August 6, 2013 |
There is a new Doctor nearly in town: The 55-year-old Scots actor Peter Capaldi, best known this side of the Atlantic for Armando Iannucci's BBC series "The Thick of It" (loosely the model for HBO's "Veep") and film spinoff "In the Loop," and, going back some, for Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero," has been named as the next star of "Doctor Who," succeeding current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. (If you aren't familiar with the franchise, every new Doctor is identical with the last; only the actors change.)
August 5, 2013 |
On Sunday night, when Scottish-born actor Peter Capaldi was revealed to be taking over the magic screwdriver to portray Doctor Who in the cultishly popular BBC sci-fi series of the same name, many American fans greeted the news with some confusion. Doctor who ? Replacing Matt Smith, the on-call Doctor since 2009, Capaldi arrives as the oldest actor to portray the Time Lord since William Hartnell first embodied Doctor Who on British TV in 1963. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Moviegoing audiences may have most recently caught Capaldi, 55, portraying a medical professional with a different relationship to the Hippocratic oath -- an actual doctor for the WHO -- a World Health Organization medic in the Brad Pitt zombie thriller “World War Z.” And American audiences will have further chance to acquaint themselves with the Scottsman's on-screen mien through his high profile supporting roles in such films as the Wikileaks biopic “The Fifth Estate” and the Angelina Jolie fairy tale fantasy “Maleficent.” But Capaldi -- who won a 1995 Academy Award for live action short for “Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life,” which he directed - - casts a long shadow in British film.
August 4, 2013 |
And the new Doctor is ... Peter Capaldi. The 55-year-old Scottish actor will assume the beloved "Doctor Who" role from Matt Smith. The much-anticipated announcement was made Sunday during a live presentation, "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" on BBC America and BBC One. A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made -- wreaking havoc on Twitter....
May 1, 2013 |
"Veep", HBO's comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a fictional U.S. vice president, has been awarded a third term -- er, season. Louis-Dreyfus last year won an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for her role in the series, now in its second season. The show co-stars Tony Hale , Anna Chlumsky and Kevin Dunn. On "Veep," Louis-Dreyfus plays Vice President Selina Meyer, a manic, self-absorbed leader who is all but shunned by the president. In addition to starring, the former "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" star is a producer on the series, which mixes physical and verbal comedy as well as political satire.
December 2, 2009 |
The Queen's English takes a drubbing in Armando Iannucci's "In the Loop," and her government workers don't fare much better. The film is a scathing political satire. It's also somewhat of an extension of "The Thick of It," Iannucci's BBC program that has aired six episodes and two specials over the last four years. A new season is running now. The film raises the stakes, and even crosses the pond, when a hapless government minister (Tom Hollander) makes an offhand on-air comment that suddenly fuels the case for backing a U.S. war in the Middle East.
July 24, 2009 |
Despite a pedigree like so many British prestige projects -- award-winning actors and writers, topical subject matter, BBC roots -- "In the Loop" is no precious show dog. It's a snarling, frothing little beastie straining at its leash. In fact, when someone in the film uses the word "purview," signature character Malcolm Tucker, the prime minister's communications chief, launches into one of his trademark expletive-laced tirades: "Where do you think you are, in some sort of regency . . .