into American history when President John F. Kennedy was murdered by an assassin’s bullet. Swiftly, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson is taken back to Washington D.C. and on the flight he is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.

Stepping into the Oval Office, President Johnson (Bryan Cranston) takes in his surroundings. The weight is heavy knowing that he is following in the footsteps of a beloved President yet also knowing what he does from that moment will define who he is as a leader. First Lady Bird Johnson (Melissa Leo) is also keenly aware of what has happened and becomes the strength he needs.

Action is all but immediate as the issues before him are the passage of the Civil Rights Act under the watchful eye of Martin Luther King Jr. (Anthony Mackie). Being disappointed before by politicians, King is deliberately careful in what he needs to do in working with the President.

Already up in arms are the Southern Democrats, especially when Johnson announces his plans. President Johnson knows that he needs V.P. Hubert Humphrey (Bradley Whitford) in the fold to reach the angered statesmen. From Senator Russell (Frank Langella) to Rep. Howard Smith (Ken Jenkins) to the every suspicious J. Edgar Hoover (Stephen Root), the deliberate twists and turns that this President makes are essential.

Wanting his legacy to mean something, President Johnsons’ War on Poverty and the out of control Vietnam War keep him fighting for the American people.

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with director Jay Roach to not only hear about his experience in making ALL THE WAY, but his own passions about what is means in this election year and the historical underestimating of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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JJ: Hello Jay, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. How are you besides doing tons of these interviews?

JR: Hello Jeri I’m doing fine and really I don’t mind at all. I think LBJ was an interesting person really. How are you?

JJ: Not bad thanks. This piece is about the part of history that I love so I’m going to jump right in since you made that comment about LBJ, is that what drew you to the project?

JR: Absolutely, I saw the play a couple of time and was already working with Bryan [Cranston] on the film TRUMBO. I grew up around the time that LBJ was President and unfortunately most people, and I was one of them; think of him in terms of how unpopular he was during and after the Vietnam War. That was definitely part of who he was but when I was reminded of the incredible amount of things he did as President and teaming up with Congress and Civil Rights leaders, he changed out country for the better in dozens and dozens of ways. Also, Medicare and Medicaid, public education, the Arts and an unbelievable amount of constructive legislation all while providing jobs and paying for it. We didn’t have a crazy deficit! LBJ was as presidential as a person can be which is a great thing and to have the Bluray out now during the election calls to mind what is presidential? What does that mean to be presidential? Who is really qualified to be President and what does leadership look like? You watch LBJ the first couple of years of his presidency and you will see what being presidential means.

JJ: It is extremely difficult to follow in the footsteps of someone like President John F. Kennedy, and you show that very well in the scene where he walks into the Oval Office and he is just standing there taking everything in. Even down to the desk he was just looking.

JR: He was definitely an underdog and people made fun of him being from the South and being a Texan and coming from a poor education. He went to a Texas Teachers College instead of a school like the other Ivy Leaguers but he believed in the power of American’s teamed up. We team up and we get things done. In the best situations we use government to get things done. He believed government was best teaming up to get things done, to accomplish a higher quality of life and to rid the country of injustice as in the Jim Crow Laws. He believed in that. To me that is really important to be reminded that it does take faith in this system and it’s easy to tear it down. One of my favorite quotes in the film is that ‘any jackass can tear a house down but it takes a carpenter to build one back up’. He was a carpenter but he had faith in building things together, faith in being a team when it could have been easier to divide us by fear and hate. I was saying that LBJ is the anti-Trump because he had faith and knew how to get things done for people. I think LBJ would look at Trump as an amateur.

JJ: He had that Texan good-ole-boy way of speaking and I think that led people to believe that he wasn’t a smart man.

JR: He could sneak up on them. They did dismiss and underestimated him. I think you are right. I think it’s a good observation that he was so sort of every-man-ish in certain ways because he came from the middle of the country and he was funny. That’s one of the things I love of Bryan Cranston’s portrayal is that he reminds us of how funny LBJ was. We got to listen to hours and hours of tapes of LBJ and the phone calls and such and he was actually hilarious. He could tell pretty dirty jokes and he could also drive you around in a car drinking, drive to fast and act like it’s going to crash in a lake only to discover it was an amphibious car! He would do that to then have a serious conversation once the ice was broken saying things like ‘now how do we get the Civil Rights Act passed?’ That’s what I loved about his character.

JJ: Because Congress thought of him at a certain way, for him to come out and flip the tables on them that said ‘look, I know you’re concerned because it is still the good ole boys club…’ but he needed to dodge and weave to get things done.

JR: That’s what I think is sad that people devalue experience in politics. He knew that’s how you got things done. He had been a Congressman and in the US House of Representative for a dozen years and a Senator for a dozen years so he knew how to get people team up and accomplish things. That took dozens of years of experience to know how to make that happen. LBJ was a pro and I think we need pros in leadership and again that’s why I’m happy the film is coming out on Bluray. We were all committed to show what government can accomplish when people team up and work together. Robert Schenkkan adapted his play and that is a huge part of the story – what you do with power when you get it. It’s how you build your strengths and knowledge to actually achieve things and he sets a great example of what presidential looks like. In those early years he stacks up with any of our presidents.

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JJ: I would have to think that every time Bryan Cranston walked on set jaws dropped. It had to be freaky!

JR: It was pretty incredible to see. We saw it in phases with our great make-up person Bill Corso and we were working on wardrobe with Daniel Orlandi down to getting the glasses right and hair. When it all came together for the camera test it was astounding. I had seen Bryan already on Broadway and he had achieved almost a perfect match but because he didn’t have the full prosthetic makeup, when he came out it was amazing. Bryan’s talent and connection with the soul of LBJ, he was channeling him absolutely. One of the people who knew LBJ back then, Larry Temple said he wasn’t seeing a great interpretation of LBJ but felt like he was actually with LBJ. That’s a compliment.

JJ: It’s not just the instant reaction but the mannerisms but the way he looks, or sits or staring out a window, you forget it’s Bryan Cranston.

JR: Bryan has let himself fall away at that point and let LBJ take over in every way. He is one of the great actors of this era. It’s a fantastic screenplay by Schenkkan but there is something truly extraordinary about what Bryan can do. I felt lucky to get to watch it all and having him go up against actors like Frank Langella and Anthony Mackie as MLK and Bradley Whitford as Humphrey? He is just surrounded by fantastic talent and had people just as committed about channeling their characters.

JJ: I had to smile thinking that Frank Langella and Bradley Whitford have had their term at the White House so they fit right into this piece.

JR: Yes, Frank had played Nixon in FROST/NIXON and Bradley was on The West Wing. You definitely get the sense of actors teaming up because there are some scenes where they go after each other but it’s all in the story of this incredible president.

JJ: Choosing Anthony Mackie to portraying Martin Luther King, there is such a quietness about him. Most characters portraying MLK are usually boisterous with the feeling of the speeches. Mackie takes the introspective side of King in this piece just as LBJ has those moments of introspection.

JR: They had a lot to get done together and LBJ could never have passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act without King’s support and collaboration. They weren’t perfectly in sync because King didn’t trust LBJ because of the leaders in the past. Even JFK didn’t deliver fully on the promise. So watching them try to figure out how they can trust each other was a really great thing. Anthony made a great choice and a wise choice like you were saying of trying to capture the quiet strength of the man because we already know his oratorical strength. He chose to try to get at that quiet strength and there are some interview available where King is quietly describing what matters to him and how he is going to go at it. Anthony really studied those and I believe he did a beautiful job capturing the thoughtful and powerful King.

JJ: The frustration level of having to start over with another president, which would make any of us frustrated. He gets to that but he does it more in an introspective way rather than combative way.

JR: I do appreciate you saying that. Just knowing with the Emmy Nominations, I mean Melissa Leo does such an amazing job as First Lady Bird Johnson.

JJ: Absolutely!

JR: Lady Bird was an incredibly strong woman who knew how to get things done herself in a quiet way. LBJ was a flawed man and a very tough guy to live with but she accomplished a tremendous amount in her time as First Lady and set a new tone for what First Ladies could accomplish. She was the first to have her own office, staff and a very orchestrated situation that allowed her to do things like beautifying the highways. She was his collaborator in every way. I thought Melissa just nailed that strength mixed with the Southern charm and loving wife. My parents are both from Texas so I understood what that called for. It was personal for me to get that spirit right.

JJ: Yes, congratulations on all the Emmy Nominations, that’s amazing.

JR: Thank you, thank you very much. It is hard for political films to get recognition so we are so pleased to be a part of the conversation again.

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JJ: The nominations are not just for one or two categories but instead cover such a vast part of what you all have accomplished. That’s the amazing part of what you have brought together, it’s a culmination of things.

JR: I appreciate that. There was so much talent on our team and I’m glad the film got noticed and I obviously thought the screenplay was incredible being based on the play from Robert Schenkkan [who is also one of the executive producers], the makeup and the music. We are really happy for the show and again, in this election time, that the Bluray gets another shot at it of raising peoples awareness of what it means to be the President of the United States. Now is a good time to be talking about LBJ.

JJ: This would be amazing to be played for students.

JR: I’m actually giving a little speech for an organization called Facing History and their commitment is making historical materials available to teachers and school kids. I’m glad you said that because I am hoping there is a way for it to be made available in some sort of edited version. It gives everyone a chance to be part of the conversation that asks the questions of what it means to be a president and how teaming up helps us get things done. It’s harder now trying to find people who believe in leadership and in government and that we are all trying to help get things done.

JJ: Finally, if you could, what would you want the readers to know about this piece in that it is not only important but also relevant to us now?

JR: This movie is about what a truly presidential person does with power when he gets it. He worked his whole life to get to this point but always knew that he wanted to do something with it. He says about getting the Civil Rights Act passed, ‘if I can’t use my power to right a horrible injustice, then what is the presidency for?’ That is sums up LBJ and to watch his very early years and see what we can do as a nation when we team up and put our faith in our system to get things done. He believed in that more and is such a fantastic topic of conversation for where we are now in this presidential election. What is leadership? What is presidential? I do think those early years of LBJ couldn’t be more timely. He did so much from November of 1963 to the reelection and he was on fire!

JJ: I enjoyed every moment of the film and appreciate your time.

 

Cranston as LBJ has taken a character that has been in the shadows for so long and given is a light that is incredibly bright. There isn’t a moment that is not riveting, jaw dropping, moving and motivating and I believe director Roach may be correct in saying that there was some serious LBJ channeling going on here. It is a performance worthy of all the praise Cranston is receiving.

Leo as the First Lady epitomizes the look and feel of a Southern woman of the times. From the perfection of her appearance to the ability to remain calm under pressure, Leo’s red lipstick smile was disarming – which I’m sure was the First Lady’s intention each and every time.

Mackie as Martin Luther King, Jr. took the quiet rode down his characters path. Having been disappointed by broken promises, it is not surprising that he would be on guard with the new President. It is in Mackie’s moments of thoughtfulness and calm that are the most impressive scenes.

Whitford as V.P. Humphrey seemed like a man certainly caught in the middle. It is difficult to support your Commander-in-Chief on one hand while having the Southern Leadership breathing down one’s neck! Quite the performance. Langella as Senator Russell has a voice and stare that scares me more than anything. There is such power in his facial features that he made is all seem effortless.

ALL THE WAY brings out a stellar cast that absolutely need to be recognized with Marque Richardson as Bob Moses, Aisha Hinds as Fannie Lou Hamer, Todd Weeks as Walter Jenkins, Mo McRae as Stokely Carmichael, Spencer Garrett as Walter Reuther, Tim True as Deke Deloach, Bruce Nozick as Stanley Levison, Ned Van Zandt as Senator Fullbright, Ray Wise as Sen. Dirksen, Eric Pumphrey as Dave Dennis, Dohn Norwood as Ralph Abernathy and Joe Morton as Roy Wilkins.

HBO Home Entertainment brings ground breaking programs in Bluray, DVD and Digital HD for the entire world to enjoy. GAME OF THRONES now joins those of us with media libraries that also include THE SOPRANOS, TIRLS, THE WIRE, ENTOURAGE, BAND OF BROTHERS and TRUE BLOOD. HBO Home Entertainment can be found in more than 70 territories around the world and continue to expand!

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ALL THE WAY four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Writer Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way stage production premiered in 2012 and in 2013 it ran at the American Repertory Theater in Boston with Bryan Cranston starring as LBJ. In 2014 the show came to Broadway and Cranston received a Tony Award for his performance. It is perfection that Cranston once again takes on the role for the HBO film.

As a history lover, ALL THE WAY is just perfection. From it’s casting to the cinematography, costuming, soundtrack and performances, if you want people to believe what they are watching then excel in all the above. That’s what director Roach has accomplished, putting us all into a time machine and whisking us back to see what the history books left out.

His ability to bring the story of President Johnson who is sandwiched between the beloved John F. Kennedy and the infamous Richard Nixon is getting his own shot at, as director Roach calls it, ‘being presidential’ and you’ll be educated for taking the time to see what has been sublimely put together.

In the end – he was in it all the way!

The Complete Third Season of THE AMERICANS is Here

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Jeri Jacquin

It is time to binge watch one of the best series on television from FX now coming to 4-disc DVD this Tuesday from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with the intensity of Russian spies posing as THE AMERICANS.

The season begins with Elizabeth (Keri Russell) losing a list of contacts leading to Gabriel (Frank Langella) telling both she and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) that it might be time to recruit young daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into the family business. The thought of it brings an argument between the couple.

But that isn’t the only bad about to happen as Annalise (Gillian Alexy) confesses to Yousaf (Rahul Khanna) of her reasons for being with him. Needless to say his response is dire and Phillip can do nothing to stop it. Phillip turns to Elizabeth to help with the problem and it brings closer to home the idea of recruiting.

It becomes imperative that Elizabeth get the contact list back but to do so puts the Jennings’ in danger of being discovered by the FBI/CIA. Tracking the signal in a mobile phone, it takes only a moment before rescue comes from an unexpected place.

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The recruitment for Phillip isn’t over as Kimmie becomes the next target which still doesn’t solve the problems coming with daughter Paige. Religion is making its way into the Jennings’ home as Paige wants to be baptized and has the support of a Pastor and his wife. Phillip and Elizabeth feel trapped by their daughter yet let it all go forward.

Phillip continues to work on the babysitter Kimmie and while at her home learns her brother is a soldier in Afghanistan which opens the door to more taps. Phillip shares with Elizabeth everything he has learned and plans are in place that will bring Pakistan into the picture as well.

It finally becomes clear to Paige that the secrets in their house need clarifying and finally, Elizabeth and Phillip must talk about what they’ve been hiding. Elizabeth learns that her mother is ill and when problems with Paige become more complicated, they think it is best if Paige travels to Germany as well.

In the meantime Stan (Noah Emmerich) has been trying EST and when he tries to put a plan together with Nina and Zinaida and when it fails he must face Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas) as his job with the FBI hangs in the balance. To put finality to the season, Paige drops the bomb to her pastor that Phillip and Elizabeth are actually Russian!

Other cast include: Lev Gorn as Arkady Ivanovich, Annet Mahendru as Nina Sergeevna, Susan Misner as Sandra Beeman, Costa Ronin as Oleg Burov, Keidrich Sellati as Henry Jennings, Kelly AuCoin as Pastor Tim, and Frank Langella as Gabriel.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has been an industry leader for over 75 years with its award-winning filmmaking and television programming. Bringing all of this to DVD, Bluray, Digital Copy, Digital HD and Video-On-Demand has made film lovers happy and will continue to for years to come.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give The Complete Third Season of THE AMERICANS four tubs of popcorn out of five. I leave that last tube of popcorn to see what is coming next. This is such an amazing series filled with intensity, twists, turns, story changes that I don’t see coming and cliff hangers that are TRUE cliff hangers!

This is a cast that seriously comes in and takes every moment seriously. Russell as Elizabeth is amazing and I can’t get enough of her in this character. Watching her jump between “American” and spy is enough to give a gal whiplash but Russell can pass through this duality seamlessly.

Rhys as Phillip equally gives such an amazing performance as everything he knows comes into question, especially when it comes to recruiting his own daughter. My jaw dropped a few times with the way he reacted to certain situations but that is what makes the series so dang amazing. The one hour flies by making it cruel to wait for the next episode yet it also has brought up some amazing conversations with others that I watch the show with.

Emmerich as Stan has once again created a character that is memorable. I am a fan of Emmerich for so many reasons but mainly because he plays such a diverse selection of characters and each one of them stands out in its own right. In THE AMERICANS he gives Stan so much and even if there are times he isn’t on screen it is clear his presence is not far away.

Do I cover ever inch of the storyline – heck no! This is a series to be experienced and I love when new comers have the opportunity to be introduced to each character and see where their arc takes them. Trust me when I say that there is so much more to learn about THE AMERICANS and I can’t wait to hear your reaction!

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THE AMERICANS has been recognized by the Peabody Awards, 5th Critics Choice Awards, TCA Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards and an Emmy for Margo Martindale for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series.

The DVD includes Special Features of Deleted Scenes and The Cold War for Paige. All of this is in preparation for the return for Season Four of THE AMERICANS with its premier in March. I can probably assure fans there will be more questions than answers, more twists than turns and everything marvelous that we have all come to expect from THE AMERICANS.

In the end – it’s all about what is under the guise of being THE AMERICANS.

GRACE OF MONACO is Elegant on Bluray

 

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from director Olivier Dahan, The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment is a story of beauty led by GRACE OF MONACO.

In 1956, world renowned actress Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) became royalty when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) of Monaco. Six years later, Grace begins to have difficulty in her marriage. Never quite feeling as if she fit into her new country, Alfred Hitchcock tries to lure her back with a starring role in his film MARNIE.

Monaco is itself in a crisis as Charles de Gaulle has threatened the country from without but there are also secrets and dissention from within. Grace leans on Francis Tucker (Frank Langella) who advises her that it is time to decide where her own heart and loyalty can be found – with Hollywood or Monaco.

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Kidman as Grace gives this beloved character all the charm and grace one would expect not only from Hollywood royalty but royalty of the crown kind. Kidman isn’t the spitting image of Kelly but that isn’t the point for me but instead, how this actress carried herself in the role of Kelly. Her speech at the Red Cross Ball is proving Kidman embraces the emotion needed to believe she is Her Serene Highness, Princess of Monaco.

Roth as Rainier gives the Prince the look of a man who wants the best for his country without the shackles and threats of France. Having spent so much time dealing with Monaco on his own, the slow change is well performed by Roth.

Langella as Tuck has a minor role but one that is important to Grace. Trying to help her adjust to life in Monaco, there comes the eventual realization that it is Grace that needs to decide and then stand behind either Hollywood or Monaco.

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Other cast include: Paz Vega or Maria Callas, Parker Posey as Madge, Milo Ventimiglia as Rupert Allan, Geraldine Somerville as Princess Antoinette, Nicholas Farrell as Jean-Charles Rey, Robert Lindsay as Aristotle Onassis, Derek Jacobi as County Fernando D’Aillieres, and Jeanne Balibar as Countess Baciochi.

The Weinstein Company has brought outstanding films to fans including INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST, DJANGO UNCHAINED and THE IMITATION GAME. Coming up in theatres in December is the new release of THE HATEFUL EIGHT.

Anchor Bay brings amazing entertainment to those extending their media library and is also celebrating their 20th Anniversary. From theatrical to home release, Anchor Bay brings STARZ Original series, AMC Network series, The Weinstein Company, Radius, children’s entertainment, fitness, and sports to fans. To discover more of what Anchor Bay Entertainment has to offer, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GRACE OF MONACO four tubs of popcorn out of five. I truly enjoyed the film and mainly due to the performances of both Kidman and Roth. This is a couple like no other in that a Prince of a country and a Princess of Hollywood must find a middle ground at a time in history that needs them – together.

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Watching them both work their way through those that don’t accept Grace to the ruler of France threatening, Kidman and Roth give everybody a royal what-for! Watching their strong and stern scenes together, these two actors may start out on a bumpy road but not for long.

The costuming is absolutely elegant and lovely which adds so much to the film-era piece. From the gorgeous gowns and accessories to the cars and the palace, I have a secret love of any film that digs in deep using every aspect of storytelling to keep my interest.

GRACE OF MONACO is a 2015 Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Television Movie.

In the end – it is the greatest role she would ever play!

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