We were sitting around a table, talking about someone we all know, who is very successful in our field. Instinctively, I started in. "He's incredibly full of himself," I said. "And kind of a phony." One of my colleagues, a great mimic, did a spot-on imitation of the way this fellow speaks. We laughed uproariously. The Greek chorus chimed in and piled on. A dig here. A jab...
Rocker Sheryl Crow has written the songs for a new musical based on “Diner,” the 30-year-old film by writer and director Barry Levinson that helped launch the careers of Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin. Producers plan to open the show on Broadway in late 2012.
Three years after the collapse of Bear Stearns Cos., which helped fuel the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, former bond executives of the firm are running businesses at one-time rivals, including Bank of America Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Take a popular composer such as George Gershwin , the man behind “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris.” Then put his works through the psychedelic blender of Beach Boys surf music, courtesy of Brian Wilson , the creator of “Pet Sounds” and “Smile.”
Victor Willis, ex-lead singer of the Village People, is testing a 1976 law that lets creators regain U.S. copyrights to their works in what the Songwriters Guild of America predicted will provide a precedent for “many termination claims that will be filed in the coming years.”