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A Viewers Guide To Bad Movies. Really Bad Movies!

June 16th, 2009 10:58am EDT
Troll II
During this year's SxSW festival, a small documentary titled Best Worst Movie premiered to an enthusiastic reception. The film, directed by former child actor Michael Stephenson, follows the production of a small independently financed Italian-cum-American horror film titled Troll 2. Starring no one, and directed by an Italian exploitation film director with a scatter-shot grasp on English and titles like a Terminator knock off titled Terminator 2 under his belt (the title rights were available in Italy), the 1990 film was released direct-to-video and promptly faded from existence. The acto...

A Cavalcade Of Stars To Judge Songwriting Competition

August 14th, 2007 9:39am EDT
Brian Wilson
A galaxy of legendary musicians including Brian Wilson, Tom Waits, Ray Davies, Nelly Furtado, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn and Frank Black are the judges of this year's International Songwriting Competition.

Wannabe songwriters' entries will be listened to by the A-list panel, who will award one lucky winner $25,000 in cash and a further $20,000 worth of prizes. Two runners-up will also take home cash prizes.

Ornette Coleman, former New Order star Peter Hook, The Cure's Robert Smith, Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Macy Gray and Sean Paul are also on...

Charlie Hunter Makes Fantasy Debut With 'Mistico'; Returns To His Trio Beginnings

July 31st, 2007 4:10pm EDT
It's been two and a half years since Charlie Hunter's last release, Copperopolis. This is certainly not too long to wait if you're happy with the jazz status quo. But for those of you who are Hunter fans Mistico has been a long time coming.

With Mistico, Hunter's first release on Fantasy Records, he continues the quest he's been on since he left Blue Note years ago; a quest no more complicated than the enjoyment of music-his own and others'. And he seems at least a few steps closer to what he's been looking for. "I wanted everything to sound like one kind of large instrument that will ...

Celebrity Snippets

June 18th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Former Destiny's Child members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams intentionally stagger the release of their solo albums so they don't compete with each other. All three R&B singers have forged successful solo careers since the band split in 2005 - and they put it down to their conscious effort not to upstage each other. Rowland says, "We don't like to release albums at the same time. We don't think of it as competition, but everyone else does so we try to avoid it."

Singer Elvis Costello will team up with New Orleans singer Allen Toussaint for a fundraising concert i...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 19

March 19th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Bruce Willis
Happy Birthday to "16 Blocks" star Bruce Willis (1955), "The Shield" actress Glenn Close (1947), Louisiana musician Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Swiss actress Ursula Andress (1936), jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930), and famed wild west lawman Wyatt Earp (1848; d. 1929).

Grammy Honors For The Doors, The Grateful Dead And Joan Baez

February 11th, 2007 6:30pm EST
Grateful Dead
The Grammy Awards got off to an early start last night when iconic rockers The Doors, folk singer Joan Baez and The Grateful Dead picked up prizes for lifetime achievement.

Opera singer Maria Callas, saxophonist Ornette Coleman and soul band Booker T. And The MG's were also honored by the U.S. Recording Academy on the eve of the main Grammy ceremony, which will be held at Los Angeles tonight.

The Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger said the band's late singer Jim Morrison would have been "very honored".

He added, "People think he was anti-establishment, but in reality he wanted...

Shakira, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown & Others To Perform at Grammy Awards

February 7th, 2007 9:38am EST
International superstar and Grammy Award nominee Shakira will perform, along with nominee Wyclef Jean; nominees Chris Brown, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson team for a special tribute to the tradition of great male R&B artists; and nominee Rascal Flatts will join previously announced nominee Carrie Underwood in a tribute to country rock, on "The 49th Annual Grammy Awards," live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30PM live ET/delayed PT) on CBS.

Added to present are current nominee Natasha Bedingfield, current nominee and 12-time Grammy Award winner Tony Benne...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 20th, 2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...

Bruce Hornsby Releases 5-Disc Box Set

August 2nd, 2006 11:05am EDT
Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough debut album with the 5-disc box set, “Intersections 1985-2005.” The collection arrives as Bruce Hornsby and his band The Noisemakers are in the midst of their 2006 summer U.S. tour.

The career-spanning collection, comprising four CDs (totaling 53 tracks, 26 of them previously unreleased on CD) and one DVD (with 23 clips, 21 of them previously unreleased on DVD), arrived in stores July 25. “Bruce Hornsby: Intersections 1985-2005” includes a full-color booklet, spiced up by Hornsby's provocative and witty track-by-trac...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 19

March 19th, 2006 3:02am EST
Bruce Willis
Happy Birthday to "16 Blocks" star Bruce Willis (1955), "The Shield" actress Glenn Close (1947), Louisiana musician Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Swiss actress Ursula Andress (1936), jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930), and famed wild west lawman Wyatt Earp (1848; d. 1929).

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