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‘Stardust’ Review: A Week With David Bowie, Unaccompanied by His Music

This motion picture, in which an unusually coiffed performer, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, sings some Jacques Brel songs, purports to be a story about David Bowie.

It’s called “Stardust,” and the director, Gabriel Range, who wrote the movie with Christopher Bell, opted to press on, even after he was denied permission to use Bowie’s songs. They might not have helped much, however.

The movie expands on an interesting anecdote from Bowie’s career: his first trip to the United States in the early ’70s, a radio and print publicity jaunt with a publicist, whose family briefly entertained Bowie as a houseguest.

Here, the publicist, Ron Oberman, played by Marc Maron, is the only Yankee believer in Bowie’s otherworldly talent. He drops, clumsily, several aperçus which, in this movie’s world, prove key to Bowie’s future superstar personae. (Inspirational dialogue: “A rock star or somebody impersonating a rock star, what’s the difference?”)

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Why One Crucial Bill and Ted Face the Music Scene Got Cut Before Filming Even Began

Bill & Ted Face the Music was, hands down, a perfect, fulfilling end to a glorious journey and was the dose of compassion as well as positivity the world so needed in 2020. Despite the years between the film and its predecessors, it turned out be packing the same wonder and magic. But if you ask director Ed Solomon, Bill and Ted 3‘s tight budget made some major alteration to its script, including a key scene that never made it to the final cut. 

The film hit many snags and road-blocks as it transitioned from a mere idea to a full-blown production despite the fact that the mere rumour of a third film being in the pipeline triggered major excitement amongst its fans. The first sign of trouble was the studio that owned the rights to the Bill and Ted franchise had planned to roll out a reboot with

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MTV Africa Music Awards to Return in Virtual Form

Could the event become an annual one? “For now, we are focused on delivering the best event ever for the upcoming 2021 MAMA in partnership with the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, but we are committed to bringing this celebration to all our fans across the continent and internationally, as we believe this event is a testament of our long-standing commitment towards the young generation via the power of music,” Twala says. “MAMA has always been a celebration and recognition of African music, talent, and culture, and we would love to bring more MAMAs to the African continent.”

For the February return, the Uganda partnership will lead to the inclusion of the country’s capital in the seventh MAMA’s name: MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021. The show will air across the continent on the MTV Base and MTV networks, featuring “vibrant performances from African and international artists and the show’s signature

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Taylor Swift Talks Re-Recording Music on ‘Good Morning America’

After earning six Grammy nominations for her latest album “Folklore” and her song for “Cats,” Taylor Swift stopped by “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to discuss re-recording her old music.

“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos told Swift that his daughters are huge fans of her music, and one of them asked which song she’s most excited to re-record.

“I’ve been having a really good time re-recording my older music. And I think my answer to that is, so far of the ones I’ve re-recorded, I think it’s been most the fun doing ‘Love Story.’ Because the older music, my voice was so teenaged and sometimes when I hear my older music and my older, young teenage voice, it makes me feel like I’m a different singer now. And so it’s been the most fun to go back and re-record ones that I feel like I can actually, possibly improve

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Sia’s ‘Music’ Movie Asked to be Cancelled by Autism Rights Activists

Autism rights activists are now asking Sia to cancel the release of her “Music” movie.

In response to a trailer released on Nov. 19, starring Maddie Ziegler as a nonverbal autistic teen, activists, people on the autism spectrum and their loved ones have continued to speak out on the film’s display of offensive stereotypes and visual effects.

On Friday, an online petition was launched to cancel the film’s premiere, a campaign spearheaded by Hannah Marshall, who identifies as an autistic woman from North Carolina. Over 500 people have signed the petition, as of Tuesday afternoon.

“As an autistic individual, I am asking that this film is canceled,” Marshall wrote on the fundraising page. “It is extremely offensive to myself and other autistic individuals. Sia has shown no remorse for her inaccurate and hurtful betrayal of the community.”

“This film will not have a major impact on history,” she continued. “Canceling

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‘May His Music Live on Forever,’ Says Wife



Hal Ketchum looking at the camera: Paul Natkin/Getty Hal Ketchum in 1994


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Paul Natkin/Getty Hal Ketchum in 1994

Hal Ketchum has died at age 67 after battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Andrea, wife of the country singer, who’s known for songs like “Small Town Saturday Night” and “Past the Point of Rescue,” announced his death on Facebook Tuesday. “With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of dementia,” she wrote in a statement.

“May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace,” added Andrea.

In April 2019, Andrea revealed that Ketchum had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and that he would be retiring from his performing career. “I know everyone is wondering why there are no future tour dates, and speculations as to the reason. Our family would like to share the cause for this,” Andrea said at the time.

“Unfortunately,

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Choral Music Albums Available Featuring Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Sheldon Harnick, David Chase, Others

Choral Music Albums Available Featuring Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Sheldon Harnick, David Chase, Others

Judith Clurman, conductor and music director of Essential Voices USA and Acis Productions announce the release of two recordings. WORDS MATTER includes the remaster of two works, scored for chorus and piano: “Testimony,'” by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz and “Who Would You Be” by American composer Shawn Crouch. The recording is dedicated to the memory of victims of violence. WINTER HARMONIES is a holiday sampler of music celebrating the effort to infuse light and joy into the winter season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chanukah selections by Judith Clurman, David Chase, Sheldon Harnick, David Shire, and James Sizemore are sung. Both recordings were produced by Silas Brown. The scores for the music on these recordings are available from Hal Leonard.

WORDS MATTER

https://essentialvoicesusa.hearnow.com/words-matter
Inspired by the “It Gets Better Project”, Stephen Schwartz wrote “Testimony” for a 2012 concert performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Judith Clurman conducted her Essential Voices

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American Music Awards Sink to Record Low Ratings

ABC awards show’s viewership was nearly twice as high last year

The 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs), hosted by Taraji P. Henson, were the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic — and of TV ratings trends in general.

Sunday’s AMAs on ABC sunk to record-low ratings and nearly halved last year’s overall television audience. The annual awards show’s previous low in the key demo came last year. In terms of total viewers, the prior AMAs low was 2018.

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The Soraya Welcomes The Return Of The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center In Front Row

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to The Soraya-this time, virtually-with three newly curated full-length HD concerts from their Front Row series to enjoy with the family from the comfort of home beginning Friday, December 4 and continuing through Wednesday, December 9. These concert pairings feature soloists whose performances The New York Times has called “intensely committed” and the BBC has called the Society “prestigious beyond belief.”

CMS Front Row was originally conceived in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to perform for live audiences in the concert hall. It was created to sustain audiences and provide a new way to experience this beautiful art form in a meaningful and innovative way, from the virtual “Front Row,” in the comfort and safety of listeners’ homes. This fall, in addition to the beautifully shot, carefully curated full-length performance videos, new content is being created to accompany and

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15 of the best looks celebrities wore to the 2020 American Music Awards



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