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Agreement with Altive Media will include a production from director Terry Gilliam.
English National Opera (Eno) has secured a partnership with alternative content distribution company Altive Media that will screen productions throughout the UK and in cinemas worldwide.
The partnership, dubbed Eno Screen, is set to broadcast the operatic productions in up to 300 cinemas across the UK and Ireland as well as selected cinemas around the world.
It will be followed in June by Hector Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, directed by Terry Gilliam, best known for directing films such as 12 Monkeys and Brazil as well as being part of the Monty Python troupe.
The technical and creative team behind the broadcasts will be headed by award-winning MTV director Andy Morahan (Jls: Eyes Wide Open 3D) and producer Dione Orrom (Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary).
Altive Media will oversee »
This black and white biopic of Diggers founder Gerrard Winstanley's truly level take on these socialist ancestors sometimes sacrifices authenticity for entertainment
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Director: Kevin Brownlow
Entertainment grade: C+
History grade: A
Gerrard Winstanley began True Levellers, a Christian group devoted to egalitarian and communal living that formed in the wake of the English civil war. They became known as the Diggers, and are often considered precursors of socialists or communists.
Few things warm the cockles of a historian's cold, dispassionate heart like a long list of eminent advisers named in the opening credits of a film. Winstanley shouts out to several museum curators (from the V&A, Tower of London and the Museum of English Rural Life), somebody from the Roundhead Association (yes, it still exists) and a brigadier from the Sealed Knot. A prologue provides historical background, complete with »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
With Christmas coming up, you might be looking for suggestions for those Whovians in your life – and we recommend the Target book reading of fan-favourite adventure, The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The unabridged reading of Terrance Dicks’s Target novelisation is performed by Christopher Benjamin; depending on how far your love of Doctor Who goes you’ll either
The post Christmas Ideas: The Talons of Weng-Chiang appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Meredith Burdett
One of the great things about Doctor Who is that it’s a programme of many levels. It works both in the past and the future, on Earth and in space, entertaining men, women, countless nationalities, children and adults.
Some of the episodes, and some of the jokes, are intended for children. The revival’s made such a big deal about getting the next generation into Who, and we understand that: it’s a family show. We’ll take an episode about werewolves if it means we can have one with a Patrick Troughton reference, right?
But what about those jokes that are meant for us? What about those references that will fly right over your kids’ heads, but will leave you feeling embarrassed if they ask you to explain them later? Have you ever tried to describe the Doctor giving Rose a special hug?
Here are ten examples »
- Mark White
In a small interview with BBC News at the Doctor Who Celebration in London on the anniversary of the show, the man who found the recently-released missing Patrick Troughton lost episodes, The Web Of Fear and The Enemy Of The World, spoke about why it was so important about finding lost episodes of Doctor Who and
- Rebecca Crockett
'The Time of the Doctor' will pay off plot points "laid down for years", the showrunner promised.
"Before I wrote it, I did say to Mark [Gatiss] that I thought I knew what [Matt's] last moment would be - and indeed his last line," Moffat said. "I've had the vague storyline in place for a long while."
"It's his final battle and he's been fighting it for a while," Moffat teased. "There are... elements from every series of Matt's Doctor, which will come to a head in this special."
Many times the Doctor Who TV movie from 1996 has been criticized for its cheesiness and bad plot. Some have even said it was horrible, and I very nearly didn’t watch it because I expected it to be a terrible parody of Doctor Who instead of the real thing. But I watched it anyway, and you know what? It wasn’t horrible. Yes, it had its bad moments, but if people just gave it a chance, they might find they enjoy it after all.
Despite its flaws, it’s just as important a part of Whovian lore as anything else that has come before or since.
Because of my forgiving nature, I try to overlook the TV movie’s flaws, but I must admit that it does contain certain cringe-inducing moments, such as a brief visit to Skaro at the »
- Paula Luther
Thanks to Radio Times, we now have a little more information on who will be a part of the Doctor Who Christmas special this year. It seems we will get to meet another member of Clara’s family. Sheila Reid, most known for her current role on Benidorm, will play Clara’s grandmother. James Butler will be
The post More Guests & Photos For The Time of the Doctor! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Rebecca Crockett
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Fast & Furious 6"
What's It About? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, and the late Paul Walker reunite with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to put the pedal to the medal in the sixth iteration of this car-racing series. Can our favorite speed freaks outwit and outdrive a gang of drivers led by a British baddie named Shaw (Luke Evans)?
Why We're In: Besides the fact that some of the DVD earnings will be donated to the late Paul Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide, this is the perfect guilty-pleasure action film to pop on with a bunch of friends. It's worth it for the runway scene alone.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Big" (25th Anniversary Edition)
What's It About? Before Tom Hanks saved "Mr. Banks," he won our hearts as a little »
- Jenni Miller
Though he spends much of his time hacking into computer systems and revealing top secret information as Q, actor Ben Whishaw chooses to remain very quiet about his private life.
In light of his announcement as the star of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Digital Spy brings you ten facts about this multi-talented individual, who is being widely hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation.
1. Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Bedfordshire on October 14, 1980 to Linda and Jose Whishaw, a cosmetics worker and an It consultant respectively. He has a fraternal twin brother, James.
2. Whishaw has been interested in acting from a young age; he was a paying member of the Bancroft Players Youth Theatre and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003. Whishaw has a career that spans radio, stage, television and film! Do you think he just couldn't make his mind up? »
While ‘An Adventure In Space And Time’ proved a brilliant showcase for David Bradley in the role of William Hartnell – with fans now clamouring for him to be allowed to portray the First Doctor in future audio/TV adventures – we couldn’t help but note that Reece Shearsmith’s cameo as Patrick Troughton was painfully short, though sweet.
So the gist is let’s give the man from the League Of Gentlemen a chance to prove himself worthy of stepping into the Second Doctor’s shoes and indeed bow tie. Both ‘The Light At The End’ and ‘The Hexford Invasion’ showed us that vocal doubles at least work perfectly well, with Frazer Hines and Pat’s son David respectively filling in for the wonderful original cosmic hobo on those occasions.
And with Matt Smith – arguably Pat’s closest successor in spirit and indeed portrayal of the Doctor – soon to vacate »
- Chris Morley
HBO Films has cast Bette Midler to star in a movie that follows the career of camp icon Mae West, according to Deadline. The movie will follow West’s rise to stardom and her legal battles when she faced obscenity charges, using her autobiography Goodness Has Nothing to Do with It as a basis.
Unsurprisingly, NBC announced they are planning another live musical for next year. They’re looking for a family-friendly Broadway classic that has a few familiar songs. I’m curious to see what they pick since I don’t think anything else has quite the footprint The Sound of Music has. It’s appreciated as a musical theatre classic, an iconic film and fodder for the humor of Sing-a-Long screenings.
NBC has hired David Remnick, a New Yorker editor and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief, to add commentary to its coverage of the Winter Olympics. »
- Lyle Masaki
This episode – featuring Christopher Eccleston taking on a single Dalek – marked the moment when the rebooted show won over a whole new generation
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the past 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at Dalek.
Dalek (30 April 2005)
Last time, I said I would prove that Dalek is the best Eccleston story. So here we go. Years ago, a friend of mine lived in a house in Manchester opposite Russell T Davies. He and his partner Andrew sent out Tenth Doctor and Rose Christmas cards. It was lovely. Anyway, in the year of the revival, he greeted Davies across the lawn, the week before episode five was about to air.
"Hi, Russell, looking forward to the Dalek at the weekend!"
"Oh good!" he cooed back. "It's absolutely the best one!"
So there you have it – indisputable proof.
It has been »
- Dan Martin
With the sad news that ‘The Time Of The Doctor’ will herald the last stand of the Eleventh incarnation of everybody’s favourite Time Lord, new Whovians could be forgiven for thinking the end is nigh for clowning, calculation, bow ties and strange hat choices.
Worry not though, for a simple delve into the archives of classic Who reveals a wealth of the above. And while not many full Second Doctor stories survive, Patrick Troughton’s time aboard the Tardis – a three year stretch from the end of ‘The Tenth Planet’ in 1966 to 1969′s ‘The War Games’ – is remembered fondly by many, including Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Matt Smith.
Oh, and the ‘Who’ production team. Going by his return appearances in ‘The Three Doctors’ (1972), ‘The Five Doctors’ ( 1983) and ‘The Two Doctors’ (1985), the cosmic hobo was rightly welcomed back with open arms. Plus he was the first Doctor to have »
- Chris Morley
Stop what you are doing and watch this. If you loved The Day of the Doctor – and of course you did – and you miss the brilliant Doctor Who Confidential – and you do – you’ll love this behind-the-scenes video of the 50th anniversary special. Narrated by Sixie himself, Colin Baker, it features a
- Philip Bates
We all know everyone’s going to be sad when the Eleventh Doctor exits stage left in ‘The Time Of The Doctor’. So let’s look back by looking even further back and have a little fun with the Second Doctor.
There’s that old saying that ‘music soothes the savage beast’ -so let’s see if it works on a generation of upset new- Whovians!
And who better to be our guide in that regard than the first incarnation of the Time Lord to display real musical prowess of any sort?
From the moment he finds his beloved recorder following his recovery from his first regeneration in ‘The Power Of The Daleks’ it rarely leaves his side and comes in handy on a number of occasions.
Ask anyone for memories of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor and it’ll most likely get a mention-as well as his bow tie & Beatle hairdo. »
- Chris Morley
Review by Sam Moffitt
Some horror movies are so horrible they are tough to watch. When characters go beyond, way beyond, what most people would consider civilized behavior into the realm of headline making atrocity you want to look away. But if the film makers are sincere, if the finished film has something to say about the human condition and is not just exploitation , you end up having to watch. You owe it to yourself, again if the film is well made, to watch, just to remind yourself what inhuman monsters people can be.
In the last few years a new kind of horror movie has been coming out of Europe. Films that push the envelope in recounting the horror of human existence, of what atrocity really looks like, up close and personal. Films like Martyrs, Irreversible, High Tension and Calvaire, also A Serbian Film (although I have not gotten to see that one. »
- Movie Geeks
One of the best things about ‘An Adventure In Space And Time’ was the performance of David Bradley as William Hartnell. And we don’t think it’s too far a step for him to reprise the role in future First Doctor adventures-be they Big Finish audios or television stories.
In this 50th anniversary year surely now’s the time to at least consider bringing back the one who kicked it all off! The grumpy young man did after all pave the way for the show we have today to get off the ground, making up something of a holy trinity with Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert.
What the late Bill himself might make of the modern equivalent to what ‘Who’ was when it first hit screens around the country on November 23 1963 is anyone’s guess. We do know the First thought of his ‘sucessors’ as a dandy and a »
- Chris Morley
Interview Louisa Mellor 9 Dec 2013 - 07:00
Perhaps fittingly for the man who reigns over two of the BBC's most successful dramas - Doctor Who and Sherlock - a chair shortage meant that Steven Moffat started this round-table interview resplendent on an ornate, Gothic, regal-looking seat. Hesitating over its practicality, Moffat was urged Lady Macbeth-like by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss to "Take the throne!". Wish granted, down Moffat sat momentarily before going off to fetch a less obtrusive seat with the words, "Actually, do you know what? It's bloody uncomfortable."
Ignoring any eager-to-be-drawn metaphors about power, the round of musical chairs provided some Game of Thrones-related banter with which to kick things off...
This is Game Of Thrones now isn’t it?
Mark Gatiss: I »
The 'Forrest Gump' actor said that his family had got their first colour TV in 1968 and they always watched because the English video just looked so weird, Contactmusic reported.
Hanks said that the show also had the guy with the big red hair and the bow tie Jon Pertwee.
The 57-year-old actor stated that everyone talked in English accents and there were these big salt and pepper shaker robots and they wouldn't be able to make sense of anything.
Hanks added that it was intriguing. »
- Ketali Mehta
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