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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over the years, we have seen some amazing, groundbreaking musical performances. Some will go down in history. Others will hold a special place in our hearts.

Throughout quite a few of those performances, rock ‘n roll photographer Jim Marshall was there, taking pictures of some of the most famous faces in music entertainment. With his recent death at 74 years old, we remember his life and his images.

Marshall, who died in his sleep on Tuesday night, focused on the unique personalities of the human beings in his photos. His black and white images cut to the core of some of the well-known musicians from the 60s and 70s. Some of the photos were taken during musical performances, while others focused on musicians offstage.

According to the New York Times, his most famous pictures were of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire. He captured a raw energy coming from Jimi as he doused the instrument in gasoline. Others include the famous image of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger and Janis Joplin backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort.

View a slide show of his photographs here.

Because of his reputation he was able to get access to many of the most prestigious shows. In some cases, he was the only photographer allowed in certain venues.

That being said, we thank him for his historical journey into the lives of famous musicians. We now have great rock ‘n roll images that we will never forget.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

No, not to Pamela Anderson, unfortunately.

Sacha Baron Cohen has finally tied the knot with his sweetheart Isla Fisher. The two have been together for quite some time now — about 10 years — and, apparently, things are going well for them.

As reported on Indyposted.com, they got hitched in a very secretive, small ceremony in Paris. It better have been worth it for Fisher. She spent the better part of three years converting to Judaism so that she would gain the approval of Cohen’s parents. How traditional…and sweet.

Of course, Cohen has been in movies like Borat, Ali G Indahouse, and the latest screen gem, Bruno. (That last part was sarcasm, if you didn’t pick up on it.) You might know Fisher from movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wedding Crashers.

It’s hard for me to picture these two together, but you know what they say…opposites attract. The fact that they’ve been together so long says worlds about their strong relationship. Congrats!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

No, not food a robot might eat. I mean food that’s been cooked by an actual robot. Would you eat it?

Technology has taken us to far and wide places. We have come up with some amazing machines that have done wonders for our society. But when robots become involved, it’s hard not to think about futuristic movies you may have seen where robots take over the human species.

Chinese engineer Liu Changfa has just created a robot that will cook you dinner. When you get home from work and you’re too tired to start stir-frying or baking in the oven, this machine will do the work for you. According to Oddity Central, the robot takes orders via a laptop and cellphone, which let diners choose preset menus or program it to cook certain dishes.

All the seasonings you would ever need are kept in the robot’s chest, and it can access those herbs and spices anytime you decide you need them added to a certain dish. The majority of the cooking is done in its belly, where there is a pressure cooker installed. The diner needs only to add raw ingredients and program the robot to cook what he wants to eat.

Changfa says a few chinese restaurants will be trying out the robot in their kitchens and even serving some of the dishes. He hopes that the idea will catch on and more places will soon be using the machine.

Good idea, but I think I’ll keep making my own food for now.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Have you been to or driven by a Blockbuster video store lately? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing the ‘SALE’ or ‘DVDS AS LOW AS $2.99’ signs in the windows. Perhaps online movie renting services are finally catching up with them?

As a matter of fact, the movie superstore is actually thinking about filing for bankruptcy. According to USA Today, Blockbuster ended 2009 with nearly $1 billion in debt. That’s quite a bit of debt, guys. On April 1 of this year, the company will have to make an interest payment, but who knows if that will happen.

With the rise of movie rental sites on the internet, like Netflix and Redbox, it’s no big surprise that Blockbuster is having some problems keeping up. A main issue they face is their pricing policies. To rent one video from a Blockbuster store costs the consumer nearly $5, while a one month subscription with an unlimited amount of DVD rentals from Netflix starts at $8.99.

Also, internet movie rental sites have become so popular that many post offices now have separate mail drop boxes to accommodate just the DVDs coming and going by mail. Even though Blockbuster also offers these services, it may be too late for them to catch up.

The digital age is upon us, and if you can’t find a way to make a successful business venture in it, you’re out of the ballgame. As far as renting movies goes, check out this smartmoney.com article about the best movie rental options.

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