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How the Media Can Help Make Sense of a Senseless Week

8 July 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cable and network news organizations have been trying their best this week to report on the awful events in Dallas, St. Paul and Baton Rouge, but that kind of 24/7 coverage — which has been occasionally less timely than what emerges from various social media channels — has come to have a numbing, awful kind of familiarity. The same talking heads emerge, the same voices try to make sense of devastating events that just keep coming. 

It hasn’t even been a month since the mass shooting on Orlando, yet here we are.

It’s as if we are stuck in a devastating feedback loop and keep seeing the same reruns again and again — but these heartbreaking, chaotic reruns aren’t scripted, they’re real. (And it’s worth pointing out that, as gripping as following developments on social media can be, tweets and posts can be wrong, as they were in the case of a person of interest in »

- Maureen Ryan

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Star Wars’ returned with ‘The Phantom Menace’

19 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

17 years ago today, long before we knew the Force would have an awakening in 2015, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace brought new tales of a galaxy far, far away to the big screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It was the beginning of a much-maligned prequel trilogy that would give us Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians, and a love story for Anakin Skywalker. (And some good things! Don’t forget podracing! And Darth Maul!) Ultimate backlash didn’t stop audiences eager for a new Star Wars movie from turning out in droves, though: Phantom Menace was 1999’s highest grossing film, and all three prequel films ended up earning over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Revenge of the Sith was also released on the 19th of May. Today marks 11 years since the prequel conclusion hit theaters worldwide, after premiering at – believe it or not – the Cannes Film Festival. »

- Emily Rome

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Song of Lahore – In Theaters and DVD/VOD on May 20

13 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Best Documentary, Short Subject: Saving Face, 2012; A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, 2015) and Andy Schocken, the acclaimed documentary Song Of Lahore opens in select theaters and is available on DVD, VOD and Digital HD May 20. Featuring the music of The Sachal Ensemble of Pakistan and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Song Of Lahore examines the lives and the cultural heritage of Pakistan’s classical musicians as they prepare for a concert in New York City.

The theatrical release of Song Of Lahore begins on Friday, May 20, exclusively at Village East Cinema in New York City and Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Song Of Lahore was an official selection at numerous film festivals in 2015, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Idfa Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and the Heartland Film Festival. »

- Press Releases

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Snoop Dogg and NBA Star Chris Paul Prove They Are Ballers on Epic ‘Lip Sync Battle’ (Video)

5 May 2016 9:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Snoop Dogg has dreams of becoming a sports reporter — and on Thursday’s “Lip Sync Battle,” he got the chance to take on one of the biggest names in basketball, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. The hip-hop star didn’t go easy on the NBA great and came out guns blazing to Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” proving that he has a startling similarity to the Jamaican icon. The eight-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist had some smooth moves of his own, however, presenting Snoop with “a little bit of gin and juice,” before ripping into his own classic cocktail-inspired 1994 hit. »

- Debbie Emery

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"What happened to my culture when it was interrupted by yours": Gulpilil

5 May 2016 12:43 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

David Gulpilil in Another Country.

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Another Country, which has just been selected to screen at Cannes Film Festival, came about in part from a visit the film.s producer Rolf de heer made to David Gulpilil while he was in prison.

De heer arrived at 9am at the Berrimah low-security unit and Gulpilil, weighing just 39kgs at the time, was wearing khaki shorts, thongs and an olive green t-shirt.

A long-time friend of Gulpilil, de heer wanted to help.

..He (de heer) went to visit David and had a conversation about what David was going to do post-prison and David said .I don.t know, I think I want to make a film, I think I want to make a film with you Rolf,.. Another Country director Molly Reynolds tells If.

The next morning, in stifling heat, de heer pitched a rough idea for a film which would become Charlie »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Snoop Dogg Performs Bob Marley Song and Showcases Reggae Dance Moves on Lip Sync Battle

4 May 2016 9:43 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Snoop Dogg takes on the one and only late reggae legend Bob Marley on Lip Sync Battle this week. For one of his songs on the Spike TV show, the rapper performed Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1980 hit "Could You Be Loved." Sporting a Rastacap and dreadlocks, Snoop Dogg also showcased his reggae dance moves. In 2013, the rapper released his first reggae album, Reincarnated, under the name Snoop Lion, and announced he had embraced Rastafarianism. "The reason why my album is called Reincarnated [is] 'cause I always felt that I was Bob Marley reincarnated," Snoop told Larry King. "So the whole purpose of the record was to »

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Snoop Dogg Channels Bob Marley in ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Performance (Video)

4 May 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Snoop Dogg has plenty in common with Bob Marley, and now he can add “Performing ‘Could You Be Loved'” to the list. The emcee put on his best Wailers impression for an upcoming “Lip Sync Battle,” on which he’ll battle Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul. We’ll let readers take a stab at how Snoop likely got into character for the big moment, but it probably gave new meaning to the “green” room. But, could he be crowned? We’ll find out this Thursday at 10/9c on Spike. Also Read: 'Community' Stars Joel McHale, Jim Rash »

- Tony Maglio

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Whitney Houston Estate Signs Off on New Documentary

28 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald will helm a documentary about Whitney Houston that has been authorized by the singer's estate since her death in 2012.

Per a statement, the as-yet-untitled film will offer the "unvarnished and authentic" story of Houston's life, from her early days singing in her church's gospel choir to her astounding success as a global pop star, which included a string of seven straight Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones. The film will include interviews with Houston's friends, family and collaborators, including famed record executive Clive Davis, who helped launch the singer's career. »

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Snapchat Slammed For 420 Blackface Bob Marley Filter

20 April 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

420 is supposed to be about rollin’ and chillin’, but Snapchat has stirred up a tense response with its politically incorrect filter meant to celebrate the late reggae icon and weed lover Bob Marley. To celebrate the unofficial holiday devoted to pot, the social-media service produced a filter that can make users look like the “Stir It Up” singer, complete with dreadlocks — and digital blackface. On Twitter and elsewhere, critics have slammed Snapchat for racial insensitivity. And Marley’s fans have lashed out at the idea that, after helping spread reggae music around the world, the Jamaican superstar is being reduced. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Here's Why People Are Not Pleased With Snapchats Bob Marley Filter

20 April 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It could be safe to assume the people over at Snapchat might have been celebrating 4/20 a little too hard when they came up with this. Users today were shocked to see a Bob Marley filter which featured blackface. The filter was created in celebration of today's weed-themed holiday. This controversy in and of itself also set off angry comments on social media from fans who want to remember the singer as more than just a poster child for marijuana. Snapchatters have been discussing the filter on Twitter with some users arguing that it is indeed blackface, and others are surprisingly stating the opposite.  Wired posted the above photo of what the filter looks like when used. Presumably thanks to the controversy, Bob »

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For Shore! Cam Chats with People and Answers All Our Beach Questions

13 April 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Besides the stage, the place Cam loves to be the most, might just be the beach. Having grown up on the coast of California, the "Mayday" singer says it's her happy place. So playing the Tortuga Music Festival on the beach in Fort Lauderdale just might be the best of both worlds. Don't miss a beat of country music news, photos and videos! Click here to get all this and more in the People Country Newsletter. People chatted with Cam, 31, to get up to speed on all her beach basics. Here's what she told us: Are you excited to play »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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For Shore! Cam Chats with People and Answers All Our Beach Questions

13 April 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Besides the stage, the place Cam loves to be the most, might just be the beach. Having grown up on the coast of California, the "Mayday" singer says it's her happy place. So playing the Tortuga Music Festival on the beach in Fort Lauderdale just might be the best of both worlds. Don't miss a beat of country music news, photos and videos! Click here to get all this and more in the People Country Newsletter. People chatted with Cam, 31, to get up to speed on all her beach basics: Are you excited to play the Tortuga Music Festival on Sunday? »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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‘Vinyl 1×08: E.A.B.’ Review

6 April 2016 4:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

“That’s a skeleton. Everybody’s got one.”

There’s a good show buried somewhere inside the increasingly clunky heap that is Vinyl, a program currently wasting what has to be the steeliest performance of Olivia Wilde’s career in between leaden celebrity lookalikes and unexceptional scenes of rock ‘n roll bravado. ‘E.A.B’ has moments of fun, from a great opening number in which Acr’s partners waltz pitifully into a doomed bank loan hearing to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ to a lightning-fast Goodfellas cutaway to Galasso strangling some chump in an over-the-shoulder hold. Too much of it, though, is eaten up by a ludicrous farce of a scene in which John Lennon watches Bob Marley play a set while Devon cons her way into taking Lennon’s picture.

It’s a mess. Devon charming her way through Lennon’s defenses is fun, but the sequence amounts to »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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Ziggy Marley and His Wife Welcome Their Fourth Child Into the World

23 March 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Call it a family of six! E! News can confirm David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley just welcomed his fourth child into the world—a baby boy!—with wife, Orly Marley. A rep for Bob Marley's son tells us, "Ziggy Marley and his wife Orly welcomed their fourth child, Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta Marley, on Monday, March 14thin Los Angeles." The couple also has a daughter, Judah, 10, and sons Gideon, 9, and Abraham, 5. "All are healthy and happy," the rep added. Ziggy took to Twitter to share a precious photo with his wife before she gave birth. "My beautiful wife and I share a moment as she gets ready to give birth to our fourth child today," he wrote »

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Trailer: 'Trial by Fire' - A Film About Constance Marley, Sister of Reggae Legend Bob Marley

4 February 2016 12:01 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Nephew of Bob Marley, Charles Mattocks - a celebrity chef and actor - has announced the release of his new documentary film, "Trial by Fire," which explores the effects of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps/Rsd), a nerve disorder that causes excruciating pain, skin problems, swelling and, in some cases, death. "Trial by Fire," directed by Mattocks, stems from his efforts to help his mother, Constance Marley - a sister of Bob Marley - as she suffers with Crps. This movie exposes the suffering of millions and the need for further education, research and treatment options for those that live with what has been described as one »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Flashback: Watch Gilda Radner Hilariously Spoof Patti Smith on 'SNL'

1 February 2016 9:48 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Last week, the producers of Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe revealed that Girls actress Zosia Mamet will portray the late photographer's close friend Patti Smith in the film. She will not be the first actress to play the punk singer onscreen, though, as actress Mickey Sumner played Smith in the 2013 film Cbgb – and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner hilariously spoofed her in 1979, a few months before the Patti Smith Group put out Wave.

In the lengthy sketch, Radner played tank-top-wearing, bouffant-armpitted punk yelper "Candy Slice" who was performing at a »

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Dad's Army review: who don't you think you are kidding?

26 January 2016 2:57 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Do panic: the cast pull off a convincing impression – and Catherine Zeta-Jones adds sauce – but there’s something inescapably creaky about this strangest of sitcom revivals

Related: Dad's Army film - first trailer reports for duty

Dad’s Army is having a bit of a moment. A BBC drama entitled We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story recently gave us the behind-the-scenes story of this legendary, much-loved TV comedy which ran from 1968 to 1977, about the bumbling Home Guard platoon in the second world war. Star Wars star Daisy Ridley has been revealed to be the great-niece of Arnold “Private Godfrey” Ridley and Marlon James’s Booker-winning novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings – about the attempted murder of Bob Marley – surreally revealed that the show was a popular import in 1970s Kingston, Jamaica.

Related: New Dad's Army film cast in costume

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Dad's Army review: who don't you think you are kidding?

26 January 2016 2:57 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Do panic: the cast pull off a convincing impression – and Catherine Zeta-Jones adds sauce – but there’s something inescapably creaky about this strangest of sitcom revivals

Related: Dad's Army film - first trailer reports for duty

Dad’s Army is having a bit of a moment. A BBC drama entitled We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story recently gave us the behind-the-scenes story of this legendary, much-loved TV comedy which ran from 1968 to 1977, about the bumbling Home Guard platoon in the second world war. Star Wars star Daisy Ridley has been revealed to be the great-niece of Arnold “Private Godfrey” Ridley and Marlon James’s Booker-winning novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings – about the attempted murder of Bob Marley – surreally revealed that the show was a popular import in 1970s Kingston, Jamaica.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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