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It's week four of blind auditions on The Voice and the show ain't messing around - we're getting fifteen acts taking to the stage this week in a bid to win an all-important chair spin from the coaches.
And if you want to know a little bit more about those 15 hopefuls, you're in luck, because we have all their pictures, song details and info. Read on for everything you need to know before Saturday night...
1. Tim Arnold - 39, London
Song: 'Running Up That Hill' - Kate Bush
What you need to know: Tim's mum is Polly Perkins who played Rose Cotton in EastEnders - June Brown is a close family friend. Tim also had a taste of success with Britpop band Jocasta in the '90s, but they were dropped on the day their album came out (way harsh). He's still working on music and recently recorded with Gary Kemp. »
Flattop haircut; high-waisted acid-washed jeans; thick gold chains worn around the collar of a top-buttoned shirt. If all you saw was the wardrobe alone, you’d think you’d stepped into a time machine set to 1995 — until, shortly into the film, a gangster wields a gun in one hand and an iPad in the other. "Dope" delivers a smooth blend of anachronistic hip-hop culture and modern technology, which manages to accomplish the bi-fold purpose of setting protagonists Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori), and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) apart from their high school peers and connecting with tech-savvy contemporary audiences. The movie is writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's fifth feature, following his 2010 comedy "Our Family Wedding," which starred Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera. "Dope" reunites Famuyiwa with Whitaker, who narrates the story of Malcolm and his buddies Jib and Diggy, a loyal trio of friends obsessed with old-school '90s hip-hop. They live. »
- An Banh
If you’re looking for a word to describe the Doctor’s legion of devoted followers (no – not that word!), then ‘passionate’ pretty much sums them up. Doctor Who fans don’t just watch their favourite programme. Of course they don’t. That would be silly, wouldn’t it? They live, dream and breathe it.
In fact, they’re so passionate about the ongoing escapades of TV’s favourite Time Lord that they even turn on each other whenever the opportunity presents itself. Don’t get us wrong, as a community the Doctor Who fandom is generally a nice place to be. Every now and then, though, something happens that manages to rip us apart. Over the following pages you’ll see 10 examples of show developments that proved to be so controversial that they even sparked a war within the show’s fandom itself. Forget the Time War, these »
- Dan Butler
Described by Funny Balloons’ Peter Danner as “a powerful drama with the tension of a thriller,” “The Club” comes virtually out of the blue, being shot without media coverage in Larrain’s native Chile: The first thing known about it has been the Berlin Festival’s announcement today that it had scored a main Competition slot.
“The Club” marks Larrain’s follow-up to the Oscar nominated “No,” which starred Gael Garcia Bernal, sparked rave reviews – Variety called it “tense throughout, distinctive” – and won the top Art Cinema Award at Cannes 2012 Directors’ Fortnight.
Shot in Cinemascope, “The Club” turns on four men who »
- John Hopewell
As bad ass as nine-time Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson is, it couldn’t save her from being fired Monday night by Donald Trump on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And she blames “Real Housewives” diva Kenya Moore for her downfall.
“Kenya totally got in my head, instead of being strong with the decision I made, I second-guessed myself and that was probably Kenya’s plan all along,” Anderson told TheWrap about backtracking on who to put up for elimination.
Also read: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Recap: Two Athletes Get Bounced
- Alicia Banks
As a drama, "Banshee" is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is. And that is why I've come to love it. "Banshee" is a show that should have no business working at all, let alone returning for an incredibly strong third season Friday night at 10 on Cinemax(*). At first glance, the premise — ex-con assumes the identity of a small-town Pennsylvania sheriff — feels extremely limited, like something better-suited to a straight-to-Netflix movie than an ongoing cable drama, even on HBO's pulpier sister channel. The amount of mayhem visited on this small burg in the middle of Amish country, and the colorful nature of the people perpetrating said mayhem, makes the place often seem a closer approximation of Gotham »
- Alan Sepinwall
6 items from 2015
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