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Veteran character actor who appeared in The Italian Job, Prime Suspect and Footballers Wives John Forgeham, who has died aged 75, was a hard-living actor who brought some of his off-screen qualities to his best known television roles, which were often unsympathetic. As the loud-mouthed car mechanic Jim Baines in Crossroads, he was in the long-running soap at the height of its popularity, when the series was watched by some 18 million viewers (though loathed by the critics). For four years (1974-78), at one time with a curly perm redolent of the era, Jim belittled his wife, Muriel, whom he calledMu” (played by Anne Rutter), and cheated on her with the motel garage’s secretary-turned-manager Sharon Metcalfe (Carolyn Jones). Despite the storylines, Forgeham was hugely popular, particularly with female viewers. He continued to appear on television over the next two decades.
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The Grammys were once again the biggest thing on TV Sunday night, though the promise of performances from Beyoncé and Adele and tributes to Prince, George Michael, and Sharon Jones (among others) werent quite enough to bring the overnights up from the last few years. Sundays nearly four-hour-long telecast drew a 16.0 household rating in... Read more »
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Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady presided. Laura Albert, the star of Author: The JT Leroy Story, and Kirsten Johnson, whose Cameraperson is a frontrunner for Oscar nomination. Keith Maitland's Tower is also a strong contender. The Harvey Milk director Robert Epstein acknowledged Barbara Kopple's important influence on his film, and Kopple remembered Sharon Jones, the subject of her film, Miss Sharon Jones!, who recently died of cancer. "I thought she would live on," said Kopple in tribute to the singer dubbed the female James Brown. Here is a list of the Camera Eye Award winners from a ceremony last night at the Museum of the Moving Image: Outstandin g Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Cameraperson Directed by Kirsten Johnson Produced by Marilyn Ness Outstanding Achievement in Direction Ezra Edelman OJ: Made in America Outstanding Achievement in Editing Nels Bangerter Cameraperson Outstanding Achievement in Production Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow OJ: Made in America Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Kirsten Johnson Cameraperson Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score David Byrne, LeeAnn Rossi and Aaron Rosenblum Contemporary Color Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation Keith Maitland and Craig Staggs Tower Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film Hooligan Sparrow Directed by Nanfu Wang Audience Choice Prize Gleason Directed by Clay Tweel Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television Making a Murderer Directed and Produced by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos For Netflix: Adam Del Deo and Lisa Nishimura Spotlight Award Those Who Jump Directed by Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking La Laguna Directed by Aaron Schock Heterodox Award All These Sleepless Nights Directed by Michal Marczak Legacy Award The Times of Harvey Milk Directed by Rob Epstein A version of this post also appears on Gossip Central .
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What can be said about 2016? It was a year that began with the death of Ziggy Stardust and ended with the keys of the free world being handed over to a bright orange pus-spewing reality TV star. According to Chinese astrology 2016 was the year of the monkey. A cynic would tell you that 2016 was a comic existential farce. An optimist would try and comfort you by saying that at least 2016 wasn't the uneventful mediocrity that 2015 was. And if you asked a layman they would tell you that 2016 was the Year of the Suck It was the year that David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy Kilmister, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard and Sharon Jones left us and Justin Bieber came back. It was a year where nobody was safe. Not Carol Brady, Radio Raheem or Willie Wonka. Not Harper Lee or Grizzly Adams. Not Muhammad Ali or Abe Vigoda. In 2016 the grim reaper ran as rampant as Jason Voorhees at a secluded summer camp ripe with oversexed teenagers.
The Guardian - Film
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David Mackenzie’s heist thriller is comfortingly familiar, while Pedro Almodóvar and Spike Lee are both back on song There are many reasons to recommend Hell or High Water (StudioCanal, 15) at this or any time of year, but in the dank, shivery no-man’s-land of early January, the sheer, sticky heat of David Mackenzie’s western-infused heist thriller makes it a positive shot in the arm. The still, steaming mugginess of a west Texas afternoon veritably wafts off the screen; cars skid and characters lope across the burnt landscape at a kind of urgent half-speed, which does nothing to diminish the copper-wire tension and conductivity of Taylor Sheridan’s nifty script. Scotsman Mackenzie, having truly found form with his rough-and-tumble prison drama Starred Up , now taps into a vein of terse, elemental, morally mousetrapped American storytelling practised by everyone from Steinbeck to the Coen brothers.
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As the end of the year rolled around, Star Wars is back in our cinemas in the shape of Rogue one, a stand-alone anthology in our cinemas in the shape of Rogue One, a stand-alone anthology instalment set before the events of the 1977 original. Like its iconic predecessor, it relies heavily on British talent, from Gareth Edwards, director, to Felicity Jones to the army of technicians at Elstree Studios where much of the film is shot. Worth noting as well that another of the year's runaway hits, Bridget Jones's Baby, was also a home-grown success story, with Welsh director Sharon Maguire helming the third series instalment to record-breaking box office success.
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Holiday music can be cheesy, I know. But for real, this Claymation music video accompanying Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Please Come Home For Christmas is breaking my heart into a million little Christmas-tree-shaped chunks. Produced and directed by Alex Howard and David Hatter, the short video provides a super cute visual narrative to accompany the late and great funk singer Sharon Jones soulful rendition of the holiday classic. Maybe its magic lies in the fact that Jones, a legendary powerhouse of a voice, died this November after a long battle with cancer . Or perhaps its watching a lonely, bespectacled old man made from clay, venturing out in the cold to give his love a Christmas kiss, that tugs at our souls. Or it could be that we are overcome with leftover emotions from this flaming poop pile of a year.
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In 2016, we lost legends like Muhammad Ali, Sharon Jones, John Glenn, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Gwen Ifill. We even lost Abe Vigoda, who in recent years was perhaps most famous for being the subject of IsAbeVigodaDead.com. And yet, as sad as it is to not have these luminaries with us, what I miss most in 2016 is the loss of trust. David Berkowitz Trust has been eroding for years, but 2016 felt like the tsunami that wiped away whatever was left. Oxford Dictionaries named post-truth as its international word of the year, and it seems fitting that the word itself sounds like it has no meaning. The counterpart to post-truth is fake news, and yet there are no repercussions to sharing fake news (or, as it was previously known, lies, or propaganda). Social networks, media companies, politicians, voters, pundits and others who lie tend to only reap rewards without facing consequences.
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I think it was just a plateau of glory. Sharon Jones The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights Like Leon Russell, Sharon Jones was a powerhouse that not everyone noticed while she was alive. But if you were a fan of independent radio or record collecting, she was impossible to avoid. I myself saw her live six or seven times without even really trying! Almost every radio station I enjoy had a Sharon Jones tribute this weekend in one form or another. The Max Roach +4 (Bob Cranshaw) - Stella By Starlight Bob Cranshaw was a bass player. Like many jazz musicians, he wasn't just limited to one band. But I'm a fan of Max Roach so I picked this one for completely selfish reasons. Jean-Jacques Perry - The Mexican Cactus Don't feel bad if you don't know Mr. Perry's name. But feel bad if you don't at least try out his music. As a fan of electronica and fun, stuff like this is right up my alley.
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With the recent passing of singer-songwriter Sharon Jones , Barbara Kopple 's film Miss Sharon Jones ! has become even more emotionally challenging watch. Following Jones through her fight with pancreatic cancer and riding along on her tour with her band of 20 years The Dap- Kings, we get a picture of a woman for whom music was everything and quitting was never an option. Famously once told she would never get a record deal because she was, "Too fat, too black and too old,"...
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Mavericks were lost, Dylan bagged a Nobel (and then went quiet), the Knowles sisters sparkled, and grime moved centre stageObserver criticsreviews of the year in full If you spent 2016 dogged by a sense of incredulous unease, as though the world had been forced into a breakdance head-spin, consider this. Mavericks are supposed to frolic on the pop stage. Boring straights are supposed to run things proficiently. In 2016, that logic seemed to invert. With the loss of David Bowie , Prince , Phife Dawg , Allan Toussaint , Lemmy , Pete Burns and Sharon Jones – to name but six grim reapings of this cruel year – pop music sustained a net loss of colourful mavericks. In the world of politics, meanwhile, unconventional, off-the-wall types unleashed seismic changes to the postwar status quo. If ever there was a natural order, 2016 certainly offended it.
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" In addition, parents with 'boomerang kids' -- adult children between 25 and 34 years of age who are still living at home to save money or get back on their feet after a personal crisis -- often experience the same symptoms. The experts at Family Health Psychiatric & Counseling Center, Pc in Michigan point out that about 30% of the 78 million baby boomers in America are about to be 'empty nesters' and many will be looking for support to help them through this difficult time. In an interview for TheScope University of Utah Health Sciences Radio, Dr. Kyle Bradford Jones explains the duality of emotions many parents experience as their kids grow up and then leave. You're obviously excited for your kids to be moving forward in life and experiencing new things but you're also experiencing negative emotions like grief, loneliness, or even depression, explains Dr.
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