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New Who Review – “Last Christmas”

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This day has been an emotional rollercoaster.

The facts and details of the Christmas episode have been kept strictly secret, and for good reason. Rumors flew that Jenna Coleman was leaving the series just as the new season was a-borning, and her go-to answer for the events of the special was “If you know if I’m staying with the series, it’ll ruin the ending”. A spectacularly surprising cameo, a hilarious guest star, and a plot that keeps unfolding like a fried onion makes for a ripping yarn for the holiday. But for most of the year, we were never sure or not if this was to be Clara’s…

Last Christmas

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Clara and The Doctor team up again after Santa crashes on her roof. You heard me – Sweet Papa Chrimbo himself appears atop Clara’s home, and before any sense can be made of that,
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Novice Screenwriter on Selling His First Script to Steven Spielberg: 'Exhilarating and Nerve-Racking'

Novice Screenwriter on Selling His First Script to Steven Spielberg: 'Exhilarating and Nerve-Racking'
This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Steven Spielberg typically works only with the most in-demand writers— from Tony Kushner to David Koepp. But don't tell British playwright Matt Charman, 35, whose first screenplay is the director's next film. Charman, whose credits include two scripts for the Brit TV series Man Stroke Woman, impressed with an untitled Cold War pitch that follows the true story of lawyer James Donovan, recruited by the CIA to help rescue an American pilot detained in the Soviet Union. The Tom Hanks-led film now is casting for

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Review: Cuban Fury (Blu-ray)

The dance culture has seen an explosion of cinematic adaptations in recent years. There was Step Up in 2006 - the dan-com that launched the career of one Channing Tatum; MTV-funded urban success Save the Last Dance in 2001; and everyones favourite rags-to-Rojo story Billy Elliot in 2000. Going further back, classics such as Footloose (starring Kevin Bacon. Yes, believe it or not he used to appear in films), Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever slide into shot, while one could even argue the suitability of Gene Kelly’s infamous musical number Singin' in the Rain...although for the purpose of this review, we’ll stick with dance as the main focus as opposed to an entertaining side-plot.

However, Cuban Fury is a beast like no other. While it may tap along to a similar beat, it’s underlying study is of a comical nature. Viewers are presented with 98 minutes of unadulterated ‘slapstick
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Andy Samberg goes 'Cuckoo' in his first post-'Saturday Night Live' role

Andy Samberg's first acting job since leaving "Saturday Night Live" will take him across the pond. He's set to star in a BBC sitcom called "Cuckoo."

The show, which begins filming in the summer, also stars Greg Davies ("The Inbetweeners") and Helen Baxendale ("Friends," "Cold Feet") as the parents of a young woman (Tamla Kari) who comes home from a year abroad with a new husband: Cuckoo (Samberg), a slacker goofball and self-described "spiritual ninja" who will now be living under their roof.

Culture-clashing comedy will presumably ensue.

"The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood. We hope 'Cuckoo' cements the special relationship between our two great countries," executive producer Ash Atalla says in a statement. "I imagine Obama and [British Prime Minister David] Cameron will be watching closely."

Robin French and Kieron Quirke ("Man Stroke Woman," "Trinity") created the show. It's scheduled for six episodes to air later this year on BBC Three.
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Ash Atalla: The whole iPad thing has been a revelation

TV producer Ash Atalla doesn't make a move without his trusty iPad on his lap

What's your favourite piece of technology, and how has it improved your life?

I'm sure this is an answer you're getting a lot these days, but quite simply it's the iPad 2 for me. It's improved my life in every possible manner except for my sex life. I have no complaints with it, except that it doesn't support Flash – other than that it's probably my favourite possession of all my possessions at the moment. It's almost perfect.

When was the last time you used it, and what for?

I'm using it right now – it never leaves my knee. I work in television, and 70% of the work I have to do is reading as well as watching stuff. With my iPad on my knee I can read scripts, I can watch TV shows, I can download newspapers
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Game Of Thrones: Season 2: Full List of New Characters/Actors

Full listing of Game of Thrones Season 2 New Characters and Actors. Major and minor characters for Game of Thrones: Season 2 have been casting for months now. We have compiled a list of them all from different sources so that you will know what characters will be in Season 2 of HBO‘s Game of Thrones and who would be playing them. There are major spoilers below, especially if you have not read the A Song of Ice and Fire books so be warned. I personally have only shimmed over the detailed information below as I want characters and their motivations kept in shadow as much as possible. The list will be updated when new characters are cast so you might want to bookmark this page.

We previously posted on casting for Season 2 of Game of Thrones here: Game of Thrones: Season 2 Casts Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Stephen Dillane,
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Game Of Thrones: Season 2: “Terror” TV Show Teaser Trailer

Game of Thrones Season 2 Terror Teaser Trailer. The Game of Thrones “Terror” TV Show Teaser Trailer, with words from Carice van Houten‘s Melisandre, has no footage, only the spoke words: “The night is dark and full of terrors.”

Melisandre is “a powerful sorceress and religious prophet who councils the late King Robert’s eldest younger brother Stannis as he returns to contend for the Iron Throne, recently acquired by the maniacal and young Joffrey”. We previously wrote about the casting of this character here: Game of Thrones: Season 2 Casts Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Stephen Dillane.

On the current production of Game of Thrones: Season 2:

The series has been filming since July, but a premiere date has not been announced. According to THR, author/executive producer George R.R. Martin revealed that he is looking forward to seeing the Battle of the Blackwater scene, which will be
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Game Of Thrones: Season 2: Lisa Nolan quits over Nudity

Lisa Nolan Game of Thrones Season 2 quits over nudity. Lisa Nolan of Game of Thrones: Season 2 nudity quit surprised many, including probably show writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “Model turned actress Lisa Nolan has abruptly quit her role as a King’s mistress after being asked to bare all for a sex scene in HBO’s dark fantasy Emmy nominated series, returning in early 2012.” Game of Thrones: Season 1 was chalk full of nudity in varying degrees, especially with the women of the HBO show. Emilia Clarke (pictured here: Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 2: The Kingsroad Photos), Esmé Bianco (pictured here: Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming: High Resolution Photos), Kate Dickie, and Emily Diamond (pictured here: TV Review/Photos: Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 5: The Wolf and the Lion) can all attest to that.

Lisa Nolan had to know what was required of her,
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Game Of Thrones: Season 2 Casts Michael McElhatton, Robert Pugh, Hannah Murray

Michael McElhatton, Robert Pugh, Hannah Murray cast in Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Michael McElhatton, Robert Pugh, Hannah Murray will play Roose Bolton, Craster, and Gilly respectively in Season 2 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Michael McElhatton’s Roose Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort, is “a sworn ally to Winterfell but his family used to be an enemy of the Starks.”

Robert Pugh’s Craster is “a wildman who lives north of the wall and is hospitable to members of the Night’s Watch.”

Hannah Murray’s Gilly is “one of Craster’s wives and his own daughter.”

Other Game of Thrones: Season 2 cast includes:

Stephen Dillane (John Adams, King Arthur) as Stannis Baratheon and Carice van Houten (Repo Men) as Melisandre. More additions include Liam Cunningham (Camelot) as the onion knight Davos, Natalie Dormer (The Tudors) as Margaery Tyrell, Gwendoline Christie as the knight Brienne, Nonso Anozie as a merchant prince,
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Game of Thrones: Growing Season 2 Cast Plus Special Effects Video

Wow, and we thought the season 1 cast was big. Although a few characters were killed off in the first season, Game of Thrones, which was just awarded Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association, has been filling our news feeds with season 2 casting news. Including news that just came out today, here is the latest on casting:

As first confirmed by TV Guide, the inimitable Roy Dotrice, the British actor who has been in a billion seven things but especially Hellboy II and the Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton Beauty and the Beast tv series, will play Pyromancer Hallyne, the Chief of the Guild of Alchemists. Hannah Murray (British Skins) has been set to play Gilly, one of the women living with Old Craster who wants to escape his oppression. The newest addition, as reported by Access Hollywood, is British actor Ben Crompton (Man Stroke Woman) will play Dolorous Edd,
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The Hard Sell: Maltesers

'One little "11-calorie" Malteser and they're so naughty with it, they're making their unwitting boyfriends act all gay and stuff'

Maltesers are a bit like that pretty girl in school who benevolently tells her fat friend, "Oh, you've lost weight!", then takes a pause, before adding, "You look so much better now!" Maltesers have always adhered to the unhelpful cliche that chocolate is lady crack, but that they – with their virtual bubbles of light, crisp nothingness – are the only way to reconcile desire with guilt; much like a Catholic teenager compromising, and cracking one out to the New Testament instead of the internet. They've always passive aggressively insisted that it's the lighter way to enjoy chocolate.

Now we have an approach where light meets heart with The It Crowd's excellent Katherine Parkinson and Man Stroke Woman's Amanda Abbington, proving to us once again that Maltesers own the errant impulses of women.
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UTA Signs 'Paul' Co-Writer Nick Frost

UTA Signs 'Paul' Co-Writer Nick Frost
United Talent Agency has signed Nick Frost, the British multi-hyphenate who co-stars in and co-wrote Paul, the Universal sci-fi comedy that opened today. He joins co-writer Simon Pegg, who is already in the UTA fold. Frost, who had been repped by CAA, co-starred in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and is also known for the UK series Spaced and Man Stroke Woman. Frost also starred in the Joe Cornish-directed Attack the Block, seen at South By Southwest, and Paramount’s upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Frost will continue to be managed by the Safran Company and UK-based Hamilton Hodell.
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