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After nine seasons and 200 episodes, "The Office" closes its doors on Thursday (May 16).
The show, an Emmy winner for best comedy in 2006, was never the biggest hit, but it's arguably one of the more influential comedies of the past decade in terms of its style -- the mockumentary format it started is all over television now -- and its willingness to place character ahead of jokes.
In advance of the series finale on NBC, Zap2it spoke with the man who adapted "The Office" for American TV, Greg Daniels. In a wide-ranging interview on Monday, May 13, we talked about everything from how he got involved in the show to Steve Carell's departure and his decision to bring the show's documentary conceit home in the final season. Here's part 1; look for part 2 later today.
Pics: The essential 'Office': 23 of our favorite episodes
We start by talking about his initial involvement in the show. »
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Mar 2013 - 06:26
The humble Spectrum was home to some remarkable games - including these underappreciated masterpieces...
I, like many, spend many years playing Spectrum games. I defended the computer in the school playground, I kept playing with the machine long after everyone had migrated to likes of the Atari St and Commodore Amiga, and I spent an unsavoury amount of my meagre pocket money building up my games collection.
However, a lot of lookbacks at the Spectrum era tend to focus on the big highlights. What I wanted to do here is put together a personal listing of 50 titles that don't seem to get that much attention.
So, if you're wondering why Gollop brothers games, anything by the late, great Mike Singleton, the acclaimed works of Ultimate, the likes of Exolon, Head Over Heels, Advanced Lawnmower Simulator, Match Day, Batty, Wizball, Firefly, Nebulus, Fairlight, The Sentinel, »
(Dick Cavett, above.)
(Note: This article is currently appearing in Venice Magazine. Talking with Dick Cavett was one of the true pleasures of my time doing these printed Q&A's, as I was getting to conduct an interview with one of the all-time great interviewers, about doing interviews. Below are the highlights of our talk.)
by Terry Keefe
During the varied runs of his television talk show, Dick Cavett arguably conducted in-depth interviews better than anyone in the media before or since.
From 1968 to 1975 on ABC, and then later from 1977 to 1982 on PBS, “The Dick Cavett Show” hosted a literal who’s who of both America and the world. The guest list included Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Noel Coward, Salvador Dali, Mel Brooks, Katherine Hepburn, and Ingmar Bergman, to name just a few.
The show was unique in its time, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
As mentioned in part one, the film industry is a good place for ideas but not all those ideas will ultimately reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further than that. Only about half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production or even filming before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is the second part of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.
Kaleidoscope: Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock liked to be innovative. After watching Antonioni’s Blow-Up, Hitchcock felt America was far behind the Italians in film technique. He asked the novelist Howard Fast to create a treatment about a deformed, »
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4 items from 2013
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