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Here's some news to put a spring in any fantasy fan's step: following the success of 2013's splendid Neverwhere dramatisation, BBC Radio 4 is working its magic on another UK modern classic, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 novel Good Omens.
Due to air in six parts over a single week in December 2014, Good Omens comes from the creative team behind Neverwhere, with The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Dirk Maggs adapting and directing, assisted by producer Heather Larmour and of course, Neil Gaiman.
It's the first time the co-authored novel, which tells a raucous story of ancient prophecies, impending armageddon, and sushi, has been adapted for radio, with progress on a much-anticipated film version with Terry Gilliam appearing to have stalled for the foreseeable. The story of Good Omen's collaborative »
So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:
Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.
Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »
"Chronicle" scribe Max Landis is teaming with Idw for a TV series adaptation of Douglas Adams' 1991 "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" graphic novel and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul".
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Adams created the story of the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Dave Alpert will produce the new series.
The property was already adapted for TV by the BBC with an hour-long pilot in 2010 followed by three episodes in 2012. That version starred Stephen Mangan as Gently, Darren Boyd as Macduff and Helen Baxendale as Susan.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve all had that moment watching a movie, tv show, playing a game, or reading a book when there is a cool fictional object we wish were real. To keep this list focused I’ve come up with a few rules.
Nothing unique or specific to only one person — Wonder Woman's Magic Lasso won't qualify.
No fully enclosed vehicles, so no Back to the Future DeLorean or Tardis.
No robots, artificial intelligences, or androids.
Nothing that is part of a building or vehicle, which disqualifies Star Trek’s transporters.
No suits, costumes, or mechs. Sorry Iron Man, you're out.
Can't already be real (obviously).
Rule #1 is a very limiting rule. My thinking was that if it was real but unique, why would you be able to own it? Now for the wishlist.
Why it's cool
Used by Force wielders, both Jedi and Sith, the »
- Free Reyes
Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00
In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.
• Hitchhiker's Guide
• The Infinite Monkey Cage
I am determined to believe that in the early summer of 1977, during a break from writing and recording the pilot episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams went to the cinema and saw Star Wars.
We now know, of course, that he was working on a story that would become a landmark in comedy, and in radio, and in publishing, and in video games. Yet when you listen to the opening episode again, rebroadcast for the first time in 10 years last Saturday on Radio 4 Extra, the sheer ambition of his irreverence still catches you in the kidneys. In response to what Star Wars began – the mythic, spectacular strand of sci-fi cinema – The Hitchhiker's Guide provides a messy, fun-poking alternative.
When Princess Leia watches her »
- Leo Benedictus
Dawn French to step back into character to offer alternative broadcast as part of series of special programmes on Radio 4
Dawn French will step back into character as the Vicar of Dibley to offer an alternative Thought for the Day as part of a series of special programmes on BBC Radio 4.
Her slot on the Today programme on 29 March is part of the station's study of fictional characters which includes Springwatch's Chris Packham going to New York on the trail of Big Bird from Sesame Street – and a reunion of the original cast of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a special performance.
French played Reverend Geraldine Granger in Richard Curtis's popular BBC One sitcom from 1994 to 2007.
- Conal Urquhart
Spike Jonze's new film is about a man falling in love with his phone's operating system. What does our correspondent's phone make of all the fuss? We found out
Hi, Siri (1)! How are you?
I'm fine. Thanks for asking.
Where are you and what can you see?
Have you seen that new Joaquin Phoenix (2) film?
I do not understand "Whacking Phoenix".
You know, that one where he falls in love with his operating system? It's called Her (3).
Rotten Tomatoes rates Her 94% (4). That might be worth seeing.
Are you Her?
No. Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial.
Are you sure you're not Her?
No, but some of my best friends are fictional.
What's your favourite movie?
I've heard that Blade Runner is a very realistic and sensitive depiction of intelligent assistants.
Are you friends with any other intelligent personal assistants?
We were talking about you, not me. »
- Rich Pelley
With Despicable Me 2 being one of the biggest money-making movies of the year ($935 million so far!) and all kinds of award nominations including The Oscar, of Course, there will be a third outing with Gru and the gang. Universal Studios says the movie will come out June 20, 2017. That does Not mean we all have to wait 3 1/2 years for more of our favorite sidekicks...Minions will open in theaters this Christmas (Dec. 19 to be exact).
With all of us loving the animated movies coming from Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the filmmakers announced two more animated movies on the way. One is Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas from director Pete Candeland (seriously, the guy's last name is candy land...he's gotta understand kids, right?), which is nice follow up to Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. It's scheduled for Nov. 17, 2017. What other Dr. Seuss books would you like to see made? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced the release dates for three of their upcoming projects that include Despicable Me 3, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and an untitled comedy from writer-director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).
Despicable Me 3 will be released in theaters on June 30th, 2017. It's coming from the same team who brought us Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. There's no details about what the third film would entail, but it will continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and of course, the Minions.
Then we have a new animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The movie is set for release on November 17th, 2017, and it will be directed by Pete Candeland from a script written by Michael LeSieur. You all know the story for this, it's just another reimagining.
As for the original animated untitled comedy, »
- Joey Paur
News 16 Jan 2014 - 06:30
Three new animated films from Illumination Entertainment are confirmed: and the minions of Despicable Me are returning again...
In a surprise to nobody, Universal has officially confirmed that Despicable Me 3 is happening. The second film, Despicable Me 2, has currently notched up $935m at the worldwide box office, and sold more than a few copies on DVD and Blu-ray too. The first spin-off from the series, The Minions Movie, is arriving in July 2015. And now we've got an official release date for Despicable Me 3 too. The movie will be arriving in cinemas on June 30th 2017.
Those aren't the only animated projects in the works at Illumination Entertainment though. For the firm is working on a previously-announced animated take on Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Granted, it's been animated before, and Ron Howard made a hugely successful live action take on the book, also for Universal. »
Universal has just announced release dates for major upcoming animated projects from Illumination Entertainment.
The first is "Despicable Me 3" which plans to "continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters — Margo, Edith and Agnes — and the Minions". That film is locked in for a June 30th 2017 release.
The second is a new animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas which is slated for a November 17th 2017 release. Pete Candeland is directing this "newly imagined version of the enduring holiday classic."
The third is an untitled original animated comedy, due sometime in 2016, from "Son of Rambow" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" director Garth Jennings. The only hint of the plot? It's about "courage, competition and carrying a tune".
Source: Universal Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
In a press release issued today about Universal's slate of upcoming animated movies produced by Illumination Entertainment, we got word on when the already announced "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and the properly assumed "Despicable Me 3" would hit theaters nationwide. But they also announced an untitled project for 2016, one that is infinitely more interesting than either of these projects—an animated feature written and directed by Garth Jennings, who was responsible (alongside frequent creative partner Nick Goldsmith) for some of the more unforgettable videos in recent memory—bands such as Radiohead, Blur, Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Hot Chip, Supergrass, R.E.M.—as well as big-screen vehicles "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Son of Rambow." Color us intrigued.Not much is known about the project (you can read the annoyingly cryptic synopsis below), although it should be known that this is the first big-screen project »
- Drew Taylor
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced today release dates for three upcoming projects including their untitled comedy from writer-director Garth Jennings ( Son of Rambow , The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ), Despicable Me 3 and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas . Said to be an original animated comedy event about courage, competition and carrying a tune, Jenning's untitled feature will hit theaters December 21, 2016. It will be produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Despicable Me 3 then arrives on June 30, 2017 from the team who brought you Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 . No specific details have been revealed outside the fact that the film will follow the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters . »
14 items from 2014
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