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Although technically apt, the title of the dry Supreme Court drama “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” refers not to any of the boxer’s bouts in the ring, but rather to his legal battle for recognition as a conscientious objector. Helmer Stephen Frears splices in archival footage of Ali at his articulate, charismatic best, but really, the main dramatis personae are Eight Grumpy Men from the Supreme Court (one, Thurgood Marshall, recused himself) as they argue around a conference table. Result is a worthy but faintly dull civics/history lesson that’s well suited to broadcast by producer HBO, but doesn’t have the muscle mass for theatrical distribution.
An opening credits montage unspools choice clips of Ali battling in the ring, bragging oncamera and then announcing his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Explanatory subtitles help crisply establish how Ali was convicted of draft evasion in 1967, at the height of his career, »
- Leslie Felperin
Rock music lost an icon on Monday, when Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died at age 74 after a battle with bile duct cancer. In honor of Manzarek's legacy, TheWrap looks back at five of his more memorable moments. Also read: Doors Keyboardist Ray Manzarek Dead at 74 "The Ed Sullivan Show," 1967 Brought to "The Ed Sullivan Show" to perform their hit "Light My Fire," The Doors were told by the show's infamous censors to alter the song's line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" to something less, uh, druggy. The group agreed to »
- Tim Kenneally
The Rolling Stones have embarked on their "50 and Counting" tour, celebrating half a century of extraordinary staying power with a raucous Oakland show Sunday at Oracle Arena and a San Jose stop to come Wednesday at Hp Pavilion.
Mick Jagger still works the stage, prancing and preening, while the rest of us wonder what it'd be like to have 2 percent body fat. He turns 70 this summer.
And then there's Keith Richards. How does one fully explain Jagger's "Glimmer Twin?" One defies age, the other defies death.
Richards, 69, has been delivered to death's door, by his own estimation, "a dozen or so times." One of his closest calls came at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 3, 1965, when Richards was nearly electrocuted when playing a then-new release titled "The Last Time."
The accident, which has become something of a local legend over the decades, occurred just as the Stones' popularity was soaring, not »
- The Sacramento Bee
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Whoopi Goldberg is behind one of the most groundbreaking documentaries of the year, and it's all about a woman you may or may not have heard of. Moms Mabley was a stand-up comic and Vaudeville performer. She was also black and an out lesbian, which means she was the unlikeliest of stage stars between her heyday of the 1920s through 1960s.
Whoopi directed I Got Somethin' to Tell You, a film about Moms' career, and premiered it at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, where she also spoke about it on a post-screening panel. She said she was inspired to make the movie after realizing no one knew who Moms was.
I used to do Moms on stage with my friend Ellen, who is also in the film, she’s a director. She and I wrote a wonderful »
Forty years after Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Sullivan first appeared, albeit involuntarily and briefly, in the Tony Award-winning musical about the Four Seasons, "Jersey Boys." At the end of the first act, the producers utilize an unauthorized seven-second clip of Sullivan's introduction to mark a historical point in the band's career. The clip's owner sued for copyright infringement. While the musical producer's fair-use defense was expected, the dearth of helpful Ninth Circuit case law applying the defense in this context is surprising. Producers facing »
- Michael Garfinkel & Nick Mannheim
Well, stop in the name of love: Diana Ross is spending this very special day turning 69 years old, which I take as a thrilling compliment to the fight for gay marriage.
What's the divine lady's greatest moment eveeeer?
In terms of singles, I'm most devoted to Diana's "Upside Down," "It's My House," "Love Hangover," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and, in the realm of the Supremes, "Come See About Me" and "You Can't Hurry Love," which she was singing on The Ed Sullivan Show when her glistening, Faberge Egg-sized earring crashed to the floor.
But if we're talking about Diana's Greatest moment, I say it exists at the confluence of film, music, fashion, utter camp, and sheer Diana fabness. While others rally on the steps of the Supreme Court, »
The Red Hot Chili Peppers turn 30 this year, and they've found quite a few ways to celebrate. The band is headlining one of Coachella's nights and working on their eleventh studio album. Flea, the group's bassist, teamed up with Radiohead's Thom Yorke to form Atoms for Peace, which recently dropped its debut record. Drummer Chad Smith, meanwhile, lined up a trip to the nation's seat of power, lobbying lawmakers in Washington D.C. for music education funding.
Smith's trip was planned by Namm, the National Association of Music Merchants, a non-profit advocacy group the drummer has partnered with for years now. In addition to speaking with a number of congress members -- Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-w.V.) and Joe Manchin (D-w.V.) among them -- Smith performed with a middle school jazz band and, of course, made some time for interviews.
HuffPost Entertainment spoke with »
- Kia Makarechi
The producers of "Jersey Boys" have prevailed in a lawsuit alleging that the use of a seven-second clip from "The Ed Sullivan Show" was copyright infringement. On Monday, an appellate court in California upheld a lower court's decision to award $155,000 in attorney fees to defendants Dodger Productions and Dodgers Theatricals, Ltd. Also read: Gk Films Wins Rights to Broadway Musical 'Jersey Boys' In the hit Broadway production that dramatizes the rise and eventual breakup of '60s rock 'n' roll band The Four Seasons, the quick clip of Ed Sullivan introducing the foursome is used »
- Greg Gilman
The legendary singer is seen rocking her signature honey blonde-highlighted hair, a silky navy blouse and what appears to be a black skirt for Vogue's German edition, which was shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer and styled by Nicola Knels. We would have loved to see Tina's showstopping legs framed by some fringe, but maybe she's flaunting them for the editorial feature inside the issue.
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And let's talk about the fact Tina is 73-years-old and looks like she just stepped on the stage at the "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1970 to perform "Proud Mary." Fashionista.com points out that the age-defying beauty might be the oldest Vogue cover star ever--snagging the title from Meryl Streep »
- The Huffington Post
When Motown: The Musical begins performances on Broadway March 11, Michael Jackson won't be there only in spirit. The King of Pop will be right on stage - portrayed by an actor, as will several of the other big-name powerhouses from the fabled Detroit hit factory: Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and their '60s record label's founder, Berry Gordy. (They can all be seen in a first-look video clip of the show, exclusive to People.com.) Raymond Luke Jr. plays the young Jackson, who, as part of the Jackson Five with his four older brothers, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Clark announced Huxley's death Tuesday, saying the news was "devastating."
Huxley played on the band's signature hits from the era when they briefly rivaled the Beatles in popularity. They were part of the British invasion that included the Rolling Stones, The Kinks and other bands.
Their best-known songs included "Bits and Pieces" and "Glad All Over." They enjoyed a large following in the United States after appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Sunday night television show that also introduced the Beatles to American audiences.
The band, with a middle-of-the-road pop rock sound, was known for drummer Clark's driving beat and exuberant vocals. But it faded after several years when harder-edged bands such as Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Doors rose to popularity. The Dave Clark Five broke up in 1970 after 12 years together. »
Musician Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 1960s chart stars The Dave Clark Five, has died at the age of 72.
The bass player, who joined the group in 1958, performed on hits such as 'Bits And Pieces' and 'Glad All Over'.
Huxley died yesterday and the group's leader and drummer Dave Clark said the news was "devastating".
The band was famously at the forefront of the British invasion of the Us charts in the early 60s, appearing on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' hot on the heels of The Beatles.
Huxley's death leaves two original members of the band surviving - Clark and guitarist Lenny Davidson.
The group scored a number one with 'Glad All Over' in January 1964, and twice went to number two - with 'Bits And »
Patti Page, the legendary pop singer whose musical success spawned several television series of her own in the 1950s, has died. Page passed away on New Year’s Day in Encinitas, CA, at age 85. She had more than 100 chart hits during her decades-long career, including such pop classics as “(How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window”, “Old Cape Cod” and “Tennessee Waltz”. She was a regular on several music and variety shows during television’s Golden Age, including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show. Those led to a Patti Page special on ABC, and later to consecutive series of her own on all three major networks; she was nominated for an Emmy in 1959 for ABC’s Patti Page Show. She also starred in Scott Music Hall Presents Patti Page, a summer replacement series on NBC that gave birth to the twice-weekly syndicated Oldsmobile Presents — Patti Page. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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