Former Monty Python member and filmmaker Terry Gilliam went off about the current demands for diversity on screen in an interview at the the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Gilliam was asked about remarks made by the controller of BBC comedy Shane Allen who in May said about Monty Python, that audiences now demand diversity, and that the legendary comedy troupe could not happen today: “If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”
“I’m no longer a white man, I’m a black lesbian. But seriously, it’s really crazy. In the BBC, it is true that every little group of people on this planet must be represented in everything they broadcast. It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that; everybody represented… this is bullsh*t…I no longer want to be a white male. I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition. [His] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.
Starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal is the story of an illegal love affair that threatened the life of one man and the entire British establishment. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and written by Russell T Davies, this brand new three-part series is a darkly comic adaptation of true events.
You think this Stormy Daniels situation is bad? Based on the very scandalous “Thorpe affair” that captivated England in the 1970s, the newest BBC miniseries, A Very English Scandal, truly lives up to its name — Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a respected Parliament member and leader of the Liberal Party, had a affair with a young male model (Ben Whishaw) early in his career. Thorpe was apparently able to keep the affair at bay for over a decade, but when the model, Norman Scott, became getting a bit chatty when Thorpe’s political prominence began to rise, attempts on his life were made to keep him silenced for good. Who hired the hitman? Did the duo really have an affair? Aren’t they just so cute together?
Coming soon to BBC One and hopefully either Amazon, Hulu, or Netfix.
Pearl Mackie, who plays the newest companion, Bill, on the upcoming season of Doctor Who, was interviewed about her character and revealed that Bill will be the first openly lesbian companion in the show’s 54 year history.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st Century. It’s about time isn’t it?” Representation is important, especially on a mainstream show. Mackie said
“I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.”
“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character — it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with,” Mackie confirms.
While Bill may be the first openly gay character, she’s not the first one to represent the LGBT community in Doctor Who. Jack Harkness, portrayed by John Barrowman, was the show’s very first openly queer character but his sexuality was never explicitly clear and we were also introduced to Vastra and Jenny, an interspecies lesbian couple who lived in Victorian London. Those were all recurring characters, though, so Bill will be the series’ first openly gay series regular
Bill and the Doctor return to small screens on April 15 in “A Star in Her Eye,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Lawrence Gough.
London Road,is an adaptation of the award-winning National Theatre production about the arrest of Steve Wright, an Ipswich man who was convicted of murdering five sex workers in 2008. Rufus Norris’s film uses the dialogue from the real townsfolk who were interviewed by author Alecky Blythe as they came to terms with the fact that a serial killer had been living in their community. The movie is written in verbatim style, meaning the spoken text is reproduced by the performers exactly as recorded in interviews, in this case conducted by Blythe with the residents of London Road and some of the women who worked as prostitutes there, as well as members of the media who gathered in the area to report the news. The lyrics in the musical segments are similarly derived from the interviews as recorded, with the meter, pitch and rhythm of the music following the patterns of the original recorded speech as closely as possible.
Produced by the National Theatre, BBC Films and Cuba Pictures, the movie features Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman in roles of Mark, a taxi driver and Julie, the organizer of Ipswich´s Neighborhood Watch.
Australia’s Daily Telegraph is confirming that Olympic legend and gold medalist Ian Thorpe in an interview this week with Michael Parkinson that after years of denying that, that he is in fact gay.
The 31-year-old retired athlete’s interview will also reportedly confront Thorpe’s battle with depression, a condition he has long believed was brought on by the media’s incessant speculation about his perceived sexuality.
In his 2012 autobiography, Thorpe wrote: “That’s the only part I find hurtful, that this is something I would be embarrassed about and that I would hide.”
“Ian Thorpe has always been near the top of my list to interview,” said Parkinson. “His fight against depression offers a unique insight into the darker side of celebrity and success.”
In the first 25-second preview clip released by Channel 10, Parkinson is seen asking the million-dollar question bluntly: “You’ve always said that you’re not gay…is all of that true?”
Andrew Scott, who plays Sherlock Cumberbatch’s evil arch-nemesis Moriarty on the hit BBC series Sherlock, has come out as “a gay person” in an interview with The Independent.
Oddly enough, the recent spate of antigay attitudes in Russia spurred on the low-key coming out in the interview. Though the interview covers his career and how Sherlock has changed it,
““Mercifully, these days people don’t see being gay as a character flaw,” he says. “But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It’s just a fact.”
Scott who won Best Supporting Actor in a British Drama last year at the BAFTA Awards , also talked about his upcoming BBC drama called Legacy which required him to do a Russian accent. To prepare, he studied videos of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that stopped when Putin introduced antigay legislation. As Scott tells it, “being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead.”
Now we’ll just sit back and wait for Benedict Cumberbatch to break down the closet door. Till then we are more thna thrilled to hear that Andrew Scott has come out. Who doesn’t love a bad boy.
While the announcement of the new and unprecedented 12th. regeneration of Dr. Who isn’t planned until tomorrow night on the BBC. Bookmakers in both the United Kingdom and in Vegas have stopped taking bets after a rush of wagers on Peter Capaldi, best known for his role as the foul-mouthed, tyrannical spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the political satire The Thick of It.
When betting closed on Friday, Capaldi’s odds at William Hill stood at 5/6. A spokesman for for the firm said: “We have seen people today trying to back Peter Capaldi as much as possible at every price available, and after a small gamble on Daniel Rigby overnight, it seems that Capaldi is in line to move into the Tardis.”
Steven Moffat, had previously said that he had not ruled out an older Doctor.
Sources close to the show said only 10 people knew the name of the new Doctor, which will be unveiled in a one-off live show at 7pm tomorrow, to be hosted by Zoe Ball.
The chosen actor will be interviewed in front of a live studio audience and a few Daleks, with previous Doctor Who stars also present.
After picking up the sonic screwdriver 4 years ago from David Tennant and making fezs cool again, Matt Smith will be leaving Dr. Who sometime around Christmas 2013 when the Doctor will regenerate for the unheard of 12th time.
With filming on the 50th anniversary episode, airing in November, beginning next month sources say bosses already have an idea of who they want to replace him.
Matt refused to commit to a Doctor Who future beyond Christmas when interviewed on Jonathan Ross’s show last week.
He said: “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds.” An insider said: “Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas.”
Last night, the BBC said in a statement: “Sorry folks but even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas. It’s not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.
My choice for the 12th. Doctor.
I think its about time that the Doctor got his (and my) ginger regeneration wish: Jason Fleming