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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic (Black) Friday? A new video celebrates 20 years of memorable Pixar movies, we have a supercut of improbable movie weapons and the top 10 movie scenes of all time. But wait, there's more! We have a new breakdown of Easter Eggs in the first Captain America: Civil War trailer and a humorous comic that shows what superheroes are thankful for! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs
After breaking down all of the Easter Eggs in Marvel's Jessica Jones earlier this week, Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new video that showcases the Easter Eggs and references in the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. »
Exclusive: TrustNordisk/Zentropa and Brain Academy are partnering on an eight-part TV series.
Danish sales powerhouse TrustNordisk and its parent production company Zentropa are developing a major TV thriller series in partnership with Swedish TV veteran Peter Settman’s new production company, Brain Academy.
The planned eight-part series is adapted from UK writer Alex Scarrow’s 2007 novel Last Light.
The story looks at the breakdown of global society over just one week – starting with attacks on the world’s oil supply, creating an imminent oil shortage. During seven days the anonymous terrorists hold the planet hostage while the world rapidly collapses. The disaster is seen through the eyes of one family, including a London-based oil engineer and his estranged 21-year-old daughter.
Although the series is created by Los Angeles and Stockholm-based writer Soni Jorgensen and Brain Academy partner Patrik Ehrnst, there are a group of writers in discussions but none can be announced yet. Writers and directors »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Nordic digital platform Viaplay is plotting its first original series, titled Swedish Dicks.
The series is about two Swedes working as unlicensed private investigators in downtown Los Angeles.
Settman said: “We are thrilled to deliver the first Viaplay original series, starring the largest names from Sweden’s acting and humor elite. Swedish Dicks is nothing you have ever seen before, the perfect mixture of laugh-out-loud moments and dialogues with a more serious undertone.”
The series will start showing throughout the Nordics, exclusively on Viaplay, in 2016.
Viaplay is part of the Modern Times Group.
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- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”
These words, once spoken by Steve Jobs, are nowhere to be found in “Steve Jobs,” probably because they would have been entirely redundant. From first frame to last, Danny Boyle’s movie is all business, all the time — a hyper-caffeinated Silicon Valley farce whose very structure mocks any sane notion of work-life balance. For two hours we watch as the iconic Apple entrepreneur (played with monomaniacal intensity by Michael Fassbender) prepares for three potentially game-changing product launches, attending to his messy personal affairs in the spare moments he doesn’t have. Around and around he goes, barking orders, accelerating deadlines, making last-minute adjustments and bickering, bickering, bickering with his other colleagues, as though determined to elevate their blood pressure to a »
- Justin Chang
Dukes exist for the same purpose as the rest of the English aristocracy – to amuse everyone else on television
Dukedoms are created by the monarch – because someone played well in a war, maybe, or just because someone was the king’s bastard son. There hasn’t been a new one since Queen Victoria’s reign (neither the Thin White Duke nor the the Dukes of Hazzard were proper, official dukes). Now there are just 24 left and, although some still have a lot of land, they are not that important any more. They really exist for the same purpose as the rest of the English aristocracy – to amuse everyone else, on television. Which is what they are doing, rather well, in Modern Times: The Last Dukes (BBC2).
Oh, this is a lady: Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill. But she is the daughter of a previous duke of Marlborough, and auntie of the current one, »
- Sam Wollaston
A look at one of the country’s largest mental health trusts, the grumpy doc gets a visit from Sigourney Weaver, and eyeboggling action in a terrific DreamWorks caper. Plus: frayed eccentrics in Modern Times: The Last Dukes and Stacey Dooley’s brave reporting in World’s Worst Place to be a Woman
Reheating decades-old dinners might not be the most appealing method of whiling away an afternoon, but that’s the premise for BBC1’s new daily afternoon offering. Chef Brian Turner takes a celebrity back to revist the old stomping grounds of their youth, and to recreate the meals that helped to fuel their formative years. Today’s series debut sees Brian lure Mary Berry back to Bath, with an added opportunity to see how her childhood favourite foods continue to be made today. Mark Gibbings-Jones
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- Mark Gibbings-Jones, Jack Seale, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett
It should surprise precisely nobody that Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne made a single list for Sight & Sound, and it doesn’t strike me as odd that they acted so nonchalant about the effort. Their comments section will say it all: “A random list of ten greatest films.” I do, however, question the extent to which this is “random,” insofar as connections to their oeuvre are concerned, and fellow fans will probably notice commonalities from the word “go.”
All right, yes, The Big Heat doesn’t exactly scream “social realism,” but the concerns shared by many of these pictures — economic and social inequality, for one, as well as the strains they put on romantic and parent-child relationships — rings through the Dardennes’ long career. If Shoah or Modern Times are a bit more dour and comedic (guess which adjective applies to which film) than The Kid with a Bike, they have the qualities of forebears, »
- Nick Newman
Last December, a little movie called The Interview caused a political firestorm. Yanked out of theaters, the subject of rallies for free speech and all of it based on the film’s mockery of real life North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Oddly enough, one of the arguments that came out of this was a group of people who said that movie just shouldn’t poke that bear. Movies shouldn’t wade into foreign policy, make fun of living political leaders, even despots and dictators. The Interview was conceptually daring, but nothing groundbreaking. And mocking real life villains was nothing new. Making its New York premiere 75 years ago this week, in front of the entire world, Charlie Chaplin threw a comic spear in the eye of the biggest villain of them all, Adolf Hitler. That comic spear was The Great Dictator and it would become Chaplin’s magnum opus, a »
- Charlie Sanford
★★★★☆ That the onset of sound in cinema was going to be a problem for Charlie Chaplin, no one appreciated more than the little tramp himself. For several years he persisted in making essentially silent film or for the best part wordless films - i.e. City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936) - with sound effects and score synchronised. His contempt and perhaps fear of the development can be heard in his comment that putting sound on film was like painting a statue. He had a vested interest, but his analogy was also wrong.
- CineVue UK
Scandi media conglom Modern Times Group (Mtg) is set to axe 300 jobs — 7% of its workforce — across Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the U.K. as part of a major restructure to spur its digital growth.
Unveiled today by Jorgen Madsen Lindemann, Mtg CEO, the job cuts will cost the company 700 million kronor ($84 million), while the restructure will allow the firm to save about 600 million kronor ($72 million) every year beginning in 2017.
“The new structure will realign a wide range of functions, increase efficiency levels across the business, yield savings to offset the significant adverse currency effects the group faces and enable reinvestment in the group’s core business and continued digital expansion,” said Lindemann.
As it aims to compete with global players like Netflix, Mtg has recently ramped up its investment in digital media with the acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the online gaming and electronic sports company which operates Esl. Mtg also upped its shares in Splay, »
- Elsa Keslassy
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
Long Lost Family's return proved to be a ratings hit for ITV on Wednesday (June 3), according to overnight figures.
The Davina McCall-fronted series brought in 4.21m (21.5%) at 9pm, while a further 235,000 (1.5%) watched on ITV+1. Earlier, The Cube thrilled 3.07m (16.8%) at 8pm (234k/1.2% on +1).
BBC Two's Antiques Road Trip averaged 940k (5.5%) at 7pm, before Springwatch interested 1.94m (10.7%) at 8pm, and Modern Times continued with 680k (3.7%) at 9.30pm. Newsnight followed with 650k (5.1%) at 10.30pm.
On Channel 4, The Auction House aired to 990k (5.4%) at 8pm (271k/1.4%), while 24 Hours in A&E fascinated 1.75m (9.0%) at 9pm (329k/2.1%). The Job Centre was watched by 650k (4.1%) at 10pm (76k/1.0%).
Channel 5's Caught on Camera entertained 818k (4.2%) at 9pm (57k »
A remarkably sincere exploration of the kinds of ordinary crises that drive men to haul themselves through mud and fire, to climb walls and swim through ice cubes in search of redemption
Modern Times: Weekend Warriors (BBC2) followed a collection of blokes who had signed up for Tough Mudder, one of those extreme, military-style obstacle courses aimed at middle-aged men who have a bone to pick with life. It sounds a great idea for a programme, if not for a weekend.
I once put my name down for one of these things in a spirit of journalistic inquiry, but after reading about an obstacle involving a long crawl through a choice of narrow pipes, not all of which were open at the far end, I threw my wristband in the bin. It sounded like a metaphorical recreation of a midlife crisis, not a cure.
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- Tim Dowling
London-headquartered television distribution company Drg, which is led by Jeremy Fox, is expanding its global reach with the launch of a Los Angeles office, which will work with U.S. broadcasters and producers to add high-end factual and scripted shows to the Drg slate.
Joining the U.S. team will be the newly appointed senior VP of North America, Scott Kirkpatrick, previously with Marvista Entertainment. Kirkpatrick will be responsible for all finished program sales, and will work closely with Drg’s two West Coast-based consultants: Crispin Leyser, who manages the development of the scripted format side of the business, and Hayley Babcock, who is responsible for non-scripted format sales and the acquisition of factual programming in the region.
Fox, CEO of Drg, said: “The U.S. is an important destination for our clients and for TV distribution in general, and this new initiative will allow us to both acquire the best U. »
- Leo Barraclough
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
Britain's Got Talent was a ratings winner for ITV once again on Wednesday (May 27), according to overnight figures.
The show was up 400,000 viewers night-on-night with 8.2m (38.8%) for its third live semi-final between 7.30pm and 9pm, while a further 269,000 (1.2%) tuned in on ITV+1.
BBC Two's A Cook Abroad interested 740k (4.0%) at 7pm, before Springwatch gathered 1.75m (8.1%) at 8pm, and Modern Times brought in 740k (3.8%) at 9.30pm. Newsnight followed with 630k (4.9%) at 10.30pm.
The Supervet averaged 620k (2.8%) for Channel 4 at 8pm (146k/0.7%), while 24 Hours in A&E intrigued 1.66m (7.5%) at 9pm (361k/2.3%).
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