Billy Joel: The 100th – Live at Madison Square Garden on CBS

Billy Joel: The 100th – Live at Madison Square Garden is a celebration of Joel’s 100th concert in his historic run at the iconic arena. Because of The Masters and 60 Minutes having to air in its entirety, the special will not begin until 9:31 PM ET on the east coast. The concert special–airing this evening on CBS–was taped during Joel’s record-breaking 100th consecutive performance at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2024. Making surprise…

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Hollywoodland: Jewish Founders and the Making of a Movie Capital

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open Hollywoodland: Jewish Founders and the Making of a Movie Capital on May 19. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures presents Hollywoodland: Jewish Founders and the Making of a Movie Capital, the museum’s first permanent exhibition, on view beginning May 19, 2024. Hollywoodland, presented in English and Spanish, tells the origin story of filmmaking in early 20th-century Los Angeles, spotlighting the impact of the predominately Jewish filmmakers whose establishment of…

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It’s a Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie Point

It’s a Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie Point is described as an unconventional essay film from filmmaker/historian Daniel Kremer. After Kremer decided to make the film available on Vimeo at the end of March, I decided to give it a watch. It took a few days to get around to watching but I finally made the time on Wednesday night. Please note that it will only be available on Vimeo for a limited time. Anyway, it…

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The Brady Bunch Movie is A Fun Retcon of the 1970s Series

The Brady Bunch Movie retcons the 1970s series by moving the family into a 1990s setting while keeping the same 1970s vibe. What I didn’t know until after rewatching the film for the first time in years was how it drew on The Real Live Brady Bunch, which first premiered at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. The Soloway siblings–Joey and Faith–co-developed the parody in Chicago before later taking it west to Los Angeles. Paramount was…

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Paris 2024: Mike Tirico, Jimmy Fallon to Host Closing Ceremony

NBC Sports announced that Mike Tirico and Jimmy Fallon will host the Paris 2024 Closing Ceremony on NBC and Peacock. With the countdown to the Olympic Games Paris 2024 underway, NBC Sports has unveiled its team to close out the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in Paris this summer. Jimmy Fallon, Emmy Award-winning host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, will join two-time Sports Emmy Award-winner and NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico to…

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Charles Rivkin Delivers State of the Industry at CinemaCon

Motion Picture Association (MPA) Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin delivered the State of the Industry at CinemaCon. Rivkin looked back at some of the highs of 2024 but also took a look at current threats to the motion picture industry. All these years later, piracy is still a major threat to movies–both blockbusters and the smaller indie films. Until the industry comes together and figures out a solution, it will continue to be a problem.…

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George Lucas To Receive Cannes Honorary Palme d’or

The Cannes Film Festival announced that Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas will receive the Honorary Palme d’or on May 25. The Honorary Palme d’or presentation will take place at the Grand Théâtre Lumière during the Closing Ceremony on May 25, 2024. It will be televised on French TV channel France 2 and Camille Cottin will be the MC during the ceremony. May 25 just happens to be the anniversary of the first Star Wars film…

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Movie Theaters, Ticket Prices, and Streaming

This week’s CinemaCon means that leadership from AMC Theatres and other theatrical chains are discussing ticket prices at movie theaters. I feel like I write a variation of this piece maybe once a year. Tickets keep rising and it gets frustrating especially with inflation. Speaking for myself, I haven’t seen a substantial change in income in several years. At least, nothing that enables me to live comfortably. I ended the last year on a spending…

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Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre Is Essential Viewing

Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre is an essential documentary bearing witness to the barbaric attacks of October 7, 2023. The film–which previously aired on KAN in Israel–is currently playing the film festival circuit, including the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, and appears to be available through Vimeo on Demand. This film, like #NOVA, is not an easy watch but it is still important to bear witness. I had to press pause no less than three…

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Alex Edelman: Just For Us is Unapologetically Jewish

Alex Edelman’s newest comedy special, Alex Edelman: Just For Us, will make its premiere on both HBO and Max this weekend. The special–taped August 15-16 at the Hudson Theatre in New York–runs 89 minutes in length. Antisemitism and Israel play a substantial role in the new comedy special. I can tell you from watching that this is the type of comedy special that will likely be more appealing to Jewish viewers. After all, the comedian…

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