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‘Black Mirror’: The Best Performances That Made Us Cringe, Laugh, and Cry

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‘Black Mirror’: The Best Performances That Made Us Cringe, Laugh, and Cry
Horrible things happen in “Black Mirror,” which can be pretty hard to watch. Fortunately, these dark tales have attracted some amazing talent, some of whom are well known and others less so. Regardless of their resume, these actors have the unenviable task of taking such challenging and often off-putting stories and making them not just compelling, but relatable as well. Whether it’s serving as the comic relief, the everyman caught in a frightening situation, a politician asked to do the unthinkable, or a crazed villain that haunts our dreams, these characters become palpably real in this grim reflection of our world.

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Here are some of the standouts performances that moved us over the past four seasons:

Hayley Atwell, “Be Right Back”

For this unusual sci-fi romance to work, Martha has to be
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Inside No. 9 series 4 episode 1 review: Zanzibar

Louisa Mellor Jan 2, 2018

This comedy farce written in verse shows that custom cannot stale Inside No. 9’s infinite variety. Spoilers…

This review contains spoilers.

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4.1 Zanzibar

In series one’s The Understudy, Inside No. 9 gave us an updated take on Macbeth. Here, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton put their own twist on Shakespearean comedy with an episode set entirely in a hotel corridor and written entirely in iambic pentameter, the clever sods. Regular brilliance clearly wasn’t presenting these two enough of a challenge.

It’s a challenge they pull off with relish. The writing’s smart and self-aware (“Like this iambic foot, I’m stressed, you’re not”) while the gags are a bawdy delight. Shakespeare never rhymed ‘bum’ with ‘Magnus Magnusson’, but you know he would have done,
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Vikings season 5 episode 5 review: The Prisoner

Laura Akers Dec 22, 2017

The Prisoner isn't one of Vikings' best instalments. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.5 The Prisoner

We all have our pet peeves. As both a general viewer and a critic, one of my biggest is the unnecessary plot hole.

Is there such a thing as a necessary plot hole? I suppose such a thing is possible, especially in an age where more writers and directors take risks playing with meta-narrative. But when a plot hole is not just unnecessary but intellectually lazy, it is particularly vexing.

And the way that last week’s The Plan ended and this week’s The Prisoner began, not simply repeating the same footage but actually restaging the same
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Bright review

Tolkien meets La cop thriller in Netflix’s Bright. Blockbuster or Christmas turkey? Here’s our review...

Back in the 1980s, when the buddy-cop thriller was all the rage, Alien Nation took the genre’s staples and threw a bit of sci-fi into the mix. In a future Los Angeles where extraterrestrials live among humans, an Earth-born cop (James Caan) is reluctantly partnered with an alien law enforcer (Mandy Potenkin); as they solve a case involving murder and narcotics, their antipathy eventually gives way to friendship and respect. It was familiar stuff, even back then, but the sci-fi angle gave it a certain freshness, not to mention a neat (if less than subtle) allegory for racial intolerance and hatred.

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Nearly 30 years later,
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Allegiance, The Nutcracker and Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time top our December Events list

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Allegiance, The Nutcracker and Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time top our December Events listAllegiance, The Nutcracker and Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time top our December Events listScott Goodyer11/30/2017 10:14:00 Am

The holidays are just around the corner and we've got some fantastic holiday event screenings on our big screens to get you in that festive mood! Check out our list below and stay warm out there!

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For four regular season and three playoff games leading up to Super Bowl Lii, NFL screenings will be hosted at Cineplex’s luxurious, adults-only VIP Cinemas, where football fans can cheer on their favourite team from ultra-wide, luxury recliners. Fans will also enjoy in-seat food and beverage service throughout the game from an expanded menu, which includes a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits as well as classic game-day favourites likes burgers,
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First Look at Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ Sets the Stage for a Massacre

If there’s one sure bet for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, it’s the latest film by Mike Leigh. Most recently, the director stopped by the festival with Another Year and Mr. Turner, and now he’s finishing up his new film, Peterloo. The story follows the British government facing off against 60,000 during a protest in which 15 died with more having numerous injuries.

The first image has now been revealed, featuring Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear) addressing the crowd of reformers as they gather at St. Peter’s Field ahead of the massacre. “There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” Leigh said. “Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.”

See the photo below, courtesy of Amazon Studios, for the film also starring Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Philip Jackson,
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Fan-Made Poster Imagines Addams Family Reboot With Oscar Isaac And Eva Green

A movie reboot of The Addams Family has long been in the works. For years, the plan was for Tim Burton – natch – to direct a stop-motion film featuring the ooky, kooky brood. However, once he vacated the project back in 2014, things stalled. Word has it, though, that it’s being reignited as a CGI flick from MGM. Conrad Vernon, the co-director of the R-rated Sausage Party, is set to helm, working off a script from Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House).

While that’s all well and good, the internet still has its heart set on a live-action movie. Social media users have even collectively agreed on the perfect actors to resurrect Gomez and Morticia: Oscar Isaac and Eva Green. The idea has been doing the rounds online for a while, but now, Boss Logic has set his digital art skills into imagining what such a film would look like,
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Guerrilla: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Showtime?

Vulture WatchWhat will become of Jas and Marcus? Has the Guerrilla TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Guerrilla season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?A love story on the Showtime premium cable channel, Guerrilla stars Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Idris Elba, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Gibson, Nathaniel Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough, Brandon Scott, Zawe Ashton, Bella Dayne, Wunmi Mosaku, and Nicholas Pinnock. The political drama takes place in racially charged 1970s London. It centers on Jas Mitra (Pinto) and Marcus Hill (Ceesay), a politically active couple and the rise of the British Black Panther movement. Read More…
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Doctor Who and tabloid rumours: when have they got it right?

Mark Harrison Aug 24, 2017

When have tabloid rumours been spot on about Doctor Who, and when have they been, er, less accurate?

“Look Who's the Doc's new assistant!” On Tuesday, the Mirror's front page trumpeted an exclusive reveal that Bradley Walsh would be Jodie Whittaker's companion in the new series of Doctor Who.

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The one-time Sarah Jane Adventures guest star would be the first companion actor to have hosted a quiz show with the same name as a 1960s serial, but beyond trivia, the report has been fairly well received as far as we can see – Walsh is a decent actor, who's worked with incoming executive producer Chris Chibnall before on Law & Order UK, and a fun screen presence. But given the source, might it all be a load of bobbins?
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Rupert Everett: ‘I was living in terror for my life when Aids began’

The star of new comedy Quacks had his big break in 1981, but spent the period in ‘sheer panic’ watching friends die. He talks about fear, flops and coming back from the wilderness years

In one way, Quacks is a natural place to find Rupert Everett. The keenly British comedy has “something of the Carry On, Stanley Baxter era” about it, he says – a sharp, playful script; a generous, gracious ensemble cast also featuring Rory Kinnear and Mathew Baynton; very accurate historical detail, such as Everett’s thunderous physician trying to cure what sounds like cystitis with the topical application of a baked potato. Really, what could be more fitting? Who else would you cast?

Yet the legacy of his first, dazzling appearance into British culture, the stage and then film version of Another Country, means that if you were alive and at all conscious in the early 1980s, you can
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Quacks: a medical comedy that will have you in stitches

Rory Kinnear’s leonine sawbone leads the cast in a gloriously grim and hilarious trip into the rock’n’roll world of Victorian medicine

Meet Robert Lessing, a Victorian surgeon who is lustrous of hair, vast of ego and handy with a hacksaw. Robert can amputate a leg in 92 seconds, which is a good deal longer than it takes him to relieve a lady of her corsetry while off his tits on absinthe. He has performed more than a thousand procedures in front of rapt audiences who, in the age of God-fearing morality, can’t get enough of squirting pus and the sound of steel hitting bone.

Robert, played with virtuoso dickishness by Rory Kinnear, is one of the gaggle of medics strutting their surgical stuff in Quacks (15 August, 10pm, BBC2), a deliciously gruesome comedy-drama set in 1840s London. There’s also Tom Basden’s John, a dentist and fledgling
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The BBC have cancelled Count Arthur Strong

Kirsten Howard Aug 8, 2017

Series 3 of Graham Linehan and Steve Delaney's Count Arthur Strong will be its last, the BBC have revealed...

Sad news for fans of Count Arthur Strong, we're afraid: the BBC have decided not to pursue a fourth series of the cult show.

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"There are no current plans for a further series of Count Arthur Strong on the BBC," a BBC spokesman said, with a source adding, "It's just sadly reached the end of the line for now. Count Arthur Strong is such a loved character amongst the fans, I'm sure he'll live on beyond the series."

The series does seem to have been given its best possible chances, having moved
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How James Bond 25 could reinvent the franchise

Mark Harrison Jul 26, 2017

James Bond 25 will arrive in November 2019. Eon Productions still has much to consider...

This feature contains spoilers for Spectre.

It was announced this week that James Bond Will Return in November 2019, for the 25th movie in the series. After the box office reception and subsequent backlash against the previous film, 2015's Spectre, there has been much speculation about the next film taking on a radically different approach, from casting to storytelling.

The signs strongly point towards Daniel Craig reprising his role for a fifth time, according to a report in the Mirror earlier this month and a recent confirmation in the New York Times that his return was “a done deal”. Despite Craig's much repeated quote about slashing his wrists rather than returning, which the actor has since put down to being overtired by the junket schedule, it certainly looks like he's coming back for one last go.
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‘Count Arthur Strong: The Complete Third Series’ DVD Review

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Steve Delaney, Bronagh Gallagher, David Plimmer, Andy Linden | Created by Steve Delaney

When I’ve seen Count Arthur Strong on television, I do tend to watch the odd episode, but I never seem to have the time to stick with it. Reviewing Count Arthur Strong: The Complete Third Series though has allowed me to take time with it, and give it the chance it deserves.

In the third series of Count Arthur Strong, we see the character played by creator Steve Delaney along with his friends making Michael Baker’s (Rory Kinnear) life complicated. Whether it is Strong joining Scientology, performing an exorcism or going on a day trip, things are never normal in the world of Count Arthur Strong.

Having not experienced the radio show beginnings of Count Arthur Strong, my view on the character is that created in the television show. The character himself takes some getting used to,
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge now bookmakers’ favourite for the next Doctor in Doctor Who

With Peter Capaldi set to make his exit from Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, the speculation as to who will be the next actor to take on the iconic role of the Time Lord is really heating up.

Although Death Valley star Kris Marshall was widely tipped to have already secured the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, we now have a new bookies’ favourite in Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, while Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) have both entered the betting after an influx of bets pointing towards the first ever female Doctor.

“A female Doctor Who definitely looks to be in the making as women dominate the betting after a massive reshuffle off the back of Peter Capaldi filming his final scenes as the time lord,” said Aoife Heffron of BoyleSports. “When the news broke that Capaldi would be stepping down as Doctor Who,
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Guerrilla: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Showtime?

Vulture WatchWhat will become of Jas and Marcus? Has the Guerrilla TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Guerrilla season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?A love story on the Showtime premium cable channel, Guerrilla stars Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Idris Elba, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Gibson, Nathaniel Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough, Brandon Scott, Zawe Ashton, Bella Dayne, Wunmi Mosaku, and Nicholas Pinnock. The political drama takes place in racially charged 1970s London. It centers on Jas Mitra (Pinto) and Marcus Hill (Ceesay), a politically active couple and the rise of the British Black Panther movement. Read More…
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Count Arthur Strong review – Delaney's dummies dish up a glorious shambles

Steve Delaney’s hapless comedian is back for a third series, and its gleeful mix of visual gags and absurdist dialogue puts to bed the idea that he is ill suited to TV

I’ll confess that the first time I encountered Count Arthur Strong (BBC1), I didn’t get it. I caught the second half of an episode of his Radio 4 show while driving, and thought I was listening to a live broadcast going genuinely wrong. It took me a while, but eventually I wised up. Or, it might be more fair to say, I gave in.

Now back for a third TV series, Steve Delaney’s befuddled music hall comedian is ensconced in Bulent’s Cafe, where trouble comes to him. Last night Michael (Rory Kinnear), the writer son of the Count’s old comedy partner, was trying to prevent Arthur from meeting his new agent and her wife,
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Count Arthur Strong series 3 air date confirmed

Louisa Mellor May 4, 2017

Series 3 of Count Arthur Strong will start on BBC One on Friday the 19th of May at 8.30pm

Series three of Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan's extremely funny, warm-hearted sitcom Count Arthur Strong was completed last year and has been waiting in the BBC vaults for a suitable time slot.

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And lo! What a slot has been found: Friday nights at half past eight on BBC One, starting from the 19th of May. It's the perfect position for the family-friendly show, which was pushed out at a bemusingly late hour last series, following its move from BBC Two to the flagship channel after the first run.
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Everything London Actors Need To Do This Week, 4/24–4/30

Maybe the audition didn’t go so well or your evil drama teacher tutted during the emotional climax of the scene you’ve been working on for weeks. But fear not! London is here, ready and waiting to entertain and cheer you, one event at a time… Build bridges.If the first “proper” West End theatre opening in 80 years isn’t enough to get you interested, what about the fact that the new Bridge Theatre is run by the guys who used to run the National (Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr)? They’ve just announced their debut season and it includes Ben Whishaw in “Julius Caesar” and Rory Kinnear in a new comedy called “Young Marx.” Booking opens on April 27, so not get in at the very start of what might soon become a London institution. (Tickets start at £15 for under 26s) Jumble it up.The humble jumble sale—a
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Spectre: Rory Kinnear on the late changes to the film

Louisa Mellor Simon Brew Apr 21, 2017

Rory Kinnear gives an insight on how a big sequence on Spectre was turned around very quickly...

It’s little secret that the last James Bond movie, Spectre, faced a bit of a rush to make it to the screen in time. As we detailed in this article here, Spectre didn’t start filming until ten months before it was due to be released, and director Sam Mendes only signed off his final cut a few days before the first press screening of the movie.

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Rory Kinnear, who plays Tanner in the James Bond movies, has opened up a little about just how hectic things were on the set of Spectre, in a new interview with this very site.

“The most fun thing
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