Briefly: In years past, when a director had a film that was likely to be in contention for a Best Picture Oscar, you wouldn’t hear about him signing on to do a TV project. But the reputation of TV has changed and regardless, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen isn’t your typical director.
And so, McQueen has announced development efforts to create a series for the BBC that will chronicle several decades of black experience in London. The director told the Daily Mail that he’s going to workshop the series with a set of actors, and that the drama will be set in West London. Calling it “epic in scope,” he explained that it will follow a set of people from 1968 to 2014. ”I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” he said. Speaking to Deadline, Ben Stephenson of the BBC called it a “major drama.”
There’s a lot of work to be done on this one yet, so we might not see it for a while. Will it incorporate any stories of the ’81 Brixton riots, which McQueen was said to be exploring for a film some time ago? That’s something we don’t know at this point.
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The highly-anticipated third season of Sherlock is about to end in the U.K, and U.S. audiences will get our run of the short season on January 19, but series creator Steven Moffat is already looking ahead. He revealed a fourth season of the hit show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, is in the works. Read More »
It’s been a big year for Doctor Who fans, as the turnover from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi was finessed by an anniversary special that dove into some previously unseen bits of the character’s history, complete with the return of a fan-favorite actor and the debut of a new part of the Doctor’s history.
Now we’ve got a new image of Capaldi in costume, posed and distributed to celebrate the show’s start of production with the actor in the lead role. The show’s writer and producer, Steven Moffat, joked, “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.” That’s “the face,” above, from the Christmas Special. Below, you can see the new image.
And for those who haven’t been hanging on every tidbit of news about the new Doctor Who, the first two episodes of the new series are directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England). That info has been around for a couple months, but it’s worth emphasizing now. Read More »
After waiting almost two years for the third season of Sherlock, its January 19th premiere is so close, you can almost touch it. But if it seems excruciating to wait those few more weeks, the BBC has released a 7-minute prequel episode that shows Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) following up on rumored sightings of the thought-to-be deceased mastermind Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch). Watson (Martin Freeman) is in there too, watching and thinking about his partner. The show comes back on PBS in the United States on January 19, but watch the prequel mini-episode now.
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That headstone is a lie, as we all know, but the opening episode of Sherlock, which kicks off the show’s third season, is all about catching the rest of the world up to the fact that Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) did not die at the end of the second season. A new teaser for the season opener kicks off with a shot of that headstone, then gives us a bit of mopey Watson (Martin Freeman) before starting to get the word out that this new season won’t be centered around a ghost. Read More »
Doctor Who is legendary as a long-running sci-fi series, and the show has all the convoluted continuity you’d expect from a show about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. That special day will be commemorated next week with a new special episode, called The Day of the Doctor. But it is preceded today by The Night of the Doctor, a six-minute short that sets up a very important part of the storyline.
Even if you don’t know Doctor Who this is a neat short. If you do know the show — I mean if you really know and follow the series, going back years — this will act as total continuity porn, because it ties up a long-running mystery embedded between incarnations of the series. Watch it below, and stick around for a thorough explanation of just what the hell is going on here. Read More »
Sacha Baron Cohen has outdone himself again. The comedic writer/actor is famous for freaking people out with his comedy, whether through one of his trademark characters, or by setting something up at an awards show. For his latest stunt, Cohen was accepting the “Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy” at the BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards. One of the people who honored him was Grace Cullington, described as Chaplin’s “oldest surviving” co-star. She was one of the kids in City Lights.
From there, well, you really have to watch the video and see for yourself. Read More »
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We’ve known that the first episode of the third season of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, would deal with the fact that no one around Sherlock yet knows that he survived the end of season two. That’s enough to give us a general idea of what’s in store from at least some of the premiere when it airs on Sunday, January 19th on PBS, and a first teaser trailer has given us a good peek, too.
Now BBCOne has released a new image that has a bit of Edward Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ in it. Check out that pic below. Read More »