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George Harrison: Living in the Material World Reviews: Still Hidden, Enigmatic, Quiet

George Harrison: Living in the Material World Reviews: Still Hidden, Enigmatic, Quiet
Like many boomers, I am a Beatles fan. I can sing every song on Beatles Rock Band, and grew up loving each Beatle in his own way: Paul's narcissistic sweet tenor, John's growly, witty edge, Ringo's underappreciated backbeat and soulful George. He was the gifted musician, the lead guitarist: he made the songs work. And his songs, in my view, stand the test of time along with the best of the Lennon/McCartney songbook, from Harrison's only chart-topper, Something in the Way She Moves to While My Guitar Gently Weeps, featuring rare guest soloist Eric Clapton. While Harrison had fewer compositions, he put more time into them; they pop.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2011 11:28 AM
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Academy Passes Hollywood Museum To LACMA: UPDATED

Like a game of hot potato, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted Tuesday night to put the development of a long-planned---and stalled--Museum of Motion Pictures into the hands of LA County Museum of Art chief Michael Govan. While the Academy spin does not suggest that the Academy is admitting defeat, that is in fact the case. The Academy is betting that partnering with LACMA and using an existing facility instead of building from scratch will help them to raise the hundreds of millions they could not get in an unforgiving economy. But they now need half of the $400 million they needed before.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2011 8:18 AM
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Mike Newell's Great Expectations Shoots October 10 with Bonham Carter, Fiennes, Irvine, Grainger

Brit director Mike Newell, whose big-budget studio entries Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Prince of Persia are a far cry from earlier works such as Four Weddings and Funeral and Enchanted April, will begin shooting David Nicholls' adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations in the UK on October 10.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 8:09 AM
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TV Watch: Playboy Club Cancelled, Fox Could Make Money On Simpsons Demise

The first cancellation of the fall season is NBC's misguided and little-watched (just three million viewers caught last night's episode) The Playboy Club, which took place in Mod, bunny-infested 1960s Chicago. After only three episodes, NBC pulled the low-rated show, which starred Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian, off the air. Hugh Hefner tweeted his disappointment and blamed it on the network: "It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 7:57 AM
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Spielberg vs. Spielberg: Vulture Tracks How His Fave Themes Go Wrong on Small Screen

Spielberg is all around these days, from summer hit Super 8, which J.J. Abrams sold on his name, to holiday tentpoles The Adventures of Tintin and Oscar frontrunenr War Horse. But there are two Spielbergs, posits Vulture, which lays out the Four Ways Steven Spielberg TV Shows Feel Like Bad Spielberg Knockoffs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:46 AM
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New Adventures of Tintin Trailer Rocks The Boat

Check out the action-packed new trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 25) below. Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson talk their inspiration for the film here.Video: MSN Exclusive: The Adventures of Tintin - trailer
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:26 AM
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Robert Downey Jr. Developing Perry Mason for the Big Screen; Listen & Watch Past Incarnations

Yet another TV brand heads to the movies. Will they never learn? But the casting is choice in this case: Robert Downey Jr. may bring Perry Mason to the big screen through Warner Bros. and Team Downey. Like the original Erle Stanley Gardner books--there are 82; Downey and producer David Gambino are looking for a writer to adapt their own original story based on the character--the film would be set in 1930s Los Angeles and would follow defense attorney Mason, his secretary Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake and courtroom adversary Hamilton Burger.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:17 AM
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Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking
Lars von Trier has had it, finally. After being declared "persona non grata" by the Cannes Film festival after statements he made at the Melancholia press conference, calling himself a Nazi, the Danish filmmaker has released a statement. He's done speaking in public, period.Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2011 4:46 AM
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Apple's Tim Cook Unveils iPhone 4S, Fails To Live Up to Steve Jobs

Yesterday at the "Let's Talk iPhone" conference, Apple changed things up. Rather than announcing the iPhone 5, they announced a phone that looks no different than their current model, and only distinguishes the new product with an S added after iPhone 4. However, while the iPhone 4S appears to be no different, its capabilities are innumerable (Apple numbered them at over 200).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:32 AM
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Coen Brothers Join TV Migration with Detective Comedy

Everybody's going to TV. Even Joel and Ethan Coen have sold an hour-long private detective comedy to Fox, HarveKarbo. With Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston on the script, the brothers' single-camera show will trace the life of P.I. Harve Karbo and his noir-like investigations into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood high society. The Coens, along with Johnston, Imagine co-founder Brian Grazer and president Francie Calfo, will executive produce, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:16 AM
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