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Venice Film Review: Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey’

Venice Film Review: Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey’
The bottom of the sea, the top of the sky, the swirling psychedelic gasses of outer space, the writhing protoplasm of inner life: When you’re gawking at images like these and they cast a spell of majestic awe, the images need no other justification, and “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey” is full of them. Written and directed by Terrence Malick, the film is a mystic love poem to the unfathomable splendor of the natural world — which, if you get close enough to it, is out of this world. The version of “Voyage of Time” that premiered tonight at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival is 90 minutes of spectacularly beautiful nature-ific eye candy. It was shot, however, as an IMAX film, and when it opens next month on IMAX screens, the version that plays there will be only 40 minutes long. (The feature-length version will be released in select international markets starting next year.
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Frank Sinatra, Jr.: Inside His Kidnapping and Life in His Father's Shadow

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Frank Sinatra, Jr.: Inside His Kidnapping and Life in His Father's Shadow
[Brightcove "4804745844001" "" "" "auto"] Frank Sinatra Jr., one of the most visible torchbearers of his father's legacy, died Wednesday at 72. Sinatra the younger was born Jan. 10, 1944. By the time he was 6, his parents had divorced. His father's heavy performance schedule - something like two films and four albums a year through the 1950s and '60s - meant that the pair didn't have a close relationship during Jr.'s early life: "He was a good father as much as it was within his power," he told The Guardian diplomatically in 2012. Regardless, Jr. followed in his father's footsteps. He'd studied music formally since the age
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Frank Sinatra, Jr.: Inside His Kidnapping and Life in His Father's Shadow

Frank Sinatra, Jr.: Inside His Kidnapping and Life in His Father's Shadow
[Brightcove "4804745844001" "" "" "auto"] Frank Sinatra Jr., one of the most visible torchbearers of his father's legacy, died Wednesday at 72. Sinatra the younger was born Jan. 10, 1944. By the time he was 6, his parents had divorced. His father's heavy performance schedule - something like two films and four albums a year through the 1950s and '60s - meant that the pair didn't have a close relationship during Jr.'s early life: "He was a good father as much as it was within his power," he told The Guardian diplomatically in 2012. Regardless, Jr. followed in his father's footsteps. He'd studied music formally since the age
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The X Factor 2015: week four, as it happened

It was Love and Heartbreak week. Two acts were eliminated, and there were enough recaps to make the whole thing seem like a giant waste of everyone’s time. Stuart Heritage liveblogged.

8.57pm GMT

Well, that’s it. Anton is gone, but we’re over halfway through so perhaps things aren’t all bad. Thanks for joining me, everyone, and don’t forget to join me next Saturday, when X Factor will inexplicably be five minutes longer than it was last night even though it has two fewer singers in it. I hate this joke of a life. Blardigan always wins.

@StuHeritage

8.56pm GMT

He was Ok, Anton, wasn’t he? I mean, I’ll never buy any of his records or listen to any of his songs or ever think of him every again, but at least he wasn’t Max Stone.

8.55pm GMT

And she does. Anton Stephans Is Going Home.
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Rod McKuen, Popular Poet and Performer of '60s and '70s, Has Died

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Rod McKuen, Popular Poet and Performer of '60s and '70s, Has Died
Rod McKuen, the scratchy-voiced poet and performer whose avalanche of lyrics and poems flooded pop culture in the '60s and '70s, died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills. He was 81. His half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said McKuen was being treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks, reports the Associated Press. McKuen songs were recorded by everyone from himself to Frank Sinatra and included "Love's Been Godo to Me," "If You Go Away," the Oscar-nominated "Jean" (from the movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), whcih he sang over the closing titles, and
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Oscar-Nominated Songwriter Rod McKuen Dies at 81

Oscar-Nominated Songwriter Rod McKuen Dies at 81
Poet, songwriter, composer and singer Rod McKuen died Thursday in Beverly Hills after suffering from pneumonia, friend and producer Jim Pierson told the L.A. Times. McKuen was 81.

McKuen was twice-nominated for Oscars, first for the song “Jean” from the film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” in 1970, which won him a Golden Globe, and then again in 1971 for his work on the animated film “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”; he also received a Grammy nomination for his work with the team that included Vince Guaraldi.

Born in Oakland, McKuen moved to Paris in the 1960s, where he wrote poetry before returning to the U.S. where he worked as a poet, singer and film composer in the late ’60s and throughout the 1970s. His hit songs “If You Go Away” and “Seasons in the Sun” (performed by Terry Jacks) were based on Jacques Brel works and he also translated other French songwriters into English.
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Gene Ween readies solo album inspired by poet-songwriter Rod McKuen

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Gene Ween (Aka Aaron Freeman) has long been known to cult music fans as one-half of the restlessly prolific genre-mashers Ween, and he's ready to strike out on his own, announcing his upcoming, first-ever solo record. "Marvelous Clouds" (Partisan Records) includes 13 interpretations of songs written by poet/songwriter Rod McKuen. The album reunites reunites Freeman with Ben Vaughn, producer of the Ween's 1996 album "12 Golden Country Greats." McKuen was a beat poet-turned-songwriter who earned two Oscar nominations, one Pulitzer nomination, and sold millions of books and records. Freeman isn't the first singer to cover McKuen; his songs have been recorded...
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DVD: DVD: A Boy Named Charlie Brown / Snoopy, Come Home!

Like the early Peanuts holiday specials, the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown can sneak up on a viewer. Early on, it’s little more than an adaptation of a few unconnected Charles Schulz strips, intercut with musical interludes. Vince Guaraldi’s score—arranged by John Scott Trotter, and peppered with Rod McKuen songs—is more lavish than the music in the TV series, and the tone’s more sentimental than befits Peanuts. But then the movie develops a plot, having to do with Charlie Brown’s effort to prove he’s not useless by winning a spelling ...
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