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The Beat Beneath My Feet review – rock star dramedy has too many duff notes

Luke Perry plays a washed-up hellraiser coaching a geeky kid through a music competition in this corny, badly cast film

Only child Tom (Nicholas Galitzine), a teen with a self-harming habit, lives with his Christian mum (Lisa Dillon) and practises the guitar in secret because he’s too shy to perform in front of anyone. When washed-up rock star Steve (Beverly Hills, 90210’s Luke Perry) moves in incognito downstairs, Tom pesters him into becoming a musical mentor so he can compete in an upcoming music competition. It would be easier to forgive the corny, sub-Grange Hill cliches in writer-director John Williams’s script if the actual music, on whose excellence the whole thing depends, was credibly catchy and not derivative tosh. And it doesn’t help that all the leads apart from Perry (a fun choice for a jaded has-been) are so unconvincingly cast. Lead Galitzine, with his bee-stung mouth,
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Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hawking’ on Discovery, Jan. 10

TV Picks: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hawking’ on Discovery, Jan. 10 at 10 Pm.The film also features Michael Brandon as Arno Penziaz, Tom Hodgkins as Bob Wilson, Lisa Dillon as Jane Wilde, Phoebe Nicholls as Isobel Hawking and Adam Godley as Frank Hawking.TCA News: Discovery Channel marks Stephen Hawking’s 73rd birthday (Jan. 8) with the airing of Hawking, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 Pm Et/Pt.This explores the life of a young Stephen Hawking who received the worst medical news as a 21-year-old PhD student at Cambridge University, diagnosed with the debilitating motor neuron disease and given two […]
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Raindance Film Festival 2014 Review – The Beat Beneath My Feet (2014)

The Beat Beneath My Feet, 2014.

Directed by John Williams.

Starring Luke Perry, Nicholas Galitzine, Lisa Dillon, Verity Pinter, James Tarpey, Simon Lowe.

Synopsis:

A boy receives guitar lessons from a washed-up rock god living in the council flat below his, keeping it a secret from his God-fearing mother and the bullies that torment him at school.

You’ve gotta love a good indie film with great original songs and a heartwarming story. This is exactly what The Beat Beneath My Feet is all about: good rock music to the beat of South London streets, featuring 90210’s Luke Perry as Max Stone (aka Steve), a former rockstar running from tax evasion charges and the grief and guilt over his dead son. He moves from place to place under a fake name, claiming disability benefits for a myriad of health problems, until one day he meets Tom Heath (newcomer Nicholas Galitzine), the boy from upstairs,
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Raindance 2014: The Beat Beneath My Feet Review

Director: John Williams

Cast: Luke Perry, Nicholas Galitzine, Lisa Dillon, Verity Pinter

Running Time: 89 minutes

Certificate: Tbc

Synopsis: A teenage boy discovers his unruly neighbour is really a disgraced Rock God who “died” 8 years ago owing a fortune in unpaid tax. The boy agrees not to reveal his secret on condition that he teaches him the dark arts of Rock Guitar.

Back in the 1990’s, before an overly-polished beauty pageant reboot, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ made teen idols out of its’ young stars, including a fresh-faced Luke Perry (ask your mum). Storylines included date rape, gay rights and AIDS alongside the usual teen relationships and you were either Team Brenda or Team Kelly in support of Perry’s character’s romantic endeavours.

Fast-forward fourteen years to the casting meeting of The Beat Beneath My Feet; who fits the bill of ageing rocker, gruff but with a heart of gold? Luke Perry, once thrown forward,
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Rewind TV: The Jury; Rev; Life's Too Short – review

Courtroom drama took second place to characterisation in The Jury, while the little guy had the last laugh in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Life's Too Short

The Jury (ITV1) | ITV Player

Rev (BBC2) | iPlayer

Life's Too Short (BBC2) | iPlayer

It was a fine week for TV titles getting back to doing exactly what they say on the tin, rather than being confections accorded unfathomable linked triplings or actionable puns ("Quick, Thick and Cheap!"; "The Unbearable Blightness of Leering"; "Clams, Hams and Thank-You-Ma'ams", though I'm sure Gino D'Acampo would winningly step up). Rev was about a Rev. The Jury was about a jury. It was a week of the most refreshingly direct titles since the quiz show Pointless.

The Jury was, over five full nights, pretty damned good. I would have hesitated years ago to even cover this, given that some souls enjoy a meal or a friend mid-evening and,
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Rewind TV: The Jury; Rev; Life's Too Short – review

Courtroom drama took second place to characterisation in The Jury, while the little guy had the last laugh in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Life's Too Short

The Jury (ITV1) | ITV Player

Rev (BBC2) | iPlayer

Life's Too Short (BBC2) | iPlayer

It was a fine week for TV titles getting back to doing exactly what they say on the tin, rather than being confections accorded unfathomable linked triplings or actionable puns ("Quick, Thick and Cheap!"; "The Unbearable Blightness of Leering"; "Clams, Hams and Thank-You-Ma'ams", though I'm sure Gino D'Acampo would winningly step up). Rev was about a Rev. The Jury was about a jury. It was a week of the most refreshingly direct titles since the quiz show Pointless.

The Jury was, over five full nights, pretty damned good. I would have hesitated years ago to even cover this, given that some souls enjoy a meal or a friend mid-evening and,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Stewart Dating Young Actress

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Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart is dating an up-and-coming actress nearly forty years his junior, following his split from his producer wife Wendy Neuss. The 63-year-old star and Lisa Dillon, 24, played lovers on the London stage in The Master Builder last year - and their romance has now blossomed in real life, even though Dillon is younger than Stewart's two children Sophie and Daniel. A source reveals, "Their closeness is the talk of the theatrical world. They've been seen together on a number of occasions and seem to enjoy each other's company. He is incredibly attentive to Lisa, and quick to introduce her to his theatrical contemporaries. Despite the age gap, they have an awful lot in common."

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