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Photo Gallery: Empire celebrates it's 20th year with restaged photos of teh best films of the past 20 years

The 20th Birthday Portfolio These are totally fun.

December 01, 2009

Shane MacGowan to star in organic gardening reality show

Shane MacGowan to grow his own vegetables on reality TV programme | News | NME.COM WHAT.
Shane MacGowan is set to appear in a reality TV programme about growing vegetables. The Pogues' frontman and his girlfriend Victoria Mary Clarke both take part in the RTE One programme, which is called 'Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own'. In the show, the pair attempt to emulate the plot of '70s sitcom 'The Good Life', which saw characters Tom and Barbara Good attempt to live a sustainable life by growing their own veg and rearing their own animals for food.

Could Monty Python's Life of Brian be made today?

What did 'Life of Brian' ever do for us? - Telegraph This is a fun examination of the process that went into "Life of Brian" and the furor it caused upon its release.
It is 30 years since Monty Python gave us Life of Brian. For those few who are unaware of it (perhaps too young, or recently emerged from a coma), this is the story of an ordinary chap called Brian Cohen who is constantly mistaken for being the long-awaited Messiah. His misfortune is that he is born at the same time as – and in the next stable to – Jesus Christ. Although the Pythons intended the film to be a satire on blind faith and organised religion, they could not have imagined the extent of the furore it would cause on its release. A campaign condemning the film on the grounds of blasphemy – led by Mary Whitehouse and the Christian values organisation, The Festival of Light – resulted in the film being banned in parts of Britain and the whole of Ireland and Norway. In the US, meanwhile, protesters gathered outside cinemas. However, 30 years on, that same film is regularly touted as the funniest British comedy of all time, and is now quoted by everyone from politicians (Tony Blair in his 2004 Labour party conference speech referenced the “What have the Romans ever done for us?” scene) to the bishop who told me he is always reciting lines from the film to his friends. . . .

November 25, 2009

Is 30 Rock the most liberal TV show ever? (30 Rock is not even Liberal you guys)

TV | Tina Fey | 30 Rock: The Most Liberal Show on TV? | Overthinking It
Liz Lemon appears to be the liberal voice of reason but is neither liberal nor reasonable; likewise, Jack Donaghy appears to be her evil conservative foil but is not. Admittedly, in the first half of the first season, Jack Donaghy did play the role of the amoral, conservative corporate head that Liz needed to defeat in office combat. The show, however, dropped that type of satire very early on. While 30 Rock’s writers do make fun of Jack for his monomaniacal obsession with profits and prestige (as well as his unhealthy love of Ronald Reagan), I would argue that Jack, not Liz, has quickly become the show’s voice of reason and emotional center. In fact, if we look at 30 Rock as a whole, the main storyline has been one about Liz Lemon becoming more like Jack Donaghy than the other way around. Let’s talk about Jack’s politics first. Unlike Liz Lemon, whose progressive credentials don’t hold up to close scrutiny, Jack is clearly a (somewhat exaggerated) neocon, through and through. He believes in profit and the market above all, hates taxes, does not appreciate unions, and believes in forcing his own beliefs on others, often by use of force. He goes to the New York stock exchange when he’s horny. When he screws up, he pretends it never happened and gives himself a huge bonus. He believes that people from the American South are undiscriminating but morally superior to “the north’s elitist, east coast, alternative, intellectual, left wing” Jews.

November 22, 2009

Lady Gaga breaks shit

Lady Gaga Shatters Glass, Braves Flames At American Music Awards - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News
Gaga started things off with "Bad Romance," wearing a glittering, H.R. Geiger-inspired headpiece and a nude bodysuit, flanked by six pansexual dancers who cavorted and whirled around her. She belted out the high notes, then cast the headpiece aside to get down to some herky-jerky dance moves (no doubt inspired by the "Romance" video), then collapsed to the floor while her dancers crawled behind her. Suddenly, the music stopped, the crowd squealed with delight and Gaga smiled. The she grabbed her mic stand, walked over to her piano (which was encased in glass) and proceeded to smash her way inside. Surrounded by shards of glass, she straddled the piano bench and began playing the opening refrain of the somber "Speechless," all while her piano erupted in flames. Unfazed, she kept playing as a pair of gas-mask wearing violinists (also encased in glass) added accompaniment. As the song reached its crescendo, Gaga grabbed for a slew of bottles and, to add to each stab of the violin, she smashed them on the piano. The crowd whooped with delight.
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