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The Christmas number one: a supposedly hallowed achievement, and yet both Mr Blobby and Bob The Builder have both walked away with it in the past. In recent years, the market immediately before Christmas has been over-populated by the deluge of “talented” winners from Simon Cowell’s pop processing plant on the moon (probably) and vocal dissenters seem to have turned the Christmas Number One into some sort of insipid personification of everything that is wrong with the music business.
But, there have been some shining lights in the history of the Christmas Number One, despite the infamous ear-bleeders and the outrageous stories of classic songs being overtaken for the accolade by awful one-hit-wonders. And this article is hereby devoted to listing said highlights.
Somewhat unthinkably, there is no place for “Fairytale of New York”, for which we can thank the Pet Shop Boys, whose cover of “Always On My Mind” took the 1987 spot, »
- Simon Gallagher
X Factor contestant Misha B has reportedly been approached to star in a West End production of The Bodyguard. The 19-year-old singer, who was eliminated in the show's semi-final last Sunday (December 4), is set to take on the role made famous by Whitney Houston in a stage adaptation of the 1992 movie. "Lots of people have been considered from Alexandra Burke to Leona Lewis, but Misha is top of the list," a source revealed. "Her not making The X Factor final was a blessing in disguise for those involved with the show." Watch the trailer for The Bodyguard movie below: It has also been claimed that Wet Wet Wet (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
Stacy Francis brought drama to The X Factor stage right from her audition — a tear streaked rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — all the way to her final moments on the stage (a tense judges’ vote on whether to cut her, or petulant rapper Astro). TVLine caught up with Season 1′s 10th place finisher to ask her about controversy over the way her backstory was presented on the show, her personal take on the right time to go for a glory note, and whether or not she thinks she’s cut out to be a pop star. »
- Michael Slezak
Join me from 8.15pm on Saturday for this week's 'movie' theme – will Amelia Lily or Marcus Collins emerge as stars?
Good evening, and welcome to the X Factor liveblog. I hope you're ready to have fun, because tonight is Movie Night. You thought you saw the last of it in 2009 when Jedward did Ghostbusters ("John, save me!" "Don't be such a baby!") and Jamie Afro did the love theme from Gummo. But now it's back. And it's going to be bigger than ever. Or the same size. Or slightly smaller. Look, I don't know.
It's just a shame that Kitty Brucknell won't be around to enjoy it. Imagine her doing We Don't Need Another Hero from Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdrome or Holding Out For A Hero from Flashdance. It would have been brilliant. But no, inevitably everyone will do Purple Rain again, except for Janet who'll do her best »
- Stuart Heritage
Fox Astro performs on ‘The X-Factor.’
Another week, another round of performances from the contestants on “The X-Factor,” who are required to perform songs from movies, evidently in honor of Adam Sandler’s latest, “Jack and Jill.” Host Steve Jones continued to struggle to convey he has a personality as he introduced judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and L.A. Reid, who emerged from backstage to the magisterial sounds of the “Star Wars” theme.
After a segment chronicling the »
- Todd Gilchrist
It was once again time to face the music, as The X Factor Top 11 hit the stage for Movie Night!
I hope you had your popcorn ready because L.A. Reid continued his stint as the worst new reality judge on television and Steve Jones remained steadfast in cutting off the panelists as many times as he could in a two hour span.
Oh yeah! The 11 acts also performed their hearts out for America's vote! Let's take a look at the performances...
Stacy Francis "The Queen of the Night" - No Nicole, Stacy having a big diva moment is not her stepping out her element. The upbeat nature of this song, however, was out of her element, and it proved to be detrimental as she seemed to be out of breath throughout the performance.
My Score: 4/10
Obscure Movie Score: The Bodyguard is way too popular to register in this ranking system. »
- email@example.com (Dan Forcella)
She's Back! Rachel Crow finally performed to her full potential on 'The X Factor' Nov. 9. I think we've found our winner! Flash forward a couple months and I know we'll still be watching Rachel Crow slay it on The X Factor! Despite a couple less than stellar weeks, the 13-year-old singer was back and better than ever for Movie Night Nov. 9. Adorable, but wise beyond her years, Rachel reminds me of a Beyonce and Shirley Temple mix -- she's a star! Here were my thoughts on the contestants tonight: Stacy Francis: Stacy started the night out with Whitney Houston's "Queen of the Night" from The Bodyguard and although she hit the notes, it wasn't my favorite performance. I felt like I was getting screamed at the whole time. I like Stacy, but this song wasn't a good choice on Nicole's part. Marcus Canty: Marcus was trying »
- Kirstin Benson
"The X Factor" is here with the Top 11 and Songs of the Movies. So clearly "X Factor" is not getting too far away from the "Idol" theme-show nights. Also, the product tie-in? "Jack and Jill." Those poor Idols what do we call X Factor contestants? Xies?
This ... sounds off to me, almost right from the get-go. Is she sharp? Maybe it's just me, but it sounds off. Plus, she's relying way too heavily on the backup singers. There are times where they are carrying the song and she's just throwing in some ohs. And then she takes to the scaffolding like she's in the "Cold Hearted Snake" video. Hmm. Wow. I really did not like that. I love Stacy Francis, I've totally come around on her and no way should she go home, but I'm not down with tonight.
L.A. Reid's back-handed, »
Is it really so tense on the set of The X Factor that Simon Cowell isn't allowed to sit in on Nicole Scherzinger's mentoring sessions? Well, if he's anywhere near as supportive as he is during the live shows, then that makes perfect sense. The fab four were at it again tonight as the top 11 took the stage for a night of songs from the movies. And it was definitely a toss-up as to who was more entertaining: the aspiring recording stars or the judges. Maybe Nicole should've let Simon in on Stacy Francis' session. Singing Whitney Houston's "Queen of the Night" from The Bodyguard only served to age the 42-year-old mom—who until tonight has passed for 10 years younger. It »
Simon salutes the sterling work of Kevin Costner in a list of the 10 best films of his career so far. “Let’s do some good”…
It’s a topic we seem to return to on an annual basis at Den Of Geek, and we’re firm believers with an ‘on with the tradition’ philosophy here. But, of all the movie stars who have risen and fallen over the past few decades, have any had quite as much of an eye for a good risk, or taking a chance, as Kevin Costner?
It’s testament to his body of work just going through some of his quality films that didn’t make the following run-down of his top ten movies. For Love Of The Game is a woefully underrated baseball movie, for instance, while there’s a lot to like in Mr Brooks, too. And you’ll notice the almost-criminal omission »
Whitney Houston has joined the cast of Sparkle which began principal photography this week in Detroit, Michigan. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film and tells the story of the title character Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to become a star while facing issues that are tearing her family apart. Starring alongside Houston in the musical drama are Grammy® nominated and platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks (.American Idol. winner, Season 6), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher, Captain America: The First Avenger), Mike Epps (Jumping the Broom, Friday After Next), Carmen Ejogo (I, Alex Cross, Pride and Glory), Tika Sumpter (What.s Your Number?, .Gossip Girl.), Omari Hardwick (Kick Ass, The A-Team) and Grammy® Award winner, Cee-Lo Green.
- Michelle McCue
The British Horror Film Festival has come to a close for its second year and what a festival it was! Plenty of famous faces turned up for the premieres, including:
Billy Murray (The Bill)
Ben Loyd Holmes (The Hike)
and many more!
The screenings went down well in Bournemouth and Leicester Square, where the line… More »
HollywoodNews.com: Arista Records is over. The new management at Sony’s RCA division have put the venerable label started by Clive Davis to sleep at age 36. Arista had drifted since 2000 when BMG, which owned it then, let then overall chief Michael Dornemann oversee the ousting of Davis. By the time that was over, Dornemann was gone and Davis was back with his own label, J Records. Arista went to L.A. Reid, who ran it for a few years before leaving for Island DefJam at Universal Music.
Now, of course, Reid is with Sony, half the people from Sony and Universal have traded jobs. In this latest scuffle, Arista has quietly been put out of business. It’s a shame really. Arista has enormous legacy with dozens of huge acts and famous albums to its credit. From Whitney Houston’s catalog–including “The Bodyguard” soundtrack– to Carlos Santana’s amazing »
- Roger Friedman
Quentin Taratino is in talks with Kurt Russell to step into Kevin Costner's role in blockbuster Western Django Unchained after The Bodyguard actor dropped out. Costner was set to boost his big screen career with a starring role in the Kill Bill auteur's new project, playing a brutal slave-master alongside Leonardo DiCaprio's evil plantation owner. However, scheduling conflicts forced the star to quit the movie, and now Russell is being lined up to replace him, according to TheWrap.com. The Big Trouble in Little China star previously worked with Tarantino in 2007's Death Proof. © WENN »
However, scheduling conflicts forced the star to quit the movie, and now Russell is being lined up to replace him, according to TheWrap.com.
Mere marketing tool, or thumping good read? Here, David praises the greatness of movie novelisations…
They’re the novels film buffs love to read, and collect omnivorously. The books take up at least a single shelf, and their collectors smile, impressed, at the way a multi-million dollar scene sparkling with special effects can be effectively emulated in prose. Or maybe that’s just me.
But seriously: haven’t you ever watched Lethal Weapon and thought, “This should have been a book!” If you ever have, then track down and pick up Joel Norst’s paperback version and see how he can make maverick cop Martin Riggs jumping off a building while clinging to a hysterical civilian just as breathtaking as when Mel Gibson does it onscreen.
Or how about when James Bond free-falls over a cliff in Goldeneye? Check out veteran Bond novelist John Gardner’s take on it. These scenes, »
"Rain" is the perfect soundtrack song – a big, sweeping ballad co-written and co-produced by Mars' team, the Smeezingtons – and seems an ideal fit for "Breaking Dawn." And it got us thinking about our favorite soundtrack tunes. When a one-off tune from one of our favorite artists is tied to a movie you, it's the icing on a very tasty cake.
After the jump, a rundown of some of our favorite soundtrack tunes. We tried to stay away from musicals – with the exception of "Moulin Rouge" – because that's whole different can of worms, and we aimed for songs that we felt really belonged in the movies in which they appear.
>>> "Take My Breath Away, »
- John Mitchell
By Zachary Swickey
Austin City Limits was back celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend, a little earlier than its typical October slot, which helps explain the temperatures being a solid ten degrees higher than I recall from year's past. It's the last of the music festival season's "big four" fests – Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapallooza obviously being the other three – and with Austin, Texas being rain-free for three months, I was a bit weary of how I'd handle the blistering sun.
Luckily for me, Theophilus London was ready to make me forget about the weather. Donning a jet-black tank top and equally dark cowboy hat with a flat bill all the way around, London rocked some tunes from his righteous Lover’s Holiday Ep and some select tracks from his recent full-length debut Timez Are Weird These Days. He cut one of his tracks short when he was inspired by a »
- MTV News
"American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for acting and singing in the musical Dreamgirls about a Supremes-like girl group. Can "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks do the same? She'll star in Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 movie about three sisters who sing together but through different obstacles, only one achieves fame. It's a big move for Sparks, who would play the lead character who is named Sparkle...it will be her acting debut! Diva Whitney Houston, who has had critically-praised roles in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife, is in talks to play her mother. Also signed up for a role is Mike Epps (Lottery Ticket).
Source: Deadline »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The singer is to take a supporting role in a remake of the 1976 soul drama, which follows the fortunes of a 1950s girl group
Sparkle, about the basso lows and chord-shredding highs of a 1950s girl group (based loosely on the story of the Supremes), stars American Idol winner Jordin Sparks as a young singer who is plucked from a Harlem gospel choir and propelled to stardom. Houston, who won plaudits for her debut acting role in 1992's The Bodyguard, but hasn't acted on the big screen since the 1996 film The Preacher's Wife, will play Sparks's mother, who's none-too-keen on encouraging her daughter's dreams.
Houston has been involved with the Sparkle project for at least 10 years. She was producer on »
- Ben Child
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