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Ray Davies

Come Dancing on a Sunny Afternoon: The Kinks Ray Davies' Complicated Life to Include Reunion Opera? >>

As if a successful hit on the West End wasn’t enough, frontman of The Kinks, Ray Davies, is working on writing an opera about the British band. It seems as if getting The Kinks to the stage is a long-running dream of his. In 2008, Davies created a musical based on The Kinks titled Come Dancing, he then hit it big after Sunny Afternoon, another musical penned by Davies based on the band, traveled to London’s West End. However, he isn’t done yet. Davies has recently announced that he is hoping to create an opera about The Kinks, as well. This is good news for those who love Davies classic tunes such as "You Really Got Me," "Waterloo Sunset" and, of course, the trantastic "L-O-L-A."

John Carpenter

John Carpenter Releases 'Lost Themes': Appearance at BAM, Claims to Have Raised Dave Davies's Son >>

The rise of John Carpenter has come for all you horror fans. Well, I guess many would say it never really left. After the release of his first album "Lost Themes," Carpenter will be making a rare appearance Feb. 5 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to celebrate the album's release. Recently, he has been speaking to outlets about his musical process, his inspirations and his godson, Daniel Davies, son of Dave Davies of The Kinks, who Carpenter claims to have raised!

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston, Billie Piper, Gillian Anderson, David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Shortlisted for London Evening Standard Awards >>

The 60th edition of the prestigious London theater awards will be presented November 30 at a ceremony co-hosted by Anna Wintour.

Alexandre Desplat Keeps the Score for Wes Anderson's First Non-Pop OST, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' >>

Trailers for Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel have recently circulated as un-skippable ads on YouTube and pre-film entertainment in movie theaters. The fantastic Mr. Anderson may appear to be immovable--in that his Futura technicolor has become standard--but his use of popular music as a detailed brush stroke to the cinematic fanfare has changed from the Rolling Stones and Kinks-centric soundtrack for The Darjeeling Limited.

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