Musicians React to the Death of Nelson Mandela

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_fa0932be15.jpgWALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Through the years, he'd worked with many top musicians at various charity events, and still others served as ambassadors for his charity.  Others were simply inspired by his lifelong fight to end apartheid in South Africa.  Here's a selection of reactions to his passing:

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Director Hired for Upcoming Biopic About Late Beatles Manager Brian Epstein

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_84863f0435.jpgTiwary Entertainment Group -- The Fifth Beatle, an upcoming film project about late Beatles manager Brian Epstein that's based on a popular graphic novel of the same name, has a director. Peyton Reed, whose credits include Bring It On, The Break-Up and Yes Man, has signed on to helm the flick.

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Box Sets Featuring Classic Music from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin Due Out in February

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_b0e4367d33.jpgRhino Records -- Separate four-CD box sets saluting two of the most beloved and lauded soul singers of all time, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, will be released on February 4.  Titled, respectively, The King of Soul and The Queen of Soul, the collections both will feature dozens of tracks and will be offered at a suggested list price of $44.98.

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Alice Cooper Discusses His Star-Packed Christmas Pudding Benefit Show

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3f85865a89.jpgCourtesy of Alice Cooper's Solid Rock -- The 13th annual edition of Alice Cooper's star-studded Christmas Pudding benefit show is set to take place this Saturday at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.  Joining the shock rocker at this year's extravaganza will be KISS, Joan Jett and the frontmen of a few of the biggest hair-metal bands of the 1980s -- Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Ratt's Stephen Pearcy, Cinderella's Tom Kiefer and Winger's Kip Winger.  Hosting the bash will be one-time Seinfeld star and Family Feud host John O'Hurley.

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Bride Whom Jon Bon Jovi Walked Down the Aisle Auctioning Wedding Dress

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_a80f1aef2d.jpgPhoto: David Bergman -- In October, Branka Delic of Australia lived out a wedding fantasy of hers when Jon Bon Jovi walked her down the aisle at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, as she tied the knot with her now-husband, Gonzalo Cladera.  She's now auctioning off her wedding dress on eBay to raise money for the New Jersey rocker's Soul Kitchen charity restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey.

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