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Tom Hollander, Andrew Davies, BBC America Bring Dylan Thomas to TCA

9 July 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC America always adds a big dollop of veddy British seasoning to TCA, but this year the cabler delivered a mini seminar on one of Blighty’s greatest 20th century poets, Dylan Thomas.

Tom Hollander plays the self-destructive Welshman in the telepic “A Poet in New York,” which chroncles Thomas’ last days in New York before his death in 1953 at age 39.

Hollander impresses in the role. It was clear from his appearance at TCA — via satellite because his flight out of France was unexpectedly grounded for weather conditions — that he steeped himself in Thomas lore. That process included weight gain of almost “two stone” in order to depict Thomas in his appropriately bloated, alcoholic state.

“I listened to as much of his poetry on my phone as I could,” Hollander said, noting that he sought out all the recordings of Thomas he could find. “And I thought about all the alcoholics I’ve known. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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BBC America Announces Dylan Thomas Film from Screenwriter Andrew Davies

27 June 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

BBC America has acquired A Poet in New York, a film about Dylan Thomas’ final days. The drama is written by Andrew Davies, BBC’s venerable screenwriter most acclaimed for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice as well as more recent well-received series like House of Cards and Little Dorrit.  It features several beloved BBC actors, with Tom Hollander (Rev., Pride and Prejudice) as Dylan Thomas and Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as his wife. Ewen Bremner (TrainspottingPage Eight), and Phoebe Fox (SwitchNew Tricks) co-star.

The film will premiere this fall on BBC America and is directed by Aisling Walsh (Room at the Top, Loving Miss Hatto).

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“One of the most renowned poets in the world, Dylan Thomas is the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language. Known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle as well as his brilliance, his »

- Claire Hellar

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Charlotte Church and Gareth Thomas for 'erotic' Dylan Thomas film

26 June 2014 2:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Charlotte Church has joined the cast of an upcoming Dylan Thomas film.

Rhys Ifans leads the cast of Welsh stars in a movie version of Thomas's Under Milk Wood.

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock and rugby star Gareth Thomas have also joined the cast in guest roles.

Ifans will play the narrator in the film, previously played by Richard Burton in the original radio play and the 1972 version.

Church is to appear as Polly Garter, who is pining for her deceased lover.

The project is being filmed over six weeks in Solva, Pembrokeshire, with villagers to appear as extras.

Director Kevin Allen told BBC News: "We want to veer away from delivering a dull, literal reflection of Thomas's original work, intending instead to explore some of the more erotic, visceral elements of the richly funny, filthily fluid, magical dreamscape - whilst not stooping to mess with Thomas's original text. »

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BBC America to Premiere ‘A Poet in New York’ This Fall

25 June 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC America has acquired the film “A Poet in New York,” starring Tom Hollander.

Hollander plays Dylan Thomas, the famous poet known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle.

Written by screenwriter Andrew Davies (“House of Cards”), the drama explores how Thomas’ experiences made his life virtually untenable and examines how his destructive personality played into his own demise.

The film is directed by Aisling Walsh and also stars Essie Davis, as Dylan’s wife Caitlin, Ewen Bremner and Phoebe Fox.

The film will premiere in the U.S. this fall on BBC America.


- Nikara Johns

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Dylan Thomas: A Poet In New York Review

20 May 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Aisling Walsh

Writer: Andrew Davies

Starring: Tom Hollander, Essie Davis, Phoebe Fox, Ewen Bremner

They say never meet your heroes. In the case of poet Dylan Thomas this appears to have been resolutely the case, if a new BBC biopic is to be believed.

Portrayed by Tom Hollander as a bloated and hopeless case, with the echo of a glint in his eye, A Poet In New York examines Thomas’s final days staggering around the bars and women of New York, leading up to his undignified exit in 1953. It takes a few minutes to adjust to Hollander as a debauched figure, especially if your main exposure to him has been via priest sitcom Rev, but his skilled performance soon draws you in. Hollander has a short stature but a way of exerting a sudden, deep and powerful hold on camera, a quality that has served him well in »

- Steve Palace

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Casting: Cage, Whitaker, Hollander, Samuel

14 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Trust

Nicolas Cage and "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston are teaming for Alex and Ben Brewer's crime thriller "The Trust" from the Highland Film Group.

The pair play two evil cops who discover a strangely hidden and guarded safe filled with mysterious contents. Their lust for it unexpectedly thrusts them into a deadly well of corruption leaving them fighting for their lives. [Source: THR]


Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" at The Weinstein Company. The story follows a former fighter (Jake Gyllenhaal) who tries to overcome a personal tragedy to recapture glory and help his young daughter.

The Kurt Sutter-scripted drama is also seeking Rachel McAdams to play the female lead, and Lupita Nyong'o to play the social worker watching out for the man. [Source: Deadline]


Tom Hollander and Daniel Mays will play the lead roles in the pilot for AMC's 18th »

- Garth Franklin

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Tom Hollander, Daniel Mays to Star in AMC's 'Knifeman' (Exclusive)

13 May 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

AMC has cast the leads for its Knifeman pilot. Tom Hollander and Daniel Mays will star as brothers in the drama inspired by Wendy Moore's John Hunter biography The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery. Set in 18th century London, Knifeman tells the story of a charming, arrogant, decorum-breaking genius who challenges societal norms to transform his visions into cutting-edge discoveries Story: 'Knifeman' Ordered to Pilot at AMC Hollander will play John, a charismatic visionary, quack and scoundrel. Obsessive in his pursuit of knowledge, loyal to his small band of student followers, he wakes

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About Time to Dress Upper Middle Class

8 May 2014 10:35 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »


Despite all the hoo-ha over films such as Blue Jasmine and Stoker contemporary is still pretty much overlooked as a form of costume design. If it’s invisible, well, nobody notices it, and if it’s designer it becomes all about ‘the fashion’ (Omg Totes Want Those Shoes). We are currently in an age when costume design means period and sci-fi. It comes to the extent that if a costumer wants to tell a story through contemporary attire, he/she needs either a director with a key grasp of semiotics, or one that doesn’t care less about semiotics and offers a degree of autonomy. Watching About Time we presume that Richard Curtis is one of the former. Apparently he was specific on his needs to costume designer Verity Hawkes, yet gave her room to breathe and develop the project independently. Basically he let Hawkes do her job. What »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Rhys Ifans To Star In Dylan Thomas Film ‘Dominion’

5 May 2014 11:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Versatile Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has played everything from Peter Cook in Not Only But Always to a rampaging lizard in The Amazing Spider-man. But his latest role will see him returning to his roots as he portrays Dylan Thomas in a new independent biopic about the poet’s final days.

Co-starring John Malkovich, Dominion is set in 1950s New York, where Thomas spent a lot of time in a local pub. Known for liking a drink, the charismatic Ifans appears to be the perfect fit here. Also featuring will be Diego Luna (Elysium) and Zosia Mamet (David Mamet’s daughter and star of Girls).  Presumably being made to mark 100 years since Thomas’s birth, this will be one of various celebratory projects, which include the TV drama A Poet In New York with Tom Hollander (Rev, About Time).

Ifans is generally on the unsung side of movie stardom and »

- Steve Palace

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Praise be for Rev, a TV show that's super and supernatural? | @guardianletters

29 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

I am unsure what point James Mumford's rather sniffy article about Rev is trying to make (Rev: so good it's dangerous, 28 April). The series does not portray Adam Smallbone as a buffoon (the point actor Tom Hollander made in an interview on TV on Sunday) but as a sincere man of faith battling in the modern world. Yes, some episodes are exaggerated, but it is supposed to be a comedy which makes serious points. Nevertheless, Monday's episode (which ended season three) was one of the most moving depictions of the Easter story I have seen. If encountering an angel or whatever is not spiritual, I do not know what is. I am a practising Anglican and the series certainly speaks to me and reaffirms one's faith in Christianity and its continuing relevance in the modern world.

David Taylor-Gooby


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- Guardian Staff

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Rev ends: Is it time to say goodbye or do you want another series?

28 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rev performed its last rites tonight - Monday, April 28 - bowing out after three series.

If star Tom Hollander is to be believed, then a fourth series of the popular BBC Two comedy won't be hitting our screens any time soon. Indeed, it might never materialise.

"At the moment, we all want to just pause," the actor said. "It's such a special thing, Rev. It's been so magical in terms of how much people take it to their hearts.

"So the idea of not doing it anymore is sad but also quite attractive because you wouldn't want for it to ever get worse."

Is Hollander right? Should Rev wrap up while it's at the top of its game? Or are you all rev-ed up - sorry - for a fourth run?

Perhaps you think a Rev feature film would be just glorious? A movie spinoff is a possibility, Hollander has revealed, »

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Tom Hollander on Rev end: 'You wouldn't want it to ever get worse'

24 April 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tom Hollander has announced that Rev is unlikely to return in the near future.

The third series of the BBC Two sitcom will draw to a close on Monday (April 28).

Speaking with BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon, Holland admitted that he is unsure about the prospect of a fourth run any time soon.

"I really don't know - at the moment, we all want to just pause," he explained. "It's such a special thing, Rev. It's been so magical in terms of how much people take it to their hearts.

"So the idea of not doing it anymore is sad but also quite attractive because you wouldn't want for it to ever get worse."

However, Hollander did not rule out the possibility of a spinoff film, admitting that a Rev movie is "something people talk about".

"I think we need to find a story to justify 90 minutes," he added.

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UK Management & Production Outfit 42 Pacts With ITV Studios Global

15 April 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Production and management shingle 42 was founded last year by Welcome To The Punch producers Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and agents Josh Varney and Kate Buckley. The UK-based company reps talent and develops film projects, now with a deeper move into television. An exclusive, multi-year development and distribution partnership with ITV Studios Global Entertainment will focus on scripted drama, an increasingly lucrative area for UK producers. When they created 42, Varney and Buckley exited UK agency Independent Talent Group, but continued to share certain clients. 42′s client roster now includes Michael Caine, Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend, Nicholas Hoult, Emily Mortimer, Tom Hollander, Jonny Lee Miller, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Monahan, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Cattaneo, Eran Creevy, Terry George, and Daniel Wolfe. The company is currently in post-production on feature Monsters: The Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth EdwardsMonsters. Pre-production has started on both Creevy’s Autobahn, starring Hoult, »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Have you been watching Rev?

14 April 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It's funny rather than preachy and the first sitcom since The Vicar of Dibley in which the protagonist is allowed to believe in God without cynicism. Praise be to Rev

Tom Hollander and James Woods' unassumingly brilliant sitcom is halfway through its third series on BBC2 and, if anything, the quality soars ever upwards with each new season. Set in a "challenging" east London parish, Rev stars Hollander as Reverend Adam Smallbone, a flawed hero with a nicely old-school approach to God's word: he tries to include everyone and treat them equally.

But he smokes (e-cigs now) and his eye can wander (with dangerous consequences in episode three). And he and his wife Alex (Olivia Colman thoroughly enjoying herself) are new parents after she gave noisy birth to their daughter in the back of the archdeacon's cab in episode one. "I lay there, in her liquids," the latter spitted »

- Julia Raeside

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Rev's church could have been where Romeo and Juliet died

5 April 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shakespeare knew television's fictional St Saviour's as a real church in Shoreditch. Archaeology may reveal that it inspired one of his most famous scenes

Some people believe Shakespeare may have worshipped there, even that it might have inspired scenes in Romeo and Juliet. Today it provides the backdrop to the hit BBC series Rev, starring Tom Hollander. Soon, an east London church could be the site of one of the most exciting archaeological investigations in recent times, one that may shed new light on the life of the playwright.

St Leonard's church in Shoreditch an 18th-century building known to fans of Rev as St Saviour in the Marshes stands on a site occupied by its medieval predecessor, also known as St Leonard's until it was demolished in the 1730s.

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Shakespeare productions, Gemma Arterton play among BBC Arts plans

25 March 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has outlined plans for its upcoming arts coverage.

Director General Tony Hall stated that the corporation aims to increase its art output with its "strongest commitment to the arts in a generation".

"The arts are for everyone, and from now on BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do," he added.

Productions from Glyndebourne and Shakespeare's Globe will be filmed for broadcast, along with Gemma Arterton's appearance in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The One Show will broadcast live from the Hay Literary Festival in May, while the makers of The Hollow Crown will reunite for filmed versions of Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III.

The BBC Arts... strand will be used on TV, radio and online via the BBC's iPlayer service.

iPlayer will premiere BBC Two series The Story of Women and Art, along with coverage of »

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Rev – TV review

25 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It's very gentle –not rolling-in-the-aisles or falling-off-the-pew funny – but maybe that's no bad thing

Been off for a bit – doing a spot of procreation, would you Adam 'n' Eve it? Like Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander) at the start of the frighteningly overdue third series of Rev (BBC2). Well, it's not Adam (or me) actually giving birth, of course, though I do think the emotional pain a man goes through does go underappreciated. He's still at work at St Saviour's, hitching a couple, accompanied by Vivaldi, while Mrs Rev, Alex (Olivia Colman), rushes to hospital in a taxi.

She's labour-twerking on the back seat, accompanied by all the usual undignified noises that go with that – as well as by Archdeacon Robert (Simon McBurney), whom she wants to have a look at her "area", as a Twitter mate of mine, @KiriThomas (recommended), tells me is the polite way of referring to "down there". Though perhaps, »

- Sam Wollaston

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Silk, Moone Boy, Rev

24 March 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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

The concluding episode tonight centres on Dessie (Ronan Raftery) and Fidelma's (Clare Monnelly) wedding day, and things get off to a bad start as there is a disaster with the wedding dress.

However, the dress soon becomes the least of everyone's worries, as Fidelma goes into labour right in the middle of the ceremony.

Shooting Bigfoot: America's Monster Hunters: BBC Four, »

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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Want to make sure you don't miss anything great on the telly in the next seven days? Never fear, because Tube Talk has done all the hard work for you and smushed all of this week's must-see TV into one snappy rundown. Check out what you should be checking out below...

Rev: Monday (March 24) at 10pm on BBC Two

The kind-hearted sitcom returns for a third series with Tom Hollander's Reverend Adam Smallbone and his wife Alex (Olivia Colman) becoming parents (yay!) just as St Saviour's Church comes under threat in a parish shake-up (boo!)

The Facejacker himself, Kayvan Novak, pops up as a local imam who Tom joins forces with in an effort to improve a dreary kids' playground. Ah, see, that's nice isn't it?

Watch a clip from the new series of Rev below:

Believe: Thursday (March 27) at 9pm on Watch

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Mike Gold: Who Is Peter Capaldi?

19 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

When Peter Capaldi was presented to us as the new lead in Doctor Who, a tiny bell dinged in the back of my brainpan. I recalled his appearance on Craig Ferguson’s show; he and Craig were in a couple punk rock bands in the 1980s and had remained very good friends. I thought that was amusing as Ferguson is a big Who fan – he’s had a Tardis on his teevee desk for many years now.

Capaldi’s casting was praised from hither to yon, and initially I dismissed all that for typical showbiz “sincerity.” But this wave expanded and seemed genuine. Since I’ve had little I could do the past month or two outside of annoying my daughter (and I already was pretty good at that), I decided to track down some of his work and determine his worthiness for myself.

I started off with his most frequently cited work, »

- Mike Gold

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