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Warning – Potential Spoilers Below
We’re less than 300 days away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the reports and rumours are still coming in thick and fast. We’ve already had rumours that Darth Vader would be in the film in some capacity (possibly in a flashback) and now we have new rumours that back those claims up.
According to Making Star Wars, Robert Boulter (not announced in the cast list as of yet) has joined Star Wars: The Force Awakens to play a young Luke Skywalker in a flashback sequence. This would play into the opening of the movie, in which Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) go to Rose’s Bar, owned by Rose (Lupita Nyong’o) who is a puppet similar to Yoda.
Below is a breakdown of the flashback:
Dead bodies lay on the floor of a Jedi Academy. »
- Luke Owen
BBC iPlayer experienced its best month on record in January 2015.
The on-demand service received 343 million requests last month, with TV content seeing record viewership at 264 million.
Mobile and tablet requests accounted for 48% of that figure in January, breaking another record for the platform thanks to a surge in TV and radio customers.
Christmas and New Year specials of EastEnders, Top Gear and Miranda attracted around 2 million customers per episode, while The Voice UK, Silent Witness, Wolf Hall and The Dumping Ground were also popular.
The Musketeers picks up the slack and delivers a surprising, eventful and engaging episode in A Marriage Of Inconvenience...
This review contains spoilers.
2.7 A Marriage Of Inconvenience
Last week’s Through A Glass Darkly was a slight blip on what has been a strong season for The Musketeers and it is with some relief that A Marriage Of Inconvenience returns the series, if not to its peak, then at least some way to it.
Directed by Edward Bennett (Waking The Dead, Silent Witness) and written by, Steve Bailie (Casualty, Primeval), A Marriage Of Inconvenience is a surprising episode in that it had me raging for the first half hour, but then as the twist became more clear it forced me to see it in a new light. This was an episode that caught me unawares and I liked it the more for it.
So what was going on? Well, in »
We're back with another horror/sci-fi round-up. Guest stars have been revealed for the season 9 premiere of Doctor Who, Titan Comics has a massive Doctor Who comic book crossover lined up, HBO's upcoming New World drama pilot that's likely based on the Salem Witch Trials has enlisted a notable director for its pilot, a new horror film from the duo behind 100 Bloody Acres has is entering production, and Fox has put in a pilot order for a series based on Neil Gaiman's Lucifer from The Sandman comic book series.
Doctor Who Season 9: Via BBC America, TVLine reports that Michelle Gomez will be back on-screen as The Master, aka "Missy", in the two-part season 9 premiere of Doctor Who, which does not yet have a release date. Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, and Clare Higgins will also reprise their roles as Kate, the Shadow Architect, and Ohila, respectively, in the season 9 premiere, »
- Derek Anderson
From pretty much the very first moment it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and were working on a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with rumours and speculation about the seventh episode in the blockbuster saga. Some of those would certainly qualify as major spoilers if true, and director J.J. Abrams has now admitted that some genuine plot details have made their way online.
“I can’t wait for you to see it,” said Abrams at the Irish Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles (via the BBC). “It’s been a blast working on this and luckily we have an incredible post-production team. There are always challenges as you go but it’s been a complete kick to put this together. We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work. There are a ton of rumours – some true, »
- Gary Collinson
The Twelfth Doctor will get a blast from his not-too-distant past when Doctor Who opens Season 9.
“Everybody hide,” executive producer Steven Moffat said in a statement. “Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”
When the cast was announced for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one name that seemed to be missing from the original cast line-up was Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Since that time, the actor has returned to a galaxy far, far away as part of Star Wars Rebels to provide his vocal talents. But will we be seeing him in a live action again?
“Yeah, people were pretty upset about it,” he told Cinelinx about the fan reaction to being left out the cast. “But I uh…I may very well…I have a feeling I’m going to show up. There’s nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage. People think of me as the original cast, but I didn’t come in until the second movie. I did Empire and then I did Return of the Jedi, but I came in after everyone else was introduced… »
- Luke Owen
Following the death of his wife, Conan Doyle is encouraged to find something to occupy himself with. He soon discovers the case of George Edalji (Arsher Ali), who has been wrongly accused of several high-profile crimes.
Accompanied by his servant Alfred 'Woodie' Wood (Charles Edwards), the novelist sets out to prove George Edalji's innocence.
The series also takes a look at Conan Doyle's relationship with younger woman Jean Leckie, who eventually became his second wife.
We’ve heard bits and pieces over the last year or so about what certain characters will look like in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now we can add Princess Leia to that list.
According to the site Making Star Wars, they have a source who claims to have seen Princess Leia’s outfit which you can read below:
“Princess Leia is wearing a solid jumpsuit. It is grayish blue. She wears a black vest which hangs below her waist. The vest is more in the style of the Tantive IV trooper than Han Solo’s classic vest. The jumpsuit has an open button-down collar and the cuffs are rolled up about two inches at her wrists. She has a thick black belt with a silver belt-buckle (very 1980). Her hair is braided and pulled over to the side so it hangs over her left shoulder in a ponytail. »
- Luke Owen
If there is one movie released this year that has a lot of hype to live up to, it’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only is it the first Star Wars movie in a decade, but it’s the first film to come from Disney without any involvement from George Lucas. Since its announcement, we’ve heard from many of our readers about their concerns, hopes and excitement for the movie – but there’s a certain someone who thinks we should manage our expectations.
“Oh, my God! It’s just crazy town,” Mark Hamill told Hero Complex about the back stage security and the fear of leaks. “First of all, the security. We had problems before with people leaking stuff, but I was saying to them, ‘Is it really necessary to put on this giant robe with a hood that hangs down to your chest to go »
- Luke Owen
Warning – there could be spoilers below…
It seems amazing in this day and age of the Internet that a film can keep so much secrecy, but J.J. Abrams has managed to do it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That is, apart from a few bits that have slipped through here and there.
Today’s nugget comes from MakingStarWars who claim to have “trusted sources” who are telling them that Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) is set to play the son of Luke Skywalker. According to the site, Gleeson will be an Imperial who is tasked with sending Chrome Stormtroopers after John Boyega’s character.
So, he’s the son of Luke Skywalker but working for the baddies? Well, the site reckons that Gleeson is actually a double agent of sorts to disarm the galaxy of super weapons.
Here’s what the site writes:
“The implications of Gleeson’s actions »
- Luke Owen
We are now just 10 months away from J.J. Abrams taking us to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and when the trailer was released late last year, there was quite a stir with Star Wars fans particularly around the lightsaber hilt.
“It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing,” Abrams told Collider about the controversy over the lightsaber hilt.
It was announced that Rian Johnson (Looper) would be helming Star Wars Episode VIII, but possibly not Episode IX if Abrams is anything to go by. But what involvement will he have with the pictures once he’s set the scene? “I wouldn’t say 8 and 9 are my baby, Rian will be working at least on 8, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah.”
- Luke Owen
But as part of the honour, George Lucas made a special guest appearance via video to show off some of the “long lost” audition tapes for the iconic role – including original Darth Vader choice Angela Lansbury!
Check out the video below:
See Also – George Lucas slams all-white Oscar nominations, “it’s a political campaign”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and also sees returning stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca »
- Luke Owen
The 12-day survival mission will see eight celebrities taking on a Central American rainforest, where they will be pushed to the limit with different tasks.
Grylls will guide the celebrities through different assignments, and will then eliminate one person at the end of each episode.
He said: "This show is all about empowerment and I am so proud of how the celebrity team who joined me on Mission Survive performed.
"It was without doubt a tough expedition, but also a very life-enhancing adventure for everyone involved. »
Silent Witness rose by around 300,000 viewers to top Tuesday evening, overnight data reveals.
ITV's Deirdre & Me tribute was seen by 2.83m (12.9%) at 7.30pm (181k/0.8% on +1). Bad Builders: Bang to Rights gathered 2.31m (10.5%) at 8pm (149k/0.6%), while Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans interested 2.43m (10.3%) at 9pm (270k/1.7%).
On Channel 4, The Jump continued with 1.84m (8.3%) at 8pm (252k/1.1%), followed by 24 Hours in Police Custody with 942k (4.0%) at 9pm (331k/2.1%) and Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell with 646k (4.1%) at 10pm (185k/2.2%).
Channel 5's Benidorm ER attracted 805k (3.7%) at 8pm, while Celebrity Big Brother's latest episode entertained 2.26m (9.5%) at 9pm »
The long-running crime drama hits the penultimate episode of the current series this week.
The plot revolves around a dead policeman found in a burnt-out car, and once the most likely suspect seemingly proves his innocence, revelations start to unfold.
Broadchurch: ITV, 9pm
As the net tightens in Alec and Ellie's investigation, the duo find themselves questioning if all the right answers have slipped through. Eve Myles (Torchwood) and James D'Arcy (Peggy Carter) also star.
Catastrophe: Channel 4, 10pm
We recently tipped this show to be the comedy of the year - and with good reason.
In this week's instalment, Sharon struggles with pregnancy-induced hormones, whilst husband Rob makes friends with Chris. This works out great for Rob, but not for Sharon - who cannot stand Chris's wife Fran (Ugly »
It was reported last week that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four) were testing out for roles in Gareth Edward’s Star Wars spin-off. Well, the folks over at Total Geek seem to found out who got the part.
According to the website, Maslany landed a role in the movie. There are no details of her character (if she has one), but confirms that this is for the 2016 spin-off and not Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Perhaps coincidentally, Maslany has recently pulled out from doing an Off-Broadway show due to “scheduling conflicts”.
- Luke Owen
Silent Witness remained on top of the ratings on Tuesday evening (January 27), overnight data reveals.
ITV's River Monsters drew in 2.20m (10.2%) at 7.30pm (111k/0.5% on +1), before Bad Builders: Bang to Rights gathered 2.29m (10.6%) at 8pm (134k/0.6%). Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans appealed to 2.51m (10.7%) at 9pm (151k/1.8%).
Over on Channel 4, Phil Spencer: Secret Agent averaged 1.1m (5.1%) at 8pm (165k/0.7%). Later, 24 Hours in Police Custody interested 1.01m (4.3%) at 9pm (236k/1.8%), and Ramsay's Hotel Hell attracted 750k (4.4%) at 10pm (151k/1.8%).
Celebrity Big Brother continued on Channel 5 with 2.39m (10.1%) at 9pm (278k/0.7%), while Britain's Flashiest Families drew in an average of 977k (5.9%) at 10pm (53k »
Back in November it was announced that Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is set to star in an upcoming six-part retelling of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror classic Frankenstein, and now ITV has revealed the full cast and synopsis for the drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott (Sean Bean). As he stands on the water’s edge, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse, he »
- Gary Collinson
The Silent Witness team tackle the Russian mafia in the conclusion of their latest two-part investigation.
Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction - Channel 5, 9pm
It's been the most explosive series of CBB yet, but following Perez's staged walkout, who will be the next celeb to leave the house for real?
As ever, Emma Willis will be hosting and on hand to chat with the latest evictee - and Perez will be told what the viewers have decided to do with him as he returns to the house. Does eternal nomination or a free pass to the final await the divisive showbiz blogger?
The 100 - E4, 9pm
In tonight's instalment of the sci-fi series, »
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