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Theatre Review: ‘The Exorcist’ (West End)

The Exorcist theatre review: The classic 1973 movie is adapted for the London stage for a West End run, booking until March 2018.

The Exorcist theatre review by Andrew Gaudion.

The Exorcist theatre review

Dare you enter the Phoenix Theatre from now until March to see John Pielmeier and Sean Mathias’ stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist? If you, like one of many, have been chilled to the bone by the film/the book/ the real-life inspiration that has come to embody The Exorcist over time then you may be wondering if your poor soul can truly take anymore. If you decide against it, you would be missing out on a devilishly fun time at the West End!

Those familiar with The Exorcist will be surprised how much of the film and the book has made it to the stage. While most of the action takes place within the
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Colin Kaepernick Mocked By Univ. Of Nevada Reno Cop at Halloween Party

  • TMZ
The Chief of the University of Nevada, Reno Police Dept. -- where Colin Kaepernick went to school -- is apologizing for an officer who mocked the Qb at a Halloween party. The officer in hot water is Antonio Gutierrez -- who wore a Kaepernick jersey with a "Will stand for food" sign ... while sporting an afro wig and a fake nose in an effort to make fun of the Qb. But the Unr Pd ain't
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Sir Ian McKellen Is The Voice Of The Demon In ‘The Exorcist’ On The West End Stage

Sir Ian McKellen has joined the cast of The Exorcist stage production coming to the West End later this month. The legendary stage and screen actor will feature as the voice of the demon in the production, which will arrive at the Phoenix Theatre in London from October 20th. The uniquely theatrical experience is directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

Here’s the official synopsis for the new production:

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop!”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange
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TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3

TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3
Even though Netflix has started to cancel its underperforming series in earnest, that doesn’t mean it lacks for programming. In fact, its slate of offerings is fuller than ever, which makes it difficult for viewers to choose when faced with an embarrassment of bingeable riches.

Netflix’s foreign series, however, rarely get promotion amidst all of the other American shows that have been produced. Although IndieWire has previously provided handy lists of foreign-language series a couple of times, including other imports, that is only a hint of all offerings available.

Read More:tv Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 1

By now, you’ve already seen Brazil’s excellent dystopian series “3%” or the unforgettable “Chewing Gum” starring Michaela Coel, but what’s next? In an effort to continue helping viewers discover new or lesser-known foreign TV shows, we’ve compiled another list of those series worth bingeing below:
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TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3

  • Indiewire
TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3
Even though Netflix has started to cancel its underperforming series in earnest, that doesn’t mean it lacks for programming. In fact, its slate of offerings is fuller than ever, which makes it difficult for viewers to choose when faced with an embarrassment of bingeable riches.

Netflix’s foreign series, however, rarely get promotion amidst all of the other American shows that have been produced. Although IndieWire has previously provided handy lists of foreign-language series a couple of times, including other imports, that is only a hint of all offerings available.

Read More:tv Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 1

By now, you’ve already seen Brazil’s excellent dystopian series “3%” or the unforgettable “Chewing Gum” starring Michaela Coel, but what’s next? In an effort to continue helping viewers discover new or lesser-known foreign TV shows, we’ve compiled another list of those series worth bingeing below:
See full article at Indiewire »

12 Reasons You Crushed So Hard on Coyote Ugly's Kevin O'Donnell

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There are a lot of reasons Coyote Ugly probably won you over back when it was released in 2000. If you're like us, though, reason number one came down to the sexy leading man: Adam Garcia. The Australian actor played Kevin O'Donnell, who's sarcastic, charming, and really, really easy on the eyes. Not only is Kevin's relationship with Violet (Piper Perabo) ridiculously cute, but there's also that striptease scene - as if you could ever forget. Keep reading for a look at all the reasons you had a huge crush on Adam Garcia's Coyote Ugly character, then check out things you totally did if you were a teen in the 2000s.
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"Justified" Team Remakes Aussie Series "Code"

  • Dark Horizons
Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty for a proposed remake of the Australian political thriller series "The Code" for FX.

"Justified" creator/executive producer Graham Yost, executive producer/director Michael Dinner and executive producer Fred Golan are teaming to serve in the same capacities on this project with Sony Pictures TV producing. Yost and Golan will adapt the story for the U.S. market while Dinner will direct the pilot.

The original followed multiple characters and their ties to a mysterious accident in which a stolen vehicle collides with a transport truck in the middle of the desert. The truth surrounding it is dangerous enough that people at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep it secret, but two brothers - a journalist and a hacker - are the key to learn the truth.

Lucy Lawless, David Wenham, Aden Young, Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman,
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Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare beamed live into Australian cinemas

  • IF.com.au
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live will be broadcast into Australian cinemas from London's Garrick Theatre in January.

The season begins with The Winter.s Tale. Shakespeare.s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

The Winter's Tale tells the story of King Leontes, who appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and trusted friends..

But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences

The Winter.s Tale stars Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione), Adam Garcia (Lord Amadis) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Screenings begin nationally on January 30.
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The show must go on: Stars rehearse for Sir Bruce Forsyth's variety show

The show is most definitely on.

Despite Sir Bruce Forsyth having to pull out of hosting his upcoming variety show after being injured in a fall, the stars are still taking to the stage.

@ThatAdamGarcia doing our best 'selfie face' in rehearsal - that's how you do it right?! #halloffame pic.twitter.com/qaryhXKdFg

Kimberly Wyatt (@KimberlyKWyatt) October 9, 2015

Kimberley Wyatt and Adam Garcia posed for a selfie during rehearsals for Bruce Forsyth's Hall Of Fame yesterday (October 9).

Wyatt and Garcia will feature as guests on the variety show, alongside Catherine Tate, Beverley Knight, Shona McGarty; and Britain's Got Talent runner-up, magician and illusionist Jamie Raven.

With Forsyth unable to take part in filming, the show will now be hosted by Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong, who was previously scheduled to appear as a guest.

Bruce Forsyth's Hall Of Fame will give comedians, singers and actors the opportunity to "emulate
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Rehearsals begin for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays

We’ve just received word that rehearsals have kicked off for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season.

The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade / All On Her Own, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the inaugural season of work for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

The Winter’s Tale will play in repertory alongside the Rattigan double-bill of Harlequinade / All On Her Own from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016.

The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Judi Dench will play Paulina opposite Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Judi Dench will not be appearing in Harlequinade / All On Her Own.

Judi DenchKenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays

The full cast for The
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Shiamak Summer Intensive 2015 – Midlands

  • Bollyspice
Guru of Dance, Shiamak Davar has been spreading the joy of dance and quality dance education the world over. Continuing his effort to provide avenues for dance enthusiasts to learn from the best and develop their talent, he introduces a week long Summer Intensive in Midlands. This program will introduce the participants to multiple dance styles with an opportunity to dance and learn with the best dance faculty.

The Shiamak Summer Intensive Dance Program is designed to give students the opportunity to train and study dance and performing arts in a professional environment. The program is structured to enhance the technical skills of dancers in a wide variety of techniques and improve their dance vocabulary. Students will learn dance styles including Contemporary, Ballet, Hip – Hop, Commercial, Indian Classical, Bollywood Jazz and Dandiya Jazz.

The faculty teaching the program includes the Award Winning British contemporary dancer, Aakash Odedra who will be teaching Indian Classical.
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Where are the cast of Coyote Ugly now? Here's what happened to Piper Perabo, LeAnn Rimes and the coyotes

Where are the cast of Coyote Ugly now? Here's what happened to Piper Perabo, LeAnn Rimes and the coyotes
15 years ago today, the doors of the Coyote Ugly saloon swung open, turning a low-key Jerry Bruckheimer-produced coming of age film into a beloved cult hit.

But what happened to coyotes Piper Perabo, Tyra Banks and the rest of the movie's cast? To mark the movie's birthday we find out what they've all been doing in the 15 years since Coyote Ugly.

Piper Perabo

Since playing aspiring singer Violet Sanford in Coyote Ugly, Piper Perabo's career has veered from the sublime (2005's The Prestige) to the ridiculous (2008's Beverly Hills Chihuahua).

The film roles have kept on coming, but recently she's been best known as the lead in TV series Covert Affairs, which ran for five seasons on the USA Network between 2010 and 2014.

Adam Garcia

A star of the West End stage, Adam Garcia hot-footed from Saturday Night Fever to Coyote Ugly as Violet's love interest Kevin.

Garcia later
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Where are the cast of Coyote Ugly now? Here's what happened to Piper Perabo, LeAnn Rimes and the coyotes

Where are the cast of Coyote Ugly now? Here's what happened to Piper Perabo, LeAnn Rimes and the coyotes
15 years ago today, the doors of the Coyote Ugly saloon swung open, turning a low-key Jerry Bruckheimer-produced coming of age film into a beloved cult hit.

But what happened to coyotes Piper Perabo, Tyra Banks and the rest of the movie's cast? To mark the movie's birthday we find out what they've all been doing in the 15 years since Coyote Ugly.

Piper Perabo

Since playing aspiring singer Violet Sanford in Coyote Ugly, Piper Perabo's career has veered from the sublime (2005's The Prestige) to the ridiculous (2008's Beverly Hills Chihuahua).

The film roles have kept on coming, but recently she's been best known as the lead in TV series Covert Affairs, which ran for five seasons on the USA Network between 2010 and 2014.

Adam Garcia

A star of the West End stage, Adam Garcia hot-footed from Saturday Night Fever to Coyote Ugly as Violet's love interest Kevin.

Garcia later
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Davina McCall, Caroline Flack to appear on Comic Relief Danceathon

Davina McCall is one of the latest celebrities to sign up for Comic Relief's Danceathon.

The six-hour "dance frenzy" will be held on March 8 at Wembley Arena to raise money for Red Nose Day and McCall - a frequent Comic Relief collaborator - has now signed up to hit the floor.

She has been joined by Strictly Come Dancing stars Caroline Flack and Steve Backshall along with the show's professional dancers Aljaz Skorjanec, Ian Waite, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Robin Windsor.

DJs Gemma Cairney, Edith Bowman and Sara Cox are also among the cast along with Kirstie Allsopp and Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan.

The danceathon is expected to be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and celebrities who have already signed up include Arlene Phillips, Chelsee Healey, Rachel Riley, Rufus Hound, Zoe Ball, Jo Whiley and Got to Dance's Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt.

Over 2000 fundraisers will take part at
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Theatre Review: Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour)

Director: Ryan McBryde.

Starring: Danny Bayne, Naomi Slights, Bethany Linsdell, Alex Lodge.

Synopsis: The date is 1979 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life – to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, and they decide to train together for a dance competition, their lives begin to change forever.

Nights On Broadway, If I Can’t Have You, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep Is Your Love and the iconic Stayin’ Alive – all songs featured in one of the most popular movies of the late 1970s, Saturday Night Fever. The glitzy, and indeed very dark drama, arrived at the same time as that other John Travolta teen movie of the day Grease, and made him a household name, while at the same time,
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Claudia Winkleman to lead nationwide danceathon for Comic Relief

Claudia Winkleman will lead a danceathon in aid of Comic Relief.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter will be joined by a variety of famous faces at the event at London's Sse Arena Wembley on Sunday, March 8.

Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, Chelsee Healey, Rachel Riley, Rufus Hound and Zoe Ball will take part in the six-hour danceathon, which will also be hosted at other locations across the country.

Got to Dance pair Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt and BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley will also take part for charity. More names will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Winkleman said: "This just might be the greatest day of our lives. Wherever you live in the UK, if you like dancing, we'd love you to take part in the Comic Relief Danceathon. I am ridiculously excited."

Over 2,000 fundraisers will be able to dance at the Sse Arena Wembley, which will see
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Film Review: ‘Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!’

The exclamation point that went Awol from the second installment of Debbie Isitt’s “Nativity!” franchise returns in grammatically dubious fashion for the brazenly titled “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!.” It’s the accompanying question mark, however, that seems the more appropriate response to this labored, nonsensical effort, which jingles up further ho-ho-hoary hijinks for the strident young students of St. Bernadette’s elementary school, this time with a patience-testing Big Apple finish. Like its predecessors, the pic should do brisk biz with undemanding tykes and parents who don’t mind their frankincense laced with farting — though even fans of the series are likely to deem this dopey “Donkey” a step down, with a surprising streak of unseasonal mean-spiritedness.

While auds have remained loyal, Isitt’s series has trouble holding on to its leads: Like Martin Freeman before him, “Nativity 2” headliner David Tennant evidently decided one trip to the manger was quite enough.
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Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? Review

Director: Debbie Isitt.

Starring: Martin Clunes, Marc Wootton, Catherine Tate, Adam Garcia, Celia Imrie.

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Synopsis: The students at St. Berandette’s look forward to taking part in a flash mob competition. But after their new teacher loses his memory just before an Ofsted inspection, the team must band together to get him ready for his wedding.

The third in the epic trilogy…maybe not quite so epic, but the Nativity franchise has offered a pair of unscripted Christmas delights with more than enough humour for the whole family. This third instalment once again changes the lead to be tormented by Marc Wootton’s returning Mr. Poppy, and we are given the wonderful talents of Martin Clunes. He might not quite be as popular with the younger crowds as Doctor Who’s David Tenant or Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, but the kids of today have reignited the love
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UK movie releases: November 2014

UK movie releases: November 2014
November 7, 2014

Interstellar

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

Running time: 166 mins

Certificate: 12A

November Man

Director: Roger Donaldson

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey

Running time: 108 mins

Certificate: 15

Say When

Director: Lynn Shelton

Starring: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz

Running time: 99 mins

Certificate: 15

Set Fire to the Stars

Director: Andy Goddard

Starring: Elijah Wood, Celyn Jones

Running time: 97 mins

Certificate: 15

The Skeleton Twins

Director: Craig Johnson

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader

Running time: 93 mins

Certificate: 15

November 14, 2014

The Drop

Director: Michaël R. Roskam

Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace

Running time: 106 mins

Certificate: 15

The Imitation Game

Director: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley

Running time: 114 mins

Certificate: 12A

Life Itself

Director: Steve James

Starring: Roger Ebert, Martin Scorsese

Running time: 121 mins

Certificate: 15

Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey

Director: Debbie Issit

Starring: Adam Garcia, Catherine Tate

Running time: 105 mins

Certificate: U

Third Person

Director: Paul Haggis

Starring: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde
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Got to Dance axed by Sky1 after five series

Got to Dance has been cancelled by Sky1.

The channel said that it feels like "the natural time for the series to take its bow" after five years on air.

Diversity's Ashley Banjo, Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt served as judges on the show, with Jls singer Aston Merrygold temporarily taking Garcia's spot on the 2013 series.

Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky1, said: "Got to Dance has been a defining show for Sky1 of which we are very proud. However, now feels the natural time for the series to take its bow.

"I'd like to thank our contestants, the fantastic production team, Davina McCall for being such a tremendous host and our judging panel - Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia - who brought unparalleled levels of dance talent and expertise to the television talent show."

The most recent series of Got to Dance concluded in August, with Garcia's act Duplic8 announced as winners.
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