February 17, 2010
Is Doc still available? Jay Leno's longtime bandleader, Kevin Eubanks, may not play very long once the Leno troupe returns to "The Tonight Show." NBC said Tuesday that Eubanks had expressed interest in personal touring and recording. The network said he would be part of the show when it returns March 1, but his continued involvement was uncertain. The 52-year-old Eubanks, whose duties include comic sideman to Leno as well as guitarist, has been a fixture since Leno took the reins of "The Tonight Show" in 1992.
February 14, 2010
Lining up for in Germany: Berlin Film Festival This year's Berlin Film Festival, which ends Feb. 26, is almost sold out. A welcome break in the long German winter, the cinematic feast is celebrating its 60th anniversary with 26 competitors from around the world, including the U.S., Japan, China, Britain, Spain and France. Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski and Michael Winterbottom are among the directors competing for the coveted Golden Bear award. Reading in Pakistan: "Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution" Pakistani rock icon Salman Ahmad is a singer-guitarist who includes Led Zeppelin among his influences and whose band, Junoon, has been called "the U2 of Asia."
February 12, 2010
Berlin film fest opens The Berlin film festival opened Thursday with a premiere from Chinese director Wang Quan'an that follows the bittersweet reunion of a couple divided for decades across the Taiwan Strait. "Apart Together" marked Wang's return to Berlin after winning the festival's top Golden Bear award with "Tuya's Marriage" in 2007. It is the first of 20 movies competing for honors at the event's 60th edition -- the first of the year's major European film festivals.
February 2, 2010
Salinger's public face The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington has installed a portrait of "The Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91. The museum hung a portrait by Robert Vickery on Monday in a first-floor gallery designated for remembrance of people who have died recently. The portrait depicts Salinger against a metaphorical amber wave of grain. The image appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1961. -- associated press Dell's firm buys Magnum trove Billionaire Michael Dell's investment firm, MSD Capital LP, has acquired about 185,000 vintage photographic prints from the Magnum Photos agency in what is thought to be among the largest photo transactions in history.
December 16, 2009
ABBA, others in rock hall The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening its arms to welcome in ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff, but has given the KISS-off, for this year at least, to hard rock's most celebrated tongue-wagging, makeup-loving band. The Cleveland-based rock hall announced the 2010 inductees Tuesday. Its 25th annual induction ceremony will be held March 15 in New York City. Veteran music mogul David Geffen also will enter the hall as a non-performer, along with two of the Brill Building's most celebrated songwriting teams, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
January 30, 2009 |
Movies by Iranian and Peruvian directors will compete for the Berlin film festival's top prize this year alongside new offerings starring Renee Zellweger, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench and others. The Berlin event, the first of the year's major European film festivals, runs Thursday to Feb. 15.
February 15, 2008 |
Amos Kollek said his difficult relationship with his famous father, Teddy Kollek, an important figure in Israeli history and long-time mayor of Jerusalem, was the inspiration for his film "Restless." After Thursday's premiere of the drama about the bitter estrangement of a father and his son at the Berlin Film Festival, the Israeli director said he felt cheated out of having a father even though it seemed everyone else envied him. "I had feelings of anger towards my father," the 60-year-old filmmaker said.
February 9, 2008 |
Neil Young has a pessimistic message: Music has lost its power to change the world. The 62-year-old singer brought his new movie, "CSNY Deja Vu," to the Berlin Film Festival on Friday. It was shot during the 2006 Freedom of Speech tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Young, who directed the movie under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, wasn't making any big claims about its effects. "I think that the time when music could change the world is past," he told reporters. "I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age."
February 8, 2008 |
BERLIN -- Martin Scorsese teamed up with the Rolling Stones to produce an intimate concert film, "Shine a Light," which opened the annual Berlin film festival Thursday. "The nature of the music is something that has inspired me constantly throughout the years," said Scorsese, who captured the veteran rockers at New York's Beacon Theatre in 2006. Scorsese said he had long discussed possible projects with Mick Jagger.