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X Factor's four wildcards will be revealed later this week and if we had our way, the Overs 25s golden ticket would be winging its way to one of this year's most talked about and controversial acts - Raign.
Loathed by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, she managed to defy the odds and an initial 'no' at the first audition to make it all the way to Boot Camp and even bagged a seat in the Six Chair Challenge.
However, despite winning in an untelevised sing-off, Raign ended up losing her chair and missed out on a spot at Judges' Houses. We gave the 31-year-old a call to find out what really went on with Cheryl, and whether she has a future in music or on The X Factor.
You are already making steps in the music industry. Why did you risk it all and go on The X Factor?
"The X Factor is like nothing else. »
A haunted past bears painful memories, but the ghosts of the mind can be controlled. For ex-convict Alex Locke, though, the bygone days he’d rather forget physically re-enter his world. The first of a trilogy, Mark Morris’ The Wolves of London sees Alex pursued by otherworldly killers after he steals the Obsidian Heart, a relic capable of time travel, and Titan Books has provided us with an exclusive excerpt.
“A psychology professor living with his young daughter, Alex Locke is an ex-convict who’s been able to put his past behind him. When his older daughter is threatened with violence, however, he is forced back into that world in an effort to secure the cash to save her. After a botched theft of an obsidian heart for a young woman named Clover Munro, Alex and Clover are forced to go on the run. They are pursued by a variety »
- Derek Anderson
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Jeffrey Tambor
The Show | Transparent
The Episode | “The Letting Go”
The Airdate | September 26, 2014
The Performance | Transcendent. Transformative. Transfixing.
Those are just few of the adjectives that spring to mind watching Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) completely disappear into the role of Transparent‘s Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman coming to terms with her identity after 70 years of living as a man (and fathering three children in the process).
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Carol Connors (Deep Throat, Sweet Savage) plays as Candy, a 20 year old student who although a knockout, is a 100% virgin. She has a dream and wants to ‘help’ her fellow men. Unfortunately, her strict father played by Eddy Cannon (Cry Rape, Marisa) won’t let his little angel out of his sight or give the neighbours a bad impression. Unfortunately for him however, there’s a spanner in the works… The pesky gardener Manuel played by Don Fernando (Hot Rackets, Getting Off). He takes Candy’s virginity and as a result, poor pappa is hospitalised. Whilst at the hospital, Candy bumps in to her Auntie Kraven played by the wonderful Georgina Spelvin (The Devil in Miss Jones, Police Academy) and her Uncle Dick who is the identical twin of her father. »
- Mondo Squallido
Ever since Warm Bodies discovered the mainstream appeal of romance in a time of zombies, I’d been wondering how long it would take for other filmmakers to cash in on the rotting flesh of young love. Trying to love a zombie isn’t exactly the easiest feat, no matter how beautiful those cold, dead eyes look, but at least there’s hope throughout Warm Bodies, showing a zombie transforming back to his mortal form.
Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth is a role-reversal horror dramedy not about finding love, but instead losing love, finding it once again as a shambling zombie, and then somehow letting go. Beth Slocum inexplicably (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the grave looking human enough, minus some heavy bags under her eyes and the snake bite that originally caused her death, and her grieving boyfriend Zach (Dane DeHaan) couldn’t be happier. But what starts »
- Matt Donato
And then there were two. This season the final two weeks of our travels took us to the Dominican Republic. This week, the overnight dates were spent in and around the beautiful Paradisus hotel. I had visited the Dominican Republic many years ago and was looking forward to getting back to see how much had changed over the years. Andi came into this week with a clear head and incredibly happy with the three men she has narrowed it down to. Letting go of Marcus last week was difficult, but these three relationships are definitely different than the rest. As I told Andi after hometowns, »
- Chris Harrison
Mariah Carey’s first album in five years, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” came out last week and debuted with rather unspectacular sales. In numbers released today, “Elusive” sold 58,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s Carey’s lowest opening weeks sales ever for a non-holiday album since the 1991 birth of SoundScan. So what went wrong here? *The title. Not only is it unwieldy, it’s three titles in one. It’s memorable for being awkward and egotistical and just strange… and that’s even knowing the too precious backstory of the title coming from a drawing she did when she was little. And who has referred to her as “the elusive chanteuse?” That seems self-appointed. Including your name in that album title only works once— on your self-titled debut—and she’d already gotten away with it doing it again on “The Emancipation of Mimi. »
Here's something everyone should know about Mariah Carey: She's very proud of writing her own lyrics. You might think, "Please. Diane Warren comes in, writes a verse, and picks up that check before noon," but no. No one but Mariah could write her own lyrics, and after reviewing the lyrical content of her breezy, R&B-heavy new album "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse," you will agree she is basically the Ira Gershwin of her generation. I was barely able to confine the best lyrics to a top ten, but I think I've succeeded. Here are 10 pearls of wisdom from the not-that-elusive-if-you-really-think-about-it chanteuse. 10. "The Art of Letting Go" "Letting go ain't easy... It's just exceedingly hurtful." 9. "The Art of Letting Go" again. "I'm making a statement / of my own opinion / Just a brief little reminder / to help myself remember / I no longer live in your dominion." 8. "It's a »
- Louis Virtel
It’s been a long wait filled with fits and starts for Mariah Carey’s new album, first titled “The Art Of Letting Go,” and now, awkwardly called “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.” Yes, I know the background behind the title and she could have gone with “Me,” or “I Am Mariah” or “The Elusive Chanteuse,” but all three is a bit of overkill. And so it is with the album. At 14 tracks on the standard edition, Carey is determined to show us all of her tricks, between her multiple-octave range and her “I’m still really street, R&B” side (not to mention that she can still rock a crocheted bathing suit). The album succeeds in many levels, but on some songs—“Cry,” “Camouflage,” “It’s A Wrap” (a duet with Mary J. Blige on the Deluxe version), the lyrics read like journal entries that don’t »
- Melinda Newman
Mariah Carey wants you to know a few things about her new album, now titled “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” but the first take away is that she looks smoking hot in a bathing suit. Before we think about the music, before we think about the voice, she wants us to think about how after two babies, she can still rock that body. And that makes me sad. I am a Carey fan, both of her music and of her as a person. I’ve interviewed and met her a number of times over the past 20 years and I’ve found her delightfully real, whipsmart, and funny, which is not how she always comes across in one staged, airbrushed photo after another. So when I heard the album title and then saw the album cover, my heart sunk a little. Yes, she looks beautiful, but it makes me »
... And it's: Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse. The title comes from a drawing that appears on the back of the album, a self-portrait Carey sketched when she was 3 and a half. The album's new release date, May 26, comes after over a yearlong delay. (Remember when we were told the album was called The Art of Letting Go and that it'd be out last July?) No matter, Mariah promises her album will be as authentic as that childhood selfie, especially for "those of you who actually care and have been with me through it all." Watch a video of her explaining it all below: There's also a tracklist ripe for speculation, with appearances by Nas, Wale, Fabolous, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, and "Dembabies," a.k.a. Mariah's two childen, Roc 'N Roe: 1. Cry. 2. Faded 3. Dedicated (feat. Nas) 4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel) 5. Thirsty »
- Lindsey Weber
Mariah Carey’s closest collaborator, producer and now co-manager Jermaine Dupri, understandably thinks that Mimi is the last of the great singers still regularly releasing albums. We chatted with Dupri at the Ascap Pop Awards Wednesday night. The video opens as we’re asking why she may be having a bit of a tough time taking off at radio, but he deflected us and explained that “The Art of Letting Go” was never an official single— it was meant to remind the fans what a great voice she has—when we were actually asking about “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which was released as an official single around Valentine’s Day. However, we both agree that Carey is one of the most successful artists ever. “When I came in to help on the management side, I heard a lot of people saying they weren’t getting the Mariah Carey records they were used to. »
- Melinda Newman
After about a year's worth of redos, Mariah's new album, The Art of Letting Go, is scheduled for release on May 6. (Finally, a pop album to look forward to in 2014.) Right on cue, here is Mariah's first single, the candy-heart ode "You're Mine (Eternal)." If your Valentine's Day goes very well, then this song may be of use. Wait for the high notes at the end. (That's also good V-Day advice.) »
- Amanda Dobbins
Mariah Carey’s long-delayed new album will now come out May 6. The untilted set no longer seems to be called “The Art of Letting Go,” the title announced when the album was first supposed to come out in 2012, and then 2013… Carey will release a new single from the set, “You’re Mine (Eternal),” on Wednesday (12). Co-written and produced with Rodney Jerkins, the tune also has a remix featuring Trey Songz, which will come out Wednesday as well. A video for the track will bow on MTV at 7:50 p.m. Et Wednesday with Carey hanging out live with Sway for »
Congratulations to EW.com’s Olympic Stud of the Day, Dutch Chris Hardwick a.k.a. Michel Mulder, winner of the Men’s 500-meter Stay In Your Lane event. I was just about to write off long-track speed skating as “almost too chill,” but suddenly there were twin Dutch brothers in the picture and I had to reevaluate (plus, duh, nothing in existence has ever been “too chill”; get it together, Annie!) After a very confusing “time correction” — an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one — kept Michel and silver medalist Jan Smeekens in the dark as to who actually won, »
- Annie Barrett
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Letting go is never easy. It doesn’t matter what it is: something as silly as a favorite pair of ratty shoes gone ratty, or something as serious as the end of a long-lasting relationship. It takes time, and always involves a lot of fucking up: often, we make the same mistakes over and over again until we’re devastated (yes, even applied to the whole shoe theory… ever broken your ankle wearing your “lucky” basketball shoes, or gotten soaked feet walking in the snow in a pair of beat-ass slippers?). It’s part of what separates us from the other creatures of the world: we hold grudges with best friends, we fall in love with the wrong people… we have all these thoughts »
- Randy Dankievitch
There is no other filmmaker who has attracted as much wild speculation and feverish discussion as the late, great Stanley Kubrick. Iconic, unique, celebrated, and the subject of wholesale apocryphal revisionism, the man credited with creating a masterpiece in every major genre is revered no longer so much as a director but as the posthumous leader of a movement. Kubrick is a cult. It speaks volumes of his enigmatic ventures that despite being the creator of the marvelously nebulous 2001, the film in his curriculum vitae which has left the most searing mark and the most varying schools of interpretation is his treatment of a Stephen King horror story. Films have been made, thousands of hours have been spent pouring over every detail, and lives have been changed by the pursuit of a holy grail within his subtext. Even today, 34 years after its release, The Shining debate rages on.
It’s not hard to see why. »
- Scott Patterson
As 2013 came to a close, we were treated to a stunning performance from the diva on Carson Daly’s ‘New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly’ special, as she belted out her hit, ‘The Art Of Letting Go.’ Watch the performance below!
Is there anything that says “holiday” quite like Mariah Carey, champagne, and, um, Carson Daly? Okay, so the last one might be a stretch, but the three went hand-in-flute on Dec. 31 when Mariah rang in the New Year on “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly.”
Sorry, Blake Shelton — you’ll always be our favorite spinny-chair judge on The Voice, but as a Voice coach even you have to admit that it’s all about Mariah. The wife and mother of two — who recently showed off a stunning Christmas bikini body — wowed the Times Square, New York »
- Shaunna Murphy
Thicke performed his controversial summer hit “Blurred Lines” in a prerecorded segment free of naked models. He joined the partying audience and had them sing along. In actuality, Thicke rang in the New Year in Miami.
Cyrus took the stage as well, performing “#Getitright” and “Wrecking Ball.” She donned a gold-sequined crop top and pants with a long, furry white jacket for the extravagant performances.
19 items from 2014
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