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The X Factor 2014 final: Ben Haenow wins – as it happened

14 December 2014 1:59 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ben Haenow and Fleur East battled it out to become X Factor champion 2014, but who would win? Stuart Heritage was there for the final

9.59pm GMT

It’s all over! X Factor 2014 has reached its glorious conclusion. Ladies and gentlemen, we have discovered a new star. But enough about Stevi Ritchie, because Ben probably deserves some of your praise too.

Hand on heart, I can’t thank any of you enough for reading and commenting along in these liveblogs. This has been one of my favourite years to liveblog X Factor, and that’s largely down to how game and hilarious (and drunk) you’ve been throughout. Honestly, I couldn’t have done this without you. I have no idea what I’ll liveblog next (please god don’t let it be Stars in their Eyes), but I hope you can join me then too. Now that we’re all such good friends, »

- Stuart Heritage

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The strange history of the Die Hard movies

9 December 2014 5:13 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Die Hard series may be alive and well, but there's a unique story behind the writing of each one…

As any action fanatic will tell you, Die Hard is among the best films of its type ever made. Tautly directed by John McTiernan, deceptively well shot by cinematographer Jan de Bont, and full of charismatic turns from Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia, it’s seldom been bettered, even by its sequels.

The key to the first film's success, and the sequels in their best moments, is hero John McClane. Tough, sarcastic but ultimately human and relatable, he cuts a very different figure from the beefed-up, larger-than-life heroes of 1980s and 90s action cinema. When John McClane gets shot or injured, he actually feels pain. It's something we were keenly aware of in the 1988 original, but gradually ebbed away as the Die Hard franchise drifted from thriller territory »

- ryanlambie

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The X Factor semi-final live blog: Lauren, Fleur, Andrea and Ben do battle

6 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's The X Factor semi-final already - that's come around quick, hasn't it?

The final four acts have only got two songs each to sing to convince judges and public they should be in next week's finals at Wembley. Fleur, Lauren, Andrea and Ben will be performing one Christmas song each, and another track of their own choosing.

Join us back here at 8pm when we will be live blogging everything as it happens.

21:35So, that's it for tonight, we're off to watch I'm a Celebrity semi-final now and we'll see you back here tomorrow night for the results show!

21:35Lots of love for Ben and Fleur on Twitter tonight. My semi-final favourites were Andrea and Fleur.

21:31Tomorrow's results show will feature Fifth Harmony, Idina Menzel and a special guest and last year's winner, Sam Bailey.

21:30So that's all Lauren, Fleur, Andrea and Ben can do. »

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David Simon Weighs in on HBO’s HD Remastering of ‘The Wire’

2 December 2014 4:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO is about to release an HD remastering of the critically beloved series ‘The Wire,” a rebirth of sorts that prompted a nearly 3,000-word discourse on the effort by series creator/exec producer David Simon.

Simon admits he has mixed feelings about the new version as the shift to a 16:9 ratio frame inevitably means changes for the early seasons that were shot in 4:3. He cited the mentoring he received from the late filmmaker Bob Colesberry in his decision to be involved in the transfer process along with “Wire” producer Nina Noble.

The 60 episodes of “Wire’s” five seasons will be available in January as an HD download and, in the summer, on Blu-ray. HBO will also air a marathon of the remastered version from Dec. 26-Dec. 30 (one season per day) on its HBO Signature channel.

As Simon says: “At the last, I’m satisfied what while this »

- Shelli Weinstein

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The X Factor: Who will shine in Jukebox Week? - As it happened

29 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's getting serious on The X Factor now, and how do we know? Because each act will be performing two songs this week... no biggie! There are just five hopefuls left – Stereo Kicks, Lauren Platt, Andrea Faustini, Ben Haenow and Fleur East – but who's going to shine?

One thing they've had no control over this week is song choice. The public picked one of their tracks, and special celeb guests chose the other. That means anything could happen, so join us from the start of the show at 8pm, as we bring you all the action...

21:46Bye.

21:46But right, that's your lot - make sure you keep commenting below and letting us know what you thought. We'll see you back here tomorrow for the results! Now we're off to watch I'm a Celebrity (mainly so we can investigate this Quickenden situation...)

21:43We're getting - count 'em - three performances tonight. »

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The X Factor: Who will shine in Jukebox Week? - live blog

29 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's getting serious on The X Factor now, and how do we know? Because each act will be performing two songs this week... no biggie! There are just five hopefuls left – Stereo Kicks, Lauren Platt, Andrea Faustini, Ben Haenow and Fleur East – but who's going to shine?

One thing they've had no control over this week is song choice. The public picked one of their tracks, and special celeb guests chose the other. That means anything could happen, so join us from the start of the show at 8pm, as we bring you all the action...

21:46Bye.

21:46But right, that's your lot - make sure you keep commenting below and letting us know what you thought. We'll see you back here tomorrow for the results! Now we're off to watch I'm a Celebrity (mainly so we can investigate this Quickenden situation...)

21:43We're getting - count 'em - three performances tonight. »

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What We Can Learn from Beyoncé's New Leaked Songs

21 November 2014 2:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Two new songs from Beyoncé's new album were leaked online this week - "7/11" and "Ring Off." By the titles, you may think they're tutorials on how to order Slurpees or where to place your wedding ring when you're doing the dishes, right? But there may be much deeper messages here. 1. The Hokey Pokey Is CoolIn "7/11," Queen Bee advises people to throw every body part around like they're having a seizure with lines like "Shoulders sideways," "foot down," "hands up," and "legs movin' side to side." Sounds like a game of Simon Says, but in reality, these are the new »

- Matthew Cole Weiss, @MattColeWeiss

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The X Factor 2014: week six live blog as it happened

16 November 2014 12:58 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Big Band Night, Band Aid and the biggest shock of the year so far. Stuart Heritage was there for each and every incredible scene.

8.58pm GMT

And there we have it. Jay is gone and we’re now officially into X Factor’s final month. The end is in sight! I’m still probably going to run out of sausage jokes in about a fortnight, but we can probably do this!

The important thing is that you don’t forget to join me back here next Saturday at 8pm for next week’s liveblog. Not for any big reason, just that I’m vain and needy, and also your comments make me laugh. As you’re probably sick of hearing, I’m on Twitter at @StuHeritage. That is all. Incredible Scenes.

8.58pm GMT

Plus, no more Skype jokes. I worry that Jay’s going to go and become the next Steve Brookstein, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Recap: 'Doctor Who' - 'Death In Heaven' brings series 8 to a heart-wrenching finale

8 November 2014 7:15 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Well folks, this is it. We made it to the series 8 finale for “Doctor Who.” After tonight, we will be bereft of Time Lord shenanigans until the Christmas special. Let’s savor every last gut-wrenching moment of “Death In Heaven.” ****** Things pick up right where we left off last week in “Dark Water.” The solitary Cyberman in the office with Clara is on the warpath. But it’s the slow, plodding warpath “Who” villains save for main characters. Instead of vaporizing her on the spot, the Cyberman hesitates just long enough for Clara to be very clever. There is no Clara Oswald. There never was. She was a figment of the Doctor’s imagination. Clara is, in actuality, the Doctor.  Jenna Coleman sells this monologue so hard that not only is the Cyberman convinced, but I’m half hoping that this is the twist of the season. How amazing would »

- Donna Dickens

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The X Factor: Michael Jackson vs Queen Week - as it happened

8 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two more acts left The X Factor last week, but The Show Must Go On! After a little fussing and fighting, the team settled on Michael Jackson vs Queen as the theme for tonight's show.

Find out who's singing what here and while you're waiting, feel free to enjoy the original versions of the songs with our Spotify playlist.

21:40Thanks so much for sharing Mj vs Q on The X Factor with us, we always appreciate it. We'll see you (and One Direction) around this time tomorrow on the results show!

21:38Since you've twisted my arm... I'm voting for Fleur, Fleur, Fleur, Only The Young, and Fleur.

21:37That's it for the performances - Dermot is giving us a quick reminder, Where are your five free votes going?

21:35"A bit bored now" says Daniel Snelling "so shouty... and cheesy" says Susan_Phelan. Don't be shy, tell us what you really think! »

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The X Factor: Michael Jackson vs Queen Week - live blog

8 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two more acts left The X Factor last week, but The Show Must Go On! After a little fussing and fighting, the team settled on Michael Jackson vs Queen as the theme for tonight's show.

Find out who's singing what here and while you're waiting, feel free to enjoy the original versions of the songs with our Spotify playlist.

21:40Thanks so much for sharing Mj vs Q on The X Factor with us, we always appreciate it. We'll see you (and One Direction) around this time tomorrow on the results show!

21:38Since you've twisted my arm... I'm voting for Fleur, Fleur, Fleur, Only The Young, and Fleur.

21:37That's it for the performances - Dermot is giving us a quick reminder, Where are your five free votes going?

21:35"A bit bored now" says Daniel Snelling "so shouty... and cheesy" says Susan_Phelan. Don't be shy, tell us what you really think! »

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The X Factor: What's happening on Fright Night? - live blog

1 November 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's Fright Night on The X Factor this week and boy, wouldn't you know it! Not only are the acts all singing 'Fright Night'-themed songs (or, well, they're supposed to be) but one of them will be booted out before the night is out after Simon Cowell got fed up with them all for not trying hard enough. If that's not all scary enough, The Script will be popping along to perform.

So join us when the show starts at 8pm as we find out who gives us thrills and who gives us chills. And, of course, who's having a right nightmare and will have to leave the competition...

22:12It's not even over - the vote lines are open again, and someone's going to be sent home tomorrow. All your votes still count but we get another free five app ones - hooray! But that's it for »

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BAFTA/La’s Britannias Confer Honors With a British Accent

30 October 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Albert Finney scored a supporting actor nomination for “Erin Brockovich” in 2000, the conventional wisdom was that the Oscar was his to lose. Yet Benicio del Toro walked off with the prize for “Traffic.”

Many in Hollywood chalked it down to Finney not being around to campaign, but there were many more who are aware of that British preference not to push themselves forward. Plus, says Perry Simon, g.m. of BBC America, “Many of these actors live in the U.K. and don’t have proximity” to L.A.-based campaign stops. With year-round events, BAFTA/La tries to bridge the gap between London and Los Angeles.

“BAFTA’s position is to help level the playing field, make sure Brit players are available,” BAFTA/La topper Nigel Daly says. “We hesitate to promote. BAFTA’s commitment is to screen every contender, Brit or non-Brit, with a whole series of screenings. »

- Shalini Dore

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The X Factor 2014: week three results show

25 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Yesterday, X Factor went to the movies. Tonight: the bitter repercussions. Allow Stuart Heritage to guide you though the results show.

8.57pm GMT

And that, chums, is it for the weekend. But remember, this isnt the last weve seen of Jake, because hell soon be making exclusive appearances on, like Discovery Shed or something.

Next Saturday is X Factors traditional one-day-too-late Halloween Night. Im afraid, however, that youll have to do it without me the liveblog will be here as normal, but Ill be off galavanting at an impossible-to-get-out-of family event. Obviously, I will miss you. But Ill be back soon, and Im on Twitter as @StuHeritage in case I havent bloody mentioned that in the last 30 seconds. Thanks for all your comments! Youre all great! Bye!

8.56pm GMT

Gentleman Jake, Dermot calls him. This is because Atonal Jake isnt very alliterative.

8.55pm GMT

Thats not unexpected, because hes consistently »

- Stuart Heritage

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The X Factor Live Show 3: Movies Week as it happened - live blog

25 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two weeks ago, we said farewell to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation. Last weekend, Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine bit the dust.

We're nearing November now, and remarkably we still have 12 acts left standing. Let's fix that, shall we?

Join Digital Spy tonight, as the remaining contestants belt out movie classics in a bid to impress the judges and, more importantly, the Great British public.

22:07Well, that's me done for tonight. Thanks for reading and commenting - hope you weren't sick of my moaning. See you around!

22:04Dermot confirms that OneRepublic and Ed Sheeran are performing live on the results show tomorrow.

22:03Not many standouts tonight sadly, but who's in danger? Things don't look good for Jake, and I think Paul isn't completely safe. Are people bored of Stevi yet?

22:02As the show recaps all of the performances and the numbers you can call, I'm giving »

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The X Factor Live Show 3: Movies Week - live blog

25 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two weeks ago, we said farewell to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation. Last weekend, Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine bit the dust.

We're nearing November now, and remarkably we still have 12 acts left standing. Let's fix that, shall we?

Join Digital Spy tonight, as the remaining contestants belt out movie classics in a bid to impress the judges and, more importantly, the Great British public.

22:07Well, that's me done for tonight. Thanks for reading and commenting - hope you weren't sick of my moaning. See you around!

22:04Dermot confirms that OneRepublic and Ed Sheeran are performing live on the results show tomorrow.

22:03Not many standouts tonight sadly, but who's in danger? Things don't look good for Jake, and I think Paul isn't completely safe. Are people bored of Stevi yet?

22:02As the show recaps all of the performances and the numbers you can call, I'm giving »

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The X Factor Live Show 2: 1980s Week - As it happened

18 October 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It doesn't feel like a week has passed since One Direction Overload Generation and Blonde Electra said their goodbyes, but it's time for two more solid hours of Saturday night-in entertainment with The X Factor.

The remaining 14 acts will sing their hearts out to earn the praise of the judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh, as well as the millions watching at home, complete with five free votes each should they wish.

Join Digital Spy from 8pm as we settle down for the night for the inevitable judge fisticuffs, impressive high notes and dodgy boyband hand movements.

22:20That's your lot, guys and girls! Thanks for joining along in the fun - hope you enjoyed it - see you back tomorrow night to find out who must leave the competiton.

22:19So tomorrow we have Jessie J and Maroon 5. Yay?

22:16Fleur also gave a great performance. »

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The X Factor 2014: first live show as it happens

12 October 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After last nights marathon, two X Factor contestants were shown the door. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the entire weekend, as it happened.

9.14pm BST

And that really is it for the weekend. While we say goodbye and good job I didnt bother to memorise your surnames to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation, its time for me to say goodbye.

Youve been wonderful, but then again I never had any doubts to the contrary. Ill be back here next Saturday, when X Factor will only be two hours long. Imagine! Also, why not follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage) to see me whining about liveblogging throughout the week in real time? Now get out of here. Weve already missed 15 minutes of Homeland.

9.12pm BST

Thankfully, this is probably the right decision. I was worried for a second there. That said, it would have been funny if theyd stayed, just because Simon hates them so much. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Europeans Keep Their Eyes on Busan Prize

3 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Most attendees may view the Busan Intl. Film Festival as a showcase for Asian films and a place to link up with Asian buyers and sellers. And that it is.

But European Film Promotion has made a strong push at Biff in recent years, and according to sales agents, it’s paying dividends.

“We’ve grown our presence year on year,” says Susanne Davis, project director, film sales support at European Film Promotion. There will be 40 companies on Efp’s “umbrella stand,” which is co-produced with UniFrance this year.

See Also: European Film Promotion Sets Global Plan for Continental Indies

“With Hong Kong earlier in the year and Busan in autumn, it’s the best of both worlds,” Davis says. She credits Biff deputy director/market director Jay Jeon and general manager Daniel Kim for the improvement.

Helga Binder, deputy head of film funding at the Film und Medienstiftung Nrw, »

- Simon Kingsley

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Warner Bros. Pushes Forward With I Am Legend Reboot From Spec Script

2 October 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For years, Warner Bros. has been exhausting itself trying to come up with ways to make a sequel to its 2007 hit I Am Legend, despite the unwillingness of star Will Smith to return for a follow-up. Now, it appears that the studio has finally found a way to turn the post-apocalyptic tale into a new franchise – thanks to a spec script written by a former Apple employee.

Gary Graham wrote A Garden At The End Of The World, described as a “sci-fi version of The Searchers,” while working at an Apple store in midtown Manhattan. After he posted the spec script on the Black List website, CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver came across it and promptly signed him, sending the script around Hollywood.

Now, Warner Bros. will reportedly retrofit the script into an I Am Legend follow-up. Graham has been tapped to do rewrites in order to connect his original idea to the previous film, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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