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Italy’s Singing Nun Picks ‘Like a Virgin’ As Her First Single

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Italy’s singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won “The Voice of Italy” in June, has released a cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” as her first single, ahead of a forthcoming album.

The 26-year-old Sicilian sister’s rather restrained cover of “Virgin,” softly sung against picturesque religion-themed Italian backdrops, while wearing her nun’s habit, crucifix around her neck, and plain black shoes, is bound to provoke some polemics, especially in Italy. And is clearly calculated to generate boffo sales.

In an interview with Italian catholic daily Avvenire, Scuccia said she “chose it with no intention to provoke or scandalise.”

“Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people, to rescue them from their past,” she professed. “We have transformed this song from the pop-dance piece which it was, into a romantic ballad, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #30-21

15 October 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »

- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens

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20 Music Videos That Defined The 90s

15 October 2014 2:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The 80’s gave us, among many other less savory things, the birth of the modern music video. More than a few stars from this era owed their success to the image created by their flashy, glitzy promo clips: Duran Duran, Prince, Madonna. Even Michael Jackson, already a huge star saw his success grow even further due to his massively huge “Thriller” clip.

By the time the 90’s came around, we as viewers were already used to the cliches of the form: Dry ice, lasers, cheesy editing and video effects were all old hat. Something new would have to come around to entice an increasingly jaded audience, and these 20 memorable videos managed to do just that, and in the process defined the era in which they were released.


20. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 

Universally declared the demarcation line between the death of 80’s hair »

- William Graff

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Michelle Buteau Battles Wrestler Chris Jericho on Big Morning Buzz Live

14 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Who was brave enough to challenge wrestling star Chris Jericho to a game about famous celebrity feuds? Look no further than Big Morning Buzz Live, where host Nick Lachey refereed a match between Jericho and co-host Michelle Buteau. Both opponents brought the heat, but who won the battle?

Watch the video above to see Buteau and Jericho take trivia questions about memorable spats. After finding out who took the championship belt, look through the gallery below for more famous celebrity feuds featuring Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, and others.

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[Photo Credit: Getty Images] »

- Rahsheeda Ali

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What to Watch This Week: 'X-Men,' 'Tammy,' and 'Transparent'

13 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Desperately Seeking Susan"

Suburban wife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) lives vicariously through the personal ads in the paper, especially those from and for a cool downtown rocker named Susan (Madonna). Roberta heads to the city for a little vicarious excitement, but she gets way more than she bargained for when a case of amnesia and mistaken identity have her on the run from the creeps seeking Susan. It's finally on Blu-ray, for anyone who's ever dreamed of escaping to NYC and drying their armpits off in a public bathroom.

"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition)

This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo boasts a new digital transfer and surround sound mix, but the never-before-seen outtakes with Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface »

- Jenni Miller

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Nyff 2014. First Projections

4 October 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

With so few events during which to premiere new and important avant-garde films in North America—among them, the recently wrapped Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Fest, and the San Francisco Cinematheque's Crossroads series—the shift that has occurred at this year's New York Film Festival is one well worth noting. This weekend, the inaugural Projects program will debut. Previously known as "Views from the Avant-Garde" and programmed by Mark McElhatten and Gavin Smith (though last year's titanic program was done by McElhatten alone), this sidebar more akin to a festival-inside-a-festival of film and video works has been re-named "Projections" and in its first year is programmed by a returned Smith, Film Society of Lincoln Center's Director of Programming Dennis Lim, and Aily Nash.

The section encompasses 13 programs over a single weekend during the festival, including a handful of feature length films and numerous shorts, »

- Daniel Kasman

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Rihanna Wanted for 'Bond 24' Role and Theme Song?

30 September 2014 8:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With production now set to begin this December, Eon Productions has reportedly approached Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna for a cameo appearance in Bond 24.

Here's what an unidentified source told British tabloid The Sunday Mirror, claiming that the Barbados native is a huge fan of the James Bond franchise.

"Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one. She didn't even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She's really excited."

Rihanna made her feature film debut in the 2012 action-adventure Battleship. She also played herself in last year's comedy hit This Is the End and appeared in the documentaries Katy Perry: Part of Me and Bettie Page Reveals All. The actress-singer also lends her voice to DreamWorks Animation's Home, in theaters next March.

It's possible that Eon Productions may also want Rihanna to sing »

- MovieWeb

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UK Producers Liza Marshall, Kris Thykier Launch Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Former Scott Free London exec Liza Marshall and Kick-Ass and One Chance producer Kris Thykier are partnering in new UK-based production company, Archery Pictures. The pair will work across film and television with Thykier shuttering his PeaPie Films and moving both the staff and development slate over to Archery. He’s currently in post on Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is producing Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92, and exec producing John WellsBradley Cooper-starrer Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company. Upcoming releases, Stephen Daldry’s Trash, and Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino will go out under the PeaPie banner.

Marshall is a respected exec who recently stepped down from her role as head of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London which she established in 2009. Her producing and exec producing credits include Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Welcome To The Punch starring James McAvoy »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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15 Terrible Mistakes That Almost Ruined James Bond For Everyone

29 September 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


The James Bond franchise is one of the longest-running movie series in the history of cinema, and over the course of its 24-film tenure, has managed to rank #3 in the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time (behind Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). Its iconic status and immense popularity categorically cannot be denied, yet at the same time, it’s not exactly had a consistent track record over the years, with the various changing-up of actors and creative strategies making for countless Bond moments fans would rather just forget (and no, this isn’t just picking on the Roger Moore years).

These poor decisions made viewers wince and cringe rather than feel the thrill of the spy’s best efforts: this includes poorly-cast Bond girls, behind-the-scenes issues which hampered creativity, unsavoury cameos, tonal problems, dubious disguises, bad CGI, and some awful directorial decisions. So egregious were some of »

- Jack Pooley

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Marshall, Thykier Set Up Film and TV Production House Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Liza Marshall, former chief at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, has joined forces with Kris Thykier to set up film and television production company Archery Pictures.

Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.

Key executives at Archery will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, and Mairi Bett, head of physical production.

Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Thykier produced Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” alongside Working Title, which will close the Rio Film Festival on Oct. 7. Further films Thykier has produced include David Frankel’s “One Chance, »

- Leo Barraclough

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That's Not Vintage Madonna. That's Current Marie Osmond.

26 September 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Marie Osmond is known to millennials as a woman who fainted on "Dancing with the Stars," but this video aims to retool that reputation once and for all. Now she'll be known as a performer who can transform herself into vintage Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor with just some makeup and the right glance. Damn. It's pretty shocking. Check out her dramatic makeovers. I'm about ready to hear her full cover of "Vogue." »

- Louis Virtel

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50 bizarre examples of movie tie-ins and merchandise

25 September 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Movie merchandise is big business. But some people will try and slap the name of The Avengers or Batman on anything...

Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?

Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.

Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…

1. Spider-Man 3 / The Dark Knight – Burger King’s Dark Whopper

In Spider-Man 3, Peter »

- sarahd

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Ranking the Film's of David Fincher: From 'Alien 3' to 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

23 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I hadn't seen David Fincher's Gone Girl before creating this list. I felt I'd let his latest film simmer for a bit before attempting to figure out where exactly it fit within a filmography that now spans 22 years. I must also confess to being a David Fincher fanboy. It was Fincher's films before any other that got me to start looking at the way movies were made and who was making them rather than simply consuming one after the other. His leaning toward dark and brooding material is as much about his taste in the movies he makes and his approach to movie making. Even with films such as The Social Network, looking at the fellas behind the creation of Facebook, Fincher delivers a dark, moody and atmospheric piece of cinema. But let's not spoil the conversation of each film before getting to the list. What follows is »

- Brad Brevet

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DWTS Results Tonight, 2014 Dancing with the Stars Cast - Celebrities, Partners, Dances, Voting

15 September 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Dancing with the Stars kicks off tonight (September 15, 2014) thirteen celebrities have been paired with thirteen DWTS professionals for another season of competition, check out the results. All of the Dancing with the Stars 2014 cast for Season 19 will perform tonight, check out the full line up of celebrities and dancers and their first dances together below. Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl BurkeCha Cha Cha (Song: "Tonight (I'm Loving You)" by Enrique Iglesias) Michael Waltrip and Emma SlaterCha Cha Cha (Song: "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf) Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess – Foxtrot (Song: Undisclosed) Betsey Johnson and Tony DovolaniCha Cha Cha (Song: "Material Girl" by Madonna) Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Jive (Song: "Bang, Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker – Jive (Song:"Dance With Me Tonight" by Olly Murs) Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe – Cha Cha Cha (Song:"Tell »

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

14 September 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best. 

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Tristan Risk Talks ABCs of Death 2, Save Yourself and Being Beatress

9 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

You know her best for her role as Beatress Johnson in American Mary, but Tristan Risk has been a very busy girl lately, and she's about to break big. She sat down with Dread Central to talk about her work, past and future.

Little Miss Risk is a compelling performer, a staunch horror fan and a charismatic interviewee. She talked about her beginnings, her affinity for her beloved character Beatress and the loads of work she's done since. Risk is as witty as she is alluring and we're sure you'll enjoy reading her interview as much as we enjoyed speaking with her.

We started at the very beginning and asked Risky how she got started in the acting business. "I've been a performer all my life," Risk said. "That's everything from doing stage shows, school plays, musicals, things at my grandpa's church. I didn't go to the church, but still performed in the recitals. »

- Scott Hallam

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Piers Morgan hints at Britain's Got Talent return: I'm ratings booster

6 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Piers Morgan has confirmed to Digital Spy that he's held talks with Simon Cowell, meaning that a return to Britain's Got Talent for 2015 could be on the cards.

Watch Piers Morgan talk Britain's Got Talent, hacking, Madonna and Jeremy Clarkson:

"I have seen Simon Cowell. We've had talks about all sorts of things. I'd love to work with him again," said Morgan.

"We got 19 million viewers when I did [Britain's Got Talent]. Now they get half of that.

"If was I Simon, I'd do the maths. Bring back the ratings booster."

The judging panel for next year's Britain's Got Talent has yet to be confirmed, but there are rumours that David Walliams may exit the show after two years as a judge.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs on Friday nights at 9pm on ITV. »

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Madonna's Son Rocco Takes Mercy and David Back to School -- See the Cute Pic!

3 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Madonna's kids are heading back to school!The 56-year-old singer took to Instagram to share a sweet photo of her son Rocco taking his younger siblings, Mercy and David, to their first day of classes."Dis how we do! Spicoli takes his little bro and sis to the Lycee! #proud," she captioned the cute candid.In the pic, 14-year-old Rocco has his arms around his younger siblings, both 8, who are sporting huge grins for the camera.  Rocco has been channeling Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" lately, something not lost on his mom ... who was once married to him! The family family seemed to enjoy their summer, spending some quality time together in Europe. While away, Madonna celebrated her 56th birthday with a lavish roaring 20's party in Cannes.Click "Launch Gallery" below to see more photos from her birthday bash, including pics »

- tooFab Staff

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Madonna's Son Rocco Takes Brother and Sister Back to School—See the Cute Pic!

2 September 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Madonna's children are ready for another exciting school year! The Material Girl shared an adorable twitpic of her oldest son, Rocco Ritchie, taking his younger siblings, David Banda and Mercy James, to their first day of class! "Dis how we do! Spicoli takes his little bro and sis to the Lycee! ❤❤❤❤❤❤ #proud," the pop star wrote. If you're wondering where that nickname came from, the 14-year-old has been channeling Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli from 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The proud mom even posted a photo of the teen imitating her ex-husband in the hit film. Other celebs like Brandi Glanville, Molly Ringwald and Candace »

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8 Stars Toronto Could Do Without at Tiff

2 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's no secret that stars aren't always on their best behaviour at all times. After all, when the whole world worships you, it can pretty easily go straight to your head. It can make you believe that the same rules of etiquette (and even the law) don't apply to you. You're above it.

We've all heard whispers of Mariah's demands for white furniture, Beyonce's insistence on brand-new toilet seats and Britney's strict orders for Cheetos and cheeseburgers. But diva behavior isn't limited to divas. A handful of actors have infamously worn out their welcome on the Toronto Film Festival's red carpet with their diva antics and entitled behaviour. And hey, we're Canadian; that kind of attitude doesn't really fly at the film festival renowned for bringing stars and regular folks together to bask in a mutual love of cinema.

While most stars are nothing but gracious at Tiff, there are a few whose ridiculous demands, »

- Moviefone Staff

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