Jackie’s Boy – From Being a Street Performer, Carlos Battey Transforms and Becomes a Record Mogul and World-Class Artist
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Jackie’s Boy – From Being a Street Performer, Carlos Battey Transforms and Becomes a Record Mogul and World-Class Artist

Jackie’s Boy From Being a Street Performer, Carlos Battey Transforms and Becomes a Record Mogul and World-Class Artist by Brad Balfour When the pandemic hit, musicians were blessed and cursed at the same time. On the one hand, it shut down opportunities for live performance before paying audiences. On the other hand, it freed up … Continue reading

Porno (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Porno (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

PORNO (2019) Starring Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott, Robbie Tann, Peter Reznikoff, Bill Phillips and Katelyn Pearce. Screenplay by Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli. Directed by Keola Racela. Distributed by Evoke. 98 minutes. Not Rated. Screened at the 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival. There is something nice about good-natured DIY productions, so you … Continue reading

Isn’t It Romantic (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Isn’t It Romantic (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? (2019) Starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Brandon Scott Jones, Tom Ellis, Jay Oakerson, Rao Rampilla, Marcus Choi, Hugh Sheridan, Luciano Acuna Jr., Ray Anthony Thomas, Zach Cherry, Sandy Honig, Rosemary Howard, Ron Nakahara, Alexandra Kis and Jennifer Saunders. Screenplay by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, Katie Silberman. … Continue reading

Craig Marks Wants His MTV!
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Craig Marks Wants His MTV!

Craig Marks Wants His MTV! by Jay S. Jacobs http://www.popentertainment.com/iwantmymtv.htm Legend tells us the MTV blasted off on television on August 1, 1981 with the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” – a song that was like a shot off the bow of the staid music world and became the channel’s own personal mission statement.  … Continue reading

Filth and Wisdom (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Filth and Wisdom (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

FILTH AND WISDOM (2008) Starring Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure, Richard E. Grant, Inder Manocha, Elliot Levey, Francesca Kingdon, Ade and Gogol Bordello. Screenplay by Madonna and Dan Cadan. Directed by Madonna. Distributed by IFC Films.  84 minutes.  Rated R. For a lover of good cinema, there can be few terms more potentially horrifying … Continue reading

Aidan Quinn Explores Academia, Science and Tragedy in Dark Matter
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Aidan Quinn Explores Academia, Science and Tragedy in Dark Matter

Aidan Quinn Explores Academia, Science and Tragedy in Dark Matter by Brad Balfour The feature film debut of renowned Chinese opera and theater director Chen Shi-Zheng, and winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize, Dark Matter garnered critical praise, had a mini-theatrical release, and has a DVD out shortly. Inspired by a real tragedy, Dark … Continue reading

Live 8 (A PopEntertainment.com Music Video Review)
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Live 8 (A PopEntertainment.com Music Video Review)

Live 8 (Capitol Records-2005) The television coverage for the massive Live 8 concerts on MTV and VH1 was awful. It was all about the personalities, not the music. This was supposed to the most important concert experience of the decade, and yet very little of the performance footage actually ended up on screen. The viewer … Continue reading

Live Aid (A PopEntertainment.com Music Video Review)
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Live Aid (A PopEntertainment.com Music Video Review)

Live Aid (Warner Strategic Marketing-2004) It’s been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. There is no better example of this than the agonizingly sixteen-hour-long Live Aid broadcast on July 13, 1985 (now available on DVD). The official excuse for the concert was to raise money to feed the starving people … Continue reading

Toby Lightman – Devils and an Angel
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Toby Lightman – Devils and an Angel

Toby Lightman Devils and an Angel by Jay S. Jacobs The music biz is always hungrily searching for the next big thing. They’re trying to find an artist that has the talent and the vibe and the chops to make a huge splash in the choppy waters of popular culture. It should be someone who has … Continue reading

Chicago (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Chicago (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

CHICAGO (2002) Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Christine Baranski, Domenic West, Susan Misner, Deidre Goodwin, Denise Faye, Ekaterina Chtchelkanova, Chita Rivera and Mýa Harrison. Screenplay by Bill Condon. Directed by Rob Marshall. Distributed by Mirimax Pictures.  113  minutes.  Rated PG-13. A film … Continue reading