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SyFy Thinks About Shrinking Three Inches

14 December 2010 | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

While SyFy is still considering how to develop Three Inches, one option the network is looking at is to shorten the series to become a half-hour long drama instead of an hour-long show. In a recent decision by SyFy, Alphas was the superhero-series that came out on top between the two pilots to develop. SyFy’s VP of Original Programming Mark Stern assured all that Three Inches is not being dropped:

“We found ourselves with two pilots that we loved. They were both excellent and tested very well. Ultimately it came down to which pilot would work best as an hour-long franchise.

We loved the cast and the directing, and the writing was fantastic, but it’s very similar to Alphas. Now we have to figure out a way so both shows can live on our air.”

Other options that the network is considering is to change the show’s »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Giveaway: Lennon Naked DVD

13 December 2010 7:17 PM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

In BBC's Lennon Naked, Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Heroes) stars as one of the most enduring and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century. In celebration of the home video release, BuzzFocus and BBC are teaming up to give away (3) copies of Lennon Naked on DVD. About Lennon Naked Become a witness to the life of one of the most enduring figures of the 20th Century, John Lennon, in the riveting BBC DVD release - Lennon Naked. Christopher Eccleston (Amelia, Doctor Who) stars as the enigmatic musician, peace activist, visual artist and author, a man whose personal life was never short on drama, intrigue and eventually, conspiracy. Written by Robert Jones (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Death in Holy Orders), the drama covers the years from 1964-171, a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Lennon, a time of worldwide adulation at one extreme but frustration and despair at the other. From »

- Buzzfocus Staff

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[DVD Review] Lennon Naked

8 December 2010 6:00 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles forming and the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, there’ been plenty of Fab Four news coverage and media for sale this year. Lennon Naked is the BBC’s made-for-tv movie contribution, and it fits that most cynical of sub-genres: the cash-in-on-an-important-moment movie. Rather than a fresh, innovative take on John Lennon’s psychology, as the title promises, it tries to show his whole life as a response to daddy issues. However, it does feature John Lennon (or rather, Christopher Eccleston) butt naked. A couple of times.

The film is a dramatization of Lennon’s life, but it seems that the moments they chose were pulled from a hat. The film starts with him finally seeing his estranged dad (Christopher Fairbank) in 1964, after 17 years, and nonsensically insulting him like some erstwhile Bob Dylan. We immediately know where this film is going, but »

- Willie Osterweil

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SyFy’s Greenlights Alphas, Still Considering Three Inches

8 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Superheroes are about to take a on a new perspective. SyFy had its eye on two particular new dramas featuring people with abilities, Alphas and Three Inches, over the last year. The network has greenlit Alphas for eleven episodes in addition to the ninety-minute pilot order and still “continues to be interested in” Three Inches, that also has a ninety-minute pilot order.

After a rough start, Alphas which began as a project named Section 8 with BermanBraun Television in 2007, is expected to begin filming early next year in Toronto with a 2011 summer debut. Mark Stern, VP of Original Programming at Syfy loved a new take on the superhero genre, pointing to the fact that Alphas puts a different spin on “the idea of ordinary people who have one slightly extraordinary feature about them and are singularly not so special but together can do extraordinary things.” Check out the show’s »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention | Edwardian Farm | John Lennon Night | Ancient Worlds | Al Murray's German Adventure | Robbie Williams' Crazy 2010 | Tonight's TV highlights

8 December 2010 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention | Edwardian Farm | John Lennon Night | Ancient Worlds | Al Murray's German Adventure | Robbie Williams' Crazy 2010

Wallace & Gromit's World Of Invention

7.30pm, BBC1

With excruciating puns ever in the driving seat, Wallace & Gromit turn their attention to unconventional forms of transportation. These include the pedal-powered miniature sub secretly constructed by inventor Mikhail Puchkov in Soviet-era St Petersburg, Clive Sinclair's X-1 and a flying saucer powered by laser. Great fun, never more so than when Jem Stansfield explores the science behind Brunel's atmospheric railway, which used air pressure to give power for propulsion. It didn't work too well back in the Victorian era, but was clever Isambard on to something? Jw

John Lennon Night

From 8pm, Sky Arts 1;

10pm, BBC4Both Sky Arts and BBC4 are marking the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death tonight. Sky Arts starts things off with a Classic Albums documentary (8pm, »

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Lennon Naked, Masterpiece Theater PBS Nov. 21, preview

14 November 2010 11:32 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Lennon Naked airs on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 9pm on PBS. Christopher Eccleston channels John Lennon in this acclaimed recreation of Lennon's last turbulent years with the Beatles, co-starring Naoko Mori as Yoko Ono, the woman blamed for breaking up the band, and Christopher Fairbank as Freddie Lennon, John's absentee father. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death, and the year that he would have turned 70, the film is followed on PBS by an American Masters special, Lennonyc, airing Monday, November 22 at 9pm Et. Read Monsters and Critics' Lennon Naked review Here »

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SyFy’s Three Inches Gets Spiked, Razored, And Torched – James Marsters, Stephanie Jacobsen, And Naoko Mori Join The Cast

27 August 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

SyFy’s Three Inches gets bigger and bigger by the minute! James Marsters (Dragonball 2, Caprica, Smallville) recently revealed that he will be starring in SyFy’s upcoming ninety-minute pilot, Three Inches. In addition to Marsters, Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place, Battlestar Galactica: Razor) and Naoko Mori (Lennon Naked, Torchwood) have been cast as regulars.

Check out the show’s press release with official summary and breakdown in the casting line-up:

Syfy Pilot Three Inches Casts James Marsters, Andrea Martin, Stephanie Jacobsen, Antony Del Rio, Naoko Mori, Kyle Schmid And Brandon Jay McLaren

New York City, New York – August 26, 2010 – Syfy’s Three Inches has added an all-star cast to the 90-minute pilot, starring Noah Reid (Strange Days at Blake Holsey High). James Marsters (Smallville, Caprica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Sctv Network), Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place, Battlestar Galactica: Razor), Antony Del Rio (The Super Hero Squad Show »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Doctor Who | Glastonbury 2010 | What Makes a Great Tenor? | Ladies of Letters | TV Book Club and more | Watch this at the weekend

25 June 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Doctor Who | Glastonbury 2010 | What Makes a Great Tenor? | Ladies of Letters | TV Book Club and more

Saturday 26 June

Richard Chamberlain Marathon

2pm, CBS Drama

In the 1980s, it was practically TV law that you had to have Richard Chamberlain looking pensive and tangled up in a complicated historical romance if you wanted to make a mini-series. Here, CBS Drama are dedicating a weekend to his work. It's The Thorn Birds today, all forbidden love in the Australian outback; then James Clavell's epic Shogun tomorrow, where he's a 17th-century adventurer in Japan opposite Toshirô Mifune (above) – star of many of Akira Kurosawa's classics.

Doctor Who

6.05pm, BBC1

To recap: Amy's bought a bullet, River's up the creek, and every school bully in the playground has ganged up on our anvil-headed hero and locked him in a cupboard at playtime. However this one resolves itself, it's going to be »

- Richard Vine, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Martin Skegg

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Review: 'Lennon Naked' on BBC Four

24 June 2010 11:59 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Synopsis: This drama focuses on the turbulent and intense period of John Lennon.s life as he was reunited with his estranged father and first met Yoko Ono. Imagine there.s no people. It's easy if you try. Yes, I know. Quoting a line from one of Lennon.s songs is a bit of a cop out when starting a review, but having seen this movie, it sort of gives a little bit of insight into where that lyric may have come from. "Lennon Naked," which starred Christopher Eccleston in the title role wasn.t exactly a magical mystery tour, and it wasn.t fun nor meant to be. Though there were a few funny moments. What the film was is really »

- Ian Cullen

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Lennon Naked | TV review

24 June 2010 8:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hats (and indeed every other garment) off to Christopher Eccleston's performance as the legendary Beatle

Watch this programme on BBC iPlayer

I used to know someone who was obsessed with either/or questions, and thought people could be defined by a series of them. You know: Corrie or EastEnders, pasta or rice, Pele or Maradona, red or white (wine), friends or family, town or country? That kind of thing. Pretty much all of his conversations started like that, followed by a debate. Friendships and relationships were based on the amount of common ground shared (I think ours petered out after I went for mountains over the beach). In some key questions a disagreement meant an immediate dealbreaker – red or blue (politics), Israel or Palestine, Lennon or McCartney.

The correct answer to the last is obviously Lennon. Paul may have been more melodious, but John was the enigmatic, interesting one. »

- Sam Wollaston

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Eccleston Lennon drama pulls in 800,000

24 June 2010 3:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A drama about music icon John Lennon starring Christopher Eccleston pulled in nearly 800k on Wednesday evening, according to the latest viewing figures. The programme, titled Lennon Naked, averaged 793k (4%) for BBC Four between 9.30pm and 11pm, representing the third largest multichannel audience of the night. ITV's live coverage of Germany's World Cup win against Ghana dominated primetime, with an average audience of 5.03m (23.2%) between 7pm and 9.30pm. A further 445k (2.1%) watched the game on ITV1 HD. After the match, James Corden's World Cup Live secured 2.93m (13.4%) for ITV1, with a further 776k (3.8%) watching the programme when it aired on ITV4 from 10pm. Earlier in the day, the BBC's live coverage of England's World Cup win against Slovenia, which sent the team through to the knockout stages, was watched by 9.22m (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Naoko Mori got drunk to film nude scenes in John Lennon biopic

24 June 2010 12:44 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, June 24 – British actress Naoko Mori has confessed that she got drunk to film all the nude scenes in the new BBC drama ‘Lennon Naked’.

The Japanese-born actress is playing Yoko Ono alongside Christopher Eccleston, who plays Beatles legend John Lennon, in the BBC Four film.

Former Torchwood star Naoko, 34, said that she was so nervous to bare all in front of the camera that she drank half a bottle of tequila before 8am.

“I can’t really remember much of that day. Maybe it was the half bottle of tequila. I’ve always sworn I’d never do nudity on screen,” the Daily. »

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Six to watch: The Beatles on TV

23 June 2010 6:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From the fabulous Anthology to the preposterous In My Life, the Fab Four have featured in numerous entertaining TV shows

Christopher Eccleston follows in the footsteps of Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson tonight in playing unheralded musician John Lennon. Lennon Naked is not the first Beatles TV biopic and knowing BBC4's penchant for biographical films it almost certainly won't be the last – look out for Ringo: The Hollywood Years. Here are six of the best Beatles TV films.

The Birth of the Beatles (1979)

Dubious biopic which might as well have been adapted from a fan-club annual extract entitled "Beatles Faq". Seemingly based on the exaggerated versions of the Beatles' personalities in Help!, it jumps ludicrously between key moments in the early years of the band and crams in as many Beatles truisms as possible. It features John "Nasty Nick Cotton" Altman as George Harrison and »

- Will Dean

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SA2010 Match of the Day Live | K-Ville | Playhouse: Live | Justified | My Name is Earl | Lennon Naked | Watch this

23 June 2010 1:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

SA2010 Match of the Day Live | K-Ville | Playhouse: Live | Justified | My Name is Earl | Lennon Naked

SA2010 Match of the Day Live

2.15pm, BBC1

As half-expected, England made hard work of their opener against the USA, doing a fine job only of deflating the expectation that they are potential tournament winners. When their group opponents were announced some months back, it was assumed it would be a straightforward conga for England into the second round. They ought indeed to beat a Slovenia team who laboured to vanquish Algeria, and fill their boots to boot. But that is not the English way of doing this. If you have nails, bite them this afternoon. DS

K-Ville

10pm, Five

A drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans? Sounds like a job for writer David Simon. Alas, K-Ville isn't quite as good as Simon's Treme – though it does throw back to earlier cop shows such as Homicide. »

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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: they were mean to Christopher Eccleston on the set

22 June 2010 12:52 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

BBC News reveals the real reason Christopher Eccleston left Doctor Who, and it wasn’t because he was afraid of being typecast: Actor Christopher Eccleston quit Doctor Who after one series because he "didn't enjoy the environment and the culture" of the show. Eccleston, who is about to star in BBC Four biopic Lennon Naked, took on the role of the Time Lord when Russell T Davies revamped Doctor Who in 2005. He told the Radio Times he was proud of the show but "wasn't comfortable" working on it. Geez, what could they have done to the poor guy? The hints are tantalyzingly vague enough to account for almost anything, from childish pranking to actual whipping of the interns: "I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn't want to do any more," he said. ... "I thought if I stay in this job, I'm »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Imagine John Lennon played by Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston on becoming a Beatle

21 June 2010 5:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

… but the Shallow Grave actor is considering a move into comedy after primal scream soul-baring of Lennon Naked

Back in 1994, when Christopher Eccleston was playing a psychotic chartered accountant in Shallow Grave, he spent the best part of a day in a working mortuary pretending to be dead. There wasn't enough money to recreate the mortuary in a studio and, anyway, director Danny Boyle wanted to keep it real. So Eccleston, then 30 and best known for playing Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It three years earlier, was put in a drawer with a Glaswegian member of the crew.

"I was stark bollock naked and the Glaswegian, who was dressed in a parka, Doc Martens and jeans, kept saying, 'Are we finished? 'Cos I'm fucking freezing, by the way.' And all this time, I'm lying not only naked but next to a head that had recently been fished out of the River Clyde. »

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Eccleston: "I don't really do heroes"

21 June 2010 2:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christopher Eccleston has said that he does not really have heroes. The former Doctor Who star plays John Lennon in BBC Four's upcoming Lennon Naked but told Metro that the ex-Beatle was a far from perfect human being. Eccleston said: "I don't really do heroes. Heroes are dangerous because it's very unrealistic to elevate people to heroic status. "Lennon was somebody I admired but I came to him quite late. And there was no doubt he was somebody who could be quite difficult to love." Of his portrayal of Lennon's difficult interaction with his son Julian, (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Imagine John Lennon played by Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston on becoming a Beatle

18 June 2010 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

… but the Shallow Grave actor is considering a move into comedy after primal scream soul-baring of Lennon Naked

Back in 1994, when Christopher Eccleston was playing a psychotic chartered accountant in Shallow Grave, he spent the best part of a day in a working mortuary pretending to be dead. There wasn't enough money to recreate the mortuary in a studio and, anyway, director Danny Boyle wanted to keep it real. So Eccleston, then 30 and best known for playing Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It three years earlier, was put in a drawer with a Glaswegian member of the crew.

"I was stark bollock naked and the Glaswegian, who was dressed in a parka, Doc Martens and jeans, kept saying, 'Are we finished? 'Cos I'm fucking freezing, by the way.' And all this time, I'm lying not only naked but next to a head that had recently been fished out of the River Clyde. »

- Amy Raphael

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Eccleston: 'Lennon would like my show'

18 June 2010 6:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christopher Eccleston has claimed that John Lennon would be pleased with the new drama about him. Eccleston plays the musician in Lennon Naked and explained that he used archive material to help him prepare for the role. "I think you have to look at them as a human being and as a character," he told AOL. "Fortunately with Lennon, I've got all these resources of how they walked and talked. "It's about mindless repetition of watching videos, reading books and not worrying too much about the fact that he is a Godhead, in my eyes. I could start by relying on other people's talent and imagination too, because it wasn't those (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Views: Who Put the ‘Wrong’ in ‘Doctor Who’?

15 June 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

A wink and a nod: Is there a coded message behind actor Christopher Eccleston’s explanation why he quit Doctor Who after just one season? He says he “didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture” of the show. And the media is just leaving it at that.

It sort of came out of nowhere, years later, in an interview with the U.K. magazine Radio Times. After a successful reinvention of the Doctor Who franchise in 2005, star Christopher Eccleston rather mysteriously bowed out at the end of the first season.

The official announcement cited a grueling production schedule and Eccleston’s fear of being typecast. The BBC later retracted its statement and admitted it hadn’t spoken to Eccleston before it was issued.

And that’s where things remained until Eccleston’s Radio Times interview this week in the run-up to his role in the upcoming BBC biopic Lennon Naked. »

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