Charlie’s Angels Is A Continuation, Not A Reboot; First Photos Released

Director Elizabeth Banks says her Charlie’s Angels is a continuation rather than a reboot or remake, as first look photos from the movie are released. Premiering in 1976, the original Charlie’s Angels TV series starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith as a trio of female super-spies working for a mysterious figure named Charles Townsend (voiced by John Forsythe). Now viewed as a campy artifact of the ’70s “Jiggle TV” genre, the show would last for five seasons, rotating in different lead actresses including Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts.

Though many decried Charlie’s Angels for its sexism, the show retained enough of a cult following over the years to spawn a 2000 feature film starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The movie was a hit with $264 million at the global box office, leading to a sequel in 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Now, amid a wave of early ’00s franchise revivals, Charlie’s Angels is set to return to theaters with Banks in the director’s chair and a new trio of Angels played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. A first photo of the new Angels was recently released, as the film wrapped shooting.

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Speaking to EW about her new take on Charlie’s Angels, writer, director and star Banks addressed the question of whether her movie is actually a reboot or remake. In fact, Banks says it’s neither of those but is in truth a continuation that incorporates the events of both the original series and the two movies directed by McG. As Banks explains it, Charles Townsend is still in business but has simply expanded his reach. “If you were rich in 1976, you only got richer. Charles Townsend is richer than ever, so he’s grown the business into a global spy agency,” she said. In addition to Banks’ remarks, EW also released some new photos from the film which can be seen below:

Indeed, the new movie is set to be more of a globe-trotting adventure in the vein of James Bond, a fact that was teased in a previous photo. The film takes place in Istanbul, Hamburg and Berlin, but according to Banks it’s not simply about hopping the globe. In fact, it’s really about doing a job as a team. As she explained:

“It was important to me to make a movie about women working together and supporting each other, and not make a movie about their romantic entanglements or their mother they don’t call enough. When I’m at work, I don’t talk about those things. I get on with my job. It felt important to do that for the Angels, to treat them with the respect their skill set demands.”

Banks clearly is out to make a new kind of Charlie’s Angels movie for an era where more accurately representing female characters is higher on the agenda than simply playing to the male gaze as the original show and the previous movies may have done. Of course, Banks is the first female writer-director to tackle Charlie’s Angels, so the new version is naturally going to have a more female perspective than previous takes. It will be interesting to see if Charlie’s Angels can carve out a place for itself in this new era where movies like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel have opened up the door for female-centered action-adventure movies to become blockbusters.

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Source: EW

2019-04-11 06:04:13

Dan Zinski

What to Expect From Turn Up Charlie Season 2

Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie season 1 is out now, but what can fans expect from a potential season 2 of this comedy TV show starring Idris Elba? A passion project for the actor, Turn Up Charlie sees Elba starring as the titular Charlie, a former one hit wonder turned small time DJ who’s roped into becoming a manny (that’s “male nanny”) for the daughter of his childhood best friend.

However, the only reason Charlie agrees to nanny for his established actor friend David (JJ Feild) is so that David’s wife Sara (Piper Perabo) – herself a world-famous DJ – will help Charlie reignite his music career. But taking care of the young Gabrielle (Frankie Hervey) is more trouble than Charlie anticipates. The Turn Up Charlie trailer teased an entertaining comedy that allows and Elba to get away from the more dramatic roles for which he’s known, such as in Luther and The Wire.

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Now that Turn Up Charlie season 1 is available on Netflix, users may give this offbeat comedy a chance, if only to see Elba demonstrate his real-life DJ skills (he typically performs under the name DJ Big Driis). For those wondering what’s next for the show, here’s everything we know about Turn Up Charlie season 2.

Netflix Hasn’t Renewed Turn Up Charlie For Season 2 (Yet)

Since Turn Up Charlie season 1 has only just been released, Netflix hasn’t renewed the show yet. Typically, the streaming service waits about a month before making any kind of decision about cancellation or renewal. If they keep up with that pattern, fans should find out mid-April whether Turn Up Charlie will return for season 2. However, Netflix may also delay the annoucement, so news could arrive any time after that point as well.

When Will Turn Up Charlie Season 2 Release?

If Netflix renews Turn Up Charlie for season 2, it will likely arrive in 2020. Netflix shows typically take about a year-long hiatus in between seasons, even if they’re shorter like Turn Up Charlie. Further, it would also depend on the schedules of the actors involved. Elba has a busy year lined up with roles in the movie adaptation of the musical Cats and a leading role as Deadshot in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad among others. So even if Netflix renews Turn Up Charlie, it remains to be seen when the show would be able to get back into production, which might delay it to late 2020 or 2021.

What Will Turn Up Charlie Season 2’s Story Be About?

SPOILERS ahead for Turn Up Charlie season 1

Turn Up Charlie concludes with Elba’s titular character having learned a lesson from his second shot at fame, one he failed to learn during his previous brush with it in the 90s. The season finale also sees Charlie officially transition into a new phase of his life, leaving the role of manny behind, extricating himself from the complicated working/personal dynamic between himself and Sara and leaving on a world tour with her former manager, Astrid (Angela Griffin). Meanwhile, Sara and David have officially separated, with Sara and Gaby remaining in London while David goes off to shoot a blockbuster film. For all intents and purposes, the story of Turn Up Charlie seems wrapped up by the end of season 1, and leaves few loose threads that could be explored in season 2.

Certainly, a second season of Turn Up Charlie could follow Charlie as he DJs around the world and explore how his career is affected by dating Astrid, who’s also his manager. Additionally, the show could potentially further explore Charlie’s relationship with his parents and aunt. He blew up his relationships with his family at the end of season 1 by telling his parents the truth about his career and also outing his aunt to his mother (though his aunt was forgiving).

In terms of the other characters, a potential Turn Up Charlie season 2 could also follow Sara and Gaby as they acclimate to London without David and Charlie. Of course, Charlie will no doubt return to London at some point, and David as well, which could prove to be a situation rife with drama. So, while the Turn Up Charlie season 1 finale has a definitive ending (potentially in case the show isn’t renewed), there’s still room for more hijinks in a possible season 2.

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Turn Up Charlie season 1 is currently available on Netflix.

2019-03-16 05:03:30

Molly Freeman

It’s Always Sunny: 10 Best Charlie Kelly Quotes

There’s no single character in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia who could stake a claim for the funniest on the show. That’s the beauty of it – every single character in the cast is hilarious; there’s no dead weight. Dennis’ sinister psychopathy, Mac’s combination of homosexuality and devout Catholicism, Dee’s disregard for anyone but herself, Frank’s all-out depravity, and Charlie’s childlike innocence masking a serious dark side all make them hysterically funny characters. But it’s arguably the latter whose characterization makes him the most lovable.

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So, for fans of It’s Always Sunny, here are the 10 Best Charlie Kelly Quotes, ya jabronis!

10 On Pirates Who Live In Break Rooms

“Look at that door, dude. See that door right there? The one marked ‘pirate’? Do you think a pirate lives in there?”

Charlie’s illiteracy is the subject of a lot of jokes in It’s Always Sunny, because he’s in complete denial about the fact that he can’t read or write. He insists, “I can read and write, I just don’t like to read and write.” But there’s a lot of evidence to the contrary – the lyrics he writes are illegible and nonsensical and only make sense to him, and he turns on the “Closed” sign at the front of the bar because he thinks it says “Coors.”

9 On Unemployment

“Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into Jobland, where jobs grow on jobbies!”

It’s Always Sunny isn’t satire in the way that something like Veep or Arrested Development would be considered satire, but it does have a satirical take – in its own specific brand of humor – on most topics. This rant by Charlie is a satirical take on the state of the economy and unemployment rates. In Jobland, jobs don’t even grow on trees. They grow on something called “jobbies,” which is a different kind of plant that specifically grows jobs for unemployed people to just pick off.

8 On Going To A Spa

“What is this word, ‘spa’? I feel like you’re starting to say a word and you’re not finishing it. Are you trying to say ‘spaghetti’? Are you taking me for a spaghetti day?”

In the episode “Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats,” the Gang decide to give Charlie the best day of his life. While Dennis, Mac, and Frank make all the arrangements, they send Dee to take him for a spa day to get him out of the way. She ends up taking him to the movies, because he doesn’t know what a spa is, and by then, he’s gotten himself in the mood for spaghetti.

7 On The High School Experience

“I’ll get high. I’ll get sad. People can laugh at me. I hate high school, man!”

In the two-parter “The High School Reunion” that rounds out the seventh season (the one where Mac got fat), the Gang all regress into their teenage selves as they attend their high school reunion. A vicious wedgie puts Dee back in her back brace, Mac and Charlie are the target of all the jocks’ bullying, and Dennis surveys the room, looking down on all his “minions.”

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In this line, spoken by Charlie in the men’s bathroom as he searches for toxic chemicals to huff, sadly and frankly describes the high school experience perfectly.

6 On Directing Theater

“I am going to smack everyone into tiny little pieces.”

In the season 4 finale “The Nightman Cometh,” Charlie writes a musical and puts it on, starring the Gang, in an attempt to woo the Waitress with its muddled message about his growth as a man. As he struggles to keep his cast on the script without ripping their costumes or singing their own songs, he gets angrier and angrier. He starts threatening to smack people who wrong him, saying he’ll take their whole face off with his slaps. He’s not a fantastic director of theater, due to his impatience with actors – although, for an illiterate guy, he’s not a bad playwright.

5 On Religion

“You’re telling me that you believe that Christ comes back to life every Sunday in the form of a bowl of crackers and you proceed to just eat the man?”

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After previously singing, “The Good Lord is going down on me,” when the Gang decided to exploit the image of the Virgin Mary that miraculously appeared in the damp on the walls of the back office, Charlie backtracked his faith in “Charlie’s Mom Has Cancer.” He’s happy to exploit the followers of Christianity, but the second he finds himself in one of their services, he points out everything he finds weird about it.

4 On America

“I’m gonna rise up, gonna kick a little ass. Gonna kick some ass in the USA. Gonna climb a mountain, gonna sew a flag, gonna fly on an eagle. I’m gonna kick some butt, gonna drive a big truck. I’m gonna rule this world. I’m gonna kick some ass. I’m gonna rise up, gonna kick a little ass. Rock, flag, and eagle!”

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When he decides to “go all America on everybody’s ass,” Charlie erupts with patriotic language taken from truck commercials. What makes this weirdly Springsteen-y musical patriotic rant so great is the fact that Charlie Day improvised the whole thing. He forgot the original line during one take and just came out with this.

3 On Eating Stickers

“I eat stickers all the time, dude!”

In the season 5 episode “The Gang Hits the Road,” the Gang sets out to drive to the Grand Canyon and don’t actually end up leaving Philly. Their first stop is at the Italian Market to “” for some good deals.

RELATED: The 20 Worst Things The Always Sunny Gang Has Done (So Far)

Mac is determined to get Charlie a pear after finding out he’s never eaten one, only to be “burned” on a 45-cent pear that isn’t ripe. But before Mac can get his money back, Charlie has eaten the whole thing – stickers and all. Apparently, it’s something he’s made a habit of.

2 On Meeting Santa

“Did you f**k my mom, Santa Claus? Did you f**k my mom? Did you f**k her? DID YOU F**K MY F**KING MOM? DID YOU F**K MY MOM, SANTA?”

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In “A Very Sunny Christmas,” Mac and Charlie discover their childhood Christmas traditions were actually super dark and sad. Mac spent every Christmas breaking into people’s homes and stealing presents from them, while Charlie got all his Christmas presents from men dressed as Santa and his elves who went upstairs to sleep with his mom. So, when he meets a mall Santa, he flips out, bites Santa’s neck, and beats the snot out of him in front of dozens of screaming, traumatized children.

1 On Fight Milk

“I drink it every morning, so I can fight like a crow!”

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The Fight Milk commercial is one of the many things the Gang have recorded onto the one tape they own. It’s their attempt at an alcoholic protein drink. In the season 12 episode “Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare,” Mac and Charlie find out that Fight Milk has actually taken off on the UFC scene and all the fighters are drinking it. As it turns out, they’re not drinking it so they can fight like a crow – they’re drinking it because it gives them such violent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea that they’re able to drop body weight in time for the championship weigh-in.

2019-03-09 03:03:02

Ben Sherlock

Garrett Hedlund and Charlie Hunnam: Triple Frontier Interview

The “men on a mission” movie gets a modern facelift with Triple Frontier. Directed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost), this action/adventure story follows a squad of hardened soldiers who strike out for themselves and set out to rob a South American drug kingpin.

The squad of soldiers are played by some of the hunkiest men in Hollywood: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Charlie Hunnam, and Pedro Pascal are a veritable mountain of machismo, and the film makes a grand showing of balancing the emotional journey of these characters with a non-stop barrage of action, adventure, and white-knuckle tension.

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During a New York City press junket for the film, we spoke to the stars of Triple Frontier, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund. The Sons of Anarchy and Tron: Legacy stars, respectively, shared with us some behind-the-scenes details of the film, including finally sharing the screen together after years of friendship and discussing their training regimen; particularly, being forced to take swimming lessons for insurance purposes.

Screen Rant: You guys, this movie. So… so many words… It’s manly, but it’s emotional. It’s an adventure. It’s like The Guns of Navarone meets Treasure of the Sierra Madre. You guys function as such a unit in this movie. How well did you and the rest of the cast know each other before you started production?

Charlie Hunnam: Garrett and I have known each other and been very dear friends for fifteen years, and that’s how we ended up becoming brothers in the film. Initially, J.C. (Chandor, director) hadn’t intended for these two characters to be brothers, but he was looking at us both, and feeling like there was too much similarity physically, and just our vibes were too similar, that he felt like it would be distracting, it would ask too many questions if we weren’t related. So he was trying to figure out which one of us he would hire and which one he wouldn’t, and then he had this eureka moment of realizing he could just change the script and write us as brothers and have us both! It required very little for the two of us to create a brotherly bond…

Garrett Hedlund: …But it’s been a long time in pairing. And Oscar and I, this is our third film together, so we’ve known each other for ten years and been super close pals. You know, to jump on this and go on this journey with them, especially with this story that’s so involved with brotherhood and camaraderie, it was a perfect fit.

Screen Rant: So you’ve worked together a lot. Did have any bonding exercises that you did in rehearsals or anything, or was that in itself the bonding exercise?

Garrett Hedlund: We took swimming lessons together.

Charlie Hunnam: It’s true.

Garrett Hedlund: We wrestled on the beach. Charlie and I would wrestle in the gym. He’s a big fan of Jiu-Jitsu, so he was trying to teach me a few things. We trained together. We did tactical stuff together with the SEALs and military supervisors that were on the film. I mean, all these things add up, so we spent some time together.

Charlie Hunnam: Yeah, we probably… In terms of the way films are made, generally, it’s a trajectory of truncating rehearsal time because it costs money to get everyone together, but on this, we actually had, like, two and a half weeks, or three weeks of time. And really, they stack those days for us. So we were all together doing military training, horse training, and, Garrett said, swim lessons, which was kind of unnecessary, but, you know, we had fun!

Garrett Hedlund: Insurance, man! Gotta cover it.

Screen Rant: You mentioned military training, and this movie is so intensely physical. Can you talk a little about the physical intensity of climbing mountains and carrying all that equipment?

Garrett Hedlune: A lot of the equipment we had in the gym were pieces to deal with the elevation and stuff like that; certain treadmills that were testing your oxygen and stuff like that, and everyone’s endurance. There was so much climbing and stuff, and the Sierra Nevada was treacherous, I think we were shooting at, like, 13,000 feet. The stuff in Bogota was at, like, 12,000 or 13,000 feet. Just overall, the scenes, the action, the crashes, you know, got to be a lot!

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2019-03-08 12:03:33

Zak Wojnar

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Daredevil’s Charlie Cox Opens Up About the Show’s Cancellation

Charlie Cox has opened up about the cancellation of Daredevil on Netflix. Cox was the first of the Marvel heroes to be cast for Netflix and has spent most of his time for the last four years playing the blind vigilante. Despite the acclaim that the series brought both Marvel and Netflix, the show has come to a close.

The decision to cancel Daredevil was part of a larger movement showcasing the divide between Marvel and Netflix. In the weeks prior to the premiere of Daredevil season 3, the companies canceled both Iron Fist and Luke Cage after two seasons apiece. Despite evidence pointing towards a cancellation being in the show’s future, many were still optimistic that Daredevil would live on after the overwhelmingly positive reception to its third season. Even those involved with the series believed a fourth season was inevitable with the entire next story already laid out. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop the series from being canceled, which was reportedly a decision made by Marvel.

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EW had the opportunity to be the first to speak with Cox, who played Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), getting his thoughts on the cancellation. He was very straightforward in his response, noting how he too did not expect season 3 to be the end. That said, the cancellation is still sinking in for the actor who still finds it bizarre to think he may never play the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen again. He said:

“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did. The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that. It’s just how business works. But also, these characters mean a lot to people. It’s weird to think there’s a chance I won’t be playing Matt Murdock ever again. That’s a bizarre feeling, because that character has been such a huge part of my life for the last four and a half years.”

Starring in Daredevil was a career-changing role for Cox and elevated him to leading man material with a massive property. For many fans, he has become as synonymous with Daredevil as some of the biggest superhero stars are with their respective characters. Later on in the interview, Cox mentioned how much he loved the role, not just from an actor’s perspective, but also thanks to the stunt work that was required. He became heavily invested in doing as much of his own stunts as possible, which is part of the reason why season three’s incredible one-take fight was possible to pull off.

Cox was, however, hesitant to discuss the future. EW asked him about the plans for season four that were in the works, but he didn’t want to divulge that information just yet. His biggest concern with revealing the future story was giving fans “false hope” of what could have been. Instead, he’s going to let the fresh wounds of the cancellation heal before discussing those details. While he wouldn’t discuss season 4, he was asked about his interest in returning to the role in a different capacity if given the chance. Unsurprisingly, Cox is absolutely willing to return, but doesn’t know how that could happen. At this time, no such future likely awaits Cox or any of the other Marvel/Netflix stars, but at least everyone will always have the first three seasons of Daredevil to lean on to see his excellent portrayal.

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Source: EW

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2018-12-06 04:12:20

Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson to Star in Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix Movie

Brie Larson and filmmaker Charlie Kaufman are joining forces on the movie I’m Thinking of Ending Things for Netflix. Larson will be starring in the film (itself, based on the 2016 novel by Iain Reid), with Kaufman writing the script in addition to directing.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (the book) follows a man and his girlfriend on a road trip to meet the former’s parents at their secluded farm. However, one thing leads to another and the girlfriend ends up being stranded at a deserted high school, left to wander its halls as she begins to deteriorate psychologically and wonders if she has any chance of escaping… or if she should just go ahead and end things before she gets any worse.

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Deadline reports that Larson is currently finalizing her deal to star in I’m Thinking of Ending Things, with Kaufman set to produce in addition to writing/directing. While the movie is (admittedly) based on a rather psychologically dark premise, Kaufman has already ventured far down the rabbit hole that is human psychological suffering with his original screenplays for surreal films like Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Larson’s no stranger to psychologically challenging material either, especially after her Oscar-winning performance from the kidnapping drama Room.

Larson will make her Marvel Cinematic Universe as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel next March, and is slated to reprise her superhero role just two months later when Avengers 4 hits the scene. While it’s not yet clear what awaits Larson in the MCU beyond that, she will for certain be back on the big screen in early 2020 with a role in the courtroom drama Just Mercy (the latest project from her Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle writer/director, Destin Daniel Cretton).

Kaufman, who won his own Oscar for writing Eternal Sunshine, has continued to wow his fans (and most critics) with ambitious projects like his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York and the stop-motion animated film Anomalisa over the last decade… even though his actual films have struggle to attract much of a crowd at the box office. Fortunately, since it’s headed straight to Netflix, I’m Thinking of Ending Things will be more readily and widely available to the moviegoing public than if it had gone into a limited theatrical release like Kaufman’s last two movies. Larson’s involvement will doubt help to further bring attention to the filmmaker’s latest exploration of the (troubled) human psyche.

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We will bring you additional details on I’m Thinking of Ending Things as they become available.

Source: Deadline

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2018-12-03 06:12:56

The Little Drummer Girl’s Ending Explained: Whose Side Is Charlie On?

WARNING: Spoilers for The Little Drummer Girl.

The Little Drummer Girl thrusts a British actress into deep cover to infiltrate a radical terrorist organization – and its riveting ending depicted the difficult life and choices of a double agent. Based on the novel by John le Carré, The Little Drummer Girl is a six-part miniseries directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) and airs in the UK on BBC One. The series was broadcast on AMC in the United States.

The Little Drummer Girl begins in 1979, when a bombing of a Jewish Talmudic scholar in West Germany prompts Israeli spymaster Martin Kurtz (Michael Shannon) to uncover the terrorist responsible, Khalil, the leader of a Palestinian terror cell. An elaborate ruse is concocted to recruit Charmain “Charlie” Ross (Florence Pugh), a British actress with radical left-wing beliefs, because Charlie once met Khalil’s brother Salim (Amir Khoury), who was recruiting in the UK under the name Michel and delivered the bomb alongside a Swedish sympathizer named Sophie (Bethany Muir). In Greece, Charlie meets Gadi Becker (Alexander Skarsgård), one of Kurtz’s agents who becomes her handler and lover as she is brought into Kurtz’s unnamed organization (which is apparently an adjunct of the Mossad). Gadi, posing as Michel, weaves an elaborate backstory between Charlie and Michel and puts her through a dangerous array of tests, the point being to make Khalil’s cell (who are always watching) believe that Charlie was legitimately Michel’s ex-lover. Meanwhile, Kurtz’s team captures the real Michel and Sophie and murder them after gaining what intel they knew about Khalil.

Related: Screen Rant’s The Little Drummer Girl Review

As The Little Drummer Girl continues and Charlie falls deeper into her life as a double agent, her true loyalties are continually questioned, especially after Khalil’s agents Helga (Katharina Schüttler) and Rossino (Alessandro Piavani) become satisfied with the apparent validity of her relationship to Salim/Michel. Charlie is brought to Lebanon to train as a terrorist bomber, where she passes the tests engineered by Fatmeh (Lubna Azabal), Khalil’s sister. After a month in Lebanon, Charlie is sent back to England to bomb a speech being delivered by the Israeli Professor Minkel (Ricki Hayut), and the bomb is given to her by Khalil himself (Charif Ghattas), whom she begins to fall for, and vice versa.

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What Happened At The End Of The Little Drummer Girl?

When Charlie is brought to Lebanon by Khalil’s cell, Kurtz’s people begin to question whether her sympathies would eventually turn towards the Palestinian cause. Upon her return to England, Charlie is brought to Khalil’s safehouse in the countryside. Khali forces her to strip to her underwear and inspects all of her belongings, looking for surveillance bugs. In the process, he removes the batteries from Charlie’s transistor radio, which Gadi had been using as his primary means of listening in on and communicating with her. At the safehouse, Charlie again passes Khalil’s tests that she was once Michel’s lover and he shows her how he builds the bomb in the briefcase she is meant to bring to Professor Minkel’s seminar. Charlie also notes Khalil’s feelings for her, which first came to her attention when they initially met while posed as a guard in the Lebanon camp.

At Professor Minkel’s seminar, Charlie bypasses security and meets Gadi, who brings her to a room with Minkel, Kurtz’s team, and British Chief Inspector Picton (Charles Dance). Kurtz encourages her to “play the scene” and deliver the briefcase/bomb to Minkel just as she’s meant to, which Kurtz’ team then takes possession of. Gadi sends Charlie back to Khalil because her mission isn’t over; she is meant to romantically entangle Khalil and continue to keep his trust. Despite Charlie balking at her orders to sleep with the terrorist, she returns to Khalil, but with a new transistor radio identical to her old one – Charlie’s instructions are to remove the batteries after she has slept with Khalil. This would cut the signal, which would, in turn, be the signal for Kurtz’ team to move in and capture the terrorist leader. As Charlie leaves, the bomb explodes in the building behind her.

Back at the safehouse, Khalil watches the news with Charlie, satisfied that the plan worked and the explosion killed Professor Minkel. This was part of the deception Kurtz’s team worked out with Picton; while they did detonate the bomb, they faked Minkel’s death. After dinner, Charlie sleeps with Khalil and then goes to remove the batteries but decides not to, because she knows Kurtz’s team is nearby and waiting for the signal to strike. However, Khalil awakens when he notices no noise outside; every morning the milkman arrives at the same time but this morning, he didn’t (because Picton’s men cordoned off the surrounding area). Suspicious of Charlie’s attempts to calm him, Khalil demands to see Charlie’s belongings and finds batteries in her radio – which he had removed – and she can’t explain how the batteries got there since she had claimed she had “no time for herself” when she delivered the bomb and returned.

However, Gadi, who was watching and listening outside the whole time – including monitoring their lovemaking – disregarded orders and moved into the house while Khalil threatened Charlie with a gun and unwittingly removes the batteries himself. After Khalil forces Charlie to confess who she really is – that she’s “just an actress” – Gadi enters the bedroom and shoots Khalil, first in the head and then multiple times in the body. Kurtz, Picton, and their men then arrive to find the terrorist dead. After retrieving the intel in Khalil’s safehouse, the Israeli military and Mossad strike at Khalil’s cell by bombing their camp and murdering their agents like Helga and Rossino. Charlie is taken to a safe house in Israel to recover but spurns Kurtz’s offer to remain with his team. Instead, Charlie travels to West Germany to reunite with Gadi, who also apparently quit Kurtz’s group.

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Why Was Charlie Recruited In The Little Drummer Girl And Why Was An Actress Important?

One of The Little Drummer Girl‘s underlying themes, which reflects real-world events in the present day, is that “terrorism is theater”. Khalil’s Palestinian terrorist cell was born from what they called “the disaster“, when the State of Israel was officially created in 1948, which turned the Palestinians into an occupied people. Khalil’s cell believes their terrorist acts like bombings are meant to bring the world’s attention to their cause, as if terrorism itself is a form of performance art. Realizing this, Kurtz, a lifelong Israeli spy who grew up in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, also equates his own life of spycraft with theater, calling his secret world “the theater of the real”. Kurtz understands that the lives he and his team lead, traveling under assumed names and role-playing constantly, is also an endless performance. Thus, in order to infiltrate Khalil’s organization, he decided he needed an actress.

The Little Drummer Girl depicts the elaborate methods Kurtz used to vet and recruit Charlie, like creating a fake audition to get her performance on tape. Politically, she was already a left-leaning radical who did once meet Michel – though they were never lovers. Kurtz also learned that Charlie already created an elaborate fictional past for herself when she left home to become an actress; Charlie claims she’s the daughter of a criminal who died in prison when in reality, her father died at home – she invented a more dramatic backstory for herself. All of Charlie’s natural tendencies and her ability to willingly adapt made her a prime recruit. In fact, when Gadi brought her to meet Kurtz at their Athens safehouse, Kurtz introduced himself as “the writer and director of your little show”, and he liked to engage Charlie in theatrical terms, praising her that she “should win an Oscar”. His pitch to Charlie was that playing a terrorist would be her “greatest performance”.

Charlie’s acting talent and skill at absorbing fictional backstories were crucial to The Little Drummer Girl. In the early stage of her training, Gadi (who memorized the forced confessions of the captured Michel) led Charlie through all of the beats of her fake love affair with Michel, which Charlie then had to convince Khalil’s agents and the terrorist leader himself was real and true. Things got worse for Charlie when she was taken to Lebanon and saw the inside of Khalil’s camp, befriending the children training to be soldiers as well as passing muster with Fatmeh. Charlie managed to convince everyone she is who she said she is, but being a double agent created the danger that she would permanently turn on Gabi and Kurtz and side with the Palestinians (since she was already sympathetic).

Where Did Charle’s Loyalties Really Lie At The End of The Little Drummer Girl?

Where Charlie’s loyalties truly belonged is the question at the heart of The Little Drummer Girl as she falls in love throughout the series. She is bluntly attracted to Gadi, although he spurs her sexual advances for a long time, keeping them both on their mission (yet he secretly reciprocated). It was only when Charlie threatened to quit after Kurtz confirmed he murdered Michel and Sophie that Gadi slept with her, but he also did it to keep Charlie on the mission before Khalil’s team brought her to Lebanon. Kurtz was concerned Charlie would be turned in Lebanon, but it was actually when Charlie returned to the UK and met Khalil that her loyalties were most tested.

When reporting to Kurtz and Gadi, Charlie told them that Khalil was falling in love with her, but she was also hiding her own growing feelings about Khalil (she did admit “he’s beautiful”). The pivotal moment that revealed Charlie’s changing allegiance is when she decided not to remove her radio’s batteries and signal Gabi after she slept with Khalil. She likely suspected Kurtz meant to have Khalil killed (like he did Michel) and he didn’t want that same fate for him. Despite this, Charlie never truly wavered from her attraction to Gadi, though she gradually hardened herself to the reality of their working relationship.

When it was all over, Charlie chose Gadi – hopefully to find something real with the former Israeli spy – but had things gone a different way and Khalil survived that morning at the farmhouse, we are left to wonder how much deeper Charlie would have gone down the rabbit hole in her life as a double agent. Perhaps she would have turned to Khalil’s cause eventually and her sympathies would have grown into love. That is the big question at the end of The Little Drummer Girl.

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The Little Drummer Girl can be streamed on the AMC app in the U.S. and concludes on BBC One in the UK.

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2018-12-02 02:12:28

Daredevil Faces Kingpin & Bullseye In Stunning Season 3 Fan Poster

Matt Murdock finds himself in the crosshairs of Bullseye and Kingpin, thanks to a new fan poster for season 3 of Daredevil. The wait for new episodes has been a long one. The first series dropped on Netflix in early 2015 to critical acclaim. A second season rapidly followed, premiering less than a year later. The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen was last seen, however, forming The Defenders with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand. The series was met with a lukewarm reaction, with even star Charlie Cox criticizing the pace. Regardless, the team-up show ended on a huge cliffhanger, setting up promising things for Daredevil season 3.

Daredevil will pick up with the world still believing Matt and Daredevil to be dead. Secretly, however, he will still be recovering from his injuries at a nunnery. Wilson Fisk’s release from prison – despite still being in FBI custody – however, will draw him back from the shadows and into conflict with a nemesis that fans have been eager to see since the show was first announced. Bullseye was teased via an Easter egg in season 1 but has officially been confirmed as a season 3 villain. A recent teaser even offered a first look at Bullseye in action.

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A new fan poster created and uploaded on Twitter by artist Rico Jr plays out this dual threat in stunning fashion. The image finds Daredevil, in his full red outfit, staring down the literal bullseye of the iconic villain’s trademark symbol. The shadowy silhouette of Wilson Fisk looms large behind him, no doubt referencing his being the architect of Matt Murdock’s upcoming suffering. Check out the full image below:

The image is a striking one that fans will surely want hanging on their walls. As well as perfectly summing up the dynamics that will be on display in season 3, it looks like something itself straight from a comic.

In terms of the comic, season 3 will apparently put the more mythological elements such as The Hand on the backburner. Instead, Daredevil will serve as more of a crime thriller. This feels like as wise a choice as the brushstrokes that went into crafting the above image. The Netflix/Marvel shows were, after all, originally billed as a gritty, street-level interpretation of superheroes. While such mystical elements are, to a degree, able to work on Iron Fist, it only served to complicate the tone in past seasons of Daredevil.

Although the Netflix heroes technically exist in the world of The Avengers and alien invasions, the shows are best when exploring more character-driven stories. Rather than tackling immortal ninjas, Daredevil is better served using the concept of superheroes to explore relatable themes and issues, much like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones before it.

More: Screen Rant’s Daredevil Season 3 Set Visit Report

Daredevil season 3 releases October 19 on Netflix.

Source: Rico Jr/Twitter

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2018-10-10 01:10:09 – John Atkinson

Charlie Cox Thinks The Defenders Was Too Slow, Still Wants Season 2

Marvel’s The Defenders miniseries had its issues, but Charlie Cox thinks there’s potential for a second season. The Daredevil star, who’s currently doing promotion for the third season of the Netflix Marvel universe’s flagship show, discussed the possibility of bringing all the New York heroes back together, and what needs to be different this time around to ensure it doesn’t continue to be the least-viewed Marvel series on the streaming service.

Cox isn’t the first actor to speak out about season 2. In March, prior to the release of Jessica Jones season 2, Krysten Ritter shared that if the opportunity came about, she would do another season, but that she didn’t think there were any plans to go down that path. However, more recently, at Baltimore Comic-Con, Mike Colter (who stars in Luke Cage) joked that the crowd didn’t cheer enough in response to a mention of The Defenders season 2, but then replied to the increased applause, “Alright, alright, maybe we can do something.”

Related: The Defenders Season 2 Probably Isn’t Happening

Now, Cox is adding his two cents, and he’s even more positive. Speaking with Metro, Cox revealed how much he enjoyed working on The Defenders. He said he got “a little kick out of” seeing how the four unique heroes came together, and worked side-by-side. The issue, Cox believes, was the format, agreeing with many fans that the season “felt too slow,” but that he thinks this is because there was an emphasis on setting things up naturally, and then they ran out of time to put a focus on the actual team-up.

Cox went on to praise showrunner Marco Ramirez for his ability to meld the very different heroes into one show, calling it a “mammoth undertaking” that “he did fantastically.” But moving forward, he sees the benefit in keeping things on a smaller scale. “I would like to see a story that is more in keeping with the show’s that we make, which is a little bit more grounded, a little more boots on the ground. I don’t want to see us try and compete with the Avengers in terms of the scope.” However, though he clearly has hopes for a season 2, Cox isn’t aware of any progress made toward making more of The Defenders.

Frankly, despite how cool it is to see worlds merge and superheroes team up, it’s hard to see the benefit of another season. The various loose ends from the final episode will (hopefully) be all tied up by Daredevil season 3, and it’s undeniable that the show was fraught with mistakes and plot holes. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in some capacity. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, made some intriguing comments last month, hinting that perhaps another season could involve a different group of heroes as the Defenders. Considering the wealth of captivating supporting characters the connected series have offered, this could be an idea worth exploring for Netflix.

More: The Defenders Season 2 Probably Isn’t Happening

Source: Metro

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2018-10-09 05:10:32 – Becca Bleznak