October 31, 2014

Sky Arts nabs the latest Danish noir with The Legacy (Arvingerne)

Posted 20 hours ago | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It’s from the makers of Borgen and The Killing. It’s a Danish noir about the five children of a renowned artist who dies suddenly leaving an unexpected will. It’s a big hit already in its native land and a second season has already been commissioned. It’s called The Legacy (Arvingerne) and in the UK, it’s going to air on 26th November at 10pm on…

…Sky Arts. Watch out BBC4 – looks like someone’s trying to steal your crown jewels.

[via]

News: True Detective casting, 100 Days of UKIP, The Divide cancelled + more

Posted yesterday at 08:13 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Follow TMINE on Twitter for breaking news updates

Film casting

Trailer

  • Trailer for Alex Garland’s Ex Machina

Internet TV

UK TV show casting

New UK TV shows

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

Read other posts about:

October 30, 2014

News: young Shakespeare's Sisters, US remake of France's PI, the Coens Hail Caesar + more

Posted 2 days ago at 08:00 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Follow TMINE on Twitter for breaking news updates

Film casting

  • Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, Channing Tatum et al to star in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!
Australian TV UK TV

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows


Read other posts about:

October 29, 2014

The Wednesday Play: Nigel Kneale's The Road (1963)

Posted 2 days ago at 14:22 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The work of Nigel Kneale is some of the finest and most prophetic to have appeared on British TV. It was sufficiently good that he has been elevated to God-like status on this ‘ere blog.

However, for a large part of his career, television was regarded as an ephemeral medium, one that would be watched and then forgotten about, never to be revisited. Indeed, had his pioneering 1953 adaptation of 1984 not proven so controversial, its second performance would never have been telecorded and the whole thing would have been lost forever, rather than released on DVD to be enjoyed by subsequent generations.

Even once telerecording and then prerecording and filming, rather than live performance, became standard, broadcasters’ attitudes towards archive material was variable, with the BBC famously purging its archives in the 60s and 70s, bar ‘representative examples’ of particular shows.

Naturally, many of the corporation’s play strands were among the purges, which meant that several Nigel Kneale productions were ‘disappeared’. Among these is perhaps one of his best: The Road. His first piece for the BBC since Quatermass and the Pit, it is set in an 18th century village, whose inhabitants are haunted by visions and sounds along a nearby road. Are they ghosts, demons or something else? All is revealed at the end, in one of the most troubling revelations of Kneale’s entire body work.

The original, which starred Norman Kaye, Joy Mitchell, Alexander Archdale and others, is with us no more, unless somebody, somewhere has managed to save a copy that hasn’t yet been returned. But that doesn’t mean the script has gone. And if you have the script for a play, it can be re-performed, which is precisely what some fans of the original have done. And you can watch it below in this week’s Wednesday Play.

Enjoy!

Benedict Cumberbatch promotes original British drama

Posted 3 days ago at 11:49 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Except like a lot of original British drama on the BBC, you can’t really call its Shakespeare productions original. Except in the sense that Shakespeare was British and his stuff was original. Kind of. But, you know, Cumberbatch!

[via]

Have another clip from The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted 3 days ago at 11:46 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Marvel went and promised last week to unveil a trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron at the end of last night’s Agents of SHIELD. Except, oops, it went and leaked. So this week, rather than just air nothing, Marvel decided it would provide a nice little clip from the movie instead.

What do you think? Is it worthy?

[via]

Read other posts about:

News: Marvel's phase 3 revealed, Netflix's Marco Polo trailer, an Agent Carter teaser + more

Posted 3 days ago at 08:12 | comments | Bookmark and Share

Follow TMINE on Twitter for breaking news updates

Film

Film casting

  • Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger to star in adaptation of Same Kind of Different As Me
  • Keanu Reeves to star in Replicas
Trailers
  • Trailer for Comet with Justin Long and Emmy Rossum

International TV

Internet TV
  • Trailer for Netflix’s Marco Polo

UK TV

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Jason Jones to star in and co-write with Samantha Bee in TBS comedy
  • Meagen Fay to recur on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter, Max Gail joins Comedy Central’s Review

Read other posts about: ,

October 28, 2014

Weekly Wonder Woman: Secret Origins #6, Sensation Comics #11, Smallville: Continuity #1-9

Posted 3 days ago at 14:50 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Secret Origins #6

This week sees the last issue of Wonder Woman from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, the creative forces behind the character’s revamp for the nu52. However, before they go, they’ve one extra little ‘treat' for Wonder Woman fans as part of the Secret Origins series of comics, revealing – in their own inimitable style – why Wonder Woman left Paradise Island. And as usual with those two, it was both the best of times and the worst of times.

Also out last week was Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, which gave us a pleasing team-up between Diana and Big Barda against some intelligent gorillas and their robots. Monkey punching! Yay!

It's a whole lot better than it sounds, I promise.

And lastly, Smallville: Continuity has apparently been including its Wonder Woman in the storyline for the past nine issues without telling me. Huh. So a brief recap of that story after the jump, too. See you in a minute!

Continue reading "Weekly Wonder Woman: Secret Origins #6, Sensation Comics #11, Smallville: Continuity #1-9"

Read other posts about: , ,

News: Benedict Cumberbatch is Dr Strange, a US Wire In The Blood remake, full seasons for 4 CBS shows + more

Posted 4 days ago at 08:50 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Follow TMINE on Twitter for breaking news updates

Film casting

  • Mark Rylance to star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG
  • Benedict Cumberbatch to play Dr Strange

Australian TV

Canadian TV

US TV

US TV show casting New US TV shows

Read other posts about:

October 27, 2014

What have you been watching? Including Mulaney, Soul Mates, Jane The Virgin, Marry Me, The Affair and Forever

Posted 4 days ago at 18:25 | comments | Bookmark and Share

It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there's Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

After last week's epic catch-up, things have been a bit quieter this week, thanks to not that many new shows being launched. I did manage to give you a couple of previews, though:

And I did try to find some other new shows, too. Australia’s Soul Mates (ABC2) looked moderately interesting, since it stars The Bondi Hipsters as a couple of friends who are continually drawn together across the course of human history. However, it’s really just a sketch show with a linked narrative, so slightly outside my scripted comedy remit. Here’s a trailer for you, though, in case you like the look of it.

Somehow, though, a new show that began airing a few weeks ago in the US managed to sneak in under my radar:

Mulaney
In the US: Sundays, 9.30/8.30c, Fox
Probably best described as a Seinfeld for the 2010s, since it stars comedy writer and stand-up John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live) as an aspiring comedy writer and stand-up called… John Mulaney, and details his various adventures with his female best friend Jane (Nasim Pedrad, from Saturday Night Live), slightly odd, big-haired fellow comic ‘Motif’ (Seaton Smith), and occasional nemesis Andre (Zack Pearlman of the US version of The Inbetweeners). Indeed, with each episode opening with a Seineld-esque stand-up routine, the only big differences in the set-up between this and Seinfeld are the fact that the cast is more diverse (notably for Fox, Mulaney is gay) and that Mulaney manages to get a job writing jokes for self-centered comedy legend and game show host Lou Cannon (Martin Short) in the first episode. Oh yes - Elliott Gould plays Mulaney’s ‘flamboyant' next door neighbour.

And actually, bar the spectacularly ill-judged opening stand-up routine, which is all about Mulaney accidentally getting mistaken for a potential rapist, it’s surprisingly funny. I was expecting a multi-camera comedy from Fox* to be a dreck fest but now I’m going to do my best to catch up on the next few episodes, despite the ratings being a bit poor and the episode count being dropped from 16 episodes to 13, just as the 14th was about to be made.

* It was actually first commissioned by NBC, the former home of… Seinfeld

That's it for new new shows, though, but after the jump, I’ll be running through: The Affair, Arrow, black-ish, The Blacklist, Doctor Who, Forever, Gotham, Gracepoint, Homeland, Jane The Virgin, Marry Me, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Plebs, Scorpion and Selfie. Will I be dropping any this week?

Continue reading "What have you been watching? Including Mulaney, Soul Mates, Jane The Virgin, Marry Me, The Affair and Forever"

The Men Behaving Badly reunion was less comedy, more tragedy

Posted 4 days ago at 13:03 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

For those of you who missed it, there was a minor comedy reunion on Friday night, when Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes recreated their Men Behaving Badly characters for the charity show Feeling Nuts. Perhaps because it was a show aimed at raising awareness of testicular cancer and self-examination for men, it was never going to be the funniest of events anyway, but given the apparent fates of both Gary and Tony and despite the presence of Abbey Clancy, the reunion felt almost tragic.

What do you think?

[via]

Two new trailers for season five of Engrenages (Spiral)

Posted 4 days ago at 11:59 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Can you believe that Engrenages is now 10 years old? Ridiculous, isn’t it? Still, five seasons over 10 years isn’t the fastest of rates, so maybe that would explain why it seems so odd.

Yes, five seasons, because next month in France, the fifth season begins and Canal+ is starting to promote the show properly in preparation. On top of the poster and teaser trailer from a couple of weeks ago, now come two proper trailers, one about the lawyers and judges, one about the police. For those whose French ain’t great, don’t worry, you aren’t missing much since it’s really just a set of introductions to the characters – “Josephine Karlsson – always the opportunist” doesn’t really tell you much you didn’t know already – but there is footage from the new season at least and one or two juicy nuggets.

No word yet on a BBC4 air date, but my guess is 2015. But it might be December. BBC4’s so tricky.

Watch Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver and others talk about Alien… back in 1979

Posted 5 days ago at 11:40 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Don’t you miss long-form interviews?

[via]

News: A Place To Call Home saved, Damian Lewis is worth Billions, Charles Dance to end childhood + more

Posted 5 days ago at 09:32 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Follow TMINE on Twitter for breaking news updates

The new Dads Army movie

Film

Film casting

  • Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy join Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire
  • Sebastian Stan joins Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash
  • Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Megan Fox et al join James Franco’s Zeroville

Australian TV

French TV
  • Canal+ to close Jimmy, Maison+ and Cusine+
UK TV

New UK TV shows

  • Trailer for Sky Alantic’s Fortitude

New UK TV show casting

  • Mark Gatiss to play Peter Mandelson in Channel 4’s Coalition

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

Read other posts about: ,

SEE MORE ARTICLES IN THE ARCHIVE

Featured Articles

Rome: The World's First Superpower

Silly title, good documentary