• Review of The Lego Movie
• Review of Non-Stop
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Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).
Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"The Heist" -- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
"Just Give Me a Reason" -- Jeff Bhasker, Pink and Nate Ruess (Pink feat. Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" -- Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter (Katy Perry)
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• Frozen – review
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Pushing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire aside after its two weeks at the top spot, Disney's Frozen opened with £4.70m. That's by no means the top number for an animation this year – Despicable Me 2 debut gathered £14.82m, including £4.87m in previews in June – but it's a solid start for a film presumed to play to the Christmas audience. Family films targeting the Christmas market have a knack of playing strongly right through until Christmas Eve, and if the festive association is not too strong can, continue to play beyond that date.
Two years ago, Aardman's Arthur Christmas debuted with a so-so £2.11m, but by Christmas Day had managed £19.66m, and eventually reached £20.84m. (A re-release
“The 64th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 6 to 16, 2014.
Film fans can get ready for an exceptional highlight: Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which premiered in 1920, will be screened 94 years later in a new, completely digitally restored version within the scope of Berlinale Classics. Not only is the expressionist silent film classic of great significance in the history of film, but it has also influenced many filmmakers of later generations.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was first screened in Berlin on February 26, 1920. This key work of German silent film is famous for its extraordinary style that was influenced by expressionism and romanticism.
In Vienna, Bruckner was considered by many to be a naïve country bumpkin; he got unfairly entangled in the bitter Brahms-Wagner debates that split the city. Bruckner's symphonies were thus the object of myopic criticism from some in the Brahms camp, including powerful critic Eduard Hanslick (however, Wagner, Liszt, and Emperor Franz Joseph I were among those who praised or supported Bruckner). The unprecedented length of Bruckner's symphonies, which develop in slow-moving monoliths of sound, was an impediment for some listeners. Bruckner, an excellent organist,
This was not the reception Beethoven had imagined. On 7 April 1805, when the last chord of his landmark Third Symphony rang out in Austria's Theater-an-der-Wien at the close of the first public performance, applause soon gave way to uneasy coughing. The dramatic and lengthy work, designed as a response to Napoleon's meteoric career, was dismissed by many in the Viennese audience as a misguided attempt to be original. Yet its new sound, marked by driving rhythms and military instrumentation, reflected the violent change in Europe and took orchestral music in a completely fresh direction.
This autumn the BBC is to attempt to present the 250-year-old tradition of the symphony in its proper context for the first time. Through an unprecedented series of television and radio programmes,
Orchestras all around the world, including big names like the London Symphony and Berliner Philharmoniker, spent time last month selecting over 300 finalists from a huge slew of auditioned applicants to Google's prestigious musical extravaganza. These people were subject to a public vote, and that's how Google narrowed it down to just 101 people from five different continents.
Three of these people are singled out in Google's blog post about the news: A vuvuzela-playing German trombonist, a clarinetist from Arizona who's never left the U.S. and a Chinese Guzheng player--an instrument that "a lot of the world has never seen or heard before."
The culmination of the effort, after rehearsals in Australia from March 14th on, is a
The notion of regeneration, while a brilliant way to keep Doctor Who fresh and introduce new blood, makes it tricky for any actor parachuted into the lead role. That's why they let Matt Smith film a few later episodes first, allowing him to find his voice, before recording The Eleventh Hour, the opening episode of this series. It's a fine story, one in keeping with the eccentric Britishness of the show, as it concerns both a global alien threat and a nice village green. Karen Gillan and show-runner Stephen Moffat appear in Doctor Who Confidential after. Po'n
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The title of this First Cut documentary refers to a person under a train on London's underground. Lucy Bennett's film introduces us to Debbie, whose husband
Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-z, T.I. and Kanye West.
Coldplay were also triple winners, claiming Song of The Year, Best Rock Album and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
Double winners included Metallica, Al Green, Daft Punk, gospel star Kirk Franklin, Brad Paisley and Peter Gabriel and composer Thomas Newman, who won honours for their work on the Wall-e soundtrack.
Neil Diamond, the Four Tops, Dean Martin and music mogul Clive Davis were among those honoured with special awards during the ceremony.
The night was a star-studded affair - with more performers than ever before hitting the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the event.
Highlights included Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift's duet on the country star's 15, Jennifer Hudson's stirring rendition of Diane Warren's You Pulled Me Through - backed by a gospel choir, the Jonas Brothers' collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Coldplay's performance with rapper Jay-z and Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke's rousing tribute to New Orleans with Terence Blanchard and Allen Toussaint.
Rockers U2 kicked off the 51st Grammys with new song Get on Your Boots and heavily-pregnant M.I.A., who was due to give birth on Sunday, performed Paper Planes/Swagga Like Us with rappers Lil Wayne, Jay-z, T.I. and Kanye West.
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