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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. His legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
See full article at Variety - TV News »

The Top Five Uses of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” in Movies

Something about this song is just fun, bouncy, and inescapably humorous. It probably wasn’t meant to be that way, as Rupert Holmes was writing about a man that had lost the fire in his marriage and was looking for something exciting to come his way. In films this song has become something of a parody considering that it just a very laid back and relaxed tune that almost anyone can sing. So not everyone wants to leave their boring humdrum life, but they can at least enjoy a song that makes them feel somewhat relaxed right where they are. 5.

The Top Five Uses of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” in Movies
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Gwen Stefani Makes a Surprise Appearance at Crash My Playa with Boyfriend Blake Shelton

Gwen Stefani Makes a Surprise Appearance at Crash My Playa with Boyfriend Blake Shelton
Now it’s a party!

As if a Blake Shelton concert isn’t enough fun on its own, the 40-year-old country crooner made his encore on Saturday at Crash My Playa — Luke Bryan‘s music festival in Riviera Maya, Mexico — one for the record books.

When Shelton covered the song “Footloose” during his encore, he brought girlfriend Gwen Stefani onstage to help him out.

The surprise performer didn’t stop there. Stefani then led the crowd while singing No Doubt’s 2001 hit “Hella Good.”

“Holy! That’s Gwen Stefani for real,” Shelton said after Stefani, 47, exited the stage while blowing him a kiss.
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Listen to the Groovy Full Soundtrack For Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys’

When it comes to studio features, there are few we’re anticipating more this year than Shane Black‘s return to the crime drama/comedy with The Nice Guys. Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, its red band trailer was a complete delight and today we have the groovy soundtrack from the ’70s-set film.

Revealed over at iam8bit, they’ve shared details on its double LP release, which comes with a 3D centerfold, a pin-up poster, liner notes, and more. Perfectly setting the tone, the 15-track release features Bee Gees, The Temptations, Kiss, Kool & The Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kiss, The Band, and more. Thanks to our friend Drew Morton, who’s put together a playlist on Spotify with all the tracks.

Get listening below as we await the film, which is rumored to stop by Cannes before it opens in May:

1. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
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The Nutty Professor Cast Will Reunite at Birdland for NYC Debut on 2/15

On February 15 7Pm, The Broadway at Birdland concert series will present the award-winning cast of the 2012 world premiere production of Nutty Professor, the musical written by Rupert Holmes and the late, great Marvin Hamlisch. Julius Kelp, the social-misfit egghead college Professor, becomes committed to changing himself for the better after meeting progressive and idealistic transfer student Stella Purdy. He concocts a potion that transforms him into crooner, the suave and slick Buddy Love. His radical solution for a personal upgrade works, but not as he predicted. Nutty Professor has a book and lyrics by Tony winner Rupert Holmes and music by the late Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch, who died unexpectedly during the world premiere Nashville run.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Photo Flash: James Naughton, Tom Wopat, and More Lead Secondhand Lions Reading

BroadwayWorld previously reported that Secondhand Lions, featuring a book by Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes and music and lyrics by First Date composers Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, got a New York City reading June 18-19. Presented by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the musical, which played at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in 2013, was directed again by Scott Schwartz. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the reading, starring James Naughton and Tom Wopat, below
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Sail Away: The Oral History of 'Yacht Rock'

Sail Away: The Oral History of 'Yacht Rock'
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, musical artists like Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto, Hall and Oates, and dozens of others regularly popped up on each other's records, creating a golden era of smooth-music collaboration.

And 10 years ago (June 26th, 2005), an internet phenomenon was born. In 12 short but memorable episodes — first via the the short-film series Channel 101 and then online — Jd Ryznar, Hunter Stair, Dave Lyons, Lane Farnham and their friends redefined an era and coined a term for the sultry croonings of McDonald, Fagen, et al.
See full article at Rolling Stone »

James Naughton, Tom Wopat & More to Take Part in Secondhand Lions Musical Reading

BroadwayWorld has just learned thatSecondhand Lions, featuring a book by Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes and music and lyrics by First Date composers Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, will get a New York City reading today and tomorrow, June 18-19. Presented by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the musical, which played at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in 2013, will be directed again by Scott Schwartz.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Thomas Jane in Talks to Star in AMC’s 1960s Drama Mad Men

There has been a lot of buzz regarding AMC's upcoming series Mad Men, which will take place at a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s. Though not much else is known about it yet, the project comes from Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos), which seems to set a high bar. It has been reported today that Thomas Jane (The Punisher) is in talks to star as the male lead for the series, a character named "Don Draper." Though Weiner has said he's looking for an unknown to play the part (while AMC prefers a film star), Jane is overdue for the opportunity to lead a series, and Mad Men might be a great fit. (Jane has done a few period pieces before, including Boogie Nights). Mad Men would mark AMC's first foray into original scripted programming since The Lot, a lamentable comedy which ran for two seasons (that nobody watched), and Remember WENN,
See full article at Collider.com »

James Gunn Reveals Original Mix Tape from Guardians Of The Galaxy

James Gunn has quickly jumped up to the top of my favorite directors list. Not just because of the awesome film's he has directed, like Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither, but because he is a freaking cool guy. Gunn is also heavily connected with social media, and today, as promised, he revealed the original Awesome Mix Vol. 1 for Guardians of the Galaxy on Facebook. Here's his reveal and breakdown of the the music:

For the first time, the Entire Awesome Mix Volume 1

In honor of this new Facebook like page, I thought I'd give you what many of you have been asking for for so long. When Chris Pratt and I started working together on Guardians of the Galaxy, I gave him a mixed tape (okay, I admit, a mixed CD) of Awesome Mix Volume 1, that he could listen to endlessly, so he'd know it backwards and forwards, just
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Photo Coverage: Inside the Ascap Foundation Awards Ceremony

The Ascap Foundation Awards Ceremony was held at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Broadwayworld was there. This years recipient of the Masters Award was composer John Corigliano. Mr. Corigliano has also won fiver Grammy's a Pulitzer Prize the Grawemeyer Award and an Academy Award for his many scores and compositions. Rupert Holmes, Composer, Playwright, lyricist, mystery novelist, arranger-conductor, screenwriter, record producer and singer-songwriter received the Foundations George M. Cohan Award which is made possible by the Friars Foundation.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Awesome Mix Tape Volume 5: Best Soundtracks & Scores of 2014

Back in August, I released a mix tape consisting of the best tracks, from the best movie soundtracks and best scores of the first half of 2014. This here, is the entire mix consisting of the best songs heard in movies all year long.

Note: If you’ve already heard the first half, simply skip ahead one hour in. Enjoy!

Playlist:

Phase 1

Guardians of the Galaxy Clip

The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Clip

Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Alexandre Desplat – “Godzilla Main Theme”

Marco Beltrami – “We Go Forward” (Snowpiercer)

Snowpiercer Clip

Hot Blood – “Soul Dracula” (Only Lovers Left Alive)

Only Lovers Left Alive Clip

James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)

Get On Up Movie Clip

Elvis Presley – “You’re the Devil in Disquise
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Men, Women & Children review – Jason Reitman’s patchwork of digital lives

Juno director Jason Reitman makes a spirited attempt to capture the essence of modern digital life, as porn-addicted husband Adam Sandler finds he’s not the only one seeking online solace

• First look review

Erin Cressida Wilson on her education in erotica

There’s a funny YouTube compilation from dozens of modern thrillers and horror films, simply showing panicky people all saying: “My cellphone! I can’t get a signal!” Modern movie-making is unhappy about modern digital devices messing up traditional plot devices. Cyber-interconnectedness is spoiling solitude, ruining jeopardy. So this movie from director Jason Reitman and his co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson (which they adapted from the 2011 novel by Chad Kultgen) is an interesting, spirited, if finally rather sentimental attempt to tackle this issue and set it to rest. It wants to show 21st-century lives being lived out on screen and online, with both older and younger generations now dependent on the web.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

You Can (Legally) Download the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack for Free

  • Moviefone
The soundtrack to "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," was integrated seamlessly throughout the film, and today only, fans waiting to get their hands on the tunes can download the entire thing for free.

In promotion of digital copies of the flick going on sale this week, Marvel has partnered with Google Play to offer a free (and legal -- we're looking at you, pirates) download of the soundtrack. It features all the songs loaded up on Peter Quill's Walkman, including Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and the song that dancing baby Groot just couldn't get enough of: Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." The full tracklist is as follows:

1. "Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Swede

2. "Go All the Way" - Raspberries

3. "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum

4. "Moonage Daydream" - David Bowie

5. "Fooled Around and
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Dust off that Walkman: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack to be issued on cassette

  • Hitfix
Dust off that Walkman: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack to be issued on cassette
(Cbr) When Mondo announced early this month that it will release the hit soundtrack "Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1" on deluxe vinyl, a common response was, “That’s great, but shouldn’t it be on cassette?” Well, now it will be, undoubtedly leading to refrains of, “What’s a cassette?” According to Billboard, the limited-edition release from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will arrive Nov. 17, exclusively to independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. The first cassette released by Disney Music Group since 2003, it will remain available through Dec. 31. Each cassette will come with a digital-download version of the soundtrack. Debuting July 29, the soundtrack to Marvel’s blockbuster space adventure spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200; it’s the first soundtrack consisting entirely of previously released songs to reach the top of the chart. According to Billboard, "Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1" has sold more than 543,000 copies.
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Guardians of the Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1 to be released on cassette

It has become a common theme with some movies to release a soundtrack on vinyl as a collector’s item, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (now their third biggest grossing movie) is set to release theirs on cassette.

In the movie, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) listens to a cassette named Awesome Mix Volume 1 throughout the movie, which will soon be yours to own. It will be the first cassette produced and released by Disney since 2003.

Here’s the track listing:

1. Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling”

2. Raspberries – “Go All the Way”

3. Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky”

4. David Bowie – “Moonage Daydream”

5. Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”

6. 10cc – “I’m Not in Love”

7. Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

8. Redbone – “Come and Get Your Love”

9. The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”

10. Rupert Holmes – “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)”

11. The Five Stairsteps – “O-o-h Child”

12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t
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Top 10 Musicals That Should Be Made Into Movies

There are two upcoming movie musicals that, for a long time, I've wanted to make into motion pictures, should someone with money be willing to give me the funds to make them -- Into The Woods and The Last 5 Years. I'm both nervous and excited to see how directors Rob Marshall and Richard Lagravenese, respectfully, have interpreted the material I hold so close to my heart. I am especially nervous for Into The Woods, given Marshall's less than impressive track record. If someone is going to screw up something I cherish, it should be me. Of course, there are far more than two musicals I have a deep connection to. Some have already been made into films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Miserables, but there is a vast collection of musicals I have thought could make fantastic films, but have never been made.
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Mondo Reveals Art and Specs for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vinyl

Mondo has announced that they will be releasing the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack on vinyl, and they've revealed the art and specs for it. This is one of the best movies I've seen this year, and one of the things I loved about it most was the soundtrack and how that music played an important part of telling the story. That walkman and those songs were like characters themselves.

The art you see above was created by Tyler Stout, and one of the other cool things about the vinyl release is that each one will come randomly packed with one of the following 9 mini prints. They are currently taking pre-orders right here.

Below you will find the full press release:

Mondo, under license from Marvel Music and Hollywood Records, unleashes the cooler than cool 1970s soundtrack on vinyl from the blockbuster hit space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy.
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That's What That Song Is Called?!

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Mention "Baba O'Riley" in casual conversation, and most people won't have any idea what song you are talking about. But if you refer to The Who's track as "'that teenage wasteland' song," you'll get knowing nods. Same goes for Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" (that "there's something happening here" song), Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" (that "motorin'!" song), and Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" (that "Annie, are you Ok?" song). We all know them; we might even know the lyrics. We certainly don't Shazam them, because they're so familiar. But what if you actually had to find them on Spotify? Don't worry: I've put together a playlist of my 20 favorite nonobvious song titles, or "that's what that song is called?!" songs, here for your listening pleasure. To listen to the playlist below, download the free Spotify software or app. Track List: "Baba O'Riley," The Who "For What It's Worth,
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