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Oscars 2015: 87th Academy Awards: As it happened

22 February 2015 3:55 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.

Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.

21:15What were your favourite moments from tonight? And what do you think of all the big winners, especially Birdman's victory over Boyhood? Do let us know in the comments box below, and stick around on DS for our full reaction to the ceremony.

21:14Neil Patrick Harris was undoubtedly a bit hit and miss, lacking confidence in the middle more than anything else, but there were »

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Noel Gallagher answers Sunday evening call as Match of the Day 2 pundit

20 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

• Former Oasis guitarist to appear on Sunday night show

• Gallagher follows in footsteps of Russell Brand, and Skinner and Baddiel

Match of the Day’s funniest moments

Noel Gallagher will once again dabble in football punditry as a guest on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 on Sunday. The former Oasis lead guitarist and Manchester City fan interviewed the club’s then striker Mario Balotelli for Football Focus in 2012, after the Italian agreed to give his first major interview in England to the BBC because it would be with Gallagher. The striker criticised the English media, saying: “They’re just lying, they don’t even know.” Gallagher will appear on Sunday night’s programme to discuss Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, Everton v Leicester City and Southampton v Liverpool. Gallagher, who is preparing to release his second solo album, will also front a feature on City’s match against Newcastle, »

- Press Association

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SXSW 2015 Reveals Keynote, Full Conference Lineup

17 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed its fourth keynote, producer Christine Vachon, along with a starry conference lineup including talks with Ryan Gosling (whose directorial debut "Lost River" plays the fest), Sally Field, Amy Schumer (whose "Trainwreck" has a work-in-progress premiere), Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. Now in its 22nd year, SXSW Film kicks off on Friday, March 13, 2015 with the world premiere of Russell Brand doc "Brand: A Second Coming" and runs through Saturday, March 21 in Austin, Texas. Read More: SXSW 2015 Unveils Feature Film Lineup The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times is now available at schedule.sxsw.com. Now in its 22nd year, SXSW pulled from a record 7,335 submissions to showcase 145 features including 60 filmmaking debuts, 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us film premieres. Head »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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SXSW unveils complete roster

17 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.

Organisers announced the entire festival and conference line-up on Tuesday (February 17) ahead of the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from March 13-22.

Programming includes the Conversations series with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field and Amy Schumer from the upcoming summer release Trainwreck, as well as Jeff Nichols and collaborator Michael Shannon and Henry Rollins.

All in all 150 features will screen, of which 102 are world premieres, 14 are North American premieres and 11 are Us premieres.

SXSW programmers culled the 256 films including 106 shorts from close to 7,500 submissions, marking a festival record.

Previously announced keynote speakers are Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA. Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand documentary Brand: A Second Coming will open the film festival on March 13.

Conference subjects, panels and discussions will cover such areas as virtual reality, the future of film criticism and Us-European co-production and funding opportunities »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Christina Aguilera to Play Country Wannabe on ABC's 'Nashville'

17 February 2015 8:05 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Looks like Blake Shelton has turned The Voice's queen bee into a country fan.

Christina Aguilera has signed on for a multi-episode appearance on the ABC musical drama, Nashville, People magazine reports. She'll play the familiar role of a pop superstar, but one who comes to Music City and realizes her heart is really in country. As the show continues to equally represent the cutthroat business side of the music business, Aguilera's character will likely have her dreams of cutting a country record squashed by her record label.

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Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and More Singers Make Hits Out of Heartbreak

14 February 2015 11:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Breaking up is hard to do - but a quick look at the Billboard charts proves heartbreak is what hits are made of. These artists have all scored major hits with their relationship woes. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"The soulful Brit's breakout single, "Stay With Me," isn't even about a breakup, but rather unrequited love. Still, it resonated with America - and the rest of the world, for that matter. The Darkchild Version of the song picked up Grammys for both song of the year and record of the year (making him only the 16th artist to pick up »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and More Singers Make Hits Out of Heartbreak

14 February 2015 11:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Breaking up is hard to do - but a quick look at the Billboard charts proves heartbreak is what hits are made of. These artists have all scored major hits with their relationship woes. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"The soulful Brit's breakout single, "Stay With Me," isn't even about a breakup, but rather unrequited love. Still, it resonated with America - and the rest of the world, for that matter. The Darkchild Version of the song picked up Grammys for both song of the year and record of the year (making him only the 16th artist to pick up »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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The new Spitting Image? Maybe not, but Newzoids could be the political comedy we’ve been crying out for | John O’Farrell

13 February 2015 8:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s more difficult for a satire show to shock today than in the 80s. Maybe it should claim politicians are honest and hardworking

A show being plugged as “the new Spitting Image” has just been announced for ITV. Twenty years after the show finished its Sunday night broadcasts, Newzoids promises a “biting look at the world of politics and celebrity”. It will feature latex puppet versions of David Cameron, Russell Brand and Jeremy Kyle where the original had Margaret Thatcher, Arthur Scargill and Pope John Paul II.

Can I be the first to say that Newzoids is not as funny as it used to be? During the many years that I spent writing for Spitting Image, pompous critics would regularly bemoan the decline in TV satire and declare: “They should bring back That Was the Week That Was; now that really was hard-hitting!”

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- John O'Farrell

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ITV puppet show Newzoids takes aim at politicians and celebrities

10 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star impressionists including Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson to join team that includes some veterans of Spitting Image

A new ITV puppet show promises a “biting look at the world of politics and celebrity”, nearly 20 years after the end of Spitting Image.

The six-part series, called Newzoids, will star impressionists including Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson and will feature David Cameron and Nick Clegg battling it out on the Jeremy Kyle show, Ed Miliband on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and puppet takes on Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Simon Cowell and Russell Brand.

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- John Plunkett

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SXSW Announces Midnighters Lineup

10 February 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South by Southwest has unveiled 11 titles for its Midnighters section, including nine world premieres, as well as the complete short film lineup.

The 22nd edition of the festival runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin, Texas. Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” is the opening-night film.

“Creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening are just a few words that come to mind when I think about this year’s SXSW Midnighters lineup,” said SXSW’s senior programmer Jarod Neece. “These nine world premieres and two festival favorites are helmed by five first-time filmmakers and several SXSW alumni.”

Highlights include the world premiere of Jason Krawczyk’s “He Never Died,” starring Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins in a story of a man’s eternal struggle with cannibalism.

Other world premieres include “The Corpse of Anna Fritz” (Spain), directed by Hector Hernandez Vicens; “Deathgasm” (New Zealand), directed by Jason Lei Howden; “The Diabolical, »

- Dave McNary

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Hot projects on Screenbase

9 February 2015 6:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.

Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands

Milla Jovovich will star alongside Justin Chatwin in this new feature based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones. The German-Canadian co-production is directed by Constantin Werner.

The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.

Steve Hoban, Oliver Luer and Nico Bruinsma produce. Myriad Pictures chief Kirk D’Amico will serve as an executive producer.

Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time

Malick’s documentary features the voices of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Katy Perry Hopes to Win First Grammy with Most Personal Record Yet

7 February 2015 9:44 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Six years and 13 nominations later, Katy Perry has yet to win a Grammy award.

On Sunday, Perry, 30, is up for best pop album for Prism, and she opened up to Et about how the album mirrored her life.

Perry started working on Prism back in November of 2012 after splitting with her husband Russell Brand in 2011. After her breakup, Perry says she went through a small depression.

Photos: Katy Perry's Amazing Prismatic Costumes

Look no further than her song "Grace of God" to hear what she went through. "It's a vulnerable song. One line talks about me lying on the bathroom floor and looking in the mirror and deciding to stay," she says. "I mean you don't really have to read between the lines to kinda see there's heavy material here."

She credits "a higher energy, a higher power" for helping to push her in a more positive direction.

News: Katy Perry Inspired Memes Galore!

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7 Comedians Who Completely Botched Their Transition to Film

5 February 2015 2:05 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Columbia Pictures

The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke in his act about how every stand-up comic in Hollywood has to be an actor, at least in some capacity. Just being a comedian, even a great one, isn’t enough. And it’s one of the few professions that forces this kind of duality. As Hedberg put it, “It’s as though I was a cook and I worked my ass off to become a good cook and they said, ‘All right, you’re a cook… can you farm?'”

It aptly describes many comics’ aversion to getting wrapped up in the movie business. After all, if you’re a stellar comedian, why not simply continue doing what you do best and leave the acting to the professionals?

If only there were no truth to Hedberg’s joke, and comics weren’t pushed into being actors, the general public »

- Jacob Trowbridge

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Katy Perry singing at Grammys - 2015 Grammy Awards performance?

4 February 2015 9:39 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Katy Perry is preparing a 2015 Grammy Awards performance. The 30-year-old pop sensation is planning to perform the touching ballad 'By the Grace of God' at the ceremony on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which is taken from her fourth studio album, 'Prism'. Billboard magazine reports the 'Roar' hitmaker is hoping to recreate her slowed down 2011 Grammys performance at which she sang her track 'Not Like the Movies' before launching into an energetic rendition of her hit single 'Teenage Dream'. Explaining the meaning behind the track in 2013, the pop sensation revealed it was inspired by a ''tough'' time in her personal life following her divorce from comedian Russell Brand, when she contemplated suicide. She said: ''That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, 'Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?''' As well as performing, »

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SXSW Announces Their Features Lineup; Includes Feig/McCarthy's 'Spy' and Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

3 February 2015 1:50 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »

- Mike Shutt

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‘Manglehorn’, ‘Spy’, ‘Brand’ headline South by Southwest 2015 film lineup

3 February 2015 12:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.

SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.

Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.

On the small screen, »

- Brian Welk

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Daily | SXSW 2015 Lineup, Round 2

3 February 2015 12:01 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

SXSW has rolled out 145 features across eleven programs in the lineup for its 2015 edition, happening in Austin in March. Among the names popping up in today's announcement: Jonathan Demme, Robert Duvall, James Franco, Alex Garland, Michael Showalter, Alex Gibney, David Gordon Green, Ondi Timoner, Russell Brand, Kentucker Audley, Bob Byington, Jason Schwartzman, Todd Rohal, Andrew Bujalski, Kate Lyn Sheil, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Julien Temple, Les Blank, Rick Alverson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Ryan Gosling, Barbara Steele, Hal Hartley, Wim Wenders, Judd Apatow, George Miller, Tilda Swinton and many more. » - David Hudson »

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SXSW Announces Film Lineup

3 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South by Southwest will host gala premieres next month of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy,” Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart starrer “Get Hard,” Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” and Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine.”

SXSW, now in its 22nd year in Austin, Texas, unveiled its features lineup Tuesday with 145 films to be shown between March 13 and 21, including 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 U.S. premieres. The festival announced last month that the Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” would be the opening night title.

The festival will also include a “work in progress” screening of Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” eight years after he screened a work in progress version of “Knocked Up” at the fest.

Other notable titles include Jamie Babbit’s “Fresno,” Shannon Sun-Higginson’s “Gtfo: Get The F% Out,” Larry Charles’ documentary “The Comedians,” Alex Winter’s “Deep Web,” Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River, »

- Dave McNary

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2015 SXSW Film Festival Adds New Judd Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell Comedies, Ryan Gosling’s 'Lost River' & More

3 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One festival ends, and another arrives. Sundance just ended, Berlin is right around the corner and coming up next in March is the SXSW Film Festival. The more rock n’ roll, less serious of the larger film festivals, SXSW doesn't mind debuting broad comedies and big mainstream films. To that end, the festival will debut three big studio comedies this year, Paul Feig’s “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy,  “Get Hard” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. and a work-in-progress screening of Judd Apatow’s "Trainwreck" starring Amy Schumer.  Other big films from the festival's headliners section include the Ondi Timoner doc on Russell BrandAlex Garland’s “Ex Machina”; David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn” with Al Pacino, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter named “Hello, My Name is Doris” starring Sally Field. But SXSW is extremely eclectic as well, priding itself on its documentaries, indie films and microbudegted pictures. »

- Edward Davis

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Katy Perry's Exes React to Her Super Bowl Performance

2 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Russell Brand and Diplo's former flame Katy Perry was literally wearing flames during her Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, and her exes were digging it.

Brand, who was married to Perry from 2010 to 2012, tweeted out his support for the pop star, writing: "Super Bowl may be baffling to Brits but half time show will be amazing. Good luck Kp."

News: Katy Perry's Halftime Show Inspires Memes Galore

Super Bowl may be baffling to Brits but half time show will be amazing. Good luck Kp

Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) February 1, 2015

Meanwhile, DJ and music producer Diplo, who reportedly had a fling with Perry this past April, couldn't get enough of the "Roar" singer's performance. "Who's with me? Team Katy Perry #sp49," he tweeted moments before she showed up on the field on a giant mechanical tiger. "Ghost ride the tiger @katyperry."

Who's w me? Team Katy Perry #sp49

— diplo (@diplo) February 2, 2015

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