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TV highlights: 24/12/2011

19 December 2011 3:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Merlin | The Many Faces of Les Dawson | Outnumbered | Boardwalk Empire | Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1077/1978 | Timeshift: Epic – A Cast Of Thousands!


8pm, BBC1

It's not easy being a king. Granted, it's not easy being a peasant either, but at least you're not expected to inspire your subjects when you're down on your luck. Not that Arthur is doing much to inspire devotion following the successful strike by Morgana and Helios against Camelot. Instead, trapped in Ealdor and dwelling on Agravaine's betrayal, Arthur is busy being a Big Mister Mope Pants. Can Merlin prepare his lord for the fight ahead? Jonathan Wright

The Many Faces Of Les Dawson

9pm, BBC2

Excellent clip/talking head profile of Les Dawson, progeny of the north-west club scene, and from his late 30s until his death, a mainstay of comedy and light entertainment on television. Proper stars like John Cleese and Robert Webb duly doff their caps, »

- Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Rebecca Nicholson, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller

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Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison's widow, dead at 60

7 December 2011 11:56 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Barbara Orbison, the widow of rock great Roy Orbison, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 6) from pancreatic cancer. She was just 60 years old.

In a strange bit of irony, Barbara Orbison's death comes 23 years to the day that her husband died. The "Oh, Pretty Woman" singer passed away in 1988 just as he was beginning a musical comeback. He was only 52 when he died of a heart attack.

Orbison had been fighting her condition for a while and had been hospitalized since May.

Since her husband's passing, Barbara remained active in the music industry. Her music publishing company recently earned Bmi's 2010 Song of the Year for Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me".

Barbara Orbison is survived by sons Wesley Orbison, 46, Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr., 41 and Alexander Orbison, 36.



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Roy Orbison's Widow Barbara Dies at 60

7 December 2011 5:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Barbara Orbison, the widow of Roy Orbison, died Tuesday in Los Angeles, 23 years to the day after her rock 'n' roll husband passed away in Tennessee. Barbara was 60 and had pancreatic cancer, the Associated Press reports. She had been hospitalized since May. The couple met in 1968, when he was 32 and she was 17. They married the following year and raised three sons together. Barbara spent the years after Roy's death managing his estate and legacy. A quote from Roy Orbison about his wife appears on the singer's official website. "I've spent my lifetime trying to figure love out," it reads. "Love »

- Tim Nudd

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Roy Orbison's widow Barbara Orbison dies at age 60

6 December 2011 9:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — Barbara Orbison, the widow of rock 'n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison, has died in Los Angeles. She was 60. Family spokeswoman Sarah McMullen says Barbara Orbison died Tuesday at Los Angeles County-usc Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized since May. Roy Orbison died in 1988. Barbara Orbison was his manager and co-produced a four-cd box set of her husband's 107 recordings after his death. "Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll" was released in 2008 and contains all of his hits and 12 previously unreleased tracks. McMullen says Barbara Orbison's Nashville, Tenn.-based publishing company, Still »

- AP Staff

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Catch up TV Guide: From Business Mouse to The Fast Show

18 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Online: Business Mouse

Like Mighty Mouse crossed with Lord Sugar, Business Mouse is part of Comedy Blaps, a new strand of short online premieres on 4Od. After the intro ("Warning: Contains strong language often used in business scenarios") it might be no surprise to find that it's the latest from Guide cartoonists Modern Toss. The Rubberbandits, Evil Kweevil and Cop Out are also up; new ones launch every Thursday.

TV: Panorama: California 2000

"Within five years, California's computers will speak English. Or California's version of it." As an online addition to BBC4's America Season, this 1966 documentary sees the Panorama team try to predict what the brave new world of 2000 will look like. It's a great time capsule of optimism (machines will free us) and prescient fears (what will privacy mean in an online age?), delivered in that classic, slightly pompous 60s BBC tone (artificial fruit tree-shakers are »

- Rebecca Nicholson, Richard Vine

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Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary – Blu-ray

15 November 2011 3:10 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary – Blu-ray

Directed by: David Lynch

Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Running Time: 2 hrs

Rating: R

Due Out: November 8, 2011

Plot: After finding a human ear in a field, a young man (MacLachlan) discovers a dark world he had no idea existed. His life drastically changes.

Who’S It For? While it might not be fun for everyone, if you’re a cinephile, it’s required viewing.


As a film critic, you don’t like to admit certain movies you may have missed. Blue Velvet was one of my dirty little secrets. When I worked at a video store in high school, I gave it a chance. I was about to hit play on the Vcr when a friend wanted to go out. That’s it. I never got around to watching it. Thankfully, the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray showed up on my doorstep and changed that. »

- Jeff Bayer

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'Blue Velvet' Turns 25: David Lynch discusses what's cool (and uncool) about lost footage -- Exclusive

14 November 2011 9:54 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

It was a quarter century ago that David Lynch scored one of the greatest comebacks in cinema history by rebounding from the epic fail of Dune with the art house neo-noir that was Blue Velvet. The creepy crime flick — starring Kyle MacLachlan as a peeping tom amateur detective and Dennis Hopper as a gas-huffing, F-bomb hurling deviant — earned the then 41-year-old Eraserhead auteur an Oscar nomination (the second nod of his career; The Elephant Man gave him his first) and set the stage for the pop culture phenomenon of Twin Peaks. Blue Velvet is full of offbeat, seemingly gratuitous choices, »

- Jeff Jensen

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Blue Velvet Blu-ray Review

9 November 2011 8:20 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Blue Velvet is a cult classic that has been revered and copied for more than two decades.

The David Lynch film that peels back the curtain on quiet American suburbia is more than just a cult classic. It is, in many ways, the definitive Lynch film, and now Blue Velvet has made its way to Blu-ray in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Jeffery (Kyle MacLaughlin) returns home to his small home town to help out around the family business after his father suffers a near-fatal stroke. While walking through a field on his way home from the hospital, he discovers a severed human ear.

His curiosity gets the better of him, and Jeffery decides to launch his own investigation, aided by Sandy (Laura Dern), a local police detective's daughter.

At first, the movie tricks you into thinking it might go in a Stand By Me-esque direction; after all, here's »

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25 Things You Didn't Know About 'Blue Velvet'

8 November 2011 2:30 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Columns, Blu-ray DVDs, This Week in Movies

'Blue Velvet' fans, lend an ear. You may think you know all there is to know about David Lynch's twisted classic -- which effectively launched the careers of Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern and relaunched those of Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell and Roy Orbison -- but there's plenty of forgotten lore hidden in the movie's dark corners, some of which is coming to light only now with the Nov. 8 release of the 25th anniversary edition on Blu-ray. So crack open a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a cylinder of nitrous oxide, and read on for 25 little-known facts about 'Blue Velvet,' from its unlikely connections to Helen Mirren and Carol Burnett, to the shocker that a nude Rossellini delivered to Hopper, to the legendary lost (and found) flaming-nipples scene.

Continue Reading »

- Gary Susman

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What To Buy This Week: Blu-ray and DVD releases for November 7th

7 November 2011 3:02 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Well it’s the start of another week, so you know what that means – yet more DVD and Blu-ray releases hit the high street, ready and waiting to swallow up all your hard-earned cash! So here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, November 7th 2011.

Pick Of The Week

The Exterminator (Blu-ray

Flamethrowers ready as the alleyways of skid row are set ablaze with the brutal vengeance of one man… The Exterminator! John Eastland has been to ‘Nam and he’s seen things… Things you wouldn’t believe. Surviving torture and witnessing the brutal deaths of his friends, John returns home to a tough neighbourhood in New York and his loving family. But when some local thugs take a crippling dislike to his best friend Mike, leaving him paralysed, something snaps in John. Did he fight the Vietcong for this? Taking the law into his own hands, »

- Phil

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DVD Giveaway - Tour of Duty: The Complete First Season

6 November 2011 2:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

November 7th sees the U.K. DVD release of Tour of Duty - The Complete First Season - the groundbreaking U.S. television series that was the first to dramatise the events of the Vietnam War - and to celebrate, Flickering Myth have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of distributors Fabulous Films.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this fantastic competition...

Tour Of Duty – The Complete First Season features all 21 one-hour episodes of the show’s debut series collected over five discs. The plotline revolves around a single platoon of young Us soldiers during their one-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam during the late 1960s. Miles from home in the unfamiliar and hostile terrain of South-East Asia, this small band of infantrymen from diverse racial, cultural and philosophical backgrounds are ultimately forced to depend upon each other as brothers in »

- flickeringmyth

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SuperHeavy Music Review

25 September 2011 12:51 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In sheer talent and stature, the supergroup SuperHeavy consisting of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Ar Rahman, Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics) and Damian Marley matches the colossal Traveling Wilburys containing rock gods George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. However, supergroups have usually been beset with ego clashes and conflicting music styles especially the group Cream with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce each vying for the top spot during their fiery years together.

Yet SuperHeavy is definitely one of the most exciting and fresh pairings of artists. The group was the brainchild of Dave Stewart, who was listening to four different types of music at one time and listening to how the styles merged. Fans looking forward to Ar Rahman’s contribution may be a bit disappointed as he features on 10 of the 16 tracks, but Rahman’s great technical finesse on all his albums is apparent throughout. »

- Rumnique Nannar

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Music: Music Review: Nick Lowe: The Old Magic

19 September 2011 10:02 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s been a pleasure over the past two decades to see Nick Lowe settle into his late-career role as a grizzled, puckish roots-pop balladeer. Every few years, Lowe pops back up with another elegant, understated album full of gentle, witty songs, neatly arranged and performed with reassuring calm. The Old Magic continues the streak. Opening with “Stoplight Roses”—a stately, Roy Orbison-style ballad, barely adorned—The Old Magic sticks to basics throughout its 35-minute running time. On “Checkout Time,” Lowe contemplates mortality at a slow gallop, in a style that resembles a skilled rockabilly band loafing through a sound »

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Twenty-Five Years Later, Celebrate the Potent and Troubling Dream of David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’

19 September 2011 9:47 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Twenty-five years ago, David Lynch held a crystal clear mirror up to the face of America. Blue Velvet, which had played festivals in Montreal and Toronto, opened in the Us on September 19, 1986. It was mainstream America’s real introduction to the private world of David Lynch. Eraserhead was still a cult film. While many people had seen The Elephant Man and some (not many) had seen Dune, few were prepared for the deeply idiosyncratic dreamscape Americana seen in Blue Velvet. Attacked for depicting a savage sexuality rarely seen on screen, the movie attracted no shortage of negative attention, but it quickly became regarded as a classic. After twenty-five years Blue Velvet’s mysterious and musical vision of middle-American life remains seductive and powerful. Its gallows humor still earns laughs, and a peculiar clash of of classical Hollywood and noirish styles draws viewers in to Lynch’s unique world. The classic »

- Russ Fischer

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'The Voice' winner Javier Colon to guest as Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

16 September 2011 6:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Javier Colon’s unique sound helped propel him to win the first season of The Voice, but now the singer will have to channel one of the most iconic voices of all-time: Ray Charles. NBC confirmed to EW that Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of The Playboy Club, in which he’ll sing “Let the Good Times Roll.”

But, Colon isn’t the only star stepping back in time — to the ’60s, to be precise — to portray a legend. Colbie Caillat will appear on the show as Lesley Gore, and will sing her classic “It’s My Party, »

- Aly Semigran

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Review: "Frank's Pretty Woman"

15 September 2011 8:45 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Baby dick. Shrimping. Boiling denim. Banging whores. Projectile blood vomiting.

Oh yeah... the depravity, half-baked schemes and hilarious underhandedness of Mac, Dennis, Dee, Charlie and Frank were back in full force in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia season premiere, "Frank's Pretty Woman".

And thank God they're back to their old self-serving ways because after last season's half-assed laughs I was beginning to think that the sun was setting on Sunny.

Unless you've been hiding under a pile of kitten mittens, you know that Mac is now fat. Having gained over 50 pounds, his belly appeared on screen before he did. I honestly think Rob McElhenney dragged that trash bag full of Mexican food everywhere he went. Mac also developed Type 2 diabetes (or dia-beh-tess as he kept pronouncing it to Dennis' annoyance). Watching him chow down on a chimichanga while injecting himself with insulin had to be one of the skeeviest »

- (Arlene G.)

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David Lynch's strange new influence on underground music

5 September 2011 2:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tim Jonze talks to the pop musicians who cite the director's unsettling films as a key influence, and asks: will this be the autumn of David Lynch?

A glance across the new music scene, from the stark songstress Chelsea Wolfe to the dislocated 50s pop of Dirty Beaches, shows an odd but unifying influence at work: the surreal and unsettling films of the man behind Blue Velvet and Eraserhead.

Nowhere is David Lynch's presence more keenly felt than in the music of Lana Del Ray (aka Lizzy Grant, pictured), whose track Video Games caused music critics to self-combust with delight this summer. Blurring the boundaries between old-school glamour and sleek modern pop (think Patsy Cline gone R&B), it came with a video of drunken, stumbling starlets that, like Mulholland Drive, alluded to the dark side of the Hollywood dream.

Grant is based in Los Angeles, as is Wolfe, »

- Tim Jonze

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Watch: George Harrison celebrated in new trailer for 'Living in the Material World'

25 August 2011 12:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated HBO documentary on the quiet Beatle, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” has released a trailer. The film follows Harrison from his early days in Liverpool through his tenure as one of the Fab Four and his subsequent roles as a family man, solo performer, film producer ("Monty Python's Life of Brian") and a Traveling Wilbury, alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. The film also includes interviews with Yoko Ono, and producers George Martin and Phil Spector. The film was co-produced by Olivia Harrison and Nigel Sinclair  Scorsese, best known for helming »

- HitFix Staff

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Kat Von D: From Jesse James to Nikki Sixx, a relationship timeline

26 July 2011 11:39 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

On Monday (July 25) came the not entirely unexpected news that reality TV tattoo queen Kat Von D and Jesse James -- the erstwhile "Monster Garage" host who and Sandra Bullock ex -- had split, bringing an end to their short engagement.

This is only the latest in a series of high profile break ups for the "La Ink" star. We thought it might be a good idea to review Kat's past relationships. Hey, those who forget past mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

In reverse chronological order...

Jesse James (Aug. 2010 - July 2011): Kat started dating James soon after her break-up with Nikki Sixx (below). Real soon. James himself had recently been dumped by now-ex Sandra Bullock, on whom he cheated with a variety of women who talk to TMZ.

Nikki Sixx (2008 - 2010): When Kat started dating the Motley Crue bassist, it seemed she had finally found her soulmate. »


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2011 Comic-Con: 'Always Sunny In Philly'

25 July 2011 3:05 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Deadline Comic-Con TV corresondent Gary Hodges files: One of the last panels of the day in Hall H was It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) started a bit late, pushed back by panels like Doctor Who (BBC America) and The Cleveland Show (Fox) that had run a bit long. Nobody seemed to care: Always Sunny has been well-received by the Comic-Con crowd in the past, and this year was no exception. It opened with a screening of an episode from the upcoming season, “Frank’s Pretty Woman.” In it, Frank has a new “girlfriend”: a prostitute named Roxy. The gang is horrified; Charlie asks “You’re dating a prostitute?” “Not for long,” says Frank. “I’m going to make that whore my wife!” From there the show splits into a few different directions: Charlie wants to help Frank realize he doesn’t have to pay for companionship, Dennis »


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