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To Carthage then I came…Australia’s breakout legal hit RAKE —

15/03/13

In the first episode of Australian legal hit THE RAKE, main character, lawyer Cleaver Greene finds himself defending a Sydney economics professor who’s gone mad and become a cannibal. His defense is that the man is Not Guilty; he isn’t a murderer after all – he’s just a cannibal. This opening sets the tone for the series – which follows a criminal lawyer (and ‘rake’ of the title) who makes his mark by defending society’s indefensible.  He frequently gets them off, too, but of course, the story is usually a …Read more...

The Real Stars of Bollywood…

12/03/13

In case you didn’t catch his first blog for Their TV, Patrick is one of the stars of MTV India’s hit show “Bring On The Night”, and covers the Bollywood film industry for Attentional.  Today he looks at the Bollywood actors — and films like Paan Tomar Singh — that you probably haven’t heard of…  Every Sunday in Mumbai, locals like to throng outside the houses of their favourite heroes, buzzing up excitedly on motor-scooters and bikes, to catch a fleeting glimpse of the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Sometimes it will be just …Read more...

How Nostalgia Conquered Hollywood — and The World.

08/03/13

If you’ve looked at the dreadful poster below, it may come as no surprise to learn that the recent DIE HARD sequel made a paltry $59 million at the US box office. It might surprise you to know however that it brought in more than $161 million overseas — and was considered an international hit.  This is because something’s going on that no one wants to admit: today, Hollywood makes its money overseas.   The story of why begins in the early 1990’s, when Hollywood was driven by Innovation.  The decade …Read more...

To Play the Devil — why do people love to watch villains on TV ?

05/03/13

“And thus I clothe my naked villany /With odd old ends stolen out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” — William Shakespeare, Richard III The classic British show HOUSE OF CARDS showcases what the UK does well — intelligent satire. At its heart was a corrupt and murderous politician obsessed with total power. Watch the clip below — and ask yourself — what’s NOT to love about the corrupt Francis Urquhurt?   This new reimagining is the personal project of an American …Read more...

Escape from Reality!

01/03/13

This week, Endemol Spain exported “YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR” all across Latin America and Eastern Europe.  The show, which features Z-list celebrities trying to disguise themselves as famous singers is further evidence that singing contest shows are unbelievably popular. In today’s mass media society, becoming ‘famous’ seems to be the most important thing that unites people across the globe.  It’s a way to elude the nagging responsibilities and drudgery of life and to get ‘to the top’ without doing what most other people call ‘work.’  When I was growing up people aspired to …Read more...

Argentina’s post apocalyptic teenage fantasy preceded THE HUNGER GAMES…

26/02/13

CASI ANGELES (Almost Angels) is an Argentine teen show that aired between 2007 and 2010 and was uber popular, even managing to create its own spin off band. Teen audiences have a deep appetite for the fantastic.CASI ANGELES had a futuristic storyline combined with a passionate series of frustrated love stories. It tells the story of a group of orphans exploring traditional teen issues like a search for one’s identity but placed in the exciting surroundings of a futuristic police dictatorship that’s a sophisticated dystopia right out of George Orwell’s 1984. The …Read more...

Hello Naija! Can you name Africa’s biggest soap opera?

22/02/13

With Kim Kardashian’s recent visit to Naija-land exposing the oil rich country’s newly emerging status on the world stage, its an opportune moment to examine Nigeria’s most famous soap opera – TINSEL.     Nigeria’s oil wealth has helped make its film industry,“Nollywood,” the 3rd largest on Earth.  It’s television business is now catching up as the country’s more discerning middle classes grow and demand quality entertainment.  Nigerians had long been accustomed to a diet of imported Latin American telenovelas (like much of the rest of Africa) and the …Read more...

The Beginners’ Guide to Bollywood…

16/02/13

Today’s entry will be from a guest — Attentional’s Mumbai correspondent Patrick Graham. He’s a familiar face on Indian TV screens having starred in 2012’s MTV India hit BRING ON THE NIGHT; he’s also the director of the film PHIR SE — and one of the only British directors working in the Indian subcontinent today. Patrick’s uniquely placed to help us understand one of the world’s most exciting film and TV markets and will be covering a variety of global subjects for Their TV in the future… In …Read more...

Maybe an obscure local language ISN’T such a good idea…if you’re sitting on top of a melting ice cap.

31/01/13

Greenland is one of Europe’s forgotten territories – a part of the Danish Kingdom, the huge island has more in common with neighboring Canada.  Its population is sparse, divided between the Innuit of the interior and Europeans on the coasts, and both have long been accustomed to isolation — but things are changing. Greenland’s recently woken up the fact that as a result of other people’s desire to drive cars everywhere they go in other parts of the world, it’s ice may be about to melt into the …Read more...

Taking the Joke too far — how two immigrants shaped Brazilian TV!

16/01/13

When you watch this, does it make you laugh — or feel bad for the victim? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw48FdM_Ji8 If the answer is the second choice, then you probably won’t like Brazilian comedy. You’ve probably already seen this clip anyway.  This “elevator prank” being recently one of the most shared videos on the internet, and with it what many have long known has become established fact; Brazilians do the most extreme practical jokes on the planet.  This clip comes from the Silvio Santos Show.  Silvio Santos is one of the …Read more...

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