7 items from 2017
Madame Tussauds New York was accused online of whitewashing their latest Beyoncé Knowles wax figure shortly after unveiling it on Wednesday. It is not the first time they have been accused of making the “Single Ladies” singer’s pigment lighter than it actually is. Theory: Beyoncé wax figure makers have never seen Beyoncé pic.twitter.com/bZ2PWCUzUs — Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) […]
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Mark Harrison Jun 5, 2017
Arcing storylines enrich Doctor Who and reward its audience, Mark suggests...
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 10.
Unlikely as it might seem to long-time readers of this site, there might be some people who have only just started watching Doctor Who this year. After a year off air, Steven Moffat's brief going into this year's excellent tenth series seems to have been to give the show a soft reboot, picking up with Peter Capaldi's Doctor some time after the last series and ushering in the arrival of Pearl Mackie's new companion, Bill Potts.
To that end, the series started out with an enjoyable run of standalone episodes, boiling the show down to its essence of a madman in a box taking a young woman on adventures in time and space. »
Louisa Mellor Jun 4, 2017
The Handmaid’s Tale slows down its pace in episode two to give us a long, discomfiting look at motherhood in Gilead…
This review contains spoilers.
1.2 Birth Day
It’s common to hear the phrase ‘there are no words’ these days to express extreme disbelief or grief. In the Republic of Gilead, there really are none. Books are restricted only to the ruling elite and pictograms have replaced written language in public. Graphic symbols designate the crimes of the hooded bodies hanging in the streets—a Star of David, a foetus—and the items of food for which paper tokens are exchanged in supermarkets. Literacy is one of several rights the Handmaids are no longer permitted. When you’re a womb on two legs, you don’t need words. »
Duncan Bowles May 26, 2017
Den Of Geek went to Mexico to spy on the filming of Fear The Walking Dead season 3 - here's what we saw...
Standing in the middle of a remote Mexican valley in Tijuana, only accessible by an ‘upgraded’ dirt track that threatened to dislodge both the production vans' wheels and maybe a few spines, I suddenly felt utterly vindicated from any time during an interview when I’d asked about location enhancing an actors’ performance. With rolling hills, quite literally as far as the eye could see, it was impossible not to be overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of the dusty, yet strangely fertile landscape, and that was before even setting eyes on the incredible work that production designer Bernardo Trujillo and his crew had integrated into a new setting for Fear The Walking Dead simply called ‘The Ranch’.
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Shawm Kreitzman May 26, 2017
A few words about prosopagnosia - better known as face-blindness...
Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we chat about things that may be affecting you, or people you know. This week, we're handing over to Shawm Kreitzman, who wants to talk about something we're betting many of you - us included - hadn't heard of before...
A few years ago, I stumbled across the trailer for Anomalisa on YouTube.
I had never heard of the film, but I watched the trailer with mild interest and thought it looked like a curious (if slightly melancholy) piece of stop-motion animation, nicely executed, but ultimately unremarkable. I let my mouse wander on to something else, and didn’t give it another thought.
Until my girlfriend happened to see it, »
Louisa Mellor May 30, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
As Christina Fitzsimmons (Anna Friel) gets her kids ready for school in episode one of Broken, she talks her son through his maths homework by breaking a complex problem into individual sums. Christina’s whole life is sums - the oppressive mental arithmetic of not-enough. Not enough time (when we meet her she’s forty minutes late for work) and not enough money (she’s borrowed sixty pounds from the till and is sacked as a result).
Halfway through the episode, Christina makes another calculation: if she waits three days to report her mother’s sudden death, she can draw on her pension and feed her family for… what? »
Cracker’s creator opens up about his faith
He is renowned for bleak, bruising and brilliant dramas from Hillsborough and Cracker to The Lakes, Accused and last year’s blistering take on the consequences of the Iraq war, Reg. But Jimmy McGovern says that he might not have become a writer had he not been raised in the Catholic faith with its particular attention to the nature of sin.
“I’m a writer because I was a Catholic and I took the examination of conscience really seriously,” says McGovern, 67, who was brought up in a large working-class family in Liverpool. “That means I came up with five motivations for every possible sin I committed and that’s perfect training for a writer, that ability to think about why someone might act as they do.”
Related: Lack of working class actors is changing what gets made, says Jimmy McGovern
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- Sarah Hughes
7 items from 2017
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