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Lambasted Elba and Henson Thriller Going Unpunished to Top Domestic Box Office Chart

'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist
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Review: ‘Shanghai Calling’ Offers a Charming Vacation from Complexity and Originality

China is a pretty big country, but for many Westerners their exposure to it is limited to martial arts movies and stories about child labor in the service of iPhone manufacturing. And while factory kids do in fact use tai-chi against unscrupulous gangsters on a near daily basis there’s so much more to modern day China than hand-to-hand combat and questionable labor practices. This is especially true in China’s most populous and advanced city, Shanghai. Sam (Daniel Henney) is a corporate lawyer dispatched by his bosses to handle business in Shanghai for a few months, but while he’s of Chinese descent he’s never stepped foot out of NYC. He accepts the assignment in his bid for an upcoming partner position, but he’s going to be counting the days. He’s met at the airport by Amanda (Eliza Coupe), a relocation specialist and single mom who introduces him to the city’s ex-pat
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Fox sets Linda Green based on BBC series

Fox is set to develop a U.S. project which is based on the BBC series and tells of Linda Green, a woman in her thirties, her four best pals and their varied love lives and relationships. Variety reports that Alex Borstein is scripting the pilot for the show being executive-produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, as well as Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. The BBC series starring Liza Tarbuck, Sean Gallagher and Claire Rushbrook, was created by Paula Abbott and Nicola Shindter in 2001 and ran for two seasons prior to being canceled due to low ratings.
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Fox sets Linda Green based on BBC series

Fox is set to develop a U.S. project which is based on the BBC series and tells of Linda Green, a woman in her thirties, her four best pals and their varied love lives and relationships. Variety reports that Alex Borstein is scripting the pilot for the show being executive-produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, as well as Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. The BBC series starring Liza Tarbuck, Sean Gallagher and Claire Rushbrook, was created by Paula Abbott and Nicola Shindter in 2001 and ran for two seasons prior to being canceled due to low ratings.
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Ami Metcalf on Walking And Talking like Kathy Burke

The teen actor from Rotherhithe on playing a young Burke, winning awards and joining Call The Midwife

"God, you know what kids are like these days." Without the slightest touch of irony, Ami Metcalf, 18, throws a conspiratorial eyeroll. Saving a dramatic sigh specially for the supposed excesses of modern youth, Metcalf is sitting in the west London offices of a TV production company, romanticising the appeal of being a teenager some 30 years ago. "It's such a different time, it was simpler then. Just two friends together on their own, not having to impress each other."

Back in 2010, Ami played a teenage Kathy Burke in Sky1's series of celebrity Christmas shorts, Little Crackers. Sky was so impressed with Burke and her onscreen mini-me, it commissioned a standalone series: Walking And Talking, a semi-fictionalised look at Kathy's life, aged 14, scrapping on the streets of Islington in 1979. The series itself was written entirely by Burke,
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Little Cracker becomes a series

  • ScreenTerrier
Following the success of Kathy Burke's Little Cracker short film, which aired on Sky 1 over Christmas 2010, the actress has written her first ever TV series, which has been picked up by Sky Atlantic.

Young Kathy harboured a dream to be an actress, but circumstance and her upbringing made it an unlikely dream.

The four-part Walking and Talking tells stories inspired from her teenage years - time spent skiving from school with her best friend, talking about boys and planning for the future. Her Little Cracker told of how a chance meeting with The Clash changed her life.

17 year old Ami Metcalf (represented by Kelly Management) will reprise her role starring as the young Kathy with Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Sketch from Skins) again playing her best friend.

Kathy Burke herself will also appear in each episode as Angry Nun, alongside Sean Gallagher (Coronation Street, Linda Green, Death in Paradise) who will play Pretty Nun,
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Kathy Burke to write, star in 'Walking and Talking' for Sky Atlantic

Kathy Burke to write, star in 'Walking and Talking' for Sky Atlantic
Kathy Burke is to write and star in a new show for Sky Atlantic. Walking and Talking will follow on from the comedy star's semi-autobiographical Little Cracker film, which transmitted on Sky1 over Christmas 2010. The series will see Upstairs Downstairs star Ami Metcalf reprise her role as a young Kathy, while Luther's Aimee-Ffion Edwards will also reappear as her friend Mary. Burke herself will play the character of Angry Nun, while Death in Paradise actor Sean Gallagher will play Pretty Nun, and stand-up comic Jerry Sadowitz will appear as Jimmy the Jew. "I wanted to write a semi-autobiographical piece (more)
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Penultimate 'MasterChef' cooks up 5m

The season's penultimate MasterChef served up 5 million on Tuesday evening, trouncing the return of Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire and a royal wedding documentary on ITV1, the latest audience data has revealed. MasterChef: The Final Three averaged 5.05m (20.7%) for BBC One from 9pm, peaking at 5.61m (23.1%) for the final 15 minutes. Also in the 9pm hour, The Secret Millionaire, featuring It recruitment entrepreneur Sean Gallagher helping needy people in Middlesbrough, mustered 2.2m (9%) on Channel 4 and 464k (2.6%) on +1. MasterChef also outperformed When Kate Met William: A Tale of Two Lives, which had 2.53m (10.4%) on ITV1 and 193k (1.1%) on timeshift. Earlier, Military Driving School educated 2.32m (10.6%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm. BBC One's Holby City fetched 5.58m (24.1%) in the 8pm hour, beating Countrywise's (more)
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TV review: The Secret Millionaire; The Prison Restaurant; and When Kate Met William: a Tale of Two Lives

So this millionaire just happens to spot a charity flier in a pub window? Pull the other one

Along with almost everyone else, I would imagine, I had tears in my eyes at the "reveal" of the first episode of the new series of The Secret Millionaire (Channel 4). You'd be hard pushed to find two more deserving recipients of Sean Gallagher's £75,000 than Richard and Tracy, who set up their own charity, Abbie's Love, after their daughter died of epilepsy three years ago. And Sean seemed a genuinely decent bloke, too. So why does The Secret Millionaire still leaves me feeling rather uneasy?

Partly it's that the programme feels unnecessarily manipulative. What were the chances of Sean, who has never properly grieved the death from epilepsy of his own sister more than 25 years ago, pitching up in Middlesbrough from London in the very week that a husband-and-wife epilepsy charity,
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Tonight's TV highlights: El Alamein: The Soldier's Story | True Stories: Nuclear Eternity | Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps | Britain's Next Big Thing | The Secret Millionaire | The Prison Restaurant

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El Alamein: The Soldier's Story | True Stories: Nuclear Eternity | Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps | Britain's Next Big Thing | The Secret Millionaire | The Prison Restaurant

El Alamein: The Soldier's Story

9pm, Yesterday

The two battles of El Alamein in 1942 were a turning point of the second world war: as Rommel's Afrika Korps beat a hasty retreat towards Tunisia, Winston Churchill remarked that while it wasn't the beginning of the end, it might be the end of the beginning. As this documentary demonstrates, El Alamein had another significance – it was among the first battles to be filmed, as it occurred, by both accredited correspondents and soldiers. This documentary meets some veterans of the battle. Predictably enthralling. Andrew Mueller

True Stories: Nuclear Eternity

10pm, More4

What exactly do you do with 250,000 tonnes of radioactive refuse that's going to remain dangerous to human life for at least 100,000 years?
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Oxygen Announces 3 Unscripted Series In Development At Upfront

  • Deadline TV
Oxygen Media, which will hold its upfront presentation in New York later today, has put three more docu-series in the development pipeline, surprisingly, none of them featuring Tori Spelling: Maids of Drama (working title) which focuses on bridal parties gone awry; Lost Angels (wt), which follows Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of pop icon Olivia Newton-John; and My Post Grad Life (wt), a look at the year after college graduation. In addition, Hair Battle Spectacular, which became the most-watched freshman series in Oxygen history, has been renewed for a second season  with new host model/actor Eva Marcille. Oxygen also announced premiere dates for two new series, The World According to Paris (June 1) and The Glee Project (June 12), whose premiere episode will feature Glee standout Darren Criss as a guest mentor. With The Glee Project, Oxygen is opening a new night of original programming on Sunday. Here are descriptions of Oxygen's
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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010

By

Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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Netflix killed the video store. So how much do you miss it?

Netflix killed the video store. So how much do you miss it?
Recently, while strolling up the main artery of my downtown New York neighborhood, I noticed that there was a metal grate over a familiar storefront. Peering through the security bars, I saw that the store space was suddenly empty, as if a vacuum cleaner had sucked out its contents. Cinema Classics was gone! I can't say that I was surprised. Even in the age of the vanishing DVD store, it was a defiantly eccentric and homespun venue, a true hole in the wall (the entire place probably measured 10 x 15 feet), with DVDs stocked and organized into eccentric little movie-buff categories,
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Bravo orders more 'Housewives,' 'Chef'

Bravo orders more 'Housewives,' 'Chef'
More housewives are moving in to Bravo.

The network has given a series order to "The Real Housewives of D.C." and a second-season order to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Both are set to premiere next year, with production under way.

Additionally, Bravo said Monday that it has picked up "Top Chef" for a seventh season, with open calls slated to begin Oct. 18, and that it has locked in Nov. 16 as a launch date for another unscripted cooking series, "Chef Academy."

"D.C." was announced as in development; Washington publications have speculated that cast members will include Lisa Wernick Spies, wife of Republican fundraiser Charlie Spies, and Lynda Erkiletian, president of a Washington modeling agency. Bravo would not confirm castings.

As for "New Jersey," a pickup has been expected. The show's freshman season ranks as the highest-rated "Housewives" season average to date, pulling in 2.6 million total viewers and
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L.A. Times Names New Top Digital Editor

  • The Wrap
By Dylan Stableford

Roughly a month after losing the top editor of its flashy new website, the Los Angeles Times today named her replacement.

In a memo to staffers Monday, editor Russ Stanton said that Sean Gallagher, currently the managing editor of LATimes.com, has been promoted to the “masthead level” position of managing editor/online.

Stanton replaces Meredith Artley, who earlier this month announced she was leaving for CNN.com.

Stanton said Gallagher played a key role in ov...
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'Dragon's Den' Gallagher Speaking at Media Breakfast

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Media Desk Ireland is hosting the Media Industry Breakfast this month. CEO of Smarthomes, entrepeneur and 'Dragon's Den' Investor, Sean Gallagher will be the guest speaker for the inaugural Breakfast. The topic under discussion is Business Challenges in the Current Economic Climate. "It is key at times like this to focus on the creative talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the audio visual sector in Ireland: the success of the Irish industry in accessing the Media funding," confirms Siobhan O'Donoghue from Media Desk Ireland.
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'Lords of the Ring' to be Produced by Screentime ShinAwil for RTÉ

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RTÉ's flagship summer reality show has been announced. 'Charity Lords of the Ring', a four part, week long series which will follow 10 personalities as they go through boot camp, train, and fight in the ring, all in the name of charity. The show will be presented by Lucy Kennedy and boxing legend Barry McGuigan and will feature; ex-footballer Lee Sharpe, comedian Alan Shortt, Fair City actor MacLean Burke, TV presenter John McGuire, Dragon's Den entrepreneur Sean Gallagher, journalist Joe O'Shea, former Gaa star Jack Sheedy, journalist Paul Martin, RTÉ Young People's presenter Rob Ross and UK Apprentice star Ben Clarke.
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Big Night – Movie Review

When I prepare to write a movie review, one of the first things I do is point my browser at IMDb.com. When I went to the site and looked up Big Night, the user comment that showed up was eerily similar to a general 'angle' I was considering working. So strange was this event to me, that I am going to share the relevant portion with you. The following comes (as I said) from the main page you reach at IMDb.com's listing for Big Night. It comes from one Sean Gallagher (email address naes@cgocable.net), of Oakville, Ont. Canada. "When the British film magazine Sight & Sound had one of their periodic times of asking critics to list what they thought were the best films ever made, there was a book which collected articles by several of them, one of whom said that if you were the type
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Alison King struggled with Corrie role

Alison King has admitted that she initially struggled with her role as Coronation Street's superbitch Carla Connor. The actress revealed that she has only just started enjoying playing Carla, who has spiced up the Street with her man-eating ways since she joined the show in 2006. Following the death of her husband Paul Connor, who was played by Sean Gallagher, Carla has moved on to his brother Liam (Rob James Collier) and businessman Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien). "I was uncomfortable playing a constant bitch at first. I'm getting into it now but I'm not as nasty or as cocky as Carla," Alison told the Sunday Mail. "She's bloody horrible to anyone she perceives to be a rival. I couldn't be like that. "It is quite funny, though. I've got this hard glare I keep giving Rob but it puts him off his lines. He says he (more)
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