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Charles Aznavour, 94

Charles Aznavour
1924-2018

My heart is broken.
This man was simply the best performer...EVER.

I had the great fortune of seeing Aznavour perform twice. Once at Carnegie Hall (with my parents) and once at Radio City (w my wife).

I learned about Aznavour through my dad who had lived in Germany and Paris during the Korean conflict. We were driving in his car one day and this terrific song came on the radio. My dad told me about Aznavour being an Armenian Frenchman who was the "Sinatra" of Europe. I was only about 12 years old at the time. Many years later (in my 30s) my appreciation for Aznavour grew and I took my parents to see him at Carnegie Hall. It was a great family night.

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Kanye's SNL Moment

Kanye snuck into the Belly-of-the-Beast last night and set off a grenade.
SNL's cowardly entrails were blown asunder.

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MAMMA MIA: Here We Go Again

4 STARS (out of 5)

MAMMA MIA! Here We Go Again (2018)
PG-13 | 1h 54min | Comedy , Musical , Romance | 20 July 2018 (USA)
DIRECTOR: Ol Parker
WRITERS: Ol Parker, Richard Curtis
MUSIC: ABBA
CAST: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Andy Garcia, Julie Walters, Cher, Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep.

SYNOPSIS: Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her now deceased mother's (Donna's) past.



4/5 STARS
REVIEW: Terrific romp with great music and performances.

The script is a bit clunky at first by gets the kinks out by the second act.

A flashback storyline follows the young Donna's (Lily James) original journey to Greece 25 years earlier and how she met her 3 suitors: Sam, Bill and Harry.

The introduction of new characters and plenty of lesser-known ABBA songs help make this 2nd visit very worthwhile.

As with any ABBA-themed project this film vacillates from nostalgia to regret, to triumph. Handling these segues is a bit contrived but If you've already bought into the ABBA agenda you won't really care. Others might hate it.

ABBA's oeuvre is so complex that it can invoke heartache and longing or inject one with invincible hope. If you don't believe me go back and watch "Muriel's Wedding" (1994) and try not to smile despite Muriel's painful life story.

Get the popcorn and the Kleenex.

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Anderson Cooper: Hurricane Reporter

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MOOCHELLE: Becoming a Woman

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KAMELTOE HARRIS

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Shannon "not too" Sharpe

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