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Continuing our writers' favourite film series, Paul Laity casts off his cool to reveal a partiality for Ang Lee's Austen adaptation
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I might find it hard to live this down. My favourite film, a costume drama? A period romance? Jane Austen? With lead roles played by head-girl Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in classic floppy-haired, shy-but-charming mode? What happened to Tarkovsky and Kiarostami? But I can't help it: I know Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility is not challenging, I realise it has lots of bonnets, and that I should prefer Trainspotting, which came out in the same week early in 1996, but I'm extremely partial to this film.
One reason is the writing. Thompson spent five years wrestling with the screenplay, trying to stay tuned to »
- Paul Laity
The holidays can be memorable for all kinds of reasons… even strange reasons. And there’s one that’s stuck in Hugh Laurie’s mind for a very strange reason. (Click on the audio player to hear Hugh Laurie) Hugh Laurie __
For some, the holidays mean spending time with family at home. For others, it could mean a trip… maybe to see family, or, like Will Smith, it could just be a vacation (Click on the audio player to hear Will Smith) Will Smith ____
Or, there’s always the Angelina Jolie route… making the holidays into a humanitarian mission. (Click on the audio player to hear Angelina Jolie) Angelina Jolie ___ The holidays mean a lot of different things to people… family, traditions, parties… and, of course, presents. As a kid, Tom Hanks always looked forward to getting his. (Click on the audio player to hear Tom Hanks) Tom Hanks ___ Michael Caine might be a grandfather, »
A veteran character actor passes, Hugh Laurie's still unsure about the future of House, The Addams Family musical has been revamped, The Smurfs is ineligible for an Oscar, The Lone Ranger movie gets a True Blood bad guy, and notable dates in TV history.
The actor best known for playing Police Captain Frank McNeil in the Kojak TV series has died at the age of 90. He passed away in New York on December 16th from cardiac arrest. Frazer appeared on numerous TV shows since the 1950s, including McHale's Navy, The Untouchables, The Phil Silvers Show, My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller, and The Waltons. He appeared in three versions of Law & Order and recurred on As the World Turns as Lt. McCloskey from 1986-96. He played McNeil on Kojak for all five seasons and reprised the role for the 1983 reunion movie, Kojak: The »
Hugh Laurie has revealed that House could end after the current season. During an interview on Ryan Seacrest's Kiis-fm radio show on Thursday (December 15), the actor confessed that no further seasons have been planned and that House execs are considering multiple factors before deciding whether or not to continue with the medical drama. "Too soon to say. We're still wetting our fingers and sticking them up in the air to see which way the wind's blowing. There are lots of things to be taken into account," (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
Now in its eighth season, "House" is still successful as far as ratings go, though critics and fans have certainly wavered on the show's quality standing up to previous seasons. Normally, we'd say that it's a shoo-in for renewal come May, but this year, the fate of "House" is a bit of a toss-up.
Why? Hugh Laurie's contract is up this spring, and if he chooses not to continue on with the show, it will, obviously, be axed. You can't have "House" without House.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Laurie admits that he's still undecided about a potential Season 9. "Too soon to say. We're still wetting our fingers and sticking them up in the air to see which way the wind's blowing. There are lots of things to be taken into account," he says.
If he does sign on for Season 9, he thinks there's a good shot at Season 10, too. »
Adam Scott would never steer us wrong, right?
“We have a treatment,” Scott told Grantland, “and if everyone’s schedules work out, we’ll shoot it over the summer.”
Now all that’s apparently needed is for Starz to sign off on the project.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Megan Masters
For those House fans hoping to see Wilson and House ride off into the sunset together (can there really be any other ending?), this season might be our last chance to see that bromance dream come true. Hugh Laurie spoke with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show yesterday, and Seacrest asked the question that many fans have been wondering: Is this eighth season of House the final one? "Too soon to say," Laurie replied. "We're still wetting our fingers and sticking them up in the air to see which way the wind's blowing. There are lots of things to be taken into account." Like if everyone is on board for another season? Several key castmembers and producers are in the final season of their »
The Silence of the Lambs actor is bringing out an album of his own classical compositions
Appearance: Not actually a serial killer.
The one who eats people? Yes, that Sir Anthony Hopkins. The one who – despite hundreds of starring roles on stage and screen – will likely always be remembered by most film fans as psychiatrist and cannibal Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
And for his scene-stealing turn as one-eyed god Odin in Thor, surely? No, I'm pretty sure even Hopkins has forgotten that one.
But he was brilliant! Please, let's not get fixated on his role as Thor.
Fine. What's he done now? He's followed in the footsteps of Hugh Laurie, William Shatner and the guy who plays Karl Kennedy on Neighbours and become one of those actors who decides to release an album.
Like a music album? A lot like a music album, yes.
What's it called? »
The surprises were many at this year's SAG Award nominations for TV. Among the notable snubs are: Showtime's breakout drama "Homeland" across the board; NBC's "Parks and Recreation"; two-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (though "The Big Bang Theory" was nominated for Best Comedy Ensemble); the supporting women of "Mildred Pierce," including Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo; "House's" Hugh Laurie, snubbed for the first time in seven years; and Emmy-winner Melissa McCarthy, ignored for "Mike & Molly," though she did receive two SAG nominations for film (Ensemble and Supporting Actress for "Bridesmaids"). Not Best Drama Ensemble "American Horror Story" "The Borgias" "Boss" "The Closer" "Damages" "Friday Night Lights" "Homeland" "House" "Justified" "The Killing" "Shame »
House was the most talked-about television show on Facebook this year. The Fox drama, which stars Hugh Laurie, topped a list of fastest-growing pages and most popular media. The data was compiled by the social networking site based on status updates posted by users. House reached the number one spot, while Laurie's character Dr. House was named the most-discussed fictional character this year. Two and a Half Men came second in the list of television shows following this year's cast shake-up, which saw Charlie Sheen fired from the show and Ashton Kutcher (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
‘Arthur Christmas’ Slays ‘Em In The UK Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s Arthur Christmas jumped to the top of the UK box office this weekend – in its fourth week of release. This bit of holiday magic came courtesy of a £1.9 million weekend take for a cume of £11.5 million. The film has been holding steady in second place since it bowed on November 11 and this weekend faced off against Happy Feet Two for the family audience. Largely positive notices and the British voice cast — including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton — have no doubt been a local draw. Sony Pictures Releasing UK’s Peter Taylor said: “Opening a movie at No. 1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough, but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted.” Tom Hooper »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The latest serving of TV Snacks includes items on "House," Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show and a couple of CBS midseason series. Eat up:
- The Brinkley family is growing a little on "Up All Night." The NBC comedy has booked Dean Winters ("30 Rock," "Rescue Me") for a guest role as Chris' (Will Arnett) rather competitive brother. (Kudos on that casting, by the way -- Winters and Arnett could easily pass as siblings). Winters will first appear on the show early next year. [TV Guide]
- Showtime has ordered a second season of "Web Therapy," Lisa Kudrow's online-to-on-air comedy about a not entirely competent or qualified therapist. Guests for the second season include Meryl Streep, Conan O'Brien and Minnie Driver. [Showtime]
- Both scripted shows that CBS has on tap for midseason have changed their titles a little. Rob Schneider's comedy, formerly "¡Rob!," has dropped the Spanish punctuation and will simply go with "Rob. »
Family film Arthur Christmas has topped the UK box office in its fourth week of release, it was announced today.
Peter Taylor, managing director of Sony Pictures Releasing UK, said: "Opening a movie at No1 in such a competitive market as the UK is difficult enough but to reach the top of the chart in the fourth week of release is almost unprecedented. We are all delighted."
The film has now taken £11.5million to date in the UK, including £2.5m (giving it second place) on its debut weekend, £2.3million (keeping it in second place) on its second weekend, £2.11m (again retaining second place) on its third weekend, and £1.9m this past weekend.
Arthur Christmas is a production of Bristol animation studio Aardman, whose work includes Morph, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run, and was the first project to arise from its feature film deal with Sony.
Directed by Sarah Smith, »
- David Bentley
Asa Butterfield in Martin Scorsese's Hugo Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson/Taylor Lautner/Breaking Dawn Breaks Twilight Staying Power Record: Box Office Many "traditionalists" bitch about Hollywood not making enough "family films" — in other words, movies for children that parents are coerced into going to. Well, those movies are out there now. But where the hell are the families? Fooling around with Kindles and iPads as some (quite ludicrously) have suggested? Or did families blow their year-end budget last Black Friday? Or…? Anyhow, considering that we're approaching Christmas and that the domestic box-office competition includes fare such as The Muppets, Happy Feet 2, Hugo, Arthur Christmas, Puss in Boots, and Shame – oops! scratch Shame — it's somewhat surprising that the top movie this weekend in North America tells the story of a young woman impregnated by a vampire. Later on, the fetus she's devotedly carrying inside her bulging tummy is — quite »
- Zac Gille
Professor Moriarty: The Hound Of The D’Urbervilles
Written by Kim Newman | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 448pp
You need only look to the forthcoming Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes sequel, the continued success of Hugh Laurie’s House and the popular contemporary iteration of the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the recent BBC series to confirm that the Great Detective’s grip on popular culture is nowhere near loosening after almost 125 years since his appearance. Empire Magazine’s Kim Newman is one of the latest to take Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation and work with it, though he takes the less orthodox approach of telling tales from the point of view of Holmes’ nemeses, Colonel Sebastian ‘Basher’ Moran, right hand of the ‘Napoleon of Crime’, Professor Moriarty.
A number of the seven adventures depicted here have appeared previously in print, though they are embellished and added to »
- Jack Kirby
Taylor Lautner's Jacob Black, Breaking Dawn Part 1 (check out his right eye) Christmas is almost here, but vampires and werewolves may continue to exude more box-office appeal than furry, talking, kiddie-friendly puppets. Translation: this weekend, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and a less virginal Kristen Stewart will likely put more butts into more North American movie-theater seats than Kermit the Frog. According to Variety, the Bill Condon-directed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 should finish the box-office line ahead of The Muppets. As per early, rough estimates, Breaking Dawn is expected to collect another $14-$15 million, while The Muppets should gross $13 million. If those early estimates are correct, that means Breaking Dawn will suffer another steep drop this weekend: -64%. Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, in addition to Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 also features Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, »
- Zac Gille
The reports of a "Doctor Who" feature film are, if not greatly exaggerated, then at least a little premature, according to the current caretaker of the franchise.
Steven Moffat, the showrunner of the beloved BBC sci-fi series, says that despite comments from director David Yates about working on a big-screen "Doctor Who," at the moment "there are no developed plans" for a film.
"It's an incredibly exciting idea to get that magic blue box flying across our cinema screens," Moffat tells The Sun newspaper. "But if and when the movie happens it will need to star television's Doctor Who -- and there's only ever one of those at a time."
Moffat also took to Twitter to reinforce his position: "To clarify: any 'Doctor Who' movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly Not be a Hollywood reboot," he writes. (Sorry, those »
Hugh Laurie has admitted that he knows very little about the illnesses and medical procedures featured in House. The British actor said that he initially wanted to extensively research medicine prior to filming House's first episode, but never quite got around to it. "Before the show started, I wanted to spend time in an American hospital because a British person's experience of health care is so different. It's almost as if we have our hearts on the right side and our lungs are in our knees," Laurie joked to The Vancouver Sun. The star continued: "I arranged to go and spend time in a hospital in Chicago. But in the end - even that, even before the pilot - that turned out not to be possible. You need to get here. "You start shooting. I wish I could say I had some fascinating psychological process, but I basically just put »
- By Justin Harp
The Usual Suspects and X-men director Bryan Singer is in talks to helm the pilot for NBC’s new series The Munsters. Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller has been working on bringing the beloved comedy series that originally aired in 1964, back to the small screen. Having an acclaimed A-list director directing the pilot episode will certainly help as the likes of The Walking Dead (Frank Darabont) and Boardwalk Empire (Martin Scorcese) will testify.
The Munsters featured a friendly family of familiar looking characters each based on iconic horror figures. The great Fred Gwynn lead the cast as Herman, a lovable father sporting a Frankenstein style look. His wife Lily was the obvious ‘ Bride of Frankenstein’ while Grandpa was modelled on Dracula and son Eddie on ‘The Wolfman’.
Singer is actually no stranger to the television world having seen his hit show House starring Hugh Laurie win numerous awards and more »
- Craig Hunter
Hugh Laurie, star of Fox's hit series House, has stated that after the series ends, he is done with starring on television, ending his 30 year career. However, that doesn't mean he is finished working in the television industry entirely. Dr. Gregory House (Laurie), devoid of bedside manner and dealing with his own constant physical pain, uses a cane that punctuates his acerbic, brutally honest demeanor. His behavior often borders on antisocial, but House is a brilliant diagnostician whose unconventional thinking and flawless instincts afford him a great deal of respect. An infectious disease specialist, he thrives on the challenge of solving medical puzzles in order to save lives. In 1982, Hugh Laurie began acting in England's The Cellar Tapes, a sketch special. Over the next few years »
- David Anderson
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