British Record Producer And Music Writer Ken Barnes Has Died, Aged 82.
Barnes passed away on 4 August (15), but further details about his death were not released as WENN went to press.
Barnes also wrote music books including Sinatra and the Great Song Stylists in 1974, The Crosby Years in 1980 and 1974's 20 Years of Pop.
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Director Marty Pasetta Has Been Killed In A Car Accident.
Pasetta died in La Quinta, California on Thursday (21May15) after he was hit by an unattended car that had apparently been left running.
The car's owner has since been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reports the Associated Press.
Pasetta, 82, was best known for directing the Academy Awards telecast from 1972 to 1988.
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Except for the fact that his latest movie will almost certainly turn out to be a flop, Eddie Murphy emerges virtually unscathed from the scathing reviews that A Thousand Words is receiving. Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune calls him "a first-rate talent stuck in yet another third-rate piece of blech." The title of the movie has something to do with the fact that the principal character is the victim of a kind of curse that allows him to speak only a thousand words. Speak one word more than a thousand and he dies. Thus, the poster of Murphy showing him with his mouth taped over. "As a promotional idea," writes Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times , that "ranks right up there with Fred Astaire in leg irons." (Of course, Ebert himself lost the ability to speak as a result of cancer operation in 2006. The movie shows the Murphy character engaged in all manner of physical contortions to communicate. "I think what I'd try is writing notes," he advises.) Likewise, Liam Lacey in the Toronto Globe and Mail observes, "The idea of taking one of Hollywood's best-known motor-mouths and reducing him to mugging and charades is definitely novel -- and utterly misguided." But Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post suggests that all that critical vitriol may be unjustified. The movie, he says, may merely be "more bland than actively bad."
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Whitney Houston's estate contains a pair of Ginger Rogers' dancing shoes personally signed by the star which were given to late singer as a gift from David Gest.
The late singer was a huge fan of classic Hollywood movies and like her godmother Aretha Franklin - who collects Bette Davis and Judy Garland memorabilia, among other things - she was an avid buyer of memorabilia from her favourite film stars.
Among Whitney's vast collection is a pair of shoes Ginger wore when she danced with Fred Astaire in one the 10 films they starred in together.
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Michael Jackson is to have his foot print immortalised by his children in Los Angeles, with one of the late star's patented sequined gloves also being used to make an imprint of his hand.
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Sir Paul McCartney is releasing an album of covers of his favourite American standards next year.
Sir Paul McCartney is releasing an album of cover songs.
The legendary Beatles musician has been planning to make a collection of his favourite standards for over 20 years, and finally decided "If I don't do it now, I'll never do it."
The album features Paul's renditions of classic American compositions, alongside two new tracks featuring contributions from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, which he was inspired to write by the cover songs he had recorded
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Kenny Ortega will direct a remake of classic 1987 movie 'Dirty Dancing'.
The 'Michael Jackson's This Is It ' filmmaker - who choreographed the original 1987 production, which starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze - is "excited" about tackling the production for Lionsgate and has pledged to introduce new talent to the world.
Kenny said in a statement: "The opportunity to direct 'Dirty Dancing' is like returning home for me. Growing up in the 60's on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist.
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Late dancing icon Fred Astaire was so stunned by Michael Jackson's famous `moonwalk' at the Motown 25 concert in 1983 he called the pop superstar to congratulate him - and then stole one of his moves.
The Thriller singer tells Ebony magazine he choreographed the dance sequence and insisted on taking charge of all the camerawork and stage lighting when his performance was filmed - to make sure his moonwalk amazed.
And it did just that to Astaire.
Jackson says, "Fred Astaire calls and said, `I watched it last night, and I taped it, and I watched it again this morning. You're a helluva mover.'
"So, later, when I saw Fred Astaire, he did this (moonwalk move) with his fingers."
He says, "I was sitting next to Fred Astaire at the 1976 Oscars and we were having a few laughs. They announced his category and he didn't win and that minute he put on his sunglasses. I don't even think I had a thought, I just reached for the glasses.
Continue reading: Nicholson: Astaire Got Me Into Sunglasses
THORN BIRDS star Richard Chamberlain deems the night he whisked the late British royal PRINCESS MARGARET away from a drunk actor as the best moment in his long career.
The 69-year-old screen star dined with the sister of Queen Elizabeth II in 1964 at a society event in Hollywood, which also featured the likes of FRANK SINATRA, DAME Elizabeth Taylor and Fred Astaire.
Richard reminisces, "Socially and hierarchically that night was the high point of my life."
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