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Bad Lieutenants and Magnificent Sevens – the golden rules of the cinematic remake

31 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Magnificent Seven, The Ring, Psycho, The Preacher's Wife – some remakes are an improvement, some are an abysmal waste of time. Joe Queenan judges the pack

In 1992, Abel Ferrara made a very dark, very depressing movie called Bad Lieutenant. In it, Harvey Keitel played a morally bankrupt police officer who seeks redemption by investigating the rape of a nun who refuses to bring charges against her assailant, turning the Bad Lieutenant into the Mad Lieutenant. The film did nothing at the box office, and is remembered mostly because it is the motion picture in which Keitel shows off his penis. There was at the time no great demand for Keitel – a fine actor, but never a matinee idol – to show off his penis, even though it was a very splendid penis indeed, nor has there been any grassroots groundswell of support for this sort of thing afterwards.

Not so long ago, »

- Joe Queenan

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What to see in 2010

31 December 2009 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Can Martin Scorsese pull off a horror movie? Is Glasgow the new Venice? And what's Ricky Gervais up to in Reading? Our critics pick next year's hottest tickets

Film

Cemetery Junction

Having conquered Hollywood, Ricky Gervais is coming home. With his long-time collaborator Stephen Merchant, he has set out to create a British film in the tradition of Billy Liar and the Likely Lads – and of course his own masterpiece The Office – about three blokes working for the Prudential insurance company in Gervais's hometown of Reading. Released on 7 April.

A Single Man

The smart money says Colin Firth will be bringing home a certain gold, bald-headed statuette for his performance as a bereaved gay man in Los Angeles. Based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood, the movie – fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut – follows one day in the life of Firth's literature academic as he confronts his own mortality. Released on 12 February. »

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What to see in 2010

31 December 2009 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Can Martin Scorsese pull off a horror movie? Is Glasgow the new Venice? And what's Ricky Gervais up to in Reading? Our critics pick next year's hottest tickets

Film

Cemetery Junction

Having conquered Hollywood, Ricky Gervais is coming home. With his long-time collaborator Stephen Merchant, he has set out to create a British film in the tradition of Billy Liar and the Likely Lads – and of course his own masterpiece The Office – about three blokes working for the Prudential insurance company in Gervais's hometown of Reading. Released on 7 April.

A Single Man

The smart money says Colin Firth will be bringing home a certain gold, bald-headed statuette for his performance as a bereaved gay man in Los Angeles. Based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood, the movie – fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut – follows one day in the life of Firth's literature academic as he confronts his own mortality. Released on 12 February. »

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Alicia Keys wants Kings collaboration

19 December 2009 3:03 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Alicia Keys wants to record a duet with Kings Of Leon. The singer - who features on Jay-z's track 'Empire State of Mind' - would love to collaborate with the rockers as well as Sade and M.I.A. She said: "Working with other people is definitely something I want to do more of. I love it a lot. It takes me out of my element into a whole other world. I'd love to collaborate with Kings Of Leon and Mia I think would be crazy." Alicia has previously worked with Whitney Houston, co-writing her hit single 'Million Dollar Bill', and Jack White on the 'James Bond' theme 'Another Way To Die'. The 28-year-old musician - who was born Alicia Augello Cook »

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'Avatar's' 'I See You' and Other Earworms

18 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

This year's Golden Globes had some surprises and let-downs for everyone, but one of the stranger picks (in my opinion, anyway) was a nod for the Avatar theme by Leona Lewis, "I See You." Like it or not, this pop confection has become quite the ear worm and even has worn some fans of the film down to the point where they like it. (Maybe it's Stockholm syndrome?)

Coincidentally, James Cameron's Titanic also served up a seriously damaging, and perhaps more potent, ear worm in the form of Céline Dion's Oscar-winning song "My Heart Will Go On," written by James Horner and Will Jennings. Like it or not, Dion's soaring vocals stuck with you long after leaving the theater, probably because it was being played everywhere.

Others include "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard, which she also starred in with Kevin Costner, "The »

- Jenni Miller

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Whitney Houston and Daughter ‘Have a Good Relationship’

18 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »

Courtesy InStyle for use on CBB

In the January issue of InStyle, Whitney Houston opens up about life with Bobbi ‘Krissy’ Kristina, her 16-year-old daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown. “We have our moments where we clash,” the 46-year-old songstress admits, “but we have a good relationship.”

Keeping the lines of communication open is a priority for Whitney, even if she doesn’t always like what is being communicated! “I think it’s a very important thing to allow our children to express themselves,” she explains. “If [Krissy's] angry, I allow her to say, ‘Damn! I’m so frustrated today!’” Whitney adds, »

- Missy

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Link Party: Nicole Kidman's Awful Red Carpet Outing

16 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

• Red carpet pro Nicole Kidman somehow had a major makeup malfunction on the Nine premiere last night. Somebody is getting fired for this bad powder job. Of course other theories exist as to its origins. • Proving that losing custody of her 17-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was probably for the best, Courtney Love took to her Facebook for rant time. "Any kid of mine who pulls this shit has lost her position," she wrote. "She was deceptive she lied and shes lying to herself." • Whitney Houston rocked Little Orphan Annie hair on the cover of In Style to show how serious she's taking this ongoing comeback. • Sarah Jessica Parker tries »

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Whitney Houston says daughter Bobbi Kristina can always count on her

16 December 2009 1:20 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Singer Whitney Houston has said her daughter Bobbi Kristina can always count on her being there for her. Houston, 46, has a 16-year-old daughter with her ex-husband Bobby Brown and the Million Dollar Bill star said she will always be around for her. She said: 'If she's angry, I allow her to say: 'Damn! I'm so frustrated today!' 'We have our moments when we clash, but we have a good relationship. I want her to count on me to try to understand what she's going through. 'No damnation, no condemnation, nothing that's going to make her feel like she can't come to me.' »

- Sophie Eager

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Whitney Houston: You’re Really All The Way Back!

16 December 2009 10:27 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Whit you’ve still got it! You’re back and hotter than ever!

Whitney Houston, bet your ex-husband Bobby Brown feels really stupid for letting you go! You look amazing on the Jan. cover of InStyle that hits stands Dec. 18.

You’re overflowing with confidence in the mags exclusive interview — as you should be since you’re the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States! “Sexy can be sexual without having to expose a lot of yourself. Your body can express a lot without your having to take off a lot,” confesses Whitney.

What’s her trick on staying sexy? “I try to splash it in there a little bit, just by body movement. A smile, a little glance, the way you lean back says sexy without being too open or offending anyone.” Wow, now that’s some killer advice!

Way to go Whit — we’re glad to see you’re back on top! »

- Chloe Melas

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Encouraging parent Whitney Houston

16 December 2009 3:19 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Whitney Houston wants her daughter to be able to express herself. The 'I Look To You' singer admits 16-year-old Bobbi Kristina takes after her father Bobby Brown in the personality stakes and believes it's important for her to let her real feelings be known. Whitney - who is divorced from Bobby - said: "It's funny because her body is mine, her skin colour is mine, but she says exactly what's on her mind, so she's like her father in that manner. These kids, man, they come out and just let you know right off. But I think it's a very important thing to allow our children to express themselves so it won't be expressed in other areas, like on the »

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Whitney Houston Says Her Daughter Can 'Count on Me'

15 December 2009 4:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's not easy raising a 16-year-old daughter, says Whitney Houston. But no matter what - even if Bobbi Kristina is borrowing her mother's clothes and not returning them - Houston assures she'll always be by her daughter's side. "If she's angry, I allow her to say, 'Damn! I'm so frustrated today!' " Houston tells InStyle's January issue in a cover story. "We have our moments when we clash, but we have a good relationship. I want her to count on me to try to understand what she’s going through. No damnation, no condemnation, nothing that's going to make her »

- Suzanne Zuckerman

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Louis Walsh: 'Whitney was car crash TV'

14 December 2009 9:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louis Walsh has claimed that Whitney Houston's performance on The X Factor was like watching a car crash. Houston suffered a wardrobe malfunction as she sang her single 'Million Dollar Bill' on the ITV1 show on October 18. Walsh did not appear on the panel for the episode as he had taken time off following the funeral of his close friend Stephen Gately. Reflecting on Houston's guest slot, Walsh told The Mirror: "I was sat at home watching Whitney's performance and it was pure car (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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The Hard Sell: Pringles

11 December 2009 4:35 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Maybe it's slashed budgets, maybe it's the cynical suspicion of corporates that young people aren't actually getting more intelligent every year despite what the exam results say, but it does seem that ads are getting distinctly cheesier. Take the current campaign for Pringles – or rather "New" Pringles, for that is how they shall govern from now on. As the voiceover ingeniously conjoins the "pop" of the packet top with "pop" as in "pop" music, a style widely enjoyed by youngsters, we see a girl in what one supposes is a party frock cavorting in the carefree but chaste manner of an early Whitney Houston, as computer-generated New Pringles coil around her, in and out of the packet. As further young people join in to bang up-to-date Kool And The Gang soundalike strains, the message is explicit: to get a party started, especially a disco-dancing party, you don't need booze, you don't need cigs, »

- David Stubbs

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'The Lovely Bones' Star Stanley Tucci Praises Christina Aguilera's Acting Debut In 'Burlesque'

11 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

When Eminem decided that his status as a superstar musician gave him the credentials to become an actor, the result was “8 Mile,” an Oscar-nominated instant classic; Mariah Carey’s 2001 bomb “Glitter” might just be the worst movie ever made. Somewhere in between, we’ve had Britney’s “Crossroads,” Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard,” 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and dozens of other boundary-defying debuts. Now, it’s time for Christina Aguilera to finally make the move – and one of her famous co-stars thinks Xtina has what it takes.

“I hear she’s wonderful,” explained Stanley Tucci, the accomplished veteran actor/writer/director of more than 80 movies and TV shows, who has been cast alongside Aguilera in “Burlesque,” also starring Cher, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. “I’ve been talking to some of the people at the studio, and everyone is thrilled with her.”

Written and directed by Hollywood vet Steve Antin, »

- Larry Carroll

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Whose Career Reached New Heights in 2009?

10 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Life in Hollywood can have its ups and downs, but some stars reached unprecedented heights with their careers this year. From reclaiming the spotlight to finding success in new areas, certain celebrities had an impressive past 12 months. Icymi, check out all our best of 2009 coverage here, and tell us what you think - whose career reached new heights in 2009? Whose Career Reached New Heights in 2009? Whitney Houston- I'm so excited for her comeback. Jimmy Fallon- He's really established himself in the late-night world. Ellen DeGeneres - From her talk show to Idol, there's no stopping her. Britney Spears - Her worldwide tour and singles album were huge hits! Neil Patrick Harris - He's the man who can do it all. Taylor Swift - She went from sweet country girl to a huge star this year! »

- PopSugar

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Guest Post – “Allison Samuel’s Guide To Finding A Good, Non-Black Man”

10 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Long-time reader of Shadow And Act, Mr Accidental Visitor (Av) penned the below piece, which he sent to me, and asked if I’d post it. You know how we love to inspire dialogue on this site; I’m hoping this post will do just that.

Here ya go… Read on… and certainly share your thoughts with Av in the comments section below:

Allison Samuel’s Guide to Finding a Good, Non-Black Man

By Accidental Visitor

Most of us have our share of inner demons. But few of us have the opportunity to put them out there on full display for the masses as Allison Samuels has. Not that that’s necessarily a good thing. Lately around these parts there have been ongoing comments regarding  the sanity of film critic Armond White. But I wonder if Ms Samuels hasn’t earned a rightful place alongside him in the bat-crazy Hall of Fame. »

- Tambay

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The X Factor 2009: Most memorable moments | Anna Pickard

10 December 2009 2:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On Sunday the X Factor will reach a possibly triumphant finale. So which moments have burned themselves on to your memory?

It's been a weekend fixture since the end of summer. But on Sunday night, it will all be over for this year's X Factor hopefuls. Apart from the winner, obviously. Either Joe, Olly or Stacey will end the year in a shower of public adoration, confetti and dreams of a Christmas No 1 (if they're not beaten by Rage Against the Machine due to concentrated Twitter efforts - or "twefforts" as it's probably known by now).

But, before that happens, we should take a moment to remember fondly the things that have gone into making this series of the X Factor memorable. And while not that many individual performances might hang around in the mind for long it is the things in between that will remain. Well, those things And John and Edward, »

- Anna Pickard

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Bad girl Rihanna

8 December 2009 2:15 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Rihanna likes being a "bad girl". The 'Russian Roulette' singer has revealed she has a naughty streak and gets a thrill from trying new things which have an element of risk. She said: "I'm a bad girl and I like dangerous stuff!" The 21-year-old beauty is also keen to move into acting hopes to transfer her love of danger onto the big screen soon. She explained: "Hopefully - we are working on that idea right now." Earlier in the year, the 'Umbrella' hitmaker had a string of meetings with film bosses about upcoming projects and was believed to be in line to star in a remake of 'The Bodyguard' - the hit 90s film which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin »

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People Predicts Tonight's Grammy Nominations

2 December 2009 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Who will score big when the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards are announced Wednesday night? People music critic Chuck Arnold predicts the frontrunners - and outside contenders - in the Big Four categories. Album of the Year There's no clear front-runner for this year's big prize, but it's always hard to bet against U2 - which is why I'm tapping No Line on the Horizon even though it was not as big as 2004's Grammy-winning How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It's also pretty hard to deny Taylor Swift with the mega-selling Fearless and her recent sweep at the CMAs. »

- Chuck Arnold

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Zap2it's Grammy nominations concert live blog and prediction round-up

2 December 2009 12:37 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Who do you think will garner Grammy nominations tonight? Zap2it will have live coverage on It Happened Last Night, plus we've rounded up the best predictions from around the web.

La Times Pop & Hiss on Album of the Year:

Best Bets:

Maxwell's "BLACKsummers'night"

Taylor Swift's "Fearless"

Lady Gaga's "The Fame"

Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak"

Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown"

Possibilities:

U2's "No Line on the Horizon"

Beyoncé's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce"

Whitney Houston's "I Look to You"

Allen Toussaint's "The Bright Mississippi"

Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D."

Deserving long shots:

Phoenix's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "It's Blitz!"

Neko Case's "Middle Cyclone"

The Decemberists'  "The Hazards of Love"

EW on Best New Artist:

Smart guesses among those who are eligible for the Kiss of Career Death Awardâ„¢ include Keri Hilson and Owl "Not The Postal Service" City. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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