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Blu-ray Review: 'Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut'

March 14th, 2012 10:19am EDT
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Ben Affleck as...an ex-con? Sounds a tad far-fetched, but in the hands of legendary Director John Frankenheimer it is possible. That’s why we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Reindeer Games: The Director’s Cut" from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In the now sole hands of Frankenheimer, how does the flick hold up – check out the skinny below!

Title: "Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut"

Grade: 4

Cast: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron

Director: John Frankenheimer

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Hip Hop Star Doug E. Fresh Admits He's A Scientologist, Says It's Not A 'White' Religion

September 8th, 2009 8:15am EDT
Doug E. Fresh
Veteran rapper Doug E. Fresh is hip-hop's first Scientologist after converting to the controversial faith eight years ago.

The star, 42, has previously drawn inspiration from aspects of Christianity and Islam, but has confirmed longstanding rumors of his affiliation to Scientology, the religion which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its followers.

Fresh reveals he was introduced to the faith by late soul legend Isaac Hayes when he was dating New York radio DJ Miss Jones.

In an interview with Essence magazine, he says, "I am the first hip-hop artist to do it (convert to Sci...
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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
Sean Penn
Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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'Soul Men' Sings Its Way To DVD February 10

January 25th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Soul Men
Twenty years after an argument that destroyed their friendship and soul band, lead singers Louis and Floyd must re-connect in order to honor their late bandleader at his funeral. In a trip that takes them on a cross-country road trip, the old friends are forced to find a way to bring their lives, and their music, back in sync.

This smart, witty comedy stars two-time Golden Globe® nominee Bernie Mac (Transformers, Ocean's Thirteen), in his last feature film role, and Academy Award® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (The Spirit, Pulp Fiction) as the soul singing legends Louis and Floyd. They ...
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Slideshow: Notable Celebrity Deaths Of 2008

January 1st, 2009 6:47am EST
George Carlin
In 2008 the United States dealt with a recession, a new President elect, and the passing of many great celebrities. Let's take a moment to remember these noted actors, comedians and musicians...

JANUARY 2008

Heath Ledger

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Suzanne Pleshette

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FEBRUARY 2008

Roy Scheider

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MARCH 2008

Anthony Minghella

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Stax Records To Release Soundtrack To 'Soul Men' Nov. 4

October 31st, 2008 9:48pm EDT
Soul Men
Authentic soul music and superstar musical performances are the consistent theme and backdrop for the side-splitting comedy, Soul Men, starring entertainment icons Bernie Mac, who passed away on August 9, and award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson. The film also includes a cameo appearance by Isaac Hayes who died the day after Mac in unrelated circumstances. Soul Men, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Undercover Brother, Roll, Bounce) will be released November 7, 2008 nationwide (Dimension Films/MGM) and the soundtrack will be available November 4th on legendary label Stax Records....
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Slick Rick Among Honorees At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

October 6th, 2008 3:46pm EDT
Slick Rick
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though he's considered one of rap's all-time greats, when Slick Rick is asked about his most significant accomplishment, he doesn't mention having a platinum-selling record, classic hits like "Children's Story" or even his most recent accolade - getting saluted as a pioneer at the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors."

Instead, he cites: owning a home. "I guess my biggest accomplishment would be to purchase some real estate in the Bronx ... to have something to fall back on a rainy day," Slick Rick, who's now a landlord, said in a recent interview. While that may seem rather mundan...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Isaac Hayes' Family Wants Songs Back

August 24th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Isaac Hayes
Soul legend Isaac Hayes' family is to launch legal action to retrieve the rights to his hit songs. The singer's back catalog, which includes classics such as "Do Your Thing" and "Theme from Shaft," was sold for $30,000 on the orders of a court following his bankruptcy in 1976.

Now his relatives are planning to recover the rights to the material - which is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in royalties - to provide financial security for his widow and two-year-old son.

An elder son, Isaac Hayes III, says, "He definitely was done wrong. I'm very passionate about that (pr...
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'South Park' Pays Tribute To Isaac 'Chef' Hayes

August 13th, 2008 11:58am EDT
South Park
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have paid tribute to the late Isaac Hayes - by posting a message on the show's website.

The soul legend voiced the character of Chef in the cartoon from 1998, before he was written out of the script in 2006. Hayes parted ways with the comedy duo after he objected to an episode ridiculing the controversial Scientology religion, of which the singer was a follower. Their split resulted in Chef being brutally killed off in the cartoon.

However, following Hayes' death on Sunday, Stone and Parker have posted a simple 'in memoriam' tribute...
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Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Isaac Hayes

August 12th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has become the latest star to come forward with a tribute to Isaac Hayes, who died on Sunday. In a statement, the soul legend insists the "Walk On By" hitmaker was much more than just a singer/songwriter, claiming he helped to further human rights.

She says, "It was so sad to hear about Isaac Hayes. So musically advanced and timeless in his compositions, he was loved and appreciated by so many. He was an enduring symbol of the struggle of the African American man and was a shining example of soul at its best. God bless... God bless and blessed Isaac Hayes."

Frankli...
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Dionne Warwick And Gloria Gaynor Pay Tribute To Hayes

August 12th, 2008 9:08am EDT
Isaac Hayes
Singers Dionne Warwick and Gloria Gaynor are the latest stars to pay tribute to Isaac Hayes, who died on Sunday.

In a statement, Warwick describes Hayes as "family" and revealed that he had written her 1979 hit song Déjà Vu as a birthday present for her.

She says, "I've lost one of my best buddies and it is not easy to reckon with. I know one can never put a question mark where God puts a period, so I will not question the almighty's decision to call him home. We all know when that call comes we all will answer. Personally, my buddy will be missed for many reasons by me. He was ...
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Notes & Quotes

February 13th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Elle Macpherson
Elle Macpherson's nickname in school was 'Smelly Ellie,' although the supermodel insists it was only because it rhymed.

"My grandfather had a baby when he was 90 and then he passed away and he left his wife pregnant, and she had a baby six months after he died... So now I can wait until (I'm) at least 80." Enrique Iglesias, 33, won't be rushing into fatherhood.

"The top of my head hits his armpit, so I drag my apple box around... and stand on it." Reese Witherspoon on filming romantic scenes with tall actor Vince Vaughn in new comedy Four Christmases.

"You're never going to ...
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Impress Your Loved One With A Message From Isaac Hayes

February 1st, 2008 9:12am EST
Isaac Hayes
Soul man Isaac Hayes is offering romantics the chance to spring a surprise on their loved ones this St. Valentine's Day - by providing his famous voice in phone messages.

The "Shaft" hitmaker has teamed up with telecommunications firm Sprint to give lovers a sexy voice.

Hayes will sing lyrics written by Sprint customers who sign up for a new 'Send Love' plan - so they can impress partners with sexy musical messages.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Lights, Camera, Scientology?

December 17th, 2007 11:50am EST
Tom Cruise
With a ban in Germany on the horizon, scientology has come under severe media scrutiny and public debate in recent years. Ever since Tom Cruise defamed Brooke Shields during post-partum-depression-gate '07, the quasi-religion has been a heated topic. It's been called an oppressive cult. A money-guzzler. A fraud. And it has something to do with an ancient alien named Xenu. So why do so many public faces flock to the Scientology church's doors?

John Travolta, Jenna Elfman, Katie Holmes, Kirstie Alley, Jason Lee and Isaac Hayes are all reported Scientologists. For most of them, their beli...
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The Temptations Return With 48th Studio Release

November 5th, 2007 7:30pm EST
The Temptations
With 2006's Grammy-nominated Reflections, The Temptations performed the Motown classics they always loved but never had the chance to previously record. Now, with Back To Front (New Door Records/UMe), released October 23, 2007, you'll find these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most popular and enduring singing groups of all time performing some of the biggest Pop and R&B songs in history.

For Back To Front, their 48th album of new recordings, and second for New Door Records/UMe, The Temptations put their incomparable stamp on such classics as "Never Never Gonna Giv...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 20

August 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Robert Plant
Happy Birthday to "Strange Days At Blake Holsey High" actor Robert Clark (1986), Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst (1970), Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (1966; d. 2004), rapper KRS-One (1965), actor James Marsters (1962), actress Sophie Aldred (1962), "The Ice Storm" actress Joan Allen (1956), Hong Kong singer Agnes Chan (1955), musician John Hiatt (1952), Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott (1949; d. 1986), Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (1948), journalist Connie Chung (1946), "Dr. Who" actor Sylvester McCoy (1943), scientologist Isaac Hayes (1942), singer Jim Reeves (1923; and 23rd Presiden...
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Fans Puzzled By A 'Lost' Isaac Hayes

July 19th, 2007 2:38pm EDT
Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes stunned fans at a Stax Records tribute concert in Hollywood on Wednesday night by mumbling his way through his set and stammering to the audience. The soul man, who turns 65 next month, was headlining the 50 Years of Stax concert at the Hollywood Bowl - but his puzzling performance left many fans worrying about his health.

Hayes, who checked into a Memphis, Tennessee hospital 18 months ago citing exhaustion, ambled gingerly onto the Bowl's stage and seemed lost at the keyboards during the start of his performance. Later addressing the crowd, Hayes struggled to get his word...
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Soul Stars Celebrate 50 Years Of Stax

June 25th, 2007 6:06pm EDT
Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples and Booker T. & The MG's were among the soul stars who reunited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of record label Stax on Friday. The 50 Years Of Stax concert was hosted by American Idol judge Randy Jackson and Public Enemy star Chuck D. at the Orpheum in Memphis, Tennessee, where Stax Records was based.

Also in attendance were Eddie Floyd, William Bell and Mable John. Hayes played his hits Theme From Shaft and Walk On By, while the late Otis Redding's sons Dexter and Otis III performed two of their father's songs, Try A Little Tenderness and Hard To Handle...
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Memphis To Host "Seven Days Of Soul" June 16 - 22

May 13th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Isaac Hayes
Underscoring its role as a contemporary and historical center of American music, Memphis, Tennessee will host "Seven Days of Soul" June 16- 22, as part of the city's year-long "50 Years of Soul" celebration.

The milestone commemorates the golden anniversaries of the founding of Stax Records, which pioneered the spare and punchy style of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs and countless other legends; and Royal Studios, which produced the achingly sweet intensity of Al Green and Ann Peebles, among others.

"Memphis is thrilled to present 'Seven Days of Soul,'" said Kevi...
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Isaac Hayes Reveals He Dated Dionne Warwick

May 8th, 2007 4:12pm EDT
Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick were once a secret soul super couple. The Shaft hitmaker recently revealed he and Warwick, Whitney Houston's cousin, dated in the 1970s.

He says, "I went out with Dionne (for) about six or seven years. We'll be friends for life."

Ironically, both stars had big hits with Burt Bacharach's ballad about heartache, Walk On By.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Soulive
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...
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Doors Album Photographer Joel Brodsky Dead At 67

March 26th, 2007 4:41pm EDT
The Doors
Iconic rock photographer Joel Brodsky has died at his home in Connecticut. Brodsky, who famously captured the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jim Morrison and Isaac Hayes for classic album covers, suffered a heart attack on March 1. He was 67.

Among the 400-plus album covers Brodsky shot were The Best Of The Doors, which featured a bare-chested Morrison with his arms outstretched, and Hayes' Black Moses album.

He won a 1967 Grammy Award nomination for his cover of The Doors' debut, The Doors. In total, Brodsky captured five of the group's album cover shots.

He also became famous fo...
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Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

March 7th, 2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...
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Beyoncé Isn't The Only Music Star To Strike A Pose in Sports Illustrated

February 15th, 2007 9:55am EST
Kanye West
Beyoncé Knowles might be the first non-model to grace the cover of the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - but she's joining a host of male music stars in the annual publication. Isaac Hayes, Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia, Gnarls Barkley and Kanye West also appear in photospreads, posing with some of the world's most stunning women.

Highlights include Aerosmith striking a pose with Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend Bar Rafaeli and model Marisa Miller towering over country star Kenny Chesney.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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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...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 20

August 20th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Robert Plant
Happy Birthday to "Strange Days At Blake Holsey High" actor Robert Clark (1986), Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst (1970), Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (1966; d. 2004), rapper KRS-One (1965), actor James Marsters (1962), actress Sophie Aldred (1962), "The Ice Storm" actress Joan Allen (1956), Hong Kong singer Agnes Chan (1955), musician John Hiatt (1952), Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott (1949; d. 1986), Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (1948), journalist Connie Chung (1946), "Dr. Who" actor Sylvester McCoy (1943), scientologist Isaac Hayes (1942), singer Jim Reeves (1923; and 23rd Presiden...
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Comedy Central To Re-Air Controversial 'South Park' Episode

July 12th, 2006 3:57pm EDT
South Park
Comedy Central has scheduled a July 19 air date for a controversial Emmy-nominated episode of South Park that lampoons Scientology and Tom Cruise. A repeat of the episode, titled "Trapped In The Closet," was pulled from the schedule at the last minute in May.

The show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were furious with Comedy Central and the gesture is an attempt by the cable network to repair the rift in the relationship. The duo was told the episode was pulled because Cruise was unhappy with the subject matter.

Cruise's representatives have repeatedly denied any involvemen...
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Emmy Voters Have a Sense of Humor Even Though Tom Cruise Does Not

July 7th, 2006 8:28am EDT
South Park
The controversial "Trapped In The Closet" episode of South Park, which poked fun at Tom Cruise, is the cheeky installment which earned creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone an Emmy Awards nomination yesterday.

The parody, which questioned Cruise's sexuality and mocked his Scientology beliefs, was caught up in controversy when it first aired last November, and led to South Park regular Isaac Hayes, a fellow Scientologist, quitting the show.

But rather than steer clear of the controversy, brave Emmy voters have embraced it, declaring it worthy of a nod for Outstanding Animated Progr...
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