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It's time to join the flock! The geniuses behind "Wallace & Gromit" and "Chicken Run" are back with the warm, funny "Shaun the Sheep" movie, which is out on Digital HD November 10 and Blu-ray/DVD on November 24. Shaun's adventure in the big city was adored by critics, who gave it a 99 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases all come with multiple special features, including a "Making the Shaun Movie" featurette, "Meet the Characters," "Join Shaun Behind the Scenes," "Meet the Crew," and a parody poster gallery.
Here's an exclusive clip behind-the-scenes, showing how they made the models:
- Gina Carbone
Spoiler alert: this blog is for those who have watched the first episode of The Last Kingdom showing on BBC2, Thursday nights in the UK; please refrain from posting any spoilers if you’ve seen more of the series.
Hello and welcome everyone. First off, a minor piece of housekeeping: like many people, I’ve read (and hugely enjoyed) the Bernard Cornwell novels on which this adaptation is based, but I’d like to do what we do with the Game of Thrones blog and try to keep the book spoilers to a minimum. Thanks.
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- Sarah Hughes
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
‘Sblood, zounds, fustilarian… of all the historical expletives drama has taught us over the years, I think I’m going to get the most use out of “Devil’s turds”. That’s how Saxon Lord Uhtred (Matthew Macfadyen modelling a hawk) describes the Danes spotted sailing into Northumbria in the tense opening moments of BBC Two’s new Viking-era drama, The Last Kingdom.
He’s not being overly harsh, as it turns out. From the off, the Danes behave in an unquestionably turd-like manner. Their idea of teaching you a lesson is to swagger up to your dad’s house looking like a Bungle after a spin in the tumble dryer, and pulling your decapitated head out of a bag. That »
Autumn may have hit us with its reliable double-header of persistent drizzle and pitch-black commutes, but its better-looking sibling, Autumn TV, has our backs, insisting we hole in our warm sofa sanctuaries for fear of missing any brilliant telly.
Digital Spy has whittled down the next seven days' broadcasting mother lode to a must-watch list of 10, including the much-anticipated return of The Big Bang Theory, Sky1's Never Mind the Buzzcocks wannabe and the opulently decorated tears of Judges' Houses on The X Factor.
1. The Big Bang Theory - Thursday, 8.30pm on E4
The biggest TV show in the world right now returns for its ninth series, after its greatest cliffhanger yet saw Amy dump Sheldon who intended to propose. 'Bazingas' might be in short supply.
With Penny and Leonard also eloping for a Las Vegas wedding, the geeky chums are in for an uncharacteristically dramatic season opener. Sheldon might »
Ahead of its release next Monday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the supernatural horror The Enfield Haunting, which is based on the terrifying true story of the most documented poltergeist haunting in modern history and features an all star British cast including Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen, Juliet Stevenson and Rosie Cavaliero. Check it out below, and be sure to enter our competition to win a copy of the DVD here…
In a seemingly normal house in Enfield, north London, a series of disturbing paranormal events have begun to take place. Reports of an unworldly presence making repeated attempts on the life of 11-year-old Janet Hodgson soon attract the attention of paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse (Timothy Spall) who is convinced that the house is plagued by a poltergeist. With the attacks growing increasingly violent by the day Maurice will stop at nothing to protect Janet from these strange and dark forces. »
- Gary Collinson
The ghosts aren’t friendly in “The Enfield Haunting,” a three-part miniseries acquired by A&E, clearly hoping to scare up viewers leading toward Halloween. Hyperbolically described as “a terrifying dramatization of the best documented paranormal incident in history,” the story has influenced so many movies and TV shows as to somewhat blunt its impact, which is actually distinguished less by thrills than its quieter elements, including Timothy Spall as the unlikely hero and devotee of the paranormal, brought to the topic by personal grief. Nicely executed, the most glaring absence, frankly, is any sort of closing script about these events’ aftermath.
Derived from a book written by one of the participants (played by Matthew Macfadyen), this “Haunting” happened in 1977, in an otherwise nondescript house in northern London. The poltergeist in question seemingly took special interest in an 11-year-old girl, Janet (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), in the most disturbing interludes speaking through »
- Brian Lowry
The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.
Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, »
- Tamika Jones
A&E has set an Oct. 9 premiere date for its three-part haunted house TV miniseries “The Enfield Haunting.”
The supernatural thriller will be a dramatization of events that took place at a northern London home in 1977, known as the Enfield Poltergeist. “The Enfield Haunting” will include extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements recorded at the time of the most talked about poltergeist activity in British history.
The spooky series takes advantage of fans’ love of thrills as it leads up to Halloween and is airing in between the fall premieres of two popular horror-tinged TV shows: FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” on Oct. 7 and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” on Oct. 11.
Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm, the series stars Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen. Joshua St. Johnston penned the screenplay, which was adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted.” Adrian Sturges is set to produce for Eleven Film. »
- Mannie Holmes
There’s class war on Ripper Street, a culinary tour of Greece with Rick Stein and a new comedy about wayward Scottish teenagers in Radges. Plus Piers Morgan chats to singer Lionel Richie and the day’s best sporting action
Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) returns to Leman Street for an enjoyably restrained and focused tale. A beautiful aristocrat (Laura Haddock) glides into the nick in evening dress, blood smeared on her clavicles. She is calmly open about the fact that, come morning, her husband’s lawyers will overturn her arrest. Did the lady stab a flower girl for sport? When His Lordship arrives to support his wife, it’s clear H Division must pull an all-nighter to solve the case and stop the ruling class cheating justice. Jack Seale
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- Jack Seale, Julia Raeside, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Paul Howlett
Fox has released a new featurette for the upcoming television series sequel to Steven Spielberg's Philip K. Dick adaptation "Minority Report". Set a decade on after the end of Precrime, one of the precogs haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past race to stop the worst crimes before they happen. It's scheduled to premiere September 21st.
Meanwhile the first trailer is out for the "Vikings"-esque historic TV drama "The Last Kingdom," the new BBC America epic series from the executive producers of "Downton Abbey" about the birth of England in 9th century Northumbria. Alexander Dreymon, Emily Cox, David Dawson, Matthew Macfadyen, Rune Temte, Rutger Hauer and Ian Hart star in the series with eight episodes set to air starting October 10th.
- Garth Franklin
BBC America has dropped the first trailer for original series The Last Kingdom, from Downton Abbey executive producers Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant. The eight-part drama series, set against the birth of England, follows young warrior and outsider Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), on a fierce mission to reclaim his birthright. American Horror Story‘s Dreymon heads up the international cast, which includes Emily Cox, David Dawson, Rune Temte, Matthew Macfadyen, Rutger Hauer… »
Season 4 of Victorian era detective drama Ripper Street has begun shooting in Dublin with new faces added to the cast. Shameless star David Threlfall has boarded as a series regular joining the returning cast of Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring and Charlene McKenna. The latest season will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video with dates to be set. Promised are “criminal and personal dramas that will revive and escalate the… »
Ripper Street is swelling its ranks with the addition of some exciting new cast members.
David Threlfall is joining the period thriller for its fourth series as villain Abel Croker.
Digital Spy recommends the very best in television - these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from the return of Bake Off to a surprising upturn for True Detective.
True Detective has come in for plenty of flak in its second season, but is the whole thing just one massive slow burn? That's what overnight reviews from the Us seem to be suggesting.
After steadily improving in recent weeks, the moody HBO drama's latest outing 'Black Maps and Motel Rooms' seems to have won over critics - maybe it's time to tune back in?
It's the end of an era as BBC One's long-running Golden Oldie crime drama is finally being pensioned off - though not before one last 10-part series.
Series 12 begins with the first of a two-parter in »
Eight months after it premiered on Amazon Prime Instant Video, the long-awaited third series of Ripper Street comes to BBCOne tonight. This comes after the Internet giant struck a deal with Aunty Beeb to save the critically-acclaimed series, but why was it axed in the first place? Lead star, Matthew Macfadyen isn’t giving many clues: “I...
- Philip Bates
Zimbabwean-born, Australian trained actor Rick Cosnett ("The Flash") has signed for a recurring role on ABC's new thriller series "Quantico". The show revolves around a group of young FBI recruits who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia.
Cosnett plays Elias Harper, an openly gay and comedic former defense attorney who used his rhetoric and savvy against FBI cases. Recruited by Miranda (Aunjanue Ellis) as an analyst for his brilliant mind, Elias loves to be right but also has a soft and kind-hearted side. [Source: Deadline]
Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") and Robbie Amell ("The Flash") are both set to guest star in one episode of the upcoming "The X-Files" event series on Fox. Character details were scarce beyond the pair playing smart and confident agents for the bureau. The six episode run is currently in production. [Source: Variety]
Cate Blanchett will develop and direct the »
- Garth Franklin
Reid, Drake and Jackson will continue to fight crime on Friday nights at 9pm, following its release on Amazon Prime Instant Video in November.
Amazon has also confirmed that the drama will continue for a fourth and fifth series. It is unclear whether the forthcoming series will air on the BBC.
The third series sees Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) returning to H Division as an Inspector, Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) focusing on his books and Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) returning to the force after four years away.
The show's creator and writer Richard Warlow said: "Series three pivots around the fall from grace of 'Long' Susan Hart, a woman whose new philanthropic ambition is matched only by her ruthless pursuit. »
Stewart Harcourt is adapting Jonathan Smith.'s recently published book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo," a two hour film to be directed by Charles Sturridge ("Where Angels Fear to Tread," "A Handful of Dust"), with Timothy Bricknell producing. Filming of ITV's "Churchill'.s Secret" begins this June in London and at Chartwell, the Churchill. family home in Kent. Set during the summer months of 1953, Winston Churchill., who has been elected Prime Minister for the second time., suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. The story is told from the point-of-view of his young nurse (Romola Garai) as Churchill battles to recover. His wife (Lindsay Duncan) hopes that the stroke will force him to retire, while his political friends and foes plot over who will succeed him. The adult Churchill children (Matthew Macfadyen as Randolph, Daisy Lewis as Mary, Rachael Stirling as Sarah and Tara »
- Anne Thompson
The story is told from the perspective of his young nurse Millie Appleyard (Garai).
Filming will begin this month in London, Hayes and at Churchill's principal family home in Kent.
The one-off will also air in the Us on »
As fans are likely aware, Ripper Street was cancelled but was then revived for a third season thanks to a deal with Amazon. Do the ratings on BBC America really matter? Likely not as much as they used to but it's still fun to follow along and see how the show's doing.
This season of Ripper Street picks up four years after Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn), and Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) split and isolated themselves from one another. Others in the cast include MyAnna Buring, Charlene McKenna, Clive Russell, David Wilmot, and David Dawson.
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