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Cracked actor: stage stars review Boris Johnson's debut as Pm

Impressionist Jon Culshaw, playwright James Graham, comedian Bridget Christie and critic Mark Lawson on the prime minister’s opening week in Westminster

I’ve been doing Boris impressions ever since he emerged as Boris the Menace in Private Eye. He stuck out from the more orderly politicians – a bumbling, peroxide-haired loose cannon who spouts Latin. Boris has always used comedy and bluster to paper over inadequacy and problems. Comedy was a tool to distract, sending the focus elsewhere the way a magician does. That method has gone now. Like frozen snow from the top of a slanting shed roof, it has slid off and landed with a real thump.
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Tony Slattery: ‘I had a very happy time until I went slightly barmy’

His appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? made him a major comedy and improv star in the 90s, but then his life fell apart. He talks about love, addiction, bipolar disorder and a long-buried secret

When I moved to London in 1990, I knew that, in order to fit in at school, I had to educate myself about the important British celebrities. While my classmates helped me with regards to the canon – Noel Edmonds, Phillip Schofield, Cilla Black – there was one I found all on my own. Tony Slattery quickly became a source of fascination to me. He was such a ubiquitous presence on television (endless quiz shows and commercials), in theatre and film that Private Eye ran a cartoon of him in which his answer machine message was, “Yes, I’ll do it!” But, like most people, I discovered him on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the endearingly low-fi
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Exclusive Interview – Director Rob Cohen on his career, making The Hurricane Heist, and Dragonheart legacy

Red Stewart chats with filmmaker Rob Cohen

Rob Cohen is an American filmmaker who has been working in the film and television industry since the 1970s. He is best known for his feature length movies The Fast and the Furious, xXx, and Dragonheart. His latest film was the action thriller The Hurricane Heist, which came out in March of this year.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to speak with him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

Mr. Cohen, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to talk to me. I’ve been a fan of your work for a while now, so this really is an honor.

Thank you for that. I really appreciate it, more than you think.

No, I absolutely mean it from the bottom of my heart. Daylight was one of the first films I saw as a kid.
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It Came From The Tube: Cast A Deadly Spell (1991)

Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.

Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.

Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:

Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)

L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired
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New York 2014 Review: It's The Trip, Not The Destination, In Inherent Vice

P. T. Anderson faithfully adapts Thomas Pynchon's most accessible novel, the zaniest surf noir, Inherent Vice. It is also the first time he's worked with a large ensemble cast since Magnolia. The result is often hilarious, a laborious snapshot of the end of the groovy 60s.The film centers around Larry 'Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a dope smoking Private Eye, as he helplessly gets mired into what seems to be an unsolvable case. It all begins with the visit from his ex-girl friend Shasta Fay Hapworth (Katherine Waterston) whom he still carries the torch for. She tells him that her new fling, a billionaire construction tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), who inexplicably hangs out with Aryan Brotherhood, is about to get kidnapped by his wife and...

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Film Review: 'For No Good Reason'

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★★★☆☆ We head to bat country this week for Charlie Paul's new documentary For No Good Reason (2012), detailing the life and work of Ralph Steadman - the illustrator and cartoonist best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson on the novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Before the Gonzo years, Steadman worked on Private Eye, The Telegraph and Punch. Then, through a twist of fate whilst travelling in America, he encountered the iconic doctor of journalism, Hunter S. Thompson. When the pair joined forces writing for Rolling Stone Magazine in the 1970s, Steadman found the perfect (if antithetical in personality) partner, finally finding an equally riling voice with which to buck against the system.
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Ian Hislop: The BBC is one of the final extraordinary institutions

Ian Hislop has mocked Noel Edmonds's attempts to launch a takeover of the BBC, claiming that the Deal or No Deal host's views on the institution were 'not really worth contesting'.

Edmonds has claimed that the licence fee needs to be scrapped and has made several public appearances dropping hints about a secret 'Project Reith' takeover of the broadcasting corporation.

When asked about Edmonds's recent comments, Hislop told Digital Spy: "I thought April 1st had come early. I don't think I want to be working for Noel. Shall we be honest here? If it's Deal or No Deal, then it's a 'no deal' from me.

"I'm not sure Noel's views are really worth contesting."

The Have I Got News For You star and Private Eye editor said that people might accuse him of having a vested interest in the BBC and its method of licence fee funding, but joked
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How did I celebrate Piers Morgan getting axed? I'm still celebrating

Ian Hislop returns to BBC Two tonight for the first part in a new documentary series, Olden Days: The Power of the Past in Britain.

We caught up with the broadcaster to ask about the show, the future of the BBC and why he's refused to join the Twitterati.

What do you mean when you refer to 'the Olden Days' in your new show.

"The interesting thing about the olden days is that they are the history we would have liked to have been true, but often wasn't.

"One of the shows is about two of our great national heroes, one of whom probably didn't exist and the other for whom we constantly make up what we think is important at the time.

"The second one is about the British love of traditions. And Britain's best tradition is making up traditions. If we haven't got one, we make it up.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Bates Motel, W1A, Law & Order: UK

Ian Hislop's Olden Days: The Power of the Past in Britain: BBC Two, 9pm

This new historical documentary series examines what the Private Eye editor sees as a deep British obsession with the past. He begins by trying to understand the peculiar devotion to the mythology of kings, going right back to the legends of King Alfred and King Arthur.

Hislop undertakes a thorough tour of Britain, journeying from Tintagel to Glastonbury and Winchester. Much like the Have I Got News For You regular's other history documentaries, it focuses very much on the narrative of our history, as he holds up a mirror to the audience.

Law & Order: UK: ITV, 9pm

The team are thrust into deep water. First, Ronnie and Joe conclude an elderly woman's suicide at a notorious hotspot was in fact murder, and Ronnie is alerted to signs of terrorism. Then, the lawyers take on a
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Doctor Who: the film careers of William Hartnell & Jon Pertwee

Feature Alex Westthorp 28 Mar 2014 - 07:00

In a new series, Alex talks us through the film roles of the actors who've played the Doctor. First up, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee...

We know them best as the twelve very different incarnations of the Doctor. But all the actors who've been the star of Doctor Who, being such good all-rounders in the first place, have also had film careers. Admittedly, some CVs are more impressive than others, but this retrospective attempts to pick out some of the many worthwhile films which have starred, featured or seen a fleeting cameo by the actors who would become (or had been) the Doctor.

William Hartnell was, above all else, a film star. He is by far the most prolific film actor of the main twelve to play the Time Lord. With over 70 films to his name, summarising Hartnell's film career is difficult at best.
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David Frost: that was the wake that was

Host of stars and 2,000 wellwishers pay respects at memorial for Stakhanovite broadcaster, who died last August

Sir David Frost pulled off his last big showbusiness coup on Thursday, albeit posthumously, when a memorial plaque to the broadcaster's 50-year career in television was unveiled in the floor of Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Prince of Wales and 2,000 other members of the Frostie fan club.

Not bad for a Methodist minister's son from Kent who never slept a night away from home or touched alcohol until he went to Cambridge. As Greg Dyke, Frost's old boss at both TV-am and the BBC, observed in his address from the pulpit, he made up for it afterwards. "White wine is a non-alcoholic drink," was a Frost saying.

Frost's career always had an improbable aspect to it, no more so than on Thursday when the dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, led a
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Mark Gatiss Promises “Thrilling” Doctor Who Debut For Capaldi

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss has described this week how new Time Lord Peter Capaldi will appear in a thrilling Series 8 opener. Talking to Digital Spy with a quote that may well make Private Eye‘s ‘Pseud’s Corner’, he made mention of the difference in the “energy” of Peter Capaldi as opposed to

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Hislop raises a laugh at Piers Morgan's expense in presenting Paul Foot awards

Ian Hislop's opening line last night when announcing the annual Paul Foot awards won loud laughs and applause.

"We are here to remember sacked and persecuted journalists across the world," he said. "I am thinking, of course, of Piers Morgan".

There was a lot of funny follow-up Morgan material from the Private Eye editor before he referred to Hugh Grant's post-Leveson inquiry organisation as "Knocked Up", offering due apologies to Hacked Off's amused director, Brian Cathcart.

On the serious business of the awards themselves, the top prize went to David Cohen, the London Evening Standard reporter who has distinguished himself and his paper over the past couple of years with two brilliant campaigns, one about the dispossessed and the other about criminal gangs in the capital.

It was the gang campaign that won him the award. Cohen not only managed to win the trust of gang members to
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Fresh Blood recipients: a new generation of comedy creators

Azio - The Bogan Spy Agency, Crazy Bastards, I'm With Stupid, Fancy Boy, Food for Peasants and Pet Quarantine..judging by some of the titles and synopses , the ABC TV/Screen Australia Fresh Blood initiative will spawn some weird and wonderful comedies.

A mix of puppetry, animation, parodies, improv and absurdist humour, the 25 projects selected will each receive $10,000 to produce three short-form sketches.

The shows will air on ABC.s iView platform this year. ABC controller Brendan Dahill tells If that some may later screen on ABC2 after they premiere on the catch-up service.

The initiative is designed to unearth the next generation of comedy performers and producers. There were 492 applications, many of such a high calibre that the ABC and Screen Australia decided to commission 25, one more than originally planned.

Here are the recipients: Aunty Donna Mark Samual Bonanno, Adrian Dean, Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane

Mentored by Tim Minchin,
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First poster for the Veronica Mars movie

We got the first trailer last week, and now the first poster has been released for the Kickstarted Veronica Mars movie, featuring Kristen Bell as the no-longer-a-teen Private Eye...

"Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery."

Directed by series creator Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars is set for release in North America on March 14th and sees Bell joined by returning TV stars Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ken Marino and Enrico Colantoni.
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David Coleman obituary

The BBC's leading sports presenter for more than four decades

The death of David Coleman at the age of 87 signs off an already distant era when television broadcasts of Britain's national sporting events – the so-called "crown jewels" – were almost the sole and exclusive preserve of the BBC. Coleman was the very embodiment of that pre-eminence. As the corporation's champion sports presenter through much of the second half of the 20th century, he had an enthusiastic, knowing, taut professional style and a crisp, classless delivery that seemed all-pervading. In addition, he was the pathfinding master of ceremonies for such long-running regulars as Grandstand, Sportsnight and A Question of Sport.

In all, Coleman led the BBC's coverage at 16 Olympic games (summer and winter), five World Cup football tournaments and many Fa Cup finals and Grand National steeplechases. He realised that the knack of successful television commentary required both passion and brevity, as well as,
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David Coleman, voice of sport on television for almost 40 years, dies aged 87

Tributes are paid to respected journalist, broadcaster and presenter, who has died after a short illness

David Coleman, a dominant voice of television sport for almost four decades, has died at the age of 87, leaving a generation of football and athletics fans mourning the loss of a great communicator. Tributes to the commentator with the deep vocal register and trademark laconic delivery came in from footballers and fellow broadcasters.

Gary Lineker, the former England striker and current Match of the Day presenter, called him "a giant of sports broadcasting. Brilliant, gifted, precise and concise." He added that Coleman was much more than the famously dry "one-nil" with which he often marked the first goal of a match.

The director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, said: "David Coleman was one of this country's greatest and most respected broadcasters. Whether presenting, commentating or offering analysis, he set the standard for all today's sports broadcasters.
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 1

“Every winning streak will have to end sometime.”

Jahinger Khan

In recognition of the job HBO CEO Michael Fuchs had done growing HBO and diversifying its business, he was invited uptown in 1995 to take over Warner Music while still keeping HBO as part of his new, expanded dominion. Assuming Fuchs’ top exec slot at HBO was Jeff Bewkes.

Not long after Fuchs had been given command of HBO in 1984 after the ouster of Frank Biondi, it had been clear that Fuchs’ strengths were not universal. Programming and long-term strategic vision were his fortes. Some of the more mundane and, for Fuchs, onerous tasks, such as kissing up to officers of the major cable MSOs, was something for which the often high-handed Fuchs didn’t have much of an affinity. The solution had been to divvy the company up, putting those non-Fuchsian — but critically important — responsibilities under a newly-created office of President.
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A sort of review of Hatchet Job, by Mark Kermode

Review Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 06:25

We take a look at Mark Kermode's latest book, Hatchet Job, where he takes issue with the modern movie critic....

I find myself in a nice, rare position with Mark Kermode's latest book, Hatchet Job. Ostensibly the third part of his four-part trilogy of 'radio voice' film titles (as opposed to his more academic tomes; a book on pop music's intersection with film is next), the conundrum for this site is that he says nice things about Den Of Geek in the book. As such, in the interests of transparency, I felt we should highlight that from the off. So whilst this is a review, and whilst this is impartial, it'd be remiss that you didn't know we come out of it rather well. If that bothers you, as the man himself might say, "other opinions are available". Will Self didn't like it,
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Free John McTiernan: Why Die Hard Director’s Imprisonment Is About More Than Injustice

What’s your favourite action movie? Die Hard? Predator? The Hunt for Red October? John McTiernan, their director, is unarguably a true master of Western action cinema, and this writer is a huge fan of his work. Sure, there’s been a few missteps, your Last Action Heroes and your Rollerballs, but he’s an incredibly talented filmmaker beloved the world over.

And like many people, you may be wondering what happened to John? Why hasn’t he made a movie in so long?

Well, it’s because he’s been imprisoned for the last six months after a lengthy legal battle which prevented him from working- it’s a labyrinthine set of events to explain, and was perhaps best done so by Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings. Hastings was the first major journalist in America to investigate the affair, before his untimely and tragic death earlier this year.

Gail Sistrunk Mctiernan is John’s wife,
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