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BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20).
But which shows from those five decades on air were given short shrift? Did your favourite drama or comedy not get a fair shake?
BBC Two is 50: Share your memories and thoughts
But with just two days to go until Two hits 5-0, here's five more shows - from the '60s to the '00s - that deserve another shot.
The Likely Lads (1964-66)
"Oh, what happened to you? Whatever happened to me?" - Yes, its more distinguished follow-up Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? might have graduated to BBC One, but its 1960s predecessor was a BBC Two staple. »
Exclusive: Hong Khaou’s debut sells to major markets for Protagonist.
Deals have concluded in Australia and New Zealand (Transmission Films), Benelux (ABC Cinemien), France (Jour2Fete), Germany (Salzgeber), Japan (Moviola), Scandinavia (Non Stop), Spain (Surtsey), Turkey (Bir Film), Middle East (Front Row) and Airlines (Jaguar).
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Exclusive: Creative producer, business exec plan future collaborations.
The Microwave initiative, which backs projects budgeted up to £120,000 ($200,000) is currently on hiatus with no projects in development but ScreenDaily understands that an announcement about the future of the scheme is in the pipeline.
Bays most recently independently produced upcoming music doc Backstreet Boys – The Movie for Pulse Films and co-wrote and produced upcoming short The Muse, directed by Tim Walker, starring Ben Whishaw.
Kelly will continue to structure and manage Seis and Sis finance and consulting through Northern Alliance.
The two also plan to work together on features, including a script »
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Back in June, Yahoo reported that actress Penélope Cruz was rumored to play the next Bond Girl in Bond 24, although that report was debunked just a few weeks later. As it turns out, that initial report may have been true after all, with Premiere France spotting the actress' name on Sony's recent release schedule update, where she was listed next to confirmed stars Daniel Craig (007/James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny).
If it turns out to be true, Penélope Cruz, who turns 40 later this month, will be the oldest Bond girl in franchise history. Her husband Javier Bardem portrayed 007's nemesis Silva in 2012's Skyfall. Back in October, we reported that Kate Upton and Helen Flanagan were in contention for the coveted role, but we haven't heard anything else regarding their involvement since then. There is also a new report from Aftonbladet.se that »
Sources for The Wrap claim that director Sam Mendes is aiming very high with his casting for the villain in the next James Bond movie. They’ve been informed that Mendes’s top choice is Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), who was just nominated for an Academy Award, and whose star in Hollywood is the highest its ever been. With his powerhouse performance in 12 Years A Slave, Ejiofor- who’s been working in films since for almost 20 years- finally reached the A List. He would be a big “get” for the Bond franchise.
The report is quick to point out that Ejiofor has not yet entered negotiations, and there’ve been no formal talks. But amongst other actors that have been contacted for the role, they think Mr. Ejiofor is the frontrunner being eyed for the part.
Ejiofor would join Mendes and Daniel Craig, who are set to return for »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
According to The Wrap, the actor is the frontrunner to play the next villain in the upcoming Sam Mendes-directed James Bond film.
Daniel Craig will once again play the dashing superspy for the 24th installment of the British franchise, while Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are all set to return as well.
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Variety learned that "12 Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in the next installment in the "James Bond" franchise. The contract has yet to be signed, but Ejiofor is no stranger to playing the bad guy. He was the villain in "Children of Men" and "Four Brothers." If the actor gets the role, he'll join the cast already comprised of Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. The plan is to start production in the summer and have the film in theaters on November 6th, 2015. Meanwhile, director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is also looking for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new bond girls. It's being reported that Swedish actresses Ida Engvoll and Disa Ostrand are among those who have tested for the movie. »
According to The Wrap, Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is being lined up by Sony and Eon Productions for the coveted villain role in Bond 24, which is gearing up to go into production in October ahead of a release in 2015. It's said that he's yet to receive an official offer, but is widely considered to be the front runner for the role, although other actors are under consideration.
Bond 24 will mark Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007, and is set to reunite him with Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan. Also returning to the cast are Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris and Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q, while the hunt is on for two key female roles, "including a new Bond girl and a Scandinavian with a troubled past who will serve as a brief love interest for Bond."
Bond 24 is »
- Gary Collinson
Washington, Apr 5: Chiwetel Ejiofor has apparently become a favorite for film-makers to play villain in the next Bond movie.
According to The Wrap, the Oscar-nominated actor is being targeted to play opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond's nemesis in the 24th instalment of the spy movie franchise.
- Diksha Singh
"12 Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly the frontrunner to play the villain in the currently untitled next James Bond movie repots The Wrap.
The report says Ejiofor hasn't begun formal talks let alone had an official offer, but he is widely presumed to be the frontrunner amongst the other actors under consideration.
There's two other key roles to be cast - the main new Bond girl, and a Scandinavian woman with a troubled past who will serve as a casual fling for Bond.
Sony, MGM and Ejiofor's reps declined comment. Production on the next Bond film is currently slated to begin in November.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The studios haven't offered the role to Chiwetel Ejiofor yet, and scheduling issues will still need to be worked out if he signs on, but insiders claim that the Oscar-nominated actor is the front runner.
No details were given regarding the villain, although we reported in November that MGM won back the rights to the Blofeld character and his villainous organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., which lead to speculation that he will be a part of this sequel. Screenwriter John Logan also teased last month that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. might come into play. Will Chiwetel Ejiofor be Ernst Stavro Blofeld? That's a possibility.
We reported in March that production is scheduled to begin in October, »
It seems we are getting very close to learning who will be starring in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, but don't worry, there are still more franchises left to speculate casting. One such franchise is the upcoming Bond 24, which will see Sam Mendes returning to direct, Daniel Craig returning as 007 and Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw all back for more. But who will play the film's villainc According to The Wrap, Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged as the frontrunner to play the film's villain. The site is sure to note an offer has not been made and neither have formal talks, but multiple sources have told them he is at the top of their list. Before this, Ejiofor, like his 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong'o, were rumored to be up for roles in the next Star Wars and this news might suggest Abrams and crew »
- Brad Brevet
12 Years a Slave earned Chiwetel Ejiofor an Academy Award nomination and unanimous critical acclaim, but his next role looks set to be even bigger as he has now been named the frontrunner for the villain role in Sam Mendes and John Logan’s follow-up to Skyfall.
According to The Wrap, while Ejiofor is not yet in talks, he is very much the studio’s top choice as of right now and will join the returning Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw should the deal close.
His role in Steve McQueen’s brutal and brilliant movie about slavery put Ejiofor on the map, so it’s not a surprise that a big franchise like James Bond is now zeroing in on him. It was also recently revealed that his 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong’o is in talks for a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. »
- Josh Wilding
Chiwetel Ejiofor's Oscar-nominated performance in 12 Years a Slave earned him quite a bit of attention, but he's about to get even more of a spotlight if his next deal goes through. Ejiofor is reported as being the frontrunner for the villainous role in Sam Mendes' Skyfall follow-up; Mendes will direct the untitled 24th and 25th installments of the James Bond franchise. While no official offer has been extended and the parties in question are not in formal talks, Ejiofor is considered the man to beat by other actors vying for the role. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Ejiofor is the top choice for the villain of Bond 24. He would follow in the footsteps of Javier Bardem, who is only the most recent in a long line of iconic characters. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw all return as James Bond, »
- Dave Trumbore
After scoring big with Javier Bardem as its last Bond villain, MGM and Sony may be targeting another Oscar-nominated actor to play 007′s nemesis in the next James Bond pic. Sources tell Variety that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in Sony and MGM’s next installment in the James Bond series. No offer has been made yet and scheduling would still have to be worked out but sources insist he is the front-runner for the job.
The studio had no comment.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce with John Logan penning the script. The plan is start production in the summer in order to meet the pic’s release date of Nov. »
- Justin Kroll
Fresh off an Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave,” Chiwetel Ejiofor is the frontrunner to play the villain opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Sony, MGM and Ejiofor's reps at CAA all declined comment. Sam Mendes is directing the as-yet-untitled “Bond 24,” which was written by “Skyfall” scribe John Logan. Also read: 9 Burning Summer Movie Questions: Will Channing Tatum Save the Wachowskis? Did Time Off Hurt Angelina Jolie? Craig will return to don the tuxedo, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are set to reprise their roles as. »
- Jeff Sneider
The gallery of James Bond villains is adding another Oscar nominee: Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The Wrap reports that the "12 Years a Slave" actor is in talks to join "Bond 24" as the main villain. Director Sam Mendes is returning to helm the movie after guiding "Skyfall" to critical acclaim and $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide.
Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as Bond, with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw all returning as M, Moneypenny, and Q, respectively. Producers are still searching for a new Bond girl and a Scandinavian love interest for the dashing spy.
Since starring in "12 Years a Slave," Ejiofor has been busy; he recently wrapped "Z for Zachariah" opposite Chris Pine and Margot Robbie, and is set to appear in "Triple Nine" with Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, and Aaron Paul.
Production on "Bond 24" should begin this fall, with an unknown release date. »
- Kelly Woo
Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is Sony Pictures and MGM's top choice to play the villain in James Bond 24 , according to Variety . The trade says that the studios have not made an offer yet, but that the actor is the frontrunner for the job. They add that the producers are "also on the lookout for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new Bond girls." Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24th installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes from a script by John Logan. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce. Filming is expected to start this summer for a November 6, 2015 release. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
On tap right now are more behind-the-scenes images from Ron Howard's latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Dig on your first look at star Chris Hemsworth and more!
From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.
- Steve Barton
John C Reilly has just joined the cast of the upcoming unconventional love story called "The Lobster," which already has Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman on board. Plot: The dystopian tale follows a desperate man who breaks with the rules of The City where single people are arrested and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days at The Hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. The new movie is already in production in Ireland under the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). A release date has yet to be announced. »
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