Sunshine Daydream Brings the Grateful Dead Back to Life on August 1

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If the Grateful Dead perished with the demise of its leader and spiritual guru, Jerry Garcia, in 1995, then it's also true that the band's resurrection has been ongoing ever since.

Indeed, the steady stream of remastered albums from its seminal Warner Bros. catalog, at least half a dozen official issues of the Dick's Picks bootleg series, an endless series of tributes (the latest being A Buck Dancer's Choice, A Benefit for the Rex Foundation) and archival DVDs suggest that while the surviving Dead members may have put the band and its brand to rest, the spirit of that original incarnation lives on. Indeed, the onetime psychedelic sextet has spawned several offshoots, notably The Dead, the Other Ones, and Furthur, all of which ensure that the music and the magic of the Grateful Dead live on.

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Cherokee D'Ass Talks About Her Big Booty, Directing Porn, and A Slap (Video)

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Cherokee D Ass at Exxxotica 2013

In just 10 short years, porn entrepreneur Cherokee D'Ass has gone from big booty stripper to adult entertainment mogul; from shake it fast to make it last, from poles and grease to profit sheets. From see more hoes to CEO, with her own companys, websites, XXX videos, and a stable full of fresh faces ready to break into the industry just like she did.

We caught up with this gifted woman of the '90s and her world of ass at Exxxotica and had a nice chat about where she got her big booty, her emerging role behind the scenes, how she likes to do herself, and the time an actor crossed the line of acceptable behavior on set.

And we now present to you, the real Cherokee D Ass.

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Does The Hunger Games Deserve the Harry Potter and Twilight Treatment?

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Recently, Hollywood filmmakers are splitting up book-based movies faster than Scientology is splitting up marriages. Just yesterday, it was announced that Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, is going to be made into two separate films. Our response: Holy Twilight-copying-Harry-Potter hell!

It's no small wonder that Lionsgate has decided to do the ol' part-one and part-two deal with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. This is an easy way to double profits just when the cash cow is about to go dry. Just look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts one and two. They made more than $2 billion worldwide. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 made about $705,058,657 worldwide, and part two is expected to exceed that.

But that's just the money. No movie franchise is ever successful without the heart (the Star Wars prequels don't count; they had leftover heart from episodes IV, V, and VI to drive fans to theaters). So the real question is: What do the fans think?

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Rock of Ages Trailer: Tom Cruise Performing at Revolution

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Here's Tom Cruise performing in front of a packed house at Revolution in Fort Lauderdale!
The trailer for Rock of Ages -- the big-budget musical starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, and a ton of other people with haircuts from 25 years ago -- is now online. You might recall that the production was filmed here in South Florida earlier this year, and now this is the first look at how the film is actually going to turn out. Unsurprisingly, things are a bit ridiculous.More »

Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar Is 15: Manson's Movie Roles (NSFW)

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As "The Stranger" in Jawbreaker.
Previously: Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar Is 15: Daisy Berkowitz Speaks
Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar Is 15: A Video History

Following the release of Antichrist Superstar in 1996, Marilyn Manson began exploring other realms of media and made his silver-screen debut in David Lynch's Lost Highway. For the next decade, Manson was cast in an array of colorful films but rarely had any speaking parts. However, Manson contributed to the soundtracks on Lost Highway and Party Monster, making up for his lack of screen time.

In 2005, Manson told Rolling Stone that he was shifting his focus from music to filmmaking -- "I just don't think the world is worth putting music into right now. I no longer want to make art that other people -- particularly record companies -- are turning into a product. I just want to make art." Unfortunately, aside from a handful of cameos and minor roles, his film career has yet to take off, and his Lewis Carroll project, Phantasmagoria, has been shelved indefinitely.

We have to wonder, was he cast in films because he was the infamous Marilyn Manson? And does he owe it to the highly publicized and controversial album Antichrist Superstar? We'll never know, but here's a look back at Manson's film credits.
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Carlos Charlie Perez's Billy the Kids Showing at MOCA

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The directorial work of South Florida native Carlos Charlie Perez was first brought to our attention last year. Since then, we've been pleased to highlight his work on music videos for locals Guy Harvey, as well as Noah Wall, Glasser, and Janka Nabay. And here's a feature on him we did last year.

Another project in a slightly different vein is Billy the Kids, his collaboration with Opening Ceremony, a high-end clothier, which features music by the Black Lips and Delicate Steve. Anyhow, an opportunity to witness its quirky splendor on the big screen is here as part of the Optic Nerve Festival XIII hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.

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Tom Cruise Bared Chest, Conjured Steve Perry for Rock of Ages Filming

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Tom Cruise fans were tickled pink while dressed all in black at the Hard Rock Casino yesterday during the six-hour filming of the final scene of his upcoming film, Rock of Ages. The rest of us nonfans were just working up the enthusiasm to cheer for a couch-hopper dressed sexily as rock 'n' roll hero Stacee Jaxx. 

Cruise and the fictitious band Arsenal joined Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough and Mexican actor and singer Diego Boneta onstage for a series of rowdy one-minute clips of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Cruise performed a solo clip of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" sans shirt. Our job, as extras, was to cheer loudly and wave the sign of the horns at Maverick doing his music thang onstage. When you're doing something like this, it's always a relief when you don't recognize anyone else in the crowd.

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Reminder: Rock of Ages Filming at Sun Life Stadium Today

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If there was ever a moment to top Tom Cruise's epic volleyball scene from Top Gun, this is it. As mentioned last week, the cast of the Rock of Ages movie is going to rip the (nonexistent) roof off Sun Life Stadium from 1 p.m. until they finish.

Bon Jovi's "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" are on the agenda for the massive stage show. We're betting that the pyrotechnics -- and hopefully some vocal gymnastics by Mary J. Blige -- are going to be ridiculous too.

Even if you can't make it -- day job, doh! -- New Times will bring you literally as much coverage from today's event as is legally possible. Get the directions and all the particulars from the event invite below. 

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Rock of Ages Filming at Sun Life Stadium Next Week

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The Rock of Ages movie adaptation filming has reached stadium size. After filming Tom Cruise's flowing locks during June inside Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale and turning a nearby landfill into the Hollywood Hills, the cast and crew are setting up next week for the most grandiose shots yet, at Sun Life Stadium.

The event is open to the hard-rocking public, ages 16 and up. Aside from getting to watch Cruise perform Bon Jovi's "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and the chance to be a tiny little screaming speck in a major motion picture, take part in a spectacle that will likely be remembered as the most fans inside Sun Life Stadium since well before the 2011 Marlins campaign began.

All the glory takes place on Monday, July 18. So start requesting the day off now, and go get some tight black leather and Aqua Net. Full details below.

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Photo: Tom Cruise's Lovely Locks in Rock of Ages

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From Tropic Thunder.
Tom Cruise's hair is making a comeback -- big time. For the movie adaptation of Rock of Ages, which is currently filming in Fort Lauderdale, the actor plays Stacee Jaxx, the rocker frontman of Arsenal. One of his last memorable roles had him playing a pissed-off movie studio executive known for manure bombs like "First, take a big step back... and literally, FUCK YOUR OWN FACE!" and a pate that looks like he ripped out every follicle himself after his clam chowder was served sans soda crackers. But now, we can envision Cruise (as Jaxx) in a Pantene Pro-V spot.

On Friday afternoon, director Adam Shankman unveiled the first shot of Cruise shirtless, tattooed, and rocking some killer platform boots. ("His character has elements of Axl Rose, Keith Richards, and Bret Michaels," Shankman says.) And then there's that mane. See below.

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