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‘Superstore’ and Three More Things to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Thursday, May 4

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‘Superstore’ and Three More Things to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Thursday, May 4
Thursday, May 4

Superstore,” 8:30 p.m., NBC

Episode Title: “Tornado”

Network Synopsis: Everyone in the store is on edge as Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to figure out which employees to lay off. Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles with the fallout of an admission he made to Amy (America Ferrera), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) spar, and Mateo (Nico Santos) forms an alliance to keep his job. Meanwhile, a tornado warning goes into effect at the worst possible time, forcing the staff into uncomfortable pairings. Nichole Bloom also stars.

Why You Should Watch: It’s an epic moment for the series, which has evolved nicely into one of broadcast television’s most enjoyable ensemble comedies. While the show leans into serialization more than other sitcoms, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into “Superstore” for just this one episode and enjoy it. (And you should jump into it. It’s great.
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DVD Watch: First Roles of Now Famous Stars

DVD Watch: First Roles of Now Famous Stars
Psst! If you want to peek into the past, Acorn Media is making it easy. Want to watch Keira Knightley at age 9? Try Acorn’s DVD of “A Village Affair,” a TV movie whose lesbian love story takes place in a small English village. How about Orlando Bloom at 23 in “Midsomer Murders,” a British series in which village sex is secondary to a rich crop of murders? In one case, the youthful actor was also the star. After Colin Firth won an Academy Award as best actor for his performance as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” (2010), Acorn bought “Lost Empires,” a 1986 mini-series about British music halls in which Firth had top billing as a young boy who joins his uncle’s magic act. “We picked up ‘Lost Empires’ in 2011 because of Colin Firth,” says Acorn publicity director Chad Campbell. "He was “the deciding factor.” ...
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[Interview] ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Star Colin Firth Talks Theater, Tone & Technology

  • The Film Stage
After seeing Tomas Alfredson‘s hotly-anticipated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - and adoring every crisply measured, atmospherically-stunning minute of it – I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the film’s primary contributors in a roundtable setting at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Towers. The interviews were conducted in small rooms with about six or seven other journalists, all of whom took turns eagerly questioning the film’s uniformly impressive cast of creators for their information and insight.

Below is the question-and-answer conversation that resulted with Oscar-winner Colin Firth, who plays the flamboyant Bill Haydon in the film. Like all of Tinker‘s supporting performers, Firth is relegated to minimal screen time (this is a film that truly defines the term “ensemble”), but the subtle perceptivity he brings to his character leaves a lasting imprint.

Some of the highlights of the dialogue below include Firth‘s sensible, straight-arrow
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DVD Review - Lost Empires

Colin Firth is nearly ubiquitous now. He won the Best Actor Oscar for last year's The King's Speech, and he's appearing in one of the most anticipated films of this year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He's absolutely a brilliant actor, and if you were wondering, he was just as brilliant in his youth.

Lost Empires, on DVD from Acorn Media September 27, is a brilliant example of that. The seven-part miniseries is one of his earliest roles. Firth is memorable as Richard Herncastle, a young man who joins his uncle's traveling stage show for a life-changing whirlwind few months.

A myriad of supporting actors flesh the series out well. John Castle is entrancing as the mercurial Uncle Nick, while Laurence Olivier manages to be heartbreaking, despite getting less screen time than you might expect.

The story is an epic coming-of-age tale, with Herncastle learning plenty of lessons and experiencing plenty of unfamiliar things.
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Nelson to Host Sundance Awards; Festival Juries Announced

Actor Tim Blake Nelson will host the awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival, which also announced Tuesday the members of the five juries that will determine the winners. The festival runs from Jan. 20-30; the awards will be handed out the evening of Jan. 29. (The Short Film Awards will be named earlier at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl.)

The complete list of jurors follows, with bios provided by the festival.

U.S. Documentary Jury

Jeffrey Blitz

Jeffrey’s film career started in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary “Spellbound.” His fiction feature debut, “Rocket Science,” became his first to play the festival (Sundance, 2007; Dramatic Directing Award). He has also directed the documentary “Lucky,” (Sundance, 2010) and multiple episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” In 2009, he won the Emmy for comedy directing.

Matt Groening

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, “The Simpsons.” As a cartoonist,
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Alfred Dunhill BAFTA Life in Pictures – Colin Firth

  • HeyUGuys
Last week HeyUGuys were invited to attend the Alfred Dunhill BAFTA A Life in Pictures event and in an extended interview on stage at BAFTA Headquarters along with critic, writer and broadcaster Francine Stock, was BAFTA Award Winner and Academy Award Nominee Colin Firth. Greeted with rapturous applause, Firth’s appearance had the audience on tenterhooks as we were privy to a thoroughly engaging evening dedicated to one of Britain’s most respected, versatile and beloved actors.

Having appeared in a variety of critically-acclaimed television, film and theatre productions, Firth’s career shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 50. Much like a fine wine, his body of work just keeps on getting better and better. From his humble family roots in Grayshott, Hampshire, Firth’s journey into acting began as a sprightly 5 year old, whose determination to act was made touchingly clear by his penchant for playing
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