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Monty Norman composed the theme song for the James Bond song, but it didn't come out of nowhere. Norman had put the song together for an opera that never happened. With a few tweaks and a bit of Sean Connery, the bond theme song was born.
When the movie Taken was produced a few years ago, it would have been hard to predict a sequel could be made. But it has been, and it'll be joined by The Paperboy in new releases this weekend.
The National Football League's referees ignited a storm of controversy Monday night -- by some accounts it was the third-most tweeted event in Twitter's history -- when they incorrectly called a touchdown that gave the Seattle Seahawks a victory at the expense of the Green Bay Packers. Politicians of all stripes have called on the NFL and its referees to reach an agreement.
Saturday Night Live for decades has lampooned Americas political leaders and political wanna-bes. With the presidential election just a few weeks away now, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or their imitators, are taking their turns in the hot seat. But perhaps nothing will ever rival the "gift" SNL got when Sarah Palin ran for vice president, comedian Seth Meyers says.
The Life of Objects, written by Susanna Moore, brings readers inside Nazi-era Germany, where a young Irish girl has to adjust to living with an aristocratic Germany family near Berlin while Germany undergoes its Nazi transformation.
Philip Glass could have been on the downhill portion of his career when he became famous. The man who created a four-and-a-half hour opera that many people couldn't follow broke out in a big way and has become one of the most influential composers in the United States.
When Angola was still a colony of Portugal, dance clubs in Angola produced a kind of distinct music that took fire and eventually took Portugal by storm. Now, a new band of Portugese and Angolans is taking that old kuduro sound and turning it into new music.
You might recognize The Heavy by name, but you almost certainly recognize their music. Take their hit song 'How You Like Me Now,' which has been featured in Super Bowl ads, on TV and in Obama campaign appearances. But as all-American as those things are, the band is distinctly British — the latest Brit group to build on American Southern music.
Summer is the time for film festivals. Cities from across the world host events to showcase local works and introduce the public to art house films. But they also serve an important role in marketing these independent films. Is that role under threat, though?
A London-based scientist at Microsoft, and professor at Oxford University, was distressed that we never get a complete picture of the risks of climate change. But rather than merely talk about it, he turned the issue into a play that he's been performing solo in London and abroad.