13 items from 2015
Have you recovered, then? The X Factor reached its infamously intense Six Chair Challenge at the weekend, with the Girls category the first to face the baying crowd (and judge Rita Ora) in an attempt to make it through to Judges' Houses.
But as always, questions were raised about whether the show's speed-hating format, where 14 contestants are whittled down to six in the most brutally musical-chair way possible, was just too cruel - or pure entertainment. We're divided in the DS office, so what do you think?
Against: "The heartless audience takes utter joy in crushing dreams"
By Ben Lee, senior entertainment reporter
Is this really what qualifies as 'entertaining' TV? Are we honestly supposed to take pleasure from this? Seeing perfectly nice people - who are only guilty of chasing their dreams - shaking and in visible distress, in front of a baying audience?
For many of these singers, »
1. Ray Donovan - David Moynihan, Editor
Airs on Sky Atlantic, Wednesdays at 9pm
We're now into the third run of the Liev Schreiber-fronted drama, and the season hasn't dipped one iota since the shocking, deadly twists of its predecessors.
Donovan is a wolfish 'problem fixer' for big-money Hollywood, but beneath the brutish exterior - all guns and grunts - it's his constant struggles with his own family's failings that form the tender heart of the show. Viewers are voyeurs in the ugly reality that lies behind the glitzy mask of La, where money is the driving force for corrupt officials, hollow celebrities and violent gangsters.
Schreiber's muscular and intoxicating performance - along with magnificent scene stealing by Jon Voigt as the larger-than-life rogue grandfather Micky - powers the gripping storylines.
Add an irresistible layer of humour (a teenage son being caught humping his own bed being one laugh-out-loud moment »
When Luke Bryan lost his sister suddenly in 2007, it was a tragedy for his family and her children. But no one could have anticipated the three teenagers also losing their father, Ben Lee Cheshire, last November. So when the kids were left without parents, the country crooner and his wife took them in to raise them as their own. "You don't want to sound like you love having them so much that you're glad it's the situation, but we're honored to be doing what we feel was the right thing," Bryan tells Billboard in its latest issue. Bryan and wife Caroline Boyer already have two children together, but consider themselves blessed to have three more in their household. Even though the "Kick Up »
Oh, and this series of Big Brother was so harmonious at the beginning... not anymore.
The battle lines have been drawn, and you damn better pick a side if you don't want to get yourself accused of that terrible, shameful, horrifying crime: sitting on the fence.
On one side, we have Team Marc, and on the other, it's Team Danny. Yes, that's simplifying it a little bit in this world of constantly changing allegiances and power grabbing (yes, we are talking about Big Brother, not Game of Thrones), but basically, that's what it comes down to.
But it isn't just the house that's divided. No, the Digital Spy office is as well, as we just can't decide on which Team is in the right. So below we present our arguments - do let us know whose side you're on by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below.
Team Marc - Ben Lee, »
Today, we conclude our poll to find the ultimate TV kiss, and please vote in our poll to select your own choice. If your favourite hasn't made the cut, please leave us a comment below.
The definitive Top 25 TV kisses of all time: 25-11
10. Kirk and Uhura in Star Trek
Sure, it's not the long, drawn-out payoff of a will-they-won't-they sitcom, and you'd be hard pushed to find a less romantic kiss on this list, but for what it represents in the wider cultural history of 1960s America and the extraordinary story behind the day of the shoot, it's hard to beat Captain Kirk and Uhura's iconic Star Trek smooch. As one of the first interracial kisses on national television - and certainly the most »
The director of Disney's new live action version of the Cinderella story tells Ben Lee why there's slightly less pressure directing a fairy story compared to Shakespeare or a comic book film, while stars Lily James and Richard Madden imagine what would happen to Cinderella and Prince Charming in their happy ever after. Cinderella is released in the UK on Friday 27 March Continue reading »
- Benjamin Lee and Henry Barnes
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It's that time again! For the fourth year running we're celebrating the snubbed and overlooked, the too commercial or not commercial enough, with Digital Spy's alternative Oscars.
Many great movies missed out on an Academy Awards nominations in 2015, so read on below to see who we think are the best of the rest.
And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Nightcrawler!
Buoyed by sensational performances from Jake Gyllenhaal (sociopathic as Lou Bloom) and Rene Russo and a moody James Newton Howard soundtrack, this story of ruthless ambition and fluctuating media morality says »
We know, we know. It's not going to happen. But in the run-up to Oscar Sunday, why not dare to dream?
We first fell in love with Damien Chazelle's thrilling, singular Whiplash at Cannes last spring, and we ended up giving the film no fewer than three separate five-star reviews - one from Cannes, one from the London Film Festival and one for its theatrical release. Because why do things by halves?
Here are six reasons why we're rooting for Whiplash in this year's Best Picture race.
1. The script
Click here to read the entire scene
Alongside Jk Simmons's performance and Tom Cross's editing, the most-nominated aspect of Whiplash this awards season has been its lean, rich screenplay, which you can (and should) read in full online.
The film's laser focus on the push-pull between Andrew and Fletcher is tangible on the page, Chazelle meticulously peppering emotionally »
Luke Bryan revealed that he and his wife are raising his 13-year-old nephew following the death of his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire. Luke Bryan Opens up About The Death Of His Brother-in-Law Bryan’s brother-in-law died in December, leaving behind three children, Jordan, Chris and Til. Cheshire was married to Bryan’s sister, Kelly, who died suddenly […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
Luke Bryan is now raising his teenage nephew.
Following the unexpected death of his brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire last November, the 38-year-old country superstar is taking in his 13-year-old nephew Til. In a new interview with ABC News, Luke says that Til has come to live in Nashville with him and his wife Caroline, as well as their two sons Bo, 6, and Tatum, 4. Tragically, Til's mother Kelly -- Luke's sister -- also passed away in 2007 at the age of 39.
"As a family, we shake our heads and say, 'We just can't believe it,' but with me, I just have to chalk it up to, well, this is God's plan," he says.
News: Luke Bryan Thanks Fans in Emotional Acceptance Speech After Brother-in-Law's Death
Luke hopes to inspire people dealing with similar tragedies.
"We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to 'em »
Luke Bryan is making the best out of a bad situation. In late 2014, the 38-year-old country star's brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire died suddenly at age 46, leaving three children behind. Their mother Kelly, Lee's wife and Luke's older sister, had already tragically passed away in 2007 at the age of 39. Luke and his wife Caroline, who have two young sons of their own, made the decision to take in the singer's orphaned nephew, 13-year-old Til, and raise him as their own. In a candid interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, Luke talked about how this and how the family is sticking together. "We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive »
Following the unexpected death of his brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire, Luke Bryan has taken his 13-year-old nephew, Til, to live with him, People has confirmed. Cheshire died Nov. 29 at the age of 46 and was the widowed husband of Luke's only sister, Kelly, who died suddenly in 2007 when she was 39. The couple had three children, who are now teenagers. Til - who joins Bryan's two young sons, Bo and Tate, and wife Caroline at their home in Nashville - has two older sisters, who visit often. "We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
Luke Bryan opened up about his brother-in-law's death and taking in his 13-year-old nephew, Til, in an interview with ABC this week. Ben Lee Cheshire, who was married to Luke's late sister, Kelly, passed away unexpectedly in November. Both Luke and his wife, Caroline, have been helping the children deal with the loss of their father. The country star said, "We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to 'em." Til also has two older sisters, who regularly come to Luke's home for visits, and the singer stated he is thankful he has the means to fly them in. Luke has also received support from his country music family. When he had to drop out of performing in the Cmt Artists of the Year event, friends like Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton stepped in to »
13 items from 2015
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