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Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 1 – ‘Nosedive’

22 October 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews Black Mirror – ‘Nosedive’…

We can all pretty much stop now and agree that Charlie Brooker is a genius, right? Love him or not as a personality presenting the Wipe program on the BBC or his Guardian articles/books, but Black Mirror has within two painfully short seasons on Channel 4 become The Twilight Zone of its generation, with Brooker the Rod Serling heir apparent. The third season, bought up shrewdly by Netflix and marketed craftily as a ‘Netflix Original’ (sure guys, sure), has been hugely anticipated with more episodes, as much money as Brooker wanted, and a flotilla of well-known stars from both sides of the Atlantic queuing up to be part of his futuristic anthology shining a terrifying light on technology of tomorrow and how it can illuminate today. ‘Nosedive’, much like the previous episode ‘White Christmas’, taps into something relevant, powerful and enormously scary about modern social media. »

- Tony Black

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Ranking Black Mirror Episodes From Worst to Best

21 October 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Liam Hoofe ranks the Black Mirror episodes from worst to best…

On the rare occasion I bump into someone who claims that television shows are all the same I point them in the direction of Black Mirror. The Charlie Brooker penned anthology series is one of the most innovative and daring shows to have aired this decade, with comparisons to The Twilight Zone and the writing of George Orwell being just. To celebrate the third season arriving on Netflix, here is a look back at the seven episodes that have aired since the show’s debut back in 2011…

The Waldo Moment (Season 2, Episode 3)

It’s testament to the brilliance of Black Mirror that its weakest outing is still a thoroughly entertaining episode of TV. Brooker seems to take easier targets in the final episode of season two and the episode never really has the impact that some of the previous outings do. »

- Liam Hoofe

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Black Mirror series 3 review

20 October 2016 4:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Oct 21, 2016

Prepare to be unsettled, Black Mirror is back. Here are spoiler-filled capsule reviews of the six new episodes available now on Netflix…

Warning: contains spoilers for Black Mirror series 3

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Authenticity is the core theme of Black Mirror’s third series. The question of what is and isn’t an authentic experience comes up several times in the six new stories. With sci-fi takes on different genres—comedic satire, survival horror, romance, military action and detective mystery—and one episode with no future tech at all, Black Mirror plays with perspective and examines what distinguishes the real from the virtual, the impossibility of authentic relationships when social interaction has become an economy, and what might cause us to knowingly opt for inauthenticity over reality.

With spoilers, »

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In November 2016, Including ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

20 October 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners to romantic comedies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service. Enjoy.

1. “Under the Sun” (available November 11)

Directed by Vitaly Manski, the documentary follows a year in the life of a family in Pyongyang, North Korea as their eight-year-old daughter, Zin-mi, prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the Day of the Shining Star.

2. “The Ivory Game” (available November 14)

Directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the documentary sheds a light on the seedy underbelly of elephant poaching in Africa and black market ivory trading in China.

Read More: ‘The Ivory Game,’ Produced By Leonardo DiCaprio, Is a Shocking Look at an Underground Marketplace — Telluride Review

3. “Just Friends” (available November 14)

On a lighter note, who »

- Liz Calvario

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Black Mirror series 3 interview: Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones

18 October 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Oct 19, 2016

Ahead of Black Mirror series 3 arriving on Netflix, here's our spoiler-free chat with writer Charlie Brooker and producer Annabel Jones

Six years ago this month, Charlie Brooker took leave of his weekly TV column at The Guardian with a blistering final entry that was half mea culpa, half montage of his best bits. In it, he explained that after a decade, the fun had seeped out of writing cruel but honkingly funny caricatures of small screen personalities. It no longer felt okay to earn a living by describing David Dickinson as an “ageing Thundercat” or Anne Widdecombe as having “a face like a haunted cave in Poland”.

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Brooker’s growing TV writing and presenting career had turned him from poacher to gamekeeper. You couldn’t sustain that act while mixing in showbiz circles, »

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‘Holiday Inn’: Will Irving Berlin musical register with Tony Awards voters?

17 October 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical,” an adaptation of the beloved 1942 film in which Bing Crosby introduced “White Christmas,” opened on the rialto recently. This tuner features that Oscar-winning song as well as others from the film as well as Berlin’s extensive catalogue of classics. Recent Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and […] »

- David Buchanan

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TV Review: ‘Black Mirror,’ Series 3

13 October 2016 7:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For five years, Charlie Brooker has been playing out his fears and fantasies about the fraught interactions between technology, society, and the security state with his infrequent anthology series “Black Mirror.” From the get-go, what’s been intriguing about the show is how high-concept its elaborately cyberpunk horror stories are. The actors are frequently well-known film stars, such as Jon Hamm, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jessica Findlay-Brown. And despite running just about an hour in length, each episode has found a way to establish a world, with its own rules and proprietary technologies, before finding a way to ruthlessly cut to the core of its contradictions.

For example, in “National Anthem,” the first episode of the show’s first season, in 2011, the prime minister (Rory Kinnear) is forced — through a combination of media exposure, celebrity hostage, and security concerns — to have sex with a pig on live television. It’s just a 48-minute episode, and »

- Sonia Saraiya

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FrightFest 2016: Red Christmas review

29 August 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ On the colour wheel, Craig Anderson's Red Christmas is more Bob Clark's Black Christmas than Michael Curtiz's White Christmas. While it's tempting to bring them together as a Yuletide triptych, a 'Three Colours Christmas' triple-bill (Krzysztof Kieślowski missed a trick with that one), Anderson's comic slasher doesn't quite earn its wings as a potential future classic, nevertheless it's very funny and another welcome indicator that antipodean genre cinema is where it's at right now.


- CineVue

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10 years ago today: ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ opened in theaters

4 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One decade ago today, we first learned the story of American hero Ricky Bobby. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby opened in theaters 10 years ago today. Audiences came out in droves that weekend for the comedy starring Will Ferrell as a winning-obsessed Nascar driver. Behind The Lego Movie, Talladega Nights remains Ferrell’s second largest movie opening.  The movie reunited Ferrell with his Anchorman director Adam McKay. The two of them, along with John C. Reilly (who plays Ricky Bobby’s teammate Cal Naughton Jr. in Talladega Nights) would soon team up again for Step Brothers. Other notable August 4 happenings in pop culture history: • 1942: Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn premiered in New York. Crosby song “White Christmas” is featured in the movie musical. • 1957: The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They introduced their upcoming single, “Wake Up Little Susie »

- Emily Rome

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Ramsay’s Hotel Hell review – a tired recipe undermined by the lack of a key fact

30 June 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Gordon Ramsay is in his element calling out a lamentable mismanagement, but missed the underlying tragedy. Plus Freud, the third of Bettany Hughes’s ‘geniuses’

Gordon Ramsay is, like escargots à la bourguignonne, a bit of an acquired taste. His bounciness, which he clearly thinks is infectious, is merely exhausting; his liberal use of the F-word tiresome; the rather tired recipe (in the management rather than the culinary sense) he produces for rescuing an ailing hotel business as limp as the salads the establishment is producing before he pitches up.

The ailing – indeed failing – establishment featured in the first episode of the new series of (Channel 4) is the Angler’s Lodge in Idaho. The setting, beside a river, looks gorgeous. Even the “Be Bear Aware” sign would not put me off. Ramsay is there in winter, and it looks like that lodge in Vermont run by the old general »

- Stephen Moss

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Russ Tamblyn And George Chakiris At "West Side Story" Screening, L.A., June 29

21 June 2016 7:40 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

The Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Wise’s Oscar-winning 1961 musical West Side Story. The 152-minute film will be screened on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno, the screening is scheduled to precede appearances by George Chakiris who played Bernardo and Russ Tamblyn who played Riff.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

West Side Story (1961)

55th Anniversary Screening

One of the most honored and commercially successful of all movie musicals, West Side Story earned a near-record 10 Academy Awards in 1961.The film version of the groundbreaking stage musical that re-imagined Romeo and Juliet in contemporary New York City retained and deepened the play’s emotional impact by bringing together a show business all-star team. The show’s director and choreographer, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Alejandro G. Inarritu wins DGA Award for The Revenant, full list of winners here

7 February 2016 10:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.

Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.

And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.

Here’s the full list of winners from last night:

Feature Film

Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy »

- Gary Collinson

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Here Are the 2015 DGA Awards TV Nominees

13 January 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.

"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.

On the comedy side, "Transparent" will vie with the usual suspects, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Michael Engler

Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)

Lesli Linka Glatter

Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)

David Nutter

Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)

Steven Soderbergh

The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men, "Person to Person" (AMC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Chris Addison

Veep, "Election Night" (HBO)

Louis C.K.

Louie, »

- Kelly Woo

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‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ Score DGA Nominations

13 January 2016 10:26 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “The Knick” and “Mad Men” have scored Directors Guild of America nominations for the top television drama.

Louis,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent” and “Veep” were nominated for top comedy series.

The DGA also announced its feature film documentary nominations had gone to “Amy,” “Cartel Land,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Meru” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

All five documentary nominees are among the 15 titles shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Laura Poitras took the documentary trophy last year for “Citizenfour” at both the DGA and the Oscars.

Last year’s winners of the DGA TV awards — Leslie Linka Glatter for Showtime’s “Homeland” in drama series and Jill Solloway for Amazon’s “Transparent” in comedy series — received nominations again.

Bessie,” “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” “Show Me a Hero,” “Whitney” and “The Wiz Live!” took nominations in the TV movie-miniseries category. »

- Dave McNary

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Be the Next ‘It Girl’ and 3 Other Casting Opportunities

12 January 2016 1:22 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York actors: We’ve got four casting opportunities for you today! Whether you’re looking to stay in the city for commercial and film work or you want to take a trip down south to spend a few weeks in Roanoke, Va., we’ve got exciting gigs for city boys and girls alike. Social Commercial For Internatinal Makeup BRANDFilming in Lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, this chic ‘n’ stylish “girls night out” themed makeup campaign is casting young model types for a January 2016 shoot. More specifically, producer Jos D of Code and Theory needs an “It Girl” aged 18–25. This job pays $200 and is casting through next week. Mill Mountain Theatre 2016 SEASONMill Mountain Theatre, a company based in Roanoke, Va., is coming to New York City Feb. 8 to cast its 2016 season, which includes productions of “The Music of Motown” kicking things off in March, “The Music of Abba,” “The Odd Couple, »

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