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In a career spanning 50 years, Rampling’s credits include “Georgy Girl,” Luchino Visconti’s “The Damned,” Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter,” “The Wings of a Dove” and “Swimming Pool.” Rampling’s recent TV credits includes “Broadchurch” and “London Spy.” Forthcoming film titles include “The Sense of an Ending,” in which she co-stars with Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer and Jim Broadbent. She has been honored with a career César, the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, France’s Légion d’honneur and a British OBE.
The cinematographer on “Euphoria” will be Rob Hardy, who teams up with Vikander for a third time following “Ex Machina” and “Testament of Youth.” The film is set to start shooting in early August in the German Alps. »
- Leo Barraclough
★★★★☆ Twin sisters do it for themselves in Euros Lyn's outstanding feature debut The Library Suicides. The Welsh filmmaker's wealth of TV directorial experience from the likes of Broadchurch and Happy Valley are evident in a dark, sordid tale of memory, legacy and grief in which present revelations lurch forward in violent fits and starts as past truths surface with painstaking patience. A captivating dual turn by Catrin Stewart sees her play Ana and Nan, twins identical in appearance but distinguished by subtle differences in manner and mannerisms. Both work in a library archive and a gripping opening sequence cross-cuts between a worryingly sinister explanation of their work and an elderly woman perched perilously on a ledge.
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One of the most curious comedies to emerge on both sides of the Pond this year is “Flowers,” which features Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt in a dark look at a dysfunctional family. Think “Arrested Development” as brought to life in the pages of a Roald Dahl book.
“Flowers,” which bowed in April on the U.K.‘s Channel 4 and is available on NBC’s Seeso comedy streaming service, is the brainchild of Will Sharpe, the multi-hyphenate who has a supporting role in the show, produced by Endemol Shine’s Kudos banner.
Barratt plays a renowned children’s book author, Maurice Flowers, who is battling severe depression as he tries to sort out his not-quite-complete divorce from his delusional, music teacher wife Deborah, limned by Colman. The couple’s two adult children, twins Donald (Daniel Rigby) and Amy (Sophia Di Martino), have their own considerable quirks. Sharpe plays an energetic Japanese illustrator, Shun, who works with Maurice.
The show’s first season is easily consumed in a quick binge — six half-hour episodes (written and directed by Sharpe) that take the Flowers clan and their bizarro associates in an English country town on quite a journey through the canyons of their minds. “Flowers” plays for laughs but also demonstrates a sensitivity to mental health issues that has earned praise for the show and for Barratt’s performance. Colman, as ever, impresses with her dexterity in a role far removed from the dramatic fare she’s best known for in the U.S., such as “Broadchurch” and “The Night Manager.”
“It’s a show about melancholy,” Sharpe explains. “We’re not making fun of their pain. I want people to see it as an ultimately uplifting show that in the end leaves you with a feeling of hope.”
“Flowers” amounts to an “I’ve arrived” statement for Sharpe, 29, who has always balanced his acting work with his ambition as a writer and director.
Sharpe grew up in Japan until the age of 8 — his mother is Japanese, his father British — when his family moved to the London area. He attended Cambridge University and was a member of the school’s Footlights acting troupe.
After graduating in 2008, Sharpe did a mix of standup comedy and a year a half stint with the Royal Shakespeare Co. He landed a role on the long-running U.K. sudser “Casualty” in 2009. The following year, he co-wrote and directed his first feature, the murder mystery “Black Pond,” which nabbed a BAFTA nom.
Sharpe spent a lot of time sketching out the world of “Flowers” before pitching it to Kudos. To his surprise, Channel 4 “got it” and commissioned a pilot. (Seeso came on board as a partner after the pilot.) He was equally surprised and grateful when his script attracted notable stars in Colman and Barratt.
“The best thing for me about making the show was working with a cast that was all so good,” he said. “Julian is so controlled and really good. Olivia can always deliver what you need to achieve.”
Although Sharpe’s career focus is more on writing and directing than acting, he crafted a role for himself in “Flowers” because he wanted to infuse it with the over-the-top broad humor found in Japanese films and TV shows.
“I wanted that flavor to be in the show somehow and the Shun character is the conduit,” he says. “He’s quite an un-British character and I quite like holding him up against the more British characters.”
Sharpe was keenly aware going in that there was no assurance “Flowers” would live on past its initial six-episode commission. He designed the ending to work as the end of the family’s story — or not.
“I think it could definitely carry on. I don’t think for ages and ages but I feel like there is more to find out about characters,” he says. “There’s a feeling of conclusion to the series but a lot of it is left open-ended.”
- Cynthia Littleton
A black Doctor Who? Not only could it happen, it almost already did.
Executive producer Steven Moffat has told the BBC series’ official magazine that the role has been offered previously to a black actor, but “for various reasons, it didn’t work out.
“I certainly don’t think there’s ever been a problem with making the Doctor black,” he added, “which is why it should happen someday.”
In April, we reported that season three of the crime drama would be the last one. The first two seasons of the series star David Tennant and Olivia Colman as two detectives investigating the murder of a young boy in a small English town.
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BAFTA winner Lenny Henry has joined the cast of the third season of hit ITV crime drama "Broadchurch" which just began production today. The series will mark the final outing for David Tennant and Olivia Colman in their famed roles as detectives Hardy and Miller.
In the new eight episode season, the pair reunite to investigate a serious sexual assault. The season looks at the emotional cost for all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships.
Roy Hudd, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley also join the cast this time while returning members include Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill, Carolyn Pickles, Charlotte Beaumont and Adam Wilson.
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- Garth Franklin
Shooting began today on the third season of hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch. This is the last go-round for David Tennant and Olivia Colman (hot off The Night Manager) as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller. The pair reunites in Season 3 to investigate a serious sexual assault. Just added to the cast are 2016 honorary BAFTA winner Lenny Henry (The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, The Syndicate) and Roy Hudd (Robot Overlords, Coronation Street). As… »
- The Lower East Side Film Festival has announced its full lineup. Highlights include a special anniversary screening of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze' and a series of very fun-sounding curated events and parties, including Ladies Night, Mind F*ck Night, Gay Night Pool Party and Dive-In Movie. The festival runs from June 9 - 16 and you can purchase tickets today right here. Stay up to date on all of today's buzziest industry news below: - Amazon Prime Video has added 'Fleabag' to its original series lineup. This half hour comedy, which is written by and starring 'Broadchurch’ alum Phoebe Waller-Bridge, follows the misadventures of a woman making her way through modern London. The show will air in fall. - Jcc Manhattan’s 4th Annual Israel Film Center Festival has announced its lineup of special events and guests to complement its previously announced lineup of film and television screenings. »
- Zack Sharf
Amazon Prime has picked up the Fleabag TV show comedy written by and starring Broadchurch's Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The series is based on her play of the same name. Fleabag is directed by Harry Bradbeer and executive produced by Harry Williams and Jack Williams.
Fleabag is decribed as, "a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman (Waller-Bridge), as she hurls herself at modern living in London." The cast also includes: Brett Gelman, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, Hugh Dennis, Hugh Skinner, Jamie Demetriou, Jenny Rainsford, and Sian Clifford.
Here is more from the Amazon press release.
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Amazon has added the six-episode half-hour series Fleabag to its fall Prime Video lineup in the U.S. Written by and starring Broadchurch and Crashing alumna Phoebe Waller-Bridge and based on Waller-Bridge’s award-winning play, Fleabag is described as a a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman (Waller-Bridge), as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Brett Gelman (Twin Peaks), Olivia Colman (Peep Show), Bill… »
The film tells the story of two women’s differing experiences with pregnancy. One is a 40-year-old magistrate, the other a carefree party girl. The twist is that they are in a relationship with each other.
Tennant, known for playing Doctor Who and more recently the villain in Marvel series Jessica Jones and the co-lead in hit TV series Broadchurch, will play the couple’s neighbour John, an obnoxious Scot, who is responsible for one of the pregnancies.
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Peter Capaldi has a new companion in the tenth season of “Doctor Who.” The BBC has announced that Pearl Mackie will play Bill alongside the Time Lord. The news was announced on the show’s Twitter account with a full two-minute scene of the newcomer in her latest role. Read More: What It's Like to Write British TV Like 'Doctor Who' and 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” she said. “It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home!” Mackie replaced Jenna Coleman, who played the role of Clara Griswold. She joined the cast in 2012 and worked with two Doctors, Matt Smith and Capaldi. The actress exited the series after being cast as Queen Victoria in the ITV upcoming drama series “Victoria.” This will be executive producer and writer Steve Moffat »
- Liz Calvario
The BBC has announced “Doctor Who’s” new companion for the 10th installment of the popular series.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” she said. “It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home!”
Mackie replaces Jenna Coleman whose character Clara Oswald exited the series last year.
Coleman joined the show in 2012, and starred alongside two Doctors, Matt Smith and Capaldi, who joined the show in 2014. She had asked to leave “Doctor Who” to play Queen Victoria in a new ITV new drama.
Introducing Pearl Mackie as Bill, the #NewCompanion! Welcome to Team #DoctorWho, Pearl!https://t.co/jQpVqxU4tX
— Doctor Who Bbca (@DoctorWho_BBCA) April 23, 2016
- Variety Staff
Doctor Who fans, the suspense is over: The new companion has been unmasked!
BBC One announced Saturday that up-and-coming British thesp Pearl Mackie is joining the Season 10 cast as “Bill,” Peter Capaldi new onscreen sidekick. She succeeds Jenna Coleman, whose Clara Oswald made her final appearance in the Season 9 finale (last seen fleeing via Tardis with Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams.)
Mackie, who is currently starring in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time in London’s West End, said in a lengthy statement: »
The BBC has announced that it will unveil the new companion for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the next series of Doctor Who this Saturday during half time of Match of the Day’s coverage of the Fa Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United, at approximately 6pm.
The new companion will replace Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald, who left the series last year. They will make their debut in series ten of the show, which is set to begin filming later this year ahead of a premiere in 2017.
Series ten will also mark the final run of episodes for Steven Moffat, who is stepping down and will be replaced on the eleventh series by Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch). As present, Peter Capaldi is undecided about whether he’ll extend his stay as the Time Lord.
- Gary Collinson
Introducing the “worst man in the world.” That dubious honorific is bestowed on Hugh Laurie in AMC’s new six-part limited series “The Night Manager,” as he masterfully embodies Richard Onslow Roper, a charming yet cunningly ruthless international businessman.
Lifted straight from the 1993 John Le Carré novel on which the spy thriller is based, that line “is the sort of thing a child might say,” concedes executive producer Stephen Garrett. “With the people around the world we read about in newspapers on a daily basis, that’s quite a high bar.”
Yet perhaps even more daunting was the idea of adapting a 20-year-old spy thriller for modern audiences. Two previous efforts at translating the novel to the screen had failed. But this time out, Le Carré’s sons, Simon and Stephen Cornwell, with the help of screenwriter David Farr, tried a new approach: updating the Cold War action to the present day. »
- Debra Birnbaum
The contours of the spy story at the core of “The Night Manager” are familiar: A damaged, mysterious operative goes undercover with bad people who live luxurious lives that leave them plenty of time for extracurricular activities. Given that it unfolds over six hours, the miniseries has the kinds of plotting issues one might expect if a Bond film were stretched past its ideal running time, and a little more clarity and a little less under-cooked ambiguity might have served it well. But it’s hard to resist the charms of the cast, led by Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie. These actors are so versatile and capably matched that viewers are likely to forgive some bumps in the road.
Hiddleston may have the highest profile of the three — Marvel’s Loki is in the midst of a run of interesting projects, and “The Night Manager,” an updated version »
- Maureen Ryan
The story follow a down-on-their-luck blue-collar couple young who discover a serial killer's film reels and take a chance to capture him for the major reward - they soon end up in his crosshairs. Filming begins in Ottowa in late May. [Source: Deadline]
The White Princess
Jodie Comer ("Doctor Foster") has scored the title role in Starz's "The White Princess," the sequel to the acclaimed historical TV drama "The White Queen". Based on Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War novels, this continues the story of the beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville – the White Queen – the young princess Elizabeth.
Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her »
- Garth Franklin
Some major news for all Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper fans! It’s been announced today Torchwood is returning (of sorts) thanks to Titan Comics. This new series is to be written by John Barrowman along with his sister Carole E. Barrowman, the artwork for these Torchwood comics is being handled by Antonio Fuso (Drive, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and Pasquale Qualano (Batman ’66, She Hulk, Harley Quinn). Check out the covers below…
In continuity with the new hit Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish, as part of the official continuation of the Torchwood saga, the comic arrives in stores on July 6 – the week of Titan’s third annual Doctor Who Comics Day event – Saturday, July 9 2016.
The BAFTA-winning cult science-fiction drama by Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, which aired for four successful seasons from 2006 to 2011, follows the exploits of Captain Jack, Gwen (Eve Myles – Broadchurch »
ITV's Broadchurch TV series is ending. The press release announcing new cast members for the third season (or series) of Broadchurch, referred to the installment as the final one, leaving the show effectively cancelled. The Broadchurch season two finale aired on February 23, 2015.
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, and Andrew Buchan are returning for the third and final season of Broadchurch. New to the cast in season three are Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson, and Mark Bazeley.
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