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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1) "Derek: Special" (available April 3) Why Should I Watch It? Written by, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, "Derek" is attempting to be the third member of an impressive trilogy of TV trilogies. Both the UK versions of "The Office" and HBO's "Extras" made it two seasons plus a Christmas episode, and now "Derek" is following the same mold. After airing two seasons on Channel 4 in the UK and Netflix stateside, the story of the slow-witted, warm-hearted nursing home aide will wrap up with an hour-long special.  Best Episode: Here's hoping it's the special. After a moving first season, "Derek" devolved into a shell of its former self in Season 2. Much of the show's heart was lost after Gervais was forced to write out co-star (and friend) Karl Pilkington, who played the shy and nervous Dougie, after the longtime collaborator proclaimed his distaste for acting in Season 1. The focus then shifted to Kev. »

- Ben Travers

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

16 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

1) "Derek: Special" (available April 3) Why Should I Watch It? Written by, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, "Derek" is attempting to be the third member of an impressive trilogy of TV trilogies. Both the UK versions of "The Office" and HBO's "Extras" made it two seasons plus a Christmas episode, and now "Derek" is following the same mold. After airing two seasons on Channel 4 in the UK and Netflix stateside, the story of the slow-witted, warm-hearted nursing home aide will wrap up with an hour-long special.  Best Episode: Here's hoping it's the special. After a moving first season, "Derek" devolved into a shell of its former self in Season 2. Much of the show's heart was lost after Gervais was forced to write out co-star (and friend) Karl Pilkington, who played the shy and nervous Dougie, after the longtime collaborator proclaimed his distaste for acting in Season 1. The focus then shifted to Kev. »

- Ben Travers

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Waxing Episodic: 'The Office' celebrates 'Diversity Day'

27 March 2015 3:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. NBC's "The Office" debuted 10 years ago this week, arriving with the unenviable challenge of having to live up to the standard of one of the best-received comedies of recent times, but went on to outstrip the British original. I don't even know if that's a controversial statement anymore. The British "Office" is great and, in terms of comedic efficiency, NBC's version didn't come close. But Ricky Gervais' series was built for 12 episodes and a Christmas special and never had to worry about longevity, never had to wonder how sustainable its circumstances and its characters were. NBC's version took that world and made it renewable. Whether you think the American "Office" was great (or even good) for all 200-ish of its episodes, it was certainly very good or great for more than 13 episodes. I »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Watch: Ricky Gervais' Lovable Misfit is Back For Final 'Derek Special' On Netflix

26 March 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais' "Derek" will return to Netflix on April 3 with "The Derek Special," a final one-hour episode meant to wrap up the plot of the British series written, directed by, and starring Gervais. "Derek" follows Derek Noakes (Gervais), a sweet and socially awkward man who works at a retirement home and finds something to like about everyone. "Life is only interesting if you share it. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together," he says. Supporting characters include Kevin (David Earl), Derek's roommate, and Hannah (Kerry Godliman), Derek's closest friend. In the "Derek Special" trailer, Kevin lands himself in the hospital and Derek goes on a date inside the retirement home, where all the old folks watch as he wines and dines a lucky lady. Hannah also plans her wedding »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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'Derek Special' Trailer: Ricky Gervais Returns to Netflix

26 March 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With weddings, babies, and cheese on toast in the air, Derek and his cohorts face the critical realities of life in and out of the nursing home.Take a look at a sneak peak of the one-hour special of&#160Derek, Ricky Gervais' bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins. The Derek Special will become available exclusively to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics and Benelux on Friday, April 3 at 12:01am Pt. Seasons 1 and 2 of Derek are currently streaming.

Derek, for which&#160Gervais was nominated for an Emmy&#174 for Outstanding Actor and a Golden Globe&#174 for Best Actor In A Comedy Series for his leading role, centers around Derek Noakes (Ricky Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for the home's residents, because »

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Ricky Gervais Returns as ‘Derek’ in Trailer for Netflix One-Hour Special (Video)

26 March 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Get ready to go back to Broadhill. Netflix announced Thursday that they will air the one-hour special for “Derek,” the cult hit British TV series from Ricky Gervais. In the special, Tom (Brett Goldstein) has a new job, which allows him to spend more time with Hannah. Meanwhile, Derek (Gervais) is upset with Hannah (Kerry Godliman) for upsetting Kevin (David Earl), who goes missing, whilst Vicky (Holli Dempsey) takes on more responsibilities. See Photos: 39 Spoiler-Tastic ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Photos Gervais created and stars in the series, which centers around his character and his work at a small care facility for the elderly. »

- Joe Otterson

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BBC Films boss: “Diversity increasingly on our agenda”

26 March 2015 6:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Christine Langan talks challenges, highlights and diversity as film arm celebrates 25th anniversary.

BBC Films boss Christine Langan has said that the lack of diversity within the film industry is “increasingly on BBC Films’ agenda”.

Speaking to ScreenDaily on the day BBC Films celebrated its 25th anniversary and revealed its upcoming film slate, Langan said that diversity increasingly plays a role in the division’s commissioning strategy.

“I can ensure you we are very mindful of it [diversity] and increasingly it is on our agenda. We need to reflect modern Britain and I am engaged in that process,” said Langan.

“The film community needs to create opportunities to pull people through. Commissioning has taken account of it and will continue to do so.”

While the announced slate is short on producers, writers and directors from ethnic minority backgrounds, Langan commented: “This isn’t the whole slate. There are quite a lot of new commissions that speak to that »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Trailer & Poster for Ricky Gervais' One-Hour Derek Special on Netflix

26 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The one-hour special of Derek, Ricky Gervais' bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins, will become available exclusively to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics and Benelux on Friday, April 3 at 12:01am Pt. Seasons 1 and 2 of Derek are currently streaming. Derek, for which Gervais was nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Actor and a Golden Globe® for Best Actor In A Comedy Series for his leading role, centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for the home's residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Among those in his life are Kev ( »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Armando Iannucci working on David Copperfield movie with BBC Films

25 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Armando Iannucci is to work on a film adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield with the BBC.

The writer and director will team with producer Simon Blackwell on the movie, one of the new works announced as part of BBC Films' 25-year anniversary plans.

Iannucci previously worked with BBC Films on 2009 satire In the Loop.

Also announced is an adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending. Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct the project, while playwright Nick Payne provides the screenplay.

As part of the anniversary season, Sophia Fiennes will also make the documentary Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, taking a closer look at the career of the singer.

Ricky Gervais will also work with the BBC on Life on the Road. The film will find his character David Brent as a travelling salesman attempting to become a rock star. »

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Armando Iannucci working on David Copperfield movie with BBC Films

25 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Armando Iannucci is to work on a film adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield with the BBC.

The writer and director will team with producer Simon Blackwell on the movie, one of the new works announced as part of BBC Films' 25-year anniversary plans.

Iannucci previously worked with BBC Films on 2009 satire In the Loop.

Also announced is an adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending. Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct the project, while playwright Nick Payne provides the screenplay.

As part of the anniversary season, Sophia Fiennes will also make the documentary Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, taking a closer look at the career of the singer.

Ricky Gervais will also work with the BBC on Life on the Road. The film will find his character David Brent as a travelling salesman attempting to become a rock star. »

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Colin Firth Movie from ‘Theory of Everything’ Director Heads BBC Films’ New Slate

25 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at a party in London today, has revealed its latest slate, which includes new projects from the directors of “The Theory of Everything” and “The Lunchbox,” as well as films by Armando Iannucci and Ricky Gervais.

James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything,” is helming a film recounting the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. Pic is produced by Blueprint Pictures; it is written by Scott Z. Burns and stars Colin Firth.

Ritesh Batra, who helmed “The Lunchbox,” will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Sense of an Ending.” The adaptation is the debut screenplay of playwright Nick Payne, whose play “Constellations” has recently been on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world »

- Leo Barraclough

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BBC Films unveils 25th anniversary slate

25 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.

BBC Films has revealed details of its upcoming slate, which includes new projects from Ricky Gervais, Armando Iannucci, James Marsh and Ritesh Batra.

The slate of projects was revealed during an event in London to celebrate the 25th birthday of BBC Films, whose first first theatrical production, Truly Madly Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella, was released in 1990.

As previously reported, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending.

The adaptation is the debut screenplay of award-winning playwright Nick Payne and tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world is rocked to its foundations by the emergence of an explosive letter from his careless youth.

David Thompson will produce for Origin Pictures.

Rafe Spall is confirmed for Swallows and Amazons, a reinvention of Arthur Ransome’s classic. Written by Andrea Gibb, the film will »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close to Star in ‘She Who Brings Gifts’

23 March 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close are to star in “She Who Brings Gifts,” which Altitude Film Sales has boarded. Pic is adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All the Gifts.”

Colm McCarthy, helmer of British TV shows including “Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock,” “Doctor Who” and “The Tudors,” will direct the film, which is his first major feature.

Arterton, whose credits include “Tamara Drewe” and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” is starring in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices,” following her West End musical stage debut in “Made in Dagenham.” Considine was recently seen in BAFTA-winning British pic “Pride,” and is soon to be seen in “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender. Close is soon to be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Anesthesia” and Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife.” She just completed a starring run on Broadway in “A Delicate Balance.”

“The Girl With All the »

- Leo Barraclough

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Giveaway

17 March 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is available on Blu-Ray, and I’ve got a copy waiting for you.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Robin Williams (in one of his last roles) are at it again, and the family-friendly fun not only explodes off the screen in this one, but the Blu-Ray is jam-packed with goodies fans are going to love.

Check out all the info on the release below, including the full list of bonuses, and then enter to win your very own copy. As a little added bonus, I’ve got a crossword for you.

Bring home the adventure on March 10, on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD!

Every Blu-ray™ comes with a Bonus Digital HD movie – Your choice of Night at the Museum 1 or 2!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings back to life your favorite museum heroes in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb available on Digital HD, »

- Marc Eastman

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Emma Thompson Will Play Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast

16 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced in a statement released to People. Is there anyone better suited to the role of a doting, wisdom-dispensing mother who has no qualms about using hot tea as a weapon in a crisis? Also joining Thompson in the tale as old as time is Kevin Kline, who will play Belle's father, Maurice. Emma Watson leads the cast as the beauty herself, and Dan Stevens has been cast as her beastly prince. Luke Evans will play Gaston and Josh Gad his minion Le »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Emma Thompson Will Play Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast

16 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced in a statement released to People. Is there anyone better suited to the role of a doting, wisdom-dispensing mother who has no qualms using hot tea as a weapon in a crisis? Also joining Thompson in the tale as old as time is Kevin Kline, who will play Belle's father, Maurice. Emma Watson leads the cast as the beauty herself, and Luke Evans has been cast as her beastly prince. Dan Stevens will play Gaston and Josh Gad his minion Le Fou »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

11 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Things are looking nowhere near as competitive in this category as they were last year, where Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch were among those battling it out for the Emmy. With "Fargo" (and "True Detective," the next season of which will be eligible here) taking an eligibility period off, it's a pretty wide open race. Read More: 'True Detective' Season 2: Everything We Know Right Now (Almost) Veteran actors Richard Jenkins (who has somehow never received an Emmy nomination) and Bill Paxton seem like the arguable frontrunners for "Olive Kitteridge" and "Texas Rising," respectively, though definitely don't count out Adrien Brody ("Houdini"), Ricky Gervais ("Derek: The Final Chapter"), Damian Lewis ("Wolf Hall"), Mark Rylance ("Wolf Hall"), Timothy Hutton ("American Crime") and even Kiefer Sutherland ("24: Live Another Day"), all of whom would probably »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

11 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Things are looking nowhere near as competitive in this category as they were last year, where Billy Bob Thornton, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch were among those battling it out for the Emmy. With "Fargo" (and "True Detective," the next season of which will be eligible here) taking an eligibility period off, it's a pretty wide open race. Read More: 'True Detective' Season 2: Everything We Know Right Now (Almost) Veteran actors Richard Jenkins (who has somehow never received an Emmy nomination) and Bill Paxton seem like the arguable frontrunners for "Olive Kitteridge" and "Texas Rising," respectively, though definitely don't count out Adrien Brody ("Houdini"), Ricky Gervais ("Derek: The Final Chapter"), Damian Lewis ("Wolf Hall"), Mark Rylance ("Wolf Hall"), Timothy Hutton ("American Crime") and even Kiefer Sutherland ("24: Live Another Day"), all of whom would probably...

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- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Dermot O'Leary escapes Kenya car accident

8 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ricky Gervais has led tributes to the late 'Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon. Sam, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, passed away aged 59 on Sunday (08.03.15) at his home in Los Angeles. Writing on Twitter, 'The Office' star said: ''Rip Sam Simon. Heroic humanitarian & genius co-creator of The Simpsons. D'oh, indeed. (sic)'' Sam created the show alongside James L. Brooks and Matt Groening in 1989 and stayed at the helm for four years, writing episodes as well as doing other creative roles including showrunner. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of animated comedy 'Family Guy', also paid tribute to Sam. He wrote: ''Had the »

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James Gunn defends superhero movies after Oscar jokes

23 February 2015 1:09 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I say jokes, but I can't remember any specific “jokes” from last night’s Oscar show. That’s not me being a jerk store; I was actually surprised at just how unfunny the show was. I guess it’s not a comedy show or anything, but look no further than Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes to know how to treat a room full of celebrities. During the opening musical number last night, Jack Black came onstage and sang about the lack of originality »

- Graham McMorrow

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