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The seventh series of Britain's Got Talent rolled on last night (May 4), with a plethora of acts all trying to impress the judges. Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly of acts all aiming for the same thing - to get through to the next round.
First to go through was glamorous variety act Bosom Buddies. The singers were the first shock of the episode, as the drag queens pleasantly surprised the judges with their operatic singing. Walliams described the Manchester duo as "beautiful and moving", and they breezed through with four yeses.
Sword swallower El Lurcho also gave the judges a shock when he dragged six people, including Ant and Dec, onto the stage with a sword in his mouth. All the judges gave him a yes.
A group of glammed-up singers called Clubtown Freaks also went through to the next round, »
The show certainly had a variety of acts, but who was your favourite? Make your voice heard by telling us your most and least liked, and vote below.
Was their act enough to get them to the live semi-finals, or is it a one-hit glamorous surprise?
Martin and Marielle
Their performance and amazing lifts left us gawping in wonder, but could another dance act win the show?
The 16-year-old certainly had Ant and Dec onside, but does his juggling act have enough balls (see what we did there?) to reach the final?
He may not have totally convinced Simon Cowell, who complained about his high pitch, but people who sing songs from Les Misérables tend to do quite well on the show. »
Simon Cowell compares a drag act to the Spice Girls on this week's 'Britain's Got Talent'. The acid-tongued TV judge is in fine form this week when faced with Bosom Buddies - made up of teacher Mark, known as Bernie, and building yard worker Stuart, who's alter-ego is Brenda - singing 'La Vie en Rose' by Edith Piaf. After their performance, he tells them: ''It's like Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham separating away from the Spice Girls and doing a duet.'' Mark cheekily responds: ''Only better looking.'' Simon joins in with the ribbing, adding: ''And better singers. There is a resemblance, particularly you »
The head judge makes the comments after teacher Mark and building yard worker Stuart take to the stage as their alter egos Bernie and Brenda for their drag act Bosom Buddies.
"Only better looking," jokes Mark.
"And better singers. But there is a resemblance, particularly you," continues Cowell, pointing to Stuart. "I'm still struggling a little bit with this."
But is that true? Has the quality of "Community" gone downhill for these first episodes of Season 4?
I could analyze all of every episode to find an answer, but that would be both time-consuming and confusing. Instead, a look at a few of the new season's end tags (those vaguely related sketches that air as the credits roll) to see if they work.
The first tag, for "History 101," continues the laugh-track joke from earlier in that episode.
What doesn't work?
After multiple viewings, I'm still not »
It’s hard to believe that Tom Hanks has never been on Broadway before. But the two-time Oscar winner will make his debut this spring in Lucky Guy, a new play by Nora Ephron, the late writer-director of two of his biggest box office hits (Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail). And this is no one-man vanity project, as you can see from this exclusive first photo from the production, which begins previews March 1 before an official opening April 1 under the direction of two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe.
In the play, Hanks portays the late New York »
- Thom Geier
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the month of January.
Effects guru Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical film about a small town teen (Reaper's Bret Harrison) who has aspirations to become a special effects artist. An opportunity to manage the town’s local haunted house is thwarted by his alcoholic stepfather and the staunchly religious views of the surrounding population. The solid supporting cast includes That 70’s Show’s Laura Prepon, Hellraiser’s Ashely Lawrence and Kevin Gage. Written and directed by Hall, it’s an affectionate coming-of-age drama that works in spite of an uneven narrative that falls apart in the final half hour. Hopefully this new extended cut will remedy the scripting problems of the original release.
Special Features include:
* Never-before-released extended cut of the film.
* Making-of Featurette
* Audio commentaries with the writer/director and cast. »
- Bradley Harding
Producers said Monday that the Emmy Award-nominated star of such TV shows as "ER," "Newsradio," "Rescue Me" and "The Good Wife" has joined the cast of Ephron's last play, which begins previews March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
Hanks will play Mike McAlary, a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing that a Haitian immigrant had been sodomized by police in 1997.
Tony Award nominee Courtney B. Vance has also has signed on to play McAlary's editor. The rest of the cast includes Hanks' former "Bosom Buddies" co-star Peter Scolari, Christopher McDonald, Peter Gerety and Michael Gaston. The director will be two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe. »
8 items from 2013
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