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8 items from 2017


What's going on at DreamWorks Animation?

21 March 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017

Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?

If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.

Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.

The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different. »

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Um, Ridley Scott wants to make Gladiator 2

12 March 2017 10:43 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Mar 13, 2017

Ridley Scott has a plan for a Gladiator sequel. Spoilers lie ahead if you've not seen Gladiator...

This story contains spoilers for Gladiator (2000)

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Ridley Scott is one of a small group of directors who have watched their film win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, yet also found themselves overlooked for a Best Director gong. Nonetheless. Gladiator – the picture concerned – remains a firm favourite, and it turned Russell Crowe from an acclaimed actor into a movie star.

There’s been talk in the past about a further Gladiator, with Nick Cave infamously putting together a Gladiator sequel script. Cave – who was asked by Crowe to explore a sequel – wanted to call his film Christ Killer (that would have gone down a treat), and would have seen the character of Maximus sent to Purgatory upon his death, »

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Why can’t British TV ever make a nightly topical talkshow work?

4 March 2017 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV’s new 10pm show has been slated by critics and deserted by viewers

This was supposed to be a British answer to America’s late night entertainment giants. A nightly mix of topical monologues, comedy sketches and chat modelled on the format that turned Johnny Carson, David Letterman and a host of men named Jimmy into stars and recently helped James Corden become a Us household name.

Unfortunately for ITV its much-trailed new nightly talkshow, The Nightly Show, presented in its first week by David Walliams, with John Bishop, Davina McCall, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc lined up for future slots, turned out to be more damp squib than firecracker with reviews variously calling it “awkward”, “unfunny” and “as flat as a Shrove Tuesday pancake”.

Corden might have succeeded because he’s smart – but Carpool Karaoke wouldn’t have been as huge with British pop stars

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ITV's The Nightly Show pulls almost 3m viewers but News at Ten suffers

28 February 2017 3:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

News programme records lowest Monday audience of year after broadcaster moves it to 10.30pm to accommodate Us-style show

The launch of The Nightly Show on ITV attracted almost 3 million viewers on Monday night, but the News at Ten recorded its lowest Monday audience of the year so far in its new temporary 10.30pm slot.

ITV is attempting to replicate some of the success of late-night talk formats in the Us, with a revolving cast of hosts each taking on a week of programmes for the next two months. David Walliams is taking the helm for the first week, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, comedian John Bishop and chef Gordon Ramsay to follow.

Related: ITV's Kevin Lygo: 'It’s loud entertainment, high-quality drama, and fun' | Jane Martinson

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- Jasper Jackson

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The Nightly Show: Britain's latest crack at Us-style late-night TV

27 February 2017 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV has shifted News at Ten to provide an alternative to the BBC, but does the transatlantic format work on this side of the pond?

The return of a popular whodunnit mystery on ITV on Monday night at 9pm – the third and final series of Broadchurch – was followed at 10pm by the arrival of what some observers regard as an unpopular whydunnit mystery: the displacement of the longstanding factual flagship, News at Ten, by a new half-hour entertainment series, The Nightly Show.

This has been announced for an initial experimental two months – although the ITV continuity announcer simply said it would appear “every night” with a different presenter every week: John Bishop, Gordon Ramsay and Mel & Sue are slated to present a quintet of editions each, with David Walliams fronting the first five.

Related: James Corden's a Stateside smash, so why can’t the UK do late night?

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- Mark Lawson

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Robert Peston: ITV News at Ten's time shift may have to be reversed

26 February 2017 11:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV political editor says channel’s new topical entertainment show will have to win audience quickly to keep 10pm slot

Robert Peston says ITV’s decision to move its flagship nightly news programme back half an hour to make way for a topical entertainment show may have to be reversed if the new show fails to quickly win over a healthy audience.

The influential political editor said he hoped the Nightly Show, which is to be hosted by personalities including David Walliams and Gordon Ramsay over the next eight weeks, would succeed in the 10pm time slot it is taking from the News At Ten.

Related: ITV's Kevin Lygo: 'It’s loud entertainment, high-quality drama, and fun' | Jane Martinson

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Martin Scorsese on Reuniting With De Niro for ‘Irishman,’ the Sinatra Biopic That Got Away

23 February 2017 4:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – “The joy of creating a film has to be in making something, even in the worst circumstances. It’s about the passion,” Martin Scorsese told a packed audience at a special event celebrating the director’s career at London’s BFI Southbank on Wednesday night. “To retain that passion is the key.”

Scorsese spoke about his passion, his work with film preservation and how the industry has changed during his long career. The Oscar-winning director also spoke about his upcoming project “The Irishman,” though he avoided mention of the rumors currently swirling around financing and rights to the film, including the possibility that Netflix could take worldwide rights in an eyebrow-raising deal.

The long-gestating “Irishman” is set to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for a ninth time and would mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. “Al and I have been trying to get to do a »

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Win Revolting Rhymes on DVD

6 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To celebrate the release of Revolting Rhymes available now on DVD, we’re giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD as well as a copy of the novel and audiobook.

Voiced by a stellar British cast including David Walliams (Little Britain, Gangsta Granny), Tamsin Greig (The Green Room, Episodes), Dominic West (The Wire, Pride) and Gemma Chan (Humans), Revolting Rhymes is perfect for half term holiday viewing and a treat for the whole family to enjoy.

First published in 1982 Revolting Rhymes was written by the much-loved author, Roald Dahl and illustrated by the legendary Quentin Blake. Bursting with imagination and delightful storytelling, these adaptations bring the tales to life in an extraordinary way. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig? »

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