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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...

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...

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