Based on the award-winning series of comic books by Charles Forsman, THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
invites viewers into the dark and confusing lives of teen outsiders James (Alex Lawther – Black Mirror, The
Imitation Game) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden – The Lobster, Ellen, Penny Dreadful) as they embark on a road
trip to find Alyssa’s father, who left home when she was a child.
James, 17, is pretty sure he’s a psychopath – emotionally detached, cold and disdainful, he’s decided he’s
ready to graduate from killing animals. He thinks it might be interesting to kill something bigger…a human. And
he’s got the perfect person in mind…
Alyssa, also 17, is new in school – cool and moody, she’s existential angst made flesh. But despite being
popular at school, she still feels like she doesn’t belong. Spotting James one day at school, however, she
thinks she may have found a soulmate…
When things come to a head at home between Alyssa, her mother and stepdad, she leaves and persuades
James to join her in search of her real father. And so begins a journey of discovery that becomes progressively
ominous as James’s urge to act on his sociopathic and violent inclinations increase while Alyssa, blinded by
young love, remains wilfully ignorant of the consequences that lie at the end of the road. One night, however,
the pair find themselves caught up in events that lead them down an ever more menacing and surreal path.
Dark, intriguing, tense and chilling, and shot through with moments of dark absurdity and humour, THE END
OF THE F***ING WORLD (8 x ‘30) is written by Charlie Covell (Banana, Burn, Burn, Burn and Gap Year) and
produced by Clerkenwell Films (Misfits, Lovesick, Not Safe For Work, The Aliens) and Dominic Buchanan
Filming begins today and the series will air on E4 later this year and be available on Netflix globally.
Roberto Troni, commissioning editor at Channel 4, said: “From the instant we were introduced to the utterly
original Charles Forsman graphic novel we knew it was something special. Reimagined by the multi-talented
Charlie Covell, Jon Entwistle and the guys at Clerkenwell for this side of the Atlantic, it’s by turns funny, brutally
violent, ultimately quite uplifting in a screwed up way. If David Lynch made a rom-com road movie about a pair
of teen misfits in British suburbia it might look something like The End of the F**cking World. What could be
Murray Ferguson, Chief Executive of Clerkenwell Films, said: “It’s great to be partnering once more with both
Channel 4/E4 and with Netflix on this new and ambitious project. This is a series full of originality and flair. We
can’t wait to get started.”
Charlie Covell, writer, says: “I’m thrilled that The End of the F***ing World starts filming on Monday – I can’t
believe it’s really happening! From the minute I got sent Chuck Forsman’s comics to read, I wanted in. They’re
beautiful, and they tell a dark, unconventional coming-of-age love story. It has been a massive privilege to
bring Chuck’s characters to screen.”
Commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis, Head of Drama for Channel 4, and Roberto Troni, commissioning
editor, and for Netflix by Elizabeth Bradley and Alex Sapot, THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD is made by
Clerkenwell Films and Dominic Buchanan Productions.
Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak will direct. Kate Ogborn (The Unloved, Red Riding) is producer and
executive producers for Clerkenwell Films are Petra Fried, Ed Macdonald and Andy Baker, and executive
producer for Dominic Buchanan Productions is Dominic Buchanan (Gimme The Loot, Lilting, King Jack).
Jonathan Entwistle also serves as executive producer.
TEOTFW is represented by BBC Worldwide and managed the global deal with Netflix
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm