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Honour directed by Shan Khan to release in cinemas next month

Honour is Shan’s first feature film as writer – director, he has been part of the industry for many years. Training first as an actor, then moving into theatre and TV, with both, acting, writing and directing. Shan trained as an actor at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and on leaving took parts at The Bristol Old Vic, The National Theatre and The Traverse to name a few. In TV Drama he took the lead in Channel 4′s Bombay Blue and notable roles in Trial & Retribution and Judge John Deed.

Shan has written several projects for TV including The Vice for Carlton TV, River City, Maryhill Jihad and Glasgow Dreams for BBC. He currently has a single drama Five Pillars in development with BBC.

In his main passion film, Shan made his directorial debut with Candy Bar Kid, a 4 minute short, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film.
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New ITV Drama: Lightfields

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Building on the success of Marchlands, ITV are set to air Lightfields – a supernatural drama set in Suffolk. The story is centered around three sets of families who live in the same farm house at different points in time. Each of the families have to contend with an unwelcome visitor – a teenage ghost!

The five-part drama is written by Simon Tyrrell (The Vice) and is based on a piloted Twentieth Century Fox show titled The Oaks. The cast includes Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass), Sam Hazeldine (Bridget Jones), Jill Halfpenny (Waterloo Rd), Kris Marshall (Love Actually) and Neil Jackson (Upstairs Downstairs). Episode one will air on ITV on Wednesday 27 February at 9 p.m.

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Check Out These Production Images From ‘The Bodyguard’ – Opens In London Next Week!

There is just over a week to go until the opening of perhaps one of the most anticipated musicals of the year. The Bodyguard was one those films, along with the likes of Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing, which were the ultimate ‘date’ movies during the late 1980s/ early 90′s, and this December 5th, the film based on Lawrence Kasdan scripted 1993 movie, which starred Kevin Costner and the late, great Whitney Houston, takes to the stage at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.

Heather Headley plays the role of Rachel Marron in the film, while Lloyd Owen plays her bodyguard Frank Farmer. As mentioned above, the musical debuts on stage at the Adelphi on 5th December, and Thn will have the definitive review on the morning of the following day. We can’t wait.

Here’s the full press release, including full cast list and bio, plus some
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Will Whitechapel's revamp murder the show?

No more copycat crimes and now one main story every two episodes – will this ITV series remain gripping and atmospheric?

It started with a three-part drama serial called Whitechapel that told the story of a modern-day murderer modelling his crimes on those of Jack the Ripper in the 1880s. Viewers loved this gripping, quirky ITV1 tale – enjoying some good old-fashioned hokum and gloriously overblown acting from Rupert Penry-Jones as posh boy Chandler, and Phil Davis as tough-but-fair old timer Sgt Ray Miles. ITV then reprised the idea – second time round Whitechapel featured a modern pair of nasties seeking to recreate the crimes of the Kray twins in 1960's east London – and the bumper ratings to go with it.

These first two runs of Whitechapel were fabulously original. Like all the best ideas – the updated Sherlocks are the most obvious other example – it seemed so delightfully simple. A modern retelling of
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Marc Warren: 'I hope I'm not sick in front of an audience'

The Hustle star explains why being cast as Cool Hand Luke plays havoc with your diet

After a week rehearsing a new stage version of Cool Hand Luke, Marc Warren has today eaten his first hard-boiled egg. The first, he says, of many.

The 44-year-old actor from Northampton is preparing to play the title role in the West End production (which starts at the Aldwych theatre at the end of the month), taking on a character famously played by Paul Newman in the 1967 film; a film that remains memorable for a terrific scene in which Newman, as prisoner Luke, eats 50 eggs for a bet.

"You're on a hiding to nothing if you try to compete with Newman, one of the great stars," says Warren, speaking in a rehearsal room in north-west London, pointing out that the play is adapted from the film's source text, a 1965 novel by Donn Pearce. "That
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"Hobbit" Dwarf Centerfolds: Balin & Dwalin

The unveilings continue for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with today's dwarf pictorial coming from Time Magazine.

Their photo shows the dwarf lords Balin (Ken Stott) and Dwalin (Graham McTavish), brothers who are close relatives and the "most loyal and trusted friends" of the Company's leader Thorin Oakshield.

Balin has fought many battles but harbors doubts about their quest, Dwalin has no such doubts and is a strong fighter with a distrust of all non-Dwarves - especially Elves.

Both Stott and McTavish are Scottish actors best known for their TV work but have had plenty of big screen experience as well.

Stott is mostly known for British police dramas such as taking over the title role in the detective series "Rebus" from "The Mummy" actor John Hannah in 2006 and 2007. Stott also scored much acclaim and an award nomination for his work as Di Chappell in ITV police
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New Release: British comedy drama TV series Doc Martin Collection DVD

Acorn Media will release a collection of all four seasons of the popular British comedy-drama TV show Doc Martin on DVD on April 26.

The Doc Martin Collection: Series 1-4 DVD will carry a list price of $99.99.

Martin Clunes gets a buss from Lia Williams in Doc Martin.

Martin Clunes (Shakespeare in Love) stars in the series as a misanthropic, socially maladjusted doctor forced to relocate to rustic Cornish seaside village, where he immediately clashes with the town’s eccentric citizens. In these four complete series, Doc Martin catches the eye of the most beautiful woman in Portwenn (Caroline Catz, TV’s The Vice) tests the patience of his long-suffering aunt (Stephanie Cole, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), and repeatedly hurts feelings as he heals bodies.

A huge hit in the U.K. with 9 million viewers and a fifth series commissioned, Doc Martin currently airs on PBS stations across the U.
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Tribute to Corin Redgrave 1939–2010 | David Thacker

David Thacker, artistic director of the Octagon theatre and the man who masterminded Corin Redgrave's return to the stage, remembers the actor, who died this week at the age of 70

I first saw Corin's work at a special event at the Liverpool Playhouse. Corin, Vanessa, their father Michael and their mother Rachel Kempson were performing a variety of extracts from Shakespeare's plays and some of their favourite sonnets. It made a huge impression on me for a number of reasons. Michael was seriously ill with Parkinson's disease, and had by this time very limited short-term memory. I shall never forget Vanessa and Corin standing next to him, feeding him lines which he then delivered with astonishing sensitivity. The "seven ages of man" speech from As You Like It was performed with a depth of understanding that was completely new to me. Corin's contribution to the evening was equally memorable.
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Tribute to Corin Redgrave 1939–2010 | David Thacker

David Thacker, artistic director of the Octagon theatre and the man who masterminded Corin Redgrave's return to the stage, remembers the actor, who died this week at the age of 70

I first saw Corin's work at a special event at the Liverpool Playhouse. Corin, Vanessa, their father Michael and their mother Rachel Kempson were performing a variety of extracts from Shakespeare's plays and some of their favourite sonnets. It made a huge impression on me for a number of reasons. Michael was seriously afflicted by Parkinson's disease, and had by this time very limited short-term memory. I shall never forget Vanessa and Corin standing next to him, feeding him lines which he then delivered with astonishing sensitivity. The "seven ages of man" speech from As You Like It was performed with a depth of understanding that was completely new to me. Corin's contribution to the evening was equally memorable.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Sneak Peek at Season Three of BBC America's "Robin Hood"

Looking to return to Sherwood Forest? You're in luck as BBC America brings you the third and final season of Robin Hood, slated to begin Saturday, September 12th at 9 pm Et/Pt. According to BBC America's press release, Season Three finds Robin a vengeful man following the death of his true love, Maid Marian: "Season three kicks off when Robin and his gang of outlaws return from the Holy Land. But now that he’s back, Robin wastes no time - Marian's murderer, Guy of Gisborne (Armitage), is a marked man. Robin immediately breaks with his followers, and races to Locksley Manor to avenge her death. Once there, he confronts Gisborne but does Gisborne care if he lives or dies? After all, Marian was the only woman he loved and his only hope." A two-minute clip from the third season opener, along with more information about the new season,
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‘Robin Hood’ Returns for Third Season on BBC America

Just in case you’re not aware, BBC America has other shows besides Doctor Who and Torchwood. Although those two are great, another drama is making some waves across the pond as well and that drama is Robin Hood. Its a fun program with lots of action, solid performances, interesting characters and humor which make it a great way to spend your time — especially if you’re looking for a break from a contemporary setting, sci-fi, time travel or monsters.

Apparently, I’m not the only Robin Hood fan out there because its been given a third season on the network. Here’s all the info from the official press release.

BBC Amerca’s hit revival of Robin Hood returns for a bigger, bolder third season of action-adventure. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Jane Eyre) and David Harewood (The Vice, The Palace) join the cast of Jonas Armstrong (Teachers, The Ghost Squad), Richard Armitage (Mi-5,
See full article at The Flickcast »

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