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Vatican Absolves The Beatles For Mysterious, 'Possibly Even Satanic' Messages

April 16th, 2010 9:12am EDT
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr has rejected forgiveness from Catholic Church officials who once called him a Satanist.

Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper earlier this week, in which the Beatles were praised for their "beautiful" music and were absolved for their rock star decadence and experiments with drugs.

The front-page editorial also addressed John Lennon's controversial comments about the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus" at the height of their success.

The newspaper's editors wrote, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysteri...
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Claudia Schiffer's Husband Fears A Fan Will Kill Her

March 23rd, 2010 8:22am EDT
Claudia Schiffer
Moviemaker Matthew Vaughn is petrified his wife Claudia Schiffer will be assassinated like late Beatle legend John Lennon after a series of obsessed fans targeted the supermodel.

In 2002 an Italian man was sectioned under the Mental Health Act after turning up at the beauty's home in Suffolk, England nine times, while in 2004 a Canadian man had to be deported from Britain twice after also turning up at the couple's property.

However, one particular incident left the film producer shaken and fearing the model could be killed like Lennon, who was shot dead outside his New York home in 198...
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Starpulse Scene Weekly Wrap Up: Brody Jenner, Jayde Nicole & More

January 4th, 2010 1:12pm EST
Starpulse Scene Weekly Wrap Up
Contributing writer Erin Demchak shares the Top 10 latest Hollywood gossip on the Starpulse Scene. This week Erin discusses celebrity break up news including Brody Jenner and Jayde Nicole, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins and Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was stolen and actress Brittany Murphy was laid to rest. Check out these stories and more on this week's hottest Hollywood gossip video -The Starpulse Scene.

Story by Erin Demchak

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Paul McCartney To Release 'Good Evening New York City' CD/DVD Nov. 17

November 15th, 2009 9:00am EST
McCartney live DVD
Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening of New York's Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases "Good Evening New York City". This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee...
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Celebrity Weekend In Photos: 'Twilight' Stars Dress Up, 'Glee' Cast Sings & More!

November 2nd, 2009 9:18am EST
Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene
"Twilight" stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene at Veuve Clicquot's "Yelloween" Party at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas on October 31. See what other celebs did this weekend!

The cast of TV show Glee sings the national anthem before Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Oct. 31, in Philadelphia.

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La Toya Jackson Launches Her New Milkshake at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood on October 31.

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'Paper Heart' Review: Charlyne Yi's Oddball Semi-sweet Documentary

August 6th, 2009 10:11am EDT
Paper Heart
"The Power of love is a curious thing. Make a one man weep, make another man sing." - Hugh Anthony Cregg III (Huey Lewis) 1985.

"Paper Heart" is an oddball of a film disguised as a semi-sweet documentary on which nothing can be taken at face value -- though they might want you to -- and that's what's so curious. If Charlyne Yi's goal was to make a type film that no one has ever seen before, she just may have pulled it off. Of course, this isn't always a worthwhile goal: John Lennon wanted to record a song that no one had ever heard before and he came up with "Revolution 9" for The Beatle...
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Actors Who Could Play Musicians

July 13th, 2009 12:45pm EDT
Michael Jackson Johnny Depp
When it comes to film genres, music films are quite popular in Hollywood. With a little make-up here and there, contact lenses, or change of hairstyle, there a few actors we think would make perfect cast selections for the following musicians. Let us know if you agree.

Zoe Saldana / Beyonce

If she were to lighten her hair, we think actress Zoe Saldana would be just as fierce as miss "Sasha Fierce" Beyonce.

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Johnny Depp / Michael Jackson

We think actor Johnny Depp has what it takes to pull off the latter part of Michael Jackson's musical life.

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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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Review: 'The Hangover' Is A Sensation Worth Experiencing More Than Once

June 3rd, 2009 9:54am EDT
The Hangover
"I'm psyched for you to see this movie, I think you're going to like it. We're really proud of it." Ed Helms to Starpulse's Mike Ryan in a recent interview about "The Hangover."

One of the biggest compliments I can give to a film that I'm reviewing is that I would pay money -- after just seeing it for free -- to see it again. The Hangover, without question, is one of these films and I guarantee that I will see it again. So, yes, Ed Helms, you were absolutely correct: I will try, now, to express in words how much I loved this film. Seriously, I loved the hell out of The Hangover.

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Wild Olivia (Links & Stuff)

May 15th, 2009 7:00pm EDT
Olivia Munn
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

Beyonce gets all 'Sasha Fierce' on her lighting guy:

7 real-life women you’d need to survive on the LOST island - Blog of Hilarity

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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Beatles
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...
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25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...
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Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

March 8th, 2009 12:20pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...
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'The Beatles: Rock Band' Set For Worldwide Release September 9

March 5th, 2009 10:54am EST
The Beatles
Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band. The music-based video game, an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles, will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) home videogame console from Nintendo.

The Beatles: Rock Band will ...
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John Lennon Songs To Be Featured Exclusively In March Ep Of 'Cold Case'

February 19th, 2009 2:26pm EST
John Lennon
Several to-be-announced hits by the legendary John Lennon will be the only songs featured throughout the episode of Cold Case, to be broadcast Sunday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

In the episode, titled "Mind Games," Rush (Kathryn Morris) and the team investigate whether or not a currently homeless and delusional paranoid schizophrenic killed his psychiatrist in 2004, while a freshman in college, after his incriminating notes are discovered. Billy Lush and Jacqueline Obradors guest star as the paranoid schizophrenic and his slain psychiatrist.

Past single-artist episod...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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Interview: Matisyahu Discusses Upcoming Release 'Shattered'

November 17th, 2008 4:24pm EST
Matisyahu
It's been nearly three years since the release of Matisyahu's Youth, which debuted at #4 on the charts and earned him the title of 2006's Billboard Reggae Artist of the Year. Now, with the follow-up, Light, completed and awaiting a release date, Matisyahu releases Shattered, an EP that acts as a trailer for his forthcoming LP. In this Starpulse Q and A, Matisyahu discusses some of the themes that are introduced on Shattered, including spirituality, finding one's self, and the darkness that exists in the world.

This EP has four songs on it and I wanted get your thoughts on all of them,...
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Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...
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Interview: Lady Gaga Chats About Her Musical Career

October 24th, 2008 10:48am EDT
Lady GaGa Performs Live on MuchOnDemand at MuchMusic in Toronto
Many celebrities today do anything to avoid tremendous amounts of attention and try hard to keep a low key profile. Lady GaGa would choose to do otherwise. Her hit single, "Just Dance" shows that this vibrant artist is anything but shy. Calling during her stay in Chicago, Lady GaGa took the time to chat about her musical career on and off the stage.

Starpulse: Today, there are a lot of artists trying to preach a statement or bring up serious subject matters. With you, you're one of those artists bringing the fun back into music. How does that feel to break that mold.

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Sarah Brightman To Release First Ever Christmas CD, 'A Winter Symphony,' Nov. 4

October 18th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Sarah Brightman
It continues to be a stellar year for soprano Sarah Brightman, who recently captivated the world with her stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 World Olympics. Brightman was chosen as the sole international performer to perform at the Olympic opening ceremony and was given the honor of singing the Olympic theme song, "You and Me," with Chinese star Liu Huan. The song was a highlight of the spectacular opening ceremony, which was broadcast to over five billion viewers. In only 26 hours after the ceremony, "You and Me" was downloaded a staggering 5.7 million times. ...
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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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Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...
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Lennon Lyrics Auctioned For $833,654

July 11th, 2008 8:43am EDT
John Lennon
LONDON (AP) - Christie's auction house has sold John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Give Peace a Chance" for $833,654.

The lyrics were written during Lennon's 1969 Bed-in protest for peace at the Queens Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Christie's spokeswoman Zoe Schoon said Lennon gave the sheet to 16-year-old Gail Renard during the eight-day Bed-in.

Lennon wrote the lyrics and recorded the song in the hotel room with about 50 guests, who included singer Petula Clark and beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

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The Mystic Orchestra Re-Envisions Rock Concert Legends' Greatest Music

June 19th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience
John Lennon gave the marching orders long ago. Imagine. For his part, veteran concert promoter Rick Bowen imagined a rock concert like no other: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd playing together on one stage. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other legends performing with the benefit of today's state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The elusive tribal feeling, unique to classic rock concerts, recreated for a new generation.

Imagine no more. "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience," featuring the Mystic Orchestra, is about to storm the concert arenas of America - kicking off August 27 at the Ci...
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NY Judge: Film Can Use John Lennon Song

June 3rd, 2008 11:18am EDT
Yoko Ono
NEW YORK (AP) - Yoko Ono lost her legal bid Monday to stop the playing of a 15-second excerpt of John Lennon's song ''Imagine'' in a film challenging the theory of evolution.

Lennon's widow had sued the makers of ''Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,'' saying they used the ex-Beatle's anthem without her permission. Ono, who had sought a preliminary injunction before the movie gets a wider release, said she would appeal. The other plaintiffs were Lennon's sons, Sean and Julian.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein ruled that if the case went to court, the filmmakers would probably win u...
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And The 'American Idol' Winner Is...David Cook!

May 22nd, 2008 8:34am EDT
With millions on the edge of their seats, these final words spoken by host Ryan Seacrest echoed throughout L.A.'s Nokia Theatre last night: "The winner of 'American Idol' 2008 is David...Cook!"

Fans leapt off their seats and screamed with joy, while the newly crowned (and shocked) 25-year-old David Cook embraced his gracious rival, 17-year-old David Archuleta. Cook's mother and brother clambered to the stage, eager to celebrate the former bartender's new title. With tears brimming at his eyes, David Cook stood speechless for a good minute until Ryan Seacrest invited him to sing thi...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...
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'Classic Albums' DVD Series To Release John Lennon's 'Plastic Ono Band' April 29

April 27th, 2008 11:00am EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon was a tortured individual when he recorded his 1970 solo debut album, Plastic Ono Band. He had been in therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov whose controversial "primal scream" psychiatric techniques were raising eyebrows within the medical establishment. Lennon took the black hole of his depression and poured it into his music via such personalized mantras as "Mother," "Isolation," "God," "My Mummy's Dead" and nine others. Intense and shocking, Lennon spared no expense in skewering longheld beloved beliefs ("I don't believe in Beatles") while openly seething over his own lost childhoo...
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Considering Sore Subject Matter of 'Chapter 27,' 'Why?' is Only Plausible Reaction

April 22nd, 2008 11:10am EDT
Chapter 27
(Hollowoodchicago.com) – As a contemporary of the John Lennon assassination in 1980 and an ardent admirer of the late Beatle, I had a hard time figuring out the reasons for making the film “Chapter 27”.

Over the years, it has been difficult if not impossible to forgive Mark David Chapman for his wasteful act of murdering Lennon. So why relive the agony through an oblique film exercise and reference to “The Catcher in the Rye,” which is the novel Chapman was reading when captured by police after the shooting?

Jared Leto in Chapter 27

Jared Leto in “Chapter 27”.

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Joe Cocker To Release 'Hymn For My Soul' May 13

April 18th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Joe Cocker
On May 13th, Fantasy Records will release Hymn For My Soul, the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world's most instantly recognizable and iconic voices (Lennon & McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," anyone?), with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he's produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer's long an...
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