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'20 Feet From Stardom'

Major Honor For '20 Feet From Stardom'

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darlene Love made sure not to fade into the background when a film about backup singers won an Oscar Sunday night. The former ch...

Examining the Docs: This Year's Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Jon Eig | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

If I'm choosing between two movies and both are entertaining and informative, but one is clearly out to change the world, I do find myself favoring the world-changer. That comes into play this year for me, though it may not for you.

10 Top Docs of 2013 (Including 9 From Women Filmmakers)

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Though I didn't notice while culling my list down to just ten, nine of the movies that made my cut come from women filmmakers, which makes me exceedingly happy.

Background Singers Get Their Shot At The Limelight For Rose Bowl

AP | MIKE CIDONI LENNOX | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — If music was a football game, Lisa Fischer has already been a quarterback and scored game-winning touchdowns. Fischer's dis...

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

Caroling with Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Christmas came early this year. First there was the gift of the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," now shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. Th...

Stars Of Critically-Acclaimed Documentary Score Major Gig

AP | MIKE CIDONI LENNOX | Posted 12.16.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On New Year's Day, they'll finally travel that last 20 feet. Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love — the ...

One Of These 15 Movies Will Win An Oscar

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy Awards has winnowed the best documentary field down to 15 finalists that include the Indonesian death squad examination ...

Wise Up Ghost: A Conversation with Elvis Costello, Chatting with Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun and Charlie Faye, Plus The Appleseed Collective's "Pumpkin Pie" Exclusive & Recipe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If we had the opportunity to play together, it seemed like there would be a lot of possibilities. The way they approached playing the songs, whether they were old or new, and each time I went to the show, it was a different agenda."

Backup Singers and the Divided Soul

Dean Sluyter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dean Sluyter

Most of all, the film shows -- with the help of reverential testimony from Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and Sting -- how backup singers, most of them black women, gave pop music its soul. And thereby hangs a tale.

Movie Review: Muscle Shoals

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Either the title of the documentary Muscle Shoals resonates with you -- in which case it resonates hard -- or you have no idea what it means. But you should -- or you should find out by watching the movie, one of the year's most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films.

The Wonderfully Checkered Past of a Soul Rock Goddess

Tom Semioli | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

My search for Ms. Lennear commenced long before Neville's long overdue film -- which depicts the dramatic plights of rock's most hallowed back-up singers -- hit a theater near you.

The Best-Reviewed Movies Of 2013 Might Surprise You

Posted 09.05.2013 | Entertainment

During the final four months of 2013, Hollywood studios will release films that stand the greatest chance at winning year-end glory from critics and a...

Christopher Rosen

The Greatest Singer You Don't Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment

Darlene Love is one of the greatest singers of all time, but many of the hit songs she performed on weren't actually released under Love's name. A...

Oscar-buzzworthy Documentary Shines Light On Veteran Background Singers

Ebony | Posted 07.31.2013 | Black Voices

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love has some of the funniest stories about her near 60-year music career: from the Temptations’ Eddie Ken...

This Music Legend Is Finally Getting Her Due

Steven Rosen | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

"We made these artists sound incredible. They wanted that church sound. I always thought there was a spiritual thing we brought to the table. They were not going to get that anywhere else. We came smack dab out of the church and that's basically what we brought to a lot of artists we worked with. And they loved it."

10 Alternatives To Summer Blockbusters

Posted 07.04.2013 | Entertainment

Planning to see a movie over the long weekend but tired at the mere thought of sitting through bloated summer blockbusters like "The Lone Ranger," "Wo...

Popcorn Preview: 20 Feet from Stardom

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) Cast includes: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Táta Vega, Mabel John, Gloria Jones, Claudia...

The Best Singer You Never Knew

AP | JUSTIN LOWE | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — In the span of American pop music, few performers have gone as unrecognized as the backup vocalists who harmonize and contextualiz...

Back Up Co-Parents in the Spotlight

Tara Fass | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Tara Fass

Thank you Robin Lerner for bringing to my attention a New York Times article in conjunction with the release of a wonderful new film documentary, 20 F...

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.