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Two sisters — one newly smitten with a handsome Italian, the other quietly hung up on a past holiday fling — realize they have their hearts set on the same guy in “Walking on Sunshine,” a high-energy jukebox musical from “StreetDance” directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini that’s as shamelessly unoriginal as it is guiltlessly entertaining. But why shouldn’t a pic whose soundtrack consists entirely of ’80s pop hits be allowed to recycle tricks that have worked for everyone from Jane Austen to Abba? Featuring British chantoosie Leona Lewis’ bubble-gum acting debut, “Sunshine” (which opens Friday in the U.K.) should brighten up the Euro box office this summer.
How many times have you heard such catchy ’80s chart-toppers as Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” and the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” but have you ever really listened to the lyrics? As vapid and overproduced as much of the decade’s music undoubtedly was, »
- Peter Debruge
The Sixties, Tom Hanks' ten-part documentary series on CNN, is slated to start this May. But last night saw the debut of "The British Invasion" episode, presumably to capitalize on the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The hour kicked off with the Beatles arriving in the States, and as familiar as that story is, we'd pay to see a documentary just on that week: every moment is golden, from the interviews with hysterical fans to the Elvis impersonation by Ringo Starr. Then, armed »
"Downton Abbey" star Robert James-Collier may play a dastardly villain on TV, but in real life, he's a big ol' sweetie. He also takes his evil on-screen persona in stride, as evidenced by the fact that he's running a marathon for charity and the details can be found at EvilButler.com.
James-Collier's site reveals that he'll be running the 2014 Virgin London Marathon in order to raise money for Chilterns Ms Centre, which provides non-drug treatments for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.
We found out via a funny profile Rjc wrote for Us Weekly, where he reveals 25 things you may not know about him. Other highlights include:
4. My favorite movie is Jaws
11. I stood on Dame Maggie Smith's toe while waltzing with her. Never stand on a dame's toe. It can be taken as an attack on the monarchy.
3 items from 2014
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