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The idiot box: New TV in 2014

As the leaves begin to fall, our TVs fill up with scores of new and returning series. Looking through the list of upcoming new shows, there’s the usual mix of different genre shows including comedy, dramas, crime procedurals, and even a musical. Unfortunately, much of the line-up does look fairly ...

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Serving Body, Serving Face: Life at the Drag Race

“It’s so easy to talk about a drag queen – but it’s so difficult to be one.” - Alexis Mateo (season 3) Jonathan Ross recently revealed that he’s bought the rights to develop, with Jodie Harsh, a UK version of the reality tv show RuPaul’s Drag Race – describing it ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: That 70’s Show

I have been feeling nostalgic about a show that is, in itself, nostalgic: That 70’s Show. In 1998, TV audiences were sent back in time – before they knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father, CDs, mobile phones, and the Internet. And what a glorious nostalgia trip it is! Whether ...

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Hugh Howey’s ‘Wool’: The walls are too tight

I began reading Wool knowing little about the book other than it had roots in self-publishing, was hugely popular and highly regarded in the SF community. I had far more of an awareness of the author, Hugh Howey, from his vocal contributions to the Amazon-Hachette debate and his general support ...

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Lucy: We humans are more concerned with having than with being

Luc Besson has delivered a number of excellent films in his career, always excelling with action-packed romps. The Fifth Element, his 1997 action sci-fi film starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich is still one of my all time favourite sci-fi films. So, when I heard that he was going back ...

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After Before: If one is found, at least the other survives

The subject matter of After Before is far from a barrel of laughs: genocide and terminal cancer with another harrowing event thrown in for good measure that for spoiler-free reasons I can’t elaborate on here. As the title may suggest, this is a novel about the past and the present ...

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Guardians of the Galaxy: No raccoons or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this film.

It is hard when a film is surrounded by as much hype as Guardians of the Galaxy has been. Marvel’s attempts to big up a very different kind of film in its recent oeuvre is understandable, they wanted the cinema going public to know who these characters were and be ...

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David Mitchell’s new Twitter-published story, The Right Sort

Following in the footsteps of other authors who have used Twitter as a storytelling medium (such as Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and Jennifer Egan), Mitchell has begun publishing a 6,000 word story on Twitter. The story will play out over 280 tweets, published in the next 7 days, with 20 ...

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New Harry Potter story by Rowling

The World Cup in Brazil has spread sport fever all over the world… and in other worlds. JK Rowling has been writing about the Quidditch World Cup to coincide with the Muggle football (or soccer, depending where you’re from) World Cup. The final article in this series will go up ...

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Cult show Community picked up for a 6th Season

The cult sitcom Community was cancelled by NBC after the show’s fifth season and for a while it looked like the show’s cheeky references to “Six Seasons & a Movie!” were not to be. Thankfully, the fans prayers have been answered and Sony Pictures Television have announced that season six of Community will ...

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First teaser for Mockingjay Part 1 drops

The first teaser trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has dropped. For those of us who have read (and loved) the books, the clip might mean a bit more. There’s very little given away in the clip, a Presidential address to the citizens of Panem, featuring President Snow and Peeta, all ...

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