A unified Charles Dickens universe is coming to TV.

TV and movie adaptations of classic novels were once the easiest way to cheat on reading a book in high school. Wikipedia pretty much changed that, but I like to hope there are still high school kids somewhere who turn to moving images as a shortcut to understanding authors like Charles Dickens. If there are, the planned BBC series Dickensian might really mess them up.

The show will pull together a variety Dickens characters into one story, including characters from Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, and Oliver Twist. Read More »


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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer

Imagine if you will a story that might be set somewhere between Harry Potter and The Prestige — a wild tale of rival magicians set in an alternate version of early 1800s England, featuring the influence of faerie and real-world history alike. That’s one way to describe Susanna Clark’s epic novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and if that makes the novel seem like a daunting piece of work to adapt for television, it is.

BBC One will soon air a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell series, created by Clark, Toby Haynes, and Peter Harness, with Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan in the two lead roles. If this first Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer is anything to go by, the BBC may have come up with a corker of an adaptation. Check out the lively footage after the jump. Read More »

orphan black free streaming

The highly anticipated third season of Orphan Black premieres in the US on IFC and BBC America at 9 p.m. Saturday April 18. Before that, if you haven’t seen the first two seasons, it’s easier than ever to see catch them all for free.

IFC will air a marathon of the first two seasons starting on Friday April 17 and Amazon will allow people to stream the first season for 24 hours starting at Friday, starting at 12:01 a.m. PT Friday. Read more about the Orphan Black free streaming options below. Read More »

Bill Paxton in Grand Theft Auto

Game over, man! The Grand Theft Auto movie just got weirder, and perhaps more awesome. The BBC production features Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, aka one half of the sibling duo that has guided Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto series to video game domination.

The film’s story revolves around a specific period in the company’s history, when Rockstar and GTA were under fire from firebrand Florida attorney Jack Thompson. And now we’ll see Bill Paxton in Grand Theft Auto as Jack Thompson, going a long way towards ensuring that we’ll be unable to look away from the BBC Films production. Read More »

Sam Houser Movie

Rockstar Games co-founder and president Sam Houser has long been using movies as fodder for his games — the Grand Theft Auto series, for which he has served as chief creative force for many years, is saturated with film influences. Now Houser, who generally shies away from the spotlight, will be the subject of a film.

Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play Houser in Grand Theft Auto, which will chronicle one particularly odd period in the game designers life, when Rockstar came under attack from Florida lawyer Jack Thompson. Read More »

Doctor Who five years

The Time Lord known as Doctor Who has can manipulate a few elements of the universe in order to preserve himself — hell, the guy can regenerate an entirely new body. But he hasn’t always been able to fend off the capricious and sometimes fickle interest of the viewing public. The Doctor was off the air for many years, but since the show’s most recent resurgence things are going strong. Doctor Who is going so well, in fact, that the BBC sees at least another five years’ future in the series. Read More »

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Maisie Williams Doctor Who

We don’t know if Maisie Williams will end up doing the film adaptation of The Last of Us, but she has shot a role that will let fans of her Game of Thrones character see the actress in a new light. Williams is now on set for Doctor Who, shooting a guest role that will be part of the show’s next season, which debuts this fall. We don’t have a lot of info on the Maisie Williams Doctor Who appearance, but what we do have is below.

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Downton Abbey ending

UPDATE: This news originally ran on Monday but there’s a new twist. A movie has now been mentioned as a possibly. Read more below.

For me, Downton Abbey just kind of happened. I’d heard some chatter about this British period drama people were raving about and, one night, I just popped the pilot on via Netflix. Instantly, I was hooked. The sharp writing, the dynamic characters and fascinating juxtaposition of a wealthy family and their servants had everything you could want in television: humor, suspense, romance, you name it. I’ve been a fan ever since and I’m not ashamed to say I’ve shed a tear or two at the show.

That’ll likely happen again next year. Word has come down that season six, which will air later this year in the United Kingdom before airing on PBS in the States in January 2016, will be the final season of Downton Abbey. Read More »

Lego Wall-E 4

Wednesday, Lego announced the two latest sets to be created under the “Ideas” banner. These are sets that are imagined by fans, voted on by fans, and then judged by a group of Lego employees. Every year, a few new sets are picked that get turned into actual Lego Ideas sets. Previous examples are the Back to the Future Delorean and Ghostbusters Ecto-1. Well the two newest ones are both based in pop culture, and both are incredibly awesome.

Wall-E and Doctor Who are getting their own official Lego sets later this year. See photos and video of the Wall-E Lego and Doctor Who Lego below. Read More »