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Hollywood hit the ground running this week. Let’s catch up on the new developments. There’s something for everyone! Rejoice!
• The first footage for the upcoming animated adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic comic Batman: The Killing Joke has been unleashed and it has us panting for more. Due to be released this summer, the 23-second teaser gives us mere glimpses into the Joker origin story. The one-off graphic novel was published in 1988 and was an instant classic, done with Moore’s trademark complex characters and story. Take a gander here and let me know what you think!
• Warner Bros. has announced plans to give its most famous Mexican mouse the big-screen treatment. That’s right, folks, Speedy Gonzales is headed to a theater near you. First seen onscreen in a 1953 short called “Cat Tails for Two,” Speedy made his real splash of a debut in a self-titled short »
- Harker Jones
Following on from making history by scoring three BAFTA nominations last week, acclaimed British scribe Jack Thorne ("Skins," "The Last Panthers," "The Fades") has signed on to pen an event series adaptation of Philip Pulman's epic fantasy novel trilogy "His Dark Materials" for BBC One.
The novels follow an orphan girl who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Searching for a kidnapped friend, she uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In the second book, she is joined on her journey by a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds.
The "His Dark Materials" series has been published in more than forty languages and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies. The first book, "Northern Lights," was adapted into the 2007 Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman film "The Golden Compass" which was a critical and commercial disappointment. »
- Garth Franklin
The BBC Three remit aimed to attract 16-34 year olds, Bennett explained at the 2012 Edinburgh International Television Festival. Because The Fades found more love among those with mortgages and middle-age spread than it did with fresh-faced teens and twenty-somethings, it didn’t fulfil that remit.
However much critical acclaim (plaudits from The Guardian, The Telegraph, some website called Den Of Geek) or however many awards (a Bafta for Best Drama, nominations for Best Writer, wins for Best Music and Digital Effects) The Fades received, the kids weren’t down so it had to go. »
Though 2015 brought an absurd bounty of great television, not to mention the proclamation that we had entered the era of #PeakTV, there’s absolutely no reason to think that 2016 will let up. At all. In the first few months of the year alone, there are a whole host of great returning series gearing back up, as well as a wide variety of new ones. There are so many, in fact, that it took some difficulty to narrow them down to under 30. But here we are.
So please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list – for those so inclined, by all means, get excited for Legends of Tomorrow, American Crime Story, The Magicians, Lucifer, and, sure, why not, Fuller House. The list below are just a few that seemed, for one reason or another, to be especially noteworthy. (In at least one instance, “noteworthy” is not necessarily a compliment. »
- Simon Howell
4 items from 2016
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