14 items from 2014
The Eisner Awards, the "Oscars of Comics" have announced their nominations for the current season (they follow more of a Tony Awards timetable) and the results are heavy on Image comics with Marvel scoring in the top "continuing series" category with the current run of Hawkeye. Maybe there's hope for Jeremy Renner's unloved movie hero after all? Or maybe not. It's up against last year's winner Saga.
I want to share two categories that have particular appeal to us here at Tfe. They have an adapted category (which sometimes pulls from movies) and a digital comics category and you know I keep trying to start one though admittedly I never fully commit.
Best Adaptation from Another Medium
The Castle, by Franz Kafka, adapted by David Zane Mairowitz and Jaromír 99 (SelfMadeHero) The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted by by Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero) Django Unchained, adapted by Quentin Tarantino, »
- NATHANIEL R
It has apologised to a student after the Trust ruled that she was not given sufficient information about the involvement of BBC journalists in the programme and the associated risks.
"We are pleased that the Trust found that there was a clear and strong public interest in commissioning and broadcasting the programme and that the correct referral procedures and processes were followed by the programme team and senior management.
"We also accept, however, that aspects of the BBC's handling of the project fell short in a number of areas, with the Trust finding against the BBC on 4 of its 21 rulings."
It continued: "In particular we have »
London -- The BBC on Monday apologized for a documentary about North Korea that had last year caused a war of words between the U.K. public broadcaster and the London School of Economics (Lse) over using students to help get into the communist state. BBC journalist John Sweeney and other reporters snuck into the country posing as Lse students to gain access for an episode of the broadcaster's flagship current affairs program Panorama, which a report on a probe by the BBC governing body on Monday said had breached key editorial guidelines. Video: Dennis Rodman Imparts More Foreign Policy Wisdom
- Georg Szalai
The Great British Bake Off star's new series launched with 3.20 million (13.2%) at 8.30pm. Earlier, University Challenge quizzed 3.06m (13.0%) at 8pm, while Evan Davis's Mind the Gap: London vs The Rest gathered 1.63m (7.0%) at 9pm.
ITV's Dci Banks topped the ratings overall outside of soaps with 4.58m (18.6%) at 9pm (335,000/2.1% on +1). New series I Never Knew That About Britain opened with 3.54m (15.1%) at 8pm (179k/0.7%).
On BBC One, Silk dropped over 500k from last week's opener to 4.13m (17.6%) at 9pm. Earlier, Panorama interested 2.96m (12.3%) at 8.30pm.
On Channel 5, Police Interceptors attracted 1.09m (4.6%) at 8pm. Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away! brought in 1.92m (8.2%) at 9pm (139k/0.9%), followed »
International Test Cricket: South Africa v Australia | I Never Knew That About Britain | Hungry Britain? – Panorama | Mary Berry Cooks | Mind The Gap: London Vs The Rest | Dci Banks | My Father And The Man In Black | Girls
International Test Cricket: South Africa v Australia
8.25am, Sky Sports 2
Live coverage of day three of the third and final Test of the series, held in Cape Town. Unlike Australia's recent Ashes annihilation of England, this series reaches its final bow with all still to play for. Australia – and in particular in-form bowler Mitchell Johnson – were dominant in the first match, though a fine display of reverse spin bowling by Dale Steyn enabled South Africa to level the series last Sunday. Might they have the psychological edge here? Gwilym Mumford
I Never Knew That About Britain
Debut of a new series inspired by Christopher Winn's popular I Never Knew That About … miscellanies. »
- Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, John Robinson
Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches | Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama | Silk | Horizon: How You Really Make Decisions | One Born Every Minute | Knife Crime ER: Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa | My Mad Fat Diary
Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches
8pm, Channel 4
There will be many who think of themselves as fundamentally reliable citizens who have found themselves thwarted when attempting to purchase anything via an obdurate computer that doubted their creditworthiness. This investigation goes undercover at Britain's biggest credit reference agency to find out how accurate its information is, and assesses your options in the event that a mistake is made. May induce seething. Andrew Mueller
Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama
Reporter Jane Corbin investigates the curious case of Abbas Yazdi, a British businessman of Iranian origin who disappeared in Dubai in June 2013. Did the British government play a part in what happened? »
- Andrew Mueller, Bim Adewunmi, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Ali Catterall
Armstrong and Bain's police dramedy packed swipes at PR, bureaucracy and obsession with social media into its sprawling, Danny Boyle-directed pilot. Reviews flitted between a muddled if ambitious curio and a bracing, blackly comedic tour de force, but the truth lies somewhere in between. A cop Thick Of It laced with Black Mirror nihilism, catch the inaugural episode on 4oD ahead of the full series due later this year.
Life In Scents
A most olfactory audio experience, as producer Jo Barratt chats to guests about the experience of scent, from the heady yeast of an operational brewery to the malodorous whiff of decay.
Series two of E4's growing-pains drama is underway, with Sharon Rooney excellent in the role of troubled teenager Rae, struggling to deal with higher education, »
- Luke Holland, Louis Pattison
★★★★☆ "Who knows their own story? It only becomes a story when you tell it." So says Nick Cave, the alluring subject at the centre of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's portrait of the man, 20,000 Days on Earth (2014). Set around a fictionalised version of Cave's 20,000th day, when he started recording what became last year's acclaimed Push the Sky Away, the film is both a biography of Cave's life and a beguiling vision of a musician considering the meaning of his own art. In a festival that has disappointed many, this prize-winner from Sundance - tucked into the Panorama section - is surely one of the best documentaries in show.
- CineVue UK
Benefits Street continued its high ratings for its final episode on Monday night, overnight data reveals.
The Channel 4 series concluded with 4.02 million (16.5%) at 9pm, with an added 573,000 (3.6%) on +1. Later, Chris Stark's Celeb Hunter intrigued 662k (4.2%) at 10pm.
ITV's Dci Banks remained on top, dipping slightly from last week to 5.69m (23.4%) at 9pm (283k/1.7% on +1). A Great Welsh Adventure appealed to 3.49m (14.4%) at 8pm (123k/0.5%).
On Channel 5, Jim Davidson's special At Least I'm Not Boring amused 1.14m (4.7%) at 9pm (154k/0.9%). Police Interceptors gathered 1.01m (4.2%) at 8pm. »
Updated: Deals from Java Films, Zodiak, Raven Banner, Silver Sword, m-appeal, Slingshot Films, Rise and Shine, House of Film.
Java flies with Emptying The Skies
Java Films has acquired world rights to Emptying The Skies, Douglass Kass’s feature documentary about migratory song birds. The deal was negotiated by David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers and Kathryn Bonnici, Head of Acquisitions for Java Films. Submarine has also sold all rights in Canada to Films We Like and Worldwide Airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.
Music Box acquires Watcher Of The Sky
Music Box Films has struck a deal with CAA and Submarine for Us rights to Propeller Films’ Watchers Of The Sky. Submarine licensed Canadian rights to Films We Like, Australia and New Zealand to Madman, pan-Scandinavia to NonStop Entertainment and worldwide airline rights to Jaguar Distribution. Edet Belzberg directed the story about Raphael Lemkin, who coined »
Crowdfunding films in Europe is still in its infancy, but some enterprising producers have launched campaigns, using a few opportunities not yet available in the U.S. — and are facing a different set of challenges.
American filmmakers have mainly used reward- or prize-based campaigns on such sites as Indiegogo and Kickstarter, which some EU filmmakers use, and there are also country-specific sites like Touscoprod in France and Startnext in Germany. (For EU filmmakers, crowdfunding is usually a local affair, often limited to five-figure campaigns for niche interests or small populations within any given country.) Europe also has donation crowdfunding (with no rewards at all) and equity crowdfunding (soon to begin Stateside), in which investors take a stake in the film as they would a share in a company.
But because there are a limited number of equity crowdfunding investors allowed in Europe at the moment (a maximum 149 per country) and »
- Gregg Goldstein
This portrait of Gaddafi was as powerful as you'd expect – and twice as horrifying
Storyville: Mad Dog – Gaddafi's Secret World (BBC4) was as dense, as informative and as powerful as you might expect of an 80-minute documentary about the Libyan leader containing interviews with those he bereaved, tortured and imprisoned, those who tried to stop him, and those who – when the money was right and the risk worth it – helped him; and it was twice as horrifying.
Christopher Olgiati's film outlined Gaddafi's funding and coordinating of terrorist movements, the orchestrating of civil conflicts, the training of genocidal warlords, the ceaseless executions of enemies real and imagined. Amid the litany of violations against God and man and conscience, some details stood out. Idi Amin's prisoners having to choose between suffocation in their overstuffed cells or death by stepping into the electrified water outside. The hot pokers and dogs trained to »
- Lucy Mangan
Athlete, Conservative minister and television journalist who found fame as part of the trio who broke the four-minute mile
Sir Christopher Chataway, who has died aged 82, was a Tory government minister, a pioneering television journalist and a successful businessman. But he will probably be best and longest remembered as a world-class runner and one of the trio, with his friends Roger Bannister and Christopher Brasher, who broke the four-minute-mile barrier for the first time in 1954.
That celebrity, as a British sporting hero at the dawn of what was optimistically seen then as the new Elizabethan age, was subsequently transferred to television, where he became the first newsreader to appear on screen for Independent Television. His political career encompassed periods as a moderate minister and as leader of the Inner London Education Authority, after which he entered business, latterly as chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority. He never lost his love of running however, »
- Stephen Bates
Paris – Bowing Jan.10 at the august Hotel Intercontinental Le Grand, abutting the Place de l’Opera, the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will be one of the biggest market-junkets ever for a national cinema.
Only France, which with the U.K. hosts one of Europe’s two biggest industries, could organize an event of this magnitude or allure.
110 French movies will screen, a Rendez-vous record, at three Gaumont cinema-theaters just across the Square,
Distributors will attend from 50 countries, principally from Europe, but also for the first time officially from Latin America as well.
In hallowed tradition, UniFrance uses its Rendez-vous to announce and analyze in admirable detail the previous year theatrical box office numbers for French films abroad. 2013’s total trawl looks set to be way down on 2012, an all time high when three juggernauts - “Taken 2” (Euros 265.8 million: $354.8 million), “The Intouchables” ($268.9 million) and “The Artist »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
14 items from 2014
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