News: ‘Veep’ Creator’s Surprising Departure, an Advance Screening of ‘Mr. Holmes,’ and More

If you’re wondering what on Earth happened to my blog, rest assured that I will return to the full swing of things by the end of next week. I’m working on my debut interview project on film with a planned release date of April 15th.

Anyway, let’s touch on a couple news stories that are circulating today. Firstly, there is the surprise announcement that Armando Iannucci will be leaving “Veep” after 4 seasons, as reported in an exclusive release by The Hollywood Reporter. The creator of the HBO series is returning to the U.K. where his family still lives. David Mandel has been put forward as Iannucci’s replacement.

While “Veep” fans may be shocked, if anyone pays attention to the U.K. press, the development is perhaps not so astonishing. It’s potentially an occasion for “Doctor Who” fans to celebrate. Nearly 3 weeks ago, The Guardian reported that Iannucci wants to write an episode of “Doctor Who” for Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor. Such a venture would likely bode well for the BBC series because it’s a reunion of the creative masters that brought us both “The Thick of It” and “In the Loop.”

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Is “Doctor Who” getting the “Malcolm Tucker Experience” anytime soon? (Personal Photo)

Will the Doctor channel more of Malcolm Tucker, spin doctor and “dark lord of 10 Downing Street,” if Iannucci gets his chance to pen an installment? In the eighth season premiere, the Doctor knew he’d seen a face similar to his regeneration; is it an opportunity for Steven Moffat and others revisit the question with Armando Iannucci? Fans of those shows might relish it, but these aren’t angles that need particular embellishment, as both Malcolm and the Doctor are imposing enough figures on their own terms.

Lest I delve too much into the realm of speculation, let’s move on to the second piece of interesting news: Sir Ian McKellen has been cast as Cogsworth in the live-action film, “Beauty and the Beast.” Again, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the details for a film that already boasts a star-studded cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and more. Now in his 75th year, McKellen displays no signs of slowing down. If you’re in the San Francisco area, you’ll want to book tickets to the advance screening of “Mr. Holmes” later this month. McKellen plays a 90 year-old version of the famous detective, based on Mitch Cullin’s novel, “A Slight Trick of the Mind.” He comes off as a very aged but still impressive Holmes in the promotional tweet below:

The news about both Iannucci and McKellen could make for some very riveting releases in the near future. Stay tuned for updates and more discussions!

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