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Strike Back: saluting a top action TV show

26 January 2016 1:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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With plenty of macho fights, practical stunts and shoot-outs, Strike Back was an uncomplicated action TV show par excellence...

Action series Strike Back is destined to never be included in the pantheon of great TV shows. While The Sopranos or Breaking Bad are held in such high regard for their superlative writing, acting and drama, Strike Back will instead be remembered for the kick-ass action, gratuitous nudity and excellent chemistry between the lead actors.  

For fans of the show, that’s a good enough legacy.

So what is it about Strike Back – which can best be described as the lovechild of 24 and a Cannon Group action movie – that works so well? In this case it might just the very thing that keeps it off the 'Greatest TV Shows Ever' lists; its simplicity. For the most part the show is a meat-and-potatoes action thriller, containing all the elements »

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Under The Shadow to Receive Global Release from Vertical Entertainment, Xyz Films, Netflix

23 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It sounds like we already have our first great horror movie of 2016. Following its much talked about screenings at Sundance, the Farsi-language horror movie Under The Shadow is set for a worldwide release, thanks to Vertical Entertainment, Netflix, and Xyz Films:

Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films have partnered for global distribution of the Farsi-language horror thriller Under The Shadow, which will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release on digital and VOD platforms, alongside a targeted theatrical release in select territories. Netflix will release the film worldwide shortly after the theatrical and transactional debut. The release date is still to be announced.

Under The Shadow is written and directed by British / Iranian Babak Anvari and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi. The film is produced by Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo of Wigwam Films. »

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Ifb calls for funding increase to sustain Irish film success

14 January 2016 5:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Following a strong 2015 for Irish Film, the acting chair of the Irish Film Board has stated that funding must be restored to previous levels.

Annie Doona, acting chair of the Irish Film Board (Ifb), has stated that funding levels must be restored to previous highs, following a successful year for Irish film.

Doona noted that the budget provided to the Ifb by the Irish government has dropped 40% since 2008, meaning the current crop of successful Irish films will be hard to replicate in five years’ time.

Irish-produced titles such as Brooklyn, The Lobster and Room have garnered critical and commercial acclaim and look set to make an impact on the forthcoming major awards.

Brie Larson, star of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, recently won the Golden Globe for best actress for her performance in the film, which also picked up the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

She is currently considered a favourite for the same »

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