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Britney Spears to End Las Vegas Residency With Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Performance

Britney Spears to End Las Vegas Residency With Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Performance
Britney Spears is going out with a bang. The "Slumber Party" singer will perform from The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as part of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018. It will be the first television performance of the New Year and Spears' last performance during her residency. Spears, 36, last performed on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest in 2002, treating fans to her Billboard Top 40 single "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" from Crossroads. In addition to Spears, several other celebrities are scheduled to appear: Britney: Piece of Me began its run in December 2013, and the...
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 13)

1954: Radio soap The Road of Life made its TV debut.

1979: General Hospital's Monica gave birth to Aj. 1991: All

My Children's Adam and Erica married for the second time.

2010: One Life to Live's Natalie accepted John's proposal."History is a vast early warning system."

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"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1954: Procter & Gamble's popular radio soap opera The Road of Life, created by Irna Phillips in 1937, made its television debut on CBS in the 1:15-1:30 p.m. Et time slot.

Because many CBS affiliates chose to run local news and talk shows during this time, the program never achieved the popularity
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Weekly Rushes. Jarmusch & Herzog Videos, Bresson's Notes, Garbo on the Kronor

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NEWSFrom the Busan Film Festival comes word of new projects by Lee Chang-dong (who hasn't made a film since 2010's Poetry and will make "a mystery thriller"), Hirokazu Kore-eda ("a suspense courtroom drama"), and Hou Hsiao-hsien (executive producing a project for Taiwanese TV).As you may know if you read the Notebook, we love the French New Wave's least known filmmaker, Jacques Rivette. News has come that his recently discovered and restored first three short films (which we raved about), as well as a number of his later movies, including Gang of Four and his two-part Jeanne le pucelle masterpiece, have been acquired for North American distribution.Next month, the New York Review of books will release a new edition of Robert Bresson's essential book, Notes on the Cinematograph.Recommended VIEWINGTwo great, lengthy filmmaker dialogues were posted online this week. First, an hour long masterclass with Jim Jarmusch
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Mike Gold, Unabashed Fanboy

Here’s why I conflate legendary bluesman Robert Johnson with legendary cartoonist/illustrator Jim Steranko.

Johnson took American roots music and molded it into The Blues. Brilliantly, I might add, having composed and recorded such classics as “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Terraplane Blues,” “Hellhound on My Trail,” “Love in Vain” and “Cross Road Blues,” a.k.a. “Crossroads.” In all, he produced only 29 tracks, every one between 1929 and 1938

Steranko took the comic art form and broke all the barriers, reinventing and reenergizing comics storytelling and design. He did so with equal brilliance, having produced such award-winning and virtually always-in-print features as Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, The X-Men, Superman, the graphic novel Chandler: Red Tide, and Heavy Metal’s adaptation of the movie Outland. The bulk of this work was published between 1965 and 1976, but by then Steranko had pretty much moved on to painting
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Songs on Screen: 'Streets of Fire's Lost Masterpiece 'I Can Dream About You'

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Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill. Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies. In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill." Some great. Some solid. (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.) There were clunkers
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DVD Review – Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail & I, 1987.

Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown.

Synopsis:

Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; ‘I,’ or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail’s roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the ’60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse.

Perpetually wasted Withnail and the introspectively uptight I (Marwood), disappear half way up a mountain near Penrith to share some quality time……

There is a difficulty encountered by all reviewers when it comes to writing something subjective on a confirmed cult classic. In terms of tricky it sits somewhere between negotiating an extension from a loan shark, while convincing lie detectors Age of Extinction was a good idea.
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Shakira and Blake Shelton to perform together at Acm Awards

Shakira and Blake Shelton to perform together at Acm Awards
Shakira and her fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton will perform their duet, “Medicine,” on Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, which airs live from Las Vegas, will be co-hosted by Shelton and Luke Bryan. The Band Perry will open the show with what the Acms are calling an “explosive” performance (we’re hoping they mean pyro). Other previously announced performers include Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks (in a re-creation of their Cmt “Crossroads” special). Garth Brooks will present Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award. Hitfix will be at the event and will bring you all the news at it happens.
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Wille And The Bandits @ The Bullingdon Arms, Oxford – Gig Review

Wille and the Bandits, it would seem, are a fairly well-kept secret. Tonight’s gig takes place at the Bullingdon Arms in Oxford, a few doors down from the altogether flashier O2 Academy. There, headlining acts are emblazoned above the door, like West End stars: here, there are just a few posters of the Bandits in the pub’s window, to point us in the direction of the gig. The Bullingdon Arms doesn’t even have its own name above the door.

Perhaps unlike the O2 though, the band chat to fans before taking to a modest stage set-up. It’s hard to imagine a group bigger than a three-piece performing up there, and when Wille and the Bandits launch into Morricone-esque guitar slides, it’s harder to imagine them suiting any other sized venue.

That’s not to say they haven’t got the choruses to fill bigger rooms:
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Mick Jagger to produce Elvis Presley biopic 'Last Train to Memphis'

Mick Jagger to produce Elvis Presley biopic 'Last Train to Memphis'
Sir Mick Jagger is to produce a film biopic about Elvis Presley.

Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald has also signed up to direct the movie.

Based on the 1995 biography by Peter Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis will focus on Presley's early years.

Jagger is set to co-produce the biopic with Victoria Pearman through their Jagged Films company.

Variety reports that Crossroads screenwriter John Fusco has been hired to adapt the script.

Jagger is also currently working on a film about the life of James Brown. Tate Taylor, director of The Help, is also on board with the project.

An open casting for actors aged between 18-22 to play Presley has been issued by Fox 2000.

Watch Elvis perform 'Suspicious Mind' below:
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A Blu-Ray Review Of Bullet To The Head – Now Available From Warner Bros.

Bullet To The Head, is the new action film, from director Walter Hill. Hill has had an outstanding career in the world of action cinema, and beyond. Walter Hill is responsible for such classic films as The Warriors, 48 Hrs, Brewster’s Millions, Crossroads, Trespass and Last Man Standing. I would say that it would be safe for me to assume, that most of you have seen, and loved, at least one of those films. Bullet To The Head pairs Hill, with iconic action superstar, Sly Stallone. Say what you want about Stallone, but that man is built like a filthy Greek God, and is still one of the best physical actors in the business, at 65 years old. Teaming up with Stallone in this gritty, old school bullet fest, is Sung Kang, known for his role as Han in the last four Fast and Furious sequels. Stallone plays Jimmy Bobo, a weathered hitman,
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R.I.P. Allan Arbus

Allan Arbus, remembered for his recurring role as psychiatrist Major Sidney Freedman on the long-running TV series Mash, has died. His daughter, Arin Arbus, tells the La Times her father died from complications of congestive heart failure on Friday at his Los Angeles home. He was 95. Arbus, a New York City native, most recently appeared in 2000 as Uncle Nathan on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. He appeared in just 12 episodes of Mash (1972-1983) as Sidney Freedman, who doctors called on when they needed help with a tough psychological case, but it remains ones of his most memorable roles. His dozens of other TV credits include Taxi, Wonder Woman, Matlock, Judging Amy and NYPD Blue. He also appeared in the films Coffy, Crossroads, Damien: Omen II, The Electric Horseman, and Gangster Wars. His most recent feature role was Father Time in 1999′s Making Contact.
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Weekly Poll Results: Best Walter Hill Movie

Last week we asked Film Junk readers to pick Walter Hill's best movie of all time, and as you might expect, the voting was somewhat sparse. I figured there were at least a handful of his movies that most people had seen, but it appears that may not be the case. Coming out on top after laying a serious beatdown on the competition was his seminal '70s gang flick The Warriors with 42% of the votes. His buddy cop entry 48 Hrs. placed second with 24% of the votes followed by The Driver. Streets of Fire, Brewster's Millions and Southern Comfort all essentially tied for the next three spots. After that, there were just a few votes spread around the remaining options, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Red Heat which was all the way down at #10. Trespass did not receive a single vote. Do you agree with these results? 1. The Warriors -- 42% 2. 48 Hrs.
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Notebook Reviews: Walter Hill's "Bullet to the Head" & Álex de la Iglesia's "As Luck Would Have It"

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As narrative, Bullet to the Head is amateurish. Villains awkwardly explain their plans for the benefit of the audience. Characterization is non-existent. Scenes are bridged by lame iMovie-style filter effects. Poorly Photoshopped stills are used to illustrate "backstory." The movie clunks along with no sense of dramatic tension or scope.

And yet in terms of how it handles light, movement, texture, and space, it's clearly the work of a master. Directing his first feature since Undisputed (2002), Walter Hill invests the film with all the hallmarks of his abstracted macho style: blunt comic-strip compositions; telephoto lenses that turn foreground objects into translucent smears on the frame; figures lit chiaroscuro against backdrops of neon; reflections rippling on water. Bullet in the Head may have a shaky sense of structure and plot, but it has a firm grip on action movie form.

Sylvester Stallone—looking more than a little like a gorilla taught
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On Set Interview: Sung Kang Talks ‘Bullet to the Head’

Sung Kang is becoming a familiar face to action fans, thanks to his popular and recurring role in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. As one of Hollywood’s most prominent and vocal Asian-American actors, Kang is overdue for big roles, and “A Bullet to the Head” is a major step forward, letting him share the stage as Sylvester Stallone’s reluctant partner.

Kang joined the cast amid some controversy, replacing a very vocal and angry Thomas Jane, which isn’t exactly the most auspicious start to a project. But Kang shrugged it off while talking to us, focusing instead on just how unusual and exciting it was to get a call to be Stallone’s costar in a Walter Hill film.

It’s easy to want to talk to Kang forever. Funny, charismatic, and verbose, he was open about the issues facing an Asian-American actor, the tricky line one walks with ethnic jokes,
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Top ten movies that still beg for sequels

From the early days of Hollywood, film studios have believed that if one is good, five or six are better. That seems even truer today, when deals are inked for sequels before the first film even gets released. Even worse, it seems that over the years we’ve been bombarded by terrible sequels or worse, sequels to movies that weren’t all that great to begin with. And yet, there are those movies that are so good, they need – nay, deserve – to have their stories continued on the big screen...

10. Crossroads (1986)

Ralph Macchio plays Eugene Martone, a young guitar prodigy at Julliard who becomes enamored with Robert Johnson, and finds his friend Willie Brown (Joe Seneca) in a minimum security hospital. Eugene believes there is a lost song of Johnson’s, and Willie tricks him into breaking him out in exchange for the song. But in all honesty, Willie wants
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Portrait of the artist: Jane Asher, actor

'The worst thing anyone's ever said? I remember one review began: "Jane Asher, whose charm has always escaped me"'

What got you started?

Being spotted in the street by a film producer when I was five. I had very long, vividly bright red hair, and it must have caught somebody's eye – though the hair was a bit irrelevant, as films were black and white in those days.

What was your big breakthrough?

When I was about 20 or 21, I came to a fork in the road: I had to choose between doing a film in the Us, and staying in England to do a revival of Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court. I chose the latter, and it was really my breakthrough into serious theatre.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

I'd like to think very little, firstly because describing it as "art" makes me embarrassed.
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Weinstein Co. moves forward with remake of Seven Samurai

The Weinstein Company has announced a director for its forthcoming remake of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. British director Scott Mann has been tapped to direct the reboot, which is set to be released in 2014. Considering Mann's previous experience is less than impressive (his biggest film to date was 2009's The Tournament, which was about a group of assassins who... never mind, it's kind of stupid), the announcement is less than overwhelming. But it gets worse. The screenwriter attached to the project is John Fusco, who's perhaps best known for 1980s artifacts Young Guns and Crossroads (the one where the Karate Kid has a guitar duel with Steve Vai in the bar from Roadhouse), and, more recently, two different movies about horses. The film has an estimated $60 million budget and will be set in a town in northern Thailand, where a group of villagers hires [...]
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Premiere: Nicole Atkins' Vignettes From "Mondo Amore"

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Premiere: Nicole Atkins' Vignettes From
Brooklyn's Nicole Atkins has become known for her darkly hypnotic voice, after her first full length record "Neptune City" released in 2007 and more recently from touring with the acts like The Black Keys. Next week she releases "Mondo Amore," and she says it's the record she's always wanted to make -- ever since she started singing at age 12 in her native Neptune, New Jersey.

Filmmakers Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm created three sultry vignettes to go along with three songs from the forthcoming album, the first two of which we have exclusively, below. The lush, lacy look of these vignettes "were born out of years and years of reading fairy tales, books on symbolism, mythology, folk lore, fantasy," Biseti confided. The narrative that the black-caped Atkins becomes immersed in here "plays on the Robert Johnson, Devil at the Crossroads legend where a Faustian bargain is struck -- a deal is
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Producer Brad Fuller Gives Freddy, Jason, Ouija, Tmnt and Monster Squad Updates

Producer Brad Fuller Gives Freddy, Jason, Ouija, Tmnt and Monster Squad Updates
[1] Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has reappeared on Twitter [2] over the weekend to offer a couple updates on future sequels of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Find out what he said, after the jump. Here is what Fuller says about a possible Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street sequels: Lots of rumors out there. I want to set the record straight on freddy and Jason. First, let's talk Jason. Shannon and swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when new line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready. As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isnt even talk of writing another script. Fuller claims that Hollywood isn't looking for R-rated horror movies right now: Rated R Horror movies, right now, don't seem to generate interest from the studios. Everyday we
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Britney Movie Set For Valentines Release

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Britney Movie Set For Valentines Release
Singing sensation Britney Spears' film has been given a release date and been retitled for the sixth time! Director Tamra Davis' coming-of-age road movie is set to hit American cinemas a day after Valentines Day next year. Since Britney announced the flick earlier this year it has been given a number of titles, including Going On The Road, Just Good Friends, Nutmeg's Travel and more recently Not A Girl. The film is currently in post-production and looks set to be called Crossroads. If the name rumors are true, producers will probably change it again when they realize a movie of the same name helped kick off the downward career arc of Ralph Macchio in 1986.

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