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Music & Entertainment News - Tuesday 1/30/18 | Passport

Music & Entertainment News – Tuesday 1/30/18

Music & Entertainment News – Tuesday 1/30/18

Tom Hanks has been cast as Mr. Rogers in an upcoming bio-pic.
The movie, titled You Are My Friend, was inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tom Hanks - People's Choice Awards 2017 -  Photo Credit: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

Tom Hanks – People’s Choice Awards 2017 – Photo Credit: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

The plot follows a “cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.”
Diary of a Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller will helm the flick.
Production is set to begin in September.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will soon become grandparents: their daughter Haley and her husband Matt are expecting their first child.

Neil Giraldo (L) and Pat Benatar (R) - 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Parade - New York City, NY, USA - Photo Credit: Loredana Sangiuliano / PRPhotos.com

Neil Giraldo (L) and Pat Benatar (R) – 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Parade – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Loredana Sangiuliano / PRPhotos.com

The Nelson catalog is now available for streaming and digital download. The sons of ‘50s rock pioneer Ricky Nelson, Matthew and Gunnar, began their recording career with 1990’s After the Rain, which spun off the number-one hit “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.” The title track also went Top 10.

Matthew Nelson, Gunnar Nelson - Ricky Nelson Remembered with Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson - Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

Matthew Nelson, Gunnar Nelson – Ricky Nelson Remembered with Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson – Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

John Morris, who collaborated with Mel Brooks on the music for 11 films, starting with the original The Producers, died last Thursday at 91. According to The New York Times, Brooks called the composer “my emotional right arm.” Morris’s other scoring credits include Gene Wilder’s The World’s Greatest Lover, The In-Laws, which paired Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and TV’s Coach.

Fender has produced a 30th anniversary Eric Clapton “Blackie” Stratocaster guitar.

Eric Clapton in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London -  Photo Credit- Landmark / Photorazzi

Eric Clapton in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London – Photo Credit- Landmark / Photorazzi

In 1987, Clapton retired the original instrument and asked Fender to build a replacement to his specifications. Fender unveiled the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster in 1988, making it the first guitar in the company’s Artist Series. The original “Blackie” sold for $959,500 at auction in 2004 to fund his Crossroads rehab center on Antigua.
Keith Richards has commented on The Rolling Stones’ Best Traditional Blues Album Grammy for Blue & Lonesome.

Keith Richards - "Shine a Light" London Premiere - Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Keith Richards – “Shine a Light” London Premiere – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

He says, “Fantastic! It’s about time!” This is only the band’s third Grammy — the Stones won two in 1995 for the Voodoo Lounge album.

David Crosby went to see Springsteen on Broadway Saturday and calls Bruce “better than I thought … brave and honest and excellent … all the people who loved him in stadium shows need to see him this way … it’s spectacularly good.”
David Crosby & Springsteen Pic

David Crosby - Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

David Crosby – Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

Bruce Springsteen in Concert at Etihad Stadium in Manchester - Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Bruce Springsteen in Concert at Etihad Stadium in Manchester – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Commenting on the Grammy Awards, Elton John says it was “such a thrill to perform [“Tiny Dancer”] with Miley Cyrus. Great to share the stage with a real singer and artist. She was terrific in every way and looked so gorgeous. I love you, dear Miley. Such a beautiful woman and beautiful soul.”

Miley Cyrus -  Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

Miley Cyrus – Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com

Sir Elton John - Photo Credit: Scott Alan / Photorazzi

Sir Elton John – Photo Credit: Scott Alan / Photorazzi

Buzz Clifford, whose novelty hit, “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” reached number-six in 1961, died Friday of complications from the flu. He was 75.

Depeche Mode have put its name to a line of 55 Hublot watches to mark the 55 singles released by the band to date. Sale proceeds will go to Charity: Water.

Depeche Mode - MTV Video Music Awards Universal Ampitheater - Photo Credit: Arlene Richie / Photorazzi

Depeche Mode – MTV Video Music Awards Universal Ampitheater – Photo Credit: Arlene Richie / Photorazzi

The funeral for Zombies bassist Jim Rodford will be on February 12th at St. Albans Cathedral in his hometown of Hertfordshire — about 30 miles outside London. There will be a private ceremony and then a service open to fans. Rodford died earlier this month at 76 after falling down a flight of stairs.

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