1-20 of 44 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
As the anticipation for Doctor Who's next series builds, the BBC has released a new sneak peak.
Peter Capaldi's Time Lord is seen stepping from the Tardis and onto a barren-looking landscape in the new picture.
Capaldi has hinted that series nine of the BBC sci-fi series will have an "epic sweep" and feature foes old and new.
Doctor Who series 9: Everything we know so far
Returning for his second series as the Time Lord, he told Entertainment Weekly that fans can expect old monsters and "great new ones".
"There is an epic sweep to this season and I think the villains and monsters reflect that," he said. "Great new ones, brilliant old ones, and some very scary creatures looming in stories with real emotional ambition."
Capaldi also hinted that his Doctor would be less curmudgeonly - "throwing himself into life with a newfound hunger for adventure".
"He's in pursuit of joy and grabbing every thrill that he can along the way," he teased. "But I sense him running from something, that even he does not yet understand."
If shows like Doctor Who prove anything, it is that BBC are good at fantasy. So it’s somewhat of a surprise that they haven’t tapped into the popularity of Harry Potter or at least done it sooner… but finally things have changed with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past. When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting to be more restrained where Strange wanting it to be free and natural. With magic growing stronger and more dangerous, the two magicians are pitted in a dangerous battle which may result in the Raven King, reputed to have once been the strongest magician that ever lived. »
- Paul Metcalf
Last Updated: July 1, 2015
Doctor Who is the persistent subject of rumours - from the credible to the outright absurd - and it can be difficult to separate what's fact from what's fiction.
Lucky for you, dear reader, that Digital Spy is on hand to cut a swathe through the nonsense - these are the facts, 100% confirmed, about series 9 of the world's greatest science-fiction series.
Filming began on the 9th series of Doctor Who - its 35th run overall - on January 5, 2015 for a planned transmission in the autumn. Steven Moffat will serve as lead writer and executive producer for the fifth time.
Coleman was widely expected to be leaving the series in the 2014 Christmas special - and indeed had planned to exit - »
Digital Spy wants your thoughts - was this a stirring or a staid adaptation of the book? What did it do right - and what did it do wrong?
Are you keen for the BBC to explore Clarke's world again? Harness told DS that he would "love to" be involved in a follow-up - but would you watch?
Clarke has spoken of plans for a quasi-sequel, following the characters of Childermass (Enzo Cilenti) and Vinculus (Paul Kaye). Would you watch a spinoff - or would you lose interest without Strange (Bertie Carvel) and Norrell (Eddie Marsan)?
Join the »
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Game of Thrones” season five finale.
Even the stars of “Game of Thrones” aren’t immune to speculating about the fates of their favorite characters — just ask the Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke, who has some theories about the status of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who met a grisly demise at the hands of his Night’s Watch brothers in the season five finale — or did he?
Despite Harington and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss insisting that the Bastard of Winterfell is dead and gone, the woman behind Daenerys Targaryen isn’t convinced that we’ve seen the last of Jon Snow.
“If I have to bet, I’d say it’s a 50/50 chance — there’s some helpful people there who could bring him on back to life,” Clarke pointed out during an interview with MTV, referring »
- Variety Staff
Are the lines between human beings and synths really that clear? Here's Michael's review of Humans episode 2...
This review contains spoilers.
One of the smarter visual jokes that Humans offered was the sight of Karen Voss, gazing soulessly into middle distance while waiting for Pete to come to the car. For a tiny moment, it seemed as though she too was a synth (as indeed she, or anyone else, may yet prove to be). Suddenly she jolted into life and we were prompted once again to think of her as a living, breathing human being. It was a clever move as it stressed the importance that this show is placing on the gossamer gap between humans and synths, a philosophical problem that the writers and actors are mining for all its worth.
In the pantheon of TV sci-fi, Doctor Who is something incredible. Ostensibly the story of a mad man in a box who travels in time and space, saving people almost entirely from their own hubris or occasionally a malevolent race of metal gum-ball machines. As a concept, you would doubt that it has a couple of years’ worth of life in it, let alone 50.
And yet here we are. Now in its 52nd year, fans are already getting excited at the prospect of the next series under crotchety Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and guest appearances by the likes of Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones… unless they’ve bumped her off), Paul Kaye and Rebecca Front.
The Doctor’s longevity can be put down as much to his astonishing fans as it can to the stories and with great fans comes great merchandise.
Doctor Who has some of »
- Michael Park
The Doctor turned Rocktor yesterday (June 11) when Peter Capaldi was filmed channelling his inner guitar god.
Watch the Doctor Who actor laying down a riff in a Cardiff music shop in the brilliant Vine below:
Here it is folks! #drwho #petercapaldi playing guitar!! https://t.co/pVsnG8uIqC
— ☺ (@Robin_Banksy) June 11, 2015
Dr Who rockin' in Cardiff today #drwho #petercapaldi #Cardiff pic.twitter.com/NCubdgUs03
— ☺ (@Robin_Banksy) June 10, 2015
Doctor Who series 9: Everything we know so far
It's not the first time Capaldi has shown his rock and roll credentials. He used to be in a punk rock band called The Dreamboys with comedian and television host Craig Ferguson.
Rigsy is a young graffiti artist who helped save the world in 'Flatline', and he will now reunite in a new adventure »
Rigsy is a young graffiti artist who helped save the world in 'Flatline', and he will now reunite in a new adventure with the Doctor (Capaldi) and Clara (Coleman).
Details of the role she will play in the episodes are currently a closely guarded secret.
Peter Harness has penned the story, which is said to have an enormous cliffhanger.
Michelle Gomez will also return as Missy in the opening episodes of series 9, while Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Jaye Griffiths and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will also guest star during the series.
Meanwhile, Capaldi will meet fans of the show at the Official Doctor Who Festival in London this November. »
In the first episode of the adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel, we meet the Learned Society of York Magicians, explore Norrell’s library, and hear a warning about a Raven King
And so, filling our magic bowl with water and scattering around some dead petunias, we embark upon director Toby Hayne’s ambitious adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke’s girthsome doorstop, a bewilderingly detailed “tale of the fantastic”, as Neil Gaiman so gracefully described it. As a reader and now viewer – and let’s just get it out there from the get-go, I’m an evangelistic fan of the book – this is an apprehensive time indeed. But there is much in the plus column before the titles roll. The casting here is reassuringly sturdy. Eddie Marsan is Gilbert Norrell, the humourless magician of York, opposite Bertie “Babylon” Carvel’s Strange, a charming, but directionless flibbertigibbet. »
- Ben Arnold
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Friends Of English Magic
If, like members of the fusty York Society Of Magicians, you needed proof that magic has been restored to England, that episode was it. Forget bringing half a hundred statues to life, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has pulled off an even unlikelier feat: bringing quality grown-up fantasy to UK television.
Susanna Clarke’s source novel was a canny choice for the task. Its Regency setting plays to the BBC’s period drama strengths and grounds the seven-part series in a recognisable context for any viewers who might ordinarily run a mile at the word ‘faerie’.
What are some of the best British dramas of recent years? Here’s just a few. Wolf Hall, Utopia, Peaky Blinders, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Luther, Doctor Who and In The Flesh. It's been said to death but remains the case: we truly are in a golden age of original British drama. But now you might just have to make room for a new favourite. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the finest new drama that’s been on our screens this decade. In fact, if the first two episodes are anything to go by, it could go down as one of the best this century.
As an adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s epic genre-bending novel, it’s almost perfect. As a »
BBC fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is already set to be our drama of the year. See the first full trailer here to find out why...
Prepare to hear a great deal more from us about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the coming weeks. The short version: it's excellent and we urge you to tune in when it arrives on the BBC next month.
Writer Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Wallander), director Toby Haynes (Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Musketeers) and co. have done a magnificent job adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 debut for this seven-part drama series - no mean feat, as those who've read the novel will understand.
For those who haven't, it's a story of magic in an alternative nineteenth century England, it brims with imagination, depth and beauty, and boasts an excellent cast led by Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, including Marc Warren, Paul Kaye, Alice Englert, Charlotte Riley, »
He’s faced such foes as the Daleks, Cybermen and Ukip, after leader Nigel Farage argued his adventures should cease under a slashed licence fee. However, the BBC are keen for fans to get a look at who – or should that be what – the Doctor will be up against as a new enemy is unveiled for the upcoming ninth series of Doctor Who. Check out the armoured menace below…
Resembling a walking immersion heater, this as-yet-unnamed and decidedly rusty-looking threat faces Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Time Lord in an episode currently filming at Cosmeston Medieval Village, South Wales.
The on-set snap comes hot on the heels of a teaser image released by the corporation earlier in the week…
Starring Capaldi with Jenna Coleman as Clara, the new series features guest stars Maisie Williams, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye and David Schofield. Michelle Gomez and Jemma Redgrave are returning to their roles »
- Steve Palace
Giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room, the opening date of Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure Pan has been moved to fall and will begin its global launch with the new domestic release date of October 9, 2015. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Pan will now go up against Relativity's Kidnap and Universal's Steve Jobs on October 9. Here's what Dan Fellman had to say in a statement.
"We wanted to give Pan the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense. Moving the film to the heart of the fall will allow us more time to screen the picture, enabling us to capitalize on what we anticipate will be strong word of mouth."
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg added her own statement.
15 best new TV shows for 2015: Daredevil, Better Call Saul, Thunderbirds and more
Set against the Industrial Revolution, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell re-imagines history as a world where magic is acknowledged as real but frowned upon.
Strange's discovery of his destiny as a great magician coincides with Norrell helping England in its bloody war against France.
Spall takes the title role, while Wood, Hawes and Marc Warren will play "dry cleaners".
Spall said of his casting: "Fungus has brought joy to generations of children and I am so thrilled to be playing such a beloved character.
"It's great to be working with Sky again and the skilled folk at Imaginarium to bring Fungus the Bogeyman out of the »
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
Written and directed by Michael Dowse
The term ‘mockumentary’ is used whenever a film comes along employs the familiar storytelling techniques typically found in documentary filmmaking but for a piece of fiction, specifically comedy. In other words, a parody of a documentary. Talking heads played by actors, characters interacting with the camera, such tropes, hallmarks of documentaries, are turned on their heads as everything in the mockumentary is in actuality a construct of screenwriters and a director and played for giggles. Certainly one of the more fondly remembered examples is the hilarious This is Spinal Tap, the Rob Reiner picture that follows the trials and tribulations of the titular fictional heavy metal band. Few other mockumentaries have ever reached the same heights of verisimilitude to actual documentaries. In 2004 Michael Dowse took his own stab at the genre, so to speak, with It’s All Gone Pete Tong, »
- Edgar Chaput
1-20 of 44 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners