Category Archives: TV

Chris keeps writing

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Glee’s Chris Colfer has signed a new five-book deal for his Land of Stories books.

Colfer launched the series in 2012 and has already released three sequels with another due out next year.

As part of his new deal he’ll write the fifth and final book in the franchise plus some spin-offs before turning his attention to a new Young Adult novel about a young television actor, who is joined by fans on a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.

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Brad helps out Rihanna

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Brad Pitt is set to introduce Rihanna at a big fundraising gala in aid of her Clara Lionel Foundation.

Pitt and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will introduce Rihanna’s performance at the event in Beverly Hills on December 11.

“It is such an honour to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event,” Rihanna said in a statement.

“There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I’m blessed by his support. Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work,” she added.

Stars at the BFI

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Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox will attend a screening of the new film The Woman in Black: Angel of Death at the BFI.

The screening takes place on December 11.

The new film is set 40 years after the events of The Woman in Black, with Eel Marsh House acting as a school for children during the Second World War.

Meanwhile Steve Pemberton and Miranda Richardson will be at the BFI on December 10 for the screening of their drama, Mapp and Lucia.

The BBC drama, which is due to be shown over Christmas, also features Anna Chancellor and Mark Gatiss.

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Fallon’s Lip Sync show

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Jimmy Fallon’s giving his epic Lip Sync battles their own show.

Fallon’s joining forces with John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant to executive produce the show which will air on US network Spike TV – all three are expected to appear on the show at some point.

If you’ve never seen one of the battles they’re pretty awesome, the best are the one Fallon did with Emma Stone or with The Voice mentors Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton.

Buble and Babs get festive

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Michael Buble appeared on Barbra Streisand’s recent album Partners and now she’s repaying the favour by performing on his annual Christmas TV show.

The one hour special, Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York, will also feature Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and the famous Rockettes.

The show airs in the US on NBC on December 17. I hope one of the UK broadcasters will show it too.

Hamm heads back to Pawnee

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Jon Hamm is returning to Pawnee.

His character Ed appeared in the last episode of Parks and Recreation’s sixth series when he was fired by Leslie.

He’ll be among a host of stars appearing in the final series including Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones and Megan Mullally.

Meanwhile, Hugh Laurie is currently filming a special appearance on Veep.

We don’t know anything about his role yet but pictures of him with Julia Louis Dreyfus and the rest of the cast have started popping up on Twitter.

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The Royals – on the small screen and in the Big Apple

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The writer of The Queen and The Audience is creating a new drama series about the British monarchy for Netflix.

The Crown is being written by Peter Morgan and each series of the drama will look at the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, beginning with the young princess who is faced with leading the royal family as well as trying to develop a relationship with Winston Churchill.

The series should be available from 2016.

Does anyone think Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine might be a good choice for the young queen?

Meanwhile William and Katherine will be traveling to New York in December.

The three day visit to the Big Apple will include a gala dinner benefiting their former university, St Andrews, a visit the 9/11 memorial and a stop-off at a basketball game in Brooklyn in support of an ongoing collaboration between their Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.

Sadly Prince George won’t be joining his parents on the trip which takes place December 7-9.

An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss And Friends

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I’ve just got home from spending an afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends.

The Sherlock star hosted the event in aid of the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, of which he is patron.

And what friends! The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Moriarty (Andrew Scott), Mary Morston (Amanda Abbington), Queenie (Miranda Richardson), Sue Perkins and Derren Brown.

It was an afternoon full of laughter and some interesting anecdotes. The event included questions from Gatiss, some previously submitted online and some from the audience this afternoon. So here are some of the highlights:

Andrew Scott was asked if there was any point in him continuing to deny Moriarty will be in Sherlock season 4 as it’s on IMDb. He replied ” well if it’s on IMDb then absolutely not!”.

Amanda Abbington revealed her character in Mr Selfridge, Miss Mardle, was originally going to be a lesbian but the ‘powers that be’ wouldn’t allow it.

Miranda Richardson talked about being cut from Maleficent (she and Peter Capaldi played the King and Queen of the Fairies but ended up on the cutting room floor). “They tell you they want you so much” she revealed. “And the they cut you. Who makes that decision? I haven’t seen it actually – but not out of spite!”

Obviously one of the big draws of the afternoon was the presence of Capaldi and, as always, he was charming and sweet. He says his life hasn’t changed that much since playing the Doctor – he still does the shopping and has to get his car MOTed! He said the thing he’s noticed he most is that he’s met with so many smiles, people are so pleased to see him.

Capaldi said he didn’t get too caught up in the overarching themes of the last series “I operate on a need-to-know basis” he said. “I concentrate on scenes rather than an overview of the whole thing. I have ideas of my own about the internal life of the Doctor, but I keep those to myself”.

Away from Sherlock and the Doctor, the panel were asked if they had a favourite musical. Andrew Scott revealed he’d love to be in a musical but he can’t really sing! Capaldi said he likes Blood Brothers as it’s very British. Gatiss announced his favourite is Carousel – which then became a the,e throughout the event.

Another question was “do you have anything left on your bucket list?”. Capaldi said “my ambition at the moment is to not regenerate for a while”.

One of the most interesting questions was what figure from history would Capaldi like the Doctor to meet? He’d obviously thought about this before as he immediately answered “Martin Luther King. I don’t see why the Doctor shouldn’t be involved in the civil rights movement”.

Gatiss said he’d certainly be interested in writing a script for that but “you have to be careful about the tone of the story. It would be a big challenge”.

One of the final questions was if any of the panel had any funny stories from set. Capaldi revealed he was once punched in the head by Brian Blesssed! It was when they were filming Tom Jones and the Doctor Who star needed nine stitches! “I came round” said Capaldi. “And I wasn’t wearing a wig,p and I remember hearing one ambulance guys saying ‘get his wig off’ and I kept saying ‘no, it’s my own hair!'”.

Finally, one of the highlights of the afternoon was when Sue Perkins was talking about putting on a production of The Hobbit whilst at school. She advised the audience member to always know your limitations and not to be too over ambitious. Gatiss then retorted about how The Hobbit goes on to ages these days. That got a hard stare from Amanda Abbington! And a big laugh from the audience!

So that was my afternoon and it was a very enjoyable one! The LLGS filmed the event and it should be on their site soon. And the charity will be hosting a special online auction later this week and Andrew Scott has donated his suit from Sherlock!

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Bradley Whitford is Happyish

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Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of new TV drama Happyish.

The Showtime series was originally due to star Philip Seymour Hoffman but has been recast with Steve Coogan in the lead role.

Whitford has joined the cast as Coogan’s boss who is described as an “advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness”.

So a lot different from Josh in The West Wing then.