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Singing and Singers

Hollywood loves a good downward spiral tragedy, especially when it involves a celebrity, real or imagined. The beautiful and talented disintegrate in full public view, from drugs, alcohol, or self-des…
This film chronicles a flamboyant, iconic singer from his meteoric rise to superstardom in the 1970s, to hitting rock bottom from sex and drugs and rock and roll, to his triumphant comeback in the mid…
Rami Malek, sporting one helluva set of prosthetic dentures and an array of questionable wigs, stars as Mercury, who went from Heathrow baggage handler to rock god over the course of about two decades…
Whitney Houston was undeniably one of the biggest superstars in pop music, and inarguably one of the most talented. With a still-unmatched seven number one hits in a row, she was dazzling at her peak:…
So, if you are a college a cappella group, you can win Nationals, Worlds, then... get a job? That is the reality for the Bellas, who accomplished those feats in the original Pitch Perfect, then No. 2.…
The funny and wonderful thing about Meryl Streep is that anyone who has seen Mamma Mia knows very well that the woman has singing chops. So, when she gargles and trills and screeches through sprawling…
I was one of those that grew up associating The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond's 1980 "Love on the Rocks" hit-spawning (but otherwise stinky) version. I knew nothing of the original 1927 film other tha…
I remember exactly when I heard that Amy Winehouse died, and I was pissed. No, it was not because Amy had met with what can really only be deemed an unsurprising early death (joining the "27 Club" of …
As you may know from Dolly Parton's famous song and children's book, Coat of Many Colors is the story of Dolly as a young girl and the multicolored coat her mom made for her out of assorted fabric scr…
At its most basic level, the deliciously entertaining family soap Empire is King Lear with a modern hip-hop/R&B soundtrack. This King is Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) a modern hip-hop mogul diagn…
On the night of the music world's flashiest awards, new superstar Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) should be on the top of the world. With her sexpot image and her hit songs with her white-boy rapper collaborat…
Unfolding in a not-entirely-successful, sort-of-confusing, non-linear fashion crafted by director Tate Taylor (The Help), Get On Up tracks Brown’s rise to fame, from his turbulent childhood and abando…