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Gotham Season 4 Episode 9 Review – ‘Let Them Eat Pie’

Martin Carr reviews the ninth episode of Gotham season 4…

Villainous tendencies work best with an agenda especially when wealthy patrons, over consumption and flagrant symbolism are included in the mix. Comic Strip did it best when alternative comedy was personified by Ben Elton, The Young Ones and Rik Mayall. These days socio-political commentary feels less raw and unchecked due to people with rules and a conscience getting in the way. For a comic book series to try something quite so subversive though still requires guts, which Gotham thankfully displays in buckets this week.

Working in quotes from satirist Jonathan Swift this episode mixes theatrical zeal with show tunes to create something off kilter. Professor Pyg still remains the most engaging villain this series has produced, veering just the right side of camp with a butcher’s apron, steak knives and handstitched animal masks. Both single-minded of purpose and methodical Pyg
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Adrian Edmondson webchat – your questions answered on Rik Mayall, hate mail and what's in a Peperami

The former Young One revealed who he’d like to thwack with a frying pan, his guitar battles with heavy metal legends and what he makes of today’s sitcoms

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Thank you to everyone who took part.

Right, I'm off to hide in your hard drive and have a bloody good look at your internet history!

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usefulmirage asks:

Will your Malvolio be sympathetic or pompous?

I keep changing him. He's not a very nice man really is he? But he is badly abused. Should you abuse nasty people? I'm playing him as the kind of puritanical bastard he is. Although one line I'm trying to inject is that he is genuinely in love with Olivia and has been all his life really because she's about half his age. I think he's been holding a candle for her for ever. So like most mean-spirited people he's to be pitied.
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Three Summers review – Ben Elton's folk music festival comedy misses a few notes

A roll call of Australian talent fills out this slight and sunny love story but while the jokes arrive at a steady pace, more than a few fall short of their mark

If a Western Australian folk music festival seems like a left-field setting for a film by Ben Elton – once a premier humorist of Britain’s grimy absurdities in shows including The Young Ones and Blackadder – bear in mind that the comedian has held dual citizenship in Australia since 2004, taking up residence in Fremantle with his Australian wife.

A slight and sunny love story, Three Summers is set over three consecutive iterations of the fictional Westifal music festival (slogan: “Let’s get folked up”). MisfitsRobert Sheehan and Home and Away’s Rebecca Breeds star as the prospective partners. She’s a boot-stamping, fiddle-playing folk chick; he’s a know-it-all muso with a passion for the theremin. He’s
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Five Ideas Regarding Twin Peaks: The Return (Parts 7-9)

1. The Return of the Dead: Everybody is understandably enjoying the new Twin Peaks’ end credit sequences. In an utterly unexpected twist, David Lynch has decided to take us once a week to either The Road House or the Bang Bang Club to play us out with a musical guest. This is a strange enough maneuver all on its own. How many non-variety shows feature a different musical act each week, enfolding them however lightly into the story-world? (Honestly, The Young Ones is the last comparison I can think of. Any others?) And Lynch and partner Mark Frost have proven […]
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: from humble sitcom to pop-culture giant

It’s cheap, anarchic and about a bunch of hateful alcoholics – but everyone from the Game of Thrones creators to P Diddy is desperate to get involved. As it returns for the 12th season, we salute a transgressive little juggernaut

The 12th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia arrived on Netflix UK over the weekend and rarely has the phrase “the dirty dozen” felt so appropriate. A deliberately cheap, acidic sitcom set in an Irish dive bar, it stars a gang of venal borderline alcoholics who would be actively hateful if they weren’t so hilarious.

Sometimes it feels like an American continuation of the anarchic spirit of The Young Ones, with its squalid setting offset by startlingly meta moments. And sometimes it feels like a blue-collar Curb Your Enthusiasm, pouring scorn on social norms over a deceptively jaunty theme tune. Throughout, it remains both transgressive and ingenious.
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Horror Highlights: The Love Witch, Shudder, Deathless Legacy, The Quacky Slasher, The Sunken Convent

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The Love Witch has set her sights on the UK. The Final Girls have teamed up with Icon Distribution and FrightFest Presents to bring Anna Biller's latest film to select UK theaters. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Kumail Nanjiani's curates a Shudder collection, the music video for Deathless Legacy's "Witches' Brew," details on The Quacky Slasher, and The Sunken Convent festival screening.

The Love Witch UK Theatrical Release Details: Press Release: "Feminist film collective The Final Girls partner with Icon Distribution and FrightFest Presents to present a UK-wide preview tour of Anna Biller’s highly anticipated new feature, The Love Witch.

Launching at The Prince Charles Cinema, London on Thursday 23rd February 2017, The Final Girls will host a series of events, Q&A’s and discussions across the UK at venues including Glasgow Film Theatre and Bristol Watershed.

The tour will conclude on Tuesday 14th March with a
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Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh's kids Sara and Ibrahim are Bollywood's new trendsetters

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The Bachchan's Diwali party was a star-studded affair where Bollywood's biggest names came under one roof to celebrate the festival of lights with their respective families. But amid all the glittering Bollywood stars, it was the star kids who stole the show at the big Diwali bash at Amitabh Bachchan's residence Jalsa in Mumbai. Saif Ali Khan's gorgeous teenage daughter Sara and handsome son Ibrahim were among the star kids who stunned in their traditional outfits when they stepped out of their car one after the other. The young ones were undoubtedly the new trendsetters even before putting their first step into the industry. While Sara Ali Khan dazzled like a diva in the navy blue Art Deco Sequins dress, the stylish Ibrahim was shining in yellow kurta pajama. Their outfits were styled by one of India's biggest fashion brands Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. The cool siblings were
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12 of TV's best worst poets

Louisa Mellor Sep 28, 2017

To mark National Poetry Day in the UK, we celebrate a dozen of TV’s best worst fictional poets…

The best words in their best order. That’s how Samuel Taylor Coleridge summed up the task of a poet.

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Not everyone, however, can be Coleridge, nor can they follow his advice, as this slim volume of fictional TV poets proves…

12. Charlie and Dee – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Makeup... smearin'/No power steerin'/He be talkin'/but we don't be hearin'/Speaks like Zeus/Smells like poops/Rage all over from his head down to his shoes.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s alliances between Dee and Charlie are always excellent value. She’s ridiculous,
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British Comedian Ben Elton Shoots Australia-set ‘Three Summers’

British comedian, novelist and screenwriter Ben Elton has begun production of “Three Summers,” his first film set in his adopted Australia.

The movie is an ensemble comedy set in the music festival scene and taking place over three consecutive years. Production takes place in the Peel Region of Western Australia.

“Three Summers” is an Invisible Republic / Taylor Media production, with principal investment from Screen Australia and ScreenWest. International sales are handled by Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films, with Transmission Films set as the Australian distributor.

Production is by Michael Wrenn of Invisible Republic (“Women He’s Undressed,” “The Rocket”) and Sue Taylor of Taylor Media (“Looking for Grace”.) Executive producer is Mark Anderson.

The cast includes Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”,) Rebecca Breeds (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”,) John Waters (TV’s “Offspring”,) Magda Szubanski (“Happy Feet,” “Babe”,) and Michael Caton (“Last Cab to Darwin”.)

“Festivals are the great levelers. We
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After 20 years I finally beat The Revenge Of Shinobi

Padraig Cotter Oct 12, 2016

One man's lifelong quest to defeat a Sega Megadrive videogame - and how it finally was achieved...

The year was 1994, and the Nintendo v Sega console war was still going strong. It was a time just before Sony entered the scene and rewrote the rules, and the Internet hadn’t sucked the entire planet into its loving embrace. Video games generally cost a pretty penny back then, so if you bought any game – good or bad – you’d generally be playing it for at least a year.

If you choose the Sega side like me and went for the Megadrive, then you were provided with a six-game multicart. This cartridge of goodness contained classic beat ‘em up Streets Of Rage, where you punch through waves of punks that look suspiciously like Adrian Edmondson from The Young Ones. You could use melee weapons like bats or broken bottles,
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Looking back at Drop Dead Fred

Mark Harrison Aug 15, 2016

We revisit Drop Dead Fred, starring the late, great Rik Mayall...

Hey, snotfaces, what do you get when you mix Mary Poppins and Beetlejuice? Look no further than 1991's Drop Dead Fred, a fantasy comedy about an imaginary friend, which turns out to be about a woman's mental breakdown after years and years of emotional abuse.

If you're of a certain age and, much like Phoebe Cates' protagonist Elizabeth at the beginning of the movie, you haven't seen Fred since you were a child, you may remember it as a childhood staple that you were probably a bit young to be watching and for many, it might have been your introduction to Mayall's comic stylings. However, also like Lizzie, Fred's anarchic behaviour has different implications when you meet him again in adulthood.

He first re-emerges after Lizzie has lost the three major totems of adulthood - her marriage,
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America: where British sitcoms go to die

It is the holy grail for British writers – having your sitcom remade for America. But can Raised by Wolves succeed where Fawlty Towers flopped?

Imagine an alternative universe where Dad’s Army, The Young Ones, The Thick of It and Spaced never got past the pilot stage and Fawlty Towers was cancelled midway through series one. Well, that nightmarish world exists: it’s called the United States, and it’s the place where the brightest and best British sitcoms go to die.

Caitlin and Caroline Moran’s semi-autobiographical Raised By Wolves, about two sisters growing up in a large family in Wolverhampton, is the latest Britcom to arouse transatlantic interest. The Channel 4 original makes its Us debut this week on streaming service Acorn. But, more mouth-wateringly, a deal for an American version has been agreed with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) hired to write the pilot. Caitlin tells
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Your Juiciest Waxing Questions, Answered...by the Wax Queen!

Your Juiciest Waxing Questions, Answered...by the Wax Queen!
You can only ask your experienced friends so many questions about waxing before it's time to consult a professional. Even then, there are probably some questions you feel less than comfortable asking your girlfriends about. Like: How bad is the pain? What should you wear? How naked do you have to get? Do they really wax your butt? Luckily, UK-based, celebrity waxer Kim Lawless a.k.a. The Wax Queen is here to answer all your burning questions (and then some). Her juicy yet extremely informative answers are below—you might want to take notes. The Basics Why do women wax? Women wax for various reasons and it, mostly, depends on their age group. The young ones, in their...
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The Week in Star Wars – Rogue One trailer, Yoda in Episode VIII, Ewan McGregor wants to do an Obi-Wan movie, Ahsoka Ya novel, Captain Rex in Return of the Jedi and more

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The Week in Star Wars is back! And we’ve got our first look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a few bits on Star Wars: Episode VIII and some more of that Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray goodness…

Let’s kick this week off with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We suddenly got a trailer announcement on Wednesday with the news of the first full trailer coming the following day. Well, it landed and you can watch it here. The trailer was praised heavily online, but the Flickering Myth writing staff seemed to really love it! You can read their reaction to the movie here, and be sure to check out the Fmtv Scooperhero News reaction and review here, and The Flickering Myth Podcast review here (or in the player below)…

…The first poster
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Rumour: Bottom star Ade Edmondson cast in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Now, this one comes from The Sun, so it could very well be as fictional as it is surprising, but according to the UK tabloid The Young Ones and Bottom star Ade Edmondson has bagged himself a role in Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.

According to the report, Edmondson impressed director Rian Johnson and executive producer J.J. Abrams, with a source allegedly telling the paper that:

“While J.J. Abrams isn’t directing, he is still heavily involved and he is really keen on British talent. Ade is starting to go back to his acting roots after doing a lot of reality TV recently and this is a huge deal for him. His character is top secret, like everything else to do with the film and its plot. But given his old comedy characters, it would make sense for them to give him an eccentric part.”

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Ade Edmondson has apparently been cast in ‘Star Wars Episode 8’

Ade Edmondson in Star Wars? The British comedy legend has apparently got a part in the Episode 8.

Yes, you are reading that headline correctly. According to The Sun, British comedian and actor Ade Edmondson, has been cast in Star Wars Episode 8 after impressing J.J. Abrams and director Rian Johnson.

Edmondson, who appeared with Rik Mayall in The Young Ones and Bottom, and on the recent TV drama adaptation of War and Peace, will apparently appear in an unknown role in the forthcoming sequel, the eighth in the Star Wars saga which began with Star Wars: A New Hope back in 1977.

A source told the newspaper: “Ade is starting to go back to his acting roots after doing a lot of reality TV recently and this is a huge deal for him.

“His character is top secret, like everything else to do with the film and its plot.

“But given his old comedy characters,
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Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle review – sequel to Stalin Ate My Homework

Alexei Sayle revisits art school and the 80s comedy circuit in this second memoir

The poignant labour of love that was Alexei Sayle’s chronicle of his unusual childhood, Stalin Ate My Homework, begged for a sequel, and follow-up Thatcher Stole My Trousers takes up his story at Chelsea School of Art in the early 1970s. The amused bafflement at the antics of his Palestinian flatmate – whose Marxist revolutionary group earns them a visit from Special Branch – gives way to Sayle entertaining punters at the nascent Comedy Store, and scaring Edinburgh crowds by furiously swearing at them as a cockney mod poet. “Not exactly a ‘character’, more a demonic possession,” he remembers.

There’s interesting – if not essential – social history here as comedy and politics come together in the late 1970s and his work with the Comic Strip and The Young Ones takes centre stage. It’s fascinating to watch
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Taiwanese classics sail to Japan

Exclusive: Titles include Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Daughter Of The Nile

Japan’s Shochiku has picked up three restored classics from the Taiwan Film Institute, including Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Daughter Of The Nile, which recently premiered at Berlinale Classics, as well as King Hu’s The Dragon Inn and A Touch Of Zen.

The two martial arts films by Hu, which premiered at Cannes Classics 2014 and 2015 respectively, have also been sold to Germany (Rapid Eye Movies), the UK (Eureka Entertainment) and Us (Criterion). The deals were brokered by Eric Chou for the Taiwan Film Institute.

Formerly known as Chinese Taipei Film Archive (Ctfa), the institute was established by the Ministry of Culture in 2014. It has since restored a total of 16 classic films, including Lee Hsing’s The Young Ones and Chen Chun-Liang’s Love In Chilly Spring, which stars legendary Taiwanese singer Feng Fei-Fei in her big screen acting debut. The restored
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars film

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Simon Brew Ryan Lambie Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

It's definite: Rian Johnson confirms that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be two and a half hours long...

Confirming earlier rumours, director Rian Johnson has now told IGN that the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi will indeed be the longest Star Wars movie to date. Its running time is going to clock in at 150 minutes, presumably including credits. You can read the story at IGN, here. Previously, Revenge Of The Sith was the longest film, at 140 minutes.

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Yesterday, we got more promo material from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Firstly, the new IMAX poster for the movie has landed. We've added it to our posh gallery if you want to see if nice and big, and see all the other posters and images to date. But if you just want a smaller version,
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Doctor Who: breaking down a key scene

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The Yeti attack at Covent Garden in recently recovered Doctor Who episode, The Web Of Fear, is a masterwork. Here's why...

The Web Of Fear was commissioned after a positive response to The Abominable Snowmen by then Story Editor (soon-to-be Producer) Peter Bryant, with the intention that it would close out Doctor Who’s fifth season. Rewrites for Fury From The Deep resulted in it becoming the penultimate story (one of many variables that resulted in Nicholas Courtney playing the role of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart). Previously available as an audio soundtrack narrated by Fraser Hines, the film of The Web Of Fear was returned to the BBC archives in 2013.

I first experienced The Web Of Fear as a Target Novelisation at some point in the Nineties (I can’t remember if it was in Uddingston Library – so many Targets, so many Asterix books – or my primary school’s
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