Marisa Abela is already a breakout star after playing privileged graduate Yasmin Kara-Hanani in HBO’s sharp workplace drama Industry. She’s also in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie and a film called Rogue Agent. Now the British actress has been tipped to take on Amy Winehouse in a long-gestating biopic, Back to Black. She reportedly blew away director Sam Taylor-Johnson during auditions.
1. Industry Season 2
After a first season that earned the sharp HBO and BBC drama a splash of notoriety for scenes of sex and drug-taking, it seemed like Industry would be hard-pressed to top itself. But, with its second outing, it did just that. Over eight episodes, we saw Harper (Myhala Herrold), Yas (Marisa Abela) and Robbie (Harry Lawtey) grow into mid-level Pierpoint employees, forgo morality in the pursuit of cash, and snort enough cocaine to douse a small elephant herd.
But, the true highlight of Industry Season 2 came when the show threw its most ambitious curveball yet. On the trading floor, in front of a room full of co-workers, managing director Eric (Ken Leung) clipped his toenails — a truly horrifying moment that was arguably more shocking than any other in Industry’s first season. We spoke to the show’s creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay about this sequence on vumoo alternative, how they conceived of it, how they structured it into the larger story arc and much more.
2. Rogue Agent
A con man who makes unsuspecting people believe he’s an MI5 agent is the basis for this gripping British thriller. James Norton is undeniably captivating as Robert Hendy-Freegard, while Gemma Arterton develops a steely backbone as Alice, the person who brings him down.
Co-writer and director Adam Patterson and writer Declan Lawn come from a BBC current affairs background, and they know how to craft a compelling fact-based drama. The movie never veers into tabloid fodder and pays a modicum of respect to Freegard’s victims, who are still healing from the pain he caused them.
3. She Is Love
In She Is Love, writer-director Jamie Adams explores the rocky relationship between estranged exes Patricia (Haley Bennett) and Idris (Sam Riley). As she arrives to stay in a hotel for a work conference in Cornwall, Patricia is shocked to learn it’s run by her ex. The two spend the rest of the ibomma film reminiscing about their past and trying to move forward in new directions.
Although rom-com lite, She Is Love does have a few heartfelt scenes and is amusing to watch. Its improvisational style and Bennett and Riley’s chemistry make it fun to watch, though its storyline may not appeal to viewers looking for more serious romance.
4. Back to Black
The new Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black hasn’t even officially begun filming yet, but it’s already at the center of a tornado of backlash. The first on-set pictures of Marisa Abela in character have been circulating, and they’re not making many fans happy. As the Daily Beast explains, Abela looks “cartoonishly distraught in a Halloween costume-level approximation of Winehouse’s trademark beehive.”
The first photo debuted as StudioCanal and Focus Features unveiled a joint production deal for the project. The movie will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed Fifty Shades of Grey and Nowhere Boy. Matt Greenhalgh wrote the screenplay, which reportedly has the backing of the late singer’s estate and the support of Universal Music Group and Sony Music Publishing.
A beloved fashion icon since her debut in 1959, Barbie has become more than just a toy — she’s also a cultural force to be reckoned with. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie celebrates the beloved doll’s legacy with a rousing adventure film, complete with plenty of clever easter eggs that honor her rich history.
For instance, Barbie enters the desert landscape in a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The director’s deliberate choice to include this homage underscores the power of Barbie’s impact on popular culture over the decades.
The movie also boasts a heartwarming scene that depicts Barbie and Ruth’s heartfelt tea session. This charming moment not only pays tribute to Barbie’s creator, but it also echoes Michelangelo’s renowned masterpiece The Creation of Adam. The way Barbie and Ruth’s hands nearly touch mirrors the way God imparted life to Adam in the biblical text.