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Frank Vincent, Goodfellas and Sopranos Star, Passes Away at 78

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Frank Vincent, Goodfellas and Sopranos Star, Passes Away at 78
Sad news to report. Frank Vincent, one of the most familiar faces from The Sopranos, Goodfellas, and Casino has died at the age of 78. TMZ reports that the actor died from heart surgery complications. Vincent reportedly suffered a heart attack last week and underwent open-heart surgery on Wednesday and died during the surgery in a New Jersey hospital. John Gallagher, who directed Vincent in Street Hunter and The Deli also posted the news too social media.

Frank Vincent portrayed tough guys under direction from Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull in 1980, Goodfellas in 1990 as the real-life gangster, Billy Batts, and then 1995's Casino before joining the cast of HBO's wildly successful The Sopranos as mob boss Phil Leotardo. Scorsese saw Vincent portraying a gambler in 1976's The Death Collector with Joe Pesci, who helped him get the role in Raging Bull alongside Robert De Niro. Vincent's Leotardo character in The Sopranos
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Frank Vincent, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor, Dies at 78

Frank Vincent, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor, Dies at 78
Frank Vincent, known for portraying Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died, his “Sopranos” co-star Vincent Pastore announced on Facebook. He was 78.

TMZ reports that he died due to complications of heart surgery after a heart attack. John Gallagher, who directed Vincent in “Street Hunter” and “The Deli,” also posted the news on Facebook.

Vincent began acting in 1976 when he co-starred in the low-budget crime film “The Death Collector” alongside Joe Pesci. Vincent then acted in Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” which sparked the first of many collaborations between Vincent, Pesci, and Robert De Niro, including “Goodfellas” and “Casino.”‘

His “Sopranos” character was killed on orders from his on-screen nemesis Tony Soprano is the final episode of the HBO series.

Born in North Adams, Mass., and raised in Jersey City, N.J., Vincent often portrayed gangsters. He delivered the iconic line, “Go home and get your shine box!” as mobster Billy Batts in “Goodfellas,” and
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Now Casting: Nas Biopic Series ‘Street Dreams’ and More Jobs

Today’s casting roundup is a big one! “Street Dreams,” the upcoming Bet series based on the life of hip-hop artist Nas, will hold an open casting call for an actor to depict the rapper himself! We also have a James Franco-produced feature and other great (paying!) gigs. “Street Dreams”Casting is underway for a male actor aged 15–22 to depict Nas at age 17 in the scripted series based on his life, “Street Dreams.” An open casting call will be held at New York City’s Ripley-Grier Studios Feb. 12, with shooting slated for April and May, also in New York. “Costanza”Short film “Costanza,” about a wealthy therapist entangled “in a love triangle riddled with layers from his past, money, and regret,” is casting for its title character. Seeking a male actor aged 18–60, the piece will shoot this spring in Boston, Massachusetts, and pay $100/day. “Following Five But Preceding Seven
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Nas Pilot ‘Street Dreams’ in the Works at Bet

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Nas Pilot ‘Street Dreams’ in the Works at Bet
Rapper Nas is getting the biopic treatment in “Street Dreams,” a potential new drama series just ordered to pilot at Bet. “Street Dreams” will trace the rise of Nas as a young man growing up in 1990s New York, and his transformation from a young man in the Queensbridge projects to drug dealer to famous rapper. Nas released his first album, “Illmatic,” in 1994 and has released eight albums total, with more than 25 million copies sold worldwide. The rapper was already the subject of a 2014 documentary film, “Nas: Time Is Illmatic,” which chronicled the circumstances leading up to the...
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Bet Greenlights ‘Street Dreams,’ 1990s Pilot Based On Life Of Rapper Nas

Exclusive: Bet, coming off ratings records for its New Edition miniseries, has given the green light to another music-infused period scripted project based on the story of a famous performer. The network has ordered a pilot for Street Dreams, an hourlong series from Rush creator Jonathan Levine. It is executive produced by rapper Nas on whose life the project is based. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent New York City in the early ’90s, Street Dreams, named after Nas…
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Street Dreams: Hopes and dreams for ‘Street Fighter V’

Sports. Poker. Paintballing. BBQs. These are just a few of the many ways that man has looked within to seek out an emotional connection with his fellow man. But nothing has done as much for male bonding as Capcom’s Street Fighter series.

Through a somewhat serendipitous loop of art imitating life imitating art, Capcom’s seminal fighter has been uniting men from a kaleidoscope of races and backgrounds to meet up and duke it out in various locations around the world for over two decades. Countless sequels and spinoffs into puzzles, manga, and two underwhelming movies had all arguably played a part in the oversaturation and eventual fatigue the series went through. A sobering experience that was far away from the influence the game enjoyed at the heights of its popularity.

The demise of the arcade prematurely triggered visions of the death of communal gaming, an essential component that
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Young Jeezy ... Daddy Warbucks Ain't Got Nothin' On Me!

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Young Jeezy just made Sony's Amy Pascal smile just a little ... he bought out an entire movie theater for a showing of "Annie."Jeezy went all St. Nick in Atl Tuesday ... dropping $10,000 on toys for his charity, Street Dreams Foundation. The screening set him back another $2,500, which includes popcorn, sodas and candy.But wait, there's more. Jeezy took 100 kids to lunch at Gio's Italian restaurant.Jeezy-Claus has made this an annual event 7 times in a row.
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New 'Illmatic' Doc Details Hip-Hop Classic's Humble Beginnings

New 'Illmatic' Doc Details Hip-Hop Classic's Humble Beginnings
It may have been the most New York moment in years.

Robert De Niro, onstage Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre, introduced Time Is Illmatic, the new documentary on Nas' 1994 landmark debut Illmatic, to kick off the Tribeca Film Festival. "Twenty years ago, I would've been 20 years too old for this music," quipped the actor and festival co-founder to a boisterous crowd of fans, media and seemingly every important hip-hop figure in mid-Nineties New York.

Nas: My Life in 20 Songs

Unlike music docs that attempt to deify or elevate the obscure — Anvil,
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Jonathan Levine directing film version of Brooklyn Castle documentary

Jonathan Levine directing film version of Brooklyn Castle documentary
Jonathan Levine will direct a film version of Brooklyn Castle.

The 50/50 director has signed on to adapt Katie Dellamaggiore's acclaimed 2012 documentary for Sony Pictures, reports Deadline.

Brooklyn Castle centres around the young students of New York school I.S. 318.

Despite being located in a desperately impoverished neighbourhood, the institution has consistently delivered national chess champions.

Levine will also be reteaming with 50/50's Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a Christmas comedy film.

He is working on Street Dreams - a television series about the life of Nas - and Bad Romance with Channing Tatum.

Scott Rudin Productions' Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, and Point Grey's Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are producing the film, alongside two other projects.

These are Console Wars - which charts the rivalry between Nintendo and Sega in the 1990s - and a project from the Mail Order Comedy troupe.

Watch the
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Jonathan Levine To Direct Feature Film Version Of Acclaimed Documentary 'Brooklyn Castle'

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Jonathan Levine is spending February lining up project after project. This summer, he's reteaming with his "50/50" stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to shoot a Christmas comedy, he's got a TV series based on the life of Nas called "Street Dreams" cooking, and he's also in the mix to direct Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (And don't forget he's also got "Bad Romance" with Channing Tatum in there as well). And yet another project has crossed Levine's desk which he'll be taking on. Deadline reports that Levine will turn Katie Dellamaggiore's winning 2012 documentary "Brooklyn Castle" (our review) into a feature film. And it's not hard to see the cinema in the story. The doc follows a handful of kids of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, who are part of one of the best chess programs in the country, with the school delivering championship after championship. It's the major silver lining for the students,
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Xbox Entertainment Studios Developing TV Series Loosely-Based On The Life Of Rapper Nas

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Xbox Entertainment Studios has announced that it is developing a television series based loosely on the life of the rapper Nas. The series, currently titled Street Dreams, will be set during the 1990s, in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex, where the Nas grew up, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, The Wackness) serving as the project's writer and director, and Nas himself contributing to the scripting of the series, as well as contributing music to its soundtrack. Content is king, as the saying goes, and Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios wants to claim its piece of that pie. Last year, the studio announced several Xbox-exclusive...
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Xbox Entertainment Studios Developing TV Series Loosely-Based On The Life Of Rapper Nas

Xbox Entertainment Studios Developing TV Series Loosely-Based On The Life Of Rapper Nas
Xbox Entertainment Studios has announced that it is developing a television series based loosely on the life of the rapper Nas. The series, currently titled Street Dreams, will be set during the 1990s, in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex, where the Nas grew up, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, The Wackness) serving as the project's writer and director, and Nas himself contributing to the scripting of the series, as well as contributing music to its soundtrack. Content is king, as the saying goes, and Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios wants to claim its piece of that pie. Last year, the studio announced several Xbox-exclusive original programs, which will all launch on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles this year.

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Xbox Is Developing a '90s Hip-Hop Scripted Series with Nas

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Xbox Is Developing a '90s Hip-Hop Scripted Series with Nas
Nas is going to Xbox. With the impending 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the album that many hail as his greatest, Deadline reports that Nas has signed a deal with Xbox Entertainment Studios to create and produce an original, half-hour series based on his life as an up and coming hip-hop artist in the '90s, which many refer to as "The Golden Age of Hip-Hop." The show, titled "Street Dreams," is being written and directed by Jonathan Levine ("All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," "The Wackness"), who recently signed on to create a Christmas-themed film with his "50/50" stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Levine also grew up in New York City in the '90s, giving the show a bevy of situations to choose from. The show is centered around the Queensbridge Housing Project where Nas grew up, and deals with hip-hop, family and dealing with the ups and downs of the rap game.
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Xbox Is Developing a '90s Hip-Hop Scripted Series with Nas

Xbox Is Developing a '90s Hip-Hop Scripted Series with Nas
Nas is going to Xbox. With the impending 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the album that many hail as his greatest, Deadline reports that Nas has signed a deal with Xbox Entertainment Studios to create and produce an original, half-hour series based on his life as an up and coming hip-hop artist in the '90s, which many refer to as "The Golden Age of Hip-Hop." The show, titled "Street Dreams," is being written and directed by Jonathan Levine ("All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," "The Wackness"), who recently signed on to create a Christmas-themed film with his "50/50" stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Levine also grew up in New York City in the '90s, giving the show a bevy of situations to choose from. The show is centered around the Queensbridge Housing Project where Nas grew up, and deals with hip-hop, family and dealing with the ups and downs of the rap game.
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Nas Is Developing a Semi-Autobiographical Show

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Nas Is Developing a Semi-Autobiographical Show
Deadline reports that Nas is developing a half-hour series for Xbox. Entitled Street Dreams, which may or may not be an intentional pun on sweet dreams, the semi-autobiographical show will focus on a young rapper in the 1990s. The show will be set in the Queensbridge housing project, which is where Nas grew up. Jonathan Levine, whose 2008 film The Wackness was a semi-autobiographical account of his own time growing up in New York City in the '90s, is attached to write and direct. Nas will be involved in the writing, the music, and providing cred for the video game system show.
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Xbox Taps ‘The Wackness’, ’50/50′ Director For Series About Nas’ Youth

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the debut LP of rapper Nas and one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time. To help commemorate the album, Xbox Studios is turning to production company Electric City and writer/director Jonathan Levine for Street Dreams, a TV-length series inspired by Nas' early life. Nas grew up in New York City's Queensbridge neighborhood, long known as a breeding ground for hip-hop and rap talent. Street Dreams will enter that neighborhood in the early 90s with a series of half-hour episodes. In order to best capture the look and feel of New York in the 90s, Xbox Studios is turning to a writer and director who grew up in that era: Jonathan Levine. Levine's film The Wackness was one of the first 90s period and won the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Levine has since built an
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Jonathan Levine Writing/Directing 'Street Dreams' Based On Life Of Nas & Lasse Hallström Takes On 'Rockefeller'

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It seems we're only entering the streaming content arms race. With Netflix having planted the flag and Amazon Studios making a run for it, XBox Live Entertainment is adding to their own growing slate of projects with something they hope will connect with their button-smashing audience. They've wisely tapped Jonathan Levine to write and direct the hip-hop drama series "Street Dreams" (tip: get a new name). The half-hour show will be loosely based on the life of hip-hop legend Nas, and will take place in 1990s Queensbridge (where the rapper grew up), looking at the rap game (duh), family and life in general. It seems like they are still sorting out the exact details. Anyway, this is all a familiar milieu for Levine, whose NYC-set "The Wackness" oozed 1990s hip-hop from its pores and its soundtrack (which included "The World Is Yours" by Nas), so this seems right up his alley.
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Jonathan Levine Writing/Directing 'Street Dreams' Based On Life Of Nas & Lasse Hallström Takes On 'Rockefeller'

Jonathan Levine Writing/Directing 'Street Dreams' Based On Life Of Nas & Lasse Hallström Takes On 'Rockefeller'
It seems we're only entering the streaming content arms race. With Netflix having planted the flag and Amazon Studios making a run for it, XBox Live Entertainment is adding to their own growing slate of projects with something they hope will connect with their button-smashing audience. They've wisely tapped Jonathan Levine to write and direct the hip-hop drama series "Street Dreams" (tip: get a new name). The half-hour show will be loosely based on the life of hip-hop legend Nas, and will take place in 1990s Queensbridge (where the rapper grew up), looking at the rap game (duh), family and life in general. It seems like they are still sorting out the exact details. Anyway, this is all a familiar milieu for Levine, whose NYC-set "The Wackness" oozed 1990s hip-hop from its pores and its soundtrack (which included "The World Is Yours" by Nas), so this seems right up his alley.
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XBox Developing 1990s Music Series Based On Rapper Nas’ Life

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Exclusive: As Nas marks the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, a half-hour series project loosely based on his life as a hip hop artist in the 1990s is getting off the ground with a deal at XBox Entertainment Studios. Titled Street Dreams, the project, from Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell’s Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond The Pines), is set in the 1990s in Long Island’s Queensbridge housing complex, where Nas grew up, and takes a look at music, family and the trials and tribulations of the rap game. Street Dreams is being written/directed by Jonathan Levine, who also grew up in New York, spending his formative years in the 1990s. New York in the 90s was the backdrop for his coming of age feature The Wackness, winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Street Dreams is now being developed, with
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New York Auditions at a Glance – April 4-28

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below.     Thu. April 4 Arena Stage, DC 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' 'Annie', Broadway, Adult Singers Brooklyn College, 'Street Dreams' 'Elf', Tour New Musical, Singapore 'Raft of The Medusa' Sva, 'Park Bench' Walnut Street Theatre, Pa Fri. April 5 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Brooklyn College, 'Street Dreams' East Lynne Theater Company 2013 Season, NJ 'Elf', Tour 'Hello Dolly', Tour, Singers 'Lily & Cosmo Live' New Musical, Singapore 'Oklahoma!' Industry Showcase for Kids & Teens Sat. April 6 Fl & NY, Canobie Lake Park Summer Shows, Nh Lauren Singer Talent Management 'Peter and the Starcatcher', Tour 'Puppy Love'
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