8 items from 2016
Broadway's biggest stars are rallying together to support the Lgbt community in wake of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. A slew of theater and Hollywood stars - dubbed Broadway for Orlando - will record a cover of Jackie DeShannon's 1965 hit "What the World Needs Now Is Love," and the track will be available for download on Monday. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the song - available to preorder for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com - will go to benefit the Lgbt Center of Central Florida. Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Fran Drescher, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Broadway's biggest stars are rallying together to support the Lgbt community in wake of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. A slew of theater and Hollywood stars - dubbed Broadway for Orlando - will record a cover of Jackie DeShannon's 1965 hit "What the World Needs Now Is Love"; People and Playbill will exclusively release the music video of the A-list chorus; and the track will be available for download on Monday. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the song - available to preorder for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com - will go to benefit the Lgbt Center of Central Florida. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Disney Xd has released a clip from Sunday’s episode of Guardians of the Galaxy, which sees the team making an unexpected visit to Asgard, where they find themselves confronted by Thor and Angela. Check it out here or over on our YouTube channel…
Big Heroes! Big Villains! And Bigger Adventures this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of Marvel’S Guardians Of The Galaxy this Sunday at 8:00am/7:00c on Disney Xd.
Back on the trail of the Cosmic Seed, the Guardians unexpectedly find themselves in Asgard – where they must outwit Thor and Angela in order to discover the Seed’s origins in the all-new Marvel’S Guardians Of The Galaxy airing Sunday, March 27 at 8:00am/7:00c on Disney Xd.
- Gary Collinson
CBS has so exhausted the supply of serial killers in the U.S. that the network has perhaps inevitably gotten into the import-export business. Enter “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” the second spinoff (following the short-lived “Suspect Behavior”) of that franchise, which opens with a voice-over that says 68 million Americans (a relatively small percentage, when you think about it) travel abroad, while offering that subset, as well as those who stay home, even more reason to be xenophobic and fearful.
Granted, it’s hard to completely fault CBS’ reasoning, given the success the network has enjoyed with back-to-back versions of “NCIS” on Tuesdays. And just to make the connection even easier to digest for the network’s traditional viewers, Gary Sinise, who headed up the New York version of “CSI,” plays Jack Garrett, the boss of the FBI’s International Response Team (or “Irt,” one supposes), which leaps into action whenever »
- Brian Lowry
29 years ago today, CBS aired music icon Frank Sinatra’s final screen role. He guest starred in an episode of Magnum, P.I. In the episode, titled “Laura,” Sinatra played a retired New York cop who learns that his granddaughter was murdered during his retirement celebration. He asks Magnum for help in his hunt for the murderers. Sinatra appeared on the cover of TV Guide with Magnum, P.I. star Tom Selleck the week his episode aired. Though the CBS detective series was Sinatra’s final screen acting role, he could have had a part in The Godfather: Part III afterward. Francis Ford Coppola offered Sinatra the role of Don Altobello, but he didn’t end up taking the part. Oddly enough, the part went to Eli Wallach, whom Sinatra replaced in From Here to Eternity. Other notable February 25 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: Variety show Your Show of Shows premiered on NBC. »
- Emily Rome
Paris — Child of the French Revolution, the Louvre is considered to be the world’s first museum, intimately linked to the spirit of the Enlightenment.
Housing works that are over 7,000 years old, the museum also has a markedly modern spirit, epitomized by the glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, inaugurated in 1989, that had an immediate impact on the number of visitors, which were previously one-to-two million visitors per year and in 2015 stood at 8.7 million.
Cinema has played an important image in promoting the image of the Louvre around the world, made evident after “The Da Vinci Code” lensed in the museum in 2005.
In 2008, the museum’s management board decided to make the museum much more film-friendly and created a special unit dedicated to managing productions inside and outside the museum, which is run by Joelle Cinq-Fraix.
Before 2008, on average the Louvre hosted one feature film every two years, but since »
- Martin Dale
20 years ago today, NBC aired “The One After the Superbowl,” the mega-episode of “Friends” packed with famous guest stars. The two-part episode had a massive lead-in from the Cowboys vs. Steelers game, even more than usual for post-Super Bowl programming — that game broke the record for most-watched sporting event ever on American television. The star-studded lineup of visitors to “Friends” was: Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Fred Willard, and Dan Castellaneta. Roberts played Susie, Chandler’s elementary school classmate. Chandler eagerly agrees to go on a date with her, only to find out that the date was part of Susie’s plot for revenge to get back at Chandler for a prank he played on her in the 4th grade. “That was in the 4th grade! How could you still be upset about that?” Chandler exclaimed upon realizing what this was all about — as he stood »
- Emily Rome
Miami — Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos is traversing the world deploying a $6 billion programming budget as part of Netflix’s massive global rollout. But given the chance to conduct a Q&A with Quincy Jones and Norman Lear, Sarandos couldn’t help but make time for a stop in Miami on Wednesday at Natpe for the session with two living legends.
The Q&A covered Jones and Lear’s formative years, career milestones, latest projects and backstage insights into their work. Here are 12 things we learned from the session:
“Stifle yourself” — Archie Bunker’s famous retort to his “All in the Family” wife, Edith, came from Lear’s father, Herman. Jones was once stabbed in his hand with a switch blade after veering into the wrong neighborhood while growing up in the south side of Chicago in the 1930s. Jones went to London in 1968 in an effort to secure »
- Cynthia Littleton
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