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Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

March 17, 2015


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By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) The problem with “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1” (20th Century Fox/ Columbia) is one most soundtracks have: The focus isn’t on the music. These songs generally have to drive story lines, not album sales, so they may be great in the show, but not as...

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

March 5, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Producer Pharrell Williams testified Wednesday that he may have been channeling the “feel” of Marvin Gaye and the late 70s, but he did not specifically discuss or have the late musician in mind when he wrote the hit 2013 song “Blurred L...

Will Smith Taking New Direction With Career

Will Smith Taking New Direction With Career

March 3, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The failure of “After Earth” taught Will Smith a valuable lesson: One bad summer movie doesn’t mean the end of a career. Before “After Earth,” Smith was king of the summer movie blockbusters with mega hits in “Wild Wild Wes...

Oscars: Why Neil Patrick Harris (And Everyone Else) Is Wrong For The Job

Oscars: Why Neil Patrick Harris (And Everyone Else) Is Wrong For The Job

February 26, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Neil Patrick Harris’ uneven performance at the Oscars on Sunday (“bombing … atrophied ... airless,” and those were some of the kinder assessments) raised the question that comes up nearly every late winter, as the endless circuit of...

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

February 26, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The stage was a witness box barely 3 feet wide, but Robin Thicke sang, played the piano and even danced a little in his seat during his testimony Wednesday for his copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s children. Thicke took the stand in a...

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

February 24, 2015


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By Stacy St. Clair Chicago Tribune (TNS)  CHICAGO — The town of Rosemont, Ill., paid country superstar Garth Brooks more than $1 million to launch his comeback tour last year at its Allstate Arena, records show, but officials say the village made twice that much. According to an agreement bet...

Oscars Producers Hoping For Another ‘Adele Dazeem’ Moment

Oscars Producers Hoping For Another ‘Adele Dazeem’ Moment

February 19, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The day after the Oscars last year, the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received a call from John Travolta apologizing for fumbling the name of singer Idina Menzel. Travolta’s mispronunciation — Adele Dazeem — had become...

The Late Oscar Winner Mike Nichols’ Work Seems Echoed In Awards-Season Films ‘Birdman’ And More

The Late Oscar Winner Mike Nichols’ Work Seems Echoed In Awards-Season Films ‘Birdman’ And More

February 12, 2015


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By Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (TNS) Mike Nichols’ death in November was a shock in part because the Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award-winning director — he also won a Grammy, making for a rare EGOT — had come to seem like someone who would simply always be there, an immovable part of the cultura...

2015 Grammys: Kanye West Blasts Beck’s Album Of The Year Win

2015 Grammys: Kanye West Blasts Beck’s Album Of The Year Win

February 10, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Kanye West’s mock stage-rushing during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year at the Grammys initially seemed like a fun joke at his own expense. The last time West pulled a similar stunt, it was 2009, and he was protesting Taylor S...

The “Resident Evil” Remakes Just Keep On Coming As Capcom Has Remade a Previous Remake Of The Classic Game That Kicked Off Survival Horror, “Resident Evil.” And, Boy, Is It a Stinker.

The “Resident Evil” Remakes Just Keep On Coming As Capcom Has Remade a Previous Remake Of The Classic Game That Kicked Off Survival Horror, “Resident Evil.” And, Boy, Is It a Stinker.

February 5, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Video Games

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can be used to reminisce about days gone by when times were more simple. It can also be used to reflect about some of your decisions in life, both good and bad, as well as loved ones who may no longer be with us. Music, television shows, and films can all spark nostalgi...

Young Fans Can Be Kiss Of Death At Grammys

Young Fans Can Be Kiss Of Death At Grammys

February 5, 2015


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Has the Recording Academy finally shaken its long-standing fear of pop? Scan the nominees for the major prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards, to be handed out Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and you’ll find many familiar names...

Garth Brooks: The Comeback Of The Century So Far

Garth Brooks: The Comeback Of The Century So Far

February 5, 2015


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By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) PITTSBURGH — There’s always a chance that Led Zeppelin will go back in the studio or Jim Morrison will return out of the blue, but we can probably go ahead and declare the return of Garth Brooks “the comeback of the century” so far. The countr...

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