Nowadays, in addition to our entertainment on TV and in movie theaters, people get their comedy from internet videos featuring cats scared of cucumbers or YouTube stars talking directly into the camera who end up getting deals at Netflix. But decades ago, from 1927 to 1950, one of the most reliable sources of laughter were the films of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. And now part of their story will be told in a new biopic at BBC Films.
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have been tapped to star in the Laurel and Hardy movie, respectively, in a film that focuses on the later part of their career when their time as the kings of comedy was behind them. Find out more below. Read More »
Even if you’ve seen every single movie featuring legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, it’s almost a guarantee that there’s one you haven’t seen. In 1972, Lewis directed and starred in a film called The Day the Clown Cried, a movie that sees the comedian playing a German circus clown arrested after mocking Hitler. While imprisoned by the Gestapo, he is forced by the Nazis to perform and help lead Jewish children to concentration camp gas chambers.
Based on that premise alone, you can see why the film never saw the light of day. But beyond that, the production ran into trouble behind the scenes, and the few who ever saw a rough cut have said that it was an absolute disaster. Don’t worry if this is the first you’re hearing of the project, because the BBC has just released a 28-minute documentary that dives into the story of the infamous film. Read More »
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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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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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.
Watch the Daft Punk documentary trailer below! Read More »
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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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.
(Some vague spoilers for recent Doctor Who episodes are ahead.) Read More »