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Cult web series High Maintenance makes the jump to network TV with a new 6-episode run on HBO

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By Sam Bathe on 15 Jul 2016

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Releasing 19 episodes over six short seasons, cult web series High Maintenance follows pot dealer, ‘The Guy’, as he bikes product across New York City. With each episode focusing on the lives of a different customer before The Guy shows up at their door, episodes were initially available for free on Vimeo, then through Vimeo’s On Demand service, and now creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld are making the jump to HBO for a new 6-episode run. Carrying its clever, witty dialogue across to network TV, the new episodes will run for 30 minutes rather than the 5-15 minute online webisodes, with the likes of Dan Stevens, Yael Stone and Hannibal Buress guest starring. High Maintenance debuts September 16th on HBO.

Animator Elliot Lim has created a stunning homage to his favourite ever TV show, ‘The Wire’

Posted in Film, Short Films, TV
By Sam Bathe on 4 Jan 2016

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Inspired by the David Simon’s classic crime drama, The Wire, animator Elliot Lim has created a gorgeous homage to the show and it’s five seasons of grime, crime and double-crossing. Set to The Wire‘s iconic theme music, Way Down in the Hole as performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama, Lim’s animation encapsulates so many of the motif’s that made the show so great, such as the stellar storytelling that absorbed viewers right through to the end. You can also see Lim’s work on the titles of Jay Baruchel’s FX comedy, Man Seeking Woman.

Netflix gets into true crime with new documentary series ‘Making A Murderer’ about the life and crimes of Steven Avery

Posted in Film, Previews, TV
By Sam Bathe on 10 Dec 2015

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After the runaway success of podcast Serial and HBO’s jawdropping finale to The Jinx, it’s no surprise Netflix is adding true crime to it’s ever-expanding roster of original programming. Examining the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsinite who served 18 years in prison for rape before he was exonerated of the crime through DNA evidence, Avery was in the process of suing the state for some $36m when he was arrested again and this time convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach. He again protests his innocence. Exploring both cases in minutiae detail, Making A Murderer will get under the skin of Avery and the injustice that may or may not have stricken him when all episodes debut for streaming on Netflix on December 18th.

Netflix takes on the notorious Columbian drug war with new Pablo Escobar drama ‘Narcos’

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By Sam Bathe on 15 Jul 2015

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Shot on location in Columbia, Narcos is the new series from Netflix about the growth of the Medellin drug cartel and its infamous leader, Pablo Escobar. Set in the 1980s and starring Wagner Moura in the lead, the series will explore Escobar’s battles with the authorities, with the US sending a Mexican DEA agent to Columbia to kill him. All episodes of Narcos will premiere August 28th on Netflix.

HBO does ‘Entourage’ again with Dwayne Johnson comedy-drama ‘Ballers’

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By Sam Bathe on 3 Jun 2015

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HBO take on the glamour and the sleaze of professional American football with their Entourage re-do, Ballers. Starring Dwayne Johnson as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete-turned-player agent, guiding their stars through the parties and the breakdowns en route to the top. Though Ballers looks like it’ll fall similarly short on the Bechdel test, Johnson brings a natural charisma that always felt out of reach on Entourage. Let’s just hope they manage to find a little depth and it’s not all surface when Ballers premieres on Sunday 21st June on HBO.

Things are about to get serious in season two of Mike Judge’s startup satire ‘Silicon Valley’

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By Sam Bathe on 17 Feb 2015

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Mike Judge’s excellent tech scene satire, Silicon Valley, returns for a second season this spring. After wowing the judges during the season one finale’s TechCrunch event, season two will see Pied Piper founder Richard Hendriks have to make a business of the start-up, something that get more terrifying by the second. Starring Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Josh Brener, Silicon Valley returns Sunday 12th April on HBO.

AMC step back into the wild world of Saul Goodman with ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’

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By Sam Bathe on 14 Jan 2015

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A spin-off of AMC’s groundbreaking show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul follows lawyer James McGill (soon to be known as Saul Goodman) as his crooked firm fights cases for drug lords and criminals. Though Walt and Jesse aren’t expected to be involved with the first season, some familiar faces like fixer Mike Ehrmantraut will make a return with executive producer Peter Gould wanting Better Call Saul to stand on its own. The show takes place before the events of Breaking Bad, with creator Vince Gilligan involved here again. Better Call Saul premieres in two parts on February 8th and 9th on AMC.

It’s all going right for Hannah and wrong for everyone else in Season 4 of HBO’s ‘Girls’

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By Sam Bathe on 7 Nov 2014

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Girls is back for a fourth season after a returning to form with season three earlier this year. Picking up as Hannah heads off to Iowa for a writing programme, things don’t seem to be going so well for the gang back in Brooklyn. As Adam faces a personal crisis, Marnie is still dating her bandmate who already has a girlfriend, Shoshanna can’t find a grown-up job and Jessa has yet to find a real purpose in life. Hopefully things get a little easier when Girls returns to HBO on Sunday 11th January.

Lisa Cholodenko directs Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in HBO’s teasing adaptation of novel ‘Olive Kitteridge’

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By Sam Bathe on 9 Sep 2014

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Starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy. Adapting Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the four-part mini-series is directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) and produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone. Olive Kitteridge is the fifth collaboration between Playtone and HBO in what has become a wonderfully fruitful partnership, catch the first two parts on November 2nd and the final two installments the following day, both at 9pm on HBO.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are back in business together in comedy short ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Posted in Film, Short Films, TV
By Sam Bathe on 21 Aug 2014

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Produced to promote the Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, after their exploits in Breaking Bad, Emmy-winning actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul go back into business together, this time running a pawn shop. Barely Legal Pawn sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus drop into the store, hoping to strike a deal for her ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Seinfeld Emmy. Sharply written and filled with satire, the short is a great idea rather than a traditional commercial to build anticipation for the event this weekend.

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