V Festival, the UK's Virgin Media-sponsored music festival, is being criticized this week for its all-male comedy lineup. The Independent reports that the festival's comedy stage will feature 26 comedians, all male. After a ton of complaints, the festival responded by saying they tried to book female comedians but that "no one was available." Last year, the event featured four female comedians; the number was zero once again in 2012. This is just one of many stories about sexism in comedy to come out of the UK so far this year, following standup Jenny Collier being bumped from a UK show because "they don't want too many [...]
Jack Black has acquired the rights to develop and produce a remake of he British film Wizard's Way, Variety reports. The comedy follows two friends who are completely obsessed with the fictional online fantasy roleplaying game Wizard’s Way, and it was written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams-Florou, and Chris Killen. The movie is about to have its US premiere this year at the Slamdance Film Festival. Jack Black will executive produce via his company Electric Dynamite.
Noted UK comedy writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are creating a new show. Chortle that Channel Four has ordered a six-part season of an untitled cop comedy-drama from the pair, who are best known for co-creating long-running series Peep Show. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) will direct the pilot, the first time he's done TV in two decades.
Jimmy Nesbitt, Brit Marling, Paterson Joseph, Jonny Sweet, Andrew Brooke, and Bertie Carvel star in the show, which follows Scotland Yard's police force, from the street cops to the upper reaches. In addition to creating Peep Show, Bain and Armstrong co-wrote Chris Morris's Four Lions, wrote [...]
HBO announced today that the network's adaptation of the acclaimed UK medical comedy Getting On will debut Sunday, November 24th at 10pm. The US version of the show follows the put-upon nurses and doctors of a Long Beach extended-care facility the show is set in the women’s extended-care facility as they care for the elderly and struggle with the healthcare system. Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez star, with Molly Shannon, Daniel Stern, Harry Dean Stanton, June Squibb and Irma P. Hall set to guest star.
Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer wrote the adaptation. The original series ran for three seasons on BBC Four [...]
Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge movie is coming to the US. Deadline reports that Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights to the film, entitled Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and they're aiming for an early 2014 US theatrical release following a premiere at the 2013 New York Film Festival. The film follows Coogan's beloved character Alan Partridge, who he's played since the early '90s across UK radio, TV, and web series, at the center of a hostage situation at his radio station. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was released in the UK earlier this month, opening at #1 and receiving mostly positive reviews.
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