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Sheryl Crow to Bring in Third Season of Ovation’s ‘Song by Song’

24 July 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ovation’s “Song by Song” is getting an encore this season with the addition of two more blocks of its documentary music series.

The upcoming docs for the series will take a look at singer Sheryl Crow, the members of the rock band Blondie, and electric violinist/YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling.

The first two seasons of the doc, which began in 2012, had programs that recounted the lives of country singers Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

Ovation execs said for its upcoming season, “Song by Song” will continue to let music drive the storytelling.

“The series uses the featured artists’ hit songs to tell the story of what was happening at that time in their lives, what inspired them to write the music and how their songs impacted their careers and popular culture,” Scott Woodward, senior vice president of programming and production at Ovation, said.

Episodes are produced by Ovation in partnership with Th Entertainment, »

- Jordyn Holman

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Twenty Feet From Stardom Review

28 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

For all the problems that come with the annual awards season frenzy, the great thing about it is that people who aren’t always in the foreground, but who are essential to a production can be appreciated, from sound design to visual effects. It’s fitting then that Twenty Feet From Stardom – a film which puts the spotlight on the backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of our time – was deservedly triumphant at the Oscars earlier this month. Directed by Morgan Neville (whose previous documentary subjects include Muddy Waters and Johnny Cash), it has a legitimate case for being the feel-good movie of the year so far.

Neville has assembled a host of ebullient and candid singers to help him chart the rise of backup artists. All hailing from church backgrounds, the focus of the pic is on a handful of female, African-Americans; Darlene Love, Táta Vega, »

- Amon Warmann

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2007

4 February 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...

For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.

I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.

Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »

- ryanlambie

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Martha Thomases: Pete and Me

31 January 2014 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Pete Seeger died Monday evening. He was 94 years old.

You can read about his life here in the newspaper of record. A simple Google search will get you a bunch more versions, but these are the facts.

And the facts are so incredibly inadequate at this point.

The first time I saw Pete Seeger perform was on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967. I’d heard him sing on the radio occasionally but had never seen him, nor did I think about it a lot. I was 14, so please cut me some slack. As a big fan of the Smothers Brothers I found out bit about him before the show aired, including the fact that the reason I had never seen him was that he had been blacklisted for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. You can see his performance here. Rather than grovel his way back into the public’s perception, »

- Martha Thomases

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Watch the trailer for Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert reissue

21 January 2014 3:35 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It takes one hell of a special occasion to bring together George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Tom Petty, the Band, Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Willie Nelson for one concert. In October 1992, those musicians and more celebrated Bob Dylan's 30 years as a recording artist with a show at Madison Square Garden.  The footage is now being reissused on CD and DVD/Blu-ray in a deluxe edition out March 4. Watch the video trailer and check out the tracklist below. Dubbed "Bobfest" by Young, the concert features an all-star cast performing Dylan’s best-loved songs and culminating »

- Whitney Phaneuf

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