Staff at music magazine Nme received a personal phone call from Tom Odell's father after the British singer's debut album was given a scathing review. The rising singer-songwriter got his big break when he was discovered by Lily Allen, also known as Lily Rose Cooper, and signed to her label In The Name Of, before winning this year's (13) BRIT Awards Critics' Choice prize.
However, reviewer Mark Beaumont of NME was unimpressed with the 22 year old's upcoming debut, Long Way Down, giving it zero stars and writing, "I wish I could say there's a place in Hell reserved for Tom Odell. There's not. Just loads more BRITs. He'll be all over 2013 like a virulent dose of musical syphilis, pounding and warbling away at every Papal election and Bradley Wiggins (British cyclist) finishing line."
The harsh critique prompted a call from Odell's airline pilot father, according to NME's deputy editor Lucy Jones, who tweeted on Wednesday (19Jun13), "Tom Odell's dad just called the NME office to complain about his album review..."
Music critic Simon Price of The Independent on Sunday has since slammed editors at NME for publishing the bad review, insisting, "It is a very safe and easy thing for NME to do. It is the sort of thing that allows them to pretend they are still a vicious paper with teeth, when the truth is they are scared to attack their core acts. The latest Beady Eye album was truly awful but they gave it a good review and (frontman) Liam Gallagher was on the cover that week."
I think we can all agree that the Cusack's (John, Joan AND Ann) possess some kind of universal likability. They're sweet and funny and lovably awkward in all the right ways. Though all three have gone through happily active and sadly inactive periods in their respective careers, I always look forward to seeing them resurface. John gets most of the love from movie studios and film producers these days and Ann, though usually working, is the most obscure of the lot, but Joan is as relevant as ever after reprising her voice role this year in the billion dollar hit Toy Story 3. Now, she's set to work on a new Showtime series called Shameless, says Deadline.
The series, which is an American redo of the long-running hit UK program, stars William H. Macy as a far-from-competent working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (played by Emmy Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White and Laura Slade Wiggins will co-star.
Cusack will play will play the role of Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher. She replaces Allison Janney (Juno), who was forced to drop out due to her commitment to ABC's Mr. Sunshine after the producers of Shameless decided to beef up the role and include Sheila in all 12 episodes of the season, which will premiere on January 9th.
I've always liked Janney and I think that she would've played up the agoraphobic side of the character very well, but Cusack can turn in a cynical and comedic performance that could quite possibly steal the spotlight from Macy's deplorable leading man. If the producers of Shameless don't pull any punches, this could be good for more than a couple of laughs come January. Cusack also appears in Disney's Mars Needs Moms! on March 11th 2011.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.