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10 Things to Know This Week January 20-26

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This week’s On the Beat is packed tighter than a can of ham, so let’s dive right in. 1. WHAT TO WATCH IF YOU CAN’T RESIST A MYSTERY A huge hit in France, where it aired last year as Les Ombres Rouges, this French crime miniseries has an instantly intriguing premise. Twenty-five years after a five-year-old […]

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Imelda Staunton and Rafe Spall to Star in Apple’s First British Original Series ‘Trying’

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It’s official: Imelda Staunton and Rafe Spall are teaming up for a new streaming comedy series. The two actors will co-star opposite Esther Smith (Cuckoo, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) in Trying, the first British original series from Apple TV+. According to Deadline, the half-hour scripted comedy series has been rumored for several months […]

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Casting News: Keira Knightley to Star in Holiday Movie About How Brits Celebrate Christmas

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Christmas may only be a few weeks behind us, but for Keira Knightley, it could be coming around again much sooner. The actress is attached to star in a currently untitled movie about how Brits celebrate Christmas, Deadline reports. Young British actor Roman Griffin Davis, who recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance […]

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Sandi Toksvig Stands Down as ‘The Great British Baking Show’ Co-Host

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Today brings sad news for fans of The Great British Baking Show – co-host Sandi Toksvig has decided to step down. Toksvig joined the show, known in the U.K. as The Great British Bake Off, in 2017 when it moved networks from the BBC to Channel 4. She’s fronted the three most recent seasons alongside […]

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Tilda Swinton to Receive the British Film Institute’s Highest Honor

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Tilda Swinton has been named as the 2020 recipient of the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship. She follows in the footsteps of Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, and The Crown creator Peter Morgan in receiving the prestigious accolade. The BFI said in a media release that the honor celebrates her “daringly […]

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Hans Zimmer and Billie Eilish to Provide Music for New Bond Movie ‘No Time to Die’


Music has always been an integral part of the Bond movies, and fans will surely be pleased to hear that the great Hans Zimmer has been hired to score this year’s No Time to Die, with Billie Eilish to write and perform the lyrics. The Oscar-winning German composer follows in the footsteps of Thomas Newman, […]

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh Score Oscar Nominations as ‘Joker’ Leads the Pack Again

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After leading the pack in last week’s BAFTA Film Awards nominations, Joker has also emerged as top contender for the Academy Awards. Director Todd Phillips‘ pitch-black comic book adaptation has racked up 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. Its super-impressive haul puts it one nomination ahead of […]

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10 Things to Know This Week January 13-19

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This week’s On the Beat is a truly global affair featuring music, movies, TV, podcasts, and books from all over the world. But don’t worry – you don’t need a passport to enjoy it. So without further ado, let’s dive right in. 1. WHAT TO WATCH IF YOU LOVE A BEAUTIFULLY MADE NATURE DOC This seven-part […]

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Casting News: Nicholas Hoult Joins Tom Cruise in New ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movie

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His X-Men days may be over, but Nicholas Hoult has signed up for another high-profile movie franchise: Mission: Impossible. The British actor confirmed his casting in the new Mission: Impossible movie on Instagram by responding to a post by writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. After McQuarrie posted on Instagram, “Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?,” […]

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WATCH: Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Trailer for Romantic Drama ‘Ordinary Love’

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No, you have something in your eye – a new trailer for romantic tearjerker Ordinary Love gives us a glimpse of the loving relationship between Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville‘s characters. They star as long-married couple Tom and Joan, who according to the film’s synopsis, share “their set habits, cozy bickering, and [the] assumption of […]

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