15 items from 2013
The Seventh Doctor
Portrayed by: Sylvester McCoy
Companion(s): Mel, Ace
Tenure: 12 stories, from Time and the Rani (Sept, 1987) to Survival (Dec, 1989)
Signature look: Light jacket, panama hat, umbrella, plaid pants, and sweater vest, all adorned with far too many question marks
Catchphrase: The Seventh Doctor doesn’t have a catchphrase so much as a few recurring speech patterns. He rolls his Rs rather drrrrrrrrrramatically and he frequently jumbles idioms and well-known expressions.
Personality: The Seventh Doctor begins his tenure as a rather comical, light-hearted figure. Sylvester McCoy was known for his vaudeville-style clowning and humor and the early Seventh Doctor stories play into this. As his stories progress, however, he becomes a much darker, more still figure and he’s perhaps the most manipulative and deceptive of the Doctors. He has an incredibly close bond with Ace, who is very much his protégé and a daughter figure, and »
- Kate Kulzick
It’s just missing a dvd of Dirty Dancing and a case of tissues.
Fox has ordered Fatrick for next season, a comedy by Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Kahn. The series follows a man who was fat as a child and is now looking back at how trying to survive being a chubby kid affected him in adulthood. After the genius of Apartment 23, I think I’d be willing to sample a show called “Kardashians Reading Phonebooks” if Kahn wrote it.
- Lyle Masaki
Paulina Rubio (Code name: “Still No Idea Who That Is”) finally got her Big Moment on The X Factor tonight. The occupant of the Britney Spears Chair of English Manglage and Barely Formed Thoughts has shone especially dim during her Season 3 tenure — particularly sitting alongside the high-wattage wit and wisdom of Kelly Rowland and the scrappy sparkle of Demi Lovato.
Unfortunately for Pow-leena (as host Mario Lopez prefers to overemphasize it), the Big Moment probably didn’t resemble what she and her management team had envisioned when she hopped aboard Fox’s second-most-popular reality singing competition (out of two).
- Michael Slezak
Free Kelly Rowland!
Ok, Ok, maybe it’s too early for a melodramatic plea to Fox execs to release the charming Destiny’s Child star from a chair still stained with Britney Spears’ boredom drool. But watching the second episode of The X Factor‘s third season, I couldn’t help but feel like Kelly’s mixture of good humor, tactful candor and genuine sweetness are being wasted on a show where confetti cannons will always have top billing over actual contestants.
- Michael Slezak
Jodorowsky’S Dune is Pavich’s first feature and the documentary had its premiere in Cannes at the 2013 Quinzaine des Realizateurs.
Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including Hr Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune was poised to change cinema.
“For me, Dune will be the coming of a god. »
- Michelle McCue
Football: Arsenal v Fenerbahce
Perhaps the logical progression of modern corporate football, a defence as important as any centre-back partnership is due at the Court of Arbitration for Sport before tonight's match: a decision on the legality of Uefa's European ban on Fenerbahce. Away from the Lausanne courts, a place at Uefa's top table for the 16th consecutive season beckons for Arsenal, as does the unhappy distinction of being the first English side dumped out at the qualifying stage since Everton in 2005. Mark Jones
Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show On Earth
Theatre in ancient Athens, argues classicist Michael Scott in this new series, wasn't just about entertainment. Rather, it developed in parallel with democracy, as writers »
- Mark Jones, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Bim Adewunmi, Ali Catterall, David Stubbs
Kickstarter appears to be a more and more popular way of funding a film, as Spike Lee has used it to fund his latest project. He will have raised over $1.38 million, which includes a $10,000 donation from Steven Soderbergh. Lee has said the film will be about ‘humans who are addicted to blood’, but aren’t vampires. If that’s even possible. But there’s already a cast forming, including Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams, who have just been joined by Boardwalk Empire’s Michael K. Williams.
Here’s how Lee announced the casting on Kickstarter. No, we don’t know why it’s all in capitals:
‘Ladies And Gentlemen, We Have Added A Great Talent To Our Stellar 2 Leads. My Main Man Brooklyn’s Finest, Michael K. Williams Has Joined The Cast Of My Newest Hottest Joint. Who Can Forget The Wailing Warning Of “Omar’s Comin’!!! Omar’s Comin’!!!”? Michael Killed It. »
- Ellen Daniels
The Kickstarter campaign is over, and Spike Lee now has a little over $1.4 million dollars to make his next movie. Details are still being played close to the vest, but Lee is starting to assemble his cast, and is bringing an old pal back into the 40 Acres And A Mule fold. Michael K. Williams has reteamed with Lee for the movie, and the director has nothing but huge praise for the actor. "My Main Man Brooklyn's Finest, Michael K. Williams Has Joined The Cast Of My Newest Hottest Joint. Who Can Forget The Wailing Warning Of "Omar's Comin'!!! Omar's Comin'!!!"? Michael Killed It. I Feel That His Portrayal, His Complexity And His Humanity Of Omar Will Go Down As One Of The Greatest Characters Cable TV Has Seen," Lee posted to his Kickstarter page, once again showing his preference for capital letters. Williams previously worked with Lee on "Miracle At St. Anna, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s a club that the famous are dying to get into, literally. The 27 Club (The Forever 27 Club) is the name for an iconic group of influential musicians who all died at the age of 27. Their untimely deaths have often been connected with uneasy lives and psychological issues, with a lot of physical neglect in between, usually due to drink or drug abuse, or both. An independently published book named, “The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll” meticulously details the phenomenon. The author states, “More rock stars have died at 27 than at any other age.”
Bluesman Robert Johnson, who died on August 16, 1938, was an immense musician. His talent was unquestionable; he has been cited – by Eric Clapton, no less – as “the most important blues singer that ever lived”. Johnson’s untimely death wasn’t self-inflicted, and there are a number of conflicting opinions, but the general consensus is »
- john glynn
Wendy Williams is doing quite well, her talk show will will air until 2017.
Justin Theroux has joined the HBO pilot The Leftovers. Based on a book by Tom Perrotta, it follows the people of earth after the Rapture. That sounds a lot like Left Behind, but since this is HBO I’m hoping this book loses the uncomfortable bigotries.
Theroux isn’t the only hottie joining an HBO pilot, Bobby Cannavale has joined a Mick Jagger-produced pilot about a record executive in 1977 New York City. Don’t they know all the cool period dramas are set in the 1980s, these days?
And while we’re on the topic of HBO dramas getting their leading men out of their clothes,
Ugh. In today’s I-hate-people news, Jezebel writer Lindy West »
- Lyle Masaki
Not since Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park has the an amusement park been made the center of a thriller so perfectly. The return (and re-threatening) of a classic villain, a heck of a guest cast and a script by Neil Gaiman. Seems like a dream, but mix it all together and it’s a…
Nightmare In Silver
by Neil Gaiman
Directed by Stephen Woolfenden
After last week’s last-minute extortion, Clara’s charges Angie and Artie are granted a trip on the Tardis to Hedgewick’s World, the greatest amusement park ever. But hidden beneath it is a dangerous secret – A vast sleeping army of Cybermen, under repair and improvement for a thousand years…and they are ready to return.
Guest Star Report
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Feature Cameron K McEwan 26 Apr 2013 - 07:00
Cameron sings the praises of twenty-five classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that deserve more love. See what made the cut below...
Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.
Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus, »
Shante, you slay.
We're nearing the end of RuPaul's Drag Race's fifth season, and that means it's time to make an important list: the 10 funniest queens in the show's history. In an age when people like Vivienne Pinay and Ivy Winters insist that fishiness is more important than comic chops, we need to fight back. I watch this show for unbridled sauciness, wit, and unapologetic humor, and these ten queens all boasted fine gut-busting instincts.
I have to be honest: I nearly gave this spot to Tatianna, whose performance as Britney Spears remains Snatch Game's most hilarious triumph, but Detox is truly the funnier performer. Her wise-ass commentaries, chicken fierceness, amazing side-eye, jaw-wagging lip-sync skills, and general weariness of everything are total treats. She'd probably laugh more at herself if her facial muscles were capable of abject glee. I'm always waiting to hear her next confessional, particularly after »
The Grammys are just a week away, and I feel that justifies an exploration of one of my favorite topics: wonderful music from god-awful movies. Here are my 10 favorite tunes specifically produced for the soundtracks of wretched movies.
Grease 2 is a confounding mess from start to finish, but it's a complete blast if you're into campy singalong experiences. The movie's best tune is undoubtedly the brassy, kicky "Cool Rider" where The Greatest Catwoman croons like Benatar over a rip-roaring pop hook. It's damn replayable, which is something not often said about Grease 2.
City of Angels is one of those infuriating movies that dares to take its ridiculous melodrama seriously. It's a feature-length Creed video. Thankfully its soundtrack was a rightful blockbuster featuring original tracks by U2 and -- perhaps most famously -- the Goo Goo Dolls, »
Tonight: Pop star Nicki Minaj talks with Jay about being a judge on this upcoming season of .American Idol. and what she would do first if she was the president of the United States. Later, Minaj talks about having a temper (Preview and addresses the Mariah Carey feud. Billy Connolly talks about an unique voiceover scene for the movie, .Brave. that he had no idea what to say. From the upcoming E! reality series, .Chasing The Saturdays,. The Saturdays perform. Jay Leno.S Monologue Monday, January 14, 2013 Daniel Day-Lewis Won A Golden Globe For Playing Abraham Lincoln And Julianne Moore Won For Playing Sarah Palin. The Foreign Press Realized That The Greatest Challenge For An Actor In Hollywood . Pretending »
- April MacIntyre
15 items from 2013
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