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He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all the way from Million Dollar Legs in 1932 to Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. And we get to see all sides of W.C's talent -- he was a top-rank juggler, of just about anything. W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1932-1941 / B&W / 1:37 Academy 1316 minutes (21 hours, 46 min) Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.98 Starring Larson E. Whipsnade, T. Frothinghill Bellows, Egbert Sousé, Eustace P. McGargle, Harold Bissonette, Professor Quail, Augustus Winterbottom, Mr. Stubbins, Sam Bisbee, Ambrose Wolfinger, Cuthbert J. Twillie, Humpty-Dumpty. Written by Charles Bogle, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis
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Netflix has found its cast for “The Crown,” an original decades-spanning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who shaped post-war Britain. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2016.
Claire Foy (“Wolf Hall”) will play Queen Elizabeth II; Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) will play Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh; and John Lithgow (“Third Rock From the Sun”) will play Winston Churchill.
The series is based on Peter Morgan’s play “The Audience.” Morgan also serves as writer on the series, which is described as telling the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
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- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Netflix has already delved into the darkest corners of Washington D.C. in House of Cards, and now the streaming service is looking across the pond for another political drama. Today brings news that Dexter alum John Lithgow, Wolf Hall‘s Claire Foy and former Doctor Who lead Matt Smith have secured major roles in The Crown, a period piece that spans decades of British history.
Lithgow will portray Sir Winston Churchill, while Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II and Smith will take on the role of Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. The show looks inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, the two main seats of British power, to explore the personal interests, love affairs and political machinations that were at the heart of some of the latter 20th century’s most pivotal events.
- Isaac Feldberg
Wow. After last week’s “low-key” podKast with Christian Cawley and James McLean, this week we bring in Gareth Kavanagh and the conversation swings and turns from video games and New Adventures to other podcasts, past podKasts, and Philip Martin’s upcoming East of Heysham, which Gareth is producing. All in all this is an eclectic podKast, which...
- Christian Cawley
Have you ever fancied owing your own tin of Marsh Minnows? A new Crowdfunder from Lass Productions has these and other slices of Doctor Who history for you to own! In anticipation of June’s production of East of Heysham, a premiere from Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp writer Philip Martin, Lass Productions has created a...
- Christian Cawley
5 items from 2015
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