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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/11/2012

For movies opening October 12, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Argo” (R for profanity and violent images) Ben Affleck directed and stars in this fact-based espionage thriller, set in Teheran during the Iranian Revolution, revolving around a CIA exfiltration specialist who hatches a plan to rescue a half-dozen American diplomats hiding at the home of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber). Cast includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Philip Baker Hall.

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‘Grammy GPS’ lights highway to stardom

GrammyGPS-1Before rap music did the same thing to many major record labels that Toyota did to General Motors, musical artists loudly and regularly complained that the recording industry's systematic control over their output was a major bane to their careers and lives.

Perhaps it was Prince who best brought such dissatisfaction to mainstream attention. During his high-profile war with Warner Brothers, the artist then formally known as The Artist Formally Known As Prince began to appear publicly with the word "Slave" painted on his face.

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Reflections: The name game & much more!

Hardcore rapper Snoop Dogg, who started out as Snoop Doggy Dogg, has converted to the Rastafarian religion and subsequently decided to change his stage name to Snoop Lion.

In that religion, the "lion" referred to is "the Lion of Judah," from the Old Testament of the Bible, which creators of the religion believed to be a future reference to Haile Selassie, who was emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. (How they came to that conclusion is another story.)

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/04/2012

For movies opening October 5, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Frankenweenie" (PG for scary images, mature themes and action sequences) Oscar-nominee Tim Burton (for Corpse Bride) directed this animated horror comedy about a young boy (Charlie Tahan) whose scientific experiment to bring his beloved pet dog (Frank Welker) back to life results in unintended consequences. Voice cast includes Winona Ryder, Robert Capron, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau and Christopher Lee.

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Memphis: 2015 & the new Hattiloo Theatre

Hattiloo INTERIORWith so many grim statistics receiving so much attention, it's often easy to forget the creativity, heart and soul that make up our city. Memphis is known as a place of growth, triumph and great cultural experimentation. From Stax Records to Beale Street to the Blues, the city has a long and storied history as a cultural Mecca.

And for the past several years, Memphis has been in the midst of yet another period of cultural development. Hattiloo Theatre has been a large part of that.

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Don’t gimme no break in my funk

After hosting the Masters of Funk show at the Batesville Civic Center this past weekend, all I could say was WOW! The Bar-Kays, Confunkshun, Brick, Slave, The Mary Jane Girls, Glenn Jones and Lakeside – all in one show?

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/27/2012

For movies opening Sept. 28, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Hotel Transylvania" (PG for action, rude humor and scary images) Animated romantic comedy about the Dracula's daughter (Selena Gomez) who, over the objections of her father (Adam Sandler), falls in love with a mere mortal (Andy Samberg). Voice cast includes Kevin James, Ceelo Green, Steve Buscemi and Jon Lovitz.

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Oprah does it again!

You can say what you want about Oprah, but you gotta admit she is still the "Queen." She has been snagging some really great interviews here lately – 50 Cent, the Kardashians, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Usher. Anyone who seems to be in the news is subject to be a guest.

Her latest snag – Usher – appeared this past Sunday night.

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Son of James Brown discovered in Ripley (Tenn.)?

JBrownShow-1OK, so I'll admit the headline is a little misleading.

Ripley (Tenn.) R&B artist Tom Sanders doesn't actually claim to be part of the Godfather of Soul's family tree. But on his new CD "Touch of Class (Remembering James Brown)," vocally and musically Sanders sounds so much like the one and only that nearly every moment on his 12-track indie release makes you want to do Brown's signature Camel Walk.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/20/2012

For movies opening Sept. 21, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Dredd 3-D" (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Karl Urban assumes the title role originally played by Sly Stallone in this reboot of the futuristic, sci-fi franchise which finds America an irradiated wasteland patrolled by a formidable judge/jury/executioner committed to cleansing the country of undesirables with the help of an attractive rookie sidekick (Olivia Thirlby). Supporting cast includes Lena Headey, Wood Harris and Jason Cope.

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R. Kelly is coming!

Ladies and gentlemen...Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R-uh, Kellz, Mr. Entertainment, R. Kelly or whatever you'd like to call him, is bringing the "Single Ladies Tour" to Memphis at the Orpheum on Oct. 23.

There is no telling how long this concert will be because this guy has hits for days, including "Honey Love," "Trapped in the Closet," "Bump N' Grind," "I Believe I Can Fly," "Step in the Name of Love" and "Down Low."

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Tony Draper: Unplugged!

Tony-DraperI remember back in the early '90's when Eight Ball & MJG worked at a burger joint with my best friend, little Barry. We were teenagers, I worked at McDonald's and he worked at Central Park Burgers. He would always tell me how these two guys were rapping out the frame; burning fries, flipping burgers and skillfully rapping the whole time.

I took his word on it and the first chance I got to go see them perform I took it. It was at The Crystal Palace Skating Rink over on Third Street. The crowd was thick inside and out, much like the Craig Brewer movie "Hustle and Flow" depicts. Eight Ball & MJG did not disappoint.

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Disney’s ice princess has Nashville roots

Disney on Ice has thrilled audiences since its inception in 1981. Queens and princesses, villains and rascals, fairies, elves and all things magical have graced the ice on skates in the most beloved fairy tales.

Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, the currently touring production will be staged at the FedExForum. "Dare to Dream" is a variety show featuring color, comedy and pageantry that promises not to disappoint.

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