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How Celebrities Are Trying to Help You Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety

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How Celebrities Are Trying to Help You Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety
Finding a little inner peace might seem all but impossible amidst the current state of quarantines, cancellations and an overwhelming sense of anxiety spurred by coronavirus pandemic. But even on the darkest of days a little bit of art can shine like a beacon of connection, lifting spirits and bringing joy. If you’ve heard the melodies of isolated Italians reaching out to their confined neighbors through song it’s undeniable — art connects us all.

Across the internet creators, musicians and actors from all over offer up a little bit of calm for everyone. Musical artist Lizzo led a 30-minute meditation, “Frozen 2’s” Josh Gad held a reading of a children’s book, Yo-Yo Ma has started a “songs of comfort” series and Broadway stars are using their clout to signal boost shuttered high school musical productions.

Here is how Hollywood is using its skills to soothe the nerves of the world.
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Heartfelt Tributes Trump Politics at Kennedy Center Honors

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Heartfelt Tributes Trump Politics at Kennedy Center Honors
Washington, D.C. — Political chatter was kept to a minimum Sunday night as the Kennedy Center Honors presented elaborate tributes to “Sesame Street” — made more poignant by the death of legendary puppeteer Caroll Spinney earlier in the day — as well as Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Earth, Wind and Fire and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

The gala, in its 42nd year, once again capped a weekend of festivities that included a banquet on Saturday night at the U.S. State Department. Excluded for the third straight year was any participation by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, either as hosts of a traditional Sunday afternoon reception at the White House or attendees at the gala. It’s a workable arrangement for all given the president’s unpopularity within the arts and entertainment communities.

In their fifth year as producers of the Honors, White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and
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How Mr. Rogers Influenced the Pacing of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

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How Mr. Rogers Influenced the Pacing of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
Fred Rogers was an icon to many. Everyone who met him and knew him says, “He really was like that.” He spoke in a soft voice and he was kind. He believed in doing good to others. He spoke to children in “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in a soft voice, helping them to process complicated emotions as he spoke directly to the camera.

In the new movie, “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” editor Anne McCabe’s biggest challenge was getting the tone of Fred Rogers right. “The challenge of pacing with the movie is Mister Rogers is someone who took his time. He allowed pauses and he allowed moments of being quiet. We wanted to embrace that and not make the movie four hours long.”

McCabe says she did go back and watch the show itself to understand how to pace the film and in revisiting the original Fred Rogers,
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SXSW Unveils Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé, Kim Gordon, Robert Rodriguez and More As Initial Lineup Of Keynote and Feature Speakers For 2020 Conference

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SXSW is ramping up for its 2020 conference and has announced their first wave of keynote and featured speakers. Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé and artist and musician Kim Gordon have been set as keynote speakers while a huge roster of artists, musicians, tech leaders and storytellers have been added as featured speakers. The 34th edition of the South by Southwest Conference and Festival is slated for March 13-22, 2020.

The initial lineup of featured speakers includes a conversation between Sin City and Alita Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez and iconic actor and comedian Cheech Marin, Fixer Upper‘s Chip & Joanna Gaines, IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham, writer Roxane Gay, legendary musician Nile Rogers and more.

“We’re kicking off the 2020 season with a captivating group of speakers. From Keynotes Reggie Fils-Aimé, who oversaw Nintendo of America during its most successful era, and Kim Gordon, a
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Nyff Spotlight on Documentary selections announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2019-08-23 19:51:56

Nanni Moretti's Santiago, Italia to screen in the Spotlight on Documentary section Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Film at Lincoln Center has announced the 57th New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary selections. The program includes 45 Seconds Of Laughter, directed by Tim Robbins; Dw Young's The Booksellers, executive produced by Parker Posey, featuring Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, and Gay Talese; Nick Broomfield's My Father And Me; Ric Burns's Oliver Sacks: His Own Life; Michael Apted's 63 Up; Alla Kovgan's Cunningham 3D on Merce Cunningham; Ivy Meeropol's Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story Of Roy Cohn, which features interviews with Cindy Adams, Alan Dershowitz, Tony Kushner, Nathan Lane and John Waters, and Nanni Moretti's Santiago, Italia.

Gay Talese is interviewed for Dw Young's The Booksellers Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In all, there are 13 feature documentaries and one short, Nicholas Ma's (producer of Morgan Neville's Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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New York Film Festival Sets Documentaries on Merce Cunningham, Roy Cohn

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Films on Merce Cunningham, Roy Cohn and Oliver Sacks are among the notable titles set for the Spotlight on Documentary lineup at the 57th New York Film Festival.

Alla Kovgan’s “Cunningham 3D” centers on dancer and choreographer Cunningham, who was at the forefront of American modern dance for half a century. The Cohn documentary “Bully. Coward. Victim” is directed by Ivy Meeropol, whose grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were prosecuted by Cohn. Ric Burns’s “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” examines the British neurologist and author.

The Spotlight on Documentary also include Michael Apted’s “63 Up,” the ninth iteration of his “Up” series that followed the lives of 14 British children since 1964; Nick Broomfield’s “My Father and Me,” a portrait of his relationship with his father Maurice Broomfield; and Nicholas Ma’s short documentary “Suite No. 1, Prelude,” which captures the perfectionist tendencies of his father Yo-Yo Ma.

Two
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Whoa - Allison Williams and Logan Browning Actually Learned to Play the Cello For The Perfection

Whoa - Allison Williams and Logan Browning Actually Learned to Play the Cello For The Perfection
Now that Richard Shepard's batsh*t crazy new horror film, The Perfection, is streaming on Netflix, you might have a few questions. Like, first and foremost: what the actual f*ck?! (At least that was my reaction after watching.) And perhaps second: have Allison Williams and Logan Browning secretly been wildly talented cellists all this time? Because the scenes of their musical performances are pretty convincing, to say the least.

Although you likely won't see either of the film's stars challenging Yo-Yo Ma to a riff-off anytime soon, the pair actually did learn how to play the cello for their roles. If you haven't seen the film, Williams plays Charlotte, a troubled musical prodigy who seeks out Elizabeth (Browning), the star cellist of the music conservatory she once attended years earlier. Their encounter sends both musicians down a deeply twisted path of love, violence, and revenge, climaxing with a truly insane ending.
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Richard Gere Honored At Star-Studded City Harvest 2019 Gala

Last week, City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, hosted City Harvest: The 2019 Gala and raised $4.1 million — enough to provide over 14 million meals to New Yorkers in need.

Richard Gere is Honored at City Harvest: The 2019 Gala

The electric-rock-themed event, which took place at Cipriani 42nd Street, was hosted by Chrissy Teigen, TV host, model, and bestselling author, and Antoni Porowski, Emmy Award-winning TV personality, actor, food expert, author and restaurateur. Both are members of City Harvest’s Food Council, a group of culinary experts and top chefs dedicated to supporting and spreading awareness of City Harvest’s mission.

The evening honored individuals who have shown tremendous commitment to supporting City Harvest’s work to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables.

Richard Gere was presented with the Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award. As an activist for humanitarian issues around the globe,
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Gives Performance At U.S.-Mexico Border To Deliver A Unifying Message

Noted concert cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a performance of Bach’s Suite No. 1 at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, a site which links two cities located in Texas and Mexico respectively. The performance was part of Ma’s Bach project, a project where he plans to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites on cello in 36 locations around the world. […]

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Ali Wong, Jeffrey Wright, Noah Schnapp Featured in Tribeca Immersive Lineup

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Ali Wong, Jeffrey Wright, Noah Schnapp Featured in Tribeca Immersive Lineup
Ali Wong, Jeffrey Wright, Noah Schnapp, and Yo-Yo Ma are featured in the Tribeca Film Festival’s 2019 lineup of immersive, interactive, and virtual reality titles.

Projects include a South Carolina school tragedy in “12 Seconds of Gunfire: The True Story of a School Shooting,” Arthur Ashe’s landmark tennis victory in “Ashe ’68,” an exploration of pollution and conservation in “A Drop in the Ocean,” and persecution of the Lgbtqia community in “Another Dream.”

Tribeca Immersive encompasses Virtual Arcade with 22 experiences and exhibits, and Tribeca Cinema360 with a dozen screenings in a virtual reality theater. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 24 to May 5.

The festival will premiere the first “Doctor Who” experience in Vr with “Doctor Who: The Runaway,” voiced by the current and first female doctor, Jodie Whittaker, and present a collaboration with historian/podcaster Dan Carlin and Mwm Immersive that transports attendees to a World War I battlefield in “War Remains.
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Tribeca Film Festival unveils immersive programme of Vr, Ar, mixed reality

Baobab Studios’ Bonfire, Yo-Yo Ma project Into The Light among selections.

Tribeca Film Festival brass on Wednesday (6) unveiled the 2019 immersive programme of more than 30 Vr, Ar, and mixed reality films and experiences.

New work includes Baobab Studios’ Bonfire created by the Madagascar series and Antz director Eric Darnell and featuring Ali Wong; Wolves In The Walls: It’s All Over includes Jeffrey Wright and Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things; and Immersive experiences including Into The Light featuring musician Yo-Yo Ma, and Ayahuasca (pictured) created by Jan Kounen.

Tribeca Immersive includes two events, the Virtual Arcade featuring Storyscapes, and Tribeca Cinema
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Julia Roberts Is Going to the 2022 World Cup for…$100,000!

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Julia Roberts Is Going to the 2022 World Cup for…$100,000!
A little rebrand never hurt anyone, especially when it nets $3.5 million for people in need.

Actor and philanthropist Sean Penn threw an annual pre-Golden Globes fundraiser for his charity Tuesday night. Formerly called J/S Hro, his new organization exists now as Core. Community Organized Relief Efforts was conceived to aide in natural disaster relief and preparedness in Haiti and across the Caribbean, as well as at home in the U.S.

Luminaries like Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Kimmel, Larry David, Connie Britton and Casey Affleck turned up to the Wiltern Theater in the heart of Los Angeles neighborhood Koreatown, where live entertainment, an auction and an awards presentation awaited them.

Among the night’s big honorees was Anderson Cooper, who took a humanitarian prize named for late comedian and television star Garry Shandling. The CNN newsman was commended by Penn and another guest, chef Jose Andres,
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Docu Filmmaker Daniel Rosenfeld on Tango Musician Astor Piazzolla

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Docu Filmmaker Daniel Rosenfeld on Tango Musician Astor Piazzolla
Daniel Rosenfeld’s “Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark,” a biographical documentary about tango musician Astor Piazzolla, world premieres at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa). Rosenfeld talked with Variety about Piazzolla’s legacy, the revelations within the film and his interesting exhibition strategy.

Piazzolla is, along with Carlos Gardel, the most notable tango musician of the 20th century. The film features a previously unreleased collection of interviews with the artist himself, recorded before his death in 1992. The film uses those tapes, video of classic performances and the extensive memorabilia collection of Piazzolla’s son, Daniel, to tell the story of the international superstar.

The film is an Argentine-French co-production between Rosenfeld – an equally accomplished producer and director – and France’s Françoise Gazio from Idéale Audience. Euroarts is handling sales.

Rosenfeld found early success as a documentary filmmaker with his 2000 debut “Saluzzi – Essay for Bandoneon and Three Brothers.” The bandoneon,
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 2018.

Directed by Morgan Neville.

Featuring Joanne Rogers, François Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Negri.

Synopsis:

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.

Though legendary children’s TV personality Fred Rogers may not be especially well-known to British audiences, his cultural reach is so pervasive it’s hard not to be aware of the man’s mythic esteem stateside. Morgan Neville’s (Twenty Feet from Stardom) reverent documentary makes a gently persuasive case for Rogers’ genius, and moreover, his thorough good-heartedness.

Opening archive footage from 1967 serves as the ultimate primer for Rogers the entertainer; he announces his mission statement to viewers, to help kids through the difficulties of growing up and do so in a way that’s neither patronising nor overtly coddling.

From here Neville leaps off to trace Fred Rogers’ origins – growing up as
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How Jon Batiste Found His Most Authentic Self on ‘Hollywood Africans’

How Jon Batiste Found His Most Authentic Self on ‘Hollywood Africans’
The first thing Jon Batiste does when he wakes up each morning is write. It’s a exercise called Morning Pages, and Batiste has been doing it every day for several months now: three pages of handwritten free-writing to clear his mind and help open himself up to creativity before he begins each day.

That concept — blocking out the world around you in order to focus on one’s own deeper creativity — served as the central premise and working thesis of Hollywood Africans, Batiste’s major-label solo debut. It’s
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DVD Review – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 2018.

Directed by Morgan Neville

Featuring Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, François Scarborough Clemmons, David Newell, James Rogers, John Rogers, Yo-Yo Ma.

Synopsis:

A documentary about Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame may seem like the height of corniness, but if you’re in the generational sweet spot for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, you may end up with a tear or two in your eye by the time the end credits roll. Unfortunately, the home video release doesn’t include any bonus features.

Growing up in the 1970s, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was one of the mainstays of my early years, along with Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and other kid shows of that era. After I outgrew them, Sesame Street occupied a special place in my heart, mostly because I was a Muppets fan too, and that group of puppets can be appreciated at any age.
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Join the Cast of Noor Theatre’s New Play ‘Dead Are My People’

Noor Theatre is casting four singing roles for a new play with songs called “Dead Are My People.” The show is being produced at New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door and is the first full-length commission for the theater. The play is written by Ismail Khalidi (“Tennis in Nablus”), with original compositions by Hadi Eldebek (Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) and direction by Leah C. Gardiner (“The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner”). The title of the play comes from a poem by Khalil Gibran. The story follows Nicola, “a young Syrian man who flees to the U.S. from famine-stricken Mount Lebanon during World War I. Once there, he hopes to track down his uncle Tanios, who emigrated West years before. Finding few traces of his kin, Nicola must ultimately navigate the treacherous terrain of the Jim Crow South.” Two roles are already cast; the production is
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Movie Review – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 2018.

Directed by Morgan Neville.

Featuring Joanne Rogers, François Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri

Synopsis:

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.

I don’t remember ever watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a kid, but my mom has told me several times that it was one of my favourite shows as a young kid during the few years we got American cable channels in Venezuela. Even if I couldn’t understand the words they were saying, I seemed to really connect with it. The reason I am telling you this, is because the idea of Mister Rogers truly transcends countries, cultures, languages. Just like Morgan Neville’s new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? transcends all cultural barriers to deliver a simple message about kindness that can move anyone.

Using footage from the original PBS show,
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The Acclaimed Fred Rogers Doc You May Not Have Heard Of: ‘It’s You I Like’ Contends For Major Emmy Honors

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The Acclaimed Fred Rogers Doc You May Not Have Heard Of: ‘It’s You I Like’ Contends For Major Emmy Honors
For anyone who might not have noticed, we’re in the midst of a Fred Rogers moment.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville’s film about the late children’s television pioneer, climbed above the $22 million mark at the box office over the weekend, continuing its run as one of the most successful documentaries of recent years. But the Rogers resurgence extends beyond the theatrical space to the television arena. The documentary Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, which aired on PBS, has broken through with a couple of Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

It’s You I Like sprang from the Fred Rogers Company as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut of his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, on PBS in 1968.

“We had been talking about all the kinds of things we might do in 2018 for the 50th,
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Director Morgan Neville on the Mr. Rogers Movie That Will Make You Cry

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Director Morgan Neville on the Mr. Rogers Movie That Will Make You Cry
Kleenex should consider cutting Morgan Neville in on a commission. The Oscar-winner for his 2013 documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” is currently making audiences across the country weep with his documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The film paints a loving tribute to Fred Rogers, the host of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” a man who believed in inherent goodness and preached the idea that everyone was special, just the way they are. A critical hit since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie is now playing across the country to packed houses – in two weeks, it’s already grossed close to $2 million despite never having played in more than 96 theaters.

When Neville set out to make the film in 2016, he was greeted with two common responses. “People would say, ‘You know, Fred Rogers was a sniper, right?’” Neville reveals, referring to theories that have bounced around about the host’s dark past.
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