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'Star Wars: Episode IX' Taps New Screenwriter

'Star Wars: Episode IX' Taps New Screenwriter
British screenwriter Jack Thorne has been tapped to finish the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Thorne will take over for director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. According to sources, a new set of eyes was needed to finish the final installment of the franchise reboot, though it's unclear how much of the script needs to be rewritten.

Thorne has created several acclaimed British television shows including National Treasure, the crime drama The Last Panthers and the sci-fi series The Fades.
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Shane Meadows Reunites With ‘This Is England’ Team for ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows Reunites With ‘This Is England’ Team for ‘The Virtues’
Shane Meadows’ latest drama series for Britain’s Channel 4 will see the filmmaker reuniting with “This Is England” stars Stephen Graham and Helen Behan for “The Virtues.” The show will follow Joseph, played by Graham, as he returns home to Ireland to confront a troubled past after having been brought up in the state care system.

Frank Laverty (“Michael Collins”) will star as the husband of Anna (Behan), the sister whom Joseph has not seen since he was a child. Jack Thorne, who worked on the “This Is England” TV series, has written “The Virtues.” The show will be produced by Sheffield- and London-based Warp Films, which made the 2009 film “This Is England” and three TV sequels: “This Is England ’86,” “This Is England ’88,” and “This Is England ’90.” Like all of the “England” TV series, “The Virtues” will be four parts.

Meadows said that “The Virtues” will draw on his previous work. “It
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Why, Yes, That Is Ned Stark In A Dress.

Ladies and gentlemen: Sean Bean in a dress.The Lord Of The Rings and Game Of Thrones star will soon be seen on British television screens with Boardwalk Empire and This Is England's Stephen Graham in two episodes of BBC1 drama Accused. Bean will be playing a cross dressing English teacher named either Simon or Tracie depending on the state of dress and, yes, I posted this purely for the novelty of seeing what Sean Bean would look like as a woman....
See full article at Screen Anarchy »

Elba Joins U.K. Wrestling Show

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Elba Joins U.K. Wrestling Show
Idris Elba has traded The Wire for the ring after signing up to produce a show about wrestling.

The actor, best known for playing The Wire's Stringer Bell, is working behind the scenes on upcoming U.K. programme Walk Like A Panther, about British wrestlers in the 1970s and '80s.

But Elba admits he has no plans to appear in the six-part series, which stars This Is England's Stephen Graham and Kasabian rocker Tom Meighan.

He says, "I've come on board as an executive producer to take the Panthers to the next level. These boys are like family to me, so it's an honour."

‘Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season’ – Exclusive clip

Executively produced by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and from the pen of Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season is out on DVD and Blu-ray this Monday, and we have a clip from one of the many special features that appear as an extra on the release that takes a look at speakeasies that still stand today:

Steve Buscemi (Armageddon, The Big Lebowski) stars in this explosive HBO drama series set at the dawn of the Prohibition era, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States. Charting the birth of organised crime, the series chronicles the life and times of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Buscemi), the Atlantic City treasurer whose double role as politician and bootlegger makes him the most powerful man on the Boardwalk.

Buscemi is accompanied by an outstanding all-star cast depicting real life people from gangster legend
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DVD Review: Misfits – Series 3

Misfits: Series 3

Stars: Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarett, Antonia Thomas | Created by Howard Overman

After series two of Misfits ended it had a lot to prove, not only to itself in a way but to the audience. With the loss of Robert Sheehan as Nathan it was losing one of its best characters, to some he was most definitely the best and ending series two the way it did with almost a reboot of the whole super hero theme it left a lot of doors wide open.

After the online short episode that said goodbye to Nathan series three started off quite strong with the new addition of Rudy, the almost arrogant woman chaser who thinks himself god’s gift to all women. He’s arguably a lot like Nathan, just funny in a different way. We are introduced to him in an episode that pretty much looks
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BBC America Brings the Dead Into Our Homes with The Fades

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Other than the Christmas special, Doctor Who has been off for a while. So has Bedlam, and now Primeval is over, too. So what’s next for BBC America’s Supernatural Saturdays? It’s The Fades and it has potential. Here for your advance perusal are the press release, trailer, and posters; the series premieres January 14.

The Fades, the coming of age fantasy drama from writer Jack Thorne (This is England ’86, Skins, Shameless), earned critical acclaim in the UK and is now set to premiere in the Us on January 14 as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday. Seventeen-year-old geek Paul (Iain De Caestecker, Young Herriot) is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that his therapist can’t explain. Neither can best friend and fellow social outcast, Mac (Daniel Kaluuya, Johnny English Reborn), or unsympathetic and much cooler twin sister, Anna (Lily Loveless, Skins). But trying to fit in becomes the least
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First Look at Birdsong starring Eddie Redmayne

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29 year old Eddie Redmayne (represented in the UK by United Agents) and Clémence Poesy star as the passionate lovers Stephen and Isabelle brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' epic love story Birdsong.

The two-part adaptation moves between 1910 and 1916, in turns telling the story of Stephen Wraysford's passionate and erotic, but ultimately doomed, affair with Isabelle Azaire before the war, and the enduring effect it has on him as he fights amidst the blood and gore of the trenches.

 This is where he meets Jack Firebrace (Joseph Mawle), a tunneller who is emotional, gregarious and popular with the other men, where Stephen is closed, reserved and distant. In Jack, Stephen sees a version of what he could be as he gradually learns from him what it means to be a man, and to be a father, and
See full article at ScreenTerrier »

2011: Celeb lists, unavoidable stars and sick

More lists, taking in Gregg Wallace's happiest feelings and Rihanna chucking up ribbons

8 movie characters you wouldn't want to fuck with, by Jordan Rizzle Kicks

1 Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (in Taken)

Literally slaps up most of Paris in 96 hours.

2 Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil (in Snatch)

One-hit wonder.

3 Gary Oldman as Stansfield (in Leon)

No one plays gun-toting villains like Gary Oldman.

4 Vincent Cassel as Jacques (in Mesrine)

He holds up a judge at gunpoint. Enough said.

5 Keanu Reeves as Neo (in The Matrix)

Can literally do anything.

6 Denzel Washington as Eli (in The Book Of Eli)

Can batter people while wearing a backpack.

7 Samuel L Jackson as Jules (in Pulp Fiction)

Just wants to be the shepherd.

8 Ben Kingsley as Don Logan (in Sexy Beast)

Doesn't take no for an answer.

Rizzle Kicks' single Mama Do The Hump is out on Boxing Day

Alistair Darling's finest
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

2011: Celeb lists, unavoidable stars and sick

More lists, taking in Gregg Wallace's happiest feelings and Rihanna chucking up ribbons

8 movie characters you wouldn't want to fuck with, by Jordan Rizzle Kicks

1 Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (in Taken)

Literally slaps up most of Paris in 96 hours.

2 Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil (in Snatch)

One-hit wonder.

3 Gary Oldman as Stansfield (in Leon)

No one plays gun-toting villains like Gary Oldman.

4 Vincent Cassel as Jacques (in Mesrine)

He holds up a judge at gunpoint. Enough said.

5 Keanu Reeves as Neo (in The Matrix)

Can literally do anything.

6 Denzel Washington as Eli (in The Book Of Eli)

Can batter people while wearing a backpack.

7 Samuel L Jackson as Jules (in Pulp Fiction)

Just wants to be the shepherd.

8 Ben Kingsley as Don Logan (in Sexy Beast)

Doesn't take no for an answer.

Rizzle Kicks' single Mama Do The Hump is out on Boxing Day

Alistair Darling's finest
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

This Is England '88: This Is Forgiveness

Commenting on the commentators with Simon Columb...

Euan Ferguson writes in The Observer about the recent TV and, crucially, the outstanding This Is England '88:

"Tellingly, I thought, the hugs said it all. When members of the old bunch hugged, even after estrangement, it was real. When Woody and new girl Jen tried to group-hug the dreadful boss Mr Squires and his new woman, after an increasingly drunken 'bonding' meal at Christmas – yes, it was set at Christmas, and a far truer one than you'll see depicted elsewhere in the next week – glasses and chairs and napkins got all in the way; it couldn't have been more excruciatingly, wittily stilted. When Woody and Lol hugged at the end, apparently reunited, it was very real. This was all phenomenal, partly because you feel the actors thoroughly love and suffer with their deeply etched characters. Roll on their next story, and
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Rewind TV: This is England '88; Tourettes: I Swear I Can Sing; Imagine: Books – The Last Chapter?; Class Dismissed – review

Shane Meadows's This Is England '88 provided the outstanding dramatic moments of the week while there was worrying news for bookworms in Imagine

This is England '88 (C4) | 4Od

Tourettes: I Swear I Can Sing (BBC3) | iPlayer

Imagine: Books – The Last Chapter? (BBC1) | iPlayer

Class Dismissed (BBC2) | iPlayer

This Is England, Shane Meadows's coruscating, dark, joyous and hauntingly watchable drama following a gang of friends, desperately amiable misfits, growing up before our eyes in a chill northern town, first exploded on to the big screen five years ago and has now had two TV sequels – the film was set in 1983, the follow-ups in '86 and '88. It is fast becoming not just a drama but our collective memory of the years most of us have lived through together.

We can relive them, and reflect. On all the changes, for good and for ill, the speed of which we
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Rewind TV: This is England '88; Tourettes: I Swear I Can Sing; Imagine: Books – The Last Chapter?; Class Dismissed – review

Shane Meadows's This Is England '88 provided the outstanding dramatic moments of the week while there was worrying news for bookworms in Imagine

This is England '88 (C4) | 4Od

Tourettes: I Swear I Can Sing (BBC3) | iPlayer

Imagine: Books – The Last Chapter? (BBC1) | iPlayer

Class Dismissed (BBC2) | iPlayer

This Is England, Shane Meadows's coruscating, dark, joyous and hauntingly watchable drama following a gang of friends, desperately amiable misfits, growing up before our eyes in a chill northern town, first exploded on to the big screen five years ago and has now had two TV sequels – the film was set in 1983, the follow-ups in '86 and '88. It is fast becoming not just a drama but our collective memory of the years most of us have lived through together.

We can relive them, and reflect. On all the changes, for good and for ill, the speed of which we
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Shane Meadows, digital technology and the making of This is England 88

How digital cameras saved Shane Meadows' sanity and defined the look and feel of the latest This is England instalment

So This is England is over again. For three luminous, heart-wrenching nights, the lives of Shaun, Woody, Lol and the crew completely transformed the mood and quality of advent TV, giving us a break from the mawkish seasonal "treats" we're more familiar with.

Shane Meadows' semi-autobiographical series has become known for its gritty realism, its grasp on the dank, cold colours of crumbling council estates, but also for the warmth of its brilliant cast.

Interestingly, capturing the feel of these places and these lives has been as much about technology as it has about Meadows mining his own childhood and teen years for inspiration. Behind the scenes, This Is England charts how Meadows has struggled with budgetary limitations throughout his career, and how the digital revolution has allowed
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Shane Meadows, digital technology and the making of This is England 88

How digital cameras saved Shane Meadows' sanity and defined the look and feel of the latest This is England instalment

So This is England is over again. For three luminous, heart-wrenching nights, the lives of Shaun, Woody, Lol and the crew completely transformed the mood and quality of advent TV, giving us a break from the mawkish seasonal "treats" we're more familiar with.

Shane Meadows' semi-autobiographical series has become known for its gritty realism, its grasp on the dank, cold colours of crumbling council estates, but also for the warmth of its brilliant cast.

Interestingly, capturing the feel of these places and these lives has been as much about technology as it has about Meadows mining his own childhood and teen years for inspiration. Behind the scenes, This Is England charts how Meadows has struggled with budgetary limitations throughout his career, and how the digital revolution has allowed
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

TV Review: This Is England 88 Part 1

In Shane Meadows’ excellent 2006 film This Is England we saw how a group of young skinheads dealt with life in Thatcher’s England in 1983. That was followed up last year by a Channel 4 t.v. series which caught up with the gang three years later in ’86 and during the summer with the Football World Cup as the main focus point of much of England. We now catch up with them again during the Christmas of ‘88 in a three part special, the first of which aired on our screens last night.

Meadows’ latest outing in 80s Northern England sees the same characters return to our screens with Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) and Smell (Rosamund Hanson) continuing their relationship, but with Shaun’s attention wandering. Lol (Vicky McClure) is struggling to raise her daughter Lisa, conceived whilst cheating on her then boyfriend Woody (Joe Gilgun) with his best mate Milky (Andrew Shim
See full article at Obsessed with Film »

TV highlights 13/12/2011

  • The Guardian - Film News
My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas | This Is England '88 | True Stories: Transgenders – Pakistan's Open Secret | Enlightened | Him & Her | Imagine: Books – The Last Chapter?

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas

9pm, Channel 4

A festive special of the documentary series about members of the Irish travelling community and their enormous dresses. We meet some new characters as they prepare for Christmas. Obviously, producers have chucked in a couple of weddings, so the audience's lust for orange women in giant doilies can be sated. And Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty invites us into his home to see how he and his family celebrate. But it's no easy task hiding presents from the kids when you live in a caravan. Or cramming everyone around the table for turkey and pudding. Julia Raeside

This Is England '88

10pm, Channel 4

From the scene-setting clips of Thatcher to Lol watching the EastEnders Christmas special
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

TV highlights 13/12/2011

  • The Guardian - TV News
My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas | This Is England '88 | True Stories: Transgenders – Pakistan's Open Secret | Enlightened | Him & Her | Imagine: Books – The Last Chapter?

My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas

9pm, Channel 4

A festive special of the documentary series about members of the Irish travelling community and their enormous dresses. We meet some new characters as they prepare for Christmas. Obviously, producers have chucked in a couple of weddings, so the audience's lust for orange women in giant doilies can be sated. And Celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty invites us into his home to see how he and his family celebrate. But it's no easy task hiding presents from the kids when you live in a caravan. Or cramming everyone around the table for turkey and pudding. Julia Raeside

This Is England '88

10pm, Channel 4

From the scene-setting clips of Thatcher to Lol watching the EastEnders Christmas special
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

'This Is England '88' Shane Meadows, Vicky McClure Q&A

'This Is England '88' Shane Meadows, Vicky McClure Q&A
This Is England '86 was undeniably great drama, so when we heard that we'd be getting a follow-up - This Is England '88 - we got a little bit excited. And the fact that it would be set at Christmas got us even more giddy. Well, we've had a sneak peek at the first episode of this new three-part series and can confirm it's classic This Is England - funny, emotional, smart, touching. Brilliant stuff, in other words. After a screening at BAFTA, director Shane Meadows and star Vicky McClure - known to This Is England fans as Lol - chatted about the show, so read on to find out what they had to say! Why did you decide to make a new series of This Is England set in 1988?

Shane: "The big difference with This Is England is I've never revisited anything else. I wouldn't want to for mental
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

Good luck to Caroline Flack. She'll need it | Barbara Ellen

So far as I dimly remember, I wasn't particularly keen on 17-year-old boys even when I was a 17-year-old girl, so this situation is mystifying

Television presenter Caroline Flack has been in the news for supposedly dating Harry Styles from One Direction.

Well, "in the news" is one way of putting it. Hounded and bullied is another, and not just by One Direction fans.

I keep expecting to look out of my window to see Flack being dragged through the streets, shaven-headed, and tarred and feathered. All because Styles is 17, while Flack is 32. Which seems to mark her out as a criminal, except in the eyes of the law.

Harry Styles turns 18 in a couple of months; does this make it any better? How about the fact that this is the same sweet innocent, tousle-headed Harry who, exactly a year ago, whispered excitedly into X Factor winner, Matt Cardle's ear,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »
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