August 2010

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Sir Derek Jacobi's King Lear to go live at 300 world cinemas


Sir Derek Jacobi's King Lear to go live at 300 world cinemas Donmar Warehouse overcomes limits of 250-seat capacity to stage Shakespeare's tragedy for live broadcast. Rehearsals start in October 2010.

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Showtime CEO Talks About The Borgias


The Television Critics Association is on a summer press tour and recently talked to Matt Blank, Chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks. Blank discussed the network's current and future original programming. Dexter, Weeds and Nurse Jackie are the hour-long darlings for Showtime right now, but get ready to add The Borgias to that list!

Blank says:

I think it was five years ago in May, I went over to Dublin the weekend we were beginning production on The Tudors. And I think, from talking to a number of our program executives who are here today who were in Budapest last week as we began production on The Borgias, there’s that same feeling of anticipation and that this is something that will be really special and help to brand our network further in this category.

How exciting!


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Neil Jordan Working On Two Films


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The Borgias creator Neil Jordan has a lot on on his plate right now. As soon as he's through with his season one duties, he will begin working on two films.

One is a screen adaptation of the novel Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. It is a comedy set in Dublin. His other film, which starts shooting later in the year, is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book!

Have you read either book?


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Jeremy Irons Narrates Film about the Life of a Plastic Bag


Jeremy Irons has loaned his vocal talents for a good cause. The Majestic Plastic Bag is a mockumentary about one plastic bag's journey from a grocery store parking lot to the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Heal the Bay, the organization that created the short film has more info:

Filmed in the style of a nature documentary and narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary", though lighthearted in tone, hammers home the stark reality of California’s plastic bag pollution situation. View on YouTube and share to help get AB 1998 approved by the Senate!



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