Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers — ‘Rare Bird Alert’: A Review

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March 15, 2011
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers — ‘Rare Bird Alert’: A Review

Stand-up comic, actor, and bluegrass banjo musician Steve Martin returns with his second bluegrass recording, working with North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers. Steve has been using a banjo in his act for years. This recording is a fine example of how good he can play. Starting out with the title track “Rare Bird Alert” the...
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Hollywood Production Deals Back On The Rise

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March 14, 2011
Hollywood Production Deals Back On The Rise

Hollywood producers can all breathe a sigh of relief because harmful cost cutting by the major studios appears to have abated, albeit for the time being. In the past six months, production deals at the major studios have increased by 5% to a total of 152. Big names like Roy Lee, Darren Aronofsky, John...
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Rise Against Releases ‘Endgame’ March 15th, 2011: A Review

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March 14, 2011
Rise Against Releases ‘Endgame’ March 15th, 2011: A Review

Rise Against, the Punk Rock band from Chicago, Illinois, starts out their latest release ‘Endgame’ with “Wait For Me”, which starts out mellow with some nice sounding vocals and then explodes across right out of the gate. “This Is Letting Go” has boom-boppity-boom drums, heavy chanting — hey! hey! hey! “Survivor Guilt” is a...
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The Mahones Entire Catalogue Released by True North Records

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March 14, 2011
The Mahones Entire Catalogue Released by True North Records

With Saint Patrick’s Day fast approaching, here is a crash course in The Mahones. True North Records has reissued the entire catalogue of the Canadian, Irish Punk Band. ‘The Hellfire Club Sessions’ (1999) is my favorite with a four and 1/2 star rating. Some find this not rowdy enough, like their more edgy work....
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed: A Limerick Review

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March 13, 2011
The Disappearance of Alice Creed: A Limerick Review

There once was a girl named Alice, Tied up all day she could not piss, Twists and turns occur, And sadly for her, The film is a bit hit and miss. Larry McCloskey is a writer for The Big Screen as well as a contributing author to A&E Playground. Contact the Author: LarryMcCloskey@ArtsandEntertainmentPlayground.com
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Animated Lookalikes of the Week: Stuart Broad and Willow Smith

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March 13, 2011
Animated Lookalikes of the Week: Stuart Broad and Willow Smith

A few months after the release of Toy Story 3, England cricketer Stuart Broad was asked via Twitter whether he saw the resemblance between himself and Andy. To be honest it was not even a question that needed asking — the answer is clearly that Pixar had based Andy’s appearance on the blonde bombshell. Just have a...
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The Mahones: True North Records Releases Collections From Canada’s Gem

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March 13, 2011
The Mahones: True North Records Releases Collections From Canada’s Gem

Canada’s True North Records has released collections containing all off the best songs to hear a glimpse of the edgy Irish Punk band The Mahones. There are two in this category, featuring ‘Paint The Town Red’ with 29 songs and ‘Irish Punk Collection’ with 17 songs. When it comes to value, ‘Paint The Town...
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Revival Of The Western Genre

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March 12, 2011
Revival Of The Western Genre

In both its classic and hybrid forms, the western was pronounced dead. But now a new generation of filmgoers are welcoming it back, prompting a rebirth of the western genre, albeit in hybrid form. Hero Complex examined the search for the new old west in Hollywood. It looked at Rango (2011), which is filled...
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UK’s Pinewood Shepperton Studios Expanding in the Dominican Republic

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March 9, 2011
UK’s Pinewood Shepperton Studios Expanding in the Dominican Republic

The major British film studio, Pinewood Shepperton, located approximately 20 miles west of London’s downtown, recently announced its ambitious expansion plan to open a movie studio in the Dominican Republic. The studio will serve Latin America. The first phase of the construction began late last month, and it is hoped that it will be completed...
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Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Small Source Of Comfort’ Released Today

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March 8, 2011
Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Small Source Of Comfort’ Released Today

After a five year studio recording hiatus, Canadian recording artist Bruce Cockburn comes up with a very intriguing recording. The lead off song “The Iris Of The World” is an excellent start. I like the light shuffling beat and cymbals crashing in the background. There is quite alot of interesting percussion sounds on this...
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Avril Lavigne’s ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ to be Released March 8th — Acoustic Pop ‘Til You Drop

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March 7, 2011
Avril Lavigne’s ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ to be Released March 8th — Acoustic Pop ‘Til You Drop

The latest effort from Avril Lavigne is the very acoustic pop driven Goodbye Lullaby, produced by ex-husband Deryck Whimbley of Sum 41 fame. The  first song, short and bittersweet, is most likely about him. “Black Star” has a memorable melody and is a very fine start. “Push” sets the tone for the rest of...
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Why Spain is so Appealing to International Filmmakers

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March 6, 2011
Why Spain is so Appealing to International Filmmakers

Imagine a country with attractive private finance, excellent facilities and locations, some of the hottest filmmaking talent in the world, along with generous national and regional subsidies. Well there’s no need to imagine, all this currently exists in Spain. Denis Pedregosa, vice president of productions at Kanzaman films said, “International producers that come and...
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The Last Airbender: Well-Deserved Razzie Winner

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March 5, 2011
The Last Airbender: Well-Deserved Razzie Winner

I should start this off by confessing that M. Night Shyamalan fascinates me, and that I have seen every one of the features he’s directed from 1999’s The Sixth Sense on. It’s not that I think he’s a good director, it’s that he seems to almost intentionally be getting worse and worse as he...
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