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The Filmmakers Podcast #82: How to go from Short Films to Big Budget Comedy

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Doctor Who 11×05 “The Tsuranga Conundrum” Review

It’s hard to have a filler episode of Doctor Who. The show’s built around each week providing a fresh storyline, location, supporting cast and the rest of it, so by nature, every outing’s of as equal importance as the rest. If it’s possible, though, “The Tsuranga Conundrum” feels like the filler episode of season 11. It’s an installment in search of a great hook that ultimately saunters along to its finish line and probably won’t stay long in the memory. After a run of episodes that possessed a lot of personality and heart, it’s a disappointment to say the least.

There’s a definite trend developing around season 11’s plots so far. Showrunner Chris Chibnall seems to enjoy taking the concept from a famous sci-fi movie – Predator for episode 1, Pitch Black for episode 2 and so on – and giving it a family-friendly re-write. In this case,
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‘Pennyworth': Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Join Cast of Epix Batman Prequel Series

  • The Wrap
‘Pennyworth': Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Join Cast of Epix Batman Prequel Series
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller’s next Batman prequel series, “Pennyworth,” is taking shape, as two more actors have been added to the cast of the upcoming Epix drama: Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett.

The series will focus on the early life of Batman’s legendary butler Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). A former British Sas soldier in his 20s, Pennyworth forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London. Aldridge’s character is described as a “fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the east coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred Pennyworth.”

Fletcher and Bennett will take on the series regular roles of Dave Boy and Bazza, respectively — both lifelong friends of Alfred’s from their army days.

Also Read: 'Pennyworth': Ben Aldridge
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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Generates 9 Million Peak Audience, New Guest Stars Announced

  • Variety
Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Generates 9 Million Peak Audience, New Guest Stars Announced
Jodie Whittaker’s turn as the timelord was well-received by critics, as well as fans in the U.K. who tuned in in droves to the new season of “Doctor Who.” The series opener garnered a 40.1% audience share for the BBC in the U.K. After the episode came to a close, an extended preview of upcoming installments revealed glimpses of new guest stars who will appear throughout the ten-episode run.

In its new Sunday evening slot on BBC One, “Doctor Who” generated an average of 8.2 million viewers, and a peak of 9 million. Previous Doctor Peter Capaldi’s series opener won 6.8 million. Prior to that, Matt Smith’s first episode won 7.7 million, and David Tennant’s 8 million.

By way of comparison, BBC drama “Bodyguard” was the U.K. pubcaster’s best new drama launch for a decade earlier this year with an overnight audience of 6.8 million.

New “Doctor Who” guest
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Peter Benson Dead at 75

Heartbeat actor Peter Benson died on September 6 after a short illness. He was 75.

He was known for playing the North Yorkshire-based drama's funeral director in all of the show's 18 series during its run from 1992 to 2010.

His character also ran a garage in the fictional town of Aidensfield and often got involved in disastrous money-making schemes with Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard) and half-brother Vernon Scripps (Geoffrey Hughes).

Benson also made appearances in BBC comedy Blackadder as Henry VII, ITV 1980s soap opera Albion Market and more recently in two episodes of hospital drama Casualty.

Benson was a highly-skilled singer and dancer and an accomplished theatre actor. He and Maynard starred on stage together in a production of "Trinity Tales" in 1977.

He portrayed the title role in Shakespeare's "Henry VI" in a BBC television adaption of the play in 1983.

One of Benson's former Heartbeat co-stars Steven Blakeley, who played Pc Geoff Younger in the show,
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Alex Pettyfer and Talulah Riley star in UK trailer for WWII thriller The Last Witness

Signature Entertainment has released a UK trailer for the World War II thriller The Last Witness from BAFTA Award-nominee Piotr Szkopiak, which is based upon the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940 and stars Alex Pettyfer, Michael Gambon, Talulah Riley, Robert Więckiewicz and Will Thorp.

Take a look at the trailer here…

In post-war England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by resettled Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski (Will Thorp), a Liaison Officer for the resettlement of Polish troops under British command. But the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.

The Last Witness is the fictional re-telling of a bloody and
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot: Meet the Two Rising Actresses Joining Kristen Stewart in Elizabeth Banks’ 2019 Film

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot: Meet the Two Rising Actresses Joining Kristen Stewart in Elizabeth Banks’ 2019 Film
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska better start practicing their best “Good morning, Charlie.” Elizabeth Banks has cast the three actresses in her upcoming “Charlie’s Angeles” reboot, which will mark the first time the female crime-fighters grace the big screen since “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2013. The film is being touted as a reboot and not a revival, as the new actresses will be playing brand new characters who make up the “next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie.” Banks, who is also a producer and helped write the script, will voice the new Bosley.

Stewart is clearly the most recognizable face of the new Angels, but her involvement is somewhat of a surprise given how resistant Stewart has been to joining major studio tentpoles in recent years. News broke last September that Stewart was circling a role in the film. You’d have to
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Exclusive artwork reveal for The Last Witness starring Alex Pettyfer and Talulah Riley

Thanks to Signature Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive look at the UK artwork for The Last Witness, BAFTA Award-nominee Piotr Szkopiak’s political thriller which is based upon the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in Spring 1940 and stars Alex Pettyfer, Michael Gambon, Talulah Riley, Robert Więckiewicz and Will Thorp.

In post-war England, ambitious journalist Stephen Underwood (Alex Pettyfer) comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by resettled Polish soldiers. Sensing a story, his first port of call is Colonel Janusz Pietrowski (Will Thorp), a Liaison Officer for the resettlement of Polish troops under British command. But the meeting with Pietrowski leaves Stephen unsettled, and from here his investigation escalates as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous, multi-layered conspiracy concerning the execution of 22,000 Polish military and civilians by Stalin’s secret police.

The Last Witness is the fictional re-telling of a bloody and heartbreaking story by director Piotr Szkopiak,
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Charmed: Madeleine Mantock Set as Third and Final Sister in CW Reboot

Get ready to invoke the power of three: The CW’s Charmed reboot has cast its last supernatural sibling.

Madeleine Mantock (The Tomorrow People) will play Macy in the potential series, TVLine has learned. The character is an über-smart geneticist who’s very down-to-earth, driven… and completely gobsmacked when she learns that the supernatural world actually exists.

The original version of the witchy drama aired on The WB from 1998 to 2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and (toward the end) Rose McGowan. The update will follow a trio of sisters who live in a college town and
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Strictly Come Dancing: week six - as it happened

Relive all the spooky sambas, terrifying tangos and quivery quick-steps – but which dancer had a truly frightful night?

7.58pm GMT

Simon and Karen dance their final dance to Eric Carmen/Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’, and another Strictly week is over. I’ve had all my blog holidays for this year, so I’ll now be at the Strictly helm all the way through until Christmas - thank you all for joining in and being brilliant, have a great week and I’ll see you next Saturday! Hx

7.56pm GMT

All the judges save Mollie and Aj (obvs), so Simon And Karen are going home. Simon thanks Karen for being amazing, and Karen thanks Simon for all the food. Lols.

7.52pm GMT

Mollie and Aj give their devilish Cha-Cha another turn. I had really high hopes for Mollie, but she needs to up her game if she’s going to make it beyond Blackpool,
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New Casting News For Fox’s Upcoming ‘9-1-1’ From Creator Ryan Murphy

Oliver Stark (“Into The Badlands”), Aisha Hinds (“Shots Fired,” “Underground”), Kenneth Choi (“The People v. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Rockmond Dunbar (“Prison Break,” “The Path”) have been cast in series regular roles in Fox’s provocative new drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear. The series will premiere in 2018 on Fox.

Academy and Emmy Award nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Peter Krause (“The Catch,” “Six Feet Under”) and Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story”) star in the series, which explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
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TVLine Items: Chenoweth Is ABC's Fairy Godmother, Freakish Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Chenoweth Is ABC's Fairy Godmother, Freakish Trailer and More
Kristin Chenoweth is about to discover she’s The Real Fairy Godmother. (Where do we sign up to be one of her charges?)

The actress will star in the ABC single-camera comedy from her Hairspray Live! collaborators/executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedPushing DaisiesKristin Chenoweth Recalls a Spectacular, On-Set Pie Fail

In the project — which has received a put-pilot commitment from the network — Chenoweth plays a self-absorbed “real housewife” who learns that she’s descended from a secret order of fairy godmothers, and must use her magical abilities to help those in need.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Elyes Gabel

Elyes Gabel is an English actor who was born in Westminster, London, on May 8, 1983. However, he moved to Canada where he spent some of his childhood before returning to the north of England. He has acted in television series on both sides of the Atlantic. He made his debut in ‘Casualty’ in 2001 and has built up an impressive resume since then. He is currently best-known for his role in the CBS series ‘Scorpion’ in which he plays Walter O’Brien, a computer genius. He has also appeared in television series such as ‘Identity’, ‘Body of Proof’, and Waterloo

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Elyes Gabel
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Orlando Bloom to lead Amazon’s fantasy series Carnival Row

Back in May it was announced that Amazon has given an eight-episode order to Carnival Row, a new fantasy-noir series from Rene Echevarria (Star Trek), Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and director-producer Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein), and now comes word that Orlando Bloom has signed on to lead the cast of the show.

Variety reports that Bloom will play Rycroft Philostrate, “a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl on Carnival Row, a neo-Victorian city in which mythical creatures, fleeing their war-torn homeland, have gathered. Rycroft is not supposed to care about the death of another faerish refugee, but he does, and getting to the bottom of what happened to her will come at a big cost.”

The project marks Bloom’s first series regular role on TV, although he has made several guest appearances over the years in the likes of Casualty, Midsomer Murders, Extras and Easy. He
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Orlando Bloom Drama Carnival Row Ordered to Series at Amazon

Orlando Bloom Drama Carnival Row Ordered to Series at Amazon
Perhaps a pirate’s life is no longer for Orlando Bloom?

In his first major TV role, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is set to executive-produce and star in Carnival Row, a fantasy drama picked up straight-to-series at Amazon.

RelatedAmazon’s Galaxy Quest Revival Finds New Life With Writer Paul Scheer

The eight-episode drama is a “fantasy noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population.” Bloom is set to play Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector who risks everything to
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Bridget Jones' Diary Actor Rescued Three Days After Falling from Thai Waterfall: 'I Am Lucky to Be Alive'

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Bridget Jones' Diary Actor Rescued Three Days After Falling from Thai Waterfall: 'I Am Lucky to Be Alive'
He spent three days trapped in a rock pool at the base of a jungle waterfall, after a fall that broke both his legs and shattered his knee. So it’s no surprise that actor Paul Nicholls feels “lucky to be alive.”

The 38-year-old British actor — who rose to fame on the BBC soap EastEnders and had a role in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason — is recovering in a hospital, his rep confirmed to People, after being rescued by locals on the Thai island of Kohn Samui.

Nicholls was found in agony at the base of Khun Si falls on July 13, CBS News reported.
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‘Dunkirk’ Cast: Where You’ve Seen Christopher Nolan’s Ensemble Before

‘Dunkirk’ Cast: Where You’ve Seen Christopher Nolan’s Ensemble Before
Dunkirk” is finally upon us after months of anticipation, and it’s clear the long wait has been worth it. IndieWire has named the WWII epic the best movie Christopher Nolan has ever made and a certain Oscar contender in the months ahead. As audiences nationwide get to discover why the film is such a monumental war epic, questions as to who exactly is in the cast are bound to come up.

Read More: ‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Monumental War Epic Is The Best Film He’s Ever Made

Unlike Nolan’s recent star-driven efforts like “Inception” and “Interstellar,” “Dunkirk” features an eclectic mix of relative newcomers, Oscar winners and the director’s reliable collaborators. Getting a blend of known and unknown talent was crucial for Nolan, as including too many stars would’ve distracted from the urgent nature of the story. In following mostly fresh faces, Nolan is
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Highest paid actors at the BBC revealed

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Highest paid actors at the BBC revealed
Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are top actors on the list.

The BBC has revealed the salaries of all journalists, presenters and actors who earn £150,000 or more.

The annual report shows that Casualty and Holby City stars are the highest paid actors at the corporation, with Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie Fairhead in Casualty, the best paid, earning £350,000 to £399,999 in 2016.

Second is Holby City star Amanda Mealing, who was paid £250,000 to £299,999.

Actors in the £200,000 and £249,999 bracket include Danny Dyer and Adam Woodyatt (both EastEnders), Rosie Marcel (Holby City), Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Sir David Jason (Still Open All Hours) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness).

There are 21 actors are on the 96-strong list, with 12 women and nine men.

Speaking this morning on BBC radio, former BBC chairman Lord Grade called the government’s insistence that talent pay be disclosed “distasteful and disturbing”.

“If the government was concerned the BBC wasn’t getting value for money they should
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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame, gender gap pay

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest
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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame pay

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest
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