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So, what did Twitter have to say about it all?
haha spot on #LorraineBowen @Bgt #Bgt pic.twitter.com/EZz6v7BktE
— Brett Roberts (@brettBAR) May 25, 2015
Such a shame @Bowen707 didn't make it through to the @Bgt final. Best act on the show who gives true entertainment. Wildcard for lorraine
— Ben Cook (@ben15cook) May 25, 2015
Totally frustrated with tonight's Bgt. I really don't like Côr Glanaethwy. Would have loved Henry to join Entity #bgt #EntityAllstarstowin
— Lorayne Dawson (@Covlolly) May 25, 2015
The show should just be called Britains Not Got Much Talent.
— Connor MacLeod (@HelloConnor) May 25, 2015
There is apparently a "Wonder Dog" on Britain's Got Talent next, I'm here to tell you all Dogs are wonderful *tips fedora* #Bgt
— Conor Walsh (@ConorWalshy) May »
We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.
In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »
Anyone with an interest in screenwriting and/or Doctor Who most likely already has a copy of A Writer’s Tale, a book composed of Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook’s email correspondence over Davies’ final two years as the Doctor Who showrunner. If they haven’t, then they need one. It’s that simple.
Of the many things A Writer’s Tale has to offer (how often does an opportunity come along to follow the million-miles-a-minute whirr of a creative brain commenting on its workings with honesty and humour?), one gem in particular is contained in the final pages of its extended 2010 reprint.
In 2009, just as Davies was packing up to move to La after handing over the reins to the BBC series, Cook asked him to re-watch Rose four years on, »
You’d think Russell T Davies went into the fourth series of resurrected Doctor Who brimming with confidence. A daft sci-fi show which had only ever enjoyed a cult following brought back from the brink and propelled into a three-series streak of mainstream popularity under his pen. Newborn spin offs had expanded the Whoniverse and found success in their own rights, uniting old and new fan alike. This quirky relic of a bygone era now dominating Saturday evenings as BBC One’s flagship show. Surely, he must’ve felt, Russell T Davies could do no wrong! Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that.
Luckily for us, Davies entered into a near-daily dialogue with young journalist and Doctor Who Magazine contributor Benjamin Cook from February 2007 onwards, detailing his time orchestrating the Whoniverse. By this point, he was easing Torchwood into a second series and kicking off the Sarah »
- Mat Greenfield
In October 2014, New Form Digital--the studio run by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Discovery Communications--produced 14 short films across YouTube. Each short was helmed by a different channel or content creator, and the result was a diverse selection that spanned from comedy to horror to sci-fi.
Now, New Form is looking to spotlight ten more filmmaking from the YouTube community and beyond. At Digital Entertainment World, it announced the second round of its Incubator Series and revealed the creators who will participate.
As with the first round of Incubator projects, the list of YouTubers collaborating with New Form is a mixed bag. Some, like Wong Fu Productions and Lisa Schwartz, are hugely successful YouTubers with seven-digit subscriber counts and nine-digit view counts. Others, like Ben Cook and Emily Diana Ruth, run comparatively smaller YouTube operations.
All the participants can be seen in a short teaser video provided by New Form. »
- Sam Gutelle
5 items from 2015
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