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Cast off those post-Christmas blues - 2014 is just around the corner and already it's looking like next year might out-do the past 12 months when it comes to top quality TV comedy and drama!
There's plenty of old favourites returning to the schedules - more on that tomorrow - but also a ton of exciting new shows heading your way.
Digital Spy has picked out just a few of the best - here's what you can't afford to miss in the New Year... the 14 most thrilling new shows for 2014.
Sean Bean returns to series television for this new thriller series, which sees the Game of Thrones star play an undercover operative who undergoes a major identity crisis. Heroes star Ali Larter also stars in Mr Bean's triumphant telly comeback, which is from the same team as Homeland.
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Oscar nominee Frank Darabont teams with »
News Louisa Mellor 29 Nov 2013 - 07:01
Here's what we know (or think we know) so far about next year's series of Doctor Who...
We're leap-frogging Christmas Special, The Time Of The Doctor, somewhat to round up what we know so far about the forthcoming new series of Doctor Who.
It's news to no-one who hasn't kept their head in a bucket of fish fingers and custard for the last six months that Peter Capaldi will be taking over from Matt Smith in The Time Of The Doctor. Filming with Capaldi in the Tardis, as far as we know, is still due to start in January 2014 with Jenna Coleman back as companion Clara, and return appearances from the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Alex Kingston has also teased a potential return for River Song, announcing on a BBC America video "I look forward to sharing more of [River] with you in future, »
Kevin Costner plays a father who attempts to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang by trafficking cocaine to London on a midnight flight. Neil Cross ("Luther") penned the script. [Source: Heat Vision]
The project deals with victims of sleep paralysis who experience demonic visions, something Ascher himself has personal experience with. [Source: Screen]
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The story follows a young woman who falls into depression after her best girlfriend’s death. »
- Garth Franklin
The career resurgence train rolls along for Kevin Costner, as this week sees him taking the lead role in Midnight Delivery for producer Guillermo del Toro. The film is set to be directed by Otto Bathurst, who has done some work on television but will be making his feature debut with this one.
The plot makes it sound as if Costner will be headed into Liam Neeson’s lucrative revenge thriller territory, as it concerns a father (Costner) who is trafficking cocaine on the eponymous flight to save his estranged daughter from a Mexican drug cartel. The script was written by Neil Cross, best known as the creator of the BBC One series Luther.
Midnight Delivery has me particularly excited because I’m thinking Bathurst could be another one of del Toro’s directorial discoveries, in the vein of Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and Andres Muschietti (Mama). Plus, it »
- Steven Attanasie
Recently, Kevin Costner has been enjoying a bit of a career revival. In addition to this year's Man of Steel, Costner also has the sports drama Draft Day from director Ivan Reistman and the action thriller Three Days to Kill from director Luc Besson. Now THR has word Costner will also lead Midnight Delivery new thriller set up at Universal from producer Guillermo del Toro. In what sounds like it could be a continuance of Costner's career in the same vein as Liam Neeson in Taken, the film follows a father trying to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang by trafficking cocaine to London on a midnight flight. Otto Bathurst, best known for his miniseries work across the pond on "Criminal Justice" and "Peaky Blinders," will direct the film with a script from Neil Cross, co-creator of "Luther" (which may also be heading to the big screen). And on top of all that, »
- Ethan Anderton
As Guillermo del Toro continues to prep his next film “Crimson Peak,” which is set to shoot early next year, he’s also got another project percolating on the side—“Midnight Delivery.” The film, which del Toro is co-producing, will star Kevin Costner as a father who attempts to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang by trafficking cocaine on a midnight flight. The screenplay was written by “Luther” co-creator Neil Cross and is based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro. After a few months of searching for a director, it looks like del Toro has finally found his man. British filmmaker Otto Bathurst has signed on to direct “Midnight Delivery,” which would be his feature film debut. Bathurst is mainly known for his television work over in the UK, with mini-series’ such as this year’s “Peaky Blinders” starring Cillian Murphy as well as 2008’s “Criminal Justice »
- Ken Guidry
We first reported on the project back in July when Kevin Costner signed on to play a desperate father who must smuggle cocaine on a midnight flight to London to save his daughter from a Colombian cartel. Our first report indicated that the father was trying to save his son, but it appears the script has been altered slightly.
Luther creator Neil Cross wrote the screenplay, based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro, who is producing with David Linde. Gary Ungar, Tory Metzger and Russell Ackerman are serving as executive producers. No production schedule was released.
Pic follows a father who becomes a drug mule to save his son’s life. Universal’s executive VP of production Scott Bernstein and creative executive Sara Scott will oversee the project.
Bathurst is best known for his work on British television including the “Black Mirror” series for Channel 4 and Charlie Brooker in 2011, and the BBC original miniseries “Criminal Justice” which won him a BAFTA. He most recently directed the BBC miniseries “Peaky-Blinders.”
He is repped by Wme, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the U.K. and attorney Michael Schenkman. »
- Justin Kroll
7 November 2013 11:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
British helmer Otto Bathurst has closed a deal to direct Kevin Costner in Midnight Delivery, a Universal thriller being produced by Guillermo del Toro and David Linde. Delivery centers on a father (Costner) who attempts to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang by trafficking cocaine to London on a midnight flight. Neil Cross (co-creator of BBC's Luther) wrote the script, based on an original story by del Toro. Gary Ungar, Tory Metzger and Russell Ackerman are executive producing. Bathurst is a BAFTA-winning filmmaker known for his work on British miniseries of the thriller and drama
- Borys Kit
Guillermo del Toro is famous for being able to juggle hundreds (well, lots) of projects in the works at any one time. Of course, given his workload, there are only so many of the films that he can actually direct, so more often than not he stays as a producer and tracks down talent to bring them to life. He’s now landed on Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst to make drug drama Midnight Delivery, which will star Kevin Costner.Bathurst seems like a good pairing, given that the script is by Luther’s Neil Cross (who worked with del Toro on Mama). Midnight Delivery, which was first announced back in 2010, sees Costner as a father who must try to save his estranged daughter by trafficking a Colombian gang’s cocaine to London on a red-eye flight.It’s the first shot at big screen worth for Bathurst, who has »
Universal Pictures' Midnight Delivery has brought aboard British television director Otto Bathurst. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that he'll helm the upcoming action thriller with Kevin Costner already attached to star and Guillermo del Toro producing alongside Lava Bear Productions' David Linde. Scripted by Neil Cross ( Mama ) and based on an original idea by Del Toro, Midnight Delivery will find Costner as a father who is forced to become a drug mule to protect his son. Russell Ackerman and Gary Ungar are attached to executive produce Midnight Delivery . (Photo Credit: Ivan Nikolov / WENN.com) »
Alcatraz alum David Hoflin and Yasmine Al Massri have been cast as regulars in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones, from Luther creator Neil Cross. The series is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Aussie Hoflin, repped by Resolution and Genesis, will play Vane, a pirate captain known for being a vicious, villainous and murderous predator. Al Massri will play Selma, a poised and elegant Arabian woman who is Blackbeard’s one confidante. Filming is set to begin right away in Puerto Rico. Nora Kirkpatrick (The Office), Joel David Moore (Avatar) and Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) will co-star opposite Jaime Pressly in the TV Land single-camera comedy pilot Jennifer Falls. It centers on Jennifer Doyle (Pressly), a hot-tempered, high-flying businesswoman who gets fired from her job and »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Michael Smiley's CV takes in everything from cult comedy - Spaced - to noir-ish drama - Luther - and the versatile star's latest TV outing sees him cast as a corrupt ex-cop in Sky Living's latest Drama Matters offering, crime novel adaptation Talking to the Dead.
What can you reveal about your character in Talking to the Dead?
"I play an ex-cop who's been pensioned off - he got shot in the leg in the line of duty so he retires to Wales, where his family comes from.
"But Sophie Rundle's character is investigating him, »
NBC has confirmed that two female actors will play pirates, alongside Brit actor Richard Coyle ("Prince Of Persia") as assassin 'Tom Lowe' opposite John Malkovich ("Shadow Of The Vampire") as 'Edward Teach' aka 'Blackbeard' in the upcoming NBC 'pirate' TV series "Crossbones".
Claire Foy ("Season Of The Witch") will play 'Kate', a Governor's daughter, now a pirate for Blackbeard and Tracy Ifeachor ("Doctor Who") will also play another female member of Blackbeard's formidable cut-throat crew.
"...it's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate 'Edward Teach', aka 'Blackbeard' reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors.
Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce. »
- Michael Stevens
Some quickie TV casting news... First, British actress Tracy Ifeachor has been cast in Luther creator Neil Cross' NBC pirate drama, titled Crossbones. The series, which already boasts Richard Coyle and John Malkovich as its leads, is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Ifeachor has signed up to play a character named Nenna, who's described as a smart, powerful fighter, completely loyal to Captain Blackbeard. This will be the a British television and theatre actress' USA debut. The relative newcomer »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Some quickie TV casting news... First, British actress Tracy Ifeachor has been cast in Luther creator Neil Cross' NBC pirate drama, titled Crossbones. The series, which already boasts Richard Coyle and John Malkovich as its leads, is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Ifeachor has signed up to play a character named Nenna, who's described as a smart, powerful fighter, completely loyal to Captain Blackbeard. This will be the a British television and theatre actress' USA debut. The relative newcomer is maybe best known for playing the role of Abigail Naismith in Doctor Who episodes titled The End of Time Part 1 & 2. Secondly, Khary Payton has booked a co-starring role opposite Ben Rappaport in the USA network's comedy pilot Love Is Dead. The...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive Updated: British actor Richard Coyle (W.E.) has been cast as the co-lead opposite John Malkovich in the NBC pirate drama Crossbones. Also cast in the series, from Luther creator Neil Cross and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, are Claire Foy and Tracy Ifeachor. Crossbones is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe (Coyle), a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. Foy will play Kate, the beautiful Governor’s daughter, now a »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Universe is a big place – what could possibly result in The Doctor careening his chaotic way through to ‘little ole’ New Zealand? Or more correctly – why would the T.A.R.D.I.S. think he needed to be there?
New Zealand has a long and loving relationship with the last Time Lord of Gallifrey. A part of the British Commonwealth, it was the first country outside of the UK to broadcast the BBC’s premier Saturday night show, in September 1964.
Continuous repeats – partnered with oft-delayed broadcasts of newer episodes throughout the decades – resulted in the The Timelords’ 1988 single ‘Doctorin’ The Tardis’ reaching Number One in the New Zealand music charts. New Zealand is the only country outside of the UK able to boast this magnificent feat. Kiwi ‘Whovians’ continue to form a devoted part of the Doctor Who fanbase to this day, with Facebook pages dedicated to bringing »
- Sjlstia McLeod
[Warning - Major Spoilers Follow!!!]
Luther season 3 is sure to be debated like so many other series before it that have been accused (by some viewers) of deviating too far from center in later seasons. With just 4 episodes in which to close the saga of Dci John Luther (Idris Elba) there was much storytelling to be done, and showrunner Neil Cross split the season into two-episode halves, which both managed to sustain the style, tone, and twists that make Luther a police drama unlike almost any other (for better or worse). And yet, it often felt like somewhere lost in middle was the character that drove the series in the ...
Click to continue reading ‘Luther’ Season 3 Review: Was It A Good Ending to a Great Series?
- Kofi Outlaw
Cross told Entertainment Weekly that he is still pursuing "lots of avenues" with regards to producing a Luther movie.
"We really want to do it," he said. "And we've got lots of avenues that would allow us to do it."
"I don't think Alice and Luther's story is over," Cross said. "Which by definition means I can't even give you so much as a hint [of what happens next] - even a hint would spoil it."
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