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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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TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala

TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala
In today’s roundup, “Broad City” Season 4 made impressive ratings gains, Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon’s “Good Omens,” and James Corden set to host annual amfAR gala.

Ratings

Broad City’s” 4th season premiere on Comedy Central was up 14% among total viewers compared to the 3rd season premiere and was up 42% compared to the full Season 3 total viewers average. Among adults 18-49, the gains were even bigger, with the Season 4 premiere up 18% versus the Season 3 premiere and 49% over the full Season 3 average. The premiere also scored a 0.72 rating in adults 18-49, making it the second highest-rated episode in series history, behind only the series premiere, which registered a 0.73 rating. Among women 18-49, the Season 4 premiere set a new series high 0.57, a gain of 57% verus the Season 3 premiere. The critically-acclaimed series was created by and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

Casting

Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon‘s “Good Omens,” adapted
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Red Line 7000

It’s finally here in all its glory, the Howard Hawks movie nobody loves. The epitome of clueless ’60s filmmaking by an auteur who left his thinking cap back with Bogie and Bacall, this show is a PC quagmire lacking the usual compensation of exploitative thrills. But hey, it has a hypnotic appeal all its own: we’ll not abandon any movie where Teri Garr dances.

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Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1965 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt, John Robert Crawford, Marianna Hill, James (Skip) Ward, Norman Alden, George Takei, Diane Strom, Anthony Rogers, Robert Donner, Teri Garr.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editors: Bill Brame, Stuart Gilmore

Original Music: Nelson Riddle

Written by George Kirgo story by Howard Hawks

Produced and Directed by Howard Hawks

Critics have been raking Howard Hawks’ stock car racing epic
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How to Watch or Live Stream Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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How to Watch or Live Stream Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Want to avoid your family? Still too early for pigskin (or turkey meat, for that matter)? The 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can provide a serviceable distraction during the morning hours tomorrow. But how does one pull off the Herculean task of actually watching this thing? Readers, you came to the right place. For starters, those looking for Snoopy and Santa can watch the traditional way on NBC. Not a fan of the peacock? CBS airs parts of the procession. Of course, NBC has the bigger party. This year, Broadway talent from “Cats,” “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical,
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Corbin Bleu on Advice He’d Give His High School Musical Self: ‘Remain True to Your Heart’

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Corbin Bleu on Advice He’d Give His High School Musical Self: ‘Remain True to Your Heart’
It’s been 10 years since Corbin Bleu sang and danced his way into fans’ hearts in High School Musical — and he’s still using his musical talents, this time on Broadway.

The 27-year-old actor sat down with People Now to discuss what advice he’d give his younger self about the industry, and he had some wise words about integrity.

“It’s mainly about continuing to do things that remain true to your heart,” he said. “Don’t make any decisions or take any jobs either that are for a reason other than to stay true to you.”

Whether he knew it or not,
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What Made Zac Efron Give Corbin Bleu a Standing Ovation?!

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What Made Zac Efron Give Corbin Bleu a Standing Ovation?!
Corbin Bleu can always count on his good friend Zac Efron for support.

Bleu stopped by the People Now studios on Monday, where he dished on his mini High School Musical reunion with Efron at his Holiday Inn Musical Broadway show.

“It was so good to have him come,” he said.

And it turns out, Efron was so impressed with his former costar’s performance that he gave him a standing ovation — in the middle of the play.

“When firecrackers ended he stood up,” said Bleu. “People usually throughout the show won’t have an ovation, but he stood up.
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‘Holiday Inn’: Will Irving Berlin musical register with Tony Awards voters?

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‘Holiday Inn’: Will Irving Berlin musical register with Tony Awards voters?
Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical,” an adaptation of the beloved 1942 film in which Bing Crosby introduced “White Christmas,” opened on the rialto recently. This tuner features that Oscar-winning song as well as others from the film as well as Berlin’s extensive catalogue of classics. Recent Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and […]
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‘Holiday Inn’ Broadway Review: Like Visiting Berlin Before the Fall of the Wall

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‘Holiday Inn’ Broadway Review: Like Visiting Berlin Before the Fall of the Wall
Holiday Inn” is the kind of musical that makes you wish there were fewer holidays in the year. By the time the show’s big Fourth of July number rolls around, theatergoers will be hoping they skip Labor Day and Thanksgiving to wrap it up quickly with a Santa Claus finale. Slower than that spiritless denouement is the entire first act, which takes 50 minutes to deliver the show’s farm-saving concept that everyone knew before walking into Studio 54, where this “new Irving Berlin musical” opened Thursday under the auspices of the Roundabout. The old 1942 Irving Berlin movie stars Bing...
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The Boys (Including Zac Efron!) Are Back in the Latest High School Musical Reunion

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A photo posted by Lucas Grabeel (@mrgrabeel) on Oct 5, 2016 at 8:39am Pdt If the High School Musical reunion earlier this year left you feeling a bit nostalgic, then brace yourself. On Tuesday, Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel put fans into a frenzy when they headed to NYC to support their fellow costar, Corbin Bleu, in his new Broadway show Holiday Inn! "Just a couple of wildcats on a #Broadway stage @corbinbleu killed it last night in #HollidayInnMusical! @ZacEfron So much love for these guys," Grabeel captioned a selfie of three on stage. Efron echoed those thoughts by posting a photo of his own writing, "@mrgrabeel and I saw @corbinbleu Dance on Air ala Fred Astaire last night. He tapped 'Firecracker' and lit the stage on with his moves! Check out #HolidayInnMusical #amazingshow #theboysareback." You know what they say: once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. A photo posted by Zac Efron
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The High School Musical Boys Are Together Again! Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel Reunite for Corbin Bleu's Broadway Show

The High School Musical Boys Are Together Again! Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel Reunite for Corbin Bleu's Broadway Show
What could make your Wednesday any better than a much-needed High School Musical reunion? The Wildcat boys came together again for one epic reunion last night when Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel went to support fellow co-star Corbin Bleu's broadway show Holiday Inn Musical. Efron shared a black and white image of the famous trio, writing, "@mrgrabeel and I saw @corbinbleu Dance on Air ala Fred Astaire last night. He tapped "Firecracker" and lit the stage on [fire emoji] with his moves! Check out #HolidayInnMusical #amazingshow #theboysareback." Grabeel posted another photo of the boys and told fans, "Just a couple of wildcats on a #Broadway stage. @corbinbleu killed it last night in...
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13 Broadway Shows We’re Dying to See This Fall

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The Broadway plays and musicals on offer in the Fall 2016 season are worth their exorbitant ticket prices! Here’s your complete list of all 13 shows opening between now and the end of the year. “The Encounter” (Opens Sept. 29)A solo show (pictured above) about the real-life story of a photographer lost among a remote group of South American people sounds like unusual fare for the Great White Way. But the buzz surrounding Simon McBurney’s Edinburgh International Festival favorite is simply sensational. “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical” (Opens Oct. 6)Like “An American in Paris” before it, this adaptation of the beloved 1942 film puts Berlin’s classic tunes center stage. Starring Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu, with direction from Gordon Greenberg, it’s sure to put a spring in your step. “Oh, Hello on Broadway” (Opens Oct. 10)Oh, you’ve never met Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney,
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10 years ago today: ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ opened in theaters

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10 years ago today: ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ opened in theaters
One decade ago today, we first learned the story of American hero Ricky Bobby. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby opened in theaters 10 years ago today. Audiences came out in droves that weekend for the comedy starring Will Ferrell as a winning-obsessed Nascar driver. Behind The Lego Movie, Talladega Nights remains Ferrell’s second largest movie opening. The movie reunited Ferrell with his Anchorman director Adam McKay. The two of them, along with John C. Reilly (who plays Ricky Bobby’s teammate Cal Naughton Jr. in Talladega Nights) would soon team up again for Step Brothers. Other notable August 4 happenings in pop culture history: • 1942: Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn premiered in New York. Crosby song “White Christmas” is featured in the movie musical. • 1957: The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They introduced their upcoming single, “Wake Up Little Susie
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Judy by the Numbers: "I Love A Piano"

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers... 

Easter Parade has becomea perrenial holiday favorite. Inevitably, the lighthearted musical appears on TCM Easter Sunday marathons, sandwiched between Ben Hur (1959) and King of Kings (1961). However, despite the annual dominance of this Judy Garland/Irving Berlin musical, the movie nearly stopped before it began. A combination of bad luck, souring relationships, and weak ankles nearly prevented the production from getting off the ground. Fans of the film have one person to thank for its resurrection: Fred Astaire.

The Movie: Easter Parade (1948)

The Songwriter: Irving Berlin (music & lyrics)

The Players: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford, directed by Charles Walters

The Story: The production of Easter Parade was plagued from the start. Though Irving Berlin enthusiastically agreed to expand upon his hit Holiday Inn for a new Judy Garland vehicle, the rest of the cast and crew was harder to secure.
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‘The Lion King’ and 3 More Stellar Acting Opportunities

The holidays are upon us, but you won’t want to miss the four acting opportunities below. Submitting yourself is just a click away! “The Lion KingElton John and Tim Rice’s little-known (just kidding) Disney musical needs Equity singers and dancers for replacements in the Broadway and national tour companies. Want to appear in one of the most commercially successful musicals of all time (and get paid $1,917 a week)? Apply through Backstage here! “Meet Up”DS Productions is looking to cast several juicy roles in a new short film titled “Meet Up.” Centered on Miles, a romantically desperate gay man who runs into an attractive stranger named Tyler, the film boasts six characters—that could be played by you! The project will shoot in February or March and salary will be discussed upon being cast. “The Vampire Diaries”Want to meet Nina Dobrev or Paul Wesley? You know you do.
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‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Heads to Broadway in New French Production

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‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Heads to Broadway in New French Production
The beloved 1952 movie musical “Singin’ in the Rain” is aiming to dance its way back on to Broadway in 2016. Harvey Weinstein‘s Weinstein Live Entertainment announced Monday that it’s teaming with Théâtre du Châtelet to bring the Paris theater’s award-winning stage adaptation to New York. The Paris production played a sold-out run in 2014 and returned Nov. 7 for a second engagement through Jan. 17, 2016. Also Read: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire Movie 'Holiday Inn' Heads to Broadway in New Musical Adaptation Robert Carsen, who previously staged Bernstein’s “Candide” at the Châtelet in 2006 and “My Fair Lady” in 2010 and
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Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire Movie ‘Holiday Inn’ Heads to Broadway in New Musical Adaptation

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Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire Movie ‘Holiday Inn’ Heads to Broadway in New Musical Adaptation
The classic 1941 Hollywood musical “Holiday Inn” is coming to Broadway. Roundabout Theatre Company, in association with Universal Stage Productions, on Thursday announced plans to mount an adaptation of the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire classic in fall 2016. The new musical will feature 20 songs from the entire Irving Berlin catalog — including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Heatwave.” — and a new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge inspired by the Oscar-winning movie. (We’re guessing the movie’s notorious blackface number will be omitted.) Also Read: 'Misery' Broadway Review: Bruce Willis,
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Why Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' Is the Best Holiday Song Ever

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Why Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' Is the Best Holiday Song Ever
Bing Crosby once joked that a "jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully." But if it wasn't for Crosby's soothing rendition of the Irving Berlin classic, "White Christmas" probably wouldn't have gone on to become the biggest-selling single worldwide of all time. In the American Masters documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered - which debuted earlier this month on PBS but will air again at 9 p.m. Et on Dec. 26 - director Robert Trachtenberg looks back at the indelible mark the song made on both history and the crooner's legacy. "Bing had no problem being best known for this
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Why Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' Is the Best Holiday Song Ever

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Why Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' Is the Best Holiday Song Ever
Bing Crosby once joked that a "jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully." But if it wasn't for Crosby's soothing rendition of the Irving Berlin classic, "White Christmas" probably wouldn't have gone on to become the biggest-selling single worldwide of all time. In the American Masters documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered - which debuted earlier this month on PBS but will air again at 9 p.m. Et on Dec. 26 - director Robert Trachtenberg looks back at the indelible mark the song made on both history and the crooner's legacy. "Bing had no problem being best known for this
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I Have Never Seen ‘White Christmas’

Classic Christmas movies have never been my bag. I’ve still not seen It’s a Wonderful Life and I’m iffy on musicals, too. I don’t dislike them or anything, there’s plenty I’ve enjoyed. I just haven’t seen a lot of older ones. But hell, White Christmas is my sister-in-law’s all-time favorite, apparently, so I decided to give it a shot. Here’s what’s weird about White Christmas: It’s oddly modern. By that, I mean it does a lot of things that people decry as the death of Hollywood ideas today. For example, it’s a remake. Specifically, it’s based on Holiday Inn (yes, like the hotel chain — they’re named after the film) which was another Irving Berlin movie and also starred Bing Crosby. That famous song, “White Christmas”? It didn’t even come from this film. It came from Holiday Inn and they just re-used
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Some Crosby For Christmas

No entertainer is more associated with Christmas than Bing Crosby, who introduced Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” in the 1942 movie Holiday Inn. His recording of the song remains the best-selling single of all time which, along with constant showings of the 1954 movie White Christmas, keeps the star in the public eye (and ear). His rendition of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” has even made its way onto Billboard’s Top 100 chart this month, currently resting at #71. A recent installment of PBS’ American Masters has reinforced interest in all things Bing. There is no shortage of new Crosby product, including a new DVD collection from Universal called Bing Crosby:...

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