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Good evening, and welcome to the X Factor results show liveblog! If ever there was a Shriekquel, this is it. Stu Heritage is in Germany - unfortunately no-one from Nu Vibe was available, so I'm looking after his liveblog baby for the evening. He's left beers and snacks in the fridge and told me I can have friends round. Who's in?
So I was at a wedding in the Welsh valleys last night, thus I am a fragile petal and politely request that you all be gentle with me. Goodness me, they do know how to party in Wales. This means I finally watched last night's X Factor this afternoon whilst nursing an epic hangover; what a feast of visual »
- Heidi Stephens
Rachel Bilson layered up for the cover of Nylon's November America issue. Rachel is known as well for her style as she is for her acting work, and the actress opened up about her fashion sense - and even shared the contents of her Chloe purse! - in the magazine. Rachel's currently starring in the CW series Hart of Dixie, but when she's not working, she admits to being quite the homebody. Here's more from Rachel Bilson in Nylon: On the contents of her huge Chloe bag: "I feel like Mary Poppins! Look at this, I have a bra in here! All right, let's see what else is here: makeup remover, Advil, nail accessories. . . . Oh! I have socks and a pen in here, too! My wallet, sunglasses, my call sheet, checkbook. . . . I have some Mexican jumping beans! You never know when you may need them!" On being a homebody: "I'm »
- Lauren Turner
The former EastEnders scriptwriter reveals he sheds tears for his characters and wants to create a new soap
"I'm really hating that I'm saying this, because I know that I've written your headline for you," Tony Jordan says, with a good-humoured giggle. "But I think we should bring Eldorado back." The former EastEnders series consultant is in ebullient form, arguing for the return of the BBC's doomed early 90s soap, Eldorado, sent to an early grave after only one year on screen.
"It's a fantastic brand – although obviously not in the way it was first done, and I wrote the first episode so I'm allowed to say that," he laughs. Jordan recounts watching the director's monitor and realising how bad the opening show was: "It was one of the worst things I'd seen in my life. I remember phoning one of the other writers and saying: 'We're in shit. It's like fucking Thunderbirds. »
- Vicky Frost
Now Paul W.S. Anderson, the man behind the "Resident Evil" franchise, has seen fit to rewrite Dumas in the form of a 3-D steampunk adventure with lots o' explosions and his wife, Milla Jovovich. Are we complaining? Hells no. See why for yourself with six clips from "The Three Musketeers."
2. It Was An Off Day. The Musketeers took on 10 soldiers each, a paltry sum by their standards. #humblebrag
3. Let's Even The Odds. Apparently all you need to carve your way through dozens of armed guards are a sword and a Lot of speed ramps. Thanks, Mr. Cameraman!
4. They Were Not The Decoys, I Was. Seems »
- Max Evry
★★☆☆☆ No, this is not an in-depth look at the daily running of one of Britain's top broadsheets, though that may have been more satisfying than The Guardian (1990), The Exorcist (1973) director William Friedkin's demonic take on Mary Poppins. Starring that most British of actresses Jenny Seagrove as the nanny from hell, with Dwier Brown and Carey Lowell as the young couple who unwittingly hire her to look after their baby son, this would be chiller with heavy druid overtones, ultimately fails to raise much more than a mild shiver.
Phil and Kate (Brown and Lowell) have just moved to La and, due to their demanding careers, decide to hire a nanny to look after their new born son Jake. After the young girl they decide upon mysteriously fails to turn up, they are relieved when the seemingly prefect Camilla (Seagrove) appears on their doorstep. Camilla instantly bonds with Jake and »
- Daniel Green
The web site Toponlinecolleges.com has compiled a subjective list of the ten worst movie accents of all time. It may surprise no one that Dick Van Dyke's notorious "Cockney" accent from Mary Poppins tops the list but there are some other controversial choices including Sean Connery's Irish cop in The Untouchables who sounds like he just flew in from Edinburgh. The article points out that some stars and performances are so iconic, such as Connery's, that audiences overlook the star's inability or unwillingness to develop a realistic accent. To read click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Pixar have created some incredible films that are sure to enjoy a longevity afforded to very few animated films (only partner company Disney have really enjoyed a ‘timeless’ popularity for most of their films). Revolutionising animation processes, Pixar’s films are both groundbreaking and visually stunning – each improving upon the last.
However, what keeps us coming back for more is their ability to create engaging and unforgettable narratives to merge with their impressive techniques. There isn’t a Pixar film that hasn’t impressed both audiences and critics (even the less glorified Cars has its legions of dedicated fans and if anything, the tie-in merchandise and the soon to be released sequel attest to it being popular with viewers somewhere). The reason we all love the studio so much is that their stories are accessible to child and adult alike and each of their films has at least one moment »
- Stuart Cummins
Musafa, Simba, Disney's The Lion King Thanks to The Lion King 3D, the top ten movies on the North American box-office chart were up an impressive 33% compared to the previous weekend. That's the largest increase since the +72% registered when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came out on the July 15-17 weekend, and the fourth highest weekend-to-weekend increase so far in 2011. Though it performed much better than expected when early, rough box-office estimates came out on Friday evening, The Lion King failed to reach the $35 million some had been expecting by Saturday. Even so, Disney's animated blockbuster took in $30.15 million at 2,330 locations, averaging a remarkable — for a rerelease — $12,941 per theater. As per Box Office Mojo, The Lion King's adjusted-for-inflation domestic gross currently stands at $645.35 million, placing it at no. 22 among the top domestic grossers of all time. Three days ago, The Lion King was on the no. »
- Zac Gille
To helm its production of "Cabaret," Reprise Theatre Company turned to director Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Broadway's 2009 "Ragtime"). She had done a lively, wry job in 2010 with Reprise's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." But would she be able to overcome the legendary stamps put on the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical?Dodge, in turn, broke other molds. Her Sally Bowles is waiflike soprano Lisa O'Hare (Mary Poppins in the West End's "Mary Poppins," Eliza Doolittle in the national tour of "My Fair Lady"). For her Emcee, Dodge cast rocker Bryce Ryness (2009's "Hair" on Broadway, "Legally Blonde" on Broadway, Floyd in the Los Angeles premiere of "Floyd Collins"). In another act of brinkmanship, Dodge and her cast had two weeks to collaborate on the show before it opened. She, O'Hare, and Ryness spoke with Back Stage during a lunch break on their fourth day of rehearsals. »
- email@example.com (Dany Margolies)
The invitation to the private party following the screening was based on a note Holly Golightly writes to "Fred" in the film.
By Lee Pfeiffer
Paramount pulled out all the stops on September 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Blake Edwards' classic screen adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffanys at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. Presented in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the event showcased the superb new digital restoration of the movie. Sadly Blake Edwards passed away last year but his wife Julie Andrews was on hand to celebrate his great cinematic achievement. The evening began with a "blue carpet" (to tie in with the new Blu-ray release) event attended by celebrities, fashion models and Ms. Andrews, who posed for photos and met with the press.
The ageless Julie Andrews arrives on the blue carpet.
(Photo copyright: Paramount)
On stage, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I don't know whether it's chick-lit or cheque-lit, but a lot of journalists have been writing recently about the problems of multi-tasking women who want it all, though almost without exception the hard-working mothers are more likely to be bothered by the glass-ceilings over their lucrative jobs than the fungus-covered walls of their sink estate flats. "I don't know how she does it" is the astonished statement of wide-eyed admirers and envious detractors of Kate Reddy, a woman in her 30s juggling two lovable kids, marriage to a successful, loving architect and a high-paid job as an investment adviser.
In the novel by British columnist Allison Pearson, she's English, but the American film-makers have transposed her to Boston, where she's the same sort of high-flyer coming in on a whinge and a prayer to share her problems. Played by Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, she's all jokes, »
- Philip French
The Lion King Scratch early, rough box-office estimates for Disney's 3D version of The Lion King. After collecting an estimated $8.82 million on Friday, Sept. 16, in North America, the 1994 blockbuster could bring in as much as $35 million by Sunday evening as per Box Office Mojo. That's more than twice what prognosticators had been expecting a day or so ago. Who said 3D was dead? Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, The Lion King took in $312.85 million at the Us/Canada box office when it came out in June 1994. Overseas, it earned approximately $459.7m for a worldwide total of $772.55 million. In 2002, an IMAX release brought in another $15.68 million. As per Box Office Mojo, just yesterday The Lion King's adjusted-for-inflation domestic gross stood at $615.53 million, placing it at no. 25 — between Disney's Robert Stevenson-directed Mary Poppins and Paramount's Randal Kleiser-directed Grease — among the top domestic grossers of all time. Lions, »
- Zac Gille
The Lion King According to early, rough estimates found in The Hollywood Reporter, the 3D'ed version of Disney's 1994 megahit The Lion King will top the North American box office this weekend, Sept. 16-18. Partly thanks to 3D surcharges, The Lion King is expected to gross around $15 million, thus taking over the weekend box-office crown from Steven Soderbergh's all-star epi-drama Contagion. When it first came out in June 1994, The Lion King went on to gross $312.85 million in the Us/Canada, in addition to approximately $459.7m overseas, for a worldwide total of $772.55 million. In 2002, an IMAX release brought in another $15.68 million. As per Box Office Mojo, The Lion King's adjusted-for-inflation domestic gross currently stands at $615.53 million, placing it at no. 25 — between Mary Poppins and Grease — among the top domestic grossers of all time. Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, The Lion King features the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, »
- Zac Gille
 What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo: Pixar's Up in real life  (photoshopped together). The Season 10 premiere of Family Guy will screen  in movie theaters with additional footage on September 15th 2011.  The Liam Neeson Film Collection  will be released  on DVD on November 1st 2011 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Blind Side writer/helmer John Lee Hancock is teaming up  with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura for an ABC Crime Drama Project. Statikluft Recordings created  a Star Wars and Mary Poppins mashup »
- Peter Sciretta
Chicago – Anyone who’s witnessed the wonderfully incoherent trailers for “Hesher” is bound to be curious about the film’s true nature. Why does Joseph Gordon-Levitt have a raised middle finger tattooed on his back and why is he jumping off a flaming diving board half-naked? Is this all part of a tongue-in-cheek stunt or do the filmmakers actually harbor serious intentions?
Turns out the answer is a bit of both. First-time feature director Spencer Susser is hell-bent on having his cake and blowing it up too. The film utilizes a series of cruel and obnoxious scenes to build what is intended to be a hilarious and heart-tugging quirk-fest. Gordon-Levitt may be one of the most gifted and appealing actors in modern film, but even his considerable charms can’t save the film’s irredeemable titular curiosity.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Of course, the actor deserves credit for consistently taking risks with his career, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I think I can speak for most people when I say that we go to movies to escape reality; to get away from the things in life that bog us down. Films allow the viewers to escape into a world that, for the most part, none of us will ever be able to visit in reality. There are many parts to films that assist in this of course: the actors, the story, the cinematography, among others. But there is one aspect to a film that many people over look: music. I've a few discussions with some of the users here on Cbm who, like myself, appreciate what a musical score can do for a film. Having the wrong music can completely pull you out of the movie and can ruin the experience if it's bad enough. For instance, take this re-cut trailer for Mary Poppins. Granted, some of this has »
Tony Walton, veteran art director and set designer of stage and screen will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Art Directors Guild’s Production Design Awards in February. Walton is best known for his contribution to the concept art and costume design of “Mary Poppins” as well as his work on numerous Broadway productions. His other film credits include “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “The »
Have you ever wondered what the most iconic London location used in film was? Apollo cinemas did, so decided to hold a poll to answer their question. London is such an iconic city, with numerous landmarks that are known throughout the world. The deserted Westminster Bridge that Cillian Murphy walks across in 28 Days Later immediately comes to mind. One can’t help but think of Big Ben and the heart-stopping scene in The 39 Steps when Richard Hanney hands from the clock face. Is there a more quintessentially British film than Mary Poppins? The scene where she feeds the birds at St Pauls is iconic, as is Hugh Grant’s randy prime minister dancing around 10 Downing Street.
Yet despite these four locations fairing very well, they were all beaten out by Piccadilly Circus, which was the setting for the thrilling climactic scene of John Landis’ 1981 horror comedy An American Werewolf in London »
- Adam Rayner
Royal Albert Hall, London
For those of us who know our musicals from DVDs and Christmas TV, John Wilson's Hollywood Prom delivered a pleasurable shock. His orchestra, with its nine-piece percussion section and full-blown jazz big band, blasted out a surround-sound version of music that is usually squeezed through the tiny speakers of a telly.
Without the tap dances, chorus girls and (often flimsy) plots, the music had to stand up for itself. Wilson, who has brought a passion for authentic performance to movie soundtracks, shone a glittering spotlight on arrangers such as Ray Heindorf, Conrad Salinger and Lloyd "Skip" Martin. They were Hollywood's invisible men, who toiled behind the tinsel to stretch three-minute ditties into extended suites (This Heart of Mine) or craft subtle tone poems that became huge hits (Secret Love, sung beautifully by Clare Teal).
A tag team of vocalists interpreted familiar songs from movies made between »
- John L Walters
Broadway will shut down this weekend (27-28Aug11) as Hurricane Irene lashes New York.
Disney Theatrical Productions bosses scrapped weekend performances of musicals The Lion King and Mary Poppins early on Friday after city Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of several hospital and nursing home facilities - amounting to 270,000 people, and now concerned officials at the Nederlander Organization have followed suit.
They announced the cancellation of all their Broadway shows via Twitter.com.
Hurricane conditions are expected to hit the city late on Saturday and continue through Sunday and all public transportation will be shut down in and out of the Big Apple from midday on Saturday.
The Dave Matthews Band have postponed their Caravan Music Festival in New York and the Actors Fund's special benefit performance of The Book of Mormon is to be rescheduled.
The Big Apple Performing Arts Street Festival has also been postponed and The Metropolitan Opera's outdoor opera film festival at Lincoln Center Plaza will now take place on Monday - after the storm has passed. »
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