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wow taylor swift really did THAT and by THAT i mean became a 10 time grammy award winning, multi platinum selling, record shattering, once in a generation songwriting cultural phenomenon with 2 cats all before the age of 27

Crazy almost 10 years ago I encountered this blomde hair ball of energy.
At 2:30AM in Portland Oregon January 2006. Still so humble. She kept telling us “I was still sitting at my desk in high school last year”. She played a little private concert for the 20-30 of us left in line singing “Tim Mcgraw”. I was on the fence about waiting so long but I’m so glad I did. I’m hooked now more than ever.
Watching a tall,tangled,curly,blonde hair beauty become a multi grammy award winning artist grow over the period of 10 years really makes my heart overflow with happiness. @taylorswift @bmlg

STEVEN MOFFAT’S NEXT SEASON OF DOCTOR WHO WILL BE HIS LAST, CHRIS CHIBNALL IS NEW HEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

After six incredible seasons at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.

Steven took over the reins on Season 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode. 

Steven Moffat says: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple BAFTA winning hit series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut season will launch in 2018.

Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world.  So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve lovedDoctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.  Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.”

Steven’s final season will air on BBC AMERICA and BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016. [x]

THE LEGENDARY STEVIE WONDER DELIVERS “FAITH,” FEATURING ARIANA GRANDE, FOR ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ SING

OSCAR© WINNERS MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AND REESE WITHERSPOON LEAD THE ALL-STAR CAST OF THE FILM, WHICH MAKES ITS WORLDWIDE DEBUT AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND.

SING OPENS IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE ON DECEMBER 21

NEW YORK, NY (September 9, 2016) — STEVIE WONDER delivers the new collaboration entitled “Faith” [feat. ARIANA GRANDE] for Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ SING, it was announced last night during Ariana Grande’s interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  The song will be available soon via Republic Records, as well as on the upcoming release of the Sing Official Soundtrack Album.  Sing opens in theaters everywhere on December 21.

“Faith” unites Academy Award®- and GRAMMY Award-winning Stevie Wonder and multi-platinum GRAMMY Award nominee Ariana Grande.  Produced by powerhouses and multi-GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter/producers Ryan Tedder [Adele, Beyoncé, U2] andBenny Blanco [Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry], “Faith” marks the first song that Stevie Wonder has contributed to a film in more than 25 years.

Stevie Wonder remains one of the most legendary and influential artists in history.  In addition to selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, he has garnered a total of 25 GRAMMY Awards—the most-ever awarded to a male solo artist in history.  Among countless accolades, he is an Academy Award® winner and landed at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Artists. A paragon of goodwill, charity and activism, he was even named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations.

ABOUT SING            
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition, even if the prize money isn’t exactly in the bank yet.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.  Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
Within less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut “Yours Truly” and also with its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.”

“Yours Truly” yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which went triple-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the six times-platinum hit “Problem.” Upon the single’s release, Ariana became “the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week,” while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at No. 1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks.

During release week, “My Everything” was No. 1 on Spotify as Ariana personally rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs—“Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J—in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. “Bang Bang” went platinum and was GRAMMY-nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” By the end of the year, she landed four songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; the most of any artist in 2014. Ariana has enjoyed five Hot 100 Top 10 smashes.

In 2013, Ariana was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards.  Other accolades followed, with Ariana winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single” “Problem” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more.  At the 2014 MTV VMAS, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well. In November, Ariana took home the award for “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock” at the 2015 American Music Awards.

2016 sees Ariana release her mega-anticipated third full-length album, “Dangerous Woman,” driven by the title track, which captured No. 1 on both iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Pop Songs Chart minutes after release.  “Dangerous Woman” also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, earning her the distinction of becoming the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums.

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'There's nothing like it in comics' … how Love and Rockets broke the rules
It’s the groundbreaking comic whose characters have aged along with its readers – and Neil Gaiman is a huge fan

“I was an enormous fan,” says Neil Gaiman, the multi-award-winning author and graphic novelist. “I still am. I don’t really understand why the material of Love and Rockets isn’t widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of fiction of the last 35 years. Because it is.”

“I grew up on a very, very remote farm in an incredibly white part of the Oregon coast,” remembers comic writer Gail Simone. “As a kid, the first issue of Love and Rockets I saw astonished me not just with its visual and storytelling mastery, but with the worlds it focused on – characters of every shape and background, from women selling babosas barefooted to sexy, smart mechanic girlfriends. I’d never experienced anything like it, and that’s because there is nothing else like it.”

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I just watched this AMAZING documentary. It’s an multi-award winning film, featuring so many bright minds and economists who simply explain the average lifetime of an empire (250 years or 6 generations) and how that closely relates to the recent explosion of war, violence, famine and conquest that ravage the world (mostly the poor) today. When I was in highschool, I caught the bus to Occupy Chicago after school.  I remember telling my mom “the revolution is coming. This is only the beginning and I have to be a part of it.”  The same things people gathered in that smelly business district of Chicago, in front of the federal reserve, to protest against are issues that are driving change today.  They can’t hold this wolf by the ears any longer.

If you care to learn more about the role of America & the Western world as an economic antagonist and it’s collapsing neocolonialist global empire, I highly recommend this beautifully compiled film. It’s brutally honest, but leaves you with the furthest feeling from that of despair.  In fact, It leaves you with the knowledge that apathy is what will destroy us all. 

Please share this film so that others can understand and, too, awaken.


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The Bee Gees - Nights on Broadway (1975)

Here’s wishing the very talented Barry Gibb a wonderful 70th Birthday! Even though l’m better acquainted with the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, l chose this particular song for two specific reasons, one is the year 1975 because that’s when Tony Award Winner John Lloyd Young was born, the other is the title, ‘Nights On Broadway’, because JLY spent many nights on Broadway performing his multi-award winning role of ‘Frankie Valli’ in the now iconic “Jersey Boys”!!! (l sure hope that Mr. Gibb doesn’t mind me hijacking his milestone birthday for my own purposes, but l’m sure that being a musician himself he would understand my enthusiasm for JLY’s talent!)

“Out of everyone in the cast I’m the most impressed with Danai Gurira. Not only is she a talented and multi-award winning playwright, she’s currently making history on Broadway and is nominated for A Tony award. Which is the highest honor in the theater community. She’s a huge activist, using her fame from the show to shine a light on issues in Africa. She’s also an advocate for women empowerment. And this is just the short list of the things she’s done. She’s truly a blessing to the world.”

“We all have a past. Ghosts. They are the shadows that define our every sunny day…”

Filming for series four of Sherlock, the multi-award-winning hit BBC One drama produced by Hartswood Films, has started.

Sherlock will return to screens with three brand-new episodes promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases…

Series four begins with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge - becoming parents for the first time.

Benedict Cumberbatch said he was “genuinely thrilled to be back filming Sherlock with all the cast and crew. I can’t wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait… though not for long… And it will be worth it.”

The first of the three feature-length episodes will be directed by Rachel Talalay, who has worked as a director, producer, and professor in film and television for more than 25 years, having previously directed Doctor Who, The Flash and The Wind In The Willows.

Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss say: “Sherlock series four - here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street - and it always feels like coming home. Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax…”

Sue Vertue, Executive Producer for Hartswood Films, says: “It’s taken a while to gather everyone together for series four, but I can confidently say I think it will be well worth the wait!”

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which aired on New Year’s Day this year, was the most watched programme over the festive season with 11.6 million viewers and the highest-ever audience share for a Sherlock episode. The Victorian special was also released in thousands of cinemas around the world to complement the TV broadcast.

Sherlock is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

CK/ BBC Press Release. 

JFSP s05e01

John Finnemore - writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore’s Double Acts, regular guest on The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth - returns for a fifth series of his multi-award-winning sketch show, joined as ever by a cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan.

This first episode sees an unlikely wager, a troubled bluesman, and, well - since you ask him for a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas…

John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme won the BBC Audio Drama Award for ‘Best Scripted Comedy with Live Audience’ in 2015; and a Radio Academy Silver Award for Comedy in 2014.

“One of the most consistently funny sketch shows for quite some time” - The Guardian
“The best sketch show in years, on television or radio” - The Radio Times
“The inventive sketch show … continues to deliver the goods” - The Daily Mail
“Superior comedy” - The Observer

Written by and starring … John Finnemore
Ensemble … Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Ensemble … Simon Kane
Ensemble … Lawry Lewin
Ensemble … Carrie Quinlan
Original music composed by … Susannah Pearse
Original music performed by … Jason Hazeley
Producer: Ed Morrish

s05e01 airs on Thursday 7 January 2016, 18.30 (UK) BBC Radio 4 (x)