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11 items from 2010

First look at Superhero

28 November 2010 9:24 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Two of Screenterrier's favourite young actors Thomas Sangster (recently seen in BBC3 film Some Dogs Bite) and Aisling Loftus (star of Dive and one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch from 2009) join forces to star in Superhero, a new feature film from Grand Pictures,  which has just wrapped after shooting for 6 weeks in Ireland and Germany.

'Superhero' is based on Anthony McCarten's novel 'Death of a Superhero' and centres around Donald Clarke, a terminally ill teenager who craves sex and adventure, however his time is limited and he’s never even had a girlfriend. As a form of escape, Donald retreats from the harsh realities of life to his illustrated comic book adventures. These stories see the indestructible Miraculousman fight a never-ending battle against his arch nemesis, the mad scientist known as The Glove.

After reluctantly seeing several psychologists Donald meets shrink number six, Dr. Adrian King, 'Dr. Death' (played »

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Ian FitzGibbon's 'Superhero' Starts Shoot in Ireland, Andy Serkis Stars

5 October 2010 3:07 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Principal photography commences today, October 5th, on the German-Irish coproduction 'Superhero' in Dublin. Andy Serkis (TinTin, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) heads up the feature which is directed by Ian FitzGibbon (Perrier's Bounty), and written by Anthony McCarten. The film's other cast members include Thomas Brodie Sangster (Love Actually, Nowhere Boy), Aisling Loftus (Dive), Jessica Schwarz (Perfume, Off Beat) and Irish actor Michael McElhatton (Parked, Happy Ever Afters). »

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10 great upcoming British actors

21 September 2010 9:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The UK may be struggling to keep up with the rest of the world in the arena of football, but we’re at least producing some top quality actors. Here’s Matthew’s pick of upcoming talent…

In a review I read for the BBC film, Dive, it stated, "It is lucky that, at a time when we are failing miserably to produce young footballers, we are producing such wonderful young actors." I'm not exactly sure why one would make up for the other, but I agree with the assertion. We have some great young actors and our young footballers are rubbish. For me, that's the best way round, though.

Here's a list of ten young British actors whom I expect to be making big moves in the world of entertainment in the near future, if they aren't already. The list is based on some completely subjective criteria such as talent, »

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TV review: Dive; Identity; To Kill a Mockingbird at 50 | TV review

10 July 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A sporting love story with mesmerising performances from young British actors and a Spooks-type drama make great summer offerings

One of the many things which the two-part drama Dive managed to do was achieve the near-impossible, in making me almost care about the 2012 Olympics. It was a huge personal surprise to find I even possessed the temperament to care, like finding you're suddenly capable of remembering the names of shrubs or worrying about Eamonn Holmes's weight.

I grew to care, anyway. Not for the festival of slack-jawed corporate greed and media hypocrisy which will still undoubtedly be the event itself, but at least for the many personal dramas which must be going on just now, as British youngsters try to qualify, with their aching bones, their 6.30 training starts before school, their chill winter houses, their exam worries and money worries. Far indeed from the VIP super-lanes.

Much of »

- Euan Ferguson

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TV Review: Dive

8 July 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dive is a sad, touching and funny coming-of-age drama. I'm giving it a score of 9.5

I've been looking into how a dive is judged in a competition. It's a complicated system. Scores range from one to 10, and go up in half-point increments (straight 10s, you may remember, are what Peter Kay once scored for his bomb in a John Smith beer advert). The dive itself is divided into five stages – starting position, approach, take-off, flight, and entry. Then there's something called the "degree of difficulty", which is determined by what manner of tucks and pikes the diver attempts, and is multiplied by their score. And because scoring is essentially subjective, there can't just be one judge, there needs to be a panel, to minimise the chance of bias, favouritism, cheating, bribery, cold-war politics etc.

Good. So I thought that, because of its subject matter, I would attempt to judge Dominic Savage »

- Sam Wollaston

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The Playboy Murderer | T in the Park | Dive | John Lennon Night | The Old Guys | Brotherhood | Watch this

8 July 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Playboy Murderer | T in the Park | Dive | John Lennon Night | The Old Guys | Brotherhood

The Playboy Murderer

7.30pm, Channel 4

It would seem you can fool just about anyone if you dazzle them by waving enough cash in their faces. Property developer (of sorts) Thanos Papalexis had a large derelict warehouse in London to turn into flats. The only problem was his sitting tenant, 56-year-old Charalambos Christodoulides, a problem for which Papalexis – with the ruthless, unimaginative hubris of the very rich and greedy – saw murder as the only solution. Interviewing his friends and colleagues as well as the police, and with his arrest interview tapes, this documentary covers his eight years of outrunning justice.

T in the Park

8pm, BBC3

Continuing the same kind of popification that saw the Isle of Wight festival playing host to Pink and the Saturdays, T in the Park kicks off this evening with sets from Black Eyed Peas, »

- Phelim O'Neill, Rebecca Nicholson, Martin Skegg, Will Dean

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Loftus: 'Dive doesn't judge teenagers'

8 July 2010 5:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aisling Loftus has claimed that her new show Dive doesn't judge teenagers. The programme focuses on a young diver hoping to make it to the 2012 Olympics who falls pregnant. Writing on the BBC TV Blog, Loftus explained that she didn't talk to teenage mothers before filming her scenes. "I didn't, maybe I should have," she said. "But I didn't feel like I was representing a demographic in how I portrayed Lindsey. I felt an affinity with her and approached all the things that happened as unequipped as she (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Natural World | Tim Marloe Meets . . . Terry Jones | Dive | Shanghai Tales | Southland | Skins | Watch this

8 July 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Natural World | Tim Marloe Meets . . . Terry Jones | Dive | Shanghai Tales | Southland | Skins

Natural World

7pm, BBC2

Chuck a "mega" and "giant" into the mix of tonight's Natural World and you'd have the ingredients for another straight-to-dvd B-movie: it's all about eagles who eat monkeys. After learning of the location of a nest occupied by a family of elusive harpy eagles, film-maker Fergus Beeley set up his own eyrie high in the canopy above the Orinoco rainforest of Venezuela . . . Sit back for an hour and enjoy the results of his patience. Rv

Tim Marlow Meets . . . Terry Jones

8.30pm, Sky Arts 1

If there's one thing we know about Python Terry Jones it's that he's obsessed with the middle ages and thus well placed to offer some very informative and entertaining insights into a clutch of medieval artworks at London's National Gallery, such as Paolo Uccello's Saint George and the Dragon, with »

- Will Hodgkinson, David Stubbs, Richard Vine, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall, Rebecca Nicholson

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Dive Takes An Optimistic Plunge

6 July 2010 4:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

With the 2012 Olympics creeping up, expect athletics-pegged drama to become something of a trend in the next two years. First in line there's this two-parter, called Dive, about 15-year-old diving champ, Lindsay (Aisling Loftus). Every day, she wakes at 6.30, lets her dad massage the aching knots out of her calves and hits the pool for hours of pre-school practice. One morning after training--our first as her audience--she asks her dad why the back of his car is loaded with boxes. He tells her that he's...  More >> »

- Ruth Margolis

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'Skins' O'Connell: 'I'm not like Cook'

30 June 2010 8:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Former Skins star Jack O'Connell has revealed that he is mostly recognised for his role as Cook in the E4 teen show. The actor, who is due to appear alongside Aisling Loftus in BBC Two drama Dive, admitted to TV Choice that fans often expect him to act like his rebellious character. "[It's] not an issue because Skins is cool, so it could be worse." he said. "If I’m out with my relatives and anyone recognises me I want (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama in Dallas Film Fest winner

17 April 2010 6:14 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell

Ryan Piers Williams’ “The Dry Land,” a Sundance Film Festival favorite, took home the top prize at the Dallas International Film Festival Friday evening, earning a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature. In addition, Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land” received a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature.

“Dry Land” stars America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama were on hand during the fest. Their film follows a U.S. soldier as he returns home from Iraq to Texas and tries to assimilate back into society.

The Documentary competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Michael Pertnoy’s and Michael Kleiman’s “The Last Survivor” and a Special Mention for Editing (for Claire Didier’s work on the film) to Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul.”

Dallas Star Award recipient John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) made the »

- Sean O'Connell

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