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Florence Foster Jenkins Review

Excellent

Although this comedy-drama seems to have been written specifically to give Meryl Streep a chance to dress up and put on a silly show, it's actually all true. And it's hugely entertaining, generating gut-wrenching laughter and some sharply resonant emotions too. It's also a subtle exploration of pop culture, most notably privileged artists and the fact that there's more to stardom than just talent.

Streep shines as Florence, a socialite who hosts lavish parties in 1944 New York with her husband St Clair (Hugh Grant). Both of them are frustrated artists: Florence sees herself as an opera diva, while St Clair never quite made it as an actor. So at her parties, Florence puts on performances for her friends, oblivious to the fact that she's riotously off-key, while St Clair plays the doting husband, protecting her from criticism and hiring talented young pianist Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) as her accompanist. Florence doesn't really mind that St Clair has a woman (Rebecca Ferguson) on the side. But when she books Carnegie Hall to perform a concert for troops returning from Europe, St Clair realises that he can't protect her from a real audience.

Writer Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears construct the story beautifully, building up to reveal Florence's voice in a painfully hilarious sequence that's expertly played by Streep, Grant and Helberg. Streep's enjoyment of the role is infectious, and she makes Florence sympathetic by letting us see her yearning to sing. She imagines she sounds like her operatic idols, so can't hear the strangled notes coming from her mouth. And those who don't applaud are laughing so heartily that surely they're just as entertained. Streep's performance soars through the performance scenes, but is just as powerful in the comedy and at moments when Florence is vulnerable and nervous.

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Simon Helberg , Jocelyn Towne - Florence Foster Jenkins - world film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square. at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Simon Helberg - Florence Foster Jenkins UK Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, London at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Simon Helberg , Jocelyn Towne - World premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins at the Odeon Leicester Square London attended by cast and crew of the film at Odeon Leicester Square London, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Simon Helberg - The European Premiere of 'Florence Foster Jenkins' held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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The shows Florence Foster Jenkins put on were true spectacles but there were only a modest few who were privileged enough to witness them. The American socialite wasn't exactly given a natural gift to sing, but that wasn't going to put her off her ambition to appear on the same stages as some of the best operatic voices of her time. 

Her ever-loving second husband was always on her side to give her the support to fulfil said dream. 

In recent years Meryl Streep has appears in many films including Ricki and the Flash, Into the Woods and Mama Mia which all include musical scenes which she must showcase her vocal abilities, now she must take on a completely different approach in order to sufficiently mimic Foster Florence Jenkins' unique voice. 

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Florence Foster Jenkins was never what you might call a 'naturally' talented opera singer, however she had a remarkable talent for entertaining crowds. Most opera singers are trained from a young age but without her father's help (which he refused) Florence was unable to raise the funds to support her dream. 

After her father's death, Florence found herself heir to enough money to begin a quest to fulfil her dream. She set up her own club and became a member of many social groups. Her live shows became renowned but she would never make her appearances public. Each of her shows had a strict guest list, with Florence deciding exactly who would get the tickets. 

With the help of her husband St. Clair Bayfield, in 1944 at the age of 76, Florence finally decided that it was time to take up a new challenge and perform to her biggest crowd to date at Carnegie Hall.

We'll Never Have Paris Review


Weak

Romantic comedies depend on the sympathies of an audience, but in this scruffy movie actor-filmmaker Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) plays a character so relentlessly naive and self-absorbed that it's impossible to root for him. This also makes it difficult to laugh at his goofy antics, because he's more pathetic than funny. Viewers looking for something offbeat and a bit dorky may find the film somewhat charming, but it feels oddly under-developed.

Helberg plays Quinn, a 28-year-old hypochondriac who works as a florist, afraid to pursue his desired career as a jazz musician. He's only ever had one girlfriend, Devon (Melanie Lynskey), and after 10 years together feels like it's time to propose. But this thought sparks a doubt in his mind, which is fanned into a flame when his sexy work colleague Kelsey (Maggie Grace) confesses that she has a crush on him. Quinn's best pal Jameson (Zachary Quinto) isn't much help, and soon Devon has had enough with Quinn's sudden distance. So she moves to Paris to stay with family friends and get some perspective. In a state of confusion, Quinn follows her there and is shocked to discover that she has already struck up a perhaps too-close friendship with handsome violinist Guillaume (Ebon Moss-Bachrach).

Right from the start it's clear that Helberg's stammering nerd Quinn is only with Lynskey's witty-thoughtful Devon because they've known each other so long. There isn't a moment in this film when they feel even remotely suited to each other. And when Grace's slutty Kelsey throws herself at Quinn, the movie takes on a Woody Allen-style leeriness, as a geeky filmmaker makes a movie in which gorgeous women throw themselves at him. Helberg has some innate charm, but Quinn is so socially inept that it's obvious to everyone but him that he needs to go off and become a mature human being before getting into any sort of relationship.

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Big Bang Theory's Carol Ann Susi Dies After Cancer Battle


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Big Bang Theory actress Carol Ann Susi, who played Howard's mother Mrs Wolowitz, has died after a brief battle with cancer. The actress was unseen by viewers of the show, but her idiosyncratic voice and comedic timing was crucial to many of the sitcom's storylines.

Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi played Howard's [R] overbearing mother - never seen by viewers.

In a joint statement, executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady said: "The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz.

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Big Bang Theory Cast Pestering For More Cash Per Episode


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The cast of The Big Bang Theory are reportedly in talks to be paid a higher salary per episode filmed. The show's three lead actors, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, are seeking potentially enormous pay rises and will negotiate with the show's bosses to reach an agreement.

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Jim Parsons, AKA Sheldon Cooper, Could Earn Up To $1M Per Episode.

Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki, who's characters Sheldon, Leonard and Penny sit at the centre of the show's events, currently get paid $325,000 per episode. The last time the trio negotiated a pay rise was in 2010 but the show has since seen a much higher level of success.

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Big Bang Theory Wins Big At Critics' Choice Awards


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Hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory brushed off comedy contendersat the 3rd annual Critics' Choice TV Awards winning 'Best Comedy Show', 'Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Show' (for Kaley Cuoco) and 'Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Show' (for Simon Helberg).

The show centres on a quartet of scientists who work at the same company, tracking the hilarities of their everyday lives including their shortcomings with women and love of comic books and sci-fi.

Cuoco plays Penny - their ditzy waitress neighbour who moves in in the first episode and becomes romantically involved with Leonard (Johnny Galecki), who is the most socially adept of the nerdy friendship group. Helberg plays Howard - a self-professed 'ladies man' who lives with his overbearing Jewish mother until his wife Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) forces him to move out.

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Big Bang Theory Finalale Ends Season 6 In Underwhelming Style: The Bon Voyage Reaction Recap


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Thursday (May 16) night's episode of the Big Bang Theory ushered out the latest series of the sitcom in thoroughly underwhelming fashion, ending the sixth season of the show in the same kind of style that has existed throughout the show's current run.

This series ended, as the show so often does when it comes to wrapping up a series, with question marks hovering above Penny and Leonard's relationship. Leonard had been given the opportunity of a lifetime to work with with Stephen Hawking, unfortunately this will mean he has to spend four months on a boat in the middle of the North Sea. As Sheldon noted, Leonard and Penny have never been better and four months apart may change things for the worse. Then again Sheldon doesn't like to be alone, does he, so he would come up with a dilema to potentially keep his roommate and best friend in Pasadena.

Still, this was a valid point by Sheldon, but by the end of the episode Leonard and Penny seemed to have come to an agreement without Sheldon's help. Penny promises Leonard that regardless of the time spent apart their relationship won't suffer, sending him off with a heartfelt "I love you" and a kiss goodbye.

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Big Bang Theory: Four Years Celebrated At PaleyFest 2013!


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The last time the cast of The Big Bang Theory appeared at PaleyFest, some four years ago, their sitcom wasn't considered among the Top 40 rated shows in the United States. Now, the Cecil Thomson starring show has the most viewers in the coveted 18-49 age range and was the second most watched show last week, with over 20 million viewers.

Reruns of the show have been difficult to avoid, which explains the big figures, though the show is still considered one of the most popular in the United States. "You're kind of forced to watch the show now," joked actor Simon Helberg during the show's PaleyFest celebrations this week, "We're shoving it down people's throats, and then they're learning that they love that." It appears to be a theme of Chuck Lorre's shows - when a new episode isn't showing, you can bet a rerun won't be far away on the schedule. The Big Bang Theory follows two roommates, physcists Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) as well as their friends and colleagues, played by the likes of Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. "There's something impossible to fathom about viewers and numbers and things like that," Parsons explained. "I can barely picture 20 people in one room. If you want to say 17 or 18 million, well you've lost me."

Despite celebrating four years at the top, the Big Bang cast were careful to give away any major plot developments, though did explain that Thursday night's episode includes the discovery of a letter from Howard's long-lost father. As for eventually wrapping up the sitcom, Helberg had a couple of ideas, "Well I think (Howard's) pants will probably be as skinny and probably a bit tighter. I think that Sheldon will probably still be sitting in his spot. It may be in a different apartment. I think he'll sit in that spot until he's in a home. Howard and Bernadette probably will ... God, God help them if they have children. We know she hates them and we know that Howard, essentially, is a child. So I wish them luck."

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