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With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.
Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt. »
It's no surprise to discover that The Messenger's director David Blair also helmed several episodes of the wonderful 1990s BBC One drama The Lakes. He has a wonderful knack for imbuing nature and buildings with an ethereal quality that entrances our eyes and establishes a foreboding atmosphere, as is evident in his latest film.
The unsettling tale follows Robert Sheehan's troubled soul Jack, a young man burdened by all the dead people that talk to him. "I don't want to help people, I want to get rid of them," he bemoans at one stage. But can he use what he learns to figure out the grizzly demise of someone connected to him? Or will the police, concerned by his bizarre behaviour, deal with him first?
A fascinating lead turn from the »
By Seth Metoyer
The first teaser trailer from Massacre written by Pandie Suicide, featuring Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), London May (Samhain) and more with music and a cameo appearance by Jeordie White (Twiggy) of Marilyn Manson and Rob Patterson has released.
Find the teaser trailer below the official details.
From The Press Release
The first teaser trailer from Deathaus Films’ bloody horror short Massacre, has just been released via the film’s Youtube account today. The film features rockstar cameos galore, with the two male leads being played by London May (Samhain) , and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol,The Cult). But if two rockstars wasn’t enough, the film also features a brief guest appearance by Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson) as a Street Detective, Rob Patterson (ex-Korn, Filter, Otep) as a police officer and Jeff Hilliard (‘The Good life’) as a criminal. The music for the film was also »
Teletubbies say hello! The first image of the upcoming reboot has been revealed.
Jane Horrocks will also voice the character of the new Tubby Phone, a mobile device that will transport Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po into the modern world.
She added: "As a mum, I am sure the new series will enthral a whole new generation of children across Britain, »
Looks like the main cast of AMC's upcoming Preacher pilot just got a little bigger. British talent Tom Brooke has nabbed a series regular role on the show as 'Fiore', one of two Adelphi angels tasked with watching the half-demon, half-angelic creature named 'Genesis'. The show, currently being developed for TV by This Is The End duo Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, is based on Garth Ennis & Steve Dillion's 90s comic book series of the same name. Brooke joins a cast that so far includes Agent Carter's Dominic Cooper in the lead as 'Jesse Custer', Ruth Negga (Agents Of Shield) as his ex 'Tulip' and Joseph Gilgun (Misfits) as an Irish vampire named 'Cassidy'. A relative unknown, Brooke may seem familiar to Game Of Thrones fans, having portrayed one of Walder Frey's spawn back in Season 3. He has also guest starred on Sherlock, and in British comedy, The Boat That Rocked. »
The former Emmerdale actress will be playing Emma, the heavily pregnant daughter of a prison officer in ITV's three-part drama series.
Glenister will play the role of Prison Officer David Murdoch whose life becomes threatened during a hospital visit for a female prisoner.
Cavaliero reprise her role as DS Susan Reinhardt from the first series as she tries to unravel why Murdoch is behaving out of character.
Prey is currently filming and will air on ITV later this year. »
"Misfits" star Antonia Thomas has wrapped filming on what will be her next project - an indie feature film titled "Thea," co-starring alongside Luke Norris and Eileen Davies in what is said to be a London-set supernatural thriller, directed by Nirpal Bhogal ("Sket") and produced by Uzma Hasan. The film follows young couple, played by Antonia Thomas and Luke Norris, whose lives are turned upside down when they experience supernatural evils while struggling with the birth of their first child. More via press release: "Thea is an evocative horror about the reality of the supernatural world encroaching into our everyday lives, a young »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Since breaking out in the TV likes of Misfits and Red Road, Robert Sheehan has been enjoying a solid film career. He’s adding another job to the list, signing up to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.Milk writer Dustin Lance Black is directing this one, having adapted the script from Jennifer E. Smith’s novel. The story finds a young woman named Hadley (Steinfeld) waiting miserably at JFK airport for a flight to London so she can begrudgingly attend her father’s second wedding. But things brighten up when she meets a charming British guy (Sheehan), and they end up seated next to each other on the plane. Sparks start to fly and the resulting 24 hours becomes more interesting... Black is gearing up to shoot later this year. Sheehan, meanwhile, has worked on Moonwalkers, Jet Trash and The Messenger, and will »
Filmmaker Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter,” "Mud") might have been one of the unlikely writers of “Aquaman” (or at least one version of the script) and while there were rumors he might direct (though it sounds like James Wan will helm now), he’s pretty much out of the running as his next project has been announced. Nichols will direct “Loving” starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (E4's “Misfits,” and ABC's “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), a drama inspired by the documentary “The Loving Story” directed by Nancy Buirski (here’s our review) which was about a racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending mixed-race love story during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Here’s the official synopsis: Richard and Mildred Loving were married in June of 1958. As a result, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and they were sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended »
- Edward Davis
Comic creator Alan Robert had quite the little hit on his hands with his Idw published mini series Killogy and it looks as though there's a move afoot to bring the story off the printed page and on to screens as an animated series.Killogy is a high-energy, animated dark comedy from creator Alan Robert (Life Of Agony) based on his hit Idw Publishing comic series, in association with Squeeze Studio Animation and award-winning producer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris). Stars Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (the Misfits) battle it out in apocalyptic-Brooklyn when an ancient voodoo curse wakes the dead and floods the city with blood. This outrageous premise and...
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Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert's comic-book mini-series Killogy has been an indie hit since its 2012 release, due to its Tarantino-esque mix of dark humor and gory violence alongside a bizarre celebrity cast. The series is set during a zombie apocalypse and centers on three accused murderers who bear uncanny resemblances to tough-guy actor Frank Vincent (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Sopranos), punk icon Marky Ramone and Heroes actress Brea Grant.
Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.
Directed by Tom Green.
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
Much like with Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd where certain members of the audience didn’t realise it was a musical (yeah…), there were reports of walk-outs during Gareth Edwards’ strange and subversive debut Monsters. Not for explicit or offensive content, and no, not for being a musical; people walked for the simple fact that there just weren’t very many monsters in it. Edwards famously shot the film on a shoe-string budget and »
- Edward Gardiner
Rowan Atkinson has found love with a much-younger woman! The 60-year-old actor, , who's best known for his hilarious on-screen alter-ego Mr Bean, stepped out in London earlier this week with his girlfriend, 32-year-old actress Louise Ford. The British leading man was seen holding hands with the beautiful brunette, who happens to be 28 years younger than him, as they left the opening night of David Mamet's play, "American Buffalo." The pair went public with their romance a year ago after meeting during a production of "Quatermaine's Terms" at Wyndham's Theatre. This highly-publicized outing is rare for the duo, who like to keep their relationship private. "There’s only one thing more important than not talking about your domestic life and that’s not talking about why you are not talking about your domestic life," the actor said last year. Atkinson split from his wife Sunetra Sastry back in February 2014, after 23 years of marriage. »
- tooFab Staff
Giant alien creatures spread to the Middle East in the sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Here's Ryan's review...
Giant bioluminescent space creatures dominated the horizon but not the plot in Gareth Edwards’ breakthrough film, Monsters. Shot run-and-gun style by Edwards and a tiny crew, Monsters was an unusual blend of road-trip drama with light touches of sci-fi; its focus was the growing friendship between a photograph journalist (Scoot McNairy) and his boss's daughter (Whitney Able) travelling across a Central America ravaged not so much by the title’s Lovecraftian kaiju but by a military intent on keeping them well away from American soil.
Monsters’ success saw Edwards move to Hollywood, where he’s so far headlined the daddy of all kaiju movies, Godzilla, and now set to head up another pop culture giant - the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. This left production company Vertigo with a potential franchise on its hands, »
In 2010, British director Gareth Edwards made a huge splash with his feature debut Monsters, a road trip drama with giant monsters stalking around in the background. It was an atmospheric movie that made ingenious use of its low budget; Monsters' success led to Edwards departing for Hollywood, where coveted franchises like Godzilla and Star Wars awaited.
Five years later, and director Tom Green brings us Monsters: Dark Continent, an entirely new story set in the same world as the first movie. A decade after a Nasa probe crashed in Mexico, bringing the giant monsters to Earth, their lumbering threat has spread to the Middle East. The Us Airforce is dispatched to bomb the creatures to prevent their spread, while on the ground, American troops try »
Gareth Edwards’ Monsters was one of those films that people fell in love with. Made on a shoe string budget, the film highlighted just what could be achieved with some hard work, determination, and a good knowledge of special effects software. Now four years on there is a sequel on the way. Monster: Dark Continent is set a decade after the events of Monsters. The creatures have spread further into the human population, there now being several danger zones. The plot centres on a group of fresh army recruits whose first mission takes them deep into the forbidden territory as the embark on a rescue mission.
The film is being directed by British director Tom Green. Green came to studio Vertigo Films’ attention thanks to his impressive short films Brixton 85 and Kid, as well as his hand in E4 television series Misfits. In the run up to the film »
- Kat Smith
Director: Tom Green
Run Time: 100 minutes
Synopsis: Ten years after Monsters, the invading creatures have infected a lot more of the Earth, with the Middle East becoming overrun. The constant attempts to wipe out the creatures from this part of the world has lead to a rise in insurgents. After a squad of soldiers goes missing behind enemy lines it’s up to battle-worn Sergeant Frater (Harris) to lead a squad full of fresh recruits on a rescue mission deep into monster territory.
Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters is seen by many as one of the most original and innovative movies of this century. Edwards’ managed to craft a thought-provoking sci-fi monster movie on a shoe-string budget. Rather than other films that dealt with invading aliens, this one was devoid of massive set pieces and the White House being blown up. Instead the »
- Kat Smith
Good news for all the Grand Theft Auto fans out there - the BBC has confirmed a title and new details for the forthcoming drama focusing on the acclaimed game franchise.
The BBC has described Grand Theft Auto as "arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park".
Radcliffe will play Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, while Paxton plays Thompson in the 90-minute drama.
The project is part of the Make It Digital initiative, »
Daniel Radcliffe’s place among the Grand Theft Auto drama – set to be entitled Game Changer – has been confirmed, BBC Films announced today. As we reported last week, the Horns star will join the project as Sam Houser, one half of prestigious developer Rockstar Games and the man who become embroiled in a legal battle with Jack Thompson over the issue of video game violence.
Since its inception in 1997, Rockstar’s GTA has been no stranger to controversy, with may pointing fingers for the alleged glorification of violence. It’s a matter that Thompson took umbrage with in the early years of the 21st century, calling for the game to be removed from shelves indefinitely. Over the course of his campaign, »
- Michael Briers
The BBC has greenlit the 90-minute drama, which focuses on a bunch of British gaming geniuses centered around Sam Houser (Radcliffe).
For those who do not know, “Grand Theft Auto” offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.
The game has been a massive commercial success. In autumn 2013, its latest iteration — “GTA:v” — earned $1 billion in its first three days, becoming the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.
The TV film tracks how the violent gameplay coupled with its commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, »
- Leo Barraclough
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