For the love of Miami Vice #28

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No Small Parts – highlighting the character actor

No Small Parts is a documentary web-series about character actors in the entertainment industry. It is the labour of love of Brandon Hardesty, a self-proclaimed character actor himself. Each episode serves as a comprehensive biography for one particular actor. In addition to the longer biographical episodes, there are also short episodes focusing on more specific topics, like cop roles played by Dean Norris.

The second episode in the series features one of my favourite character actors, Vincent Schiavelli. For over 40 years Vincent pretty much acted on every television series ever and numerous films. He is the archetypal ‘that guy’ or character actor – an actor who everyone recognises but hardly anyone remembers by name. His real passion in life, however, was the town of Polizzi and his Italian heritage. The documentary mentioned within the documentary, “Once upon a time in Polizzi“, is every bit as good as Brandon says it is and well worth a watch.

You can support Brandon and his amazing series here.


The upside of insomnia: how sleep deprivation aids creativity

Matt Berry and Dave Bayley talk about insomnia and its creative benefits.

 

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Drunk History season 2 starts July 1st

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It’s official! According to the Drunk History Facebook page, Drunk History season 2 will start airing July 1st at 10pm on Comedy Central. There’ll be 30 brand new stories coming your way. Spread the word and save the date!


“This was a case of young dolphins purposefully experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating.”

Dolphins getting high on puffer fish.

 

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The Shining set recreated

Kubrick Season promo for Channel 4 by Knucklehead.

 

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Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed The World

From Pong to Grand Theft Auto, Charlie Brooker delves into the history of videogames and pulls out a selection of its most significant titles. Peter Serafinowicz, Jonathan Ross, Dara Ó Briain and many others join Charlie Brooker to explore the history of interactive entertainment and how it’s changing how we work, communicate and play.

 

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