Aretha Franklin sings the sound of America like nobody else alive — a point of unceasing pride for Detroit, the place she was raised and remains near today. So the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” raises one question right off: Does the singular Queen of Soul really need to borrow from other divas?
The answer is she doesn’t need to do anything, but a dive into the realm of other divas is a solid move.
Halloween is the time for ghost stories, and the Florentine Opera has one ready to go a week early: Wagner’s epic The Flying Dutchman, playing at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall on Oct. 24 and Oct. 26.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscar show live on ABC TV on Feb. 22, 2015.
It’s not surprising that a companion art book to the new animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro has already been released. Steeped in Mexican folk art and inspired by that country’s holiday the Day of the Dead, “The Book of Life” is a visually stunning effort that makes up for its formulaic storyline with an enchanting atmosphere that sweeps you into its fantastical world, or in this case, three worlds.
Bookended by amusing contemporary segments in which a sassy museum tour guide (Christina Applegate) hosts a group of skeptical school kids, the story concerns the romantic triangle among the free-spirited Maria (Zoe Saldana) and her two suitors: Manolo (Diego Luna), the scion of a long line of bullfighters, who really wants to be a singer/guitarist; and the vainglorious Joaquin (Channing Tatum), a military hero who struts around with a huge display of medals on his chest.
Joseph Hausmann’s Capital Brewery in Madison was a thriving enterprise in the late 19th century. The stocky German with the distinctive saber scar on his cheek was often seen stacking empties and pulling tap handles in the brewery’s adjoining saloon.
It’s 5 p.m. on an October Saturday, and Michelle Soltis is waiting patiently for a gaggle of actors to come rushing in. Once that happens, things start to get really ugly.
When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room.
No, really in the middle. Like, in the air. He’s levitating.
Harry Shearer is hardly the first person to mine comedy from the rich vein where Richard Nixon shines.
But no one has done it more faithfully than Shearer, who, in his new series, mimics Nixon unimpeachably while re-enacting real-life scenes as the man known to detractors as Tricky Dick - all to hilarious effect.
“Some things will never change,” Bruce Hornsby sings in his 1986 hit “The Way It Is.”