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Also new to Netflix in December: New comedy specials from Mike Epps and Brent Morin, Adam Sandler's controversial "The Ridiculous 6," the buzzy transgender indie drama "Tangerine" and "Queen of Earth," starring "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss.
Here's what's coming to Netflix in December 2015.
Available Dec. 1
"30 for 30: Chasing Tyson" (2015)
"50 Shades of They": Season 1
"A Christmas Star" (2015)
"A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z" (2014)
"Broadchurch": Season 2
"Christmas Wedding Baby" (2014)
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)
"Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003)
"Detectorists": Season 1
"I'm Brent Morin" (2015, Netlix Original)
"Jenny's Wedding" (2015)
"Las magicas historias de Plim Plim": Season 1
"Real Rob": Season 1 (2015)
"See You In Valhalla" (2015)
"Stir of Echoes" (1999)
"Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming" (2007)
- Sharon Knolle
Traditionally the International Emmys are a showcase for the rich pickings of British TV.
In 2014, conspiracy thriller “Utopia” won best drama series while documentary “Educating Yorkshire,” a look at modern schooling, scooped the non-scripted entertainment prize. Both shows were commissioned and broadcast by U.K. network, Channel 4, whose mission includes programming for a culturally diverse society.
This year the nominees contain no fewer than seven British shows, excluding kid shows. They include noms in the arts, drama and documentary categories, and potential awards for thesps Sheridan Smith (in ITV’s “Cilla”) and Rafe Spall (Channel 4 series “Black Mirror” holiday episode “White Christmas”).
These shows exhibit the kind of creativity for which British TV is internationally renowned. But with both the BBC and Channel 4 facing uncertain futures, can U.K. TV sustain its reputation for nurturing programs like the ones loved by juries at the Intl. Emmys?
In September, »
- Steve Clarke
Christmas is a time for giving thanks for all you have, honoring your loved ones and gathering together friends and family from near and far for traditions older than we can fathom. It's also a time for movies. So many movies. Home Alone, White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life...it's not the holidays if you're not parked on the couch, hot chocolate in hand, frying your brain with hours of entertainment that you've watched so much you can recite every line. Everyone has their favorite Christmas movie, most of which have gone on to become timeless classics. But we'd like to take this opportunity to give praise to a far less appreciated (and certainly far less acclaimed) »
For many of us there are few holiday traditions as sacred as the Christmas movie. From It.s A Wonderful Life to White Christmas, Hollywood has made dozens of touching films that make us think of how special the season is and how much our loved ones mean to us. The Night Before is not one of those movies. The Night Before gives those movies the finger and then blows pot smoke in their face. And it.s hilarious. The second red band trailer is now out and it just shows us more of how utterly wrong this movie is going to be. It can not be stressed enough that this is a red band trailer. The language is awful. Pregnant women dropping F-bombs in church awful. You have been warned. The film deals with three friends, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie who get together every Christmas Eve. »
Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Pin-Up: The Movie! Logline: Dangerous. Sexy. All-American Girl. You know the look. Now meet the women who are making retro style modern. Elevator Pitch: "Pin Up! The Movie" follows a group of women through their everyday lives, showing why they’re drawn to the retro style. There are two interrelated stories. In one, a group of women compete for the title of Miss 1940s White Christmas Ball. In the other, an established pin up photographer and her crew seek a fresh face for a magazine spread. Production Team: Director/Producer: Kathleen M. Ryan About the Film: People think that the pin up »
Spall is up for the “White Christmas” holiday episode of the spooky British anthology series, which airs on Channel 4 and has been picked up for fresh episodes by Netflix. “White Christmas” also featured “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm.
In all, the nominees in 10 categories span 19 countries across Europe, the U.K., Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The awards recognize programming that airs outside of the U.S. as well as U.S. programs produced in languages other than English.
“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes will receive the International TV Academy’s Founders Award at the gala ceremony in New York on Nov. 23. HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler will be feted with the Directorate Award.
Here is a complete list of nominees:
Buenaventura No Me Dejes Mas
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- Variety Staff
Deeply unsettling tech dystopian drama Black Mirror, like the BBC and the NHS before it, has become one of the things that makes the UK the envy of other nations. Since the first two series were made available around the world on Netflix last year, our chums from abroad haven't been able to get enough of pig-romancing prime ministers, cranial hard drives, cartoon political candidates, biting TV talent show satire, robot resurrections of our loved ones, ritualistic psych-torture for criminals and Jon Hamm singing along to Wizzard.
Netflix loved the Charlie Brooker-penned series so much that it's bought twelve new episodes to be released as "a Netflix original". That's more than the previous two series and Christmas Special added together.
Original creator Brooker and producer Annabel Jones are shepherding the project, and writing has already begun on the new series, »
Your social media sites will not be safe, your politicians will not be safe, your farmyard animals will not be safe – there are new episodes of Charlie Brooker’s darkly satirical sci-fi series Black Mirror on the way.
Although Channel 4 produced all the episodes to date, Netflix is stepping in to helm the new run.
The streaming service – who massively boosted the series’ popularity across the pond when they added it to their collection - has signed a deal with Brooker’s House Of Tomorrow production company.
Specifically, this new alliance is committed to making ‘multiple new episodes’ of Black Mirror. Mr Brooker is said to be working on the stories already.
Traditionally, a series of Black Mirror lasts for three episodes – but we’ll have to wait and see »
According to the Radio Times, Brooker and his production company House of Tomorrow have agreed terms with the streaming giant.
Brooker is said to be writing new scripts for the dark anthology series.
Black Mirror has proved a hit since it launched on Netflix in the Us in December, and its chilling take on technology, privacy and human behaviour has won widespread critical acclaim.
A Us adaptation of the show is in the works at Endemol Shine North America. »
“Transparent” and “Empire” lead the first-round nominees for the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards.
The Amazon comedy and Fox drama each scored two nominations. The noms announced Friday morning covered TV, theater, Web series and short film.
“Transparent’s” casting director Edye Belasco received noms in both the TV pilot comedy and TV comedy series categories. “Empire’s” trio of Leah Daniels Butler, Claire Simon and Shelby Cherniet were nominated for TV pilot drama, while Butler and Simon were also recognized in the TV drama series field.
The TV comedy series category also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Episodes,” while the TV drama series contenders are “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife” and “Bloodline.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
It’s Monday, which means it’s time to empty your pockets in honour of the almighty New Home Entertainment Releases God for those in the UK. Here are our top picks out today (just click on the pictures to be taken to the order page):
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a groups of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dasnher.
Black Mirror – Series 1-2 + Special
1. The National Anthem: Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, »
- Oli Davis
A Us version of Black Mirror is in the works.
The co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America, Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, revealed at a Real Screen event on Wednesday (January 28) that they are behind a Us adaptation of Black Mirror, which is produced by Annabel Jones for Endemol UK.
Corwin explained that "there is a plan" in place to develop the new series, but did not give many further details.
Brooker and Jones "have really touched on something and I agree – we need more", Variety quotes Corwin as saying.
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
13 items from 2015
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