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Going by your voting in the poll that followed last week’s recap of The Voice, Chris Blue should have this contest in the bag. Going by the most recent iTunes rankings, it’s Lauren Duski’s to lose. Either way, we should get a winner we can all be happy with (even if their winning means we’ll only ever hear of them again if they return to the show to plug a new single). There was, of course, a chance that Jesse Larson, whose spot Hunter Plake probably should have, or Aliyah Moulden, whose spot Brennley Brown probably should have, »
French-Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau has actually been making movies for almost twenty years, but it wasn’t until about 2011 when he first started getting attention for his drama Monsieur Lazhar, which was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. Falardeau’s 2014 movie The Good Lie, didn’t get much notice despite starring Reese Witherspoon and being released by Warner Bros. Therefore, he hasn’t quite made the waves into Hollywood as his country-mates Denis Villeneuve or Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild).
Undaunted, Falardeau decided to take on the story of Bayonne, New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner, who famously went up against Ali at the height of his success in the ‘70s and managed to go 15 rounds before the fight was called due to Wepner’s famed “bleeding” during fights. Wepner was alternately known as “The Bayonne Brawler” and “The Bayonne Bleeder.”
- Edward Douglas
Don Kaye May 15, 2017
Director John Badman looks back at his disco classic four decades later...
Saturday Night Fever is the film that made John Travolta into a legitimate star, launched the Bee Gees to the pinnacle of pop success and introduced the world to the subculture, music and fashion of disco dancing - specifically the scene in the clubs of the insular blue collar Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bay Ridge. The movie made the scene and music into a national phenomenon that lasted several years, until the disco craze petered out in the early '80s.
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The whole thing was based on a New York magazine article called 'Tribal Rites Of The New Saturday Night', written by a British journalist named »
“You make it with some of these chicks, they think you gotta dance with them.”
In 1977, Saturday Night Fever became a cultural touchestone like few movies before or since, and this May fans can catch the fever again when the influential classic returns to the big screen for two days only in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Director John Badham worked with Paramount Pictures to restore the film using the original negative and update the surround sound mix to further enhance viewers’ enjoyment of the incredible soundtrack. During this process he added scenes to the theatrical R-rated version that round out character and plot, making this new Director’s Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.
- Tom Stockman
As a special treat, Paramount Home Entertainment is including the sought-after director's cut along with seven other bonus features (director's commentary, deleted scene and more) for a complete home video package.
We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers each a copy of the Saturday Night Fever Director's Cut Blu-ray in this giveaway. For a chance to win one simply fill out and submit the short entry form below.
The odds of winning can be increased each and every time you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Easter Sunday's ratings aren't the most exciting we've ever seen.
Not only are they padded across networks and timelines by repeats (and deservedly so given the holiday), but CBS spent two hours visiting the musical achievements of the Bee Gees. That might have been a winner.
We'll find out!
On ABC at 7, they had an hour for the kids titled Inside Disneynature: Wild. I'm not sure if Disneynature is different than other nature, but it pulled in a 0.6 with the 18-49 crowd and did marginally better with the 25-54 kids.
(Let me warn you right now. There isn't a single case, ratings-wise, in which the 25-54 crowd didn't outperform all others by at least a tenth, and in some instances (I'm looking at you, Stayin' Alive) over an entire ratings point. The young kids aren't watching TV like they used to.)
Still on ABC at 8pm, Once Upon a Time »
- Carissa Pavlica
CBS scored a somewhat surprising Sunday victory with its two-hour musical celebration of the Bee Gees.
Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute won the Easter holiday, averaging 10.3 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. The special, featuring a performance by lone surviving member Barry Gibb, topped the night by both measures and lifted CBS to an overall win — paired with 60 Minutes (0.9 adults) and a fatigued Elementary (0.6 adults).
- Michael O'Connell
On an Easter Sunday that saw the NBA playoffs underway with the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers on ABC in the afternoon, the series finale of Girls and the final-season debut of The Leftovers on HBO, plus the premiere of Guerrilla on Showtime, there was some serious jive talkin' on the Big 4. Specifically, CBS aired its Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees (1.2/4), which ran from 8-10 Pm. With some MCing from Saturday Night Feve… »
“Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” was the top-rated broadcast program on Sunday night, leading CBS to a win in both the key demo and total viewers.
According to Nielsen data, the Bee Gees tribute averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers, airing from 8 p.m. through 10 p.m.. Earlier, “60 Minutes” (0.9, 8 million) was down in both measures compared to last week. “Elementary” (0.6, 4.5 milllion) was also down.
NBC aired repeats until 9 p.m., with a new episode of “Chicago Justice” (0.9, 4.9 million) down slightly from last week. “Shades of Blue” (0.7, 4 million) was even.
Fox aired only repeats.
CBS won the night with a 1.0 and 8.3 million viewers. NBC followed with a 0.8 and 4.5 million viewers. ABC came in third with a 0.6 and 2.5 million. Fox rounded out with a 0.5 and 1.1 million.
- Joe Otterson
The inaugural installment of the eight-episode anthology series focuses on Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Halper, whose TV credits also include guest stints on Mercy Street and Chicago P.D., is the second actor to join the project, following the February casting of Edie Falco as tenacious defense attorney Leslie Abramson.
CBS stayed alive and on top of Sunday’s TV ratings with a Grammys tribute to the Bee Gees. NBC finished second across primetime, ABC earned bronze. CBS was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., “60 Minutes” landed a 0.9/4 and 8 million viewers. Over the next two hours, “Stayin Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” averaged a 1.2/5 and 10.3 million viewers. “Elementary” at 10 had a 0.6/2 and 4.5 million viewers. Also »
- Tony Maglio
Robert Keeling Apr 25, 2017
Saluting the movie characters who make an impression, the minute they appear on the screen...
One thing that unites all of cinema’s most iconic characters is that they were able to make a memorable first impression. Whether it’s bursting onto the scene in a flurry of noise or slowly skulking their way into shot, there’s a fine art to ensuring a character makes an instant impact on screen. An iconic entrance is not just about a momentary impact however, it can also emphasise a character’s importance and help to cement their influence over the rest of the movie.
There are any number of contributory factors that can be blended together in order to make an entrance truly memorable. These include the accompanying music, the choice of camera shot, the »
Once again, Wamg attended the 2017 Turner Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, and as always, it did not disappoint!
Ahhh…so many movies, so little time to cover everything, but here are some highlights of my favorite movies of this year’s festival.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Shown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this classic was perfect for opening night. Brightly colored inflatable balls and lights floated in the pool like some of Wonka’s best candies as guests enjoyed snacks and cocktails on a beautiful spring evening. In attendance for this special screening were some of the cast members of the original movie. Miss Veruca Salt herself, Julie Dawn Cole; Mike Teevee, also known as Paris Themmen; and one of the original Oompaloompas, Rusty Goffe.
Along with host Illeana Douglas, they recounted some great memories of being on the set of the film in Germany more than 45 years ago. »
- Melissa Thompson
BBC Music has inked a six-year deal for U.K. broadcasting rights to the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival.
The deal, announced Monday, covers the next five iterations of the legendary music festival through 2022. This includes Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary festival in 2020, while the 2022 festival will be broadcast in the BBC’s 100th anniversary year. The festival will not be held in 2018.
The new deal continues a long and successful partnership between the BBC and Glastonbury. In 2016 the BBC’s television coverage of the event reached a record 18.9 million people, representing nearly one third (31.9%) of the entire U.K. population.
“We have worked closely with a fantastic team at the BBC since 1997. It has become an integral part of what we do at Glastonbury,” said Emily Eavis, co-organizer of the Glastonbury Festival and daughter of festival founder Michael Eavis. “Together we have created something really special – two decades of historic live broadcast from many of the biggest names in »
- Robert Mitchell
It was a classic hit in 1977 and the song will hold up until the end of time. “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees will always go down as the song John Travolta struts to in Saturday Night Fever. That memorable scene of Travolta walking down the street acting cool and fashionable has been mimicked time and time again in movies and television and remains a classic to this day. The song itself is almost an anthem for confidence and bravado. If you’re walking down the street and start blasting “Stayin’ Alive” it’s like you’re put into another dimension of
Bee Gees Hit Song “Stayin’ Alive” Could Very Well Save Your Life One Day »
- Nat Berman
Judd will play Bb Yates, Berlin’s disarming new Chief of Station, who is nicknamed “The Station Whisperer” because she shores up CIA stations in moral or corporate disrepair.
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* Kyle Howard »
John Oliver compared the Gop's recently unveiled Obamacare replacement plan to an unwanted Pirates of the Caribbean sequel on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. "The American Health Care Act: You may not have wanted it. It looks awful. But it's here anyway. Try to think of it as the legislative equivalent of "Pirates of the Caribbean 5: The Curse of Johnny Depp Getting Divorced and Needing the Money."
The bill faced immediate criticism from across the political spectrum, and Oliver echoed those complaints during the episode's main segment. First, he highlighted the Ahca's age-based tax credit, »
Demi Lovato is loving the skin she's in!
The 24-year-old singer took to Instagram on Saturday to share a bare-faced selfie just before bed.
Lovato flaunts her long lashes in the bedtime snap, showing off her hand tattoo as she cuddles in the sheets.
"No makeup, just freckles »
Break out the white suit and point a finger the air. Paramount Home Entertainment has unveiled plans to finally bring the disco classic Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta to Blu-ray and Digital HD for the first time ever on May 2nd, 2017 in celebration of the film's 40th anniversary this year, as well as DVD.
Saturday Night Fever is emblematic of the disco era with its non-stop dancing and Bee Gees tunes. Even if you didn't grow up in the disco era there's a good chance you'll recognize songs off the soundtrack including Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than A Woman and If I Can’t Have You.
The Blu-ray and Digital HD release of Saturday Night Fever will include the theatrical and director's cut of the film. An extensive list of bonus features are as follows:
Commentary by director John Badham (theatrical version only »
Demi Lovato had a big night at the GRAMMYs. Not only did she perform during the Bee Gees tribute, the “Confident” singer was also nominated for her first-ever award in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
She ultimately lost out to Adele, a move the Disney alum says she saw coming.
Though she assumed Adele would win, Lovato admits that a tiny part of her held out hope.
“Hey, listen, elections are crazy, so I thought, ‘Maybe I have a shot!’” she joked. “I was praying that the Russians were going to pull through for me.”
She even showed off her daring side on the red carpet, rocking a crocheted »
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