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Clarence Gilyard Jr., star of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and ‘Die Hard’, dies at 66

Actor Clarence Gilyard Jr., best known for starring in “Walker, Texas Ranger” and his supporting role in “Die Hard,” has died at age 66.  Gilyard’s death was confirmed through a statement by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Gilyard had been working as a film and theatre professor at UNLV College of Fine Arts. No further details about his death are available at this time.

UNLV film chair Heather Addison said in a statement: “Professor Gilyard was a beacon of light and strength for everyone around him. Whenever we asked him how he was, he would cheerfully declare that he was ‘Blessed!’ But we are truly the ones who were blessed to be his colleagues and students for so many years. We love you and will miss you dearly, Professor G!”

Gilyard was an accomplished film, television and theatre actor, making a series of guest star TV appearances in the 1980’s. Gilyard made his film debut as Sundown in “Top Gun,” and famously portrayed the terrorist computer whiz Theo in “Die Hard”.  In 1989, he became a regular on the primetime series “Matlock,” appearing on 85 episodes before departing the series in 1993. He went on to portray Jimmy Trivette, the right-hand man to Chuck Norris on the hit series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” appearing in all 196 episodes of the series’ eight seasons.

Gilyard is survived by his wife, Elena Gilyard, and six children.

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Smashing Pumpkins announce co-headlining ‘The World Is a Vampire Festival’ with Interpol

Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol are set to headline a new festival to be held Spring 2023. The new three-day event, titled The World Is a Vampire Festival, will take place Mexico City on March 6-9, 2023. Bands including Turnstile, Peter Hook, The Warning, and Deafheaven are also slated to join the lineup for the weekend-long festival.

The festival’s name comes from a song lyric in the Smashing Pumpkins song, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” [The world is a vampire / Sent to drain / Secret destroyers / Hold you up to the flames / And what do I get / For my pain? / Betrayed desires / And a piece of the game, they sing to open the song].

Smashing Pumpkins released the first act of their new 33-track album, ATUM, which is a follow-up to the band’s LPs, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Machina/The Machines of God. Interpol released its latest album, The Other Side of Make-Believe, this past summer.

Fans can get tickets for the The World Is a Vampire Fest now at Ticketmaster.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers release ‘Live At The Fillmore 1997’

The Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers ‘Live at the Fillmore (1997)’ box set, taken from their legendary residency at the historic San Francisco venue, is available now in various formats on Warner Records.  The 20-show run at the Fillmore was described by Petty as “the highpoint of our time together as a group.”

The ‘Live at the Fillmore” box set is the first live release in 13 years, with the band playing covers of their favorite influences as well as their hits. It features an acoustic version of “American Girl” with Petty singing along with his fans. The new album features more covers than originals, paying tribute to the artists and songs that shaped Petty as he was growing up. Highlights include Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” The Rolling Stones’ “Time is On My Side” and more from The Kinks, Everly Brothers, Bill Withers, The Byrds, Chuck Berry and Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

Listen to ‘Live at the Fillmore, 1997 (Deluxe)’ – here.

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Jon Batiste to perform at President Biden’s first state dinner

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden are hosting their first White House dinner and have tapped Grammy-winning artist Jon Batiste to perform. The Bidens will be hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Mrs. Brigitte Macron.  A statement issued by the White House read, in part: “President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will host President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for a State Visit to the United States, which will include a state dinner, on December 1, 2022.”

Batiste announced the performance on his social media accounts, writing: “From Kenner to the White House” (Baptiste is a native of Kenner, Louisiana). Vanessa Valdivia, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, said in a statement: “An artist who transcends generations, Jon Batiste’s music inspires and brings people together. We’re thrilled to have him perform at the White House for the first state dinner of the Biden-Harris administration.” 

Baptiste won five Grammys this year after being nominated in categories including R&B, jazz, classical, and roots music. His album, ‘We Are’ won the Grammy for Album of the Year.  The 36-year-old Batiste led the band for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the last seven years, departing in August to more fully pursue music.

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Take a look at Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford in the official ‘1923’ Trailer

Paramount+ has released the official trailer for “1923,” the upcoming “Yellowstone” spin-off series from returning creator and executive producer Taylor Sheridan. The limited series features a new generation of the Dutton family, starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford as Cara and Jacon Dutton.

According to Paramount+, 1923 will explore the “early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home.” The series marks the first major television role for Ford; Mirren’s previous TV credits include Prime Suspect and HBO’s Catherine the Great.

The Yellowstone prequel from Taylor Sheridan also stars Darren Mann (Animal Kingdom), Michelle Randolph (A Snow White Christmas), James Badge Dale (Hightown), Marley Shelton (Scream), Brian Geraghty (Big Sky) and Aminah Nieves (Blueberry).

1923 will premiere simultaneously on the Paramount Network and on Paramount+ on Dec. 18.
Take a look at the trailer – here.

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Mandy Moore joining Season 2 of Peacock’s ‘Dr. Death’

Peacock has announced that Mandy Moore will appear in Season 2 of its anthology series Dr. Death, joining its previously announced star, Edgar Ramirez. The news comes shortly after news broke that Moore had signed on for Hulu’s “Twin Flames,” her first TV gig since the end of “This Is Us”.

Season 2 will be led by showrunner, writer, and executive producer Ashley Michel Hoban.  The ‘Dr. Death’ of Season 2 is Paolo Macchiarini (Ramirez), who was convicted of research fraud and performing experimental surgeries on otherwise healthy patients. Moore will play Benita Alexander, an investigative journalist who falls into a whirlwind romance with Macchiarini while investigating him.

Season 1 of Dr. Death told the story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), who paralyzed multiple patients in botched spinal surgeries. It was based on the first season of the Wondery podcast. Dr. Randall Kirby (Christian Slater) and Dr. Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) exposed Duntsch’s malpractice.

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Take a look at Pantera’s new teaser video for their return to performing

Pantera has shared a new teaser video for the band’s upcoming return to the live stage; you can take a look at the teaser – here.  It was first reported in July that Rex Brown (bass) and Philip Anselmo (vocals) would unite with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.  The lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

The reformed band will play its first shows in over 20 years in December 2022, starting with a co-headlining slot at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and Monterrey Metal Fest, followed by appearances at three Knotfest festivals in South America. There will also be a one-off show with Judas Priest in São Paulo, Brazil and a headlining concert in Santiago.

The band also just announced its first North American tour dates, joining Metallica for the 12 U.S. dates of their M72 World Tour in 2023-2024. Pantera will join Mammoth WVH for each US city’s opening Friday night concert through August 2024; the dates are: 8/4/2023 in East Rutherford, NJ; 8/11/2023 in Montreal; 8/18/2023 in Dallas; 8/25/2023 in Los Angeles; 9/1/2023 in Phoenix; 11/3/2023 in St. Louis; 11/10/2023 in Detroit; 9/2/2024 in Boston; 9/9/2024 in Chicago; 9/16/2024 in Minneapolis; 9/23/2024 in Edmonton and 9/30/2024 in Seattle.

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Metallica announce new LP ’72 Seasons’ and massive 2023-24 ‘M72 World Tour’

Metallica have announced their 12th studio album, ’72 Seasons,’ will drop on April 14th, and are sharing the first single from the LP, titled ‘Lux Æterna’.  The band have also announced the massive M72 World Tour for 2023-2024.

Metallica’s M72 World Tour includes two nights in each city, promising a “no repeat weekend” of two different sets and two different opening acts. The M72 tour ‘will feature a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed Metallica Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the “I Disappear” full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age.’  Supporting acts throughout the tour includes Architects, Mammoth WVH, Five Finger Death Punch, Ice Nine Kills, Pantera, Volbeat and Greta Van Fleet.  A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will go to the band’s All Within My Hands foundation.

The European leg of the world tour kicks-off in Amsterdam on April 27, 2023, making stops in Paris, Hamburg and Gothenburg before continuing onto North America. The band will then return to Europe for the second leg through July 2024, followed by additional dates in North America. Two-day tickets will be on sale Friday, December 2nd via Ticketmaster. Single day tickets will be available beginning January 20th. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in the US beginning Wednesday, November 30th at 2 pm local time until Thursday, December 1st at 10 pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program.

The band’s new single “Lux Æterna” is available now to stream and download, and as an instant grat track with all pre-orders of 72 Seasons; the album can be pre-ordered in digital (here) and physical format (here) beginning Wednesday, November 30 at 4pm local time.  Take a look at the video for ‘Lux Æterna’- here.

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Netflix shares the trailer for ‘White Noise’ starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig

Netflix shared a trailer for the apocalyptic black comedy film White Noise, featuring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig.

White Noise, based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, follows professor Jack Gladney (Driver), his wife, Babette (Gerwig), and their children as they attempt to avoid disaster. An official description reads: “At once hilarious and horrifying, lyrical and absurd, ordinary and apocalyptic, White Noise dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.”

White Noise is written and directed by Noah Baumbach, and also stars Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, André Benjamin, Jodie Turner-Smith and Lars Eidinger.

The film is open in select theaters, and starts streaming Dec. 30 on Netflix.  Take a look at the trailer – here.

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Bob Dylan apologizes to fans for autopen book signatures

Bob Dylan has apologized to fans who bought limited edition copies of his latest book, at a price tag of $599, which had a replica signature rather than an original autograph by Dylan.  The 81-year-old Dylan had signed copies of his book The Philosophy of Modern Song with an autopen, causing an uproar from fans who were initially promised “hand signed” copies of the book, and prompting them to request immediate refunds from publisher Simon and Schuster.

Dylan said in a statement also posted Facebook: “I’ve been made aware that there’s some controversy about signatures on some of my recent artwork prints and on a limited-edition of The Philosophy Of Modern Song. I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem.”  Dylan added that he had a bad case of vertigo in 2019 that continued through COVID-19 pandemic which interfered with his ability to sign books:  “It takes a crew of five working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we could not find a safe and workable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging. So, during the pandemic, it was impossible to sign anything and the vertigo didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an autopen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.”  Dylan summed up that he had “deepest regrets” for the “error in judgment” and that he wanted to rectify the situation immediately for his fans.

Simon and Schuster has also acknowledged the mistake, and said the company would be offering each purchaser an immediate refund.

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