Israeli TV show puts wall between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews

This is the reality that currently exists in Israel, says the creator of Autonomies War rages in the heart of the Middle East. Jerusalem is captured. Concrete walls go up, and a deep distrust spreads across the holy land. The well-worn tale is used as the backdrop to multiple Israeli television dramas. Yet for one show, it is not Arabs and Jews who are doing the fighting, but Jews and Jews. Currently touring film festivals across the world, the six-part series Autonomies envisions a clash between secular Jews and the deeply religious ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jews. In this vision, set in the near future, civil war has cut the land into two countries. The coastal State of Israel is nonreligious, …

Make them wait! Why the age of bingewatching may finally be over

Disneys new streaming service will release episodes once a week, rather than in one go, bringing an end to Netflixs exhausting all-you-can-eat model Disney+ doesnt launch for another two months, but it is proving exhausting already. We are exhausted by the prospect of signing up to yet another subscription service. We are exhausted by the punishing promises of franchises being run even further into the dirt in the form of sequels, spinoffs and series. We are exhausted and baffled and defeated by The Mandalorian will play out across eight weeks. AV Club Orange Is the New Black consistently named Netflixs best original programme should have been a major publicity-grabber. Instead, the whole thing dropped at once and was buried by …

From Little Women to Dickinson: how modernised should adaptations be?

Recent trailers for Greta Gerwigs take on Louisa May Alcott and Hailee Steinfeld as a punk rock Emily Dickinson suggest a resurgence for 1860s literary women The girls of the 1860s appear to be having a moment. Two weeks ago, the trailer for Greta Gerwigs adaptation of Little Women featuring a stacked cast including Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet dropped with much fanfare, depending on your cultural circle. The Lady Bird directors take on Louisa May Alcotts classic novel, first published in 1868, seems ready to breathe a modern, candid air into the story of four sisters confronting change and (often thwarted) ambition during the Civil War. In the trailer, Ronan, as Jo March …

How Skins went from teen noir to soapy despair

Once representing British drama at its best, as the storylines got darker it slowly turned into Goodfellas You can pretty much divide peoples memories of doing their A-levels into two camps: a) those who found the experience full of detentions, sexual frustrations and your mum jokes, akin to Skins. Written by father and son team Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain as a show about teenagers, but one that actually means something, Skins was commissioned as E4s flagship show. They held open auditions to find real teenagers, snagging Dev Patel, Daniel Kaluuya and Kaya Scodelario, and bagging the now grown-up annoying kid from About a Boy ( Original Article : HERE ;

And the loser is … when award show hosts tank on stage

The backlash surrounding comedian Sebastian Maniscalcos performance as VMAs host puts him in good, or rather bad, company While MTV is no longer the vanguard of youth culture, the channel has gone to great lengths to keep their annual flagship event, the Video Music Awards, reflective of and subservient to young audiences. Which made it so baffling when they announced that this years ceremony, which aired this past Mondays night, would be hosted by stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Though Maniscalcos rise to fame over the last year has made him arguably the biggest name in comedy at the moment, hes also a Gen-Xer whose material is aimed directly at members of his and his parents generation making him an odd …

A steampunk fever dream: why Carnival Row is not the new Game of Thrones

This new fantasy features Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, penny farthings and lines like Critch magic is a sin against the Martyr! What I think we can all agree were wanting in these barren post-Cara Delevingne as the lead, who is inexplicably a fairy, and inexplicably also Irish, and Cara Delevingne have an Irish accent?) fairy who washed up ashore and was put to work as a maid, but then she broke out of that house (because she has wings) and will probably, if you can be bothered to watch the rest, lead a revolution. Orlando Bloom is a human detective who is trying to crack a series of murders that hint at a dark power brooding beneath the very city …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Rupert Graves: ‘Genuinely, it helps in this business being called Rupert’

Costume dramas cast him as a floppy-fringed dreamboat even though he wasnt actually posh. Now Rupert Graves is playing a rapping Roman in the latest Horrible Histories romp Rupert Gravess eldest son got a nasty shock recently when he went on a school trip to see the 1987 Merchant Ivory adaptation of EM Forsters gay love story A Room with a View, which his father made with the same team two years earlier his film debut, in fact and in which he is seen throwing off his clothes to cavort in the lake and scamper through the undergrowth. Hes not prudish. But seeing your dad naked is a lot for a lad to take. Some people would be positively thrilled …

Louis Theroux: Surviving Americas Most Hated Family review a deeply uncomfortable watch

This follow-up film about the supremely intolerant Westboro Baptist church finds plenty to be outraged by, but it also veers into exploitation Just as you did with his previous visits, you need to brace yourself before watching Louis Therouxs return to Topeka, Kansas to see how the Westboro Baptist church the folk who picket US soldiers funerals with placards reading God Hates Fags in protest at their countrys tolerance of homosexuality are getting on. 2007 and Original Article : HERE ;

How a genuine love affair killed off Catfish

After years of exposing frauds, the discovery of a legitimate romance killed the thrill of the chase once and for all Kicking off in 2012 on MTV, Nev Schulmann and his silver-fox sidekick Max Joseph would travel all over the US, helping out lovelorn Americans who had fallen for gorgeous models all of whom had a broken iPhone camera, so they couldnt FaceTime. Or Skype. Or get on a webcam. Or meet up. No, nothing dodgy: they were just really busy with their international modelling career. Honest. Early episodes of the show based on Nevs real-life experience of being tricked by a stranger on Facebook, documented in the catfish moved into popular lexicon and, armed with Googles reverse image search …

Streep, Clooney … Cruise? Why no one is ‘too big for TV’ any more

Hollywood stars used to turn their noses up at television, but now Meryl Streep and George Clooney are stealing the show in your living room. Who might join them next? There have been plenty of surprises concerning Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies. First, there was the Streep Scream, an earth-shattering howl that launched 1,000 memes. Second, there has been her performance as a whole: sometimes Deirdre Barlow channelling Willy Wonka; sometimes a less considered Mrs Doubtfire. Yet for many watchers, the main surprise remains that were seeing Streep on TV at all. With her three Oscars, Streep is the queen of Hollywoods old guard, the kind of film icon who at one time would never have done telly. She …

Why cultures queerbaiting leaves me cold

From Taylor Swifts new video to M&S sandwiches everyone is capitalising on Pride. Is it cause for concern? When Taylor Swift released her video for news site the Onion that delivered the funniest and most poignant response: Taylor Swift Inspires Teen To Come Out As Straight Woman Needing To Be At Center Of Gay Rights Narrative. The video, directed by Drew Kirsch and Swift herself, was designed to make a statement: it sees the musician parade around a campsite with a bunch of celebrity LGBTQ+ friends. Theres a same-sex wedding, a drag pageant and a food fight a parade of out and proud behaviour provoking the videos redneck protesters who hold placards with slogans such as Adam and Eve not …

Catch-22: has George Clooney broken the curse of the unfilmable novel?

Its a modern American classic, but Joseph Hellers fractured story has defied suitable translation on to the screen until now Fans of the unfilmable novel must be having a terrible time of it now. In the last three weeks alone, two of the most notorious examples have made their way to screen. Admittedly one Amazons Good Omens functions as a pretty watertight argument for never trying to adapt an unfilmable book. But the other is Catch-22, and that functions as an equally watertight argument to the contrary. I have to admit that I didnt see this coming. Throughout its gestation, the Catch-22 series seemed like an almighty act of hubris; as if Hulu, still drunk on the success of The …

War at home: how Big Little Lies deftly dissects domestic violence

In the second season of the HBO drama, a nuanced depiction of surviving a violent marriage artfully evokes a form of PTSD Big Little Lies is a beautiful show about ugly secrets. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the show centers around the lives of five very different women in Monterey, California, who are connected through a murder. Since its first season, the show has been celebrated for its gorgeous cinematography, deft storytelling and excellent acting. Though the show explores many forms of deception, from white lies to infidelity, its nuanced look at the ways that domestic violence can remain hidden from public view is one of the series most important additions to the cultural conversation. On the surface …

Laura Dern: ‘I feel like Im ready to try anything and to dive deeper

Laura Dern decided to become an actor when she was just six. But its only now, with 55 films under her belt and as Big Little Lies returns to our screens, that she really feels free to try anything To hear her mother tell it, its a miracle that Laura Dern exists at all. In the early 1960s Diane Ladd and her then husband, Bruce Dern, suffered an excruciating loss when their 18-month-old daughter drowned. The trauma was not just emotional but physical, and doctors told her that she would be unable have another child. But they were wrong, and the proof was Dern. One confounded doctor travelled to the hospital to witness the miracle child. From her home in …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

The mother-daughter pair follow the Obamas into content creation, focusing on stories about women Hillary and Hillary Clinton is out of politics. Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Womens Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement. Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, said Obama, we believe each of these productions wont just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all. The three films …