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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
According to Variety, the 90-minute drama currently has the working title "Game Changer." (Too close to the political book/TV movie "Game Change"?) Bill Paxton will star opposite DanRad as lawyer Jack Thompson, who is determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of "Grand Theft Auto."
So the TV movie will follow both the mega-successful game developers and the moral campaigners who oppose the gameplay, which glamorizes violence and the criminal underworld. It should be pretty fascinating. The script was written by James Wood ("Rev, "Ambassadors"), and directed by Owen Harris ("Misfits"). No word yet on when this might air, but we'll keep an eye on it. »
- Gina Carbone
Monsters was the film that launched director Gareth Edwards. Following on from the success of his guerrilla baby Edwards has gone on to direct Godzilla and is now hard at work on the first stand alone Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.
Monsters might be a distant memory for Edwards but the studio that helped birth it Vertigo Films have been hard beavering away on a sequel. Misfits director Tom Green has stepped into the shoes of Edwards and his offering Monsters: Dark Continent hits the UK on 1st May. Ahead of the release we’ve managed to get our hands on the latest trailer for the film, watch it now.
- Kat Smith
Ordinary Lies has become one of BBC One's most talked-about new drama series of 2015, with viewers hooked as writer Danny Brocklehurst weaved in-and-out of the lives of the staff at Js car dealership.
Dooley spoke to Digital Spy about what to expect from the dramatic climax... and whether Ordinary Lies come could back for a second series.
The response to Ordinary Lies so far has been hugely positive - have you been following the reaction?
"I have, yeah - the reaction around Michelle Keegan's episode, and Sally Lindsay's… and what was interesting was the reaction to Holly [Earl] and Shazid [Latif's] episode [which depicted a relationship between an adult male and 15-year-old girl]... that was really interesting.
"I think what Danny does brilliantly is he creates things that get people »
Before he helmed 2014's Godzilla, Gareth Edwards wrote and directed the 2010 cult film, Monsters. A character-driven love story with its titular alien entities effectively placed in the background for most of the movie's runtime, Monsters takes a unique approach to the creature feature subgenre, as does its sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent. With the follow-up film to Monsters now out in theaters and available on VOD from RADiUS, we had a chance to talk with the movie's co-writer and director, Tom Green, who discussed shooting in the Jordanian desert, realistically portraying military life, the large potential of the Monsters franchise, and much more.
Reminiscent of real life recent events (minus the creatures), Monsters: Dark Continent follows an American Army unit fighting both humans and monsters in the sands of the Middle East. The result is a gut-punch of a picture that unflinchingly explores the horrors of combat, the haunting psychological effects of war, »
- Derek Anderson
Antonia Thomas is to star a new supernatural thriller Thea which has just started filming in London. She stars alongside Luke Norris (recently seen in Poldark) as a young couple in London whose lives are turned upside down when the birth of their first child is accompanied by terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family.
Antonia (represented by Curtis Brown) graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2009 and immediately landed the role of Alisha in E4's Misfits, a role she played for three series. She was nominated for the Best Female Newcomer Empire Award for her role in hit musical-feature Sunshine on Leith. She recently played the lead role of Evie in new comedy series Scrotal Recall for Channel 4 as well as the love interest in last summer's hit Northern Soul on the big screen.
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Tourette syndrome has gotten the Hollywood spotlight from stars like Amy Poehler in “Deuce Bigalow,” Bill Murray in “What About Bob?” and Elle Fanning in “Phoebe in Wonderland.” Media representation of the tic disorder has ranged from irreverently comedic to sweetly tragic. The new movie “The Road Within,” which opens in theaters Friday, aims for a bit of both – funny but also sweet and touching and respectful of those who have Tourette’s. In the film, 27-year-old Irish actor Robert Sheehan (“Misfits,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”) plays Vincent, a teen dealing with Tourette syndrome following the death of his mother. He moves into a clinic, where he meets Marie (Zoe Kravitz), a girl with an eating disorder, and Alex (Dev Patel), a boy with obsessive-compulsive impulses. When the three teens steal their doctor’s car and escape the clinic, they embark on a road trip full of rebellious antics, »
- Emily Rome
The 5'10", UK actor, Dominic Cooper will be playing Preacher's 6'0+" Texan, Jesse Custer. He joins his rumored, real-life girlfriend Ruth Negga (Agents of Shield) in the series, who will be portraying Tulip O'Hare. Joseph Gilgun (Misfits) is portaying Custer's vampire bff, Cassidy. Ian Colletti (Rake) rounds out the cast as Arseface. Ennis and artist Steve Dillon originally began their run on Preacher for Vertigo Comics in 1995. The Tracking Board first reported Cooper for Jesse Custer in early March of this year. We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015 Related Content: Seth Rogen Teases Preacher TV Series Seth Rogen Substantiates Talk Of AMC's Preacher Series Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of "the word," an ability to »
"Misfits" star Antonia Thomas has booked a lead role alongside Luke Norris and Eileen Davies in the London-set supernatural thriller "Thea," to be 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. Co-produced by Gareth Roberts and Jezz Vernon, expect some beastly scares in this one, as Paul Hyett ("The Woman in Black") has signed up to be the film's creature designer. The film is a co-production between »
- Tambay A. Obenson
London’s got a creature problem this morning. Following news Alan Rickman will be starring in The Limehouse Golem, comes word Paul Hyett (The Descent, The Children) will craft creatures for Nirpal Bhogal’s UK thriller, Thea, starring Antonia Thomas. Thomas, star of UK TV hit Misfits plays one half of a couple with Luke Norris. The birth of their first…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Thomas and Norris play a young couple whose lives are turned upside down when the birth of their first child is accompanied by terrifying entities that threaten their newly formed family.
The film is a co-production between Little House Productions and Moli Films and is the first of a slate announced by Screen earlier this year for which Metrodome is selling internationally and releasing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – The Heavy Mob…
The Heavy Mob features the stories Holocaust 12, Brit-Cit Brute, Wynter and the Judge Dredd tales Father Earth, Debris and Warzone, featuring the work of John Wagner, Robbie Morrison, John Smith, Jim Murray, Kev Walker, Ron Smith, Michael Carroll, Pj Holden, Nick Percival, and more.
This volume concentrates on the heavily armoured divisions within the Justice Department, sent into the most extreme of troublespots. Holocaust 12 and Brit-Cit Brute have never been reprinted since their original publication in the early 1990s, so this will be the first time they will be getting an airing in twenty years!
I feel Heavy Mob is now unfortunately the first real stumble in the Judge Dredd: Mega Collection; it begins well but proceeds to grasp randomly at stories that previously would have been stapled to the closing chapters of the other Mega Collections.
Digital Spy can exclusively unveil an extended clip from the upcoming sci-fi film Monsters: Dark Continent.
The clip sees the army travel through a herd of humongous creatures in the desert - and perhaps get too close for comfort.
Monsters: Dark Continent follows the supernatural disaster from the first movie as blood-thirsty creatures rampage worldwide.
The Us army has to battle the monsters and a new insurgency in the Middle East at the same time.
Snow White and the Huntsman's Johnny Harris, Kingsman: The Secret Service actress Sofia Boutella and Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie will feature in the upcoming movie, which opens on April 17 in the Us and May 1 in the UK. »
Bill Paxton is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in BBC Films' "Grand Theft Auto," the true-life account of the fight between the creator of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video game series and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence.
Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games which created that game along with other franchises like "Max Payne" and "Red Dead Redemption".
Paxton will play activist attorney Jack Thompson who made his name blasting media companies for pushing rap and sex onto the airwaves before turning his attention to video games. He frequently targeted Houser and was ultimately disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Though such films have had a traditionally tough time in Teuton, Rheon, who plays the psychopathic Ramsay Bolton on “Game of Thrones,” is a star among genre auds, and therefore, Alvart feels, an ideal choice for Christian Pasquariello’s debut feature “Sum1,” about a young soldier stationed in a desolate forest while the remnants of humanity hide underground from alien invaders.
“I had him on my radar as someone to really go after whenever possible, and this was the first opportunity,” says Alvart, who is producing the apocalyptic thriller via his Berlin-based Syrreal Entertainment. He adds that he’s been a fan of the Welsh actor since seeing him in the 2009 British sci-fi series “Misfits.”
- Ed Meza
Last month it was announced that BBC Films is developing a TV drama entitled Grand Theft Auto, which will tell the true life story of the creation of the blockbuster franchise and the ensuing dispute between its creator and a Miami lawyer over video game violence.
According to THR, Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to star as Sam Houser, the co-founder and president of Rockstar Grames, who found himself in a series of spats with Florida attorney Jack Thompson, who launched a moral crusade against the video game industry, accusing it – and especially GTA – of glorifying violence. The role of Thompson is yet to be cast.
- Gary Collinson
Here’s an interesting one – it looks like Lucy Griffiths, who was ditched from Constantine after just one episode (despite being the co-lead), will be getting another bite of the Vertigo Comics adaptation cherry.
She will appear in the Preacher pilot episode, joining a cast that already includes Misfits’ Joseph Gilgun, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ruth Negga, and Ian Colletti of comedy series Rake. Griffiths will play Emily Woodrow, a new character invented for the telly show.
Here’s what we’ve been told about her character: "Emily Woodrow, a no-nonsense single mother of three. Emily's a waitress, the church organist, bookkeeper and Jesse's loyal right hand. Stoic and strong, wise beyond her years, she can’t help but have a little thing for Preacher Jesse."
They had us quite intrigued »
Set ten years later, Monsters: Dark Continent is a very different beast to its predecessor. While Monsters was a love story and road movie set against a shattered Latin American backdrop - okay, with some pretty spectacular aliens dropping in to have their say - this one is an out-and-out war movie. The film has a new, and presumably final, trailer to share a little more of what's involved.brightcove.createExperiences();With Gareth Edwards taking an executive producer credit and a back seat, it's Misfits man Tom Green who called the shots on this one. And there's a lot of them: the monsters this time are at the centre of a combat-strewn maelstrom in which an unnamed insurgency is leaving a squad of Us soldiers trapped between a rock and a hard, tentacly place. The bullets start flying and the extra-terrestrials are suddenly a less benign presence than we remember. »
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