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Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who series 8 episode 4 – ‘Listen’….
The Doctor: Why do you have three mirrors? Why don’t you just turn your head?
This weeks Who is a return to its opening form with “Listen” and one of the best things about this episode for myself is that I have children to watch as this episode plays out. You hear stories of Who fans, from generations before you, hiding behind cushions when the Daleks first appeared and we never got to witness this – but now I can and this week I watched my children hide in fear. Though what where they hiding at I don’t really know as all the way through The Doctor explained with an amazing amount of tension what the bangs, clangs and shapes on the bed – rationally – could be.
In “Listen” our story begins with the Doctor scribbling upon the chalkboard again (is this a »
AMC Networks is finalizing a deal to come on board Xbox Entertainment Studios’ sci-fi series “Humans,” a co-production with U.K. broadcaster Channel Four and Shine Group-owned Kudos.
While AMC declined to officially comment on its support of the series, the cabler already has shared its involvement with potential castmembers, given that the series is being prepped for an October start date, Variety has confirmed. The eight-episode series must go into production soon, considering it is contractually set to premiere in 2015, most likely during the summer.
Having a network like AMC on board now makes it a little easier to lock down a cast, and ensure potential actors — said to include a mix of notable British and American names — that the series will indeed be see the light of day.
“Humans” is based on the Swedish series “Real Humans” and revolves around humans living with robot servants, and the impact »
- Marc Graser
AMC is nearing a deal to acquire domestic rights to "Humans," the co-production drama series that was originally set to air on in the U.S. exclusively on Xbox.
The project is an English-language adaptation of the Swedish sci-fi drama "Real Humans" and Xbox and U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 were originally slated to produce the eight-episode remake from "Spooks" scribes Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.
Kudos Entertainment ("Broadchurch") is developing the project which is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget are 'Synths,' highly-developed robotic servants eerily similar to humans. One strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth, only to later learn the unexpected consequences of living life with a synthetic humanoid.
The project marked the first official scripted series green light for Xbox Entertainment Studios, a division that was then essentially shuttered two months ago and left this project in the lurch. AMC is »
- Garth Franklin
AMC is stepping in for Xbox. The cable network is near a deal to acquire domestic rights to the co-production drama series Humans, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. AMC declined comment. Humans landed at Xbox with an eight-episode series commitment in April in a co-production deal with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4. The series, from British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film's acclaimed series Real Humans. U.K. indie production banner Kudos (Broadchurch) will produce the series, which was originally planned to share a
- Lesley Goldberg
Two-time Tony Award winner and Emmy nominee Patti LuPone ("American Horror Story," "Life Goes On") has signed on as a recurring guest star for the second season of the hit Showtime drama series "Penny Dreadful". Lupone will play a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa.s (Eva Green) past. In addition, award-winning British actors Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, As You Like It), and Simon Russell Beale ("Mi-5," Uncle Vanya) have been upped to series regulars. McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. »
Rob Stark himself, "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden, will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors in a TV movie adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" for BBC1. Jed Mercurio ("Line of Duty") helms the project which will come from "Sherlock" producer Hartswood Films
Queen of Earth
Dockery and Elisabeth Moss play two women who retreat to a beach house to get a break from the pressures of the outside world. Although they grew up as best friends, they soon realize how disconnected from each other they have become. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
But aside from finding out which Hobbit cast members Armitage would take with him into a real-life storm, this interview was also notable for an intriguing titbit towards the end.
"I'm doing another movie after I've finished on stage," Armitage told us. "But I can't tell you what it is. But you'll know!"
Intriguing, no? The fact that he's so cagey about details suggests that this is a role with some form of Nda attached, which immediately makes us think blockbuster. So we at Digital Spy have put our deerstalkers on for a spot of what we'll call deductive speculation.
Given that Armitage appeared in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger as Nazi spy and assassin Heinz Kruger, our first thought was that he »
Starz’s Black Sails has now arrived for UK audiences on Amazon Instant and it has proved a largely enjoyable romp. The show combines the high seas adventure of Pirates of the Caribbean with the political backstabbing and gratuitous violence and nudity of Game of Thrones (albeit with a much lower budget than either) and, if it has thus far failed to quite hit the lofty heights suggested by that combination, there are certainly enough elements in play that could be built on and improved in future. Sure enough a second season has recently been commissioned.
A large part of the selling point of Black Sails lies in its mixing of existent fact and fiction. The main narrative arc interweaves a prequel story for characters from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island – Captain Flint, Long John Silver, Billy Bones – with stories involving real, historical pirates – Charles Vane, Jack Rackham, »
- Jack Gann
As we draw ever closer to D(eep Breath)-Day the tension is getting to the point you could cut it with the sharp edge of Tegan’s tongue. And as always the drips of praise and information keep falling, this time from Hermione Norris, star of Spooks, Wire in the Blood, Casualty, Heartbeat, The Bill and Kingdom,
She added that it was her 10-year-old son Wilf who persuaded her to take the part. Norris also has 6-year-old daughter Hero.
Speaking on This Morning, she said: "They are used to seeing me in all sorts of guises.
"And I don't know if I'm allowed to say anything - I think you have to sign the Official Secrets Act!"
She also spoke about the new Doctor Peter Capaldi, adding: "He's a fantastic actor... and I'm sure he'll be very, very different [as the Doctor].
"He's extraordinary, Peter - just watching him I was interested to see what he would do. »
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Elementary season 3 peeps have just hired actor, Raza Jaffrey (left), to come on and portray Joan Watson's new man, named Andrew. Andrew is described as being "the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama. Sherlock, who is trying to get in Joan’s good graces after almost a year away in London, will tread lightly around Andrew in the beginning. But he can only ever mind his manners for so long." Raza Jaffrey's acting credits include roles in "Smash," Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, BBC spy drama Spooks (aka Mi-5). He’ll next be seen playing a lieutenant-colonel in Pakistan’s intelligence service in the new Homeland season 4. Elementary season 3 is currently due to debut on Thursday night, October 30th at 9pm central time on CBS. »
On top of the casting news that Spooks and Smash's Raza Jaffrey is joining Elementary season three in a recurring role is the tidbit that the third run will take place almost a year after the previous season finale.
As reported in TVLine, Jaffrey is to play Andrew, a boyfriend of Joan Watson's and "the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama". Will he eventually become Joan's Mary Morstan, the wife who remains behind the scenes for the majority of Sherlock and Watson's adventures in the original stories, and whose character received a drastic rewrite in the recent BBC series in which she's played by Amanda Abbington?
Sherlock and Watson are both entering Elementary‘s third season with new companions.
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Jaffrey’s Andrew is described as the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama. Sherlock, who is trying to get in Joan’s good graces after almost a year away in London, will tread lightly around Andrew in the beginning. »
Hieroglyph - we hardly knew ye.
The broadcaster cited "creative reasons" for the pre-premiere cancellation, though perhaps Fox was cleaning house following the surprise exit of entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly?
Brown and his co-stars can at least take some solace in the fact that they're far from the first cast and crew to have a show commissioned and then canned in quick succession...
Gregory House kills Sherlock Holmes
Ironically, it was the unexpected success of House - in which Laurie played the Holmes-inspired title character - that scuppered the project. »
Paris– Jalil Lespert, whose latest movie “Yves Saint Laurent” was just released in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company, is set to direct “Versailles,” an English-language historical drama skein penned by Simon Mirren (“Without a Trace”) and David Wolstencroft (“Spooks”).
The show is produced by Capa Drama, and co-produced by Zodiak, which also reps international sales (excluding Canada), French pay TV giant Canal Plus and Canadian shingle Incendo.
Mirren and Wolstencroft will act as showrunners and write five episodes of the series. The pair will be serve as executive producers along with Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”).
“Louis Xiv didn’t just reinvent what it meant to be a King. In building Versailles he created the world’s first global brand. This is a contemporary story of power, betrayal, and family that just so happens to be set in the 17th century,” said Mirren and Wolstencroft.
Lespert will direct the first two episodes of the series. »
- Elsa Keslassy
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to four upcoming films, which all generated major buzz at the Cannes Marché in May.
Knock Knock was acquired from Voltage Pictures. Eli Roth is currently filming the feature in Chile with stars Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo, of which the latter starred in Roth’s upcoming horror The Green Inferno.
The film tells the story of two young women, who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man (Reeves) where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his life.
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu on behalf of SquareOne Entertainment and by Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard on behalf of Voltage Pictures.
Life was acquired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Ouch. It looks like “action-adventure” series Hieroglyph has had its plugged pulled before its even had a chance to switch on with The Hollywood Reporter bringing the news that the show has been cancelled after filming just one episode.
According to the website, problems started to show after the first episode was completed with writers “breaking scripts and stories” which then weren’t meeting the creative level for the rest of the season. 12 more episodes were planned to film later this year with a launch date of early 2015, but it looks like this one is all wrapped up.
When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, master thief Ambrose (Max Brown, Beauty and the Beast, Mi-5) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, »
- Luke Owen
When Doctor Who returns in less than two months there won’t just be a new Doctor regeneration (brought to life by Peter Capaldi of The Thick of It and In the Loop fame), but also new supporting characters and/or other-worldly enemies to boot – along with some familiar faces, both friendly and… well, not so friendly to The Doctor’s cause. In the former category, we have Clara (Jenna Coleman) and Danny – one of Clara’s fellow teachers, played by Samuel Anderson (Emmerdale).
The list of people set to make guest star appearance on the resurrected Doctor Who‘s eight series includes Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), Ben Miller (Death in Paradise), Hermione Norris (Mi-5), Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons), ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Spotless is described as a "sexy one-hour crime drama peppered with black humour".
The 10-part first season - set in London - will tell the story of Jean, a troubled man whose life is turned upside down by the re-emergence of his outlaw brother Martin.
"We love Pascal Chaumeil's work and are excited that he will be directing the first two episodes, starting the series off in a quirky, off-beat style," said Fabrice de la Patellière, director of French drama and co-productions for Canal+.
Spotless will begin principal photography in »
Ansel Elgort ("Fault in our Stars," "Carrie") has signed to play the title role in the biopic "Van Cliburn" for Temple Hill and Crystal Entertainment. Ari Daniel Pinchot, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce.
Van Cliburn was a 23-year-old lanky pianist from Texas who emerged from out of nowhere to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. It was the first time the tournament was held, and was organized by the Ussr in an effort by Kruschev to lord Soviet superiority over the Us during the height of the cold war. [Source: Deadline]
Talks between Jared Leto and Legendary Pictures for the "Dallas Buyers Club" star to take over from Will Smith in Julius Onah's "Brilliance" have reportedly broken down. Leto, who met with Onah last Monday, reportedly turned down the role last week and puts him back in the running for Marvel's "Doctor Strange »
- Garth Franklin
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