Lucinda Williams puts her father's poem to music

Lucinda Williams puts her father's poem to music

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry.
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Lost in (inner) space

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review two Broadway openings, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and It’s Only a Play. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Asperger Syndrome is a very real and at times devastatingly serious mental disorder, but it also has a parallel life as what can […]
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Snapshot: Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall in 1959

Snapshot: Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall in 1959

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 plays John Lewis’ “Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West” on Italian TV in 1959. Jim Hall is the guitarist, Buddy Clark the bassist. The introduction (in Italian) is by Norman Granz: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Almanac: Hugo Friedhofer on Raymond Chandler

“His whole depiction of Los Angeles, the city—you can practically smell the dry rot and hear the termites gnawing away at the timbers, and the bums on skid row putting down their muscatel bottles, and the whole thing.” Hugo Friedhofer (quoted in Linda Danly, Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life)
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Jimmy Fallon & Will.i.am Team Up For 'Ew!' Music Video

Jimmy Fallon & Will.i.am Team Up For 'Ew!' Music Video

 
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Almanac: Hugo Friedhofer on Hollywood and the genius

“I have seen two authentic geniuses in this industry, Orson Welles and Marlon Brando. And this town, not knowing what to do with genius, destroys it.” Hugo Friedhofer (quoted in Gene Lees’ epilogue to Linda Danly, Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life)
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Lookback: how Brideshead Revisited got revised

Lookback: how Brideshead Revisited got revised

From 2004: Here’s something you probably don’t know: Evelyn Waugh revised several of his novels, some quite extensively, when preparing the uniform edition of his books that was published in England in the early Sixties. Don’t be embarrassed–many of Waugh’s most ardent American fans are unaware of these revisions. The reason for their ignorance is […]
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Almanac: Patrick Kurp on what goes into writing

“Writing has a long gestation because the writer never knows what might prove useful. If he is, as Henry James suggests he ought to be, ‘one of those on whom nothing is lost,’ he has no spare time, no ‘down time,’ no time to kill. A hastily written pen-for-hire piece of journalism may have decades-old […]
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Watch Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am's Music Video for "Ew!"

Watch Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am's Music Video for "Ew!"

Jimmy Fallon combined two of his favorite things — his “Ew!” sketch and music — for the first time on  The Tonight Show. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Jimmy Fallon Will.I.Am The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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The persistence of memory

I was recently interviewed for an upcoming HBO documentary about Frank Sinatra, during which I had occasion to recall the moment that I first started taking Sinatra seriously. It happened in 1973, when he resumed performing in public after an abortive “retirement” two years earlier. Among his first appearances was an NBC special called Ol’ […]
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'Better Call Saul': Junior Brown Performs Music Video (Watch)

'Better Call Saul': Junior Brown Performs Music Video (Watch)

If you've ever tossed and turned at night wishing someone would make a music video about “Breaking Bad's” Saul Goodman, you are in so much luck right now!
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Duke wins a prize

Since the paperback edition of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, my most recent book, will be coming out on November 4, it gives me special pleasure to pass along the news that Duke has just won an ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for “outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.” According […]
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Almanac: V.S. Pritchett on art and industriousness

Almanac: V.S. Pritchett on art and industriousness

“Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.” V.S. Pritchett, “Gibbon and the Home Guard” (courtesy of Patrick Kurp)
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So you want to get reviewed

If you read the Friday Wall Street Journal or this blog with any regularity, you probably know that I’m the only drama critic in America who routinely covers theatrical productions from coast to coast. But what if you run a company I haven’t visited? How might you lure me to come see you for the […]
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Better Call Saul's Wacky Music Video Features New Footage and a Catchy Tune

Better Call Saul's Wacky Music Video Features New Footage and a Catchy Tune

What should you do if you get caught with a George Foreman Grill down the back of your blue jeans? Or if the FBI finds kids trapped in your creepy van? Or if your husband disappears in the most convenient way? According to this wacky new music video, there's only one option: Call Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). AMC has released a wacky promotional music video for its upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul that features country singer Junior Brown listing potential troubles—and, presumably, storylines—that Saul's clients might find themselves in. Co-showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould wrote the lyrics, with music by Breaking Bad composer Dave Porter. The video also contains new footage from the series, which premieres in February and has already been renewed for aSee Original Article

Music Monday (10/6): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Stars, OK GO, Charli XCX, Jessie Ware, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Flying Lotus, Liars, TV on the Radio, tUnE-yArDs, and Weezer. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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P.P.C.

P.P.C.

Mrs. T and I have flown the coop and are celebrating the seventh anniversary of our glorious wedding by eating lobster—her favorite food, for which she appears to have an unlimited appetite—and listening to the sound of the ocean at an undisclosed location somewhere on the coast of the United States. We might come back […]
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Better Call Saul Music Video Reveals New Footage (And a Catchy Song)

What should you do if you get caught with a George Foreman Grill down your pants? What about if kids are found in your creepy van? Or your husband disappears in the most convenient way? According to this new music video, there's only one option: call Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Peter Gould Bob Odenkirk Vince Gilligan David Porter Better Call Saul
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'All about that Bass' bounces to top of British music chart

'All about that Bass' bounces to top of British music chart

LONDON (Reuters) – American singer Meghan Trainor was propelled to the number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday by a surge in sales and online demand for her upbeat pop track “All about that Bass”, the Official Charts Company said. Trainor's song was listened to more than 1 million times online, helping it dethrone “Bang Bang” by pop trio Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, which charted in second place. Taylor Swift's “Shake it off” held firm in third place, with Sigma's “Changing” and “Blame” by Calvin Harris coming in at numbers four and five respectively. …
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Just because: Montgomery Clift on What’s My Line?

Montgomery Clift appears as the mystery guest on an episode of What’s My Line? originally telecast on January 20, 1963. The panelists are Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, and Peter Cook and John Charles Daly is the host. Clift appeared on the show to promote his starring role in Freud: (This is the latest […]
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