Phil Spector

The 20 Worst Made-for-TV Biopics About Musicians

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Historically, television hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to making biopics about musicians. Biographical films chronicling a celebrity’s life (musician or otherwise, on television or film) are always going to be hard to do correctly, and will inevitably be subjected to intense scrutiny. Add in TV’s tendency to water down and rush through real-life stories, and it’s nearly impossible to find a made-for-television biopic that’s worth watching. And yet, TV keeps trying — Lifetime will air its ill-advised Aaliyah movie this weekend — and it keeps failing. Here’s a look at 20 of television’s worst musician …Read More

David Mamet’s ‘Phil Spector’: Not Quite Fact, Not Quite Fiction

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David Mamet’s Phil Spector opens with what might be the most peculiar disclaimer I’ve ever seen on a docudrama. Here it is, in full: “This is a work of fiction. It’s not ‘based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trail or its outcome.” So we know what the film isn’t… which prompts the rather reasonable question of what the hell it is.
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