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Michael Stipe Is Making Music Again




(L-R) Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck of R.E.M. in 2008. Stipe has released his first new music since the band broke up in 2011.
(L-R) Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck of R.E.M. in 2008. Stipe has released his first new music since the band broke up in 2011.
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HIS NEW ADVENTURES IN HI-FI

For more than three decades, Michael Stipe was the lead singer of R.E.M. They made 15 albums together before splitting up in 2011. He largely retreated from music, but Stipe recently got back in the studio and has just released two singles — his first solo work since R.E.M. — and each comes with a beautiful music video. He spoke with John about his return to making music. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4blc0Sm1s88

COMING SOON TO YOUR VIEWING ROOM

Daniel Fienberg, TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter, wraps up the 13 dizzying days of the just-completed Television Critics Assn. winter tour in Los Angeles, which previewed what's coming up from networks, cable channels and streaming services.

OLD HOLLYWOOD IS NEW AGAIN

When “I Love Lucy” hit the airwaves back in the early 1950s, it was the first primetime comedy produced in front of a live studio audience on the West Coast.  Now, a bronze plaque hangs outside “The Lucy Stage” at the Sunset Las Palmas Studio on Santa Monica Blvd. Las Palmas is one of three lots that make up what’s now known as the Sunset Studios.  The original lot off Sunset Blvd. turned 100 years old last year. While the new centenarian in town is one of the most historic places to film, The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera explains why the Sunset Studios are already producing Hollywood’s future.