God Help the Girl (film)
God Help the Girl is a 2014 British musical drama film written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian. It follows three friends, it was preceded by an album of the same name released in 2009. It received mixed reviews. Eve escapes from the psychiatric hospital where she is being treated for anorexia nervosa and makes her way to Glasgow, hoping to become a musician. At a gig, she meets a lifeguard and aspiring songwriter, he introduces her to his guitar student Cassie, the three become friends. Eve meets Anton, the arrogant singer of Wobbly-Legged Rat, a Glasgow band attracting attention from a local radio station, she gives him a tape of her music to pass on and they begin seeing each other. James convinces Eve, they and Cassie form God Help the Girl, with some local musicians. Anton admits he never gave Eve's tape to the radio producers, saying she needs better production and musicianship, they argue. James becomes distanced from her. Feeling alone, Eve takes returns to hospital.
She tells James she plans to attend music college in London, they reconcile. After God Help the Girl performs their final concert, the radio station plays Eve's tape; the next day, she leaves for London. Emily Browning as Eve Olly Alexander as James Hannah Murray as Cassie Pierre Boulanger as Anton God Help the Girl premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on 18 January 2014, it opened the Generations section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2014. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Amplify acquired the distribution rights of the film, it was video-on-demand on 5 September 2014 in the United States. God Help. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 68% of 40 reviews have given the film a positive review, with an average score of 5.7 out of 10. Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote that God Help the Girl "is a slender exercise in self-conscious charm." David Fear of Esquire praised it as "rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen."
Jonathan Romney of Film Comment Magazine said that "it's easy to categorize Murdoch's film as a vanity project, but if it is, it's a honest one." David D'Arcy of Screen International said the film "has a soft whimsy that connects to a time before video clips put editing rhythms into overdrive." Xan Brooks of the Guardian gave the three out of five stars, writing: "It's warm and generous, verging on the sentimental. In Vulture, Nathan Rabin named the film one of 10 Sundance movies that "should have been hits", writing: "Murdoch has long been an extraordinarily cinematic songwriter, with a gift for conjuring up melancholy worlds with his words and music. With God Help the Girl, he proves to be a predictably literary and musical filmmaker... God Help the Girl represents the perfect cinematic representation of Belle and Sebastian’s worldview, depending on your opinion of the group, is either high praise or a terrific reason to stay away."Leslie Felperin of the Guardian gave the film two out of five stars and called it "disastrous, fatally flawed by a shoddy script and poor direction, like something made by the most ostensibly talented guy at art school...
It's not funny or clever, or musically interesting. It's just bad." Rodrigo Perez of Indiewire wrote: "A major gaffe, God Help The Girl finds a great artist taking on a huge challenge and stumbling painfully on its ambition every step of the way." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "an indie musical that feels like one long B-side."Sarah Sahim, writing for Pitchfork, called the film "an egregious mess" that romanticizes eating disorders, criticised the film's lack of racial diversity as "a microcosmic view of what is wrought by racial exclusivity, omnipresent in indie rock." Murdoch responded to Sahim's article on Twitter, writing: "God knows I've yearned to know and love women and men of many nations, but being a poor sick white boy from Scotland has dashed my ambitions." Official website God Help the Girl on IMDb God Help the Girl at Rotten Tomatoes
HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the namesake unit Home Box Office, Inc. a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The program which featured on the network consists of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies and occasional comedy and concert specials. HBO is the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, having been in operation since November 8, 1972. In 2016, HBO had an adjusted operating income of US$1.93 billion, compared to the US$1.88 billion it accrued in 2015. HBO has 130 million subscribers worldwide as of 2016; the network provides seven 24-hour multiplex channels, including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, HBO Family. It launched the streaming service HBO Now in April 2015 and has over 2 million subscribers in the United States as of February 2017; as of July 2015, HBO's programming is available to 36,493,000 households with at least one television set in the United States, making it the second largest premium channel in the United States.
In addition to its U. S. subscriber base, HBO distributes content in at least 151 countries, with 130 million subscribers worldwide. HBO subscribers pay for an extra tier of service that includes other cable- and satellite-exclusive channels before paying for the channel itself. However, a regulation imposed by the Federal Communications Commission requires that cable providers allow subscribers to get just "limited" basic cable and premium services such as HBO, without subscribing to expanded service. Cable providers can require the use of a converter box—usually digital—in order to receive HBO. HBO provides its content through digital media. HBO maintains near-ubiquitous distribution in hotels across the United States through agreements with DirecTV, Echostar, SONIFI Solutions, Satellite Management Services, Inc. Telerent Leasing Corporation, Total Media Concepts and World Cinema as well as cable providers that maintain hospitality service arrangements with individual hotels and local franchises of national hotel/motel chains.
Since June 2018, through a content partnership with Enseo, HBO Go is distributed to some Marriott International hotels around the U. S.. Many HBO programs have been syndicated to other networks and broadcast television stations, a number of HBO-produced series and films have been released on DVD. Since HBO's more successful series air on over-the-air broadcasters in other countries, HBO's programming has the potential of being exposed to a higher percentage of the population of those countries compared to the United States; because of the cost of HBO, many Americans only view HBO programs through DVDs or in basic cable or broadcast syndication—months or years after these programs have first aired on the network—and with editing for both content and to allow advertising, although several series have filmed alternate "clean" scenes intended for syndication runs. In 1965, Charles Dolan—who had done pioneering work in the commercial use of cables and had developed Teleguide, a closed-circuit tourist information television system distributed to hotels in the New York metropolitan area—won a franchise to build a cable television system in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City.
The new system, which Dolan named "Sterling Information Services", became the first urban underground cable televisi
British Academy Television Awards
The British Academy Television Awards known as the BAFTA TV Awards, are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. They have been awarded annually since 1955; the first Awards, given in 1955, consisted of six categories. Until 1958, they were awarded by the Guild of Television Directors. From 1958 onwards, after the Guild had merged with the British Film Academy, the organisation was known as the Society of Film and Television Arts. In 1976, this became the British Academy of Television Arts. From 1968 until 1997, the BAFTA Film and Television awards were presented in one joint ceremony known as the BAFTA Awards, but in order to streamline the ceremonies from 1998 onwards they were split in two; the Television Awards are presented in April, with a separate ceremony for the Television Craft Awards on a different date. The Craft Awards are presented for more technical areas of the industry, such as special effects, production design, or costumes.
The Awards are only open to British programmes—with the exception of the audience-voted Audience Award and the International Award —but any cable, terrestrial or digital television stations broadcasting in the UK are eligible to submit entries, as are independent production companies who have produced programming for the channels. Individual performances, such as from actors, can either be entered by the performers themselves or by the broadcasters; the programmes being entered must have been broadcast on or between March and February of the following year to be eligible for the year's awards. Entry is free, entry forms are made available between November and January each year. After all the entries have been received, they are voted for online by all eligible members of the Academy; the programmes and performances attracting the most votes four in each category, are shortlisted as the nominees for each award. The winner is chosen from the four nominees by a special jury of nine academy members for each award, the members of each jury selected by the Academy's Television Committee.
Each jury is designed to have a balance in areas such as sex and experience, have experience related to the categories concerned but no direct connections to the short-listed programmes or performers. There are a number of non-competitive honorary Awards—the Dennis Potter Award for Outstanding Writing for Television; these Awards are awarded by the Academy's Council. They are not always given every year, but as and when appropriate; the Awards ceremony is broadcast on British television the day after it has taken place. Between 1998 and 2006, it was alternated between BBC One, but since 2007, it has been broadcast by BBC One. In 1991, a controversial selection was made in the Best Drama Serial category, when Prime Suspect beat G. B. H. to win the award. Following the ceremony, four of the seven voting members of the jury signed a public statement declaring that they had voted for G. B. H. to win. Jury chairperson Irene Shubik, who did not cast a vote, refused to comment publicly on the affair, but BAFTA Chairman Richard Price stated that the ballot papers passed on to him by Shubik had shown four votes for Prime Suspect and three for G.
B. H. Price claimed. No blame was attached to Shubik by the four judges, it was to her that they had turned to raise the apparent discrepancy with BAFTA; the main competitive Award categories presented every year are: Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Comedy Includes sketch shows. Judged on the basis of a single episode. Lew Grade Award for Best Entertainment Programme Includes general entertainment programmes, variety shows, game shows, panel games, stand-up and celebrity chat shows. Judged on the basis of a single episode. Best Entertainment Performance - Known as Best Light Entertainment Performance prior to 2000. Best Female Comedy Performance - Previously one award for Best Comedy Performance, Separate male and female categories created in 2010. Best Male Comedy Performance Best Drama Serial A drama where one main story is told across more than one episode, the story is resolved in the final episode. Best International Programme Best Drama Series A drama which consists of several episodes, but each episode tells a self-contained story, with the same characters continuing across the episodes.
Best Single Drama A drama where one self-contained story is told in a single one-off episode, equivalent to a television movie. The minimum length is five minutes. Best Soap and Continuing Drama A drama which transmits a minimum of twenty episodes per year; the nominees are soap operas. Best Current Affairs - replaced The entered programme can be a one-off or part of a series, but if part of a series the same episode may not be entered in another category; this category was ceased in 2007 due to lack of entrants for the award. However, current affairs programmes can still qualify, but under the category of either Best Single Documentary or Best Factual Series, depending on the genre of the programme. Longlist and nominations for these two categories are expected to expand. Best Factual Series or Strand Best Mini-Series Best Feature For p
John Bradley (English actor)
John Bradley West, credited professionally as John Bradley, is an English actor, best known for his role as Samwell Tarly in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. Bradley was born and grew up as a Catholic in the Wythenshawe district of south Manchester and attended St Paul's Roman Catholic High School, he has a sister, 13 years older than him. In 2005, he began attending Loreto College in the Hulme area of Manchester, where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies, he graduated from Loreto in 2007. He received a BA, Acting at the Manchester School of Theatre, graduating in 2010. Bradley's big break was in the 2011 HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones playing the character Samwell Tarly, a part, his first audition, three months after he graduated from drama school, his character is a friend of Kit Harington's Jon Snow and provides occasional comic relief in season 1. As the series has progressed, Bradley's Tarly has developed significantly. One reviewer called him "a wonderful comedic and cowardly yin to Jon's dour yang".
George R. R. Martin said that the character that Bradley portrays is the character he would be, if he were on the show. In 2011, Bradley appeared in the Canal+ drama, Borgia, in the role of Pope Leo X, Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici. In 2012, Bradley played the character Tyr Seward in the BBC production of Merlin in series 5, in the episode "A Lesson in Vengeance."Also in 2012, Bradley appeared on the Channel 4 TV series, Shameless, in the role of Wesley, Frank Gallagher's boss, in two episodes of series 10. In 2015, Bradley played the role of Miloš Hrma in the BBC Radio Salford radio play production of Closely Observed Trains. In 2018 Bradley appeared in the film Patient Zero, starring alongside Stanley Tucci and fellow Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer He is a Manchester United supporter and plays the drums. Bradley has been in a relationship with entertainment journalist Rebecca April May since 2017. John Bradley on IMDb John Bradley on Twitter
Bridgend is a 2015 English-language Danish drama film directed by Jeppe Rønde and written by Rønde alongside Torben Bech and Peter Asmussen. The film is based on the Bridgend suicide incidents; the film had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, at both of which it was acclaimed. The general reviews have been mixed to positive, with Metacritic giving an average score of 53 out of 100 points, counting nine reviews; the film was viewed in Wales however as sensationalist, lacking truth and exploitative against the dead teenagers. Hannah Murray as Sara Steven Waddington as Dave Josh O'Connor as Jamie Adrian Rawlins as Vicar Patricia Potter as Rachel Aled Thomas as Danny Elinor Crawley as Laurel Scott Arthur as Thomas Jamie Burch as Angus Bridgend on IMDb
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club in September 1934 and in the United States by Dodd and Company in 1935 under the title of The Boomerang Clue. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence and the US edition at $2.00. Bobby Jones finds a man dying at his local golf course. A photo he saw in the man's pocket is replaced. Bobby and his friend Lady Frances Derwent have adventures as they solve the mystery of the man's last words, Why didn't they ask Evans? The novel was praised at first publication as "a story that tickles and tantalises", that the reader is sure to like the amateur detectives and forgive the absence of Poirot, it had a lively narrative, full of action, with two amateur detectives who "blend charm and irresponsibility with shrewdness and good luck". Robert Barnard, writing in 1990, called it "Lively" but compared it to Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and felt that the detectives were too much the amateurs.
Bobby Jones is playing golf with Dr Thomas in the Welsh seaside town of Marchbolt. Seeking the golf ball he hit over the cliff edge, he sees a man lying below; the doctor seeks help. Bobby stays with the man, who regains consciousness, says "Why didn't they ask Evans?", dies. Bobby no identification. Roger Bassington-ffrench, a stranger wearing plus fours, offers to stay with the body so Bobby can play the organ at his father's church; the dead man is identified as Alex Pritchard by Amelia Cayman, at the inquest. She is said to be the woman in the photograph. After the inquest, Mrs Cayman and her husband want to know. Bobby says; when talking with his friend Frankie, Bobby remembers that Pritchard did have last words and writes to the Caymans to tell them. Bobby rejects an unexpected job offer from a firm in Buenos Aires. Soon afterwards Bobby nearly dies after drinking from a poisoned bottle of beer; the local police do not pursue this. Frankie thinks. Bobby agrees when he sees the issue of the local paper with the photograph used to find Pritchard's sister.
Bobby sees. He and Frankie realise that Bassington-ffrench swapped the photographs and that Mrs Cayman is not related to the dead man at all. Bobby and Frankie search for Bassington-ffrench, they trace him to Merroway Court in Hampshire, owned by Roger's brother and sister-in-law and Sylvia. They stage a car accident outside the house with the help of a doctor friend so that Frankie, feigning injury, will be invited to stay to recover. Frankie produces a newspaper cutting about the mysterious dead man. Frankie meets his younger wife, Moira. Dr Nicholson runs a local sanatorium. Frankie gets Bobby to investigate the establishment. On the grounds at night, Bobby encounters a girl. Several days Moira Nicholson turns up at the local inn where Bobby stays in his disguise as Frankie's chauffeur, she says her husband is trying to kill her and says she knew Alan Carstairs before her marriage to the doctor. Bobby introduces her to Frankie. Moira suggests they ask Roger. Roger admits that he took the photo, wanting to avoid scandal for her.
Frankie leaves after Henry is found dead in an apparent suicide. Interested in the will of the late John Savage, Frankie consults her family's solicitor in London and learns that Carstairs consulted him too. Savage was staying with Mr and Mrs Templeton when he became convinced he had cancer, although one specialist told him he was well; when he died by suicide, his will left seven hundred thousand pounds to the Templetons, who have since left England. Carstairs was on their trail. Bobby is kidnapped and Frankie is lured to the same isolated cottage by Roger, they manage to turn the tables on him with the timely arrival of Badger Beadon and find a drugged Moira in the house. When the police arrive, Roger has escaped. Bobby and Frankie trace the witnesses to the signing of John Savage's will, they are the former gardener of Mr and Mrs Templeton. Mr Templeton is known as Mr Leo Cayman; the cook says that Gladys, the parlourmaid, was not asked to witness the will, made the night before Savage died. Frankie realises that the cook and gardener did not see Mr Savage before the signing, while the parlourmaid did and would have realised that it was Roger in the "deathbed" who wrote the will and not Mr Savage.
The parlourmaid is Gladys Evans, hence the reason for Carstairs' question, "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Tracing the parlourmaid, they discover. Carstairs was trying to find her. Returning to Wales, they find Moira, who claims she is being followed by Roger and has come to them for help. Frankie spoils Moira's attempt to poison their coffee. Moira is Roger's co-conspirator. Moira attempts to shoot Frankie and Bobby in the café when she is exposed, but is overpowered and arrested. Several weeks Frankie receives a letter from Roger, posted
Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río, more known as Ramón Mercader, was a Spanish communist and NKVD agent who assassinated the Russian Bolshevik revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in August 1940. He served 20 years in Mexican prison for the murder. Joseph Stalin presented him with an Order of Lenin in absentia. Mercader was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union after his release in 1961. Mercader was born in 1913 in Barcelona to Eustaquia María Caridad del Río Hernández, the daughter of a Cantabrian merchant who had become affluent in Spanish Cuba, Pau Mercader i Marina, the son of a Catalan textiles industrialist from Badalona. Mercader grew up in France with his mother after their divorce. Caridad was an ardent Communist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and served in the Soviet international underground; as a young man, Ramón embraced Communism, working for leftist organizations in Spain during the mid-1930s. He was imprisoned for his activities, but was released in 1936 when the left-wing Popular Front coalition won in the elections of that year.
During the Spanish Civil War, Mercader was recruited by Nahum Eitingon, an officer of the NKVD, trained in Moscow as a Soviet agent. His half-sister, actress Maria Mercader, was the second wife of Italian film director Vittorio De Sica. Mercader's contacts with and befriending of Trotskyists began during the Spanish Civil War. George Orwell's biographer Gordon Bowker relates how English communist David Crook, ostensibly a volunteer for the Republican side, was sent to Albacete where he was taught Spanish and given a crash course in surveillance techniques by Mercader. Crook on orders from the NKVD, used his job as war reporter for the News Chronicle to spy on Orwell and his Independent Labour Party comrades in the POUM militia. In 1938, while he was a student at the Sorbonne, with the help of NKVD agent Mark Zborowski, befriended Sylvia Ageloff, a young Jewish-American intellectual from Brooklyn and a confidante of Trotsky in Paris, assumed the identity "Jacques Mornard" the son of a Belgian diplomat.
A year Mercader was contacted by a representative of the "Bureau of the Fourth International." Ageloff returned to her native Brooklyn in September that same year, Mercader joined her, assuming the identity of Canadian "Frank Jacson". He was given a passport which had belonged to a Canadian citizen named Tony Babich, a member of the Spanish Republican Army who died fighting during the Spanish Civil War. Babich's photograph was replaced by one of Mercader. Mercader claimed to Ageloff. In October 1939, Mercader persuaded Ageloff to join him there. Leon Trotsky was living with his family in Coyoacán a village on the southern fringes of Mexico City, after being exiled from the Soviet Union, following the power struggle against Stalin's authority that he lost. Trotsky had been the subject of an armed attack against his house, mounted by Soviet-recruited locals, including the Marxist-Leninist muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros; the attack was organised and prepared by Pavel Sudoplatov, deputy director of the foreign department of the NKVD.
In his memoirs, Sudoplatov claimed that, in March 1939, he had been taken by his chief, Lavrentiy Beria, to see Stalin. Stalin told them that "if Trotsky is finished the threat will be eliminated" and gave the order, "Trotsky should be eliminated within a year." After the attack failed, a second team was sent, headed by Eitingon the deputy GPU agent in Spain and allegedly involved in the kidnap and murder of Andreu Nin, with the plan of using a lone assassin. The team included his mother, Caridad. Sudoplatov claimed in his autobiography, Special Tasks, that he selected Ramón Mercader for the task of carrying out the assassination. Through his lover Sylvia Ageloff's access to the Coyoacán house, Mercader, as Jacson, began to meet with Trotsky, posing as a sympathizer to his ideas, befriending his guards and doing small favors. On 20 August 1940, Mercader was alone with Trotsky in the exiled Russian's study, under the pretext of showing him a document. Mercader struck from behind and fatally wounded Trotsky on the head with an ice axe while the exiled Russian was looking at the document.
The blow failed to kill Trotsky, he got up and grappled with Mercader. Hearing the commotion, Trotsky's guards burst into the room and beat Mercader nearly to death, but Trotsky wounded but still conscious, ordered them to spare his attacker's life and let him speak. Caridad and Eitingon were waiting outside the compound in separate cars to provide a getaway, but when Mercader did not return they left and fled the country. Trotsky was taken to a hospital in the city and operated on but died the next day, as a result of severe brain injuries. Mercader was handed by Trotsky's guards to the Mexican authorities, to whom he refused to give his real identity, he would only identify himself as "Jacques Mornard". Mercader claimed to the police that he had wanted to marry Ageloff, but Trotsky had forbidden the marriage, he alleged. He stated:...instead of finding myself face to face with a political chief, directing the struggle for the liberation of the working class, I found myself before a man who desired nothing more than to satisfy his needs and desires of vengeance and of hate and who did not utilize the workers' struggle for anything more than a means of hiding his own paltriness and despicable calculations....
It was Trotsky who