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Television that Home Video Forgot: Starved (2005)

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Starved

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Created by Eric Schaeffer

Produced by Daniel Hank

Aired on FX for 1 season (7 episodes) from August 4, 2005 – September 15, 2005

Cast

Eric Schaeffer as Sam

Laura Benanti as Billie Frasier

Sterling K. Brown as Adam Williams

Del Pentecost as Dan Roundtree

Show Premise

A group of four New York friends, each suffering from eating disorders, attend meetings at “Belt Tighteners”, an independent support group that uses shame based techniques to help improve their eating habits. The group centers mainly on Sam, a commodities trader who is anorexic who compulsively overeats a special brand of chocolate snack. He is in love with his bisexual friend Billie, a local singer/songwriter, who is an alcoholic as well as an anorexic bulimic. They frequent a local diner with pals Dan and Adam to discuss their food issues after their meetings. Dan is a novelist who is afraid that his weight is affecting his marriage,
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Prisoner X: Production Begins On Gaurav Seth's Sci-Fi Thriller In January

Production will begin here in Toronto on the Canadian indie sci-fi thriller Prison X in January 2015. Prisoner X is an adaptation of the novella Truth by Robert Reed. The small budget thriller will be directed by Gaurav Seth and stars Canadian talent the likes of Michelle Nolden, Romano Ozari, and Canada's elder statesman of genre film Julian Richings (Ejecta and Hellmouth). Toronto, Canada- Featuring a notable cast of film and TV talents like Michele Nolden (NUMB3RS, Nikita, Saving Hope),  Romano Orzari (Sundance 2015 Official Selection Turbo Kid, Durham County, 24 Hour Rental), Damon Runyan (Haven, Lost Girl, Degrassi) and Julian Richings (Orphan Black, Kingdom Hospital, Supernatural), Prisoner X is an arresting, original Sci-Fi thriller from acclaimed indie helmer Gaurav Seth, whose previous features, Pink Ludoos...

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Lars Von Trier Develops First TV Show In 20 Years, Titled The House That Jack Built

Lars Von Trier, a man who’s made a lot of suggestive comments at film festivals over the years, used this year’s Venice Film Festival to make an announcement. He’s returning to TV for the first time in twenty years for his next project, The House That Jack Built. Announced by his long-time producer Louise Vesth, she revealed the title while doing press for the director’s cut of Nymphomaniac. She didn’t let much slip, except that Von Trier is busy scribbling away this fall and hopes to shoot sometime in 2016:

“He has a really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard, I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see again.”

Danish public TV production arm, Dr, will join Vesth to help with production duties.
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I’m leaving Black Box now, thank you! – Geek Girl Navigating the World

  • Boomtron
I’m much more used to seeing medical dramas airing during the fall. Summer time seems to be filled with mediocre comedies, trashy reality shows, and very little substance if the networks can help it. That’s not something I have much of a problem with, since summer is also a time for big-budget action flicks and Shakespeare in the Park. In short, summer is a time to get out of the house and not spend time trying to keep plots and characters straight if you can help it.

The advertisements for ABC’s “Black Box” looked intriguing. They promised a show about a neurologist with bipolar disorder who has a brilliant career. It made me curious about the show, thinking maybe, since the show would deal primarily with both brain and mental disorders that it would have at least a sympathetic portrayal of the patients.

Most of the shows
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Looking back at Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

  • Den of Geek
Feature Gem Wheeler 4 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Ten years on, Gem looks back fondly on the masterwork of dreamweaver Garth Marenghi and his Darkplace...

We should have seen it coming. They’d managed to keep it under wraps for twenty years: hiding the tapes, suppressing the press coverage. Two long decades of misinformation separated us from a truth too shocking to screen. Rumours persisted: a Peruvian broadcast, a missing castmember, skulduggery in high places. Finally, in 2004, Channel 4 did the decent thing. Some brave souls bit the bullet – perhaps literally, though we have no real proof – and broadcast Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, giving the self-styled ‘dreamweaver’ (‘horror writer’, for the uninitiated) some long overdue exposure. Writer of countless bestselling chillers, the man’s brilliant career’s won him acolytes and enemies in equal measure. Inevitably, his every venture has been dogged by controversy. Even Dean Learner, Garth’s manager and agent,
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Book Review: "TV Horror: Investigating The Dark Side Of The Small Screen" By Lorna Jowett And Stacey Abbott

  • CinemaRetro
TV Horror:Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen

by Lorna Jowett and Stacey Abbott

I.B. Taurus

270 pages

Paperback

Isbn: 978148856189

By Adrian Smith

Television can easily be dismissed as being an unsuitable medium for the horror genre, having to please the moral majority and unable to be as red in tooth and claw as those horrific offerings on the silver screen. Jowett and Abbott's new book does its best to prove this argument wrong, demonstrating that in many ways television has been able to explore the darker recesses of horror in far more depth than can be done in a single two hour movie. Shows such as The Twilight Zone and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have embraced the limitations of the small screen to present some truly chilling, unsettling moments. Long-running shows like The X-Files were able to have story arcs that lasted several seasons, building complex characters and even more complicated plots.
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Toronto! Gothic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick launches "Vampyric Variations"

  • Fangoria
Toronto! Gothic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick launches
On Wednesday, October 31, join Kilpatrick for her very own interview with a vampire at the launch of Vampyric Variations. This latest short fiction collection that promises to unlock the crypt's door to reveal humanity’s favorite predator as never before. Kilpatrick’s vampyric host and interview will be none other than Dora-award winning actor Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo, Kingdom Hospital).

Cellist Kitty Thompson of Canadian band Johnny Hollow will be providing beautifully brooding soundscapes throughout the evening and guests who are interested in a bite to eat, can get “bitten” at a vampire kissing booth.

How close do you want to get to the real thing? Join Nancy Kilpatrick this Halloween to find out.

Wednesday, October 31, Doors: 7 p.m., Starts 7:30 p.m. Nocturne, 550 Queen Street West, Toronto. Admission: $5

Wanna get in for free? The first two people to email chris@fangoria.com with the words Bite Me in
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Toronto! Gothic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick launches "Vampyric Variations"

  • Fangoria
Toronto! Gothic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick launches
On Wednesday, October 31, join Kilpatrick for her very own interview with a vampire at the launch of Vampyric Variations. This latest short fiction collection that promises to unlock the crypt's door to reveal humanity’s favorite predator as never before. Kilpatrick’s vampyric host and interview will be none other than Dora-award winning actor Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo, Kingdom Hospital).

Cellist Kitty Thompson of Canadian band Johnny Hollow will be providing beautifully brooding soundscapes throughout the evening and guests who are interested in a bite to eat, can get “bitten” at a vampire kissing booth.

How close do you want to get to the real thing? Join Nancy Kilpatrick this Halloween to find out.

Wednesday, October 31, Doors: 7 p.m., Starts 7:30 p.m. Nocturne, 550 Queen Street West, Toronto. Admission: $5

Wanna get in for free? The first two people to email chris@fangoria.com with the words Bite Me in
See full article at Fangoria »

Toronto! Gothic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick launches "Vampyric Variations"

  • Fangoria
Toronto! Gothic horror author Nancy Kilpatrick launches
On Wednesday, October 31, join Kilpatrick for her very own interview with a vampire at the launch of Vampyric Variations. This latest short fiction collection that promises to unlock the crypt's door to reveal humanity’s favorite predator as never before. Kilpatrick’s vampyric host and interview will be none other than Dora-award winning actor Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo, Kingdom Hospital).

Cellist Kitty Thompson of Canadian band Johnny Hollow will be providing beautifully brooding soundscapes throughout the evening and guests who are interested in a bite to eat, can get “bitten” at a vampire kissing booth.

How close do you want to get to the real thing? Join Nancy Kilpatrick this Halloween to find out.

Wednesday, October 31, Doors: 7 p.m., Starts 7:30 p.m. Nocturne, 550 Queen Street West, Toronto. Admission: $5

Wanna get in for free? The first two people to email chris@fangoria.com with the words Bite Me in
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Which Stephen King Novel is Being Developed Into a Series for Showtime?

According to Deadline, Showtime has put a series adaptation of Stephen King's 2009 novel Under the Dome into development. Joining King in the development process is Steven Spielberg, who will have a hand this season in producing promising newcomers Smash, The River, and Terra Nova. Spielberg also produced TNT's Falling Skies, which was renewed for a second season earlier this summer.

It'll be a pretty sprawling project for Showtime, as Under the Dome tells the story of a small Maine town that's thrown into turmoil once a force field surrounds their community and cuts them off from the outside world, but it'll be one I'd be interested to see play out. There's no mention of what role King would play in the production of the show or if he would be writing any episodes, but King was in talks to write an episode of The Walking Dead as early as
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Your next box set: Lars von Trier's The Kingdom

The 90s TV series let us into the dark, surreal and downright odd world of Lars von Trier

Before he was depicting the apocalypse in Melancholia, performing clitorectomies in Antichrist or trumpeting his Nazi credentials to reporters in Cannes this year, Lars von Trier was responsible for the most eccentric, turbulent 1990s TV series this side of Twin Peaks. Copenhagen's Kingdom hospital, explains an introductory voiceover, is built on ancient marshland "where the bleaching ponds once lay". It is a place of flickering lights, morgues and boiler rooms. Upstairs, fatcat consultants conduct masonic rituals. Down in the basement, a pair of dishwashers with Down's syndrome provide a Greek chorus.

Heaven help any patient admitted to the Kingdom. The hospital is haunted by the ghost of a murdered girl whose weeping can be heard in the lift shaft. But it's also a rats' nest of incompetence and malpractice, as a baleful
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Your next box set: Lars von Trier's The Kingdom

The 90s TV series let us into the dark, surreal and downright odd world of Lars von Trier

Before he was depicting the apocalypse in Melancholia, performing clitorectomies in Antichrist or trumpeting his Nazi credentials to reporters in Cannes this year, Lars von Trier was responsible for the most eccentric, turbulent 1990s TV series this side of Twin Peaks. Copenhagen's Kingdom hospital, explains an introductory voiceover, is built on ancient marshland "where the bleaching ponds once lay". It is a place of flickering lights, morgues and boiler rooms. Upstairs, fatcat consultants conduct masonic rituals. Down in the basement, a pair of dishwashers with Down's syndrome provide a Greek chorus.

Heaven help any patient admitted to the Kingdom. The hospital is haunted by the ghost of a murdered girl whose weeping can be heard in the lift shaft. But it's also a rats' nest of incompetence and malpractice, as a baleful
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

The Kingdom I and II

DVD, Second Sight

If the mini-furore over Lars Von Trier's apparently unguarded comments at Cannes this year taught us anything, it's that not everyone gets his humour.

But while his jokes may not bring the house down, his dark wit is considerably more effective in his films or, as here, his television work. This eight-part (the last four parts haven't been available in the UK before) 1994 Danish miniseries is part soap opera, part horror and part black comedy. Set in a Copenhagen hospital, The Kingdom delivers an intriguing set of characters in an environment where all is not as it seems. There's the disillusioned doctor with a sideline as a coke dealer; a spiritualist who feigns illness to gain access to the hospital's ghosts; the Down's syndrome kitchen helpers who seem attuned to the weird goings on; and the lovesick medical student. Best of
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Lars Von Trier's Complete The Kingdom Series Soon to Haunt UK DVD

Undoubtedly viewed by many to be the ultimate in haunted hospital stories, Lars Von Trier’s groundbreaking miniseries "The Kingdom" (later remade for Us audiences as "Kingdom Hospital") will be landing on UK DVD shelves, in its complete full-length broadcast format for the first time, on July 4th courtesy of Second Sight.

Synopsis:

Within the walls and labyrinthine corridors of a Danish hospital, otherworldly events are unfolding. The ghost of a young girl haunts the lift, a phantom ambulance appears each evening and the eccentric staff are preoccupied with secret societies, malpractice cases and a pregnancy that has taken a frighteningly bizarre turn. Amid the unfolding drama spirits and demons have been awakened. Welcome to The Kingdom.

Special features on this four-dvd collectors set, which retails at £39.99, include:

Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars Von Trier In Lars Von Trier’s Kingdom Behind the Scenes TV commercials directed by Lars Von Trier
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Stephen King to Write for The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead has added even more horror cred to its already impressive pedigree, as Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that novelist, columnist, actor, and all around awesome person Stephen King is in talks to write an episode for the blockbuster AMC series. It makes sense, as Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont has worked with King multiple times and they obviously have great understanding of one another's work. King would write the episode with his son Joe Hill, himself the author of "Heart-shaped Box" and "Horns".

King's previous television writing credits include the 2004 miniseries Kingdom Hospital. I love the way he writes and I think he's written some very strong screenplays in the past, so seeing how his way of storytelling will translate within the world of Rick, Shane, and the rest of the cast will make the wait for season two seem that much longer. The second season of
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Stephen King May Write For ‘The Walking Dead’

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Stephen King May Write For ‘The Walking Dead’
Preparations are under way for a darker, bloodier season two of The Walking Dead. And now it seems that series producer/creator Frank Darabont may bring in his old compatriot Stephen King to write an episode. During a Walking Dead panel at C2E2 [1] in Chicago over the weekend, actress Laurie Holden dropped word that Stephen King would be writing an episode. IGN [2] has video and text reports from the panel, where Laurie Holden revealed the Stephen King news and actor Jon Bernthal said that Frank Darabont would not direct the pilot, but would likely direct a later episode. Frank Darabont directed some of the better-received Stephen King film adaptations: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, so the idea that Stephen King might write for his TV series isn't a stretch. That said, while Mr. King's strengths with prose are well-known, so is his general weakness when it comes to scriptwriting.
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Exclusive pics & interviews: "Animal Control"

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Out of all the titles you might give to an abnormally disconnected recluse whose primary pastimes are performing taxidermy and watching television among his menagerie of stuffed companions, “anti-hero” doesn’t quite feel like the two word combo you’d gravitate toward. But that’s exactly what’s at the core of the macabre short film Animal Control, screening this Wednesday and Friday at the Toronto Film Festival (see details here) and starring creepy character actor Julian Richings (Cube, Survival Of The Dead, Kingdom Hospital, X-men: The Last Stand). The twisted minifilm, from Canadian writer/director Kire Paputts, boasts a resounding amount of heart to go along with its dark images. Though the 17-minute-long movie exhibits no spoken dialogue from its irregular protagonist, Animal Control has quite a bit to say. Fangoria got a chance to dissect this twisted little tale, share some exclusive pics (see below the jump) and
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Movies Forgotten In Time: I Come In Peace

Five years after his now legendary performance as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren was enjoying considerable success having starred in a trio of films that include Red Scorpion, (the original) The Punisher and as popular toy figure He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The films ranged from okay to just plain awful, but Lundgren had an onscreen presence that was more than just his six foot five frame. The guy had personality and for a native of Stockholm, Sweden, he could easily adopt an American accent. The nineties saw Lundgren in a string of action films that included Showdown in Little Tokyo with the late Brandon Lee, Universal Soldier with Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Keanu Reeves vehicle Johnny Mnemonic which to this day remains Ludgren's last film that had an American theatrical release. By the close of the decade Lundgren's films were only released straight to video sin the U.
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A Star Is Born

David Alvarez, 15; Trent Kowalik, 14; Kiril Kulish, 15Collectively they're known as "the Billys," but individually one of them spends three hours on the stage each night dancing his heart out as the little Geordie who could in Broadway's "Billy Elliot: The Musical." (In February the musical added Tommy Batchelor, making a fourth, but only Alvarez, Kulish, and Kowalik were eligible to make history by jointly earning a Tony for their role—which they did this year.) They're three remarkable boys, dedicated to dance since they could practically walk (Canadian Alvarez has already danced at the Kennedy Center and Metropolitan Opera House; Kulish is a Latin Ballroom National Champion; Kowalik is an Irish Dancing World Champion) and all are only good in their parts until their hormones kick in and voices crack (the character of Billy is 11), after which they'll be replaced. "It's hard putting everything together—the singing, the dancing, the acting,
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Happy birthday to 'Eclipse' star Jodelle Ferland and (belated) to 'New Moon' star Noot Seear!

Today, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Jodelle Ferland celebrates her 15th birthday. Ferland, though not long in the tooth, has had a very prolific and successful career in films and television. She started acting at the far-from-ripe age of five years old in the television series Cold Squad. Since then, Ferland has appeared in films such as Tideland, Silent Hill, The Messengers, Good Luck Chuck, and Case 39. She has also appeared in television shows like Kingdom Hospital, Masters Of Horror, and Smallville. Though she is best known, like her friend and Eclipse co-star Cameron Bright, for her "young but creepy" .. October 5th, The Twilight Saga: New Moon actress Noot Seear turned 26. She, a long-term, successful model-turned-actress, has just recently made her way into the realm of films (though she did also appear on an episode of Cold Squad as well). With her great
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