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With the nation still reeling from Trixie’s shock departure, the five remaining contestants performed two dances each. Who made it through to the grand final?
So that’s it from me until the Grand Final, thank you as ever for joining in and being entirely brilliant in the comment box.
Join me from 6.30pm next Saturday for the first part of the final – we’ll hang some streamers down below and make it a party.
So that means we have our four final couples – Mark and Karen, Caroline and Pasha, Frankie and Kevin and Simon and Kristina. Caroline is looking like the favourite to win, but that’s by no means a done deal – it’s going to be a cracking final, I reckon.
So it’s goodbye to Jake the Snake and his amazing shimmying hips. Am not surprised, but would have »
- Heidi Stephens
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I’ve been looking for ages for something good to sign off with, and there isn’t anything. Seriously, all I can find is a new song by Coldplay. It’s bleak. But I have to sign off with something. So how about we make a game of it and you submit some 3-word reviews of the song on Twitter. Go on, it’ll be a laugh.
Righto. Here’s Good Together, the new one from electropop R&B Wolverhampton-erer Tom Aspaul, taken from his upcoming Revelation Mixtape. Smooth without being overproduced, melodic without being too cheesy, it’s not bad this, »
- Luke Holland
Great movie songs have served varying purposes over the years. They can both set the scene and act as a theme song (“Fame,” “Falling Slowly” from “Once”), capture a mood (“Things Have Changed” from “The Wonder Boys”), serve up an emotional coda (“My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”) or even define a character (“Sooner or Later” from “Dick Tracy”).
But how does a single song capture a movie’s essence and bottle its spirit?
Punk rocker Patti Smith, who wrote the lullaby that features prominently in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” “Mercy Is,” says the director “wanted a song that has a nostalgia for Eden, a time before the fall when man was in direct communication with God.”
For her first original film tune, she read the Psalms and the Song of Solomon to get a sense of the appropriate language. “It had to be a comforting and hopeful song, »
- Jon Burlingame and Tim Greiving
Yesterday I had the chance to sit down and talk to Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Academy Award® winnerJamie Foxx about their upcoming film and new take on "Annie."
In the film Wallis stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
No artist ever dislikes having a mega-hit single. It makes you money, gives you a great deal of fame and adds to your reputation in the music business.
Photos: The Hottest Looks from the 2014 American Music Awards
However, these 12 musicians – from Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra to Madonna and Celine Dion – have admitted that they can’t stand their own chart-topping songs. We’ve compiled a list of their reasons why.
James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
The only thing James will never be with, is in love with “You’re Beautiful.” The singer told Hello! Magazine in October that the song became way too much for fans. "[It] was force-fed down people's throats," he said. "And it became annoying.”
Opening Dec. 12, Exodus tells the story of Moses (Bale) leading 600,000 Israelite slaves out of Egypt.
Pics: Go on Set with the Year's Most Anticipated Films
"I laughed when [Ridley] first told me about it," Bale said. "I said, 'Moses? Like, with the hair and the sandals and the sand? Like Moses Moses?' And he said, 'Yep.' 'Okay, alright.' That seemed like a ridiculous challenge, and I love ridiculous challenges."
For an actor, there's no bigger challenge than portraying a biblical character, especially when you didn't grow up in Sunday School.
While Exodus »
HBO Go on Xbox One will happen, but when it will happen remains a mystery after a seemingly imminent release was publicized by Microsoft yesterday.
The teasing began with a new tile that popped up on the Xbox 360 dashboard that HBO Go was now on Xbox One. Despite the tile's messaging and its official appearance, there was no sign of the HBO Go app anywhere to be found on Xbox One in the Xbox Store.
The story grew stranger later in the day when Microsoft released a video on their official YouTube channel claiming the HBO Go app on Xbox One was live as of "today." That video has since been set to private.
Despite Microsoft's marketing gaffe, the publisher is still mum on a precise HBO Go on Xbox One release date. They told Polygon that "more details are coming soon," but chose not to offer a more narrowed down time frame. »
After the climactic conclusion to Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Twelfth Doctor, Christmas came early for Doctor Who fans last week when a preview of this year’s festive adventure – Peter’s first in the role – was exclusively premiered during Children in Need’s annual appeal night on BBC One.
The new clip featured guest star Nick Frost as Santa Claus in what looks set to be one of the Doctor’s most timey-wimey yuletide escapades to date, and it also confirmed that Jenna Coleman will also be back as Clara Oswald. But before we prepare to deck the halls with boughs of Time Lord, let us first take a journey into the not so distant past…
2014 wasn’t the first time our beloved hero has done his bit for charity. His past associations with Children in Need and Comic Relief have come in the form of Tardis tea parties, »
- Dan Butler
One of the most frequently posted comments on this website over the past year? It'd be something along the lines of 'they can make [name of sequel that sounds not very good], but they can't make Dredd 2'. The frustration is understandable. When the Karl Urban-headlined Dredd movie tanked at the Us box office in particular, it seemed to take any hopes of a follow-up to what had been a raw, worthwhile film with it.
But the flame of hope still flickers, with a new web series the latest addition to the world of Dredd. However, should all concerned be looking for a future direction for Dredd 2, then Judge Dredd: Origins is surely prime material. It's a 2007 23-issue arc written and illustrated by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to »
Though Allison Miller may be best known for TV roles such as Michelle Benjamin in Kings, Skye in Terra Nova and Carrie in Go On, the actress is starting to make some waves on the big screen as well. After starring in the thriller Devil's Due earlier this year, the actress takes on a far less frightening role as the eccentric Catherine Brown in the indie Always Woodstock, which is available in select theaters and on VOD formats starting today, November 14.
The actress portrays Catherine Brown, who has a soul-sucking job working for a major record label, but she really wants to write her own music. After she catches her boyfriend Garret (Jason Ritter), an emotionally unstable actor, cheating on her, she decides to move back to her childhood home in Woodstock, New York. "Quirky" is almost an understatement when describing Catherine, who has a bizarre habit of screaming silently, »
We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...
Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.
To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.
Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people, »
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
The judges jettisoned Scott at the first chance they got (with the exception of Len, strangely), and the 10 remaining contestants were hoping to make it through to Blackpool next week. Who missed out?
So thats it for another week in Strictly world. Sad to see Alison go, she was bloody marvellous. Hope she keeps dancing, the world needs more laughter and jazz hands.
Thank you for all your brilliant comments as usual, Ill be back here next weekend at 7pm for the Blackpool Special. Dont forget your Kiss Me Quick hat, and Ill see you then! Keeeeep Dancing! Hx
Alison says some lovely things about Caroline and all the other contestants, shes clearly had the best time ever. »
- Heidi Stephens
Industry@Tallinn has announced its full programme for its upcoming edition, running Nov 24-28 during the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Organised by Black Nights and Baltic Event, the programme is targeted to over 500 regional film industry professionals.
This year’s industry talks will look into the impact of feature-length television on the film industry, business customs and practices for Asian collaboration, strategies of linking small scale talent and post production pools to major players, and rebel release tactics in distribution.
Speakers at this year’s event include Jessica Switch, director of development, Lionsgate; Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas, ICM Partners; Judy Ahn, head of international, Showbox/MediaPlex Entertainment; Matteo Solaro, Creative Europe/Media; and Sylvia Wroblewska, business and marketing director, Sheffield Doc/Fest.
The Film Festivals Confab will return in collaboration with Independent Cinema Office, focusing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
[Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.] Beth woke up in a hospital Sunday night on The Walking Dead and found herself surrounded by people hitting in her in the face, sexually assaulting her with lollipops, and tricking her into killing patients. But there was one person who got her back. Fellow orderly Noah took the blame (and the beating that came with it) for that dead patient, and the two hatched an escape plan together. However, only Noah made it. We spoke to former Everybody Hates Chris and Go On star Tyler James Williams about being the latest addition to the Walking Dead universe and whether »
- Dalton Ross
The muscle count is lower after Thom Evanss shock departure, but there were plenty of other treats in this weeks Halloween-themed show
Oh Scott. You know I love you, but it was time to go. In the immortal words of George Michael you should probably never dance again, cos Scott Mills feet have got no rhythm. But dont listen to him, I thought you were Ace.
So thats it for Week 6! Only 10 couples remain, and the competition is definitely hotting up. Ill be back next Saturday for more dancing, so join me from 6.30pm, unless youre out doing firework things.
Its judgement time Craig saves Alison and Aljaz, as does Darcey. Bruno agrees, but Len would have voted for Scott, because his foxtrot was more foxtrotty than Alison and Aljazs. But it doesnt matter, and Aljazs breeches live to cling another day.
Whatever you think of Scott, »
- Heidi Stephens
When I do my Take Me To The Pilots entries each summer, I try to make them an optimistic survey of the season's new network shows. Yes, I tear a few awful pilots to shreds, but all appearances to the contrary, I'm a genuinely generous viewer of new shows, especially new comedies, since we all know that landing on solid footing is slightly easier for a drama pilot than a sitcom. Whenever I look at a pilot, I say "What is the pilot? And what is the show it's likely to become?" And in that process, the multi-part third question, phrased in different ways, is, "What is the best version of this show and what is the worst version and which potential outcome is more likely?" So I look at something like the "2 Broke Girls" pilot and I could acknowledge that if the show were to focus on Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Comedy channel Dave releases mash-up of the auctioneer from hit American show, which has just launched a British edition
Alex Ross, the music producer responsible for remixing Nick Cleggs tuition fees apology has turned his attention to matters of even more important national interest Dave TV series Storage Hunters UK. The show, a homegrown version of the Us format, was an instant hit with 1.1 million viewers on Tuesday, the channels biggest ratings since Red Dwarf nearly two years ago. For the uninitiated, it features presenter Sean Kelly auctioning off the random contents of abandoned storage units, leading to all sorts of comedy squabbles among the bargain hunters. Not so much Cash in the Attic as Stuff in the Skip. Word has it Ross watched more than 27 hours of three series of the Us show before coming up with this lovingly crafted remix, which is available to buy on iTunes. Watch »
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