8 items from 2014
The mysteries of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar deepen today with a massive update to the film's official site. Visitors are now greeted with messages like "Look Around You" and "The Answer Lies Above Us" as they're granted the power to rotate a 360 degree image of one of the film's key locations. What's particularly intriguing, however, is that the site seems to be based on vistors' own local time and geography, offering very different skies depending on where and when the site is accessed. »
Look around you. Notice the distinct lack of swastikas lining every street? The world would have been a very different place had it not been for heroes like Robert Watson Watt, the subject of Gillies MacKinnon's absorbing film. Boasting a majestic leading performance from Eddie Izzard, Castles in the Sky conveys the triumph of innovation and tenacity against opponents fighting for the same side during World War II.
It's remarkable that the Battle of Britain wasn't a victory for Adolf Hitler, with his Luftwaffe outnumbering Raf planes by a shocking 3:1. This result was determined by Robert Watson Watt (Izzard), a likeable ball of eccentricity who conjured up an idea on how to detect approaching enemy aircraft from afar. Not that the government bureaucrats were impressed, »
He’s got one of the most distinctive voices in modern British acting, but surprisingly very few people really know who Peter Serafinowicz is.
A comedic actor, Serafinowicz is perhaps best known for his role in the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg zom-rom-com Shaun Of The Dead, where he played Shaun’s endlessly boorish housemate, and eventual walking corpse. In reality, Serafinowicz has cropped up in a great many other places which will be recognisable to fans of not just British comedy, but modern day blockbuster cinema too.
In fact, the actor has appeared in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Didn’t see him? That’s not surprising since Serafinowicz only leant his voice talents to the movie, giving the menacing voice to the villain of the film, Darth Maul (played in person by Ray Parks). Whilst he only has a few lines of dialogue, »
- David Agnew
BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark today - Sunday, April 20.
Picking out the greatest shows from five decades of broadcasting seems like a near-impossible task, but never say that Digital Spy is easily cowed. These are - in our humble opinion - the channel's finest ever offerings.
BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back
The rules are as follows: shows like Red Dwarf that originated on BBC Two are eligible, but shows better associated with another channel are not - say Top of the Pops, which aired on BBC One for the majority of its run but shifted to the sister channel for its final episodes.
Oh, and we're talking only original commissions - so no Us imports either. But even that barely narrows it down, so if you think there are any glaring omissions, »
Idiots are everywhere in this Channel 4 show - loudly blathering about the fluff found in their navels with their phones aloft
Look around you. Idiots, everywhere. Loudly blathering about the finer qualities of the bit of fluff found in their navels, with their phones aloft, a testament to the unshakeable belief they are of any interest whatsoever. Five fine contenders for being drowned in their own Cornflakes can be found on Shut Your Facebook (Monday, 10.50pm, Channel 4), which takes a look at the sorriest and most self-obsessed social-media fiends and the online dickery around which their lives revolve. The show aims to embarrass them into changing their ways, but there's a point of no return for redemption, and these people are way beyond it.
Sweetly gurning inane questions at this bunch of C-u-on-Twitters is Chelsee Healey (of paparazzi fame) and a naked man called Naked Bob. Ostensibly, Naked »
- Filipa Jodelka
Scandal star Josh Malina’s picks for his favorite criminally underrated TV shows range from eerie French drama Les Revenants to British comedy Look Around You. See what else he thinks deserves more love below:
This Canadian series created by Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, and Bob Martin, focuses on the backstage antics at the fictitious New Burbage Theatre Festival. Each of its three seasons focuses on a production of a different Shakespeare play. The sharp writing makes for a show that is biting and funny and suprisingly complex.
People long dead begin returning to a »
- EW staff
The Following Episode 209
Written By: Vincent Angell
Directed By: : Nicole Kassell
Original Airdate: 17 March 2014
In This Episode…
Micah wants to make a “big splash,” like Lily did. Joe places a call to Jana for her help, though I’m not really sure what help that is. Anyway, Micah dons a hood and elaborate mask and sits to make a video, with Joe at the controls. Micah is not a natural and soon is distracted when Emma and Robert come in. He greets them with hugs, his “first messengers,” then tells him he is adding a third to the mix, Lance. Lance has experience with killing, but he has been in the dungeon for a while, after cutting off a girl’s ear because he didn’t like the way she looked. “But don’t worry - he is very devoted to me,” Micah promises. He takes Robert to go get the weapons, »
- Alyse Wax
Feature James Clayton 14 Feb 2014 - 05:49
With Her out on Valentines Day, James considers the topic of romance in the movies, and love in the techno-savvy 21st century...
Happy Valentine's Day! Hip hip hooray for the over-commercial super-sappy celebration of romance and close personal relationships! I hope that this column finds you all swept up in sweet emotions and lovely feelings. I hope that you're now breathless and gasping for air having been submerged beneath a sea of affectionate greeting cards, chocolate boxes and sexual propositions from attractive strangers.
If not, use your imagination - it's so much better than reality, especially if reality is disappointing you on Valentine's Day. Today you should be feeling the love and experiencing things that are 'romantic'. Romantic action might be quite rare for many and that probably makes this novel - albeit, suspect - cultural event all the more worthwhile. Love needs to »
8 items from 2014
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