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So when the bartender starts tickling the ivories, the result is a “Piano Man”-esque tune in which he waxes philosophical (and, to be honest, a little pessimistic) about his life in West Covina, Calif.
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You might think that after 42 years Billy Joel would tire of singing about Paul who's a real-estate novelist and Davy who's still in the Navy. But the iconic tune "Piano Man" never gets old for him. Originally released in 1973, it is one of the Grammy Award–winning singer’s most popular hits. Singing the same song at every gig doesn’t annoy him — it’s a part of his life’s work. “It’s not a job you get bored in: We’ll play similar material at various gigs but it’s always so different,” he said in a conversation with New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten Sunday night. “There’s always a different dynamic, a different ambiance in the room, the audience is different, you’re different that night.”Unsurprisingly, the song was born in a piano bar. Years ago Joel took a job playing in L.A.’s Executive Room. »
- Katie Levingston
Taylor Swift isn’t the only arena act with famous friends. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer joined Billy Joel on stage at Chicago’s Wrigley Field Thursday for a performance of his hit “Uptown Girl,” adding some dance moves to the music and lyrics. At first, the two did some apparently loosely choreographed maneuvers with other concertgoers, as Joel sang at an upright mic. Soon, the actresses’ shoes came off and they hopped up on the “Piano Man” singer’s actual baby grand, offering up some more cautious steps. Afterward, while Lawrence daringly jumped down on her own from on high, »
- Tony Maglio
Last night, talk-show savant Kevin Spacey told Jimmy Fallon about accompanying Billy Joel onstage when the Long Island legend was awarded the Gershwin Prize last November and Spacey was asked to sing at the event. Spacey had wanted to cover Joel's iconic dive-bar downer “Piano Man,” scourge of karaoke nights everywhere, but was turned down. However, when Spacey asked if he could perform the harmonica on “Piano Man” with Joel, the musician agreed, with the only minor caveat being that Spacey could only "sort of" play the instrument. (Bruce Willis never has this problem.)So Spacey taught himself how to play the song over a month, driving the House of Cards cast and crew crazy. "Every moment I was off-camera I was learning the harmonica part." Watch Spacey tell the story and convincingly rock a mouth harp below: And here's Spacey performing at the concert with Joel. It's way better »
- Greg Cwik
Introducing Della Rose Joel. A little over a month after Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick surprised their family and friends with a Fourth of July barbeque-turned-wedding at Joel’s Long Island estate, the couple welcomed a newborn baby girl – and today, we’re getting our first look at her. The couple just released a new photo of the little cutie, just two days after the “Piano Man” singer’s fourth wife delivered the couple’s first child together on Aug. 12 in New York. The scrumptious bundle of joy reportedly weighed in at 7 lbs., 6.5 oz. Baby Della is Joel’s second child. He had his first daughter, 29-year-old singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, in 1985 with then-wife Christie Brinkley. Clearly, age is only a number for the 66-year-old "Uptown Girl" crooner, whose equestrian wife is 33 years his younger. Wonder what Alexa thinks of having a step-mom who’s only four years older than her? »
- tooFab Staff
Uptown baby! Billy Joel and his wife, Alexis Joel, have welcomed their first child together, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. The couple's newborn daughter was born at 2:40 a.m. in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Baby girl Della Rose Joel weighed in at 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces. The couple announced back in April that they were expecting. The "Piano Man" singer, 66, and his wife, 33, began dating in 2009 and tied the knot at his Long Island estate this Fourth of July. They "surprised guests at [...] »
"Juice" was Ernest Dickerson's feature film directorial debut, released in 1992; he also co-wrote the script with Gerard Brown. After being behind Spike Lee's camera, as cinematographer on just about all his film's up until that point, with "Juice" Dickerson had seemingly arrived as a director at the front of what was then (early 1990s) an exciting new wave of black filmmakers who would go on to make hay over the following years. It was also the film that introduced Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur (who was, at the time, an *unknown* as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground) - both in breakout performances, joined in front of the camera by Jermaine »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You've probably been hearing a lot about a little movie called Dope lately, especially as it gears up to hit theaters this weekend. But one thing that's not being talked about as much as it should is the unbelievably dope soundtrack that comes along with the film. And if you're any kind of fan of '90s hip-hop, then let us introduce you to your favorite movie soundtrack of the summer. We're talking Naughty By Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Digital Underground, and Nas -- not to mention four brand-new songs written by Pharrell Williams and performed by the fictional band in the movie, Awreeoh (pronounced "Oreo"). Go ahead and get yourself some of this... What is Dope? The best way to describe Dope is to envision...
- Erik Davis
Photo: Open Road Films Of all the films coming out this over the course of the summer, Dope is easily one of my most anticipated. Following a trio of nerdy, '90s hip-hop obsessed high schoolers growing up in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood, Dope was widely praised at Sundance, and distributor Open Road seems quite confident in Rick Famuyiwa's coming-of-age comedy-drama, which ups my interest even more. The studio is devoting quite a bit of attention to the film, releasing numerous trailers and clips online, as well as several TV spots to try to ramp up anticipation ahead of Dope's wide release on June 19. Now Open Road has debuted character posters for the film's main players, including Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman and Blake Anderson, all of which you can check out below (via Fandango). I personally think they're pretty cool, »
- Jordan Benesh
" 'Dope' is both intelligent and crowd-pleasing, and its vintage soundtrack will attract a wider crowd beyond an indie audience," Rodrigo Perez wrote in his review of the movie out of the Sundance Film Festival. Today, the details for the Pharrell Wliliams curated soundtrack have arrived, and yes, these are perfect for a summer playlist, especially for hip hop heads. Read More: Watch: First Clip From Sundance Sensation 'Dope' The soundtrack is packed with classic tunes from hip hop's golden era, with tracks from Digital Underground, Naughty By Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Public Enemy, Digable Planets, plus a couple of new school jams. Also featured are Awreeoh, the band made up by the characters in the film played by Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons. All told, this is one dope (sorry, but not really) collection of tunes. "Dope" opens on June 19th with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Billy Joel and his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, are expecting a girl! Alexis is set to give birth to their first child together this Summer, a rep for Billy confirmed to People. The "Piano Man" singer, 65, and the risk assessment officer, 33, reportedly started dating in 2009 following Billy's split from his third wife, television food critic Katie Lee. Billy is father to Alexa Ray Joel, 29, his daughter with ex-wife Christie Brinkley. Congratulations on your new chapter, Billy and Alexis! »
Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick are expecting their first child together. The 'Piano Man' hitmaker, who already has 29-year-old daughter Alexa Ray Joel with supermodel ex-wife Christie Brinkley, is reportedly ''thrilled'' that his long-term girlfriend, 33, is pregnant. A spokesperson for the 65-year-old star confirmed the news, and a source close to the couple told People.com: ''Billy is thrilled to become a dad again.'' The duo plan to keep further details about their unborn baby under-wraps until after the birth. The singer started dating former banker Alexis in 2009 and rumours began swirling that they got engaged earlier this year. A source told Star magazine in February: ''They're looking at a summer wedding. He's happier than ever.'' The musician presented Alexis with a diamond ring more than two years ago, but is said to have only asked her to marry him recently. The insider added: ''That ring »
There's something about characters from our childhoods rapping to sick beats that is so entertaining. A few weeks ago, someone made a Dinosaurs-Notorious B.I.G. mashup, and now, courtesy of YouTube user isthishowyougoviral, the Muppets have taken on Digital Underground's 1990 hit, "The Humpty Dance." It's the same person who brought us the Muppets singing Beastie Boys and Rowlf's version of Biz Markie, so you know it's good. »
Best. Bff. Battle. Ever. Before we say goodbye to Abbi and Ilana in tonight's season finale of Broad City (Boo! Hiss!), we're sharing a special treat (no, not weed brownies, though that would make the duo proud!) with y'all: an exclusive first look at the show's co-creators and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer facing off and lip-syncing for their lives on Spike's new game show Lip Sync Battle, premiering April 2. While Abbi takes on Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance," rapping about how she "once got busy in a Burger King bathroom," a line which could easily make for a great Broad City storyline, Ilana decides to go with "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls. »
Ever wish The Voice‘s Blind Auditions were shown in strict chronological order?
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Chris Soules is The Bachelor! After a bittersweet exit from Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, is searching for love once again on ABC's hit franchise. Chris, 33, will be blogging for People.com every week about the women, the dates and the difficult decisions he'll make on his journey to love. So check back every week, and follow Chris on Twitter.Getting ready for the rose ceremony in Deadwood was tough because I was pretty sure I knew who I was going to send home, but I did want to spend more time with »
- Chris Soules, @c_soules
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