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David Suchet on saying farewell to 'Poirot' after 25 years (Exclusive video)

19 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

David Suchet played Agatha Christie's classic character Hercule Poirot on television for an astounding quarter of a century. However, he has only become eligible to contend at the Emmys for his farewell performance as the Belgian detective in the telefilm, "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case." In our recent video chat (watch below), this celebrated English actor explained how Acorn TV made this possible. The streaming service, which specializes in programming from across the pond, stepped in to co-produce for the first time to ensure this final installment in the franchise reached Us audiences. -Break- Suchet recounts his surprising first encounter with Poirot, which came in a 1985 TV version of Christie's "13 at Dinner." As he tells it, he was playing another part, Inspector Japp, while Peter Ustinov was reprising his role as the celebrated crime-solver. "I remember thinking what a won..." »

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Murder in Successville clip: Deborah Meaden meets Nicki Minaj

20 May 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Deborah Meaden's been meeting a few famous faces since she swapped Dragons' Den for Murder in Successville.

On tonight's episode of the BBC Three comedy, she rubs shoulders with a demonic Nicki Minaj and a flustered Jay Z during a police investigation (May 20).

The show sees a host of celebrity sidekicks teaming up with Di Sleet (Tom Davis) to solve various crimes in the fictional town of Successville.

Meaden is challenged to solve an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery on the show, with Lady Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Boris Johnson, Nicki Minaj and Jay Z among the suspects.

"I had the best time and actually got real and uncontrollable giggles more than once," Meaden said. "The cast were unbelievably good especially as they were improvising around my reactions. I was so immersed at times I actually believed I was solving a crime."

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Remembering the Unjustly Forgotten Tony Winner, Shaw's 'Perfect' Saint Joan and Acclaimed O'Neill Performer

18 May 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »

- Andre Soares

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Cannes Review: Woody Allen Gets Away with Irrational Man

16 May 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For the past few films, Woody Allen appears to have developed an obsession with murder. He either wants to murder someone, is watching too many Dateline reruns or fancies himself as a modern-day Agatha Christie with cynicism and philosophy. Basically, he has been making the same movie for the past ten years. Presented off-competition in Cannes, Irrational Man recycles his brand of humor, irony and references to Frenchisms and Eurocentric philosophy, wrapped in a murderous plot. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Abe Lucas, an admired philosophy professor has hit rock bottom because of his emotional failures and his tendency to drown his sorrows in spirits. His reputation precedes him before he even arrives at the small-town college to teach philosophy and quote loads of European philosophers like Kant and Sartre. And there’s something about the bad boy that women are attracted to. He soon becomes involved with to women. Rita »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Every Secret Thing – The Review

15 May 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Eight years ago, a baby went missing and two young girls Ronnie and Alice (Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald) were convicted of the crime and placed in juvenile detention. They’re now both 18 and are trying to move on with their lives after having served their time. Detective Nancy Porter (Elizabeth Banks) thinks history is repeating itself when another young girl goes missing in the same town. Of course the two main suspects are Ronnie and Alice. But as Porter begins to investigate the girls and their families, especially Alice’s mother (Diane Lane), they unearth a web of secrets and deceptions that calls everything into question.

What begins as a slow and meditative character piece – showing how traumatic events from your past can affect your day-to-day life – evolves into a police procedural mystery without much intrigue. In fact, it doesn’t take long for the film to completely flat-line, »

- Michael Haffner

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Acorn makes Emmys debut with strong contenders 'Poirot' and 'Foyle's War''

8 May 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

There is a new entry in the Emmys race with streaming service Acorn TV making its bow with two strong contenders for Best TV Movie: "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case" and "Foyle's War: Elise, The Final Mystery." Both of these telefilms mark the end of long-running franchises. Each of these Brit hits is finally eligible for the Emmys because of the participation of an American producer. Acorn TV, which specializes in programming from across the pond, stepped in to co-produce for the first time to ensure these final episodes reached Us audiences. -Break- In the case of "Curtain," it was the culmination of a series that dates back more than a quarter century. David Suchet first played Agatha Christie's classic character of Hercule Poirot in hour-long adaptations of short stories that aired in 1989. There were four seasons of these, with production of the first »

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Round-Up: Captain America: Civil War Casts Martin Freeman, Temple Teaser Trailer, The Poltergeist of Borley Forest

5 May 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

From the team behind the excellent live-action Akira trailer comes a new teaser, this one focusing on the concept short film, Temple. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on Martin Freeman being cast in Captain America: Civil War and the home media release details for The Poltergeist of Borley Forest.

Captain America: Civil War: Marvel announced today that Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock, The World's End) has joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War in a currently unknown role.

The film's focus on the Superhero Registration Act means we should see a large number of superheroes in the sequel, with Chadwick Boseman's first appearance as Black Panther confirmed and Spider-Man's involvement lined up, as well. Captain America: Civil War will also star Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Daniel Brühl (Baron von Zemo »

- Derek Anderson

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Deborah Meaden goes from Dragons' Den to Murder in Successville

4 May 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Deborah Meaden will swap Dragons' Den for crime-solving when she appears on BBC Three's new show Murder in Successville.

The show sees a host of celebrity sidekicks teaming up with Di Sleet (Tom Davis) to solve various crimes in the fictional town of Successville.

The famous faces have no idea what they're getting themselves into before filming begins, but with Successville populated by celebrities, will they be able to arrest the right suspect?

Meaden will be challenged to solve an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, but will she be able to decide whether Lady Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, retired Scout master Boris Johnson, invalid aunt Nicki Minaj or the suspicious butler Jay Z was responsible?

"I had the best time and actually got real and uncontrollable giggles more than once," Meaden said. "The cast were unbelievably good especially as they were improvising around my reactions. I was so immersed at times I »

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Nigel Terry, King Arthur in ‘Excalibur,’ Dead at 69

3 May 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Nigel Terry, best known for his portrayal of King Arthur in John Boorman’s 1981 film “Excalibur,” passed away on April 30, 2015 of emphysema, according to The Guardian. He was 69. A star of stage, film and television, Terry appeared recently in several British productions, including “Agatha Christie’s Marple,” “Doctor Who” and “Casualty.” His most prominent television role in the United States was in the lead role on the short-lived 1992 medievial-set series “Covington Cross,” where he played Sir Thomas Grey. IMDb His film debut came in 1968 alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn, portraying the teenaged Prince John in Anthony Harvey’s “The Lion. »

- Jason Hughes

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Nigel Terry, Who Starred in ‘Excalibur’ as King Arthur, Dies at 69

3 May 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Nigel Terry, best known for his performance as King Arthur in John Boorman’s 1981 film “Excalibur,” has died of emphysema, according to the Guardian. He was 69.

Terry’s first major appearance came in 1968 in Anthony Harvey’s “Lion in Winter,” where he played Prince John alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The British actor went years without another big film role until “Excalibur” came along, which also starred Helen Mirren as Morgana and Nicol Williamson as Merlin.

Terry played the titular Italian painter in the 1986 “Caravaggio,” directed by Derek Jarman. He and Jarman worked together on four more films: “The Last of England” (1988), “War Requiem” (1989), “Edward II” (1991) and “Blue” (1993).

He was born in Bristol and studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He worked extensively in theater, including productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company (including leads in “The Duchess of Malfi” and the title role in “Pericles, »

- Alex Stedman

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Next Wolverine Movie Taps Blade Runner 2 Scribe Michael Green

27 April 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hugh Jackman is set to don the adamantium claws one last time for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming third Wolverine movie, with James Mangold in the director’s chair, and now TheWrap has revealed who’ll be penning the beloved mutant’s final ride: Blade Runner 2 scribe Michael Green.

Mangold will work with Green to ensure that his new take adheres closely to the director’s own vision for the action-packed pic. The scribe has written for SmallvilleHeroesKings and The River over on the television side of things, but he’s perhaps best known for writing the (rather terrible) Green Lantern. Still, Green has lined up some pretty stellar gigs since then, including a re-write on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 and a script for Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated Blade Runner 2 (co-written with Hampton Fancher), which may star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. He’s also attached »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dead & Buried

17 April 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

1981 was an amazing year for horror. An American Werewolf in London. The Beyond. The Evil Dead. The Funhouse. The Howling. The list goes on and on. However, one that always seems to fall through the cracks of time and memory is Dead & Buried.

Released in May 1981, Dead & Buried did not set any box office records. This is due to the fact that it is very hard to categorize. Is it a slasher ala Friday the 13th Part 2? No, but there are some gruesome and realistic deaths courtesy of late effects whiz Stan Winston. Is it a monster movie like The Howling? Not exactly, but the movie involves transformations (of a sort). Is there a mystery to solve? Definitely, and this is what drives the story forward and through the disparate elements at play.

60’s and 70’s TV survivor James Farentino stars as Dan Gillis, Sheriff of the seaside town of Potter’s Bluff. »

- Scott Drebit

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Drama channel launches on UKTV Play on-demand service

31 March 2015 7:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV's Drama channel will join the company's on-demand service UKTV Play.

The channel will launch on the service later this week, with classics such as Agatha Christie, Death Comes to Pemberley and Birds of a Feather among programmes available to watch.

Drama joins fellow UKTV channels Dave, Yesterday and Really on the service which is available on iOS, Android, PC and YouView.

UKTV's director of commercial and business development Dan Fahy said: "UKTV Play is proving popular with viewers and we want to give them even more access to UKTV's great programming, when and where they want.

"The addition of Drama's well known and loved programming reinforces UKTV Play's position as a must-have on-demand service for our audience, especially as we continue to launch UKTV Play on to more platforms."

UKTV Play launched in 2014, with Dave and Really programmes such as Storage Hunters, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Most Haunted available to watch, »

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Broken Projector: Smoke Monster and Mirrors

30 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Should TV shows and movies with mysteries at their hearts reveal their answers or is it better to let the top spin? What’s the right balance in making your audience wonder and making your audience gasp at the answers? Geoff and I will consider these questions with Lost, Agatha Christie and Inception in tow. Plus, Geoff offers a 4-layer dip for categorizing mysterious stories. We’ll call it the Oldboy Upstream Color Spectrum until someone else comes up with a better name. The bigger question on the show this week is whether we want the things we think we want. With new episodes of The X-Files coming soon, and so much geek culture co-opted, repackaged and dumped on our doorsteps, it’s starting to seem like the disappointments outweigh the anticipation. Our big finish is a conversation with Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the filmmakers behind the romance-horror Spring, where »

- Scott Beggs

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Ricky Wilson wants to play Poirot

26 March 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ricky Wilson wants to play Hercules Poirot. The 'Voice' judge is reportedly a big fan of the TV detective from the long-running series 'Agatha Christie's Poirot', which is based on the novels by the crime author, and wants to take on the role himself. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Ricky says his ideal job would be to play Poirot. He spends his nights off watching re-runs of the show and would love to do a remake.'' The Kaiser Chiefs frontman - who underwent a makeover before he joined 'The Voice' - recently split from his girlfriend of five years, TV producer »

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Sarah Harding for Celebrity Masterchef

25 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ricky Wilson wants to play Hercules Poirot. The 'Voice' judge is reportedly a big fan of the TV detective from the long-running series 'Agatha Christie's Poirot', which is based on the novels by the crime author, and wants to take on the role himself. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Ricky says his ideal job would be to play Poirot. He spends his nights off watching re-runs of the show and would love to do a remake.'' The Kaiser Chiefs frontman - who underwent a makeover before he joined 'The Voice' - recently split from his girlfriend of five years, TV producer »

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Paramount Turning Agatha Christie Into An Action Hero

19 March 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Paramount Studios is going full speed ahead with Agatha, which will have Agatha Christie as its protagonist. And it sounds as though the legendary British author will be performing the sort of antics usually reserved for action heroes in the film. Deadline has confirmed that Agatha is currently being re-written by Annie Neal, who previously scripted Beauty Queen - a selection on 2013.s Black List (the annually released list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood). Paramount originally purchased the spec script for Agatha, which had been scribed by Allison Schroeder, all the way back in March 2013. But they.re clearly not 100% happy with what Schroeder has produced, as Neal has now been brought on to shore things up. The production is currently trying to find a director suitable for the project. Agatha will revolve around the 11 days when Agatha Christie went missing, while the spec script has been »

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Scribe Michael Green Comes Aboard Murder On The Orient Express Remake

11 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fox’s remake of the classic Agatha Christie whodunit Murder on the Orient Express is picking up steam, now that Michael Green has been tapped to pen the script. The studio has been developing this redo since late 2013, when power trio Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon all came aboard as producers. No director is yet attached to the pic, but Fox is understandably looking to attract a big name.

The story, one of the author’s most acclaimed to feature detective Hercule Poirot, was previously adapted for film by Sidney Lumet back in 1974. His take was rapturously received, racking up six Oscar nods and winning one (for Ingrid Bergman’s supporting performance). Albert Finney starred as Poirot, leading an all-star cast that included Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

This remake has big shoes to fill, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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News Bits: Holmes, 52, Space, Orient

11 March 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mr. Holmes

Roadside Attractions & Miramax have confirmed that Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" has secured a North American theatrical release of July 17th. [Source: Deadline]

52

Adrian Grenier's Kickstarter-funded documentary "52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale" has found a donation of $50,000 from Leonardo DiCaprio. The film plans to seek out the 52-hertz whale, which is known as the world's loneliest whale because it communicates in a frequency that no other whale can understand. [Source: Variety]

Dead Space

Visceral Games' general manager Steve Papoutsis says there is hope for a fourth chapter in the "Dead Space" saga: "Many, many people here at Visceral have a warm spot in their heart for Dead Space, and right now we're busy with Hardline and… other things... but it's definitely something we'd love to look at again. There's definitely a lot of interest internally for us to pick that up again at a future date.". [Source: Cinema Blend]

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- Garth Franklin

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'Blade Runner' Sequel Writer Boards 'Murder on the Orient Express'

10 March 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back in the fall of 2013, we learned there was development of a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet mystery Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott was producing with Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes) and Mark Gordon, but there was no writer on board yet. But that's changed now as Variety reports Green Lantern writer Michael Green, who is also working with Scott on the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford starring and Denis Villeneuve directing, will script the remake for Scott Free Productions. Read on! The original story follows detective Hercule Poirot, a genius Belgian detective who is called upon to solve a murder that occurred in his train car the night before. Albert Finney played the detective while an all-star cast of classic movie stars like Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, »

- Ethan Anderton

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