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Joe Sample, Pianist Of The Jazz Crusaders, Dead At 75

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“The Jazz Crusaders, who played the muscular, bluesy variation on bebop known as hard bop, had their roots in Houston, where Mr. Sample, the tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and the drummer Nesbert Hooper (better known by the self-explanatory first name Stix) began performing together as the Swingsters while in high school.”

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For A Hard-working Actress, Finally A Chance At The Bronze Ring

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“Her characters often serve to ‘hold up the wall’ of the narrative, she said, like the empathetic best friend in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ or the kindly stranger in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ Or the kindly mental-institution psychiatrist in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ the kindly rape-treatment counselor in ‘Trust’ or the kindly medium in ‘Beautiful Creatures.'”

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Maya Angelou’s Final Work Will Be A Hip-Hop Album

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“In a new album titled Caged Bird Songs – you can guess which book inspired this – Shawn Rivera and Roccstar will sample Maya Angelou‘s voice. The producers initiated the project before Angelou knew about it, but she agreed to share recordings of her voice and even opened her home to the producers.”

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Bill Cosby’s Work Is Never Done

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“[He] surely has neither the time nor the need to do anything he doesn’t want to do. What he does want to do, even now [at age 77], is comedy: he performs about a hundred times a year, mainly on weekends, following an itinerary that often leads him into what promoters call tertiary markets, where fans are not just happy to be able to see him in person but surprised, too.”

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Drinking Tequila With Sam Shepard

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“I don’t know how to explain it [what he's currently writing]. I really don’t. Hopefully it’s a novel, but I have the hardest time sustaining prose. I feel like I’m a natural-born playwright but the prose thing has always mystified me. How to keep it going? How do people do it, for years and years?”

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What Keeps Al Pacino Running?

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“I believe I have not reached my stride, which is why I persist. The day I turn to you and say, ‘John, what I just did in this role was a real winner,’ I hope you’ll have the courage and decency to throw a wreath around my head, and then so very quietly and compassionately shoot me.”

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Soprano Magda Olivero, 104

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“Olivero never had a glitzy recording career, but she did have something her contemporaries didn’t: longevity. She sang in public for more than seven decades.” (includes audio clips)

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Joan Rivers, 81 (Kids, She Was So Much More Than The Fashion Police)

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You young’uns who only know her for getting facelifts and yanking the chains of celebrities on the red carpet before awards shows: by the time she was your age, she was already a thriving stand-up and one of the best comedy writers in the business – and for a time in the 1970s and ’80s, she was one of the three or four most successful comedians in the entire English-speaking world.

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The Remarkable Failures Of Tennessee Williams

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He died “with the astonishing record of having had his career conclude with 17 poorly received flops in a row. It is far from unusual for a creative artist to lose his way in middle age. But Williams’s disintegration was so spectacular that it is hard not to wonder exactly what went wrong with a writer whose initial success had been no less spectacular.”

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Lars Von Trier Breaks His Press Silence While Technically Keeping His Vow Not To Talk To The Press

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After he got himself banned from Cannes in 2011 for making a thoroughly unfortunate joke, the Danish filmmaker announced that he would “refrain from all public statements and interviews” so as to keep himself out of trouble. But he really wanted to discuss the uncut 5½-hour version of Nymphomaniac with the press at this year’s Venice Film Festival. So they found an ingenious (and entertaining) solution.

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Tattoo Artists Starting To Assert Their Copyrights With Famous Clients

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These days, tattoo artists for athletes have started to pay more attention to their rights. And those worries aren’t necessarily frivolous, says Tim Bradley, an intellectual property attorney. He says copyright law is actually very friendly to the artist, and that protections kick in once you’ve shown a “modicum of creativity” in your design and you’ve put it on a “tangible medium.”

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Paris Is Forgetting Ernest Hemingway

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“American writer Ernest Hemingway had close links with Paris. He first lived there in 1920 and played a marginal, much-mythologised, role in the 1944 liberation of the city. But now, 70 years on, memories of the author are starting to fade.”

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Sandy Wilson, Composer Of “The Boy Friend”, Dead At 90

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The “winsome, nostalgic and tuneful” 1953 musical, which made stars of Julie Andrews (on stage) and Twiggy (on screen), subsequently became a perennial favorite of school and comunity theaters all over the English-speaking world. “He would say that The Boy Friend always held a place in his heart because it gave him the economic means never to work again.”

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How A Drag Queen Became A Major Star Of Mexican Wrestling

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“Being gay is a gift from God,” says Saúl Armendáriz, though that was hardly his experience as an abused and bullied youngster in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.But he was quick and athletic and hardworking and had a sense of showmanship. Today, he’s Cassandro, one of lucha libre‘s biggest stars, kicking macho ass from Mexico City to L.A. to Tokyo.

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