January 15, 2014 |
Beyonce, "Beyonce" (Columbia) Though she certainly doesn't need the press, Beyonce's self-titled new album is a daring, and notable, pop album. Through 14 tracks and 17 accompanying music videos, the Houston-raised singer proves that she still rules not just pop but R&B - and that she might be absorbing husband Jay Z's way around a rhymed stanza. At times it's progressive: "Haunted" during a break feels like Madonna's "Ray of Light" sessions, chopped-and-screwed Houston-style.
September 16, 2013 |
It's important to remember that Oprah wasn't Oprah until, you know, she was an event that occurred only after years working as a host for a variety of shows. I say this because Queen Latifah debuted her daytime talk show, "The Queen Latifah Show," Monday. Every new daytime host is rated on a scale of 1 to Oprah, but if you are a curvy black woman who is also an actress seeking to create "a safe space" in which people will feel comfortable enough to share things with you, well, that comparison has to be intense.
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August 9, 2013
Al Coury Record company executive Al Coury, 78, a longtime record company executive who helped propel the "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease" soundtracks to the top of the pop charts in the 1970s as chief of the RSO record label, died Thursday in Thousand Oaks of complications from a stroke, his family announced. After 17 years at Capitol Records, Coury became president of RSO in 1976, when entertainment entrepreneur Robert Stigwood launched the label with a roster led by Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees.
June 12, 2013 |
Though Shakespeare's Bottom claimed his dream was “past the wit of man” to describe, it's well within the wit of the Troubadour Theater Company to revive in spectacular sequin-studded style with the return of “A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream” to Burbank's Falcon Theatre. Even by the Troubies' typically reliable comic standards, this commedia dell'arte-infused mash-up of classical lit and pop culture is an exceptionally hilarious and energetic romp. Arguably the zaniest of Shakespeare's comedies, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” - with its interwoven narrative triad of frantic, mismatched lovers, mischievous prankster fairies and oafish would-be thespians - lends itself particularly well to the slapstick clowning and improvised fourth wall demolition that are the Troubie's forte.
May 31, 2012
American author Madeline Miller was awarded the Orange Prize for fiction at a ceremony in London on Wednesday. It was for Miller's first book, the novel "The Song of Achilles," and marked the occasion of the last Orange Prize, worth about $47,000. It was announced last week that telecom company Orange would cease sponsoring the 17-year-old prize, which is awarded to a female author for a work of fiction written in English. Newcomer Miller was the dark horse in this year's race.
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May 21, 2012 |
Robin Gibb, a singer and songwriter who joined two of his brothers in forming the Bee Gees pop group that helped define the sound of the disco era with the best-selling 1977 soundtrack to"Saturday Night Fever," has died. He was 62. Gibb died Sunday after battling cancer and while recuperating from intestinal surgery, family spokesman Doug Wright announced. This spring Gibb had been hospitalized in London with advanced colorectal cancer. He had intestinal surgery in March and, after contracting pneumonia, was unable to attend the April 10 premiere in London of "The Titanic Requiem," a classical composition he wrote with his son, Robin-John, to coincide with the 100th anniversary observance of the luxury ocean liner's sinking.