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Chuck Berry Dead at 90: Watch Scenes With His Music in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Back to the Future’

19 March 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 in Missouri, Variety reports. The 90-year-old guitarist was a cornerstone of rock and roll music, with energetic hits from the ’50s such as “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” He is also credited with perfecting onstage swagger, posing with his guitar and rocking out in a way that heavily influenced countless bands, from The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and beyond. Outside of effectively creating rock music, Berry also had a defining impact on the film industry, soundtracking two of cinema’s most iconic scenes and influencing scores of filmmakers and actors.

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Quentin Tarantino famously used “You Can Never Tell” during the Vincent and Mia dance scene in “Pulp Fiction:”

But even that cultural touchstone is eclipsed by Marty McFly’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode »

- William Earl

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‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Director Recalls Chuck Berry: ‘Most Difficult Movie Star I’ve Even Worked With’

19 March 2017 5:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Taylor Hackford, director of the 1987 concert documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll,” on Saturday paid tribute to the rock icon Chuck Berry, who died earlier that day at age 90. “Chuck Berry was the greatest creative force in the birth of Rock & Roll – that’s a fact,” the Oscar-winning director wrote. “That’s why we all came together in 1986 to celebrate him in my film, ‘Hail, Hail, Rock & Roll': Keith Richards (Music Director), Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Julian Lennon, Etta James, Robbie Robertson and Bruce Springsteen.” Hackford also acknowledged the music icon’s reputation for causing a »

- Thom Geier

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Entertainment News: Hail Hail Rocker Chuck Berry, Who Dies at 90

19 March 2017 4:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

St. Charles County, Mo – One of rock and roll music’s last living pioneers, Chuck Berry, was found dead in his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, on Mar. 18, 2017. He was the “Father of Rock ‘n Roll” for his hit songs in the 1950s, but Berry was also known for his controversies and live concert style. He was 90 years old.

Berry, along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and others in the 1950s, established the style of songs that influenced a generation of rock artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and virtually any other guitar hero who had to learn Berry’s song “Johnny B. Goode” to get to the next level. His most productive period came in Chicago, when he recorded songs that he wrote for Chess Records on the near south side. John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Chuck Berry Documentarian Taylor Hackford's Tribute to a "Diabolical, Complicated, Talented" Star

18 March 2017 9:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll is Taylor Hackford’s 1987 documentary framed around an Oct. 16, 1986, concert at the Fox Theater in St. Louis to celebrate Berry’s 60th birthday. Among those appearing were Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. To honor Berry, who died Saturday at 90, Hackford remembers the film and its central character.

Chuck was more difficult than any movie star I’ve ever worked with. More complicated, more difficult, more diabolical. Diabolical is a fitting term. At the same time, I totally loved him.

I had six days to make the entire movie work, including the concert. »

- Taylor Hackford, as told to Kim Masters

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Superman #19 Review

15 March 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review contains minor spoilers.

Whoa! If you thought Action Comics #975 entered the Twilight Zone, you haven’t seen anything yet. Superman #19 is a psychedelic trip that’s sure to inspire Keith Richards to roll up this book and smoke it. Regardless of what you think of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s stories, one thing’s for sure: they’re never boring. “Superman Reborn” part three ups the ante and sets up an exciting finale for next week’s Action Comics #976.

After the revelation that Mr. Mxyzptlk was the other Clark Kent and took Jon, Lois struggles to remember her son and her relationship with Clark. In anger, Supes calls out Mxyzptlk, who reveals Superman was split into two and challenges him to a game. The rules are simple: if Clark wins, the imp will go far away; if not, Jon will be lost forever. Superman plays the cosmic board game, »

- Sergio Pereira

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Mick Jagger's Custom-Made Velvet Pants Expected to Fetch More Than $10k at Auction (Photos)

11 February 2017 12:20 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

You want to get into Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' pants ... you can, for a hefty price. A pair of sage green velvet pants custom-made for the Rolling Stones frontman, and later shared with his bandmate, are up for auction. The slick slacks were gifted to Gram Parsons, which makes it an awesome triangle tailored for the highest bidder. Bidding begins at a grand, but Mick, Keith and Gram's trousers are expected to haul in more than $10k. »

- TMZ Staff

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Newswire: Johnny Depp close to completing transformation into mole person

10 February 2017 8:24 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Over the past couple of years, Johnny Depp has slowly begun the hubristic fall from grace third act of his inevitable Lifetime biopic starring Skeet Ulrich’s son, with the superstar who once carried billion-dollar franchises like a jaunty hat now bowing under a string of box-office failures, domestic violence allegations, potential financial ruin, and blood feuds with Australia and the chupacabra. Now it seems Depp may be taking the next, inevitable step in that transformation: becoming a mole man.

According to Us Weekly, Depp wants to connect his five neighboring cul-de-sac homes in the Hollywood Hills through “an underground tunnel system,” one that would allow him to safely move between without being seen by prying tourists or sunlight. Unfortunately, the only thing preventing Depp from constructing his massive labyrinth, then force aspiring actors to fight Keith Richards at the center of it, is that the sole remaining, non-Deppian owner »

- Sean O'Neal

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