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[Once again, I'm stuck doing a "Survivor" recap as CNN is showing an American city on the brink of revolt and as my Twitter feed is bursting with well-earned outrage and indignation. It's hard to see much value to this, but here it is.] Pre-credit sequence. Eight are left as the castaways return to camp still shaking from the wild-and-crazy Tribal Council. Reed and Alec make it clear to Keith that he tipped Jon off on their plan and was responsible for all of the ensuing chaos. Ego temporarily vanquished, Alec is sad and disappointed. "Oh, there's nothing worse than angry girls," Reed warns them. Over with the girls, Natalie is gloating that she told Jon to play the Idol, saving the day, with Jaclyn trying to take some responsibility as well. Jon insists he was going to play it, which is pretty clearly a lie. Natalie's ticked off with Jon. And speaking of Jon demanding credit for everything, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Today the new season of Tfe begins! We're celebrating with an all top ten list day. Every few hours, a new and highly random top ten list to kick off the Fall Movie Season (our favorite time of year!). Let's start with something that's been haunting me because I forgot to post about the 25th anniversary of The Fabulous Baker Boys yesterday, one of my all time favorite films. A long time ago in a New York City that still felt like a galaxy far far away (I was a recent transplant... 1999/2000?) I attended a Jeff Bridges photography show. He's really a very good photographer and takes photos on the sets of his movies. I stared and stared at this enormous black & white photograph of Michelle Pfeiffer that Bridges had taken.
This photo is so magnificent in person
My bank account was humiliation in numeric form though I don't remember »
- NATHANIEL R
Former 'Emmerdale' actress Claire King is joining the cast of 'Coronation Street.' The 51-year-old star has landed the part of former barmaid Erika, who is set to arrive on the cobbles in December as an old friend of Liz McDonald and will cause some trouble for businessman Nick Tilsley, as she immediately sets her sights on him, leading to a fling between the pair. Speaking about the role, Claire, who also appeared in 'Bad Girls' and was forced to leave the most recent series of 'Celebrity Big Brother' due to illness, said: ''I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of »
We're not quite sure we're ready for this. We've only just recovered from Helen Wood's Big Brother win, but that's old news now - because 14 famous faces made their way into the Celebrity Big Brother house tonight! But who are they? Read on for everything you need to know about the bungalow's brand new residents...
So who is she? Angelique is a model, exotic dancer and, er, 'adult film star'.
What do I need to know? Angelique is nicknamed Frenchy, presumably because she was raised in Paris. She's probably the star who'll get the most 'who?' comments, but if you want to know your stuff, she landed appearances on the Howard Stern Show after being on Playboy TV. Since then, she's been on reality shows Rock of Love, Charm School and I Love Money - oh, and some of you might be pretending you »
Tumble: BBC One, 6:30pm
Presented by Alex Jones, BBC's gymnastics contest sees five of the celebrities perform acrobatic floor routines, while the remainder take to the aerial hoop.
Got to Dance: Sky1, 8pm
The dance auditions continue, as the contestants aim to impress the judges in order to earn a place in the live shows.
TV's Nastiest Villains with Joan Collins: Channel 5, 9pm
What's next for Sony Pictures, “Women in Black” or “Bad Girls?” As Sony talks to “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig about writing an all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot, the studio has doubled down on its progressive development efforts by hiring Lisa Joy Nolan to write a female superhero movie set in the “Amazing Spider-Man” universe, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Even before Amy Pascal took its creative reins, Sony has long been an equal-opportunity studio — producing “A League of Their Own” in the early-90s amidst male-driven baseball movies such as “Field of Dreams” and “Major League,” as well as. »
- Jeff Sneider
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley has just published his autobiography. In it he has the following advice for young stars: "If youre lucky enough to be on a hit TV show, dont leave until they kill you off. You never know when, or if, the next ones coming." Wise words, Jason, and particularly true given that the original 90210 was the ultimate teen hit. Here are six reasons why:
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- Sarah Hughes
Football on TV - it's a hard nut to crack.
Sure, there's blanket coverage of the sport itself - plus highlights shows - but when it comes to dramatising the beautiful game, things are a little more thin on the ground.
With this season drawing to a close and the 2014 World Cup getting underway in a little over a month, here's a look back at five times that telly took aim at footy - the results, as you'll see, are variable!
The Hurricanes (1993-1997)
This animated effort from '90s cartoon legends Dic Entertainment charted the misadventures of a fictional soccer team and their coach Jock Stone - a character based on Celtic Fc's 1951–57 manager Jock Stein.
The Hurricanes was top notch entertainment for kids - with a rocking theme tune - and there was a respectably high level of actual football content, even if our heroes always pitted their »
DVD special features. Ain't they great? Packed full of fun facts about the making of your favourite TV programme or movie, they're designed to add great value for money to our favourite shiny discs.
The problem is though, they're the equivalent of Toto pulling back the curtain on a huffing and puffing Wizard of Oz who's doing his level best to convince a motley crew of visitors that he's some awe-inspiring green overlord head of doom rather than a chubby bloke pressing down lots of pipes. The illusion's gone – much like the DVD special features which show the mundane process behind the end product. Look, there's a sweaty cameraman zooming in on the hero of the hour! Look, there's take number 39, with cast members pulling the face of a man chomping down on a wasp sandwich. Value for money is all well and good, but DVD extras are essentially the »
Okay. Stay with us on this one. Does it not look like Solange Knowles put on that bright orange jacket with the intention of it serving as a dress then had to come up with a quick solution the moment she felt a draft up her you-know-where? We can't call this a true malfunction since the "Bad Girls" singer came up with a clever fix, but there's no way that scarf in the shape of a skirt was planned! It looks like the wrap we make when we don't want to walk around the beach in our bikini! We can see how the Coachella performer thought this tangerine dream jacket by Acne Studios might have just enough length to serve as a full-on look. A few more inches, and it would make a gorgeous modern suit dress, »
It comes to a pretty pass if the most rebellious thing in your life is eating a banana outside of lunch. A monkey wouldn't think twice about eating a banana whether it's 10am, 3pm or 11.30 at night. Eric would throw lunchtime caution to the wind when gobbling a banana to turn into superhero Bananaman. But for Willow Rosenberg, chomping on a banana whenever she pleases depressingly sums up her current mid-teen crisis. Her friends are taking her for granted. The new Slayer in town is a double-crossing sleaze. Worst of all, Snyder's using her in his ongoing plan to give a free pass to every arrogant jock gracing the halls of Sunnydale High with only tinned meat for brains.
It's fitting that Buffy The Vampire Slayer's 50th episode pays tribute to one of it's best loved characters. Ironically, I've come across many an article and list that puts Willow »
West Hollywood, Calif. (AP) — Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms. M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.'s likeness. Both artists have ideas for how they might use performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model. The high-tech duet required more advanced 3-D projection and video mapping technology than Tupac Shakur's hologram debut at the annual Coachella music festival in 2012. M.I.A. and Monae performed together in person to help create the holograms, but each saw the results for the first time onstage. "I wish I were in the audience because I'm sure it looked cooler from the audience, but it felt great," Monae said after closing her 40-minute set at Quixote Studios by singing with a hologram. »
- Sandy Cohen, AP
After exhausting every conceivable plotline in its 10-series run, the BBC's school drama is being axed. But it has valuable lessons for anybody who wants to create a prime-time drama with stamina
Television reference books and websites follow the practice of cemeteries by placing after each name a bracket containing the dates of the beloved: Footballers' Wives (2002-2006), Bad Girls (1999-2006) and so on. However, unlike gravestones, broadcasting histories also taunt the still-existing by recording the year of birth and leaving a blank for the eventual end. Until today, the parenthesis for Waterloo Road read (2006- ), but now we know that its televisual death will come in 2015. After the completion of the 10th series that is about to begin shooting, school's out forever.
- Mark Lawson
The list of celebrities taking part in the latest Pointless specials has been announced.
The first special will have a 1970s theme, with Wizzard and Yes stars Roy Wood and Rick Wakeman facing actors Paul Henry and Madeleine Smith, and Sally Thomsett and Anna Karen, and children's television stars Ed Stewart and Sally James.
Elsewhere, Sir Geoff Hurst and George Cohen MBE will team up in the World Cup special, facing Peter Shilton and Steve Bull, Hope Powell and Casey Stoney, and Graeme Le Saux and commentator Jonathan Pearce.
The Eurovision Pointless special is a thing to behold, with Bucks Fizz's Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan trying to prove their wits against Martin Lee and Sonia Evans, Dana and Johnny Logan, and Jemini's Chris Cromby and Gemma Abbey. »
The daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and Raf flying instructor John F Carroll, O'Mara followed a stint at boarding school with enrolment at art school, before achieving her goal of becoming a full-time actress.
Making her stage debut in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 1963, O'Mara soon moved into the popular world of television. Throughout the '60s, she appeared in such iconic series as Danger Man, The Champions, The Saint, The Avengers and Z-Cars.
Moving into the 1970s, O'Mara also found success on the big screen – starring in two Hammer Horror outings, The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein – but it was a return to television for BBC drama The Brothers that made her a household name.
Playing the leading role of tough businesswoman Jane Maxwell, »
• Doctor Who: a brief history of the male companions
He wrote one of Sherlock's most celebrated mysteries in 2012's The Reichenbach Fall, in which Sherlock appeared to die by falling from a building – only to magically reappear for another three episodes this New Year. One of those, the divisive wedding episode The Sign of Three, was also written by Thompson, as was 2010's The Blind Banker.
He has also written the piratical Doctor Who episode The Curse of the Black Spot in 2011, as well as last year's Journey to the Centre of the Tardis, a fan favourite that delved into the »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
And so the pool of possible bad guys widens … is the smoke-and-mirrors plot making your head hurt too?
Spoiler alert: Don't read on if you haven't watched episode three of BBC2's Line of Duty
Sarah Hughes' episode two blog
One of the things I'm most enjoying about this second series is the fact that there are so many possible villains to choose from. On the surface, our new big bad is Dryden, a man with a convenient lack of conscience who seems to have set up his former lover Denton in order to mastermind the murder of our man in witness protection – aka Tommy. Smart viewers will remember Tommy as the annoying, short-tempered Scottish crime lord from series one. But the reveal concerning Tommy raises more questions than it answers. If Dryden was on Tommy's payroll (which must be a possibility – why else is he trying to shut him up? »
- Sarah Hughes
Revelations fades up with what sounds like the lead character from Family Guy sitting on some bagpipes. In fact, Dingoes Ate My Baby are concluding their latest set with what seems to be some sort of agonised ode to pain. Lead singer Devon is bypassing the normal laws of clear singing by turning the simple phrase “If I could walk out” into something that can only be translated as “If I could wuuuuunnnggghhh aaaggghhhlluunggghhhh.” It's amazing that Dingoes manage to get regular bookings, given that their lead singer keeps impersonating a constipated horse. Possibly, the Bronze regulars like their singers on the avant-garde side.
This groaning pain shout nicely sets the stage for Revelations, which contains more frenzied barking than a room containing The Littlest Hobo, Scooby-Doo and Shep from Blue Peter. Revelations is all about – well, revelations, if you hadn't guessed. Primarily, the big talking point is that the »
The second series of the ITV2 reality show reveals the grim reality of rapid pop fame – and it should be screened in all stage schools as a warning
If you've never seen The Big Reunion, the ITV2 show in which late-90s pop groups reform for one last shot at success, you'd be forgiven for thinking it might be a feel-good slice of nostalgia for fans of manufactured pop. In fact, it's unrelenting pathos from beginning to end.
They say it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, but going on the evidence presented by the ragtag bunch in series two, it's hard to decide whether their lives were improved or damaged by their brief taste of success. This was perhaps best illustrated when we saw Linzi, a former member of short-lived girlband Girl Thing, living back on the Manchester estate where she was bought up. »
- Joe Stone
It's not easy being a romantically-minded TV viewer. Sure, sometimes you get invested in a couple and they finally get together and it's everything you hoped it would be. But equally often, the pairing you're rooting for gets sidelined by a different relationship, or vetoed for weird canonical reasons, or the show gets cancelled before the tension is ever resolved.
To celebrate Valentine's Day, we've listed a few of our favourite 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' couples. Some of these are vintage unresolved relationships with which we've had to make our peace, but for others, there may still be hope...
[Additional reporting by Morgan Jeffery]
Joey and Phoebe (Friends)
We're not saying Joey and Phoebe definitely should have been together, but it would have been an improvement on the terrible decision to pair him up with Rachel (the only good thing that came out of that was Ross being fine). Friends has always been pretty clear: Ross »
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