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'Back': How the 'Peep Show' Creators Followed Up Their Cult Britcom

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What do you do when the series that you've worked on for more than a decade – one that's attained cult status, spawned BuzzFeed listicles and earned you famous fans on both side of the Atlantic – has finally come to an end? For David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the stars of the beloved Britcom Peep Show, which ran on the U.K.'s Channel 4 from 2003 to 2015, the answer was obvious: Get to work on another series.

"We were sort of staring into the abyss of a post Peep Show world, »


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'Godless': Why Netflix's Brutal, Timely Western Is a Must-See

22 November 2017 11:02 AM, PST

"This here's the paradise of the locust, the lizard, the snake. It's the land of the bleeding rifle."

So snarls murderous outlaw Frank Griffin in the monologue that gives Godless, the new seven-episode Netflix miniseries premiering on November 22nd, its title. Leading a pack of marauders out to terrorize and slaughter every man, woman, and child that crosses their path, he’s not merely a creature of the American West in the 1880s. Griffin is some otherworldly manifestation of it, a reminder that anyone who ventures into this borderless, lawless »


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'Call Me By Your Name': The Story Behind the Most Romantic Movie of the Year

22 November 2017 9:38 AM, PST

Luca Guadagnino is sitting in a hotel in Beverly Hills, but his mind is back in Italy. The 46-year-old director is doing press duties for Call Me By Your Name, his rapturous romance about star-crossed lovers falling for each other over one memorable, wistful summer. (It hits theaters on November 24th.) And when he's asked if he's ever had a comparably whirlwind, sun-splashed fling – one that may have helped inspire his sensual, startling love story – you get the sense that the filmmaker has momentarily left the room. He is now »


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'Coco' Review: Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead Gem Is as Lively as They Come

22 November 2017 8:15 AM, PST

With its cast of skeletons and macabre "I see dead people" vibe, Coco may be the strangest thing ever to come out of the Pixar animation factory. That's a good thing. Their latest animated movie finds the company spreading its wings and pushing into new territory, including betrayal and murder, without neglecting its family franchise responsibilities. It's a tricky business, which Pixar, mostly, pulls off in high style.

Lee Unkrich, his co-director Adrian Molina and their team of screenwriters have conceived Coco as a salute to Mexican culture – the voice cast is almost entirely Latino, »


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Watch Disguised Maroon 5, Jimmy Fallon Busk in New York City Subway

22 November 2017 6:55 AM, PST

Maroon 5 and Jimmy Fallon disguised themselves as bearded buskers and hit the New York City subways in a charming Tonight Show web video. Singer Adam Levine and guitarist James Valentine performed acoustic renditions of the group's 2014 hit "Sugar" and Queen's 1979 hit "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," with the late-night host assisting on tambourine.

During the Queen cover, most people walked by the performance disinterested – and totally oblivious to the musicians' true identities. (It also helped that Levine also masked his signature vocal style with a huskier, heavier tone. »


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Pixar Chief John Lasseter Taking Leave of Absence After Harassment Allegations

21 November 2017 5:54 PM, PST

John Lasseter, one of the founders of Pixar and the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will take a leave of absence from the company after a report detailed a history of alleged sexual harassment and misconduct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Per a staff memo, Lasseter said: "I've recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. It's never easy to face your missteps, but it's the only way to learn from them. As a result, I've been giving a »


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Iranian Man Indicted for HBO Hack, Extortion Scheme

21 November 2017 11:43 AM, PST

An Iranian man, Behzad Mesri, has been charged in the massive HBO hack and extortion scheme, NBC News reports. Mesri is accused of infiltrating HBO's networks and leaking internal company emails, as well as unreleased episodes and scripts for Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure.

Despite the charges, Mesri has not been arrested. The decision to indict him is part of a "name and shame" strategy the U.S. government has used in the past to try to curb the work of foreign hackers it doesn't expect to apprehend. »


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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

21 November 2017 9:03 AM, PST

Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer). 

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different. »


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Seth Meyers to Host 2018 Golden Globes

20 November 2017 3:43 PM, PST

Seth Meyers will serve as host of the 75th annual Golden Globes this January. The Late Night star follows in the footsteps of fellow NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon, who emceed the 2017 event.

The Golden Globes air January 7th, giving Meyers just seven weeks to prepare for what's expected to be a tenor-setting awards show: As the Golden Globes arrive before the Oscars and similar events, Hollywood will look to see how the Globes handle the sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the entertainment industry, Variety reports.

The ceremony marks Meyers' »


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'Call Me By Your Name' Review: Steamy Tale of First Love Is Sexiest Film of 2017

20 November 2017 12:58 PM, PST

Here's the movie of the year for incurable romantics, a rapturous ode to first love that sweeps you up on waves of dizzying eroticism and then sweetly, emphatically leaves you emotionally shattered. For almost a year, Call Me By Your Name – the latest from Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash), a master cinema sensualist – has been a sensation on the film festival circuit. Now this ravishment of image and sound finally goes into wide release. You do not want to miss it.

Set in northern Italy in »


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Spike Lee: Why I Turned 'She's Gotta Have It' Into a TV Series

20 November 2017 10:14 AM, PST

"I want you to know the only reason I'm consenting to this is because I wish to clear my name." With those words, a twentysomething Brooklyn artist named Nola Darling introduced herself to the world – and, in the process, so did Spike Lee, a prodigiously talented twentysomething writer-director who invented the character for She's Gotta Have It, which hit theaters in the summer of 1986. Speaking directly to the camera, Nola (played by Tracy Camilla Johns) laid out her life's fundamental dilemma: how to be a free-thinking, independent woman who refused »


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Inside 'The Punisher': Why the Marvel Fan Favorite Deserved His Own Series

20 November 2017 7:31 AM, PST

Jon Bernthal is getting the shit kicked out of him.

The 41-year-old actor is tied to a chair in a dusty, dingy basement that doubles as an underground surveillance control center-slash-hacker mancave, complete with a dozen computers and a dirty cot in the corner. He looks like he's gone several rounds with either Mike Tyson circa 1988 or a mack truck. The person standing in front of him doling out punches – and whose identity may or may not constitute a spoiler, depending on how far along you are in The Punisher's inaugural season, »


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'A Wrinkle in Time': Watch Sweeping, Colorful New Trailer

20 November 2017 7:18 AM, PST

The trailer for A Wrinkle in Time trailer, directed by Ava DuVernay, shows a teenager, Meg (Storm Reid) attempting to locate her missing scientist father, Dr. Alexander Murray (Chris Pine) in order to save the universe from a looming "darkness" after Pine's character rips through the space-time fabric.

Like the preceding teaser, which premiered in July at the company's D23 Expo, the new clip fills in more details of Meg's rocky personal life and her father's dangerous scientific breakthrough. "You were a top student, but look at you now," a »


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'The Walking Dead' Recap: Father Figures

19 November 2017 7:00 PM, PST

We're a little more than halfway through the The Walking Dead's fall season, and so far no line line of dialogue has been more memorable than Negan's warning in the premiere: "I hope you got your shittin' pants on ... because you are about to shit your pants." Still, the big bad boss does try to top himself in the latest episode, when he suggests that Gregory is "a thin-dicked politician, threading the needle with your thin, thin dick." A pattern's emerging here: Not only does Negan communicate almost exclusively in vulgarities, »


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