19 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)
The pairing of acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi is a match made in heaven, but putting them together in a bawdy, bitchy British sitcom playing lovers who have been together for nearly 50 years? Yes, please!
Vicious aired last year in the UK and had its share of fans and critics. American viewers are finally getting a chance to decide for themselves if this show is the gay sitcom that we’ve been waiting for. (One good sign is that Vicious already has a second season order and will start shooting this fall. Hopefully the Us airings will garner solid ratings to continue airing beyond the first season).
TheBacklot sat down recently in West Hollywood with series creator Gary Janetti, who you know as a writer on such comedies as Will & Grace and Family Guy as well as being partnered with celebrity stylist/TV personality, Brad Goreski. Janetti »
- Jim Halterman
Two things become immediately clear watching PBS’ Brit-com import “Vicious”: One, the major networks wouldn’t touch it. And two, it’s too bad the show isn’t sharp enough to make them regret that bias. The taboo here isn’t that the main characters played by Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are gay, it’s that they fall far outside the 18-49 demo. While the material is about as classy as an average Chuck Lorre show, the name and very game cast — especially McKellen — should be a potent draw for PBS’ dedicated Anglophile aud.
Co-created by American TV vet Gary Janetti (“Family Guy,” “Will & Grace”) and British playwright Mark Ravenhill, the shamelessly broad comedy centers around the busy living room of egomaniacal small-time actor Freddie (McKellen) and his partner of nearly 50 years, Stuart (Jacobi, also featured in PBS’ “Last Tango in Halifax”).
They’re frequently visited by randy »
- Geoff Berkshire
It will be one Vicious summer on PBS — and TVLine has an exclusive video in which two-time Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen previews his outrageous insult comedy, which has already aired in the UK but bows here Sunday at 10:30/9:30c.
The British sitcom follows Freddie (played by McKellen, The Hobbit) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi, Last Tango in Halifax), a gay couple who’ve been living together for nearly 50 years, as they spend their retirement constantly bickering, entertaining guests and making sure their old dog Balthazar is still alive. »
*Please Note – This Post Contains Major Spoilers For The Musical Into The Woods, If You Do Not Want To Be Spoiled, Please Do Not Continue*
Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods has had a bit of a mixed reaction, but one thing has cropped up a bit of a debate – whether some of the infamous plot points will be kept in. Lucky for us, Sondheim revealed all (literally) at a recent event talking to high school theatre teachers about staging their own musical.
One teacher had revealed that he had major concerns about staging the musical, mainly down to the relationship between Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, in which Sondheim replied “Well, you’ll be happy to know that Disney had the same objection.”
So no relationship between Little Red and the Wolf, what else has been changed? Quite a lot, according to Sondheim. »
- Lucy Cave
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
The stars of the small screen gathered in London tonight for the 2014 BAFTA Television Awards, with ITV’s Broadchurch the big winner, taking home Best Drama, Best Supporting Actor (David Bradley) and Best Actress (Olivia Colman), while Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The It Crowd were both the recipients of two gongs apiece. Check out a full list of nominess, with the winners highlighted in bold….
- Gary Collinson
Broadchurch was the big winner with three awards at UK TV's most glamorous event, and this is how Stuart Heritage saw the action unfold
Anyway, thats that for this evening. Were the winners worthy? Some of them. Do the Baftas change anything? Not really? How weird was it for me to not just look up who won an hour before any of this started? Extremely.
Still, thanks a lot for joining in. You really are the best. If youd like to follow me on Twitter, Im @StuHeritage, but youre not missing out on much if you dont. Thanks everyone.
Walters' speech is all about how someone in the press thought »
- Stuart Heritage
Digital Spy presents a list of the winners at this year's Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards, beginning tonight (Sunday, May 18) at 7pm.
Charlie Brooker - 10 O'Clock Live
Okay, so we might not be wearing our gladrags and we might not be sipping champagne, but who says a onesie and a takeaway can't be glamorous?
It's BAFTA night, and while we're not at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with all the best and brightest from the last year of television, at least we can join the party from our sofas. Yep, we'll be blogging along with the awards - which start at 8pm on BBC One - so grab your slippers and a cuppa and join in by tweeting @digitalspy and leaving your comments below...
And as a reminder, the awards actually start in "real life" at 7pm - but we'll be doggedly going along with the television broadcast and pretending we're not an hour behind everyone else, so there's no fear of spoilers. If you want things as they happen, we'll be updating our winners' list here. »
Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00
In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.
Thn have just received the nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards 2014, sponsored by Arqiva. The incredible nominees can be found below, along with some handy links, and a rather exciting time for many – I’m sure you’ll agree!
That’s not all either because like last year, you – the most important part of it all – can Vote for your favourite shortlisted show with the Radio Times Audience Award, which this time includes Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake Off.
You can cast your vote by Clicking Here!
And now, for all those nominees!
- Dan Bullock
Digital Spy presents a list of the nominees at this year's Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards, which will take place on Sunday, May 18:
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Charlie Brooker - 10 O'clock Live
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19 items from 2014
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