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Gilgun On Misfits 4: Completely Outrageous

Joe Gilgun (Rudy) recently told SFX that  he is sure the fourth series of Misfits will be something special:

“I’m properly looking forward to it this year and the storyline is always f**king hilarious. [Creator/Writer] Howard [Overman] is just a fricking genius.”

Joe Gilgun as Rudy

However, Gilgun has not been privy to any secrets yet:

 “Literally, they don’t trust me. I don’t blame them neither. It’s a case of wait and see, really.

I’m sure it’ll be disgusting and completely outrageous. And it’ll have an effect on the people that watch it.”

This includes which actors will be playing the new characters in the fourth series following the departures of  Antonia Thomas (Alisha) and Iwan Rheon (Simon) in the third series finale:

“I don’t know who’s playing them, I’ve no doubt they’ll be exceptional people.

The casting people… do know what they’re doing and they don’t want to f**k up and let the the audience down because it’s got a massive following.”

Misfits will return to Channel 4 in late 2012.

(Via Digital Spy)

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Whithouse: Being Human Lives On!

Despite all of the original cast from the inaugural series being gone, Being Human has been commissioned for a fifth series by the BBC, according to series creator/head writer Toby Whithouse:

Toby Whithouse

“Being Human lives on!

The response to series four has been terrific. We’re thrilled that the audience has taken the new cast into their hearts with such enthusiasm and affection and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to expand their world further, exploring new characters and telling new stories. A heartfelt thank-you to all the fans for their unstinting support and to the BBC for letting us mess up the sandpit for a fifth year.”

Whithouse also conformed that both the vampire Hal (Damien Molony) and werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) will return in the fifth series.

It is also highly probable that Kate Bracken will also return to play the ghostly Alex in the fifth series.

Executive producer Rob Pursey had this to say on the re-commission of the series:

“When we first made the pilot episode for Being Human we knew we had something special. But we didn’t dream we’d be making a fifth series. It’s a testament to the ambition of the writing and the performances that it’s stayed so fresh. We’re very grateful to the BBC for continuing to support a drama that doesn’t play by the usual rules.”

Being Human series five will consist of six sixty minute episodes.

(Via SF Crows Nest)

 

 

Dirk Gently Speaks

Dirk Gently will be leaving us once again after the third installment of the news series this week so it seemed a fitting time to take a deeper look into actor Stephen Mangan, who spoke with the website Cult Box shortly before the series began.

On Being Dirk:

“Dirk has an almost pathological dedication to the holistic detective business that is hard not to admire. His willingness to place himself and other people’s cash on the line knows no limits. And anyone who can remain so active and sharp on a diet of almost exclusively pizza and red wine is alright by me.”

On Dirk And Macduff:

“The relationship between them is basically the show. Each of the three episodes has a very different feel but the strain of working with such a genius/pain in the arse like Dirk takes its toll on Richard. Ep 3 sees their relationship strained to breaking point.

[Meanwhile, the actor to play Macduff] Darren [Boyd] gets things very quickly and isn’t afraid to say if something I’ve suggested might not work or how it could be improved and vice versa. Because I trust him so much it frees me up to verbalise any old nonsense that comes into my head knowing he’ll exercise some quality control. And that way some interesting and surprising stuff can happen.”

Best Part of Filming This Series:

“I loved driving the crap out of the Austin Princess. I decided Dirk was an insanely impatient driver so at every opportunity I’d try and put in violent hand-brake turns and wheel-spin acceleration.”

On the Differences Between The Late Douglas Adams’ book and the Television Program:

“These episodes are all completely new material. We felt the books as written are almost unfilmable and impossible to do as neat self-contained one hour programmes.

There are of course references to stuff from the books throughout, Zen Navigation is central to Episode one for example, and I hope the Electric Monk will make an appearance one day but prepare for All-New Dirk, as I believe Americans would put it. And the books will always be there for us to enjoy.

On Dirk Gently’s Future:

“I’d be deeply disappointed not to do more and having seen the new series, I’d be surprised too. I think Howard [Overman] and the creative team have done a fantastic job. It’s unlike anything else on telly.”

(Via Cult Box)

 

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Dirk Gently: Episode One Review

A detective who can pull answers out of thin air from seemingly random observations…a partner who assists the great detective and asks the relevant questions that keep the viewer informed of the plot…

What did you say?

No, Sherlock has not come back earlier then expected, this is the return of Dirk Gently!

This is the creation creation of Douglas Adams not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And it is written by the best genre writer this side of Steven Moffat, namely one Howard Overman, who created the Misfits and is responsible for some of the best Merlin episodes as well.

But although comparing Dirk Gently to Sherlock is apples and oranges in so many ways, it really cannot be avoided as although Dirk is the anti Holmes,the premise is the same, just imagine Sherlock in dire need of funds and with a bit funnier hair.

Past that, the first of three new episodes of Dirk Gently is a fun viewing experience all the way through as we are lead back into a world where such random things as horoscopes and the pentagon can play integral parts in both in the murder of one man and the reason behind another’s affair.

Howard Overman really has delivered here with the script, it is clever, laugh out loud funny at times and although some of the clues and revelations were easy to spot, you will not have figured out all the twists by the time you are lead up to the big reveals. It is a worthy successor to the one off pilot that proved to be so popular in 2010.

The returning actors seemed also to jump right back into their characters, with Stephen Mangan flawless at Dirk, Darren Boyd an effortless Macduff and although it is still odd seeing Jason Watkins as DI Gilks after three years of being cop vampire leader Herrick in Being Human, I guess I can deal with expecting him to have black eyes and fangs every time he steps out of a police car.

Dirk’s unpaid secretary Janice (Lisa Jackson) is a nice minor supporting character (Or is she a ‘minor’ character judging by Macduff’s reaction to..oops..spoilers!) who provides wonderful little moments each time Dirk and Macduff pass by into Dirk’s office.

What flaws there are are minor but the biggest one is the length of the show, which at least for this episode could have been cut down a bit with needless scenes that really did not move the plot forward or make any significant developments at all. Also, a refresher about the relationships of the main characters might have been in order as well, especially as it could have made those overly long bits that should have been left on the cutting room floor have a bit of purpose as well.

At the end of the day Dirk Gently is something that any fan of Doctor Who, Sherlock or the works of Douglas Adams should enjoy. Just mind the smell of brie.

 

Being Human Review: Hold the Front Page

Despite his much trumpeted return tonight’s episode Hold the Front Page wasn’t really about ‘filthy little oik’ Adam (Craig Roberts) dirtying the guest room sheets at Honolulu Heights.

That’s no fault of Roberts who plays the loathsome, creepy, sex obsessed 47 year old trapped in 17 year-olds body perfectly – though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea he mines each dirty pun for all its worth.

No, tonight was all about his love-struck relationship with 47 year-old former head teacher and brand new ‘Type Five’ Yvonne (Selina Griffiths) whose feminine charms turned out to be self negating traits of a succubus – albeit one that can boast of A-List suitors.

While the idea itself is a great way to keep a character already permanently trapped as a teenager as obnoxious as he was in Series Three there’s something missing from the core of their relationship that makes the episode miss most of its emotional targets.

Perhaps its skittishness about playing the oddest of odd couples in any other way than for laughs but if we’d only seen that ‘sweet’ side of Adam or learnt a little more about how they met (after all any other dewy eyed suitor is seen as an annoyance) then it might have made their eventual reunion at the end more powerful.

What works better is the comedy between Hal and Tom as they too become enamoured by Yvonne – the moment Hal causally stakes Tom is shocking and adds much to his dangerous, impulsive side despite being a dream.

There are a few minor quibbles: Why were we left waiting for an explanation as to why Yvonne could see Annie?

Regardless of not paying the audience the lip service of a temporary answer, wouldn’t the presence of a supernatural in a house containing Eve not set alarm bells ringing?

Also, why were they so panicked about Adam’s photograph? After all it was, as the episode later pointed out, just an image of a window. Tabloid furore is always out of touch with the general consensus but even My Schoolboy Lovers a Vampire! Is stretching it a bit too far. Unless the photographer works for the Daily Star.

Speaking of the photographer, poor old Pete’s entrapment plan wasn’t the best thought out of designs; Why, after going to the trouble of painting a crucifix on the door did he not wear one himself for protection.

Hell, he really needed to have a ‘Duncan’ of his own to stand any chance of surviving.

What’s bad news for Pete (Sacha Dhawan) however is good news for anyone following the Werewolf Threat arc as Cutler – perhaps the best supporting character so far this season – finally begins to set his plan in motion.

Its still not clear exactly how his: ‘Hey, I’m a Vampire but ignore that cause you should see these Werewolves’ plan is going to work – he had quite a bit of trouble convincing one photographer that vampires weren’t the more interesting angle but his character is compelling enough to overshadow the minor complaints – something that too goes for this episode which was a massive improvement on last weeks episode.

 

 

Skyfall To Be Shown At Imax

Skyfall will become the first ever James Bond film to be shown in an Imax theater,as revealed recently by MGM.

Imax is a popular film format that allows for a larger picture and creates effects that put you right into the middle of the action on screen.

Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, who share the roles of chairman and chief executive officer at MGM had this to say about the latest Bond film being released in Imax format:

“It is fitting that with Skyfall marking the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond franchise, we celebrate in epic style and what could be more larger-than-life than IMAX joining the festivities,”

Skyfall will be released in both standard and Imax cinemas on the 26th of October 2012.

JK Rowling To Write New Book

Many have wondered if author JK Rowling was done after writing the seven Harry Potter books that spawned eight films, a theme park and literally tons of merchandise.

Now the author has revealed plans to step away from Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury and move on to the publishing house Little Brown:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing [my nest book] every bit as much [as the Harry Potter series], my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter…which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world.

I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

Whatever this new book might be about, indications from the author herself is that it will be very different from the world of wizards and witches:

“The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher.”

Despite practically no information on the genre or subject matter of the new book, it can safely be assumed that this will be one of the most highly anticipated and scrutinized books in modern times. Perhaps if Rowling can yet again strike gold and is successful in creating another bestselling work, she can make her critics disappear once and for all.

(Via BBC News)

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Red Dwarf YouTube Channel Launches!

With all the excitement of Red Dwarf X coming to Dave, it almost makes you want to forget all else and throw yourself into suspended animation until the Fall arrives so you don’t have to wait one more second before the new series starts.

But before you do, you might want to consider taking a look at the newly launched Red Dwarf You Tube channel, which has plenty of classic Red Dwarf clips to help you pass the time till September. It also contains this exclusive introductory video from the cast of Red Dwarf:

Besides, I have heard that being in suspended animation does not always turn out exactly as planned…

Red Dwarf X will be broadcast sometime in September 2012 on Dave.

Dirk Gently Series Details

Dirk Gently will return to BBC Four later in the year after an excellent stand alone special in 2010. But now there are a few more details about what Dirk and his brand of ‘interconnected’ detective work will face in his three new adventures:

  • Episode One: Dirk has two clients with two very different issues. One thinks he is marked to be killed by the Pentagon in the United States while the other is finding out that the events written in his daily horoscope are coming true.
  • Episode Two: Dirk plays nanny to a robot at his former university, but after it is stolen and a body is discovered, both Dirk and his side kick Macduff become the prime suspects.
  • Episode Three: Dirk’s former clients are being murdered one by one and Dirk decides to try and flee the country with difficulty as the bodies mount.

Dirk Gently producer Chris Carey spoke recently about the upcoming episodes, including the inspiration given to the production team by Dirk Gently‘s creator, the late Douglas Adams:

“Dirk Gently feels like a rare and precious storytelling gift. Douglas Adam’s books are treasure troves filled with brilliant details and profound, hilarious observations that Howard and the other writers endlessly mine to lead them off into new tales for Stephen [Mangan, Dirk Gently] and Darren [Boyd, Richard Macduff] to bring memorably to life on screen.”

Dirk Gently is being written by the main man behind the hit Channel Four show The Misfits, Howard Overman, who has also written episodes for Merlin. Overman talked about returning to write the three new episodes:

“It’s a real honour to back in the world of Dirk’s holistic detection methods. He’s the loosest of loose cannons and it’s always fun putting such outrageous lines in his mouth to see them so skillfully delivered by Stephen Mangan and the rest of the brilliant cast.”

That cast includes a few familiar faces from the 2010 special. Besides the obvious in Mangan and Boyd, returning characters include Helen Baxendale as Macduff’s girlfriend Susan, Jason Watkins as Detective Inspector Gilks and Lisa Jackson as Dirk’s odd and unpaid receptionist.

Mangan, for his part seems very taken with the starring role:

“Slipping back into Dirk’s pointy shoes to renew my double act with Darren Boyd for three brand new episodes is, for me, about as good as it gets. I wish I WAS Dirk.”

Dirk Gently will return later this year to BBC Four.

(Via SF Crowsnest)

 

‘Pulp’ Screened at SFX Weekender

A new British comedy called Pulp, about a down and out comic book company was screened at the SFX Weekender Three.

Pulp is the brainchild of Adam Hamdy, whose real life experiences in the comic world inspired the events in the film. Hamdy explains that the comedy got bigger as audience reactions to the film were very positive during test screenings:

“It’s was only supposed to be a bit of fun…

But we did some test screenings – using some of those score cards that the studios use which we, um, pilfered – and while it was never meant to be a social commentary, people identify with [lead character, comic book writer] Tony’s struggle. The fact there’s this guy here who’s pursuing his dream as at all costs seems to resonate with a broader base than we expected. People identify with his struggle. I think maybe if we’d been filming in the champagne-guzzling atmosphere of five years ago, it wouldn’t have had so much resonance.”

The plot revolves around three comic loving geeks who are forced to deal with a gang of criminals who are using a comic book company as a front for illegal activities.

From what can be seen in the trailer it looks like a hilarious adventure in the vein of the works of Kevin Smith, complete with Star Wars references.

*It should be noted that the trailer below contains adult content and is not safe for work.*:

Pulp will be drawn into theaters on the 26th of July 2012.

(Via SFX)