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'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Fall and Rise

'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll documentary that begins with a quote from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and ends with a reference to Norman Rockwell is gunning for something uncommonly rich and thoughtful. Here, the high-toned references are awkwardly applied to the story of Duff McKagan, Seattle-born bassist of the loud and legendary Guns N' Roses and subject of the documentary It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the annals of rock music, McKagan's tale is sadly typical, at least for those who survive […]


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'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Fall and Rise



David Bowie Movies: 'Ziggy Stardust' Memorable as Nikola Tesla, Fast-Aging Vampire

David Bowie: The former Ziggy Stardust in 'The Hunger.' David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire, Nikola Tesla Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, '16. Bowie (born David Robert Jones in the London suburb of Brixton) had turned 69 on Jan. 8. His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon), has confirmed Bowie's death on Twitter. Bowie was seen in only a couple of dozen movies during his four-decade show business career. Listed below are four of his most notable film roles. 'The Man Who Fell to Earth': The return of Ziggy Stardust Directed by Nicolas […]


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David Bowie Movies: 'Ziggy Stardust' Memorable as Nikola Tesla, Fast-Aging Vampire



Best Original Score Oscar Contenders: Carter Burwell and Past Nominees

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will […]


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Best Original Score Oscar Contenders: Carter Burwell and Past Nominees



'Eye of the Tiger' Band Survivor Lawsuit vs. Christian Extremists Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis

'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor: Lawsuit against a couple of radical Christians. Infamous radical Christian county clerk Kim Davis, far-right U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sued by 'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor The band Survivor, whose song “Eye of the Tiger” underlined the critical dud (but box office hit) Rocky III back in 1982, has filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against radical Christian Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and fellow radical Christian and U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Without previous authorization, “Eye of the Tiger” was loudly played in the background of the circus show – large wooden crosses and all – staged after Davis' release from jail. She had spent all of five days in prison […]


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'Eye of the Tiger' Band Survivor Lawsuit vs. Christian Extremists Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis



Theodore Bikel: Social Activist, Vanessa Redgrave 'The Palestinian' Spat

Theodore Bikel: Folk singer, actor and political/social activist. Theodore Bikel: Social/political and union activist (See previous post: “Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek.'”) Besides his acting and singing gigs, Theodore Bikel was a dedicated social activist, having been a longtime supporter of various causes, both cultural and political. These ranged from helping to found the Actors Federal Credit Union to being a delegate at the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Vice President of the International Federation of Actor, and a Board Member of Amnesty International USA. Unsurprisingly, Bikel felt a strong interest in Jewish culture and sociopolitical affairs. He was an advocate for the preservation of Yiddish as a living language, chaired the Foundation for Jewish Culture's […]


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Theodore Bikel: Social Activist, Vanessa Redgrave 'The Palestinian' Spat



Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek'

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of “natural causes” at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 (“they were […]


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Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek'



Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school lyrics that were confessional, profane, clever, and withering. She has been compared to Billie Holiday (in more ways than one, alas) and Winehouse herself has noted Sarah Vaughn as an influence. Her phrasing could turn any note into an adventure, bending and stretching it until it made multiple emotional statements. Her voice was both propulsive and brittle with a vibrato that could pound like a jackhammer or purr like Eartha […]


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Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'Impressive' Work



Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies Box Office

Justin Bieber 'Believe' bombs Justin Bieber 'Believe' bombs at North American box office After opening with a dismal $1.25 million at 1,037 North American locations on Christmas Day, the Jon M. Chu-directed Justin Bieber documentary Believe grossed an estimated $2.014 million at no. 14 on the domestic box office chart this weekend, December 27-29, 2013, according to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com. Believe's per-theater average was $1,942, while its five-day cume is an equally paltry $4.27 million. (Image: Justin Bieber in Believe.) Distributed by Open Road Films, which reportedly spent a modest $5 million promoting the equally modestly budgeted documentary – cost: $4-5 million – Believe will likely disappear from view in the very near future. Justin Bieber concert movies: […]


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Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies Box Office





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