August 27th, 2014

Rolling Stone Review: "Tony & Gaga Transcend Generations and Genres"



Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett might seem like an unlikely pair, but the video for their version of the jazz standard, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" proves the diva and the crooner exude a unique, adorable brand of musical chemistry.

Comprising footage from the pair's recording sessions, Gaga struts her stuff in a bevy of various outfits and hairstyles, belting out her verses, before Bennett swings through, sounding dapper as ever. The two join forces for the track's final chorus for a peculiar, yet potent blend of styles that transcends generations and genres.

Bennett and Gaga's duets album, Cheek to Cheek, will see release on deluxe and standard editions on September 23rd. The pair's relationship blossomed after Bennett heard Gaga sing Nat King Cole's "Orange Colored Sky" in 2011 and asked her to sing alongside him on a recording of "Lady is a Tramp," which ended up on his Duets II album. Since then, Gaga and Bennett have recorded a number of tracks from the "great American songbook," including tunes written or co-written by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

Accompanying Cheek to Cheek will be two TV specials: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, a concert special recorded at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center that will air October 24th at 9 p.m. on PBS; and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, which airs on HSN on September 13th.

In a recent chat with Rolling Stone, Bennett explained what drew him to Gaga, and why their work together truly shines: "She phrases like I phrase. She's a wonderful singer. Everybody knows and loves her very much. I think when they hear this album that we're doing, they're going to say, 'We had no idea that she sings that well.'"


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Black in America: TV Producer Charles Belk Wrongly Held For 6 Hours By Beverly Hills Police


A film and television producer preparing to attend an Emmy's pre-party on Friday says he was wrongly held for six hours by officers of the Beverly Hills police force who said he 'fit the description' of a black bank robber.

Harvard graduate Charles Belk, 51, posted a photograph to Facebook of himself handcuffed and sitting on a curb with two officers standing over him after he was pulled over as he left a restaurant to top up a parking meter.

The award-winning executive says he was swarmed on Wilshire Boulevard by officers and not told why he had been arrested and was denied a phone call before being released just before midnight when police admitted they had made a mistake.

A furious Belk was booked on $100,000 bail and says he was treated with contempt by the arresting officers who only let him go when they reviewed the video and realized that the bank robbery suspect bore no resemblance to him according to KTLA.

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'Intervention' Revived for 14th Season on LMN

A year after A&E canceled the docuseries, its sibling network has ordered 15 new episodes.

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More than a year after cable network A&E canceled Intervention following 13 seasons, A+E Networks group sibling LMN has revived the docuseries for a 14th run, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

LMN — which previously picked up the remaining episodes of A&E's canceled drama Those Who Kill — has ordered 15 new episodes of the series from original producers GRB Entertainment. Production will begin in the summer for a debut during the first quarter of 2015. As part of the deal, original interventionists Jeff Van Vonderen and Candy Finnigan will return.

The series profiles people whose uncontrollable addiction to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior has brought them to the brink and follows them as they are presented with the life-changing opportunity of an intervention and rehab.

During its run on A&E, seasons ranged from nine to 21 installments for a total of 194 episodes plus 12 specials. The show earned two Emmy nominations for outstanding reality series, taking home the statuette in 2009.

"Over the course of 13 seasons on A&E, Intervention wove itself into the fabric of pop culture and brought global awareness to addiction and treatment options," FYI & LMN president Jana Bennett said. "The stories profiled on this series are profoundly powerful, and we are proud to continue it on LMN."

GRB's Gary R. Benz, Michael Branton and Jeffrey L. Weaver exec produce, while LMN's Laura Fleury and Jen Wagman will oversee for the network. The series was originally created by Sam Mettler. LMN, a division of A+E Networks and a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corp., caters to women. It airs a mix of original and syndicated programming including unscripted shows My Haunted House, I Dated a Psycho, Killer Kids, Campus Nightmares and more.

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I am so excited to have Candy Finnigan back in my life.
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All Time Low Announces UK Arena Tour with You Me At Six + Alex Writing with McBusted



All Time Low and You Me At Six are going out on a co-headlining tour next year. Both of them. Together. At flippin last. The tour will include a Valentine’s Day show at the O2 Arena, aka the world’s most romantic place.

Showing off his noted skill for using words to communicate with people (...what), All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth said: “We’ve never managed to hit up the UK with the hometown boys in You Me At Six, so this is going to be a really amazing experience. I think the fanbases will come together and make the shows unforgettable”.

You Me At Six’s vocaliser Josh Franceschi disagrees though. No, not really, he said this: “We can’t wait to hit the road with All Time Low. It’s the tour we know our fans want, and we are so excited to be doing a full arena tour”.

Here are the dates:

9 Feb: Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
10 Feb: Birmingham, LG Arena
12 Feb: Glasgow, SSE Hydro
13 Feb: Manchester, Phones 4U Arena
14 Feb: London, O2 Arena

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So proud of my bbs for starting to do arena tours! They have deserved this for a really, really long time and considering that their solo headlining arena show sold out in like a week, I think this tour will be great. Also pleased to see that Alex maintains his dedication to wearing 9 layers of clothing at all times.
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Lady Gaga Made A Surprise Appearance During The Adam Lambert & Queen Tour In Australia

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From ArtRave pop diva to Cheek To Cheek jazz chanteuse, Lady Gaga is truly a musical chameleon. And last night, the “Born This Way” singer-songstress delighted an unsuspecting audience with yet another musical switch-up: Glam-rock goddess!

Yesterday, while down under for the Australian leg of her ArtRave, Gaga popped out on stage during the acclaimed Adam Lambert and Queen Tour in Sydney, which has electrifying audiences all over the world this summer. (It makes sense, too — Gaga is named after Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” after all!)

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The Musketeers Series 2: More Info on the New Villain + Sexy Set Photos + A Projected Airdate

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The Musketeers season 1 [wrapped] up on Sunday, August 24 and fans are wondering about season 2. BBC America renewed the show prior the first season even starting, confident that it would be successful. A premiere date hasn’t been announced but it should start around the same time as the first series, but in 2015.

Series creator Adrian Hodges says that season 2 will have more gruesome fight scenes as well as more sexual content, as he toned down the first season because he was told it would air at 8 p.m. and had to be family-friendly. “We wouldn’t have done the first series in that way, had we been doing the whole thing as a 9pm show,” he told the Mirror. "We would have pushed the tone much further in terms of sexuality and violence. So for this second series, I knew we were going out at 9pm and so we have pushed it harder for this audience.”

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Chelsea Handler Bids a Star-Studded Farewell



Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Lately ended its seven-year run Tuesday night, and the host was duly impressed.

"I've made great friends, a lot of enemies, and I have personally lost and gained 3,500 pounds."

The guest-star-jammed finale included cameos from a galaxy of stars, like Ellen DeGeneres, who demanded to know why she was never invited to be on the show
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Madonna Revamps Her Website In Preparation For A New Album?

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For the past few months, we’ve been hearing about all of the work that Madonna has been doing in the recording studio with various songwriters and producers. Altho we have yet to hear official confirmation that Madonna is nearing completion of her project, it seems more and more likely that she is getting ready to announce … something. Yesterday, Madonna‘s official website was updated with new images and a new logo that seems to suggest that a new era of music is close at hand.
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At this point, the biggest change to Madonna‘s site is this new logo. If I remember correctly, the last time Madonna released a new album, she started making small changes to her official website shortly before the official announcement was made. Now, I could be jumping the gun here but I’ve been hoping that Madonna is planning to drop her new album before the year is over. We shall see. For now, we ponder what that backwards N in her new logo means. HMMM
http://www.pinkisthenewblog.com/2014-08-27/madonna-revamps-her-website-in-preparation-for-a-new-album

Wiz Khalifa nabs No. 1 Album On Billboard Charts ... AND how many singles did Taylor Swift sell???

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Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was released Aug. 19, sold 90,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Blacc Hollywood follows two No. 2-peaking albums from Khalifa: Rolling Papers and O.N.I.F.C., which were released in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Khalifa also bounds in at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Rap Albums chart. After the cut, ALL of the numbers AND Taylor Swift's single sales are reported! Collapse )
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6229430/wiz-khalifa-number-1-billboard-200-taylor-swift-shake-it-off
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'The Daily Show' Gets Furious with Fox News' Ferguson Coverage

The Daily Show started its last summer vacation – a two-week break – on August 7. Two days later, Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson. Without even considering the other events of the past two weeks, including the James Foley execution, Jon Stewart and his team had a lot of ground to cover quickly.

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I really loved John Oliver's piece on this, but JStew absolutely slayed in this too. Feels almost like old times...

I am unfamiliar with how to embed Comedy Central videos here, so here are the links. The first is a very short, hilarious "Ferguson Challenge" vid, the second is the 10 minute long rant against Fox News

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'I Do Not Always Order a Grande at Starbucks'



if she were an emoji, she would be the brunette with the dry expression, or maybe a picture of the universe

Earlier this summer, TIME caught up with Grande to get an explanation for the nonsensical lyrics of her summer hit “Break Free.” Now, read the rest of our interview with the pop star as she chats about her favorite emoji, her love of the ’90s and what people just don’t understand about her.

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Music Video for Grimes - Go ft. Blood Diamonds




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Sup! heres the video for the song Go that me and blood diamonds wrote :) co directed by me and my brother mac

It’s supposed to be dante’s inferno (abstractly), different layers of hell etc. super visually inspired by like x men, metal gear, dune. haha, maybe thats too all over the place and doesn’t make sense, but yea, enjoy!

also special thanks to everyone in it: blood diamonds, david hayter (for doing the crazy voice @ the beginning), and the dancers (Nicki, natsuki, hana and rey!)

oh also for canadians its available here: http://smarturl.it/GoCanada

** argh ok — apparently the low res draft i sent in before i sent in the actual finished version was uploaded by accident. i apologize, but i am working on getting the actual finished version up asap. its basically the same, just the colour is a bit better and its 1080 haha gaaah….

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Xabi Alonso announces he retires from the Spanish National Team



The international player, capped 114 times, announces he quits the Spanish National Football Team

His letter:

"I quit the Spanish National Team. The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the National squad has come to an end.

It has been a glorious period with the Spanish team that started more than 11 years ago, I have formed part of an historical generation that has fulfilled the dreams of millions of fans, achieving something as unique as winning a World Cup and two European Championships in a row.

Since that April 30th, 2003 when I made my debut aged 21, I have only lived great moments, so I only have words of gratitude for all those with whom I have shared more than one decade.

I want to thank all of my coaches, teammates, employees of this house and the millions of fans who have always shown me their love and respect.

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David Chase finally reveals Tony's fate on 'The Sopranos'

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For the past seven years, the final scene of The Sopranos has had viewers and fans scratching their heads over what the heck happened. It was perhaps the most divisive series finale of all time, leading legions of people to think their televisions went out and spawning a plethora of close readings of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Did the guy in the ‘Members Only’ jacket whack him? Were the onion rings a crispy and delicious source of symbolism about the circle of life for Tony? What was up with Meadow’s parallel parking? Questions about that scene never ceased, and Chase’s elusiveness over Tony’s fate only furthered speculation. In-depth fan sites were spawned just over the ending alone. Even Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti in the show (and was tragically whacked episodes before the finale) thought Tony died.

Perhaps sick of answering questions about an event that happened seven years ago, Sopranos creator David Chase finally let a sliver of info out on Tony Soprano’s whereabouts at end of the HBO series. In an article on Vox, writer Martha P. Nochimson questions Chase on whether Tony dies in the finale. Chase’s simple reply: “‘He shook his head ‘no.’ And he said simply, ‘No he isn’t.'”

Sorry, Imperioli and the rest of the Tony-was-whacked believers—your theory’s debunked. Chase’s nonchalance notwithstanding, Sopranos fans can breath a sigh of relief knowing that Tony’s enjoying some onion rings somewhere, post-blacked-out screen.
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Ridley Scotts talks about his decision to cast "major actors from different ethnicities" in 'Exodus'

EXCLUSIVE: RIDLEY SCOTT Q & A FOR 'EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS'
Legendary director Ridley Scott gives an insight into his newest film, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton.

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Q: There are a lot of stories vying for your attention. Why this one?
A: This story just lit a match for me. I thought, 'Wow, this is an incredible, big story,' which is actually the threshold, really, of the beginning of the rulebook of civilisation. If you regard the Ten Commandments as such then it comes out of that. I admit I had never really paid much attention to divinity school, or religious instruction as we called it at my secondary modern school. And I wasn’t really in depth at all about Moses. I was staggered to discover what kind of man he was and where he’d come from. I had no idea he was the counter-point to Ramses. I didn’t know how close their relationship was and that they were raised like half brothers, half cousins if you like.

Q: How was the experience of making Exodus?
A: I’m telling you, it went way beyond my expectations. I think the fundamental structure of the story is so rich with emotional context, the challenges and the doubt that Moses faces, it’s incredible. And Moses continues to have doubts about himself and what he senses, and what he doesn’t sense, what to believe or not believe. It’s a real emotional ride. I’d never worked with Christian [Bale] before, and he delivered way beyond my expectations. He was fantastic.

Q: So what appealed to you about the story this time round?
A: The epic nature of the story and the insecurity of the central character, Moses, and the massive context of this incredible time 5000 years ago. You don’t really want to get into religion politics, but you’re treading the threshold of religion. The magnitude of Moses’s story, and what he believed, was very compelling. If you place yourself at that particular time – and it was savage times – to believe in one being or higher order, when the Egyptians had a thousand Gods, is incredible.

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Diem Brown on Her Hysterectomy: I Felt 'Gutted'

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Even after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, Diem Brown never let go of her desire to experience pregnancy and childbirth. But despite going to extraordinary lengths to freeze her eggs two years ago, that dream slipped away on Aug. 17, when the MTV reality star, 32, underwent an emergency hysterectomy after learning her cancer had returned for the third time.

"When I came to, they told me that they couldn't save my uterus," she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "That was a blow. We'd fought so hard to keep it. Might sound silly to most, but it's what made me still feel like a woman and gave me hope for a future. I felt empty ... gutted."

In addition to a tumor blocking her colon, doctors found cancer in her stomach lining, and Brown now has a colostomy bag. A second surgery followed three days later due to complications from the first. "I was completely defeated, honestly," says the recurring Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant, who candidly chronicled her 2012 cancer journey in a blog for PEOPLE.com.

But when her medical team explained how "touch and go" her second surgery had been, "it put things into perspective," she says. "I might not have the ability to ever carry a child and I have this damn bag for the time being – but I'm alive."
http://www.people.com/article/diem-brown-cancer-returns-hysterectomy-mtv

Ed Sheeran Reacts to Miley Cyrus Feud Rumors

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Did Miley Cyrus call Ed Sheeran an "a--hole" at the MTV VMas? Better yet, does it even matter? The 21-year-old pop star has yet to comment on her alleged dis, while Sheeran shared his side of the story during a KIIS-FM radio interview with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday. The singer-songwriter had previously called her twerking "a stripper move," fueling the feud rumors.

"Well, I don't know why people were expecting [a high-five]. I've never met her," Sheeran, 23, said ahead of his performance at the Staples Center in L.A. "There was a high-five between me and [Scooter Braun] because I know him, and that was the only high-five. I don't know what people we're expecting."

"I think she's a fantastic artist," he said. "She's got a great voice and writes great songs."
http://www.eonline.com/news/573730/ed-sheeran-reacts-to-miley-cyrus-feud-rumors

Kristen Stewart on What Causes 'Bad Acting,' and Why She Took a Two Year Break!

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An orange-haired Kristen Stewart covers Vanity Fair France, and in the new interview, the 24-year-old Twilight star gets candid about her acting philosophies. According to Kristen, her performance all hedges on if she's "vibing" with her co-star or not.

"I'm not the type of actor who can perform without wearing a mirror on my face. Everyone knows that you're better with other actors who are really present, who you are having the same experience with, but I am made or broken on it," she explains. "If I'm working with someone who I'm not vibing with, or who I have to fake anything with, then it's sad for me and it's bad acting."

And though she of course doesn't name names, she does reveal that she's definitely been in this type of "uncomfortable" situation before.
"I haven't been totally screwed, but I've had to force things. I've had to be in front of people and be like, 'Oh, thank God we only have a few scenes together,'" she says. "I never know until a few days, or a few scenes, in. At first you think maybe we just haven't fallen into our rhythm. But as soon as you are exhausted by trying to find it, you give up and just sort of fall into default mode -- it's just sh*tty. It's just not fun. And it's not as good. When I look at those scenes I go, ‘ugh.’ I don't like watching them." MORE after the cut Collapse )
http://www.etonline.com/movies/150456_kristen_stewart_talks_bad_acting_and_taking_a_break_vanity_fair_france/index.html
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Ayoade Adoration Association™ Post XIV



Baz Ashmawy isn’t the only TV presenter bravely reinventing macho norms. Actor, director and TV presenter, Richard Ayoade ♥ is a man of many guises, all of them nerdy.

As an actor he’s best known for playing Moss in The I.T. Crowd, as director he’s recently released a screen adaption of a Dostoyevsky novella and as presenter he’s guided us through two very entertaining series of Gadget Man, with a third beginning on Channel 4 last night: “We have gadgets and some might even call me a man. It’s Gadget Man!”

After the bank holiday we’ve had, last night’s weather theme couldn’t have been more apposite. “British weather is well known for its well rubbishness,” said Ayoade, “and it’s getting well rubbisher by the day.”
Gadget Man, TV review: Last night’s weather theme couldn’t have been more apposite

Richard Ayoade kind of crept into our lives. He’s been around for ages, presenting all kinds of amazing content (The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Gadget Man) but somehow we never...noticed him. But now we've wised up. We’re looking at him. We see you, Richard. And we’ve realised that he might actually be perfect for us.
Here’s why…
#10 He was considered intelligent enough and beloved enough to seamlessly take over from Stephen Fry on Gadget Man. I.E. he’s Stephen Fry’s equal. STEPHEN FRY.
#9 The name “Ayoade” means “Crown of Glory” in the Yoruba language, and that is not a mistake nor a coincidence. That hair is a crown. A glorious, glorious crown.
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Trash International Trailer


The international rollout for the Stephen Daldry film, set in Brazil, will begin Oct. 9

Three young boys plan to start a revolution, with a little help from Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, in the new international trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s “Trash.”

Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Raphael (Rickson Tevez) are three young boys living in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who scour their city's massive garbage dumps for anything salvageable that would allow them to survive another day. Going through a discarded wallet looking for money, they find some mysterious documents instead.

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Bob Saget on Full House Revival: 'Not Everybody Would Want to Do It'

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There's no shortage of Full House fans eager to see the rumored sitcom revival make it to television.

The entirety of the cast, however, may be another story.

"Not everybody would want to do it. Maybe two-thirds of the cast would want to," Bob Saget, who played Danny Tanner on the 1987-1995 series, told PEOPLE in April while promoting his memoir, Dirty Daddy.

"John [Stamos] is such a good guy, and I think he would want it to happen in some way if it could. There's some stuff going on, I don't get involved in it, where people were trying to put some energy into it … [But] I don't think it will happen in a way that it would be everybody. "
http://www.people.com/article/full-house-reunion-revival-bob-saget-cast

Beyonce’s Dad Admits Jay Z Divorce Rumors Were ‘Trick’ To ‘Ignite The Tour’ !!!!

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Are they or aren’t they? Beyonce and Jay Z seemed to put a summer of divorce rumors to rest on Sunday night with a family appearance with Blue Ivy at the MTV VMAs. Now, RadarOnline.com has learned, her father Mathew Knowles has spoken out with new claims that the whole scandal was a “Jedi mind trick” orchestrated to “ignite” ticket sales for the couple’s On The Run Tour!

Knowles made the explosive claims on the Roula & Ryan show on 104.1 KRBE in Houston earlier this week. Asked about the infamous elevator incident earlier this year, and continuing divorce rumors, Knowles — Beyonce’s former manager — was unequivocal about his opinion.

“I know, because we’ve done this. From experience, there’s a tour going on,” he said. “So you sometimes have to ignite that tour. It’s called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot.” Incredulous, one of the hosts asked if it were truly possible that Beyonce, Jay Z, and Solange Knowles staged and leaked the tape of themselves arguing in an elevator at an after-party for the Met Ball in New York earlier this year.

He said, “All I know is the Jedi mind trick. Everyone’s talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solange’s album sales went up 200%!”

Knowles claims that despite the fact he has not managed Beyonce’s career for years, “We still talk every Sunday. She’s still the humble, generous person that she’s always been.”
http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/08/mathew-knowles-beyonce-jay-z-divorce-rumors-solange-elevator-fight/

Britney writes to fan after touching Meet and Greet session



"I honestly can't believe I got to meet this wonderful and beautiful women again. She is the sweetest and nicest person alive. I got to give her my letter that I put so much effort into. The letter explained how she helped me get through a real tough period in my life these past couple of months, and how I wanted to end it all but she made me be strong. As I was leaving the building where meet and greet was held, Britney's body guard ran and stopped me and said Britney requested my address so she could respond because my letter meant so much to her. Thank you for everything Britney. I wouldn't be able to be so confident and open about my sexuality if your music and you didn't help me. I love you so much, thank you for not only being my inspiration but helping me get back up and be strong."

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Central Perk pop-up store coming to Manhattan



It’s been 20 years since Friends first hit the airwaves, and TV has yet to produce as iconic a coffee shop as the one where Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and—Joey, I think?—spent most of their days.

Now, fans can get a chance to feel like one of the gang, so long as they travel to New York City this autumn. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to check it out besides the free coffee.

Visitors to the decorated storefront will be able to take photos on the actual orange couch from the show, along with a myriad of signature props and a show-themed backdrop. Weekly performances will add some occasional musical flair—yes, they will play “Smelly Cat,” along with other tunes in the same vein as Phoebe’s improvised songs—along with special select appearances by James Michael Tyler, who played barista Gunther (whose hair is “brighter than the sun,” according to Rachel and basically anyone).

Fans can also expect daily giveaways, trivia contestants, and other various contests and merchandise behind the Central Perk counter throughout the month. Also, in conjunction with Friends’ anniversary, Eight O’Clock Coffee’s special Central Perk-themed blend will be available in stores across the country.

The pop-up Central Perk coffee bar will appear at 199 Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan, opening Wednesday, Sept. 17 and closing Saturday, Oct. 18. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Breaking Down Ariana's Many Confident Looks!



Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions, and Grande's latest, My Everything, depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and Grande in reflective-selfie stance, each wearing the look of the day — body-con dress, bralette and hotpants. Early '90s style resurgence aside, they have a spiritual and sartorial symmetry in which 21-year-old Grande reflects the vigor of a then-21-year-old Carey. She is making a name for herself as a strong contender with a long future ahead of her, and someone whose talent is a cut above many of her established peers.

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Jessica Chastain: Where is the Scarlett Johansson Superhero Movie?

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Jessica Chastain, who played secret agents in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Debt,” is going to bat for a fellow ass-kicking leading lady.

Speaking of the dearth of great roles for women in Hollywood, the actress told TheWrap on Wednesday that she would love to see “Avengers” star Scarlett Johansson get her own super-vehicle.

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Lily Allen shares snap of Kate Bush gig on Twitter defying singer's request + concert review



Lily Allen proudly posted a picture of Kate Bush's show from the London Hammersmith Apollo last night.

Bush had asked fans not to take photos or film during the shows - and, unusually, for a modern concert, they respected her wishes.

She had said: "We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium.

"It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows.

"I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."


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'Walking Dead': See 4 new EW collector's covers

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Andrew Lincoln has a warning for you: All that gore and action and heartbreak and intensity we’ve seen before on The Walking Dead? Kid stuff. At least when compared to the upcoming fifth season, which is definitely not for kids. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” says Lincoln. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.”

Entertainment Weekly has your first exclusive look at that grown-up season. We went on set and spoke with the cast and the producers to give you an in depth look at what to expect in season five. And while things may have ended last spring on a cliffhanger with Rick and Co. trapped inside of train car, exec producer Robert Kirkman promises that the action is going to come fast and furious when things pick back up Oct. 12 on AMC. “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” says Kirkman, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.”

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Meet the Rebels in These Awesome New Hunger Games Posters

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If there’s anything fans of The Hunger Games know, it’s that advertising is propaganda with a nicer name. So in promoting the film franchise’s next installment, Mockingjay—Part 1, it is appropriate that the marketing onslaught look and feel like the message war that plays out as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow Panem revolutionaries rally to take on the Capitol.

The latest installment is a series of slick “Rebel Warriors” posters. Readers of Mockingjay will remember Katniss, having been rescued from the Hunger Games arena at the end of Catching Fire, was taken to the underground enclave of District 13 to lead Panem’s revolt. These Rebel Warriors posters depict the soldiers and film production crew who join Katniss after she vows to lead the revolution as the Mockingjay (as seen in the film’s first trailer). There’s Cressida (Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer), the propaganda documentary director; Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss’ longtime friend and fellow Capitol-hater; Messalla (Evan Ross), Cressida’s assistant; Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss’ bodyguard of sorts; and Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson), who—if their characters follow the book—are brothers and Cressida’s cameramen.

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Jennifer Aniston Says Her 'Value As A Woman' Has Nothing To Do With Having Children



When is she getting married? Will she have children? Is she pregnant now? Those are the sort of questions that have followed Jennifer Aniston throughout her career. Now, in a sit down with TODAY's Carson Daly, she's responding to them — not with the answers, but with her take on the expectations that come with the questions.

Aniston says, "I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and … if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman."

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In Case You Were Wondering, Shailene Woodley Is Still The Worst

Shailene Woodley visits Top Chef Duels this week, and The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive look at her guest-judging stint.

The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent actress is "known for her love of foraging," as host Curtis Stone says, and producers built an entire challenge around the food-foraging movement.

The episode finds Top Chef Seattle alums (and rivals) Stefan Richter and CJ Jacobson competing. Stefan first challenges CJ to cook with smoke, and then CJ asks Stefan to use products that remind CJ of Stefan — the backsides of animals [Rude!]. For the duel, CJ and Stefan go back to nature for a foraging-themed meal.

The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday. Watch the clip below at the source.

Okay, can Shailene pls forage for some poisonous fungi and die. Anyway, I'm rooting for Stefan. I like him, even tho he's an ass. CJ was a little too full of himself, with zero charm imo.

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Charlie Hunnam cast as Guy Ritchie's King Arthur

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We’ve known for a while that Guy Ritchie has been trying to get his version of King Arthur going (though perhaps not as the six feature films originally intended).  Things got a bit more real last month when Idris Elba was cast as a “Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.”  Now it appears as though they may have cast Arthur himself in the form of Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy).  In addition, Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Martha Marcy May Marlene) is said to be the frontrunner for the female lead.

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YAY for Charlie getting more movie roles now that Sons of Anarchy is ending.
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'The Knick' News: Juliet Rylance and Eve Hewson interviews + new 1x04 promo

Independent Spirit: Interview with The Knick's Juliet Rylance
By STEVE FRAMO

At the turn of the 20th century, there were all types of advancements being made around the world, including social, technological and medical. Women’s rights, however, were among those advancements lagging behind. Back then, the so-called “fairer sex” had a ways to go if they hoped to be respected and treated as equals by their male counterparts. Women of wealth and privilege had it a bit easier, but some of them still faced struggles relating to their gender. The Knick’s Cornelia Robertson is one such individual.

Set in 1900, this new Cinemax period drama unfolds in and around New York City’s fictional Knickerbocker Hospital (a.k.a The Knick), a medical facility where the staff is dedicated to finding new and revolutionary methods to treat patients and save lives at a time when mortality rates were high. Cornelia not only serves as head of the hospital’s welfare office, but also chairs the hospital’s board of trustees as proxy for her father, shipping tycoon Captain August Robertson. Every morning, she wakes up in the surroundings of a genteel lady and, after breakfasting with her parents and being dressed by her maids, ventures out into the real world. In that environment, Cornelia is not one to be easily brushed aside or dismissed, as the actress who plays her, Juliet Rylance, explains.

“Cornelia is a very strong-willed, headstrong, determined young woman,” says the actress. “She’s a force to be reckoned with, and for a woman living in 1900 America has considerable sway. However, Cornelia is still very restricted by the so-called glass ceiling of that time for women. So there’s a wonderful duality about her role in the story, and sort of treading this thin line between two worlds, the worlds of the hospital and then that of her family and what’s expected of a young woman of that time. Acting-wise, some of the challenges for me with this character were trying to realistically portray a woman of that period, along with learning as much as possible about women’s etiquette back then, and pinning down her accent. I worked with a wonderful dialect coach, Tim Monich, who really helped me find my way into the story and into Cornelia.
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Q: I don’t hear much of an Irish accent.
HEWSON:
I know. It comes and it goes away. I was just in New York with all of my Irish friends, and I was totally Irish again but I moved to LA and now I talk like a California person. I don’t know what’s going on, (laughter) but I promise you I am Irish, I will show you my passport. (laughter)

Q: When did you decide to become and actress and did your parents support your dream?
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Yeah, they did. I had a tutor and she was trying to get me when I was thirteen, excited and involved about school. It wasn’t working and so she did these things where my sister and I, who is two years older than me, we would go to a restaurant to learn how to make sushi. Then we would go and do some other little project and one of the weekends we went and made a short film. I just really loved it and I was really excited. From that point she put me in one of her feature films (she was a director) and so from a young age I really wanted to do it. My parents were worried, obviously, it’s not the most stable career, and for women it’s really hard. You are being judged on the way you look all the time, you are being judged on how you are and constantly people are saying no to you. I understand that if you have a kid, you wouldn’t be like, ‘Go be an actor!’ You would be like, ‘Go be a lawyer!’ (laughs) so I get it, but they were really protective. But then when they realised I wasn’t going to stop acting, they became beyond supportive.
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Lauren Conrad on How She Asked Her Bridesmaids and Chose Dresses



As with most things in her obsessively Instagrammed life, Lauren Conrad's upcoming wedding sounds like it will be picture-perfect. The author and businesswoman, 28, opened up to Martha Stewart Weddings about her nuptials, and all of the thought that is going into them.

Conrad will have nine bridesmaids by her side when she says "I do" to finacé William Tell. The DIY maven found a creative way to ask her pals to be a part of her wedding.

"My jewelry team at Kohl's made me necklaces," she told the magazine, which hits newsstands on September 1. "We found this little diamond ring piece that looks just like my ring, so I did rose gold necklaces for everybody and then sent it with a 'Will you be my bridesmaid?' card."

Once she had her besties on board, the former Hills star turned to dresses. Rather than going for a monochromatic palette, she chose two colors in various shades.

"I don't think it needs to look too cohesive," Conrad explained. "They’re all individuals, so it's nice that it doesn't look too uniform."

The fashion plate's bridesmaids will also show their individuality in the style of dress they wear.

"I sent them all the different shapes and let them pick," Conrad explained. "I don't mind if there are a few girls in the same dress, or if people are all in different ones. It's too difficult to take a group of girls and put them in the same color and silhouette; everyone has their own style."

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'Cops' Crew Member Killed by Officers While Show Filmed Armed Robbery


A staffer on the long-running television crime show Cops was shot and killed Tuesday night by gunfire from local police, while videotaping an armed robbery in progress in Omaha, Nebraska, that also left the suspect dead.

According to the Omaha Police Department, the incident took place at a Wendy's restaurant around 9:20 p.m. CT, in the vicinity of 42nd Street and Dodge.

Initial reports said the TV crew member — now identified by Langley Productions (which produces Cops) as 38-year-old audio technician Bryce Dion — had been critically injured. The news of his death broke Wednesday morning, as first reported by the Omaha World-Herald and local NBC affiliate WOWT. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer named the victim, along with the suspect Cortez Washington, 32, at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

"We are striving for unprecedented transparency in this incident," Schmaderer said in the presser.

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David Chase Says Tony Soprano Quote Was ‘Misconstrued’

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“Sopranos” creator David Chase has responded to the Vox story that went viral on Wednesday as it claims Chase finally revealed that Tony Soprano had lived at the end of the HBO drama, saying that the author of the story “misconstrued” his answer.

“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview,” reads a statement issued by Chase’s rep, Leslee Dart. “To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.

As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of ‘The Sopranos’ raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”

The author of the lengthy Vox story writes that Chase lashed out after being asked whether or not famous mob boss was dead, but gave him a straight-forward answer.

“We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question,” reads the article. “Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, ‘Why are we talking about this?’ I answered, ‘I’m just curious.’ And then, for whatever reason, he told me. [...]

He shook his head ‘no.’ And he said simply, ‘No he isn’t.’ That was all.”

The final fate of Tony Soprano has gone down as one of the biggest mysteries in TV, as the finale of the influential HBO hit left the gangster, played by the late James Gandolfini, on a cliffhanger.

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Meet the Cast of Survivor 29 : San Juan Del Sur - Blood vs Water 2



Originally there were supposed to be 20 contestants total, but one pair was forced to drop out after a medical check-up just days before filming began in Nicaragua. “We lost a pair of women, so the way it works out is there are more men than women,” host Jeff Probst tells us. “That’s just the game. We don’t like it that way but that’s the way it’s going to start.” Among the pairs that will be playing in season 29 are a married cop and a firefighter, Miss Michigan 2013 and her boyfriend, as well as a cheerleading mother and daughter team.

Jeff Probst told EW back in May that the Redemption Island twist would return for this season, but then production scrapped that plan when they came up with another idea at the last minute instead — to bring back Exile Island. A twist that was introduced in season 12 (Panama) and discontinued after season 18 (Tocantins), Exile Island is where contestants were sent away from the rest of their tribe to live on their own in between challenges. Making Exile Island even more brutal this time around is that your loved one will be sending you there after a one-on-one duel. “You’ve got to go up against your loved one and here are the stakes,” explains Probst. “Winner gets reward. Loser goes to Exile Island. Where it’s going to really suck. And it’s going to suck because you put ‘em there!

However, there is a silver lining in the form of a clue at Exile Island to the location of a hidden immunity idol back at camp. “The good news is you at least have a shot at finding the immunity idol,” says Probst. “And it’s up to you if you want to share that there was a clue or not. The complication is, that clue will lead you back to your beach where the idol is hidden, so you’re going to have to dig it up while everybody else is there. So nothing’s going to be easy this season, but I really do believe that the game play is ratcheting it up so we have to ratchet up with it, so we’re trying to complicate it as much as we can.”



Of course, the other twist is the inclusion of John Rocker in the cast. Will he be recognized by the other contestants for his World Series-playing baseball career? And will they recall his controversial statements in a Sports Illustrated article from 1999. “I find John Rocker a perfect fit for this show because of all the baggage he brings in,” says Probst. “I like John Rocker being on the show because he has massive obstacles to overcome."

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"Bang Bang Baby" Trailer



America loves the 1960s. With shows like "Mad Men" and "Masters of Sex" constantly being lauded for their costumes and set designs, "Bang Bang Baby," the upcoming debut film from Jeffrey St. Jules, looks to be a unique addition to the multitude of recent works that have attempted to capture the era.

The film follows a small town girl (Jane Levy) who aspires to be a singer. Luckily enough, she gets her chance when the handsome rock star she worships (Justin Chatwin) gets stranded in town. Seems pretty generic, right? Wrong. Things start to get bizarre after a leak is discovered at a nearby chemical plant.

"Bang Bang Baby" will make its world premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. A U.S. release date has not been announced.



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First 'Saw' film to get limited 10th anniversary theatrical release this October



Lionsgate has announced it will re-release its gruesome 2004 franchise-launcher Saw in a limited nationwide run this Halloween, giving horror fanatics something to mark their calendars for. Saw will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31 with Thursday midnights in select locations. The serial killer pic spawned a seven-film, $874 million franchise with a simple high concept premise: Two men wake up in the lair of a serial killer named Jigsaw, forced to do the unthinkable to survive while figuring out their captor’s identity.

The gory thriller not only gave birth to the most successful horror franchise in history, it also launched the career of director James Wan, who went on to helm recent hits Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2, and Universal’s upcoming Fast & Furious 7. Wan’s Saw co-writer Leigh Whannell starred in the first film and is now set to make his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3.

It’s savvy thinking on Lionsgate’s part, as the Halloween weekend is otherwise light on horror offerings. October 31 even falls conveniently on a Friday. Only Clarius Entertainment’s Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go To Sleep and Open Road’s crime drama Nightcrawler are hitting wide release that weekend, while more traditional horror titles The ABCs of Death 2 (Magnolia), Horns (Radius-TWC), and genre-bending import Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (Drafthouse) are opening in limited theatrical runs.

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Rila Fukushima Replaces Devon Aoki as Katana on Arrow



The Wolverine star Rila Fukushima is set to replace Devon Aoki as Tatsu Yamashiro (aka Katana) on the upcoming third season of "Arrow". Deadline reports that Aoki departed the series due to scheduling conflicts.

A skilled martial artist, Katana gets her name form the deadly sword she wields which contains the souls of everyone she has killed, including her late husband. It's unclear if this supernatural angle will manifest itself in the character in the series, but we do know that she will be important to Oliver's flashback sequences in the upcoming season. In the comics, the character is closely associated not only with the Birds of Prey but also Batman's The Outsiders.

"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 P.M. ET/PT on The CW with the new season set to premiere on October 8th.
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Slay Direction take top 16 spots on the Billboard box office chart



One Direction sweep the Billboard Boxscore in a new update; only a portion of the dates can fit on a Tumblr photo, but they have more shows charting from 12-16 and 19-22. In just 4 months and with 17 dates left, the Where We Are Tour has grossed a little bit over $230 million so far, outgrossing Beyonce’s extended 1 year Mrs. Carter Show tour which closed at $229 million.




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Idris Elba Talks About His (Not) Dick Again on Jimmy Kimmel



You know what the greatest thing about Idris Elba is? Feel free to all shout out ‘everything!’ in unison, but it’s actually that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and he doesn’t mind talking about his junk.

I think if the entire internet saw a photo of me in which it looked like my penis was enormous, I’d respond pretty much like Jon Hamm did, by being like ‘SHUT UP ABOUT MY DICK ALREADY.’ Although if it were me, I might take a few more precautions on set in the future like, oh, I don’t know, wearing another layer of underoos so that thing isn’t moving freely about the cabin, ready to silhouette itself against my pant leg the moment a photographer’s flash goes off.

But we are not all Jon Hamms. Some of us are Idris Elbas, in that when a photo like that comes out we respond to it in a much more jovial manner, that also allows us to keep talking about one of the most coveted undercarriages on the Planet Earth.

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A Martin Scorsese film about the Ramones is in the works

Following the death of iconic drummer Tommy Ramone, the owners of the Ramones’ estate have announced some big plans for the band’s legacy going forward, including a film directed by Martin Scorsese.

Billboard reports that other Ramones projects coming include a documentary, theatrical play, book, reissues, fashion and “music placement.”

Jeff Jampol, who manages the band’s estate, explains the documentary to Billboard: “The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before. It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties.”

On the book, he adds, “You’ll see a book coming, which is not a biographical book so much, but a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and that craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs and memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene. The Ramones were the first punk band and they started the punk movement.”

So far, nothing more has been revealed about the film, other than the fact that director Martin Scorsese is attached. Read more from Billboard:

"The documentary is just one of several projects in the works. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached."

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