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Andrew Sachs joins EastEnders

22 hours ago | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Andrew Sachs has joined the cast of 'EastEnders'. The veteran actor - who is well known for playing the role of Manuel in the comedy series 'Fawlty Towers' - is to make a guest stint in the soap for a handful of episodes in the new year. Although producers are yet to reveal who the 84-year-old star will play, appearing in a soap is nothing new for Andrew, having previously appeared in ITV's 'Coronation Street'. In 2009, the father-of-three was cast in the soap opera as the brother of Norris, Ramsay Clegg, featuring in 27 episodes in the role. The 'Quartet' star became embroiled »

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The Apprentice star Solomon slams fellow contestants

18 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Andrew Sachs has joined the cast of 'EastEnders'. The veteran actor - who is well known for playing the role of Manuel in the comedy series 'Fawlty Towers' - is to make a guest stint in the soap for a handful of episodes in the new year. Although producers are yet to reveal who the 84-year-old star will play, appearing in a soap is nothing new for Andrew, having previously appeared in ITV's 'Coronation Street'. In 2009, the father-of-three was cast in the soap opera as the brother of Norris, Ramsay Clegg, featuring in 27 episodes in the role. The 'Quartet' star became embroiled »

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Dad’s Army movie set for release in February 2016

10 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Dad’s Army, the upcoming feature remake of the beloved British comedy series, and the film has been given a UK release date of February 5th, 2016.

“We are proud to bring Dad’s Army to cinema audiences early 2016. This feature film re-imagining of the characters from the original comedy series, which remains a cultural heritage, is sure to please all audiences. We cannot wait to see sold-out cinemas enjoy the antics of timeless creations like Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and their platoon and discover other characters both familiar and new.”

Here’s the official synopsis…

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great »

- Gary Collinson

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Paddington movie review: please look in on this movie, thank you

26 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about CGI creepiness

I have read the source material (and I am indifferent about it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So, a small brown illegal immigrant — he doesn’t even have a passport — sneaks over the border into the United Kingdom… and is instantly welcomed into the home of a quintessentially English family in London, complete with a kooky elderly kinswoman of unspecified relation and a house that is the epitome of storybook chic.

And it is adorable.

Adorable.

Paddington is, in fact, so cute and witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky and positively downright altruistic that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Anniversaries: Alfred Schnittke Born 80 Years Ago

24 November 2014 4:33 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Controversial composer Alfred Schnittke was born November 24, 1934 in the Soviet Union's Volga Republic, an ethnic German enclave. In his mid-thirties he pioneered a broadly eclectic style of composing that drew on many classical styles (even sometimes quoting familiar Beethoven or Bach works, among others) as well as the occasional foray into jazz and pop. By 1972 his experimentalism had earned the disapproval of the Soviet Composers Union (the Soviets also weren't enamored of his occasional expressions of religion, for that matter), but a number of esteemed musicians who had left Russia to live in the West supported his work and brought him an international reputation. His work was basically pessimistic in outlook, but its emotional impact, and the accessibility of some of the styles he drew on, nonetheless seduced many listeners.

The contradictions in Schnittke's style are laid out in his liner notes to the Bis recording of his Symphony No. »

- SteveHoltje

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My Old Lady movie review (London Film Festival)

21 November 2014 11:40 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A bitterly funny pas de trois character dramedy performed by three compulsively watchable actors. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Kevin Kline’s “old lady” is not what you might perhaps be expecting. He’s a New Yorker who comes to Paris to check out the apartment his recently deceased French father has left him only to discover that Maggie Smith is living there. Turns out his dad got the place on the cheap many years earlier thanks to a peculiar quirk of Parisian real estate: the purchase was such a bargain because it was a viager, which entitles the former owner to continue living in the property and get paid a sort of reverse-mortgage by the new owner until the seller dies. Well, it’s »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Delegation unveiled for Two Cities

3 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Event aimed at increasing co-production between London and Paris was masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission.

Television drama producers from London and Paris will take part in A Tale Of Two Cities.

Masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission, the event is aimed at making new creative and financing connections to increase co-production and collaboration between the two cities.

The producers taking part are:

London

Kate Sinclair, Feet Films / Company Pictures (Shameless, The White Queen)

Lachlan MacKinnon, Intrepido (Burton And Taylor, Spooks)

Stewart Mackinnon, Headline Pictures (Quartet, The Invisible Woman)

Ben Grass, Pure Grass Films (Twist, The Drake Equation)

David Tanner, Rainmark Films (The Other Man, The Special Relationship)

Dominic Barlow, Barlow Pallis Films (Garrow’s Law, The Revolution Will Be Televised)

Paris

Christine de Bourbon Busset of Lincoln TV (Pigalle la Nuit, Tony’s Revenge)

Marie Dours of Marilou Films (Guts and Glory)

Aurélie Meimon of Mademoiselle Films (The Odissey »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Halloween-Appropriate Compositions

31 October 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

I used to work at a store where some of us employees liked to dress up for Halloween. One year the young woman I worked with that day dressed in her full Goth regalia (this is someone with a spiderweb tattoo), and when one customer said to her, "I love your costume," she replied, coldly and seriously, "It's not a costume." Ever since then I have thought of Halloween as the one day each year when Goths "fit in."

From whence does "Goth" come as a description of this subculture? Not from the original Goths, Germanic barbarians who sacked Rome and later founded the kingdom that eventually became Spain and Portugal. Rather, it comes from "Gothic fiction," an English literary movement (so called in reference to the architecture of castles) that dates from Horace Walpole's 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto.

Such famed literature as Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, »

- SteveHoltje

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What's New on Netflix for November 2014

28 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for November? You've come to the right place.

We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 9 of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or something. Oh, and you might want to make a note about November 22; "Snowpiercer" is worth the wait.

Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in November, provided by Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.

Available November 1

"Artifact" (2012)

First known as an actor, Jared Leto has also found success in the music industry with his band 30 Seconds to Mars. This documentary follows the band as it makes the album "This is War" while battling recording giant Emi in a pivotal lawsuit.

"Babes In Toyland" (1961)

Composer Victor Herbert's operetta comes delightfully to »

- Tim Hayne

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First look at the new Dad’s Army

24 October 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news that Dad’s Army was being given the big screen reboot treatment from Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) and now we have our first look at the cast in full costume.

Check out the photos below…

Taking on the role of Captain Mainwaring will be Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) alongside Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as his right-hand man Wilson. Also joining them will be Tom Courtenay (Quartet) as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Godfrey, Danny Mays (Frankenstein) as Walker, Bill Paterson (The Killing Fields) as Fraser and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) as the young and naive Pike. Also joining the cast is Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street), Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) and Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) as journalist Rose Winters. »

- Luke Owen

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Cast revealed for Dad’s Army remake movie

8 October 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler?

The cast has been revealed for the big screen remake of classic British comedy Dad’s Army including a couple of oscar winners and nominees.

Taking on the role of Captain Mainwaring will be Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) alongside Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as his right-hand man Wilson. Also joining them will be Tom Courtnay (Quartet) as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Godfrey, Danny Mays (Frankenstein) as Walker, Bill Paterson (The Killing Fields) as Fraser and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) as the young and naive Pike. Also joining the cast is Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street), Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) and Annete Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) as journalist Rose Winters.

Here’s the synopsis…

Set in 1944 as the Second World War reaches its climax, »

- Luke Owen

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Full Cast Revealed For The Dad’s Army Movie!

8 October 2014 3:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Growing up, one of my favourite things to do was sit at my grandparents house and tuck down for an episode of the brilliant BBC sitcom Dad’s Army on a Saturday night. Week in. Week out. I think it was one of the first shows that I watched religiously, from beginning to end content lay, and absolutely loved sharing the many laughs contained throughout with my Grandad.

A new film is in the works, and today the full cast for it was revealed. Bill Nighy will head up a 2015 version of Dad’S Army as Wilson, along with Catherine Zeta Jones (Rose), Toby Jones (Manwaring), The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison (Pike), Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Danny Mays as (Walker), Bill Paterson (Fraser), Sarah Lancashire , Alison Steadman, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.

Shooting on the project is set to start this month in Yorkshire, England. »

- Paul Heath

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Headline Pictures reveals TV slate

7 October 2014 3:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London-based Headline Pictures, the outfit behind Quartet and The Invisible Woman, has revealed further details of its slate of high end TV dramas. 

One of the company’s long gestating projects, Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle, is now shooting in Seattle.

Headline has partnered with Amazon Studios, which is wholly funding the project, and is being filmed in the first instance as a pilot.

This will be broadcast in December and a decision will be taken as to whether a 10-part series will follow.

The drama, set in an alternate future in which Germany and Japan won the Second World War, is scripted by Frank Spotnitz and is being directed by David Semel.

The Man In The High Castle has been put together as a production between Scott Free, Headline Pictures and Electric Shepherd, the production arm of the Philip K. Dick estate.

“Headline created this show, secured the rights »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Box Office: Expect Gone Girl To Stick Around

5 October 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hey all, Nathaniel back at my own home blog. Sorry for my radio silence the past couple of days but on rare occasions the words just don't come. What did you see this weekend? Here's what the masses turned out for.

Gone Girl's strong opening weekend -- a best for David Fincher -- suggests that it's going to stick around for awhile given how many conversations it starts (and editorials it will continue to inspire). That must be what that blurb whore meant when he said "date movie of the decade"... that you'd want to talk about it after seeing it giving you conversation fodder at dinner. At least I hope that's what he meant because the story is so cynical about relationships and would probably be a horrible thing to see with someone you barely knew and didn't know if you could trust and didn't know how to »

- NATHANIEL R

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Billy Connolly Opens up About Parkinson's and Losing Friend Robin Williams

23 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Billy Connolly has had to struggle with a lot over the last couple of years, with one week in particular, proving more challenging than most after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, deafness and prostate cancer, he told The Daily Mirror on Monday.  The larger-than-life Scottish comedian-turned-actor and star of BraveQuartetMrs. Brown and the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is currently promoting the dramedy What I Did On Our Holiday, which also stars David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, and will be released in the U.K. on Friday. Speaking to the Mirror, he was in a reflective mood about

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- Abid Rahman

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DVD Review: 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

15 September 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Implanting the dark heart of Gothic fiction into his signature cinematic carcass of deadpan humour and beatnik contemplation, indie provocateur Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is the story of two misanthropic vampires who have been in love for centuries, witnessing the humanist revival of classical art and literature and its sad decline into the vulgar and uncouth yield of contemporary populist culture. Vampires have never seemed as stylish and refined as they do here, inhibiting the poise and self-assurance of a Shoreditch hipster with the style and grace of classically-trained concert pianist. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a musician who once gave Schubert a String Quartet, but is now a suicidal romantic.

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Anniversaries: Ottorino Respighi Born 135 Year Ago in Bologna

9 July 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (July 9, 1879-April 18, 1936) was a master of colorful orchestration whose evocative symphonic tone poems and suites arranging Baroque material in modern garb have been audience-pleasers since they were first heard.

The son of a piano teacher who gave him lessons on both piano and violin, Respighi excelled on the latter. It was while first violinist in the Russian Imperial Orchestra at St. Peterburg that Respighi was able to study with master orchestrator Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. He may have studied later with composer Max Bruch in Berlin (this is disputed), then returned to Italy, mostly working as first violin in the Mugellini Quintet. He moved to Rome in 1913 to teach and lived there for the rest of his life, which was ended by heart failure at the age of 56.

Luckily for listeners, a high percentage of Respighi's most popular works, in graceful, idiomatic performances, can be found on an »

- SteveHoltje

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Exclusive: New Trailer for Restored Classic Opera Doc 'Tosca's Kiss,' Presented by Dustin Hoffman

21 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Toh! has scored a trailer exclusive to the 30th anniversary restoration of Daniel Schmid’s classic music documentary “Tosca’s Kiss,” which centers on the lives and passions of a group of retired opera singers living in the Casa Verdi home in Milan. The re-release is being presented by Dustin Hoffman. The doc holds a special place in Hoffman’s heart; his 2012 narrative film and directorial debut, “Quartet,” was inspired by the real-life characters in the Casa Verdi.Here’s some more background on the founder of the unique retirement home, Giuseppe Verdi, and Swiss director Schmid:Described by composer Giuseppe Verdi as his “finest work,” the Casa Verdi, the world’s first home for retired opera musicians, was founded in 1896 and still stands today on the Piazza Buonarotti in Milan, Italy. In Tosca's Kiss, the Swiss director Daniel Schmid (1941-2006), a friend and colleague of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder »

- Beth Hanna

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Billy Connolly: 14 of the Big Yin's best moments outside stand-up

14 May 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Billy Connolly presents the final part of his moving, yet still hilarious, ITV documentary series Big Send Off tonight (May 14).

The Big Yin is best known for his prolific stand-up comedy career over the past six decades, but he has often shown off many different strings to his bow, taking in the world of TV, film, music and charity work.

To mark Connolly's latest excellent project, Digital Spy takes a look at just some of his best moments outside his stand-up work.

1. The Humblebums

Before Billy started his stand-up career, he sang with the late Gerry Rafferty of 'Baker Street' fame in the folk group The Humblebums, along with Tam Harvey. Largely forgotten outside the folk world, they did produce some genuinely brilliant tracks, both moving and funny. Their gigs often featured Connolly chatting to the audience between songs, eventually leading to him giving the comedy thing a go full-time. »

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Saoirse Ronan Heads to Ireland for John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’

1 April 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saoirse Ronan is starring in romance-drama “Brooklyn” with shooting starting in Ireland opposite Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

John Crowley (“Intermission”) directs from Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel.  Producers are Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (“Quartet”)

The script was developed by BBC Films, and the co-producers are Parallel Films in Ireland and Item 7 in Canada.

Set in the early 1950s, “Brooklyn” is the story of a young woman who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, where she has the opportunity for work and a romance with an Italian-American, played by Cohen. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community.

The film will shoot for three weeks in Enniscorthy, Wexford and Dublin, Ireland, before moving in mid-April to Montreal, Canada for a further four weeks.

Hanway Films is handling international sales. »

- Dave McNary

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