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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
Updated with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks

John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke.

Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg.

The stroke has been characterized by doctors as “mild.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming his hospitalization.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the family statement said. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

Singleton most recently has been active in television. He’s creator and exec producer of the FX drama series “Snowfall,” which heads into its third season this year. He earned an Emmy nomination in 2017 for directing
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John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, May Have Suffered A Stroke

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John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, May Have Suffered A Stroke
John Singleton, whose Boyz n the Hood remains one of the definitive movies of the 1990s, may have suffered a stroke and is hospitalized.

Social media has erupted with shout-outs and prayers for the director, who is allegedly at Cedars Sinai. His current condition is unknown.

Singleton was nominated for two Oscars – Best Director and Best Original Screenplay – for Boyz n the Hood, becoming the youngest filmmaker to be nominated in those categories.

He also directed Michael Jackson’s video for “Remember The Time.” His other credits include Rosewood, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers.

In TV, Singleton directed “The People vs. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” and episodes of “Empire,” and “Billions.”
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John Singleton in ICU After Suffering a Stroke

John Singleton in ICU After Suffering a Stroke
Writer-director John Singleton has been hospitalized and is in an intensive care unit after suffering a stroke on Wednesday, his family said in a statement Saturday.

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” the statement read. “John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

The two-time Oscar nominee for “Boyz n the Hood” suffered a “mild” stroke after checking into a hospital this week after feeling ill following a trip to Costa Rica, a family member told TMZ.

Also Read: John Singleton Told Tupac to Quit Rapping (And 5 More of His Amazing Hollywood Stories)

Singleton, 51, who became the first African American and the youngest person to
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

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12:37 Pm -- John's family tells TMZ the famed director suffered a stroke Wednesday while at the hospital. He's currently in the ICU and under great medical care. The family adds, "We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues."John Singleton has suffered a stroke ... family members tell TMZ. The legendary director
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‘NSync Should Tour Without Justin Timberlake

The Backstreet Boys did it. One Direction did it. Fifth Harmony did it. Spice Girls have done it a couple times, and will do it again this year. Pop’s bestselling groups have toured — and even released music — without a key member. Judging by the response to ’N Sync’s surprise, Justin Timberlake-less reunion during Ariana Grande’s Coachella set, maybe it’s time for one of the world’s most famous (and best) boy bands of all time to do the same.

A reunion for ’N Sync has been teased for nearly 15 years.
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Choreographer Bosco Martis to direct India’s first dance-horror film

Ace choreographer Bosco Leslie Martis recently announced his directorial debut, a Zee Studios in-house production.

“As a choreographer, I wanted explore my skills in the dancing world by without trying to attempt a film on the lines of Step Up. So I came up with the concept of a dance-based horror-comedy. It sets the platform to create something magical,” said Bosco who is working on the screenplay with a team of writers.

He goes on to add that not many people globally are aware about the genre. “The only thing anybody can recollect is Michael Jackson’s music video, Thriller. We are still working on the film and will have something interesting to offer as the attempt is to create a unique experience for the audience.”

This exciting project will be India’s first dance-horror with comedy added in, the film is going to be mounted on a big scale.
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Morris I. Diamond, Concert Promoter and Music Supervisor on Movies, Dies at 97

Morris I. Diamond, Concert Promoter and Music Supervisor on Movies, Dies at 97
Morris I. Diamond, who promoted Michael Jackson concerts, ran a record label and served as a music supervisor on movies including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, died April 7 of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California, his family announced. He was 97.

Diamond was national promotion director of Mercury Records in the 1960s, and he later headed Beverly Hills Records. That label boasted a roster that included Chet Baker and J.P. Morgan and released Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to Butterfly (1982), a drama that starred Orson Welles, Stacy Keach and Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora.

In the mid-1980s, Diamond began to promote ...
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Bill Maher Tees Off On Trump’s Immigration Tactics: “Pretty F——- Deplorable.”

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It’s mid-April so a lot of people are thinking about big returns — for some that return involves the IRS, for others it’s another pilgrimage to the low desert to see the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Income Tax Day is Monday, Coachella’s opening weekend is already underway and both timely topics were front and center on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO on Friday night.

“You’re not even excited about me,” Maher said at the very top of his opening monologue. “It’s Coachella. It kicks off this weekend. Just what America needs another reason to take drugs. You know Coachella lasts two weekends. Like a cabinet member that works for Trump. And it’s pricey. None of that Woodstock ‘come in for free’ shit. But you get a lot for your money. Dozens of acts are there competing for the affections of entitled millennials.
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How Are We Just Now Learning This Story About Princess Diana and When Harry Met Sally?

Image Source: Getty / Emma McIntyre

It's been 30 years since When Harry Met Sally joined the romantic-comedy canon, and how are we just now learning about this incredible anecdote involving Princess Diana? Director Rob Reiner recently reunited with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal at the TCM Classic Film Festival to celebrate the movie's anniversary. It was there that he revealed Diana's reaction to that deli scene.

Related: Here's a Truly Incredible Story About Princess Diana at a Michael Jackson Concert

Reminiscing about the London premiere, which Diana attended, Reiner told Extra, "We were all sitting there nervous because as we approached the famous scene in Katz's Deli where my mother says, 'I'll have what she's having,' we realized, 'Oh, my God, how is [Diana] gonna react to it?'" Though iconic - for anyone unfamiliar - the scene has Ryan's Sally Albright fake an orgasm in the middle of a deli
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How Are We Just Now Learning This Story About Princess Diana and When Harry Met Sally?

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Image Source: Getty / Emma McIntyre

It's been 30 years since When Harry Met Sally joined the romantic-comedy canon, and how are we just now learning about this incredible anecdote involving Princess Diana? Director Rob Reiner recently reunited with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal at the TCM Classic Film Festival to celebrate the movie's anniversary. It was there that he revealed Diana's reaction to that deli scene.

Related: Here's a Truly Incredible Story About Princess Diana at a Michael Jackson Concert

Reminiscing about the London premiere, which Diana attended, Reiner told Extra, "We were all sitting there nervous because as we approached the famous scene in Katz's Deli where my mother says, 'I'll have what she's having,' we realized, 'Oh, my God, how is [Diana] gonna react to it?'" Though iconic - for anyone unfamiliar - the scene has Ryan's Sally Albright fake an orgasm in the middle of a deli
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The Ridiculous Notion That Batman Never Kills

Anghus Houvouras on Batman and the “no kill” policy…

At this point in my career, I’ve spent a few hundred thousand words devoted to analyzing movies and television and the fevered hyperbole of fandom that encompasses it. Truth be told, I find myself far more fascinated by the pop culture zeitgeist and fandom that surrounds the entertainment we consume than the actual artistic product causing such a fervor. For lack of a better phrase, I think I’ve somehow become a fandom fetishist. This is in no way a good thing.

Sometimes the the objects of our fascination can be detrimental to our enjoyment of life. The last few years have been eye-opening in terms of our society’s collective obsession with the lunatic fringe that populates both sides of the spectrum. A movie like Captain Marvel comes out and the discussion becomes not about the movie itself, but the two contrasting,
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Jermaine Jackson's Ex Runs to Court, He's Not Paying Spousal Support

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Jermaine Jackson's Ex Runs to Court, He's Not Paying Spousal Support
Jermaine Jackson is hanging his estranged wife out to dry, financially speaking ... refusing to pay her a cent of spousal support ... according to new docs she's filed in court. Halima Rashid, who filed to divorce Jermaine back in 2016, says he's supposed to be paying her $2,500 per month. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says the judge in their case ordered that back in May 2018 ... and yet, she hasn't received a single payment. She insinuates
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A Timeline of Stop-Motion Animation History, From ‘A Trip to the Moon’ to ‘Missing Link’ (Photos)

This week, the pioneering studio Laika returns with “Missing Link,” the stop-motion animated family film starring Hugh Jackman and Zach Galifianakis. With “Missing Link” landing in theaters on Friday, TheWrap looks back at the history of stop-motion animation, going all the way back to the dawn of cinema.

“The Humpty Dumpty Circus” (1898)

The first ever stop-motion animated film was made by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith between 1897 and 1898, “The Humpty Dumpty Circus.” Though the film is lost to history, the directors used their daughter’s dolls to imagine acrobats and animals in motion.

“The Enchanted Drawing” (1900) and “The Trip to the Moon” (1902)

Early cinema experimented with editing techniques to create illusions and special effects on screen in what would become traditional stop motion. Shorts like “The Enchanted Drawing” (1900) or “Fun in a Bakery Shop” (1902) found actors on screen manipulating drawings or piles of dough as if by magic.
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Apm Custom Music Offers Made-to-Order Tunes

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Whether it’s a series theme or Mexican banda for a needle drop, when clients want something exclusive they come to Apm Custom Music. Launched in 2012, Apm Custom operates out of the recording studio formerly known as Lion Share. “We want to be a one-stop shop for clients,” says director of custom music development Connie Red. “Apm has a library that’s very extensive, but sometimes they’re looking for an original piece. We do it all.”

Recent projects range from remixing the “Overwatch League” e-sports music for game giant Blizzard, which wanted a hipped-up version of their lush orchestral scores that could be used in promotional efforts, to creating a Chechnian folk tune for HBO’s Bill Hader hitman drama series “Barry.” “We had to find not only someone who could write but also someone who could sing in Chechnian. It was crazy,” Red says, laughing. “We’ve never done the same job twice,
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How Motown and ‘The Big Chill’ Revolutionized the Music and Advertising Industries

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Motown Records stumbled into the 1980s from the ‘70s, watching its greatest hitmakers return to the charts via other labels — Diana Ross at RCA, Marvin Gaye at Columbia and, of course, Michael Jackson and his brothers at Epic. Its fortunes perked up a bit in 1982 with hits from Lionel Richie and DeBarge, but overall, the label was on a downhill slide from its glory days.

Then came 1983.

That year saw two significant events restore interest in Motown and its peerless catalog (and fatten its bank balance) that would resonate for decades — and would also affect the way film, television and music intersect.

May 1983 saw the debut of NBC’s Emmy-winning “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.” The show was watched by 34 million viewers and introduced Jackson’s moonwalk to the world — cementing his status as the world’s biggest superstar — but it also had a huge impact on the legendary Motown quintet the Temptations.
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At the Nipsey Hussle Memorial Service, Tears and Smiles in Equal Measure

The memorial began nearly an hour late, which may have been an inadvertent blessing. It was scheduled to begin at 10am, but a half-hour later, hundreds of people holding their free tickets for the service were still patiently pooling towards the security gates outside the Staples Center, where the city’s NBA and NHL teams play. There wasn’t any acrimony amongst those waiting, but there wasn’t any urgency, either. Inside, same deal; there was no palpable rush to locate one’s seats so that the program could begin.
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Hear Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Gospel-Tinged Vocal Showcase ‘Til I Found You’

Hear Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Gospel-Tinged Vocal Showcase ‘Til I Found You’
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the songwriting team behind some of Janet Jackson and Boyz II Men’s biggest hits, will release a new compilation of new original music, Jam & Lewis: Volume One, this summer. Today, they’re offering up the first track from it, “‘Til I Found You,” an upbeat, gospel-tinged vocal powerhouse that features music by the group Sounds of Blackness and singing by Ann Nesby, Big Jim Wright and Lauren Evans. In addition to leaving room for each of the singers to push their voices to the heavens (in fact,
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Sequel to Leaving Neverland might be in works

Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed says a sequel would reveal more about late pop icon Michael Jackson's abuse. Leaving Neverland, a four-hour long, two-part documentary is built around the testimony of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who have alleged that they were abused as children by Jackson.?Reed has confirmed via Twitter that the documentary is now second only to HBO's Scientology expose as the most viewed of the past decade, reports mirror.co.uk.

The filmmaker is now hoping to persuade more alleged victims of Jackson to come forward, with plans that the documentary will focus on Jordan Chandler and Gavin Arvizo, whose allegations sparked Jackson's trial in 2005.

Chandler received a $23 million payout from Jackson in 1994.?

After filming testimonies from James Safechuck and Wayne Robson, Reed is hoping that a second documentary is on the cards, with the stories of Chandler and Arvizo's experiences at the center of it.
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Nipsey Hussle Funeral Procession Marred By Shooting – One Dead, Three Injured

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Nipsey Hussle Funeral Procession Marred By Shooting – One Dead, Three Injured
Updated At 8Pm With Details On Shooting: Los Angeles police are reporting one person was killed and three others sustained injuries during a shooting incident at today’s funeral procession for slain rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle.

The long-procession, which took place after the late rapper’s Staples Center memorial service, saw the streets lined with people paying respects. The shooting occurred around 6:25 p.m. in the area of 103rd and Main streets, the Lapd said in a press release.

The victims were three men and one woman, all between ages 30-50, Lapd Chief Michel Moore added on Twitter. No information was available on which victim died. Police are searching for suspects who fled in a gray Hyundai.

In the midst of this procession we have a multi-4 Shooting at 103 St and Main St.

Victims are 3 Male Blacks and 1 Female Black – ages from 30-50 years old. Tragically one is deceased.
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Sundance Institute ‘Denounces’ Festival Co-Founder Sterling Van Wagenen’s Alleged Abuse

  • The Wrap
The Sundance Institute “denounces” behavior by Sundance Film Festival co-founder Sterling Van Wagenen after Utah authorities said he had been charged with felony aggravated sexual abuse.

“Recent reports in the press have made us aware of allegations of sexual abuse by Sterling Van Wagenen, who played a role in founding both the Festival and the Institute,” a Sundance Institute spokesperson told TheWrap. “He has no current connection to either entity, and hasn’t since he left our Utah Advisory Board in 1993. Sundance Institute categorically denounces his behavior as described in recent reports, and we stand in solidarity with those whose brave truth-telling shines light on abusive behavior.”

A spokesperson for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office told TheWrap that Van Wagenen was charged April 2 with felony aggravated sexual abuse, but was released on $75,000 bail.

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