Elton John Hosting Living Room Concert to Aid Coronavirus Fighters

Sir Elton will be hosting iHeart Radio’s ‘Living Room Concert for America’ next week. It’s an hour-long FOX TV and online benefit concert to support heroic healthcare workers and first responders on the frontline of the pandemic.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate to 2 charitable groups helping both COVID-19 victims and workers as part of the musical pledge drive. Those groups are Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

The living room concert TV special — airing March 29 — was originally scheduled to be the “iHeart Radio Music Awards” … but obviously, that’s been canceled. This is iHeart’s version of making musical lemonade out of the lemons.

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Spotify launches music relief project to help artists – Reuters

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(Reuters) – Spotify Technology SA said on Wednesday it had launched a COVID-19 music relief project to raise funds for musicians as the coronavirus pandemic grounds life to a halt in most countries, while taking a toll on the economy.

The music streaming platform, which had about 124 million paid subscribers, also partnered with non-profit organizations such as MusiCares and Help Musicians, a UK-based charity for musicians, it said in a statement.

Spotify said apart from donating funds to those charities, it would match donations made through the music relief page for up to $10 million.

Countries across the world have been asking people to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 19,000 people and infected about 421,000 globally.

The company said it was also working on a separate feature to help musicians raise funds directly from fans either for themselves or for other artists.

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

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BTS, Billie Eilish to join James Corden for quarantine edition of ‘Late Late Show’

Leave it to “Carpool Karaoke” mastermind James Corden to round up some of the biggest names in music for a special quarantine edition of “The Late Late Show.”

On March 30, the English comedian will host “Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special” from his garage, accompanied remotely by Billie Eilish, BTS, John Legend and more.

In addition to featuring appearances from Hollywood stars such as Will Ferrell and David Blaine, the hourlong program will also include musical performances from BTS in South Korea, Andrea Bocelli in Italy and Dua Lipa in London, as well as Eilish, Finneas and Legend in Los Angeles.

“Since [‘The Late Late Show’] came off the air, we have been thinking of different ways to try and make a show at this time,” said executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe in a statement Wednesday. “With the help of some wonderful guests, we are going to try to put on the best show we can, to entertain, raise awareness, raise money and hopefully lift spirits.

“Shooting from James’ garage may be far from perfect, but under the circumstances we hope it can help someone, somewhere, who needs some cheer right now.”

Throughout the show, Corden and his famous guests will also remind viewers to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as well as provide information on how to donate to the CDC Foundation and Feed the Children.

“Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special” airs March 30 on CBS at 10 p.m. Pacific.

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Go Mad With Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe When ‘The Lighthouse’ Comes to Amazon Prime in April

Bad luck to kill a sea bird.

Widely considered to be one of last year’s best genre films, The Witch director Robert Eggers‘ new movie The Lighthouse came home earlier this year, and now it’s headed to Prime.

The Lighthouse will begin streaming on Amazon Prime on April 16th!

The film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers losing their grip on reality. A24 describes it as “a hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.” In other words, the perfect movie to watch while you’re stuck at home, self isolating and slowly losing your mind!

Serena Fischer reviewed The Lighthouse for us last year, calling it “a nightmare at sea.” She continued, “Whereas The Witch favored leaving more of the supernatural elements up to the viewers’ imaginations, The Lighthouse presents a montage of gothic-horror imagery coupled with a growing sense of cabin fever and isolation, at times akin to the closed-in atmosphere of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The film’s tiny aspect ratio (1.19:1, to be exact) further adds to its sense of confinement, while its haunting sound design lends it a truly nightmare-like feel. This is certainly a film that will stick around in people’s heads for a long, long time.”

Other genre titles coming to Amazon Prime in April include I Am Legend on April 1st, Rambo: Last Blood on April 10th and standout sequel Paranormal Activity 3 on April 20th.

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Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon dies aged 72 | Film | The Guardian

Stuart Gordon, the film-maker who shot to prominence with the mid-80s cult horror film Re-Animator before co-creating the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series, has died aged 72. His family confirmed the news to Variety magazine; the cause was not released.

Gordon, who was born and grew up in Chicago, began producing radical theatre shows as a student, setting up a company in 1968 called Screw Theater. He staged an anti-war adaptation of Peter Pan (inspired by the Democratic convention riots of that year) which got him and his then girlfriend (and later wife) Carolyn Purdy arrested for obscenity; the case received national attention but the charges were later dropped. He then set up shop as the Organic Theater – described as a “take-off-your-clothes, scream and bleed theater” – which he ran for 16 years: among its successes was the Gordon-directed premiere production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago in 1974.

Gordon moved into film in the mid-80s, and Re-Animator was his directorial debut: adapting HP Lovecraft’s short-story series, Gordon planned first to create a stage play, then a TV show, before getting backing from producer Brian Yuzna for a feature film. Released in 1985, its mix of gruesome, bloodsoaked special effects (reputedly inspired by photographs of corpses from the Cook County morgue) and savage humour, made it a cult hit, and a key part of the mid-80s comedy-horror wave that included The Evil Dead and The Toxic Avenger.

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Gordon’s horror-movie follow-ups – From Beyond and Dolls – were less successful, but he got the chance to pitch a film to Disney, then at a low ebb financially and creatively. Gordon was due to direct the result – then called Teeny Weenies – but dropped out after being diagnosed with hypertension. The resulting film, renamed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, became a big earner for Disney and led to a series of sequels and a TV show.

However, Gordon’s directing career failed to ignite and he returned to sci-fi and horror films, making battling-robot pic Robot Jox (1990), futuristic-prison yarn Fortress (1992) and comedy Space Truckers (1996). In 2003 he adapted Charlie Higson’s noir novel King of the Ants and collaborated again with Mamet on a film version of Edmond (2005). His final directorial credit was Stuck (2009), another comedy horror with Stephen Rea as a hobo wedged in nurse Mena Suvari’s car windscreen.

In 2011, Gordon turned Re-Animator into a successful stage musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Nutter, and featuring copious fake blood in the “splash zone” – the first few rows of the auditorium.

Gordon and Purdy married in 1968, with Purdy regularly appearing in his films – notable for her characters’ frequently spectacular death scenes.

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