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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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You'll Feel the Hope From Usher and Blake Shelton's "Stand by Me" Performance All Over Your Body

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So many of Hollywood's biggest celebrities came together on Tuesday night for the Hand in Hand hurricane relief telethon to raise money for all of those affected by storms Irma and Harvey, and the special included some truly magical performances. One of those involved Usher and Blake Shelton, who sang a beautiful rendition of Ben E. King's 1961 classic "Stand by Me." Not only do their voices sound perfect together, but the audience also joins in for a beyond-touching moment.
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25 Years Caught in Tom Waits' Bone Machine: A Track-by-Track Breakdown

People will tell you Tom Waits’ best album is Rain Dogs. This is not strictly true. It is perhaps the most Waits-ian of Tom Waits albums, by virtue of having a Waits lookalike on the cover and a song selection that ranges across virtually every genre of music (and combinations thereof) Waits could wrangle. But the best Tom Waits album is not Rain Dogs. Instead it’s Bone Machine (which netted Waits his first Grammy in 1993), and it turns 25 years old today.

Waits explained Rain Dogs’ titular inspiration to Spin in 1985: “You know, dogs in the rain lose their way back home.
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Ryan Seacrest Films Talented Singer on NYC Subway: ‘I Wish I Had Tickets to Hollywood to Give Away!’

Ryan Seacrest Films Talented Singer on NYC Subway: ‘I Wish I Had Tickets to Hollywood to Give Away!’
Ryan Seacrest has only been living in New York City a few weeks now, having filled Kelly Ripa’s co-host spot on Live with Kelly! in May. So excuse him if he’s a little new to the talented buskers who perform on the Big Apple’s subway system.

On Tuesday, the 42-year-old gushed on the syndicated morning show about a singer he encountered on an evening trip downtown.

“Maybe this happens all of the time — it was the first encounter of this type of a performance for me,” he told Ripa, 46. “And I’ve traveled the country listening to people sing.
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Ryan Seacrest Gets Serenaded by Man on NYC Subway: 'He's Not Bad'

Ryan Seacrest Gets Serenaded by Man on NYC Subway: 'He's Not Bad'
If it were up to Ryan Seacrest, this subway singer would be "going to Hollywood!"

The former American Idol host recently moved to New York City to host Live alongside Kelly Ripa, and is getting the hang of the subway system and the underground entertainment. On Tuesday, Seacrest posted a video to Instagram while on the train, which showcased a man serenading commuters with classic Motown tunes.

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The 42-year-old TV star was clearly amused by the impromptu performance, and started to sing along with the man crooning Ben E. King's 1962 tune, "Stand by Me."

"He's not that bad," Seacrest exclaimed of the singer's impressive vocals. He then pulled out his wallet to give the man some money.

Watch: Ryan Seacrest Reveals He Got Gifts and Advice From Former Live Co-Hosts Michael Strahan and Regis Philbin

While Seacrest clearly still loves finding
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Ryan Seacrest: Subway Performances Are “Best Shows In New York” (Video)

Ryan Seacrest not only takes the New York subways, but he also appreciates the occasional performances on the trains. On Tuesday, the “Live” co-host recorded and expressed how much he enjoyed a subway singer performing The Temptations’ “I Got Sunshine” and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” while riding the underground rails with everyday New […]
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Apple Music acquires 'Bang! The Bert Berns Story'

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

‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ Doc Headed to Apple Music
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
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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

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
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Bob Iger on Shanghai Disney, Parting With His Chosen Successor, and His Pursuit of Perfection

Bob Iger on Shanghai Disney, Parting With His Chosen Successor, and His Pursuit of Perfection
Nothing about Bob Iger’s middle-class upbringing in New York, or his years as a television and radio major at Ithaca College, or his long run up the corporate media ladder at ABC and Disney, suggests that he would find a muse in a Tokyo subway station.

But it is there, in a tiny sushi bar, that the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co. finds inspiration, in a wizened nonagenarian who spends most of his waking hours sculpting fine slices of blue fin and eel and combining them with rice that is grown exclusively for the restaurateur.

What captivates Iger about 91-year-old Jiro Ono, reputedly the world’s finest sushi chef, is his unflinching commitment: Never stop striving to improve yourself and your work. The Japanese call such master craftsmen shokunin, and a generation of top Disney executives has now been introduced to the shokunin spirit by Iger. The
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Bob Iger on Shanghai Disney, COO Tom Staggs and His Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

Bob Iger on Shanghai Disney, COO Tom Staggs and His Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
Nothing about Bob Iger’s middle-class upbringing in New York, or his years as a television and radio major at Ithaca College, or his long run up the corporate media ladder at ABC and Disney, suggests that he would find a muse in a Tokyo subway station.

But it is there, in a tiny sushi bar, that the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co. finds inspiration, in a wizened nonagenarian who spends most of his waking hours sculpting fine slices of blue fin and eel and combining them with rice that is grown exclusively for the restaurateur.

What captivates Iger about 91-year-old Jiro Ono, reputedly the world’s finest sushi chef, is his unflinching commitment: Never stop striving to improve yourself and your work. The Japanese call such master craftsmen shokunin, and a generation of top Disney executives has now been introduced to the shokunin spirit by Iger.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Buys ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ Grasshopper Gets New Jem Cohen and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Bleecker Street Buys ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ Grasshopper Gets New Jem Cohen and More
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.

– Bleecker Street has announced it has acquired U.S. and select territory rights to “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” to be directed by Bharat Nalluri. The film will start shooting next month and is targeting a holiday 2017 release date.

The cast includes Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father. The Solution is handling rights for the rest of the world. The script is written by Susan Coyne and is based on the book “The Man Who Invented Christmas” by Les Standiford, published by Crown. The film recounts how Charles Dickens created the classic holiday fable, “A Christmas Carol.”

– Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has announced it has acquired exclusive distribution rights
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‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ Docu Spins To Abramorama

Exclusive: Abramorama has acquired North American theatrical and digital rights to Bang! The Bert Berns Story, the documentary that bowed this year at SXSW and screens tomorrow at Doc NYC. Stevie Van Zandt narrates the biographical docu which features commentary from Berns discovery Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ben E. King and Solomon Burke. Berns’ son Brett produced and co-directed the docu with Bob Sarles. Abramorama is eyeing a theatrical bow in spring…
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The Voice Recap: Wide Open Races

The Voice Recap: Wide Open Races
We’re four episodes in to The Voice‘s eleventh season, and there’s still no obvious favorite being prematurely foisted on us by producers like an unwelcome Christmas display popping up at the mall in late September. (Oh, Macy’s, I really didn’t need to explain to my kids today that it’ll be another three months before they see their Power Rangers action-figure collection fully completed.)

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Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to paint
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Theatre Review: Save The Last Dance For Me (UK Tour)

Save The Last Dance For Me review (UK Tour): It’s back to the British seaside of yesteryear in this foot-tapping new musical from the creatives behind Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Save The Last Dance For Me review by Katey Thompson, September 2016.

Save The Last Dance For Me review

Save The Last Dance waltzes you back to an era of typical British seaside holidays, with candy floss, ice creams and rock and roll. The production, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, surrounds you with the instantly recognisable songs from bands of the day, including The Drifters, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Ben E King and Booker T and the MGs.

The show opens with Jennifer (Lola Saunders) and Marie (Elizabeth Carter) planning their first summer holiday without their parents in uptown Lowestoft. They have wildly different ideas of what their perfect summer holiday would be and find anything but what they had imagined.
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"Thrones" Stars Lead "Final Fantasy Xv" Film

Square Enix used its "Uncovered: Final Fantasy Xv" event in Los Angeles last night to announced a September 30th worldwide release date for the highly anticipated game title "Final Fantasy Xv".

The big surprise though was that in addition to the game, Square Enix and its partners also announced several large-scale projects set within the Final Fantasy Xv Universe, the biggest being a whole new CG animated feature.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Square Enix will distribute "Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy Xv," the computer-animated feature which will set the stage for the main Final Fantasy Xv narrative. "Game of Thrones" stars Sean Bean and Lena Headey along with "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul lend their voices to the project which will be released digitally worldwide before the game launch.

Then there's "Brotherhood Final Fantasy Xv," a new five standalone episodes anime series exploring the friendships between crown prince Noctis and his three comrades.
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American Idol Recap: Repeat Offenders

American Idol Recap: Repeat Offenders
After all these years, American Idol is still pretty much my favorite thing on television, and yet I nevertheless spent the last seven days filled with unspeakable dread about this week’s performance show.

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That’s not a knock on the remaining contestants in Idol‘s abbreviated, blink-and-you-missed it farewell tour, but rather, a dig at the show’s producers for bringing to us the worst theme week in 15 years*: Most-Performed Songs from Past Seasons. (*Yes, even worse than Season 6’s
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Grammys 2016 In Memoriam Tribute Includes Celine Dion's Husband René Angélil, David Bowie and Scott Weiland

Grammys 2016 In Memoriam Tribute Includes Celine Dion's Husband René Angélil, David Bowie and Scott Weiland
Celine Dion's husband René Angélil, rock icon David Bowie and Glenn Frey, founding member of rock group The Eagles, were among those honored in the 2016 Grammys In Memoriam tribute. Other music artists who passed away over the past year and were honored included rockers Scott Weiland and influential Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser Kilmister, aka Lemmy, blues legend B.B. King, "Stand By Me" singer Ben E. King, soul singer Natalie Cole, "It's My Party" singer Lesley Gore, Earth, Wind and Fire member Maurice White, Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson and Yes founding member Chris...
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The Voice Recap: They Killed It Like Xo

The Voice Recap: They Killed It Like Xo
Ohhhhhhh… I got to go! I got to go! I got to go! I got to go!

Oh, sorry, is this recap on? I got caught up — like a Kylie Jenner at the flash of a paparazzo’s camera — by so many of The Voice‘s Monday-night performances that the couch dancing and Gospel-handing off-key caterwauling have been in effect for two straight hours, with no end in sight.

I won’t! Let you! Close enough to hurt me…

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Don’t judge. I know deep down you feel me.
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60 years ago today: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ opened in theaters

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60 years ago today: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ opened in theaters
60 years ago today, one of the most iconic cinematic depictions of youthful rebellion and alienation, “Rebel Without a Cause,” opened in theaters. The film debuted less than a month after the premature death of James Dean (who plays troubled teen Jim Stark in the film) at age 24 in a car accident. “Rebel Without a Cause” came out at a time when pop culture was fascinated with the juvenile delinquent, though director Nicholas Ray looked not so much to recent films about troubled youths (like 1954’s “The Wild One”). He has said that he strove for a classical tone and that he found major influence in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” which Ray once called “the best play written about ‘juvenile delinquents.’” Other notable October 27 happenings in pop culture history: • 1947: “You Bet Your Life,” the radio show hosted by Groucho Marx, premiered. It was later a TV show on NBC.
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