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To mark the release of Dr Cyclops and Tower of London on 21st August, we’ve been give 3 bundles of both films to give away on DVD.
Sixth in line to the throne, Richard (Basil Rathbone) is an ambitious man who, with
the aid of Mord (Boris Karloff) his executioner friend, treacherously disposes of the five who stand between him and the crown. Mercilessly this cold-hearted pair torture and kill the heirs in the infamous “Tower of London”.
Four explorers search for legendary physicist Dr.Cyclops. When they discover
their missing colleague, they find his brilliant mind has been warped by radiation and
decide to return him to civilization for psychiatric help. But the half-blind, half-mad
scientist will have none of that, and uses an experimental body altering device to reduce his former friends to one-fifth of their normal size. Now, harmless items and small creatures suddenly become giant-sized instruments of death! »
It’s been five years since the TV academy adopted the Supporting Visual Effects category in an effort to honor subtle, less dominant work. It’s hard for a prestige drama with set extensions and other environmental re-creations to compete with “Game of Thrones.” (Luckily that’s not an issue this year.) Previous winners include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Banshee,” “Black Sails,” “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
This season it’s a battle between “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” joined by “Genius,” “Gotham,” and “Taboo.” All feature splendid environmental work that help conjure the retro Gilead or recreate Buckingham Palace, gritty 19th century London, 1920’s Berlin, and present-day Manhattan.
“The Crown” — “Windsor”
For the episode in which Queen Elizabeth (nominated Claire Foy) negotiates her new life with Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow), One of Us in London provided supporting VFX (under the supervision »
- Bill Desowitz
It’s Bill. Bill who? Bill Potts. You know the one, the girl with the boy’s name who The Doctor met at the University he was teaching at. Bill makes her comic book debut somewhat ironically this issue just as we saw her and The Twelfth Doctor’s final adventure screen on TV last week. The TV show helped us see how their relationship began, and how it seemingly ended, this book will help us see what great adventures they had in between. The cover this issue, by Claudia Ianniciello, of The Doctor and Bill is an absolute stunner too, capturing likenesses and personality in one painted picture to perfection.
The Wolves of Winter arc takes us off to the Ninth Century Atlantic Ocean, and a Viking ship carrying a mysterious treasure to a mysterious place. Colour me intrigued. »
- Dean Fuller
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall came to public life late in life – at age 57, upon her 2005 wedding to Prince Charles.
Since then, after a cautious start, the royal wife — who turns 70 on July 17 — has accumulated more than 90 patronages, covering everything from rescue animals to cancer patients to service members. But it is through her efforts to promote literacy and raise awareness of sexual or domestic abuse that perhaps have made the biggest impact, say observers.
Yvonne Traynor, CEO of Rape Crisis South London, recalls an early visit by the Duchess to the center. “A couple of our clients had been through a horrendous time, »
- Simon Perry
This has been a fun world to visit over the last 3 issues. Full of ‘new’ characters inspired by their classic literary counterparts, it is a new story that still feels strangely familiar. Kim Newman has pulled a Alan Moore by tying together characters in a story that weren’t meant to ever meet, has given them all a horror spin, and now they all seem very at home with each other. Dracula, The Lord of Strange Deaths (Fu Manchu), The Professor (Moriarty), Graf Von Orlok (Nosferatu) are but a few faces in a sea of near familiar ones, with roles both large and small to play.
The main pieces on our board right now though are Kate Reed, The Limehouse Ring, The Council of Seven Days, and Penelope Churchward. If you came in late you have missed far too much to recap, »
- Dean Fuller
In an unannounced tour of the area, the Queen, 91, and her grandson, 34, went to the Westway Sports Centre close to the tower where authorities now say 30 people died in Wednesday’s fire. That figure is likely to rise, police say. The BBC has reported that there could be as many as 76 people missing.
The venue has been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by »
- Simon Perry
Royal fans may be excited about Netflix’s series, The Crown, but what about the formidable piece of royal hardware that is the centerpiece of the show’s first season?
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth — which took place 64 years ago today — featured the famous 3-lb. Imperial State Crown, which is the same sparkler that the 91-year-old monarch wears when she attends the Opening of Parliament Ceremony every year.
Here’s what you need to know about the stunning piece of history:
1. It is 177 years old.
Probably the Queen’s best known crown, it was originally made for Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838 by Rundell, »
- Simon Perry
Had the worst fire in British history managed to reach the Tower of London, it would have ignited a giant stash of gunpowder causing an explosion akin to “a low-level nuclear device” detonating. Historians Dan Jones, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and Rob Bell ramp up the excitement in the concluding episode of this three-parter, offering insights into how the fire was stopped, the refugee crisis that ensued and the lasting impact of the blaze. Sophie Harris
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- Ben Arnold, Sophie Harris, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue
A tourist at the Tower of London has been scolded for allegedly throwing her glove towards a Queen’s Guard soldier in an attempt to get him to move.
The woman was caught on camera being chided by a London Beefeater (guardians of the Tower of London) after the incident.
“Did you just throw your glove over? Why did you do that? The Army’s here to protect the crown jewels, he is not here for the public to make fun of,” he tells her in a video taken by a fellow tourist.
The Beefeater, whose job it »
- Erin Hill
Prince Harry had a precious encounter with a little girl when he met with the team who will represent the UK at the Invictus Games at the Tower of London on Tuesday. The royal was introduced to 6-year-old Maya Turner, whose mother, Raf Sgt. Michelle, is taking part in the games this September. Not only did he lean down to shake the little girl's hand, but he also took a moment to read the letter she wrote to thank him for "helping my mummy" and other wounded and injured military heroes. This is just the most recent way Harry is giving back to the community. Aside from offering his condolences to the victims of the Manchester attack in an official statement, he also met up with former president Barack Obama on Saturday to talk about "a range of shared interests, including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people, »
- Kelsie Gibson
Six-year-old Maya Turner was all smiles as she showed the royal the handwritten letter she wrote thanking the prince for giving his mother, Raf Sgt. Michelle Turner, the opportunity to participate in the Games.
Michelle, 38, has a heart condition and was selected for the swimming and rowing teams.
The letter read, “I was very proud of mummy and every other brave boy and girl. Thank you Help for Heroes and »
- Erin Hill
This has been great fun so far, a nice blend of interesting story, familiar though slightly different literary characters, and a whole load of alternate universe world building. Hugely entertaining stuff. This series pretty much had me at Queen Victoria marrying Count Dracula. What’s not to love? I have been waiting though for the Council of the Seven Days, and specifically our heroine Kate Reed, to really develop into living, breathing characters. Up to now they have seemed more like ploy devices at times, albeit very enjoyable plot devices.
So where were we? Well, The Council was attacked by Count Dracula’s Grey Men. Most escaped, with the help of Fah Lo Suee and the criminal Limehouse Ring, though Monday and Thursday were captured. The Limehouse Ring want Kate to use her old friend Penelope Churchward to »
- Dean Fuller
A character known as “The Boy” shows up and claims to be long-lost royalty in this week’s The White Princess, and no one — not even Patrick Gibson, the actor who plays him — knows whether he’s telling the truth.
If you’ve kept up with Starz’s historical drama, you know that Edward and Richard — the younger brothers of main character Lizzie, and heirs to the throne of England — went missing as children after their mother, Elizabeth of Woodville, sent them away in an attempt to keep them safe from vengeful Tudors.
Diana’s ghost, Camilla slapping the prince, Kate as Lady Macbeth … people have been outraged by the BBC’s potentially treasonous new drama. But after watching, the response should be more ‘hooray’ than ‘off with their heads!’
Some newspaper coverage ahead of the BBC2 screening of King Charles III – a drama imagining a brief and catastrophic reign for the current Prince of Wales – gave the impression that Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the BBC director-general, should be held in the Tower of London awaiting execution for treason. But the summons he seems more likely to get is to next year’s Bafta TV awards, where the BBC will surely be honoured for one of its boldest drama commissions.
Some Tory politicians and royal biographers had frothed about the content of a piece that includes shots of Elizabeth II’s funeral procession; the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales, speaking prophecies to »
- Mark Lawson
Author: David Sztypuljak
A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited along to a rather special event as Sky Atlantic gave us the chance to join the Night’s Watch in celebration of Game of Thrones season 7 coming back our screens on Monday July 17th at both 2am (to simulcast with the Us) and 9pm later that evening.
Hosting the event were Game of Thrones Weapons Master Tommy Dunne (who has also worked on movies including Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Blood Diamond, & The Bourne Ultimatum to name but a few) and Stunt Coordinator Rowley Irlam (whose CV is just as impressive and includes Casino Royale, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Skyfall, Captain Phillips and many more) who would be putting us through our paces using both the sword and the bow. I’d done a little bit of archery before so wasn’t too »
- David Sztypuljak
The first issue of the Anno Dracula 1895 comic series, from the mind of Kim Newman, threw in enough ideas and concepts to fill a dozen issues of most other series. I say ‘new’, but the series grew out of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula world he has been building through his novels. In what has become a familiar genre now, Newman creates his own fictional stories using real world people and events, but always with a twist. Queen Victoria marrying Count Dracula for example, or Jack the Ripper murdering prostitutes because they were actually vampires. A lot of clever ideas bobbing around gave me extremely high hopes for this 5 part series.
Very tough to give a complete summary of last issue if you missed it, but essentially Count Dracula has been in control of The British Empire for 10 years, »
- Dean Fuller
Need to catch up? Check out the previous The White Princess recap here.
When an outbreak of plague* is the best thing that happens to you, you are experiencing some rough times, indeed.
Yet in an episode of The White Princess in which Elizabeth and her mother are put under house arrest, Henry is stabbed and Teddy is thrown in the Tower of London, a little sweating sickness seems like manna from heaven.
How can this be? Read on for the highlights of “Hearts and Minds.”
*Yes, I know it’s not actually the plague. But because Ned mentions it in the episode, »
Princess Charlotte should open a savings account! The Historic Royal Palaces Shop, an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle, has released a new set of merchandise depicting a fictional Princess Charlotte. No, this isn't Kate Middleton and Prince William's daughter, but rather a made-up princess that coincidentally has the same name. The Princess Charlotte line contains lip balms, tiaras and dresses, all in pink and purple hues. Customers can also buy magnets, glitter cups and pendants that all have "Princess Charlotte" imagery on them. The line's most expensive item, a princess »
Apr 28, 2017
So, what’s your personal idea of hell? For this writer, it would almost certainly involve being chained down in the audience of an eternal live filming of Loose Women as Donald Trump waves a slice of tiger bread, forever just out of reach. Yours is likely to be similar, though it would have to be pretty grim indeed to come anywhere near Lucio Fulci’s 1981 career-best infernal vision and perhaps the definitive (obviously other than Little Nicky) cinematic depiction of eternal damnation, The Beyond.
Update: Two more sneak peaks have now been released and can be seen below.
Warner Bros. has whipped us into a frenzy for tomorrow’s new Wonder Woman trailer, doling out a second tiny sneak peek on Facebook. This snippet, which follows the first one released earlier this evening, expands on the film’s World War I London setting.
It shows a gloomy looking, misty London, with Wonder Woman describing it as ‘hideous’ as she passes under Tower Bridge. Now, Themyscira is a literal paradise, so she’s got high standards, but if she thinks the area around the Tower of London and the Thames is that bad I hope to God she never has to go to Croydon.
The rest of the trailer gives us a moody, desaturated glimpse at her using her powers in ‘man’s world,’ fighting soldiers in an office building and galloping through a forest »
- David James
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