14 items from 2013
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 comedy movies
• Top 10 horror movies
• Top 10 sci-fi movies
• Top 10 crime movies
• Top 10 arthouse movies
• Top 10 family movies
As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills into the genre. Alistair Maclean stepped up, writing the screenplay and the novel of Where Eagles Dare simultaneously, and Brian G Hutton summoned up a better than usual cast headed by Richard Burton (Major Jonathan Smith), a still fresh-faced Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Morris Schaffer), and the late Mary Ure (Mary Elison).
Parachuted into the German Alps, they have one »
Robin Parker, features editor, Broadcast magazine
"It's not BBC2's job to chase ratings," the channel's controller, Janice Hadlow, said in 2011, when she announced series two of The Hour, a critical hit but subject to dwindling ratings in its first run. For the first time since The Cops finished in 2000, BBC2 had a returning drama – and a classy, intelligent one at that. Series two went on to arguably greater dramatic heights and earned writer Abi Morgan an Emmy last weekend (not that many will have noticed given much of the shamefully Us-centric coverage). It's a bittersweet victory for Morgan, as despite ending on a cliffhanger, The Hour was axed in February. Viewers had tailed off but those remaining were a vocal bunch – within a week, one fan's petition to save it had 13,000 signatures. »
- Boyd Hilton
Sex, sex and more sex.
The latest episode of True Blood gave our Round Table panelists - Chris O'Hara and Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic, Liz Henderson of True-Blood.net - plenty to discuss this week, especially of the naked variety. Which horizontal mambo was the most enticing?
How much will we miss Nora? Does Eric look better with long or short hair? Gather around and join in now!
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Chris: Pam getting her Freud on and taking us into her mind set behind the once glorious scene of Fangtasia. Her insights into human desire were great. It was vintage Pam once again.
Leigh: I have to say, I still love the shock everyone gets when Bill strolls into a room in broad daylight. Arlene was so wasted she thought she was hallucinating. Sookie's reaction was amazing and Lafayette with his beta blockers. »
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The Co. co-founder Justin Hochberg is parting ways with his production company and partner Charlie Ebersol, Variety has learned.
Known as the Hochberg Ebersol Co. (The Co.), Hochberg founded the shingle, which focuses on unscripted fare, with Ebersol in 2010. Since its inception, The Co. has launched programs including “The Moment” on USA and TNT’s “The Great Escape.”
As Hochberg exits The Co., Ebersol will take the reins and continue to lead the shingle. The Co. will also change its name to “The Co.” to reflect Hochberg’s departure.
Hochberg is developing a branded entertainment skein with a Fortune 500 company, according to sources, and has the Stateside rights to several international formats.
While it is unclear what led Hochberg to ankle his company and part ways with Ebersol, the shingle’s website has been virtually scrubbed clean of Hochberg’s name. Site’s “About” section now reads: “The Co. was »
- AJ Marechal
In “Who Are You, Really?” the sixth season premiere of True Blood, we get one semi-major death, a coupla big entrances (ack! — it’s The Hitcher!), a werewolf ménage à trois and the perfect new nickname for the post-Lilith merger Bill: Billith. (Well done on that one, Pam. As usual.) So what do you say? Shall we dive in?
The Great Escape | Picking up right where Season 5 left off, Sookie, Eric, Jessica, Pam, Tara, Nora and Jason beat a hasty retreat just as Billith blows Authority HQ to smithereens and flies off like — as Jason so eloquently puts it — a “nekkid evil Superman. »
- Andy Patrick
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
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- Jeff Bayer
The 2013-14 primetime season is starting to take shape, with Fox handing out series orders to four dramas.
The new entrants encompass a legal vehicle toplined by Greg Kinnear, two cop shows — one set 35 years in the future, the other among present-day gang unit — and a time-travel fantasy “Sleepy Hollow.” Fox is clearly leaning toward guy-friendly fare to build on the momentum it has developed this season with the gory serial killer drama “The Following.”
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Kinnear plays a criminal defense attorney with a self-destructive personal life in Sony Picutres TV’s “Rake,” a redo of a Australian series.
“Lost” alum Terry O”Quinn stars and Rza star in 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV’s “Gang Related,” an action drama revolving around an elite members of a police gang task force.
- Cynthia Littleton
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, »
Ben Affleck's acclaimed CIA thriller Argo picked up another award last night as screenwriter Chris Terrio was honoured by the Writer's Guild of America at this year's WGA Awards with Best Adapted Screenplay, while Mark Boal received Best Original Screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Malik Bendejelloul collected Best Documentary Screenplay for Searching for Sugar Man.
Shifting to the small screen and there was awards success for Breaking Bad (Best Drama Series), Louie (Best Comedy Series) and Girls (Best New Series), along with Mad Men (Episodic Drama), Modern Family (Episodic Comedy), Hatfields & McCoys (Long Form - Original), Game Change (Long Form - Adapted) and The Simpsons (Animation).
Here is the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold:
- Flickering Myth
And here we are, the last big hurrah before the granddaddy of the awards season, the Academy Awards. As expected, "Zero Dark Thirty" won Original Screenplay but the most surprising winner was "Argo," beating the writing frontrunner, "Lincoln" by Tony Kushner. So more "Argo" power! It's definitely the film to beat this Oscars, and I'm happy that it's my No. 1 film of 2012!
Here's the complete list of WGA winners; for other winners/nominees this awards season, click here:
"Argo" - Screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article "The Great Escape" by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Terrio’s competition included Tony Kushner’s Lincoln, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, David Magee’s Life of Pi and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. All but Chbosky are also up for the Oscar next weekend, with Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin taking that slot.
- Anthony Breznican
As we enter the home stretch to the Academy Awards, writers were celebrated Sunday. The 2012 Writers Guild Awards honored the best writing in film, television, radio, new media, and video games. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo" took home the original and adapted screenplay awards, respectively. While "Breaking Bad," and "Louie" took home awards for best drama and comedy series.
Here is the full winners list:
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14 items from 2013
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