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Julia Michaels — Pop Music’s Secret Weapon — Opens Up About Writing Hits for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and More

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Julia Michaels — Pop Music’s Secret Weapon — Opens Up About Writing Hits for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and More
She’s got a Top 20 hit with her single “Issues,” but Julia Michaels has been writing chart-toppers for pop’s elite for years.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in L.A., the rising star began writing songs at age 12, when she started backing her poems at the piano. By 15, she found a mentor in the industry. Fast forward 10 years, and Michaels is responsible for cowriting some of the biggest hits in music, from Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” to Selena Gomez‘s “Hands to Myself.”

And now her solo pursuit of superstardom is looking even more promising with her impressive debut Ep,
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Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

Amybeth McNulty in “Anne”

“My name is Anne Shirley Cuthbert, and please be sure to spell ‘Anne’ with an ‘e’,” the heroine of Netflix’s newest series requests on her first day at a new school. Even if you’ve never heard of “Anne of Green Gables” before, that one line tells you all you need to know about the outspoken, self-assured protagonist.

Based on L.M. Montgomery’s classic series of novels, “Anne” follows the imaginative and adventurous Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphan, as she arrives at Prince Edward Island near the turn of the century. “After an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, [Anne] is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother,” the official synopsis reads. “Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect, and brilliant imagination. Anne’s adventures will reflect timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying, and prejudice.”

The new spot for “Anne” touches on these themes as we see the main character humiliated when a classmate tells her, “I won’t eat next to dirty trash.” But Anne can handle herself: The trailer also shows her arguing with Marilla that “girls can do anything a boy can do and more,” and smacking classmate Gilbert (“20th Century Women’s” Lucas Jade Zumann) across the face with a book after he pulls her hair.

Emmy-winner Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad”) is “Anne’s” showrunner. She penned every episode and serves as exec producer alongside Miranda de Pencier (“Beginners”).

Niki Caro helmed the first episode of the series, while Sandra Goldbacher (“Me Without You”), Helen Shaver (“Orphan Black”), Patricia Rozema (“Into the Forest”), and Amanda Tapping (“Supernatural”) are among the series’ other directors.

“Anne” premieres on Netflix May 12.

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‘Beaches’ Review: Lifetime’s Adaptation Doesn’t Make Enough Waves to Justify a Remake

‘Beaches’ Review: Lifetime’s Adaptation Doesn’t Make Enough Waves to Justify a Remake
Remaking a beloved film isn’t always the easiest task, but what happens when the original wasn’t all that good to begin with?

The 1988 theatrical release of “Beaches” was a lachrymose lovefest that baffled the critics who found its schmaltz and manipulative melodrama far too heavy-handed for consumption. That didn’t keep filmgoers from buying tickets or wringing out their tear ducts for this earnest story of lifelong friends. No matter how hard-hearted you were, it was clear that the Garry Marshall-directed film had its charms, not the least of which was Mayim Bialik and Bette Midler as the older and younger versions of the brassy C.C. Bloom, and the latter’s ability to sell “Wind Beneath My Wings” to anyone with a Bff.

Read More: 11 Great Films About Female Friendship

Lifetime’s “Beaches” is fairly faithful to Marshall’s vision (even using one of the character
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‘Beaches’ Review: Lifetime’s Adaptation Doesn’t Make Enough Waves to Justify a Remake

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‘Beaches’ Review: Lifetime’s Adaptation Doesn’t Make Enough Waves to Justify a Remake
Remaking a beloved film isn’t always the easiest task, but what happens when the original wasn’t all that good to begin with?

The 1988 theatrical release of “Beaches” was a lachrymose lovefest that baffled the critics who found its schmaltz and manipulative melodrama far too heavy-handed for consumption. That didn’t keep filmgoers from buying tickets or wringing out their tear ducts for this earnest story of lifelong friends. No matter how hard-hearted you were, it was clear that the Garry Marshall-directed film had its charms, not the least of which was Mayim Bialik and Bette Midler as the older and younger versions of the brassy C.C. Bloom, and the latter’s ability to sell “Wind Beneath My Wings” to anyone with a Bff.

Read More: 11 Great Films About Female Friendship

Lifetime’s “Beaches” is fairly faithful to Marshall’s vision (even using one of the character
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AMC and BBC Worldwide North America to Co-Produce Organized Crime Thriller ‘McMafia’

AMC and BBC Worldwide North America have inked a co-production pact for upcoming drama “McMafia.” The BBC had initially commissioned the series in October 2015.

The international drama stars James Norton (“Happy Valley”) as Alex, the British-raised son of Russian exiles who has spent his life trying to crawl out from the shadow of his family’s mafia past. He’s built a life for himself that includes his own business and a British girlfriend (Juliet Rylance) — a life upended by the sudden murderous return of that mafia past. Alex will find himself enmeshed in a world of corruption stretching from London to Mumbai to Moscow and everywhere in between.

Norton is joined in the cast by David Strathairn as Israeli businessman Semiyon Kleiman, Aleksey Serebryakov as Alex’s exiled crime boss father Dimitri, Maria Shukshina as Alex’s socialite mother Oksana, and Faye Marsay as Katya, Alex’s sister.

“McMafia” is created by Hossein Amini (“Drive”) and
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Amazon Video Direct: E-Commerce Giant Reveals Top-Performing Content Partners (Exclusive)

Since Amazon’s launch in May of Amazon Video Direct, the company says users have streamed several billion minutes of video from its partners the service, which is open to any content creator or owner and provides multiple options for generating money from that video.

That’s likely less than the staggering amount of video gushing from the fire hoses of YouTube or Netflix. But Amazon Video Direct content partners say the program represents a noteworthy new platform that is letting them generate incremental revenue. And for the first time, the e-commerce behemoth has released the list of the best-performing movie titles, TV shows and digital partners the service — which Amazon is rewarding with extra cash doled out from a $1 million pool on a monthly basis, through its “Avd Stars” program.

Amazon Video Direct partners have four distribution options: They can make their content available to Prime Video subscribers and
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Me Before You review: “Really rather delightful”

Me Before You review: Game Of Thrones’ actress Emilia Clarke joins The Hunger GamesSam Claflin in this rather pleasing adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ book.

Me Before You review by Paul Heath, May 2016.

Me Before You review

The trailers and other promotional material for Me Before You, this week’s rival to the likes of Warcraft and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, weren’t great. The schmaltzy tone, giggly, kooky Emilia Clarke in the lead and Sam Claflin as the quadriplegic rich kid wore thin almost immediately, though happily the film plays completely differently, most of the promos not doing it justice in any way.

Adapted from the very popular book by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You sees Claflin’s Will Traynor, a wealthy money man from the city on the way up, seriously injured after being hit by a motorcycle one rain-swept morning as he leaves his luxury city pad.
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Gwen Unloads About Blake, Gavin and More on Her Great and Very Personal New Album: A Deep Dive into Her Most Revealing Lyrics

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Gwen Unloads About Blake, Gavin and More on Her Great and Very Personal New Album: A Deep Dive into Her Most Revealing Lyrics
The message is "goodbye, Gavin, hello, Blake," but This Is What the Truth Feels Like is more than Gwen Stefani's rebound album - it's a personal and artistic triumph. In the 10 years leading up to her third solo effort, Stefani suffered a long bout of writer's block - until, it seems, her tumultuous, tabloid-fueling split from Gavin Rossdale. Bountiful inspiration arrived in the form of a new romantic partner, country star Blake Shelton, who was also bouncing back after heartbreak. For more on Gwen Stefani, pick up the new issue of People, on newsstands everywhere Friday.As crank-up- the-volume catchy as they are personal,
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Gwen Unloads About Blake, Gavin and More on Her Great and Very Personal New Album: A Deep Dive into Her Most Revealing Lyrics

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Gwen Unloads About Blake, Gavin and More on Her Great and Very Personal New Album: A Deep Dive into Her Most Revealing Lyrics
The message is "goodbye, Gavin, hello, Blake," but This Is What the Truth Feels Like is more than Gwen Stefani's rebound album - it's a personal and artistic triumph. In the 10 years leading up to her third solo effort, Stefani suffered a long bout of writer's block - until, it seems, her tumultuous, tabloid-fueling split from Gavin Rossdale. For more on Gwen Stefani, pick up the new issue of People, on newsstands everywhere Friday.Bountiful inspiration arrived in the form of a new romantic partner, country star Blake Shelton, who was also bouncing back after heartbreak. As crank-up- the-volume catchy as they are personal,
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Gwen Stefani Teases Title, Track List of New Album, and Oh, You Know the Songs Are Emotional

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Gwen Stefani Teases Title, Track List of New Album, and Oh, You Know the Songs Are Emotional
“Misery.” “Red Flag.” “Me Without You.” Yep, this truly will be the divorce-pop album of your dreams. As anticipated since October, when Gwen Stefani dropped the breakup ballad “Used to Love You,” the No Doubt front woman has unofficially announced the title and track list of her first solo album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape. “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” Stefani tweeted, along with a very emotional-sounding array of song titles. If it’s wrong to dance to a pop song about the recent dissolution of a 12-year marriage, then no one will be right until at least the end of 2016.
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Exclusive: Isabel Coixet interview for Another Me [Frightfest 2015]

Isabel Coixet interview for Another Me – Screened at this year’s Frightfest. Isabel Coixet interview for Another Me

This year’s Film 4 Frightfest is in full swing and the site is packed with our reviews, as well as a heap of exclusive interviews. We’re not stopping there though as there are still two more full days, as well as this evening.

Tonight sees the UK première of Another Me, a film based on the novel by Cathy MacPhail which sees young girl Fay stalked by a dangerous doppelgänger. Starring Game of Thrones and X-Men Apocalypse actress Sophie Turner, as well as Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Another Me is definitely one of the more intriguing films to seek out at this year’s festival.

To whet your appetite further we have an exclusive interview with the lady behind the camera, Isabel Coixet, who is also known for the cult favourite, Me Without You.
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Nashville, Ep. 3.01, “That’s Me Without You” is a solid season premiere

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Nashville, Season 3, Episode 1: “That’s Me Without You

Directed by Callie Khouri

Written by Callie Khouri

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Est on ABC

Nashville comes back for its third season with almost no noise. What, after a magnificent pilot two years ago, was once supposed to be a ratings savior for ABC has become an afterthought for the network, who barely publicized its premiere. They have buzzy new shows to talk about: (How to Get Away With Murder, Black-ish), and returning ratings hits to protect: (Scandal, uh… Scandal). And yet Nashville persists on network television representing a category that doesn’t even exist, the musical soap opera. Those two genres have never been more unfashionable. Musicals must cloak themselves in faux-edgy irony like Glee or die spectacular deaths (Rip Smash.) There are other soaps, especially on ABC, but they have to be structured like procedurals and contain a healthy
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Nashville Premiere Recap: Three Chords and the (Hard) Truth

Nashville Premiere Recap: Three Chords and the (Hard) Truth
Nashville‘s Rayna Jaymes probably makes the right decision in the series’ Season 3 premiere, and I really, really hate her for it.

Before you angrily mobilize to spray-paint a giant “Deyna 4eva” on my house, hear me out. The best decision Ray could’ve made would be to come clean with both of her beaus: “Deacon, you are one Hot Pocket, but you and I need to figure. some. stuff. out. before we even think about doing this again. And Luke, the fact that I can’t do more than plaster a half-amused smile on my face in your presence
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'Nashville' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Who Does Rayna Choose?

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'Nashville' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Who Does Rayna Choose?
On tonight's premiere episode of Nashville,"That's Me Without You," Scarlett, Avery and Gunnar blow town. Juliette auditions to play the role of Patsy Cline. Rayna struggles with a life-changing decision.

When we last saw our favorite group of songwriters, musicians, up-and-comers, has-beens and superstars, their lives were in various states of states of upheaval. Rayna got two marriage proposals in one night, Gunnar told Scarlett she shouldn't leave Nashville, Will finally came out of the closet to Layla, and Avery found out about Juliette's one night, and apparently unsatisfying, fling with the slimy Jeff Fordham.
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New Nashville Season 3,Premiere Episode 1 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

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Recently, ABC finally released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Nashville" premiere episode 1 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "That's Me Without You," and it sounds things will get pretty interesting indeed as Rayna has to decide whether to spend her life with Deacon or Luke, and more. In the new, 1st episode press release: A torn Rayna is going to have to choose not just between two men, but two directions that her life could take. Juliette, struggling to repair her relationship with Avery, is going to audition for the leading role of a film biopic. In the meantime, Scarlett, determined to start fresh, will embark on a road trip home and bonds with an unexpected stowaway, and Will and Layla will manage the fallout from his on-camera confession. The third-season premiere of “Nashville” will be highlighted by three live performances within the episode—each performed twice
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'Nashville' Season 3 Premiere Photos: Rayna's Torn Between Two Men

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'Nashville' Season 3 Premiere Photos: Rayna's Torn Between Two Men
"That?s Me Without You" ? In the uniquely structured season premiere, a torn Rayna must choose not just between two men, but two directions that her life could take. Juliette, struggling to repair her relationship with Avery, auditions for the leading role of a film biopic. Meanwhile, Scarlett, determined to start fresh, embarks on a road trip home and bonds with an unexpected stowaway, and Will and Layla manage the fallout from his on-camera confession.
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Emilia Clarke And Sam Clafin Eyed To Star In Romcom Me Without You

According to Deadline‘s sources, Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin are currently in negotiations to star opposite each other in MGM’s Me Without You. The movie is set to be directed by TV and stage alum Thea Sharrock, who’ll make her feature film debut.

Based on the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Without You is chick-lit personified. Will (presumably Clafin), a self-centred, handsome fop gets into an accident and requires a full-time carer. Cue the lovely and delightful Lou (also, presumably Clarke), the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who needs any job at all to help her family pay the bills.

I couldn’t finish the book. I made it about thirty pages in before I gave up in favour of The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving – same topic, still fiction, a hell of a lot funnier. Still, there’s a market for this type of fluff,
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Billboard Music Awards 2013: Full winners list

There are many Billboard Music Awards -- far too many to give out on the live show. You may, however, still want to learn who won each of the top prizes. Check out the 2013 Billboard Music Awards winners list here.

It's not just Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen and Madonna -- although each of these artists did win.

The winner in each category has been bolded.

Milestone Award

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars

Taylor Swift

Top Artist

Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

One Direction

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song

Fun. -- "Some Nights"

Gotye feat. Kimbra -- "Somebody That I Used to Know"

Carly Rae Jepsen -- "Call Me Maybe"

Maroon 5 -- "One More Night"

Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa -- "Payphone"

Top Billboard 200 Album

Adele -- "21"

Mumford & Sons -- "Babel"

One Direction -- "Take Me Home"

One Direction -- "Up All Night"

Taylor Swift -- "Red"

Top Duo/Group

Coldplay

Fun.
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Billboard Music Awards 2013: Full winners list

There are many Billboard Music Awards -- far too many to give out on the live show. You may, however, still want to learn who won each of the top prizes. Check out the 2013 Billboard Music Awards winners list here.

It's not just Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen and Madonna -- although each of these artists did win.

The winner in each category has been bolded.

Top Artist

Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

One Direction

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song

Fun. -- "Some Nights"

Gotye feat. Kimbra -- "Somebody That I Used to Know"

Carly Rae Jepsen -- "Call Me Maybe"

Maroon 5 -- "One More Night"

Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa -- "Payphone"

Top Billboard 200 Album

Adele -- "21"

Mumford & Sons -- "Babel"

One Direction -- "Take Me Home"

One Direction -- "Up All Night"

Taylor Swift -- "Red"

Top Duo/Group

Coldplay

Fun.

Maroon 5

Mumford & Sons

One Direction
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Billboard Music Awards 2013 nominees include Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Fun.

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Pop music reigns supreme at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Among the many, many categories that are a part of the magazine's annual awards show, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Fun. were each nominated 11 times, while Rihanna trailed behind them with 10 nods.

Other big nominees were Carly Rae Jepsen, One Directon, Psy, Gotye and The Lumineers. Nominees are chosen based on an artists music sales, radio and digital streaming, tours and social media prowess. This year's awards show will take place at May 19 and will air on ABC. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, Prince will also be honored at the awards show with the Billboard Icon Award.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Top Artist

Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

One Direction

Top Top Hot 100 Song

Fun., "Some Nights"

Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"

Maroon 5, "One More Night"

Maroon 5 feat.
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