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In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

February 3, 2015


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By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Common has already lighted up the awards season with his powerful perseverance anthem “Glory.” Taken from the historical drama “Selma,” the single he created with R&B singer John Legend that connects past injustice with present unrest has taken the ...

Grammys 2015: Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Among Planned Duets

Grammys 2015: Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Among Planned Duets

January 29, 2015


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By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) Young will meet old — again — at this year’s Grammy Awards. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Recording Academy has arranged several May-December duets for the Feb. 8 ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday, including planned performances by Lady Gaga and To...

Phillip Phillips Calls His 19 Entertainment Contract ‘Oppressive’

Phillip Phillips Calls His 19 Entertainment Contract ‘Oppressive’

January 27, 2015


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By Rodney Ho The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS) Phillip Phillips was his own man even while competing on a cheesy show like “American Idol” season 11. He was polite but politely chafed against some of the “Idol” conventions such as the silly group sings. He admitted to not even liking...

Sundance: A New Generation’s Game-Changers

Sundance: A New Generation’s Game-Changers

January 27, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) In its 31-year history, the Sundance Film Festival has often showcased movies by some of the country’s most maverick personalities. But as the prestigious gathering enters its busy opening weekend, there may have never been so many of the iconoclasts thems...

Sundance Festival’s New Frontier Exhibition On Cutting Edge

Sundance Festival’s New Frontier Exhibition On Cutting Edge

January 22, 2015


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By Jessica Gelt Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sitting at her desk in a darkened office, Shari Frilot picks up a boxy piece of cardboard fitted with two bulbous glass lenses. She lifts a crude cardboard flap and inserts her smartphone in front of the lenses, securing it in place with Velcro. This new vir...

Linkin Park cancels concerts this week

Linkin Park cancels concerts this week

January 20, 2015


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By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) The Linkin Park/Rise Against concert scheduled for Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Albany Thursday has been canceled due to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington suffering an ankle injury. He performed the Indianapolis show Sunday night on crutches, ...

Oscar Underdog Redmayne May Have Done The Most Impressive Acting Job Last Year

Oscar Underdog Redmayne May Have Done The Most Impressive Acting Job Last Year

January 15, 2015


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By Roger Moore Tribune News Service (TNS) Golden Globe winner Eddie Redmayne had to come up with a few more surprised and “incredibly honored” remarks when his Oscar nomination for “The Theory of Everything” was announced Thursday. He’s trying to keep his head about him, even as the accl...

Elvis At 80: It Could Have Been A Wonderful Life

Elvis At 80: It Could Have Been A Wonderful Life

January 13, 2015


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By Malcolm X Abram and Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) What if Elvis Presley had lived? In August 1977, the singer was found unconscious in his Graceland home and later pronounced dead at age 42. But what if the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll had in fact been saved by paramedics and had continued...

Sundance Film Festival 2015: Comedians Get Serious In New Movies

Sundance Film Festival 2015: Comedians Get Serious In New Movies

December 4, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (TNS) The Sundance Film Festival is often a place where movie actors can try on new guises outside the high-pressure, pigeonholding world of mainstream Hollywood. But when the indie fest gets under way next month it will bring a very particular kind ...

Grammy Awards: Beyonce, Coldplay And Sam Smith Should Get Nods

Grammy Awards: Beyonce, Coldplay And Sam Smith Should Get Nods

December 4, 2014


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) A year that gave us much exuberant pop music about being happy, shaking it off, keeping it fancy and/or letting go of problems — “the past is in the past,” sings Idina Menzel in “Let It Go” — had little need for the starker realities either dow...

Bon Jovi Recognized For Music, Charity Work

Bon Jovi Recognized For Music, Charity Work

November 20, 2014


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By Aubrey Whelan The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night at the Kimmel Center as Jon Bon Jovi accepted the Marian Anderson Award for his musical and philanthropic endeavors. The award is given to entertainers who have “contributed to our society in...

If One Direction’s Members Went The Solo Route, How Would They Fare?

If One Direction’s Members Went The Solo Route, How Would They Fare?

November 18, 2014


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With “Four,” One Direction will have issued its fourth album in four years. More radio hits will follow, and the boy band’s latest world tour, announced before “Four” even arrived, will likely sell out. But with this many albums under the band’s belt (in addition to the march toward matur...

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