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Doctor Who complete reviews: Kinda

22 December 2010 3:36 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

That Kate Bush, eh? Prolific songwriter by day, Doctor Who writer at night. Well, actually, that's not true. It was just a rumour circulating at the time that Christopher Bailey was actually a pseudonym for the eerie warbler. And I'm not too sure that Bailey would be too happy about the link.

Still, in a way you can see why a handful of folks might think this. Like Bush's meisterworks, Kinda is unusual, eccentric, deep 'n' meaningful, and also very entertaining. Some of the set pieces could possibly have come from one of Bush's videos, especially the scenes in Teabag's mind. You almost half expect Bush to leap out of the darkness from behind the steel girders to start crooning a variant on 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes' called 'The Woman With The Vile In Her Eyes'.

So pull out the psychologist's chair, and let's delve deep »

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Blake Edwards (Rip)

18 December 2010 9:29 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Mrs & Mrs Blake Edwards (1974)Our heart goes out to the divine Julie Andrews in what is surely a difficult time as her husband the writer/director Blake Edwards passed away a few days ago. We apologize for the delay in honoring him. Edwards was long beloved and praised for his comic sensibilities as a writer and director, most famously within The Pink Panther series starring Peter Sellers.

What was less often noted is that he was often responsible for shining a flattering light on actresses, no matter your feelings about him getting Julie out of her clothing. His late career efforts in this realm (Ellen Barkin in Switch and Kim Basinger in Blind Date) weren't as magical as his earlier work but he had a hand in big moments in the careers of Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn and was absolutely crucial to Julie Andrews career.

Blake and Natalie Wood »

- NATHANIEL R

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Blake Edwards obituary

17 December 2010 2:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film director best known for the Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's and 10

The film-maker Blake Edwards, who has died aged 88, will be best remembered as the creator of the Pink Panther films, and as the husband of the entertainer Julie Andrews. But Edwards was a third-generation show-business figure whose complex and controversial career spanned more than 50 years, initially as an actor and writer and subsequently as one of America's most prolific producer-directors, primarily concerned with the popular genres of comedy and musicals and with creating television series.

Despite working in mainstream cinema, his maverick spirit and ego made him an uneasy partner with Hollywood studios. He famously savaged the hand that had fed him so well with S.O.B. (1981), a raucous, vitriolic attack on Tinseltown. His sophisticated work drew strongly on his love of early cinema (his stepgrandfather had directed silent films), and on his own life and psychological problems (he »

- Brian Baxter

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Blake Edwards, director of Breakfast at Tiffany's and Pink Panther films, dies at 88

16 December 2010 10:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor-turned-director found fame with romantic classic but carved out a niche in comedy, particularly his collaborations with Peter Sellers, and with his wife, Julie Andrews

Blake Edwards, the director of Breakfast at Tiffany's, 10 and eight Pink Panther movies, has died aged 88. One of Hollywood's most successful specialists in comedy, Edwards never won an Academy award for any of his films, but was given an honorary Oscar in 2004 citing "his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen." He married Julie Andrews in 1969 and directed her in a strings of films – most notably The Tamarind Seed (1974), S.O.B. (1981) and Victor/Victoria (1982).

Edwards was born in Tulsa in 1922 and started off as an actor, appearing in around 30 films between 1942 and 1948. He moved into scriptwriting, starting with the westerns Panhandle and Stampede, and then started directing in the mid-50s, honing his skills across a variety of genres. His aptitude »

- Andrew Pulver

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A 'Certain' Something

8 December 2010 11:06 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It has been seven years since viewers last saw Lisa Gay Hamilton on ABC's long-running legal drama "The Practice" as attorney Rebecca Washington. Since then, the veteran actor has kept busy, booking films like "The Soloist," "Mother and Child" and the upcoming "Beastly." One of her crowning achievements is her portrayal of young Sethe in Jonathan Demme's 1998 big-screen adaptation of "Beloved," opposite Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. Hamilton can now be seen as Andre Braugher's wife, Melissa, on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age," which recently premiered its second season. She stars alongside Ray Romano and Scott Bakula as people dealing with the hardships and realities of middle age.Hamilton spoke candidly with Back Stage about the lessons she has learned from her time on "The Practice," the project she is most proud of, and acting with Braugher, who was a classmate at Juilliard.Back Stage: You've done a lot of theater, »

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The 'Harry Potter' Films' 10 Best Moments So Far: 'Sorcerer's Stone' Through 'Half-Blood Prince'

19 November 2010 2:30 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

By Kristen Shalbinski

The end is upon us, Potterheads: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is officially in theaters. I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about seeing it (again)! It's been almost 10 years since we joined our favorite boy wizard for his first trip on the Hogwarts Express, and Harry sure has faced some obstacles along the way. Six films later, we're almost at the end (sniff, lone tear forming in corner of eye, sniff). And so, in honor of this decade-long franchise, here is a list of the 10 most memorable moments from the "Harry Potter" films thus far, in chronological order and not including "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Part 2."

10. "You're a Wizard Harry" ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone")

This is the moment that started our decade long journey with Harry. After their escape from Privet Drive and the massive amounts of Hogwarts letters, the Dursleys flee »

- MTV Movies Team

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Chicks of the Assimilated Animus

16 November 2010 8:21 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jung talks of the anima and animus as the unconscious's ego--a dark figure of our dreams--for men it's an elusive princess, devouring witch, beautiful maiden asleep in a block of ice; for women a werewolf lover, a dark demon wolf with big eyes all the better to drink your essence with, like Twilight. The animus is best exemplified in the Beauty and the Beast myth. The unassimilated animus is a wild beast, untamed and surly. The assimilated is tamed and 'absorbed' into the female consciousness, i.e. once the animus becomes a prince and not a beast, the woman starts to get bossy and surly herself!

Don't we see this all the time in marriages? Before the marriage the man is in charge, tall and dominating... sometime after the wedding the alchemical change occurs and the woman starts bossing him around, making important decisions. In my essay on the Twilight mythos, »

- Erich Kuersten

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The Social Network review

14 October 2010 8:39 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is David Fincher’s The Social Network, an ambitious account of the birth of Facebook, a genuine classic for our time? Here’s Michael’s review...

Call it a symptom of our Internet existence. I've been sitting on this review of The Social Network for over two weeks, embargoed until days before its UK release. In the time between the screening and now, the film has been released Stateside, with the flurry of attention and discussion that is to be expected of such a development.

Our resident American-based reviewer, Ron Hogan, has had his say (he liked it). Friends have Twittered their reactions to advance, public screenings, unencumbered by embargo. It seems that every possible angle, every opinion, has been expressed.

That's life, today. Sentiments are disseminated along instantaneous, digital highways, becoming solidified about halfway between content management system and browser window. It has been a steady progression over the last two decades, »

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Aguilera unveils 'Burlesque' soundtrack

8 October 2010 5:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christina Aguilera has unveiled details of the soundtrack to her upcoming movie Burlesque. The singer, who makes her acting debut in the film, plays Ali Rose - a girl who escapes her hometown and aspires to be a burlesque dancer. While Aguilera dominates the soundtrack, Cher, who plays club proprietor Tess in the movie, opens the LP with 'Welcome To Burlesque' and sings on the power ballad 'You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me'. Gossip Girl's Kristen Bell and actor Alan Cumming also provide solo numbers on 'Long John Blues' and 'That's Life'. Production credits include Diane Warren, who Toni Braxton's 'Un-Break My Heart' and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing', Aussie singer-songwriter Sia Furler and urban producer Danja, who worked on Britney Spears's 2007 LP (more) »

- By Robert Copsey

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Victoria Wood: 'I feel at the BBC I'm not trusted, not valued, not needed'

27 September 2010 2:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedian and writer on how difficult it is to work for the BBC, her insecurity – and her troubled relationship with food

I spot Victoria Wood across the room before she sees me. I'm late, and she's waiting on a sofa in her private members' club – but her demeanour is so surprising that instead of rushing over, I pause for a second and watch. She reminds me of women travelling alone late at night on public transport, with that mouse-like air of self-containment and suspicion, as if half expecting someone to try and steal her handbag. Surrounded by tables of noisy Soho media types, Wood gazes into her lap, and when a waiter clears away her breakfast she shrinks even further into herself, jumpy with self-effacement. There she sits, the most celebrated person in the room by a million miles, looking extraordinarily vulnerable.

Half an hour later, the same woman »

- Decca Aitkenhead

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'Lost' Cusick 'feels part of TV history'

15 September 2010 2:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Henry Ian Cusick has admitted that he feels part of television history after starring in Lost. Speaking to the Daily Record, Cusick explained that he will always remember working on the series. "I've learned that this experience is a one-off, and it won't happen again," he said. "I'm sad to see it end because it's been such a beautiful experience. I feel like I'm part of television history." Cusick added that he "greatly" misses working on the show, saying: "I was very nervous when it finished because I didn't know what was going to happen. All of the cast members miss the show but that's the way it is. That's life. "We all knew it was going to come to an end and we knew this for quite a while, so we all started to look forward to the next challenge in our lives. Lost was the longest (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Daybreak: Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley's first morning on the sofa

6 September 2010 4:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

What a strange thing Daybreak is: an odd mashup of GMTV, The One Show, That's Life and, suddenly, Newsnight

Stuart Heritage's Daybreak liveblog

"We're clinging on!" giggled Christine Bleakley on Daybreak this morning, although whether she was referring to her debut with Adrian Chiles as the new face of ITV's morning "news" programme, or to Chiles's knee – to which she was, indeed, clinging with the tenacity of a barnacle to craggy rock – was unclear.

As you may have heard, the mighty House of GMTV, subject to many critical slings and arrows over the years, was finally felled by the might of Chiles and Bleakley, hired to host Daybreak at a reported combined cost of £10m. And for £10m one would hope that presenters could do more than cling on, as they attempt to master tasks such as sitting on a sofa and reading an Autocue and, occasionally, even walking »

- Hadley Freeman

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Confessions of a movie website owner

23 August 2010 9:04 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to what it's like being a movie website owner in 2010 and I've come to one or two conclusions. One of them is that I love what it is that I get to do with Coming Attractions. The other thought is that sometimes it frustrates the hell out of me to even try and run a movie website these days.

This is an editorial piece, so if you're not in the mood for reading my opinion and reflections on the state of online movie website ownership, then my advice is to go read one of today's scoops on a film database page or a news article. I think putting up with the site owner voicing his thoughts in one editorial piece is a small matter when judged against the hundreds of news stories that I've filed this year or the thousands of individual movie scoop updates. »

- Patrick Sauriol

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The One Show: New faces, same format

13 August 2010 11:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After its original presenters defect to ITV, Jason Manford and Alex Jones pick up the mantle of hosting the popular show

They might prove the hardest TV double act to follow since Ant and Dec. The easy chemistry of co-hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley drew millions of viewers to The One Show, with its bizarre but cheery mix of showbiz chat, soft news and slimming advice for overweight pets. On Monday evening, new hosts Jason Manford and Alex Jones will take their places on the sofa.

Both presenters admitted to nerves but insisted it would be business as usual. "It's more us getting used to the show rather than us changing it," said Jones. "It's going to be tough because they were great on screen and engaged me as a viewer. I think we'll be different, a bit more brotherly and sisterly, but if we're half as good as they were we'll be pleased. »

- Tim Lusher, Tara Conlan

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Sylvester Stallone Didn't Make Money for Rocky Balboa

7 August 2010 6:19 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We've all heard how studios use creative accounting to show that some of their most lucrative movies, like "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," still loose money. And it all has to do with back-end points that actors and directors take instead of a higher upfront payments. The points are basically shares of profits. And the only way studios can avoid paying actors is to come up with a way to show that their movies lost money. Now, during his promotion of "The Expendables," Sylvester Stallone revealed that he decided to make the 2006 "Rocky Balboa" movie due to a declining career. He went on to write the script, direct the film and star in it. So how much did he make for all his efforts, which included months of intense training? "I haven't seen a dime yet. [It made] nearly $200 million. That's life, eh? That's how it works these days," Stallone told GQ. »

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Stallone 'made no money from Rocky role'

6 August 2010 2:49 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sylvester Stallone has revealed that he made no profit from the sixth film in the Rocky franchise. The 2006 film, Rocky Balboa, earned over £133 million ($$200m) in box office ticket sales, but the 53-year-old actor insisted that he has not received a share. "I haven't seen a dime yet. [It made] nearly $$200 million. That's life, eh? That's how it works these days," he told GQ. "They have this thing called 'back end'. (more) »

- By Jennifer Still

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Stallone Made No Money From Rocky Balboa

6 August 2010 8:58 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sylvester Stallone is glad his sixth Rocky movie salvaged his film career - but he made no money from the film's $200 million (£133 million) profit.

The Hollywood legend boosted his dwindling popularity by revisiting his most famous franchise for a final installment, Rocky Balboa, in 2006.

The bold move worked, and he went on to make a fourth Rambo film in 2008 before teaming up with fellow big-screen action men Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke for new movie The Expendables.

And Stallone is adamant making the 2006 boxing picture was a wise decision - even though he has not banked any of the film's enormous profits.

He tells GQ magazine, "I haven't seen a dime yet. (It made) nearly $200 million. That's life, eh? That's how it works these days. They have this thing called 'back end'. Or 'Watch my back end move into the horizon as you lie there, shackled in naivety.' You can make a movie for $12 million that makes $250 million, but it still ends up in the red. The studios say they added $50 million in publicity in the Ukraine or somewhere, and you're like, 'What?'" »

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Glastonbury 2010: Grace Dent's liveblog from the sofa

25 June 2010 4:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Grace Dent watches the first evening of music from Glastonbury 2010 from the comfort of her sitting room, thereby avoiding early-morning smoothie stall DJ sets. Join her at 7pm

1.03am: I have a feeling this is not the textbook state of mind to be in charge of the Guardian live blogging system. *eyes struggling to focus on the screen, slurping booze* And as this is the third time I've seen Hot Chip it may be time for bed. Ah 'bed'. A Real bed. One I can get to without a 57 minute round trip via the Bingly-Bongly tent on a wild goose chase to see Joy Orbison DJ, a near broken ankle on a guy rope and the gentle wake up call of someone urinating on the side of my tent. Then a shower in the morning, with soap, leaving me unclaggy of armpit and pant district. Staying at home is amazing. »

- Grace Dent

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So You Think You Can Dance Elimination: Alexie Agdeppa

18 June 2010 6:02 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers won their 16th NBA title, setting off celebrations throughout the City of Angels. It was a bittersweet night for a former Laker Girl, however.

Alexie Agdeppa as she became the first So You Think You Can Dance contestant eliminated by the voters this season, after the 26-year-old cutie's spunk couldn't save her.

The three judges, who unanimously chose to send her home, didn't foresee a long run for the effervescent former cheerleader, even though we were a bit surprised at the decision.

After the Top 11 performances, we thought Melinda Sullivan and Adechike Torbert stood the worst chances of advancing, with Cristina Santana potentially at risk as well.

Melinda and Cristina joined Alexie in the bottom three.

It was one and done for Alexie Agdeppa and Twitch Boss.

The top 11 opened the show dressed in white and gold attire, with the guys outshining the girls »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (L.J. Gibbs)

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'American Idol': What Should the Top 2 Sing?

24 May 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

With one performance show and six songs standing between us and what is arguably the most closely contested American Idol finale ever, what Crystal and Lee sing this final week matters more than ever. Unfortunately for them, they don't really have much of a say in what they'll be singing.  While each of the two finalists will perform three songs this week, they only have a say on one song, and it has to be something they've already performed this season. The other two songs Crystal and Lee will perform will be chosen by Idol creator and producer Simon Fuller and of course, there's the dreaded Idol coronation song.

Instead of choosing their favorite or even their best performance of the season, Crystal and Lee should choose the songs that best speak to them as the artists they hope to be, as well as a song that could leave a »

- editor@buddytv.com

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