BBC Worldwide has apologized for recent leaks of scripts and footage from the new series of Doctor Who. The commercial arm of the broadcaster said a damaging “mistake” resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. It thanked fans for their efforts at helping to contain the leaks and said it has put in place a plan using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity. “BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident,” it added, and offered “sincere apologies” to showrunner Steven Moffat, the cast and the production team. Doctor Who returns on August 23 with Peter Capaldi as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord.
Entertainment One has acquired Canadian factual programming producer Paperny Entertainment from partners David Paperny, Cal Shumiatcher and Audrey Mehler. With the acquisition, Canadian giant eOne says it intends to ramp up its activity in unscripted television production across North America. Vancouver-based Paperny also has operations in Toronto and New York. It has produced over 500 hours of programming since its inception in 1994. The company is expected to deliver a further 80 hours of original programming this year. Its recent and returning shows include Timber Kings (HGTV), Cold Water Cowboys (Discovery Channel Canada), Yukon … Read More »
With a little more than a month to go until Peter Capaldi fully regenerates as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, the official Doctor Who trailer has been revealed. BBC One aired the latest look at Series 8 during halftime of the World Cup on Sunday night. After some much shorter glimpses into the new Who, this full-length trailer features Daleks, Cybermen, a dinosaur and Capaldi on a horse. Series 8 kicks off on the BBC and on BBC America on August 23 with a feature-length episode entitled “Deep Breath” in which Capaldi’s 12th Doctor makes his first full-episode appearance. Jenna Coleman returns as companion Clara Oswald and Samuel Anderson joins the cast as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara also works. On Friday, the BBC said it had added comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars) to the cast. Guest stars in the new series include Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.
‘Temptation Island’ Returning With Italian Version
Temptation Island — remember that one? — is beginning a revival around the world with Italian free-to-air broadcaster Canale 5 signing a significant commission for a fresh new local version. The Banijay Group format will be produced by its Ambra Multimedia in a four-part co-production with Fascino. The series will launch this summer. Created by Chris Cowan and Jean-Michel Michenaud, Temptation Island was a hit for Fox from 2001 and had several high-rated international adaptations in the early 2000s in more than a dozen countries including the UK, Australia, France, Brazil and Russia. The controversial format, which could be seeing a resurgence given the current hunt for social experiments in the reality arena, will send four couples in committed relationships to a remote island paradise for 12 days and nights — without their partner. On opposite sides of the island, the men will be surrounded by a dozen ladies and the women by 12 guys. The 24 hot singles have a mission: to do everything they can to make the couples give in to temptation.
Contrite BBC On ‘Doctor Who’ Script Leaks: Don’t Spoil It!
A security breach at the BBC has resulted in scripts from several episodes of the upcoming eighth season of Doctor Who going online, and the pubcaster is taking its anti-spoiler plea to the fans. “BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 … Read More »
With the season premiere looming Aug. 23 for the newest Doctor Who, BBC One has rolled out a very brief teaser trailer featuring, well, not so much new Who Peter Capaldi as an electrifying peek into his innards, which may indeed include his soul as the Dalek-y voiceover declares but definitely features those twin hearts. Makes one wonder if the good doctor is a cardiologist. But as the BBC pitch goes, they want you to get to know him, apparently from the inside out. This comes not long after another BBC video with more Capaldi came out June 27. Check out here:
Henry Czerny Cast In Atom Egoyan’s ‘Remember’
Revenge actor Henry Czerny has joined the cast of Atom Egoyan’s Remember. Christopher Plummer stars in the thriller in which the darkest chapter of modern history collides with a contemporary mission of … revenge. Czerny most recently was seen playing Conrad Grayson on the ABC primetime soap in which the character met his demise during the Season 3 finale – or did he? Either way, he’ll play Plummer’s son in the film on which IM Global’s specialty label Acclaim is handling world sales. Producers are Robert Lantos and Ari Lantos. Mark Musselman and Anant Singh are the executive producers. Czerny is repped by Domain and manager Perry Zimel.
Michelle Gomez Joins ‘Doctor Who’ Cast
Michelle Gomez (Bad Education, Green Wing) is joining the cast of Doctor Who. She will play the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere when the series returns on August 23 with Peter Capaldi as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord. Lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat says: “I’ve known Michelle for years, and I’m thrilled to welcome her to Doctor Who. She’s everything we need — brilliant, Scottish, and a tiny bit satanic.” Filming is well underway for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Confirmed guest stars include Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris. Read More »
BBC America will debut the eighth season of Doctor Who — ahem, the first season featuring new Doctor Peter Capaldi — at 8PM ET on August 23. The season will blast off with a feature-length episode entitled “Deep Breath” in which Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor makes his first full-episode appearance. Jenna Coleman returns as companion Clara Oswald and Samuel Anderson joins the cast as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara also works. Ben Miller (Primeval, Death In Paradise), Keeley Hawes (Line Of Duty, Upstairs, Downstairs), and Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons) guest star. Check out the freshly unveiled Season 8 teaser (readers outside the U.S. can view the BBC version below it):
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In a first-of-its-kind event, Doctor Who will launch a global world tour this summer, visiting seven cities across five continents to introduce the 12th Time Lord, Peter Capaldi. Joining Capaldi will be on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s lead writer and exec producer Steven Moffat (he’ll only make it to some of the stops, however). The 12-day roadshow is the biggest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales on August 7 before heading to London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio. Capaldi and Coleman are appearing together for the first time in the U.S. when they arrive in New York on August 14. That’s a year and 10 days after Capaldi was revealed as the new Doctor, replacing Matt Smith who played the role from 2010-2013. Capaldi made a very brief appearance in the show’s 50th anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor which aired in a global simulcast on November 23 last year and broke ratings and social media records for BBC America which airs the series Stateside. Capaldi said of the impending tour, “After eight months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.” The current 12-episode season of Doctor Who is shooting through August. The … Read More »
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Finalized: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson & Max Von Sydow
By Patrick Hipes
The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII is now official, announced by the team on StarWars.com, complete with a photo of a read-through.
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R.I.P. Efrem Zimbalist Jr
By Erik Pederson
The star of TV’s The F.B.I. and 77 Sunset Strip had scores of big- and small-screen credits in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Efrem Zimbalist Jr died today at his ranch in Solvang, CA. He was 95.
R.I.P. Bob Hoskins
By Nancy Tartaglione
Oscar-nominated, and BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning English actor Bob Hoskins has died. The star of such films as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mona Lisa passed away Tuesday night following a bout of pneumonia. He was 71.
BOX OFFICE: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Casts $92M Web; ‘The Other Woman’ Holding Strong; ‘Rio 2′ Passes $100M
By Anita Busch
Sony just weighed in with its estimate of $92M, with an expected $23.4M today for its Spider-Man franchise pic. With an international cume of $277M the franchise after this weekend will have grossed around $369M+ worldwide. Read More »
UPDATE, 8:59 AM PT: Paramount just confirmed the casting. The release is below the original break.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 8:04 AM PT: Here is something that should create a geek frenzy. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are setting the final major piece of the final trilogy of Terminator films. I’m told they are casting Matt Smith, who has played The Doctor in Doctor Who, in a major role that will grow in the second and third films.
Smith will join Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke (Sara Connor), Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke (John Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Dayo Okeniyi (Danny Dyson, son of the brainiac cyborg developer played by Joe Morton in Terminator: Judgment Day), and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reprises his signature cyborg. The time-travel saga Terminator: Genesis is directed by Alan Taylor and has a July 1, 2015 released date. Smith is repped by UTA and Troika. Read More »
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Takes Top Prize At BAFTA Craft Awards
Strictly Come Dancing took the Special Award at the BAFTA Craft Awards on Sunday night in London. The trophy show that honors behind-the-scenes talent in UK TV also gave a pair of awards to gangster drama Peaky Blinders and nods to such popular shows as Downton Abbey (costume design), Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor (special, visual and graphic effects) and Broadchurch (original music). The full list of winners is here.
‘Rising Star’ Test Show Is Big In Portugal
Portuguese broadcaster TVI drew an audience of more than 1.5 million for its live audience test of the local version of Rising Star (A Proxima Estrella) ahead of its May 4 premiere. Sunday’s test pulled an average audience share of 31% and a 16 rating. The show, hosted by popular Portuguese reality presenter Leonor Poeiras, is based on Keshet’s interactive format that has been sold around the world. Its U.S. version bows June 22 on ABC.
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Scott Gregg Upped to EVP At Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
Scott Gregg has been promoted to EVP Sales Operations at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. In his expanded position, the 18-year company veteran will continue to manage all … Read More »
Sundance London Unveils More Events
Sundance Institute on Tuesday announced the program of free talks, screenings, events and music performances for the third Sundance London film and music festival, set for April 25-27 at The O2. Among the notables set for the talks are David Cross and David Wain. The Truly Independent Visions panel event will focus on what it takes to create an independent film today. Also in the lineup are International Premiere: 5 Projects from the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a free screening event celebrating the international debut of five new short films created by acclaimed independent filmmakers, the Film Appreciation Event, a free event for students interested in careers in film.
LevelK Palms Off International Sales Rights To ‘Sucker’
LevelK will handle international sales on Sucker, a coming-of-age comedy about the timeless art of the swindle, the sting and sleight of hand. Written by Ben Chessell and Lawrence Leung and directed by Chessell, Sucker is an adaptation of Leung’s stage show. The film stars YouTube personality John Luc as an 18 year old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school senior exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets a colorful, aging conman (Timothy Spall) and begins a road trip with him and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan). Lawrence learns the art of swindling and cheating — and — a hard … Read More »
Channel 4 drama Southcliffe leads the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Awards. The miniseries has four nods including for Leading Actor Sean Harris and Supporting Actor Rory Kinnear. Comedy The IT Crowd also has four nominations, with stars Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd competing with The Wrong Mans’ Mathew Baynton and James Corden in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category. Broadchurch and The Village scored three nods, including for Drama Series where they are joined by My Mad Fat Diary and the BBC’s Top Of The Lake. Other notable mentions include Dominic West for Leading Actor in Burton And Taylor;Helena Bonham Carter is also nommed for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini. Among other British shows with nominations are the BBC’s The Fall, Ripper Street and the Doctor Who anniversary movie An Adventure In Space And Time. The International category features Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, Denmark’s Borgen, and France’s The Returned. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London on May 18. A list of the major drama and comedy nominees follows (the full list is here): Read More »
British actress Kate O’Mara, who was known to many Americans during the 1980s as Joan Collins’ sister Cassandra Morell on ABC‘s Dynasty, died in Sussex, England this morning. She was 74. A TV vet since the 1960s with credits that included such cult British shows as The Saint and The Avengers, O’Mara was coveted for her portrayal of alluring, pungent personalities, such as The Rani in Doctor Who from 1985-86 and the ruthless businesswoman Laura Wilde in the BBC drama Howards’ Way. Born in Leicester, UK, O’Mara was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge (The Family Way) and John Carroll. Originally, O’Mara pursued a career as a speech therapist, but she caught the acting bug and made her stage debut at 24 in a production of The Merchant of Venice. After breaking in TV, O’Mara caught the attention of Hammer Studios which cast her in the 1970 films The Horror of Frankenstein and The Vampire Lovers. She also made an appearance on Absolutely Fabulous as Jackie Stone. O’Mara founded The British Actor’s Theatre Company and wrote four books: two autobiographies Vamp Until Ready and Game Plan: A Woman’s Survival Kit as well as two fiction titles, When She Was Bad and Good Time Girl.
The British director responsible for a number of well-known early stories in sci-fi series Doctor Who died Thursday. He was 82. Derek Martinus had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, his family told the BBC. Active at the Doctor Who helm between 1965 and 1970 during the tenures of three different Doctors, his credits on the long-running BBC show include the Mission to the Unknown, The Tenth Planet, The Evil of the Daleks, and The Ice Warriors episodes, as well as the show’s first serial to be filmed in color, The Spearhead From Space. During his career the Yale-educated Martinus helmed episodes of A Little Princess, Z Cars, Blakes 7, Penmarric, and Spearhead and also directed the 1968 version of Henry James’ What Maisie Knew and the miniseries The Black Tulip.
Doctor Who is getting a new addition — and going back to school. Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey) is joining the cast for series 8 which also introduces Peter Capaldi as the newest incarnation of the Time Lord. Anderson will play recurring character Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches. Head writer and exec producer Steven Moffat said today, “For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS.” The school was the setting of much of the first Doctor Who episode, An Unearthly Child, broadcast in November 1963. In that episode, two teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, accompanied the first Doctor, William Hartnell. (Among its other appearances, the school also came up in the 50th anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor.) Shooting started recently on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs Of New York, Game Of Thrones), and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and Pippa Bennett-Warner (Death In Paradise). The new season is due to air later this year. Anderson is repped by the UK’s Creative Artists Management.
The BBC‘s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time Of The Doctor, was the most-watched drama, and the second most-watched program, in Britain yesterday. The show, which saw Matt Smith’s departure as the 11th Doctor, and Peter Capaldi’s entrance as the new Time Lord, was seen by 8.29M people for a 30.7% share according to the overnights. It also had the highest peak audience with 10.2M viewers at 8:25 PM, the last few minutes of the broadcast. Despite battering storms that left thousands without power on Wednesday, the figures are higher than last year’s festive ep which was seen by 7.59M people. After the show, the exiting Smith tweeted: “To the Whoniverse, thanks a million. You’re the best. I’ll miss you. And I’ll miss the madness.” On ITV, the Downton Abbey Christmas special, which aired in the 8:30-10:30 PM slot, picked up a 27% share with an average 7.01M viewers tuning in to see the Crawleys on a trip to London. The episode brought back Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mother Martha Levinson, and introduced Paul Giamatti as her brother Harold. It was off last year’s Christmas special, which included the shocking death of Matthew Crawley, and was seen by 7.32M. Season Four is now officially over in the UK, but it starts Stateside on January 5th on Masterpiece … Read More »
It’s the end of an era as one Time Lord becomes another but yet stays the same. BBC America today released a full trailer for the Time Of The Doctor special set to run on Christmas Day. After over three years as Doctor Who, the special will mark the last appearance of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor is regenerated into Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord. The Scottish actor was unveiled as the new Doctor on a live global special on August 4 this year. The Christmas special, which was first teased late last month during the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who, will also will also feature Fringe‘s Orla Brady in a new role for the series. The annual holiday telecast comes just over a month after The Day Of The Doctor smashed records on November 23rd for BBC America, which traditionally airs the Christmas special in sync with the UK broadcast. Check out the snowy trailer here:
Listen to (and share) episode 16 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch, With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks from London with host David Bloom about a series of UK-based stories the past several days, including the very big audiences that turned out for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebration on the BBC, BBC America and in dozens of other countries; what the BBC has planned at Christmas time for the newest doctor in Doctor Who, and the much-awaited third season of Sherlock; Oscar winner Emma Thompson’s long look back with BAFTA at her career so far, even as her latest film, Saving Mr. Banks, builds its own awards buzz; and Pinewood Shepperton, busy counting its cash after a strong quarter, presses for approval of a major expansion of its London facilities amid a serious studio capacity crunch that’s turning away work in the city.
Global Showbiz Watch, Episode 16 (.MP3 version)
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The BBC has outlined its holiday programming with yet more clues about Matt Smith’s last outing as Doctor Who. The series’ Christmas episode has been titled The Time Of The Doctor, following the Season 7 finale, The Name Of The Doctor, and last weekend’s The Day Of The Doctor (along with online mini-ep, The Night Of The Doctor). The episode will air December 25th and mark Smith’s departure as it introduces Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord. It will also feature Fringe‘s Orla Brady in a new role. The BBC synopsis goes like this: “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars… Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” The Day Of The Doctor smashed records on Saturday for BBC America which traditionally airs the Christmas special in step with the UK.
Showrunner Steven Moffat’s other series, Sherlock, also returns to the BBC over the holidays. (It starts on PBS on January 19th). The first episode of the new three-part series, titled “The Empty Hearse”, will pick up two years after the titular high-functioning sociopath jumped from a building in “The Reichenbach Fall”. With London under the threat of a huge terrorist attack, Holmes will make his return from the dead.
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