Including a Rob Lowe-fronted British TV show, the anticipated release of an all-important third album and a film destined to become the resident go-to Shakespeare adaptationMore
Every decade needs a moody Shakespeare adaptation and, in Australian director Justin Kurzel's blood-soaked new version of the beloved Scottish play, we finally have one. Everybody knows the story (for the one or two who don't: a general named Macbeth is consumed by ambition when a trio of witches prophesise he'll one day become the King of Scotland) and the two actors to take on the coveted lead roles are Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, whose Lady Macbeth is a character embedded at the top of pretty much every actress' wishlist.
While Kurzel – whose only previous feature-length credit is the brutal serial killer drama Snowtown – has commendably delivered a film full of breathtakingly striking imagery, destined to become the go-to Bard adaptation for all GSCE teachers, this remains Fassbender's film: with Macbeth closely followed by Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, it's a safe bet his name is one that'll be bandied around plenty throughout the approaching awards season. All hail the Fass.
Macbeth is released on 2 October.
It's taken time but the stateside success of British television shows are finally on the rise (see: Luther, Broadchurch and this year's Humans) – a trend which new Sky 1 series You, Me and the Apocalypse seems likely to continue. A ten-episode series following an eclectic group of individuals forced to survive together as a comet nears earth, the comedy-drama has already acquired a US channel in NBC and merges a cast of British recognisables (Pauline Quirke, Paterson Joseph) with familiar faces from across the pond (Rob Lowe, Nick Offerman, Will & Grace's Megan Mullally). Our lead however is Matthew Baynton, the guy who impressed in BBC comedy The Wrong Mans (he's the one who wasn't James Corden). Produced by Working Title, the production company behind such hit films as The Big Lebowski, Rush and every Richard Curtis film going, it's fair to say this is one small series that has the ability to go far. And let's be honest – where else would you get to see Rob Lowe sharing screen time with Pauline Quirke?
You, Me and the Apocalypse will air from 30 September on Sky 1