BBC bosses are under fire from hundreds of viewers over the poor sound quality on Gabriel Byrne's new crime drama Quirke. The first episode of the three-part show aired in the U.K. on Sunday (25May14) but many viewers were left struggling to hear the characters speaking.
Almost 250 frustrated viewers have complained about the sound quality, demanding BBC chiefs act to improve the show before the next episode is broadcast on Sunday (01Jun14).
The controversy comes just weeks after more than 2,000 viewers complained about the poor sound quality in Jessica Brown Findlay's adaptation of Jamaica Inn last month (Apr14).
A BBC spokeswoman says, "A wide range of factors can influence audibility and we will continue to work with the industry on this important subject."
Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel has been released from the hospital after battling pneumonia. The 64 year old was admitted to an intensive care unit in Las Vegas on Monday (14April14) with fluid in his lungs after performing a concert on Sunday (13Apr14) at the Mandalay Bay resort.
He was discharged on Friday (18April14), and he will be resuming his tour on 1 May (14) in Los Angeles, according to Billboard.com.
He was forced to postpone three shows in California following his hospitalisation.
Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel has been hospitalised in Las Vegas after falling ill with pneumonia. The singer, 64, began feeling ill following a concert in Sin City on Sunday (13Apr14) and was admitted to an intensive care unit on Monday (14Apr14) after waking up with a fever and congestion.
His representative reveals Gabriel is in a "delicate" state and will remain under doctors' care for a total of eight days.
As a result, the star has been forced to postpone his Wednesday (16Apr14) and Thursday (17Apr14) shows in Los Angeles and a Saturday (19Apr14) gig in San Jose, California.
However, he has reached out to fans on Twitter.com to assure them he will be fine.
His message, written in Spanish, translates as, "All is well! No need to worry, you just have to be careful! Thanks for all your messages and good wishes".
Gabriel is expected to resume his Volver tour in Los Angeles on 1 May (14), while new dates for the rescheduled gigs have yet to be announced.
Danish filmmaker Gabriel Axel has died at the age of 95. The Royal Deceit director passed away on Sunday (09Feb14), according to his daughter, Karin Moerch.
Axel became the first Danish director to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1987 for Babette's Feast.
He also acted in several TV series and movies, including The Reluctant Sadist in 1967, Dagmar Is Where It's At in 1972 and Going for Broke in 1977.
Those of us who have been watching ABC's Revenge since that awesome, drama-filled, high-octane first season have been patiently awaiting a return to that freshman glory. Many were disappointed by a lot of unnecessary bogging down in the second season and were hoping for some slightly less soapy drama this time around. That hasn't quite happened, but Revenge is definitely keeping much of its audience interested with some exciting love triangles, a unique approach in its treatment of sexuality, and the inimitable Victoria Grayson.
Although the drama is more believable this season, things are definitely getting weirder. For example, this whole Emily Grayson storyline? A lot of us did not see that coming. Emily Thorne (née Amanda Clarke) actually went ahead and married the son of her enemies, Daniel Grayson. And even when it was discovered that she trapped Daniel with her faux pregnancy (because dramatic pregnancies offer the best plot twists ever), she remained committed to the marriage/revengenda. There has probably been nothing weirder than watching Emily essentially turn into Victoria Grayson (inimitable though she be) -- staying in a marriage full of lies, cheating, and no real love for her own personal gain. It's all very strange and a bit unsettling... but it's also an interesting transition to watch. And we're hoping that some of that she'll adopt some of that Grayson ruthlessness, which is what this promo for episode 14 suggests:
As the third season carries on, we're still hoping that (among other things) someone in the Grayson family gets what's really coming to them, and that Nolan finally ends up with someone in a real way. Revenge is still a relatively new show, and thus has a lot to prove in terms of getting a real, committed following from fans and praise from critics. Consistency is what we need! Many of us are still waiting for things to get really good (or really bad) again, but so far you've still got our attention Revenge!
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Back in the day, people used to watch their favorite shows, and they had absolutely no hope of making contact with the actors on the show! They also had no way of sharing their love or frustration over a recent episode with the rest of the world and fellow viewers! Tragic, right? But now, thankfully, we have Twitter. And with a show as dramatic as ABC's Revenge, you're gonna wanna know who to follow/stalk, especially when season three picks up. Here are five Twitter accounts every Revenge fan must follow.@EmilyVanCamp
My kind of music. Love this. http://t.co/aTplxwxX
— Emily VanCamp (@EmilyVanCamp) February 14, 2013
Obviously, you have to follow the one and only Emily Thorne VanCamp. Typically a pretty private person, Emily's been tweeting some adorable photos of her new baby niece, and putting her followers on to some pretty dope music.
x-over time: @ScandalABC meets @Revenge w the amazing @BellamyYoung @voguemagazine @CFDA pic.twitter.com/drGSzUTDGC
— Gabriel Mann (@Gabriel_Mann) October 24, 2013
Now if you're not following Gabriel Mann (the actor who plays Nolan Ross), how are you ever going to see amazing photos like the one above? Mann was hanging out with everyone's favorite First Lady, Bellamy Young AKA Mellie Grant from ABC's other hit show Scandal.
— Nolan Ross (@TheNolanRoss) September 30, 2013
This acccount is so official, even Gabriel Mann is following it. How meta is that?
#RevengeBTS via @karterhol #Revenge pic.twitter.com/pbnKW5uNx5
— Barry Sloane (@BarrySloane) October 26, 2013
If you're on Team Aiden this season (and a lot of us are), you need to follow/Twitter stalk the heck out of the über-sexy Barry Sloane. That Twit-pic above pretty much says it all.
Happy times at Grayson Manor. pic.twitter.com/39k732oTMR
— Revenge Writers (@RevengeWriters) October 29, 2013
Because you have to tweet your frustration at someone! And because they occasionally tweet sneak peeks of upcoming scripts.
There’s a lot you can learn from ABC’s Revenge and the drama therein; how to fake your own death, how to fake an entire relationship, how to blackmail, frame, or ruin anyone’s reputation in the Hamptons. But you can also learn how to look fabulous while doing all of these very shady things (or while doing nothing shady at all, depending on what you’re into). Here’s what we’ve learned about fashion from some of our favorite characters on Revenge.
When attempting to take down high society in the Hamptons, keep a reservoir of fly little dresses at all times. Red, white, black, indigo — all colors are necessary for a summer of revenge on the water.
Upgrade the hell outta your pixie cut with some side-swept bangs. Also, try to be French like Margaux. If you can’t be French work on your faux French accent while fixing your side-swept bangs in the mirror.
Let’s be real—for bad bitches everywhere there’s pretty much only one color: red. All-red everything. Granted, Victoria has worn other colors, but she’s never more terrifying, more Victoria Grayson-like, than when she’s rocking a red dress and giving everyone the steely-eye.
Nautical wear is not just for the nautically-inclined, says our favorite faux sailor.
Jack Porter, Daniel Grayson, and Aiden Mathis
If you have the abs, try to be shirtless as much as possible. If you have the abs and a newborn baby (hi Jack), try to be shirtless as much as possible while holding the baby. Kthnxbye.
Anyone who's tuning into ABC's Revenge knows that much of the show's drama can be attributed to all of the complicated love triangles and quadrangles therein. But in all fairness, isn't that typical of most television dramas? Romantic problems are an easy way to keep folks interested in a show, but Revenge takes a unique approach with one character in particular. Nolan Ross (played by actor Gabriel Mann) is a favorite on Revenge, as the ride or die, ever-quotable sidekick to Emily Thorne. But one of the other things that makes Nolan so awesome is his sexuality, or rather, the lack of clarity in that department. With each passing season, viewers remain a bit unclear as to which way Nolan swings precisely, and the ambiguity therein is pretty cool.
In the first season we saw Nolan hooking up with Daniel Grayson's old college rommate Tyler Barrol, and viewers naturally assumed Nolan was gay. By the time we got to season two, Tyler was long gone and Padma Lahari was the new romantic interest. Nolan's gorgeous assistant (may she rest in peace) rocked a mean green dress, and her character threw us all for a loop. Technically, her relationship with Nolan meant that he was bisexual, but this was never explicitly stated. You could attribute such an omission to bad writing, but it could have been an intentional move -- an attempt to create a character that resisted labels.This season, it's all about Nolan and Patrick, although we expect this new relationship to be just as complicated as the others. In the meantime, we've been enjoying their many, shirtless hook ups (and hope that Patrick returns to the Hamptons soon for this reason especially). Here's hoping Nolan -- our favorite gay/bi/undefined/indifferent character on Revenge -- continues to surprise viewers and continues to be presented as someone who might help us redefine our existing notions of sexuality.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Louis Tomlinson was forced to limp off a soccer field to vomit after he was tackled during a charity game on Sunday (08Sep13). The One Direction star was left clutching his leg and writhing in agony after professional player Gabriel Agbonlahor knocked him to the ground during the friendly match in front of 60,000 spectators in Glasgow, Scotland.
The singer was in too much pain to continue so he hobbled off the field, where he was seen vomiting on the sidelines after he was substituted.
Agbonlahor, who was subjected to death threats from angry fans via Twitter.com, apologised for the clash, insisting, "It was just one of those things. I'll apologise to Louis when we meet up with everybody else after the game. I know he enjoyed playing in the game and it's fantastic that he took time out to be here."
The game was held to raise money for a cancer charity founded by retired soccer star Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last year (12).