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Reply #30 posted 06/23/15 4:54pm

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Report: Janet Jackson's Comeback Will Continue at the 2015 BET Awards

DJ JUSMUSIC MON, JUN 22, 2015 NEWS, R&B NEWS
Report: Janet Jackson's Comeback Will Continue at the 2015 BET Awards

Janet Jackson's comeback seems to be very strategic and well planned. Today, the music icon dropped her brand new single, "No Sleep," after recently announcing her comeback album and "Unbreakable" world tour.

Along with the new single, the New York Post's Page Six is reporting that the veteran R&B singer will be honored at the upcoming BET Awards. The word is, several artists, including Ciara, will perform a tribute to Mrs. Jackson.

It's unclear if Jackson will hit the stage and the network is being tight-lipped about the production, but the source claims: "Janet's known for her dancing, so expect a lot of dancing." This will be Jackson's first major television appearance in three years.

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Hear Lauryn Hill, Usher Interpret Nina Simone Classics

Tracks, including Jazmine Sullivan's take on "Baltimore," will appear on upcoming tribute compilation 'Nina Revisited'

BY KORY GROW June 23, 2015

lauryn hillLauryn Hill released another Nina Simone cover from the upcoming tribute compilation 'Nina Revisited.'Brad Barket/GettyThree more tracks from the upcoming Nina Simone tribute album, Nina Revisited, find Lauryn Hill, Usher and Jazmine Sullivan putting unique spins on the jazz legend's songs. Hill, who co-produced the compilation, transforms Simone's vocal showstopper "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" from a pensive piano ballad into a lush tapestry of electronics, guitar and orchestra over which she channels the original's heartache. Usher takes Simone's upbeat, bouncy jazz standard "My Baby Just Cares for Me" and turns it into a modern-sounding, poppy R&B tune, though his soaring vocals harken back to Simone's era. And Sullivan puts a harder-edged take on Simone's reggae-inflected song "Baltimore."

Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone is due out July 10th, and, in addition to the newly released covers, features Simone songs by Mary J. Blige, Common, Alice Smith and Simone's daughter, Lisa, among others. In addition to co-producing the comp, Hill contributed six tunes. Previously, she released her powerful, sultry take on "Feeling Good," which is streaming here.

Lauryn Hill - "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"

"Because I fed on this music, both hers and lovers like her, like my basic food, I believed I always had a right to have a voice," Hill said in a statement about her involvement in the release. "Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift."

The album comes shortly after the premiere of a new Liz Garbus–directed Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, which is set to premiere on June 26th. The film premiered earlier this month, along with a concert by Hill, at New York City's historic Apollo Theater, where she sang "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," for what Rolling Stone described as an "explosive" set. The film features archival footage and rare recordings, and recounts the singer's life primarily through her own words.

Usher - "My Baby Just Cares for Me"

Jazmine Sullivan - "Baltimore"

Watch Shelby Lynne's Confessional New Video 'Paper Van Gogh'

Singer-songwriter bares her soul in heart-wrenching track off her 'I Can't Imagine' LP

BY STEPHEN L. BETTS June 23, 2015

"Paper Van Gogh," the lead-off track from Shelby Lynne's latest album, I Can't Imagine, released last month, opens with what comes off as a fairly angry line: "I threw these colors down in a fit of rage." But instead of delivering the phrase with vitriol, Lynne, much like the Dutch master in the title, proceeds to paint an extraordinary canvas of a song that evokes myriad emotional responses.

The likewise beautifully rendered music video for "Paper Van Gogh" is a simple, uncluttered affair. As Lynne plays acoustic guitar throughout, members of her backing band, Kudzu, are heard but only glimpsed briefly. Wearing a red sweatshirt with the word "Heaven" emblazoned on it at the start of the clip, Lynne conveys a range of emotion in her facial expressions. While splashes of color and images, such as pages of sheet music, are laid on top of Lynne's performance, the focus remains on her startlingly confessional lyrics: "Red wine spills out over ivory pages/The looking glass reveals what the strokes display/The greatest fake of all hangs on the wall/My paper Van Gogh."

"Paper Van Gogh" is one of five songs on I Can't Imagine that Lynne wrote by herself, although she had a hand in penning all 10 tracks on the LP. The decision to tackle a tune as a solo writer, she explains, comes down to instincts and, like much of what she does creatively, doesn't involve over-thinking.

"A writer knows, 'Oh, I've got this,'" Lynne tells Rolling Stone Country. "It's instincts. You have to have them and you have to use them. If you put your brain into it you're just going to have a brain record and who the fuck wants that? I don't want to be thinking too much. I want to be feeling a lot but not thinking any. That's why my records are such a mess. OK, they're a good mess but I am not going in there with some kind of plan except to make a fucking stellar record.'"

Lynne, who has been performing I Can't Imagine and her breakthrough album, I Am Shelby Lynne, in their entirety during her live shows, will play Pershing Square in Los Angeles on August 1st.


Pageant Material Review

BY WILL HERMES June 23, 2015
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Kacey Musgraves performs during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on June 12th, 2015. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty
Kacey Musgraves follows up her hit 2013 debut with a sharper, more confident LP

With 2013's Same Trailer Different Parkand "Follow Your Arrow," Kacey Musgraves became not just a breakout star but a figurehead for a generation overhauling country's whole approach — something like Lena Dunham with pedal steel and big hair. Her follow-up is more calculated and confident, intent on both courting and bending the mainstream with wit and timeless arrangements. It misses some of Trailer's storytelling wistfulness and formal experiments — but track for track, it's stronger, an object lesson in Nashville songwriting.

Musgraves and her A-list co-writers (including Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark and others) deliver enough needlepoint homilies to launch an Etsy business. On haters: "Pissin' in my yard ain't gonna make yours any greener" ("Biscuits"). On the music biz: "Another gear in a big machine don't sound like fun to me" ("Good Ol' Boys Club"). On sketchy relatives: "They might smoke like chimneys but give you their kidneys" ("Family Is Family"). Songs like the title track allude to Musgraves' whiplash fame, but she dodges any second-album slump with weed jokes and homegirl charm. And as a stellar hidden-track duet with Willie Nelson ("Are You Sure") demonstrates, she's earned that fame, every inch.


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Juanes, Andrea Bocelli, Philadelphia Orchestra To Perform For Pope Francis At 'World Meeting Of Families'

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Andrea Bocelli and Juanes will be performing at the "World Meeting of Families 2015" in Philadelphia. Reuters/Getty

Juanes will perform for Pope Francis, as well as thousands in person, and millions watching live around the world during the World Meeting of Families, which will be held in the United States (Philadelphia) for the first time ever on September 26. In a press conference held this morning in Rome, the Colombian superstar was named as one of the firstperformers, alongside Italian classical tenor Andrea Bocelli and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Juanes’ performance for the Holy Father in Philadelphia will follow soon after his summer tour dates across Europe and The United States for his critically acclaimed “Loco de Amor” Tour. “The most important mission we have in this journey of life is to learn to love, what better way than through the family. I am deeply honored by the invitation to sing for Pope Francis,” he stated in the press communicate.

Co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families is a triennial global event that seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the U.S. for the first time in his Papacy.

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org

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Eva Mendes Stands Up To Cancer As SU2C Ambassador

Stand Up To Cancer has unveiled a new public service announcement featuring actress and SU2C ambassador Eva Mendes, as well as Tom Hardy, Eddie Redmayne, Michelle Dockery, Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba, among others. The PSA, entitled “Act Now, Save Lives, Stand Up To Cancer,” is designed to raise awareness about the critical, unmet need for cancer research funding. Cancer being the leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 21% of deaths overall and 15% of deaths in children, means we need to act now to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives. Join the conversation and help save lives.

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Fergie Talks Proudly Of Mexican Roots And Beauty Idol, Selena Quintanilla

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Recording artist Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas performs onstage with David Guetta during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California. Mark Davis/Getty Images

Things really seem to be going Fergie’s way at 40 years old. The singer has an adorable son with husband Josh Duhamel, she launched a new fragrance Avon Outspoken Fresh by Fergie which allegedly pays tribute to the singer’s exhilarating, bold and confident vibe, and now, she’s ready to release a new solo album really soon. Fergie told Glamour Belleza Latinathe album is going to be all about “good vibes and good times” as she sees through her son Axl’s eyes now.

The singer says it’s important to bring positivity into this world since there’s so little of it anymore. Speaking of which, the “Fergalicious” star revealed how she’d lost her baby weight after having her son in 2013; “It’s the best gift I’ve given myself,” said the songstress when talking about the dance studio she built in her house so she could take private dance lessons for a month, to regain the movement in her body and not have to be “awkward and embarrassed in front of people.”

Fergie’s described herself as an utter ethnic mishmash and says she loves having a multicultural background, especially the heritage that comes from her great-grandmother being from Guanajuato, Mexico. “I’m very proud to be part Mexican. I’m one of a growing number of Hispanics in America, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it,” she explained. This is becoming the norm, and it’s the beauty of our melting pot.” When asked how this has influenced her esthetic and beauty trends, she says it’s had a lot to do. “One of my beauty idols was Selena, who had the most beautiful lips. I overline my lips a bit—I completely admit it. I really like the look!”

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Hollywood Walk Of Fame List 2016: Angélica María, Bruno Mars To Receive Stars This Year

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Mexican actress Angélica María and singer Bruno Mars of Puerto Rican descent are among the many celebs to receive star in Hollywood's Walk Of Fame in 2016! Getty Images

Angelica Vale is one proud daughter of her mother Angélica María as she was announced one of the celebrities in Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" Class of 2016 list. "Yay! My mother is finally receiving her star in the Hollywood 'Walk of Fame'! No one deserves it more than you, I love you!," Vale expressed on her Instagram account.

Unlike the Class of 2015, which included three Latinos --Eugenio Derbez, Sofia Vergara and Pitbull, the 70-year-old American-born Mexican actress is the only Latina to receive star in 2016.

Since the 1950's she's released many albums and starred in countless of novelas and films; however, "La Novia de Mexico" will be recognized for her live acting in theater. Actors Harvey Fierstein and comedianKevin Hart also form part of that list.

We're also proud of pop singer Bruno Mars for making the list! Yes, he's not fully Latino, but he is of Puerto Rican descent and that makes us happy! The 29-year-old "Locked Out Of Heaven" singer will receive a star under the music category. Other celebrities who form part of the "Walk of Fame's" Class of 2016, are:

FILM

  • Steve Carell
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Ashley Judd
  • Michael Keaton
  • Kurt Russell
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Toshiro Mifune (posthumously)

TELEVISION

  • Barbara Bain
  • Kathy Bates
  • Roma Downey
  • David Duchovny
  • Allison Janney
  • Rob Lowe
  • Debra Messing
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Gary Sinise
  • William S. Paley (posthumously)

MUSIC

  • Shirley Caesar
  • LL Cool J
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Adam Levine
  • Joseph B. 'Joe' Smith
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • 'Mama' Cass Elliot (posthumously)

RADIO

  • Ralph Lawler

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New Song From Lolo(Lauren Prichard)

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Jess Glynne Talks Breaking Out As A Solo Star, Her Forthcoming Debut LP & Dolly Parton: Idolator Interview

By: Bianca Gracie / March 27, 2015

We first got word of Jess Glynne early last year, when she partnered up with Clean Bandit for their breakout international smash — “Rather Be.” Fast forward to 2015, and the singer is now making a name for herself in the U.S. market. Glynne is now planning to step into her own as a solo artist, with her debut (as yet untitled) LP set for a release later this year.

During our trip at 2015’s SXSW, we caught up with the soulful songstress on her musical plans, the artists she has on her radar and working with fellow UK dance-pop groups. Read on to see what Jess Glynne had to say in our fun conversation below!

First off, congrats on winning your first Grammy! What was your reaction when you won?
JESS GLYNNE: It was pretty shocking, I couldn’t believe it. When they called out “‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne,” it was the most overwhelmed I’ve ever been. I was with my friend and my manager, and we were all in shock. It was amazing.

I always hear a soulful tone in your voice when you sing, did you listen to a lot of R&B when you were younger?
JG: I love Soul, I love R&B — it’s what I grew up with. Like Aretha [Franklin],Whitney [Houston]. Mavis Staples is one of my biggest influences, I love her. “I’ll Take You There” is one of my favorite songs.

Speaking of that, your Mary J. Blige “Real Love” cover is amazing!
JG: She’s another person I grew up with and love!

If you could pick one R&B girl group from the ’90s that you could be a part of, what would you choose?
JG: Oh, Destiny’s Child! They’re my favorite girl group…other than the Spice Girls — obviously!

We love your “Right Here” track with Gorgon City. How did that collaboration come about?
JG: I wrote that song with them, and it was actually something we just put to bed and didn’t really discuss it any further. Then it came about again, and people started to hear and loved it. I was going to put out a single for myself, but [“Right Here”] was just the perfect tone after “Rather Be” and “My Love” — just to show that I write my own music and that I’m getting my album together. It is quite different compared to what my album sounds like, but at the time it felt right coming from “Rather Be.” The song came about from my publisher who manages Gorgon City, and he put us together.

So I personally think your “Hold My Hand” single has a country vibe to it, was that your intention?
JG: [Begins freestyling a country twang] I actually wrote it with Jack [Patterson]from Clean Bandit and this girl called Janee [Bennett] who I pretty much write all my songs with. When we started it, me and Janee had this idea before we even got to the studio of the line “Darling, hold my hand.” It wasn’t originally like, “Oh we’re thinking country.” But when we put the chords down and started singing, it kind of sounds a little bit like Dolly Parton’s “9 To 5.” I later on realized that, but it wasn’t done on purpose.

The video looks really fun too! What was it like being on set?
JG: It was amazing, I had such a good time. We were in a desert in L.A. and it was just wild!

So let’s talk about the album, do you know when it will be released?
JG: Well it’s pretty much finished, and it’ll probably be out mid-year. I know it’s going to come out in the UK towards the end of June/beginning of July, and I’m sure it will come out near enough here — I hope so anyway. I’m going to release an EP here soon, so you’ll be getting that first.

What kind of sounds can we expect from the album? Are you doing to dive into more downtempo vibes?
JG: The album has lot more of a live feel to it, and it’s a lot more soulful and rootsy. Just what I’ve been inspired by growing up. It’s definitely not a downtempo album, it’s a feel-good album. There are obviously moments of that in there, but that’s my story up until now. I’m introducing the world to me and what I’ve been through in the past few years. There are moments of sadness, because we’re not happy all the time, but it’s a mixture of everything.

People obviously know you for collaborating with Clean Bandit, and now you’re breaking into your own. How do you plan on differentiating yourself from being “The girl who sings ‘Rather Be'” and just being “Jess Glynne?”
JG: I think my music has to speak for itself, because the only way people are going to catch onto it is hearing my stuff and paying attention to what I’m doing. I mean, the sound where I’m going is very different. They’re [Clean Bandit] are more of a house-pop vibe whereas I’m more of a soul/R&B-pop girl — so it’s different lanes.

So there is a huge dance wave taking over the industry with people like The Knocks, Kiesza, Gorgon City, Just Kiddin, etc. What are your thoughts on what’s happening in the scene right now?
JG: In the UK it’s been so apparent for so long, and over here it’s really taking off now. The dance scene is a new wave of what went on 10-15 years ago, you know? I feel music always comes around in circles, and now it’s that moment where it’s about dance. Things get boring and you can’t consistently have the same kind of music out there, and I guess things become more popular because it’s exciting and fresh compared to everything else going on.

Do you have any artists or producers that you’d like to collaborate with?
JG: Producer-wise, I’d love to work with Timbaland, Frank Ocean…the list is endless. Also Childish Gambino, Drake, Kanye West. One of my dreams was to work with Amy Winehouse, but unfortunately that can’t happen.

What about a tour? Are there any dates set?
JG: I’m coming over [to California] to do Coachella with Clean Bandit, and I’m going to be supporting them on their tour. I’ll also be doing my own shows in L.A. during that time as well.

Comparing the US to the UK, do you see any differences with the audience when you perform on stage?
JG: With America, you guys are so hype and get so excited. I love that! But the UK is just the same. If it’s your crowd and they know your music, they are always so excited. I just did a tour recently in the UK where I was supporting Clean Bandit again, and the crowd was just amazing. The people will love the music if it’s a good gig.

So what music are you digging lately?
JG: I’ve just gotten the new Kendrick [Lamar] album, and I’m in love with it. The fact that he’s rapping over jazz beats…I think he’s just amazing!

Are there any artists from the UK that you think will make it big in the States just like you have? Like for me, I’ve just been getting into Skepta.
JG: You know it’s so weird, because Kanye basically brought Grime artists into the studio. So is America getting into it now?

Now we are, but just because of Kanye. No one really knew what it was before then.
JG: If they bring Grime over there, that will be amazing! I hope it happens. Oh, and I’m so into Seinabo Sey. That’s the somebody that I’m into right now, oh my god. She is going to blow up, I guarantee it.

This is a non-music question, but I love the way you dress! What inspires you for your outfits on stage?
JG: Visuals to me are very inspiring. I like quirky looks and things that aren’t just the straight and narrow. I don’t think I’ll ever wear a plain vest and jeans. It’s always quite important to have a look and have something that represents you. I’m really into fashion and I love keeping up to date with it all. I always associate visuals with music. When I’m writing a song, I’ll always see a video and me standing on a stage with how I want it to be seen. It all connects!


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Nile Rodgers on Joe Jackson's anger: 'It was sort of funny'

23rd Jun 15 | Entertainment News

The veteran songwriter and guitarist regularly toured with The Jackson 5, who were managed by their father Joe, during their early years, but claims he never witnessed the abuse the band members claim they were subjected to and instead just said the music manager was ''very tough''.

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When questioned on whether he was aware of the mistreatment, he told BANG Showbiz: ''Not really, because it wasn't ... it was never in my life. We were just on the road. Joe Jackson was almost like our tour manager too so I took it all with a grain of salt. To me it was sort of funny.''

The Jackson 5 - featuring brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson - claimed to have suffered severe emotional and physical abuse from a young age while performing, with Joe since admitting to beating them with belts if they failed to meet his high standards.

Instead, the 'Good Times' hitmaker said Joe's verbal abuse is something he has grown to expect from individuals in the music industry because he has been shouted at by ''tough band leaders and managers'' for his whole life.

Speaking at Kylie Minogue's Barclaycard British Summertime concert in London's Hyde Park, where he also performed, he said: ''I mean, when you're working, especially when I was starting out, the R&B music business was very, very tough, and you're accustomed to tough band leaders and managers and stuff like that, so to me I was just learning. Record executives screaming at me is like, normal. It's like, 'That record sucks, get out of my office!' and then it becomes number one and they go, 'Oh wow I love that record. The first time you played it I loved it!' and I'm like, 'Yeah, sure'.''

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Fifth Harmony Candie's Campaign Revealed: See Photos Of Girls In Stylish Ensembles!

The Fifth Harmony girls are the faces of Candies and we have the photos of their stylish campaign. Candies

Fifth Harmony is taking over the world with their original music and unique style. The quintet that was formed during the second season of "The X Factor USA" just announced they are the new faces of Candie's.

Fifth Harmony Stars in Candie's Fall Campaign

The brand that caters to young and fashionable woman sells at Kohl's and recently featured Bella Thorne. Previously, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff and many more have represented the brand.

Now it's up to Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui to continue this legacy and make the most of it. See photos of the girls down below and tell us what you think!

The "Worth It" hitmakers were excited to announced their partnership with the clothing brand earlier today. "YAYYYYY so excited to announce our partnership with [Candie's]," Camila tweeted along with her solo ad.

Lauren wrote: "We're officially Candie's girls!!!" Ally asked the question: "Wanna know what kind of girl I am? I'm a Candie's girl."

Fifth Harmony Stars in Candie's Fall Campaign

The ad campaign comes on the heels of their latest single "Worth It" being certified Platinum. This is a big honor for the girls as it has been their highest ranking tune in their career.

Fifth Harmony continues to modify their sound and little by little they have been climbing up the charts and solidifying their footprint in the music industry.

It was revealed this week that the girls would be performing during Premios Juventud 2015.

Fifth Harmony Stars in Candie's Fall Campaign

This will be the first time they perform during a Latin award show.

Earlier this year they made an appearance at Premios Billboard 2015 where they presented an award to Enrique Iglesias.

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Prince's Ex-Wife Preparing Tell-all Book

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Prince's Ex-Wife Preparing Tell-all Book

Will fans finally get a peek into the life of reclusive music icon Prince? With his legal powers (he sues everyone), probably not, but we will keep our hopes up.

Prince's Ex-wife Mayte Garcia is penning a tell-all book about her life with him. The dancer was married to the "Purple Rain" hitmaker from 1996 to 1999, but it's currently unclear how much tea she will share with the world.

"It was a pretty odd relationship," a source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper. "He would pick every outfit she wore and she wasn't even allowed to use his real name."

Garcia will also reveal stories about her friendship with reality TV star Kim Kardashian as well as details about parties she attended with Sir Elton John and Madonna.

According to a spokesperson for Garcia, the book is slated to arrive around Christmas.

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'Humans': TV Review

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Gemma Chan as Anita, a synth, on "Humans" for AMC

The Bottom Line

"Synths" (short for synthetics) are the new human-like artificial intelligence robots that everybody wants. But when one British family gets one, it opens the doors to all kinds of trouble — for the family, for the synths and for other unseen hands.

Air date:
June 28, 9 p.m., AMC

Created by:
Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, from the Swedish series "Real Humans" created by Lars Lundstrom

Starring:
Gemma Chan, Tom Goodman-Hill, Katherine Parkinson, William Hurt, LucyCarless, Pixie Davis, Theo Stevenson

New AMC series takes a familiar sci-fi idea and gives it new life.

There's nothing particularly new about the premise of Humans, the AMC series about “synthetic” humans or robots with artificial intelligence. But for all its imagination, sci-fi is certainly a genre that recycles concepts. The intrigue lies in the execution and the re-imagining of them. We've certainly seen plenty of robots wreaking havoc on humanity. But Humans finds a way to bring intrigue to a very familiar conflict.

Humans is based on a Swedish series called Real Humans, created by Lars Lundstrom. British writers Sam Vincent andJonathan Brackley deliver the AMC/Channel 4/Kudos co-production, and what they immediately get right is the real-life worries and emotional connections that surface when “synths” are part of everyday life.

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When Humans begins, we see harried Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) struggling to deal with the day-to-day rigors of running the family while his lawyer wife, Laura (Katherine Parkinson), is away on a work trip. Joe’s got three kids: teenage daughter Mattie (Lucy Carless), adolescent son Toby (Theo Stevenson) and young Sophie (Pixie Davis). And like any busy parent, Joe struggles to balance their hectic lives with his own job — particularly when Laura, who was supposed to be gone for only two days, ends up away for five.

Joe decides to get the family a synth, even though Laura has previously forbidden it, and picks out Anita (Gemma Chan), who happens to be gorgeous. AMC only previewed two episodes for review, so it’s not clear if writers Vincent and Brackley tackle the idea of choosing a synth based on looks; the first episode implies buyers don’t know what they get until they buy it. In either case, young Sophie is delighted because getting a synth seems like a great idea, and Toby is happy because Anita is a knockout (he’ll later try to fondle her breast while she’s recharging). But teen Mattie is immediately dismissive of the whole concept of a synth and — not unexpectedly — when Laura returns from her business trip, she’s less than thrilled that Anita has made the house a lot tidier, cooks effortlessly great meals and waits on the kids when they should be doing chores themselves. She's also not wild about the fact that Joe is so happy with Anita.

In those initial scenes, Humans makes clear what’s at stake in this new world. Laura feels like she’s a lousy mother and might be easily replaced. Sophie thinks Anita is perfect; she takes her time reading Sophie stories and is always there when she needs her.

Mattie represents England’s future generation; synth labor has made the once-scholarly teen feel like it’s pointless to get an education because synths are able work better, faster and cheaper. As she sees it, they have written her out of her own future.

All of these are familiar reactions to artificial intelligence in the modern world, but Humans raises the stakes even more by implying there are larger issues at stake. For example, Professor Edwin Hobb (Danny Webb), is a synth scientist and co-creator who has worked alongside the man most responsible for the brilliance of the synths. Hobb now believes that a core group of the robots are evolving beyond the limits of the science — becoming capable of emotions and intelligence beyond the operating codes, demonstrating a kind of free will. He’s been tracking them down — but we don’t know for what purpose.

Humans doesn’t get into the bigger mystery or mysteries that begin to arise in the first two episodes. But in addition to the Hawkins family and Professor Hobb, we also meet Leo (Colin Morgan), who is trying to free the synths, believing they are more than just scrap metal with motherboards. We learn that he once helped free Anita only to have her rounded up again. As Leo continues his quest to find her again, that creepy feeling Laura’s been getting from Anita starts to make more sense.

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What makes Humans work beyond its familiar concepts and genre constraints is the connection viewers will make with those in the synth world. Anita is immediately intriguing for her broader, non-programmed interest in what’s out there in the world (she stares at the moon in a way that makes Laura believe even more that something’s not right) — and Chan is exceptionally good at conveying both the smoothly-robotic nature of a synth with “human” qualities and the wild card we know she can be. The entire cast is strong, particularly Goodman-Hill and Parkinson, but Chan is both compelling and alluring at the same time, giving viewers an 'in' into the synth world.

Also standing out is William Hurt, as Dr. George Millican, an engineer on the original synth project and owner of Odi (Will Tudor), an out of date model that the government is looking to recycle. But George can’t bear to part with Odi because he's come to feel like family, and in spite of his faltering and sputtering, still recalls memories that George himself no longer can.

Hurt imbues George with a sense of loneliness and regret — he doesn’t like the idea of upgrades destroying the connections that families have to their synths — and brings humor to the role as he suffers through his new, no-nonsense model Vera (Rebecca Front) who strictly monitors his diet, etc., while trying to hide Odi in the house.

By bringing those kinds of touches into the episodes, Vincent and Brackley succeed in makingHumans, well, very human — concerning itself not only with the humanity of the real people we meet, but with the humanity of the synthetic ones, too.

The promise of the early episodes makes it look like AMC was smart to get involved in this co-production because, despite the familiar premise, Humans is a keeper.

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Supersonico Concert: Best Of Latin Alternative Music Will Invade Hollywood Palladium

Singer Ximena Sarinana performs onstage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at The Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Coachella

Think Coachella but with a Latino twist. That's exactly whatSupersonico is --a Latino-focused festival with some of the finest artists in the Latin alternative music biz.

Following its sold-out debut in 2014, the festival's second edition will be held on October 3rd at the Hollywood Palladium. According to Billboard, the forthcoming event is a “multi-lingual, multi-genre, multi-stage, cultural happening.”

“There will be 8000 people having a great Saturday afternoon and evening of music, art, food, drinks, etc.” Festival OrganizerCookman exclusively told Billboard. “Putting on a festival like Supersonico is something that should have been done a long time ago but for whatever reason, was not.”

Some of the acts already confirmed to perform at Supersonico 2015 include Aterciopelados, Mala Rodriguez, Ximena Sariñana, Kinky, Nortec Collective’s Bostich and Fussible, Dengue, Dengue, Dengue, Chancha Via Circuito, El Mato a un Policia Motorizadoand Mariachi El Bronx among other popular artists in the indie scene.

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It was 48 years ago today when The Monkees topped the charts with their "Headquarters" album, in 1967.

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Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies

Media captionPatrick Macnee was best known for playing John Steed in The Avengers

Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.

The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.

Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.

A statement on the actor's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories."

He died peacefully at his home in California's Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said.

nullPatrick Macnee reprised his John Steed role for The New Avengers TV series, starring alongside Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt

James Bond ally

Born in London, Macnee grew up in Berkshire and was educated at Summerfields Preparatory School and Eton.

At the age of 11, he acted in Henry V opposite a young Sir Christopher Lee. He first appeared in the West End while still in his teens.

He played a number of minor roles - including one in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version of Hamlet - before rising to fame in the original Avengers series between 1961 and 1969.

The series developed a cult following around the world, the BBC's Los Angeles reporter Peter Bowes said.

Steed was known for his dress sense, always donning a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella, which was used as a secret weapon.

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Macnee returned when that series was reprised as The New Avengers in the 1970s, appearing alongside Joanna Lumley's Purdey and Gareth Hunt's Mike Gambit.

Later, he starred on Broadway in Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, touring internationally with that play and several other productions

He also appeared in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, playing an ally of Roger Moore's Bond character, and made a cameo appearance as the head of a record company in This is Spinal Tap.

Sir Roger tweeted: "So very sad to hear Pat Macnee has left us.

"We were mates from 1950s and I have so many happy memories of working with him. A true gent."

Macnee featured too as a guest star in dozens of British, American and Australian TV productions.

'Ahead of their time'

In a 2014 interview with The Lady magazine, Macnee said he believed The Avengers was a success because it "did something different and did it better."

He told the magazine: "It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things."

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Macnee had two children, son Rupert and daughter Kate Woodville, and one grandson.

He was married three times, including to actress Katherine Woodville, with whom he acted in The Avengers.

He had been a US citizen since 1959, according to the AP news agency.

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Beyonce Takes The Lead at Upcoming Made in America Festival; Beyonce and The Weeknd to Headline

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R&B Takes The Lead at Upcoming Made in America Festival; Beyonce and The Weeknd to Headline

R&B event-goers will feel right at home at the upcoming Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Launching Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the fourth annual celebration will be headlined by international superstar Beyonce and rising star The Weeknd.

This year's festival will only go down in Philly; the Los Angeles segment was scrapped.

Other performers include Nick Jonas, Santigold, and hip-hop stars J. Cole, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, De La Soul, Fabolous, and many more.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 30, at noon EST.

See the full roster of performers below:

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Vulture TV Awards 2015: Jaime Camil Wins Best Male Comedy Performer For 'Jane The Virgin'

Jaime Camil as Rogelio De La Vega on "Jane The Virgin" is receiving the recognition he deserves. TheCW

Jaime Camil made the jump from telenovelas in Mexico to starring in the "Jane The Virgin" television series. The 41-year-old actor plays Rogelio De La Vega, a telenovela actor that turns out to be Jane's father. Camil fit right into this role coming from being one of Mexico's most loved heartthrobs starring in productions like "Que Pobres Tan Ricos," "Por Ella Soy Eva" and "La Fea Más Bella." The Vulture TV Awards 2015have given Camil the honor as the Best Male Comedy Performer for his work on the CW comedy. "He's goofy, but he's also someone with depth and purpose," Vulture says of the actors work. "Camil's performance has plenty of comic flare, yet he gives Rogelio big feelings that still feel true somehow."

Jaime Camil's work has been recognized in the past, scoring a nod at the Critics' Choice TV Awards this year. His next task is getting a nomination at the prestigious Primetime Emmys. Although the CW has not been succesful in the past, "Jane The Virgin" has proven to be well-liked by the critics, with its star Gina Rodriguez winning at the Golden Globes earlier this year. With the Emmy voters finalizing nominees this week Jaime is hopeful that his show and his work get recognition. "We have high hopes," he said. "We're excited about it, but you also need to be realistic. Let's see what happens." We are rooting for you Jaime Camil and we hope that you receive the nod you very much deserve. Good luck!

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Adam Lambert Talks Coming Out, Freddie Mercury & His New Style in 'Out' Cover Story

By Colin Stutz | June 23, 2015 7:00 PM EDT

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Adam Lambert photographed at Bar Marmont in West Hollywood, Calif. on May 8, 2015.

Zoey GrossmanWith Adam Lambert's third album, The Original High, released earlier this month, the 33-year-old singer is edging a bit towards an elder statement status in the pop scene. And it seems that this suits him just fine.

But as he pushes ahead with a new set of songs executive produced by hit makers Max Martin and Shellback, it is interesting to look back at his career over the past six years.

Since breaking out on American Idol in 2009 and finishing second, Lambert's profile rose quickly. And though he had already come out as gay years before, he was now faced with doing it to public scrutiny — which he did with a Rolling Stonecover story. In a new cover story for Out, the pop star said there hadn't been many openly gay performers who came before him, from whom he could have found guidance.

"At that time, how many mainstream music artists did we have that were out?" he said in the article. "Elton John and George Michael -- and his whole coming out was tabloid fun. There hadn't been a blueprint to follow. That was the one thing I wished I'd had: a little more guidance. There were definitely moments of frustration and pressure, but there's been a lot of goodwill as well, a lot of support from fans and media people, and it's balanced out. I don't have any sort of bitterness about it."

Even the late Freddie Mercury, whose role in Queen he's filled on recent tours, is now remembered as being gay -- but while he was alive, the public mostly just turned a blind eye, said Lambert.

"I've heard nothing but incredible stories about him," he said of the Queen frontman. "From what I gathered, he seemed like a really sweet guy, actually — and a bit shy socially. I would have loved to meet him.... Technically, he wasn't really closeted. I mean, he did interviews early on where they were like, 'Are you gay?' and he was like, 'Oh, yeah, gay as a daffodil, darling.' But nobody really believed it because they didn't want to. It was so taboo at that time that people didn't actually think he would have been."

As for Lambert's new, toned down look. He said, "I just generally grew out of that old look and enjoyed new ones — it's as simple as that. There's also a point where I was working really hard to achieve a look that I was really into, and it was really fun and I wanted to stand out and be crazy and be weird and make a statement with the stuff I was wearing. I look back on some of those red carpet looks, and I'm like, What were you thinking?"

"Six years is a while," he added, "and now I'm in a new space and time in my life, and I'm hoping that my music and my image all match where I'm at."

Read the full interview here.

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Demi Lovato announces new single 'Cool For The Summer'

June 25, 20154:13 PM MST


Demi Lovato announces new single 'Cool For The Summer'
Demi Lovato announces new single 'Cool For The Summer'
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Calling all 'Lovatics' because the pop superstar Demi Lovato just announced the name of her brand new single on June 24.

Demi just announced the name of her brand new single today which is appropriately titled 'Cool For The Summer' and will premiere July 1. She even debuted the artwork which clearly she has been hard at work in the gym.

The "Heart Attack" singer made the huge announcement on Instagram, uploading a picture of the cover art with the caption, "My new single is called #CoolForTheSummer and will be out July 1!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH.” Talk about exciting! That is less than a week away! She did not give her fans enough time to prepare for this.

In the photo, Lovato is sitting on a beach chair wearing a teal, one-piece swim-suit with a couple cut outs going down her stomach. The mustard colored heals really aren't appropriate but neither is that purple feather boa. Demi seems to be able to pull it off perfectly otherwise.

New music from the star is even more exciting since the last single she released was in 2014 with "Really Don't Care" featuring Cher Lloyd, When there's a new song coming that means a new album is on the way. Demi did not make any hints about that but she's way overdue since her last album Demi was released in May 2013.

Undoubtedly, this does not mean she hasn't been keeping herself occupied. It was announced that Lovato is working on a mobile game (just like Kim Kardashian's) additionally, she's been busy with her Devonne by Demi skincare line. To add on to that, let's not forget her relationship with Wilmer Valderrama, which happens to be even more serious these days, and the fact that she started a record label with Nick Jonas? Umm..no big deal?!

Lovato is hoping her new music will be something that separates her from other music artists in the industry.

"This album, I really want to be authentic to who I am as an artist and find my way in the industry- set myself apart from other artists and just really finally showcase what I can do," she revealed to Latina. "I'm working with people that I have dreamt of working with my entire career, so the fact that I'm able to do that, it's really big. I'm experimenting with different sounds in the studio, so it's exciting!"

"Cool For The Summer" will be Demi Lovato's first new single on her new joint-record label Safehouse Records with Nick Jonas and Phil McIntyre. Together with some assistance from Island Records and Hollywood Records, Lovato is launching on her own emblem while gaining some support from large-scale professionals.

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Pastor Shirley Caesar to be honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

June 25, 20153:40 PM MST
Gospel legend Shirley Caesar will get a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Legendary Gospel artist Pastor Shirley Caesar has reached a major milestone in her career. Pastor Caesar has been named an honoree in the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s just-announced list of honorees selected for the class of 2016, to receive a star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Shirley Caesar has earned 11 GRAMMY® Awards, 18 Dove Awards, 14 Stellar Awards and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, was also recently inducted into the inaugural Stellar Honors Club at the 2015 Stellar Awards. In 2016 the celebrated singer will celebrate 50 years as a solo artist.

In a press release, Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational, says: “Entertainment One Music congratulates Pastor Shirley Caesar on this monumental achievement as an honoree on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2016! What a great blessing to be selected for this honor. Pastor Caesar’s incomparable style, personality and lifelong dedication to ministry have continued to impact and influence so many fans around the world, and we are thrilled to celebrate her upcoming 50-year anniversary and deliver new music to come.”

Catch Shirley Caesar's performance at the White House on "The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House,"when it airs Friday June 20, on PBS and TV One. Pastor Caesar plans to release more new music soon. The date her star will be will placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is pending.

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CBS' 'Scorpion' Season 2 adds 'Forever' alum Alana De La Garza

June 25, 20152:47 PM MST
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Alana De La Garza has landed a recurring role on CBS' "Scorpion" for Season 2. According toDeadline, which first reported the news on Tuesday, June 23, the "Forever" actress will play the new Head of Homeland Security who is described as "smart, tough and driven," though her motives for assisting the Scorpion team will be called into question.

Her character will succeed Homeland Security Director Merrick (David Fabrizio) who in the Season 1 finale relegated Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) to a desk job at the Pomona airport, prompting Cabe to quit. The Season 2 premiere will find Cabe taking a job as a Hollywood tech advisor until he is summoned back by the new head of Homeland Security to resume his old position as a liaison for the Scorpion team.

"Scorpion" follows the unparalleled genius Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of intellects - Sylvester (Ari Stidham), the human calculator; Happy (Jadyn Wong), the mechanical prodigy; Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas), the behaviorist; and Paige (Katherine McPhee), the one who translates the world for her teammates. The show's executive producer Nicholas Wootton revealed back in April that the upcoming second season will tackle more arc storylines and will rely less on "adventure of the week" episodes, Christian Post reports.

"I think what we may have going into next season is more arcs," Wootton explained. "We'll be able to look at an entire template and we'll be able to plan those things out a little bit more than we did this year, because we really only had the first thirteen planned, and then we moved on once we knew that was coming up."

In addition to playing Det. Jo Martinez in ABC's short-lived drama "Forever," De La Garza's other TV credits include "Law & Order," spinoff "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "All My Children," "CSI: Miami" and "Do No Harm." Scorpion returns for Season 2 on Monday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c.

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'I Dream Too Much': Film Review

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The Bottom Line

Diane Ladd delivers an entertaining and nuanced turn in this quietly affecting — if flawed — drama.

Venue

Manhattan Film Festival

Cast

Eden Brolin, Diane Ladd, Danielle Brooks, Chelsea Lopez, ChristinaRouner, JamesMcCaffrey

Director

Katie Cokinos

A young woman finds her life changed when she volunteers to care for her great-aunt in Katie Cokinos' film executive produced by Richard Linklater.

Romantic literary fantasies play a large role in Katie Cokinos' coming-of-age drama about a young woman who finds her life changed by time spent with her great-aunt. Executive produced by Richard Linklater, I Dream Too Much doesn't quite live up to even its modest aspirations, but it does offer a sensitively drawn portrait of multigenerational female friendship that should resonate particularly with young women. The film recently was showcased at the Manhattan Film Festival.

Having recently graduated college, Dora (newcomer Eden Brolin, delivering an affecting turn) finds herself consigned to her suburban New Jersey home when she'd much rather be traveling with a friend to Brazil. Pressured by her single mother (Christina Rouner) to study for her LSAT, she escapes by volunteering to help her Great-Aunt Vera (Diane Ladd) after the elderly woman breaks her foot.

Traveling to Vera's home in upstate New York — cinematographer Alex Rappoport captures the wintry settings in all their bleak beauty — the young woman is not warmly welcomed but instead is met with condescension and derision.

"Here's to your wonderfully useless degrees," Vera offers as a toast.

Although the relationship proves as icy as the landscape, Dora obligingly attends to Vera's basic needs, including fetching suppositories at a local pharmacy.

"Phil, can you grab some of those anal laxatives?" shouts the clerk as Dora shrinks in mortification.

But things begin to change after Dora discovers her great-aunt's journals, many of them revolving around her troubled relationship with her late husband, a famous author-journalist. Dora also strikes up a friendship with Abbey (Danielle Brooks), an aspiring singer-songwriter desperate for the attention of a local resident (James McCaffrey) who happens to be a famous music producer.

Along the way, Dora also takes comfort in her rich imagination, depicted in a series of fantasy sequences in which she imagines herself as a Jane Austen-style heroine.

Director-screenwriter Cokinos doesn't quite display the necessary finesse to fully realize her vision, with the dialogue often feeling forced, the characterizations tending toward the schematic and the disparate plot strands choppily woven together. But the film has a quiet emotional impact nonetheless, much of it due to Ladd's nuanced performance that invests her potentially stereotypical character with a surprising complexity.

Production: 77 Films, Attic Light Films
Cast: Eden Brolin, Diane Ladd, Danielle Brooks, Chelsea Lopez, Christina Rouner, James McCaffrey
Director-screenwriter: Katie Cokinos
Producers: Ed McWilliams, Jay Thames
Executive producer: Richard Linklater
Director of photography: Alex Rappoport
Production designer: Lisa Myers
Costume designer: George Veale
Composer: Heidi Rodewald
Casting: Judy Henderson

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Julia Stiles to Reteam With Matt Damon in Next ‘Bourne Identity’ FilmJulia Stiles Broadway Phoenix

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Julia Stiles is set to reprise her role in the next “Bourne Identity” film that will have Matt Damonreturning as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass attached to direct.

Alicia Vikander is also in talks to join the cast. Sources have told Variety that Viggo Mortensen was holding the offer to play the assassin tracking Bourne but has not confirmed whether he will be joining the cast.

Frank Marshall will return as producer along with Damon, Greengrass and Jeffrey Weiner.

Plot details are unknown at this time, though it’s likely that Stiles will be reprising her role of a former CIA operative who teams up with Bourne.

The pic will bow July 29, 2016.

Damon’s three Bourne movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide at the box office.

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Taye Diggs Glammed Up in Lipstick for 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Poster

Taye Diggs in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Taye Diggs in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
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The 'Murder in the First' actor returns to Broadway to star in John Cameron Mitchell's cult rock opera, following in the steps of Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, Andrew Rannells and Darren Criss.

Taye Diggs is a glittering, Grace Jones-esque vision in the newly released poster for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The Murder in the First actor will make his return to Broadway, starring in the Tony-winning revival ofJohn Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's cult rock opera beginning July 22 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited 12-week engagement as the East German rocker bouncing back from a botched transgender surgery, who comes to America in search of fame and a truer sense of herself, runs through Oct. 11.

Diggs' last stint on a New York stage was in 2005 with the off-Broadway revival of A Soldier’s Play. He made his Broadway debut in a 1994 production of Carousel and soon after was featured in the original cast of the landmark musical Rent.

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'Catastrophe': TV Review

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The Bottom Line

A charming and hilariously subversive British comedy.

Airdate

June 19 (Amazon Prime)

Cast

Rob Delaney, SharonHorgan, Ashley Jensen, Carrie Fisher

Creators/Executive Producers

Rob Delaney, SharonHorgan

A one-week fling leads to an unplanned pregnancy and then a relationship in this new Brit com streaming on Amazon Prime.

"Catastrophe" is one of those words we use hyperbolically all the time. And the new show Catastropheis no exception. It sounds like a disaster series involving a group of intrepid survivors who band together after a giant boulder crashes to earth, but it’s actually a charming and decidedly salty series about Rob (comedian Rob Delaney), an American ad man, who meets Irish school teacher Sharon (Sharon Horgan) while in London for work. The two spend a wonderful sex-filled week together without any intention of it ever becoming more than a fling. But then Sharon becomes pregnant, which is what happens when you “have sex about 25 times in a week” and only use a condom “maybe twice.” The title sets the tone for the series; this is a catastrophe of a different sort.

Rob decides to relocate to London, and the two embark on an awkward yet sweet romance. The show’s distinctly British sense of humor is wonderful. “A terrible thing has happened. Let’s make the best of it,” Rob tells Sharon.

Part of the show’s appeal is that Rob is a good guy. He wants to do the right thing, not because of any societal pressure to be responsible, but because he didn’t have a father growing up and he doesn’t want that for his son. When Rob’s lecherous friend Dave (Daniel Lapaine) talks about how wonderful it is not being committed to any one woman, Rob says, “That is great for you. For me, a different thing is great.” Rob’s a nice guy, but not a pushover or the stereotypical exasperated “yes, dear” kind of man so popular in mainstream comedies.

Delaney has amassed a huge Twitter following by being simultaneously honest and hilarious, and he brings those same attributes to his fictional alter ego here. He also has an innate acting ability that eludes many of his comic peers. Like the real Rob Delaney, Rob on Catastrophe is a recovering alcoholic. He tells Sharon he decided to stop drinking after he defecated on himself at his sister’s wedding. There’s something great about how Rob’s sobriety is folded organically into his character; it’s not something the show dwells on or discusses, and none of the other characters make a big deal about it.

Horgan is equally delightful. Sharon is one of TV’s few realistic pregnant women. She’s not throwing up every five minutes or demanding Rob run out for a midnight snack of pickles and ice cream. She does jones for a cigarette, however (even taking a puff at one point) and dismays over her swelling feet. She also still drinks, which in the United States would make onlookers apoplectic. “The new thing is it’s okay to drink,” she says, clearly knowing that’s not exactly true.

It's lovely watching the interactions between two actors who share a rapport that rings true. “I don’t know what to do when you get pregnant by a stranger,” Sharon tells him. The script is peppered with all sorts of profanity, but it never feels like the characters are swearing just because they can.

Sharon struggles to fit Rob into her tiny apartment, while meanwhile Rob tries to create a life for himself in London outside of Sharon. And they both must navigate each other’s friends and family. Anyone who has ever been pregnant has definitely run into someone like Sharon’s frenemy, Fran (Ashley Jensen). Fran badgers Sharon with talk of the virtues of a natural childbirth and the horrors of using any kind of painkillers during delivery. Sharon’s brother Fergal (Jonathan Forbes) is giddy over the mess his sister has gotten herself into. Back home, Rob’s mom (Carrie Fisher) is working every angle to convince her son that he doesn’t have to be a father to his baby.

More than anything, the show, written entirely by Delaney and Horgan, is laugh-out-loud funny. Rob has Sharon listed as “Sharon (London sex)” on his phone. When Rob insults homeopaths only to learn that Fran is one, he deadpans to Sharon, “You could have told me that in my pre-dinner briefing.” Somehow the show even makes Sharon's diagnosis of a pre-cancerous condition hilarious.

The six-episode first season of Catastrophe aired earlier this year in Britain and has already been picked up for a second season there. One hopes Amazon will decide to pick up the second season as well. If they don’t, it'll be a catastrophe.

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'Poldark': TV Review

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The Bottom Line

PBS and BBC’s new series brings the smolder.

Airdate

Sundays beginning June21st at 9 p.m. (PBS)

Directors

Ed Bazalgette and William McGregor

Cast

Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed

'The Hobbit's' Aidan Turner stars as Cornwallian captain Ross Poldark in a fiery new 'Masterpiece' series.

Ross Poldark is the protagonist of a beloved series of historical novels (twelve in total) published between 1945 and 2002 by English author Winston Graham. The character is a kind of anti-establishment brooder who returns home to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to a meager inheritance and to the distressing news that the woman he loves is marrying another.

Graham’s books were first adapted for television in an extremely successful, two-season series that aired between 1975 and 1977 on the BBC. This new production—shown in eight episodes overseas, but airing as seven here with the final two installments screening as one—is being promoted as a Downton Abbeysubstitute. Yet it’s hard to imagine that series (even at its soapiest) ever approaching quite the same level of unabashed smolder.

It’s left to devotees of the novels to determine if this Poldark, adapted and overseen by Debbie Horsfield, is true to the spirit of Graham’s creation. To this critic’s neophyte eyes, and based solely on the rollercoaster first installment, the series is akin to hungrily flipping through one of those florid airport novels with Fabio on the cover. And that’s meant as a compliment.

Start with Poldark himself: Aidan Turner, who played the handsomest dwarf, Kíli, in Peter Jackson’s recent Hobbit trilogy, simply exudes charisma from his first scene, in which he cheekily talks back to his redcoat commanding officer right before a very bloody skirmish. This is the only glimpse we get of Poldark on the American battlefield, at least for now. As in Graham’s first novel, the bulk of the action takes place after the British have lost the war, with Poldark returning to Cornwall and discovering the life he thought he had upended.

His betrothed, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), fearing him killed, is now engaged to his cousin, Francis (Kyle Soller), and Poldark’s father is also dead, his only legacy an ill-maintained estate house and a neglected tin mine. This is hardly anything to base a living on, but the stubborn Poldark perseveres through all manner of challenges, and the first episode packs in plenty of them.

When Poldark isn’t disciplining his estate’s two derelict servants or fending off his manipulative uncle (Warren Clarke)—who would like nothing better than to see his brooding nephew completely out of his daughter Elizabeth’s life—he’s single-handedly digging out his tin mine (with his shirt none-too-discreetly unbuttoned) from under piles of rubble. He also nearly lets Francis drown, fully copping to the fact after rescuing him; gets into a fight that leaves him with an artfully blood-stained face that only increases his fainting-couch allure; and broods libidinously during Elizabeth’s wedding. (If seething stares were aphrodisiacs, his would be bottled and sold for a king’s ransom.)

But Poldark’s most fateful action in the premiere is his rescue of the destitute waif Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) from her abusive father. As book readers know, Demelza plays a major role in Poldark’s life, and the images of the duo galloping on a horse through the lush Cornwallian landscape hint at some rolls in the hay to come in future episodes. The sheer blissful goofiness of their burgeoning romance (with swelling music, furtive glances, and Harlequin romance novel compositions) encapsulates the pleasures of the series as a whole. This is trash done ecstatically well.

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Faith Evans Hints at Bad Boy Reunion

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Faith Evans has seemingly spilled the beans that there could be a Bad Boy reunion during this Sunday’s BET Awards.

The singer recently posted an Instagram photo of herself and Diddy in rehearsals with the caption: "In rehearsal clowning with @iamdiddy #BadBoy #Family #teamfizzy #teamprolific #IncomparableAlbum #Faith20 coming soon!"

She also shared a 15-second video clip of herself performing her 1998 hit, "Love Like This," alongside her dancers and choreographer Laurieann Gibson, who seemingly confirmed that the performance is happening: "Focused #BETAwards 2 days away #Zone"

In addition, there's whispers that the reunion will also feature Ma$e, The Lox, 112, Mario Winans and Lil’ Kim, who alerted fans that she is in Los Angeles. "Big week ahead," she tweeted.


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Thanks Mickey(were those pics in NY?) and ID(hope BET streams online like a couple of years ago).

Netflix Sets ‘Narcos’ Pablo Escobar Drug-Cartel Thriller Premiere Date

JUNE 25, 2015 | 08:16AM PT

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Netflix’s original series “Narcos,” chronicling the real-life events of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, will premiere Friday, Aug. 28, with all 10 episodes available to subscribers worldwide.

“Narcos,” produced by Gaumont International Television, stars Brazilian actor Wagner Moura(“Elysium”) as Escobar. Series creator and exec producer Jose Padilha (who directed last year’s “RoboCop” reboot), previously worked with Moura on Brazilian cop action and political films “Elite Squad” and “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.”

Series also stars Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”) and Boyd Holbrook (“Gone Girl”) as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, respectively. “Narcos” also features Colombian actor Juan Pablo Raba, British theater star Joanna Christie (“Once”), Stephanie Sigman (to appear in the next James Bond film, “Spectre”), Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (“Covert Affairs”), André Mattos (“Elite Squad”), Luis Guzman (“Boogie Nights”) and Mexican thesp Ana de la Reguera (“Eastbound & Down,” “Nacho Libre”).

“Narcos” tells the story of the Colombian cocaine kingpins of the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement to bring them to justice in a brutal, bloody conflict.

Eric Newman (“Children of Men”), the team of Doug Miro and Carlos Bernard (“Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) and Chris Brancato (“Hannibal”) also serve as exec producers.

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Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are 'Sleeping with Other People'.

June 26, 20157:36 AM MST
Sleeping with Other People opens August 21st
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Sex and relationships have been the cornerstone theme of writer/director Leslye Headland's filmmaking career, and so far it's served her pretty well. In 2010 she made her feature debut with the racy comedy Bachelorette, which went on to be a hit on VOD. She followed that up by writing the recent remake ofAbout Last Night, which centered on two couples trying to be more than just friends with benefits. And that is a theme Headland is returning to with her latest film, Sleeping with Other People, which stars the duo of Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie.

The first trailer has been released and it's easy to see why the film was received so positively at Sundaance. Sudeikis is a womanizer who becomes friends with Brie's serial cheater, and through that friendship they learn to get over their commitment issues. Here's the synopsis:

Years after impulsively losing their virginity to each other in college, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet at a support group in New York (“What’s a nice girl like you doing at a sex addicts meeting?”). A spark resurfaces, but they’ve walked this road before. Abject failures in romance who lead lives of serial infidelity and self-sabotage, they agree to a platonic friendship to mutually support their recovery—and what’s more supportive than teaching your friend proper self-stimulation? Can love bloom while you’re sleeping with other people?

Not only does this look incredibly charming and sexy, but the supporting cast includes Jason Mantzoukas, Adam Scott (he's in every Sundance comedy), Natasha Lyonne, and Amanda Peet. Sleeping with Other People opens August 21st.

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'The Overnight' review: Schwingers

June 26, 20156:38 AM MST

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The Overnight
Rating: 5 Stars.

Directed by: Patrick Brice

The Plot: A young couple from Seattle (Scott and Schilling) new to Los Angeles find themselves stranded in the bustle of Southern California with no real social prospects. When they run into a fun, fearlessly friendly young father (Schwartzman) in a local park, he immediately invites the small family over to his home for a "pizza night" to meet his own family. Since their two sons have taken a shine to each other the two parents accept the invitation. As the night goes on, and the children soon fall asleep, it seems their hosts have a much grander scheme in mind for the evening. Why call off the festivities when there's so many hours left till last call, and so few minutes in a day that parents of small children have to just be themselves? One thing is for certain, it will most definitely be a night to remember. But will it be a night the average marriage will be able to walk away from once the sun comes up?

The Film: Forgive the inside joke, but fitting right in with Adam Scott's character's leading body issue in this film, The Overnight, I do not feel properly equipped to handle the job in this instance. Comedies are notoriously difficult to review, (they're either funny or they aren't - this one is definitely the former) and as this is easily the most uncomfortable film I've ever found myself laughing along with - whether naturally or out of nervous tension - it adds another diabolical dimension to the critical process.

Distilled down to its essence The Overnight is a story of two couples and the delicate, often awkward art of meeting and generating a friendship between such. After moving to Los Angeles, with their safety cache of couple friends back at home in Seattle, (Hollywood's go to origin for folks of the vanilla persuasion) Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling are immediately beset upon by Jason Schwartzman's Kurt - a sort of suburban sociological mad scientist - and his attractive French wife, Charlotte, an "actress" famous across the Norwegian internet for her breast pump training videos.

If I could compare Patrick Brice's couples comedy with any film it would be Neighbors - John Avildson's 1981 film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, though there's something much more sweet and assertive to Schwartzman's predatory panache than Dan Aykrody's brand of grinning mania. Kurt is much more of a ringmaster than ringleader. (this character's collection of self portraits just sprang into my mind as I wrote this - won't dare say why) A daring, motormouthed mod sitting atop a mountain of wealth of suspicious origin. His home may be a hovel by Malibu standards, but it's most certainly a palace from our perspective. With its its pool, its hot tub, its photography studio, its intimidating bar selection, its owners' individual, private bedrooms, the setting for this film says absolutely everything its chic occupants won't. This is a psychosexual-roulette parlor built for entertaining guests and awarding interesting conclusions - whether they be total emotional bankruptcy, delirium or luxuria.

Most importantly, Kurt and Charlotte's immense house seems to be Guantanamo for cracking marital secrets. Everything from sexual resumes to phallus length is, for lack of a better term, exposed. (wondering which actor will immediately announce during the inevitable Blu-Ray commentary that they are CLEARLY wearing a prosthesis during the film's skinny-dipping sequence?) Wholesale honesty seems to be the entire reason behind the events of this playdate between parents - behind Schwartzman's full-frontal (literally) assail on the red tape and bureaucracy of matrimony.

At its nearly-innocuous core The Overnight is a situational comedy of ever expanding boundary negotiations, but it could just as well easily be a situational horror film for those of a square disposition. Any good horror flick thrives on building tension, (Patrick Brice's previous film was indeed a horror movie called Creep) as is the case with The Overnight, a movie where the audience will anxiously find themselves wondering just how far this story will go before its creator pulls the emergency brake, or how long this game of erogenous chicken will continue to be played until at least one of its participants either regains full composure of their senses, or completely tosses trepidation aside and decides to take this night between handsome strangers to the next level.

There are children asleep after all. Scheduled lives that must go on starting at the cruel sobriety of sun up.

We can applaud The Overnight's desire to - at least at a voyeuristic level - provide us with an escape from all of that. The regiment of daylight living. The colossal communal bummer of being a parent keen on recreating with other parents. The safe conversations about schools and jobs and meal preparation. The reliable perimeters of formality and etiquette never fully explored or confronted. The well-wined and well-intentioned covering the well-worn territory of the perfect parenting program. InThe Overnight all bets are off. Drinking. Drugging. Dancing. Massage parloring. All while the babies share sweet dreams in the nursery.

The tension we feel during the film is natural, of course we're wondering what will be left of these couples by morning, because, to Brice's credit, he has created four people we genuinely like. We may never fully trust the intentions of these Californians, but in the instance of The Overnight, it's best to follow the lead of our newly overnighted, Alex and Emily, and take a When In Rome approach to the events of the evening - but from the safety of an auditorium seat where the experience is slightly less horrifying and so much more hilarious.

The Verdict: The Overnight has plenty of heart, but is definitely not for the feint of heart. Think of this film as a field sobriety test for the puritanical content of your blood. It's a movie with many charms, and even more squirms, and is ultimately the most provocative adult comedy in many a moon. Jason Schwartzman has never been funnier - or more fiendish.

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In Conversation with Mary Wilson from The Supremes at the Grammy Museum

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Mary Wilson from the Supremes was the special guest last night as part of the Grammy Museum’s ongoing “In Conversation With Series.” Conducting the interview was Grammy Museum director Bob Santelli. First onstage was associate curator: Nwaka Onwusa who talked about the Supremes’ exhibit which opened the following day June 25th, however before Wilson’s interview there was a special invite only pre-party. Wilson’s interview was very humor through her personality and stories. There a few a guests in the audience that Wilson mentioned including 1st Lady Of Motown: Claudette Rogers Robinson of the Miracles, former Supreme's Jean Terrell, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene, and 3 of Wilsons 8 grandchildren as well as her son and daughter. Wilson described Motown as a family, and the even was certainly family oriented with her family and close friends there.

Wilson first talked about growing up in Detroit, how Smokey Robinson helped them with being signed to Motown, listening to 45’s, and how Frankie Lymon and the teenagers influenced her and original Supreme Florence Ballard. The original group was called the Primettes and they performed Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers “Juvenile Delinquent,” which won them a talent show which would lead toward their groundbreaking success at Motown. Wilson mentioned to read her book for anyone who wanted more details on some of the topics discussed. Wilson was 12.5 years old when performing at the talent show.

Another memorable part was the first time Wilson saw Stevie Wonder and couldn’t believe he was the genius that was spoken about at Motown until she saw him play multiple instruments at such a young age. She also talked about when Marvin Gaye first came to Motown. One humorous story was when the Supremes began to perform internationally and meeting the royal family. The story she told was meeting Princess Margaret and she said “Ooh, is that a Wig?,” which had everyone laughing . Wilson talked about it’s how things are said that can come off wrong and then gave an example of another way to say which was also hysterical.

Wilson also talked about being on the Supremes being on the Ed Sullivan show and knocking the Beatles off the charts, and having 5 consecutive number 1s which is often overlooked. Dick Clark was also mentioned and how shows in the 60’s had segregated audiences. Another humorous story came when the Supremes were staying at a hotel and got in the pool which there were several Caucasian people in and they all jumped out when they got in. Later, on the radio there was a promo for the Motown revue talking about the Supremes and then the people that had gotten out of the pool realized the 3 ladies were the Supremes they jumped right back in. An interesting thing was the relationship of Berry Gordy Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. and how he would come see Motown artists and how Wilson got to know him. A few times when discussing songs , Wilson sang a Capella. Although there was no performance part, hearing Wilson sing “Here’s To Life,” (Phyllis Molinary/Artie Butler) unaccompanied showed Wilson as a great lead singer. Wilson had talked about learning how to sing lead since all she knew was harmonies and “oohs and aahs.” The event ended with Wilson telling the story of how Madonna’s song “Holiday,” was presented to her first but said to give it to Madonna, leaving Motown, and the final Supremes performance in 1977.

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This weekend: Find the blues in and around Atlanta June 29-July 5, 2015

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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!
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The coming week brings the 4th of July holiday on Saturday, and many people are taking vacation days during the week. It's a great time for red, white, and blue and blues! It's also the end of the month so I don't have as much information as usual but I am sharing what I do have and feel free to add what you know in the comments! At lesat there is something for every day!

Monday

Barrelhouse Bob Page is at Blind Willie's and Truett Lollis is at Darwin's in Marietta. Dry White Toast entertains at Fat Matt's and Mike Watson hosts the jam at Loco's in Alphareta. Lola hosts the Jam atNorthside Tavern.

Tuesday

Darwin's has the acoustic jam and The Holldays are at Bblind Willie's.Burning Time is at Fat Matt's and Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers are at Northside Tavern. There's an acoustic open mic with Bones at Nik's Place.

Wednesday

Darwin's has the Pro Jam while. Zaib Kahn hosts the jam at Nik's Place
Thursday

The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin's. Wavetree hosts the jam at Highlands East Cobb and Lady D has a musician's jam at Lavish Bistro in Decatur. The Breeze Kings are probably at Northside Tavern. Nathan Nelson is at Nik's Place.

Friday

Katie Martin, Marie RObinson, Skye Paige and heY!ALLigato are at Darwin's. Chicago Joe has a Rcck 'n Blues Camp concert at Midtown Music Cody Matlock is at Northside Tavern. The Barry Richman Band is at Nik's Place.

Saturday

The 1st Annual Brookhaven Barbeque Bash takes place with Alexis P.Suter enetertaining at Brookhaven Park. Darwin's ins closed. Mudcat and Friends entertain at Northside Tavern. Cold Heart Canyon is at Nik's Place.

Sunday

The Billy George Duo hosts the blues jam at Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.

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ICONIC ‘DUKES OF HAZZARD’ CAR TO LOSE ITS CONFEDERATE FLAG

'Dukes' actor, now a store owner, defends Confederate flag
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As lawmakers squabble and major retailers pull the Confederate flag from store shelves and websites, Warner Bros. has essentially announced the death of a cultural icon.

“General Lee,” the 1969 Dodge Charger driven in the CBS TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, has taken its last ride with the old south, as Warner Bros. consumer marketing team has announced a decision to stop the licensing of General Lee toys and other items featuring the flag.

According to Vulture, the car will still be seen on T-shirts, minus any signs of its trademark banner.

“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof — as it was seen in the TV series,” a spokesman for WB told Vulture. “We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.”

As the site reports, in 2012, some Hazzard fans were upset at mere rumors WB might remove the flag from the General Lee.

Ben Jones, a former Democratic congressman who played the character of Cooter on the show, then described any such move as “narrow-minded” and “elitist” in a letter.

His 2012 letter read:

“More than 33 years since the show premiered on CBS-TV on Friday nights, Warner Bros. has issued a new and terribly insulting attack on the South, a region and a culture which Hollywood has trashed for decades…

Some unnamed genius at the company feels that the flag is ‘offensive to some’ and therefore it has no business on a classic TV comedy about a bunch of good ol’ boys and girls in the Southern mountains. This is a new level of “P.C.” idiocy. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being insulted by morons.”

Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and Sears all announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise this week in the wake of Dylann Roof’s Charleston, SC shooting rampage at the historically black AME church.

Tuesday, sales rankings in the in Patio, Lawn, & Garden merchandise section of Amazon showed 3×5 Confederate flags selling for $3.95 were up 2,305 percent.

Wednesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of four Confederate flags from a memorial at the State Capitol.

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CELEBRITIES CHEER SCOTUS DECISION ON GAY MARRIAGE

The Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling Friday making gay marriage legal in all 50 states.

Link: http://www.breitbart.com/...-marriage/

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Classic 1975 Elvis Presley Album Set For 40th Anniversary Legacy Release

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Sony has announced that they will be re-releasing Elvis Presley’s 1975 album, Elvis Today, as part of a special 40th anniversary, Legacy Edition package.

The special release of the album is not the first time that Elvis Today has been re-issued in recent years. The Elvis Presley collector’s label FTD (Follow That Dream Records) re-released the album with bonus tracks back in 2005.

Elvis Today was the last time that Presley officially recorded in a professional recording studio. Though Elvis did release two more albums prior to his tragic 1977 death (1976’s From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and 1977’s Moody Blue), those albums were mostly recorded in the singer’s den (nicknamed “the jungle room”) at Graceland, his Memphis home. Presley’s final album, Moody Blue, also included songs that were recorded live in concert.

Elvis Today was recorded between March 10 and March 12, 1975, at RCA’s Studio C in Hollywood, California. This was the same studio that Presley had recorded his smash-hit “Burning Love” three years prior. The Today sessions were also the first time that Presley had recorded new material in a studio in two years, and the result was one of the most diverse albums of his career.

By 1975, Presley was mostly recording adult contemporary and country, but he did record a new rock song for inclusion on Elvis Today. That song, “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” made the Top 40 pop charts in the United States.

The second biggest single on Elvis Today was undoubtedly “Green, Green Grass Of Home,” a song made famous eight years earlier by Presley’s good friend, Tom Jones. For Elvis, the song made the Top 30 in the United Kingdom and received occasional airplay in the U.S.

Elvis Today was released in May, 1975. It peaked at No. 57 on the U.S. charts. Doing better across the Atlantic, Elvis Today charted at No. 11 in Norway and No. 48 in the United Kingdom.

To go along with the album’s release, Elvis embarked on a live tour in late May and early June of 1975. The new Sony Legacy release will feature tracks from that live tour. If you are a long-time Presley fan or serious collector, you may have heard these particular songs before. They were first released on the 1980 silver box-set, Elvis Aron Presley.

This mid-1975 tour came at a time in his career when Elvis was either up or down when it came to his stage performances, but this particular tour is typically held in high esteem by Presley collectors and fans. Elvis seemed rejuvenated at the time, with one newspaper review from Huntsville, Alabama, noting he had shed 30 pounds for the tour and looked as though he was “in his finest hour.”

The official track listing for the 2015 Sony Legacy special edition release of Elvis Today is below. The set will be released on August 7, 2015.

Disc 1 (Original Album)
“T-R-O-U-B-L-E”
“And I Love You So”
“Susan When She Tried”
“Woman Without Love”
“Shake a Hand”
“Pieces of My Life”
“Fairytale”
“I Can Help”
“Bringing It Back”
“Green, Green Grass of Home”

Disc 1 (Undubbed Masters – Original Session Mixes)
“Fairytale”
“Green, Green Grass of Home”
“I Can Help”
“And I Love You So”
“Susan When She Tried”
“T-R-O-U-B-L-E”
“Woman Without Love”
“Shake a Hand”
“Bringing It Back”
“Pieces of My Life”

Disc 2 (Live On Tour: May-June 1975)
“Also Sprach Zarathustra (Live in Murfreesboro, May 6)”
“See See Rider (Live in Murfreesboro, May 6)”
“I Got a Woman / Amen (Live in Murfreesboro, May 6)”
“Love Me (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“If You Love Me (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Love Me Tender (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“All Shook Up (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Hound Dog (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“The Wonder of You (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Burning Love (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Introductions / Johnny B. Goode (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Introductions / School Days (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Live in Houston, June 5)”
“Why Me Lord? (Live in Jackson, June 9)”
“How Great Thou Art (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Let Me Be There (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“An American Trilogy (Live in Dallas, June 6)”
“Funny How Time Slips Away (Live in Shreveport, June 7)”
“Little Darlin’ (Live in Shreveport, June 7)”
“Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live in Shreveport, June 7)”
“Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live in Shreveport, June 7)”

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Timbaland teases new Missy Elliott tune

added: 27 Jun 2015 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk

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Timbaland noted Missy Elliott might be unveiling the track she cut with Pharrell Williams soon.

The 43-year-old songstress hasn't released a single with her as the lead artist since 2008.

But according to Timbaland, fans might be hearing some fresh music from her sooner than they think.

'I love my sister to death. I know the tabloids love to talk, and I'm going to say it now,' he said during the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, according to Entertainment Weekly. 'Her first single is from my cousin-and yes, we are family-Pharrell.'

Missy took to Twitter Friday to clarify Timbaland's statement.

She claims there is no release date set yet for her new song.

'Sorry no dates on a new single from me but I'll keep yall posted if I do,' she tweeted, closing the message out with a blowing kiss emoji.

Her track with Pharrell was first teased in February, as she shared a picture of herself posing with Pharrell on her Twitter account, with a caption that read: 'VA! 2 up 2 down! Me & my fam @Pharrell hard at work (sic)'.

Pharrell, Missy and Timbaland all hail from the state of Virginia.

And during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in April, Pharrell discussed what it is like working on music with Missy and Timbaland.

'The way her mind works. We're in the studio and the things that she says and thinks about, and her video concepts. I didn't know that all of those video concepts were hers. I'm so proud of her. That's Virginia,' Pharrell gushed on the late-night programme. 'Those are two geniuses.'

Missy released her last record The Cookbook in 2005, which featured hit single Lose Control. At this time it is unknown whether Missy is planning to cut another LP, which would be her seventh full-length studio album.

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Lisa Stansfield to release of live album

added: 27 Jun 2015 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk

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2014 was clearly the year of Lisa Stansfield. After a long absence from the world of recorded music, the Grammy nominated, multi BRIT, Ivor Novello and Silver Clef Award winner returned in grand style; her latest studio album 'Seven' charted all over Europe, in the Top 15 in both UK and Germany, and was followed by an sold-out tour all over Europe as well as the remix album 'Seven+'.

Recorded in Lisa's hometown Manchester at Bridgewater Hall on September 7, 2014 during her European Tour, 'Live In Manchester' presents the great pop and soul singer in front of an enthusiastic audience, at ease with herself and her music.

Lisa Stansfield and her talented band, including songwriting partner and husband Ian Devaney (whose credits include 'The Bodyguard' and 'Indecent Proposal' soundtracks), as well as a horn section, performed her hit songs including 'All Around The World' and 'Change' along with new tracks from her latest album such as 'Can't Dance' and 'So Be It'.

Filmed by Tim Sidwell ('Celebrating Jon Lord') and mastered at Abbey Road Studios, this impressive performance clearly marked Lisa's return to the international stage and confirmed her status as one of the UK's premier recording artists.

'Live In Manchester' will be released on 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray on August 28th, 2015 on earMUSIC. The bonus material, an interview of more than 25 minutes, gives great, in-depth insight into the artist's mind and completes the high quality production.

Lisa's career has spanned over 3 decades, boasting sales of nearly 20 million records and a string of international top 10 hits including: 'All Around The World', 'Change', 'All Woman' and 'Someday'.

1. Can't Dance
2. Set Your Loving Free
3. The Real Thing
4. Stupid Heart
5. Never Never Gonna Give You Up
6. 8-3-1
7. Make Love To Ya
8. Change
9. The Rain
10. Time To Make You Mine
11. Picket Fence
12. What Did I Do To You?
13. People Hold On
14. Someday (I'm Coming Back)
15. Conversation
16. It's Got To Be Real
17. Live Together
18. So Be It
19. There Goes My Heart
20. Carry On
21. Love Can
22. All Around The World

'Lisa Stansfield Talks Seven' ' Interview (approx. 25 min)
www.lisa-stansfield.com

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George Michael 'overwhelmed' by birthday love

added: 26 Jun 2015 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk

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George Michael is 'truly overwhelmed' by his birthday love.

The Careless Whisper singer, who turned 52 years old on June 25, broke his month-long Twitter silence on Thursday.

After posting a message to Adele wishing her a happy birthday on May 6,George disappeared from the micro-blogging platform.

But he returned to Twitter on Thursday expressing his gratitude.

'To my lovelies and fans around the world, thank you for all the birthday wishes, I am truly overwhelmed. I am looking forward to spending it with friends and family, thanks again, love The Singing Greek!' he tweeted.

Earlier this month, German magazine Bild claimed George admitted himself into Switzerland-based treatment facility The Kusnacht Practice to seek help once again for smoking excessive amounts of marijuana. Apparently he was smoking 25 joints per day before checking into the rehab centre.

Five years ago after pleading guilty to cannabis possession and driving under the influence of drugs, George served four weeks in prison.

And soon after being released from jail, he spoke of how the experience changed his mentality forever.

'I want to beat my drug addiction and lead a normal life,' George is quoted by British newspaper The Sun as saying at the time. 'I don't want to end up back in prison. It's a very horrible place to be. You're not considered a person when you're inside, you're just a number and that freaked me out.'

Following his stint in jail, the pop star experienced a number of harrowing near-death events, including being unconscious for three weeks in December 2011 after falling ill with pneumonia.

In May 2013 George fell out of his moving vehicle while driving on a motorway in the UK, which resulted in a head injury.

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Ice Cube: N.W.A. changed society

added: 26 Jun 2015 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk

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Ice Cube is convinced his rap group N.W.A. 'definitely changed the trajectory' of society.

The 46-year-old rapper-and-actor made it big after N.W.A. released their legendary album Straight Outta Compton in 1988.

Songs from Straight Outta Compton were banned from mainstream radio stations initially, but despite the bar, the record still sold 10 million units.

And upon reflection, Ice Cube believes their work altered culture tremendously.

'You know, I think we definitely changed the trajectory of music and a lot of things. We, to me, go beyond music,' he explained to Noisey. 'We gave a lot of artists the free themselves and to not feel like they had to be a certain way. That they have to be clean. We made it OK for you to say what you wanna say, be who you wanna be, and still be famous.

'We opened it up. To me, we gave freedom to a whole new side of entertainment. Without NWA, there's no Eminem. Without NWA, there's no shows like South Park. Without NWA, do we have any reality shows? Would you be bleepin' out the cuss words when you say 'B***h I kick your a*s.' Those come off the NWA records. All that set that in motion to not be so scared of human nature, human interaction, human communication. Made it OK for all that to be accepted.'

N.W.A. was comprised of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and Ice Cube. The group will be performing at the BET Awards this weekend and Ice Cube thinks they're going to put on a rocking show, even though the musicians haven't performed a concert together in 15 years.

'Getting on stage with those guys is going to be just like riding a bike,' Ice Cube noted. 'We're N.W.A. We're going to make it as ferocious as we can.'

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"The Other Woman" Inside Nina Simone: Why the High Priestess of Soul Is Making a Comeback

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By Austin Bryant


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Nina Simone’s deep, near-androgynous voice could fill a room to its ceiling, and it does just that on her 1958 cover of “The Other Woman.” The song is one of pervasive sadness—Simone sings of a wife's quiet victory over her husband's mistress, believing that her man will always return to her. Aside from being a meek triumph indicative of male-female dynamics at the time, the song can allude to Simone's lifelong internal battles between two women—the successful and trailblazing "High Priestess of Soul", and the unpredictable bipolar that suffered through mental health trials before such things were commonly diagnosed.

Simone’s equally tragic and genius life is having a moment of popular reappraisal, with a controversial biopic, Nina, and a tribute album featuring the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill and Usher on the horizon. It's most fully on display, though, in the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, which comes out tomorrow, June 26. Directed by the Academy Award-nominated Liz Garbus, it's filled with interviews featuring friends, family, and Simone herself via previously unheard recordings.

The doc uses master strokes to paint Simone’s duality—one side as the pioneering Civil Rights icon born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in the Jim Crow South, and the other the vicious manic-depressive who would lash out at friends and audience members alike. What Happened, Miss Simone? follows Simone’s career as she jumps into the Civil Rights movement with the song “Mississippi Goddam” in the 60s, heads into self-imposed exile and battles addiction in the ensuing decades, and ultimately finds redemption and renewed critical acceptance in the years before her death in 2003.

What matters most about Nina Simone, and what the documentary successfully captures, is that she was not only a genius female musician, but she was a genius black female musician. To her, her own blackness was saturated and unavoidable. Early in Simone’s career, before her music took on race publicly and explicitly, she struggled with her appearance. After private diary notes were revealed to the public, that fight became much clearer. In an undated note to herself, she wrote:

I can’t be white and I’m the kind of colored girl who looks like everything white people despise or have been taught to despise.

If I were a boy, it wouldn’t matter so much, but I’m a girl and in front of the public all the time wide open for them to jeer and approve of or disapprove of.

Even though Simone’s diary was private, her songs and performances were not. In a cloud of smoke, the 1963 church bombing that killed four black children in Birmingham, Alabama changed Simone’s life forever—as it did for many black Americans.

Simone sat down and wrote “Mississippi Goddam” in an hour. Upon its release as a single, the song was boycotted in some Southern states, and promotional copies were smashed by radio stations elsewhere. At the time,the American public had s...’s title or heard such explicit condemnation of violence against blacks. Even though the controversy grabbed headlines, Simone’s star rose even further.

Yet while she befriended Civil Rights icons and became one herself, performing at events like the Montgomery to Selma marches, her personal life continued to crumble in the background. As shown in the documentary, while relentlessly touring she wrote to herself: “Must take sleeping pills to sleep & yellow pills to go on stage.” Simone used alcohol, pills and sex throughout her life to keep her mental state in check, all to varying degrees of failure. She faced physical cruelties as well as mental ones: Throughout her marriage to former NYPD sergeant Andrew Stroud, Simone was beaten frequently, without reason, and relentlessly. As both her husband and manager, Stroud controlled her life to the minutest detail.

As Simone’s dedication to the cause of civil rights strengthened, the bond she shared with Stroud weakened. While she wrote song after song about the black experience in America, Stroud saw those songs as roadblocks to continued mainstream success. Lucky for us, the Nina Simone that Garbus’s documentary spends so much time on is the black hero speaking directly to her persecuted people.

On Simone’s 1966 album Let It All Out, the tenth track is titled “Images.” Sung a cappella, the song is based on a poem by the African-American poet Waring Cuney. Oddly enough, the album also features “The Other Woman” eight years after Simone first performed it. Just as that song’s narrator sang of her suffering from her burden as the wife to an adulterous husband, “Images” also features Simone singing directly to a female audience. However, this time it’s specifically the black woman and her diminishing pride. In many ways, she’s singing to her former, vulnerable self:

She does not know her beauty
She thinks her brown glory
She thinks her brown body has no glory

If she could dance naked under palm trees
And see her image in the river she would know
Yes, she would know

But there are no palm trees in the street
No palm trees in the street
And dishwater gives back no images

Foreshadowing her own decision to later flee the US because of looming tax charges and her disillusionment with the state of civil rights progress, Simone romanticizes her race’s return to Africa. Using imagery of palm trees and “the river,” Simone embraces her role as mother hen to misguided black women. Per usual, her cultural significance cast a shadow over her personal issues still lingering in the background.

What makes Simone’s legacy so challenging is the dark period of her career. After leaving the country in 1974, she bounced from Liberia to Switzerland to France, with small stops elsewhere in between. At one point, almost destitute, she was found wandering the halls of a hotel naked, wielding a knife. Later, she would set her own hom...ce on fire. Friends found her in a state of shambles and slowly helped her resurrect her life and career. The once mighty “High Priestess of Soul” reached the bottom, but, through performing in her later years, she recovered some of what was once lost.

Exiled abroad, Simone hid in the shadows of her mental illness. Like the misbegotten mistress in “The Other Woman,” Simone ultimately spent much of her life alone and without a lasting partner:

The other woman enchants her clothes with French perfume
The other woman keeps fresh cut flowers in each room
There are never toys that's scattered everywhere

And when her own man comes to call on her
He'll find her waiting like a lonesome queen
Cos when she's by his side
It's such a change from old routine

But the other woman will always cry herself to sleep
The other woman will never have his love to keep
And as the years go by the other woman
Will spend her life alone

In reality, Simone would end up every bit of that “lonesome queen” that she sang of. Her career downturn was self-imposed due to her refusal to record songs without “by any means necessary” Civil Rights messages—something she unabashedly believed in. Amid Simone’s struggles and career failure in the 70s and 80s, there’s the silent triumph of not compromising ideals. She showed blacks, women, and the burgeoning gay and lesbian community who were drawn to her that they shouldn’t concede anything, a message that continues to resonate today.

It’s only right that Simone is getting recognized again through the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, the upcoming controversial biopic Nina starring Zoe Saldana wearing a nose prosthetic, and the Nina Simone tribute album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. That album features the similarly embattled Lauryn Hill covering “F...g Good.” It’s fitting that Hill is featured on the album with her dusky voice, as it was Simone who likely paved the way for powerful, opinionated black women like her.

Whether it was the trailblazer or the hell raiser, Nina Simone inhabited both personalities, often at the same time. She was undeniably a dynamic woman in a time when it was tough to be one. Add on the black identity that she first struggled with and then later championed, and she’s not just Nina Simone—she’s a cultural icon. Most importantly, she paved the way for many women and African-Americans by proving that they could be brilliant while imperfect in the eyes of others.

Written by: Austin Bryant

Jun 25 2015

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Dwight Yoakam Receives Country Radio Hall of Fame Honor

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Dwight Yoakam picked up a prestigious industry honor at the 41st annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, Wednesday night (June 24), at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. Dwight received the Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the country radio format.

Following a brief video presentation showcasing several of Dwight’s performances and highlighting his career numbers, Dwight took the podium to offer his thanks to the industry. “I haven’t gotten a lot of awards,” Dwight, sporting his trademark cowboy hat, began. “But one thing I did have was great support from country radio.” Dwight went on to thank the executives from his first record label, many of whom were on hand to acknowledge Dwight’s honor. He also made sure to note the “beacons of my generation like George Strait and Ricky Skaggs,” who inspired him throughout his career.

Dwight debuted on the charts in 1986 with “Honky Tonk Man,” a prime example of his unique style that mixed country with rockabilly. He scored 12 Top 10 singles along with two No. 1s, “Streets of Bakersfield” with Buck Owens and “I Sang Dixie,” plus five chart-topping albums. His latest album, Second Hand Heart, marks a return to the rockabill...his career.

Dwight also recalled his fascination with country radio from a young age. “Radio was and is magic to my ears,” he told the crowd of industry professionals and other invited guests. “Thank you for being that voice in my ear. And thank you for honoring me tonight.”

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Adele is working with Pharrell on her new album

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Over the past few years, Pharrell Williams and Adele have individually dominated the radio, topped Billboard charts, and swiped an obscene amount of Grammys. Now, it looks like they’re gunning to do all that together.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest at Cannes Lions, The Neptunes producer let slip that he’s been working with Adele on the follow-up to her 2011 crossover hit album, 21. Williams celled her a “masterful writer,” but admitted the sessions have been fairly sporadic as she focuses on spending time with her 2-year-old son.

“She’s kinda like, ‘OK guys, I’m gonna open my diary for 20 minutes’,” Williams said. “So it’s like, OK, you have 20 minutes, or 32 minutes really. Then she gives it to you and closes it up and disappears, and she’s off with her beautiful boy – and that’s what it’s all about.”

Adele’s third album, 25, was originally scheduled for earlier this year, but is still speculated to hit shelves before 2016. Maybe that’s enough time for her to give Phil Collins a callback?

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Watkins Family Hour Debut Album Announced

Watkins Family Hour Debut Album

They have been known for epic collaborative live sets at their Largo home base for years, but now the Los Angeles collective starring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins are finally putting out a record. Along with an incredible lineup (Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz, and Sebastian Steinberg), the Watkins Family Hour will release their debut LP on July 24th, the same day they’ll head out on a dozen summer tour dates. Featured on the set are 11 covers by the likes of Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, Lindsey Buckingham, and others, reworked Watkins-style with a rotating cast on lead vocals. Check out the trailer above and tracklist below:

Watkins Family Hour Tracklist

01. “Feelin’ Good Again” by Robert Earl Keen, lead vox by Sara Watkins
02. “Where I Ought To Be” by Harlan Howard, lead vox by Fiona Apple and Sara Watkins
03. “Not In Nottingham” by Roger Miller, lead vox by Sean Watkins
04. “Steal Your Heart Away” by Lindsey Buckingham, lead vox by Sara Watkins
05. “Prescription for the Blues” by Saunders Montgomery, lead vox by Benmont Tench
06. “Going Going Gone” by Bob Dylan, lead vox by Sean Watkins
07. “Hop High” traditional, lead vox by Sara Watkins
08. “She Thinks I Still Care” by Dickey Lee Lipscomb, lead vox by Sebastian Steinberg
09. “The King of the 12 Oz. Bottles” by Lee Ving, lead vox by Don Heffington
10. “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot, lead vox by Sara Watkins
11. “Brokedown Palace” by Robert C. Hunter and Jerry Garcia, lead vox by Sara Watkins

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On The NYC Scene: Micky Dolenz With Scott Shannon At CBS FM

Micky Dolenz, in NYC for rehearsals for his upcoming show (A Little Bit Broadway; A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll) at 54 Below (July 7, 10, 11), visited with CBS FM’s SCOTT SHANNON to talk about the shows and the live-album that will be recorded and released this September on Broadway Records.
The two conducted an in-depth interview that included details about the 54 Below shows as well as some observations about his upcoming solo shows and the revelation that it was around this month, 50 years ago, that he first answered the ad for what would become The Monkees.
Next year, is the 50th Anniversary for the legendary band.
They also spoke about his fine-furniture design and manufacturing company, Dolenz And Daughters, which he runs with daughter Georgia.
For more info on Micky’s upcoming performance, visit 54 Below.
Photo: L-R; Scott Shannon, Micky and DJ Patty Steele.

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July 7, 10 & 11, 2015

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Tue, Jul 7 7pm Doors 5:15pm $40/45/50/85 Buy Tickets
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A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

Micky Dolenz is best known as the lead singer of the hugely successful rock ‘n’ roll band, The Monkees, which originated from the classic sixties TV show of the same name. The Monkees sold over 65 million records and has toured the U.S. (and much of the world) many times over. Micky has also starred in musicals on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours including Disney’s AIDA (Broadway), Pippin, Hairspray (West End), Grease, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Tom Sawyer, and more. Micky has recorded two solo albums (Remember and King For A Day) and recently appeared in the world premiere of the new play Comedy Is Hard (Ivoryton Playhouse) by four time Emmy winner Mike Reiss (The Simpsons).

A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll is a brand new show Micky has created to combine his love of Broadway with his love for rock ‘n’ roll in one thrilling new intimate concert. The show will include some of the Monkees greatest hits, a few rarities and songs from musical roles he has performed and from shows he loves.

Produced by Van Dean
Directed by Van Dean and Micky Dolenz
Music Direction by Michael J. Moritz, Jr.

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Nina Simone Documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Brings Vital Cohesion to a Complex Life: Film Review

By Carl Wilson | June 26, 2015 6:03 PM EDT

Portrait of Nina Simone, October 1969

What Happened, Miss Simone?

"I want to shake people up so bad that when they leave a nightclub where I perform, I want them to be to pieces." That is the late jazz/soul/gospel visionary Nina Simone in one of the many lost recordings that director Liz Garbus and crew recovered for What Happened, Miss Simone? -- the first original ­documentary to be commissioned by Netflix (where it will debut June 26). The clip shows Simone laying out her artistic program in the mid-1960s, halfway through her arc from child piano prodigy in the segregated South to East Coast cabaret-pop star to self-exiled black power artist-provocateur.

The problem was that her manifesto for disruption also turned inward: The raging did not stop after she finished putting a spell on a crowd in a club or concert hall. The film makes those agonies plain, in her own words and those of close friends and family, including her abusive ex-husband/manager Andrew Stroud and her only child, Broadway actress Lisa Simone Kelly. It is also generously layered with rare, hypnotizing concert footage, photos and scans of startlingly frank pages from letters and diaries.

The experience is musically ravishing, emotionally harrowing and politically rousing. Reviewing the civil rights movement through Simone's singular ­perspective makes events like the Birmingham, Ala., church bombing that spurred her to write "Mississippi Goddam" freshly raw and urgent. What Happened adds vital cohesion to a life story and work that most listeners know only in fragments, including her late-life diagnosis with bipolar disorder, her long and lonely expatriation to Africa and Europe in the '70s and her career revival in the '80s.

What it asks, but can never answer, is how her burdens might have shifted if "the United Snakes," as Simone called it, had been prepared for such an uncompromising "young, gifted and black" woman of genius -- and when, if ever, it will be.

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Don Henley Talks Solo Album: 'I Do Not Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Being a Jukebox'

By Melinda Newman | June 19, 2015 1:57 PM EDT

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Don Henley photographed in 2015.

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The singer discussed 'Cass County' at a June 18 event held at Capitol Studios.

“I love my career in the Eagles, but I need some new material,” joked Don Henley at a listening party for Cass County, his first solo album in 15 years, at Capitol Studios’ famed Studio A in Hollywood Thursday night (June 18). “I do not want to spend the rest of my life being a jukebox.”

The Los Angeles event followed a similar gathering in Nashville last week during CMA Music Fest. Prior to a Q&A with Henley (conducted by Billboard and Yahoo contributor Chris Willman), I.R.S. Nashville president John Grady introduced eight selections from the 16-song set, including common-man anthem, “The Cost of Living,” featuring Merle Haggard, the sobering “Take A Picture of This,” about the dissolution of a baby boomer’s marriage, and the poignant “Words Can Break Your Heart,” featuring Trisha Yearwood, with whom Henley previously paired for Yearwood’s 1992 smash, “Walkaway Joe.”

In addition to Haggard and Yearwood, other guests include Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack and Ashley Monroe, but Henley, who wrote and recorded the bulk of the album in Nashville, balked at calling the set country. “I’ve been listening to country radio lately and I don’t know what that stuff is,” he said. “Country music has morphed into something I don’t recognize.”

Mick Jagger also drops by the album for a country turn that recalls Gram Parsons or Neil Young on the Tift Merritt-penned “Bramble Rose,” one of the few tunes on Cass County that Henley didn’t co-write with Stan Lynch. Lynch, former drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and longtime Henley collaborator, also co-produced the set with Henley. Of Jagger’s appearance, Henley said he thought to himself, “What’s the wackiest thing I could do?” on the country ballad, never expecting Jagger to say yes. Jagger recorded his verse in Los Angeles with Blue Note president/record producer Don Was, who was also in attendance.

Henley, who reminisced about recording backing vocals for Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” in Studio A in the ‘70s, called Cass County an album “about home” and “the circular nature of life.” Henley grew up in Linden, Texas, the county seat of Cass County, population 30,000. The album was influenced by the music he heard growing up in Texas, but also the sounds and artists he heard, such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and George Jones, listening to the Louisiana Hayride radio show broadcast from Shreveport, La.

Recording with some of his idols proved by turns inspiring and intimidating. Henley told Willman that he and Lynch “pushed [Haggard] too hard” in the studio, causing the legend to “rebel” before “getting the job done. We did that one with kid gloves.” Parton, accompanied by her female chauffeur and female hairdresser, quickly ran through her part on “When I Stop Dreaming,” originally a hit for The Louvin Bros. that she also performed with former singing partner, Porter Wagoner. As she got ready to record, Parton mentioned to Henley that the key was too high for her, but instead of requesting a change, she declared, “I guess I’m going to rare back and get it done,” and proceeded to do just that.

Among the other artists that Henley had hoped to get on the album were Jones, who passed away before he could participate, and fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves, whose touring duties never jibed with the recording schedule.

Speaking about the song "No, Thank You," Henley explained how the Eagles fits into his life currently. The singer elaborated: "There’s a verse in the song that takes a little dig ... You know, Rick Nelson put out a song called 'Garden Party' a long time ago about an experience he had at Madison Square Garden where he was trying to do some new material, and the audience started booing him because all they wanted to hear was what he had done in the past. And I love my career in the Eagles, and I really appreciate our fans, and God knows it’s a miracle we’ve been around this long. ... I’ve got the best of both worlds, really. It’s wonderful to have the Eagles as the mother ship, and it’s wonderful to be able to go and do this other stuff."

In addition to Lynch and Was, among those at the industry-only event were Henley’s longtime manager Irving Azoff, legendary producer/manager John Boylan (who Henley has known since they worked with Linda Ronstadt together in the early ‘70s), Capitol Music Group EVP Greg Thompson and screenwriter Mitch Glazer and his wife, actress Kelly Lynch.

Though no release date has been set, Cass County is expected to come out in early fall on Capitol Records, with I.R.S. Nashville handling any potential singles going to country radio. Though Grady stopped short of saying Henley’s duet with McBride, the uptempo, spirited “That Old Flame,” would definitely be a single, he pointedly commented that he could certainly imagine hearing it on country radio.

Henley’s last solo album, 2000’s Inside Job, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

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‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Delayed Until Spring 2016?

Joining Arrow and The Flash next season will be DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, only the latest television series featuring DC Comics’ characters to air on The CW. Legends will be unique among the DC/CW offerings for a number of reasons, but especially for its focus on an ensemble of heroes and villains rather than a sole starring character.

The first trailer for Legends of Tomorrow introduced audiences to the series’ time-traveling team, comprised of characters who first appeared on either Arrow or Flash (he Atom, Canary, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heat Wave) but also newcomers to the ever-expanding DC/CW universe (Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter). It isn’t entirely clear how this mix of heroes and villains comes together, but Hunter’s insistence that the fate of the future is at stake implies it’s a threat unlike anything the DC/CW universe has faced so far.

Much like how Agent Carter filled the midseason hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, many expected Legends of Tomorrow would serve a similar purpose on The CW. BothArrow and The Flash typically break for several weeks during December and January, which leaves an opening for another superhero show to fill that void during the winter months. But when The CW began announcing the premiere dates for their fall 2015 season, Legends of Tomorrow was nowhere to seen. And while technically a midseason premiere doesn’t qualify as part of a network’s fall lineup, it was a little surprising for there to be absolutely no mention of Legends.

The following day, a new Twitter account created for the Legends of Tomorrow writers room (there are similar accounts for both Arrow and The Flash‘s writers rooms) sent this tweet, seemingly confirming that Legends has been delayed until spring 2016:

However, judging by the inclusion of a “?” it seems that even Legends of Tomorrow‘s writers are unsure just when their show is premiering. Most shows return from their midseason hiatus in March or April, and were Legends to begin airing at the same time, that gives The CW a very busy schedule just brimming with superheroes.

There hasn’t been an official announcement for Legends of Tomorrow‘s premiere date, but if the intention was for the show to fill that midseason slot, that may no longer be the plan. If the series premiere was indeed pushed back from winter to spring, it suggests the show may have come upon some unforeseen issues during production. These could be effects related given that Legends will feature a wide array of powers for its characters to wield, including The Atom’s shrinking ability which was only glimpsed briefly during the trailer.

Do you think The CW chose to delay Legends of Tomorrow‘s premiere or was it always their intention to go into spring with a full slate of superhero shows? What could have been the reason for the push back? Sound off in the comments below!

Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.

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Chris Squire dead: Yes founding member and bassist dies aged 67

Squire's bandmate Geoffrey Downes confirmed the news of Squire’s death on Twitter

Chris Squire, the highly respected bass player best known for his work with Yes, has died aged 67.

Squire had been undergoing treatment for cancer in his hometown of Phoenix after being diagnosed with a form of acute myeloid leukaemia.

Following the news of his illness Yes announced their summer tour would go on as planned, with Billy Sherwood stepping in as a replacement for Squire.

The first Yes line-up: from the left, Banks, Tony Kaye, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford and Chris Squire

The first Yes line-up: from the left, Banks, Tony Kaye, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford and Chris SquireSquire's bandmate Geoffrey Downes confirmed the news of Squire’s death on Twitter, writing: "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."

Squire was born in London in 1948, was a founding member of Yes, and is the only musician to have played on every one of the band’s albums. The band’s upcoming tour with Toto would mark the first time the band had ever performed live without him.

The band also released a statement on their Facebook page, which reads: "It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty.

"For the entirety of Yes' existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists.

"Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water.

"Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many … including each of us. But he wasn’t merely our friend: he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him."

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Chris Farley documentary trailer

There are far too many great talents who have left us all too soon. Fame can be hard to tame, and its satisfaction can sometimes only last so long until you’re looking for other outlets, like drugs or alcohol, to keep that emotional and mental high going. Such was the success and ultimate tragedy of Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley.

Now the life and legacy of the late comedy star is examined in a new documentary called I Am Chris Farley, featuring interviews with those who knew him best. Fellow SNL stars like Mike Myers and Adam Sandler chime in, comedians likeBob Odenkirk and Bob Saget reminisce, and his best friend and frequent co-star David Spade has plenty to say too. If you’re a fan of Farley, this one is going to be tough to watch without shedding a tear or two.

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Best and Worst Moments of the 2015 BET Awards

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Sunday’s 15th annual BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A. celebrated black — well, mostly black or “Black-ish” — stars from music, television, radio, film and sports. Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson did a fine job hosting and broke up the usual monotonous line of comedians who poke fun at hip-hop artists who sit in the first few rows.

The show continued its great tradition of nostalgic performances with musical numbers from Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment. Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara also performed a dance tribute to Ultimate Icon honoree Janet Jackson. This year’s show also allotted exactly one song and one song only for the Gospel genre — and what would the BET Awards be without a couple of white jokes?

“Sam Smith isn’t here tonight because he’s white and he didn’t think he would win,” joked Anderson as he accepted the New Artist Award in full Sam Smith attire — brown, straight-haired wig and all.

Here are the 5 best and worst moments from the 2015 BET Awards.

BEST: Bad Boy Records formerly, Bad Boy Entertainment, celebrated its 20th year.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, formerly known as “Puffy,” performed with stars, old and new, including Mase, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, 112, The Lox’s Jadakiss and Styles P. They broke out ’90s hits including, “Peaches and Cream,” “All About the Benjamins” and “Love Like This” with a posthumous video performance from Notorious B.I.G. There were still questions in the audience of why the label’s first breakout star, Craig Mack, didn’t show up. It didn’t stop the crowd form chanting “Bad Boy” after the act was over.

WORST: Diddy showed everyone that he still has moves 20 years later, but he took a misstep into the crowd pit causing him to fall during the reunion performance.
He must have been too nervous. At least that was the excuse after the Bad Boy founder also stumbled while presenting Smokey Robinson with the Lifetime Achievement Award. “We just celebrated 20 years, and it’s like a big deal for me,” explained Combs.

BEST: Smokey Robinson accepted his award with a prayer and some advice.
During his speech, he brought some wisdom to the younger generation of musicians. “This fantastic world of show business is like a bittersweet wine, it’s intoxicating and there are so many people in the world that are sitting in line to get a taste,” he started. “For those of you who are fortunate enough to get a taste and to get drunk on yourselves and to become self-absorbed is ridiculous… You should be thankful.”

WORST: Rapper Nicki Minaj wins so much that she forgot the name of the award that she was accepting mid-speech.
“What was this award for?” Minaj asked. When told it was the Viewers’ Choice Award, she recovered nicely and delivered encouragement to young people to follow their dreams. (She also monopolizes the hip-hop artist category.)

BEST: Empire’s” Jussie Smollett thanked the Supreme Court for the recent decision on marriage equality.
“No one is free until we are all free,” Smollett said. As he shared the stage with “Empire” co-stars Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Serayah during a performance of “You’re So Beautiful,” Smollett also remixed the lyrics: “This the kind of song where a man loves a man, you’re so beautiful and I don’t care who knows.” With the crowd on their feet in applause, Smollett ordered them to “stand for love.”

WORST: For whatever reason, BET continues to have a miniature conveyor belt for presenters to use before announcing awards.
The airport staple seems like no place for the stage considering the number of female presenters who had a hard time finding their footing.

BEST: “Black-ish” co-hosts, Ross and Anderson, took a go at being another TV couple.
The two brought the drama to the stage as they assumed the roles of Cookie and Lucious Lyon before Terrence Howard stepped in and introduced his “Empire” TV family who performed a selection of songs from the series.

WORST: Rihanna’s sneak peak of “B—h Better Have My Money” video was ruined for awards show guests.
Throughout the night, celebrities were kidnapped by Rihanna, including Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker — because they didn’t have her money. Unfortunately, the big build-up was spoiled for the audience with the sound of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” playing too early. (It was scheduled as the final performance of the evening.)

BEST: Nicki Minaj introduced the world to her mother.
While accepting her first award of the night for female hip-hop Artist, she gave special thanks to her mom, who stood beside her onstage.

WORST: Busta Rhymes should no longer be invited for skits at awards shows.
In what was supposed to be the introduction to Meek Mill’s “The Get Back,” Rhymes was unprepared to take a simple Instagram photo for Ross and Anderson with singer Tori Kelly. Anderson outed the “Touch It” rapper when he told the audience, “This bit was rehearsed, you should’ve been ready.”

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BET Awards 2015: Updated List of Winners

CELEBRITY NEWSJUN. 28, 2015 AT 9:21PM
UPDATED JUN. 28, 2015 AT 11:55PM
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Nicki Minaj and more artists honored at the 2015 BET awardsCredit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET

All hail! Janet Jackson was the star of the evening at the 2015 BET Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 28, but fellow celebs Nicki Minaj,Terrence Howard and Sam Smith also took home a bevy of awards Sunday night.

Check back here throughout the night to see who else walks away with trophies this year:

PHOTOS: BET Awards 2015 -...stars wore

Best International Act UK:

FKA Twigs

Fuse ODG

Lethal Bizzle

Little Simz

Mnek

Stormzy

Best International Act Africa:

AKA

Stonebwoy

Sarkodie

Fally Ipupa

Sauti Sol

Wizkid

The Soil

Yemi Alade

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

Beyoncé

Janelle Monáe

Jhene Aiko

Ciara

Rihanna

K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:

Chris Brown

Trey Songz

The Weekend

August Alsina

Usher

John Legend

Best Group:

A$AP Mob

Migos

Rae Sremmurd

Rich Gang

Young Money

Jodeci

Best Collaboration:

Chris Brown Ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”

Big Sean Ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

August Alsina Ft. Nicki Minaj – “No Love”

Chris Brown Ft. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”

Common and John Legend – “Glory”

Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:

Kendrick Lamar

Common

Big Sean

Drake

J. Cole

Wale

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:

Azealia Banks

Dej Loaf

Iggy Azalea

Tink

Nicki Minaj

Trina

PHOTOS: BET Awards 2014

Video of the Year:

Beyonce – “7/11”

Big Sean Ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

Chris Brown Ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”

Chris Brown Ft. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”

Common and John Legend – “Glory”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Video Director of the Year:

Benny Boom

Beyonce, Ed Burke and Todd Tourso

Chris Robinson

Fatima Robinson

Hype Williams

Best New Artist:

Bobby Shmurda

Dej Loaf

Fetty Wap

Rae Sremmurd

Sam Smith

Tinashe

Best Gospel Artist:

Michelle Williams

Erica Campbell

Deitrick Haddon

Fred Hammond

Mali Music

Lecrae

Best Actress:

Gabrielle Union

Kerry Washington

Taraji P. Henson

Tracee Ellis Ross

Viola Davis

Best Actor:

Anthony Anderson

Idris Elba

Jussie Smollet

Kevin Hart

Terrence Howard

PHOTOS: Nicki's crazy hair

Youngstars Award:

Jacob Latimore

Jaden Smith

Mo’ne Davis

Quvenzhane Wallis

Zendaya Coleman

Best Movie:

“Annie”

“Beyond the Lights”

“Selma”

“Think Like a Man Too”

“Top Five”

Sportswoman of the Year:

Brittney Griner

Candace Parker

Serena Williams

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year:

Chris Paul

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

LeBron James

Marshawn Lynch

Stephen Curry

Viewer’s Choice Award:

The Weekend –“Earned It”

Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Dej Loaf – “Try Me”

Rae Sremmurd Ft. Nicki Minaj and Young Thug – “Throw Sum Mo”

Beyonce –“7/11”

Nicki Minaj Ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown – “Only”

Centric Award:

Avery Sunshine – “Call My Name”

Jazmine Sullivan Ft. Meek Mill – “Dumb”

Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Sam Smith Ft. Mary J. Blige –“Stay With Me”

The Weekend – “Earned It”








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Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93

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JUNE 29, 2015 | 04:06PM PT

Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.

In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the first televised Tony Awards in 1956. Other theater credits include “Guys and Dolls,” “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “Born Yesterday,” “Critics Choice,” “The Odd Couple,” “A Hatful of Rain,” “Little Me,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and as Fagin in “Oliver” and “Sugar” with Robert Morse.

He often appeared in dramatic roles on television including “The Last Hurrah” with Carroll O’Connor; “The Sex Symbol” with Connie Stevens and Shelley Winters; and he received two Emmy nominations for the NBC series “Dr. Kildare,” starring Richard Chamberlain, and an Emmy nomination for the ABC movie of the week “The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose.” His many other television credits include “The Rockford Files,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Emergency,” “Police Story,” “Fame,” “Fantasy Island,” Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” as well as “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Baywatch,” “7th Heaven,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “King of the Hill,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Caroline in the City,” “Coach,” “Living Single,” “Monk,” “Desperate Housewives,” “iCarly,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Family Guy,” “New Girl,” “Rules of Engagement,” and, most recently in 2014, several appearances on “Shameless.”

His work as a director included Lucille Ball’s CBS series “Here’s Lucy” and plays including “A Thousand Clowns,” “Silver Anniversary” and “Mouth-Trap.”

Throughout his career, Carter was a prominent presence on TV variety shows and musicals. He made more than 50 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and guest-starred on “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Andy Williams Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Laugh-In” and numerous Bob Hope comedy specials. He was a frequent panelist on “Match Game” through the 1970s and ’80s as well as a guest star on “The $10,000 Pyramid.”

He was a top nightclub entertainer, playing clubs and theaters in Las Vegas as well as New York, London, Atlantic City and Chicago.

His movie credits include “Play It to the Bone,” “The Horizontal Lieutenant,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “The Amazing Dobermans,” “Alligator,” “Comics,” “Hustle” with Burt Reynolds and Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part I.”

Jack Chakrin was born in Brooklyn. While in his teens, he honed his comedic craft as a mimic appearing on the “Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour” radio show. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art aspiring to be a dramatic actor. He began his professional career after serving in the Army in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Roxanne, whom he married in 1971; sons Michael Carter and Chase Carter; daughter Wendy Carter; and grandchildren Jake and Ava.

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Charlie Wilson - My Favorite Part of You

DJ JUSMUSIC TUE, JUN 30, 2015 VIDEOS, R&B MUSIC VIDEOS

"Baby you're flawless / Girl, from your head to your feet."

Legendary singer-songwriter Charlie Wilson continues to captivate the heart and soul of his listeners with a music video for "My Favorite Part Of You." In the clip, Uncle Charlie spotlights various couples who are happily in love and, of course, while keeping it sexy.

"My Favorite Part Of You" is taken from Uncle Charlie's latest studio album, Forever Charlie, available everywhere.

In addition to the new visual, Charlie Wilson also debuts his memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson.

"My goal, when I decided to write the book, was to inspire people and let them know that they can get out of a bad situation, especially when they feel like there's no way out," Wilson told Singersroom. "I want people to know my story so that they can be somebody even if they have come across a few hardships in their lives. I feel like once my fans read my book, it will be a gateway for people to start making some changes in their lives. You should get up, try again, and never give up. Like I said before, my overall goal was to inspire and impact their lives when I wrote the book."

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Wilson Releases Memoir; Talks Darkest Times, No Regrets, Being an Inspiration, More

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EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Wilson Releases Memoir; Talks Darkest Times, No Regrets, Being an Inspiration, More

Charlie Wilson is truly busy these days. Today (Tuesday, June 30th), he delivers a gift to fans in the form of a book -- his memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson.

The R&B Pioneer published an engaging story that cites a variety of life-lessons: Establishing a relationship with God, Forgiveness, Love, Self-love, Music, Family, and Holding your head up high during adversity. The singer, songwriter, and producer also discusses the highs and lows of superstardom as a group member and solo artist, and his battle with substance abuse and homelessness.

Despite Wilson's professional and personal setbacks, he has influenced many R&B and Hip-Hop artists, including Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and many more with his music, lively spirit, and everlasting faith.

Now, sober for 20 years, Uncle Charlie is still taking the world by storm; releasing seven studio albums, garnering nine Grammy nominations, being the 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and a number of hits that people from all walks of life enjoy listening to.

The R&B legend took time out of his busy touring schedule to converse with Singersroom about the book, family, and overcoming addiction.

Check out our exclusive interview with Uncle Charlie!

The Memoir, I Am Charlie Wilson: My goal when I decided to write the book was to inspire people and let them know that they can get out of a bad situation, especially when they feel like there's no way out. I want people to know my story so that they can be somebody even if they have come across a few hardships in their lives. I feel like once my fans read my book, it will be a gateway for people to start making some changes in their lives. You should get up, try again, and never give up. Like I said before, my overall goal was to inspire and impact their lives when I wrote the book.

Coming Up with the Title for the Book: We tossed up a few ideas as far as the title for the book, and we finally came up with 'I Am Charlie Wilson'. I want to let people know who I am as a person, outside of singing. I want to show my fans how you can get up on your feet and never give up on yourself. When you give up on yourself, everything falls apart; you have to be your number one fan. Many artists decided to publish a book about their lives for exposure, but that was not my intention. Some artists only do it for money, and they become copycats, but God gave me an opportunity to share my story and touch someone's life once they finish reading the book.

Writing About the Darkest Times: It was crazy hard to write about the drugs, alcohol, and homelessness because it was a dark period in my life at that time. It was hard to get through, but I made it through. I didn't want to point a finger at anyone because as you get older, you start taking responsibility for your actions. When I was writing about those things, there were so many emotions, and I had a moment to reflect on that period of my life. I would have my good and bad days because, in those days, I was very loud and bitter. Denene Miller, my co-writer, also encouraged me to express my thoughts and feelings about this specific stage in my life. I would say she definitely challenged me, and that's what I needed. It reminded me that I've come a long way, and I can only keep moving forward in my life.

Living with Regrets: If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. God bumped my head a few times to make me realize that you're better than this, and you have to come out of this dark place [Laughs]. I believe if I would've received more money when I was in the Gap Band, my cocaine habit would've escalated even more. Or if I decided to have a solo career years earlier and leave my brother behind, I wouldn't be where I am today. When I decided to clean up my act and get sober, I believe God wanted me to tell my story so that I can encourage others that you don't have to remain a prisoner. I have a beautiful wife who loves me wholeheartedly, and I am not as stupid as I was back in the day [Laughs].

Performing as a Solo Artists vs. A Group: Back in the days, I missed performing with my brothers. I would look over to my left and right for them because they were always right there with me on stage. Now, as a solo artist, I'm used to performing solo on stage. I got the hang of it, and I like it. My wife gives me two thumbs up when I do a great job on stage or she looks at me sideways if I don't do my best. So, I have her feedback. While I'm on stage, I just let my ideas flow as an entertainer.

Forgiving His Father: Before my father passed away, I got a chance to talk to him, and he was the one that encouraged me to go solo. He was like, 'it's time for me to do it on my own'. He felt like it was my calling. I love my father, and I closed that chapter in my life when I was angry with him. We were able to talk and forgive each other and move on. It wasn't easy, but we did it, and it was the right thing for me to do as a man.

Rebuilding his Relationship with His Daughters: I talk to my daughters and my relationship with them is a lot stronger. They were on the road with me when they were smaller so they were around me when I would perform. They were so happy to see when I got sober and cleaned up. I am just so happy that I can be around for them, alive, healthy, and in good spirits.

The Memoir's Debut in Stores: I had a great publishing company that worked with me, Simon & Schuster. I'm happy that fans will be coming to see me at my book signing, and I will be able to sign their book. I appreciate their love and support. Publishing a book is almost like working on another album because you want the album to be a top seller and also captivate people as well. It's like I'm reaching the number one spot all over again. It just feels good to know that fans support me in any endeavor I decide to do as an artist.


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Carly Rae Jepsen Wrote 250 Songs For Her New Album

To help her figure out which ones to keep, she's been having listening parties at her Soho loft. Jepsen wants to evoke Cyndi Lauper's pop sensibilities and enlisted Jack Antonoff, Tegan and Sara, Ariel Rechstaid and Dev Hynes to help her.

Carly Rae Jepsen Really Like You

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By Shannon Carlin

Carly Rae Jepsen remembers sitting in her manager Scooter Braun’s office nearly a year after the release of her 2012 album Kiss trying to figure out what she should do next.

At that point she had released two moderately successful singles—”Good Time” with Owl City and “This Kiss”—but it was clear nothing could compete with “Call Me Maybe,” which would go on to be both Song of the Summer and a GRAMMY nominee.

“Even I was sick of hearing myself on the radio. It was just too big at that point,” Jepsen tells Radio.com. “So, I said, ‘Let’s just go out and be Cinderella for awhile.’”

Fulfilling a childhood dream of hers, Jepsen starred as the titular character in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for three months on Broadway. But, just as Cinderella’s carriage turned back into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, Jepsen would turn back into a pop star once the final curtain fell, heading to late night sessions at the studio.

Because of the unexpected success of “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen only had two months to write and record Kiss. This time around she gave herself two years. “I just kind of took some time to take some time with it,” she says. “I’d rather come back with quality not quantity. I didn’t want to push new songs out just to push them out.”

To make things a little easier, Jepsen headed into the making of this album, which is set to drop later this year, with a vision of becoming Cyndi Lauper.

Jepsen had opened for Lauper at Japan’s annual Supersonic Festival in 2013 and remembers a brutally hot day in Osaka where people in the audience were fainting, but Lauper powered through.

“She had an oxygen tank and someone holding an umbrella and putting 70 cold cloths on her and she was a rock star,” Jepsen explains. “These melodies, her voice, the way it cut through all of the pop of today in my head, I was like, ‘I need to latch onto this, there’s something here that needs to come back in a big way.’ Just seeing how these songs stood the test of time….I would release ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ today! I don’t even think I’d change the production.”

In that moment Jepsen knew she wanted to “make an ’80s record,” which in the scheme of things isn’t that remarkable since everyone at this point has made or is making their ’80s album. But, Jepsen says her album isn’t very specific to that decade, it’s specific to her.

“I want to make, music that does stand the test of time,” she says. “I’m not making a purely ‘80s album, I’m making something new with it.”

Jepsen enlisted a long list of producers and songwriters to help her find her new sound, which she says will shock some people. “It’s got a more mature thread to it,” she says, but like the first single “I Really Like You,” there’s also a romantic thread throughout. “Yes, I would say I’m an old school romantic,” she confirms.

Jepsen teamed up with Jack Antonoff, songwriter Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson), her “favorite songwriters” Tegan and Sara and The Cardigan’s Peter Svensson. She says she also wrote a “creepy” song with Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij that is one of her favorites. “I can’t put my finger on why it’s creepy,” she says coyly. “There’s something a little off about it, in a good way. But you’ll know what I mean when you hear it.”

She teamed up with producer Ariel Rechstaid, who has worked with HAIM, Brandon Flowers andMadonna, who then brought in Dev Hynes to help give Jepsen’s stuff a little bit of his ’80s synth pop flavor, which she says funneled through her sounds like “old school Madonna.”

Jepsen wrote 250 songs for this album, but had already cut that list down to 22 maybes whenRadio.com spoke with her in February and swore that in the end she would be able to narrow that list down to a final 11 songs for her currently untitled follow-up to Kiss.

To help her figure out which ones to keep, she’s been having listening parties at her SoHo loft. “I seduced them with food and wine and would be like, ‘Here’s a ballot, we’re going to listen to some stuff, you cannot put your name down and just tell me what you love and what you hate, feel free to be candid.’ I find that to be the most helpful,” she says.

Some though have gotten way more attached to the songs than even she has, namely her brother, who keeps calling her up nightly asking about the status of three specific songs.

“I have to be like, ‘Let it go,’” Jepsen says. “’You can listen to it on your own time.’”

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Blondie, Morrissey Salute LGBT Rights at MSG Show

"It's a historic night in New York City, just as it's a historic week in the USA," Morrissey said. "Good times, for a change"

BY ANDY GREENE June 29, 2015

Forty years after their CBGB days, Blondie played their first Madison Square Garden show on Saturday evening when they opened for Morrissey. The timing couldn't have been better, coming one day after the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality ruling, making much of their 45-minute show feel like a victory party. For the grand finale of "The Tide Is High," they brought out 19-piece brass band What Cheer? and by the end of the song, frontwoman Debbie Harry was draped in the gay rights rainbow flag and everyone in MSG was on their feet.

Blondie stuck largely to their biggest hits like "Call Me," "Heart of Gold" and "Rapture," though Morrissey took a very different approach to his setlist. After opening up with the amazing one-two shot of "The Queen Is Dead" and "Suedehead," he devoted the majority of his show to his 2014 LP World Peace Is None Of Your Business (which was withdrawn weeks after its release due to a dispute with Harvest records) and other recent work. He also convinced MSG to not sell any meat at their concession stands, and said the only people he'd support for president are Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. (No love for Colbert?)

The crowd of Morrissey diehards didn't seem to mind the emphasis on new material, and for the final two songs of the main set, he returned to the Smiths catalog for a downbeat "Meat Is Murder" and euphoric "What She Said." "I would very sincerely like to thank Madison Square for going cruelty-free tonight," he said near the end of the show. "It's a historic night in New York City, just as it's a historic week in the USA. Good times, for a change." Appropriately enough, he wrapped up the night with the Vauxhall And I tune "Now My Heart Is Full."




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Shaun Robinson takes the ‘Hollywood’ exit

Shaun RobinsonPhoto: Chris Haston/NBC

Shaun Robinson attributes her departure from “Access Hollywood” after a 16-year run — she’ll develop programming for NBC — to the death of her father and a conversation with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.

“This year has been one of the most life-changing years in my entire life,” says Robinson. “My dad, who I was extremely close to, passed away after a not-very-long battle with cancer. I’d been flying back and forth to Detroit to be his patient advocate … and when the doctor called me in April and told me my dad wouldn’t make it through the night I jumped on a plane and went back to Detroit. Dad stabilized and I slept in his [hospital] room for two weeks and was just there for him every day. It was time I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

Robinson says the message on her father’s answering machine — which ended with, “Have a great day and remember to be happy” — spurred her to leave “AH,” something she originally planned on doing three years ago (until a good friend talked her out of it).

“I realized that life is short and if I want to do it, I have to do it now. It’s time,” she says. “And last year I was having a conversation with Kerry Washington about her clothing line and she was telling me how she tried TV and what a great career move it turned out to be. That conversation really resonated with me, like what else is there? I have a lot to offer.”

Robinson says she will be featured on-camera in one show she’s developing through her company, Robinhood Productions. “My dream show is kind of a younger, funkier, hipper version of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ ” she says. “I definitely plan on being back in front of the camera.

“I’m also in the process, fingers crossed, of acquiring the rights to a book targeted toward teen girls,” says Robinson, an advocate of female empowerment who penned a self-esteem book, “Exactly As I Am.” “And there are two projects in my hometown of Detroit that I’ve already started pitching — and hopefully one of those will be on TV screens soon.”

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Katy Perry's $135 million year scores buzzworthy spot on Forbes list

June 29, 201511:35 AM MSTThere have been some serious shakeups on this year's Forbes Top 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities list!For starters, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao topped the list in first and second place respectively. Mayweather, who also happened to beat Pacquiao...
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Katy Perry's $135 million in earnings for the last year makes her a superstar on the Forbes highest-paid celebrity list of 2015. The new Forbes list came out on Monday and the singer came in just behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Katy Perry's $135 million year places her high on Forbes list
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Mayweather reportedly earned $300 million for the past year, giving him the top spot, and Pacquiao earned $160 million to come in second. However, it's Katy Perry's $135 million that has people buzzing. One Direction is close behind her with $130 million in earnings, though, and Howard Stern wraps up the Top 5 with his $95 million.

Of course, Mayweather and Pacquiao earned big paydays with their much-buzzed-about but ultimately rather lackluster fight that played out not long ago. Perry's earnings are said to be thanks to her big tour. She says that she sees herself as an entrepreneur and embraces it and her efforts are clearly paying off.

The Forbes rankings are calculated based on June-to-June earnings and Perry's tour simply knocked it out of the park by the looks of things. While some musicians are struggling to combat the changes to the industry, Perry seemingly adapts and rakes in the bucks.

There are other musicians in the Top 10 as well, with Garth Brooks coming in sixth with $90 million, author James Patterson in seventh place and $80 million in earnings puts actor Robert Downey Jr. in eighth place in a tie with singing superstar Taylor Swift. Athlete Cristiano Ronaldo rounds out the Top 10 with earnings of $79.5 million this past year.

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Julio Iglesias Hospitalized In NYC For Back Surgery

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Honorary degree recipient recording artist Julio Iglesias smiles from the audience during Berklee College of Music's Commencement Concert in Boston, Massachusetts, United States May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Iconic Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias is hospitalized in New York City following a minor back surgery. Many fans and news outlet believed the "Hey!" singer was in the hospital due to cardiovascular problems, but his representative and nephew, Jorge Iglesias, confirmed that the romantic crooner is in the hospital because of his back problems. According to his reps, the 71-year-old singer is in good health and in recovery. He will continue with his busy agenda on August 5th, where he has shows slated in Mexico and Latin America. Iglesias, who has recorded in 14 different languages, holds the record of best-selling Latin artist with over 300 million albums sold. We wish him a speedy recovery!

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Luis Miguel 'Día De La Independencia' Concert: MGM Resorts Steal 'El Sol De México' From Caesars Palace

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Luis Miguel performs during the first of four sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace September 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty

Despite the constant criticism that Luis Miguel has been receiving from the media and some of his colleagues, “El Sol de México” is ready to bring back his act to Las Vegas this September.

Every year, the Mexican singer comes to the U.S. “a dar el grito” (phrase used in México to refer to the exact moment their Independence was proclaimed on September 15/16, 1810), and gives out a series of concerts in the Sin City that usually means very good business for the Colosseumat the Caesars Palace.

This year, however, Luis Miguel’s act was offered to some of the best resorts in Las Vegas and the Caesars Palace can say goodbye to their money because MGM Resorts may have a better offer for LuisMi.

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Mexican newspaper Reforma confirmed that the star ended his 8-year-contract with the Colosseum and MGM Resorts could end up adding the singer to their Mexican Independence weekend lineup, “He is currently negotiating his performance at the Mandalay Bay where Juan Gabriel, Marc Anthony and Alejandro Fernández will also be performing.”

A source close to the singer revealed that he is currently analyzing all possible offers, “They offered him more money because he is one of the most successful acts in September, and that’s why he wants to take the best offer. It’s all about picking the place where he’ll generate the most revenue; they offered him 3 venues including the MGM Garden Arena, although that might not be doable because it’s very big. But it’s a fact that he will soon announce his new home in Vegas.”

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Romeo Santos Posing With Barack And Michelle Obama Give Us Major Life Goals!

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It seems as if Romeo Santos woke up in a good mood this fine Wednesday. The King of Bachata often uses his Facebook profile to promote his latest singles and upcoming shows, but July 1st was different. Santos welcomed the month of July sharing a picture of him with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. He kept his caption simple: "Un Honor." POTUS and FLOTUS even signed the snapshot for the "Eres Mia" singer. All we can say on the behalf of #Romeistas around the world is: 1)Que bello! and 2) Major life goals!

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'Suits' En Español: USA Network Original Series To Air In Spanish On NBC Universo

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Hit USA Network series "Suits" will air on NBC Universo in Spanish for the first time in US television. USA Network

NBC Universo, the modern sports and entertainment cable channel for Latinos, today announced the premiere of “Suits,” the original USA Network and has already spawned a cult following and appeals of fans who call themselves ‘Suitors.’ “Suits” is now set to appeal to a Spanish-language audience when it airs for the first time on U.S. television in Spanish beginning next Tuesday July 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Already a hit show in English, the series delves into the fast-paced, high-stakes world of a top Manhattan corporate law firm, where Mike Ross (Screen Actors Guild Award Nominee Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant young hustler and college dropout, impresses macho cutthroat attorney and Harvard Law graduate Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) with his extensive, encyclopedic knowledge of the law, and gains a coveted spot among the law-degree staff.

The two soon become an unstoppable duo, inciting jealousy and tension among senior partners and associates alike, as they try to hide the fact that Mike did not attend law school. Working to manage the combustible staff and keep the firm on top of its game is Jessica Pearson (ALMA Award Winning Actress Gina Torres), the cool and calculating leader who knows how to play the corporate game, and is not afraid to pick a fight with anyone who threatens the practice she has built. 
Torres was also nominated for an ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress – Supporting Role for her part in the premiere season of Suits, which NBC UNIVERSO viewers can watch every week on Tuesdays from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT, followed by Season Two (28 total episodes).

The series also stars Rick Hoffman as the ruthless Louis Litt, Meghan Markle as the ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane, and Sarah Rafferty as the top law secretary in the business, Donna Paulsen. “As we continue to build our primetime offerings with edgy programming for Hispanics, NBC UNIVERSO is thrilled to be the first channel to introduce Suits to Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S.,” said Bilai Joa Silar, Senior Vice President, Programming & Production, NBC UNIVERSO. “Now an entirely new audience will be able to follow the series from its inception, and be captivated by the show’s great storytelling, emotional characters and tantalizing themes.”

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Carlos Santana Wine: Iconic Mexican Guitarist Releases Limited Edition 'Santana Savor' For Good Cause

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Musician Carlos Santana performs prior to Game Two of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 7, 2015 in Oakland, California.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Enjoying a glass of wine while listening to sultry classic tunes "Samba Pa Ti" or "Europa" is one thing, but enjoying a glass of wine named afterCarlos Santana himself just takes the experience to a whole 'nother level. The iconic Mexican guitarist revealed Tuesday that there's a new, limited edition wine called "Santana Savor" --inspired by his music and with unique fruit flavors found only in the vineyards of Napa, Calif.

The official statement was published on Santana's Facebook, which read: "From Team Santana: Introducing Santana Savor from Mumm Napa, a limited release. Inspired by the music of Santana, this luscious wine holds the fresh fruit and decadent flavors that can only be found in the renowned vineyards of Napa. The Mumm Napa winemaking team has crafted this spectacular wine along with Carlos Santana by capturing beautiful notes of ripe peaches, creamy vanilla, red and white berry notes to create the perfect sparkling wine to delight the palate and celebrate any occasion, large or small."

This only makes me want to stop writing this piece and get myself a glass (or two, or three...) of "Santana Savor." A 750ml bottle costs $25 and all proceeds will go to support The Milagro Foundation, established by Mr. Santana and his family in 1998.

According to the wine's website, "'Santana Savor' is the perfect sparkling wine for bubbly cocktails or as an apéritif to pair with hors d’oeuvres. It is also a perfect match with spicy Mexican foods." It might also taste delish' with some "Evil Ways" sounding in the background.

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BY WILL HERMES June 30, 2015
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The R&B innovator's steamy new journey wrestles with modern love

With "Adorn," 2012's sexiest slow jam, Miguel emerged as a mohawk-pompadoured futurist, as rooted in past innovators like Marvin Gaye as in 21st-century production — a soul man with no "neo-" required. Wildheart is an even bolder move: an intoxicating master class in electro-porn R&B — the coin of the modern genre — that's also a soul-searching critique of same. It's a necessary record that should generate plenty of thought, and more than a few babies, too.

What does it mean when Miguel croons about wanting to "fuck you like I hate you" in "The Valley," a psychedelic groove trip whose title is both sexual metaphor and explicit nod to the adult-film-biz capital of Southern California? Repellent yet inescapably hot, the song questions the ways the porn industry has warped modern sexuality. "Coffee" is a playful breakfast-in-bed tune; the f-bombing single version is cleaned up here and notably sexier for it, a musical "show, don't tell" demonstration. The most emotionally explicit moment comes in "What's Normal Anyway," a misfit prom anthem for anyone interrogating his or her own identity ("Too black for the Mexicans/Too square to be a hood nigga"). Not every song goes so deep, and Miguel might be accused of wanting to have his cake here and eat it too. Well, who doesn't?

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Danzig Talks Elvis' Influence, Writing for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison

"When you bring home a picture signed by Johnny Cash," singer says, "it's cool"

BY KORY GROW July 1, 2015

Glenn Danzig has always worn his affinity for Elvis Presley like a badge. He covered the King's "Trouble" on his eponymous band's Thrall-Demonsweatlive EP in 1993. Most recently, he filmed a Danzig Legacy concert video that stylistically recalled Presley's '68 comeback special, playing in the round with guitarists from throughout his career and singing in front of his name lit up in red just like Elvis. Although he credits director Mark Brooks with the theme for the film, which was a Vimeo exclusive and will be reissued soon, he said he loved the idea. Danzig is even in the midst of recording an LP of Elvis covers.

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"Elvis is actually kind of how I got into music," Danzig tells Rolling Stone. "When I was a kid, I was cutting school pretending I was sick and I would lie at home watching old movies, and Jailhouse Rock came on with Elvis. I was like, 'I want to do this. This is great.' And that's how I veered to music."

During a visit to Rolling Stone, Danzig recalled how Elvis Presley influenced him and how, coincidentally, he went on to write songs for the King's onetime Sun Records label-mates Johnny Cash ("Thirteen") and Roy Orbison ("Life Fades Away"). Both of those opportunities proved to be special to Danzig.

"I think somebody from Rick Rubin's office or Rick called me and asked me if I knew who Johnny Cash was, and I said, 'Fuck yeah, I know who Johnny Cash is,' and they said, 'Would you write a song for him?'" Danzig says. "I wrote ['Thirteen'] in, like, a half-hour, as soon as I got off the phone. It was that quick. The song was just my impression of who Johnny Cash was and what he meant."

The singer says he brought an autographed Cash picture to his dad, who was a fan, and got some validation for his career in music. "When you're a kid, they don't want you to be a musician," Danzig says. "So when you get older and you are successful, they're like, 'Wow.' And then you bring home a picture signed by Johnny Cash. It's cool."

Danzig later recorded "Thirteen" himself and, by his own account, made it "more creepy" and "kind of eerie." "There's a verse that I wrote that Cash didn't do in his version, so I put that back in," he says. "I keep it a little more Danziggy." His version went on to serve as part of the soundtrack for The Hangover.

Years before he met Cash, though, Rubin connected him with Orbison for an opportunity to write the song "Life Fades Away," which appeared on theLess Than Zero soundtrack. "He was a true southern gentleman," Danzig says. "The thing about Roy Orbison and Cash is when you teach them the song, you're singing it together and as soon as they start singing, there's no mics or anything, and these guys' voices filled the room up. They were big, I mean really big." (Incidentally, when Rolling Stone asks if Danzig would ever recording in Memphis like his idols, he says no. "I remember hearing the Cramps record that came out of Sun records, and I was like, 'Nahh,'" he says. "I think the magic's gone.")

Danzig is working on a number of projects, including a new album and an LP of covers titled Skeletons. That forthcoming release will feature his take on the theme song from the 1967 biker movie Devil's Angels, featuring an arrangement Danzig came up with in 1979 during his days fronting the Misfits. The track is streaming below.

But the thing that has connected all of his sessions is his desire to record new versions of Elvis songs for the upcoming Danzig Sings Elvis LP. "I'm stripping some of the stuff down to the bare bones, very old-school Fifties echoey slap-back vocals," he says. Every time I go back into the studio to work on a new Danzig record, if we have time, I'm like, 'Let's do another Elvis song.' So I keep adding and we'll see what ends up on the record." Some of the songs he has recorded, he says, include "Home Is Where the Heart Is" and the Faron Young–composed "Is It So Strange?"

It's a connection that has been a part of him for years. "We have been stopping by Graceland and Elvis' grave since my days in [goth-punk group] Samhain," Danzig says. "Just, you know, hanging out."

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The Amy Winehouse We Never Knew

New film digs deep into her life, music and demons

BY ANDY GREENE June 17, 2015
Amy WinehouseAsif Kapadia's film 'Amy' tells the story of the troubled singer in unprecedented depth. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

About two years ago, documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia began interviewing Amy Winehouse's friends, collaborators and family members in a darkened studio in London. Winehouse had died less than two years earlier, and emotions were still raw. So Kapadia set his camera aside and used only an audio recorder to make them feel more comfortable. "They were very nervous, and there was a lot of guilt," he says. "It became a bit like therapy. They opened up and talked about things they hadn't really spoken about to anyone before."

Kapadia's film, Amy — which premiered at Cannes in May to rave reviews and begins rolling out across America in early July — tells the story of the troubled singer in unprecedented depth. Kapadia used unseen archival footage and more than 100 newly recorded interviews to document her talent and her painful unraveling, which culminated with her death at age 27 due to alcohol toxicity.

A British filmmaker best known for Senna, his 2010 film about a Brazilian racing champion, Kapadia says he knew little about Winehouse when he took on the project. "What I learned was what a creative, intelligent, funny human being she was," he says. "I didn't know any of that. I don't know if anyone did."

As he slowly won the trust of those close to Winehouse — including her best friend, her manager and Blake Fielder-Civil, her ex-husband — they began handing over the rare photos and video clips that make up much of the film. Early scenes, like a teenage Winehouse belting "Happy Birthday" at a friend's 14th birthday party, reveal the singer's natural talent, while the latter half of the film documents her agonizing drug problems. Less well-known to the public is her struggle with bulimia, which likely played a significant role in her early death by weakening her heart. "She'd have meetings in restaurants and be eating and eating, but she didn't have anything to her body mass," Kapadia says.

One powerful scene shows Winehouse laying down vocals for "Back to Black" with producer Mark Ronson. "That came to us purely by chance," says Kapadia. "We heard a rumor that someone was filming during the session, and we eventually found it."

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The film repeatedly shows swarms of aggressive paparazzi stalking the frail singer wherever she went, even as she attempted to enter rehab and fix up her life. "It's quite visceral," says Kapadia. "Through the tabloids, her life became a joke, and she was a sensitive soul. She wasn't confident enough to deal with these issues."

Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, a London cabdriver who began releasing his own music after her career took off, granted Kapadia extensive interviews, and is seen in much of the archival footage — at one point even showing up to visit his daughter on a Caribbean vacation, though she had no idea he'd arrive with a film crew in tow. The overall portrait is of a deeply devoted parent who was also very interested in maximizing his child's earning potential, even as her health declined. Mitch was extremely upset with the final cut of the movie. "They are trying to portray me in the worst possible light," he told The Guardian in May. (Mitch Winehouse declined to speak with Rolling Stone for this story.)

Winehouse's father has objected to a scene that shows him suggesting his daughter did not need rehab; he said that he meant only that she didn't need rehab in 2005, and that he later supported the idea as her condition worsened. Kapadia stands by his portrayal. "We're telling the story in the present," he says. "At that moment in time, that's what happened."

The final scenes, in which an ailing Winehouse is barely able to sing onstage, can be difficult to watch, as is the moment when authorities emerge from her London apartment with a body bag. "Part of the intention of the ending is to ask, 'How did we let this happen?' " Kapadia says. "How did we let this thing go on, and nobody stepped in and stopped it?"

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Laurence Fisburne to Star as Alex Haley on ‘Roots’ Remake

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Laurence Fishburne is set to star as Alex Haley on A&E’s “Roots” remake.

Haley is the author of novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which was an origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version of the miniseries will incorporate material from both Haley’s novel and researched new scholarship of the time.

As previously reported, the star of the original “Roots,” LeVar Burton, will serve as executive producer on the new event series. Will Packer(“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”) executive produces alongside Mark Wolper, whose Wolper Organization produced the original 1977 ABC miniseries.

Lawrence Konner (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos,”), Mark Rosenthal (“Mona Lisa Smile,” “Planet of the Apes”), Alison McDonald (“Alpha House,” “Nurse Jackie”) and Charles Murray (“Sons of Anarchy”) serve as writers. Allen Hughes was originally attached as director, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

Fishburne is a Tony Award winner, an Emmy Award winner, a Golden Globe nominee and an Academy Award nominee. The actor recently appeared on “Hannibal” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

“The Matrix” star currently plays Pops on ABC’s hit comedy “Black-ish,” which he also executive produces.

Fishburne can next be seen in Warner Bros. film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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‘Zoo’ Review: James Wolk and Big Cats Save Summer Sci-Fi Series

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Fun performances from human and animal actors make up for flat dialogue, thin characterization

“Zoo” answers a question that no one ever asked–what if the ’90s Fox clip show “When Animals Attack” was turned into an event drama featuring charming actors, dopey words and a bunch of pissed off cats?

Based on a novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, “Zoo” opens with star James Wolk as Jackson Oz, an expat American working as a safari guide in Botswana. We know that Jackson is a good guy, because he blasts James Brown out of a vintage boombox to keep hunters from shooting a black rhino. We know he has a dark side, because he’s really hungover when we meet him. We also know that he has daddy issues. Jackson’s father was a crazy-eyed scientist who thought animals could to predict an “extinction event” before humans. “Gibberish” Jackson calls a recording of his father’s lecture.

A minute later, we cut to Los Angeles, where a couple bros leaving a bar have their street urinating interrupted by a couple hungry lions. Sorry, bros. Looks like Jackson’s dad was on to something.

From there, “Zoo” tells two stories that appear destined to entwine, but for now mirror each other neatly. Back in Botswana, Jackson and his buddy Abraham (Nonso Anozie) encounter some local lions of their own, and Jackson trades his best friend’s company for that of Chloe (Nora Arnezeder), a French tourist whose safari companions are now cat food. In L.A., we learn that the Angeleno lions escaped from the zoo after killing their trainer. Intrepid reporter Jamie (Kristen Connolly) is convinced it’s the fault of big agribusiness and its crummy zoo food. But while chasing her story, she comes across a new mystery–why are all the housecats in Brentwood missing? Like Jackson, Jamie trades a familiar companion for a newer model. When her boyfriend–who is also her editor–fails to save her from being fired when for her clandestine blogging activities, Jamie ditches him and starts hanging instead a pathologist who is studying the two escaped lions’ bodies and might have a lead on those Brentwood cats.

Writers Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg serve as a rare quartet of showrunners. They keep things moving at a brisk, but not breakneck pace. And the parallels between Jackson’s story and Jamie’s link them feel relevant to each other.

But while the pilot script excels in efficient plot building, it lags in dialogue and character development. Lines that should slice sharply land with a blunt thud instead. “Drink this. It’s Kentucky Bourbon,” Jackson tell Chloe as they drive away from the lions’ dinner party. Chloe takes a drink and responds, “they do good work in Kentucky.” Sadly, Chloe has to deliver a bunch of boring exposition before she can get to that line. By the time, she does, it’s too late.

Fortunately, the show is cast with likeability at top of mind. Wolk has proven himself relentlessly appealing, whether working with some of television’s best material (“Mad Men”) or its most mediocre (“The Crazy Ones”). The heroic white guy running from his demons in a foreign land is a pretty stock character. But Wolk plays Jackson with such an easy air that the audience roots for him despite the thin characterization. Connolly’s task with Jamie is tougher, because her motivations are less defined and her stock quirks more annoying. But as she did on “House of Cards,” she pulls off a character who is maybe a little too principled to be believable. And like Wolk, she has a weapons-grade smile. Arnezeder, meanwhile, is really good at screaming while pretending to be attacked by lions.

Those lions are the real stars of “Zoo.” PETA has criticized the show for its use of live animals. But the producers have succeeded wildly in their goal of using four-legged actors to inspire dread and suspense without (so far) delving into gore. A final shot involving those Brentwood housecats is both silly and unsettling.

CBS has had mixed ratings success with these summer sci-fi series. The first season of “Under the Dome” was one of the surprise hits of the year. The second season drew underwhelming linear broadcast numbers–though not so bad as “Extant,” starring Halle Berry, which premiered last summer and was widely panned and little watched. Both shows, thanks to a deal with Hulu that makes them profitable despite lackluster ratings, were renewed for this season.

“Zoo” was made possible by a similar deal with Netflix–so its success may be assured. Whether that turns out to be “Extant” success or “Dome” Season 1 success remains to be seen.

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Fox tops Tuesday key demo with Women’s World Cup semifinal

Broadcast primetime was a real zoo last night.

Fox topped Tuesday’s main 18-49 demographic with the Women’s World Cup semifinal, though due to the nature of live sports, fast national numbers for the net are approximate.

NBC was just one-tenth of a ratings point behind the preliminary winner, and took the total viewer crown thanks mostly to “America’s Got Talent.”

Meanwhile, CBS’s “Zoo” debuted to a touch over 8 million total viewers, making it the most-watched premiere for a new summer scripted series this year. Including unscripted, ABC’s previous 2015 debut of “Celebrity Family Feud” bested it by about 650,000 total viewers.

“Zoo” was less impressive in the demo, with its 1.2 rating/4 share ranking behind “Family Feud,” “Battlebots,” “I Can Do That” and “The Briefcase” thus far this season.

Fox was first in ratings with a 3.3/13 in the advertiser-coveted demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 5.9 million, according to early numbers. Final numbers for the soccer match will be released later Wednesday by Fox Sports. The conclusion of the semifinal game at 8 p.m. earned a 3.3/13 and 9 million viewers. Special “Beat the Champs” at 9 received a 1.1/4 and 2/7 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 2.1/8 and first in viewers with 8.9 million. “America’s Got Talent” at 8 posted a 2.4/9 and 10.6 million viewers. The season finale of “I Can Do That!” at 10 had a 1.5/5 and 5.3 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and second in viewers with 7.2 million. “Zoo” was sandwiched between reruns at 9.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and fifth in viewers with 2.2 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fourth in viewers with 2.4 million. Following repeats, “Extreme Weight Loss” had a 0.7/2 and 2.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 852,000, airing reruns.

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3D Roars Back Thanks to Summer Hits ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘San Andreas’

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IMAX and other premium formats also hit new heights this year as soaring box office for action fare lifts returns for movie theaters and Hollywood

Like a Velociraptor bursting through the screen in “Jurassic World,” 3D releases have roared back this summer after a dismal 2014 when the box office for 3D and giant-screen films seemed almost two-dimensional, delivering just 13 percent of domestic grosses.

The summer’s biggest hits have seen eye-popping returns for films that play in plus-size formats demanding $3-$4 surcharges. Roughly 48 percent of the record $208 million opening-weekend gross for Universal’s “Jurassic World” came from 3D tickets, while RealD 3D screens drew roughly $56 million. IMAX delivered $18 million from 364 screens, a hulking $50,000 per-screen average, and eight of the film’s top 10 locations. And the 400 Premium Large Format screens brought in a company-record $13.5 million, topping the $11.8 million mark set in April by “Furious 7.”

The special effects-laden “Jurassic World” and its fearsome monster dinos were a natural for giant screens, of course, and the film’s staying power was just as impressive. Its second week, the film generated 47 percent of its grosses in 3D.

“That showed that consumers were going out of their way to see it, or see it a second time, in 3D,” Eric Wold, an analyst for B. Riley & Co., told TheWrap. “And that underscores a resurgence in underlying consumer demand for the format that we haven’t seen since ‘Gravity’ and ‘Life of Pi’ back in 2013.”

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And it’s not just the dinos who’ve been leading the charge. 3D also provided a big boost to the first-weekend grosses of “Mad Max: Fury Road” (45 percent), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “San Andreas” (44 percent). (On the other hand, “Inside Out” earned just 28 percent of its $90.4 million debut earnings from 3D.) Overseas, the resurgence of interest in 3D screenings is pushing the box office to record-breaking numbers as well.

“Moviegoers are showing they are willing to spend to see good 3D and large-format movies,” Wold said. “But they also realize now that even the best 3D isn’t going to make a crappy movie good. Audiences have become more sophisticated, and in the long run, that’s a good thing for them, the movies and these formats.”

Wall Street has been impressed by the big numbers for megahits like “Jurassic World,” and investors are especially excited by the prospect of more giant-screen-friendly action epics due in theaters later this year. They include “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the thriller “Everest,” the James Bond saga “Spectre” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“It’s great to see 3D back in the conversation again,” said Anthony Marcoly, president of RealD, the company behind the technology most theaters use to deliver the format.

James Cameron‘s “Avatar” put 3D on the modern map in 2009, with 71 percent of its $77 million opening weekend haul coming from 3D screenings. The following year, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Tron Legacy” earned 70 percent and 82 percent of their first weekend grosses from 3D, respectively, and a total of 26 3D large-format films generated $2.2 billion, or about 21 percent of the domestic total.

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But then a rash of inferior imitators and poor-quality conversions soured consumers, exhibitors and studios on the format. The nadir seemed to come last year when, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, 47 3D films delivered $1.4 billion, or about 13 percent of domestic grosses.

“After a period when they rushed into it, then another when they ran from it — at the same time exhibitors were running from programming it — the studios are today doing a great job of determining when 3D makes sense for a film and when it doesn’t,” he said.

Effects, special cameras and projectors aside, it eventually comes down to storytelling and the movies themselves, according to Cinemark Theaters CEO Tim Warner.

“The studios have not only delivered a great line of product, but they’ve spread it out in terms of the calendar and also in terms of variety, and that’s really helped,” Warner told TheWrap. “Look at this weekend — between the holdovers (“Jurassic” and “Inside Out”), ‘Magic Mike’ and ‘Terminator,’ there really is something for everybody.”

And success breeds momentum and more success, Warner said.

“When you have big movies in the marketplace, people come and see the trailers for movies like ‘Minions’ and ‘Ant-Man’ and on and on. It builds upon itself and they come again and again,” he said.

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Significantly, studios are promoting the premium formats as well, as Universal did with “Jurassic World,” which was something you didn’t see a year or two ago. This weekend, Paramount and Skydance Productions have teamed to create a series of limited collectible “Terminator: Genisys” posters and movie tickets for moviegoers who see the film in RealD 3D in Cinemark, AMC, Carmike, Marcus and Regal theaters.

“Momentum has shifted,” Marcoly said, noting that filmmakers are more frequently planning movies with 3D and giant screens in mind. “We have directors like Robert Zemeckis with ‘The Walk’ and Ridley Scott with ‘The Martian’ coming to us and saying to us, ‘This is the way I want to make my movie.'”

The box office momentum of this summer is having a real impact on the industry’s key players, many of which are publicly traded companies.

RealD, which announced in February that it would consider “strategic alternatives” following an October bid by Starboard, is even more in play as an acquisition target. Wold notes the firm’s growth potential in China, where it is heavily invested, and its bargain-level stock price in the wake of Monday’s market-wide sell-off from the Greek economic collapse. The stock closed Tuesday at $12.33 per share.

IMAX shares have climbed 30 percent since the start of the year, to $41.21, on news of a planned public in its China unit, increased scheduling flexibility and booming international box office. Wold projects a whopping 28 percent gain in global grosses for the second half of the year over last year, and boosted the price target to $53.

Cinemark, the largest PLF screen operator, partnered with RealD in April to bring the tech firm’s new GS Cinema System to 20 Cinemark XD locations in the U.S. and Latin America. That, coupled with the summer surge and bright outlook for box office this year and in 2016, has the stock holding steady at around $40. Wold gives the stock a neutral rating due to its high entry point.

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‘Extant’ Review: Halle Berry Embraces Absurdity as Spielberg’s Alien-Invasion Returns to Earth

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Oscar winner’s CBS series loses some of first season’s mystery in Season 2 premiere

The Season 2 premiere of Halle Berry space thriller “Extant” on CBS seems to set up the Oscar winner to tell a more Earth-bound tale of government conspiracies and pedestrian alien threats.

Berry’s formerly high-flying astronaut Molly Woods, the victim of an alien sexual assault in Season 1, saved the planet along with her advanced-artificial intelligence son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon) in the first season finale.

What goes up must come down Molly learns after returning to Earth. Ethan safely tucked his consciousness away in a cloud — the hackers’ delight, not the fluffy, sky-bunny type — after he blew up the alien microbe-infected space station at the end of the first season. But he spared his flesh-and-blood mom and along with her, the alien microbes that hitched a ride in her circulatory system — or nervous system. One never knows just how alien microbes might claim the shotgun seat in a human host.

At least not yet.

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Answers to the hows and whys of this alien race are to come, as promised by Molly’s psych-ward breakout and new partner-in-sleuthing JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who establishes his studly male charms immediately upon introduction in the series. The two are burdened with solving mysterious murders that Molly ties to her otherworldly attackers.

Molly’s extraterrestrial and emotional challenges threaten to overwhelm both the character and the actress, but Berry rallies in the second half of the premiere, seeming to finally embrace the absurdity of the space-invader plot with a “if we’re doing this, let’s do this” determination. It coincides with the character giving up on fighting the powers that be and being given permission to fully own her crazy.

Richter’s swaggering lone-wolf lawman has been drawn and redrawn so many times throughout literary and filmed-entertainment history that it’s a good thing for “Extant” that Morgan is generally such a likable performer (see: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Supernatural”), because in the season’s first episode, not much suggests that new trails will be blazed in this sketch of the roguish cop. A warm smile and the promise to look after broken Molly married with their uneasy partnership provide enough amiable uncertainty to be intriguing.

Grace Gummer returns as jealous and manipulative lab assistant Julie Gelineau, while Goran Visnjicguests as Molly’s husband John.

The episode was written by executive producers Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, and directed by Dan Lerner.

“Extant” Season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS

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Producer Destroyed Demos for Amy Winehouse 'Back To Black' Follow-Up

by Ryan Book Jul 1, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

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The new documentary shining light on the life of Amy Winehouse has generated both raves ...ontroversy, but there's at least one bit of news that nearly everyone can agree is good: The final demos that the ... destroyed, ensuring that Drake won't come along and try to release them.

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David Joseph, who oversaw Winehouse's work at Universal Music UK, stated during Amy that he destroyed the recordings to make sure that no one attempted to profit from fascination with her legacy.

"It was a moral thing," he said. "Taking a stem or a vocal is not ­something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can't happen on anyone else's."

The last album released during Winehouse's life was 2006's Back To Black, which gathered acclaim and four Grammys. She didn't release another album during the last five years of her life however, although a collection of rarities and demos—Lioness: Hidden Treasures—was assembled to benefit her foundation shortly after her death during 2011. The demos referenced by Joseph were intended for the third album that failed to materialize, and apparently needed a healthy amount of work in order to make ready for release. The kind of work that requires the original performer present. Joseph may have made some record executive somewhere upset but ultimately the world should thank him for taking the option off the table.

Many posthumous albums have begun to emerge, with many protests in tow. Michael Jackson's estate has released two albums of original material since his 2009 death, with the most recent—2014's Xscape—receiving scathing reviews from critics. Rapper Drake made headlines in the last few years with his attempts to release a posthumous Aaliyah album by using unheard recordings (and adding his own contributions to the mix). Although his motives weren't financially-based, most questioned the tastefulness of the project, resulting in its cancellation.

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GIORGIO MORODER: 74 IS THE NEW 24

ON JUNE 16, 2015, 10:00AM

Listening to the septuagenarian’s first album in three decades, Déjà Vu, the difference between Giorgio Moroder then and GM 2.0 is blatantly obvious. Just like the album’s title, sonic remnants of his past remain, and you’ll feel you’ve experienced this Moroder-mood before, unable to glue it down to a specific concrete memory. The echoes of his past collaborators reprise through a new clan of A-list artists (Britney Spears, Sia, Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX), and you’ll hear the undertones of soundtracks like Scarface, Midnight Express, and Top Gun. While Déjà Vu is covered in that familiar intensity borne of the producer’s vibrancy, don’t call it a retread. The record breathes with all the spirit disco-pop once summoned. Moroder’s spent the past few years winning Grammys and Oscars, getting hefty reboots from the robots themselves, Daft Punk, duringRandom Access Memories freewheeler “Giorgio by Moroder”. But that is then, and this is now, and the synth legend sounds understandably and disarmingly delighted to be back.

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After all these years, do you still get a buzz before releasing a new record?

No, not at all. If I was 18 and starting something, then maybe. If this album works out – great. If it doesn’t – I’m okay, but I’m confident it’s going to go well, so I’m not really concerned.

Well, I’ve been listening to it, and it certainly sounds like 2015 and 1974 Giorgio Moroder.

And you probably know it better than me? I haven’t listened to it at all. I never listen back to my albums. I heard them so often in production that I’m already thinking now of the next album.

Once those creative cogs are in motion, it’s really hard to stop them. But looking back at the original disco-dance ’70s generation, the genre has never shown much signs of aging – as in fading out

If there is one thing in life that most artists I meet want to do, it’s make dance music. It will always be great.

In your mind, then, because dance music is still so popular, how does it age? How do you adapt to the now?

Well, you know, first of all, I was never out of the music business. I was always listening to what’s going on, and it’s something I really like, which is so important if you like the music which you’re making, then you’re doing okay. This is how you adapt yourself over time.

Which makes me curious about your life as a music listener. Is there any specific genre you would happily skip over?

I will say that I never listen to anything I don’t like, which sounds obvious, but I select my music. If there’s a country-western song, I’ll skip over that straight away.

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So why did you stop putting out records after 1985? Why was Innovisions andPhilip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder your last?

I was interested in a lot of different things, so I checked out and forgot about the music, and then I played a lot of golf and enjoyed my life. I did some recording, which I enjoyed, and different art projects, so I was quite happy actually.

You weren’t even 30 yet when you wrote and recorded That’s Bubblegum – That’s Giorgio in 1969. Did you still feel young at that point?

I was 29. You’re right, and I definitely felt young only because I didn’t have too much experience, but the song “Looky Looky” came out quite nice. I still like it now.

What made club life attractive at that stage?

I didn’t go to the discotheque to dance. I only went to play in them. Everything was so much smaller than what they have now, and at that time I wasn’t really DJ-ing, which is something a lot of people get wrong. I was mostly singing.

You don’t really sing much on your latest album, just a few songs?

I still enjoy it, but now I sing with a Vocoder, so it’s very easy and fast. I don’t intend to sing. It’s just a thing that I do occasionally.

So I understand RCA gave you the deal, and that was the spark for the album, but wasn’t there something burning underneath to make music again?

Well, if you get an offer and a budget to do a big album, you can’t say no. Especially at a certain age, I’m not going to get many offers in the next few years.

Did you use anything that you wrote 10 or 20 years ago?

You’re the first person to ask that. No, all the songs are actually brand new.

One part of the new album acknowledges the cheesier end of your pop dance past, but then some are straight-up EDM. Is it hard to escape pop? Is there one side that’s more of a payoff for you?

I made it for the audience of 2015. It has some EDM tones, but I wanted to combine EDM with the punches of retro disco, like the song with Sia has strings, so I think it’s a good combination of everything I’ve done in the past.

What would a typical day in the studio have been like when making these songs?

Well, it’s totally totally different than before. A lot of stuff was done without the actual artist being there or my direction in the studio. With Kelis, we went into the studio with my sound engineer and started to compose the songs together, the verses and chorus, and then she sang it. It was almost like the old days where we would get into the studio, and you worked for hours with the artist, and then the song was done.

Do you ever send music with little notes attached to it for direction?

There was some stuff that I didn’t like, but mostly I worked on the tracks quite religiously. It was a lot of emailing and phone calls. Coordination was really important with this one.

I bet that back-and-forth get a little tiresome?

What’s worse is that it wasn’t every day. Sometimes it took weeks or months to work around people’s schedules. It became quite difficult to reach a few artists because of this, but it wasn’t ever stressful.

I suppose giving each song those days or months to breathe was probably great for the sound.

You’re so right. That was the best part. You don’t listen for a week, and then you hear it again, and then say, “Okay, what did I do?” you start questioning things and then move forward to see if you have to make changes.

And considering how powerful Kelis’ voice sounds … when you were producing that track, were you thinking what niche that song might fill?

Definitely. That song is a little bit what I did with Donna Summers, and I wanted it to be a more progressive dance track. Live drums, live instruments, guitars. I needed it to fit into a dance-y feel.

You’ve worked with Donna, Pat Benatar, Blondie, and now Kylie, Britney. You’ve surrounded yourself with female collaborators from the very beginning. What do you think about this current furor of women in music?

I’m happy for all the ladies in the world! I love female vocals for dance music, as they appeal to the audience more than men do sometimes. I also have two great male singers, Mikky Ekko and Matthew Koma.

How do you feel Mikky and Matthew’s voices melded with the female singers you already chose on the album?

Their vocals come through, but on the other hand, I wouldn’t ever think the male singers needed to change anything to accommodate the strong female vocalists. I let them do it the way they wanted to, and they both sang very nice actually.

SE-gU8vJypIBQRl5hUIqlG7-IWBWZujTqVOPmz8ABMoOne of the biggest standouts for me is the Swedish singer, Marleen, during “I Do This for You”. How did you two meet?

I worked in Stockholm with her, and she’s very beautiful too and so nice. The chorus she sung came out really strong. If I ever did another album, I would pretty much ask her first.

With the vocal in mind, do you continue to stay loyal toward the same synthesizers you’ve used all this time to remain true to your sound?

On this album, it’s all new. We have a state-of-the-art small studio. In general, everybody is using the latest gear. I don’t really know what they’re using.

I know you used to use the Moog Modular, and the Roland SH-2000 on one of your movie scores. I mean, the list goes on – but during your Sia Déjà Vu music video, there’s a pack shot of a custom version of Novation’s compact MiniNova synthesizer with your name on it?

[Laughs] Yes, the Moog Modular doesn’t exist anymore. Well, it does but nobody uses it anymore. All the disco sounds were created on the Moog, but they’re all product of the computer now.

But is that “MoroderNova” just a MiniNova synth with Moroder-style sounds and vocoder presets?

Yes, that’s a new synthesizer that Novation did on my behalf. It has some of my old sounds sampled from, well I guess Cat People? Maybe Midnight Express.

Has that been sold to the public yet?

To be honest, I don’t even know if it’s out. They did a limited edition, so I’m still even waiting to get mine!

I suppose guitar companies have released artist-themed guitars and effects for years, so it’s naturally exciting to see a synthesizer being custom made.

The only really big difference is that it has my sounds in it, which I’m curious to hear.

So when you head out on tour, what will you be using?

I used the Novation when I started DJ-ing. To play Vocoder live is quite difficult. The amount of problems you have is not worth doing it for 20 seconds for a song, so it’s really difficult to set up in a live setting.

For someone who wouldn’t know what the issues with setting up a Vocoder would be, can you explain?

First of all, I love to do everything by myself onstage. I don’t like to have people around me. Between doing the songs and the effects, now suddenly I have to do the Vocoder with a synthesizer and a microphone? Then the feedback is too loud! So I tried it several times, but I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not worth it. The audience couldn’t care less, and if you do some instrumentals and if the people don’t see you play, which is already difficult as a DJ because you’re behind the deck, it’s a waste of time.

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How do you feel about touring with this particular set of songs?

I’m so happy. I’m just finishing up putting all my songs into the set, and I’m going next week to Italy.

Back home? What about that buzz before hometown gigs?

I’m in Italy all the time. It’s almost like I never left.

Do you notice the difference in audience personality when you go back?

The Italians are obviously a little more open. The fans are much more active. Mexicans are lovely and lively too.

Are you going to bring any of the artists you’ve collaborated with on the album with you on tour?

I hope so. I don’t know yet. Kylie is interested, but Sia is doing her tour, and Britney is busy too so only if the occasion comes up. I’m still waiting for somebody to organise it all!

As for Spears, I read somewhere that she chose that specific ’87 Suzanne Vega song, “Tom’s Diner”, herself?


She didn’t ask me directly, but she asked the record company if I wanted to do that song, which she always loved. Since I loved it too, it worked out well. It’s a great song. I believe Suzanne is playing where you are in Tel Aviv?

She is! It’s pretty exciting. The fan base here is going nuts.

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TV Review: ‘Proof’

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JUNE 15, 2015 | 07:30AM PT
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Proof” explores the mother of all mysteries — what happens after we die? — in the most uninspired and banal of ways. Filled with cliches, the TNT series benefits from the casting ofJennifer Beals in the central role, but handcuffs her with a drab character and dead-end (pardon the pun) concept, which, as executed, demonstrates what would happen if a medical procedural and “The X-Files” had a baby. In theory, there’s an interesting and provocative show here; it’s just not the one that’s been made.


Beals’ Dr. Carolyn Tyler is introduced in the operating room, storming around and intimidating underlings as she demands that they “get it right the first time, no questions asked.” Soon enough, though, she is being pursued by Ivan Turing, an eccentric tech billionaire with a fatal diagnosis (played by Matthew Modine, and clearly intended to evoke the late Steve Jobs). While the disease can’t be stopped, his intellectual curiosity wants to know what he’ll face on the other side — even if that’s nothingness — and, as he notes with a mix of enthusiasm and resignation, “I have the resources to find out.”

Carolyn has been chosen by Ivan precisely because she’s a skeptic, but also based on her tragic past: She not only lost a teenage son, but suffered a near-death experience herself. Her reluctance to help Ivan soon fades, though, as she uses those aforementioned resources to assemble a team to assist in her investigations, without giving up her day job at the hospital. For good measure, the show throws in a psychic (Callum Blue), whose spectral observations only fuel the good doctor’s doubts.

Created by Rob Bragin and counting “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick among its producers, “Proof” can’t do much more than spin its wheels after that, delving into different cases (three episodes were previewed) where some sort of afterlife connection is either sought or suspected. Along the way, more details dribble out about Carolyn, but her separation from her husband (David Sutcliffe) and relationship with her daughter (Annie Thurman) have a decidedly familiar quality, and the show mostly squanders a supporting cast that includes Joe Morton as Carolyn’s boss and Edi Gathegi as her ambitious if slightly abused intern.

The Turner networks have discussed a bit of an image makeover under new management, but “Proof” seems squarely lifted out of the old comfort-food model. Except that in this case, the truth figures to remain out there, well, forever, or at least until Ivan succumbs. As for the prospect of the series evolving into anything more interesting, that, even more than the subject matter, requires a sizable leap of faith.

TV Review: 'Proof'

(Series; TNT, Tues. June 16, 10 p.m.)

Production

Filmed in Vancouver by the Jacobson Co., Kikkos View and Ipso Facto Prods.

Crew

Executive producers, Rob Bragin, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman, Alex Graves; director, Graves; writer, Bragin; camera, Thomas V. Kloss, Bernard Couture; production designer, Brent Thomas; editor, Russell Denove; music, David Buckley. 60 MIN.

Cast

Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, David Sutcliffe, Joe Morton, Callum Blue, Edi Gathegi, Annie Thurman, Caroline Rose Kaplan

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Jeans Comeback News: Mexican Girl Group To Reunite 20 Years After Band Was Formed


Jeans, the '90s musical sensation, announced a comeback tour and album two decades after they originally formed. Find out everything you need to know of their reunion! EMI

Mexican girl group, Jeans, was all the rage in the mid-90s to early 2000s. The band was created in 1994 by Patricia Sirvent and throughout its trajectory fluctuated between three to five band members. Over 10 successful and beautiful young ladies once formed part of the band, including former RBD member Dulce Maria from 2000 to 2002. After releasing six studio albums in a span of 12 years, the band called it quits in 2006 following their album "Porque Soy Libre."

Fastforward 20 years later after they originally formed, and four of the Jeans' members are back and looking sexier than ever!

Karla Díaz, Melissa López , Regina Murguía and Angie Taddeihave confirmed that the '90s musical sensation is reuniting a decade after its split. Tagging along with their comeback is a new album called "Deja Vu" and gigs in Mexico.

Jeans makes comeback a decade after their split in 2006. Mexican group announces tour and new album. Twitter/@KarlaDiazOF

"Deja Vu" counts with newer versions of some of their greatest hits. "We're honoring those songs," Melissa told the press in a conference about their project, reports TVNotas. "We also have three new incredible compositions called 'Aunque Hayas Dicho Adios,' 'Lo Que Queda De Mi,' and 'Me Late.'"

The girls also revealed the information of two upcoming gigs in their native country. One show will be on October 10 at Teatro Galerias in Guadalajara and the other will be on November 13 at Teatro Metropolitan in Mexico City.

Jeans, who opened their official Twitter and Instagram accounts this week to promote their reunion, are very stoked that fans are already buying their show tickets. We're happy with the news too and really hope they extend their gigs with dates in the U.S.!

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Debbie Harry by Decade: Celebrating the Blondie Frontwoman's 70th Birthday

by Ryan Book Jul 1, 2015 16:17 PM EDT

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The year 1945 was an astounding one for music history, giving us Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, John Fogerty and Carly Simon. Add another big 70th birthday to the year, as July 1 marks the near-diamond anniversary of Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry. Music Times is celebrating the big day by looking back over her four decades in music and choosing our favorite track from each of the ten-year spans she's spent in business.

The '70s: "One Way Or Another" (1979)

The '70s was obviously going to be one of the most difficult decades from which to represent Harry and Blondie, considering the release of their landmark album Parallel Lines during 1978. One thing is for sure: Blondie is great at writing singles. Another thing is for sure: They're not so hot at choosing what songs to release as singles. Lines is the case-and-point. Although every one of the six singles released from the album was deserving, two stood above the rest. One was "Heart Of Glass," which would become the band's first no. 1. Although some criticized the track for somewhat mirroring the sound of the disco scene, it's an incredible track, and disco would be blessed to consider it among its own. That track was released fourth among the album's singles...but the best song in the band's entire discography was held until the sixth single. Harry proves herself as more than a pretty face for those who hadn't figured it out yet: She combines the sweet melodies of "Heart Of Glass," bluesy chest vocals and a kitschy persona for the song's stalker protagonist, all bundled up into the ironi-punk of the New Wave scene. Everything that makes Harry great can be found here.

The '80s: "Call Me" (1980)

If you take Rolling Stone's word for it, "Call Me" narrowly edges "One Way Or Another" as Blondie's best song ever (the former is ranked no. 283 on its all-time list, and the latter is at no. 298). We respectfully disagree, but can understand entirely how "Call Me" would end up becoming the band's most successful single of all time. While "One Way" packed kitsch and peaked at no. 29 on the Hot 100, "Call Me" takes Harry at her most powerhouse and packs that voice into a simple, catchy chorus. Fueled in part by the success of American Gigolo, the film for which it appeared on the soundtrack, "Call Me" became Blondie's second no. 1 song in the U.S. and would end up being the most successful single in the band's history. It stayed atop the Hot 100 for six weeks and was ultimately named the biggest song of the year by Billboard.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Turns out Rolling Stone actually ranked "Heart of Glass" at no. 255 all-time. Needless to say, your correspondent disagrees.

The '90s: "Maria" (1998)

The Hot 100, alas, is not a chart designed for veteran performers. Despite having crafted the top song of 1980, the band would only land on the Hot 100 once more following 1982. Of course, part of that is because the band also took a 17-year break from releasing LPs from 1982 to 1999. Although several compilations and remix albums were dropped during the '80s, none of the singles released in correlation managed to grab any attention. That makes the emergence of "Maria," the first single from the band's 1999 comeback album No Exit, all the more impressive. Granted, the song only peaked at no. 82 in the U.S. but Blondie's fans in the UK were all-in (they had always be ahead of the curve when it came to the band), bringing the single to no. 1. That act made Blondie the first American act to land a no. 1 single during the '70s, '80s AND '90s in the UK.

The '00s: "Rapture Riders" (2005)

One of the more historic moments in Blondie's history actually deals with hip-hop. We've already referenced Harry's willingness to bounce around between vocal styles, and that includes rapping. In fact, the single "Rapture" (we see what they did there) went to no. 1 during 1981, marking the first time that a song featuring a rap reached the top of the charts (and, we suppose, the first time people got mad that a white woman was dabbling in hip-hop). Although historic, that moment didn't come close to beating out Blondie's best '80s tracks. However, we can cheat the system and nominate "Rapture Riders," a 2005 release from the band's Greatest Hits: Sight + Sound compilation, which took the original single and mashed it up with The Doors' "Riders On The Storm." This way you get to appreciate Harry's willingness to experiment in a more relaxed electronic setting.

The '10s: "I Want To Drag You Around" (2014)

As much as hardcore fans might not want to admit it, age tends to take its toll on vocalists more so than any other position in a band. Some suggested that the weakening of Harry's voice was the major reason why 2014's Ghosts of Download featured so many guest slots and more pop-centric tracks was to accommodate Harry, who was 68 when the album was recorded. Still, we found ourselves most pleased by "I Want To Drag You Around," the last single and the only one which didn't pack guest vocals. What did we appreciate most about it? It was less about dancing and more about the savagery that's always been lurking in Harry's work. Consider classic tracks such as "One Way Or Another" or "Rip Her To Shreds," or the bizarre impaling themes on the cover of her solo record KooKoo. "Drag You Around" may not be "Greatest Hits" material but we got a hoot out of it.

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Debbie Harry at 70 – in pictures

Happy birthday Debbie Harry! During her 40-odd years in the spotlight, the Blondie singer has carved out a unique style based around metallics, leopard print, tight tees, all-black and that hair. Here are some of her best looks

Happy Birthday Debbie Harry: Seven stars you WON'T believe are 70

SHE was the rock 'n' roll queen of the 1970s, with a career spanning more than five decades.

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Debbie Harry is celebrating her 70th birthday today, not that she looks a day over 30

Debbie Harry is celebrating her 70th birthday today, but the singer doesn't look her age - bless with a youthful smile.

The 70-year-old beauty was born in New York City and rose to fame as Blondie with guitarist Chris Stein in the punk scene of 1970s.

Still rocking and rolling to this day, age is nothing but a number to Debbie who belts out a tune like she did over forty years ago.

Leading with Blondie's fabulous example, take a look at the other celebrities you won't believe are 70 years old.

Debbie Harry on stage performing

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The Blondie singer might be 70 today but nothing's stopping her performing like it's the 1970s again

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The singer was a natural beauty and is still considered to be one of the most stunning stars around

Priscilla Presley

Priscilla was married to The King - Elvis Presley - for six years back in the late 1960s, and became a queen of fashion.

Renowned for her incredible style and fiery relationship with Elvis, Priscilla has two children: Lisa Marie Presley and Navarone Garibaldi.

The 70-year-old's face hasn't changed much over the years meaning fans will be hard-pushed to believe she's as old as her date of birth reports.

Rod Stewart

The man, the myth, the legend that is Rod Stewart might be 70 but boy can he still rock around the clock.

The Do Ya Think I'm Sexy singer still flaunts a shaggy mop of blonde hair and that cheeky smile so many fell for in the 1980s.

Rod's squeezed a lot into his time, with 100 million records sold worldwide and a whopping eight children.

Talking of celebrity age dramas, you'd never guess these celebrities w...e same age.

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Priscilla Presley is 70 years old and has aged wonderfully

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Rod Stewart and Tom Selleck are both hunky older men

Tom Selleck

Many will remember Tom as private investigator Thomas Magnum from TV show Magnum PI - and lots will disbelieve the tall, dark and handsome chap is now 70.

The American actor has kept his moustache for as many years as he's been in the spotlight, and has a Hollywood smile to make most weak at the knees.

At the grand age of 70, not much has changed for the actor - who still oozed charisma like a pro.

Michael Douglas

One of the most famous men in the world of acting married to a beautiful British star: of course, it's Michael Douglas.

With his career spanning over five decades, the 70-year-old American star has kept his youthful good looks by hook or by crook.

With a slick of silver hair, Michael is a suave older gentleman embracing the nuances of ageing.

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Michael Douglas might have a full head of grey hair but his sex appeal is through the roof

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Mia Farrow and Bianca Jagger are both still famous beauties, and have both turned 70

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Unusual Version of David Lee Roth’s Debut Solo Album Reissued cool

David Lee Roth: Sonrisa Salvaje (Reissue)

Did you miss the Spanish version of David Lee Roth’s Eat ’Em and Smile album back in in 1986? Or you didn’t know it existed at all?

Don’t worry. Most people don’t know about it. But now, the album, titled Sonrisa Salvaje, is available again on CD, and this time, it’s the remastered version.

The Spanish-language album featured all the backing tracks used for Eat ’Em and Smile — laid down by Dave’s band at the time, which included Billy Sheehan on bass and Steve Vai on guitar — but with Spanish translations of English lyrics, according to allmusic.com.

Prior to this remastered edition released as part of the David Lee Roth/Friday Music Original Master Series, the album was last available on CD and as a download in 2007.

If you haven’t yet heard the Spanish version of Diamond Dave, check out “Loco Del Calor,” otherwise known as “Goin’ Crazy”:

Sonrisa Salvaje is available on CD.

Sonrisa Salvaje Track List:

  1. Yankee Rose
  2. Tímido
  3. Soy Fácil
  4. Noche de Ronda en La Ciudad
  5. Loco del Calor!
  6. La Calle del Tabaco
  7. Arma de Caza Mayor
  8. En Busca de Pleito
  9. Cuánto Frenesí
  10. Así Es La Vida

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