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The return of two-parters in Doctor Who series nine brought back a long-standing tradition from the classic era; the weekly cliff-hanger. While the show has had some great cliff-hangers since it returned in 2005 – Professor Yana is the Master, Amy is Flesh – audiences have been a bit starved of late. With the exception of the series seven cliff-hanger ‘introducing John Hurt as the Doctor’ in the lead up to the 50th anniversary special, we didn’t have a nail biting finale until the Master-Missy / Cyberman invasion in series eight’s Dark Water.
Series nine changed all that. With multiple two-parters and connected stories, we’ve been treated to some major cliff-hanger over recent weeks. From character deaths to twists and revelations few people saw coming, the show has returned to the days of old when the Doctor and his companion(s) would face certain death and fans would be desperately »
- Baz Greenland
The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.
The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Everyone at Kasterborous Towers is immensely excited to hear John Hurt’s return as the War Doctor for Big Finish – and it turns out we don’t have long to wait! The audio company has released a very exciting trailer and further details about the first boxset, Only the Monstrous – and revealed that it’ll be available before...
The post Big Finish’s The War Doctor Volume 1 Out in December! [Trailer] appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Philip Bates
Just over two years ago John Hurt stole the show in the 50th anniversary spectacular, The Day of the Doctor and now, the Radio Times has an exclusive clip from his return to the role of the War Doctor. Hurt will once again play the irascible Time Lord in 12 all-new episodes from Big Finish,...
- Andrew Reynolds
Chiwetel Ejiofor will be this year’s recipient of the British Independent Film Awards’ Richard Harris Award. Introduced in 2002 in honor of the legendary Richard Harris in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, the award will be presented to Ejiofor at this year's ceremony on December 6. Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon… »
Read More: British Independent Film Awards Launch First-Ever Public Screenings Program for Nominated Films The Moët British Independent Film Awards announced this morning that Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") will be honored at this year's ceremony with the Richard Harris Award. The award has been chosen based on Ejiofor's major contribution to the UK film industry, in addition to the attention he has brought internationally as an ambassador for British film. The actor is currently shooting Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. The Richard Harris Award started in 2002 in honor of the iconic Irish actor who starred in "Camelot," "This Sporting Life," "King Arthur" and "Unforgiven." Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie »
- Elle Leonsis
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
“I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel,” said Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris. “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo. A journey which describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime! I hope this award inspires British filmmakers to take advantage of him and build films around his talent.”
- Gary Collinson
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
It has been an oddly busy day on the "Doctor Who" news front with several stories coming to light. Things start with the first official photo from this year's Christmas special which sees Alex Kingston's River Song re-uniting with The Doctor (Peter Capaldi).
Speaking with The Radio Times, Moffat says this version of River Song is from directly after the events of "The Angels Take Manhattan" but before those in "The Name of the Doctor".
With the departure of Clara (Jenna Coleman), a new companion hasn't yet been named for next season. With two episodes to go for the current ninth season, Capaldi is on his own for the next episode "Heaven Sent," an extended and experimental episode featuring the Time Lord doing it solo with Jami Reid-Quarrell as the episode's mysterious villain 'The Veil'.
A promo for that episode can be seen below and the ep leads into »
- Garth Franklin
Two years to the day after the widely watched and celebrated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special aired, showrunner Steven Moffat is opening up a bit more about the making of that special, which came in a year Moffat has called nightmarish. (The guy was swamped making a lot of TV that year.) In an interview with Radio Times, Moffat revealed that he almost convinced Christopher Eccleston to reprise his role as the Ninth Doctor in that special, which ended up featuring Matt Smith, David Tennant and the newly introduced War Doctor, played by John Hurt. It didn’t come as a surprise that Eccleston — who left the show after one season and has not kept it a secret that he had some level of unhappiness being involved — chose to not partake in the making of “The Day of the Doctor.” And Moffat has said before that he met with Eccleston to discuss the 50th. »
- Emily Rome
52 years ago today, viewers first watched a show that would become a British and sci-fi icon. “Doctor Who” premiered on this date on BBC in 1963. In that episode, William Hartnell played the first iteration of the Time Lord who would take audiences on all sorts of fun, odd, and even sorrowful adventures through spacetime. He played the character for four seasons (series, to you British folks), and since then — thanks to the Doctor’s two hearts and ability to regenerate — 11 more (11ish more) men have played the character. Though “Doctor Who” started off airing just in the U.K., the show has since managed to capture millions upon millions of hearts all around the world — even though we humans only have one each. For evidence of the show’s popularity and impact, just turn to the Oxford English Dictionary — which has a few entries from “Doctor Who,” including Tardis — or »
- Emily Rome
Thinking of staging an impossibly stylish diamond heist? Expect some stomach-churning moments, if Sky Atlantic’s new drama is anything to go by
The problem with impossibly stylish crime dramas is, once the baddies have got you onside with an elegant flourish here or a bit of panache there, you don’t spare a thought for their victims. Take the manageress of an upmarket Marseilles jewellery store, who in multilingual crime drama The Last Panthers (Thursday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic) is the target of an elaborate heist. What we see is three diamond thieves use a visually arresting and high-concept calling card to intimidate out of her the combination to the safe. What she gets is a bucket of pink paint over her head.
She’ll need weeks of victim support, counselling, an intense Dulux-based de-trauma programme probably, but do we think of this? No, we’re too busy being aesthetically stunned, »
- Filipa Jodelka
Producer Marty Adelstein and his Tomorrow Studios company has optioned the rights to last year's indie hit Snowpiercer, to turn it into a TV series adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that screenwriter Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) has been tapped to write the pilot script. No network has been attached to the project at this time. Here's what Marty Adelstein had to say about bringing Josh Friedman on board.
"We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story. As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television."
Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel entitled Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The story is set years after a global Ice Age decimated the planet, »
“Fargo.” “Minority Report.” “Limitless.” “Scream.” “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” The list of movies that are now TV shows is getting longer. Here’s the movie you can add to that list today: “Snowpiercer.” The dystopian film is getting the small screen treatment, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed. This brings “Snowpiercer” further around the world just like its eponymous train. The story started as a French graphic novel called “Le Transperceneige” published in 1982. The movie was produced by South Korean company Cj Entertainment and directed by Bong Joon-Ho (his first English-language film). It was released in South Korea in summer 2013 and in the U.S. in June 2014. Now the TV series is being developed by American company Tomorrow Studios, which also produces NBC’s “Aquarius.” Set to pen the script for the project is Josh Friedman, writer of the Steven Spielberg “War of the Worlds” film and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles. »
- Emily Rome
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just under two months away. And one thing fans are certainly excited to see is the return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo. But the actor may be more enthusiastic about the return of a very different, albeit somewhat similar iconic character. Over the years, Ford has made no qualms about calling Indiana Jones his favorite. And while he liked stepping back into the big black space boots of pirate Han Solo, he'd love to return as the famed archeologist Dr. Henry Jones Jr. Here's what he had to say about Indiana Jones 5 to EW in terms of reprising the role.
"Oh, yeah. Yeah, I'd love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director - what's not to like?"
Over the course of this past year, »
I'm Irish, I love science fiction, and I love movies. So it feels like Ayamé was custom-designed for me. According to its official description, the film is "set in the near future. The story revolves around a rescue mission on what was thought to be an uninhabited planet." Now, here's the catch: the movie hasn't been made yet. Filmmaker Conor Maloney, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, explains: "My approach was to produce a small 'proof of concept' piece to show what the film could be. I self financed the production by using a life insurance policy my parents had been paying into for me. With the help of my producer, I managed to make contact with John Hurt, who was eager and willing to get...
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Sci-fi and Irish film aren’t two words that you see together too often. Sure, recent years have seen some Irish filmmakers dabble in the genre, but by and large, science fiction coming out of the Emerald Isle is far too rare. Which makes this proof of concept trailer for proposed feature Ayamé all the more refreshing. Coming from the mind of director Conor Maloney, the story concerns an Earth of the near future treatened with destruction, and the complications that arise during the military’s exodus of the planet. It’s a concept far too big to boiled down to one five minute video, but Maloney has done a great job of capturing the tone and the look of world in his head, and created something visually stunning that pays homage to giants of the genre, especially Alien and Akira. All wrapped up with the dulcet tones of John Hurt. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Rome – Steven Van Zandt will head the jury of the the Rome Fiction Fest dedicated to TV series which will feature the festival world preem of hotly anticipated diamond-heist skein “The Last Panthers” and also the bow of Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana’s “Lea” about a heroic woman who turns state’s evidence against the mob, among other high-profile offerings.
Van Zandt’s show “Lilyhammer,” in which he plays a New York mobster hiding in Norway thanks to his witness protection program, has struck a chord in Italy where it plays on Murdoch-owned Sky Atlantic paybox.
Rome will screen episode one of “The Last Panthers,” which is based on the real criminal exploits of the Balkan gang known as the Pink Panthers on November 11. The six-part Sky-Canal Plus co-prod toplines Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”), and (“We Will Be the Champions”) and John Hurt and boasts a David Bowie title track. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Last month, a rumor circulated that Warner Bros. may be cancelling director Guillermo del Toro's sequel Pacific Rim 2. The director clarified a week later that he is still planning on turning in the script and budget, while confirming that the production schedule has been delayed, and he may do another movie before tackling this big-budget sequel. Earlier today, the filmmaker took to his Twitter page to offer an update, revealing the script and budget has been turned in, although he hasn't been given an official answer yet.
Pacific Rim 2 was initially set for release on August 4, 2017, with production slated to begin this fall. Legendary confirmed last month that the sequel has been pushed out of that release date, which was snatched up just hours later by another sequel, Universal Pictures' Pitch Perfect 3. Legendary revealed in a statement last month that they are still committed to the project, with »
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