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Past articles by Ed:

Director Baz Luhrmann talks about creating ‘Elvis’ biopic

The Australian director behind "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" makes a case for why his new movie, "Elvis," starring Austin Butler as Presley and Tom Hanks as his manager, is an opera for our times. → Read More

Peter Jackson on directing ‘The Beatles: Get Back,’ and getting way, way back

The filmmaker talks about taking a fresh approach to assembling and shaping the 56 hours of film and 130 hours of audiotape that were shot and recorded for the album. → Read More

The film director who let ‘Let It Be’ be

Michael Lindsay-Hogg talks about directing the Beatles’ last film together. → Read More

Natick musician Chris Wagner and Modern Day Idols play CD release show at The Square Root in Roslindale Sept. 18

Modern Day Idols is fronted by Natick musician Chris Wagner. They have a CD release show at the Square Root in Roslindale on Sept. 18. → Read More

Live at TCAN: Jon Pousette-Dart Band still making beautiful harmonies

It’s been four and a half decades since Jon Pousette-Dart caught the attention of Boston music promoter Don Law while playing in Nantucket. → Read More

Newton pop singer Alli Haber putting finishing touches on 'Youth on Fire' video

Newton pop, R&B singer Alli Haber is setting off for the University of Miami's Frost School of Music → Read More

Newton pop singer Alli Haber putting finishing touches on 'Youth on Fire' video

Newton pop, R&B singer Alli Haber is setting off for the University of Miami's Frost School of Music → Read More

Books: Charles Farrell’s ‘(Low)life’ follows his numerous radical career turns

Though Charles Farrell has moved on from working with mobsters, managing boxers, and fixing fights, he remains a world-class pianist. → Read More

The treasure is part of the pleasure in ‘The Vault’

A team of thieves needs the help of Freddie Highmore's character to get a pirate's treasure out of a bank vault. → Read More

The treasure is part of the pleasure in ‘The Vault’

A team of thieves needs the help of Freddie Highmore's character to get a pirate's treasure out of a bank vault. → Read More

Together again, still not getting along, in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Adam Wingard talks about the challenges of directing a big-budget monster movie. → Read More

Sounds Around Town: Kids will connect with Stacey Peasley's new album, ‘Make It Happen!’

Natick singer-songwriter and family entertainer Stacey Peasley releases a new album for youngsters "Make It Happen!" → Read More

Sounds Around Town: Kids will connect with Stacey Peasley's new album, ‘Make It Happen!’

Natick singer-songwriter and family entertainer Stacey Peasley releases a new album for youngsters "Make It Happen!" → Read More

Director Tim Story brings a tale of Tom & Jerry to big and small screens

Tim Story, a longtime fan of Hanna-Barbera’s "Tom & Jerry" shorts, jumped at the opportunity to bring the battling duo back to the movies. → Read More

Director Tim Story brings a tale of Tom & Jerry to big and small screens

Tim Story, a longtime fan of Hanna-Barbera’s "Tom & Jerry" shorts, jumped at the opportunity to bring the battling duo back to the movies. → Read More

Cellist Mike Block taking his music to the polls

Cellist Mike Block plays so many different kinds of music, and the contents of his albums are so dissimilar from each other, it’s no easy task to recommend where – if you’re not familiar with him – to start. But it’s safe to say that among the classical and bluegrass and folk and world music discs he’s already made, his newest – “The Edge of the Atmosphere” – is right up there with the best of… → Read More

Movie Review: Comedy isn't all laughs in 'The Opening Act'

The newest entry in the stand-up comic genre is a sweet, simple, low-budget film called “The Opening Act” that’s about a young man named Will (Jimmy O. Yang) whose goal in life is to get up in front of crowds and make them laugh. A sequence at the top previews some nicely streamlined storytelling from writer-director Stephen Byrne – himself a comic and actor – with a lot going on that doesn’t… → Read More

Movie Review: No win for De Niro in 'The War with Grandpa'

I’d never heard of the 1984 book “The War with Grandpa” by children’s author Robert Kimmel Smith. I only knew that knew that Robert De Niro played the grandfather in the film, and that it was a comedy. Yes, Robert De Niro does play the grandfather. It’s not very funny. I have no plans to read the book. A Google search showed that age recommendations for the book are 9-13. I’d lower those ages… → Read More

Movie Review: Mixed martial arts and pro wrestling are a good match

Every filmmaker wants their movie to succeed, to earn its money back and turn a profit. A smart way to do that is to make it attractive to as many segments of its potential audience as possible. Going by that logic, “Cagefighter” should do quite well. It’s aimed at fans of mixed martial arts (MMA), professional wrestling, underdog stories, and surprisingly good acting (where it might not have… → Read More

MetroWest's Belfast Cowboys often throw tradition to the wind

For any bewildered music fans who have Googled the Belfast Cowboys, and come up seeing double, relax. There are indeed two bands going under that moniker. → Read More