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John Prine, One of America’s Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73

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John Prine, One of America’s Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73
John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music, died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73. The cause was complications related to Covid-19, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Prine, who left behind an extraordinary body of folk-country classics, was hospitalized last month after the sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, and was placed in intensive care for 13 days. Prine’s wife and manager,
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‘Night of the Hunter’ Remake in the Works at Universal (Exclusive)

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‘Night of the Hunter’ Remake in the Works at Universal (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures is remaking “The Night of the Hunter,” a 1955 film adaptation based on the novel by Davis Grubb.

Matt Orton (“Operation Finale”) is penning the script. Though little is known about the new project, it is expected to be a contemporary version of the original thriller, rather than a period piece.

The Night of the Hunter” follows a religious fanatic, con man and murderer who marries a widow, knowing that her deceased husband had hid $10,000 from authorities following a bank robbery. The widow’s young children are reluctant to tell him where their real dad hid the money as the man plots more sinister ways to find where to find the cash. The 1955 version, starring Robert Mitchum, was considered controversial at the time, given dark themes including Mitchum’s character preying on young children.

Peter Gethers will produce alongside Amy Pascal, who will produce through her Universal-based Pascal Pictures.
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Cannes Film Festival Won’t Go Virtual If All Else Fails

Cannes Film Festival Won’t Go Virtual If All Else Fails
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Cannes Film Festival won’t take the virtual route if it can’t be hosted as a physical event, festival director Thierry Fremaux has confirmed.

“(For) Cannes, its soul, its history, its efficiency, it’s a model that wouldn’t work. What is a digital festival? A digital competition? We should start by asking rights holders if they agree,” Fremaux tells Variety.

“Films by Wes Anderson or Paul Verhoeven on a computer? Discovering ‘Top Gun 2’ or (Pixar’s) ‘Soul’ elsewhere than in (a) theater? These films have been postponed to be shown on a big screen; why would we want to show them before, on a digital device?” said Fremaux, teasing some titles that have been in the mix for the upcoming edition.

There has been a giant question mark around the 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival since early March,
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Warner Bros. Reportedly Considering Replacing Ezra Miller As The Flash

Warner Bros. Reportedly Considering Replacing Ezra Miller As The Flash
According to sources close to WGTC – the same ones who said a Green Lantern show is coming to HBO Max and Ahsoka Tano will appear in The Mandalorian season 2 – WB is currently considering replacing Ezra Miller as the Flash. Of course, this all comes about due to a recent video posted on Twitter showing the Justice League star choking a female fan outside a bar before her friend behind the camera stops the recording to interfere.

As you can see below, the clip shows Miller being approached by the fan with her hands raised ready to rumble. She’s obviously kidding, and so seems Miller when he cries “Oh, you wanna fight?” before directly going for her throat, chocking her and throwing her onto the ground. Quite frankly, it’s pretty shocking to watch.
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Allen Garfield, ‘The Conversation’ and ‘Nashville’ Star, Dies at 80 of Coronavirus

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Allen Garfield, ‘The Conversation’ and ‘Nashville’ Star, Dies at 80 of Coronavirus
Allen Garfield, who appeared in such films as “The Conversation,” “Nashville” and “Irreconcilable Differences,” has passed away due to complications of Covid-19, according to one of his co-stars. He was 80.

The actor, who suffered strokes in 1998 and 2004, had been a long-term resident of the Motion Picture Retirement Home. It is not known if he was one of the two victims of coronavirus who died at the facility this week.

Garfield’s “Nashville” co-star Ronee Blakley shared the news on Facebook, writing, “Rip Allen Garfield, the great actor who played my husband in ‘Nashville’, has died today of Covid; I hang my head in tears; condolences to family and friends; I will post more later; cast and crew, sending love.”

Also Read: 2 Motion Picture & Television Fund Nursing Home Residents Die From Coronavirus

Born Allen Goorwitz in Newark, New Jersey in 1939, Garfield appeared in more than 100 television shows and films during his
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Hal Willner, Longtime ‘SNL’ Sketch Music Producer, Dies at 64 With Coronavirus Symptoms

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Hal Willner, Longtime ‘SNL’ Sketch Music Producer, Dies at 64 With Coronavirus Symptoms
Hal Willner, a music producer and longtime sketch songwriter for “Saturday Night Live,” has died at the age of 64, TheWrap has confirmed.

Willner died Tuesday of an illness, according to a representative. No cause of death has been determined, though Willner’s symptoms were consistent with Covid-19.

Willner served as the sketch music producer for “SNL” for nearly two decades, first joining the NBC program in 1981. His Twitter bio poked fun at how long he’d been with the show, describing him as “so-called Music Producer & Saturday Night Live sketch music guy since Raging Bull debuted, Another One Bites the Dust a hit & Kim Kardashian was born. Oy Vey.”

Willner also served as the music coordinator on Lorne Michaels’ short-lived “Sunday Night” musical variety program on NBC. The music-centric program, hosted by Jools Holland and David Sanborn, ran for two
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Director Jake Kasdan Talks the Status of ‘Jumanji 4’ & Tricky Franchise Time Travel

Director Jake Kasdan Talks the Status of ‘Jumanji 4’ & Tricky Franchise Time Travel
I was always a very big fan of the 1995 Jumanji movie, but I’m still shocked that I can’t get enough of talking about the new installments. The more I think about it, the clearer it’s becoming that this has a lot to do with writer-director Jake Kasdan’s approach to the movies - embrace the original but don’t pander to fans and also make sure each installment can stand on its own to feet. So now he’s delivered Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level, both of which feel firmly rooted …
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Quibi App Downloads on Launch Day Were 7.5% of Disney Plus’ Booming Debut

Quibi App Downloads on Launch Day Were 7.5% of Disney Plus’ Booming Debut
Quibi’s first-day app downloads hit around 300,000, coming after months of steady hype surrounding Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ambitious mobile-only streaming service.

That’s according to preliminary estimates from mobile-analytics firm Sensor Tower. Currently, as of Tuesday morning, Quibi ranks as the No. 3 top free app overall on Apple’s App Store in the U.S. (following Zoom and TikTok).

Compared with the bow of Disney Plus, Quibi had a far smaller jump out of the gate: On Nov. 12, 2019, the Mouse House’s streaming app notched approximately 4 million installs in the U.S. and Canada. That puts Quibi’s Day One download total at 7.5% of Disney Plus for the same territories, per Sensor Tower.
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Kevin Feige says Black Widow will reveal what Natasha did in between major MCU movies

Kevin Feige says Black Widow will reveal what Natasha did in between major MCU movies
Black Widow is quite an interesting film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is this the kick-off of Phase Four of the MCU, but its the first Marvel movie to return from massive delays that hit every studio due to the global health crisis. In a perfect world, the film starring Marvel’s long-running femme […]

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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute to ‘National Treasure’ John Prine: ‘Songwriter For the Ages’

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute to ‘National Treasure’ John Prine: ‘Songwriter For the Ages’
Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to John Prine, who died on Tuesday at the age of 73 from complications related to Covid-19.

“Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine,” Springsteen wrote on Twitter. “John and I were ‘New Dylans’ together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the loveliest guy in the world. A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send love and prayers to his family.”

Both Prine and Springsteen had been hailed as the “New Dylans
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A Louisiana Parish Used ‘The Purge’ Sirens to Announce the Start of a Coronavirus Curfew (Video)

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A Louisiana Parish Used ‘The Purge’ Sirens to Announce the Start of a Coronavirus Curfew (Video)
Do Not try this at home kids. Citizens of a Louisiana parish got a very unnerving surprise last week after the parish enacted a curfew to slow the spread of coronavirus, and local police announced the start of it using sirens identical to the ones in Universal’s “The Purge” franchise.

The error in judgement was captured on video by a resident of Crowley, Louisiana, in Arcadia Parish on April 2 and subsequently posted to YouTube by ABC affiliate Katc. In the clip, the unmistakable sound of the franchise’s key sound effect can clearly be heard in the distance. See for yourself at the top of the page.

According to Katc, Crowley police had informed citizens in a Facebook post that they would be using a siren to announce the start of the 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew, and that it would be “different” from normal sirens.
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‘Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind’: Film Review

‘Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind’: Film Review
In the old days, you would check in on an alien-visitation shlock-tv documentary (or an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries”) all to catch those grainy home-movie glimpses of alien spaceships. On that score, “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind” is nothing less than an all-you-can-eat banquet of UFO porn. There are vintage clips of “sightings” shot in 8 and 16mm, but most of them are from the home-video and cell-phone-camera era, all tagged with important-sounding datelines.

CE5 event, March 16, 2017, Newport Beach, Calif. (five shimmering green lights in the sky!). CE5 Event, Sept. 21, 2019, Vancouver, B.C. (purple lights ringed like an X-ray of bottom teeth!). There are shaky-cam videos of glowing discs that hover and vanish into the ether and what look like a pair of suns that appear on an ocean horizon. There are mysterious lights, sometimes three (in a triangle), sometimes five (in a cluster), or 10 in the shape of a V.
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Allen Garfield, ‘Nashville’ and ‘The Conversation’ Star Dies of Coronavirus at 80

Allen Garfield, ‘Nashville’ and ‘The Conversation’ Star Dies of Coronavirus at 80
Allen Garfield, an actor who appeared in movies like “Nashville” and “The Stunt Man,” has died of coronavirus, according to his “Nashville” co-star Ronee Blakely. He was 80.

“Rip Allen Garfield, the great actor who played my husband in “Nashville”, has died today of Covid; I hang my head in tears; condolences to family and friends; I will post more later; cast and crew, sending love,” Blakely posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

Garfield first appeared on the big screen in the 1968 film “Orgy Girls ’69” after studying at the Actors Studio in New York with Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. He was known for playing corrupt and villainous businessmen and politicians. His other film credits include Woody Allen’s “Bananas,” “A State of Things, “Until the End of the World” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” and “The Cotton Club.” His final film appearance was in “Chief Zabu,” which was released
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R. Kelly’s Request for Release on Bail Due to Covid-19 Denied by Judge

R. Kelly’s Request for Release on Bail Due to Covid-19 Denied by Judge
A federal judge in New York has denied R. Kelly’s request to be released from prison on bail due to the Covid-19 crisis. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Anne Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York ruled the singer must remain in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, as Billboard reports.

Kelly faces several states and federal charges. In New York, the federal charges include racketeering, transportation to engage in illegal sexual activity and coercion of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.
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Film News Roundup: Lionsgate Completes Financing for Studio in Yonkers, New York

Film News Roundup: Lionsgate Completes Financing for Studio in Yonkers, New York
In today’s film news roundup, Lionsgate’s new studio is getting final financing, “American Nurse’ is getting re-released, Sony is launching Kid Zone and the SAG-aftra Foundation’s relief fund has given out $1 million.

Studio Financing

Lionsgate, Great Point Capital Management and real estate company National Resources have secured a $40 million loan from Cit Bank to complete financing for Lionsgate’s film-tv studio complex in Yonkers, N.Y.

Plans for the 100,000-square-foot production center were unveiled last year with Gpc and National Resources building for Lionsgate, which will be the long-term anchor tenant and will retain naming rights.

At least one of the three 20,000-square-foot stages is expected to be operational later this year. The production facility will also comprise two 10,000-square-foot stages, offices and parking space.

“Cit is a leader in community-driven projects and our financial support for this development will help bring jobs and revenue into Yonkers at a critical time,
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Stream Live Broadcast TV For Free With One of These HD Antennas

There’s never been a better time to be a cord cutter — the group of people who have stopped paying for cable television. Nearly four million people cut the cord between 2018 and 2019 according to Nocable.org, and millions more were estimated to have joined them last year. These statistics line up with the rise of paid video streaming services like Netflix, which have seen exponential growth over the past few years thanks to an investment in original programming, and the wider availability of broadband internet.

Still, there’s something comforting
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Chernin Entertainment, Netflix Sign First-Look Deal for Film

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Chernin Entertainment, Netflix Sign First-Look Deal for Film
Chernin Entertainment, the production company run by Peter Chernin, has signed a first-look, non-exclusive deal with Netflix for films, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Chernin was previously set up at Fox but the executive called it quits with the company following the Disney-Fox merger. The split was due to Disney’s aversion to bring on third party partners to finance its films.

Terms of the deal between Chernin and Netflix were not disclosed.

Also Read: Disney and Chernin Entertainment End Film Production Partnership

The partnership between Chernin Entertainment and Fox produced such hits as the new “Planet of the Apes” trilogy reboot, “Hidden Figures” and “The Greatest Showman.” Some bombs, like “Snatched” and “Tolkien” also came out of the partnership.

Most recently, Chernin produced James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” which scored four Oscar nominations and won two, and which also grossed $117 million at the domestic box office.
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‘The Purge’ Siren Used to Signal Curfew in Louisiana, Police Apologize

‘The Purge’ Siren Used to Signal Curfew in Louisiana, Police Apologize
Police in Crowley, La., had to apologize after using the siren from the horror franchise “The Purge” to signal a curfew during the city’s quarantine.

In order to stop the spread of coronavirus, the city has implemented a 9 p.m. curfew for residents, but many found the noise chosen for the siren eerily familiar.

Louisiana news station Katc uploaded a video of the siren to YouTube.

Crowley police drove around the city’s Acadia Parish playing the noise to alert people to the nightly curfew, which lasts until 6 a.m.

Jimmy Broussard, the city’s police chief, told Katc that he didn’t know the noise was from “The Purge” movies, and doesn’t plan to use any other type of siren in the future.

“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew. We have received numerous complaints with
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Chernin Entertainment Signs First-Look Deal With Netflix

Chernin Entertainment Signs First-Look Deal With Netflix
Chernin Entertainment has signed a first-look deal for feature films with Netflix.

The companies confirmed the deal on Tuesday. Chernin’s previous first-look deal had been through 20th Century Fox, but that agreement went away earlier this year after Disney absorbed the Fox feature film operations last year.

Variety reported exclusively in January that Chernin Entertainment would retain 70 of the 80-plus movie projects that it had in development at 20th. The projects remaining at Disney — like a new “Planet of the Apes” film with director Wes Ball (“The Maze Runner”) — are based on Disney-held intellectual property, and Chernin will remain attached as an executive producer.

After Chernin stepped down as the president of Fox’s then-parent company News Corp. in 2009, he launched Chernin Entertainment as a film production company with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” He also produced several other high-profile ,movies for Fox in the previous decade,
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Two Die in Coronavirus Outbreak at Motion Picture Retirement Home

Two Die in Coronavirus Outbreak at Motion Picture Retirement Home
Update — Two male residents at the Motion Picture Television Fund’s skilled nursing facility in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills have died of complications from Covid-19.

The first death occurred on Monday and the second took place on Tuesday, according to Bob Beitcher, president and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Beitcher identified one of the victims as John Breier, 64, a longtime member of Iatse Local 174.

Both had compromised immune systems. The first victim, who was 81, died at West Hills Hospital. Breier had been living with multiple sclerosis for the past 25 years. Beitcher said the two had been in Mptf’s long-term care unit for many years.

Beitcher also said Tuesday that four staffers had tested positive for the virus and were self-isolating. He also said that six other patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 are receiving care in the facilities’ isolation unit.

The Mptf reported
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