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Fry & Laurie's Sherlock, Gavin & Stacey Us: 5 shows axed before they aired

4 July 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Hieroglyph - we hardly knew ye.

Greenlit by Us network Fox, the action-adventure series starring Spooks and Beauty & The Beast veteran Max Brown was axed earlier this week before it had aired a single episode.

The broadcaster cited "creative reasons" for the pre-premiere cancellation, though perhaps Fox was cleaning house following the surprise exit of entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly?

Brown and his co-stars can at least take some solace in the fact that they're far from the first cast and crew to have a show commissioned and then canned in quick succession...

Gregory House kills Sherlock Holmes

In early 2004, it was announced that Conan Doyle aficionado Stephen Fry was to play Sherlock Holmes in a TV drama for ITV, with his old sparring partner Hugh Laurie cast as Watson.

Ironically, it was the unexpected success of House - in which Laurie played the Holmes-inspired title character - that scuppered the project. »

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Five actors you didn't know were funny

29 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

 

On July 2, Eric Bana stars in Deliver Us From Evil as a New York City street cop who becomes entangled in a case that has ties to the paranormal. Also appearing in the film? Comedian Joel McHale (“Community”). Now, you might be a little hesitant, not knowing why Bana and McHale have been thrown together for a horror flick, but Bana and McHale have more in common than you’d think. For starters, both Bana and McHale have a well-developed funny bone.

Didn’t know Deliver Us From Evil’s Eric Bana was funny? Well, let’s check out his comedic beginnings, along with those of a few actors you may not have known were funny, below!

 

Emma Thompson

Though you may be more familiar with her as the serious and sensible lead in period dramas (see: her Academy Award nominated turns in Howards End, The Remains of the Day, »

- Rachel West and Sasha James

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Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

16 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work — both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of “So You Think You Can Dance” and charming host of “Dancing With the Stars” at the “DWTS” rehearsal studio — and their rapport was instantaneous. Before long, plans were hatched for a spinoff “So You Think You Can Dance With the Stars.” “It’s like Batman and Superman in the same movie!,” joked Bergeron.

Variety: What makes for a good reality show?

Lythgoe: Honesty.

Bergeron: I agree. In the case of “Dancing” being a live show, the camera is very unforgiving. If there’s a dishonest emotion attempting to pass itself as sincerity, you’ll be found out. Honesty is what will endear you to and connect you to the viewer. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Who should play Marvel's Doctor Strange? Cumberbatch, Laurie and more

12 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Following the announcement that Sinister writer-director Scott Derrickson is tackling Marvel's Doctor Strange, the casting rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

With Ant-Man now suddenly looking like a much shakier prospect sans Edgar Wright, there's now an element of added pressure for the similarly untested Doctor Strange standalone, which is likely to feature in Phase Three sometime after Ant-Man's 2015 release.

The character of Stephen Strange has been likened to Tony Stark - he's an arrogant neurosurgeon who's forced to find new purpose after his hands are mangled in an accident - with some reports suggesting that Strange is being pitched as the Marvel Universe's next "hub" character after Iron Man.

To sum up, they need one hell of an actor to fill this surgeon-turned-sorceror's shoes. We've rounded up five of the strongest contenders below, some of them genuinely in the mix, others just wishful thinking. Take a look through our list, »

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Briefs: “Dumb & Dumber To,” James Marsden Is Hot, and Italy’s First Coming-Out Ad

11 June 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Joshua Jackson (above), who is 36, Hugh Laurie is 55, Peter Dinklage is 45, and the faboo Adrienne Barbeau is 69.

Now this is the Glee episode we’ve all been waiting for. Oh wait a minute … didn’t Glee already do this episode?

Life after Westboro: Libby Phelps Alvarez poses for ‘No H8′

48 Hours in Brunei: Hollywood Reporter Infiltrates the Underground Gay Scene

Stop the press! James Marsden is hot.

Here’s the trailer for Dumb & Dumber To. Will anything compare to the parakeet scene from the original? Pretty birdPretty bird ..

Well, this was inevitable. Lifetime is producing the holiday tv-movie Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which “tells the story of a pet-store cat (Grumpy Cat) who can somehow communicate with a 12-year-old girl.” Hmm … it’ll have to do something magical to top this classic from icon David Decoteau.

Here’s the trailer for the new horror film All Cheerleaders Die. »

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25 Great TV Performances That Were Never Nominated for an Emmy

11 June 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

In the history of the Emmys, there are many great actors and actresses who never won an award for their iconic performances (like Jason Alexander as George Costanza or Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House). But even more surprising and upsetting is the list of people who were never even nominated. Here are 25 such performers who can?t even say that it was an honor to be nominated, because they weren?t. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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Emmys: A Glut of Great TV Will Lead to Big Snubs

10 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

We live in a world where every kid gets a trophy just for showing up to soccer or gymnastic camp. But unfortunately, that’s not so among grownups. The morning of July 10 is going to bring disappointment for many actors, writers and producers. Despite lavish “For Your Consideration” ad campaigns and much-debated category jockeying, plenty of deserving names are not going to get called.

Consider that Michael Landon — star of “Bonanza,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Highway to Heaven” — was never even nominated once. Not once.

Small comfort, then, that Hugh Laurie, crown prince of the era of misanthropic main men, never claimed the golden statue, despite being nominated six times.

Perhaps this will finally be Jon Hamm’s year: He’s earned a nod every year for “Mad Men” but has gone home empty-handed.

Bob Newhart finally won an Emmy last year as guest star for “The Big Bang Theory, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Rik Mayall 1958-2014 obituary: A true one-off and comedy eccentric

9 June 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

There's something horribly grim about stalking somebody's social media accounts after they've died, but it is fitting of the late Rik Mayall that a glance at what might have been a brief foray into the world of Twitter should provide much amusement.

Assuming it was actually his, Mayall's journey into Twitter lasted a single tweet back in 2010 and it was suitably brash, uncompromising, sweary and laugh-out-loud funny. Exactly like the man who so many TV viewers had grown to love over the last 30 years.

Opening my very own Twitter to stop another bastard from doing it. So fuck off & don't expect to hear from me any time soon. Love Rik x

Rik Mayall (@rikmayall) April 13, 2010

Mayall grew up in Harlow, Essex, but it was as a drama student at Manchester University where his career began as he forged a long-standing friendship and comedy double act with Ade Edmondson. The duo »

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'Young Ones' Creator Rik Mayall's Death Saddens Comedy Vets

9 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Influential British comedian Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56, it was announced today, leaving behind his wife, three children and a shocked comedy community.   Mayall co-created and starred in "The Young Ones," which ran from 1982-1984 but has continued to find an audience among cult comedy fans decades later, thanks to its rude humor, violence and surreal twists. He also appeared in "Blackadder," the "SNL"-esque "Saturday Night" and "Bottom."   British TV veterans including Edgar Wright and Chris O'Dowd have been turing to Twitter to pay tribute to Mayhall; for a taste of the rarefied talent Mayall worked with throughout his career, check out this "The Young Ones" clip, featuring guest appearances by Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson

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'Young Ones' Creator Rik Mayall's Death Saddens Comedy Vets

9 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Influential British comedian Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56, it was announced today, leaving behind his wife, three children and a shocked comedy community.   Mayall co-created and starred in "The Young Ones," which ran from 1982-1984 but has continued to find an audience among cult comedy fans decades later, thanks to its rude humor, violence and surreal twists. He also appeared in "Blackadder," the "SNL"-esque "Saturday Night" and "Bottom."   British TV veterans including Edgar Wright and Chris O'Dowd have been turing to Twitter to pay tribute to Mayhall; for a taste of the rarefied talent Mayall worked with throughout his career, check out this "The Young Ones" clip, featuring guest appearances by Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson.  »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Rik Mayall, Star of ‘The Young Ones,’ Dead at 56

9 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rik Mayall, the beloved British comedian, writer and actor, has died at the age of 56, according to a statement from his management, Brunskill.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning,” Brunskill said in a statement acquired by the BBC. “We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.”

Mayall was the co-creator and star of cult U.K. comedies “The Young Ones” and “Bottom,” which he appeared in alongside his comedy partner Adrian Edmondson. He also headlined British political satire “The New Statesman” and was a member of the comedy troupe The Comic Strip, with Edmondson and other notable British comedians such as Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders and Alexei Sayle.

Mayall and Edmondson’s double act, “The Dangerous Brothers” was featured on “Saturday Live,” the UK version of “Saturday Night Live,” which helped launch »

- Variety Staff

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Emmys: Overlooked Veterans Vie For Another Chance At Emmy Glory

3 June 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In May 2002, NBC’s Friends was coming off its eighth season, which chronicled Rachel’s pregnancy. Whether it was the resurgence of the Rachel/Ross storyline or the nation’s yearning for laughter following the 9/11 attacks, it was one of Friends’ most successful seasons, drawing its largest audience in four years. While Friends was embraced by viewers in a big way, the popular comedy seemed causa perduta where the Emmys were concerned. For its first seven seasons, Friends only had earned three Emmys (for supporting actress Lisa Kudrow, guest actor Bruce Willis and directing). In 2001 it was dropped from the best comedy series category altogether, after six consecutive mentions, to record its fewest nominations ever with five. But the following year, voters gave the show a second look with 11 nominations, as well as wins for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series for Jennifer Aniston. While some »

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Leave David Tennant alone he makes a pretty good American | Erica Buist

15 May 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The sultry Scotsman's accent in Gracepoint, the Fox remake of Broadchurch, wasn't always perfect but he's hardly Dick Van Dyke

After decades of exporting horrendous attempts at "British" accents, America has panned David Tennant's attempts to sound Californian in Gracepoint, the Fox remake of ITV crime drama Broadchurch. Alicia Lutes at Bustle.com called it "curious at best" and asked: "Who the heck is this new American iteration and what have you done with our sultry, Shakespearean-trained Scotsman?!"

My instinct here is to jump in yelling, "All right, leave him alone! It's not as terrible as all that!" He's no Hugh Laurie, I admit. My ear picks up on sounds and intonation at a forensic level whether I want it to or not, and in the entire run of House I only heard one, maybe two pronunciation mistakes, and I let them go immediately because life's too short to be annoyed at Hugh Laurie. »

- Erica Buist

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Sandra Oh, Hugh Laurie, Jane Lynch: 12 TV stars who should be making films

15 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This week sees Sandra Oh's final regular appearance in the long-running ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy as arguably its finest character, Dr Cristina Yang.

Oh has been one of the show's stand-out performers throughout its 10-year run, but has starring in such a time-consuming role limited her career path until now?

To mark Oh's decision to escape the restraints of commercial network TV, Digital Spy has collected just a few other actors who perhaps should have 'done a George Clooney' by getting out early and made the transition to top movie star, not that movies are obviously better than TV nowadays of course.

This list only names actors who starred in long-running commercial network shows, rather than cable, as most shows in the latter have shorter seasons with longer gaps in between - just in case you were wondering where Jon Hamm and Alexander Skarsgård were...

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15 Actors Who Masterfully Hide Their Natural Accents

13 May 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

There’s nothing worse than a bad fake accent, especially when it distracts the audience from the story that’s being told. That being said, there’s nothing more impressive than learning an actor is hiding their natural voice, and doing it flawlessly. This is no easy task, but the actors listed below are just a few of those who pull it off without effort. Hugh Laurie In his most famous role as Dr. Gregory House on “House M.D.,” Hugh Laurie hid his British accent for eight seasons. His memorable performance, along with his spot-on American accent, earned him two Golden Globe awards for best actor in a drama series, followed by four consecutive nominations in the same category, and six Emmy nominations. Christian Bale Christian Bale seldom acts using his natural British accent, instead opting for characters like “American Hustle’s” Irving Rosenfeld and Bruce Wayne (aka Batman). However, »

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Casting: Russell, Highmore, Stiles, Sulkin

11 May 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Pacific Standard Time

Alex Russell ("Chronicle"), Willa Holand ("Arrow") and Miguel Gomez ("The Strain") are set to join Benjamin and Orson Cummings' "Pacific Standard Time".

The story is described as a dark and sexy thriller involving 20-somethings trying to live above their means and getting involved in a love triangle that goes terribly wrong. [Source: THR]

The Canterville Ghost

Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Imelda Staunton ("Maleficent") and Toby Jones ("The Hunger Games") have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon's animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost".

Old comedy chums Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, along with Miranda Hart, are also part of the comedy which follows a ghost who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England for three centuries. He's successfully scared off every previous tenant, until the Otis family from America moves in. [Source: THR]

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Julia Stiles ("The Bourne Ultimatum") and Bill Cobbs »

- Garth Franklin

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'Oscar Wilde's the Canterville Ghost' Poster; Voice Cast Announced

9 May 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Content announced today that Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (Maleficent, Vera Drake), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Miranda Hart (Miranda, Call the Midwife), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hunger Games) have joined the voice cast of Kim Burden's Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost featuring two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House) and Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Giles New and Keiron Self are adapting the classic Oscar Wilde story. The animated film is produced by Robert Chandler and Gina Carter. Content will be handling worldwide sales starting at the Cannes market this month. Take a look at the first poster, then read on for more details.

Currently in pre-production, the animated comedy follows the story of Sir Simon de Canterville who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England, »

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Imelda Staunton, Freddie Highmore, Miranda Hart, and Toby Jones Join Oscar Wilde’S The Canterville Ghost, Plus the Film’s First Poster

9 May 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Nearly two years ago we reported that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie would be reuniting for the animated Oscar Wilde adaptation, The Canterville Ghost.  Today, in addition to the announcement of the rest of the cast, we have the first poster for the film, which is currently in pre-production.  Joining the Kim Burdon-directed tale will be Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Miranda Hart (Call the Midwfie), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).  Fry voices the title character, a deceased English noble whose ghost has successfully turned away every potential tenant over the last 300 years, but may have met his match with the American Otis family.  There are no details as to who the new cast members will be playing, but we should hear more once the picture starts to be shopped during the Cannes Film Festival. Hit the jump for more details and the »

- Dave Trumbore

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Freddie Highmore Joins Cast of Animated Canterville Ghost

9 May 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Bates Motel's Freddie Highmore is joining Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Hart, Toby Jones for an animated take on Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost by Kim Burdon. Giles New and Keiron Self are adapting the classic Oscar Wilde story. Currently in pre-production, the animated comedy follows the story of Sir Simon de Canterville who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England, Canterville Chase, for over three hundred years. He has successfully scared off every previous tenant with ease and aplomb, up until the Otis family from America moves in.

The post Freddie Highmore Joins Cast of Animated Canterville Ghost appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Imelda Staunton, Freddie Highmore, Miranda Hart Join Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry In The Canterville Ghost

9 May 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Content announced today that Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (Maleficent, Vera Drake), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), Miranda Hart (Miranda, Call The Midwife), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hunger Games) have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon’s Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost featuring two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House MD) and Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (The Hobbit Parts 2 and 3, Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows).

Giles New and Keiron Self are adapting the classic Oscar Wilde story. The animated film is produced by Robert Chandler and Gina Carter. Content will be handling worldwide sales starting at the Cannes market this month.

Currently in pre-production, the animated comedy follows the story of Sir Simon de Canterville who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England, Canterville Chase, for over three hundred years. He has successfully scared off »

- Michelle McCue

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