He’s been dumped, and she’s squatting with innumerable roommates. Twenty-somethings Tim and Daisy figure the obvious solution is to pretend to be a couple to get a flat. British comedy series Spaced is full of quirky references, characters, and situations you’d expect from Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame.
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The Exorcist, Hellraiser, Dracula, The Mist – what do these wildly different horror movies have in common? They were based on books! Stoker to King and plenty between have made it to the silver screen.
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The 2013 Hugo Awards, the leading honor in the field of science fiction and fantasy, were announced earlier this month. Which worlds will you explore?
Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
Best Novella: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, written by George R.R. Martin, directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Best Professional Artist: John Picacio (check out the Elric series!)
Hatfields and McCoys was a History Channel mini-series starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton about two hardscrabble, Appalachian families whose bloody quarrel lasted decades. Living along the border between West Virginia and Kentucky, rugged farming folk turned into warriors after the Civil War deepened disputes betwixt them. Dean King served as an advisor on the mini-series and wrote The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys, The True Story which explores the feud with new documents, interviews, and regional details. The great-great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield said of the book, “Dean’s book is painfully fair to the descendants of both the Hatfields and the McCoys.”
It takes a healthy sense of humor to bring the Olympics to town, and that’s exactly what is on display in the BBC series Twenty Twelve. Winner of Best Sitcom at the British Comedy Awards, the mockumentary format (à la The Office) mixes a faux-serious treatment with dry wit and satire. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) leads the ensemble as the much put-upon Head of Deliverance responsible to organize the 2012 London Summer Olympics. His team must solve everything from traffic patterns to protesters to an unpredictable official countdown clock, all while keeping a positive spin for the watching world. Let the Games begin!
It’s been two years since Hugh Laurie’s first album, but finally rabid fans can get their hands on Dr. Gregory House belting the blues while on piano and guitar, backed by the Copper Bottom Band. In fact, Laurie steps side stage on more than a few of Didn’t It Rain’s thirteen tracks, allowing his band members to shine. As such, the album bends from jazz to blues to R&B, and even dips a few notes into tango. Laurie has a love of the Great American Songbook and it is well on display. The first half of Didn’t It Rain will make you boogie while the second half will calm down enough to play in the background on a September, sweet-tea-sipping stroll.
Director Ann Hui’s exquisitely realistic A Simple Life, starring Andy Lau and Deanie Yip, won the awards for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards. Roger Ebert wrote, “It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year’s best films.”
For a long time, bad guys were introduced primarily to add conflict for our heroes, but somewhere along the way, they grew on us. Those of you caught up in the final season of Breaking Bad know what we mean. Especially in the last decade, television has embraced a specific type of antihero, the “unhappy, morally compromised, complicated, deeply human characters who stir both our sympathy and our revulsion.” In Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, author Brett Martin explores not only signature characters of landmark series but also the show runners – the brilliant and often damaged men driving the programs through the casting, the writing, and the directing. What does the success of these shows have to say about those who craft them? And what does it say about those of us who watch?
Films like Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield are examples of the found footage-style of horror. This subgenre is marked by shaky camera work, characters who talk off screen, and film recordings discovered (usually) after the movie’s protagonists have died or gone missing.
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You must check out the Danish costume drama A Royal Affair. It is based on the true story of a fiery and forbidden romance between an insane Danish king, his royal physician, and the independent-minded Queen. This affair leads to a revolt that changes a nation.