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George Clooney has signed on to host Hollywood’s Night Under the Stars, an evening of performances celebrating the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s 95th year of helping Hollywood entertainers.
Also appearing at the event will be Matt Bomer, Yvette Nicole Brown, Michael Douglas, Derek Hough, Hugh Jackman, Norm Lewis, Jane Lynch, Johnny Mathis, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Anika Noni Rose, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Chaired by Ann and Jim Gianopulos, the event takes place Oct. 1 at the Mptf’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, Calif. Ticket sales via the Mptf website will benefit the foundation.
“We are thrilled that our show director Richard Jay-Alexander, who just co-directed the incredible multi-city Barbra Streisand concert tour this month, is putting together a dynamic celebration of 95 years of entertainment and the people who made the magic happen,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the Mptf Foundation.
- Variety Staff
Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
Is Castle packing his bags? Has Once Upon a Time‘s Belle been tainted? Will an Arrow fave bring sass to The Flash? When will ABC spill more Secrets and Lies? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Among the many rumors about the future of Castle, one of the craziest I’ve seen is that next season will follow Rick in L.A. (months after Beckett’s death), with a new love interest played by Summer Glau. Any truth to this? —Abby »
It was the pop culture sensation of the 1990s – and now it’s back to storm TV screens in the UK (well, Channel 5 anyway). The X-Files initially ran for 10 series’ (in addition to spawning two movies) and introduced us to two of television’s greatest heroes in the form of FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), both dedicated to exposing extraterrestrial and paranormal phenomena lurking amidst the fabric of everyday life.
However, the series wouldn’t have had half its impact without the input of composer Mark Snow, whose haunting music constantly had viewers anticipating what was around the next corner. Here are 19 memorable tracks exploring the rich yet underrated soundtrack history of this landmark show, ones confirming Snow as perhaps the unsung hero of The X-Files. »
- Sean Wilson
Stars from across the music world came out to celebrate the life of R&B singer Natalie Cole on Monday at a touching memorial. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Angela Bassett, Johnny Mathis, Jesse Jackson Kurt Carr, David Foster, and Linda Thompson were among those who gathered to remember Cole at the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ on Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. The R&B singer died on Dec. 31 at age 65 from a condition called idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which she was diagnosed with five years ago following a successful kidney transplant, »
- Debbie Emery
The life and four-decade musical legacy of Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole was celebrated Monday morning at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. Among the R&B icon’s friends spotted at the 11 a.m. funeral service that was open to the public: singers Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, the O'Jays' Eddie Levert, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Freda and Scherrie Payne and producer David Foster. Also on hand was longtime friend Chaka Khan, who was expected to perform but was under the weather. One of the service’s more touching moments, noted one
- Gail Mitchell, Billboard
Friends and family of Natalie Cole gathered to honor the late singer Monday. Mourners, including Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Jesse Jackson and Linda Thompson remembered Cole at a private memorial at the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ. Stevie Wonder and Kurt Carr performed, while speakers Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson and David Foster paid tribute to the singer at the closed-casket service. Cole's son Robbie and sisters Timolin and Casey also spoke at the funeral, which was presided over by the Rev. Melvin V. Wade, Cole's rep tells People. "I feel so blessed to have called you my friend, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Friends and family of Natalie Cole gathered to honor the late singer Monday. Mourners, including Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Jesse Jackson and Linda Thompson remembered Cole at a private memorial at the West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ. Stevie Wonder and Kurt Carr performed, while speakers Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson and David Foster paid tribute to the singer at the closed-casket service. Cole's son Robbie and sisters Timolin and Casey also spoke at the funeral, which was presided over by the Rev. Melvin V. Wade, Cole's rep tells People. Cole was 65 when she died of heart failure on Dec. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
8 items from 2016
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