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Why Buster Keaton is One of the Greatest Stunt Performers of All Time

Joseph Francis Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966), known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He has not one but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was presented with an Academy Honorary Award in 1959. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comedians and stunt performers of all time and the compilations of stunts below demonstrate what a truly brave and talented performer he was. Enjoy! Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/07/buster-keaton-stunt-compilations/

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This is the Best Ever Live Footage of Queen but the Band Absolutely Hated It

In 1981, Queen—at their near peak—played two sold out shows at the Montreal Forum on November 24th and 25th. The shows were filmed and recorded in extremely high quality, however the shows were also rife with controversy. As lead guitarist Brian May explains: Saul Swimmer had the idea that he could film a Queen concert, in a very high quality 35 mm double anamorphic way. For a start, we were not on tour, so all the sound and lights and production and CREW had to be reassembled just for this…

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Charming Irish students sing and dance on flight

Move over One Direction, there’s a new boy band in town the sky. A group of students from St. Brendan’s College in Killarney, Ireland recently belted out two aggressively charming tunes while on a Ryanair flight. The group performed the lively “Step It Out Mary” followed by a more somber “Red is the Rose.”  Hopefully, the flight attendants gave them extra pretzels for their spur of the moment performance.  Read more: https://mashable.com/video/irish-students-sing-dance-flight/

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A Spellbinding Ocean Exploration With an Underwater Wheelchair

In this dreamlike sequence, artist and activist Sue Austin explores a coral reef in the world’s first underwater wheelchair. Austin lost her mobility after an extended illness in the mid-90s. Through ‘Creating the Spectacle!’ Sue aims to use the surprising juxtaposition of an NHS wheelchair in an underwater environment to transform preconceptions, create positive empowering images and inspire people. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/wheelchair-scuba-diving-sue-austin/

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Yo-Yo Ma Did a Tiny Desk Concert and Now Its Raining on My Face

From NPR Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his great inspiration, and in turn part of his own life story, to an enthusiastic audience packed around the NPR Tiny Desk on a hot summer day. Ma is returning, yet again, to the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, a Mount Everest for any cellist. He has just released his third studio recording of the complete set and is taking the music on a two-year, six-continent tour. Ma’s first recording of the Suites, released in 1983, earned him his first…

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The Last Great Moment of Elvis Career was this Chilling Performance of Unchained Melody

In one of his final performances before his tragic death, Elvis Presley delivered an incredible rendition of ‘Unchained Melody’ during a concert in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 21, 1977. The performance, described as “the last great moment of his career”, was recorded for his last television special two months before his death in August 1977. An article in Rolling Stone adds: He had an enlarged heart, an enlarged intestine, hypertension and incredibly painful bowel problems. He was barely sleeping and should have probably been in the hospital, but…

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The Time a 73 Year Old Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center

On December 6th, 2015, the Queen of Soul performed an iconic rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,†in tribute to the song’s co-writer, Carole King, who was receiving the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement alongside Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson and other luminaries. King, who is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US—having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999—is the one standing in awe and jubilation beside Michelle…

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This Little Kid Playing Classical Gas on Ukulele Is What You Need Right Now

On the streets of Taipei, a young phenom is seen playing a stirring rendition of Mason Williams’ Classical Gas on ukulele. This amazing performance is a rendition of Classical Gas as played by Tommy Emmanuel (also worth a watch). Apparently the young child, named Feng E, is continuing to blossom into a gifted musician and you can follow his progression on Facebook and Youtube. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/little-kid-playing-classical-gas-on-ukulele/

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Watch Parkland students’ emotional Tonys performance and cry

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a brutal February shooting, performed “Seasons of Love” from Rent at Sunday’s Tony Awards.  Their theatre teacher Melody Herzfeld was named the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. SEE ALSO: Here are the 2 words that got Robert De Niro bleeped out at the Tonys Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fl. galvanized many Americans to fight actively for gun control, including with March For Our Lives. In April, several students were included in the Time…

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When Someone Says Show Me Some Impressive Piano Playing

Valentina Lisitsa plays Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight” Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 3rd Movement). This was recorded in Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany, December 2009. I can’t even fathom playing something like this, let alone composing it back in 1801! Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/valentina-lisitsa-plays-beethovens-moonlight-sonata/

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The Killers Brought a Fan on Stage and He Killed It In Front of 65,000 People

In front of a sold out crowd of 65,000 fans in Mexico City, The Killers brought one lucky fan (two actually), José Luis, to play the drums for their hit song ‘Reasons Unknown’. After a failed first attempt, the band quickly scanned the crowd and found Luis with a sign and promise that he actually knew how to play. Not only did José live out a fan dream, but he crushed it! What an amazing memory he’ll cherish for the rest of his life. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/fan-plays-drums-for-the-killers-in-mexico-city/

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75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance Routines Ever Was Filmed, Unrehearsed on the First Take

Fred Astaire said it was ‘the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film’. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), dazzled audiences with their acrobatic routine to Cab Calloway’s hit song, Jumpin’ Jive. Not only that, but the routine was unrehearsed and what you see was the first take! [source] The performance was from the 1943 musical film, Stormy Weather. In 2001, Stormy Weather was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally,…

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