“I was scared.” In August 2006, Renata Hill and six friends were arrested in the West Village. As she remembers it, they were walking outside the IFC Theater when a man accosted and then attacked them, leading to a fight when the women defended themselves. When police officers arrived on the scene, the man claimed the women assaulted him, at which point they were arrested, processed, and sent to Rikers Island, where they were locked in the fearsome BullPen, left to sleep on the floor.
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Winner of the 2005 Hugo Award and longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is a lengthy and complex alternate history of England, set in the 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars. With extensive footnoting and a lengthy backstory of a fictional history of magic in England, the novel is undoubtedly a titanic work, one that famed fantasy author Neil Gaiman called “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last 70 years.”
Because of this loftiness, Peter Harness, who has now adapted Clarke’s novel for television, had a difficult task when deciding to take the story on. Starring Eddie Marsan (Norrell) and Bertie Carvel (Strange), the television version of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will see its American premiere on BBC America this summer. The show will run as a seven-part miniseries.
Following an impressive 2014, which saw him feature in films such as Interstellar and Selma (the latter of which is one of the Oscars’ greatest snubs acting-wise), David Oyelowo will feature in a solo performance film for HBO, entitled Nightingale. According to Indiewire, the film documents ” a war veteran who slowly loses control over his mind.” Based on Oyelowo’s acting chops and the thrilling teaser below, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be excited.
Earlier this year, TBS announced that it had picked up a family comedy series created by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, both of whom are best known for their lengthy tenures on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where Bee was the longest-running correspondent. (The two are also married to each other.) Bee just ended her time at The Daily Show with the program’s 30 April episode.
Having already taken her sharp brand of comedy to the issues of unjust standards on women in Hollywood and the odd obsession with rear ends in popular culture, comedian and writer Amy Schumer’s latest sketch for the third season of Inside Amy Schumer tackles an issue of grave importance: rape culture. In a spot-on Friday Night Lights parody entitled “Football Town Nights”, she accurately satirizes the moral back-asswardness of rape apologia, in addition to the aggression inherent to the “football first” mentality. She also drinks enough Chardonnay to keep Charles Shaw in business by herself.