R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

When I read the news about Alan Rickman’s passing yesterday, my initial reaction was to channel Howard Beale, open the window and shout, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it any more!” First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman. In just a few short days, Planet Earth lost two incredibly talented and […]

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Getting to know your Dowager Countess, a.k.a. Dame Maggie Smith

As Planet Earth prepares for the final series of Downton Abbey which begins on Sunday (3 January) on PBS’ Masterpiece series, if, like the Dowager Countess herself, you haven’t seen the series, it’s quite possible that you’d be surprised to know that the Dowager Countess was not Dame Maggie Smith’s first role. When it comes […]

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Fresh from his ‘mini’ Mr. Bean tour of London, Rowan Atkinson heads to Hungary to begin filming ‘Maigret’

Rowan Atkinson, the former star of Blackadder and Mr Bean, is making a return to television to play Belgian author Georges Simenon’s pipe-smoking policeman, Jules Maigret, in two new films for ITV and, hopefully, as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery series in the States. Fresh off his recent celebratory ‘25th birthday of Mr. Bean tour‘ […]

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The ‘lost years’ of Shakespeare found in BBC Films’ “Bill”

What really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’? In ‘real-life’, these lost years are widely acknowledged as being a crucial period in Shakespeare’s life, long having been a mystery to scholars, and cover his rise from virtual obscurity in Stratford-upon-Avon to fame as a playwright in London. Preferring to grab hold of the potential of great idiocy […]

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Lots of familiar faces in Paul McGuigan’s long-awaited ‘Victor Frankenstein’

This definitely isn’t your father’s Frankenstein. Neither is this Mel Brooks’ nor Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein. For some, this won’t be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein either. Told from Igor’s perspective, Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein begins with the troubled young assistant’s dark origins through his life-saving friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, played by James McAvoy, and the […]

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Dad’s Army gets big screen treatment with a killer cast

Don’t Panic! Regardless of whether or not Dad’s Army has ever been on your radar, the forthcoming big screen treatment that is set to hit cinemas in February 2016 is well worth a look. The original Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s British comedy followed the escapades of a group of amateur soldiers as they tried […]

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For those keeping score, it’s drama overload on PBS this Fall

With Poldark (June 21 at 9:00p ET / 8:00p CT), Crimson Field (Sunday, June 21 at 10:00p ET / 9:00p CT) and Last Tango in Halifax (Sunday, June 28 at 8:00p ET / 7:00p CT) just around the PBS corner, you’d think this would be enough to keep your mind off the fact that we still have 6 months until the […]

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