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After the spectacle of Blackpool Week, it's time for the remaining eight dancers to head back to the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor, with another couple set to leave this weekend.
With little more than half of them remaining, it's never been more important for the celebrities to impress on Saturday night. So read on to find out what your favourite celeb will be dancing - and what song they'll be doing it to...
Dance: American Smooth
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: 'Macarena' - Los Del Rio
Song: 'Love Runs Out' - OneRepublic
Song: 'Sparkling Diamonds' - Moulin Rouge
Song: 'Let's Hear »
Bob Geldof shuffled onto the X Factor stage last night and apologised to the "X Factor nation" for something on the ITV singing competition that was "harrowing and not suited to an entertainment show".
It turned out that he was referring to footage of Ebola victims ahead of the Band Aid 30 premiere, rather than Saturday night's Big Band Week, but you probably understand our confusion.
Does anyone other than Simon Cowell actually enjoy Big Band Week? In the early days of X Factor, making the acts wheel out some corny Rat Pack covers actually felt worthwhile as it was the only sort of record that most of them would ever get to make. A Mother's Day record of sub-Bublé covers.
However, somewhere around series 3 or 4 when the show tried to gain an air of musical credibility, the Big Band theme has felt like an awkward sibling. A throwback to the years of Brookstein, »
Big Band Night, Band Aid and the biggest shock of the year so far. Stuart Heritage was there for each and every incredible scene.
And there we have it. Jay is gone and we’re now officially into X Factor’s final month. The end is in sight! I’m still probably going to run out of sausage jokes in about a fortnight, but we can probably do this!
The important thing is that you don’t forget to join me back here next Saturday at 8pm for next week’s liveblog. Not for any big reason, just that I’m vain and needy, and also your comments make me laugh. As you’re probably sick of hearing, I’m on Twitter at @StuHeritage. That is all. Incredible Scenes.
Plus, no more Skype jokes. I worry that Jay’s going to go and become the next Steve Brookstein, »
- Stuart Heritage
Week Six saw The X Factor contestants pay tribute to Big Band music with an eclectic group of performances.
Digital Spy rounds up what Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh had to say about Saturday night's (November 15) acts - and if you missed the show, you can catch up with all the performances below, too:
Cheryl: "You absolutely brought that to life. One word. Amazeballs."
Simon: "It lacked that gritty passion which you need with that song. I thought it was going to go somewhere and it didn't. And you're pulling these terrible faces, like you're in pain."
Louis: "It's just so effortless like you're born to do this. You're always note-perfect."
Mel B: "You look absolutely stunning. Your technique vocally is flawless. »
It's Big Band Week on The X Factor - and there's been drama before tonight's sing-a-thon even got underway!
Join us from 8.15pm for this year's big, brassy extravaganza, with jazz classics, reworked pop hits and some interesting medleys.
21:49Tomorrow night, Olly, Scherzy and Geldy - well, the world exclusive premiere of (a rough cut of) 'Band Aid 30' - see you then, you brave, persevering lot!
21:47Cheryl wanted to give Fleur "props" - though presumably only if it doesn't take away any of her own performance budget?
21:45So who was your favourite act tonight? And who was the weakest singer? Were you entertained by the Judges' banter or do they need to get their act together?
21:44Simon echoes our own wise words - Fleur's "fantastic" performances are on a par with the Sunday night guest performers. He believes she can win - and so do we! »
Stanley Chase, who produced the legendary 1950s off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera that featured the enduring hit song “Mack the Knife,” has died. He was 87. Chase died Tuesday at a nursing home in Santa Monica, his wife Dorothy told the Los Angeles Times. Chase also produced such films as The Hell With Heroes (1968) and Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), both directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three), as well as Mack the Knife, a 1989 feature version of Threepenny Opera that was helmed by Menahem Golan and starred Raul Julia and Richard Harris.
- Mike Barnes
Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Howard Harris, Fumi Nikaidô, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô, Ruth Sundell, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Rio Kanno, Yukito Nishii, Ken’ichi Takitô, Daniel Genalo, Noriko Nakagoshi, Erina Mizuno, Fujiko Kojima, Kento Hayashi | Written and Directed by Takashi Miike
I learnt from watching Audition that you never take Takashi Miike movies at face value, he won’t let you. That movie was my introduction into the twisted world of the director, and this is the reason he has quickly become one of my favourites. From horror to gangsters, historical and even school movies like Crows Zero he shows a flexibility and an ability to bring fun to his work, while also masterfully handling the extremes. Lesson of Evil is a movie that risks coming across as boring especially in the first half when it is setting the scene for the violence to come. Whether you find it dull or the characters interest you, »
- Paul Metcalf
Menachem Golan, the colorful, free-spending Israeli-born producer and director whose Cannon Films yielded hundreds of productions starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris before going bust, died Friday in Israel, according to Haaretz. He was 85.
Golan, whose first name is sometimes spelled Menahem, was famous for his overblown pronouncements and business plans, and partnered for many years with his cousin, Yoram Globus. The duo started their U.S. career making fast-paced action exploitation titles starring the likes of Norris and Charles Bronson. Then, in the ’80s, Golan and Globus headed the ill-fated public company Cannon Entertainment, which began spending more on films such as “A Cry in the Dark,” “Cobra,” “Sahara” (1983), “Over the Top” and “Bolero” with such actors as Stallone, Brooke Shields and Bo Derek.
For a decade Golan dominated the market portion of the Cannes Film Festival, booking hundreds of pages a day in trade papers »
- Richard Natale
Kevin Spacey directs and stars as multi-talented 1950s singer Bobby Darin in this ambitious life and times biopic. A labour of love for Spacey, it's an eye-catching chronicle that takes in Darin's lifelong health problems, his marriage to fellow performer Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth), and of course his music, including his greatest hits Splish Splash, Mack The Knife and the song of the title. »
9 items from 2014
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