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We're celebrating 50 brilliant UK independent bookshops. If your favourite is missing, please add it to the list below...
In Neil Gaiman’s preface to Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, he describes four bookshops from his childhood. One was a travelling school shop, one a local store staffed by a helpful hippy where he’d pick up 25p Tom Disch novels, another was a bus ride away and owned by a Grinch who’d glower at schoolchildren customers, and the last was a now-defunct Soho sci-fi and fantasy treasure trove. Four individual shops run by booksellers with distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tastes. All of which made Gaiman what he is.
That’s the joy of independent bookshops. Their personalities shape those of the people who visit them. They’re not homogenous. Their stock tends to reflect their passions rather than the year's best-performing unit-shifters. And their »
UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold three of its titles to North America in deals closed at the Cannes Marché.
Padraig Reynolds’ supernatural horror Worry Dolls [pictured] has been picked up by IFC Midnight, which in recent years has handled the Us releases of horror films including Can Evrenol’s Baskin and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.
Starring Christopher Wiehl (Jericho), Kym Jackson (Iron Sky) and Samantha Smith (Transformers), the film follows a detective racing against the clock to save his eight-year-old daughter from a voodoo curse. IFC previously released director Reynolds’ debut feature Rites Of Spring.
Jinga has also sold Ruth Platt’s thriller The Lesson to Shout! Factory. Starring Robert Hands (Shine), Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalova and Tom Cox, the film follows a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying »
As Wrestlemania weekend came to a close, Monday Night Raw came packed with fresh faces, returning superstars, unexpected face turns and a main event for the ages. It also had its fair share of disappointment that’s bound to cause a great deal of controversy. All in all, a show worthy of discussion…
Vince Gives Shane Control Of The Show… For One Night Only
Wrestlemania 32 saw Shane O’Mac unsuccessfully take on Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match. If he won, he’d have inherited Monday Night Raw from The Authority; but, like most potentially good storylines in the current climate, it wasn’t to be. That being said, we got a taste of what it would be like on this episode of Raw as Vince relinquished control for the night so he could prove a point; that point being that Shane’s authority would result in a train wreck of a show. »
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Fresh off reprising her role as NCIS: Los Angeles‘ FBI Agent Lisa Rand, Coppola has signed with CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Per Soap Opera Digest, she will recur as Dr. Meredith Gates, who debuts April 13.
Describing her first take on the character as “dynamic and interesting,” Coppola told Digest, “She reminds me of Lorna. She feels things very deeply.”
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Dark Sky Films has brought us films as diverse and bold as The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, and Stake Land. Joining that esteemed company is the recently released (and now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD) Convergence, in which a cop (Clayne Crawford, Swimfan, Jericho) finds himself trapped in limbo and must find redemption before he can escape. With support from veteran actors Ethan Embry (Vacancy, Once Upon A Time) and Mykelti Williamson (The Final Destination, Forrest Gump), the nightmarish action-horror film deals with weighty themes of religious fanaticism and atonement. We spoke with writer-director Drew Hall about his inspiration, beliefs, and symbolism.
Famous Monsters. Convergence is very timely since we’re in a period of religious extremism. Is that what prompted you to write the film?
Drew Hall. Yes. I grew up during a time period of very aggressive but non-violent anti-abortion protests. My family would take »
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Compared to last week's extraordinary instalment, though good, Supernatural's latest episode is a more workmanlike affair...
This review contains spoilers.
11.11 Into The Mystic
This week, we’ve a locked room mystery on our hands in Into The Mystic. After a cold open in Ireland featuring a shrieking, floating woman, a man bashing his own head in and a baby left to fend for itself, we find the boys investigating the case of a man brutally killed inside his own room with no signs of a break-in. Sam’s still reeling from his run-in with Lucifer so Dean tries to get him back on track, figuring that they’ve got nothing to work on the Darkness yet. Of course, they’re both blissfully unaware that Castiel is no longer in residence and Lucifer has taken over his meatsuit, intent on stopping the Darkness in his own, unique way. »
The latest chapter of the anthology series — which always follows a group of strangers who realize their lives are intertwined — takes place in Miami, where a charismatic senator (Dougray Scott, Hemlock Grove) becomes entangled in a scandal that threatens to derail his presidential campaign.
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7 items from 2016
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