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Mrs Henderson Presents will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the film Mrs Henderson Presents – original screenplay by Martin Sherman, the musical has a book and is directed by the multi-award winning Terry Johnson. Lyrics are by the Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning Don Black with music by Oscar nominated George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, who both collaborated on the original film. It is choreographed by Andrew Wright, has set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Ben Ormerod. Wig, hair and make-up design is by Richard Mawbey, orchestrations are by »
- Paul Heath
Nine.s package deal includes the landmark wildlife series The Hunt from Alistair Fothergill, the executive producer of Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, which examines the relationship between predators and their prey.
Network Ten has secured Shark, which highlights the diversity of sharks around the world, with some scenes shot by cameras mounted on helicopters, plus Natural Curiosities series 3 and two Sir David Attenborough documentaries, Attenborough.s Fabulous Frogs and Attenborough.s Big Birds, the Africa series Planet Earth and Tiger: Spy In the Jungle.
ABC pre- bought Forces of Nature, which reveals what lies beyond Earth.s beauty and »
- Staff writer
D23 isn't just about the next big Disney movie. There is also plenty on hand to see revolving around all the Disney parks throughout the world. And one of the most exciting and anticipated attractions coming in the next few years is Avatar Land. The massive theme park attraction will soon become part of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Disney World. And Disney showed off some of its plans with new posters that invite fans to explore Pandora. We also have photos from the event, which offer a sneak peek at what park attendees can expect in the coming years.
Disney wants you to mark Pandora as your next destination vacation. And Walt Disney Imagineering is making that possible in partnership with Avatar creator and filmmaker James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment crew. The new theme park attraction will offer up the wonders of Pandora, giving park goers a chance to fly with the banshees. »
“So one thing from another rises ever; and in fee-simple life is given to none, but unto all mere usufruct.” – Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book III
The above quote was once used by great Italian documentarian Franco Piavoli to open his masterful 1982 film, The Blue Planet. In that instance, it is deftly applied to the fragility of mother nature; her various granting and reclaiming of life, but can just as easily be applied to the figures followed by Roberto Minervini, an Italian based in the United States whose acclaimed Texas Trilogy – The Passage, Low Tide and Stop the Pounding Heart – was followed up at Cannes this year by The Other Side, which shifts the director’s gaze slightly eastward to the state of Louisiana. One must assume that Minervini, despite blazing his own trail that has led him through the Philippines and Spain en route to America’s Southern states, »
- Nicholas Page
The team behind the hugely successful and respected nature documentaries The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet are moving from their previous home of the BBC to Netflix, for their new epic Our Planet.
Alastair Fothergill, whose production company Silverback Films will make the eight-part series, said: “Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks. We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before.”
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Cannes – AMC event series “The Making of the Mob: New York,” Zdf-backed “Zero Gravity: A Mission in Space,” and “David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef,” sold like “Mob” by Entertainment One, were three highlights of this weekend’s 2015’s Mip Doc mart.
Another highlight: a keynote speech by Discovery Networks’ Intl.’s new chief creative officer Phil Craig, who, underscoring the ambitions of factual TV’s biggest players, said that his brief when he came in was “scale.” That takes in “expanding tramlines, becoming more of a full service provider of content across way more genres than before.”
In another keynote, Tim Pastore, prexy of original programming & production, National Geographic Channel U.S., confirmed that Nat Geo would “delve into a couple” of scripted history-based projects a year.
A two-day mart that wrapped Sunday evening, Mip Doc also saw spirited presentations of the impact of the digital domain and technology »
- John Hopewell
Netflix is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows in February -- but don't panic! As we previously reported, several BBC series including "Doctor Who" and the original British "The Office" that were once set to leave Netflix on Feb. 1 are staying put. However, several other BBC titles will be disappearing Feb 1. According to Variety, bid a sad toodle-doo to "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder" and "Mi:5." (Don't worry, "Sherlock" isn't due to expire anytime soon.)
Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers):
Netflix Titles Expiring February 1, 2015
"A Bit Of Fry And Laurie" (1987-1995)
"Allosaurus: Walking With Dinosaurs Special" (2001)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
"Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State" (2005)
"Batman Returns" (1989)
- Sharon Knolle
7 items from 2015
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