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Live from New York!
Directed By Bao Nguyen
Many successful comedians and comics are incubated in nurturing, yet deeply competitive environments. The various comedy clubs on the East and West coast of the Us spawned many of the post-war titans, such as Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and George Carlin, bathing them in the blood of occasionally hostile, alcohol-fueled, combative audiences. In the UK, since the 1970’s both the Oxford and Cambridge performing arts groups have produced class-connected troupes and entities as diverse as Monty Python, Fry & Laurie, The It Crowd, Peep Show, and even John Oliver of Last Week Tonight, a solid grounding which would often lead to high profile series and sitcoms on UK terrestrial television.
That's right: Brian Blessed and Jon Hamm will feature in the same episode of Toast of London. Fingers crossed they get in the recording booth and shout "Fire the nuclear weapons!" while Clem Fandango looks on.
For those not in the know, Toast of London is a thoroughly bonkers sitcom that sees Matt Berry (The It Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh) as a bumbling actor whose distinctive voice sets him apart from pretty much everyone - apart from Brian Blessed, that is.
Jon Hamm, incidentally, will play himself in the show, with the joke »
The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story.
Helping this Matt-Damon-left-on-Mars survival thriller is a who's who of acting, producing and writing talent. From producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes) to screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Daredevil), there's no weak link.
The crew that accidentally leave Damon's biologist Mark Watney on the red planet - Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie - are good enough to warrant their own spin-off movie (though that would make absolutely no sense), while the Nasa bods back home are similarly strong, notably space programme head honcho Jeff Daniels, PR guru Kristen Wiig and Mars mission supervisor Chiwetel Ejiofor. »
Get a sneak peek at the new Danger Mouse revival with this video of the new voice actors.
A James Bond-themed trailer for the show premiered earlier this month.
The new series of Danger Mouse will start on September 28, the 34th anniversary of the premiere of the original series. Watch a promo below: »
The actor talks sitcoms, clay modelling – and her knack of making a mess in the kitchen
Katherine Parkinson is an actor who works across comedy and drama, on stage, film and TV. A stalwart of The It Crowd, she has also appeared in Humans and The Honourable Woman and stars in new sitcom The Kennedys, a family comedy set in the 70s.
Yes I love Butterflies but I wouldn’t say I’m a student of sitcoms in the way that many people who work in comedy are. Some people have an extraordinary knowledge, almost geeky. But I’ve never been geeky about anything. It’s not in my nature. That said, growing up, sitcoms were what we watched together as a family: Only Fools and Horses, Dad’s Army and things like Butterflies, »
- Andrew Anthony
Every month, Netflix retires a handful of movies and shows. This month, a ton of great titles are disappearing, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Star Trek Into Darkness, and High Fidelity. Basically, you don't have as much time as you thought to catch up on The It Crowd or The Slap. Don't make the mistake of waiting until If I Stay is gone! Check out the full list of titles below - before it's too late. Once you've stocked up your list with all these movies, take a look at the new ones coming in September! Expired Sept. 1 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Doomsday Preppers, seasons one through three Ink Master, season two Jackie Brown Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Mortal Kombat: The Movie Patch Adams Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Rules of Engagement School of Rock She's the One Sleepless in Seattle The It Crowd, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Also going bye-bye, TV series including "Coach," "Undeclared," and Britcom "The It Crowd."
Leaving September 1
"Bratz: Rock Angelz" (2005)
"Care Bears: Big Wish Movie" (2005)
"Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot" (2004)
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)
"Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!" (2009)
"Doomsday Preppers": Season 1-3
"Electrick Children" (2012)
"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" (1992)
"Ink Master": Season 2
"Jackie Brown" (1997)
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)
"Mortal Kombat: The Movie" (1995)
"Patch Adams" (1998)
"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" (2006)
"Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" (2000)
"Rules of Engagement" (2000)
"Sarah's Choice" (2009)
"School of Rock" (2003)
"She's the One" (1996)
"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)
"The It Crowd": Series 1-4
"The Lost Boys" (1987)
"Total Recall" (1990)
Leaving September 2
- Sharon Knolle
Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.
Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…
Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, »
- Gary Collinson
The actor and film-maker on Björk’s powerful brilliance, the gritty films of Mike Nichols and the perfect sound of Ts Eliot’s poetry
Richard Ayoade was born in London in 1977. He read law at Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights, and co-wrote a Perrier-nominated show at the Edinburgh fringe in 2000. Part of the original cast of The Mighty Boosh, he also appeared on The It Crowd as Moss for four seasons, receiving a Bafta in 2014. He began a parallel career as a director, first for music videos by Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend, and later in features including Submarine and The Double. The paperback of his first book, a satirical take on movie biographies, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey (Faber), is out now.
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- Interview by Priya Elan
Evans has said that a female co-host will "definitely" be joining him, but who is in line for one of the biggest TV shows in the world? Here's a list of potential options tipped by bookmakers and fans alike.
1. Jodie Kidd
Primarily known for her modelling work before a career in TV, she is a keen motor racer and has taken part in the Gumball 3000 several times. At one stage, »
Cavity Colors and Van Orton Design have released limited T-shirts and tank tops inspired by the aliens from John Carpenter's film, They Live. Also in this round-up: trailers for AMC's Humans and the Mad Max video game.
"The left side of the image represents the first time Rowdy Roddy Piper puts on the infamous sunglases, and he sees the subliminal imagery and aliens in grayscale. The color side represents when you finally see “Them” in full color and fully exposed to the world!"
Priced at $24, this limited maroon shirt is printed on 100% cotton fabric and is prone to sell out quickly. To learn more about the Cavity Colors' They Live T-shirt, visit:
"Exposure" Tank Top:
Also priced at »
- Tamika Jones
Here at Geek Towers, Humans is a show that we've been looking forward to for a while. If you're unfamiliar - Humans is a co-production between Channel 4 and AMC (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead), with UK production company Kudos (Broadchurch, Utopia) involved too.
The show is set in a world where you can pick up domestic robots (known as 'Synths') at your local shopping centre, and promises to delve into issues of technology-dependance as well as some scary robot stuff.
Today we learnt that the show will premiere in the UK on Sunday the 14th of June, at 9pm, on Channel 4. »
It's all about household robots (or 'Synths' as they're known is this world), and the problems that new technology brings to society.
Today, AMC - who will broadcast the show in America - released a new trailer for the show, giving us a better look at Fresh Meat's Gemma Chan, Oscar-winner William Hurt and The It Crowd's Katherine Parkinson's characters. You can see it here...
Humans is expected to arrive in June. More news as it comes in.
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Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
Last night, ABC announced a lot of great news for Marvel fans. Both “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” were renewed for another year. But there was one casualty: the S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off starring Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Hunter (Nick Blood) is dead in the water. Considering even fans like myself were questioning the need for Two shows starring S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, this isn’t too much of a surprise. However! Perhaps now ABC will be looking for another Marvel property to acquire and bake into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lucky for them, I happen to have this handy list of Marvel lore just begging for the small screen treatment! #1. Stark Industries Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Any time you see Black Widow with a new piece of tech on her suit, or Captain America with a new outfit, »
- Donna Dickens
To celebrate the return of W1A, we salute the top 10 comedy characters who talk absolute mother-thumping rubbish…
Yesnobrilliantverygoodverystrong. As satirical BBC mockumentary W1A returns tonight for a triumphant second series, we celebrate TV comedy’s rich lineage of jargon fans.
Drawn from across the political spectrum and from TV’s most biting depictions of the worlds of business, government, technology and the media, these guys are master obfuscators. They're neologism-coiners and proponents of the kind of abuses to the English language that, in a just world, would see them locked up and force fed copies of The Elements Of Style.
From The Thick Of It to Peep Show, Yes Minister, The Office, Nathan Barley, The Day Today, and Drop The Dead Donkey, across the Pond to 30 Rock and Silicon Valley, we present TV comedy's top ten full-of-it jargon-meisters.
Stewart Pearson - The Thick Of It
Who is he? »
AMC has debuted the first look at new drama Humans.
In this society, the latest must-have gadget is a Synth - a highly developed and lifelike robotic servant. The drama sees one strained family decide to buy a refurbished Synth in the hope of improving their lives - but they soon find that sharing life with a machine can have very chilling consequences.
We like comedian and musician Matt Berry, and it's a good time to be a fan of him and his buttery-smooth baritone. He's currently strutting his stuff in the surreal Vic & Bob's House Of Fools, and his Rose D'Or winning comedy Toast Of London returns for a third series later this year.
Now he's in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, voicing a magic space dolphin called Bubbles. Now there's a sentence you rarely find yourself typing. So naturally we had to talk to him to find out all about it...
I've followed your work ever since Snuff Box, and The SpongeBob Movie might be the craziest role you've played, would you agree?
I don't know, I get involved in some fairly far-out things, namely in »
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