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From EastEnders to Shameless, TV has served up some awful Christmases in an attempt to make us feel better about our own
Family rows at Christmas may be as inevitable as the Queen's speech, but when the TV schedules are full of idealised clans, carol singing and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, our squabbles over the remote control can make us feel more dysfunctional than the Tenenbaums. So, for anyone suffocating in all the sickly good cheer, let's revisit TV's most fractious Christmases.
Redefining family values, the 2003 Christmas dinner with the Osbournes was a multi-coarse affair. Almost immediately, the air turned blue. "I adore you sweetheart. Now fuck off," said shambling patriarch Ozzy to his wife Sharon after they opened their presents. Jack then threw a tantrum over having his "Christmas knife" confiscated, while his sister Kelly, who could barely talk for sneering, got stuck into the champagne: "Tastes like fizzy piss. »
- Kathy Sweeney
The Star Wars actress took her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, about coming of age in Hollywood, to the New York stage in October.
And the star's mum, whose career and marriages are mocked during the performance, was secretly watching in the audience - until she revealed her presence by joining Fisher for a rendition of Happy Days during the finale. »
"Seinfeld" introduced us to the concept of a "show about nothing" back in 1990 -- but let's be honest: It was hardly the first show on TV where not a lot of significant things happened.
The story of "The Beverly Hillbillies" was basically covered in the theme song, and despite its popularity, Jethro's search for a career was pretty much the most exciting thing that ever went down. "The Brady Bunch" tried to wring what comedy it could out of scenarios like the family's big night out at a square dance. Richie, Potsie, and Ralph were perpetually on the make in their argyle sweaters and penny loafers on "Happy Days," but most of the time they ended up back at Arnold's hanging with The Fonz. And if you had a dollar for every time Norm got off of that barstool in "Cheers," you'd have ... well, not all that many dollars.
Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film | Into That Good Night | We Are Family | Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot
Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film
The director Ron Howard got his first break in Hollywood at the age of four, starring against Yul Brynner in The Journey before graduating to The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days. It all prepared him for an adult life as a filmmaker. He talks about each of his films eloquently here, and among the stinkers (he describes Far and Away as "misunderstood") Howard also predicted reality television with Ed TV, and brilliantly captured Richard Nixon's exile and hubris with Frost/Nixon. A good insight into the director's craft.
Into That Good Night
7.30pm, Channel 4
The disparate group interviewed for this doc are united by something so fundamental that it overrides their differences: they're all going to die. This statement could, of course, »
- Will Hodgkinson, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Phelim O'Neill
Happy days. Variety has reported that after nine long years in the wilderness of romance movies and Comedy films, Japanese movie veteran Takeshi Kitano ("Zatoichi," “Boiling Point”) is set to make a welcome return to that which we know him best for - Ultra violent, gangland warfare. Kitano has revealed his latest work (that he will write, direct and take the lead) will be titled Outrage and follows the power struggles among Tokyo gangsters. No word on an exact release date yet, but Warner Japan are set to distribute the film next year. Head to the link, to check out a first still from the film. Via Wildgrounds. »
Could this year's Strictly be any more controversial? For a show about dancing, sequins and sometimes inexplicable scoring, it's had more than its fair share of incidents.
All of last week's Strictly action
Has this year's Strictly Come Dancing been set on a path pointed straight to doom? It's the most controversial series ever: we've had Arlene Phillips getting the boot, Anton Du Beke using racist language, Brucie apparently supporting him and now Ricky Whittle, series favourite, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of assault. It's like some kind of behind-the-scenes soap.
But will this week's show be as riveting? Ricky Groves and Erin Boag left last Saturday, leaving Natalie Cassidy, Ali Bastian, Laila Rouass, Chris Hollins and of course Ricky Whittle in the competition. Who will avoid leaving this weekend? Join us on Saturday from 6.50pm to find out.
6.40pm: A few quick questions before we begin. Will Ali dance tonight? »
- Carrie Dunn
After heart surgery and seven years away from the stage, comedian Robin Williams is ready to storm Broadway with his one-man show
It takes some confidence to extend the Broadway run of your one-man show before opening night, especially a few months after undergoing heart surgery. But then Robin Williams has never been short of nerve. His lengthy career is due in equal measure to the fearless nature of his comedy and to the frenetic energy of his performance: he has a reputation as an entertainer that is built as much on his nerve as it is on his nerves.
Now, after seven years away from the stage, a relapse into alcoholism, a divorce and an emergency operation to replace a faulty valve in his chest, Williams is returning to live stand-up. His comeback show, which opens on Monday, is already one of New York's hottest tickets, and then later »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Our brothers and sisters over at TV Squad have busted through the boob tube and brought with them the following juicy bits of must-see eye candy. The creator of BBC's science fiction series Torchwood recently talked to TV Guide about the show's fourth season. Heroes fans may be interested to know a British show about young people with super powers is premiering on E4. Here's a sneak peek. Time to decide which is the best TV theme song of all time: Gilligan's Island or Happy Days. Sesame Street is celebrating its 40th birthday, and here are the five biggest controversies in the show's history. Marti Noxon, a writer who has worked on Mad Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be writing the remake of 80s horror flick Fright Night. ...and finally, fans of Mad Men and fans of X-Men can join forces to enjoy this series of mash-ups from Madatoms. »
- Matt Bradshaw
Who'd have thought a film about a sexually abused black teenager would make whole cinemas stand and cheer?
This week, as you have no doubt been kept well informed, marked the first anniversary of Barack Obama's election victory. Yet the most telling and inadvertently damning verdict about what – if anything – has happened to Us race relations since then has come, not from HBO, but from the cinema.
As chance would have it, two movies out this month in America have as their protagonist a poor, overweight black teenager, a coincidence that would once have been unthinkable. Yet this is not quite the modern triumph of post-racial America that it might seem.
Precious: Based On The Novel Push by Sapphire came out on Friday and, fortunately, it is a lot better than that clunking subtitle would suggest. In two weeks' time, The Blind Side will be inflicted on the American public, »
- Hadley Freeman
Having performed in more than 60 Sydney Theatre Company productions, Peter Carroll (in the picture, he's in the middle, with hand on table) is now being recognised for his amazing work in theatre, TV and on the stage. Australia's performers were unanimous in voting for Mr. Carroll as worthy of the inaugural Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Foxtel. When they were asked whose career they would most like to follow, it was him. He was nominated by Australian actors and chosen by the National Performers' Committee of Actor's Equity. In 2009 alone, he has worked on the Sydney Theatre Company's production The Crucible, the Malthouse theatre's Happy Days, Company B's The Book of Everything and Opera Australia's Peter Grimes. »
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[Repertory Calendar] [Anywhere But a Movie Theater]
IFC Films (with whom, full disclosure, we obviously share a parent company) will be delivering new films all holiday season to homes across the country through their Festival Direct and Sundance Selects labels. These include the cross-cultural romantic dramedy "I'll Come Running" (Nov. 4), Josiane Balasko's farce "A French Gigolo" (Nov. 6), the Inuit tribal drama "Necessities of Life" (Nov. 11), the Brit crime thriller "Adulthood" (Nov. 18), the Indian love story "Return to Rajapur" (Nov. 25), the Christopher Masterson-Bijou Phillips celibacy satire "Made for Each Other" (Dec. 2), "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates' gritty two-part drama "Sex Traffic" (Dec. 2 and 9), the Korean comedy "Night and Day" (Dec. 23) and "The Ghost" (Dec. 30).
Meanwhile, in the newly launched Sundance Selects series, there's a pair of harrowing documentaries VOD premieres: Kief Davidson's coming-of-age boxing doc "Kassim the Dream" (Nov. 27) and the unvarnished biopic "Nick Nolte: No Exit" (Dec. »
- Stephen Saito
Ironically, Tamannaah who is causing an earthquake in the movie world down south with her cream-coloured skin and sensational energy-filled roles, recently escaped an earthquake herself. She was filming in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia opposite Jayam Ravi for Thillalangadi, a Kollywood remake of the top Telugu film Kick. The earthquake reached 7.6 on the Richter scale. Focussed on Padang in Sumatra, the tragedy resulted in the deaths of nearly 800 people. Even though Tamannaah and her crew were safe in an earthquake-resistant building, they were badly shaken by the experience and rushed back to India immediately.
The Mumbai-born actress who appeared in Happy Days, Kalloori and Ayan, will next be seen in Kanden Kathalai, the Kollywood remake of Jab We Met. She stars opposite Bharat and the movie is said to be a stunner with Tamannaah's energy levels in the film way off the Richter or any other scale. Even Imtiaz Ali, the »
Remember when Weezer took us to the set of "Happy Days" for "Buddy Holly" in 1994? The pop-rock group takes us back to the past again, to yet another fictional set, Weezerville, for the music video for "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To." Imagine a little 1950's town bursting with nothing but Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell, Scott Shiner, Patrick Wilson and their clones, young and old. Their picturesque world gets shaken up by a stranger, a lovely lady, the Wendy Peffercorn of this "Sandlot." She callously breaks the hearts (and limbs and capillaries) of »
- Katie Hasty
Writer's Note: Sorry for the delay for this recap. The bandwith near here was not up to par and it slowed down the wireless something terrible. Again I apologize for not sharing the insanity that was Melrose Place any sooner, but here I am!
Last night’s Melrose Place brought back Josie Bissett’s Jane Andrews and brought more scheming and backstabbing that I know that Sydney Andrews is beaming from heaven…or hell… or the Witness Protection Program. Either way, she would be one proud bitch. Let’s summarize!
The episode isn’t called “Vine”, just because. The title fits with the allegory of people willing to climb over others to get to where they want to be, which is what a plenty of our residents did tonight.
While David was getting up close and personal with a female in his car, he notices a guy monitoring his every move. »
- Mark O. Estes
The first woman in line waited 5 hours. Those who jumped in behind her stretched down the alley, across the back of The Coolidge Theater, round the corner and down the street past the theater again ... and then even farther on down the road!
An army of horror fans hoping to find out if a little known ghost story could live up to all this hype. Of course, they were also hoping for a damn good time, and we aim to please.
The Paramount press reps had it all under control, handing out wristbands to everyone in line so when the maximum capacity number was hit, there would be no need for anyone to wait in vain. (Well, any longer than we could manage at least. Sorry!)
Finally the hour hit, and the theater filled up with an eager audience. Paramount asked me to grab the mic and say a few words, »
Hart battled dementia in his latter years and passed away at his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he landed the title role in the 1947 TV series Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy and took over from Moore as The Lone Ranger for 52 episodes of the popular family show.
He was the perfect choice for the role - because he worked as a cowboy as a teenager, and had joined the cast of the show to work with a nervous Silver, the Lone Ranger's horse.
He also starred in Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, alongside horror movie icon Lon Chaney Jr. »
Patrick Swayze's body will be cremated by Friday (18Sept09), according to a U.S. report.
The Dirty Dancing actor died on Monday in Los Angeles after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
He went public with the disease in early 2008 and repeatedly denied reports he was close to death after learning the cancer had spread to his liver.
The star's ashes will be spread across his beloved ranch in New Mexico - his favourite place in the world, according to RadarOnline.com.
Swayze's Rancho de Dias Alegres, which translates as Ranch of Happy Days, was turned into a wildlife reserve and timber farm by the actor, who would often fly there in his own plane. »
A day after Patrick Swayze's death, there is a report which mentioned that the late actor will be cremated. According to Radar Online, the star of "Dirty Dancing" is not going to be laid to rest in a cemetery but his body will be burnt within 48 hours in a funeral ceremony.
Radar Online additionally claimed a source told them that Patrick's ashes will be spread across his ranch in New Mexico. The ranch, which is called Rancho de Dias Alegres or Ranch of Happy Days in English, is said to be his favorite place in the world.
Whenever he could, the depicter of Charles Barker in TV series "The Beast" would visit the ranch using his own plane that he would pilot by himself. Moreover, Patrick turned the place into a wildlife preserve and timber farm. The husband of Lisa Niemi additionally loved the rugged mountains and canyons of »
With Diablo Cody’s new high school horror film Jennifer’S Body tearing it’s way onto screens this Friday and school itself getting back into session, it’s the perfect opportunity to honor that age old character staple of high school movies, the one that everyone loves to hate, the bane of teenage existence… the high school principle! (Make believe, of course, no offense to any high school principles who may be reading this… or, not!) We’ve decided to take a look back on all the great movies about high school and compile a list of our most favorite of the less-than-favorable members of the cinematic school staff.
10. Mr. Strickland (James Tolkan in Back To The Future)
Mr. Stricktland hates the McFly’s. He has made it known that the one thing that he hates most in the world are slackers. Principal of Hill Valley High School, he »
- Movie Geeks
Ausiello over at EW broke some casting news for Season 6 of The Office. It seems actress Linda Purl, who played Fonzie's girl in Happy Days and Matlock's daughter in Matlock, will make an appearance (perhaps a few episodes) in Scranton as Mrs. Beesly. But wasn't her mom played by another actress, way back in Season 2, you ask? Yes, back in Episode 2 of the second season, Shannon Cochran played Pam's Mom. But as weird as role casting changes may seem, they do, in fact, need to happen from time to time. No other details have emerged on just what type of wedding Pam and Jim are going to have and if the crazy gang from Dunder-Mifflin will be present. My guess is that they all will be there and this won't be your typical wedding. That's just a hunch. The Office returns to NBC in on September 17, 2009 with episode »
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