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Movie review: From light to heavy at the Homer Documentary Film Festival

...enjoyed it. To be honest, though I recognized almost all the music from the film - everyone from Percy Sledge to Aretha Franklin to Bono appears - I knew next to nothing about the small Alabama town from which the movie takes its name. In the...

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Arts & Entertainment
Serena keeps title from sis

...siblings, with Serena walking around the umpire's chair to whisper in Venus' ear during a ceremony that included Aretha Franklin's singing and the unfurling of a U.S. flag the size of the court. And when it ended, they hugged and kissed...

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Howard Lee Hedges

...playing trombone with some of the greatest musical icons of the modern pop and jazz age, including Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Stan Kenton, Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Julio Inglesias and the Temptations. He played for many years with orchestras...

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Let's create legacy of respect, honor

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. As Aretha Franklin sang her soul hit in 1967, those letters were a call to action. Respect African Americans. Respect women. Respect yourself...

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Opinion
Muscle Shoals

Now Playing Synopsis: Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier tells the story of Muscle Shoals, AL, home of FAME Studios and its legendary owner Rick Hall -- who helped to make some of the greatest records in rock-and-roll history. Rising up through poverty, Hall sensed that he was onto something big when he opened FAME Studios. He couldn't have been more right, either, because not only is Muscle Shoals one of those sacred locations where music seems to simply blow in the breeze, but the best artists of the era would soon be pounding a path to his door in hopes of recording there. Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Paul Simon recorded some of their very best work at FAME Studios, and now music lovers don't have to book a flight to Muscle Shoals in order to experience this magical, once-in-a-lifetime story for themselves. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Zen of Bennett

Now Playing Synopsis: Tony Bennett has enjoyed and maintained a career in show business that has lasted for over five decades. This documentary features the legendary crooner discussing his creative process, showcasing some of his work in other artistic fields, and going about his daily business. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Opens Friday, Jun 14, 2013 Synopsis: Filmmaker Morgan Neville pays homage to some of the greatest vocalists you've never heard of in this documentary. While the lead singers in rock, pop, and R&B are the ones who get the glory, knowledgeable music fans will tell you the backing vocalists often add the touches that make a performance truly memorable, and though many backup singers have the respect of their peers in the music business, they're all but unknown to the average listener. Twenty Feet From Stardom pays homage to some of these unsung heroes, including Darlene Love (the uncredited lead voice on some of Phil Spector's most memorable productions of the 1960s), Merry Clayton (who contributed a striking vocal cameo on the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter", Lisa Fischer (who has appeared on albums by Sting, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin, as well as touring with the Rolling Stones, and the Waters Family (they sang with Michael Jackson on the album {^Thriller} and lent their voices to the films The Lion King and Avatar). The film also includes interviews with such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Mick Jagger on the role backing vocalists play in music and the music business, while a number of veteran singers share their stories of the ups and downs of their careers. Twenty Feet From Stardom received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

20 Feet From Stardom

Now Playing Synopsis: Filmmaker Morgan Neville pays homage to some of the greatest vocalists you've never heard of in this documentary. While the lead singers in rock, pop, and R&B are the ones who get the glory, knowledgeable music fans will tell you the backing vocalists often add the touches that make a performance truly memorable, and though many backup singers have the respect of their peers in the music business, they're all but unknown to the average listener. Twenty Feet From Stardom pays homage to some of these unsung heroes, including Darlene Love (the uncredited lead voice on some of Phil Spector's most memorable productions of the 1960s), Merry Clayton (who contributed a striking vocal cameo on the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter", Lisa Fischer (who has appeared on albums by Sting, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin, as well as touring with the Rolling Stones, and the Waters Family (they sang with Michael Jackson on the album {^Thriller} and lent their voices to the films The Lion King and Avatar). The film also includes interviews with such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Mick Jagger on the role backing vocalists play in music and the music business, while a number of veteran singers share their stories of the ups and downs of their careers. Twenty Feet From Stardom received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Bette Midler Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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