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Neil Diamond Announces Surprise Brooklyn Concert

If you’re not doing anything this afternoon and have a special place in your musical heart for Neil Diamond, you might want to head on down to Flatbush.

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Per a couple of tweets earlier today, in this the new social age of music promotion, Diamond announced a surprise 6 p.m. concert tonight in Brooklyn at Erasmus Hall High School, where he was a student from 1954 to 1956. The performer is asking people not to line up before 3 p.m. for free tickets.

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Ray Rice Cut by Ravens Following TMZ Video Release (TVNewser)
At 4 a.m. ET Monday morning, TMZ posted a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée Janay Palmer — now his wife — in an Atlantic City elevator last February. By 2:30 p.m., Rice had been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cut by the Ravens. PRNewser The NFL’s SVP of communications Greg Aiello explained things to CNN: “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.” Mashable The video shows a man believed to be Rice and a woman in a lobby at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Feb. 15, 2014. The woman is believed to be Palmer, now Janay Rice, whom Rice married in March. After entering an elevator, the two briefly scuffle. The man then hits the woman with his left hand, causing her head to appear to hit the handrail in the elevator. The woman then slumps to the ground and does not move. The man then proceeds to drag her out of the elevator while she still appears to be unconscious. Security arrives after that. Variety ESPN host Keith Olbermann has accused the NFL and commissioner Roger Gooddell, among others, of covering up the Rice domestic violence situation. Rice was given a two-game suspension by the NFL last month over the incident, but on Monday, the league suspended the football player indefinitely as a result of the graphic video. Mediaite TMZ founder Harvey Levin said Monday that none of this would have happened, and Rice would have gotten away with it scot-free, had TMZ not put the video online.

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Barbra Streisand Town Hall Anchors Limited-Time SiriusXM Channel [Updated]

ShutterstockBarbraStreisandLaunching Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET and running through Friday October 10, SiriusXM’s Barbra Streisand Channel will allow fans to bask in a non-stop flow of the singer’s catalog. From her 1963 debut right through to her new album Partners, releasing September 16.

It’s a clever way to promote Streisand’s new LP and comes with the benefit of an exclusive interview on Sunday. From today’s announcement:

The Barbra Streisand Channel will feature an exclusive “Town Hall” special with Streisand. Streisand will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

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Barbra Streisand Asks Australian Reporter: ‘Are There Kangaroos Popping Around There?’

“I love the way you talk… It’s such a great accent.” That’s how Barbra Streisand begins a 1964 interview in her Funny Girl dressing room at the Windsor Garden Theatre on Broadway with the late Australian radio reporter Binny Lum, who passed away last year at age 97.

Thanks to Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive, that conversation and many other Lum celeb chats can now be accessed over the Internet. The institute has lovingly archived the work of Lum, who hosted an afternoon show on Melbourne’s 3XY. Per the institute, here’s how Lum in her memoirs framed the Streisand conversation:

I guess Barbra looked fairly basic, in slacks and a sloppy joe top, but her personality was a different thing. She had a disarming, down-to-earth naturalness which the Americans might call “kooky”…

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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Upcoming Documentary Will Offer a Big Hooray for Canadians in Hollywood

Once again this holiday season, they’re everywhere on the American pop culture firmament. Martin Short hosted SNL’s Christmas show; Seth Rogen is road-tripping on the big screen with Barbra Streisand; and Cirque du Soleil is winding down Iris at the Dolby Theatre.

To celebrate the contributions of these and many other south-of-the-border entertainment industry Canucks, the British Columbia duo of Ian Ferguson and Leslie Bland are preparing the 2013 book and documentary double whammy Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood. As they recently explained to a reporter for their Victoria hometown newspaper the Times-Colonist, the goal with the doc is to have fun:

In lieu of typical talking-heads footage, they plan to shoot conversations with stars engaged in activities, such as potential sequences in which Lost star Evangeline Lilly would point out Canadian stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. If he’s available, Short might speak while shooting pool, or Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek could chat while slapping pucks around.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Barbra Streisand at Barclays

The Barclays Center opened last week with a series of concerts by Jay-Z. He is part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, who will play at the Barclays starting this month. But for many, the arena is gets its official “welcoming committee” next week when Brooklyn’s own Barbra Streisand takes the stage for two shows. It marks the legendary performer’s first show on her home turf since her days in the Erasmus High School chorus. Streisand, 70, graduated from Erasmus in 1959.

The October 11 and October 13 concerts will flashback to the old days. Not only will the audience see a rare Streisand live performance, and even rarer, one in Brooklyn, the famed Brooklyn Youth Chorus will join Streisand on stage for a pair of encores.

The teens will accompany Streisand on the West Side Story classic Somewhere and Make Your Garden Grow from Candide, the Daily News reports.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was quoted in the newspaper saying, “It’s fabulous, just fabulous.”

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New York Native, Composing Great Marvin Hamlisch Succumbs to Short Illness

He was one of this country’s most decorated composer. Marvin Hamlisch died suddenly yesterday after a brief illness. No other details are available. Hamlisch was 68.

Hamlisch is one of only a handful of people to win the “Big Four” awards–an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony. The air gets even more rarefied when a Pulitzer Prize is included (Richard Rodgers is the other).

Hamlisch, according to wikipedia, grew up in New York City to Viennese Jewish parents. By five, the child prodigy began emulating the piano he heard on the radio.

In 1951, he was accepted by the Julliard School Pre-College Division. He was seven at the time.

His first job was as the rehearsal pianist at Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand, which came to Broadway in 1964. The two would become life-long friends.

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Playwright/Screenwriter Arthur Laurents Dies at 93

Tony Award-winning playwright Arthur Laurents died yesterday of complications from a bout of pneumonia. He was 93.

Laurents was perhaps best known for his work on the stage, most famously penning the book for West Side Story. But he had an extensive film and television career as well. He produced and wrote the screenplay for the Robert Redford/Barbra Streisand love story The Way We Were as well as the Shirley MacLaine/Anne Bancroft film Turning Point. Both film were nominated for multiple Oscars, although neither won. Laurents’ other screenwriting credits include Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rope, and Anastasia, starring Ingrid Bergman.

RIP.

Up for Bid: Marlon Brando’s Personal Phone Book

According to the old adage, Hollywood’s greatest actors are ones who can triumph even if the script is a phone book. In Marlon Brando‘s case, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills has the next best thing this weekend – the late actor’s actual personal phone book.

The starting bid for this item is $500, and while many of the numbers may no longer be in service, it’s still a great dinner party conversation starter:

A burgundy leather three-ring binder telephone book circa 2003 containing hundreds of Brando’s personal friends and business contacts worldwide. Some names include Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin, Johnnie Cochran, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Jane Goodall, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand as well as noted scientists in various fields of study, press contacts and the United Nations and many other noteable entries.

If that’s not good enough, you can also bid this weekend on a Golden Globe the actor refused to accept for his portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather.

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