Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy headline ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ teaser trailer

Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Keira Knightley attends the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal on December 3, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Keira Knightley attends the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal on December 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)(Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

You already know the music from the holiday staple, now “The Nutcracker” is getting a big-screen treatment.

The teaser trailer for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” dropped Tuesday giving a glimpse into the world that is normally reserved for the ballet stage.

Mackenzie Foy stars as Clara. You may recognize her name from the “Twilight” series. She played Renesmee, the daughter of Edward and Bella.

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Keira Knightley,  known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, is the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Morgan Freeman (Drosselmeyer), Helen Mirren (Mother Ginger) and Jayden Fowora-Knight (Philip) round out the cast.

The movie is inspired by a story by E.T.A Hoffmann, according to Disney.

Disney says the plot centers around Clara as she looks for a key that will unlock a box that contains a gift from her late mother. Her godfather, Drosselmeyer gives her a golden thread which Clara follows into the fantasy world. There she has to go through the Land of the Snowflakes, Land of the Flowers and Land of the Sweets to finally end her journey in the Fourth Realm where Mother Ginger lives to retrieve the key and get home.

The film will hit theaters on Nov. 2.

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Tom Hanks to play Mister Rogers in new movie

Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

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Tom Hanks will play beloved public television personality Mister Rogers in an upcoming movie.

Variety reported the Oscar winner will play Fred Rogers in a story that is loosely based on Rogers’ friendship with journalist Tom Junod. The movie, called “You Are My Friend,” will show how Junod, a cynical journalist, begrudgingly takes an assignment to write a profile on Rogers. He gains a different perspective on life in the process, according to The Hollywood Reporter. TriStar pictures has distribtion rights to the film.

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Junod called the news of the movie being made “well-timed.”

“It is finally happening, and in the best of ways: a movie, very loosely based on the article I wrote for Esquire 20 years ago, with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, two innovative screenwriters from ‘Transparency’ scripting, and Marielle Heller directing,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I’m thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,’” Heller said in a statement. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human, I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”

Production on “You Are My Friend” is set to start this fall.

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WATCH: Trailer for Mister Rogers documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ released

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The trailer for
The trailer for "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?," a documentary on Fred Rogers, was released on what would have been the children's TV host's 90th birthday. (Photo By Getty Images)(Getty Images/Getty Images)

The first trailer for the upcoming Mister Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was released on what would have been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday Tuesday.

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The film, from Focus Pictures, shows never-before-seen footage of Rogers on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” the public television show that aired from 1968 to 2001. 

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The 2 1/2-minute trailer shows clips of Rogers in interviews and also speaks to others who worked with him on the iconic children’s show.

The trailer for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” can be watched below. The documentary will be in select theaters June 8.

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Beyonce, Jay-Z announce ‘On the Run 2’ tour 

Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

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After a date in Philadelphia was announced early -- and promptly pulled -- Beyonce has officially announced her second joint tour with her husband, Jay-Z.

The singer and rapper will embark on “OTR II,” the follow up to the pair’s successful “On The Run” tour in 2014. 

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Pre-sale for the stadium and arena tour begins March 14 at 9 a.m. local time in North America and 10 a.m. local time in Europe.

The Carters’ last joint tour grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales and promoted Beyonce’s 2013 self-titled album and Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta... Holy Grail,” also released in 2013. Beyonce’s latest album is 2016’s “Lemonade.” Jay-Z’s latest is “4:44,” released in 2017.

According to, fans can sign up for the BeyHive mailing list to get tour tickets, special experiences, exclusive merchandise and more goodies.

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The tour will start in Europe, beginning with June 6 in the U.K. and ending July 17 in France. The North American dates begin July 25 in Cleveland and end Oct. 2 in Vancouver.

The North American tour dates are below.

July 25 - Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium

July 28 - Washington, FedEx Field 

July 30 - Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field 

Aug. 2 -  East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium 

Aug. 5 - Boston,  Gillette Stadium 

Aug. 8 - Minneapolis, US Bank Stadium 

Aug. 10 - Chicago, Soldier Field 

Aug. 13 - Detroit, Ford Field

Aug. 18 - Buffalo, New York, New Era Field 

Aug. 23 - Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt Stadium 

Aug. 25 - Atlanta, Mercedes Benz Stadium 

Aug. 29 - Orlando, Florida, Camping World Stadium 

Aug. 31 - Miami, Hard Rock Stadium 

Sept. 11 - Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium

Sept. 13 - New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome 

Sept. 15 - Houston, NRG Stadium 

Sept. 19 - Phoenix, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium 

Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, Rose Bowl

Sept. 27 - San Diego, SDCCU Stadium 

Sept. 29 - Santa Clara, California, Levi’s Stadium 

Oct. 2 - Vancouver, BC Place

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Country music personality Hazel Smith has died at the age of 83

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:35 PM

Hazel Smith during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in 2006. The
Hazel Smith during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in 2006. The "outlaw country" journalist died in 2018 at age 83. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage for BMI Nashville)(Tony R. Phipps/WireImage for BMI Nashville)

There are many who have played a part in the landscape of country music, many who have added their talents to the tapestry of the music genre that has had an impact on so many lives. many who have affected the history of Nashville and country music and many who have left us sooner than we would have liked.

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One of those people is Hazel Smith.

According to “The Tennessean,” the longtime Nashville media personality passed away at her home on March 18 following “a period of declining health.” She was 83.

Declaring herself country music’s mother hen, Hazel was a fixture on Nashville’s Music Row for decades. She was a journalist when female journalists weren’t a common thing. She was also a songwriter, a publicist, a cookbook author and a television personality as host of CMT’s “Southern Fried Flicks.”

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Yet, one of her most meaningful and lasting contributions to country music is the fact that she coined the term “outlaw music” while she was working as a publicist back in the early 1970s for the Glaser Brothers’ Hillbilly Central office and studio.

“Now, it doesn’t say this in mine or any other dictionary I’ve seen, but it said that ‘outlaw’ meant virtually living on the outside of the written law,” Hazel told “The Nashville Scene” in 1997, as reported on by “The Tennessean.” “It just made sense to me, because [record producers] Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were doing marvelous music, but this was another step in another direction.”

Soon after the news of her death was released, many in the country music community headed to their social media accounts to express their sadness over the news, including producer Buddy Cannon.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Hazel Smith,” Buddy said. 

Hazel was a wonderful lady who was a great friend to many of us. She was a colorful, tell it like she saw it kind of a person, and you never had to wonder about her stand on something. Willie Nelson credits Hazel with connecting the term ‘outlaw music’ with himself, Waylon, Tompall [Glaser] and all the musical renegades that broke out of the Nashville music factory prison back in the 1970s. We all loved Hazel, and her presence will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy Hazel Smith,” Cannon said.

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