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8 items from 2014


The Original Mr. Gray

9 May 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

What is the value of art in society, and what are the artist’s moral imperatives? How must artists reconcile their predisposition toward sensory indulgences with modern mores, particularly if they gravitate towards a lifestyle that is largely stigmatized? Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray examined all of these questions. It was a seminal work of Gothic horror literature, and, although he was a highly accomplished playwright and critic, this was the only novel of Wilde’s that was ever published. 

Wilde's book tells the story of an artist named Basil Hallward, who finds something of a muse in the young man Dorian Gray. It is during one of his visits to Basil's studio that Dorian meets the ultra-hedonistic Lord Henry Wotton, who quickly "befriends" Dorian and persuades him that sensory indulgences and worldly pleasures are what life is truly about. Basil finishes his portrait of Dorian, »

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Nighy, Jones Join "Dad's Army" Movie

29 April 2014 1:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones are set to lead the cast of a movie adaptation of the classic 1970s BBC sitcom "Dad's Army".

Set in a fictional south-coast English town in 1940, the original comedy ran for nine series and followed the farcical exploits of a Home Guard platoon, a group of local volunteers ruled ineligible for military service due to advanced age or extenuating circumstances.

This platoon would be on the front line in the event of an invasion across the English Channel, but the series mostly got mileage out of its cast of eccentric characters.

In the film version, Jones will play the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, Nighy is set as the dry Sergeant Wilson. "Johnny English Reborn" director Oliver Parker and scribe Hamish McColl will serve in the same capacities on this film, while Damian Jones ("The Iron Lady") will produce.

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- Garth Franklin

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Dad's Army to be adapted into film which other sitcoms should be turned into films?

28 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With the news that Dad's Army is to be remade as a film starring Bill Nighy and Toby Jones, we take a look at which TV classics should get the big screen treatment

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

Much loved BBC sitcom Dad's Army is to be brought to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy starring as Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson. The film is to be directed by Oliver Parker, responsible for Johnny English Reborn and the St Trinians remake, and original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry is on board as a producer.

Reaction to the news has not been universally positive among Guardian readers:

Nighy and Jones are excellent performers, but no-one will better the chemistry between the original cast members of Dad's Army.

Why remake something which is already perfect? It's like rewriting Hamlet!

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- Hannah Jane Parkinson

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Dad’s Army Reloaded With Toby Jones And Bill Nighy?

28 April 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s still a mainstay of the prime-time schedules some 37 years after it ended, and now it appears Dad’s Army is to be remade for the big screen by the director of the rebooted St Trinian’S.

One of the few series with black and white episodes to enjoy an airing in the digital age, the sitcom acquires new legions of fans each decade, with the BBC licensing mugs, t-shirts and even iPhone covers featuring its elderly cast. Based on Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s Second World War experiences, it followed the frequently shambolic activities of the Home Guard in a sleepy coastal resort.

A movie was made in 1971 by Columbia Pictures featuring the original cast which performed well, but the mix of Hollywood and Walmington-On-Sea received mixed reactions from the critics and the grumpy ensemble cast weren’t happy with the results.

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Toby Jones and Bill Nighy to star in Dad’s Army film

28 April 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to The Sunday Times, Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bill Nighy (About Time, I, Frankenstein) have signed on to appear in a big screen version of the classic British sitcom Dad’s Army.

The report claims that Jones will play Captain Mainwaring and Nighy Sergeant Wilson, the two characters previously portrayed by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier. Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) is set to direct from a script by Hamish McColl (Johnny English Reborn, Mr. Bean’s Holiday).

Dad’s Army revolved around a group of Home Guard volunteers during the Second World War and premiered in 1968, running for 9 series, in addition to a 1971 feature film, a radio series and live stage show.

The post Toby Jones and Bill Nighy to star in Dad’s Army film appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

28 April 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fondly remembered sitcom set during the second world war to feature Nighy and Jones in roles made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

A film adaptation of classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army is coming to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for lead roles, reports the Sunday Times.

Jones is due to take Arthur Lowe's role as the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, with Nighy as the dry and taciturn Sergeant Wilson. The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has overseen fare such as spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn and 2007's St Trinians remake. The script is by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

28 April 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fondly remembered sitcom set during the second world war to feature Nighy and Jones in roles made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

A film adaptation of classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army is coming to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for lead roles, reports the Sunday Times.

Jones is due to take Arthur Lowe's role as the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, with Nighy as the dry and taciturn Sergeant Wilson. The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has overseen fare such as spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn and 2007's St Trinians remake. The script is by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

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- Ben Child

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Ready For A New Dad's Army Movie?

27 April 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Despite all the brands currently being given a new coat of movie paint – the toys, the games, the sweets – we’re not sure we would have predicted Dad’s Army going the same way, even though rumours of a movie have floated for years and film audiences met them once before in 1971. But according to reports from the Sunday Times, it’s a done deal.The BBC – which carries more details on the story because of the Times’ pay wall – brings word that St. Trinian’s director Oliver Parker and his Johnny English Reborn script collaborator Hamish McColl are at works on script that would bring Captain Mainwaring and his dedicated but lacklustre platoon of troops to life once more.Dad’s Army, which was created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, first aired in 1968 and ran until 1977. It followed the bumbling efforts of recruits to the Home Guard service, »

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