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Sandy Pearlman R.I.P.

27 July 2016 9:11 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

On Monday, July 26, famed rock producer, manager, and lyricist Sandy Pearlman died at the age of 72. His Wikipedia page says he "was the recipient of 17 gold and platinum records." He managed that despite not actually producing many bands, or even albums -- but he left a big imprint on every one he worked on.

Born in Rockaway (Queens), NY in 1943, he got a college degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island in 1966.

A year later, still in the Stony Brook area, he recruited a band so he could have a series of science-fiction poems he'd written (the Imaginos saga, about a group secretly controlling world history) set to music and performed. He named the band Soft White Underbelly after Winston Churchill's epithet for Italy, but changed its name to Oaxaca after Soft White Underbelly got a negative review at a big concert. »

- SteveHoltje

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Snoop Dogg launches nature show because he's Snoop Dogg

25 March 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Snoop Dogg loves nature - especially when it’s smokable or edible. But it turns out the Doggfather’s love for the great outdoors extends well beyond cannabis, and he’s brought it to YouTube. The legendary rapper behind such hits as “Gin and Juice” and “Who am I?” has launched a video series called Planet Snoop on his Merry Jane channel. It was no doubt inspired by his "Plizzanet Earth" sketches on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and furthered by an online petition encouraging Snoop to make the show. To date, it’s gathered more than 65,000 signatures. In the first episode, Snoop offers commentary as a squirrel and a snake battle for supremacy. The profanity-laced play-by-play is delivered in a style only he can provide. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, it’s not. It’s better. »

- David Eckstein

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Review: Stephen Colbert’s Super Bowl Episode Squanders Big-Game Showcase

7 February 2016 9:26 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


CBS loves running image-building spots – as it did during the Super Bowl – touting how the network is No. 1 in various categories. Late night, alas, doesn’t fall into that column, which likely explains why the network took the unprecedented step of using the big game to showcase “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the best, but far from most watched, entry in the crowded late-night race. Still, Sunday’s live episode felt mostly like a wasted opportunity – one that probably won’t win many converts among those football fans sober enough to stick around.

Although the network sought to engineer a handoff directly from the extended post-game show to Colbert, by then plenty of air had been let out of the ball. And while there was some energy in the opening sequence – which worked in President Obama (pre-taped) and astronaut Scott Kelly, the show appeared trapped between trying to do all »

- Brian Lowry

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