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17 items from 2014


Sheridan Smith is Cilla Black: Lorra, lorra pics and trailer revealed

19 August 2014 3:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sheridan Smith stars as Cilla Black in the new ITV biopic about the Liverpudlian songbird, and the first pictures of the actress's transformation into the flame-haired singer have been released.

A trailer featuring Smith taking on the role of the pop singer during her rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool has also been released, giving viewers a taste of Jeff Pope's three-part drama.

Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen, Citadel, We'll Take Manhattan) stars as Cilla's husband Bobby, Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband, Silent Witness, Branded) plays Brian Epstein, John Henshaw (Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders, South Riding) is Cilla's father, John White and Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road, Hebburn, Merlin) is Cilla's mother, Priscilla.

The drama captures the atmosphere of promise and excitement in the Merseybeat music scene, and the battle for Cilla's heart between future husband Bobby and manager Brian Epstein.

"I am thrilled to be playing Cilla, »

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Peter Capaldi: a Doctor Who timeline

6 August 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who approaches, we look back over the months leading up to him being cast as the next Doctor…

Hindsight is fun. While it’s hard to spot patterns, coincidences or ironies while events are happening, hindsight (plus internet search engines) can reveal all of the above.

As series eight of Doctor Who approaches then, we thought it might be fun to dig back through the show’s official press bumf to see what was happening behind the scenes in the run-up to Peter Capaldi being announced as the next Doctor. When did the search for Matt Smith’s successor start in earnest? Who first suggested Peter Capaldi? Who knew he’d won the role, and when? What did he get up to in the months he knew, but couldn’t tell? And who had to tell a few porkies in order to keep the secret safe? »

- louisamellor

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Film Review: ‘Ironclad: Battle for Blood’

24 July 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Only the fake-blood expenditure has been upped in “Ironclad: Battle for Blood,” an anemic sequel to 2011′s medieval slay-’em-up “Ironclad” that visibly scrimps in all other departments, from casting to effects to any semblance of humor. Essentially repeating its predecessor’s castle-siege narrative — minus the vague historical basis this time — writer-director Jonathan English’s dank-looking film delivers enough amputations, decapitations and other instances of rusty-bladed gore to distract undiscerning genre fans stuck between seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but serves no other obvious purpose. Granted a far smaller U.K. release than the first film back in March, the film now enters theaters Stateside after an initial VOD bow; if there’s any further life (or flamboyant death) in this franchise, it’ll be in ancillary only.

Unlike “Ironclad,” which notionally told the story of the 1215 siege of Rochester Castle, the sword-and-sackcloth drama in “Battle for Blood” (set six »

- Guy Lodge

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Cilla Black to receive BAFTA Special Award

8 May 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cilla Black will receive the Special Award at the 2014 Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards.

The presenter, singer and actress will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to television entertainment over the last 50 years.

Following a successful music career, Black made her television debut with Cilla in 1968, when she became the first woman to host a primetime chat show on BBC One.

She has since presented popular Saturday night shows like Blind Date and Surprise Surprise, and has become one of the most watched women in British television history.

She has hosted more than 500 television shows, as well as making around 400 guest appearances on others.

On hearing that she will receive the Special Award, Black said: "I am thrilled to be honoured with this Award… I am totally delighted. I've been very fortunate to have a long and full career in television and this means the world to me."

Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA's Television Committee, »

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Cilla Black on being played by Sheridan Smith: 'She's fabulous'

26 April 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cilla Black has spoken about ITV's upcoming drama about her life.

The 70-year-old said that she thinks Sheridan Smith is the right choice to play her in the three-part drama.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the Out in the City and G3 readers' awards, she said of Smith: "I love her. She's fabulous. We went to dinner and I gave her my cell phone number.

"I said, 'If you ever fall down on anything and you want a little of advice', but she hasn't phoned me yet, so everything must be going swimmingly."

She added that she is familiar with Smith's previous work in shows, revealing that she was a fan of BBC Three's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Asked for her thoughts on the biopic, she described it as "wonderful and "fantastic".

"I'm very flattered. I read the script and loved it," she said. "It's »

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Tom Jones, Michael Sheen to star in BBC adaptation of Under Milk Wood

16 April 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Tom Jones, Michael Sheen and Katherine Jenkins are among the Welsh stars that will take part in a one-off performance of Under Milk Wood.

BBC Wales is putting on a production of the famous "play for voices" from Welsh playwright Dylan Thomas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the first BBC radio broadcast of the play in 1954.

It also marks 100 years since the birth of Thomas, who was also famous for his plays and other radio broadcasts.

BBC One Wales will air the performance in early May, while the rest of the UK will be able to access it via BBC iPlayer.

Matthew Rhys, Griff Rhys Jones, Aneurin Barnard, Ioan Gruffudd, Charlotte Church and Eve Myles are also part of the cast.

Tom Ellis, Iwan Rheon, Kimberley Nixon and Aimee-Ffion Edwards will also play their part in the celebratory performance.

Katherine Jenkins said: "It was wonderful to be involved »

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The Truth About Emanuel – The Blu Review

23 March 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Italian Writer/Director Francesca Gregorin’s The Truth About Emanuel is an intimate psychodrama with a small cast, a Twilight Zonish twist, and a whole lot of  weirdness. Kaya Scodelario plays Emanuel, a teen whose mother died in childbirth and she, as her first-person voiceover narration reveals, blames herself for the death. She’s now a teen and has spent her life traumatized by the event. Raised by her doting dad Dennis (Alfred Molina), Emanuel is dramatic and remote, but she emerges from her shadow occasionally to annoy her bewildered new stepmom Janice (Frances O’Connor), who sees Emanuel for who she is and is growing tired of Dennis creating excuses for her. The story focuses on the lead-up to Emanuel’s 18th birthday. She dates a guy named Claude (Aneurin Barnard) for a while, but takes an immediate interest in Linda (Jessica Biel) who moves in next door with »

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Aneurin Barnard joins Cilla Black drama

17 March 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Aneurin Barnard will star in 'Cilla' with Sheridan Smith. 'The White Queen' actor will play Cilla Black's husband Bobby Willis in the new three-part period drama which will chart the rise to fame of the legendary British entertainer in the 1960s. Ed Stoppard, best known for his role in 'The Politician's Husband', has been hired to play iconic music manager Brian Epstein, who discovered Cilla and also managed The Beatles. John Henshaw ('Downton Abbey') will play Cilla's father John White, while Melanie Hill is set to star as the singer's mother, Priscilla, also known by her friends and family as Big Cilla. The drama, »

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Sheridan Smith's Cilla Black drama adds Aneurin Barnard

17 March 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has announced casting details for its upcoming Cilla Black drama.

The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard will feature as Cilla's husband Bobby in the three-part series, opposite Sheridan Smith in the title role.

Ed Stoppard (The Politician's Husband) will star as Brian Epstein, while John Henshaw (Downton Abbey) will play Cilla's father John White.

Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road) rounds out the cast as Cilla's mother Priscilla.

Cilla - from Philomena writer Jeff Pope - will focus on the singer-turned-presenter's rise to fame in 1960s Liverpool.

The drama follows the unknown Priscilla White as she pursues her dreams of stardom, begins a relationship with future husband Bobby Willis, and meets legendary music manager Brian Epstein.

It will also feature Black's friendship with The Beatles, and how their success helped launch her career.

Cilla begins filming in March and April in Liverpool, and will feature many of the »

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Aneurin Barnard Joins ITV Beatles-Era Mini ‘Cilla’ From ‘Philomena’ Scribe Jeff Pope

16 March 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Cilla, a biographical drama from ITV penned by BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated Philomena co-scribe Jeff Pope, has added up-and-comer Aneurin Barnard to star opposite Sheridan Smith who is playing the eponymous “Liverpudlian Songbird.” She may be relatively unfamiliar to U.S. audiences, but Cilla Black (née Priscilla Maria Veronica White) is a fixture in the UK, perhaps more so now for her TV hosting gigs, but she was also part of the 1960s Beatles era. The three-part bio-mini from ITV Studios tells the story of her rocky rise to fame. The Liverpool-born star started out working in the typist pool at a local company and ultimately met the two men who came to love her and fight over her: future husband Bobby Willis (Barnard) and original Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The drama explores Cilla’s burgeoning friendship with John, Paul, George and Ringo, the latter of whom helped her to »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Joey Essex wants to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

15 March 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Aneurin Barnard will star in 'Cilla' with Sheridan Smith. 'The White Queen' actor will play Cilla Black's husband Bobby Willis in the new three-part period drama which will chart the rise to fame of the legendary British entertainer in the 1960s. Ed Stoppard, best known for his role in 'The Politician's Husband', has been hired to play iconic music manager Brian Epstein, who discovered Cilla and also managed The Beatles. John Henshaw ('Downton Abbey') will play Cilla's father John White, while Melanie Hill is set to star as the singer's mother, Priscilla, also known by her friends and family as Big Cilla. The drama, »

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2 First Look Photos From The Devil’S Harvest Starring Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper & Terence Stamp

4 February 2014 9:56 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s your first look at The Devil’S Harvest starring Max IronsSamantha Barks, Barry Pepper and Terence Stamp.

Principal photography wrapped on director George Mendeluk’s epic romance in Kiev on January 30th.

Shot on location in Ukraine and London, The Devil’S Harvest is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. Yuri (Max Irons) is an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Terence Stamp), father Yaroslav (Barry Pepper) and the heart of Natalka (Samantha Barks.) Yuri finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.

The Devil’S Harvest also features Tamer Hassan (Dracula), Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen »

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Contest: The White Queen: Season 1 Blu-ray: Rebecca Ferguson Reigns

4 February 2014 4:36 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  The White Queen: Season Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The White Queen Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Riddick‘s release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 4, 2014. Starz‘s The White Queen stars Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, and David Oakes, Max Irons, Tom McKay, Ben [...]

Continue reading: Contest: The White Queen: Season 1 Blu-ray: Rebecca Ferguson Reigns »

- Rollo Tomasi

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UK Talent Agency Ken McReddie Associates Re-Launches As The Artists Partnership

22 January 2014 3:40 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

British talent shop Ken McReddie Associates is rebranding. The name change to The Artists Partnership is intended to “reflect the kind of company we have become” and “the way that our agents work with our clients,” says CEO Roger Charteris. Charteris and the Marcus Evans Group took over the agency five years ago and recently set up literary and development departments run by Robert Taylor. The development department is working as a partner and co-producer with clients on projects across theater, film and TV. The agency has also begun working with writers and directors. The Artists Partnership’s client roster includes Idris Elba, Emily Blunt, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons, Diane Kruger, Kim Cattrall, Harvey Keitel and Aneurin Barnard as well as such UK TV talent as David Suchet, Reggie Yates and Call The Midwife‘s Jenny Agutter. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box Venturing Home on DVD

15 January 2014 8:17 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Go on a fantastic journey with the DVD release of the family fantasy film, ‘The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box.’ Rlj/Image Entertainment will release the film on home entertainment on February 11. The movie stars Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd and Aneurin Barnard. ‘The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box’ was written by Christian Taylor and Matthew Huffman, and is based on the novel, ‘Mariah Mundi,’ by G.P. Taylor. The film was directed by Jonathan Newman. Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic…In ‘The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box,’ seventeen-year-old  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Film Review: ‘The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box’

9 January 2014 5:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first film adapted from British author G.P. Taylor’s young-adult trilogy, “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box” bears pretty much the same resemblance to the Harry Potter movies as Taylor’s books do to J.K. Rowling’s: a serviceable imitation that doesn’t approach the gold standard, but should pass the time tolerably for some of the same viewers until something more inspired comes along. This juvenile fantasy adventure set in the Victorian era, about the hunt for a magical thingamajig whose possessor “can own the world,” is competently mounted and cast, but doesn’t cast as much of a spell as intended. Nonetheless, home-format exposure could drum up enough wider interest (the books won’t presell the pic outside the U.K.) to justify a second installment already teased here in the fadeout.

It’s 1885, and genteel Mr. Mundi (Ioan Gruffudd) and Mrs. Mundi (Keeley Hawes »

- Dennis Harvey

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Citadel (2012) Film Review

8 January 2014 12:56 AM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Written by Brandy Bunce, MoreHorror.com

Sadly we live in a world where violence close to home is not an unrealistic event during our daily lives. When such an event happens to us personally, it takes a toll on our emotions, reactions and ways of thinking. In the Irish film Citadel, director Ciaran Foy concentrates on the more psychological after effects of a man (Aneurin Barnard) who witnesses the murder of his pregnant wife, the baby survives and he is left to raise his newborn alone, completely scared and traumatized of the world around him. The faceless hoodie wearing creatures that are responsible for her death still run loose on the streets and begin terrorizing the community with one goal in mind, stealing children. To save his child, he must overcome his fears and learn how to take these creatures head on.

Citadel is a creature feature that pulls on »

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