Faces & Names: Film shines light on Springsteen ‘Darkness’An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen on a new documentary that chronicles the recording of the Boss’1978 album. The film, “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” will premiere Sept. 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen on a new documentary that chronicles the recording of the Boss’1978 album.
The film, “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” will premiere Sept. 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Filmmaker Thom Zimny gained access to never-before-seen footage of rehearsals and recording sessions shot from 1976-78.
At the time, Springsteen was working to move past years of legal trouble and match the success he had with “Born to Run.”
“The Darkness” album featured many songs recorded with a full band immediately after being written. Tracks covered the plight of average Americans, from the struggling everyday hero in “Badlands” to hopelessness in the title track.
Congrats from Obama; a plug for UMD
How smart are the participants in the UMD summer advanced mathematics program?
So smart that one of them got a call from President Obama last week congratulating him for being so darned smart.
Actually it was Evan O’Dorney who called the White House, but only after they called him first.
O’Dorney, of Danville, Calif., is in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at UMD. But the president didn’t know that. He knew that O’Dorney placed second among high school math students in the International Mathematics Olympics last month in Kazakhstan. He’s also a National Spelling Bee champion.
So the White House called Danville looking for him. O’Dorney called back from Duluth and, next thing you know, they patched him through to Obama.
“He started out by saying, ‘This is the president,’ ” O’Dorney said. “He said he wanted to congratulate me and the whole team on being role models for all the kids in the U.S. And then he wanted to know where I was.”
That’s when O’Dorney threw in a plug for the UMD summer math program, telling Obama about the extremely complicated math problem he was working on here.
“He said, ‘That sounds interesting. That sounds right up your alley.’ ” O’Dorney said.
Past participants in the UMD program have gone on to win the Morgan Prize for research by an undergraduate and the Association for Women in Mathematics Alice Schafer Prize.
MusiCares to honor Streisand as Person of the Year
Barbra Streisand will be honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The Recording Academy and the MusiCares Foundation said Wednesday that Streisand will receive the award Feb. 11 at a dinner and concert in Los Angeles.
The annual gala is among the festivities that will lead up to the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13. The awards show will air on CBS.
The 68-year-old Streisand has won eight Grammy Awards.
She is being honored for her creative accomplishments and philanthropic work.
MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy in 1989. It helps people in the music industry during times of need.
James Taylor and Aretha Franklin are among those who have been previously honored with the award.
Palin, Johnston call off second engagement
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have called off their second engagement after he told her he may have fathered a baby with another girl.
The other girl was not identified, but a pregnant ex-girlfriend of Johnston has publicly denied he is the father.
Palin, the 19-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told People magazine that Johnston told her about the baby on July 14, the day the couple had announced their engagement. Bristol Palin and Johnston have a toddler son together, Tripp.
Palin said the “final straw” was when Johnston told her he was going to Hollywood to see a hunting show, but actually went there to star in a music video mocking her family.
Palin had said that she didn’t have her mother’s full support over reconnecting with Johnston, 20. She said both her mother and father, Todd, worried that she would get hurt again.
Network focuses on Duluth priest’s papal memorabilia
A well-known Duluth priest will be the guest today on a national Catholic call-in program on the EWTN television network.
The Rev. Richard Kunst will talk about his collection of papal memorabilia on “EWTN Live,” which airs at
7 p.m. in Duluth on cable Channel 180 (if you have the extended package). It’s also available on satellite TV.
Kunst said his collection is the largest in private hands in the world. Among the items he’ll bring to the EWTN studios will be the lead seal that was used to lock up the cardinals in 1963 when they were sequestered to elect a new pope.
“I’ve been working on it since 1995,” Kunst said. “It includes several items that the Vatican themselves don’t even have.”
He adds that he does not keep the collection in his house, so thieves shouldn’t look for it there.
Kunst is pastor of St. John’s church in the Woodland neighborhood and St. Joseph’s church in Gnesen Township.
Will.i.am doesn’t support new Jackson album
A new Michael Jackson album is expected by the end of the year, culled from unreleased material in his vaults. But Jackson collaborator and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is vehemently opposed to the idea.
“I don’t think that should ever come out. That’s bad,” he said. “He was a perfectionist and he wouldn’t have wanted it that way. How you gonna release Michael Jackson when Michael Jackson ain’t here to bless it?”
The Jackson estate did not respond to a request for comment.
When asked about the high demand for any new Jackson music, will.i.am replied: “So what? You don’t disrespect someone when they’re gone. ... How much can you suck from his energy? ... Freaking parasites!”
Not much is known about what will be on the album, but Michael’s brother Jackie has said he and brother Marlon were working on the record with John McClain, Jackson’s former manager and executor of his estate.
Lohan says thanks to fans on her way to rehab
Lindsay Lohan was transported early Monday morning directly from a Lynwood, Calif., jail — where she had served 13 days for violating probation on a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence — to a treatment program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
The paparazzi followed Lohan as she was given a police escort to the treatment facility, a stint required by a Beverly Hills judge who sentenced her to jail.
“She was noticeably moved by the amount of mail and books sent to her,” said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. “She thanked everybody as she left.”
Lohan was kept away from other inmates for security reasons. Lohan had been expected to serve about 13 days of a 90-day sentence ordered by Beverly Hills Judge Marsha Revel. A reduction for good behavior, as well as a program to relieve jail crowding, shortened her sentence.
Fox couldn’t talk DeGeneres into staying on ‘Idol’
Ellen DeGeneres couldn’t be talked into staying with “American Idol,” a Fox executive said Monday, creating a second opening for change in the show’s 10th season.
Who will fill her judge’s chair and the one vacated by Simon Cowell were questions left unanswered by Peter Rice, chairman of entertainment for the Fox Networks Group.
“There are no deals signed on either side of the camera” with newcomers, Rice told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have been reported as front-runners for the panel. Rice said some of the media speculation about the future of “American Idol” were accurate and that some were “wildly inaccurate.”
Prospective jurors eliminated in Anna Nicole drug case
The first day of jury selection in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case has ended with most of the possible panelists eliminated.
Superior Court Judge Robert Perry finished Monday’s session by ordering another group to report Tuesday after attorney challenges excluded all but a few of the first 60 people to be questioned.
Among those removed was a man who said he believed psychiatry was a fraud, and a fan of Smith’s reality TV show who said the Playboy model’s boyfriend-lawyer, Howard Stern, did not do enough to save her from drugs.
Stern and two of Smith’s doctors have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to get massive amounts of opiates and sedatives for Smith. They are not charged with her 2007 overdose death in Florida.
Perry returns to TV as a ‘selfish jerk’
Matthew Perry is returning to mainstream television playing a character with whom he admits he is intimately acquainted — a “selfish jerk,” according to ABC News.
The former “Friends” star portrays Ben Donovan, a self-involved, womanizing manager of a busy sports arena in the upcoming ABC comedy called “Mr. Sunshine,” which he also helped write and executive produced.
“This character is me, like five years ago, before any possible enlightenment could have come into my life,” Perry told TV reporters on Sunday.
Perry, 40, who played wise-cracking Chandler Bing in smash 1990s TV hit “Friends,” spent two stints in rehab in 1997 and 2001 for addiction to alcohol and prescription painkillers and his off-screen life landed him frequently in celebrity magazines.
Sheriff Andy pitches health-care law
Actor Andy Griffith has a new role: pitching President Obama’s health-care law to seniors in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare.
The TV star — whose role as sheriff of Mayberry made him an enduring symbol of small-town American values — tells seniors that “good things are coming” under the health-care overhaul, including free preventive checkups and lower-cost prescriptions for Medicare recipients.
Polls show that seniors are more skeptical of the health-care law than are younger people because Medicare cuts provide much of the financing to expand coverage for the uninsured. That could be a problem for Democrats in the fall congressional elections, because seniors vote in large numbers.
Medicare says the national ad is not political, but part of its outreach to educate seniors about new benefits available next year. The ad is slated to run on channels seniors watch, such as the Weather Channel, CNN, Hallmark and Lifetime, at an initial cost of $700,000.
Gibson’s ex urges him to ‘tell the truth’
Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend says she’s the victim of a “smear campaign” and never tried to extort money from the Oscar-winning star.
In a video interview posted Friday on Radar
Online.com, Oksana Grigorieva says she’s been “victimized all over again” by speaking out about her troubles with Gibson. She accuses him of “trivializing domestic violence” and urges him to “tell the truth.”
The Russian singer and mother of Gibson’s youngest child says the now-infamous tapes allegedly of the filmmaker threatening Grigorieva were all recorded on one night, and that she recorded the calls because she feared for her life.
Montag files for divorce from Pratt
Fifteen months after saying “I do,” reality TV stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are headed for divorce.
The 23-year-old starlet and plastic surgery devotee filed for divorce Friday in Santa Monica, Calif., citing irreconcilable differences.
Montag began dating the 26-year-old Pratt while filming MTV’s reality show “The Hills.” The couple’s April 2009 wedding was featured on the show.
Court documents show the two were legally married May 25, 2009, and separated on their one-year anniversary.
The media-hungry pair published a book together last year: “How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture.”
Montag filed for a legal separation on June 8, which some dismissed as a publicity stunt.
In the divorce filing, she asked the court to deny spousal support to Pratt. The couple have no children.
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