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Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

May 8th, 2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...
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Ricky Gervais Gets 'Spinal Tap' Guitar For His 50th Birthday

June 29th, 2011 12:29pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais received an extra-special gift to mark his 50th birthday - a guitar used in classic comedy This Is Spinal Tap.

The British funnyman is close pals with Christopher Guest, who played musician Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 mockumentary about a rock band, and they headed out for a meal to celebrate Gervais reaching the milestone on Saturday.

And when Guest and his wife Jamie Lee Curtis handed over a pile of gifts for The Office creator, he was stunned to unwrap a Fender guitar used by Guest in the spoof movie.

In a blog post detailing how he spent his big day, Gervais writes, "Wo...
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Jeff Beck Kills Off 'Spinal Tap' Rumor

March 2nd, 2010 12:06pm EST
Jeff Beck
Guitar legend Jeff Beck has silenced one of the longest-running rumors in rock - he was not the inspiration for This Is Spinal Tap. The former Yardbirds star has long been linked to the spoof documentary, with gossips suggesting he was the basis for Christopher Guest's character, Nigel Tufnel.

However, Beck is adamant the rumors are untrue - and he only inspired Tufnel's hairstyle. He tells Undercover Music News, "I think the hair was (based on mine) but it ends there. I knew that Christopher Guest had been watching me but Nigel is based on different characters from glam rock. Ironically,...
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Spinal Tap 'Back From The Dead' With New Album June 16

May 4th, 2009 10:27am EDT
Spinal Tap
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film 'This is Spinal Tap and now England's Loudest Heavy Metal Band, Spinal Tap, is celebrating with the release of their first new album in almost two decades, Back From The Dead (The Label Industry Records/Artist2Market/INgrooves), due out Tuesday, June 16. Spinal Tap's last album was 1992's Break Like The Wind.

On Back From the Dead, Tap members David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls unearth their long-self-suppressed studio versions of the classic songs from the movie This is Spinal Tap, as well as six new addition...
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Flashback 1984: A Look At Actors, Films & Music

January 26th, 2009 4:57pm EST
Wham
Where has time gone by? 25 years ago seems like yesterday, and 1984 was so happening! Here's our flashback moment of a few actors, films, and music that were popular in 1984. So, with that said, what were you into in 1984? Let us know!

Top Actors/Actresses

Molly Ringwald

In the film Sixteen Candles, actress Molly Ringwald had every girl wanting to design her own prom dress in 1984. Young, bright, and fresh, she was the essence of teen coolness.

Daryl Hannah

Are mermaids sexy? Well, one certainly was when actress Daryl Hannah starred in 1984's ...
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Live Out Your Rock 'N Roll Inner Dreams With 'The Rocker' On DVD And Blu-Ray Jan. 27

January 7th, 2009 6:00pm EST
The Rocker
Opportunity rocks! School of Rock meets Spinal Tap in the "flat-out funny" (Richard Roeper, "At The Movies") comedy for the rock star in everyone as The Rocker takes center stage on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) January 27th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Rainn Wilson (The Office, Juno) drums up huge laughs in "the surprise comedy of the summer" (Ben Lyons, E!) as Robert "Fish" Fishman, a man living in a rock 'n' roll dream…but waking up in a midlife crisis! After being kicked out of '80s metal band Vesuvius just before they hit superstardom, "Fish" spends the next 20 years in r...
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Is It OK To Dislike Caddyshack?

January 5th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Caddyshack
Caddyshack isn't that good, and it's not very funny. If you're 9 out of 10 red blooded American men, that last sentence just infuriated you like I just made slanderous remarks about your grandmother. I've never met your grandmother, but I have seen Caddyshack - and it kind of sucks. My editors were quick to advise me that although they were giving me the go-ahead on this piece, they would have to include a bigger than usual disclaimer saying that the opinions expressed are solely that of Matthew J. Swanson. I'll tell you that right now, too: it is just my opinion, but it happens to be t...
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Harry Shearer's Satire Of The Bush Administration On CD July 7

June 18th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Harry Shearer
"Songs of the Bushmen," Harry Shearer's savage and poignant musical satire of the Bush administration's leading figures, will be released by Courgette Records, July 1 on digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

An award-winning actor, comedian, author, musician, playwright, radio host and journalist, Harry Shearer presents some of the most biting satire since Mort Sahl, with comedic tunes paying "homage" to cabinet members and advisors including Scooter Libby, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove, among others.

On the eve of the November Presidential elections, e...
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2007 TV Year In Review: The Worst

December 29th, 2007 12:00pm EST
Cavemen
Compounded by the writers strike, TV suffered this year. Shows that should have been pulled weren't, and not one new series became a breakout hit.

The Worst:

"Sportscenter" - What was once one of the funniest and hippest half-hours on television has now become the most exhausting hour (and sometimes 90-minutes) you'll spend in front of the tube. Somewhere along the line, somebody at ESPN got the idea that viewers cared more about watching the anchors and analysts than they did about seeing highlights and scores.

This has led to the self-aggrandizing spectacle currently be...
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Starpulse's Favorite Motion Picture Soundtracks

October 22nd, 2007 4:00pm EDT
Reservoir Dogs
The Tarantino Flicks

Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction

When Quentin Tarantino, alongside Robert Rodriguez, was promoting Grindhouse, he explained that he always finds the beat of his movies by going through an impressive vinyl collection. He writes his scripts with the soundtrack in mind and even uses specific songs in his scripts for specific areas of a film. Maybe this is why his movies always have some pretty groovy tunes. Can you honestly listen to "Stuck in the Middle with You" the same way after Reservoir Dogs?

Two of the best songs that accompany an opening titl...
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Maxim.com's 'Hilarious Movie T-Shirts'

July 18th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Animal House
Sometimes a movie's wittiest dialog is on its characters' T-shirts. Check out Maxim.com's feature on those classic catchphrases that began on the cotton crewnecks of countless crazy characters!

Here are our favorites...

Number 7: Nigel Tufnel's (Christopher Guest) glowing green skeleton rib-cage t-shirt in This Is Spinal Tap. You don't have to overthink this whole "rock star" thing. Forget your foil-covered zucchini or your leather straps-just slap on a shirt like this that screams, "Tonight I´m gonna rock you tonight."

Number 3: Booger's (Curtis Armstrong) classic 'Gimme Head 'Ti...
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