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Steinway delivers pianos to some seriously wacky places

In May, Daniel Epstein was set to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. There was just one problem: The standard 7-foot grand at the Broadway Presbyterian Church in Morningside Heights wasn’t grand enough. So the Upper West Sider did what any keyboardist of his stature would do: He called...

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Hulu announces Wu-Tang Clan streaming series

Hulu has ordered the release of a new streaming series about the Wu-Tang Clan’s ascendance during the early 90s. The company said Thursday that they will stream a 10-episode drama about the rap legends called “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” “I look forward to collaborating with Hulu and Imagine...

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How the Velvet Underground became a cultural juggernaut

David Bowie, the Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads all owe a big debt to another Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act: the Velvet Underground. And although it’s been five decades since those influential art rockers became the ultimate downtown NYC hipsters, a new exhibit, “The Velvet Underground...

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Tituss Burgess is bringing another Whitney Houston movie to the stage

Tituss Burgess, enjoying small-screen fame as the struggling actor of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” is also the driving creative force behind “The Preacher’s Wife,” a new musical based on the 1996 movie starring Whitney Houston. Burgess has written a rousing gospel score to the...

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‘Haunting of Hill House’ star’s own home was haunted

Henry Thomas doesn’t actually believe in ghosts. But the timing is right for the 47-year-old actor to share a real-life spooky story before Friday’s premiere of the Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House,” in which he co-stars. When Thomas moved to LA about 12 years ago, his mother told...

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Bella Thorne’s boyfriend, girlfriend give her ‘the best of both worlds’

There were moments in Bella Thorne’s life when the former Disney Channel star believed in the supernatural. Like the time when she was around 9, and saw an old woman crossing the road, then disappearing. Thorne thought, “No way, no way that that was fake!” And then there was the time, after...

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Jimmy Kimmel used to dumpster-dive for fireworks as a kid

Brooklyn native Jimmy Kimmel returns to his boyhood stomping grounds when he brings “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC, 11:35 p.m.) to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for five days, starting Monday. Joining him will be guests John Krasinski, Cardi B and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, along with musical acts St....

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A nasty Thanksgiving feud inspired ‘The Oath’

The booze started flowing after that Thanksgiving dinner at Ike Barinholtz’s house. It was 2016, and he, his brother and his mom began arguing about the presidential election Donald Trump had won just weeks before. “The crazy thing is that we were all on the same side,” Barinholtz tells The...

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Rupert Everett wrote Oscar Wilde biopic because he hated other roles

Rupert Everett was in a bit of a slump. The dashing British actor, best known for such comedy films as “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “An Ideal Husband,” had become dissatisfied with the movie roles for which he was being considered. “I wasn’t happy with what was happening to me in...

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Lisa Stansfield: New tour will ‘remind people that I’m still alive’

Before Amy Winehouse, Adele and Sam Smith, Lisa Stansfield brought British soul across the pond. But her 1989 signature song, “All Around the World” — which, true to its title, became an international smash — wasn’t supposed to have one of its most memorable hooks. “Ian [Devaney, the...

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Meet the former astronaut who prepped Ryan Gosling for ‘First Man’

He’s flown to the moon and run for Congress, but 86-year-old Al Worden is still up for new adventures. The former astronaut just served as a technical consultant for the movie “First Man,” about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 moon mission. “It was a new experience for me,” Worden tells...

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‘Beautiful Boy’ is too safe for a drug abuse film

Dial back the beauty, boys. The true story of a father dealing with his son’s methamphetamine addiction, “Beautiful Boy” seems to take its title less from the John Lennon song than its picturesque California setting. For every scene showing a life destroyed by drugs, there’s another...

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