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‘Stockholm’ Review: Ethan Hawke Robs a Bank and Coins a Syndrome in a Quirky Heist Comedy that Doesn’t Pay Off

On August 23, 1973, a convict by the name of Jan-Erik Olsson tried to rob the largest bank in Stockholm while he was on leave from his stint in prison. Olsson carried a machine gun, and he took a few hostages, but he wasn’t a jerk about it or anything; he was reasonably kind to the bank tellers, he only hurt people by accident, and — as the day wore on — he even started singing Roberta Flack in the vault (the acoustics down there must have been fantastic).

Either charmed by her captor, or simply convinced that he was harmless, one of Olsson’s hostages spoke up for him over the phone when the Prime Minister of Sweden called to negotiate; several others raised money for his legal defense when the standoff was over. It was almost as if the trauma of the whole event had caused its victims to sympathize with their assailant.
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Church janitor Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon breaks away from ‘gloomy’ home life, shines during ‘American Idol’ Hollywood week [Watch]

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon returned to the “American Idol” stage during Monday’s episode of Hollywood week and floored judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with his haunting rendition of Roberta Flack‘s “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” Because this church janitor’s family doesn’t support his being gay, Jeremiah admitted to mentor Bobby Bones that his home life felt “gloomy,” which is why it was so “good” being in Hollywood for the second stage of the reality TV competition. Watch Jeremiah’s latest performance video above.

SEEEthan Payne eliminated on ‘American Idol’: Luke Bryan ‘shattered my heart,’ cries 15-year-old country singer

With his family staying put back home, Jeremiah revealed, “It’s freeing in a way because this gives me the platform to just process a lot that’s happening. Music’s like my way of doing that.” Jeremiah’s boyfriend John, also a musician,
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American Idol Recap: Who's Going to Hawaii for the 'Final Judgment'?

American Idol Recap: Who's Going to Hawaii for the 'Final Judgment'?
Hollywood Week — or “Hell Week,” according to that little devil Ryan Seacrest — continued on Monday’s American Idol, which ended with one contestant threatening (nay, promising!) to pee on the floor. And after sitting through this episode, I could relate.

These poor children were put through the wringer, forced to sing and dance and smile on mere minutes of sleep. They were treated like… like… well, like children in Hollywood, to be honest.

But unlike the episode, which forced the contestants to wait until the last possible moment to learn their fates, we’re going straight to the results:

Big
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‘American Idol’ Hollywood Week concludes on Night 7 of Season 17 [Updating Live Blog]

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‘American Idol’ Hollywood Week concludes on Night 7 of Season 17 [Updating Live Blog]
The second and final episode of “American Idol” showcasing Hollywood Week airs on March 25. On Sunday we saw the three judges — country superstar Luke Bryan, pop princess Katy Perry, and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie — pass judgement on half of the contestants who had made it this far in the competition. On Monday, we’ll see them make their decisions on the other half of those hoping to win season 17 of “American Idol.”

At this stage, all of the contestants take part in three sing-offs: lines of 10, groups, and solos. The judges have to decide which 40 to take through to the next round. Those lucky few were flown to Hawaii and got to sing in a showcase that is set to air on Sunday, March 31. (Spoilers: The men and women who made the Top 40.)

In turn, those 40 contenders were culled down to just half that number and those Top 20 were
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‘The Masked Singer’ Bee guesses: 70% of viewers say Gladys Knight, 12% predict Patti Labelle [Poll Results]

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The votes are in! In our recent poll that asked for Your final guesses for who’s hiding inside the Bee costume on Fox’s reality TV show “The Masked Singer,” a whopping 70% said Gladys Knight. She’s long been the pick of judge Robin Thicke, but of course, not all of the panelists are on board. Rounding out our poll results, 12% said Patti Labelle is actually the Bee while 18% said it’s someone else entirely. Find out Bee’s true identity when the two-hour season finale of “The Masked Singer” airs Wednesday, February 27 at 8/7c.

SEE4 reasons why ‘The Masked Singer’ needs to air Live in Season 2: Hey Fox, are you paying attention?

In last week’s semi-finals episode, Bee performed Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and was voted into the top three along with Monster and Peacock. Robin once again proclaimed
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Are We Going to Talk About Alicia Keys Playing 2 Pianos at Once During the Grammys?

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Are We Going to Talk About Alicia Keys Playing 2 Pianos at Once During the Grammys?
Things Alicia Keys did: That. The 38-year-old singer and 2019 Grammys hostess with the mostest amazed viewers with her insane musical talents as she sang covers of award-winning songs on Sunday night. Oh, she also performed them while playing two pianos at once. You know, like a genius?

During the show, Keys paid homage to late jazz pianist Hazel Scott (who was known for her double piano playing) as she sampled from tunes like Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," Juice Wrld's "Lucid Dreams," Drake's "In My Feelings," Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up," and Lauryn Hill's "Doo-Wop (That Thing)." She also intermixed some Coldplay instrumentals and rounded out the medley with her own "Empire State of Mind." Watch a clip of Keys's incredible performance above, and get ready for your jaw to hit the floor.

Related: The Grammys Audience Officially Lost Their Sh*t Over Michelle Obama
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Are We Going to Talk About Alicia Keys Playing 2 Pianos at Once During the Grammys?

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Things Alicia Keys did: That. The 38-year-old singer and 2019 Grammys hostess with the mostest amazed viewers with her insane musical talents as she sang covers of award-winning songs on Sunday night. Oh, she also performed them while playing two pianos at once. You know, like a genius?

During the show, Keys paid homage to late jazz pianist Hazel Scott (who was known for her double piano playing) as she sampled from tunes like Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," Juice Wrld's "Lucid Dreams," Drake's "In My Feelings," Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up," and Lauryn Hill's "Doo-Wop (That Thing)." She also intermixed some Coldplay instrumentals and rounded out the medley with her own "Empire State of Mind." Watch a clip of Keys's incredible performance above, and get ready for your jaw to hit the floor.

Related: The Grammys Audience Officially Lost Their Sh*t Over Michelle Obama
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 10)

1998: As the World Turns' Jack and Carly grew closer.

2006: General Hospital's Tony Jones died.

2009: Guiding Light's Phillip rescued Coop from a burning car.

2011: Oprah reunited Susan Lucci with Erica Kane's husbands."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1897: Dame Judith Anderson was born. Anderson moved to New York from Australia in 1918 and was a hit on Broadway before moving to Hollywood to make films. In 1984 she joined the original cast of Santa Barbara as Minx Lockridge. She died in 1992 at age 94.

1966: On Another World,
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Dan + Shay’s ‘Tequila’ Named Most Shazamed Song of the Grammys

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Everyone wanted a taste of “Tequila” at this year’s Grammy Awards.

The hit single from country duo Dan + Shay was the most Shazamed song of the night following the artists’ stripped-down performance, featuring Dan Smyers on guitar and Shay Mooney on piano. “Tequila” was a multi-week No. 1 smash at country radio and crossed over to the top 30 at pop radio in 2018, but was undoubtedly still being heard by the vast majority of Grammy viewers for the first time Sunday night.

Close behind was Alicia Keys’ piano-based medley, which included a number of popular songs such as “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack, “Lucid Dreams” by Juice Wrld, “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, “In My Feelings” by Drake, “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill and “Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-z and Keys.

R&B artist H.E.R. also had a strong Shazam showing
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Brandi Carlile lost Album of the Year at the Grammys, but viewers thought she won the night [Poll Results]

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Brandi Carlile lost Album of the Year at the Grammys, but viewers thought she won the night [Poll Results]
Brandi Carlile lost all three of her nominations that were presented during the Grammys telecast on Sunday night, but the joke’s on them because viewers thought she won the night anyway. We asked our readers who gave their favorite performance, and they said Carlile’s rendition of “The Joke” was the best in show. Scroll down to see our complete poll results.

SEE2019 Grammys: Full list of winners at the 61st Grammy Awards

Out of more than a dozen performances, almost two-thirds of our readers (32%) picked Carlile’s raw performance as their favorite. It was simply staged with just her and her band rocking out as her lyrics scrolled behind her. Her songwriting and her vocals spoke for themselves.

But even though Carlile didn’t win the top categories, she was still one of the year’s biggest winners overall. During the Premiere Ceremony that took place at the
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How did Alicia Keys do hosting the 2019 Grammy Awards? [Poll]

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How did Alicia Keys do hosting the 2019 Grammy Awards? [Poll]
It was an interesting choice when the Grammys announced that Alicia Keys would be hosting the 2019 telecast. She’s an accomplished live performer of course — and she’s got 15 Grammys of her own to prove it — but would her skills lend themselves to commanding a three-and-a-half-hour awards show (almost four hours as it turned out)? Scroll down to vote in our poll and let us know how you thought she did on her first time out.

SEE2019 Grammys: Full list of winners at the 61st Grammy Awards

Though Keys didn’t come into these awards as an experienced master of ceremonies like recent Grammy host James Corden, she was well suited to relate to other musicians given her experience as a performer and winner at these kudos. She even reminisced about some of her experiences on the other side of the envelope, bringing John Mayer onstage for a moment to
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Holy Harmony! Chloe x Halle Deliver a Soulful Grammys Performance of "Where Is the Love"

Only a week after delivering a stunning Super Bowl performance and a day after singing at Clive Davis's pre-Grammys party, sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey - better known as the musical duo Chloe x Halle - took their talents to the Grammys stage Sunday night. The sisters both donned gorgeously structured dresses as they performed a soulful live rendition of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack's 1972 hit "Where Is the Love."

It's definitely no wonder that the two were signed to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment in 2015 after Beyoncé herself saw their YouTube cover of "Pretty Hurts." The gifted vocalists were also up for two Grammys on Sunday night: best new artist and best urban contemporary album for their 2018 LP The Kids Are Alright.

But we're the real winners, because we got to see Chloe x Halle totally command the stage, and we're still reeling from it. Watch the performance
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Holy Harmony! Chloe x Halle Deliver a Soulful Grammys Performance of "Where Is the Love"

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Holy Harmony! Chloe x Halle Deliver a Soulful Grammys Performance of
Only a week after delivering a stunning Super Bowl performance and a day after singing at Clive Davis's pre-Grammys party, sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey - better known as the musical duo Chloe x Halle - took their talents to the Grammys stage Sunday night. The sisters both donned gorgeously structured dresses as they performed a soulful live rendition of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack's 1972 hit "Where Is the Love."

It's definitely no wonder that the two were signed to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment in 2015 after Beyoncé herself saw their YouTube cover of "Pretty Hurts." The gifted vocalists were also up for two Grammys on Sunday night: best new artist and best urban contemporary album for their 2018 LP The Kids Are Alright.

But we're the real winners, because we got to see Chloe x Halle totally command the stage, and we're still reeling from it. Watch the performance
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Grammys 2019: Alicia Keys Sings Songs She Wishes She Wrote

Grammys 2019: Alicia Keys Sings Songs She Wishes She Wrote
Midway into the 2019 Grammy Awards, the show’s host, Alicia Keys, sang a medley of songs that she wished she’d written. She kicked it off by playing “The Entertainer” on two grand pianos, one black, one white, sitting between them on a stool. “I wanna welcome you to Club Keys,” she said.

“I’ve been thinking so much about the people and the music that have inspired me, and I want to give a shout out to Hazel Scott because I always wanted to play two pianos. But back to the music.
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Review: "Love Me Deadly" (1972); Code Red Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

If you’re one of the many moviegoers who are unfamiliar with the Jacques Lacerte thriller Love Me Deadly, you’re not alone. A product of early 1970s low-budget motion picture production, this film is the sole title directed by Mr. Lacerte who passed away in 1988. Lensed in 1971 and released in San Francisco right around the same time as Gerard Damiano’s wildly popular and controversial couples-flick Deep Throat in June 1972 just before the Watergate burglary, the film played in roughly ten markets, including rained-out drive-ins, before it nearly disappeared from view. However, there are subsequent movie posters for the film that have the audacity to mention William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) and give the impression that spiritual possession is somehow to blame for the unsavory goings-on. It’s not.

Love Me Deadly was originally titled Kiss Me Deadly, however Mickey Spillane had the rights to that title,
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Norman Gimbel Dies: Grammy And Oscar Winning Songwriter For Film, TV Was 91

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Songwriter Norman Gimbel, whose works won him an Oscar, Grammy and admission to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has died. He passed on Dec. 19 at his home in Montecito, Calif. at age 91, according to a tribute posted by Bmi. Gimbel’s lyrics to Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly and Jim Croce’s I Got A Name were just some of the highlights of a catalog that reads like a compilation of 20th century hits. His lyrics graced the English language version of The Girl from Ipanema and the TV themes to Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley; he earned an Academy Award with David Shire for Jennifer Warnes’s It Goes Like It Goes; he was the Best Original Song winner for 1979’s Sally Field starrer Norma Rae; and shared the Grammy Song of the Year with longtime writing collaborator Charles Fox in 1973 for Killing Me Softly.Gimbel and
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Norman Gimbel, Oscar, Grammy-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 91

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Norman Gimbel, Oscar, Grammy-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 91
Norman Gimbel, an Oscar and Grammy-winning composer whose lyrics graced hit songs such as Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and Jim Croce’s “I Got a Name,” died at the age of 91 on December 19 at his longtime home in Montecito, Calif.

His death was confirmed by Bmi, which paid tribute on its website, noting: “Bmi was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of renowned songwriter Norman Gimbel, a truly prolific and gifted writer who will be greatly missed by his many friends and fans here.”

The Brooklyn native wrote the words to both “The Girl from Ipanema” and the “Happy Days” theme, earning an Academy Award with David Shire for Jennifer Warnes’ “It Goes Like It Goes,” the Best Original Song winner for 1979’s “Norma Rae,” which also garnered Sally Field her first of two Best Actress Oscars.

With his longtime writing collaborator Charles Fox,
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Norman Gimbel, Famed Oscar- and Grammy-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 91

Norman Gimbel, Famed Oscar- and Grammy-Winning Lyricist, Dies at 91
Norman Gimbel, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist whose career included Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" and the themes to Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, has died. He was 91.

Gimbel died Dec. 19 at his longtime home in Montecito, Calif., son Tony Gimbel told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Brooklyn native shared his original song Academy Award with David Shire for "It Goes Like It Goes," performed by Jennifer Warnes for Norma Rae (1979), starring Sally Field in an Oscar-winning turn.

With music by his most frequent ...
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Review: Kandace Springs Moves Between Worlds on ‘Indigo’

Kandace Springs, a gifted 29-year-old singer signed to the jazz bastion Blue Note, is torn between two impulses. On the one hand, she gestures towards the contemporary: Her debut Ep involved the illustrious R&B production duo Pop & Oak; she released a house single this year with renowned dancefloor maven Sandy Rivera. But Springs also hopes to slip back several decades to a point when the walls between jazz, soul and pop were flimsy and allegiance to one did not preclude success in another.

So it makes sense that on her second album,
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