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If you're gonna throw the book at Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for stealing music ... you gotta take down none other than Ludwig van Beethoven too -- that's Robin and Pharrell's argument anyway. The "Blurred Lines" duo just filed new court docs in their fight to prove the song is not a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's, "Got to Give It Up" -- pointing out several differences between notes in the songs ... and also backing up the bus over LvB. »
- TMZ Staff
It's Bank Holiday Monday, and that can mean only one thing... parking yourself on the sofa for an epic movie marathon. There really is something for everyone, from shaggy dogs to sorcerers and space adventures.
Digital Spy rounds up nine films worth watching on TV today.
1. Beethoven - 9.25am, ITV2
Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt head up the Newton family, who find their lives flipped upside down with the arrival of a puppy who swiftly grows into a slobbering, troublemaking St Bernard. This is just about the best way to kick off Bank Holiday Monday!
2. Flash Gordon - 11.15am, More4
Arriving hot on the heels of Star Wars, this sci-fi adventure got panned by critics on initial release but has since acquired cult status thanks to some booming performances from thesps like Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed, and Queen's thundering soundtrack.
Disney's fictionalised biopic of Ludwig van Beethoven stars pianist-turned-actor Karlheinz Bohm as the great composer. The film focuses on Beethoven's friendship with fellow composer Franz Josef Haydn and an ill-fated romance with a young countess. Boehm ably captures the tempestuous genius of the man and the European locations look splendid, while the music - from the unforgettable symphonies to Moonlight Sonata and Fur Elise - speaks for itself. »
Unleash the fun at home with the hilarious comedy-adventure, DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody and Sherman! Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. "Heartfelt and snappy" (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press), Mr. Peabody and Sherman has been hailed by critics as "a great adventure for the entire family" (Mike Wilbur, NBC Newschannel), receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted "A" CinemaScore.
Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and from the team behind family favorite franchises The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon, Mr. Peabody and Sherman is "fun" and "fast moving" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, »
Digital Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $38.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $48.99
Studio: DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The movie version of the classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody and Sherman was beloved by critics and moviegoers when it hit theaters, even though DreamWorks was disappointed with the film’s $110.7 million box-office performance.
Based on characters who first appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960 animated TV show Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, Mr. Peabody and Sherman tells the story of an advanced dog, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell) and his adopted son Sherman (Max Charles, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). While on an adventure in their Wabac time machine, the pair accidentally cause a rift in time and must go on other adventures to fix it.
A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. That’s it. Why mess with perfection and add a convoluted plot?
This is the 80′s remember, when the slasher movie was king and all you needed to make a film was a bunch of nubile girls willing to strip off on camera, some Ok(ish) special effects, and someone to play the killer… No need forany real motivation, no need for any back story, just as long as there’s gore-a-plenty!
- Phil Wheat
Interview Ryan Lambie 7 Feb 2014 - 06:09
Gary Oldman: quite possibly the finest actor of his generation. A charismatic force of nature, capable of blazing through the screen as a central villain (like killer cop Norman Stansfield in Leon), or even in relatively small roles, like the bizarre Drexl Spivey in True Romance. Then there are the stunning character portrayals, like Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, or Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, or the troubled Jackie Flannery in the little-seen but wonderful State Of Grace.
Typecast for a time, at least in Hollywood, as the go-to villain type - see Air Force One, The Fifth Element or Lost In Space to name three - Oldman has since, as he puts it, "turned the ship around", and »
Certain viewers are non-plussed by the casting of a musketeer of colour, but surely blind casting is preferable to an historical whitewash
Studs in leather? Check. Swordplay? Check. Buckled swash? Check. Medieval cleavages? Check. Over-complicated facial hair? Check. Dead-eyed Peter Capaldi as Louis Xiii's enforcer Cardinal Richelieu, that 17th-century prototype of Capaldi's Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It? Check.
There's so much diverting stuff in BBC1's current adaptation of The Musketeers that you might have missed perhaps its most intriguing aspect. One Telegraph reader didn't during their below-the-line rant against what they called a "dumbed down romp". "And," they sighed, mid-tirade, "there is the one obligatory part-black character to prove that multiculti [sic] political correctness outweighs historical accuracy."
What's the problem? That in the new adaptation, Porthos, traditionally a fat white comedy turn (think: Oliver Platt in the 1993 comedy The Three Musketeers) is a trim, sexy musketeer of colour played by Howard Charles. »
- Stuart Jeffries
8 items from 2014
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