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The Rolling Stones Are the Anti-Radiohead

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Rolling Stones Make Unexciting Departure From Record Label: Citing the probable impending implosion of EMI, the Rolling Stones have decided to release their forthcoming album Shine a Light (the live soundtrack to the upcoming Martin Scorsese concert film) FOR FREE ON THE INTERNET! Just kidding — it’ll be on Universal. In their defense, they’re old. [FT]

Like Vulture Without the Fart Jokes: The New Yorker has launched its own entertainment blog which Mediabistro hilariously says is like Vulture, only highbrow. [Goings On]

Shrek to Star in Shrek-Themed Broadway Musical: As part of Broadway’s unending quest to attract people who hate Broadway, Shrek the Musical will debut in November at the 5th Avenue Theatre. [Playbill]

National Theatre to Host Open Rehearsals: London’s National Theatre will make its rehearsals open to the public, meaning you’re twice as likely to see Ralph Fiennes screw up his lines or fall down onstage. [Guardian]

Sundance Begins: The Sundance Film Festival opens tonight, and the Times says, due to the writers’ strike, it’ll be a seller’s market for filmmakers as distributors scramble to buy new films before they have to start releasing Jessica Simpson movies in theaters. [NYT]

The Rolling Stones Are the Anti-Radiohead