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2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Director Barry Sonnenfeld Plays Not My Job

Alexandre Meneghini AP

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 12:26 am

Barry Sonnenfeld either directed or shot some of the best movies of the '80s and '90s. He was the cinematographer on the Coen Brother's first movies and directed the Men in Black movies and Get Shorty, among other works of dark genius. His movie Men in Black III is coming out in May.

He plays a game called "Men in White," where he will answer three questions about people who play cricket.

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Monkey See
12:59 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Garry Marshall On His 'Happy Days'

Director Garry Marshall and sister, actress-director Penny Marshall, seen here in 2004 when she received her star on the Walk Of Fame.
Vince Bucci Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:22 am

Director Garry Marshall has worked on so much popular comedy in his career — television like Happy Days and The Odd Couple, movies like Pretty Woman and Beaches — that something he's done has probably made you laugh. And now he's written a memoir called, fittingly, My Happy Days In Hollywood: A Memoir.

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A Blog Supreme
6:37 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: April 27, 2012

Herbie Hancock's International Jazz Day initiative will be celebrated in two all-star concerts on Monday.
Douglas Kirkland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:16 am

An informal poll on Twitter reveals that 18 followers prefer the version of "Watermelon Man" from Herbie Hancock's debut album Takin' Off, and 16 prefer the electric funk version of "Watermelon Man" on Head Hunters. Several others registered a "both" vote. And now, these news:

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Live Fridays From XPN
6:30 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Third World In Concert

Third World.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 9:54 am

Well known as ambassadors of reggae, Jamaican veterans Third World have been performing in one form or another since the 1970s. Despite several line-up changes over the years, the group continues to blend reggae, pop and funk for adoring audiences.

Third World has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Wonder and shared the stage with The Jackson 5 and Bob Marley and the Wailers. Dedicated to the spread of 'peace, love, and unity', the band has released 22 albums and garnered numerous awards, including the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal, and received 10 Grammy nominations.

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The Two-Way
5:52 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Ukraine's Opposition Leader Is 'Wasting Away' In Prison

A picture taken on April 25 shows jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska penitentiary colony for women in Kharkiv.
AFP/Getty Images

Yulia Tymoshenko is "wasting away in prison," her family told the AP. Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike and her family said she was "bruised from prison beatings and afraid she will be force-fed by her political foes."

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