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

7 hours ago | 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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X Factor 2014: Movies week - original versions playlist

24 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

After the debacle of last week's "1980s" hits, The X Factor is playing a little closer to the rules for Movies Week.

According to the song list from our friends at ITV, all of these songs have been in the films. And they're more or less right.

We still inevitably have a few quibbles. Yes, it's on the soundtrack, but why opt for the Demi Lovato version of 'Let It Go' from Frozen's closing credits, rather than the proper Idina Menzel take from the film itself?

If you're going to attribute 'Try A Little Tenderness' to Otis Redding, then choose John Hughes classic Pretty in Pink as your movie, where Duckie famously lip-synched to the radical soul reworking of Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M Woods's jazzy standard.

On The Commitments, it was the cast themselves who implored us to squeeze her, don't tease her, never leave her. »

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The X Factor: Week 3's Movie Night song choices revealed

24 October 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

And The X Factor title goes to...

Nope, we've not got that far yet. Still another couple of months to go - but Saturday night is Movie Night on ITV's primetime reality TV juggernaut.

So dust off your gladrags, order in the popcorn and stop trying to work out which member of Stereo Kicks is which for a moment - because tomorrow night's song choices are in. There's power ballads aplenty, so expect more key changes than a Westlife album.

Which young hopeful will be hoping to meet the challenge of his rivals, who wants you to 'Listen' to them and which soloist has the unenviable task of singing a track originally performed by four artists? Find out below...

X Factor 2014 Movies Week: Original versions playlist


Jack Walton

'Eye Of The Tiger' by Survivor (from Rocky)

Andrea Faustini

'Listen' by Beyoncé (from Dreamgirls)

Jake Quickenden

'She's Like »

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The new Bond movies are "impossibly obscure", says John Cleese

23 October 2014 11:14 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The man who was Q, John Cleese, reckons that money has ruined the James Bond series...

John Cleese has form in the James Bond movies. He ascended to the role of Q in Die Another Day, and was originally expected to return to the part. However, Pierce Brosnan departed the world of Bond, the reboot came in, Daniel Craig got the role, and things went back to the start for Bond. Only now has Ben Whishaw been introduced as the new Q.

In a new interview to promote his autobiography, Cleese was asked what he thought of Whishaw's take on Q. But as it turns out, he's not seen it. Cleese said that he didn't watch Skyfall "because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies".

He continued, telling Shortlist that "two things went wrong: the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn’t figure out what »

- simonbrew

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'Transformers' sound mixers reveal how they kept your ears from caving in

23 October 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Greg. P Russell and Scott Millan are masters of an art that can be difficult to appreciate. Great sound mixers take essential tracks — dialogue, score, and effects, all crafted and fighting for ear space — and meld them together to match, or enhance, the visuals on screen. In a film like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the balancing act is like a Philippe Petit tightrope walk, one rogue robo-braam tipping the controlled chaos soundscape into cacophony. In a new installment of Variety’s Artisans series, senior VP Tim Grey talks to Russell and Millan about the fourth “Transformers” and Michael Bay’s increasingly difficult audio challenge. “As Michael would testify, sound is 50 percent of his films,” says Russell in the video. A 16-time Oscar-nominated sound mixer, Russell has fit each of Bay’s “Transformers” films between work like “Skyfall” and “Alice in Wonderland.” “Age of Extinction” marked Millan’s first brush with Optimus Prime. »

- Matt Patches

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Creepy New Trailer for The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

22 October 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We have a new full trailer for Hammer's upcoming haunted house horror film, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death for you to check out. The movie features a whole new cast that includes Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), and Phoebe Fox (Switch). It also tells a new story that is set in the same creepy haunted house from the first film that starred Daniel Radcliffe. The trailer has a nice and scary tone, and this sequel looks like it's going to be a great horror flick. Like the first film, this one seems like a supernatural thriller that is going to mess with your head. I love watching horror films like this that have the old-school feel, where they don't rely heavily on special effects and blood to scare audiences. Here's a description of the story:

England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers »

- Joey Paur

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Watch Out Behind You, It's a New 'Woman in Black 2' Trailer

22 October 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We've had a couple teaser trailers for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, but today comes the first full trailer for the upcoming UK release while I have to assume the first domestic trailer will arrive sometimes this week as well if not later today as it will probably show in front of Ouija this weekend. Set for release on January 2, 2015, The Woman in Black 2 is the sequel to the 2012 release which starred Daniel Radcliffe, who isn't returning for this one. Instead it will be Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Helen McCrory (Skyfall) and Phoebe Fox (Switch) leading the charge in the 1941-set story, beginning as London is in the midst of the blitz, and two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening »

- Brad Brevet

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Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree heading to the movies

22 October 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sam Mendes' production company has snapped up the film rights to Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books...

So this is going to be interested. Enid Blyton's four terrific Magic Faraway Tree books have been snapped up for a trip to the movies. The film rights to them have been acquired by Neal Street Productions, the company owned by Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes.

At this stage, it's just an option that's been taken, but it seems clear that Neal Street Productions wants to get the Magic Faraway Tree on the big screen. We wouldn't be British, of course, if we didn't question whether character names such as Moon Face and Fanny will make the translation. Saucepan Man and Silky the Fairy are on safer ground, we'd wager.

It's still early stages for the project, and there's no writer or direct attached that we know of right now. »

- simonbrew

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A Whale of a Poster for 'In the Heart of the Sea'

21 October 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

People seemed to go pretty ga-ga for the In the Heart of the Sea trailer that premiered last week. The new film from Ron Howard stars Chris Hemsworth and tells the story of a whaling ship and the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" and after just one trailer it would seem a lot of you are already in the bag, well, how does this new poster satisfy youc In the Heart of the Sea co-stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and is set to hit theaters on March 15, 2015. I've included both the trailer and poster below. sb id="1058859" height="360" width="640" In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Producer Neal Street to Shoot Enid Blyton Film (Exclusive)

21 October 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris’ Neal Street Prods., whose credits include Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” has unveiled its latest film project, an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s “Magic Faraway Tree” books for theatrical release.

This will be the first feature film adaptation of “The Magic Faraway Tree” series, which were written between 1939 and 1951. The series is made up of four novels: “The Enchanted Wood,” “The Magic Faraway Tree,” “The Folk of the Faraway Tree” and “Up the Faraway Tree,” all of which have been optioned by Neal Street for development.

Each story takes place in the enchanted forest in which The Magic Faraway Tree grows — tall enough to reach the clouds and large enough to contain small houses. Discovered by the books’ child heroes, the tree and forest provide the background to their adventures.

Blyton is one of the world’s best-selling children’s authors. She has sold more »

- Leo Barraclough

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How Three Playwrights Are Making the Jump to Film and TV

21 October 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It’s a well-traveled path for writers from stage to screen. There are the established crossover masters — think David Mamet and Tony Kushner — but every decade brings new playwriting talent to Hollywood, from American Beauty’s Alan Ball to Skyfall's John Logan. The Hollywood Reporter shines the spotlight on the new class of playwrights who are making their names known in film and TV. Rob Askins "It's blood, sex and Jesus, with laughs," says Askins of his playwriting, his slight drawl barely giving away his rural Texas upbringing. His home state inspired the 34-year-old first to

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15 Crazy Facts You Just Have To Accept To Enjoy The Dark Knight Trilogy

20 October 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

There’s no doubting the influence that Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga has had on blockbuster cinema as a whole: his dark, gritty style has been adopted by numerous high-profile films, perhaps most obviously Sam MendesSkyfall, which was about as Batman as a James Bond film could ever be short of kitting Daniel Craig out in a Batsuit. With a mountain of critical acclaim and an even bigger pile of money generated from Nolan’s franchise, the series is about as entertaining as Hollywood blockbusters can get, but even so, that doesn’t mean the films aren’t without their issues and gaping flaws that simply have to be accepted in order to still enjoy the movies.

Plot holes and dubious logic are highly abundant throughout all three films, as well as some unfortunate technical issues, while Nolan’s cold, “detached” directorial approach is also a bit of a problem, »

- Jack Pooley

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Ben Whishaw stars as Wellington-less Paddington in new promo

20 October 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ben Whishaw's take on Paddington Bear can be heard for the first time in a new promo.

The Skyfall actor voices the iconic cartoon character in the upcoming Paddington movie, co-produced by Heyday Films and StudioCanal.

Producer David Heyman also addresses the lack of Paddington's Wellington boots in the promo. He explains that author Michael Bond didn't originally include the boots, but that they were added when toys began being produced.

Colin Firth was originally due to voice the bear, but was replaced by Whishaw after it was decided by studio executives that his voice did not suit the character.

Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters are also among the cast of the film.

Paddington's world premiere will be held at Odeon Leicester Square on November 23, ahead of its UK release on November 28. »

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The Coen Brothers Add To Their Hail, Caesar! Cast

18 October 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Coen Bros. – Joel and Ethan – are among that rarified group of filmmakers whose every project is eagerly anticipated with the assumption of excellence. This writing and directing team have been producing the highest quality cinema for over thirty years, and have almost never put a foot wrong. Inevitably, their work attracts the most interesting and talented casts and, though they often collaborate with particular performers regularly, they never shy away from adding new people to their routine roster. Their next film, Hail, Caesar! is no exception.

Set amid the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, Hail, Caesar! follows Eddie Mannix – a ‘fixer’ whose own talents are tested when a star disappears during filming. George Clooney makes his fourth Coen Bros. appearance (after O Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading) in the lead role as Mannix, and will be supported by fellow Coen Bros favourites Josh Brolin »

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Susan Sarandon to play Marilyn Monroe’s mentally ill mom on Lifetime

17 October 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Susan Sarandon to play Marilyn Monroe’s mentally ill mom on Lifetime Sarandon will star in the miniseries “Marilyn,” based on the book "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.” Because of her mother’s mental instability, Marilyn Monroe lived in several foster homes and was a ward of the state during her childhood. Stephen Colbert takes us through his “Colbert Report” day Colbert reveals in a Slate podcast that he calls a script “that won’t kiss me back” a “bad girlfriend,” that he tests his audience by stroking his makeup artists hair, and that he only watches 10% of his shows. McDonald’s hires ex-“MythBuster” Grant Imahara to find out what’s in its food The hiring of Imahara is part of McDonald’s effort to become more transparent. Ben Whishaw to star in BBC America’s “London Spy” The “Skyfall” and “The Hour” actor will join Jim Broadbent »

- Norman Weiss

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Ben Whishaw Recruited for BBC America Miniseries ‘London Spy’

17 October 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

BBC America will launch new five-part miniseries, “London Spy,” created by best-selling author Tom Rob Smith and co-produced by BBC Two and Working Title Television. The thriller will star Ben Whishaw, known for his previous roles in “Skyfall” and the BBC drama “The Hour,” as Danny — an innocent, young romantic drawn into a dangerous world of espionage. He is joined by Jim Broadbent, who won an Academy Award in 2002 for his role in “Iris.” Also read: Ben Whishaw to Replace Colin Firth as Voice of ‘Paddington’ Also starring in the project are British actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, whose recent role in. »

- Ryan O'Connell

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Chris Hemsworth Stars In First Trailer for Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea

16 October 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Watch the first trailer for Ron Howard’s action adventure In The Heart Of The Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. The film is scheduled to open on March 13, 2015 in theatres and IMAX.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.

The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, »

- Michelle McCue

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New Trailer, Posters & Social Movement from Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

16 October 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Defy the odds with a new trailer & posters from director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Based on the incredible true story of former Olympian & WWII hero Louis Zamperini, the upcoming epic drama starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund & Finn Wittrock opens in theaters on December 25th, 2014.

(Yahoo Movies)

Universal Pictures has launched the #IAmUnbroken project inspired by Louis Zamperini’s indomitable spirit. With his determination and resilience, Zamperini exemplified the strength of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle and remain Unbroken.

The #IAmUnbroken social movement works to spread inspiring stories of triumph over adversity, reminding us to live every day to the fullest and to never doubt the resilience of the human soul. To share your own #IAmUnbroken stories, or that of a loved one, visit

By uploading videos, photos, and social media posts with hashtag #IAmUnbroken, a few select stories will be chosen »

- Michelle McCue

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'In the Heart of the Sea' trailer: Chris Hemsworth survives a 'Moby Dick' disaster movie

16 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I never pictured Ron Howard as much of a Roland Emmerich guy, but that's the unexpected spirit exploding off the trailer for his latest film, "In the Heart of the Sea." The film tells the true story the American whaleship "Essex" and its ill-fated run-in with a mighty sperm whale in November 1820. The story became the basis for Herman Melville's contemplative novel "Moby Dick." Howard's version of the story looks more like that time the Kraken ate Jack Sparrow, a beefed up, seafaring 'Apollo 13.' That's not bad thing. Staring Chris Hemsworth as First Mate Owen Chase, the film recounts the crew's experience surviving the Jaws-on-steroids high seas encounter. Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Jordi Molla are all aboard as costars, with Tom Holland and Brendan Gleeson playing young and old versions of the narrator. Charles Leavitt ("Blood Diamond," upcoming "Warcraft") wrote the original draft of the script, »

- Matt Patches

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Watch: Chris Hemsworth in First 'In the Heart of the Sea' Trailer

16 October 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Warner Bros. has premiered the first trailer for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, an 1820s set film telling the story of a whaling ship and the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as the vessel's veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. In the Heart of the Sea is set to hit theaters on March 15, 2015, watch the trailer below. sb id="1058859" height="360" width="640" In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. »

- Brad Brevet

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