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Britain's Got Talent star Lucy Kay announces debut album Fantasia

21 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lucy Kay has announced the release of her first studio album Fantasia.

The Britain's Got Talent finalist recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony Classical and her debut will be released on September 24. It is available for pre-order now.

"It is an honour to be working with Sony Classical, it is a dream come true," said Kay, who trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

"The support I have received from the public has been overwhelming and I'm excited to continue on my journey with them."

Sony Classical label head Liam Toner added: "Lucy has a unique ability to reach beyond the normal boundaries of opera and touch the hearts of millions of people throughout the country.

"She truly is 'The People's Soprano'."

Fantasia includes 'Un Bel Di' from Madame Butterfly, 'O Mio Babbino Caro' from A Room with A View and 'Nessun Dorma', which she performed on »

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Lady Gaga Loves Totally Bizarre Eyewear—See All of Her Freaky Looks!

16 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We knew Lady Gaga had a thing for seven inch heels, insane wigs, dressing like non-existence cartoon characters and adding chunks of skin onto her body, but this eyewear thing is a new-fangled fashion obsession! Apparently the "Dope" singer already covered every other couture option, leaving nothing but eye covers to exploit. What started with a simple Yoko Ono impression, morphed into vintage magnifying glasses and/or a piece of junkyard trash. Next up are the Madame Butterfly and Mickey Mouse impressions, followed by what we're calling the Sun God goggles. But the most impressive piece of all has got to be the rotatary phone spectacles. Though anyone born in the '80s knows they're technically red »

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Poland Lures Foreign Films as Local Biz Rises

14 May 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You would never guess from the level of international co-productions heading toward Poland that the country remains one of the few in this corner of Europe without cash-back incentives.

Agnieszka Odorowicz, topper at the Polish Film Institute, is justifiably bullish on the rising number of such joint projects — currently at around 40 per year — but has said the lack of sweeteners is an issue that needs to be addressed. But even without them, the institute’s work is clearly reaping rewards.

Since 2005, some 130 production companies have set up shop in Poland, many of them capitalizing on financial support from the Pfi, which administers a film fund created through a tax on television, exhibitors and distribs passed a decade ago. More and more of these new players, the recipients of more than 500 film grants, are partnering with foreigners to the benefit of both parties. In 2014, the institute’s budget was $42 million for development, »

- Will Tizard

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Theatre Review: Fatal Attraction

28 March 2014 1:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Natascha McElhone, Mark Bazeley, Kristin Davis

Synopsis: This story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family. After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest, he assumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be ignored. She pursues Dan and his family with terrifying consequences.

From the 1980s classic Michael Douglas and Glenn Close led adult drama, Fatal Attraction is the latest film-to-stage adaptation to grace London’s West End with an impressive, all star cast.

When one thinks about Fatal Attraction, it is easy to be drawn to that distinctive moment containing some pretty brutal animal violence involving bubbling bunnies. Aside from violence between people, this act, along with the ‘horses head’ bloodbath in The Godfather, »

- Tessa Jones

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House of Cards recap, series two, episode 13 – 'Cut out his heart and put it in his hands'

5 March 2014 8:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The series wound up exactly as we expected it to – and had yet more of the storyline flaws that have marred it throughout. So what are the prospects for season three?

• Read Stuart Jeffries' episode 12 blogpost here

Didn't see that coming, did you? Of course you did. The milksop president was always going down, especially after the makeup artists moved in a couple of episodes ago and started painting Garrett Walker's tired face 50 shades of grey and his eyes crying-time red. No wonder his approval rating was eight per cent. "China won't return my calls," the leader of the free world whined just before he got his comeuppance. Pathetic.

And really House of Cards had nowhere to go but to put Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood in the Oval Office. There he was in the last scene, kicking away the previous incumbent's chair, pounding his fist on the desk with »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Sundance: Puccini Goes Avant-Garde

20 January 2014 11:08 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Sundance coverage continues with Glenn on "The Girl from Nagasaki"

Avant-garde cinema isn’t for all audiences. The Girl from Nagasaki proves that it’s not for all directors, either. For whatever virtues Michel Conte has as an artist and a photographer (of which I am unfamiliar), filmmaking may not be of the same league. His debut feature, co-directed alongside his wife Ayako Yoshida, is a wild re-interpretation of Puccini’s famed Japanese-set opera, Madame Butterfly that dissolves into an assault of seemingly meaningless imagery; an experimental, visually symphonic and unfortunately misjudged piece of cinema.

Taking the story of Cio-Cio San and her breakdown at the absence of her American soldier husband and father of her child, Conte’s film at least fails while attempting something bizarrely different. Sadly, in his effort to turn the table on the conventions of narrative film, he has crafted a sort of Frankenstein’s »

- Glenn Dunks

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Thn’s Theatre Picks For 2014

10 January 2014 11:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

2013 was a stellar year for London’s theatre business. The Book of Mormon transferred from Broadway smashing box office records on its way, Bond director Sam Mendes brought another Roald Dahl classic to the stage in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jude Law, Adrian Lester, Richard Tennant and Tom Hiddleston all took on Shakespeare and Helen Mirren was the queen of the West End in The Audience. Successful revivals included Passion Play, A Dolls House and The Weir and new writing also shone, particularly in Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica at the Almeida. 2014, you should be quaking in your boots.  Here’s the Thn picks of the productions to see in 2014.

1) Miss Saigon

It’s been fifteen years since Miss Saigon has been in the West End and such is the anticipation for this new production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s epic musical that when the box office opened »

- Victoria Bull

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Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

31 December 2013 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up

Television

True Detective

Crime drama is always looking for new ways of dramatising a murder investigation: one killing investigated over 10 episodes; alternating viewpoints of cops, killer, victims and so on. However, in this ambitious series from HBO, multiple seasons will follow the search for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years, with each year introducing a new cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are in the first group. Either magnificent or mad. Mark Lawson HBO.

Penny Dreadful

This has a remarkable lineage: it is produced by film and stage director Sam Mendes and John Logan, who wrote Skyfall for Mendes as well as Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator. Its disadvantage may be the daring concept, in which a number of fictional horror story characters – Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray – are living in Victorian London. »

- Mark Lawson, Andrew Pulver, Andrew Dickson, Lyn Gardner, Jonathan Jones, Adrian Searle, Oliver Wainwright, Tom Service, Imogen Tilden, Andrew Clements, Tim Jonze

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Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

31 December 2013 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up

Television

True Detective

Crime drama is always looking for new ways of dramatising a murder investigation: one killing investigated over 10 episodes; alternating viewpoints of cops, killer, victims and so on. However, in this ambitious series from HBO, multiple seasons will follow the search for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years, with each year introducing a new cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are in the first group. Either magnificent or mad. Mark Lawson HBO.

Penny Dreadful

This has a remarkable lineage: it is produced by film and stage director Sam Mendes and John Logan, who wrote Skyfall for Mendes as well as Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator. Its disadvantage may be the daring concept, in which a number of fictional horror story characters – Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray – are living in Victorian London. »

- Mark Lawson, Andrew Pulver, Andrew Dickson, Lyn Gardner, Jonathan Jones, Adrian Searle, Oliver Wainwright, Tom Service, Imogen Tilden, Andrew Clements, Tim Jonze

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