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Ben Wheatley To Direct Big-Screen Version Of BBC Sitcom 'Ideal'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 2, 2012 10:45 AM
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The BBC’s television channel aimed squarely at 16-34 year olds, BBC Three, is sadly probably better known in the U.K. for its shoddy sitcoms than it is for quality broadcasts. Crude, unsophisticated, and just plain not funny, the channel’s early programming was typified by the awful and long-lived “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.” That’s not to say the channel’s entire comedy output since its 2003 launch has been awful – “Little Britain,” “Being Human” and “Gavin & Stacey” in particular have experienced a great deal of success . One of BBC Three’s strangest and most interesting shows though was a dark comedy called “Ideal” which ran for seven seasons between 2005 and 2011.

Review: Will & Mackenzie Make Up Their Breakup On 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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We're only at the second episode and it seems everyone already has an opinion on "The Newsroom," and the fully transparent politics that Aaron Sorkin has on display, for better or worse, realistic or not. Yes, that has made the show uneven, but regardless, it's still an engaging (if at times exhausting) hour of television. But in this week's episode, let's credit Sorkin for doing something right: clearing up the source of Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and Mackenzie MacHale's (Emily Mortimer) divorce. In most other shows, this is the kind of thing that would've been talked around for a season, leading up to some kind of dramatic, climatic showdown. But here, it's a comedic moment and emotional release, all at once.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For U.K. Hit 'The Inbetweeners' Plus First Pic From The MTV Remake Of The Show

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 29, 2012 6:01 PM
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It hit U.K. cinemas last summer and went on to become the third highest grossing film of the year in that territory, with a staggering $71 million take at the domestic box office (placing behind only “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two)” and “The King’s Speech” in 2011). It wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster, but rather the big-screen spin-off of a smutty teen comedy, which had aired just 18 half-hour episodes on a niche British TV Channel, E4. “The Inbetweeners Movie” was a surprise success to say the least, and on September 7th it will be time to see whether U.S. audiences react as positively to the four lads who embark on a holiday filled with “sun, sea, sex, booze, sex, minge, fanny and tits...and booze...and sex.”

Recap: Third Season Opener Of 'Louie' Sees Louis C.K. Right Back On Form

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 10:05 AM
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Since "Louie" was last on the air, its star and creator, Louis C.K. has been having a moment. He won the AFI Award for best TV series, got two Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy, and has breaking ground in terms of cutting out the middle man, selling tour tickets and his stand-up special directly to consumers (and in the latter case, giving much of the money to charity). All that, and he's been cast in Woody Allen's next film too.

Damon Lindelof Returns To TV For HBO Adaptation Of 'Election' & 'Little Children' Author Tom Perotta's 'The Leftovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 6:09 PM
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Making his name famously or infamously (depending how you look at it) as a writer and producer on the hit ABC series "Lost," Damon Lindelof's career has moved moved in leaps and bounds. With "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Prometheus" under his belt and "Star Trek 2," "World War Z" and the mysterious "1952" on the horizon, he's a highly sought after name for blockbuster material, and one might think the small screen is just not that interesting of a challenge anymore. Well, guess again.

Review: 'Granito: How To Nail A Dictator' A Remarkable Tale About The Quest For Justice

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 6:00 PM
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We're living in something of a golden era of documentary filmmaking. Whether on the big screen, and more frequently on cable -- where a plethora of specialty channels offer a variety of outlets -- documentaries can more easily reach an audience than ever before. But are they making an impact? It seems that every doc that comes along is pushing some kind of issue or agenda, but that little of that is felt once the credits roll ninety minutes later. But every now and then comes a movie that shakes the ground just a little bit, and not only opens eyes, but inspires action and "Granito: How To Nail A Dictator" is a remarkable chronicle of one film that did just that.

'Dexter' Will Finish After Season 8; Producers Insist They “Know Where It’s Going To End.”

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 28, 2012 12:40 PM
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The sundrenched shores of Miami, Florida have know played home to the murderous ways of Dexter Morgan since the series “Dexter” started in 2006, since then the show has had six Golden Globe and Emmy-winning seasons, with an seventh in the can. Though things look as if they are settling down as “Dexter” executive producer Sara Colleton revealed that the series’ title character will “absolutely” set down his knife after the next season, the show's eighth.

Hollywood's Obsession With Peter Pan Continues As 'The League Of Pan' Heads To TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 10:45 AM
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Perhaps it has something to do with being young forever -- a familiar quest for many in Hollywood -- that resonates so clearly with executives, but it seems they can't get enough of Peter Pan. Earlier this year, the Channing Tatum-produced "Neverland" landed "Warrior" helmer Gavin O'Connor in the director's chair, and in 2011 another movie called "Pan" lined up Aaron Eckhart, AnnaSophia Robb and Sean Bean (but has yet to be shot). But really, fairytales in general are big business, with "Snow White And The Huntsman" proving to be a hit, and "Once Upon A Time" and "Grimm" also doing well on the small screen. So let's saturate the market!

There's A Market To Be Filled, And Currently, No One To Fill It: New Trailer For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 3:26 PM
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Walter White is back...bitch. And we're fucking stoked. After an absolutely hair-raising season four, easily the best of "Breaking Bad" so far, with a phenomenal finale that now positions Walter White (a badass Bryan Cranston) to take over the game for himself, a new trailer for season five has dropped and outside of anything at the multiplex, this is one of our most anticipated pieces of entertainment this summer.

Elisabeth Moss Talks The Future Of Peggy Olson On 'Mad Men'; Says "Peggy Will Always Be A Part Of Don's Life"

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 26, 2012 10:48 AM
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If there’s one show that abides strictly to the current sentiment that television is fast becoming (or is already) more mature, dramatic, and well-made than mainstream films, many would agree that it would have to be AMC’s Matthew Weiner-created “Mad Men.” With the series just wrapping up its fifth season, leaving the future of many of the series’ long-running characters in doubt, one particular actress has spoken out about the fate of her character on the series. Caution, spoilers ahead!

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