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Hear Low Cut Connie Ruminate on Lust and Faith on ‘What Has Happened to Me’
“It’s a heavy song for me,” the band’s frontman Adam Weiner says. “Very freeing. A lot of wild shit happened over the last few years and I just kind of let it all hang out with that one”.

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Watching ‘Uncut Gems’ can help you channel the anxiety of the moment — and inspire you to reexamine black-Jewish relations
Describing “Uncut Gems” as that movie that brought Adam Sandler rave reviews for playing a New York Jewish diamond dealer doesn’t do it justice.

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Paramount Makes ‘Selma’ Free to Rent Through June on Digital Platforms
The project joins other films tackling racial issues that have been made available at no cost for those looking to educate themselves in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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First Trailer for ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Reveals the Long-Awaited Sequel
At long last, the first trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music has arrived.

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George Carlin Documentary in the Works from Judd Apatow
In a new interview with the Boston Globe, Judd Apatow has revealed that he’s currently working on a documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin.

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Friends Co-Creator Marta Kauffman Admits Regrets Over Lack of Diversity
Friends, the 25-year-old sitcom that seems just as popular today as it was during its original run from 1994-2004, is still making headlines as viewers look back at the show and many of its dated aspects.

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‘King of Staten Island’ Review: The World According to Pete Davidson
The ‘SNL’ star and director Judd Apatow mine details from Davidson’s real-life for this funny, moving tale of grieving and growing up. 

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Charlie Chaplin Filmed Here: Campaign Aims to Make Hollywood Alley a Historic Landmark
A silent-movie historian is seeking recognition for a byway where Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd filmed part of their respective classics: ‘The Kid,’ ‘Cops’ and ‘Safety Last.’

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With his show ‘Dave,’ Lil Dicky has found his true calling — being the Larry David of rap
If you haven’t heard of the comic rapper Lil Dicky, and you are at least tangentially interested in rap or comedy, you should familiarize yourself with him. 

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‘In My Room’ With the Indigo Girls
The Indigo Girls played a handful of songs from their manager’s office in Atlanta, Georgia, for “In My Room,” our IGTV series in which musicians perform while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lennie Niehaus, Alto Saxophonist and Frequent Clint Eastwood Collaborator, Dies at 90
His résumé includes ‘Bird,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ and an Emmy Award.

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Empire Podcast #416: Eliza Hittman
On the latest locked down slice of Empire Podcast goodness, we welcome Eliza Hittman, director of the excellent Never Rarely Sometimes Always, who joins Helen O’Hara for a transatlantic chat about the acclaimed drama.

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Warner Bros. Offers Free ‘Just Mercy’ Rentals to Help Educate on Systemic Racism
Warner Bros. has announced it is making its 2019 legal drama “Just Mercy” available for free on digital platforms such as Amazon and iTunes throughout June in response to the death of George Floyd.

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John Legend, Taraji P. Henson, and More Sign Open Letter to Stop Increasing Police Budgets
A report from Variety states the “open demand letter” has already been signed by the likes of Lizzo, John Legend, Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, and more.

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Documentary on Juilliard Drama Division Co-Founder and Teacher to the Stars Gets On-Demand Release
Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy looks at the theatre teaching legend who counts Patti LuPone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and more as his former students.

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UK Genre Festival FrightFest Postponed To October
FrightFest, the annual UK genre movie event, has shifted dates from August to October due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Why Jerry Seinfeld Never Made Another Sitcom After Seinfeld Ended
“…Some still wonder why Seinfeld never developed another sitcom. Well, now the actor and comedian is opening up on his reason for opting against it.”

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‘Fraggle Rock’ Team on Rebooting the Series From Home and Possible Season 2
The beloved 1980s children’s puppet program was revived as “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!,” a series of six episodes that were five minutes each.

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Richard Herd, ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Who Played Mr. Wilhelm, Dies at 87
Veteran character actor Richard Herd, best known for portraying Mr. Wilhelm on “Seinfeld,” died on Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of complications from cancer. He was 87.

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Venice Film Festival set to go ahead
The 2020 edition of the Venice Film Festival will go ahead as planned in September, the region’s governor has insisted.

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The Safdie Brothers Set First-Look Deal With HBO
Future TV projects from the ‘Uncut Gems’ directors will be produced by A24 under the pact.

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Virtual Cannes Market Unveils Works-in-Progress Titles
Four festivals have picked projects in post-production that will screen for buyers, sales agents, and festival programmers.

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The 10 Coolest Summer Albums of All Time
From the Beatles to Prince, 10 classic albums to break out when the temperature rises.

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Darren Criss to Star in Musical Comedy Series From ‘Clueless’ Director
Quibi series Royalties launches June 1st.

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Submit Your Questions for Tony-Winning Director Jerry Zaks Now!
The director of Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire and the upcoming The Music Man will answer your questions live on Playbill and The Growing Studio’s The Broadway Q&A Series.

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 ‘RS Interview: Special Edition’ With Jeff Goldblum
Actor discusses his prolific career, the legacy of Dr. Ian Malcolm and his reputation as a “shameless flirt”.

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Billy Crystal to join Jewish organizations in raising a glass to first responders
Billy Crystal will be hosting as the Secure Community Network, the security advisory body to U.S. Jewish community, raises a glass on Wednesday evening to the first responders who have been on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘The First Time’ With Joel McHale
McHale joins the rest of the cast of ‘Community’ to read the episode “Cooperative Polygraphy” in an effort to raise money for COVID-19 relief.

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Marc Maron Pays Emotional Tribute to Lynn Shelton
Marc Maron paid an emotional tribute to Lynn Shelton, his late girlfriend and creative collaborator who died Saturday from an unidentified blood disorder at the age of 54.

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Adam Sandler to Star in Netflix Movie ‘Hustle’ From Producer LeBron James
Sandler will star in “Hustle” from “We the Animals” director Jeremiah Zagar.

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Check Out Photos From Season 2 of The Politician, Starring Ben Platt, Judith Light, Bette Midler, More
The Ryan Murphy Netflix series returns in June.

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B.J. Novak Multicamera Comedy in the Works at HBO Max
The project from the ‘Office’ veteran has set up a writers’ room to develop multiple scripts.

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Watch: John Krasinski Reunites ‘The Office’ Cast for a Zoom Wedding
Krasinski reunites “The Office” cast to celebrate the union of a couple during the quarantine.

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Mayim Bialik’s ‘Call Me Kat’ Ordered to Series at Fox
The network has also formally picked up ‘Bob’s Burgers’ for its 11th season.

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Watch Idina Menzel and Ben Platt Duet on Aladdin Anthem ‘A Whole New World’
The Broadway favorites performed on the ABC special The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II.

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Stopping Short: 10 ‘Seinfeld’ Episodes You Forgot You Loved
From ‘The Mango’ to ‘The Marine Biologist,’ these are the stellar ‘Seinfelds’ that get unfairly overlooked.

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Maryland man launches ‘Seven Tones Project’ for quarantined musicians, filmmakers
Great music and great movies can still be made — even if you’re sheltered in place.

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Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died of natural causes, Ben Stiller says
Comedian, actor, and father of Ben Stiller has died at 92.

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Tired of Netflix? Virtual Maryland road trip comes to TV this week
The automotive series MotorWeek is taking viewers on a Western Maryland road trip in a special episode this week.

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Year Little Richard’s lifelong love affair with Judaism
The rock and roll pioneer who died on May 9 at 87, drew inspiration from Judaism.

Read more from Forward.

Jazz in the Movies author David Meeker teams with the Library of Congress
LOC offers searchable filmography that documents the work of some 1,000 major jazz and blues figures in over 25,000 cinema, television, and video productions.

Check out the Library of Congress’ collection.

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg Give Graduates Advice on John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’
“If we’re in service of our dreams versus our dreams being in service to us, it becomes something greater,” Spielberg said.

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The Walker Art Center posts collection of sixty in-depth conversations with directors, actors, writers, and producers
The catalogue is enriched throughout with archival sound, essays, photos, and ephemera.

Check out the Walker Art Center’s collection.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, More Set for Televised Robin Hood Benefit
Raise Up NewYork! will raise money for locals impacted by COVID-19. 

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Shooting During the Pandemic: How Global Producers Have Found New Ways to Work
From Sydney to Seoul, filmmakers are developing resourceful new ways to keep going: “There is something great about how working under these conditions has brought everyone together.”

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Star Wars Bombshell: Thor’s Taika Waititi Is Getting His Star Wars Movie, Here’s What We Know
Waititi is co-writing and directing his own Star Wars film. 

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YouTube to Host Free Virtual Film Festival With 20 Partners Including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance
The 10-day affair runs from May 29-June 7, 2020.

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Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald give a show-stopping performance of “Ladies Who Lunch”
From Stephen Sondheim’s birthday tribute.

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Barbra Streisand supports LGBTQ+ community with GLAAD Together in Pride appearance
Streisand shares a heartfelt message to help the organization raise money for LGBTQ+ community centers.

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The Beatles Are Holding a Digital Yellow Submarine Sing-a-Long
The classic animated film is streaming for fans on the band’s YouTube channel. 

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Stanley Tucci Made a Very, Very Dirty Martini for James Corden
A classy follow-up to last week’s viral bartending from the multi-talented actor.

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Filmmakers reminisce about their favorite movie Palace
BFI’s Sight and Sound virtually travels the world with the auteurs of our day.

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Mandy Patinkin blows a shofar Earth Day 2020
Patinkin was joined by Kathryn Grody for Hazon’s #SoundTheCall.

Check it out on YouTube.

Library of Congress Unveils New Digital DJ Tool
Citizen DJ brings the library’s archive to hip-hop lovers’ fingertips.

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AFI Silver programmers launch a new weekly film podcast
Podcast discussions center around the latest virtual cinema offerings.

Listen to the podcast on Anchor.fm.

Frederick Wiseman and Wes Anderson in conversation
Zipporah Films makes the rare interview available for a limited time.

Check out the interview on Vimeo.

Film critic Wendy Ide remembers Howard Feinsteinatch
He was “a world class bearer of grudges. But also generous, funny, and gossipy”.

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‘Beastie Boys Story’ on Apple TV Plus: Film Review
Spike Jonze directs a film version of the Beastie Boys’ 2019 stage-show memoir, in which Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond prove themselves infectious raconteurs of their white-kid-turned-king-of-rock hip-hop saga. 

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Watch: Ben Schwartz & Thomas Middleditch Talk Their Netflix Special and Controversial ‘Back to the Future’ Opinions
The comedians discuss their new Netflix Special and “Back to the Future”. 

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Kelly Clarkson Sings in Hebrew!
The American Idol winner learned Hebrew over Whatsapp.

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Look back on John Berger’s take on Charlie Chaplin
The recently passed Berger considers Chaplin a century after The Tramp first strolled on to cinema screens.

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Jack Black joins in too: The Actor and Comedian performs Chad Gadya
Passover may be over, but this performance is worth re-visting whenever.

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Pedro Almodóvar’s on Living Through Spain Lockdown and What He’s Watching in Quarantine
The filmmaker shares memories of Sean Connery, Lucia Bose, and Maria Moreno.

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John Prine: American Legend
From one legend to another: Roger Ebert reviewing John Prine (1970)

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The Musical’s Transporting Powers
A deep and fun dive into the movie musical, with a star turn from Barbara Streisand

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Watch Live Stream of Virtual Passover Seder With Billy Porter, Andy Cohen and Cynthia Erivo
Celebrities participate in digital Sedar to raise money for Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s emergency fund

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The Washington City Paper Arts Club takes on 28 DAYS LATER
Arts editor, Kayla Randall, and Multimedia editor, Will Warren, discuss the sharp social commentary amidst the blood and gore.

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From MoMA — How to See Film: An Anthology
MoMA curators introduce favorite film subjects, from Westerns and silents to Kung Fu and Frankenstein.

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What It’s Like To Have a Virtual Bar Mitzvah
The coronavirus crisis meant Jake Gordon couldn’t have the Bar-Mitzvah he was hoping for.

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Saul Turteltaub — Writer-Producer on ‘Sanford and Son,’ ‘That Girl’ and ‘What’s Happening!!’ — Dies at 87
Three-time Emmy nominee dies at 87.

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Beautiful 90sec animation on filmmaking in Quarantine

From director Robertas Nevecka here. 

A Spike Lee makes script for his never realized “Jackie Robinson” freely available

Read the 1996 script here.

The Horror Films Got It Wrong
This virus has turned us into caring neighbours.

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A Montage of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Hits
Much of the music is by Fountains of Wayne Founder Adam Schlesinger (who just passed)

Check it out here.

Cinephile and legendary author J. Hoberman on cartoonist Ben Katchor’s latest
“a learned commentary (if not an encyclopedic midrash) on a particular Jewish American institution that is also, for the author, a lost world.”

Read more from Book Forum. 

The American Film Institute Launches a Movie Club
Steven Spielberg kicked things off

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SXSW Film Festival 2020 Movies Coming to Amazon Prime
They’ll be available for 10 days without a subscription.

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Adam Sandler pays tribute to doctors and nurses in brand-new song ‘Quarantine Song’
In his new song, Sandler pays tribute to hardworking doctors and nurses.

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10cc’s Graham Gouldman: Hanging out with Ringo
Graham Gouldman, songwriter and musician has a new album out.

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Netflix’s ‘Unorthodox’ Is Yiddish, feminist and just what we need now
Lior Zaltzman praises the new miniseries as “reverent and beautiful television.”

Read more from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Music Box Theater Chicago
Music Box Theater in Chicago shares a “yule log” type video of their house organist playing a pre-show in the Music Box.

Enjoy from home by clicking here.

Watch Defiant Requiem free
Emmy-Nominated film Defiant Requiem is now available for free.

Watch here.

NYC musician spends quarantine making coronavirus-related music videos
A New York City musician found a natural outlet for his music while in quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Read more at WTOP

King Bibi is available for rent
JxJ 2019 alum King Bibi is now available for rent online.

Rent here.

Edgar Wright shares his favorite 100 comedies
Find out where to stream them.

Read more here.

How to watch SXSW 2020 shorts
Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories bring SXSW 2020 shorts to viewers for free.

Read more here.