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5 items from 2016

Thn at McM Comic Con: Being Human

28 May 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This weekend, The Hollywood News are buried deep in a sea of Cos-players at Excel in East London for the first McM Comic Con of the year so far. Over the next couple of days, tens of thousands of pop culture fans will descend upon he Excel for a bank holiday weekend full of festivities.

We’ll be bringing you various coverage over the coming couple of days, kicking off with a couple of panels which we attended earlier on today. The first was the panel for Being Human, the BBC Three TV series. The panel comprised of Russell Tovey, current Poldark Aidan Turner and actress Lenora Crichlow who talked about their time on the show. All three have now departed the series, but haven’t ruled out a return, as our video clip shows. Maybe a Christmas special is in order?

Take a look.

The trio also shared their »

- Paul Heath

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Kevin Pollak’s ‘Late Bloomer’ Bought by Momentum Pictures (Exclusive)

13 April 2016 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Momentum Pictures has acquired North American theatrical distribution right to Kevin Pollak’s “The Late Bloomer,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Johnny Simmons stars as a 30-year-old sex therapist who has never gone through puberty. His world turns upside-down after the removal of a benign brain tumor.

The film — Pollak’s feature directorial debut — also stars J.K. Simmons, Maria Bello, Brittany Snow, Jane Lynch, Kumail NanjianiBeck Bennett, Paul Wesley, Ken MarinoIlleana Douglas, Charlotte McKinneyVanessa Ragland, Blake Cooper and Lenora Crichlow.

Late Bloomer” is loosely based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.” The book recounts the E! news correspondent’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed.

Dateline NBC” profiled Baker in 2008, when his memoir hit stores. Raphael Kryszek’s Ineffable Pictures optioned the rights to Baker’s book. In 2007, Heidi Jo Markel »

- Dave McNary

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5 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

9 March 2016 8:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Jamie Chung, known for playing the Disney warrior Mulan on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” is about to wield a different sword: the law. NBC picked up the hourlong drama “Miranda’s Rights,” which will follow a group of idealistic lawyers who work and live together out of their new startup firm. The pilot, cast by John Frank Levey, also includes Rebecca Breeds, Noel Fisher, Monique Coleman, and John Gabriel, and is set to shoot at the end of the month in the rainy British Columbia city of Vancouver. Stephnie Weir is moving beyond her “Mad TV” roots and into pilot season. The actor-turned-writer-producer has been attached to three pickups this season with one, “The Stephnie Weir Project,” formerly known as “Y’all in the Family,” going forward at CBS. The half-hour comedy will follow a conservative family in a small town as they come to find out their »

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CBS Casts Female Lead in Greg Garcia, Stephnie Weir Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)

2 March 2016 5:44 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lenora Crichlow has been cast in CBS’s comedy pilot from Stephnie Weir and Greg Garcia, Variety has learned exclusively. She will star opposite Nick Zano.

The British actress is best known for starring on BBC’s “Being Human.” She showed off her comedy chops two pilot seasons ago with NBC’s short-lived comedy “A to Z” on which she was a series regular, appearing in all 13 episodes.

The untitled mutli-cam CBS comedy is about a conservative small-town family that is forced to reconcile their values when they discover their children’s lives are less than perfect.

Crichlow will play Anna, a whip-smart young woman who served in Afghanistan with Billy (Zano), the golden boy of his family who gets her pregnant.

Weir penned the pilot and will exec produce with Garcia who’s producing through his Amigos de Garcia Productions. Comedy vet James Burrows is directing the pilot. Alix Jaffe is a co-exec producer, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Being Human: celebrating BBC Three originals

14 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Next on our list of salutes to BBC Three geek favourites: Toby Whithouse's much-missed Being Human...

It started off as a joke, a silly fantasy twist on a generic sitcom premise, but Being Human somehow, against more odds than we remember years later, ended up becoming one of the defining British genre shows of the decade. It was both of its time back in the vampire-saturated late noughties and classic in the way few shows manage to be. It was lightning in a bottle, and much of its power came from just how unexpected it was.

Back in 2009, BBC Three wasn't known for quality genre drama. The BBC arm aimed at tempting the eyeballs of the notoriously difficult to engage 16-34 age bracket, the channel had been going through an identity crisis since its inception and needed something to define it as an entity in and of itself. »

- simonbrew

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