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Grand Budapest Hotel overtakes Need for Speed

26 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox

The winner

When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.

It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »

- Charles Gant

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Sherlock, new Doctor Who added to Netflix UK

17 March 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sherlock is now available to stream on Netflix UK.

The first two series of the Benedict Cumberbatch series - totalling six 90-minute TV films - have been added for members in the UK and Ireland.

Series six of Doctor Who - plus 2010's Christmas special, 'A Christmas Carol' - will also join the first five series of the revamped BBC sci-fi drama.

Totalling 14 episodes, series six was the second run to feature Matt Smith as the Doctor and also stars Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston.

Other new additions to Netflix UK include the first two series of Call the Midwife and the first, six-part series of Last Tango in Halifax.

The streaming service also recently made episodes of Homeland and American Horror Story available to UK members, with the first two seasons of both series now available to stream.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - »

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Jay Leno Reminds Bill Maher Of Israel As He’s Inducted Into TV Academy Hall Of Fame

12 March 2014 12:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jay Leno, being inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, said he’s glad he left NBC’s Tonight Show when he did because he was the oldest person on the show. Everyone else was 20 to 40 years younger than him and, while you may think you’re holding your own with them, “they’re really just laughing at you,” he explained. “You can’t be hip past a certain age. You have old guy gestures.” And when you make references to The Dick Van Dyke Show they think it’ s “a lesbian joke or something” —  and they don’t understand what you’re talking about when you say the time is “Half past 2.” Leno told the Beverly Wilshire Hotel gathering his favorite book is Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol —  a searing indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism — and his favorite character in that classic work of literature, »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Complete Buffy reviews: Amends

11 March 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

It's a bit weird, typing this review up at the tail end of February. I feel like I should be wearing some brightly coloured party hat while finding at least three Christmas songs that I can actually stand (for the record, Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses and for some bizarre reason, Macca's festive cheese-fest Wonderful Christmastime are the only festive musical choices that don't make me want to take an axe to the pub stereo in December). Because Santa Joss is in town, delivering many a festive gift to all Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans with the episode, Amends.

Christmas episodes are always tricky things. There's the danger that they pile on the schmaltz and overdo the usual festive clichés. So, how does Amends stand up in this regard? To be honest, it's not a Buffy episode that I'd have readily picked as »

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theater critic sees a few films, figures that’s basis enough to trash film critics

22 February 2014 8:43 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Oh my goodness. The Los Angeles Times’ theater critic, Charles McNulty, is calling out film critics for what he perceives as our lack of critical rigor. Because he’s seen a few of the year’s Oscar-bait flicks, and he doesn’t think they’re all that great:

By overwhelming critical consensus, 2013 was a banner year for movies. End-of-the-year lists, that dependable fruitcake of entertainment journalism, arrived with festive unanimity. It was a “tremendous” (the Atlantic’s Christopher Orr), “amazing” (the New Yorker’s Richard Brody), “flat-out, stone-cold, hands-down spectacular year in movies” (the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday).

As a theater critic who loves spending his free nights plunged in cinematic darkness, I couldn’t haven’t been more excited to get these reports amplifying the raves that came fast and furious all fall. There’s nothing I like better than bingeing on Oscar bait in late December when »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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L.A.'s Noise Within Nabs Lucrative Grants

31 January 2014 11:51 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

A Noise Within will continue its expansion, with three new grants flooding the coffers of the Los Angeles-area classical repertory theater company.  The company, which in its 2011-12 season moved into a 283-seat theatre in Pasadena, was awarded $175,000 in new grants from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Rose Hills Foundation and the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Two grants are for operational support and one is for its educational programs. "When you get support from institutions like these three, it's almost like the 'Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,'" said Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, Anw’s producing artistic director along with Geoff Elliott. "It opens other opportunities for any organization." The company currently has a six-play season, in addition to producing "A Christmas Carol" during the holidays. That's unlikely to expand, despite the cash infusion. Still, Rodriguez-Elliott said they're in "a period of tremendous growth."  "It really has been the case since we moved into Pasadena, »

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Ricky Gervais interview: Muppets Most Wanted, comedy

26 January 2014 10:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Simon Brew 27 Jan 2014 - 06:15

We chat to Ricky Gervais on the set of Muppets Most Wanted to find out more about the film...

This interview contains a spoiler for a costume that Ricky Gervais wears in Muppets Most Wanted. Not a massive spoiler, but thought you'd want to know

It's March 2013, and we're having a pinch-yourself day. For we're on the set of Muppets Most Wanted (still simply known as Muppets II at this point), and have seen things that would have our younger selves pinching ourselves. We'll have, as a result, a lot more on the film for you in the weeks ahead.

Our starting point though is when we're bundled into a room with a bunch of other wide-eyed visitors from around Europe. Turns out the room belongs to one of the stars of the film, Ricky Gervais. And turns out too that he's wearing a lemur costume, »

- simonbrew

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Macabre Mansion Announces New Audio Drama Poe Poe Pitiful Me Hosted by Dr. Shocker

13 January 2014 8:45 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Word of a new project that combines the works of Edgar Allan Poe with the talented team at Macabre Mansion has arrived. Check out the first details on the original all-star audio drama Poe Poe Pitiful Me.

From the Press Release:

Producers Daniel Roebuck and Kevin Herren are teaming up to produce Poe Poe Pitiful Me. Hosted by Dr. Shocker (Roebuck), our story follows struggling writer Edgar Allan Poe as he pitches three of his original stories to a publisher.

The three Poe stories - The Oblong Box, The Cask Of Amontillado, and Premature Burial - stay true to Poe's original writings with only minor changes in dialogue.

"This audio drama will be a little different than the rest of the 'Macabre Mansion Presents' series," Herren said. "It's going to be a comedic fictional day in the life of Poe with three of Poe's short stories being played out inside the fictional piece. »

- Debi Moore

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Lost’s Dr. Arzt to Star in Audio Drama Poe Poe Pitiful Me

10 January 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

The Lost fan in me is always happy to see some of the cast members up to other things, especially some of the characters who were only on the show a short time. Dr. Arzt (Daniel Roebuck) was one of those favorites, for sure. He’s producing and starring in an audio drama, Poe Poe Pitiful Me, that will be out this October. Check out all the details below.

Daniel Roebuck and Kevin Herren are teaming up to produce an original All-star audio drama Poe Poe Pitiful Me

Producers Daniel Roebuck (Halloween 2, Walking Dead, Lost, Dr Shocker’S Vault Of Horror) and Kevin Herren (The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, Tales From Beyond) are teaming up to produce an original All-star audio drama Poe Poe Pitiful Me.

Hosted by Dr Shocker, our story follows struggling writer Edgar Allan Poe as »

- Jess Orso

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