TV/Film

Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze Announce New Documentary for Apple+

Posted January 16, 2020 at 5:03 am

Apple yesterday announced that a new Beastie Boys documentary is coming to its Apple+ platform this spring. Right alongside the 26th anniversary of Ill Communication. Beastie Boys Story is just that – the history of the band as told by surviving members Mike D. and Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz. It’s based on the bestselling Beastie Boys […]

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Eddie Murphy Revives ‘Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood’ to Lampoon Gentrification

Posted December 26, 2019 at 5:05 am

Saturday night was a watershed moment in late-night television. Eddie Murphy returned to SNL for the first time in decades. As host. In so doing, many of his iconic characters also returned, including Gumby and Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood. The latter being a riff on Mr. Rogers in the low-income Harlem of the 1980s. Well, this […]

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Underdog ‘Togo’ Finally Gets Credit in Disney+ Film

Posted December 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Balto always takes the credit, but the real underdog was always Togo. And now he’s got a movie of his own. It all started in the small Alaskan town of Nome, where, in 1925, diphtheria killed two children and was on the rise. Closest town with the medicine was Nenana, located 674 miles away. It […]

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This is What Happens When Harvey Weinstein Shows his Face at a Bar on Avenue B

Last modified October 25, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein spent Wednesday night at an Alphabet City bar where he was confronted by women during a private event. The protesters, including a comedian, were booed. The evening was captured on social media. At an event called “Actors Hour” at Downtime on Avenue B, comedian Kelly Bachman addressed the “elephant in […]

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Xeno Zero Returns to Lower East Side with Ludlow Street Store

Posted October 2, 2019 at 5:07 am

Xeno Zero just made its Lower East Side rebound. Almost two years after Xeno Zero vacated Orchard Street, they’ve set up shop around the corner to 21 Ludlow. The ground level, which previously housed a gallery. The Xeno Zero game center has been a popular draw, attracting collectors and hardcore gamers for various competitions. The […]

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Chinatown Fights Back Against Proliferation of ‘Disrespectful’ Film Shoots

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:07 am

The frequency of film shoots and the negative impacts on local residents is receiving renewed attention in the halls of City Council. Chinatown and the Lower East Side, in particular, are popular neighborhoods for productions due to that (rapidly disappearing) old New York feel. Have been for years, and are often a major interruption for […]

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Disney Announces TV Adaptation of Marvel’s LES Hero ‘Moon Girl’

Posted August 26, 2019 at 5:03 am

Over the weekend at its D23 Conference, Disney announced the adaptation of a teenage Marvel superhero who protects the Lower East Side. Ordered by the Disney Channel cable network, and executive produced by Laurence Fishburne, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of Lunella Lafayette (aka Moon Girl), a 13-year-old prodigy, and her ten-ton […]

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First Look at Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and the LES Block that Assisted

Posted August 2, 2019 at 5:05 am

It was almost two years ago that Netflix transformed the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets into 1970s Little Italy for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, The Irishmen. Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction work, I Heard You Paint Houses, the gangster epic touches upon post-war organized crime and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Longtime Scorsese collaborators […]

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Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ TV Reboot is Filming on the LES Tonight

Posted July 17, 2019 at 8:33 am

They just couldn’t leave well enough alone. The television reboot of cult classic High Fidelity – based on the 1995 book by Nick Hornby – is taking over parts of the Lower East Side today. The requisite “no parking” signs currently dot the eastern terminus of Canal Street near Rutgers. Film shoot is tonight. It’s indeed […]

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Art Pigeon of Elizabeth Street Garden Stars in Next Season of HBO’s The Deuce

Last modified June 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

When both sides of the street are lined with 1970s gas-guzzlers, it could only mean one thing. HBO’s The Deuce is filming in the ‘hood. Viewers flocked to the first and second season of the Time Square series for a look at the seedier side of the city. Now that the show is transitioning into […]

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