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Idris Elba on directorial debut 'Yardie', #MeToo and "pinnacle role" James Bond

Idris Elba on directorial debut 'Yardie', #MeToo and
Idris Elba discusses his Sundance debut Yardie.

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‘Idris Elba and Aml Ameen on the set of Yardie’

In 2015, Idris Elba was about to board a flight from London to La when he bumped into fellow actor Aml Ameen. The two didn’t know each other well but had met a couple of times before. The encounter would prove serendipitous.

After seeing Ameen in Maze Runner, Elba had wanted to get in touch with the rising actor’s representatives to talk about the lead role in his directorial debut Yardie, an adaptation of Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley’s 1992 crime novel about a courier carrying cocaine from Jamaica to London who decides to go it alone and disappears into the mean streets of Hackney with a kilo of white powder. The thriller has a cult reputation in the UK where it proved a publishing hit.

“I was like, ‘Oh right, I know
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Race, adoption and a missing child: toxic issues are set to spark a national debate

Kiri, an acclaimed new TV drama starring Sarah Lancashire, asks hard questions about social care

Race, identity and the intervention of social-care workers are among the most toxic subjects in British society – so they are not the easiest themes to represent on primetime television. Enter Rachel De-lahay, one of two scriptwriters tasked with tackling this tricky mix for Kiri, an acclaimed new drama that sees the return of Sarah Lancashire to screens this week.

The series, primarily written by Jack Thorne, the man behind acclaimed stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as well as the scripts for numerous TV shows, including National Treasure and episodes of Skins and This is England, follows an inter-racial adoption that goes terribly wrong. It is both a tense mystery and an almost forensic unpicking of British attitudes towards race and identity, with Miriam (Lancashire), an experienced care worker, at its centre.

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Competition: Win ‘The Man With the Iron Heart’ on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Man With the Iron Heart - available on DVD & Blu-ray 8th Jan. 2018 – we are giving away a Blu-ray and a paperback copy of ‘HHhH’.

Starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, ‘71), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, This Is England), Jack Reynor (Free Fire, Macbeth) and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice In Wonderland), The Man With the Iron Heart is an action-packed account of the audacious World War Two mission to kill top ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, based on the international bestseller HHhH.

In part a chilling portrait of the rise of the Nazis, as well as an inspiring account of an extraordinary attempt to stop them by striking at their very core, The Man With the Iron Heart is a bold, superbly made war film that ranks alongside the likes of Dunkirk and Valkyrie.
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Giveaway – Win The Man with the Iron Heart on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of The Man With The Iron Heart – available on DVD & Blu-ray 8th Jan. 2018 – we are giving away a Blu-ray and a paperback copy of HHhH.

Starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, ‘71), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, This Is England), Jack Reynor (Free Fire, Macbeth) and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice In Wonderland), The Man With The Iron Heart is an action-packed account of the audacious World War Two mission to kill top ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, based on the international bestseller HHhH.

In part a chilling portrait of the rise of the Nazis, as well as an inspiring account of an extraordinary attempt to stop them by striking at their very core, The Man With The Iron Heart is a bold, superbly made war film that ranks alongside the likes of Dunkirk and Valkyrie.

“A
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Kids Now Casting: London-Based Male Actor Wanted for Lead Role in Feature Film

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to make it into a feature film in 2018, check it off right away with a lead role. Casting is underway for London-based talent for a lead role in a major feature film, cast by Des Hamilton, the casting director of “This Is England,” “Top Boy,” and more. An articulate, confident, and unique-looking young male actor, aged 10–14, is wanted for a lead role in the film. No acting experience is necessary. The production will rehearse and shoot in 2018. The role will be fully-compensated, with specific rates are Tbd. Ready to apply? Head directly to the casting notice and do so at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions!
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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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His Dark Materials: the TV series inches forward again

Kirsten Howard Jan 16, 2018

It looks like we might finally be seeing some movement on the long-gestating His Dark Materials TV show...

Although the BBC have had their eight-part adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy in the works for a while, their planned 2017 premiere date slipped away from them, and writer Jack Thorne (The Fades, Skins) turned up at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival last April to confirm that the series was still very much in the realms of pre-production.

See related 35 must-watch movies in 2017

Now, though, it seems that the show may finally be heading towards the first stages of actual filming. The Knowledge (via Cultbox) has reported that production company Bad Wolf will be spending the next few months scouting facilities in Wales, with Pinewood and Dragon in the running.

Honestly, it's been so long since we had some fresh news on this, we're trying not to get too excited,
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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....
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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

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
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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
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Actors Talk 'Misfits' Season 3: Nazis & Zombie Cheerleaders

Actors Talk 'Misfits' Season 3: Nazis & Zombie Cheerleaders
The wait is finally over for U.S. fans of the hit U.K. series "Misfits." The popular raunchy sci-fi teen dramedy is returning exclusively to Hulu for Season 3. As sad as we are to see Nathan (Robert Sheehan) go, we have to admit, actor Joe Gilgun, who steps into the new role of Rudy, looks pretty good in that orange jumpsuit.

The E4 hit follows a group of young offenders forced to work in a community service program, where they acquire supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm, but being a superhero isn't as easy as it looks, especially when something always seems to go awry for the group.

Even though we’ll miss the hysterically obscene Nathan, his replacement is equally as entertaining, according to stars Iwan Rheon and Lauren Socha. "Joe Gilgun is brilliant," Socha told HuffPost TV in a phone interview. "Me and Joe, we live together.
See full article at Huffington Post »

Actors Talk 'Misfits' Season 3: Nazis & Zombie Cheerleaders

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Actors Talk 'Misfits' Season 3: Nazis & Zombie Cheerleaders
The wait is finally over for U.S. fans of the hit U.K. series "Misfits." The popular raunchy sci-fi teen dramedy is returning exclusively to Hulu for Season 3. As sad as we are to see Nathan (Robert Sheehan) go, we have to admit, actor Joe Gilgun, who steps into the new role of Rudy, looks pretty good in that orange jumpsuit.

The E4 hit follows a group of young offenders forced to work in a community service program, where they acquire supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm, but being a superhero isn't as easy as it looks, especially when something always seems to go awry for the group.

Even though we’ll miss the hysterically obscene Nathan, his replacement is equally as entertaining, according to stars Iwan Rheon and Lauren Socha. "Joe Gilgun is brilliant," Socha told HuffPost TV in a phone interview. "Me and Joe, we live together.
See full article at Aol TV. »

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 »
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