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Horrible Histories: the 15 greatest songs

Catherine Pearson Nov 20, 2017

With reports of a Horrible Histories feature film in development, we salute the genius songs of a magnificent show...

Ah, Horrible Histories. The show that brings all the slapstick humour and wordplay of Blackadder and Monty Python to a young audience. It’s a rare and marvellously British televisual feast (points for citing the reference, there): a bunch of hugely talented actors charging around in historical outfits, singing songs and starring in genius pop culture-inspired spoofs to deliver the darker side of history to school children.

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Terry Deary’s famous books were an obvious choice for a Cbbc adaptation, but it was a bold choice to assemble a writing team and cast known for their work in the
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George Clooney Says Son Alexander ‘Laughs Louder Than Everyone In the Room’

George Clooney Says Son Alexander ‘Laughs Louder Than Everyone In the Room’
George Clooney’s son is a giggly little guy.

In a recent interview with Extra, George went into detail about his twins with wife Amal — Alexander and Ella — explaining that they already have distinct character traits at four-months old.

Echoing earlier descriptions of his infants, the proud papa shared, “Ella is very elegant and dainty. She has these big beautiful eyes, she looks like Amal.”

Of Alexander — who “weighs three pounds more than his sister” — George said “ just a thug, he’s a fat little boy.”

After noting that he and his wife were “done!” having children, the 56-year-old actor
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Danielle Darrieux, French Star of ‘La Ronde,’ Dies at 100

Danielle Darrieux, French Star of ‘La Ronde,’ Dies at 100
Danielle Darrieux, one of the great French movie stars, died Wednesday in Bois-le-Roi, France. She was 100.

The star of director Max Ophuls’ classic early ’50s films “La Ronde” and “The Earrings of Madame de…” and Anatole Litvak’s 1936 “Mayerling” also made some films in Hollywood and, late in life, starred, with an all-star cast of fellow French female movie stars, in Francois Ozon’s “8 Femmes.”

In Ozon’s 2002 delightful musical mystery-comedy “8 Femmes,” the actress played Deneuve’s mother again, starring along with Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen and Ludivine Sagnier. The entire cast received a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for outstanding artistic achievement as well as the European Film Award for best actress.

Born in Bordeaux, Darrieux was raised in Paris. At the Paris Conservatory she studied the cello and piano.

Darrieux auditioned for a secondary role as a willful teenager in the 1931 musical “Le Bal” when she was only 14, and
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Red Dwarf: top 20 episodes

Juliette Harrisson Oct 3, 2017

As series Xii arrives online this week, we count down twenty of the best Red Dwarf episodes from across the show's long history...

Putting together a list of the Top 20 episodes of Red Dwarf presented an unusual challenge. The truth is, there’s barely a bum note in the first 36 episodes (Series I – VI) and then it’s a case of finding the quality episodes among the less successful half hours in the following 31 (Series VII – XI). The most accurate ‘top 20’ would be composed almost entirely of episodes from those first 36. However, for this list, we’ve resisted the urge to simply list most of the first six series and have deliberately ensured that this selection covers a reasonable span of the show, with every series except IX represented somewhere. This way, we can offer a more balanced overview of the whole history of the show, and
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George Clooney Says There Are ‘a Lot of Things’ About Raising Kids That Make Him Nervous

George Clooney Says There Are ‘a Lot of Things’ About Raising Kids That Make Him Nervous
Like most parents, George Clooney knows there’s a lot that can go wrong with raising kids.

“A lot of things make me nervous now with kids,” the new dad, 56, told Entertainment Tonight Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival. “What you want from your children is you want to make sure that they are compassionate and that they pay attention to the rest of the world.”

“They are going to be born into a life that, in some ways, is going to be very hectic,” Clooney continued. “But they’re also going to be born into a place of
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George Clooney Didn’t Want to Give Twins Alexander and Ella ‘Ridiculous Hollywood Names’

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George and Amal Clooney put a lot of thought into the classic names they choose for their 3-month old twins Alexander and Ella — purposely moving away from the trend of unique baby names sweeping through Hollywood.

“ didn’t want to give them one of those ridiculous Hollywood names that don’t mean anything,” George told Paris Match in an interview published Saturday. “They’ll already have enough difficulty bearing the weight of their celebrity.”

“We figured these kids are going to be looked at a lot and watched and every move sort of judged, and we wanted them to at
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George Clooney Says Son Alexander Is ‘a Thug’ and Daughter Ella Is ‘Very Elegant’

George Clooney Says Son Alexander Is ‘a Thug’ and Daughter Ella Is ‘Very Elegant’
George Clooney opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his new twins, saying that 3-month old Ella and Alexander already have personalities of their own.

“They start out with a personality right off the bat,” Clooney said in the interview to promote his new directorial effort, Suburbicon. “ is a thug already. You saw him,” he said to long time pal and Suburbicon star, Matt Damon. “He’s a moose! Literally, he just sits and he eats.”

“He looks like he could bounce right now, some place in Hollywood,” Damon chimed in. “Like, checking IDs on the way into the nursery,” Clooney added.
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Mission: Impossible director wants to make an Alexander the Great film

The director of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6, Christopher McQuarrie, has said that he is still interested in making a film about Alexander the Great.

The most famous adaptation of the life and times of the ancient king perhaps comes in the form of Oliver Stone’s epic Alexander. And while that particular movie wasn’t received well upon its 2004 release, that isn’t stopping Christopher McQuarrie from wanting a crack at the legendary figure.

A passion project of the filmmaker, stemming from the very early parts of his career, McQuarrie has moved on to other projects but has kept the idea in the back of his mind should an opportunity one day arise.

And when asked on Twitter about his interest in still bring the project to life, perhaps on Netflix, McQuarrie answered pretty affirmatively, confirming his desires.

Make your Alexander the Great movie,
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E3 2017: New gameplay footage from ‘Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord’

TaleWorlds Entertainment has released two videos showing an extended look at the large-scale, epic combat in their upcoming follow-up to Mount & Blade: Warband – Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.

Battles are at the very core of the series and play better than ever in the latest installment – check out the key battle improvements:

Advanced Formations – Merge and split forces at your behest, with intuitive but powerful control over the movement, form and behavior of every unit! Order heavy infantry to hold together, shoulder-to-shoulder in a slowly advancing but near impenetrable shield wall; or launch your cavalry in lightning charges using the skein formation. Battlefield AI – AI commanders can execute complex tactics, utilizing the advanced formation options to present a formidable challenge. Their behavior is drawn from actual historical tacticians, for example Alexander the great, who used his superior cavalry forces to rout their counterparts in the opposing army, before delivering a
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Modern Family Renewed for Seasons 9 and 10

Modern Family Renewed for Seasons 9 and 10
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

ABC will be giving you more Family time for some time.

The network has renewed Modern Family for a ninth and tenth season, EW has learned. Similar to seasons 7 and 8, seasons 9 and 10 will each consist of 22 episodes. The renewal will hurtle the show past the 200-episode milestone midway into next season, as 188 episodes will have aired after the season 8 finale next Wednesday. It also wraps up a negotiating process that was lengthy but not nearly as contentious as the one in 2012, when adult cast members boycotted a table read and
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‘Modern Family’ Renewed by ABC For Two More Seasons; Full Cast Expected to Return

‘Modern Family’ Renewed by ABC For Two More Seasons; Full Cast Expected to Return
Modern Family” will continue for at least two more seasons – bringing it to 2019, when the comedy will mark its tenth season on the air.

After an intense negotiation between the ABC, 20th Century Fox TV, and the show’s producers and cast, a deal was done with a week to spare. (ABC is set to announce its fall 2017 schedule next Tuesday.) The show’s full cast is expected to return.

“We are beyond thrilled that we get to spend more time with these characters, these amazing actors, our ridiculously-talented writers and our incredible crew – all of whom are like family to us,” said co-creator Steve Levitan. “And the good kind of family, not the kind that argues with you all the time.”

Read More: ‘Modern Family’ Cast & Writers Teach You How to Campaign For an Emmy

Added co-creator Christopher Lloyd: “We have been blessed since day one on Modern Family,
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‘Modern Family’ Renewed by ABC For Two More Seasons; Full Cast Expected to Return

‘Modern Family’ Renewed by ABC For Two More Seasons; Full Cast Expected to Return
Modern Family” will continue for at least two more seasons – bringing it to 2019, when the comedy will mark its tenth season on the air.

After an intense negotiation between the ABC, 20th Century Fox TV, and the show’s producers and cast, a deal was done with a week to spare. (ABC is set to announce its fall 2017 schedule next Tuesday.) The show’s full cast is expected to return.

“We are beyond thrilled that we get to spend more time with these characters, these amazing actors, our ridiculously-talented writers and our incredible crew – all of whom are like family to us,” said co-creator Steve Levitan. “And the good kind of family, not the kind that argues with you all the time.”

Read More: ‘Modern Family’ Cast & Writers Teach You How to Campaign For an Emmy

Added co-creator Christopher Lloyd: “We have been blessed since day one on Modern Family,
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Movie Review: 1812 The War of Napoleon - a Russian three musketeers movie from 2012

In the history of Europe hasn't been pleasant, most of their past is about war, the Roman wars, the Alexander the Great wars, world war 1 and world war 2, Turkish wars, Vikings and Medieval and not to mention Napoleons war. But this movie is not about the war, even though it takes place during his war with Russia, this movie is more of an adventure romantic movie with the same style as "The Three Musketeers" "1812 Napoleons War" or "1812 Ulanskaya Ballada" is a pleasant family movie for kids. Story: A young Aleksey (Anton Sokolov) volunteer to fight against the French to prevent them to conquer Russia. He fights side by side with three Russian lancers Gorzhevsky (Sergey Bezrukov), Ptukha (Stanislav Duzhnikov) and Kiknadze...

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Rod Serling’s ‘Patterns’

Is this Rod Serling's best teleplay ever? Van Heflin, Everett Sloane and Ed Begley are at the center of a business power squeeze. Is it all about staying competitive, or is it corporate murder? With terrific early performances from Elizabeth Wilson and Beatrice Straight. Patterns Blu-ray The Film Detective 1956 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 83 min. / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 14.99 Starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight, Elizabeth Wilson, Joanna Roos, Valerie Cossart, Eleni Kiamos, Ronnie Welsh, Shirley Standlee, Andrew Duggan, Jack Livesy, John Seymour, James Kelly, John Shelly, Victor Harrison, Sally Gracie, Sally Chamberlin, Edward Binns, Lauren Bacall, Ethel Britton, Michael Dreyfuss, Elaine Kaye, Adrienne Moore. Cinematography Boris Kaufman Film Editors Dave Kummis, Carl Lerner Art Direction Richard Sylbert Assistant Director Charles Maguire Written by Rod Serling Produced by Michael Myerberg Directed by Fielder Cook

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Let me roll off the titles of some 'fifties 'organization
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Pericles leads Greece in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Firaxis and 2K have said goodbye to Alexander the Great and hello to Peracles who will be leading the Greeks in the upcoming strategy fan favourite Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, which is due for release on 21st October on PC.

Pericles was a great statesman who unified the independent Greek city states and their armies to form the Athenian Empire. Under his rule Greece made significant cultural advances and was home to famous playwrights, mathematicians, historians, philosophers, physicians and more. In Civilization VI, Pericles’ special ability is ‘Surrounded by Glory’ which gives bonus culture to every city state that Greece controls.

The Greeks unique ability is ‘Plato’s Republic’. This ability gives the civ an extra wildcard slot regardless of which government they choose.

The Hoplite is the Greek unique unit. Hoplites were the Greek equivalent to today’s Territorial Army, they received basic military training but had full time civilian jobs.
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Tiff 2016. Correspondences #5

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Salt and FireDear Danny,Funny you mention genre, as A Quiet Passion would seem to belong to my least favorite one: the biopic. Or not really, for directors create their own genres, great ones do, and Terence Davies is among the greatest now at work. His Emily Dickinson, splendidly embodied by Cynthia Nixon, is no genteel figurine reciting favorite verses but a sharp and unyielding intelligence twisting in a severe body and a severe era. Right from the start, refusing to move to one side or another when her seminary is divided according to faith, she will not give an inch. (“You are alone in your rebellion,” snaps the headmistress, crucifix looming in the background.) At her Massachusetts family home, words—not just the budding poetess’ stanzas, but bon mots, barbs, any curlicues of witty verbiage—are cherished cracks in staid domesticity, like the songs in Meet Me in St. Louis.
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10 Ecstatic Truths from Werner Herzog’s ‘Wtf with Marc Maron’ Interview

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10 Ecstatic Truths from Werner Herzog’s ‘Wtf with Marc Maron’ Interview
Occasioned by the release of his internet documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” this week, Werner Herzog made an appearance on Marc Maron’s “Wtf” podcast. The interview was typically insightful, strange and humorous in the way that only Herzog can be, with 10 ecstatic truths emerging as especially noteworthy:

The last thing he read was an obscure historian from Greek antiquity, because of course it was.

Herzog calls the saga he read as a “soap-opera story” about Alexander the Great’s father, though the historian in question is “a fairly unintelligent writer.”

Surprisingly, he rarely dreams.

The filmmaker says he dreams “maybe once in a year.” In the last dream he remembers, Herzog was being pursued in Mexico “by God knows what” and gets knocked down. A priest then came to pick him up, shook him and asked him, “Do you believe in the forces of evil?
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Time Commanders gameshow returning to the BBC

Louisa Mellor Jul 26, 2016

A third series of the BBC historical military strategy game Time Commanders appears to be on the way...

Is it your dream to replicate the military achievements of Alexander the Great via the medium of modern games engines, live on TV? Then you, my friend, are in luck.

BBC Four has put out a call for teams of three people to take part in the return  of Time Commanders, a "popular historical military strategy series, where teams go head-to-head with some of the greatest generals from history".

During its brief 2003-2005 tenure, Time Commanders saw teams reenact historical battles using a games engine more or less imported wholesale from real-time strategy game Rome: Total War. It was hosted by Scottish broadcaster Eddie Mair before Top Gear's Richard Hammond took over. 

The call for participants appears to have preceded an official announcement in this case. The revived
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Outfest’s 2016 Screenwriting Lab Fellows Share Their Transformative and Affirmative Experience

The Screenwriting Lab at Outfest, Los Angeles’ Lgbt Film Festival, offers a platform to tell important stories. In the program’s 19th year, writers Michael Colucci, Kellee Terrell, Chanelle Tyson, Jen Richards and Michael Walek not only got to work with professionals to hone their skills and develop their stories in a three-day, mentor led workshop, but also got to see their visions come to life during the Screenwriting Lab’s Live Stage Reading at Outfest on Tuesday night.

Read More: Outfest 2016 Opens With A Heavy Heart And A Message of Hope

With actors including Elaine Hendrix, Zackary Drucker, Mather Zickel, Jason Stuart, Kym Whitley and Alexandra Grey, the reading presented select segments from each writer’s scripts. From gay ancient Greeks to a young girl exploring her sexuality to transgender women navigating Chicago, it was a powerful and emotional journey through the important and varied stories of the lab’s fellows.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Alain Resnais, Theo Angelopoulos, ‘Last Tango In Paris’ & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

“Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z” has a packed weekend with a slate that includes Alain Resnais‘ Je t’aime, je t’aime, Nicholas Ray‘s The Lusty Men, Jackie Brown, and, yes, Jackass 3D.

Baumbach & Paltrow‘s De Palma plays with a Jim McBride feature on Saturday and two De Palma shorts on Sunday.
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