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Joni Mitchell Opens Up About Rare Skin Condition

Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell has opened up about the skin condition that forced her to scrap a rare performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, insisting she...

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"I've never heard Taylor’s music. I’ve seen her. Physically, she looks similarly small-hipped and high cheekbones. I can see why they cast her. I don’t...

Joni Mitchell Named New Face Of Yves Saint Laurent

Folk music legend Joni Mitchell has been named the new face of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent.The 71-year-old star was shot by the luxury brand's...

Joni Mitchell Rejected Taylor Swift's Biopic

Music legend Joni Mitchell "squelched" plans to cast pop star Taylor Swift in a movie based on her life.Swift was rumoured to have signed on...

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Joni Mitchell Stages Rare Performance At Tribute Show In Her Honour

Canadian folk legend Joni Mitchell made a rare, surprise appearance in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday night (18Jun13) - at her own early birthday bash.A host...

Joni Mitchell Mourning Death Of Father

Legendary singer Joni Mitchell is mourning the loss of her father, who died aged 100 last week (end22Jan12).The Big Yellow Taxi songwriter's dad William Anderson...

Joni Mitchell Reveals She Rejected Taylor Swift To Play Her In A Movie

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News has emerged that Taylor Swift was shot down for a role playing singer Joni Mitchell on the big screen – by Mitchell herself.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 71 year old songwriting legend dismissed the suggestion that Swift should portray her in an as-yet-unmade film of a book ‘Girls Like Us’ when casting talks were held in 2012."I squelched that. I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.'"

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Taylor Swift was apparently rejected as a possibility to play Joni Mitchell in a cancelled movie project

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Carly Simon Confides 'You're So Vain' Secret In Taylor Swift

Tags: Taylor Swift - Carly Simon - Warren Beatty - Joni Mitchell - James Taylor - Mick Jagger - Yusuf Islam - Kris Kristofferson

Carly Simon's famous 'You're So Vain' continues to raise questions 41 years after its release. Taylor Swift has revealed Simon confided the identity of the song's subject. Swift, unfortunately, is sworn to secrecy.

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Taylor Swift at the 2013 Capital FM Summertime Ball, London.

There are a variety of theories regarding who the mystery man could be. Simon had a number of relationships with high profile men such as Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens and Simon's former husband James Taylor. None of the aforementioned was particularly renowned for their modesty.

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Liked 'Lady and the Tramp'? Spare A Thought For John David Wilson, 93

Tags: John Travolta - Joni Mitchell - Olivia Newton-John

Many of us have marvelled at the animation in Walt Disney's 1950 classic Lady and the Tramp, though few will be familiar with the British-born animator behind the stunning visuals - John David Wilson, who died this week aged 93. Wilson, who honed his skills after being injured in the London Rifle Brigade's African campaign in 1941 with the, joined the art department of Pinewood Studios after the war.

John TravoltaJohn David Wilson Animated The Famous Opening Sequence To 'Grease,' Starring John Travolta

The WWII veteran was also responsible for animating the recognisable opening sequence of the 198 high school musical movie Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.  In a long career with Disney, he worked on characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck as well as movies Great Expectations, The Thief of Bagdad, though it will be his work on Lady and the Tramp for which Wilson will be best remembered. 

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Bob Dylan Labels Plagirism Critics ‘Wussies And Pussies’.

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“Wussies and pussies.” That’s the term Bob Dylan used to describe his critics, specifically those who accused the veteran singer-songwriter of plagiarizing some of his song lyrics. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 71-year-old was asked what he thought of the controversy surrounding his writing sharing similarities to the works of Japanese author Junichi Saga and poet Henry Timrod.

Dylan – who has just released his 35th studio album to near universal critical acclaim – said, “Oh, yeah, in folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition…That certainly is true. It's true for everybody, but me. There are different rules for me. And as far as Henry Timrod is concerned, have you even heard of him? Who's been reading him lately?” Timrod – who died in 1867 – was dubbed the poet laureate of the Confederacy though failed to find any real commercial success. Referring to the New York Times’ article about the similarities of his and poet’s work, Dylan said, “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It's an old thing - it's part of the tradition. It goes way back.” In 2003, the Wall Street Journal noted that lyrics from Dylan’s 2001 record ‘Love and Theft’ included phrases similar to those found in the 1995 biography of a Japanese mobster. A line from the book read, “I'm not as cool or forgiving as I might have sounded,” while Dylan wrote and sang, “I'm not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound.” On this specific example, the singer-songwriter explained, “I'm working within my art form. It's that simple. I work within the rules and limitations of it. There are authoritarian figures that can explain that kind of art form better to you than I can. It's called songwriting.” Of course, accusations of plagiarism in the music world are nothing new, nor are they for Dylan, who was the target of an interview by Joni Mitchell in 2010. She told the Los Angeles Times, “Bob [Dylan] is not authentic at all…He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.”

Nevertheless, the 71-year-old Dylan remains on good form and has released three albums in as many years. Uncut magazine describes his latest – Tempest - as, “the most far-reaching, provocative and transfixing album of Dylan's later career.”

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