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Star Wars 8 Funko Pops and Porg Toys Unveiled

15 August 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If the Porgs weren't invented for printing money, then Lucasfilm is really fooling us, because the aquatic Ahch-To fowl really seem to be heading up the marketing push that happens this September for Force Friday. If there was any doubt, Hasbro will be unleashing a life-sized plush interactive Porg in just a few weeks, and it could be one of the hardest things to get your hands on. It's become obvious that Chewbacca is pals with these sea creatures who inhabit Luke's isle of exile. Does he also enjoy eating them? That is a question for another day, as we pour over the first images from Funko Pop for their line of new Last Jedi vinyl figures, which appropriately enough feature Chewbacca and a Porg.

There's going to be so much Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise flooding the market in the next couple of weeks, that fans won't know what to do with themselves. »

- MovieWeb

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Watch Lorde and Jack Antonoff Cover Paul Simon

14 August 2017 2:10 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Watch Lorde and Jack Antonoff Cover Paul Simon »

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‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Review: Sexy Fun For Adults Sick Of Summer Blockbusters

11 August 2017 12:22 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

This smart, sexy and sophisticated entertainment for grownups sick of typical summer Hollywood fare verges on melodrama in parts but delivers some sensational fun thanks to a uniformly superb cast. Although The Only Living Boy in New York (a title taken from the Simon and Garfunkel song) has stars including Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale and Cynthia Nixon, among others, it is anchored by the lesser-known British actor Callum Turner (Assassin’s Creed)… »

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John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran on Finn being a big deal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

10 August 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After defecting from the First Order and passing himself off as a “big deal” in the Resistance in an effort to impress Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega’s Finn now finds himself a core part of the good guys in December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi – although it seems he’s not that’s a position he wants to be in after all.

“It got really real for him,” said Boyega in an interview with EW. “And he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back [in The Force Awakens], but this is his chance to get away and perhaps find Rey and go off together. He’s trying to do that at first.”

“Everyone in the space, throughout the galaxy, would have heard about the young Jedi who discovered »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review: The Only Living Boy In New York is a Simon & Garfunkel song brought to life and made terrible

10 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The gorgeous 1970 Simon & Garfunkel song “The Only Living Boy In New York” has a petty origin story: It was written by Paul Simon about his bitter loneliness when his singing partner Art Garfunkel left him in New York to go shoot a movie in Mexico. (Jeez, Simon, maybe just let Garfunkel have that one?) That acrimony isn’t immediately apparent in the song, which soars with wistful melancholy and the duo’s lovely harmonies. The movie The Only Living Boy In New York boldly reclaims the tune for self-pitying young men everywhere—even more so than Garden State, which had the good taste to use the feelings it evokes vaguely and in a single scene, not as a running motif. Marc Webb’s new movie, in contrast, uses the song for its title, the name of an in-movie manuscript, and as a late-breaking song cue that doesn’t »

- Jesse Hassenger

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Flashback: Garth Brooks Makes History With 1997 Central Park Concert

7 August 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It’s been 20 years since Garth Brooks joined the ranks of Diana Ross, Elton John and James Taylor, performing live in Central Park in New York City. On Aug. 7, 1997, an estimated 980,000 people crowded the iconic park’s North Meadow to watch the country superstar perform a set list of hits, including “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “Friends in Low Places.”

Not only was the landmark concert massive in size, it was a showcase of Brooks’ vigilant perfectionism and the reliable, demo-crossing appeal he’s maintained for years.

In the days leading up to the event, Brooks gave Et some insight into how one mentally prepares for a performance on this scale, which was not only free to concertgoers but being broadcast live on HBO. According to him, he’s the kind of person who didn’t get nervous before his wedding, but sitting in church the day of was a different story. “All the way up until the »

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The Tragedy of Kidd Creole: A Rap Pioneer’s Descent into Alleged Murder

3 August 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He was part of the pioneering hip hop collective Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, the first rappers to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Now Kidd Creole is in jail for allegedly stabbing a homeless ex-con during a late night scuffle on the streets of Manhattan. His tumultuous life had taken him from thrilling crowds at Madison Square Garden to making ends meet by working odd jobs as a security guard and handyman, but few could have predicted his descent into murder.

Kidd Creole was born Nathaniel Glover Jr. on Feb. 19, 1960, and grew up in the south Bronx. »

- Jordan Runtagh

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Adopted Mother and Son Dog Reunite, and the Photos Are Priceless

25 July 2017 8:28 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sure, the Paul Simon song “Mother and Child Reunion” was written about humans, but it could just as well have been meant for Emma and Slick.

According to Best Friends Animal Society in New York, the mother and son pair were surrendered to the city shelter together almost two years ago. Not long after, both dogs were separately taken home by different families.

Mama Emma, a 65-lb. pit bull basset hound mix with a sweet and fun-loving personality, was adopted by Don Lavenhall and his husband Jeffrey Lewis. Meanwhile, Slick was taken home by foster parents Evan and Kristina Jensen, »

- Saryn Chorney

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: New Behind The Scenes Video

15 July 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

With the D23 Expo going on this weekend in Anaheim, CA, all eyes were on stage as Star Wars The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson surprised fans with on-stage appearances by cast members Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.   A new behind the scenes video was shown to the crowd and now that video is available below. The familiar faces and helmets are there. We also get quick glimpses of Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro in costume, and a far bit more of newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico.    That last shot of Carrie Fisher though.   Enjoy. ...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Randy Newman Bashes President Trump, Putin and Himself at Hilarious Radio Concert

13 July 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone who’s seen Randy Newman perform knows that even though he’s one of the greatest songwriters of the past 50 years — a multiple Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, contributor of classic songs to films like the three “Toy Story” titles, “Seabiscuit,” “James and the Giant Peach” — the real gold is in his concerts is his hilarious commentary, an undistilled, often unfiltered version of the cutting, self-deprecating and side-splitting humor that appears in his lyrics.

And his performance Wednesday night at New York’s Electric Lady Studios — which will be broadcast on Wfuv-FM/New York during the week of August 4, when “Dark Matter,” his first album of new material in nine years, is released — was certainly no exception. During the brief performance, which found him playing several songs — classics like “Sail Away” and “Feels Like Home” as well as selections from the new album, noodling on several more, and answering questions both from DJ Rita Houston »

- Jem Aswad

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‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

11 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO will unveil the feature length documentary “Spielberg,” about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on October 7, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by “American Masters” creator Susan Lacy, the doc examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth and draws upon nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his childhood and “lifelong obsession with moviemaking.”

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Spielberg” also includes interviews with the director’s family, friends and colleagues, plus behind-the-scenes footage from films such as  “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Et: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bridge of Spies” and more.

The many film industry figures that appear in the doc include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

11 July 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO will unveil the feature length documentary “Spielberg,” about legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on October 7, the company announced Tuesday. Directed by “American Masters” creator Susan Lacy, the doc examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth and draws upon nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his childhood and “lifelong obsession with moviemaking.”

Read More‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Creepy New Trailer: Sony Teases 40th Anniversary Re-Release — Watch

Spielberg” also includes interviews with the director’s family, friends and colleagues, plus behind-the-scenes footage from films such as  “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Et: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Bridge of Spies” and more.

The many film industry figures that appear in the doc include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, »

- Graham Winfrey

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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This July

26 June 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).

Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio

26 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Elvis Presley’s 1974 minor hit “My Boy” might serve as the alternative title for The Colonel, a film bio of the King’s Svengali-like manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film is in the works from music and media producer Spencer Proffer (Chasing Trane, Gods & Monsters), producer-director Steve Binder (Elvis '68; Diana Ross In Central Park) and filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster; Paul Simon's Under African Skies tour). Production is slated for early 2018… »

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Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)

26 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, and Joe Berlinger are developing a feature film about Elvis Presley’s manger Colonel Tom Parker.

Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder. »

- Dave McNary

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Elvis Presley manager biopic set to go into production

25 June 2017 7:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, Joe Berlinger join forces for 2018 production start on ‘The Colonel’.

Music and media producer Spencer Proffer, producer-director Steve Binder and filmmaker Joe Berlinger have teamed up to bring the profile of long-time music manager Colonel Tom Parker to the big screen.    

Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87, was a music business entrepreneur who lived an intriguing personal life. He arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. According to biographer Alanna Nash, he may have been involved in a murder in his native Holland.

Berlinger will direct from a screenplay based on Nash’s 2003 book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley, published by Simon & Schuster. It was one of four books Nash authored on Presley.

The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay.

Berlinger is producing »

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Half of One Direction Reunites For an Emotional Charity Song For Grenfell Fire

23 June 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Some of your favorite English singers have banded together for an important cause. Following the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 and injured dozens last week, Simon Cowell gathered more than 50 artists to cover the classic 1970 hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel in support of the victims. Not only does the track bring together former One Direction bandmates, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, along with many other artists, but the music video also features powerful clips of the London community coming together. Proceeds from the single will go toward The London Community Foundation. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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The Graduate review – Hoffman and Bancroft are as irresistibly watchable as ever

22 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Attitudes have changed since Anne Bancroft’s predatory seduction of hapless Dustin Hoffman, but this rereleased classic remains a hugely pleasurable experience

If ever a movie captured the audience’s imagination with its musical soundtrack, it was The Graduate, that irresistibly watchable 1967 classic, now rereleased in cinemas, starring Anne Bancroft as the sexy and jaded fortysomething Mrs Robinson, who seduces 21-year-old Ben, played by the young Dustin Hoffman – that muddled young man whose sentimental education begins only after he graduates college.

Simon and Garfunkel’s eerie and sublime The Sound of Silence perfectly captures both Ben’s alienation and bewilderment about what he should do with his life, and then his postcoital disenchantment and self-loathing. And Here’s to You Mrs Robinson, with its gentle reassurance that Jesus loves her, provides a note of final gentleness and forgiveness for this character that is really nowhere in the script. It is, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Liam Payne, Liam Tomlinson & More Team Up For ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Charity Cover: Listen

21 June 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Stormzy, Craig David and tons more superstars have lent their voices to a cover of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon and Garfunkel to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Here's how you can help out! »

- Gabriella Ginsberg

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Simon Cowell Releases Grenfell Tower Charity Single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Featuring Liam Payne, Rita Ora and More

21 June 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Simon Cowell is doing his best to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 people last week and left many more injured. The former American Idol judge released the charity cover single of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" today from which all proceeds will be donated to Artists for Grenfell and will be distributed via The London Community Foundation to victims and families in need. The song—originally sung by Simon and Garfunkel—features several popular artists, including Rita Ora, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Jessie J, to name a few. The song's release comes exactly one week after the tragic fire and was played today across BBC radio stations »

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