17 items from 2015
To celebrate the release of The Englishman’s Castle, Chandler and Co., A Picture of Katherine Mansfield, The Locksmith and Lazarus & Dingwall on DVD, we are giving 1 lucky WhatCulture reader the chance to win a bundle containing all five!
An Englishman’s Castle (1978) starring Kenneth More (Father Brown), Isla Blair (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Anthony Bate (Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy), is set in an alternate 1970s on an Earth where Germany won the Second World War and is now occupying England. Peter Ingram (More) is the lead writer of a popular soap opera set in Blitz-era London, and knowingly turns a blind eye to the local Nazi rule, opting for the easy life. But when faced with the stark reality of the situation Peter has a difficult decision to make.
Available to own on DVD from 5th October 2015.
Chandler and Co. »
- Laura Holmes
Paul Nicholls, Emma Rigby and Heida Reed are to guest star in 'Death in Paradise'. The 36-year-old actor - who is best known for his roles in 'Holby City', 'The C Word' and 'Law & Order: UK' is one of a number of stars who has signed up to appear in the fifth series of the BBC One drama. He said: ''I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with the fantastic cast and crew on the upcoming series of 'Death in Paradise'. I play a fashion photographer in my episode which is very different from many of my previous »
Announced late last week... Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the BBC’s 4 flagship continuing dramas ("EastEnders," "Holby," "Doctors" and "Casualty"), where they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned program. The shows will all aim to hire directors within nine months for a full directorial commission if the director has shown that they can meet the standards required. Oliver Kent, Executive Producer of Holby and Casualty, says: “This scheme will be a vital stepping stone which will bring some exciting new directing talent to our shows. We can’t wait to welcome them on board.” It is the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
He follows in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston, Rosamund Pike and Holby City star Hugh Quarshie, who in 2012 became the first black actor to play the role of Bond in audio form reading Dr No as part of a Classic Bond boxset.
"I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: 'I am the new James Bond'," said Oyelowo. Even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the 'to be or not to be' speech.
"I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special. »
British actor Jimmy Akingbola ("Holby City") has scored the recurring role of DC Comics villain Baron Reiter (aka. Baron Blitzkrieg) in the fourth season of The CW's "Arrow". The character will be an adversary for Oliver and appear in the flashback scenes.
In the comics, the character is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire. He joins three other already cast villains this season including Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin/Anarky and Echo Kellum as DC superhero Mister Terrific. [Source: THR]
Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter") have been hired to direct nights one and three of the four-night, eight-hour scripted event series remake of the mini-series classic "Roots". Directors for nights two and four are yet to be announced.
Grammy-winning Questlove has also come onboard the project as executive music producer and will create the authentic African sound and themes for »
- Garth Franklin
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jimmy Akingbola has joined the cast of Arrow's fourth season as the villainous Baron Reiter/Baron Blitzkrieg. He'll go by the former moniker in The CW series, and is described by the site as "an adversary for Oliver" who will "appear in the show's prominent flashback scenes." In the comics, Reiter leads a group known as Shadowspire and uses Nazi imagery on his costume, but it's not clear how much of that will factor into the series (common sense says he won't be a Nazi). Akingbola has starred in the likes of Sons of Liberty, Holby City, and Rev. This is the latest casting addition to Arrow's fouth season as we recently found out that Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin/Anarky and Echo Kellum as Mister Terrific. »
Oliver Queen will face a new enemy in Season 4 of Arrow. British actor Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City) has booked a seasonlong recurring role on the CW drama, playing Baron Reiter. In the DC Comics, Baron Reiter — more well known as Baron Blitzkrieg — is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire. In Arrow, Baron Reiter will be Oliver’s adversary seen in flashbacks. This grizzled, hardened and commanding man, who has no conscience and few… »
The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now
Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.
Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!
Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?
Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully »
- Guardian Staff
Way back in 2012 it was announced that Vin Diesel would be taking on the role of NYPD Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak for a big screen remake of the classic 70s TV series starring Telly Savalas, and now it’s being reported that the film has secured a new screenwriter.
According to Deadline, British scribe Philip Gawthorne (EastEnders, Holby City) has signed on to pen a new draft of Kojak, taking over from Skyfall screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Gawthorne is in demand at the moment; his is currently penning a remake of Cube for Lionsgate, while he also has the medieval action epic World Breaker in development.
Universal is planning Kojak as a starring vehicle for Diesel, with hopes to launch a character-driven franchise.
- Gary Collinson
You can’t blame Hollywood for being hot on Vin Diesel right now – the actor is a killer box-office draw whose last two films, Furious 7 and Guardians of the Galaxy, were box office smashes. Just recently, Lionsgate made moves to secure Diesel for a new franchise that will kick off with this fall’s The Last Witch Hunter, and now Universal is doubling down on the star as well, recruiting scribe Philip Gawthorne to pen an adaptation of the TV series Kojak for Diesel to star in.
The original series aired from 1973 to 1978 on CBS and starred Telly Savalas as New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The character, a tough but honest cop with a cynical streak, was known for his love of Tootsie Roll Pops and for the catchphrase, “Who loves ya, baby?”
Gawthorne will be building a franchise around the character, who will be played by Diesel. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Actor Ron Moody has died at the age of 91.
The British star was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Fagin in Oliver!.
"He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," his widow Therese said.
Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham in 1924, his Jewish father anglicised the family name to Moody several years later.
After originally planning to be an economist, Moody didn't take up acting until he was in his late 20s.
He won a Golden Globe award for playing pickpocket master Fagin in the musical version of Oliver Twist in 1968.
Moody had also said that his biggest regret was turning down the chance to play The Doctor in Doctor Who.
Other notable »
Back in February 2015 we revealed here at Flickering Myth that Big Finish were planning on releasing more Unit tales starring Jemma Redgrave in a series titled Unit: Extinction. Well now we can bring you the rest of the cast members too and there is a fan favourite along for the ride. Osgood is back.
Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, has proved herself to be a hugely popular character in the Doctor Who universe – as a Unit scientist – appearing in the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, and the season eight finale Death in Heaven. Both Jemma and Ingrid will be returning to the Doctor Who TV series for its upcoming ninth season in the Autumn.
“We’re so happy to have Kate and Osgood joining us at Big Finish,” says producer David Richardson. “This team has been so captivating to watch on TV, and we’re looking forward »
Underneath Safe House's over-reliance on flashback and cheap tricks lies a beautifully directed, strongly performed drama...
This review contains spoilers.
We’ve reached the halfway point in this new ITV drama starring former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, and the dramatic moments of the previous instalment hang heavy throughout Safe House episode three.
During part two’s denouement, we were introduced to new character Gemma Underwood. And then we were quickly unintroduced to her as she was murdered by the villain of the piece, Michael Collersdale (played very devilishly by Peter Ferdinando). Her link to the ongoing events with the Blackwood family (who have been stashed away in the lake district in the titular safe house along with Eccleston’s Robert after an attack by Collersdale) is revealed - she’s the sister of mother Ali (Holby City’s Nicola Stephenson).
As we discover over the course of the proceedings, »
Lionsgate is reportedly readying a remake of the cult 1997 Canadian sci-fi film Cube.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is on-board as one of the producers, with director Saman Kesh, whose short Controller has turned some heads in Hollywood, set to make his feature debut with the film, which will be entitled Cubed. Philip Gawthorne, who has cut his teeth on British shows such as Eastenders and Holby City, is set to pen the screenplay.
The original film, directed by Vincenzo Natali, sees seven complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
- Scott J. Davis
Book author El James has tightened her iron grip over the creative direction of Fifty Shades Darker, the green-lit follow-up to this year’s hit erotic romance, now that her husband Niall Leonard has closed a deal to pen the script for the sequel.
Rumor had it that James herself wanted to scribe the adaptation of her bestselling book, after being dissatisfied with the experience of working with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel on Fifty Shades of Grey. Leonard, though obviously still close enough to his wife that she’ll be able to have the final say over every aspect of the sequel, may be better-qualified. He’s a novelist with titles like Crusher, Incinerator and Shredder, but he’s also written scripts in the past, for shows like Ballykissangel, Holby City, Monarch in the Glen and Wild at Heart. He landed the job after writing an outline for the sequel, »
- Isaac Feldberg
You’ve probably read our exclusive Unhallowed Ground review by now, but if you haven’t here’s the skinny: Unhallowed Ground is a brand new British horror film written by Paul Rachid, who also appears in the film, directed by Russell England (Holby City, Paranormal Witness) and starring Morgane Polanski, Poppy Drayton, Rachel Petladwala, Thomas Law, Marcus Griffiths, Will Thorp and Ameet Chana.
Six late teen/early twenties from North London single-sex private schools spend a night patrolling the eerie grounds of the historic Dhoultham School as part of an initiative with the British Army to provide rich kids with basic military training. As each hour passes and the teenagers complete their mundane tasks, they witness a series of increasingly disturbing occurrences: slamming doors, self-governing lights and ghostly apparitions.
As they spend more and more time together, personal conflicts are magnified and the School’s history erupts onto the surface of proceedings. »
- Phil Wheat
They purchased the haunted mirror on eBay and hung it on a wall in their flat with hopes of winning the $1 million Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. But as they film their application for the fortune of a lifetime, three young friends learn that being truly haunted comes with potentially fatal consequences. Written and directed by Edward Boase, The Mirror is now available on iTunes and we have an exclusive clip in which the flatmates break out the Ouija board.
Synopsis: “Three flatmates buy a haunted mirror on eBay to claim the One Million Dollar Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. Their desire to win blinds them to the evil forces they have brought into their world, which exact a terrible revenge. Based on a true story.”
- Derek Anderson
17 items from 2015
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