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Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower – review

26 April 2012 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He's been the linchpin of top-rating TV for a decade, but we still know little about Cowell the man. This book doesn't help much

"Rosebud," croaks Charles Foster Kane with his dying breath, the mysterious utterance symbolic of what drives Orson Welles's antihero to become a monster of his time. A reporter embarks on a doomed struggle to find out what he meant by it – and similar questions are being asked about Simon Cowell in Sweet Revenge. What drives the TV music mogul? What does he mean by it all?

Whether or not you care for Cowell's output is irrelevant. The unavoidable fact is that TV audiences here and in America have spent a decade gripped by top-rating productions in which he is the linchpin, which should make this a story of the age as much as of the man. Cowell has had an extraordinarily sustained ability to gauge and manipulate public taste. »

- Marina Hyde

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Comic Book Bites: Resident Evil's Colin Salmon joins Arrow, Alexandre Aja to direct Undying Love

8 March 2012 4:51 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Resident Evil actor Colin Salmon has joined the cast of The CW's new pilot Arrow.

It's based on the DC Comics' title Green Arrow and will be unrelated to Justin Hartley's portrayal in the network's Smallville series.

According to Variety, Colin will play Walter Steele, a former business associate of the late Robert Queen and the No 2 at Queen Consolidated. He married Moira Queen following her husband's death at sea and the disappearance of her son, Oliver.

The character appears in the comics as the CEO of Queen Industries.

Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen who is shipwrecked on a South China Sea island for five years and returns to town as a master bowman who assumes a crimefighting alter-ego as Green Arrow.

The cast also includes Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance, Katie Cassidy as attorney Dinah 'Laurel' Lance, Willa Holland as Oliver's sister Thea Queen, »

- David Bentley

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