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'Let It Snow' Song -- Songwriters Say Screw That ... Make it Rain, Bitch!

9 December 2014 4:42 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The 2 famous songwriters who penned one of the most famous Christmas classics ever are at each other's throats -- beyond the grave -- 70 years after they dropped the tune."Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" -- which has been covered by Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin, Carly Simon and many others -- has made untold millions over the years.  The songwriters -- Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne -- are long dead, »

- TMZ Staff

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James Bond at the Oscars

4 December 2014 4:52 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Earlier today Sony streamed a special announcement about the forthcoming James Bond film, revealing not just the new title ("Spectre"), but a list of new cast members, including Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. And of course, we broke the news a few weeks ago that "Interstellar" cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema would be stepping into Roger Deakins' shoes behind the camera. Exciting stuff, and a good enough reason, I suppose, to look back through the history of Bond at the Oscars. Eight of the 23 007 films released to date have score nominations. But it took a couple of swings before one of them finally scored some recognition from the Academy. That happened when 1964's "Goldfinger" netted a Best Sound Effects nomination. "Thunderball" followed the next year with some Best Visual Effects respect. Both won their respective bids. The franchise then took a few years off from the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'Bond 24' is officially titled 'Spectre': Who's in the cast?

4 December 2014 2:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are not many things that would have me out of bed and waiting for them at 3:00 in the morning, but I love the Daniel Craig era of James Bond, and I'm ready for the follow-up to "Skyfall." Sony's done a tremendous job of treating James Bond like the crown jewel of the company, and they're treating this next movie like a major event. My guess is that we're not going to have too many more films with Craig playing the role, so I want each one to be special at this point. The live-stream began about ten minutes out from the actual event, and so far it's just Bond themes, but as the details are announced, we'll update right here and then discuss the title once the event's done. Looks like they're making the announcements at the Bond Stage at Pinewood. Fitting. I've been outside that stage, but never inside it. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Joni Mitchell Taylor Swift Rift over Girls Like Us - Just a Girl with High Cheekbones

27 November 2014 9:56 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Joni MitchellTaylor Swift Rift? Joni calls Taylor nothing more than a girl with high cheekbones. Iconic singer Joni Mitchell reveals she nixed any possible chance Taylor Swift would play her in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us. Sheila Weller's 2008 book 'Girls Like Us' tells the story of the lives of female music stars Joni, Carole King and Carly Simon and their impact on a generation of female musicians. "I squelched that," Mitchell told The Sunday Times. "I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.' It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes." Mitchell added. Ouch! Swift hasn't commented on the verbal shot and was reportedly anxious to play the role of Joni Mitchell. It was reported in 2012 that the movie was ready and Taylor had the role, but that was incorrect. According to Rolling Stone, »

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Joni Mitchell Thinks Taylor Swift Has "High Cheekbones" and Not Much Else to Offer as an Actress

26 November 2014 7:50 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate! First Bette Midler dissed Ariana Grande, then Joni Mitchell dissed Taylor Swift! In April 2012, it was reported that the "Blank Space" singer was in talks to portray the folk legend in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book focusing on the impact of Carole King, Mitchell and Carly Simon. Swift was never officially offered the role, and as the pop singer told Time that year, "The thing about movies that I've learned is—I've been reading scripts for five years, and you just don't know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren't, so I can't talk about it unless it's the real thing." Swift »

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Joni Mitchell "Squelched" Taylor Swift and Her "High Cheekbones" From Playing Her in Biopic

26 November 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

It's probably better off this way. Joni Mitchell made her sentiments about Taylor Swift clear this weekend when she told The Sunday Times that the pop star will not be playing her in any movie. In 2012, Swift, 24, was reportedly in talks to play the legendary folk artist in the film adaptation of the biography Girls Like Us, which tells the stories of legends Carole King, Carly Simon, and Mitchell. "I squelched that," Mitchell, 71, said of the biopic. "I said to the producer, 'All you've got [...] »

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Joni Mitchell ‘Squelched’ Possible Taylor Swift Casting in Biopic

25 November 2014 1:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joni Mitchell revealed that she shook off the possibility of having Taylor Swift portray her in biopic “Girls Like Us,” according to an interview with the Sunday Times.

“I squelched that,” Mitchell told the newspaper. “I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.”

Girls Like Us” was the would-be film adaptation of Sheila Weller’s book of the same name that examines the lives and music of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. Mitchell also commented on the Weller book itself, having nixed the biopic.

“There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. . .assumptions, assumptions, assumptions,” she said.

Variety reported that Swift was circling the role in April 2012. Allison Pill (“Midnight in Paris”) was reportedly in talks to play Simon at the time. Swift said in October »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Guess Why Joni Mitchell Killed That Biopic with Taylor Swift

25 November 2014 11:12 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Years ago we thought the book "Girls Like Us," a triple biography of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, was going to be turned into a movie with Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell. I sort of rooted for this. I voted for Lake Bell as Carly! Even if Taylor Swift's acting chops are unconfirmed, those three singer-songwriters are so important and timeless that I wanted a big-screen reintroduction to their greatness.  But as Joni Mitchell just confirmed with UK outlet The Sunday Times, the movie isn't happening because she put a stop to it. Here's her amazing quote about the situation: "I squelched that! I said to the producer, ’All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you don’t have the great scenes. [...] There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books. Assumptions, assumptions, assumptions."   Oh, Joni. »

- Louis Virtel

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Joni Mitchell Reveals Why She Nixed Taylor Swift-Starring Biopic

25 November 2014 10:54 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In April 2012, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to portray folk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book that focuses on the impact of Mitchell, Carol King and Carly Simon. As recently as October 2012, Swift admitted that she was still eager to play Mitchell, but the role hadn't been confirmed yet. Two years later, we finally know why the film wasn't officially greenlit: Mitchell prevented the biopic from being made.

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Joni Mitchell on Taylor Swift-starring biopic: "I squelched that"

24 November 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joni Mitchell has said that she "squelched" the idea of a biopic featuring Taylor Swift.

The 'Case Of You' singer explained that she rejected the film, which would have reportedly starred Swift as Mitchell.

"I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones'," the 71-year-old told The Sunday Times.

"It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes. There's a lot of nonsense about me in books - assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions."

Back in 2012, Swift admitted that her role in Girls Like Us - a biopic based on Sheila Weller's 2008 book of the same name, which follows the lives of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon - was "actually not confirmed".

Mitchell also rejected perceptions of herself as 'the female Dylan', saying: "I am much more original musically, and a much more original thinker."

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Carly Simon on Mike Nichols: "He Gave All He Had"

20 November 2014 3:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When Mike Nichols died at age 83 on Wednesday night, the entertainment community lost one of its brightest, funniest and most thoughtful voices. Carly Simon — who provided unforgettable music for several of his signature films, including the Oscar-winning "Let the River Run" from Working Girl — remembers Nichols as someone you could never get enough of, in a statement to Billboard. Watch more Trailers for 10 Classic Mike Nichols Films  "I could never spend enough time with Mike. His philosophies of life were truly brilliant, amusing and filled with warmth and an original take on people and love.

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- Joe Lynch, Billboard

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Taylor Swift Is Having a Bruce Springsteen Week

13 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It takes a special person to land two national magazine covers at the same time: Bruce Springsteen, Osama bin Laden ... and now Taylor Swift, whose haunting visage appears on the covers of both Time and Bloomberg Businessweek. As you might be able to tell from the respective images, only one magazine got Swift's full cooperation — Businessweek had to content themselves with a profile of Swift's label head Scott Borchetta and an aggressively cropped Getty photo of her face — but both are full of interesting tidbits nonetheless. Let's explore them!Taylor Swift recently did Carly Simon a solid. "Simon has recently purchased Swift’s old tour bus, since she doesn’t care much for flying. She says Swift gave her a discount ('the price you’d charge your sister') and even left all her linens onboard." (Time) Her home would be a terrible place for Santa to visit: "Swift, who splits »

- Nate Jones

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Watch Johnny Depp Rock Out with Marilyn Manson - "The Beautiful People"

3 November 2014 7:16 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

During Marilyn Manson's Halloween show at the Roxy in Los Angeles last Friday, audience members were treated to Johnny Depp jumping up on stage to play guitar for Manson's hit song, "The Beautiful People." Die Antwoord's Ninja also joined the party up on stage to rock out.

This wouldn't be the first time that Depp and Manson played together. Back in 2012 they performed a cover of The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" at the 4th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The two also collaborated a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” which is a bonus song on Manson’s 2012 album “Born Villain.” I didn't realize how much Depp has been getting around as a guitarist. Apparently this year he has also played with guitar with Aerosmith, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Butch Walker, and more. You can tell in this video that the actor is having a blast doing it. »

- Joey Paur

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Johnny Depp plays guitar at Marilyn Manson's Halloween show, continues to win at life

2 November 2014 10:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Johnny Depp! Where will he turn up next. The "Transcendence" star took the stage at longtime friend Marilyn Manson's Halloween show in Los Angeles on Friday night, playing guitar on a rendition of the rocker's 1996 goth-kid anthem "The Beautiful People." The shirtless guy? That's Die Antwoord rapper Ninja, who is a lot of fun at parties. Man, I love this song. Try it on the treadmill! Scowling burns extra calories. Depp and Manson previously teamed up for a 2012 cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." Manson's as-yet-untitled ninth studio album is expected for release sometime next year. Watch video of the performance below, and listen to Manson's new song "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" further down. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Bob’s Burgers Season 5 Will Feature a Titanic Moment and Lots of Holiday Cheer

10 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

At New York Comic Con, the cast behind Bob’s Burgers — including H. Jon Benjamin (Bob), John Roberts (Linda), Kristen Schaal (Louise), Eugene Mirman (Gene), and creator Loren Bouchard — celebrated the success of the show and its recent Best Animated Series Emmy win by treating fans to several secrets from the show’s upcoming episodes. Among the highlights to look out for in season five: Bob’s dad, Linda’s major makeover, and the promise of a soundtrack.

Here are more details about what we know so far:

Fans will finally meet Bob’s father

While the show has slowly fleshed out several members of the extended family, the one person fans have yet to see is Bob’s estranged dad. This season, he’ll finally make an appearance during the show’s Christmas episode, which will feature two flashbacks telling the story of their troubled relationship. “It’s the »

- Stacy Lambe

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They Got the Steely Dan T-Shirts: The Debate Continues

25 September 2014 7:45 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

As I mentioned in its introduction, my Steely Dan appreciation last week stemmed from an email exchange with several other people. And my article was not the last word by a long shot. One of the participants, Tony Alterman, is responding with his own album-by-album review, and his brother, CultureCatch's own Ian Alterman, is pitching in with his own observations. Here, with punctuation corrected and tangents omitted, is the origin of the debate and its continuation.

Tony Alterman:

Katy Lied -- Probably [Steely Dan's] fourth-best album, after Aja, Can't Buy a Thrill, and Royal Scam, in that order. Of course, fourth-best for Steely Dan is a bit like Beethoven's fourth-best symphony -- shades of difference here.


Re: Steely Dan, it might be heresy, but I think Royal Scam is better than Aja. So my order would be Royal Scam, Aja, Can't Buy a Thrill, and wouldn’t be Katy Lied. »

- SteveHoltje

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Katie Couric Crudely Slams Diane Sawyer in New Book

27 August 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A forthcoming book  on America’s most visible news women — Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Christine Amanpour — is full of juicy revelations and snarky comments from the women and about them by their co-workers and competitors. The News Sorority by Sheila Weller, an author ( Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation) and journalist, traces the careers of these three women who, according to the dust jacket, “battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally [they] broke through, definitively remaking America’s nightly news.” Among the surprising stories

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- Andy Lewis

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Wme Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

21 August 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Wme board member Peter Grosslight died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its global head of music. He joined the William Morris Agency in 1992 when it acquired Triad Artists, the company he founded in 1974 under the name Regency Artists. Grosslight’s clients included Joan Baez, Charlotte Church, The Eagles, Whitney Houston, Journey, Luis Miguel, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer and Carly Simon. At Triad, he put together TV music specials that starred such artists as Tina Turner, Roy Orbison,

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- Rebecca Sun

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Taylor Swift Pens Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on the Future of Music

8 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Taylor Swift has glimpsed the future of the music business, and it is glorious. That's the contrarian view the pop star espouses with a lengthy op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which she looks at an industry on the rocks and sees huge opportunities for artists - or at least, for those willing to approach things a little differently. To break through, she says, all it takes is a little soul and a little savvy. Her first piece of advice for young artists is to not devalue their work, even as album sales have declined and the pressure to »

- Tim Nudd

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7 fascinating points from Taylor Swift's Wall Street Journal op-ed

7 July 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taylor Swift is the voice— or to paraphrase her new pal Lena Dunham’s “Girl’s” character— a voice of her musical generation. That explains why The Wall Street Journal asked her to pen an op-ed piece for its “The Future Of Everything” edition, which heralds the paper’s 125 anniversary. In her well-thought out, very informed editorial, the 24-year old superstar explains why she is an “enthusiastic optimist,” who believes the music industry is “just coming alive,” despite all evidence to the contrary. Much of what Swift puts forward is factual: Digital downloads now account for 40% of music revenue, physical sales of CDs for 35% (for as much as every one says CDs are dead, they are still a significant factor..for now), and streaming and subscription make up 21% of revenue.  Music industry revenue was $7 billion in 2013, down from $15 billion in 2003. Here are the seven most interesting things Swift says in »

- Melinda Newman

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