19 items from 2016
Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with the War Doctor and acting legend Sir John Hurt, who talks about returning to the role that stole the show in 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Asking him about his return in his brand new audio adventure, Hurt shared his initial reaction to the...
- Andrew Reynolds
BBC One has announced the three-part drama series "Rillington Place" which Bandit Television and Endemol Shine Group will produce. The story is based on a series of murders that took place in the 1940s and 50s in London's Notting Hill area at the infamous No. 10 building on the titular street.
The series unfolds from the viewpoints of three key players - the multiple murderer John Christie, his wife Ethel, and their neighbor Timothy Evans. John murdered at least eight women and was hanged, while Evans was hanged for the murders of his own wife and daughter.
It was later learned Christie killed Evans' wife, Evans was granted a posthumous pardon in 1966 and that miscarriage of justice was said to have been a major contributor to the abolition of capital punishment in Britain.
- Garth Franklin
The Day of the Doctor was nearly an unmitigated disaster: No Doctors! Some Doctors! Just Clara! But thanks to some last minute confirmations, a quick rewrite of the whole of the Doctor Who canon and a brilliant performance by John Hurt, the special was a thorough delight. But what of all the work that preceded...
- Andrew Reynolds
Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure will be distributed into 5000 theatres by Huaxia.
Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, the feature film spin-off of toy company Mattel’s Thomas & Friends TV series will receive theatrical distribution in China at the end of this month.
Huaxia Film Distribution will release the film in 5000 cinemas across the country from February 20.
The film counted Eddie Redmayne, Olivia Colman and John Hurt amongst its English language voice cast, grossing close to $900,000 when it was released in the UK in July 2015, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the brand.
The newly Mandarin-dubbed version will premiere in Shanghai on Feb 18.
The Thomas & Friends TV series is available in China through platforms including iQiYi and YouKu. »
The dust has started to settle on January and the big announcement that Steven Moffat is ending his tenure on Doctor Who. Fans will have just one Christmas special to tide them over in 2016 – and spin-off series Class set in Coal Hill School – before Moffat bows out with series ten in 2017. After that Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall will be taking over for Series 11 in 2018. There might be a bit of a wait for new Doctor Who but one thing is for certain, there’s plenty more to come.
But what will Moffat’s final series look like ,and most importantly will this be Peter Capaldi’s last series too? After all, when Moffat replaced Russell T Davies in 2010 it was a clean sweep with a new Doctor, companion and producers too. The man who brought us more Weeping Angels, the Silence, Trenzalore, Amy, Rory, Clara, River Song, the excellent 50th special and, »
- Baz Greenland
BBC announced today that, after six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who. Steven took over the reins on Doctor Who Season 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He will be replaced by Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels.
He was also responsible the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world's longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the »
Angels Costumes is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 14.
Now in its 175th year, Angels Costumes is the world’s longest-established and largest professional costume house, and has worked with film luminaries including Alfred Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg on features from the Ealing Comedies, films produced by Gainsborough Studios and Hammer, to the Carry On films, Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter.
The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of film producer Michael Balcon and previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
As Ridley Scott gears up to go into production on his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, the filmmaker spoke to Coming Soon about the project at the Golden Globes, stating that he is shooting for a “hard R” with the film, and is looking to top the chestburster scene in Alien with something “much worse”.
“I think I’m going to do a pretty hard R,” states Scott. “I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse. »
- Gary Collinson
Though 2015 brought an absurd bounty of great television, not to mention the proclamation that we had entered the era of #PeakTV, there’s absolutely no reason to think that 2016 will let up. At all. In the first few months of the year alone, there are a whole host of great returning series gearing back up, as well as a wide variety of new ones. There are so many, in fact, that it took some difficulty to narrow them down to under 30. But here we are.
So please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list – for those so inclined, by all means, get excited for Legends of Tomorrow, American Crime Story, The Magicians, Lucifer, and, sure, why not, Fuller House. The list below are just a few that seemed, for one reason or another, to be especially noteworthy. (In at least one instance, “noteworthy” is not necessarily a compliment. »
- Simon Howell
Where do I get my Big Brother campaign pin and yard poster? Michael Radford's elaborate Orwell adaptation sticks closely to the original book, even after decades of deriviative dystopias have stolen its fire. John Hurt is excellent as Winston Smith, and Richard Burton is his inquisitor. Nineteen Eighty-Four Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Ship Date December 8, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Phyllis Logan. Cinematography Roger Deakins Production Designer Allan Cameron Art Direction Martin Hebert, Grant Hicks Film Editor Tom Priestley Original Music (2) Dominick Muldowney / Eurythmics Written by Jonathan Gems, Michael Radford from the novel by George Orwell Produced by Al Clark, Robert Devereux, Simon Perry, Marvin J. Rosenblum Directed by Michael Radford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
George Orwell's pessimistic 1948 novel 1984 is probably the most important political book of the last century. »
- Glenn Erickson
It’s Big Finish Day, and the audio company has announced that the much-loved Leela (Louise Jameson) will also star with John Hurt in the fourth War Doctor boxset, Casualties of War! It was announced live on stage earlier today… because Louise just couldn’t contain her excitement any longer! And quite understandably. In the middle of the Time...
- Philip Bates
"Alien" is one of the series that's managed to maintain its hard-r edge throughout its many sequels. From film series like "The Expendables" and "Die Hard," There are plenty of examples of movies that started out as no-holds-barred affair, and have devolved into more accessible films. This has never been the case for "Alien." Even the prequel film, "Prometheus" went all-out, not only showing plenty of violence and gore, but also forcing us to sit through a self-inflicted c-section.
But can the "Alien" series retain that R rating for its next entry? In a backstage Golden Globes interview, director Ridley Scott, in response to the idea that he's one of the few directors making science fiction for adults, said, "That's why I'm doing it, dude. I’m going to do pretty hard-r. Pretty tough." This, of course, is in reference to the upcoming "Prometheus" sequel, "Alien: Covenant."
Scott went on »
- Joseph Medina
Speaking backstage at the Golden Globes last weekend ahead of flying out to Sydney for filming on the new 'Alien,' Scott revealed a few details about his plans for the picture and confirmed he's aiming for a "pretty hard R" rating:
"I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn't sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I'm going to try and do that again this year, »
- Garth Franklin
After Ridley Scott won a Golden Globe for The Martian, talk backstage turned to his next film, Alien Covenant. The 78 year old director revealed that he's going to tackle the next Alien movie in a very different way. "I think I'm going to do a pretty hard R." He then revealed how the first Alien (1979) inspired his decision to make "Covenant", scarier than most films in the franchise. "I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much »
Though he was snubbed by the Academy earlier this morning, Ridley Scott is still riding pretty high right now, given all the success that his latest effort, The Martin, is seeing. And while he would certainly be entitled to a break at this time, to just sit back and relax, the director is doing no such thing. Instead, he’s jumping head first into his next film, which will be Alien: Covenant.
Acting as the sequel to Prometheus, the project is currently in development and from what we know so far, the plot will have “the crew of the colony ship Covenant headed for a remote planet, until they find a ‘paradise’ planet occupied solely by David (Michael Fassbender), the survivor of the Prometheus expedition.”
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Further details are being kept under wraps, but according to Avp Galaxy, the director intends to go all out when »
- Josh Wilding
While director Ridley Scott revisited his beloved Alien franchise in 2012's Prometheus, the film didn't have as many connections to the original thriller than many fans wanted. Last year, the filmmaker make the blockbuster announcement that his sequel to Prometheus will be entitled Alien: Covenant, which has been confirmed to start a new trilogy that will eventually lead up to the original Alien. With production set to begin in two months, the filmmaker confirmed during a backstage interview at the Golden Globes, courtesy of Screen Slam, that he's aiming for a "hard R" rating with Alien: Covenant, which he hopes is even scarier than the original.
"I'm going to do a hard R. It's going to be pretty tough. I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn't sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen »
Tears running down his face, the seven-year-old said, "Stop, Daddy! Stop! I can't take it anymore!" Considering the strange holiday line-up that I shared with Toshi and Allen, ages ten and seven, it is little wonder it almost ended in tears. But what kind of tears and why is a little less cut and dry than I might have supposed when this recent run of programming first came together. I've been seeing someone for a little while now, and it's been nice. She's met the boys and they like her tremendously, and vice-versa. The Monday after the film opened, the four of us went to see The Force Awakens together, the second time for the kids, the first time for her, and it was a great evening. They were excited about the film, about the evening out, about Star Wars in general. She was the one who brought up The Star Wars Holiday Special »
- Drew McWeeny
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled brand new photos from their upcoming lineup of films hitting cinemas in 2016.
Above is Tom Hanks with director/producer Clint Eastwood on the set of the upcoming film Sully. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the »
- Michelle McCue
David Bowie in 'The Hunger' with Catherine Deneuve. David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire in 'The Hunger,' Nikola Tesla in 'The Prestige' Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, '16. Bowie (born David Robert Jones in the London suburb of Brixton) had turned 69 on Jan. 8. His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon), has confirmed Bowie's death on Twitter. Bowie was seen in only a couple of dozen movies during his four-decade show business career. Among his most memorable film roles were those in the titles listed below. The Man Who Fell to Earth Directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don't Look Now) from a screenplay by Paul Mayersberg (based on a novel by Walter Tevis), The Man Who Fell to Earth »
- Andre Soares
19 items from 2016
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