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Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices review – glorious survey of powerful pipes

From Prince and Whitney Houston to Mahalia Jackson, the first episode of the jazz star’s three-part series is a languid, loving celebration of vocal showstoppers

When love and knowledge of a subject combine in a presenter, you have a good presenter. When they combine in all the contributors too, you have a great documentary. Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices (BBC4) was a great documentary.

Porter is a Grammy award-winning soul and jazz star who set out last night to examine “showstoppers” – singers with powerhouse voices that are worth the price of admission alone. Porter chose Caruso as his starting point, bringing on tenor Stephen Castello to help him describe Caruso’s interpretative abilities, his sound and how it feels when talent and technique come together to get you where you need to be. “Everyone’s waiting for the high C … you feel it coming, you get it, and when
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Podtalk: Actor Adria Dawn on ‘DorkumentaryLIVE!’ in Chicago from Nov. 15-19, 2017

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – What began as a web series has evolved to the stage. “DorkumentaryLIVE!” is the pet project of Tarleton/Dawn Productions, a husband (David) and wife (Adria) team that live and work in Chicago. They developed the series in Los Angeles, and after several episodes online decided to adapt it to the stage. “DorkumentaryLIVE!” will run from Wednesday, November 15th through Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at Stage 773 on Belmont Avenue in Chicago (see details below).

Adria Dawn in Costume for ‘DorkumentaryLIVE!’

Photo credit: DorkumentaryLIVE.com

The cast is all-female, anchored by Dorkumentary developer Adria Dawn. The show is a multimedia comedy performance show that “loosely mirrors the lives of its creators.” The cast also features Jaime Abraham and Chloe Rae Ward, and is described by Tarleton/Dawn Productions as “a contemporary variety show a la Carol Burnett and Andy Kaufman.” Featured performer Adria Dawn best known for portraying April Tuna in
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Leslie Grossman Reflects on the Endurance of Mary Cherry and Rejoining Ryan Murphy’s World (Exclusive)

Leslie Grossman Reflects on the Endurance of Mary Cherry and Rejoining Ryan Murphy’s World (Exclusive)
No one is more excited about Leslie Grossman’s return to Ryan Murphy’s world than Leslie Grossman herself. The self-professed TV fangirl, who admits to binging on shows like Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale (and who has proudly watched every single episode of Housewives and Saturday Night Live), first worked with Murphy for the short-lived WB high school drama series Popular back in 1999.

Her highly quotable character, Mary Cherry, whom Murphy created specifically for her, seemed to temporarily typecast Grossman as a slightly oblivious, decidedly spoiled cheerleader type, and over the years, Grossman played into the caricature on shows like Nip/Tuck (another Murphy creation), What I Like About You and Modern Family.

But more recently, Grossman has resurfaced in an unlikely but inevitable place: as impressionable, politically apathetic, Nicole Kidman-loving Meadow Wilton, who takes a dark turn, on Murphy’s American Horror Story: Cult-- and, she tells Et the
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'Chicago P.D.' Enlists 'Popular' Grad for Season 5 (Exclusive)

Chicago P.D. is getting political.

The NBC cop drama has tapped Popular grad Scott Bryce to play an Illinois congressman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Bryce will guest-star as Scott Graynor, a politician who is very pro-police and friendly with Voight (Jason Beghe). He doesn't have the greatest allies in Chicago and finds himself in hot water when he's discovered at a crime scene with no memory of what happened.

The actor is set to appear in the eighth episode of the season, with a possibility that he could reprise the role in the future.

Bryce, whose other credits include As...
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Leslie Grossman

Leslie Erin Grossman is a Hollywood actress who has experienced significant success over recent years. While most of you will recognize her as Meadow Wilton in American Horror Story: Cult, she also played the role of Mary Cherry on the TV drama Popular, which aired on the WB network. Additionally, she played Lauren on the WB Comedy series, What I Like About You. While you may recognize the face and you a likely familiar with a few of her accolades there is a lot that you do not know about this beautiful actress who will turn 46 on October 25.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Leslie Grossman
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This Ahs: Cult Actress Got Her Start on Another Ryan Murphy Show

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Image Source: FX As American Horror Story: Cult heads into week two, we're meeting a few fresh faces and diving even deeper into the f*cked-up clown club. At the beginning of the episode, Ally and Ivy realize they've got some new neighbors moving in. You know, because the Chang family gets ruthlessly murdered at the end of the truly bonkers premiere episode. But the new neighbors aren't just a pair of weirdos who seem dead-set on driving Ally even further up the wall. They're actually played by two well-known actors! In addition to comedian Billy Eichner's dramatic turn as Harrison, please meet Leslie Grossman, who plays Meadow. There's one major fun fact when it comes to Leslie Grossman, whose appearance in Cult marks her first entry into the vast American Horror Story universe. This actually isn't her only TV show with Ahs creator Ryan Murphy! Grossman's first huge
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Every Spine-Tingling Detail We Have on American Horror Story: Cult

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The return of American Horror Story is almost here, and hints and details about season seven have flown in earnest. Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy appeared at the Television Critics Association's Winter press tour in January and gave up some small but important details - including the addition of two returning cast members! But it wasn't until July that he gave us a whole new wave of things to obsess over, including the official Cult title, even more new cast members, and a few terrifying clowns. Here's what we can expect for the next big installment of American Horror Story. 1. The First Hints In an October 2016 cover story with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Murphy slyly dropped some information on season seven. The idea apparently just came to him. "It comes to me as it always comes to me," he said. "I sit up in bed and I say 'That's it!
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Johnny Manuel performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 live show: ‘And I Am Telling You’ brings out singer’s diva side [Watch]

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Johnny Manuel performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 live show: ‘And I Am Telling You’ brings out singer’s diva side [Watch]
Popular singer Johnny Manuel performed Tuesday night during the Quarterfinals 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. After previously belting out ballads like Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing” and Stevie Wonder‘s “Lately,” this time Manuel brought out his diva side with a cover of “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls.” Watch Johnny Manuel’s “Americas Got […]
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Ryan Murphy ('Feud: Bette and Joan')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Ryan Murphy ('Feud: Bette and Joan')
"The only difference between me and the 10 guys and women who were in my writing group when I first started out here in Hollywood is that I'm the only one of those people who just didn't take 'no' for an answer and didn't become devastated over the rejection," says Ryan Murphy, the writer, director, producer and showrunner best known for creating or co-creating The WB’s Popular, FX’s Nip/Tuck, Fox’s Glee, NBC’s The New Normal and Fox’s Scream Queens, as well as the ongoing FX anthology series American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud. As we sit down at...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Ryan Murphy ('Feud: Bette and Joan')

"The only difference between me and the 10 guys and women who were in my writing group when I first started out here in Hollywood is that I'm the only one of those people who just didn't take 'no' for an answer and didn't become devastated over the rejection," says Ryan Murphy, the writer, director, producer and showrunner best known for creating or co-creating The WB’s Popular, FX’s Nip/Tuck, Fox’s Glee, NBC’s The New Normal and Fox’s Scream Queens, as well as the ongoing FX anthology series American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud. As we sit down at...
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American Horror Story: Lena Dunham Books Season 7 Role (Yes, Really)

American Horror Story: Lena Dunham Books Season 7 Role (Yes, Really)
Now here’s a bit of American Horror Story casting news that we honestly wouldn’t believe… if it didn’t come from Ryan Murphy himself.

RelatedAmerican Horror Story Season 7 Title: Ryan Murphy Drops One Final Clue

Girls alum Lena Dunham — no, we are not kidding, and it is not April 1st — has been cast on the FX horror anthology for its upcoming election-themed Season 7. Murphy announced the news himself on Wednesday with a tweet saying that he and Dunham have “always wanted to work together, and now we [are]!”

Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the American Horror Story family.
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American Horror Story Season 7 Title: Ryan Murphy Drops One Final Clue

American Horror Story Season 7 Title: Ryan Murphy Drops One Final Clue
Have you heard the latest buzz about American Horror Story‘s upcoming seventh season?

RelatedAmerican Horror Story: Twisty the Clown Returning for Season 7 Encore

Series creator Ryan Murphy on Monday released another clue about Season 7’s still-unknown title — the big reveal will go down Thursday, he promises — and, frankly, it stings. … No, really, just look at it:



Murphy has been steadily dropping hints about Ahs‘ seventh season ever since joining Instagram in May, flooding his feed with images of haunting elephant masks, unsettlingly patriotic decor and even a nightmarish collection of holes. And now… bees.

RelatedAmerican Horror Story
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Emmys Add Diverse Range of Nominees In 2017

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Emmys Add Diverse Range of Nominees In 2017
After #OscarsSoWhite, when every single one of the 20 Oscar acting nominations were given to white thespians, the Emmy nominations continue to reveal far more diversity in the television industry.

Unlike the movie business, more television shows are aimed at more diverse audiences from the start, which gives some 20,000 Emmy voters a wealth of options. The television industry casts a wider net, aiming shows at every audience segment, especially women, who are consistently underserved by the Hollywood studios, despite their strong box office stats. And television series can take more chances on giving shows time to find their core audience.

Read More2017 Emmy Nominations List: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld’ Nominated for Best Drama Series

The diversity of the Emmy acting nominees held steady with 2016. Among this year’s 75 nominees in 12 major long-form acting categories (not including guest or short form), 16 nominees, or 21 percent, were people of color. Eleven acting categories boasted at least one nominee of color,
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Emmys Add Diverse Range of Nominees In 2017

Emmys Add Diverse Range of Nominees In 2017
After #OscarsSoWhite, when every single one of the 20 Oscar acting nominations were given to white thespians, the Emmy nominations continue to reveal far more diversity in the television industry.

Unlike the movie business, more television shows are aimed at more diverse audiences from the start, which gives some 20,000 Emmy voters a wealth of options. The television industry casts a wider net, aiming shows at every audience segment, especially women, who are consistently underserved by the Hollywood studios, despite their strong box office stats. And television series can take more chances on giving shows time to find their core audience.

Read More2017 Emmy Nominations List: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld’ Nominated for Best Drama Series

The diversity of the Emmy acting nominees held steady with 2016. Among this year’s 75 nominees in 12 major long-form acting categories (not including guest or short form), 16 nominees, or 21 percent, were people of color. Eleven acting categories boasted at least one nominee of color,
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American Horror Story: Twisty the Clown Returning for Season 7 Encore

American Horror Story: Twisty the Clown Returning for Season 7 Encore
American Horror Story is plotting one of its most, ahem, twisted returns yet.

RelatedAmerican Horror Story: Colton Haynes Joins Election-Themed Season 7

Series creator Ryan Murphy on Monday revealed that Twisty the Clown, famous for making a handful of terrifying appearances during Ahs: Freak Show, will pop up again in the FX drama’s upcoming election-themed outing.

But like all things Ahs-related, there’s a catch involved. According to the photo posted to Murphy’s spoiler-riddled Instagram account, Twisty will only show up in comic book form:

Despite a series of hints on social media and other avenues, little
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Taystee Is the Real Star of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Column)

Taystee Is the Real Star of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Column)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black,” which premiered June 9. If you want a non-spoiler review of the season, click here.

Season 5 of “Orange Is the New Black” may well be the show’s strongest season yet. As I wrote when I reviewed the season last week, the show typically defined by sprawl becomes sharper and more poignant when its canvas is limited to just three momentous days in Litchfield Penitentiary. Because TV shows carry with them their own inertia — that groove that sometimes becomes a rut, as shows figure out what satisfies their loyal viewers and are content to deliver that again and again — it’s often breathtaking when a drama shakes up its own comfort zone and drills down to the heart of its premise.

Up until now, “Orange Is the New Black” has emphasized survival for its characters and loss, as
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Ryan Murphy On The Risk And Reward Of Setting His Own Path – Deadline Disruptors

There really is precious little hallmark for a Ryan Murphy show. Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, The New Normal, Scream Queens, American Crime Story, Feud—just when you might get a sense of a common thread linking these shows, and just when you suspect he might be ready to lay back and enjoy his success, another show comes along to upset the math. And yet somehow, still, they are all inescapably Ryan Murphy shows. Through them all, an auteur streak that…
See full article at Deadline TV »

Ryan Murphy On The Risk And Reward Of Setting His Own Path – Deadline Disruptors

Ryan Murphy On The Risk And Reward Of Setting His Own Path – Deadline Disruptors
There really is precious little hallmark for a Ryan Murphy show. Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, The New Normal, Scream Queens, American Crime Story, Feud—just when you might get a sense of a common thread linking these shows, and just when you suspect he might be ready to lay back and enjoy his success, another show comes along to upset the math. And yet somehow, still, they are all inescapably Ryan Murphy shows. Through them all, an auteur streak that…
See full article at Deadline »

Fargo Recap: In Case of Emergency, Break Glass

Fargo Recap: In Case of Emergency, Break Glass
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.

Season 3 of Fargo has been sitting on simmer for a few weeks now, but it heated up to a full boil this week — and ah jeez, a main character wound up dead.

Ray is still fuming after Nikki’s savage beating at the hands of Yuri and Meemo. He grabs his gun, and they tail the two henchmen to an empty lot, where they spot V.M. Varga being ushered into a car. Nikki theorizes he’s the “head honcho,” and Ray’s ready to go after them, guns blazing.
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Fargo Recap: Never Meet an Enemy in an Empty Parking Lot

Fargo Recap: Never Meet an Enemy in an Empty Parking Lot
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.

You’d think every Fargo character would know that rule pretty well by now, but someone had to learn it the hard way this week.

Ray’s out of a job, and he and Nikki lost their high-roller bridge sponsor when Ray blew off their dinner, so they’re forced to come up with another get-rich scheme — and yes, it involves more wigs. Ray poses as Emmit again and films a sex tape with Nikki (who’s wearing a long red “hooker wig”), placing it in an envelope on
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