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Admit it: You're still hung up on "The X Factor" winners Alex and Sierra and how truly great they became over the course of the Fox reality competition's third season. The show might not be the best, but the Florida duo is the best winner to come out of a singing competition show in years.
While they're headed to Los Angeles after the new year to record their debut album -- they won a $1 million Sony recording contract as their prize -- we can't wait that long to listen to them! So until then, Zap2it has compiled videos of their each and every "X Factor" performance to tide you over until you can buy a full disc. (You can buy most of their singles on iTunes now.)
Audition round: "Toxic," Britney Spears
Live Show No. »
Did you think that once we were down to four acts, the show would only be an hour long? Think again, "X Factor" fans.
1. Carlito Olivero, "Boyfriend" and "I Need to Know"
Well, he knows his target audience, even bringing a girl on stage to sit in a chair while he sings and wiggles his pelvis at her. It's ... pretty cheesy, but I suspect the voters will really dig it. Is it going to be Carlito vs. Restless Road for the title? Hmm.
Vocally, this is solid, I'll give him that. "Boyfriend" is not the most demanding song by any stretch of the imagination, but he's hitting all the notes, which is more than he has done in some weeks.
However, "I Need to Know" is a step in the right direction. It's still not an overly challenging song, but it's better than boyfriend and he sounds terrific. Carlito was pretty solid this week. »
John Carney’s 2007 film Once was a surprising, touching musical about two musicians falling in love through their love of music. It felt authentic thanks to the naturalistic direction, and real-life musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who made their acting debuts and fell in love in real life. That kind of chemistry is lightning in a bottle, but it provided Once with a unique and vibrant feel that expertly wove together a love of music and a love story. Carney’s new film, Can a Song Save Your Life?, returns to similar territory but with a more polished approach that diminishes the charm in favor of a more Hollywood-friendly feel. The movie is still funny, good-natured, and most importantly, stresses the joy of sharing music with others. It’s even a little acerbic in its tone towards the music business, but Carney’s film is guilty of the some »
- Matt Goldberg
It has been seven years since writer/director John Carney's breakout hit Once, which made stars out of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and ended up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film was fantastic, not only for its music, but the delicate nature of its authentic and welcoming storytelling. There have been a couple of projects between then and now for Carney, but his latest feature, Can a Song Save Your Lifec is, for all intents and purposes, his true follow-up effort to the 2006 success. Disappointingly, everything that made Once so great is absent from this film, which is nothing more than a soap opera-level melodrama. Set in New York, the story follows Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a washed-up record producer, and his eventual professional relationship with Gretta (Keira Knightley), a singer-songwriter that has just broken things off with her boyfriend (Adam Levine) after he finds success »
- Brad Brevet
How about we call it “Twice”? Director John Carney so desperately wants to recreate the success of “Once” with his latest pop-musical fairy tale, “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” that it’s almost embarrassing, even if there are a number of good things to say about it. Enough good things, in fact, that the Weinstein Co. already snatched the movie up out of Toronto for a reported $7-odd-million. And you can easily see why: It possesses the kind of shameless sentimentality that sells. And a shallowness that’s ultimately depressing. Why depressing? Only because Carney seems capable of so much more, and Mark Ruffalo is one of the more charming actors around, and Keira Knightley is a goddess. Granted, Carney has made a couple of errant choices post-“Once,” the gentle Irish fable that starred Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, and inspired the current, Tony-winning musical (a movie adaptation »
- John Anderson
As I compiled this list of musical scenes written or improvised by the actors who performed them, I quickly realized that I could never cover everything. The amount of music written by the actors in Christopher Guest films alone would more than double the size of this article. So I tried to limit myself to scenes and movies that I'd be able to give some fun insight on.
I literally got goosebumps rewatching some of these musical scenes. I hope you're inspired to give some of these movies a whirl in the DVD/Blu-ray player afterwards with a new sense of appreciation for the work that went into these musical moments.
The Return of The King (2003) - "The Edge of Night"
- Eli Reyes
The Producers of the eight time Tony award-winning musical Once today announce that booking for the West End production extends to 31 May 2014, releasing over 200,000 new tickets for sale at the Phoenix Theatre.
With a cast led by Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cviteši? as Guy and Girl respectively, John Tiffany’s West End production of the hit musical opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April this year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. At each performance, live on stage, the Company play 10 Cf Martin guitars, 2 violins, 1 melodica, 1 cello, 2 mandolins, 1 ukelele, 1 bass guitar, 1 banjo, 2 cajon’s, 1 drum kit, 1 piano, 1 harmonica and 1 concertina and on the West End’s only on stage bar, audience members can join the cast for the start of the show and at the interval.
Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and »
- David Agnew
As I wrap up another season full of moving, sassy, romantic, and knee-slappingly funny music moments at TV Jukebox, I’ve been excited to single out some amazing tunes by new-to-me acts: Brooklyn’s sultry-spooky duo Ms Mr, soulful piano balladeer Sara Jackson-Holman, L.A. poppers Milo Greene, and singer-songwriter Adam Agin, to name a few. That said, I realized after taking stock of the nearly 300 songs I name-checked this past season that there were a few surprising omissions.
Perhaps these songs were too big or (more likely) expensive for their own good. Then again, that didn’t stop »
- Lanford Beard
New York — There was a time when most of the songs played on the radio came from Broadway. Now some popular hit makers like Cyndi Lauper and Sting are finding it still feels like home.
"Look, they don't break your balls that much here," Lauper said of the experience of composing "Kinky Boots," her debut musical. "Know what I'm saying? They don't friggin' aggravate you as much."
More and more singer-songwriters from the pop world seem to be hearing that siren song: The trickle of pop and rock stars turning to the stage is fast becoming a flood.
Besides Sting and Lauper, stars such as Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Edie Brickell, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello and The Flaming Lips are making musicals.
The reasons are as varied as the different sounds those artists create: Broadway represents a new challenge. Or it offers »
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
They’re a lesser known band than some, but The Frames have inspired many musically throughout Ireland and outside of the UK and, for me, deserve a whole lot more recognition. They were founded in 1990 by Glen Hansard who you might remember for his role as Outspan Foster in the brilliant The Commitments but also more recently for his part in Once, in which Hansard and Markéta Irglová not only played the lead roles but they also wrote the songs. In fact, ‘Falling Slowly’ from Once won the Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards for Best Original Song and has also just started a stage run in the West End.
Today we wanted to share the truly engaging trailer for The Frames: In The Deep Shade, a documentary that’s described as “a poetic and visceral experience” and from this first look, you can feel the world that the band »
- Dan Bullock
Owls of the Swamp, the musical moniker of Australian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Pete Uhlenbruch, continues to reach the ever-growing expectation for earnest vocals, adept guitar-picking and vivid storytelling with latest single “The Hypnotist.” The song, which features background vocals from The Swell Season’s Marketa Irglova, illustrates the tale of a hypnotist and his relationship with a long-lost lover. The single marks Uhlenbruch’s first since 2011’s Go With River, and fans will hope it is a sign of more content to come. Check out “The Hypnotist” in the player below. Video Platform Video Management Video Solutions Video Player »
Once was a surprise cinema hit – a micro-budget romance about an Irish busker and a Czech flower seller. Who better to adapt it for stage than self-confessed misanthrope Enda Walsh? The playwright recalls his journey from cynic to proud, emotional wreck
We don't do musicals in Ireland. Well, not much. We like to keep our actors and musicians separate at all times. In separate counties, even. There is possibly a musical theatre company hidden on Sherkin Island doing a production of Wicked right now, but they haven't been found yet. And when they do find them, it will be a heavy dose of Samuel Beckett for those grinning fools. Why break into song and dance to exorcise your inner emotions when you can talk yourself through it? Over the years, I've added my own fair share of words to Irish theatre. You can't help it as an Irish person. We talk. »
With only 55 hours until the 84th annual Academy Awards, there is a subtle shift that takes place where the event suddenly becomes less about the movies we’re supposed to be celebrating and more about the television show itself. Who’s presenting? How will Seth MacFarlane be received? Will Sean Connery be part of the James Bond tribute? Who will be bleeped for profanity?
For months, I’ve debated the merits of the top films, and my choices for the major awards have been etched in cement that dried long before the Golden Globes were even handed out. Lincoln was »
- Jeff Labrecque
"And the Oscar goes to…" Five words that will send nervous tingles through even the coolest of Hollywood customer. Winning an Academy Award can prompt tears of joy, euphoria, the desire to kiss whoever crosses your path or, in the case of Joe Pesci, extreme terseness.
As the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck ready themselves for the big night on Sunday (February 24), Digital Spy takes a look back at 20 of the most memorable acceptance speeches in Oscars history.
"Thank you life, thank you love. It is true, there are some angels in this city!" So usually a calm and restrained presence in interviews, Marion Cotillard let her emotions run free as she picked up a much-deserved Oscar for her barnstorming turn as Édith Piaf.
> Watch Marion Cotillard's Oscars acceptance speech
"It's my privilege. »
We’ve received news that the West End version of the film Once, has announced who’ll take on those lead roles that Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová portray on the big screen. Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cviteši? will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in John Tiffany’s West End production of the Broadway hit musical opening at the Phoenix Theatre in Spring 2013, that we first reported on last year.
Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.
Having received »
- Dan Bullock
Chicago – Amiable charm compensates for scattershot laughs in Ryan O’Nan’s directorial debut, “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.” There’s an undercurrent of tangible warmth that reverberates beneath O’Nan’s awkward assemblage of quirky gags and self-consciously clever dialogue. Though I spent much of the film on the fence, it eventually won me over.
There are few things more thrilling to watch in a film than two strangers connecting through their shared passion for music. That’s what happened in John Carney’s 2006 masterpiece, “Once,” as Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová brilliantly portrayed the spontaneity of an unrehearsed musical performance—allowing the Oscar-winning tune, “Falling Slowly,” to organically unfold before the audience like a blooming flower.
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0
A similar sort of magic occurs about a half-hour into “Brooklyn Brothers,” as mismatched duo Alex (O’Nan) and Jim (Michael Weston) start to perform a tune while driving to their next gig. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
When Groban ventures to the CBS crime series, he’ll be playing himself, EW detailed in their exclusive. The star’s shining moment will kill two birds with one stone. A celebrity cameo is great for CSI: NY and the spotlight will help Groban promote his upcoming album, titled “All That Echoes,” which will be released on Feb. 5th from Reprise Records.
The operatic cutie’s last album was 2010′s “Illuminations”. “All That Echoes” is available for pre-order now. It boasts a collaboration with Rob Cavallo who has also worked with Green Day and Paramore. In a press statement the artist said, “From beginning to end, this project has blossomed with absolute joy and inspiration. Together »
- Sasha Nova
18 items from 2013
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