Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tracey to Star in Howards End


Starz Boards ‘Howards End’ BBC Limited Series; Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen & Tracey Ullman To Star

EXCLUSIVE: Starz has teamed with BBC to co-produce the limited series Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation. Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s Show) have been tapped to star in the project, originally greenlighted by BBC One in December 2015. Hettie Macdonald (White Girl) will direct the four-part series that will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S. Howards End will film in and around London.

Howards End explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business and the working-class Basts. Playground is executive producing in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment.

Atwell will play Margaret Schlegel, Macfadyen will portray Henry Wilcox, and Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund.

“Starz continues our commitment to bring quality drama to the screen with Howards End, and we’re delighted to once again work in partnership with the BBC and Colin Callender on this literary period piece,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz.

Callendar also is producing The Missing and The White Queen franchise for Starz — both back for second installments. He executive produces Howards End with City Entertainment’s Joshua D. Maurer (Papillon) and Alixandre Witlin (The Last Tycoon) and KippSter Entertainment’s David A. Stern (The Last Tycoon) as well as with Playground’s Sophie Gardiner (Eureka Street) and Scott Huff (The Missing) and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger) is producing.

Said BBC executive producer Richer, “Kenneth Lonergan is one of our truly great contemporary voices, and his adaptation of this adored timeless classic will surprise and delight a whole new audience with its timely and relevant themes.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

'Operation Iron-Bru' Twitter lauds comedy sketch mocking Sturgeon’s independence dream

TWITTER users lauded a hilarious comedy sketch after comedians compared Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for Scottish independence to those of a “James Bond villain”.


Comedian Tracey Ullmann, who returns with a second series of Tracey Ullman’s Show on BBC One, mocked the SNP leader as she bids for “Scottish supremacy”.

In the fictional sketch, Ms Sturgeon can be seen arriving at a secret Bond villain-style lair beneath Edinburgh Castle, where she has kidnapped Harry Potter author J.K Rowling.

Ms Sturgeon, played by Ullmann, is supported by a fictional version of MP Mhairi Black, who is acting as her SNP leader’s security, while she interrogated the pro-Union author.

Rowling, whose face is covered by a tartan hood and arms are tied, is yelled at by the two Scottish politicians, as they demand she backs their bid for independence.

Tracey Ullman was lauded after mocking Nicola Sturgeon
"Tracey Ullman got Nicola Sturgeon off to a tee, you’ve got to laugh"
 Twitter user
Muttering anti-English jibes and waving a smartphone, Ms Sturgeon demands the author “get on Twitter and tell your seven billion followers that now you are not only a supporter of Scottish independence but Scottish supremacy, too”.

And in a moment that left viewers howling, she unveils her secret plans to the author, entitled: “Operation Iron-Bru”, after Scotland’s favourite carbonated drink.

Amused viewers took to Twitter to laud the comedian for her portrayal of the politician, claiming that she had “showed her up for what she is, a mentalist crackpot”.

One user wrote: “The Operation Iron-Bru sketch was hilarious.”

She also took aim at Angela Merkel

Another posted: “Tracey Ullman got Nicola Sturgeon off to a tee, you’ve got to laugh.”

Even Ms Sturgeon’s supporters were entertained, one said: “Absolutely loved the J.K Rowling and Nicola Sturgeon sketch. I’m a bid fan of both women but that sketch was still hilarious.”

Not content with targeting one politician with her comedy, Ullman also took aim at under fire German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In the equally as scathing sketch, she plays the German who is breaking under the pressure of her ratings slump in the run-up to the German election.

‘Ms Merkel’ after being comforted by her assistant breaks into song in a self-loathing song, mocking Brexit and her failed refugee acceptance policy.

“I thought they were my friends,” she sings. “I thought that we were cool. Now I’m like the stupid dummy that no-one likes at school.

“Behind my back, they’re laughing. Especially the Brits. They’re like, ‘Angela, whatever’, those two-bit Brexit s****.”

Twitter users were equally enthused, one wrote: “That Tracey Ullman Show sketch with Angela Merkel was absolute gold.”

Another said: “Tracey Ullman’s impression of Angela Merkel is spot on.”


Sunday, February 5, 2017