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Lord Sugar’s latest challenge: set up and run a handyman business. What could go wrong in the hi-viz biz?
In the meantime, thank you for virtually holding me through the last hour. It was, as always, awful but not as awful with all of you here.
Come back next week so we can gawp at the final 10, whittling themselves down like contestants for the Darwin Awards. Hooray! I’m @jnraeside on Twitter if you want some sort of counselling in the meantime.
Next week’s throw-forward sees Alan utter the immortal, “I’m cranking up the action now” which means he’s probably going to let rip a feisty guff and then challenge the contestants not to mention it, mid-boardroom next week. So we can all look forward to that.
April, Elle and Mergim have all found a satisfactory justification for their firings »
- Julia Raeside
The Martian, which remained in the top three at the box office over the weekend in its sixth week at theaters, is a bonafide hit for legendary director Ridley Scott and will almost certainly earn multiple nominations from the Academy.
Scott is no stranger to nominations, having earned three best directing nods in his career, but the award itself still eludes the English director. 2000’s Gladiator may have earned a best actor Oscar for Russell Crowe and best picture, but Scott lost best director to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. The very next year saw the same outcome for Scott as his directing nomination for Black Hawk Down lost out to Crowe-starring A Beautiful Mind‘s director, Ron Howard.
This year is shaping up to be different for Scott, however, as The Martian continues to rack up at the box office and resound with critics. A »
- Patrick Shanley
This week on "The Walking Dead," we learned something revolutionary about the people of Alexandria: They have no idea how to survive in the zombie apocalypse!
Lol, just kidding -- we've known that literally the entire time. But for some reason, the show decided to drive that point home once again during tonight's episode, "Now," as if this was a brand new revelation. Get a load of this: These people have lived a coddled, sheltered life, have no idea how to fight zombies, and are suspicious of Rick and his gang! I mean, color me shocked.
Excuse the sarcasm, but, c'mon, "Twd." This episode was bursting with a-ha! moments that turned out to be anything but, framing big character developments (Spencer, who started out as an a-hole, is still an a-hole! Jessie, who started out as a wuss, is still kinda a wuss! Carl, who started out as the worst, »
- Katie Roberts
Directed by Steve Martino
The Peanuts Movie is like a warm blanket of nostalgia stitched together with modern technology. Crisp, beautiful animation highlights director Steve Martino’s ode to perseverance. Creator Charles M. Schulz would have praised the earnest purity of his classic characters, assuming the $100 million price tag didn’t render him speechless. The Peanuts Movie will enchant younger audiences with its spirit of adventure, while offering adults a welcome respite from irony and ugliness. Maybe Linus was onto something, because this security blanket never felt so good.
Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) may be a good man, but he can’t seem to catch a break. The local trees are littered with his failed attempts at kite flying (sometimes in the middle of winter), he has a standing therapy appointment at Lucy’s lemonade stand »
- J.R. Kinnard
[caption id="attachment_39466" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Photo by BBC/Laurie SparhamCopyright 2015[/caption]
BBC One will begin airing its limited series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, in UK, sometime this winter. In January 2016, A&E Networks will simulcast the adaptation, written by Andrew Davies, on its channels Lifetime, A&E, and History, for its Us audience.
The War and Peace cast includes: Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Rebecca Front, Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Kenneth Cranham, Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Jessie Buckley, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Greta Scacchi, Jack Lowden, Tom Burke, and Aisling Lotus. Continue on for a press release from A&E Networks. Read More… »
James will be back as the aristocratic Lady Rose Aldridge for the much-loved period drama's final ever episode on Christmas Day, after her character's marriage to Atticus Aldridge saw the young couple swan off to New York.
The 26-year-old Cinderalla star told Harper's Bazaar: "It was amazing going back after a break. You are just totally re-inspired by the wonder of it, that grand house against grey skies."
On the success of Julian Fellowes's ITV series, which she credits for launching her career, she continued: "I have such happy, positive memories and a sense of accomplishment about being on the show. I don't know if I'd be sitting here if it weren't for Downton.
"It would have all been very different."
I am so »
Since its publication in 1869, Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace has been hailed as a classic, and like numerous other classics, it has been adapted in several other mediums, from the stage to the big screen to the small screen and even on the radio. The last new version on television, however, last came in 2007, with the last adaptation of the novel happening on the stage in 2012 with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
BBC One, however, is poised to bring the classic to another audience in a new miniseries. Tom Harper takes on directing duties for the miniseries, which will run for six episodes of an hour each, while Andrew Davies takes on the task of adapting the classic. Downton Abbey and Cinderella‘s Lily James and Looper and There Will Be Blood‘s Paul Dano lead the cast, joined by Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, and Stephen Rea. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
War and Peace is a real doorstop of a book — around 1,400 pages, give or take a hundred pages depending on the publisher and edition. So if you’ve always meant to read it but haven’t gotten around to it quite yet, you may be interested to know that you’ll have the chance to get through the […]
- Angie Han
The particle accelerator continues to weave stories…
Ronnie really is gone, but….well, he’s mostly forgotten too – No offense to Stephen Amell’s equally hunky cousin Robbie (who portrayed Ronnie Raymond) but he was quite stiff and wooden on the show; new better half of Firestorm Jefferson Jackson (played by the energetic Franz Drameh) exudes more fun and life into the part than previously done. So, let me get nerdy for a moment: in the comics, Jason Rusch replaces poor Ronnie as Stein’s other half; and interestingly enough, we’ve already met him in the DC TV Universe; he was one of the leading scientists on the original Project: Firestorm. So it seemed he was out; Jefferson Jackson was a high school friend of Ronnie’s who played a somewhat decent role in his book in the 80’s, »
- Jessie Robertson
London — Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, is to leave the U.K. broadcaster. He will leave the network at the end of November. Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning, will take on Cohen’s responsibilities until an appointment is made.
Cohen told Variety that due to the level of scrutiny that the BBC is under he had decided to announce his departure before deciding what his next step would be in order to avoid “upsetting” his team. He said that he was considering various offers from companies both in the U.K. and the U.S., some of which were in the broadcast TV world and others in the digital sphere. He added that the new role would be one that would allow him to have one foot firmly planted in the creative arena.
For the past eight years, Cohen has overseen the running of all BBC TV channels, »
- Leo Barraclough
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein was a no-show at a panel discussion at TV market Mipcom in Cannes Tuesday that was devoted to epic drama series “War and Peace,” which The Weinstein Company is co-producing with the BBC and Lookout Point. But he still managed to dominate the discussion.
Weinstein had been in Cannes on Monday, when he attended a photo-call with one of the show’s stars, Lily James, and Faith Penhale, one of the exec producers and head of drama at BBC Wales. He also attended an event for program buyers on Monday hosted by BBC Worldwide, which is handling international rights. Weinstein left Cannes shortly after and flew to San Francisco, according to one insider.
Weinstein’s place at the panel session on Tuesday was taken by Negeen Yazdi, president of international production at TWC. Other panellists included Penhale, the show’s screenwriter, Andrew Davies, cast members Stephen Rea and Tuppence Middleton, »
- Leo Barraclough
Other shows featured in the clip include Professor Brian Cox's Force of Nature, River, a new drama from The Hour's Abi Morgan, Andrew Davies' epic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and dramatic scenes for Kathy Beale as Gillian Taylforth makes her full-time EastEnders comeback.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein have convinced their COO and president to back-pedal on his decision to leave the company in a stunning development that demonstrates the executive’s unparalleled importance to the brothers.
Glasser, who announced in July that he would step down in November and is believed to have been in talks with DreamWorks Animation and Netflix, will now remain in his role through 2018 and play a key part in growing the TV side of business at The Weinstein Company (TWC), where titles include Project Runway, Scream and War And Peace.
The TWC publicity machine issued on Wednesday a triumphalist press release in which Bob Weinstein hailed Glasser as the “third brother”, Harvey spoke about “Miramax 2.0” and Glasser himself said TWC’s most ambitious years lay ahead.
Away from the rhetoric, insiders expressed a mixture of surprise and delight that the executive would remain in the fold.
“It’s about money,” said one, while »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The producer joins writer Andrew Davies and BBC executives to talk about literary adaptation.
Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of Shakespeare In Love and founder of The Weinstein Company alongside brother Bob, has joined the ‘War And Peace’ panel taking place at Mipcom, the global market for entertainment content to be held in Cannes, France, October 5-8.
The panel, which focuses on the business strategy and creative process behind forthcoming BBC television epic War And Peace, includes the series’ writer Andrew Davies (The Three Musketeers) alongside Weinstein, who is an exec producer on the series, Simon Vaughan, CEO of production company LookoutPoint, and BBC executives Faith Penhale and Ben Donald.
The session will also feature a preview of six-part series, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea. It is scheduled to air on the BBC in late 2015/early 2016. »
The Weinstein Company and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have boarded high-profile epic Russian mob TV series “Mafiya,” being produced by London-based Archery Pictures and set to go into production early 2016.
The 10-part skein, written by William Nicholson (“Gladiator,” “Les Miserables”), is set in Moscow in the 1990s, “when criminal gangs and private armies clashed in one of wildest rides in history,” a statement said.
Protag Misha “goes from street trader to becoming one of the richest and most powerful individuals in the country, helping to bring down the once-mighty Soviet Union but paying a huge price along the way.”
Archery Pictures is looking to build a slate of large-scale, international television productions working with writers and directors including »
- Nick Vivarelli
Tubefilter: How does it feel to have one million subscribers? What do you have to say to your fans?
CineFix: We still occasionally refresh the page to make sure it doesn't say 1,000. We've been making a lot of videos for over a year and a half and 1 Million Subscribers is always this lofty goal you hope to hit one day...like someday in the far future. So the fact that it happened and now we have to set goals that sound even crazier is amazing, and unbelievable, and it makes us incredibly grateful there's so many people out there who like our stuff and want to know as soon as it comes out.
At the end of the day, all we do is make videos we are proud of and we think celebrate film in fun ways. We cross our fingers that other people will like them. So, if there's »
- Sam Gutelle
ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
Widespread reports in the Us had suggested the broadcaster could pay up to $970m (£630m) for TWC’s TV division based on a staggered deal, but an acquisition is no longer on the agenda.
It is thought that ITV remains interested in adding scripted assets to its largely factual entertainment production portfolio. But it has decided that TWC is not the right fit, and is understood to believe the company’s TV assets are too closely intertwined with the established film part of the business.
ITV, which had never formally confirmed the talks, declined to comment.
Another multi-producer project on its slate is Stan And Ollie, which »
John Singleton is poised to be the next filmmaker to make the leap to television, as FX has picked up the pilot for Snowfall, a show co-created by Singleton. The press release had this summary of the series.
Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.
Singleton will also direct the pilot.
The partnership between Fox and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A+E Networks channels have hit the gas on content development in all its forms. That was the message delivered Thursday night by the top brass of the cable group from the stage at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory — an apt setting for a presentation on how A+E is arming itself with big-ticket programming to do battle in an increasingly competitive TV landscape.
“We aren’t afraid to take creative risks, which is the main ingredient in our recipe for change,” A+E Networks president-ceo Nancy Dubuc told the packed house.
Dubuc made subtle references to the ratings struggles that the company’s flagship cablers have faced in the past year, citing the rapid evolution of media in “these transformative times.” Primetime viewership of A&E Network was down 28% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2014; History was off 22%, though it remains a top 10 cabler; while »
- Cynthia Littleton
Hollywood just can't get enough of slave stories: A&E Networks has officially announced that a remake to Roots, the hugely popular miniseries from the '70s (and inspiration for Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta"), is set to air simultaneously on History, A&E, and Lifetime in 2016. Based on Alex Haley's novel, the update will be executive-produced by LeVar Burton, who starred as the slave Kunta Kinte in the original, and Will Packer. But that's not all! A&E Networks has also picked up a six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, starring Lily James and Paul Dano, from the BBC and the Weinstein Co., which will also be simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime next year. »
- Dee Lockett
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