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American Horror Story, Season 2
(Slate: Music on 10-01-2013)
Every week in Slate’s American Horror Story TV club, J. Bryan Lowder will have an IM conversation with a different AHS fan. This week, he rehashes episode 2.11 with Abby Ohlheiser, a Slate contributor.  
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AUDIO: Les Mis was 'my first musical'
(BBC Entertainment News on 10-01-2013)
Director Tom Hooper talks on his new film Les Miserables after it was nominated for nine Bafta awards.
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Idle No More gains support from Canadian artists
(CBC News | Arts News on 10-01-2013)
The Idle No More movement has rallied artists from across Canada, including Winnipeg musician John K. Samson of the Weakerthans, to lend their support to the cause.
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Justin Bieber set for Saturday Night Live gig
(CBC News | Arts News on 10-01-2013)
Justin Bieber will be the next musician to do double duty as host as well as the featured performer on Saturday Night Live.
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Lincoln leads race for British Academy Awards
(CBC News | Arts News on 10-01-2013)
Historical biopic Lincoln leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nominations including best picture and best actor — but nothing for director Steven Spielberg.
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Quebec films bust at box office in 2012
(CBC News | Arts News on 10-01-2013)
Box office numbers for 2012 show the year was a disappointing one for Quebec films, the worst in more than a decade.
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Quebec tenor stages 'vocal cord strike'
(CBC News | Arts News on 10-01-2013)
The Opéra de Montréal is set to stage Die Fledermaus on Jan. 26, but tenor Marc Hervieux is refusing to sing during rehearsals, upset by a poster campaign featuring models.
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Sarah Polley doc wins Toronto critics' $100K prize
(CBC News | Arts News on 10-01-2013)
Sarah Polley's confessional documentary Stories We Tell has won best Canadian film from the Toronto Film Critics Association, an award that carries a prize pot of $100,000.
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VIDEO: Lincoln leads Bafta nominations
(BBC Entertainment News on 10-01-2013)
US civil war drama, Lincoln has led this year's Baftas with 10 nominations including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
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VIDEO: Spice show ticket sales and more news
(BBC Entertainment News on 10-01-2013)
Lincoln leads the nominations for the Bafta awards and producers of the Spice Girls musical deny it will close early plus the rest of the day's entertainment stories.
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VIDEO: The films leading Bafta nominations
(BBC Entertainment News on 10-01-2013)
Lincoln leads this year's Baftas with ten nominations including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
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Directors Guild Award Nominations Announced
(WatchersWatch on 09-01-2013)
The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominations for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award. Directors David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) did not make the list. Here is the list of nominees: Ben Affle...
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VIDEO: 'It's a great time to be British'
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
Lincoln leads this year's Baftas with ten nominations including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
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VIDEO: 'My singing is up for debate'
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
Eddie Redmayne says his friends are surprised he is appearing in musical Les Miserables.
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VIDEO: 'TV show helped me on Les Mis'
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
Samantha Barks says competing on reality TV helped prepare her for her role in Les Miserables.
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VIDEO: Baftas: Lincoln vs Life of Pi
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
A film about US President Abraham Lincoln dominates this year's Baftas with ten nominations, including best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
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VIDEO: Calls to develop one-handed instruments
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
A competition has been launched to develop a musical instrument that can be played at orchestral level with one hand.
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VIDEO: Gangster Squad premieres in LA
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
The stars of Gangster Squad have taken to the red carpet for the film's premiere in Los Angeles.
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VIDEO: Gosling: Gangster Squad 'like a ride'
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
Ryan Gosling talks to Emma Jones about his new film Gangster Squad.
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VIDEO: Rare interview with Bowie producer
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
Music producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with David Bowie frequently over the past four decades, talks to the BBC about working with the singer on his new album.
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VIDEO: Watch Bafta nominations in full
(BBC Entertainment News on 09-01-2013)
The shortlist for this year's Bafta Film Awards have been announced in London, with Stephen Spielberg's film Lincoln receiving 10 nominations.
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Downton Abbey Season 3 Premiere Gets Huge Ratings
(WatchersWatch on 08-01-2013)
An average audience of 7.9 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's premiere of season three of Downton Abbey. The Masterpiece Classic historical drama aired on PBS and WGBH. This was a big jump from last year's premiere, with garnered 4.2 million viewers. Deadline.com says only CBS was able to PBS in the time slot. The...
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Texas Chainsaw 3D Wins Weekend Box Office
(WatchersWatch on 07-01-2013)
Texas Chainsaw 3D won the box office this weekend. The horror film stars Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood and Trey Songz. The film won despite bad reviews from critics. The film made $23 million, which put it $3 million ahead of Django Unchained, which made another $20 millon during its ...
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VIDEO: Bipolar conductor on music and mental illness
(BBC Entertainment News on 07-01-2013)
Conductor Ronald Braunstein uses his experience with bipolar disorder to help other musicians with mental illness find a safe place to create music.
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Second Trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton
(WatchersWatch on 05-01-2013)
Here is the second trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as Hansel and Gretel from the classic Grimm fairy tale. The dark fantasy has Hansel and Gretel escaping from the witch and growing up to be witch hunters. The film opens January 25th and it will be interesti...
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VIDEO: Bardot 'to seek Russia passport'
(BBC Entertainment News on 05-01-2013)
Former French film star Brigitte Bardot could become a Russian citizen in a row over two sick zoo elephants.
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VIDEO: Film 24 - the week's new films
(BBC Entertainment News on 05-01-2013)
Film critic Jason Solomons reviews the week's film releases, including Quartet, McCullin, and The Impossible.
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AUDIO: Vinyl sales are 'on the increase'
(BBC Entertainment News on 04-01-2013)
Spencer Hickman, co-ordinator of Record Store Day, says physical records are still popular despite the huge increase in music downloads.
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VIDEO: Sound of 2013: Haim visit London
(BBC Entertainment News on 04-01-2013)
Winners of Sound of 2013, Haim, speak to BBC News about their musical influences at Madame Tussauds in London.
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VIDEO: Tarantino's filmic 'umbilical cord'
(BBC Entertainment News on 04-01-2013)
Director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino says his films have an "umbilical cord" link, starting with his 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs.
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Chain Male: Quentin Tarantino has created a revisionist history of the American South that focuses on the violent nature of intolerance
(MetroWeekly Film on 03-01-2013)
Film: Here comes Quentin Tarantino, galloping into the terrible history of American slavery with a shotgun in his hands and a bundle of dynamite slung across his chest. He won't indulge a lick of sensitivity, accuracy, or brevity along the way -- unlike just about every other filmmaker who's tackled the subjec...
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Mazel Tov: Toasting this year's LGBT highlights at the Washington Jewish Film Festival
(MetroWeekly Film on 03-01-2013)
Film: Celebrated Spanish actress Carmen Maura plays a ditzy mom in Mikael Buch's new gay romantic comedy Let My People Go! Maura, you may recall, was the unforgettable lead in gay Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's unforgettable hysterical farce from 1988, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. That was Maur...
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Trailer Released for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
(WatchersWatch on 03-01-2013)
A new trailer has been released for Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, a new film based on Mark Twain's novels. The film stars Joel Courtney (Super 8) as Tom Sawyer and Jake T. Austin as Huckleberry Finn. THR says the film has supernatural elements. A release date for the film has not been set. Take a look: Photo: ABC...
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War Torn: An intriguing contemporary adaptation of Homer's poem, An Iliad is surprisingly compelling and occasionally stirring
(MetroWeekly Stage on 03-01-2013)
Stage: War is a drug on which human society appears to be hopelessly addicted. That, at least, is the sad essence of An Iliad, Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's intriguing contemporary adaptation of Homer's three-millennia-old epic poem. Though mostly focused on the key players, causes and events of the gre...
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Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser Voice Characters in The Nut Job
(WatchersWatch on 02-01-2013)
The Nut Job is an animated film based on the 2005 comedy short, Surly Squirrel, by Peter Lepeniotis. Canadian-based ToonBox and Redrover have partnered to create the film, which will be directed by Lepeniotis. Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham voice characters in ...
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VIDEO: 'Grey pound' is box office gold
(BBC Entertainment News on 02-01-2013)
More films aimed at audiences aged over 60 are due to be released in 2013.
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VIDEO: Angel Haze: 'It has to mean something'
(BBC Entertainment News on 02-01-2013)
Angel Haze has come third in the BBC Sound of 2013 new music list, which aims to showcase the rising stars to watch in the year ahead.
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VIDEO: Digital sales break £1bn barrier
(BBC Entertainment News on 02-01-2013)
More than a billion pounds was spent in 2012 for the first time on downloaded videos, music and games.
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VIDEO: Billy Connolly: 'I don't look old'
(BBC Entertainment News on 01-01-2013)
Billy Connolly stars in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, Quartet, with Dame Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Sheridan Smith. Connolly and Smith spoke to the BBC's Tim Masters about the film
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VIDEO: Films to look out for in early 2013
(BBC Entertainment News on 01-01-2013)
A preview of some of the films that will be hitting cinemas in January
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VIDEO: Laura Mvula goes back to school
(BBC Entertainment News on 01-01-2013)
Laura Mvula has placed fourth in the BBC Sound of 2013 new music list, which aims to showcase the rising stars to watch in the year ahead.
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VIDEO: Radio Cymru cuts hours
(BBC Entertainment News on 01-01-2013)
BBC Radio Cymru cuts its daily airtime by two hours in a row over royalties paid to Welsh-language musicians.
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VIDEO: Stars' theatre highlights of 2012
(BBC Entertainment News on 28-12-2012)
Stars of stage and screen share their theatre highlights of the past year.
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Doug Rule's Best and Worst Stage of 2012: Much of the region's best theater in 2012 required the most physical transport
(MetroWeekly Stage on 27-12-2012)
Stage: Brel: Natascia Diaz, Sam Ludwig, Bobby Smith, Bayla Whitten (Photo by Christopher Banks) Theater is generally intended to be a mentally transporting experience, but of course physical transport – getting there – is necessary first. And it's not always a walk in the park, or an easy commute. In 2...
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Kate Wingfield's Best and Worst Stage of 2012: Five productions, three conventional, two less so, took flight, each in their own way and for quite different reasons
(MetroWeekly Stage on 27-12-2012)
Stage: Strange Interlude: Francesca Faridany (Photo by Scott Suchman) A good night at the theater is kind of like plane travel for brains. A really great production gets your mind on board smoothly and efficiently and before you know it you are through the clouds and soaring. A not-so-great production is more like a d...
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Les Miserables Wins Christmas Day Box Office
(WatchersWatch on 27-12-2012)
Les Miserables won the box office on Christmas Day with a take of $18.1 million. Box Office Mojo reports that this is the biggest Christmas Day box office for a musical and the fourth highest Christmas Day box office overall. Django Unchained was not far behind. It made $15 million. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ...
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The Best and Worst Films of 2012: Even if there were a few duds in the last twelve months, several ambitious movies stood out for daring to try something new.
(MetroWeekly Film on 27-12-2012)
Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild Don't be discouraged by Hollywood schlock -- we're living in a wonderful age of film. Even if there were a few duds in the last twelve months, several ambitious movies stood out for daring to try something new. The movies I appreciated the most this year varied in style, story...
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The Best and Worst Music of 2012: The best albums of the year featured men singing, at least occasionally, in their upper-most register
(MetroWeekly Music on 27-12-2012)
Music: Scissor Sisters (Photo by Neil Krug) The year 2012 goes down as a sad one, the year we lost both Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. It just so happens, a month before Houston overdosed, Gavin Creel – on his great, short set Get Out – sang a sweet tribute to Houston, crediting her with inspiring him t...
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The Fighting Baritone: Ari Hest identifies with the struggle in music – not to mention toys
(MetroWeekly Music on 27-12-2012)
Music: ''Because my teacher knew that I could handle the higher notes,'' says singer-songwriter Ari Hest, ''he would stick me with the girls sometimes, or with the tenors, depending on the thing that we were singing.'' But Hest is not a tenor and doesn't generally sing in falsetto. ...
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Trailer for Scary Movie 5
(WatchersWatch on 24-12-2012)
Another Scary Movie is coming to theaters in April 2012. Scary Movie 5 stars Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex and Erica Ash. The film also features a cameo by Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan as themselves. Some fans will miss Anna Farris and Regina Hall, who starred in the first four films. Take a look: Photo: The Weins...
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O, Tannenbaum: Rob Tannenbaum's band, Good for the Jews, returns to Jammin Java for Christmas
(MetroWeekly Music on 20-12-2012)
Music: A man whose last name is best known from a Christmas song, leading a Jewish-themed show on Christmas Eve? It's not just funny -- Rob Tannenbaum insists it's Good for the Jews. To be exact, that's the name of his rock band with David Fagin. ''What we're trying to present is an evolved ide...
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Singing Santas: Bobby Smith and company offer gifts of songs
(MetroWeekly Music on 20-12-2012)
Music: Right now, there are surprise gifts in store for everyone at Signature Theatre. ''We're going to put songs in stockings,'' explains singer Bobby Smith, ''and let the audience choose what stocking they want.'' As a result, Smith and his cohorts – Eleasha Gamble, James Ga...
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Terrence Malick's To The Wonder Movie Trailer Released
(WatchersWatch on 20-12-2012)
The trailer for To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko,Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams, has been released. The film premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. It was written and directed by Terrence Malick. Here is the offical synopsis: The film tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck)...
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Vocal Prowess: Les Misérables captures the spirit and emotional power of a staged vocal performance by having every actor sing live on set
(MetroWeekly Film on 20-12-2012)
Film: I must confess: I've never seen Les Misérables onstage. Until a few weeks ago, when I finally threw myself into all things Schönberg, Javert and Valjean (at last!), I hadn't the faintest idea what the musical was about, or why it's been a Broadway dynamo for a quarter-century. Thanks to director Tom ...
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Trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim Starring Ron Perlman and Idris Elba
(WatchersWatch on 15-12-2012)
Here is the trailer for Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's movie about an invasion of giant monsters from beneath the oceans. The monsters are known as Kaiju. A viral site gives updates about where the monsters have struck. In order to fight back, two humans are neurally linked to operate a giant robot. The film stars...
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Hobbit Forming: ''The Hobbit'' is a lighter, simpler story than ''Lord of the Rings,'' but rather than disappoint, Peter Jackson's new movie delights
(MetroWeekly Film on 13-12-2012)
Film: I was ready to be underwhelmed by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Nearly a decade after The Return of the King, director Peter Jackson hasn't merely adapted J.R.R. Tolkien's novel into a breezy supplement to his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. No, the madman from New Zealand decided to split that rela...
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Sharing Stories: SpeakEasyDC sends off Hanukkah at Sixth and I this Saturday
(MetroWeekly Stage on 13-12-2012)
Stage: Amy Saidman got turned off of becoming a standup comic. ''Other comedians are cold and aloof and unfriendly,'' Saidman says, ''telling homophobic jokes to 20 people in a basement. … It's so not attractive any more.'' Certainly not since Saidman, a former teacher, disco...
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Untraditional Tidings: A sampling of alternative holiday happenings at area venues
(MetroWeekly Music on 13-12-2012)
Music: Got the holiday spirit – but tired of tradition? Call it bah-humbug blasphemy, but most area theaters and concert venues aim to entice the average Scrooge with at least one alternative holiday offering over the next few weeks. Even in the chorale capital of the United States, it's not all singing caro...
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Daniel Day Lewis Explains How He Captured Abraham Lincoln's Voice for Film Role
(WatchersWatch on 06-12-2012)
Oprah Winfrey spoke with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis about their new film Lincoln. In this video clip Daniel talks about why he took the role after turning it down nine years ago. Daniel says he read the script and realized immediately the possibilities due to the great writing. He says the richness of the ...
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Fairy Dust: ''Midsummer Night's Dream'' is an enchanting confection for those who prefer their holiday entertainment more pagan than pious
(MetroWeekly Stage on 06-12-2012)
Stage: Enchantingly atmospheric and often funny, the Shakespeare Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream is rich with love's intangibles: wistfulness, a touch of cynicism, and its contrast of flavors – the blindly new, the knowingly seasoned, and the always mysterious. Of course, much has been wr...
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Keira Knightley and Director Joe Wright Discuss Making Anna Karenina
(WatchersWatch on 02-12-2012)
In this featurette Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright discuss the making of the film Anna Karenina, which is based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. Keira and Joe have worked together on various films since she was 18 years old and Joe says she has really grown as an actress. Keira says that she worked hard to portray ...
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Best release this year?
(ABC: Soundquality on 30-11-2012)
That's a big call, but the two pieces that open the show are from one album, and it weighs a tonne! you'll get to hear enough to make your call as well as the last in our Ausmusic Memories project. Add to that a couple of pieces from Pool; new Canadian quartet; Masonik's sax player; new Au...
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Bradley Cooper Talks Silver Linings Playbook, Working With Robert DeNiro
(WatchersWatch on 25-11-2012)
Bradley Cooper talked with Jay Leno about his much buzzed about movie, Silver Linings Playbook which also stars Jennifer Lawrence. Bradley says he wasn't sure he could pull off the emotional range required for the film, which is based on the novel of the same name. His character has lost his job and his wife and has sp...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis' Method Acting
(WatchersWatch on 24-11-2012)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a guest on The Tonight Show to promote his new film Lincoln. Levitt talks with Jay Leno about working with Daniel Day-Lewis who plays Abraham Lincoln in the film. Lewis is a Method actor and pretty much stayed in character as Lincoln the whole time. Because Lincoln and Levitt's characters didn'...
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Mystery, beauty and THE return
(ABC: Soundquality on 23-11-2012)
The program starts with a mystery artist, never before heard and caught pre-record co. deal. There is also Kyu with beauty from their final album; more from the Masonik Sound Quality Session and Brian Eno with his time travel back several decades to his ambient period - except he has just ...
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Amazon's Blu-ray Black Friday Lightning Movie and TV Deals
(WatchersWatch on 18-11-2012)
Amazon has released a calendar of the Blu-ray and DVD movie and tv lightning deals that will be available during its Black Friday Deals Week. We have compiled an alphabetical list of the Blu-ray movies and tv series that will be available. Be sure to check the calendar for the start times. Amazon's lightning deals te...
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Brian Eno is back in ambient mode
(ABC: Soundquality on 16-11-2012)
Music for Films; Music for Airports; and Thursday Afternoon are classic ambient albums made by Brian Eno. His new ambient work is titled Lux. and while is draws on the same ideas about music as his ambient works from 30 years ago, there is a new angle because of the technological changes. ...
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2012 MTV EMA Award Winners Announced
(AwardWinnersBlog.com on 12-11-2012)
Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift each won three awards at the 2012 MTV EMAs. The awards were hosted in Frankfurt, Germany and hosted by Heidi Klum. Frankfurt is Heidi's hometown. Here are the winners: BEST FEMALE Taylor SwiftBEST SONGCarly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"BEST MALEJustin BieberBEST LIVETaylor SwiftBEST LOO...
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Michael Bay Confirms That Mark Wahlberg Will Star in Transformers 4
(WatchersWatch on 10-11-2012)
After all the rumors and the denials, it turns out that Mark Wahlberg really is going to star in Transformers 4. Michael Bay announced on his website that the film's release date will be July 27th, 2014. Bay said, "Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I'm so fired up to be back working with him...
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Iron Man 3 Official Trailer Released
(WatchersWatch on 24-10-2012)
Marvel has released the official trailer for Iron Man 3. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts have their lives upturned by The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who destroys their home. The trailer also shows glimpses of Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. The film arrives in theaters on May 3, 2013. It looks amazing. Take a look: Phot...
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