Ken Burns On PBS Docu ‘Defying The Nazis’: “I Didn’t Shoot A Single Scene” – TCA

At today’s TCA, Ken Burns, co-director and executive producer of PBSDefying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, said that of his many documentaries this is “different from any other. I didn’t shoot a single interview.”
That’s because Burns shares directorship with Artemis W. Joukowsky, grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, MA, a couple who helped refugees and dissidents escape from Nazis in Eastern Europe. Joukowsky had been…

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Luke Treadaway’s ‘Street Cat Named Bob’ Gets U.S. Release

Cleopatra Films has acquired all domestic rights to Luke Treadaway’s “A Street Cat Named Bob,” Variety has learned exclusively. The film is an adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling book of the same name, which chronicles his life as a street musician and recovering addict barely getting by in London. He adopts a stray ginger cat, names him… Read more »

Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever

Why have festivals taken over the live concert experience? The following sponsored post comes from ibus media. Despite it being easier than ever before for music fans to aggregate, communicate, buy, sell, and promote online, music festivals around the world continue to grow with each passing year.  But just what has motivated this growth despite so many of […]

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“New” Michael Crichton Novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ Coming Out Next Year

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world English rights to Dragon Teeth, a manuscript penned by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. The upcoming book, centered on the golden age of American fossil hunting, will be published in May 2017 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham and executive editor Jennifer Barth negotiated the deal with CrichtonSun’s Sherri Crichton through Sloan Harris and Jennifer Joel of ICM…

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Live in Chicago? Capone has seats for FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, with star Simon Helberg Q&A

Live in Chicago? Capone has seats for an early screening of FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, with star Simon Helberg Q&A

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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. I don’t think I’ll ever quite understand why the story and/or recordings of Florence Foster Jenkins have captivated people for decades. For those who don’t know this very real person’s story, Jenkins was a filthy rich heiress and generous patron of the arts in the early part of the 1900s. She also fancied herself an amateur opera singer, and with the money she was donating throughout the music world at the time, who was going to argue with her? The fact that she had no rhythm, pitch, pronunciation, or tone didn’t seem to come into play (you can find recordings of her online), and her devoted husband, St Clair Bayfield, made sure any bad notices of her rare public performances stayed away from her eyes. Last year, a fictional account of her life was released in the form of the French film MARGUERITE, but now courtesy of director Stephen Frears (HIGH FIDELITY, THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA), Jenkins’ story can be told with the help of the world’s greatest actress, Meryl Streep, playing the kind-hearted and utterly delusional socialite. The film lays out the complex, day-to-day structure of Jenkins’ life (arranged by her husband, played by the affable Hugh Grant) that allowed her to construct a world in which she can play concert halls to cheering audiences. The film also star Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”) as her piano accompanist, who is at first concerned that being associated with

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‘Bad Moms’ Review: Perfect Movie For Moms To Ditch The Kids And Have Some Raunchy Fun

Bad and good moms and maybe even their husbands will get a load of laughs from the blissfully politically incorrect summer comedy Bad MomsThe title doesn’t really describe who these hard-working but frustrated women really are but is designed to lure an audience with the promise of some good old-fashioned raunch. As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), we get that — and then some — but also a surprising amount of heart and tender moments that…

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MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd: Trump ‘Is Doing What Demagogues Have Done’

PHILADELPHIA — MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd, attending the Democratic National Convention this week, says that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “doing what demagogues have done — appealing to people’s fears.” Dodd, who is a super delegate at the convention, said that he doesn’t “recall any mainstream candidate of either party using the kind of… Read more »