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Celebrating Shane Meadows’ This Is England series

9 September 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As This Is England ’90 comes to TV, we look back over the rest of Shane Meadows’ brutal, funny and warmly empathetic series…

Try a bit of mental calculation: how many punches in total would you say you’ve seen thrown on screen? Bloodied faces? Kicks to the head? Unless you’ve kept your TV and film intake to a strict diet of family animation (and even then…), that total is likely to be swirling around the thousands.

Now, think of the number of times an on-screen attack has stopped your breath in your chest. When each kick has landed with nauseating weight and filled you not with ringside exhilaration but with dread. In short, how often have you been made to really care about an act of on-screen violence?

That was Shane Meadows’ aim in This Is England, the 2006 feature film that introduced the world to Shaun, Woody, Lol, Combo, »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: online bullying

20 August 2015 10:19 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Just a suggestion or two if you're on the receiving end of unpleasantness online...

The brief introduction: this is a series of articles where we just want to pass on a tip or two, or just talk, about issues that may be getting some of us down. Not everyone will apply to you, granted, but maybe there’s something in these pieces that’s affecting someone around you. Please also feel free to comment below. Many of the discussions that have taken place around the topics we’ve talked about have been far better than anything we could have written.

To this installment, then.

The other week, in our Geeks Vs Loneliness slot, we talked about bullying. The piece is linked to at the bottom of this article, but I think it’s pretty fair to say that most people subscribe to the notion that the old ‘sticks and stones »

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Reflections of Evil: Steven Spielberg’s paranoia and conspiracy theories

7 August 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There are few real-life figures more beloved in American cinema than Steven Spielberg. He’s earned that adoration without question, but his worship retards the dialogue around his work. Like his buddy Colonel G. Lucas, Spielberg is a brand first, a businessman second, and a filmmaker last.

It’s time to loosen up the conversation. Spielberg is less an auteur and more Hollywood’s greatest journeyman, a master craftsman whose natural talent allows him to tackle almost any material. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t common themes that run throughout his work. A lot of breath has been devoted to his sense of wonder and awe, his parent’s divorce, his love of children. But there’s a darker current to his work, one that appears less subtly in thrillers like The Conversation, Three Days of the Condor, and other conspiracy films of the New Hollywood era. It’s a sense of paranoia, »

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Katie Hopkins: ‘I definitely identify with that murderer thing, where you click off’

18 July 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The reality TV star and columnist mocks autism, but says her daughter is ‘on the spectrum’. She derides the ‘National Hotel Service’, but has epilepsy so severe it puts her in hospital. Is Katie Hopkins for real, asks Jon Ronson

Most people will do anything to avoid being hated, but Katie Hopkins seems to run frantically towards hatred. Take the 18 days of her life beginning on 29 March. She started with a series of tweets mocking depression: “UK has seen a 500% growth in anti-depressants since 1991. Like being bullied, being depressed is a fashionable thing to be… The ultimate passport to self-obsession.” A week later, she moved on to dementia: “1 in 4 hospital beds are taken up by someone with dementia. The National Hotel Service.”

Ten days after that, like a spree killer growing increasingly frenzied, she provoked an international incident. “Show me bodies floating in water… I still don’t care.” This »

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Friday’s best TV

21 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Warwick Davis proves himself a good sport, Shield agents kick Hydra tail, Jon Ronson has news for you and Eurovision hits 60. Plus: Martin Clunes with beasts, 12 Monkeys, Pulling and sport

Warwick Davis was an interesting foil for Ricky Gervais, but seems equally at home in more mainstream fare – even if it means some uncomfortable situations. For the last episode of his travel show, he’s on the Isle of Wight, where Davis continues to prove himself a good sport: whether that means attempting a headstand on a paddleboard or being hoisted up the mast of Shirley Robertson’s yacht. After that, paragliding looks positively straightforward. John Robinson

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New Projects: Shaft, Edison, Catan, and Tom Ford

19 February 2015 1:25 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future. 

Who’s that bad remake? (Shut your mouth!) New Line Cinema has reportedly acquired the rights to the Shaft franchise and intends to remake the ’70s blaxploitation classic yet again, following the 2000 remake starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Wrap reports that John Davis (Predator) is producing the remake, apparently forgetting that no one understands Shaft but his woman.

Perhaps someone at Bad Robot had a lightbulb (get it?) go if in their head, as The Wrap has reported that J.J. Abrams’s production studio is developing a movie on Thomas Edison as a “rugged, eccentric genius”. Abrams is currently working on a series for Hulu based on one of Stephen King’s novels around the Kennedy Assassination.

If you thought a Monopoly movie was ridiculous, it doesn’t »

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Scarlett Johansson lands role in The Psychopath Test'

18 February 2015 2:45 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Scarlett Johansson has been cast in 'The Psychopath Test'. The 30-year-old actress has agreed a deal to star in the film adaptation of Jon Ronson's book of same name. Brian Grazer and Roach will produce the project, according to Deadline, which also claims Erica Huggins and Jennifer Perini will act as executive producers. The original synopsis of the book explains: ''What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. ''Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. ''A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything...'' Johansson's casting in 'The Psychopath Test' »

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Movie News: Scarlett Johansson Will Star in 'The Psychopath Test'; Next 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Plot Details Revealed

18 February 2015 1:22 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline]   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going Down Under. Production has begun in Australia on the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, Jack is pitted against Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has escaped from the Devil's Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack's only hope of survival is...

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Movie News: Scarlett Johansson Will Star in 'The Psychopath Test;' Next 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Reveals Plot Details

18 February 2015 1:22 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline]   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going down under. Production has begun in Australia on the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, Jack is pitted against Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has escaped from the Devil's Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack's only hope of survival is...

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Scarlett Johansson Takes 'The Psychopath Test,' Ewan McGregor To Direct 'American Pastoral' And More

18 February 2015 11:45 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Scarlett Johansson is studying up to take "The Psychopath Test," Deadline reports. The actress will lead the Jay Roach ("Game Change," "Meet The Fockers") directed movie, based on Jon Ronson's book about "how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group: remorseless, deadly psychopaths." Kristin Gore (David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" aka "Accidental Love") penned the script for the psychological thriller, which is set up at Universal.  Deadline also reports that Jerry Lewis is joining the Nicolas Cage movie "The Trust," playing the latter's father. Whoa. Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira co-star in the movie about "two corrupt cops who are stuck working the evidence room of the Las Vegas police department. When one discovers there is a vault full of drug money sealed in the back of a convenience store, both cops team up to pull a heist. Lewis will play the father of. »

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Scarlett Johansson to star in The Psychopath Test

18 February 2015 9:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is today reporting that Scarlett Johansson is in talks with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment to star in The Psychopath Test, an adaptation of the novel by Jon Ronson.

Austin Powers director Jay Roach is set to direct the adaptation, which is being written by Kristen Gore (Accidental Love) and produced by Oscar winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind).

Johansson is set for a busy couple of years, with Avengers: Age of Ultron almost ready for its release in April, while she is also set to squeeze in reprising her role as Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, opposite Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., before taking the lead in the long-awaited live-action version of Ghost in the Shell,

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Scarlett Johansson Teams with Jay Roach for 'The Psychopath Test'

18 February 2015 7:56 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Even though Scarlett Johansson just had her first child not too long ago, she's wasting no time lining up a series of future project. The actress will be back as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, and she's taking the lead in the big screen adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell. Now Deadline reports Universal Pictures has attached the actress to lead The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller from writer Kristin Gore, based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name. Game Change and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is attached to direct with Brian Grazer producing through his own Everyman Pictures banner. Roach and Gore and just coming off a comedy pilot for HBO called "Women in Space," following a group of women tasked with the mission of colonizing another planet. As for Ronson, you should be familiar with his work since he wrote »

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Scarlett Johansson Will Take 'The Psychopath Test'

18 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Scarlett Johansson's latest project sounds a little spooky. She's signed on to star in an adaptation of Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test," a non-fiction book about psychopaths and "the madness industry." It's not exactly clear how the book will be adapted into a narrative, or where Johansson will fit in, but it's being described as "a psychological thriller." Here's the Amazon description of the book:

When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he's sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath - »

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Scarlett Johansson to star in Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test

18 February 2015 2:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson has signed up to star in The Psychopath Test.

Based on Jon Ronson's book of same name, the adaptation will be directed by Jay Roach from a script by Kristin Gore.

According to Deadline, the Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment project will be produced by Brian Grazer and Roach. Erica Huggins and Jennifer Perini will serve as executive producers.

The synopsis for the original book reads: "What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

"Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting.

"A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything. »

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Scarlett Johansson Is Set To Take The Psychopath Test

18 February 2015 1:08 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jon Ronson is a renowned investigative journalist who has spent years exploring the more hidden aspects of society for radio, television, and print. His books, including Clubbed Class, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats, all feature a narrative structure that is specific to Ronson’s work – setting factual investigation within the gripping flow of his experiences in tracking down the information. Each account has the reader essentially riding shotgun with Ronson as he goes to get the story. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry, published in 2011, features this structure, too, and is now being developed by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment as The Psychopath Test, starring Scarlett Johansson.

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry sets out to explore the murky world of psychiatric diagnosis, and in doing so, looks at the mental health industry, including the media, the professionals and the patients – specifically psychopaths. »

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Scarlett Johansson joining The Psychopath Test

17 February 2015 11:03 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Scarlett Johansson is to headline the movie take on Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test...

Now we're sure that author Jon Ronson will correct us on this if we've got this wrong, but there's an incident that he describes at the start of his excellent book, The Psychopath Test. He talks about a threat being made to an unnamed website, as a consequence of an interview that was run with Ronson himself.

Er, we think that was us. Let's just say that we certainly had a few (friendly) phone calls about it. If you've read the book, you'll know which bit we're referring to. Again, it may be another website that we don't know of, but reading Ronson's words brough back some memories.

If you've not read the book, then you may be tempted to go for a film version of The Psychopath Test instead. Universal Pictures is backing the movie take on the book, »

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News Briefs: Scarlett Johansson Will Take 'The Psychopath Test'; 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5 ' Plot Details

17 February 2015 10:21 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline]   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going Down Under. Production has begun in Australia on the...

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News Briefs: Scarlett Johansson Will Take 'The Psychopath Test'; 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Reveals Plot Details

17 February 2015 10:21 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline]   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going down under. Production has begun in Australia on the...

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Scarlett Johansson Is A "Psychopath"

17 February 2015 9:16 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set "Futurama" and SNL writer Kristin Gore to pen a psychological thriller film adaptation of "The Men Who Stare At Goats" author Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test".

Scarlett Johansson is attached to star and Jay Roach to direct the project which Brian Grazer, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey will produce.

The story deals with how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group - remorseless, deadly psychopaths. Around 1% of people are said to be psychopaths - devoid of empathy, manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The book explores their world and the madness industry.

Roach and Gore are also teaming on the HBO comedy pilot W"omen In Space" about a group of women on a mission to colonize another planet.

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Scarlett Johansson Joins 'The Psychopath Test'

17 February 2015 7:22 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in The Psychopath Test for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Kristin Gore, the daughter of Al Gore and a former writer for Futurama, has signed on to write the screenplay adaptation, based on the book of the same name by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats, Frank).

No details were given for Scarlett Johansson's character, but the book examines how the medical community tries to diagnose and identify remorseless serial killers. During the course of writing his book, Jon Ronson came across several psychopaths and others whose lives were touched by madness, along with a psychologist who developed what is known as The Psychopath Test.

Jay Roach (The Campaign, Trumbo) has signed on to direct The Psychopath Test, and he will also serve as a producer alongside Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Erica Huggins and »

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