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Jack Thorne, the prolific British writer behind HBO and BBC drama His Dark Materials, has said that he is receiving treatment for what he believes to be coronavirus.
The writer, whose other credits include Channel 4’s The Virtues and feature film The Aeronauts, said he has suffered from a high temperature, cough and exhaustion, which has aggravated his asthma. Thorne has been given a course of steroids and said his health is improving, but he remains out of sorts.
“Seem to have Covid, which is not reacting great with my asthma. Amazing treatment from my GP over the phone, taking the time to give me all sorts of tests THEN consulting with a colleague before prescribing. Feel like I've been run over by an elephant but in total awe of the NHS,” he tweeted on Monday.
In an update today, Thorne said: “Feeling better after two days of steroids. Still v tired, but the elephant has been replaced by a mountain lion. Of course it could not be Covid wish we had Germany's resources in which case this is not reassuring to anyone. But, for me, at this moment, the drugs have worked.”
Thorne has not been tested because the UK’s testing regime is not as sophisticated as other countries, including Germany and South Korea, but said his doctor has been “amazing” throughout the process. His asthma means he is considered an “increased risk” individual by the health service. Thorne also suffers from a condition called cholinergic urticaria, which means he is allergic to heat and his own body movement. He calls it an “invisible disability.”
The writer has received hundreds of well-wishes on Twitter. “Sorry to hear this, Jack. Wishing you a rapid recovery,” said Bodyguard writer Jed Mercurio. Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon added: “Look after yourself and rest.” Good Omens scribe Neil Gaiman also commented: “Sending love and worried get well wishes by the bucketload.”
Thorne, who penned the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play, has written Damien Chazelle's Netflix music drama The Eddy, the feature film Radioactive, starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie for Amazon and Studiocanal, and the Marc Munden-directed adaptation of The Secret Garden. He is currently adapting Charles Dickens' classic novel A Tale of Two Cities with Legendary Global.
Near the end of Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres’ “The Fight,” one of the documentary’s central subjects, ACLU deputy director Lee Gelernt, is preparing for a quick hit on NBC News. The lawyer, best known for his work for immigrants’ rights, is minutes away from a live appearance discussing the state of the ACLU’s lawsuit against the government for its family separation policies. As the clock ticks down, a breaking news alert diverts everyone’s attention elsewhere: to the latest ruling in another ACLU-involved case, this one involving President Trump’s transgender military ban. Gelernt is forced to pivot, preparing talking points and official reactions before he’s thrust onto live television to sound off on yet another one of the over 100 lawsuits the American Civil Liberties Union has filed since Trump took office. It’s perhaps the most illustrative moment in the latest film from the trio behind “Weiner,” filled with raw emotion and real-world immediacy that hamper it from sticking with an already outdated style of documentary filmmaking.
On its face, “The Fight” is built around four different cases the ACLU has taken on since Trump assumed office in January 2017 — the film’s opening voiceover follows Trump’s inauguration, setting him up as the film’s primary antagonist with the minimum of fuss. The cases all exemplify some of the more wrenching injustices inflicted on American citizens and hopeful immigrants since early 2017. There’s a case about abortion access, one involving the census question about citizenship, Gelernt’s family separation work, and the one challenging the transgender military ban. The concept sounds solid in concept, but its execution leaves much to be imagined — or does it? Rigid structures don’t suit uneasy times, and while even three years ago a film that divided its stories was an illustrative way of telling a larger story, “The Fight” grapples with a narrative collapse that says almost as much about the current state of the world than the subjects it follows.
That’s not to say that the documentary’s many stories and subjects don’t have plenty to say — they do — but the steady dissolution of the film’s prescribed structure packs its own punch. When Steinberg and Kriegman first teamed up for their Anthony Weiner documentary Despres also wrote and edited the political doc, the newly minted filmmaking duo were able to capitalize on strange serendipity: the film was initially designed to follow the disgraced politician as he clawed his way back into citizens’ good graces via a bid to be NYC’s next mayor, a great idea that made for even better filmmaking once still more charges of lewd behavior were leveled against him, all while cameras were...
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A good gangster movie must do two things: Make us want to live a life of crime and, at the same time, make us grateful we haven't indulged our dark sides like the characters on this list. Most gangster films make the criminal underworld look like a hell of a good time. There's booze, money, women, expensive cars, everything we're taught we should want, but the lavish lifestyle often comes with a price, which means a good gangster movie must also show us the downside of running a criminal empire: The violence, the bloodshed, and the very real threat of prison time. As they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too — but no one told that to the characters in these films.
Here are the 10 most enjoyable films currently streaming on Netflix.
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Run Time: 209 min | IMDb: 8.7/10
Martin Scorsese delivers another cinematic triumph, this time for Netflix and with the help of some familiar faces. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino team up again for this crime drama based on actual events. De Niro plays Frank Sheeran a World War II vet who finds work as a hitman for the mob. Pacino plays notorious Teamster Jimmy Hoffa, a man who frequently found himself on the wrong side of the law and the criminals he worked with. The film charts the pair's partnership over the years while injecting some historical milestones for context. It's heavy and impressively cast and everything you'd expect a Scorsese passion-project to be.A24 A Most Violent Year 2014
Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 7/10
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a husband-wife duo caught up in the criminal underground in this darkly-lit drama. Isaac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant and aspiring business owner who finds himself the target of ruthless competitors when he takes steps to secure a facility to transport oil throughout the boroughs. Chastain plays his wife Anna, a shrewd businesswoman in her own right who comes from a mobster family. The two fights against a determined D.A. and corrupt criminals in order to secure the money they need to purchase the land, but in doing so, they become the enemy they've been fighting against. It's a heavy, morose kind of film, filled with violence and shady back-door dealings, but Chastain and Isaac bring a bit of brilliance to it all.Netflix Imperial Dreams 2014
Run Time: 87 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
John Boyega stars in this stirring drama about a recently released convict caught up in the terrible cycle that people often face after prison. Boyega plays Bambi, a 21-year-old who gets a taste of freedom after spending time behind bars for some kind of crime involving a weapon. Bambi's determined to live right and do right by...