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UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The X Factor has suffered a year-on-year drop of close to 2 million.
The ITV singing competition returned for its 12th series on Saturday night (August 29), but new judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw couldn't inspire the show to reach the same figures as 2014's opening episode achieved.
The series premiere pulled in 7.11m (35.9%) from 8pm, with a further 536k (2.9%) on +1. Last year, the first episode was watched by 9.03m and 465k on +1.
Elsewhere on ITV, Keep It in the Family continued with 3.28m (19.8%) and Through the Keyhole kicked off with 3.13m (18%).
On Channel 4, Great Canal Journeys »
FremantleMedia announced today that it has acquired Italian production company Wildside. Under the deal, FremantleMedia will have a 62.5% holding with the opportunity to acquire the remaining shareholding in the future. Wildside is currently producing Jude Law-starrer The Young Pope, a Sky-hbo-Canal + co-production, directed by Academy Award-winner Paolo Sorrentino. Also in the cast is Diane Keaton. FremantleMedia International is distributing the title in the non-partner… »
London — Global production and distribution giant FremantleMedia has acquired Wildside, a leading Italian television and film production company. Wildside is producing Paolo Sorrentino’s TV drama “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton.
Under the deal, FremantleMedia will have a 62.5% holding with the opportunity to acquire the remaining shareholding in the future.
Based in Rome, the company was founded in 2009 by producers Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, and script writers and directors Marco Martani, Fausto Brizzi and Saverio Costanzo, following the merger of Wilder and Offside production companies.
Recent TV productions include the Italian version of “In Treatment” and “1992,” both commissioned by pay TV operator Sky. Movies include “Hungry Hearts,” directed by Saverio Costanzo and starring up-and-coming talent Adam Driver, who was recently cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,” the 2014 European Film Award best comedy winner “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer,” directed by Pif, »
- Leo Barraclough
There’s still a few weeks left before The CW’s fall lineup bombards your DVR — but who says you can’t get a glimpse of your favorite shows before then?
The network has released key art for sophomore favorites The Flash and Jane the Virgin (returning Oct. 6 and Oct. 12, respectively), as well as freshman musical-comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Oct. 12).
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The biggest highlight of the posters? Our first glance at Jane’s son, Mateo. (He might not actually be in Jane’s arms when the show returns, but hey, we’ll take what we can get. »
London — The first image has been released from TV miniseries “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius Xiii. The image shows Belardo on a reclining chair under the Rome sun.
Paolo Sorrentino, who directed the Academy Award-winning film “The Great Beauty” and “Youth,” which played in competition in Cannes this year, will direct all eight episodes of the drama, which started shooting recently.
The show is a co-production between pay TV companies Sky, HBO and Canal Plus.
- Leo Barraclough
Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, the fictional Italian-American Pius Xiii. From Sky, HBO and Canal Plus, the eight-part series is currently shooting for air next year. The production has released the first photo of Law as Belardo/Pius relaxing in the Rome sun (above — almost brings to mind The Talented Mr Ripley, but that was a different part of Italy). The plot centers on the controversial story of the beginning of Pius'… »
Jude Law knows how to sweep a woman off her feet! The actor and his girlfriend, Phillipa Coan, were spotted taking an adorable stroll through Rome on Tuesday. Jude, who has been filming his upcoming HBO series The Young Pope in the stunning city, took time out of his busy schedule on Aug. 25 to sightsee with Phillipa. The couple held hands and wrapped their arms around each other as they made their way through the charming Italian streets. The actor looked handsome in jeans and a v-neck shirt while Phillipa kept things casual in a black dress. Keep reading to see more of their romantic day date, and then check out more hot English actors who definitely have your heart. »
Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »
- Peter Knegt
In a novel effort to stress that film noir wasn’t a film movement specifically an output solely produced for American audiences, Kino Lorber releases a five disc set of obscure noir examples released in the UK. Spanning a near ten year period from 1943 to 1952, the titles displayed here do seem to chart a progression in tone, at least resulting in parallels with American counterparts. Though a couple of the selections here aren’t very noteworthy, either as artifacts of British noir or items worthy of reappraisal, it does contain items of considerable interest, including rare titles from forgotten or underrated auteurs like Ronald Neame, Roy Ward Baker, and Ralph Thomas.
They Met in the Dark
- Nicholas Bell
Now that Screen Gems' Underworld 5 has brought back franchise star Kate Beckinsale to reprise her role as the vampire Selene, the studio is starting to round out the supporting cast. Deadline reports that Outlander star Tobias Menzies has signed on to play a new Lycan leader named Marius. Theo James is also confirmed to star, reprising his role as David from 2012's Underworld Awakening.
The project reunites Tobias Menzies with director Anna Foerster, who is making her feature directorial debut with Underworld 5. The filmmaker directed the controversial Outlander season finale, where Tobias Menzies' character Frank Randall tortured and sexually assaulted Sam Heughan's Jamie Fraser. Deadline reports that this deal wasn't easy to make, but Outlander is a Sony-produced show, and since Screen Gems is a sister company to the studio, they most likely facilitated the deal.
Little is known about the Underworld 5 story, except »
Guy Ritchie.s Sherlock Holmes movies have been a fun ride. But do we need a third one? Not necessarily. As enjoyable as Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law have been together, we have plenty of other options when seeking our Sherlock fix (both on television and in the movie theaters), and Downey.s plenty busy playing Tony Stark in the McU. But Law recently floated a very interesting idea for Sherlock Holmes 3. even if his director kind of hates it. Jude Law was appearing as a guest on MTV.s Happy Sad Confused podcast, and talked about his pitch for Sherlock Holmes 3. It involves time travel. Yes, time travel. Law seemed surprised that host Josh Horowitz had heard the idea, and even defended the concept, explaining: I still think it.s a good idea! I don.t want to say, .Yeah it.s true,. and then it »
"Yes, that's rather obvious," a bloodied McAvoy deadpans. Now how do they get rid of it?
The first trailer for the movie was released today, and the story will be familiar to pretty much everyone: Scientist Victor (McAvoy) and his faithful assistant, Igor (Radcliffe), use human body parts to engineer a live being - to horrific results.
Watch the trailer.
The story's outline doesn't deviate too much from Mary Shelley's classic tale; it's the tone that gets a 21st century update. The trailer has the feel of "Sherlock Holmes" - witty, zany, madcap adventure with a bromance at the heart of it. Certainly, McAvoy and Radcliffe exhibit the same kind of easy chemistry of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
"Victor Frankenstein" opens in theaters November 25.
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- Kelly Woo
Sadie frost would ''love'' to get married again. The 50-year-old actress was married to Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp from 1988 to 1995 and 'Sherlock Holmes' actor Jude Law from 1997 to 2003 and although neither of those relationships worked out, it hasn't put her off tying the knot again in the future. She said: ''Yeah, definitely. I would. I'd love to. I really believe in relationships. But to tell you the truth I've got a really busy few months where I'm just focused on work and I'm not really...'' The 'Dracula' star - who claims she's ''not really'' seeing anyone at the moment - insists she feels more ''complete'', having recently turned 50, than she ever has before. She explained: ''It's funny that you get to this age that is symbolic, that looks quite old, but I just don't [feel it] ... I can do everything that I did in my 20s »
Say Uncle: Ritchie Continues String of Studio Pastiche
In a continuation of our culture’s insistence on plumbing the depths of past artifacts from the annals of entertainment, Guy Ritchie continues to spearhead the platitudinal safety of broadly realized studio fare with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a revamp of the popular mid-60s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Shallow and superficial, but spruced up with Ritchie’s usual zest for slickly edited, often comical action sequences, it’s the sort of bauble someone spent significant time painting with materials prone to oxidizing quickly.
Though pleasing in a sort of rudimentary tradition, the sort of consumption geared solely towards the visual splendor of pretty people wearing elegant outfits goes, it’s hardly an enthusiastically rendered reboot.
When a mysterious international organization seems to have kidnapped a top nuclear scientist, opposing CIA and Kgb forces must unite to »
- Nicholas Bell
Oh my, is it be “spy time” once more? Already? Wow, 2015 has been a big movie year for all those “cloak and dagger” undercover men (and women)! Early in the year, audiences were introduced to the “hush-hush” exploits of Kingsmen: The Secret Service, ripped fresh from a very adult graphic novel. As Summer began to heat up, funny lady Melissa McCarthy took satiric aim at the genre in Spy (aided by action vets Jason Statham and Jude Law). And just two weeks ago, film fans were gasping at the daredevil work of Tom Cruise, risking life and limb in his fifth go-round as Ethan Hunt, leader of the Imf in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (number one at the box office for the last couple weekends). And before the end of the year, the king of “gentlemen agents”, 007 Aka James Bond returns in his (official) twenty-fourth action extravaganza feature film Spectre. »
- Jim Batts
Guy Ritchie, probably best known for his work on the Sherlock Holmes franchise featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, is back on the big screen with an adaptation of the 1960s TV hit, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But adaptations, reboots and remakes are tricky in Hollywood, with critics often putting an extra critical eye on the updated projects. So, what do critics have to say about Ritchie's latest project? For the most part, reviewers agree that it's "charming" fun, but probably will be forgotten by the end of the summer. A.V. Club's Jesse Hassenger believes that Madonna's ex-husband has found a "better groove" in his blockbuster home, and even credits him for making a fun movie when »
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with The Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to Mossy Bottom Farm.
Shaun The Sheep Movie powers through visual puns, sight gags and rollicking plot twists to arrive at a hard-won realization: there’s no place like home.
As there is no dialogue from any of the characters, the music plays such an important role in the movie. That’s where the fantastic, colorful score from composer Ilan Eshkeri comes in.
Complete with the Shaun the Sheep theme, lively cues, and songs, including the award-friendly “Feels Like Summer” song, Eshkeri score is a wonderful soundtrack for a very funny film.
Eshkeri’s recent film work includes Still Alice, »
- Michelle McCue
Directors including Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Matthew Vaughn once circled the project, as did stars like George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum. However, the hoped-for bigscreen adaptation didn’t get real traction at Warner Bros. until Guy Ritchie, the director who reimagined the studio’s 2009 blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel two years later, pitched his take.
“There were several screenplays along the way, but it never got to the starting line before Guy,” says Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. “It needed a direction, it needed someone who had a point of view and a real voice. It’s very particularly Guy Ritchie’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ ”
That said, “U.N.C.L.E.,” which cost $75 million to produce, and tens of millions more to market and release, poses a sizable risk for the Burbank studio. »
- Jenelle Riley
After what seemed like the longest pre-production process ever, in which every actor in Hollywood – from George Clooney to Channing Tatum to John Hamm to Russell Crowe – was (at one time) touted for the main role of secret agent Napoleon Solo, Guy Ritchie’s latest blockbuster, a modern remake of the beloved TV ’60s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is set to hit theatres this coming Friday (and you can read our review here).
The property seemed like a perfect fit for Ritchie, who has spent the sum of his career thus far making smart, fast and incredibly stylish motion picture ventures – not to mention that his Sherlock Holmes movies (which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law) cemented him as a director capable of helming large-scale blockbusters, which is presumably the reason why he inherited this film – one that so very desperately wants to be the next big franchise. »
- Sam Hill
Guy Ritchie has taken the former Manchester United and England captain under his wing and cast him in two of his upcoming films.
What a beautiful day today is going to be... I want to wish my mate and his beautiful bride an amazing day where friends and family come together to celebrate what they have and are going to create together over the years to come... Have an amazing day you two... Oh and by the way don't miss Man from U.N.C.L.E .. Proud to have played a small part ... @guyritchie
A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 30, 2015 at 4:29am Pdt
He will be making a small cameo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E, where he plays a projectionist, but Ritchie teased a bigger »
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