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First Teaser Trailers for British Horror 'Ghost Stories' About a Skeptic

"You don't believe, do ya?" IFC has unveiled three teaser trailers for a new ghost horror movie titled Ghost Stories, which already premiered at the London Film Festival earlier this month. It's due out in 2018 but doesn't have an exact date yet. Based on the long-running British horror stage show created by English magician Andy Nyman, the film is about a psychologist and arch-skeptic named Professor Phillip Goodman who investigates three terrifying hauntings. Andy Nyman plays Goodman, and the rest of the ensemble cast includes Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Jill Halfpenny, Paul Whitehouse, Nicholas Burns, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Daniel Hill, Derren Brown, and Ryan Oliva. It seems like an anthology film, but it also seems like there is a connection between the three stories. I'm very curious to see this film. Here's the first three teaser trailers for Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories, from YouTube: Ghost Stories stars Andy Nyman as Professor Phillip Goodman,
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Ghost Stories review – Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse shine in dreamlike spookfest

Co-directed by Andy Nyman and The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson, this three-part portmanteau horror turns out a disturbing, atmospheric fable

Ghost Stories is a barnstormer of an entertainment, a fairground ride with dodgy brakes. It’s an anthology of creepy supernatural tales in the intensely English tradition of Amicus portmanteau movies from the 1960s, such as Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, or the Ealing classic Dead of Night. Each story is made individually stranger and tinglier by the way the film allows you to notice an overarching narrative between them, becoming increasingly visible through the uncanny accumulation of coincidental detail.

The film’s writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson have adapted it from their colossally successful stage show: Nyman is the actor, writer and magician who has devised productions for Derren Brown; Jeremy Dyson is the actor, comedy writer and co-creator of The League of Gentlemen. I
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Ghost Stories review – Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse shine in dreamlike spookfest

Co-directed by Andy Nyman and The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson, this three-part portmanteau horror turns out a disturbing, atmospheric fable

Ghost Stories is a barnstormer of an entertainment, a fairground ride with dodgy brakes. It’s an anthology of creepy supernatural tales in the intensely English tradition of Amicus portmanteau movies from the 1960s, such as Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, or the Ealing classic Dead of Night. Each story is made individually stranger and tinglier by the way the film allows you to notice an overarching narrative between them, becoming increasingly visible through the uncanny accumulation of coincidental detail.

The film’s writer-directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson have adapted it from their colossally successful stage show: Nyman is the actor, writer and magician who has devised productions for Derren Brown; Jeremy Dyson is the actor, comedy writer and co-creator of The League of Gentlemen. I
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Derren Brown's 11 best TV stunts

Craig Elvy Sep 27, 2017

The crazy world of Derren Brown is not without controversy and debate. Here we revisit 11 of the illusionist's most gripping TV stunts...

Being friends with Derren Brown must be simultaneously fascinating and utterly terrifying. A vastly intelligent natural performer with charisma and charm to spare, Derren has been confounding audiences with his brand of “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship” for something approaching two decades and has successfully pulled-off a remarkable evolution from skilled street magician to performer of increasingly ambitious television events.

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Over time, Derren’s material has become as much about helping and inspiring people as it is shocking them,
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Taskmaster: the top 11 tasks so far

Louisa Mellor Sep 13, 2017

Den of Geek has narrowed down our favourite series 1-4 tasks from hugely funny Dave series Taskmaster

Warning: if you’re new to Taskmaster, catch up on Dave before reading this. We’d hate to spoil any surprises.

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Commence rummaging for your most unusual/impressive/heaviest item, because Taskmaster is back. Starting tonight on Dave is a new eight-episode run of the challenge-based comedy series, this time testing the mettle of Sir Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson. This one’s coconut-themed, apparently. (Previous series have been vaguely themed around eggs, potatoes, rubber ducks and… whimsy?)

To celebrate its return, we’ve selected some of the previous series highlights. Below then, enjoy reminiscing about an amount of tasks that would, balanced atop one another,
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‘Derren Brown: Secret’ Theater Review: When Distraction Is Magic

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‘Derren Brown: Secret’ Theater Review: When Distraction Is Magic
Have you ever wondered about the private lives of actors on stage? Probably. Have you ever wondered about the private lives of the people sitting around you in the audience? Probably not. Those strangers sitting around you in the dark are the subject of the new illusionist show “Derren Brown: Secret,” which opened Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre Company. This marks the British illusionist’s American debut, and he goes way beyond the usual brand of magic here. The Playbill bio calls what Brown does a “unique brand of mind control, suggestion, showmanship and illusion.” Left off that list is.
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Sherlock series 4 episode 3 review: The Final Problem

Louisa Mellor Jan 15, 2017

Sherlock series 4 bows out on an ultra-tense, heightened episode that unearths Holmes family secrets. Spoilers ahead…

4.3 The Final Problem

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This review contains spoilers.

In Thomas HarrisThe Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice Starling “Nothing happened to me […] I happened. You can’t reduce me to a set of influences.” It’s an elegant, invincible line, one that waves away the tricks of their trades as psychiatrist and FBI agent, and paints Lecter as pure evil.

Twenty-five years later, Harris scrapped all that to explain in Hannibal Rising that Lecter is what he is because Nazis ate his sister.
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Derren Brown: ‘You’re only sad if you tell yourself you’re sad’

After the breakup of a long relationship, the magician found himself pondering how to be happy – and he’s found that it’s simply a trick of the mind

Derren Brown has written a book on happiness, so it seems reasonable to assume he is something of an expert. He says he is happy, and judging by the bibliography, he has definitely read a lot on the subject. But I’m not sure the two of us agree on what happiness is. His book, Happy, advocates “contentment”, “tranquility”, a “considered” life. It all feels so unexciting.

“It doesn’t sound very joyful, does it?” Brown agrees. “But would you press the button for consistently joyful, which is clearly not real or a bit mad or exhausting, or would you press the button for a robust sense of calmness and balance?” I think, in that situation, I would hunt around for a third button,
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Martin Freeman to star in big screen version of Ghost Stories

Horror Channel’s FrightFest landed in London today, and they kicked things off with an announcement by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman that they’re taking their stage play Ghost Stories to the big screen.

Dyson (League of Gentlemen) and Nyman (who worked with Derren Brown) told the crowd at FrightFest that Ghost Stories will start shooting in October with the pair writing and directing, and Nyman starring alongside Paul Whitehouse (The Fast Show) and Martin Freeman (Captain America: Civil War). Not only that, but they showed a concept teaser trailer which featured Freeman doing the voice-over that starts the play.

Seen by over 350,000 people worldwide, Ghost Stories is truly an extraordinary theatrical experience. Written and directed by The League of Gentlemen’s master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown’s television and stage shows, Ghost Stories mixes the very best of
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Now You See Me 2 review: “An enjoyable character ensemble.”

Now You See Me 2 review: The Horsemen return, but does the magic from the 2013 surprise hit? Now You See Me 2 review

Now You See Me 2 is the unfortunately titled (how about Now You Don’t?) follow-up to 2013’s surprise hit. At a time when big budget superhero films and animated kids movies still dominate, it was nice to see a heist film that employed magic and good humour to get audiences excited. The ensemble cast also helped, and most of them have returned for this satisfactory sequel.

Set a year after the original, J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and the other Horsemen Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and Jack (Dave Franco), are living in hiding awaiting instructions from their leader Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) who is still working undercover in the FBI although suspicion does surround him. After instructions from magical overlords The Eye have a new assignment for the team,
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Viceland Hires Series of Execs To Bolster Emea Expansion

Vice Media has announced a series of executive hires to its lifestyle and entertainment television network Viceland, bolstering its creative and production capabilities ahead of the channel’s U.K. launch in September.

Debi Roach has joined the company as vice president of TV production Emea, Cam Levin as vice president of brand Emea and Dan Louw has been appointed as vice president of development U.K.

Roach boasts a career that spans 20 years, overseeing a raft of multi-award winning productions for leading terrestrial and digital broadcasters across entertainment, scripted comedy and factual entertainment, with credits including U.K. laffers “Peep Show” and “Fresh Meat” in addition to magician Derren Brown’s series and specials. In the newly-created role, Roach will be responsible for overseeing all production output for the channel across the region, including a slate of brand new Vice produced U.K. programming.

Award-winning creative director Cam Levin
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'Dangerous' Derren Brown suffocation trick should not have aired in daytime

Stunt on UKTV’s Watch – which also included repeated swearing – was unsuitable for 9am broadcast when children could be watching, says watchdog

A show featuring a Derren Brown stunt broke broadcasting rules by showing the illusionist suffocating himself with a plastic bag when children could easily have seen and copied it.

Media regulator Ofcom launched an investigation into the programme, which featured a 14-minute segment where Brown suffocated himself and used the word “fuck” on multiple occasions.

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Berlin: Lionsgate U.K. Acquires British Rights for ‘Ghost Stories’

Berlin: Lionsgate U.K. Acquires British Rights for ‘Ghost Stories’
Lionsgate U.K. has acquired U.K. distribution rights to “Ghost Stories,” based on the Olivier nominated supernatural stage production, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, and set to star Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Captain America: Civil War,” TV’s “Fargo”) and BAFTA award-winner George MacKay (“Pride,” “Sunshine on Leith”), with Andy Nyman reprising his role as Professor Goodman. Principal photography will start in September.

Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology and arch-sceptic has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the “original” TV parapsychologist, went missing 15 years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet.

Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three unsolved cases that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates,
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A ‘Ghost Stories’ Film Is On The Way From Andy Nyman

Ghost Stories film: A feature film version of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s hit stage show is being planned. Martin Freeman and George MacKay will star.

I remember catching the stage show Ghost Stories at the Lyric in Hammersmith many years ago, before its successful couple of runs in the West End, and couldn’t believe how amazing it was – and how scary. Well, now it seems like a Ghost Stories film is on the way courtesy of Andy Nyman, the genius that co-created the original play.

Nyman, an accomplished actor (he appeared in Severance, Black Death and Death At A Funeral), and frequent collaborator with TV mentalist Derren Brown, will direct and reprise his role of Professor Phillip Goodman from the original play, a character described as ‘a psychology academic and skeptic who sees his belief in the rational tested when his old mentor, Charles Cameron, sends him a letter.
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Martin Freeman, George MacKay to tell 'Ghost Stories' for Warp, Altitude

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Martin Freeman, George MacKay to tell 'Ghost Stories' for Warp, Altitude
Exclusive: Warp Films and Altitude Film Sales team on Jeremy Dyson-Andy Nyman thriller.

Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise), George MacKay (Pride) and Andy Nyman (Death At A Funeral) are to star in a feature version of well-received supernatural stage production Ghost Stories, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Nyman, who will reprise his role as professor Goodman.

Principal photography is due to get underway in September with Claire Jones (Sightseers) producing alongside Warp FilmsRobin Gutch (’71). Altitude Films has boarded sales on the thriller and will introduce buyers to the project at the Efm.

In Ghost Stories, Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology and arch-skeptic has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave.

His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must
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Derren Brown: The Push – review: can a reasonable person be coerced to shove another to their death?

The baby-stealing in Brown’s latest one-off on Channel 4 is just the teaser for a manipulative set piece

So, Tom, you’ve just persuaded a stranger to steal a baby,” smiles Derren Brown to an actor he will shortly employ to perform in his latest stunt. “What we’ve got planned will be a lot worse,” he adds, all traces of a smile now gone, relishing the pure theatre of it. Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge (Channel4) features the ultimate braintertainer in another of his manipulation set pieces, but this time the aim is to coerce a member of the public into a terrible act, using their social compliance. That is their tendency to go along with whatever a seeming authority figure tells them.

This baby-stealing stunt (it’s a rubber baby) is just the teaser. By the end of this hour we will witness Chris Kingston,
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On my radar: Derren Brown’s cultural highlights

The illusionist on Richard Curtis’s About Time and Chris Lilley’s Summer Heights High, Showstopper! the musical, great coffee houses and a wonderful library

Derren Brown was born in Croydon, south London, and studied law and German at the University of Bristol, where he started working as a conjuror in bars and restaurants. In 2000 Channel 4 broadcast Derren Brown: Mind Control to instant acclaim, and it was followed by a number of shows including Trick or Treat, Séance, and Derren Brown Plays Russian Roulette Live. Brown is outspoken about the fact that his shows are based on tricks and not real magic, and he has written about his techniques in books Tricks of the Mind and Confessions of a Conjuror. His live show, Miracle, starts on 11 November in London.

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Derren Brown develops psychological theme park ride

Derren Brown has developed a psychological ride for Thorpe Park. The illusionist has created the world's first fully immersive psychological attraction for a theme park, which will open in March 2016 after three years in development. The attraction - which will involve a 13-minute long journey - will encompass 2,306 square metres and involve a team of over 1,000 specialists to help put it together. Derren said: ''The process of creating this new experience has been the most challenging of my career - so much so that it has taken us three years to get the project on track.
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Everything you need to know about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Opening date, tickets, plot and more

Despite lobbying from Chris Columbus, there isn't a new Harry Potter film on the cards just yet.

But the Potterverse will expand next year with the launch of a new play in two parts: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Below is everything you need to know about the theatrical event.

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The play was first spoken about in 2013, just two years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 concluded the movie series.

It was long-rumoured to be a prequel to the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Not so.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is actually a sequel. The eighth part of the story picks up where Deathly Hallows left off,
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Thn Talk Landmine Goes Click with director Levan Bakhia [Exclusive]

Landmine Goes Click was one of the more controversial offerings at this year’s Frightfest. Adding an extra layer to the typical rape / revenge tale the film is a compelling and engaging, if not somewhat uncomfortable watch.

Starring Disney Prince Sterling Knight, Landmine Goes Click sees a clueless American man accidentally step onto a landline in the Georgia wilderness. As if that wasn’t bad enough he then has to watch on in anguish as the woman he loves is attacked by a village local whom the couple mistake for a good samaritan.

Director Levan Bakhia previously brought us the high-concept horror film 247ºF which had a group of revellers trapped inside an ever increasingly hotter sauna, it’s like the opposite of Frozen (the ski lift one, not the Elsa one). Interestingly though Bakhia himself isn’t really a fan of horror films. Surprised? So were we when we spoke to him recently.
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