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New UK sci-fi and fantasy shows to look out for in 2015

20 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…

The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?

There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)

If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »

- louisamellor

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Japanese Actor Ken Takakura Dies at 83

17 November 2014 9:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ken Takakura, who first rose to stardom in the 1960s playing yakuza outlaws, but later became Hollywood’s go-to actor for made-in-Japan films, died on Nov. 10 at age 83 of malignant lymphoma. A private funeral had already been held when the Japanese media broke the story today.

The legendary actor most recently starred in “Dearest” and Zhang Yimou’s “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.” Western audiences best know Takakura for his roles in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” and 1992′s “Mr. Baseball.”

Born on Feb. 16, 1931 in Fukuoka, Japan, Takakura entered the Toei studio in 1955 after graduating from Meiji University. His breakout role was as an escaped prisoner in Teruo Ishii’s 1965 hit “Abashiri Prison,” which was loosely based on Stanley Kramer’s 1958 “The Defiant Ones.” The film spawned a long-running series, while Takakura churned out hit after hit for Toei in the remainder of the decade and beyond. Usually playing »

- Mark Schilling

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‘Midnight Rider’: Wrongful Death Defendant Claims Video “Manipulated” On ’20/20′

13 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated With ABC News Statement: Two weeks after shocking footage from the train that killed Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones was revealed on the Oct. 31 episode of ABC’s 20/20, railroad company Csx is hitting back against the Jones family lawyers. In a motion filed this week in the ongoing wrongful death case against Csx and over a dozen other defendants (read it here), Csx accused Jones’ lawyers of slipping the train footage to ABC News and asked a Georgia court to block any further evidence from going public pre-trial.

The 20/20 episode aired footage from a camera on the train that was heading from Savannah to Manchester, Georgia on the afternoon of February 20. The segment revealed that the locomotive needed a mile to stop, and began sounding its whistle 26 seconds before impact. Stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell can be seen attempting to get to safety along with other crew »

- Jen Yamato

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Interview: Eddie Redmayne Explains ‘The Theory of Everything’

13 November 2014 9:33 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Portraying Stephen Hawking, as Eddie Redmayne did in “The Theory of Everything,” required an intense physicality and emotionalism that was projected from different angles, much more challenging than a usual biographical role. In this instance, Redmayne projects the feeling of Hawking’s time and space.

Eddie Redmayne has been on a quick ascension path in his film career, while also conquering television and theater in his native England. After notable roles in the last three years in “My Week with Marilyn” and “Les Misérables,” Redmayne has took on the difficult task of playing Stephen Hawking from a healthy, genius-level university student to the wheelchair bound and computer-voiced theorist with a degenerative nerve disease (Als, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The performance is remarkable on many levels, but especially in communicating the soul and love – beyond a physical handicap – upon which a human being exists.

Eddie Redmayne is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Gregg Allman Dismissed from 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuits

4 November 2014 2:13 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Gregg Allman and his manager Michael Lehman have been dismissed from the various lawsuits brought against the production team of the upcoming biopic, Midnight Rider, after a train accident injured several and killed crew member Sarah Jones. While all plaintiffs voluntarily dropped their claims against Allman and Lehman, other parties remain implicated in the lawsuit.

"Gregg and I are pleased that the claims against us have been dismissed," Lehman said in a statement. "But it’s still with a heavy heart. We continue to have great empathy for the pain »

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Video: Moments Captured Before Sarah Jones’ Death on ‘Midnight Rider’ Set

1 November 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

An ABC News “20/20″ report on Friday included previously unseen footage of the final moments leading up to “Midnight Rider” camera assistant Sarah Jones’ tragic death in February.

The video comes from a camera that was inside the Csx locomotive that was speeding down the track before the accident. Two other crew members as well as film stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell ran for their lives seconds before impact, but Jones wasn’t able to make it off the trestle safely.

According to the report, a hospital bed that had been placed on the tracks (for the dream sequence being shot) was responsible for Jones’ death. It collided with the train, then struck Jones, pushing her into the deadly vehicle.

“The train hits the bed and the bed flies up and apparently a portion of the hospital bed strikes Sarah and pushes her into the train,” said Jeff Harris, the »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Video: Moments Captured Before Sarah Jones’ Death on ‘Midnight Rider’ Set

1 November 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An ABC News “20/20″ report on Friday included previously unseen footage of the final moments leading up to “Midnight Rider” camera assistant Sarah Jones’ tragic death in February.

The video comes from a camera that was inside the Csx locomotive that was speeding down the track before the accident. Two other crew members as well as film stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell ran for their lives seconds before impact, but Jones wasn’t able to make it off the trestle safely.

According to the report, a hospital bed that had been placed on the tracks (for the dream sequence being shot) was responsible for Jones’ death. It collided with the train, then struck Jones, pushing her into the deadly vehicle.

“The train hits the bed and the bed flies up and apparently a portion of the hospital bed strikes Sarah and pushes her into the train,” said Jeff Harris, the »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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New Video Shows Moments Before Sarah Jones Was Killed on ‘Midnight Rider’ Set

1 November 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC News and “20/20” released new video on Friday from the Csx locomotive train that ran through the set of the film “Midnight Rider,” killing camera assistant Sarah Jones. The footage from the final moments before Jones’ death shows crewmembers trying to run off the tracks as the train speeds towards them. Stars of the Gregg Allman biopic, William Hurt and Wyatt Russell, can also be seen narrowly escaping being struck. Also read: ‘Midnight Rider’ Director, Producer Surrender to Georgia Police “20/20” slowed down the video to point out a hospital bed that wasn't moved off the train tracks in time before the. »

- Ryan O'Connell

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Video Released of Moments Before Sarah Jones' Death on 'Midnight Rider' Set

31 October 2014 7:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a 30-minute report at the top of Friday night's 20/20, ABC News aired video of the final moments before Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic last February. Taken from a camera mounted inside the Csx locomotive that was speeding down the track and Jones and other crew members tried to escape, the video released today shows Midnight Rider crew members and stars William Hurt and Wyatt Russell running away from the tracks, with crew members and the bed that had been placed on

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- Hilary Lewis

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‘Midnight Rider': New Photos Show Crew On Train Tracks Before Sarah Jones Death

31 October 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Never-before-seen photos show the last known images of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set where she lost her life in February. In one, Jones (in green) is seen slating a shot with actor William Hurt lying in the hospital bed that later was laid across train tracks and struck, leaving Jones dead and several others injured. Another shows the crew with equipment on the south end of the Doctortown train trestle moments after a train has passed. Jones also is seen walking along train tracks with Hurt and actor Wyatt Russell, who were set to play Gregg and Duane Allman, respectively. The photos were obtained by ABC News, which is dedicating tonight’s episode of 20/20 to the Midnight Rider tragedy, new details of which came to light this week in a Deadline exclusive report detailing the discoveries of Osha’s federal investigation. The episode airs 10 tonight. »

- Jen Yamato

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‘Midnight Rider’ Crew Kept In Dark Over Safety, Federal Investigation Reveals

30 October 2014 5:47 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: New, surprising details have emerged about the on-set death of 27-year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider. Crew members were not told about an email from railroad owner Csx denying them permission to shoot on the Doctortown train trestle in rural Georgia, as at least 20 members piled onto the tracks 25 to 30 feet above the water under dangerous conditions led by director Randall Miller. See newly released pictures below to see (up close) the train tracks they shot on and the small walkway. The train accident left Jones dead and eight others injured, three of them hospitalized. Specific details of what happened on the tracks on the afternoon of February 20 were revealed in a play-by-play report by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which was considered the lead investigating body on the case.

The 182-page investigative report (read it here »

- Anita Busch and Jen Yamato

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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

28 October 2014 1:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, 2014.

Written and Directed by Ned Benson.

Starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Nina Arianda, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert and Jess Weixler.

Synopsis:

One couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.

For those who prefer their romantic films to be sappy, cheesy, mushy, schmaltzy, written by Nicholas Sparks or Stephanie Meyer be warned: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them may not tickle your taste buds. Not because it’s a bad film by any means, far from it, but because Ned Benson’s tale of love and loss in New York may well put you off rom-coms for good, and make you reassess everything you know and love about the genre.

Somewhat strangely, Eleanor Rigby is a film »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Walking Dead Recap: Slayed to Rest

26 October 2014 6:59 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Picking up right where last week’s episode of The Walking Dead left off, “Four Walls and a Roof” not only revealed whether poor shish ke-Bob got a reprieve, it also let us know the fate of Gareth and his blood-thirsty supper club, and brought Daryl back to the fold with…

Um, where’s Carol?

Read on, and we’ll investigate together.

Worst Case Of Food Poisoning Ever | As the hour opened, Gareth was still mouthing off to his meal, saying horrifying things like “I think pretty people taste better” when at last Bob’s tears turned to laughter, and »

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The Walking Dead Recap: Meat 'N' Greet

19 October 2014 6:59 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

With the introduction of Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, absolution seemed to be on a lot of our survivors’ minds. Unfortunately, one member of the group wound up in a predicament so dire, they might not live long enough to even make confession! Who was it? Read on and find out.

New Beginnings | As “Strangers” began, Rick let Tara know that, in spite of her past affiliation with the Governor, they were cool, and she sealed their new understanding with a fist bump. Nearby, Tyreese assured Carol that those who »

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New Wave Muse Dubois Dead at 77; Leading Lady in One of France's Biggest Box-Office Hits Ever

16 October 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marie Dubois, actress in French New Wave films, dead at 77 (image: Marie Dubois in the mammoth blockbuster 'La Grande Vadrouille') Actress Marie Dubois, a popular French New Wave personality of the '60s and the leading lady in one of France's biggest box-office hits in history, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at a nursing home in Lescar, a suburb of the southwestern French town of Pau, not far from the Spanish border. Dubois, who had been living in the Pau area since 2010, was 77. For decades she had been battling multiple sclerosis, which later in life had her confined to a wheelchair. Born Claudine Huzé (Claudine Lucie Pauline Huzé according to some online sources) on January 12, 1937, in Paris, the blue-eyed, blonde Marie Dubois began her show business career on stage, being featured in plays such as Molière's The Misanthrope and Arthur Miller's The Crucible. François Truffaut discovery: 'Shoot the »

- Andre Soares

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AMC's 'Synth' "Humans"

16 October 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

AMC, the home of quality drama series including "Mad Men", "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead"  confirmed the cast for "Humans", a new science fiction drama based on the Swedish TV series "Real Humans", where every home has a 'replicant'-like 'synth' human, fulfilling owners' needs and desires:

"...'Humans' is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a "synth" — a highly developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. 

"In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences..."

Cast includes William Hurt ("Altered States") as 'George Millican', a widower who treats his synth 'Odi', like his own son, Katherine Parkinson and Tom Goodman Hill as 'Laura' and 'Joe', who try to ease their marital problems by buying synth 'Anita' (Gemma Chan), Colin Morgan, »

- Michael Stevens

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Casting: Williams, Breckenridge, Hurt, Osment

15 October 2014 9:51 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last of Us

Maisie Williams ("Game of Thrones") has confirmed that while everyone involved wants her for the role of Ellie in the Sam Raimi-produced film adaptation of "The Last of Us," nothing is official just yet.

Williams has also confirmed that she's been in talks for a new superhero TV show based on an idea for an unpublished graphic novel. [Source: Flicks and the City]

The Walking Dead

Alexandra Breckenridge ("American Horror Story") has scored a recurring role in the fifth season of AMC's "The Walking Dead". It isn't known when her character will first appear, but she have the option to become a series regular in Season 6.

Officially Breckenridge plays Samantha, a mother and bohemian artist and a character who doesn't appear in the comics. Unofficially, sources indicate the character name and description are just 'placeholders' with her real identity to be revealed when the show airs. [Source: THR]

Humans

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- Garth Franklin

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The Walking Dead Taps Horror Story Alum Alexandra Breckenridge

15 October 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Alexandra Breckenridge is about to encounter a different kind of horror story.

The Ahs alumna has signed on for a recurring role on The Walking Dead Season 5, with the option to become a series regular, our sister site Deadline reports.

Not many details are available about whom Breckenridge will play — no surprise there! — but it’s likely she’ll portray a a bohemian mother named Samantha, whom the casting breakdown describes as “an attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman who also has a vulnerable side.”

Breckenridge’s TV resume also includes roles on True Blood, Life Unexpected and Dirt. »

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AMC Joins Forces With UK’s Channel 4 For Humans

15 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s time to get excited about TV science fiction again, as Us cable network AMC partners with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to produce Humans – an eight episode series to be co-produced by UK company Kudos (Broadchurch). The project is an adaptation of the Swedish science fiction-drama titled Real Humans that aired in 2012. That source material was written by Lars Lundstrom and was described by critics as “creepy as hell,” so this English language version – from the pens of Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) – looks very promising indeed.

Originally developed for release on Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment platform, the show is set in an alternative, current reality, in which the must-have gadget for households is a “synth,” which are highly developed robotic servants that are incredibly realistic in terms of their resemblance to mankind. Such hardware is not always within easy financial reach for the average suburban family, however, »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Humans’ Cast Includes William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson & Neil Maskell

15 October 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We recently reported that AMC has teamed up with Kudos and Channel 4 for a drama series called Humans that takes place in an alternate reality in which families own advanced robotic servants, one of whom begins to act of its own will—a premise that might call to mind images of I, Robot or Bicentennial Man. Now the cast of Humans has been revealed and fans of Dark City and Kill List should be pleased.

Press Release – “William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from Channel 4, AMC and Kudos.

Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest »

- Derek Anderson

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