In his 2016 autobiography, Steven Bochco, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer, describes the episode of "Hill Street Blues" that he considered among the best. It was "Trial By Fury," the first episode of Season 3, and it illustrates how different the television show was than any that had come before.One of the stories in the episode -- there were always several stories going simultaneously -- "was about a nun who'd been raped and killed, and the local community was up in arms," he wrote."They wanted vengeance, and quickly. It was a real lynch mob mentality. So when the cops finally catch the guy and put him in an interrogation room, he clams up and refuses to confess. [Joyce] Davenport is his public defender. [Capt. Frank] Furillo essentially says to the suspect, 'There's an angry mob of three hundred people outside this police station, because they know we've made an arrest and they're thirsty for blood. If you walk out of here, that mob will tear you to ribbons. But I can't … [Read more...] about Steven Bochco: The old cop shows left us satisfied. ‘Hill Street Blues’ left us heartbroken.
PUBLISHED: 12:10 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 06 September 2017 Laura Gozzi Syrian refugees come in on a boat from Turkey. Credit: Tara Todras-Whitehill for IRC IRC The special screening of the documentary will raise funds for the International Rescue Committee Despite the refugee crisis raging on in the not-too-distant Mediterranean Sea and at the Turkish border, the plight of the displaced has long ceased to make the headlines. Organised in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Institute of Light, the London Fields coworking space Work.Life will be screening Amanda Bailly’s documentary 8 Borders, 8 Days tracking the journey of a single mother-of-two Sham from Syria to the US. Bailly says: “Sham’s story is one that can cut through fear and misinformation, and humanise the issue... She is a strong woman determined to find a safe space where she and her kids can be self-sufficient and thrive. Her story is highly relatable: like … [Read more...] about 8 Borders, 8 Days screening highlights a refugee’s journey from Syria to the US
Video PUBLISHED: 17:24 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 04 April 2018 Simon Parkin Jeremy Dyson directs Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories. Photo: Lionsgate Films/Warp Archant Terrifying stage show Ghost Stories has been turned into a film that is set to scare the pants off cinema audiences this week. Simon Parkin looks at 10 British horror classics that still have the power to shock. Poster for new film Ghost Stories. Photo: Lionsgate Andy Nyman’s West End show Ghost Stories was described as “deeply unsettling” and “pant-wettingly terrifying”, so you’d be right to approach the film version which opens this week with some trepidation. “I think on a basic level there’s a human need to get that jolt, that jolt that reminds you you’re alive. Thank God, most of us live safe lives and don’t have to worry about that sort of thing in real life says Derren Brown collaborator Nyman who plays Professor Phillip Goodman, a psychologist … [Read more...] about Ghost Stories and 10 British horror films that terrified us
I was eight years old on March 5, 1953. That's the date officially listed as the date when Joseph Stalin died, after being stricken with a stroke four days before. Mine was not a news-consuming family. I had two uncles--attorneys both--who avidly kept up with the news but my immediate family seemed more news averse than anything else (on the general grounds that all news is bad). I remember watching John Cameron Swayze "hop scotch the news" on NBC on our 17-inch RCA (the first one on the block) but I don't remember an adult ever watching it with me. I think, frankly, I had been parked there as a babysitting maneuver. All I remember about Stalin's death and the aftermath is that we Americans (young and old) were initially told that a duo consisting of Gyorgi Maleonkov and Nicholais Bulganin was now in charge. That, it turns out, was completely wrong. But it was an American commonplace in the mid-1950s that "Kremlinology" was just about the most impenetrable subject in the world outside … [Read more...] about Facts, current events have taught us there’s nothing funny about Russian history
The controversial company Cambridge Analytica may have obtained personal data from nearly 87 million users — far more than the originally reported 50 million accounts harvested by the data firm during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook said Thursday. In a statement announcing “plans to restrict data on Facebook,” the world’s most popular social media platform acknowledged Cambridge Analytica’s ability to harvest user information in its attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election. But the buried lede was found near the very bottom of the announcement, where Facebook wrote, “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.” Cambridge Analytica’s actions in the 2016 election came to light in recent weeks after data scientist and whistleblower Christopher Wylie exposed information about the firm’s internal … [Read more...] about Facebook: Cambridge Analytica Got Data from ‘Up to 87 Million People –– Mostly in the US’