New outdoor movie series from Tribeca coming to Lower Manhattan this June

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A new and free outdoor screening series, titled “Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza,” brought together by Westfield World Trade Center and Tribeca, will be coming to lower Manhattan beginning this June.

It will be programmed by the Tribeca Film Festival’s curators and will screen films during the first weekend of every month from June-October on the Oculus Plaza near the World Trade Center.

For more information, go to https://tribecafilm.com/drive-in

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Happy 100th Birthday President Kennedy

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🎶Happy Birthday Mr. President🎶

John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old today. The 35th president of the United States was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917.

After being elected into the House of Representatives and serving in the Senate, he won the presidential election in 1960.

Kennedy was 46 years old when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

He remains to be a political icon, not only in the US, but around the world.

‘Star Wars’ celebrates its 40th anniversary

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Today marks 40 years since we were introduced to a story that took place in a galaxy far, far away.

Created and directed by George Lucas, Star Wars opened in theaters on May 25, 1977. The blockbuster space opera was the first that introduced moviegoers to Luke Skywalker, Princes Leia Organa, Hans Solo and villain Darth Vader, portrayed by Mark Hamil, the late Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, David Prowse and James Earl Jones [who voiced Vader], respectively.

The film earned $461 million in the U.S. and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million, making it the highest grossing movie of all time, until it was surpassed by E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1982.

Later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope, it was the first of many films – both sequels and prequels – to come.

According to many film lists, the original trilogy has been considered to be one of the best trilogies of all time, in addition to having one of the best film scores, which was composed by John Williams.

Happy 40th anniversary Star Wars! May the Force be with you.

Sir Roger Moore passes away at age 89

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Actor Sir Roger Moore has passed away on Tuesday in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89 years old.

Moore is best known as portraying James Bond. He played 007 in seven Bond films, the most of any actor who took on the role.

He is survived by his wife Kristina “Kiki” Tholstrup, and three children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian Moore, all of whom are in the film industry.

RIP

Manchester Terrorist Attack

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My heart was heavy (still is) last night after I heard about the terrorist attack in Manchester, U.K. on May 22.

It’s truly sickening and frightening that we have to live in a world which consists of such evil people, especially those who kill children and teenagers… innocent people in general.

My heart goes out to the victims, their families and Ariana Grande, who was holding a concert at Manchester Arena where the attack took place.

We need to pray for love and peace on this Earth because we won’t get another one.

Céline Dion gives emotional and powerful performance of ‘My Heart Will Go On’

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Céline Dion sang “My Heart Will Go On” Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, bringing everyone to tears, including Dion herself.

Her performance was in celebration of the 20th anniversary since the release of both the film Titanic and her signature song, which served as the love theme for the epic blockbuster.

Titanic, directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, opened in theaters on December 19, 1997.

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Jimmy Kimmel returning to host Oscars in 2018

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Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is set to return as host of the Oscars in 2018 for a second consecutive year.

The announcement was made by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Tuesday.

“Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl, [Academy CEO Dawn Hudson], and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd,” Kimmel said in a statement. “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”

Of course, the ending he was referring to was last year’s huge mishap, when La La Land was mistakenly named the winner of Best Picture instead of Moonlight.

The 90th Academy Awards will be televised live on ABC on March 4, 2018, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 8:30PM EST/5:30PM PST.