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Thanksgiving is here (American Thanksgiving, at least), making it officially the Holiday Season. It’s a time for reflection, for pausing to appreciate those people and things we’re most grateful for, and for focusing on what’s really important in life. Television. Here are just a few of the many things I am grateful for this year.
***I don’t follow baseball when it’s not the Cubbies, and therefor missed the spectacular Game Six of the World Series. Its utter epicness, however, demands that any fan of televised sports at least mention it in any discussion of this nature. A great game, and one of the TV moments of 2011 that I’m most sorry to have missed.
Fat Mac (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
I’ve been a fan of Always Sunny for years now, but had lost interest over the past few seasons. When I heard, »
- Kate Kulzick
Chico And Rita is a dazzling, musical feature-length animated film that uses many modern techniques while harkening back to a time, not too long ago, when American studios flirted with the idea of animation geared to more adult stories. Now this is not to say that the great Pixar films don’t have adult themes but their finished stories are “kid-friendly”. Forty years ago Ralph Bakshi was heading the charge for movie cartoons to compete for mature audiences. As Fritz the Cat said in the ads, ” I’m X-rated and animated! “. Soon Bakshi’s toned down th more extreme elements in his features ( ending his run with Wizards, American Pop, and his take on Tolkein ) while other studios explored the territory with Watership Down and Heavy Metal. American audiences never embraced these as they did in Asia and Europe. With C&R the artists are tackling an old fashioned show »
- Jim Batts
Few in the UK film industry want to shout about it but the evidence is clear. We are enjoying a renaissance in domestic cinema. Andrew Pulver reports on how audiences developed a taste for homegrown movies
Compared to theatre, cinema is an entirely portable medium – think what our view of film would be like if all we saw were British movies, with occasional touring productions of foreign work. No Hollywood blockbusters, no Korean ultra-violence, no Iranian minimalism. Nothing old, either – no Italian neorealism, or Czech new wave, or French poetic realism. Imagine what life for the British filmgoer would have been like, say, in 1978 – the highlight of your year would probably have been Death on the Nile, or Watership Down. And let's not forget the dark days of 1999 and 2000, when this paper felt compelled to trash the jaw-dropping wave of terrible British films in the wake of the lottery-fund bonanza. »
- Andrew Pulver
The Exorcist, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Shining, The Thing, Halloween and The Evil Dead.
Some of the scariest films ever made……
Yet none of these films are as terrifying as Watership Down – also known as the Hampshire Bunny Massacre.
As part of our 31 Days Of Horror celebration of all things macabre, we take a look at some of the most frightening and shocking moments in family friendly movies.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (1975-1983)
Shocking Moment: A Farewell to Arms
Despite all being rated U, the original Star Wars trilogy features plenty of violent scenes – most of which involving the frequent dismemberment of hands or arms.
During the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke’s hand is lopped off at the wrist by a well placed lightsabre swipe. It’s clearly a painful moment for Luke… »
- Stephen Leigh
Imagine if you could not hide even a single thought from anyone else. Now imagine what would happen if it wasn’t just you? Chaos Walking, the Carnagie Medal winning young adult novel trilogy by Patrick Ness, presents a futuristic world where an infection makes every thought an audible utterance and privacy absolutely non-existent and follows the story of a boy who holds the key to salvation.
Lionsgate has just acquired the worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute a film adaptation of these books with Doug Davison (How To Train Your Dragon, The Departed) producing. Check out the official press release from Lionsgate below:
Lionsgate Lands Chaos Walking
Studio Acquires Worldwide Rights To Patrick Ness’ Award-Winning Young Adult Novel Trilogy
Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it has obtained worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute films based on the award-winning, »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Lionsgate®, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it has obtained worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute films based on the award-winning, best-selling and critically acclaimed “Chaos Walking” young adult novel trilogy by Patrick Ness. The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s co-coo and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake. Doug Davison (The Departed, How To Train Your Dragon, The Grudge) will be producing through his Quadrant Pictures.
The Carnegie Medal winning books are set in a dystopian future with humans colonizing a distant earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes in an instant. In the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements »
- Paul Koren
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it has obtained worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute films based on the award-winning, best-selling and critically acclaimed "Chaos Walking" young adult novel trilogy by Patrick Ness. The announcement was made by Lionsgate's co-coo and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake. Doug Davison (The Departed, How To Train Your Dragon, The Grudge) will be producing through his Quadrant Pictures.The Carnegie Medal winning books are set in a dystopian future with humans colonizing a distant earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes in an instant. In the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race, and only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction. "Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, »
Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it has obtained worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute films based on the award-winning, best-selling and critically acclaimed Chaos Walking young adult novel trilogy by Patrick Ness. The announcement was made by Lionsgate's co-coo and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake. Doug Davison (The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon, The Grudge) will be producing through his Quadrant Pictures.
The Carnegie Medal winning books are set in a dystopian future with humans colonizing a distant earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes in an instant. In the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race, and only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction.
"Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As studios continue snatching up literary series in hopes of finding the next “Twilight” or “Harry Potter” franchise, Lionsgate announces that it has acquired the Ya trilogy “Chaos Walking” for adaptation, and will begin with the opening book, “The Knife of Never Letting Go.”
Much like “The Hunger Games,” Patrick Ness’s story takes place in a dystopian future, only here, an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, which means privacy has vanished.
“In the ensuing chaos, a corrupt autocrat threatens to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race, and only young Todd Hewitt holds the key to stopping planet wide-destruction,” according to a release.
More from Lionsgate, which will develop, produce and distribute all three films:
“Although these stories are set in a critical time in the future, they speak volumes about what »
- Sean O'Connell
• Read John's answers here
• John Hurt interviewed earlier this month
Put it down to impeccable good judgment or a simple quirk of the release schedule. Either way, John Hurt has gone quietly viral in recent weeks. The British actor is currently riding high in the box office chart as Control, the chief mandarin in the acclaimed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. From Friday, he can also be seen as Kirsten Dunst's dyspeptic old dad in Lars Von Trier's award-winning Melancholia. And on Wednesday he'll be heading into the Guardian office for a live Q&A with readers. Rest assured we'll be checking to ensure it's him and not some crafty clone.
In the meantime we need your questions. »
- Xan Brooks
Everyone has their favourite period of cinema. For some, it never gets better than the snappy dialogue of the 1940s; plenty espouse the more freeform cinema of the 1970s; who knows, maybe in some far-flung future there may even be people who claim that the 2010s were where it's at. But if you want to get more specific, then you must turn to the obsessives. The geeks. Because for those argumentative science fiction, horror and fantasy fans, those finickity lovers of genre ephemera, cinema achieved true perfection in a single year: 1982.
In 1982 there was an unprecedented investment in the fantastic. Subjects that would previously have been confined to B-movies, to exploitation flicks, to drive-in fodder became the stock-in-trade of the mainstream. It was a year that changed Hollywood, »
- Phelim O'Neill
Studio Ghibli’s beautifully enchanting animation, Arrietty arrives in cinemas nationwide on 29th July, with a star-studded voice cast including Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Lovely Bones), Tom Holland, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman, Pyhllida Law and Geraldine McEwan.
The film tells the story of an adventurous 14 year old, Arrietty, who despite being warned by her family of “little” people to never let humans see her, is determined to explore the world beyond the floorboards of a sprawling mansion. When Arrietty is discovered by a human, she discovers that some people can be trusted and before long a friendship begins to blossom…
Sound familiar? Continuing a long line of incredibly successful film recreations, the story is a magical adaptation of Mary Norton’s well-known, children’s favourite The Borrowers. And it’s not the first adaptation of children’s literature either, so here’s our pick of the top 10 fantastic films based on »
On Saturday 2nd July, Prince Harry took part in a quintessentially British day of polo that took place on the grounds of Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s Berkshire Estate, Watership Down, to host The British Polo Day Charity Cup where watchmakers Richard Mille were one of the title sponsors.
Leading the Richard Mille Polo Team was 2010’s World Polo Tour number 1 Pablo MacDonough, who played against His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales to raise funds for Sentebale and Tusk Trust, Prince Harry and The Duke of Cambridge’s respective charities.
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Prince Harry was looking good atop a horse during the British Polo Day Charity Cup in Watership Down on Saturday. While his brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton visit Canada, Harry is holding down the fort at home in England. On Friday Prince Harry attended the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park with his cousin Zara Phillips. Prince Harry didn't bring a romantic date along for either the polo match or the festival, though he is rumored to have a new lady in his life. He split yet again from Chelsy Davy and weathered another round of reports about his relationship with Pippa Middleton, but the most recent stories say that Prince Harry is seeing model Florence Brudenell-Bruce. View Slideshow › »
- Molly Goodson
Join me from 8.30pm as the candidates create a free magazine – who will get spiked?
Good evening, and welcome to The Apprentice Week 7 liveblog! Tonight our teams are diving headlong into the world of publishing, developing ideas for a new free magazine. Just based on that summary, it's clear that the number of things that could go wrong with this task is on an unimaginable scale, so huge that even Professor Brian Cox couldn't define it without expansive hand gestures and gratuitous airmiles. Is everyone ready?
We're down to just nine contestants now – five girls and four boys, all prepared to do whatever it takes to make it into the final eight. Thankfully there is no casting couch, but instead we can expect plenty of back stabbing and machiavellian boardroom tactics. As discussed here earlier, I'm very much hoping this series is about to move into a new gear, so let's see what tonight brings. »
- Heidi Stephens
As Kung Fu Panda 2 kicks off the children's film season – and with The Smurfs lurking at the other end – just try to remember the excitement of your first cinema trip
I doubt many people reading this will need reminding, but in mid-summer the average British cinema can be a uniquely loud and grotesquely sticky place. In the thick of the horror, however, something vital will be happening – the wonder of untold children having their first experience of the big screen. Remember this, should you be accompanying one to the movies in the weeks ahead, and hold it close to your psyche as you grind your teeth through Cars 2, Spy Kids 4 or, lurking at the end of the holidays like a dumpy blue Manson family, The Smurfs.
Although for the moment the schools remain in, the kids' film season has its de facto opening today with the release of Kung Fu Panda 2, »
- Danny Leigh
Put ten people in the same room and get them to agree on every viewpoint in the world – it just cannot be done. Let's say they're debating about all-time great pop songs: While the majority of the group will praise a so-called revered classic like 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles or 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John, there will always be one who can't see the appeal.
In this case, that'd be me then – I think of them both as tedious, overlong, funereal dirges: One sounds like Macca's got his extremities caught in the jaws of a crocodile, the other sounds like it was recorded from the bottom of a wishing well. But inexplicably, it seems that at least 99.9% of the population regard these as musical behemoths.
Same goes for Doctor Who. Name a classic story like City Of Death, The Talons Of Weng-Chiang and The Caves Of Androzani and inevitably, »
The teaser image for the documentary General Orders No. 9 drew me in. That pipe-smoking rabbit, looking like a representation of some new staging of Watership Down, is very evocative, even if I didn't know immediately exactly what it was meant to be. Watching the trailer, Terrence Malick's name came immediately to mind, even before the trailer offered up a pullquote that reinforces the similarity. This is a film about the changing landscape of the American South --specifically as seen in Georgia -- and it seems to be something a bit like Koyaanisqatsi passed through filters held by Malick and Emmanuel Lubezki. I can't tell if the movie will be quite as mesmerizing, but I like this trailer quite a lot. Watch it after the break. This trailer gives me some of the same vibe as I get listening to 'Dead Flag Blues'  by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. (Part two »
- Russ Fischer
Nearly four years after her last studio album, Vanessa Carlton's upcoming "Rabbits on the Run" will be released on June 21st.
The singer and pianist has released the album's first single, "Carousel," on her website. Fans can unlock the single by going to VanessaCarlton.com and sharing the track via Facebook or Twitter.
Carlton recorded "Rabbits on the Run" in Peter Gabriel's UK Real World Studios with some help from Steve Osborne, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket and Ari Ingber of The Upwelling. The album was inspired in part by Richard Adams' classic novel "Watership Down" and Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time." According to a statement, it is "By far the most honest and uncompromised album she has recorded to date, revealing a striking departure and an exciting snapshot into the evolution of this exquisite storyteller and inventive musician."
"Rabbits on the Run »
Looking for a mood enhancer? A way to unleash your tears? Need help falling asleep? Or just a cure for a really bad day? Here's what Dr Birch has been prescribing...
It's a rough life, isnt it? Even with all the technology and aids to daily living (and in some cases, because of them), the majority of us lead quite stressful, rushed lives, with tons of responsibilities heaped on shoulders that haven't evolved fast enough to handle the load.
We may not have to pursue our own meals any more, but chasing trains, hunting for jobs and battling bills and budgets are just as taxing on the wellbeing of the modern man and woman, and takes its toll on minds and bodies.
The medical profession and proper care has its place, but what about the more now age (not to be confused with new age) resources we have available to »
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