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TV Guest Actors Like Lisa Kudrow, Ellen Burstyn Add Depth to Popular Characters

7 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

in the first episode of “House of Cards” season four, we meet Elizabeth Hale [Ellen Burstyn] in her Dallas estate, sitting on the edge of her bed, dressed in an all-white ensemble with an ivory jacket. Later she shames her daughter, Claire Underwood [Robin Wright], from trying to pull off a similar shade. “Even with your figure, it will accentuate all the wrong places.”

This year, television offered an abundance of estranged and complicated parent-child relationships to bring depth and clarity to a main character: Oh, that’s where they get [insert mannerism here]. In a television landscape obsessed with complex, messy protagonists, Burstyn’s performance was one of many this year by a guest actor who used their brief screen time to help the audience empathize with even the most enigmatic and isolating characters.

“I’m always afraid of hurting people’s feelings. But she wasn’t — at all,” Burstyn says, comparing herself to Hale. Through Burstyn’s performance, »

- Seth Kelley

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Dalton Rapattoni on His Idol Triumphs ('Sound of Silence,' 'Bird Set Free') and His Decision to Come Out as Bipolar

15 April 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dalton Rapattoni says his past experience in the boy band IM5 definitely helped him during his third-place run on American Idol‘s farewell season — but not for the reasons you might expect.

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“I already knew how to talk to people in the music industry,” Dalton says during his three-part video interview with TVLine, so not only was he able to stand up for his creative ideas when meeting with producers, he also knew to be respectful to key advisors during stressful situations. »

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American Idol Recap: Four Score — But One Will Have to Go Home Anyhow

24 March 2016 7:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“I know what it is as an artist to have an idea in your head.”

Oh, J.Lo, sometimes you make it too easy!

You could say I’m being unfair by taking the American Idol judge/”Booty” singer’s quote out of context — she did try to make a point of some kind after saying those exact words to contestant Dalton Rapattoni — but if she can’t be bothered to remember the name of this week’s mentor (rock legend Stevie Van Zandt, mmmkay?), doesn’t she deserve a couple zingers thrown in her general direction? #DontBeFooledByTheRocksThatShesGotInHerHead (Badum-bum… I’ll be here all night, »

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American Idol: Get the Full Set List for Sia Songbook/American Rock Night!

24 March 2016 5:54 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For those about to rock the American Idol stage, we’ve… got spoilers!

That’s right, TVLine has obtained the full set list for the Season 15 Top 5 performance show (tonight, 8/7c on Fox) — and for the first time in weeks, there are some unexpected zigs in the contestants’ “Idol journeys” (Tm Ryan Seacrest).

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Can we give an enthusiastic round of applause to guest mentors Stevie Van Zandt and Sia for these developments? I think it’s only fair!

Without further ado, here’s the »

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The Wrong Man

30 January 2016 11:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Alfred Hitchcock's true-life saga of a man wrongly accused may be Hitchcock's most troublesome movie -- all the parts work, but does it even begin to come together? Henry Fonda is the 'ordinary victim of fate' and an excellent Vera Miles is haunting as the wife who responds to the guilt and stress by withdrawing from reality. The Wrong Man Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1956 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 26, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, John Heldabrand, Doreen Lang, Norma Connolly, Lola D'Annunzio, Robert Essen, Dayton Lummis, Charles Cooper, Esther Minciotti, Laurinda Barrett, Nehemiah Persoff. Cinematography Robert Burks Art Direction Paul Sylbert Film Editor George Tomasini Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by Maxwell Anderson and Angus MacPhail Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Wrong Man sees Alfred Hitchcock at the end of »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Man Who Fell To Earth has finally gone home and we look back at David Bowie's beautiful life

11 January 2016 3:15 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I was not much older than my oldest son is now, either fourth or fifth grade, the older girl next door who spent several years slowly initiating me to both the secret worlds of rock'n'roll and kissing, thus assuring those things would forever be linked in my mind, played me one of the many 45s she kept in a big giant carry-around box with the Rolling Stone lips on the cover. This one, she assured me, was "mind-blowing." She was right. The first time I heard "Space Oddity," it felt like I lifted off the ground with that countdown, infinity in endless mandala opening above me, as that strange voice, so thin at times, so powerful at others, sang with such longing, such powerful desire to both reach back to a humanity left behind and rocket on into whatever cosmic possibilities lay ahead. I must have played that record »

- Drew McWeeny

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Love & Mercy DVD Review

1 January 2016 7:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Bill Pohlad

Written By: Oran Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner

Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

This isn’t the first time I’ve said that 2015 gave us an inspired array of music-related exploration with impressive documentaries and movies. 2016 continues the form with the Home Entertainment release of Love & Mercy; an insightful look into the life of the legendary songwriter and modern-day genius Brian Wilson, one of the co-founders of the Beach Boys. If you’ve had an unusual detachment from reality and music existence, they’re the group behind some of the most unique songs in the 1960s that included the likes of God Only Knows, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Good Vibrations and numerous other superb songs.

Much like Aaron Sorkins’ Steve Jobs, the film is split but this time between two specific eras in Wilson’s life with his younger years and build up »

- Dan Bullock

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