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The Top Uses of Earth Wind and Fire Songs in Movies or TV

If you go to certain neighborhoods or just talk to various people throughout the nation and ask who this band is you might get a blank look followed by a grin that says ‘are you joking?’. Earth, Wind and Fire has been a popular band that has covered a wide swath of styles since the 1970’s when they formed. They took a brief hiatus in 1984 but came back in 1987 and have been performing ever since. The band has gone through a long list of members but have never lost the original sound that made the group something great

The Top Uses of Earth Wind and Fire Songs in Movies or TV
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Jennifer Garner Pays Tribute to Her Dad on His Birthday - And It's Adorable

Jennifer Garner Pays Tribute to Her Dad on His Birthday - And It's Adorable
Jennifer Garner‘s father William “Bill” Garner was born on September 21, making him extra special in his daughter’s eyes.

On Thursday, the 45-year-old Butter actress posted a sweet video montage on Instagram showing photos of the two and their family in celebration of her dad’s birthday — referencing Earth Wind and Fire’s classic 1971 jam September in the process.

“My dad’s birthday = the 21st night of September = #earthwindandfireday,” Jennifer wrote, quoting the lyric of the song, which also played in the background of the clip. “We always knew you were the coolest, Dad! Happy Birthday!”

Of course, fans
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Exclusive: David Foster Talks ‘American Idol’ & Living With Ex Yolanda Hadid's Lyme Disease: ‘We Did Our Best’

Exclusive: David Foster Talks ‘American Idol’ & Living With Ex Yolanda Hadid's Lyme Disease: ‘We Did Our Best’
Legendary musician David Foster is getting candid about his four divorces and opening up about his ex-wife, Yolanda Hadid’s, battle with Lyme disease.

“We just always did our best,” he said about living with Hadid’s illness, while talking to Et at the Grammy Museum’s third annual gala at The Novo in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday. “We had some other issues as well, but everybody’s in a good place now. The main thing is that she’s healthy and in remission. She worked really hard at it and now she’s reaping the rewards of that.”

Exclusive: Yolanda Hadid Opens Up About Health and Finding Love Again -- With Her Kids' Help!

In her new book, Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star claims the debilitating illness, which is spread by ticks, created cracks in her marriage, which ended in
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An Ozzy Osbourne Earth Wind and Fire Mashup You’ll Never Forget

My wife’s birthday happens to fall on the 21st of September so needless to say the song “September” by Earth Wind and Fire holds a special meaning in her heart. Every single time that song comes on the radio or during a wedding we’re attending there’s no such thing as even thinking about turning it off and not grooving to the wonderful sounds. But if there’s one thing I would never, not in a million years associate with the song “September” it’s the metallic sounds of Ozzy Osbourne. However, given we’re in the digital age and people simply love mashing

An Ozzy Osbourne Earth Wind and Fire Mashup You’ll Never Forget
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Our Ten Favourite Film Experiences Of 2016

2016 hasn’t been the greatest year for film, but for me personally it has been a cinematic journey that I will never forget. I have been lucky enough to have taken in around 270 of them this year, and have been fortunate enough to have ventured to the Berlin, Cannes, London and Toronto film festivals to sit on front of films that I perhaps would not have had the opportunity to otherwise, something that I am hugely grateful for.

With 2016 drawing to a close, and in one of my final posts of the year, I thought I would whack together one final list made up of ten films that really grabbed me during the year, some of which have made it into cinemas, but some which have not.

Not limited by any release spectrum, here are my top ten film experiences of 2016.

24 Weeks

I saw this film at the Berlin Film
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Sneak Peek at Fall’s Big-Budget Animated Oscar Pack

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Sneak Peek at Fall’s Big-Budget Animated Oscar Pack
For the studios, 2016 has mostly been about the year of the animal, highlighted by Disney’s billion-dollar “Zootopia” and Pixar’s “Finding Dory” (the new all-time animation box office leader).

However, the year culminates with another potentially strong Disney Oscar contender, “Moana” (November 23), along with two musicals: Illumination’s “Sing” (December 21), which played to cheering crowds this week at the Toronto Film Festival, and DreamWorks’ “Trolls” (Nov. 4). Warner Bros., meanwhile, offers the buddy comedy, “Storks” (September 23), which has attracted good world of mouth for its humor.

Disney explores new territory with the Polynesian-themed “Moana,” the first foray into CG for directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid”), who push the legacy in a new direction with contemporary appeal.

The free-spirited, teenage Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) possesses strong navigational skills and is determined to sail out on a dangerous mission to save her island and eradicate its isolation.
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‘Trolls’ Sneak Peek: How DreamWorks Embraced Retro Happiness

‘Trolls’ Sneak Peek: How DreamWorks Embraced Retro Happiness
Trolls” represents the far side of “Shrek”— a bright, happy, fuzzy, nostalgic, musical journey that taps the idealism of the ’60s/’70s counterculture for all its worth.

What else would you do with Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam’s iconic, lovable troll dolls?

“There was no story, there was no mythology, so we could create whatever we wanted,” explained Dohrn at a recent presentation at the Glendale campus where he screened more than 20 minutes of footage. Together with director Mike Mitchell and producer Gina Shay, the “Shrek Forever” team forged a new folk tale that countered the notion of trolls being scary.

“But one of the things we knew we had to have was that iconic hair and we made the story about happiness,” Dohrn added. “How do you get it? Where does it come from? What happens when you lose it?”

In “Trolls,” Poppy (Anna Kendrick) epitomizes the perky, quirky hippy ethos: singing,
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Sundance London: The Greasy Strangler review

The Greasy Strangler review: The film which will split audiences the most at this year’s Sundance London, Jim Hosking’s feature is hilarious, disgusting fun.

The Greasy Strangler review by Paul Heath, June 2016.

The Greasy Strangler review

I sit here baffled by what I have just witnessed. I also find myself weirdly chuckling to myself, a big shit-eating grin filling my face while shaking my head at the same time. The Greasy Strangler has just arrived in London.

Debuting as part of Sundance’s famous midnight screenings at the main festival over there back in January, Jim Hosking‘s massively off-beat comedy has finally hit Europe as part of Sundance’s annual Sundance: London fest.

The film revolves around two very odd Los Angeles inhabitants, Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and Big Brayden (Sky Elobar), a father and son who earn their living by running a disco tour in their home city.
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Rickey Smith, American Idol Season 2 Finalist, Dead at 36

Rickey Smith, American Idol Season 2 Finalist, Dead at 36
American Idol Season 2 finalist Rickey Smith was killed in a multi-car accident Thursday night, according to TMZ.

Smith, who memorably donned a disco-fabulous Afro wig for a performance of Earth Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove” and wound up finishing eighth behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, was 36.

He was also known for smiling and chanting “Hercules! Hercules!” during his run on the show.

According to TMZ, Smith’s vehicle was hit head-on by another car traveling the wrong way down Oklahoma’s I-240. That driver was booked for DUI.

Several of Smith’s Idol compatriots took to social
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''Uptown Funk'' Wins Record of the Year at the Grammys, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Thank Music Legends George Clinton, Prince and More

''Uptown Funk'' Wins Record of the Year at the Grammys, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Thank Music Legends George Clinton, Prince and More
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars just took home a major honor! The "Uptown Funk" collaborators won the Grammy award for Record of the Year, which was presented by the one and only Beyonce. "I just want to thank these guys for being some of the greatest, musicians and performers around," Ronson said during his acceptance speech. "I see George Clinton over there, a man who has done more for the word funk that we could ever hope to dream of in our entire lives. So I want to thank James Brown, George Clinton...Prince, Earth Wind and Fire of course." "Thank you guys so much," Mars added on stage. "This is dedicated to the fans." Ronson and Mars' hit "Uptown...
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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Honored by President Obama

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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Honored by President Obama
Maurice White, the Earth, Wind & Fire founder who died Wednesday night at age 74, received a heartfelt tribute from President Obama via the chief executive’s Facebook page on Friday. Obama remembered White as an inspiration to both his fellow musicians and the general public. “Only Maurice could make such sophisticated songs so catchy. Only he could inspire generations of such diverse artists,” Obama wrote. “And only he could get everyone — old and young, black and white — to let the groove move them on the dance floor.” Also Read: Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire Singer, Dies at 74 White, who...
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Ehsaan Noorani talks with us exclusively about the new TV show ‘The Stage’ and all things Music!

Ehsaan Noorani, along with Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa, affectionately called Sel, has created some of the greatest songs in the Hindi film musical canon. Think of one of your favorite films soundtracks or a song that is always on your playlist, and we can bet that one of them was done by Sel. Not only does Ehsaan work on Hindi film music, what you may or may not know is that when he is not in the studio composing, he is also an incredible guitar player whose first love is the Blues.

Now Ehsaan is putting on a new hat, that of judge, for a groundbreaking new reality show titled ‘The Stage’. Premiering on Saturday, October 10th at 9pm on Colors Infinity, the show, which also has Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra and Devraj Sayal joining Ehsaan on the judging panel, will find the best from among 20 talented artists, and
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Matthew Weiner, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Are Feminists, and Here's Why

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Matthew Weiner, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Are Feminists, and Here's Why
Last night, I was given the opportunity to attend a pretty interesting event: The Feminist Majority Foundation honored both TV powerhouses Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan with the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women's Rights Award. Rhimes and Kohan were celebrated with an acoustic performance by Regina Spektor, Shondaland cast members doing a live lip-sync to Earth Wind and Fire's "Shining Star" and a number of heartfelt speeches, almost all of which began with the declaration "This is what a feminist looks like."  Read More: Oops! I Made a Feminist Manifesto: George Miller and "Mad Max" What does that mean to Kohan and Rhimes? And what does that mean to Viola Davis and Matthew Weiner, who presented the awards to these esteemed women? Below, find the transcripts of their speeches, which cover how their families -- and Hello Kitty -- have defined feminism for them.  Viola Davis (Presenter) Shonda, when recently asked in an.
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Billy Joel & Mumford and Sons Sign on For Bonnaroo Music Festival

It’s going to be another great year for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival as two huge acts just joined the main stage roster.

According to a festival spokesperson, both Billy Joel and Mumford & Sons will headline the 13th annual event, joining previously-announced performers like Kendrick Lamar, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket and Florence and the Machine.

Furthermore, Hozier, Spoon, Belle and Sebastian, Run the Jewels, Bassnectar, Earth Wind and Fire, and Alabama Shakes will all rock out as well.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place from June 11th through the 14th in Manchester, Tennessee, and 80,000 fans are expected to show up.
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Did Chicago Fire Miss Out? Was Bones' Kid Dissed? A Grey's CGI Emergency? Too Many Shirtless Pics? And More Qs!

Did Chicago Fire Miss Out? Was Bones' Kid Dissed? A Grey's CGI Emergency? Too Many Shirtless Pics? And More Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows, including Outlander, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire and Grey’s Anatomy!

1 | Did you need to take a cold shower after Outlander‘s wedding night? (Just us?)

Video Exclusive Outlander Finale Sneak Peek: Claire Holds Angus at Knifepoint!

2 | On The Good Wife, shouldn’t Diane have given her LG partners a courtesy heads-up that she was going to represent Cary, to ward off inevitable suspicions that she was planning to defect? Also, can we get
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LatinoBuzz: Shipwrecked! The Urbanworld Film Festival

As the summer has wound down things got even hotter over at Urban Film Festival, which kicks off Sept 17-21st with this year seeing its strongest presence of Latino content to fill the void the New York International Latino Film Festival behind two years ago. So we decided to show the short filmmakers that feature Latino talent in their films some love in a new edition of ‘LatinoBuzz: Shipwrecked’ to see what they cannot live without! They are given a choice of a Film, Book, Companion from a film and an Album to be stranded with (we’ll deal with logistics another time).

Janine Salinas Schoenberg – "Jenny & Lalo"

Film: ‘Amelie’ - Because it's all I ever want to see when I'm having a bad day.

Book: ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ because few books have ever made me both laugh out loud and sob hysterically.

Album: A mix of my husband Adam Schoenberg's music because it both moves and inspires me. Perfect for island solitude!

Companion: Maria Elena from ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ because she would be fun, spontaneous, and crazy enough to help us survive!

Adel L. Morales – "Missing Grandma"

Album: ‘Paid In Full’ by Eric B. & Rakim. I remember running to Moody’s Record Shop on White Plains Road in the Boogie Down the day after I heard Marly Marl drop it on Wbls for the first time. I picked up the 12-inch single of “Eric B. Is President” (the album didn’t drop right away) and was immediately blown away by the art on the label: a giant brown hand coming down from the skies to drop off pyramids on a nearly deserted earth. I knew from the jump that Rakim was bringing a higher level of thought to the hip-hop game. His conversion to the Nations of God’s and Earths gave him a preacher-like authority, as he stood for my positive energy than anyone before him. The man was a pioneer and a lyrical genius. He was using internal rhymes in his songs while cats were still struggling with end rhymes. Eric B’s beats were dope & got insanely better on their follow-up album, “Follow the Leader.” After I ran home and played that track a bunch, I flipped it over to listen to the B-side, which was “My Melody” and I damn near had a heart attack. I couldn’t believe my ears! Did this Mc and DJ, with the hottest track in the streets, put an even hotter track on the B-side? It was like finding a gold nugget in a riverbed. The greatest rap duo ever in my book.

Book: ‘Random Family’ by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a fascinating true story of two couples set in the Bronx during the mid-1980’s to late-1990’s. Despite the accurate portrayal of the lives and the cycle of poor choices made by uneducated people, there is a tiny glimmer of hope for the next generation. It makes me hope that someone’s child will eventually figure a way out of the messes created by inner city issues, like the high school drop out rate, teen pregnancy, and drug dealing. It describes in great exactness the time period in which I grew up in the Bronx and allows me to appreciate the courses I travelled to navigate those dangerous waters.

Companion : Sancho Panza from ‘Don Quixote.’ He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty literally or figuratively. He is often the voice of truth when his partner would rather hear anything but. But, it is the ability to keep his master safe from enemies, as well as from himself that seals the deal for me.

Film: ‘Adrift in Tokyo’ by Satoshi Miki is one of my favorite films of all time. I would chose this one to take with me if I was stranded on an island because it encompasses some of the things that I find essential to enjoying life on this planet. Miki is able to do this in both dramatic and comedic ways. It is about making connections with the world around us and with the people in it. Spending time getting to know someone often feels like a lost art in today’s faster-paced world. Characters learn to express emotion and not hide behind “manliness.” They atone for sins they’ve committed and attempt to right the wrongs of their past. This film reminds me that happiness can be found in the tiniest moments of pleasure and this film delivers tons of them as the laughs are frequent and come from the silliest places at the weirdest times.

Jess Dela Merced – "Hypebeasts"

Album: ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ had a lot of influence on me growing up and even more so today. I fall into many daydreams listening to it, imagining scenes to match or pretending some of the songs were soundtracks to my life. All her lyrics are starting to ring true as I grow older and the messages are always getting clearer with each listen. It's one of those albums that you can only fully comprehend once you're old and wrinkly.

Book: ‘Catcher in the Rye’ will always be my favorite book. I identify with Holden so much, not sure if that's a good thing, but if I could make any movie in the world, it would be an adaptation of that book. One day I will find the loophole to get to the rights!

Film: ‘Coming to America’ because I need to stay happy on that island and would probably reenact it word for word to keep myself entertained. Also so I can listen to Sexual Chocolate and Soul Glo repeatedly.

Companion: Any character Robin Williams has played. I guess Genie for obvious reasons.

Daniel Pfeffer – "Milk & Honey"

Album: If I was stranded, I'd bring Coltrane's ‘A Love Supreme’ for it's timeless effect, so whenever I was losing hope of rescue, I'd put that on to calm my nerves, and let me know it all doesn't matter in the end, because the beauty is within and all around you.

Book: My book would have to be ‘Drown’ by Junot Diaz, because it would let me remember where I'm from, the metro area, and what it feels like to have immigrant parents.

Film: I love so many films, but I think one that is just poetry in motion for me would be Spike Lee's ‘He Got Game’. Whenever I was feeling homesick I'd just watch that. Plus the soundtrack is so good on it from the classical to the hip hop, I could be forever entertained!

Companion: No matter where I am in the world, I'd have to ask Shailene Woodley to come along so we could plan a film together, in case we were ever rescued and brought back to civilization.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo – "Hermanas"

Film: I think it would need to be a good comedy, either "Dr. Strangelove," The Pink Panther" or maybe "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam - something absurd to keep me laughing – oh wait, I guess if I have to choose one then it’s The Pink Panther can’t get enough of Peter Sellers!

Book: 1984 by George Orwell to remind me of what the world I left behind is becoming and to make me appreciate the absence of “big brother,” the internet and all the noise of everyday life.

Album: It’s not easy to choose an album but if I had to choose one it would be one of my favorites from childhood, That’s the Way of the World by Earth Wind and Fire. It will keep me busy dancing and singing the nights away in paradise.

Companion: Ellen Ripley from Alien because with her there I would be sure to eventually get off the island although 1984 will make me want to stay put, oh the dichotomy of life!

Javier Melero De Luca – "Silencio Chino"

Ok, the question puts me in survival mode, not in a curatorial one. I am going to need entertainment to cope with solitude on an island!!

Film: ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ So many IMDb people could not be wrong. It would remind me that a lot of men dream of being on an island anyway. ("The Lives of Others" if the previous was not available).

Companion: Someone hot and resourceful like Lara Croft, I could try and hit on her, maybe even have an offspring.

Book: No doubt, The Lord of the Flies. Deep, insightful, metaphorical and well written. Useful on the island too.

Album: Tough call but I would go for Gently Disturbed by Avishai Cohen. They’re Venezuelan folk music meets Israeli jazz. Just mind-bending. P.S. Can't i just grab mi iPad before crashing on the island???

Geoffrey Guerrero – "J-1"

Album: If I was stranded on a deserted island I would need to have the Buenavista Social club album because their rich Latin rhythms and passionate songs of romance and love would make life more enjoyable and welcoming. And, being stranded in said island, anything with some latin beats and conga drums goes a long way in making life a little easier.

Companion: If I had to choose a companion from the movies it would have to be two companions: Eva Mendez and Gina Rodriguez. After a long day of cutting wood and preparing dinner, there's no other people I would rather have at my side than these 2 gorgeous young ladies. Who knows, maybe I'll get a back massage if I'm lucky.

Book: The one book I must have on this island is Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," because if I'm gonna be stuck on an island I need to know there's a chance I'll survive. Some people say life is all about survival of the fittest and this book is a powerful story of a man stranded on an island for many years and by some miracle he survives and escapes the island in one piece. Which I think we'd all agree would be the ideal situation if stranded on such an island.

Film: "Amores Perros" or "Rabia."

Dennis Shinners – "Barrio Boy"

Film: "Stand By Me", "Titanic", "The Empire Strikes Back" (original release) or the "Alien" box set, just keeping the first two films. They are all about friendship and survival.

Album: I'd love to cram a ton of music onto an iPod, but if not allowed, it would be Prince's "Purple Rain". Why? Well, it's Prince's "Purple Rain"! Probably my favorite album of all time, though it's really tough to narrow down a favorite, let alone a fave Prince record. I'd try to sneak The Cure's "Disintegration", U2's "The Joshua Tree", Biggie's "Ready to Die" and a Jobim record (for sunset listening) by customs too.

Book: I've got way more music than books so I might trade this for a Nirvana, Velvet Underground, Peter Gabriel or Smashing Pumpkins album, but at the risk of sounding cliche or obvious, "The Catcher In the Rye". This way I'll always have a piece of New York City with me.

Companion: Samwise Gamgee from "Lord of the Rings". He's beyond loyal and cooks too, which will come in handy.

Albert Espinosa – "Pitahaya"

Album: ‘Great Escape’ by Blur because each song is incredible.

Film: ‘Good Will Hunting’. The Death of Robin Williams deeply affected me profoundly.

Book: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie.’ This book changed my life.

Companion : Leo of the series ‘Red Band Society’. Red band society, Fox's series is like my life as a child. It’s my autobiography. I am very happy for the coincidence between the release of the series and the festival.

Laila Petrone Peynado – "Your Love"

Album: Anita Baker – ‘Giving You the Best that I Got.’ I love her voice and each song on this album has accompanied me through different stages of my life. If I had been a singer, I would have been honored to have had her voice and career.

Book - Paulo Coelho – ‘Eleven Minutes.’ You're right there with the protagonist. The storyline, the way it is written, compels you to imagine it visually.

Film : ‘Mo' Better Blues.’ It's a movie I can watch over and over again, it makes me laugh, it makes me cry, and the soundtrack by the amazing Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard is just wonderful.

Companion : Marcello Mastroianni. Marcello was one-of-a-kind actor and I could spend hours talking to him about his experiences working with some of the most influential directors and movies of our time.

Wu Tsang - "You're Dead to Me"

Album : I'm not into albums much, but I'd have several of my favorite underground DJ's, like DJ Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu and Juliana Huxtable create an original mix for me. My island soundtrack would feature lots of traditional Banda music, which I love. I've shot several of my films in Mexico, and Banda always brings me back, like a snapshot of a moment in time. Maybe I could have my mix delivered to the island by drone.

Book: A written retrospective on Rainer Werner Fassbinder would be ideal. I figure if I can't watch movies at least I can read about them and visualize them in my mind, on a loop. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is my favorite. It's considered to be Fassbinder's masterpiece, but I'm always drawn to characters who let their hearts rule their heads. It's that blend of realism and romanticism, loneliness and love that would inspire and buoy me with no other constant but the waves lashing the shore.

Companion: My favorite character is always changing. But this week it's Sarah Linden from ‘The Killing.’ I guess I can relate to her troubled lonely existence. She's super flawed but also so powerful and talented, and deep down has a lot of heart and passion buried under that tough facade. I think we'd enjoy coping with our existentialism and creating our own mythology together on that island.

Jonathon Dillon – "Celluloid Dreams"

Album: Without a doubt, Louis Armstrong "The Definite Collection". I can say without a doubt Louis Armstrong is one of my favorite musicians of all time. When I hear that deep raspy voice I can't help but let all my worries fade away and transport to what life must have been like in the '30s.

Film: People laugh when I say this, but the film I define as one of the most perfectly executed pieces of cinema created is "Back to the Future." Head to tails, frame by frame, everything has purpose and continually pushes the story. Although Zemeckis has gone on to do other projects that he has received more acclaim for (i.e. "Forrest Gump"), I feel like I always watch "Back to the Future" and see something else he did that I didn't catch before that makes me stop and marvel at the film as a whole.

Book: Would graphic novels count? I grew up looking at comic books before I could even read, the visual imagery said it all, and the artwork would be just spell binding. I actually wanted to be a comic book artist as a kid, but then realized I couldn't sketch to save my life. I would lean towards Frank Miller's "Wolverine" or even Alan Moore's "Watchmen." If it had to be a book I'd probably want something on "How to Survive on an Island"....

Character: This is tough, and maybe I'm cheating, but the first feature I did the lead female protagonist was Katherine Parker (played by Rebecca Welsh). She was strong, independent, and above all, a survivor. I've always loved films with strong female characters, hence probably why I fell in love with this one from the moment of reading her on the page. And as they say, you are only as strong as the woman next to you. Honorable mention would obviously go to Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen in "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"), and just about any of James Cameron's heroines.

Check out these filmmakers and many others at www.urbanworld.org

Written by Juan Caceres , LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow [At]LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook
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What Does Barack Obama Listen To While Working Out?

What Does Barack Obama Listen To While Working Out?
Barack Obama is dealing with the final days of his reelection campaign and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast this week, upending the lives of millions in the process. What does the president do when he's not leading the nation during difficult times? According to a new interview with Us Weekly -- likely given well before the events of this week, but published in the latest issue -- Obama likes watching "Homeland" and working out to the dulcet tones of Stevie Wonder.

Per Us Weekly (via Mike Allen's Politico Playbook; the full interview with Obama is not yet online), the president also enjoys Jay-z and the Rolling Stones while exercising.

That Obama would listen to Jay-z while lifting weights and doing cardio shouldn't be too surprising. The president and the rap icon are friendly, with Obama recently saying in a radio interview that he gave Jay parenting advice.
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Barack Obama's presidential narrative: would you go see the sequel? | Tom Shone

The commander-in-chief's turn as entertainer-in-chief is a David and Goliath plot for the ages, and we're only halfway through

How's the election been for you? On a scale of one to 10? Great? Just Ok? Would you recommend it to a friend? Not to trivialize the historical crossroads at which we find ourselves, still less the opportunity for a frank and rigorous exchange of ideas over the best policy with which to lead this great republic into the 21st century, but: have you had fun? Did it suck? Were you on the edge of your seat? Or was it a complete waste of your TiVo?

That America's political machine is an ever-growing subsidiary of its entertainment industry has long been remarked upon. "All campaigns are movies now, consisting of competing narratives with competing stars," wrote Neal Gabler in his superb 1998 book Life: The Movie, a radical expansion of Norman Mailer's famous comment,
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Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson perform at Barack Obama fundraiser

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Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson and more musicians came out in support of President Barack Obama in Los Angeles on Sunday, and the president decided to return the favor. Obama showed up at the "30 Days to Victory Concert" at La's Nokia Theater last night and took the time to speak with some of the 6,000 supporters in attendance.

"Everybody here is incredible professionals, they're such great friends and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same," Obama told the crowd according to the Associated Press, poking fun at his recent criticized debate appearance.

He continued, "Everything we fought so hard for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. And I need your help to finish what we started. I need your help."

The concert was part of a recent effort by celebrities to garner support for President Obama. Perry performed "Firework" (as you can see above) and "Let's Stay Together
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Stevie Wonder to sing for Obama at La fundraiser concert - Realbollywood.com News

Stevie Wonder to sing for Obama at La fundraiser concert - Realbollywood.com News
Los Angeles, September 26: Stevie Wonder has signed up to sing for President Barack Obama at a fundraiser concert in Los Angeles on Oct. 7, it has been revealed.

The artist will join Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi and Earth Wind and Fire in an evening performance at the Nokia Theater, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

The concert-called "30 Days to Victory"-is being produced by Ken Ehrlich and members.
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