10 items from 2014
New Indie: It racked up lots of buzz on the film festival circuit, and now Cheap Thrills (Drafthouse Films) makes it to DVD for those who missed its theatrical run earlier this year. This exceedingly dark comedy follows two old pals (played by Pat Healy and Ethan Embry) who find themselves pushed by economic circumstances into accepting increasingly dangerous and degrading bets and dares from an eccentric rich couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) over the course of one unforgettable night. In one sense, the film is a close cousin to that episode of “Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected” that inspired the Quentin Tarantino segment of Four Rooms, but Cheap Thrills definitely has chutzpah, constantly upping its own sleazy ante and leaving us wondering if...
- Alonso Duralde
The 2014 BAFTA TV Awards were down around 900,000 viewers from last year, overnight data reveals.
The awards ceremony attracted 5.1 million (23.5%) at 8pm, while Countryfile topped the evening overall with 5.7m (31.3%) at 7pm.
On ITV, Catchphrase entertained 3.0m (18.1%) at 6.45pm (149k/0.5% on +1). Off Their Rockers amused 2.9m (15.5%) at 7.30pm (120k/0.5%).
The Vera finale was seen by 5.2m (23.5%) at 8pm (308k/1.6%), followed by Perspectives with 1.6m (9.9%) at 10pm (142k/1.8%).
Channel 4's Four Rooms attracted 703k (3.9%) at 7pm (212k/1.0%), while For the Love of Cars was seen by 950k (4.4%) at 8pm (195k/0.9%). Fargo's latest episode appealed to 1.0m (4.7%) at 9pm (201k/1.4%).
On Channel 5, X2 thrilled 1.1m (5.1%) at 7.30pm (201k/1.0%). 21 Jump Street attracted 965k (8.5%) at 10pm (107k/1.9%).
“I am positive that if my mentor John Cassevetes were around today he would use Kickstarter to make his films.” Whether Alexandre Rockwell‘s statement about Cassavetes is true or not (we’ll never know), it hardly seems implausible as we see yet another indie film legend going the crowdfunding route. It’s been a long time since Rockwell was a significant name in cinema, but he’ll always be remembered as an important member of the Sundance class of ’92, his quirky black and white feature In the Soup winning the grand jury prize that year over strong contenders like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Allison Anders’s Gas, Food Lodging. He then came up with the idea for the anthology feature Four Rooms, on which he collaborated with Tarantino, Anders and Robert Rodriguez. More recently, he directed the Peter Dinklage comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead. His latest project, which »
- Christopher Campbell
We've heard it mentioned in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Death Proof, From Dusk Till Dawn and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, and now the Big Kahuna Burger will open for business tomorrow night as it makes its on screen debut in a commercial during the third episode of the El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. But we don't have to wait that long, as the commercial (written and directed by Robert Rodriguez) has arrived online, and you can watch it right here...
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series airs on the El Rey Network on Tuesday nights. »
- Gary Collinson
Coronation Street, Broadchurch's Olivia Colman and Luther actor Idris Elba were the big winners at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards on Tuesday (March 18) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Broadchurch won the award for Drama Serial, with Colman picking up the Female Actor prize. Educating Yorkshire won Best Documentary Series as star Michael Steer hit out at Education Secretary Michael Gove in his acceptance speech.
It was only a matter of time before the recent hyper-raunchy comedy style exemplified by "The Hangover" (and repurposed, in watered-down form, for things like "Identity Thief" and "Horrible Bosses"), would take a dark, seedily indie-movie turn. And that's what "Cheap Thrills" really is: it's the hysterical, son-of-"Jackass" tomfoolery of "The Hangover" taken to an absurdly nihilistic degree. For the most part it works, despite some tonal wobbliness, although it should be noted that "Cheap Thrills" is not for the squeamish or easily offended.The plot of "Cheap Thrills" is the stuff of a million hastily scribbled short stories (it also bears, at least in passing, a superficial resemblance to the Quentin Tarantino section of anthology movie "Four Rooms")—a schlub and new father (Pat Healy from "The Innkeepers") is facing total financial ruin. He's about to get evicted from his apartment and he goes to ask his boss »
- Drew Taylor
ITV's murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.
With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, »
- John Plunkett
ITV thriller Broadchurch leads the nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
The ceremony, hosted by Tim Vine, will be held on March 18 at Grosvenor House and honours excellence across all genres of television programming.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is up for Entertainment, »
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
Quentin Tarantino's plans for making another Western have quickly gone south. After telling Jay Leno in November that the experience of making Django Unchained had inspired him to want to make another film in the genre, he's made an about face. Deadline reports that the director was so upset when the script for The Hateful Eight leaked, that he no longer wishes to make the movie right now. The script was given to a small pool of actors and he learned of the leak when his manager began receiving »
10 items from 2014
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