OK, so I'll admit the headline is a little misleading.
Ripley (Tenn.) R&B artist Tom Sanders doesn't actually claim to be part of the Godfather of Soul's family tree. But on his new CD "Touch of Class (Remembering James Brown)," vocally and musically Sanders sounds so much like the one and only that nearly every moment on his 12-track indie release makes you want to do Brown's signature Camel Walk.
For movies opening Sept. 21, 2012
"Dredd 3-D" (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Karl Urban assumes the title role originally played by Sly Stallone in this reboot of the futuristic, sci-fi franchise which finds America an irradiated wasteland patrolled by a formidable judge/jury/executioner committed to cleansing the country of undesirables with the help of an attractive rookie sidekick (Olivia Thirlby). Supporting cast includes Lena Headey, Wood Harris and Jason Cope.
Ladies and gentlemen...Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R-uh, Kellz, Mr. Entertainment, R. Kelly or whatever you'd like to call him, is bringing the "Single Ladies Tour" to Memphis at the Orpheum on Oct. 23.
There is no telling how long this concert will be because this guy has hits for days, including "Honey Love," "Trapped in the Closet," "Bump N' Grind," "I Believe I Can Fly," "Step in the Name of Love" and "Down Low."
I remember back in the early '90's when Eight Ball & MJG worked at a burger joint with my best friend, little Barry. We were teenagers, I worked at McDonald's and he worked at Central Park Burgers. He would always tell me how these two guys were rapping out the frame; burning fries, flipping burgers and skillfully rapping the whole time.
I took his word on it and the first chance I got to go see them perform I took it. It was at The Crystal Palace Skating Rink over on Third Street. The crowd was thick inside and out, much like the Craig Brewer movie "Hustle and Flow" depicts. Eight Ball & MJG did not disappoint.
Disney on Ice has thrilled audiences since its inception in 1981. Queens and princesses, villains and rascals, fairies, elves and all things magical have graced the ice on skates in the most beloved fairy tales.
Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, the currently touring production will be staged at the FedExForum. "Dare to Dream" is a variety show featuring color, comedy and pageantry that promises not to disappoint.
For movies opening Sept. 14, 2012
"Finding Nemo" (G) 3-D rerelease of the much-beloved animated adventure about a timid clownfish (Albert Brooks) who summons up the courage to embark on a perilous transoceanic trek to rescue a son (Alexander Gould) left trapped in a bowl in a dentist's office after being netted by fishermen near the Great Barrier Reef. Voice cast includes Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney and Geoffrey Rush.
I really don't like doing entertainment-based columns like these, yet I know that they are inevitable. I prefer happy topics such as actors receiving Academy Award nominations, making great movies that touch our hearts or talking about how they traveled a long hard road before making it to the top.
No, I don't like to talk about them becoming ill or passing away. I like to focus on their accomplishments and the way they inspire us. So instead of making this column about Michael Clarke Duncan passing away, I'll talk a little bit about his accomplishments and a few other things about him that you may not have known.