18 items from 2016
Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep) is assembling an all-star cast for his next feature film project, The Death of Stalin, which is based upon Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s 2011 graphic novel and explores the political infighting in the days following the death of the Soviet leader in 1953.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbel, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine and Andrea Riseborough are all in advanced negotiations to join the satire. Buscemi is set to play Stalin’s successor Nikita Khrushchev, with Tambor portraying Georgy Malenkov and Dalton as Georgy Zhukov.
The Death of Stalin will mark Iannucci’s second feature film following 2009’s In the Loop, a spinoff from the BBC series The Thick of It.
- Gary Collinson
Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko and Timothy Dalton are in advanced negotiations to star in Armando Iannucci’s ensemble political satire “The Death of Stalin,” which is being shopped by Gaumont at Cannes.
Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, and based on a true story, “The Death of Stalin” chronicles the chaotic days before Stalin’s funeral, marked by fierce infighting for the supreme power.
Tambor will star as Georgy Malenkov, Buscemi will play Nikita Khrushchev and Dalton will portray Georgy Zhukov.
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- Elsa Keslassy
With three Sundance premieres under his belt, it may have only been a matter of time before Antonio Campos (Christine, Simon Killer, Afterschool) moved onto studio fare. It was less a matter of time that he’d direct a prequel to one of the most popular horror films in movie history, yet THR has word that 20th Century Fox seeks him for The First Omen, a movie who want to know a bit more about the possessed child named Damien.
Details on the project are a bit sparse, save for the involvement of screenwriter Ben Jacoby and, on the producing side, David S. Goyer‘s Phantom Four. Make of the suggestive title what you will — if you have any desire to think about this in any terms, I mean. The prospect of Campos’ static, long-shot aesthetic entering the big-studio reboot / remake realm is intriguing, certainly, but to what end, really? »
- Nick Newman
Netflix and BBC One are teaming up for a new animated miniseries based on the Richard Adams novel Watership Down, and they've lined up quite the voice cast for the project. The four-part series will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, John Boyega as Bigwig, Gemma Arterton (Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters) as Clover, Miles Jupp (The Thick of It)... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The BBC and Netflix have announced that they are partnering up for a four-part animated miniseries adaptation of the beloved novel Watership Down, which will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on the streaming service around the world in 2017.
The series, written by Tom Bidwell (Bafta-nominated My Mad Fat Diary) and directed by Noam Murro (300: Rise of the Empire), will star James McAvoy (Filth) as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Fiver, Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) as General Woundwort, John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Bigwig, Gemma Arterton (Made in Dagenham) as Clover, Miles Jupp (The Thick of It) as Blackberry, Freddie Fox (Pride) as Captain Holly, Olivia Colman (The Night Manager) as Strawberry, and Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette) as Hyzenthlay.
- Gary Collinson
Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, the adventure tale follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, toward a promised land and a more perfect society.
The series, written by Tom Bidwell (BAFTA-nominated “My Mad Fat Diary”) and directed by Noam Murro (“300: Rise of the Empire”), will star McAvoy (“Filth,” “X-Men”) as Hazel, Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Leo Barraclough
John (Higgins) and Karen (Dickie) used to have it all. They had uprooted from Scotland with their son to a small, yet idyllic cottage in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountain range of France. However, tragedy struck by the way of a fire that not only left them homeless, but even worse; childless. With their life destroyed, the pair decide to shut themselves off from the rest of the world and live off the land and take shelter in an isolated cave. After Karen is bitten by a deadly spider, John is forced to make his way in to the nearby town in search of some medicine for his wife. Although desperate to save his wife, an apparition of his recently deceased son causes him to panic and he begins to retreat. Thankfully, local farmer Andre (Kircher »
- Mondo Squallido
After months of speculation, Sunday night on HBO is where we’ll finally get an answer to 2015’s biggest cliffhanger: what’s become of the long-haired bastard and incompetent leader of men known as Erlich Bachman? Sure, the season premiere of Game of Thrones is going to be sucking up most of cable TV’s oxygen this weekend (dragon fire and winding monologues really work one’s diaphragm), but the post-Thrones return of HBO’s funniest hour of programming means you’ll want to save some of that O2 for laughing. The latter half of this block, Silicon Valley, opens its third season with a war for a killer app that’s as sidesplitting as it is cutthroat.
Unlike partner series Veep, which returns sans creator Armando Iannuci, Silicon Valley is going through a restructuring that’s purely fictional. Last season ended with Zuckerbergian code monkey Richard (Thomas Middleditch) getting »
- Sam Woolf
Well, that was fun. Thank you all so much for your questions. If you like to laugh, come to see How The Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket - we're on until June 25. The episode of Inside No 9, series three, will be on this autumn on BBC2.
There used to be a publicity shot of you in Red Cap on the “media appearances” board in HQ Training Estates South East, where you filmed. They said it was the most stolen image, more so than 007. Any other unusual accolades like that?
I used to be seeded number three in trampolining in Redbridge. And in all-girls doubles, tennis, me and my partner were seeded number two. »
- Guardian Staff
Ahead of its UK release this Friday, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Tom Geens’ psychological drama Couple in a Hole which stars Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones, The Witch) and Paul Higgins (Line Of Duty, The Thick Of It). Watch it below after the official synopsis…
A middle aged, middle class British couple is living like feral creatures in a camouflaged hole in the middle of a vast forest somewhere in France.
Less than a year ago, they lost everything in a freak wildfire. Traumatised to the bone, the couple vanished and ended up where they are.
She does not want to return to civilisation because only here she feels she can make amends. Her husband, on the other hand, finds the constant reminder of their misfortune increasingly unbearable.
A secret friendship with a persistent local farmer only increases his wish to leave. The couple’s relationship »
- Amie Cranswick
Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flick podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Podomatic and Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.
Well guys we have had a week since the last episode. you will have already listened to episode 33 and 33.5 with our awesome interview with Ross Marquand from the Walking Dead. Which was awesome then we went to the Newcastle Film and Comic Con for the weekend where we were able to score us some Press Passes and Hob Nob with the talent. We kick off the episode with our own special News Round-Up as always with a pretty epic rant »
- Phil Wheat
You, Me and the Apocalypse Season One
When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.
This show blows your hair back. Coming across like something Peter Baynham, Chris Morris and Brian Eldon might be involved in. We’re late to the party and someone else cracked open those televisual amphetamines in our absence. As You, Me and the Apocalypse takes a biblical catastrophe and literally starts where we end.
Jumping between Slough, New Mexico and Umbria in Italy. Taking in a bank clerk, overly protective mother and nun suffering from an evangelical crisis of conscience. We get an opener »
- Amie Cranswick
No matter what you think about the current president, it's hard to throw shade at these fictional commanders-in-chief on their big day (TV and movie presidents totally count, right?). Morgan Freeman's first term was in 1998's Deep Impact, in which he played President Beck, the man tasked with seeing the nation through a comet impact that reduced most of the world to rubble. Michael Douglas swept Annette Bening off her feet (and audiences along with her) as President Andrew Shepherd in The American President. Both a critical and a popular success, the film grossed more than $100 million at the box office, »
Berlin — Gsp Studios, the U.K. production and sales company, has taken international sales rights to “Mad to Be Normal,” starring David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon and Gabriel Byrne. Sales on the R.D. Laing biopic will kick off Thursday at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market.
The film tells the story of the world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist Laing (Tennant) and his unique community of patients at Kingsley Hall in 1960s East London, where Laing performed various daring experiments on people who were at the time known as “disturbed.” His methods included using LSD and a type of self-healing, known as metanoia, much to the dismay and outrage of the psychiatric community.
The film is written and directed by Robert Mullan — R.D.Laing’s biographer and a veteran director of documentaries for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Director of photography is Ali Asad (“The Wee Man,” “The Hooligan Factory »
- Leo Barraclough
Bosses at the Royal Opera House have opened their cultured doors this season to a man whose reputation is built on exposing the ludicrous truth about bastions of the establishment. Were they mad? Has there been some mistake?
But Chris Addison, the comedian, actor and director who starred in the hit political comedy The Thick of It, is not training his satirical sights on the institution. He is far too excited at just being inside it.
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- Vanessa Thorpe
As with my list of new series premiering over the same period, this is a highly subjective and not at all comprehensive rundown of what’s coming up for TV and “TV” (eg Netflix) over the next few months. That means no Fear The Walking Dead, no House of Cards, no Togetherness, no Agents of Shield, etc., because for one reason or another, they’re just not my bag.
Oh, and midseason premieres don’t count.
One of 2015’s undersung pleasures, the Sutton Foster vehicle overcame a theoretically heinous premise (40-year-old divorcee pretends to be 26 to work as an intern at a publishing house, complete with work bestie Hilary Duff) with ample servings of wit, charm, and some surprising literary humor (a recurring character seems to be a walking reference to Karl Ove Knausgård). The second season has stumbled out of the gate a little »
- Simon Howell
Most summers, when I was a child, we would go to North Yorkshire to stay with my mum’s old college friend. She had a house on the edge of the moors, not far from Richmond. It felt a world away from where we lived in Gants Hill, north-east London, and we loved it – all cream teas and massive walks. I was scared of dogs, but they had this lovely springer spaniel called Fergus. I totally fell in love with him and used to pretend he was mine. It was idyllic – apart from the terrible weather!
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I’m an addictive parent and adore being with my children, so for me having time together on holiday »
- Interview by Jane Dunford
Are Peter Capaldi’s days as the Doctor numbered? “There will come a time when this is over,” he’s told the press…
There’s been a groundswell of support for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor ever since the initial announcement of The Thick Of It’s star’s casting in the role. After two relatively solid series, there are plenty of fans who’d dread the thought of him leaving the show.
Capaldi’s departure, however, is inevitable given the nature of Doctor Who. It could come sooner rather than later, by the sounds of an interview he gave to The Telegraph over our Christmas break (which is why we're only picking up on it now - sorry!)...
“This could be my final year. It’s terrifying,” the actor said. “I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. »
18 items from 2016
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