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Could you beat Leo to the buzzer? Take our superhard University Challenge quiz

Ahead of tonight’s final, we asked the question setters to share some of their toughest starters for 10. How many can you get right?

'Together with Annie Lennox’s Diva and Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour … (it) put female desire at the heart of mass popular entertainment.' These words refer to Ingénue, a song cycle by which Canadian singer-songwriter?

kd lang

Alanis Morissette

Céline Dion

Under its colonial name, which leading producer of cocoa beans made its only appearance in the FIFA World Cup in 1938? It lost 6-0 to Hungary in the first round.

Zaire

Indonesia

Cameroon

The song California Uber Alles by Dead Kennedys parodies the public image of which politician? He was governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

Ronald Reagan

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Jerry Brown

Flake white and Prussian blue were among the five colours on the palette of which artist, born in north-west
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Dark Shadows' Witch Was As Influential As Its Vampire

Tony Sokol Apr 17, 2019

A new Dark Shadows documentary remembers the vampire. An occult icon talks about Angelique, the witch who turned Barnabas into one.

The recently released documentary Master of Dark Shadows is a loving look at the iconic '60s TV series Dark Shadows, a Dan Curtis production, as every episode reminded us at the end. The film centers on the creator and the star of the show, Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid. The spooky soap opera centered on a reluctant vampire, in love and remorseful, and a powerful witch, in love and vindictive. But the documentary downplays the importance and magnetism of the witch Angélique, played by Lara Parker, whose love for Barnabas fueled the show. It's her curse which turned him into a vampire in the first place. Parker’s Angélique is one of the most recognizable witches from the television age, up there with Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha on Bewitched.
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15 Couples That Hurt Iconic 90s Sitcoms (And 15 That Saved Them)

One of the reasons we love to watch TV, is to watch the chemistry between the characters. The interaction between fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, and friends drive just about every show we watch. But it’s the interplay between couples in both dramas and sitcoms that usually has the winning formula for any great show. The foundation that male and female leads build can propel a series to the stratosphere for a few good years.

No matter the status of the couple, if their chemistry isn’t liked by fans, you can more or less forget about the show. Mulder + Scully = ratings; Dogget + Scully = not so much, and The X-Files didn’t last too long after that. Sometimes couples make fans long for a lasting, loving relationship even with all of the good and bad (Roseanne), some fans enjoy all kinds of fun witty banter or schmaltzy romance stuff.

Sometimes
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‘Game of Thrones’: How HBO Made the Cult Fantasy Novels a Mainstream Obsession

  • Indiewire
Whether you’re on a first date or launching a new TV show, the safest possible strategy is this: Keep your crazy on the down-low.

As HBO’s “Game of Thrones” comes to an end, it’s worth looking back at the magic trick it pulled off from the outset: never letting its genre fiction roots — Dragons! Murderous smoke babies! Faceless assassins with multiple faces! — outshine its compelling, and frequently heartbreaking, dedication to character development.

In fairness, viewers can’t say they didn’t know from the beginning that some weird stuff was going to happen on this show. The opening sequence of the pilot episode, “Winter Is Coming,” features three men of the Night’s Watch scouting beyond the Wall that protects Westeros from the terrors of the North, two of whom are killed by strange undead creatures (soon to be well known as the White Walkers).

However, after
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The Crown Season 4 Casts Princess Di: 'I Will Strive to Do Her Justice'

The Crown Season 4 Casts Princess Di: 'I Will Strive to Do Her Justice'
Newcomer Emma Corrin is getting the royal treatment: The British actress has joined The Crown‘s Season 4 cast in the role of Lady Diana Spencer, better known as Princess Diana.

Netflix revealed Corrin’s casting in a tweet on Tuesday.

“I have been glued to the show, and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” Corrin said. “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”

Corrin
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Stranger Things: If You Don't Recognize the Mayor, You Must Have Been Born After 1990

  • Popsugar
Image Source: Netflix

It's not so strange for Netflix to cast our favorite stars from the '80s on Stranger Things - over the years, the gritty sci-fi series has blessed us with performances from Winona Ryder, Sean Astin, and more. In the third season, we'll yet again see a beloved actor who dominated the decade: Cary Elwes. If you don't already know him, the English actor played the extremely handsome farm boy (and your childhood crush) Westley in The Princess Bride. Over three decades later, he'll now be guest starring as Hawkins's Mayor Larry Kline, a major proponent of the shiny new Starcourt Mall.

The Princess Bride (below) is Elwes's biggest project, but it's certainly not his only one. The English actor, now 56 years old, has had a prolific career, lending his talents to movies, TV shows, animated works, and theater productions. His work has been in many different
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The X-Files: 10 Of Scully's Best Lines

Dana Katherine Scully is one of the most popular and relevant television characters ever created. Portrayed by Gillian Anderson, Agent Scully was a medical doctor, an FBI agent, a Catholic, and a skeptic. She was smart, funny, and strong. She went on monster hunts, discussed scientific theories, performed autopsies, questioned her faith, and opened herself up to the possibilities even though she was afraid to believe.

Related: The 5 Best And 5 Worst Episodes Of The X-Files

Inspirational and empowering, simply put, Dana Scully is a pop culture icon. And over the course of eleven seasons, she's had some pretty iconic lines. Honorable mentions are plentiful, from the sleeping bags to the lightsaber to Silent Night, but here are our top 10 Dana Scully lines.
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Variety Relaunches TV Podcast Offerings With ‘TV Take’ and ‘My Favorite Episode’

  • Variety
Variety is doubling down on tube talk. The entertainment industry news leader has relaunched two podcasts devoted to all things TV: “TV Take with Daniel Holloway” and “My Favorite Episode with Michael Schneider.”

Both podcasts aim to tackle the TV business from unique angles, and feature conversations with some of the industry’s top-tier creators, producers, talent, and executives.

“TV Take” is a relaunch of Variety’s previous TV podcast, “Remote Controlled,” which Holloway took over after being named Variety’s executive editor, TV, in November. “TV Take” features interviews with stars and showrunners from today’s hit shows, as well as conversations with executives and Variety journalists about the key TV headlines of the day.

Recent “TV Take” guests include Paul Simms and Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”), Kal Penn (“This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy”), Ken Jeong, Anna Paquin (“Flack”), and Bradley Whitford
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‘The Twilight Zone’: A Viewer’s Guide to Jordan Peele’s CBS All Access Reboot, Episode by Episode

‘The Twilight Zone’: A Viewer’s Guide to Jordan Peele’s CBS All Access Reboot, Episode by Episode
The signpost ahead reads “The Twilight Zone,” ushering viewers to a realm that at once feels familiar and yet is almost entirely new. Executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg have reimagined Rod Serling’s classic horror/science-fiction/fantasy series from the ‘60s for a whole new generation.

At an event in Hollywood this year, Kinberg revealed why it was the perfect time to bring back the show. “I think the world all of a sudden was in desperate need of ‘The Twilight Zone,’” he said. ‘If you said three, four years ago that like a reality star who had no political experience will be the leader of the free world with access to the nuclear button, you think that’s a crazy ‘Twilight Zone’ episode.”

Kinberg also said that the vision Peele and CBS All Access had meshed with how to tell stories while pushing it to the limits.
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10 Gifts That Every Real X-Files Fan Wants

One of the cultural touchstones of the 1990s is Chris Carter's sci-fi series The X-Files. The show followed FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they dealt with all kinds of weird, inexplicable, sometimes scary, sometimes disgusting, and sometimes hilarious cases in their pursuit of the truth.

For nine years, audiences tuned in to watch the believer and the skeptic face real monsters and uncover bits and pieces of a major conspiracy. Winner of numerous awards, as well as its stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, The X-Files stands as one of the most popular television series of all time. If you happen to be a fan or know someone who is, you've come to the right place.
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Yes, ‘The Twilight Zone’ Showrunner Is Well Aware of Those Inevitable ‘Black Mirror’ Comparisons

  • The Wrap
Yes, ‘The Twilight Zone’ Showrunner Is Well Aware of Those Inevitable ‘Black Mirror’ Comparisons
When “Black Mirror” first became a cultural phenomenon, it was often described as a spiritual successor to “The Twilight Zone,” a 21st Century vision of techno-dystopia that would fit snugly alongside Rod Serling’s original creation.

As CBS All Access gets ready to bring back a new version of “The Twilight Zone,” those tables have now been turned.

Everyone involved with Jordan Peele’s new “Twilight Zone” are bracing for the inevitable comparisons to Charlie Brooker’s haunting depictions of near-future technology gone wrong.

“I’m aware of it,” showrunner Glen Morgan tells TheWrap. “We tried to avoid — though it’s nearly impossible because of the age we live in — technology-based problems.”

Morgan, a veteran of “The X-Files,” has had to do this before — twice. “When I started [on ‘The X-Files’], we had to be concerned about ‘The Twilight Zone,’ and when we did the reboot you have audience members going ‘oh its just ‘Black Mirror.
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Stranger Things: If You Don't Recognize the Mayor, You Must Have Been Born After 1990

Image Source: Netflix

It's not so strange for Netflix to cast our favorite stars from the '80s on Stranger Things - over the years, the gritty sci-fi series has blessed us with performances from Winona Ryder, Sean Astin, and more. In the third season, we'll yet again see a beloved actor who dominated the decade: Cary Elwes. If you don't already know him, the English actor played the extremely handsome farm boy (and your childhood crush) Westley in The Princess Bride. Over three decades later, he'll now be guest starring as Hawkins's Mayor Larry Kline, a major proponent of the shiny new Starcourt Mall.

The Princess Bride (below) is Elwes's biggest project, but it's certainly not his only one. The English actor, now 56 years old, has had a prolific career, lending his talents to movies, TV shows, animated works, and theater productions. His work has been in many different
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Twilight Zone Review: Jordan Peele's Revival Honors the Original's Legacy, Adds a Few Modern Twists

Twilight Zone Review: Jordan Peele's Revival Honors the Original's Legacy, Adds a Few Modern Twists
The Twilight Zone is one of the most innovative and influential shows in TV history, and anyone attempting to revive it has some mighty huge shoes to fill. But if you could handpick someone to produce a new Twilight Zone, wouldn’t you pick Jordan Peele? The former Key & Peele star has refashioned himself into a masterful horror auteur with Get Out and Us, and his Hitchcockian sense of the eerie and macabre makes him the perfect choice to lead CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone (debuting Monday, April 1), which proves itself a worthy successor to the original while updating
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‘The Twilight Zone’ Review: Jordan Peele’s CBS All Access Reboot Enters a Rich New Dimension

‘The Twilight Zone’ Review: Jordan Peele’s CBS All Access Reboot Enters a Rich New Dimension
The Twilight Zone” was an idea machine. Led by prolific creator Rod Serling and his adventurous storytelling recruits, the episodic sci-fi anthology delighted and challenged viewers with its active creative ambitions and willingness to embrace taboo topics. But, despite first wrapping in 1964, “The Twilight Zone” didn’t go anywhere. The machine was self-sustaining, inspiring everything from ’80s and early aughts revivals to fresh original series like Fox’s “The X-Files” and HBO’s “Room 104.” Serling’s “dimension of imagination” never closed; just like the weekly episodes kept changing into something new, the series developed fresh for each new generation.

So the excitement surrounding the revived 2019 “Twilight Zone” isn’t really about resurrecting the old show. Sure, the eerie opening music and playful approach to ghastly one-off stories may trigger a touch of nostalgia for some, but what’s driving interest in the third official entry in the franchise is
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Thirst (1979)

How terrible to be the solitary vampire; cursed to walk the earth alone, sleepless nights interrupted by an insatiable blood lust, no one to go shopping with. It just doesn’t seem like the most sociable of lifestyle choices. This would be the case for most of horror’s filmdom until Thirst (1979), a quirky Australian blend of political satire and nightmarish imagery that presents a society of bloodsuckers intent on branding long before it entered the consciousness.

Released by New Line Cinema in late September, Thirst traipsed its way through the market place of grindhouse and drive-ins before popping up on VHS, where a young horror fiend (me) eagerly lapped up everything coming out by the nascent home video realm. What did the ten year old think? Well, not much at the time; he found it well made but slow. The man-child before you has the same thoughts, except time has brought me patience,
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Disney Adds Deadpool To Their Website Banner As Fox Deal Closes

We’ve already seen Deadpool’s reaction to the Disney/Fox merger, and now that the deal is officially in effect, it seems that the Mouse House is happy to have the Merc on board.

At 12:02 a.m. Et today, Disney officially acquired an overwhelming array of Fox properties, and on the company’s website, these new arrivals are acknowledged by an updated banner. As you can see, not only is Deadpool pictured in the line-up, but also the Na’vi from Avatar and Bart Simpson, the latter of whom may regret calling Mickey Mouse “the mascot of an evil corporation” in The Simpsons Movie.

Of course, Disney’s list of new acquisitions extends far, far beyond these three properties, and includes the likes of Alien, Predator, Planet of the Apes, Family Guy, The X-Files, American Horror Story, Ice Age, Bob’s Burgers, Home Alone and we could keep going,
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SXSW 2019 Interview: Richard Bates Jr., Robert Patrick, and Amanda Crew Talk Tone-deaf

While at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival last week, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with writer/director Richard Bates Jr. as well as co-stars Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew to talk about their darkly comedic battle for the ages, Tone-Deaf (you can read my review Here). The film follows millennial Olive (Crew) as she sets out for a quick vacation away from it all, renting a house from the prickly homeowner Harvey (Patrick), who decides he’s over tolerating younger generations and unleashes his rage on his unsuspecting tenant.

During our interview, the trio discussed bringing the film to SXSW as part of their Midnighter series, the inspiration behind the story of Tone-Deaf, digging into these wildly different characters, and more.

So, how do you feel now that Tone-Deaf is out in the world finally?

Richard Bates Jr.: I was so happy with how it went. Because
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Disney and Fox Merger Finally Complete

Kirsten Howard Mar 19, 2019

The long winter of our franchise discontent is at an end, as the Disney/Fox merger is complete.

Deadpool, X-Men, Alien, Avatar, The X-Files and The Simpsons all have a new home at Disney. The mouse house's acquisition of 21st Century Fox is finally complete, ending two long years of crossing the legal and regulatory Ts and dotting the ....lower case Js.

21st Century Fox announced the news officially today as Disney finalized the details of its $71.3 billion payout fantasia (no pun intended).

The simple announcement "The Walt Disney Company’s (“Disney”) acquisition of 21Cf will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019" will likely lead to a broad amount of news on plans going forward from tomorrow, but most of the current chatter online centres around which Marvel characters might now join the McU, and whether Deadpool will stay filthy.

CEO Bob Iger
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Bloody Disgusting Launches New Podcast Scp Archives

If you've ever watched The X-Files and wanted to spend hours just paging through the file cabinets in the record rooms, then Scp Archives should be right up your horror-loving alley. The latest addition to the Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network, the first episode of the Scp Archives has been launched online, opening the doorway to a secret world of eerie experiences that might just change how you view the universe.

To learn more about Scp Archives, visit Bloody Disgusting and check out additional details on the podcast below!

"Scp Archives is a weekly anthology diving into strange anomolies from across the globe. From haunted stairwells and a sentient ball of goo to Bigfoot(s), each episode will showcase a different Scp and their related case files.

Each episode will contain one entry from the Scp website. The first part of every episode will have Jon’s narration of an Scp
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TVLine Items: Corden's Tony Encore, High Maintenance Renewed and More

Broadway’s biggest night has tapped a familiar face: James Corden will return to host the 73rd Annual Tony Awards, airing live Sunday, June 9 at 8 pm Et (and on tape-delay Pt) on CBS.

The gig marks Corden’s second turn as the telecast’s master of ceremonies. When he last took the hosting reins in 2016, the Tony Awards hit a 15-year high in total audience while recording a 13-year high in the demo, fueled in large part by the promise of “free Hamilton performances!” as that (and every) year’s hot ticket made its bow at the show. The numbers
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