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Reporter Gets Hit in the Head with Flying Fish During Weather Report

While we’re not big on local news stories here as we like to stick to television, movies, gaming, and other more “popular stories” of the day, when you see a local news story like this you don’t hesitate in sharing it with your audience. After all, this is something that should go national and if it doesn’t there’s something wrong with the world. While we constantly talk about the division among us, school shootings, Muslim bans, immigration, climate change and all the other issues that weigh us down, take a moment in your day to watch this. This is a

Reporter Gets Hit in the Head with Flying Fish During Weather Report
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Luc Besson interview: Valerian, sci-fi, Adele Blanc-Sec

Don Kaye Aug 17, 2016

French filmmaker Luc Besson digs into the background of his dazzling new space opera, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Den of Geek caught up with French director/writer/producer Luc Besson (Lucy) shortly after he premiered footage at Comic-Con from his upcoming movie, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Based on the French comic book Valerian And Laureline that debuted nearly 50 years ago (in 1967), the movie is a space opera in the grand tradition, infused with the European esthetic of classic publications like Heavy Metal - a genre that Besson has dabbled in before with his 1997 cult classic The Fifth Element.

With space-borne cities hosting thousands of alien races, fleets of battling spaceships and adventure on a galactic level (along with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in the lead roles), Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will hopefully bring audiences
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Tom Hiddleston Gives Weather Report, Blames Thor For Storms on Chicago News Station

Tom Hiddleston can act, sing, and even yodel, so is there anything he can’t do? Apparently not, as the Thor and Avengers actor recently became a weatherman, dishing out the forecast for Chicago 32 News. Hiddleston, who is best known for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, currently stars as Hank Williams, alongside fellow McU actor Elizabeth Olsen (she plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel films), in the biopic I Saw the Light and can be seen next in the new miniseries The Night Manager, which will debut on AMC later this month. While giving the weather report for the local Chicago news station, he channeled a

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The Mighty Boosh: celebrating BBC Three originals

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BBC Three put Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s wilfully shambolic live act and radio series, The Mighty Boosh, on TV…

Part of The Mighty Boosh’s delight comes from its unlikelihood as a TV sitcom. Its boundless Day-Glo imagination isn’t an immediate fit with the constraints of the form. A sunshine simpleton and his awkward, jazz-obsessed colleague meet mythic monsters and talking animals while performing expertly observed musical parody? It’s not exactly My Family.

As comedian, writer, and director of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s 1999 Edinburgh show Arctic Boosh, Stewart Lee, put it, “No television exec would ever have gone ‘What we need is a kind of purple head with tentacles coming out of it which speaks like a member of the Small Faces’”.

And yet a television exec did. Granted, probably not in those exact words. After Danny Wallace opened the door
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Anniversaries: Dinah Washington Born 90 Years Ago

Dinah Washington (8/29/24-12/14/63) was one of the last great examples of female blues singers regularly working in a jazz band context. Many aficionados would say that she was surpassed in this style only by Bessie Smith. First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story, the two-cd set that proudly features the commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1993 to mark the 30th anniversary of her premature death at age 39 (from an overdose of alcohol and diet pills), offers the finest overview of Washington's artistry, ranging from her first records under her own name in 1943 to her classic material for the Verve, Mercury, EmArcy, and Wing labels from 1946 through 1961 (with at least one item from every year in that span), missing only her last two years, when she was on Roulette.

As vocalist expert Chris Albertson's liner notes observe, "Dinah was a gospel, blues, pop, and jazz singer all rolled into one,
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‘Two Night Stand’ Trailer: Check the Weather Report Before Your Dates

Relationships are hard, and they’re even harder when your well-meaning coupled-up friends are pushing you to get back out there again and try to join the world of the loving and living after a particularly harsh breakup. Such is the case with Megan (Analeigh Tipton) whose failed engagement a year prior has her imposing a self-isolation policy that consists of slouching around her apartment in her undies, much to the chagrin of her two roommates (Jessica Szohr and Kid Cudi), and lamenting about her former party and love-filled life. Since she’s “Benjamin Button-ing,” as she calls it, her roommate Faiza (Szohr) suggests that she returns to the swing of things with a good ol’ fashioned one-night stand. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or special, just join a dating site, bang a rando’ and get out of her funk so she can move on with her life. Thusly
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Film Review: ‘Into the Storm’

Film Review: ‘Into the Storm’
Back in ye olde summer of 1996, few could have imagined that we would eventually look back fondly on Jan de Bont’s “Twister” as the kind of movie “they” don’t make like they used to. And yet, a scant two decades later, here comes “Into the Storm” to prime that nostalgic tear. An all-but-official redo of de Bont’s film for the YouTube/Instagram generation, director Steven Quale’s found-footage Frankenstorm extravaganza generates even more racket than its predecessor (especially in theaters equipped with the new Dolby Atmos sound system) and markedly less human interest — up to and including a shameless heart-tugging coda that wraps itself in Old Glory more snugly than a Tea Party sleepover. Ultimately little more than a feature-length demo reel for nine credited VFX companies, this mid-budget New Line Cinema slate filler may earn some quick late-summer coin from undiscriminating teen auds; all others are
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Yusef Lateef R.I.P. (February 11, 1920 - December 23, 2013)

Yusef Lateef, who died on Monday after a bout with prostate cancer, was a devout Muslim who did not like his music to be called jazz because of the supposed indecent origins and connotations of the word (although those origins are still debated). He preferred the self-coined phrase "autophysiopsychic music." Furthermore, his music encompassed an impressively broad range of styles, and the only Grammy he won was in the New Age category -- for a recording of a symphony. Think about those things amid the flood of Lateef obituaries with "jazz" in the headline.

That said, certainly Lateef's own musical origins indisputably revolved around jazz. Growing up in Detroit, a highly fertile musical environment in the 1930s and beyond, Lateef got his first instrument, an $80 Martin alto sax, at age 18. Within a year he was on the road with the 13 Spirits of Swing (arrangements by Milt Buckner).

A Detroit friend,
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Steve's Favorite Jazz Compositions

Today is the second annual International Jazz Day. Last year I put together a list of albums for the occasion. This time around, a dozen of my favorite jazz compositions.

James P. Johnson: "Carolina Shout"

Count Basie Band: "Jumpin' at the Woodside"Duke Ellington: "C Jam Blues"Thelonious Monk: "'Round Midnight"Charlie Parker: "Relaxin' at Camarillo"Charles Mingus: "Better Git It in Your Soul"Joe Henderson: "Inner Urge"Albert Ayler: "Ghosts"Wayne Shorter: "Footprints"McCoy Tyner: "Passion Dance"Joe Zawinul: "In a Silent Way"Julius Hemphill: "The Hard Blues"

- Steve Holtje

Mr. Holtje is a Brooklyn-based composer, poet, and editor. His song cycle setting five of James Joyce's Pomes Penyeach can be heard here.
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Most Celebrated Albums in Grammy History

Most Celebrated Albums in Grammy History
From Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," take a look back at the albums which gained the most accolades in Grammy history.

Most Celebrated Albums In Grammy History'Back to Black' - Amy Winehouse

In 2008, Amy Winehouse claimed the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and Album of the Year for her second album Back to Black. The album's smash single "Rehab" won three awards, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance,
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Announcing the 2010 Grammy Award Nominees!

The Grammy Awards rolled out the red carpet this evening with a one-hour live show to celebrate their 2010 nominees. (Check out photos from the event here.) The night featured performances by previous winners like the Black Eyed Peas, along with the announcement of the acts who will be competing for the special honor. The results? This year is all about the ladies. Taylor Swift has already run away with the majority of awards in 2009, and she's towards the top here too, earning eight nominations including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. But somewhere out there, Kanye West is smiling, because his girl Beyonce bested Ms. Swift tonight with a total of ten nods. As for me, I'm especially happy to see Lady Gaga get recognition in multiple categories following a disappointing run for her at the American Music Awards. Also worth noting - the boys of The Lonely Island
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Grammy nominations in top categories

Nominees announced Wednesday in top categories for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards:Record of the Year: "Halo," Beyonce; "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas; "Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon; "Poker Face," Lady Gaga; "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift.Album of the Year: "I Am Sasha Fierce," Beyonce; "The E.N.D.," The Black Eyed Peas; "The Fame," Lady Gaga; "Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King," Dave Matthews Band; "Fearless," Taylor Swift.Song of the Year: "Poker Face," Lady Gaga and RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga); "Pretty Wings," Hod David and Musze, songwriters (Maxwell); "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce); "Use Somebody," Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill,
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