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15 items from 2016


'I jumped around, banged on my keyboard and yelled Go': Moby on his first Top Of The Pops

21 May 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In an extract from his new memoir, the musician and DJ recalls his first visit to London: dowdy B&Bs, deserted streets and performing with his heroes

Read Moby’s revealing interview with Miranda Sawyer

I was flying to London for the third time in two months in 1991, to play a show for Kiss FM and to perform on Top Of The Pops. Go, this oddball song that I recorded on a few hundred dollars’ worth of equipment, was now a Top 10 hit in the UK.

The record company had sent a car to pick me up from Heathrow. After two hours in traffic, we pulled up to the hotel. Except it wasn’t a hotel. It was a sad grey house on a sad grey road in a defeated part of London.

Why was this city so quiet? Growing up, I’d imagined London to be like Times Square »

- Moby

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John Carney interview: Sing Street, X-Men, Hitchcock & more

18 May 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The director of Once, Begin Again and Sing Street talks to us about his new film, getting films noticed, and Hollywood...

Well, Sing Street is just great. The new movie from writer-director John Carney, it tells the story of a young Irish teenager by the name of Cosmo, who – long story short – sets up a band to impress a girl. Yet that sells a funny, nerdy and quite brilliant film short.

Director John Carney – off the back of Once and Begin Again – made the movie. And he spared us some time for a chat about it…

Huge congratulations on Sing Street, which is one of our favourite movies of the year. It’s interesting, though, that it opens opposite a not-very-good X-Men movie this week, and they’re going head to head!

Oh great! [Laughs] That’s like Bernie Sanders and Trump!

I did wonder how you felt about it! »

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Sing Street review

18 May 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It's funny, it's lively, it's feel-good and it's really something special. Here's our review of Sing Street...

A rare luxury in film reviewing is a decent amount of time to consider a movie. Sing Street, the new film from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, isn’t on the surface the kind of movie you think would need it. It’s an energetic, funny coming of age story, set in 1980s Ireland, and swarming with new and classic tunes of the era. It bursts onto the screen, gleefully entertains, and then disappears again. Surely that’s that: an instant hit, and no more than that.

Yet this small, delightful film has stuck firmly in my head for two months since I’ve seen it. And I think that’s proof that details, and a real sense of hand crafting, really matter.

The film opens with teenager Conor, »

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Review: ‘A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story’

16 April 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A pleasantly discursive guide to the longest-running music program in TV history, “A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story” is the latest in a thriving subgenre of documentaries dedicated to the proposition that Austin is the live music capital of the world, if not the entire galaxy. Director Keith Maitland’s obvious labor of love could be classified as the cinematic equivalent of an authorized biography — after all, it’s co-produced by Klru-tv, the public television station that produces “Austin City Limits,” and Terry Lickona, that show’s longtime producer, is one of this doc’s executive producers. But the movie generates too much good will to smack of crass self-promotion, which should extend its shelf life as home-video product, streaming fare and audience magnet during PBS fund-raising weeks.

Drawing on the collective memories of performers and behind-the-scenes personnel who have been associated with “Austin City Limits” during its 40-plus-year run, »

- Joe Leydon

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Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager and The Aliens: TV review – video

15 March 2016 1:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In his review of the week’s TV, telly addict Andrew Collins bravely soldiers on in the face of Too Much TV on BBC1, praising the latest Sunday night special Doctor Thorne on ITV by Julian Fellowes; gives up on The Night Manager on BBC1; sticks with Happy Valley, Trapped, The People Vs O.J. Simpson; enjoys another new entry, E4’s The Aliens; tells ITV’s The Story Of Cats it had one job; and gets Zen with an archive Top of the Pops, from 1981

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- Andrew Collins and Mona Mahmood

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Sing Street Review

14 March 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

As he so wonderfully captured the world of a struggling musician busking on the streets of the capital in Once, so again has writer/director John Carney returned to Dublin, capturing the essence of what it is to be a teenager, slowly discovering their own identity and place in the world through the prism of music in his latest opus Sing Street.  Set in 1985 during the recession, the film follows fifteen-year-old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) as he transfers from his private school to the tough inner city streets of the Synge Street Christian Brothers School. Upon meeting the beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton) he and his friends form a band in the hope that she’ll star in a music video for them, kicking off Conor’s journey to find himself through music and win the girl of his dreams. Gloriously transporting you back to a time when Top of The Pops »

- noreply@blogger.com (Clare Daly)

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Girls, Togetherness and Fresh Meat: TV review – video

29 February 2016 10:40 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Telly addict Andrew Collins reviews the week’s TV, welcoming back Lena Dunham’s Girls and its middle-aged HBO cousin Togetherness to Sky Atlantic; wondering if student comedy Fresh Meat has lost its energy in the face of a post-graduate future for its fourth and final series; being dazzled by the international espionage blockbuster The Night Manager on BBC1; praying for a second series of Dickensian; and finding one of the latter’s cast on Top of the Pops in 1980

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- Andrew Collins and Mona Mahmood

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BBC Chief Apologizes to Jimmy Savile Sexual Abuse Victims Following Blistering Report

25 February 2016 2:56 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London —  Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, formally apologized to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the late BBC personality Jimmy Savile following the release Thursday of a blistering report on decades of assaults by the “Top of the Pops” host.

“The BBC failed you when it should have protected you,” Hall said. “A serial rapist and a predatory sexual abuser both hid in plain sight at the BBC for decades. What this terrible episode teaches us is that fame is power, a very strong form of power and like any form of power it must be held to account… and it wasn’t,” he said.

The report found that the culture at the broadcaster at the time tolerated Savile’s behavior. It also indicates that the “culture of fear” that allowed Savile’s acts to continue still exists to some degree at the broadcaster. A separate report, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Tony Blackburn sacked by BBC

24 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Tony Blackburn has been sacked by the BBC. The veteran broadcaster - who was the first DJ on Radio One in 1967 - claims that he has been axed by the BBC over a report into allegations in 1971 that he seduced a 15-year-old 'Top of the Pops' dancer, who later took her own life. A new report by Dame Janet Smith - which has yet to be published - into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse cover up reportedly contains details of the incident although it clears Tony of any wrongdoing. Explaining the events leading to his termination in »

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EastEnders set to get mosque

23 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Tony Blackburn has been sacked by the BBC. The veteran broadcaster - who was the first DJ on Radio One in 1967 - claims that he has been axed by the BBC over a report into allegations in 1971 that he seduced a 15-year-old 'Top of the Pops' dancer, who later took her own life. A new report by Dame Janet Smith - which has yet to be published - into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse cover up reportedly contains details of the incident although it clears Tony of any wrongdoing. Explaining the events leading to his termination in »

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Bono, David Bowie’s Biggest Fan, Remembers the Time Bowie Shaded His Spider-Man Musical

27 January 2016 9:52 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Rolling Stone has continued to unveil its tribute issue to David Bowie — which so far has included tributes from Mick Jagger and Trent Reznor — today sharing a colorful story from Bono. In it, Bono reveals himself as the ultimate Bowie fanboy, dating all the way back to Bowie's 1972 Top of the Pops performance: "He was so vivid. So luminous. So fluorescent. We had one of the first color TVs on our street, and David Bowie was the reason to have a color TV .... With Bowie, you had this sneaking suspicion that if you hung around him, you might find some doors into those other worlds. In my teenage mind, 'Life on Mars?' was much more about, is there life on earth? Are we really alive? Is this really all there is?" Bono says Bowie opened countless doors for him in the music industry, and that their »

- Dee Lockett

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Bring back Popworld: the music show fans loved and celebrities feared

18 January 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fifteen years after it first aired, we take a nostalgic look at the show that questioned the very nature of pop-culture stardom – and then threw cheese at it

Stop the clock: it’s here. The 15th anniversary of the start of T4’s Popworld is upon us. The big One-Five. And with this seismic decade-and-a-half anniversary looming, what better time to look back on history’s greatest music TV show? Arguably on the 20th anniversary, but media as we know it will cease to exist in 2019, so let’s get this done now.

Perhaps Popworld should have been a generic pop show, and given its insipid theme tune, nondescript branding and half-hearted set, perhaps it was meant to be. But each Sunday, Popworld’s hosts Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver seemed to draw up a list of the questions every other show would ask its guests, then throw that list out of the window. »

- Peter Robinson

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How performing Starman on Top of the Pops sent Bowie into the stratosphere

15 January 2016 1:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The moment he pointed down the camera during his appearance on the BBC in July 1972 was also the precise moment that Bowie became a major star

I went to YouTube just now to see if the memory I’ve kept in my head for more than 43 years is correct. When David Bowie appeared on Top of the Pops on 6 July 1972 performing Starman, did he really point at the camera on the line “I had to phone someone so I picked on you-hoo-oo”?

He did.

Related: David Bowie: the man who thrilled the world

Related: David Bowie: 10 of the best

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- David Hepworth

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Megan McKenna given formal warning after CBB fight night

14 January 2016 4:07 PM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Liz Bonnin won't ever appear on a reality TV show. The Irish television presenter, 39, would never sign up to a series like 'Strictly Come Dancing' or 'Celebrity Big Brother' because she's ''too busy'' globe-trotting. Asked if she would appear on a reality TV show, the beauty said: ''I'm too busy travelling with the day job!'' However, although her hands are tied up with her current projects, Liz would love to host 'Top of the Pops', which she fronted in 2002, if the music chart show made a return to screens but at the moment she feels she's living her ''dream job'' »

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16 of David Bowie’s Best Live Performances You Can Watch Right Now

11 January 2016 11:56 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The music world has been gutted by the tragic and untimely death of David Bowie, not least because many fans never had the pleasure of seeing him perform onstage. The clips below, of course, are no substitute, but rather a humble collection of some of the best Bowie performances available online today. In no way is it meant to be comprehensive, and we encourage you to add your picks in the comments."Space Oddity," Hits a Go Go (1969) Bowie serving better 'fro than Marc Bolan. "Starman," Top of the Pops (1972) Bowie's Top of the Pops debut marks the first of many examples of his fashion genius. Also seen prominently here: guitarist Mick Ronson, Bowie's go-to collaborator at the time. "Oh! You Pretty Things," Old Grey Whistle Test (1972) Bowie at the piano looking ever the class act. (Fun fact: This didn't make it to broadcast until ten years after it »

- Lauretta Charlton

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