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'The Goldbergs' review: It screams family-centric comedy

Welcome to another installment of "5 Questions and 500 Words," The Boob Tube Dude's approach this year to reviewing the sundry pilots that will be unspooling over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I'm keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity.

"The Goldbergs" premieres at 9 p.m. Et Tuesday (Sept. 24) on ABC.

I'm old enough to remember watching "The Wonder Years." Is this going to make me want to punch things?

Absolutely not, since comparing the two shows really does a disservice to both. They might sound like similar entities, separated only by the decades depicted therein. Sure, setting this show in the 1980's means audience members my age will get that Buzzfeed-esque rush of "Ooooh, I remember that thing from that time!" But "The Wonder Years" was quirky,
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12 British sitcom stars and their surprise movie appearances

Feature Simon Brew 28 Jun 2013 - 07:11

Ever watched a big movie, and stopped with a jolt when a star of a British sitcom pops up? Us too...

This feature is all the fault of the late Richard Marner. As the incompetent Colonel in 'Allo 'Allo, he built a performance that was indelible in our eyes. Thus, when he turned up in a big Hollywood thriller as the President of Russia, we unsuccessfully stifled a guffaw. A big guffaw.

And it got us thinking: what other times has a British sitcom star appeared out of the blue in a big movie, causing a sedentary double take from the comfort of our local Odeon? Glad you asked.

Two things. Firstly, this isn't designed to be a complete list, and also, we've covered films made after the actor or actress confirmed rose to prominence in a sitcom. Oh, and another thing: none of
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'Americans' Star Matthew Rhys Talks Barbaric Brawls, Keri Russell's Hair & Mmore

'Americans' Star Matthew Rhys Talks Barbaric Brawls, Keri Russell's Hair & Mmore
On this week's episode of "The Americans," titled "Comint," the tension is rising and star Matthew Rhys, who plays Kgb spy Philip Jennings, is as excited as viewers are to find out what's next. "Something has to happen," he insists about Philip and his wife Elizabeth (Keri Russell). "Something has to give."

Rhys chatted with HuffPost TV via phone about playing a tough guy, getting slapped by Russell (on a take-by-take basis), why he's slightly terrified of guest star Margo Martindale (who plays the Jennings' Kgb handler Claudia), hoping Dexys Midnight Runners makes it into "The Americans" one day, nicknaming Russell "John Denver" and much more below.

Stateside, TV audiences really knew you from "Brothers and Sisters" so had you done a lot of action sequences before?

I had a few little jobs back in the UK that required [it] -- you know, a couple of war films and things like that,
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – review

Ezra Miller is given a disappointing role in this teen agony drama that has a strong flavour of phoniness

Those who admired Ezra Miller's performance in Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, and were eager to see what he did next, are going to be dismayed at the way he has been cast in this passive-aggressive teen agony drama with a strong flavour of phoniness. Miller gets to play the campy-witty gay best friend, who is simply a sacrificial figure; his function is to lend depth to the straight characters' stories. It is 1991, and Logan Lerman (who played the lead in the fantasy movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) is Charlie, a sensitive, lonely boy who is just starting out in high school. He gets taken under the wing of sassy step-siblings Patrick (Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) and soon finds the resulting emotional triangle
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Discover 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' in These 6 Clips

Stephen Chbosky brings his celebrated coming of age novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" to the screen with a little help from fantasy film staples Emma Watson ("Harry Potter"), Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson"), and an assist from "We Need to Talk About Kevin" maniac Ezra Miller.

The three stars play young teens dealing with feelings, shyness, group social dynamics and all the other stuff they warned you about on after-school specials. It centers on Charlie (Lerman) as he goes from exclusion to acceptance during his angst-filled freshman year of high school.

1. Everyone toasts Logan Lerman on the massive success of "Percy Jackson."

2. Ezra Miller scares "Dawn of the Dead" make-up man Tom Savini into giving him a passing grade.

3. That's right, folks, Dexys Midnight Runners have come back around to being cool prom music again.

4. Lerman forgives Emma Watson for her torrid affair with ginger lothario Ron Weasley.

5. Watson
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'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Soundtrack Features Sonic Youth, Galaxie 500, David Bowie, The Smiths & More

Every good teen movie needs a soundtrack of great tunes to go with it. For the upcoming "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower," it looks like the filmmakers have to put together one helluva mixtape that will make those who came of age in the '80s and '90s swoon, and perhaps turn some younger music fans on to some decent artists. Spanning twelve tracks, the songs mostly fall into the heavily emotional side of things, with choice cuts from folks like The Smiths, The Innocence Mission, Cocteau Twins and Galaxie 500 (holy college radio flashback), but it isn't afraid to get on the dancefloor either, thanks to New Order and Dexys Midnight Runners. Looking for something with a bit more volume and edge? How about Sonic Youth's epic "Teenage Riot"? Just don't ask us to explain what Cracker's "Low" is doing here. Cap things off with David Bowie's classic "Heroes,
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Exclusive: What's On The 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Soundtrack?

The widely anticipated film "Perks of Being a Wallflower" doesn't hit theaters until Sept. 21, but it's already generated a great deal of attention.

Perhaps that's due to its charming cast -- Emma Watson stars as a high school senior and Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Kate Walsh, Mae Whitman, Dylan McDermott and Logan Lerman are along for the ride -- but it seems like audiences are really champing at the bit for this one. (The film's currently enjoying a 98% audience anticipation rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

And the soundtrack -- debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment -- is sure to add to the excitement. "Over many years, I have collected songs," "Perks" author (the film is an adpatation), screenwriter and director Stephen Chbosky writes in the album’s liner notes. "I’ve shared them with friends. And they have shared their favorites with me. Some of the songs are popular. Some of them
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Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week

Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week
Aug. 12: Actor George Hamilton is 73. Actress Jennifer Warren is 71. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 63. Singer Kid Creole is 62. Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon") is 58. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 58. Actor Bruce Greenwood ("Thirteen Days") is 56. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 51. Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot is 49. Actor Peter Krause is 47. Actor Michael Ian Black ("Ed") is 41. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 41. Actor Casey Affleck is 37. Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych") is 32. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 19.

Aug. 13: Actor Pat Harrington is 83. Actor Kevin Tighe is 68. Actress Gretchen Corbett ("The Rockford Files") is 65. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 53. Actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") is 51. Actor John Slattery is 50. Actress Debi Mazar is 48. Actress Quinn Cummings ("Family") is 45. Country singer Andy Griggs is 39. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 34. Actress Kathryn Fiore ("Reno 911!") is 33. Singer James Morrison is 28.

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Dexys confirm album details, live shows

Dexys confirm album details, live shows
Dexys, the band formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners, have confirmed details of their new studio album The follow-up to 1985's Don't Stand Me Down is titled One Day I'm Going To Soar and is released on June 4. Frontman Kevin Rowland said of the album: "I got lucky. I couldn't have made this record five years ago. Or ten years ago. Everything seemed to fall into place. "I don't know why, but it seems like the stars were aligned. Everything seemed to work, whereas previously, it hadn't." He added: "This is a Dexys record, not a Kevin Rowland record. It's now called Dexys, Not Dexys Midnight Runners because it's the same, but it's also not the same." Rowland is backed by Mick Talbot, Pete Williams, Jim Paterson, Neil Hubbard, Tim Cansfield, (more)
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Strictly Come Dancing: liveblog!

The remaining Strictly couples are dancing to stay in the competition. So who will impress – and who will get the boot? Join me from 6.55pm on Saturday

Good evening, and welcome to tonight's Strictly Come Dancing liveblog! Our eight remaining couples have decamped all the way to Wembley this week, to perform in this iconic ballroom venue (eh?) in front of an audience of over six thousand people. These are of course taken from the ten million people who usually watch on TV every week, but it's not the same as having them all in the room, apparently. Either way, we can expect lots of gushing excitement about the size of the arena, the crowd, the atmosphere, the occasion and so forth. If anyone fancies embarking on a drinking game for every time anyone says "Wembley", I cannot be responsible for the outcome.

I'll be here from 6.55pm to liveblog the Wembley extravaganza,
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'The Citizen Kane of darts': In search of Jocky Wilson

Darts champ Jocky Wilson was one of Britain's most beloved sportsmen in the 1980s. New film Kirkcaldy Man tells the sad story of his life after the glory years

In some quarters, Jocky Wilson is a living legend. The pudgy ex-miner was twice the world darts champion; his grinning image was once featured on Top of the Pops when Dexy's Midnight Runners performed Jackie Wilson Said. But the glory years at the oche are long forgotten. These days, Wilson is a recluse, living on disability benefits in his home town, Kirkcaldy.

Now a young German film-maker, Julian Schwanitz, has gone on Wilson's trail. Dortmund-raised but Scottish-based, Schwanitz put together his 25-minute film, Kirkcaldy Man, as a graduation project from Edinburgh's College of Art. He says his interest in Wilson grew from two of his own interests: darts, which he played as a kid, and mining, a major industry in the
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'X Factor': Melanie Amaro Stands Out As Five Go Home

First live episode whittles pool down to 12 finalists.

By Adam Graham

Melanie Amaro performs on 'X Factor'

Photo: Fox

Five contestants were shown the door on Tuesday's "X Factor," the first live episode of the singing competition.

Among those sent away during the two-and-a-half-hour episode was Dexter Haygood, the formerly homeless contestant who once lived on L.A.'s Skid Row. Haygood -- described early on as the "funky phenomenon" by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger -- said he was "kinda confused" by the dismissal, which followed his bizarro-world mash-up of Britney Spears' "Womanizer" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," though he then said he didn't know why he was confused. "Right now I'm in the boggle zone, which is the 21st century twilight zone," Haygood explained.

Also sent packing during the episode were 20-year-old Tiah Tolliver, a favorite of Simon Cowell's who was never liked by
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Watch And Sing Along: Do You Remember These One-Hit Wonders?

Watch And Sing Along: Do You Remember These One-Hit Wonders?
Andy Warhol said everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, but if you ask one-hit wonders, they'll say you're lucky to get 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Before reality TV started turning ordinary folks into stars, there was no faster path to the peak of celebrity -- and no more direct route back to the depths of obscurity -- than being a one-hit wonder.

Granted, there are probably good reasons why folks like Los Del Rio, the two middle-aged Spanish guys who took "Macarena" to No. 1 in 1996, never followed up their big hit, and the world was surely okay with making C.W. McCall's 1976 hit "Convoy" the only No. 1 song dedicated to Cb radio.

But we come here to praise one-hit wonders, not to bury them. For every one-and-done novelty like "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees or annoyingly catchy and cloying tune like Charlene's 1983 smash "I've Never Been To Me," there is a stone-cold
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Dexys preview first minute of new album

Dexys preview first minute of new album
Dexys have previewed the first minute of their planned comeback record. The band - formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners - released their third and last studio record Don't Stand Me Down in 1985 and split a year later. Dexys reformed in 2003 and recently confirmed plans to release new material. "Here is the opening minute of the new Dexys album, due in 2012," a message read on the band's official YouTube channel. "The song is called 'Now'." "In the past there was Dexys Midnight Runners. From now on there is Dexys," an image (more)
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Dexys Midnight Runners recording new album

Dexys Midnight Runners recording new album
Dexys Midnight Runners have announced that they are currently recording their first studio album in more than 25 years. The band's last full release was 1985's Don't Stand Me Down. Now simply called Dexys, they have confirmed via Twitter that they hope to release new material in 2012. Along with new photos from a recording session, they tweeted: "Dexys new album. Can't really say why, because it's hard to put down to any one thing, but it's working - it's early days, but so far so good." Singer (more)
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Total recall: why retromania is all the rage

From synth pop to Hollywood remakes to collecting manual typewriters, we're busy plundering the past. But why the fatal attraction?

There's no single thing that made me suddenly think, Hey, there's a book to be written about pop culture's chronic addiction to its own past. As the last decade unfolded, noughties pop culture became steadily more submerged in retro. Both inside music (reunion tours, revivalism, deluxe reissues, performances of classic albums in their entirety) and outside (the emergence of YouTube as a gigantic collective archive, endless movie remakes, the strange and melancholy world of retro porn), there was mounting evidence to indicate an unhealthy fixation on the bygone.

But if I could point to just one release that tipped me over the edge into bemused fascination with retromania, it would be 2006's Love, the Beatles remix project. Executed by George Martin and his son Giles to accompany the Cirque du Soleil spectacular in Las Vegas,
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Killing Bono review

When your classmates go on to form U2, and take the limelight away from you, what do you do? Michael sees one possible answer explored in Killing Bono. Here's his review...

Heavily adapted from the memoirs of Telegraph rock critic, Neil McCormick, Killing Bono starts thrillingly, before falling into the frustrating, unpleasant space between fact and fiction.

Its opening is both promising and entirely made up. In 1987, Neil (Ben Barnes) careens through the streets of Dublin, which are draped with posters teasing an exclusive launch party for The Joshua Tree, the latest album from U2. In between swerves, he breaks the fourth wall, staring at the camera as we hear of his thwarted dreams. "I always knew I'd be famous," he crows, but little did he know that it would be his two classmates, Paul Hewson (Martin McCann) and David Evans (Mark Griffin), later known as Bono and The Edge,
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Why Melissa Leo may find it does not pay to advertise

The history of celebrity self-promotion sets an unlucky precedent for the Oscar hopeful

Tinseltown's in a tizz about Melissa Leo's decision to take out a series of ads for herself in the Hollywood trade press ahead of the Oscars. Upset by her lack of exposure, the 50-year-old favourite for best supporting actress has said she paid for the ads – glamorous colour photographs of herself in evening wear, topped by the word "Consider . . ." – to counter ageism and "show a different side of herself".

It looks likely to backfire, of course, as self-promotion often does. Not just because the Academy has disliked stars who campaign for themselves ever since 1960, when Oscar-nominated actor Chill Wills claimed in an ill-advised ad that the cast of The Alamo were praying harder for him to win than those involved in the real Battle of the Alamo had prayed for their lives. Even Hollywood recognised this as poor taste,
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Music: Music Review: Mew: Eggs Are Funny

Well, isn’t that funny? A greatest-hits collection from a band with no hits. If Dexys Midnight Runners can have a best-of album, then anyone can, but that still doesn’t make this collection of previously released songs from Danish epic-rock outfit Mew any less perplexing. Before even putting Eggs Are Funny on, the questions start flying: Is this some sort of contractual obligation? Isn’t it safe to assume that everyone who wants these songs already has them in one form or another? But once the hand-wringing is over, the triumphant, otherworldly pop kicks in, with Jonas Bjerre singing ...
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Alan McGee defends Rowland's 'My Beauty'

Alan McGee defends Rowland's 'My Beauty'
Alan McGee has defended his decision to release Kevin Rowland's 1999 LP My Beauty. The covers album from the ex-Dexys Midnight Runners frontman received mixed reviews on release. Its sleeve famously featured Rowland partially topless and in stockings. Defending the album, McGee told The Guardian: "It's Genius! Rowland is a genius! I've always said I liked that record. Look, the record should have been a million-seller. "It's just people's problem with a guy in stockings on the cover that stopped them buying it. But if you just put it on your iPod it's a work of genius." (more)
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