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Spoiler Alert: We're about to spoil some of TV's biggest deaths, in case you couldn't tell from the headline. So, you know, if you don't want to be spoiled, click away now! Break out your finest black clothing, 'cause we're attending a TV funeral, y'all. The 2013 TV season has not been a kind one to TV characters, with series killing off characters, both good and bad, seemingly every other episode. Long gone are the days of waiting for a series finale to off a major player. Heck, most shows don't even wait for a season finale anymore. Still, there were some deaths that stayed with us longer than others (like, say, Jeremy on The Vampire Diaries. Who soon came back to »
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Despite Chelsea closing the gap at the top of the table to two points with victory over relegation strugglers Palace, manager José Mourinho still finds himself with no answers to the chronic inconsistency which has plagued his side’s league campaign so far. An unconvincing victory was secured in the first half after Ramires thumped home from outside the area, but a tense second half in which Petr Cech was repeatedly called into action will only deepen doubts over the Blues’ ability to maintain their title challenge in the new year.
Fernando Torres may have tapped home the opening goal after Willian’s zipping strike was palmed away by the excellent Julian Speroni, but with his other major contribution limited to a well-timed duck out of the way of Ramires’ match-winning strike, Mourinho would be unwise to consider this any sort of turning point in solving his strikeforce’s crisis of confidence. »
- Xander Markham
Long gone are the days when Simon Pegg was the little known star of obscure Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, which unfortunately was cancelled after two short series’ thanks to its brilliance being criminally overlooked. Nowadays, Pegg is an A-list Hollywood star and has featured in some of the most popular blockbusters of the past few years such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Star Trek Into Darkness. Of course, Pegg also starred in The World’S End earlier this year which closed the ‘three flavours cornetto trilogy’, that began with Shaun Of The Dead in 2004, once again directed by Edgar Wright.
A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is a much smaller scale project for Pegg and was actually released in the UK over a year ago. However, our friends across the pond have yet to feast their eyes upon this little piece of Pegg greatness that demonstrates yet again why we love the actor so much. »
- Ben Read
Creativity in pro wrestling is a vital prerequisite to making an entertaining product. Take away storylines and it becomes difficult to emotionally invest in two men pretending to fight each other. Ineffective scripting is the biggest problem facing WWE today, it ruins the audience’s ability to suspend disbelief and leads to talented wrestlers being perceived as inferior. There have been various creative and booking errors that have marred WWE in 2013 – mistakes that have badly hurt the business as a whole. Everything has a knock on effect in this industry, bad creative leads to bad matches and poor angles, leading to declines in tv ratings, pay per view buys and merchandise sales. It is vitally important WWE gets creative right, yet all too often they get it badly wrong.
In fairness to Vince McMahon and his creative empire, it must be difficult to produce 5 hours of fresh content each week. »
- Grahame Herbert
Written by Bob Nelson
Directed by Alexander Payne
It’s become passé in popular culture to mock the elderly, to tweak and jeer at them just enough without being excessively cruel. We can laugh at old people for swearing at each other, or for having regressed physically to the point where they seem like overgrown babies who can barely dress themselves. It’s easy to laugh at our elders, swaddling ourselves in the fervent and foolish hope that we will never become like them. Time may march on and we may eventually hit the age when we qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits, but we will never grow that old, that infirm. Thus, we can comfortably snicker at the foibles of old folks. For the opposite take, consider Nebraska, a deceptively simple character study that never once points and laughs at its elderly characters. It presents these people, »
- Josh Spiegel
Yes is the most powerful word in Hollywood. No matter how hard a writer labors over a script or how big a star signs on for a movie, you still need the approval of higher-ups — the greenlight — to enter production. With studios making more expensive movies and their corporate parents demanding quarterly profits, every decision is fraught. Long gone are the days when a hotshot director could waltz into an executive’s office, pitch a movie, and walk out with $100 million. Well, unless you’re Christopher Nolan. So who decides what does and does not get made? With all the recent changes in. »
- Brent Lang and Lucas Shaw
In recent years, the awards media has caught on to the relationship between the categories of Best Film Editing and Best Picture. Even films like "Argo" and "Crash," which did not win the Best Director Oscar, picked up the trophy for Best Film Editing. Every year, the vast majority of nominees in this category (sometimes even five out of five) are also cited in the top category. The didn't used to be the case. Long gone, it seems, are the days when films like "Speed" or "Se7en" or "Air Force One" could consistently make an appearance, though we do get a »
- Gerard Kennedy
When writing the screenplay for the cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game by novelist Orson Scott Card, filmmaker Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) discovered creative inspiration from his own life. “For me it wasn’t so much a particular scene but a particular feeling that it generated in me,” recalls Hood. “I was drafted when I was 17 in the South African military in 1981, during the bad old days, and taken a thousand miles away from my home, and dropped into a basic training place where I was yelled and screamed at. I was set in an environment that was very different from my experience in growing up where aspects of my personality, particularly the more aggressive side of one’s male personality, were being praised in ways that would have been unthinkable by your mother. »
Katniss has a new 'do!"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star Jennifer Lawrence just debuted her haircut on her official Facebook page -- and it's her shortest look yet.Long gone are her long locks, as the 23-year-old Oscar winner is now sporting a pixie cut.During a Google+ Hangout, Jen joked she chopped off her hair to "make Francis mad," referencing "Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence. She then added, "It was at at that awkward length ... and was fried from being dyed so much."And so far, her Facebook fans are split on the look."You're rocking that haircut Jennifer," writes one. "I love her new haircut, giving us some fierceness," posted another.They aren't all so positive though, as one follower responded to the photo by saying "Omg you cut your hair? No, No, No!!!!!!"Which side are you on? We think the look definitely ages her a little bit, »
- tooFab Staff
full disclosure: *a DVD screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director: Franck Khalfoun. Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur and Joe Spinell. Cast: Nora Arnezeder, Genevieve Alexandra and Elijah Wood. Maniac is a remake of William Lustig's 1980 film, of the same name. In both features, a killer stalks several young women in a large urban environment. This time actor Elijah Wood plays Frank, the killer. Long gone are Wood's days as Frodo. Instead of a heroic character, Wood gives one of his best performances as a violent sadist. As well, Maniac follows a few tried and true tropes from the slasher film, which may or may not sit well with audiences. The most compelling aspect of this feature is director Franck Khalfoun's (P2) shooting style. Khalfoun places the viewer in the shoes of a murderer, if they like it or not, for the next eighty-nine minutes. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Everyone is saying that the film industry is dying, well, more like the heart of the film industry is dying. Long gone are the days of original movies taking the box office by storm. Now, sequels, re-imaginings, and remakes dominate the ever-greedy industry by finding the most obscure and irrelevant token of days past in hopes that the feeling of nostalgia will make hundreds of millions in profit. So far, the only type of movie this has worked with is the superhero movie, something that Marvel – Disney, now, I guess – has found the most success in chasing.
I personally disagree with this statement. I don’t believe the heart of the film industry is dying. Instead, I believe the human mind has seen it all, making us tired and jaded. As a society, we strive for “what’s new” and currently, very little is. So when a spectacular film comes »
- Andy Wong
A year can be measured in two periods: time when a season of The Challenge is airing and time when you can speculate what a new season of The Challenge will bring. With the announcement of a 25th season on Wednesday, we have officially entered into the more agonizing latter half.
As I’m sure T.J. Lavin follows my life as closely as I follow his, I think I’ll take this opportunity to draw out what a perfect 25th season of The Challenge might look like, before filming begins this fall. I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me by complaining, »
- Jodi Walker
As Formula One heads into the traditional summer break, the current World Championship Leader, Sebastian Vettel must be pondering on whether he can add another Championship to his ever growing tally.
With Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes winning the latest race in Hungary in a fairly convincing style, Vettel will be concerned about whether or not his car as the pace to match Hamilton going into the second part of the season. In the past, we have seen ‘Dominant Vettel’, leaving the other cars to fight among themselves after Turn One, when he flies off into the distance.
But this season it’s all changed.
Apart from a spectacular performance in Canada, Vettel has not dominated as much as he would’ve liked, nor is he that far ahead in the Championship. Sky Sports F1 and the BBC often comment on how Vettel is doing well and that no one can get anywhere near him, »
- James Holder
Films have been capturing the imagination of audiences for over a century, and over that time have experienced waves of innovation. From the black-and-white, silent motion pictures of the early twentieth century, today’s film-goer is treated to a startling graphical and audible experience, with the enhancements to special effects making even the most unfeasible of event as lifelike as one could possibly imagine. Furthermore, the actors are more abundant and better-looking than ever, which means that the industry has a wide variety of stars to keep the viewers coming back for more. The hundreds of millions of dollars that successful films reap in at the box office alongside the supplement of DVD and Blu-Ray sales means that films will continue to get better and capture the imagination of the audience.
Video games have had a much shorter tradition than films, but in many ways their growth has been in many ways mirrored. »
- Callum Wiggins
Julianne, we hardly recognize you! The actress was spotted on the set of her latest movie, co-starring Robert Pattinson, rocking brand new hair that had us doing a double-take. For more details about Julianne’s transformation, keep reading!
Julianne Moore is known for being one of Hollywood’s most famous redheads. But when she was spotted on the set of her latest movie Maps to the Stars on July 8 in Toronto, she was sporting blonde hair! We hardly recognized Julianne and are wondering how you feel about such a drastic transformation, HollywoodLifers! Sound off below!
Julianne was seen in-between takes in a gray bathrobe and flips flops relaxing — but we barely knew it was her! Long gone were her signature red tresses and in their place was a nearly platinum blond mane.
This look is obviously a huge change for the actress, »
- HL Intern
A new HoH is crowned; fingers are pointed; tears are shed; nominations are made. But will the latest HoH’s supposed “Reign of Terror” do anything to change the power dynamics in the house, or is it full speed ahead for the Moving Company?
Is anyone else having a hard time figuring out whom they’re rooting for this season on Big Brother? I loathe Jeremy and Aaryn. GinaMarie and Kaitlin irritate me. I find Nick and Spencer somewhat grating, with their constant need to theatrically gloat about just how goshdarn strategic and in control of things they are. McCrae »
- John Cochran
We’re obviously huge Selena Gomez fans here at HollywoodLife.com, but we were wondering how you feel about the singer’s July 4th beauty look! Are you a fan of her red, white and blue makeup? Sound off below!
Selena Gomez, 20, is obviously stunning, but we did a double-take when we saw her beauty look at her pre-taping of her performance for Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New Jersey on June 29. Selena was displaying her patriotic pride with some red, white and blue makeup. Do you think the look is a tad too literal, or just right for the occasion? Vote below.
Selena Gomez’s Makeup At 4th of July — Her Red, White, & Blue Look
Selena strutted on the stage in a high-low white maxi skirt and a red crop top with white strappy sandals — but we we’re obsessed with her makeup! Selena decided to »
- HL Intern
Despite the fact that Leyla Ghobadi’s story about hooking up with Kanye West while he was with girlfriend Kim Kardashian now looks to be more of a lie than a true story, she’s still all the media and public can talk about. Why would she lie about something that had the potential to ruin Kim and Kanye’s relationship? HollywoodLife.com has the Exclusive details!
Leyla Ghobadi, 24, has rumors swirling, and no one is entirely sure what is actually true yet — did she sleep with Kanye West or didn’t she? Regardless of what actually went down, HollywoodLife.com has Exclusive details from experts about why Leyla would lie about the whole affair!
Leyla Ghobadi: ‘She May Have Planned The Whole Thing’
Leyla’s alleged affair has been deemed fake since Star Magazine reported it June 12, which is a relief for Kanye, 36, and Kim Kardashian, 32, but that doesn’t mean all is forgiven. »
- HL Intern
Sony has come a long way since PlayStation 1. Long gone are CD’s, pixelated graphics or even wired controllers. And with the recent E3 2013 reveal of the PlayStation 4, it’s obvious that Sony’s hard work has paid off. Now, I realise that if you are a current Xbox owner or perhaps even a future one, you may think this is just another PlayStation fanboy who’s hating on the Xbox. I also realise my author description is not about to help me make my case. In any case though, in all honesty, I have nothing against Microsoft or Xbox One (X1). In fact, when I saw the X1 reveal I admit… I was intrigued. In fact, the only reason why I never owned an Xbox, is because my first console was a PlayStation and I liked staying loyal to them. That, and of course I didn’t have enough »
- Karan Gurnani
Last week we called your attention to occult-oriented retro rockers Blood Ceremony (sweet new record, check out the review here), and it so happens they're currently touring in support of Kylesa, a well-established unit formed in Georgia back in 2000 and well known for their dark, swampy psychedelic mode of metal. Kylesa's sixth studio record Ultraviolet hit the street around the same time as Blood Ceremony's The Eldritch Dark, and it's about time we dropped our needle on this band's ominous new offering. Blending rough-edged stoner sludge with the mood and textures of gothic & doom metal, Kylesa have made a few mods to their sound since their gritty, punk-infused 2010 breakthrough Spiral Shadow, which laid down corrosive power-riffs, anthemic chants and a thundering rhythmic assault (courtesy of dual drummers Carl McGinley and Eric Hernandez), scoring the band their highest props to date. On Ultraviolet, their sound is still effectively aggressive, but now incorporates more subdued, »
- Gregory Burkart
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