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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.

Sponsored: Who will win ‘Best Drama’ at the Emmys?

Posted in TV
By Sponsored on 11 Aug 2014

Since 1949, the Emmy Awards have been gripping television audiences across the world. The TV equivalent of the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards, is a prestigious event that celebrate and reward excellence in US primetime programming. Show the rest of this post…

This year’s awards – the 66th in their history – will be held on August 25th in Los Angeles and there is set to be a close run battle between some of the very best programmes in the TV industry. But who looks set to win the highly-competitive best drama series category? Let’s take a closer look at the nominations:

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True Detective – HBO
Some might argue that HBO series True Detective shouldn’t even be in the best drama series category and should instead be fighting it out in the mini-series race, but the Television Academy have nevertheless allowed its inclusion.

The HBO series True detective  has taken television screens by storm but now it really has to prove itself against the big boys in the best drama series category – not an easy task. But the fact that it will be going toe-to-toe against some of the best drama series to ever grace our screens will make for a nail-biting finale.

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Breaking Bad – AMC
There’s no denying that Breaking Bad has been nothing short of revolutionary. And now its final season is looking to repeat the success it had at last year’s Emmy Awards where it won best drama series.

Furthermore, Breaking Bad’s cast have also enjoyed Emmy success, with Bryan Cranston scooping three best lead actor awards and Aaron Paul two best supporting.

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Game of Thrones – HBO
Another HBO blockbuster, Game of Thrones, is also looking for recognition at this year’s Emmy Awards. There’s no denying that the show is extremely popular – its juggernaut ratings are testament to its huge following and the show is a worthy nominee in this category.

But can George R.R. Martin’s fantasy kill fest emerge on top? With 19 nominations under its belt the show stands a great chance of winning somewhere – but best drama series? We’ll all just have to wait and see.

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House of Cards – Netflix
Netflix’s flagship series House of Cards is another fan favourite that is looking to make its mark on the Television Academy. It historically snagged a best drama nomination last year – a first for an online series – and is looking to improve on that at this year’s ceremony.

Will it emerge victorious or is House of Cards set to collapse under the pressure?

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Downton Abbey – PBS
British period drama series Downton Abbey might seem out of its depth in the best drama category, but can any other entries boast that they were the second most watched TV program on Super Bowl Sunday this year?

Mad-Men

Mad Men – AMC
AMC’s Mad Men may have an intriguing title but its inclusion in the best drama category is definitely not crazy. No stranger to the Emmy Awards, with best drama wins from 2008 to 2011, Mad Men is looking to rekindle its Television Academy flame and add a few more trophies to the AMC cabinet.

Our prediction
This year’s best drama Emmy is set to be an extremely close contest with every nominee easily capable of winning. However, HBO series True Detective might just have the edge because of its ability to attract Hollywood heavyweights like Matthew McConaughey. True Detective is an attractive proposition because it features a new cast and a new storyline every season and so only requires a relatively short-term commitment.

The ‘Halo’ franchise makes its long-awaited small screen debut with digital series ‘Halo: Nightfall’

Posted in Games, TV
By Sam Bathe on 29 Jul 2014

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The sole survivor from Xbox’s recently scrapped video content initiative, Halo makes its long-awaited debut on the small screen with Ridley Scott-produced series, Nightfall. Introducing a new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch, a trailer for the digital series premiered at San Diego’s Comic Con over the weekend. The series appears to follow Locke and his team as they are caught in the midst of a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that sees them delve deeper and deeper into Halo lore. Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall tell the origin story of Locke before his central role in the Halo title to be released next year. Halo: Nightfall will be released as part of The Master Chief Collection this Fall.

The crew fight their way to DC with a cure in the trailer for Season 5 of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 28 Jul 2014

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Starting off the season more battered and broken than ever, AMC have teased more of what’s to come when their breathing show, The Walking Dead, returns in the fall. Fighting their way to DC with an apparent cure, season five will chronicle the crew’s plight as they come up against some of their biggest challenges yet. Let the zombie killing commence on October 12th when The Walking Dead: Season 5 premieres on AMC.

An outbreak of ancient vampirism threatens to take over in Guillermo del Toro’s new TV show ‘The Strain’

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 20 Jun 2014

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From Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, adapting their own novel trilogy for TV, The Strain sees a plane land at JFK International Airport with the lights off and doors sealed. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, is sent to investigate, finding two hundred corpes and only four survivors on board. Only when the bodies begin disappearing from morgues and a viral outbreak shows the hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism, Goodweather and his team are quickly embroiled in a battle to not only save themselves but their city and humanity itself. The Strain premieres July 13th on FX.

Detective Gordon tries to keep the peace at a time before Batman in new show ‘Gotham’

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 6 May 2014

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Set in Batman’s Gotham City but before the time of the iconic hero, FOX’s new show, Gotham, picks up around the time a young Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed. A prequel to Waynes’s life as Batman in the city, the show follows a Detective James Morgan (Ben McKenzie) as he finds his feet in the city about to be preyed upon by some of the franchise’s deadliest villains. Teasing the beginnings of the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, their younger selves are set to run riot in Gotham City as Gordon struggles to resolve the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Creator Bruno Heller made his name with HBO’s Rome and The Mentalist on CBS so there is certainly pedigree behind the show, and obvious a ready-made Batman-hungry audience. Gotham will premiere on FOX this fall.

Damon Lindelof returns to TV with mystery series ‘The Leftovers’ on HBO

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 30 Apr 2014

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After some time working in film, Damon Lindelof is coming back to the format where he made his name. Following a society struggling in the aftermath of what may or may not have been the Rapture, the small town is shaken up further by the arrival of a number of mysterious figures dressed only in white. Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston and Amy Brenneman, Peter Berg directs the pilot when The Leftovers premieres on HBO on June 29th.

“Sadly it’s starting to feel like home” in the new season of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 14 Apr 2014

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Netflix’s breakthrough original series Orange is the New Black is black for a new season, and while Piper Chapman might be settling into her new life in prison, don’t expect the action to calm down. With a new inmate arriving to shake everything up and inmate Daya and prison guard John Bennett’s relationship getting ever more complicated, season two should kick into breakneck speed from the get go. The second season of Orange is the New Black premieres June 6th on Netflix.

Martin Freeman channels his best southern Minnesotan accent in the TV reboot of ‘Fargo’

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 19 Mar 2014

Following in the footsteps of Joel and Ethan Coen’s classic black comedy crime thriller, FX’s Fargo is a small screen reboot rather than a direct remake of the lauded movie. Starring Martin Freeman in the William H. Macy role, the cast is filled out with stellar talent, although it’ll have to go some to even match the Coen picture. Adam Bernstein directed the first episode, and while it does feel a bit unnecessary, Fargo at least deserves a chance when it debuts April 15th on FX.

Mike Judge riffs on the tech industry with new HBO comedy ‘Silicon Valley’

Posted in TV
By Sam Bathe on 11 Mar 2014

It’s surprising a TV series riffing the tech industry has taken this long, but from the mind of Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butt-head), perhaps it was a good idea to wait for this show. Thomas Middleditch, T. J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr play socially awkward software engineers, hoping to be the next big thing in the tech business. Silicon Valley looks smart and savvy and premieres April 6th on HBO.

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