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What movies do you Love watching over the Christmas season?
It’s impossible to turn on a TV in December without seeing one of the good ‘ol standard holiday flicks: It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause, Rudolph … the list goes on and on. We all have our fave go-to Christmas movies and the stars are no exception!
Musician Rob Thomas also loves the old standards, like It’s a Wonderful Life. On Dec. 23 he tweeted, “If you watch It’s A Wonderful Life and see the scene where zuzu says ‘i’m not sleepy. i want to look at my flower.’ that is my wife.”
How cute! We have a sneaking suspicion Jenny McCarthy »
15-year-old Justin Bieber recalled what he felt when he had to perform in front of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, and his wife Michelle Obama. The "One Less Lonely Girl" let his fans know what crossed his mind at "Christmas in Washington 2009" through his Twitter account on December 20, posting simply "I was Nervous."
Justin then urged fans to watch his performance which was aired on TNT on December 20, writing "Watch right now Christmas in Washington on TNT. Watch me and [Usher] perform for President Obama." The concert itself was held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC and was taped on December 13.
Justin was not the only singer who performed at the concert. Other artists who also celebrated the night were including Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Sugarland, Rob Thomas and Usher. Meanwhile, George Lopez hosted the gig.
Justin Bieber's singing talent was spotted on »
Justin Bieber's performance at "Christmas in Washington" concert will not be aired until Sunday, December 20, but a sneak peek to his stage act has hit the web on Tuesday, December 15. In a more-than-one-minute clip released via YouTube, the Canadian singer is seen serenading Stevie Wonder's song "Someday at Christmas".
Backing him up during his performance were a choir. Before Justin took the stage to perform the track, host George Lopez said, "Like you, Mr. President, this young man has many fans trying to shake his hand without permission." Beside performing solo, the 15-year-old also has a duet with rapper Usher. The title of the duet song is not disclosed, though.
In addition to Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Rob Thomas, Neil Diamond, and Sugarland also participated at the concert, which took place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, December 13. Set to be broadcast »
Some musical stars are working for the holidays -- or at least it'll appear so on television. Justin Bieber, Neil Diamond, Mary J. Blige, Sugarland, Rob Thomas and Usher will all make appearances in the forthcoming TNT holiday special "Christmas in Washington." George Lopez hosts the hourl-long special, performed for special guests President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at the National Building Museum. Check out a preview of young Bieber singing "Someday at Christmas." Meanwhile, Oprah also had the Obamas' ears for "Christmas at the White House," which aired on Sunday. The President famously graded himself a B+ for the »
- Katie Hasty
On Sunday night (December 13), our nation's capital was invaded by Canadians. Well, one Canadian, actually: Justin Bieber, who joined Usher, Mary J. Blige, Rob Thomas, Sugarland and Neil Diamond for the annual "Christmas in Washington" special (which will air on Sunday, December 20 at 8 p.m. on TNT). The show celebrates the holiday season through music and also benefits the National Children's Medical Center. Hundreds of high-profile government characters were in attendance, most notably the President and the First Lady.
The prospect of meeting the Leader of the Free World certainly made Bieber nervous. Following his triumphant performance at the Z100 Jingle Ball at New York's Madison Square Garden (where he got by far the biggest reactions of the night), Bieber headed to D.C. for the show. "In D.C. preparing to sing for President Obama!" he tweeted. "Yeah I'm nervous. If i mess up he might deport me back to Canada. »
- Kyle Anderson
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama decked the halls of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday for Christmas in Washington. Mary J. Blige, Usher, Rob Thomas, Neil Diamond, and Sugarland caroled through the night. George Lopez hosted the annual event that benefits the Children's National Medical Center. The program will be broadcast on TNT on Sunday, December 20 at 8 p.m.
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In addition to the star atop the tree, there will be plenty of stars on the ground on “TNT’s Christmas in Washington” Dec. 20 primetime special. Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Sugarland, Rob Thomas, Usher and his protégé, 15-year-old Justin Bieber, are all slated to appear on the show, as well as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The annual event, hosted by George Lopez, benefits the National Children’s Medical Center. This marks TNT’s 11th presentation of the event, which is in its 28th year. »
Wednesday night's "Christmas at Rockefeller" helped celebrate the Christmas season in New York with Aretha Franklin, Rob Thomas, Michael Bublé and Lady Gaga fan Barry Manilow. But the nation's capital has to celebrate yuletide cheer too, which is why "Christmas in Washington" will bring Usher, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber to the National Building Museum for a concert that is expected to be attended by Barack and Michelle Obama. The show tapes on December 13 and will air on TNT on December 20 at 8 p.m. The show won't just be about festivity and good music — it will also benefit the National Children's Medical Center.
Rounding out the eclectic lineup will be Rob Thomas, Neil Diamond and Sugarland, with the whole event hosted by comedian and late night host George Lopez. Though it seems likely that the performers will stick to holiday songs, though the show will air the day before Usher's Raymond vs. »
- Kyle Anderson
I intentionally and calculatedly decided to start my countdown of the Top 31 TV Shows of the Aughts with an entry that shows the vagaries of preparing a list of this sort. Had Upn cancelled "Veronica Mars" after its first season, as bloodless ratings-driven network logic would have deemed reasonable, Rob Thomas' teenage gumshoe drama would have had a far higher place in the decade's pantheon, certainly in the Top 20 and maybe in the Top 15. I would have lamented the show's all-too-swift passing, but I would have celebrated the one exquisitely crafted season that viewers were lucky enough »
- Daniel Fienberg
The music world has got it's Kevin Bacon of the Six Degrees game. Weezer frontman and sometimes solo artist Rivers Cuomo has, for years, been writing fun, wry, rockin' pop tracks, including on the band's most recent, Rainn Wilson-dubbed album "Raditude." (Hey, there's at least one non-music connection!) The music universes of Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Wayne, Kenny G, Rob Thomas, Sugar Ray, "Yo Gabba Gabba" and, obviously, the fans have all been touched by Cuomo, so in the following pages we list some of his more recent contributions -- and a "maybe" from a major pre-teen pop »
- Katie Hasty
Jake Walden wants you to know that while he might be bleeding love, he's not broken. The Northern California native is thoughtful, warm, and genuine, something that comes across clearly in his frequent blog posts and intimate YouTube videos. His voice ranges between a gravelly rasp and angelic falsettos, but it's his simple, beautiful melodies and introspective lyrics that really grab you by the heart and don't let go.
On October 20, the out singer-songwriter released a new single — a tender cover of Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love," recorded as a duet — and re-released his debut album, Alive and Screaming, with additional live tracks. But it's another tune that might soon be stealing the spotlight. He's hoping one of his other songs will become a marriage-rights anthem ... and he needs your help to make it happen.
AfterElton.com sat down recently with Jake to discuss his new album, his views on being a gay artist, »
DVD Playhouse—October 2009
The Wizard Of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’S Edition (Warner Bros.) A true highlight in digital restoration technology, Warner Bros. restoration of the 1939 classic is cause for celebration. The Technicolor of the late ‘30s looks as though it was shot yesterday, and is especially stunning on Blu-ray, which was produced by scanning each of the film’s original Technicolor camera negatives using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final “capture” master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film’s previous DVD release. Judy Garland’s Dorothy is charming as ever, and the entire cast: Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, are all stellar. Four disc set bonuses include: Sing-along track; Documentaries and featurettes; Two 1914 silent films produced by Oz author L. Frank Baum, based on his stories »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Two familiar CW names -- "One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn and "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas -- also are featured on the network's development slate for next season, which includes hourlong projects from writers Jill Gordon and Kevin Murphy.
"Confessions," from Warner Bros. TV and Alloy, explores the glamorous and gritty behind-the-scenes world of a major pop tour from the point of view of the star's troupe of backing dancers. Chaiken is penning the project and exec producing with Les Morgenstein and Bob Levy.
Schwahn's "Nashville," which he is co-writing/exec producing with country star Brad Paisley and Neal Dodson, is set in Music City USA and centers on a young female singer destined for stardom and a young male songwriter whose career path is uncertain. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
"Maybe we should start all over again..." sings Rob Thomas in his new single "Someday." While the lyrics are somewhat ambiguous, the video has at least a few specifics in mind of what a new American politic could look like. The matchbox twenty frontman helps start a flood of people exiting their cars in the middle of a giant traffic jam (in what looks like New York), as he pilgrimmages toward the halt's origins. At the end of the road is a parade for peace, complete with little kids in bee costumes and enthusiastic masses that seem to be simultaneously protesting »
- Katie Hasty
It’s not hard to forget that good concert DVDs exist. With Disney pushing its stars and their concert films into cinemas across the world, you can’t help but wonder why better artists don’t get similar treatment with some of the truly brilliant sets they bothered to record live video for. I think the first concert series I ever watched on DVD was The Central Park Concert by Dave Matthews Band which debuted on DVD back in 2003. It wasn’t a phenomenal concert nor was it such a brilliant experience that the DVD recording rocked my world – but it was my introduction to live performances that were no longer live which is an odd paradox.
The entire point of a concert is to see your famous artists performing live and listen as the music shifts and molds to become something entirely new as the artists try something new »
- Lex Walker
Pay cabler Starz has announced that former Will & Grace star Megan Mullally has joined the cast of its comedy series Party Down as a series regular. The network, which also boasts such series as Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Crash, and Head Case, made the announcement via the Facebook page for Party Down. Mullally, who toplined ABC's short-lived comedy series In the Motherhood with Cheryl Hines and guest starred on NBC's 30 Rock last season, will play Lydia Dunfree, who is described by Staz as "a middle-aged refugee from a lousy marriage who leaves small town life to move to Hollywood where her 13-year-old daughter Escapade hopes to make it as an actress. While the younger endures the audition process, her naïve and eternally optimistic mother Lydia feels honored just to be among the show business 'pros.'" "Simply stated, we're thrilled," executive producer John Enbom told me via email earlier today »
Starz keeps the "Party" hopping and the laughs flowing with the addition of one of television and film's most beloved comediennes, Megan Mullally, to the cast of the crowd-pleasing original comedy series, Party Down, Starz Media Evp Originals Productions and Development Bill Hamm announced today. Production on the second season begins in mid-September in Los Angeles. The half-hour comedy about a Los Angeles catering team - Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their big break -- is tentatively scheduled to return to the air on Starz in April of 2010.
Mullally will play Lydia Dunfree, a middle-aged refugee from a lousy marriage who leaves small town life to move to Hollywood where her 13-year-old daughter Escapade hopes to make it as an actress. »
Chicago – I have to admit to looking forward to watching a few episodes of the new “90210,” now on DVD, in the same way that a lot of people look forward to a root canal. It’s not that I’m a loyalist to the original (unlike most of my generation, I barely saw the show), but most of the press surrounding the show’s original run on The CW annoyed me to no end and it felt like a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of “Gossip Girl” with another teeny-bopper soap opera.
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0 Much to my surprise, I found “90210” to be a satisfactory guilty pleasure, a sun-soaked diversion that’s a great alternative for when you want to zone out after a long day at work or school. Oh, sure, the dialogue, characters, and situations are ridiculously unbelievable, but this is a soap opera and the creators and cast recognize that, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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Q: Oh wise and airborne simian, I've noted the massive number of posts on Torchwood over the last couple of weeks, and I wonder if it hasn’t generated more posts than any other topic on After Elton.com. If it hasn't, what subject has? -- Hayden, London, UK
Captain Jack says goodbye to Ianto in Torchwood: Children of Earth
A: First, your salutation made me laugh. Second, the answer is unequivocally yes, nothing else has ever come close to the interest we’ve seen in Torchwood’s “Children of Earth”mini-series – specifically creator Russell T Davies’ decision to kill off the gay character of Ianto. By now, we’ve all made our opinions known ad nauseum, so I won’t get into that again.
But I’ve also talked »
- Brent Hartinger
Rob Thomas and Inxs are due to visit a Melbourne music studio tomorrow to record two new songs. The Matchbox Twenty lead singer, who is in Australia to promote his solo album Cradlesong, is providing the late Michael Hutchence's former band with vocals for two tracks on their new greatest hits album. Thomas told The Herald Sun: "The only other version I've heard was Brandon Flowers doing 'Beautiful Girl', and I've (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
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