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17 items from 2010


The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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TV Review: Dirk Gently

17 December 2010 3:32 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A lesser-known property from the late Douglas Adams (creator of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was nevertheless a novel Adams thought would be easier to film than his revered sci-fi opus. Previously turned into radio plays with Harry Enfield as the gumshoe, BBC4 have decided to put Dirk Gently on-screen for the first time, adapted by in-demand screenwriter Howard Overman (Misfits, Vexed). Stephen Mangan (Green Wing) plays the eponymous sleuth, who believes in “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things”, and applies this theory of quantum mechanics to solve superficially innocuous crimes.

Overman has wisely excised much of the book’s budget-swallowing imagination into something achievable on a frugal budget; bringing the idea down-to-earth as an eccentric cousin to the BBC’s Sherlock update. Purists may grumble this isn’t the Dirk Gently they wanted to see, but it’s more accessible and practicable. »

- Dan Owen

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"Doctor Who" Sixth Season News Bits

21 November 2010 11:24 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Just as Craig Ferguson's 'Who'-related talk show episode last week scored a lot of great columnist write-ups, details have begun to emerge on the currently shooting sixth season of "Doctor Who" via Gallifrey Base.

First up BBC America have announced that the Christmas special, entitled "A Christmas Carol", will be fast tracked to certain international territories including the U.S. and Australia where, with time zone differences taken into account, it will air literally just a few hours after the U.K. broadcast (December 25th in the U.S., December 26th in Australia).

The Steven Moffat-penned episode sounds like a different spin on the Dickens classic, best guess is that instead of three ghosts visiting the same man it's one ghost (The Doctor) visiting a man at three different stages in his life as the cast list features the characters 'Young Kazran', 'Middle Kazran' and 'Older Kazran' with »

- Garth Franklin

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'Jonathan Creek' star joins 'Doctor Who'

18 November 2010 6:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

American-born actor Stuart Milligan is to make a guest appearance in the upcoming sixth series of Doctor Who. Doctor Who Magazine reports that the Jonathan Creek star will feature in the Us-based opening two-parter. Milligan previously voiced the character of General Stark in Doctor Who animation Dreamland and also starred in the 2003 revamp of Crossroads. He will join Supernatural star Mark Sheppard, who will play Canton. Other cast members confirmed for the two episodes include The Damned United actress Sydney (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Journalists on TV – will EastEnders' new hack follow the brief?

2 May 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They have integrity, balls and great shoes. So will

EastEnders' new hack follow the brief?

With the news that Martin Jarvis joins EastEnders this month as Harvey Freeman, a journalist and potential love interest for Peggy Mitchell, many will be watching to see which reporter-in-a-tv-show boxes he will tick. (I'll put a pony on him wearing a trenchcoat.)

Hacks are a great plot device. They act as a link for characters who wouldn't usually interact, they are allowed to narrate into their Dictaphones when ordinary characters can't speak to camera, and they can offer a neat, unashamed drink-in-hand summary at the end of an episode.

Journalists on TV are always badgering neighbours and sticking cameras over fences. They are, though, frequently ethical and they certainly never knock out a couple of sly Daily Mail articles to pay the mortgage and spend the rest of their careers denying them. Here's »

- Hazel Davis

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The Men Who Stare at Goats: blink and you'll mistake it for reality | Digested Watch

21 April 2010 5:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You could read the 300-page book. Or watch the 90-minute movie, out on DVD this week. Or, better still, just read Paul MacInnes's condensed screenplay

The Men Who Stare At GOATSBy Paul MacInnes, with apologies to Peter Straughan and Jon Ronson

Scene 1

Voiceover Hi, I'm Ewan McGregor, a small-town American newspaper reporter whose wife ran off with my editor, an overweight baldy with a prosthetic arm. Yet that's not the most unlikely thing about my story. For I'm going to take you on a journey into the world of the Psychic Spy. Which is also the world of the Jedi Warrior and the Super Soldier and the Remote Viewer and the New Earth Army. Essentially, they're all the same thing.

Music begins, of the Kooky Variety. It sounds like the theme to an oddball TV series, such as Six Feet Under or Jonathan Creek. A surtitle: More of this is true than you would believe. »

- Paul MacInnes

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Final 'Frost' series opens to 7.2 million

6 April 2010 4:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The final series of A Touch of Frost got off to a decent start on Sunday night, the latest viewing figures show. The first instalment of the final two-part episode averaged an impressive 7.18m (28.2%) between 8pm and 10pm, easily beating its competitors. Over on BBC One, Jonathan Creek took 5.45m (21.3%) between 8pm and 9.30pm, then 3.83m (16.7%) watched Michael McIntyre: Live & Laughing from 9.30pm. Tropic of Cancer interested 1.83m (7.2%) for BBC Two at 8pm, then the audience climbed to 2.42m (9.5%) during the 9pm screening of Wonders of the Solar System. Come Dine With Me (more) »

- By Dan French

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Davies criticises 'Creek' scheduling

6 April 2010 3:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alan Davies has criticised the scheduling of Jonathan Creek over the Easter weekend. The comedian returned to the detective series for one-off special 'The Judas Tree', which aired at 8pm on Sunday night. The first part of the final ever A Touch of Frost screened at the same time on ITV1. Writing on Twitter beforehand, Davies said: "Apologies to fans of both Frost and Creek for the arse-numbingly moronic scheduling fiasco about to unfold. Creek is on Bbchd at 10 by the way." Later, he joked: (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Doctor Who | A Touch of Frost | Jonathan Creek | TV Review

4 April 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fuelled by fish fingers and custard, this new Doctor needs to simmer down a bit

W-e-l-l, it's different, but it's not a Tennant. Matt Smith, the new Doctor Who (BBC1, Saturday), is more of a Jim Carrey. His energy levels – fuelled by his chosen diet of fish fingers and custard – are phenomenal. He leaps like a stag, his speech is set to fast-forward and his face seems to open like an accordion as the tumbling forelock and long chin take off in different directions. Even allowing for the fact that the world is going to end in 20 minutes ("The universe is cracked!"), you do feel he could simmer down a bit. And that goes for the new scriptwriter, Steven Moffatt.

A creature that is all eyes and teeth, like a celebrity (well, one big eye and lots of teeth), is set on incinerating the world. The eye is set rather prettily in a space snowflake. »

- Nancy Banks-Smith

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Good eggs: This Easter's TV highlights

2 April 2010 10:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You're so stuffed full of chocolate you can't even get of the sofa. But never fear, there's plenty of goodies on the box

Bad eggs: Stuart Heritage's Easter TV lowlights

Easter weekend doesn't offer quite the feast of programming that Christmas and New Year bring, but there are plenty of delicious little gems to keep you glued to the sofa this weekend as you gobble the chocolate haul. Get the kettle on, find the remote control, set the PVR for the inevitable clashes and hunker down.

Good Friday

Masterchef (BBC1, 7.30pm)

Yes, I know. It's on all the time in some form or another. But now we're through the rather dull (and madly scheduled) first rounds, things are definitely looking up. Also, all four semi-finalists this year are dauntingly good cooks. And Gregg seems to have toned down his off-putting Corrrr!s and stopped trying to "Take My »

- Vicky Frost

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Bad eggs: This Easter's TV lowlights

2 April 2010 7:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From golf to the Greatest Story Ever Told, there are plenty of cracks in the schedule

Good eggs: Vicky Frost's Easter TV highlights

There isn't a terrific amount to do this Easter. The weather's going to be atrocious and you're probably already bored of talking to your family. But at least there's the telly, right? Well yes, there's Doctor Who and Jonathan Creek – but much of the Easter schedule looks like the usual dusty old bank holiday fallbacks and jarringly bad-sounding stabs at Easter specials. So here's what to definitely dodge this Easter – although of course there's plenty more worth not seeing. The rest you'll just have to avoid yourself.

Good Friday

The Sound of Music (BBC1, 2.55pm)

Yes, it's a holiday tradition, but then so eating so much chocolate you feel sick. Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to do it.

Deal Or No Deal Easter Madness (Channel 4, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Alan Davies: 'I hate Qi repeats'

1 April 2010 10:36 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alan Davies has admitted that he hates Qi reruns being frequently shown on TV. The comedian, who is a permanent fixture on the Stephen Fry-helmed quiz, said that channels such as Dave (which regularly repeats the series) "devalue" the brand. "The thing I really hate is Qi being in a soup of shows on one of these repeat channels, which completely devalues the brand," said the Jonathan Creek star. "I hate that you can't make an audience wait for a couple of months and then say, 'Here's a new series'. Because then (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

1 April 2010 11:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Doctor Who! Ashes To Ashes! Jonathan Creek! The Pacific! More Doctor Who! How's this for a terrific week for films and shows on UK TV?

We're all sat, antsy, pouring over stills and looping seconds' worth of trailers and preview snippets heralding the new Doctor into our lives.

The build up of anticipation continues and whether the offering up of alternate, past Who Doctors makes the ever-shortening wait for the new any less stinging, or eases the itch a bit, is a personal matter. But, we'll take all the Who we can get, thank you.

The Doctor-ful weekend starts today, and we think it must be the most Who-filled Easter we've seen. We'll get right to the schedules of all things Time Lordish, and the other great programmes guaranteed to make you smile, laugh - or get that puzzled expression that looks so good on you - over the next few days. »

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What’s coming up in April?

31 March 2010 10:26 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What's coming up this month in the world of movies, TV, DVDs, Blu-rays and games?

Welcome to our brand new start-of-the-month guide to what's coming up in April in the world of Geek. If you like this, then we'll start doing it regularly from now on. Just let us know, eh?

Movies

The big film of the month, if you live in the UK, is Iron Man 2, which seems to be sneaking out a week ahead of its American release here. It's being advertised as being out on 30th April (7th May in the Us), and is fairly comfortably the must-see of the month.

Also at the movies, we Brits finally get Kevin Smith's Cop Out on 16th April, while the underwhelming Clash Of The Titans arrives on the 2nd.

Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It! hits UK screens from 7th April, and keep an eye out »

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The Expendables: the brand new trailer

31 March 2010 10:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis join the rest of the gang in the new trailer for The Expendables

We're going to be signing off for an Easter break over the next couple of days - save for one or two articles, and reviews of Doctor Who, Ashes To Ashes, The Pacific and Jonathan Creek - but we wanted to leave you with something of a treat.

Another trailer for The Expendables? We figured that might do.

It's debuted over at Yahoo! Movies, and this time it's got deep-voiced voiceover man, as well as a catalogue of action stars we never thought we've ever get the delight of seeing in the same movie. It also features a glimpse of the cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and while it's a massively jumbled trailer, it is nonetheless really quite a marvellous sight.

You might have worked out that we have unnatural »

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TV News: Grey's, Ashes, Creek, Glee

25 March 2010 10:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Grey's Anatomy

Katherine Heigl has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she's leaving the long-running medical drama and has confirmed that her last on-screen appearance on the show has already come and gone.

Ashes to Ashes

A bunch of new photos from the upcoming final season are up at Den of Geek, while a second promo trailer which is similar but more music-driven than the first can be found below:

Jonathan Creek

BBC1 has set an 8pm Easter Sunday (April 4th) air time for the new 90-minute special "The Judas Tree" with returning star Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith who was introduced in the last special on New Year's Day 2009.

The story of the new one has a young housekeeper's assistant believing an unearthly force is encouraging her to commit murder in an old mansion now owned by a celebrated crime writer. Creek ends up being enlisted to solve a century-old »

- Garth Franklin

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