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News Archives for 2013

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Merry Clayton Stood '20 Feet From Stardom'

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Born Christmas Day 1948, backup singer Merry Clayton has been lending her skills to pop musicians for most of her 64 years. Usually she's the "last person, along with the string players," to add their flavor to a studio recording session. "That's why they call it 'sweetening,' " she explained in a recent chat. More often than not, she's the least recognized, least thanked contributor, though Clayton's blow- torched, highly emotive vocals made a major difference on massive hits such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Carole King's "Way Over Yonder," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned" and Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright." And, yes, t... more

Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' Resurrects the Kaiju Film

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NEW YORK - The appeal of "Pacific Rim" isn't complicated. Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, "Pacific Rim," the latest film from director Guillermo Del Toro, is predicated on the simple, childlike thrill of seeing big ol' robots and big ol' monsters slug it out. But while summer spectacles have grown ever larger in recent years, the monster movie - the original city-smashing genre - has mostly ceded the multiplexes to superheroes and more apocalyptic disaster films. But 14 years after Roland Emmerich's forgettable "Godzilla" remake, Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" constitutes a large-s... more

Movie Review: 'Despicable Me 2'

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There's a fizzy silliness to "Despicable Me 2" that will make it a huge word-of-mouth hit among key demographics. That would be 2- to 6-year-olds, and parents who enjoy seeing their kids curled into balls of uncontrollable laughter. You need to have seen the original 2010 comedy to get the most out of this sequel. Luckily, a lot of people have. "Despicable Me," Universal Studios' first venture into computer animated cartooning, was a smash. It offered a nifty novelty, with a would-be supervillain as the central character. Gru (Steve Carell with a larynx-twisting Hungarian accent) was a perversely winning mash-up of Dr. Seuss' Grinch and ... more

Movie Review: 'The Lone Ranger'

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There's a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup can accomplish. In "The Lone Ranger," Gore Verbinski's flamboyant re-imagination of the hokey long-running radio show and `50s cowboy TV series, Depp eagerly attempts to recreate the extravagant magic of his similarly farcical Jack Sparrow of Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean." With cracked white and black streaks down his face and a dead crow atop his head, Depp's Tonto (whose look makeup artist Joel Harlow took from the Kirby Sattler painting "I Am Crow") appears more witch doctor than warrior. One would think that a so-costumed Depp careening through the... more

Movie Review: 'White House Down'

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Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" is refreshingly dumb. Refreshing because carefree action absurdity, once the province of the summer cinema, is on the outs. Solemnity - even for caped, flying men in tight-fitting trousers - is in. But there's an inarguable, senseless pleasure in watching Jamie Foxx, as the president of the United States, kicking a terrorist and shouting: "Get your hands off my Jordans!" Hail to the chief, indeed. "White House Down" follows Antoine Fuqua's "Olympus Has Fallen," released in March, as the second movie this year to imagine an assault on 1600 Pennsylvania A... more

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