Listen: Anna Paquin on Starring in ‘Flack,’ Plus TV Reviews and TCA Recap

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Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Anna Paquin, who stars in a new U.K.-based limited series “Flack” on the cable channel Pop. Paquin pla…

‘The Affair’: Anna Paquin Cast as Alison and Cole’s Daughter in Flashfoward Storyline for Final Season

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Anna Paquin is joining “The Affair” for the Showtime series’ fifth and final season as the now-adult daughter of Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole (Joshua Jackson), in a major flashforward storyline that will take us decades into the future.

Paquin has been cast as a grownup Joanie Lockhart, who returns some years in the future to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother and bringing the whole story full circle, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

This time jump story will run alongside the Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi-created series’ present-day plot, which picks up in the months after Alison’s death at the hands of a violent boyfriend.

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Series regulars Dominic West (Noah), Maura Tierney (Helen), Julia Goldani Telles and Jadon Sand (Noah and Helen’s children, Whitney and Trevor Solloway), and Sanaa Lathan (Janelle, Noah’s love interest) are all returning for the fifth and final season.

It was previously reported that Jackson will not return in his series regular role as Cole for the drama’s remaining episodes, but could reprise the role in some capacity before it all wraps up.

More to come…

Anna Paquin’s ‘Tell It to the Bees’ Flies to U.S. With Good Deed (EXCLUSIVE)

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London-based sales and financing house Film Constellation has sold North American rights for Annabel Jankel’s “Tell It to the Bees,” which stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, to Good Deed Entertainment. Good Deed, which is aiming for a spring thea…

Annabel Jankel, Holliday Grainger And Anna Paquin Talk ‘Tell It To The Bees’ – Toronto Studio

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Like many directors at TIFF this year, Annabel Jankel was inspired by a book, in this case Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel Tell It To The Bees, about an illicit love affair between two women in 1950s Britain. “I think [the attraction] was the sense of the outs…

‘Tell It To The Bees’: First Footage Of Anna Paquin & Holliday Grainger In TIFF Romance-Drama

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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s first footage of Anna Paquin and My Cousin Rachel star Holliday Grainger in Toronto Film Festival romance-drama Tell It To The Bees.
The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing …

Karlovy Vary Festival To Fete Tim Robbins With Crystal Globe; Terry Gilliam, Anna Paquin, John Lesher Among Guests

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This year’s 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 29 – July 7) will present a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema to actor and director Tim Robbins.
Oscar-winner Robbins, known for a string of memorable perfor…

‘Flack’ Star Anna Paquin: “Now Is The Time For Complicated, Flawed Female Roles”

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Anna Paquin, star of Pop TV and UKTV’s forthcoming dark PR comedy drama Flack, says now is the time for female roles that are “flawed, complicated and interesting” – echoing recent male antiheroes such as Walter White, Don Draper and Tony Soprano…

Anna Paquin to Lead Pop TV’s Comedy Series ‘Flack’

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Pop TV is heading into the world of “high-stakes, celebrity-driven public relations” with “Flack,” a new original-scripted comedy series starring Anna Paquin.

The show is equal parts hilarity and heart, reflecting the brutal reality and complexities of modern life where problems can go viral in an instant. The series centers on an American PR executive living in London (Paquin) who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed.

Paquin stars as the sharp and witty publicity maven, Robyn, who’s an expert at her craft, but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life. Robyn’s work as a crisis PR strategist is fast-paced and unpredictable, as she counsels high-profile personalities in entertainment, fashion and sports.

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The six-episode limited series is executive produced by Paquin along with Jimmy Mulville (“Episodes”) and Helen Williams under their Hat Trick Productions banner, with Cerise Hallam Larkin, Stephen Moyer and Mark Larkin of CASM Films. “Flack” was created by Oliver Lansley (“Whites,” “Alice’s Adventures Underground”), who will also executive produce. The show is directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty,” “Rev.”) and produced by Mark Talbot. It co-produced with UKTV’s entertainment channel, W.

“Oliver Lansley has written six of the best scripts I’ve ever read,” says Paquin. “He walks that fine line between intense character-driven drama and exceptionally intelligent humor. My character, Robyn, exists in a world where there are no moral absolutes and humor is used as a sharply executed defense mechanism to maintain the illusion of perpetual control. I am incredibly excited about tackling the creative complexities of ‘Flack’ as an actress and for my company CASM’s collaboration with Pop.”

“‘Flack’ is extremely poignant, smartly exploring an age in which for better or worse, news happens in a breath,” said Justin Rosenblatt, EVP of Original Programming, Pop. “This series captures the often funny and sometimes damaging results that ensue, with Anna Paquin as the dream lead who brings it all to life.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Pop TV is going into production on its first scripted series order, I can reveal. True Blood and X-Men franchise star Anna Paquin will lead cast and co-produce the PR-world comedic-drama with UKTV and Episodes co-producer Hat Trick Productions. Rising actresses Lydia Wilson, fresh off the starring role in BBC-Netflix series Requiem, and Genevieve Angelson, co-star of Amazon series Good Girls Revolt, are both in final negotiations to join Oscar-winner Paquin in…

‘Alias Grace’ Review: Netflix’s Margaret Atwood Adaptation Rivals ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” basically screamed in giant red letters, “THIS IS ABOUT TODAY! THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!” So it’s no wonder Margaret Atwood’s vision of dystopia resonated so strongly.

“Alias Grace,” Netflix’s new miniseries based on an Atwood novel, is more subtle than its Hulu counterpart,  but still deserves your close attention.

“How can I be all these different things at once,” Grace asks in the show’s opening monologue, and “Alias Grace” can be as light-hearted and pleasant a story as it is a probing, surreal and melodramatic character study.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a modern-day dystopia with shadings from the 19th Century, but “Alias Grace” is actually set there. Director Mary Harron and writer Sarah Polley manage to make 1850s Toronto a different sort of dystopia for women.

The newspapers refer to Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) as a “celebrated murderess,” an Irish immigrant in Toronto incarcerated for 15 years after being convicted of murder. Now gossips gawk at her as she does housework, or quack doctors in an asylum strap her into bizarre contraptions to study her.

Grace gets some relief when she’s visited by Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft), a handsome and nurturing American psychologist brought in to analyze her with the hopes of proving her innocence. But as she recounts her life story, we gradually doubt Grace’s sanity, her memory and her honesty. Is she an amnesiac or a calculating maniac? We’re never sure.

The quick, combative exchanges between Grace and Dr. Jordan are like gender-flipped scenes from “Silence of the Lambs.” Harron conveys jumps in Grace’s memory with snappy editing, and Polley’s dialogue sparks with talk of politics, feminism, economic inequality and more all conveyed in clever, period-appropriate idioms. “Men such as yourselves do not know the messes you make,” Grace says at one point.

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There’s even a subtle love triangle and Harron uncovers sex in her Puritanical setting. As a director, she has a gift with taking the drama through some surprising turns. “Alias Grace” will make you crack a smile amid tragedy, or it’ll startle with how it builds the tension and danger in Atwood’s story. Further, Atwood’s ideas about Grace’s psychology grow into a spiritual, even supernatural parable about how men see what they want in women, and fail to understand them. The ultimate story is sure to polarize.

Anna Paquin, as a caretaker, manages to change her face quickly from sunny and welcoming to pale and sickly, and her personality erratically flits between friendly and spiteful. But her multi-faceted performance takes a backseat to a shocking one by Gadon.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” was great bingeing material because it was so bold, punishing and shocking. “Alias Grace” takes a slower burn, but its payoff is just as good.

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Set in the 1840s, Alias Grace, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, is a fictionalized look at Grace Marks, a domestic servant convicted of murdering her employer. The show doesn’t shy away from the painful realities of women, and is meant to challenge the audience with weighty themes and harsh…

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