13 items from 2014
Despite a recent onslaught of groan-inducing trailers for Dumb and Dumber To, expectations were high for rubber-faced funnyman (and In Living Color vet) Jim Carrey’s return to Studio 8H for a third crack at hosting Saturday Night Live.
Ultimately, despite an uninspired “Ebola Czar” cold open – Kenan Thompson’s mildly amusing Al Sharpton was a minor highlight in an otherwise forced, dull take on the current virus hysteria – the show’s best moments helped make Carrey’s return a fairly memorable one.
Here are my picks for best and worst sketches of the night:
Best: Matthew McConaughey for Lincoln »
Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for People about her experience on the hit ABC show. Last week was definitely an emotional one. Val is amazing because the second the package started playing, I started to get emotional because we don't see our video packages before the show. I knew what I said and I knew what was filmed, but seeing it and hearing it was another thing. Right before the dance, »
- Janel Parrish, @JanelParrish
After last nights marathon, two X Factor contestants were shown the door. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the entire weekend, as it happened.
And that really is it for the weekend. While we say goodbye and good job I didnt bother to memorise your surnames to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation, its time for me to say goodbye.
Youve been wonderful, but then again I never had any doubts to the contrary. Ill be back here next Saturday, when X Factor will only be two hours long. Imagine! Also, why not follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage) to see me whining about liveblogging throughout the week in real time? Now get out of here. Weve already missed 15 minutes of Homeland.
Thankfully, this is probably the right decision. I was worried for a second there. That said, it would have been funny if theyd stayed, just because Simon hates them so much. »
- Stuart Heritage
Dancing with the Stars returned Monday with the top 10 celebrity dancers performing routines that channeled their most memorable year. Instead of a guest judge this week, the empty fourth chair was replaced by viewer votes tabulated during each performance.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy were the first to hit the dance floor, taking on a Rumba. Parrish’s most memorable year, 2002, is when her vocal coach/ second grandmother passed away while she was trying to get a break in Hollywood. Val’s choreography incorporated a lot of contemporary moves into the Latin dance. Most of the judges enjoyed the new take and Janel’s moves, but Bruno Tonioli wanted to see the Pretty Little Liars star improve her spins. Score: 9+9+9+9=36
“The Identical” gives us a premise so bonkers that one can only wish John Waters had gotten a crack at it: identical-twin Elvises, one spiritual and one profane, as though the “How Great Thou Art” singer and the “Hound Dog” hip-shaker were two separate people. Unfortunately, this juicy, ludicrous plotline is at the service of a banal and seemingly endless melodrama, riddled with clunky, faith-based messaging and the cruddiest, least dangerous “devil's music” you ever heard. In Presley-an terms, it makes “Kissin’ Cousins” look like “Jailhouse Rock.” Also read: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Should Win Super Slow Box Office »
- Alonso Duralde
Every once in a while, a star steps out looking like she's headed to shoot a "Jailhouse Rock" remix video and we find ourselves asking the same age-old question: Can thick black-and-white stripes ever work? Today that lucky (or maybe unlucky?) lady is Selena Gomez, which makes the debate even tougher because there's little the Getaway leading lady can do wrong in our book. And yet, does she not look like a smooth criminal or a Beetlejuice super fan? Minus the bold pattern, this look is perfectly chic. The high-waisted black skinnies are slimming but still highlight the "Come & Get It" singer's perfect curves. And we're way into the Yoko Ono shades. Even those pointy »
Everyone loves a good movie dance scene, and with Step Up 5: All In hitting cinemas this week, we've had boogieing on the brain recently.
YouTube is a goldmine for cool dance clips, but we've uncovered a nifty compilation featuring some of the best moves from the movies.
Are these cinema's greatest ever dance scenes, or are there others that have missed out? Let us know in the comments section below!
Step Up 5: All In opens in cinemas on August 1. »
Anghus Houvouras on Comic-Con and how the once mighty event lost is relevance…
Rome was once the center of the Universe. A place of innovation, inspiration, and cultural relevance which the world had never seen. The capital of an empire that influenced every society it conquered. Now it’s a city in Italy where tourists go on holiday to take pictures in a fountain.
Comic-Con has lost it’s luster. It’s no longer ‘hip’ or ‘relevant’. It used to be cool, like thin Jailhouse Rock Elvis. Now it’s a bloated, bedazzles jumpsuit wearing shell of its former self destined to die on a toilet. Once it was a comic book convention where geeks and nerds could gather as an annual celebration to geek culture, but that’s before ‘the man’ got it’s greasy hands on it. San Diego Comic-Con has been co-opted by Hollywood Studios and been »
- Anghus Houvouras
Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.
So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?
The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):
1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)
In director James Foley »
- Frank Ochieng
The clear difficulty of identifying the definitive movie musicals is separating the musical itself from the film version. The Phantom of the Opera is, without a doubt, a top ten definitive stage musical. Movie musical? Not so much. Drawing a clear line between the two is what makes this list a little trickier. For this segment of the list, we have musicals that have no stage version, two Best Picture winners, a Palme d’Or winner, and a few musicals that may stretch the term a bit.
courtesy of writeonnewjersey.com
20. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Directed by Richard Thorpe
It brought “The King” to the big screen for the first time in a film about a man in prison who learns to express himself through music, rather than violence (he’s in prison for manslaughter). Vince (Elvis Presley) accidentally kills a drunk in »
- Joshua Gaul
Baz Luhrmann's a filmmaker that's always been heavily associated with music. He's only made one out-and-out musical, Moulin Rogue, but all of his pictures pivot on pop songs of every era, energizing his visuals with the propulsive thrust of the 20th and 21st century's hottest beats. But what happens when you pair Baz Luhrmann with the King Of Rock And Roll himself, Elvis Presley? The Wrap reports that Warner Bros. is looking to make the definitive movie about The King, and Baz Luhrmann is in negotiations to direct. Warner Bros. has secured rights to the entire Presley music library, so this won't be one of those Elvis movies where he only sings An American Trilogy because the producers couldn't afford Jailhouse Rock. There hasn't really been a definitive take on the Elvis mythos, unfortunate but not unpredictable given the prohibitive cost of his music. But how would you make »
Graceland is honoring Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday with a fun-filled four-day bash that kicks off on Jan. 8 in Memphis. We’re getting all shook up just thinking about it!
Elvis Presley may have left the building but his legacy lives on through his countless loyal fans. Graceland, the late singer’s mansion and 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tenn., is opening its glorious doors to the public for a celebration fit for the King!
Elvis’ Birthday In Graceland: Fans Are Celebrating With A 4-Day Party
It’s the King of Rock and Roll’s would-be birthday on Jan. 8 and fans aren’t about to let it go by unnoticed!
Elvis -- 'Jailhouse Rock' Take Our Poll
To get the party started, a proclamation ceremony will be read in Graceland at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 8. City and county leaders will be on hand to cut the birthday cake »
The beginning of a calendar year is an active time for the serious movie-watcher. Besides providing the most accelerated moment of awards pre-season and a profusion of top 10 lists, the new year also portends surprises from the influx of films annually chosen for preservation by the Nfpb and the new streaming contracts that motivate some heavy updates on your Netflix queue. But the Duke School of Law has also annually contributed another litany of films to these annual aggregations: films (and other creative works) that, as of January 1st of each year, they argue should be, but aren’t, added to the public domain. According to the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, if the Copyright Act of 1976 (which went into effect in 1978) had never been passed, as of last week many works from 1957 would go into public domain in the United States, including classic films like David Lean’s Bridge on the River Kwai »
- Landon Palmer
13 items from 2014
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