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James Brown Doc Director Says Singer Was Like Steve Jobs

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Alex Gibney has nothing but nice things to say about the recent James Brown biopic, Get on Up.

"It was… good," he says carefully, with a little chuckle. His diplomatic appraisal isn’t without a dash of self-preservation: Mick Jagger, a co-producer of the Tate Taylor film, also co-produced Gibney’s latest film, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a documentary about the great performer’s musical and social impact that will debut Monday, October 27th on HBO.

Gibney, the Oscar-winning investigative director (Taxi to the Dark Side) who »


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'Nashville' Recap: Daughters, Sons and a Crisp Blue Shirt

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Juliette is on tour in New Orleans, exhibiting more signs of pregnancy brain and wacked-out hormones. She's determined to raise her baby by herself but at least she finally lets Avery know he's going to be a daddy — by text. Avery, who's already bathed in orange, thanks to the vest he's wearing to do his roadside community service (and no doubt still hungover), goes from orange to crimson with four words over the phone: "I'm pregnant, it's yours." He soon gets the phone taken away from him by his supervisor, »


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Watch 'American Horror Story' Tackle Lana Del Rey's 'Gods & Monsters'

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American Horror Story: Freak Show's anachronistic use of contemporary songs continued last night with a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Gods & Monsters." It's weird to hear Jessica Lange's Marlene Dietrich wannabe Elsa sing the name "Jim Morrison" on a show based in 1952 Jupiter, Florida, but the Born to Die - Paradise Edition track does fit the overall theme. 

Elsa croons, "Me and God, we don't get along so now I sing," which is the "Gods & Monsters" lyric that resonates the most with these characters and ties in »


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'Goodfellas' Actor Files $250 Million Lawsuit Over 'Simpsons' Mafia Character

22 October 2014 9:42 AM, PDT

Frank Sivero, best known for playing mobsters in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, is suing Fox Television Studios for $250 million, alleging that "Louie," one of the "wise guy" mafia characters on The Simpsons, infringes on his likeness. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor claims that unspecified Simpsons writers modeled Louie on Sivero's Goodfellas character, Frankie Carbone.  

Sivero alleges that, in 1989, he lived next door to the writers in a Sherman Oaks, California apartment complex. "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas, »


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'Nashville' Recreates Cma Awards With the Band Perry, Joe Nichols, Trisha Yearwood

22 October 2014 9:27 AM, PDT

During its three seasons on ABC, Nashville has seen its cast of fictional characters interacting with country stars, musicians and others industry insiders in the real Music City. But for one of the most elaborately staged (and, of course, wildly dramatic) episodes of the series thus far, the show set its sights on the biggest night in country music. On November 19th, Nashville viewers will see the worlds of real and make-believe collide in a star-studded episode focused on the Cma Awards.

Rolling Stone Country was on the Nashville set »


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Toys 'R' Us Pulls Meth-Toting 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

22 October 2014 8:16 AM, PDT

No half-measures, even in the toy game. Toys "R" Us is removing a controversial line of Breaking Bad action figures featuring drug kingpin Walter "Heisenberg" White and sidekick-nemesis Jesse Pinkman armed with bags of cash and meth. This follows a heavily publicized protest led by a Florida mother, who earned over 9,000 signatures with her Change.org petition. 

"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical,'" Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh cleverly told NBC News, referencing a classic line from the acclaimed AMC drama. But this »


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'Back to the Future' Gets 30th Anniversary Screenings With Live Orchestra

21 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future next year, Universal Pictures will rerelease the 1985 Michael J. Fox time-travel classic with live orchestration. According to Variety, the film will be screened in various venues around the world without the score, so that a live orchestra could perform Alan Silvestri's Academy Award–nominated music. The orchestra will also perform 15 minutes of new music that the composer wrote specifically for the engagements.

The first performance of Back to the Future with live orchestration will take place in May 2015 in Lucerne, »


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'WWE Raw:' Nobody Beats the Mizdow

21 October 2014 10:46 AM, PDT

There have been better go-home shows. But then again, an episode of SmackDown still stands between us and Hell in a Cell, so all may not be lost. The folks in Kansas City did their darndest to put a promo-heavy Raw on their shoulders with equal parts passionate interaction and irksome subversion – poor Randy Orton – and the minority of talent who squared off in the ring (i.e. Usos, Mizdow, Gold/Stardust, Ziggler/Cesaro, etc.) ran circles around the night's plodding microphone work.

But in the interest of providing a service to you readers, »


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Trisha Yearwood Makes Her 'Nashville' Debut

21 October 2014 7:45 AM, PDT

Trisha Yearwood was on the set of ABC's Nashville last week, where several of her professional worlds collided all at once. The Cma award-winning singer, who has also done some acting in TV dramas, will be at the real CMAs in a couple of weeks. But on this day, Yearwood joined the Nashville cast as they filmed segments for a dramatized version of the star-studded awards show, allowing the show's fictional country stars to mingle with a few who are the real deal.

In her scenes, which were shot on »


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Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sing About Underpants on 'Wallykazam!' Cartoon

21 October 2014 5:59 AM, PDT

"Weird Al" Yankovic, the master of musical mockery, has penned satirical songs about all sorts of strange topics, from taco grandes and Beverly Hillbillies to living in an Amish paradise and word crimes. Now, for the first time ever, the Mandatory Fun singer is tackling a very serious issue: Underpants.

"Weird Al" will guest voice on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon's preschool vocabulary-building series Wallykazam!, and Rolling Stone has your first look and listen at Yankovic's "Wizard Jeff" teaching kids the word "underpants." "Weird Al" will guest on the episode titled "Mustache Day, »


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Watch 'The Simpsons' Parody Stanley Kubrick Films in Halloween Episode

20 October 2014 10:40 AM, PDT

The Simpsons continued their annual Halloween tradition on Sunday night with the series' 25th "Treehouse of Horror" episode. Like past installments, it featured three short segments – but the clear highlight was "A Clockwork Yellow," a spirited spoof of Stanley Kubrick's iconic filmography. The above clip, courtesy of Vulture, features a rapid-fire spree of Kubrick references – from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eyes Wide Shut to Full Metal Jacket to (briefly) Barry Lyndon – but focuses on a Clockwork Orange-centric plot.

"A Clockwork Yellow" stars Moe as a member of a »


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'Sons of Anarchy' Rolls Up Its 'Greensleeves' - Premiere

20 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT

Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers have been known to kick it old-school: Last month, they unveiled their scorching cover of blues classic "Baby, Please Don't Go" for the Season Seven episode "Poor Little Lambs." But for this week's installment, "Greensleeves," the eclectic group went even further back, reworking the titular English folk ballad into a brooding textural epic.

"Greensleeves stirred my heart anew / Greensleeves caught my eye of blue," sings the show's star Katey Sagal over drifting acoustic guitars, cello and keyboards. "Greensleeves put my soul at »


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