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Img will handle international sales for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America's eight-episode series based on the cult novels by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Written and executive produced by Max Landis, the series is set to debut in the fall. Starring Samuel Barnett as the title character, along with Elijah Wood and Hannah Marks, Dirk Gently follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric "holistic" detective Dirk Gently and his… »
Now this looks a hoot. We rewatched director Garth Jennings' terrific Son Of Rambow just this past weekend, and if you've not had the pleasure, it's very much worth seeking out. But for Jennings' next project - and he previously helmed The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - he's got an animated film for us.
It's from Illumination Entertainment, the outfit behind the Despicable Me and Minions films. And this new venture is called Sing. Jennings also penned the script for this one, about a music competition with talking animals. It's due in cinemas at Christmas, and we've got the first trailer, the poster, and the official synopsis.
As tradition dictates, let's do them in that order...
Here's the trailer...
Here's the poster...
And here's the synopsis. »
Illumination Entertainment have scored hits with "Despicable Me" and spinoff "Minions," and in 2016 they are hoping to knock two out of the park. "The Secret Life Of Pets" hits this summer, with the studio betting on animated cats and dogs packing 'em in (and to be fair, it does look kinda of cute). And then this holiday, they're want to make you "Sing." Read More: The 30 Best Voice Performances In Pixar Movies Directed by Garth Jennings ( “Son of Rambow,” “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”), and featuring a star-studded voice cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman, and Beck Bennett, the movie's premise is basically an animal "American Idol." Here's the official synopsis: Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Alan Rickman introducing A Little Chaos at Glasgow Film Festival Photo: Eoin Carey British actor Alan Rickman has died in London, aged 69. He had been suffering from cancer. The much-loved star began his career on stage and television before going on to create a number of memorable characters on screen.
He particularly became known for his ability to play bad guys, with roles including Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves - for which he won a supporting actor BAFTA - and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. Many of his villainous roles also allowed him to display his comic timing, a skill that also led him to provide the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and mock his own Rada Shakespearean training in 1999 space spoof Galaxy Quest.
He was far from typecast, however, »
- Amber Wilkinson
2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.
Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.
Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.
Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles, »
- Garth Franklin
BBC America has given an eight-episode order for a new series adaptation of the Douglas Adams novel series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" with "Chronicle" scribe Max Landis set to pen the script.
One of the other works from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Adams, the series will follow the surreal adventures of the highly unconventional detective and his reluctant assistant Todd as they navigate one big metaphysical mystery per season.
In this adaptation, the character will head to the United States in a storyline envisioned by Adams that the author was working on at the time of his unexpected death.
AMC Studios, Ideate Media, Idw Entertainment and Circle of Confusion will produce the series with Landis, Arvind Ethan David, Zainir Aminullah, Ted Adams, David Ozer, David Alpert and Rick Jacobs all serving as executive producers.
The project is separate from the four-episode BBC UK adaptation of the »
- Garth Franklin
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