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Ra’S Al Ghul Gives Oliver An Ultimatum; Dinah Lance Pays Laurel A Visit — Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) returns to Starling City and tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) that her father, Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) has given Oliver 48 hours to find Sara’s killer or the League of Assassins will start killing the citizens of Starling City. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is stunned when her father (Paul Blackthorne) delivers a very special Christmas gift – her mother, Dinah (guest star Alex Kingston). Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) tries to make amends with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Oliver sets a meeting with Ra’s al Ghul. Thor Freudenthal directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#309). Interesting...after a fairly slow build up, it does sound like the mystery surrounding Sara's killer will finally be revealed, while Oliver and Ra's coming face to face should help to make »
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
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Ausiello: Remember how Alfred Enoch’s “puppy dog” Wes shared with Rebecca in Episode 7 that his mother committed suicide when he was only 12? Series creator Peter Nowalk teases that viewers should “definitely pay attention to” that tidbit of background information. “That was a big bomb. It was buried in a bunch of information that was not significant, and it explains a lot of Wes’ behavior »
Feeding our curiosity for what a major transgressive adonis in future literary world might look like in the pre stench of cigarettes and booze era, I’m imagining something akin to Kill Your Darlings in term of look and feel, and a perfect drinking partner to Bent Hamer’s Factotum. Quite frankly it’s got everything you’d want in a Park City indie biopic – hence why I originally circled Bukowski as a possible 2014 Sundance selection. Little did I know that production would be tied up in legal troubles. The good news is, as of last month, whatever woes existed between right holders of “Ham on Rye” and this project have been resolved. Moving forward, we can expect to see a transformative performance from Josh Peck and peak into the man behind the method, and the madness. Shannen Doherty, Alex Kingston, Keegan Allen (see set pic above) and Tim Blake Nelson support the titular player. »
- Eric Lavallee
Im-not-so-ho, the best thing about The Flash is Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and John Wesley Shipp as Barry’s father. Im-not-so-ho, the best things about Gotham are Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot. Im-not-so-ho, the best things about Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. are Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming Na-Wen as Melinda May.
What does that say about me?
Am I getting old? Am I no longer able to appreciate a pretty-boy face or a hot young thang? Am I just being nostalgic in my appreciation of Martin, who originated the part of Tony in Rent on Broadway and played Detective Ed Green (opposite the brilliant and missed Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Brisco) on Law & Order, which I still regularly watch in reruns, and Ming Na-Wen, who played Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen on E.R., »
- Mindy Newell
Chasing Shadows: ITV, 9pm
Another day, another dark detective drama. The brooding sleuth here is Sean Stone (Reece Shearsmith) whose abrasive, uncanny genius puts him somewhere on the Sherlock spectrum.
In the first of a two-parter, Stone and his grounded analyst Ruth Hattersley (Alex Kingston) are tasked with investigating a recent spate of teen suicides - and begin to suspect there may be a killer on the loose.
Educating the East End: Channel 4, 9pm
This first episode in the eight-part series follows the school's newest teacher Mr Bipsham, and his struggle to teach Shakespeare to Year 9s. Elsewhere, two students compete against each other for a place in the prestigious Brit School, and staff help counsel a young girl whose mother is hospitalised.
Dynamo: Magician Impossible: Watch, »
League of Gentleman actor and writer Shearsmith will lead the cast of ITV's new four-part thriller, which focuses on a missing persons field unit tracking down serial killers who pick out vulnerable people.
Shearsmith plays DS Sean Stone, a socially-awkward but brilliant detective with an obsession for figuring out codes and patterns that lead to solving crimes.
Describing Sean as someone who is "rude" and "doesn't care" about social etiquette when solving crimes, Shearsmith said that he was initially wary about joining a new by-the-numbers police procedural drama.
"It feels like [a drama] that would hook you in as an interesting TV experience – not just your normal police procedural," he told Digital Spy and other reporters.
"Because that was the danger I thought about doing it right from the start, I was like, 'am I just doing another one? »
Shearsmith, who plays autistic detective Sean Stone in the upcoming ITV crime drama, said it was hard not to use eye contact when acting, reports What's On TV.
He said: "Sean was a hard character to play because I was robbed of all the usual devices when you act a scene - looking someone in the eyes, connecting.
Shearsmith also said that he believes Sean is a character with some flaws, but he makes up for them with "a great, quick mind".
"Sean can be rude and blunt. There's no reason for him to do the niceties," he said.
Noel Clarke has revealed that he is not interested in writing or directing a TV series in the near future.
The filmmaker and actor told press including Digital Spy that he feels more comfortable working on movies for the time being.
When asked if he could turn to directing or writing TV, he replied: "Not really. Producing maybe. It's quite weird, because I've created [TV shows], but while the story is my story, I got other people to write them because I'm not overly precious about stuff like that.
"I think if someone's better suited I'll let them do it, and so I got someone else to write it. So no, not really."
It's his first regular TV role since appearing in Doctor Who back in 2010.
Talking about returning to TV, »
Reece Shearsmith has revealed that he often finds it difficult to act in projects created by other writers.
The League of Gentlemen actor and co-writer explained that he has turned down many offers as they are "s**t", or "not as good" as his own work.
"I've had a few things offered and I've said no to them all," he told press including Digital Spy. "[Director] Ben Wheatley said, 'It's because you know a good script when you see it, and you write good scripts, so you can see others are s**t'.
"It's arrogant to think it, but I can't do anything that's not as good as the things I do. I can only relate that to me and what I think's acceptable. I get asked to do a lot of comedies, and I think they're not my humour or they're not as good as what I do, and I think, »
Let’s start this recap of Starz’s new drama Outlander with a Loch Ness-size disclaimer: I have been a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s sci-fi/romance/historical fiction novels since a friend introduced me to them in college. I love them with abandon. I have reread them more than once. When I was pregnant and thought I was having a boy, I seriously considered naming that boy James so I could call him Jamie.
Yep, I enjoy the Gabaldonverse that much. So while I can promise you I will watch Starz’s adaptation of her books with a critical eye, »
ITV has released a first-look at its ambitious new drama The Great Fire.
Novelist Tom Bradby is on scripting duties for the drama, based on the true events of 1666's Great Fire of London.
The Great Fire will launch on ITV later in 2014.
ITV to rest Law & Order: UK as Bradley Walsh quits »
Reece Shearsmith also stars in the upcoming four-part drama, which airs on the channel later this year.
Kingston will play his partner Ruth Hattersley, while Clarke stars as Di Prior.
Christopher Menaul (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) will direct the first self-contained story - 'Only Connect' - across two episodes. The director of the second two-part story 'Off Radar' will be Jim O'Hanlon (In The Flesh). »
Sometimes it seems that all the nutty superstitions surrounding Macbeth — pardon me, "the Scottish Play" — come not from its association with Elizabethan witchcraft or backstage mishaps, but from the sheer difficulty of doing it well. Until this week I would have said “the impossibility,” but here (at the Park Avenue Armory) is a swift, thrilling production starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston as Mr. and Mrs., directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, that manages to solve many if not all of the classic Macbeth problems with only a small cost in seriousness. The cost in ducats — a minimum of $422 on StubHub for the few seats remaining — is slightly more substantial.At least you can see what the money went for. The vast acreage of the Armory’s drill hall, which easily contains the custom-built 1,050-seat Macbeth Experience theater, has rarely been put to better use, except perhaps »
- Jesse Green
Grab a fez, straighten your bow tie and brace yourselves. Today, Watch airs Farewell Matt Smith, a documentary celebrating the Eleventh Doctor era, in the UK at 5pm. The special, narrated by River Song actress, Alex Kingston, originally screened on BBC America straight before The Time of the Doctor on Christmas Day. Charting the Doctor’s adventures from
- Philip Bates
Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith: Watch, 5pm
This Good Friday, remember Matt Smith's four-year stint as the 11th Doctor on the BBC family sci-fi show. Various clips and interviews, mostly from past behind-the-scenes editions, but with some new excerpts, recall Matt Smith's adventures with Amy, Rory, and Clara. Alex Kingston narrates, as cast, crew and celebrities offer their opinion on the most recent Doctor, and the show's future with Peter Capaldi. Contributors include showrunner Steven Moffat, and co-stars Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Jenna Coleman.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Channel 4, 8pm
Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett return to help Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team after they are attacked by Mike Peterson, reborn as Deathlok. The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D have been tasked with tracking down the Clairvoyant, a bitter enemy of the agency, »
Matt Smith has quickly become one of the most beloved actors to take on the role of ‘the Doctor’ in Doctor Who history. The floppy haired star has arguably elevated the BBC’s fifty year old television drama to new heights, with the shows popularity reaching an entirely new level across the globe.
It’s easy to see why Smith’s fez-loving, custard-fish finger eating incarnation of the Doctor will be sorely missed, and it will be difficult for us die-hard whovians to move on after his heart-breaking exit last Christmas. Although Peter Capaldi is more than a brilliant fit for the part and will almost definitely give audiences a fantastic re-imagining of the character, we still have at least four months to wait until his official debut. However we now have one more Matt Smith-related treat for those that are still pining for him after his unfortunate departure, »
- Ben Read
Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith will air on Watch at 5pm on Friday, April 18.
In the two-minute clip, Smith thanks fans for their support: "It never really grows old," he says. "I know it won't last forever so I try and live in the moment."
The UK premiere retrospective is a fond look back at Smith's time on the sci-fi series, narrated by co-star Alex Kingston.
Highlights from the actor's four-year journey in the Tardis are intertwined with anecdotes from Smith and his predecessor David Tennant, plus other cast members, writers, producers and celebrity Doctor Who fans.
Sherlock is now available to stream on Netflix UK.
The first two series of the Benedict Cumberbatch series - totalling six 90-minute TV films - have been added for members in the UK and Ireland.
The streaming service also recently made episodes of Homeland and American Horror Story available to UK members, with the first two seasons of both series now available to stream.
Sex Box! The British reality show is being adapted for We TV. “In Sex Box, real couples whose relationships are on the rocks enter a soundproof box to have sex and, upon exit, immediately address their issues with a panel of experts.” Okay, Brit readers, what’s your verdict (and don’t tell me you haven’t watched). And have they ever had same sex couples?
Out actor Ben Daniels will star in the Starz! ballet drama Flesh & Bone. Hmmm … I see a ShoutOUT in his future.
Linda Hamilton will star in the Syfy Original Movie Bermuda Testicles on April 12th. “Hamilton’s character is heading a rescue team sent to find the president after Air Force One goes down over the Bermuda Triangle. »
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