9 items from 2014
Even 11 years later, network TV has never aired anything else quite like Joe Millionaire, Fox’s groundbreakingly cruel, incredibly popular Reality 1.0 experiment. The basic premise, as if you could ever forget: 20 money-hungry airheads arrive at a gorgeous French chateau to compete for the affections of Evan Marriott, a man who has just inherited more than $50 million. They have no idea that Evan’s money is as fake as their eyelashes – he’s actually a blue-collar construction worker.
Joe piled artifice on top of artifice: Its breakout character was Marriott’s “butler,” played by professional actor Paul Hogan. The Smoking Gun »
- Hillary Busis
If there's ever a type of TV show to make an executive rub his pudgy hands together in evil laughing glee, then it's the dating programme. Attempting to successfully matchmake on TV is like trying to teach a hamster to juggle. That's where the 'fun' lies, I guess – seeing mismatched couples navigate their way through glacial silences, ill-advised attempts at flirting and the usual nonsense about how the other half isn't attractive/tall/loud enough (delete as applicable). From the staged replies and convenient post-date antagonism of Blind Date through to the three course culinary disasters of Dinner Date through to the cackling fake tan and hair extension mob of Take Me Out, dating shows just will not take no for an answer.
The main backdrop for Lonely Hearts inevitably turns out to be a flashy, gaudy tin can of a nightclub called D'Oblique. Here, furtive looks are exchanged, sorrows »
R.L. Stine, the master of macabre on the Ya shelves of libraries both public and private, will appear at BookCon on May 31st at the Javits Center in New York City.
Referenced as “perhaps the best-selling children’s author of the 20th century” by Stephen King, Stine made his first foray into horror in 1986 with Blind Date, the first book in the Point Horror line. He hasn’t stopped writing in the genre since. He went on to write over 100 books in his own Fear Street series, and in 1992 Stine started a children’s horror book series called Goosebumps. Readers around the globe have gobbled up over 300 million copies of Goosebumps since it started its monthly run with Scholastic 21 years ago. And like its sister series, Goosebumps got a lot of kids interested in reading. Even though creepy creations like Slappy the Dummy and the Haunted Mask kept kids up at night, »
- Jonathan James
Last month she was pulled out of a freezing Windermere midway through a punishing Sport Relief cycle, swim and run across Britain. What's Davina McCall trying to prove? She talks about meltdowns, addiction and family tragedy
Davina McCall set off from Edinburgh to London on a bicycle last month, preoccupied entirely by the physical ordeal ahead. She was going to cycle, swim and run the 500-mile journey through driving rain and wind and floods, and had just seven days to complete it. For celebrities who like the idea of an insanely outlandish endurance test, Sport Relief presents an annual opportunity to show us what they're made of. Eddie Izzard once ran 43 marathons in 51 days; David Walliams swam 140 miles down the Thames, tearing a spinal disc and contracting a parasitic infection along the way. Davina McCall, however, is not one of them. "There is not one piece of me that had »
- Decca Aitkenhead
The Musketeers and Being Human star talks her toppermost TV picks
I like a good gritty drama. Broadchurch, or something by Jimmy McGovern. I think Shaun Evans does a amazing job in Endeavour. Following on from John Thaw means you've got massive shoes to fill. Comedy-wise, I think Brooklyn Nine-Nine is brilliant, and Girls of course. I haven't seen the third series yet, but the first and second, you'd just sit down and plough through them in one go.
Earliest TV memory
Postman Pat. I was always one for a great theme tune. My mum said that I used to dance around to the theme tune to Care Bears, and as soon as it finished I'd bugger off, I wasn't interested.
Gladiators. Saturday night viewing just isn't the same these days, is it? Gladiators, followed by Blind Date: that's what you want. I'm not into reboots. »
- Louis Pattison
Buckle up Walter, you're in enough trouble as it is!
Blake Edwards, the middle brow genius, if you don't mind my calling him that, behind The Pink Panther (1963), brings us an entry in that excellent comic sub-genre, the worst night ever. But unlike After Hours (1985), the night from hell in Blind Date (1987) is just the beginning. Edwards takes Dale Launer's screenplay and finishes with a final act that is uniquely his own in style. One significant difference is that while the Pink Panther films ended on ambiguous notes for hero and love interest, the 1980's will not allow for anything but a set up for a final kiss and a happily-ever-after. The original music by Henry Mancini runs exactly parallel with its 80's-ness.
- Jason Ratigan
We're into week three of the blind auditions, and the talent just keeps on coming. Well, when everyone isn't fluttering about Tom Jones's sex bomb nature ("You need all those girls to balance your testosterone" "Yeeeeeeahhh!"), or polishing their buttons, or laughing at Will saying "blokes" or, in the case of Tom, stating the bleeding obvious: "I think each coach wants to get the best team. I mean, that's why we're here." That is true, and we got six new acts added to the coaches' teams this week, but who really blew us away? Read on for our rankings...
1. Myles Evans
Song: 'High Hopes' / Coach: Ricky Wilson
You know what? Sometimes, it's not all about "the voice". We're not sure that Myles was technically the best singer of the night, but for some reason his quiet, unassuming sweet personality really stuck with us. He only agreed to audition on the »
In Grudge Match, the legendary screen star plays Sally, the heart of the film who is the catalyst for a three decades-old feud between Sylvester Stallone’s “Razor” Sharp and Robert DeNiro’s Billy “The Kid” McDonnen. She sees the good in both men, even if they, and everyone else around them, can not.
Basinger is an Academy Award-winning actress for her work in director Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential, but fans know her for many cult favorite hits of the 80′s through the 90′s including Tim Burton’s Batman, Cool World, Blind Date and Wayne’s World 2. At 60 years old, she also just signed a brand new modeling contract — not bad.
We sat down with the ageless star to talk about Grudge Match, working with heavyweights like Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone, and also her favorite co-star of the bunch. As expected, she’s as lovely as you’d expect her to be. »
- Damen Norton
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"20 Feet From Stardom"
What's It About? Being a back-up singer is no easy task, especially when you're working so hard and getting so little credit. Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and other singers take front and center in this doc about the women who've revolutionized the music we listen to.
Why We're In: The doc features fantastic footage of performances from every era of modern music -- we dare you not to get teary when you see and hear Luther Vandross doing backup with Fischer and others for David Bowie. Interviews with Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Bette Midler are icing on the cake.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Director Jules Dassin snagged the Palme d'Or for this film noir about four guys going in on one last heist -- and we all »
- Jenni Miller
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