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Just four weeks ago, Jake was singing as a finalist in The X Factor before being the fifth act to be eliminated from the competition.
This got us thinking. This must be the quick(enden)est time that an X Factor finalist has found themselves on a different reality TV show so far - but which other acts traded series after attempting to secure a contract with Syco? Here they all are in order of time taken to do so.
1. Jake Quickenden (4 weeks)
After reaching the Judges' Houses in 2012, Quickenden made it to the final 16 this year. He tried desperately to prove that he wasn't just a pretty face with a ripped physique, but it hasn't taken him long to get his kit off for his pre-I'm a Celebrity photoshoot. »
Sparingly appealing as a series, “Hello Ladies” fares somewhat better as an 80-minute movie, designed (much like finales to “The Office” and “Extras”) to wrap up the show. Those aforementioned comedies were the creations of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the gangly, less-well-known sidekick who has gone solo here. And if nothing else, Merchant has established himself as the kinder, gentler half of that tandem, with this sendoff feeling like an old-fashioned romantic comedy. Granted, “Ladies” was hardly a smash in the U.S., but those who said “Hello” initially will likely welcome the closure the finale offers.
More than anything, this concluding chapter feels like a departure from the edgy, uncomfortable material for which the duo was partly known. The story (directed by Merchant, who again shares writing credit with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky) essentially zeroes in on the inherent neediness of Merchant’s character, Stuart — his desire to create the impression, »
- Brian Lowry
Nothing gets us giddy quite like an epic celebrity movie cameo.
An A-lister who appears in an often uncredited role with minimal screen time and, we have no idea it's coming — how could we not love that?!
Alfred Hitchcock was the cameo master of his time, appearing in 39 of his 52 surviving films. People loved searching for him like a real life Where's Waldo. Even more recently, Interstellar blew us away with a crazy unexpected cameo that we don't want to give away quite yet…but it got us thinking about other unexpected appearances in movies!
So let's take a look at some of our favorite film cameos of all-time.
Warning: Possible Spoilers Ahead.
Johnny Depp -- 21 Jump Street
Johnny Depp paid perfect homage to his 21 Jump Street roots. Spending most of the role in disguise, he ultimately reveals his identity leaving Jonah Hill's character to declare, "You're like an amazing actor man!"
Bill Murray -- [link »
For the second week of November, genre fans have plenty of titles to choose from, as the horror and sci-fi related home releases aren’t slowing down at all this week. Not only does the highly anticipated Batman HD box set finally come home on Tuesday, but several cult classics, including Dolls and both Demons films, are also getting their due on Blu-ray too.
For those of you Trubies out there, the final season of True Blood is coming out, as well as a nifty box set of the entire HBO series and even Gamera is getting his own box set to boot. And for those of you out there who fancy yourselves fans of cult cannibal flicks, Intervision is releasing two obscure titles this week that might be of interest- Mondo Cannibal and In the Land of the Cannibals.
- Heather Wixson
Here's the announcement:
When Stuart learns that his British ex-girlfriend is planning to visit Los Angeles with her husband, he sets out to impress them with his glamorous lifestyle, enlisting a Russian model he’s just met to play the role of his beautiful girlfriend. What could go wrong?
Starring Stephen Merchant (co-creator of the Golden Globe-winning BBC comedy series “The Office” and HBO’s “Extras”) as Stuart, Hello Ladies: The Movie wraps up his story when it debuts Saturday, Nov. 22 (10:00-11:20 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO.
If you've never had the chance to see Daniel Radcliffe outside of his Harry Potter persona, the dude just may surprise you. Whether he's making fun of himself on Extras, answering any and all questions on Reddit or sporting some nifty head accessories in Alexandre Aja's Horns, the man actually seems pretty chill. It also helps that he's talented, and I'm not just talking about his acting chops. If you've never heard Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics," allow the Raddest of Cliffes to break you in. Horns will see a limited theatrical release this Friday! »
- Sean Wist
The year is 2025, and once again the human race finds itself in yet another clichéd fight for survival. However, on this occasion it is the Alien's cognitive ability that threatens us most, rather than their over-powered weaponry or unforgiving size.
Combat evolved, the humans efforts are seemingly futile, with victories fewer and far between. However, highly strung propaganda and vivacious speeches from leading political figures ensure a constant recruitment drive, and none are more inspiring than Major General Cage (Tom Cruise) - a charismatic personality whose emphatic belief in the ultimate victory is somewhat infectious. It's as if Cruise is playing Cruise, because that same charismatic personality is what we've come to love and respect in regards to the veteran actor.
However, when ‘Cage’ is told he will be heading the front-line into direct combat in Paris, France, the mood changes. Until then his weapon had been words and his combat inspirational… »
From Homerpalooza to Paul McCartney's visit, there have been countless musical moments on The Simpsons during its 26 seasons, and on its 550th episode, the long-running animated series paid tribute to Cat Stevens' landmark 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman during its episode-opening couch gag. In the minute-long bit, we see idyllic scenes of Springfield – modeled after Stevens' own album artwork – as the singer's "Tea for the Tillerman" soundtracks the action.
In the opening, a three-eyed seagull soars overhead, Mr. Burns dumps toxic waste into a lake, and Bart, Lisa »
Due Out: October 7, 2014
Who’S It For? “The Wonder Years” is timeless. Thankfully it doesn’t feel dated simply because I was a child of the ’80s trying to understand life in the late ’60s. “The Wonder Years” was my gateway drug to a nostalgia I didn’t even know. Like many of you, I grew up with Kevin. I hoped for Winnie, I had friends like Paul (and probably was Paul more than I realized).
I can’t wait to show “The Wonder Years” to my son. I’ll have to wait, because he hasn’t even turned two yet, but now I have six episodes to show him, and hopefully that will just be the beginning.
TV Score: 10/10
Courtesy of Starvista
Named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s, »
- Jeff Bayer
Ricky Gervais recently revealed that he was resurrecting the British version of The Office's bumbling boss character David Brent for a new mockumentary called Life on the Road. One of the ongoing subplots during The Office's original run was Brent's brush with one-hit wonderdom thanks to "Free Love Freeway," which Brent performed with his band Foregone Conclusion years before he became the regional manager of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Following the announcement of Life on the Road, The A.V. Club reports that Gervais has unveiled another Brent original titled "Slough, »
Ricky Gervais has announced plans to make a one-off episode of 'Derek'. The sitcom has already run for two series and while Gervais admits he considered making a third, he says he ultimately decided to stick to his usual format. Writing in a blog post, Gervais said: ''''I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of two series and a special.'' Gervais made the statement in reference to two of his earlier shows, 'The Office' and 'Extras', both of which had the same format. As well as writing and starring in »
The comic actor had previously said that he was considering either a special or a third series, but has now confirmed his plans in a blog post.
"I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of two series and a special," he wrote.
The comedian will next be seen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb from December 19, while he recently signed up to play »
The series stars Joshua Sasse as the titular hero, who sets out on a quest for revenge against the king for stealing his true love—all set to music. Gervais will play a medieval wizard named Xanax, who is well-known for having the best potions in all the land and excels at guiding his clients through alchemy-induced trips down memory lane.
Galavant is slated to premiere in early 2015 on ABC. »
- Natalie Abrams
As the Summer winds down to a precious few last days, many folks wait until the season’s last hurrah, the Labor Day holiday, to finally “get outta’ Dodge”. If you can’t find the time or funds perhaps you can head to the theatre and watch someone else hit the trail. A few weeks ago movie goers watched two men of a certain mature age head off for adventure in Iceland in Land Ho in an improvisational pseudo-documentary. Well, now two seasoned comedy pros who scored with a similar flick a few years back have returned to vacation once more. Now I’m not talking about a re-discovered, unearthed from the film vaults Hope and Crosby road picture. No sir, this is the return of a more recent comedy team: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and unlike most teams they take turns being the straight man. Four years ago »
- Jim Batts
The daytime Emmy party circuit hit full swing on Saturday afternoon. At BAFTA's TV Tea, Brit crossover Stephen Merchant upholding the integrity of the event's title, teacup in hand. Gervais’ co-conspirator on the pioneering British version of “The Office” and “Extras” said he will weigh in on Gervais’ feature on David Brent, “Life on the Road.” Meet the Merchants: Stephen Merchant +2 (his family) on Saturday afternoon. (Getty Images) Also read: Ricky Gervais Creating Big-Screen Sequel for His ‘Office’ Character “I don't know if I'll give (formal) notes, but I'll offer what I can,” the “Hello Ladies” he told TheWrap at BAFTA La's TV. »
- Mikey Glazer
The film marks a departure for Radcliffe, who in recent years has played a wizard, a widowed lawyer haunted by a woman in black, Allen Ginsberg and a warped version of himself who fires a condom onto Diana Rigg's head in Extras.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Radcliffe confirmed that he recently rejected an approach to reprise his role as Harry Potter for Universal Orlando's theme park, but refused to definitively say "never" about going back to the role.
"I would never say never… the hypothetical thing people come up with is if a book was written one day and the story was continued at an age you were appropriate to do it, »
Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee in the hot tub with Gary Busey; Helen Flanagan weeping relentlessly in the Diary Room; and David McIntosh parading around in Those short shorts.... the possibilities for this series of Celebrity Big Brother are endless.
So, as we eagerly await for the mystery(ish) celebrity guests to enter the famous house in Elstree, we've decided to reminisce with our favourite ever star contestants below:
"Yeah, Jackie," were the only two words uttered from the side of Jackie's heavily siliconed mouth as she entered the house, draped in fur and dripping in jewels. Her entrance soon became one of the most memorable moments from the entire series.
It was part-Jackie's presence, part-Jackie's face that really shocked Brigitte Nielsen back on the show in 2005 when her former mother-in-law entered the house on day five.
Fellow housemates had to refer to Jackie as the Queen Mother, »
Beware: The Emmy race for Best Comedy Series is a cliffhanger. Sure, Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") won three out of the past four years and now currently leads Gold Derby's racetrack odds (11/8), but watch out! That wily rascal Ricky Gervais ("Derek") is not far behind (2/1). -Break- Let's not forget that Gervais pulled off a jawdropper in this contest back in 2007 when nominated for "Extras," beating Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and even Steve Carell, who was nommed for the U.S. version of Gervais' trailblazing "The Office." Now my fellow Gold Derby Editors Chris Beachum, Paul Sheehan and I are in a real prediction pickle. Who to back? Chris and I choose Gervais. Paul plays it safe with Parsons. Who's correct? Maybe none of us? Watch us slug it out below. To follow along, you should know that the six nominees submitted these episodes to Emmy »
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Running Time: 101 minutes
As far as sibling pissing contests go, the McDonagh brothers are inseparable at this point. Each has given us two feature length films as director and each film has been a beautifully scripted triumph of great dark comedy and stirring emotions. Calvary continues this run and employs many of the tropes we’ve come to associate with the McDonaghs without ever feeling tiresome or weary. There’s a very Irish feel to the whole film, black humour of the darkest variety, shocking moments of violence, and characters to actually care about.
The dramatic set-up is prevalent in the opening scene. During confessional an innocent priest is told he is going to be killed by a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director: Neil Burger
Running Time: 133 minutes
The Ya (Young Adult) boom is in full swing, with multiple proposed franchise starters thrust into cinemas at lightning speed. In terms of market availability, this isn’t The Hunger Games, this is stuffed to bursting. One of the more promising films, at least based on the box office numbers and potential for a sequel, is Divergent. It’s got a neat idea that relates to the young, it has stars filling out all the roles, and it mixes action and romance in equal measure. It’s almost enough to make you forget that the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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