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'20 Feet From Stardom'

Darlene Love Totally Understands JoJo's Contractual Woes

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Following legal turmoil and the end of her strict contractual obligation to Blackground Records, "Leave (Get Out)" songstress JoJo finally reemerged l...

Grammy-Winner Lisa Fischer: A Gay Man Changed the Way I Look at Myself

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

During our telephone interview, the Grammy Award-winning performer showed significant introspection talking about her work with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Tina Turner. Her gears were nearly audible as we discussed 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-nominated documentary showcasing Fischer and others who've made careers of singing backup for music industry giants.

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.

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...

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...

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.