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Take a deep breath — Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are rumored to be in talks to star together in The Current War, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gyllenhaal is said to be portraying George Westinghouse, while Cumberbatch would take on the role of Thomas Edison.  The film is a Harvey Weinstein project.

Cumberbatch should feel at home in the role, considering his turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.  We’ll see if the talks turn into actual contracts.

#BenedictCumberbatch #JakeGyllenhaal

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John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight on HBO, gave a disabled Syrian refugee girl named Noujain Mustaffa a gift with a little help from some cast members of NBC’s Days Of Our Lives.

To do it, he even brought the character E.J. DiMera back from the dead, which as we know is almost never done with soap opera characters.  Ahem.

Anyway, E.J. portrayer James Scott, who left the soap earlier this year, and Alison Sweeney, who played his wife/widow Sami, created a video just for Noujain, who is a huge fan of Days Of Our Lives.  I’m not sure how she used to watch it — maybe on the NBC Days website where they load up full episodes — but this is apparently how she learned English.

We first meet Noujain in the video below starting at about 3:47 in.  There are two parts to the DOOL story, at 13:05 and 15:45.  But watch the whole thing, Oliver manages to make a very serious subject pretty funny.

I’m a long-time DOOL fan who returned to watching the show a few weeks ago after being gone for a few years, so I’m still catching up.  One thing I’ve learned already though, is that John Oliver is right, Abigail Deveraux is kind of a trollop!  But hey, it’s no secret that DOOL has the best looking men in daytime, so who can blame her?  I’m team Chabby all the way.

#Days #Chabby

Video via the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel

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Emmy Winners

The 67th Emmys were last night, and although I didn’t watch it I can give you some highlights.

Diversity got a shot in the arm – or two – when Viola Davis became the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How To Get Away With Murder.  Jeffrey Tambor took the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award for his portrayal of a transgender woman in Transparent.

Jon Hamm walked away with his first Emmy, after seven nominations, for the now-cancelled Mad Men.  But it was Veep and Game of Thrones that were again big winners.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the comedy Lead Actress award and the show won Outstanding Comedy Series.  GoT took the Outstanding Drama award, while Peter Dinklage won for Supporting Actor.

While Tatiana Maslany didn’t win for Orphan Black, she was at least nominated this year after being previously overlooked.

The complete list of nominees and winners is here on the official Emmy website.  Congratulations to all!

#EmmyAwards

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The Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is going to be made into a movie.  It will be set in England, which, if you’ve seen the final episode of S3, makes more sense… but it does lead me to wonder if some of the supporting characters will not be showing up in the film.  That would make me very sad – Aunt P, Bert, Cec, Dot, Hugh and Mr. Butler are a large part of what makes this series so great.  I’m hoping Nathan Page will be on board as Inspector Jack Robinson, or I may just have to start a petition.

phryneSeries 1-3 are out on Netflix and DVD.  The third series may also show up on PBS.  In the UK, S3 will be shown on the Alibi channel beginning Wednesday, October 28th at 9 p.m.

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries is from Every Cloud Productions and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).  It is based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood.

If you’re wondering about a series 4, no word yet, but since this show has suddenly become popular worldwide, ABC is saying they’re definitely interested in another series.  The movie may put a crimp in those plans, though, so I’ll keep an eye on the news to see if we’ll get more television episodes.

Star Essie Davis is becoming busy.  She is now based in the UK, which is another reason why the movie will be filmed there.  If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, she has snagged a short-term part as an actress in a theater troupe.  She will be playing none other than Cersei Lannister, as part of a play about the drama in Westeros.

#MissFisher #EssieDavis

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Rachel McAdams has been cast in Doctor Strange against Benedict Cumberbatch.  No word on what character she will be playing, though.  McAdams played Irene Adler in the Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes films.  Speaking of which, a third Holmes film is rumored to be happening, but nothing concrete yet.

If you like murder mystery series, you have to be watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  This is from Australia, and is set in the 1920’s.  Check them out on DVD or on Netflix, where series 3 just landed.  Miss Fisher, Inspector Robinson, Dot and Hugh are all back together.  Excuse me while I settle in for some binge-watching.

#Doctor Strange #MissFisherMurderMysteries

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Brit Tom Hiddleston may not have been the most obvious choice to play country music legend Hank Williams, but I’d say he does a pretty good job if this clip is anything to go by.

(Via Movieclips Coming Soon on YouTube)

The biopic of Williams, titled I Saw The Light, after one of Williams’ most famous hits, will premiere in the U.S. on November 27th.  It co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Bradley Whitford.

Hiddleston announced the clip on his Twitter feed @twhiddleston.  He does his own singing and guitar playing in the film.

#ISawTheLight #TomHiddleston

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The BBC looks to be making some big changes.  According to The Telegraph, BBC Four could be eliminated to beef up the budgets for new dramas.  BBC Three will apparently be going online only.

Sherlock has, of course, been very successful, and the Aidan Turner series Poldark has gone through the roof, especially in the U.K.  Downton Abbey had its day also (its sixth and final season will be out soon).  The BBC is wanting to focus its budget on developing more of these kinds of dramas, and they’re not cheap to make.

Cuts by the government is a big chunk of what’s leading to the restructuring.  Another big issue is that the BBC is competing, as is every network in the U.S., with series being developed and released all at once onto online outlets like Netflix.  The article mentions that one thing the Beeb is considering is doing the same with iPlayer to allow for binge watching.

I’ve never understood why the BBC doesn’t give subscriptions to folks who want to see their programming at the same time it’s released in the U.K.  I get that they don’t want to give overseas viewers content for free that their taxpayers are paying for, but I’m sure there would be a lot of folks who would pay a small monthly fee.  Sign me up.

#Sherlock #Poldark #AidanTurner

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