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19 items from 2017


Bruce Springsteen Broadway Debut Has A-listers Come Out in Droves

13 October 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_esxc8dbw"]] Bruce Springsteen made his Broadway debut Thursday night, but the after-party for his new “Springsteen on Broadway” show looked more like Oscar night. Bruce, Tom Hanks, Ed Norton, Steven Van Zandt, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Iovine, Steven Spielberg and Ralph Lauren all filed into Lauren's Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan after the show.  Bruce's stripped-down, 15-song, one-man musical -- his wife Patti Scialfa is the only other person onstage for 2 songs -- has been getting rave reviews, »

- TMZ Staff

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Top Performing Arts Venues in New Jersey

6 October 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following are the top 5 performing arts venues in New Jersey:

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall

Location: 1 Center St., Newark; Capacity: 2,868; Tickets sold in 2017: 124,097*; President and CEO: John Schreiber

Located in downtown Newark, the “NJ Pac” is one of “the best-sounding rooms in the state,” says Umt Presents promoter Tony Pallagrosi. Home to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Pac also hosts a cross section of events and concerts by headliners including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, as well as live TV broadcasts (“America’s Got Talent”), benefits, galas and dance troupes.

Count Basie Theatre

Location: 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank; Capacity: 1,568; Tickets sold in 2017: 122,303; President and CEO: Adam Philipson

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The storied nonprofit venue has played host to shows by Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, James Brown, Louis C.K. and more. Having celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, the »

- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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Celebrating Tom Petty: Musicians and Celebrities Pay Tribute

2 October 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Petty passed away at the age of 66 today after going into cardiac arrest late Sunday night. Petty was one of the last great surviving songwriters of our time and the world is mourning right now, with many taking to social media to pay tribute to Petty. It's hard to think of a time when Tom Petty wasn't cool, he was always like the really awesome uncle that you had, but never got to hang out with. His voice spoke to generations; helping people mend broken hearts as teenagers all the way to dealing with mortality later in life.

Johnny Cash once told the humble Petty that, "You're a good man to ride the river with," something that Petty never took for granted. Cash then paid ultimate tribute by covering "I Won't Break Down" and turning it into his own song. It doesn't get much better than that, but for Thomas Earl Petty, »

- MovieWeb

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Little Kids Rock Announces More Stars For Annual Benefit

2 October 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools, has announced more stars will be among the special guests who will take the stage at their annual benefit.

The organization has announced actor and comedian Mike Myers; award winner Darlene Love; Grammy nominated soul singer Bettye Lavette; Grammy winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’; Musical Director Will Lee; and past honorees Paul Shaffer, band leader and musical director for the Late Show with David Letterman; and famed Yankee and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams will take part in the event.

This year’s event, which will honor Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Michael Dorf, will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.

The Little Kids Rock Benefit brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about giving the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the Us. »

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Stephen King, Edgar Wright, and More Pay Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton: ‘Coolest of the Cool’

16 September 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tributes have been pouring in for Harry Dean Stanton, who died yesterday at 91 after a six-decade career that saw him steal scenes in movies as varied as “Pretty in Pink,” “Repo Man,” and “The Godfather Part II.” Stanton left behind a huge number of friends and colleagues, many of whom have taken to social media to honor the late performer.

Read More:Harry Dean Stanton’s Best Performances: An IndieWire Tribute to ‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ and More

Harry Dean Stanton had the best line in Christine: "I'm selling' this shithole and buyin' a condo." Rest in peace, HD. You were great.

Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 15, 2017

But also 'Wild At Heart', 'Straight Time', 'Escape From New York', 'Two Lane Blacktop', 'Wise Blood', 'Christine' and many others still. pic.twitter.com/4eEVgOR2e8

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017

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- Michael Nordine

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Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’

15 September 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton died on Friday, and Hollywood was quick to mourn the “Big Love” actor.

Jon Cryer, who starred alongside Stanton in 1986’s “Pretty in Pink,” posted a photo of the two on set with the caption, “Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton”

Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton pic.twitter.com/6pPrQT9ClX

Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 15, 2017

Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright also shared a still of Stanton from “Repo Man” with the caption, “Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien,’ ‘Paris Texas,’ ‘Repo Man.'”

Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: 'Alien', 'Paris Texas', 'Repo Man'. pic.twitter.com/tKglu0Bemv

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017

Longtime Stanton collaborator David Lynch, who most recently worked with him on the “Twin Peaks” revival »

- Erin Nyren

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Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’

15 September 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton died on Friday, and Hollywood was quick to mourn the “Big Love” actor.

Jon Cryer, who starred alongside Stanton in 1986’s “Pretty in Pink,” posted a photo of the two on set with the caption, “Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton”

Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton pic.twitter.com/6pPrQT9ClX

Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 15, 2017

Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright also shared a still of Stanton from “Repo Man” with the caption, “Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien,’ ‘Paris Texas,’ ‘Repo Man.'”

Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: 'Alien', 'Paris Texas', 'Repo Man'. pic.twitter.com/tKglu0Bemv

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017

Longtime Stanton collaborator David Lynch, who most recently worked with him on the “Twin Peaks” revival »

- Erin Nyren

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Little Kids Rock To Honor Elvis Costello And Bonnie Raitt

16 August 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools announced the honorees for its annual benefit being held Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.

This year’s event will honor Elvis Costello with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Founder and CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.

The Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about bringing the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the Us. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett. »

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Apple Music acquires 'Bang! The Bert Berns Story'

28 June 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Platform makes another notable buy after Tribeca opener Clive Davis in April.

Abramorama and filmmakers Brett and Cassandra Berns announced on Wednesday that Apple Music has acquired Bang! The Bert Berns Story.

The film centres on the life and career of 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns – songwriter, producer and label chief of the 1960’s whose hits included Twist And Shout, Hang On Sloopy, Brown Eyed Girl, Here Comes The Night, and Piece Of My Heart.

Stevie Van Zandt narrates the film that features interviews with Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ben E King, and Solomon Burke, among others.   

Apple Music plans an autumn global release, followed by a release on iTunes Movies to rent or download. Abramorama originally released the film theatrically in North America in April.  

Sid Ganis served as executive producer on the film directed by Bert Berns’ son Brett Berns and co-directed by Bob Sarles, who also edited »

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‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ Doc Headed to Apple Music

28 June 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bang! The Bert Berns Story,” the documentary about “Twist and Shout” songwriter, producer and label pioneer Bert Berns and the music industry’s early entanglements with the mob, is headed to Apple Music in the fall. Brett Berns, the director and Bert Berns’ son, credits the platform with having “always been fair to the artist,” in announcing the exclusive pick-up.

Narrated by longtime Bruce Springsteen guitarist and “Sopranos” star and Steven Van Zandt, “Bang!” explores Berns’ close relationships with New York City wiseguys Carmine “Wassel” DeNoia and Tommy Eboli. The film features Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, and many more.

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As Variety wrote in April, “It was a long time coming, but after a book, a musical, and a 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the story of Bert Berns — genius songwriter, skilled producer and record label honcho — was a documentary that »

- Shirley Halperin

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David Byrne Remembers 'Incredibly Generous' Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

David Byrne, who collaborated with director Jonathan Demme multiple times, most notably on the famous Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, remembered the director on Wednesday with a post on his website. Demme died early this morning at age 73 from esophageal cancer. 

Byrne praised Demme for his "focus on character, his love of ordinary people, [which] made the movies something different and special." Byrne also commended the filmmaker for his musical enthusiasm and ability to "slip a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways »

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Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’

26 April 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, and much more, died Wednesday at age of 73.

Demme’s varied career not only covered feature films; he was an accomplished director of concert films and documentaries as well, working with an equally diverse array of talent, from Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern to Justin Timberlake and Spalding Gray.

As news of the filmmaker’s death continues to spread, celebrities and influencers within the entertainment industry have begun sharing their reactions on social media. See a selection of remembrances below

Very sad to hear of »

- Dan Heching

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Jonathan Demme Remembered: Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard, Edgar Wright & More Mourn On Twitter

26 April 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The film world was deeply saddened when news broke today that Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme had died in New York at the age of 73. Demme was a brilliant and versatile auteur, traversing genres with rarely a misfire. He is remembered by those who worked with him, and those whom his work inspired.

Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS in Demme’s “Philadelphia,” wrote: “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” Meryl Streep, who worked with Demme on 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” said: “A big hearted, big tent, compassionate man- in full embrace in his life of people in need- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to »

- Jude Dry

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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

26 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends 

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle »

- Edward Douglas

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Netflix Picks Up Global Rights to Hit Swedish Series ‘The Bonus Family’ (Exclusive)

18 April 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Netflix has bought the first two seasons of hit Swedish dramedy series “The Bonus Family” (“Bonusfamiljen”) for global distribution outside of Scandinavia.

“The Bonus Family” was produced by Flx, the outfit behind Swedish blockbuster “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared” and its sequel “The 101-Year Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared,” which Netflix co-produced and streamed worldwide (outside of Scandinavia and Germany) in December. ”

Felix Herngren, who penned and directed both “The 100 Year-Old Man” and “The 101 Year-Old Man,” co-created “The Bonus Family” with his second wife Clara Herngren, his sister Moa Herngren and a screenwriter Calle Marthin.

Netflix acquired global exclusive rights to the series outside of Scandinavia where it picked up second window rights. Netflix will therefore market the show as a Netflix Original outside of the Nordics.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed the acquisition and said the series “will be coming to Netflix later this year »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

7 April 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ Documentary Lands at Kino Lorber (Exclusive)

3 April 2017 7:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kino Lorber has acquired most North American rights to Rezolution Pictures’ documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” and plans a summer theatrical release.

The film centers on the role of Native Americans in contemporary music, featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time. “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s world cinema documentary special jury award for masterful storytelling.

Joe Leydon gave the film a strong review for Variety: “Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry.”

The film stars Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, »

- Dave McNary

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’

23 January 2017 2:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry. The film is structured more or less as a series of individual portraits of 10 significant artists, ranging from Delta blues great Charley Patton to iconic electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix (who was part Cherokee) to living legend Robbie Robertson. A few episodes are less satisfying than others, but only because they spotlight intriguing yet obscure figures that audiences likely would want to learn about in greater detail.

The title comes from “Rumble,” the smash hit 1958 instrumental single by Link Wray (born in New Carolina to Shawnee parents) driven by innovative power chord riffs that would later influence Iggy Pop, »

- Joe Leydon

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Sundance Exclusive: Trailer For ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World’ Featuring Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson, More

16 January 2017 1:24 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Music history tends to be filled with untold stories, or those whose contributions to shaping countless genres have gone underappreciated or forgotten. However, the title of the upcoming “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” says it all about who gets the spotlight in this documentary coming to the Sundance Film Festival for its World Premiere.

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Directed by Catherine Bainbridge, co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, executive produced by Stevie Salas, and featuring Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson, Quincy Jones, Iggy Pop, Slash, Steven Tyler, Robert Trujillo, Steven Van Zandt, and many more, on the influential role Native Americans had on shaping all aspects and offshoots of rock ‘n roll.

Continue reading Sundance Exclusive: Trailer For ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World’ Featuring Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson, More at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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