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The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic All By My Side opens in cinemas today (October 24).
Andre '3000' Benjamin plays the iconic musician in the movie, which depicts Jimi's humble beginnings to becoming possibly the world's greatest guitarist.
This has inspired us to compile our own list of the greatest portrayals of musicians in rock 'n' roll biopics, often going above and beyond mere physical transformation:
Andy Serkis was BAFTA nominated for his critically-acclaimed role - played to perfection - as charismatic '70s punk rock singer and songwriter Ian Dury in Mat Whitecross's 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
To portray Dury's physical condition - he contracted polio as a child - Serkis lost two stone and built up the muscle mass on the right-hand side of his body so the other side was weaker.
He added: "I had a body wax. It's the most »
Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?
"You don't know shit about the shit we're in here!" Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson) in Anaconda. That sentence pretty accurately sums up most people's appreciation of both the movie Anaconda, life in general and the state of the Universe. When you've finished reading this article, you will know some shit.
Do you remember Anaconda? The 1997 killer snake film starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight? It had the tagline "When you can't breathe you can't scream"? It got nominated for six Razzies but, in spite of such ignominy, went on to become a cult hit and spawned three sequels?
Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't remember Anaconda because I'd never seen it. Somehow this pleasure had passed me by, and it existed as a sizeable hole in my pop »
One of the highlights of the original series was Gary (Martin Clunes) and Tony's (Neil Morrissey) quest to find a new pub after The Crown gets a revamp. Gary's system of ranking their locals with different categories is a great tool for real-life pub crawls after moving somewhere new. Try it!
With this in mind, we pondered which pubs from TV history would rank well using a system similar to Gary's? We've chosen just a handful of famous watering holes in order to find the best one. The only rule is that they need to serve alcoholic drinks, so Central Perk doesn't count.
Moe's Tavern (The Simpsons) - 18/50
Booze and Snacks: 4
Not the best place to take your date, »
The Flickering Myth team react to the news that Marvel Studios is heading for a Civil War…
Well, this was some pretty big news for the Marvel Universe. After a few teases of Robert Downey Jr. suiting up for Iron Man 4, it was announced yesterday (by Variety, not Marvel) that Downey Jr. had signed on to feature in Captain America 3, which will adapt the Civil War storyline.
Pretty big news, but what did the Flickering Myth writing and editorial staff think?
Warning: The below conversation contains spoilers of the Civil War comic storyline, which may more may not contain spoilers for Captain America 3.
Ben Rayner: I personally think its a bad idea, it’ll end up being quite watered down and brief I would imagine, especially considering the X-men, Spider-Man and Fantastic 4 all play a big part in the comics…
Sam Thorne: I think it’ll be a huge, »
- Luke Owen
Fox has ordered six additional episodes of their Batman prequel series, Gotham. This brings the first season total to 22 episodes. While much of the Fox schedule continues to struggle, Gotham is their third-highest rated series, behind The Simpsons and Family Guy.
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Fox Picks Up Six More Episodes Of Smash Hit Drama, "Gotham"
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Fox has ordered six more episodes of this fall's breakout new drama series, Gotham, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. The announcement raises the series order to 22 episodes.
"Gotham debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good »
Still Behaving Badly... Don't miss the reunion, on #StandUpToCancer, Friday, 7pm. pic.twitter.com/DSJv9tSQFq
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) October 13, 2014
It will be the first time in 15 years that Clunes and Morrissey have played the characters, with the last skit airing as part of Comic Relief in 1999.
Jack Whitehall will also feature in the sketch, which will aim to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
Men Behaving Badly originally ran for two series on ITV from 1992 to 1994, before transferring to BBC One from 1994 to 1998. Harry Enfield starred opposite Clunes as Dermot, before Morrissey joined the cast.
Taylor Swift, »
Leave it to a Playmate to announce her pregnancy like this.2010 Playmate of the Year and former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Hope Dworaczyk just unveiled her baby bump ... and almost everything else ... for the first time on her Bombette website."It’s true. We’re having a baby. My growing waistline is proof and I love every bit of being pregnant! I know I’ve kept it quiet (Since Spring!) but I wanted time for Robert and I to soak it all in and appreciate this blessing," she says, referring to baby daddy and fiance Robert Smith. "It was a long process and finally getting a positive pregnancy test, after trying to conceive for a couple years, made us want to keep it all to ourselves for a while.""I’ve never been more proud of my body and am in awe I am creating life. Feeling the baby move inside »
- tooFab Staff
In the 1980s, the CIA was complicit in the marketing of Nicaraguan cocaine to lower class Californians in order to fund the country’s Contra rebels. This was a thesis that San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb put out into the world in the late 90s, and was eventually destroyed because of it. The new film Kill the Messenger is Webb’s own story, a “David vs. Goliath” tale in which David is crushed and ruined by forces that can spin the media in their own favor, while easily discrediting the blood-sweat-tears efforts of a reporter who had to keep many of his sources anonymous.
Director Michael Cuesta creates a vivid portrayal of Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) presenting him as a dedicated working man and also a conflicted father. Kill the Messenger becomes more than the story of a media victim, but a patriarch who tries to maintain »
- Nick Allen
A teacher at the Groundlings in Los Angeles has accused Saturday Night Live of "stealing" a sketch idea that aired on Saturday's episode of the NBC variety series. Ian Gary took to his Facebook page early Monday to argue that a sketch about Tina Turner impersonators was actually a Groundlings idea. The Groundlings' version features Vanessa Ragland and Kimberly Condict, while SNL's sketch featured host Sarah Silverman and castmembers Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata. Watch more 'SNL' Recap: Sarah Silverman Meets Her 23-Year-Old Self While Gary praises SNL as one of his influences and says he isn't out to "attack"
- Kimberly Nordyke
BAFTA’s latest Life In Pictures conversation featured British screen icon Ray Winstone, who proved a big draw despite the unseasonably warm October afternoon. With no new title to stump for (although he did mention his upcoming childhood-focused autobiography Young Winstone), the veteran instead entertained the crowd with a freewheeling look at his four-decade-long career, which includes prominent roles in films such as Noah, The Departed, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
While he had plenty of quips about his adventures in Hollywood – including an uncanny Martin Scorsese impression – Winstone spoke passionately about his work in British cinema.
Famous for playing East End tough guys – “My wife asked me why I always walk in a room looking like I’m going to kill someone” – Winstone waxed lyrical about Gary Oldman’s work directing him in the gritty 1997 drama Nil By Mouth.
That film unflinchingly looks at »
- Ali Jaafar, Special To Deadline
Last we heard anything about Mansion of Blood was in 2011, when it was being reported that star Gary Busey was fired from the film for, well, being Gary Busey. Should filmmakers be surprised by this? To paraphrase a famous… Continue Reading →
The post Get Ready to Spend a Night in a Mansion of Blood with Gary Busey appeared first on Dread Central. »
Burnett will serve as the CEO of Uamg, while Downey will serve as president of Lightworkers Media, the couple’s faith and family company that now becomes a division of the new venture.
Uamg will focus chiefly on developing, producing and financing content across all platforms such as scripted and non-scripted television, features and digital content.
The partners will also launch an Ott channel for faith content, including new content, film and television catalogue titles, curated Christian music videos, regional and national congregation portals, sermons from worldwide religious leaders and user-created short-form faith-based videos.
MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber made the announcement on Monday (September 22) with Burnett »
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In a deal that follows Roma Downey and Mark Burnett coming aboard the MGM/Paramount epic Ben-Hur that Timur Bekmambetov will direct with Jack Huston in the title role, MGM has acquired a 55% interest in Downey, Burnett and Hearst Entertainment’s One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, including all of their interests in such hit shows as Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible and The Apprentice. All this will be consolidated into a new media venture called United Artists Media Group. MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber made the deal with Burnett, Downey and Steven Swartz, Hearst Corp’s president and CEO. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Uamg will primarily focus on developing, producing and financing premium content across all platforms, including scripted and non-scripted television programs, motion pictures and digital content. Burnett will serve as the CEO of Uamg. Downey will serve as president of LightWorkers Media, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch
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
Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen star as a married couple living in a nice suburban neighborhood with their new baby. When a fraternity moves in next door, the Radners struggle with feeling terrible uncool and also having their lives wrecked by a bunch of hard-partying bros. Zac Efron co-stars as Teddy, the head of the frat, with Dave Franco as his right-hand man.
"Halloween: The Complete Collection"
Do you need this 15-disc Blu-ray box set comprised of all of the "Halloween" movies, including the producer's cut of "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers," Rob Zombie's 2007 and 2009 versions, audio commentary, and lots more? "Need" is such a childish word. You won't literally die if you didn't manage to order »
- Jenni Miller
Jimmy Fallon is celebrating a big milestone: The new king of late night turns 40 Friday. From Saturday Night Live to Late Night to The Tonight Show, the funnyman has been keeping us laughing for as long as we can remember - which is why it was easy for us to come up with 40 reasons why we love him. (Warning: You're about to go down a rabbit hole of Fallon's best moments.) 40. He has a Lot of famous friends 39. He probably appreciates Hugh Jackman's arms as much as we do 38. He named his female puppy "Gary"37. He's a flip cup »
- Whitney Little, @wplittle
There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way. Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry. Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to Fxx and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil. I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. »
- Daniel Fienberg
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Gary Busey is getting better and better at reality-tv competitions. The actor, whose performance in 1978's The Buddy Holly Story earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor, won the 14th edition of the British series Celebrity Big Brother on Friday. He becomes the first American to emerge victorious on the show. Last season's winner was British comedian Jim Davidson. Busey beat out a few Americans to win this season's title, including reality star Stephanie Pratt (The Hills) and Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace). British boxer Audley Harrison was the season's runner-up. Busey finished in ninth place on NBC's
- Ryan Gajewski
"I'm out!!!!! What great fun that was.... Thanks for all the support and votes, I truly had a blast (sic)," Jordan wrote as he regained control of his account. "Have some amazing new friends too I'm glad to see so many of you got my humour.....I'm a wind up, a s**t stirrer but always remained true to myself."
The dancer, who both won praise and criticism for his blunt approach with fellow housemates, added: "And,,,,, to all the haters! I thank you all for helping me get to 3rd place in the Final xxx".
Retweeting numerous messages of support, he also took the opportunity to make a further dig at Harrison, »
The X Factor's club mascot has barely been seen in the first five episodes of the new series, reduced merely to giggling and guffawing on the sidelines at every Simon Cowell one-liner, as if the high-trousered one is the lovechild of Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper.
If Walsh has barely been noticable, Dermot O'Leary has been like a TV version of Where's Wally. There hasn't even been room for his famous bulge to spin its way onto the screen.
On the Live Shows, he may be more slick than scintillating, but he's not even had the chance to wheel out his usual monster hugs at the auditions this year. Poor old Derm's been reduced to a role shorter than James Arthur's record career. »
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