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Armchair Detectives: brilliant new daytime TV murder mystery

Craig Lines Dec 6, 2017

BBC One's play-along murder mystery show Armchair Detectives is brilliant fun. Here's why crime TV and puzzle fans should tune in...

There’s been a murder…

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Well, actually, there’ve been several. One every weekday, to be precise. All occurring at approximately 2:15pm in the Scottish coastal town of Mortcliff. But, as fans of BBC1’s new mystery show Armchair Detectives will tell you, “no one gets away with murder in Mortcliff!”

Partially this is down to the town’s police force and its crack team of investigating officers; Di Knight (Stephen Billington), DC Slater (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva) and Soco Simmons (Sarah Baxendale). However, watching them from comfy armchairs in the BBC studio each day are trios of plucky amateur sleuths who pit
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Outlander: Here's Why the Adorable Young Ian Looks So Familiar

Outlander's young Ian Murray, played by John Bell, has become a fan favorite since his introduction in episode "A Malcolm" in season three. Jenny and Ian's youngest son is fiercely loyal and has his eyes set on adventures beyond the Highlands, which often lands him in tricky situations. Not only does he hero-worship his Uncle Jamie and want to accompany him everywhere (just like his namesake), but he accepts Claire upon her return without question, being the only one of his siblings to readily call her "Auntie." If you've been trying to place where you've seen the young Scottish actor, you're not alone. Bell is most known for his role as Bain in the fantasy film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and its sequel, The Battle of the Five Armies. After winning the 2006 Blue Peter competition, Bell landed a small role in Doctor Who, which was his breakout,
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Bryan Singer's Health Issues Halt Queen Biopic Production

Bryan Singer's Health Issues Halt Queen Biopic Production
20th Century Fox confirmed today that production has shut down on Bohemian Rhapsody, the studio's highly-anticipated Queen biopic, due to a health matter involving director Bryan Singer. Both the director and an unspecified family member are reportedly having health issues, but the studio's statement wouldn't elaborate on the nature of this matter. Take a look at the studio's brief statement below.

"Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer."

The studio added that, despite this unexpected production shut down due to director Bryan Singer and his health matters, this should not affect the December 2018 release date that the studio has already set for the biopic. Shortly after this story first broke, reps for Bryan Singer issued a brief statement of their own, revealing when the director is expected back at work.

"This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.
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Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury in Latest Look at Queen Movie

Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury in Latest Look at Queen Movie
Bohemian Rhapsody is shaping up to be something quite special. If there's one reason to look forward to a biopic about a famous musician, it's that those movies tend to come with mind-blowing performances. Think of Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line and Jamie Foxx in Ray. It looks like we could be in for another such performance next year, as Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has completely transformed into Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for the upcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Thanks to the latest set photo, we have another look at just how uncanny the resemblance is.

Director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) shared the latest set photo from Bohemian Rhapsody to his Instagram account. In it, we see Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury performing on stage with the rest of Queen. If one didn't know that this picture was from a movie that is being made, it
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Australian Actress Natalie Mendoza Describes Harvey Weinstein Groping Incident

Australian Actress Natalie Mendoza Describes Harvey Weinstein Groping Incident
Australian actress Natalie Mendoza has come forth as one of the latest accusers of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Australia’s Herald Sun reports that, on her Facebook page, Mendoza refers to a groping incident around 2002, when she was shooting “The Great Raid,” the first of three films she had under a three-picture deal with Miramax.

“I might have told Mr W mid-script ‘meeting’ after he sent his assistant out that I’d punch him if he didn’t take his hands off me,” she wrote.

“Shook all the way home but high-fived myself for knowing my self worth in my early 20s.

“I knew my first film would be my last after that and I was more than Ok about it.”

In a second post, she added: “I was so naive I did not realise it was a set-up. I managed to escape with my integrity intact. I was shaken and dazed but Ok.”

Mendoza has movie
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Rellik: yet another gritty crime drama, only back to front

Using every cliche in the serial-killer manual, the new BBC show fancies itself as the next Scandi murder-mystery

Such is the ubiquity of crime dramas nowadays that, were I to come across a blood-spattered corpse while walking the dog, I would be more inclined to look around for the attendant film crew than call the police. So how to breathe new life into serial killer series? If you’re Rellik (11 September, 9pm, BBC1), you look to Christopher Nolan’s Memento or Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible for inspiration, and tell the story backwards. If only Midsomer Murders had thought of this.

Rellik (it’s “killer” backwards – geddit?) tells the tale of a murder investigation in reverse chronology. Thus, after seeing the apparent perpetrator cornered, the action spools back in time, pressing play at crucial points to dump great big slabs of exposition into the story while wilfully upending our understanding of
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Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton joins Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

After a breakout role in last year’s Sing Street, Lucy Boynton is returning to the world of music with 2018’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, revealing that Boynton will portray Mary Austin, the longtime girlfriend of frontman Freddie Mercury.

Austin and Mercury were in a relationship from 1970 to 1976, which ended when she learned that he was homosexual, but the two stayed friends until Mercury’s untimely death in 1991. The iconic artist wrote 1975’s “Love of My Life” about Austin and once called her “the only friend I’ve got” in a 1985 interview.

The film will chronicle Queen’s rise to fame, leading up to the band’s Live Aid performance in 1985 at Wembley Stadium, which many have called the greatest live performance in the history of rock music, thanks to the unparalleled brilliance and electricity of Mercury.

Boynton has also starred in The Blackcoat’s Daughter,
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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury Revealed in Queen Biopic

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury Revealed in Queen Biopic
The long-discussed Queen biopic is finally happening and we have the first photo from the movie to prove it. Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has been tasked with bringing the absolutely iconic frontman Freddie Mercury to life in the biopic, which is appropriately titled Bohemian Rhapsody. Now, we have the first picture of Malek as Queen's late singer and the resemblance is truly uncanny.

Entertainment Weekly released the first photo of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody on what would have been the singer's 71st birthday. There are still a lot of things that need to come together for a movie like this to work, but without question, the actor has absolutely nailed the look and has disappeared into the role. Here's what he had to say about seeing himself done up as Freddie Mercury for the first time.

"When you're able to open your eyes and
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Orlando Bloom to lead Amazon’s fantasy series Carnival Row

Back in May it was announced that Amazon has given an eight-episode order to Carnival Row, a new fantasy-noir series from Rene Echevarria (Star Trek), Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and director-producer Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein), and now comes word that Orlando Bloom has signed on to lead the cast of the show.

Variety reports that Bloom will play Rycroft Philostrate, “a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row, a neo-Victorian city in which mythical creatures, fleeing their war-torn homeland, have gathered. Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another faerish refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost.”

The project marks Bloom’s first series regular role on TV, although he has made several guest appearances over the years in the likes of Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Extras and Easy. He
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag to return for season 2 in 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge isn’t finished telling the story of Fleabag just yet, as she announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that her hit comedy is returning to BBC Three and Amazon Prime Video in 2019. The star/creator/executive producer/writer confirmed plans for a second season back in March.

“I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn’t shut up since,” Waller-Bridge said while on a panel for the show with BBC Controller of Comedy, Shane Allen. “Series two will be a whole new adventure, and I’m beyond thrilled to be coming back.”

The Head of Comedy, Drama and Vr at Amazon Studios, Joe Lewis, released a statement on the news, expressing the company’s excitement to bring the show back: “The first season of Fleabag introduced audiences to the brilliant and rebellious voice of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s one of the best
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Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Finds Freddie Mercury's Queen Bandmates

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Finds Freddie Mercury's Queen Bandmates
It was announced last month that Bryan Singer (X-Men) will be directing the biopic on the band Queen entitled Bohemian Rhapsody. It had been previously announced in late 2016 that Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) will be portraying Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Now the rest of the band has finally been revealed. Queen fans have been waiting years for this movie, and it's really moving forward with production rumored to start next month.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse), Joe Mazzello (The Social Network), and Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders) will join Rami Malek to portray Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody. Mazzello is set to play Queen's quiet bassist John Deacon while Hardy will play drummer/singer Roger Taylor and Lee will play guitarist/singer Brian May. Malek has been on board to portray Freddie Mercury officially for almost a year and has recently stated that he is
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Global Broadcasters Commit to ‘Misdomer Murders’

Global Broadcasters Commit to ‘Misdomer Murders’
The latest season of British TV’s most enduring export, “Midsomer Murders,” has been pre-bought in the U.S. and a host of other international territories.

The upcoming 20th season of the show, which is also known as “Inspector Barnaby” internationally, has been picked up by Svod service Acorn in the U.S., where it is also on Netflix.

The series follows police detectives as they investigate murders in the seemingly bucolic English town of Midsomer. Season 20 stars Neil Dudgeon as Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby and Nick Hendrix (“The Crown”) as Detective Sgt. Jamie Winter.

In Britain, the whodunit airs on commercial network ITV. Global buyers of the new season include ABC in Australia, Sky in New Zealand, Dr and Svt in Scandinavia, and Vrt in Belgium. Broadcasters including France TV, Italy’s La7, and Zdf in Germany also recently renewed deals for the detective show.

All3Media-backed producer Bentley Productions produces “Midsomer Murders,” and
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Ashutosh Gowariker Honored and A Billion Colour Story Wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival

The fabulous Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival in London and Birmingham, is UK and Europe’s largest platform of independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent. The brilliant London festival has closed but the amazing movies continue in Birmingham until July 2nd.

The festival has grown significantly in stature and reputation, with pan-Indian and Indian sub continental cinema in several languages, all subtitled in English, Bsl (British Sign Language) incorporated in some talks, and this year attracted major award winning films including Newton, Hotel Salvation and The Cinema Travellers, as well as world premieres like the Tamil comedy, Ticket – The Movie.

Festival executive and programming director Cary Rajinder Sawhney said: “It is wonderful that the festival continues to lead the debate and not simply reflect the changing shape of Indian cinema; from this year’s Indian virtual reality showcases to bringing carefully curated important new talent to the world stage
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Exploring the music of Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy

Mark Harrison Jul 3, 2017

Music is a vital part of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. We take a look in more detail right here...

This feature contains major spoilers for Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.

Edgar Wright's films are often likened to musicals, with his precise use of editing and shot choices giving us some of the most stylish comedy films of the century. His latest, Baby Driver, isn't a comedy per se, but “a musical with car chases”, or “An American In Paris on wheels and crack smoke”, as an elated Guillermo del Toro described it on Twitter.

Centring around Ansel Elgort's Baby, a getaway driver who does his best work while listening to a personal soundtrack, it seems like the film Wright was born to make. He had the idea for the film after making his first feature,
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Monte Carlo TV Festival Hosts World Premieres: ‘Absentia,’ ‘The Last Tycoon’

Monte Carlo TV Festival Hosts World Premieres: ‘Absentia,’ ‘The Last Tycoon’
Faced with increased rivalry from nearby Cannes, the Monte Carlo Television Festival is pulling out all the stops this year with two world premieres of hotly anticipated Hollywood shows as “Absentia” and “The Last Tycoon,” will grace the Grimaldi Forum red carpet.

Long known as a glitzy launching pad for high-end global TV fiction and a celebration of top notch news content — the festival celebrates 57 years with this edition — the competitive event is seemingly undeterred by announced plans for yet another ambitious TV fest, called Cannes Series, that is slated to run concurrent with Mip. Expected to launch next year in Cannes, of course, which is about an hour’s drive down the Cote d’Azur.

Monte Carlo itself runs June 16-20 — shortly after the L.A. Screenings in May.

“We are very fortunate to have the shows that we are screening,” says fest CEO Laurent Puons. Monte Carlo historically runs in “a perfect time slot for
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‘Midsomer Murders’ Celebrates 20 Years of Quirky Crimes and Global Appeal

‘Midsomer Murders’ Celebrates 20 Years of Quirky Crimes and Global Appeal
Whodunnit series “Midsomer Murders,” Britain’s biggest drama export, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. How has it maintained its passionate global fan base?

On the first day of filming of the 20th season, lead actor Neil Dudgeon, who plays police detective John Barnaby, sits on the banks of the Thames River pondering the enduring appeal of Bentley Productions’ murder mystery, whose latest season has been sold by All3Media Intl. to more than 170 territories.

One aspect of the show — set in a bucolic English county comprised of picturesque villages — that sets it apart from the crime genre crowd is that it is “quirky and off-center,” he says, and laced with hefty doses of “eccentricity and humor.”

Dudgeon, who is in his seventh season after taking over from original star John Nettles, adds that the view of the English as “genteel, reserved and well-mannered” within the context of the idyllic countryside works as a counterpoint to the
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“Fleabag” Gets Second Season

Fleabag

We haven’t seen the last of “Fleabag,” thank goddess. The series’ star and creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has confirmed that a second season of the pitch-black comedy is in the works. The bad news? We’re going to have to wait quite some time to see the horrifying — and hilarious — ways our favorite deadpan protagonist continues to fuck up her life. According to RadioTimes.com, the show’s sophomore season is expected to begin filming in November and won’t be broadcast until 2018. “We are all trying to make it work and have the same team back,” Waller-Bridge said.

Inspired by Waller-Bridge’s one-woman stage show of the same name, “Fleabag” is set in London and centers on a self-destructive young woman (Waller-Bridge) who owns a guinea pig-themed café. Don’t let Fleabag’s job give you the wrong impression — she’s not twee. At all. “I always want to go darker, and I’m always being advised to stay on the lighter side,” Waller-Bridge has said of her writing.

As we previously observed, Fleabag might project an air of randy confidence, but she really uses sex for validation and self-medication. She makes innuendo-laden, off-putting jokes to anyone and everyone, hits on the falling-down drunk woman she thoughtfully puts into a cab, and breaks up with her boyfriend on a whim because she knows he’ll always clean the flat before moving out. She’s a mess — and she knows it. The first season sees her dealing with her mother’s death, her evil stepmother (Olivia Colman, “Broadchurch”), her perfectionist sister (Sian Clifford, “Midsomer Murders”), her emotionally unavailable dad (Bill Paterson, “Outlander”), and the possibly-accidental suicide of her best friend and business partner (Jenny Rainsford, “About Time”). The season finale of the BBC Three/ Amazon series proved that Fleabag isn’t a reliable narrator, particularly when it comes to her late Bff’s tragic death.

“I really wanted to hide a tragedy in a comedy and I really wanted to trick people,” Waller-Bridge has said. “I love the idea of disarming an audience through comedy and making them feel safe, and in turn making them vulnerable to twists and turns that they might not be expecting from a character. It was one of the most important things I was trying to maintain in the TV show.”

News of a second season doesn’t come as a total shock. Before the first season aired, Waller-Bridge hinted, “We cracked it open so that she would be able to have a life beyond it and also there are so many more stories and story strands and character strands to come out of this series.”

It seems like 2018 will be a huge year for Waller-Bridge. In addition to the second season of “Fleabag,” we can expect a new series from the multi-hyphenate: BBC America’s “Killing Eve.” Based on the “Villanelle” novella series by Luke Jennings, the show centers on Eve, a fiercely intelligent security services operative who dreams of leaving her desk job behind to be a spy, and Villanelle, an elegant and proficient murderer. Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner on the series.

Fleabag” Gets Second Season was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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When the world gets you down, try a few Midsomer Murders | Emma Brockes

At times of global crisis, few things are as soothing as an escapist boxset

After binge-consuming bad news for two weeks I have given up, and now find myself bingeing instead on something designed to soothe the nerves but that, in its country of origin at least, has come to stand for something much gloomier: episode after episode of Midsomer Murders.

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12 TV Shows to Watch During Times of Political Unrest — IndieWire Critics Survey

12 TV Shows to Watch During Times of Political Unrest — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: During a period of political unrest, which TV show do you find yourself turning to?

Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti), Vox

This is weird, but as the inauguration of Donald Trump (and the attendant protests) have approached, I’ve been thinking more and more of “Lost,” a show filled with anxiety about the darkness humanity is capable of, but undergirded with hope about what we can do when we’re all forced to work together. I, in general, believe humanity works toward something better, and while that faith has been shaken throughout my life (and is almost certainly coaxed into existence by the fact that I am a
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12 TV Shows to Watch During Times of Political Unrest — IndieWire Critics Survey

12 TV Shows to Watch During Times of Political Unrest — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: During a period of political unrest, which TV show do you find yourself turning to?

Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti), Vox

This is weird, but as the inauguration of Donald Trump (and the attendant protests) have approached, I’ve been thinking more and more of “Lost,” a show filled with anxiety about the darkness humanity is capable of, but undergirded with hope about what we can do when we’re all forced to work together. I, in general, believe humanity works toward something better, and while that faith has been shaken throughout my life (and is almost certainly coaxed into existence by the fact that I am a
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