Modern Family, ou Famille moderne au Québec, est une série télévisée américaine en 250 épisodes de 22 minutes créée par Christopher Lloyd II et Steven Levitan, et diffusée entre le 23 septembre 2009 et le 8 avril 2020 sur le réseau ABC et en simultané au Canada sur Citytv puis sur le réseau Global pour la onzième saison
Modern Family, ou Famille moderne au Québec, est une série télévisée américaine en 250 épisodes de 22 minutes créée par Christopher Lloyd II et Steven Levitan, et diffusée entre le 23 septembre 2009 et le 8 avril 2020 sur le réseau ABC et en simultané au Canada sur Citytv puis sur le réseau Global pour la onzième saison. Elle a le format de documentaire parodique dans lequel les personnages regardent parfois la caméra, brisant le quatrième mur, et les événements sont décrits lorsqu’ils se déroulent par les personnages à leur façon après montage. Sa filiation avec la série française Fais pas ci, fais pas ça est sujette à controverse, les producteurs de cette dernière affirmant avoir eu la primeur de l’idée.
En France, la série est diffusée depuis le 20 septembre 2010 sur Paris Première (saisons 1 et 2), le 20 juin 2012 sur M6, depuis le 8 mars 2014 sur W9 (saisons 1 et 4)et depuis le 23 février 2015 sur 6ter, au Québec, depuis le 11 janvier 2012 sur Télé-Québecet en Belgique, depuis le 17 septembre 2011 sur RTL TVI et sur Q2 et sur Netflix.
Modern Family is an American family sitcom television series created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the American Broadcasting Company. It ran for 11 seasons, from September 23, 2009, to April 8, 2020. It follows the lives of three diverse family set-ups in suburban Los Angeles, linked by patriarch Jay Pritchett.
Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan conceived the series while sharing stories of their own “modern families”. Modern Family employs an ensemble cast and is presented in mockumentary style, with the characters frequently speaking directly to the camera in confessional interview segments.
The series was renewed for an eleventh and final season on February 5, 2019, which premiered on September 25, 2019. The series finale aired on April 8, 2020.
Modern Family was acclaimed by critics throughout its first few seasons. Its critical reception became more mixed as it progressed, but it maintained a loyal fan base throughout its 11 seasons and was continuously popular. The final season received generally positive reviews, and the finale episode had 7.37 million first-run viewers. The retrospective documentary that aired before the final episode had 6.72 million first-run viewers.
The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice each for Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. It won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2011.
The broadcast syndication rights to the series were sold to NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the stations of Fox Television Stations, and various other local stations in other markets for a fall 2013 premiere. The success of the series led to it being the 10th-highest revenue-generating show for 2012, earning $2.13 million an episode.
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My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical drama film adapted from the 1956 Lerner and Loewe stage musical based on George Bernard Shaw‘s 1913 stage play Pygmalion. With a screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner and directed by George Cukor, the film depicts a poor Cockney flower-seller named Eliza Doolittle who overhears an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, as he casually wagers that he could teach her to speak “proper” English, thereby making her presentable in the high society of Edwardian London.
The film stars Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins, with Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper and Wilfrid Hyde-White in supporting roles. A critical and commercial success, it became the second highest-grossing film of 1964 and won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. In 1998, the American Film Institute named it the 91st greatest American film of all time. In 2006 it was ranked eighth in the AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list.
In 2018, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
In London, Professor Henry Higgins, a scholar of phonetics, believes that the accent and tone of one’s voice determines a person’s prospects in society (“Why Can’t the English?”). At the Covent Garden fruit-and-vegetable market one evening, he meets Colonel Hugh Pickering, himself a phonetics expert who had come from India to see him. Higgins boasts he could teach even Eliza Doolittle, the young flower seller woman with a strong Cockney accent, to speak so well he could pass her off as a duchess at an embassy ball. Eliza’s ambition is to work in a flower shop, but her accent makes that impossible (“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”). The following morning, Eliza shows up at Higgins’ home, seeking lessons. Pickering is intrigued and offers to cover all the attendant expenses if Higgins succeeds. Higgins agrees and describes how women ruin lives (“I’m an Ordinary Man”).
Eliza’s father, Alfred P. Doolittle, a dustman, learns of his daughter’s new residence (“With a Little Bit of Luck”). He shows up at Higgins’ house three days later, ostensibly to protect his daughter’s virtue, but in reality to extract some money from Higgins, and is bought off with £5. Higgins is impressed by the man’s honesty, his natural gift for language, and especially his brazen lack of morals. Higgins recommends Alfred to a wealthy American who is interested in morality.
Eliza endures Higgins’ demanding teaching methods and treatment of her personally (“Just You Wait”), while the servants feel both annoyed with the noise as well as pitiful for Higgins (“Servants’ Chorus”). She makes no progress, but just as she, Higgins, and Pickering are about to give up, Eliza finally “gets it” (“The Rain in Spain”); she instantly begins to speak with an impeccable upper-class accent, and is overjoyed at her breakthrough (“I Could Have Danced All Night”).
As a trial run, Higgins takes her to Ascot Racecourse (“Ascot Gavotte”), where she makes a good impression initially, only to shock everyone by a sudden lapse into vulgar Cockney while cheering on a horse. Higgins partly conceals a grin behind his hand. At Ascot, she meets Freddy Eynsford-Hill, a young, upper-class man who becomes infatuated with her (“On the Street Where You Live”).
Higgins then takes Eliza to an embassy ball for the final test, where she dances with a foreign prince. Also present is Zoltan Karpathy, a Hungarian phonetics expert trained by Higgins, who is an impostor detector. After he dances with Eliza, he declares that she is a Hungarian princess.
Afterward, Eliza’s hard work is barely acknowledged, with all the praise going to Higgins (“You Did It”). This and his callous treatment of her, especially his indifference to her future, causes her to walk out on him, but not before she throws Higgins’ slippers at him, leaving him mystified by her ingratitude (“Just You Wait (Reprise)”). Outside, Freddy is still waiting (“On the Street Where You Live (Reprise)”) and greets Eliza, who is irritated by him as all he does is talk (“Show Me”). Eliza tries to return to her old life but finds that she no longer fits in. She meets her father, who has been left a large fortune by the wealthy American to whom Higgins had recommended him, and is resigned to marrying Eliza’s stepmother. Alfred feels that Higgins has ruined him, lamenting that he is now bound by “middle-class morality”, in which he gets drunk before his wedding day (“Get Me to the Church On Time”). Eliza eventually ends up visiting Higgins’ mother, who is outraged at her son’s callous behavior.
The next day, Higgins finds Eliza gone and searches for her (“A Hymn to Him”), eventually finding her at his mother’s house. Higgins attempts to talk Eliza into coming back to him. He becomes angered when she announces that she is going to marry Freddy and become Karpathy’s assistant (“Without You”). He makes his way home, stubbornly predicting that she will come crawling back. However, he comes to the unsettling realization that she has become an important part of his life (“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”). He enters his house feeling lonely, reflecting on his callous behaviour and missing Eliza so much that he turns on his gramophone and listens to her voice. Suddenly, Eliza reappears at the door and turns it off to catch his attention, with Higgins asking, “Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?”.
Production on the film first began in 2012 with Tom Cruise attached to star. The film then fell into development hell until Netflix acquired the distribution rights. Filming commenced in November 2020 and wrapped in March 2021. The film was released on Netflix on March 10, 2022, and received generally positive reviews from critics.
In a dystopian 2050, fighter pilot Adam Reed steals his time jet and escapes through time on a rescue mission to 2018. However, he accidentally crash-lands in 2022 instead where Adam meets his 12-year-old self who is struggling with the recent death of their father Louis in a car accident. Adam reluctantly enlists his younger self’s help to repair his jet and reveals that he is looking for his wife, Laura, who was supposedly killed in a crash while on a mission to 2018.
Adam is being chased by Maya Sorian, the leader of the dystopian world and her lieutenant Christos who attempt to apprehend Adam and take him back to 2050. The Adams are rescued by Laura who reveals that she had escaped an assassination attempt on her and was left stranded in the past. Laura had learned that Sorian had traveled back in time and altered the past in order to give herself control of time travel and the future. Laura urges Adam to travel back to 2018 and destroy time travel, which was created by his father Louis, in order to set things right and save the future. Sorian attacks and Laura sacrifices herself so that the two Adams can escape. Chased by Sorian and with only enough power left for one time jump, Adam and his younger self jump back to 2018.
In 2018, the two Adams attempt to enlist Louis’ help, but he refuses out of concern for the scientific impact on the timestream. The younger Adam confronts his future self about his bitterness and anger and realizes that the source of it is his lingering pain over their father’s death. As the two launch an attack to destroy Louis’ particle accelerator, Louis changes his mind and joins the mission, having them instead retrieve the hard drive containing the only copy of his algorithm that enables time travel. A battle erupts between the Adams, Louis, Sorian, her younger self, Sorian’s soldiers and Christos, resulting in the particle accelerator overloading. Sorian attempts to shoot Louis with an armor-piercing bullet, but the magnetic field of the accelerator instead diverts the round, causing it to kill the younger Sorian, erasing the future Sorian from existence as the Reeds flee.
With time travel destroyed and the future set right, Louis chooses not to learn of his own fate and enjoys a game of catch with both versions of his son before the Adams are returned to their own times. In 2022, Adam lets go of his bitterness and anger and reconciles with his mother whom he has been distant with ever since Louis’ death. Years later, an adult and much happier Adam meets Laura for the first time in a situation mirroring their first meeting in the original timeline.
Ryan Reynolds as Adam Reed, a time pilot who risks his life to try and uncover the truth behind his wife’s disappearance
Walker Scobell as young Adam Reed, a bullied 12-year-old who suffers from asthma
Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed, Adam’s father and a brilliant quantum physicist who wrote the algorithm necessary for controlled time travel
Catherine Keener as Maya Sorian, a businesswoman who funded Louis’ research and later took advantage of his death to monopolize it for her own benefit and create a future where she is the most powerful woman in the world. Keener also portrays her younger self through de-aging
Zoe Saldaña as Laura, Adam’s wife and a fellow time pilot left stranded in 2018 after a failed attempt on her life
Alex Mallari Jr. as Christos, Adam and Laura’s former colleague, now a ruthless security enforcer employed by Sorian
Rancher Taw Jackson returns to his hometown to settle a score, after being released early from prison for good behavior. Three years earlier, he was framed by corrupt businessman Frank Pierce and wrongfully imprisoned, while Pierce appropriated his ranch and lands, as well as the recently discovered gold on the property.
Jackson decides to steal Pierce’s largest gold shipment, worth $500,000 (approximately $12M-$13M today). Jackson learns the date of the shipment from Wes Fletcher, an elderly wagon driver employed by Pierce.
He then hires a marksman and safecracker known only as “Lomax” to assist him, even though Lomax had helped Pierce send Jackson to prison. The safe of gold dust is being transported in a “war wagon”, a heavily armored stagecoach surrounded by armed guards on horseback.
Lomax and Jackson rescue Levi Walking Bear, a Kiowa translator, from a gang of Mexican banditos. Lomax is then sent to pick up Billy Hyatt, supposedly an expert on explosives, and is dismayed to find he is a teenage drunkard. Jackson, Fletcher, Hyatt, Lomax and Levi meet up to discuss their next move, and Fletcher instantly objects to Hyatt’s presence around his teenage “wife” Kate.
Lomax rides into town and is confronted by Pierce, who offers him $12,000 for Jackson’s head. Lomax spends the night with Lola, an old acquaintance, at one point having to stop Hyatt, who has become drunk again, from spilling the beans about the robbery. Jackson and Levi return from negotiations with the Kiowas, during which the warriors agreed to help, since Pierce is starving the tribe out. Jackson sends Hyatt to wait at Fletcher’s farm. Kate, in Fletcher’s absence, reveals to Hyatt that she is not married and was actually sold by her abusive parents. Hyatt starts trying to defend Kate from Fletcher’s harsh behaviors, and Jackson has to stop Fletcher from killing Hyatt.
Levi, Jackson, and Lomax cause a disturbance in town to confuse Pierce’s men. The conspirators later sneak onto Jackson’s old ranch to steal some nitroglycerin from a safe in the mining shack. Jackson keeps Pierce distracted by pretending to collect some of his old things, while Lomax and Hyatt put the nitro in bottles.
The next day, Hyatt rigs a bridge to explode with the bottles of nitro, Levi blocks the normal route with a felled tree, and Lomax and Jackson set up a booby trap in a narrow gorge. Pierce reveals he has added a turret with a Gatling Gun to the war wagon, and he and his guards set out with the shipment. The Kiowa warriors create a dust screen and separate the guard riders from the War Wagon. The bridge explodes behind the wagon as it crosses, stranding the guards on the other side of the cliffs. Chief Wild Horse and some more Kiowa warriors attack the wagon and try to take all the gold for themselves, but many are killed by the Gatling Gun.
When the wagon is diverted into the gorge by the fallen tree, Jackson and Lomax spring their trap, killing the drivers. Pierce shoots the last two of his men when they try to desert him and the wagon, but one of them shoots back as he dies, killing Pierce. The wagon crashes into a gulch, and the conspirators quickly load the gold dust into some flour barrels on Fletcher’s cart. However, the Kiowa warriors kill Fletcher and attempt to take all the gold (and the flour) for themselves. Hyatt uses the last bottle of nitro to kill the chief and scare the warriors off, but the cart horses spook and run off. The flour barrels are lost and broken, with the Kiowa women, unaware of all that transpired, gathering up the flour to feed their families.
Jackson finds $100,000 worth of gold dust in a hidden compartment in the cart, where Fletcher had tried to steal it. Lomax angrily takes Jackson’s horse as payment, and Jackson gives a small amount of dust to Hyatt, who rides off with Kate while Levi returns to the Kiowas. They plan to meet in six months to divide the rest, when the robbery will be old news.
I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom television series, created by Sidney Sheldon, starring Barbara Eden as a sultry, 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman, as an astronaut with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show originally aired for 139 episodes over five seasons, from September 18, 1965, to May 26, 1970, on NBC.
In the pilot episode, “The Lady in the Bottle“, astronaut Captain Tony Nelson, United States Air Force, is on a space flight when his one-man capsule Stardust One comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island in the South Pacific. On the beach, Tony notices a strange bottle that rolls by itself. When he rubs it after removing the stopper, smoke starts shooting out and a Persian-speaking female genie materializes and kisses Tony on the lips, shocking him.
They cannot understand each other until Tony expresses his wish that Jeannie (a homophone of genie) could speak English, which she then does. Then, per his instructions, she “blinks” and causes a recovery helicopter to show up to rescue Tony, who is so grateful, he tells her she is free, but Jeannie, who has fallen in love with Tony at first sight after being trapped for 2,000 years, re-enters her bottle and rolls it into Tony’s duffel bag so she can accompany him back home. One of the first things Jeannie does, in a subsequent episode, is break up Tony’s engagement to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa, who, along with that particular general, is never seen or mentioned again. Producer Sidney Sheldon realized the romantic triangle between Jeannie, Tony, and Melissa would not pan out in the long run.
Tony at first keeps Jeannie in her bottle most of the time, but he finally relents and allows her to enjoy a life of her own. However, her life is devoted mostly to his, and most of their existential problems stem from her love for him and her often-misguided efforts to please him, even when he does not want her assistance. His efforts to cover up Jeannie’s antics, because of his fear that he would be dismissed from the space program if her existence were known, brings him to the attention of NASA’s resident psychiatrist, U.S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows. In a running gag, Dr. Bellows tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled (“He’s done it to me again!”) and Tony’s job remains secure. A frequently used plot device is that Jeannie loses her powers when she is confined in a closed space. She is unable to leave her bottle when it is corked, and under certain circumstances, the next person who removes the cork becomes her new master. A multiple-episode story arc involves Jeannie (in miniature) becoming trapped in a safe when it is accidentally locked.
Tony’s best friend and fellow astronaut, United States Army Corps of Engineers Captain Roger Healey, does not know about Jeannie’s magic for the first 16 episodes, although they meet in episode 12. When Roger finds out she is a genie, he steals her bottle, temporarily becoming her master. Roger is often shown as girl-crazy or scheming to make a quick buck. He occasionally has hopes of claiming Jeannie so he can use her to have a lavish lifestyle or gain beautiful girlfriends, but overall he is respectful that Tony is Jeannie’s master. Both Tony and Roger are promoted to the rank of major late in the first season. In later seasons, Roger’s role is retconned to portray him knowing about Jeannie from the beginning (i.e., to him having been with Tony on the space flight that touched down, and thus having seen Jeannie introduce herself to Tony).
Jeannie’s evil fraternal twin sister, mentioned in a second-season episode (also named Jeannie – since, as Barbara Eden’s character explains it, all female genies are named Jeannie — and also portrayed by Barbara Eden, in a brunette wig), proves to have a mean streak starting in the third season (as in her initial appearance in “Jeannie or the Tiger?”), repeatedly trying to steal Tony for herself, with her as the real “master”. Her final attempt in the series comes shortly after Tony and Jeannie are married, with a ploy involving a man played by Barbara Eden’s real-life husband at the time, Michael Ansara (in a kind of in-joke, while Jeannie’s sister pretends to be attracted to him, she privately scoffs at him). The evil sister wears a green costume, with a skirt rather than pantaloons.
Early in the fifth season, Jeannie is called upon by her uncle Sully (Jackie Coogan) to become queen of their family’s native country, Basenji. Tony inadvertently gives grave offense to Basenji national pride in their feud with neighboring Kasja. To regain favor, Tony is required by Sully to marry Jeannie and to avenge Basenji’s honor by killing the ambassador from Kasja when he visits NASA. After Sully puts Tony through an ordeal of nearly killing the ambassador, Tony responds in a fit of anger that he is fed up with Sully and his cohorts and he would not marry Jeannie even if she were “the last genie on earth”. Hearing this, Jeannie bitterly leaves Tony and returns to Basenji. With Jeannie gone, Tony realizes how deeply he loves her. He flies to Basenji to win Jeannie back. Upon their return, Tony introduces Jeannie as his fiancée. She dresses as a modern American woman in public. This changed the show’s premise: hiding Jeannie’s magical abilities rather than her existence. This, however, contradicts what is revealed in “The Birds and Bees Bit”, in which it is claimed that upon marriage a genie loses all of her magical powers.
Michael Ansara as The Blue Djinn (season 2, episode 1), also as King Kamehameha (season 3, episode 19), last as Major Biff Jellico (season 5 episode 12) and directed “One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind” (season 5 episode 25)
Barbara Eden as Jeannie’s evil fraternal twin sister, Jeannie II (seasons 3–5)
The role of Jeannie’s mother was played by several actresses:
Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English actor, comedian, singer and writer. He is remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with Hill at the focus of almost every segment.
Hill was a prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades. His show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy and was among the most-watched programmes in the UK, with the audience peaking at more than 21 million in 1971. The Benny Hill Show was also exported to half the countries around the world. He received a BAFTA Television Award for Best Writer, a Rose d’Or, and was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety. In 2006, Hill was voted by the British public number 17 in ITV’s poll of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars.
Outside of television, Hill starred in films including the Ealing comedy Who Done It? (1956), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and The Italian Job (1969). His comedy song “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)” was 1971’s Christmas number one on the UK Singles Chart, and he received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in 1972.
Home Free is an American country a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance. Starting as a show group, they toured around 200 shows a year across the United States.
The group competed in and won the fourth season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013. They sang an arrangement of Hunter Hayes’s “I Want Crazy” as their final competitive song, earning the group $100,000 and a recording contract with Sony.
Home Free released their first album under a major label, Crazy Life, on February 18, 2014. Their most recent album, Land of the Free, was released in June 2021.
The group Home Free was originally formed in January 2001 by Chris Rupp in Mankato, Minnesota, when some of its members were still in their teens. The five founding members were brothers Chris and Adam Rupp, Matt Atwood, Darren Scruggs, and Dan Lemke; taking their name from a boat owned by Atwood’s grandfather who helped support the group financially in the early years. The group began as a hobby for the singers, but they gradually gained in experience and popularity. By 2007 they had enough of a following to pursue music full-time. During this period, the Rupp brothers and Atwood formed the core of the group, with Atwood singing lead tenor. Other members of the group came and went. Current member Rob Lundquist, another Minnesotan, joined in 2008.
For much of the group’s history they worked with many talented bass singers, but did not have a full-time committed bass voice. In 2007 Chris Foss sang with them. Elliott Robinson was added as bass in September 2008, and was replaced in June 2009 by Troy Horne. Later that year, Horne left to rejoin The House Jacks. To replace Horne they turned to Tim Foust, who first sang with them as a guest on their 2010 tour. A Texas native, Foust was then pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter of country music and had recently released a solo album, but was not ready to sign on full-time. Matthew Tuey sang with the group in the interim of 2011, until Foust joined them full-time in January 2012.
In 2012, Austin Brown was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship as a featured singer in their production shows. When Home Free joined the cruise as a guest performing group, they met and became close. Brown, who was born in Tifton, Georgia, let Home Free know that he would be interested in joining the group if they ever had an opening. At the end of 2012 lead singer Matt Atwood and his wife, who had married the previous year, were expecting their first child. Finding the group’s touring schedule incompatible with family life, and having an opportunity to take over his family’s real estate business in Mankato, Atwood made the decision to retire from the group. Home Free then invited Brown to join as lead tenor. He sang his first show with the group in October 2012, and became full-time in January 2013. In 2015 they made a guest appearance on Kenny Rogers’s holiday album Once Again It’s Christmas on the track “Children Go Where I Send Thee”; a music video was released in November 2015.
On March 18, 2016 it was announced that, after sixteen years performing with the group, co-founder Chris Rupp would be leaving to pursue a solo career. He would be replaced after May 8 by Adam Chance, formerly of Street Corner Symphony.
All five of Home Free’s singers have formal musical training. Lundquist and the Rupp brothers all have bachelor’s degrees in music. Adam Rupp’s primary instrument is trumpet, but he also plays drums, keyboard, and bass guitar. Since joining, Foust and Brown have also become very active in writing and arranging.
In terms of musical roles, Home Free personnel includes a lead tenor, a high tenor, a baritone, a bass, and a beatboxer. The High tenor, who often fronts the group, is Austin Brown who sings in the register of a high tenor. Traditional tenor harmony is sung by Rob Lundquist, baritone harmony is sung by Adam Chance, and Tim Foust sings bass with the range of a basso profundo. Occasionally, the latter two switch roles in their singing voice. In addition to the four voices, percussion sounds are provided by beatboxer Adam Rupp. All of the singers occasionally sing solos supported by the harmonies of the other singers.
Home Free’s styling as a country group is relatively recent. Before Foust joined the group, Home Free was an all-purpose a cappella group, singing in a wide variety of styles, of which country was only a minor one. With the additions of Foust and Brown, the group moved more in the direction of country and found that audiences responded well to it. Home Free had auditioned three times for The Sing-Off (without Foust and Brown) and not been accepted. When auditioning for the fourth season, they made a conscious decision to style themselves as a country group. In an interview Brown said this identity is what grabbed the attention of The Sing-Off’s casting director, who said, “You guys really fit something we don’t have.”
Dave, nom de scène de Wouter Otto Levenbach, né le 4 mai 1944 à Amsterdam, est un chanteur néerlandais. Il commence sa carrière en 1963 et connaît le succès dans les années 1970 avec des chansons francophones comme Vanina et Du côté de chez Swann. Il se consacre plus nettement ces dernières années à la présentation ou à l’animation d’émissions de télévision, principalement en France.
Wouter Otto Levenbach apprend à 14 ans à jouer de la guitare et du piano avec sa mère. Il est alors très influencé musicalement par les Everly Brothers. Il n’a pas d’idole mais aime écouter Gene Pitney et Roy Orbison. Au même âge, il obtient son premier boulot d’été et travaille dans une imprimerie non loin de sa ville d’Amsterdam. Sa mission est de fabriquer des pochettes plastiques destinées à protéger des albums 33 tours.
À 16 ans, il envisage de faire des études de théologie. Il entame des études de droit pour être celui qu’on écoute.
Bien qu’étudiant, il choisit en 1965 à 21 ans de ne pas s’engager dans la vague « provo » (équivalent néerlandais de Mai 68). Passionné par la mer et les rivières (il tient cela de son grand-père), il quitte les Pays-Bas, à l’automne, par les canaux et atteint Marseille en France, sur un bateau à fond plat, avec 1 000 florins en poche (de quoi vivre à peu près deux mois).
Outre le néerlandais, il parle couramment le français, l’anglais, l’italien et l’allemand.
Deux ans auparavant, en 1963, à 19 ans, il enregistre à Londres au Royaume-Uni son tout premier 45 tours. Il sera commercialisé en 1964, uniquement aux Pays-Bas avec pour nom de scène Dave Rich, qu’il raccourcira plus tard en Dave. Il démarre au Boucanier de Lydie Bastien au 11 rue Jules-Chaplain dans le quartier Notre-Dame-des-Champs, à Paris, en France.
En 1968, il commence sa carrière grâce à Eddie Barclay qu’il vient de rencontrer à Saint-Tropez (Var).
En 1969, il participe à la sélection néerlandaise pour le Concours Eurovision de la chanson. Sa chanson Niets Gaat Zo Snel (qu’on pourrait traduire par Rien ne va aussi vite), termine troisième sur dix candidats. La même année, il rencontre Mick Micheyl, avec qui il écrira Le long des quais, et représente les Pays-Bas à la Coupe d’Europe du tour de chant.
En 1971, il participe à la comédie musicale Godspell qui connaîtra un franc succès jusqu’en 1974. C’est là qu’il fait notamment la connaissance de Daniel Auteuil qui devient son meilleur ami. Parallèlement, il se produit dans de nombreux cabarets parisiens, notamment Chez ma Cousine, sous l’impulsion de son propriétaire d’alors, le chanteur François Deguelt qui croit en son talent
C’est en 1974 qu’il sort Trop beau, reprise du tube Sugar Baby Love des Rubettes, puis Vanina (plus d’un million de 45 tours vendus) adaptée par Patrick Loiseau du Runaway de Del Shannon, il devient alors célèbre dans différents pays francophones et en France.
En 1975 sortent Mon cœur est malade puis Dansez maintenant. Son premier album est publié à la fin de cette même année, en même temps que Du côté de chez Swann.
En 1978, sa Lettre à Hélène est un nouveau succès tout comme Comment ne pas être amoureux de vous. En 1979, il sort Allô Elisa : Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier lui consacrent un grand Numéro Un.
En 1980, Dave fait ses débuts au cinéma où il joue son propre rôle dans L’Esprit de famille de Jean-Pierre Blanc, dont il signe la musique. En 1982, il réitère l’expérience pour la télévision dans le feuilleton en 6 épisodes Dickie-Roi, d’après le roman de Françoise Mallet-Joris.
En 1993 sort un nouvel album du chanteur éponyme. Puis en 1994, il fait son retour, amorcé par le succès de sa compilation sortie en 1994 (plus de 200 000 ventes). Il peut alors enregistrer un nouvel album inédit intitulé Toujours le même bleu ; le single extrait de cet album lui permet de renouer avec les hit-parades. Dès cette époque-là, il ne fait plus secret de sa bisexualité.
En 1994, il fait un caméo dans La Cité de la peur, le film des Nuls.
En 1996, il tourne une publicité pour le fromage de son pays, les Pays-Bas (“Il paraît que Dave n’aime pas les dames” / “Dave aime l’édam”). Dans la première année de l’émission française, Salut les Chouchous sur TF1, il devient animateur de télé aux côtés de Sheila, puis seul l’année suivante.
À la demande des éditions Lattès, il sort une autobiographie intitulée Du côté de chez moi suivie d’un album Dave classique, réalisation d’un de ses vieux rêves : enregistrer quelques-uns des grands thèmes de la musique classique.
Pour la chaine de télévision France 3, il commente, en direct et en duo avec Marc-Olivier Fogiel, deux éditions du concours Eurovision de la chanson : le 12 mai 2001 en direct de Copenhague (Danemark) et le 25 mai 2002 en direct de Tallinn (Estonie). En 2001, 2002, 2004 et 2005, il co-présente l’émission Domino Day avec Denis Brogniart et Flavie Flament en prime-time sur TF1.
En 2003, il sort un livre Soit dit en passant… mes années paillettes5, sur la vie d’une vedette de variétés dans les années 1970. L’auteur y évoque l’époque des succès tels que Du côté de chez Swann ou Vanina, mais aussi son brusque déclin au début des années 1980 puis son retour, notamment sur les plateaux de télé. Il y révèle également l’histoire d’amour qui l’unit depuis plus de trente ans à son parolier et compagnon Patrick Loiseau, lequel intervient également dans l’ouvrage pour apporter sa vision des faits. Au cours de cette même année, il participe à l’Olympia à la Rose d’Or 2003 aux côtés de Nicole Croisille et d’Esther Galil.
En 2006, il sort, sous le nom de Dave Levenbach, un nouvel album : Tout le plaisir a été pour moi. Le 16 avril 2007, il sort un album live, Dave refait un tour reprenant les chansons de ses concerts donnés à l’Européen en 2006.
L’été 2009, il anime sur Europe 1 en compagnie d’Aline Afanoukoé, une émission sur les 25 ans du Top 50, tous les après-midi de 14h30 à 16h. Le 30 juillet 2009 sur Arte, il participe à une rétrospective des années 1980 appelée Nighting eighties au cours de laquelle il reprend des chansons de Eurythmics (Sweet dreams) et A-ha (Take on me) avec des arrangements d’Albin de la Simone.
En 2010, Dave participe à la nouvelle campagne de Old Dutch Master, les fromages hollandais. Dans une série de spots publicitaires, Dave joue finement avec le vieux maître hollandais.
Le 6 avril 2010, il se produit à l’Olympia à Paris.
En 2010, il devient l’un des jurés de l’émission de télé-crochet La France a un incroyable talent sur M6 aux côtés de Gilbert Rozon et de Sophie Edelstein.
En 2011, il fait à nouveau partie du jury de Incroyable talent, apparaît en guest-star du clip Coming out du groupe les Fatals Picards, et un nouvel album intitulé Blue-eyed Soul sort en fin novembre 2011. Dave y reprend ses plus grands succès, réorchestrés dans le style soul des labels Motown et Stax.
Fin 2011 – début 2012, il anime avec Sandrine Corman la série d’émissions Les années 80 : le retour, Les années 90 : le retour et Les années 2000 : le retour sur M6.
En 2013, il est l’invité d’honneur et parrain de la huitième saison de la tournée Âge tendre, la tournée des idoles.
En mai 2014, Dave est sur la scène de l’Olympia de Paris pour y fêter ses 70 ans. Le même mois, il annonce qu’il quitte, avec les jurées Sophie Edelstein, Andrée Deissenberg et l’animatrice Sandrine Corman, La France a un incroyable talent sur M6.
Du 7 septembre 2014 au 16 mai 2016, il présente l’émission de divertissement Du côté de chez Dave le dimanche sur France 3, qui remplace Les Chansons d’abord présentée par Natasha St-Pier.
Il est, à partir du 18 octobre 2014, l’une des vedettes de la tournée Rendez-vous avec les Stars 2014-2015.
Les 4 et 5 décembre 2015, il anime le Téléthon avec Sophie Davant.
À partir du 4 septembre 2016, il co-anime aux côtés de Wendy Bouchard une nouvelle émission culturelle intitulée Même le dimanche, chaque dimanche sur France 3 à 13 h 35.
À partir du 12 janvier 2018, il participe à la tournée Âge tendre, la tournée des idoles, aux côtés notamment de Sheila, Nicoletta, Michèle Torr, ou encore Dick Rivers. Auparavant, il participe à la croisière organisée par la tournée, en novembre 2017.
En janvier 2018, il fait son retour à la télévision sur la chaîne thématique Melody pour présenter l’émission Les parents du petit écran.
En 2020, il participe à l’émission Mask Singer. Caché sous un costume de hibou samouraï, il est le cinquième éliminé sur douze participants.
En 2021, il participe à Fort Boyard en compagnie de Jérémy Frérot, Carinne Teyssandier, Elsa Fayer, Vincent Blier et Paul El Kharrat.
Le 25 janvier 2022, le chanteur est victime d’une “lourde chute”, quelques heures seulement après avoir donné une interview à Nikos Aliagas dans la cadre de l’émission 50 min Inside Depuis, il a été hospitalisé mais ses jours ne furent pas en danger
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