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#AceMediaNews – Dec.23: The brassy confidence of Robert Siodmak’s twisted 1944 tale – starring Gene Kelly cast against type as a charming murderer – deserves to win it more plaudits during the annual Frank Capra love-in
Maybe in some far-off galaxy there’s a planet that is a complete replica of Earth, with one exception. No one knows or cares much about Frank Capra’s 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life, but every Christmas all the TV stations and cinemas show Christmas Holiday, made a couple of years before.
This entirely bizarre but captivating noir melodrama, which takes place over one Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, is directed by Robert Siodmak and written by Herman Mankiewicz, adapted from the novel by Somerset Maugham.
Audiences expecting feelgood yuletide entertainment reeled out of the cinemas, alienated by this weird, obsessive story.
#AceMediaNews – Dec.14: Dick Van Dyke, famed Hollywood song and dance man and famously nice guy, kicked off his 90s in Los Angeles this weekend with a flash mob performance and singalong.
The star sang and clapped as a group dressed as chimney sweeps, like his “Mary Poppins” character Bert, performed a choreographed dance to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” at The Grove on Saturday.
Van Dyke joined the group to sing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” as they held up happy birthday signs. The event was organized in part by his wife, Arlene Silver.
He officially turned 90 on Sunday.
In November, Van Dyke shared with CNN iReport contributor Julie Ellerton his secrets to staying young, which somehow include eating all the ice cream and candy he can get his hands on.
“Don’t do anything that isn’t fun,” Van Dyke said, sitting in a dressing room at the Malibu Playhouse, where he performs with his a capella group Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix. “I may have reached that point in life where I don’t have to do anything that isn’t fun.”
He said lots of exercise and movement keep him going.
The actor starred in the eponymous “Dick Van Dyke Show” alongside Mary Tyler Moore in the early 1960s. He led the long-running program “Diagnosis Murder” in the 1990s. In between, Van Dyke starred in other iterations of the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” many TV programs and 1964’s beloved “Mary Poppins” movie.
It seems this year’s birthday sneaked up on the active nonagenarian.
“It’s such a surprise. I remember at 80 I said this is acceptable, this is just fine. I didn’t know it was a very slippery slope after that,” he said with a laugh.
Original Article: http://wtkr.com/2015/12/13/
#AceMediaNews – Dec.13: With 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram, he is one of the most avidly monitored British celebrities on social media. But Ed Sheeran has decided to shun “seeing the world through a screen”, and announced that he is quitting all social media until next autumn at least.
The singer broke the news on Instagram, but apparently will not be in a position to read the tens of thousands of comments: he claims that he is even giving up his phone. Sheeran announced his withdrawal from social media at the end of a world tour promoting his second album, X, saying that although he was travelling the world, he wasn’t actually seeing it.
“I’m taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while. I’ve had such an amazing ride over the last five years, but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes, so I’m taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.”
Even his family and friends will not be hearing from him. “If you love me, you will understand me buggering off for a bit,” he said.
He was careful to stress that this is a pause, not an end, to his showbiz career: “The third album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing.”
Born in West Yorkshire in 1991 and brought up in Suffolk, Sheeran built his career on social media. He released his first recordings independently, then in 2011 scored multi-platinum sales for his first album, +, won the Ivor Novello best song award for the single The A Team, Brit for best male solo artist and best breakthrough artist in 2012, and this year another Ivor Novello and Brit for the second album.
In case anyone meets the redhead sitting in a cafe not looking at a smartphone screen, let him know that lowla8, and many many others, pleaded: “Take me with you.”
Quitting social media is in danger of becoming fashionable. Essena O’Neill, an Australian teenager who had become an Instagram star with more than half a million followers, recently left, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”. At 18 she said she could make a good living recommending products to readers, but instead deleted more than 2,000 photographs, which she said “served no real purpose other than self-promotion”. She posted that she was quitting all social media – “for me, personally, it consumed me. I wasn’t living in a 3D world” – though it transpired she was actually launching a new website.
The comedian and author Stephen Fry is a serial social media quitter. Earlier this year he temporarily shut down his Twitter account, to the anguish of his nine million followers, announcing: “During that time I will be taking a holiday from Twitter and, with a few exceptions, not tweeting at all. “
Last March he shut down his Instagram account, which had 92,000 followers, with the words: “Newspapers, as ever, suck all the joy out of everything. Closing down. It was, briefly, fun. Bye.”
All of your presents come from the shop you work at (Picture: Getty)
It’s the time of year all gift shops wait for.
The opportunity to make some serious cash as consumers empty their wallets on anything they can get their hands on.
It’s Christmas, yay.
The internet hasn’t won just yet. Traditional shoppers are still out in their masses, perusing and choosing the gifts that their family and friends will receive on Christmas morning.
Who will be there to help them complete this task? The humble gift shop of course.
Here are 17 things you’ll only understand if you’ve worked in a gift shop over Christmas…
1. The Christmas Eve panic buyer. You don’t want to laugh at this poor twenty something male but he has no idea what he’s doing. It’s 3.30pm and all he has so far is a basket of soaps from The Body Shop and a bottle opener in the shape of Darth Vader. His family are in for a disappointing Christmas… again.
2. On the flip side there is the organised shopper. You remember them because they had a long conversation with you about dinosaur cookie cutters back in September. They glide through the doors in early December without breaking stride, make their purchase and give you a knowing wink on the way out that says ‘and that’s how it’s done’.
3. Everyone is up for going out at Christmas so you do your best to maintain a good social life. However, when you’re six rum and cokes deep late on a Friday night with work at 9am the next day you realise you’ve made a huge mistake.
4. Secret Santa shoppers are everywhere and chances are they don’t know anything about the recipient. They literally have no idea what to buy Janice from accounts. A tea towel with a cat on it is then.
The classic secret Santa gift (Picture: Amazon)
5. You pull out cruddy items that have been at the back of the stock room all year and place them carefully amongst the shiny, new stuff. People will literally buy anything at Christmas.
6. You’re incredibly busy but a sweet old man wants to tell you the story about how he came to buy this particular gift for his granddaughter. It’s a sweet tale but can you tell me it in January please Malcolm as I’m drowning in a sea of carrier bags and receipts.
7. You tell the new stock boy to go and sort out a delivery on the 1st December. You never see him again.
8. People expect you to know everything. And not just about the products in the shop you work in. They’re visibly shocked if you don’t know where to buy the latest Nerf gun for their seven year old nephew. I work in a bookshop, do your own research.
9. The shops are open late every bloody night which can mean only one thing… drunk shoppers. They can be entertaining and they don’t care how much they spend but you turn around for five seconds and they’re slumped against a display of Unicorn Night Lights. Come on, time to go buddy, we’re closing.
10. Your family know to expect all their gifts to come from the shop you work at. It’d be rude not to take advantage of staff discount.
11. Christmas music. On repeat. I don’t wish it could be Christmas everyday, everybody is not having fun and it’s not the most wonderful time of the year. Help me.
12. It’s busy. Things sell out. Excuse me, you had this yesterday, where’s it gone? Sold out mate. But, but… buy it when you see it you berk. Christmas takes no prisoners.
13. The shop is heaving, you’re rushed off your feet and some butter fingered shopper drops their overpriced seasonal latte right in the middle of the Christmas cards. You clean it whilst giving them the biggest stink eye.
14. The intensity will become too much for one staff member. They’re still smiling but they’ve lost the plot. They have suddenly forgotten how to take a simple credit card payment and are trying to squeeze a One Direction mug into a tiny paper bag. Take five Dan, take five.
15. Customers become so desperate they make gifts up and just pray they exist. ‘My friend is really into trains and computers, do you have any laptop chargers in the shape of The Flying Scotsman?’ No. Nobody does. No no no.
16. Shutting the doors at 5pm on Christmas Eve is the most amazing feeling ever.
17. Remembering that the sales start on Boxing day quickly takes the shine off it. All those organised shoppers are going to be back as the gates to refund city officially open. Give me strength.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy your one day off…
#AceSocialNews – Dec.11: If you’re a Tumblr user who happens to have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, today is your lucky day.
The Tumblr team dropped an update that includes support for both 3D Touch and Live Photo. The Live Photo bit is super interesting because Tumblr is a place where GIFs and animated images tend to get shared and re-shared at pretty rapid rates.
The best part is that you can view them even if… Read More
#AceMediaNews – Dec.11: Tony Hall makes surprise announcement of fresh commission before fifth series of BBC1 drama starts in January
The BBC has revealed it has commissioned a sixth series of Call the Midwife, more than a month before the fifth series starts on 24 January.
The announcement was made by BBC director general Tony Hall at a surprise appearance at the London launch of series five of the BBC1 drama, which deals with the heart-rending story of thalidomide.
#AceMediaNews – Dec.11: Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s portmanteau film, a bizarre and stylised collection of shorts featuring woodland bandits, child soldiers and a famous surgeon who cuts into a patient who offers up more than he bargained for.
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling and Udo Kier, The Forbidden Room is released in UK cinemas on Friday 11 December
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