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"Well how's that supposed to make me feelc" asks Ralph Fiennes hilariously, playing Gustave H, the concierge of the titular Grand Budapest Hotel in the fictional Eastern European country Zubrowska. He asks the question after being berated by the son (Adriend Brody) of the late Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) whose passing may have just landed Gustave one of the family's prized paintings, "Boy with Apple". But the painting is only a jumping off point for The Grand Budapest Hotel, a story told in flashback, taking place between the two wars, as Gustave finds himself in prison, out of prison and knee deep in a murder mystery we'd expect from the likes of Agatha Christie, only this time told through the kaleidoscope lens of writer/director Wes Anderson. The film, in fact, is told through two flashbacks, the first of which begins with a writer played by Jude Law in his »
- Brad Brevet
BBC One is to produce an adaptation of David Walliams' children's book The Boy in the Dress.
The novel was Walliams' first book, published in 2008, and will be made into a TV film to air this Christmas.
The actor, writer and comic made the announcement on Twitter, adding that he is "very excited" about the commission.
Walliams' second novel Mr Stink was previously adapted into a 60-minute film, airing over the festive period in 2012, while a TV version of his fourth effort Gangsta Granny also aired last Christmas.
He has also written three more children's books - 2010's Billionaire Boy, 2012's Ratburger and 2013's Demon Dentist.
BBC One's adaptation of Gangsta Granny attracted an overnight audience of 5.79m when it aired on December 26, 2013.
Watch a clip from Gangsta Granny below: »
We have an exclusive TV spot for Sabotage, the latest from writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch). The voiceover tells most of what you need to know: "When he arrested the world's most wanted druglord, he became the cartel's most wanted man." The hail of gunfire fills in the rest. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway star. Sabotage opens March 28. Watch the TV spot after the jump. Between gunfights, the script by Ayer and Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard) is based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel And Then There Were None. Here's the official synopsis: In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, »
- Brendan Bettinger
I just got back from seeing Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and I'm going to tap out a full review next week, but I wanted to share a few quick thoughts as it's a definite contender for best of 2014. amz asin="B00E78RJ0K" size="small"The best way to describe it is as something of an Agatha Christie story by way of Wes Anderson. It's got all the familiar quirks of an Anderson feature and a bevy of interesting characters with a note just before the credits roll telling us the story was inspired by the 1930s stories and memoirs of Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. The story is told as one giant flashback by F. Murray Abraham as the elder Zero Moustafa, whom we see through most of the story as his younger self, played by Tony Revolori. Zero is the new lobby boy at the legendary European hotel, »
- Brad Brevet
Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken on many seemingly insurmountable foes in his decades on screen, including but not limited to shape-shifting robots, an invisible alien game hunter, the devil himself and a little kid with a magic movie ticket that lets him slip into his favorite movies. But the acclaimed action star and former governor of California, has never found himself in the predicament of being placed in an Agatha Christie scenario, where he and his buddies are being picked off one by one. Yet, that's exactly what he's dealing with in this month's "Sabotage," based loosely on Christie's landmark "And Then There Were None."
And, in our exclusive preview above, you get to see Arnold squirm.
- Drew Taylor
Agatha Christie's novels could be adapted into modernised TV shows, says the company who owns the rights to the stories.
Managing director Hilary Strong told Broadcast: "We are looking contemporary.
"We're in discussions at the moment about how we can do that. We can absolutely see the opportunity for bringing the plotlines into the modern day."
Sherlock has enjoyed great success since it started in 2010, with last month's third series finale pulling in 8.8 million viewers for BBC One.
The series - which is set in the modern day - has gathered a cult following and has spawned an official convention and a smartphone app.
BBC One has recently announced a traditional adaptation of Christie's books The Secret Adversary and N or M. »
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Anson Mount, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache | Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach | Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes Non-Stop, a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service who views his assignments not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip – shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes…
Given Liam Neeson’s current status as action-star extraordinaire, it’s not to hard to determine just what to expect from Non-Stop: plenty of action, Liam Neeson waxing lyrical about the situation and »
- Phil Wheat
Drama chief stresses need for breadth as he defends mix of classics and new work from Jimmy McGovern and others
If the answer is Agatha Christie, then what is the question? For the BBC, which revealed a new long-term partnership with the Christie estate last week, it was "how do we rejuvenate peaktime drama on BBC1?".
Whether Christie is the solution remains to be seen. It is a safe bet, no doubt, to turn to the woman described by the BBC's controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson as the "bestselling novelist in the world ever".
BBC1 has to be broad, as Stephenson was keen to point out at. But does it have to be safe? There's been no shortage of Christie on the box of late, nearly all of it (Poirot, Marple) on ITV.
It was also ITV which last adapted Christie's Tommy and Tuppence tales (in 1983, starring Francesca Annis »
- John Plunkett
Murder on the Familiar Express: Collett-Serra’s Airborne Caper a Watchable Throwback
Director Jaume Collet-Serra has jumped aboard the Liam Neeson renaissance train, reuniting with star for Non-Stop after their 2011 effort, Unknown (and, they’ve recently wrapped a third feature due out next year). With Neeson’s insistent return to the action fold, his latest outing fares well in comparison, a glossy whodunit that feels like a familiar (and fun) Agatha Christie narrative thrust onto a plane, filled with moments you’ll question later but offering a generous amount of engagement generally lacking in many recent big budget offerings. A host of recognizable faces admirably (though not entirely successfully) warps the process of elimination via casting choices, and while it doesn’t quite manage a smooth landing in a rather truncated finale, it offers enough mainstream enjoyment to at least avoid making you angry with it.
A depressed and alcoholic Us Air Marshall, »
- Nicholas Bell
Think of Liam Neeson as the Cialis of action heroes. The Boomers needed one and there was Neeson, ready to step into the breach, lose the occasional daughter, thwart the occasional bad guy, overcome the insurmountable odds and now -- in “Non-Stop,” a.k.a “Taken 3” -- make transatlantic travel more of a nightmare than it already was. Don’t expect to see this thriller from Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra (of Neeson's “Unknown”) on a plane anytime soon. Unless you’re flying Air Anxiety.For all its high-tech accoutrements, “Non-Stop” is a locked-room mystery of the Agatha Christie stripe, except that the locked room is an “Aquatlantic” flight to London and the culprit is threatening by text message to kill someone on board every 20 minutes. Unless of course $150 million is deposited in a numbered account, blah blah blah. Those messages are being received by William Marks (Neeson), an alcoholic air marshal who hates flying, »
- John Anderson
January and February are traditionally regarded as dumping grounds for Hollywood’s lesser movies — the time when studios release the films not good enough for Oscar season and not promising enough for the summer box office. But with a surprising string of winter action hits, beginning with 2009′s Taken, that window might also be termed Neeson Season. “Neeson’s imposing 6’4” frame, haunted eyes, and knack for snapping limbs like celery stalks have elevated throwaways such as Unknown, The Grey, and Taken 2 into something more than the sum of their parts,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “They may not all be memorable films, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Christie (pictured) is the world’s best-selling novelist of all time. Her books are published in more than 50 languages.
In “And Then There Were None,” which sold more than 100 million copies, 10 strangers are marooned on an island. One by one they start to die. The story will be adapted by writer Sarah Phelps (“Great Expectations,” “The Crimson Field,” “The Casual Vacancy”). The drama will be produced by Mammoth Screen (“Parade’s End,” “Poldark”), in partnership with Acorn Prods. It is set to air at Christmas 2015.
Fifties-set adventure thriller series “Partners in Crime,” which centers on crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence, is a six-parter starring David Walliams. In search of adventure the partners stumble into a world of undercover agents, »
- Leo Barraclough
Danny And The Human Zoo is a one-off 90-minute drama written by Henry.
The script is described as a fictionalised memoir of the comic's life as a working-class teenager in 1970s Dudley.
"I've crammed the first two years of a very long career into 90 minutes - it's gonna rock," Henry said.
Mapp and Lucia is an adaptation of Ef Benson's novels, penned by Inside No 9 co-creator and star Pemberton.
The comic drama is comprised of three hour-long episodes and set in the summer of 1930, when Mrs Emmeline Lucas - known to her friends as Lucia - decides to take a holiday in the small English town of Tilling.
The series will follow Doctor Jenny Foster - »
David Walliams is set to star in a new crime series on BBC One. The comedic star will take a lead role as one half of married detective duo Tommy and Tuppence in 'Partners in Crime', a six-part series based on novelist Agatha Christie's two books, 'The Secret Adversary' and 'N or M'. David - who also co-wrote the series - said: ''In bringing these thrilling stories to the screen, it is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters.'' The programme is the first in a string of »
White Heat actor Gyasi will play new recruit Ash, with Joyner cast as his feisty wife Lorna.
"I am simply thrilled to be working with this creative team and to be a part of this exciting new project," said series lead Gyasi.
Skarsgård's character John River is a brilliant but troubled officer whose fractured mind is the key to his crime-solving genius.
"Abi's one of Britain's most distinctive and original storytellers, and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes River her perfect debut on BBC One."
River will air on BBC One in 2015.
Set in 18th century Cornwall, Poldark is an eight-part hour-long series and will film in Cornwall and Bristol from April.
"It's obviously a huge challenge to honour the extraordinary character Winston Graham created and who Debbie Horsfield has brought new life to. But there's a terrific team coming together and the scripts are superb, so I can't wait to get started."
Poldark will follow the rebellious Ross as he returns from the American War of Independence to Cornwall, only to find that his beloved county has dramatically changed in his absence.
Sheridan Smith is to star in new BBC One drama The C Word.
The 90-minute one-off is based on Lisa Lynch's candid book and has been adapted by Nicole Taylor.
Smith will play Lisa in the drama, described as "a defiant, ballsy account" of one woman's experience of cancer.
Lisa chronicled her experiences in a blog, which served as the basis for her book and had a profound effect on people across the world.
Lynch - who passed away in 2013, aged 33 - gave her full support to the project, working with writer Taylor and assisting in the casting of Smith.
"Her zest for life was infectious," said Smith. "I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn't help but love her. That's why I want to tell her story.
"I'm so sad that Lisa won't get to see the finished drama, having been so involved in the development of it. »
Its current third series has consistently topped the Sunday night ratings, with the latest episode pulling in 8.8 million viewers upon broadcast.
Its third run has also topped the ratings on Tuesday nights, premiering to more than 7 million viewers last month.
The comedian will take on the lead role in six-part series Partners in Crime, based on two Christie books, The Secret Adversary and N or M.
Walliams - who also wrote the adaptation - will appear as one half of married detective duo Tommy and Tuppence.
"In bringing these thrilling stories to the screen, it is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters," the 42-year-old said.
The adaptation is the first of several Christie programmes scheduled to appear on the BBC, to celebrate the author's 125th anniversary of birth. A series of documentaries about the famous crime writer - who died in 1976 - are also in the pipeline to mark the occasion.
Later in 2015, the channel will show »
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