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In the new series of this Channel 4 documentary, an heiress and a yacht-owner try to flog their extravagant personal property in an attempt to set up some of the duffest ideas outside of Dragons’ Den
Rosie keeps her TV on 24 hours a day to entertain her collection of 180 teddy bears. Teddy bears, like the torture victim in A Clockwork Orange, don’t have functioning eyelids, nor do they have the opposable thumbs necessary to work the remote. As a result, they have to watch whatever Rosie puts on. If the CIA is looking for new ideas to get suspects to confess, they could do worse than to hire Rosie as a consultant.
She explained that many of her collection are rescue animals who, after being fitted with new outfits she created, come to life. Or so she believes. Personally, I could see no movement from the Paddington clones who »
- Stuart Jeffries
"The Simpsons" towers over all other animated series at the Emmys. In its 26 seasons (and counting), this Fox Sunday night staple has racked up 81 Emmy nominations in all, with 28 wins. Among these, "The Simpsons" has won Best Animated Program 10 times out of 25 nominations. However, its last win in this top race was back in 2007. -Break- This year "The Simpsons" producers have submitted the annual Halloween episode, "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." It kicks off with Bart Simpson sent to school in hell, then turns into a parody of "A Clockwork Orange" that devolves into a send-up of all the works of Stanley Kubrick and concludes with the Simpsons clan haunted by previous incarnations of themselves. -Break- Past editions of this Halloween special have reaped 13 nominations, including bids in this category in 1996 and 2013 as well as nine for Music Composition and two for Sound Mixing.  »
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
Blowing vintage Rolls-Royce cars up, showing the glitz and the glamour mixed with the blood grime, photographer Tyler Shields definitely has his own style. One of the most infamous photographers of his time, Shields has shot everything from the stars of today and tomorrow to controversial photos of thought-provoking images such as an African-American man hanging a Kkk member. Tyler has a very visual eye, and it shows in his work as a photographer, so when it was announced that Shields would be making his directorial debut with the survivalist horror film, Final Girl, it seemed like a very natural next step in his evolution as a visual artist. The film, which makes its theatrical and VOD debut today, is a visual treat, a horror film that is full of excellent performances and an ability to make every single shot look like the beautiful photography that Shields is know for. »
- Jerry Smith
Uggie: 'The Artist' dog star. Uggie, 'The Artist' scene-stealing dog star, has died The biggest non-human movie star of the 21st century, Uggie, whose scene-stealing cuteness helped to earn Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist the 2011 Best Picture Academy Award, has died. According to his official Facebook page, Uggie had been suffering from prostate cancer; he was euthanized last Friday, Aug. 7, '15. Born in 2002, Uggie was 13 years old. An announcement posted on Tuesday night, Aug. 11, on the Fb page Consider Uggie read: We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. »
- Andre Soares
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Developed by Rare
Published by Rare
Available on Nintendo 64, Xbox 360, Xbox One
The gaming scene in the 90s was filled to the brim with company mascots competing for market share in their own platformers, from the days of 16-bit side-scrollers into the birth of the 3D platformer. Calling the market saturated with those titles would be fair, especially because just about all of them were sugary sweet. Super Mario 64’s bright green trees and sunny days were filled with colorful, cutesy characters. At the start of Banjo Kazooie, players were greeted with a happy-go-lucky musical number from a smiling bear on his banjo. Characters like Sonic the Hedgehog had big, wide eyes, squishy noses and a smile.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day had its own adorable little protagonist and its fair share of cheery environments and ditties, but it gleefully covered it all in poop, »
- Matthew Petras
The following clip from the Heath Ledger: Too Young To Die documentary brings to light some unnerving new details from the diary the late actor kept while filming Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Ledger’s total immersion into the Joker role is believed by many to have contributed to his depression upon completing the shoot, which led to drug abuse, and ultimately his tragic death at the age of 28.
Here, his father flicks through the diary and we get some insight into Ledger’s mindset during his time in the white facepaint. There are passages of text, images of hyenas and the disturbed Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange. Finally, we get to the last page and see the words “Bye Bye” written in large, Joker-style font.
A chilling portent of what was to come, or was he just bidding farewell to whoever may have been reading? Whatever it means, »
- Mark Cassidy
A clip from Too Young to Die - a documentary released in 2013 focusing on the late actor's life - has spread online after being posted on Reddit recently.
Featuring Ledger's father talking about the journal, the video shows pages filled with images of playing cards, scenes from Batman comics, photos of hyenas, and stills of Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange.
His father is shown saying: "So this is the diary - he pretty well locked himself up in a hotel room for a month or so to galvanise the upcoming character in his own mind.
"That was typical of Heath on any movie, he would certainly immerse himself in the character and I think this was just a whole new level."
The actor's interpretation of the iconic character won him a »
Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?
Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.
A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.
As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »
Next year, we'll get Jared Leto's take on The Joker when he appears in "Suicide Squad," but the actor has some very big shoes to fill. Jack Nicholson fell right into the tone Tim Burton was going for in "Batman" with his colorful turn, while Heath Ledger found the depraved menace in the villain with this scarred take in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." A bit of the method behind Ledger's madness has been revealed. Apparently this knocked around the web a few years ago and is circulating again, but it's the first I'm seeing it. This segment from the documentary "Too Young To Die" about Ledger, shows the actor's father thumbing through the pages in the diary his son created as part of his research for the character. You'll see a very heavy presence of "A Clockwork Orange," and Ledger wrote some extensive notes for the hospital sequence. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Even though next year's double-whammy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad is set to introduce Jared Leto as the new Joker for the DC Cinematic Universe, people are still talking about Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning turn as the villain in 2008's The Dark Knight. A new German documentary about the life of the actor actually gives us a glimpse into the diary he created in bringing one of the most iconic villains to the big screen. And it's a pretty insightful look at how an actor creates a role.
A scene from the documentary titled Too Young to Die has Heath Ledger's father, Kim Ledger, paging through the diary. This personal artifact is filled with with photos of playing cards, various images from the Batman comics, photos of hyenas, and stills of Alex DeLearge from the 1971 classic. A Clockwork Orange. We also see the word »
The Joker is arguably Batman’s most iconic adversary, and with each new on-screen iteration comes a different interpretation of the villain. It’s a rare opportunity that we, the fans, get to go inside the mind of one of these actors preparing for the role, but a clip from a new documentary on the life and career of Heath Ledger reveals the diary he kept in order to capture the character. Watch it below. Entertainment Weekly reports that the documentary hails from Germany and is titled Too Young to Die: Heath Ledger, and the clip features an interaction with the late actor's father, Kim. As he flips through the pages of the diary, we can see images and clippings from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, a cackling hyena, actual Joker cards from decks, comic strips of the character, and a photograph of a »
As we all know, the late Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker, for which he received a posthumous Oscar, has become legendary. Now, new insight to the preparation he went through for the role of the psychotic comic book villain has come to light with the below clip from documentary Too Young To Die. The clip shows Ledger’s father thumbing through the diary the actor helped to get him in the right mind set for the role, and included many different elements that went to make the character whole, from torn out pictures from Batman comics to pictures of A Clockwork Orange, a major influence on the performance. It also features hand written dialogue from The Dark Knight script, and is a fascinating look at the creation of one of cinemas most enduring characters. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It's no secret that Heath Ledger completely immersed himself in playing The Joker for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight - in fact some believe he may have taken things too far, resulting in drug abuse and depression which ultimately led to his death. We'll probably never know if that was the case, but the following clip from the Heath Ledger: Too Young To Die documentary does at least seem to prove that he may have been taking his research for the role to some unhealthy places. Following various writing excerpts and images of the likes of Alex from A Clockwork Orange, the final page of his diary reveals the words "bye bye". A portent of the tragedy to come, perhaps? He only lived to be 28 years old. The news of Heath Ledger's death spread like wildfire. The first major Hollywood star to have died so young in »
Online content store, Google Play has been told to remove “50 Shades of Grey” from sale in conservative Singapore.
The film was given an R21 rating by Singapore’s Media Development Authority, making it unavailable to theatrical audiences under 21 years old and making it illegal to be sold in home entertainment stores, either online or as packaged media.
Other R21 movies recently found to be on sale on Google Play included “Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas,” Rob Cohen’s adultery thriller “The Boy Next Door,” and “A Clockwork Orange.” The virtual store was also found to be selling movies that were unrated in Singapore – meaning that they are therefore illegal in theaters and on video — including “Trainspotting” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
Google Play began selling movies for download or rental in its Singapore store only last week. Local media have found several film and games titles to be wrongly labelled. »
- Patrick Frater
Your piece on John Jordan brought back memories of a screening of A Clockwork Orange at Stoke- on-Trent Film Theatre preceded by a talk from John, who had brought along the very primitive-looking sound equipment he used during the making of the film. The subsequent attention paid to the sound made me realise just how good it was. He was a charming, self-effacing man.
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- Martin Pick
Of all of the shimmering cinematic jewels that Stanley Kubrick gifted to us over the latter half of the twentieth-century, it is perhaps his 1975 period piece “Barry Lyndon” that has received the least amount of attention. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “The Shining” are required viewing for film fans, but 'Lyndon' remains a curious oddity in Kubrick’s filmography. The master’s superb, stylized, three-hour epic was perceived upon its release as being a bit too cold, too dissolute, with a protagonist whose behavior alternated between heartless, almost reptilian ambition and a sort of eerie blankness. Granted, “cold” has become a sort of reductive shorthand to describe Mr. Kubrick’s body of work for a while now, but time has been good to “Barry Lyndon,” and many now view the Ryan O’Neal-starring drama as one of the director’s finest accomplishments. In case you’re unconvinced, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Stanley Kubrick was a sucker for order, so he might have appreciated the desire to catalogue his career. However, since his films often warn against placing too much faith in systems, perhaps he knew that this way madness lies.
Frankly, most of his films have fair claim to being number one, so establishing first amongst equals means some hard choices have been made along the way - just try not to trigger the doomsday device or start swinging the axe if you don't agree.
So without further ado, let's open the pod bay doors and enter the enigmatic, exceptional work of Stanley Kubrick.
13. Fear and Desire (1953)
Even a genius has to start somewhere. Already a successful magazine photographer and documentary maker, 24-year-old Kubrick directed his debut about a military mission on limited funds - it was shot silently with sound added later.
Plagued by difficulties, Kubrick later called it "a completely inept oddity, »
Read More: Watch: Vintage 29-Minute Talk With Anthony Burgess & Malcolm McDowell About Stanley Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' "Ludovico technique": A form of aversion therapy in which a patient is forced to watch, through the use of specula to hold their eyes open, violent images for long periods, while under the effect of a nausea, paralysis and fear-inducing drug. But of course you'd already know that if you've seen Stanley Kubrick's dystopian masterpiece, "A Clockwork Orange." For Alex DeLarge, the main baddie -- or goodie, depending where you stand on suppressive societies -- this involved being strapped to a chair while heavy doses of Nazi propaganda, conveniently scored to the tunes of Beethoven, were blasted at your face. You may think this exceptionally cruel, O my brothers, but don't forget Alex had beaten up an elderly vagrant, stolen a car, broken into a man's home, crippled him, »
- Jon Fusco
In today's roundup: A Ben Rivers installation in London and a Tsai Ming-liang exhibition in China. Revisiting Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. Adrian Martin on mise en scène. Plus articles on Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Breillat, Billy Wilder, Errol Morris, Takashi Murakami, Guy Maddin, Penelope Spheeris, Kris Swanberg and Josephine Decker. And word on Kanye West and Steve McQueen's video, Oleg Sentsov's trial and Cate Blanchett's television series. And we remember Alex Rocco and George Coe. » - David Hudson »
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