Archives for the month of: April, 2013

Brendan Rodgers

Ever since the Premier League began back in 1992, Liverpool have failed to continue the dominance they had in the years previous. Whilst other teams continued to beat Liverpool to the title, fans have been left wondering when they would win their first Premier League trophy and the long awaited 19th title.

The closest the side ever came to securing the Premier League title was when former manager Rafa Benitez, now Chelsea boss, managed the side to 2nd place in the 2008/2009 season. After being runners-up to Manchester United that year, Liverpool failed to make any real impact in the league and for too long their European football has been restricted to playing in the Europa League football instead of the prestigious Champions League.

With all this being said, Liverpool are on the rise once more. Whilst fan favorites Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalgleish weren’t able to win the league, the club turned to then Premier League new boys Swansea for their next manager.

Brendan Rogers has now been manager for nearly a year at Anfield and despite not making an instant impact In the league, he is clearly the right man for the job. Rogers plays a very similar game to that of Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in that youth is always a main factor in developing the squad.

The progress of Joe Allen, Andre Wisdom and Raheem Sterling is a notable improvement to the squad and is something which will continue to benefit the team as these players develop. At the moment the squad aren’t getting the results they would of hoped for, but what is more important is building for the future.

The team have a wealth of talent including Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina as well as newest signings Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

With the end of the seasons looming its unlikely that Liverpool can snatch a top four spot this season, but if they spend wisely in the summer and retain their current stars they will certainly begin to close in on forth and that Champions League place.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Often times when a high concept television show is just getting started, it will spend its first few episodes trying to decide what kind of show it really wants to be. The pilot episode lays down all the cards, and the subsequent episodes decide which ones it wants to play and how much, thereby giving the show its identity. Some find its winning formula immediately while others take their time, whether or not it’s deliberate.

Now in its third episode, The Americans seems to have found comfortably found its identity, being one of the shows that find its winning formula early in its infant stages. That formula is an intense character driven drama set against the backdrop of Cold War espionage. It’s not just about two deep cover spies behind enemy lines carrying out cool spy missions; it’s about how those missions affect them as people due to the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in. Its similar to The Walking Dead, in which each episode is not solely based on zombie killing, but how the situation as a whole affects the individuals caught up in it.

This week’s episode begins with Beeman and Phillip in a friendly game of racquet ball. In the loaded dialogue of the scene, the two men basically outline their personalities and methods through the metaphor of their game. Phillip the one willing to do anything to win, and Beeman being the more patient and methodical one. If anything, this is a precursor to what it would be like once Beeman starts suspecting the Jennings again.

As the “previously on” segment indicates, this episode is heavily centered on Robert, the operative who was stabbed in their fist mission from the pilot episode. We knew that he died and the hospital, and we also knew that this was going to complicate things for Philizabeth (I’m just gonna call them that from now on). Well, that happened a lot earlier than we thought because they receive a coded message from the now dead Robert. Knowing this is impossible, they dig further into it. As it turns out, Robert had a wife and infant child on the side. That’s a big no-no in the world of Directorate S operatives.

On the other side of things, Beeman and his team put their newly turned asset to good use, as she divulges information on the failed extraction from the pilot, and sends Beeman on the trail of Robert. This leads them to the wife and child, and the two opposing sides of the show are set on a collision course. Beeman puts a surveillance team on the wife. Naturally, Philizabeth are outnumbered, so they call on their own surveillance team. Now this is where things get interesting.

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Elizabeth goes to see her asset, the episode’s titular Gregory, played by Derek Luke. She sends him and his team on the job first to do surveillance, then to do an extraction job for the wife. It seems that Philizabeth have a whole network of turned assets willing to work for them. However, unlike Phillip’s somewhat shallow lovemaking blonde asset last week, Gregory has a deeper connection with Elizabeth.

See, back then when Elizabeth was unhappy with her marriage with Phillip, she took her frustration out by sleeping with Gregory. Soon it became intimate, and Elizabeth found herself expressing the emotions she’s always wanted to express in a normal relationship towards Gregory. She never got to experience it truly, as her marriage is, after all, fake. Now however, she’s just beginning to fully accept Phillip as her husband, so things are obviously even more complicated when she sees Gregory again. Is what she did cheating? Her marriage with Phillip was fabricated, but Phillip does deeply love her, as we saw in the pilot. This is one of those intriguing questions the show is adept at asking and ambiguously answering.

One big development with this episode was the introduction of Margo Martingale as Philizabeth’s new handler. After her terrific performance in Justified, this can be nothing but a plus to an already great show. She really is good at balancing the nice motherly act with the quite authoritative and even menacing attitude when the situation arises. I have a feeling we’ll see a lot more of that.

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This episode really stepped up with its character moments, once again putting Elizabeth in the spotlight and delving even deeper into Philizabeth’s already complicated relationship. Gregory certainly throws a wrench into what they have built up from the pilot, and it was all very intriguing to see it all play out. We haven’t seen the end of this for sure, and I feel Gregory will continue to be a constant reminder of how Elizabeth once was. The conflict of the week with Robert’s wife was good but that strong plot wise, as its tragic end was a foregone conclusion especially when Margo Martingale’s character was involved.

The Americans continues to deliver an ongoing, intense character study of the effects of a life of lies has on someone. There was a good balance between Philizabeth and Beeman’s side of things, all sprinkled with a healthy dose of dark drama and character development. An improvement from last week’s adequate episode, “Gregory” really delved deep into Philizabeth’s troubled past, and added another hurdle for them to get through. There is really no other romance like this on TV, which makes it that much more fascinating to watch.

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KIM KARDASHIAN hid her baby bump this week with a fluffy feather skirt that she wore to the launch party of Topshop/Topman in West Hollywood.

Leave it to Kim to wear unconventional maternity clothes!

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Kim Kardashian continues her streak of donning trendy baby bump-friendly outfits as she walked the red carpet on Wednesday.

The pregnant reality star, who just came from a Brazil trip with her boyfriend and baby daddy Kanye West, sported a lacy and semi-sheer top, which she layered with a skirt with tons of feathers to cover her growing belly. She finished the look with her favorite leather leggings and simple black pumps.

See her outfit HERE.

Do you like Kim‘s latest pregnant mom look?

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CHRIS BROWN and DRAKE have decided to sue each other over their massive NYC nightclub brawl in June last year.

The war ain’t over yet!

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As you may remember, Chris Brown and Drake were initially blamed and sued for the huge club brawl at W.i.P. nightclub in New York in the middle of last year. But because there was no sufficient evidence to prove that they started the bottle-throwing fight-allegedly over their common lady love, Rihanna-that left party goers with pretty serious injuries, they were eventually let off the hook.

But in light of a new suit filed by French model Romain Julien against them and the club, the rappers are now attacking each other… in court.

Now that’s fresh.

TMZ reports:

“Both Drake and Brown have filed legal docs — obtained by TMZ — in which they point the guilty finger at each other. It’s a little technical, but each is asking the judge to pin the blame on the other.”

The report adds:

Drake and Brown each claim they were not responsible for the fight and want the other to pay any damages in the event the model wins his suit.”

At this point, the outcome is pretty unpredictable. Stay tuned…

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Michelle Williams

There’s nothing wrong with taking a fashion risk now and then, and Michelle Williams did just that at the “Oz The Great and Powerful” Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday.

The actress, who plays the Good Witch in the film, wore a pretty white short-sleeved dress embellished with silver flowers. But what makes the gown unique is the extremely high slit on the right side that revealed quite a bit of leg (and her black undies).

It’s not too often the demure star shows so much skin, but we think she did it in just the right way without going over the line.

She was joined on the yellow brick road by co-stars Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz, who also looked lovely in white and red frocks.

A mischievous magician (James Franco) gains the wisdom to become a powerful ruler after being swept away to a land of magic and mystery in “Oz The Great and Powerful.” It hits theaters March 8.

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Check out more photos from the premiere on the following pages!

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Safe Haven

Today is opening day for Safe Haven, the romantic drama starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember). The film is helmed by director Lasse Hallstrom, who previously teamed with Sparks on the adaptation of Dear John. BFTV spoke with Hallstrom at the movie’s press day on Friday to find out what interested him in working on another Sparks film, and his unique directorial approach for Safe Haven.

“It was basically a phone call from the producer that I worked with on Dear John, Marty Bowen,” said the Academy Award-nominated director (pictured above left with Duhamel and Hough), explaining how he came aboard the film. “He said ‘I have another Sparks story, would you consider it?’ And I would, because I really enjoyed working with that particular producer. We had such a good experience. Also, all the Sparks [novels] are stories that are driven by character and not sacrificing character for a film.”

With any adaptation of a book to the screen, the natural question is how much of the text makes that transition. For example, the ending of the novel A Walk to Remember is much more ambiguous than that of the film, and while the book is set in the 1950’s, the movie takes place in the 1990’s. Asked how much of Safe Haven adheres to the novel, Hallstrom said, “I don’t think people will be upset that they’re not recognizing enough from the book. We had basically the backbone of the story. When it comes to dialogue [and] details, we have a respect for the source material, and we’ve been playing around with it, adding our own ideas.”

The director took the different step of asking his actors to step away from the script and improvise certain scenes in the film. How did he decide which scenes were right for that approach? “You know that pretty quickly,” he said. “There’s a scene, for example, with the girl [Katie, played by Hough] handing over a fish that she caught to the guy [Alex, played by Duhamel]. There’s a scripted version; there’s also potential for a long improvisational one. And then you might make a combo of the improvised material that you have and the scripted material.”

“I like the improvisational tone of it,” he continued, discussing what stands out to him about the picture. “It feels fresh and authentic. I’m happy about the performances in general, that they feel real.” In that respect, Hallstrom singled out the performance of young actress Mimi Kirkland, who plays Alex’s daughter Lexi. “She’s very real,” he said. “That’s a hard thing.”

Hallstrom is no stranger to making memorable films, particularly those adapted from literature. He’s been nominated for two Academy Awards, including for 1999’s The Cider House Rules, which was from the novel by John Irving. Other films on his resume include 2000’s Chocolat, 2001’s The Shipping News, 2011’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and the 1993 cult classic What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, all of which began life as books.

Asked which of his films that he would recommend to people who enjoy Safe Haven, the director said, “I would go with a Swedish movie called My Life as a Dog, or maybe Gilbert Grape or Cider House Rules.” One of his favorite movies is the Woody Allen classic Annie Hall. “That’s my favorite romance movie,” he added. “It’s also one of my favorite movies ever because it tells very truthfully about love, with a great sense of humor.”

He’s hoping that Safe Haven can strike a similar chord with people who go to see it. “My ambition was to be as real as possible with the performers, with the story,” Hallstrom said. “That would be my goal, in doing that, [to] have you recognize yourself in these characters, recognize situations and emotions, and relate to it, knowing that you’re not alone.”

Safe Haven is in theaters now. Watch the film’s trailer below, and for more information, visit the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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A Good Day to Die Hard

Bruce Willis is most famous for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard films. This week, the fifth film in the 25-year-old franchise hits theaters, and it combines his number one movie job with his number one real life job. Bruce Willis is also a father, and features John McClane teaming up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney).

It’s my favorite job, being a father,” Willis said. “I have four girls now. They’re a captive audience. They can’t really run away from you even if they don’t like your jokes. I just enjoy it. I love making my kids laugh and I still do the dumbest things in the world to make them laugh. I do that with my youngest daughter now to make her laugh.”

When comparing his two jobs, Willis knows which one is more important. “One is a job, it’s a film concept and the other is real life. You want to try to get them ready to get out in the world and grow up to be women that have good morals and good intentions that are nice people who are kind. I never knew until they got older that I was having any impact on them.”

See what kind of father John McClane is in A Good Day to Die Hard, out February 14.

Watch "A Good Day to Die Hard – Premiere Report"

Photo Credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN - FANS VS. FAVORITES

Welcome to Survivor: Caramoan, Fans vs. Favorites. The Favorites (Bikal Tribe): Andrea Boehlke (Survivor Redemption Island), Brandon Hantz (Survivor South Pacific), Brenda Lowe (Survivor Nicaragua), Corrine Kaplan (Survivor Gabon), Dawn Meehan (Survivor South Pacific), Erik Reichenbach (Survivor Micronesia), Francesca Hogi (Survivor Redemption Island), John Cochran (Survivor South Pacific), Phillip Sheppard (Survivor Redemption Island) and Malcolm Freberg (Survivor Philippines).

The Fans (Gota Tribe): Laura Alexander, Sherri Biethman, Hope Driskill, Eddie Fox, Julia Landauer, Alexandra Phevitz, Michael Snow, Shamar Thomas, Reynold Toepfer, Matt Bischoff.

The Fans come in on a boat, while the Favorites get helicopters. And Jeff Probst, that wild and crazy guy, apparently parachutes down from a towering cliff, where he’s been shouting about 39 days and ONE SURVIVOR.

Probst gathers the Fans on the beach for their first glimpse of their new frenemies. Just to show them who’s boss, the Faves’ helicopters land close enough to literally kick sand in the Fans faces. Probst immediately sets the teams a challenge, with a reward of fire, and twenty pounds of beans. Two members of each team must race into the water to retrieve a ring, and then get it back to their pole while fending off the other team.

Phillip takes the opportunity to strip down to his – yes – pink briefs. The melee gets hot and heavy, as everyone fights their hardest. Probst, in the water himself, is shocked when Shamar yells out “Break her wrist!” Although Shamar says he really meant “Break her hold,” a lonely bird whistle signals that the Fans are here to play HARD.

The Favorites win the game when Malcolm wrestles his way out of his shorts (“Go naked”, yells Erik from the sidelines) and into victory. Phillip tries to corral the rambunctious Brandon by pretending to be a football coach, (“Alright guys, that’s enough, bring it in.”) to whom no one listens.

On the Fans (Gota) beach, they find a machete and a barrel of rice. Mountain Man Matt immediately gets to work building a shelter, with everyone’s help. But ex-Marine Shamar disses their work, saying that the most important priority is getting fire organized. Matt says he is the shelter guy; someone else will have to work on fire. Having thoroughly bummed out the group, Shamar wanders away, and does absolutely nothing about either fire or shelter. I guess his work there was done.

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Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz

It’s Valentine’s Day — Hollywood is sparing no expense during this romantic holiday.

From a 200-year-old olive tree to a platinum-covered cellphone, celebrity V-Day gifts get more outrageous through the years, with A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Jay-Z are dropping major bucks for their significant others.

Who gifted a lilac-colored Bentley Brooklands to her then-hubby? Which actor planted 800 grapevines around his home for his wife?

See Hollywood’s most extravagant Valentine’s Day gifts in the gallery — above.

What’s the best V-Day present you’ve ever received? Let us know in the comments below.

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