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Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
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Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
It is a mystery that gripped the nation. Finally the BBC will reveal how Sherlock Holmes survived falling to his apparent certain death, in a festive TV lineup that will also include the first outing for Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord in the new Doctor Who.
The BBC's Christmas and new year holiday season of programmes, announced on Tuesday, will include Pd James' Pride and Prejudice sequel, Death Comes to Pemberley, starring Matthew Rhys as Mr Darcy; an adaptation of David Walliams' children's book Gangsta Granny; and festive editions of Strictly Come Dancing, Call the Midwife and The Great British Bake Off.
- John Plunkett
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Justice League: War, Captain Underpants and more....
Over the past few weeks we've been inundated with news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but 20th Century Fox stole a few headlines from Marvel Studios this week by releasing the first trailer for Bryan Singer's hotly-anticipated mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, next year's time-travelling X-sequel sequel which brings together Fox's original X-Men and X-Men: First Class timelines. Although lacking in any real visual effects (owing to the fact they're yet to be completed), the teaser gave us a look at the majority of »
- Gary Collinson
Chicago – Take this with a giant grain of salt but FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” shows incredible promise in its premiere episode tonight, setting a number of creative plates spinning in directions that could be fascinating. Why the salt? Well, “American Horror Story: Asylum” started with similar promise and quickly became cluttered and unfocused.
Right from the start of “Coven” creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk feel more precise in their vision of a truly American horror — the history of witchcraft in Salem, New Orleans, and other supernatural hotbeds of the country. With great performances already, a stellar concept, and Murphy’s twisted, sexual sensibility fully intact, “Coven” will cast a spell this Fall. (Maybe.)
Television Rating: 4.0/5.0
The main problem with “Asylum” was that Murphy & Falchuk threw too many ingredients into their cauldron, resulting in a season that felt more haphazard than the brilliant first season. I’ve only seen »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A compelling new film documenting Muhammad Ali's battle against the Vietnam war draft shows the fighter's ongoing relevance, in and out of the ring
"Nobody sings Dylan like Dylan" was how the record company's slogan put it back in the 1960s. Equally, nobody plays Ali like Ali, then or now. So it was sensible of the director Stephen Frears and the screenwriter Shawn Slovo to mix original newsreel footage with newly shot material when putting together their film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, which they presented to an audience at the British Film Institute on Tuesday night.
Its Us premiere took place 24 hours later in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali's home town, kicking off Three Days of Greatness, a gala at which humanitarian awards were presented in the boxer's name to recipients including Jimmy Carter and Christina Aguilera. No one who saw it on either side of the Atlantic this week could doubt that if any sceptic, »
- Richard Williams
In “Extant,” Berry will play an astronaut returning from a year-long solo space mission who tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium,” Berry said. “For five months a year, I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, »
- Jon Weisman
Your daily bulletin bringing you all the latest film news on 27 September
And that means it's movie day! What should you see over the weekend at the cinema? We've reviews of all the new releases to help you decide just that.
• Our top tips this week are Blue Jasmine, Woody's new 'un, which Peter Bradshaw awards five stars. Also hitting the jackpot are a couple of re-releases: The Wicker Man and for Michael Roemer's lost classic Nothing But a Man. (You can watch Xan Brooks banging the drum for the film here, by the way.)
• A couple of documentaries each earn four stars: Smash & Grab, about a big bling heist and Greedy Lying Bastards, about climate change deniers.
Your daily bulletin bringing you all the latest film news on 26 September
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Hooray for Samuel L Jackson, who once again proves himself the quotey-est man in town after sharing his thoughts on Barack Obama. In a compelling interview with Playboy magazine the actor took the President to task over his tendency to drop his Gs when talking to voters.
"Stop trying to 'relate'," Jackson said. "Be a leader. Be fucking presidential."
The Django Unchained star - who also shared his thoughts on who he expects to be "fucking presidential" once Obama's second term is over ("If Hillary Clinton decides to run, she's going to kick their fucking asses") - took issue with the commander in chief shifting his identity to suit his audience.
"Look, I grew up in a society where I could say "It ain't" or "What it be" to my friends," he said. "But when »
- Henry Barnes
Today we bring you the latest installment of what we call the American Horror Story: Coven Cool Artsy Teaser Trailers and Motion Posters. Yes, there is snake and pin involvement once more. Please note that the title of the snake-related teaser this time bears the name of Angela Bassett‘s character, oOOoo:
And remember, the FX-imposed video-with-music “kill date” (that still makes us giggle nervously) is November 5; after that, you’ll just see something about the videos being unavailable.
This fall, respect your elders. American Horror Story: Coven, Premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 10p only on FX.
Teaser Trailer: American Horror Story: Coven – Laveau
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For the Coven, revenge starts with a few pricks. American Horror Story: Coven, Premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 10p only on FX.
Teaser Trailer: American Horror Story: Coven – Voodoo
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Description: This fall, she unleashes. »
- Erin Willard
By Rachel Bennett
What a weird Emmys that was, right?
Although we saw some tremendous highs, like AMC’s Breaking Bad finally winning Outstanding Drama Series, there were also some major confusing upsets.
As much as I like Jeff Daniels, I don’t understand how he won Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and I hate that Elisabeth Moss lost in two categories — both of which she deserved to win. It also would’ve been nice to have seen ABC’s Modern Family finally lose its hold on the Outstanding Comedy Emmy, but there’s always next year.
However, I’m really happy for the fantastic Merritt Wever and Tony Hale, who won Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, respectively. Those were pleasant surprises, to say the least.
The Colbert Report winning Outstanding Variety Program was also a huge highlight of the night. »
- Rachel Bennett
An awesome foursome of new 'American Horror Story: Coven' teaser posters have landed each more unnerving and bizarre than the last. The teasers are titled 'Spellbound', 'Voodoo Queen', 'Cursed' and 'Shoes' and feature more mysterious imagery that'll no doubt become clearer when the third season of the hit FX series premieres next month. Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates ('Misery'), Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Alexandra Breckenridge, Evan Peters ('Kick-Ass'), Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, Lily Rabe, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Emma Roberts ('Scream 4') and Patti Lupone all star in the new season. Head below for the goods. »
At this point, we’re getting a new American Horror Story: Coven content on a daily basis and we have four new posters for Daily Dead readers to check out. One in particular gives us a look at Angela Bassett as the Voodoo Queen and teases: “This fall, hell hath no fury…”
“Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way. »
- Jonathan James
Remember when American Horror Story (the Murder House season) brought in historical figure The Black Dahlia, the starlet who was murdered, as one of the many victims of the evil in the house? In the upcoming Coven season, the show is taking that idea and expanding upon it, as two of the recurring main characters are based on actual people.
That’s just one of the wee bits o’ info revealed about the upcoming story we’ll be seeing from our pals at American Horror Story, as was revealed at the recent TCA panel via THR. Kathy Bates will be playing historical figure/socialite serial murderer Marie Delphine Lalaurie, and Angela Bassett will be playing a character “loosely based” on historical figure/voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, in the upcoming American Horror Story: Coven.
Lalaurie was a popular Lousiana socialite in the early 1800s, until firefighters discovered tortured slaves in her basement. »
- Erin Willard
"Holiday Ro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oad, Holiday Ro-o-o-o-o-o-oad..."
Hard to believe it's been 30 years since the Griswold family first took to the road in "National Lampoon's Vacation." Ever since its release on July 29, 1983, the landmark comedy seems a permanent fixture of pop culture, having created the signature roles of Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Randy Quaid's careers, having helped make stars out of Anthony Michael Hall and Jane Krakowski, and having helped launch the filmmaking career of John Hughes. The movie seems to play on an endless loop on TV, like the neighbors' slideshow of a nightmarish trip you were grateful not to have taken yourself. (Except, let's face it, you probably have a family road trip this disastrous in your past.)
Still, as many times as you've seen the film, there are some details you may have missed. Read on to learn about the in-jokes you haven't spotted, the scenes you didn't get to see, »
- Gary Susman
San Diego Comic-Con has unleashed their epic schedule for Saturday, July 20th, and it's going to be a great day! There's a ton of Marvel stuff happening, including panels for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. Then we've got Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise of An Empire, The Lego Movie, I' Frankenstein, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, True Blood, Being Human, and a lot more cool stuff!
You can view the full schedule here, and I've included the panels and events that we'll be looking forward to seeing.
Saturday, July 20
A&E Bates Motel
The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award »
- Joey Paur
Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the third day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday, July 20. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.
10:00 Am - 11:00 Am A&E Bates Motel
The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show's unique backstory and creation. Fans will get an opportunity to »
Comic-Con is releasing its daily schedules over this long holiday weekend and the schedule for Saturday, July 20 has just come out. The day features panels on TV favorites like How I Met Your Mother (at the Con for the first time!), True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries as well as upcoming shows like Dracula and The Originals, and much more. Many of the major film panels are Saturday, including a look at the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the Marvel panel, which will feature the Thor and Captain America sequels, and WB and Legendary’s panel featuring Godzilla, and Gravity. »
- Laura Hertzfeld
Over a hundred thousand votes have been cast so far in our Queens Tournament which pits all sixty previous RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants in a bracket style tourney to see who truly is the Ultimate Queen. We’re down to just 16 fabulous ladies, and it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top.
Round 2, which closed this weekend contained some real nailbiter brackets: Raja beat out Raven by a mere 220 votes, Jiggly Caliente pulled a surprising upset and knocked out Carmen Carrera by a 40 vote lead, and perhaps the biggest upset of all: Jessica Wild put the lid on Pandora Boxx by a mere 18 votes.
For handy reference – here is the overall leaderboard for remaining contestants after Round 2…
1 Jinkx Monsoon 6294 2 Jujubee 5506 3 Raja 5437 4 Latrice Royale 5196 5 Alaska Thunderf*ck 5150 6 Manila Luzon 4707 7 Sharon Needles 4623 8 Chad Michaels 4518 9 Alyssa Edwards 4355 10 Willam 4341 11 Shangela 4246 12 Jiggly Caliente 4191 13 Bebe Zahara Benet 4191 14 Jessica Wild 4110 15 Ivy Winters 3962 16 Nina Flowers »
- The Backlot
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, Justice League, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Aquaman, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Super Clyde and more...
2013 is set to see some of comics' biggest names returning to the big screen, but while Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine and Superman battle it out for box office supremacy, underdog Kick-Ass will quietly go about his business in Universal Pictures' crime-fighting sequel Kick-Ass 2, which received its first red-band trailer and official poster this past Wednesday. If the trailer is any indication, it seems that director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) has ramped up the action for the follow-up »
- Flickering Myth
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A few of us here from GeekTyrant will be hitting up WonderCon 2013, which takes place from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. We went for the first time last year, and we had a great time, so we're all excited to be going back for more geek goodness!
WonderCon has released the full three-day schedule! There's a ton of great stuff to check out this year! Enough cool stuff to keep you more than busy! Check out the schedule and start planning out your trip! If you're going and you see us around make sure to say hi! We can talk about geek stuff! See ya there!
March 29 • Friday
12:30Pm – 1:30Pm
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- Joey Paur
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