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Kelly Ripa's "Unique" American Idol Audition Will Take You by Surprise

Kelly Ripa is known for hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan, but the outspoken talk-show host recently revealed her hidden talent: singing! That's right, Kelly courageously sang in front of the new judges of American Idol in hopes of becoming the 16th winner of the reality competition series, which returns to ABC this Sunday. After she delivered a surprisingly decent performance of Peggy Lee's "Why Don't You Do Right," Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie critiqued her "unique" performance. Then came the moment of truth: did she do well enough to earn a golden ticket to Hollywood? Watch the video above to find out.
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Review: Lady and the Tramp

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The 1950s was an interesting era for Walt Disney as they moved further away from movies with humans as the protagonist to ones featuring anthropomorphic animals. Although work had begun a decade earlier, 1955’s Lady and the Tramp is one example and one of the more charming stories, if lacking in the wonder of earlier efforts.

We’re given the chance to revisit this now that Disney has made it their latest Signature Collection release, offering it in a Multi-Screen Edition (we used to call them Combo Packs so you get the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD code).

You mention Lady and the Tramp and the iconic image of the two dogs sharing a romantic spaghetti dinner springs to mind, usually accompanied with snatches of the memorable soundtrack. The story is an old one, opposites attract as you can tell by the character names of Lady (Barbara Luddy) and Tramp
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'The Jazz Singer': THR's 1952 Review

On Dec. 30, 1952, Warner Bros.' The Jazz Singer made its world premiere in Technicolor at Hollywood's Fox Beverly Theatre, the final gala debut of that year. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

A fine mixture of song and sentiment, this modern version of The Jazz Singer has all the heart quality of the original, emerging as a tender, poignant film given added entertainment value by the warm singing and comedy routines of Danny Thomas and the enjoyable warbling of Peggy Lee

Following pretty much the storyline of the Al Jolson starrer, the tale has been brought up...
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Songs for Screens: The Best Ad Synchs of 2017, Featuring Peggy Lee, Sia, Cher, Lil Yachty and More

“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

With a record $314 million currently spent on synchs globally, there was no shortage of commercials with great music in 2017. But the difference between a good synch and a great synch is a song that sticks with you long after the commercial has aired. And one that might even prompt you to take some sort of action, be it a Shazam tag, a Spotify stream, or even the purchase of a concert ticket.

These 10 synchs represent some of the most unique — and successful — integrations of music the ad world had to offer this year. From
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Songs for Screens: Parson James on New Single ‘Only You’; How Google Pixel Honored Late Soulman Charles Bradley

Songs for Screens: Parson James on New Single ‘Only You’; How Google Pixel Honored Late Soulman Charles Bradley
“Songs for Screens” (formerly known as “Synch This”) is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Parson James’ music has reached some of the country’s biggest platforms in the past two years, from “American Idol” and “Grey’s Anatomy” to festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, as a solo artist and through his mega-streamed collab with Norwegian DJ Kygo, “Stole The Show” (which has racked up more than 500 million streams on Spotify alone).

But for his latest single, “Only You,” the 24-year-old South Carolina native has his sights set on Meryl Streep. Initially inspired by the breakup of a three-year relationship James describes as “toxic,” the soulful,
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Petula Clark Keeps on Living for Today with New Album and U.S. Tour

Petula Clark makes it her mission to live for today, but she’d prefer to make an exception on the afternoon we speak. The iconic singer—best known for her string of million-sellers in the 1960s—turned 85 this day, and an attempt to begin our phone call with a happy birthday greeting is met with a faux groan. “No, no no—don’t go there. I haven’t done those for a long, long time,” she says with a good natured laugh.

Age is certainly irrelevant, but that goes double for Clark, who is currently in the midst of her
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From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving

From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Game of Thrones,’ Film and TV Music in a Live Setting Is Thriving
Just a few years ago, “film music in concert” translated to short suites by big-name movie composers (Henry Mancini, John Williams) performed at summer pops concerts. Today, established American orchestras that once didn’t look at the merging of screen and music seriously, take heed of live-to-picture performances as very big business, with concert halls packing in audiences around the world.

That’s something of a surprise, considering how most classical musicians had traditionally looked down their collective noses at movie music. “Film music was a pejorative, and that was the end of it,” David Newman says. Now they see the attendance figures, and attitudes have changed considerably.

Indeed, just a month ago, the New York Philharmonic completed a three-week, four-film “Star Wars” series with Newman conducting John Williams’ scores for the original trilogy plus “The Force Awakens” to sold-out crowds at New York’s David Geffen Hall. “The orchestra absolutely killed it,” says Newman.
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Twin Peaks Episode 6 Recap: 'Diane, That's a Damn Good Wig'

Twin Peaks Episode 6 Recap: 'Diane, That's a Damn Good Wig'
Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure) was rumored to have the part back in 1991. And theories swirled over the years suggesting Agent Cooper’s trusty Gal Friday might just be a figment of his imagination. But in Sunday’s Twin Peaks, the one and only “Diane” was finally revealed to be none other than Laura Dern. (Nifty that she played his Girl Friday back in Blue Velvet too, huh?) A satisfying moment 27 years in the making (even if most of us guessed and hoped it was coming). Now, Albert (who found her in Max Von’s Bar in Philadelphia – did that
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Tony Award-Nominee Melissa Errico to Join Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall

It has just been announced that Tony Award-nominee Melissa Errico will join Michael Feinstein as a special guest at Zankel Hall on March 21 at 730pm at Carnegie Hall 881 Seventh Ave. for 'Standard Time', featuring the music of Harry Warren. Melissa will sing music popularized by such artists as Doris Day, Judy Garland, Vera Lynn and Peggy Lee. The evening will also feature vocals from Jay Armstrong Johnson and instrumentalists Tedd Firth on Piano, Phil Palombi on Bass andMark McLean on Drums as they pay tribute to Harry Warren, the composer of such hits as I Only Have Eyes for You, 42nd Street, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and other unforgettable favorites.
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Beaches: 19 Changes Made in Lifetime’s Small Screen Remake of the 1988 Classic Tearjerker

Beaches: 19 Changes Made in Lifetime’s Small Screen Remake of the 1988 Classic Tearjerker
Lifetime’s remake of the classic 1988 tearjerker Beaches aired Saturday night — with Broadway star Idina Menzel and Big Momma’s House Nia Long stepping into the iconic roles of entertainer C.C. Bloom and her aristocratic Bff Hillary Whitney — made famous on screen by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

The made-for-tv movie did an excellent job of capturing the ups and downs of a 30-year friendship, staying true to most of plot points in the Garry Marshall feature and Iris Rainer Dart’s original book. (Spoiler alert: that death is still there, and it’s just as devastating).

But there
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New vs. Classic 'Beaches': 13 Changes Lifetime Made to the Beloved Tearjerker

New vs. Classic 'Beaches': 13 Changes Lifetime Made to the Beloved Tearjerker
Warning: Spoiler alert! If you've never watched Beaches, read at your own risk.

We still haven't stopped crying 30 years after Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey starred in late director Garry Marshall's crushing cult classic Beaches.

Now, with Frozen star Idina Menzel playing Midler's iconic "C.C." Bloom role and Nia Long as her ailing best friend, Hillary Whitney, the gut punch of a weepie has returned thanks to a Lifetime remake (hey, ladies and gay men, it's not bad!) to offer new generations of sad-movie lovers years of sloppy sobfests.

Though the 1988 dramedy's themes of friendship, loyalty and loss remain intact, check out some of the major changes made to this contemporary take on the ultimate chick flick.

1. No Letter Writing Because 2017 and Smartphones

Good ol' letter writing was a delightful pastime -- and one of Beaches' now-nostalgic charms -- until email, iPhones and smiling poop emojis forever changed communication. Though we never
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Buddy Greco, Jazz Pianist, Vocalist and Las Vegas Mainstay, Dies at 90

Buddy Greco, a jazz pianist, vocalist and Las Vegas mainstay who recorded more than 60 albums and had a hit with a version of "The Lady Is a Tramp," has died. He was 90.

Greco died Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. 

Survivors include his wife, singer Lezlie Anders; they performed together for years, most recently on stage in the show Fever! The Music of Miss Peggy Lee.

Greco toured and recorded with famed bandleader Benny Goodman, performed on dozens of TV variety shows and was a popular act at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas. He often...
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Buddy Greco, Jazz Pianist, Vocalist and Las Vegas Mainstay, Dies at 90

Buddy Greco, Jazz Pianist, Vocalist and Las Vegas Mainstay, Dies at 90
Buddy Greco, a jazz pianist, vocalist and Las Vegas mainstay who recorded more than 60 albums and had a hit with a version of "The Lady Is a Tramp," has died. He was 90.

Greco died Tuesday in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. 

Survivors include his wife, singer Lezlie Anders; they performed together for years, most recently on stage in the show Fever! The Music of Miss Peggy Lee.

Greco toured and recorded with famed bandleader Benny Goodman, performed on dozens of TV variety shows and was a popular act at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas. He often...
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NCIS: New Orleans Season 3 Episode 8 Review: Music to My Ears

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It's a time of transition at NCIS: New Orleans.

Change is in the magnolia-scented air on NCIS: New Orleans Season 3 Episode 8, as team members are busy making adjustments in their lives.

First is Lasalle with his instant family. A word of caution for Lasalle: "Yup, he looks like me" is not a proper paternity test. Get a real paternity test before caring too deeply for Tucker. Melody's sudden re-appearance just smells suspicious.

Of course, Lasalle, lunkhead that he is, didn't mention to his partner, Percy, that he has a family, because he didn't want to disappoint her. Being the last to know naturally didn't sit too well with her.

Percy: Just like it's none of my business that you told everyone else on the team about your love child except me. It doesn't mean a thing. We're good.

Lasalle: So, wait, you are mad.

Permalink: So, wait, you are mad.
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Judy by the Numbers: "I Like Men Medley"

 Anne Marie has been chronicling Judy Garland's career chronologically through musical numbers...

So it may not look like it offhand, but today's episode marked another big shift in the rocky history of The Judy Garland Show. After producing seven episodes, firing most of the staff, kicking Jerry Van Dyke to the curb and reformatting the show, Norman Jewison exited as planned after the 13th taped episode. He would be replaced by Bill Colleran, a producer from Your Hit Parade.

The Show: The Judy Garland Show Episode 13

The Songwriters: Various, arrangement by Mel Torme

The Cast: Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, produced by Norman Jewison

The Story: (My favorite part is the surprise boas at 3:00.) Though Jewison wasn't able to improve the unsteady ratings of The Judy Garland Show, the episodes he produced would set the established characteristics of the show at its peak. More cinematic production, the movement away from sketch comedy,
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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Review: Don’t Expect a Revolution in Season 1, But a Powerful Story Does Emerge

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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Review: Don’t Expect a Revolution in Season 1, But a Powerful Story Does Emerge
This fall, Amazon’s had a notable run of new series that really champion female voices — with Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” and Season 3 of “Transparent,” these ostensible comedies have brought subtle depths to the streaming service, telling stories that you might not see on any conventional network.

Read More: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Returning to TV with New Anthology Series from Amazon and the Weinstein Company

Good Girls Revolt,” meanwhile, wouldn’t feel terribly out of place on a basic or premium cable network, but does still keep that feminine energy going. The period drama focuses on ambitious Patti (Genevieve Angelson), timid Cindy (Erin Darke) and conservative Jane (Anna Camp), who among other women working at news magazine “News of the Week,” serve as researchers, but often go well beyond their basic duties to help the male reporters on staff complete their assignments. For their hard work,
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Ann Hampton Callaway to Play San Diego Martinis Above Fourth

Martinis Above Fourth Table Stage presents multi-platinum selling singersongwriter and Tony-nominee Ann Hampton Callaway in Diva Power. The show features a soaring celebration of the legendary ladies who helped shape the soundtrack of our lives - Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Tickets for theToday, September 27performance at8PMare available atwww.ma4sd.comshows.
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Johnny Guitar (widescreen)

Olive's new branded line reissues the Nicholas Ray classic with a full set of authoritative extras -- plus a never-before-seen widescreen transfer, in all of its Trucolor glory. Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden never looked better -- we can all compare theories about la Crawford's color-coded costumes. Just how masculine is Vienna supposed to be? Johnny Guitar (Olive Signature widescreen edition) Blu-ray Olive Films 1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95 but heavily discounted Starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson, Paul Fix, Rhys Williams. Cinematography Harry Stradling Film Editor Richard Van Enger Original Music Victor Young Written by Philip Yordan from the novel by Roy Chanslor Produced by Herbert J. Yates Directed by Nicholas Ray

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Wow, it's already been four years since Olive released a
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Ann Hampton Callaway to Play San Diego Martinis Above Fourth

Martinis Above Fourth Table Stage presents multi-platinum selling singersongwriter and Tony-nominee Ann Hampton Callaway in Diva Power. The show features a soaring celebration of the legendary ladies who helped shape the soundtrack of our lives - Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Tickets for theTuesday, September 27performance at8PMare available atwww.ma4sd.comshows.
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Bill Richmond Dies: Emmy Winning ‘Carol Burnett Show’ Writer & Jerry Lewis Collaborator Was 94

Bill Richmond, a three-time Emmy winning TV writer and screenwriter whose credits include The Carol Burnett Show and numerous collaborations with Jerry Lewis died on June 4 in his Calabasas home. He was 94. Born in Kentucky, Richmond, who grew up in Illinois, served in the Marines during World War II as a fighter pilot, afterward moving to Los Angeles where he broke into entertainment as a Jazz drummer, playing with such notables as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella…
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