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May 17: Happy Birthday Enya and Andrea Corr


Today is hereby decreed to be Irish Singers Day at Le Blog (plus, we have a lot of other music world birthdays).

Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, generally known as Enya, is turning 56 today.  She began her music career by spending a few years with the traditional Celtic band Clannad, which consists of her three elder siblings and their two uncles.  In the mid-eighties she started to pursue a solo career.  Her first album, Enya, was a selection of music she had recorded for a BBC documentary.  With her second album, Watermark, she became an international success and one of the defining performers of new age music.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1990

Dennis Hopper: The Hopper Agenda

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Dennis Hopper had seen it all and done it all.  If you saw his life story in a movie, you would not believe it.  By 1990, Hopper had settled down and was reestablishing himself as an actor and a director.  Movieline contributor, Stephen Rebello, sat down with Hopper to discuss the long, strange trip he had been on and where he thought he was headed.

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Movies of 1986 Bracket Game!: Aliens vs Blue Velvet

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We are now deep into our bracket and there are just four movies remaining. No more voting on two movies in the same basic genre. Now you’ve got a nostalgia piece vs a comedy about young people. What makes a great movie? Well, we’ve covered some of it. Just look at a movie’s trailer (as you could have for our contending flicks in the first round) and you may get an idea of whether the story or tone will appeal to you. A great supporting cast certainly helps, and we investigated one cast member from each movie in our last round. What else? How about a fantastic soundtrack? That’s what we’re going to look at for each of our final four movies. After all, when films were silent theaters still felt like they needed to hire an organist to play along with the pictures. Also, the first big movie with sound, Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer, was a movie with a lot of music in it.

You’re still voting on the best movie, but feel free to consider the soundtrack as a part of that equation.
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Movies of 1986 Bracket Game!: Hoosiers vs Stand By Me

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With our calendars so recently getting flipped over to show the new number we’ll have to include when we’re writing a check, we here at Lebeau’s LeBlog have decided to throw a little love thirty years in the past by talking about the year I got my driver’s license: 1986. It should be no surprise to me that I started seeing more movies on the big screen when I turned sixteen, but we haven’t yet reached the part of the bracket that will reflect that. Instead, we’re investigating movies I saw a year later on video tape. Both are well-loved nostalgia pieces about life in small town America. Which one resonates with our readers here? Well, you can join us below the break and give us your two cents!
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