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Corbin Bleu To Host 2017 Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund announced today that stage and screen star Corbin Bleu will host the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The Looking Ahead Awards gala celebrates leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the Looking Ahead Program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Five awards will be presented including the Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness to the youth cast of NBC’s hit series “This Is Us.” The award is presented annually to the youth cast of a current TV show that is raising awareness about important societal issues though their roles. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-aftra to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values,
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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’
Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is really rich, really deep and really human,” to join the Crackle drama “Startup” in the series’ second season, which premieres Sept. 28. Perlman’s initial break in the industry came not from television or film, but in the Tommy Tune-directed stage musical “Sunset,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Oct. 5, 1977.

What was it like auditioning for Tommy Tune?

I was wired early in my career for failure. So anytime anyone liked what I did, much less actually hired me, it was a shock. Tommy Tune was a singular validation that I had never experienced before.

What
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Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’

Ron Perlman Talks About His Early Career, Taking on Makeup-Heavy Roles Like ‘Hellboy’
Hollywood has long recognized Ron Perlman for being unrecognizable. Some of his most iconic roles — including “Hellboy,” “Quest of Fire” and the late-1980s CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” — required extensive, transformative makeup and prosthetics. The actor is returning to television, a medium he describes as “the one area where the storytelling is really rich, really deep and really human,” to join the Crackle drama “Startup” in the series’ second season, which premieres Sept. 28. Perlman’s initial break in the industry came not from television or film, but in the Tommy Tune-directed stage musical “Sunset,” which led to his first mention in Variety on Oct. 5, 1977.

What was it like auditioning for Tommy Tune?

I was wired early in my career for failure. So anytime anyone liked what I did, much less actually hired me, it was a shock. Tommy Tune was a singular validation that I had never experienced before.

What
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NBC Delays Bye Bye Birdie Live Musical Event--Find Out Why

NBC Delays Bye Bye Birdie Live Musical Event--Find Out Why
Update: NBC has delayed Bye Bye Birdie until 2018. Originally set to air in December 2017, the network's live musical event was postponed due to Jennifer Lopez's busy schedule, with her NBC shows, Shades of Blue and World of Dance, and her residency in Las Vegas.  Time to put on a happy face, because we already know what NBC's live musical will be in 2017!  NBC president Bob Greenblatt just revealed that the network will be taking on Bye Bye Birdie in December of next year, with Jennifer Lopez set to both executive produce and star as Rosie Alvarez.  The role was originated by Chita Rivera in the show's first run on Broadway, and has also been played by Janet Leigh and Vanessa...
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NBC's Live Bye Bye Birdie Musical Postponed Until 2018 — Find Out Why

NBC's Live Bye Bye Birdie Musical Postponed Until 2018 — Find Out Why
NBC is saying farewell to Bye Bye Birdie — for the time being, at least.

The Peacock network announced on Thursday that its live, Jennifer Lopez-fronted production of the classic musical — which was slated to bow in December — has been pushed to 2018. Lopez’s busy schedule is apparently the culprit; the multi-hyphenate is already juggling her just-renewed drama Shades of Blue and her new summer reality show World of Dance (both on NBC), not to mention her Las Vegas residency.

RelatedRent: Live Set as Fox’s Latest Musical

In Bye Bye Birdie, Lopez is set to play Rosie, the role
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This is Just My Face is on sale nowNPR Gabourey Sidibe has a book out, now "This is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare" (great title). It's about her rise to fame, body image, and being confused with her fame-making character in Precious which she finds both frustrating and powerful

Time Out New York publishes its own Tony* nominations. Get it, their initials are Tony. Not to be confused with the actual Tony Award nominations which are due tomorrow to honor the best of Broadway. Consider this their "should be nominated" article

The Retro Set looks at the new documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai, narrated by Keanu Reeves, and now available to stream on Netflix. Can't wait to watch this.

Deadline republished an interesting history of the making of Silence of the Lambs. I didn't know that the project started with Gene Hackman who was going to direct and star.
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Watch: Ugly Betty Stars Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie Wish America Ferrera Happy Birthday

Watch: Ugly Betty Stars Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie Wish America Ferrera Happy Birthday
Happy birthday, America Ferrera!

The Superstore actress turned 33 on Tuesday and her former Ugly Betty costars, Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie, sent her a special shoutout on Instagram for the occasion.

“Happy birthday, America!” the two said in unison.

“Thirty-three, huh?” Urie, 36, said.

“Can’t believe it,” Williams, 54, responded.

In the background, actress Chita Rivera walked past, murmuring something which Urie cleared up.

Chita Rivera just said you’re old!” he said, laughing.

Ferrera posted the same video on her Instagram page, writing, “Well that’s my life made. I love these two with every fiber of my being. Met
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Barry Manilow Makes First Concert Appearance Since Publicly Coming Out to People

Barry Manilow Makes First Concert Appearance Since Publicly Coming Out to People
Barry Manilow was welcomed with enthusiastic cheers on Tuesday night, as he took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall for the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!.

Performing at the monthly event — which raises money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and environmental protection — Manilow appeared grateful.

“I’m so happy to be home. I’m a New Yorker, I’m from Williamsburg, Brooklyn.” Manilow told the enthusiastic crowd as he took the stage to a standing ovation. “I’m here to promote an album, my love letter to New York.
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From Gene and Debbie to Ryan and Emma: The Movie Musicals That Influenced ‘La La Land’

From Gene and Debbie to Ryan and Emma: The Movie Musicals That Influenced ‘La La Land’
From its opening, traffic-stopping number to its romantic ending, La La Land is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles — as well as to the classic movie musicals of the ’40s and ’50s.

In his six-year quest to get the film — which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations — made, director Damien Chazelle called upon those original MGM song and dance numbers for inspiration.

Some of the film’s homages are more overt — for example, there’s a scene in which Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) have a date at the Griffith Observatory after attempting to watch
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Rosie Perez at Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’: ‘When You Are Born Into Poverty, You Need Help’

Rosie Perez at Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’: ‘When You Are Born Into Poverty, You Need Help’
Rosie Perez opened up about growing up in poverty at an Inauguration Day concert in New York City Friday.

Perez, 52, spoke to an excited crowd at a concert designed to raise money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and environmental protection.

“They can’t win. We can’t have hate win,” she said of the incoming Trump administration. “Especially the kids that are less than in regards to living in poverty. We have someone who might be the head of housing who said that poverty is a choice.”

She continued: “My a– didn’t choose to be poor.
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Watch Live: Broadway’s Biggest Stars Sing Out in Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’

Watch Live: Broadway’s Biggest Stars Sing Out in Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’
Broadway’s biggest stars are lending their voices to an Inauguration Day concert in New York City Friday, designed to raise money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and environmental protection.

The event is already sold out, but People and Entertainment Weekly is streaming the show live from N.Y.C.’s Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m. Est — right here on People.com.

It’ll also be streaming on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen). Go to People.com/Pen, or download the app for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, Xfinity,
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Jennifer Lopez on NBC's Live 'Bye Bye Birdie' Musical: "We Want to Push the Envelope"

NBC's latest live musical aired just a month ago, but when Jennifer Lopez appeared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Wednesday, talk quickly turned to the network's upcoming live production of Bye Bye Birdie.

"We're going to keep it period. It's going to be very authentic," Lopez told reporters. "We just want to push the envelope of how great these live musicals can be. I'm excited to take it on as a producer and as a role."

Lopez will exec produce the live event and also star as Rosie, a role originated by Chita Rivera in the original...
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Jennifer Lopez Gives Fans a Taste of What to Expect When She Stars in 'Bye Bye Birdie Live!' - Watch

Jennifer Lopez Gives Fans a Taste of What to Expect When She Stars in 'Bye Bye Birdie Live!' - Watch
Jennifer Lopez is bringing a Tony Award-winning musical to TV.

The triple-threat star is executive producing NBC's Bye Bye Birdie Live!, and will also be taking on the iconic role of Rose "Rosie" Alvarez.

Watch: Laverne Cox Slays as Dr. Frank-n-Furter as Rocky Horror Remake Pays Tribute to Original

Lopez excitedly tweeted the news on Friday, along with a selfie video of her wearing the Snapchat flower crown filter and a cleavage-baring white top. "Woke up feeling very Rosie today," she says in a whisper.

“It was her idea to take on this classic singing and dancing role made famous by the legendary Chita Rivera, and we are so happy to oblige!" said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. "This show has delighted audiences for generations with classic songs that include ‘Put on a Happy Face’ and ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do,’ and this will be an extravagant production built around this big star
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Bye Bye Birdie Live: Jennifer Lopez Is Set to Star and 3 Other Things We Know

If you just can't get enough of NBC's live musicals, then you're in luck. During a recent Paley Center panel, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that a Bye Bye Birdie adaptation is in the works with — get this — Jennifer Lopez! "She came to us and said, 'I love this movie and I'd love to do it,'" Greenblatt revealed during the discussion. In the words of Kim McAfee, "How lovely!" Get all the details we know so far below. The Cast So far, Jennifer Lopez is the only actress attached to the project. She is set to star as Rosie, who was played by Chita Rivera in the 1960 Tony-winning Broadway musical. "Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites," Lopez said in a statement. "I'm proud to be a part of the NBC family with Shades of Blue and I thought
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Jennifer Lopez to Star in NBC’s Next Live Musical, Bye Bye Birdie

Jennifer Lopez to Star in NBC’s Next Live Musical, Bye Bye Birdie
They’ve sang in the hills of Austria, flown over Neverland, eased on down the road to Oz and woken up in Baltimore. Now, NBC is ready to transport viewers to Sweet Apple, Ohio, for its next live musical.

In a conversation moderated by People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles Thursday, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed his network’s next live musical will be Bye Bye Birdie Live! starring Jennifer Lopez.

“To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America has done,
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NBC Sets ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ as Next Live Musical, Jennifer Lopez to Star

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NBC Sets ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ as Next Live Musical, Jennifer Lopez to Star
Jennifer Lopez will star in NBC’s next live musical production, “Bye Bye Birdie Live!,” NBC Entertainment Chariman Bob Greenblatt announced on Thursday. Lopez will play Rosie in the production, the role originated on stage by Chita Rivera in 1960. “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” will air in 2017, following NBC’s schedule of doing one live musical per year. It will follow “Hairspray Live!,” starring newcomer Maddie Baillio, which is set to air on Dec. 7. Also Read: 'Hairspray Live' First Teaser Shows Full Cast in Campy Glory (Video) “To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America.
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Jennifer Lopez to Star in NBC's Bye Bye Birdie Live! Musical, Airing in 2017

Jennifer Lopez to Star in NBC's Bye Bye Birdie Live! Musical, Airing in 2017
NBC’s next big musical event is about a musical superstar — and they’ve already got a musical superstar in the cast.

Jennifer Lopez will star in the network’s live production of the beloved musical Bye Bye Birdie — entitled Bye Bye Birdie Live! — NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced at a Paley Center event on Thursday. Birdie will be the network’s 2017 live holiday event, following this year’s Hairspray Live! (airing Dec. 7); Lopez will play Rosie, the role that earned Chita Rivera a Tony nomination during the original Broadway run. (Harvey Fierstein will write the teleplay adaptation.)

VideosHairspray Live!
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‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ With Jennifer Lopez Set at NBC

‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ With Jennifer Lopez Set at NBC
NBC has set its next live musical — “Bye Bye Birdie,” with Jennifer Lopez on board to star.

Lopez will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and her company Nuyorican Productions will produce with Universal Television. Harvey Fierstein will write the television adaptation, with the special slated to air in December, 2017.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the adaptation of the musical by Michael Stewart, Lee Adams, and Charles Strouse Thursday at the Paley Center for Media.

The original Broadway production of “Bye Bye Birdie” won the Tony Award in 1961 for best musical. It starred Dick Van Dyke, who also won a Tony for best actor in a musical, as Albert Peterson, the manager of rock star Conrad Birdie, and Chita Rivera as Rosie Alvarez, Albert’s girlfriend and secretary. When Birdie is drafted into the Army, Albert and Rosie concoct a plan to have Birdie give “one last kiss” to a
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Paula Abdul Says Dancing Helped Keep Her Sister Going After Cancer Diagnosis

Paula Abdul Says Dancing Helped Keep Her Sister Going After Cancer Diagnosis
Paula Abdul truly believes dancing can save lives. "See, dance gets into your blood, it gets into your veins, it gets into your heart, into your soul and it doesn’t leave," Abdul tells People exclusively about the healing method, which she holds near and dear to her heart. Abdul has been spreading awareness about how dancing played a large role in her family's life since her sister, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. "I'll never forget the day I was with her and she was so nervous because she had the feeling that there was something wrong,
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Paula Abdul Says Dancing Helped Keep Her Sister Going After Cancer Diagnosis

Paula Abdul Says Dancing Helped Keep Her Sister Going After Cancer Diagnosis
Paula Abdul truly believes dancing can save lives. "See, dance gets into your blood, it gets into your veins, it gets into your heart, into your soul and it doesn’t leave," Abdul tells People exclusively about the healing method, which she holds near and dear to her heart. Abdul has been spreading awareness about how dancing played a large role in her family's life since her sister, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. "I'll never forget the day I was with her and she was so nervous because she had the feeling that there was something wrong,
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