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Ray Liotta to be in Middle Village for new NBC show ‘Shades of Blue’ shoot


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The stars just keep coming to Queens.

Ray Liotta, best known for his role as the mobster Henry Hill in “Goodfellas,” will be in Middle Village tomorrow for a shoot for the new NBC crime drama “Shades of Blue.”

The shoot takes place on Wednesday at Tropical Restaurant, located at 62-27 Fresh Pond Rd. where the restaurant owner, Sandra Gonzalez, confirmed that Liotta will be on set.

Liotta plays opposite Jennifer Lopez in the NBC show. Lopez plays a New York detective and single mother named Harlee Santos, who got involved with a group of dirty cops. She begins taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide for her daughter. Lopez’s character finds herself trapped by the FBI and is forced to inform on her partners.

There’s no word yet on whether J-Lo will be on the set in Middle Village tomorrow.

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PHOTOS: New Baz Luhrmann Netflix series films exterior scenes in Glendale


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Scenes for the upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down,” a musical hip-hop drama set in the late 1970s, were filmed on Wednesday afternoon at the former K-9 Caterers off Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

The empty storefront was transformed into “Adele’s Beauty Shop,” complete with retro signs advertising “summer braids.” Extras clad in bell bottoms and platform shoes filed onto the set amid vintage Cadillacs and lighting rigs.

The series is a period drama following the lives of a group of teenagers from the South Bronx during 1978. Events within the show will also coincide with political and cultural milestones, such as the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx.

“The Get Down” is set to star Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and singer-songwriter Herzien Guardiola, who will play the female lead Mylene Cruz, daughter of Rev. Ramon Cruz (played by Esposito). Mamoudo Athie will star as rap pioneer Grandmaster Flash, and Jaden Smith will also appear in a cameo.

The series is spearheaded by director Baz Luhrmann of “Moulin Rouge” and “Great Gatsby” fame and is set to air on Netflix in 2016.


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Man allegedly stabs Flushing roommate over what to watch on TV


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A Flushing man stabbed his roommate early Sunday morning after the two struggled for control over the TV, according to police and a published report.

The two men were inside their Sanford Avenue home about 6:50 a.m. when the dispute occurred, police said.

One of the men, 60, stabbed his 51-year-old roommate in the neck and stomach, authorities said.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens with non-life-threatening injuries.

His roommate, Waheed Akbar, has been charged with felony assault, according to the New York Post. He allegedly stabbed the victim over what to watch on TV that morning.

A kitchen knife was recovered at the scene, police said.

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Kaufman Astoria Studios extends lease by 99 years


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Keep the reels rolling!

Senator Charles Schumer and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney announced the approval of Kaufman Astoria Studios’ 99 year lease term extension under the Historic Surplus Property Program by the National Park Service (NPS). Early this month, Schumer and Maloney requested that NPS approve this application, stating the extension would allow business expansion in the studio by providing long-term investments and make it easier to access the capital Kaufman needs to grow and expand.

“This lease term extension will give Kaufman Astoria Studios the security and predictability it needs to grow, create more jobs and expand its business in Queens,” said Schumer. “This studio is full of history and with New York City’s growing film industry, I am pleased that the National Park Service has said ‘lights, camera, action’ for this new extended lease.”

The legendary studio opened in 1920 and became the home to Paramount Pictures. Stars like Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino have worked on productions at Kaufman Astoria Studios. Sesame Street is also filmed at the renowned studio. Kaufman Astoria Studios was designated as a National Historic District in 1978.

Its extended lease will end in 2099.