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Quick, say something nice about Rising Star! And no, “it’s no longer clogging up my DVR with its tuneless discharge” does not count as “nice.”
Maybe I ought to go first? Ummm…
Ok, ABC’s reality singing competition is putting my math skills to good use. (That hinky “percentage of people who vote yes” + “7% for each judge” metric does occasionally tickle the brain.)
Also, host Josh Groban almost completely faded into the backdrop this week — thereby reducing the chances that this »
A&E networks is airing a series of PSA spots championing diversity, including sexual diversity. Guess which A&E stars are missing from the series?
TVLine reports that the Teen Beach Movie sequel is officially going forward. They also have a list of which cast members have signed up for a second round.
Saturday Night Live is down three more cast members. Newcomers John Milhiser and Noel Wells won’t be returning. Meanwhile, Nasim Pedrad has officially quit the show for her upcoming Fox sitcom Mullaney.
Here is one of those one-season SNLcast members who were in no memorable comedy roles afterward
I think she quit acting to go into politics.
- Lyle Masaki
The BBC has updated guidelines for its news division, clarifying that news programs should prioritize factual accuracy over impartiality in science reporting.
Variety credits John Oliver for reinvigorating the satirical news program with long segments that pack in the facts– while still being entertaining enough to get shared all over the internet.
Harmony Gold, the company that brought Robotech to TV, is hoping to revive the series. They plan on turning to Kickstarter to make a pilot for Robotech Academy and hope it can be made into a series from that.
New York magazine declares Orphan Black‘s Helena as the series’ most interesting innovation. She’s a monster who eventually charms the audience while maintaining her horrific qualities. That’s not uncommon among male monsters, but female monsters tend to have their deeds rationalized or they turn out to be motivated by their victimhood. Helena is far more complicated. »
- Lyle Masaki
Devon Aoki will be appearing on Arrow next season as blade-wielding heroine Katana. Interestingly, she’ll appear in the flashbacks (which will take place in Hong Kong), at least at first. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed Arrow does a better job of adapting Katana than it did with Brother Blood. Still, it’s yet another case of Arrow announcing a character I can’t wait to see on TV, something I’m waiting for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to do.
TVLine reports that Jamie Bamber has signed up for a multi-episode arc on Rizzoli & Isles. The Battlestar Galatica hunk will first appear in the summer finale.
The sci-fi pinup picture that will endure for being so perfectly hot.
- Lyle Masaki
Gerry Goffin Dies
Goffin’s death was confirmed by his wife Michelle Goffin to People.
Goffin and King worked together to create a number of classic hits in the late 50s and early 60s, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day” and “The Loco-Motion.” After the pair split in 1968, Goffin continued writing hits like “Savin’ All My Love for You” for Whitney Houston, “Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole and “It’s Not the Spotlight,” which was recorded by Rod Stewart.
In 1975, Goffin was nominated for an »
Gerry Goffin, who wrote the lyrics for “A Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof” and many of the hit pop songs sung by his then-wife Carole King, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. King's “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Halfway to Paradise” and “The Loco-Motion” were among the 59 top 40 hits written by Goffin, who married the singer in 1959, when he was 20 and she was 17. Goffin's current wife, Michelle, confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Goffin also wrote hits for other musicians including the Everly Brothers (“”Crying in the Rain”), Bobby »
- Todd Cunningham
Gerry Goffin, who co-wrote such pop classics as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on The Roof,” “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman” and many more with ex-wife Carole King, died today at 75. “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world,” King said in a statement. “Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have His name will forever be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of all time and his songs, which are among the best ever written, will live on forever, touching generations of the future just as much as they have touched the generations of the past. »
- Melinda Newman
He put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp) and found solace in the urban frenzy “Up On The Roof”: Gerry Goffin, who wrote the lyrics for some of the biggest pop music hits of the 1960s with his first wife, composer (and later singer-songrwriter) Carole King, died this morning of natural causes at his home in L.A., according to his wife, Michele Goffin. He was 75. Goffin and King, who married in 1959 when he was 20 and she was 17, had their first major hit with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Their other hits included “The Loco-Motion”, “Take Good Care Of […] »
Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Grace and Frankie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming Netflix comedy is about two rivals (Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) whose marriages end when their husbands reveal they’re in love with each other. Sheen will play the husband of Fonda’s character.
Deadspin obtained all the complaints made to the FCC about Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being drafted to the Rams on Espn. (Never mind that the FCC doesn’t regulate cable channels like Espn.)
This year’s Big Brother twist could reboot the game — providing that it lives up to the hype. Each week will have two Heads of Household, along with four nominees for eviction and HoH won’t be guaranteed safety. Those changes sound like they can destroy worn-out strategies like backdooring. (I will miss the times an angry alpha-jock houseguest demands to know if he’s being backdoored. »
- Lyle Masaki
6 Reasons Not To Miss Heathers The Musical
Cartoon Network is rebooting The Powerpuff Girls with an all-new series.
Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Clears N.Y. State Assembly
Congrats to Jack Johansson, who has been named Mr. Gay Europe
Via Towleroad comes this sweet marriage proposal.
Levi’s has introduced a Pride Collection for June in select stores
Here’s the latest trailer for Broadway Bares, which takes place this Sunday.
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a Birthday week ShoutOUT™ to … Joe McElderry.
Newly 23-year-old Joe first auditioned »
Trish Bendix isn’t happy with how Faking It ended its first season. Bendix writes in The Hollywood Reporter that the ending destroys Faking It‘s credibility in handling lesbian characters. (Spoilers await you at the link.)
Just hours before debuting the fifth season, ABC Family ordered two more seasons of Pretty Little Liars. That will keep the campy horror soap on the air until 2016. With seven seasons, I believe that should make it ABC Family’s longest-running series.
I’m still hoping it turns out they really are getting texts from Hillary.
Does the timing of the Game of Thrones finale hint at a major spoiler from the books? (Again, it’s a major spoiler, so click at your own risk.)
Why does a premium channel like HBO put up so much of one of its shows, Last Week Tonight, for free on the web? Hitfix‘s Alan »
- Lyle Masaki
Something has been missing from our lives these last three months. Fortunately, ABC Family operates with the opposite logic of the AMC model (eight episodes, wait an entire year) and has brought Pretty Little Liars back tonight after a very short hiatus. Tomorrow, we will pick up with our patented, super-scientific Pretty Little Power Rankings. But first we had a few questions that only the ruler of the Pll universe could answer. Why does anyone even like Ali, a pathological liar who is more devoted to her curling iron than she is to her friends? Is there a plan to solve all these mysteries, or are the writers just making it up as they go along? And is it fall or winter or what? Marlene King, creator and showrunner (and screenwriter of the coming-of-age classic Now and Then), tried her best to answer.When did you realize that the show »
- Jessica Goldstein
Carole King herself hit the Radio City Music Hall stage to perform "I Feel the Earth Move" with Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday. The iconic singer-songwriter introduced a performance of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Mueller and Beautiful co-star Jake Epstein before hitting the stage with Mueller for a rousing rendition of "I Feel the Earth Move." Live Blog: Tony Awards 2014 Written by Douglas McGrath and directed by Marc Bruni, Beautiful depicts the emergence in the 1960s of King and Gerry Goffin as a legendary
- THR Staff
Exclusive: ITV Studios Us Group has finalized a joint venture agreement with Marty Adelstein to launch Tomorrow ITV Studios, a scripted studio under the umbrella of ITV Studios Us Group. Adelstein had been in talks with ITV Studios for a few months. The two already have a project together: NBC’s straight-to-series drama about the Charles Manson murders Aquarius, starring David Duchovny and written by John McNamara. Adelstein segues to the ITV Studios deal following a lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox TV, most recently with the 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. banner, a partnership with Shawn Levy. It was run by Becky Clements, who is joining Adelstein at ITV Studios and will serve as president of Tomorrow ITV Studios. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Tomorrow ITV Studios will develop and produce drama and comedy projects, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Tomorrow ITV Studios also has projects in the pipeline that will be done as international co-productions. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Tom Cruise likes a challenge. But even he's willing to admit that the idea of holding three film premieres in three different countries on the same day is a bit crazy. Speaking in London at the 6:30 a.m. start of a red carpet odyssey that will also see him promote his latest sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow, in Paris and New York within a 24-hour period, Cruise laughingly agreed that the idea was just as wild as fighting the horde of demented aliens he encounters in the movie. "I think they're equal!" Tom joked to People at the BFI IMAX, »
- Philip Boucher and Peter Mikelbank
“Edge of Tomorrow” might be one of Tom Cruise’s better films in recent memory but will audiences show up to see it? Warner Bros., the film’s distributor, hopes so, despite the worrisome lack of buzz as the sci-fi movie nears its June 6 opening.
Director Doug Liman makes his first big foray into a visual effects-heavy tentpole, while Emily Blunt delivers her action debut in the futuristic thriller, which follows Maj. William Cage (Cruise), an untrained solider who finds himself reliving the same day again and again in the hopes of sorting out a way to successfully defeat the alien race that has taken Earth hostage.
But Warners will have to move fast to ramp up advertising and communicate to audiences that they’re in for an action-packed ride.
“Nobody really knows what this film is,” said Doug Creutz, senior media and entertainment analyst for Cowen & Co. “There isn »
- Alexandra Cheney
‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie: Batsuit, Batmobile revealed — Will the world ever be the same again?? (photo: Brooding Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’) Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder has used his Twitter account to post a couple of monochrome shots taken on the set of his upcoming DC Comics flick, ahem, epic. One, posted yesterday (May 12, 2014), shows a half-covered Batmobile, featuring the accompanying tweet: "Could be time to pull the tarp … Tomorrow?" Oh, the suspense! The Internet is on fire. Comic book nerds are having Twitter orgasms. Since yesterday morning, Snyder’s Batmobile tweet has been retweeted 16,150 times and favorited another 9,733 times. For comparison’s sake: In the last four hours, the New York Times‘ tweet linking to a report about the Syrian government using chlorine gas in attacks has been retweeted all of 47 times. Even more pressing news such as "Alec Baldwin Arrested After Biking the »
- Andre Soares
I spent the weekend in Boston visiting one of my best girls so I was barely online. If you were also travelling this week (as everyone and their doggies and their distant relatives were according to the gridlock on my way back to the city) chances are you missed some posts. Here are a handful of key highlights from the week that was.
Our Moms and the Movies - a special podcast devoted to the mom's of our team and your mom and whatever movie-love she happened to inspire, directly or indirectly in you.
Top Ten Palme D'Or Winners - what are the best films ever to win the top prize at Cannes? We propose these twelve. Your thoughts?
Eye Roller? - Reader James T chose our banner theme this week and that choice generated the week's most robust comment section. »
- NATHANIEL R
As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.
courtesy of themoviescene.co.uk
30. Annie (1982)
Directed by John Huston
Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)
Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »
- Joshua Gaul
Plenty of news from Syfy today. The most exciting bit is that Tricia Helfer is returning to the channel, joining the mini-series Ascension, according to EW. Ascension follows a secret U.S. mission where hundreds were sent to settle in a new world. However, 50 years into the journey, a murder has everyone questioning their mission. Helfer’s character is described as “beautiful, manipulative and dangerous”– because Helfer portrays those qualities so well.
The channel is also developing a series with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, as reported by TheWrap. Clone is based on a graphic novel about a man who finds out that there are clones of him when one burglarizes his home. If they can find a male actor as talented as Tatiana Maslany, we just might be willing to overlook the inevitable Orphan Black comparisons.
Syfy is also adapting Ronin… because someone doesn’t realize there »
- Lyle Masaki
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