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15 items from 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic Says Pharrell 'Could Not Have Been Nicer' About 'Tacky' Parody (Video)

16 July 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies on his new Mandatory Fun, and, in fact, got the green-light for everything he wanted. "I was very lucky — this is my first album in a long time that didn't have any actual drama," Yankovic, who's had low-key tussles with the likes of James Blunt and Eminem in the recent past, tells Billboard. "It seems like my last few albums have always had some problems around the release, and this is the first time where I've gotten

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- Gary Graff, Billboard

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Made in Chelsea returns tonight: The best moments so far

7 April 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Oh, you know what, we're feeling ever so excited. Finally, after what feels like forever, Made in Chelsea is back tonight. And given that every series so far has given us some fantastic moments, it's no wonder we're anticipating it so much! To celebrate, we just had to look over our favourite bits from the past six series (and hand out some honourable mentions too, of course...)

Series 1: Spencer's mad dash to the airport

Ah, do you remember when Spencer wasn't quite as devilish as he is now? Back in series one, Spenny was completely in love with the beautiful Caggie Dunlop, leading to a movie-style mad dash to the airport in the finale. Everything about this was excellent, from Hugo telling his bestie to stop acting like a "pussy" and "get off his arse and go to the airport", to Caggie telling Millie that saying goodbye to Spenny broke her heart, »

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Made in Chelsea: What we learned from Jamie, Proudlock and Fran

3 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We've been lingering outside the Bluebird. We've been including awkward silences in our conversations. We've been donning our tweed. But we can't match up to the real stars of Made in Chelsea... so we can't wait to see what they have in store in the new series! It's just a few days away now (it's back on Monday, Monday!) so we caught up with Jamie Laing, Oliver Proudlock and Fran Newman-Young for a chat over sweeties (but where was the Candy Kittens merch?). Read on to find out what we learned from them...

1. It's going to be the best series yet. Obviously.

Jamie: "It's always the best series yet!"

Proudlock: "It somehow gets better and better. It somehow always gets better and better."

Jamie: "It's like a snowball going down a hill - it just gets bigger and bigger."

Proudlock: "When you start a new season, »

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James Blunt, Birdy to Perform at German Echo Awards

13 March 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

British pop stars Birdy and James Blunt are heading to Berlin for this year’s Echo Awards, Germany’s top music honors. Blunt is nominated an Echo in the category best international rock/pop act, alongside Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker and Passenger. Birdy is competing in the best international female rock/pop artist, against fellow Brit Katy Perry, New Zealand phenomenon and double Grammy winner Lorde, Austrian singer Christina Sturmer and ex-abba member, now solo artist, Agnetha Faltskog. The Echos, which will held in Berlin March 27 and broadcast live on public channel Ard, are considered the German equivalent of the

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- Scott Roxborough

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Yeah, bitch: Aaron Paul storms Top Gear and breaks lap record

3 March 2014 3:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Yeah, bitch! It was a performance that would have made Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman proud. Aaron Paul took on the Top Gear Reasonably Priced Car challenge and stormed it, topping the celebrity leaderboard.

Paul, who is currently promoting the movie Need For Speed, easily beat AC/DC's Brian Johnson's track record of 1:45.1, completing the lap in 1.44.7.

He modestly claimed at the start of the lap that he simply didn't want to finish bottom of the leaderboard, but it was clear he was taking the task seriously as he quietly uttered the word "bitch" to himself as he took a corner.

The Vauxhall Astra Top Gear Leaderboard:

1:44.7 - Aaron Paul

1:45.1 - Brian Johnson

1:45.6 - Jimmy Carr

1:46.1 - Hugh Jackman

1:46.7 - David Haye

1:46.8 - Warwick Davis

1:47.8 - Benedict Cumberbatch

1:48.5 - Rachel Riley

1:48.8 - Charles Dance

1:48.9 - Joss Stone

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Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul takes on Top Gear Reasonably Priced Car

20 February 2014 4:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul will make a special guest appearance on Top Gear next month, taking on the Reasonably Priced Car challenge.

The Hollywood star, who is currently promoting his new movie Need For Speed, will race around the Top Gear test track in the Vauxhall Astra.

Paul will be hoping to dislodge AC/DC star Brian Johnson from the top of the celebrity leaderboard.

The Vauxhall Astra Reasonably Priced Car Leaderboard:

1:45.1 - Brian Johnson

1:45.6 - Jimmy Carr

1:46.1 - Hugh Jackman

1:46.7 - David Haye

1:46.8 - Warwick Davis

1:47.8 - Benedict Cumberbatch

1:48.5 - Rachel Riley

1:48.8 - Charles Dance

1:48.9 - Joss Stone

1:49.4 - James Blunt (Fw)

1:49.9 - Tom Hiddleston (Vw)

1:49.9 - Ron Howard

1:50.1 - Hugh Bonneville (W)

1:51.0 - Steven Tyler

Other stars who have taken part so far in series 21 include James Blunt, Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hiddleston. »

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James Blunt enjoys online abuse

17 February 2014 1:12 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, Feb 17: English singer-songwriter James Blunt says he enjoys being abused online on social networking sites such as Twitter.

The "Bonfire Heart" hitmaker doesn't mind getting nasty messages on Twitter and likes using the social networking website to engage in humour with his critics.

"I used to tweet a lot more because I was being abused and I rather enjoy being abused, because I'm a sado-masochist," quoted Blunt as saying.

"I was in the army and I was abused much more there! It's only words but I can understand why young people can feel bullied by that kind of thing, but for an adult like myself, it's not abuse, I enjoy it.

"And I really enjoy writing back and having a laugh. »

- Leon David

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Top Gear review: Chernobyl, James Blunt and cheap cars

16 February 2014 2:49 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

James Blunt was the guest in a Reasonably Priced Car on this week's Top Gear, and the 'You're Beautiful' pop singer is a perfect match for the BBC motoring show.

Both are loathed and loved in equal measure and neither of them seem to care one jot that they're about as fashionable as a pair of Jeremy Clarkson's ill-fitting jeans.

They are also both happy to throw out a mildly controversial gag or two. James Blunt chose to giggle about the fact that he finished "on top of Joss Stone", while the Ladz banter this week extended to titter-free asides about Danish people killing giraffes, drunk queens and James May accidentally, possibly (or possibly not) killing some doves. The Ofcom brigade will be busy tomorrow morning.

Aside from Captain Blunty taking a spin in the rain, we were also treated to a first look at the garish new supercar from Denmark, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Blandings, BAFTAs, Top Gear

16 February 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Blandings: BBC One, 6.30pm

Jennifer Saunders and Tim Vine star in this brand new series of the hilarious period comedy. Based on the stories by PG Wodehouse, Blandings is perfect family viewing. Tonight's season two premiere focuses on the obnoxious Duke of Dunstable coming to stay, causing all manner of mayhem. However, the Duke turns out to be the least of Clarence's problems when he discovers his house guest has a dastardly plan to get him out of the way! Harry Enfield and Mathew Baynton guest star.

Call The Midwife: BBC One, 8pm

The medical drama continues tonight with the nuns and midwives preparing a surprise jubilee celebration to mark 50 years since Sister Evangelina took her vows. However, a face from the past threatens to ruin the party. Elsewhere, new nurse Patsy becomes an instant hit with the midwives and when a pregnant young woman with Down's syndrome is brought in feeling unwell, »

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How I Met Your Mother Ep. 9.17 “Sunrise” nails one of the show’s most important moments

4 February 2014 11:43 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 17 “Sunrise

Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas

Directed by Pamela Fryman

Airs Monday nights at 8pm Et on CBS


Letting go is never easy. It doesn’t matter what it is: something as silly as a favorite pair of ratty shoes gone ratty, or something as serious as the end of a long-lasting relationship. It takes time, and always involves a lot of fucking up: often, we make the same mistakes over and over again until we’re devastated (yes, even applied to the whole shoe theory… ever broken your ankle wearing your “lucky” basketball shoes, or gotten soaked feet walking in the snow in a pair of beat-ass slippers?). It’s part of what separates us from the other creatures of the world: we hold grudges with best friends, we fall in love with the wrong people… we have all these thoughts »

- Randy Dankievitch

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10 Seemingly Insignificant Choices That Changed The World Forever

27 January 2014 3:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The butterfly effect is a theoretical phenomenon stating that a butterfly flapping its wings in one place can cause catastrophic cyclones in other parts of the world. This theory is impossible to corroborate, of course, but it introduces an interesting question of what seemingly insignificant daily choices can have on the world; had John F. Kennedy’s brother not volunteered for Operation Aphrodite, it is likely that JFK would not have ran for president. Imagine the impact this would have had on the world as we know it.

Likewise, the decision of an Indian man to journey to South Africa caused immense world change; while moving country is an enormous decision, its worldwide ramifications are so pervasive that it is hard to find someone who has not heard of that Indian man: Mahatma Gandhi. »

- Samuel Clements

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A working-class hero is something to be … but not in Britain's posh culture

25 January 2014 5:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British culture was once open to 'messy kids' from secondary moderns. But if you want to make it in 21st century Britain, you'd best have a cut-glass accent and public school pedigree

Last week the actor Stephen McGann spoke out about how difficult it is for young people from working-class backgrounds to enter his profession. "Opportunities are closing down," he said in an interview with the Independent. "If you're a messy kid from a council estate today, I think the chances of you making it as a successful actor are a lot worse than they were."

McGann, 50, youngest of the family of acting brothers, grew up on the edge of Toxteth in Liverpool and was educated at a Catholic grammar school. "What counted for me and my brothers – and for mates of ours like David Morrissey and Ian Hart, all growing up in Dingle and Toxteth – was the real change in education, »

- Sean O'Hagan

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The Voice UK tops Saturday night ratings with 7.6m for BBC One

18 January 2014 5:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK continued its third series last night (January 18) with a peak audience of 8.9 million.

The BBC One show averaged 7.6m and 32.8% of the audience share at 7pm. The figures show that the instalment attracted 1.2m more viewers than the second episode of the 2013 series.

Meanwhile, in the same time slot on ITV, 3.64m (15.86%) tuned in to see Dan Osborne and Danielle Lloyd dive their way into the semi-finals of Splash! An added 209,000 (0.93%) caught up with the action an hour later on +1.

Back on BBC One, Nick Knowle's National Lottery: Who Dares Wins hooked 5.13m (23.2%) at 8.20pm, followed by the latest episode of Casualty with 4.86m (21.6%) at 9.10pm.

BBC Two's Live Snooker: The Masters entertained 1.51m (6.67%) at 7pm, while James May's Toy Stories - which saw the Top Gear presenter attempt to create a life-size model of a Spitfire - was seen by 940k (4.39%).

Take Me Out scored »

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'Nessa' on The Voice UK: Gavin & Stacey's top musical moments

14 January 2014 9:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK was visited by none other than Gavin & Stacey's Nessa - well, an impersonator named Tara Lewis - when it launched its third series on the weekend.

And although Tara unfortunately couldn't impress Kylie Minogue, her idol Tom Jones or any of the other coaches at the Blind Auditions, the sight of 'Nessa' singing has stuck with us and got us thinking about all the great musical interludes that cropped up during James Corden and Ruth Jones's classic BBC sitcom.

And with news today that Gavin & Stacey could be returning, we can't think of a better time to revisit the show's greatest vocal performances...

'Barry Islands in the Stream'

It's Gwen's (Melanie Walters) birthday and amid nearly having a mental breakdown trying to secretly organise a line dance party for her, Bryn (Rob Brydon) also needs to practise a show-stopping duet with Nessa (Ruth Jones) in her honour. »

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TV highlights 10/01/2014

9 January 2014 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jamie And Jimmy's Friday Night Feast | Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge | Kangaroo Dundee | Italy Unpacked | Born To Be Wild | The Weight Of The Nation | Live At The Electric | Basketball: Brooklyn Nets v Miami Heat

Jamie And Jimmy's Friday Night Feast

8pm, Channel 4

New series in which the two chums show how to make "blow-out" food that's perfect for weekends with mates. Jamie's on typically ebullient form, all "Shamone!" and "Rice and peas!" as he teaches Usain Bolt how to cook his favourite jerk pork and dumplings. Yes, it does grate, but the food looks mouth-watering, especially his "ultimate steak" and potatoes. Jimmy, meanwhile, creates a tandoor oven using a bin and a flower pot, and everything that comes out of it looks delicious. Hannah Verdier

Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge

8pm, Channel 5

Robson Green breaks out his boilies and waders for another set of extreme fishing challenges, the first finding him »

- Ben Arnold, Lanre Bakare, Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Rachel Aroesti, Andrew Mueller

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