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2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad. Our countdown of the best TV shows of the past twelve months concludes today.
Watch the video above for our celebratory quick guide to the top 25 dramas of the year, then read on to find out more about the shows we crowned our favourite TV of the year.
Additional material by Catriona Wightman and Ben Lee
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 10-6
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 15-11
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
In a year where many supposedly bright new comedies left us feeling a bit disappointed, we could always rely on Brooklyn Nine-Nine to actually make us laugh out loud.
There's very little deadwood among the sparkling cast, and one of the »
Directors Edgar Wright and Cary Fukunaga and actress Winona Ryder are among the jurors selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The trio will serve on the U.S. Dramatic jury, while screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and actress Brit Marling are part of the group that will award the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the depiction of science in film. Read more Sundance: Premieres Lineup Courts Controversy The festival, which runs Jan. 22-Feb. 1, named the members of its six juries, which will award prizes at the annual indie film pilgrimage to Park City, Utah. Comedian Tig Notaro will host
- Tatiana Siegel
Cinematographer Lance Acord, film editor Sarah Flack, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, actress Winona Ryder and “The World’s End” director Edgar Wright have been named as the dramatic feature jury members for next month’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Sundance Institute announced Thursday the members of the six juries. Tig Notaro will host the festival’s feature film awards ceremony on Jan. 31 in Park City.
Notaro exec produced the documentary “Tig,” about her life, which will have its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section.
The U.S. documentary jury includes Eugene Hernandez, deputy director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson; NPR host Michele Norris; producer Gordon Quinn; and Roger Ross Williams, director of “God Loves Uganda.”
The world cinema dramatic »
- Dave McNary
The juries for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have been announced, and there are some really talented people set to preside over the upcoming fest. Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder, and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga are among those set for the U.S. Dramatic Jury, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Another Earth co-writer Brit Marling have been tapped to join the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognizes science in film. Other notable jurors include Mia Hansen-Løve on the World Cinema Dramatic Jury and NPR correspondent Michele Norris on the U.S. Documentary Jury. This is quite a lineup to match what’s already shaping up to be a very promising slate of films that will premiere and screen in Utah in January. Check out the full lists of jurors for the various categories after the jump, and stay tuned to Collider in January for our full coverage from the festival. »
- Adam Chitwood
Ava DuVernay isn't afraid of a challenge. She made the leap from mini-budgeted indies ("I Will Follow," "Middle Of Nowhere") to directing the $20 million "Selma," a film about the most important Civil Rights leader of our time, Martin Luther King Jr. And for her next gig, the scope of her storytelling will be even grander. In an interview with The Guardian, the filmmaker stated that she will be tackling an "eight to 10 episode cable TV series" that she will direct herself. There's no title, network, or plot details specified, but the show will follow the thematic thread in much of her work and explore "the black experience in America." And that sounds great. With the new golden age of television in full swing, DuVernay will be joining folks like Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") and Steven Soderbergh ("The Knick"), who are not only using the format of television to tell bigger stories, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Over the past month, we polled 116 culture creators, mavens, and movers and shakers about the year in movies, TV, books, music, memes, and more. The wide-ranging results showed that the respondents were just as bedazzled by their cohorts’ output as we were—and, sometimes, just as rankled, too.Respondents: Christopher Abbott, Jack Antonoff, Patricia Arquette, Michael Barker, Robert Battle, Leslie Bibb, Michael Bierut, Lisa Birnbach, André Bishop, Kate Bosworth, Katrina Bowden, Lorraine Boyle, Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Brownstein, Mika Brzezinski, Gemma Burgess, Jenna Busch, Robert Caro, Wyatt Cenac, Michael Chernus, Olivia Cheng, Anna Chlumsky, Ellar Coltrane, Ruth Connell, Brady Corbet, Katie Couric, Sloane Crosley, Tyne Daly, Adam David Thompson, Lea DeLaria, Jacopo Della Quercia, Laura Dern, Anna Deavere Smith, Eamon Dolan, Jane Dystel, Scott Eastwood, Mona Fastvold, Chaz Ebert, Louise Erdrich, Julia Fierro, Rupert Friend, Cary Fukunaga, Willie Geist, Betty Gilpin, Jon Glaser, Andy Grammer, Lev Grossman, Chin Han, Jon Hamm, »
- Vulture Editors
From the apparent death of the romantic sitcom to the resurgence of superhero shows, there have been a lot of developments in television over the year. But if there is one trend that has defined 2014 in television, it has been the migration of directors to the small screen for season-long projects. While not an idea that’s unique to the year, as the Jane Campion-helmed first season of Top of the Lake signalled the trend in 2013, this year’s television firmly established the migration as something more than a novelty.
Of course, big name directors hopping in for an episode or two of shows they are executive producers on is nothing new. Martin Scorsese’s direction in the pilot no doubt convinced some people to give Boardwalk Empire a chance, as did Neil Marshall’s work on the pilot of Constantine »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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Time may be a flat circle, but enough has rotated that some of the lustre has left True Detective. HBO’s prestige procedural felt dazzling on-screen – spanning 17 years, a meaty, two-hander between damaged, driven cop Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and his self-righteous, self-deluding partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) against the pungent backdrop of the Louisiana bayou. Cohle and Hart did not banter over corndogs like Starsky and Hutch. Instead, there were fractious arguments in a suffocating car. Whenever Cohle embarked on another nihilistic monologue about the nature of evil, Hart looked about ready to snap off the steering wheel.
Things were just as interesting behind-the-scenes. »
- Graeme Virtue
10. The Leftovers
There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.
The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »
Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.
Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
. "black-ish" (ABC)
. "House of Lies" (Showtime)
. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)
. Kevin Hart »
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- The Deadline Team
The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” are among the actors who were cited.
Boseman, Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are all portraying real-life people.
In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees. ABC did well, earning three of the five drama-series nominations. Also notable was Lifetime’s scoring seven of the 10 nominations in the two lead acting categories for telefilm/miniseries/dramatic special.
(Pictured: “Dear White People »
- Variety Staff
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
(Pictured: “Dear White People”)
Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:
Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures »
- Variety Staff
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.
"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.
A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.
The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, »
- Katie Roberts
Let many of us, we’re sure you’re in the full swing of all things Christmas…wait, you’re not and you’re still struggling for those extra ideas? Well, we’ve been scouring the web and High Street for the finest film present ideas that’ll either be something a little different or just right for that TV or film fan you know. So you’ve come to the perfect place as Thn are offering up a tantalising array of inspirational gifts ideas!
We should start with the ultimate in modern awesomeness, HBO box-sets with some stunning television that’s changed the way we look at the small screen in the last year or two – with something for everyone’s stocking. We’ve put together a selection from every genre, whether it’s for a fan of comedy, crime, action dramas or classic TV series, there’s sure »
- Dan Bullock
There will be two films based on Stephen King's mammoth tome, It, and the first is set to shoot in 2015.
Big screen adaptations of Stephen King books are once again becoming more commonplace again, it seems. We already know that The Fault In Our Stars' Josh Boone is bringing The Stand to the screen, across four planned movies. And our chums at Den Of Geek Us have rounded up a look at every Stephen King movie and TV project in development right here. Spoiler: there are a lot of them.
And one of them is the planned new take on It. It - about the most search engine unfriendly title for anything you could come up with - was previously a successful miniseries, best known for Tim Curry's haunting take on Pennywise the Clown. Well, he's scared the bejesus out of us when we were younger, so »
One aspect of The Missing that I haven't yet mentioned is that it is yet another entry to the "one director" trend on TV that has yielded exceptional results. Others have included True Detective (Cary Fukunaga) and The Knick (Stephen Soderbergh); like True Detective, The Missing also features the same writer (or pair of writers: Harry and Jack Williams), which adds a really beautiful cohesion to the material, both visually and narratively (which is so important given its dueling timelines). Hit the jump for why guilt is a cancer. There were several things to love about the way "Gone Fishing" was crafted. After such an intense third episode (that included Antoine's murder, as well as Tony and the police seeing the video of a crying Oliver being pulled away from a window), "Gone Fishing" slowed things down, and opened up a new narrative path. I've mentioned in the past the »
- Allison Keene
According to reports author Stephen King has given his blessing to a 2-part feature film adaption of his 'killer clown' novel "It", to be directed by Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") and produced by Dan Lin, starting production summer 2015:
"...a group of childhood friends are haunted by an evil entity that takes the form of a demonic clown called 'Pennywise'. When Pennywise returns to stalk friends in their adulthood, the friends fight back to stop the evil spirit once and for all..."
The first part of the film will follow Pennywise terrorizing the friends when they are children. The second installment will feature the adult children fighting back.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the "It" TV mini-series »
- Michael Stevens
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