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From Oppenheimer to young Bob Dylan, thanks to this reporter for excellent film coverage from New Jersey

Last weekend my community of Cranford had a city-wide flea market. A list of home addresses with items for sale has been posted online for bargain hunters. My wife and I got up early that Sunday morning because a house had vintage records listed with a list of well-known artists.

We splurged and bought some classics from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Santana and Bob Dylan for under $100!

Speaking of Dylan, he wasn't spotted in Cranford, but he was all over northern New Jersey. Well, we haven't confirmed whether Mr. Tambourine Man actually set foot in the Garden State recently. (“It’s not me, baby,” he used to sing to me.) But his doppelganger, Timothée Chalamet, was seen.

You've probably read in recent articles that the “Dune” and “Wonka” star was caught starring opposite Elle Fanning (as Suze Rotolo) in “Paterson and Passaic” and with Monica Barbaro as Joan Baez was filmed in “Mountainside” upcoming drama about Dylan's early years in the 1960s: “A Complete Unknown.” Additional scenes were filmed in Hoboken, Newark and Jersey City.

Dylan and his younger lookalike Chalamet are executive producers alongside the film's director James Mangold. Kuperinsky says there is no release date yet.

You might be wondering why I keep talking about Dylan. In our newsroom we found out what is most important to you. We can now see exactly what subscribers are reading in the online newspaper The Star-Ledger on any given day. . (Not what you personally read, but we can see which stories readers spend the most time with.)

And as I wrote recently, we have experienced reporters who can write about the things that matter most to you.

For the past few years, you've relied on veteran reporter Amy Kuperinsky to bring you the latest local A&E news for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com.

Just last week, she spoke with Jon Bon Jovi about his band's new documentary, Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, which premiered April 26.

“We've always, always been honest about who and what we were and who and what we are,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Kuperinsky for an extensive first look at the four-part documentary.

New Jersey has left an indelible mark on music history. A few weeks ago, Kuperinsky reported on Kool & The Gang, who were (finally) inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. And earlier this month, she wrote about Martin Scorsese waiting for his daughter Tina Sinatra's blessing to make a biopic about “Ol' Blue Eyes.”

We can also claim a galaxy of movie stars with Jerry Lewis, Meryl Streep, Jack Nickelson and Anne Hathaway on my ballot for our Mount Rushmore of timeless actors. (Dear reader, this sentence took much, much longer to write than expected. Check out my use of the word “galaxy.”)

And if you read Kuperinsky's preview for the Oscars in March, it underscores how important it was for “Oppenheimer” to be filmed in New Jersey. In the article, she lists all the films confirmed to be in production here, along with a preview of the major studios, including Netflix, that are opening their doors soon. She also reported on the state's forecast to become Hollywood East and transform into a $1 billion industry by 2026.

Times are changing, as a popular American songwriter once sang.

“We hear this all the time from producers, everyone wants to be in New Jersey,” said Steven Gorelick, director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission.

This brings me back to Cranford. My wife Ewa excitedly alerts me (so I can tell Kuperinsky) when filming will take place in the township.

Several production teams have set up camps in the city in recent months. In March, the state Film and Television Commission named Cranford alongside 13 other municipalities and four counties as Film Ready Communities.

My wife's tip: Octavia Spencer is filming in the city.

Kuperinsky in her story from the same day: “Tow” was filmed in Union County, including Cranford. Production is scheduled to take place in Jersey until May.

Joining Spencer in the film is Holdovers star and Jersey guy Dominic Sessa. Kuperinsky wrote about the film's upcoming production in January. The location still had to be determined.

If you have a tip for arts and entertainment around New Jersey, email Amy Kuperinsky at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Tell her I sent you.

I'm pleased to see an increase in story tips being sent to Tips@njadvancemedia.com.

And I wanted to republish the email address for press releases about local events (City and County of New Jersey): press@njnpublishing.com.

Enrique Lavín is an online newspaper editor. Send him an email at elavin@njadvancemedia.com.

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