lady in the van

Who doesn’t like Dame Maggie Smith? The actress even has fans amongst the kiddies, thanks to her performance as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter franchise. Potter and Downtown Abby aside, she’s done great work throughout her career, both on and off the stage. We’ll next see her in an adaptation of a stage play, Lady in the Van, which she starred in, before the year ends.

Watch the Lady in the Van trailer after the jump.

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time bandits tv series

Terry Gilliam is a cinematic genius, but he’s also a cinematic genius who wronged a sorcerer in a past life or something. His battles with movie studios are the stuff of legend. The movies that have literally fallen apart around him are too many to count. And then the internet went and falsely reported his death. If Gilliam’s own movies didn’t present a self-awareness about the absurdity of existence and cruel unfairness of life, it would be easy to fear for his sanity.

Could his salvation come via the small screen? We already knew he had a deal in place with Amazon, but now Gilliam has revealed that he’s working on a TV version of his 1981 comedic fantasy Time Bandits. Maybe things are finally looking up for the most cursed of filmmakers.

Check out Gilliam’s own comment on the Time Bandits TV series after the jump.

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Daft Punk documentary trailer

Few musicians are as equally mysterious and revered as Daft Punk, the electronic music duo which consists of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, both always concealed by sleek suits and helmets at every public performance.

And now a feature length film is on the way called Daft Punk Unchained, touted as the first ever documentary about the electro duo responsible for such feats of musical genius as the TRON Legacy soundtrack, the album Human After All, and the more recent radio hit “Get Lucky,” featuring super producer and singer Pharrell Williams.

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The Gamechangers trailer

One of the most controversial video game franchises ever made is Rockstar Games’ super violent Grand Theft Auto. Few games have drawn the vitriol of various organizations against violence in video games in the name of just wanting to keep the kids safe. Now the story of how the game was created, and the protests that followed, will be told on the big screen.

The BBC is behind a TV movie called The Gamechangers starring Harry Potter franchise lead Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, who found himself in a battle with Christian lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton) as Thompson tried to shut down the production of the Grand Theft Auto video games. Watch The Gamechangers trailer after the jump! Read More »

Absolutely Fabulous movie

Back in the spring, one of the editions of Sequel Bits brought news that the gestating big screen adaptation of the 90s UK TV series Absolutely Fabulous was finally coming together with an eye towards shooting later this year.

Now that’s been confirmed as Fox Searchlight has just come on board to co-produce and co-finance the film with BBC, and they’ll also distribute the film worldwide. And yes, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will be back in the lead roles as Edina and Patsy. Read More »

Maisie Williams Doctor Who

Here’s the new trailer for Doctor Who season nine, and this footage features a whole collection of wild shots, many of which seem to be from the two-part opening story. Among the many sights in this trailer are a few shots that suggest details of the Maisie Williams Doctor Who guest role, briefly glimpsed at the end of the first trailer, and suggested much more heavily now thanks to shots like the one above.

But she’s not even the lone highlight of this trailer, as there are Daleks, other alien sights, and more of Peter Capaldi‘s grit as this incarnation of the Doctor. You can see both the new trailer and the first one below.  Read More »

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Orphan Black season 4

BBC America didn’t do an executive session for the Television Critics Association today. The company president, Sarah Barnett, just made a few quick announcements and introduced panels on The Last Kingdom and Doctor Who. So before BBC America cleared out for other networks, I asked Barnett a few questions about the future of Orphan Black. She explained that Orphan Black season 4 has been greenlit and right now the focus is on coming up with surprising character revelations. Read More »

Doctor Who TCA update

Today BBC America presented a Doctor Who panel for the Television Critics Association. Stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman were only available via satellite from the set, but writer/executive producer Steven Moffat was here in person. After the panel, Moffat answered follow-up questions from reporters, including some details about the possibility of a female Doctor, and the character guest star Maisie Williams will play. She will be different from Arya Stark for sure.

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Tom Hardy Taboo

Over a year ago, in the spring of 2014, Tom Hardy was reported to star in a BBC One drama event series called Taboo, created by Locke director Steven Knight. And now the project has finally made some more progress towards getting in front of cameras this fall.

Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, best known for directing the original Scandinavian version of The Killing before it was imported and adapted for American audiences on AMC and Netflix, has boarded Taboo. Nyholm will direct the first four episodes of the eight-part series. Learn more about the Tom Hardy Taboo series after the jump! Read More »