Helena Bonham Carter

‘Suffragette’ Is Less Courageous than Its Brick-Throwing Subjects

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Towards the end of Sarah Gavron’s feminist drama Suffragette, a group of feminist activists — who have all been radicalized enough to plant bombs in mailboxes throughout the city of London — stand in a city park, debating whether to similarly bomb the empty country estate of a prominent politician. They’ve been tipped off about the estate by one of their own (Romola Garai) who happens to be married to a government minister. Some think it’s going too far; others (led by Helena Bonham Carter as a militant chemist) think they have no choice but to act in this way, because their cause is being ignored otherwise.
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Blame Tim Burton: ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Dumbo,’ and How Disney Caught Remake Fever

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The most interesting moment in Kenneth Branagh’s new Disney-owned remake of Cinderella occurs around the halfway mark, when Helena Bonham Carter shows up as the title character’s fairy godmother. Being Helena Bonham Carter, she has to first appear under pounds of hideous makeup, but once I realized who it was, I perked up — because she and the director have a history. They co-starred in his 1994 Frankenstein and reportedly had an affair that broke up Branagh’s marriage to Emma Thompson, and then they were together for like five years, and OMG this is the first time he’s directed her since. How interesting, I thought. Was it awkward on set? Did he cast her, or was she part of the package before he was? Did Ken’s current wife worry? The point is, I had a lot of time to think about the potentially charged atmosphere on set during this stretch of Cinderella. I had a lot of free thinking time during the movie in general, if we’re being honest, because it’s such a rote recitation of a story we’ve heard a thousand times that it’s hard to imagine why on earth they’re telling it to us again.
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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘The Magicians’ Finds Its Leads, ‘Parks and Rec’ Final Season to Premiere in January

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The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: AMC officially orders pilot for PreacherParks and Recreation gets a January premiere date, and Doll & Em will have a second season.
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