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Most rock bands are content to just make music. But Bruce Springsteen, the bard of New Jersey, makes statements of intense recognition and empathy for the blue-collar folk who fork over as much as half of their weekly salaries to watch him and his indelible E Street Band perform the songs that mirror their lives of struggle and strife. It is those loyal fans the "Boss" directly addresses via a new album and documentary titled simply "Letter to You." And it is indeed a heartfelt missive set to muscle and brawn of tunes baring his soul and addressing his growing awareness that the best things in life are finite.

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Movies about stand-up comics haven't exactly flooded the market or even become known as a genre, but they do pop up now and then. Joaquin Phoenix played a guy who wanted to be one in "Joker." Adam Sandler took Seth Rogen under his wing to make him a better one in "Funny People." Tom Hanks and Sally Field were both looking for the big break on the stand-up stage in "Punchline."