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The first photo is out of Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in The BBC's "Wolf Hall," a six part mini-series based on Hilary Mantel's novels set in the court of Henry VIII (played by Damien Lewis). The £7 million budget series also stars Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. [Source: Empire]
Mere days after its debut, Netflix has renewed the animated comedy series "BoJack Horseman" for another twelve episodes on the streaming service.
Will Arnett stars in the show as BoJack, a failed legendary equine star from a 1990s family sitcom trying to navigate his way through self-loathing, whiskey and failed relationships. Aaron Paul voices his human sidekick and Amy Sedaris is his feline agent and former love interest. [Source: The Live Feed]
Hulu has closed a deal for the exclusive streaming rights to the 2009 cult comedy series "Party Down" with the entire series being made »
- Garth Franklin
Inspired by a true story and in the vein of Full Monthy and Billy Elliot, Pride follows two very different communities who found strength by standing together.
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and British actress Hannah John-Kamen (The Hour) have landed key roles in Killjoys, an original space adventure drama being produced for Syfy and Space.
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From the producers of Orphan Black and penned by Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta, Killjoys follows a fun-loving, hard-living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war.
Ashmore plays John Jaqobis, a cheerful peacemaker who prefers not to fight, though his sarcastic »
With Penny Dreadful having premiered to rave reviews, and Masters of Sex having debuted its second season to critical acclaim consistent with the period drama’s first, Showtime is having a pretty great 2014. And the premium cable network’s offerings continue to hold nothing but promise for the remainder of the year, with the just-released first trailer for its upcoming drama The Affair serving as a tantalizing introduction to what’s sure to be a red-hot series.
Starring The Hour‘s Dominic West and Luther‘s Ruth Wilson (and just like that, I’m already sold), The Affair centers on the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair between two broken individuals, using the biases present in the male and female perspectives on the show to tell a multilayered story. Wilson plays Alison, a waitress in the Hamptons dealing with the aftermath of a personal tragedy and attempting to »
- Isaac Feldberg
This winter’s Paddington has received our attention for all the wrong reasons so far. First, there was that terrifying image of the film’s stuffed bear that sparked the hilarious Creepy Paddington meme. Then, The Weinstein Company released a disappointing first trailer for the movie that made it appear to be a spiritual – albeit less gratingly non-musical – cousin to Alvin and the Chipmunks, of all things. Finally, we learned that Colin Firth, who had previously been set to voice Paddington, had dropped out of the project mid-way through production. Luckily for TWC though, it doesn’t appear that the film will be delayed, as Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has just been set to lend his voice to the animated bear.
Though the British actor is certainly less of a household name than Firth, Whishaw’s star has been steadily rising over the past few years. He’s won fans »
- Isaac Feldberg
Another Cannes entry has found a buyer: CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus's "Pride" and is wasting no time opening the well-reviewed dramatic comedy starring Bill Nighy ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"), Imelda Staunton ("Maleficent"), Dominic West ("The Hour)" and Paddy Considine ("Submarine"). The film played well at Directors' Fortnight. CBS Films, which mounted an ambitious awards campaign for last year's "Inside Llewyn Davis," will release the film in theaters on September 19th. Directed by Warchus ("Simpatico") from a screenplay by actor-turned-writer Stephen Beresford inspired by a true story, "Pride" is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher was in charge and the National Union of Mineworkers was on strike. When London gay and lesbian activists raise money to support the strikers’ families, the Union »
- Anne Thompson
Briefly: Recently we featured the trailer for the British drama Pride following the true story of gay and lesbian activists who threw their support behind the families of striking miners in the United Kingdom in 1984. At the time, the film hadn't been slated for a release in the United States, but CBS FIlms has just announced acquisition of the Pathé, and they'll release the film on September 19th this fall. The film features Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (Submarine) and more. It certainly looks like a timely and charming tale. »
- Ethan Anderton
CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Pride,” which premiered earlier this year at Cannes and will hit theaters on Sept. 19. The dramatic comedy was directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford. David Livingstone produced the film, while Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton executive produced. Also read: CBS Films Discovers ‘The Atlantis Gene,’ Secures Rights to Hot E-Book Trilogy The cast is led by Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Imelda Staunton (“Maleficent”), Dominic West (“The Hour”), Paddy Considine (“Submarine”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Joseph Gilgun (“Lockout”), George MacKay (“How I Live. »
- Jeff Sneider
Utopia’s second series will satisfy and surprise fans in equal measure. Here are our spoiler-free thoughts on the first two episodes…
Utopia’s stylish, surprising second series opener makes few concessions for newcomers; everything it does, it does for its fans. That’s your first nudge to catch up on series one before the second run starts on Channel Four in mid-July.
After some pleasing disorientation, the first episode places its audience securely back in the world of The Network and Utopia’s unwieldy central dilemma: what should humans do about impending bloodshed caused by overpopulation?
The Network’s answer to that question was the first series’ hidden conspiracy, and it’s one Utopia hasn’t finished wrestling with yet. Series two gets stuck in to the philosophical scrap immediately, staging ethical debates between characters asking the difficult questions.
Dotted amongst the speeches on moral philosophy, there are »
This swashbuckling 10-episode romp from BBC America (premiering Sunday, June 22, at 9pm Et/Pt) is a delightful retelling of the famed Musketeers. Packed with action-fueled sword fights, elaborate costuming, playful banter and storylines steeped in revenge, loyalty and love, The Musketeers is a colorful take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. BBC America’s The Musketeers series premiere first scene sneak preview: On the streets of 17th-century Paris, the Musketeers — Athos (Tom Burke, The Hour), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera, Heroes), Porthos (Howard Charles, Royal Shakespeare Company) and soon-to-be newbie D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino, Skins) — faithfully serve as the loyal bodyguards to the … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
The mini-series, that’s in association with HBO, has a great cast confirmed that includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, and they’re also introducing newcomer Abigail Lawrie.
BAFTA Award-winning actor Michael Gambon is set to play Howard Mollison, owner of the Pagford delicatessen, with Julia McKenzie playing his wife Shirley. Howard’s son Miles is being played by Rufus Jones (W1A) with his wife Samantha Mollison being played by Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes). Rory Kinnear, who recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role as Iago in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Othello at the National Theatre, is to play Barry Fairbrother, Keeley Forsyth (Coronation Street) is playing Terri Weedon with »
- Dan Bullock
The cast for the BBC and HBO miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” has been announced and will include Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and newcomer Abigail Lawrie.
The BBC One miniseries, being produced in association with HBO, is an adaptation of Rowling’s 2012 bestselling book, which has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. The show will comprise three one-hour parts, with production slated to begin July 7 in South West England.
“Casual Vacancy,” Rowling’s first novel for adults after the blockbuster “Harry Potter” franchise, centers on the seemingly idyllic English village of Pagford. Behind the quaint façade is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, and teachers at war with their pupils.
Gambon (“The Singing Detective, »
- Todd Spangler
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
How this fall will shake out in terms of the 2015 Oscar race is largely still a mystery, but few films have as much clout behind them heading into the second half of the year as Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. With its absolutely loaded cast and thrilling, true-history story, Suffragette is basically Oscar bait at its finest. And with An Education‘s Carey Mulligan, Les Miserables‘ Helena Bonham Carter and Nowhere Boy‘s Ann-Marie Duff in the cast, not to mention Meryl Streep, this is shaping up to be one formidable awards contender.
Now, we’ve got our first look at the film, with an image (above) that shows, from left to right, Duff, Mulligan and Bonham Carter’s characters raising their voices as part of a feminist protest. What makes Suffragette particularly interesting is that it doesn’t center on the feminist movement as a whole; rather, it zeroes in »
- Isaac Feldberg
The eight season of the new Doctor Who TV series airs this year – and with it comes a new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour), along with Jenna Coleman back as Clara, plus a new human (Or is he?… Probably.) time-travler in Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson (Emmerdale). At last, a teaser has been released for the upcoming season, revealing that Doctor number… well, whatever it is we’re up to now, will hit the small screen before the end of this summer.
Steven Moffat remains the current Doctor Who head writer, extending his run to four seasons now. The most recent season appeared to prompt an overall lukewarm reaction from Whovians (discounting enthusiastic reactions to the 50th anniversary special), but Moffat has already indicated that Capldi-era Doctor Who might be quite ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.
First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which »
- James Hibberd
Mark Gatiss will also reunite with Pemberton on the project, playing Raj Army veteran Major Benjy, while Pemberton will play Lucia's chief courtier Georgie Pillson.
Chancellor - who will play Lucia in the project - said: "I am thrilled to be playing the glorious Lucia. I hope I can do justice to Ef Benson's wonderful creations."
Richardson added: "I am so looking forward to a summer of hard work and I hope, great fun, working with the ensemble on Steve's masterly adaptation of Ef Benson's delicious confection. I cannot wait to get my teeth into Mapp... and of course, Lucia!"
Gatiss said of his role: "Ef Benson's tales of life in Tilling »
The one-off drama, from the makers of Death in Paradise, is a retelling of the biblical story of Noah and The Ark.
Commenting on his role, Threlfall said: "The story jumped off the page at me from the first reading. It's not just a family saga but the first family saga.
"It takes its inspiration from many faiths and speaks of values which should be shared across all cultures. It was something I immediately wanted to be part of."
You knew it was only a matter of time. After Netflix scored with original programming like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Arrested Development," Amazon quickly jumped into the game -- and now Xbox is, too. Pretty soon, look forward to new shows from your microwave and blender. Xbox will launch Xbox: Originals this June with 12 projects. They will be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, and, of course, the shows will offer "interactive capabilities." To prove they're not kidding around, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, who are attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise. Because hey, you can never get enough "Halo." Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search for discarded Atari games in »
- Liane Bonin Starr
J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy will be adapted into a three-hour miniseries for HBO and the BBC. Set in the picturesque English village of Pagford, the novel is Rowling's first book after completing the Harry Potter series. The multi-character story focuses on the increasing tensions between the haves and the have-nots that an open position on the local city council suddenly stirs up. Writer Sarah Phelps (BBC's Great Expectations) will pen the miniseries. Produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Hour), the project is spearheaded by Rowling's boutique production company, Bronte Film and Television. [h/t The Wrap]
- Inkoo Kang
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