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19 items from 2014

Review: Twenty Feet From Stardom

14 April 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville and starring Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Darlene Love, Tata Vega and more plus interviews with legends such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Bete Midler, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. I gnash at what I’m forced to write, it is meme, a denudation of the language, a declaration of fused dendrites in my Broca’s Area: a cliché—but there is only one term for it. 20 Feet From Stardom, to echo the movie posters, is a ‘feel-good’ film, in the most honest way possible; it is earned. »

- Dr. Garth Twa

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Twenty Feet From Stardom Review

28 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

For all the problems that come with the annual awards season frenzy, the great thing about it is that people who aren’t always in the foreground, but who are essential to a production can be appreciated, from sound design to visual effects. It’s fitting then that Twenty Feet From Stardom – a film which puts the spotlight on the backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of our time – was deservedly triumphant at the Oscars earlier this month. Directed by Morgan Neville (whose previous documentary subjects include Muddy Waters and Johnny Cash), it has a legitimate case for being the feel-good movie of the year so far.

Neville has assembled a host of ebullient and candid singers to help him chart the rise of backup artists. All hailing from church backgrounds, the focus of the pic is on a handful of female, African-Americans; Darlene Love, Táta Vega, »

- Amon Warmann

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

26 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dodgy history and dodgier accents, but Kevin Costner's medieval romp still has some magic – and shouldn't be judged on the weakness of its imitators

Most things about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves are terrible. Kevin Costner's and Christian Slater's attempts at English accents: terrible. Bryan Adam's theme song which refused to go away during the summer of 1991 and can conjure mass feelings of nausea to this very day: terrible. Seeing Costner's naked arse as he gets washed in a waterfall: terrible. But I've still probably watched it more than any other film and will (in true Robin Hood spirit) defend it until my dying breath.

I was a pretty sickly child, and when I was off school I'd always put it on. The stupid accents, shoe-horned in Moorish sidekick (played by Morgan Freeman) and romantiscied outlaw life were like a security blanket as I watched it while »

- Lanre Bakare

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Tears, quiffs and sweet, sweet moves: The very best of Ray Quinn

10 March 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ray Quinn was crowned the winner of the final ever series of ITV's Dancing on Ice with professional skating partner Maria Filippov last night (March 9).

The 25-year-old star beat Coronation Street's Hayley Tamaddon and her skating partner Dan Whiston to win the All-Stars trophy, while gymnast Beth Tweddle ranked in third place.

To commemorate Quinn's victory, Digital Spy celebrates the plucky star's career to date - from his award-winning role in Brookside to his second Dancing on Ice triumph.

Young Raymond

Ray Quinn, then known as Raymond, weeps with joy as he wins a British Soap Award for his role as traumatised teenager Anthony Murray in Channel 4 soap Brookside.

Ray's sweet style

Young Raymond later poses with his gong backstage. And his suit reminds us a bit of Tom Hanks in Big.

A moment like this

Ray Quinn larks around with Leona Lewis in London during a photoshoot for The X Factor. »

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BBC Books Unleash the Monsters… Again!

7 March 2014 6:53 AM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Alex Skerratt is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

BBC Books are publishing a second run of previously released Doctor Who novels with smart new covers. The volumes, all of which feature iconic monsters from the series’ past, have been given the 50th anniversary makeover with clean white backgrounds and chunky lettering, with the ‘classic’ logo replacing the new series branding. The titles in question are Sting

The post BBC Books Unleash the Monsters… Again! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- Alex Skerratt

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Fascinating Disney animated films that never were

3 March 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39

For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...

In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.

Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »

- sarahd

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WWE WrestleMania 30 Wishlist: 7 Things That Must Happen

26 February 2014 1:22 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With the WrestleMania 30 looking like it’s coming together after this Monday’s Raw, it’s time to look ahead to the big event taking place in New Orleans on April 6th. This is not about predictions. There is plenty of time for that in the future. It’s about things that we think must happen in order for WrestleMania 30 to be a memorable show.

There are several matches that have already been announced or will likely be announced in the coming weeks. Here’s what we know.

Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Official for now. More on that later.

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar – Official as expected.

Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H – Not official, but it’s coming.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – Seems very likely although not official yet either.

Those are the main four. Other matches could be a three »

- John Canton

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“American Idol” Recap: Oh Boy?

20 February 2014 7:21 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Fifteen men. Fifteen layered “rocker” outfits from H&M. Fifteen obligations to make preteen girls clap, whinny, and vote. Who will win? Who will whinny?

I did a couple of times. Not raucously, but overall, the first showcase of American Idol‘s male contestant crop was much better than the distaff half’s debut on Tuesday night. Some areas of improvement over the ladies: less screaming; more looking-like-they-belong-on-a-stage; handsomeness; guitar antics; palpable sensuality; faces for gay men to enjoy. Maybe we didn’t get a tender, tearful moment in the vein of M.K. Nobilette‘s whispery triumph on Tuesday, but I think we clearly saw five dudes fulla feelings emerge as frontrunners. Which is convenient, considering only five are guaranteed to proceed.

I know this isn’t news to readers of TheBacklot, but it must be stated: Adam Lambert, who again appeared as a guest mentor alongside the world »

- Louis Virtel

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Jodorowsky's Dune trailer: Documentary exploring the unmade film

14 February 2014 2:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jodorowsky's Dune has debuted a trailer.

The documentary explores Alejandro Jodorowsky's famously unmade adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction masterpiece.

The writer and filmmaker is heavily involved in the movie, which details his ambitious plans for the 1970s project.

Jodorowsky was able to attract legendary names including Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, Davie Carradine, Hr Giger, Pink Floyd and Salvador Dali to the film.

The film showcases the plans and design work that went into the aborted adaptation.

David Lynch went on to make the 1984 movie adaptation of Dune, which starred Kyle MacLachlan, Sting, Sean Young and Patrick Stewart.

Alejandro Jodorowsky has comet named in his honour

Jodorowsky is known as a visionary filmmaker and comic book writer. His many collaborations with legendary French artist Moebius included The Incal.

Jodorowsky's Dune will open on March 21. »

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WWE: WrestleMania 30 – Home Of Mid-South Wrestling

11 February 2014 3:06 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Copyright: WWE Legends Of Mid-South Wrestling Blu-ray

When most wrestling fans think of New Orleans these days, they think of WrestleMania 30, coming up on April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

What many younger fans may not realize is that New Orleans was one of the hottest cities in the old Mid-South territory back in the early ’80s, with Ted Dibiase, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog, King Kong Bundy, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Kamala, Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, and announcer Jim Ross being among the prominent names who left an indelible mark on professional wrestling.

With athletic, bruising matches orchestrated by no-nonsense promoter “Cowboy” Bill Watt, Mid-South garnered national attention for its evocative storytelling and Superdome Extravaganzas, featuring the Road Warriors, the Midnight Express, the Von Erichs, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, and Andre the Giant.

In recent years, WWE purchased the Mid-South Wrestling video library — more than 1,200 hours of TV programming from »

- Marshall Ward

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Music Mashup Battle: Sting, Steven Tyler and Britney Spears Among Artists Fighting Copyright Law

11 February 2014 1:51 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Steven Tyler, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne and Britney Spears have different music styles. But they are united in telling the U.S. Patent and Trade Office that artists, who write and make music, not copyright law, should determine who has rights to make remixes, samples and mashups that include their songs. The Office questioned whether existing copyright law needed to be updated to reflect innovation in the digital economy in a task force report last year and asked for comments on a large number of different copyright issues, including the question of mashups. Most of the comments had to be filed by Jan. »

- Ira Teinowitz

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Will ‘Frozen’ Continue the Best Original Song Success of Animated Films?

5 February 2014 10:08 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.

The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »

- Terence Johnson

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Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To '.Saturday Night Live'. With Stefon By His Side

2 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Seth Meyers appeared on Saturday Night Live for the last time as a main cast member of the long-running comedy sketch show this weekend.

Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To 'SNL'

Joining Meyers at the Weekend Update desk for his farewell were current co-host Cecily Strong, former co-host Amy Poehler and his "husband" Stefon (Bill Hader). Former SNL players Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen stopped by as well.

Stefon, as usual, stole the scene from the start when he started listing off the trendy one-syllable new clubs that had opened in the city. He then explained to Meyers that he and Poehler were going to reintroduce him to the world outside of SNL, saying, “We’re like a gateway drugs, you know, like bath salts and meow meow.”

Stefon also poked fun at Meyers' lengthy stay on Saturday Night Live, which has made him the member with the second-longest tenure on the show. »

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Watch Stefon and Amy Poehler Bid Farewell to Seth Meyers on SNL’s Weekend Update

2 February 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

"This is the job I always wanted and I had the best time and I met the best people," said Seth Meyers as he signed off of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" for the last time. He was joined in his final minutes by Amy Poehler and (husband) Stefon, who spoke of Sting and Croods and human DVRs. Meyers starts as host of Late Night on Feb. 24. »

- Gilbert Cruz

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'SNL' Recap: Seth Meyers Signs Off for Good (Video)

1 February 2014 10:53 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Seth Meyers said goodnight for good on this week's Saturday Night Live, and he had some surprise help doing it. Meyers was joined at the Weekend Update desk by SNL alums Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (as Stefon), Andy Samberg and (just briefly) Fred Armisen. "We are so proud of you. You've been the heart of this show for over a decade," said Poehler. Video: Seth Meyers' Best 'Saturday Night Live' Moments Added Stefon, whom Meyers married in Hader's SNL farewell last year: "You're like the Sting of SNL – because it takes you 12 years to finish." Hader

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- Aaron Couch

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'SNL' All-Stars Return for Seth Meyers Sendoff

31 January 2014 7:32 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Saturday Night Live knows how to pay tribute to one of its own. An all-star lineup of SNL alums showed up to give an emotional sendoff to Seth Meyers, who is departing the show to take over NBC's Late Night. Among the stars who made surprise appearances during Weekend Update: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (as Stefon), Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen. Video: Seth Meyers' Best 'Saturday Night Live' Moments "We are so proud of you. You've been the heart of this show for over a decade," said Poehler. Added Stefon: "You're like the Sting of SNL – because

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- Aaron Couch

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The Simpsons: 12 Celebrity Voiceovers You May Have Missed

17 January 2014 5:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Over the past 24 years, there’s been a veritable ton of celebrity guest stars appearing on The Simpsons, all too eager to send themselves up in order to extend their fame across the show’s enormous fanbase.

There have been some amazingly memorable celebrity appearances on The Simpsons: who could forget Sting digging Bart out of the well in ‘Radio Bart’ (despite Bart never having played one of his albums), or The Smashing Pumpkins raiding Peter Frampton’s cooler at Hullabalooza?

There have been plenty of times where celebrities have appeared as themselves throughout the show’s history, but what about those who have played characters in the show? Kelsey Grammar returning time and again to voice Bart’s nemesis, Sideshow Bob (with sublime results,) is a prime example, and easily one of the best known. But there have been some that are slightly lesser known and definitely less noticed. »

- Simon Spowart

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What to Watch: Jan. 14-27, 2014

14 January 2014 2:29 PM, PST | | See recent news »

We’re breaking form this week and going alphabetical instead of preference order because of the Incredible diversity of product available for you to rent, buy, or stream over the next ten days. How does someone really compare “Sunrise” to “You’re Next”? Why bother?

If you need to know, “Closed Circuit” and “Runner Runner” aren’t really worth your time and “A.C.O.D.” and “Riddick” are flawed but everything else in here comes with varying degrees of recommendation, particularly the quiet beauty of “Sunrise” and the incredible charm of “Enough Said”. We’re also loading you up since we’ll be off next week seeing flicks in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. There’s plenty in here to tide you over. Pick your favorites.

20 Feet From Stardom

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

“20 Feet From Stardom”

One of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries in years is likely to find an »

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Our Favorite Diabolical Siblings in Horror Films

14 January 2014 10:00 AM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Sometimes the only thing worse than a chainsaw-wielding psychopath… is that psychopath's older brother. To celebrate Fearnet's network premiere of A Tale of Two Sisters this Saturday, we've put together a list of our favorite diabolical siblings. They may not always play nice, but the saying is true: blood is always thicker than water. Especially if that blood works together to make buckets of more blood!     The Sawyer Brothers   Weird nicknames definitely run in Leatherface's family. Take, for instance, his crazed brother Nubbins. Or everyone's favorite psychopath, Chop Top. These many boys, all with the last name Sawyer, kill and eat people for dinner. But that's not the only reason they're on this list. No, they make the list in large part due to sheer numbers. Let's try to name them all: Leatherface, Nubbins, Chop Top, Tex, Tink, Alfredo, and Drayton. Phew! Did I miss any? In all the timelines, »

- Giaco Furino

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