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PCR #226. (Vol. 5, No. 30) This edition is for the week of July 19--25.
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Hello, gang! News, notes and the passing of a musical legend. Shall we begin?

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The Divide returns this week with all new CD reviews!
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After 2 months, I am finally typing again with two hands. Lost the cast on my arm Monday and my left arm is as weak as a kitten. But I kept my tan so I don't look like a freak!

I can't believe all of the shit Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking for referring to a group of lawmakers as "girlie men." His rivals quickly labeled Arnold a homophobe, calling the comment insulting to homosexuals. Wow! Who's the homophobe here? Are his rivals saying that gays are girlie men? And how come no one bitched about the phrase more then 10 years ago when it started showing up on "Saturday Night Live," courtesy of "Hans and Franz.?"

Bryan Singer, who knows his way around a comic book movie thanks to his work on the "X-Men" films, has become the next director chosen to resurrect the "Superman" movie franchise. Singer credits Richard Donner's "Superman the Movie" with helping him shape the X-Men story for the big screen. Also, the director Tom Cruise hand picked to helm "Mission: Impossible 3" has left the project thanks to those good old creative differences. Joe Carnahan, who recently directed the film "Narc" has moved on to greener pastures. The film is still scheduled to begin filming next month. Incidentally, Singer named his production company "Bad Hat Harry" from a line in "Jaws."

First Whoopi Goldberg got canned by Slim Fast. Now Linda Ronstadt has been literally booted off stage. And for doing no more then speaking their minds. Goldberg had appeared at a Democratic fundraiser and did a set regarding President Bush' last name and sex terms. Ronstadt, in the middle of a concert at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, dedicated the song "Desperado" to filmmaker Michael Moore and mentioned Moore's film, "Fahrenheit 9/11." The hotel's owner was so mad he literally had Ronstadt escorted off of the property after her second encore, swearing she would never perform at his hotel ever again. However, the property has recently been bought by the Planet Hollywood group, and the new owner says that not only will Ronstadt perform there again, he has already gotten a confirmation from Michael Moore that he will sing "America the Beautiful" on stage during the show.

Sad to learn today of the passing of film composer Jerry Goldsmith, who passed away at the age of 75 from cancer. Intrigued by music as a child, Goldsmith studied piano and composition theory as a teenager. He later attended the University of Southern California where one of his instructors was composer Miklos Rosza. In 1950, he took a job as a clerk typist in the CBS television music department. He left in 1960, but not before working on several shows, including "The Twilight Zone." He joined Revue Studios and scored their show, "Thriller." He composed themes for several shows, among them "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" and "The Waltons." Moving to California, he met composer Alfred Newman, who hired him to score his first film, "Lonely are the Brave." He went on to score such films as "The Sand Pebbles," "Planet of the Apes," (which legend has it he directed the scoring sessions wearing an ape mask) "Patton," "Chinatown," "The Omen," "Alien," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," "Poltergeist," "Hoosiers" and "LA Confidential." Among his great unused scores is his work for the film, "Legend." He was nominated for 17 Academy Awards, winning in 1976 for his score for "The Omen." His son, Joel, composes music for television shows, among them "Witchblade," "Kull the Conqueror" and "Stargate SG1."

July 23, 1965 - The lads take part in the annual "The Night Of A Hundred Stars" charity event at the London Palladium. Representing the "pop music" portion of the show, they share the stage that night with such greats as Laurence Olivier and Judy Garland.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!

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