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We Are Family Foundation To Honor Roger Daltrey Cbe And LL Cool J

We Are Family Foundation (Waff) will honor The Who’s Roger Daltrey Cbe and entertainment icon LL Cool J at its 2018 Celebration Gala on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Waff is a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary multiple Grammy Award winning musician Nile Rodgers, dedicated to the vision of a global family. Waff creates and supports programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.

“Not only are both Roger and LL Cool J Kennedy Center and Grammy Awardees, they’ve dedicated much of their lives to organizations that benefit people overall, and youth specifically, which perfectly aligns them with We Are Family Foundation’s mission and goals. These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others. We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of
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A ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film is In the Works

The Sopranos are returning, and this time it looks like our favorite family from New Jersey is going to be hitting the big screen. The hit HBO series ran from 1999 to 2007, and centered around Tony Soprano and the New Jersey mafia. After the show ended in 2007 many fans wished for a movie, and now it looks like that wish may well come true.

The movie will act as a prequel to the HBO series and is currently titled ” The Many Saints of Newark.” The script was written by Sopranos creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. Some characters from the series are expected to appear in the movie which is set in the era during the Newark riots in the 60s, when African-Americans and Italians were rivals. Those rivalries turn deadly once gangsters from each side get involved.

The series is considered one of the most innovative shows ever, and has
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David Chase writing The Sopranos prequel feature The Many Saints of Newark

In this television age of revivals for classic and beloved series, one that has long been clamoured for by fans is HBO’s groundbreaking The Sopranos from David Chase. Now fans of Sopranos have gotten their wish as Deadline reports Chase is returning to the world he created with The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel feature film that he is writing with Sopranos writer Lawrence Konner.

New Line Cinema has purchased the script with Chase serving as an executive producer as well as writer. He will also be involved in the selection process for the film’s director. Toby Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said “David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film.”

The film is set in the 1960s during the Newark riots
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The Sopranos Feature Film in Development — But There's a Twist

The Sopranos Feature Film in Development — But There's a Twist
Fade in from black.

Prolific producer David Chase is set to expand the world of The Sopranos, by way of a 1960s-set prequel film, our sister site Deadline reports.

The script, which is set up at New Line, currently goes by the working title The Many Saints of Newark. The film is set against the backdrop of the Newark riots, when African-Americans and Italian-Americans that populated the city were in conflict. Those conflicts turned bloody once gangsters from each side got involved. Chase penned the script with fellow Sopranos scribe Lawrence Konner.

Some characters from the HBO series may cross over to the prequel film,
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‘The Sopranos’ Movie Prequel in the Works From David Chase

‘The Sopranos’ Movie Prequel in the Works From David Chase
The Sopranos” is getting the big-screen treatment.

New Line is developing a movie prequel, currently titled “The Many Saints of Newark,” penned by David Chase. Chase, who created the hit HBO series, wrote the screenplay with fellow “Sopranos” scribe Lawrence Konner.

Some fan-favorite characters from “The Sopranos” are expected to appear in the film — set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s, when African-Americans and Italians were adversaries. Rivalries turned deadly once gangsters from each side got involved.

James Gandolfini, the star of the series, died in 2013. Frank Vincent, who had a recurring role, died last year. Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Jamie‑Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, and Tony Sirico also toplined the show.

Chase first sparked speculation about a prequel last year when he told Entertainment Weekly that he “could conceive of maybe a prequel.” “I could never see [a return of the show] except as a prequel,
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‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’: The Unknown Story of Native American Roots in American…

‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’: The Unknown Story of Native American Roots in American…
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’: The Unknown Story of Native American Roots in American MusicThis an amazing feature documentary which reveals so much in the way of our American cultural history that it’s almost difficult to sum up.American society and the settlement and development of the nation’s land was built on two great evils against humanity.

First was the enslavement for their labor and resulting early deaths and murders of tens of millions of Africans.

The second was the slaughter of millions of indigenous peoples and the simultaneous and subsequent land robbing by European new comers. These peoples had inhabited and still do inhabit the U.S. continent long before any Europeans arrived.

Often the survivors of these massacres tried to blend into society and hide their ethnic roots. Often the children were abducted from their family and taken to far away institutions and
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Bruce Springsteen Broadway Debut Has A-listers Come Out in Droves

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[[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,
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Top Performing Arts Venues in New Jersey

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
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Celebrating Tom Petty: Musicians and Celebrities Pay Tribute

Celebrating Tom Petty: Musicians and Celebrities Pay Tribute
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,
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Little Kids Rock Announces More Stars For Annual Benefit

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’

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

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

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

Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’
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
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Little Kids Rock To Honor Elvis Costello And Bonnie Raitt

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'

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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David Byrne Remembers 'Incredibly Generous' Jonathan Demme

David Byrne Remembers 'Incredibly Generous' Jonathan Demme
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’

Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’
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
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Jonathan Demme Remembered: Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard, Edgar Wright & More Mourn On Twitter

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