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Man, 40, Whose Face Was Held to an Electric Heater as a Toddler 'Empowers' Other Abused Kids: 'It Is My Job'

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Man, 40, Whose Face Was Held to an Electric Heater as a Toddler 'Empowers' Other Abused Kids: 'It Is My Job'
The pain Keith Edmonds has endured is written on his scarred face, giving him street cred with the abused and neglected kids he’s trying to reach.

“There are people who wear their scars all on the inside and you pass them every day,” Edmonds, 40, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee says. “I just happen to wear my scars on the inside and the outside.”

On Nov. 18, 1978, while living in Flint, Michigan, his mother’s boyfriend got angry one night when the then-14-month-old toddler wouldn’t stop crying in his crib. He held Edmonds’ face to an electric heater, horrifically scorching
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Sadiq Khan offers update on major new London studio

Studio could be located in Dagenham, according to London Mayor.

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appointed a team of consultants to produce a feasibility study for a planned major studio in Dagenham in East London.

Bbp Regeneration, Sqw and Richard Miller from the University of Hertfordshire will work on the study. The eventual plan is to develop a new studio that will enable London to host a greater number of international films and TV shows simultaneously.

The mayor will also work with Creative Skillset and Film London to help develop career routes into the creative industries to bolster the crew pool for both the capital and the UK as a whole.

A Cultural Infrastructure Plan will be launched next year identifying what London needs in terms of skills and assets to sustain its position as a “cultural power house” in the coming years.

“We need to ensure we continue to attract the brightest, most diverse
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Director Jeffrey D Brown updates us on ‘Sold’ and the cool Indiegogo campaign!

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It is a film that has inspired people to act, to work and to raise awareness of the human rights tragedy of human and child trafficking and sex slavery. We are talking about the hard hitting film Sold. Based on Patricia McCormick’s book of the same name, the award winning film tells the unforgettable story of a girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a prison brothel in India. Sold places the audience in her shoes to give voice to the millions of children who disappear every year. Directed by Jeffrey D Brown and Produced by Emma Thompson, Sold stars Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Seema Biswas, Sushmita Mukerjee, Tillotama Shome, Parambrata Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Ankur Vikal and many others. The film had its premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and has gone on to affect audience at more than 25 films festivals.
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Oprah Puts Household Items Up for Auction

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Oprah Puts Household Items Up for Auction
For the right amount of cash, you too can live like Oprah Winfrey. And surprisingly, it might not be as expensive as you think. Oprah is putting items from her Chicago home up for bid, and of the 550 treasures, the prices start as low as $50. "This is property from her Water Tower apartment in Chicago," Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, which is handling the Chicago sale, told People. "There are lots of things in the $50 to $100 to $200 range" while others are valued at up to $120,000. Oprah is selling her apartment after announcing that she is shuttering her Chicago production studio,
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Oprah Puts Household Items Up for Auction

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Oprah Puts Household Items Up for Auction
For the right amount of cash, you too can live like Oprah Winfrey. And surprisingly, it might not be as expensive as you think. Oprah is putting items from her Chicago home up for bid, and of the 550 treasures, the prices start as low as $50. "This is property from her Water Tower apartment in Chicago," Leslie Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, which is handling the Chicago sale, told People. "There are lots of things in the $50 to $100 to $200 range" while others are valued at up to $120,000. Oprah is selling her apartment after announcing that she is shuttering her Chicago production studio,
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Babylon, Ep. 1.05: “Hackney Wick” continues an impressive back half

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Babylon, Season 1: Episode 5 – “Hackney Wick”

Written by Jon Brown

Directed by Sally El Hosaini

Airs Thursday nights at 10 on SundanceTV

Following last week’s superb turn in the wake of Richard Miller’s departure, Babylon returns firing on all cylinders while finding new areas to explore and develop. The most notable of those areas is Liz’s push to convince Sharon she’s a viable candidate for Commissioner. This is Nicola Walker’s breakout episode for the series, as she nails every scene in a varied performance. Attracted by Liz’s mention of one of Sharon’s previous ideas, the shifts in her facial expression from hard and stoic to curious and excited provide a breadth of back story without having to delve into it with a bunch of exposition. While we’ve heard Charles talk about his relationship with Miller and how his past has made him ready for this moment,
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'Babylon' react: Strike while police publicity's hot

'Babylon' react: Strike while police publicity's hot
In the last couple years SundanceTV has made a name for itself among the elite spelunkers who can find it on their cable package with its gallery of slow-moving, high-minded crime mysteries such as Top of the Lake and The Red Road. It's like if CBS went to the museum. The boutique network's latest import, Babylon, breaks the mold. It's a brash, wired urban police drama whose pilot was directed by executive producer Danny Boyle, the colorful, kinetic hand behind Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, and most recently Trance, a pixelated thriller that imagines total surveillance. That's the main preoccupation of Babylon,
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Babylon, Ep. 1.01: “Episode One” is a fresh take on the police series

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Babylon, Season 1: Episode 1 – “Episode One”

Written by Jesse Armstrong

Directed by Jon S. Baird

Airs Thursday nights at 10 on SundanceTV

Coming off a fantastic summer miniseries in The Honourable Woman, SundanceTV has imported a British crime series co-created by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). Unlike most series in the saturated the genre, however, Babylon is not a dark, gritty procedural or whodunnit but a refreshing satirical dramedy from a network that could use a bit of lightening up. After a collection of mostly excellent dramas, the relief in watching Babylon comes just as much from its interesting take on a police story as it does from the shift in tone in SundanceTV’s lineup.

Fans of The Thick of It (and In the Loop) will be pleased to learn that veteran writer Jesse Armstrong brings the same biting comedy from his work with Armando Iannucci to Babylon. The series follows Liz Garvey (Brit Marling,
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Sundance’s Babylon Is As Pleasurable As a Serious Show Can Be

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Sundance’s Babylon Is As Pleasurable As a Serious Show Can Be
The cop drama Babylon is as purely pleasurable as a show can be while still being serious. Though this six-part SundanceTV series is credited to a bomb crew of talents — including writers and producers Robert Jones, Jesse Armstrong, and Sam Bain, and feature filmmaker Danny Boyle — it has a singular vision, albeit one that doesn’t necessarily come into focus in the pilot, which is mainly concerned with introducing the characters and their jobs. American indie-film up-and-comer Brit Marling (the writer and star of Another Earth and Sound of My Voice) plays the show’s lone Yank, Liz Garvey, who’s imported to the United Kingdom to serve as the London Police Department’s director of communications. She’s the audience surrogate, at least for the U.S. market, learning the lay of the land, putting out media fires, and bantering with flinty-eyed Police Commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt), a scowling,
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Babylon Review: Danny Boyle’s Six-Episode Sundance Series Is Eerily Timely

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With Babylon, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has become the latest feature director to enter the realm of TV (though he will primarily be serving as the series' executive producer). The London-based Babylon, which will air as part of the SundanceTV's original lineup (as a co-production with the British company Nightjack), has been branded as a "workplace satire," but throughout its six, hourlong episodes it becomes far more of a drama about the gap between reality and public perception in government, the police force, and the media. Hit the jump for more. In the last few years, SundanceTV has distinguished itself by producing bold and often difficult original content. Rectify, The Honorable Woman, Top of the Lake -- each of these shows have been dark, dramatic entries to the television landscape. In comparison, at first, Babylon looks like something different. Though it deals with incidents of prison riot, a wrongful shooting
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Review: Danny Boyle's 'Babylon' is Startlingly Relevant, Rounded and...Funny?

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Review: Danny Boyle's 'Babylon' is Startlingly Relevant, Rounded and...Funny?
As the pipe continues to be primed for the 2015 Oscars, one point you'll hear over and over again is how topical the Martin Luther King Jr. biography "Selma" is given the recent racially-charged incidents in Missouri, New York and America on the whole. Indeed the film's peaceful message couldn't be coming at a better time, but, shockingly, there's a fictional tale far more pertinent to the discussion, though ineligible for the Academy Awards. Why? Because "Babylon" is a six-part television series. Co-created by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, "Babylon" tells the story of a fictional modern day police force that's lost the trust of its citizens. Much like similar departments across the United States, the London unit is facing serious PR problems after numerous reports regarding police misconduct, brutally and racism have brought into question the men behind the badge. Representing them at the top of the pyramid is Police Commissioner Richard Miller (James.
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Exclusive Babylon Sneak Peek: James Nesbitt’s Commissioner Miller Faces the Committee

If you haven’t already heard, SundanceTV, which has given us great series, such as Rectify and Top of the Lake, is premiering a new show entitled Babylon tomorrow night at 10 p.m. The series, which comes from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and was one of our most anticipated new shows of 2015, is a satire of the UK police department and stars Brit Marling (Another Earth) as PR expert Liz Garvey, who is brought in to help improve the image of the London police force, led by James Nesbitt’s Commissioner Richard Miller. We’ve already been lucky enough to share with you a great interview with Nesbitt about his role in the series, but now we also have an exclusive clip from the Babylon series premiere. In the clip, Commissioner Miller faces great scrutiny from the committee, as Liz watches, hoping the commissioner will perform better under the pressure.
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TV Review: ‘Babylon’

TV Review: ‘Babylon’
What’s more harrowing than police work? Try dealing with spin from the public-relations quagmire that regularly surrounds it. As premises go, it’s hard to be much timelier than “Babylon,” which washes onto U.S. shores by way of England. Devoted to the pitfalls of running Scotland Yard, the six-part series arrives on SundanceTV with director Danny Boyle among its exec producers, yielding a scabrous, profane and darkly funny satire, ostensibly told from the perspective of the American assigned to help put out fires amid the tinderbox of big-city policing — including, before its over, the controversial shooting of a black teenager.

Brit Marling plays PR maven Liz Garvey, the wide-eyed Yank whose Ted talk caught the eye of Scotland Yard’s Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt, sporting an even more forbidding scowl than he does on “The Missing”), the walking incarnation of thinly contained rage. Comparing the job to car maintenance,
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Exclusive: James Nesbitt Discusses His Role in SundanceTV’s New Series ‘Babylon’

As it grows as a network, SundanceTV continues to produce new and unique series, such as the critically-acclaimed Rectify and, most recently, the Katie Leung-led limited series One Child. Next up for SundanceTV is Babylon, a satire of the UK police department from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. The series stars Brit Marling (Another Earth) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit), and we here at TVOvermind have an exclusive interview with Nesbitt, in which the actor gives more details on exactly what type of show Babylon is. “The writing is so strong,” Nesbitt says about Babylon. “It is very funny, also quite dark. It tackles very contemporary issues.” And what about his character, Commissioner Richard Miller? “He’s the most powerful policeman in the land,” Nesbitt says about him. “He’s a good cop. He wants to repair the relationship between the public and the police.” For more information on the series,
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Babylon episode 1 review

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Babylon, from the writers of Peep Show and The Thick Of It, promises to be one of the year’s most gripping, entertaining shows…

The feature length Babylon pilot episode shown earlier in the year gained a lot of attention, largely thanks to its provenance. The police comedy drama was co-created by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the scribes behind Peep Show and Fresh Meat, along with one of the most talented directors in the UK, Danny Boyle. Cop dramas are the bread and butter of UK broadcasters and Channel 4 had really pushed the boat out for this one with a top cast including James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Daniel Kaluuya, Adam Deacon and Us star Brit Marling as the Metropolitan police's new Director of Communications.

Despite the talent involved however, the pilot didn’t quite gel. Inconsistent tone, issues of pacing and a lack of focus stopped Babylon from
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Babylon: Danny Boyles police comedy returns

Filipa Jodelka: Police-procedural comedy-drama thingy Babylon has pluck in spades, though which side of the do not cross tape its on is less clear

Some people dont trust us. They think we have trigger-happy meatheads on the team, says Liz Garvey, master of the Metropolitan police forces public image, to a copper whos shot an unarmed member of the public dead in a kebab shop. Ill give Babylon (Thursday, 10pm, Channel 4) this: its got some pluck. Although were now eight months further from the last Irl high-profile police-influenced death than when its pilot aired in February, to have the innards of an innocent civilian strewn over a central plot is pretty frigging brave.

For those who missed it first time round, Babylon is a Danny Boyle-exec-produced police-procedural drama comedy or popoprocedramedy, to use the correct televisual term which divvies its attention equally between three groups within the Met: the lads-on-tour firearms banter tank,
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Exclusive Video Interview With Jon Cryer, Stephanie Szostak And Will Sasso On Hit By Lightning

If you like your romantic comedies with a good dose of black humor, then you should check out Hit by Lightning. It stars Jon Cryer as Ricky Miller, a 40-year old aspiring writer whose survival job is being a manager at Debbie’s Restaurant. He’s also a bit lonely as he’s never had much luck with women.

That all changes though when he creates an online dating profile and soon meets Danita (Stephanie Szostak), whom he is convinced is the love of his life. Things take a sudden turn, however, when Danita reveals to Ricky that she is actually married to a successful crime novelist and asks Ricky to murder him so that they can be together.

Despite Ricky’s skepticism, he agrees. But it isn’t long before he starts to wonder if Danita is telling the truth, or if there’s something else going on that she’s hiding from him.
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Brit Marling Heads Up Trailer For First Season Of Police Dramedy Babylon

In a similar vein to BBC2’s outstanding serial killer drama, The Fall, Babylon enlists the help of an American for this British-based police series. If you’ve not heard of it before today, that might be due to the fact that the pilot landed on British shores back in February of this year. After its initial airing on Channel 4, things fell silent for a time, until the network commissioned a full-length series.

The positive response which surfaced following the first episode was largely down to its starry cast and crew breathing life into its dramedy premise. Brit Marling leads the show as an American PR advisor who’s hired by the London Metropolitan Police Department to overhaul their image. With James Nesbitt and Paterson Joseph taking on supporting turns, it’s shaping up to be a potential must-see for the fall season.

Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), who helmed the pilot,
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‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Makes a Cop Show

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‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Makes a Cop Show
Before Danny Boyle jumps into Jobs, he’s taking a detour into television with Babylon. The British dramedy centers around the London police department, which is suffering from some serous public image issues. So Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) brings in some outside help in the form of Liz Garvey (Brit Marling), an American PR […]

The post ‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Makes a Cop Show appeared first on /Film.
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Hit by Lightning Is a Black Comedy Without Blackness or Comedy

Hit by Lightning Is a Black Comedy Without Blackness or Comedy
Maybe the most interesting thing about Hit by Lightning is that the only two women with speaking roles have separate, faintly unplaceable European accents. Unfortunately, they never share a scene. Through an Internet dating service, Ricky Miller (Jon Cryer), a middle-aged human cringe who manages a chain restaurant, meets Danita (Stephanie Szostak), the embodiment of a moronic, misogynist stereotype — "You're, like, Maxim-hot and you don't even know it," says Ricky. She can actually cite Steve Buscemi films Reservoir Dogs and Fargo, which is supposedly remarkable, making her the dream girlfriend of frat dudes from 1996 and also probably Kevin Smith and definitely Ricky. "Put on Espn and text me when you hear the hockey scores," she tells him, a...
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