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TV News: Kind, Torchwood, Guests, Showtime

15 July 2010 9:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Christopher and His Kind

The first photos have been released from this BBC2 telemovie adaptation of the acclaimed novel by "A Single Man" author and "Cabaret" creator Christopher Isherwood.

Current "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith stars as the young writer who escapes the repressive English society of the 1930's and moves to hedonistic cabaret scene of Berlin where he sets out on a process of self-discovery.

Acclaimed playwright Kevin Elyot penned the script while Lindsay Duncan, Imogen Poots, Toby Jones and Douglas Booth also star.


AskAusiello has a break down of the three new characters that will join the returning Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles).

A "wickedly funny CIA agent born to make waves" named Rex Matheson will join as a series regular. A recurring role is Esther Katusi, a CIA grunt in her early 20s forced to find what she's made of.

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- Garth Franklin

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An Unexpected Career

7 June 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

"It's Jungian," says Sam Trammell nonchalantly when describing how his dreams inspire his acting. He's equally offhand when explaining how as a college student he planned to become a theoretical physicist but was forced to lower his sights: "I was advanced, but I wasn't a genius, and at Brown University I majored in semiotics, which refers to the interdisciplinary study of sign systems and how they work, including linguistic theory, Marxist theory, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and film theory. I did most of my work in contemporary French philosophy."He certainly never imagined himself an actor, let alone one who plays a shape-shifter on a hit HBO show about vampires. The series is "True Blood," created by Alan Ball based on the novels of Charlaine Harris, and Trammell is enjoying the unexpected development. He admits that early in his career, he had a condescending attitude toward television. He would not have »

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Tim Macavoy's "Brit Bits:" The Gayest "Shameless" Ever, a Gay Thriller, and UK Election Results

11 May 2010 9:05 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Welcome back friends! I’m a little hyper from sleep deprivation having stayed up all night watching the UK election coverage – more on that later. For now I’m keeping myself upbeat by bopping along to the new track from Scissor Sisters. Have you heard it? It’s ridiculous – in a good way. It features booming poetic vocals from Sir Ian McKellen. Yes, Gandalf goes disco-trance!

Lead singer Jake Shears and Sir Ian often party together, so Jake asked the veteran gay actor to contribute to new track “Invisible Light.” They actually took a bunch of recording equipment to McKellen’s dressing room when he was performing in the brilliant West End production of Waiting for Godot.

It looks as though the flamboyant pop group have their edge back, after a rather tame second album. They make quite a statement with their album cover – the taught buttocks of ballet dancer »

- Tim Macavoy

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