June 12, 2013 |
Singer-pianist-songwriter Billy Joel has sold his waterfront estate in Miami Beach for $13.75 million. The Mediterranean-style home sits on La Gorce Island and has 165 feet of waterfront. The 8,881 square feet of living space include a wine cellar, an elevator, seven bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. An outdoor kitchen has views of the bay. Joel, 64, released his hit “Piano Man” in the early 1970s. His “Just the Way You Are” won Grammys for song of the year and record of the year in 1978.
March 31, 2013 |
That Phil Ramone was a musical force in the recording studio is undeniable, and the evidence lies in the range of his accomplishments. For example, within one three-year period in the early 1960s, Ramone mixed Lesley Gore's smash hit "It's My Party," recorded Marilyn Monroe seducing President John F. Kennedy in song on his birthday and engineered essential double-quartet recordings by jazz innovators Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Ramone, who died Saturday in his late 70s or early 80s, depending on sources, would have been only around 30 at the time.
November 2, 2012 |
With the response to the storm known as Sandy still an ongoing concern, and the full scope of the destruction just only now becoming clear, what, exactly, can a bunch of famous people do to help? Simple: What they do best. Draw eyes and ears to a TV screen so that they can get a message out. On Friday night in New York, that message wasn't “buy our music,” but “donate money.” “Everywhere she went she spread darkness,” host Matt Lauer explained of the storm in his introduction to the broadcast on NBC affiliated networks, after Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera sang an honest, emotional version of her classic, “You Are Beautiful.” Her tone was strong but somber, a mood that extended through the first few performances.
February 10, 2012 |
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal. Halston, who died in 1990, is a compelling subject - a Midwesterner who became synonymous with Manhattan night life while changing the fashion industry - and his story helps to define an era. That story is trivialized in this glitter-deep overview of familiar Studio 54 terrain. The film combines two documentary subgenres: the fashion doc and the inquisitive-filmmaker-inserted-in-every-scene doc. The spotlight-hogging director is star-struck first-timer Whitney Sudler-Smith.
April 1, 2011
'Avatar 2' as innovator James Cameron plans another innovation for his next "Avatar" installment: shooting at double or more the film speed that has been Hollywood's standard since the 1920s, a move he says will greatly improve 3-D images. Cameron, whose 2009 sci-fi blockbuster raised the bar for digital imagery and put the 3-D craze on the fast track, told movie exhibitors in Las Vegas on Thursday that "Avatar 2" would be shot at 48 or 60 frames a second to reduce an effect called "strobing" that can blur moving images, particularly those in 3-D. For more than 80 years, the norm has been 24 frames a second.
March 30, 2009 |
Partnerships between pop superstars usually deliver less than the sum of their talents. Nostalgia isn't always enough, but a surprising collaboration between Elton John and Billy Joel, who play nothing more than their best-known hits from the '70s and '80s, has been going strong since 1995. That was enough to land the singer-pianists in front of a full house at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday as part of their latest "Face 2 Face" tour.