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Harvey Weinstein On Chuck Berry, Maybelline & Jimmy Breslin

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Editor’s Note: Harvey Weinstein is an occasional contributor to Deadline when he has something on his mind. This weekend, two icons of my youth passed. One was a fiery musician, Chuck Berry, the other a fiery journalist, Jimmy Breslin. I didn't know either of them well but had great encounters with the two. When I was 19 or 20 years old, I started my concert company with a partner named Corky Burger. The first concert we produced, because our university ran out of money… Read

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Chuck Berry Dies At 90; Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson Praise Pioneer

Chuck Berry, the first and one of the greatest rock and roll guitarists and songwriters, has died. He was 90. His death was announced by police in St. Charles, MO. According to reports, medical responders arrived at a home on St. Charles’ Buckner Road at 12:40 pm today. Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. was pronounced dead at 1:26 pm. On its Read

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Abramorama To Distribute John Coltrane Docu ‘Chasing Trane’

Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld's documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. With interviews by Wynton Marsalis, President Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West and Common, Trane played to good notices at Telluride,  Toronto and DOC NYC, among other fests. Chasing Trane is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding, and is set for a theatrical release in New York on… Read

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‘Drop The Mic’: Method Man & Hailey Baldwin To Host Rap-Battle Series From James Corden

Method Man & Hailey Baldwin to host Drop the Mic

So a rapper and a model walk onto a stage … to host a new TBS show. The Turner cable net said today that Method Man and Hailey Baldwin will emcee Drop the Mic, a rap-battle competition series launching May 2 from executive producers James Corden, Ben Winston, Jensen Karp and Ed Thomas. The show is based on the popular segment from Corden’s CBS late-night show, which also launched Carpool Karaoke. Drop the Mic will pit four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music… Read

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Donald Trump Blasts Snoop Dogg Video In Which Clown POTUS Gets “Bang”-ed

The President of the United States who boasted as a candidate he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose a single follower this morning expressed outrage that Snoop Dogg made a music video in which he uses a toy gun to shoot a clown dressed as a caricature of Donald Trump. Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017… Read

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UTA Bolsters Music Agent Ranks With Trio

Mike "Mike G" Guirguis, Bex Majors and Billy Wood are joining UTA’s music team. Guirguis and Majors will be based in Beverly Hills. Guirguis will focus on creating new opportunities for artists, including establishing new partnerships across all areas of entertainment and building new businesses around clients.  He previously was the founder of NiteVision Management where he managed Chris Brown, Teyana Taylor, DJ Sourmilk, and Dave Aude among others and was a member of… Read

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Dodd Darin, Son Of Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee, Revamps Estate To Hatch Biographical TV Series

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In a move he hopes will lead to the development of an episodic series about the lives of his parents — iconic “Mack The Knife” singer Bobby Darin and actress Sandra DeeDodd Darin has reorganized the management team running the business and creative affairs of the Darin and Dee estates. This comes on the 60th anniversary of the launch of Darin’s career in music, and follows the regional success of the stage show Dream Lover, The Bobby Darin Musical in Sydney… Read

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HBO Acquires Judd Apatow’s Avett Brothers Documentary Ahead of SXSW Bow

HBO has tuned in TV rights to May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, a feature-length documentary co-directed and co-produced by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The film will have its world premiere Wednesday at SXSW in Austin, but no airdate is set. Filmed over the course of two years, the docu spotlights the indie folk group fronted by Scott and Seth Avett as they record their ninth studio album True Sadness, which came out last summer. It also chronicles the… Read

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The Archies On ‘The Get Down’? Rights Feud Plays ‘Hide & Seek’ With Old Song

The red-haired, freckle-faced Archie Andrews hasn’t been in such demand since the sweet days of “Sugar, Sugar,” but one unlikely gig is in danger of melting away: A rights battle could be keeping the cartoon group’s 1968 song “Hide And Seek” from a spot on Netflix’s The Get Down. While Archie’s live-action iteration on the CW’s Riverdale has his own musical ambitions, the character’s old cartoon band seems to have lost a gig, for now anyway, on the Netflix hip-hop… Read

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MTV Taps Industry Vet Amani Duncan As SVP Music

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MTV said today that music biz veteran Amani Duncan is its new SVP Music. She is charged with strengthening MTV's music industry relationships through artist-driven initiatives and campaigns and will work closely with its development teams to create music content. She will report to Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1 and Logo, and Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent for Viacom’s Global Entertainment Group. "Amani has an incredible track record in creating… Read

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Viacom Taps Bruce Gillmer To Drive Global Music Initiatives

More changes in Viacom’s executive ranks — today with Bruce Gillmer named Head of Music and Music Talent, a new job at the Global Entertainment Group. Gillmer will take the new responsibilities to oversee music programming and events while keeping his gigs as Viacom International Media Networks’s EVP of Music and Talent Programming and Events and co-brand lead for MTV International. He will continue to report to CEO Bob Bakish who calls music “a common thread that unites… Read

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Fox Developing ‘Cotton Club’ Event Music Series From Kenny Leon, LA Reid, Ayanna Floyd, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron

Fox is developing Cotton Club, a soapy music series based in the hottest club in Harlem in the Roaring ’20s. It comes from former Empire co-executive producer Ayanna Floyd, who serves as showrunner; Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of NBC’s live musical franchise; Broadway director Kenny Leon; and music executive LA Reid. Sony Pictures TV, where Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment has a deal for longform projects, is producing. Written by Floyd and to be… Read