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Seeger appears on postage stamp


Pete Seeger, the banjoplayi­ng folk singer whose music was indelibly intertwine­d with his social activism, was honored Thursday as the latest American musician to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.

The forever stamp, which features a colortinte­d, black-and-white photograph taken in the early 1960s showing Seeger in profile singing and playing his five-string banjo, has gone on sale at post offices nationwide, according to a U.S. Postal Service spokespers­on.

“It is an honor to see a photo of my father I’d taken some 60 years ago become this wonderful forever stamp,” his son, Dan Seeger, said in a statement. “My dad did most of his correspond­ence by hand — written letters — and I can imagine him smiling and of course appreciati­ng this great honor because he relied on the U.S. mail with its simplicity and honesty, knowing that thoughts and ideas can go from the sender over a tremendous expanse to a single receiver and get delivered.”

Seeger, a Harvard dropout who died in 2014 at age 94, wrote or co-wrote “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” He won multiple Grammy Awards, and earned the National Medal of the Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors.

TIFF debuts announced:

Steven Spielberg is bringing his highly personal film “The Fabelmans” to the Toronto Internatio­nal Film Festival this fall, organizers said Friday.

It will be the world premiere for the film, which Spielberg has said is based on his early years, and will also mark the filmmaker’s first time at the

festival. The cast includes Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and Judd Hirsch. “The Fabelmans” is set for a Nov. 11 theatrical release.

In addition, TIFF organizers confirmed Thursday that Harry Styles’ highly anticipate­d gay love-triangle movie “My Policeman” will have its world premiere at the festival. Based on Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel of the same name, the romantic drama also stars Emma Corrin and David Dawson. “My Policeman” is set to open in theaters on Oct. 21, and stream on Amazon Prime Video starting

Nov. 4.

The Toronto Internatio­nal Film Festival runs from Sept. 8 to 18.

H.E.R. to star in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ special:

Disney has tapped musician H.E.R. to star as Belle in the upcoming ABC animated and live-action special “Beauty and the

Beast: A 30th Celebratio­n.”

“I can’t believe I get to be a part of the Beauty and the Beast legacy. The world will see a Black and Filipino Belle!” H.E.R. said in a statement. “I have always wanted to be a Disney princess … It is very surreal, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

This year marks the

30th anniversar­y of when “Beauty and the Beast” became the first animated film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. The special is set to air Dec. 15 on ABC and stream on Disney+ the next day.

July 25 birthdays: Drummer Jim McCarty is 79. Bassist Verdine White is

71. Model Iman is 67. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is 63. Actor Matt LeBlanc is

55. Actor Wendy Raquel Robinson is 55. Actor D.B. Woodside is 53. Actor Miriam Shor is 51. Actor David Denman is 49. Actor James Lafferty is 37. Actor Mason Cook is 22.

 ?? EVAN AGOSTINI/AP 2009 ?? Pete Seeger has become the latest American musician to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.
EVAN AGOSTINI/AP 2009 Pete Seeger has become the latest American musician to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.

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