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Though we have to wait until January 31 to see Julianne Hough don Sandy's skintight black togs, the first preview photos of Fox's "Grease Live!", a live retelling of that classic story at Rydell High, are now available. It seems clear this version is inspired by the '78 movie version since Hough, playing the part of Sandy Olsson, is styled exactly like Olivia Newton-John. Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko looks more like Kenickie from the movie (Jeff Conaway), but his attitude is Travoltian. And if Vanessa Hudgens isn't entering Stockard Channing lookalike contests in the near future, she's missing out. Those are very convincing imitations of the '78 cast. The only problem: Who wants to see convincing imitations of the '78 cast? "Grease" is the single most iconic musical of the 1970s. Everyone knows the songs, the look, and the way the actors were styled. In order to tell its story »
- Louis Virtel
Thankfully, Elizabeth Banks’ time in Studio 8H ultimately provedfar superior to the Republican presidential candidate’s turgid tenure, though I still wish she’d been given more to do in the pre-“Weekend Update” portion of the telecast… or that Ep Lorne Michaels shaken up the order of sketches to move some of her stronger contributions to the front of the installment.
RelatedSNL Ditches Cold Open for Bilingual Message of Solidarity With »
Saturday Night Live turned its cold open this week into a warm message of solidarity for the people of Paris, following the multiple shootings and explosions by terrorists there on Friday that left 129 people dead.
VideosStephen Colbert’s Emotional Reaction to Paris Attacks on Late Show
In lieu of the traditional kickoff sketch, an emotional Cecily Strong, dressed in black, took the stage with no introduction or music, and delivered the following message: “Paris is the City of Light, and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. »
Following the tragic events in Paris on Friday, the show opted to air a repeat instead of a live episode. Some people, however, are saying that “was a strategic move to garner publicity [and] ratings,” Kajlich writes on Instagram.
“How dare you,” the actress responds. “This was a decision made by the network, producers and cast because we felt sick to »
The Mysteries of Laura will be visited by a trio of small-screen vets in the new year.
Willie Garson (White Collar), Stockard Channing (The Good Wife) and Jerry O’Connell (Burning Love) will guest-star in the 2016 episode “The Mystery of the Downward Spiral,” TVLine has learned exclusively, which revolves around the death of Belle Reve Perfumes magnate Michael Dunham.
RelatedThe Mysteries of Laura Cops 3 Additional Episodes in Season 2
Garson (pictured above with Debra Messing) will play Georges Tilieu, a professional “nose” employed by the perfume company for 20 years, while Channing will play Belle Reve’s in-house counsel Brenda Phillips, »
Chicago Fire‘s Severide is in the doghouse once again with Patterson — and the demoted firefighter is starting to give Chief Boden a little lip about it.
In the following exclusive video, Severide learns that the new captain has written him up, and the report will go on his record.
RelatedChicago Fire Ep, Stars on ‘Dawsey’s’ Post-Baby Future, New Coupling, Severide’s Dilemma and More
“It’s a new element, it’s a new station for Severide to be told what to do by any other person than Boden,” star Taylor Kinney tells TVLine. “Yes, [Patterson] has the title »
Ain’t no party like a heretic party, ’cause a heretic party’s got… Oh, who am I kidding? This whole night was a freakin’ disaster.
RelatedVampire Diaries: Is Caroline’s Pregnancy the Show’s Craziest Twist of All Time?
So much crazy crap went down on Thursday’s Vampire Diaries, and I promise I’ll get to all of it, but first thing’s first: Caroline Forbes is pregnant with Alaric Saltzman’s twins?! (I don’t usually full-name these characters, but in this case, I think we can all agree it’s appropriate.)
Like most of my fellow Tvd live-tweeters, »
"The Good Wife" is so hot right now, it's hard to believe the CBS drama is in its seventh season. By dropping unnecessary storylines (Kalinda and Bishop) and giving Alicia yet another new life-changing wrinkle (working from home), the show has found new dynamics for many of its long-running characters. In particular, Sunday's third episode of the season, titled "Cooked," was a series highlight and proves that the show's still just as good as ever. -Break- Emmy spotlight: Margo Martindale takes control in 'The Good Wife' season premiere In the episode, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and new friend Lucca (Cush Jumbo) worked together on a complicated court case involving a mysterious drug dealer, while Eli (Alan Cumming) encouraged Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking TV show to help Peter's (Chris Noth) campaign. The hour was written by Luke Schelhaas and directed by Michael Zinber. »
Last night ,CBS dropped the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 3 of season 7, and it delivers new looks at some pretty interesting stuff as Alicia is spotted doing a cooking show at one point. Alicia also claims she's being set up in a particular case, and more. The episode is titled, "Cooked." In the 3rd,new episode official description: Alicia And Lucca Work Together On A Complicated Court Case Involving A Designer Drug Dealer, On "The Good Wife," Sunday, Oct. 18. Description number 2: Alicia and Lucca are going to work together on a complicated court case involving a designer drug dealer. Also, Eli will encourage Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking show to help Peter's campaign, with disastrous results. Stockard Channing returns as Alicia's mother, Veronica. Episode 3 is scheduled to air on Sunday night, October 18th at 8:30 pm central time on CBS. »
Recently ,CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 3 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Cooked," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting and drama filled stuff go down as Alicia and Lucca combine forces in an attempt to take down a designer drug dealer in court, and more. In the new, 3rd episode press release: Alicia And Lucca Work Together On A Complicated Court Case Involving A Designer Drug Dealer, On "The Good Wife," Sunday, Oct. 18. Press release number 2: Alicia and Lucca will work together on a complicated court case involving a designer drug dealer. Also, Eli is going to encourage Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking show to help Peter's campaign with disastrous results. Stockard Channing returns as Alicia's mother, Veronica. Guest stars features: Korey Jackson (Carl Wolfe), Christopher McDonald »
- Andre Braddox
“Why, this car is Auto-matic. Its System-matic. Its Hyyyyydro-matic. Why, its Greased Lightning!”
Grease (the Sing-a-Long version) screens midnights this weekend (September 4th and 5th) at The Moolah Theater (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo). Admission is only $5
In 1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in Grease, a ’70s version of a’50s musical. It was a huge hit and coming off the heels of his Oscar-nominated turn in Saturday Night Fever the year before, made a megastar of John Travolta (a wattage that was short-lived until his Pulp Fiction comeback almost 20 years later).Olivia Newton-John came from Australia and won the hearts of music fans. “You’re The One That I Want” is the hot number from the film. The pair dressed in black. “Tell me about it, stud!” she cooed. Grease appealed to younger generations. Male/female duos perform ‘Summer Nights’ to karaoke tracks. The film also exaggerated. The »
- Tom Stockman
The way they glowered and snarled and attacked without warning… Yeah, I’m gonna have nightmares for weeks about the bratty teenagers in the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. And the not-yet-rotting zombies in the L.A.-set Walking Dead prequel were pretty scary, too. The question is, were you creeped out enough to tune back in next week? Let’s review the gory details of the pilot, then discuss, shall we?
RelatedFear The Walking Dead: Full-On Zombie Outbreak ‘Delayed’ Until Season 2
All In The Family | Pretty much as soon as we met high school guidance counselor »
Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from »
- Andre Soares
Graceland’s Aaron Tveit will take a break from popping pills, chasing the bad guys, and being almost killed by ex girlfriends, as he has been cast to portray the iconic role of Danny Zuko in Fox’s upcoming TV production Grease: Live, which is slated to air in January 2016. Or in other words, dreams do come true and perfect casting does occur from time to time. The original Grease (score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey) follows the blossoming love among a group of teenagers during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. It premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has had two revivals. Additionally, the 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, and Stockard Channing, among others. Grease: Live, the adaptation of the original, is developed by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins and executive produced by the talented Marc Platt, while the stage direction will be the… »
- Virginia Podesta
Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed films & miniseries produced and distributed by HBO.
Last week we looked at the quietly touching film Tidy Endings (1988), written and starring Harvey Fierstein and a must-see for Stockard Channing completists. We’re not going far this week, since much of HBO’s early Lgbt output tried to grapple with the AIDS epidemic that had dominated the cultural conversation about gay men in the 1980s.
Did you know that films produced by HBO have won over 20 Oscars? This past year alone, HBO dominated both documentary categories with Citizenfour and Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 emerging victorious. It has been a stealth awards run which Sheila Nevins (currently the president of HBO Documentary Films but her involvement stretches back to 1979) has all but nurtured herself.
- Manuel Betancourt
'Sleepless in Seattle': Meg Ryan 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his "Three Colors" trilogy, the word "magic" is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is just about everywhere in that lyrical tale about love and fate. On the other hand, the word "magic" seems to crop up every other minute in writer-director Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron and fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriters Jeff Arch and David S. Ward (plus an uncredited Delia Ephron) were apparently trying to create screen magic through the power of suggestion. If you repeat it often enough... Following in the footsteps of Claude Lelouch's 1974 hit And Now My Love, with added touches borrowed from Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember (itself a remake of McCarey's own 1939 Love Affair), Nora Ephron »
- Andre Soares
Valentine's Day tends to split people into two camps - the lovers and the haters. It's doesn't just break down into couples and singles - there are a hundred reasons why you might be a fan or foe of Valentine's Day.
Not wanting to leave anyone out, here are our top picks of films - all available to watch now on Netflix - for anyone who wants to celebrate or forget Valentine's Day:
Sometimes the obvious choice is the best one. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts star in this modern day Pygmalion as the uptight businessman and the hooker with a heart of gold, as if we had to tell you.
There are few films with more memorable moments than this: the shopping scene, the cutlery, the day at the races and the dental floss. If you want something straightforward and heart-warming for Valentine's Day, you can't do much better. »
NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" may not have been a smash, but Fox's previously announced "Grease: Live" is still moving forward with both a premiere date and pair of female leads. Fox announced on Saturday (January 17) that Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will take key roles in "Grease: Live," which will be based on both the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, but also the 1978 feature adaptation. "Grease: Live" will air on Fox on Sunday, January 31, 2016. So yes, that's a long time for Hough, Hudgens and the yet-to-be-announced castmembers to get prepared. Blurbs executive producer Marc Platt, "'Grease' is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time. It's fun, it's endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience." Hough will play the lead role of Sandy, virginal new girl at Rydell High. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.
Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.
If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »
- Garth Franklin
Grease is the word...especially with this cast! Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough have just joined the cast of Fox's live staging of the hit 1978 feature adaptation of the 1971 original musical. So who are they playing? The Dancing With the Stars judge is set to take on the role of Sandy, famously played by Olivia Newton-John in the film, while Hudgens, most recently seen in Spring Breakers, will play Rizzo, the iconic bad girl (played by Stockard Channing). Click: Empire has been renewed! Even more excited than we are by this casting? The ladies! "Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play »
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