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Sharon Duncan-Brewster Mesmerises Daily Telegraph Theatre Critic Into Forgetting The Meaning of Theatre!

We were delighted to learn back in late July, that one of our most talented actresses, and TBB Treasure Sharon Duncan-Brewster, was cast as Stella Kowalski in the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s current production of Tennessee Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Streetcar Named Desire. This is a candid story, taking its name from the New Orleans Desire Line, which ran streetcars to and from Desire Street from 1920-48. Williams wrote shocking scenes, exploring financial ruin, marital violence, sexual and emotional abuse, madness, and used gritty dialogue – bold for its day. Duncan-Brewster was thoroughly aware of what she was...

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88% #OutOf100 – #LFF2016 Queen Of Katwe

Just as old dogs can learn new tricks, so Disney has proved, unequivocally, that they can venture from a decades-old tried and tested trope and make authentic cinema with the much-anticipated Queen of Katwe. The 93-year-old film making behemoth has trademarked candy-coated re-packaging of other nation’s oral and traditional histories since 1923. We KNOW better – the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, Hans Christian Andersen, yet we have all eaten up the Disney versions, making them gazillions of dollars. For me, a particular low point was The Little Mermaid. The original ending was not a happy one,...

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Fresh From Box Office Triumph, Brotherhood, Noel Clarke is DS Sean “Gunner” Martin in ITV’s, The Level

There are few people who don’t know who the award-winning actor (stage, screen and TV), screenwriter (screen and TV), director (film) and comic book writer Noel Clarke is. He is young, gifted and black, and has not only managed to get the mainstream to take notice of him and his work, but he has earned both critical acclaim and box office success. Brotherhood, the last in his ‘Hood Trilogy’, which started with Kidulthood in 2006 and continued with Adulthood in 2008, went on general release on August 29th, 2016. It dominated the UK box office, taking £1.98m in its first seven days from just 220 screens....

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Georgina Campbell Lands US TV Debut as Female Lead In Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’!

Syfy UK, along with David S. Goyer and Warner Horizon Television, have been planning a Superman prequel pilot set on his homeworld of Krypton. It was just announced that Georgina Campbell has been one of the first cast – as the female lead, Lyta Zod! Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the planet whichsent Kal-El to Earth. His ancestral House of El, ostracised and shamed, compels Superman’s grandfather, the yet-to-be-cast Seg-El, to fight to redeem his family’s honour and save his world from chaos....

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TBB Geeks Out Over Idris’ Role as Heimdall in the Upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

You might remember that Idris Elba’s Heimdall, the all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian sentry god of the Bifröst Bridge, was greeted with initial controversy, but has since won the affection of fans with his powerful and respectful big screen embodiment. Some might even have felt that he has been criminally sidelined in the first two Thor movies. Hopes were not high for a larger role in, Thor: The Dark World, as the god of thunder destroyed the Bridge at the end of Thor. That pessimism was justified as writers found a way to link Midgard (Earth) and Asgard in the absence of...

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70% #OutOf100 – Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2…

Some of us have read all the Harry Potter books (some repeatedly) or seen all the movies (some repeatedly), or both, or neither. Whichever category you find yourself in, you can’t have failed to notice a couple of things. The REAL fans always want more; The REAL fans crave re-immersion in the Harry Potter universe and will instantly devour any new detail as it becomes available. During the faithful reproduction of the 7 books (1997-2007) in the form of 8 films (2001-2011), there came a trio of supplements simply because they were mentioned in the books – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001), Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)...

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Neil Gaiman‬ Gives Thumbs Up to Ricky Whittle & American Gods @ Comic Con 2016

In a San Diego Comic-Con interview hosted by fab writer-director-actor ‎Kevin Smith for IMDB, author Neil Gaiman sat down with British actor Ricky Whittle and show creator Michael Green to wholeheartedly give his approval to the new series based on his best-selling book coming to screens in 2017 – American Gods! For those of you who are unaware of the genius of Gaiman, he is a wildly successful and prolific author, comic book creator, screenwriter (for film TV and animation), and voice actor. His novels are great fodder for film and TV – Stardust, Coraline, Neverwhere… His screenplays include...

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