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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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Ten industry storylines set to dominate 2017

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Ten industry storylines set to dominate 2017
From China to Brexit, Screen gazes into its crystal ball…1. China

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From spectacular deal-making to expanding quotas, fluctuating box office to industry delegations, China was the biggest industry talking point of 2016.

The world’s most populated country now boasts more cinema screens than the Us (as of November) and is set to become the world’s largest box office territory by 2018.

Thanks to a number of eye-watering deals, Dalian Wanda – which in 2016 acquired Legendary Entertainment for a reported $3.5bn and Odeon & Uci Cinema Group for $1.2bn – now operates 8.1% of world cinema screens, representing 15% of total global box office.

The deals and opportunities look set to continue in 2017 with the evolution of quotas for Us blockbusters and more opportunities for arthouse films and the weekly emergence of notable media players. But will Us lawmakers flinch in the face of voracious domestic acquisition and will China’s box office growth hit a significant speed bump?

2. Indie
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Instant Is Here! New Platform Unites the 'New Famous' Digital Stars from Social Media

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Instant Is Here! New Platform Unites the 'New Famous' Digital Stars from Social Media
A groundbreaking new mobile video platform is set to unite the bevy of digital artists emerging from YouTube, Instagram, Vine, YouNow, Musical.ly and social media's biggest platforms. Instant, the new platform designed exclusively for mobile, will cover everything happening with "The New Famous," parent company Time Inc. announced on Friday. The big news came out of VidCon 2016, the annual conference in Anaheim, California, which brings together the largest, hippest group of online creators. Featuring 100% video content, Instant will cover the best of entertainment, beauty, fashion, food and social media - all in daily snack-sized, share-worthy videos called "Instants." Every
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Instant Is Here! New Platform Unites the 'New Famous' Digital Stars from Social Media

  • PEOPLE.com
Instant Is Here! New Platform Unites the 'New Famous' Digital Stars from Social Media
A groundbreaking new mobile video platform is set to unite the bevy of digital artists emerging from YouTube, Instagram, Vine, YouNow, Musical.ly and social media's biggest platforms. Instant, the new platform designed exclusively for mobile, will cover everything happening with "The New Famous," parent company Time Inc. announced on Friday. The big news came out of VidCon 2016, the annual conference in Anaheim, California, which brings together the largest, hippest group of online creators. Featuring 100% video content, Instant will cover the best of entertainment, beauty, fashion, food and social media - all in daily snack-sized, share-worthy videos called "Instants." Every
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Sesame Street: Actor David Langston Smyrl Dies at 80: Farewell, Mr. Handford

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ToughPigs.com, a fan forum for adult fans of the Muppets, reports that David Langston Smyrl has died at the age of 80. Credited as "David L. Smyrl" on Sesame Street, he was the second actor to play Mr. Handford, the character who took over Mr. Hooper's store, after actor Will Lee passed away.

Smyrl wrote two episodes of the Benson TV series, in 1982. He also appeared in several episodes of The Cosby Show between 1985 and 1987. According to ToughPigs.com, he was also a gag writer and warm-up comedian for that show's live studio audience. The actor's other TV work includes guest roles on Law & Order and ER.

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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story – The Review

If you were to compile a list of iconic children’s TV characters, who would occupy a slot near the very top, say in the top five (to quote a recent Chris Rock flick)? Oh, we’re not talking about those denizens of “Toon-town”, so no Scooby Doo or Spongebob Squarepants. Well, at the dawn of the tube there was the freckle-faced marionette Howdy Doody and his pal/handler “Buffalo Bob” Smith. Then, as Mr. Doody hung up his strings, Bob Keeshan (a vet of that former show) arrived as Captain Kangaroo along with his real-life buddies (Mr. Green Jeans) and more puppet and costumed cast mates (Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, and Dancing Bear). He was a TV mainstay for decades along with that gentle, soothing-voiced Fred Rogers and his puppet-filled neighborhood. Just a few years after his debut on PBS, a most influential classic educational kids’ program premiered on
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Police Searching for Parents of 3-Year-Old Girl Abandoned at Los Angeles Mall

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Los Angeles police are looking for the parents of a 3-year-old girl who was dropped off at the Grove's valet parking area - and never picked up. The child, known only as Audrey, was abandoned about 6 p.m. on Saturday with her car seat. Parking attendants called the police when no one came to retrieve her, and authorities are still trying to track down her family, according to LAist. The Lapd has been getting "many calls" about the missing child but has not been able to find anything further about her parents or guardians, Det. Eric More of the Wilshire Community Police Station tells People.
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Will Lee Exits Hollywood Reporter to Join People.com as Editor

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Hollywood Reporter's digital chief Will Lee is exiting the entertainment biz magazine's website to join People.com as Editor, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The entertainment news veteran leaves the publication after eight months as THR's VP of Digital Programming. Lee replaced ousted editor Chris Krewson in Jan. 2014 in the newly titled role, reporting to THR digital general manager Dan Strauss. Lee becomes the fifth person to exit THR.com's top job in its various iterations in just five years. TheWrap's executive editor Joseph Kapsch, Variety's editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein, USA Today's Bryan Alexander and Krewson each separately.
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Luke Perry Joins CSI: Cyber in Key Role

Luke Perry Joins CSI: Cyber in Key Role
Luke Perry is logging on to CSI: Cyber.

The 90210 vet is joining CBS’ upcoming CSI spin-off in a potentially recurring role that promises to shed light on Patricia Arquette’s character, Special Agent Avery Ryan.

Perry will play Nick Dalton, a former FBI agent who was destined to run the cyber unit in Washington DC. After a classified falling out, Dalton set his sights on becoming a “futurist” for the private sector. According to a Cyber insider, Dalton will hold many secrets to Avery’s backstory.

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Ratings: Thursday Night Football Is a Big Win for CBS, Loser Returns Down

Ratings: Thursday Night Football Is a Big Win for CBS, Loser Returns Down
CBS’ premiere telecast of Thursday Night Football on Thursday night drew a 20.8 million total viewers and a 7.5 demo rating (per finals).

Folding in pre-game coverage, CBS drew 19.4 mil and a 6.9 for the night — its best primetime Thursday audience since Nov. 8, 2007 (Survivor, CSI/Without a Trace crossover episodes) and its best primetime Thursday demo delivery (among 18-49) since March 9, 2006 (Survivor, CSI, Without a Trace).

Tnf‘s game numbers are down 22 and 26 percent from NBC’s week-ago Sunday Night Football kick-off, however.

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Facing off against football — and on a new night — NBC’s
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Big Brother Recap: Be Kind, Rewind

Big Brother Recap: Be Kind, Rewind
Well, that was anti-climactic.

After a week of waiting for Big Brother‘s highly anticipated Rewind twist to be revealed to the houseguests, Wednesday’s live broadcast featured a whole lot of filler content, yet no real results.

That’s right: No one was evicted, no one was crowned Head of Household (yet) and no one could understand most of what Caleb was saying throughout the hour. But there are still some highlights to discuss, so let’s have at it.

Related CBS Lands Things They Left Behind Pilot, Based on Stephen King Story

The Week So Far | Disclaimer: Since the Rewind button was pushed,
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Ex-pmc Exec Will Lee to Lead THR.com; Chris Krewson Out (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter is expected to name former Penske Media Corporation executive Will Lee as new head of its online editorial operations, replacing current editor Chris Krewson, TheWrap has learned. In a memo to staff, obtained by TheWrap, THR digital general manger Dan Strauss announced Lee has already taken over the digital division and has contributed to THR.com’s coverage of the Golden Globes and Sundance Film Festival. Lee is reporting directly to Strauss. THR has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Also read: Inside Guggenheim’s Plans for THR, Billboard – A Cable Channel (Exclusive) Lee was the former New York.
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First Oldboy Poster Released

First Oldboy Poster Released
Oldboy” is a film that has been discussed several times over the past year or two. Attributes of the film–the fact that it’s directed by Spike Lee, that it’s a remake of Chan-wook Park’s film based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Nobuaki Minegishi–have been fodder for many articles. Will the film be good? Will Lee keep the original integrity of the film? How will Josh Brolin do in the title role? Well, those questions are still up in the air, but for right now, we’ve got the first poster from the film! Check it out below the post. Here’s more about the film: “Oldboy is a [ Read More ]

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'Sesame Street' video on death of Mr. Hooper goes viral -- 30 years later

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As people around the country and world struggle to understand the events surrounding Friday's (Dec. 14) elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, an old "Sesame Street" video seems to be helping. The short clip, in which Big Bird learns about Mr. Hooper's death, first aired in 1982. But it still feels meaningful after 30 years.

"Sesame Street" chose to address the issue of death when Will Lee, the actor who played the Mr. Hooper character died suddenly. Like many small children, Big Bird did not understand what death even meant. This became clear when the Muppet asked when Hooper was coming back.

"Big Bird, when people die they don't come back."

Of course, Big Bird didn't just accept this. Why should he when even the adults couldn't explain what happened and why he would never see his friend again.

As is often the case with kids, Big Bird's reaction focused on his
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Review: 'The Walking Dead' Episode Five - This Is Going To Hurt [Mild Spoilers]

Be prepared to justify Lee's decisions. That's the takeaway from "No time Left," the final episode of Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead," which concluded last week on the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Mac (the iOS version is incoming). More than any other game this year, "The Walking Dead" has not just been about player choice, but making players own up to those choices made for Lee, a convict-turned-caretaker for Clementine, a lost and scared little girl in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Throughout this season, players (as Lee) have had to make decisions that would guarantee to (or at least prolong) his and Clementine's survival in the face of other travelers, bandits, cannibals, and of course, the flesh-eating dead.

Which leads to the other takeaway from this final, poignant, heartbreaking episode: "Clementine will remember this."

****Spoilers after the jump****

At the conclusion of the last episode, Clementine was missing,
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'Alphas': C. Thomas Howell attacks!

The "Alphas" team have reunited, and it feels so good. Maybe not so much for C. Thomas Howell, the first of the season's all-star guest lineup.

Howell ("Southland") plays a desperate Alpha named Eli Aquino in "The Quick and the Dead," the second episode of the superheroes thriller's sophomore season. As you can see in the above clip, which is exclusive to Zap2it, Eli threatens Dr. Lee Rosen with a knife (David Strathairn).

Will Lee survive the attack? You'll have to watch and see.

"Alphas" airs Monday nights at 10 on Syfy.
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Spike Lee Officially Directing ‘Oldboy’ Remake; Doing ‘The Right Thing’ With ‘Red Hook Summer’

While he has stayed relatively quiet since his 2008 failure Miracle at St. Anna, director Spike Lee is back in a big way as he has just revealed two projects, one huge and one more personal. He first tweeted early this morning the following message:

Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of The New Spike Lee Joint.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet

Blackfilm clues us in on what it actually is, a drama in which he will reprise his famous character Mookie, from his iconic 1989 classic Do the Right Thing. Titled Red Hook Summer, “the story centers on a adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY.” He will be playing his pizza delivery character, but no word on what time period the film is set in, or who else is part of the cast.
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Are Sesame Street and General Hospital the same show?

I recently had the opportunity to read the fascinating book "Street Gang: The Complete History Of Sesame Street" by Michael Davis.  It traces the origins of the groundbreaking children's show, as well as the backstage politics and issues that have surrounded the show since its inception.  While enjoying this history, I couldn't help but notice some similarities between this show and the ABC soap General Hospital.  It may sound strange, but let the evidence speak for itself:

General Hospital                                              Sesame Street

-Responded to ratings decline in late '90s by                -Responded to ratings decline in late '80s by

 retooling show around fan fave Sonny                         retooling show around fan fave Elmo

-Takes place in New York                                            -Takes place in New York

-Introduced first HIV+ mobster named Stone               -Introduced first HIV+ muppet named Kami

-Dealt sensitively with real-life loss of John                  -Dealt sensitively with real-life loss of Will Lee

 Beradino (Steve)                                                        (Mr.
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'American Idol' In 60 Seconds: Crystal Climbs The Mountain

Lee DeWyze couldn't reclaim the confidence he'd found last week.

By Jim Cantiello

Crystal Bowersox performs on "American Idol" Tuesday

Photo: Fox

Tuesday night's "American Idol" marked the beginning of the end of season nine, with Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze facing off in a three-round showdown. Ok, it was less of a showdown and more of a beatdown, with Bowersox easily handing DeWyze his hat. Although Lee was the favorite going into this week, his newfound confidence must have been left at the door of the Nokia Theatre. (Even the mice at the Nokia Theatre had to have been saying to each other, "What's this wimp's problem tonight?")

In round one, each contestant reprised an old "Idol" hit, but the rule was that they were not allowed to sing it as well the second time. (Kidding. Except I'm not.) It turned into a battle of the gibberish, and the
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'American Idol' Recap: Dewyze, Bowersox Have Got Soul

Moments before the Top 10 took to the "Idol" stage to sing soul and R&B songs, an "Idol" blogger colleague messaged me on Twitter freaking out. "Gahhh! Jim, season nine needs to start getting serious. It's getting out of hand. Maybe tonight will be the night."

My reply?

"Well, it certainly can't get any worse."

On that note, let's get to the performances!

Siobhan Magnus

Song: "Through the Fire" by Chaka Khan

Verdict: Through the Ringer

Ever wondered what it would sound like if Marlee Matlin sang in a wind tunnel? You're in luck, because Siobhan Magnus' take on Chaka Khan's classic provided just that! Boys and girls, step right up and see the incredible shrieking shrinking woman! Marvel at how quickly the Queen of Quirk can become as boring and atonal as previous seasons' ear-terrorists Jasmine Trias, Ramiele Malubay and Carmen Rasmusen!

What went wrong here? Well,
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