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Robert Altman’s Nashville resurfaces for the home video market in a nicely packaged DVD/Blu-ray combo set from Criterion. A Best Picture nominee from 1975, this sprawling satire both lampoons and laments the American Dream, which was beginning to show signs of serious leakage – if not outright rupture – by the mid 1970s. An American president, who two years earlier had been reelected by one of the largest margins in the nation’s history, had just resigned in disgrace while a long, bloody and bitterly divisive war had been revealed as corrupt and pointless. Yet, to the array of hopeful goofballs in Nashville, America was still the land of opportunity; its dark and dank country music venues the key to quick fame and easy riches.
As conceived by Altman and writer Joan Tewksbury, everything about Nashville is larger than life. From its massive melange of roughly two dozen principle characters to »
- David Anderson
var brightcovevideoid = '2855932040001'; Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom rose from humble beginnings to become two of the world's most powerful and visionary leaders, were honored Wednesday by President Obama with the nation's highest civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The honors were bestowed on a day during which Obama honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who created the award, by laying a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday. The day of tributes began at the White House, where Obama awarded the »
- Associated Press
We can now add Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient to Oprah Winfrey's extremely impressive resume. Calling the Own founder "the pinnacle of the entertainment universe," President Barack Obama awarded Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of 16 he bestowed on luminaries including former President Bill Clinton, country star Loretta Lynn, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, baseball legend Ernie Banks and astronaut Sally Ride. The touching ceremony took place in the East Room on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Winfrey's fellow Chicagoan praised the media mogul before presenting her with the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian. "In more than 4,500 episodes of her »
Oprah Winfrey is set to receive the nation's highest civilian honor on Wednesday from President Barack Obama. In a White House ceremony, 16 people "who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours" will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Other entertainers selected this year are country singer Loretta Lynn and jazz musician Arturo Sandoval. Former President Bill Clinton, baseball player Ernie Banks, newspaper editor Ben Bradlee, basketball coach Dean Smith, and activist Gloria Steinem will also be honored. CNN. Frank Darabont, former showrunner for the zombie blockbuster "The Walking Dead," refers to AMC executives as "sociopaths" for firing him in 2011. In several interviews while promoting his new TNT program "Mob City," his ouster has been a hot topic for journalists. He added, "I haven't seen an episode...since 2011. I had to take some time off after that to really reassess everything, to really get ove »
Sometimes, you just need a break. So appears to be the case for country music legend Loretta Lynn. After experiencing quite the busy schedule, the 81-year-old has decided to postpone two upcoming shows in Iowa. According to her rep, the "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer is being treated for exhaustion, but hopes to perform again very soon. "Lynn started feeling poorly midway through her three week tour," the statement read on her official website. "Loretta is a pro and wants to give her fans the best show possible. She felt she physically was unable to do that." Despite her health, Lynn is planning to reschedule both Iowa shows for a later day and hopes fans will understand »
Country music legend Loretta Lynn is postponing two shows in Iowa because of exhaustion. A statement from Lynn's representative on the singer's website says the 81-year-old singer started feeling poorly midway through her three-week tour and is taking some time off to be treated. "Loretta is a pro and wants to give her fans the best show possible," the rep said. "She felt she was physically unable to do that." The statement says Lynn, who just finished a Canadian tour, is rescheduling both Iowa shows. Last year, the singer postponed two shows to undergo more physical therapy following total knee replacement surgery. »
- Associated Press
Lee Daniels appears to have modeled his movie on a visit to Madame Tussauds. The historical impersonation as Oscar horse is something new
• First look review: The Butler
• Video: Whitaker and Winfrey at the Butler premiere
• Gallery: all the presidents' men
When did acting turn into a sub-category of karaoke? When Robin Williams first turns up as Dwight Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' The Butler, his face saggy with prostheses and floured like an overbaked pizza, it draws giggles from the audience. This sort of star turn requires a certain amount of time for audiences to acclimatise; the same giggles greeted the sight of Leonardo DiCaprio, looking like an aged liverwurst as J Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's 2009 biopic. Half an hour in and we had adjusted.
- Tom Shone
Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Gloria Steinem are among the 16 recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House announced in a press release the people President Barack Obama chose to award the honor in its 50th year.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours," Obama says of the highest civilian honor. "This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation's gratitude."
In addition to the three names written above, honorees include Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Loretta Lynn, Mario Molina, Arturo Sandoval, Dean Smith, Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian and Patricia Wald. Three posthumous awards go to Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride and Daniel Inouye. »
Oprah Winfrey, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, Loretta Lynn, Arturo Sandoval and former President Bill Clinton are to be among those honored this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House said today. President Obama named five as among 16 recipients of the medal, which was established by President Kennedy and this year has its 50th anniversary. Also read: President Obama Doesn't Want Kids Thinking Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Is 'The Mark of Success' Among other winners are Gloria Steinem, former U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Richard Lugar, Astronaut »
- Ira Teinowitz
Oprah Winfrey is among the recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, joining a group that includes former President Bill Clinton, jazz musician Arturo Sandoval and country singer Loretta Lynn.
The Medal of Freedom, established by President John F. Kennedy, is the highest civilian honor.
The White House also announced 12 other recipients, including baseball great Ernie Banks, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, psychologist Daniel Kahneman, former senator Richard Lugar, chemist Mario Molina, basketball coach Dean Smith, women’s activist Gloria Steinem, civil rights organizer C.T. Vivian and judge Patricia Wald. Astronaut Sally Ride, senator Daniel Inouye and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin were named posthumous recipients.
Winfrey was a key supporter of Barack Obama’s in his first campaign for president. Her endorsement was followed by a series of campaign appearances and fundraisers.
- Ted Johnson
Sixteen individuals were named recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom today, including media mogul Oprah Winfrey, veteran Washington Post journalist Ben Bradlee, former President Bill Clinton, and country singer Loretta Lynn. The award established 50 years ago by President Kennedy is the country’s highest civilian honor given to Americans who’ve made contributions “to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Winfrey’s honor comes just a week before she takes to screens in the White House drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Also named among this year’s honorees: Baseball player Ernie Banks, Senator Daniel Inouye (posthumous), Nobel Prize-winning scholar Daniel Kahneman, Senator Richard Lugar, Nobel Prize-winning chemist and environmental scientist Mario Molina, astronaut Sally Ride (posthumous), civil rights activist Bayard Rustin (posthumous), jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, ex-unc basketball coach Dean Smith, Gloria Steinem, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Surprise! That prickly, cruel and oft-wise entertainment mogul Simon Cowell is going to be a dad. And more shocking still, the new mother is the wife of one of his good friends, a touchy detail that elicited surprise this week. But enough about just him, here are the five stories that sparked strongest reactions from readers this past week - the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and even saying 'Wow'! Keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think! After 75 loving years together, California couple Helena and Les Brown, »
- Andrea Billups
So sad! Country great Loretta Lynn has survived her daughter, who died from complications of emphysema.
Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, has died at age 64, according to a family representative.
Loretta Lynn’s Daughter Dies From Emphysema At 64
Betty Sue died on July 29 from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn., near Loretta’s ranch home in Hurricane Mills, according to People magazine.
The country star’s family issued a statement on Facebook, saying, “The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love, and support of our family’s loss. Betty was Loretta’s oldest daughter. Betty leaves two daughters Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer.” Betty is also survived by five grandchildren.
Loretta, 81, who is known as “The First Lady of Country Music,” has charted 16 number-one hits, including ”Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “You Ain’t Woman Enough, »
Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, died this week.
According to the Associated Press, Lynn, 64, died Monday in Tennessee from complications of emphysema.
As news of Lynn's death spread, friends of the family, including country music star Reba McEntire, as well as fans of the Grammy award-winning singer have taken to social media to express their condolences.
The Lynn family posted a message on Facebook Monday, thanking well-wishers for their "prayers, love, and support."
Betty Sue Lynn is the second of Loretta Lynn's children to predecease her. According to an earlier People magazine report, Lynn's 34-year-old son Jack Benny Lynn drowned on the family's property in 1984.
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Nashville, Tenn. -- A family representative says Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, has died. She was 64.
According to the statement from the family, Lynn died Monday from complications of emphysema in Waverly, »
- Dominique Mosbergen
Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country music legend Loretta Lynn, passed away Monday (July 29) at the age of 64, a family representative says in a statement.
The publicist says Lynn died from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn, which is near her mother's home in Hurricane Mills.
"Loretta and her family thank friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss," says the statement.
Lynn and her late husband, Oliver, had six children together -- Betty Sue, Clara, 62, Ernest, 54, and twins Peggy and Patsy, 49, plus a son, Jack, who died in 1984.
Betty Sue is survived by daughters Lynn and Audrey, and five grandchildren. »
A family representative says Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, has died. She was 64. According to the statement from the family, Lynn died Monday from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn., near her mother's ranch in Hurricane Mills. Loretta Lynn, who has six children, was born in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and chronicled her life in an autobiography and song, both titled "Coal Miner's Daughter." The country star's family issued a statement on Facebook Monday, thanking fans for their support. "The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love, and support of our family’s loss, »
- Associated Press
Loretta Lynn is mourning the loss of one of her children. The country singer's eldest daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, has died at the age of 64 from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn. "The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love, and support of our family’s loss," the 81-year-old's family wrote on Facebook Monday, July 29. "Betty leaves two daughters Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer." The singer, who chronicled her life in the film, Coal Miner's Daughter, has six children altogether, including Clara Marie, 62, Ernest Ray, 54, [...] »
Nashville -- A family representative says Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, has died. She was 64. According to the statement from the family, Lynn died Monday from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn., near her mother's ranch in Hurricane Mills. Loretta Lynn, who has six children, was born in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and chronicled her life in an autobiography and song, both titled "Coal Miner's Daughter." Betty Sue Lynn is survived by two daughters, Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dryer, and five grandchildren. The statement said the family is thankful to friends and
- The Associated Press
The 2013 Cmt Awards flew by in a rush of big hats and southern accents, and what a sweet cavalcade of talent it was! Jason Aldean mixed it up with Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow presented the biggest award of the night with Kenny Rogers, and Video of the Year winners Lady Antebellum thrilled me by putting vocalist Charles Kelley in the hottest, tightest pants imaginable. Call me John Denver, because when it comes to sexual tastes, thank God I’m a country boy.
Today, I’m hoping to reach out to non-country fans with a definitive list: the 10 greatest moments in country music for gay guys who don’t care about country music. These 10 historic things will make you care, gents! Kick up your imaginary spurs and pour yer’self a cup of ambition, because these country moments will impress-a-you much.
10. Olivia Newton-John is a liar who claims to be »
- Louis Virtel
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — For a couple of months now, Sheryl Crow has been loading her two young boys aboard a bus and taking off on a tour of country music radio stations around the country. She's visiting with DJs and programming directors, playing a few songs live, then hopping back on the bus to do it again a few hours down the road. It reminds her, fittingly, of a scene from "Coal Miner's Daughter," the life story of Loretta Lynn. "It really is like the scene where Doo zips up Loretta's dress and she runs in with her new acetate, »
- Chris Talbott (AP)
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