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How I Met Your Mother and Twilight Leaving Netflix in November 2017

How I Met Your Mother and Twilight Leaving Netflix in November 2017
Those who've never seen How I Met Your Mother have a little less than a month to stream all 208 episodes on Netflix. On Monday, the company announced which titles will be no longer be available in November, including films like Christmas With the Kranks, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Goosebumps, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hugo and Twilight, as well as hit series like Cristela. All title and dates are subject to change. The news is sure to upset some subscribers, as films like The Matrix were only added in August. Leaving 11/1/17 Back to the Secret Garden Black Books: Series 1-3 Christmas With the Kranks Get Rich or Die Tryin' Hard...
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch How I Met Your Mother Before It Leaves Netflix

Once again, the time has come to say goodbye to some of our favorite movies and shows on Netflix. While there are some exciting new additions coming in November, such as Marvel's The Punisher, the streaming service is getting rid of some gems including the entire Matrix franchise and some beloved sitcoms. Needless to say, if you haven't watched How I Met Your Mother all the way through, we suggest starting now. Nov. 1 Back to the Secret Garden Black Books, series one-three Christmas with the Kranks Get Rich or Die Tryin' Hard Candy Hugo Ravenous The Brothers The Legend of Hell House The Matrix The Matrix Reloaded The Matrix Revolutions The Newton Boys Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas Twilight V for Vendetta Nov. 3 Do I Sound Gay? Nov. 5 Hannah Montana: The Movie Heavyweights Sky High Nov.
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
See full article at Variety - TV News »

The Best Underdog Networks and Streaming Services You Should Be Watching — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Underdog Networks and Streaming Services You Should Be Watching — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which lesser known network or streaming service deserves more love? Why?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

I just wrote about this for TVInsider.com! Recently, I am obsessed with truTV, which has unleashed two of my favorite summer programs: “The Chris Gethard Show” and Andrea Savage’s perfect “I’m Sorry.” The first is the “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” of live late-night talk shows featuring the supremely likable comedian and the second, sort of a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for suburban marrieds, Finally gives Savage a chance to carry a show after years of scene-stealing support. Originally designed as a true-crime network, the rebranding to comedy (and edgy comedy at that!
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The Best Underdog Networks and Streaming Services You Should Be Watching — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Underdog Networks and Streaming Services You Should Be Watching — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which lesser known network or streaming service deserves more love? Why?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

I just wrote about this for TVInsider.com! Recently, I am obsessed with truTV, which has unleashed two of my favorite summer programs: “The Chris Gethard Show” and Andrea Savage’s perfect “I’m Sorry.” The first is the “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” of live late-night talk shows featuring the supremely likable comedian and the second, sort of a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for suburban marrieds, Finally gives Savage a chance to carry a show after years of scene-stealing support. Originally designed as a true-crime network, the rebranding to comedy (and edgy comedy at that!
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Twelfth Night, Your Name and Ted come to theatres in our April Events list

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Twelfth Night, Your Name and Ted come to theatres in our April Events list Twelfth Night, Your Name and Ted come to theatres in our April Events list Scott Goodyer3/30/2017 10:13:00 Am

April is here and we can almost feel that spring weather just around the corner. So we wanted to give you that extra bounce in your step with some great new monthly cinema events! Check out the list below of a few highlights: WWE Wrestlemania 33

The biggest event in WWE history, featuring Universal Champion Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar, WWE Champion Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton and much more, broadcast live to cinemas from Florida's Orlando Citrus Bowl. All this epic action is a must see on the big screen!

Show date: April 2nd

Twelfth Night National Theatre Live

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks.
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Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’

The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007

Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Qi, and his recent live shows include Qualmpeddler and Limboland. His book, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To British Birds, has just been published. He is married with a son, and lives in London.

What is your greatest fear?

Being attacked by enraged bears.

Related: Nadiya Hussain: my most treasured possession? My Bake Off trophy

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Count Arthur Strong and the comforts of traditional sitcom

Louisa Mellor Sep 26, 2016

When life hurts, well-crafted, traditional sitcom like Count Arthur Strong can be an indispensable salve…

There’s a period a little while after a family death, after the days spent in a traffic jam of errands, decisions and phone calls, when you have to merge back into the regular lane. Normal life demands to re-start. The fridge needs filling and the lawn needs mowing, even if, impossibly, the person who usually does both has vanished forever.

For my family like most others, normal life means watching television. Telly is the cradle that rocked us through the decades. Whatever happened to us happened against a backdrop of soaps and sitcoms.

Losing our dad though, changed things. In the flayed-skin sensitivity of the days around his funeral, flicking through the channels meant running a gauntlet. A murder on EastEnders brought unwelcome ambulances and coroners back into our living room.
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Venice 2016 Review: Alice Lowe's Prevenge Seems Destined to Become a Cult Classic

Once known for her experimental theatre and playful roles in hit British television comedies such as Black Books and The It Crowd, Alice Lowe has now hacked and slashed her way into the male-dominated world of the cult slasher with her debut feature Prevenge. The results are undeniably glorious, and they provide an incredibly lively and fresh take on the genre. Having worked extensively with the legends behind a number of the Garth Marenghi TV series, this comedic pedigree really shows in Prevenge and it comes across a bit like Garth Marenghi does Kill Bill. Both directing and taking this film's lead role, Lowe holds the screen like a maniacal, pregnant Ruth Jones who wields a kitchen knife she most certainly is not afraid to...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Mrs Brown’s Boys named best British sitcom of the 21st century

Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs Brown’s Boys has been voted the best British sitcom of the 21st century, pipping Ricky GervaisThe Office and Peter Kay’s Car Share to the number one spot in a poll conducted by the Radio Times.

“Breathtaking,” said O’Carroll. “Lost for words… and that doesn’t happen to me very often. Myself and Jenny [Jennifer Gibney, his wife and co-star] are dancing around the living room. I can die happy now… but I’ll take my time… It vindicates the fans’ belief in the show. They have kept us on the air — it certainly wasn’t the reviewers. There is an audience out there that comedy forgot — that Are You Being Served? audience has been left behind. Us winning this award proves that.”

The poll was conducted by readers of the Radio Times, who voted on a shortlist of 40 sitcoms selected by Radio Times critics and members of the British Film Institute.
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Mrs Brown’s Boys named best British sitcom of the 21st century

Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs Brown’s Boys has been voted the best British sitcom of the 21st century, pipping Ricky GervaisThe Office and Peter Kay’s Car Share to the number one spot in a poll conducted by the Radio Times.

“Breathtaking,” said O’Carroll. “Lost for words… and that doesn’t happen to me very often. Myself and Jenny [Jennifer Gibney, his wife and co-star] are dancing around the living room. I can die happy now… but I’ll take my time… It vindicates the fans’ belief in the show. They have kept us on the air — it certainly wasn’t the reviewers. There is an audience out there that comedy forgot — that Are You Being Served? audience has been left behind. Us winning this award proves that.”

The poll was conducted by readers of the Radio Times, who voted on a shortlist of 40 sitcoms selected by Radio Times critics and members of the British Film Institute.
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Bill Bailey interview: No Man’s Sky, Bond villains, gaming

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2016

From Edge Of Tomorrow to Commodore 64s and Bond villains - we chat to Mr Bill Bailey about No Man's Sky...

The mighty Bill Bailey is always a busy man, and right now, he's finishing off his latest tour. But he's also been working with Sony, on the launch of the colossal new videogame, No Man's Sky. What's more, Sony arranged for us to have a little chat with the man himself. And every now and then, we remembered to talk about No Man's Sky as part of it.

Take heed at the part at the bottom of this interview, too. Bill Bailey for Mayor of Den Of Geek, anyone?...

I’ve just been watching the promotional video for No Man’s Sky [it's down at the bottom if you've not seen it]. And I know I’m supposed to start off talking about that, but the video brought to mind the moment where Manny assimilated The Little Book Of Calm.
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Annecy: Sanchez Jorge and Hopcraft Talk About ‘The Jan & Rai Show’

Annecy: Sanchez Jorge and Hopcraft Talk About ‘The Jan & Rai Show’
Directed by Lluis Sanchez Jorge and produced by Bes Animation’s Jessica Hopcraft, who co-wrote the scripts with Sanchez Jorge, “The Jan & Rai Show” is one of the buzzed-up projects being pitched at this year’s Annecy Fest Mifa market. Variety talked to Sanchez Jorge and Hopcraft on the eve of Annecy.

How would you describe the show?

Hopcraft: The Jan and Rai Show is about a determined adventurer whose quest is hijacked when she must accept the help of two squabbling brothers and their lazy dog.

How did you come up with this idea and characters’ names?

Sanchez Jorge: The idea came up from the earth in a bubble. The characters names blew in through the window and we picked them as they flew past.

Can you describe the protagonist?

Hopcraft: Indiana Jones if he were a teenage girl.

How did you and Lluis come to collaborate on the show?

Hopcraft: I was brought in during the development stage and our senses of humor and imagination seem to work in sync. Lluis would have an idea for a weird new character or scenario and I would turn it into an episode idea and we would work it out together. We are lucky that the collaboration process is really smooth and super fun for us.

What are some of the hardest aspects about putting together an animated show?

Hopcraft: Time & money. Is that a boring answer? It takes such a long time to get things done which can only be made easier with more people which relies on more money. I think Lluis wishes he could just bunker down and make the whole series but we calculated that would take about 20 years. Haha

Why did you decide on an animated show? Had either of you worked on animated work before?

Hopcraft: Lluis is an animator and I work for Bogan Animation Studio so that’s what we both do, that’s our wheelhouse for sure. I can’t imagine working in anything else. I really love animation.

How did you decide on the type of animation? How did you choose an animator or designer?

Hopcraft: It’s all Lluis, it’s his style, design and animation. He did everything, so it was just a matter of his coming to Bruce our company director with some characters and they started to nut out a concept. No-one else has worked on the design/animation aspect of it.

How will audience be able to identify with the main character?

Hopcraft: I personally love her. She is someone who is wholly capable and determined but has to deal with a real obstacle with Jan & Rai in tow. What she soon realises is that a little bit of chaos, spontaneity and company on her journey makes things a lot more fun.

What are some animated shows that inspired your style and content?

Hopcraft: I love anything weird and silly. The 90’s Nickelodeon stuff is particularly close to my heart. “Angry Beavers,” “Cat Dog,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Aaaah! Real Monsters,” “Rugrats.” My little brother and I used to mimic the Angry Beavers talking style when we were kids. We thought we were hilarious. I think it’s important kids today still see those shows, they’re fantastic and hold up so well. New stuff, I love “Regular Show” and “Rick & Morty.” Oh, and I almost forgot “Spongebob.” “Spongebob” is everything.

Sanchez Jorge: There are so many to name… “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” “Ren & Stimpy,” “Betty Boop,” “Mighty Mouse,” “Popeye, Tex Avery cartoons, the “Beany and Cecil” show, Upa animation. and the list could go on. Also non’animated shows from Buster Keaton, Mighty Boosh, Black Books, “Seinfeld” among others.

Can you give me a brief bios?

Hopcraft: I studied screenwriting and I always wanted to make cartoons. I did a placement with an animation production company and realised I really enjoyed that side of things. Then I got a job at Bogan around two-and-a-half-years ago and I work as a production coordinator, writer and on development. It’s really great understanding the process inside out and it really helps the writing process. I really love my job and the company I work with because they pride themselves on creating interesting, beautiful and funny projects and what’s better than that?

Sanchez Jorge: I left high school in 1996 and moved to Valencia, Spain, where I made a living in the fine arts but I loved animation so much I taught myself to animate, I then become a cartoonist/illustrator making artwork for international rock ‘n’ roll bands. I’ve slowly shifted away from that and now mostly work as a freelance animator/cartoonist.

Are you working on any other projects in the near future?

Hopcraft: We have a lot of things going on at Bogan and we are moving into pre-production on a series called “Kitty is Not a Cat” towards the end of the year, which is super-exciting.

Sanchez Jorge: I have a couple of ideas floating around my head but at the moment I’m mainly focusing on ‘The Jan & Rai Show.’

What are your plans for “The Jan & Rai Show”?

Hopcraft: We really would love to get someone on board to help us progress into series. We have had funding from the Actf (the Australian Children’s Television Foundation) to create the teaser, pilot script and and bible, plus we have over 30 episode ideas under our belt with the scope for many more. Ideally, we want to steam forward on writing and production, I believe the world needs “The Jan & Rai Show.”

Anything you’d like audiences to know about yourself or the show that I haven’t asked about?

Hopcraft: In the teaser I am the voice of Jan and 3 out of 4 of The Bearded Ladies. I’m not sure I’m any good but it was really fun.

Sanchez Jorge: I’d like the audience to know that it’s never too late… run!
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Stan Lee’s Lucky Man episode 2 review: Win Some, Lose Some

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If only Stan Lee’s Lucky Man would fully commit to its pulp silliness, it could be an invigorating, fun watch…

This review contains spoilers.

1.2 Win Some, Lose Some

The moment a strip club owner (Omid Djalili, playing his character from Black Books) delivers the line “why don’t you put the cuffs on me and we can cha-cha?” is the moment a TV series loses any claim to credibility. Handily for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, credibility is overrated. If only this show would realise that and fully commit to its pulp leanings.

It clearly wants to, but like a self-conscious toe-tapper on the edge of a dancefloor, it can’t quite bring itself to jump in with both feet and start having any real fun. Until it does, it’s doomed to remain in the uncomfortable no-man’s land between entertaining schlock and serious crime thriller,
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Emily S. Whitten: Seven Movies for Surviving Snowzilla

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This past weekend we here in Washington DC got a lot of snow. Um… “A whole lot of snow”? …Okay, how about, “a metric ton of snow”? Ooh… “The fourth heaviest snowstorm dating to 1884.” There. I think that sums it up nicely.

Given this, I (not even kidding) have not left my home in five days (but I’m still sane! No really, I promise! The purple bunnies in my pantry told me so.) And of course, being a very practical person, since I knew the storm was coming I ensured I was well-stocked with all the necessary items beforehand. But then, around the end of Day 1, as the snowdrifts began inching into the two-foot range on my windowsills, I began to wonder what I would do to entertain myself if the power went out (taking with it, one might assume, the Internet).

“Ah-ha!” I said to myself. “I have
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Filming sex scenes: 13 directors and their approaches

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Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...

John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.

Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".

But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...

Noel Clarke
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11 Dark British Comedies to Stream Right Now

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11 Dark British Comedies to Stream Right Now
So you’ve just finished Making a Murderer, your favorite weekly shows are on holiday break, and you think your roommate might actually murder you if you watch through all of Parks and Rec for a 27th time. Well, it’s the holiday season, which means that treacly “very special episodes” and sentimental Christmas songs abound. And, sure, all that can be fun for a while, but if you’re starting to feel like it’s all so sweet you might get sick, why not take a break from wholesome family time and stream a pitch-dark British comedy show? There isn’t a single genre more antithetical to American holiday-season sentimentality. Ahead, our recommendations for shows readily available online that might make you cringe and will definitely make you laugh.Black Books What’s it about? Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) is a hard-drinking bookshop owner who hates everyone and everything.
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‘Wolf Hall’ Wins Judges’ Award at U.K.’s Royal Television Society

London — Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment’s “Wolf Hall” was honored with the Judges’ Award at the craft and design awards of the Royal Television Society, which is an organization that represents senior executives in the U.K. television industry.

The costume drama, which chronicles the life of Thomas Cromwell and is based on the books by Hilary Mantel, was praised by the judges for its overall devotion to craft skills.

“Director Peter Kosminsky and director of photography Gavin Finny embraced the darkness of the times and with unerring confidence slowly unfurled this captivating political intrigue in a series of beautiful and bejewelled scenes reminiscent of Vermeer and Rembrandt,” the judges said.

“The attention to detail in every aspect of production was immaculate and the jury felt this drama was highly creative, distinctive and a demonstration of expert craft skills across all production disciplines.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dennis De Groot,
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Get out your Little Book of Calm, Black Books is 15! Bill Bailey reflects on the cult comedy

Not to make you feel old, but Black Books turns 15 today. That's right, every slob and pessimist's hero Bernard Black first emerged on our TV screens back on September 29, 2000 on Channel 4.

Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan's comedy has become a cult classic over the years, and we will forever be quoting Bernard, Manny and Fran's struggles through life, especially when we're hungover ("Shut up all of you, I'm dying").

Digital Spy recently caught up with Manny himself Bill Bailey and spoke to him about the show's continued popularity, and whether it could one day make a comeback.

"It's been wonderful watching it have this big long life after it went out on TV," Bill told us. "It's developed this cult following around the world. I get security guards in airports in Eastern Europe rubbing the breasts going 'Bernard Bernard Bernard Bernard'."

When asked what he thought of the
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