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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25, Week 4: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25, Week 4: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!
It was an emotionally charged night on Dancing With the Stars.

The 11 remaining contestants danced their hearts out to routines symbolizing their Most Memorable Year on Monday, moving us with their heartfelt, inspiring stories. Although a fan-favorite pair from the beginning, former NBA star Derek Fisher and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, were eliminated at the end of the night, leaving us with the season 25 top 10.

From the best technical lifts to the most tear-filled performances, Et's breaking down all the memorable choreography moments from week four of the competition.

Watch: 'DWTS' Eliminates Fan Favorite After Tearful 'Most Memorable Year' Week -- Find Out Who Got Cut!

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson - Quickstep, "Adventure of a Lifetime" by Coldplay

Most memorable year: 2017, celebrating a mix of everything he's done, and to now be in a position where he can inspire others. "I have gotten to do everything I've wanted," Frankie said in his interview package. "I just don't
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'DWTS' Week 4 Preview: Vanessa Lachey, Terrell Owens, Jordan Fisher & More Reveal 'Most Memorable Year' Dances

'DWTS' Week 4 Preview: Vanessa Lachey, Terrell Owens, Jordan Fisher & More Reveal 'Most Memorable Year' Dances
It's week four of Dancing With the Stars, and fans are in for an emotionally charged night!

As the 11 remaining contestants and their pro partners take the stage on Monday, they'll be dancing to routines that symbolize their most significant life moments and memories.

That's right, it's Most Memorable Year week and Et's breaking down everything we can expect to see in the ballroom!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 27/30

2. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: 25/30

3. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23/30

More: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Apologizes to Vanessa Lachey For 'DWTS' Absence: 'I Take Full Responsibility'

Who's in danger of elimination?

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko received the lowest score from the judges last week, 19/30. They were followed closely behind with a five-way tie between Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson, Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess, Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke, Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd and Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev, who all received 21 points.

What are the
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‘Once’ Embodies the Musical Form with Uncommon Purity

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

How much can you strip away the widest-known conventions of a genre before people will stop calling your film what it is? Many refer to Once as a “music film” instead of a musical, and it sort
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Newswire: J.J. Abrams says Mark Hamill deserves an Oscar for The Last Jedi

The talk around this year’s Oscars is winding down—wait, who are we kidding?—which of course means it’s time to move on to discussing next year’s potential nominees. Get Out is getting a lot of positive buzz, so maybe Jordan Peele will get a nod for best original screenplay come next January. Elsewhere, J.J. Abrams is offering up Mark Hamill’s The Last Jedi performance for your consideration (or rather, the Academy’s). The Force Awakens director and Last Jedi executive producer tells The New York Daily News that Hamill’s work on Episode VIII is Oscar caliber: “I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”

Abrams was quoted at the Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, where Martin Short, Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, and Zachary Quinto ...
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Trump Jokes, Lgbt Issues Take Center Stage at Oscar Wilde Awards

Trump Jokes, Lgbt Issues Take Center Stage at Oscar Wilde Awards
The whiskey and Trump jabs were flowing freely at the Bad Robot offices on Thursday night.

Stars from the worlds of “Star Trek” and “Loving,” music, and comedy gathered at the sprawling headquarters of J.J. Abrams’ production company for the 12th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards. The U.S.-Ireland Alliance event, founded by Trina Vargo, was designed to honor Irish talent in entertainment.

The vast Bad Robot space was bathed in shamrock green, with a podium installed in one corner on the roof next to an open bar (perhaps appropriately for an Irish-centered event, as honoree Martin Short pointed out). Abrams served as emcee for the night, and after jokingly asking why on earth he had been asked back to host the event, he listed the honorees: Short, Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, and Zachary Quinto.

As Quinto had previously told Variety, his connection with Oscar Wilde runs far deeper than shared Irish roots,
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Oscar Wilde Awards Honors Irish-Hollywood Connection

Oscar Wilde Awards Honors Irish-Hollywood Connection
Oscar Wilde Awards honoree Martin Short, known for his zingers and stinging observations, was asked if anyone in the current presidential administration is ripe for satire. “Everyone is ripe for satire,” he says, “particularly in this administration. But it’s hard to satirize, hard to go broader than what we have seen.”

Asked if his talk-show character Jiminy Glick would have anything to say about the current Trump administration, Short demurs. “I’m not going there.”

Short feels a connection to the Wilde Awards. “My mother was half-Irish, my father was 100%,” he offers. Short, who has credits going back to 1972, says his father introduced him to film. They watched Ireland-set films such as “The Quiet Man” and “Shake Hands With the Devil.”

And while fans admire his wit, the performer freely admits, “I don’t know that if I could compare to Oscar Wilde.”

The comic actor is one of
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Ruth Negga to Be Honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)

Ruth Negga to Be Honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards (Exclusive)
First, Ruth Negga was nominated for a best actress Oscar. Now, the Loving star is getting an Oscar Wilde Award.

The Irish-Ethiopian actress will be honored Feb. 23 at the 12th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, the casual shindig that takes place three days before the Academy Awards at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.

The filmmaker also emcees the event, and it was just announced that Chris Pine and Catherine O'Hara will serve as presenters.

Also being feted this year: Zachary Quinto, Martin Short, Outlander star Caitriona Balfe and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, who will perform as...
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The Commitments at 25: Robert Arkins, Ken McCluskey & Dave Finnegan interview

Extraordinary as it may seem The Commitments has reached its quarter century. This unlikely smash hit followed the fortunes of a group of young Dubliners scaling the cliff-face of soul to find fame and fortune. Their journey captured the imaginations of audiences around the world and made stars of its then-unknown cast.

The movie is a bittersweet story but one which had a happy ending for the actors, many of whom were given a unique opportunity by veteran director Alan Parker, bringing writer Roddy Doyle‘s novel to the screen.

We had the pleasure of catching up with Robert Arkins (band manager Jimmy Rabbitte), Dave Finnegan (mad drummer Mickah Wallace, who joined the interview part-way though) and Kenneth McCluskey (bass guitarist and butcher) for a trip down their respective musical memory lanes.

Robert Arkins

Thn: Does it feel like twenty-five years?

Robert Arkins: We can’t forget! We’re reminded of it every day!
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Nerd Alert: Tarantino Supercut, Mlb Meets Full House and Peanuts Remix

Nerd Alert: Tarantino Supercut, Mlb Meets Full House and Peanuts Remix
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? The Peanuts Movie gets a new remix, the San Francisco Giants recreate the Full House opening credits scene and Trainwreck's Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow crash a wedding. But first, we have an awesome Quentin Tarantino super cut, and a father creates a wonderful Star Wars baby rocker for his daughter's first birthday! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Quentin Tarantino Supercut

Ollie Paxton has put together a wonderful supercut that showcases the gorgeous cinematography of Quentin Tarantino's films. What's interesting is the filmmaker has only used three Dp's throughout his illustrious career, with Andrzej Sekula shooting Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Guillermo Navarro shooting
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This Video of Amy Schumer Crashing an Irish Wedding Is as Epic as You'd Expect

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This Video of Amy Schumer Crashing an Irish Wedding Is as Epic as You'd Expect
If you've ever wondered what it's like to have a celebrity show up at your wedding, look no further than this video. A lucky Irish couple got the surprise of a lifetime when Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow crashed their celebration in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday. The comedian and director spotted the newlyweds when they visited Grogans pub during the promotional tour for their movie Trainwreck. Soon Amy and Judd teamed up with singer Glen Hansard and serenaded the couple with an epic musical performance. One of the guests couldn't help but tweet about it, sharing a photo of Amy and Judd hanging out with the bride and groom. Who shows up for @jpswaine and Eithne's wedding only @amyschumer Glen Hansard and Judd Apatow — Steve Cummins (@Steve_Cummins) August 14, 2015 Amy also took to Instagram and posted a fun snap alongside her singing partner Glen.
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Why 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' is a Cinematic Out-Of-Body Experience Brimming with Animated Wisdom

Fast-paced modernity acts like deceptive facade that tricks us into thinking we've become something very different from what we've always been. But below the multiple layers of unimportant burdens, pretended indifference, and overflowing cynicism, lies an unalterable human core that rejoices and suffers like it’s done since its genesis. A person navigating the turbulent waters of life today is indeed pondering on the same questions that another did centuries ago. Pain and pleasure, births and deaths, tears and laughter, passion and despair, they all continue to trap us all in their ambivalent choreography that forced us to question if there is meaning to the madness or if the absurdity of the human condition is just an indecipherable codex.

Enlightened thinkers have incessantly taken it upon themselves to interpret our common fears and urges to arrive at somewhat logical conclusions about our puzzling purpose and put these into comprehensible words. Academic and formal the philosopher appeals to rational mind, while the poet delicately arranges his thoughts and aims for the impetuous tenderness of our visceral side. Like preachers of a higher faith that exist about authoritarian religions, poets share their knowledge in ways unrestricted by physicality. Their words travel in the wind and pierce hearts with darts made out of profound realizations. Such sacred gift was granted by the universe to Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese-American poem who would pen The Prophet, one of the most spiritual books ever written unbound by any denomination.

Containing ethereal poems delving into specific facets of our mortal condition, Gibran’s volumes are not quintessential material for a film adaptation. His writing seemed elusive to traditional representations limited by a rigid narrative structure. Conscious of this seemingly obstructive aspect, determined producer Salma Hayek recognized that a much more fluid and unrestrictive medium was required to portray Gibran’s teachings not with literal imagery, but with dreamlike works of moving art that could evoke the essence of each verse. Ambitiously, Hayek set out to expand the accessibility of this book, one that her grandfather of Lebanese origin treasured deeply and which she had grown to appreciate herself, thought an animation project of tremendous magnitude.

Aspiring to effectively turn this lifelong wish into a soulful visual feast, Hayek enlisted nine of the world’s most passionate animators to fabricate magic with color and to take part in an exuberant celebration of creativity. Eight of them would craft individual segments interpreting a specific poem without any parameter other than Gibran’s intricate phrases, while another director was charged with the demanding task of wrapping these delightful fragments in a frame narrative that could cohesively unify them. The product of this phenomenal amalgamation is Roger Allers’ “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” a cinematic out-of-body experience that deconstructs our existential yearnings and translates them into mesmerizing animated wisdom.

Honed during the Disney Renaissance, Allers’ stylistic principles still carry a familiar aesthetic that resembles iconic films from said period. Although better known for directing one the most beloved animated tales of all time, “The Lion King,” his resourceful hand touched several other projects including “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” as both a writer and a storyboard artist. That myriad of storytelling abilities is reflected in his approach to this unorthodox venture. While the character design employed in his enveloping storyline will immediately and instinctively remind viewers of the filmmaker’s Disney origins, he manages to tailor he manages to tailor such distinct appearance for this singular undertaking. It’s classically elegant and precisely suitable for the plot-driven portion of the film.

Centered on Mustafa (Liam Neeson), a poet and painter living as a prisoner of the Ottoman Empire for what they considered subversive ideas, Allers’ screenplay channels Gibran’s thin fictional account and develops it further so that it blossoms into a full-length fable that relays its own moral, while serving as vehicle for the abstract enclaves to be presented seamlessly. Besides spearheading the entire operation, in this section of the film Hayek also voices Kamila, a hardworking widow paid by the regime to tend to Mustafa and who is out of option when it comes to dealing with her rebellious, yet silent, young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis). It’s only when the girl meets the unassuming wise man that her quiet frustration begins to dissipate.A receptive vessel, Almitra is fascinated by Mustafa’ss tranquil demeanor and fascination by his convictions even if she can’t fully grasp their significance.

Neeson’s virile tone gives the protagonist a regal air without sounding intimidating. His voice emanates tranquility coated with strength, like a fatherly figure at peace with his every step. Alfred Molina appears as the comically villainous Sergeant in charge of escorting Mustafa through the village, but who often gives in to his human impulses on their way to the harbor. Meanwhile John Krasinski plays Halim, a young official romantically pursuing Kamila, and veteran thespian Frank Langella is heard briefly as Pasha, the evil ruler who holds the poet’s fate in his hands. As the events that lead to Mustafa’s final trial unfold each of the stylistically eclectic short sequences finds the right moment to be unveiled.

First comes Michal Socha’s “On Freedom,“ in which an anthropomorphic birdcage prevents its feathered captives from flying into the sunset. Ridding themselves of their shackles holds the promise of fulfillment, but that desire is in fact “the strongest of these chains.” Clever in its use of symbolism and graceful in its execution, Socha’s rendition of Gibran’s piece is sharp and poignant. Then, with kaleidoscopic vividness, Nina Paley uses multiple motifs evocative of both Indian and Greek iconography in “On Children,” to depict the cyclical nature of life and the perennial bond between parents and their descendants. Though this connection is irreproachable, progenitors shouldn't attempt to command the life they’ve brought into the world because it’s not their possession, but a link in a greater continuum. Like bows launching arrows into an uncertain abyss, mothers and fathers must come to terms with letting go. Singer/songwriter Damien Rice rearranges the author’s lines into heartfelt lyrics for a melancholic song that builds up to a captivating finale.

Seductively, Joann Sfar's “On Marriage” shows two lovers dancing tango under the moonlight. Ancient ruins become the battleground for a sensual clash where impeccable choreography is a more of a strategic maneuver than just coordinated movement. Subtly wrestling each other to set the boundaries of their union, husband and wife know their paths advance parallel, yet independently. Similarly exquisite is the manner in which Academy Award-winner Joan Gratz delivers “On Work,” via a painstaking technique known as claypainting. Blending colors with inconspicuous ability, the seasoned artist travels through the numerous notions on the worthiness of labor, whether physical or creative. Exceptionally delicate in nature, her work thoroughly explains why “he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth” is not nobler than “he who makes sandals for our feet.”

Bill Plympton's scratchy and utterly handcrafted frames in "On Eating and Drinking" flow with the uncompromising animator's expected candidness.These elemental joys are held sacred by Gibran as “an act of worship,” and while the cartoonist is respectful of this canon, humor is always a vital quality of his deliberately nonchalant drawings. A man bites an apple and as we follow its journey through the human body we witness nourishment and sustainability by means of Plympton's style. Now, the most unquestionably breathtaking piece of this magnificent puzzle, and perhaps the most beautiful piece of filmmaking to be projected on screens this year, is Tomm Moore’s “On Love.” Its alluring rhythm and detailed Art Nouveau designs flood each frame with spellbinding imagery that speaks of the thorny splendor that falling for another being entails. Elating and devastating at once, “love crowns you” with its intoxicating glory, but just as strongly it can “crucify you” with merciless fury. Moore’s unmistakable enchantment illustrates an ancestral couple ascending from the depths of darkness into the light of redemption propelled by the dazzlingly magic of “love’s ecstasy.”

Silhouetted animals racing for survival personify human ambitions in Mohammed Harib's “On Good and Evil.” Given the broadness of the poem’s subject matter the animator could have taken much more literal routes to relay its lesson, but his metaphorical approach successfully encapsulates Gibran’s stance on benevolence and wickedness. In hi eyes any wrong doings perpetrated have a purpose within the landscape of our collective destiny. All that is evil was once kindness, because, according to the poet, “good tortured by its own hunger and thirst.” Finally, our unavoidable fate is treated with compassion rather than morbid tropes by Gaëtan Brizzi and Paul Brizzi in their transcendent visualization of "On Death." Our soul, comes to life in the form of an incorporeal character who dances swiftly celestial radiance. Sorrow is replaced with the hope that the end is just a transition into an “unencumbered” state. Drinking from the “river of silence” allows our inner divinity to truly sing without restrains. A peaceful rebirth only comes from letting go of carnal necessities, and that’s something both Gibran and Mustafa are convince of.

Musically, “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” was embellished by composer Gabriel Yared’s grand score, which mixes epic sentiments with soothing melodies decorating almost every second of it. Accentuating Tomm Moore’s lovely bit, Irish singers Lisa Hannigan and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard fashion a stirring tune out the scribe’s contemplation on amorous frenzy. Lastly, in addition to providing a song for Paley’s segment, Damien Rice wrote another moving ballad titled “Hypnosis” to play during the final credits. Perfectly reflective of the experiential attributes of the film it caps, Rice’s stanzas put an empowering final touch as it asks us to seek strength from our personal truth.

In this tapestry of lyrical mirages, the eternal endurance of art prevails as testament of the immortality bestowed only on those whose brilliance surpasses time and space. Harnessing wide-ranging techniques, the artists behind “Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet” gifted us one of the most mesmerizing films of the year and a milestone in the history of animation, which brought together the genius of many to spread words of compassion and serenity. Solidarity amongst mankind and the acceptance of our flaws as virtues hidden by unnecessary vanity and greed, are the first steps towards the reconciliation between what we think we are now and what we've always been. Gibran’s message is as relevant as ever today, so let us fill ourselves with the majesty of his wisdom, and become vindicated disciples willing to live beyond merely existing.

"Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is now playing in L.A. and NYC and will open in other cities across the country in the upcoming weeks.
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Amy Schumer Crashes a Wedding Party in Dublin, Contributes Vocals in Beer-Fueled Sing-along

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Amy Schumer Crashes a Wedding Party in Dublin, Contributes Vocals in Beer-Fueled Sing-along
In Ireland's capital city for Trainwreck's European press tour, Amy Schumer, director Judd Apatow, and unrelated third party Glen Hansard (of Irish band the Frames) stopped into a local pub and pulled something right out of the Bill Murray playbook: seeing a wedding party under way, Hansard was asked to play a few timeless Irish tunes for the newlywed young couple. Schumer and Apatow, of course, couldn't resist contributing some backup vocals, and what ensues is a pint-fueled sing-along for the ages. How does she know the words to this Irish folk song? Schumer is obviously a fan of all "Inside"-titled projects, including Inside Llewyn Davis.
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The Best B-Movies of the 21st Century

The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.

Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl.
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Watch: Stunning Us Trailer for Animated Adaptation of 'The Prophet'

About one month ago, we featured a beautiful international trailer for an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a big screen version of the collection of prose and poems known around the world. Now another gorgeous domestic trailer for the film featuring several different kinds of animation has arrived, all connected by an artist (Liam Neeson), his housekeeper (Salma Hayek), and her daughter (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis). This looks like it'll be a nice break from the blockbuster action extravaganzas late this summer, with wonderful animation to stimulate your eyes and your mind. There's also supposed to be some great new music from Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Yo-Yo Ma. Watch below! Here's the Us trailer for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet from Gkids Films: You can still watch the previous international trailer for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet right here. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers,
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Watch: U.S. Trailer For Animated 'The Prophet' With Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, & Quvenzhané Wallis

Translated into over 40 languages, never spending a moment out of print, and selling over 100 million copies worldwide, it was probably inevitable that someone would bring Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" to the big screen. And indeed, it has been given the animated treatment and today the first U.S. trailer for the movie has arrived. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Kahlil Gibran's Animated 'The Prophet' Helmed by "The Lion King" director Roger Allers, the picture features animated sequences by Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and more; the all-star voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina; and music by Yo-Yo Ma, Damien Rice, and Glen Hansard — this production hasn't missed a note in trying to bring the best to the table. Here's the official synopsis: Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa,
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Film Review: ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’

Film Review: ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’
Think of “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by “The Lion King” director Roger Allers. A longtime passion project for producer Salma Hayek-Pinault, Lebanese philosopher-poet Gibran’s beloved guide to life, death, love, art and so forth doesn’t naturally lend itself to bigscreen interpretation, and at first, the pic’s framing device seems too silly for such soulful subject matter, but the freshly scripted wraparound doesn’t shy away from grown-up concerns, while potentially broadening the book’s reach to younger audiences as well. Although Hayek had hoped to land a higher-profile distrib, she will probably have better luck with the toon champs at GKids, whose white-glove release efforts have netted six Oscar nominations so far.

In Gibran’s book,
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Best of Late Night TV: Leprechaun Will Ferrell Sings 'Danny Boy,' Jennifer Garner Gets Pie Smashed in Face (Video)

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

It was St. Patrick's Day Tuesday night, so the late night talk shows celebrated. There was a lot of good stuff going on, related to the holiday or not. Jimmy Kimmel got drunk and slurred his words on air while doing squats with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on his back, but wait a minute on that. Seriously, though, it was that kind of night overall.

Will Ferrell was on David Letterman's show - dressed as a leprechaun - and sang his own version of "Danny Boy," focused around snakes. It was very emotional, and left Dave in tears. Will was very serious about St. Patrick's Day and the dangers of snake attacks.
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Our Favourite Fictional Bands: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová from ‘Once’

The musical collaboration of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in 2005’s Once plays just like a summer romance – passionate, unforgettable, and short lived. Once tells the story of a street musician (Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant (Markéta Irglová) during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. The duo’s performance in the film was the couple’s first time working together, making Once an extremely unique and one of a kind cinematic experience. Originally meant for Cillian Murphy of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy fame, the role of “Guy” was given to director John Carney’s former bassist of his band The Fames. Met with critical appraisal, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune called it, “the most charming thing I’ve seen all year,” and even Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying “A little movie called Once gave me
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A Query of Everything: 5 Takeaways from 2015’s Best Original Score Nominees

Why should I care about the Oscars?

No, that’s a serious question. Because as much as I hate to admit it, I do. At their very best, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets it right by tripping and falling into a “Market Irglova & Glen Hansard” here or a “12 minute standing ovation” there. At their very worst, AMPAS indulges in the most regressive, ass-backwards impulses of the industry. Whether enforcing asinine restrictions on eligibility or blacklisting via internal politics, Academy voters can be inept, close-minded and utterly humorless about their annual pat-on-the-back. Too old, too white, and too male, AMPAS is like a closet mob comprised solely of Bud Selig clones, perpetually fumbling in the dark for their reading glasses.

And yet despite all this, I’m still going to throw the remote through the television if Alexandre Desplat’s The Grand Budapest Hotel doesn’t bring
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The Voice UK: Get all the details of Saturday's blind auditions

There are only two weeks left of blind auditions, so it's going to take someone pretty special to get those coaches to turn around - they're running out of space on their teams pretty quickly, after all...

There are 12 acts we get to see on Saturday who are hoping that they've got what it takes to impress and make it through to the battle rounds. But if you want a little bit more info on who they are and what they'll be singing, you're in luck - we have all the gossip here...

1. Karl Loxley - 24, Coventry

Song: 'Nessun Dorma' - Turandot

What you need to know: Karl - who studied musical theatre at Guildford School of Acting - works in a supermarket but also performs at residential homes, working men's clubs and festivals. He has a lot of elderly fans, including a friend called Liz in her
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