Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood: One of the Best Films of 2019
by Staff | Den of Geek | December 31, 2019
A new year is upon us, so what better time to take a look back at our favourite films of the last 12 months? That’s right, it’s Den Of Geek’s annual movies of the year countdown, as voted for by our writers.
The rules? Well, eligible movies had to have been released in the UK in 2019 – and streaming exclusives such as feature-length Netflix and Amazon Prime originals were included. We asked each of our writers to vote for their top five films, ranked on a points-based system, and then collated the entries to come up with our final list.
So, the votes have been counted and verified and we can now reveal the results. Here are the films that the Den Of Geek writers voted as the top 10 movies of the year…
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Major Cast Additions In Upcoming Season, Plot Details, And Release Date
by Divya Tiwari | TV Season Spoilers | December 31, 2019
The said unsaid battles would continue in upcoming Billions Season 5. Fans of the show are anticipating a lot from the next run of Showtime drama. In May 2019, the series was renewed for a fifth season, when the fourth season of Billions was still airing.
Billions is a thriller drama series of Showtime, created by Brian Kopelman, David Levine, and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The series is loosely based on the activities of Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his legal battles with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen of S.A.C. Capital Advisors. Largely, Billions received quite positive reviews from the critics and the audience. Not just this, the show also got nominated for several awards, including Satellite Awards, Golden Nymph Awards, Critic’s Choice Television Awards, and more.
Continue reading Billions Season 5: What We Know – Dec 31, 2019
Homeland Makes All the Decade Lists
Political Comedy, Drama Defined the Decade
by Hal Boedeker | Boston Herald | December 31, 2019
It was the decade of Game of Thrones, peak drama, political comedy and superhero films. Here are a few works that defined 2010-19. Showtime’s Homeland started explosively with a twisty story of treason that still resonates in the culture. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis were exceptional. The final season begins February 9, 2020. The way that films and TV series are shown may change, but first-rate storytelling cannot be replaced. On that score, the decade offered reasons to hope.
Decade Disruptors: The 10 Most Influential International TV Shows Of The 2010s, From Hyper-Local Thrillers To Euro Entertainment
by Peter White | Deadline | December 31, 2019
The 2010s was the decade that foreign-language television broke through the global ceiling and got Hollywood to notice the quality of content coming from all corners of the world. While Danish drama The Killing (Forbrydelsen) and French thrillers Braquo and Spiral began inching the door open in the “aughties,” hyper local titles and the booming streaming market means that Netflix subscribers are just as likely to binge Spanish drama La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) or German supernatural thriller Dark as they are the new season of The Crown.
Netflix’s VP International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl recently told a London conference that “Hollywood is not the be-all and end-all of storytelling,” and “this is really just the beginning.” Georgia Brown, European content chief at Amazon, agreed that “language is kind of irrelevant now.” It’s not just the SVODs that are helping this boom; linear broadcasters around the world have realized that specifically local titles stand more chance of becoming hits than global puddings. Many broadcasters, such as European public stations France Televisions, Italy’s Rai and Germany’s ZDF, are also teaming up to match the budgets of the streamers.
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Billions: Most Underappreciated Quality Series on Television
by Mark Dawidziak | Cleveland.com | December 29, 2019
This was the year, long predicted, when we reached about 500 scripted television shows. Clinching the record were the fall launches of such high-profile streaming services as Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.
Let’s put that in some kind of perspective. That’s 500 scripted comedies and dramas (or some mixture of both), which doesn’t count the hundreds of other shows that fall into the reality, game show, documentary, news, talk, magazine, sports or any of the many other programming formats found on the traditional networks, PBS, cable channels and streaming services.
Compare that with the total number of shows currently running on Broadway (33) or the number of new Broadway productions this year (38). Or compare that to the total number of American films that will be released this year: 230.
Continue reading Top 10 TV Shows for 2019 – Dec 29, 2019
Piers Morgan Reviews His Most Memorable Encounters of 2019
by Piers Morgan | for the Daily Mail | December 28, 2019
Piers Morgan writes,
2019 has been a year when I’ve attended some brilliant parties, enjoyed myriad deliciously enjoyable Twitter spats and had random encounters with megastars such as Ariana Grande that still make me chuckle many months later.
Here, then, are the 2019 Morgan Awards:
MOST HONEST ADMISSION
Damian Lewis and I debated team spirit, agreeing that it’s important to success, but that so is harnessing great talent, even if it’s egotistical and erratic.
‘There may be no “i’s” in team,’ I said, ‘but there are three in “winning side”.’
‘The bottom line,’ Lewis concurred, ‘is you put up with dickheads if they’re worth it.’
Read the rest of the original article at the Daily Mail