7 items from 2013
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Everybody loves a bit of a Christmas sing-a-long, from the smallest child to the oldest man.
Even those acts who would traditionally be rated too “dark” or “alternative” for Christmas have occasionally taken the opportunity to write a Christmas tune, whether that’s because they found it funny, ironic or just considered the financial implications is unsure. Not that they should be blamed in the slightest, of course.
This countdown is all about celebrating an alternative viewpoint to Christmas and looking at the ways in which we can embrace our heavier musical tendencies and make it through the holiday season. Chris DeBurgh and Johnny Mathis are all well and good, but you’ve got to make time for your favourite artists too while you’re feasting on too much turkey and trying to ignore the inevitable questions from all corners regarding what you’re doing with your life. »
- Wayne Madden
Some musical acts do particularly well out of covering classic songs, and Canadian big band crooner Michael Buble is probably one of the most infamous, and successful at repurposing and rearranging musical greats. With Michael Buble tickets likely to be on a lot of Christmas lists this year, considering the singer’s impending European tour, we’re looking back at some of the singer’s greatest cover moments, and celebrating the covers that actually improved on the original versions.
There’s no place for 2005 ballad Home, since Buble’s version pre-dates the probably more famous version cut by Westlife by two years, and the writing credit goes to Buble himself, rather than the Irish former pop kings, who were given the record to cover by Simon Cowell.
So which covers do make the list?
The iconic superhero theme, with »
- Simon Gallagher
As if we need any more reasons to be excited about David O. Russell's '70s-set crime drama, a glittery new trailer for American Hustle is giving us an even deeper glimpse . . . at Christian Bale's bulging belly. The full trailer, featuring music from Johnny Mathis and Electric Light Orchestra, gives a bit more information about the plot and characters. Amy Adams and Bale play con artists conspiring to "get over" on their business partners until they're forced to cooperate with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to undercover political scandals in New Jersey. Mainly, they're trying to take down corrupt mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner). Though this is distinctively a Russell film, this trailer gives me flashbacks to Martin Scorsese movies like Goodfellas. This trailer has everything: Jennifer Lawrence is talking trash about her husband (Bale) in front of their son, Cooper getting an at-home perm, and there's a »
- Maggie Pehanick
A festive Call the Midwife album has been announced by the BBC.
Call the Midwife - The Christmas Album will contain music from the BBC One drama's 2012 and upcoming 2013 Christmas specials, and will be released on November 25.
Including 30 tracks, the collection will feature a special recording of 'When I Fall in Love', made famous by Nat King Cole.
The compilation follows Call the Midwife - The Album, which was »
Produced and distributed by Mvd Entertainment Group, in association with Ediad Productions,"Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection", available November 19, 2013, is a new four DVD box set, featuring 12 Hours of the early 1960's TV series "Here's Edie" and "The Edie Adams Show".
Performances include classic Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Andre Previn, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, Buddy Hackett, Bob Hope, Dick Shawn, Rowan & Martin, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor and a whole lot more :
"...more than 50 years after it premiered on the ABC network, the variety shows 'Here's Edie' and 'The Edie Adams Show' are set for release on DVD and digital formats, the first time either series has been seen in any format since its original broadcast more than a half century ago.
"The 'wow' factor of this box set resides in the eclectic guest stars Edie Adams »
- Michael Stevens
Eleanor Parker today: Beautiful as ever in Scaramouche, Interrupted Melody Eleanor Parker, who turns 91 in ten days (June 26, 2013), can be seen at her most radiantly beautiful in several films Turner Classic Movies is showing this evening and tomorrow morning as part of their Star of the Month Eleanor Parker "tribute." Among them are the classic Scaramouche, the politically delicate Above and Beyond, and the biopic Interrupted Melody, which earned Parker her third and final Best Actress Academy Award nomination. (Photo: publicity shot of Eleanor Parker in Scaramouche.) The best of the lot is probably George Sidney’s balletic Scaramouche (1952), in which Eleanor Parker plays one of Stewart Granger’s love interests — the other one is Janet Leigh. A loose remake of Rex Ingram’s 1923 blockbuster, the George Sidney version features plenty of humor, romance, and adventure; vibrant colors (cinematography by Charles Rosher); an elaborately staged climactic swordfight; and tough dudes »
- Andre Soares
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
7 items from 2013
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