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Afm Facetime” Steven Knight, Writer/Director of ‘Serenity’

Afm Facetime” Steven Knight, Writer/Director of ‘Serenity’
Steven Knight is probably best-known for his acclaimed film and TV screenplays (“Dirty Pretty Things,” which won him an Oscar nom, the BAFTA nominated “Eastern Promises,” “The Hundred Foot Journey,” “Peaky Blinders”) and co-creating the global TV phenom “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” But the British writer’s also an accomplished and technically innovative director (his fraught drama “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy, plays out in real time, largely on the phone). His new film, Global Road Entertainment’s “Serenity,” is a noir thriller with a stellar cast including Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

What sort of film did you set out to make?

Something unexpected and surprising. I wanted to take the genre and upend it.

You assembled a very high profile cast that includes Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou and Jeremy Strong. How did you manage that?

(Laughs) I honestly don’t know. It’s a mysterious process that I really don’t understand
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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire £1m fraud to be subject of new play

James Graham has written work based on case of ‘coughing major’ Charles Ingram who was found guilty of cheating TV quiz

One of the most bizarre and weirdly memorable stories of the last 20 years, the coughing major who cheated on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, is to be the centrepiece of a new stage play.

Called Quiz, it was written by the prolific James Graham, whose breakthrough work was This House originally performed at the National Theatre and currently showing in the West End. His new play was announced as a highlight of the 2017 Chichester Festival Theatre season, the first under the leadership of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley.

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‘American Idol’ Will Be Back, But It Won’t Ever Be as Big

‘American Idol’ Will Be Back, But It Won’t Ever Be as Big
Those feeling waves of nostalgia over the departure of “American Idol” on April 7 should probably wipe away any tears. A concept that shines this brightly won’t be gone forever – or maybe even for very long, as a few of the principals have already suggested.

But when (not if) it does return, it won’t be as big. Those moments in the cultural zeitgeist tend to be singular, and not quite so easily replicated as simply digging the title, theme music and set out of storage.

The story of this century in network television, really, has centered on the reality-tv mega-hit, beginning (cheating on the time frame just a bit) in 1999 with “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” followed by “Survivor,” “Idol,” “The Apprentice” and currently “The Voice,” with less durable commodities (10 points if you said “Joe Millionaire” or “Temptation Island”) emerging along the way. While cable has steadily risen
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‘American Idol’ Nears Its End, and TV Looks That Much Smaller

‘American Idol’ Nears Its End, and TV Looks That Much Smaller
American Idol” not surprisingly begins its farewell season Wednesday awash in sentimentality. Not only do former high-profile contestants and winners make early appearances, but there’s even a rare look-back glimpse of original co-host Brian Dunkleman during the opening clip package.

In a way, though, the real nostalgia should be for a show that becomes such a massive, shared cultural experience, and that casts this kind of enormous shadow. Because while the genre will continue in various forms, each time TV bids farewell to another one of these mega-hits, the screen seems to get just a little bit smaller.

This century, certainly, has been heavily defined by reality-tv sensations, starting with “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (which actually made its debut in the summer of 1999), followed by “Survivor” and “Idol.” Along the way, there have been plenty of bright-shining flashes in the pan (see “Joe Millionaire”), but few to
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Million Pound Drop – TV review

Million Pound Drop has upped the ante on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – but that’s not the limit of its potential

There were no review copies of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, the television event of the night, I’m afraid. Or Gogglebox, the other one. So we’re stuck with Million Pound Drop (Channel 4).

No, not stuck with. I like Million Pound Drop; it’s a clever format, an imaginative way of asking a few people a few questions. Very few questions – nine, I think there are in this one – over an hour of television. I very much doubt that serious quizzers think much of Million Pound Drop.

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Ben Silverman on Working with Netflix, Storytelling for Advertisers, Being on the Road

Days after “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and The Weinstein Co., bowed in France on Dec. 12, day and date with the U.S, Electus chairman-founder Ben Silverman was at the Cristal Festival, nearly 6,000 feet up in the French Alps In Courchevel, to deliver a keynote speech, “Creativity and Big Ideas” as part of Cristal’s Brand Entertainment & Content Summit.

France’s Cristal Fest was high-level in other ways. AOL’s digital guru David Shing spoke before Silverman (on “There Are Still Only 24 Hours in a Day”); Trigger Street Prods’ “House of Cards” producer Dana Brunetti was interviewed afterwards, before receiving an Outstanding Merit Award.

Silverman wasn’t in Courchevel for the skiing, such as its respected Grand Couloir black ski run. Via Electus, he is involved in at least three of the most talked-up business lines in entertainment: High-end series – for instance, Netflix’s “Marco Polo,” produced by Electus and
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Chris Tarrant to host new quiz show pilot

Chris Tarrant is to host a new quiz show pilot.

The show will see participants compete against both opposing contestants and the studio audience, Broadcast reports.

Both the quizzers and the audience have the opportunity to win cash prizes, with the latter needing to predict which player will be eliminated next.

If commissioned, the show will be Tarrant's first major quiz show since Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which ended in October 2013.

The pilot will be produced by Rdf Television, with filming beginning on December 15.

Neither the show's name nor the broadcaster have been confirmed yet.
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Brass Eye, Brits and Boyle: What is the most shocking TV moment ever?

Channel 5 will count down the Most Shocking TV Moments tonight (Monday, December 1) from 10pm.

In the 3-hour special, celebrities will recall Tom Cruise's sofa jump, Charles Ingram's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? con, Oliver Reed's drunken chat show antics and much more.

Digital Spy can reveal which shock moments have made the top ten, though you'll have to tune in tonight to find out which order they come in, and which has claimed the top spot.

Michael Jackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards is interrupted by a stage invasion from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff is surprised to be partnered with John Sergeant back in 2008

Diana, Princess of Wales gives a revealing interview on Panorama in November 1995

A Blind Date contestant believed to be a secretary is revealed to be a journalist writing an article for Cosmopolitan magazine

The Bee Gees
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Thn Attend BAFTA’s International Screenwriters’ Lecture With Steven Knight

BAFTA are very well known for their extravagant award ceremonies, but did you also know that they have an entire network committed to helping new film-making enthusiasts break into the industry of their dreams? The website ‘BAFTA Guru’ is full to bursting with information from those in the business giving advice on how to get into the business. To go along with this the company also host several events throughout the year which feature a prominent figure giving an intimate Q and A.

We were lucky enough to attend the third and final lecture in their screenwriters season, with the fantastic Steven Knight. The previous two talks were with James Schamus and Emma Thompson. Knight started his career writing for comedians Frankie Howard and Ken Dodd, before moving into television and helping create Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In his spare time he wrote several novels, seeing television as
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Writer Steven Knight Knows Exactly How ‘Peaky Blinders’ Will End (Potential Spoilers)

Last night we attended a fantastic screenwriters lecture at BAFTA with writer/director Steven Knight. Knight who started out working on television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire is credited with writing scripts for both Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. He followed these scripts with Hummingbird and Locke, films that he directed as well as wrote. He hasn’t forgotten his televisual roots though and has scripted both series of Peaky Blinders, which stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.

The full event write-up will be up on the site later this week but we had to bring you the news that Knight knows exactly how he wants to end the show which has just started it’s second series. Spoiler avoiders be warned, Knight wasn’t shy about sharing his views on where the show is going:

I’ve got the ending in mind where he is, and I’m not joking,
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Locke Blu-ray Review

Director: Steven Knight

Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Tom Holland, Bill Milner,

Running Time: 85 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Making Of

There have probably been easier films to pitch than this 90 minute car journey in which Tom Hardy discusses concrete. Although hardly an exciting premise in terms of story, the idea of seeing the powerhouse that is Tom Hardy completely alone on screen for the duration of an entire film is quite an intriguing one. From Steven Knight, the director of Hummingbird, writer of such brilliant films as Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, as well as being the creator of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Locke is a stripped down exercise in minamalist cinema.

The film sees Hardy as the eponymous Locke, a man in charge of a big building project who decides to attend his one night stand of 7 months ago who is now having their child.
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Film Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

Film Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
Beef bourguignon or tandoori goat? Career success or family loyalty? You can actually have it all, according to “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a culture-clash dramedy that presents itself as the most soothing brand of cinematic comfort food. As such, this genteel, overlong adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ 2010 novel about two rival restaurants operating in a sleepy French village is not without its pleasures — a high-energy score by A.R. Rahman, exquisite gastro-porn shot by Linus Sandgren, the winningly barbed chemistry of Helen Mirren and Om Puri — all prepared to exacting middlebrow specifications and ensured to go down as tastily and tastefully as possible. With the formidable backing of producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, the DreamWorks concoction should cater to a broad array of arthouse appetites, particularly among those viewers who embraced the similar East-meets-West fusion cuisine of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

If this Old World foodie fairy tale feels like
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Big Brother 2014 - launch night live blog

It seems like only yesterday that we were "celebrating" Jim Davidson's victory in Celebrity Big Brother, but we're already back in Elstree, this time for the "normal" version of the show.

Join Digital Spy for our live blog of night one below, complete with Power Trip theme and host Emma Willis dressed like a 1970s BBC Two futuristic satire on fascism/Sexy Sailor* (*delete as appropriate).

23:31And that is that - tune back in tomorrow for more from the Bb Power Trip house, including the injection of six new housemates. See you then!

23:29Suitcase time! But only the "Power Housemate" our Pauline will get hers. I wonder if that will drive a wedge between her and her power-less peers...?

23:29"Tamara?" Matthew asks. "Yeh," Danielle concedes.

23:27Matthew is having a natter with Danielle his glass box. She says that there are two people she's going to clash with in the house.
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Chris Tarrant: 'Dad was my closest friend'

The former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host has written a moving account of his father's war diary. Now more than ever, after having a mini-stroke himself, Tarrant wishes he could have talked to the decorated officer about his painful experiences

While Chris Tarrant was preparing for his mother's funeral in 2012, her house was burgled. She had been so house-proud that it broke his heart to see the windows smashed and footmarks all over her immaculate worktops. "I felt that everything in my parents' world had been defiled. But one positive thing came out of it. The burglars had ripped open Dad's beautiful old desk, which he had kept locked for as long as I can remember. And as I sorted through it, I spotted an old diary, dating back to 1944. For the first time, I had his own record of his wartime experiences."

Tarrant had always enjoyed a special bond with his father,
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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Become ‘Blended’ in New Romantic Comedy

Usually after a date goes wrong the couple go their separate ways with the avowed intention of never seeing each other again. But according to the new Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy it seems such people are missing a trick, as you can use it as a springboard to get a whole bunch of free stuff. Posing as a happy man and wife in order to qualify for a holiday at a luxury resort, it isn’t long before the chemistry starts to flow and the former car crash daters fall in love for real without the need for pina coladas or the act of getting caught in the rain. This is the premise for Blended, the pair’s third movie together and the first to reunite them with the director who started their onscreen partnership in The Wedding Singer back in 1998, Frank Coraci.

With Sandler and Barrymore now firmly into middle age,
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InsideTV Podcast: Terry O'Quinn reflects on Locke, 'Lost', and That ending

InsideTV Podcast: Terry O'Quinn reflects on Locke, 'Lost', and That ending
He played one of the most charismatic characters in TV history, so when Terry O’Quinn popped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to talk about his new Fox drama Gang Related (which debuts May 22), we knew we also had to chat with him about his Emmy winning turn as John Locke on Lost. Apparently, we are not alone, as O’Quinn told us that people still stop him on the street hoping to crack the code on that character and the show in general. “That’s what people generally stop me for and talk to me about now is Lost,
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How Does Stacy Keibler Feel About George Clooney's Engagement?

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Interview: Director Steven Knight Clicks on ‘Locke’

Chicago – Driving all night has taken on a different reality, with the invention of the mobile phone. There is no sanctuary within the confines of the automobile, which is now a rolling office or coordination tank. Writer/director Steven Knight portrays this new reality in a fascinating and unique new film called “Locke.”

Locke” is main character Ivan Locke, portrayed with intense regard by actor Tom Hardy (he was the villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises”). The film takes place all in Locke’s car as he drives toward a destination, and this sudden “crisis of life” is managed through his bluetooth phone receiver while he’s in the driver’s seat – which is as cutting edge a modern commentary as a film can be. The original concept was conceived by veteran screenwriter Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things,” “Eastern Promises”), and it is his second major directorial effort.

Drive,
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Chris Tarrant suffers a stroke on flight

Chris Tarrant is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke on an 11-hour flight. The ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' host was rushed to Charing Cross Hospital in west London from Heathrow Airport after falling ill on a plane from Burma. His agent and manager, Paul Vaughan, told The Sun newspaper: ''The doctor describes it as a mini-stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane. They found a clot which they managed to break up. ''It was a clot in the leg and that can immediately go to the brain or lungs.'' The TV veteran is being looked
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Cheryl Cole returns to X Factor

Chris Tarrant is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke on an 11-hour flight. The ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' host was rushed to Charing Cross Hospital in west London from Heathrow Airport after falling ill on a plane from Burma. His agent and manager, Paul Vaughan, told The Sun newspaper: ''The doctor describes it as a mini-stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane. They found a clot which they managed to break up. ''It was a clot in the leg and that can immediately go to the brain or lungs.'' The TV veteran is being looked
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