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3 items from 2016

Joey Bada$$ Talks 'Mr. Robot' Role, Missing Out on Obama Biopic

13 July 2016 5:19 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When we left Sam Esmail's Golden Globe-winning dystopian thriller Mr. Robot last August, brilliant-yet-schizophrenic computer programmer Elliot Alderson and the hacktivist group fsociety had engineered a meltdown of the global financial system. At the beginning of Season Two, which debuts tonight, Elliot has retreated to a computer-free exile in Brooklyn, a shift that sets the stage for a compelling addition to the cast. 

During his recovery, Elliot befriends a character named Leon, who gabs to the mostly catatonic protagonist about Seinfeld during prison-like meals at a local diner. Hip-hop-savvy »

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John Berry, Beastie Boys Founding Member, Dies at 52

19 May 2016 5:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys who is credited with concocting the group’s name, died Thursday morning at a Danvers, Massachusetts, hospice, Rolling Stone reports. He was 52. Berry’s father, John Berry III, said that his son had suffered from a worsening case of frontal lobe dementia. Berry played with the group in its formative years in the early ’80s. At the time, the group consisted of Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. Berry appeared on the group’s 1982 debut Ep “Polly Wog Stew” but left the group soon after, as did Schellenbach. Adam Horowitz (nom de. »

- Tim Kenneally

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This week’s new film events

8 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

London Short Film Festival | Jim Allen Retrospective

Both those bemoaning the lack of new British film-makers and more optimistic glass-half-full talent-spotters will be spoilt for choice here, possibly overwhelmingly so. There are 38 programmes of new British shorts alone, not to mention international work and documentaries. It’s all helpfully organised by genre (sample titles: Lo-Budget Mayhem, Femmes Fantastiques, God’s Lonely Men, Wtf?), which could bring anything from gang-related conker fights to an operatic love story between a jar of jam and a slice of toast. There are also events dedicated to film-makers just off the radar (Jarman collaborator Richard Heslop, Norway’s Joern Utkilen and British artist Jessica Sarah Rinland), and a few very much on it (a Harmony Korine weekend, a retrospective of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Aka Beastie Boy Adam Yauch). There’s even a night dedicated to films about cats.

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- Steve Rose

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