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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

See related Gunpowder episode 1 review Amazon Prime UK: what’s new in October 2017? New on Netflix UK: what's added in October 2017? Music

Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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China's Original Force opens Us animation hub

  • ScreenDaily
The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Original Force opens Us hub

  • ScreenDaily
The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.

Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Iffr Live adds three titles

  • ScreenDaily
Iffr Live adds three titles
New feature from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev one of three film added to Iffr’s first simultaneous live screening event.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has added three new titles to its inaugural simultaneous live screening strand, Iffr Live.

They include the world premiere of documentary Erbarme dich - Matthäus Passion Stories and the European premieres of Speed Walking, from The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev, and Melody, from Bernard Bellefroid.

The event, established in partnership with Fortissimo Films, TrustNordisk and Doc & Film, will screen five film premieres during the 44th Iffr (Jan 21 - Feb 1) and simultaneously beam them to cinemas and VOD platforms in multiple territories across Europe. The initiative is supported by the European Commission.

Iffr previously announced the first of the selected titles, Atlantic, from Dutch writer/director Jan-Willem van Ewijk, which debuted at Toronto. The fifth title, completing the Iffr
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Indie Spotlight

  • DailyDead
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for The Devil’s Hand and Motivational Growth, screening details from Cub, the short film lineup from Screamfest, first details on The Nightmare, and more:

The Devil’s Hand Trailer and Release Date Announced: “When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion — on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

The Devil’s Hand will be available OnDemand and open in theaters
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Sony Weekly Update (Dec. 10-16)

  • GameRant
Hey Game Ranters, another Thursday, another update to the Sony PlayStation Store, and another Game Rant Weekly Update.

There are no scheduled retail releases for either the PS3 or PSP this week – but fear not, PixelJunk Shooter has been released on the PlayStation Store. The title continues Q-Games’ streak of innovative and engaging releases (all of which are exclusive to the Psn). PixelJunk Shooter features two player local compatibility, a great soundtrack, charming story, great gameplay, numerous collectible items, and an attractive $9.99 price-tag. Without question, Shooter is Game Rant’s featured Sony release of the week.

Also available this week through the PlayStation Store is the demo for the upcoming EA novel-to-game release: Dante’s Inferno. PlayStation 3 users get a two week head start on this eagerly anticipated sneak peak at one of the most imaginative titles of 2010 – the demo will be available on Xbox December 24th. Dante’s Inferno
See full article at GameRant »

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