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The Eurovision Song Contest scored 7.7m (35.3%) for BBC One on Saturday, overnight data suggests.
The annual show, which saw the UK's entrant Bonnie Tyler finish 19th, was up 230k on last year, peaking at 9.22m. It aired between 8pm and 11.30pm.
However, Britain's Got Talent maintained its lead on the Saturday night ratings, pulling in 8.8m (38.1%) from 7.30pm on ITV - down 1.74m on last week. It peaked at 9.31m, while a further 455k (1.9%) caught the programme on ITV+1.
Later on ITV, gameshow The Cube had 3.2m (13.8%) at 8.45pm and The Jonathan Ross Show took 1.7m (8.1%) an hour later.
Earlier, Doctor Who finale 'The Name of the Doctor' appealed to 5.46m (25.9%) viewers from 7pm, up 720k on last week.
BBC Two aired Sincerely, F Scott Fitzgerald: A Culture Show Special at 8.30pm, picking up 540k (2.3%). Flog It! gave the channel its best ratings of the day, scoring 1.62m (7.6%) at 7pm. »
Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans are expanding their family! The 39-year-old former Ringer star and his 41-year-old wife are expecting their second child, People reports. Gruffudd and Evans, who already have 3-year-old daughter Ella Betsi Janet, are "thrilled" to be pregnant again, a rep for the cute couple tells the mag. Their new bundle on joy is expected later this year. You may recognize Gruffudd from 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer alongside Jessica Alba. Evans most recently played Esther on The Vampire Diaries. Congrats! »
Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis, Irish Dreamtime’s Beau St. Clair and Envision Entertainment’s Grant Cramer announced today that they’ve joined forces to produce the sophisticated romantic comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman. To be directed by Tom Vaughan (What Happens In Vegas, Starter For Ten), the film stars Pierce Brosnan (The Thomas Crown Affair), Jessica Alba (Sin City) and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), and was written by Brit Matthew Newman.
The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson has come on board to handle international rights for the picture and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. In the film Pierce Brosnan stars as a Cambridge University professor who meets his match in Kristin Scott Thomas, and is forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess after he manages to get Jessica Alba, her graduate student stepsister, »
- Michelle McCue
Hollywood's got a pretty checkered history when it comes to whitewashing minority movie roles, so this is definitely fair play.
For his upcoming reboot of "The Fantastic Four," director Josh Trank reportedly has his sights lasered in on his own "Chronicle" alum Michael B. Jordan for the role of Johnny "Human Torch" Storm, melanin deficiency issues in the cartoon version be darned.
Audiences might recall that the 2005 version and its sole sequel ("Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer") featured "Captain America" himself Chris Evans in the role, but for his movie, Trank's ready to go another way with it.
The director is said to be hoping for a super reunion with Jordan, according to The Wrap's inside sources, and if the young "Wire" and "Friday Night Lights" stud jives well with the other actors in contention for fellow roles for the hopeful franchise restarter, then he's got a good »
- Amanda Bell
According to The Wrap, the first member of the rebooted “Fantastic Four” might be cast – Michael B. Jordan, who co-starred in director Josh Trank’s previous movie, the more-clever-than-it-had-any-right-to-be “Chronicle,” seems to be in contention to play The Human Torch aka Johnny Storm. The reboot is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. What makes this interesting, of course, is that Jordan is an African American actor, and the Human Torch, in the comics and in the original two “Fantastic Four” movies, is white (current Captain America Chris Evans played the character in “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”). It also calls into question the casting of the Invisible Woman, Aka Sue Storm, who is Johnny’s sister, and another member of the superhero team. Is it too early to suggest Kerry Washington? If not: Kerry Washington. We’re all for breaking the color barrier when it comes »
- Drew Taylor
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #10....
Sin City, 2005.
Starring Jessica Alba, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood.
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez teamed up with co-director Frank Miller to bring Miller's seedy, violent world of Basin City to the screen in 2005's stylish neo noir Sin City; based upon three of Miller's Sin City comic book 'yarns' - The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow Bastard - the film recreated Miller's visual style through the use of a digital backlot and stark black and white cinematography mixed with splashes of colour to deliver a unique comic book movie experience. »
- Flickering Myth
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Deadpool, Venom, Ninja Turtles, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Man of Steel, Arrow, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Superman: Unbound, Ultimate Spider-Man and more...
Wolverine trailers... you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. Yes, 20th Century Fox's marketing department finally remembered this past week that they have a big-budget superhero blockbuster coming out in the summer by giving us our first look at Hugh Jackman's latest outing as the adamantium-clawed mutant Logan in director James Mangold's The Wolverine. Things got underway on Monday with the arrival of two posters (one of which looks like it's been put together via a "Your »
- Flickering Myth
Writer Don Payne, who began his writing career on TV in the mid-nineties with episodes of Hope and Gloria, Can’t Hurry Love, Men Behaving Badly, Veronica’s Closet and The Brian Benben Show before becoming writer, producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer and consulting producer of The Simpsons, has passed at 48, losing his long battle with bone cancer. The Simpsons’ showrunner Al Jean stated: “Don was a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful man. He was beloved in the ‘Simpsons’ community and his untimely passing is terrible news to us all.” Payne either wrote or co-wrote 18 episodes of the long-running Fox series beginning in 2000. He segued into screenwriting in 2006 with My Super Ex-Girlfriend, followed by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thor, Maximum Ride and this fall’s Thor: The Dark World. In 2006, he told the website Cinematical that “I’ve always wanted to write features. That’s »
Don Payne was the acclaimed screenwriter of "Thor," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," "My Super Ex Girlfriend," among others and Emmy winning and WGA winning writer and producer of the "The Simpsons." He passed away from cancer on March 26. When the news broke of Don's passing there was an outpouring of sadness on twitter and Facebook from those whose lives he touched, including myself. Don was genuinely kind, witty, and talented. We spoke a year or so ago and then a few months ago via email when he told me »
- Abra Deering Norton
His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/YgqVYH) that Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home.
Payne shared four Emmys won by "The Simpsons."
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com »
Screenwriter Don Payne has died, it has been announced.
Details of his death have yet to be released.
For many years, he worked with fellow screenwriter John Frink.
Dennings described Payne as "a wonderful, »
Don Payne, a writer whose work has encompassed sitcoms, The Simpsons and big movies for several Marvel characters, has died at the age of 48.Born and raised in North Carolina, Payne harboured a desire to be involved with TV and, in particular, film, from a young age. He met writing partner John Frink while at UCLA and the pair worked together on the staffs of several unsuccessful sitcoms.But more high profile work was to follow when they joined the team behind The Simpsons, writing several episodes including two Treehouse Of Horror entries and The Bart Wants What It Wants.Yet Payne had big screen ambitions. “I've always wanted to write features. That's why I moved to Los Angeles in the first place,” he told Cinematical. “I started writing with John Frink when I was in college at UCLA. And I've been a comic book geek from way back.” After the disappointing My Super Ex-Girlfriend, »
Don Payne, a four-time Emmy winner for The Simpsons who co-wrote the screenplay to the Thor movie and its sequel, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with bone cancer. He was 48. Actresses Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander, who appeared in 2011's Thor and will be back for the November sequel Thor: The Dark World, tweeted the news Wednesday. Payne, a self-professed “comic book geek,” also was behind the scripts for My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and Columbia’s upcoming
- Mike Barnes
After bringing the God of Thunder to life on the page for Thor and Thor: The Dark World, screenwriter Don Payne is sadly no longer with us. Thor co-stars Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander were the first to alert us to the sand news and Deadline has confirmed Payne's death, though no details about how he passed have been revealed. Payne was also behind the scripts for My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but more importantly, he was an engaging writer who took the time to understand and discuss criticism for some of his work, always with an open mind and humility. When Dennings tweeted about the sad news, she said, "A wonderful, beautiful man has passed away. Don Payne, I am lucky to have known you. You are so missed." Meanwhile, Alexander tweeted, "My heart is broken. You were a wonderful funny man who »
- Ethan Anderton
Don Payne, a writer who penned both Thor movies, as well as many episodes of The Simpsons, has died. His longtime Simpsons associate Mike Scully broke the news on Twitter. After working for many years on sitcoms such as Veronica's Closet and Men Behaving Badly, Payne, a longtime comics fan, co-wrote the screenplays for three comic-book movies—Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Thor, and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World—as well as the superhero comedy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend. He also penned 16 episodes of The Simpsons, including “Thursdays With Abie,” “Love, Springfieldian Style,” and “Simpsons Christmas »
Don Payne, whose screenwriting credits include 2011′s Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and who was an award-winning writer/producer on The Simpsons, has died. He had been battling cancer. Payne started out in TV, hooking up with writing partner John Frink before graduating with a screenwriting master’s from UCLA. They penned episodes for such series as Hope & Gloria, The Brian Benben Show and Veronica’s Closet. Payne and Frink eventually joined The Simpsons, sharing in four Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program. In 2005, Payne received the WGA’s Paul Selvin Award for penning the Simpsons episode “Fraudcast News”, which skewered the TV news business. Another Simpsons episode — co-written as was the usual case with Frink — was “The Bart Wants What It Wants,” was nominated for a WGA Award for animation in 2003. Among his projects in the works, Payne, who described himself in a »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Don Payne, best known as writer and producer of several episodes of The Simpsons, has sadly passed away from circumstances that're currently unknown. His longtime associate on the animated sitcom, Mike Scully, broke the unfortunate news on Twitter earlier today. Beyond The Simpsons, Payne co-wrote screenplays for comic book films Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Studios' Thor and its upcoming sequel, The Dark World. While Payne is also expected to receive story credit for the latter film, we can only hope the 2013 Marvel sequel will be dedicated to his memory when it releases this Winter. Another big-screen adaptation in development, that Payne worked on, is based on the novel series Maximum Ride. Upon having the pleasure of chatting with the great writer through many emails, I found out Don Payne was not only an active follower of our little site, among many others, but more importantly »
Don Payne, whose film credits include "Thor," "Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer," and "Thor: The Dark World" passed away last night in Los Angeles, according to friends who spread the word today via Twitter. It seems fitting that I learned the news from the Twitter feeds of both Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander, who played Darcy and Sif in "Thor," and from Mike Scully, the man who first hired Payne to write for "The Simpsons." Payne is one of those people who I never met, but who was friends with a number of people who I am friends with, »
- Drew McWeeny
On Sunday night, Jean-Claude Van Damme (legendary action star of the 80′s and 90′s) posted on Facebook that Chris Hemsworth (who plays Thor in The Avengers) expressed an interest in bringing Van Damme onboard for The Avengers 2.
Van Damme’s Facebook page uploaded this photo:
And underneath it, Van Damme wrote:
I read that Chris Hemsworth (star of “Thor” and brother of Liam Hemsworth, “The Expendables 2″) would like me to costar in “The Avengers 2″ movie! Well, it would be fun to play one of these types of amazing comic book characters again. »
- Alex Corey
Last week we heard the news that Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) had joined the producing team on 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has came on board to polish the script of the upcoming reboot, which is being directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).
Grahame-Smith is the author behind the likes of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the latter of which he also adapted for the screen, and he was also responsible for penning the script for last year's big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows. His work on The Fantastic Four will see him polishing a script originally written by up-and-coming scribe Jeremy Slater.
According to THR's report The Fantastic Four "is taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology, which »
- Flickering Myth
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