18 items from 2013
Christmas came early on The Voice, with multiple holiday-themed performances happening three weeks ahead of Santa's schedule and Adam Levine and Blake Shelton receiving the gift of intact teams. In fact, both coaches pulled off near-impossible feats, with Blake's last-man-standing Cole Vosbury and all three of Adam's contestants earning spots in the semi-finals, virtually ensuring that one of them will win the Season Five trophy. (Team Adam, cough cough. Duh.)
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But one contestant was handed a big, fat lump of coal: Matthew Schuler, »
Might there finally be a clear frontrunner on this season of The Voice? Because Cole Vosbury has had a pretty solid showing on the iTunes songs chart every week since viewer voting began (this week he's virtually neck and neck with Tessanne Chin, who's at the head of the class for the very first time). At the very least, he is the dark horse to keep an eye on – especially because he hails from three-time winner Blake Shelton's team. (Plus, there's the whole Duck Dynasty vibe he gives off with that broom-like beard. »
It's Jukebox Week on The X Factor, and we've already been treated to a sneak peek of some of the songs our final five will be performing tomorrow. But that's not the full story - us viewers also got to choose a song for each act, and we'll only find out what they'll be performing on the night.
Voting's already closed so it's too late for us to try to change anything now. But we can talk about what we want to happen in tomorrow's slice of X Factor action, so read on to find out what we're hoping Luke, Nicholas, Rough Copy, Sam and Tamera will be tackling...
Choices: 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon & Garfunkel; 'Skinny Love' by Bon Iver; 'One Day Like This' by Elbow
Our Pick: We'd normally groan about the idea of any X Factor act wheeling out 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', but »
After circling the drain but being instantly saved by America last week, Caroline Pennell could no longer escape her fate. Apparently the17-year-old drab-to-fab starlet's rendition of Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" didn't impress viewers. And neither did Ray Boudreaux from Blake Shelton's team, who also got eliminated.
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Neither was a surprise, »
The X Factor has confirmed details of next week's Jukebox theme.
Viewers will be given the opportunity to choose a song for each of the five acts to perform on next Saturday's (November 30) quarter-final live show.
Their second song will be selected by the viewers from a grouping of three, as part of a public vote.
The choices for each act are as follows below:
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
2. Skinny Love (Bon Iver)
3. One Day Like This (Elbow)
1. The Prayer (Josh Groban and Celine Dion)
2. Amazed (Lonestar)
1. The Living Years (Mike and the Mechanics)
2. Clown (Emeli Sandé)
1. The First »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $44.99, Blu-ray 3D $49.99
Yes, Disney’s Planes is like Cars in the sky.
The animated movie was originally planned to debut on DVD and Blu-ray, but flew to theaters first instead.
Planes tells the story a crop duster, appropriately named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook, Answers to Nothing), who dreams of flying in the greatest air race ever. However, he has two problems: He’s not built for speed and he’s afraid of heights. It’s his friends to the rescue as Dusty finds his courage.
The PG-rated family film’s voice cast also includes Stacy Keach (End of the Road), Brad Garrett (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Teri Hatcher (Coraline), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV’s Veep), John Cleese (Winnie the Pooh), Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), Anthony Edwards (Flipped) and Val Kilmer »
I’m a huge Mario Bava fan. For those of you that have been following the site and the podcast, you already know this. While he is growing to be a bit more appreciated, I still find him to be the best of the Italian genre directors. Yes, even above Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci. What Argento & Fulci provide are visual assaults courtesy of color, violence and gore. Bava, on the other hand, can do those things but he has coherent stories in his films. Look, I like Fulci & Argento but there is no question that I am a Bava fan. Arrow Video was first out of the gate to release some Bava on Blu-Ray with Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve and other titles) and Kino has been releasing Bava’s films Stateside.
One of my favorite Bava films, hell maybe even one of my top 20 films of all time, »
- Andy Triefenbach
For its second edition, the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas (which produced an amazing bumper video), has added some rarely-seen older films to a lineup built around local premieres of Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies and Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek. The repertory screenings, a 35mm specialty of the Texas Theatre, sound fantastic. Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller looks absolutely splendid on 35mm -- I saw it a few years ago in Los Angeles and it was revelatory on the big screen -- and this screening will be hosted by muti-talented filmmaker David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), with Keith Carradine in attendance. End of the Road (1970), based on a novel by John Barth, stars Stacy Keach and James Earl Jones; Roger Ebert...
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Sunderland have sacked manager Martin O’Neill following this afternoon’s defeat to Manchester United and recent slump in form.
The Black Cats are without a Premier League win since the 3-2 win over Wigan on January 19th and have recently become embroiled in a relegation scrap. They are just one point from safety and have played a game more than rivals Wigan, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers.
The Northern Irishman became the bookmaker’s favourite for the axe recently and leaves his post a little over a year after replacing Steve Bruce at the helm.
Sunderland have been hit with an injury crisis recently as Lee Cattermole joined star striker Steven Fletcher in being ruled out for the rest of the season, leading to concerns over the club’s top flight status.
The North East club will be dragged into the relegation zone if Wigan and Aston Villa »
- Joseph Dempsey
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If we created a drinking game for each time I cried big, sloppy tears during this finale of Last Tango in Halifax, let’s just say that we’d all be shitfaced halfway through. I started off watching this series thinking it was a cute little show about some oldies falling in love; I’ve finished it believing it’s some of the finest television I’ve seen, anywhere, ever.
We left off last time in a bit of a mess: a drunk, grieving John had blurted out Caroline’s lesbianism to the entire family, upsetting Celia in particular. At the end of her birthday dinner, Caroline ended up in the hospital waiting on Judith, who took a drunken, bloody tumble at her house; knowing little of the storm that was brewing all around her as Celia and Alan drove over from Halifax in the dark. »
American Idol's Top 10 men have one thing in common: Like the best/worst politicians, they're sure that their "sincerity" and teary-eyed stage presence warrant massive attention. Please, Curtis Finch Jr. Admittedly, this is a batch of mostly good vocalists and fine dressers (with a couple of notable exceptions, like the now-deflated phenomenon known as Charlie Askew), but the male half of season 12 reeks of eager-to-please spinelessness. I wouldn't write off a few of these chaps, though. Not by a long shot.
Let's rank 'em all, worst to first. Be sure to look out for my livid appraisal of Keith Urban's horrible judging. Cheers!
10. Charlie Askew, Genesis' "Mama"
Dear lord. I don't know what's more grating: Charlie's elfin whine or his entitled attitude and crocodile tears. After screeching this Genesis tune with as little attention to pitch as possible, Mr. Askew proceeded to fuel his own breakdown during the judges' critiques. »
So, after a pretty strong night from the ladies on "American Idol" Tuesday (March 5), we hope you've got some stiff drinks at hand to help you get through this gauntlet of awful.
Sorry, do we sound bitter? It's because we are. Most of these guys have been atrocious so far.
1. Elijah Liu, "Stay," Rihanna
Interesting song choice, but he definitely has the sweet tenor to pull it off. This is actually pretty nice. There are a few bum notes here and there, but he has such a pretty tone. It's not blowing our wig off, but it wasn't bad. We just wish he had done a little more with it. The song didn't really go anywhere. More oomph, more personality would've been good.
Urban is right that the song suited his voice -- it really did. Nicki manages not to be too gross towards this young man, then comments on his marketability, »
A woman is going to win Season 12 of American Idol — even if executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is forced to stage a crossover episode with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, plant a couple of hungry lionesses down in the SwayBot pit and let the male contestants get picked off in violent, carnivorous fashion.
Tonight’s live Semifinal performance telecast — featuring the Top 10 guys squaring off for (presumably, but probably more than) five spots in the finals — gave us a deeply uncomfortable preview of what’s to come, as emotionally fragile teenager Charlie Askew played the role of the baby impala, »
- Michael Slezak
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-Internet and pre-cable TV 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Get this: Boy bands New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men are joining forces for a national tour called The Package Tour (mmm, Jonathan Knight, give it to us!), and I assume they're planning on calling their giant supegroup NKOTBIIM98DEGREEZ or something equally catchy. I picture mashup medleys called things like "Please Don't Go, Girl, While I'm on Bended Kneee (Una Noche)" and "I'll Make Love to You Step by Step, Which is the Hardest Thing." I'm already whooping and dropkicking several pairs of panties at the stage.
But I think this gives us an important chance to think about the boy bands who aren't a part of this magical reunion tour. Here are my five candidates for groups who should reunite and tag along with NKOTB2M98D. Some of these picks are disturbing, but that's the price I pay for reporting real journalism.
1. 'N »
New York -- For Donnie Wahlberg it's not a matter of why now, rather "why not?"
The recording artist-turned-actor was referring to the news of a major tour with his New Kids on the Block, who'll be joined this summer on "The Package Tour" by 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
"The state of the boy band union is strong," Wahlberg joked Tuesday. "Even though technically we're not really boy bands, but we're Ok with that, so we'll accept it."
The three bands sold millions of records in the 1980s and `90s and helped usher in a wave of vocal groups that continues today.
The Boston-based NKotB formed in 1984 and amassed ten Top 20 hits. They broke up in 1994 but got back together after a 14-year hiatus. Wahlberg said he feels the break coincided with the maturation of their fan base.
"They needed time to have families and husbands and children and »
Robert Kee, who has died aged 93, belonged to a vanishing tradition of great TV documentary makers and presenters with roots in print journalism and books. He might be presenting the BBC's Panorama or ITN's lunchtime news programme of the early 1970s, First Report, but his roots and style were always back in the puritanical tell-it-as-it-is ethic of Picture Post magazine. Thus, of the Famous Five who in 1983 founded the commercial breakfast television station TV-am, he was the least glitzy.
His passion for justice, exercised on subjects such as Ireland or British Asian immigrants, was always tempered by his objective sense that both sides of a question must be ventilated. He seemed increasingly a throwback once more raucous and less scrupulous voices had become fashionable in the media.
He did not look a populist, and was not, either »
- Dennis Barker
DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: 2-Disc DVD $34.95
King: A Filmed Record…from Montgomery to Memphis is the landmark 1970 documentary film that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery to the triumph on the Lincoln Memorial steps to King’s tragic assassination in Memphis in 1968.
Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, the three-hour King: A Filmed Record has occasionally been circulated since then in a version that was shortened by an hour. The complete version has been newly restored by the Library of Congress in association with Richard Kaplan and utilizes elements from New York’s Museum of Modern. It’s been mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative.
18 items from 2013
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