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De Niro flick to film in Detroit next week

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According to the entertainment industry publication Back Stage, a movie starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton will film in Detroit on May 18.

The tabloid and Web site offer updated production listings as a job searching tool for actors. The film “Stone” was on the docket yesterday with the filming location listed as right here in the Motor City.

Back Stage, May 14: Stone (Drama) Robert De Niro stars as a parole officer who befriends a teaching assistant. Edward Norton is also attached. Written by Angus MacLachlan. Directed by John Curran. Casting: Laura Rosenthal (N.Y.) and Liz Dean (L.A.). Laura Rosenthal Casting, 401 Broadway, Ste. 711, New York, NY 10013. Shoots May 18 in Detroit.

No further information is out about exact locations or who will be involved in the shooting, but if you see one of these big-name screen stars strolling down Woodward next week, you’ll know why.

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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Get ready for homegrown Kid Rock beer ads

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We all know Kid Rock and shock value go hand-in-hand, but brace yourself for the Detroit-made ads for his own signature beer, set to come out Labor Day weekend. The singer talked up the ads in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

Rolling Stone, May 12: It’s going to be called Bad Ass Beer. The ads are so funny. There are so many funny ads you can do with a thing called Bad Ass Beer. There’s one where it looks like the Budweiser horses, and they’re all up in the air, just freaked out, like they went haywire, and whatever they ride on is smashed up, and it just has my beer sitting in the front, it says “Bad Ass.” And “…and the horses they rode in on.” There’s another one where we [mess] with Corona. We have an old rusty truck with no tires on it and it’s sitting on the Bad Ass beer, and it says, “The only way you’ll ever see a lemon on it.”

The beer will be named after his 2000 hit single “American Bad Ass” and Kid Rock describes the flavor as “a good American light beer.”

He also hints in the interview that he hopes to be able to serve the beer at his Comerica Park concerts in mid-July.

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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Eminem releases 1996 album ‘Infinite’ for free download

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Courtesy of MTV.com

Courtesy of MTV.com

Detroit rapper Eminem continues to find creative ways to keep a buzz around his name in the days leading up to the release of “Relapse,” his first album in nearly five years.

Today, 50 Cent posted a link on his Web site thisis50.com to download Slim Shady’s rare first album, “Infinite” for free.

The Guardian, May 14: Recorded four years before The Slim Shady LP made Eminem a star, only 1000 pressings of Infinite were ever made. “It sold maybe 70 copies,” Eminem wrote in his autobiography. Infinite has since been out of print and copies of the album sell online for about £100 ($150).

The album consists of 11 tracks that feature various guest artists, including original D12 member Denaun Porter a.k.a. Kon Artis.

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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Motown stars auction off musical goods for charity

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Courtesy of charitybuzz.com

Courtesy of charitybuzz.com

One lucky budding singer has the chance to get a private lesson from the Queen of Soul herself in New York City. All it costs is $5,500 — that is, until the next person outbids you.

Aretha Franklin is joining countless other celebs in an auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Bidding opened April 29 and Ends May 28. As of today, the singing lesson with the Motown legend has just one bid of $5,000, according to charitybuzz.com.

Fellow Detroit-native Stevie Wonder also is contributing to the auction by putting a signed  and used harmonica up for bid. It has six bids and the current one is $550.

Other high-profile items up for auction are a backstage meeting with Oprah going for $27,500 and a private swimming lesson with Michael Phelps currently priced at $1,950.

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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1.2 miles of celebration on Detroit’s east side

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Courtesy of detroitriverfront.org

Courtesy of detroitriverfront.org

Anyone downtown today should head over to the Dequindre Cut Greenway between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to catch live music on the Riverfront, free Cottage Inn pizza at Lafayette and St. Aubin streets and cooking demonstrations and tastings at Eastern Market.

All the festivities are set up to celebrate the official reopening of the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a railroad-line-turned-bike-path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the Riverfront.

According to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, this is just the first phase of a greenway that should extend from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue.

More festivities include hotdogs at the RiverWalk Cafe, face painting and magic near Lafayette Street and stage performances at the Woodbridge Street entrance of the greenway including the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences Performing Choir and Dance Troupe and the Woodward Academy and Benjamin Mays Academy Step Teams.

Go to the Riverfront Conservancy’s Web site for more information.

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

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Detroit’s Jack White joins Nashville music council

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Detroit-born guitarist Jack White will soon be advising Nashville’s mayor on ways to keep the city’s music scene alive.

White will join country music stars Emmylou Harris, Kix Brooks and 43 others to form the Music Business Council in Nashville, where White now lives with his family.

Billboard.com, May 13: The panel is expected to advise on initiatives including the construction of a downtown amphitheater, the expansion of the CMA Music Festival, the creation of a new, non-country festival and the enhancement of music education.

With some suggesting Detroit’s music scene to be a good economic replacement for the dying auto industry, we wonder, hey Jack, whose side are you on?

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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Wayne County judge to deadbeat dads: ‘Watch Maury’

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Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree made national headlines when word got out about the interesting way he punishes defendants with overdue child support.

Since January, McCree has ordered several dozen men to watch the daytime talk show “Maury” as part of their probation and discuss episodes with their probation officers.

USA Today, May 12: Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree says he took over the “deadbeat dads docket” in January after watching “too much of this terrible daytime TV” over the holidays.

Watching episodes of Maury, he said Monday, “was an eye-opener for me,” and inspired him to use the show to help defendants realize the error of their ways.

“They see that people who laugh at that show are laughing at them,” he said. “I’m trying to hold up a mirror.”

Maury Povich himself liked the idea so much he invited McCree on the show. The judge will be featured tomorrow in an episode that was taped on April 1. “Maury” airs at noon and 3 p.m. on channel 20 in Detroit.

Written by Jessica Nunez

May 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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