‘Sticky Notes’ Alum Rose Leslie Joins ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff on CBS All Access

“Game of Thrones” alum Rose Leslie has joined the cast of CBS All Access’ “The Good Wife” spinoff series.

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 Leslie will play the role of Maia, goddaughter to Christine Baranski‘s character Diane.
 “We’re thrilled to have Rose on board,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect. She’s real, she’s strong and she can play comedy. If we designed an actress from the ground up, we couldn’t have done better.”

The new series will pick up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of “The Good Wife.” In the series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia (Leslie), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s (Baranski) savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn (Crush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.

“Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King will write and executive produce the spinoff. In addition, Ridley Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Cross also serve as executive producers.

The show will premiere on CBS, in February, before moving over to CBS All Access exclusively, a move the media company is also making with its upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” series.

‘Sticky Notes’ to Screen at Napa Valley Film Festival


The West Coast premieres of “The Book of Love” and “Sticky Notes” have been set for the sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival during Nov. 3-9.

The two titles are part of the 10 films in the Narrative Feature Film lineup for juried competition along with 10 titles in the Documentary Feature competition. The awards ceremonies will take place Nov. 12 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

“Sticky Notes” stars  Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who, returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta, after he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Directed by Amanda Sharp.

Edinburgh International Film Festival review: STICKY NOTES

Amanda Sharp’s directorial debut is a tender and heartfelt drama, concerned with the fractured relationship between a young woman and her father. Featuring outstanding performances in the lead roles by Rose Leslie and Ray Liotta, Sticky Notes marks the arrival of a real and compelling new voice in American indie cinema.

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The plot concerns Athena (Rose Leslie), a dancer in L.A. stuck in the cycle of perpetual auditions. Her lonely existence is punctuated with meaningless sexual encounters with nameless guys she picks up in bars. She pretends to be an actress as the sex is always better when guys think they are fucking an actress. It is in the immediate, breathless aftermath of one of these anonymous encounters that her phone rings and she is left a voicemail from her father announcing that he cancer.

Athena drops everything and returns to Florida to look after him. Her father Jack, played by Ray Liotta on blistering form, is a real piece of work. A racist, belligerent man-child who sees his diagnosis as an excuse to just do what he wants. He smokes, he eats junk food, he sleeps with prostitutes. There are echoes of Alan Arkin’s Oscar winning turn in Little Miss Sunshine.

The script does a superb job of deftly playing with the notion of the parental roles in this relationship. Athena returns home to be the caregiver during Jack’s treatment. He acts like a child and she becomes the responsible parent. But Sharp’s script insightfully – and in a very visually distinctive way – taps into that strange adult phenomenon of no matter how old you are, once you start spending time with your parents you feel like a child again.

This is a very well written film, and the relationship between Jack and Athena is deeply complex. You really get the sense of a life of shared history between the characters. The title of the film comes from Jack’s habit of leaving sticky (post-it) notes all around the house with messages, advice, and inspirational quotes. It is how he expresses himself as a father – infuriating, distant, childlike, and sweet all in one.

We’ve known for a long time that Ray Liotta is a seriously good actor, but he doesn’t always work with the best material. It’s therefore wonderful to see him working with a script that gives him a chance to showcase how terrific he can be. In Sticky Notes he delivers a powerful and nuanced performance of a man who is almost irredeemably flawed, but is so human and recognisable as a result.

Rose Leslie though is the real revelation. Her portrayal of Athena could not be further from her star-making role in Game of Thrones, and suggests she will go from strength to strength in her career. A truly fearless performance, in her armour of big hair and bare midriff, she projects toughness and self-reliance, but her finger is always hovering over the self-destruct button. Some of the “daddy issues” might be a little on the nose, but Athena is a genuine product of her upbringing – no female role model and Jack as a father.

The only slight false note in the film is Justin Bartha’s character Bryan, the potentially one decent man in Athena’s life who she keeps pushing away. Bartha himself is fine, with his usual wry delivery, but Bryan is the only character who feels like he’s been written into the film. Where the others feel real and lived in, Bryan doesn’t seem quite as believable.

That being said, what we have here is a terrific debut from a young female writer/director, with a well written lead female character, performed outstandingly by a talented young actress. When the only criticism in this equation is a slightly underwritten supporting male character, quite frankly, I’ll take that any day.


Carnaby at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been unveiled by artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s EIFF (June 15-26) will comprise a total 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.

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Highlights include the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events that include US indie filmmaker Kevin Smith and Sex & The City actress Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honourand Whisky Galore!.

Old classics will be re-imagined with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best Of British strand will include 12 titles that will compete for the Michael Powell Award (see below), including opening film Tommy’s Honour and The Library Suicides, the debut feature of director Euros Lyn, whose TV work includes Daredevil, Sherlock, Black Mirror and Doctor Who.

Also in Best of British is the world premiere of Chris Foggin’s coming-of-age drama KIDS IN LOVE, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne; Jane Gull’s Down’s syndrome drama My Feral Heart; the world premiere of Graeme Maley’s Nordic noir A Reykjavik Porno; Simon Dixon’s mercenary drama Tiger Raid; and Benjamin Turner’s Ibiza-set crime thriller White Island, also a world premiere.

As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour, starring Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden, and will close with the world premiere of Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard.

Scottish actor Rose Leslie will star alongside Ray Liotta and Gina Rodriguez in family drama STICKY NOTES, from director Amanda Sharp.