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Television documentary-maker, journalist and historian who focused on children and crime
Loretta Loach, who has died of cancer aged 54, was a journalist, activist and television documentary-maker. She went on to write the pioneering study The Devil's Children: A History of Childhood and Murder, which was nominated for the Mind 2010 book of the year award. Looking at the history and treatment of children who kill, the book concluded that they are neither extraordinarily rare, nor extraordinarily evil.
Born into a Birmingham family of Irish origin and Labour activism, Loretta studied history at Sussex University, graduating in 1979. Her socialist feminist politics led her into journalism, first the newsroom of Labour's newspaper, Tribune, then on to the editorial board of the feminist magazine Spare Rib. She worked at Spare Rib during turbulent times, between 1983 and 1986, when identity politics generated angry confrontations over the difficulties of integrating the distinct oppression of particular groups of »
- Mandy Merck, Lynne Segal
Terra Nova executive producer Jon Cassar has signed up to direct a new sci-fi drama pilot. The former 24 showrunner will helm Out of Time for Canadian network Showcase, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The futuristic police procedural will follow Kyra Cameron, a cop from the year 2077 who pursues a group of terrorists into the past. Stranded in present-day Vancouver, Cameron will fight to return home, while thwarting the terrorists' plans to change the future. Show creator Simon Barry will executive (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
NBC has ordered two additional scripts for its fairy tale procedural "Grimm", bringing the show's episode count up to fifteen and stirring talk of a full season order.
Despite the drop off since its debut, the show has managed to win the key demo in the 9pm Friday timeslot for most weeks so far. The most recent episode scored 5.2 million viewers and a 1.6 rating. [Source: ]
Thandie Newton is circling the lead role of a female cop in the year 2077 who is transporting a group of terrorists en route to their execution.
Suddenly, however, the group is sent time traveling back to 2012 where they can reconstitute their violent agenda. [Source: Variety]
Game of Thrones
HBO has released a new 'in production' featurette promoting the second season of "Game of Thrones" including »
- Garth Franklin
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
On 21st September 2011, one of the best, and most popular American rock bands of all time announced they will no longer be making music that has went some way to defining the ‘American Rock’ genre. After over twenty years and countless classics, R.E.M. made the announcement that many had feared, but alas was all but expected. Having failed to reach the heights of their 80s and 90s material, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry called it quits.
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011 aside from being an epically long title verging on the philosophical, combines all of the hits from their early days on IRS Records to their timeless classics on Warner Bros. They have, as expected taken three or four of the best songs from each of their albums and formed almost like a jigsaw puzzle of where R.E.M began, »
- Brian Charity
Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net, TNT reports that production is well underway on a Second Season of 10 more episodes, of the Ontario-lensed sci fi TV series, "Falling Skies", from executive producer Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks TV.
"Falling Skies' debuted June 2011, with 8 million total viewers, ranking it as cable's top series launch in 2011, averaging 6.4 million total viewers in its first three episodes.
The new Second Season episodes will air in 2012.
"...In the heart of Boston, following the devastating events of an alien invasion, history professor 'Tom Mason' and his sons 'Hal', 'Matt' and 'Ben' are just trying to survive. After an extreme firefight with the aliens, Ben gets kidnapped. Determined to get his son back, Tom joins forces with the second 'Mass', »
- Michael Stevens
Here’s what hits stores this week.
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- Brandon Johnston
She's a stone cold fox. He's The Rock. THR reports Susan Sarandon has joined Dwayne Johnson for the new action-thriller Snitch. The film, which comes from stuntman turned writer and director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, In The Shadows), is based on a 2004 episode of PBS' Frontline entitled "The Plea." The film will tell the true story of a suburban father (Johnson) who goes undercover to take down a high-level drug dealer in exchange for a reduction on his son's 30-year prison sentence. Sarandon will play an attorney working with Johnson's character who's looking for a big drug bust to further her career. Waugh rewrote a draft by Justin Haythe (the upcoming Lone Ranger, Revolutionary Road, The Clearing), who penned the film when it was set-up back at New Line Cinema with Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress, High Crimes, Out of Time) attached. In the previous version of the »
- James Wallace
London, Sept 22: Rock band R.E.M has announced its split after having recorded 15 albums during its three decades of existence.
The American rock band's website was briefly unavailable after the announcement of the split was made.
"We have decided to call it a day as a band," the BBC quoted the band as saying.
"To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening," the band stated.
The band, which was formed in 1980, won three Grammy awards in 1992, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, finding fame with the 90s hit 'Out of Time' and 'Automatic. »
- Arun Pantit
Rem brought to an end a highly successful and influential era of music today. In a career spanning 31 years and 15 studio albums, the band from Athens, Georgia have now officially split. Since their very first album Murmur, released in 1983, the group - consisting of flamboyant singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and, originally, drummer Bill Berry - have produced many classic moments both on and off stage. To mark the end of Rem, Digital Spy recalls five of their most defining and classic tracks that would prove hugely influential to a whole host of artists for years to come. 1. 'Losing My Religion'
Album: Out of Time
Charted: #19 (UK) / #4 (Us) A distinctly Rem track, it was the first single from 1991's Out of Time and would prove to be their biggest hit in the Us. (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Alt-rock legends R.E.M. have finally decided to call it quits after thirty-one years of cranking out catchy and poetic tunes. With classic albums like Murmur, Reckoning, Document, Out of Time, Automatic For the People, and many others, R.E.M. created radio staples that would become inextricably linked to the soundtracks of many people's lives. In a statement just posted on their website, singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry (who left the band in 1997 after suffering a brain aneurysm) announced: "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for [...] »
With the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind just around the corner, the mythology machine has been kicked into high gear, churning out oral histories, round-table retrospectives and vault-clearing reissues with a force comparable to the opening riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
And justifiably so; after all, Nevermind was the album that changed everything, bringing the underground to the forefront and making an unwilling icon out of Kurt Cobain (also, it was the reason the Melvins got signed to Atlantic). Twenty years after its release, we're still trying to come to grips with its influence, a fact that's just about as telling as any oral history could ever be.
Of course, we've been talking about the anniversary for a while here in the MTV Newsroom (there were meetings and everything). And a funny thing kept happening during all those discussions; we couldn't help but reminisce about just how amazing that »
- James Montgomery
By Eric Ditzian
Like a bomb indestructibly attached to an anxious pizza delivery boy's chest, "30 Minutes or Less" hasn't been able to shake MTV News off itself.
From the early news updates (Jesse Eisenberg as that unfortunate pie-slinger, "Zombieland" helmer Ruben Fleischer in the director's chair) to the exclusive first look at the Michigan set to an MTV Sneak Peek Week public screening of the action-comedy and beyond, we've been all over this movie. And now that it's finally hit theaters, we're not letting go quite yet. So slip on our "30 Minutes" cheat sheet for everything you need to know before heading to the multiplex this weekend.
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock
The project »
I hope you've been keeping up with Falling Skies, the hit TNT show about an alien invasion of Earth. As you may recall from my Falling Skies review, I was a little hesitant about predicting viewer response after the first couple of episodes. I liked the show, but this is a tricky genre in terms of guessing how audiences will respond. Well, they apparently responded quite well, and you probably know that the show has been picked up for a second season.
Actually, I was especially curious about how fans would react to the last couple of episodes, and now that they've aired, I'd be interested to know what people thought of them.
But, it's finale time now, and this Sunday brings an episode you don't want to miss. It's all been building up to this, and the 2-hour finale is going to throw out a lot of interesting material, »
- Marc Eastman
Ray Burmiston Ricky Gervais
The last three pieces I did for The Wall Street Journal were about spirituality and religion.
I tried to explain as honestly as I could why I believed that God was a ridiculous man-made concept, and why any belief in him was, at best pointless, and at worst harmful. The same can be said about discussing it.
You’re either talking to the converted or angering people threatened by your apposing view. Basically there’s no point discussing it because, »
- Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has said that he has a "real affection" for his Office character David Brent. The series co-creator, writer and actor reflected on Brent's legacy in an article written for Entertainment Weekly upon The Office's tenth anniversary. Gervais insisted that while Brent was not always likable, he was always written with honesty and vulnerability in the hope of making the audience empathise with the character despite his more unsavoury traits. "David Brent doesn't represent evil or nastiness or even ignorance. He's just a little out of place. Out of time. His worst crime is that he confused respect with popularity. He wanted both but concentrated on the wrong one. He didn't really know what people wanted of him," Gervais explained. "He shouldn't really have worried about that at all. He just tried a little (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
"Falling Skies' debuted in June, with 8 million total viewers, ranking it as cable's top series launch in 2011, averaging 6.4 million total viewers in its first three episodes.
The new Second Season episodes will air in 2012.
In other "Falling Skies" news, Dark Horse comics will launch a graphic novel series, based on the show, available July 13, 2011, written by Paul Tobin, with illustrations and cover by Juan Ferreyra/Andrew Dalhouse :
"...In the heart of Boston, following the devastating events of an alien invasion, history professor 'Tom Mason' and his sons 'Hal', 'Matt' and 'Ben' are just trying to survive. After an extreme firefight with the aliens, Ben gets kidnapped. Determined to get his son back, Tom joins forces with the second 'Mass', a »
- Michael Stevens
In just a few days, TNT will begin airing Falling Skies, its hope that it can succeed in a genre that hasn't performed especially well of late, and a lot of that hope rests on the fact that it gets to use the names Noah Wyle and Steven Spielberg (not necessarily in that order).
The main idea people are going to attach to the show is that it has aliens in it, but it actually has a lot more in common with things like the classic British series Survivors (or the remake), than with the alien-related offerings that have made their way to television recently.
We enter the show with the alien invasion long underway. In fact, the Earth is fairly well conquered already, and the human survivors are few and far between. Technological comforts are rare, and so is food, and existence has devolved into mere survival. Small pockets of resistance have formed, »
- Marc Eastman
Culver City, Calif. (June 2011) – Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.
Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there.s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he.s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he.s a joke . and not »
- Michelle McCue
It never sounds any good when you find out that any sort of well-liked foreign film is going to be remade for American audiences, especially if said picture was just released a few years ago. Columbia Pictures and Original Film doesn't care, which is why they're going ahead with remaking "Big Man Japan." The original was directed and stars Hitoshi Matsumoto.Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, »
HollywoodNews.com: Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.
Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he’s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he’s a joke – and not nearly »
- Josh Abraham
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