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Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveBlue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveMusic is the universal language of love, this we know, and artists like Teena Marie remind us that music has no color. In honor of the legendary "Ivory Queen of Soul's" passing we take a look at other White singers who have moved us over the years. From Justin Timberlake to Robin Thicke and Joss Stone, here are the blue-eyed soul singers we love.Robin ThickeWe call Robin Thicke our honorary brother because we can't help but want to claim that smooth, sweet vibrato for ourselves. Plus the "Lost Without You" and "Sex Therapy" singer appreciates appreciates our curves and we can get down with that.Justin TimberlakeRaised in the Baptist church in Tennessee, Jt is a certified soul man whose music has earned him tremendous love in the Black community (except that Janet Jackson incident, but we'll leave that alone). At the end of the day, »
The movie Burlesque is a watered-down, weedy attempt to make stripping acceptable to women
The makers of Burlesque may have been trying for the ambience of Cabaret or Moulin Rouge, but the result is a daytime soap opera with a few crummy basques thrown in. Christina frugging like she's had too much Fanta at the school disco. Cher smouldering like a half-melted candle. More basques, pants, boas, leatherette, doffed sparkly bowler hats, and tapped canes. A queasy mix of Showgirls meets Seaside Special.
Shocking. But not in the way you'd think. Burlesque isn't a convention-defying movie about freedom, destiny, art; it is a boring movie about how nice your pants are.
The theme of "Cor, underwear!" was so »
- Barbara Ellen
Panda Makers showed how scientists are going all out to save a national symbol in China, while British pluck is explored in Operation Mincemeat, about a madcap scheme to fool the Nazis
Natural World Special: Panda Makers (BBC2) | iPlayer
Operation Mincemeat (BBC2) | iPlayer
The House that Made Me: Boy George (C4) | 4Od
The Day John Lennon Died (ITV1) | ITV Player
It wouldn't be entirely fair to say that pandas are their own worst enemy – human beings have that distinction – but as an endangered species they don't do themselves any favours. What kind of animal would rather roll around on its back with a stick of bamboo than have no-strings sex?
Still, you can't just give up on them, and after 50 fruitless years of trying to get pandas to reproduce in captivity – and who could have guessed sending them on long romantic holidays to foreign zoos wouldn't work – Chinese scientists are finally pulling their finger out. »
- Phil Hogan
Boy George was transported back in time to the house he grew up in. He had a fit and wanted out
Look at the hideous wallpaper! And those nasty sofas! Ah, bless! There's a funny old black-and-white TV and packets of No 6 fags on the sideboard. Within minutes of being taken back to the house on the Middle Park estate in Eltham, London, where the living room had been restyled to look exactly as it had when he and his five brothers and sister lived there in 1971, Boy George had a hissy and wanted out. I knew exactly how he felt: a temperamental 80s pop star and another property makeover show are both things I can easily do without too.
- John Crace
Coronation Street: Live | My Father, the Bomb and Me | The House That Made Me | Misfits | Eastbound & Down
Coronation Street: Live
The live episode of a soap always seems like a slightly unnecessary attempt to cause further heart strain for already knackered actors, runners and producers in return for a slightly increased audience. As part of Corrie's golden jubilations, the show goes live, just as it did in its first episode in 1960 and for its 40th celebrations a decade ago. Details are vague, but we do know that Sally will risk everything for a pal and, after the tram crash, one family will be getting some bad news. It's followed by a clip-show round-up of Corrie's best bits. Wd
My Father, The Bomb And Me
- Will Dean, Andrew Mueller, Rebecca Nicholson, Phelim O'Neill
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Middle America is often accused of musical conservatism, to which there is a two-word riposte: Adam Lambert. Last year they voted this big, theatrical peacock into second place on American Idol, then bought half a million copies of his debut album, For Your Entertainment. His first major London gig was a display of drama mixed with soul-saturated vocals, placing him closer to Boy George and Freddie Mercury than to the anodyne entities that infest TV talent shows.
Glambert, as he's known to fans, has escaped the "novelty" tag because of his singing chops, which were much in evidence. He once boasted he could "sing my face off", and, well, he can. At first, though, the show was about setting the scene: wearing a jumbo top hat and a Faginesque frock coat, and surrounded by predatory-looking dancers, Lambert prowled like an alley cat, just wickedly enough to »
- Caroline Sullivan
Bob Geldof has blasted charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" as one of the "worst songs ever". The former Boomtown Rats singer and charity campaigner co-wrote the festive staple, which was recorded by a host of the biggest names in pop music in November 1984 and released later that year, with Midge Ure to raise money for the relief of the 1984-1985 famine in Ethiopia.
The song set the record for biggest selling U.K. single at the time, selling a million copies in the first week and retaining the Number One spot in the charts for five weeks, eventually selling more than 3.5 million copies in the U.K.
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" has since become a favorite Christmas track in the U.K. and continues to receive heavy airplay during the festive season, although Bob, who also helped co-ordinate and appeared on a U.S. equivalent charity track, »
Mat Horne has had a rocky time since Gavin & Stacey. A bit of Chekhov will cheer him up…
The story of Mat Horne's 2009 is one retold, surely, by publicists and producers pressing torches to their chins and trying to scare the wits out of each other. The actor suffered such a frightening fall from grace 18 months ago that today, two cappuccinos down in a cafe near to his central London flat, he refers to the experience, simply, as "the Negativity". He prefers to focus on 2010, a year he thinks has gone rather better than the last.
It has, but first back, quickly, to 2009. In the spring of that year, Horne, a TV darling thanks to his title role in BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, endured a major credibility wobble when he fronted Horne & Corden alongside friend and Gavin co-star James Corden. To summarise the opprobrium that sketch show generated, reviewers »
- Tom Lamont
Shouldn't it be raining glitter?
Here at Twitterwatch, mostly what we watch is celebrities. We don't really get out to the theater, or sit back in or recliners watching movies. We stare at a continuous stream of tweets, just hoping that something funny will cross our screen to share with you.
When Randy Rainbow, met Miss Coco Peru, he had nothing but good things to say about her show, which I'm betting means she had nothing but bad things to say in her show. But the fun kind of bad things, best said over martinis.
Ooh @themisscocoperu gave me such glittery brilliance tonight. I'm still kvelling. http://plixi.com/p/55669847less than a minute ago via EchofonRandy Rainbow
I assuming that Gavin Creel is talking about the opening of Pee Wee's Playhouse on Broadway, but his phrasing made me giggle, because I'm 12-years-old.
was reunited with my Pee Wee tonight. »
- Ed Kennedy
Darren Criss did a phone interview with Brett Berk over at Vanity Fair while the latter was driving an electric car across the country. You can always rely on Berk to get to the heart of the homo in any interview, and asked Criss how he could connect to the gay Blaine.
And those were the people I spent time with early on, so my whole perception of “sexuality” just wasn’t there. It just...was. It even got to the point where, later in life... I had all the components in place. I was, well, not super effeminate, but I was into girly things—I liked musical theater, all the stereotypical things. I had to come out and say, well, I’m sorry, but I think I’m straight. And people were like, say it ain’t so! And I would say, “It’s been a secret too long, »
- Ed Kennedy
No mascara visible here.
Here at Twitterwatch, we don't interact with the outside world directly, but report to you from the safety of an underground bunker in an undisclosed location. So we're not exactly sure what everyone got up to on Halloween, and Election Day was most prominently marked by the end of the election commercials on television. Still, the stars seem to be quite interested in what's going on for these events, so we're going to take a brief look back with them.
Dave Navarro is an old school rock star. But as hot as he looks, he is, well, just slightly older than me. So we can forgive that he doesn't party like a rock star every night, but will still get his freak on for a special occasion.
It's been a while since I woke up with mascara in the corners of my eyes. Loving the "Next »
- Ed Kennedy
Before we start, let's get acquainted. Let Me In is the British-American remake of 2008's Swedish horror-drama film Let The Right One In. I reviewed it on this site, and it topped my Best of 2009 list. Ron Hogan, Den Of Geek's Us correspondent, checked the film out on its Stateside release, coming to it completely cold, without seeing the original. (There are links to all of these at the bottom of this article.)
So here's an alternative take. Let's take a look at Let Me In in context, and relate it to the film it is remaking for a new audience.
In the last decade, Hollywood backed remakes have been consistently eyed with much suspicion. They're often used »
In a trailer for the 14th UK Jewish Film Festival, famous faces including Maureen Lipman, David Baddiel, Davina McCall, Boy George, Al Murray and Graham Norton are filmed telling a Jewish joke. Here goes. Mrs Cohen calls the classified line of The Jewish Chronicle. "Morris Cohen's dead", she says. "That's it?" asks the classified manager. "Yes," says Mrs Cohen. "But", urges the man from the Jc, "you're entitled to six words. You get three more. And they're free." Mrs Cohen says she will think about it. Finally she rings back, having decided on her three extra words: "Morris Cohen's dead; Volvo for sale." »
Why do we care about a privileged young beautiful woman who is about to marry a guy she may be wrong for? Cinema, is aspirational, escapist, and when it isn’t, it’s either boring or considered by cynics as “poverty porn” (see the backlash against Precious). The romantic comedy has always shifted towards escapism, in real life meet-cutes are far and few between. Therefore we suspend our sense of realism and engage or we resist. Heartbreaker is an irresistible piece of escapist cinema.
The plot isn’t original, in fact Dane Cook has played roles similar to this: a “hired” “expert” whom manipulates women. Because this is a work of French escapism, the hired gun this time around is charming and handsome, played by Romain Duris, who should be an international star. Alex Lippi is a professional heartbreak, the kind of guy who is hired by friends and family »
- John Fink
Creating the Americanised version of the Swedish vampire story Let The Right One In was never going to be a simple feat for Cloverfield director Matt Reeves. His remake, Let Me In is set for release across the UK November 5th. The film was produced as a hybrid juncture from Overture and Hammer films who, after a relentless battle for rights to make the film in the Us, opted for joint funding. Hammer’s involvement in the project has thrilled horror fans across the globe. In a sense, the company were the original luminaries of the vampire story.
It was Hammer’s 1958 production of Dracula, staring Chrisopher Lee, which first explored the sensual nature of the Count, an exploration which changed the face of the horror genre. The 2008 Swedish subtitled adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best selling novel, Lat den Ratte Komme In (Let The Right One In) was »
- Katie McCabe
You may be missing the point of a mask.
Here at Twitterwatch we spook easily. We like to spend our Halloween behind the computer where it's safe, not out with things that go bump in the night. Fortunately, other people like scary stuff, and we can experience a virtual Halloween without trying to pretend we can pull off the Sexy Fireman costume.
I thought it might be funny if Scott Evans went as the Human Torch or Captain America for Halloween, as some sort of ironic commentary on the fact that his brother tends to play dress up even when it's not Halloween. But that might be creepy in hindsight, and homemade costumes are always in fashion. That's a nice use of glitter, but it doesn't leave much mystery.
My version of a masquerade. hide your identity or completely show it. :-) http://twitpic.com/31hrfxless than a minute ago »
- Ed Kennedy
Former Culture Club star Boy George left a woman in tears when he poured a drink over her during a charity concert.The 49-year-old singer was performing a gig at the Embassy club in Mayfair in London to benefit The Meningitis Trust. When a woman started talking over him during his act he reportedly got up and said: "Why don't you shut the f up, you rude *!" He then allegedly poured his drink all over her from the stage. An onlooker said to UK newspaper The Sun: "He wasn't playing his hits and people were losing interest. It was a shocking lapse of judgment because people had paid to support the Trust."(Image: Splash News) »
A fan of Boy George was reportedly reduced to tears after the singer allegedly poured a drink over her at a recent show. The ex-Culture Club frontman was performing at London's Embassy club for The Meningitis Trust on October 13 when he apparently became upset that the woman was chatting during his set. According to The Sun, he yelled to the audience member: "Why don't you shut the f**k up, you rude c**t?!" It is believed (more) »
- By Adam Silverstein
Hey guys, Davis here checking in again with your weekly music roundup. How’s everyone’s week been going?
Is everyone pumped for Halloween? I’ve been on a tour of some of Chicago’s amazing Haunted Houses. There are some wildly creative ones out in the ‘burbs.Anyone else hit any up yet?
Well, here we are again with another music round-up. Some ofthe artists we’ll be covering today are Adam Lambert’s latest tour drama, an up and coming artist that I feel everyone needs to give some major attention- Deluka,Will Smith’s daughter Willow Smith’s music video debut, Mariah Carey’s new Christmas album, Boy George is looking like the spitting image of Demi Moore, a new gay male musician to pay attention to – Diamond Rings, Shontelle’s latest beautiful ballad, and the commercial everyone’s buzzing about by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. »
- Davis Mallory
Out triple threat Michael Patrick King, who brought us the Sex and the City films is turning his attention to a concept built around the behind the scenes action at a home shopping network. Attached to star are Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey. I’m guessing it’s something like Soapdish maybe. With that kind of pedigree, it’s either going to be amazing, or a total disaster. Nothing in between is possible.
The largest newspaper in New Hampshire is refusing to publish a wedding announcement for a gay couple, despite the fact that gay marriage is legal in the state. Their logic sounds like it was written by Maggie Gallagher, saying they’re not anti-gay, but are against redefining marriage, and that the people didn’t get to vote to make gay marriage legal, so they don’t recognize it.
Shock in the UK as Sir Cliff Richard »
- Ed Kennedy
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