20 items from 2014
• Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Set in post-war England, the story sees a retired Holmes (Ian McKellen) troubled by both his diminishing mental faculties and the devastation he witnessed on a recent trip to Japan. The great detective attempts to solve the case that forced him into retirement.
Already announced are Laura Linney as Holmes' housekeeper Mrs. Munro and Hiroyuki Sanada as Umezaki. Joining them are Hattie Morahan ("The Bletchley Circle," "Outnumbered"), Roger Allam ("V for Vendetta," "The Thick of It"), Phil Davis ("Whitechapel," "Vera Drake"), Frances de la Tour ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "The History Boys"), Patrick Kennedy ("Boardwalk Empire," "Atonement"), and newcomer Milo Parker ("Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails") who will play Mrs. Munro's son.
Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the »
- Garth Franklin
Here's a look at the day's latest casting news: Rachel Weisz is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans. Anna Friel and Oliver Platt join writer-director Bobby Miller's feature directorial debut, The Master Cleanse, a fantasy-horror-comedy starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston. Guy Pearce is being sought by director John Michael McDonagh to play the villain in War on Everyone, which already stars Michael Peña and Garrett Hedlund. Bill Condon's Sherlock Holmes film Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in the title role, also features Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam, Phil Davis, Frances de la Tour, and Milo Parker. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from The Wrap is news that Weisz is in talks to join The Light between Oceans, an adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel that is set on »
- Dave Trumbore
Just yesterday, the first image of Ian McKellen as the 93 year-old version of Sherlock Holmes from Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes arrived via the actor’s Twitter feed. While there also came word that Hiroyuki Sanada would be joining the cast, today Screen International reports that the ensemble will be further boosted by Roger Allam, Hattie Morahan, Phil Davies, Frances de la Tour, Milo Parker and Patrick Kennedy.While the majority of the new cast members’ roles remain shrouded in the sort of mystery that Holmes himself would unravel in seconds, we do know that Parker will be Roger, the young son of Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney), Holmes’ housekeeper.The story – which Condon adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind – takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. He believes »
The movie, which will shoot for seven weeks on location in London and on the south coast of England, also stars Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs. Munro.
Additional cast announced Thursday includes Hattie Morahan (“The Golden Compass,” “The Bank Job”), Patrick Kennedy (“War Horse,” “Atonement”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin”), Roger Allam (“Tamara Drewe,” “The Book Thief”), Phil Davis (“Vera Drake,” “Notes on a Scandal”), Frances de la Tour (“The History Boys,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), and Milo Parker (“Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails”), who plays Mrs. Munro’s son.
- Leo Barraclough
McKellen - who will play a 93-year-old Holmes in the drama - will reunite with his Vicious co-star de la Tour in an unconfirmed role.
The film is based on a Mitch Cullin novel with a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher. Set in 1947, Mr Holmes follows the detective living out his twilight years in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her son, haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years earlier.
McKellen unveiled the first picture of himself as Holmes last night (July 9).
Coincidentally, Roger Allam also stars in BBC Radio 4 comedy Cabin Pressure, »
A Slight Trick of the Mind will now be titled Mr Holmes and filming will take place over seven weeks on location in London and on the South Coast of England, according to co-producers AI Film, Archer Gray, See-Saw Films and BBC Films.
McKellen himself tweeted the first image, which shows the actor made up and aged up to play Arthur Conan Doyle’s private detective aged 93.
As previously announced, Bill Condon will direct the film - reuniting him with McKellen after they made Gods and Monsters together in 1998 - and Laura Linney will play his housekeeper Mrs Munro. Linney worked with Condon on Kinsey in 2004 and The Fifth Estate in 2013 as »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Sure, it would be easy to rattle off all sorts of movie titles that feature the name of colors. Go ahead and knock yourself out: The Pink Panther, Red Dawn, Yellow Submarine, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Goldfinger, etc. The listing seems rather endless. However, can one come up with color-contained movie titles that also carry some messaging of substance and contemplation? Maybe films such as Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias are color-coated entries that carries some relevance in its messaging about feminine empowerment for instance. In Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance let us look are the leading selections that have both color (in title) and substance (in thematic forethought) attached to its skin. Hey, maybe one can make a case for Pink Flamingos but The Blue Lagoon might be stretching things a bit…don’t you think? The Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color »
- Frank Ochieng
Jones’ sophomore film stars Martin Kemp (The Krays) as a sniper forced to murder six random people in six hours to save his kidnapped daughter, played by Dani Dyer (Vendetta). He later realises the murders are part of a political coup and attempts to unmask the kidnappers.
“We have assembled a fantastic cast to do justice to Simon’s script: a fast-paced page-turner, which feels much more like an American picture than your standard British film,” said Jones.
According to BBC News, his agent Lynda Ronan said he died after battling a long illness. In February, Kelly withdrew from his role as the Wizard of Oz in the West End musical “Wicked” citing ailing health.
“He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family,” Ronan told BBC News.
The Manchester-born actor played Nazi captain Hans Geering in “‘Allo ‘Allo” between 1982 and 1987. He’s also known for playing prisoner Bunny Warren in BBC’s “Porridge,” starring alongside Ronnie Barker between 1974 and 1978.
His other television credits include “Barbara” and ’90s sitcom “On the Up” with Dennis Waterman and Joan Sims. Kelly was also a favorite of director Mike Leigh, and played Ralph in the Leigh-directed TV movie “Grown-Ups.”
Kelly also portrayed Hilter in 1993 TV »
- Alex Stedman
Poldark follows the rebellious Ross as he returns from the American War of Independence to Cornwall, discovering that his home county has changed since he has been away.
Ellis will return as Reverend Haise for two of the drama's eight episodes.
The new series will air on BBC One in 2015. »
Britain's Got Talent: ITV, 7pm
The search for a star continues, as the judges Simon, Amanda, Alesha and David travel the country for more singers, dancers, performing animals, and other madcap acts. Ant and Dec present, while Stephen Mulhern hosts the aftershow Britain's Got More Talent.
The golden buzzer sits in the middle of the judges' desk, ready for this week's outstanding acts. Will anyone follow in the dancing footsteps of Paddy and Nico and make it through to the live shows?
The hostage drama opened with a surgeon, Ellen (Toni Collette), being ordered to kill Us President Kincaid as she operates on him. Finally in the season finale, the day of the surgery has arrived. The First Lady has realised Ellen's deception and corners her demanding the truth. Blair's squad of hired terrorists pose as secret service agents, and establish their final plans. »
BBC One has announced full details of its new Poldark adaptation.
Red Riding actor Warren Clarke (Ross's uncle Charles), Whitechapel star Phil Davis (Ross's manservant Jud) and Skins veteran Alexander Arnold (Ross's farm hand Jim Carter) will also appear in the forthcoming drama.
Ellis - now 72 - will also appear in the new series, taking on the part of Reverend Haise for two of the eight episodes.
Executive producer Karen Thrussell said: "We're so thrilled by the Poldark cast, and we feel particularly privileged that Robin Ellis has agreed to join this stellar lineup - it's a great tribute to Debbie Horsfield's scripts.
"Robin is looking »
Silk: BBC One - 9pm
Tonight, Martha (Maxine Peake) has to put aside her existing loyalties when she is asked to defend a close friend from her past on trial for a gang related murder. Martha remains unconvinced that her friend is guilty, despite overwhelming evidence against him.
Meanwhile, Billy (Neil Stuke) is left shocked when double-agent Mickey Joy (Phil Davis) re-appears looking for a second chance.The internal tribunal continues to deliberate and as opinions are split, things turn nasty.
Moone Boy: Sky1, 9pm
However, the dress soon becomes the least of everyone's worries, as Fidelma goes into labour right in the middle of the ceremony.
Whether you’re into Doctor Who and Star Wars or The Wire and Sherlock, there’s a great line-up of special guests coming to the NEC on 22-23 March for McM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia. Here are just a few of them!
British actor, writer and director Phil Davis has appeared in a host of top TV shows including Whitechapel; Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin and Doctor Who, while his movie credits include Alien 3, Quadrophenia, Notes On A Scandal, Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, for which he was BAFTA-nominated. Paul McGann – Famous for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film – a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – and for starring alongside Richard E. Grant in much-loved 1987 black comedy Withnail And I. Clarke Peters – Best known as detective Lester Freamon in acclaimed crime drama The Wire, as well as »
- Phil Wheat
A teenage delinquent and his misery guts victim come together in this unorthodox take on the traditional British urban drama. Unpopular London teen Kevin (Theo Barklem-Biggs) makes the mistake of breaking into the home of fiery old duffer Philip (Phil Davis) with the intention of burglary... but finds he has more in common with his intended victim than his family and friends. »
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One common criticism associated with people in the media is that they get “paid too much.” It’s difficult to work out how much is “too much,” of course, because there’s no way to accurately decide whether somebody is getting more money than they deserve for performing a job or task. Still, most people generally seem to think that footballers are overpaid for what they do – and the same goes for a lot of the people at the BBC, too, apparently.
Which brings us to this article: the salaries listed within are all sourced for accuracy from The Sun Newspaper, page 25 on the 16th January 2014. The numbers may seem shocking, but this is what the BBC talent roster really are getting paid – in some cases for a few hours graft a week. Payments like this are already causing everyday cash strapped Brits to grumble, and »
- Grahame Herbert
Interview Louisa Mellor 14 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Here's what the creators and select cast members had to say after the Bafta screening of Sherlock series 3 finale, His Last Vow. Spoilers...
Warning: contains major spoilers for His Last Vow.
After the final "Miss me?" had tumbled out of His Last Vow, an episode which left the audience at Bafta grinning like Cheshire cats, select creators and cast members were welcomed to the stage for a jocular post-viewing Q&A. Co-creator and episode writer Steven Moffat was joined by producer Sue Vertue, director Nick Hurran, and actors Amanda Abbington and Lars Mikkelsen.
Here is the Q&A transcript, chaired by journalist Amy Raphael, more or less in full...
Amy Raphael: Is the public response to Sherlock everything you hoped it would be?
Steven Moffat: Well it’s amazing. It’s very rare for a series to come back and on each occasion get higher than last time, »
Director: Sam Hoare,
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Having You begins like many a quirky indie drama, with its handwriting style credits, generic acoustic pop, and a montage that includes a protagonist with an out of the ordinary job; fixing arcade machines. Such generic tropes almost had me rolling my eyes, but as it turned out this wasn’t some bubbly comedy. However, it could be argued that it became something a lot worse as it revealed itself to be a melodramatic tearjerker that came across as more of a soap opera than anything else.
Friel plays Anna, a woman who takes her son Phoenix (Andrews) and goes off to find his real dad, a one night stand in the form of Jack (Buchan). Of course, having been 8 years, Jack is now happily settled »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
He will play Robunce Barnatty in the Sky Atlantic show, who is the eldest resident of Jinsy island.
This Is Jinsy returns on Wednesday, January 8 with a double bill at 10pm.
The details of the guest appearances are as follows:
Episode 1: Stephen Fry as Dr Bevelspepp, who uses his encyclopaedic knowledge of Jinsy to help save the island from an invasion of rampaging hair
Episode 2: Ben Miller as the Chief Accountant of Jinsy as well as his daughter Berpetta, a drunk, hefty, buck-toothed accountant
Episode 3: Katy Brand as Madame Astralina, »
20 items from 2014
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