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How to Solve an Agatha Christie Murder-Mystery Without Reading to the End

25 August 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Agatha Christie's mystery novels are famous for their surprising twists, but even Christie's plots are no match for math. In honor of Christie's 125th birthday, a team of mathematicians in the U.K. have developed a formula that can easily calculate the killer in Christie classics like Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. The research analyzed 27 of the 83 novels published during her lifetime; the resulting formula takes factors like the killer's gender, method, relationship to the victim, and mode of transport into account. Apparently Christie used different language depending on the gender of the killer: She casts female culprits in a negative light but writes about male culprits in a neutral or positive way. Sadly for you budding detective types, the formula is so dizzingly complicated that it's probably safest to stick with Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot when crime-solving. »

- Claire Landsbaum

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Ryan Murphy Reveals Killer Secrets of ‘Scream Queens’

24 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Next month, executive producer Ryan Murphy will unveil Fox’s “Scream Queens,” the first of three series he’s currently working on — along with FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”

The comedy/horror series — which includes a star-studded cast headlined by Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts — follows a group of sorority sisters plagued by a devil-suited killer who’s picking off a victim, week by week.

Here, he tells Variety about building the cast, unmasking the killer — and who’ll be back next season.

Talk about casting Jamie Lee Curtis. Was it really Jamie or nothing?

It really was. I made that clear to (Fox CEOs) Dana (Walden) and Gary (Newman)… When she came in to meet, in typical Jamie Lee Curtis fashion, she brought photography books. She’s the queen of the book. She’s always sending everybody books as presents. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Emmy Predictions: Can A Cannes Cast-Off About Princess Grace Reign As Top TV Movie?

18 August 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Once a staple with numerous and memorable Emmy-winning movies to tout, such as That Certain Summer, The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman and other landmark films, the Outstanding Television Movie category — which now stands on its own apart from Mini/Limited Series —seems awfully hard to fill. I mean, has anyone actually heard of Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case? Or even the network it ran on, Acorn TV? If it weren't for HBO, this would be a very… »

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These are the 7 TV shows you cannot miss this week

15 August 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Digital Spy recommends the very best in television - these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from steamy period drama with The Scandalous Lady W to the return of hit Us series The Americans.

Monday - The Scandalous Lady W, BBC Two at 9pm

Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer stars as Seymour, Lady Worsley in this drama based on her 'scandalous' life.

The notorious 18th-century noblewoman dared to leave her husband (Endeavour's Shaun Evans) and elope with his best friend, Captain George Bisset (Cilla's Aneurin Barnard).

But when the powerful Sir Richard Worsley seeks compensation from her lover in a very public trial, she decides to expose the truth about her marriage and the affair.

Tuesday - Aquarius, Sky Atlantic at 9pm

The latest instalment of the 1960s crime thriller starring David Duchovny.

Mike Vickery, Sam's chief informant, has been accused of murder, so Sam »

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15 of the most ridiculous Doctor Who rumours (that never came true)

13 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Doctor Who returns to our screens in a little over a month - and you can read our 100% accurate guide to the new series right here.

But while it's always useful to have the facts, it's also great fun to indulge in some wild speculation - and Doctor Who has generated plenty of that over the years.

These are 15 of the most ridiculous rumours about the BBC's sci-fi smash that never came true - from Hollywood stars taking over the Tardis to an untimely exit for Peter Capaldi.

Warning: Contains perilously high levels of nonsense.

1. Jason Statham was in line to replace David Tennant

Reports emerged in early 2007 that professional tough guy Jason Statham was the BBC's top pick to play the 11th incarnation of our Time Lord, in what was pitched as Doctor Who "meets gangland".

"Doctor Who is still seen as a bit geeky but Jason will add »

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Cosmos’

13 August 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While strolling through the woods, a self-questioning law student chances upon a sparrow dangling by a string and, obsessed with its significance, begins an inquiry into the interrelatedness of things. Adapted by Polish nonconformist Andrzej Zulawski from Witold Grombowicz’s at times dauntingly surreal novel, “Cosmos” teases with the possibility that its many droll, enigmatic details — which range from slugs on the breakfast tray to a pair of characters played by the same actress, one with a grotesquely disfigured harelip, the other without — conceal some deeper meaning. Knowing what to expect, Zulawski fans have been waiting 15 years (the span since “Fidelity”) for just this chance to be left dangling, whereas mainstream auds would sooner stick to more conventional entertainments.

Of all artistic forms, cinema is the most like dreaming, and yet over the years, moviegoers have relinquished the virtually boundless potential of that medium in favor of rote realism: On »

- Peter Debruge

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Modern Doctor Who: an episode roadmap for beginners

11 August 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Want to catch up with post-2005 Doctor Who but don’t have 85 spare hours to watch the whole thing? We’ve some tips for you…

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do »

- simonbrew

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True Detective season 2 episode 8 review: Omega Station

10 August 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As True Detective season two reaches its finale, will everything be answered? Here's Michael's review of Omega Station...

Warning: this review contains spoilers.

2.8 Omega Station

The extended running time of this final episode of True Detective seemed, at first glance, to offer the possibility of unpicking the untidy web of conspiracies and connections that the preceding seven episodes had revealed. That is the traditional purpose of mystery finales, from Agatha Christie to Scooby Doo, with every variation of crime, noir and whodunnit in between. That it would not do so became clear very early on in Omega Station, when we spent an apparent age with two couples reflecting grouchily on where they’d come from and what their futures held for them. It signalled the problem not because such musings are inherently uninteresting but because they promised more of the same circuitous navel gazing that has plagued this season since episode one. »

- michaeln

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Rupert Penry-Jones freaked out meeting 'a younger him' on Life in Squares

5 August 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rupert Penry-Jones will take centre stage in BBC Two's Life in Squares next week, playing the older Duncan Grant.

But the 44-year-old joked to Digital Spy that he found it tough being part of the period drama's 'older' cast - with 29-year-old James Norton cast as the young Grant.

"It was quite difficult, because the younger lot had established themselves as these great, fun, exciting actors," he admitted. "Then us bunch of oldies came in, and we were all worried they'd think we were boring!

"It's the first time I've had a 'younger me' in a show and I found it quite disconcerting. Me and Jack Davenport were quite freaked out by the whole experience. As far as I'm concerned, James doesn't look that much younger than me, really!"

Life in Squares charts the trials and relationships of the famed Bloomsbury set - a group of influential artists, writers »

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Kurt Russell-Starring Bone Tomahawk Acquired by Rlj Entertainment

4 August 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We recently shared the news that Bone Tomahawk would be the closing night film at Fantastic Fest, with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance. Typically festival films will get picked up closer to or following their screening, but we have news that Rlj Entertainment has already scooped up North American distribution rights to this horror western:

Press Release - Los Angeles, August 4, 2015 – Rlj Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all U.S. & Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western Bone Tomahawk.  Written and Directed by S. Craig ZahlerBone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (Tombstone, Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”), Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”), Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge). Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today. Bone Tomahawk marks the first title acquired under the Rlj Entertainment brand. Rlj Entertainment, Inc. previously »

- Jonathan James

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These are the 7 TV shows you cannot miss this week

3 August 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Digital Spy recommends the very best in television - these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from the return of Bake Off to a surprising upturn for True Detective.

Monday - True Detective, Sky Atlantic at 9pm

True Detective has come in for plenty of flak in its second season, but is the whole thing just one massive slow burn? That's what overnight reviews from the Us seem to be suggesting.

After steadily improving in recent weeks, the moody HBO drama's latest outing 'Black Maps and Motel Rooms' seems to have won over critics - maybe it's time to tune back in?

Tuesday - New Tricks, BBC One at 9pm

It's the end of an era as BBC One's long-running Golden Oldie crime drama is finally being pensioned off - though not before one last 10-part series.

Series 12 begins with the first of a two-parter in »

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How to spot whodunnit: academics crack Agatha Christie's code

2 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

To mark 125 years since the Queen of Crime’s birth, experts analysed the methods, motives and locations in her detective stories to find out how to deduce the killer

For almost 100 years, Agatha Christie has beguiled readers with her much-loved mysteries. But now a panel of experts claims to have worked out how to answer the perennial question: whodunnit?

Related: No one should condescend to Agatha Christie – she's a genius

Related: Poldark's Aidan Turner back on BBC1 in Agatha Christie adaptation

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- Haroon Siddique

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Partners in Crime recap: episode 1 – Sunday night escapism with Tommy and Tuppence

26 July 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jessica Raine and David Walliams (just about keeping a lid on his inner Frankie Howerd) star in BBC1’s Agatha Christie mystery – with furniture to die for

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those watching series one of Partners in Crime. Don’t read on if you haven’t seen episode one.

David Walliams and Jessica Raine star as Tommy and Tuppence Beresford in this stylish Agatha Christie mystery romp, which was once before adapted in the early 80s with Francesca Annis and James Warwick in the title roles.

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- Julia Raeside

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Experimental, Humans

26 July 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Experimental: Channel 4, 8pm

Tim Shaw is joined by his daredevil mate Buddy Munro as they travel around the world to recreate some of the most dangerous viral videos.

The pair take some breathtaking risks as they try to discover the scientific truth behind a host of challenges - from Novak Djokovic playing tennis on the wing of a plane to dropping 7,000 mints into 1,000 litres of cola.

Partners in Crime: BBC One, 9pm

David Walliams and Jessica Raine star in this new six-part crime drama based on the classic novels by Agatha Christie.

Set in 1952, it follows married couple Tommy and Tuppence as they are suddenly thrown into an espionage plot while on their way back from Paris.

Humans: Channel 4, 9pm

The penultimate episode of the critically-acclaimed drama airs tonight, with Karen seeking out George as they attempt to find Niska.

Meanwhile, Pete attempts to find out who his ex-partner really is, »

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David Walliams plays it straight in BBC One drama Partners in Crime: 'It's not parody'

25 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Walliams is playing it straight in new BBC One drama Partners in Crime - and admits he had to resist his comic instincts on the job.

The funnyman, who plays Agatha Christie's amateur detective Tommy Beresford, explained at a press screening that he wanted to avoid "winking to the audience".

"The drama and the jeopardy has to be real - we weren't going down a route of parodying Agatha Christie," said the Britain's Got Talent judge.

"I think that would be quite painful - so the bad guys really are bad, and people do get killed, but there's some humour within it. I wanted to enjoy the comic parts but they should come from character and from a place of truth."

Walliams described the tone of the six-part series as "playful and not too heavy" - "...and that goes along with the rest of Christie's work. It shouldn't be too heavy, »

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It's hard to find heroines who aren't victims, says BBC drama director

24 July 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The director of a high-profile new BBC drama series has argued that too many female characters on television are portrayed as victims.

Edward Hall has helmed all six episodes of BBC One's new serial Partners in Crime, which stars Jessica Raine as Agatha Christie's heroine Tuppence Beresford.

"It's very hard to find heroines in television drama who are heroines for any reason other than overcoming some kind of physical violence, or sexual violence, or something that makes them a victim," Hall said at a recent press screening.

"You very rarely see women coming in as heroes and saving the day - [intervening] in someone else's crisis. I thought that was a particularly good thing about this project."

Call the Midwife and Fortitude actress Raine agreed, adding that her character's heroism and forthright nature had "a massive appeal".

"It was so nice to play someone - a woman - who »

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Cruise Classic: Minority Report

24 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the films that we feel are his classics. This week’s pick is Minority Report.

Minority Report takes place in 2054 where all crime is predicted and controlled by the PreCrime task force. Trouble brews when one of their best agents, Anderton, finds his name on this list and gets hunted down before he can commit the pre-destined murder.

The film directed by Steven Spielberg is based on novel ‘The Minority Report’ by Philip K Dick. »

- Kat Smith

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Perfect partners in crime: Tommy and Tuppence

20 July 2015 2:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Did being married help women take starring roles in crime fiction? A new TV version of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence novels offers a reminder of other classic sleuthing couples

• How well do you know your detective duos? - quiz

They were never as famous or popular as Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. But Agatha Christie was very fond of her detecting duo Tommy and Tuppence. She introduced them to the world in 1922 in The Secret Adversary, her second published novel, and returned to the characters in her final book, Postern of Fate, in 1973.

In the course of five novels and many short stories in the interim, they got married, had children and continued to investigate even as grandparents. Age never dimmed that essential thirst for adventure that first made them place a newspaper advertisement offering their services to the world at large. “No unreasonable offer refused – if pay is good! »

- Sarah Crompton

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Niche Streaming Site Acorn Lands Emmy Nomination for 'Poirot'

17 July 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Emmy nomination of “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case” was not simply an odd surprise.  It was the first Primetime Emmy nomination for a niche streaming service. Netflix (“House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black” and now “Bloodline” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Amazon (“Transparent”) are the blue whales of internet streaming. Acorn TV, which submitted “Poirot” for an Emmy, is a little fish.  But little fish can swim fast, and Acorn may well be the harbinger of a future full of successful niche streaming services as viewers cut their cable cords and move online. Acorn TV, with its vast supply of classic and new British mysteries available for a subscription fee of $4.99 a month, proves that a narrowly focused streaming services can compete. Until 2012, Acorn Media, now owned by Rlj Entertainment, was a distributor of British mysteries on DVD.  Acorn took the leap into production when ITV, »

- Aljean Harmetz

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Niche Streaming Site Acorn Lands Emmy Nomination for 'Poirot'

17 July 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Emmy nomination of “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case” was not simply an odd surprise.  It was the first Primetime Emmy nomination for a niche streaming service. Netflix (“House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black” and now “Bloodline” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Amazon (“Transparent”) are the blue whales of internet streaming. Acorn TV, which submitted “Poirot” for an Emmy, is a little fish.  But little fish can swim fast, and Acorn may well be the harbinger of a future full of successful niche streaming services as viewers cut their cable cords and move online. Acorn TV, with its vast supply of classic and new British mysteries available for a subscription fee of $4.99 a month, proves that a narrowly focused streaming services can compete. Until 2012, Acorn Media, now owned by Rlj Entertainment, was a distributor of British mysteries on DVD.  Acorn took the leap into production when ITV, »

- Aljean Harmetz

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