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  1. padraig

    padraig New Member

    The Young Pope
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    The Young Pope
    Promotional poster
    Genre Drama
    Created by Paolo Sorrentino
    Written by
    Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
    Theme music composer Timothy McKenzie
    Bob Dylan
    Jimi Hendrix
    Opening theme "Watchtower" (Instrumental)prod. by Labrinth
    Composer(s) Lele Marchitelli
    Country of origin
    Original language(s)
    No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
    Executive producer(s)

    Cinematography Luca Bigazzi
    Editor(s) Cristiano Travaglioli
    Camera setup Single-camera
    Running time 46–60 minutes
    Production company(s)
    Distributor FremantleMedia
    Original network

    Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
    Original release 21 October 2016 – present
    The Young Pope is an English-language drama television series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+. The series stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton.[1]
    The series premiered on 21 October 2016 on Sky Atlantic in Italy, Germany and Austria, on 24 October 2016 on Canal+ in France,[2] on 27 October 2016 on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, on 26 October 2016 on C More in Sweden, on 28 October 2016 on HBO in other various European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and The Czech Republic) and will premiere on 15 January 2017 on HBO in the United States.[2][3]
    On 20 October 2016, Wildside producer Lorenzo Mieli announced that a second season of the series is in development.[4]
    On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 83%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[5]
  2. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Special guests[edit]
    • Guy Boyd as His Excellency Archbishop Kurtwell, accused of having perpetrated sexual abuse on several children
    • Andre Gregory as Elmore Coen, a writer
    • Rayna Tharani as Maribeth, Cardinal Dussolier's married girlfriend
    • Tony Plana as Carlos García, an Honduran drug dealer whose wife has had a relationship with Cardinal Dussolier
    • Jan Hoag as Rose, the sick manager of a hotel in New York City
    • Kevin Jackson as Pete Washington, a potential witness of Kurtwell's crimes
    • Carolina Carlsson as the Prime Minister of Greenland
    • Gianluca Guidi as Father Federico Amatucci, Cardinal Voiello's confidant
    • Ignazio Oliva as Father Valente, one of the Pope's assistants
    • Sebastian Roché as His Eminence Michel Cardinal Marivaux[6]
    • Franco Pinelli as Tonino Pettola, a charlatan who claims that he can see the Virgin Mother among his sheep flock
    • Marcello Romolo as Don Tommaso (later created a Cardinal), the Pope's confessor
    • Daniel Vivian as Domen, the Pope's butler
    • Vladimir Bibic as His Eminence Cardinal Ozolins
    • Biagio Forestieri as Peter, a Pontifical Swiss Guard and Esther's husband
    • Ramón García as His Eminence Cardinal Aguirre
    • Nadee Kammellaweera as Sister Suree
    • Maurizio Lombardi as His Eminence Mario Cardinal Assente
    • Madalina Bellariu as Elena, an escort
    • Alex Esola as Freddy Blakestone, a tennis player that was involved in the Kurtwell case
    • Alessia Giulia Trujillo Alva as Blessed Juana
    • Delaina Mitchell as Lenny Belardo's former girlfriend
    • Monica Cetti as Countess Meraviglia
  3. padraig

    padraig New Member

    • Olivia Macklin as Lenny Belardo's mother
    • Collin Smith as Lenny Belardo's father
    • Allison Case as young Sister Mary
    • Frank Gingerich as young Lenny Belardo
    • Jack McQuaid as young Andrew Dussolier
    • Ann Darlington Carr as the Custodian's wife, miraculously cured by Lenny's prayer
    • Brian Keane as the Custodian
    • Nicolas Coster as an American journalist
    • Massimiliano Gallo as Captain Becchi, a Carabinieri officer
    • Milvia Marigliano as Sister Antonia, a missionary nun serving in Africa
    • Marcos Franz as Ángelo Sanchez, a young boy whose application to become priest has been rejected
    • Emilio Dino Conti as the Prime Minister of Italy's advisor
    • Todd Grinnell as Archbishop Kurtwell's assistant
    • Troy Ruptash as David Tanistone, Archbishop Kurtwell's secret son
  4. padraig

    padraig New Member

    No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Italy viewers
    "Episode 1" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino 21 October 2016 0.953 (overnight)[7]
    After being appointed Pope, Lenny Belardo must navigate the political hallways of Vatican City. However, the new Pope shocks the Vatican with his desire to reject both publicity and the liberal philosophy of his predecessor.
    2 "Episode 2" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino 21 October 2016 0.953 (overnight)[7]
    Lenny shocks the world with his first address, in which he demands Catholics worldwide devote themselves body and soul to God no matter the consequences. Sister Mary and Cardinal Voiello struggle to control Lenny, who admits that his conservative religious views were caused due to his parents abandoning him in an Italian orphanage to continue a hedonistic lifestyle.
    3 "Episode 3" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino & Stefano Rulli 28 October 2016 0.517[8]
    Lenny plans to bring forth a new resurgence of conservative Christianity as his former mentor, Cardinal Spencer, struggles with Cardinal Voiello over their inability to control the new Pope. Lenny forces Voiello to reveal that liberal forces in the College of Cardinals blocked Spencer's election as Pope, resulting in an agreement between the two men to use Lenny as a puppet. When Lenny threatens to excommunicate Voiello, the liberal cardinal is forced to swear loyalty to him. Later, a chance encounter with Esther, the wife of a Pontifical Swiss Guard, leads to Lenny having a seizure in her presence.
    4 "Episode 4" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino & Stefano Rulli 28 October 2016 0.517[8]
    Lenny arranges for a nun's sister to be brought to the Vatican for burial, then berates her at the funeral for crying. Lenny denies a promotion for Spencer and severs ties with him, as punishment for his attempt to use him. Voiello arranges for Esther to work as an assistant to the young Pope in hopes that a sex scandal might ensue that he can use as leverage. After, Lenny makes a comment about the gay aide to the female prime minister of Greenland, whom some cardinals flirt with before a meeting.
    5 "Episode 5" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino 4 November 2016 0.508[9]
    6 "Episode 6" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino 4 November 2016 0.508[9]
    7 "Episode 7" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino & Tony Grisoni 11 November 2016 0.490[10]
    8 "Episode 8" Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino & Tony Grisoni 11 November 2016 0.490[10]
    9 "Episode 9" Paolo Sorrentino Umberto Contarello & Paolo Sorrentino 18 November 2016 0.550[11]
    10 "Episode 10" Paolo Sorrentino Umberto Contarello & Paolo Sorrentino 18 November 2016 0.550[11]
  5. padraig

    padraig New Member

    The Young Pope, the first TV series by Paolo Sorrentino, was produced by Fausto Brizzi, Lorenzo Mieli e Mario Gianani, together with the French company Haut et Court TV and the Spanish company Mediapro.[12] The project was financed by Sky, Canal+ e HBO, which contributed 40 million euros, with part of the money coming from the European Regional Development Fund. Production of the first 10 episodes of the first season took three years between 2014 and 2016.[13][14]
    The script was written by Sorrentino, Stefano Rulli, Tony Grisoni and Umberto Contarello.[15] The cast, announced between July and August 2015, includes Jude Law as the young pope; Diane Keaton as Sister Mary; James Cromwell, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Javier Cámara and Toni Bertorelli. It also includes Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Guy Boyd, Andre Gregory, Sebastian Roché, Marcello Romolo, Ignazio Oliva, Vladimir Bibic, Daniel Vivian e Nadie Kammalaweera.[16][17] The main charachter is almost always seen only from the waist up, to give the impression that he might be soaring. Sorrentino said he inherited this technique from Spike Lee.[18]
    Filming of the first season, which took seven months, started in August 2015 and took place mainly in the Cinecittà studios, where the interior of the Vatican was recreated. Exterior shots and garden scenes were taken at a number of villas, primarily Villa Lante (Bagnaia), Villa Medici, and Orto Botanico dell'Università di Roma "La Sapienza", whicle some interior shots were also taken inside Palazzo Venezia.[13][14][18] Parts of the last episode were shot in piazza San Marco in Venice.[19]
    The show was renewed for a second season.[14]
    Critical response[edit]
    The Young Pope received widespread critical acclaim in the UK,[20][21]Ireland, and Italy.[22] It has also drawn some criticism from the Italian newspaper Famiglia Cristiana, for the overtly charicatural interpretation by Jude Law.[23] Famiglia Cristiana also outlined how polarizing the series was among Catholics, with many fans of Sorrentino's storytelling and many who were not impressed.[24] It received a 83% on Rotten Tomatoes,[25] a 8.5 on IMDb,[26] a 9.6 on TV.com.[27] Jude Law's performance has been praised by critics.[28]
    Audience viewership[edit]
    In Italy, it drew the highest rating ever for the pay TV SKY. With 953,000 viewers, it beat the initial release of Gomorrah and the Italian release of Game of Thrones.[23][23][29]
  6. padraig

    padraig New Member

    This seems like a lot of fun. Jude Law stars as Pope Pius x111 a very conservative Archbishop of New York who takes over from a very liberal Pope and heads the Church in the right direction appalling the Liberal Vatican Curia. :D:D

    I'd love to see it. A huge hit in Italy and elsewhere. Its on SKY.


  7. padraig

    padraig New Member

    From what I can see it seems crazy. :D:D

    Ah well Jude Law!! Ah well if I ever get to see it, will give me a laugh.:)
  8. padraig

    padraig New Member


    Jude Law is a scream.

  9. CrewDog

    CrewDog Guest

    ........ and he smokes Cigarettes!!! That will have all the Liberal Busy Bodies pooping bricks :ROFLMAO:
    Merry 6th Day of CHRISTmas!

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  10. paddymclovin40

    paddymclovin40 New Member

    With regret I must inform you the The Young Pope is up to the usual HBO standard. There is pornography material that I would classified as a mortal sin to view.
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  11. Tanno

    Tanno New Member

    "The Young Pope" inspires many lost, IMO.
    Memorable quotes such as:
    "I am the young pope. I take no stock in Consensus."
  12. padraig

    padraig New Member

    I am afraid it was a pretty blasphemous series. I watched tit bits on utube. Jude Law made me laugh. It started out well, maybe.
  13. What an hysterical faux pas!!
    Made my day!
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