Steve Birkett

864 Added | 8 Magazines | 1 Like | 10 Following | 85 Followers | @stebirkett | Creative media obsessive with a focus on music and entertainment, with an NYC twist. Marketing consultant & content-creating pen for hire: http://about.me/stebirkett . Staunch defender of 'The North'.

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Looking at your mobile? You’re cutting off a world of creativity – and flirtation

I agree with Simon Schama: looking upwards and outwards is the source of all art, thought and literature – and enables intimate encounters<p>It’s a scene so commonplace that it’s hardly worth specifying the details. But it was on Wednesday night, in a restaurant in Mousehole in Cornwall. Next to us …

National Portrait Gallery

Comcast Denies It Will Cut Off Customers Who Use Tor, The Web Browser For Criminals

Joe Raedle/Getty Images<p>Some users of the anonymous web browser Tor have reported that Comcast has threatened to cut off their internet service unless …

Privacy

Shipstr Makes International Cargo Shipping Less Hellish For Small Businesses

Many companies rely on international freight shipping by ocean to receive wholesale orders from abroad, but the process is surprisingly complicated and expensive. Shipstr, which is launching on the Disrupt SF stage, wants to make the process easier, cheaper, and more transparent by becoming the …

Uber's dirty tricks quantified: Rival counts 5,560 canceled rides

It's the taxi app version of ding-dong ditch.<p>Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 rides from rival Lyft since last October, according to new data provided by Lyft. The data was obtained at CNNMoney's request when reporting another story on the companies' competition.<p>It's the …

Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jim Morrison to Appear on Postage Stamps

Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin, James Brown stamps also in the works<p>Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of …

Chipotle's Farmed and Dangerous: Chipotle satirizes factory farming.

Chipotle doesn't do much in the realm of conventional TV advertising, but it has made some great videos making the case that its ingredient sourcing …

Prince Is Suing His Facebook Fans For $22 Million

He's specifically taking aim at 22 of them for posting Facebook links to live concerts and recordings. Now each is being sued for $1 million, making this a $22 million lawsuit in total.<p>Only two defendants' names are known for certain in the case — the rest are John/Jane Doe or known only by their …

Concerts

Carole King, Sara Bareilles Perform 'Beautiful' at Grammy Awards

At last night's 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles appeared in a special performance with four-time GRAMMY winner and 2014 …

Full Cast Announced for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Tour

Go go go Joseph! The Independent Presenters Network has announced that casting for the 2014 national tour of <i>JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR</i> …

Fox Re-Ups First-Look Deal With Steve Zaillian's Film Rites (Exclusive)

The move extends Zaillian and partner Garrett Basch's relationship with the studio -- which has spawned such projects as Ridley Scott's upcoming …

Super Bowl: Queen Latifah to Sing 'America the Beautiful' During Pregame

She previously performed the song at the Super Bowl four years ago.<p><b>Queen Latifah</b> will sing "America the Beautiful" during the Super Bowl XLVIII …

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Trent Reznor Tweets 'F--- You' to Grammys After His Performance Is Cut Short

"Music's biggest night... to be disrespected," he writes.<p><b>Trent Reznor</b> isn't happy about being played off at the Grammys on Sunday night.<p>The Nine Inch …

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

"New classical music is well and alive," Brad Wells, director of the vocal collective Roomful of Teeth, said yesterday as he accepted his Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.<p>It was a comment that echoed throughout the classical Grammy awards, handed out at the pre-telecast …

Daft Punk On 'The Soul That A Musician Can Bring'

<i>With a few Grammy Awards behind their helmets,</i> All Things Considered <i>revisits a conversation with Daft Punk. It originally aired May 16, 2013.</i><p>French electronic duo Daft Punk burst out of the late-'90s dance movement with music they produced in a home studio. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de …

SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

SoundCloud recently closed a Series D round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with the Chernin Group. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It has since been confirmed by IVP and SoundCloud. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Kleiner Perkins …

Fuzzy details

So just what have Shaun Of The Dead co-writer/star Simon Pegg and co-writer/director Edgar Wright been doing since their zom-rom-com exploded into …

Sony Pictures Acquires Film Rights to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In

Sony Pictures' Hannah Minghella has acquired the film rights to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's 2013 book, <i>Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,</i> …

Louis C.K., Kevin Hart Join Universal's Animated Pets Movie – /Film

The folks that created the Minions are preparing to bring you another adventure involving adorable animated critters. <b>Louis C.K.</b>, <b>Kevin Hart</b>, and <b>Eric</b> …

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' Next Disney Film to Get Stage Adaptation – /Film

Disney has a long history of bringing their successful film musicals into real life via the theater stage. Movies like <i>Beauty and The Beast, Mary</i> …

Acme Archives and DreamWorks Animation Team Up Beginning With 'Kung Fu Panda' – /Film

Fans of <b>DreamWorks Animation</b> titles like <i>Kung Fu Panda</i> and <i>How To Train Your Dragon</i> have reason to celebrate today. They’ve teamed up with <b>Acme Archives</b> …

HER Parody with "Seth Rogen" as OS in HIM

OF MICE AND MEN Tickets Now Available for Audience Rewards Members; On Sale for General Public on 1/26

Of Mice and Men tickets will be available to members of Audience Rewards beginning Thursday, January 23, 2014, by visiting AudienceRewards.com. …

Hugh Jackman to Star as 'Blackbeard' in Warner Bros Live-Action PAN

Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman ("LES MISERABLES") has been set to star in Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming live-action Peter Pan feature for …

The Jersey Boys Are Heading to Yankee Stadium to Perform at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

The Tony-winning Broadway hit <i>Jersey Boys</i> will perform at Yankee Stadium on January 26 during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in New York, the …

ABC Orders Dramas From Tom Donaghy, Chris Keyser, Richard LaGravanese, Stephanie Savage

The four pickups bring the network's drama pilot orders to 11, plus two straight-to-series orders for 2014-15.<p>ABC added four drama pilots to its …

Courtney Love Wins Twitter Defamation Trial

After eight days of testimony, the singer prevails in a trailblazing case.<p>On Friday, a California jury decided that <b>Courtney Love</b> shouldn't be held …

New 'Days of Future Past' Footage Debuts on Instagram

Ahead of the vague promise of "surprises" next week, Fox has released nine seconds of new footage from this summer's mutant mashup movie.<p>Teasing what …

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