‘Doctor Who’s Matt Smith To Lead UK Musical Version Of ‘American Psycho’

A musical adaptation of American Psycho is tuning up for a December launch in London’s West End. Almeida Theatre Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, will direct the take that has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, Glee) and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Girls, Glee). Now in his last year as the 11th Doctor Who, Matt Smith will play Patrick Bateman, the serial-killing investment banker originally portrayed by Christian Bale in Mary Harron’s 2000 film adaptation. The London musical will run from December 3rd to January 25th next year. It’s an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman, who produced the movie. Pressman is also executive producing FX and Lionsgate’s American Psycho drama series project that catches up with Bateman decades later, but as outrageous and lethal as ever – and taking on a protégé. Read More »

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‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Set For November Global Simulcast

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 5:55pm PDT

Doctor Who is taking its anticipated 50th anniversary festivities global. BBC America announced today that the previously announced November 23 broadcast of its Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, … Read More »

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Hulu Back In Action With BBC Deal For ‘Sherlock’, ‘Doctor Who’ & More

In what is its biggest content deal since it was taken off the auction block, Hulu has partnered with BBC Worldwide North America to bring some iconic TV shows to the service. Included in … Read More »

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‘Doctor Who’: BBC Reveals 50th Anniversary Programming Lineup; Special Poster

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 5:15am PDT

The BBC is going all out for Doctor Who‘s 50th birthday, unveiling a list of programs to mark the occasion and revealing the poster that goes with November 23rd BBC One special, The Day Of The Doctor. The 75-minute movie will star exiting Time Lord Matt Smith, as well as Doctor Who No. 10 David Tennant, along with John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper. It’s also airing in the U.S. on BBC America that same night. The special is written by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Mark Gatiss, his collaborator on Who — and Sherlock — has penned a separate film, An Adventure In Space And Time, which stars David Bradley as William Hartnell, who played the first Doctor in 1963. Brian Cox, Jessica Raine and Sacha Dhawan also feature. That special will air on BBC Two which is also playing host to a one-hour look at the science behind the show, as well as an examination of the Time Lord’s cultural significance in Me, You And Doctor Who. BBC Three is running a countdown to the top Doctor Who monster of all time and, for folks less familiar with the show, will air Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. Over on BBC Four, the first four episodes of the original series will be shown in a restored format. Read More »

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Peter Jackson Invited To Direct ‘Doctor Who’ Episode – But Won’t: No Time Now

By | Saturday August 24, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT
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It spread like wildfire on the web this weekend that Peter Jackson will direct an episode of Doctor Who. I can tell you with 100% certainty that there are no plans for Jackson to do any such thing. What has happened is this: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Generation War’ On BBC2; Ha Ji-won Signs With UTA; ‘Doctor Who’ Writer; ‘Exodus’ In Spain; More

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

‘Generation War’ Is Rare BBC Two Pickup To Air In Foreign Language
BBC Two has picked up the three-part German miniseries Generation War. The drama will air in its original language, the first time BBC Two has premiered a foreign language series since 2001′s The Kingdom. (BBC Four, on the other hand, airs such subtitled shows as Borgen and Wallander.) Generation War traces the fate of young men and women who fought in World War II. The Band Of Brothers-like story is from ZDF, teamWorx and Beta Film and scored record ratings on ZDF with a 24% market share. It also triggered a local debate about personal guilt in WWII. Music Box took U.S. rights at MIPTV in April.

South Korean Star Ha Ji-won Inks With UTA
South Korean actress Ji-won Ha is readying for a Hollywood crossover. The Asian TV and film star has signed with UTA for representation in all areas and has been taking meetings stateside. Ha’s UTA reps are looking at domestic and international film roles, TV, and digital media and endorsements. They are also focusing on developing Korean and American co-productions around the award-winning performer known for the popular romantic comedy Secret Garden as well as horror pics Nightmare and Phone, period drama Damo, disaster blockbuster Haeundae and action film Sector 7. Ha continues to be represented by HaeWaDal Entertainment Co. Read More »

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New ‘Doctor Who’ Is Peter Capaldi: Video

By | Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 11:27am PDT

Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor Who. The identity of who will next play the Time Lord on the next season of the BBC sci-fi series was announced today simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic. Doctor Who Read More »

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BBC America To Reveal New Doctor Who This Weekend

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT

Matt Smith’s replacement as the Tardis travelling Time Lord will be announced on August 4 in a live Doctor Who special on BBC America, the broadcaster said today. Hosted by Zoe Ball, the half hour Doctor Read More »

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TCA: New ‘Doctor Who’ Still A Mystery As Matt Smith Preps Departure

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 11:16am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Fresh from a raucous, standing-room-only appearance at Comic-Con, the producers and stars of the BBC America series Doctor Who hit Beverly Hills and TCA this morning to promote the forthcoming Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Doctor Who’; ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’; Doha Film Institute

‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Lines Up Daleks & Zygons
The 50th anniversary Doctor Who special has booked a new monster. Time Lords Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will do battle in the special with the deadly Daleks, the BBC said today. The shape shifting Zygons were previously announced as set for an appearance. The special airs November 23 and also stars Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and Joanna Page. The Daleks first appeared in 1963. Exec producer Steven Moffat said, “The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should facing the greatest enemies of all.” Read More »

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‘Doctor Who’ Lands At Heathrow Airport As Part Of 50th Anniversary Celebration

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 3:36am PDT

London’s Heathrow Airport can sometimes be a pain for foreign travelers who’ve been known to wait two hours or more in serpentine immigration lines. So here’s something to make the overall airport experience more enjoyable. As the 50th … Read More »

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Comic-Con 2013: Day 4 Schedule

By | Sunday July 7, 2013 @ 11:52am PDT

Television takes the spotlight on Day 4 of Comic-Con 2013. Highlights of the just-unveiled Sunday schedule include panel presentations and sneak peeks at The CW‘s Supernatural, NBC‘s Community, Under The Dome, FX‘s Sons Of Anarchy, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Vince Gilligan and stars will be on hand to fete AMC‘s Breaking Bad as it heads into its final eight episodes. And Matt Smith, whose departure from BBC‘s Doctor Who was announced last month, will be on hand for the show’s panel. Here’s the full Sunday line-up: Read More »

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‘Doctor Who’s Matt Smith Sends Thank You Message To Crew & Fans: Video

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT

The actor (or actress?) who will play the new Doctor Who will be announced in late summer/early fall, I’m told. In the meantime, the soon-to-be former Time Lord, Matt Smith, has recorded a thank you to his colleagues, and to his fans, who were recently shocked … Read More »

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Matt Smith To Leave ‘Doctor Who’

By | Saturday June 1, 2013 @ 3:13pm PDT

Matt Smith Leaving 'Doctor Who'The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block.
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Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012.Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, US and Australia alone!
Related: BBC Says ‘Doctor Who’ Isn’t Racist
Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.  I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience.  Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC Says ‘Doctor Who’ Isn’t Racist; Edinburgh Lineup Set

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 9:28pm PDT

BBC Defends Its ‘Doctor Who’ Against Accusations Of Racism

A new book calls out the BBC’s sci-fi series Doctor Who as “thunderingly racist,” but the UK pubcaster begs to differ. The Beeb has hit back at … Read More »

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BBC Confirms ‘Doctor Who’ Season 8

By | Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 9:53pm PDT

Steven Moffat is returning for another Doctor Who season, the BBC officially confirmed today. The current series finale aired tonight ahead of a 50th anniversary special slated for November 23 starring … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BFI; ‘Doctor Who’; Yahoo & Dailymotion; Ukraine Piracy; Cineworld-Picturehouse; Televix; Universal & Canada’s D Films

BFI Lays Out Development Funding Recipients
The British Film Institute has identified 20 UK production companies that will receive BFI Vision Awards 2013-15. The grants will provide up to £200K over two years to the companies for investment in slate development. The BFI said the successful companies each demonstrated “a clear strategic vision for their future growth as well as a commitment to nurturing a diverse range of new voices and fresh ideas from across the UK.” There were 170 applicants overall. The project is part of the BFI’s Film Forever plan to foster growth in the UK film biz and keep momentum going after a strong series of local films. Among the companies receiving £100K are 42 M&P (Welcome To The Punch), Cowboy Films (The Last King Of Scotland), Independent (We Need To Talk About Kevin); Warp Films (Submarine) and Wildgaze Films (Quartet). Among those receiving £50K are Inflammable Films (Tyrannosaur), JW Films (Attack The Block), Rook Films (Sightseers) and animation companies Blue-Zoo, Flickerpix. The full list is here.

‘Doctor Who’ Gets New Exec Producer; Opens Pop-Up Shop
Brian Minchin is joining Doctor Who as its new executive producer alongside showrunner Steven Moffat. Minchin is an exec producer in BBC Wales drama, currently working on The Game, a new Cold War spy thriller for BBC One. He had previously been a script editor on both Doctor Who and Torchwood. Separately, the BBC says the first ever Doctor Who pop-up store will open its doors in Sydney, Australia this fall. It will feature exclusive merchandise including the Doctor Who home range, apparel, toys, DVDs, books and replica props. Read More »

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BBC America Partners With Twitter On Branded Video

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 2:12am PDT

Twitter has notched another deal in its bid to expand from a microblogging site to a full-fledged media platform. BBC America on Thursday evening tweeted it had signed with Twitter for the first “in-Tweet Read More »

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‘Sherlock’ Producer Pleads With Fans To Keep London Filming Locations Secret

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 3:14am PDT

The fact that Sherlock is back in production and filming around the UK has drummed up a fan frenzy. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman recently shot in Bristol and Cheltenham with photos popping up across the Internet, leading to potential spoilers. Now, as the show heads to London, producer Sue Vertue has sent a plea to Sherlock lovers to let the team get on with its “punishing” schedule and ask that people avoid posting spoilers or daily locations. On the other hand, Sherlock network the BBC yesterday released official videos of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special shooting in Trafalgar Square. I hear the reasoning for getting in front of Doctor Who was because the shoot was “bang in the center of London” so already very public. But even a well-placed BBC insider says the Sherlock locations are something of a mystery. Click over for Vertue’s note: Read More »

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