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Benedict Cumberbatch Will Fight Nazis With Magic in The War Magician

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently shooting Doctor Strange, but he just landed the lead role in a World War II drama called The War Magician. The project has been in development since 2003, and it looks like it’s finally going to get made. In the film, Cumberbatch will fight the Nazis with illusions and magic.

The film is based on a fact-based novel by David Fisher, and the script for the film itself is being adapted by Gary Whita, who recently wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This film could be incredible, and with Cumberbatch on board, there’s no doubt we’ll get a great performance. Variety offers the following details on the story:

Cumberbatch will play the titular British hero Jasper Maskelyne, the magician whose illusions helped the allied forces fight against the Nazis during World War II. Maskelyne put together a “dirty dozen” of accomplices known as “The Magic Gang,
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21 Doctor Who stories better than their reputation suggests

From the Macra to The Mysterious Planet, Andrew finds the gold in oft-unloved Doctor Who episodes from across the decades...

For the show's fiftieth anniversary, Doctor Who Magazine ran a new poll ranking the 241 stories up to and including The Time Of The Doctor. The Twin Dilemma came last again, having done so in 2009 survey, and though it does have many faults, it isn't completely bad. Colin Baker blazes his way haughtily through it, and the story noticeably lacks energy when he's off screen. Perhaps it might have been marginally better just to have had the Sixth Doctor and Peri go to a Little Chef so he could complain about the service.

In the lower half of the poll (compiled by people rating all the stories out of ten) are some pretty good stories, or at least ones that arguably don't deserve to be there. We've therefore compiled a list
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Jim Mickle on Cold in July and the Challenges in Film Financing

Director Jim Mickle is beginning to form a reputation for himself, in constantly producing unique, creative productions, that can’t be confined to any one genre. Following on from We Are What Are, his latest, Cold in July, also epitomises this fact – though sadly such ingenuity can make his films somewhat difficult to sell to financiers.

“The fact it wasn’t a horror film made it tough,” he explained. “You can bend the rules a little more easily in horror and fans are more accepting, and financiers are a little more accepting. This is a little tougher because it had a foot in the horror genre, but also had a foot in so many other spots that people didn’t want to wholesale finance the thing because of that. There were so many years being so frustrated about this.”

Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale’s eponymous novel,
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Michael C Hall: 'I was always playing some fastidious control freak'

Michael C Hall found fame in Six Feet Under, then spent eight years as serial killer Dexter. And he's not ready to put the corpses behind him yet. He tells Jonathan Romney about his return to the stage, Hodgkin's lymphoma and how to divorce your wife while you're filming together

You'd think that Michael C Hall would have had enough of death. He spent five years at the embalming table as sober, self-doubting undertaker David Fisher in the HBO TV series Six Feet Under, then eight as the anti-hero of Dexter, a forensics expert with a secret life as a serial killer. The 43-year-old North Carolina-born actor has become American TV's poster boy for death usually violent; with those series over, you'd think this would be a good time to try some nice decorous costume drama. But no: in the first 20 minutes of his new thriller Cold in July, there he is,
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Michael C. Hall and the Lone Star Noir

Michael C. Hall and the Lone Star Noir
Michael C. Hall is totally, absolutely, 100% responsible for the mullet.

It started on the set of Dexter, the popular Showtime series for which Hall's portrayal of the eponymous, morally avenging serial killer netted him a Golden Globe award and five Emmy nominations over eight seasons. Impressed by the fake beard he wore for series' finale, Hall asked the makeup artist if a different kind of extension could be prepared for his next project: Jim Mickle's Cold In July, an adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's pulp-gothic thriller set in East Texas.
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Tweeterhead and Sideshow Collectibles Expose Upcoming Elvira Maquette!

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Tweeterhead and Sideshow Collectibles Expose Upcoming Elvira Maquette!
It’s been just about 30 years since Cassandra Peterson first titillated the horror world as Elvira, a character that has been a pop culture staple since her debut in the 1980s. Spawning two of her very own movies and playing host to countless others, the Mistress of the Dark is without question one of the most iconic and beloved characters in horror history, her ample bosom and beehive hairdo as integral a part of the Halloween season as Count Chocula, caramel apples and black cats. Three decades later, Peterson looks as beautiful today as she ever has, and the character is still being kept alive both by Cassandra and her legions of fans, who simply can’t get enough of the fun, snarky and ultra-sexy appeal that she brings to the world of blood and guts. Elvira’s the kind of character that all her female fans want to be
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And The BAFTA Goes To Argo – Ben Affleck Movie Takes Best Film, Editing, Director; Les MISÉRABLES Wins Four

On Sunday the Ee British Academy Film Awards were held at London’s Royal Opera House and hosted by the always delightful Stephen Fry. The show was televised here in the States on BBC America. In a continuation of what Awards watchers have witnessed over the past weeks, Argo was named Best Film, Ben Affleck won the Director BAFTA and the film also took the Editing award.

Les Misérables did win four BAFTAs for Production Design, Sound, Make Up & Hair and Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway.

Amour won the award for Film Not in the English Language and Emmanuelle Riva won Leading Actress. Leading Actor was awarded to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. Christoph Waltz won Supporting Actor for his performance in Django Unchained and the film’s writer/director Quentin Tarantino won the Original Screenplay BAFTA.

Outstanding British Film and Original Music were awarded to Skyfall. Life of Pi won
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Watch: When Adam Scott & Michael C. Hall Kissed ...

Watch: When Adam Scott & Michael C. Hall Kissed ...
Once upon a time, before Adam Scott was an actor-turned-caterer in "Party Down" or one half of TV's sweetest couple on "Parks and Rec," he was a serial TV guest star and recurred on "Six Feet Under" in 2002.

But it wasn't just any role. Scott played Ben Cooper, a love interest for Michael C. Hall's "Six Feet Under" character, David Fisher. Yep, Dexter Morgan and Ben Wyatt got it on.

Scott's other early TV work included "Veronica Mars," "Boy Meets World" and "Party of Five." Watch some of his "Six Feet Under" scenes below.
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"The Following" 1.02 Recap: "You're Not Gay Anymore"

"I've been planning this for a long time."

Thus begins the creeptacular second episode of The Following, Kevin Williamson's action-packed, blood soaked cautionary meditation on the Internet, romantic literature, and the dangers of buying meat from street carts.

Jordy the crooked prison guard has no trouble convincing a sorority girl to let him into her house in the middle of the night, and before you can say "Lost in Your Eyes", she (along with several of her sleeping pals) has lost hers. I hope none of them was Sober Sister! Just another night at Bad Judgment University...

Meanwhile, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the Assorted Hunky Feds learn that Claire's apple-cheeked nanny Denise (Valorie Curry) is actually named Emma. Gasp! What's more, they have prison security footage of Emma and the gay neighbors Will and Billy (possibly the worst-named gay couple in television history, but more on that in
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Michael C. Hall Plots His Post-Dexter Return To TV

By Melissa Smith

We’re approaching the impending (maybe possible) series finale of Dexter with a mix of excitement and dread. Sure, we can’t wait to see how things will wrap up, but we also know we’ll soon have to go on with life without our favorite characters and actors. Like with most series endings, there will be some sort of twisted mourning period we all must go through.

If you’re like us, you’re already worrying about missing Michael C. Hall after season eight airs this summer. And if you feel an extra twinge of panic at the thought, it might be because Michael has been a major part of groundbreaking television for well over a decade, first portraying funeral director David Fisher in Six Feet Under before moving on to the serial killer we can’t help but love in Dexter. In fact, there hasn
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Adele Welcomes a Son

Adele Welcomes a Son
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Adele is officially rolling in the diapers!

The British singing sensation, 24, is now Mum to a baby boy, a family source confirms to People.

“We are all over the moon,” the source says of the new addition, born Friday, Oct. 19.

In June, Adele posted a message on her web site announcing that she was expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki.

“Obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time,” she wrote.

Even as the Grammy winner thrilled fans with the recent release of new material,
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Ick. 10 TV Shows That Maybe Went Too Far

Last week’s True Blood served up a host of shocking moments, including a cop shooting his friend and lady-love in the head, a gruesome beheading, and a very pregnant woman violently stabbing the father of her child to death in a demonic ritual. But the episode’s climactic scene – where a band of drugged-up vampires crashed a Bourbon Street karaoke bar and devoured the wedding party enjoying a round of “You Light Up My Life” inside – is the scene that has many viewers talking. And some of those viewers are talking about calling it quits on the series.

Throughout television history, many shows have lived and died based on their ability to balance shock with reassurance: play it too safe, and the show is dull and lifeless; push too far into squirm-inducing territory, and you risk alienating your audience. It's a tightrope walk that has claimed its fair share
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Adele Expecting First Child

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Chasing babies and rolling in diapers? That’s the plan for Adele!

“I’m delighted to announce that Simon [Konecki] and I are expecting our first child together,” the Grammy winner, 24, writes in a post on her website titled, “I’ve Got Some News.”

“I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx”

The singer/songwriter was first photographed with 38-year-old Konecki — who is divorced with a daughter — in January. In February, he accompanied her to the Grammys,
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Win Dexter: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD

The Bay Harbor Butcher is back and more deadly than even when Dexter: The Complete Sixth Season arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on June 18th, and to celebrate the release we have two copies of the box set to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Paramount Home Entertainment.

Read on for a synopsis, and details how to enter this fantastic giveaway...

Starring Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, and guest starring Colin Hanks (Mad Men, Orange County) and rapper Mos Def, the sixth season sees everyone’s favourite serial killer return with a new lease of life… and death.

Dexter’s Dark Passenger is still alive and well as he manages to stay in the shadows, do his job and be a single father. With Trinity in his rearview mirror, life becomes a bit more complicated for Dexter as his sister Deb explores new relationship boundaries,
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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Dexter's Michael C. Hall Talks About The Trouble With Bliss

Michael C. Hall, already a well known face after playing David Fisher, the gay funeral director on the legendary HBO cable program Six Feet Under, and now currently hovering around bona fide cultural icon status due to his turn  as Dexter Morgan, the serial killer who kills other serial killers, on Showtime's hit series Dexter, switches gears in his new film, The Trouble With Bliss, from newcomer director Mike Knowles.Mr. Hall was kind enough to take time out of an early morning rehearsal schedule, on a Saturday no less, to talk to Twitch about the frumpy, troubled character he plays in this new ode to being middle aged, and directionless, in the Big Apple.Twitch - What was your approach to playing the character of...
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Paramount Conjuring Up "The War Magician"

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Development continues on Lonetree Entertainment's "The War Magician", an adaptation of author David Fisher's best-selling novel on the life of British magician Jasper Maskelyne, currently set up at Paramount with Tom Cruise attached to star :

"...'Jasper Maskelyne' was a world famous magician and illusionist in the 1930's. When war broke out, he volunteered his services to the British Army and was sent to Eygpt where the desert war had just begun. He used his skills to save the vital port of Alexandria from German bombers.

"Working for military intelligence, Maskelyne put on a stage show inside the Royal Palace in Cairo in order to locate an enemy spy's radio transmitter. On Malta he developed 'the world's first portable holes'.

"Maskelyne's war culminated in the brilliant deception plan that won the Battle of El Alamein: the creation of an entire dummy army in the middle of the desert..."

Click the images to enlarge.
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World War Z Director Marc Forster To Take on The War Magician

Now that director Marc Forster has wrapped production on the big screen adaptation of the epic zombie novel World War Z, he's ready to jump on board his next directing adventure. He's looking to adapt a World War II novel called The War Magician, which is based on a true story that's pretty damn incredible. 

The book was written by David Fisher and it tells the story of "British magician Jasper Maskelyne, who adapted the core principles of stage magic to warfare in ways that defied the imagination: Among his achievements, Maskelyne hid the port of Alexandria Harbor, made the Suez Canal disappear and tricked Germany's Gen. Erwin Rommel with a phantom army that didn't exist, a ruse that ultimately led to Rommel's defeat and became a turning point of WWII. Many of Maskelyne's inventions are still being utilized in warfare."

Doesn't that sound like it will make for a hell of a great movie!
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From ‘World War Z’ to World War II: Marc Forster Will Helm ‘The Magician’

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Machine Gun Preacher in 2011. World War Z in 2012. The Magician in 2013? That Marc Forster is a speedy worker.

As Variety informs us, the Oscar baiter has signed to direct The Magician, a Lonetree Entertainment-produced adaptation of David Fisher‘s World War II novel. But it’s an unusual World War II tale, since The Magician eschews battlefield combat to focus on real-life British magician Jasper Maskelyne, who “adapted the core principles of stage magic to warfare in ways that defied the imagination.” His best-known feat is probably the construction of inflatable, fake tanks, which were used as a means of intimidating and scaring off advancing German forces. (At least, that’s the one most people seem to have some knowledge of.)

What’s, in my opinion, his most amazing act can be read about below (via Wikipedia):

“His largest illusion was to conceal Alexandria and the Suez Canal to misdirect German bombers.
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Marc Forster to Direct The War Magician

Some directors really love war stories. And Marc Forster is definitely one of them, because we’ve just learned that he will direct the adaptation of David Fisher’s non-fiction novel The War Magician. In case the whole thing sounds familiar to you, I will just remind you that at one moment even Tom Cruise was interested [...]

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