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Benedict Cumberbatch is mounting up as Richard III. The "Sherlock" star sports long locks as the English monarch in the first image from "The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" (embedded below), a followup to 2012's BAFTA-winning BBC telefilms "The Hollow Crown." This new installment of Shakespeare adaptations will feature filmed versions of the playwright's first tetralogy of historical plays: "Henry VI, Part I," "Henry VI, Part II," "Henry VI, Part III" (the three of which will be released in two parts) and "Richard III." Principal photography on the films began Wednesday in the U.K. In addition to the image, a round of new cast members have been announced for the adaptations including Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson. »
- Chris Eggertsen
In the Us, the series will be transmitted on PBS by Great Performances, produced by Thirteen Productions LLC for Wnet.
Following an outstanding critical and audience reaction to the BAFTA Award-winning The Hollow Crown series in 2012, Neal Street Productions and Carnival Films/NBCUniversal bring the concluding part of this ambitious cycle of Shakespeare's History plays to the screen in three further filmed adaptations, Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III.
Assembling some of the UK's finest acting talent and, in addition to the stellar cast recently confirmed - Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge - new names revealed today are - Michael Gambon as Mortimer, Philip Glenister as Talbot, »
Thumbs up all around! Adding to the excitement, as if any needed to be added, Cumberbatch is starring opposite Sherlock nemesis Moriarity—aka Irish thesp Andrew Scott—as King Louis in the production from Carnival/NBCUniversal, Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions and Thirteen. Judi Dench, Tom Sturridge, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo, Sally Hawkins, Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Philip Glenister and Jason Watkins round out the none-too-shabby cast. And for those keeping track of the Sherlock cast's dalliances with Shakespeare in the off-season: Martin Freeman, the Watson to Benedict's titular sleuth, starred in Richard III this summer on »
London — The first image has been released from the “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses,” which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, Judi Dench as Cecily, Duchess of York and Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret.
The William Shakespeare series, which is a Neal Street co-production with Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen for the BBC and Wnet, is filming on location around the U.K. In the U.S., the series will air on PBS.
The series, which follows on from the 2012 BAFTA award-winning “The Hollow Crown” series (which starred Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston), brings the concluding installments of Shakespeare’s History plays to the screen in three further filmed adaptations, “Henry VI” (in 2 parts) and “Richard III.”
- Leo Barraclough
Benedict Cumberbatch has begun filming his role as Richard III in upcoming BBC drama The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. In an announcement made Wednesday (along with the first look, included above), it was revealed that Andrew Scott — who plays Cumberbatch's Sherlock nemesis, Moriarty — would be joining the cast as King Louis, alongside others including Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister and Jason Watkins. The three-part series, a co-production by Downton Abbey creator Carnival/NBCUniversal, Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions and Thirteen, follows on from 2012’s BAFTA-award winning The Hollow Crown, which starred Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw, and will conclude
- Alex Ritman
Looks like 007 may be the next lucky guy to stand under Rihanna’s umbrella (ella ella). The acclaimed chanteuse has reportedly been approached about possibly taking on a role in the still untitled Bond 24, which will see Daniel Craig once again take up the mantle of the iconic spy.
For now, Rihanna’s link to the upcoming franchise entry is tenuous at best, seeing as a British tabloid called The Sunday Mirror first reported the news. According to the publication, producers have approached the singer about a cameo appearance. An unnamed source added that Rihanna was thrilled about the prospect, stating:
“Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one. She didn’t even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She’s really excited.”
We’ll keep our own excitement contained for now, »
- Isaac Feldberg
God save Richard, England's royal king! #TheHollowCrown pic.twitter.com/CzSaiDMOyJ
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) October 1, 2014
Dench will play Cecily, »
Go behind the scenes on Penny Dreadful in a new featurette exclusive to Digital Spy.
A co-production between Us cabler Showtime and UK broadcaster Sky Atlantic, Penny Dreadful follows a band of haunted souls who exist in a world where classic tales of horror - Frankenstein, Dracula and more - are far from fiction.
The series has been renewed for a 10-episode second season, which will air in 2015.
Penny Dreadful Season 1 is released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 13 and is now available to pre-order. »
Ah, the James Bond movie casting rumours. We've missed these. With production on the new 007 adventure set to begin in the next month or two, the only faces we know for definite returning are Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Naomie Harris. As for new names to the world of Bond? We're expecting announcements in due course, but they haven't been forthcoming yet.
It's come from a tabloid source, the Daily Mirror, so liberal doses of salt probably help in digesting this one. The Mirror, however, reports that she's been approached by the Bond team about taking a role in the new movie. »
Here's what an unidentified source told British tabloid The Sunday Mirror, claiming that the Barbados native is a huge fan of the James Bond franchise.
"Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one. She didn't even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She's really excited."
Rihanna made her feature film debut in the 2012 action-adventure Battleship. She also played herself in last year's comedy hit This Is the End and appeared in the documentaries Katy Perry: Part of Me and Bettie Page Reveals All. The actress-singer also lends her voice to DreamWorks Animation's Home, in theaters next March.
It's possible that Eon Productions may also want Rihanna to sing »
Barbadian superstar, Rihanna, has dominated pop charts and won multiple Grammy Awards, but is she preparing to take one more shot at acting? According to a recent article in The Sunday Mirror (via Ok!), was approached by Bond 24 producers about a role in the film. According to their anonymous source the singer was thrilled with the offer. "Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one," The Daily Mirror source explained. "She didn't even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She's really excited." Rihanna hasn't done much acting, but she did appear in 2012's Battleship as Petty Officer Cora 'Weps' Raikes and as herself in the 2013 comedy, This Is the End. Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig »
I Tumblr For You; The Kids Aren’t Alright in Reitman’s Latest
Parents and their burgeoning teenagers battle their insecurities and repressed sexuality amidst ever present technology in an otherwise hushed community in a tightly woven all-American town. Sound familiar? On the surface, Jason Reitman’s latest effort Men, Women & Children is trying so very much to be American Beauty. There’s the hyper-sexualized cheerleaders, the stifled paternal figures and their mentally or morally absent partners, who all crash into their own devastating denouements. Unfortunately, despite his effort to create a modified updated retelling of Sam Mendes’ masterpiece for the plugged-in age, Reitman’s film is ersatz, and instantly forgotten.
Via Emma Thompson’s voiceover (which was used to far better effect in the underrated Stranger than Fiction), the audience is introduced to the close-knit residents of a Texan town. There’s the sexually frustrated married couple Don (Adam Sandler »
- Leora Heilbronn
Before you get too excited, this is being reported by UK newspaper The Sunday Mirror and only has quotes from an “unnamed source”, but there are some who are claiming that pop singer Rihanna is being linked to the upcoming 24th Bond movie.
“Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one”, the unnamed source who might not exist said. “She didn’t even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She’s really excited.”
The yet-to-titled Bond 24 will start shooting in December and reunites Skyfall director Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig, who is making his fourth appearance as 007, while the cast also includes the returning Ralph Fiennes, »
- Luke Owen
James Bond will return. So will Sam Mendes. But will Arnold be back in the studio filling in the gaps between what he calls "the explosions and the car squeals and the gear changes and the punctures"?
Ahead of his Bose Universal Conductor live immersive collaboration with Ella Eyre, Digital Spy caught up with the composer, and when we finished grilling him on all things Doctor Who, we got round to 007.
"I always said that I'd go back if they asked me," Arnold said when we brought up the inevitable.
"I know that Sam Mendes »
Rihanna could be set for a role in Bond 24.
The 'Umbrella' singer has been approached by producers to star in the upcoming James Bond film alongside Daniel Craig, according to The Sunday Mirror.
Director Sam Mendes' follow-up to Skyfall, which will see Daniel Craig return for his fourth film as the spy, has recently been in the process of a rewrite by long-time franchise writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Rihanna recently criticised CBS for its decision to pull one of her songs during an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. »
Sets are currently being built in Obertilliach, Austria for the next James Bond film and local newspaper Kleine Zeitung (via mi6-hq.com) have posted the first look at it. They also have a bit information regarding what type of scene will be filmed in the small municipality is known as a Nordic paradise based on its exceptional skiing trails. According to reports, a small team of 10-12 crew members are constructing a temporary building on the outskirts of Obertilliach that will either be blown up or see a plane crash in to it during the film. - mi6-hq.com Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig as James Bond (007), Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. The film will be released in the UK and Us »
The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.
Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...
Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran
The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.
The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »
Ja from Mnpp here welcoming you to another week's "Beauty vs Beast" showdown - this time around we're going good and bad and ugly and everything in between, heading out West to the oil fields of California at the turn of the previous century.
Over the weekend Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film There Will Be Blood screened at the immense and ornate United Palace Theater here in New York with Jonny Greenwood's masterful (and criminally Oscar-ignored) score performed live by an orchestra, including Mr. Greenwood himself. I was there and it was, to put it mildly, as if somebody liquified all of Heaven itself into drug-form and shot it full-blast into my veins. That is to say -- I enjoyed it. So to keep my happy buzz thrumming just a little longer, let's head back to The Church of the Third Revelation and see where our loyalties lie - »
Sweden's Hoyte Van Hoytema has become to go-to replacement cinematographer for a few prestigious filmmakers, including Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, and now, Sam Mendes. After losing his Dp Roger Deakins, Mendes has chosen Hoytema to shoot the 24th installment of the Bond Series.
Hoytema is best know for shooting the Swedish horror film Let The Right One In. Later he stepped in for Lance Acord on Spike Jonze's Her and also for Wally Pfister on Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar.
Filling Deadkins' shoes is going to take a lot of work, even for someone as talented as Hoytema. One thing we've heard is that Bond 24 will be shoot on film, which differs from the way Deadkins shot Skyfall, on an Arri Alexa.
- Laura Frances
We have a look at some of the more obscure comic book movie ideas which nearly made it to the big screen…
We've recently been investigating the pile of nearly-made-its in the ever-growing world of cinematic comic book adaptations. You could be forgiven for thinking Hollywood will strap wads of cash to any old comic book writer who stumbles past their door, but so far we’ve written approximately 5,000 words that say otherwise.
First, we delved into DC’s chequered past and found heaps of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman projects that we’ll sadly never get to see (and some other projects we’re quite glad we’ll never have to sit through). We then did the same for Marvel, unearthing plans for a Paul McCartney Silver Surfer rock opera, James Cameron’s bizarre Spider-Man script ideas and an amazingly-cast Dazzler animation from the 1980s.
Now, we turn our »
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