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Neil Diamond Thanks Fans for Making Him 'Smile' by Donating Ticket Refunds to Parkinson's Research

After announcing his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Neil Diamond and his wife Katie are overwhelmed by the fan support.

The music legend, responsible for hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Cracklin’ Rosie,” shared a statement on his website Monday evening revealing that he canceled concert dates in Australia and New Zealand based on doctor’s advice.

“Wow, I’ve received a bunch of messages from people in Aus & Nz who are donating their ticket refunds to good causes: Parkinson’s research, animal rescue groups, fire victim funds, etc,” Katie, 46, tweeted on Tuesday.

“My heart is so full of joy to see this silver lining.
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Micky Dolenz, the Boston Red Sox, Reba McEntire and More Send Well Wishes to Neil Diamond Amid Parkinson's Diagnosis

Micky Dolenz, the Boston Red Sox, Reba McEntire and More Send Well Wishes to Neil Diamond Amid Parkinson's Diagnosis
The entertainment world is reeling from the news of Neil Diamond’s retirement from live performance following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. The music legend, responsible for hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Cracklin’ Rosie,” shared a message to his website Monday night announcing the cancellation of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand, where he had been scheduled to play as part of his 50th anniversary world tour in March.

The statement explained that the onset of the Parkinson’s has “made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Wildlife’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Wildlife’
As an actor, Paul Dano, with his long-faced gaze of inquiring gloom, has always radiated a sense of unease. That’s far from the only thing he communicates (he was spectacular as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy,” a performance that beautifully merged Wilson’s disturbance and his joy). But a kind of hushed foreboding remains the vintage Dano mood, and “Wildlife,” his directorial debut, is suffused with it.

The movie, adapted from a novel by Richard Ford, takes place in 1960 in the small town of Great Falls, Montana (the setting for several other Ford tales), and Dano instantly establishes his command as a filmmaker by re-creating the period with an authenticity that’s scrupulous enough to seem downright exotic. The desks in the school, the stacks and stacks of cans in the supermarket, the clunky way the channel changer works on the TV set — and, above all, the calm that hovers on the edge of desolation:
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The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson Got An ‘F’ In High School For His Composition Of ‘Surfin”

  • ET Canada
“Surfin'” arguably jump-started The Beach Boys career, but Brian Wilson’s high school music teacher thought the song’s composition was a stinker. The co-founder of The Beach Boys composed the song in high school for his music class and received a failing grade for his efforts. Related: Noel Gallagher Says ‘I Hate Brian Wilson’ Brian’s high school music
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The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Returns to High School to Get His 'F' in Music Changed to an 'A'

The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Returns to High School to Get His 'F' in Music Changed to an 'A'
Brian Wilson is taking a trip down memory lane but for a good reason.

The musician and co-founder of The Beach Boys, 75, returned to Hawthorne High School on Monday to fight for a change in his music grade – 58 years after he graduated.

Wilson composed the song “Surfin'” while in high school for his music teacher, Fred Morgan. In a tweet shared by Wilson, Morgan said, “Brian wrote a composition for me and it turned out to be ‘Surfin.’ That composition got an F, but it made a million dollars.”

The tweet also read, “Brian’s failing grade has now been
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How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)

How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)
Perhaps one of the most unusual and surprising shows to open on Broadway in 2017 is a musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. An international sensation, the long-running cartoon about the adventures of a yellow anthropomorphic sea sponge and his underwater friends living in the city of Bikini Bottom has spawned two movies, video games and theme park rides.

Now, SpongeBob’s eclectic world is the source of a delightful new theater production conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book written by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision, orchestration and arrangements by Tom Kitt. The show, playing at The Palace Theatre, stars Ethan Slater as the titular sponge, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

“When I heard that they were developing it, my head exploded,” says Jarrow, who jumped at the opportunity to be part of the production. Having worked in theater
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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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Film Review: ‘D-love’

Film Review: ‘D-love’
There’s no better way to save a marriage than to let a magical Danish drifter into one’s home — at least, according to “D-love,” an uplifting indie that claims to be inspired by real events. In this paint-by-numbers drama from director Elena Beuca and writer Dave Rogers (who also star), an estranged couple is transformed after a chance encounter with a vagabond, who spouts new-age platitudes, provides some yoga lessons and brings, you guessed it, love back into their lives. Only the most sentimental of sorts will be able to stomach the sappiness that ensues.

Arriving back in L.A. from a vacation that failed to reignite their spark, Stefania (Beuca) and Dan (Rogers) are approached at the airport by D-love (Ditlev Darmakaya), who asks them if they’re going “east.” Unwilling to let this innocent stranger try to hitchhike his way to Sedona, Dan invites him to stay at their home, much to the
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Noel Gallagher Targets The Beach Boys’ ‘Overrated’ Brian Wilson: ‘I Hate Brian Wilson’

  • ET Canada
Noel Gallagher has found a new target and this time it’s Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Gallagher was not impressed with Paste Magazine‘s comparison of his new record to The Beach Boys’ new music, which led Gallagher to call Wilson “overrated.” Related: Noel Gallagher Addresses His Ongoing Feud With Liam Gallagher: ‘I’ve Made My Peace’ “F**kin’ […]
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Kathie Lee Gifford And Dean Cain To Host The 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Kathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain will host the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park, home to the White House.

Whether people attend in person or watch on Hallmark Channel on December 4, they’ll enjoy performances by Jack Wagner, The Beach Boys, Wynonna, three-time Emmy Award winners The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell, Us The Duo, Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming week.

Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.

A lovely melding of music, outdoor performance, and holiday cheer,
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Shirley Jones Pays Tribute to 'Sweet' Stepson David Cassidy

Shirley Jones Pays Tribute to 'Sweet' Stepson David Cassidy
Shirley Jones is mourning the death of David Cassidy.

The 83-year-old actress played Cassidy's mom on The Partridge Family, but in real life, she was married to his dad, Jack Cassidy. In a touching statement to Et, Jones pays tribute to her "sweet" stepson.

"Long before he played my son on The Partridge Family, David Cassidy was my stepson in real life. As a little boy, his sweet sensitivity and wicked sense of humor were already on display, and I will treasure the years we spent working and growing together," she says. "I will also find solace knowing that David is now with his dad."

"My heart is with David’s daughter, Katie, his son, Beau, and with Shaun, Patrick, and Ryan, whom I know are deeply missing their brother today," Jones continues. "Thank you for the enormous outpouring of affection you have offered our family at this difficult time."

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David Cassidy's Brother Shaun Remembers the 'Extraordinary Days' He Shared With Late Singer

David Cassidy's Brother Shaun Remembers the 'Extraordinary Days' He Shared With Late Singer
Shaun Cassidy is remembering all the "extraordinary days" he shared with his late half-brother, David Cassidy.

One day after news broke that David had died at the age of 67 following organ failure and a two-year battle with dementia, Shaun took to Twitter to share a heartbreaking tribute.

"When I was a little boy and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing pillow fight," he wrote. "During the battle, he would regale me with hysterical stories of our father, often culminating in his taking a giant leap off my top bunk..."

"I tried to catch him of course. I always tried to catch him. But I never could," he continued. "Now, I will carry him, along with all of the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, none more filled with love than these last few at his side."

Shaun is the eldest son of Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, who played
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Actors, Musicians Remember David Cassidy: “This Loss Is Huge,” Co-Star Danny Bonaduce Says

Hollywood took to Twitter to remember The Partridge Family singer-actor David Cassidy, who has died from organ failure. Musicians and actors alike expressed their condolences and shared memories about the influence of the former teen heartthrob. Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson said, “I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together.” Actor-musician Marie Osmond sent…
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'We Will All Miss Him': Rick Springfield, Harry Connick Jr. and More Celebrities Mourn David Cassidy's Death

'We Will All Miss Him': Rick Springfield, Harry Connick Jr. and More Celebrities Mourn David Cassidy's Death
Hollywood actors and musicians are mourning the loss of David Cassidy, who died from organ failure Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 67.

Cassidy’s famous friends and fans expressed their condolences on social media following the news of the Partridge Family actor’s passing.

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” his family said in a statement to People. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.
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Brian Wilson, Rick Springfield and More Stars React to the Death of David Cassidy

Brian Wilson, Rick Springfield and More Stars React to the Death of David Cassidy
Hollywood is mourning the death of David Cassidy.

The former Partridge Family star's rep confirmed to Et on Tuesday that he had died at age 67. Cassidy was rushed to a Florida hospital on Wednesday after suffering organ failure.

"On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," Cassidy's rep told Et in a statement from the family. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."

Stars took to social media to pay tribute to Cassidy, with Brian Wilson reminiscing about the time they spent together at the beginning of their careers.

"I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy," Wilson tweeted. "There were times in
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Beach Boys Singer Mike Love Says Music Could Have Saved Charles Manson's Victims

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[[tmz:video id="0_qpaz0wis"]] The Beach Boys singer Mike Love has nothing but bad feelings about Charles Manson, but he says something about the deceased murderer that is truly shocking. We got Mike in NYC Monday signing autographs, and he told our photog if Manson had a music career maybe his victims would have been spared. In case you didin't know ... Manson actually wrote a song The Beach Boys recorded -- "Never Learn Not to Love" -- but when
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Did Marilyn Manson Die? Millennials Mistake Musician for Charles Manson

Did Marilyn Manson Die? Millennials Mistake Musician for Charles Manson
Marilyn Manson has received rest in peace tributes after people confused him for late cult leader Charles Manson, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 83. It's been hours and people are still taking to Twitter to write heartfelt tributes to Marilyn Manson, even after Manson tweeted out a YouTube video featuring the shock rocker covering Charles Manson's song "Sick City." Many are trying to desperately school the millennials who don't know their history of cult murderers and 90's rockers and to spread the word that Marilyn Manson is still alive and playing a show in Austria today.

After being sentenced to death in 1971, Charles Manson's conviction was eventually commuted into a life sentence, with Manson remaining imprisoned in California until his death. Before the murders, Ohio-born Manson also spent time as a singer/songwriter in the Los Angeles music scene during the late 60s. Several recordings
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The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult

The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult
Before Charles Manson — who died on Sunday at age 83 — and his murderous “family” of followers embarked on a plan to kill famous people in the ’60s, the group sought out celebrities as friends, roommates and professional connections.

Manson was drawn to the famous and glamorous, biographer Jeff Guinn explains to People: “Manson fully intended to become the most famous rock ’n’ roll star in history” — and he worked to connect with those who he believed could aid his career.

The time period is also important, Guinn says: From the mid- to late-‘60s, many celebrities embraced an egalitarian idea that
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John Stamos Mourns Death of 'Inspiring' Fan and Friend: 'She Was One of My Favorite People'

John Stamos Mourns Death of 'Inspiring' Fan and Friend: 'She Was One of My Favorite People'
John Stamos shared some sad news with his followers on Friday: his longtime friend Paula Haynes had passed away.

The 54-year-old actor posted a touching eulogy on Facebooks, calling Haynes “one of my dearest, most important and most inspiring friends” and “one of my favorite people ever.”

Haynes, who had disabilities, may have “dealt a tough hand at birth,” Stamos said, but in life, “she made the very most of that hand and lived more than most of us.”

“We met over 30 years ago — June, 1986,” Stamos wrote, joking that Haynes would remind him of that fact every year. “I met her through The Beach Boys,
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5 Reasons why you need to see Baby Driver

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5 Reasons why you need to see Baby Driver5 Reasons why you need to see Baby DriverAdriana Floridia10/10/2017 10:46:00 AMDirector Edgar Wright is kind of a big deal. Although he may not be a household name yet, with his latest film, Baby Driver, surely even non-film aficionados will soon know who he is. Most famous for his "Cornetto" trilogy, comprising of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, and all made with collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, these three films are something of cult classics. He also directed the Toronto-set Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which many consider a masterpiece of stylistic filmmaking. Baby Driver follows in its footsteps as an equally stylistic crime film about Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver who's paying a debt to a mob boss (Kevin Spacey). It's a story we've seen before, but it has never quite unfolded like it does in Baby Driver,
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