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Ed Sheeran is the top fans' choice to perform at next year's Brit Awards with MasterCard. The 'Thinking Out Loud' hitmaker topped a poll of dream performers for the 2015 ceremony with 21 per cent of the vote, while reclusive 'Ziggy Stardust' icon David Bowie - who didn't appear at the 2014 show to pick up his Male Solo Artist prize - took second place, coming slightly behind with 20 per cent. And fans would also like to see Fleetwood Mac - who have a huge 2015 tour planned - take to the stage at London's O2 during February's show, as well as last year's performer Katy Perry and 'Stone Cold Sober' hitmaker Paloma Faith. Elsewhere in the survey - which was conducted by MasterCard - Michael Jackson's 1996 rendition of 'Earth Song', which saw Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker storm the stage, was named the most iconic BRITs performance, ahead of Adele's 2011 »
Those of us who care about movie posters often complain about “big head” posters from Hollywood studios, but the design for Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is the ne plus ultra of big head posters: a poster for a film about a big head. The head in question is the papier-mâché noggin worn by Michael Fassbender’s title character, which was inspired by the nearly identical prop worn by Chris Sievey, a.k.a. Frank Sidebottom, the nasal-voiced troubadour from Timperley, Manchester, who famously covered the Sex Pistols (“Anarchy in Timperley”) and had his moment of cult fame in the 80s. The poster for Frank, designed by an as-yet uncredited designer at P+A studio (the anonymity seems apt) subverts the chief function of the big head poster by not showing us the film’s star. To me it’s a thing of beauty (my affection for Frank Sidebottom and »
- Adrian Curry
On Friday night in Brooklyn, Vice is throwing a party to celebrate its 20th anniversary. These sorts of shindigs happen from time to time. Less common: the event's sprawling lineup.This evening, Yeah Yeah Yeah's guitarist Nick Zinner, who will be part of the night's house band along with Raconteurs' bassist Jack Lawrence, Miike Snow singer-guitarist Andrew Wyatt, and Damon Albarn's drummer Pauli Psm, posted the event's roster on Twitter. Try to make sense of this: - Noted rap enthusiast Jonah Hill is performing with Spike Jonze. We're told he may be covering Drake songs. - Jarvis Cocker - Pussy Riot - Karen O - Stephen Malkmus - Lil Wayne - Chromeo - Andrew Wk - Raekwon - Action Bronson - Ghostface Killah - Nick Thorburn - A punk supergroup featuring members of Fucked Up and Dillinger Escape Plan, among others. - A metal supergroup featuring members of Megadeth and Testament, »
- David Marchese
Gotham: Channel 5, 9pm
Last week's episode of the Batman prequel was a bit of a game-changer - now Gordon (Ben McKenzie) must deal with the consequences.
Dragged into an underground fight club, Jim has to go it alone, while Bruce (David Mazouz) finds himself targeted by a bully when he returns to school.
Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm
The Walking Dead: Fox, 9pm
It's the final episode of The Walking Dead for 2014 - and 'Coda' looks set to be a gut-wrenching midseason finale.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is working to reach a peaceful resolution with the hospital survivors, »
Channel 5 will count down the Most Shocking TV Moments tonight (Monday, December 1) from 10pm.
Digital Spy can reveal which shock moments have made the top ten, though you'll have to tune in tonight to find out which order they come in, and which has claimed the top spot.
Diana, Princess of Wales gives a revealing interview on Panorama in November 1995
A Blind Date contestant believed to be a secretary is revealed to be a journalist writing an article for Cosmopolitan magazine
To American audiences, Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker has always been a little inscrutable. British, rail thin, well-dressed, and bespectacled, Cocker resembles something of a hybrid of Bryan Ferry and Philip Larkin. Although Pulp first scored an international hit in 1995 with “Common People," Cocker had been laboring away under the same moniker since 1978 — many of those years in his small hometown of Sheffield. Nearly a decade after the band’s demise, Florian Habicht’s new documentary, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, out now in theaters, follows Cocker & Co. back to Sheffield as they conclude their 2012 reunion tour.Musicians have said that the worst shows are hometown shows and the worst audiences are hometown audiences. Was that Pulp’s experience going back home to Sheffield?That was definitely a factor in why we were nervous playing [Sheffield] and maybe why we had put it off until the last »
- Erik Morse
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This charming indie rom-com stars Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace and Zoe Kazan as Chantry, two platonic friends who maybe, kinda sorta want to be more than friends. At least Wallace does; Chantry is in a long-term relationship, and Wallace has convinced himself being "just friends" is better than not having Chantry in his life at all. Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis co-star as Wallace's best friend and his new girl; together, their newfound lust (or it is love?) is hilarious and unstoppable.
- Jenni Miller
Secret Cinema has unveiled a short film about its ambitious Back to the Future event earlier this year.
In August, the immersive movie production team created its own version of Hill Valley from the 1985 movie, complete with shops, restaurants and hundreds of actors.
Post by Secret Cinema.
The video shows how actors portrayed Marty McFly and Emmett Brown and carried out stunts while the movie played, while a DeLorean and other drove around the audience members.
Secret Cinema also hint at a potential sequel to the project, as the video ends with a 'To Be Continued...' statement in the style of the original films.
The Back to the Future event will be staged in Los Angeles in 2015. »
Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Directed by Florian Habicht
Perhaps the new documentary Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is best summed up by Pulp’s frontman, Jarvis Cocker: “Life is a random process, but you can add narrative to it.” Director Florian Habicht tries to impose a narrative upon his mishmash of concert footage, band interviews, and fan testimonials, but it never coalesces. Ultimately, some top-notch concert cinematography, a few intriguing visuals, and Cocker’s delightful cheekiness make this a must-see for Pulp fans, and a must-skip for general audiences.
Sometimes, you can go home again. After taking an impromptu nine-year hiatus in the 2000s, the seminal alt-rock band Pulp re-assembled in 2011 to “tidy things up.” The ensuing European tour culminates with one last electrifying performance in the band’s hometown of Sheffield. Interviews with band members make it clear that, despite »
- J.R. Kinnard
When I was a kid in upstate New York, I’d hear Petula Clark’s “Downtown” on the radio — a song about the promise of glittering lights, “movie shows,” and all the excitement and dazzle adult life had to offer — and revel in the anywhere-but-hereness of it all. That’s not to denigrate where I grew up. Almost all kids, growing up anywhere, ask themselves: What else does the world have to offer? Long before they became world-famous, the members of the Yorkshire-bred Pulp, led by precocious stringbean-in-pants Jarvis Cocker, must have asked too. And as Florian Habicht’s gingery, deeply affectionate documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets shows, even after they found out what the world had to offer &md »
Exclusive: Oscilloscope Laboratories is taking its rock doc Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets to the common people, for a day. The feature-length film snuck online Monday on music site Pitchfork and will stream for free in its entirety for 24 hours. Here’s a sneak peek at Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker recounting his days as a teenage fishmonger in the pic, which hits theaters nationwide on Wednesday and goes digital on iTunes, VOD, and other platforms on November 21.
Pic is by Florian Habicht (Love Story), who takes an unusual approach to his profile of the British rock band on the occasion of their final UK show in Sheffield in 2012, the hometown where the band endured a disastrous farewell concert in 1988. In addition to tracking the band itself, Habicht explores the city and fans of Sheffield, whose denizens share a great affection for Pulp and its frontman.
The move »
- Jen Yamato
Following in the path of former Sundance premiered, Australian stamped films such as Animal Kingdom, Top of the Lake and last year’s The Babadook, Ariel Kleiman’s feature debut is a high profile project that received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award back in ’12 and was part of the 2012 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs. Production on Partisan began in late 2013 and actually shot for a spurt in Georgia, and originally had Oscar Isaac in the lead before being replaced by Vincent Cassel. It was reported that Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, French artist Sebastian Tellier and UK group Metronomy have each composed a karaoke song especially for the flick. Prior to this, Kleiman built an especially great rapport with the festival, his 2010 short Young Love won an Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking, and his following short Deeper Than Yesterday (watch here) won the Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film »
- Eric Lavallee
The first film on this Chris Warfield (Up Yours, Teenage Seductress) double feature is Purely Physical which follows the story of Kathy, played by Laura Lazare (Suzie Superstar, Love Letters). Kathy is studying journalism at college and applies for the job as a hotel receptionist so she can write about the human condition. Luckily for her, this is one seedy establishment with a whole host of deviants looking for a place to get down and dirty. It all starts off innocent enough with Jade Wong (Prisoner of Paradise, Oriental Madam) and Albert Bernard (in his only role) as a young couple wanting to make love for the first time. It gets a tad humorous when a travelling salesman with a passion for movie trivia played by Michael Morrison (Meatballs II, Taboo) takes a prostitute up to his room for some relaxing. As the scenes go on, it gets »
- Mondo Squallido
After some rather wonderful library music over the opening sequences, we are introduced to Becky, a young and attractive coed played by Becky Savage (Sweets Cheeks, Foreplay) living in La. We find out that she is uninterested in her life, especially when it comes to her sex life. Although sexless, she sure does have an imagination as we find out when she makes love with Herschel Savage (Honeymoon Haven) who is playing as “Candle Light Lover” according to IMDb. After her rather prolonged (it will happen a lot in this one chaps) imaginary sex session, she wants something to change, so she does what every young girl like herself does… applies to be a prostitute at a Cathouse in Las Vegas!
Once uprooted, she’s put »
- Mondo Squallido
It's a mix of tried-and-true names along with some relative unknowns on the music version of Beck's "Song Reader." Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Laura Marling, fun., Juanes, David Johansen and more made the cut as collaborators on the forthcoming album. The songwriter has seen a surge of activity lately since releasing his critically acclaimed new album "Morning Phase" this year, and he's now circled back on what what was originally a sheet-music-only 20-song project. "Song Reader" is officially being dubbed a compilation by Warby Parker/Capitol, who will release the set on July 29. The eyewear manufacture worked with the songwriter previously on making special edition frames, and now the two together with donate proceeds from the album's sale to the non-profit 826 National, an young creative writers' institution. Warby Parker was also the sponsor behind limited engagements where "Song Reader" compositions were performed in L. »
- Katie Hasty
To celebrate the release of Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets on Blu-ray and DVD this July 14th, we’ve got three of this tremendous documentary to giveaway on DVD!
Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert.
Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – and car maintenance.
Florian Habicht’s documentary unveils the deep affection that the inhabitants of Sheffield have for Pulp, and the formative effect the town has had on the band’s music (and front-man Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics in particular) Pulp is a music-film like no other – by turns funny, moving, life-affirming and (occasionally) bewildering.
Check out our review here and if you’d like to win 1 of those 3 DVDs, »
- Dan Bullock
It takes a special kind of nerd to walk through the streets of London obsessively looking at the driver of every taxi in the hopes of spotting Tony from the Up films. That was me on Saturday during a brisk walk through the rain on my way to catch a train to Sheffield for this year’s Doc/Fest. Also in that wet walk: a brief stop at Covent Garden for a feeling of disappointment that it doesn’t look as it does in Lindsay Anderson‘s 1957 short Every Day Except Christmas. Or My Fair Lady – because I’m not just into docs. I also stopped into the original Forbidden Planet to look at Doctor Who toys and almost bought a t-shirt that says “Keep Calm and Don’t Blink.” Again, a special kind of nerd. The last time I was in England was 1995, for an art class trip. In those days, I »
It was one of three opening films being screened in Sheffield last night, together with Rehad Desai’s South African documentary Miners Shot Down and Thomas Balmes’ Bhutan set documentary Happiness.
With over 3,000 tickets sold across the events, it was the biggest opening night in Doc/Fest’s history.
The Pulp screening took place at Sheffield’s City Hall and was broadcast to 120 cinemas around the UK, including the BFI Southbank.
Speaking to the packed City Hall audience, festival director Heather Croall said: “About 18 months ago I met the film director and film producer down the road in the pub and we agreed right there and then that this film was going to open the festival in a year and a half and that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
“This band are the reason that I’ve never worn a tie.” This quote is one of the many superb fan quotes from Shane Meadows’ excellent documentary Made of Stone. Released last year, the film followed the comeback of legendary band The Stone Roses. The documentary was outstanding, but what made it exceptional were the scenes that explored the reaction of the band’s fans, many of whom had never expected to ever see a reunion. Ranging from unashamed joy to downright hysteria (even Meadows himself could barely keep it together when hearing the news), each of the fans discussed what exactly the band and their music had meant to them. Through listening to the fans, Meadows gains a true understanding of the way in which music can form the identity of the common man, and how music can allow a person to break out of the comfort of their »
- Nia Childs
"When they first started out I listened to their music with Blur. And of the two I prefer Pulp," says an older Pulp fan Josephine in new documentary film Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets.
"More melodic and better words actually. It makes you think, what they say. And I like music that makes you think."
Josephine isn't wrong. Jarvis Cocker might have been a reluctant lyricist at the start, but his words about sex, Sheffield, class, sex, jealousy, sex, growing up and sex are an integral part of what makes Pulp so very special.
Below, Digital Spy rounds up 20 of the very best Pulp lyrics and invites you to share your favourites in the comments box below.
Nb Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recordings.
1. 'Love Love'
"I recall a special friend, I invited her home for tea,
And while my mother cooked the meal, »
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