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7 items from 2015


PopPolitics: Reza Aslan on Why Iranians Love Hollywood, But the Regime Fears It (Listen)

21 March 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Author and scholar Reza Aslan, who just signed on to host a new series for CNN, says that average Iranians see the prospect of an agreement between the U.S. and Iran over that country’s nuclear program as an important step toward lifting sanctions and opening up their society.

“For most Iranians it is not just about getting past this standoff, it’s about opening up the country,” Aslan tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “It’s about giving them an opportunity to take part in the global marketplace of ideas. This is a population that all it really needs is for the door to be creaked open just a little bit and it can kick the door down. But it can’t do it on its own.”

In fact, Aslan notes that the Iranian population actually craves American pop culture, accessing it via the Internet or via rooftop satellite dishes. »

- Ted Johnson

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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me documentary review: music hath power

17 February 2015 4:40 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A harrowing yet also inspiring portrait of the American pop music icon as he copes with the rapid deterioration of Alzheimer’s. I’m “biast” (pro): grew up listening to Campbell’s music

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you’re under 40, you’re too young to remember that it was Glen Campbell who made country music cool in the 1970s with melodic and melancholy pop-infused tunes such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights.” Previously, in the 60s, he’d been a session musician who can be heard — although he wasn’t always credited — on some of the biggest and best known songs ever from artists including Bobby Darin, The Monkees, Nat King Cole, Phil Spector, and Elvis Presley. He was even a touring member of the Beach Boys in the mid 60s. His impact on American pop music is probably incalculable. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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13 Most Memorable ‘SNL 40′ Moments (Video)

15 February 2015 6:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC brought together some 60 or so big-name alums of iconic sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” for its 40th anniversary special, as well as big-name past hosts, guest stars and celebrity fans. It served as an exhaustive look at how the show has helped define the last four decades of American pop culture, from music to politics. Here are the best moments from the three-and-a-half hour event… 1.) Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kick off the night The special opened with a retrospective song and dance number reuniting Jimmy Fallon — its kid wonder of the late-’90s/Early-2000s, and current »

- Jethro Nededog

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Steve Martin’s 10 Greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches

14 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

- Additional research by Jim Miller (@jimmiller)

Despite never having been a Saturday Night Live cast member, Steve Martin is synonymous with the sketch show. The comedian has appeared on the show a whopping 27 times since the mid-’70s and we can guarantee you he’ll be back for more. It’s undeniable: he’s a fan favorite.

Of course, after hosting 15 times, he was bound to be the reason for some of the most memorable moments in the show’s  history. Case in point: the fact that VH1 Classic is dedicating a whole block of their “SNL Rewind: 2015- 1975 Mega Marathon” to him today.

For those of you whose Valentine’s Day plans are taking you away from the TV, don’t worry. Here are Steve Martin’s greatest SNL sketches.

Coneheads: IRS” (Season 2, Episode 14)

Being a great comedian isn’t always about being the funniest guy in the room. »

- Tara Aquino

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How ‘Super Metroid’ channeled ‘Aliens’ and became the first feminist video game

11 February 2015 7:46 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Samus Tribute by_Wen Jr.

In his not-quite seminal but still very good 1998 essay “F/X Porn,” David Foster Wallace dissects the lasting legacy of James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Well, more accurately, he examines the enduring stain left by Cameron’s film on the modern action movie, but whatever.) The essay doesn’t offer much in the way of profundity regarding CGI-addled blockbusters or Arnold Scwarzenegger, though it does have that singular Wallace wit; the appeal of the breezy essay lies within Wallace’s digressive musings on Aliens, Cameron’s previous film, to which the writer dedicates just as many words as he does to the purported subject of the essay.

For the uninitiated, Aliens is Cameron’s lean, mean sequel to Ridley Scott’s body-horror classic Alien. An ostensible testosterone-fueled flick, replete with guns and gear and gruff military types spitting out phrases like, “Stop »

- Greg Cwik

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"We Are the World" on Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know

25 January 2015 12:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa. The song was called "We Are the World" and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night. "We Are the World" sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammys - but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid. »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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"We Are the World" on Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know

25 January 2015 12:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa. The song was called "We Are the World" and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night. "We Are the World" sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammys - but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid. »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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