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Bill Murray, Daryl Hannah, and Christopher Plummer as a Con Man: 5 Highlights from SXSW’s 2018 Film and TV Lineup

Bill Murray, Daryl Hannah, and Christopher Plummer as a Con Man: 5 Highlights from SXSW’s 2018 Film and TV Lineup
The 2018 SXSW Film and TV lineups have landed, and Austin’s programming of new films and TV shows looks like nothing else out there. As the film section enters its 25th anniversary and the festival’s top programmer Janet Pierson enters her 10th, SXSW remains a distinctive presence on the festival circuit, one that speaks to an ever-changing media landscape and the variability of filmmaking outside of Hollywood. Here are some of the standouts from the announcement.

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Daryl Hannah Made an Experimental Western With Willie Nelson

As calls for supporting women filmmakers continue to dominate the industry, SXSW’s program provides a compelling response. Its 10-movie narrative competition is dominated by eight women directors, varying wildly in age and experience. These include first-time director Hannah Marks, who co-directed the drama “Shotgun” with Joey Power. Marks
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Neil Diamond’s Parkinson’s Fight: Inside the Music Legend’s Last Tour

Neil Diamond’s Parkinson’s Fight: Inside the Music Legend’s Last Tour
In the final minutes of 2017, Neil Diamond stood before more than a million revelers braving the subzero chill to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square. Leading the crowd through “Sweet Caroline,” his 1969 smash and perpetual party starter, good times never seemed so good for the music icon. The year had been a triumph with packed stadiums across North American and Europe for his 50th Anniversary Tour, and 2018 seemed just as bright. Dates in Australia and New Zealand were booked for the spring, and he was tapped to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
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Neil Diamond Retires From Touring After Parkinson’s Diagnosis

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Neil Diamond Retires From Touring After Parkinson’s Diagnosis
Following a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has cancelled his upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates, and has announced he is retiring from concert touring effective immediately.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring” Diamond said in a statement posted to his official website. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”

The “Sweet Caroline” singer...
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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’
The transition from music to acting has been a bridge too far for many musicians, but Mary J. Blige isn’t just any singer. She brought multiple talents and skills to the daunting role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” the story of a sharecropper’s wife trying to raise her family in the Jim Crow-era South.

Blige had acted professionally before, appearing opposite Tom Cruise in the hair-metal musical “Rock of Ages” in 2012, channeling the Wicked Witch of the West as Evillene in a live production of “The Wiz,” and even played Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, opposite Angela Bassett in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta.”

Of course, channeling emotion is an essential element of singing, and as a vocalist, Blige, who is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 11, is practically without peer: For more than a quarter-century, over a dozen-odd studio albums, nine Grammy Awards,
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Queen, Tina Turner And More To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

Four of music’s most iconic acts will be honoured by the Recording Academy when British rockers Queen, soul/rock powerhouse Tina Turner, country singer Emmylou Harris and singer-songwriter Neil Diamond will receive Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. The honour, reports Rolling Stone, is “presented to performers who have made impactful artistic contributions to the field of recording,” with […]
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Grammys announce Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Tina Turner, Queen, Neil Diamond, and …

Grammys announce Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Tina Turner, Queen, Neil Diamond, and …
On Tuesday, January 9, the recording academy announced this year’s recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards: drummer Hal Blaine, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, country legend Emmylou Harris, late rock-and-roll pioneer Louis Jordan, funk band The Meters, British rock band Queen, and the queen of rock and roll Tina Turner. Blaine was well known as a drummer from the group of session musicians known as The […]
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Queen, Tina Turner & More Honored With The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award

Earlier today, The Recording Academy has announced its Special Merit Awards recipients and this year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, Queen and Tina Turner. "This year's Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a press release. Portnow continued, "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their...
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Pink to Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl Lii

Pink to Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl Lii
Pink will be gracing the stage at this year's Super Bowl!

On Monday, the NFL and NBC announced that the 38-year-old singer will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl Lii's pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4. This marks the first time Pink has appeared at the Super Bowl.

The "Beautiful Trauma" singer can now add her name to a list of elite artists who have sung the National Anthem at the most-watched television program of the year. The list includes Luke Bryan,  Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and more.

As previously announced, Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Sugar Super Bowl Lii Halftime Show. Et spoke with Pink in October, when interestingly enough
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Pink to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl LII

Pink to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl LII
Pink will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LII pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff. Justin Timberlake was announced last month as the show’s halftime performer.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (Nad), actor and director Alexandria Wailes will perform in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful.”

Pink joins the ranks of many performers who have sang the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.

In October, she released her seventh studio album, “Beautiful Trauma
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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

Two songs sung
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The Top 10 Most Epic Grammy Awards Duets

The Top 10 Most Epic Grammy Awards Duets
There's nothing like a perfect pair!

Each year, the Grammy Awards puts together some of the most memorable moments in music with unforgettable collaborations.

Music's biggest night is the ideal place for artists both old and new to come together and make history live on stage.

Check out 10 of the most epic Grammy duets below.

1. Lady Gaga and Elton John

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If there was an award for the most theatrical GRAMMYs debut, Lady Gaga would be a definite contender. In 2010, Mother Monster took viewers through the "Fame Factory" and emerged from the ashes seated at a double-sided piano with Elton John. The two served up an unforgettable duet of Gaga’s “Speechless” and John’s “Your Song.”

2. Prince and Beyonce

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Years before Queen Bey claimed the throne, she bowed down to the one and only Prince. In 2004, Beyonce shared the stage with the Purple One for a fierce medley of “Purple Rain” and “Crazy in Love.”

3. Usher
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The Top Five Uses of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” in Movies or TV

Surprisingly enough this song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy, when she was only 11 years old. Don’t go thinking creepy thoughts, Neil Diamond didn’t have any unhealthy obsession with the president’s little girl, but the song came together about five years after he saw a picture of Caroline and her parents on the cover of a magazine. The song itself was to his wife Marsha, but he needed a three-syllable name to make it work. Not long after it was released the song was featured in many TV shows and later on has been featured

The Top Five Uses of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” in Movies or TV
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Drummer Max Weinberg on His 'Jukebox' Tour, Sharing the Stage with Bruce Springsteen and the Loss of Music Legends

Drummer Max Weinberg on His 'Jukebox' Tour, Sharing the Stage with Bruce Springsteen and the Loss of Music Legends
Max Weinberg has spent 43 years touring the world with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. And in between his job with the Boss, the 66-year-old drummer managed to hold down a 17-year post as a bandleader for Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. Turns out, he doesn’t do well with downtime.

After finishing the 86-city “River” tour in February, the longtime E Street Band drummer was ready to try something new. Enter Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, an interactive concert experience where the audience gets to pick the set list and hear Max and his revolving band
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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman

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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman
"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Sylvester Stallone?!" Christopher Reeve cast such a long shadow after his incredible portrayal of Superman it took years to get another actor into the cape. (And lookalike actor Brandon Routh's performance in Superman Returns was nothing short of homage.) But before Christopher Reeve, and in many developmental stages along the way, under the guidance of directors like Tim Burton, Brett Ratner, and McG, a handful of major movie stars came close to securing the role of DC's Last Son of Krypton. Here, we're looking at 15 actors who were almost Superman.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman, the late screen legend who starred opposite Robert Redford in the cinematic classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among other notable roles, turned down Superman not once, not twice, but three different times. He was offered the lead role, as well as the roles of Lex Luthor and Superman's dad,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno’

Venice Film Review: ‘Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno’
Late in “Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno,” two characters make plans for a quiet, home-cooked pasta dinner. Just tomatoes, basil and garlic for the sauce, slow-cooked until rich and integrated in flavor: It’s critical, they agree, that it takes its time to simmer. Abdellatif Kechiche’s filmmaking often follows a similar recipe of everyday components turned flavorfully complex with the patient investment of time: It’s how his Palme d’Or-winning “Blue is the Warmest Color” turned an ostensibly simple story of first love and heartbreak into a human odyssey of intricate interior detail. Another gorgeous three-hour study of young, attractively housed hearts in often turbulent motion, “Mektoub” is a frequently seductive sensory epic of equivalent ambition, yet despite its woozily pleasurable set pieces, the fraught emotions binding them are less urgent, and the perspective of its protagonist far less immediate.

Somehow Kechiche — loosely adapting the novel “La blessure, la
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Celebrate Neil Diamond's 50th Anniversary Tour with These 7 Fascinating Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

Celebrate Neil Diamond's 50th Anniversary Tour with These 7 Fascinating Stories Behind His Biggest Hits
Neil Diamond will always be a classic gem in the rock business.

With over 130 million albums sold, multiple Grammy wins and a spot in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the 76-year old singer is currently celebrating more than half a century in the music industry with his 50th Anniversary tour. To join in his festivities, here are the stories behind some of Diamond’s biggest hits.

1. “Red Red Wine” (1967)

Though the song was first recorded by Diamond, UB40 recorded this song as a cover of the Tony Tribe 1969 reggae version.

UB40 didn’t realize until after it topped
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Horror Highlights: Exhumed Films’ 35mm Marathon, Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Godzilla Faq, Ghastlies, Mountain Fever

Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.

Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!

Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema.
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Prince Charles Called His Marriage to Princess Diana a ‘Greek Tragedy’ in Letter to Nancy Reagan

Prince Charles Called His Marriage to Princess Diana a ‘Greek Tragedy’ in Letter to Nancy Reagan
Turns out, Prince Charles and Nancy Reagan were pen pals.

The royal and the former First Lady met during a his visit to the White House in May 1981, just two months before Charles’s wedding to Princess Diana. He visited again in 1985, along with Diana. (It was on this trip that Diana had her famed dance with John Travolta.) After the trip concluded, they kept up a correspondence, which endured until Reagan’s death last year.

In one of these many letters, Charles shared details about the downfall of his marriage to Diana, likening it to a “Greek tragedy.”

“One
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Dan Auerbach Talks Going to the Musical Wellspring for Waiting on a Song, and His Recording 'Addiction'

Dan Auerbach Talks Going to the Musical Wellspring for Waiting on a Song, and His Recording 'Addiction'
At a time when few contemporary rock stars roam the Earth, Dan Auerbach stands out as an anomaly—both a purveyor of gut-punching guitar leads with the Black Keys, and also an audio artisan with a relentless commitment to his craft. Both qualities have elevated him to a Madison Square Garden headliner and one of the most in-demand record producers in the industry. Sometimes accused of standing on the shoulders of classic rock giants who have come before, Auerbach went straight to the source on his second solo disc, Waiting on a Song.

After taking a break from years of relentless touring,
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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances
Bob Dylan turns 76 today and we’re ranking Dylan’s 10 best film performances, dating back half a century to 1967. The key word is “performances,” which encompass acting work, concert films, and documentaries. It’s often hard to know when Dylan is acting and when he’s being himself (whoever that is), but whenever the iconic singer-songwriter appears on film, one thing’s for certain: you’re watching a performance.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Gets Deluxe Treatment With New Blu-ray Set

For this reason, we’re lumping everything together, ranking the films based on the depth and richness of performance. It was hard not to include the televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco, which sees Dylan effortlessly (and hilariously) shoot down reporters’ attempts to have him label himself, but we limited this list to feature-length films. Don’t look for Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” or any
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