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DVD Playhouse--May 2012

DVD Playhouse – May 2012

By Allen Gardner

Shame (20th Century Fox) Director Steve McQueen’s harrowing portrait of a Manhattan sex addict (Michael Fassbender, in the year’s most riveting performance) whose psyche goes into overload when his equally-troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) visits unexpectedly. Exquisitely-made on every level, save for the screenplay, which makes its point after about thirty minutes. While it tries hard to be a modern-day Last Tango in Paris, this fatal flaw makes it fall somewhat short. The much- ballyhooed sex scenes and frontal nudity are the least-interesting things about the film, incidentally, which is still a must-see for discriminating adults who seek out challenging material. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Being John Malkovich (Criterion) Spike Jonze’s madcap film of Charlie Kaufman’s script, regarding a socially-disenfranchised puppeteer (John Cusack) who finds a portal into the mind of actor
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Adele claims back singles chart No. 1

Adele has regained pole position on the UK singles chart with 'Someone Like You'. The 21 star scored a fifth week at number one after knocking previous chart-topper Nicole Scherzinger and her track 'Don't Hold Your Breath' down to two. Third place this week belongs to 'Just Can't Get Enough' by The Black Eyed Peas, which gains a hefty 12 spots from last Sunday, while The Wanted's 'Gold Forever' and Jessie J's 'Price Tag' complete the top five. Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' also continues to hang within the single digits at nine, as Lady GaGa rounds out a largely unchanged top ten with 'Born This Way', down three from last week's seven. Outside the top sellers, Peter Kay's Britain's Got The Pop Factor... alter-ego Geraldine McQueen (more)
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Adele regains midweek chart top spot

Adele has returned to number one on the singles midweek chart with album track 'Someone Like You'. The British songstress has knocked last week's number one, Nicole Scherzinger's 'Don't Hold Your Breath', down to number two, with The Wanted staying put in third position with Comic Relief single 'Gold Forever'. The Black Eyed Peas climb into the top ten, settling at number seven with new single 'Just Can't Get Enough'. Lady GaGa's 'Born This Way' slips out of the top ten for the first time and is currently placed at number 11, just a few spots above Geraldine McQueen and Susan Boyle's charity duet 'I (more)
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Justin Bieber and Paul McCartney Took Part in BBC Star-Studded Telethon

Stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Adele, George Michael and Susan Boyle came together for Britain's Comic Relief fundraiser on Friday night, March 18, and helped raise a massive 118 million dollars. Celebrities rallied to take part in the TV telethon at the BBC studios in London and viewers were treated to an evening of performances and skits.

Adele performed her emotional ballad "Someone Like You", boy band Jls sang their single "Eyes Wide Shut", while Take That danced with British comedy stars who were imitating the band in a skit called "Fake That". Michael poked fun at his public image in a sketch with funnyman James Corden, the pair sang along to Wham! songs while driving to the BBC in a pre-recorded clip. Corden was then seen chairing a star-studded meeting, with Bieber playing the keyboard, as celebrities including McCartney, Keira Knightley and Harry Potter actors Tom Felton and Rupert Grint
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"Of Gods and Men" Leads Cesar Awards Nominations!

Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" dominated the nominations of the 36th Annual Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. "Of Gods" received 11 nominations total and will compete against Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), Mammuth, Le Nom Des Gens, The Ghost Writer, and On Tour for Best Film.

The Social Network, Invictus, Inception, Illegal, The Secret In Their Eyes, Bright Star, and Les Amours Imaginaires will duke it out for the Best Foreign Film category.

Jodie Foster will preside over the ceremony and Quentin Tarantino will be given an honorary Cesar award. The 36th Annual Cesar Awards will be held on Feb. 25th.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Film

Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), dir: Pascal Chaumeil

Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieu), dir: Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), dir: Joann Sfar

Mammuth, dir: Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern

Le Nom Des Gens, dir: Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer,
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