9 items from 2016
In addition to playing the world-straddling leader Kublai Khan in Netflix's big, expensive period action series, Marco Polo, Benedict Wong has carved out a niche in quality UK sci-fi films. He followed Danny Boyle's Sunshine with Duncan Jones' Moon, worked twice with Ridley Scott in The Martian and Prometheus, and recently came aboard Alex Garland's next picture, Annihilation. Before that comes to cinemas, he'll be seen alongside the UK's other acting Benedict in Marvel's Doctor Strange.
Many, of course, will fondly remember Wong as Errol, the optimistic innocent to Sean Lock's cynical misanthropist Vince in cult BBC comedy series 15 Storeys High, or even for a one-time appearance in The It Crowd.
We chatted to him about playing the would-be CEO of the world in Marco Polo, »
[If you haven’t watched last night’s Game of Thrones yet: 1) Don’t read the following article. 2) What in the world is wrong with you?] To put it mildly, King Tommen had a rough day yesterday on Game of Thrones. His wife and thousands of his subjects were blown to bits by his mother. Whatever power he might have had was clearly usurped in one explosive moment. After watching everything get vaporized before his eyes, the boy king decided life was no longer worth living, so he decided to take the express train from the 18th floor at Red Keep. While Tommen is gone, the Internet has not forgotten him. His plunge inspired countless bits of Gif and video comedy. In fact, Tommen could have leaped himself into contention for Gif of the Year, if such an award existed (it doesn’t, but maybe it should). So we at HitFix decided to scour the web for Tommen and Tommen-inspired media. Also, as it turns out, the British comedy The It Crowd once featured a scene that offered some similarities. »
- David Eckstein
After Instagram announced it was adopting 60-second videos earlier this year, IndieWire wondered how filmmakers and artists would use the platform and questioned whether or not it could become a space for digital short films. While the juries still out, it appears Radiohead is taking full advantage of the app by releasing a series of short film vignettes directly on their Instagram page. Earlier this month, the band partnered with “The Double” director Richard Ayoade, and now they’ve gotten “The Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos to helm the latest one, featuring the song “Identikit” off their new album.
Starring “Holy Motors” actor Denis Lavant, the vignette is a single camera shot featuring a man eating in an empty restaurant, save for the cook in the background. At the start it appears the man is simply alone eating his meal, »
- Zack Sharf
This week in Radiohead’s weekly Friday vignettes, the band released a short video of their song “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief.” (Whew, try saying that ten times fast.) The song is off their ninth studio album, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” and is the sixth video in a series of interpretations for each track.
The clip for “Tinker Tailer” is directed by English actor and writer Richard Ayoade, known for his role as Maurice Moss in “The It Crowd.” The eerie video is shot from the point of view of a driver at night, who runs into a group of strange people all dressed in black and carrying briefcases. As they look left and right and huddle up, an explosion is seen in the distance. Then a masked person comes out from the driver’s left view.
Watch: Radiohead Shares Bizarre Teaser From Oscar Hudson »
- Liz Calvario
Director Julius Onah will be working with one hell of a cast once filming starts for God Particle. THR has learned that Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, The It Crowd) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs Of A Geisha) have signed up for the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller, joining David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The film will follow "crew... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
"The It Crowd" funnyman Chris O'Dowd and acclaimed Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi have joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller "God Particle" which J.J. Abrams is producing for his Bad Robot Productions label.
David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl and Elizabeth Debicki have already signed on to play crew members aboard a space station who find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear. Zhang will play one of the crew members.
When a space shuttle appears, the crew must determine if those aboard are friend or foe. Julius Onah is directing the movie. The film will shortly begin production ahead of a February 24th 2017 release.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that O’Dowd is now bound for the stars alongside David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl and The Night Manager‘s Elizabeth Debicki. John Krasinski, meanwhile, is no longer involved in the project, with O’Dowd now set to pick up the torch in place of Krasinski as an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
Flanked by a crack team of scientists, God Particle takes a sharp turn into deep science fiction when the crew members on board the Iss make a “terrifying discovery that challenges everything they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for survival.”
Given the evocative title, it seems a safe bet that the movie – one »
- Michael Briers
Part of The Mighty Boosh’s delight comes from its unlikelihood as a TV sitcom. Its boundless Day-Glo imagination isn’t an immediate fit with the constraints of the form. A sunshine simpleton and his awkward, jazz-obsessed colleague meet mythic monsters and talking animals while performing expertly observed musical parody? It’s not exactly My Family.
As comedian, writer, and director of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s 1999 Edinburgh show Arctic Boosh, Stewart Lee, put it, “No television exec would ever have gone ‘What we need is a kind of purple head with tentacles coming out of it which speaks like a member of the Small Faces’”.
And yet a television exec did. Granted, probably not in those exact words. After Danny Wallace opened the door »
Surrounding your workspace with more clutter than a mid-noughties Myspace page is one way to assert individualism inside a bland corporate identity. It tells the world, ‘I’m not a number, I’m a free man! A free man overly fond of Pikachu!’ It can also be an act of mild rebellion, akin to leaving out the short and skinny bit of your school tie instead of the long, fat bit of your school tie that the man wants to see.
And then there’s sentimental desk décor, the talismans from loved ones from which you draw daily strength, reminding you why you shackled yourself to the capitalist cart horse in the first place. These are the photos, drawings and poorly made pottery items that prove you exist outside of work, »
9 items from 2016
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