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Pippa Harris interview: 'People quite liked being made to cry'

22 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The co-founder of Neal Street Productions on the success of Call the Midwife and The Hollow Crown

"It's all been a bit overwhelming actually," says the drama producer Pippa Harris happily, reflecting on response to The Hollow Crown, BBC2's Shakespeare tetralogy that came to a close on Saturday. Made by Neal Street Productions, the indie Harris founded almost a decade ago with her childhood friend Sam Mendes and former Donmar Warehouse executive producer Caro Newling, the films have attracted widespread praise for their ambition and quality.

While the BBC considers commissioning further Shakespeare adaptations, Neal Street is not short of projects, including the late Nora Ephron's last film script. Set up in 2003 primarily for film and theatre productions, the indie is also behind Call the Midwife, BBC1's hit Sunday night drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, that over six weeks increased its audience to more than 11 million. »

- Vicky Frost

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First look at Ben Whishaw as Q on set of new James Bond film Skyfall

12 July 2012 11:59 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed today that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the 007 franchise in new film Skyfall - with the role played by Ben Whishaw.

The first official image of Whishaw on set, with Daniel Craig in the background, has been sent to us and is featured below. The image above shows Ben at a BAFTA awards ceremony in London.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond's quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn in 17 Bond films between 1963 and 1999. After that, John Cleese appeared as Q's assistant R in The World is Not Enough before his promotion to Q in Die Another Day.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: "It's a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall, »

- David Bentley

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Sony And Eon Productions Confirm Ben Wishaw Will Play "Q" In "Skyfall"

12 July 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press announcement from Sony and Eon Productions

Culver City, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of Skyfall™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, confirmedtoday that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and the role will be played by Ben Whishaw.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q.   The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd  in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day). 

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall™ played by the enormously talented, Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have »

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The First Look at Ben Whishaw as Q in Skyfall

12 July 2012 8:54 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Sony have officially released the news that we all knew anyway that Ben Whishaw is set to play the role of Q in the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall. As well as releasing the news, they’ve also given us our first look at Whishaw in the obligatory white coat! If you look carefull, you can also see James Bond (Daniel Craig) loitering in the background.

Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q.   The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd  in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).

Skyfall hits cinemas 26tyh October. Full press release is below. Click the image to enlarge.

Culver City, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, »

- David Sztypuljak

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Shakespeare and me: Simon Russell Beale

2 July 2012 8:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Simon Russell Beale, who plays Timon in Timon of Athens at the National Theatre, on what Shakespeare means to him

I'd describe myself as a Shakespeare anorak, and there are people I share in this with. Recently my director Nick Hytner and I took an American visitor for lunch and bored the pants off her just talking about him.

Every time you do a Shakespeare play you have to make a lot of decisions about which words to speak. The original version of: "To be or not to be, that is the question" is: "To be or not to be, aye there's the point."

The play I'm doing now, Timon of Athens, almost didn't exist. It didn't make the original folio because it remained unfinished, and so it's an interesting process, writing the rest of it.

I don't like it when Shakespeare is represented as bucolic – this image of the »

- Megan Conner

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Rewind TV: Veep; Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life; Line of Duty; Richard II; Walking and Talking – review

2 July 2012 8:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Armando Iannucci's Veep makes a grand mockery of American politics, Alan Partridge returns to Norfolk in triumph, and BBC2 has a great new cop series

Veep (Sky Atlantic)

Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life (Sky Atlantic)

Line of Duty (BBC2) | iPlayer

Richard II (BBC2) | iPlayer

Walking and Talking (Sky Atlantic)

It wasn't just that, very early, we heard the new vice-president's chief of staff, Amy, describe an ambitious aide as a "shit", and forgive me for using the word equally early on a Sunday morning, but it might as well be got out of the way and I won't use it again, unlike Amy. It was that the camera so explicitly failed to cut away, instead allowing Amy to expand on her taxonomic thesis, explaining not only every sideways way in which Dan was one, as had been the horse he rode up on, and how he had always been one, »

- Euan Ferguson

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TV review: The Hollow Crown: Richard II; Derek Jacobi on Richard II; Mad Mad World

2 July 2012 3:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Camp, deluded and owner of a pet monkey – it's Richard II meets Wacko Jacko

One doesn't, as a rule, have to use the term "spoiler alert" in a review of a Shakespeare adaptation. No one is going to give you a hard time on Twitter for revealing that things don't really work out for Romeo and Juliet. But immediately following The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC2, Saturday) – the first of four new productions of Shakespeare's history plays – came Derek Jacobi on Richard II: Shakespeare Uncovered (also BBC2), which examined the play through the prism of history, using excerpts from several TV adaptations, including the new one. As I had preview copies of both programmes at my disposal, I had to decide whether I wanted my explication first or second.

In the end I watched them in broadcast order, one directly after the other, which was definitely the right way round. »

- Tim Dowling

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Go Behind the Scenes of A Good Day To Die Hard 5

25 June 2012 3:24 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s some brand new behind the scenes videos from the set of the upcoming film “A Good Day to Die Hard” aka Die Hard 5 by director John Moore (Max Payne, The Omen) and starring Bruce Willis (Kane & Lynch, Looper, THe Expendables 2, G.I. Joe Retaliation), Patrick Stewart (Richard II, Ted, Ice Age: Continential Drift) and Jai Courtney (I, Frankenstein, Spartacus: Vengeance). Synopsis: The story is set in Russia and begins with John McClane heading to Moscow to sweet talk some cops into letting his apparently-wayward son out of jail for something he did, but when he gets there, things surrounding his son’s arrest are not as they appear  [ Read More ] »

- Brian Corder

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Power and glory: how to tackle Shakespeare's revolutions

21 June 2012 7:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Two plays about revolution kick off the BBC's Shakespeare series this week. Their directors Gregory Doran and Rupert Goold explain the challenges they faced

'Shakespeare's African play'

Gregory Doran on Julius Caesar

In 1995, I was directing a production of Shakespeare's first Roman tragedy, Titus Andronicus, with my partner Antony Sher in the lead role, in Johannesburg. It was just after the end of apartheid, and though the play has a reputation for being a gore-fest, it somehow became a cry for reconciliation. In the final moments of the play, the hero's brother, Marcus Andronicus, calls for an end to the carnage: "O, let me teach you how to knit again/ This scattered corn into one mutual sheaf."

It wasn't until we arrived in South Africa that I became aware of just how the country – and the continent – had taken Shakespeare to its heart. In 2001, the education department in Gauteng province »

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BBC to screen four Shakespeare history plays after 30-year gap

2 May 2012 11:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sam Mendes' films of Henry plays and Richard II to include Jeremy Irons, Julie Walters, Michelle Dockery and John Hurt

It is more than 30 years since the BBC last screened a major cycle of Shakespeare's history plays. So it is little surprise that this summer's four new films from the corporation have attracted the cream of British acting and directing talent – from Jeremy Irons and Ben Whisaw to Simon Russell Beale and Sir Richard Eyre.

With the Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes as executive producer, the BBC will screen Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V, from late June on BBC2 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Mendes' partner at Neal Street Productions, Pippa Harris, said the combination of the Queen's diamond jubilee and the Olympics made 2012 the perfect opportunity to revisit the histories: "There are so many themes in these four plays which seem fitting »

- Vicky Frost

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Tom Hiddleston interview: The Avengers, modern myths, playing Loki and more

25 April 2012 4:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We jumped at the chance to chat to Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, ahead of the release of The Avengers. Here’s what he had to say...

Will nothing stop Tom Hiddleston’s geek-crush level from rising? After his striking, bright-eyed turns in a variety of films, from a cringe-inducing, well-meaning upper class chap in Archipelago, to F Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, he’s only gone and done it again with his darker, more troubled reprisal of Loki in The Avengers.

And, as if that’s not enough, last week he wrote an article for The Guardian, praising contemporary superhero movies as ‘the pinnacle of cinema’, modern-day equivalents of mythology and morality tales. This actor, it seems, is quite the believer in the power of the comic book movie.

At the Avengers press junket that same morning, we had the chance to quiz Hiddleston about the article, »

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Michael Billington on actors

2 April 2012 2:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actors, I criticise you because I care

Am I soft on actors? David Hare said so in our lively on-stage encounter during the recent Guardian Open Weekend. I've been asking myself ever since whether I do apply a double standard: am I more likely to be harsh on writers and directors than on performers?

I'd say that, historically, British critics are less abusive than their Us counterparts towards actors. No one I know has the obsession with physical appearances that led Us critic John Simon to say, a propos the nude scene in Abelard and Heloise, that "Diana Rigg is built like a brick mausoleum with insufficient flying buttresses", a line that Rigg sportingly included in an anthology of bad reviews. Even more brutally, Dorothy Parker once wrote: "Katharine Hepburn ran the gamut of emotion from A to B." And, after one American actor was told "Guido Natzo was natzo »

- Michael Billington

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Jonah Hill & James Franco To Star In A Bizarre ‘True Story’

27 February 2012 12:35 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Jonah Hill has talked a lot during the press rounds for “Moneyball” that he believes the movie marks a new chapter in his career, a new step away from the comedy movies he became famous for. He won his first Oscar nomination for his very impressive performance in the baseball drama and clearly enjoyed his time collaborating with his new found friends. So much so that he is teaming with a few of them again on another fact-based drama…

Deadline reports that Hill will star as former New York Times journalist Michael Finkel in his own memoir “True Story”, a tale about his strange and unwanted relationship with murderer Christian Longo. In the rather crazy story, Congo was a FBI Top Ten listed wanted man for murdering his family but when he was arrested in Mexico he was living under the name of Michael Finkel, the very same name as the journalist. »

- Matt Holmes

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Jonah Hill and James Franco to Co-Star in Drama True Story

27 February 2012 10:09 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jonah Hill turned in a solid performance in Moneyball, and now he's got another drama on the way, but he'll be in the lead this time around.  Hill is set to star opposite James Franco in the adaptation of Michael Finkel's memoir True Story.  Directed by Rupert Goold (who wrote and directed the upcoming TV movie adaptation of Richard II starring Patrick Stewart), the story recounts the head-spinning relationship between disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and accused murdered Christian Longo (Franco). Hit the jump for more. Reading Deadline's recap of the story was a bit confusing, but the book's official synopsis does a great job of breaking down the plot: In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal »

- Matt Goldberg

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James Franco and Jonah Hill Will Tell ‘True Story’ For Brad Pitt

27 February 2012 10:05 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After both nabbing Oscar nominations for Moneyball, the duo of Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt are wasting no time to re-team for another project. Deadline reports that Hill will star in the Pitt-produced True Story, which adapts journalist Michael Finkel‘s novel, following a tale of mistaken identity and an investigation into falsifying New York Times-published articles.

Hill will portray Finkel and he’ll also be joined by his co-star of Seth Rogen‘s upcoming directorial debut The Apocalypse, James Franco. This will be far from a comedy though, as the basic story follows Finkel, who learns that a FBI most-wanted criminal Christian Longo (played by Franco) gets captured and was taking his identity. When Finkel gets fired at the New York Times for reportedly falsifying articles his career seemed over, but Longo only wants to speak to Finkel and so begins a strange relationship. Check out the official synopsis below. »

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Kevin Spacey Is Richard III

10 January 2012 7:45 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Kevin Spacey begins his run as the deranged titular king in "Richard III" tonight at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Directed by Sam Mendes, the play reunites the actor and director, who previously worked together on "American Beauty," a film that earned them both Academy Awards.

"Richard III" is the final production in The Bridge Project, a collaboration between Bam, The Old Vic and Neal Street theaters that launched in 2009 with Mendes' staging of "The Winter's Tale" and "The Cherry Orchard," and continued in 2010 with "As You Like It" and "The Tempest," also by Mendes.

"Richard III" completed its run at The Old Vic in 2011 and embarked on an international tour later that year, including stops in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Beijing, Sydney, Doha and San Francisco.

The play has received solid reviews abroad -- Michael Billington at the Guardian called it "a beautifully clear, coherent modern-dress production, »

- The Huffington Post

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Literary events in 2012

6 January 2012 2:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

More Dickens and even more Shakespeare, but also new novels from Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, plus exciting new voices – 2012's literary highlights

January

10 Charles Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Matthew Rhys and Tamzin Merchant, begins – and, unlike the book, ends – on BBC2.

13 Michael Morpurgo's much-loved children's novel War Horse, a long-running favourite at the National and on Broadway, gets the Hollywood treatment. A tearjerking saga about a young soldier and his horse – it was only a matter of time before it was Spielberged.

16 Ts Eliot prize. Despite withdrawals from the shortlist over objections to a hedge fund's sponsorship of the prize, the Eliot remains the UK's premier poetry award, and its eve-of-event reading is always a treat. This year's shortlist includes Daljit Nagra, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside.

20 Release of film of Coriolanus, an Orson Wellesian effort directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, »

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Literary events in 2012

6 January 2012 2:51 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More Dickens and even more Shakespeare, but also new novels from Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, plus exciting new voices – 2012's literary highlights

January

10 Charles Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Matthew Rhys and Tamzin Merchant, begins – and, unlike the book, ends – on BBC2.

13 Michael Morpurgo's much-loved children's novel War Horse, a long-running favourite at the National and on Broadway, gets the Hollywood treatment. A tearjerking saga about a young soldier and his horse – it was only a matter of time before it was Spielberged.

16 Ts Eliot prize. Despite withdrawals from the shortlist over objections to a hedge fund's sponsorship of the prize, the Eliot remains the UK's premier poetry award, and its eve-of-event reading is always a treat. This year's shortlist includes Daljit Nagra, Carol Ann Duffy and John Burnside.

20 Release of film of Coriolanus, an Orson Wellesian effort directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, »

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Victoria & Albert to screen historic theatre – free

5 January 2012 5:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

London museum will show filmed versions of major productions, including Ben Whishaw's 2004 Hamlet and Hackney Empire's 2009 panto

Critics dubbed it one of the best Hamlets of all time – and now theatre lovers will have the opportunity to compare Ben Whishaw's teenage Dane to the recent high-profile princes of David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Rory Kinnear.

The Victoria & Albert museum will screen Trevor Nunn's 2004 production for the Old Vic, which provided Whishaw his first role after drama school, as part of a series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Video Archive of Performance.

Whishaw, who is soon to star in Rupert Goold's television version of Richard II for the BBC, was labelled "the most raw and vulnerable Hamlet I have ever seen" by The Telegraph's theatre critic, Charles Spencer. (Michael Billington, however, was less impressed, describing Whishaw's boy prince as "a scuttling, manic Danish Mr »

- Matt Trueman

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