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Sundance 2018 Announces Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Event Selections

Following on last week’s announcement of its feature slate for the 2018 edition, the Sundance Film Festival has announced the selections for its indie episodic, shorts and special events selections. In that middle category Filmmaker readers will spot two of this year’s 25 New Faces of film, Robin Comisar and Alexa Lim Haas. Indie Episodic America To Me / U.S.A. (Director: Steve James, Segment Directors: Bing Liu, Rebecca Parrish, Kevin Shaw) — This limited series captures a year-long look at one of Chicago’s most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park. Unprecedented in scope, the series is both […]
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Creepy-as-hell fictional game shows

Jenny Morrill Nov 17, 2016

From The Running Man and Trainspotting, through to Rainbow: the fictional game shows that make you run for the comforts of Bullseye.

Everyone loves a good game show. Where else can you watch Steve from Redditch win a canteen of cutlery just for knowing the capital of Tobago?

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Game shows are a light hearted staple of our TV schedules. We can rely on them to be entertaining without demanding too much in return (apart from Only Connect). They are the TV equivalent of a warm bath or a nice pair of slippers. And what's more, the whole family can enjoy them. 92 year old grandma visiting? Best leave Game Of Thrones and opt for some Bullseye instead. Kids up late? Stick on some Family Fortunes
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Victoria Wood dies – latest tributes and appreciations

Victoria Wood dies – latest tributes and appreciations
The much-loved comedian, whose comic range stretched from clever musical spoofs to sharp observational standup, has died after a short cancer fight. Follow our liveblog to read all the tributes and share her best moments

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Among her many projects, Ted Robbins recalled working with Wood on 2000’s Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, in which she took on the role of Anne Widdicome at one point. Here’s that memorable moment:

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The actor and presenter, Ted Robbins, has been remembering the woman who have him his first chance in comedy more than three decades ago, when Wood and Walters allowed him to be their warm-up act.

While saying that it was clear that she was “hilarious”, he told the BBC: “She was also a great writer, her words were so crafted. She did not mind who got the laughs. She wrote wonderly lines for other people.
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, Haven, Bones, Mad Men, Good Wife, Teen Wolf, Blue Bloods and More!

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, Haven, Bones, Mad Men, Good Wife, Teen Wolf, Blue Bloods and More!
Is a Castle shake-up ahead? How will a Haven hero handle big Troubles? Is there hope for a Teen Wolf twosome? Which new face will support Bones‘ Booth? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

PhotosCastle First Look: Can Linda Park’s Hong Kong Cop Outgun Beckett?

I’d love to read anything new you have for Castle! Please?! –M.

This is a bit interesting: I asked showrunner David Amann – on behalf of a reader, maybe? I forget – if there might ever be an episode that pits the men against the women, sort of
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Britain's Got Talent: Could any of these be the winner? - Our verdict

Britain's Got Talent returns for its eighth series this weekend with the usual band of oddballs and aspiring stars trying out for the formidable judging panel.

Digital Spy got the chance to experience what it must be like for the contestants when we went backstage during auditions in Hammersmith, meeting four acts who were taking to the stage later that very day. Do any of them stand a chance of Bgt success? Here's what we think...

Wett 'n' Wilde

Things didn't get off to the best of starts with this act. It is never appropriate to ask a pair of pensioners: "Who is wet(t) and who is wild(e)?" and we messed up by keeping quiet after Pamela revealed herself to be 66 1/2, to which she responded, "You're supposed to say, 'You don't look it'". But once we'd got over that awkwardness, Wett 'n' Wilde were an absolute pleasure and
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Exclusively Streaming Here: “25 New Face” Ian Clark’s Mmxiii

Filmmaker is delighted to be streaming exclusively Ian Clark’s third feature, Mmxiii, on our site until February 27. Clark was one of our “25 New Faces” in 2012, off the back of his gorgeous short Searching for Yellow. A resident of La Grande, Oregon, where he also co-programs the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Clark beautifully captures, in quiet moments and small details, the essence of small-town life in the Pacific Northwest. Clark previously made the features Pool Room and Country Story, and now with Mmxiii has made an expansive third feature that was described as follows on the Eoff website: An experimental self-portrait, […]
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Exclusively Streaming Here: “25 New Face” Ian Clark’s Mmxiii

Filmmaker is delighted to be streaming exclusively Ian Clark’s third feature, Mmxiii, on our site until February 27. Clark was one of our “25 New Faces” in 2012, off the back of his gorgeous short Searching for Yellow. A resident of La Grande, Oregon, where he also co-programs the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Clark beautifully captures, in quiet moments and small details, the essence of small-town life in the Pacific Northwest. Clark previously made the features Pool Room and Country Story, and now with Mmxiii has made an expansive third feature that was described as follows on the Eoff website: An experimental self-portrait, […]
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8 reasons why we love Les Dennis - Extras, Mavis, more

Les Dennis isn't exactly in our day-to-day thoughts, truth be told, but the news yesterday (January 23) that the light entertainment legend would be joining Coronation Street still managed to put a massive smile on our face. Les on the cobbles! Amazing!

To celebrate Les's biggest gig in quite some time, we look back at the celebrity good egg's life and career in order, and come up with eight reasons why we absolutely love him...

He's a talent show king!

Way back before Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor et al, there was New Faces, a notoriously tough competition where a panel of judges - including a youthful Noel Edmonds - marked variety acts on their "star quality", usually without chucking water over each other or trying to get into the papers with a particularly daring dress, as all that palaver is a modern talent show invention.

After doing the rounds
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Les Dennis is joining 'Coronation Street'

Les Dennis is joining the cast of 'Coronation Street.' The former 'Family Fortunes' presenter and comedian is set to play a petty criminal called Michael Rogers on the ITV soap, who gets caught up in the lives of a family after he breaks into their home. Speaking about his new role, the 60-year-old star, who first came to prominence when he won the ITV talent show 'New Faces' in 1974, said: ''I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of 'Coronation Street.' It has always been my favourite television programme as it mixes high drama with some of the best comedy
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Lee Ryan romps with Casey Batchelor on Celebrity Big Brother

Les Dennis is joining the cast of 'Coronation Street.' The former 'Family Fortunes' presenter and comedian is set to play a petty criminal called Michael Rogers on the ITV soap, who gets caught up in the lives of a family after he breaks into their home. Speaking about his new role, the 60-year-old star, who first came to prominence when he won the ITV talent show 'New Faces' in 1974, said: ''I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of 'Coronation Street.' It has always been my favourite television programme as it mixes high drama with some of the best comedy
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Richard Holloway interview: 'Again, I'm not being bitchy, but …'

The Voice's chairs were the only part of the reality show to impress the executive producer of its bitter rival, The X Factor

Richard Holloway could give Simon Cowell a run for his money as an acerbic reality TV show judge, if The X Factor executive producer's forthright views on its rival programmes Superstar and The Voice are anything to go by.

Of Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest West End talent search show, Superstar, which drew fewer than 3 million viewers for most episodes on ITV1 in July, Holloway says: "That really was a complete rip-off of everything that we did. It wasn't distinctive. It was sort of like a blatant copy of X Factor and I was, in inverted commas, disappointed." Remarable language for a programme on the same channel.

His views on The Voice are only slightly less scathing, if more predictable: "The gimmick of the chairs was
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2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants: Andrew Dosunmu and Mark Jackson’s Latest Receive Coin

A pair of titles in our Most Anticipated Films for 2012 in #39. Andrew Dosunmu (Ma George) and #30. Mark Jackson (Untitled Sicily Project) are two of the lucky fifteen filmmakers to have received coin in the shape of 2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants. Recipients include a trio of titles that we caught in Park City back in January in Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Ira Sach’s Keep the Lights On, and Destin Daniel Cretton’s I Am Not a Hipster. Here’s the press release.

Post-Production Feature Film Grants

Keep the Lights On

Writer/director: Ira Sachs

The story of a tumultuous, decade-long relationship between two men in New York City. Keep the Lights On premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue.
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Ted Hope Inaugurates Filmlinc Series With Mark Jackson’S “Without”

Producer Ted Hope, who has been running a regular independent film screening series at Goldcrest for the last few years, is moving uptown — he’s the inaugural curator of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s monthly Indie Night showcase. And for the series opening film, he’s picked a favorite of ours here at Filmmaker: Mark Jackson’s Without. On the basis of this first feature, Jackson was selected as one of our 2011 25 New Faces. In his write-up, Brandon Harris wrote:

Comprised of shots that make you feel as if you’re glimpsing the most private of moments, a fly on the wall for one young woman’s haunting meltdown, Without may suggest some of the greats of world cinema (he is willing to site the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni and Marco Ferrari, filmmakers he ironically missed out on while studying in Italy), but Jackson has little interest in quoting them.
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Jim Davidson thinks Britain’s Got Talent ‘ridicules the useless and the mentally impaired’

Jim Davidson has hit out at ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, claiming that he doesn’t think the judges are good enough and doesn’t approve of how they take advantage of less able contestants.

The 57-year-old, who hit the big time after appearing on ITV’s talent show New Faces in the 1970s, claimed that the show has gotten worse this year and told The Sun:

“Britain’s Got Talent has got worse. What does that panel know about talent?

“Pretty and talented actress (who married Les Dennis) Amanda does have a great talent.

“But be fair, love, what do you know about this showbiz lark?”

He then turned his attention to fellow panellists David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre.

He added: “An American actor who drove a talking car and a superstar comedian with a speech defect, who five years ago nobody had heard of.”

“When Lenny Henry
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Project Runway: Teamwork’s a Beach!

For Project Runway fans wondering what distinguishes the L.A. season from the past, Thursday's episode provided a sunny answer: the beach! The 14 remaining designers met up with Tim Gunn (in flip-flops! [1]) on a sandy spot overlooking the Pacific to receive their surf and swimwear-inspired challenge. Split into seven teams of two, with one designer randomly selected the leader, the cast met with surfers to receive instructions and inspirations. The teams (with team leader's name first) were: Shirin with Carol Hannah Logan with Christopher Nicolas with Gordana Mitchell with Ra'mon Althea with Louise Qristyl with Epperson Johnny with Irina It's a Match: Team challenges always bring the drama, but in the case of Logan and Christopher; Althea and Louise; and Shirin and Carol Hannah, the pairings worked. True, none of these duos produced a winning look -- or even made it to the top 2 -- but their work qualified them
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