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From the People Archive: Inside Prince's Risqué - and Secretive - Life

From the People Archive: Inside Prince's Risqué - and Secretive - Life
Prince, iconic singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was 57. In the mid '80s, just as his career hit an all-time high following the release of his hit single "Purple Rain", Prince sat down with People to discuss his life and rique music. Read the 1984 cover story below:He glittered in a white sequined cape, ornately futuristic atop a bank of speakers in the darkened hall. Eerie synthesizer chords echoed through the arena, laser lights dappled the crowd and a garbled heavenly voice rumbled, "I'm confused." And as confetti rained down, 19,000 fans at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena saw the
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From the People Archive: Inside Prince's Risqué - and Secretive - Life

From the People Archive: Inside Prince's Risqué - and Secretive - Life
Prince, iconic singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was 57. In the mid '80s, just as his career hit an all-time high following the release of his hit single "Purple Rain", Prince sat down with People to discuss his life and rique music. Read the 1984 cover story below:He glittered in a white sequined cape, ornately futuristic atop a bank of speakers in the darkened hall. Eerie synthesizer chords echoed through the arena, laser lights dappled the crowd and a garbled heavenly voice rumbled, "I'm confused." And as confetti rained down, 19,000 fans at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena saw the
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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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10 Most Wtf Moments From 'The Unauthorized Full House Story'

10 Most Wtf Moments From 'The Unauthorized Full House Story'
Who, exactly, was clamoring for a biopic about the origins and backstory of Full House, the ABC sitcom that garnered huge ratings, spawned catchphrases, and introduced the world to the Olsen twins? It's entirely possible that the movie was greenlit in reaction to the news that Fuller House, a continuation of the series focusing on eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Camerone Bur), will premiere on Netflix in 2016. Or it's possible that, after the success of The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, Lifetime sensed an opportunity to keep the nostalgia-fueled train going.
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Kool and the Gang Trombonist Clifford Adams Dies at 62

Kool and the Gang trombonist Clifford Adams passed away Monday. He was 62. Adams had been suffering from liver cancer for about a year, but didn't have health insurance to cover the costs of medical care. While hospitalized at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, the famed jazz performer's family and friends held fundraisers to try and pay for a liver transplant. He received help from Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit created to help jazz musicians through hard times. Best known for his time spent with Kool and the Gang, Adams also played with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells. He also performed with Duke Ellington. Although he collaborated with many artists, the trombonist also...
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Strictly Come Dancing: the final – Caroline Flack wins!

It was between Frankie, Caroline, Mark and Simon, but Caroline and Pasha were the ones to walk away with the Strictly glitterball

9.59pm GMT

So that is really is It for another year of Strictly. A massive, massive thank you to everyone for turning out every week for the past three months to read the blog, spread the word and leave your wit and wisdom in the comment box. It’s lovely to have the company of a community of people who love this show as much as I do – it makes the blog so much more fun to write, and hopefully to read too.

That’s me done for 2014, so a heartfelt thank you and a Merry Christmas to all. If you’re passing and want to say hello, you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens. I’m off to crack open a bottle of something fizzy, let’s do this again next year,
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Strictly Come Dancing final live blog: As it happened

It started at the end of the summer, and now we're just days (you could even count in hours if you're really keen) away from Christmas Day. And like the arrival of Santa down the chimney, we couldn't be much more excited about the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 finale.

Caroline Flack, Simon Webbe, Frankie Bridge and Mark Wright are this year's Final 4 preparing to duke it out on the dancefloor and shake their tailfeathers until they won't shake no more for our votes.

Why Mark Wright should win Strictly

Why Frankie Bridge should win Strictly

Why Simon Webbe should win Strictly

Why Caroline Flack should win Strictly

Only one person can win and although Caroline and Frankie are the clear bookies' favourites, they are by no means home and dry. It will probably come down to those dreaded showdances, which can make or break a celebrities whole Strictly journey.

Join us
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Strictly Come Dancing final live blog: Who is going to win?

It started at the end of the summer, and now we're just days (you could even count in hours if you're really keen) away from Christmas Day. And like the arrival of Santa down the chimney, we couldn't be much more excited about the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 finale.

Caroline Flack, Simon Webbe, Frankie Bridge and Mark Wright are this year's Final 4 preparing to duke it out on the dancefloor and shake their tailfeathers until they won't shake no more for our votes.

Why Mark Wright should win Strictly

Why Frankie Bridge should win Strictly

Why Simon Webbe should win Strictly

Why Caroline Flack should win Strictly

Only one person can win and although Caroline and Frankie are the clear bookies' favourites, they are by no means home and dry. It will probably come down to those dreaded showdances, which can make or break a celebrities whole Strictly journey.

Join us
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

What You Missed at the 2014 Soul Train Awards

  • Vulture
What You Missed at the 2014 Soul Train Awards
The big winner of last night's Soul Train Awards? Chris Brown. He took home three awards — all for various aspects of the song "Loyal" — and somehow managed not to horribly offend. (Though he is still terrible.) But who really cares about the awards? This year's ceremony was all about the reunions and surprise guest-filled tributes. It was all worth it just to see Lil' Kim. Here's a run-through of what happened last night. Let's start on a high note. The Kool and the Gang tribute felt like a wacky variety show, featuring the talents of Tamar Braxton, Joe, Mc Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, and Ma$e. Am I the only one who finds it exciting every time Ma$e randomly appears somewhere? (Video can be seen here, because Bet loves autoplay.) The other cool/kool thing that happened: Lil' Kim, Da Brat, and Missy Elliott performed 1996's “Not
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Marvel Planning Legal Action Concerning Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Leak

The early leak of the Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer was met by its studio with an air of geekery that we’ve come to expect from the comic book giants. Almost as soon as the bootleg version of the first preview made its way online, the marketing heads were cooking up a comeback. Making a gag about Hydra being responsible (“Dammit, Hydra”), followed by an official version, made them out to be Kool and The Gang. But they’re not. In fact, the studio are now seeking legal action against the person responsible for the unauthorized posting of their carefully-crafted trailer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, they’re on their way to discovering the location of the leaker. A subpoena was submitted at a California Federal Court asking Internet giants Google to produce information on the suspect. So far, the studio have produced documents outlining that they’d narrowed
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Pulp Fiction at Twenty

An early detail in Pulp Fiction quietly testifies to the film’s legacy. During the opening credits, after the prologue that features robbers Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) planning a diner score that will come to have great reverberations on the story that follows, there’s an audible song switch on the soundtrack. Dick Dale’s surfer cover of “Miserlou”, which serves to prime audiences for the epic, unruly party that’s to follow, transitions into Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” and we can hear a player halted as if to switch records to set up that second song. That’s the key part. Movies before and after Pulp Fiction have long traded in elaborate soundtracks that serve to trigger nostalgia in viewers, but director Quentin Tarantino intentionally and bluntly highlights the manipulation to great, self-aggrandizing effect>> - Chuck Bowen
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Pulp Fiction at Twenty

An early detail in Pulp Fiction quietly testifies to the film’s legacy. During the opening credits, after the prologue that features robbers Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) planning a diner score that will come to have great reverberations on the story that follows, there’s an audible song switch on the soundtrack. Dick Dale’s surfer cover of “Miserlou”, which serves to prime audiences for the epic, unruly party that’s to follow, transitions into Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” and we can hear a player halted as if to switch records to set up that second song. That’s the key part. Movies before and after Pulp Fiction have long traded in elaborate soundtracks that serve to trigger nostalgia in viewers, but director Quentin Tarantino intentionally and bluntly highlights the manipulation to great, self-aggrandizing effect>> - Chuck Bowen
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[New Column!] The Unseen: The Pit

It was the early '80s. Reagan was president, Kool and the Gang was still cool, and slashers roamed our movie screens searching for unaware teens having sex. But elsewhere in the horror realm, director Lew Lehman was making a creepy movie called The Pit. The Pit is…uh, really f’n creepy. Sorry to begin with such a brisk, un-profound statement, but that is the only way I can sum up this film. All elements are eerie - the acting, the plot, the filming, and most of the background facts. But this one is not your standard “scary” style of “creepy." This is much more of a “finding out that the kid next door has been watching you shower” kind of creepy. The final product is a fun little horror flick; unfortunately, some of the uncomfortable elements make it a bit too un-cohesive for standard horror viewers. The Pit
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Adriana, Alessandra, Suki, and More Supermodels Take Cannes at Chopard's Bash

  • Popsugar
Some of of the biggest names in modeling and VIP guests from around the world got decked out in diamonds last night in the French Riviera for Chopard's exclusive Cannes Film Festival party. Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Liu Wen, Eva Herzigova, Arlenis Sosa, and Petra Nemcova all wore gowns from Elie Saab couture in a rainbow of pastels. The extravagant soiree was held in an airport hangar, and the fine jeweler pulled out all the stops for its VIP guests. Champagne flowed, Kool and the Gang took the stage, and the DJ spun tunes from inside the cockpit of a jumbo jet surrounded by vines and palm trees. The upscale, tropical theme was echoed at the several bars strewn around the expansive bash, which were built like tiny grass huts and surrounded by coconuts. Beyond the cadre of supermodels in attendance, Colin Firth and his wife, Livia, arrived arm in arm,
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Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga & Outkast to Headline 2014 Summerfest

When the weather gets hot concert lineups get even hotter, and Summerfest has a 2014 schedule that will blow your mind.

With headliners that range from Bruno Mars to Motley Crue, all musical genres will be covered between June 25th-29th and July 1st-6th when the mammoth festival rolls into Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Also on the bill are big names like Lady Gaga, Paramore, Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, Brad Paisley, Fall Out Boy and Zac Brown Band.

And by the way, tickets for all 11 days of Summerfest are only $70!

The rest of the bands on board for Summerfest are:

New Order

Rise Against

Kip Moore

Ray Lamontagne

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Nas

Brand New

The Neighbourhood

Fitz & the Tantrums

Ludacris

Five Finger Death Punch

The Fray

The Head and the Heart

Neon Trees

The Airborne Toxic Event

Tegan and Sara

B.o.B.

Robert DeLong

Melissa Etheridge

Bonnie Raitt

Atmosphere

Girl Talk
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Summerfest 2014 lineup revealed: Lady Gaga, OutKast and Bruno Mars among headliners

  • Hitfix
Summerfest 2014 lineup revealed: Lady Gaga, OutKast and Bruno Mars among headliners
Milwaukee’s Summerfest has announced its 2014 lineup, which includes some of the biggest names in pop and rock. Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Outkast, Dave Matthews Band, Brad Paisley, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy and Paramore will all headline. Check out the complete lineup and watch the festival’s promo video below. Summerfest takes a slightly different approach to the typical festival — running a total of eleven days, June 25-29 and July 1-6, and splitting its headliners into separate shows. Low-cost, general admission tickets can be purchased for one day, three days or the entire festival, while tickets to the headliners’ shows at Marcus Amphitheater are sold individually. Tickets are now available at the festival’s website. Here’s the entire Summerfest 2014 lineup: Bruno Mars Lady Gaga Brad Paisley Outkast Dave Matthews Band Zac Brown Band Darius Rucker Motley Crue Fall Out Boy Paramore Gary Clark Jr. New Order
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Ashley Banjo: My Entertainment - Michael Jackson, Sat Navs and Homeland

Entertain Me is a new feature for Digital Spy, where we find out the music, movies, books and tech that define people.

Diversity star Ashley Banjo, who returns to Sky1 tonight with his new series Big Town Dance, is the first celebrity to step up, revealing his personal heroes and inspirations in the world of dance, music and beyond.

What song would you want played at your funeral?

That's hard. Something happy. 'Celebration' by Kool and the Gang. Not to celebrate the fact I'm dead - ha, ha - but the whole vibe, 'celebrate, good times', everyone singing along. Either that or the Jackson 5, 'I Want You Back'. That was the Diversity theme tune when we won Britain's Got Talent.

Who are your dance heroes?

Michael Jackson. Fred Astaire. Gene Kelly. The Nicholas Brothers. You don't know the Nicholas brothers? Oh my.

There are so many great dancers these
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'Secret Disco Revolution' Gets U.S. Release

  • The Wrap
'Secret Disco Revolution' Gets U.S. Release
Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to the documentary "Secret Disco Revolution," featuring interviews with many 70's music icons, including Gloria Gaynor (pictured with model), The Village People, and Kool and the Gang. ScreenMedia plans a June 2013 U.S. theatrical run of the documentary, the company announced Monday. Written, directed, and produced by Kastner, the film looks into the disco movement and many of its key figures. Also read: Donna Summer, Disco Queen, Dead at 63 "For anyone that grew up with disco this film will transport you back in time while
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November: Theater Review

November: Theater Review
David Mamet owes no apologies to anyone. Not only one of the major playwrights of the past 40 years, he has been among our most accomplished film directors as well. But this nearly five-year-old play, now making its Los Angeles debut, was probably considerably less amusing by the autumn of 2008’s financial crisis, months after it had closed on Broadway, and time has been anything but kind to it. Conceived in a spirit of fierce malice toward a feckless incompetent of an incumbent, November presents a couple of days before Charles Smith (Ed Begley, Jr.) will be unceremoniously

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Preview Feature Doc 'The Secret Disco Revolution' (You May Think You Know Disco, But You Don't)

Might what we know as Disco actually contain hidden meanings, despite attempts by revisionist to re-shape it as as a misunderstood culture of protest? Through interviews with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, Kool and the Gang and others, along with a goldmine of stock footage and speculative reenactments, The Secret Disco Revolution presents a comical investigation into disco and its "mysterious longevity." The Canadian-produced feature documentary was directed by Jamie Kastner; it'll premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Cheekily fun and intellectually absorbing, Jamie Kastner’s meticulously researched documentary...
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