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Forget the political warfare of the Seven Kingdoms: “Game of Thrones” actor Charles Dance will soon be staging an alien invasion, as Variety has confirmed he will be one of the leads in Syfy’s “Childhood’s End.”
The six-hour miniseries, which is an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel “Childhood’s End,” focuses on what happens after the alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. While their arrival is seen as a peaceful one, it also begins decades of an apparent utopia under indirect alien rule — at the cost of human identity and culture. As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords’ ambassador.
The project, which is being adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s “Life on Mars”) and directed by Nick Hurran (“Sherlock: His Last Vow”), will begin filming next month in Australia and will premiere on Syfy next year. It »
- Whitney Friedlander
Jim Parsons is breathing new life into a (relatively young) holiday classic: The Big Bang Theory star will voice Buddy the Elf — yes, Will Ferrell’s character from 2003’s Elf — in a new holiday special for NBC.
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Premiering Dec. 16 at 8/7c, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas retells the story of Buddy’s journey to New York City, combining aspects of both the original film and the Broadway stage production.
Charles Dance is going from fantasy to sci-fi. The Game of Thrones actor has landed one of the starring roles in Syfy’s ambitious miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic Childhood’s End, EW has exclusively learned. The six-hour miniseries follows a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture. Dance plays Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren (not yet cast). We're told that "Karellen’s comforting words and »
- James Hibberd
CD Projekt Red unveiled the intro cinematic for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt — the third and final chapter in the studio’s genre-defining RPG series — during today’s 32nd Annual Golden Joystick Awards. (Incidentally, the threequel also picked up the Most Wanted gong during the ceremony.)
Getting back to the recently-released footage, though, the opening cinematic has been titled “the Trial,” and provides us with an early indication of the core plot of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. Essentially, Geralt of Rivia — our returning, monster-hunting protagonist — must venture into the wilderness in order to find his wayward love, Yennefer of Vengerberg.
Here’s an official rundown of that trailer from the studio itself.
“Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, ‘The Trail’ Opening Cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt’s long lost love, »
- Michael Briers
The Imitation Game (2014) Film Review from the 58th Annual BFI London Film Festival, a movie directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Beard, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Goodman Hill, James Northcote, Victoria Wicks, Lee Asquith-Coe, and Ancuta Brehban. The Imitation Game kicked off the London Film Festival [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: The Imitation Game: A Strong Probe into Turing [Lff 2014] »
- Subhan Ghani
The new video, released exclusively through Digital Spy, shows Turing attending a job interview with Commander Denniston (Charles Dance} for a position at Bletchley Park.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film centres on Turing's pioneering work on the Enigma code during World War II, and the subsequent prosecution he faced for his homosexuality.
Cumberbatch's performance is being widely tipped as a frontrunner for this year's Best Actor Oscar.
Benedict Cumberbatch: 'I would fight to the death against persecution'
The Imitation Game is released on November 14 in the UK, and opens on November 21 in the Us. »
James Hibberd debunks eight misconceptions and rumors about the upcoming fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Spoilers Ahead about some of those rumors. For the season debuting this spring, the characters of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) will not be appearing. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) did indeed die in the fourth season finale, so if he is on screen it might be in a flashback or as a corpse. An Iron Islands subplot from the book "A Feast of Crows" will not be featured. Author George R.R. Martin has lobbied for 13 episodes per season, but producers are adamant that 10 hours are more than enough. Entertainment Weekly -Break- Showtime finally announces a replacement for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in their anticipated comedy series "Happyish." Oscar-nominated writer and actor Steve Coogan will now star as a Brisish expatriate whose world is thrown off track when a young new boss is hired. »
Time for a Game of Thrones big rumor rundown. Below are eight misconceptions about the HBO hit's fifth season (and the show in general) that have been debunked to varying degrees. Disclaimer: Fans who read plenty of online Thrones coverage may already know these points as they've all been previously reported on EW.com and beyond. Who appears (or doesn't) in the season is discussed, but I'm deliberately not including any plot spoilers from the new season that have leaked, or otherwise adding anything new to the rumor mill. Still, if you wish to know absolutely nothing about season five »
- James Hibberd
With just under three weeks to go until its release, a new poster has arrived online for The Imitation Game, which features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as British mathematician and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing…
See Also: Read our review of The Imitation Game here
The Imitation Game is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
The Imitation Game is set for release in »
- Gary Collinson
Shared cinematic universes are all the rage now; and even the monsters are getting in on the act. Universal Studios confirms what has been rumored for a year now. There will be a unified film universe for the iconic movie monsters and Dracula Untold is the first volley in the game.
History is repeating itself. Back in 1931, Dracula (Starring Bela Lugosi) became a monster hit (pun intended) for Universal Studios and ushered in a slate of successful monsters franchises—Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. These monsters eventually segued into the first-ever shared cinematic universe. (Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman; the House of Frankenstein; the House of Dracula; and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein). Fast forward 83 years and once again, that Transylvanian blood-drinker is the first entrant in a shared monster-verse.
We’ve heard unofficially for months now that Universal Studios is »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
In an interview last week, the actor Charles Dance argued that the state of British TV is shamefully bleak, that there arent enough risks being taken in drama television in the UK and that the 80s represented TVs golden age.
Actually, we are living through a golden age of TV, and certainly British drama. This is drama that has to compete internationally. Drama that has to have incredible appeal, look amazing, with very high production values. Drama that says something about humanity, gives us insight, understanding, and entertains and intrigues. There have been brilliant examples of this recently, from Accused to The Honourable Woman, from The Village to Happy Valley. There has been incredible range as well, from The Fall to Parades End, from Utopia to The Hollow Crown, from The Hour to Broadchurch. »
- Dominic Savage
The Imitation Game, 2014.
Directed by Morten Tyldum.
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Just when you think every possible battle, pivotal moment, and time period of World War II has been explored, something different comes along; a tale of a British mathematician and all-around super genius that played a crucial role in the Allies winning the war. His methods also paved the way for the creation of the computer, that thing some of you are probably reading this review on right now. Considering the importance of Alan Turing’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) contributions to history, my only question after the credits for The Imitation Game rolled was “Why has it taken so long for Hollywood to tell this fascinating and deeply tragic story »
- Robert Kojder
The tragic fate of British computer genius Alan Turing is the focus of director Morten Tyldum's engrossing biopic. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a performance of pathos and intelligence as the genius mathematician and cryptanalyst who led the team which cracked the Nazi's Enigma code machine, turning the tide of the war, while hiding a damaging secret of his own. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance round out a great cast in a moving and gripping portrayal of one of Britain's most unsung heroes. »
"Game of Thrones" is pressing rewind next season - the HBO drama is going back in time via flashbacks!
Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealed, "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks."
What will those flashbacks be? Rumor has it that they involved the Lannister family, as fan reports indicated the show was casting a Young Cersei.
That jives with cryptic remarks made by Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister. Last we saw Tywin, he'd been shot dead by his son, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). And yet, Dance hinted that we'd see him again in season 5.
"Well, I'm not completely missing out on the next series. More than that I'm not going to say," he said. But he couldn't resist! "You »
- Kelly Woo
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 8 up to and including Flatline.
The article will begin after a picture of Daphne The Spoiler Squirrel. Only if you're ready for spoiler chat should you scroll past Daphne. She won't be offended either way.
"Clara. My Clara, I chose well."
Empiricism and Steven Moffat series arcs. We meet again.
The line above, said at the end of tonight’s Doctor WHo episode, Flatline, strongly implies that Missy chose Clara for something, which ties in with the on-going plot strand about the ‘Woman in the shop’ who gave Clara the Doctor’s number. It doesn’t, of course, confirm that it was Missy in the shop, that she was involved, or indeed even that it was Clara who was chosen.
Last night we brought you the news that season 5 would utilize flashbacks for the very first time in the show's history, and now Entertainment Weekly reveal that this flashback (so far there's only confirmation of one) will be the opening scene of the first episode. Due to a scene from the books, and taking into consideration comments from actor Charles Dance, this is believed to be a glimpse into Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) youth...though that has yet to be confirmed. More at the link below. »
Pretty cool eh? In addition, one of the show's creators David Benioff has revealed at a press event in Spain (where some of the images above were taken), that season 5 would utilize flashbacks for the first time. "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third," he said. "So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks." What will they be? Well the books feature a Cersei flashback, and since actor Charles Dance has confirmed that we'll be seeing Tywin Lannister again, that's probably a safe bet for the show too. More images at the link below. »
When Spring rolls around and the crocus are starting to poke through the dirt, no one gives a hoot because Game Of Thrones is back on the box. The annual hysteria surrounding HBO’s highly-successful medieval fantasy series begins… well, I would say now, but it never really ends! (And let’s keep it that way.)
After season four’s last episode was broadcast earlier this year, eager fans have scrambled for any morsel of gossip on their favourite back-stabbing swines. Thankfully, there’s already been a host of official news items, and today we’ve got another one for you. For the first time in the show’s history, season five will incorporate flashbacks!
So what? I hear you ask. Well, traditionally, the show has refused to use them, despite the endless narrative possibilities they could offer such a complex series. Speaking out at a HBO event in Spain, »
- Gem Seddon
During a Q&A with film students at an event in Spain, it was revealed that they are breaking one of their cardinal rules set forth when they first started making Game of Thrones, by allowing a flashback sequence. Here is the translated quote from Los Siete Reinos, which isn't attributed to a specific producer.
"Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks."
(There will be a major Spoiler if you continue reading!!)
Entertainment Weekly reports there will only be one flashback, that will serve as the opening scene of the Season 5 premiere, »
We’ve been getting a few hints here and there about interesting changes coming to the Game of Thrones narrative in the upcoming season five, and now we more or less have confirmation of one of them. After a public event in Sevilla, where the show is filming, show producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed to the Spanish press that yes, season 5 would finally introduce flashbacks into the show. (spoilers ahead) This has been rumored for a while now, as Sean Bean has hinted it may be possible for him to return in a flashback as Ned Stark, despite his season one death. Similarly, Charles Dance recently said that it was possible he would be returning to the show as Tywin Lannister, despite his death at the hands of Tyrion Lannister last season. The show has all but completely avoided flashbacks as a narrative device so far, only dabbling in… »
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