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Sci-Fi Weekender 9 Update… More Guests, More Entertainment!

With a hiss of brakes, and a rush of steam, the next phase of SFW9’s launch is engaged. We have lots and lots to tell you, so settle down, grab your beverage of choice, put your feet up, and let’s go!

That’s right folks… Its time to start planning for SFW9, coming to you next March in Wales and we have a little bit of bad news but a massive whole bunch of good news to soften that blow. First things first though: there are only 18, yes 18 rooms left on site for the weekend so if you don’t have your tickets then you better get on that now. So first off here is a little comment from Sfw themselves with a little bad news…

First off, the bad news … As regular SFWers know, sometimes guests have to drop out, and since the last announcement, both Colin Baker
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Highest paid actors at the BBC revealed

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Highest paid actors at the BBC revealed
Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are top actors on the list.

The BBC has revealed the salaries of all journalists, presenters and actors who earn £150,000 or more.

The annual report shows that Casualty and Holby City stars are the highest paid actors at the corporation, with Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie Fairhead in Casualty, the best paid, earning £350,000 to £399,999 in 2016.

Second is Holby City star Amanda Mealing, who was paid £250,000 to £299,999.

Actors in the £200,000 and £249,999 bracket include Danny Dyer and Adam Woodyatt (both EastEnders), Rosie Marcel (Holby City), Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Sir David Jason (Still Open All Hours) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness).

There are 21 actors are on the 96-strong list, with 12 women and nine men.

Speaking this morning on BBC radio, former BBC chairman Lord Grade called the government’s insistence that talent pay be disclosed “distasteful and disturbing”.

“If the government was concerned the BBC wasn’t getting value for money they should
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‘The Church’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Tomas Arana, Barbara Cupisti, Hugh Quarshie, Asia Argento, Feodor Chaliapin, Jr., Giovanni Lombardo Radice | Written by Dario Argento, Michele Soavi, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti, Lamberto Bava, Fabrizio Bava | Directed by Michele Soavi

It has been a Long time since I last watched Michele Soavi’s The Church - the last time I saw it was a rare TV screening on Bravo if memory serves… It’s not like I’m not a fan of the film, after all – thanks to the heavy promotion of the film in The Darkside magazine – I first saw the film on the very day it hit VHS here in the UK… I actually “pre-ordered” my rental of the film at my local, now long defunct, video store and fell in love with the glorious religious iconography and the overall otherworldy, eerie, look of the film – from the prologue, to the [literal] heart-wrenching scene featuring Tomas Arana,
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Nightbreed: the enduring appeal of a horror classic

Marc Buxton Jan 12, 2017

It seems that Nightbreed has always captured the imagination of horror movie fans. And with good reason...

When the push began for Nightbreed, Clive Barker’s follow up to the cult hit Hellraiser in 1990, the marketing made the film feel like just another slasher film. The confusing advertisements couldn’t seem to decide whether the film’s killer was a button-eyed, masked killer, or the film’s lead character Boone - played by Craig Sheffer - leaving fans scratching their collective heads over what this coming horror joint was even about.

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The theatrical posters for Nightbreed read “Lori thought she knew everything about her boyfriend….Lori was wrong!” and the tagline couldn't have missed the point of Nightbreed more if it tried. The film was a meditation on monsters and fringe dwellers,
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6 actors you never knew played James Bond, from Toby Stephens to... Tom Hiddleston?

Gun to your head - or, rather, powerful laser device pointed close to your groin - you could probably list all six actors who've played James Bond.

But Connery, Brosnan, Moore and so on are the just the tip of the (admittedly quite small) iceberg, as this list of the "other" Bonds proves...

1. Bob Holness

Best known for everyone's favourite pee-themed, letter-obsessed quiz show, Holness enjoyed a wide and varied career before he settled down behind the Blockbusters desk, once working as an airborne traffic reporter and briefly holding down a job in a South African printing press.

How he then ended up as secret agent James Bond 007 seems as great a mystery as "Who are the kind of parents that call their daughter Pussy Galore?" But he did, thanks to a 1956 BBC radio play based on Moonraker.

2. Barry Nelson

Eight years before Sean Connery met Dr No, Barry Nelson
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Review: Othello Starring Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

One remarkable aspect of Shakespearian plays is their ability to reinvent themselves, changing their surface depending on cast and crew in order to reflect the ideas of the age, while nonetheless remaining exactly the same story as originally conceived. Like Doctor Who, if you will. Since 2009, the works of the Bard have reached an...

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David Oyelowo is James Bond... in new audiobook Trigger Mortis

David Oyelowo is James Bond... in new audiobook Trigger Mortis
David Oyelowo is the new James Bond - he will voice the character in the audiobook version of Anthony Horowitz's 007 novel Trigger Mortis.

The Selma actor said that he is "very honoured" to have been asked to take part by the estate of Bond creator Ian Fleming, voicing the iconic spy and other characters.

He follows in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston, Rosamund Pike and Holby City star Hugh Quarshie, who in 2012 became the first black actor to play the role of Bond in audio form reading Dr No as part of a Classic Bond boxset.

"I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: 'I am the new James Bond'," said Oyelowo. Even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the 'to be or not to be' speech.

"I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Nightbreed' Gets One of the Best Blu-ray Sets of the Year

Nightbreed: The Director's Cut - Scream Factory - Blu-ray Director: Clive Barker Cast: Craig ShefferAnne BobbyDavid Cronenberg,Charles HaidHugh Quarshie. Full cast + crew The Nightbreed director's cut may be the most interesting director's cuts to come along in a while. On the one hand, we obviously all want to see what a director's original vision for something looked like-- especially if it involves drastic changes from the previously released version of a movie. And that is indeed the case with Clive Barker's preferred cut of his ambitious 1990 horror fantasy movie. It restores a ton of material that never made it into the original version of the movie, and uses alternate takes of some stuff that was already...

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Watch Topher Grace's 'Star Wars' Prequel Edit Trailer

Watch Topher Grace's 'Star Wars' Prequel Edit Trailer
That '70s Show star Topher Grace wanted to learn how to edit film, so as an exercise, he took it upon himself to make a one-film cut with footage from the three Star Wars prequels, which includes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. What resulted was an 85-minute sci-fi adventure that is lean, mean and has been quite enjoyed by those who've seen it. It was never meant to be released outside Topher Grace's circle of friends, but that might have changed after a couple years being asked repeatedly about it. We don't have a confirmed release date for Star Wars: Episode III.5, but we may finally get to see it as Topher has cut together and released a teaser trailer, which helps to remind fans why
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Catherine Tate's Nan returns as 'Holby City's worst ever patient - video

Catherine Tate's Nan Taylor has returned as Holby City's worst ever patient in a Children in Need sketch.

The actress is seen being rushed to the fictional hospital with her grandson Jamie, played by Gavin & Stacey's Matthew Horne. Watch below:

Nan continues to act the difficult patient and causes havoc, as part of the BBC's annual charity fundraiser.

Holby City regulars Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) and Chantelle Lane (Lauren Drummond) look after Nan, but she is left unimpressed with Chantelle's service.

The soap's Elliot Hope (Paul Bradley) and Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) also feature in the sketch.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video - press play below to watch Amie Parker-Williams reveal gossip on Jai's secret being exposed in Emmerdale, Kat and Alfie edging closer to a reunion in EastEnders, and bullying stories on the way in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
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'Holby City', Catherine Tate sketch for Children in Need - preview

A preview clip of a special Holby City sketch for Children in Need 2013 has been released.

Catherine Tate reprises her role as foul-mouthed Joannie 'Nan' Taylor, who visits Holby as a difficult patient and cause havoc.

The preview shows regulars Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) and Chantelle Lane (Lauren Drummond) looking after Nan, but she is left unimpressed with Chantelle's service.

Holby regulars Elliot Hope (Paul Bradley) and Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) also feature in the sketch.

Nan's Holby visit will air as part of the Children in Need 2013 appeal show, which broadcasts tonight (November 15) from 7.30pm on BBC One.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video - press play below to watch Amie Parker-Williams reveal gossip on Jai's secret being exposed in Emmerdale, Kat and Alfie edging closer to a reunion in EastEnders, and bullying stories on the way in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
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'Holby City', Catherine Tate sketch filmed for Children in Need

Catherine Tate has filmed a special Holby City comedy sketch for Children in Need 2013.

The actress has reprised her role as foul-mouthed Joannie 'Nan' Taylor, who will visit Holby as the patient from hell and cause havoc.

Holby City regulars Tina Hobley (Chrissie Williams), Paul Bradley (Elliot Hope), Hugh Quarshie (Ric Griffin) and Lauren Drummond (Chantelle Lane) all feature in the sketch.

Mathew Horne also appears as Nan's grandson Jamie.

Speaking of the sketch, Tate commented: "Thanks to everyone at Holby, I'm happy to be involved with Children in Need this year and wish you all the best for the night."

Tina Hobley added: "Over the years Holby City has faced flooding, riots and hostage situations - but nothing quite prepared us for the arrival of Nan."

Tate played the role of Nan on her self-titled BBC sketch show between 2004 and 2007. The character has also featured in various skits and one-off specials.
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Creative things to do when an actor won't return for a sequel

Odd List Ryan Lambie 14 Aug 2013 - 07:45

When an actor can't reprise their role in a sequel, how do you fill the gap without the audience noticing? Here are a few solutions...

Filmmaking's a tricky business, and creative decisions are often informed by pesky details like conflicting schedules, retirement plans and pay disputes. So when studio executives give the greenlight to a film sequel, and an actor in a major role suddenly can't - or won't - appear, filmmakers often have to come up with some creative ideas to make sure their star's absence doesn't distract cinemagoers too much.

From recycling snippets of old stock footage to the strategic application of eye patches, here's a selection of the clever things directors, writers and producers have done to cover the absence of an actor in a sequel. And we start with an infamous case that prompted a fairly major change in
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DVD Review - To Walk with Lions (1999)

To Walk with Lions, 1999.

Directed by Carl Schultz.

Starring John Michie, Richard Harris, Kerry Fox, Ian Bannen, Hugh Quarshie, Honor Blackman and Geraldine Chaplin.

Synopsis:

An arrogant young man (Michie) travelling through Africa crosses paths with George Adamson (Harris), a world-famous lion tamer. Adamson employs Tony and teaches him about the lions and land.

Oscar-winning Born Free was a thoroughly charming film. The story of lovable lions raised by George and Joy Adamson was understandably enjoyed by millions. To Walk with Lions still retains some of the affability of the 1966 gem but is nothing outstanding by itself.

Had it not been for Richard Harris (this one of his last roles) I can’t imagine To Walk with Lions having much of a reputation. Fortunately for the film Harris gives a tremendous performance; he is fearless, fragile and formidable – becoming George Adamson in all his glory. Near the end of the
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Film4 Frightfest Image Explosion: New Stills and Art for Hidden in the Woods, Tulpa, Outpost II, After, Chained, Before Dawn, Errors of the Human Body and More!

We've updated our Film4 Fright Fest line-up story with tons of images. Read on to see what you may have missed and what's brand spanking new! Dig it!

Programme - Screen 1

Thursday Aug 23

Opening Film - The Seasoning House (World Premiere)

Special make-up prosthetics and splatter genius Paul Hyett makes his directorial debut with a harrowing exploration into tense claustrophobia, hard-hitting action and rollercoaster suspense. In a Balkan brothel, where girls kidnapped by soldiers in war-torn zones are prostituted to the military and civilians alike, Angel (Robin Day) is the deaf mute orphan enslaved to care for the inmates. But unbeknownst to her captors, she moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the seasoning house planning her escape. Psychological horror in the nerve-shredding Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski style but with an ultra-modern twist.

89 mins Director: Paul Hyett UK 2012

Rosie DayAngel

Sean Pertwee – Goran

Kevin Howarth – Viktor

David Lemberg
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Happy Star Wars Day and May The Fourth Be With You!

May the 4th is upon us once again, which means it’s time for us to wish our awesome fans a Happy Star Wars Day! Even though Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released on May 25th, 1977, due to the clever (force/fourth) pun, May the 4th has become known among fans as Star Wars Day. With that being said, May the Fourth be with you… always.

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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released on May 25th, 1977 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. The film was directed by George Lucas.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21st, 1980 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. The
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TV review: White Heat; The Sarah Millican Television Programme; David Walliams: The Big Swim

It's no Mad Men, but this tale of 60s student flatmates is shaping up nicely

Ithink there's going to have to be a moratorium on shows set in the 1960s until we've all had a chance to let the memory of Mad Men fade. Let time sully its perfection just a little before you serve us up another.

There was much to recommend White Heat (BBC2), the six-part series by award-winning writer Paula Milne, about a gang of 60s flatmates who are brought back together 40 years later by the death of one (we know not which yet) in the first episode, and whose stories unfold in flashback. The set-up is ripe and luscious: seven very different lives (possibly chosen for precisely that reason by their landlord, Jack, as a social experiment – though there is just as much chance that he just wants to bang one of the girls. The 60s
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White Heat: 'What women went through in the 60s was seismic'

Screenwriter Paula Milne says her own experiences inspired the new BBC2 drama about a group of people through the decades

Sixteen years ago, BBC2 broadcast Our Friends in the North, a much lauded tale of four friends and social and political change that began in the 60s. Next week the channel will attempt a similar feat with White Heat.

Kicking off in 1965, the drama focuses on a group of flatmates as they move through the decades to the present day. With acclaimed screenwriter Paula Milne behind the scripts, it is perhaps little wonder the drama is being thought of as Our Friends in the South.

"As a woman, this piece is semi-autobiographical – so that is what you see on screen," said Milne. "The inevitable comparison is with Our Friends in the North, and that is a brilliant drama and showed the audience is interested in long television stories. But it
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Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace 3D Blu-ray Coming This Spring

Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace 3D Blu-ray Coming This Spring
When LucasFilm released Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray back in September, Panasonic teamed up with the studio to package this set with its Blu-ray players. It seems Panasonic and LucasFilm are continuing their partnership, with Panasonic packaging Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D Blu-ray along with its 3D Blu-ray players.

While an insider claims the 3D Blu-ray will be available with Panasonic products as early as this spring, it seems a September release is more likely, since Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace just opened in theaters two weeks ago. Nothing has been confirmed by Panasonic or LucasFilm as of yet.

Fox Home Entertainment, which released Star Wars: The Complete Saga last year, has not released an official street date for the Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D Blu-ray. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any
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Four Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Four Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Four unseen behind-the-scenes photos have been unearthed for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which will be re-released in 3D February 10. Click on these photos below, which feature Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Ray Park, and Kenny Baker, to access our growing gallery for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace comes to theaters February 10th, 2012 and stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Pernilla August, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie. The film is directed by George Lucas.
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