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Titan bringing ‘The Prisoner’ to comics!

To celebrate the first UK broadcast of celebrated cult favourite The Prisoner, Titan Comics – licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment – are pleased to announce an all-new comic books based on the original TV show written by Peter Milligan (The Mummy, Dan Dare, Hellblazer) with art by Colin Lorimer (The X-Files, Hellraiser, Harvest) coming in 2018!

The Prisoner first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 29 September 1967 – and in 1968 in the Us – and was an immediate smash hit with global audiences due to its surreal mix of spy fiction with sci-fi, allegory and psychological drama elements. The worldwide smash hit series starred Patrick MacGoohan (Danger Man, Escape from Alcatraz) as Number 6 – the fiery British former secret agent who is abducted and held prisoner in a shadowy coastal village, where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.

Says Peter Milligan writer of the new re-imagined comic
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Titan to celebrate 50th anniversary of The Prisoner with new comic book series

Titan Comics has announced that it is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cult favourite TV series The Prisoner with all-new comic books based on the 1960s series from the creative team of writer Peter Milligan (The Mummy, Dan Dare, Hellblazer) and artist Colin Lorimer (The X-Files, Hellraiser, Harvest).

“For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me,” said Peter Milligan writer of the new re-imagined comic books. “So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world. And how cool it is to imagine
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The Prisoner at 50: celebrating a landmark TV show

Jamie Andrew Sep 29, 2017

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner was imaginative, unfathomable, and years ahead of its time...

It’s fifty years this month since The Prisoner premiered on British screens, bringing with it blazers, badges and mind-bending bad guys. The show ran for a mere two years, two truncated seasons and seventeen episodes, but its surreal imagery, iconic catchphrases, cerebral plots and absolutely bonkers ending have earned it a perennial place in our cultural consciousness.

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It's truly an odd-beast, quintessentially sixties in some respects, timeless in others. It's hard to describe or define it as any one thing: it's a spy show that isn't a spy show; it's an action show with bigger
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R.I.P. Burt Kwouk - Pink Panther's Cato

Burt Kwouk, the actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the original Peter Sellers "Pink Panther" films, has died at the age of 85. He "passed peacefully" according to his agent Jean Diamond, with no specific cause of death mentioned.

Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major role in 1958's "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". He also appeared in two James Bond classics - "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" - along with the original "Rollerball" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". He also had guest spots on popular 1960s shows like "The Avengers," "Secret Agent" and "The Saint" and a regular role on 1980s British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine'.

But it's his work in a half dozen "Pink Panther" films as Cato Fong that he'll always be remembered for. The character, a manservant to Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau,
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The Prisoner: Volume 1 Review

The Prisoner – Volume 1

Written, directed and produced by Nicholas Briggs.

Featuring the voice talents of Mark Elstob, Sara Powell, Kristina Buikaite, John Standing, Celia Imrie, Ramon Tikaram, and Michael Cochrane.

Synopsis:

An audio re-imagining of the classic 1960’s television show The Prisoner. A secret agent leaves his career behind, only to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’, a bizarre seaside town where nothing is as it seems.

Given the level of scorn poured all over a previous effort to remake The Prisoner back in 2009, it’s a brave soul indeed who takes on such a challenging task. That writer, director and producer Nicolas Briggs’s effort with Big Finish is so successful is testament to a sophisticated level of artistry, skill and imagination.

The audio drama presents itself like a radio play with four episodes; Departure and Arrival, The Schizoid Man, Your Beautiful Village and The Chimes of Big Ben
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"The Prisoner" To The Big Screen

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According to reports, director Ridley Scott ("Alien", "Blade Runner", "Gladiator", "The Martian") is negotiating to direct a big screen reboot of the classic Brit TV series "The Prisoner", to be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. Plus take a look @ classic trailers of the greatest films of Ridley Scott:

The original 17-episode series first broadcast in the UK from 1967 to 1968, starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan ("Secret Agent man"), combining 'spy fiction' with surreal elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama.

"The Prisoner" follows a British former secret agent, looking to 'get out' of the racket, who is subsequently abducted by his handlers and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort...

... where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job...

Scott is currently prepping his "Alien" prequel "Covenant".

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Sony Plans A Danger Mouse Movie

Sony Plans A Danger Mouse Movie
Recently revived on TV with Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon and Stephen Fry among the voice cast, Danger Mouse is also set to storm the big screen. Sony Pictures Animation and StudioCanal have hatched a plan for a movie, with producers Neal Moritz and Toby Ascher overseeing the diminutive super-spy shenanigans.Starting life as an animated series from Cosgrove Hall in the early '80s, Danger Mouse was a secret agent, channelling James Bond and Danger Man, and getting involved in a lot of very silly nonsense on a weekly basis.He lived underneath a pillar box on Baker Street and drove a flying car; his sidekick was the blundering hamster Penfold; his "M" was Colonel K. (a chinchilla); and his arch enemy was the wheezy toad Baron Greenback, who had a crow henchman called Stiletto and was always up to dastardly schemes like trying to melt the North Pole. Occasional secondary villains included Count Duckula,
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Judy Carne, ‘Laugh-In’s’ Sock It to Me Girl, Dead at 76

  • The Wrap
Judy Carne, ‘Laugh-In’s’ Sock It to Me Girl, Dead at 76
Judy Carne, best known to fans as the Sock It to Me girl on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died at the age of 76, according to multiple media reports. Carne was born in Northampton, England. Her first role onscreen came in 1961 when she guest starred on an episode of the British spy series “Danger Man” opposite Patrick McGoohan, according to her official IMDb page. She became endeared to American audiences, however, when she was a regular performer on the first two seasons of the NBC sketch series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” She would often use the phrase “Sock it...
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Mel Gibson: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart.
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Telefonica Studios Boards Kike Maillo’s ‘Toro’

Telefonica Studios Boards Kike Maillo’s ‘Toro’
Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.

Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”

Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”

Written by up-and-coming scribes Fernando Navarro
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Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond

Sure, there have been countless articles detailing the debonair men that portrayed the world’s most famous superspy in Ian Fleming’s creation of Agent 007 (a.k.a James Bond). And of course there have been many debates arguing who is considered the best Bond of them all (yes…I concur with the majority of the Sean Connery census that he is the ideal licensed to kill Lothario of them all). Plus, the listing of who’s the better Bond from top to bottom is always a lively discussion among Agent 007 aficionados.

Well, here is one more list to join the fray in terms of examining the actors that carried the action-packed load in bringing Fleming’s dashing Danger Man into the forefront of adventure, mystery, travel and romance. In Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond we will take a look at the actors
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

  • Hitfix
2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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TV News: Leftovers, Knick, Wife, Danger

The Leftovers

Want answers to the central mystery of the 'Sudden Departure' in HBO's "The Leftovers"? You probably aren't going to get them - or at least not in the way you may want. Vulture just ran a lengthy interview with author Tom Perrotta in which the following quote was dropped:

"To hear [Producer Damon] Lindelof tell it, a big reveal seems unlikely. 'If that's why you're watching the show, don't watch the show.'" In fact there was "defining creative tension" between himself and Lindelof as the question of whether supernatural events can happen on the show.

The Knick

Steven Soderbergh says he had such fun doing his upcoming medical drama "The Knick," which premieres in early August, that he's keen on getting going on a second season and is just waiting for the official go ahead from Cinemax:

"We'll find out within the next couple of weeks. I know they're happy.
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Too Much of a Good Thing? Are We Facing Superhero Film Overkill

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In the cinematic arms race between Marvel and DC, 23 films are scheduled to be released over the next three years. Is this ambitious plan from the two companies a good strategy or are they creating a self-defeating situation where the public will say “enough already!”

Most of us love superhero adaptations—at least, some of them. But as much as we enjoy it, is there a danger of an overdose of comic book films? Will it become like eating too much chocolate and getting a belly ache?

Look at this list…

Marvel has…Guardians of the Galaxy; The Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man; Captain America 3; Dr. Strange; Thor 3; The Avengers 3; The Fantastic Four; X-Men: Apocalypse; The Wolverine sequel; The Fantastic Four 2; Spider-Man 3 and 4, Sinister 6, Venon and an untitled project which could be the Sub Mariner.

And DC has…Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Shazam; Sandman; Justice League; Wonder
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Too Much of a Good Thing? Are We Facing Superhero Film Overkill

  • Cinelinx
In the cinematic arms race between Marvel and DC, 23 films are scheduled to be released over the next three years. Is this ambitious plan from the two companies a good strategy or are they creating a self-defeating situation where the public will say “enough already!”

Most of us love superhero adaptations—at least, some of them. But as much as we enjoy it, is there a danger of an overdose of comic book films? Will it become like eating too much chocolate and getting a belly ache?

Look at this list…

Marvel has…Guardians of the Galaxy; The Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man; Captain America 3; Dr. Strange; Thor 3; The Avengers 3; The Fantastic Four; X-Men: Apocalypse; The Wolverine sequel; The Fantastic Four 2; And an untitled project which could be the Sub Mariner.

And DC has…Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Shazam; Sandman; Justice League; Wonder Woman; Flash and Green Lantern team-up; Man of Steel 2.
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"Danger Mouse" Rebooted For The Cbbc

Over two decades since it wrapped, much loved 1980s British cartoon series "Danger Mouse" is coming out of retirement with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment teaming with the BBC to produce a 52-episode new series to air on Cbbc next year in the UK.

A parody of the Bond films and TV's "Danger Man", the Cosgrove Hall Films production followed an eye-patched white mouse who is also the world's greatest secret agent. He and his bespectacled and reluctant hamster assistant Penfold work out of their base within a red postbox.

Together they battled the evil machinations of the wheezy voiced toad Baron Silas Greenback and his crow assistant Stiletto Mafiosa. On occasion the vampire Count Duckula was the antagonist, and he went on to score his own spin-off series.

161 episodes were produced over a decade and the show proved to be an international hit, even in the United States market where
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‘Danger Mouse’ Reloaded At Cbbc

In a move sure to delight readers of a certain age, cult cartoon Danger Mouse is headed back to TV. Following the misadventures of an intrepid rodent with a talent for espionage, the tongue in cheek format saw the title character take on the machinations of the evil Baron Greenback, all the while assisted by his fragile hamster assistant Penfold.

Voiced by David Jason and Carry On star Terry Scott, the show had quite a pedigree and though casting has yet to be confirmed it’s a likely bet Jason will return. He is reviving his Granville character for a full series of rebooted sitcom Still Open All Hours and is probably in nostalgic mood. As it only takes a quick trip to the recording studio I can see him lending his wily vocal talents to “Dm” once more. Scott is sadly no longer with us, so if Jason decides
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Danger Mouse Will Return!

Danger Mouse Will Return!
First it was Bananaman that was being unpeeled for a new generation. Now, from a post box somewhere on Baker Street, cartoon superspy Danger Mouse is about to get the same treatment. Current rights-holders Fremantle have decided to bring him out of his 23-year retirement, thanks to some strong ratings during a Citv retro weekend, albeit on the small screen rather than the large.An animated series from Cosgrove Hall in the early '80s, Danger Mouse was a secret agent, channelling James Bond and Danger Man, and getting involved in a lot of very silly nonsense on a weekly basis. He drove a flying car; his sidekick was the blundering hamster Penfold; his "M" was Colonel K. (a chinchilla); and his arch enemy was the wheezy toad Baron Greenback, who had a crow henchman called Stiletto, and was always up to dastardly schemes like trying to melt the North Pole.
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How Hammer Got Its Scare Back

It has been dismissed over the years as cheesy, cheap and laughable but, as has been the case on many occasions, Hammer Films have had the last laugh. They boast a back-catalogue that is to horror movies what The Rolling Stones’ discography is to rock music. Fifty-nine years after the release of their first horror movie proper (The Quatermass Xperiment), Hammer’s films have survived scrutiny and re-evaluation and have now attained National Treasure status. Moreover, in terms of sheer importance, the Hammer films were some of the most influential of the past half-century. The ripple-effect of their imitators cashing in on their success would beget the careers of some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.

And yet since 1984 Hammer has been a dormant entity, existing only in the memory: a pile of ashes, a cape and a signet ring waiting to be reanimated by the crimson, jugular discharge of some poor,
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Kata O'Mara Dies

Kata O'Mara Dies
To TV viewers of a certain age, Kate O’Mara was that rare blend of sex appeal, scares and sassiness. So it is with another “S” word, sadness, that we report she has died at the age of 74.Born in 1939, the daughter of an Raf flying instructor and an actress, O’Mara initially considered art following her boarding school education but quickly became a full-time actress. She made her stage debut in 1963 in a production of The Merchant Of Venice, but truly established herself on television.During the 1960s and 70s, she appeared in a slew of guest starring slots on shows such as Danger Man, The Saint, Z-Cars, The Champions, The Avengers, Department S and Jason King. She became known for her sultry performances and her ability to blend beauty with danger. Her most notable roles came with soaps or sci-fi, including ferry drama Triangle, boating soap Howard’s
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