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See Lin-Manuel Miranda Sing Show Tunes on the ‘Secret Congress Train’ During His Selfie-Filled Trip to D.C.

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See Lin-Manuel Miranda Sing Show Tunes on the ‘Secret Congress Train’ During His Selfie-Filled Trip to D.C.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is having the best trip to Washington, D.C. — and is documenting the highlights on Twitter.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton composer spent Wednesday meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill, pushing them to preserve the $150 million in funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities currently on the chopping block in President Donald Trump‘s initial budget proposal.

Working with the National Humanities Alliance, Miranda, 37, held meetings with everyone from New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Adriano Espaillat and California Representative Maxine Waters to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski — sharing selfies
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo
[Editor’s note: The below contains major casting and minor plot spoilers for all of “BoJack Horseman” Season 4.]

The general rule with the “Hollywoo” satire “BoJack Horseman” is that you can assume any famous person mentioned by name is probably playing themselves. But beyond that, the show has a knack for lining up a fearsomely talented guest voice cast beyond its already stunning ensemble to play some of its most compelling roles, and Season 4 brought in an impressive array of new and semi-returning faces.

We’ve assembled the below guide to this year’s new characters, for that moment when you say to yourself “Wait, was that…?”

Read More:‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Princess Carolyn, and The Best Episode of Season 4 A few returning faces worth spotlighting

Katrina Peanutbutter, played by Lake Bell

Lake Bell is always a treat as Katrina, and Season 4 gave her plenty to do.

Stefani Stilton, played by Kimiko Glenn

We barely met Stefani during Season 3, but Season 4 let
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo
[Editor’s note: The below contains major casting and minor plot spoilers for all of “BoJack Horseman” Season 4.]

The general rule with the “Hollywoo” satire “BoJack Horseman” is that you can assume any famous person mentioned by name is probably playing themselves. But beyond that, the show has a knack for lining up a fearsomely talented guest voice cast beyond its already stunning ensemble to play some of its most compelling roles, and Season 4 brought in an impressive array of new and semi-returning faces.

We’ve assembled the below guide to this year’s new characters, for that moment when you say to yourself “Wait, was that…?”

Read More:‘BoJack Horseman’ Review: Let’s Talk About That Ending, Princess Carolyn, and The Best Episode of Season 4 A few returning faces worth spotlighting

Katrina Peanutbutter, played by Lake Bell

Lake Bell is always a treat as Katrina, and Season 4 gave her plenty to do.

Stefani Stilton, played by Kimiko Glenn

We barely met Stefani during Season 3, but Season 4 let
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Here's Something to Truly "Believe" In: A Cher Cameo on Ahs: Cult

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Image Source: Getty / John Shearer / BBMA2017 Look at Cher. Look at this icon with her beauty and her very big hair and her legendary pipes. Cher's legacy extends for decades and decades and decades. She won an Oscar for Moonstruck. She's penned some of the most impeccable pop hits in history. Hell, she even slays the stage at 71 years old. At this point, it's like, what else can she do? I'll tell you exactly what she can do: she can appear on American Horror Story: Cult. No, this is not some weird pipe dream I'm living out for literally no reason. Actually, I'm here because murmurs on the internet have been speculating about a Cher cameo on Ahs for weeks. And as far as I'm concerned, the pile of evidence is only getting bigger. Put on your detective hat, Watson. I'm about to lay it all out. 1. The Family
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Barbara Cook, Broadway Legend, Dead at 89

Barbara Cook, Broadway Legend, Dead at 89
Tony Award-winning actress Barbara Cook has died.

Cook died of respiratory failure on Tuesday, surrounded by friends and family at her home in Manhattan, according to her publicist. She was 89 years old.

Cook rose to fame in the '50s as the lead in such Broadway musicals as Plain and Fancy and Candide, among others. She won a Tony Award for her role in The Music Man, in which she played Marian, a librarian who falls for a con artist.

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After a few personal setbacks, including a struggle with alcohol abuse, she revived her career in the '70s, performing in cabarets and concert halls.

Cook received Kennedy Center Honors from Barack Obama in 2011. Broadway greats Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close and Sutton Foster among others paid tribute to the legend with a medley of her best-known songs.

Just last June
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Ken Burns, Jonathan Groff, and More on Why PBS Losing Federal Funding Would Be ‘Heartbreaking’

One of the most exciting things about PBS’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour is that, over the course of two days, critics get exposed to programming that covers an incredibly diverse range of subjects, from deep space exploration to nature to great poets to world-changing wars. But this summer, many of the panels took at least a moment to acknowledge the currently precarious state of public television programming in the United States, due to a proposed federal budget that would eliminate funding for PBS.

As reported on Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to critics that should the proposed budget go through, PBS had “no Plan B” for what would happen next. Many of the other speakers who appeared over the following two days had plenty to say about what effect this would have on the kind of programming they create, should this budget pass.
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Ken Burns, Jonathan Groff, and More on Why PBS Losing Federal Funding Would Be ‘Heartbreaking’

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One of the most exciting things about PBS’s time at the Television Critics Association press tour is that, over the course of two days, critics get exposed to programming that covers an incredibly diverse range of subjects, from deep space exploration to nature to great poets to world-changing wars. But this summer, many of the panels took at least a moment to acknowledge the currently precarious state of public television programming in the United States, due to a proposed federal budget that would eliminate funding for PBS.

As reported on Sunday, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to critics that should the proposed budget go through, PBS had “no Plan B” for what would happen next. Many of the other speakers who appeared over the following two days had plenty to say about what effect this would have on the kind of programming they create, should this budget pass.
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Kristin Chenoweth Celebrates Turning 49 in Style — All About Her Birthday Loot (Tiffany Bling and Autographed Posters!)

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Kristin Chenoweth Celebrates Turning 49 in Style — All About Her Birthday Loot (Tiffany Bling and Autographed Posters!)
Kristin Chenoweth is fab at 49!

The star celebrated her birthday Monday night at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood with a group of five friends.

During the celebration, she and her pals tucked into filet mignon, salmon, sautéed spinach, baklava and more while sipping on tequila cocktails, martinis and wine at the Idg-owned restaurant.

“She was beaming and couldn’t have been more thrilled to ring in another year with her closest friends,” says a source.

As the birthday bash wrapped up, her friends presented her with a “plethora” of gifts, including Tiffany jewelry, presents from Nordstrom and an autographed War
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James Van Der Beek and Lauren Graham join Disney Junior’s Vampirina

Disney Junior has announced that James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Isabella Crovetti (Colony) will lend their voices to a vampire family in the upcoming animated series Vampirina.

Van Der Beek and Graham will voice the roles of Vampirina’s parents Boris and Oxana Hauntley, while Crovetti is Vampirina (a.k.a. Vee), a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.

The recurring guest voice cast includes Broadway performers Patti LuPone (Evita) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) as Vee’s grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, and Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) as Vampirina’s cantankerous yet loyal gargoyle sidekick Gregoria.

Rounding out the voice cast are: Mitchell Whitfield (My Cousin Vinny) as playful ghost, Demi; Jordan Alexa Davis (Sofia The First) as Vee’s best friend and next-door neighbor,
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TV News Roundup: Rob Lowe’s A&E Supernatural Reality Series Sets Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: Rob Lowe’s A&E Supernatural Reality Series Sets Premiere Date
In today’s roundup, A&E reveals the premiere date for “The Lowe Files,” while Freida Pinto joins the cast of “The Path” on Hulu.

Dates

A&E announced that “The Lowe Files” will launch on August 2 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Executive produced by Rob Lowe, the series follows the famous actor and his two sons, Matthew and John, as they explore mysteries, legends, and supernatural phenomena such as Bigfoot sightings and the existence of ghosts. Watch a sneak peek of the series below.

PodcastOne and A&E are partnering together for the launch of “Cold Case Files: The Podcast.” Based off the A&E series “Cold Cases,” crime fans will follow detectives on their journey to solve a range of unsolved cases. With the aid of forensic technology, investigators will be able to unveil the secrets of these tragedies. Hosted by Brooke Gittings, “Cold Case Files: The Podcast” will air every Tuesday on
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Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek to Play Vampire Parents on Disney Junior

Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek to Play Vampire Parents on Disney Junior
Lauren Graham is joining a new TV family — and this one’s got bite.

The Gilmore Girls star will lend her voice to Disney Junior’s Vampirina, the story of a young vampire (Colony‘s Isabella Crovetti) who learns to adjust to city life after relocating from her hometown of Transylvania. Graham will play Vampirina’s mother Oxana Hauntly, opposite James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) as her husband Boris.

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Here’s Disney’s official breakdown:

Set in an urban Pennsylvania neighborhood, Vampirina is
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Lauren Graham & James Van Der Beek Are Your New Favorite TV Parents With Vampirina

Lauren Graham & James Van Der Beek Are Your New Favorite TV Parents With Vampirina
Meet your new favorite TV parents: Dawson Leary and Lorelai Gilmore. Sorry, that's James Van Der Beek and Lauren Graham. In what may sound like an unlikely pairing to fans of The WB of yore, Gilmore Girls star Graham and Dawson's Creek veteran Van Der Beek are teaming up for Disney Junior's Vampirina, a new musical series that premieres this fall. The duo will play Boris and Oxana Hauntley, parents to Vampirina or "Vee" (Isabella Crovetti). The show follows a young vampire girl who is tasked with being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. Patti Lupone, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Wanda Sykes will recur on the new animated series. Lupone and Stokes...
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Patti LuPone Gives Great Response to the Idea of Performing for Donald Trump

When you look at the world of Broadway and stage acting, there’s perhaps no bigger name out there in the world than Patti LuPone. While LuPone’s made plenty of appearances in movies and television it’s her stage acting and singing ability that people have come to know and love for decades. Those who know don’t know LuPone should know that this is also a women that does not back down from an opinion or comments she’s made, nor have any qualms about sharing her views. Asked on the Tonys red carpet why Donald Trump should come see her perform in

Patti LuPone Gives Great Response to the Idea of Performing for Donald Trump
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Andy Cohen on His New ‘Connection,’ Patti LuPone and Kathy Griffin

Andy Cohen on His New ‘Connection,’ Patti LuPone and Kathy Griffin
He’s juggling a lot these days — hosting and producing TV shows — and he tends to spend a lot of time with Kelly Ripa. But we’re not talking about Ryan Seacrest. It’s Andy Cohen who’s earning the title of “busiest man in show business.”

In addition to hosting “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” executive producing “The Real Housewives” series and other shows for Bravo, plus running his own radio network at Sirius, Cohen has been tapped as the host for the revival of “The Love Connection,” set to air on Fox this summer.

“My bandwidth is pretty large,” Cohen tells Variety. “I’m very deadline-oriented. I ask, ‘When do I need to get this done by?’ and then, I say, ‘Ok, let’s figure out how to make this happen.’”

Cohen actually tried to make “Connection” happen for Bravo years ago, but didn’t envision himself as host. “I
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• NPR there's a new Marlene Dietrich exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in DC so check it out if you're passing through or live there. They say it's "dazzling"

• /Film John G Avildsen (Rip). The director of cultural phenomenons Rocky and the Karate Kid has passed away at 81. He'll always be remembered for those two pictures but we have to also thank him for trash cult fav A Night in Heaven as well as launching the career of Susan Sarandon in Joe (1970)

• THR Comedy Actress roundtable with Emmy Rossum, America Ferrera, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hahn, Issa Rae, and Pamela Adlon

More after the jump including controversy in Oscar's animation branch, Patti Lupone, Captain Underpants, Lambda Awards, etcetera...
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Bette Midler Gives Outstanding Tonys Speech, Telling Orchestra To ‘Shut That Crap Off’

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No one cuts off Bette Midler. On Sunday night, Midler won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. While accepting for her work in “Hello, Dolly!”, she gave one of the night’s most memorable speeches. Midler, who beat fellow nominees including Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone, told the orchestra to “shut that crap […]
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‘Shut That Crap Off’: Bette Midler Fights Back After Being Played Off at the Tonys

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‘Shut That Crap Off’: Bette Midler Fights Back After Being Played Off at the Tonys
Broadway has crowned its new queen!

Bette Midler won the 2017 Tony Award for best actress in a musical Sunday night for her spectacular performance in Hello, Dolly! The win came in the midst of a stiffly competitive category featuring veterans and newcomers alike — and a few legendary faces.

“I’m so privileged, I’m s0 honored,” the legendary performer said in her speech, which marked her first-ever non-special Tony win. “I hope I don’t cry. Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated…I’m so grateful for the outpouring of love and affection
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Jimmy Fallon and Roots Members Talk Musical Moments From ‘Tonight Show’

Jimmy Fallon and Roots Members Talk Musical Moments From ‘Tonight Show’
The time that Prince showed up to perform on “The Tonight Show” without a guitar. The time a nervous Barbra Streisand hit her nose on the microphone stand in rehearsal. The time Jimmy Fallon convinced the Roots to become his house band by turning them into a human pyramid on a football field at UCLA.

Those were among the stories that emerged Wednesday night at the Paley Center for Media in New York when Fallon and Roots members AhmirQuestlove” Thompson and TariqBlack Thought” Trotter gathered with “Tonight Show” director Dave Diomedi to talk about favorite musical moments from the show.

Here are seven fun facts that emerged from the spirited conversation:

1. The “hey, hey, hey, hey” theme song for Fallon’s “Tonight Show” was rooted in the very first bumper music (the bits played leading in and out of commercials) the Roots wrote when their partnership with Fallon began in 2009 on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Drummer
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Patti LuPone ('War Paint')

"People think that I'm hard and tough," says Broadway legend Patti LuPone as we sit down at New York's Empire Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "I wasn't born that way. One becomes that. One acquires the skills to protect oneself." Whatever LuPone is doing, it's working: Over the course of a career on the Great White Way that spans 44 years, she has been nominated for seven Tonys, winning for 1979's Evita and 2008's Gypsy, and she could pick up a third on Sunday night. At 68, she's nominated again, in the category...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Patti LuPone ('War Paint')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Patti LuPone ('War Paint')
"People think that I'm hard and tough," says Broadway legend Patti LuPone as we sit down at New York's Empire Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "I wasn't born that way. One becomes that. One acquires the skills to protect oneself." Whatever LuPone is doing, it's working: Over the course of a career on the Great White Way that spans 44 years, she has been nominated for seven Tonys, winning for 1979's Evita and 2008's Gypsy, and she could pick up a third on Sunday night. At 68, she's nominated again, in the category...
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