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World War I Series Combines Forces of Ransom Center, Afs and Paramount

30 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

100 years after the start of World War I, three Austin organizations are teaming up to showcase cinema of or about the conflict. The Paramount Theatre and Austin Film Society are joining the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center, which is holding the current exhibition "The World at War, 1914-1918," to host a combined total of 13 films running May through July.

The screenings at the Ransom Center are free (bear in mind it's not a large theater), but tickets are required for the Afs at the Marchesa and Paramount/Stateside shows. Here's the schedule, which concludes with Lawrence of Arabia shown in 70mm:

Mon, May 5, 7 pm, Stateside at Paramount

Grand Illusion (pictured above), 1937 [tickets]

This moving French classic from director Jean Renoir features Jean Gabin among others at a German Pow camp.  Screens as a double feature with L'Atalante as part of Paramount's 100th birthday celebration.

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- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Rupert Evans's favourite TV

10 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Fleming, Lucan and Hellboy star on his viewing pros and woes

Unmissable show?

The Newsroom. I love the pace. Jeff Daniels is brilliant as the anchor and Emily Mortimer's very good as well. I loved The West Wing; it's my favourite ever television show. I've always loved the writing of Aaron Sorkin. He cleverly intersperses big issues alongside personal relationships. That always interests me, the idea of looking at public issues and the private.

Earliest TV memory?

Super Gran. It was a children's teatime programme on in the 1980s, about a Scottish grandmother who has super powers. It had a very distinctive theme tune, originally by Billy Connolly. It was quite rocking, actually!

Bring back…

It's pretty old school… The World At War. They'd never make it now – they'd probably not get the money – but it just has such extraordinary documentary footage of that war and interviews with »

- Ellie Violet Bramley

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I never dreamt I'd be upset when they called time on Millionaire | David Mitchell

8 February 2014 6:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Now that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? approaches its final episode to my surprise I find myself sad – even though I never enjoyed the show

On reading last week that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has ended its final run, I was amazed to find myself caring. To my surprise, it made me sad. I didn't know I gave a damn about that show – I certainly never particularly enjoyed it – but it turns out I'd been quietly assuming that it would continue and, unbeknownst to my conscious brain, deriving comfort from that assumption. Suddenly it was gone and I missed it, like an old pot plant that you only remember is there when it dies.

Mind you, I'm glad I didn't watch it more – on the dozen or so occasions I caught an episode, I mildly regretted the time spent. It wasn't very entertaining, just moreish – the televisual equivalent of Twiglets. »

- David Mitchell

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