Friday, July 16, 2021
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FRIDAY, JULY 16
Birthdays: Ruben Blades , Phoebe Cates , Stuart Copeland , Corey Feldman , Will Ferrell , Michael Flatley , James Maslow , AnnaLyne McCord , Mickey Rourke , Pinchas Zukerman .
LIVE 11:00 a.m. – Press conference and meet & greet: Join multi-award winning Puerto Rican producer and artist, Tainy and iconic musician and long-time colleague, Yandel, at their press junket for the premiere of their highly anticipated collaboration DYNASTY plus a special meet and greet. 11:00 Store opens; 11:30 Press Check-in; 12:30-1:00 Press conference; 2:45 Meet & Greet. PUMA NYC Flagship Store,- 609 Fifth Avenue. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 6:00 p.m. - Hamptons Jazz Fest presents Morris Goldberg and SafroJazz, South African/American fusion, featuring Bakithi Kumalo and Diego Urcola. Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
7:00 p.m. – Global livestream event to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of thrash/metal legends Anthrax, presented by Danny Wimmer Presents. The Global Livestream event, debuting July 16/17 (depending on your global location), will remain available to fans worldwide to tune in through July 25 via video on demand. The band - Joey Belladonna / vocalist, Scott Ian / rhythm guitar, Frank Bello / bass, Charlie Benante / drums, and Jon Donais / guitar – will perform an extensive set of hits and deep cuts that will pull from the band's entire catalog. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:00 p.m. – Play opening: Theatre Three presents THE FANTASTICKS. Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt. Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand. A boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall ... The world's longest running musical is a timeless tale of love and loss, of growth and acceptance. Featuring a score blending musical theatre and jazz, The Fantasticks is a heartfelt celebration of moonlight and magic. Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
8:00 p.m. – Virtual discussion: BOOKISH, a virtual series with authors, thinkers, and performers. Tonight: Carl Hiaasen, Mark Haskell Smith, Gina Frangello, and Joyce Carol Oates, hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh. On Zoom. Register: John Smith (555) 555-5555
SATURDAY, JULY 17
Birthdays: Lucie Arnaz , David Hasselhoff , Billie Lourd , Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles , Phoebe Snow , Donald Sutherland , Alex Winter . [Art Linkletter, 1912; Phyllis Diller, 1917; Diahann Carroll, 1935; Spencer Davis, 1941.] [Disneyland opens, 1955; Apollo/Soyuz handshake in space, 1975.]
3:00 p.m. - Virtual show: KSI - Olajide 'JJ' Olatunji presents a ground-breaking global event, The KSI Show transmitted by Moment House and in partnership with Proper Loud, MBA Live and premium lifestyle brand Ignite. The exclusive multi-dimensional show will include a stellar cast of guest stars, surprise performers, dancers, acrobatics, and artists. It will follow the release of his sophomore album "All Over The Place," out July 16th. Produced by Fast Lane Entertainment and Gold Dust Films, the one-of-a-kind spectacular will follow KSI from his bedroom where it all started, moving in and out of a dream like state around custom stages that will incorporate elements of music performances, surreal TV sets and comedy skits written by Joe Chandler, Nick Wegener, Olajide Olatunji and James Farmer. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:00 p.m. – In concert: Central Park SummerStage presents disco icon Gloria Gaynor, and DJ Stormin' Norman of Disco Sequestered. Coney Island Amphitheater
3052 W. 21st Street, Brooklyn. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
SUNDAY, JULY 18
Kristen Bell , Sir Richard Branson , James Brolin , Vin Diesel , Dion (DiMucci) , Audrey Landers , Elizabeth McGovern , Martha Reeves , Paul Verhoeven , Wendy Williams . [Nelson Mandela, 1918; Sen. John Glenn, 1921.] [Sen. Edward Kennedy's auto accident at Chappaquiddick, 1969.]
LIVE 12:00 noon – Art opening: KALIEF BROWDER: THE BOX by Coby Kennedy. An eight-by-ten-by-six-feet sculpture that replicates the exact dimensions of a solitary confinement cell. Framed by steel, the glass surfaces are etched with line renderings of the bed, barred window, and toilet that sparsely furnish the inhumane settings. Alongside these diagrams are texts that draw parallels between the United States' carceral centers and Guantanamo Bay, and also critique the gross abuses of civil liberties when innocent men and women are abducted for untried crimes. Viewed from the exterior and lit from below, the sculpture also pays tribute to the overwhelming endurance that Browder, alongside his family members, struggled to maintain. Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:00 p.m. – In concert: Songwriters In The Round, first of two evenings of songs and stories performed by some of Long Island's finest singer songwriters. Tonight: host Fred Raimondo along with Inda Eaton, Jack LaCitra & Rorie Kelly. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 78 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
MONDAY, JULY 19
Birthdays: Beverly Archer , Vikki Carr , Benedict Cumberbatch , Anthony Edwards , Atom Egoyan , Larry David Eudene , Steven Anthony Lawrence , Brian May , Ilie Nastase , Jared Padalecki , Campbell Scott .
LIVE 6:00 p.m. – "Swing Under The Stars" Music Mondays presents THE HOT TODDIES w/Hannah Gill & Queen Esther - EP release! WATERMARK, Pier 15 / 78 South Street. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:30 p.m. – 92nd Street Y screening and talk: DR. DEATH. Join the star and showrunner of Peacock's new series, Joshua Jackson and Patrick Macmanus, for a special advanced screening and a conversation about the making of their show. Buttenwieser Hall, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. Also available online. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 8:00 p.m. – In concert: Harry Chapin 40 Year Anniversary Docu-Concert with The Chapin Family. A Celebration of A Life featuring Tom Chapin, The Chapin Sisters, The Jen Chapin Trio and Harry's original band members Big John Wallace and Howard Fields. Chapin passed away on July 16, 1981. City Winery, Pier 57, Hudson River Park, 15th Street & West Side Highway. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9:00 p.m. – Virtual reunion: THE DAILY SHOW TURNS 25. Join The Daily Show co-creators Madeleine Smithberg and Lizz Winstead and the original correspondents, Beth Littleford, Brian Unger, and A. Whitney Brown to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the show. Live 75-minute conversation with clips with Madeleine Smithberg and Lizz Winstead and the original correspondents, Beth Littleford, Brian Unger and A. Whitney Brown. Live studio audience selected from ticket buyers; live Q&A from the audience chat. Proceeds from the show will benefit Winstead's non-profit Abortion Access Front.
Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
TUESDAY, JULY 20
Birthdays: Gisele Bundchen , Kim Carnes , Donna Dixon , Omar Epps , Judy Greer , Sally Ann Howes , Charlie Korsmo , Sandra Oh , Robert Rodriguez , Carlos Santana . [Dame Diana Rigg, 1938.] ["Plan 9 From Outer Space" premieres, 1959; Apollo 11 makes first manned moon landing, 1969; Bruce Lee dies, 1973; "Batman" shootings in Aurora, CO, 2012.]
Virtual press days: High Octane Pictures Dark Comedy "Stealing Chaplin" Debuts on Amazon Prime on August 3. The film stars Simon Phillips (Age of the Living Dead, No Easy Days), Doug Phillips (Not All Who Wander, Butchers), Al Sapienza (The Sopranos, House of Cards, Suits), Peter Woodward (The Patriot, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Babylon), Ken Bressers (The Nights Before Christmas, The United Nations of Horror), Anne-Carolyn Binette (Age of The Living Dead, The Scarlet Vultures, Butchers), Liliana Vargas (Make Mo Money, Sara Did It), the cinematic debut of Bianca Katz, and Mr. Las Vegas Himself Wayne Newton. Inspired by real events, two Las Vegas based con men dig up and steal the corpse of comedian Charlie Chaplin in order to ransom it. With the theft gaining the world's attention and the reward rising daily, soon every local lowlife, criminal and dirty cop wants a piece of the action. "Stealing Chaplin" became the first comedy feature film to auction collectible NFT's last month. Embracing the NFT World with not one but fifteen unique collectible NFT's for auction providing comedic content crafted directly from the acclaimed diabolical dark comedy. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:00 p.m. - STOMP, the award-winning international sensation and iconic New York theatrical landmark, which has been astonishing audiences at the Orpheum Theatre for the past 26 years, will resume performances. Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Avenue at 8th Street in the East Village. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
7:00 p.m. – Virtual talk: The Town Hall Laughs: A Series about the History of Comedy at The Town Hall. Tonight: Professor and author of WILL ROGERS: A BIOGRAPHY Ben Yagoda will join The Town Hall for a discussion of one of the United State's most important humorists: the vaudevillian, film actor and writer Will Rogers. Register free: [Link]
LIVE 7:30 p.m. – 92nd Street Y Jazz In July presents Kurt Elling & Bill Charlap: Standard Time. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. Also available online. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 8:00 p.m. – Play opening: Thirdwing, a theater company with roots planted in both the live and streaming theater realms, is thrilled to launch its inaugural live performance with the world premiere of THE DISCIPLE, written and directed by Rachel Carey. THE DISCIPLE begins performances Tuesday, July 20 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 25. The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
Birthdays: Lance Guest , Josh Hartnett , Norman Jewison , Jon Lovitz , Damian Marley , Michael Richards (Seinfeld) , Yusuf Islam [Cat Stevens] . [Ernest Hemingway, 1899; Marshall McLuhan, 1911; Isaac Stern, 1920; Don Knotts, 1924; Robin Williams, 1952.]
*LIVE 2:00 p.m. – Book signing: The Drama Book Shop announces its first in-person book signing with IN THE HEIGHTS: FINDING HOME authors Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter. Visit The Drama Book Shop at its new home at 266 West 39th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:00 p.m. – Comedy: Seth Meyers. Caroline's Comedy Club, 1626 Broadway. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9:00 p.m. – Virtual talk: a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: An Evening with Lin-Manuel Miranda, discussing his book, In the Heights: Finding Home.
THURSDAY, JULY 22
Birthdays: Keegan Allan , Albert Brooks , Jaime Camil , George Clinton , Willem Dafoe , Louise Fletcher , Danny Glover , Selena Gomez , Don Henley , John Leguizamo , Paul Schrader , David Spade , Bobby Sherman , Terence Stamp , [Orson Bean, 1928; Alex Trebek, 1940.] [O.J. Simpson pleads "absolutely 100 percent not guilty" to double murder charge, 1994.]
7:00 p.m. - Virtual conversations: Vineyard Theatre's 2021 Gala Series culminates in an intimate conversation between legendary musical theatre composers John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, The Vineyard's The Scottsboro Boys) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton). Brandon Victor Dixon and Heidi Blickenstaff will join previously announced artists including Mandy Gonzalez, Bryonha Marie Parham, and George Salazar, to perform favorite selections from Mr. Kander and Mr. Miranda's songbooks, as the two men also share insights about their unique writing processes. The event is directed by Jen Bender with musical direction by Macy Schmidt. The Pay-What-You-Can virtual event will debut on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm ET, with on-demand access available through Sunday, July 25 at 11:59pm ET. All proceeds from this special benefit event will directly support The Vineyard's artistic and education programs and re-opening plans, with Pay-What-You-Can tickets. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
LIVE 7:00 p.m. – Comedy: Luenell [Borat, I've Got the Hookup-2, Dolemite Is My Name], through 7/24. Caroline's Comedy Club, 1626 Broadway. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
FRIDAY, JULY 23
Birthdays: Charisma Carpenter , Omar Epps , Woody Harrelson , Kem [Kim Owens] , Eriq LaSalle , Larry Manetti , Edie McClurg , Daniel Radcliffe , Slash (Saul Hudson) , Marlon Wayans , Paul Wesley . [Vic Morrow and 2 child actors killed during filming of "Twilight Zone," 1982.]
*LIVE 10:00 a.m. - 38th Annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning, through 7/25. Performance today by Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner, in her very first in-person, live, solo concert in more than a year. Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station (Readington Township), NJ. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*8:00 p.m. -Virtual play: Art Lab and ShowTown Productions are pleased to announce that Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young – former American Idol contestants who are married in real life – will co-star in a new virtual production of the 2013 Broadway musical comedy, FIRST DATE. The play, which features music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and book by Austin Winsberg, tells the story of Aaron (Young) and Casey (DeGarmo), two single New Yorkers on a blind date with nothing to lose, except maybe their patience and sanity. This hilariously relatable musical puts you right at the bar along with them – and all the persistent voices in their heads. The production, directed by Meg Fofonoff, will stream for five performances from July 23-25 on the ticketing platform, Stellar. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
SATURDAY, JULY 24
Birthdays: Barry Bonds , Ruth Buzzi , Lynda Carter , Kristin Chenoweth , Mick Fleetwood , Gallagher (Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.) , Summer Glau , Kadeem Hardison , Robert Hays , Bindi Irwin , Jennifer Lopez , Anna Paquin , Chris Sarandon , Mara Wilson . [Amelia Earhart, 1898.]
*2:00 p.m. – Virtual investor workshop: Surette & Hall's MOMS: THE MUSICAL announces cast for a fully staged/choreographed workshop open to industry professionals and the general public via livestream. The musical stars Sydney Wesson (Greenday's American Idiot; Lizzie: The Musical) as Justine Clearwater, a high-powered workaholic mom who doesn't take to motherhood naturally and Leah Platt (Fiddler On The Roof National Tour) as Mia Swason, a bubbly stay-at-home mom desperate for a friend. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 4:00 p.m. - The Polo Hamptons 2021 Match & Cocktail Party, hosted by Christie Brinkley. 900 Lumber Lane Bridgehampton. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 6:30 p.m. – Party: #1 global party purveyors, elrow make their triumphant return with their freewheeling Psyrowdelic Trip at Brooklyn Mirage. Both Indoors and outdoors, this 10 hour musicial, visual, and experiential extravaganza will be anything but normal. The far out flower power themed experience will last from sunset to nearly sunrise. Brooklyn Mirage, 140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 7:00 p.m. - Dan's Rosé Soirée, The Hamptons Summer Kickoff Event. Celebrate the 2021 season in style as we indulge in the unofficial beverage of summer: Rosé along with our Special Guest Host, Rosanna Scotto, Anchor of Good Day New York. Nova's Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road, Water Mill. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 7:00 p.m. - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents special performances of YOU ARE HERE, a free public sculpture, sound, and live performance installation conceived by Andrea Miller, award-winning choreographer and artistic director of movement-based production company GALLIM. Tonight through 7/30, the audio portraits are replaced by live performances by the Lincoln Center and New York community participants, each featuring several portraits now brought to life, co-directed by Andrea Miller and Lynsey Peisinger, with choreography by Miller—performed by GALLIM dancers: Lauryn Hayes, Christopher Kinsey, Nouhoum Koita, Misa Lucyshyn, Gary Reagan, Connor Speetjens, Taylor Stanley, Haley Sung, Georgia Usborne, Amadi Washington; who tell a story, dance, sing, breathe, or reflect — offering a window into their experiences processing this past year. Continues through 7/23. Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 7:00 p.m. - Central Park SummerStage presents Sun Ra Arkestra / Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty / DJ Greg Caz. A night of avant-garde jazz led by SummerStage's inaugural headliners and Afrofuturism titans and joined by all-female improv-heavy jazz trio. Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 8:00 p.m. – Comedy: Andrew Dice Clay, here tonight, 8/1, and 8/9. Main Stage, City Winery, Pier 57, Hudson River Park, 15th Street & West Side Highway. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 8:00 p.m. – Comedy: Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Great Lawn, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 78 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*LIVE 8:00 p.m. – Film festival screening: Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series presents THE LOST LEONARDO [Sony Pictures Classics], directed by Andreas Koefoed. SummerDocs host (and HamptonsFilm Board member) Alec Baldwin and Artistic Director David Nugent will once again lead conversations with filmmakers and guests, presenting entertaining and engaging documentary filmmaking from revolutionary storytellers to audiences on the East End. Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
ORGANIZATIONS AND MAJOR AWARDS
The 94th Oscars ceremony will be presented on Sunday, March 27, 2022. The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration will return to the standard December 31 deadline: a feature film must have a qualifying release date between March 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on September 19, 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
The Television Academy has unveiled a vibrant new design for this year's Emmy Awards key art. Media may download high-resolution files of the artwork here: [Link]
The NATIONAL Academy of Television Arts and Sciences [NATAS] has announced that all the Emmy ceremonies that they run will be conducted virtually in 2021. This includes: News ceremony 9/21. Documentary ceremony 9/22.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The ceremony will take place in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as part of their fall NAB Show on October 10, 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
The Critics Choice Association (CCA) will introduce a major new awards event in 2022 – The World Movie Awards – which will honor the finest in non-English language films. This global event has been in the planning stages for several years and has gained fresh impetus thanks to the recent formation of an International Branch of the CCA, which began enlisting new members this spring. This is in addition to the Critics Choice Awards on January 9. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
MEANWHILE, OUT OF TOWN…
7/27-28 – The Country Music Association will host CMA Summer Jam, a brand new, two-night summer concert experience live from Nashville's open-air Ascend Amphitheater. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
7/29-8/1 - Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/2-5 - The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tennessee. Contact: [press] John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/1-11 - The 78th Venice International Film Festival / La Biennale di Venezia. World premieres include DUNE. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/18 - Beverly Hills' Face Forward to Host Annual Star-Studded Gala in Dallas, Texas!
For more than a decade, Face Forward International's Annual Gala has been touted as one of L.A.'s most premier events. This year, Face Forward will bring a taste of Beverly Hills flair and splendour to the Lone Star State, and celebrate its annual gala in Dallas, Texas! The Beverly Hills-based non-profit provides life-changing reconstructive surgeries at zero cost for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other cruel acts of crime. Face Forward's Board Chairwoman is actress Christina DeRosa. Committee Members include Kelly Osbourne, Sophia Hutchins, Byron Scott, among many other distinguished stars. With an exquisite Brazillian Carnival theme honoring the diversity of Face Forward's patients, guests will enjoy lavish Caipirinha cocktails, live music, Samba dancing, masquerade, and much more. This annual gala is Face Forward's most important event of the year, as it raises funds that cover patient treatments and recoveries, airfare, accommodations, emotional therapy, and other associated medical expenses. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
11/3-14 – American Black Film Festival 25th Anniversary. Live in Miami Beach 11/3-7, virtual 11/8-14. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
1/20-30 - 2022 Sundance Film Festival will take place in-person and online. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
3/11-20 – SXSW in Austin, Texas. Press applications open in August, 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
3/13 – 75th BAFTA Awards, EE British Academy Film Awards in London. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
FILM & TV STORY OPPORTUNITIES
*WE tv debuts groundbreaking original investigative docuseries, The Mysterious Death of Eazy-E on Thursday, August 12th at 10pm. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews, the four hour-long installments explore the extraordinary impact Eric Wright, aka Eazy-E, had on the music industry and his daughter's quest for answers to the perplexing circumstances surrounding the 1995 death of the gangsta rap icon. Did Eazy-E truly die from AIDS? If so, how did he contract it? Are there people who wanted this pioneer and father dead? The investigative series uncovers these questions and more. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*Green Apple Entertainment has announced the digital release date for its recently acquired film MONDO HOLLYWOODLAND, a sprawling, surreal feature from director Janek Ambros (IMMINENT THREAT, HUMAN CAPITAL, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS) and Chris Blim (WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, NIGHTMOON CITY), and executive produced by Oscar® nominee James Cromwell (BABE, LA CONFIDENTIAL, Succession, American Horror Story). MONDO HOLLYWOODLAND will debut on August 3 on Amazon and other transactional VOD platforms, and will begin a week's run at Arena CineLounge in Hollywood and possibly other cities. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Janek Ambros for Assembly Line Entertainment and starring, produced and co-written by Chris Blim for Good Hammer TV. Joining Cromwell as EP's are Galo Medina, Kelly Parker, and Co-Executive Producer Ryan Easton. Artwork and screeners available. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*Netflix's six-episode series COCAINE COWBOYS: THE KINGS OF MIAMI will premiere on August 4, 2021. Alleged to be the chief U.S. distributors for two of Colombia's biggest cartels, Cuban exiles Augusto "Willy" Falcon and Salvador "Sal" Magluta were accused of smuggling over 75 tons of cocaine into the U.S. in the 1980s. The high school friends built a reputed $2 billion empire that made Willy and Sal, aka "Los Muchachos," two of Miami's biggest celebrities. While law enforcement plotted their takedown, the world champion powerboat racers managed to skillfully outrun and outmaneuver prosecution for decades before the chase finally came to an end. Featuring colorful interviews with those closest to them, their defense team, and the Feds tasked with taking them down, the series paints a vivid portrait of the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys." Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*BLACK EASTER, the action-packed film highlighting an extremist group's ploy to travel back in time and assassinate Jesus Christ, is now available to audiences everywhere on Amazon Prime. Winner of multiple international film awards and panned as the 'most controversial movie of the year', BLACK EASTER is written and directed by Jim Carroll. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*OF ANIMALS AND MEN, a documentary about the true story of how Jan and Antonina Żabiński, a Catholic family and the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland, saved nearly 300 Jews during World War II. This creative doc will premiere in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Theaters on Friday, July 23, 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*Emmy nominees available: Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program, Bruce Grayson and James Mackinnon. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American VOD rights to Andrew Morgan's feature film SAMANTHA ROSE which will be available to rent and own on North American digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms on September 7, 2021 through Freestyle Digital Media. Director Andrew Morgan (Long Gone By, The True Cost) is set to release his latest feature film, Samantha Rose, conceived of, shot and completed during the 2020 pandemic in a small and safe cast and crew setting in the rural settings of the Pacific Northwest. Centering non-binary actor, Sam Rose, the feature is a tale of a young woman battling family codependence and aimlessness alike. There are motorcycle rides and homemade wine, midnight swims and bonfires, horses, camping, and a love story that unfolds as Sam comes to see her life for what it really is: her own. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
In celebration of the 5th anniversary of BLACKPINK's debut, BLACKPINK THE MOVIE will be released in more than 100 territories worldwide. BLACKPINK's debut song reached the top of every record chart in Korea within only four hours of its release. Five years later, BLACKPINK has risen to worldwide stardom thanks to its members' exceptional talents and fan's (BLINK) love and support. The film consists of diverse sequences focused on each member of BLACKPINK, including: The Room of Memories, a segment looking back on five years of memories since BLACKPINK's debut, "Beauty, " compelling shots of all four members with their distinct characteristics, "Exclusive Interviews," a message for the fans. Furthermore, the re-edited versions of the live performances from THE SHOW (2021), IN YOUR AREA (2018), and a dozen more hit songs by BLACKPINK will unfold on the screens to provide global fans with a touching experience as though they are actually at fan meeting events and live concerts. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
It's Magic! Larry Cech's South Pointe Pictures announces the launch of the new, dynamic production company in Cannes, along with its first feature film, the new English language comedy, C'EST MAGIQUE (IT'S MAGIC!). David Hasselhoff (Baywatch, Dodgeball, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) and Larry Cech (Absinthe, 90 Minutes of the Fever) are set to star with a cavalcade of additional talent that will be announced shortly. Top French comedic director, Nicolas Benamou (Babysitting, Babysitting II, Full Speed), is set to direct. His latest feature, the Christian Clavier helmer Do You, Do You Saint Tropez, will be released wide in theaters and across all platforms globally this month. C'EST MAGIQUE is the story about two French magicians who accidentally qualify to compete in the world's largest magic competition in Las Vegas. The film is based on actual events about Cech's time in Las Vegas including working for some of the largest magic and production shows in the world. The story was written by Benamou and Cech. These are all big names in France, and thanks to The Hoff, will become big names in the US as well! Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
I AM YOU (2021)– An independent feature film based on the true story of three Afghan refugees, their will to survive, and the dramatic conditions they endure on their journeys to the unkown. Available now on Amazon Prime. Directed and Produced by Sonia Nassery Cole, we follow Massoud, a young man, who embarks on a perilous journey from Afghanistan through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Germany, along with a pregnant doctor and an old wise man. UNICEF Ambassador, refugee, and international model, Halima Aden, is one of the film's executive producers. Aden was drawn to the story as she was born in the Kakuma UNHCR refugee camp in Kenya before being resettled in America as a child. For joint interviews with Halima Aden and Sonia Nassery Cole, please contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
REVEILLE, a short film adapted from Audie Murphy's book, To Hell and Back, tells the first hand experience of the most decorated war veteran during his time in World War II. The title role of Murphy will be portrayed by Jared Becker, who is represented by Courtney Peldon of Aqua Talent and Jennifer Milner of Panache Management. The film will focus on chapter four of Murphy's book, a dark installment, dedicated to depicting the unforgiving aspects of combat that few war movies often showcase. The film's purpose is to portray an accurate, raw and unapologetic depiction of combat and accurate retelling of the war hero, Audie Murphy's story. Principal photography is set to begin in November of 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions is proud to announce her series, SUZANNE'S SATURDAY NIGHTS SCARES is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV. For classic horror fans, the series showcases older classic horror films with special interviews with celebrity guests and special horror icons from the old time Hollywood horror genre who talk about fun facts and tidbits from behind the scenes. Recent guests include Morgan Fairchild (The Initiation of Sarah) and Lara Parker (Dark Shadows). Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
MUSIC STORY OPPORTUNITIES
*Russian alt/goth-metal band THE END OF MELANCHOLY has revealed a new video for their take on the Led Zeppelin classic "The Immigrant Song" from their latest album, NATURE UNLEASHED. No viking kitties here, just a whole lot of ice-hard rock!
Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*UK Pop Phenom LAURAN HIBBERD, as the reluctant blonde girlfriend of an almost-famous drummer, shakes off a deadbeat partner in music video for "Bleugh." Produced By Suzy Shinn (Dua Lipa, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy). Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*Long Shadows Dawn, the new project from vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Fest) together with Swedish guitarist Emil Norberg (Persuader) will release their debut album "Isle of Wrath" August 6th. Both Doogie and Emil are available for interviews together to discuss their new collaboration. Interviews will be in conducted via Skype and Zoom. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*Emo pop band FRAMES have announced details surrounding their upcoming new album "Every Room" which will be released on September 24, 2021 through Know Hope Records. The band is based in Richmond, VA and was founded by singer/guitarist Sarah Phung in 2019. On "Tabletop" Sarah says "The song is much like me: short and angsty."
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SET IT OFF have just dropped the powerful, gorgeous, and head-turning video for the acoustic version of "Happy All the Time." It features the Compton Kidz Club choir, an all-female group, as well as Issues' bassist Skyler Acord, adding further emotion, depth, and weight to the song.
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Supergrass presents the remastered expanded version of their beloved, classic second album IN IT FOR THE MONEY. The 3CD, 2 x 2LP and Digital Formats will be released on August 27, 2021 on BMG, which sees the album available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1997. The announcement is accompanied by a previously unreleased early version of 'It's Not Me'. Originally released on April 21, 1997 to a hail of critical and commercial acclaim, IN IT FOR THE MONEY saw Supergrass reach #2 in Album Charts, passing platinum status in the UK and selling over a million copies worldwide. It was voted in the NME's top 10 Albums of 1997 and included in Robert Dimery's '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die'. Shedding their skin as the jolly japey kids we met on archetypal teenage debut I Should Coco, IN IT FOR THE MONEY was dark, perverse and bristling with barely-repressed anger. It is the sound of Supergrass creating a world that was at once reassuringly normal and exhilaratingly weird. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
Benefit album: Blue Note Records, Concord Music Group, Mack Avenue Music Group, Nonesuch Records, Universal Music Group, Verve Label Group, and Warner Music Group, have taken the unprecedented step of joining hands for RELIEF, an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music to be issued on LP, CD and digitally September 24, continuing the non-profit Jazz Foundation of America's (JFA) ongoing efforts to aid musicians affected by the international shutdown of venues and other performance opportunities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2-LP Set, CD and Digital Album features Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Jimmy Heath, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, IRMA and LEO (Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese), Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charles Lloyd, Hiromi, Kenny Garrett, Jon Batiste, and other Jazz greats. All net proceeds from the package – comprising studio and live tracks by top-flight jazz artists – will benefit the JFA's Musicians' Emergency Fund, established in the spring of 2020 after the pandemic ground the music industry to a sudden, catastrophic halt. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
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*STUDY RESULTS: GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its ninth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a study that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ characters in feature films released by the eight major film studios. For the first time in the report's history, queer women characters outnumber queer men but the report finds no LGBTQ characters with disabilities, no LGBTQ characters living with HIV, and transgender and/or non-binary characters remain completely absent for a fourth year in a row. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
TV CHEF: Harrah's Southern California have announced their partnership with celebrated multi-Michelin-starred chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay to launch a brand-new HELL'S KITCHEN restaurant, set to debut in Spring 2022. The opening of this Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN will mark the first for Southern California, the third in the country, and the largest outpost to date with 332 seats for guests. In line with the legendary HELL'S KITCHEN concept, the restaurant design and menu elements will be inspired and executed by the long-running FOX culinary competition series of the same name. The restaurant space will feature three areas for guests to experience HELL'S KITCHEN, including an elevated bar, full-service restaurant and elegant lounge. Harrah's Southern California Resort and Casino is on Rincon Way in Funner, in San Diego County. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
FOOD+TOY: It's game time for Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Taz and others as the Happy Meal gets a Tune-up for the first time since 1996! Starting today, fans can enjoy special Happy Meal toy versions of Looney Tunes characters from the upcoming animated/live-action event film SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY, in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max July 16. Add a Happy Meal to your order via McDonald's App (July 6-12) or McDelivery with UberEats (July 13-15) and you'll be entered for a chance to score the limited-edition basketball jersey! For those who still can't get enough of McDonald's x Space Jam: A New Legacy style, select merch from the collection – like the custom sweatshirt and t-shirt – will also be featured on Golden Arches Unlimited for purchase beginning in early July, while supplies last.
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REAL ESTATE – Lived in and loved by some of the most powerful actors and entertainers in the world, the historic W.C. Fields Mansion in celebrity-rich-and-gated Laughlin Park is for sale, priced at $15 million. Though he didn't own the house, not believing in home ownership, Fields rented the home in 1940 and added a pool table, a ping-pong table and bowling lanes set up in the living room - but almost no furniture. A legendary party guy, he had three bars in the house, including a portable bar, and lived there until his death in 1946. Since then it has always been known as the W.C. Fields Mansion. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
FOOTBALL: The 2021 NFL season starts on September 12, 2021. Full Team Schedules Available on NFL.com & the NFL App. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
PETITION, HOLLYWOOD HISTORY: Pacific Theaters announced that they would not be reopening after the pandemic. The move will effectively shut down hundreds of movie screens operated under the ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific name, including the iconic Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, operated by ArcLight. The beloved theater has been a treasured part of Hollywood history, used by some of the most celebrated directors in movie history to spotlight their films. A petition launched late on Monday night after the news of the theater closings started to spread, and within just a few hours built more than 1,000 signers. Now, it is one of the largest new entertainment petitions on Change.org. It was started by a filmmaker and actor named Ben Steinberg, who notes how deeply important the Cinerama Dome is in movie history. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
*Environmental advocate and author Suzy Amis Cameron, and noted filmmaker and explorer James Cameron announce a partnership with public school districts across the United States with their innovative, private, online learning platform, MUSE Virtual. This new partnership will bring innovation to students' virtual learning experiences - a need felt across the country. MUSE Virtual Students thrived during their first year online - participating in live classroom instruction, interactive lessons and collaborative learning with peers across the country. Even partaking in after school elective courses with family members such as plant-based cooking, performing arts, and visual arts. When the writer/director of AVATAR and THE ABYSS helps educate virtual students in environmental matters, everybody wins! Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
"Vax That Thang Up!" Serving up one of the hottest and most iconic collaborations of the year, BLK, the largest dating app made for Black singles with over 5 million downloads to-date, has partnered with rap legends Juvenile, Mannie Fresh and Mia X, turning the iconic rap classic "Back That Thang Up" into the new vaccine anthem "Vax That Thang Up." The comedic reboot centers around a clear message: dating is better in all the ways once you're vaccinated. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
Actor, singer and teacher's son Taye Diggs joins up with AdoptAClassroom.org, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps students and teachers get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, and Burlington Stores to give back. Now through August 9th, customers are encouraged to donate a $1 or more at check out to support teachers and students within their store community and nationwide. Funds collected at Burlington's more than 780 stores nationwide will help to offset the money teachers spend out of their own pockets on supplies for their classroom each school year. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
"Our Time Has Come." A host of celebrities and influencers from the world of music, film, fashion and photography have joined forces with iconic British designer Stella McCartney and global animal protection organization Humane Society International to call for a global end to fur cruelty. Launched as part of McCartney's Autumn 2021 'Our time has come' campaign, which dropped earlier this month with a tongue-in-cheek nature mockumentary narrated by British comedian David Walliams, the celebrities posted fur-free video messages on Instagram wearing a variety of animal costumes featured in McCartney's short film. In the video messages, Stella McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney and Mary McCartney wearing animal head costumes, call for their audience to sign HSI's petition to end deadly fur globally. Dame Judi Dench disguised as a bird is joined by singer Leona Lewis, actresses Nathalie Emmanuel, Maggie Q, Kat Graham and Rain Phoenix, influencer Aaliyah Ramsey, model Ariish, photographer Megan Winstone, and activists and content creators Jack Harries of Earthrise Studio and Ed Winters of Earthling Ed. The celebrity posts urge their Instagram and Twitter followers to sign Humane Society International's petitions for a UK fur sales ban and a global end to fur farming.
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FLIX 4 JABS: Who doesn't like a free movie ticket, especially when it's a gift from the world's most famous movie theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, home to the famous forecourt of movie stars hand and footprints and the world's largest IMAX theatre. Now, the theatre has announced that it was giving a free movie ticket to everyone who gets a Covid-19 vaccination, so be sure and hold on to your Covid-19 vaccination record card. As of now, the TCL Chinese Theatre hopes to resume normal operations this spring and plans to showcase a major roster of blockbuster movies and movie star handprint footprint ceremonies throughout 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
FILM FESTIVALS, near and far, but this year, as close as your Internet.
8/9-13 - SIGGRAPH 2021. Virtual only. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
8/12-19 – Hollywood Fringe, both live and virtual. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
8/23-26 - CinemaCon 2021 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Please note the deadline to submit requests is Friday, June 25, 2021. We will begin notifying media of their credential status beginning the week of July 5, 2021. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
8/27-29 – The Inaugural Pioneertown International Film Festival, presented by Fistful of Bourbon, in the iconic desert town everyone's talking about, just 2 hours from LA near Joshua Tree. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/9-18 - TIFF 2021, 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/7-13 – Hamptons International Film Festival. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/27-11/2 – Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
11/3 – 11/11 - Asian World Film Festival in Culver City, CA. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
11/4-14 – Ojai Film Festival. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
NYC AREA FOCUS
NHL Eastern Conference champs, The New York Islanders will open the 2021-2022 season in their new home, UBS Arena at Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
NYC Homecoming! Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans for a mega concert in Central Park on August 21 to promote New York City's revitalization. Music industry icon Clive Davis is aiming for eight "iconic" stars to perform a three-hour show for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
In celebration of the highly-anticipated re-opening of Broadway theaters this fall, the Broadway Live Cinema Festival launches as a four-week film and live performance event honoring Broadway and movie musicals. The inaugural festival runs from July 15th through August 8th at the AMC Empire 25 Theater in Times Square, and will feature the award-winning classic films Chicago, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and the acclaimed new release In The Heights. Each film will be presented as an immersive theatrical experience, where live performances by Broadway stars will be integrated into the classic Hollywood movie musicals. After the live cinema performance, audiences will be treated to exclusive access to 54 Below at the AMC Rooftop, where they can enjoy the outdoor after-party with top line talent curated by Feinstein's/54 Below. The full lineup of performers will be announced at a later date. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
TONYS ARE BACK. CBS and Tony Award Productions will celebrate Broadway's highly anticipated return of live theatre with a multi-platform event, THE TONY AWARDS PRESENT: BROADWAY'S BACK! on Sunday, September 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+ and the CBS app. The evening will kick-off with the presentation of the American Theatre Wing's 74th Annual Tony Awards at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT live exclusively on Paramount+. The streaming presentation will honor the outstanding shows, performances and artistry of the 2019-2020 Broadway season, which was brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
Broadway Reopens! The battle is on for which show will be first. Originally, the date was announced as September 14, then Hadestown announced they would reopen on September 2. Not a typo. The opening date is subject to the approval of the New York State Department of Health and the governor, so watch this space, and get your poshest masks ready for Reopening night!
7/20 – STOMP! Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/2 – Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/12 – Pass Over at the August Wilson Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/14 - Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/21 – Little Shop Of Horrors at the Westside Theatre: Vivacity Media Group. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/24 – Moulin Rouge! The Musical! At the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/28 – Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/5 – To Kill A Mockingbird at the Shubert Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/8 - Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/11 – Vineyard Theatre production of IS THIS A ROOM, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Tina Satter. Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th Street. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/13 – Girl From The North Country at the Belasco Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/16 – Ain't Too Proud at the Imperial Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/17 – The Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group and Vineyard Theatre production of DANA H., by Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath and directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters. Played in rep with IS THIS A ROOM. Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th Street. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/21 - Jagged Little Pill at the Broadhurst Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
10/22 – Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
11/5 – The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
11/16 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre. Note: this show has been rewritten to be performed as one show, instead of a two-part story. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
12/11 – Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
Theatregoers are encouraged to visit Broadway.org for updated information about show times and performances as they are announced. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
FOR FUTURE PLANNING
9/8-12 – New York Fashion Week. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/13 - Met Gala, to benefit the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and conclude New York Fashion Week. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/26 - American Theatre Wing's 74th Annual Tony Awards live exclusively on Paramount+. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
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