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Michael Stipe's Crippling Shyness


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Michael Stipe has been in therapy ''for years'' to combat his shyness.

The former R.E.M. frontman has always felt insecure alongside his well-read bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills and struggled in the early days of his career to cope with doing interviews alongside performing.

He said: ''Along with Courtney Love, Peter is one of the most well-spoken and best read people I know.

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Peter Buck To Release Solo Album


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Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has started work on his first solo album.

The musician is to be the first member of the 'Losing My Religion' group to release his own record following their split last year, with the material reportedly very different to the band's sound.

Scott McCaughey, longtime R.E.M. sideman and regular collaborator with Peter in groups Minus 5 and the Baseball Project told KIRO 97.3 radio show Seattle Sounds: ''The material is going to be pretty out.''

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Picture - Mike Mills New York City, USA, Sunday 4th December 2011

Mike Mills Sunday 4th December 2011 New York City, USA

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Gary Oldman Confirms Tinker Tailor Follow-up


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Gary Oldman will "revisit" his role as George Smiley in a 'Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy' sequel.

The British actor - who was honoured at the Gotham Independent Film Awards with a special tribute prize last night (28.11.11) - has confirmed "whispers" have begun about a follow-up to the critically acclaimed movie, which starred Colin Firth and Tom Hardy.

He told ComingSoon.net: "I think they're whispering now that they might do 'Smiley's People', not so much as a sequel, because there's a book in the middle actually, but we've set up the world and we'll revisit."

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Ewan Mcgregor's Beginners Scores Upset At Gotham Awards


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The Ewan McGregor movie Beginners and Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning 'The Tree of Life' shared the top prize for Best Feature Film at Monday evening's Gotham Awards in New York City (November 28, 2011) - a key event on the independent movie calendar which also marks the start of the awards season.

Malick's experimental drama about the origins and meaning of life was expected to fare well at the ceremony, though Beginners was the surprise package. Starring Scottish actor Mcgregor as a man whose elderly father reveals he is gay, the movie scored a huge upset to take the top honor, beating out Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' - an Oscar-favorite that was nominated for three awards but won none. Director Mike Mills heaped praise on his cast after accepting the gong, singling out the acclaimed theatre actor Christopher Plummer for particular praise, explaining, "[there was] no good reason for Christopher Plummer to believe in me. But he did". Hosted this year by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the annual Gotham Awards are held by the Independent Feature Project - a non-profit organisation that supports independent film making and aims to shine the spotlight on low-budget movies ahead of the awards season. Though not necessarily regarded as a barometer for the Oscars, several Gotham winners have gone on to achieve notable success - including last year's Best Feature Film winner 'Winters Bone', which subsequently went on to score numerous nominations at the Academy Awards.

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15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz - Arrivals At The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Mike Mills, Ewan McGregor and Beverly Hilton Hotel - Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor Beverly Hills, California - 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday 24th October 2011

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Rem Officially Break Up After 30 Years In Rock Music


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REM, the American rock band best known for their seminal album 'Automatic for the People' and smash hit single 'Man on the Moon', have official broken up. The group, hailing from Athens, Georgia, announced the news in a statement on their official website on Wednesday (21st September 2011).

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R.e.m. Split


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R.E.M. have split up.

The legendary 'Man on the Moon' rockers have announced they are to part ways after 31 years and 15 albums together.

A statement on their website reads: "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band.

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R.e.m. Won't Tour With New Album


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R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck doesn't believe the band should have to tour to sell their new album.

The musician revealed that the 'Losing My Religion' hitmakers have no plans to play a series of concerts to promote their latest album 'Collapse Into Now' despite not touring since releasing 'Accelerate' in 2008.

He said: "I'm not really sure that touring sells records. What sells records anymore? It seems like less and less people are buying albums, so do what you want.

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R.e.m. Record 'Straight Ahead Rockers'


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R.E.M.'s new album will feature "more ballads" but also "straight ahead rockers".

The 'Orange Crush' band recorded their 15th album in Berlin earlier this year and manager Bertis Downs last week revealed the title of the record would be 'Collapse Into Now', and has now also described its sound.

He said: "We're very happy with the record. They made it in Berlin over the summer and then finished up in Nashville just a couple of weeks ago, so we expect to put it out in the spring. It has more ballads but also lots of straight ahead rockers.

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R.e.m Restrict Recording


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R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck refuses to do more than three takes when recording songs.

The 'The Great Beyond' rocker has been in the studio with the band recording their 15th album in Berlin, and while he likes to record fast, he had to compromise with bandmates singer Michael Stipe and bassist Mike Mills, who preferred a slower approach.

Peter said: "We compromise. I basically said. 'I'm not going to do a song more than three times; if we can't get a magical take in three takes, then let's just walk away from it.'

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Beautiful Losers Review


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In Jean Renoir's 1936 Popular Front comedy-drama The Crime of M. Lange, an unsavory publisher takes it on the lam and leaves his staff in the lurch. Unwilling to break up their camaraderie, the staff reconstitutes itself as a cooperative, publishing a grassroots pulp western series featuring the happy-go-lucky cowboy Arizona Jim.

In Beautiful Losers, Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's energized documentary celebrates the do-it-yourself subculture of artists engulfed in skateboarding, graffiti, and punk who gravitated toward the Lower East Side Alleged Gallery (of which Rose was the curator) in the late '80s. Here a motley collection of geeks, oddballs, lunatics, and downtowners -- including Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kigallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Stephen Powers, Geoff McFeteridge, Thomas Campbell, and Ed Templeton -- recreated the cooperative spirits of Renoir with unfettered innocence, a lack of pretentiousness, and childlike glee, slapping together their artworks like Chuck Jones characters in heat. As one artist remarks in the film, they were just a "bunch of dumb, bored kids. All you had to do was have heart." Or as Stephen Powers comments, "It's really bad. I love it!"

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5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner Marking The 25th Anniversary Of Food Bank For New York City

Mike Mills Monday 7th April 2008 5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner Marking the 25th Anniversary of Food Bank For New York City New York City, USA

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R.E.M Performs Live On NBC's 'The Today Show' Toyota Concert Series Held At The Rockefeller Plaza

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Un-Hollywood Film Screening Hosted By Papaer Magazine, Featuring Mike Mills' Documentary 'Does Your Soul Have A Cold?' At The Tribeca Grand

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