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The BBC has added more star power to its upcoming TV adaptations of Shakespeare plays. The producers previously said that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Richard III. On Thursday, the BBC revealed that Judi Dench would play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside the Sherlock star. Meanwhile, Hugh Bonneville, known for portraying Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey, will play Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in the first part of a two-part adaptation of Henry VI. Neal Street Productions, Downton Abbey-maker Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal, and Thirteen are producing the three Shakespeare adaptations under the title The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the
- Georg Szalai
The BBC is among our greatest national institutions and it is revered across the world. But it stands accused of timid journalism, patchy drama and byzantine management. In the final part of her in-depth series on the past, present and future of the BBC, Charlotte Higgins assesses the health of the corporation and the challenges it faces on the road to charter renewal in 2016
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It was a hot London day and the U-shaped courtyard of the BBC in Portland Place was airless and sun-strafed. Light glared off pale stone. Employees crowded into a sliver of shade to eat their lunchtime sandwiches. The doors of the older, 1930s wing stood open, so that the wonky, stained little notice that sometimes hangs there bidding visitors welcome to the BBC, was invisible. On my many visits, I had enjoyed this intimate, ad hoc sign. It »
- Charlotte Higgins
Coming hot on the heels of the news that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) will lend his voice to Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book, it has now been revealed that Christian Bale (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Tom Hollander (About Time), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Peter Mullan (Hercules) and Rohan Chand (Bad Words) have signed on to the Andy Serkis-helmed Jungle Book: Origins.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Chand will play the orphan boy Mowgli, with Bale as panther Bagheera, Blanchett as python Kaa, Harris, Marsan and Mullan as wolves Nisha, Vihaan and Akela, and Hollander as Shere Khan’s underling jackal Tabaqui. Meanwhile, Serkis – who is making his directorial debut with the film – will also play Baloo the bear.
- Gary Collinson
The Doctor and his adventures in space and time return to television (and Cineplex theatres!) this month with a brand new Doctor helming the Tardis – In the Loop and “Thick of It”’s Peter Capaldi.
The Scottish actor is a lifelong fan of BBC’s science fiction classic, Doctor Who, and he couldn’t be more excited to play the Twelfth Doctor: “Every day is full of moments that you go, ‘Oh, wow! I’m the Doctor. This is amazing!”
Whether you’re a Whovian or Who-illiterate, make sure to grab your ticket for “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the next season of Doctor Who – in select Cineplex theatres on August 25 and August 30!
But first, here’s an »
- Sasha James
The 66th Emmy Awards are next Monday and all this week Vulture has been breaking down the major categories. Forget trying to predict who will win, and let’s focus on the question that matters: Who should to win? Here are our picks in the comedy and drama races. Below: miniseries and movies.Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart Martin Freeman, Sherlock Colin Hanks, Fargo Jim Mantello, The Normal Heart Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart There's a reason The Normal Heart has four contenders in the men's supporting race alone: It's an actor's showcase. But one transformation was truly remarkable: Director Ryan Murphy shut down production so Matt Bomer could drop 40 pounds to play Felix, a closeted New York Times journalist who falls in love with activist Ned Weeks and later becomes infected with AIDS. Even without the »
- Margaret Lyons,Denise Martin
Huge news for Warner Bros. today as its Rudyard Kipling adaptation Jungle Book: Origins has just announced its main cast. Yesterday, we heard that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the Andy Serkis-directed project as the voice of fearsome tiger Shere Khan, and now a menagerie of stars has also come aboard.
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan will all take on the parts of animals in the titular jungle, while Rohan Chand (Bad Words) will play the human boy Mowgli. Serkis has also been confirmed to be taking on a role.
Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves, penned the script, while her father is on board in a producing capacity. The film will employ motion capture, CGI animation and live-action.
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Brothers will soon be competing against Disney’s adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s books, who famously brought to screen the much loved animated version in 1967. Callie Kloves has wrote the script and her father, Steve Kloves (scriptwriter of all the Harry Potter films) will be producing. While Disney have Idris Elba to voice Shere Khan, Warner Brothers have successfully bagged Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, to play the man-eating tiger, who wants to kill the orphan boy, Mowgli.
You could say this is a perfect role for Cumberbatch, due to his other villainous roles as Khan in Star Trek In To Darkness and as Smaug the mighty dragon in The Hobbit. What’s even more interesting is that motion-capture king Andy Serkis is directing! »
- Louise Tooth
From Sherlock to Shere Khan, Benedict Cumberbatch's resume just got a bit longer. The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that the actor has been cast as the voice of the man-eating tiger in the upcoming Warner Bros.' film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. So far very little has been announced about the highly anticipated flick—which has been tentatively titled Jungle Book: Origins—but we do know that Andy Serkis will be making his directorial debut for the film. Also, Callie Kloves wrote the script while her father, Steve Kloves, is on board to produce the darker-than-you-remember story. The Warner Bros. project is aiming to be vastly different than the »
Benedict Cumberbatch will trade in his deerstalker to earn his stripes as the voice of man-eating tiger Shere Khan in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's “The Jungle Book.” Andy Serkis, famous for his motion capture work in “Planet of the Apes,” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is making his directorial debut with “Jungle.” “Sherlock” star Cumberbatch is the first voice talent cast in the ensemble, which will also include characters such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. The late George Sanders famously voiced the tiger character in the 1967 Disney animated version of the story. »
- Gina Hall
As we already documented (see video above), Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge admirer of his "Hobbit" co-star Andy Serkis - and now he's re-teaming up with the man behind Gollum for the latter's directorial debut. The "Sherlock" star is set to voice villainous man-eating tiger Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation, which is based on Rudyard Kipling's classic stories, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be a mixture of live-action and performance capture, the latter of which Serkis has become famous for thanks to his work on Peter Jackson's Tolkien films and in Fox's "Planet of the Apes" reboots. The Callie Kloves-scripted project is one of two "Jungle Book" films currently in development; Disney has a live-action/CGI version in the pipeline with Jon Favreau directing, Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela »
- Chris Eggertsen
Who will be the best man-eating tiger?
Everyone drop everything!
We need two competing Jungle Book movies, apparently. So when Disney picked up Golden Globe-winning Luther star Idris Elba to voice Shere Khan in their adaption of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, Warner Bros. needed to come out strong with a celebrated actor of their own to voice the man-eating tiger. Enter, Sherlock star and the Internet’s favorite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch!
How did this happen? Both of those casting choices are so perfect and that's the problem! You can't honestly go see Both of these movies, right? People will laugh at you. That's why we are breaking down what both of these powerhouses bring to the role, so that you can make an informed decision about which tiger you want to watch next year.
Now to the bare necessities!
Idris Elba is 41 years old, and hails from London. At 6'3, he »
Cumberbatch is the first voice lead to join the film, which is being directed by Andy Serkis. Disney is also working on a Jungle Book film, titled The Jungle Book and directed by Jon Favreau. That film is set to arrive in theaters Oct. 9, 2015, while Jungle Book: Origins won’t be released until Oct. 21, 2016.
Warner Bros. didn’t immediately return EW’s request for comment. »
- Ariana Bacle
There are two different adaptations of “The Jungle Book” occurring simultaneously in Hollywood and for many (including myself), it’s getting confusing keeping track of the two, except that one is directed by Andy Serkis and the other is under the director of Jon Favreau. For the record, this article is about the Serkis-directed adaptation. If you’re Team Serkis-”Jungle Book,” then I’ve got some great news for you. Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as a voice in the film. Cumberbatch will play the villainous tiger, Shere Khan, states, The Hollywood Reporter. Cumberbatch’s voice is a great fit for Shere Khan; as his performance as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock” suggest, Cumberbatch is [ Read More ]
Cumberbatch will voice Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger and villain of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of a boy named Mowgli who is raised by jungle animals.
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- Garth Franklin
Two dueling Jungle Books are making their way through pre-production. Disney and Jon Favreau's has had the advantage, scoring big headlines with an all-star cast that includes Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o. But today Warner Bros has struck back with a compelling casting coup of their own, securing international star Benedict Cumberbatch. According to THR, Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to Warner Bros' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. In the family-adventure helmed by motion-capture master Andy Serkis, the Sherlock star is poised to play the man-eating tiger Shere Khan. The story of The Jungle Book centers on human boy Mowgli and his exploits in the jungle, where he was raised by wolves and befriends a bear named Baloo, and a panther called Bagheera. Shere Khan is a ravenous predator who relentlessly hunts the boy, making him an »
Cumberbatch has also worked with Serkis in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy of films, with the former voicing the dragon Smaug.
Jungle Book: Origins will arrive in cinemas on October 21, 2016, a year after Disney's version, which is released on October 9, 2015.
Though Disney clearly has the lead in the race to adapt Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book into a big-budget blockbuster, Warner Bros. is quietly moving along with its own take, now officially titled Jungle Book: Origins. Andy Serkis is making his directorial debut on the pic, after having served as Peter Jackson’s second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy. Now, the first voice lead for the film has been announced - Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be lending his voice to the fearsome tiger Shere Khan.
Jungle Book: Origins centers on an orphaned human boy Mowgli, who is raised by wolves and eventually befriends the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera. Khan, a vicious predator, is Mowgli’s sworn enemy, and each has vowed to slay the other.
Callie Kloves penned the script. Her father Steve, who penned seven out of eight Harry Potter films, is on board as a producer. »
- Isaac Feldberg
We've seen in the past how actors playing dual roles often have an advantage at the Emmys. They get to show off their dramatic range and give voters multiple performances for the price of one. This year, that factor might benefit Martin Freeman, but not the way it usually does. Instead of playing twins, clones, or multiple personalities, Freeman will get to show Emmy judges two completely separate performances: "Fargo," for which he's nominated for Best Movie/Mini Actor, and "Sherlock: His Last Vow," for which he contends for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. -Break- Watch: Martin Freeman on being a good guy gone bad in 'Fargo' Freeman has played Dr. John Watson in PBS Masterpiece's modern-day "Sherlock" for three seasons. It's a heroic role, and in the nominated installment, "His Last Vow," he copes with a shocking betrayal involving his wife, Mary (Amanda Abbington), while investiga. »
Digital Spy presents Doctor Who Week - seven days of special features celebrating the return of the world's favourite sci-fi series, and the arrival of a brand new Doctor - on August 23.
You don't need a classic theme for a great TV show, but as programmes from M*A*S*H and The X-Files to The Wire and Buffy The Vampire Slayer have shown, it certainly doesn't hurt.
Below, we take a look at the history of the revolutionary Doctor Who theme and also explore how the show has intertwined with the wider world of pop.
Grainer attempted to get Derbyshire a co-writing credit but the policy of the time was to keep Workshop members anonymous, »
Wondering how to get ready for the big show? Clear your schedule (no, really, your entire schedule) for a nonstop day of food, drinks, and all the TV episodes you need to watch to be an Emmy expert.
You’ll need energy for this, so kick off the binge with orange juice, black coffee, and Orange Is the New Black standout episode “Lesbian Request Denied.”
Time is a flat circle. Also a flat circle: pancakes! Eat some with True Detective episode 4, “Who Goes There.”
- Marc Snetiker
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