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Queen Elizabeth II may or may not have a Netflix account, but “The Crown” executive producer Peter Morgan says that the Royal Family is “very, very aware” of Netflix’s new drama about the early years of Her Majesty’s reign, which focuses on Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) as a 25-year-old newlywed, faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill (John Lithgow).
“I think Netflix are working on getting her to give an endorsement,” Morgan quipped during Netflix’s panel for the show at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Through untraceable back channels, countless approaches have been made” between the production and the royals, he said, but the family has no involvement in the project, which Morgan admitted is preferable. “I want my independence, they want theirs, I don’t want to be associated with the palace.”
- Laura Prudom
Still riding high from Knight Lore from the day before we turn to today’s Your Sinclair Top 100 and cross our fingers hoping that we’re given something just as wonderful. Pulling our hand from the bag of Zx Spectrum gaming delights, it’s revealed that No.#32 hasn’t let us down as it’s the true classic Jet Set Willy from Software Projects.
Jet Set Willy, created in 1984, was the sequel to the other excellent game Manic Miner, both from the brain of Matthew Smith. Here Miner Willy has been spending the wealth he’s acquired since digging his way out of his last game, however his copious amount of partying and drunken debauchery hasn’t gone over to well. Willy is now nursing a rather tender head and wishes to return to his bed, however Maria – his housekeeper – is not too pleased with the mess and won’t »
Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Peter Jackson have avoided the mad crush by going incognito at the San Diego Comic-Con fan event In 2011, Esquire magazine writer Chris Jones accompanied Justin Timberlake at Comic-Con dressed as beloved “Sesame Street” duo Bert and Ernie. While attending 2011’s Comic-Con to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield pulled a double-fake by dressing as… Spider-Man Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith put on a Bart Simpson mask to walk the floor at the 2013 event. Bryan Cranston surprised his co-stars at a “Breaking Bad” panel in 2013 with a creepily realistic Walter White mask. Former Harry Potter star. »
- Thom Geier
The actor took part in a live webchat - addressing his love of Noel Gallagher, his disdain for social media and why wearing bright socks is his rule for life
Thanks for your questions guys. Leave your desks. Run out into the sun! Defy your bosses. And remember. England is never this sunny. Ever. So enjoy it, cats. Go and listen to some Oasis in a park and think of me.
And, as promised, here’s that face illustration he mentioned earlier on:
Kristina Wilde asks:
Do you have a mantra or philosophy, at work or otherwise, and what is it?
Wear bright socks. True. Although I am sockless today. Be bold, man, be bold this day. Don't give up ever. And don't let the bastards grind you down.
How important is your collaboration with the playwright? From my understanding, Anthony Neilson »
- Guardian Staff
Let me tell you about how you generate clickbait. You start off by making the story about either a celebrity, TV show, or popular topic that will attract people’s attention. Then you string together enough facts and quotes vaguely connected to the idea that you can make the article more than three paragraphs long. Then, (and this one is key) you make the headline a question. So you’re not saying “This is a fact”, or even the increasingly popular “Sources report this as a fact”, but merely “Could this possibly be a fact?” Because then in the story, you can say that it’s probably just flummery.
To summarize: if a news report, especially one on the electric type Internet, has a question as the headline, the answer to said question is almost certainly…
I’m going to get a lot of use of this graphic, I can tell you. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
BBC's sci-fi stalwart "Doctor Who" ran for twenty-six seasons during its initial run, while the revival series has racked up an impressive nine seasons to date along with numerous specials and a tenth season on the way early next year.
Current showrunner Steven Moffat has been in charge of the 'Who' revival since the fifth season, the first year that Matt Smith took on the role. During that time he's also been in charge of the BBC's "Sherlock" which has led to him being frequently very busy. Though he's tried to keep both shows going as smoothly as possible, he admits that of the years he's worked on the show that it was the seventh season spread across 2012 and 2013 that were the nadir of his time on the show. He explained to Doctor Who Magazine (via Cult Box) it was a case of simply taking on too much:
"The workload was just insane. »
- Garth Franklin
Has The Crown TV show been renewed for a second season, before its first season drops to Netflix? The Crown, season two, is in early pre-production with filming slated for fall, 2016, according to a report on industry resource, The Knowledge. The first season of The Crown premieres on Netflix, November 4, 2016. Watch a preview, below.A 10 hour-long episode drama series, created and written by Peter Morgan, The Crown follows the English Royal Family. Claire Foy stars as Queen Elizabeth II with Matt Smith as Prince Phillip. John Lithgow is Sir Winston Churchill. Victoria Hamilton plays the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Jared Harris is King George VI. Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret. Dame Eileen Atkins is Queen Mary.Read More… »
Alix Brown Jul 1, 2016
Alix is 16, lives her life with high-functioning autism, and wants to have a chat about Doctor Who...
Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness. This is our place on the site where we stop for a minute, and try and natter about things that may be affecting you, or people you know. As always, we don’t have magical solutions, much though we wish we had. Furthermore, not everything we write here is going to be helpful to everyone who reads it. But hopefully, across the series, there’s something that can help. If nothing else, know there’s a wonderful community of people in the comments who want to talk and help, and that – for what it’s worth – us behind these words are rooting for you.
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Moving on. Earlier this year, Anne Brown wrote to us. Her daughter is nearly 16, and is, »
Wenger will be replaced at C4 by deputy head of drama Beth Willis.
Indian Summers recorded the highest-ever overnight in 20 years for a C4 drama last year and Humans went onto break that record later in 2015.
Wenger will be responsible for commissioning across »
The BBC has appointed Piers Wenger, Channel 4’s head of drama, as controller of BBC drama commissioning, responsible for more than 450 hours of drama a year, including global hits like “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock.” Beth Willis replaces him at Channel 4, where she is his deputy.
Wenger’s new role is one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of TV drama, greenlighting shows that are then exported to the U.S. and around the world. BBC commissions include “Peaky Blinders,” “War and Peace” and “Call the Midwife.”
Wenger, who starts at the BBC in the fall, has been Channel 4’s drama chief since 2012, commissioning original scripted drama across both Channel 4 and its youth-skewed channel, E4. He has broadened the range of drama on the main channel and shifted the emphasis to include more returning series.
- Leo Barraclough
Directed by Burr Steers.
In 19th century England five sisters try to cope with the social pressures of the day, all the while fighting off hordes of marauding zombies.
Despite being based on a book – or two books, if you count Jane Austen’s original Pride & Prejudice – it is no doubt the inexplicable success of TV period drama Downton Abbey that will lend a hand to this film finding an audience outside of the zombie fanboys. Yes, inevitably when something becomes popular it will then be cross-pollenated with a genre from the opposite end of the spectrum and… Ta Da! You now have a film based around two popular genres, in this case zombies and costume drama, so how could it fail? »
- Amie Cranswick
Deakin Edge, Federation Square.
The shortlist has been unveiled for Melbourne WebFest's live pitching comptetition, a joint initative between the festival and ABC iview.
The competition received 120 submissions on the theme .Anytime, Anywhere. and shortlisted 15..
Those 15 participants will have just two minutes to pitch their original web series idea to a live audience and judging panel at Fed Square's Deakin Edge on July 2.
In addition to the shortlisted pitches, guests attending will have an opportunity to submit a wild card entry during the weekend by tweeting to a hashtag that will be announced once the wildcard entries open on Thursday June 30.
Five wild card entries will be invited to pitch on the spot during the event along with the shortlisted 15.
Pitches will be judged on script potential, creativity and audience reaction by a panel of judges, which will consist of Rick Kalowski (ABC Head of Comedy), Kevin Mountain (Content Manager, »
- Staff Writer
During an interview in the latest issue of Doctor Who magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the BBC has previously offered the role of the Doctor to a black actor, and while that particular casting never came together, he believes it should happen in the future.
“I certainly don’t think there’s ever been a problem with making the Doctor black, which is why it should happen one day…I mean, we’ve tried. The part has been offered to a black actor. But for various reasons, it didn’t work out.,” said Moffat. “Sometimes the nature of a particular show – historical dramas, for instance – makes diversity more of a challenge, but Doctor Who has absolutely nowhere to hide on this…Young people watching have to know that they have a place in the future. That really matters. You have to care profoundly what children’s shows in »
- Gary Collinson
There has yet to be a non-white actor cast in the titular role of BBC’s popular and long-running “Doctor Who” series, but that’s not from lack of trying, according to showrunner Steven Moffat. The role was previously offered to a black actor, the showrunner told the show’s official magazine, according to BBC. But, “for various reasons, it didn’t work out,” said Moffat. The Radio Times reports the actor in question was “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was offered the role of the eleventh Doctor, a role that ultimately went to Matt Smith. Ejiofor was always a popular fan. »
- Linda Ge
Pride +Prejudice+Zombies hit Bluray/DVD/Digital HD and 4K today, and thanks to the gang over at Sony, we’ve got an exclusive deleted scene from the Jane Austen/Zombie hybrid film. Along with the clip, we were also sent a little bit of makeup and blood, so naturally my daughter wanted to see what she could pull off on me. Check out the clip below and be sure to check this one out, it’s a fun flick!
Lily James (Cinderella) leads an ensemble cast featuring Sam Riley (Maleficent), Jack Huston (The Longest Ride), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending), Matt Smith (“Dr. Who”), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”).
- Jerry Smith
In 1813, renowned writer Jane Austen published a book called Pride and Prejudice, which tells the story of the Bennet sisters, who are gussied up and married off to wealthy suitors, one by one. The only sister who seems to question this system is Elizabeth, the rebellious member of the family, who feels strong disdain for the system that treats her more like property than a proper citizen. In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith put a new twist on the old tale by creating a parody novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which loosely follows the same basic outline, but adds an entirely different obstacle to the tale: the living dead.
In Grahame-Smith’s story, the girls are not only fighting for the right to be married into regal families, but also battling for their lives on a daily basis. An outbreak has occurred within these humble streets, and now flesh-eating zombies »
- Kalyn Corrigan
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
It's Memorial Day in the U.S., so instead of watching our landmarks get blown up on screen, why not head across the pond and see how the U.K. likes it. "London Has Fallen" has its Digital HD release on May 31, then on disc/demand June 14. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and company return for this sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," following the aftermath of the British Prime Minster's death. Bonus features include "The Making of London Has Fallen," featuring interviews with cast and crew; and "Guns, Knives & Explosives," delving deeper into Butler's character, Mike Banning, and the extensive training he needed to play a Secret Service agent.
- Gina Carbone
"Doctor Who" is one of the longest-running franchises in all of space and time -- it's been on TV, radio, and bookshelves for more than 50 years, so there's a lot to dig into. With such a long history, you can join in on the fun anywhere, anytime. Here are the best reasons to join the Doctor in his time machine/spaceship, the Tardis, for adventures throughout the space-time continuum.
1. You Can Start Anywhere
Every fan has an opinion about the best place to start watching "Doctor Who." Some argue for beginning with the 1964 black-and-white series, and others advocate for jumping in with the more modern 2005 version of the franchise -- affectionately known as "Nu Who." Although "Doctor Who" is full of canonical rules, backstories, and in-jokes, most episodes are intended as standalone stories about the Doctor and his companions running into adventures throughout space and time. Really: You can pick »
- Jaime Vazquez
Gotham season 2 reaches its penultimate episode, picking up past plot points as it goes and setting up new ones...
This review contains spoilers
2.21 A Legion Of Horribles
Holy Cormac McCarthy quote in the title, Batman! This week’s Gotham is the penultimate episode of the season, and therefore has a few jobs that it has to do. It needs to get all the players in place for the final showdown and start tying up plot strands, and it even chooses to take a stab at setting some new stuff for the already-confirmed season 3.
Resultantly, this is an episode that feels a tad on the fractured side. You’ve got a resurrected Fish Mooney asking for a grilled cheese sandwich and discovering her new superpowers, you’ve got Clayface being introduced, you’ve got Bruce and Jim attempting to uncover the secrets of Arkham, you’ve got Selina and Firefly chatting, »
The Exchange has boarded international sales on Mapplethorpe, a biopic of the controversial photographer that's helmed by Ondi Timoner. Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Girls' Zosia Mamet star. Timoner, a two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for documentaries Dig! and We Live In Public, wrote the script which follows the life of the artist from his rise to fame until his untimely death in 1989. The film is produced by Timoner under her Interloper Films banner; Eliza and… »
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