12 items from 2014
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 »
“You’re making this about high school, and it’s about something more.” While Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) seems to think that her Bff Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) is too concerned with the internal politics of yes, the vampire academy the pair attend, Mark Waters’s Vampire Academy is simply not concerned enough with mining the very fertile ground of high school Bs to bolster his adaptation of Richelle Mead’s popular Ya series. Set in a world where vampires exist (in three varieties, no less, though none of them sparkle!), Vampire Academy attempts to blend teen drama with bloody vampire battles to diminishing, if surprisingly funny, results. The film opens with a car accident set to, of all things, M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls,” a quick affair that soon snaps forward two years, where survivors Rose and Lissa have been on the run from the past (sad) and their alma mater St. Vladimir »
- Kate Erbland
When Oxygen’s Bad Girls All Star Battle Season 2 premieres Tuesday night, the show’s host Ray J says fans should expect all of the things he and they love about the Bad Girls — but with a more competitive twist. “I love the show, I love hosting the show, and I love being the guide and the person to instruct the girls on whatever tactics and plans they have to win this $100,000,” he explains. “But what I like about the second season is that in the first season, we had a lot of fights and a lot of arguing and … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
12 items from 2014
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