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6 items from 2009

Birthday Suits, Funny People

1 December 2009 6:55 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Your cinematic birthdays for December 1st. This post is dedicated to frequent reader/commenter Chris Na Taraja who celebrates the big 4-0 today. Happy Birthday, Chris!

1521 Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord who Kagemusha tried to impersonate. Oopsie. I've actually never seen that Akira Kurosawa picture. How quickly should I rent it?

1913 Mary Martin, broadway star of Peter Pan, The Sound of Music and South Pacific fame. Those famous roles hit silver screens, but without Mary

1935 Woody Allen, legend (abundant posts)

1940 Richard Pryor, influential comedian

1945 Bette Midler the divine. In a fit of complete absence of budgeting sense I nearly purchased a flight to Vegas and a concert ticket last month. Just because. I've never seen her perform on stage but I did used to love her in the movies. Particularly: The Rose, Beaches (so underrated... weepies can't get no respect) and Big Business

1951 Treat Williams enduring B lister. Among the highlights: Hair, »


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The Company Band – The Company Band (Musick Review)

3 November 2009 7:52 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Can you see this bill in the making?  The Melvins have Big Business.  Now Clutch, Fireball Ministry, Cky and Fu Manchu have a stake in the sludge rock supergroup The Company Band.  As the Melvins have recently toured a number of times under both themselves and Big Business on the same gig, you can picture a tag-team tour with any of the aforementioned home base groups bringing along The Company Band for a joint road haunt with Buzz Osborne and his drone posse.  Assuredly it would need to be tagged The Corporate Takeover Tour…

In 2007 Neil Fallon of Clutch—who is apparently always looking for an outlet to jam with even when Clutch is on a break—joined forces with The Company Band’s founding core of Fireball Ministry frontman James Rota, Cky skin slammer Jess Margera and guitarist David Ingram Bone.  After releasing The Company Band’s debut Ep Sign Here, »

- (Ray Van Horn, Jr.)

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The Youth Market

29 October 2009 6:02 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The following is an excerpt from "Acting in Young Hollywood" by manager Frederick Levy, Back Stage Books, 2009."Hannah Montana." "High School Musical." "iCarly." The youth market is taking Hollywood by storm. As such, there's never been a better time for aspiring kid and teen actors to break into show business. And for those young actors who already have a foot in the door, now is the time to capitalize on the success of this youth revolution and take your career to the next level. But the youth market includes more than kids and teens. In today's entertainment industry, 30 is the new 20, and as long as you look and play younger than you are, you could be a part of young Hollywood also. And, like kids and teens, you could also be highly in demand.This Is Our YouthAs our clients at Management 101 grow older, some move on to adult »

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Blu-Ray Review: Jonathan Demme’s ‘Stop Making Sense’ With The Talking Heads

15 October 2009 10:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Talking Heads hold such an important place in the development of my musical taste (and director Jonathan Demme in my film taste), that I find it more difficult than usual to critically appraise the 25th Anniversary release of “Stop Making Sense” on Blu-Ray. Even with my personal love for everything related to the film aside, “Stop Making Sense” has held up remarkably well, still standing as one of the best concert films ever made.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

Designed by Demme and David Byrne, “Stop Making Sense” is more than an average concert film. Not only is it directed by a man who would later win an Oscar for his craft (for “Silence of the Lambs”), making it a more visually accomplished piece than say the latest Nickelback concert video, but it is conceptually brilliant and features some of the best music of its day.

Stop Making Sense was released on Blu-Ray on October 13th, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Return of Dallas?

9 October 2009 7:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of the most popular dramas of the Reagan-era Eighties was Dallas. Replete with big money, big oil, big trucks, big ranches, big families, big power struggles, and big betrayal, Dallas (and Dynasty over at competitor ABC) was the poster child of all that was wrong with that decade of the Rich and Greedy. For 14 years, America feasted on the over-the-top antics and scheming of J.R, Sue Ellen, Bobby, Pam and the entire clan of dysfunctional Dallasites.

Today, in less opulent times, Warner Brothers has announced it's working on a new Dallas, concentrating on the lifes of the progeny of J.R. and Bobby, to be shown on TNT:

Warner Brothers is once again trying to resuscitate J. R. Ewing and his bourbon-loving “Dallas” clan for its sister cable network TNT, according to a producer and an agent with knowledge of the project.

The show would focus on the next generation of Ewings, »

- Howey Davenport

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The Final Destination Scares Up Big Business Overseas

18 September 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The latest in The Final Destination series did pretty great business at the box office this past August here in the States, so it's not surprising that the 4th in the franchise is also scaring up big numbers internationally as well. Variety reports that The Final Destination led foreign business during the Sept. 11-13 frame with $17.7 million at 2,880 playdates in 28 markets, thanks to a robust $6.5 million Russian launch and a $2 million German soph sesh. The 3D sequel has hit $55.3 million overseas with the U.K. contributing $17.5 million, France $7.5 million and Germany $7 million. With South Korea, Mexico and Australia opening in October, The Final Destination could close out its foreign run somewhere near the $100 million mark. The original Final Destination and »

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