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A bizarre and unsettling British sci-fi series that no traditional American TV network wanted to touch, “Black Mirror” has vaulted into the cultural zeitgeist Stateside after Netflix bought exclusive U.S. streaming rights for the show, whose two seasons originally aired on the U.K.’s Channel 4.
Netflix’s Dec. 1 domestic debut of the anthology series generated a crackle of excitement on social media — and drew renewed attention in Hollywood circles. Robert Downey Jr. was onboard back in 2013, when his Team Downey production company acquired rights to make a film at Warner Bros. based on the show’s “The Entire History of You” episode.
- Todd Spangler
Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks has found her next role following the end of the AMC drama. Hendricks has signed on to star in the Showtime comedy Roadies. The pilot will follow a road and tech crew on their travels during a music tour. Hendricks will play the part of a production manager opposite Luke Wilson who has been cast as the tour manager. Imogene Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes have also been cast in the hour long drama. Roadies comes from Cameron Crowe, who is poised to both write and direct the pilot with Warner Bros. TV and Jj Abrams’ Bad Robot set to produce. Winnie Holzman [ Read More ]
- Sarah Anne Luoma
The director of the grisly British genre pictures “Creep” and “Severance” makes an unexpected segue into cheery comedy fare with the amiably rough-around-the edges “Get Santa.” The tale of an estranged father and son bonding as they attempt to bust Santa Claus out of a London jail and save Christmas, Christopher Smith’s fifth feature packs plenty of family appeal; its timing could have been luckier, however, as it faces competition in the U.K. not just from reliable franchise entry “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!” but also box-office sensation “Paddington.” “Get Santa” opened Dec. 5 with a just-ok £577,000 ($904,000) from 418 cinemas.
Nine-year-old Tom (wide-eyed newcomer Kit Connor) is excited that his dad Steve (Rafe Spall) has been released from prison just in time for Christmas, after a two-year stretch for assisting in a robbery. And it’s Steve he turns to, not mom Alison (Jodie Whittaker) or her new partner, »
- Charles Gant
It looks like Christina Hendricks is dealing with her departure from Sterling Cooper & Partners by hitting the road. According to multiple sources, the Mad Men actress has joined the main cast of Roadies, a music-centric comedy created, written and to be directed by Jerry Maguire helmer Cameron Crowe for premium cable network Showtime.
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of individuals involved in a massively successful rock tour, as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will take on the meaty role of Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is ““ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”
Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also on board the ensemble series in main roles, but Hendricks’ involvement just makes us more excited for what’s sure to be a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Black Mirror isn’t really sci-fi, it’s more like now after a couple of software updates – and it’s quite terrifying
I got blocked once, by @Lord_Sugar as it happens. I’m not sure why, maybe he saw me as a threat, in business. It wasn’t actually too upsetting, but then I wasn’t in a relationship with him – hardly knew him at all, to be honest. And he only blocked me on Twitter, not in real life, as people can do here sometime in the future, in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: White Christmas (Channel 4). So they can’t see you or hear you, nor you them: you’re both just muffled silhouettes, digital ghosts. That’s what happens to poor Joe (Rafe Spall).
It’s typical – and typically brilliant – Black Mirror. Brooker takes something that’s already here, like blocking, and pushes it forward in time. »
- Sam Wollaston
This review contains spoilers.
Charlie Brooker’s been hiding something. Beneath that hugely entertaining mantle of misanthropy and idiocy-skewering invective, beats the charitable heart of a man who wants us all to care a little bit more. If there’s a lesson to White Christmas - a trio of Black Mirror stories about the consequences of loneliness and ostracisation - it would be to stop, think, and empathise.
White Christmas’ first story introduces us to Matt (Jon Hamm, whose matinee idol good looks cast him perfectly as the kind of swaggering, smug Yank an intensely British drama like Black Mirror would instantly mistrust). Alongside his day job, Matt runs a seedy side-line as a pickup artist coach and wank conductor to a voyeuristic choir of online pervs.
Taking Google Glass to its logical conclusion, »
Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: White Christmas is set to air on Channel 4 tonight, and to whet our appetites a clip from the feature-length special has arrived online, which we’ve got for you right here…
- Gary Collinson
Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot Roadies has received a shot of sass with the news that Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks is joining the cast. She’ll get on the bus alongside Imogen Poots (fast becoming the most ubiquitous name in showbiz) and Luke Wilson in this comedic take on the behind the scenes craziness of a rock tour. Promising territory and one ex-music journo Crowe is no stranger to. He covered similar ground in 2000’s Almost Famous. Hendricks will play production manager Shelli, described as “tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.” Not a million miles away from her role as Joan in Mm, but no less welcome for it.
- Steve Palace
Inspired by Christmas traditions from all over Europe, Paul and Mary whip up an international ensemble of bakes, including Scandinavian St Lucia buns, Genoa cake and a showstopping Kransekake.
The Flash: Sky1, 8pm
The wait is over. In the first of two Flash/Arrow crossover special episodes, Barry comes up against a meddlesome metahuman named Ray G Bivolo, who possesses the power to manipulate people's emotions.
It's clear he can't face the villain on his own, so he gets help from Starling City's hero. But things don't get off to a good start when Oliver tells the speedster that he still has a lot to learn.
The Missing: BBC One, 9pm
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While Christina Hendricks just recently wrapped shooting the final episode of Mad Men, the actress has already lined up a prestigious follow-up project. Hendricks has joined the cast of the new Showtime pilot Roadies, which was created, written, and will be directed by filmmaker Cameron Crowe. The show follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes, the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will play a character named Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is described as “ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.” The cast was already filling out quite nicely with Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, and Rafe Spall onboard, but Hendricks makes a positively excellent addition. More after the jump. While Crowe created Roadies and will be intimately involved in the series as an executive producer, Winnie Holzman »
- Adam Chitwood
The History Channel released a rip-roaring new trailer for their upcoming miniseries, Sons of Liberty, and introduces the titular group of radicals as they initiated a revolution. While the subject matter can be a little heavy, History's take highlights a more invigorated depiction of the men who took on the Revolutionary War. From a boozy Benjamin Franklin (Dean Norris) to a powder-puffed John Hancock (Rafe Spall), take a look at the trailer, which depicts the founding fathers mission as a rollicking, action-packed act of rebellion. The three-night miniseries will begin on the History Channel at 9 p.m. Et on Sunday, »
- Teresa Jue
Even though Mad Men won’t be ending until this coming spring, it already sounds like Christina Hendricks may have another series regular gig all lined up. The actress, who plays Joan Harris on the AMC period drama, has signed on to star alongside Luke Wilson in Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot Roadies. The potential series will be an hour-long comedy that focuses on the crew members behind the scenes of a successful rock tour (sounds a little similar to Crowe’s Almost Famous, no?). In Roadies, Hendricks will play Shelli, the band’s production manager and work partner to Wilson’s character Bill. The character description for Shelli states that she is “tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.” In addition to Hendricks and Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also set to star in the pilot, which will shoot in Vancouver. »
- Chris King
Most of the cast for Cameron Crowe and Winnie Holzman’s new Us cable comedy Roadies has already been assembled. But there are one or two key roles still to be filled, with Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks signing on.Roadies, which charts similar territory to Crowe’s Almost Famous, follows the day-to-day dramas of a successful rock tour. He’s writing and directing the pilot, which finds Luke Wilson as road-weary, sleep-deprived tour manager Bill, the best in the business. Imogen Poots will be Kelly Ann, a first-tier tech genius with second-tier people skills, Keisha Castle-Hughes is the band’s outspoken sound mixer Donna, while Rafe Spall will be a successful British financial adviser sent to oversee the band’s budget despite knowing nothing about the music. And there’s also Peter Cambor, as a guitar tech with questionable personal hygiene but amazing charm.Hendricks has scored the role of Shelli, »
Mad Men's Christina Hendricks has found her next gig. The five-time Emmy nominee will star in Showtime's Roadies one-hour comedy pilot, which follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour. Hendricks will play the fictional band’s production manager. She's joining a strong cast on the pilot, including the previously announced Luke Wilson (Old School), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider). Hendricks is best known for AMC's Mad Men, which will air its final episodes in the spring. She'll also be seen in the film Dark Places, »
- James Hibberd
The casting is a coup for Showtime, as Hendricks has no shortage of options for her first post-“Mad Men” TV gig. “Roadies” revolves around the lives of the road and tech crew of a rock band on a mega tour. Hendricks will play band’s tough and ingenious production manager who is the right-hand to the tour manager played by Wilson.
Crowe is writing the hourlong pilot and will direct for Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. Winnie Holzman is on board to serve as showrunner. “Roadies” is scheduled to lense in Vancouver in early 2015.
Hendricks has been a sought-after leading lady ever since “Mad Men” provided her breakout role as the savvy secretary-turned-executive Joan Harris on “Mad Men.” She’s been featured in numerous indie and studio features, »
- Cynthia Littleton
In the one-hour comedy pilot, which follows the day-to-day workings of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of the behind-the-scenes crew members, Hendricks will play Shelli, the band’s production manager — and thus work partner to Luke Wilson’s Bill. Shelli is described as “married to her job — and scary-good at it.”
Mad Men's Christina Hendricks is joining the cast of Cameron Crowe's Showtime pilot Roadies, the network announced today. The show is set within a tour of a successful rock band and is largely told through the crew members' eyes. Hendricks will play Shelli, the band's production manager, who's described in the press release as "tough, but privately emotional, married to her job … and scary-good at it." Well, okay. Hendricks joins the previously cast Luke Wilson, who plays the tour manager; Imogen Poots, who plays an electrical technician; Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays the sound mixer; Peter Cambor, who plays a guitar tech; and Rafe Spall, the financial manager sent to babysit the crew. The pilot shoots early next year, with Crowe writing and directing the first ep, My So-Called Life's Winnie Holzman as showrunner, and J.J. Abrams among the executive producers. Hendricks has had several film roles during »
- Margaret Lyons
This interview contains a spoiler for, er, The Snowman.
Airing tonight on Channel 4 is White Christmas, a feature-length episode of Black Mirror that weaves together three tech-paranoia tales set against the backdrop of the festive season. Writer Charlie Brooker likens the special to a selection box - a sound description if you can imagine Cadbury’s substituting Crunchies and Curly Wurlies for tragicomic ruminations on voyeurism, torture and ostracisation.
It’s a terrific ninety minutes; funny, acerbic and eventually horrifying. It feels exactly like watching a condensed series of Black Mirror in a single sitting, which should be both recommendation and warning to fans of the show. However disturbing a reflection of our world Brooker shows us though, in his own words, “There’s nothing in that that »
If all the pre-Christmas cheer is getting a bit much for you, then the new Black Mirror special from Charlie Brooker is essential viewing - a tech horror story in three acts, 'White Christmas' explores the dark side of Yuletide.
Brooker, though, insists that the decidedly un-festive special is not intended as a riposte to traditional Christmas programming - even if he objects to the manner in which certain parties exploit sentimentality at this time of year.
"I think it's f**king incredible that a f**king supermarket has turned the First World War into an advert for a f**king chocolate bar - I think it's staggering," he begins.
"Having said that, I quite like Christmas specials - but I missed the tradition of having ghost stories at Christmas.
"It felt like if we were going to be doing a big one-off Black Mirror then Christmas was »
It's a helluva good year for Christmas telly.
With so much on the box, you might even struggle to find time for opening gifts or munching down a Turkey dinner.
So in the spirit of giving, Digital Spy presents a handy guide to the top TV shows this festive period - these are the 12 picks you absolutely can't miss.
Tuesday, December 16 at 9pm on Channel 4
Get your Christmas off to a decidedly un-cheery start with the return of Charlie Brooker's brilliantly bleak Black Mirror. Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin star in three interlinked stories exploring the dark side of Yuletide.
Monday, December 22 at 9pm on BBC Two
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