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West End Review – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2 July 2014 1:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Steve Glass reviews Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the West End…

Having been nestled quietly at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden for a year, Sam Mendes’ musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrated its first birthday last Wednesday evening.

In a strange way Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a difficult challenge to overcome. Not only is it so well known, probably moreso than any other of Roald Dahl’s stories, due to its two film adaptations, but it’s a story so clearly signposted and without any great conflict. On one side we have impoverished but noble-hearted Charlie Bucket, on the other a series of desperately annoying – but enormously entertaining – children and their parents, coming together to tour the chaotic personality testing-ground/minefield of Wonka’s factory, with the seemingly chaotic, but increasingly scrupulous Wonka at the helm.

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- Luke Owen

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 40-31

4 May 2014 9:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part of the list provides a few Best Picture nominees, a number of Oscar winners, and a childhood favorite that still pops up now and again. In reality, this list could be half-full of music documentaries, but for that reason, I stayed away from them. Plus, I did my best to include only films that really are musicals in every sense of the word. Plenty of films have lots of musical components, but only true musicals have performances in the film that truly drive the story forward. The songs in movie musicals have a purpose, if there could be a true definition.

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40. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Directed by Michael Apted

Signature Song: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Michael Apted certainly has a dicey filmography, this probably being his best: a biographical  piece featuring a breakout adult role from Sissy Spacek, winning her the Oscar for Best Actress. »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Voice grand final: Who's going to be crowned winner? - live blog

5 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Oh, you know what, we're feeling all twitchy. The Voice comes to an end tonight and we can't wait for all the action and the emotional crowning - who will it be?

Christina Marie, Jamie Johnson, Jermain Jackman and Sally Barker are still in the running, but first they just have to pull off three final performances. So no pressure, then.

Join Digital Spy as we bring you all the action - the show starts at 7pm, so get your pizza order in now...

21:05So that's it! We have a winner! Make sure you let us know what you think of all that in the comments... and we'll see you back here next year...

The winner of The Voice series 3, it's… @JermainJackman! #thevoiceukFINAL pic.twitter.com/eqMcNInYze

— BBC The Voice UK (@BBCTheVoiceUK) April 5, 2014

21:04So that's it! Jermain is crying his way through 'And I Am Telling You'. »

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The Voice grand final: Who's going to be crowned winner? - live blog

5 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Oh, you know what, we're feeling all twitchy. The Voice comes to an end tonight and we can't wait for all the action and the emotional crowning - who will it be?

Christina Marie, Jamie Johnson, Jermain Jackman and Sally Barker are still in the running, but first they just have to pull off three final performances. So no pressure, then.

Join Digital Spy as we bring you all the action - the show starts at 7pm, so get your pizza order in now...

21:05So that's it! We have a winner! Make sure you let us know what you think of all that in the comments... and we'll see you back here next year...

The winner of The Voice series 3, it's… @JermainJackman! #thevoiceukFINAL pic.twitter.com/eqMcNInYze

— BBC The Voice UK (@BBCTheVoiceUK) April 5, 2014

21:04So that's it! Jermain is crying his way through 'And I Am Telling You'. »

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Frank Ocean slams Chipotle after ad campaign falls apart

11 March 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Frank Ocean has responded to his legal issues with Chipotle by posting a check for $212,500 — the amount the fast food chain paid him for an ad campaign — to Tumblr with "F*ck off" written in the memo section. Check out the post here. In July 2013, Ocean signed on to record a song for Chipotle for $425,000, with half paid up front. The singer said, via his a letter sent to Chipotle by his legal team, that he backed out because he felt misled about the intentions of the campaign: "When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle's representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming. There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign," the letter said.  Last week, Chipotle filed a lawsuit against Ocean for not delivering the »

- Whitney Phaneuf

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Is Frank Ocean's 'F--- Off' Check for Chipotle?

11 March 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Frank Ocean may have gotten Chipotle off his back, thanks to a newly-signed check -- complete with a strongly-worded memo. The Mexican food restaurant first sued the musician on Friday, saying it paid Ocean an advance of $212,500 in July 2013 to record a song called "Pure Imagination" for a marketing campaign named the Scarecrow, created to promote local and sustainably-sourced food while warning of the dangers of industrial farming. However, Ocean backed out without recording the song because he didn't want the company's logo to appear at the end of the film. Audio: Jay Z, Daft

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- Ashley Lee

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Frank Ocean, Chipotle Feud: Singer Shares "F--- You" Check, Company Claims Money Wasn't Returned

11 March 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Chipotle beef! Singer Frank Ocean is currently in the middle of a "meaty" feud with Chipotle Mexican Grill. The "Thinkin Bout You" crooner, 26, was sued by the chain on Friday, March 7 after he failed to return the company's $212,500 advance. Ocean received the money in July 2013 to record his rendition of the popular Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory tune "Pure Imagination" for Chipotle's ad campaign.  Ocean backed out of campaign, called "The Scarecrow," which was meant to promote local and sustainably-sourced food after [...] »

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Meme: “Teen Wolf” Casts Its Out Lacrosse Player, “The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived,” Stop Oppressing Michele Bachmann’s Religious Liberty

11 March 2014 5:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Levi’s leads on HIV education, Bill Donohue defends the Spanish Inquisition, Zac Efron up for new High School Musical movie

Teen Wolf has unveiled some casting news. Confusingly, Flowers In the Attic‘s Mason Dye has been cast as Garrett, while Ender’s Game star Khylin Rhambo has been cast as the “gay freshman with a sense of humor” lacrosse player Mason . Time to hit the gym, boys!

Levi’s has always been a vocal advocate for Lgbt rights, and their corporate policies extend to HIV/AIDS advocacy. They have an extensive program for training employees on the spread, prevention, and stigma of HIV, have programs to cover 100% of HIV medical expenses worldwide, and successfully lobbied governments around the world for changes in treatment and coverage. It’s a model program.

Ukraine deploys gay men to scare off Russians

We mentioned that Chipotle was suing Frank Ocean for their »

- Ed Kennedy

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Frank Ocean Writes $212,500 Check To Chipotle; Memo Reads 'F--- Off'

10 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Frank Ocean just paid up $212,500 in a cashier’s check to Chipotle, writing “F--- Off” on the memo line.

Why was Ocean paying over 200K to the burrito chain? Chipotle was suing Ocean, born Christopher Breaux, for backing out of an ad campaign for which they had paid him $212,500 upfront. Ocean was supposed to record a song for a Chipotle commercial, but bailed when he learned that the company would have its logo in the spot, reported TMZ.

Ocean took to his Tumblr on Tuesday to share a picture of the now infamous check. Chipotle has responded to the photograph of the check, simply saying, “Thanks, Frank.”

Ocean stood to acquire a total of $425,000 if he’d recorded “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka for Chipotle's animated commercial titled "The Scarecrow." Instead, the gig went to singer-songwriter Fiona Apple.

– Chelsea Regan

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Frank Ocean Writes $212,500 Check To Chipotle; Memo Reads 'Fuck Off'

10 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Frank Ocean just paid up $212,500 in a cashier’s check to Chipotle, writing “F--- Off” on the memo line.

Why was Ocean paying over 2K to the burrito chain? Chipotle was suing Ocean, born Christopher Breaux, for backing out of an ad campaign for which they had paid him $212,500 upfront. Ocean was supposed to record a song for a Chipotle commercial, but bailed when he learned that the company would have its logo in the spot, reported TMZ.

Ocean took to his Tumblr on Tuesday to share a picture of the now infamous check. Chipotle has responded to the photograph of the check, simply saying, “Thanks, Frank.”

Ocean stood to acquire a total of $425,000 if he’d recorded “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka for Chipotle's animated commercial titled "The Scarecrow." Instead, the gig went to singer-songwriter Fiona Apple.

– Chelsea Regan

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Frank Ocean Tells Chipotle To “F**K Off” After Ad Campaign Deal Goes Sour

10 March 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

Frank Ocean is responding to Chipotle after the fast food chain sued him for allegedly backing out of an ad campaign deal and taking the money for the work. The singer had supposedly agreed to record a version of the song "Pure Imagination" for a commercial promoting locally sourced food, but refused to participate in the project when he learned Chipotle's logo would be featured on the ad. See how he's responding to the lawsuit here. »

- Emily James

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Frank Ocean Told Chipotle to ‘Fuck Off’

10 March 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Remember that "Pure Imagination" cover Fiona Apple did for Chipotle? According to the company, Frank Ocean signed up to do one, too — to the tune of $212,500 up front (and another $212,500 after he was finished). When Ocean decided against it (he claimed they promised he was promoting "responsible farming," not the Chipotle brand directly, and that he would have "full approval" of the master), the restaurant chain sued him for the advance plus any legal fees. Not one to let matters lie, Frank just posted the payback check on his Tumblr with the memo: "Fuck Off" — in case it was at all unclear how he felt about the legal dispute. That's not to say Frank's done with brands altogether. Just this morning, Ocean dropped a song with Diplo, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon that is featured on a Converse compilation album. »

- Lindsey Weber

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Meme: Matthew Lewis’ Erotic Bro Dancing, Scott Bakula Missed Out On Gay Saunas In NYC, Michael Sam Opens Rainbow Merchandise Store

8 March 2014 8:20 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Frank Ocean trying to become Frank Ocean, Jack Plotnick sells sci-fi starring Matt Bomer, Starz buys To Be Takei

Scott Bakula loved his scene in the bathhouse on Looking. He got a chance to catch up on something he felt he’d missed. “This was as close as I’d ever gotten to a real bathhouse. Just hearing about it in my old days in New York in the mid-‘70s, you know that was a huge deal. That’s where Bette Midler started and that whole scene! My gay friends would be off to Sunday Tea, and then roll in at 9 the next morning after the bathhouse. But that was about as close as I ever got. But I thought this was a great scene, a great way to introduce the character. I love what that scene was about. But no, I wasn’t shocked. In terms of having my clothes off, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean For Backing Out of Ad Campaign

7 March 2014 8:50 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean. The Mexican food restaurant says it paid Ocean $212,500 to lend his vocal skills to an ad campaign, and that the musician backed out without delivering the song. According to Chipotle's suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the restaurant struck a deal with Ocean via CAA to record a track called "Pure Imagination" for a marketing campaign named the Scarecrow. The suit says Chipotle and CAA discussed the project with Ocean, telling him the campaign was to promote local and sustainably-sourced food, while warning of the dangers of industrial farming. Ocean

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- Aaron Couch

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Frank Ocean Sued -- He Didn't Want Chipotle Logo in Chipotle Ad

7 March 2014 6:45 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Frank Ocean wanted to have his burrito and eat it too -- metaphorically speaking -- because Chipotle Mexican Grill just sued the singer for backing out of an ad ... for what seems like the most ridiculous reason.According to the suit, filed today in L.A. County ... Chipotle signed Frank to a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of "Pure Imagination" for a new animated ad.But Chipotle claims Frank never recorded the track because when »

- TMZ Staff

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Oscars 2014: Read Lupita Nyong'o's gorgeous acceptance speech that made Cumberbatch cry

2 March 2014 7:59 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In the perfect culmination to a flawless award season, red carpet darling Lupita Nyong'o brought a number of Hollywood A-listers to tears as she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards.

From the look of unabashed joy on her face as she won to "Pure Imagination" playing as she walked off the stage after an eloquent, inspirational speech, it was the epitome of an Oscar moment.

But first she had to get to the stage, which took a while because pretty much every star wanted to hug her as she walked up the aisle (and who could blame them?). Once she got there, her mouth agape, she delivered another classy speech -- a speech that brought "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, costar Benedict Cumberbatch and Channing Tatum (and probably you) to tears. Read the full speech below:

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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