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Kate Moss seen out with friends in Highgate - London, United Kingdom - Monday 27th March 2017

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James Brown and Kate Moss
James Brown and Kate Moss
James Brown and Kate Moss
James Brown and Kate Moss
James Brown and Kate Moss

Still Alice Review


Extraordinary

For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even hopeful drama, anchored by another staggeringly sensitive performance by Julianne Moore. Writing-directing team Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are known for their observant depictions of human interaction (see Quinceañera), and they fill the screen with sharp dialogue and earthy emotions that make this much more than another movie about a disease. Instead, it's about how people can transcend what life throws at them, even if it knocks them down.

Moore stars as Alice, a New York linguistics professor who has just turned 50 when she starts noticing that she's forgetting words and getting lost. Her doctor gives her the tough diagnosis, and she uses her dry wit and sharp intellect to face the future with her steady husband John (Alec Baldwin) and their three grown children: married and pregnant Anna (Kate Bosworth), aspiring actress Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and free-spirit Tom (Hunter Parrish). The hardest thing to learn is that the disease is familial, and that she has passed it to at least one of her children. So while she can, Alice makes a contingency plan for the future as she watches her family members each react in a different way.

No, this isn't a light and breezy movie. But the filmmakers balance the moments of gut-wrenching emotion with smart humour ("Sorry, I forgot - I have Alzheimer's!") and bracing honesty ("I wish I had cancer!"). Moore is uncannily raw in the role, subtly revealing Alice's transformation in ways we barely notice until we're reminded what she used to be like. Even more powerful is her own awareness of what's happening. Opposite her, Baldwin has terrific camaraderie and an unexpected warmth, while both Bosworth and Stewart get a chance to dig much deeper as actors than they usually do. And what makes the film special is the way Alice's interaction with each character is uniquely individualistic.

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'Get On Up' Gives Chadwick Boseman Another Showcase


Chadwick Boseman James Brown

With 'Get On Up', rising-star actor Chadwick Boseman takes on his second American icon, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. This follows his break-out role as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in last year's '42'.

Chadwick Boseman at Fig & Olive Melrose Place Golden Globe Los Angeles California United States, Friday 21st November 2014
Chadwick Boseman is set to appear in 2016's 'Captain America: Civil War' as Black Panther

"It actually might be harder to play baseball than sing and dance like James Brown," he says. "As Jackie Robinson I had to play baseball like a professional. But Get On Up was technically complicated. I'm not a dancer, so it was new to me."

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How James Brown's Famed Apollo Show Inspired 'Get On Up' Creators


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James Brown is well-known as one of the greatest American entertainers of all time and his brand new biopic, 'Get On Up' starring Chadwick Boseman displays some of the most memorable moments in his life - most notably, his 1960s show at Harlem's Apollo theater.

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get On Up'
Chadwick Boseman stars as dance pioneer James Brown in 'Get On Up'

Star Dan Aykroyd, who plays James Brown's manager Ben Bart in the film, describes his own experience of the hit Apollo show; a non-stop revue that brought him worldwide acclaim and recognition when it was recorded for his 1963 live album 'Live At The Apollo'. 'I remember it, when the show started, James came out and then you had four other dancing girls, then you had two timpani players and then there were probably 25 people on stage', Aykroyd recalls. 'It just never stopped. Then it went into 'Sex Machine'; it just ripped the roof off the place and tore everybody's hair out.'

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Reviews Round-Up: Critics Fall For The James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'


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The story of American funk, soul and dance legend James Brown is set to be portrayed on the big screen Brown’s music is some of the most influential in the pop era.

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Chadwick Boseman (r) plays musical legend James Brown in Get On Up

So many of his own and his band’s guitar licks, vocal tics and drum breaks have been sampled by hip-hop artists over the last thirty years that to do so now seems like a cliché. So it seems incredible that nobody has ever made a film about him until now. Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown as Get On Up depicts the tough early childhood, imprisonment for armed robbery and subsequent rise to fame of one of the twentieth century’s most enduring musical icons. Boseman is joined on the cast list by Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Dan Aykroyd.

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Chadwick Boseman Was Hesitant About Starring In The James Brown Biopic "Get On Up"


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Chadwick Boseman is quickly becoming Hollywood’s go-to man to portray cultural and historical icons. After playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42, the 32-year-old actor is now in the role of James Brown in Universal and United Entertainment’s flick Get On Up.

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Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up.

The studio reportedly struggled for a long time to find the right actor and get the biopic off the ground, the task made even more difficult by Brown’s death in 2006.

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Tomi Rae Brown and James Brown II - New York premiere of 'Get On Up' held at The Apollo Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 21st July 2014

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James Brown and Tomi Rae Brown
James Brown
James Brown and Tomi Rae Brown
James Brown and Tomi Rae Brown

Halle Berry, Dion Sanders, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalea, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, James Brown, Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Les Moonves, Julis Chen, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Joey McIntyre, The McCarthys, Mark Harmon, Pauley Perette, NCIS Cast, Miguel Ferrer, NCIS Los Angeles, Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q, Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, The Talk, Katherine Mcphee, Scorpion Cast, Tea Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, Madam Secretary, Morgan Freeman, Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, NCIS New Orleans and Renee Felice Smith. - CBS presented its 2014-15 prime time schedule at Carnegie Hall, where many of the Network's new and returning series' stars were in attendance - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 14th May 2014

Halle Berry, Dion Sanders, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalea, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, James Brown, Norah O'donnell, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Les Moonves, Julis Chen, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Joey Mcintyre, The Mccarthys, Mark Harmon, Pauley Perette, Ncis Cast, Miguel Ferrer, Ncis Los Angeles, Dylan Mcdermott, Maggie Q, Chris O'donnell, Ll Cool J, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, The Talk, Katherine Mcphee, Scorpion Cast, Tea Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, Madam Secretary, Morgan Freeman, Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, Ncis New Orleans and Renee Felice Smith.
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Halle Berry
Halle Berry
Halle Berry
Halle Berry

Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Brings Light To A Usually Backlit Piece Of Recording History


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Dave Grohl has entered middle age, and as such it is time for the Foo Fighters frontman to branch out away from music as is the norm for the rock elite. With Sound City, Grohl has don't exactly this with his insightful look into one of Los Angeles' hidden relics, Sound City Recording Studio.

Attached as director, it is hard to think that anyone would be too enthused about going to see the film were anyone other than Dave Grohl signed up for the documentary, but this is far more than just a vehicle for Grohl to further demonstrate how cool he is. Lovingly referred to as a "sh*thole" throughout, the documentary is like an encyclopaedia of the indie world, with some big names such as Paul McCartney, James Brown and Mick Fleetwood appear alongside such underground heroes as Frank Black, Rivers Cuomo and Trent Reznor.

Grohl has recently been doing the rounds promoting the film and in a recent interview for 'The Nerdist' podcast, the former Nirvana drummer also opened up on the traumatic split of the trio. He tells the podcast, "It was heartbreaking. We were fucked up by what happened. So it was just, 'I gotta keep playing music, I gotta keep playing music.'"

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Bob Dylan And Paul McCartney Songs Among Grammy Hall Of Fame List


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Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are amongst the artists to have songs inducted into the Grammy Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dylan has ‘the Times They Are A Changin’’ up for the honour and Macca has ‘Band on the Run’ on the list.

In a statement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, reported by the Sacramento Bee, Neil Portnow said “With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations. Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history.”

One stipulation of being entered onto the list is that the song must have been recorded at least 25 years ago and have had lasting significance. Also on the list of inductees are Whitney Houston and Elton John’s self-titled albums, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man,’ recordings by James Brown, Richard Pryor and Little Richard, amongst others. Next year’s Grammy awards will be broadcast on February 10, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on the CBS Network, they are amongst the most highly regarded awards in the music industry. This years awards were marked with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died just the day before the ceremony. 

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The Grammy Hall Of Fame List For 2013 Marks Its 40th Year


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Since 1973, the Grammys have been inducting particular recordings that have stood the test of time into their hall of fame. The list doesn't only include music and one of the most famous hall of famers in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. The institution have just released a few of the artists and tracks that will be included in the hall of fame for 2013 on their home website.

Included in the list are James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, Little Richard, Paul McCartney & The Wings, and Billy Joel. Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy spoke of next year's importance. "With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," he said. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."

There are a couple of tracks in this years list of 27 entrants that are surprising, if only that it's take 40 years for them to make the cut. Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' will be in the hall of fame as of next year, though surely its iconographic status had already more proven its worth. AC/DC's 'Back in Black' also appears in the list. Perhaps to pay tribute to a great figure in music, Whitney Houston's self titled album will also be inducted, marking the further great achievements and talents from all over the world, and rounding off a great 40 years of the Grammy hall of fame. 

James Brown - James Brown wax sculpture Thursday 2nd February 2012 Madame Tussauds New York launches a special exhibit in celebration of Black History Month

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James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald
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James Brown

Soul Power Review


Excellent
Shot at the same time as the award-winning doc When We Were Kings, this companion film is even better. In linking the legendary 1974 Rumble in the Jungle with the music festival that ran alongside it, we get a remarkable glimpse of the day's racial and political issues.

President Mobuto himself provided the venue for the three-day music festival, although Don King concentrated on the Ali-Foreman main event. A Liberian investment group funded both the festival and the documentary, which goes some way in explaining why it took 35 years to edit together footage that covers everything from the Zaire-bound plane flights to the amazing performances. The best moments are when the participants land in Africa, seeing the home of their ancestors for the first time and interacting with the community around them.

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Kate Moss and James Brown Wednesday 24th June 2009 reveals her underwear while getting out of a car as she arrives at her West End hotel. Moss was returning to her hotel after attending the opening of James Brown's new hair salon London, England

Kate Moss and James Brown
Kate Moss and James Brown
Kate Moss and James Brown
Kate Moss and James Brown
Kate Moss and James Brown
Kate Moss and James Brown

The Blues Brothers Review


Essential
The Blues Brothers has been re-released on DVD for its 25th anniversary. You've probably seen it countless times between its 1980 release and repeat airings on TV, so you know the basics. Still, here are 25 reminders why you have to see it again.

1) The music is great, coming from a legendary line-up of soul and blues artists: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles, whose performance of "Shake a Tail Feather" will get you dancing with the horde of extras onscreen.

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James Brown

Date of birth

3rd May, 1993

Date of death

25th December, 2006

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.68


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