Category:Drama

Watch: ‘The Fall’ Season 2 Full Trailer

The first full trailer for the highly anticipated second season of uber-creepy serial killer drama The Fall has been released by BBC Two and, surprise, the show doesn’t look like it’s going to get any warmer or fuzzier as the story goes on.

The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (of The X-Files fame) and Jamie Dornan (of soon to be 50 Shades of Grey fame) and tells the story of DSI Stella Gibson, a hard, but talented detective who is on the trail of a serial murderer who’s been targeting young professional women. However, thanks to the twist that makes this show more interesting than your average procedural, we already know that the killer is Paul Spector (Dornan), an unassuming everyman with a charming wife and family at home. (Dornan got a BAFTA nomination for his work in this role, which is both disturbing and sympathetic in turns.)

Category:Movies

Dead Funny Films: British Horror with a Playful Side

Halloween is just around the corner, that time of year when it’s fun to be scared. Or so they say. I’m not a big fan of traditional horror films, but I’ve found that those with a decidedly pronounced sense of humor can be quite entertaining indeed. At the very least a light, funny moment here and there can make all the blood and gore a little easier to take. Shaun of the Dead is probably the best example of a horror flick with an equal amount of comedy.

However, ten years after its release Shaun is a classic of this blended genre and you, my dear thrill seekers, are perhaps looking for something a bit more under the radar. The following is a list of horror comedies you can find on-line to satisfy your craving for a “dead funny” film.

Category:Other

J.K. Rowling to Publish New ‘Harry Potter' Story for Halloween

If Halloween wasn’t already one of your favorite holidays, if you love the Harry Potter books at all, it’s probably about to start moving its way up to Number One on your list in fairly short order.

Why? Well, in the wizarding universe created by J.K. Rowling, Halloween is basically like Christmas for young witches and wizards, but this year it’s Potter fans worldwide that are the ones getting a present. The author has announced that she’ll be releasing a new short story from the world of Hogwarts on October 31. (!!!!!)

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Does His Best Beyonce For Graham Norton

It’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch can do anything. Or, even if he can’t, watching him fail at something is guaranteed to be more fun than watching basically anyone else succeed.

So, if you’re having a bad day – today, or tomorrow or six weeks from now – just bookmark this page, so that you can forever have this clip at your finger tips, because it is 100% guaranteed to make you smile.

The Internet’s Favorite British Celebrity – was a guest on The Graham Norton Show this weekend to promote his upcoming Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. He shared his spot on the red couch with Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart and Harry Potter’s Timothy Spall, but there’s absolutely no doubt that the Sherlock star is the one who stole the show. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘The Paradise’: Series 2, Episode 5

Previously, on The Paradise: Denise begins her new life as Head of Ladies’ Wear, but runs into issues when Moray doesn’t like her idea for a department Tea Party and Susie starts yelling at the daughter of the store’s current owner. Denise, being Denise, works everything out in the end, but not before she gets grumpy and jealous about Moray’s new plan to flirt with Katherine until she sells The Paradise back to him. Weston is super psyched about expanding the store, and Moray is bitter about it because it’ll just make it harder for him to buy. There are also subplots featuring Myrtle’s desire to get out of the kitchen, Susie’s heretofore unseen alcoholic mother, and Weston’s dark past as a soldier in India, but they’re super boring and no one cares.

Who even knows what to expect from this episode, am I right? 

Category:Royals

The Queen Sent Her First Tweet Today

If you haven’t embraced the world of social media yet, it’s probably time to reevaluate your resistance to exploring life online, because even the Queen of England's trying out that whole Twitter thing now.

Yes, really. The Queen has officially tweeted.

(Think about that for a second, people who make a big deal about not being on Twitter. Even the Queen’s done it now!)

Don’t get too excited, though, there isn’t an official @ElizabethRegina Twitter account out there and active in the world or anything (Yet!). The British Monarchy has actually maintained an active Twitter presence – @BritishMonarchy – since joining the service back in 2009, which practically makes them an early adopter. But it’s been obvious from the start that the official monarchy account is being run by various people in Her Majesty’s office and that she isn’t sending any of the actual tweets herself nor are any of her royal children and grandchildren (though Prince Harry *did* tweet once from the @InvictusLondon account.).  

But now, it would appear that she has – at least just this once. 

Category:Comedy

A US Remake of ‘The IT Crowd’ in the Works For Some Reason

For some reason that I will never understand, American television networks seem to regularly go through this weird phase where they think ratings success is waiting for them just around the corner….if only they can find the perfect British TV show to remake for their primetime schedule.

Yes, this keeps happening, year in and year out – FOX’s new Thursday drama for this season is called Gracepoint and is a remake of the British hit Broadchurch – and it doesn’t matter seem to matter how many of these US spins on British series don’t do well in the ratings (US versions of Coupling and Skins), or never even make it out of the pilot stage, come to that (looking at you, recent US attempts at Gavin and Stacey and Only Fools and Horses). The networks are going to keep swinging anyway – chasing the elusive magic that makes particular British series popular among American audiences.

Next in line for the remake treatment? Popular Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd. Yes, sadly, according to Deadline, someone at NBC seems to think that creating American versions of Moss, Roy and Jen is a great idea, so much so that they’ve given this new series a put pilot commitment, meaning that the revival will air, at least in some limited capacity. 

Category:Drama

Watch: New ‘Downton Abbey’ Trailer to Help Americans Make It Through to January

PBS has provided American fans of megahit costume drama Downton Abbey with another fun little tidbit to help us all along on the long, long road to January and the US premiere of Season 5.

A new trailer has been released, which certainly seems to set the new season up as something that’s both incredibly dramatic, and incredibly emotional.

Set to a rather intense technopop backing track, we’re treated to shots of almost all the major characters, though Anna is merely heard instead of seen. There’s also no sign of Daisy, Tom or Isobel Crawley that I can tell, and it’s left for viewers to assume that Mrs. Hughes must be talking to Carson, offscreen in that bit of the scene you can’t see (I do, if only because in my world, Mrs. Hughes is almost always talking to Carson!) It’s likely that this because they featured those three characters fairly prominently in the first US Series 5 trailer but that’s just a guess. 

Benedict Cumberbatch Wax Figure Revealed at Madame Tussauds

It’s official: Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has his very own wax replica at the world famous Madame Tussauds waxwork gallery in London. Given the fact that the basically everyone is obsessed with Cumberbatch at the moment, it may surprise you to realize that he did not actually have one up to this point, but that cruel oversight has thankfully now been rectified.

The official Cumberbatch waxwork was announced during the summer, with Tussauds’ General Manager Ben Sweet referring to the subject as “one of the most in-demand actors” of the moment. Apparently interest in what has been dubbed the “Cumberwax” has been so high that on the day of its announcement the gallery’s official site crashed under the weight of all the interested, eager fans.

And now, at last, the real thing has arrived. 

Category:Royals

It’s Official: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Announce the Second Royal Baby Due in April

All you Anglophiles who, like me, may be just a little overly emotionally invested in the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – better known as Prince William and Catherine Middleton – will be over the moon to know that, yes, it’s official at last – Prince George, the tiny toddler who is currently third-in-line to the British throne currently being held by his great grandmother, is officially going to get a little baby brother or sister next year.

Let the Second Royal Baby Frenzy commence!

An official announcement on the Prince of Wales’s website has confirmed this happy news – and can we just take a second to admire rather elegant yet completely stark aesthetic that His Royal Highness’s official site has going on – in what may be the world’s shortest press release. 

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