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The themes this week on "American Idol" are contestants' choice and one-hit wonders, plus a couple duets thrown in for good measure. That's a lot of singin' -- let's get to it.
Wow. It's like Whitney singing Celine. The a capella opening is exquisite. She is just ... wow. It's not exactly current, but when you can sing, you can sing. That high note was perfection. Also, she looks amazing. Those big curls really suit her.
The judges are over the moon about it -- Keith calls it an "amazingly perfect" song choice and Randy says she's the contestant who has grown the most over the competition. For sure.
2. Candice Glover, "Find Your Love," Drake
Interesting song choice, but if she wants to be current R&B, then this is a good pick. It's nice to hear her put her diva-ness on it, »
Welcome to Miss American Idol, an exciting new reality series from Fox where gorgeous, talented women take the stage and sing for your votes — and then the ones with the skinniest legs advance to the finale.
Wait, that’s not an actual show? Then please someone tell me what I spent two hours watching tonight as a white-hot rage percolated through my circulatory system and turned me into the kind of cussing, fork-throwing (yes, I may have slammed cutlery into the hard wood floor), definitely-not-enjoying-myself monster you’d typically see on a show like Bad Girls Club or The Real Housewives of the Ninth Circle. »
- Michael Slezak
The final four ladies — Angie Miller (pictured), Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover, and Kree Harrison — performed a song of their own choosing and then a “one hit wonder,” which apparently called for a time warp. Nothing from later than the ’70s! In it to win it tonight! “I think you’re so current and so now,” Randy Jackson lied through his teeth to Amber after she sang “MacArthur Park.” It was the judges’ most manipulative night yet, which is saying a Lot.
Full ‘American Idol’ recap: The Judges Lie 23 Times
The judges claimed Angie won the night, criticized Candice for being old-fashioned, »
- Annie Barrett
On a very snowy night, Whitewash, directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, blows us into the icy world of a man at a crossroads. Bruce, whose life changes forever after encountering Paul, whose personality couldn't be more different from his but whose situation is no less urgent, has to confront the basics of survival - food, warmth, shelter. Bruce is played with great strength and impeccable timing by Thomas Haden Church. We met for a chat about muscles, John Huston and Richard Harris, glass eyes and strong beer. It is April in New York, and although the allergy season got to both of us a little bit, very few things get Thomas Haden Church down.
Anne-Katrin Titze: I was very impressed with the physicality of what you were doing in Whitewash.
Thomas Haden Church: Thank you. It was very gruelling.
Akt: Simply the list of things you are carrying through the snow. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC
The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.
Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In »
- Michael Coveney
Following a complicated heart surgery, the ‘Harry Potter’ actor died on March 28. So sad.
Richard Griffiths, most famously known as Uncle Vernon in all the Harry Potter films, has died. The actor died following heart surgery on March 28, and Daniel Radcliffe has said touching words about him.
Richard Griffiths Dies At 65 Years Old
Richard, 65, died in England following his surgery, reports TMZ. He is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.
This is such sad news! Richard’s co-star Daniel released a statement regarding his death, and he said that he was “proud” to know him.
“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career … any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him,” said Daniel.
Daniel is referring to the famous wizard movies, and also his role in Equus, »
- Eleanore Hutch
★★☆☆☆ Carl Schultz's To Walk with Lions (1999) is one of those films which leaves you feeling bad if you're not enthusiastic about it. Starring Richard Harris, Honor Blackman and Geraldine Chapman, it is - like the story it sets out to tell - an admirable attempt at stirring and heartfelt drama. Also, akin to the story, the film is often grim, leaving the viewer feeling downbeat rather than inspired. We follow George Adamson (Harris), who continued the work of his wife Joy (Blackman) in running a sanctuary for African lions. Here, our man befriends a hotheaded young man called Tony Fitzjohn (John Michie) and takes him on as an aid.
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- CineVue UK
To Walk with Lions, 1999.
Directed by Carl Schultz.
An arrogant young man (Michie) travelling through Africa crosses paths with George Adamson (Harris), a world-famous lion tamer. Adamson employs Tony and teaches him about the lions and land.
Oscar-winning Born Free was a thoroughly charming film. The story of lovable lions raised by George and Joy Adamson was understandably enjoyed by millions. To Walk with Lions still retains some of the affability of the 1966 gem but is nothing outstanding by itself.
Had it not been for Richard Harris (this one of his last roles) I can’t imagine To Walk with Lions having much of a reputation. Fortunately for the film Harris gives a tremendous performance; he is fearless, fragile and formidable – becoming George Adamson in all his glory. Near the end of the »
Production company Parts and Labor has announced “Keep The Lights On” director Ira Sachs’ next project -- an NYC-set romantic drama entitled “Love Is Strange," starring Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina as a gay couple. Molina has a varied resume including roles in “An Education” and current Sundance entry “Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes,” while Gambon is best known for his role as Dumbledore in the latter 'Harry Potter' films. So Dumbledore is gay! Or at least, the actor who played him after Richard Harris will pretend to be in this one film. The premise finds Gambon and Molina newly married after a 28-year-long relationship when one partner unexpectedly loses his job at a local Catholic school. Forced to give up their apartment and live separately, one man moves in with his nephew in Brooklyn while the other shacks up with two gay cops next door. Sachs’ last project, »
- Tess Hofmann
Park City – Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s emotionally powerful Blackfish documents a shattering reality far removed from both the sensationalistic horror of the 1977 Richard Harris Jaws imitator, Orca, and the cuddly fantasy of Free Willy. For anyone who has ever questioned the humaneness of keeping wild animals in captivity and training them to perform tricks for food, this will be trenchant, often harrowing stuff. Perhaps even more so for those who have never considered the issue. Taking its title from the name given to killer whales by Native American fisherman, the film is a damning indictment of the SeaWorld theme park
- David Rooney
To Walk with Lions - the acclaimed follow up to Born Free starring Richard Harris as renowned animal conservationist and lion expert George Adamson - is set for its first UK widescreen release on DVD on Monday January 28th, and to celebrate we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of the fine folk at Second Sight Films.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
"Set in Kenya in the late 1980s, British backpacker Tony Fitzjohn (John Michie) is fired from his safari guide driving stint and lands a job assisting the aging George Adamson at his wildlife reserve. After a shaky start with the lions, Tony soon develops a rapport with the animals and also a strong bond with George who continues to battle the government and poachers to protect the magnificent creatures that mean so much to him. »
By Allen Gardner
Killer Joe (Lionsgate) William Friedkin’s film of Tracy Letts’ off-Broadway hit about a family of Texas trailer park cretins (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon) who hire a cop-cum-hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out their troublesome mother, then foolishly cross him, is a stinging satire, given double-barreled audacity by Friedkin’s sure, and fearless, directorial hand. Earning its Nc-17 rating in spades, “Killer Joe” reminds us that daring, frank material like this is why movies exist in the first place. McConaughey gives the performance of his career, hopefully redefined after this. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes; Commentary by Friendkin; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) Christopher Nolan’s coda to his “Batman” trilogy finds Christian Bale returning as a brooding Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, this time faced with a hulking villain (Tom Hardy) with respiratory »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
To be privileged enough to read such work like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series at just the right time in my childhood is one thing, but to get the chance years later to interview an actor from the film series is quite remarkable. Growing up with these characters and having the books in both hard and soft cover (not ashamed), I had no idea that I would one day be interviewing Jason Isaacs, who plays the ruthless enemy Lucius Malfoy. But I did, and the experience will be just as memorable as the world Rowling created for us. During my chat with Isaacs, we discussed how he chooses his roles, what he thinks to still be true about Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, and what it's been like since wrapping in 2011.
"I would say my favorite book is probably the first one in which I was introduced, »
- Stephanie Webber
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In part 1 of this somewhat elongated discussion of the characters inhabiting the world of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, we delved, as best we could, into what made each of the three protagonists tick, Will Munny (Clint Eastwood), Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and The Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett). We then observed how the film then took those archetypes and played around with them in such a way as to provide the audience with a story experience some might not have expected. In essence, the manner in which Unforgiven handles the trio of heroes makes a refreshingly mature and even surprising viewing experience. However, the protagonists are not the only figures in the film who are cut from a different cloth than in most westerns. Sure enough, director Eastwood and screenwriter David Webb Peoples had special twists in store for the less exemplary characters in the movie as well. »
- Edgar Chaput
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by David Webbs Peoples
There are precious few names from the film industry whose names are practically synonymous with the western genre. Some actors and directors have done well with the western, such as James Stewart, Sam Peckinpah, Gene Hackman (whose character in Unforgiven we shall look at in depth in part 2 of this article), but none are names which immediately strike up pictures of western iconography, unlike, say, Sergio Leone, Sergio Carbucci, John Wayne and the the inimitable Clint Eastwood. Try as he might to write, direct and act in films from other genres, and boy did he ever make plenty of them, not to mention some darn fine ones, his name will forever be associated first and foremost with westerns. Understandably, what first comes to mind is his ‘Man With No Name’ character from Leone’s Dollars trilogy, and »
- Edgar Chaput
15 items from 2013
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