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Watch: 3 new clips and see a few character posters for 'Anna Karenina' starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen

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As the London premiere (Sept. 4th), UK Cinema release date (Sept. 7th), and TIFF 2012 special presentation (Sept. 7th) fast approaches for Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (starring former Pride & Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen), 3 new clips and 3 new character posters (featuring Keira as the title character Anna, Jude Law as Karenin, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Count Vronsky) has just been released to promote the film as well as to whet our appetites especially those of us here in the U.S. and other countries who will have to wait 2 months later (or more) after the UK's release to see AK. Can't wait!

UPDATED 9/2/12: Read these new Joe Wright and Keira Knightley/Anna Karenina interviews: Anna Karenina: Joe Wright's coup de théâtre on Tolstoy's doomed heroine and Keira Knightley: 'I was trying to keep hold of a real, raw Anna Karenina' via UK's The Guardian.

Also, an early Review: 'Anna Karenina' Is A Bold Reimagining Of A Cla…

On Stage: Claudie Blakley set to play Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' play

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Claudie Blakley (in promo poster for Macbeth with co-star Geoffrey Straitfeild via Sheffield Theatres) is currently rehearsing for her upcoming stage play titled Macbeth, in which she will play the female lead role of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth runs at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, from Wednesday September 5th through Saturday October 6th.

Delve into the minds of Shakespeare’s two most notorious villains.

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s psychological thriller of irrepressible ambition, is a potent cocktail of deception, witchcraft and murder. Join us and be drawn into the minds of a couple who will stop at nothing in their unscrupulous crusade for power.

This compelling, large-scale production, directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans, is staged in-the-round.

The sixteen-strong cast are led by Geoffrey Streatfeild (Spooks) in the role of the Macbeth and Claudie Blakley (Lark Rise to Candleford) as his manipulative and driven wife. For more Macbeth and tickets info, vi…

'Jack Ryan' starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley set for Christmas Day 2013!

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As filming reportedly begins early next month through Christmas for the now set title Jack Ryan(adapted from the popular Tom Clancy character) film starring Chris Pine (as the title character) andKeira Knightley (as Ryan's wife Cathy), Paramount Pictures (via Box Office Mojo) has now slated for this thriller to be released in theaters by late 2013, on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2013.

UPDATED 9/1/12: See First Look at Kevin Costner in JACK RYAN
UPDATED8/31/12: See First Image of Chris Pine as Jack Ryan

Kenneth Branagh is onboard to both direct and co-star as the film's villain in a story that finds Chris Pine's ex-Marine Jack Ryan working as a Moscow-based financial analyst who uncovers a plot by his employer (Branagh) to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. With Keira Knightley set to play as Ryan’s wife and Kevin Costner, who will play Ryan's CIA liason in what Paramount Pictures (who's releasing two other films later this year c…

Happy Birthday Joe Wright!

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Today (August 25th), is Pride & Prejudice's own brilliant director Joe Wright's 40th Birthday! Just found out it's his birthday today and he shares the same birthday as Tom Hollander! Interesting...and they've worked together 3 times in 3 (Pride & Prejudice, The Soloist, and Hanna) of his 5 feature films.
Joe Wright (born 25 August 1972) is an English film director best known for Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna, and Anna Karenina.

Wright was born on 25 August 1972 in London, where his parents founded the Little Angel Theatre, a puppet theatre in Islington.

Wright always had an interest in the arts, especially painting.[1] He would also make films on his Super 8 camera as well as spend time in the evenings acting in a drama club. Wright is dyslexic. He left school without any GCSEs.

Joe Wright is married to SitaristAnoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar, and they have a son named Zubin.

Read more about JW here!Joe Wright's upcoming Anna Karenin…

Happy Birthday Tom Hollander!

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Today (August 25th) isTom Hollander(aka P&P's Mr. Collins)'s 45th birthday!  

A few exciting TH projects (as well as a list of upcoming TV & film projects...scroll down further to see list below!) to look forward to...
Tom Hollander will be recording the audio version of J.K. Rowling's new book The Casual VacancyTom's Rev series has been greenlit for Season 3!
Rev Season 2 DVD will be released November 12th!

Here's TH's brief Bio (via his IMDB profile)...
Tom Hollander was born the second child of educated parents, both teachers. He grew up in Oxford, (UK). Hollander credits the happy atmosphere of the Dragon School with his childhood introduction to acting. There, encouraged by an influential teacher named Andrew Roberts, he won the title role in "Oliver"...See full bio » Born: August 25, 1967 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Happy Birthday Tom Hollander!

Watch: Anna Karenina's 2nd UK TV spot; plus preview summary, soundtrack release date and track listing info

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Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (starring former Pride & Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen) opens in UK Cinemas in 15 days (September 7th) from now. Lucky UK residents get to see this movie first (much like P&P and Atonement), while those of us who live in the US, we'll have to wait a lil' more than two months later (November 16th) and probably longer as the first weekend of its US theatrical release will only be in select cities (NY and LA), before it expands to more theaters later in November, which means I probably won't get to see this movie until late November to early December. *sigh*

Updated 8/27/12: Read the following Anna Karenina: Interview with Matthew Macfadyen, Alicia Vikander, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Wilson, and Emily Watson, Anna Karenina: Interview with Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and Anna Karenina: Interview with Joe Wright and Tom Stoppard (all via Emanuel Levi site)


Anyway, as the UK Cinema release date approaches, here'…

Keira Knightley confirmed for female lead role in untitled 'Jack Ryan' reboot set to be released in Fourth Quarter of 2013

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As previously posted here: Keira Knightley to star in 'Jack Ryan' Reboot with Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh!Now, here's an update on the casting with Kevin Costner (who recently co-starred with Jena Malone in the multiple Emmy nominated hit mini-series HATFIELDS & MCCOYS) added to the cast, filming schedule, and a possible release date, and Keira Knightley's confirmation to star as the female lead, in the role of Dr. Cathy Ryan (opposite Chris Pine's Jack Ryan) in the upcoming and currently tentative title Jack Ryan reboot. It is reportedly said to be a start of a potential prequel trilogy! I'm liking these cast already! Filming is said to start in two weeks or according to Kenneth Branagh himself, who is both playing the villain and directing this film, "We start shooting in the beginning of September, and we’ll be shooting through until Christmas." (via his Collider interview here).

Deadline has the following exclusive details about the potenti…

Watch: New Season 3 'Downton Abbey' clips

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Two new clips for Downton Abbey's Season 3 has been released as the new season 3 premiere approaches in the UK (lucky UK fans get to see the new season first!) on ITV. The first clip with the mother-in-laws Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (mother of Lord Grantham), played by Maggie Smith and Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham’s American mother played by Shirley Maclaine looks hilarious. Can't wait to see S3 already! Too bad PBS Masterpiece here in the US is not airing it at the same time as the UK's ITV channel, which is airing it next month (though oddly, there's still no actual date and this month's about to be over!) Like the previous 2 seasons, we'll have to wait for Season 3 to air in January 2013!

The Golden Globe award winning (who recently scored 16 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations this year!) series is co-produced with UK’s ITV, who will airDownton Abbeyfirst in September, followed by a second run on PBS Masterpiece Classic here in the US in

Anna Karenina News: Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen to attend UK premiere Sept 4th, TIFF screening schedule and first UK TV Spot

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Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (starring former Pride & Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen) is now just less than month a way (September 7th) from its UK Cinema release, while the US theatrical release has been slightly pushed back a week to November 16th.

UPDATE 8/22: Here's a list of Anna Karenina's Worldwide Release Dates

Here's the latest news on Anna Karenina...


There's a schedule now for the TIFF screeningfor Anna Karenina.

The TIFF page for AK has updated it with the screening schedule:


ANNA KARENINA

FRI SEPT 7 6:00 PM
VISA SCREENING ROOM (ELGIN)
SAT SEPT 8 12:15 PM
ISABEL BADER THEATRE

Watch: official trailer for 'The Knot' starring Talulah Riley

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The official trailer for Talulah Riley's upcoming rom-com film The Knot, where she plays the bride Alexandra has just been released today via via Cosmopolitan UK. Matthew McNulty, Mena Suvari, Noel Clarke (who co-wrote the story and co-produced the film) also stars. The Knot opens in UK Cinemas October 5th. Meanwhile, no US theatrical release date has been announced for this film yet.

Synopsis
Soulmates Alexandra (Talulah Riley) and Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) are getting married. At least that's the plan. Unfortunately for them, nonchalant best man Peter (Noel Clarke), bridesmaid Sarah (Mena Suvari) and an army of naysayers haven't heard they're meant to be together. Can missing bridesmaids, crashed cars, a trip to A&E, and a delivery of pigs testicles stand in the way of true love?
Also, new production stills of Talulah in The Knot has been released as well and you can see some of them below via Talulah Riley Fan.

Watch official trailer for The Knot (via Cosmopo…

Film Reviews: 'Seeking A Friend' in 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

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I saw these two films recently, Seeking A Friend For The End of The World starring Keira Knightley and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotelstarring Judi Dench and . Both films with long titles (could've been combined together and would've made a good and interesting combo one title of a movie: Seeking A Friend In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Seeking A Friend in Marigold Hotel...with all 3 lovely ladies: Keira Knightley, Dame Judi Dench, and Penelope Wilton starring on it, lol), both had comedy in their films, and starring 3 very familiar P&P actors. But these two films are completely different and appeal to different audiences. One, I enjoyed watching and the other was so and so...

Read part of my reviews of Seeking A Friend and Marigold Hotel films below...

Listen: An audio sample of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' read by Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike recently recorded and read (in a wonderful American accent!) an audio version of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Menovel (the 9th novel in the James Bond series). It was released last June 9th. You can now listen to an audio sample of her reading as well as download the full version below.

Download: The Spy Who Loved Me (with Rosamund Pike interview)
(via AudioGo)
When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel it doesn_x001A_t take him long to realize that Vivienne Michel is in a tight spot, and that Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant are hardened killers bent on destruction. Escaping from a past she doesn_x001A_t want to relive, Viv turns to James Bond to save her. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Rosamund Pike.Author:Ian FlemingReader: Rosamund PikeRunning Time: 4hrs 48minPublisher: AudioGO Ltd Series: 007 reloaded Number of CDs: 4 File Quality: MP3 (64 kbps) Release Date: 06/09/2012

Listen to an audio s…

On DVD and Blu-ray Today: The Hunger Games

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Available now on DVD and Blu-ray (as well as OnDemand and digital downloads) is the recent 4th-time #1, Box-office-smash-hit-wonder, and one of the most talked about films of 2012,The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz.

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There were Midnight Release Parties in some cities where The Hunger Games fans met the Cast here!

The Sequel CATCHING FIRE Officially Titled THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (via Collider) and Jena Malone joined The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cast as Johanna Mason!

DVD Active has the following 2-disc DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray details as well as DVD/Blu-ray artwork below...

Watch: Season 2 trailer for Showtime's 'Homeland' featuring Rupert Friend

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Rupert Friend, as previously posted here (via Hollywood Reporter), has joined the cast of Showtime's hit freshman series Homeland as a season regular on the series' season 2! Rupert will be playing as Peter Quinn, a button-down CIA analyst who oversees a critical operation.

TV promo spot teasers
and on location set videos in Israel and North Carolina had been released here with the s2 poster to your left. And just today, the official trailer (or watch it below! It features a quick glimpse of Rupert, which I've made a couple screen captures of him below as well, if you blinked and missed him, lol...) was released including a new Season 2 poster below.

Homelandseason 2. Premieres on Showtime Sunday September 30th at 10PM ET/PT.

See a Homelandon set photo of...
Claire Danes has fun on the set of Homeland with new co-star Rupert

Watch preview trailer for Homeland below...

Movie Casting News: Carey Mulligan to star in Black Comedy Thriller 'Nancy and Danny'

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According to Hollywood Reporter, who just reported tonight that Carey Mulligan is in negotiations to star in a new black comedy thriller titled, Nancy and Danny.

Read the THR article below for more info...

Carey Mulligan in Negotiations to Star in Black Comedy Thriller 'Nancy and Danny' (Exclusive)

The thriller, set in a small town, concerns a money-hungry woman whose big-city dreams failed.
Carey Mulligan is in negotiations to star in Nancy and Danny, a thriller being developed by Indian Paintbrush.

Set in a small town, the project concerns a money-hungry woman (Mulligan) whose big-city dreams failed. In order to land a high school crush, she uses a hapless man as a pawn in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes wrong.

Watch: Sneak Peek for Season 3 of 'Downton Abbey'

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The ITVsneak peek preview for Downton Abbey's Season 3 has just been released!

The Golden Globe award winning (who recently scored 16 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations this year!) series is co-produced with UK’s ITV, who will airDownton Abbeyfirst in September, followed by a second run on PBS Masterpiece Classic here in the US in January.  The new season will feature all of the principle cast (including as Mrs. Crawley, Matthew's mother), plus the addition of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Mary’s other grandmother.

Watch the S3 sneak peek for Downton below...

Movie Casting News: Keira Knightley to star in 'Jack Ryan' Reboot with Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh!

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First of all, let me just say that I love all the Jack Ryan series of films that starred Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger), Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears) in that order and hearing the news that they're doing a reboot (like Hollywood has been doing a lot lately)..I thought what? another one when are they gonna come up with something new and original? lol...'cause those previous films for JR were already great. But then, again, if they can come up with something good for the reboot or prequel to update a previous successful franchise/series of films I already loved and enjoyed. I really don't mind...like for instance, the recently released the X-Men: First Class film and the Batman trilogy. Now, those were very well done. Also, if they have a great cast and story...I most definitely welcome a remake, prequel, or reboot of any films already done in the past as long as they are made really, really, rea…

Movie Casting News: Rosamund Pike cast in Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' film

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According to The Daily Mail, Rosamund Pike has joined the cast of Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World andShaun of the Dead)'s The World's End film. There are no details on who she’ll play, but we’ll find out new details on her role soon enough. The sci-fi comedy The World’s End will start filming this September with Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Nick Frost (Snow White and the Huntsman) returning to close out the “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy” (the first two installments are Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). The World’s End is due out spring 2013.

Here's the synopsis for The World's End
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach th…

New promotional still of Matthew Macfadyen in 'Ripper Street'

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A new promotional still of Matthew Macfadyen (as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid) in Ripper Street with co-stars Adam Rothenberg and Jerome Flynn has just been released today via on twitter with the following tweet and RS promo photo link.

As the sun sets over the Olympics, darkness rises on . Stunning promo trail airs tomorrow on BBC1 BBC One is said to releasing the preview trailer for Ripper Street this weekend on Sunday August 12th. UPDATE: Watch the teaser here: Ripper Street trailer - Original British Drama - BBC One

The Ripper Street, the eight part series will premiere this fall on BBC One and BBC America as part of BBC America's Dramaville series.

See a much larger image (click to enlarge!) of the new Ripper Streetpromo below...

A Royal Connection: Judi Dench as Lady Catherine, Rupert Friend as HRH Prince Albert, Keira Knightley as Duchess Georgiana, and other P&P actors in royal and noble characters (The Royal Edition)

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The following Pride & Prejudice(2005) Actors: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen,Judi Dench, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, andRupert Friendall have played various roles/characters in their long list of TV and film work (as well as stage plays) combine, but the most interesting and fascinating characters they had played (not once, but twice or a few times) and probably loved and enjoyed playing were the historical figures (whether they are fiction or real) with royal titles or Royal, noble and chivalric ranks. I noticed (and have seen some of) these talented P&P actors starred/co-starred in made for TV Movies and feature films playing roles with either royalty or hierarchy titles. So, I've compiled a list here of the following period films (including P&P movie with Dame Judi Dench herself playing Lady Catherine de Bourgh of Rosings Park and two very well-known royals such as her Oscar winning role of Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love and her other Oscar nominated …

Photos: Rosamund Pike at The Stone Roses - Adidas Secret Gig

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Rosamund Pike attended The Stone Roses Adidas secret gig held at Adidas Underground Monday, August 6, 2012 in London, England.

Rosamund Pike's upcoming film, Jack Reacher (formerly titled One Shot, based on Lee Child's 9th novel One Shot from the JR series), which she co-stars with Tom Cruise (as the title character). Rosamund plays as Helen Rodin, a defense attorney who teamed up with Cruise's Reacher character in the film. It opens in wide release on December 21st, 2012!

The film also stars Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner Herzog. See worldwide release dates for Jack Reacher here!
Here are a couple new photos of Rosamund from the event below...


The Stone Roses - Adidas Secret Gig (source: Danny Martindale/Getty Images Europe | zimbio.com)

Keira Knightley covers the September 2012 edition of UK's Harper's Bazaar Magazine

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Keira Knightleyis on the cover of September2012 edition of UK's Harper's Bazaar Magazine. She is photographed in Chanel for a stunningly gorgeous new photoshoot shot by legendary Ellen Von Unwerth.

Keira
, of course,will be seen on the big screen this fall onJoe Wright's adaptation Anna Karenina (with former Pride & Prejudice co-star Matthew Macfadyen).

Here's a preview and outtakes for her HB magazine cover with an excerpt of her interview from the magazine...

Also, read an Exclusive: When Bazaar met Keira Knightley. The Anna Karenina actress opens up to Jennifer Dickinson about Chanel, wedding dressing, and when she is happiest.

Carey Mulligan's 'The Great Gatsby' film moves to Summer 2013

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Looks like it won't be a good Christmas for The Great Gatsby film starring Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan withJoel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby as its US theatrical released date has been pushed back. It was originally set to open on Christmas Day and was bound to compete in the 2012 awards race, but today Warner Bros. has decided to push the film back to summer 2013 (no date specified).

Speaking of Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, here's a new Gatsby still of her via Carey Mulligan Online.

The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Isla Fischer.

Here's a press release announcing its theatrical release move via its official facebook page:
“THE GREAT GATSBY” MOVING TO SUMMER 2013

Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright in a new look at the lavish production of their new film 'Anna Karenina'

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Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (starring former Pride & Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen) is just a little over a month a way (September 7th) from its UK Cinema release, while the US theatrical release has been slightly pushed back a week to November 16th, promotional rounds for this film is now ongoing (and exciting to follow at the same time) with more promotional, behind the scenes, and image stills and 2 new articles (including one last Friday from Baz Bamigboye of UK's Mail Online: Keira Knightley: Freeze up on set? Not anymore! with two new Keira Knightley stills from the film) now from the film has been released via UK's the Daily Mail Online.

The new AKarticle from UK's Mail Online takes an exclusive look at the lavish production of this much anticipated film. It has some new stills and behind the scenes photos of Keira Knightley as the title character Anna Karenina and also has a new photo of her and her frequent collaborator and director

US release date for Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina'' slightly pushed back to November 16th!

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Looks like I'm gonna have to update the AK countdown clock (it's updated now with a new countdown clock! check it out!) and the side bar here for the upcoming Anna Karenina movie as the UStheatrical release date has now changed...slightly, at least. According toBox Office Mojo(and the official facebook page for AK has been updated with a new cover photo and the new release date), Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (starring former Pride & Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen) has been slightly pushed back one week from November 9th to November 16th, which is now showing (in select theaters) at the same day as the final Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. Previously, Anna Karenina is opening at the same day as the new James Bond standalone film, Skyfall starring Daniel Craig (James Bond) and (as M).

UPDATE: Just saw this new Keira Knightley interview/article via Baz Bamigboye (UK's Mail Online) with new promotional photo and still of Keira Knight…

Tom Hollander's 'Rev.' series renewed for Season 3!

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Tom Hollander'sRev.series, who's Season 1 is currently playing on Hulu (with episodes added every Sunday) has been renewed for Season 3. BBC Two has ordered a third series of the comedy Rev. The show, which stars Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman, focuses on the struggles of an inner-city vicar. It won't air though until sometime in 2014, but it's great that it's returning for a third season. I managed to see a few episodes (thus far) of S1 on Hulu and they were pretty good.

Here's a new article from this morning via BBC News:

Rev to return to BBC2 for series 3 but not until 2014
Award-winning comedy Rev will return to BBC2 for a third series but it will not be broadcast until 2014. 

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