11 items from 2013
To be clear: Bright Young Things is its own Ya series and not a reference to the original title of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies (and the movie adaptation of the book). So, this series will be about two Midwestern women who move to Manhattan in 1929 and have all sorts of glitzy pre-Depression adventures. It seems like heresy to make an entire Bright Young Things show not set in England? But sure, flappers are fun. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Top 10 Andrew Blair 13 Sep 2013 - 06:48
A cosmos without the Daleks scarcely bears thinking about.
Without the mutated remnants of the seemingly indestructible planet Skaro, we don't know if Doctor Who would have survived. If Terry Nation had dreamt up the Voord to menace Barbara in the series fifth episode, Den of Geek may well be paying tribute to Doctor Who as an obscure cult concern, cherished by a few but forgotten by many. Instead, we do things like this.
This list is not limited to the television series, because Doctor Who isn't limited to the television series. And hey, why not use our Comments Section to add your own list or express disbelief that I've not included Evil of the Daleks in mine?
10. Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
There's something eternally »
Sometimes you still see them, lurking around Greenwich Village, scurrying past Starbucks and Duane Reade drugstores under their crumpled fedoras, ink-smeared newspapers in their gnarled hands, ghosts. These are the living reminders of the days when any artist, intellectual, blowhard, genius, fakir, poet, or debutante with a diploma from one of the 'Seven Sisters' and a penchant for hard liquor and brittle conversation could turn the world on its head --all within a half-mile radius of Washington Square. That scene was even far gone when Dawn Powell wrote her satiric elegy to it in 1954. But it rings true today, not just as a nostalgia-trip, but as an x-ray of the way people, especially that unique subspecies known as New Yorkers, live and work and make love and generally get on with life.
The Wicked Pavilion is razor sharp social satire that simultaneously mocks and celebrates a poisoned world gone wrong. »
- Ken Krimstein
The stand-up comedian and tyro novelist on his telly-watching habits
I am a nutty fan of The Apprentice. It's got everything. If you're in take-your-brain-out-and-watch-tv mode, it's got that. If you want to analyse fluctuations in the human spirit, or want to analyse people's business ideas, it's got that as well. Or you can just point and laugh.
Breaking Bad. I've just watched all of it. I finished that and felt like a woman who had given their baby up for adoption. I've done Game Of Thrones and Spartacus. First seasons of both: amazing. But then they disappear up their own worlds. The first season of Game Of Thrones is really clever, the characters are paramount. But by season three, it's just four teenagers sat around in Dungeons And Dragons capes.
Bring back …
Through The Keyhole. I heard rumours that it's coming back. I'd love to host it, »
- Gwilym Mumford
London, May 17: The literary editions collected by an English teacher from Stirling were sold for a total of 226,000 pounds at an auction in Edinburgh.
Bruce Ritchie, who died in October 2012, owned first editions of classic works such as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -1843.
- Machan Kumar
Rupert Everett has long been a martyr to his passions, but lately he's had something else on his mind. Victoria Coren, a lifelong fan, joins him for dinner to talk about his excoriating memoirs, his portrayal of Oscar Wilde and his urge to be a serious man
When Rupert Everett dies, he won't have a funeral. He has given this serious thought.
"I'll go on the bonfire," he says. "That's what I'd like."
At the risk of spoiling his cheerful plan, I feel obliged to point out that it's against the law to put corpses on bonfires.
"Yes, but it shouldn't be," says the actor, irritably squeezing lemon into his tea. "I'm sure someone can put me on there, if I've just died normally. I wanted to put my dad on the bonfire. But nobody else wanted to, so we didn't."
It feels awfully strange to be sitting in a restaurant with Rupert Everett, »
- Victoria Coren
Jonathan Winters, once described by “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar as “pound for pound, the funniest man alive” and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural causes Thursday in Montecito, Calif. at 87.
A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy, he was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien and his earthling wife in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.” He appeared in numerous films including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and did extensive voice work on toons including “The Smurfs.”
Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III in Dayton, Ohio, Winters was raised mostly by his divorced mother, a radio personality in Springfield, Ohio, and showed an early gift for mimicry. »
- Carmel Dagan
Considered to be two of the finest examples of British art house cinema, director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter’s first two collaborations, The Servant (1963) and Accident (1967), were re-released this week on DVD courtesy of StudioCanal.
These two films explored the waning English class system previously vacated by British filmmakers. Though this was a subject explored by Evelyn Waugh in his novel Brideshead Revisited, first published in 1945 and is one of the motifs of the current running television drama Downton Abbey.
The Servant and Accident came at a crucial time in film history, an important spell in the history of art house cinema. By 1963 the Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave) was in full force. Francois Truffaut had directed The 400 Blows, Shoot the Pianist and Jules et Jim by 1963, and Jean-Luc Godard Breathless, A woman is a Woman »
- Flickering Myth
From 'toothless' to 'Mormonumental' – the much-hyped musical by South Park's creators meets a mixed response among UK critics
There's been a whole heap of hype surrounding The Book of Mormon, the Broadway smash-hit musical from the creators of South Park that has just landed in London, trailing nine Tony awards behind it. But for the most part the British critics have gone out of their way to be unimpressed. In fact, who knew there were so many different ways to express disenchantment?
First in line to exhibit his boredom is Charles Spencer, who acknowledges that his colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic have greeted Mormon ecstatically – but only in order to demonstrate that he has no intention of following suit. He found it "hard to warm to the show", he admits, and didn't respond well to its "foul-mouthed irreverence and outrageousness". Also, although he admired its cleverness, »
(Rns) The third season of the megahit PBS series "Downton Abbey" wraps up on Sunday (Feb. 17), capping another must-see run of ruin and redemption at Lord Grantham's stately English manor. Yet some are still left puzzled over the absence of what should be a leading Upstairs player in this colorful cast: God.
Writing last month in the flagship evangelical magazine Christianity Today, Todd Dorman wondered why -- despite the heart-rending melodrama and all the "divine trappings" that gild the 1920s scenery -- "God is a peripheral presence at best."
"There are numerous fascinating blog posts ... that search for implicit Catholic and Christian themes in the show -- good and evil, suffering for cause, various types and grades of love and devotion," Dorman wrote. "At some point, though, especially with a vicar in the family's employ, it seems odd for such connections to remain unnamed, unspoken, and, for all we can see, »
- Religion News Service
When the BBC brings Blandings Castle and its inhabitants to the screen tomorrow, another skirmish in the Sunday night period drama ratings war with ITV, it will trespass on a much-loved suburb of paradise and almost certainly massacre some innocents.
The new show, directed by Paul Seed (Just William), stars Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders; it has been written by Guy Andrews, whose credits include Lost in Austen and Absolute Power, and it will adapt some treasured English comic prose for the first time in nearly 50 years, in fact since Ralph Richardson starred in a Blandings series in 1967. The task the new team faces is an almost impossible one: to capture the butterfly of Wodehousean comedy and translate it to a »
- Robert McCrum
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