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How Joe Cole Went From ‘Peaky Blinders’ to Thai-Prison Kickboxer

How Joe Cole Went From ‘Peaky Blinders’ to Thai-Prison Kickboxer
There’s a scene in A Prayer Before Dawn, the film adaptation of Billy Moore’s prison memoir, in which the convict hits rock bottom. An Englishman incarcerated in a rough Thai jailhouse dubbed the “Bangkok Hilton,” he’s strung out on drugs and has nearly killed a man. Before Moore was a prisoner, however, he was a bare-knuckle brawler. So, in the hopes of finding a reason to stay alive, he visits the facility’s gym and pleads his case to the Muay Thai team’s skeptical trainer. “I want to box,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

1979:The Edge of Night's Louise attacked Paige.

1980: Gh's Luke & Laura spent the night in Wyndham's.

1987: Bold and Beautiful's Thorne considered a career move.

1993: Oltl's Nora made closing arguments in Todd's case."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1928: Real Folks from Thompkins Corner, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC.

1968: On Another World, Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) recognized Adam (Robert Rodan), who took
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‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot Reshoots to Be Directed by James Hawes

  • The Wrap
‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot Reshoots to Be Directed by James Hawes
“Snowpiercer” has a new conductor behind the camera.

James Hawes has boarded TNT’s drama reboot series as co-executive producer and director and will be responsible for the planned pilot reshoots, a person with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

Hawes’ entry comes less than two weeks after the project’s original director, Scott Derrickson, exited the project due to a “radically different vision” from new showrunner Graeme Manson, who took over for creator Josh Friedman, who was fired from the series in January.

Also Read: Fired 'Snowpiercer' Showrunner Takes Aim at Successor on Twitter: 'Vichy Motherf--er'

“The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read,” Derrickson tweeted on June 29. “The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work. The new showrunner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots.
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James Hawes to Direct ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot Reshoots for TNT (Exclusive)

  • Variety
James Hawes to Direct ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot Reshoots for TNT (Exclusive)
The “Snowpiercer” series at TNT has found its new director.

James Hawes has boarded the drama series as co-executive producer and director, Variety has learned exclusively, and will oversee reshoots on the show’s pilot.

Hawes joins the show less than two weeks after the pilot’s original director, Scott Derrickson, announced he would not return for the reshoots. Derrickson claimed that the decision was due to the “radically different vision” of the series’ new showrunner, Graeme Manson, from that of original showrunner and series creator Josh Friedman, who left the show in January.

“The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read. The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work. The new showrunner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots,” Derrickson tweeted on June 29.

Hawes joining
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‘Genesis’ VOD Review

Stars: Olivia Grant, Chiké Okonkwo, John Hannah, Warren Brown, Ed Stoppard, Ben Shafik, Rick Warden, William Snape, Wendy Glenn, Stefano Braschi, Amrita Acharia, Paul Nicholls | Written and Directed by Freddie Hutton-Mills, Bart Ruspoli

While attending McM London Comic Con back in May we went to as many panels as possible. We got to check out the creators of a Scottish based web series called Cops and Monsters, who were kicking off there crowdfund that weekend. Monkey Tennis Podcast were recording a live show. We checked out Dark Rising, a new upcoming superhero show with a real difference. There was also the panel for Night Shooters, which looked like a great martial arts/comedy flick. And then there was this, Genesis. We were immediately intrigued because, well lets not mess about, John Hannah is in the movie and that for me warranted checking out the panel. John Hannah is fantastic British actor that you always know,
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‘Winter Ridge’ Review

Stars: Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Hannah Waddingham, Michael McKell, Justin McDonald, Alan Ford, Ian Pirie, Noeleen Comiskey, Claudia Archer, Ella Road, Liana Harris | Written by Ross Owen Williams | Directed by Dom Lenoir

Winter Ridge is rapidly becoming the little British movie that could! Having all ready picked up a bunch of awards on the circuit, The movie, its director Dom Lenoir, and cast are about to embark on a strong festival run through 2018 that will undoubtedly see the movie picking up more awards and critical acclaim… making the lads at British production company Camelot Films and up-and-coming powerhouse performer Matt Hookings, ones to watch.

Winter Ridge opens really strong with the harrowing sound of a car crash (props to the sound guy). You have no time to prepare for the story that is coming your way, instead the audience is just thrown in at the proverbial deep end. We
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Shane's Inspiration To Hold Annual Gala In March

Shane's Inspiration, the global leader in creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs for children with disabilities, is hosting its 20th Anniversary gala on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the beautiful Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles.

Guests will be grooving all night long with live performances presented by one of America’s favorite dancers, Emmy-nominated choreographer Dmitry Chaplin, who will be joined by his friends from “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Celebrating the opening of 70 inclusive playgrounds worldwide, the festivities will recall the retro chic style of the 70s with a “Boogie Wonderland” theme, featuring live musical entertainment performed by The Boogie Knights. Also performing is X-Factor’s Emmanuel Kelly, who will receive the Trailblazer Award for overcoming severe obstacles to pursue his dream of becoming the world’s first differently-abled pop star.

This star-studded evening of dance and philanthropy will honor other prominent advocates in the special needs community,
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Alfie Curtis, best known as Dr. Evazan in Star Wars, has passed away

One year on since the death of the beloved Princess, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars has lost another cast member.

At the age of 87, Alfie Curtis, best known as A New Hope’s Dr Cornelius Evazan, has passed away. Curtis’ character appeared in the Mos Eisley cantina sequence, where he picked a fight with Luke Skywalker, only for his friend Ponda Baba to end up losing an arm thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber.

Mark Hamill tweeted this about Curtis’s passing.

Alfie Curtis made the #StarWars Mos Eisley Cantina scene (one of the most memorable I've ever been a part of) even More memorable. As horrific as he was on-camera, off-camera he was funny, kind & a real gentleman. Thanks Alf- you'll be missed. #Rip - mh pic.twitter.com/laxKvbGmrd

— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2017

During his career, Curtis also had roles in numerous TV shows such as The Bill and Lost
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'The Bill' stars film final scenes

The cast and crew of The Bill filmed the show's last ever scenes yesterday, bringing the ITV police drama to a close after 27 years. All 17 of the programme's main cast members were present for the final day of filming at Merton Studios in South West London, The Sun reports. In a statement, The Bill's executive producer Johnathan Young said: "It's been a highly emotional day for all cast and crew." The long-running (more)
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'The Bill' star: '2009 revamp was unwise'

'The Bill' star: '2009 revamp was unwise'
Actor Mark Wingett has claimed that The Bill's move into a post-watershed slot last year was an "unwise decision". The star, who played PC Jim Carver in the police procedural drama, also said that the lack of promotion during the revamp may have hurt the ITV1 show. "I think moving the slot was an unwise decision. It kind of got lost. Also it wasn't promoted in a very good way - the big soaps get loads and loads of promotion. And I think the audience has changed," he told the BBC. Wingett, who was the main focus of the programme's pilot Woodentop in 1983 and starred in the series for a further 21 years, (more)
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'Bill' cast, crew in 'stunned disbelief'

'Bill' cast, crew in 'stunned disbelief'
The Bill cast and crew were left in "stunned disbelief" yesterday after being told to go home as the show was 'all over'. ITV bosses confirmed that the £30m-a-year soap would be axed this autumn due to a massive slump in viewers. Early morning calls were made to the cast and crew to break the news, with those due on set told to take the day off. A senior member of The Bill "family" told The Sun that he was already at the studio when he heard the news. "We were setting up for filming when a guy from the props department came down and told us simply, 'It's over - we're all out of work'." Show producer Talkback has entered into a 30-day consultation with staff. Trudie Goodwin, who played Sun Hill's June Ackland for the show's entire (more)
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The Bill killed off due to ratings slump

Peter Fincham pulled trigger on police drama after a change in format failed to reverse show's fortunes

On Thursday night, The Bill featured a storyline about a child who vanished. But this morning, the cast and crew of the police serial were facing up to a real-life disappearance: their own. ITV announced that the show, which began in 1984, will end in September, becoming the second of the network's quarter-century brands to be axed this year, after The South Bank Show.

The coppers at the fictional Sun Hill police station in East London – including such beloved characters as Sergeant Bob Cryer, played by Eric Richard, and Trudie Goodwin's Constable June Ackland – have investigated many murders over the years, but have never been able to identify the perpetrator as quickly as in the killing of The Bill.

Peter Fincham, ITV director of programmes, immediately put his hand up and admitted pulling the trigger.
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ITV axes 'The Bill' after 27 years

ITV axes 'The Bill' after 27 years
ITV has confirmed that it is dropping police drama The Bill after 27 years on air. According to The Guardian, the decision comes after last year's revamp and move to a 9pm slot failed to alter sliding ratings. The show, which is based in fictional station Sun Hill, switched from two weekly shows at 8pm to a single 9pm episode last July. It was the first time that the programme had aired in a post-watershed slot, which encouraged "darker, grittier and more hard-hitting" storylines. However, ratings fell to an average of 3.5 million, a significant drop from the 7 million who tuned in in 2002. It currently employs 19 main cast members, including Simon Rouse (Di Jack Meadows), Alex Walkinshaw (Inspector Dale 'Smithy' Smith) and DS Stevie Moss (Lucy Speed). The broadcaster claimed that the decision (more)
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'The Bill' cast support Sport Relief Mile

'The Bill' cast support Sport Relief Mile
A team of cast members from The Bill have taken part in a mile-long run around the drama's Sun Hill police station for Sport Relief. Alex Walkinshaw (Dale Smith), Sam Callis (Callum Stone), Micah Balfour (Benjamin Gayle) and Ben Richards (Nate Roberts) were among the stars who pounded the pavements surrounding the station in order to encourage the public to participate in a Sport Relief Mile event later this month. John Bowler (Roger Valentine), Rhea Bailey (Mel Ryder) and Jason Barnett (Eddie Olosunje) were also part of the team, whose efforts will be broadcast on BBC One's The Sport Relief Mile Show on March 21. Walkinshaw (more)
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Elly Jackson's Caribbean New Year

La Roux singer Elly Jackson is planning to spend New Year's Eve (31.12.09) on holiday in the Caribbean. The pop star plans to see in 2010 in the tropical paradise with her family after enjoying a hugely successful 2009. Elly - whose mother is British actress Trudie Goodwin, who had a starring role in long-running UK police series 'The Bill' - said: "I'm going to be in the Caribbean over New Year with my family. "I'm taking them on holiday as a treat for all the years they've taken me on holiday - girlfriends and boyfriends as well. "We're all going to go for a nice few relaxing weeks, and I'm going to try and slow down and reflect on
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La Roux 'given advice by actress mum'

La Roux singer Elly Jackson has revealed that her actress mother Trudie Goodwin gave her advice on how to deal with fame. Goodwin, who has played June Ackland in ITV's The Bill for 23 years, offered her daughter tips on how to cope in the public eye before the duo rose to fame earlier this year. "She's really good at saying things like, 'Never have a drink when you do an interview' - which I don't always take notice of! And 'Only give away what you need to give away'," Jackson told Heat. "And she says that (more)
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La Roux pines for Faith-ful dad

La Roux singer Elly Jackson wants George Michael to be her dad. The 'Bulletproof' star admires the pop legend - who was arrested earlier this year following a car crash - so much she wishes she had grown up with him. She said: "I love George Michael. I want him to be my dad. Even the Land Rover incident just made him more endearing." Elly currently lives in South London with her mother - actress Trudie Goodwin, who is famous for playing Sergeant June Ackland in UK TV police drama 'The Bill' - and insists she would rather "live in a bin" than move anywhere else. She added: "Move? I'd rather live in a bin. I've got four really close
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Axed 'Bill' veteran slams show bosses

The Bill's longest-serving cast member Graham Cole has blasted the decision to axe him from the show. In June, bosses confirmed that the 57-year-old's character PC Tony Stamp was being dropped after nearly 22 years. Series producer Tim Key later insisted that the veteran is simply being "rested". News of the star's departure came following confirmation of the ITV1 programme's revamp as a post-watershed drama airing just once a week. Reflecting on his exit, Cole told The Mirror: "As the longest-serving actor, I was one of the biggest earners and it's no secret that costs had to be cut. "But I've spent nearly half my life on that show. What hurts the most is being axed after all that time so quickly. They've just thrown it all away - bye, you're out the door. (more)
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'The Bill' Producer: 'We're resting Tony'

The Bill's series producer Tim Key has insisted that Sun Hill veteran PC Tony Stamp is simply 'being rested' and will not be killed off when he bows out of the show later this year. Last month, Digital Spy exclusively revealed that actor Graham Cole's character had been axed from the series after 22 years. The news came only weeks before The Bill's announcement that it was to switch to a weekly, post-watershed transmission. Speaking of the decision to rest Stamp, the show's series producer Tim Key told Digital Spy: "The thing with Tony is that we knew it would be a very difficult move for a lot of people. We are hugely respectful of Graham and he's one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. We have every respect for (more)
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Tim Key (Series Producer, 'The Bill')

ITV police drama The Bill makes its highly-anticipated move to its new 9pm home on Thursday, July 23 following a complete channel overhaul. As part of the relaunch, producers have revamped the theme music and credits, introduced a specially-composed score for the episodes and have re-focused the show on character-driven stories. Last week, Digital Spy caught up with the show's series producer Tim Key to chat about the origins of the drama's facelift, the process its been through, what viewers can expect from the 9pm episodes and his thoughts on Graham Cole's departure. How did the reinvention of The Bill come about?

"It came about partly because of the way the industry is at the moment. Everywhere is having to look at its schedule and budget so much more tightly. ITV in particular was looking at its schedule very carefully and because it had (more)
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