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Joe R. Lansdale and Idw Team Up for Bubba Ho-tep And The Cosmic Blood-suckers Comic Book Series

He introduced readers to Hap and Leonard and took us to the drive-in, but thanks to the film adaptation of his 1994 novella, writer Joe R. Lansdale is known by many for resurrecting Elvis, who recently returned in a Bubba Ho-Tep prequel novella by Lansdale. Now, the legendary author is teaming up with Idw Publishing to bring The King back to life in Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, a new comic book series adaptation premiering this March:

Press Release: San Diego, CA – Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. Idw and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

“Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it's still going strong in story and film,
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Elvis Presley's Historic 62-Year-Old Paper Cup For Sale

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Someone's selling a crusty paper cup that might've once touched Elvis Presley's lips and there are people already willing to drop over $150 for it. The cup's supposedly from The King's first concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956. Elvis was only 21 at the time and played his first show there in April of that year. The cup was supposedly taken from him at his hotel by a woman named June who then kept it in a
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Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt

Sundance 2018: 10 Must-See Short Films, From Armie Hammer to Don Hertzfeldt
Dev Patel directs Armie Hammer in a stylish dark comedy. Don Hertzfeldt delivers a second installment of his award-winning animated saga. And Dime Davis documents artist Mark Bradford’s creativity in action. These are just a few of the treats to be found among the 69 live action, animated, and documentary shorts playing the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance programmers whittled the 69 official selections from 8,740 submissions (down 245 from the previous year). Making the cut were several shorts with recognizable talent in front of the lens: Simon Helberg and Brett Gelman suffer through an unbalanced relationship in Jessica Sander’s two-hander “End of the Line,” Lakeith Stanfield plays himself in Shaka King’s “Lazercism,” and Armie Hammer undertakes a supporting role as a television huckster in Dev Patel’s “Home Shopper.”

Read More:Sundance 2018: 21 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival, From ‘Wildlife’ to ‘Sorry to Bother You’

IndieWire previewed 47 films available
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Kid Galahad

This 1937 boxing melodrama was eclipsed by its own 1962 remake starring Elvis Presley and suffered a humiliating title change (The Battling Bellhop) for TV distribution. Regardless, Michael Curtiz’s film, starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, is sufficiently sturdy to go 12 rounds with any comer and exhibited enough moxey to earn a rematch in 1941 as The Wagons Roll At Night, again with Bogart. For a thoroughly researched and fascinating look at Curtiz’ prolific career, look at Alan K. Rode’s comprehensive biography Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, which can be ordered here.
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Johnny Cash Doc in the Works From Frank Marshall, Imperative (Exclusive)

Johnny Cash Doc in the Works From Frank Marshall, Imperative (Exclusive)
Imperative Entertainment is teaming up with Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall to make a Johnny Cash documentary.

The news comes the day before the 50th anniversary of Cash’s famous concert at Folsom Prison, which was the basis for his triple-platinum-selling, crossover success concert album, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

Thom Zimny, the award-winning filmmaker behind numerous Bruce Springsteen documentaries and HBO Films' Elvis Presley: The Searcher documentary, is set to direct the untitled movie.

Imperative’s Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Ryan Friedkin will produce with Zimny as well as Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart.

Marshall will be executive producing along with Jeff Pollack, Ryan Suffern...
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Facebook Inks Licensing Deal With Music Mogul Irving Azoff, An Outspoken YouTube Critic

Facebook has signed a licensing pact with Global Music Rights (Gmr), a music rights management company that represents the likes of Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Drake, and Bruce Springsteen. Notably, Gmr was founded by music mogul Irving Azoff -- who has been one of the most vocal critics of YouTube’s treatment of artists and labels, Bloomberg notes.

The deal will allow user-generated video clips featuring songs by Gmr artists to legally remain on Facebook, as well as its Instagram, Oculus, and Messenger platforms. At the same time, Facebook announced in a blog post composed by newly-tapped music business development head Tamara Hrivnak that it has forged deals with two other licensing groups: Sesac’s Hfa/Rumblefish, which reps indie songwriters, and Kobalt Music Publishing, whose catalog includes Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Max Martin, and Dave Grohl.

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‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’: HBO Sets Spring Airdate For Docu About The King’s Creative Journey – TCA

HBO has set an April 14 premiere date for Elvis Presley: The Searcher, a three-hour, two-film presentation focusing on Elvis Presley the musical artist. With an original score from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, it’s a comprehensive creative journey from the King’s childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland and feature more than 20 new, primary-source interviews with session players, producers…
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Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words

Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words
After years of letting Hollywood’s best directors take over his meticulous scripts for Oscar winner “The Social Network” (David Fincher) and Oscar nominee “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller), Aaron Sorkin finally decided to do it himself. While Sorkin was an executive producer of shows like NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” directing his adaptation of poker wrangler Molly Bloom’s confessional “Molly’s Game” was a first.

“Molly’s Game” debuted in Toronto, and since Stx released it December 25 (Metascore: 71) it’s picking up steam in the awards race, with Globes, BAFTA, and Writers, Editors and Producers guild nominations. I screened the film for my UCLA Sneak Previews class, and afterward Aaron Sorkin came in for a chatty Q&A: The man loves to talk. He did stop to ask me one question: “Can I just ask you, in the history of doing this, has there ever been an answer this long?
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Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words

Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words
After years of letting Hollywood’s best directors take over his meticulous scripts for Oscar winner “The Social Network” (David Fincher) and Oscar nominee “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller), Aaron Sorkin finally decided to do it himself. While Sorkin was an executive producer of shows like NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” directing his adaptation of poker wrangler Molly Bloom’s confessional “Molly’s Game” was a first.

“Molly’s Game” debuted in Toronto, and since Stx released it December 25 (Metascore: 71) it’s picking up steam in the awards race, with Globes, BAFTA, and Writers, Editors and Producers guild nominations. I screened the film for my UCLA Sneak Previews class, and afterward Aaron Sorkin came in for a chatty Q&A: The man loves to talk. He did stop to ask me one question: “Can I just ask you, in the history of doing this, has there ever been an answer this long?
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Now on Blu-ray: Say Happy Birthday to Elvis With This Trio of Gems in HD!

We may be a day late, but it's never the wrong time to celebrate the birthday of the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley! A lot of people take cheap shots at Elvis' movie career, and he was never very excited about the fact that no one took him seriously, but there is a ton of joy to be gleaned from these films, and I could not be happier that chunks of his on-screen ouevre are making it to Blu-ray every year. The latest trio of HD upgrades come from the Elvis friendly Twilight Time, who've previously released Big E's genuinely great western, Flaming Star, with a new upgrade of boxing musical Kid Galahad, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics with Dixie steamboat romance Frankie...

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The Best TV Soundtracks of 2017

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Music makes such a huge difference when it comes to enjoying TV’s top shows, on a level that goes well beyond a theme song. Great composers create an aural language that’s as tangible and essential as the actors or sets on screen, aided by music supervisors who discover undiscovered tracks as well as essential classic gems —without which the show’s most powerful moments would have no impact.

Even the Television Academy agrees: For this first time, this year the Emmy Awards handed out a prize for outstanding music supervision. Susan Jacobs won the award for the “Big Little Lies” episode “You Get What You Need.”

There were so many shows that changed the way music was used on television this year — whether it was Tom Petty’s “American Girl” becoming a shout of protest, an obscure Elvis Presley cover becoming one of our favorite tunes of the year,
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Elvis Fights Aliens in Bubba Ho-Tep Prequel Comic

Elvis Fights Aliens in Bubba Ho-Tep Prequel Comic
It may not be in the form of a movie, but we're finally getting some more Bubba Ho-Tep. Idw Comics is launching a brand new, Bubba Ho-Tep prequel comic next year, courtesy of creator Joe R. Lansdale, who wrote the story the 2002 cult classic movie is based on. The series will be co-written by Lansdale and Joshua Jabcuga, with art courtesy of Todd Galusha. Here's what Lansdale had to say about the new series, which launches in March of 2018.

"Bubba Ho-Tep was an accidental story that turned out to be my first film adaptation, and it's still going strong in story and film. And finally, it has inspired a background story that was first a novel, and is now represented in the medium that first made me want to be a writer: Comics. Graphic novels. What we used to call Funny Books. I'm excited and looking forward to readers discovering
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Mimi O’Donnell Opens Up about Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Hollywood has definitely seen better days, with all the sexual misconduct scandals that are current raging, something that has sort of muffled the sounds of a common theme in the history of the world of entertainment and fame. The list of entertainers and famous celebrities that died well before their time is definitely too long to recite, but names like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, River Phoenix, and Michael Jackson come to mind. It seems that some of most talented of our celebrities are the most troubled. And while many people seek fame, very few are emotionally and psychologically equipped to

Mimi O’Donnell Opens Up about Phillip Seymour Hoffman
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Harlem Globetrotters Announce One-Hour Hoops For The Troops Game Special

As part of the Harlem Globetrotters' 75th anniversary celebration of entertaining United States servicemen and women, and military personnel around the globe, the team will showcase its dedication in a one-hour television special to be aired on the Espn family of networks.

The “Hoops For The Troops Game” will premiere on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Est on ESPN2, with a special encore airing on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. Est on Espn. The special, presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, will capture the Globetrotters’ unique and special relationship with U.S. military personnel.

“Espn has always been a great supporter of the Globetrotters and our mission to spread goodwill around the world,” said Howard Smith, president of the Harlem Globetrotters. “The Globetrotters consider it a privilege to honor U.S. military servicemen and women who make daily sacrifices for our country. Viewers of all ages will get to see
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Suzanna Leigh, Elvis Presley's Co-Star in 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style,' Dies at 72

Suzanna Leigh, Elvis Presley's Co-Star in 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style,' Dies at 72
Suzanna Leigh, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 musical comedy Paradise, Hawaiian Style, has died. She was 72.

Her daughter, actress Natalia Leigh, announced her death Monday in a Facebook post.

"My warrior and my heart died at 5:30Pm, on her terms," Natalia wrote. "It was time for Jesus to take her home. The world will forever be a little less light and magical. And my life has now and will be forever changed. I personally died a little today as she was my everything and I will never be the same."

Leigh had been fighting...
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French Rock Icon Johnny Hallyday Dead At 74

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France’s biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, has died, according to French president Emmanuel Macron‘s office. He was 74. French Rocker Johnny Hallyday Dead At 74 Hallyday sold out stadiums for decades with his high-energy songs. He was often lauded as the Elvis Presley of France due to his rock stardom and flexible hips. The French also […]

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Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Unites Unprecedented Lineup Of Entertainers

Friday night’s Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena united the Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit community for an evening of live performances and heartfelt video tributes honoring victims and survivors of the October 1 tragedy.

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons Sings at Vegas Strong Benefit Concert

More than a dozen A-list entertainers and homegrown talent convened to benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000.. The full lineup included Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Boyz II Men, Jay Leno, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group; appearances by Bryce Harper, Kurt Busch, Wayne Newton; and tribute videos from Jason Aldean, Celine Dion, Elton John, George Strait and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

The evening commenced as Carrot Top welcomed an arena of thousands of supporters. He introduced messages from Vegas Golden Knights players who shared their pride
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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis of France, Dead at Age 74

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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis of France, Dead at Age 74
French rock idol Johnny Hallyday, remembered as the nation’s answer to Elvis Presley in the 1960s, has died at age 74.

The legendary singer died from lung cancer, his family confirmed.

Johnny Hallyday has left us,” Hallyday’s wife, Laeticia, said in a statement to The Guardian. “I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us. He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”

Beginning in 1960, Hallyday was the heartbeat of Gallic rock n’ roll, becoming its best known and best-selling artist for nearly six decades.
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Johnny Hallyday, Singer Known as the ‘French Elvis,’ Dies at 74

Johnny Hallyday, Singer Known as the ‘French Elvis,’ Dies at 74
French rock star and actor Johnny Hallyday, who became the first Gallic singer to popularize rock ’n’ roll in France and sold over 110 million records during a music career spanning over half a century, has died, according to Agence France Presse. He was 74 and had been fighting cancer for several months.

Widely known as the “French Elvis,” Hallyday began his singing career at the end of the 1950s specializing in French-language cover versions of famous songs by artists like Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and Elvis Presley — whose example inspired him to become a singer.

At the beginning of 1960 Hallyday released his first album, “Hello! Johnny.” The following year he performed at France’s first rock festival at the Palais des Sports in Paris, setting off a near-riot that led to a ban on rock ’n’ roll shows for several months.

Hallyday’s covers instantly proved a successful way for American rock ’n’ roll to infiltrate its way
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Paul McCartney’s Unreleased Christmas Gift For His Beatles Bandmates Resurfaces On YouTube After 52 Years

52 years after it was first produced, a rare piece of Beatles history is available on YouTube. A Christmas compilation Paul McCartney created for his bandmates has been uploaded online.

The compilation is titled Unforgettable, and it is believed that only three copies of it were ever printed: one each for John, George, and Ringo, who received it on acetate discs as Christmas presents in 1965. On the album, McCartney plays the role of DJ, introducing each of the compiled songs and adding in some improv of his own. "And so in this program, Unforgettable, we hope that you are not gonna forget us and are gonna join in," McCartney riffs in his introduction.

Unforgettable takes its name from the Nat King Cole number that leads it off. Other songs featured in the compilation include "I Get Around" by The Beach Boys and "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

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