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Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

Movie Guide | STARSTRUCK A documentary featuring the unknown backup singers to some of the nation's biggest acts
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STARSTRUCK A documentary featuring the unknown backup singers to some of the nation's biggest acts

Details Limited Release: Jun 14, 2013; Rated: PG-13; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Darlene Love; Distributor: RADiUS-TWC

When Morgan Neville signed on to direct a documentary that puts backup singers front and center, he anticipated a challenge. ''I'm making a film about people who are by definition not stars,'' he says. But Neville's subjects — including soul singers Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, and The Voice contestant Judith Hill — clearly enjoy the spotlight, whether they're recalling bitter memories of their flirtations with headline stardom or showing off their incredible vocals. ''Being a backup singer means being able to sing on a dime,'' says Neville. ''Music is oozing out of their every pore.'' He gathered Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Sting to pay tribute to their vocal supporters. In this movie, though, the rock stars fade into the background.

Originally posted Apr 22, 2013
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Weekend of Jan 25 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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$64.4 5 $200.1 C+
2.
The Boy Next Door
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$15.0 1 $15.0 C+
3.
Paddington
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$12.4 2 $40.1 A-
4.
The Wedding Ringer
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$11.6 2 $39.7 D
5.
Taken 3
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$7.6 3 $76.1 B-
6.
The Imitation Game
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$7.1 9 $60.6 B+
7.
Strange Magic
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$5.5 1 $5.5 NA
8.
Selma
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$5.5 5 $39.2 A
9.
Mortdecai
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$4.1 1 $4.1 C-
10.
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$3.9 5 $121.5 B-
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