15 items from 2015
Jimmy Fallon's Lip Sync Battle, a Spike spinoff of The Tonight Show's wildly popular segment where celebrities mime along to popular hits, premiered Thursday night with an epic showdown between Fallon and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. At stake: The championship Lsb belt.
The Rock, fresh off his fantastic turn as SNL host, opened things up with a spirited, albeit ridiculous, rendition of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Up," which Fallon followed with an unexpected choice: Harry Belafonte's calypso classic "Jump in the Line" (Aka the song that closes Beetlejuice). However, »
Ok, I’m sorry. You probably didn’t come here expecting a Kanye West reference — @KimKierkegaardashian’s genius Twitter feed is more my style — in an Idol recap. But my brain just went from the frying pan into the active volcano after Season 14’s Top 10 performance telecast (a confusing label, given that there were 11 singers on stage all night, with one awaiting the bad news that he or she was the »
Against all odds, there will be no Phil Collins ballad — or any soundtrack cuts from The Bodyguard, Frozen, Titanic and Armageddon — when the American Idol Top 10 (plus one contestant on the brink of elimination) tackle “Songs from the Movies tonight (8/7c on Fox).
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That’s good news for Idoloonies who’ve vowed to crawl into their dryers and turn to lint at the sound of one more hopeful belting the umpteenth rendition of “I Have Nothing.”
More important than what the Top 10 won’t tackle, »
Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?
Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »
- Frank Ochieng
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”
Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012). He will next be »
- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock and John Travolta will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.” Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year »
- Josh Abraham
“Dance Fever” host Deney Terrio has filed suit in a Florida court against Hasbro, Inc., claiming that Vinnie Terrio, an animated gecko and toy figurine, violates his publicity rights, according to legal papers obtained by TheWrap. The suit contends that Vinnie, a character on the Canadian-American animated TV series “Littlest Pet Shop,” represents a “willful and deliberate use” of Deney’s name, image and likeness without his consent. Among the alleged violations stated in the suit is Deney’s signature dance move, the classic hand-to-hip and finger point made famous by John Travolta in the movie “Saturday Night Fever,” on which Terrio served as. »
- Jordan Burchette
Now, almost 17 years later, Christopher has finally managed to complete the version of “54” that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends — a busboy (Ryan Phillippe), a bartender (Breckin Meyer) and a coat-check girl (Salma Hayek) — and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. That was the version everyone shot, until a set of disastrous test screenings changed the film’s fate forever.
“It was a movie ahead of its time,” Christopher mused, his back to a giant screen on which a shirtless Phillippe stands bathed in blue light. He spoke to Variety at Chase Sound by Deluxe in Los Angeles, less »
- Peter Debruge
Barry Gibb will receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Bee Gees on Sunday, but the distinction is bittersweet as his brothers and fellow Bee Gee members Robin and Maurice have passed away.
"Of course there will [be a void]," Barry told Et. "But I always believe they're close."
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After astounding doctors by waking up from a coma, Robin passed away in May 2012 after battles with colon and liver cancer. Robin's twin Maurice succumbed to complications of a twisted bowel in 2003 and brother Andy, who was not in the music group, died of a heart condition called myocarditis in 1988.
Of all their songs Barry admitted that he prefers hits like "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and "Lonely Days" over "Stayin' Alive," because of the high notes in the disco anthem.
Let's jump back in time to a little over 16 years ago. It's the summer of 1998 and if you hit a gay bar or club in the continental United States, you could not miss Stars on 54's dance remake of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind." It was simply everywhere. The track was the promotional single for "54," a movie that promised a sexy look at the infamous New York City nightclub Studio 54 but couldn't ultimately live up to the marketing hype surrounding its release. The Miramax production was generating a ton of publicity because of its subject matter (one of the most legendary clubs of all-time), young up-and-coming stars such as Ryan Phillippe and Salma Hayek, the participation of Neve Campbell, who was coming off four straight hits (the first two "Screams," "The Craft" and "Wild Things"). Most buzzworthy of all, it was the first dramatic role for »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director: Ryan McBryde.
Starring: Danny Bayne, Naomi Slights, Bethany Linsdell, Alex Lodge.
Synopsis: The date is 1979 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life – to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, and they decide to train together for a dance competition, their lives begin to change forever.
Nights On Broadway, If I Can’t Have You, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep Is Your Love and the iconic Stayin’ Alive – all songs featured in one of the most popular movies of the late 1970s, Saturday Night Fever. The glitzy, and indeed very dark drama, arrived at the same time as that other John Travolta teen movie of the day Grease, and made him a household name, while at the same time, »
- Paul Heath
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta is heading to the aid of Oj Simpson. Okay, he is heading to aid him on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The new spin-off has started casting their 10 episode series the legal teams of the most talked about trial. Now we know that he will play efense attorney Robert Shapiro. He will be joining Cuba Gooding Jr and Sara Paulson who officially joine the series. It will likely premier later this year or in 2016.
I am not sure how we feel about this news. It seems almost like a back step for John. Especially after his high profile movie roles, this seems like a bad idea. I hope that he can save is image or at least be able to show that he still has his star power. But I do love how he is willing to take a role some may consider as below him. »
- Sarah Peel
It will be a cornucopia of nostalgia when FX takes us back to the Golden Age of Tabloid Television with "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson", a 10 part miniseries revisiting the sensational case 20 years after it reached its divisive verdict. In an announcement today, the network revealed the series ensemble will also feature one of the great pieces of nostalgia casting of recent times, with John Travolta taking on his first television role an astonishing 36 years he departed the little screen at the conclusion of “Welcome Back, Kotter”s four season run. Despite career ups and downs in the decades since, Travolta has apparently never looked back at the medium that he so dominated in the heartthrob role of Vinnie Barbarino, as well as his first major dramatic turn in the Made-for-tv movie, “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.” After suffering a career-near-death slump in the 1980’s »
- Richard Rushfield
15 items from 2015