Rave Reviews for Ruben Santiago-Hudson Off-Broadway; Sprague Grayden Books TV Role

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This week, Ruben Santiago-Hudson receives rave reviews for his off-Broadway performance as August Wilson, while Sprague Grayden joins a TV show in a recurring role. Plus, check out photos of David Costabile in his new play. Read on for more:

Reviewing August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, The New York Observer calls the production “fine and funny” and observes that Ruben Santiago-Hudson wears Wilson’s character “like a second skin.”

TheWrap reports that Sprague Grayden is joining the Season 2 cast of FOX’s The Following in a recurring role.

Broadway World has photos of David Costabile in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, which opens in New York on Dec. 9.

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson to Direct Play Next Year, Talks August Wilson With NY Observer

lws-s1-charles-portrait-325This week, Ruben Santiago-Hudson talks about August Wilson with The New York Observer. Plus, Santiago-Hudson is directing an off-Broadway play next year. Read on for more:

The New York Observer interviews Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who opens this week in August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned and discusses similarities between him and the playwright, including having “a lot of the same thoughts about our people and our art.”

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is slated to direct Quiara Alegria Hudes’s The Happiest Song Plays Last, which will open off-Broadway on March 3, according to Broadway.com.

Broadway World showcases photos of Ruben Santiago-Hudson in August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, now in previews in New York.

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Flicks and the City Applauds Mark Strong, Lennis James; Strong to Star in New Film

lws-ep103-joe-frank-325This week, Mark Strong and Lennie James are singled out for praise in a Season 1 DVD review. Plus, Strong books a new film. Read on for more:

Flicks and the City reviews the Season 1 DVD, asserting that Mark Strong and Lennie James’s performances are “more than enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen from start to finish.”

Mark Strong will star in a film called Ad Inexplorata, playing a NASA pilot who’s on a one-way mission to Mars, according to Deadline.

The run for August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, has been extended by a week, until Dec. 29, Broadway.com reports.

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NY Times Chats With Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Mark Strong Talks New Film

lws-ep101-brendan-charles-frank-325This week, The New York Times chats with Ruben Santiago-Hudson about his one-man August Wilson show. Plus, Mark Strong talks about his new film. Read on for more:

Ruben Santiago-Hudson speaks with The New York Times about playing August Wilson in a new one-man show about the playwright.

Playbill.com has more information on Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s August Wilson production, titled How I Learned What I Learned.

Mark Strong discusses his new film, The Secret Service, with Ireland’s Independent, calling it “fun and mad.”

Rhythm Circus credits Low Winter Sun for being “realistic about the little a few good cops can do to halt the moral, social and political decay of a grisly city sliding into the abyss.”

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Lennie James Books James Brown Biopic Role; Independent DVD Review Applauds Low Winter Sun

lws-s1-joe-portrait-325This week, Lennie James books a role in an upcoming James Brown biopic, while The Independent’s DVD review praises Low Winter Sun. Plus, Mark Strong speaks with The Scotsman and Independent Online. Read on for more:

Lennie James is set to play James Brown’s father in Get on Up, a biopic of the musician that will be directed by Tate Taylor, according to Variety.

The Independent’s DVD and Blu-ray review calls the U.S. version of Low Winter Sun “polished” and thinks “it’s the seemingly lawless Detroit setting that compels most.”

Mark Strong tells The Scotsman about his approach to playing Frank: “I didn’t want to play him as a hard-bitten Detroit cop, I wanted to play him as a flawed individual.”

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Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Low Winter Sun Season 1

lws-s1-bts-560Want to find out what went into the making of Season 1 of Low Winter Sun? Now you can, thanks to these behind-the-scenes photos. Check out images of series stars including Mark Strong, Lennie James, James Ransone, Sprague Grayden, Athena Karkanis, and more.

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Montreal Gazette Spotlights Low Winter Sun Tune; Ruben Santiago-Hudson Wins Award

lws-ep103-joe-frank-325This week, the Montreal Gazette takes note of a song from Low Winter Sun. Plus, Ruben Santiago-Hudson is honored with a directing award. Read on for more:

• The Montreal Gazette’s round-up of music on TV features “What We Had” by Handsome Furs, heard in Low Winter Sun’s premiere episode.

According to Broadway World, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has won a Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for directing The Piano Lesson.

Digital Spy reports that David Costabile is joining the Season 2 cast of BBC One’s Ripper Street, which debuts on Oct. 28.

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How Well Do You Know Season 1? Play the Low Winter Sun Ultimate Fan Game to Find Out

lws-ep101-brendan-charles-frank-560Missing Low Winter Sun? Of course you are! The season may be over, but there’s still one thing left to do: Prove you’re the ultimate Low Winter Sun expert. Do you know where Brendan McCann was killed? Or who Billy Hobson worked for? Well, that’s not enough. You’ll need to answer nine more questions in the Season 1 Ultimate Fan Game to show you’re the champ. Afterwards, be sure to challenge your Facebook friends and see if they can beat your score.

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Chris Mundy Talks to The Independent; Low Winter Sun Thanks Detroit

lws-101-mark-cross-325.jpgThis week, The Independent chats about British TV with Chris Mundy. Plus, Deadline Detroit reports on Low Winter Sun’s thank you message to the city. Read on for more:

Chris Mundy tells The Independent why he likes British TV in an article that notes the trend of U.K. shows being remade in the U.S. with one of its original stars, like Mark Strong in Low Winter Sun.

Deadline Detroit reports on Low Winter Sun’s appreciation of Detroit: “Thank you to the city that serves as the perfect backdrop for Low Winter Sun.”

The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News notes that Ann Arbor got a shout-out in the title of Low Winter Sun’s penultimate episode.

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Low Winter Sun Executive Producer Chris Mundy Answers Fan Questions

lws-s1-chris-mundy-325Low Winter Sun Executive Producer, Showrunner and Writer Chris Mundy talks about other places he considered setting the series, making the decision to kill off a major character, and how his background in journalism influenced the show.

Q: I’m a former D.P.D. cop. Do you or anyone of your staff have current police input on content? ­– Mark H.

A: I spent a whole lot of time in Detroit in the time leading up to it, and there were a couple cops who were really helpful in terms of talking me through stuff and taking me around to see parts of the city that you wouldn’t normally get to see. One guy, Ira Todd — who ended up being our technical advisor later — the first thing he said to me was, “Do you want to see Detroit, or do you want to see the real Detroit?” I was lucky to get pretty hands-on. There was a guy named Manny Martinez that used to run homicide, he took me around a fair amount and introduced me to a lot of people. There was actually a benefit for an officer who was involved in a very controversial shooting there that they had at the Gaelic Hall, the same place where we filmed Brendan’s wake in Episode 3. Manny took me there, and there were hundreds of cops there. Ira took me on a raid of a blind pig. He was the lead undercover, and there was a SWAT takedown at about four or five in the morning of a blind pig just off Woodward Avenue. Even while we were filming the Pilot, all the actors and [director] Ernest [Dickerson] and I went up to Ira’s house for a cookout with ten or so cops. We sat around eating and drinking all day and trading stories. I feel like the access we had to people to get the truth and the real stories was pretty great.

Q: Can you expound upon the depth of Frank’s desire or obsession for Katia?  ­– Will

A: For us, one of the central things is that there’s not a lot from the original, which was only two parts. For us it was always sort of a two-pronged thing. The scene with his wife in Ann Arbor in Episode 9, we talked about that in the first week when all the writers were together. We wanted to understand that in some ways, emotionally, his obsession with Katia was about this failed marriage with his ex-wife, and wondering if he could only love something that was broken, and whether or not other people were going to be able to love him.

Q: What were some other cities you considered setting the show in? – ITal

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