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Why Aretha Franklin Was America’s Greatest Voice

Why Aretha Franklin Was America’s Greatest Voice
The most beautiful words ever spoken about Aretha Franklin came from her friend and producer Luther Vandross, back in 1982: “This woman ain’t entertainment. She’s done opened the books to my life and told everybody. Like Roberta Flack used to say in ‘Killing Me Softly,’ ‘I thought he found my letters and read them all out loud.’ She was the spokesperson for a lot of people and how they feel.” Aretha made countless listeners people feel that way, which is why she reigned as the greatest rock, pop or soul singer ever.
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Roberta Flack Falls Ill At Apollo Theater, Rushed To Hospital

  • Deadline
Roberta Flack, the songstress and sometimes-actress, cut short an appearance Friday night at New York’s famed Apollo Theater because of illness. She was taken to Harlem Hospital.

The 81-year-old Flack, best known for her monster 1970s hit Killing Me Softly, was appearing at a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of American when she fell ill. She exited the stage on her own.

No immediate update on her condition was available.

Flack has appeared on numerous TV shows and supplied music for the soundtracks of countless films and television spots during her long career. In addition to Killing Me Softly, her hits include The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Set the Night to Music.
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Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to Hospital from Apollo Theater

  • TMZ
Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to Hospital from Apollo Theater
"Killing Me Softly" singer Roberta Flack's performance at the Apollo Theater was cut short Friday night as she was taken by ambulance to a hospital ... TMZ has learned. Roberta was performing a charity concert for the Jazz Foundation of America when she fell ill. Fdny tells us the ambulance arrived around 8:50 Pm Est, and she was taken to a hospital in Harlem. We're told the 81-year-old singer Roberta was able to leave the
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The Drowning Pool

‘Harper Days Are Here Again,’ reads the advertising tag line for this worthy follow-up to Paul Newman’s first outing as Ross Macdonald’s jaded private eye. The movie is certainly worthy, but how did the producers let the terrific song Killing Me Softly with His Song get away?

The Drowning Pool

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1976 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton, Gail Strickland, Melanie Griffith, Linda Haynes, Richard Jaeckel.

Cinematography: Gordon Willis

Film Editor: John C. Howard

Production Design: Paul Sylbert

Original Music: Michael Small

Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Walter Hill from the novel by Ross Macdonald

Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Looking to make lightning strike twice, Paul Newman returned to his Lew Harper character in another adaptation of a Ross Macdonald tale. The star handles it very well,
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‘The Voice’ season 14 episode 4: Vote for your favorite blind audition [Poll]

‘The Voice’ season 14 episode 4: Vote for your favorite blind audition [Poll]
Season 14 of “The Voice” continued on March 6 with a fourth episode devoted to the blind auditions. Eight of the nine performers made it through to the next round. Which one of these would-be winners stood out for you? Or did you like the one contestant who did not get through this round?

Read our recap of each of their performances and then cast your ballot in our poll. And be sure to make your voice heard in our comments section by sounding off on these contestants and the four coaches: veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, third-timer Alicia Keys and newcomer Kelly Clarkson.

See ‘The Voice’ winners: Where are they now (Season 1 – 13)?

Spensha Baker: “Blackbird

This 24-year-old from San Antonio, Texas sang the Beatles chestnut “Blackbird.” Keys convinced this artist to join her team rather that of Shelton.

Alexa Cappelli: “I’ve Got the Music in Me”

This 18-year-old from Upland,
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Toronto ‘17’: Visionary Works Headline Tiff ‘17’s Platform Slate

Toronto ‘17’: Visionary Works Headline Tiff ‘17’s Platform Slate
by StaffDirectors’ cinema, now: Tiff’s three-year-old Platform program returns for 2017 with more original voices and visionary films.

Last year, Platform included celebrated works such as William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth — currently playing at Tiff Bell Lightbox — Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, and Barry Jenkins’ Academy Award Best Picture winner, Moonlight. The 12 films in this year’s programme are another showcase for the artistry of a group of bold, dynamic voices in contemporary cinema.

Sweet CountryIf You Saw His Heart

This year’s lineup presents 12 films from eight countries on five continents. All selected films will compete for the Platform Prize, to be awarded by a jury made up of award-winning filmmakers Chen Kaige, Małgorzata Szumowska, and Wim Wenders.

The program will open with the world premiere of The Death of Stalin, from award-winning director-writer Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Veep). The historical epic follows the final days leading up to the Soviet dictator’s death.
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American Idol Auditions

American Idol Auditions
American Idol lives! ABC has officially confirmed that it’s rebooting the reality competition series following its 2016 cancellation.

While we patiently wait for the show’s new network to announce a premiere date, judges and hosts, we’re looking back at where it all began for the biggest stars to come out of the show’s first 15 seasons.

Carrie Underwood

Underwood claimed the Idol crown in season 4. When we first made her acquaintance, she was an Oklahoma farm girl who had never even been on a plane, but her rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” proved she was destined for bigger things.
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Team Alicia Keys ‘The Voice’ battle: Vanessa Ferguson was right choice over Autumn Turner say 54% of readers

Team Alicia Keys ‘The Voice’ battle: Vanessa Ferguson was right choice over Autumn Turner say 54% of readers
The second of the nine battles on the March 27 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Alicia Keys‘ artists — Vanessa Ferguson and Autumn Turner — against each other. For their battle song, Keys chose to showcase two of her strong female artists with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” Roberta Flack had a huge hit in 1973 with this chart-topping soul song, which […]
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‘The Voice’ battle: Vanessa Ferguson vs. Autumn Turner with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ for Team Alicia Keys [Poll]

‘The Voice’ battle: Vanessa Ferguson vs. Autumn Turner with ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ for Team Alicia Keys [Poll]
The second of the nine battles on the March 27 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Alicia Keys‘ artists — Vanessa Ferguson and Autumn Turner — against each other. For their battle song, Keys chose to showcase two of her strong female artists with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” Roberta Flack had a huge hit in 1973 with this chart-topping soul song, which […]
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The Voice Recap: Thinning of the Heard

The Voice Recap: Thinning of the Heard
A blazing Black Crowes redo. An overnight transformation. Rehearsal-room drama. Robyn unplugged. Hmm. Night 3 of The Voice’s Battle Rounds must’ve been pretty decent, especially for what you’ve mentioned is a subpar Season 12, because by the end of it, even Adam Levine’s Gwen Stefani-blond ‘do was starting to grow on me. Let’s review Monday’s performances, shall we, then you can play favorites in the comments.

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Team Adam: Johnny Hayes defeated Julien Martinez on “Hard to Handle” | In rehearsal, Johnny seemed
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‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker Reveals ‘San Junipero’-Inspired Playlist

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‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker Reveals ‘San Junipero’-Inspired Playlist
Black Mirror” continued to surprise its fans in Season 3, especially by diverging from its future-set tales with an upbeat, ’80s inspired episode called “San Junipero.” The new episode follows two potential lovers in a small beach town where a mystery eventually unfolds, and show creator Charlie Brooker has graciously expanded the musical backdrop of the episode with a Spotify playlist of the songs, as well as other tracks that didn’t make the final cut.

Read More: ‘Black Mirror’: How ‘San Junipero,’ Season 3’s Sweet Love Story, Came to Be

The playlist includes catchy dance floor hits such as “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue, “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles, and Salt-n-Pepa classic “Push It,” to more emotional tunes such as “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by the Fugees and “How Can I Tell You” by Cat Stevens.

Featuring saxophones aplenty,
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TriCoast announce UK debut of ‘Guns For Hire’

Black comedy, kinky plots and twisted minds combine in Guns For Hire, a gun-toting action thriller starring Michele Hicks (The Shield, Mullholland Drive) as a part-time assassin, who falls for a suicidal and secretive femme fatale, (Ever Carradine), triggering a violent sequence of events.

Directed by Katherine Brooks (Confidential) and Donna Robinson (Dora: A Head Case) the film also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife), Orlando Jones (The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea), Ben Mendelshon (Killing Me Softly), Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Person of Interest) and Raffaeloo Degruttola (Blood Moon).

Guns For Hire comes to the UK on DVD courtesy of TriCoast UK. It will be released on DVD in the Us in the 1st quarter of 2016, courtesy of Sony.
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Meet Jon Batiste, Stephen Colbert's Crowd-Thrilling Rebel Bandleader

Meet Jon Batiste, Stephen Colbert's Crowd-Thrilling Rebel Bandleader
Jon Batiste gets off the elevator and doesn't say a word to the percussionists already tapping out rhythms for a rooftop soundcheck at New York's NoMad Hotel — he just plops down at the white Steinway and joins in. There's not much of an audience beyond a handful of photographers, a soundman and some staff steaming a white tablecloth for a makeshift bar. Still, he's performing: winking and smiling at everyone, digging into the keys, laughing, shouting. Until he gets up from his stool maybe a half-hour later, he doesn't ever
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Stephen King's The Jaunt Gets Optioned

Stephen King's The Jaunt Gets Optioned
Brad Pitt’s Plan B is building a reputation for shepherding bold, creative projects into life. Selma, 12 Years A Slave, Killing Me Softly and Moneyball have all been lovingly nursed through production with varying degrees of success, and it looks likely that Stephen King’s The Jaunt will join World War Z in representing the more fantastical end of the production house’s slate. Mama duo Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are now attached to the project.A short story originally published by King in Twilight Zone Magazine, The Jaunt found a home and a fanbase in 1985 short story anthology, Skeleton Crew (also the home of The Mist). The premise, set in the 24th century, sees a dad explaining the basis of ‘jaunting’, a teleportation device with which he’ll transport his family to Mars. So far, so About Time meets Total Recall. Of course, things can – and do – go horribly wrong in the process.
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Andrew Dominik to script remake of Shaolin Temple; Justin Lin to direct

  • JoBlo
Justin Lin's directorial future continues to pile up with new projects, but it looks like the follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will still be his next film. And now what comes after that 2015 film has been decided as Lin will helm the 3D remake of Jet Li's film debut, Shaolin Temple. Deadline reports that Lin will direct the film from a screenplay by Andrew Dominik. Dominik is best known for scripting and directing the Eric Bana crime flick Chopper and the Brad Pitt sleeper Killing Me Softly....
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Rising Star Semifinal Recap: Killing Me Slowly… With Their Songs

Rising Star Semifinal Recap: Killing Me Slowly… With Their Songs
Off the top of my head, I’d like to throw out a few important new guidelines for Season 2 of Rising Star — while acknowledging that the months old, unchecked Powerball ticket in my wallet is as likely to make all my dreams come true as ABC’s woeful reality-singing competition is to return in 2015:

1. If the show’s “experts” are going to pretend to be “mentors,” then they should never ever allow a wide-eyed 16-year-old girl to sing lyrics about being a “for-a-good-time-call” party girl. #RIPManeepatMolloy

2. Ke$ha must agree to a four-hour nap and five Red Bulls prior to any live telecast.
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Win: Now That’s What I Call Music! USA CD

Now That’s What I Call Music! USA is the next hot release from the biggest music brand in the world. American artists have always topped the UK charts so it makes sense that we should celebrate all the biggest hits on one definitive album.

Now That’s What I Call Music! USA has no less than over 60 of the biggest pop & R&B USA hits from our favourite artists from across the pond including Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Maroon 5, Will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake right through to Vanilla Ice and Mc Hammer.

We have three copies of the CD to give away to our readers. Check our the track list below and then enter for your chance to win!

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1. Bruno MarsLocked Out Of Heaven

2. Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young

3. The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

4. Will.i.iam – Bang

Chen Kaige to head Tokyo jury

  • ScreenDaily
Chen Kaige to head Tokyo jury
Farewell My Concubine director named jury president of the 2013 edition.

The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has named Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige as jury president for its international competition at the 26th edition (Oct 17-25).

Farewell My Concubine, his most acclaimed film and the first Chinese film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, was shown in the special screening section at the 6th Tiff.

In 2008, he was awarded with the Akira Kurosawa Award for the most talented director at the 21st Tiff.

His other features include The Emperor and the Assassin (1999), Golden Globe-nominated The Promise (2005) and Golden Bear-nominated Forever Enthralled (2008) as well as Temptress Moon (1996), Together (2002), Killing Me Softly (2002), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), Sacrifice (2010), and his most recent work, Caught in the Web (2012).

He has served as a judge for the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals as well as several other film festivals in China, Japan and Italy
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Lauryn Hill Opens Up About Prison Life In New Letter

Lauryn Hill Opens Up About Prison Life In New Letter
Lauryn Hill is speaking out ... from behind bars.

After beginning her three-month jail sentence on July 8 for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade, the 38-year-old Grammy-winning singer wrote a letter to fans, thanking them for their support and opening up about her experience in prison so far.

Hill's team shared the message on her Tumblr page, explaining that she can't personally answer all the fan mail she's received.

"Ms. Hill has received a lot mail, and would like to let everyone know that she is doing well," her Tumblr page reads. "She also asked me to pass along this message:

"I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances,
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