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If The Beatles Never Existed, Who Could Have Defined Music?

Tony Sokol Sep 6, 2019

The film Yesterday imagines a world where the Beatles never existed. But what might have filled the gap?

In Danny Boyle's film Yesterday, a struggling young musician played by Jack Malik suffers an accident at exactly the same moment a major power surge burns all evidence of former skiffle group the Beatles out of the collective memory of the masses. Only the musician remembers the songs, the stories, and the band's place in the history of popular music. The film, however, is still set in a world where the culture that was shaped by the influence of four relatively working class musicians from a port city remained curiously intact. The Rolling Stones are still around; so is Childish Gambino, thank the gods of music. But Oasis doesn't come up on Google searches when partnered with “Wonderwall.” We can assume there was no Squeeze, Electric Light Orchestra,
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Wild in the Country

Elvis fans laud this high-end drama, an attempt by the superstar to lock into a mainstream acting career. Presley has fine dramatic support, especially from his three leading ladies, but the requirement that an Elvis movie be all things to all people — especially marketers — really takes its toll. It’s a soap where almost nothing is believable, except to true believers for whom Presley can do no wrong.

Wild in the Country

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1961 / Color / 2:35 widescreen 1:37 academy / 114 min. / Street Date August 20, 2019 / Available from Twilight Time Movies / 29.95

Starring: Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins, Rafer Johnson, John Ireland, Gary Lockwood, William Mims, Raymond Greenleaf, Christina Crawford, Pat Buttram, Doreen Lang, Alan Napier, Jason Robards Sr..

Cinematography: William C. Mellor

Editor : Dorothy Spencer

Original Music: Kenyon Hopkins

Written by Clifford Odets from a novel by J. R. Salamanca

Produced by Jerry Wald

Directed by Philip Dunne
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‘Glow’ Review: Season 3 Is an Incredible Triumph

‘Glow’ Review: Season 3 Is an Incredible Triumph
Glow” Season 3 starts with a catastrophe. As the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling prepare for their Las Vegas stage show debut, Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) go on a local news program to provide live, in-character commentary during a space shuttle launch. Debbie, as her all-American wrestler persona Liberty Belle, touts the superiority of the U.S. space program, while Ruth, as the Russian heel “Zoya the Destroya,” mocks the “puny rockets” as “not even real”… right up until the Challenger explodes, killing all seven crew members and numbing the watching world.

“Shocking” and “uncomfortable” don’t do the scene justice, and viewers will cringe. “Glow” creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch chose to invoke real-world tragedy as an obstacle for their fictional characters. They wrote the episode, constructing this calamitous moment for those watching (in Nevada and on Netflix), and the immediate question — “Why?” — sets a high bar for success,
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Celine Dion and James Corden Reenact 'Titanic' During "Carpool Karaoke"

Celine Dion and James Corden Reenact 'Titanic' During
Celine Dion was the latest star to join James Corden for The Late Late Show's "Carpool Karaoke."

The segment opened with Corden singing along to "Viva Las Vegas" as he drove around Las Vegas alone. When he realized that he was lost, Corden requested that Dion help him navigate the city.

Dion joked that she only had one day off a year, so Corden was lucky to catch her on her free day. The singer quickly broke out into "My Heart Will Go On" after the host asked if she enjoyed living in Vegas.

While ...
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Tom Hanks In Talks To Play Colonel Tom Parker In Baz Luhrmann Untitled Elvis Presley Pic

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Tom Hanks In Talks To Play Colonel Tom Parker In Baz Luhrmann Untitled Elvis Presley Pic
Deadline has confirmed that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is in talks to play the iconic Colonel Tom Parker, manager of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie for Warner Bros.

Deadline hears that the screenplay is by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.

The Dutch born Parker rose from being a carnival worker to discovering Presley and becoming the rock icon’s sole handler. Parker moved into music promotion, earning the courtesy rank of ‘Colonel’ from a grateful singer Jimmie Davis who had become governor of Louisiana. Within less than a year, Parker had Presley signed to a recording contract with RCA Victor, and turned him into a star with his first single “Heartbreak Hotel”, in addition to landing merchandising deals, TV appearances, and transforming the Tupelo, Mississippi native into a movie star of such pics as Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock. Parker leveraged Presley’s time
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Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release

Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release
For much of the Sixties, Elvis Presley’s most visible presence was on the big screen, in a seemingly endless series of films that ranged from fun (Viva Las Vegas) to forgettable (Easy Come, Easy Go). For that reason alone, the King’s December 3rd, 1968, "comeback" special for NBC was a welcome return to form. Yet, entirely on its own it remains simply one of Presley’s finest moments as an electrifying entertainer, and a landmark event that revolutionized the presentation of live music via television.

On November 30th, a comprehensive,
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Glow Season 3: Netflix Release Date, Cast, Plot, Trailer, and News

Kayti Burt Joseph Baxter Jun 17, 2019

Glow season 3, the Netflix ladies wrestling show, starring Allison Brie and Betty Gilpin, will be back on Netflix soon.

Call off the prayer circles! Glow Season 3 has been greenlit by Netflix. The Emmy-nominated series will be back for a Season 3. The announcement was made via the show's official Twitter handle, and the sigh of collective relief could be heard across America.

Glow Season 3 will arrive as another 10-episode frame, which will continue showcasing the world of 1980s syndicated women's professional wrestling, following fictionalized versions of the characters from the real-life wrestling circuit Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Glow). Likewise, as teased at the end of last season, the third season will see said ladies make their historically-inspired migration from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, where the original series was taped, at the now-demolished Riviera Hotel and Casino (however Netflix still shot the show in L.A.
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Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Unites Unprecedented Lineup Of Entertainers

Friday night’s Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena united the Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit community for an evening of live performances and heartfelt video tributes honoring victims and survivors of the October 1 tragedy.

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons Sings at Vegas Strong Benefit Concert

More than a dozen A-list entertainers and homegrown talent convened to benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000.. The full lineup included Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Boyz II Men, Jay Leno, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group; appearances by Bryce Harper, Kurt Busch, Wayne Newton; and tribute videos from Jason Aldean, Celine Dion, Elton John, George Strait and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

The evening commenced as Carrot Top welcomed an arena of thousands of supporters. He introduced messages from Vegas Golden Knights players who shared their pride
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Elvis Presley movies: Top 10 films ranked worst to best include ‘Blue Hawaii,’ ‘Love Me Tender,’ ‘Viva Las Vegas’

Elvis Presley movies: Top 10 films ranked worst to best include ‘Blue Hawaii,’ ‘Love Me Tender,’ ‘Viva Las Vegas’
On August 16, 1977, the world lost iconic performer Elvis Presley, who died at the young age of 42. In honor of the 40th anniversary of his death, enjoy touring our new photo gallery of his top 10 movies ranked worst to best, including “Blue Hawaii,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Presley excelled […]
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Glen Campbell, Session Man: Remember the Music Icon with These 10 Hits You Didn’t Know He Played On

Glen Campbell, Session Man: Remember the Music Icon with These 10 Hits You Didn’t Know He Played On
From “Wichita Lineman,” to “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell‘s wealth of hits too often overshadows his prolific early career as a session player in the 1960s. As member of the famed Wrecking Crew—an informal collective of highly sought-after studio musicians—he played on literally thousands of songs throughout the decade, many of them hits.

As the world mourns his death on Tuesday at age 81 after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease, People takes a look back at 10 huge songs you might not have realized featured Campbell’s playing.

“Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson (1961)

Son of
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Dance Recap: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Dance Recap: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!
You know what they say -- what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas -- but what happens during Vegas Night on Dancing With the Stars makes headlines!

The ballroom was hot, hot, hot during week three of the competition on Monday, as the stars and their dance pros performed to Sin City-inspired hits, bringing out all the energy and sass you'd expect to see at a show on the Vegas strip.

From the men showing some extra skin to the ladies nailing their kicks and tricks, Et's breaking down all the best choreography moments from last night's show!

Watch: Sharna Burgess Comforts 'Bummed' Bonner Bolton After Disappointing 'DWTS' Week 3 Performance

Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd — Tango, "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

Dance highlight: #TeamBabyGotBach kicked off the night with a fun routine, putting the former Bachelor star's abs on full display. While it was hard to take our eyes off their intricate costumes, Nick's true
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Three Preview: Derek Hough Returns, Celebrities Go Shirtless and More!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week Three Preview: Derek Hough Returns, Celebrities Go Shirtless and More!
Monday is Vegas Night on Dancing With the Stars!

In order to stay in the competition, the remaining contestants and their pro partners will have to step up their game by working on their technique and including new choreography surprises in their casino-themed routines.

So, who will get lucky and who will be sent home? Et breaks down everything you need to know ahead of week three of the competition.

Watch: Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton Talk Exhausting 'DWTS' Rehearsals: 'She's Working Me Hard'

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. A tie for first! Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater & Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: 32/40

2. Heather Morris and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30/40

3. Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton: 29/40

Who's in danger of elimination?

Mr. T and Kym Herjavec received the lowest score from the judges -- 22/40 -- last Monday, followed closely behind by Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, who received a score of 25, and Charo and Keo Motsepe, who scored
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Watch Simone Biles Hilariously Channel Elvis Presley in Dancing with the Stars Rehearsal

Watch Simone Biles Hilariously Channel Elvis Presley in Dancing with the Stars Rehearsal
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is competing on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars — and blogging about her experience exclusively for People! Follow Biles, 20, and her pro dancer partner Sasha Farber, 33, on Twitter!

So my nerves are apparently not going anywhere.

Premiere night I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but going into our second live show last week I still had nerves because I wanted to do well when we performed our routine.

I feel like I did really well, though!

That was one of the best runs of the dance we’d done. I
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Hollywood and Las Vegas: The Perfect Movie Relationship

There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.

Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united
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It Looks Like Shia Labeouf Just Married Mia Goth in Las Vegas

It Looks Like Shia Labeouf Just Married Mia Goth in Las Vegas
It appears Shia Labeouf is a married man! TMZ shared a livestream video feed of what looked to be a wedding between the controversial 30-year-old and his longtime girlfriend, Mia Goth, on Monday. They appeared to say "I do" at the Viva Las Vegas chapel in Sin City during a Vegas-themed ceremony. They were joined by some onlookers who were dressed in costume, including an Elvis Presley impersonator (because, of course) and a hula dancer. Though the video certainly looks real—there's no denying Labeouf was indeed crying—the actor is known to be into performance art, and this could very well fall into that category. There is still no documentation of them officially...
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George Sidney Centennial: Bye Bye Birdie

Our Centennial celebration of director George Sidney continues with Jose on Bye Bye Birdie

George Sidney’s adaptation of the Tony award winning musical Bye Bye Birdie continued showing his prowess when it came to making big, bold, Technicolor musicals. The plot imagines the frenzy surrounding the imminent departure of an Elvis-like superstar, who receives his draft notice, but decides to reward one of his biggest fans with one gift before leaving: a televised kiss. Though the plot’s depiction of how the media thrives on scandals surrounding celebrities was rather prescient (not to mention how it predicts how love and sex would become “prizes” on reality shows) its gender and racial politics have made it one of the most icky musicals of the era.

Its casting proved significant for two reasons: for the big part of Kim MacAfee, the director chose a complete unknown he discovered dancing in a Las Vegas casino.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Magic (1978)

It’s the eyes, isn’t it? Wide like saucers and twice as deep, they’re impenetrable. And the wooden leer of the wide open maw betrays them, separate and with its own agenda. Of course I’m referring to ventriloquist dummies, and the eerie spell they cast upon the viewer. The horror viewer, specifically; we’ll seek out anything that gives us a sense of unease. Which brings us to Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978), a wryly creepy tale of encroaching madness and showbiz folly. (Aren’t they the same thing?)

Produced by 20th Century Fox and Joseph E. Levine (Carnal Knowledge) and released by 20th Century, Magic opened in November of ’78 in the U.S. and rolled out to the rest of the world in early ’79. Grossing nearly $24 million U.S. against a $7 million budget with positive reviews to boot, Magic was an unqualified success – with one of the
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Sex Kitten Turned Two-Time Oscar Nominee on TCM Tonight

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from
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Review: "Once A Thief" (1965) Starring Alain Delon, Ann-margret, Van Heflin And Jack Palance; Warner Archive DVD Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

One of the most rewarding byproducts of reviewing movies for a living is that you will often encounter some prominent gem that somehow managed to escape your attention previously. In certain cases, it's arguable that a film might well be more appreciated many years later than it was during its initial release. Such a case pertains to the 1965 crime drama Once a Thief. Directed by the under-rated Ralph Nelson, the film successfully invokes the mood and atmosphere of the classic black-and-white film noir crime thrillers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although this movie was widely credited as being Alain Delon's first starring role in an English language production, he was among the all-star cast seen the previous year in the big budget Hollywood production of The Yellow Rolls Royce. It is accurate to say, however, that Once a Thief afforded him his first opportunity to be
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All Bets Are Off: Top Ten Films About Las Vegas

Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.

Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.

In All
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