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Disney+ to stream original Beatles’ 1970 ‘Let It Be’ film restored by Peter Jackson

Disney+ announced they will release a restored version of the Beatles film Let It Be, announcing in a press release that the film will premiere May 8

Per Billboard, the film chronicling the final days of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr will be available for the first time in more than 50 years when it airs exclusively on Disney+ on May 8. Let It Be, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, was originally released in May 1970. The film follows Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr as they rehearse and record songs in January 1969 for their 1970 album, Let It Be; the album was the group’s final before their split.

Director Peter Jackson and his Park Road Post Production, with the support of original director Lindsay-Hogg, restored the Let It Be film from the original 16mm negative. Jackson previously worked on 2021’s The Beatles: Get Back docuseries that explored the making of the Let It Be album, which featured unused footage and audio from the original Let It Be film.

Jackson said in a statement: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Michael’s movie, ‘Let It Be’, has been restored and is finally being re-released after being unavailable for decades. I was so lucky to have access to Michael’s outtakes for ‘Get Back’, and I’ve always thought that ‘Let It Be’ is needed to complete the ‘Get Back’ story. Over three parts, we showed Michael and The Beatles filming a groundbreaking new documentary, and ‘Let It Be’ is that documentary — the movie they released in 1970. I now think of it all as one epic story, finally completed after five decades. The two projects support and enhance each other: ‘Let It Be’ is the climax of ‘Get Back’, while ‘Get Back’ provides a vital missing context for ‘Let It Be’.”

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‘Sunset Boulevard’ starring Nicole Scherzinger to open on Broadway this fall

The musical Sunset Boulevard is headed to Broadway in the fall, marking the Broadway debut of singer/actress Nicole Scherzinger in the title role of Norma Desmond. Scherzinger starred in the West End revival of the production in London, which ran from September 2023 through January 2024. Jamie Lloyd, who directed the West End version, will return to direct the Broadway version.

Producers announced that the production will begin previews Sept. 28 at St. James Theatre in New York City and officially open Oct. 20: “Nicole Scherzinger makes her Broadway debut as Norma Desmond in SUNSET BLVD. at the St. James Theatre. Get tickets by signing up at sunsetblvdbroadway.com.”

Sunset Boulevard musical features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton; Webber’s musical is based on the 1950 film of the same name, starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Scherzinger came to fame with the Pussycat Dolls; her other theater credits include a West End revival of ‘Cats.’

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18-year-old shot and killed on Delaware State University campus

Police are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old on the campus of Delaware State University early Sunday morning. According to Dover Police, officers responded at about 1:40 a.m. to a report of shots on the campus’ freshman dorm, Warren-Franklin Residential Hall; upon arriving at the scene, they located an 18-year-old woman who was not a registered student who had been shot in the upper body. The young woman was taken to Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus where she died from her injuries. Her identity has not yet been released by police. Police said no other injuries were reported in connection to the shooting, and at this time they don’t have a description of any possible suspects.

A university statement provided by police said the campus was closed Sunday with no visitation permitted, with all events canceled and police patrols increased. Delaware State University’s statement posted on the Dover PD’s website read: “The DSU Police Department and staff will continue to take all necessary actions to ensure the health and well-being of our campus community. Counseling services are available in the Tubman Laws Hall housing office. The campus is closed today, events have been cancelled, and police patrols have been increased. No visitation will be permitted today.”

Dover police and Delaware State University police are investigating the case, which was classified as a homicide.  The Delaware State University Student Government Association said in a statement posted on Instagram that the shooting “tragic” and urged the rest of the campus community to stay safe: “as your Student Government Association, we stand united in supporting one another through this difficult time. Let us come together to offer comfort, strength, and solidarity to those affected by this tragedy.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130 or submit tips through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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2 young siblings killed at child’s birthday party in Michigan after driver crashes into building

Two young siblings were killed when an intoxicated driver crashed into a Michigan business where a child’s birthday party was being held over the weekend.  Per CNN, An 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother were killed, and at least nine others were seriously injured at the party at a boat club in Newport, Michigan, on Saturday when a driver drove through the building where the celebration was taking place.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s office said in a news release Sunday that the vehicle crashed into Swan Boat Club in Berlin Charter Township around 3 p.m. Saturday and came to a stop about 25 feet inside the building, where the young child’s birthday party was being held. Authorities allege that the driver, a 66-year-old woman, was intoxicated while operating the vehicle. First responders provided first-aid to 15 victims and nine were transported by ambulance or helicopter to hospitals, while the other victims sought medical treatment on their own.

Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough said that the two children were pronounced dead at the scene, and three children and six adults were rushed to medical facilities by ambulance or University of Michigan medical helicopter with “serious life-threatening injuries.”  Goodnough said that the driver, who authorities are not yet identifying publicly, was taken into police custody and is being held at the Monroe County Jail. She was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and is likely facing additional charges as the investigation continues, the sheriff said.

The Swan Boat Club, located on Lake Erie in the community of Newport, is about 30 miles south of Detroit. The venue said on Facebook that it will be closed through the weekend, adding: “Please keep all the people and families in attendance in your prayers. We thank everyone for their concern and prayers.”

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Morgan Wallen shares statement after Nashville arrest for reckless endangerment

Morgan Wallen has finally addressed his arrest in Nashville earlier this month for reckless endangerment, after he allegedly threw a chair off of the roof of Chief’s, a six-story bar owned by fellow country artist Eric Church. Wallen, 30, was arrested on three counts of reckless endangerment for the two officers and was charged with disorderly conduct, with witnesses sharing that the country singer laughed after the incident, and had been drinking.

Wallen took to X to make his first public statement regarding the arrest on April 7, writing: “I didn’t feel right publicly checking in until I made amends with some folks. I’ve touched base with Nashville law enforcement, my family, and the good people at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my behavior, and I accept responsibility.”

Wallen continued, “I have the utmost respect for the officers working every day to keep us all safe. Regarding my tour, there will be no change. -MW”

Wallen is due in court on May 3rd, the same night he wraps a two-night stand at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium during his 2024 One Night at a Time Tour. Later this year, Wallen is set to open his own six-story multi-entertainment complex not far from Chief’s, called This Bar and Tennessee Kitchen, located in downtown Nashville’s iconic Lower Broadway district.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd & Riley Green added as headliners for inaugural Field & Stream Music Fest

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Riley Green have been added to the inaugural Field & Stream Music Fest this fall, joining Eric Church and Lainey Wilson as co-headliners. The event takes place October 4-6 in Winnsboro, South Carolina, and will feature more than 30 artists across two stages.

The fest posted on its socials: “Please welcome co-headliner, Riley Green and Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Field & Stream Music Fest lineup! Get your tickets locked in now using our payment plans with no payments until June 1. http://fsmf.com”

Church and Morgan Wallen recently acquired the iconic Field & Stream, the pre-eminent outdoor lifestyle brand with origins back to 1871. Key aspects of the relaunch include the music festival, Field & Stream 1871 Club, a refreshed digital platform, and a limited edition apparel collection inspired by Church and Wallen.

Tickets for the Field & Stream Fest are on sale now – here.

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2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include Cher, Mary J. Blige, Ozzy Osbourne, and more

On Sunday during the live broadcast of ‘American Idol,’ Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lionel Richie and ‘AI’ host Ryan Seacrest announced the 2024 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The incoming 2024 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class includes Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Mary J. Blige, A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton and Kool & the Gang (per The Hollywood Reporter). Five out of the eight voted in this year were first-time nominees: Osbourne, Cher, Frampton, Foreigner and Kool & the Gang (Osbourne is being inducted to the Rock Hall for a second time; he was inducted as a member of Black Sabbath in 2006.) The complete list of inductees for 2024 follows, broken down by category.

Inductees into the ‘Performer Category’ include: Mary J. Blige, Cher, Dave Matthews Band, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool & The Gang, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest; while ‘Musical Influence Award’ inductees include: Alexis Korner, John Mayall, Big Mama Thornton. Those to be inducted into the ‘Musical Excellence Award’ category include: Jimmy Buffett, MC5, Dionne Warwick and Norman Whitfield. Finally, the ‘Ahmet Ertegun Award’ will be presented to Suzanne de Passe.

Seven of this year’s nominees will have to wait for another chance to be inducted into the Rock Hall, including: Mariah Carey, Jane’s Addiction, Sade, Sinead O’Connor, Oasis, Lenny Kravitz and the duo Eric B. and Rakim.

The 2024 ‘Rock Hall’ class will officially be inducted in the Hall of Fame on Oct. 19. The 39th annual induction ceremony will take place at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, streaming live on Disney+. The 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will also air as a special on ABC at a later date, and will be available on Hulu the day after the live ceremony.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ smashes multiple Spotify records

Spotify has announced multiple records being set by Taylor Swift after the superstar artist released her album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ on Friday, and also surprised fans with the release of The Anthology, featuring 15 additional tracks.

The latest social post by Spotify revealed that “on April 19th, 2024, Taylor Swift’s ‘Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)’ became Spotify’s most-streamed song in a single day.”

‘The Tortured Poets Department’ had already becoming the most-streamed album in a single day according to Spotify, reportedly exceeding 300 million streams: “TTPD was the first album in Spotify history to have over 300M streams in a single day.”  That feat means Swift has the top three most-streamed albums in a single day in history – with previous records held by Midnights and 1989 (Taylor’s Version).

Spotify also posted that “On April 19th, 2024, The Tortured Poets Department became Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day, and Taylor Swift became the most-streamed artist in a single day in Spotify history.”

Stream Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’ – here.

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Trader Joe’s organic fresh basil recalled in 29 states after salmonella outbreak

Trader Joe’s has pulled Infinite Herbs-branded basil from its shelves in 29 states after a salmonella outbreak has left 12 people sickened. The grocery store announced the recall April 17 on its website, stating that Infinite Herbs organic basil may have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. On their website, Trader Joe’s advised customers who purchased Infinite Herbs organic basil during the Feb. 1–April 6 date range to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s store for a full refund.  According to a food safety alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ‘Infinite Herbs’ brand organic basil was sold in 2.5-ounce clamshell-style plastic containers in 29 states due to the risk of salmonella. The CDC reported that the outbreak had sickened at least 12 people in seven states, including one hospitalization, with zero deaths reported so far.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the people who have fallen ill are spread across seven states: Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. The FDA shared on its website that “seven of eight cases with information available reported exposure to fresh organic basil purchased from Trader Joe’s before becoming ill,” adding that Trader Joe’s has already pulled all Infinite Herbs brand organic basil from their store shelves and the product should no longer be available for sale to customers in any stores.  The supplier of the basil is cooperating with the FDA investigation and has agreed to initiate a voluntary recall, the CDC stated.

In a statement posted to its website, Infinite Herbs CEO Grego Berliavsky said the company has voluntarily recalled some 2.5-ounce packages of fresh organic basil sold between February 1 through April 6 with UPC 8 18042 02147 7 because of the potential it could be contaminated with salmonella. Berliavsky wrote: “I am heartbroken at the thought that any item we sold may have caused illness or discomfort. We simply will not rest until we can once again be confident in the safety of this product .. Fresh basil naturally wilts and expires after five to seven days, so we are confident that the recalled basil is no longer available for sale. However, if you have food in your freezer that includes Infinite Herbs organic basil purchased between February 1 and April 6, do not consume it.”  In addition, Berliavsky said that the basil had been sourced from a single farm, which is no longer in production: “We are working with the farmer to conduct an internal investigation of the food safety practices. Through this investigation, our goal is to determine the cause of this recall and apply measures to prevent it from happening again.”

Trader Joe’s said that people who purchased the basil may return it to the store for a refund. Customers can also call Trader Joe’s at (626) 599-3817 or email customer service: here.

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Suspect in University of Idaho murders says cellphone data will prove his innocence

Attorneys for Bryan Kohberger, the suspect charged in the murders of four University of Idaho students in November 2022, said in a new court filing that Kohberger has an alibi that will exonerate him in the case.

Kohberger was indicted on charges of murder by a grand jury last May; according to the court filing (reviewed by CNN), Kohberger, 29, claims he was driving in Pullman, Wash., on the night of the murders; and that cellphone tower data will prove he was miles away when the four students were killed. All four victims — Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Ethan Chapin, 20 — were stabbed to death in the early hours of Nov. 13, 2022, at their off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho.  Kohberger’s lawyers plan to use cellphone tower data analysis in an effort to prove he was not at the home where the murders happened on Nov. 13, 2022.

Lead defense attorney Anne Taylor said in the filing: “Mr. Kohberger was out driving in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2022, as he often did to hike and run and/or see the moon and stars. He drove throughout the area south of Pullman, Wash., west of Moscow, Idaho,” adding that the alibi is supported by data from Kohberger’s phone, with numerous photos showing him late at night or in early morning hours out in the countryside. In addition, Kohberger’s defense will put a cell phone tower and radio frequency expert on the stand to support the alibi, with the spot where he allegedly was out driving the night of the murders being located about 10 miles from the murder scene.

Kohberger, who lived in the town of Pullman, Washington, 9½ miles away from Moscow, was arrested in Pennsylvania nearly seven weeks after the killings on Dec. 30 while in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains visiting family.  Investigators allege they tied Kohberger to the killings by using DNA evidence found on a knife sheath left at the scene in the bed where Mogen and Goncalves were found deceased.  Moscow police had been looking for a white Elantra as possible evidence, and Kohberger’s Hyundai Elantra was seized from his Pennsylvania home.

Prosecutors claim that Kohberger broke into an off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2022, and stabbed the four students to death at a King Road residence in the small city of Moscow on the Washington-Idaho border. The victims likely were asleep when the brutal attacks began.

Kohberger, who was a doctoral student studying criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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