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Country Star Luke Bryan To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl 2017

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Country singer Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LI as part of pre-game proceedings, the NFL and Fox announced today. The performance will air live on Fox just before kickoff. Accompanying Bryan will be actor Kriston Lee Pumphrey on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, who will perform the anthem and “America The Beautiful” in sign language. A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Bryan… Read

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Hot Auction Going For Janis Joplin Pic With Michelle Williams

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EXCLUSIVE: Not all the indie films coveted by buyers are in Sundance. A spirited auction is going on right now for Janis, a package for the long-awaited film about iconic ’60s singer Janis Joplin. Martha Marcy May Marlene helmer Sean Durkin is directing, and Manchester By The Sea star Michelle Williams is now firmly set to play the singer. From what I hear, Amazon is squarely in the mix and hopes to stay in business with Williams as its Sundance 2016 acquisition Manchester… Read

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Callie Khouri, T Bone Burnett Team On Tandem’s ‘Deep City’ Miami Music Drama

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EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal’s Tandem Productions is partnering with Oscar-winners Callie Khouri and T Bone Burnett on Deep City, a Miami-set drama created by From Dusk Till Dawn‘s Juan Carlos Coto. Development is currently underway on the music-driven ensemble series that’s set against the nightlife of Miami's Midtown and emerging downtown core. Miami expert Coto, whose credits also include Nikita and 24, is writing and will showrun the series. He executive produces with… Read

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Glory Daze: Springsteen Cover Band Latest To Pull Out Of Trump Inauguration Event

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The B Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen cover band that had been under fire for agreeing to play during a New Jersey inauguration gala for President-elect Donald Trump, has pulled out of the event. In a letter posted on a Springsteen fan site, the band, which had played the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala for the past two Barack Obama inaugurals, said it was exiting the gig out of respect for Springsteen, a vocal Trump critic. The band originally signed on for… Read

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Jennifer Holliday Describes Vicious Backlash To Now-Canceled Plans For Inaugural Performance

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Updated with video An angry and shaken Jennifer Holliday said she was called “Aunt Jemima” and worse by some African Americans in the online response to her now-canceled plans to perform for Donald Trump’s pre-inaugural celebration. (See the video below.) “They were calling me coon, calling me house n***er, calling me Aunt Jemima, calling me all kinds of names and asking me to kill myself,” the Grammy and Tony-winning singer told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on this morning’s AM Joy… Read

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Jennifer Holliday Cancels Inaugural Concert Performance, Apologizes To LGBT Fans For “Lapse Of Judgement

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Updated, 12:50 pm Jennifer Holliday will appear on MSNBC’s AM Joy tomorrow to discuss the decision to cancel her inaugural performance. The program, hosted by Joy Reid, airs at 10 am ET. Previous Jennifer Holliday is telling President-elect Donald Trump she’s not going – to the pre-inaugural concert. Pledging to stand by the LGBT community, the Tony-winning Dreamgirls star canceled plans to perform at the January 19 Trump celebration. “I sincerely apologize for my lapse… Read

Business

Pandora Says It Beat Q4 Profit Forecasts, And Will Lay Off 7% Of U.S. Workforce

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It’s a good day for Pandora Media, as long as you aren’t an employee. The music streaming power’s shares are up more than 8% in post-market trading after it said that it beat the targets it set for revenues and cash flow in Q4 — and still plans to slash its U.S. employee base by about 7% before the end of March. In the last three months of 2016 “we accelerated our core advertising business, increased advertising [revenue per 1,000 impressions] and saw strong improvements… Read

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‘Patriots Day’ Composers Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross On How David Fincher’s Approach Influenced Their Own Process

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Known for their long standing collaboration with David Fincher, from The Social Network through Gone Girl, Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have gone on in recent years to work with a wider variety of directors on both narrative features and documentaries—including Fisher Stevens’ climate change doc Before the Flood—with their score for Peter Berg’s Patriots Day being their latest to enter the awards race. While demonstrating a concern for… Read

Business

Apple Looks To Buy Original Programming, But How Much Will It Spend?

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Apple is preparing to join the pack of companies that buy and promote original TV and film productions, although its investment would be far smaller than more established players including Netflix and Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reports. The publication, citing “people familiar with the matter,” says that Apple wants to offer productions this year to subscribers of its Apple Music on-demand streaming service. It’s talking to “veteran producers” about deals for… Read

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‘Candide’ Review: The Best of All Hal Prince’s Worlds

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The fever dream that is Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is born again with the reconstituted New York City Opera, along with the happy delirium that is the hallmark of Harold Prince’s revival of this landmark work. Far too much intellectual energy has been spent debating the show’s place in the repertory — is it opera? musical theater? — and in an amusing twist, this production is being presented at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Call it what you will, Candid… Read

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John Legend & Ariana Grande To Perform Title Song On ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Soundtrack

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Oscar and Grammy winner John Legend is teaming up with best-selling pop singer and Hairspray Live! alum Ariana Grande to perform the title song for the soundtrack to Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” won the 1992 Oscar for Best Original Song. It also won a Grammy and numerous other accolades. Originally sung by Angela Lansbury for the… Read

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Gravitas Tunes Up ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’; Syfy Films Sets ‘Atomica’ Release

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Gravitas Ventures has scored North American rights to Score: A Film Music Documentary, which looks at the creative process of film score composition with some of the best-known artists in the field. The film, which will hit theaters in May, features Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, the late James Horner and more along with interviews of such iconic filmmakers as James Cameron… Read