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Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…
The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?
There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)
If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »
Though filming is already underway on Unlocked – an upcoming thriller from director Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) – casting is still taking place, with Academy Award nominees John Malkovich and Toni Collette joining the production, which already stars actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) for what promises to be an action-packed drama.
Written by Peter O’Brien (who previously made the short film, Self Storage), the plot centres on a woman who finds her career as a CIA interrogator causing problems with potentially deadly consequences, as she discovers she has unintentionally shared secret information with terrorists who intend to use it to launch a biological attack on London. Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom are also already signed on for roles in the project.
The film is currently packaged for sale at the American Film Market by sales and financing company Bloom. Alex Walton, representing the company, »
- Sarah Myles
In case you were wondering what Noomi Rapace was going to kick ass in next, that answer comes in the form of Unlocked. Helmed by director Michael Apted (The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, The World Is Not Enough), Unlocked tells the story of a CIA interrogator (Rapace), who unwittingly provides information to terrorists and then must race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. The film will also star Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The »
- Sean Wist
If you know anything about James Bond, it's that the theme song is one of the most iconic parts of the film franchise, and it really sets the mood for the film as a whole. There are some classics out there from films like Live and Let Die and Goldfinger, while more recent efforts haven't quite measure up like the songs for The World is Not Enough and Tomorrow Never Dies (I actually enjoyed the weird track for Die Another Day). Personally, I've found all of the songs done for each Daniel Craig installment of James Bond to be solid, and now we may have word on who will sing the new theme for the untitled 24th spy adventure. Page Six is reporting that chart-topping recording artist Sam Smith will sing the theme: You've probably heard that tune "Stay with Me" on the radio, and Smith is certainly one of »
- Ethan Anderton
After retiring from the CIA in the Coen Brothers' comedy Burn After Reading, the Oscar-nominated John Malkovich is heading back to the agency for a new thriller from director Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough, Chasing Mavericks). From the American film Market, Bloom (the company behind the gestating Elvis & Nixon starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey respectively) has just announced that Malkovich, along with Little Miss Sunshine star Toni Collete, has joined the cast of Unlocked, the CIA thriller that already has Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas & Orlando Bloom attached to star. Read on! The film is already shooting, so it sounds like this film will actually make it to theaters, unlike many on sale at the Afm each year. Peter O'Brien ("Halo: Reach") wrote the script which focuses on a CIA interrogator (Rapace) who unwittingly provides information to terrorists and then must race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. »
- Ethan Anderton
The writer revealed in an interview with The New Yorker that he actually performed a similar polish on 2012's Skyfall, but he didn't receive screen credit for his work. Here's what he had to say about his contributions to the Bond 24 script.
"You know, like Bond doesn't have scenes with other men. Bond shoots other men-he doesn't sit around chatting to them. So you put a line through that."
John Logan was initially brought on to write the script, with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written previous 007 adventures The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, later brought in to rewrite the script back in June, when production was pushed to this December. »
John Cleese has criticised the direction of the new James Bond films.
The actor - who played long-time Q actor Desmond Llewelyn's assistant in The World is Not Enough and his replacement in Die Another Day - complained that the comedy has gone out of the classic spy franchise.
"I didn't see [Skyfall], because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies," the Monty Python legend told Shortlist.
"Two things went wrong - the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn't figure out what they were about, and the action scenes, which are supposed to make the adrenaline run, go on far too long.
"They discovered these movies were popular in places such as the Philippines and South Korea, and so they dropped the humour because no one there is going to understand jokes about the English class system. They're financially incredibly clever, as the take goes up by $100m every movie, »
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Up to 70% Off The Simpsons Seasons 1-20 The Die Hard 1-5 Collection [Blu-ray] - $31.99 (68% off) Up to 58% Off 007 Titles 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $21.99 (60% off) Pierce Brosnan Ultimate 007 Edition (Goldeneye / The World Is Not Enough / Die Another Day) - $10.99 (56% off) The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection - $44.99 (53% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $81.99 (73% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $120.99 (57% off) [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Michael Apted, prolific filmmaker and former president of the Director's Guild of America, launched a campaign Monday on Indiegogo to fund the third installment of his “Married in America” film series. Cable networks supported the series’ first two films, but it became apparent that Apted (the “7 Up” films, “The World is Not Enough”) would need to find additional funding for the third. It is part of a larger shift as established filmmakers turn to crowdfunding to finance pet projects that networks and studios believe have limited appeal. Also read: ‘Batkid’ Filmmakers Seek Indiegogo Funding “I'm very taken with it,” Apted said of. »
- Gina Hall
Original Thunderball Tow Sled.
The Prop Store, in association with Vue Entertainment, is offering a major auction of classic movie props. Items are on display at Prop Store's London gallery and bids can be made on-line. The viewing of the objects on -line allows for state-of-the-art technology to bring these fabulous props within the grasp of collectors worldwide.
Many of the props have never been seen before on the collector's circuit and they include key pieces from ""Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", "Alien", "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" and some rare props from the James Bond films including a "Thunderball" tow sled and the full-sized "Q" Boat from "The World is Not Enough". The auction itself takes place on 16 October but you can bid now. Click here for full details and click here to browse the catalog. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Michael Apted is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the third installment of his “Married in America” series.
“Married in America” chronicled the journeys of nine diverse couples wed in 2001 — using a format similar to Apted’s “7 Up” series. A&E aired the first segment in 2002 and Hallmark broadcast the second in 2007.
“I made the films because I’m fascinated by relationships and what makes them work,” Apted said. “I also wanted to look at how marriage is changing in the early 21st century — more women becoming the major breadwinners, both spouses working full-time, bi-racial and interfaith marriages increasing, and same-sex marriages becoming more accepted.”
Apted’s “Up” series, produced by Granada Television, has followed the lives of 14 British children, starting when they were 7 years old. The most recent segment, “56 Up,” aired in 2012 on ITV.
“The ‘Up’ films worked because one company stood by them, but it’s much »
- Dave McNary
With the Middle-Earth grand-finale The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the way this December and Marvel Studios' "Phase Three" launcher Ant-Man hitting next July, respective franchise stars Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas are teaming up with the previously-attached Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for a new thriller, Unlocked. Alex Walton and Ken Kao of Bloom today made the announcement alongside word that they will handle international sales on the film, which is set to be directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). »
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a go a bit old school and take a look at an A-lister who’s been around for a while now…Pierce Brosnan. A very charming actor, he went from being well known and well liked on television to a mega star when he became one of the notable few ever to essay the role of secret agent 007 in the James Bond franchise. Brosnan has also been one of the more successful post Bond actors, doing his best not to be defined by the iconic role. As such, he’s retained that A-list status and is well deserving of today’s spotlight piece. Here we go! Brosnan had his beginnings on television, in made for TV movies and bit parts, before he became a known commodity with his series Remington Steele. That show made him a small screen star (and »
- Joey Magidson
Pierce Brosnan‘s spy thriller “November Man” is getting the jump on the Labor Day weekend at the box office with its Wednesday opening. Espionage action films are familiar turf for Brosnan, who played the iconic 007 in the James Bond movies “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day” more than a decade ago In the Relativity Media-distributed “November Man,” he plays former CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who is lured out of retirement for a final mission to protect a key witness (former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) in a case involving Russian war crimes. That puts him. »
- Todd Cunningham
The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script. Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.” However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film. Hit the jump for »
- Perri Nemiroff
Just last week, Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail reported that John Logan, who co-wrote Skyfall back in 2012, had been moved aside from his work on Bond 24 so that franchise veterans Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale) could come in and help add some much needed “thrills” to the script.
Directed again by Sam Mendes, it is rumoured that the original version of Bond 24 wasn’t up to scratch, and that the work that the Bond veterans are currently doing on it will be “substantially different” to what has been contributed by Logan. However, whatever issues with the script there may be, the producers are still set for filming, which is set to go ahead in November or December this year.
Of course, with filming set to begin before the year is out, it also means that casting rumours are sure »
- Scott Davis
"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup (via Screen Daily). But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected. Baz Bamigboye reported last week that after being pushed aside for John Logan, "Skyfall" writers and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace") answered a "five-alarm call" to come in and punch up Logan's work and add more "thrills." The script was reportedly in such bad shape that Purvis and Wade's work is "substantially different" than what Logan brought to the table. But it seems whatever issues there were have been rectified, and filming has been given »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Have you ever wondered what Jet, Wolf, and the rest of ITV's Gladiators did after the show finished? Wonder no more...
ITV’s Gladiators - the show that for eight years made children everywhere become interested in sports, eating well and keeping fit... for about five minutes on a Saturday night, then we all went back to our natural state of sitting on the settee eating sugar straight from the packet.
What was it that inspired this minor surge of enthusiasm for being buff? That would be the gladiators themselves. Every week, twelve superhuman powerhouses - six men and six women - would intimidate, bully, and otherwise humiliate whichever puny contestants stepped up to try their luck, beating or hindering them in a series of physical skill games. This took place before the big finale – where the contenders would race each other up a downwards escalator, while the gladiators were »
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