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Network: Starz. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: December 10, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Ulrich Thomsen, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock, Sara Serraiocco, Mido Hamada, Jamie Bamber, Kenneth Choi, and Bernhard Forcher. TV show description: A sci-fi espionage drama from creator Justin Marks, the Counterpart TV series delves into an enigmatic reality which everyday living conceals. The story centers on low-level bureaucrat, Howard Silk (Simmons), who toils away in relative obscurity at at a United Nations spy outfit based in Berlin, Germany. After uncovering evidence that his agency is protecting a secret about traveling to a parallel dimension, Howard's whole life changes. He soon plunges headlong into a strange
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Counterpart: Special Preview to Follow Outlander Finale on Starz

"Whatever you do, don't panic." Deadline reports Starz will air a special preview of their new series Counterpart in December.The thriller stars Jk Simmons as Howard Silk, “a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world.” The cast also includes Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, and Nicholas Pinnock.Read More…
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‘Counterpart’ Trailer: Twisty Starz Pilot Will Give You Double J.K. Simmons After ‘Outlander’ Season Finale

‘Counterpart’ Trailer: Twisty Starz Pilot Will Give You Double J.K. Simmons After ‘Outlander’ Season Finale
A few weeks ago, we called it “crazypants.” Next month, there’s a good chance your uncle may call it “That Show with the Two J.K. Simmonses.” But for right now, “Counterpart” is a show on the verge of giving audiences a first full look at its twisty new premise. Starz announced today that the “Counterpart” pilot will air after the “Outlander” Season 3 finale on December 10, and released a fresh trailer for the series to go along with it.

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The show follows the increasingly convoluted life of Howard Silk (Simmons). Working as a dutiful (and blissfully unaware) low-level employee at a nondescript firm, Silk gets drawn into a strange metaphysical tug-of-war when he gets an unexpected visit from…himself. As both versions of Howard get caught up in a fight to cover
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‘Counterpart’ Trailer: Twisty Starz Pilot Will Give You Double J.K. Simmons After ‘Outlander’ Season Finale

‘Counterpart’ Trailer: Twisty Starz Pilot Will Give You Double J.K. Simmons After ‘Outlander’ Season Finale
A few weeks ago, we called it “crazypants.” Next month, there’s a good chance your uncle may call it “That Show with the Two J.K. Simmonses.” But for right now, “Counterpart” is a show on the verge of giving audiences a first full look at its twisty new premise. Starz announced today that the “Counterpart” pilot will air after the “Outlander” Season 3 finale on December 10, and released a fresh trailer for the series to go along with it.

Read More:‘Outlander’ Season 3: Ronald D. Moore on the Show’s Evolution and the Klingon Connection

The show follows the increasingly convoluted life of Howard Silk (Simmons). Working as a dutiful (and blissfully unaware) low-level employee at a nondescript firm, Silk gets drawn into a strange metaphysical tug-of-war when he gets an unexpected visit from…himself. As both versions of Howard get caught up in a fight to cover
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5 Things to Know About Nicholas Pinnock — Including Why He Doesn't Watch Himself on TV

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5 Things to Know About Nicholas Pinnock — Including Why He Doesn't Watch Himself on TV
Not everyone grows up to live out their childhood dream, but Nicholas Pinnock did just that.

The British actor, who has starred in U.K. series such as Top Boy and Marcella, is set to make his official debut across the pond in the upcoming sci-fi spy thriller Counterpart, starring Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons.

Ahead of the Jan. 21 premiere, People caught up with Pinnock, 44, to discuss the much-anticipated series, created by Justin Marks and ordered straight-to-series for two seasons by Starz way back in the spring of 2015.

“I knew from the age of 4 exactly what it was I wanted to do,
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Counterpart: Starz Releases Spy Thriller Trailer and Debut Date

"I don't know what we do here." Starz has just released the official trailer for their upcoming TV show Counterpart.The thriller stars Jk Simmons as Howard Silk, "a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross... where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world." The cast also includes Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, and Nicholas Pinnock.Read More…
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J.K. Simmons meets his Other in trailer for sci-fi thriller Counterpart

Starz has released the trailer for their sci-fi spy thriller series Counterpart, starring Whiplash‘s J.K. Simmons. Simmons stars as Howard Silk, a low-level agency employee who discovers his opposite from a parallel world, a man very different yet similar in nearly every way to himself. The two Howards have to work together to stop an assassin sent from the other reality. Watch the trailer here…

Joining Simmons in the series is Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense) as Emily Burton Silk, Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything) as Peter Quayle, Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Clare, Nicholas Pinnock as Ian Shaw, Sara Serraiocco (Salvo) as Baldwin and Ulrich Thomsen (The Blacklist) as Aldrich. Also starring are Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Sarah Bolger (The Tudors).

Counterpart will premiere on January 21st, 2018 on Starz.
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‘Counterpart’ Trailer: New Starz Thriller From ‘The Jungle Book’ Writer Looks Truly Crazypants

‘Counterpart’ Trailer: New Starz Thriller From ‘The Jungle Book’ Writer Looks Truly Crazypants
To say we fully understand what’s in store when the upcoming Starz drama “Counterpart” premieres would be a lie. But it’s nothing short of intriguing. The high-concept drama, starring J.K. Simmons, is described as follows:

Counterpart” is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”

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Starz Sets Jk Simmons Starrer ‘Counterpart’ Premiere For Early 2018; Drops 1st Trailer

The German term “doppelgänger” is a perfect description of the core of the Jk Simmons led Counterpart and now viewers will get to learn exactly why in just over two months. Starz announced today that the Berlin set thriller with the Oscar winner and Olivia Williams will premiere on January 21, 2018. Also today, the premium cabler unveiled the first official trailer for the Justin Marks created spy series. As you can see above, there is a lot of mystery, style, discovery…
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The Halcyon: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Ovation?

Vulture Watch Should we book a reservation, elsewhere? Is The Halcyon TV show cancelled or renewed for a second season on Ovation? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Halcyon, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A dark comedy-drama on the Ovation premium cable channel, The Halcyon stars Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Kara Tointon, Alex Jennings, Matt Ryan, Hermione Corfield, Mark Benton, Sope Dirisu, Liz White, Charity Wakefield, Annabelle Apsion, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel, Nick Brimble, Michael Carter, Akshay Kumar, Imogen Waterhouse, Nico Rogner, Kevin Eldon, and Lauren Coe. A World War II period piece, The Halcyon centers on a five-star London hotel, its owner, Lord
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The Halcyon

Network: Ovation. Episodes: Eight (hour). Seasons: One. TV show dates: October 2, 2017 -- November 20, 2017. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Kara Tointon, Alex Jennings, Matt Ryan, Hermione Corfield, Mark Benton, Sope Dirisu, Liz White, Charity Wakefield, Annabelle Apsion, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel, Nick Brimble, Michael Carter, Akshay Kumar, Imogen Waterhouse, Nico Rogner, Kevin Eldon, and Lauren Coe. TV show description: A British series from creator Charlotte Jones, The Halcyon TV show was cancelled by ITV in UK, prior to making its Us debut on Ovation. The WWII period drama centers on a five-star London hotel, its owners, staff, and guests, in 1940s London. Richard Garland (Mackintosh) takes great pride in his duties as The Halcyon's Hotel Manager.
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Mipcom: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams Talk New Starz Drama

Viewers will get double the dose of J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd on Sony and Starz's new parallel-worlds drama, Counterpart, but don't call the Berlin-set drama "sci-fi."

"Say 'sci-fi' and there are so many images that spring to life," said Simmons, adding that while the premise has elements of the genre, it draws heavily on Cold War and spy themes while working in a sci-fi world.

"We really didn't want ray guns," added writer and creator Justin Marks, who framed it as a metaphysical, existential, John LeCarre-inspired spy thriller.

So what's it about? "Regret or hope, depending on...
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Victoria And Abdul – Review

Judi Dench (left) stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal (right) stars as Abdul Karim in

director Stephen FrearsVictoria And Abdul, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Peter Mountain / Focus Features ©

Director Stephen Frears’ funny, charming Victoria And Abdul was inspired by a real event late in the life of Queen Victoria, when the aging British monarch had her mood brighten by the arrival of a visitor from India, much to the dismay of her advisers and her son, the crown prince. Judi Dench gives a brave and bitingly funny performance as the elderly Queen Victoria, which feels a bit like a kind of sequel to her role as the same queen earlier in life in 1997’s Mrs. Brown. Frears’ handsome historical comedy/drama has a script written by Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, and is based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.
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Get Your Catwalk On at Lfw + More Events Around London This Week

By now you’ll have realised that there’s an awful lot going on in old London Town. Let us help you sort the Tony winners from the Tony Danzas with our weekly guide to the events every London actor should know about. Join the fash pack at the London Fashion Week Festival.Fancy hobnobbing with Cara, Kate, and Gigi? London Fashion Week is in full swing and you can be part of it by joining in with the Lfw Festival which is open to the public. Take in a catwalk show, get career guidance from industry insiders—or maybe just hair and makeup tips. Clearly, it’s going to be absolutely fabulous, darling! (Tickets from £20) Get some tips from two great actors.Playing to packed houses at the National is Lucy Kirkwood’s new play ‘Mosquitos’, starring Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams. On Monday 18 September, the two lead actresses
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Victoria & Abdul movie review: one of her best friends was brown

MaryAnn’s quick take… Charming based-on-fact British costume dramedy gently snarks about power and propriety but cuts a lot deeper when it comes to bigotry and bootlicking. I’m “biast” (pro): love Judi Dench, mostly love Stephen Frears’s films

I’m “biast” (con): we’re still telling stories about this dead queen?

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The ribbing writes itself: Hey, they finally made the sequel to 1997’s Mrs. Brown! You know, the movie in which Judi Dench as Queen Victoria develops a close platonic friendship — or maybe even a romance — with royal groundskeeper John Brown in the early years of her widowhood, in the 1860s. It was a scandal! And now here’s Victoria & Abdul, which opens 20 years later and stars Judi Dench (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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Second Opinion – Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Victoria and Abdul, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Frears.

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Piggott-Smith, Michael Gambon, and Olivia Williams.

Synopsis:

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

There’s a lewd, cheeky streak to Stephen FrearsVictoria and Abdul, a prestige picture trying desperately to be something more. Jokes of bowel movements, racial insensitivities and weight issues interweave with political jargon and a relationship so saccharin, it’s recommended you bring an industrial vat of toothpaste. But director Frears’ has long understood how it is you bring both potty-mouthed humour and bear hugging heart and with Victoria and Abdul, he almost achieves once more.

Judi Dench returns 19 years since she last played Victoria, only this time she’s at her most crotchety. Now 81, “morbidly obese,” with “9 children, 40 grandchildren,” she finds friendship in Abdul (Ali Fazal), an Indian clerk
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Movie Review – Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Victoria And Abdul, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Frears

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Piggott-Smith, Michael Gambon, and Olivia Williams.

Synopsis:

Queen Victoria is in her declining years when she forms a close friendship with Abdul Karim, a clerk from Agra in India. As well as being her confidante, he becomes her advisor, teaching her about the Koran and to speak Urdu – much to the consternation of her courtiers and the Prince Of Wales.

Are we in the midst of Queen Victoria madness? As her younger self has her mettle tested as a monarch and a mother on Sunday night television, her final years come to the big screen this week, as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench.

It’s not, of course, the first time she’s played the monarch in her post-Albert years. In John Madden’s Mrs Brown (1997) she was shown forming an attachment to Billy Connolly’s John Brown,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Victoria & Abdul’

Venice Film Review: ‘Victoria & Abdul’
In “Victoria & Abdul,” a gilded let’s-tweak-the-Empire-but-not-really talkfest duet directed by Stephen Frears, our first encounter with Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) comes during a lavish lunch for her majesty’s golden jubilee. It’s 1887, and the 68-year-old monarch has been placed at the head of a dining table as long as a cricket field. She’s so bored and depressed that she can barely stay awake, so she eats herself into a food coma and looks ready to be wheeled out — that is, until Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a 24-year-old Indian clerk who’s been chosen to present her with a mohur (a gold coin minted by British India), approaches her royal highness. Their eyes meet, agleam with a delight that’s nearly flirtatious, as if Tinkerbell had just sprinkled fairy dust on both of them.

And so begins a love affair: not a literal one, but a mother-son, master-servant, disciple-guru
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22 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From ‘Wonderstruck’ to ‘Mudbound’

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22 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From ‘Wonderstruck’ to ‘Mudbound’
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. Next up: contenders who will rule the awards season, well into next year.

“mother!” (September 15)

The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem
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