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When Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake get together, it can only mean one thing: time to set your DVR. Whether it's The Barry Gibb Talk Show on Saturday Night Live, "#Hashtags" and "Evolution of End Zone Dancing", we know that when these two team up it's going to be magic. But the real magic happens when they team up to perform the "History of Rap." The pair offered up Part 5 on the Tonight Show on Friday, and, indeed, it was awesome. But it made us want to take a look back at Parts 1-4. It all began back in 2010 on Late Night, »
- K.C. Blumm
If you died tomorrow, which song would you have see you off?
Let’s imagine you didn’t have one prepared, and your family picked out a heartfelt Nickelback track to commemorate your life – it’s enough to make you turn in your grave, isn’t it? Hell, we’d probably claw our way out that coffin just to bury the CD player instead.
But this sort of thing could happen, so you simply must have all musical arrangements set in stone. Now, top dogs of the funeral playlist are of course Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ and Westlife’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ – but they’re a bit, well, dull and overdone aren’t they?
So we’ve spiced up the world of death anthems; with 10 tracks that will be sure to give your funeral-attendees a giggle, or just totally freak the Dickens out of them.
- Nina Cresswell
Well, it's good to know that everyone can put their fears aside about Jimmy Fallon taming down his shtick for his new gig as the ringleader of "The Tonight Show." The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member has proven, after the first few episodes of his more high profile gig, that he's still able to bring the delightfully absurd sensibilities of his later-night show to the venerable "Tonight Show" platform. And we couldn't be more thrilled.
A prime example of his commitment to silliness occurred on last night's show, where he introduced a pre-taped sketch centered around a fictional Nick Jr. show called "Ew!" As you can imagine, Fallon plays a tween girl (who sounds an awful lot like his Barry Gibb impression, actually) who constantly says "ew." Fallon is joined in the sketch by Will Ferrell (immaculate) and, more surprisingly, they managed to convince Michelle Obama to get in on the act. »
- Drew Taylor
Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/ Off. Just five of the many iconic John Travolta movies in a career that has spanned five decades and over fifty movies. In that time Travolta has appeared in musicals, horror films, thrillers, comedies, action movies, dramas, animated fares and science fiction epics. He is the actor that has seen it all and done it all. In last 35 years, since his career blossomed with a role in a 1977 musical named Grease, he has overcome personal tragedy, critical acclaim and critical mauling, career highs, career lows and at least two movie rebirths in the late 80s and 90s, most notably with the 1994 cult movie Pulp Fiction, from director Quentin Tarantino; and here he is in London, on perhaps the most glamourous nights of the year, BAFTA night, to celebrate his career and his life with the people he clearly adores the most, »
- Tessa Jones
Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw, Arcade Fire and Justin Timberlake will join U2 as The Tonight Show's opening week musical guests when Jimmy Fallon takes over on February 17th. He's also lined up a formidable list of actors and comedians as guests, with Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and Bradley Cooper all scheduled to appear during the first week. First Lady Michelle Obama will appear alongside Ferrell.
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Timberlake has become a Fallon regular, where they most notably created the viral smash History of Rap series. »
The Motion Picture Academy is embroiled in a minor dustup involving the disqualification of one of the five nominees for Best Original Song because of some shady campaigning. The songwriter of “Alone, Yet Not Alone” is fighting back, and most aggravatingly, “Godless Hollywood” is being blamed for unfairly picking on this plucky underdog of a nominee, which is the theme song to an obscure Christian film that has only played in a few theaters. Why, it’s a regular “David vs. Goliath!”
It doesn’t help the songwriter’s case that the song is terrible, and sounds like an outtake from the Sandi Patti box set.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time The Academy nominated terrible songs and left out more deserving fare. In fact, here are a few Best Original Song nominees from the past that should have been disqualified instantly. Not for any impropriety … but because they suck. »
The 67-year-old musician said on Piers Morgan Live that there is a different kind of rivalry between a group and a group of brothers because then the enmity is in the blood, the Daily Express reported.
Gibb asserted that the trio was very competitive, but Robin, who passed away in 2012, was the most competitive with him while Maurice was the mediator.
He continued saying that Robin and he disconnected about 12 years ago, but when Maurice passed away in 2003, the duo gravitated. »
- Ketali Mehta
There are plenty of format changes -- or tweaks, rather -- in store for Season 13 of "American Idol," but there's something else that's getting an overhaul: The music. According to the show's new producers, the list of "Idol" songs and themes will be expanded dramatically in the upcoming season.
"We have a new approach for the music themes this year to get the kids to sing songs they really relate to," new executive producer Per Blankens tells TV reporters at the 2014 Television Critics Association winter press tour. "The song list is still there, but we're going to work differently with the themes."
But there's good news about the song list, too -- it's much longer. "We have expanded the song list; there are many more contemporary songs," says executive producer Trish Kinane. And as for the themes, "We want to find out more about the kids and kind of mold »
Review Louisa Mellor 5 Jan 2014 - 22:00
The Sign Of Three is a frenetic comedy outing for Sherlock Holmes, more rom-com than crime fiction…
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 The Sign Of Three
The Sign Of Three proved what Sherlock’s writers have been saying in interviews all year: that theirs isn’t a detective show but a show about a detective.
An extremely funny detective, as it happens. Tot up every big laugh of Sherlock’s seven previous episodes - blanket, Bee Gees, bed sheet, deerstalker, “punch me in the face”, “he fell out of a window”, harpoon, doggers, “bollocks!” - and you’ll barely equal the gag total in this single outing. The Sign Of Three was a broad comedy with a relationship at its heart, or to give it its proper title, a rom-com.
No strangers to the wedding comedy genre, how might the British viewing public feel about »
9 items from 2014
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