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As a happy-go-lucky child star, Mickey Rooney was Hollywood's biggest draw. But he doesn't seem so cheery now he's playing panto in Milton Keynes at the age of 89 ...
Where to begin with Mickey Rooney? He has been an actor – if not a star – for a long time. His debut was in 1927, when he was seven. By 1938, he was the biggest box-office draw in the world, a smiling robot from the MGM star factory. They put him in the Andy Hardy series, where he played America's favourite son.
He was an athletic singer and dancer – the beaming foil to a young Judy Garland in the "let's put on a show, kids!" films – and a good dramatic actor, too. But after the war he slumped – eight marriages (the first to Ava Gardner), alcohol, drugs, bankruptcy and professional destitution, including a spell as a Mickey Rooney impersonator.
Then came his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, »
- Tanya Gold
By Steve Pond
In a way, Christmas is the last respite before Academy Awards season really starts heating up. Before New Years Day rolls around, voters will be staring at their ballots, studios will know it's time for a full-court press, and nervous potential nominees will see some scary deadlines looming.
But for now, let's forget about that and celebrate a holiday with some pretty close ties to the Academy Award. The classic Christmas song of the past century, for instance, won the best original song award at the 1942 Oscars:
- Steve Pond
In a case that plays like a script for a quirky indie film, a 15-year-old girl faces life behind bars for allegedly teaming up with her older boyfriend to murder her mother after she showed police the girl's diary. Tylar Witt was 14 this past June when her mother, Joanne Witt, 47, was found dead in their home in El Dorado Hills, a very upscale Northern California suburb. Prosecutors say Tylar drugged her mother and then her boyfriend, Steven "Boston" Colver, stabbed her 20 times and slashed her throat with a butcher knife. El Dorado County Superior Court judge James Wagoner ruled last »
- Howard Breuer
Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year
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Saturday 19 December
10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere
Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.
11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family
What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »
- Paul Howlett
A Garfield Christmas (Comfort & Joy)
ABC Family, 7 Am Et
Garfield travels with Jon and Odie to the countryside to celebrate Christmas with Jon's farm family.
Eloise at Christmastime (Sugarplum Romance)
Disney, 12 Pm Et
Eloise can't resist and interferes as the Plaza Hotel prepares for a romantic Christmas Eve wedding.
Santa Baby (Family Dramedy)
ABC Family, 6 Pm Et
Holiday Inn (Classic Cheer)
AMC, 10:45 Pm Et
What else is showing this season? See the complete Holiday TV Movie Guide: The 12 Flavors of Christmas.
And if you're wondering what to buy the movie lovers on your shopping list, check out our Holiday Gifts store.
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Ever been dragged off on a boring family vacation where you had to leave your favorite console behind? Or do you ever wish while you were on an out-of-town business trip that you could play a few rounds of Modern Warfare 2 at your hotel? Well, Spawn Labs wants to make this fantasy a reality with its new product, The Spawn HD-720.
Operating in a similar fashion as the popular Slingbox, this device connects to your two favorite consoles at your home and allows you to access your gaming system remotely from your computer using the Spawn Player, which is a free download. The Xbox 360, Xbox, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, and Gamecube are all compatible, but only the PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers have native support. Adapters will be sold for the other consoles or you can map your favorite controller with any system. Want to play Xbox 360 games with your PS3 controller? Apparently »
- Jason Weissman
Popular North East Doctor Who convention Dimensions moved back to Tynside this year after hanging around Teesside and County Durham for a few years - and Eighth Doctor Paul McGann was the star attraction over the weekend long event. Dimensions 2009 took place on the 14th and 15th of November at the Holiday Inn in Seaton Burn, where Paul McGann revealed quite how surprising he found being thrust into the world of Doctor Who fandom. "It was unexpected, the whole thing surprised me. I »
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Poltergeist (1982) Synopsis: A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter. Left with no other options, the family invites various experts to their home to try and retrieve their daughter and get away from their not-so-safe abode. Killer Scene: As I observed upon watching this film for the first time in a long time (see below for the rest of the story), it is one of the few truly great and terrifying horror films in which no one actually dies. At least, not during the runtime of the film. It involves plenty of dead people, all of whom died a long time ago, but no one actually dies (spoiler alert, straight from the early 80s). However, there is one badass scene in which the »
- Neil Miller
We have a brand new exclusive special feature clip from the brand new anniversary edition of White Christmas, which will be released on DVD on November 3. Click below to take a look at our exclusive special feature clip, which deals with Bing Crosby taking the time to sing for American soldiers.
White Christmas, Paramount's belated follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn, was the studio's first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film's simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which &"What Can You Do With a General?" is the least memorable. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye (replacing an ailing Donald O'Connor) play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and VeraEllen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil's Wii commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger, »
Gaining access into the Los Angeles premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon will be impossible due to popularity of the highly amped Twilight sequel and unless you are a super stealth MacGyver type who can scale the Mann's Theater, your access will be denied. Although the thought of seeing Robert Pattinson sport his skinny black tie on the red carpet makes you want to become Bruce Lee, we are here to tell you that you do have other options. Twilight fans are banning together to hold fun premiere parties filled with New Moon screenings, themed activities, and fun goodie bags. As you can imagine, reservations are filling up fast, so make sure you secure your spot right away. San Francisco Bay Area TwilightAnonymous is calling on all Twilight fans from the San Francisco Bay Area for their New Moon Movie Release Party on November 19, 2009. With purchase you will also »
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Halloween is just around the corner -- need an idea for that party? "Extra" brings you entertaining and creative "SNL" costumes that will surely make you the life of the party!
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As the Halloween season approaches, all kinds of fright fare past and present will be turning up at festivals and specialty theaters across the country. Here’s a rundown on a bunch of screenings and genre-film events we’ve been alerted to:
The first annual Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival launches tonight and continues through this Sunday, September 20 in Seattle, Wa at the Siff Cinema at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street). The event is hosting 33 shorts and six features from the realms of horror, science fiction, fantasy and animation; the full-length films are Jim Isaac’s Pig Hunt, D. Kerry Prior’s The Revenant (see our advance rave here), Faye Jackson’s Strigoi, Rustin Thompson’s The Ends Of The Earth, Scott Norwood’s TIMETRAVEL_0 and Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell’s black-metal documentary Until The Night Takes Us. In advance of the Fantastic Fest that begins next week, Austin, TX »
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It’s week two and the mystery is gone…maybe. It seems Melrose 2.0 has rushed to a few reveals in the second episode without letting characters, and their seedy pasts, reveal themselves more slowly. Oh well, Melrose Place was never about subtlety. In addition to seeing more of Auggie’s abs (thank you, opening shower scene!), we also learned more about his post-aa bedroom romps with Sydney and about a pre-sobriety bar fight in which his then-girlfriend died and Auggie killed a guy in self defense. The other big Sydney revelation in this flashback-rific episode was that Violet had told Sydney she was her mother. If it’s true, that’s not exactly a shocker (they’re both redheads, and Violet had stolen that photo of Sydney in the first episode). But I’m hoping that the theory is just a little too neat – maybe Sydney’s denials will turn »
- Wendy Mitchell
Three months ago, former Dipset affiliate Max B (real name Charles Wingate) was found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery (among other charges) stemming from a 2006 incident in northern New Jersey. Today, the Harlem rapper was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
A jury found Max B guilty of nine of the 11 total counts he faced during his trial, all of which stemmed from an incident wherein the rapper and two other men attempted to steal $30,000 from another pair of men at a Holiday Inn, leading to one of those two getting shot. Max fired his attorney Gerald Saluti shortly before the sentencing and plans on appealing the sentence.
The rapper was first introduced to the rap world as a member of Jim Jones' Dipset offshoot crew Byrd Gang a few years ago and is known best for delivering a scathing verse on a Jay-z dis track called "You Gotta Love It, »
- MTV News
Etta James must be taking lessons from Faye Dunaway in how to be a diva. Etta James came out swinging against Beyonce for daring to perform her signature song — "At Last" — as the first dance for Barack and Michelle Obama at an inaugural ball. At a Jan. 28 concert in Seattle, the veteran singer let rip: "I tell you, that woman he has singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ... whipped. I can’t stand Beyonce, she had no business up there singing ... my song that I’ve been singing forever."
However, that was not the first time Beyonce had sung "At Last." She played Etta James in the December release "Cadillac Records" and performed that tune among many others in the film. And at the premiere of the picture, Beyonce sang her predecessor’s praises: "She’s a living legend and I want her to love the movie, »
15 items from 2009
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